A few Thursday new release surprises that look too goo to wait until tomorrow to mention. ;) Kit Rocha’s latest dystopian BDSM world has a new release. Plus there’s the sweet contemporary romances that are calling my name, one with a deaf girl, one with her brother’s best friend, OHHH!! And one where she wakes up married in Vegas to a stranger (maybe? She was supposed to be at a book signing) OH!!! And this dark-sounding one —> Enigma (with a gorgeous cover that caught my eye, and already sets the mood, and that blurb gave me a definite jolt!)

  1. Beyond Ecstasy (Beyond, Book 8) by Kit Rocha <— KIT ROCHA JUST WENT LIVE!!!/CRIMINAL COLLARS HER ALERT!! This one just went live! “”Jeni’s been lusting after the former smuggler for months, but he keeps shutting her down. She’s almost given up on getting him in her bed when he offers her the last thing she ever expected—a collar. Accepting it means belonging to him, body and soul. It’s a reckless gamble, but Jeni can’t resist the chance to slip under Hawk’s armor.” (series reading order but I think these can be read as standalones…)
  2. Get Lucky: A Stand Alone Romantic Comedy by Lila Monroe <— JUST WENT LIVE VEGAS DRUNKEN NIGHT ALERT! And she wakes up… possibly married to this stranger. “…instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I’m stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He’s arrogant, infuriating, and I can’t keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it. A pair of matching tattoos. A cheap wedding veil. A half empty box of glow in the dark condoms. What the hell just happened?
  3. Game Maker by BJ Harvey <— JUST WENT LIVE/HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT! “The first mistake we made was keeping our relationship secret. The next was going off half-cocked when a train wreck of epic proportions hit us. Now our secret is secret no more.”
  4. Fury (Bleeding Mayhem MC Book 3) by Jenika Snow <— JUST WENT LIVE/MAFIA PRINCESS KIDNAPPED BY BIKER PREZ ALERT! Mafia princess has been on the run from her family and is kidnapped… “…something dark rises inside of her when she sees the man that’s taken her is the Bleeding Mayhem President, Fury. She wants him, even if he won’t let her go”
  5. Undeniable: Always 3 by Cherie M Hudson <— JUST WENT LIVE/SHE’S DEAF & SOMEWHAT RECLUSIVE… and he seems to like her…”…why the hell is my sister’s boyfriend’s cousin, an annoying Australian named Caden, so adamant he wants to talk to me? I can’t work out if he’s laughing at me, or if he can see what I can see … the world is worth laughing at.”
  6. Come Alive (Rock Hard, Book 3) by Madelynne Ellis <— ROCK STAR BOOK! (Looks like a continuation of the same couple from book #1)
  7. What Happens in New York by Kristina Adams <— TWO BEST FRIENDS MOVE TO NEW YORK & THEY MEET FAMOUS STARS… “They escape to New York, where sparks fly when Hollie meets former model Astin. He invites them to an exclusive party where they meet the stars of the epic Highwater films, Liam York and Trinity Gold. The media pegs them as Hollywood’s power couple, but is everything what it seems, or is there more to life than money and fame?”
  8. Enigma by Danielle Bannister <— DESOLATE & DARK PAST THAT SHE WORKS HER WAY OUT OF (although she’s a pyromaniac) and then she meets HIM…He showed me a quiet peaceful life on a farm that was built with love and warmth. The kind of warmth even my precious fire couldn’t provide. Instead of dismissing me like the rest of the world, he chose to look right at me. Maybe the world wasn’t so cruel. Or maybe my downward spiral was just beginning.
  9. Until You Come Back To Me by Lour Darden <— MARITAL STRIFE ALERT! “Can the love they once had and the life that they built be enough to bring these to back together? Or is an affair too much to reconcile and recover from?”
  10. Enamor by Veronica Larsen <— SHE HATES HER NEW ROOMMATE ALERT! “My new roommate is arrogant and gorgeous. He pushes my buttons and drives me so crazy I want to strangle him daily…” (this one is super-bargain priced!)
  11. Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill <— SHE ACCIDENTALLY TAKES A STRANGERS PHONE… “the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it…” (bargain priced today!)

          

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Nanette asked for help on this one, and I *THINK* KNOW IT!!! There’ve been a few in the last year that have had this theme, but since I just spoke of this one in the last couple of weeks, coinciding with this reader question, I’m thinking it’s THIS particular one.

I haven’t read it (yet) ’cause it’s on pre-order, but this was one that I want to read badly.

She asks:

Hey Maryse,
I read a blurb about a book on your website recently and can’t remember the title right now. All I do remember is that it’s about the heroine whose best friend married her ‘crush’ and the best friend dies giving birth to her child, I think? She then jumps in to help with raising the baby….Plse tell me the name of this book and Author?

Thanks a lot,

Nanette

Nanette!!! I think I found it. Is it Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn <— Releasing in just a couple of weeks!!! This blurb PROMISES ROMANCE ANGST and hurt!!

THIS BLURB, my friends!!!! It’s gonna HURT!

“What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?

If you’re Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane’s in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel’s death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret…”

Also similar (and was the subject of a reader question back in March) was THIS book: The Absence of Olivia

Anyone else care to venture a guess, or suggest another book with this theme?

 

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Happy reader question day!! I just got one from Nthabeleng, and this one reminds me of a book I read not that long ago, so I’ll venture a guess but I’m somewhat doubtful that it’s the one…

She asks:

Hey Maryse! I have a book on mind. Hoping you can help me out :D

What happens in the book is that a guy goes on a work trip and keeps bumping into this girl. They are instantly attracted to each other and end up spending a night together. She then realizes that he is engaged and leaves the hotel.

Months later, she moves for a new job after being accused by her previous boss of doing things she didn’t do. Shocker; she ends up working at the same place as the engaged guy she slept with.

That is about all I can remember. Hope you can help me :D Thank you!

I wonder if it’s Along Came Mr. Right (I gave this one about 3 stars, and she and he are tutoring a child together and she falls for him, and he comes on strong, until she finds out he’s engaged… ).

Anyone else have an idea?

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Author Christine Brae just made an incredible announcement a few days ago regarding her latest book release (In This Life), and I’m so thrilled for her!

“Two weeks ago, I received a message via Instagram from someone who picked up my book by mistake. He wrote to tell me that he was hooked after the first 50 pages, and was interested in optioning it for film and TV. Three days and many messages later, he finished the book and never changed his mind.

Just yesterday, I signed a contract giving Adrian Bellani the option to market and produce In This Life for TV and film.”

Wow, right? This book must be incredible, and I’m dying to know more. Like… what is it about? Two strangers that meet and have a “fling” in another country, knowing they would need to leave each other once their respective trips were over, but…

Anna returns home to find that her life is no longer the way it once was, and that she can’t stop thinking about him. She learns through tragedy that nothing she’s ever believed in has turned out to be true. The worst part? The people she loved were keeping a secret from her. And that no matter what she does, no matter how hard she fights against it, every path she takes keeps leading her back to Jude.

Yeah… that sounds like our kind of romance angst and emotional agony. ;)

And the author has some fun facts for us about her, and her books (and wow how beautifully personal this is…)

More Fun Facts about Christine Brae

My books are very personal to me, simply because I write to express the emotions that I feel at various stages in my life. I love to write about my experiences, the people that I meet, the places that I’ve visited. I have a full time career that allows me to travel to various parts of the world, experience different cultures and make friends from all walks of life. I consider myself so fortunate to have gained a following of women who have experienced the same joys, tribulations, heartaches and accomplishment. I think that it helps people to know that we are never alone. That what we think only we can understand is actually universal and very much a part of our human nature. My characters are flawed, imperfect and fallible. But they also grow and change and mature. That’s the progression of life and of love and relationships that I strive to convey in my stories.

My first book, The Light in the Wound, is the story of my life. This book is about my family, the two loves of my life and the choices that a young girl has to make based upon her relationships and experiences. Its sequel, His Wounded Light (The Light in the Wound Book 2) was written mainly to give closure to the main characters in the book. Love and marriage can only grow and gain strength through hardships and trials.

My third book, Insipid is about corporate life. I wanted to write about what it is like to be a strong and independent woman who deals with different choices and decisions every waking day. Insipid delves into the stigma of a May-December relationship – something that I went through at a very confusing time in my life.

My latest book, In This Life is very special to me. This book took eighteen months to write, and I have never worked so hard on anything in my life. I wrote this book at a moment in time when I felt hopeless and misdirected. I am most proud of this book because it captures my growth as a writer and as a person. I had to learn to accept things as they are, I had to find peace with the decisions I made, I had to have humility in knowing that everything happens for a reason. And that one can never control or change what the universe wants for you.  I was in the middle of a very important project at work that had me traveling to NY and Paris for months on end.  There were times when I was only home for one weekend a month. I would write everywhere – on the plane, in hotels, in Times Square, at the Tuileries gardens in Paris. I would work during the day and write into the wee hours of the night. I was also madly in love, which is reflected in the words of this book. Everything I felt, everything I did (which was mostly stupid things), was immortalized in the story, its characters and its events. I guess that’s the wonderful thing about being a writer. You share your journal, your diary with the world.

Anna is me. Irritating and annoying and spinny as can be. She knows whom she needs to be with, and yet she can’t stop wishing she was with someone else.

And I have just said more than I ever have in public. I think it’s because it’s you, Maryse. You take all that honesty out of me.

I am so blessed to have had this book fall into the hands of someone who is as invested in it as I have been for the past two years. It is with so much pride and joy that I entrust this book which has been optioned for Film and TV by an actor, a director, a creative person in his own right. For the past two weeks, we have been discussing so many exciting things, and I am learning about the production process as a whole. We have been character casting (Emma Stone? Luke Evans?) and I’ve been asked to furnish some of my deleted scenes. I’ve been asked for my POV on location shoots and the cinematic approaches to some of the pivotal scenes. As you can imagine, I am ecstatic about this whole development! Star struck as well, although my friends are telling me that I have to pretend to be really cool about it.

Thank you, Maryse, for featuring me on your blog. I am honored for your time and attention, and want you to know that I’ve been your number one fan since 2012!

Oh wow this is WONDERFUL Christine, and I’m thrilled you shared so much with us. I’m so happy for you!!!!

Now for the giveaway!!

The author is giving away 2 signed books and 2 Ebooks!!

How to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book? Just leave a comment below, and by 10pm EST, Sunday May 29th 2016, I will randomly select four lucky commenters as the winner for the signed copy of “In This Life” (the first two out of the 4 commenters will get the signed book, and the next two out of the 4 commenters will get the ebook).

The winners will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the author.

OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADA

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Happy New Release Day!

I’m currently working out what my next read will be. I’ve got TWO early review copies that I’m DYING to start, plus, I’ve been backtracking on my TBR lists and enjoying a few there too, so… anything goes, today! Maybe you can suggest one?

But from this list? I’m exceptionally *squirrely* over these: The Passage (I LOVE Post apocalyptic, and the trilogy finale was JUST released, so I wanna devour it whole!), A Certain Slant of Light (Ghost love story that had me judging it positively from the gorgeous book cover, but the blurb is even better!), The Dom Games (reality show where women have to be submissive to a certain Dom to win him, and she joins it just because she needs the money for school + I love this author!!), Wild Abandon (another author that I enjoyed her very risqué book #1 in this series, and this one reads as a standalone… he has a VERY dark past!!), This Old Heart of Mine (she gets another woman’s heart in her transplant, and now wonders who her heart is beating for…) <— Eeeep! Does she love the woman’s last love?

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere). P.P.S. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Amazon offers various free Kindle apps and a free Kindle Cloud reader for any and ALL of us to use. You can either use the free Kindle App for your smartphone, tablet, AND your desktop computer (just like you’re using a Kindle, but right through your web browser <— No need to download anything!)

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans 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. Beautiful Burn: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
  2. Charged: Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
  3. The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill <— STEPHEN KING’S SON ALERT!!
  4. Here Kitty, Kitty: Magnus Pack Series, Book 3 by Shelly Laurenston
  5. RoomHate by Penelope Ward <— I LOVED this one!
  6. Vengeance by Zane
  7. Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler
  8. Beautiful Boy by Grace R. Duncan
  9. Shifting Gears: Crossroads, Book 2 by Riley Hart
  10. Haunted Destiny: Krewe of Hunters, Book 18 by Heather Graham
  11. Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie
          

 

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).

  • Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens <— ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOKS IN THE WORLD ALERT! And it’s super bargain priced today. Angela found it for us saying: “Hot bargain alert….. Thoughtless is on sale. Forever one of my favorites!!” :D
  • Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire <— MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOK still on super-sale as of today!
  • Darkness Series: Books 1-3 by J.L. Drake <— DARK READ ALERT & series bundled and at a bargain price today!! “Jimmy Lasko is a psychopath, and Emily is his greatest obsession…Lasko knows what he wants—what he deserves—and has the deadly skills and unending patience to get it. What he wants is Emily, and he is watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike…
  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand <— TEARJERKER ALERT! Amy found us this one on super-sale! “The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand… It totally sounds like a ME book, but it deals with suicide for anyone whom that is a trigger for. Kinda like Thirteen Reasons Why…SUCH a good book but damn, did it hurt. :?
  • The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin <— Book #3 (trilogy finale was just reeled today) and this is book #1!! Lisa loves it! “So glad to find someone who loved The Passage as much as I did. And Im not even into horror. Justin Cronin is the master of world building dont you think. Sometimes I recall a character or part of the book and it feels like I watched it in a movie…the visuals are so strong…
  • Waiting for April by Jaime Loren <— He keeps finding her in her new lives… and Michelle is loving it! “Waiting for April. He’s over 300 & been protecting her his whole life. And loving her. She’s 17… And has never made it to 18. He’s watched her die 19x. In this life, she lives next door & has a hunky boyfriend. I love this kind of story!!! Yippee!!!!!!
  • A Certain Slant of Light <—GHOST LOVE STORY ALERT!!! And yes… I admit, that cover GOT ME!! But it’s horror? Or love? I dunno, but I want it!!! Good reviews, excellent price, sound right up my alley! She is ghost and has been haunting a classroom, and suddenly she realizes, a student SEES her… “human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.”
     

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Lorn (VLG Book 3) by Laurann Dohner <— SHE’S CAST OUT OF THE CLAN… “VampLycans despise humans—and her mother’s human blood runs deep in Kira’s veins. Unable to shift, having few VampyLycan traits at all, Kira is denied acceptance from the clan…and the love of the man she’s wanted since childhood.”
  2. Barely After Dark The Boxed Set Books 1 – 3: Shifters Forever Worlds: Mating Fever by Elle Thorne
  3. Fear the Heart (Werelock Evolution Book 2) by Hettie Ivers
  4. TOMMASO (Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. Book 2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— HE’S GOT A CURE & HE’S HOPING TO WIN HER BACK……he blacked out after meeting the woman of his dreams. Annnd possibly capturing her. Annnd possibly terrorizing her before she got away. Annnd discovering that he’s turning into a horrible creature he loathes with all his heart…
  5. Sea Dragon (Dragon Knights Book 9) by Bianca D’Arc
  6. Kellen’s Tempting Mate, Iron Wolves MC 3 by Elle Boon
  7. Reborn Vampire Romance: Blood Courtesans by Michelle Fox
  8. Struck: (Phoebe Meadows Book 1) by Amanda Carlson
  9. Curious Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas
  10. How to Love Your Dragon (Fire Mates Book 2) by Lexxie Couper
  11. The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Book Three of The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin <— POST-APOCALYPTIC ALERT!  The finale to the trilogy!! And Jan130 is excited! “I saw that CITY OF MIRRORS IS LIVE TODAY, folks!!! Third book in The Passage trilogy. Oh yeh! Might have to spring for an actual paper-based copy to match my other two. *gives wicked cackle of delight*”
  12. The Trouble with Mirrors (The Vamp for Me Book 5) by Bailey Bradford
  13. Rewind & Go: A Blue-Collar Billionaire Romance (Sander’s Valley Book 1) by Nancy Corrigan
  14. Rebirth: Book One of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles by Amy Brock McNew
  15. Touched by Fate: PSY-IV Teams (PSY–IV Teams Book 2) by Jami Gray
  16. Her Quicksilver Lover (Even Gods Fall in Love) by Lynne Connolly
  17. Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb by Lexi George
  18. Keeping his Heart (Sisterhood of Jade Book 10) by Billi Jean
  19. The Reyen Conspiracy: A Science Fiction Romance (Galactic Union Book 3) by Louise Roberts
  20. Muzzling the Beast (Taming the Beast) by Tina Donahue
  21. Risking Alex (WMC Book 3) by Melissa Stevens
                   

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Sugar Daddy: A Sugar Bowl Novel by Sawyer Bennett <— SHE WAS BRUTALIZED BUT HER ATTACKER WAS NEVER CAUGHT and then she sees the tattoo of her attacker on TV… “The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner…” and Stace says: “Soooooo good!”
  2. The Dom Games by Rachel Robinson <— THE DOM BACHELOR-TYPE SHOW ALERT! And she needs money for her education… “she needs to get an Ivy League masters degree to pursue her dreams. When Kayla is accepted to be one of the ten, her world takes a dark turn as she competes against women who live the submissive lifestyle for enjoyment. Can she hold on to her dreams long enough to win the competition and ten million dollars? Or will she get sucked into Dominic’s twisted world?” P.S. I love this author!!! :D
  3. Sweetbitter: A novel by Stephanie Danler
  4. Vengeance: A Novel by Zane
  5. The Lost Ones (Intertwined Seduction Book 3) by H.S. Strickland
  6. The Accidental Boyfriend (A Chance Romance) by Maggie Dallen
  7. WALK (Gentry Boys) by Cora Brent <— EX-CON ALERT! “I saw him for who he was; not just some tortured ex-con trying to beat back his demons and figure out his place in the world. Stone Gentry was sexy, complex, damaged, mysterious. He was a man I could fall for …if he let me.”
  8. Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette <— SHE MEETS HIM IN HIS BAR & FALLS FOR HIM BUT HE HAS A DARK PAST ALERT! “I never thought his past would be so dark. And if I thought I had any chance of being in his future, I was wrong. Because his past is his future. And I need to walk away…” And!! It can be read as a standalone. Jean is reading this one right now! “So many great releases today! I’m reading Wild Abandon and absolutely loving it!
  9. Deep Dark (Tracers) by Laura Griffin
  10. Waiting for You by Melissa Kate
  11. For 100 Days: A 100 Series Novel by Lara Adrian <— SHE’S STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET & SHE’S OFFERED A HOUSE SITTING JOB…Living at one of the poshest addresses in Manhattan is like entering a new world–one that catapults her into the orbit of billionaire Dominic Baine, the darkly handsome, arrogantly alpha resident of the building’s penthouse. What begins as a powerful attraction soon explodes into a white-hot passion neither can deny…
  12. Act Like We’re In Love by Christi Barth
  13. Charged: Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover <— A LAWYER & HIS BAD GIRL CLIENT ALERT!When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands…
  14. Easy For Keeps: A Boudreaux Novella (The Boudreaux Series) by Kristen Proby
  15. Glass Ceilings: A True Heroes Novel by A.M. Madden
  16. Make Me Forever by Beth Kery
  17. Notorious by Susan Andersen
  18. Dissonance by Michele Shriver
  19. Until June: Until Her Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds <— THEY WERE SECRETLY MARRIED & he sent her divorce papers while he was deployed…Her marriage and divorce a well-kept secret, the last person June expects to run into when she moves back to her hometown is Evan. Angry over the past, she does everything within her power to ignore the pull she feels whenever he is near…
  20. The Shark (Forgotten Files) by Mary Burton
  21. Short Stay (Love Lessons Book 4) by Heidi Cullinan <— M/M ROMANCE
  22. A Bear in Paris by Max Vos & K.C. Wells <— M/M ROMANCE
  23. How To Save A Life by Andria Large <— M/M ROMANCE
  24. His Rules <— M/M ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY
  25. Mr. and Mr. Smith by Helenkay Dimon <— M/M ROMANCE <— Fabi loved it! “I mentioned I was reading a new m/m which comes out tomorrow, Mr. and Mr. Smith by Helenkay Dimon, and would let you know what I thought when I finished it. And… I LOVED it.  :-) Do you remember the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith? It was a favorite of mine so when I saw this title I had to take a peek. It starts off with a bang. A heart-stopping situation where your worst fears come true. Except, you didn’t know you had even more to fear. There’s a reveal that is so much worse. Not only heart-stopping, but heart-shattering. So much action, suspense, intrigue, betrayal. It hit the perfect spot after all the sweet and fluffy reads lately. This one had plenty of tough guys in explosive situations. So there ya go. My 2c. :-)
  26. Wet N Wild Navy SEALs <— ANTHOLOGY
  27. Summer Heat – Love on Fire: 16 Contemporary Romances <— ANTHOLOGY
  28. Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats <— ANTHOLOGY
  29. The Contract by Melanie Moreland <— HE’S HER BOSS & SHE HATES HIM BUT HE ASKS HER TO BE HIS FIANCE ALERT! “She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.
    Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA…”
  30. Montana (Modern Mail Order Bride Book 2) by Olivia Gaines
  31. Bowie: The Sinner Saints #5 by Adrienne Bell
  32. The Sheikh’s Illicit Affair by Lara Hunter & Holly Rayner
  33. Hanging By A Moment (Keeping Score Book 2) by Tawdra Kandle <— BEST FRIENDS & LOVE TRIANGLE?I know there aren’t any guarantees for us. Leo’s heading south to play football, rocking a full-ride at one of the top colleges in the nation. Meanwhile, all of my plans have fallen apart, and I have to figure out what comes next. Having Nate by my side is more important than I could have imagined…
  34. Casual: Part 1 (Power Play Series Book 9) by Kelly Harper
  35. Center Stage (Bright Lights Billionaire Book 2) by Ali Parker
  36. Charmingly Yours (A Morning Glory Novel Book 1) by Liz Talley
  37. The Billionaire Bachelor’s Surprise Baby: A Billionaire Romance by Ella Jade <— “She drops the kid off on my doorstep and leaves. Now I’m in over my head until a hot nanny shows up and all is taken care of. Including me…
  38. Torn Away (The Torn Series Book 1) by Vincent Morrone
  39. It’s Getting Hot in Heir (It’s Reigning Men Book 7) by Jenny Gardiner
  40. Secondhand Sinners by Genevieve Lynne
  41. Change On The Fly (Paradise Park Book 4) by Mary E Thompson
  42. This Old Heart of Mine by A.J. Compton <— SHE GETS A HEART TRANSPLANT & WONDERS WHO HER HEART IS BEATING FOR ALERT!Ava doesn’t just find the woman she was always meant to be, but she also finds out more about the woman who no longer is. The one who gave her this new life because she lost hers. Faced with a devastating dilemma, Ava must decide whether the heart that’s pumping inside her body now belongs to her, or is still beating for someone else…
  43. Unhinged (Unlikely Series Book 1) by JB Schroeder
  44. Hard Time (Hard As Nails Book 1) by Hope Conrad
  45. Flight Patterns by Karen White
  46. Lethal Temptations (The Tempted Series Book 5) by Janine Infante Bosco
  47. A Light in the Dark by Marla K. Benjamin <— HIS FIANCEE WENT MISSING & NOW SHE’S BEEN FOUND ALERT!Three days later, Sabrina is found and in the days the months that follow, she and Dez attempt to navigate through a new normal of sleepless nights, mood swings, and relationship missteps…
  48. The Best-Left Questions: Love Across Londons Book Two by F. E. Greene
  49. Tempting Isabel (Paradise South Book 1) by Rissa Brahm
  50. Downtown Green (The Green Series Book 5) by Judy Christie
  51. Bones and Roses (The Cypress Bay Mysteries) by Eileen Goudge
  52. Blue by LN Bey <— SUBURBAN KINK ALERT! “So begins Janet’s odyssey into a kinky suburban underground she never dreamed existed: caterers who were once dominatrices; real estate agents and lawyers by day who make twisted, sexy art by night; a stunning but sadistic insurance analyst who owns an entire stable of slaves of her own.”
  53. Summer on the Cape by J.M. Bronston
  54. Never Let Go (A Blue Ridge Romance) by Allison B. Hanson
  55. Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
  56. 25 Sense by Lisa Henthorn <— BIG MISTAKE ALERT! She gets a job in TV production and falls for her married boss… who plays her, and then moves on to the starring actress… “Soon Sean has turned his affection to the show’s starring actress, and Claire is devastated. Can she break away from Sean without ruining her barely started career?”
  57. Manacle (MC Sinners Next Generation Book 3) by Bella Jewel <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Lisa Kay reminds us of this one that was released a day or two ago! “Bella Jewel’s new book is out “Manacle” which is great, anything is good by Bella
  58. Hostage (Predators MC Book 3) by Jamie Begley <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Lisa also loves THIS biker series: “Also “Hostage” by Jamie Begley, is just come out, that is a awesome series in case anyone is new to Jamie, both of these are great MC series.”
                                                        

 

PREORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Test Drive (Crossroads Book 3) by Riley Hart – May 30th 2016
  2. Shameless (Playboys in Love) by Gina L. Maxwell - May 30th 2016
  3. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers Book 2) by Penny Reid – May 31st 2016
  4. Ransom (Dead Man’s Ink Series Book 3) by Callie Hart - May 31st 2016
  5. Dirty Love (Dirty Girl Duet Book 2) by Meghan March - May 31st 2016
  6. Unexpected Circumstances: The Handmaid by Shay Savage - May 31st 2016
  7. Worth The Wait: A Nature Of Desire Series Novel by Joey W. Hill - May 31st 2016
  8. Unbreakable: Unrequited Part Two (Fallen Aces MC Book 2) by Max Henry - May 31st 2016
  9. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas  - May 31st 2016
  10. Everywhere and Every Way (The Billionaire Builders Book 1) by Jennifer Probst - May 31st 2016
  11. Demand (Careless Whispers Book 2) by Lisa Renee Jones - May 31st 2016
  12. Stacked Up: Worth the Fight Series by Sidney Halston - May 31st 2016
  13. Blood Lust (The Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy - May 31st 2016
  14. Wicked Love (Wicked White Series Book 3) by Michelle A. Valentine - May 31st 2016
  15. Torn: LOST Series #4 by Cynthia Eden  - May 31st 2016
  16. The Angel Wore Fangs: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill - May 31st 2016
  17. Bad Boy by Leah Raeder - May 31st 2016
  18. Empire (Eagle Elite Book 7) by Rachel Van Dyken - May 31st 2016
  19. The Deep End (The Honey Series) by Kristen Ashley – March 7th 2017
          

 

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One True Loves: A Novel
<— The ultimate of love-triangles, my friends and oh boy what an emotional, heartfelt conundrum it was!

This author is an absolute must-read-everything-she-writes author for me, so you can bet, when I received an early review copy of THIS one (paperback format!!!). I was ALL over it.

Maryse: You guys!!!! I’m reading a paper book. *gasp* :P

Amy: what paper book are reading, Maryse?

Grey: yes Maryse, what Paper book?

Maryse: Okay… you guys are gonna be mad. LOL! It’s the upcoming one by Taylor Jenkins Reid (One True Loves)… and it’s only coming out in June so I am WAY early with reading this, but I can’t help it. I CAN’T. THIS is what I’m in the mood for. :D !!!!

Amy:  A new Taylor Jenkins Reid book??? *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!*

Fabi: Maryse, June? June?! Really? Ugh. lol Enjoy! I am totally the same when I’m in the mood for a particular book, nothing else will do.

Amy: Oh, and Maryse? Yeah, I think I have “book burn” on my nose from where you rubbed your shiny new TJR book in my face. So thank you for that. *pblllllttttttt!!!!*

Maryse: *rubs ointment on Amy’s nose* Amy… I know you have an awesome concealer for that. ;)

Amy: Oooooh Maryse, I do! Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless concealer. It’s AMAZING. Not cakey at all but gives great coverage. And lookie here… *holds out iPad with both hands and wiggles it* I’m reading a TJR book too so nanny-nanny-boo-boo!!! By the way, it’s Maybe in Another Life;)

R. Renee: I don’t hardly ever give 5 stars unless the writer’s name starts with Taylor and ends with Reid.

Dana: I love Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Lisa: Maryse I love a good old school paperback read….kindle’s just don’t smell the same *winks*.

I KNOW IT!! Even though y’all know I’m not a huge “paper book” reader, anymore. I was… once upon a time. And then the awesomeness of e-books was invented, and I could pretty much read, hands-free, highlight my favorite parts with the magic of my own finger, make notes all throughout the book without marring it, and of course, pick up where I left off without loosing my “bookmark” (which I seem to do regularly with a paperback, especially when the book and I snuggle all night when I’ve accidentally fallen asleep with it, still open in my hands… and then it inevitably closes, to get more comfortable ;) ). Tee hee!

And yet, I did it. I went “old-school” and read a book, tearing up post-it notes to highlight my favorite parts, and yes… snuggled with it, by accident. ;)

It’s a really amazing exploration of… What if…?

What if you found the love of your life? What if… after years and years together, you still knew you were the only ones for the other? What if you get married and have the perfect life together. That successful life, that both of you have dreamed of together. What if one of you dies in a plane crash? What if it almost kills you to lose the only one you think you could ever love like that?

The world seemed so dark and bleak and meaningless. Life seemed so pointless, so cruel.

I thought of how Jesse took care of me and how he held me. I thought of how he felt when he ran his hands down my back, how his breath smelled sweet and human.

I lost hope and love and all of my kindness.

I told my mom that  wanted to die.

I said it even though I knew it would hurt her to hear it. I had to say it because of how much it hurt to feel it.

She winced and closed her eyes and then she said, “I know. But you can’t. You have to live. You have to find a way to live.”

What if the other mourns for years, and finally begins picking up the pieces and slowly but surely begins living again, maybe… even falling in love again.

After Sam and I started dating, I noticed my laugh lines were getting deeper. This is most likely because I am growing older, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s because I’m laughing more than I ever have. What else could you want in a person, other than kindness and humor. I’m not sure anything else really matters to me.

And what if the dead spouse comes back… because he was never dead at all?

The man I loved since I was seventeen years old. The man that left me a widow when his helicopter had gone down somewhere over the Pacific ad he was gone without a trace.

Jesse.

“Emma,” Jesse says. “It’s me. I’m alive. I’m coming home.”

Just… lost.

And now you’re both lost. Actually… all three of you are lost. What if?

Yep. This is THAT book. Because NOBODY is the bad guy here. She loves them both, and they love her. Deeply. How can one be committed to two people? Of course, it’s understandable that she’s moved on (and with someone she’s known for ages and has always been close to),

Sam is my new life. My new, beautiful, wonderful, magical life.

but what can one do when the past collides with the future? When the past was SUPPOSED to be the future?

I feel awful for giving up on Jesse. For thinking he was dead. For moving on. For falling in love with someone else. I’m actually furious at myself for that.

But I’m also really angry at myself for not being loyal to Sam, for not remaining steadfast and true in my devotion, like I have promised him I would be. I am mad at myself for being unsure, for not being the sort of woman that can tell him he’s the only one, for not giving him the kind of love he deserves.

I’m mad at myself for a lot of things.

OMG YES. It was believably gut-churning. Heart-wrenching, and deeply moving. Trying to find herself in her old life, while trying to reconcile it all with her new life. HER. LIFE.

“Don’t stay with me if you want to be with him,” he says. “Don’t do that to me.”

My dreams, the rope, and the knots, I know exactly what they mean.

You don’t tie yourself to something unless you’re scared you might float away.

And that’s really as much as I can tell you, my angst-loving romance reading friends.

The rest if for you to explore, because yes… she definitely chooses. This heartbreaking love story is complete, and the reality of that choice is front row and center. Somebody loses. Maybe even her. I guess it depends on how you experience this book. But the “feeling” is in experiencing it for yourselves. Piece by piece. Moment by moment. Thought after thought. Heartbreak after heartbreak. Relief after elation.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s signature heartfelt, intrinsic, realistic writing is in full force on this journey. And what a journey it is. In fact, it got so intense on BOTH sides of the fence, so SURE, so absolute, that I was a mess by the end. The heroine honestly exhausted me, but how could I possibly blame her? I had NO idea what I wanted, let alone what she wanted. Holy moly, please never ever put me in that position. That’s all. ;)

4 stars <— Oh lemme tell you. To many, and maybe even to me, this is a 5-star read. Yes. But I am SO hooked on her first two books, that it’s hard to compare anything else to them. *sigh* I know. It seems unfair to compare her current works with her past (and what I consider, reality-love-story masterpieces). But such is life. ;) Trust me… 4 stars is on a 5-star level for this author. ;)

READ IT! It’s awesome, and you’ll be into it. It’s her unique brand of “love story” in all of it’s angsty glory.

P.S. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy! I’ll take EVERYTHING and ANYTHING she writes. :D

 

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<— BAD-ASS (BAD GUY??!!) BIKER SERIES ALERT! AND WHOA!!! Book #3 just came out and it’s already #23 in all of Amazon Kindle. HOLY. MOLY. This must me some kind of biker series!!! OMG YES!! Guess what I just realized? This is about a teacher that has to teach a class in a prison. Okay… you know this is gonna be crazy. Tee hee!!! Unconventional romance for sure! Or is it dark romance? I love scary love stories. ;)

Lisa: “Hostage” by Jamie Begley, has just come out, that is a awesome series in case anyone is new to Jamie, both of these are great MC series.

Bev A: Jamie Begley has great MC books. Just sayin…..

bek: waahhh… i love jamie begley!!! alpha males + hormones unstoppable + possessive love + loveable heroines + action packed scenes= jamie begley’s novels!

Karen: Jamie Begley and C.P. Smith were mentioned… and I totally agree they are the bomb!! They are also listed on Amazon as some of my favorite authors.

Laura: I don’t know what to read. I’ve just finished riot by Jamie begley…  for a light read after sociopath cause that was screwed up lol now I don’t know what I feel like reading…

About book #1:

Ice
As president of the Predators’ MC, my men and I are used to preying on the weak and those stupid enough to cross our paths. So why does a straitlaced teacher make me sit up and take notice when I see her for the first time?
The brothers all think she makes me weak, and believe me, weak in their eyes isn’t where I want to be. She wants me to prove she means more to me than the club, and when I fail, she thinks she can just walk away. She’s wrong. I’m a Predator, and nothing escapes me.

Grace
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.

  

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Set In Stone
Okay first I gotta say… OMG THAT EPILOGUE. I’m in tears. TEARS. Wow!!!! As fine and even-keeled as I was with the read as a whole, that ending took my breath away. I did NOT see that coming.

It was an amazingly sweet story that you can’t know about unless you’ve read the first book (Crazy Good). If you read this review (or this book first) it will spoil the whole *shebam!!!* of the first one, and trust me, that book was awesome.

This one was a nice continuation of the story and while YES it can be read as a standalone, it shouldn’t be, because the story is SO much richer when you start from the start. So if you haven’t read “Crazy Good” yet, go do that, and skip this review.

Okay and for those of you that HAVE read #1, let’s talk about this one:

I liked it! It was very good, even though it didn’t have that “page-turning” feel that the first one did. I didn’t fall in love as hard, and swoon as hard, because this was mor of a second chance romance, and the two main characters had been best friends since high school. So all the “get to know you” was already done (even *if* we backtracked to the past numerous times, to give us that initial crush-buzz). But… it just was never full-on, ya know? There was no significant heartache, or heartbreak, or second guessing from either party, so when the second chance finally came around, I didn’t feel that much romance excitement.

It did not get me as hard as “Crazy Good” did, for the majority of the book because I struggled to connect to cold-as-ice Morganna (even though I sympathized with her reasoning for being so reticent).

“You’re going to stay with me then?”

“I’ll stay,” I promise.

He squeezes my knee. “Forever?”

The lie. The truth. The volatility of permanence. “Forever.”

*gulp* THAT memory hurt…

I just… I guess I’m more emotional and cuddly. ;) *snort* I think, had we had more private emotional breakdowns, more personally emotional moments, more vulnerability to properly illustrate her grieving, her mourning, something… to make this new re-connection mean so much to my own heart. Although there WAS that. She did show moments of personal introspection and pain…

He was the great love of my life. Living without him is the largest challenge I’ve ever taken on. I miss him every second he’s not here, but life doesn’t stop. Tragedy doesn’t halt the future. It propels you into it with a brand new outlook. You suck it up. You smile. You go on.

…yet it was mostly resolved (or tucked away) in a “suck it up” manner. Rub some dirt in it. You’re Morganna for crying out loud. You deal, and you move on!! AND YOU NEVER EVER LOVE A SEAL AGAIN!

But you know? Many people cope with life and grieving by building that wall, and being mostly… emotionally “unavailable”. Being strong, and not letting the tears fall. And while she did have her endearing qualities (hard-ass she may be, she unabashedly sucks at singing, and shooting, just to name a few <— LOL!!!!!), from the “looks” of past and present, Morganna has always been fairly reserved and self-controlling. And you know what? That’s a perfectly fine character quality. Just one that I didn’t relate to as much as I would have liked to.

So what’s it about?

Morganna (a bad-ass divorce attorney) is living life without the love of her life (her Navy Seal husband that was killed while deployed) and she’s coping.

Divorces are worse than death sometimes. You know the person you once loved so completely is out in the big, wide world loving someone new. Giving your old promises to someone else, handing over the slice of their heart that you thought belonged to only you. It’s masochism at its finest if you dwell on it. At least I know Stone only loved me. Even during his dying breath, I’m sure of it. I’ll always have that.

Her best friend, Steven (also a Navy Seal on her dead husband’s team) is there to help her pick up the pieces. Sort of. She insists she doesn’t really need his help, and while there’s always been an attraction between the two (best friends since high school!!) she abhors the thought of cheating on her husband’s memory that way.

But you know, Steven has always been in love with her, even if he refused to ever voice it (Morganna is so emotionally standoffish that he never thought she might like him back), so he got the surprise of his life when the love of his life “clicked” with his Navy Seal team mate and eventually married him.

He swooped right in and stole my heart from right underneath me. I could have told him how I really felt. I should have at least told her how I felt, but I didn’t, thinking she would finally break the silence and say something about our pseudo-f**ked-up relationship.

Keeping quiet while I watched them date, fall in love, and then marry turned me cold and bitter toward anything that resembled romance or relationships. I vowed to never give a woman enough power to destroy me again.

*gasp*!!! Right?

And if Morganna doesn’t do it for you,  STEVEN’S POV of the story certainly makes up for her chill, and rounds out the story nicely.

“Alpha up, you pussy. You’ve known her longer than anyone. If anyone knows what you need to do to seal that deal, it’s you.”

“She doesn’t want me or anyone else that resembles him.”

Mav shakes his head. “She is avoiding you because of that reason…”

Because as bad-ass as Steven is, and as much of a player as he’s known to be, he’s a sweet cuddly teddy bear of love,

Laying my forehead into his thick chest, I sigh.

“You’re him.”

“I’m not him.”

“But you could be.”

“Just pretend I’m not. Play pretend.”

and BOY DOES HE REACT when the love of his life is messing with his heart.

LOVE!

Anyway, all that to say, it’s a second-chance romance between two best friends. Two bad-asses, that at first, refuse to accept becoming vulnerable for someone else. That is, until they admit things to each other (and mostly to themselves) and find themselves in a whirlwind of emotional compulsion.

4 stars! <— I was thinking 3.5 stars (just because of my occasional aloofness and disconnect when it came to Morganna’s POV – the writing and flow is fantastic!) but Steven sure hit my heart hard, and that epilogue bumped this whole score up a notch!

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