Sofia needs our help, and I know once we find this book, it will be added RIGHT UP AT THE HIGHEST level of our TBR lists. This. Sounds. AWESOME!!!!

She asks:

Maryse Please help me find this book!

It wasn’t a romance as such. I read it probably 6 years ago, and I think it was set in Ireland. A young woman’s older sister is murdered after a party on a boat, and she vows revenge on the guy jailed for it. He comes out early, and she decides to make him fall in love with her, and then tell him who she is, and wreck his life.

Anyway, the guy isn’t what she expected. He’s quiet, humble, and a loner. He helps out at an old mans club, and he keeps pigeons. He loves those birds. She makes friends with him, and starts to like him. Really like him. And she’s confused because this is the guy that destroyed her family.

Anyway, she does something horrible. Gut wrenchingly awful, to make him hurt. And it works. The guy who was so distrustful of everyone had finally started to trust her, and she breaks him.

It was such an intense read, and I want to go back and see what else this author has written. Can you please help me find it again?

Thank you

MINE!!!!!! Er… that is, when I find out WHICH one it is. ;)

Paula: Damn. This sounds good

Sonde: Right

Denise: Following

Lauren: That sounds awesome!

Sherry: Following  *sounds like a movie too for some reason..

Maryse: OMG I LOVE the sound of this!!!! Okay I shall post it soon. :D

Kelly: Is it Flying Home (Racing Hearts) ?

Rosa: She said it was a book. Is this also a book?

Kelly: Yes! I just remembered it had something to do with birds…I mean how many bird man books/movies are there?

Rosa: Okay so I looked up the trailer and I don’t think it’s the same book. But it looks really good and a plus Jamie Dorian

Sofia:  Haha, no, this is not it, but thanks for the suggestion :D

Robyn: Sounds familiar. I’ll keep thinking on it.

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Jennifer was looking for this one, and I was able to answer it ’cause I read it!!!

I’m a sucker for shipwrecks or plane crashes that end up on a deserted island themes!!!! And in case you are too, and haven’t read this one yet, I thought I’d post it even though I’ve answered it. ;)

She asked:

Jennifer: I need your help.

A year or two ago I read a book it was about a plane crash a man and a woman survived. There was a couple with 2 children the couple died in the crash. The two children survive…

*I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the book and I knew you were the person to ask

Maryse: I am the person!!! And I know this book (and enjoyed it!!!) This is the one you are looking for (I believe)!

Jennifer: That’s it!!!!! Thanks. Um going for a reread!!!!!

Maryse: LOL!!! YAY!!!

So… while you’re here… any other deserted island survival stories that you’d recommend to us? :D

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Sometimes book covers make our face faces do this. :P

This reader confession is brought to you by Ela. ;) LOL!!! It’s not really her own reader confession per se, but she said one of the funniest comments I’ve ever read, and I was just SO inspired to create this post because of her comment.

Maryse: Funniest comment of the day (and maybe week, month and year)… *snort*

Ela really loves a book and wants us to read it, but there were a few comments on the less-than-thrilling cover, yet she insisted, saying:

..IT’S AN OLDER BOOK LIKE FROM 2011. THAT’S DURING THE DINOSAUR ERA WHERE BOOK COVERS WERE MADE FROM TWIGS…

LOL!!!!!!!!! :P She makes me laugh so hard!!!

And it isn’t particularly “new” since I know WE ALL do this in one way or another, which is… judging a book by its cover.

R: I am the first to admit I judge books by their covers just as much as I buy books for their covers.

Amy: I love covers that make me want to cradle them and stare lovingly at them. ‘Cause that’s what book lovers do.

Whether we choose NOT to read a book, or keep putting one off, because the cover just doesn’t “do it” for us (for various reasons), and missing out on an AMAZING story. OR, choosing a book because the cover is so enticing… and well. Sometimes the story inside “matches” by way of being JUST as enticing (YAY!!) but sometimes… rolleyes not so much. *sigh*

And here’s the thing. I KNOW better than to judge a book by its cover, ’cause just like Ela said, back in the old-school “indie” days, so many of the covers were homemade, or lackluster, or pretty tame for the awesome story that would be revealed. Yep. It still comes down to… it’s what’s INSIDE that counts. And had I gone by my own misgivings of a cover, I would have missed out on some of my (OUR) forever favorites, that are now CLASSIC “indie-romance” that has set the 5-star standard for our book love! In fact, I remember when I’d read such a book, and want to scream it from the rooftops, and always adding a disclaimer of sorts INSISTING that you not worry about the cover. LOL!!! I wanted to make sure nobody missed out on its awesomeness.

Maryse: Back when I first started reading indie, so many of the covers were just… NO. But darn it, if I didn’t find the best of the best in there.

And still, so many of us, if not, ALL of us, struggle with certain covers, for whatever reason (too boring, too homemade, too tame, too sexy, too much chest, I don’t want to see a “face”, etc etc…). We know better… and yet… (even me). I STILL find myself jumping in, or skipping over, the occasional book, because of its cover.

Ela: …read Heart on a Chain!

R: Hmmm. Aside from that terrible cover, it looks like it has potential!

Ela: Yeah, that cover is NOT so great but the book is!

Ela: *chanting….Heart on a Chain*….

Jean: Really, Heart on a Chain?….I don’t like the cover, but GR always has that book as a recommendation for me!

Ela: YES, REALLY, HEART ON A CHAIN! IT’S AN OLDER BOOK LIKE FROM 2011. THAT’S DURING THE DINOSAUR ERA WHERE BOOK COVERS WERE MADE FROM TWIGS…

Maryse: LOL ELA!!!!!!!!!!! That’s one of the FUNNIEST comments ever made here on the blog, and you’ve got some stiff competition with bev’s comments. ;) Yes, SOOOOO MANY books from back in 2009 – 2012 have really rough covers… and yet are the highlights of my reading life. In those days… we really COULDN’T judge a book by its cover. And now it’s sometimes the opposite. The cover is totally awesome, and the story doesn’t always match…

Nay: Twigs! ROFLMAO, Ela!

R: I’m at 30% on The Sweet Gum Tree. I haven’t noticed any editing issues but I’m happy to hear it’s getting a new cover!

Robyn: My book slump might just be turning around! I also have The Sweet Gum Tree in my que. The cover just hasn’t enticed me to read it yet.

Amy: Oh Robyn, DO NOT let the cover of The Sweet Gum Tree deter you. The cover with the car on the front is not appealing at all, but I am soooooo glad I ignored it and read it anyway. Bottom line…the cover is crap (sorry, it just is) but the story is not.

R: I agree with Amy! The Sweet Gum Tree has one of the worsts covers ever, and I hardly ever read books with bad covers, but I knew this one was going to be worth it and it is. I’m at 35% and loving it! And OMG is it angsty! I really need to stop reading during pedicures or I’m going to lose a toe one of these days!

Amy: Oh R… *gets bottle of wine ready* Just wait for the *OOMPH* moment. I. Was. Blindsided. You’ll know it when you get there. ;)

Amy: And I agree about the “rough” original covers with great stuff inside. Slammed (well, not rough really but still pretty plain), Fallen Crest, Sweet Gum Tree…I’ll bet I could look and find even more cringeworthy covers which ended up being favorite books of mine.

Tessa: Honestly, other than the first book, Pierced, JC Mells books have crap covers.

MichelleS: Tairen Soul Series has the WORST covers! The books were amazing though.

Tessa: Tairen Soul covers do suck. Who read that manuscript and thought, old 90s bodice ripper cover?

And here’s some more fun comments about our love of, or aversion to, certain covers:

Amy: There’s just something about gorgeous, artsy covers or those which are simple but gorgeous that suck me right in. Full Tilt and All In (Full Tilt Book 2) …need I say more? The cover for Badger is what grabbed my attention, and I even like the new covers for the Fallen Crest series…but that may be because I love the books. ;) Oh, and most of Colleen Hoover’s covers…Ugly Love, It Ends With Us, Hopeless…*sigh* OH! Covers with water or bright, bold flowers. And covers that make my heart ache.

bev: I’ll admit many of the current covers, the Kennedy ones included, are nice to look at. Very nice, lol. But, it would be nice if they are starting to realize not all the covers need to look like that. Also, covers can be so creative and artistic. I love seeing the cover art all lined up in a store or library. Speaking of I think both of those Rowell covers are great and represents the story inside the book.

Amy: I can’t believe (well, actually I can *snort*) that I almost passed over Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest Series, Book 1) years ago because of the original cover that looked like a sketch of a girl’s face.

Tessa: I think we are going to continue to see the half naked bodies. The cover states to the reader contemporary romance. Flowers state women’s lit.

Ela: On another note, why are “beard covers” showing up EVERYWHERE???? NO JUST NOOOOOOOOO

Nay: I’ve noticed A LOT of authors are getting away from the naked torsos–going with couples or GUYS WITH NASTY, BUSHY BEARDS! UGH!!

Leslie M: Facial hair a la Joe Manganiello…YES PLEASE!!

Maryse: You guys I’m totally not a beard person… noooooo. And I know the main character in The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract Series Book 1) has that “trendy tattooed, beard guy” look, but trust me… This book is SO awesome, so well written, and he is SO amazing (the ONE character I’ve fallen SO hard for in years… I mean almost Travis-hard), that I don’t even care about his beard.  In fact, I suddenly find myself attracted to that cover, because of how I grew to “know” his sweet, moodiness.  So choose yourself a sexy favorite (in beard-mode) and just picture him… as you read this. It is AMAZING.

R: I can make any H look like Josh Duhamel in my head but put his bearded mug on the cover and I struggle. I don’t care how hot the guy is, I’d prefer the cover be ambiguous. Sometimes the guy or girl is smoking hot but doesn’t fit the character in my mind and it throws me off.

R: As much as I hate seeing bare torsos, I hate seeing faces more.

Leslie M: Is it bad of me that I want to read that wet t-shirt one just ’cause of cover?

Fabi: I am not the only one who picks books based on titles and covers. Come on folks, fess up! Who has read a book because they thought the title or cover was cool.

MichelleS: I NEVER go by the cover when I picture my guys. I have my “go to” bad guys, hot guys, blonde guys (rare), messy haired guys, whatever.

Cheryl: Let me just say one more thing about the hot-guy shirtless covers. Yes, they’re hot and the guys are gorgeous to look at, but to me it’s a cop-out for creativity. Cookie-cutter covers that don’t really say what the book is truly about. Skim thru book covers and 9 out of 10 are shirtless guys and a lot of the same one’s are used over and over.

Maryse: Mack Daddy! is definitely one of the best bad-boy cover model covers…

Amy: You know what would have made me click Mack Daddy immediately? If the cover had been a picture from behind of the guy (fully dressed, of course) holding a little boy’s hand with the boy in his backpack and holding a lunchbox like he was ready for school. THAT would have made it an immediate click-and-read.

R: I’m with Amy. And I can almost guarantee I’d never pick up MD because of the cover. I just looked at my “read” list and the ONLY standard shirtless book I’ve read (that I picked) was The Deal. The few other ones on there were Fabi recs :D But for some reason, I’m fine with shirtless covers on MM books!

Maryse: …he’s HOT. Come on. LOOK AT HIM. LOOK. AT. HIM. Will ya just? All I wanna say is HOLY MACKMOLY. LOL!!!!!!!!

Amy: “HOLY MACKMOLY”????? LOL!!!!!! That’s the official catch phrase for this one!! He IS hot. Dangit. I’m totally making an exception to my no-shirtless-guy-covers decision. You are SUCH a bad (in the most fun and bestest way) influence on my convictions! :P

Maryse: *waggles eyebrows* What?!! Is it too early in the morning to waggle eyebrows and be corny over the hot cover? :P LOL!!!!!

Leslie: What is so funny is I am having major cover-gasm over Mack Daddy! I think it is sexy in a tasteful way (and holy crap that guy is hot). For me, the headless naked torsos are kind of icky. However, I have said before that I don’t want ANY ONE besides fellow romance book lovers to see my covers. I would be embarrassed if my RL friends saw what I post on GR.

R: I *can* read a book with a half naked cover, but I really struggle if it’s a just a bad cover in general.

Leslie: As much as I love oogling these hot covers in private….I have to be honest….if ebooks didnt exist, I wouldn’t read a paperback with a cover like Mister Moneybags. But….since ebooks DO exist, bring on the sexy covers!!! My son & husband dont have access to my ebooks!!

Jan: I’d never be seen dead picking up a book with a cover like that in public LOL. I would be feeling like people would be side-eying me and thinking, she’s too old for that sorta stuff, isn’t she????

Tasha: I have to agree with shirtless cover models. Even though they’re (the men) very nice to look at, I’m usually turned off by those covers anymore. I have been for a long time. Unless there’s a lot of raving about how great the book is, I generally don’t even bother reading the blurb. Also, I don’t like putting them on GR because, well I do have family for friends and while I doubt they really judge, I think they judge a little. Lol I’d rather not see sexy, erotic book covers from my Mom or my Aunt either, it’s too weird.

Antonella: i’m reading Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. A friend swears by her and thought I would give it a go. Although all her covers are a bit cheesy, I know you aren’t meant to judge a book by it’s cover but….can’t help it.

And how about you? When it comes to covers, what does it for you? What doesn’t? AND BEST OF ALL!!! Let us know what book you LOVED that you found had an less-than-appealing book cover.

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! KARINA HALLE’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! Before I Ever Met You <—- FORBIDDENY!!!! She’s a single mom and he’s her father’s best friend AND her new boss… and his office is right across from hers. ;)Will has turned into one hell of a distraction. A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity. But it’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right? It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss. Right? Wrong.”

Happy NEW RELEASE DAY!!! :D !!! Lots of choices today (100+), and I got an extra jolt going through these blurbs ’cause I just realized a short story I read wayyyyyyy back in my strictly paranormal romance days has been re-released and extended and OMG I AM SO READING THAT!!!! It was one of my favorite short stories in the world (to this day, I still remember everything) super-steamy, and had a mega twist that I didn’t see coming and had me gasping. And now… I finally get to know more. YAY ME!!!! Yes. MINE!!!

AND!! Here’s my “mini “blurb jolt” list of the ones that look extra exciting to me: 180 Seconds (that one up there to the left… heck yes!!! She’s reclusive and he’s an internet star, and they participate in a social experiment.) Wicked Abyss (she once broke his heart in a past life and he now looks like a monster and drags her back to hell with him, but she has no recollection of him…), Bad to the Bone (<— THIS is that short story I was telling you about!!! He’s a vampire and she’s human, and it is HOT but so emotional too… HOLY. MOLY my HEART!!! Don’t read the blurb! Gah. It tells you too much – stuff I didn’t know when I first read it and didn’t see coming so I had that maximum twist-effect), Inappropriately Yours (she has a big time crush on her father’s best friend… Cara Dee tends to venture in the more risqué themes, and this one sounds like fun because there are TWO different love stories going on in it at the same time with this cast of characters), Purple Hearts (arranged marriage between a military guy and a girl that needs his health insurance), and The Anatomy of Cheating (sounds like a psych thriller! She thinks her husband is cheating so she goes and finds someone else to “be” with too, and then the nightmare begins!!),

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole
  2. Sister Sister: A truly absorbing psychological thriller by Sue Fortin
  3. Sin With Me J. T. Geissinger
  4. Blade Bound: Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 13 by Chloe Neill
  5. Faking It by Carly Phillips
  6. The Dead Zone by Stephen King <— James Franco is the narrator!
     

 

BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • The Hot Shot by Kristen Callahan <— SPORTS STAR & HIS NEW ROOMMATE ALERT and SO many here LOVED it!!!

Lisa: Just finished Hot Shot and floved Finn so damn much. I really needed a hero H and Kristen Callihan writes good Hs.

Teri: I just finished The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan and it is FANTASTIC! Whoop whoop

Ashley: I finished The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan last night and I loved it as well! It was a fun read!

  • Sweet Spot by Stella Rhys <— SEXY & FUNNY ALERT!!! And MichelleS is loving it!

MichelleS: I’m reading Sweet Spot by Stella Rhys. Reminds me on Neighbors From Hell series. Funny, sexy, not very realistic, but good banter between h & H. And he’s sexy as all get out. Good “scratch that itch” book… in betweener read.

  • The Gravity of Us by Brittany Cherry <— MY NEXT READ!!! ANGSTY-SOUNDING WITH A BROODING HERO ALERT and I can’t WAIT to start!!!

Jean: Just wanted to let you girls know that you NEED to read The Gravity of Us! I basically read it in one day! IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Ela: Maryse! YOU MUST READ THE GRAVITY OF US STAT!

Jean: Maryse, I second Ela’s comment….YOU MUST READ THE GRAVITY OF US ASAP!!!!!! IN FACT, EVERYONE HERE MUST READ IT!!!!!!!

Melinda: Ohh Maryse, I just finished “The Gravity of Us”. I loooved it. Def 5 stars. thanks Jean. Great Rec.

Maryse: Okay Ela ‘n Jean!!! I’ll read it… I’ll need a nice intense romance after the thriller I’m reading.

Leslie M: The Gravity of Us is next up for me too!!!

Georgia: I’ve been on a Julie Garwood kick. Having re-read all her Historical romances once again. Scottish Highlanders anyone. I forgot how great of a writer she is. Who can forget The Bride. One of her best. I had not read any of her Contemporary novels. What a treat. I started with ” The Ideal Man”. F.B.I. and Military Men ooh My. I was hooked. Now I have read Sweet Talk, HotshotHeartbreakerMercy and Killjoy. The Storylines are amazing, fast paced, steamy and Alpha Males. I’m currently reading Murder List. – I’m soo hooked. If you haven’t read any of her Historical Romances or her Contemporary Romances. I totally recommend them. ENJOY !!
  • Beyond the Sea: LGBT Romance by Keira Andrews <— M/M ROMANCE & THEY’RE STUCK ON A DESERTED ISLAND TOGETHER!!! And it’s still super-bargain priced today! Our crew here loved it!

           

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark) by Kresley Cole <— KRESLEY COLE ALERT!!! THE BEAUTIFUL FEY BROKE HIS HEART… and then… “…a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster–just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell…
  2. Vengeance: A Knight World Novel (Fireborn Wolves Book 3) by Genevieve Jack
  3. Ghost Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 12) by Heather Long
  4. Hit and Run Hallie (Bodyguards in Heels Book 1) by Angi Morgan
  5. Unholy Proposal (Unholy Inc Book 1) by Misty Dietz
  6. Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires) by Chloe Neill
  7. A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley <— FORTUNE TELLER TOLD HER HE’D BRING HER DEATH... “Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he’s after or her blood?
  8. Celeste Files: Primal (Book 6 Psychic C.O.R.E.): Psychic C.O.R.E. by Kristine Mason
  9. The Siren’s Son (The Siren Legacy Book 1) by Helen Scott
  10. The Lion Must Die: A Sexy Paranormal Thriller by Angela Foxxe
  11. The Third Throne: Angel of Fear by Tabitha Barret
  12. Snared (Elemental Assassin Book 16) by Jennifer Estep
  13. Tempted By Fate (Bad Things Book 6) by Cynthia Eden
  14. Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS Book 9) by Charlie Cochet
  15. Dead of Night (The Revenant Book 3) by Kali Argent
  16. Marked (The Wolf’s Den Book 1) by Aline Hunter
  17. Bad to the Bone (Night Fall Book 10) by Delilah Devlin <— DELILAH DEVLIN’S VIPER ALERT!!!! THIS SHORT STORY WAS ONE OF MY OBSESSIONS in my early vampire days… it was so intense and HOT and then it shocked me and stole my heart… One of my favorite short stories ever, because it packed a PUNCH! WOW!!! And this is THAT story… but she added more, and finally. FINALLY I will get some relief. ;) GAH!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE MY LUCK! Don’t read the blurb!!!! It’ll spoil some of that surprise-factor. It says more than I knew when I read it and gave me the shock of my life!!!! Just read this story. PLEASE!!!!! In fact, just for the fun of it, here was my mini-review way back when:
“I looked up this author (and series) after having fallen HARD for “Viper”. I read about him in a short story I found in “The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance“ called “Viper’s Bite”. Wow he’s HOT and amazing, and everything about that story was intense and surprising (especially since I had NO idea what was coming). While I enjoy short stories for the quickie factor (always good when we need to be entertained but don’t have much time), this one gave me something extra – a TWIST! A good twist! One that brought tears to my eyes, and haunts me still to this day (I read this short story almost a year ago, and still think about it. The lump in my throat is back…). It is THE best short story I have read.”
  1. Fur Fox’s Sake (Shifters Undercover Book 2) by Milly Taiden
  2. Love’s Warrior: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Aries by Jennifer Hilt
  3. Storm: Phantom Islanders Part I by Ednah Walters
  4. My Defender (Bewitched and Bewildered Book 8) by Alanea Alder
  5. His Rebellious Mate (Primarian Mates Book 3) by Maddie Taylor
  6. Deathless (The Vein Chronicles Book 2) by Anne Malcom
  7. Deathbringer: Olive Kennedy (Fairy World MD Book 6) by Tamara Grantham
  8. Cherished by Two (Soul Match Book 2) by Morticia Knight
  9. His Moonstruck Wolf: Wolves of Willow Bend 10.5 by Heather Long
  10. Sanctuary (Darzins’ Mill Book 1) by Elizabeth Biehl

                        

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park <— JESSICA PARK ALERT!!! RECLUSIVE GIRL & A SOCIAL MEDIA STAR TRY A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT… ”…as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds. One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome. When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both…
  2. Inappropriately Yours by Cara Dee <— FORBIDDENNY LOVE ALERT!!Flying all the way to Washington to see Dad’s old college friend, who has reluctantly offered to help me with my writing after the world tore my first novel to shreds…big, big mistake. One, Jack Grady is lethally handsome. Two, he doesn’t mince words, and he absolutely hates my novel. But here I am, and I’m his for the weekend. Maybe in more ways than one, which would be totally inappropriate. —Isla Roe...”
  3. Bennett’s Chance (Fourth Down) by Violet Duke
  4. Playing at Love (Willow Valley Book 5) by Christine Kingsley
  5. Trending by Bethany Riehl
  6. The Last Good Cowboy (Morgan Ranch) by Pearce Kate
  7. The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian/Spy Escapade) by Susan Mann
  8. Open Hearts by Eve Dangerfield <— HE’S NOT HER VERSION OF MARRIAGE MATERIAL ALERT!! “Everyone loves Dean. He’s easygoing, a great footballer and always up for a beer or sixteen. He also has the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel on MDMA, but that’s never been a problem where the opposite sex is concerned. At least it wasn’t until he met Ash. Beautiful, driven and wild in bed; she’s all he’s ever wanted in a wife. Unfortunately, he’s far from what she wants in a husband, what with his perpetually empty bank account and inability to cook anything other than bacon. When she tells him he’s not baby-daddy material, Dean vows to become the man she needs, whatever it takes…”
  9. Bright Lights by Jennifer Ortiz
  10. Purple Hearts: A Novel by Tess Wakefield <— ARRANGED MARRIAGE ALERT & THIS ONE SOUNDS AWESOME!!! “Cassie is drowning in medical bills after being diagnosed with diabetes. When she runs into her old friend Frankie, now enlisted in the Army, she proposes a deal: she’ll marry him in exchange for better medical insurance and they can split the increased paycheck that comes with having a “family.” When Frankie declines, his attractive but frustratingly intense friend Luke volunteers to marry Cassie instead. What she doesn’t know is that he has desperate reasons of his own to get married. In this unforgettable love story, Cassie and Luke must set aside their differences to make it look like a real marriage…unless, somewhere along the way, it becomes one...”
  11. No Relationship Required (A Warning Labels Novel Book 2) by Amelia James
  12. Keeping Our Forever: Book One in Panthera Security Series by Elisa Leigh
  13. Finding Peace (Military Love Series Book 3) by Steffy Rogers
  14. Regret (Shattered Secrets Book 1) by Bella J.
  15. Mr Make Believe: A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy  by Beezy Marsh
  16. By the Hour: A Pleasure Principle Novel (The Pleasure Principle Series Book 2) by Roni Loren <— HE’S AN ESCORT ALERT!!Former escort Lane Cannon has spent enough years with people looking down on him. Stupid. Trailer trash. Rent boy. He’s heard it all. He’s worked too hard to shed his past to let some haughty doctor cut him down. But something about Elle’s ice queen act has his dominant instincts perking up and his body taking notice. He can’t walk away…
  17. Into the Light (Chosen Paths) by L.B. Simmons
  18. Once You’re Mine (Callaway Cousins Book 4) by Barbara Freethy
  19. Condemned: Part One (Redemption Book 3) by Samyah Leighton
  20. You & Me Forever: A Sweet Romance Collection
  21. Grace Wouldn’t Let Go by Danielle Nicole
  22. Slightly South of Simple: A Novel (The Peachtree Bluff Series Book 1) by Kristy Woodson Harvey
  23. Midnight Target (A Killer Instincts Novel) by Elle Kennedy <— ELLE KENNEDY ALERT!!
  24. Serenity (Inevitable Book 5) by Janet Nissenson
  25. Arranged: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Lexi Blake
  26. Virgin for the Trillionaire (Taken by a Trillionaire Series) by Ruth Cardello
  27. Finding Hope by Lucie Ulrich
  28. Beginning Again by Cora A Murray
  29. Sonnet Coupled by Roxanne D. Howard
  30. The May Queen by Helen Irene Young
  31. Happy Is the Bride by Lori Wilde and Janet Dailey
  32. The Anatomy of Cheating: A Novel by Nesly Clerge <— SOUNDS LIKE A PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! “Chelsea Hall is certain her husband is cheating. Again. How far will a wife go when her adulterous husband pushes her to the edge? Some stop at the cliff’s edge.Others leap into the abyss. Garrett Hall wants what and who he wants. His detachment from their relationship leads Chelsea to seek what she needs elsewhere, and onto a path that leads to bliss. What begins as a dream-come-true soon becomes a nightmare…”
  33. Caught Looking by Jody Holford
  34. You’re the One That I Want: A Novel by Giovanna Fletcher
  35. One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road Novel) by Wendy Wax
  36. Don’t Break Me (The Don’t Series Book 1) by Jalena Dunphy
  37. Ride Rough: A Raven Riders Novel by Laura Kaye <— BIKER VP ALERT!!!Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out...”
  38. Feels Like the First Time (Destiny Bay) by Marina Adair
  39. Reed (The Malloys of Montana) by R. C. Ryan
  40. It Had To Be You (Crystal Valley Series Book 2) by Melissa Kate
  41. New Penny by C. E. Sawyer
  42. The Enforcer: Games People Play by HelenKay Dimon <— HE THINKS SHE WAS THE KILLER… but “Kayla Roy never stays in one place too long and never lets a man get too close. But keeping Matthias at arm’s length may be impossible. Dark and enigmatic, Matthias draws Kayla in from the start. She knows nothing about his connection to her dark past, or his thirst for vengeance. She only knows their attraction feels overpowering—and very dangerous.”
  43. Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons) by Tessa Bailey
  44. Grim Bastards MC Box Set: Including: Death of a Bastard (Grim Bastards MC Book 6) by Emily Minton and Shelley Springfield
  45. Breaking Free (Steele Ridge Book 5) by Adrienne Giordano
  46. Love of Liberty (Trinity Love Book 2) by Lila Rose
  47. Encroachment (Coach’s Shadow Trilogy Book 2) by Monica DeSimone
  48. Sin With Me (Bad Habit) by J.T. Geissinger <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! She lost her family and memory to a car crash, and decides to “…never, ever fall in love. Which is exactly why Grace avoids Bad Habit’s lead guitarist, Brody Scott, at all costs. The green-eyed, sexy-as-hell musician has “trouble” tattooed all over him, and Grace isn’t taking any chances with her heart.”
  49. Broken Road (Limelight Series Book 1) by Piper Davenport and Jack Davenport <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!!…She’s no stranger to the dangers of touring life, but has always managed to stay out of trouble by following her own set of rules. Her biggest rule…no dating musicians…even when it comes to her teenage fantasy...”
  50. Dangerous Consequences by Lisa Renee Johnson
  51. Toro (The Hell Yeah Series) by Sable Hunter and Ryan O’Leary
  52. HAVEN: Beards & Bondage by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  53. To Me I Wed (Unconventional Brides Romance) by K.M. Jackson
  54. Breakaway Brooke (Bodyguards in Heels Book 3) by Angi Morgan
  55. The Games We Play (Sizzle & Burn Book 2) by Linda Verji
  56. Echoes by Angela Verdenius
  57. So Wrong by Camilla Stevens
  58. Checkmate: This is Effortless (Drew & Courtney, #2) (Checkmate Duet Book 4) by Kennedy Fox <— FRIENDS TO LOVERS ROMANCE ALERT!!  ”Introducing book 2 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?”
  59. Lost Rider (The Coming Home Series Book 1) by Harper Sloan <— HARPER SLOAN ALERT!! RODEO STAR & HE BROKE HER HEART ONCE... “…Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice…”
  60. Shopping for a CEO’s Wife (Shopping for a Billionaire Book 12) by Julia Kent
  61. The Sinners Touch (A Manwhore Series Book 2) by Apryl Baker
  62. Prairie Desire: Cowboys of the Flint Hills by Tessa Layne
  63. Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers Book 4) by Brenda Rothert
  64. NIKO: Licensed to Kill (Paris Intrigue Book 1) by Vonnie Davis
  65. Tied to You (Wild Side Book 2) by Riley Hart <— M/M ROMANCE BY RILEY HART ALERT!!! “On the surface, Quinn and Miles are like oil and water, but the draw between them is undeniable. As their lives further entwine, they realize there’s more to their connection than the way they singe the sheets together. But demons from the past have a way of catching up...”
  66. Faux by E. Davies <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  67. Provoked (Enlightenment) by Joanna Chambers <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  68. Back Piece (Skin Deep Inc.) by L.A. Witt <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! THEY ARE BOTH TRYING TO KEEP THINGS SECRET... “Growing up in a conservative family, then escaping with the Navy, Daniel Moore is an unsure virgin who feels like he can’t share his true self with anyone. Seeing Colin—and his tattoos—at the gym are the sign Daniel needs to finally get those tattoos he’s always wanted, and maybe try his hand at flirting. As Colin and Daniel spend more time together, their awkward hesitations turn into a deep passion neither expected...”
  69. Her Relentless SEAL (Midnight Delta Book 10) by Caitlyn O’Leary
  70. Claim (Talon Security Book 2) by Megan O’Brien
  71. The Hangman (Forgotten Files Book 3) by Mary Burton
  72. All the Rivers: A Novel by Dorit Rabinyan
  73. License to Carrie (Bodyguards in Heels Book 2) by Angi Morgan
  74. Love, Me: A Pleasant Valley Novel by Anna Brooks

                                                                       

 

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<—- HOLY MOLY LOOK TO THE LEFT AND THEN LOOK TO THE RIGHT!!! LIVE!!!!! —–>

Yep. Live right now. And then, all of these below are live too! This is gonna be one of THOSE Mondays (the good kind!!). :D

P.S. In case you missed it, check out my latest 4.5 star review. This one was so smoking HOT!!!! But so emotional in all ways, too. A BIG story here and I was hooked! ➔ Book Review – The Brave Line by Kate Stewart

EARLY BIRDS THAT JUST WENT LIVE RIGHT NOW!!!!!

  • Dr. OB (St. Luke’s Docuseries Book 1) by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE’S LATEST IS LIVE!!!! THIS DOCTOR’S REALITY SHOW IS NOT ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE... “Instead of being known as Dr. Will Cummings, Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke’s Hospital, I’m now being called Dr. Obscene. What devotion I’d hoped to earn in respect, I’ve instead received in patients flashing me seductive smiles and flirtatious winks during their exams. How’s a guy supposed to convince the most perfect woman he’s ever met that he’s not as much of an idiot in real life as he appears to be on camera?
Angie: Ooh I sooo clicked this one!!! Ty looks like a great book!
  • I Do, Babe: A Novella (Hades Hangmen Book 5.5) by Tillie Cole <— TILLIE COLE’S LATEST BIKER BOOK JUST WENT LIVE!!! Yep! She’s spoiling us ’cause she just released two (including this one) over the last couple of weeks. :D !!! P.S. Here’s Tillie Cole’s Hades Hangmen Series Reading Order
  • Father by Clarissa Wild <— LIVE!!! FORBIDDEN ALERT!!!! HE’S A BAD PRIEST... “…this beautiful girl in the back of the church takes my breath away.…And we end up committing sacrilege in the confessional. Did I mention I’m filthy?
  • Play Along by T.L. Swan <— LIVE!!! SHE’S HIS HOSTAGE ALERT!! “Held captive beneath the deck of a shipping container…. I realise to save my life I need to become valuable…”
  • Mister O by Lauren Blakely <— BIG SALE ON THIS ONE IS LIVE!!! Okay this one’s been live for awhile ;) but it’s now on super-bargain sale (and apparently it’s the first time it’s ever been on sale like this) so YAY!!!! :D !!!
Lisa: Finished Mister O and really liked the MCs (plus revisiting MCs from Big Rock). This couple has a Will and Hanna feel….so for those who loved the clueless couple that Christina Lauren created you’ll love this. Plus Harper is Nick’s best mates little sister….completely out of bounds.
  • The Negotiator by Avery Flynn <— LIVE!!! OFFICE ROMANCE/FAKE FIANCE ALERT!!…when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…
  • Living With Doubt (The Regret Series Book 2) by Riann C. Miller <— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT! ”My meager life was perfect until a cocky football player wormed his way into my existence…”
  • Boys South of the Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines <— ABBI GLINES ALERT!!! “Welcome to the world of the Sutton boys. Five brothers who fight, party, drink a little too much, but more importantly, they love their momma. Nothing can tear them apart… until the girl next door wins more than one of their hearts.”
  • Rock F*ck Club by Michelle Mankin <— OH OH!!! SHE’S SUDDENLY A FAMOUS ROCK STAR GROUPIE ALERT!!! She caught her rock star BF with a groupie, so she decided to take revenge… “Marsha put the video up on YouTube. It went viral with 10 million hits. Now I’ve got fans and sponsors offering me big bucks. Rock stars are volunteering to be my f*ck buddy. Hollywood is calling. I get to choose which rock stars I want. The stakes are high. This sh*t just got real. What could go wrong?
  • Love Happens by Claudia Burgoa, Melanie Moreland, Melanie Harlow, Dylan Allen, Emery Jacobs, Ginger Scott, Jeanne McDonald, Lisa B. Kamps, Mia Kayla, Molly E. Lee, Molly McLain, Gabbie S. Duran, Rhonda James, S. M. West, Martha Sweeney <— AWESOME SOUNDING ANTHOLOGY ALERT!!! SO MANY of our favorite authors on here and Melanie Harlow told me:
It’s an anthology of stories from 15 romance authors, including me, who collaborated to celebrate Autism Awareness month. LOVE HAPPENS releases 4/24.
All proceeds will benefit two organizations: The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (https://www.autismcenter.org/) and Myles Apart (http://mylesapart.org/).
  • Retaliate (Sin City Outlaws Book 3) by M.N. Forgy <— VP OF A BIKER CLUB HAS TO PROTECT A COP ALERT!!! “I wasn’t expecting my president to put me on babysitting duty, and on a female cop of all f**king people…”
  • Hammered: Steel Country by M.J. Fields <— STARTING OVER ALERT!!Fresh out of college and knowing she can’t go home and get where she wants to get, she takes the path less traveled. Redefining life sends them both down a long dirt road to…become...”
  • Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1) by Nikki Groom <—- BIKER BOOK ALERT! SHE WANTS REVENGE & HE’S AN OUTLAW…Their meeting is pure chance. Their connection undeniable. But what neither of them know, is that their relationship threatens to uncover far more than they could have imagined. Secrets and lies are best left buried, but sometimes they’re too real to stay dead.’
  • The One That Got Away: Friendship, Texas #4 by Magan Vernon <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!!Between my parents’ divorce, work, and trying to get over my break up, I was basically a hot mess the first two years after high school. Joey came in at the right time as a distraction then the job at the bakery. But I still never forgot about the one that got away...”
  • The Royal Mistake: A Billionaire Prince Romance by Erin Hayes <— FAMOUS RACE CAR DRIVER GOT HER PREGNANT ALERT!…she’s thrust back into race car driver and billionaire prince Henry’s life. And Henry won’t let her forget what happened between them one hot night. Even though she’s been trying to forget it. But then she learns she’s pregnant. With Henry’s child… Whoops.
  • Wave by Jennifer Foor <— JENNIFER FOOR/SURFER ALERT!Miley Rose never should have been in the water that afternoon. Tourists have no business swimming in local surfing areas, but there she was, being taken under by a ten foot swell. What Baz didn’t realize was that saving this beautiful woman would have devastating consequences; ones that may potentially rob him of everything he ever wanted...”
  • Oceanside Marine (Kendall Family Book 4) by Jennifer Ann <— A MARINE AND A SINGLE MOM ALERT! “Though Katie and Braden aren’t related by blood, their families are intertwined by marriage, making a relationship seem forbidden. Katie always found the cocky Marine attractive, but their considerable age difference made him off limits…”
  • His Family of Convenience (The Medina Legacy) by Amy Ayers <— OFFICE ROMANCE/ACCIDENTAL PREGNANCY ALERT!His meddling family expects him, the firstborn son, to follow through with the arranged marriage set up when he was a child. And Senna has no plans on being his mistress and still resents how her attempts to contact Marco were ignored...”
  • Tap Dancing with the Devil by Faith Gibson <— COP WAS FRAMED & WENT TO PRISON & NOW WANTS REVENGE... “There are no lengths Cass won’t go to for his revenge. He counts on his rage to fuel him forward. What he doesn’t count on is the wife of his old partner stirring up feelings he thought died all those years ago...”
  • The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie <— BEST FRIENDS BUT HE WANTS MORE ALERT!!I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations. Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry. Now I want more. I want her…

                   

 

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The Brave Line
I loved it (and I’m going to say I 5-star loved the second half of the book).

The first half was very good. Second half was intense and the best part of it all. In fact, I devoured it, and I’m surprised I did, ’cause it’s HOT!!!!! Hotter than I usually stick with. eek Like eye-buggingly, cheek blushingly OMG. WHOA. HOT!!!!!!!!

Yet, for such a STEAMY (and I meant steamy spelled D-I-R-T-Y) steamy, this book has SO much emotion, intense feels,  and backstory (and current story) that I fell in love with everyone in it.

Maryse: I just want to announce… if you’re looking for something SUPER-STEAMY HOT (but totally intense-romance), I’m reading just the thing! OMG the things he says… *blush* whoooooooooooooo *blink blink* And I already love this author, and this is bargain-priced right now, so it was a no-brainer.

Heather: LOVED this book. Caliente!!!!

Maryse: HOLY MOLY IS IT EVER!!!!!!!!!

Tracie: I freaking LOVED LOVED this book!!

Andrea: This book was amazing! Kate Stewart really hit it out of the park!!

Nay: Maryse–I actually started The Brave Line last night. I was going to start Room 212 but when I saw the blurb for The Brave Line. I couldn’t resist! I’m on Chapter 7, and so far so good!

Maryse: I totally one-clicked it because I was SO in the mood for this kind of story (and it. Is. HOT!!!! D-I-R-T-Y hot. BUT!!! Not erotica. Totally a romance book). Okay so… they just TOTALLY did er… all SORTS of “it”, and *whoooo* *blink blink* and then… this:

We stood for minutes just staring at each other before a shared, slow building smile lit up our faces. Lost in his eyes and his hold on me, I let myself go and felt the earth shift briefly. Rowdy was a sexual deviant hidden behind his blues the way I hid behind my headset. We were a sexual match. And it would have been perfect… if it wasn’t already over.

SO GOOD (so far)!!!

Amy: Kate Stewart, as in Room 212 Kate Stewart? And with a paragraph like that?? Oh, HECK yeah…CLICK!!!!

Jen C: Excited to start The Brave Line next after all the positive remarks!

Nay: Maryse–so glad you started The Brave Line! I’m loving their chemistry, and it’s super HAWT!!!

And I’ll be honest, guys. I didn’t think I’d be able to connect to the overtly-flirtatious, unabashed heroine. She’s wild, wide-open, and at times… a little obnoxious.

“She lived out loud…”

Oh boy… does she, and she’s no where near “me” (personality-wise), yet by the end, she felt like my absolute best friend in the world.

You guys know me. I tend to skim the sex. I’ll read if I’m so enthralled in the emotional and intensity and then I don’t even realize it’s happening until *whooops* IT. IS. HAPPENING. And this was sort of one of those. ‘Cause OMG did it happen. So blatantly that it didn’t even really sneak up on me, and still… I read every bit of it. Tee hee!!!! ;)

But better than that? This book ripped my heart out (such heartache and even terror for some), had tears spilling out of my eyes TWICE (for two very different reasons, such as… OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!!!!  THAT JERK!!! <— My favorite ;) even though it breaks my heart. And then… OMG I’m terrified with her – you’ll see… such a hard thing to read and this one was no exception), but overall, it healed me whole. And I loved it.

You can begin again anywhere you want to in life, but you can’t recreate your past or the way it shaped you.

So what’s it about?

Michelle is starting over in a new town, in a totally new life (and OMG her “old life” is WAY worth discovering. My heart aches!!!!!). She’s an emergency dispatcher now, and she’s got a HARD crush on one moody, broody cop that they call “Rowdy”. There’s nothing Rowdy about him. In fact,  she teases him on how “straight” he is. Or does she call him a square? Either way, you get the picture. :)

“Spliff?”

“Jesus, you are a square. Joint.”

“I know what a damn spliff is. And before you ask, no, I never did anything like that. How the hell did an ex-car thief, spliff-smoker become a dispatcher for the police?”

“Michelle isn’t my real name.” It was a half-truth.

He looked me over before he turned back to look above us. “I knew you were wild.”

“I’m not wild. I’m cultured.”

“You’re a dope smoking car thief.” I knew he was playing with me, though his tone was anything but.

“I’ve only stolen two cars— both classics— and I promise you it was worth it. So was the spliff.”

“You are trouble.”

“I was. I really was.”

Rowdy’s not interested. She’s too forward, too bold, too mouthy, and especially too “eager”. Mind you, he thinks she’s plenty hot, so that = too much temptation.

Thirteen years as a cop and not once had I ever thought about breaking my personal rule. Five minutes with her and I was convinced the rule was more of a punishment than a saving grace.

He doesn’t mess around where he works, and she’s just too close, so that’s a BIG FAT NO.

She’d been openly flirtatious, but I kept it friendly. I thought she was beautiful when I met her, but I had to shut it down. I never dipped my cock anywhere near my job. It was sacrilegious, and she’d been my greatest temptation so far.

And as confident and unabashed as she is, that hurts.

So, he didn’t date. Clearly he’d gotten mixed signals from me because that wasn’t exactly the one I’d given him. In fact, I was pretty sure I’d tractor-beamed “I want your hard handyman for a service call” with every flirtation. I didn’t get the hold up, and he apparently didn’t think a grown woman could handle a tryst with a coworker.

Whatever.

So when she finally is just starting to get over her crush, and decides she’s getting back on the saddle with someone else (at least temporarily), Rowdy *ahem* “c**kblocks” her, well, things get heated. Yep. THAT kind of heated.

“Rowdy, I’ll clue you in because we seem to have a communication problem.” I gave him the come here finger. He leaned over slightly as I whispered, “I’m not looking for friendly conversation tonight. Unless you are sushi or an orgasm, you aren’t on the menu.”

But then he thinks to himself… as long as it’s just private fun and nothing more, it can’t mess with his career and principles, right?

“I said dating won’t happen. And now that I know what you’re looking for, it’s a game changer.”

*snort* Okay. You keep telling yourself that Rowdy. And WE’LL enjoy the read.

And boy did I. Yes, it was exceptionally detailed, and he was exceptionally exciting, yet… “ONLY IN BOOKS” would I accept that, with how he spoke and treated her during the heated moments. But I can’t help it when I say… WHOOOOOOOOO HOT and HOLY MOLY he did NOT just say that?!!!!!!

*waggles eyebrows*

Yeah. I loved it. It had humor, it had an incredible cast of characters and interesting “side-stories” that had my heart (in good and bad ways) and this book gave us an excellent look into the life of a police officer, today (in many of the silly-sweet, super-scary and heartbreaking moments). It’s steamy, but best of all, it’s EXTREME emotion (and not just the sappy kind). It was the range of “feels” that kept me connected and not just reading it. Devouring it.

This was not just the bang, my friends. It’s the WHOLE SHEBANG.

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just have to find the ones worth suffering for. — Bob Marley.

4.5 stars!

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I have a gorgeous new cover for TINGED (the 3rd book in the Electric Tunnel Series). It’s going to release in May and oh boy is this cover steamy-sweeeeet!!! I LOVE it! And I love the blurb even more.

This sounds like it has intensity-potential, and there’s nothing better (for me anyway) than a love story about a girl in danger, and that one hero that will protect her. And in this case, he’s a bouncer. ;)

Lynx fled the Vegas Underground for Miami, desperate to uncover certain secrets of her past when she goes rogue in a dangerous world.

Michael Anthony Wind shed his pretty-boy upbringing and family legacy for his first job as a bouncer at the Electric Tunnel. Now successful in his own right, he’s only missing his woman.

When she’s finally found, Lynx is broken, unsure if she can be put back together. Mike may be strong, but is he strong enough for the job?

Their story isn’t beautiful or safe, but it’s theirs.

It’s only up for preorder here: https://itun.es/us/sskjjb.l

But here it is on Goodreads, too!

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Happy Friday everyone! We found some book-goodies, but first, I wanna tell about a good one (at least… so far).  I’m halfway through a K. Larsen thriller that’s not out YET (“The Tutor”), but I’m certainly in!! Dark psych-thriller and she’s been held captive (although at first, she doesn’t realize it). Ohhhh it’s going to get sinister. OR!! It’s going to hurt my heart (good ol’ Stockholm Syndrome).

But one thing’s for sure, I have NO clue where it’s going to take me, and I’m hoping this author’s penchant for twisty shocking reveals will reveal another jaw-dropper! I’ll keep you posted (but of course, spoiler-free, that is). ;)

Maryse: I want to announce that I’m reading a K. Larsen book that isn’t out yet called The Tutor and it’s DARK. YAY ME!!!!!! In bed already, reading, with a lemon drop martini. This is the life!

Jan: Maryse, you’re in bed with your tutor and a lemon drop martini. Nice. Enjoy!

Nay: Oooh, just put The Tutor on my tbr! No release date yet, darn it! But I love the trigger warning: “Trigger warning: all of them. This will not elicit warm fuzzy feelings”

Amy: *adds new K. Larsen book to list* I’ll NEVER turn down a chance to read one of her books!!! :D

But in the meantime…

Take a look at what we found! (NOTE: some are bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Revelry by Kandi Steiner <— MOODY NEW NEIGHBOR ALERT & IT JUST WENT LIVE!!! She’s newly divorced and taking some time away, and has a new brooding UNINTERESTED neighbor… “A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her. Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost. He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away...”
Nancy: I Loved this Book!!
  • Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre <— ALESSANDRA TORRE ALERT!He wanted a perfect polite sex toy. Turns out, that roles doesn’t really work for me.” Tee hee!!! If this tiny teaser doesn’t titillate you, I don’t know what will. ;) I one-clicked it. That’s EXACTLY what I want to read. P.S. It’s bargain priced (to sweeten the pot). And Jessica is as excited as I am about it!

Jessica: I just one-clicked Alessandra’s TROPHY WIFE. I love the taboo trope, and anything with a so-wrong-it’s-right contract in it is my catnip these days. I already stayed up way too late plowing through half of it last night, and now I’m *almost* looking forward to going to the gym today because I get to keep reading it on the elliptical. Thanks for the great blog post!

Maryse: YAY JESSICA!!! I second every thing you just said. Except about the gym. I just… no. *snort* :P

  • Red Water by Kristen Mae <— LIVE!!! PSYCH-THRILLER/HORROR ALERT!!!! Ooooh this one just went LIVE and looks interesting (and has some AMAZING sounding reviews)… listed as “thriller/horror” (sounds like a psych-thriller to me!!) She just started college and considers her tiny dorm an upgrade from where she was living… “…when her new love interest begins to reveal his more unsavory appetites, Malory finds herself a hapless participant in sick games that force her to confront her nasty inner demons. As the game intensifies, so do the whispers in Malory’s head…
  • Partly Pumping by Victoria Devino <— HE TOOK HALF HER HEART & THIS IS HER LOVE STORY… “…yes, you will read about him, and I will talk about him a lot. And you will picture him in your mind. You will try to put together characteristics of him. But, they will never be accurate. Because, I cant even do that. Time makes you forget all of the most important details. Time creates you to forget – until you need to remember again. My name is Ann Marie. This is my story about love. And it is now time for me to remember. I am going to try and remember it all...” and Allie recommends it!
Allie: You should review Partly Pumping, by Victoria Devino! Its on Amazon and I am obsessed. Such steamy scenes, but it is so empowering with a strong female voice. This reminded me of it a little…awesome.
  • How We Fall by Melissa Toppen <— LIVE!!! BEST FRIENDS SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!…Cole wasn’t just my childhood best friend- the boy who knew me better than anyone else in the whole world. He was also my first love- a part of my very core. When a tragic death brings us face to face again after six years, every single memory comes rushing to the surface. Only this is not the boy I fell in love with all those years ago. The man before me is hardened, intimidating, and so damn sexy I practically melt when those dark eyes meet mine for the first time in six years...”
  • Blood Of A Rebel (Black Rebel Riders’ MC Book 9) by Glenna Maynard <— LIVE!! BIKER BOOK ALERT!!
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo <— FANTASY ROMANCE THRILLER ALERT! One of our favorite authors LOVED this one, and now bev is reading it and seems to be loving it too (mind you, it’s been hit-or-miss amongst our crew for a few that can’t get into it, but maybe it’s a mood thing? I’m dying to know ’cause it looks so good.

Suzanne: Six of Crows is still echoing in my head. Smart. Exciting. Suspenseful. A hint of swoon. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. You thought you had it figured out and then—WRONG! It gave me a total panic attack. Loved it.

bev: I’m also reading Six of Crows. It’s delightful. So much fun.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella <— SO FUNNY ALERT!! Cait can’t stop laughing and she’s driving everyone around her crazy! ;)

Jean: Hey guys, a book I’ve been waiting to go on sale finally did! Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I know I heard of this book on here somewhere a long time ago! Another of hers, Remember Me?, is also on sale!

Cait: On Jean’s comment about the Sophie Kinsella book sale I bought can you keep a secret and honestly haven’t stopped laughing! My family are ready to throw something at me! Thanks Jean

Maryse: Yay!! Thank you Jean. I don’t have “Remember Me?” :D !!!!

  • Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella <— SHE LOST HER MEMORY & REALIZES SHE’S NOW LIVING THE LIFE!!! One click of happiness!!! :D “Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.” Mine!!! :D
  • Semi-Broken (Harper Hall Investigations Book 4) by Isabel Jordan <— PARANORMAL ALERT!! Laura found us this one!!
Laura: Isabel Jordan’s “Semi-Broken” (Harper Hall Investigations Book 4) was released today. This is literally the only book that could coax me out of my book hangover after reading “Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel” by Charlotte Stein.
  • Accidentally on Purpose: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis <— JILL SHALVIS SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT! Tee hee! This one looks like fun!! I love it when “friends” sabotage potential dates. ;) “As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…
  • Commitment by Nia Forrester <— SOUNDS FORBIDDENY!!!! HE’S A FAMOUS RAPPER & THEY CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM EACH OTHER……what’s worse, while he’s never committed to any woman before, she’s committed to someone else. Still, they can’t stay away from each other…“ Jan tells us WE MUST READ THIS SERIES!!!

Jan: I started reading this back in March but took a break cos I was nervous about the angst coming :-/ Now I’ve started again from the start. I’m determined I’m going to get through it this time. I LOVE the rest of this series. And I LOVE the h and H of this one, Riley and Shawn. Just, Shawn, don’t do it!!! Noooooo!!!!!! Don’t break her heart! (and my heart). (But I already know from the other books that all will eventually end well. It’s just the pain and angst of the journey!)*shouts out* Everyone should read this series!!

  • Sempre by J.M. Darhower <— OLDIE BUT GOODIE MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT!! And Kathy FINALLY just read it!
Kathy: I just finished Sempre by J.M. Darhower. I am so embarrassed to say that I bought it in 2013 and FINALLY read it!! It was so good. I couldn’t sleep last night as I stopped with 80% read and wanted to see how it ended. I can’t wait to start Sempre Redemption. It makes me wonder how many treasures are just sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read!!
  • The Hot Shot by Kristen Callahan <— KRISTEN CALLIHAN’S LATEST SPORTS STAR RELEASE… SHE’S A PRICKLY PHOTOGRAPHER & BECOMES HIS ROOMMATE ALERT!!! And Kandace LOVES IT!!

Kandace: I’m reading The Hot Shot and it’s giving me beautiful butterflies. I think it’s going to be one of my favs of the year.

Jean: The Hot Shot (just read The Game Plan (Game On Series Book 3) so really looking forward to Finn’s story!)

  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy Book 1) by Joe Hart <— DYSTOPIAN THRILLER ALERT!!!! Fabi is reading this one, that I can’t wait to start. It’s a complete trilogy, and I have the first two books!!! YAY ME!!!!
Fabi: Maryse, I can’t put it down. I stayed up late reading. I got up early to read. Then I took a two hour lunch reading (oops). It’s dystopian with a bit of apocalypse and a dollop of thriller. It’s kept me on the edge of my seat so definitely working up to a 5 star for me.
  • The Brave Line by Kate Stewart <— I LOVE THIS AUTHOR & I totally one-clicked her latest release (it’s super-bargain priced!!). MINE MINE MINE!!! A dispatcher starting over… and a COP!!! YAY ME!!!! “…Fueled by a new career as a dispatcher, she’s determined not to let her scars weigh her down. She apologizes for nothing, especially her insatiable need for a certain police officer...”
  • Tyler (Riding Hard Book 4) by Jennifer Ashley <— LIVE!!! SEXY WESTERN BY JENNIFER ASHLEY ALERT!!!
  • White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements Book 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout <— JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU FALL FOR BOTH OF THEM!!! Amy found us this one on super-sale!
Amy: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout (first book in the Dark Elements trilogy)… right now! Total feels from all the YA PNR/UF books of a few years ago. I still can’t believe how she made me fall equally for both Zayne and Roth. I was thrilled with who she chose but oh, my heart…seeing the other guy have to walk away HURT.
  • Fix You (Second Chances Book 1) by Mari Carr <— LIVE!!! HER BEST FRIEND IS A ROCK STAR & SHE’S IN LOVE WITH HIM ALERT!! “...This New Year’s Eve heralds the year she’s going to tell Rob the truth. Even if he is on the road, reaching for musical stardom with his band. Her plan is derailed when she discovers a lump in her breast—and it’s not “nothing to worry about”…
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard <— HUGE HIT FANTASY ROMANCE/THRILLER ALERT! She has a power she didn’t know about until now…Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons...” So many in our crew went crazy for this one, and now MichelleS is LOVING it, too!

MichelleS: I decided what the heck, I’ll download sample of Red Queen. Totally hooked. Finally some good writing!!!

Tessa: *squee* Yeah, MichelleS! I hope you enjoy it. *fingers crossed*

Robyn: Michelle S….the Red Queen was such a good book. I’ve read the whole series and am waiting for the next book to come out. You won’t be disappointed! I also bought all the books in hardback from Costco a couple months ago. I scored,the lottery on that one!

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  • F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher <— HE’S DATING HER BEST FRIEND ALERT!!! Ashley recommends it in audiobook! “I absolutely loved F*ck Love. I read the book once but have listened to the audiobook 3 or 4 times, it’s one that I keep going back to.”
  • Bright Side by Kim Holden <— AWESOME TEAR-JERKER ALERT!!! And Nay recommends THIS one in audiobook! Since many of you got the Kindle version at a super-bargain price, it’s exceptionally well priced as an audiobook also, if you use Amazon’s Whipsersync feature. ;)
Nay: the Brightside audiobook is FABULOUS!!

                       

 

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