AUG 27th 2015 SALE UPDATE!! <—- OMG OMG OMGOMG OMG OMG!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!! It’s on SUPER-SALE ($1.99 right today!!) You guys have to one-click this stunner/psych-thriller excitement-fest (with a love story in there… sorta). LOL!!! OH MY I LOVED IT!!! Oh yeah!!! Here’s my review (below). :P

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

FANTASTIC brand spankin’ new release that was TOTALLY up my alley and TOTALLY not on my radar. Why!? ‘Cause I only check the romance section. Ohhhhh yesssssss I DO LOVE ME some romance books. That will never end. However… my love, and need of that psychological scary thrill is back in full force! And this one delivered 100%!!!

So what’s it about? I can barely tell you a thing but I will say a bit like what the blurb says… Basically, Rachel is suffering from depression having lost her life as she knew it. Her “normal”… her bliss… is gone. And she’s self-medicating with alcohol. Severely.

The weekend stretches out ahead of me, forty-eight empty hours to fill. I lift the can to my mouth again, but there’s not a drop left.

She’s living with a roommate that worries about her, and “pretending” to be going to work each day, she takes the train and and watches the lives of those living in the houses as the train passes by.

Twice a day, I am offered a view into other lives, just for a moment. There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.

Coming up with “fantasy lives” of those she sees most often.

They’re a match, they’re a set. They’re happy, I can tell. They’re what I used to be, they’re Tom and me five years ago. They’re what I lost, they’re everything I want to be.

Until one day… as the train comes to a slow stop in front of her favorite fantasy “couple” she sees something that disturbs her. And within days, hears something on the news. And she gets involved by providing the information she saw to the police. But… due to her alcoholism and memory issues, well… let’s just say… things get REALLY messy.

I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.

For those of you wanting to go in blind STOP READING MY REVIEW HERE. I don’t spoil anything at all, really, but it’s best to just read this one without knowing anything more from me. Just know that I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It was crazy awesome and it’s time you cracked it open! Or flipped it on, however you like to read your books. ;)

For those of you that don’t mind my banter and self-analysis through the experience of reading this one, read on. There are NO spoilers, so no worries, but we do flip back and forth with our banter and guesses. LOL!

Thank you THANK you Sadie for bringing it to my attention! We buddy-read this one together, and OMG do we love these crazy twisty reads!

Sadie: Have you seen all the buzz about Girl on a train? I’m going to read it soon and will keep you posted

Maryse: Ohhh lemme look it up!!

Sadie: It’s not a romance – but everywhere I turn it’s being recommended. 4 people today

Maryse: yeah I’m good with it not being romance. I want something crazy!! I bought it yesterday night. Have you started it yet? I’m gonna start it in just a few. Maybe I should put it in the “book that scares me” section of the 2015 Reading Challenge since it’s a psych-thriller / hitchcock like book

Sadie: You totally could! Okay I’ll start it. I hope it’s good! I’ve been getting so many recs for it. Got to 5% and will pick it back up tonight. Can already tell it’s my kind of book. I love the effed up narrators.

Sadie: I’m at 10% and back at it! Did you start?

Sadie: I’ve gotten completely obsessed with this book!

Maryse: It is SO good. I’m only at about 20% but loving it. They are all SO messed up…

Sadie: Yes, I can’t put it down. I’m at 30%. I can’t stop thinking about it It’s creepy. so well written. and i love unreliable narrators! because your brain is constantly spinning

Sadie: Loved this:

Beautiful sunshine, cloudless skies, no one to play with, nothing to do. Living like this, the way I’m living at the moment, is harder in the summer when there is so much daylight, so little cover of darkness, when everyone is out and about, being flagrantly, aggressively happy. It’s exhausting, and it makes you feel bad if you’re not joining in.

Maryse: I totally highlighted that. So did everyone but I couldn’t help myself. SO SO SOOOOO good!

Sadie: Yes some of the lines are just too good not to highlight. I’m still working so haven’t read beyond 30% but excited to get back to it!

Maryse: I’m right about where you are too… time to get back to my book. !!!

Sadie: **% very anxious!!!

Maryse: Do you have any theories? Well you’re way past me, but for awhile I was thinking *spoiler*. LOL! Not sure…

Sadie: I’m at **% now so I don’t want to spoil anything but my mind has been all over the place with this one thinking everyone is guilty!

Maryse: Good!!! YES I KNOW!!!!

Sadie: everyone is messed up in their own way

Maryse: I’m so glad that the 2015 Reading Challenge inspired me to branch out a bit… I only put it down ’cause I’m tired or busy, but I LIKE reading it big time.

Sadie: Yes, me too. I could have read it in one sitting if I wasn’t working or sleeping lol. While I think they are all guilty, I’ve oddly been sympathetic towards all of them at different points

Sadie: Eeek! Very interesting. I’m just going to read until I’m finished because I need to know what’s happening.

Maryse: Good!!! *squee* at me if something crazy happens. LOL!!

Sadie: Well something big happened just now but I can’t tell you! bahahaha

Maryse: BRAT!!! *snort* :P

Sadie: tehehehe

Sadie: Finished! Loved it!!!

Maryse: I LOVED IT TOO!!!! I want another like it!

Sadie: Ugh I know! Very hard to follow. I’m so glad you loved it too! But I mean how could you not? I meant hard to follow like hard to find another book to follow it lol just to clarify

Maryse: Right? Did you figure it out early? I literally only figured it out when ****** did. When ******* realized *spoiler*…

Sadie: Yes, I figured it out *spoiler*. What was that around **%? yep me too that’s where it clicked…

Maryse: Yep! Good… I thought I was being so clever trying to guess and I was SO way off. LOL!

I guessed and I guessed and I guessed and I even came up with some theories! A few atypical but “suddenly showing up in my recent reads” more often, so I assumed… probably this one too, right? Big reveal, most would *gasp*!! Clever SHOCKER (but since I’ve read a few “like that”, I wouldn’t be so shocked ’cause I’m now well-versed in shocking twists, and more clever now, like that. ;)

HA! And boy was I wrong. It still got me. I had NO clue. I thought everything. I “tried” out everything. I analyzed. I backtracked. I finally just let myself go, and still… I was wrong. Do you know when I finally clued in? When that AHA! moment happened? Right when it was supposed to. That ONE scene that ALL of us readers should have finnnaaallllllyyy caught on to… and I was all. OH EM GEE!!!!!!!! OF COURSE!!!!! There was no “early-bird” clueing in for me. Heck no. But that made it all the more fun!

HOORAY!! And then…. I was excited. Oh… don’t get me wrong. I was excited through the whole thing, but they’re ALL such a freaking mess… *shakes head*. Such a mess, that I was mostly exasperated and feeling like I needed a shower, ’cause I was all sweaty in my day-long (even night long) same pj’s reading-marathon. Sweaty from the craziness and anxiety these people were causing me… these devastated, depressed, despondent, deviant and perhaps even… deadly… characters. And the circumstances they were finding themselves in.

Who dunnit?!! Or was it all in my head?

I’m not telling! I can’t even barely tell you what the story was about. I mean… we DO have a main character, (mostly just… that girl on the train). She tells us everything. Thing is… she can’t remember anything. :| Much…

But things are pieced together for us, slowly… interestingly, by all of the other characters involved. Yes there is a lot of POV switching, and a bit of time line balancing, but don’t even worry. You’ll find their rhythm soon enough and you’ll forget you’re reading and think you’re watching some crazy awesome freaky movie. And soon enough, once you’re a part of this manic mystery (and these people’s crazy lives) you won’t be able to put it down.

I felt for them… I disliked them. I hoped for them… I was despondent with them.

“What happened to you, Rachel?” he asked me. “When did you become so weak?”

I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.

Ugh. My heart…

Sad. Fascinating. Manic. YES! That’s a great way to describe some of these characters. And me, while I was reading it. Good times!!! :D

4.5 stars! Probably should give it 5 stars ’cause its as so expertly written and so fun and exciting and I’ll never forget it. Okay then. 5 stars!

P.S. I’m going to end of with one of the last but most “YES!!! EXACTLY!!” things Sadie said about the overall gist of the book. It’s kind of spoiler-ish (but not really) but still avoid this last part if you haven’t read the book and want to go in blind. But she just said it so well, and she was exactly right. This is how I felt, too:

Sadie: I just loved how it was about how we judge people so easily and really we have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors. And the harm it can do. yes! I thought everyone was guilty at some point. and in their own way they were…like everyone had a part in it. Sort of.

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Another “Guess the book” question… Oooooooh a forbiddenny book question!!!! :D What?!! Forbiddenny is a word. Here. *snort* :P  Yep!! This sounds like it could be all tumultuous and stuff!!

Stephanie asks:

“Need help with a book, I don’t think it’s out yet but it’s about a guy who works with the girl Fern’s grandpa and he has a thing for her but she isn’t quite 18 yet, he resisted his pull to her until she turns 18 and he catches her at the bar with friends. Any help would be great”

Hillary: OK, that sounds really good, did anyone come up with what it is?

Maryse: Not yet… does anyone have any idea of this one?

Angie: It sounds like Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan.

Sarah: Sounds like something I would read :D

Maryse: LOL!!! Soooooo…. anyone else? ;)

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Many in our M/M romance lovers crew already know about (and LOVED!!) this series, but for those of you new to the genre (but wanting more), this one is much loved!

Jackie: Did you read Tigers and Devils by sean Kennedy? – totally different story from BOATK but has the same feel – lots of humour and ‘real’ characters. Another of my favourite m/m books. xxx … My m/m ‘thing’ started with BDB quinn and Blay….then kind of grew.

Sara: Tigers and Devils is one of those that I go back to quite a bit when I run out of stuff to read.

About book #1:

The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film—in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other’s lives forever.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon’s support is a bright spot.

But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan’s homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.

    

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Let’s help Dawn find this book, shall we? It sounds like the kind that makes us want to throw our e-readers and we love those, don’t we? Sometimes. ;) *snort*

She sent us this question, and we tried to figure it out amongst the Facebook crew, but I think we were out of luck, that day. So many someone here knows?

Hi Maryse,
I hoping you can help me out. I’m looking for a book about a woman who finds out that she is pregnant, her father died, and she goes to tell her husband and finds him having sex with some other woman. All this happened in one day. I can’t find it. And I really want to read this book. Please help!

Lauren: Is it a new release or has it been out awhile?

Dawn: I don’t think it’s a new release.

Anyone? :D

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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin
Gotta LOVE her crazy, crazy book titles and character names, but most of all, GOTTA LOVE her SLOW burn romances. And this one? OH GOD YES! Right up my alley for sure! Rock star bus tour + hot lead singer + this author’s brand of teasing us until we’re about to explode? YES PLEASE!!!!

And I gotta say… I pretty much loved it. A quick, easy read that was not necessarily unputdownable, but SO EASILY pick-back-uppable. Like *if* I put it down, for whatever reason, I was SO happy to get right back into it. One of those.

And I mean, for many, you may not even need to put it down ’cause it’s just shy of 200 pages. If you have an afternoon all to yourself for sweet, relatable-fantasy fun, this one’s for you!

Lori: I’ll read anything she writes!!

Jennifer: After reading Kulti by this author I will read ANYTHING she writes!!!

Lauren: I’m 42% in…..really slow burn….as all of her books are (Kulti, Under Locke).

Rebecka:  And … I just finished it. So good. So good. So good. I wouldn’t 5-star it, like I did Kulti, but it’s a solid 4.5 I can’t believe she released it so stealthily. I would have pre-ordered that for sure. After this, she’s definitely on my “I’m-buying-anything-you-write” list. Which is pretty short so that’s saying something.

So what’s it about?

Gabby is asked by her twin brother Eli to travel with his band (and two others) on their tour bus and help them with the sales of concert memorabilia. Just having graduated college but not having anything to do as of yet, she accepts, and the hijinks begin! But it’s the wonderful kind. The feeling of family and friends, but of the “bratty” kind. And well… maybe one that could be so much more than a friend. His name is Sacha. *sigh* He’s just… awesome. AWESOME!!! And therein lies the romance angst!

Who wouldn’t like Sacha? He was handsome, funny, kind and incredibly talented. Wouldn’t there be something wrong with me if I didn’t like him?

I could deal with a little crush. No big deal. I couldn’t browse the Internet without finding a picture of some attractive guy I would never meet.

And that was the story I was going to go with.

I mean, I could admire him from afar without it meaning anything, right?

What I loved about it? Pretty much everything (minus 2 hiccups). I loved that even though it was just shy of 200 pages, I didn’t feel like I was missing any detail to the story. For the most part, it didn’t feel rushed, or “glossed over”. And what I loved the most? We were strictly living this love-story, from HER POV, which means ALL of that insecurity, angst, and second-guessing was in full force, not only for the heroine, but for me, too. ‘Cause I NEVER knew exactly what he was thinking, planning, talking to and wanting. I had a good idea, sure… but since I was only “her” I got to feel all of those hopeful (or worried) butterflies.

Good grief. Why did my chest hurt? Was this what a heart attack felt like?

What else did I love? ALL of the secondary characters. They all had a personality, and they were all very much involved in the progression of the story. Especially her twin brother, Eli (a member of one of the bands she’s touring with to “help him”) and his best friend (also her best friend), Mason. Both of ‘em just pure brats, but hilarious, loving and protective (in their own ways). And other band members that contributed plenty to conversations, goofy antics, and even tour-bus tension.

Like… here’s a funny scene where her behemoth, bad-ass of a twin brother is braiding her hair, for her, on the bus. But of course, he doesn’t want the guys seeing him do this (he loves braiding hair!!) so they close themselves up in the room, but her brother’s best friend is wondering what they’re up to…

“Hey! Can I come in?” Mason’s voice bellowed from the other side.

“No!” we both yelled simultaneously.

He didn’t immediately respond, like he couldn’t fathom why he couldn’t. “Why?” he finally asked, sounding confused and disturbed.

“Eli’s showing me how he puts a tampon in,” I snorted, earning another sharp tug of my hair from my brother.

*snort* I can just see Mason… standing there… perplexed and disturbed. LOL!!!! But believe me, he’s just as obnoxious as the rest of ‘em.

What else did I love? The PERSONAL detail. The stuff that made these characters not only provide us a main “love story” for us to read, but details that had them living and breathing and actually interacting realistically. And I’m telling you now… I BELIEVE these people truly exist. I mean from the incessant teasing, to the ponytail pulling, to the awkward guys attempting to comfort the moody girl on the bus, to the emergency time-of-the-month-starting right there in the middle of a three all male band tour bus trip… with her being the only female on board. Oh. You get the picture. ;)

What else did I love? There was nothing to skim for me. Superfluous sex-scenes? Nope! I mean… don’t get me wrong… I like one or two well placed smoking-hot love scenes that forward the story as needed. But often times I find myself skimming them to get back to the “real part” of the book. Yet this one allowed me to “live” them as two platonic friends that were attracted to each other but not bold enough to “make something” of it… at least not until much later. It was… exciting anticipating when it finally would… or *might* happen.

This story was comprised of moments after moments that lead us further and further into our big-time crush (but also, connecting with her whole entourage). Funny chats, crazy bets, concert antics, late night cuddles and long discussions… but no… sex. I mean it comes… eventually. But I LOVED that I got to fall for him, and enjoy their friendship, without all of the “immediate” steam. I love a slow burn. That’s how many a real love story happens. Friends of friends. Crushes that last weeks. Months. Last minute “hanging out” and getting to know each other. Sweet attachment and fun new “alone-time” routines… and that delicious coveting that never really becomes anything, but is so obviously EVERYTHING.

So yeah… this book did it for me.

And I have only two real hangups. A few times, her second-guessing was a bit much, considering what I FELT was so obvious, but then again… I’d remind myself. Hey. YOU try falling in love with, and hanging out with, and platonically cuddling every night with a coveted rock star and be all confident no matter how obvious he is. I highly doubt any of us would be.

There was an intimacy to the moment that spoke volumes. It made me want to cry.

Especially considering he’s got a girlfriend. Or is she an ex? Or an on-hold?

She had that kind of classic beauty that would give a photographer a boner. And perfect, clear, pale skin.

What a bitch.

*snort* I LOVE IT!!! Yep, from Gabby’s POV, this was definitely giving me cramps! LOL!

And I found as detailed and fulfilling as the story was as a whole, it ended two quickly. Kind of abruptly in fact and while I was good with the ending, it could have been so much more. perhaps we’ll get more as we visit the other band member’s own stories in the future? I can’t imagine Mason and Eli not getting their own books. THEY MUST!! *hint hint* :P

So all that to say, I really liked it! Fun and funny, so sweet and slightly angsty. Maybe not enough to have been screaming this from the rooftops as a must-read-now-if you-want-your-world-turned-upside-down type of book…but just enough of everything for me to enjoy every page! It’s a great afternoon on the beach read! Or a flight read. Nothing too emotional to have you regretting reading in public, but plenty of sweet romance angst to keep you entertained and still give you some feels.

4 stars!

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18 new books added to the main new release page, but for those curious about the ones I just found, I’m highlighting ‘em here, too! Take a look. Did you already know about any of these? I’ve got some series reading orders to update. :D

  1. Breaking Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed 3) by Alyssa Rae Taylor – August 31st 2015
  2. Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre – September 7th 2015
  3. Numbers (New Species) by Lauren Dohner – September 8th 2015
  4. The Affiliate (Ascension Book 1) by K.A. Linde – September 15th 2015
  5. The Skeleton King (Dartmoor Book 3) by Lauren Gilley – September 15th 2015
  6. Screwed by Kendall Ryan – September 15th 2015
  7. Command (Storm MC #7) by Nina Levine - October 19th 2015
  8. Holding Her Hand (Reed Brothers Book 15) by Tammy Falkner - October 28th 2015
  9. Coup De Grâce (Code 11- KPD SWAT Book 7) by Lani Lynn Vale - November 4th 2015
  10. The Aftermath by R.J. Prescott – December 15th 2015
  11. Fighting Dirty: Worth the Fight Series by Sidney Halston - January 5th 2016
  12. Sin & Suffer (Pure Corruption) by Pepper Winters – Jan 26th 2016
  13. Stacked Up: Worth the Fight Series by Sidney Halston - March 29th 2016
  14. Listen To Me: A Fusion Novel by Kristen Proby – April 10th 2016
  15. Everywhere and Every Way (The Billionaire Builders Book 1) by Jennifer Probst - May 31st 2016

        

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Welcome to the 46th installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Sidney Halston’s latest book, Laid Out (Worth the Fight) - he’s a private mercenary and a martial arts fighter… *waggles eyebrows*

In this installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”, the author tells us about her ten day road-trip with her husband and kids! LOL!!!

You’ll Never Believe…what we did this summer

The plan was to go to NYC—just my husband and me. But a babysitting debacle caused a change of plans. So, my husband’s resolution was to say, “No big deal. We’ll make it a road trip and take the kids.” Let me stop here and explain something. We have three kids: four year old twins and a seven year old. That’s three kids! In a car… for ten days. Ten days because my husband also suggested that we stop in various places along the way. So, that’s what we did. The five us got in a car and went on a road trip from Miami, Florida to New York City with our three small children.

The first leg was long. Google Maps said it was nine hours to Helen, Georgia the pre-decided first stop. Google Maps doesn’t take the “we have to pee” every five minutes into account, nor the “we’re hungry” into account. Suffice it to say that the nine hours were actually eighteen very long hours.

Helen, Georgia is a lovely town that we enjoyed tremendously. We even stopped at Babyland. Babyland was the highlight of the entire ten days. Not the Statute of Liberty or the White House when we stopped in Washington, DC, but Babyland—the hospital where Cabbage Patch Dolls are birthed. Yes, birthed.

If you have never gone to this odd place, I suggest you stop what you’re doing and go. It is the most fascinatingly odd place I’ve ever seen. Employees are dressed like nurses and doctors and are in full character whether they are rocking a newborn to sleep (It’s a doll, lest we forget) or performing an emergency c-section (yep, still talking about a doll. And, by the way, this was met with my three kids’ screaming in horror). Anyway, I was really into Cabbage Patch dolls as a kid so I thoroughly enjoyed this place.

Next leg was D.C. which my kids loved but thought all brick houses were Minecraft houses (we don’t have much brick in Miami), and they enjoyed that more than the monuments. So that was a surprising turn of events. My husband and I trying to explain the Lincoln Memorial and my children touching the brick buildings in awe. Next we hit up NYC. That was my favorite part of the trip and we all had fun eating our fill of NY-style pizza.

Our final stop was Williamsburg, Virginia. Word of advice to parents: not a hit with the kids and the hundred degree heat didn’t help.

Anyway, it was quite the adventure being stuck together for ten days in a car. It turned out way better than I expected and I’m actually glad we took the kids along. It was definitely a trip we will never forget. Although next time—I think we’ll fly!

P.S. Note to the author: You are SO lucky to have gone to Babylon General!!!! I’ve always wanted to go!!! :D Oh and of course, I want to go to NY too, to eat that pizza! Oh and to see everything that’s awesome about NY. :D

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<— LIVE! This one, and SO many others that are right up our alley. Authors near and dear to our reading-hearts… our very favorite ones are BACK this week. Abbi Glines’ Until Friday Night (HOLY MOLY the blurb on this one made my heart ache!!! This sounds so different for this author… deep and poignant sounding), Tracey Garvis-Graves’ Heart-Shaped Hack (I LOVE THIS AUTHOR!! Everything I’ve read from her, very adult-contemporary awesome!), Emma Chase’s Sustained (made me awwwwwww when I read this blurb… he helps take care of orphans), Shay Savage’s Released (best male POV-writer!!), C.D. Reiss’ Rule (mafia romance!!), Tijan’s Fallen Crest University (need I even expand? LOL!!! She’s HUGE in our crew), the list goes on and on, and I think we’ll be reading to our hearts delight this week!

P.S. ABOUT TIJAN’S Fallen Crest Series (I love Tijan just ’cause she’s plain  awesome in real life, AND ’cause so many here LOVE her books) BUT! I can’t answer the first question however (since I still need to read this series), however… our crew CAN!!!:

Allison: Confession time . . . I see FCU and read the blurb and just think, “Ugh. High School.”  But then I read the way you guys comment and talk about the books and wonder “WTH am I missing?”So please someone tell me . . . WTH am I missing?

Ela: *whispering to Allison* I feel the same……..shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Fabi: The story is so much more intense than what you would think of as high school angst. I would even call it dark in some respects.

Tessa: What are you missing? Just to get an idea, I’m at 90% at typing because the tummy twists got too much and I had to step away before I threw my tablet in anger and fear. I literally have my hands clenched and want to scream and hit something.

Tessa: And done. *sighs* I want more! I know, I’ll get more (Logan’s book, yeah!) but I want more now!

Amy: Oh Ela and Allison…you are missing SO much if you haven’t read the Fallen Crest series. If not for the high school references in the first few books, you would think they were college age. The characters may be in high school but I would NOT classify it as YA, especially with the sexy times. To me, FCH is one of those series that may not sound like much from the blurbs or our gushing but has to be experienced to understand the appeal. And they read FAST! I keep staring ambivalently at FCU on my iPad, wanting to dive in yet knowing that when it’s over then that’s it and I’ll have to wait for the next one and I’ll be in a funk. *sigh* I’m so glad you ladies understand that feeling. ;)

Ela: Oh Amy! LOL You have re-assured me *high five* *fist bump*…..

Tessa: I can’t say I’m in a funk yet. I’m still saying “Oh, my, GOD!” out loud a lot. I will be though. Ela,

Amy: See?? SEE?!? *points at Tessa* Look how quickly she finished it! I don’t want it to be over that fast but I know it will ’cause it’s nearly impossible to set it down once you start it.

Ready? Just take a look at these!

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

AUDIOBOOK LOVERS :P

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 ebooks 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 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. Sustained: Legal Briefs, Book 2 by Emma Chase
  2. Shadows Strike: Immortal Guardians Series #6 by Dianne Duvall
  3. Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr
  4. Make Me, Sir: Masters of the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair
  5. The Last Time I Saw Her: A Novel by Karen Robards
  6. Tough Love by Lori Foster
  7. When a Scot Ties the Knot: Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare
  8. Breathless in Love: The Maverick Billionaires, Book 1 by Bella Andre
  9. The Culmination: The Club Series, Book 4 by Lauren Rowe
  10. Two Minutes: Seven Series, Book 6 by Dannika Dark
  11. Her Lucky Cowboy: A Montana Men Novel, Book 3 by Jennifer Ryan
  12. X: Kinsey Millhone, Book 24 by Sue Grafton
  13. Secondhand Souls: A Novel by Christopher Moore
            

 

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).

  1. Box Set: Rescue Me Saga, Books 1-3 by Kallypso Masters <— HOLY MOLY BDSM BAD-A$$ES DEAL!!! The 1st 3 in the series have been bundled at a rock bottom price!
  2. The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski <— Melissa recommends this one! “Hi Maryse, I just finished The Moment of Letting Go by JA Redmerski. OMG- so great! It had the Edge of Never feel to it which I know you totally loved and were head over heals for. (me too) You must read and/or review. I’m curious to see what your take on it is.
  3. The Unblocked Collection by Marni Mann <— whole series bundled at a bargain price!
  4. Wrong by LP Lovell <— DARK READ, super-bargain priced right now, and book #2 was just released (below)!!
  5. Dance for Me (Forbidden Trilogy Book 1) by J.C. Valentine <— The conclusion to this trilogy was just released today (below) so I’m posting #1 & #2 right here since they’re bargain priced! :D If you haven’t read these yet, DON’T look at the blurb of the latest one!!
  6. Lie to You (Forbidden Trilogy Book 2) by J.C. Valentine (and here’s #2)
  7. Overruled by Emma Chase <— MIGHT BE ONE FOR THE WHAT TO RAED AFTER ARSEN LIST ALERT!!! Sale priced ’cause book #2 was just released (below)! Anne loved it “I finished Overruled and LOVED it! I totally fell in love with Stanton Shaw and Sofia was amazing too. I totally recommend this book!” (but some of our fellow readers were FURIOUS with HIM and some decisions he made… and did not love it as much). ;)
  8. Slammer by Tabatha Vargo <— HE’S A PRISONER AND SHE’S THE PRISON NURSE <— Aimee went nuts over this recent release! “Just finished slammer by tabatha vargo. It was unputdownable. Holy moly what an ending”
  9. Play for Me: A Novel <— OOOOOH SOUNDS LIKE TROUBLE ALERT!!! Claudia found us this one!!! “I was waiting for the price to go low; .99 ..very good reviews…” She’s a married photographer and… “It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son’s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist’s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing—and with his final note, something within her breaks loose.” (and then she gets a job to tour with them…)
  10. Made for Breaking (The Russells Book 1) by Lauren Gilley <— And Nancy found us this one!!
        

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Breakout (The Dred Chronicles Book 3) by Ann Aguirre
  2. Devastation: A Beauty and the Beast Novel (A Beastly Tale Book 3) by M.J. Haag
  3. Nightwalker by Jacquelyn Frank
  4. River Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 7) by Heather Long
  5. Vampire in Crisis (Family Blood Ties Book 8) by Dale Mayer
  6. Night’s Surrender (Children of the Night Book 7) by Amanda Ashley
  7. Even Vampires Get the Blues: A Deadly Angels Book (A Deadly Angels Novella 6) by Sandra Hill
  8. The Last Time I Saw Her: A Novel (Dr. Charlotte Stone Book 4) by Karen Robards
  9. Intervention by Aurelia T. Evans
  10. Accessory: The Scarab Beetle Series: #4 (The Academy) by C.L. Stone
  11. On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, Hannah Jayne
  12. Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians series Book 6) by Dianne Duvall
  13. My Savior (Bewitched and Bewildered Book 4) by Alanea Alder
  14. The Dragon Guard Series Box Set: (Books 1-7) by Julia Mills
  15. Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy by Astrid Amara, KJ Charles, Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, Lou Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Nicole Kimberling, Andrea Speed
  16. Dragon King: A Dark Kings Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Donna Grant
  17. Witches Don’t Back Down (Kate Storm Series Book 4) by Meredith Allen Conner
  18. Obsession By Treaty (Scifi Romantic Suspense) (Qui Treaty Collection Book 5) by Kayla Stonor
  19. Angel 6.0: Emissary (Space Opera Romance) (Angel 6.0, Book 5) by Travis Luedke
  20. Volume One: Gildemer (The Gate Series 1 Volumes) by A.S. Oren
  21. Parallel Fire: The Parallel Series, Book 3.5 (Paranormal Romance) by Deidre Knight
  22. Bring Me to Life by August Kert
  23. Dark Nest: Reckoning (The Dark Nest Chronicles Book 2) by Leanna Renee Hieber
  24. Because of Him (The Mind Breaker Accounts Book 2) by Megan Duke
  25. Multiple Incursions by F. R. Akerman
                        

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Fallen Crest University (Fallen Crest Series Book 5) by Tijan <— TIJAN ALERT!!! And I can’t even read the blurb ’cause I have to start the series first and it’s been on my TBR list for a few years and EVERYONE I know seems to love it, especially Tessa who has thrown enough peanuts at me for not reading it that I could eat peanut butter for a few years!
  2. Until Friday Night (A Field Party Book 1) by Abbi Glines <— WHOA!!! OH WOW I LOVE THE SOUND OF THIS ONE! SHE’S MUTE & HE STARTS TELLING HER HIS SECRETS… He’s the popular jock (quietly hurting over his dad’s cancer suffering) and SHE is mute because she saw her father murder her mother!! “…she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away. As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
  3. Bounce: A Boomerang Novel by Noelle August <— “Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted.
  4. Don’t Get Me Wrong: A Novel by Marianne Kavanagh <— SOUNDS POIGNANT (and it says for fans of Jojo Moyes. Oh that’s me!!!) They hate each other, but both love her older sister… “Both Harry and Kim are too stuck in their prejudices to care about what’s really going on beneath the surface of each other’s lives. They’ll never understand each other—until the worst of all tragedy strikes. Faced with the possibilities of losing the person they both love most, long-buried secrets come to a head in ways that will change both Harry and Kim forever.” <— CLAUDIA LOVED IT!!! “Don’t get me wrong by Marianne Kavanagh , loved it!! One of my favs this year!
  5. The Path (Crystal Cove Book 3) by Tawdra Kandle
  6. Second Chance Bride by Raine English
  7. 3 Seconds (Time for Love Book 6) by Bethany Lopez <— HE’S A ROCK ROCK STAR/OLDER WOMAN-YOUNGER MAN ALERT!!What starts as a one-night-stand becomes more when Bronagh and Brendan realize that they can’t walk away. But can a younger man who’s prone to late nights and scantily-clad women convince a woman who’s been hurt that age doesn’t matter, and he’s the man she needs?
  8. Divine Domination (Bought by the Billionaire Book 4) by Lili Valente
  9. Time to Heal by Lisa B. Kamps
  10. It’s a Wonderful Wife (Sinclair Brothers Novel) by Janet Chapman
  11. Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes: A Novel by <— OMG ON THIS BLURB!!! SHE’S A SINGLE MOTHER/TEACHER & HAS A FLING? WITH A STUDENT and then… “Ten years later, Ally’s still single. Jake reappears and surprises her in a brand-new role: He’s dating Ally’s now-grown daughter.” <— CLAUDIA LOVED THIS ONE TOO! “Ok, another one : Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes: by Jules Moulin ..sooooo good!! Thank you Maryse!!”
  12. Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series Book 2) by Emma Chase <— AWWWWWW I LOVE THE SOUND OF THIS SWEETNESS ALERT! He’s a no-nonsense lawyer, and sounds like a hard-ass… “I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be. Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office…
  13. Illusive (Storm MC #5) by Nina Levine
  14. With Brave Wings (Breaking Free Book 2) by Cara Dee
  15. Getting Over It: Sapphire Falls book six by Erin Nicholas
  16. Christi Bell by Lori Lapekes <— CREEPY MESSAGES…She discovers peculiar things, like the stranger lives in a beat-up old trailer that resembles her toaster. She begins to understand him. But is he a stalker or a protector?
  17. Injustice (A Kingpin Love Affair Book 4) by J.L. Beck
  18. Her Alaskan Hero (An Alaskan Hero Novel Book 1) by Rebecca Thomas
  19. Rule (A Mafia Romance) (The Corruption Series Book 3) by C.D. Reiss <— THE CONCLUSION TO THIS MAFIA ROMANCE TRILOGY ALERT! (I can’t read the blurb so I don’t spoil it for myself, but it’s now complete!)
  20. Find Me (Found Duet Book 2) by Laurelin Paige <— The Conclusion of Gwen and JC’s Story
  21. A Scot in Springtime by Helena Moran-Hayes
  22. In The Dark (The Rules Book 2) by Monica Murphy <— SHE’S HOUSESITTING & HE THINKS SHE’S HIS RICH NEIGHBOR…If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again. They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl–and it’s exhausting…
  23. Disconnect (Iron Bulls MC #2) by Phoenyx Slaughter
  24. Unforgettable Heroes II Boxed Set by Elizabeth Bevarly, Maddie James, Margaret Ethridge, Janet Eaves, Amy Jarecki, Jennifer Johnson, Amie Denman, Bobbye Terry, Arlene Hittle, JC Wardon
  25. Meeting Max by Richard Brumer
  26. Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis-Graves <— HE HACKS MONEY INTO HER ACCOUNT ALERT!!!When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act...”
  27. Illusive (Storm MC #6) by Nina Levine
  28. Coletrane (Bad Boys of Retribution MC Book 4) by Rie Warren
  29. Anything but Broken by Joelle Knox <— HER DEAD SISTER’S EX ALERT!!! “She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex…”
  30. Passing His Guard (Against the Cage) by Melynda Price
  31. A Forever Love (Eligible Billionaires Book 6) by Maggie Marr
  32. Worth It (Forbidden Men Book 6) by Linda Kage <— FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT!!! “…nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret. Our love could conquer all. Until it didn’t…
  33. Forbidden (The Wicked Woodleys Book 1) by Jess Michaels <— REGENCY HISTORICAL
  34. Level Hands (Bend or Break) by Amy Jo Cousins <— M/M ROMANCE
  35. Feat of Clay (Men of London Book 4) by Susan Mac Nicol <— M/M ROMANCE
  36. A Little Harmless Rumor by Melissa Schroeder
  37. Storm Warning (Security Specialists International Book 4) by Monette Michaels
  38. Wrath: Wrong book 2 by Stevie J. Cole <— DARK READ ALERT!!! Sounds pretty darn good, so I put book #1 up there in the bargains (it’s super-bargain priced right now). :D
  39. Dirty Money (Bad Money Series Book 2) by Ali Parker
  40. A Real Cowboy Rides a Motorcycle (Wyoming Rebels) by Stephanie Rowe
  41. Claiming His Cowgirl (Crawley Creek Book 3) by Lori King
  42. Her Lucky Cowboy: A Montana Men Novel by Jennifer Ryan <— BULL RIDER ALERT!He’s the fantasy that always kept her going. A child genius hidden away by her family, Bell was the secret no one talked about, the girl no one wanted. Despite finding success as a young surgeon, she’s still the awkward girl who’s never had a boyfriend. So why does Dane, a notorious playboy and sizzling-hot cowboy, insist on taking her on a real date?
  43. Special Agent Maximilian (Undercover FBI Book 3) by Mimi Barbour
  44. Best Kept Secrets (A Chesterton Scandal Novel Book 1) by Shelly Ellis
  45. Released (Caged Book 3) by Shay Savage <— CAGE FIGHTER ALERT!! Tracey says: “Book 3 of the caged series by Shay Savage is out I absolutely ate the first two up think it will be a late night tonight :)
  46. Stone Cold Liar (Misadventures of Mink LaRue) by Noire
  47. Necessary Detour by Kim Hornsby
  48. Gypsy Heat: A Gypsy Beach Novel by Jillian Neal
  49. Fall for Him (Forbidden Trilogy Book 3) by J.C. Valentine <— BROTHERS ALERT!!! ”Two men. Both brothers. One life-changing decision.” I put #1 & #2 up there in the bargain priced books, since this appears to be the trilogy conclusion. I’m not going to read the blurb… ;)
  50. Loving the Chase (Heart of the Storm) by Sharla Lovelace
  51. Peace, Love, & Romance: (Celebrating Women Who Have Loved, Lost, and Triumphed) by Jennifer Theriot, Diane Rinella, Christine Ardigo, Robyn Roze, Dee Ernst, Aubree Lane, Kelly Cozzone, Jill Cox Vogt, Rebecca Warner, Nan Reinhardt
  52. Jingle Bell Cowgirl: cowboy inspirational romance (Heart of Oklahoma Book 5) by Lacy Williams
  53. The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
  54. Deception by April Isabelle Ordonez
  55. Operation Italy (Operation Series Book 2) by ML Rosado
  56. Nantucket by Nan Rossiter <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!After Cadie returned home to New York and discovered she was pregnant, her parents crushed any hope of communicating with the boy she’d left behind. Unanswered letters and calls couldn’t change Liam’s heart, but over the years he’s settled into a simple, solitary life in his rambling beachfront house. Now he’s learned that Cadie is returning to Nantucket for the opening of her son’s art show…
  57. Reconciliation – Book 3 Metal Prodigy Series (The Metal Prodigy Series) by J.S. Snow
  58. Mystic Park (Finding Home Series Book 4) by Regina Hart
  59. Angry Movie Guy by Izzy Church
  60. Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne <— BEST FRIENDS AND ROOMMATES FOR YEARS ALERT!! But when they start having casual sex (and yet just staying friends) and it works… everyone’s content. Until!!! “The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy…
  61. Timber Lake (The Snowy Range Series Book 2) by Nya Rawlyns
  62. Playing by the Rules (A Portwood Brothers Novel Book 1) by Emily Robertson
  63. Nobody’s Fool (A Willow Park Romance Book 2) by Sarah Hegger
  64. Business With Pleasure (More To Love Book 1) by Rozlyn Sparks and Abi Aiken
  65. Accidentally Seduced (The Naked Truth Book 3) by Carmen Falcone
  66. The Heartbreak: Undying Love #2 by Isabelle Connors
  67. Planning on Prince Charming (Reality Romance Book 4) by Lizzie Shane
  68. Code of Honor: A Spontagio Family Novel by Missy Johnson
  69. Just a Little Kiss by Renita Pizzitola
  70. Privileged (American Prince Book 1) by J.M. Downey
  71. Pardoned (American Prince Book 2) by J.M. Downey
  72. Persecuted (American Prince Book 3) by J.M. Downey
  73. PS Olive You by Lizzie Allen <— MARRIAGE IN TROUBLE ALERT!!…he leaves Faith in charge of finding them a permanent holiday home on the island. But things don’t go to plan – over the course of a summer, Faith’s doomed marriage begins to unravel, and far from finding a house she set out for, she finally discovers the person she really is. . .
  74. Emma’s Dream (Morgan’s Run Romances) by M. Lee Prescott
  75. Safe with You (Saved #1) by Shelby Reeves
  76. Havana Jazz Club by Lola Mariné
  77. What Happens in College… (Ritter University Book 2) by Vanessa M. Knight
  78. Ever After (Love to the Rescue Book 3) by Rachel Lacey <— HOT COP ALERT!Pete Sampson (aka Deputy Hot Stuff) faces intense pressure from the sheriff to find out who’s behind a string of vandalisms. And after her spray-painting spree, Olivia is suspect number one. Still, Pete can’t stop thinking about her. Wanting her. Now he’s torn between his duty and his overpowering desire for the vivacious waitress…
  79. Last Chance Llama Ranch by Hilary Fields
  80. Finding You (Candellano Family Trilogy) by Maureen Child <— SINGLE FATHER ALERT!Carla Candellano has faced a tragedy she’d like to put behind her, but no one has been able to penetrate the wall she has built around herself–until she meets six-year-old Reese Wyatt. Reese hasn’t spoken since her mother died last year, and it’s friendship at first sight for Carla and little Reese. But it’s the girl’s worried father, Jackson, who arouses Carla’s curiosity, and passion, in ways she never imagined…
  81. Knowing You (Candellano Family Trilogy) by Maureen Child
  82. Violent Delights by Helena Maeve
                                                                              

 

PRE-ORDERS (next week’s)

  1. If I Didn’t Know Better (The Callaways Book 9) by Barbara Freethy  - August 26th 2015
  2. Bound By Temptation (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 4) by Cora Reilly
  3. The Empathy series Box set by Ker Dukey <— The entire series bundled for a SUPER BARGAIN!! releasing August 31st 2015
  4. Breaking Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed 3) by Alyssa Rae Taylor – expected release date August 31st 2015!!
  5. 9 Ways to Fall: An Exclusive Collection of NINE Red-Hot Romances by bestselling authors, featuring Alpha Males, Fighters, Rock-Stars, Movie Stars, Sexy Bad Boys and more - August 31st 2015
  6. Thick Love (Thin Love Book 2) by Eden Butler – August 31st 2015
  7. Hold On (The ‘Burg Series Book 6) by Kristen Ashley – September 1st 2015
  8. Under My Skin: A Stark Novel by J. Kenner - expected release date September 1st 2015
  9. Begging for It by Lilah Pace - expected release date September 1st 2015 <— OMG I LOVED BOOK #1!!!!! :D
  10. Crosstown Crush: A Sins In the City Novel by Cara McKenna - September 1st 2015
  11. Reclaiming Jessamine: A Novel by Jessica Sorensen – expected release date September 1st 2015
  12. Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh - expected release date September 1st 2015
  13. The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles Book 1) by Kim Harrison - expected release date September 1st 2015
  14. A Red-Rose Chain: An October Daye Novel by Seanan McGuire - expected release date September 1st 2015
  15. Undercover: A Novel by Danielle Steel – expected release date September 1st 2015
  16. Too Hard to Handle (Black Knights Inc.) by Julie Ann Walker - expected release date September 1st 2015
  17. The Gambler: The Wedding Pact #3 by Denise Grover Swank - expected release date September 1st 2015
  18. Dark Ghost (Carpathian Book 26) by Christine Feehan - expected release date September 1st 2015
  19. Charlie Foxtrot (Code 11- KPD SWAT Book 5) by Lani Lynn Vale - September 3rd 2015
  20. Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre – September 7th 2015
  21. Sin & Suffer (Pure Corruption) by Pepper Winters – Jan 26th 2016

              

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Four earlybird book releases & fifteen of tomorrow’s highly anticipated pre-orders!

August 24, 2015

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