Series Review: The Love-Hate Duet by Lauren Rowe (Falling Out Of Hate With You and Falling Into Love With You)

So I previously posted on this series (I’ll have the reading blog and book review linked, if you’d like to take a look 😉). Keep in mind, I’ve already read these books!

Linked 1) Out Of Hate 2) Into Love

Reading Blogs

https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/02/falling-out-of-hate-with-you-reading-blog/

https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/02/falling-into-love-with-you/

Book Reviews

https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/02/falling-out-of-hate-with-you-book-review-%f0%9f%93%96/

https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/02/falling-into-love-with-you-book-review/

Notable facets:

Contemporary romance 

Rock star romance 

Both hero and heroine are rock stars/celebrities 

Original music sung 🎶 in audiobook

Enemies to lovers

Makes me want to read the Morgon Brothers series and Reece Rivers series (on Kindle Unlimited)

Realized Duets/Dualogies are a good length for me 😉🤗

Life Update 8/1/21

Mood:Steady

Currently Reading: Wicked Passions by Nikola Davidson

Walk it out: No pt this week 😞

Events I’m excited for:

Friday night Youtubing Bruno Mars, BTS, and SB19 with my partner, his sister, and my sister 😍

Surprise congratulations party for my cousin’s promotion 👏🏽

Funny story 😂: I don’t think I’m too funny 🤷🏽‍♀️

Something good: 🤷🏽‍♀️

Black Widow Watching Blog

Realized I like doing watching blogs! 🤗 Partially because my middle school band teacher made us do these video notes on rainy days 😂 I just realized my watching blogs were essentially that! 😂

Again, if you haven’t seen it yet, wait to read!

Date: July 28, 2021

This would be the 1st time I’d be watching a movie 🍿 in the theatres since March 2020. It’s with my partner and his sister 🤗

Ate Clutch And Coffee ☕️ for the 1st time 🤗 I love brunch!

One thing I missed was watching in the theatrw I missed seeing the previews 😞

Noteworthy movies:

Jungle Cruise out 7/30/21

Shang Chi And The Ten Rings out 9/3/21

The Kingsmen out 12/22/21

Used to watch every Tuesday. So I missed it 😔 But, with the return of cinima watching, I’m wxcited to go back! Movies 🍿, like books, are a source of escape. A place where I can be in the action in real-time 👏🏽

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

📝 Also available on Disney+ for $30!

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗

Rewatchable?: 👍🏽

Prevalent tropes: Found family (arranged family 😂)

Decided to place this above anything spoilery/might be a spoiler 🤷🏽‍♀️

Spoilers 👇🏽

The set-up:

Note: I had low battery 🔋 📱, so may not be as detailed. Restructured it 👇🏽

Psychological versus chemical conditioning

Widows – female assassins, located worldwide 🌎

As children, taken and trained to be a widow.

Natasha escapes but leaves behind Yelena

Notable characters;

Natasha Romanoff – Avenger

Alexie – Natasha’s dad, Red Guardian

Yelena – Natasha’s younger sister

Malina – Natasha’s mom, scientist

Drakov – Head of Widow “program”

Antonia – Drakov’s daughter, fighting mimic

Placed of note 📝

Ohio, 1995

Red room

3-word Summary: Family meal together

📝 Word in () don’t count! (Towards the 3 words 😂)

Spoilers 👇🏽

Thoughts 💭:

  • Child trafficking
  • What makes up a family?
  • Will there be continuation?

#listenwithprecious

Educate myself: IUDs

So this series also pushes me to learn more about the topic! So I decided to focus on topics pertinent to me first 😂 Selfish? Please comment below 👇🏽 with topics you’d like to see! I’ve got time to study and learn 😉😏

IUD is an intra-uterine device, meaning it’s implanted inside your uterus . The purpose of IUDs is contraception, or pregnancy prevention 🤰 It’s recommended I get one because pregnancy is a state where your blood is hyper coagulated. I already an hyper coagulable, so let’s not make it worse 😂 When I first had my stroke of unknown cause, my medical team tested me for conditions that could increase my coagulanility: being on birth control, pregnancy 🤰, or cancer.

I wasn’t on the pill 💊 or pregnant 🤰, and I tested negative for all forms of cancer. But getting an IUD would be preventative.

For IUD placement you can’t already be pregnant (bad for the baby) and on your monthly menstration (to ensure proper placement). Actually the female may not be on on their mendtration… what’s important is there is no chance of being pregnant 🤰 After the insertion, you may see spotting (females will know what I mean 😂)

There are 2 main types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal. Everyone’s situation may be different.

Hormonal IUDs, like birth control pills, have an increased risk for cancer.

Types;

Hormonal – commonly progesterone

Some cancers (CA) growth is encouraged by an excess of hosmones, like breast CA.

Non-hormonal – commonly copper IUDs

Google search of “iud hormonal or nonhormonal” 👇🏽

Resulted in “Non hormonal or copper IUDsCopper IUDs do not use hormones. Instead, the copper damages sperm to prevent it from getting to the egg. It also creates an immune response that stops the development of healthy eggs and destroys any eggs that do develop. In the United States, the brand name of the copper IUD is ParaGard.”

You can remove the IUD whenever you want in a fairly simple process 😁 An OBGYN just takes it out vaginally 🤗

As with any procedure, monitor for signs of increased bleeding 🩸 Spotting is “normal”

Citing more difficult for me 😔 so “Text within here” copied and pasted FYI. 😉 Try to outline how I found it!

Life Update 7/25/21

Mood: Happy 😊

Currently Reading: Scandalous Passions by Nikola Davidson

Walk it out:

Great PT this week!

Just did 1,000 steps in 41 minutes!

Events I’m excited for: Not really 🤷🏽‍♀️ Just psyched to be alive!

Funny story 😂: I forgot 🤦🏼‍♀️

Something good: I don’t know 🤷🏽‍♀️ if it’s the weather but walking is getting easier

Devil in Disguise Preparation

So Lisa Kleypas’ new book Devil In Dishuise is coming out later this month 😬 Realistically, I don’t have enough time to read the “Ravenal series” thus far (6 books 😱) but I asked someone who’s read them all and then some 😉 for advice! They recommended It Happened One Autumn 🍂 and Devil In Winter ❄️ should be read before Devil In Disguise 🥸. Those 2 books are classics to the genre (see Reading Goals: Reading The Go-Tos – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/04/reading-goals-read-the-ho-tos/) They are part of Lisa Kleypas’ Wallpaper series. The book prior to It Happened One Aitumn is Secrets Of A Summer Night.

Devil In Disguise out July 27, 2021

That is 3 books as opposed to 6 books!

Look forward to my Devil In Disguise Reading Blog! 🤗

Finally read it! 😁

PT (blogging it because it was good 👍🏽)

Don’t always blog these 🤷🏽‍♀️ but I felt like it 🤗 I felt like I hit another level this session 😄 I don’t know 🤷🏽‍♀️ if it’s just hot but today I felt different, like I hit a new groove 👏🏽

Note: No one is the same! Not everyone is synonymous! This is just for MY case!

Biked 🚲 6 min.

I did 0.89 miles in 6 minutes!

Foam pad:

10 reps side-to-side

10 reps toe to heel

Standing march (off pad): 2 sets of 15 reps

Side-laying clamshell: 3 second hold x 15 reps

Stretching:

Cross legged pull: 2 x 30 sec.

Inner thigh stretch: 2 x 30 sec.

Lying hamstring-hip flexor stretch: 30 second hold

Created this post because I actually sweated! That only happens when I do an intense workout 😂

Life with decreased mobility: Road trip 🚙

Going for a quick weekend trip to visit friends 🤗 Because of the pandemic 😷, it’s been awhile!

Overall, my partner, his brother, and me had a great time 😄 Always fun to revisit our old stomping grounds 😁

Pre-stroke, I already had anxiety around traveling… It’s only gotten more intense 😂 To help my anxiety (especially now) extensive planning and preparation are involved…

1. Packing list – so I don’t forget anything (Google Keeps 🤗) I usually start physically packing 1 week before 😂

Used them also so we wouldn’t forget anything on our way home 🏡!

2. Maximize comfort – ADA hotel rooms reserved

More on this 👇🏽

ADA regulations:

https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/2010ADAStandards/2010ADAstandards.htm

I’ve linked the actual PDF file but I will outline too 👇🏽 I, myself, don’t know them too well…

Notes 📝 to come…

These are the regulations as of 2010.

According to our research out room was not ADA compliant… 😡

Don’t normally drop names… But in the event anyone who needed ADA accommodations, bear this in mind…👇🏽

Sonesta Emeryville-Oakland

Pros:

1. Big space

2. Comfy beds

3. Shower chair handy

Cons:

1. Undetachable shower head…

Lack of rail near the room…

Common considerations:

1. Bathrooms – My partner and I make us a M/F bathroom duo… Makes it harder (and more awkward) with typical Male & Female restrooms 🚽…

💡! Bathroom sign on the door for when my partner takes me into the men’s room or my partner comes into the girl’s…

Love ❤️ family bathrooms 🚽!

On the way up used a Starbucks so it was easy!

On the way back, went to Phil’s coffee… That one was harder… The lift was broken… Normally the lift would bring you either up or down to avoid the stairs… I ended up taking the stairs… Luckily, 🤞🏽the bathroom 🚽 was single occupancy!

2. Frequent breaks – Road-trips (especially long drives) mean you’ll be sitting prolonged periods of time…

💡While sitting, you can march to get blood flowing

3. Snacks – For me, this ties in with bathrooms, since I alternate eating and drinking… I need to do that since I partially ingest my food (terminology may be incorrect)… I have residual remnants remaining in my throat after swallowing (saw in a previous swallow study)

5. Getting around a house 🏡

Part of the reason for out trip was to visit friends 🥰 That insinuates going to their house 🏡… I was concerned because my wheelchair has been everywhere with me… We got around that by bringing my indoor walker 💡 That worked great! Left my wheelchair 🦼 outside and used the walker inside! The walker had the added benefit so I could safely stand to get my blood flowing 💡

Using the walker also gave me an opportunity to give friend’s insight on their home (it’s ADA friendliness: doorway depth, space in the bathroom, levelness of the floor 😂)

What I envisioned for this series is showing alternate viewpoints! It is in NO way meant as criticque or anything negative! At the end of the day, I’m just grateful to experience these things! I’m especially grateful to MY loved ones 🥰 Know I’m not easy to deal with but thanks for dealing with me!

I was anxious writing this series… I was afraid it’d be taken the wrong way and alienate folks! That is not what I aimed to do… I thought of it as speaking my truth! 🙏🏾 This post may not deal with delicate topics, but I just wanted to disclaimer the series!

Constant consistent fear 1) another stroke 2) falling 3) peeing involuntarily 😱 These fears are always with me… Especially on trips… These fears are more intense (I’m already intense 😂)

Waiting For A Scot Like You Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating 

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

#3 in Union of the Rakes

Read:July 12 – 16, 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content warnings: War

Prevalent Tropes: Roadtrip romance

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed 🛏
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Road Trip Romance 

How it’s used…

Duncan,a 2nd son and former officer is to escort widowed Lady Ferris on her journey to Nottinghamshire

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Risky
  • Not always traditional 
  • He wants to pleasure her 😍
  • Dirty talk ✅ 

Smutty times 😋:

  • 12: Bad lasses in public 
  • 16: Bound
  • 17: Goodbye sex, slow and savoring

3-word Summary: Travel then love ❤️

Representation: Scottish

POV: 3rd person

Thoughts 💭:

  • How to act appropriately
  • Dignity, honor, duty
  • Taking ownership of one’s life 
  • Take what you can get…
  • Bonds of matrimony shackles for women 

Movie/show rec: 🤷🏽‍♀️

Waiting For A Scot Like You Reading Blog

So, considering how excited I was for “Hot Highlander Summer”, we’re already on week 3 😂 Jumping in late 😂 The previous 2 books (The Secret and All Scot And Bothered) I’ll just circle back 😂 Reading ebooks take longer than listening to audiobooks!

Waiting For A Scot Like Yoi in 364 pages!

Monday: Prologue – Chapter 4

Felt the ground work was laid, all we need to know is build up 😉

A reoccurrent I see is retaking ownership of one’s (in this case Lady Ferris). I also see this applying to Duncan. After serving for 20 years, Duncan needs to discover how he’ll live his life 🤗

The attraction between Lady Ferris and Duncan is undeniable AND funny 😂 Excited to see more!

Finished tgis section on Monday…. Still playing catch up 😂 Plan is to catch up on chapters then catch yp on the thread 🤗 Now with Jeanie gone, I’m ready for the tension to amp up!

Tuesday: Chapters 5 – 9

How did I know Duncan would walk in when Lady Ferris was in the bath 🛁😂 Appreciate how after the incident, nothing happened… The tension really built up! 😂

Duncan and Lady Ferris are growing together ❤️

I feel when Lady Ferris stumble on the Roman Ruin hill into Duncan’s marked a turning point in their relationship 😍

Carriage scene was unfortunate, but did showcase how caring Duncan is!

Wednesday: Chapters 10 – 13

Love that Lady Ferris and Duncan are becoming more comfortable with each other!

AND bold 😂 Sex where they can be easily be seen too!

Love that when they’re together, their issues of duty and identity move to the background 😂 Them together is 🥵 🔥 🥵 

Got to join in on my book club discussion! Finally caught up 🤗

Thursday: Chapters 14 – 17

More smutty times in this section 😂 Many personas of their love-making 😍

Story, for a bit, was relly flashdance-esk

Admittedly I might have to go back 2 chapters… Was a little confused 🤷🏽‍♀️ 

Duncan has a dirty mouth 😂 His more dominant (and bossy 😂) alter ego firtingly contrasts with the older Lady Ferris

Duncan’s 2 sides to his sexuality contrast well!

Friday: Chapters 18 – Epilogue

Break in scene was unexpected… Added more of a high stakes situation to the story…At this time, 

Lady Ferris and Duncan are a natural pairing 😍 Nothing like a life or death situation to give perspective 💡 

End of their trip.. Lord Gibb’s meeting… And taking in the other guests 😂 Duncan and Beatrice alone in a room…

Both Durham and Beatrice lost their sexual appetites..

Heart to heart talk with Rowe and Curtis ♥️ Offered more perspective 😂 Duncan resolves to fight for Beatrice ♥️👏🏽

Romantic displays 🎆👏🏽

Now I want to read the Union Of The Rakes series…Loved how the epilogue didn’t just fixate on Duncan and Beatrice! Not a traditional HEA but befitting for them!