<—- I read this one!! Good, sweet contemporary romance story with some extra-funny scenes in the beginning that really had me giggling, and… OMG HE is a sexy cop!!! And her brother (also the cops best friend), an MMA fighter that’s extra protective. Fun times! I liked it! I didn’t necessarily go all-out crazy for it, but it was a good lazy afternoon read.

BUT!!!!!! I hear that book #2 (that was JUST released), is SOOOOO romantically angsty… at least at one point. Some of our fellow readers were sobbing, and say it was so much better than the first! YAY ME!!!! Just look at what our fellow readers are saying:

Rachel: One of my faves of the year (so funny) … Against the Cage by Sidney Halston.

Elizabeth: I just finished Against the Cage by Sidney Halston.  Best fighter book Ive read! Highly recommend it

Brenda: Just finished Against the Cage by Sidney Halston. LOVED IT! I like when the characters are old enough to have crazy sex. LOL. Sometimes I feel weird about these 20 year olds doing freaky things. hahaha. Anyway…LOVED IT. Different kind of fighter book, but really loved it.

Patty: I also read Agains the Cage by Sidney Halston. It was so good. Maryse– you must read this one! A few people were talking about it here a couple of posts ago. I am not sure why they said it was a rom com. The 1st chapter was hilarious but the rest of the book was funny but not a rom com. I LOVED It.LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I think it’s my fave book of the year. I am not a big MMA fan because all MMA books have these douchy alpha males that are normally like 18 years old. Jack was totally alpha guy but so sweet! And it was way steamy! WOO HOO. Recommend it (but not as a Rom Com).

Kelly: Has anyone read a book called Against the Cage. It’s by an author I’d never heard ofSidney Halston. I got a copy from publisher and let me just say…WOW. I am in love with Jack. *Swoon*. The book was so funny (especially the beginning) but more than that had some nail biting moments and most of all…had some awesome smexy scenes. And, since I am totally into MMA right now, it was right up my ally. I love that it was adult and not YA/NA. God, I am having a boyfriend hangover right now. : ( No one I know has heard about it. How is this even possible???

Georgina: I got Against the Cage which was on sale. It was alright. Super funny, super cute, but not super angst. I recommend it for a fun light read. BUT then I picked up… The 2nd one, Full Contact that isn’t out yet. AND– HOLY CRAP. That chick (author) picked up a few pointers along the way. It was so good. Sidney has a new fan with me. It was awesome. The BEST break up scene I’ve ever read. Seriously– it paralleled Travis/Abby. I cried. Literally on the floor ugly cried. I don’t even know why I picked it up since I didn’t love the 1st one, but I’m so glad I did.

Anna: Just book binged on Full Contact. Loved it more than the 1st of series. There was a heart breaking moment among the LOL moments which killed me. Highly recommend it ladies! Now on to unbroken. More fighters for me please…

And might I say, each book cover gets better and better. The third book? *whoooooooo* *fans self*

About book #1:

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.

Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.

Adrian: Against the Cage by Sydney Halston  just finished it and went mad for it. Can’t wait for the next one, Full Contact. This writer tells a steamy tale… I like her style, great writer. Funny too

  

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE (10/29/14)!!! —> TWO MORE BOOKS ON SALE TODAY!! Like Transcendence by Shay Savage. I LOVED IT and it’s only 0.99 cents today! (my review) AND AND!!! 

<— Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes is only $1.99 today!!!! I totally 5-starred this one back when I read it. I. LOVED. IT!!!!!! (check out my review and the reactions from our fellow readers):

Judy: WOW! Amazing deal! Was $14.99 when i bought it… but I can say without a doubt that it was worth every penny!!! And it’s the most I have ever paid for an e-book!!

Diane:  I’m a broken record lol but all her books are amazing love stories

Beth: This is an amazing book, but it is GUT-WRENCHING! Be warned. I was emotionally drained for days after reading this.

Salma: The movie is on the making yay! Can’t wait!

Louise: Oh my! Just one clicked! Not too excited about crying for days ….we’ll see!

Yessss I’m still in moving-mode. Unpacking, cleaning, and I have some furniture being delivered throughout the week (including a desk of my blogging room and another bookshelf!! But of course! Can’t have too many bookshelves). And I hear that the “negative reviews” regarding my desk set is the “building it” time… and difficulty. *snort* This is gonna be fun. Maybe I should video my attempt. eek

So I’m still reading-time deficient, but not so much so that I can’t play in our books and add to my TBR list. ;) I’ll have lots of catching up to do.

And I definitely have time to include some obvious release highlights right now (those that are making it straight to my TBR list or being read ASAP). That one over there to the left (Dark Due bundle) makes me dark-squee. Or is that more like a growl-squee? LOL!! :P And Made: A Sempre Novel by J.M. Darhower (which can be read as a standalone, but it’s perfect for mafia romance lovers!!). Anguish (I MUST start this series, he’s a prisoner and an MC member and the prison guard (she!) gets kidnapped by them…), Prince Lestat (Anne Rice is back!!!), Smiley (for all of us New Species fans!), Cherish (’cause I loved book #1… all that romantic tension & personal angst) and Last Light (M. Pierce!!!! My biggest *release-squee* of the day!!)

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

BARGAINS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  1. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan <— Oh WOW!!!! In my moving frenzy, I totally missed that one of my FAVORITE books ever is on sale right now for only 0.99 cents!!!!! Well, better late than never. It’s still on sale and if anyone missed it, I must insist you read it. FANTASTIC!!! Here is my review!!
  2. The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred <— another one of my favorite books!!! On sale for only 0.99 cents today!! (here is my review)
  3. Tall, Dark and Deadly Books 1 – 4 by Lisa Renee Jones <— The entire series bundled for only 0.99 cents!!
  4. At Your Beck & Call by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— Stephanie found us this one! “Hallen Jansen has it all. A nice car, a great apartment, and a job he loves –
    as an escort, working at your beck and call. And he’s very good at his job… On SALE for $1.99 (WAS $3.99) for a limited time!”
  5. Beloved (The Belonging Duet #1) by Corinne Michaels <— back on the list, ’cause 1.) It’s only 0.99 cents today and 2.) Jennifer went nuts for these! She says: “Okay so based on your recommendation I just today read Beloved and Beholden by Corinne Michaels….holy Jesus I laughed I cried and I smiled and cried I laughed I love love loved these two books!!!! Dying right now! Jackson is so yummy I think he is my new book hero…. ;)
  6. Beholden (The Belonging Duet #2) by Corinne Michaels <— and here’s the sequel!
  7. Prisoner (Criminals & Captives Book 1) by Skye Warren & Annika Martin <— I’m getting GREAT feedback on this one from last week’s new releases, too! Kentrina loves it! “Maryse I’m reading Prisoner by Skye Warren and Annika Martin. OMG!!!! SO GOOD!! Kinda reminds me of Hard Time by Cara McKenna, but darker!!!
  8. Broken Temptation (Tempted Book 3) by Eve Carter <— recent release that I missed (and I don’t know how I missed it considering THAT cover). ;)
  9. Random Acts of Hope (Random Series #4) by Julia Kent <— only 0.99 cents today!! LOL!!!!!! THIS BLURB!!!! “God damn Charlotte, my ex-girlfriend, had to be here, of all places. At a bachelorette party where I was a stripper, dressed in a cop uniform with pants that suddenly got way too tight. And she had to be so fine. “Ooooh, honey, you’re one big officer,” said a sultry voice behind me as I watched Charlotte in the other room, chatting with the bride. A hand stroked my hip and hesitated before sliding a bit lower, filling a palm with my ass. “Arrest me, Officer. I’ve been a bad, bad girl.” With one look at the source of the voice, my night went from Oh, man to Oh, no. That voice? That hand? That was my mother. “eek *snort* !!!!
  10. Me Before You: A Novel by JoJo Moyes <— ON SALE TODAY for only $1.99!!!!
  11. Transcendence by Shay Savage <— LOVED IT! And on sale for only 0.99 cents today!!
        

PARANORMAL

  1. Smiley (New Species) by Laurann Dohner <— super popular series just had a new release today!!!
  2. Blood Magick: Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts
  3. Twelve Shades of Midnight: (A Paranormal Romance Anthology) by Liliana Hart, Darynda Jones, Shea Berkley, Dakota Cassidy, Claire Cavanaugh, Rachel Grant, Trish McCallan, Angi Morgan, Robin Perini, Robyn Peterman, Ann Voss Peterson, Jenn Stark
  4. Wolf on the Run (Salvation Pack) by N.J. Walters
  5. Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews
  6. Otherworld Nights: An Anthology (An Otherworld Novel) by Kelley Armstrong
  7. Black Spring (A Black Wings Novel) by Christina Henry
  8. Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh
  9. Out of Control (The Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy
  10. Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
  11. Not Quite Dead (A NightHunter Novel) by Stephanie Rowe
  12. Beyond The Veil by Kate Allenton
  13. Blood of the Gods (The Vampire from Hell Part 5) by Ally Thomas
  14. The Vampire from Hell (Parts 1-5) (The Vampire from Hell Volume Series Book 3) by Ally Thomas
  15. Holiday Bites: A Collection of Vampire Paranormal Romances by Michele Bardsley
  16. Redeemed In Shadows (Shadow Unit Book 3) by Tigris Eden
  17. Species Interaction (Human Interaction Book 2) by Cheyenne Meadows
  18. Metanoia: An Enmortals Series Novel by K. J. Coakley
  19. Love Me to Death (Underveil) by Marissa Clarke
                   
CONTEMPORARY
  1. Dark Duet: Platinum Edition: Featuring Determined to Obey (The Dark Duet Book 4) by CJ Roberts <— SUPER-DARK read alert!!! Yep we’ve read  (and loved!) the trilogy but this bundled super-pack comes with more!!! (In the meantime, here’s my review book #1: Captive in the Dark). The author indicates that this bundle also has: 1) The NEW 30,000 word novella DETERMINED TO OBEY, featuring secondary characters Kid, Felipe, and Celia.
    2) Eight scorching-hot fan-written Dark Duet short stories hand-selected by the author.
    3) CJ’s favorite interviews & Reviews. I just one clicked it. This is one of the best “dark reads” ever!!!
  2. Exposed by Fate (a Serve novel) (Entangled Brazen) by Tessa Bailey <— “When interior designer Eliza Ballas accompanies a friend to New York’s premier BDSM club, she’s taken aback by the sheer want that overruns her body…
  3. All Broke Down: A Rusk University Novel by Cora Carmack
  4. Made: A Sempre Novel by J.M. Darhower
  5. Backstage (Book 4 of The Back-Up Series) by A.M. Madden <— ROCK STAR BOOK!!
  6. Anguish (Jokers’ Wrath Book 3) by Bella Jewel <— BIKER BOOK ALERT!! Book #3 in this prisoner/biker book series just released! I didn’t read the blurb, ’cause book #1 sounds so good and I don’t want to spoil the series for myself, but for this waiting for this installment, it’s live! And it’s only 0.99 cents, today!! AND Letitia says: “I’ve read them all. I preordered ANGUISH so it was ready for me when I got home yesterday. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT!!!!!! I loved it. Couldn’t out it down. Read the whole book already !! So very good. Best if the series IMO …
  7. Resist (A Break Her Novel #1) (Break Her Trilogy) by Blanche Hardin <— Ooooh another dark read?? He’s a man not used to hearing the word no. He wanted her. He took her. This is the beginning of their dark journey and she cannot resist.
  8. Heartless: Episode #2 (A Serial Romance) by J. Sterling <— 2nd installment to her serial series!
  9. Full Contact: Worth the Fight Series by Sydney Halston <— Fans of “Against the Cage” rejoice!!! MORE MMA FIGHTERS!!
  10. Last Light (The Night Owl Trilogy) by M. Pierce <— #1 is one of my favorite books ever (the start of our “stuffed manatee” obsession in fact). Here is my review for Night Owl, and now… the biggest *squee* of my day!!! Last Light (The Night Owl Trilogy Book 2) by M. Pierce is finally out!!!
  11. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, Kate Meader - expected release date October 28th 2014
  12. Handled 2 by S.E. Hall & Angela Graham
  13. Play with Me (Novella) by Lisa Renee Jones
  14. Screw It by Nicki DeStasi <— “…life hits and smashes and I take it. Every snide word, every crack in my heart, every self-righteous glance again and again. Screw that. I’m done. It’s my turn to screw.
  15. Cherished: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Lexi Blake
  16. Abe: Four in Hand (Ties of Steel Book 1) by MJ Fields
  17. Rampant (Condemned Book 2) by Gemma James
  18. Rellik by Teresa Mummert <— Bad boy alert!! “The only thing he gives a f*ck about is his music. That is, until Ella Leighton walks into his life and stumbles upon one of his darkest secrets. In the midst of doing damage control, he begins to obsess over the mysterious woman who wants absolutely nothing to do with him…
  19. Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee <— she’s a wild child finally in college and away from her protective father… and then she meets him…
  20. Need You Now: A Shattered Promises Series Prelude (1001 Dark Nights) by Lisa Renee Jones
  21. Cowboy Cool: Book 5 (Cowboy Justice Association) by Olivia Jaymes
  22. Cherish (Covet, #1.5) by Tracey Garvis-Graves <— I really enjoyed book #1 and was very curious about… well… the characters in this one. And now it’s out!!! Don’t read the synopsis of it until you’ve read book one, though!! Here’s my review of book #1: Covet
  23. Wasted Love: A Brooklyn Novel (The Brooklyn Series Book 1) by Danielle Jamie
  24. Almost Like Love by Abigail Strom <— This sounds like contemporary romance fun! “Television writer Kate Meredith is having the day from hell. First, her show was canceled. Then her fiancé left her for another woman. Now, she’s courting disaster by flirting with the hard-bodied, tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy of her dreams…who also happens to be the man who fired her…
  25. UNBROKEN (Fighter Erotic Romance Book 4) by Scott Hildreth
  26. Blackthorne (Heart of Fame Book 8) by Lexxie Couper
  27. Even the Moon Has Scars by Steph Campbell <— “…he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true. Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair, when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house…
  28. Thirty-Eight Reasons by Len Webster
  29. As Close As Sisters by Colleen Faulkner
  30. The Pepper In The Gumbo: A Cane River Romance by Mary Jane Hathaway
  31. Until the End (Sea Breeze) by Abbi Glines <— I hear this is the last one in the Sea Breeze series!!
  32. Bind (Command Force Alpha) by Katie Porter
  33. Flaming Hot (Firefighters of Lanville, TX) by Lynn LaFleur
  34. Here With Me (Together Book 2) by Alla Kar
  35. The Affair: Week 7 by Beth Kery
  36. Until Now (Just You #3) by Rebecca Phillips <— SINGLE DAD ALERT! “Without her siblings around to motivate her, she backslides to her old reckless ways–vodka, hangovers, and bad boys who give her nothing but trouble. One bright spot is Jane, the grandmotherly stranger who takes Robin under her wing and welcomes her into her big, loving family. There, she forms an unexpected connection with Jane’s son, Ryan, a divorced single dad whose pale blue eyes make her question her policy against dating guys with kids.”
  37. Deepest Blues (Double Blind Study Book 4) by Heidi Hutchinson <— ROCK STAR ROMANCE!
  38. Breaking Love (Full Hearts Book 2) by MJ Summers
  39. Silver Dove by E.J. Shortall <— conclusion to the series!
  40. Lush (Pleasure at Home Book 2) by Beth Yarnall
  41. More Than Exes (Chasing The Dream) by Elizabeth Briggs <— ROCK STAR ROMANCE
  42. Loving the Senator (Capitol Affairs Book 1) by Mia Villano
  43. Written in the Sand by Mary-Kathryn Craft
  44. Vector by Michael Dalton <— “What if you could have everything you wanted with a single thought? How far would you go?”
  45. Beautiful Girl by Lida James <— “…when Nico runs into the maddeningly elusive Justin, she’s convinced she’s found the guy to make her forget her ex—despite the warnings of her friends and her straight-edged running partner, Henry. But when Nico is attacked in the woods after a wild night of partying, everything changes. Suddenly, Nico begins receiving anonymous threats, and she no longer knows where to turn for help—or whether even her close friends can be trusted…
  46. Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley: A Valentine Valley Novel by Emma Cane
  47. Treasure on Lilac Lane: A Jewell Cove Novel by Donna Alward
  48. Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (Dollanganger) by V.C. Andrews
  49. Boots on the Ground (Homefront) by Rebecca Crowley
  50. After Midnight (Novella) by Serena Bell
  51. Beautiful Life by Jen Teachenor
  52. The Buried (The Apostles) by Shelley Coriell <— Oooh sounds ominous. Plus! There’s romance. “…she gets a chilling call from a young woman claiming to be buried alive. Desperate to find the victim before it’s too late, Grace will do whatever it takes . . . even if it means excavating the darkest secrets of her own past and turning to the one man she thought she would never see again.
  53. Learning To Love Again (A Learning Series Book 3) by Cynthia P. O’Neill
  54. Love Me Tender by Sandra Hill
  55. Made for You (The Best Mistake) by Lauren Layne
  56. Silent Night by C.J. Kyle
  57. The Billionaire’s Club: New York Boxed Set (The 100 Shades Hotter Edition) by Jackie Ashenden
  58. Faith, Hope & Charity: A Novel of Virtue and Vice by Michael Dalton <— “…Faith explores the depths of her needs, she realizes that what she wants is another woman—a woman who can submit to the both of them. And not just submit, but come to love them and become an integral part of their marriage…
  59. Unleashed (Love to the Rescue) by Rachel Lacey <— “She’s got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don’t get attached. It’s served her well with the dogs she’s given to good homes and the children she’s nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt’s sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.”
  60. Everything With You by Kaylee Ryan
  61. At Any Moment (Gaming The System Book 3) by Brenna Aubrey
  62. No Regrets: Jani Kay (Firebird Trilogy Book 2) by Jani Kay
  63. Striker (Black Rebel Riders’ MC Book 4) by Glenna Maynard
  64. Dirty Little Tricks (Quick and Dirty Series Book 2) by Clare James <— “How far would you go to please your lover? Probably not as far as Stevie Sinclair and Gabe Shannon – who put it all on the table one Halloween night.”
  65. Just in Time for Christmas (Southern Born Christmas Book 2) by Kim Boykin
  66. Dominate my Heart (The Subzero Series Book 5) by Rebecca Elise
  67. Fast Men, Slow Kisses: 7 Romances Supporting Military Veterans by Nancy Warren, Chris Keniston, Linda Steinberg, Barbara Lohr, Laurie Kellogg, Pamela Stone, Sandy Loyd
  68. The Slave (Free Men Book 1) by Kate Aaron <— M/M romance! “He wants to hate Kai for being unruly and ungrateful. For being of the same race as the men who murdered his family. For being his eventual replacement in their master’s bed. But it’s hard to hate a man who cries himself to sleep, flinches at the slightest touch, and blushes beautifully when he’s kissed.  Seducing Kai has suddenly become more challenge than chore, and with his master’s encouragement, Tam finds himself falling for his new companion. Except… nobody can be in love with two people at once, can they?
  69. Tempting Her Fake Fiancé (a Gone Hollywood novel) (Entangled Brazen) by Julie Particka
  70. The Score (The Russian Guns Book 3) by Bethany-Kris <— the conclusion to this series… MAFIA ROMANCE!
  71. Unexpected Chances by A.M. Willard <— Secrets!! “Carter Northwood’s life turned upside down the day he turned eighteen. Forced by family he made a decision that changed his life. Years of lies and unhappiness has left him bitter on humanity. Carter doesn’t see a way out of what could hold him back on taking a chance. An unexpected meeting leads two broken hearts together, but will their lives be destroyed by deceit?
  72. Unsuitable by Ainslie Paton <— she’s a business woman, he’s a nanny… “She takes a chance on him. He’s worth more than he knows. There’s an imbalance of power. There’s an age difference. There’s a child whose favourite word is no.”
  73. Love Thy Neighbor (an Unexpected Love novel) (Entangled Lovestruck) by Sophie Wintner
  74. Already Famous (Famous Series Book 4) by Heather Leigh
  75. His Secretary: Undone (A Billionaire Romance) by Melanie Marchande
                                                                       

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ROCK STAR SERIES ALERT!!! She’s hired as a backup singer for a famous band, and she’s falling for the singer… and this bad boy is falling for her, too. YAY romance angst with bad boys!!

“Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option. “

And guess what? Book #4 was just released. It looks like this series follows the same couple (or should I say potential couple?) all the way through…

Shirley: Maryse you will LOVE Back Up and Front and Center by AM Madden. Love her writing and I promise you will love Jack as much (if not more) as Jake in The Mighty Storm!!

About book #1:

Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. He’s living the perfect life, and enjoying every minute of it. With a steady stream of sexual conquests that satisfies his raging libido, he thinks he has all he needs in life…until Leila enters it.

Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option.

An intimate moment causes their willpower to collapse, and their erotic love affair to begin. Finding love was a bonus that neither Jack nor Leila anticipated. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life couldn’t be any better for the couple. Until a mistake from Jack’s past threatens their new relationship, and their perfect future together.

   

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<— Oh!! Bad boy/bad guy? MC alert!! She’s a prison guard and he’s a prisoner…

“Krypt is transferred to a high security prison. Ash is in charge. She’s always prepared, always alert. Not even her skills will stop the club from ambushing them and taking back Krypt. Only Ash ends up right in the middle of it. They take her, too.

Now she’s stuck with a Motorcycle Club who are determined not to let her go.”

Eeeeeep! Sounds like deliciously dangerous book fun! Only books, though. ;) AND! What makes this one sound even better is that book #3 was just released today!!

Melanie: Books one and two were great!! I’m so excited!

Bethany: Got it, Yay!!! I’ve read the first two and loved them, can’t wait to dive into this one!

About book #1:

In darkness, we find danger. In danger, I find Beau.

Ash is a prison guard, she’s tough, she’s strong and she never backs away from a fight. She takes her job seriously, she takes her training seriously, and everything in her life goes as planned.

Until the day he is brought into the prison.

She’ll never forget meeting Beau ‘Krypt’ Dawson for the first time. He’s a member of the Jokers’ Wrath MC and it is said he killed an innocent family in the middle of a cafe, in cold blood.

Deranged. Crazy. Psychotic.

All those words describe the infamous Krypt, but Ash suspects there’s far more to the quiet man than meets the eye. Secrets are being hidden by the club, information is being kept under wraps. Krypt is silent for a reason.

Ash is desperate to know that reason.

Continually fighting, Krypt is transferred to a high security prison. Ash is in charge. She’s always prepared, always alert. Not even her skills will stop the club from ambushing them and taking back Krypt. Only Ash ends up right in the middle of it. They take her, too.

Now she’s stuck with a Motorcycle Club who are determined not to let her go. She’s too much of a risk. Until the situation can be sorted, they send her and Krypt into the mountains together….alone.

The dark, sexy, handsome biker will crawl into her soul and embed himself there. Changing her life forever. An epic, dangerous love will be built on the foundations of darkness.

  

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<— Cora Carmack’s next release in her “Rusk University” series is about to be released (THIS Tuesday) and she’s sent over a “5 fun facts” about the book (All Broke Down: A Rusk University Novel) along with an exclusive excerpt. An extra long one!! YAY US!! It’s about 1000 words long, so plenty to get a gooooood tease from it!! :D

A little hint… She says “…this book has my first real bad boy…” Ohhhh!! Consider me titillated!!!

P.S. Book #1 is All Lined Up: A Rusk University Novel and book #3 (All Played Out: A Rusk University Novel) will be out in May 2015! But! I think they can be each read as standalones, because each book appears to be about different characters…

Five Fun Facts about All Broke Down (by Cora Carmack)

5. When I first thought of writing a book about a student activist I thought it would be something I wrote after I finished the Rusk series, I wrote down a little snippet of dialogue on a sticky note to help me remember the character in my head, and then I filed it away. Then eventually, that character found her way into the Rusk world, and that sticky note was still on my computer a year later when I finally put those words on a page (it’s still on there now too).

4. Typically, I write pretty nice guys, but this book has my first real bad boy. The hero, Silas, was actually one of the antagonists in All Lined Up (Book one). He was kind of a jerkface, to be honest. While it isn’t necessary to read the first book to read ABD, you do get to see the way he changes drastically from the beginning of book one to the end of this one.

3. The heroine, Dylan, is named after a reader I met at BEA 2013. I told her I was going to steal her name. I’m not sure she believed me. It took me a while, but I did it! Who knows, if you come to one of my signings, you could be next. Dylan’s roommate (and the heroine of book three) is named Antonella (nicknamed Nell) after a reader I met at Houston Bookrave 2013! So you can see this is a habit I have.

2. It’s my longest book to date. It beat Faking It (my previously longest book) by about fifteen thousand words. What can I say? I just didn’t want to let Silas go.

1. All Broke Down is without a doubt the sexiest book I’ve written to date. So sexy, in fact, that I was scared to let my mother or sister to read it (and they read all my books). My sister had to threaten to hack into my email (and she totally could because she knows all my passwords) before I gave in. And my mother didn’t even get the book from me. She got a review copy from my publisher.  So yeah. Sexy times, FTW.

Okay… ready for that excerpt? *blush* Just to let you know, it’s… STEAMY!!!! *fans self*

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It’s suddenly Sunday and a new week is just about to start… *sigh* (actually my week will consist of more moving and unpacking…) BUT!!!! Sunday also surprises us with bargain books and brand spankin’ new releases that I can’t help but make a mini-post for…

Like these:

  • Secrets and Lies 2 (A Ferro Family Serial) by H.M. Ward
  • Master Over You: A Dark Romance Novel by Cerys du Lys <— DARK READ!! Sounds right up our dark alley but… careful if you read the reviews ’cause I accidentally came across a spoiler. Right in the first line. Grrrr!
  • The Invitation 3 by Roxy Sloane
  • Zane (Inked Brotherhood Book 3) by Jo Raven <— It’s #3 but reads as a standalone, and he’s one damaged batboy (at least as per the blurb). He’s a protector but… “She has no idea she’s playing with fire. When the demons come, she’d better be far away from me, just like everyone else.”
  • Dirty Trick (A Perfectly Matched Novel) by Christine Bell <— SWAT TEAM OFFICER!!! And she’s his best friend…
  • Love Scars: Bad Boy’s Bride by Nicole Snow <— Ohhhh this sounds like fun. Too bad it’s a “short” (a little over 100 pages), but might be good for a late night snack. ;)So sweet, so pure, so confused…I almost feel bad about claiming her. Almost. Too bad she’s a Rossini, and I don’t regret making her old man sign her over to me for one second. I was born a Strelkov, a killer and an outlaw, and I second guess nothing.
  • For Luca (Chicago Syndicate Book 2) by Soraya Naomi <— Lauren found us this new release that she’s excited about!! She says: “What a day!!! So many new releases, so little time. For Luca, Soraya Naomi’s sequel to For Fallon…”
  • UNBROKEN (Fighter Erotic Romance Book 4) by Scott Hildreth <— and Lauren found us this one, too, saying “…Scott Hildreth’s Unbroken (Shane & Kace) are all I had time to read today. More reading tomorrow!”
  • Cursed Fate: Cursed Series #4 by t. h. snyder <— Lauren found us this new release, too! She says: “Book 4 in T.H. Snider’s Cursed series just went live!! Been waiting a looooong time….major cliffhanger in last book. Book 1 was Lincoln, book 2 Daulton….I think this book is Steve.”
  • Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days Book 1) by Susan Ee <— One of my favorite authors in the world LOVES LOVES LOVES this series (and HIGHLY recommended this book to me). And so I one-clicked it and “hoarded” it. AND!! It’s on sale right now for only $1.99!!
  • Keeping Faith (P.S.) by Jodi Picoult <— fans of Jodi, this one’s only 0.99 cents. The story sounds pretty crazy!!!
  • The Hart Family Series Box Set by Ella Fox <— Lauren found us this super deal!!! She says: “Ella Fox’s ENTIRE Hart series is bundled for $.99. I love these books….some of my all time favorites.”
  • Red Hill by Jamie McGuire <— Just in time for Halloween!!!! Stephanie found it on sale saying: “On SALE for $2.99 (Was $7.99) for a limited time.” <— Life and romance in an apocalyptic world… with zombies! I read it! So good! My review of “Red Hill“!!

            

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Serial series appear to be all the rage right now, with so many coming out about all sorts of our favorite subjects. Bad boys, billionaires, alpha males, rock stars and fighters… all of ‘em emotionally tortured. All of ‘em need to be saved. And want to save “us” in return.

And while I haven’t read this specific series yet, it is the one that is tempting me the most. With one part of the series complete, and another spinoff currently in action. With SO many awesome reviews and nary a bad one (I mean… just loooook at those reviews!! eek I’m already pre-squeeeeing!), I can’t help but be intrigued.

MMA fighters. ;) You know these guys are the ultimate protectors, and the fact that they need to fight (for whatever reason) just makes me want to find a way to protect them back.

And what makes this one even more exciting for me was the “behind the books” look that the author just sent over. ‘Cause you see… she researched this subject personally.

And one of the “heroes” is kind of… real. Or at least, a portion of his story is what inspired her to write the spinoff.

Just take a look and you’ll see why this sounds awesome and right up our dark-fighter alley!

She says:

“I went through six months of MMA training (with some devastatingly hot fighters) to research those books. It was crazy fun and painful and exhausting and I cried even though my trainer would yell THERE IS NO CRYING IN MMA! There is when *I* do it. :)

I’m about to continue that series with another fighter/trainer I met. He mentioned randomly that he had a little girl he couldn’t afford to go visit very often because her mother moved her far away, and I had to write a story about that. He even posed for the cover. <— side note from Maryse: This is the “Fight for Her” series… and what a gorgeous cover!!! That’s him!!! —->

The whole series started when I was taking normal kickboxing and sort of got blindsided by this god-like fighter who was training us as a substitute for the day. I found out he trained a special group at that gym at a time not listed on the schedule. And I screwed up my courage and WENT!

The whole story started from there. Along the way I learned a lot about these fighters, and how little most of them make, and the injuries they suffer. Only the ones who make it big do very well. Training with them was often humiliating but always, always did I learn something new and find some inner well of strength and toughness I didn’t know I had.

PS. I wrote “Fight Class Updates” for the fans on my Facebook page as it went along. Here is the “Update” when I met the trainer who would be the subject of the Fight for Her books. It will give you a general idea of how my training would go. “Bryan” was the one who inspired the first series. “Parker” of course is the one Fight for Her is written about.”

FIGHT CLASS UPDATE! (May 2014)

Okaaaaay. So you all know that most of the people in Bryan’s class are fighters, unlike my old kickboxing fitness, which was mostly woman working out.

So, I don’t talk about the fighters much. Mostly I keep my head down because they are all so much more kick-butt than me. If I notice THEM, then they are going to notice ME.

I’d kinda rather fly under the radar.

But there was one I sorta noticed. He has this killer tattoo across his arm, and he’s really really muscular. The kind of muscular that is ROUND, you know? Not just strong, but all bulgy, like he’s his own strong man costume.

So I secretly fashioned the character of Power Play — Parker — after him.

NOW DON’T THINK I’M CHEATING ON BRYAN.

Well, okay, maybe I am.

Anyway, I’ve kept quiet about it because he’s nice and I could actually *talk* to him. Maybe I’ll admit his actual name eventually, but for now we’ll call him Parker after his character.

So I go into fight class and Bryan is NOWHERE.

And Parker is behind the desk.

I’m like — hmmm.

Then Parker takes over the class. We’re doing pretty much the same thing Bryan has us do. Maybe a little more arm work. Remember those sandbag discs I talk about in Uncaged? Well, he really loves those, apparently.

I’m being all stupid again and trying to show off. (You would think I would learn, right?) But Parker has us doing something different in that we’re in a circle in the middle of the room and all facing each other.

So there is no radar to fly below. We can all see each other do stuff.

So no baby 8-pounder for me today. I take a 20 pounder.

Because I’m stupid.

So he has us doing Caveman Throws. I think I have these in Uncaged 4. I’ve done them before.

Just not with 20 pounds.

I’m doing all right. The room resounds with the thuds of sandbags hitting the ground. We have to squat with it on our chest, stand up, lift it over our head, then slam it to the ground. Squat, pick it up etc.

Well, Parker has us going a little longer than Bryan does.

And, it is, of course, TWENTY POUNDS.

So I get a little tired.

Oh, fans. Really. I’m like a walking sit-com. Week after week I go in there. And week after week, I do something dumb.

I KNOW that when my arms are shaky, I should stop.

I KNOW.

But I gamely lift that stupid weight over my head anyway.

And it goes too far back, and then, yeah.

I fall backwards.

The hilarious thing about fighters, though, is that no one blinks an eye when someone does something like this. Maybe they’re laughing on the inside, but they are poker-faced as all get out.

Even Parker kinda just glances over, sees I’m not dead or bleeding, and keeps walking around.

So I go pick up a 10-pounder and move on.

I do feel it though. I think I’ve strained something. But we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.

Later in the class we’re doing squat kicks across the room and I cannot seem to keep my balance. Parker sort of notices, and I can see he is wondering why the heck I’m in there. I’m feeling verrrry low, and not liking Parker very much and thinking of killing him off in book 5…

In the last five minutes, though, WHO should walk in but BRYAN! He’s dressed like a normal human in jeans and a button down shirt. He’s all, “I had a meeting!”

He slaps Parker on the back and points to me, as I’m right by the door, trying not to fall over during the squat kicks.

And he says, “SHE’S GETTING GOOD, ISN’T SHE?????”

MY HERO!

Parker nods, like yeah, it’s cool. She’s all right.

MY FAITH IN THE WORLD IS RESTORED!

So I’ll reconsider killing him off.

But I think I’ll stick with 10 pound sandbags from now on.

Hehe!! *snort* ;) Wow… first… I’m crushing hard!!!! And second… I LOVE when authors let us into their inspiration like this. Makes the story that much more real. Thank you JJ!!!!

Here is the series reading order:

       

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I’m still in “moving-mode” (to my new house) so I’m still sort of… popping in and out of here (and in and out of my books). But it’s been soooooooo nice to sit and prepare this list and catch up with all of the latest book news. I miss my books and I miss reading for hours, especially considering today’s list. It’s exceptionally awesome looking. Some GREAT looking new releases, and some extremely excited recommendations.

Like… that one up there to the left. Prisoner. Ohhhh ominous cover and OMG THAT BLURB!!! SHE falls for a dangerous prisoner… Eeeeeep! And while I’m on a dark kick, Sociopath and Insidious are BOTH getting great reviews. And then there’s Here With Me (her presumed-dead husband comes back and realizes she’s engaged to his brother *gasp*!!!) and Beholden because it’s the apparently the “relief” to book #1 (Beloved) that freaked some out with a WTF ending! So that must mean I’m gonna love ‘em. ;) Oh and Riot (another bad-guy MC prisoner romance blurb that made me eeeep!). Plus… there are plenty more to peruse, below (including next week’s pre-orders!!)

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

P.P.S. Also, while these bargain finds and new releases “look” great (and/or have awesome reviews and recommendations), unless I have my own personal review link next to it, I likely haven’t read it myself… I just found it and wanted to share it in case it’s awesome. So if you read it, let me know if it’s awesome. LOL! :D

NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order.

Todays latest reader recommendations and bargain ebook finds:

  • Prisoner (Criminals & Captives Book 1) by Skye Warren & Annika Martin <— JUST RELEASED and this is one of my FAV dark authors!!!! Oh WOW!!! That blurb totally jolted me! Eeeeeep!!! “He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell. But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage–you never know when he’ll bite.
  • Sociopath: A Dark Romance by Lime Craven <— JUST RELEASED DARK READ!!! This blurb got me when it was still on preorder and it’s finally out! Sounds like WAY too much dark fun and I want in!!! Lauren read it and says: “Just finished Sociopath….I don’t even know what to think right now….total mindf*ck. But in a good way.
  • Here With Me (The Archer Brothers Book 1) by Heidi McLaughlin <— JUST RELEASED!! This is another blurb that got me a couple of days ago when it was still on pre-order! OHHH the angst sounds delicious!!! She thinks her military husband is dead, and eventually falls in love with his brother. BUT!!! He comes back and…”…After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate.“ <—- *blink blink* WOW!!! And Toski loved it! “This book. OMG. It was just beautiful. Somewhat of a love triangle but with a tragic twist. I absolutely fell head over heels for Evan Archer! MUST read ladies…
  • The Last Glass (The Creatures of Grimmsburg Book 1) by T.M. Lazar <— JUST RELEASED and Michelle recommends it. “This paranormal book released today and it is awesome and I don’t normally read para books.
  • Blood Deep (Blackthorn Book 4) <— JUST RELEASED!! I remember how often this paranormal series was recommended to be a couple of years ago (a few comparing it to BDB!!). Ilsa says: “Maryse, I don’t normally post about books I really dig, but holy hell, I stumbled across a vampire book by a British author Lindsay J. Pryor. It’s layered and deep and riveting and sexy all rolled into one.” (here’s the reading order)
  • Fight for Her #2: MMA New Adult Contemporary Romantic Suspense (Uncaged Love) by JJ Knight <— JUST RELEASED!! (so many good review for installment #1, and this series sounds GREAT!). Here is the series reading order.
  • Primal: an Overwatch story by Sasha White <— JUST RELEASED (and yesssss the cover got me!) LOL! But this sounds pretty good, too! “There’s no way in hell he could walk past a man hassling a woman in an empty parking lot and do nothing. Only when the confrontation is over and the voluptuous blonde turns eyes filled with desire to him, does Adam realize he’s in trouble.
  • Claimed by You by Melissa Toppen <— JUST RELEASED!! “…when Scarlett agrees to fly across the country to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of her high school best friend, her plan is simple. Get in, get out. Should be easy enough. What Scarlett doesn’t expect is to come face to face with the first man she ever loved. The man who took her innocence and then broke her heart. The man, that to this day, no other man has been able to live up to.
  • Unlocked by H.C. Brown <— JUST RELEASED!! M/M erotica! “When Delano Briggs, BDSM club owner and volunteer firefighter, is called to aid in the evacuation of a burning New York hotel, he thinks it’s just another job…
  • Undertow: New Adult Contemporary Romance (Wunderland Book 1) by Jen Greyson <— JUST RELEASED! “Six single girls. One sexy billionaire bachelor. On water. What could possibly go wrong?” (reality show romance!)
  • Falling Star (A Jersey Girl Novel) by Laura DeLuca <— JUST RELEASED FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT! “…she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who’s constantly scandalized in the tabloids.
  • I Need You: HarperImpulse New Adult Romance by Jane Lark <— JUST RELEASED (book #3) and it sounds like an angsty love triangle! I tried only skimming the blurb to get an “idea”. ;)
  • I Found You: HarperImpulse New Adult Romance by Jane Lark <— here’s book #1… “She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her. His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
  • Beholden (The Belonging Duet #2) by Corinne Michaels <— JUST RELEASED and Kandace is very excited about this one! She says: “OMGGGGG! I just saw “Beholden” by Corrine Micheals went live today. If you read the first book Beloved you will understand my excitement because the author was not nice and left us with a WTF ending. I truly loved Jackson and Catherine. I can’t wait to start this one. I believe this is the last one in the series.” and Christy says: “Beholden blew me away!!! Amazing read!”
  • Beloved (The Belonging Duet #1) by Corinne Michaels <— and here is book #1 at only 0.99 cents right now!!!! “His training as a Navy SEAL never prepared him for the battle to win her heart. He’s different, honorable, and worth the chance…but he must prove it.”
  • Three Rivers (A Gateway to Love Novel Book 1) by Chloe Barlow <— ON SALE for only 0.99 cents today! Mourning the loss of her husband and she eventually meets someone. “…she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.”
  • Heavy: A Contemporary Romance by J. C. Mells <— On sale for only 0.99 cents right now!! Tattoo artist meets socialite… “…she’s everything Thatch is NOT looking for in a potential soul mate. If he were looking for one at all, that is. California has a secret she’s ashamed of. She perpetuates the media image of party-girl-gone-wild, only because it covers the real and ugly truth.
  • Surviving Us by Erin Noelle <— RECENT RELEASE that I missed just a few days ago. Toski says: “Loved this story. Two survivors. A beautiful NA story about healing and learning to love again” Sounds good! “When Bristol Criswell travels to St. Lucia for an Enduring Life retreat, she hopes to discover encouragement and support from like souls. A vacation fling is the furthest thing from her mind, especially not with a cocky-mouthed, arrogant jerk like Davis McKay…
  • Away (The Keaton Series Book 1) by B.A. Wolfe <— Just 0.99 cents today and Trisha highly recommends it! “I just finished the sequel to this amazing debut novel. Away is on sale now for .99 cents and Stay was released on Monday, so no need to wait. This is an emotional journey I will never forget, Stay will be with me for a long time. If you are in the mood for a “book that will make you cry”, please ONE-CLICK, and take a chance on this one. I recommend the Keaton Series with tears in my eyes,and a smile in my heart. Loved it! A 5 star debut series for me!
  • Stay (The Keaton Series Book 2) by B.A. Wolfe <— and here’s book #2 that was just released!
  • Dead Serious (Hard Rock Roots Book 6) by C.M. Stunich <— Another recent release that I missed, and I know many were following this series!
  • Missionary Position (Modern Love Stories Book 3) by Daisy Prescott <— On sale for only 0.99 cents and Kandace recommends it! “A while ago I read ‘Missionary Position’ by Daisy Prescott and really liked it. It’s currently on sale until October 27 for 0.99 cents. This book is really different from the usual. I love it! I found myself reading the entire book with a big smile on my lips. I would highly recommend this story if you need a change up from the dark edge angst books. Daisy’s writing is really witty and the banter between her characters is fantastic. Missionary Position as an “Eat, Pray, Love” with a mix a little “Frenched” by Melanie Harlow vibe to it. I’ve read all this author’s book and PM is hands down my favorite. The pace is a little faster than her previous books.
  • Insidious (Tales From the Dark Side) by Aleatha Romig <— This DARK READ is back on the this list, ’cause our fellow readers are loving it! Clarissa says: “Maryse you have to read Aleatha Romig’s new book Insidious. It is mind blowing. This book is so full of twists and turns that you are on the edge of your seat the whole time. You’ll love it!” and Joy is freaking out! “I just finished Insidious… Have you had a chance to read it yet??? I need therapy!!! I need to talk to someone about this!!! HELP!!!” AND!! Ela just made a support group in the spoiler forum to chat. She says: Anyone reading or read Insidious by Aleatha Romig please join spoiler thread! http://talk.maryse.net/threads/insidious-by-aleatha-romig.5978/ … I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!” <— LOL!!!! :D
  • Bite Me (Bitten Book 1) by C.C. Wood <— Only 0.99 cents today and sounds like fun (and lots of great reviews)!! Full length book, too! “…I met the beautiful and enigmatic Conner Savage. But there was just one little problem…he said he was a vampire. Figures a man that hot would be batsh!t crazy. Or so I thought. It didn’t take me long to realize that Conner wasn’t a nut job and that I was addicted to him. With every moment we spent together he drew me deeper into his world and the supernatural culture in which he lived. Now I had a choice: the vampire I craved or a normal life. Couldn’t be easier, right?
  • His (A Dark Erotic Romance Novel) by Aubrey Dark <— Dark read that gave me a blurb jolt (released a few days ago), and it’s only 0.99 cents right now!! He’s a serial killer! Eeeeeep!! “When I followed him home, I was just playing Nancy Drew. Trying to find out his secret. His kiss was intoxicating, and I thought he was harmless. I was wrong.”
  • Riot (Predators MC Book 1) by Jamie Begley <— Another recent release that I missed a few days ago… OOOOOH!!!! This sounds good!! “As a teacher, I’m supposed to want to educate those who want to learn, right? That’s what I believed until I was told I’d have to teach a class at the prison. I didn’t move to a town labeled as one of the safest places in America only to be faced with a bunch of Predators. He expects me to trust him despite being the reason I’m trapped in the middle of a prison riot. His club means more to him than I ever will, and if I give him a chance, he will break the fragile peace I have managed to find. It’s not the first time I’ve had to escape a predator.
  • VAIN – The Complete Series: Part One, Part Two & Part Three by Deborah Bladon <— completed serial series bundled for only $2.99!!

                         

 PRE-ORDERS (next week’s goodies!!):

                 

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