Tuesday’s latest new release list has proven to be a GREAT one ’cause I’m getting awesome feedback on some of the books you guys one-clicked. Therefore, I’m highlighting a few of them again, right here. With these recommendations, I don’t know how I can possibly not jump right in!

In fact, late last night I started Black Lies and it absolutely grabbed me right from the start. Yikes!!! This girl sounds like a load of trouble and I. Am. IN! Amazing writing and while I’m still only in the first quarter, I know I’m about to be taken on a wild ride. Eeeeeep! I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about. I posted a bunch of that “fuss” below in the list. You’ll see. ;) *rubs hands together with envious glee*

Plus, there are a bunch of AWESOME book-sales right now (like 0.99 cent Kristen Ashley books!!), and more reader recommendations that look promising (and some hot-guy recluses, to boot!). YAY US! Hehe.

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! :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:

  • Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance (Knitting in the City Book 4) by Penny Reid <— JUST RELEASED!! RECLUSE ALERT!!!! YAYAYYAYY!!!! (and here’s the series reading order). Getting RAVE reviews (just like her other books in this popular, funny series!) Kat says: “I read this the night it came out and I’m still trying to recover. I have a the worst book hangover and I’m super low on sleep. FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR!!!! Recluse who looks like a Viking and writes poetry? YES PLEASE I’ve decided to give up and just to re-read it.
  • Empathy by Ker Dukey <— JUST RELEASED!! PLUS it sounds like quite the DARK read!! This blurb totally made me *eeeeeep!!* I’m scared… and intrigued! Lori says: “Yes it’s really good so far!’” and Tracie, too: “Loving so far!!” and Kelly: “Stayed up waaay to late reading this last night and finished at lunch. Liked it a lot. The end was a bit rushed for me. Could have had it drawn out a bit more but overall it was definitely a good read.”
  • Being Neighborly: a novella by Carey Heywood <— JUST RELEASED!!
  • Ordinary (Exceptional Book 3) by Jess Petosa <— JUST RELEASED!! I haven’t read the blurb yet, ’cause it’s the conclusion of the series…
  • Unhinged: Book One by Nicole Edwards <— JUST RELEASED!!! “She’s supposed to be off limits to me. But that’s not a problem because I’ve perfected the art of breaking the rules. My name is Sebastian Trovato and this is the story of how I met the woman who unhinges me.
  • Jesus Freaks: Sins of the Father by Andrea Randall <— JUST RELEASED!!
  • Be My December by Rachel Brookes <— JUST RELEASED!! One of my fav authors (Aly Martinez) is reading this one and appears to be loving it! And it’s got quite the intriguing blurb… “The night my innocence was stolen, the night I made the mistake of saying no—a mistake I’d never make again. The dream of a ‘happily ever after’ was now a locked away myth. I promised myself that I’d never return to the place of my worst nightmare, that I’d never let anyone get close, but then again, I never thought I’d meet someone like him. The intense, confident and beautiful Ky Crawford.” <— but he doesn’t want to be her Prince Charming…
  • LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology – Volume 1 – Thirteen All-New Romance Stories by Bestselling Authors by Elle Casey, Julia Kent, Blair Babylon, Rachel Schurig, N.M. Silber, Daisy Prescott, Juliet Spenser, Gretchen Galway, Victoria Wessex, Caitie Quinn, Cassia Leo, Mimi Strong, Kelly Harper <— Jennifer found us this recently released anthology for only 0.99 cents today! :D
  • Hard Knox: The Outsider Chronicles by Nicole Williams <— This one came out this month, too and Kimmie LOVED it! “Just finished Hard Knox by Nicole Williams. So good. You’ve got to read. New book boyfriend alert!!!!! Know and the girl Charlie has a slick mouth and is so sarcastic.” Ahhh yes!! College writer trying to uncover if campus “bad boy” is actually campus “bad guy” and then wonders if he isn’t. And then wonders if he is… ;)
  • One Ride: Hellions Motorcycle Club (The Hellions Ride Book 1) by Chelsea Camaron <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! and it’s only 0.99 cents today.
  • Impulsively (Dante’s Nine MC) by Colleen Masters <— BIKER BOOK ALERT (and Stephanie found it for us today at only 0.99 cents!). It’s a standalone! “The damaged bad boy, womanizer, and the newest member of the Dante’s Nine MC has set his sights on her and now it’s game over. She knows what’s at stake getting involved with an outlaw like Brooks, but giving up control and letting him take what he wants, even for just a moment, is worth losing everything.
  • Aspen by Rebekah Crane <— sounds cute and recommended by a few of our fav authors! “Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.”
  • Black Lies by Alessandra Torre <— This one is from Tuesday’s list and it is getting RAVE reviews. Considering how much I enjoyed other books by this author, I have no doubts this one is for me! In fact, I’m reading it right now. And Melannie is freaking out over it! “I think I saw somewhere that you were going to read Black Lies?? …… This is SO scandalous! At 42% and my face hasn’t changed it’s expression eekeekeekeekeekeekeekeek I love how different this story is! I’m also dying to know what Grant is hiding.” and Cheryl says: “Started Black Lies. Halfway thru and still don’t know exactly what is going on, but whatever it is, things are f*%@ed up!!!!” and Rebecka says: “Do yourselves a favor and DO NOT READ SPOILERS when reading Black Lies. You will go through many emotions and few gut wrenching moments, but trust me it will all be worth it!!” and Rosemarie says: “Two words. Black Lies! Okay three…whoa!” <— WOW. I’m so excited this is my next!
  • Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti <— MOVING STORY ALERT!! Here’s another one from Tuesday’s list that seems to be putting our fellow readers in a frenzy!  Michelle says: “Just finished Ten Below Zero and what an amazing unique story! Such a great read if anyone is on the fence. I definitely cried but both sad and happy tears. Highly recommend this one!” Linh says: “35% into Ten Below Zero and I have to say I am digging it ALOT. Unconventional situation. Interesting characters. Great writing. It kinda reminds me of The Edge of Never and we all love that journey.” and then once she finished… “Ahhhhhh. I just finished Ten Below Zero and it was sooooooo fantastic. You have to read it Maryse. Characters, pace, storyline, writing…it was all great.
  • Be My Hero (Forbidden Men Book 3) by Linda Kage <— another one from Tueday’s list that we are enjoying! I read it (my review) and so did a few of my fellow readers! Kristi says: “Finished this today and loved loved loved it!”
  • On the Record (The Record Series Book 2) by K.A. Linde <— From Tuesday’s list and Tessa loved it! “Finished On the Record and I absolutely loved it! My only grrr is I have to wait until Nov for book 3. I want it now!”
  • I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre <— OH YES!!! Grumpy-hot single father/neighbor alert!! Another from Tuesday’s list that appears to be a HIT! This was also put on my TBR when I first read that blurb, and with a recommendation like this, I’m on it!!! Tracie says: “Maryse I just read I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre, it was on your Tuesday list, single, broody father? It. Was. Awesome. It was exactly what I wanted and I just fell in love with everyone! Their honesty was so refreshing, and their intimacy was just beautiful, the sweet words.. I want more. I never wanted it to end… I don’t know what it was, but this book just grabbed me, everything Ty said had me melting. I already pre ordered the next two books.” OMG I WANT IT!!!
  • Degradation by Stylo Fantôme <— a recent release and highly recommended by Kelly: “Just finished Degradation by Stylo Fantome and it was fabulous. There are some risque sexual elements however they were not overly graphic so most people could get over it and enjoy the characters. Really, really liked it and can’t wait until the sequel in Sept! …  I think you might like this one. I felt like the author really fleshed out the characters and that intensified the story for me”
  • The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole <— RECLUSE! Stephanie found us this one for 0.99 cents! Ah interesting blurb (although one commenter warns about some very dark subject matter). “I’m a monster, Eva. There’s no saving a monster. But I love that you want to try.” Okay from the blurb I’m getting that she’s hired by him to help his aging mother… “Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry. When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.”
  • Apartment 2B by K. Webster <— Stephanie found us this 0.99 cent deal today, too! She escapes her mother’s abuse and is finally free but terrified. “Sidney has rules. Routines. Structure. It’s the only way she can cope. When a handsome, yet mysterious stranger inserts himself into her life, Sidney begins to come apart at the seams. She’s having trouble sticking to her habits and it’s threatening to shred any hope of a normal life to pieces.”
  • Take a Chance: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series Book 6) by Abbi Glines <— this one’s only $1.99 today!
  • Knight (The Unfinished Hero Series) by Kristen Ashley <— only 0.99 cents today!! Linda says: “KA just never disappoints!!! Love this series. Love every h/h!!! Every storyline!!! Creed was very stressful for me I must admit but I powered through!!! Cannot wait for Deacon. Let’s just tell it like it is. KA writes it and we read it!! No brainer.” and Michelle agrees! “I really liked her Unfinished Heroes series. They are a bit darker than her usual fare, grittier. Knight was my favorite of that series to date. The alphas are “you love to hate them” kind of guys – and they don’t get sweet (like Tate and Tack) – they stay that way – but you still end up liking them!
  • Creed (Unfinished Heroes) by Kristen Ashley <— only 0.99 cents today!! (book #2)
  • Raid (Unfinished Heroes) by Kristen Ashley <— only 0.99 cents today!! (book #3)
  • Merciless Love: A Dark Romance by Nicole Snow <— RECENTLY RELEASED/DARK READ ALERT and well, obviously the cover got me good, on this one! ;) Plus it’s only 0.99 cents today. “The girl with the rocking body I saved yesterday believes I’m some kinda hero. You’d think she’d recognize evil after staring it in the face all her life, but with me, Cassie’s completely blind. She doesn’t know this house is a prison. She doesn’t know the cartel’s got my son. She doesn’t know I’m a selfish, desperate, pissed off imposter, and I’ll do anything to get my boy home.
  • Unlit Star by Lindy Zart <— ANOTHER RECENT RELEASE and it’s only 0.99 cents today, too! I know I enjoyed another book by this author (my review of Take Care, Sara <— very angsty), so I’m nervous as I check out this new blurb. Yep. OH GOSH. Yes. This book wants to drown me in my own tears, I’m sure of it!!! That blurb. GAH!!!!! “Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different. He falls far and he falls hard. Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun. Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.
  • The Genius and the Muse by Elizabeth Hunter <— RECLUSE ALERT!!! Here’s another one for only 0.99 cents and it too, sounds good! “For Kate Mitchell, finishing her master’s thesis on reclusive photographer Reed O’Connor was just another item to check off her list. She knew exactly what she was doing. Or did she?
  • Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon <— Okay not really bargain priced, but it’s one from “Ten Books That Stayed With Me” reader lists. Julie considers it: “If were talking those books that stay with you forever and ever….”
  • Nothing Left to Lose (Guarded Hearts Book 1) by Kirsty Moseley <— and here’s one from Marion’s “Ten Books That Stayed With Me“ list. And it IS bargain priced! Oh it sounds scary and romantically angsty! She survives a kidnapping but comes out of it, damaged. (of course!) “Ashton Taylor is brought in to protect her. He’s a newly qualified SWAT agent, a bright spark, the agency’s new golden boy. He is assigned undercover, posing as her boyfriend. His job is to help her through college and keep her safe until the end of the trial in eight months’ time…” <— Wow. This one DOES look good!
  • She’s Come Undone (Oprah’s Book Club) by Wally Lamb <— One from Jill’s ”Ten Books That Stayed With Me“ list. Not bargain priced, but good price nonetheless… “Meet Dolores Price. She’s thirteen, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood good-bye. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly-up.
  • The Witness by Nora Roberts <—- Eeeeep! This one sounds intense! One from Melinda’s ”Ten Books That Stayed With Me“ list, and wow. I DO love this author so I’m so tempted on backtracking to this book. “Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive…
  • Gerald’s Game (Signet) by Stephen King <— And Kristi is a girl after my own heart! This one sounds right up my freaked-out alley, and she says it’s “one of his best”. Just look at this blurb!!! “A different kind of bedtime story from Stephen King, as a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death. But the nightmare has only just begun…” <—- eeeeeeep!!!
  • As You Desire: A Loveswept Historical Classic Romance by Connie Brockway <— One from Natalie’s “Ten Books That Stayed With Me“ list, and it IS bargain priced. I know there are a bunch on here that love historical romance (I’ve loved quite a few myself!) so I think this one fits just perfectly… especially after you read this part of the blurb: “Kidnapped, drugged, and about to be sold to the highest bidder, Desdemona Carlisle is having a hell of a time maintaining her English pride. Then she sees the man in black, galloping through the Egyptian desert on a pure white steed. Desdemona could not have conjured a more dashing savior in her wildest fantasies. But an unlikelier hero would be impossible to find: Harry Braxton is a rogue, a scoundrel, and a born opportunist—who has already broken Desdemona’s heart once before…”
PRE-ORDERS (most of these are releasing this upcoming Tuesday):

                                                                

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Be My Hero (Forbidden Men Book 3)
How sweeeeeet is this book?!!! It’s sweet, quirky, funny and fun. And at times, super-emotional! And even quite dark. Definitely explores some dark subjects, and very dark characters (the evil villains by way of family members), but overall a light, feel-good read that I throughly connected to. In fact, I absolutely LOVE these characters. I feel attached to them, and will be backtracking to book #1 (Price of a Kiss - he’s an escort!) and #2 (To Professor, with Love - teacher-student romance!!) to get their full stories.

P.S.  Be My Hero is only 0.99 cents today!

While this one reads perfectly as a standalone, I kind of regret not having started at the beginning of this series (Forbidden Men Series) *waggles eyebrows* ;) since the previous “couples” are very prominent in this installment. And I bet I would have gotten to know the couple from this book better as they too, have appeared in the past installments.

Mind you, I went into it thinking it would have a darker edge, a more serious feel to it, and I’ll admit, at first, I was a bit taken aback by the writing style. Oh it was good… just… I dunno. I guess my expectations for that “intensity” and that biting internal dialogue would be a huge part of it. After all, per the blurb, they are both coming out of very traumatic experiences, and now, she’s pregnant and single…

For the first time in years, I finally felt free. I didn’t have to worry about any male in my home trying to get at me. I could just live, focus on my baby, and begin the rest of my life. Except, now that I could finally be me, I felt lost.

I had no idea who I really was.

…and he’s on parole for defending another woman and helping her raise her baby, but still hoping to find the love of his life (and what a STORY that part is!!).

Did I love Tristy? God, no. Most of the time I didn’t even like her. We’d survived through hell together, though, and you didn’t just turn your back on a fellow survivor. They became a part of who you were and left you bound to always keeping watch over them.

Yep… pure angst-potential!

I knew this one could be crazy and angsty. And it was!! I just went into it thinking it would be darker, but once I got used to the “feel” of this one, I fell in love with it! You know… that awesome “family feel”, the hilarious antics…

“She’s probably never going to leave him alone until someone takes her out.”

Eyes lighting with intent, she grabbed my hands and squeezed them hard. “Oh my God, E. Let’s take her out. Together. We’re in a big ass Jeep.” Her fingers clamped even tighter around mine. “When she comes back out. let’s gun the engine, pop this curb and run her wicked ass over. Oops, total accident. What was she thinking by jaywalking across a busy street in the middle of the night? And then…” She nodded, as if coming to the best part of the story. “While the car’s lying on top of her and the only things poking out are her glittery red Christian Louboutins, I say we steal her shoes and run.”

Wow, what was this, the homicidal version of The Wizard of Oz?

While yes, I had to agree Mrs. Garrison, Mason’s rapist – er – I mean the rapist of Mason since she wasn’t Mason’s anything – was the Wicked Witch of Florida, that still didn’t mean manslaughter was a good option.

And hello, how had I turned into the rational one?

“Yeah…” I said slowly before shaking my head. “No, I think maybe we should shy away from anything involving … murder.”

*snort*!!!! lol LOL!!!!!!!! I mean… can you just see these two?! In that dark jeep, the one cousin all excited and frantic and the other one thinking… “Oh… I’m gonna be on the news…” (a little “Friends” throwback there ;) )

But that’s just to give you an idea of the “feel”.

As dark as you *think* it sounded, it really isn’t. It’s out of sheer hilarious desperation between best friends/cousins. And I must tell you all, these are VERY sweet (and usually innocent) girls. I was snorting my way through this part! Pure comedic genius. Maybe you need to “read the rest” to get this in context. One of those “you had to be there” moments, but OMG this part will NEVER be forgotten. LOVED!!!

I loved the very obvious character traits (each one coming alive and having that special *something*), and yet, still with those dark pasts, tormented thoughts and obstacles to defeat. Evil… sometimes from those that should be the closest to you. I’d say it has that “Kerrelyn Sparks/Lynsay Sands” feel but without any of the paranormal stuff.

This book reminded me of those.

Eduarda: Which one are you picking Maryseeee ???

Maryse: Darn it! I can’t choose!!!! That “batch” that I listed up there in my “rambling” section… I still can’t figure out which. They all look equally good to me. I’m thinking one of the pregnant girls, ’cause I dunno. I think I’m in the mood for that situation. Er… not in real life mind you. LOL!!!

Maryse: Okay! I chose. Reading Be My Hero and it’s cute. I’m still “getting into” it, ’cause I think I was thinking it would be a bit more… serious or intense. Writing style is more light and quirky, but good so far. But 15% has me chuckling. A lot!

Maryse: Okay yah, if you go into this looking for funny and sweet, you got it! I’ve switched my reading “mode” into the right “mood” for this book, and I’m enjoying it.

Kandace: I’m 60% into Be My Hero. It’s a super easy read and I love how sweet he is. I thought it would be darker.

Maryse’s Book Blog: I thought it would be darker too, Kandace. I kind of regret not having backtracked and read #1 & #2 first since those characters are such a HUGE part of this one, but it read so well as a standalone anyway. Very cute and quirky and funny and fun and VERY emotional at times… good stuff! I’m happy with my choice.

Lauren: JUST finished Be My Hero before heading over to look @ this list….I LOVED it!!!! It had been a week or so since I’d read a book I didn’t skip thru. This one held me from beginning to end!!

Beverly: Loved Be My Hero by Linda Kage!

Michelle: Now I for sure need something light – picked up Be My Hero too and that sounds like a needed ‘cute’ read.

Amy: I must be in the mood for some single-mama angst ’cause Be My Hero and Surviving Love are realllllly looking good right now. ;)

Yep… I was totally in the mood for that, too!

And yet, as much as I giggled and highlighted entire pages of dialogue (GAH!!! These people are funny… but “just like us” kind of funny, ya know?) but I digress. As much as it has that comedic relief, it also had those deeply emotional parts that had me on the verge of tears. Absolute wet eyes, absolute believable pain, absolute sadness.

And that’s just to tell you, that it’s not lighthearted “fluff”. Because it made me feel the intensity, when it counted. Yessssss yes, at times it was way over the top. I mean… how much more could these people take!?? The amount of drama and crazies that comes at them is like… wow. Definitely fiction-like. Yikes!!! But if you just ‘go with it” you can have so much fun (and experience so many “feels”) with this anyway.

And you know what? I went with it. :)

It’s fiction, and it’s fun! Plus, I’ve read plenty of books/series that I absolutely loved where entire town is inundated with human-evil-doers, book after book, and still, I could totally connect. Because of that real-life friends-to-family feel. Like with this one!

4 stars!

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I’m hearing this one is sweet and funny! AND!! He’s kind of a jerk, at first. Er… that can be fun, too! I love being infuriated by the “hero”. ;) Plus, book #3 was just released!

Lee: I may have missed them on here but I can’t find any mention of Tillie Coles books here, “Sweet Home” & “Eternally North” I loved them both and can’t recommend them enough, “Rome” from sweet home is totally up there with Travis for me and “Tudor” from Eternally North is not far off either, both have stuck with me, hope you like them

Teresa: the last 5-star book that I read, which I actually finished this morning.  The book was Sweet Home by Tillie Cole.  I absolutely loved this book!!  I’m off now to download anything else that she has written.  It was crazy good!!

Christine: Eternally North by Tillie Cole. He is a jerk to her since first meeting. VERY funny book.

Nicole: Newest favorite: Rome from Sweet Home by Tillie Cole.

Cheryl: Started Sweet Fall. Really good so far and the author is so brave putting her own personal experiences into the h thoughts and actions. ;)

About book #1:

At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot. She knows Descartes and Kant. She knows academia and Oxford. She knows that the people who love you leave you. She knows how to be alone.

But when Molly leaves England’s grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn—she didn’t know a summer could be so hot, she didn’t know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn’t know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever…

  

 

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! A few more HIGHLY anticipated releases AND awesome sales just went up today that made me *squeeeee!!* So I’m adding them here:

  • Black Lies by Alessandra Torre <— I LOVED this author’s other book (a standalone) “Sex Love Repeat” so I’m anxious to try this awesome-sounding one! and Rebecca Says: “If you liked/loved Sex Love Repeat! THIS IS FOR YOU!! GAH!!! BRILLIANT!” and Yvette says: “Omg Maryse I read Black Lies in one sitting.. its so good with a twist you didn’t see coming!!!!!!” YEP!!! Just like in Sex Love Repeat. I freakin’ LOVED that twist!!!
  • Beast Part 2: An Erotic Fairy Tale by Ella James <— Last week’s first installment blurb had me *oomphing!* and here is part2!
  • The Arrangement 16 (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward <— each installment in this series appears to be HIGHLY anticipated (going by the comments & emails that I receive, asking when the next will be out). LOL!
  • Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti <— Ling found us this one saying: “Know nothing of the author but the blurb sounds like I might be in for a ride.” and sure enough, GAH!!! That blurb makes me wanna cry already!
  • Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry <— And!!! This one’s only 0.99 cents today and TRIED & TRUE by ME!!! Teahcer-student romance that I LOVED LIKE CRAZY!! 5 stars from me (here’s my review)
    

I’m in book-candy overload with this exceptionally *squee-worthy* list. MMA fighters, bull riders, military men, ex-convicts and just plain’ ol bad boys (<— LOL! Like they can possibly be plain). ;) Lots to choose from and a wide-range of ‘em are appealing to me, today. From my usual bad-boy attraction, to sweet-sounding heroes/cops, to single pregnant women, to single fathers (lots of those today!), to LOTS of book-women fleeing their abusive book-husbands today (which to me equals lots of hero potential)! Even… one… with the Devil looking for his due.

Like the sexy bartender that DOES NOT want to take her V-card. *waggles eyebrows* (The Write Stuff), and Be My Hero (about a single pregnant woman and a guy out on parole… but it kind of sounds sweet ya know? Plus it’s part of her “Forbidden Men” series and I already like the sound of that!), Surviving Love (another single pregnant woman and a moody guy moves into her house!), Seaside Dreams (’cause he’s a single father/cop that meets her out on patrol one night), Rules of Protection (she’s in the witness protection program and her special agent “handler” has to hide her deep in the Texas woods… with him ;)In His Wildest Dreams (she’s hiding from her abusive ex with her young son and gets a job at an ex-convict’s house), I Want It That Way (she moves into the apartment above cute yet taciturn single father…) OR!! Crave (<— *eeeeep!!!* The woman hiding from the Devil himself, since her soul was promised to him upon her birth… and then  he finds her).

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! :D )

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

  • Hold On Tight (Sea Breeze Book 8) by Abbi Glines <— I believe this one can be read as a standalone AND is only $1.99 today!
  • Tangled Thing Called Love: Life and Love on the Lam by Juliet Rosetti <— she’s got a hit boyfriend but… “Mazie knows that bringing a guy home is a recipe for disaster, especially when she’s not sure whether their relationship is serious or just seriously steamy.” It’s only 0.99 cents today!
  • Tag Chaser (Chasers Book 1) by Kandi Steiner <— This looks good! I guess she’s got a thing for military men but was hurt in the process and decided no more! And then she meets “Corbin Ray”. But “…when an accidental discovery reveals that Corbin is in the Army, she knows she must run the other way and never look back. Although it kills her, she aims to move on and look for a new prospect. There’s just one small problem. Paisley’s been assigned a new client at work, and his name is Corbin Ray.
  • Song Chaser (Chasers Book 2) by Kandi Steiner <– Oh this looks like potential romantic angst! Don’t read this blurb if you haven’t read book #1 yet (above), ’cause I think they can probably be read as standalones BUT the story *seems* to continue as they have repeating characters from one book to the next… A musician who’s totally into his best friend (has been for years) but she chose someone else. He tries to move on and eventually meets the new girl working at the bar he goes to… but “With Paisley still haunting Tanner and Kellee vowing to save anyone the trouble of loving her, will the pain and fear keep them apart – or will they find a way to rewrite their song together?
  • Saving My Submission (The Doms Of Genesis Book 4) by Jenna Jacob <— BDSM club book (Club Genesis)! Recently released but I think I missed it the first time around so I’m adding it here. She didn’t realize she had a submissive side until she met him… “Determined to resist his powerful draw, I tried to forget him, but Fate—and a killer—had other plans. Now, in Joshua’s arms, I might be safe, but I fear my heart isn’t.”
  • Keeping Mr. Right Now: A Kisses in the Sand Novel (Entangled Bliss) by Robin Bielman <— also recently released and today, on;y 0.99 cents. Bad boy surfer trying to clean up his image… “Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.”
  • Only One (Reed Brothers) by Tammy Falkner <— another recent release that I missed!
  • A Whole New Crowd by Tijan <— latest release by Tijan is only 0.99 cents today!! (thanks Kat!)
  • Fighting to Stay by Kasey Millstead <— BIKER ROMANCE ALERT!! Aimee found this one for 0.99 cents! “When things got bad, when things got dangerous, when there was a chance that she would get hurt – physically or emotionally – she did what her momma said. She ran. She kept running, until she landed in Salt Rock, Alabama. She meets Roam Cooper, the Vice President of the Mayhem Motorcycle Club. For the first time in her life, Lacey considers staying…and then right before her eyes, her world falls apart, and she runs again.” <— Eeeep!!
  • Bedrock by Britney King <— Aimee found us this one for 0.99 cents, too! Sounds tumultuous! “…Like many women, Addison is defined in terms of marriage and motherhood, until she suddenly finds her life turned upside down by her husband’s decision to take a job thousands of miles away. When her tough-as-nails boss offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse, Addie is forced to make difficult choices…
  • Against the Cage: Worth the Fight Series by Sidney Halston<— MMA FIGHTER & COPS!!! And today, only 0.99 cents! Thanks Jean!
          

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CONTEMPORARY

  • inTENse: A Collection of 10 Full Length Erotic Romance Bestsellers JUST ADDED!! Lee says: “i dont know if you have this one. yet… just went live .. 10 bestselling authors…10 hot alpha males….only $0.99!”It contains these books: **Adam’s Apple by Amazon Bestseller Liv Morris**
    **The Agreement by USA Today Bestseller S.E. Lund**
    **Devour Me by Award-winning International Bestseller Kailin Gow**
    **Searching for Moore by USA Today Bestseller Julie Richman**
    **Forever Black by New York Times & USA Today Bestseller Sandi Lynn**
    **Vital Sign by USA Today Bestseller J.L. Mac**
    **Consequences by New York Times & USA Today Bestseller Aleatha Romig**
    **Gemini by USA Today Bestseller Penelope Ward**
    **Angel After Dark USA Today Bestseller Kahlen Aymes**
    **Belong to You by New York Times & USA Today Bestseller Vi Keeland**
  • Rival: A Fall Away Novel (The Fall Away Series) by Penelope Douglas <— I really enjoyed book #1 so I’m anxious to see if this one’ll give me the same feeling… (here’s my review of “Bully”) and the series reading order.
  • Turn On A Dime – Kade’s Turn (Kathleen Turner Series Book 7) by Tiffany Snow
  • Heart Of Light by T.K. Leigh <— Oh! Look at this one! “Why was she left in the custody of a man who would sell her each and every night to the highest bidder? After a few years, she shut off, giving up hope that anyone would ever find her. Until her luck changed one night and she escaped.
  • Conspire by Erin Noelle
  • Reasonable Doubt 3 by Whitney Gracia Williams
  • Guarding His Heart by J.S. Cooper
  • You’ll Think of Me by Lucia Franco <— “The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today. When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they’ve seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.
  • Bound (Forbidden Series – Book 1) by Melody Anne <— Once homeless, now she’s an escort and… I think she meets this guy (as her client…) “Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a façade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him.
  • VAIN – Part Three (The VAIN Series Book 3) by Deborah Bladon <—- I JUST ADDED THIS ONE!! Fabi is LOVING THIS series and says: “If you ladies were waiting for the complete series before reading this I believe this is it. AND you really don’t want to miss Vain. It is mind blowing! You just gotta read it to know what I mean ’cause I can’t think of a way to describe it without giving things away.
  • The Keatyn Chronicles: Get Me by Jillian Dodd <— HUGELY popular series amongst our crew, and here is the latest one! Here is the The Keatyn Chronicles Reading Order! :D
  • High Octane: Fueled (F1 Series) by Rachel Cross <— Bad boy Formula One racer… trying to “clean up” his bad-boy image and… an oncologist.
  • Dissonance (Dissonance Series Book 1) by Drew Elyse <— Him. Her. Strangers. And now roommates. YAY potential fun!!
  • Doubt (The Connected Series Book 1) by KA Hobbs <— Married couple issues? “With work requiring Doug to travel, they spend many nights apart. Late night calls, feelings of secrets hanging in the air; will their relationship survive a ‘blast from the past’?
  • His Secret Superheroine (A St. Louis Superheroes Novel) (Entangled Covet) by Patricia Eimer
  • You Had Me At Bonjour by Jennifer Bohnet
  • Be My Hero (Forbidden Men Book 3) by Linda Kage <— CAN be read as a standalone and this one sounds pretty good! “…then Eva Mercer got pregnant, shot by a psycho, and kicked out of the only home she knew. Now she’s broke, unemployed, and has to start anew with a newborn to raise. But how? On the other side of town, sexy, tattooed orphan, Patrick Ryan, can’t get a break. He’s out on parole for defending the last damsel in distress while trying to help her support her child, but all he wants is to find his one true love. He knows this woman by scent, smile, and laugh, but he’s never actually met her. He doesn’t even know her name. He just knows she’s the key to fixing everything.” And Lauren just recommended it! “JUST finished Be My Hero before heading over to look @ this list….I LOVED it!!!! It had been a week or so since I’d read a book I didn’t skip thru. This one held me from beginning to end!!”
  • Surviving Love by Ada Frost <— LOL! Okay… and this one, too. I think I might be interested in trying out this “pregnant single woman meets a guy” theme. “What do you do when you find out you’re pregnant, your boyfriend rejects you, your sister is beaten half to death and the most annoyingly gorgeous man takes up residence in your house?
  • Sweet Fall (Sweet Home Series Book 3) by Tillie Cole
  • Double Up by Vanessa North <— M/M romance!
  • Learning to Love: Final Exam by K.C. Wells <— M/M romance! “One house, three couples, and one year left until their final exams….”
  • Doctor Trouble x2 (Cascade Pack Book 1) by Lei Carol <— M/M romance!
  • Reluctantly Royal (Suddenly Book 3) by Nichole Chase
  • The Write Stuff (A Write Stuff Novel Book 1) by Tiffany King <— SEXY BARTENDER ALERT!! Okay so she’s a romance author. And a virgin. ;)Opportunity presents itself in the form of hot-as-sin-on-a-lollipop-stick bartender/premed student Alec Petropoulos, who agrees to be the cover model for her upcoming book. Sparks fly instantly between them, and Nicole begins to entertain the possibility that she’s finally found the right guy to hand over her tattered V-card. Alec has all the makings for a perfect one-night-stand candidate except, much to Nicole’s surprise, he seems to be the only man in existence not interested in bagging a virgin…
  • Under a Dom’s Care (Extreme Book 2) by Sam Crescent <— Hehe. Oh he was a BAD boy Dom at the BDSM club and his punishment is he can’t play with any of the subs…
  • Asher’s Mark (New Adult Contemporary Romance) (Resolution Book 1) by Amy Durham <— SEXY TATTOO ARTIST ALERT! “Grace Ballard has been in love with Asher Howell for a long time. When she was sixteen, he became her hero, and she fell head over heels for the boy with a ring through his eyebrow, a big heart, and an unending sense of justice. But two years ago he left for college without a backward glance, leaving Grace to wonder if she’d imagined everything. With no reason to wait for Asher to return, Grace moved on, and Asher’s brother, Adam, stepped in to help her pick up the pieces. But Asher never left her thoughts… or her heart…” then… a tragedy brings him back. Ohhh!
  • Stealing His Heart (A Shillings Agency Novel) (Entangled Brazen) by Diane Alberts
  • Taming His Tutor (Entangled Brazen) by Natalie Anderson
  • On the Record (The Record Series Book 2) by K.A. Linde
  • Dirty Deal (A Perfectly Matched Novel) (Entangled Brazen) by Christine Bell <— MILITARY MAN ALERT! “Bryan has had his share of crazy women and isn’t in the market for another relationship that ends by way of restraining order. When Serena Elliott gets into a bidding war for him at a charity bachelor auction, he’s a little worried. Turns out she’s just as anti-relationship as he is, and could be the solution to all his problems. If he can convince her to be his fake girlfriend, he just might be able to spend the rest of his leave in peace.
  • Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book One) Contemporary Romance by Melissa Foster <— POLICE OFFICER ALERT! ;)Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for–or even realized he was missing…
  • Fear the Boss (Deadly Duet Book 1) by Sam Crescent <— CRIME BOSS/FIGHTER ALERT! “When Caleb first sees Donna working in the jewelry store, he knows he wants her. Donna’s latest customer scares and excites her. She tries to fight off his advances but all too soon she gives in. One date turns into a second, and before she knows what’s happening they’re together. When the truth of who he is comes out, can Donna find it in her heart to remain with him? Who could love a crime boss that everyone fears?
  • Jack (The Family Simon Book 2) by Juliana Stone
  • Permanent Bliss by BJ Harvey
  • No Limits (Hqn) by Lori Foster <— MMA FIGHTER ALERT!! “Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon…
  • Some Like It Deadly (Going Royal) by Heather Long
  • Snow on the Bayou: A Tante Lulu Adventure by Sandra Hill <— MILITARY MAN! “Bourbon Street blues singer Emelie is once bitten, twice shy. When she learns that Justin is back in town, she wants nothing to do with the once wild Cajun teenager who fled with the law on his tail-and broke her heart. But she can’t deny the red-hot attraction between them . . .”
  • An Elderberry Fall (Zane Presents)  by Ruth P. Watson
  • It’s in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor Book 10) by Jill Shalvis
  • Heroes Are My Weakness: A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Sandpiper Island (The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove) by Donna Kauffman
  • The Highlander Next Door (Spellbound Falls series Book 6) by Janet Chapman <— POLICE OFFICER ALERT! “…there’s something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can’t figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate—and sexy. Or how she’s falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century.” *snort* I think I like the sound of that!
  • Sweet on You (Sweet on a Cowboy) by Laura Drake <— BULL RIDER ALERT!! “Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief-except Katya doesn’t know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn’t expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses…”
  • A Love to Call Her Own (A Tallgrass Novel) by Marilyn Pappano <— lost her husband in Afghanistan and “…she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it’s like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.”
  • Slow Satisfaction (Struck by Lightning Book 3) by Cecilia Tan
  • Sweet Contradiction (Sweet Contradiction Series) by Peggy Martinez
  • Knocked Out by Ty Langston <— MMA FIGHTER
  • In His Wildest Dreams by Marie Treanor <— Okay even though I *think* this one is a paranormal, it also sounds like it has a contemporary romance feel to it (the paranormal aspect seems to come from a ghost in the house…) but this sounds good! “In hiding from her violent ex, Izzy Ross has made a peaceful life for herself and her young son in the isolated Highland village of Ardknocken. Handsome men with a criminal record aren’t high on her list, but when work dries up, she’s forced to ask Glenn for a menial cleaning job at the big, dusty house…
  • Branded (Strand Brothers Series Book 1) by Lora Ann
  • The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott
  • Hunted by the Past: PSY-IV Teams by Jami Gray
  • Close to Home by Lisa Jackson
  • Rules of Protection (A Tangled in Texas Novel) (Entangled Select) by Alison Bliss <— This one sounds right up my alley! “When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.
  • Summer’s Moon (A Sweetland Novel) by Lacey Baker
  • Colors of Us (McAvery Brothers Book 1) by Sandra Bunino
  • Tangled At First Sight (Once Upon A Romance Series Book 6) by Laurie LeClair
  • Farmer Wants a Wife (Love and Friendship) by Shelley Munro <— REALITY SHOW
  • Doesn’t Play Well With Others by Casey Harvell <— Hrmmm… this one sounds different. “Before she knows it she adopts a stray of her own. Life seems a bit better until Selene gets stabbed trying to protect the kid. Selene makes it, but discovers the kid is no normal runaway–he’s the only son of a VERY rich and prominent family. A new friend comes forward to clear Selene of possible kidnapping charges… Alex wants to break down the walls around Selene so badly…”
  • Turquoise Green Winter (Emely and Elyas Book 2) by Carina Bartsch
  • Irresistible Force (A K-9 Rescue Novel) by D. D. Ayres
  • I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre <— Oh I wanna read this!!!! “…maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.
  • Ultimate Sins (The Callahans) by Lora Leigh <— “Ex-Marine Crowe Callahan has only had one obsession in life: Amelia Sorenson. She is the only one who has ever gotten under his skin. However, she is also the daughter of his family’s sworn enemy...”
  • Love in a Small Town (Pine Harbour Book 1) by Zoe York <— POLICE OFFICER ALERT! Divorced couple… “Olivia Minelli needs to leave Pine Harbour. It’s just too hard to see Rafe moving on without her—even if he says he doesn’t want to. But when a new and exciting job falls into her lap, she needs to choose: protect her heart, or take the new job and risk getting emotionally entangled with her ex-husband. Again.
  • Winning Love (Love to the Extreme Book 3) by Abby Niles <— MMA FIGHTER ALERT!! Okay from the blurb I’m getting that she’s a storm chaser, and he’s terrified of tornados. “At first he wants nothing to do with the infuriatingly persistent woman, but the crazy challenges she tosses his way are impossible to resist. As she thaws years of bitterness, bringing back the Mac he believed long gone, he starts to make peace with the past and see the future again. Until he learns she chases his worst nightmare—then he can’t get away fast enough.
  • On Caristo’s Watch (Italian Knights Series Book 2) by Billy London
  • Mason’s Rule (Purgatory Masters Book 3) by Eliza Gayle
  • Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown <— Ex-husband and wife still have that flame…
  • Own (Command Force Alpha) by Katie Poter <— MILITARY MAN/DOM ALERT! “Warning: This book contains a reformed playboy Specials Ops stud who knows how to tease, demand, and spank what he wants out of a colonel’s unruly pool shark of a daughter. Wait…how is this supposed to be a warning?” <— LOL!
  • Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity Book #2): A Novel by Lynette Eason <— FLEES her husband! “…As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to hide for long . . .
  • Billionaire Unmasked: The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Jason by J.S. Scott
  • Assumption: Underground Kings by Aurora Rose Reynolds

                                                                   

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<— Nalini Singh Fans!!! And ROCK STAR BOOK fans!! Look what’s up for pre-order on Amazon right now. Yep. Nalini (one of the queens of paranormal romance) is going “rock star bad-boy contemporary” on September 9th with her upcoming book “Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss Book 1)“.

Hot cover, and from that blurb (and excerpt below)?! It’s gonna be steeeeeeeamy!!! And the premise? Right up our alley! So… from the blurb, she’s not into “fame” (something happened in her past that thrust her into the spotlight) and now she just wants to live a low-key life. But she meets him (super-famous rock star and they have an extended no-strings-attached “one-night stand” that morphs into “one month”). Ruh-roh.

Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets.”

A whole month and no ties? Riiiiiight. Like that’s gonna work. ;)

“Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…”

Yep. That’s what I thought. ;) So I’m thinking from full-on steamy, to full-on angsty!

Wanna “taste-test” an exclusive excerpt?

Be warned… it’s steamy… ;)

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One of my favorite paranormal/urban fantasy authors in the whole wide world has just completed her HUGE HIT series the Night Huntress Series and has started a whole new project.

<— Still within the “paranormal” world, this series will be NA (new adult) *waggles eyebrows* ;) and I don’t doubt… intoxicating. I mean, it’s already promising some serious romance angst! Just look at this bit from the blurb:

…the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

YES!!!!

The first book (The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel) is releasing tomorrow, and I have some goodies to introduce us to it, today! A fun “Five Fun Facts” post by the author herself AND an exclusive excerpt. But first,

The blurb:

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse–her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between….

Eeeeeeeep!!!!!

So… are you ready for a few fun facts?

P.S. Here’s a fun fact for you from me, regarding this author. The very first three reviews I ever wrote on this blog were for the first three books in her “Cat & Bones” series. How cool is that!?? Want a second fun fact? When I finished book #1 (past midnight) hitting that CRAZY cliffhanger, I demanded that my husband take me IMMEDIATELY to the 24 hour Walmart so that I could by book #2 and get relief. Ahhhhhh thank goodness for stores that cater to reading night owls like me!

Okay now, fun facts from the author herself!

5 Fun Facts about Jeaniene Frost

I’ve often said that I can’t imagine writing a straight contemporary novel because “normal” escapes me in my real life. That’s why the paranormal genre is such a good fit for me. People expect weird things to happen in a book with supernatural elements, and characters living in paranormal worlds often have their own, odd quirks. Now, when you’re a bit kooky in real life *cough, me, cough* those quirks can draw some strange looks, especially when there’s no paranormal element to blame your behavior on. Such as…

1. I spend a lot of time with people who don’t exist. Seriously, though, I’ve often joked that the only difference between an author and a schizophrenic is a paycheck. Before I got paid to make up elaborate stories about people that only existed in my imagination, I was considered a bit odd. I mean, no one wanted to hear my story ideas, and if I’d pause in the middle of a conversation to jot down whatever inspiration had just struck me, I’d soon find that my conversation with the other person was over.

2. When I’m deep into writing, I’ve been known to ask – and answer – plot questions out loud. My husband has learned to ignore this, and I’ve found that walking the dogs helps avoid looks from the neighbors because they assume I’m talking to my pets. I might also lose track of what’s around me. Or what’s on me. Let me explain: Several years ago, when I was working full-time and still publishing two books a year, I had to get up very early to write. Let the record show that I am not a morning person, so those 5am – 8:30am sessions already took up most of my brain cells. Add me getting deeply into a scene, and you have what happened on one thankfully-breezy morning in 2008. I’d figured out the solution to a plot problem and words were starting to flow when I realized I only had twenty minutes to get to work. So, still thinking about what I was writing, I threw on some clothes and dashed out of my house…only to feel a draft. Then I looked down.

I’d forgotten to put my pants on, so there I stood in only my blouse, underwear and heels. To my everlasting gratitude, none of my neighbors were outside at the moment. To my further gratitude, I’d only made it past my porch in my under-dressed state. I ran back inside and put my pants on, then finally left for work. Ever since, I always look down before I leave my house.

3. I first got the idea for The Beautiful Ashes from a dream. I’ve had vivid, detailed dreams for as long as I can remember, and when I was a teenager, I’d write little story snippets out of them. In fact, a dream gave me the inspiration for my Night Huntress series. The dream that started the Broken Destiny series was about a girl who’d seen strange things her whole life, and only realized that they weren’t hallucinations after she got pulled into a demon realm. I couldn’t immediately start to write that girl’s story because of contact commitments, but instead of forgetting about her, the world and characters grew, until the story felt like it spilled out of me when I finally got to write The Beautiful Ashes.

4. I’ve gotten at least two series ideas from dreams, but that doesn’t mean I write about everything I dream. In fact, I don’t write about most of what I dream. Case in point: years ago, when I was trying to revise the end of my second Night Huntress book to make it more exciting, I had a dream where I was me (unusual; I’m mostly other people in my dreams) and Dream Jeaniene suddenly realized the perfect way to spruce up the end of the book: add dragons! *grin* If you’ve read One Foot In The Grave, you’ll know that there are no dragons at the end of it, nor do any belong there. Sometimes, dream ideas are best left on the pillow instead of on the page.

5. I love to torment my characters. This probably makes me a bad person, but I find it so fun to throw their worst fears right at them. If I can also find ways to put them in embarrassing and/or highly strange situations, so much the better. Take The Beautiful Ashes. Aside from the danger and emotional carnage I put my heroine through, at one point, Ivy is also forced to wear a leather-belt version of a bikini while in the supernatural disguise of a hulking lizard monster. Yes, that could be called cruel and unusual punishment, but I cracked up while writing it. As for Adrian, well, among other things, I take the destiny he’s done everything to avoid and make him fall in love with it…or her, to be more precise.

OH YES EMOTIONAL CARNAGE!!! *gah!!!* I love it. And I know Jeaniene Frost can totally bring it. And the sweet comedic relief. Oh yesssss…. this promises to be amazing!

Now ready for a treat right from that book?

And here is an excerpt:

For the past three nights, I’d fallen asleep listening to Adrian pace. He spent his days in the outdoor carport, claiming that he needed to work on his car. Bullshit. The Challenger was in mint condition, and he could only wax and detail it so many times before it was obvious that he was just avoiding me.

Tonight, I was finding out why.

I got out of bed, hearing his pacing come to an abrupt halt when I opened my door. Too bad. I was done playing the avoidance game. He wasn’t, though. By the time I came downstairs, he was nowhere to be seen and his bedroom door was shut.

Quietly, I went to his door and tried the knob. Locked. My mouth curled. He was the one who’d taught me not to give up that easily when something needed to be done.

I grabbed the car keys he’d left on the counter and went out the front door. I’d barely slid them into the Challenger’s ignition when Adrian came flying out of the house after me.

“Where do you think you’re going?” he demanded, yanking open the passenger door after he tried mine and couldn’t get in. I waited until he’d shut it, then I hit the “lock” button.

The sound was like a gun going off in the sudden quiet. Adrian stared at me, knowing better than anyone that he was now trapped. He was the one who’d rigged the Challenger so that the only exit was through the driver’s side when the doors were locked.

“I’m not going anywhere,” I said evenly, “and neither are you until we have a little talk.”

“What are you doing, Ivy?” he asked, his voice very low.

“Ending our stalemate,” I responded, leaning back into the leather seat. “For the first few days, I thought you were avoiding me because I’d done something wrong. Then I realized it wasn’t my fault, so now I want to know why.”

He looked away. “I haven’t been avoiding—”

“Ooh, lies, looks like we’ll be here a while,” I mocked. “Seriously, Adrian, Costa’s house is on hallowed ground and it doesn’t contain a single mirror, so I’m totally safe. Yet aside from getting groceries the first day, you haven’t left once. If you can’t stand to be in the same room with me, why is it that you can’t stand to leave me alone here, either?”

His hands slowly closed into fists. “Let me out, Ivy. Now.”

“Not until you give me a straight answer,” I countered.

He looked at me, anger sharpening the gorgeous lines and hollows of his face. “I’m warning you, don’t push me.”

“Or what?” I flared. “You have nothing to threaten me with! The only reason I can stand to keep going is because I don’t have anything to lose, so pushing you doesn’t scare me—”

I didn’t see his hands flash out, but suddenly, they were in my hair as he yanked me to him, his mouth scorching mine. I gasped in shock, and his tongue slid past my lips, claiming mine with a passionate desperation that sent heat rocketing through me.

My shock vanished. So did my questions. Desire hijacked my emotions, leaving nothing except a surge of blistering need. I kissed Adrian back, opening my mouth in a silent demand for more. Hints of alcohol flavored his kiss, but beneath that was his taste, infinitely more intoxicating, and I responded as if it was my drug of choice. I moaned as my head tilted back from the force of his kiss. Then he pulled me across the seats until I was on top of him, his strong grip molding me against every muscled inch of his body.

“This is why I stayed away.” Growled against my mouth as his hands started to rove over me with knowing, ruthless passion. “Can’t be near you without wanting you. Can’t stop myself anymore—”

His words cut off as his kiss deepened, until I could hardly breathe from the erotic thrusts and delves of his tongue. I’d been kissed before, but never like this. He wasn’t exploring my mouth. He was claiming it.

And I couldn’t get enough.

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*squeeeeee!!!!* :D WHAT IS GOING ON!!?? I woke up to Sunday-crazy. But awesome crazy! Ha! Like we can ever have “too many” book deals right? I dunno… but these just warranted their own mini post, ’cause I can’t possibly “sticky” all of these reviews to the top of this page to let you know they’re all on sale. I tried. But it got too messy and confusing so here’s a list, instead. I like lists. I’m good at those. :P

P.S. Plus, I just received two adamant recommendations from two from our “trustee-reading crew” and I can’t figure out which one to start next! So I’m adding them, also. It’s kind of like a… “weekend wrap-up”:

  • Forever, Interrupted: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid <— OH. EM. GEE!!!!! One of my FAVORITE BOOKS of the year (Forever, Interrupted) is on sale right now. I 4.5 to 5 starred this one!!! Holy moly I paid full price for this one and it worth every penny, so at this price? *squeeeeee!!* Taylor Jenkins Reid is absolutely one of my latest favorite authors forever!!!! Check out my review. You’ll see! :D And then! Check out her other book that I LOVED like crazy, too (After I Do which I 5 starred)! That one isn’t on sale, but you’ll see. She’s AWESOME!
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover is on sale right now. Y’all know I loved it! Check out my review. ;)
  • Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel #1 by Charlaine Harris <— Aimee found us this SUPER-SALE!!! She says: “5 of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris are on sale today! I feel in love with these PNR books and would definitely recommend to others.” HECK YAH!!! These were the books I started RIGHT AFTER Twilight and they SO helped me get over my agony of finishing that series. I went from HARD-CORE love with Edward to HARD-CORE LOVE with Eric. Best time of my life ever. The start of my reading journey in fact…
  • Living Dead in Dallas: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel #2 by Charlaine Harris
  • Club Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel #3 by Charlaine Harris
  • Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel #4 by Charlaine Harris
  • Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel #5 by Charlaine Harris
  • Until Series: Box set by Aurora Rose Reynolds <— She bundled up the series and put it on sale for only 0.99 cents today!!! Stephanie found it, saying: “Get all four books: Until November, Until Trevor, Until Lilly, Until Nico! On sale for 99¢ for a limited time…the price will be raised to 7.99!!!” Aimee says: “That is a smok’in deal!! 1-clicked it” Agreed!
  • The Causal Enchantment Series by K.A. Tucker <— Nicole found us this one, saying: “While looking on amazon for KA Tuckers series Ten Tiny Breaths I saw that her other series, The Casual Enchantment Series, is only $4.99 for all four books. I one clicked. They have above 4 star reviews….I hope their good.
  • Cash’s Fight (The Last Riders Book 5) by Jamie Begley <— My fellow Book-Biker lovers, if you’ve been following this series (Jamie Begley’s “The Last Riders” Series), book #5 is live!
  • Losing Me Finding You by Natalie Ward <— And this recent release just came HIGHLY recommended by one from my trustee reading-crew! Michelle says: “If you haven’t already read this…. stop what you are doing and download it immediately!!! 5 stars for sure. I read it straight through. Carried my Kindle around ignoring everything and everyone. Totally different from anything I’ve read recently and maybe that’s why I loved it so much. It’s one of those I won’t forget (because it is just so totally unique). WOW. That’s all I can say.” Michelle and I usually have very similar book-taste so I’m adding it to the top of my reading list.
  • Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott <— Kandace recommends this one! “I spent yesterday reading ‘Waiting on the Sidelines’ by Ginger Scott. I have know idea what possessed me to 1-click this book. It has a horrible cover, an author I’ve never heard of and the MCs are in high school. I was totally blown away by this story. I truly felt I was living her story. The story had an Amy Harmon “feels” to it. Nolan is a typically awkward high school girl. The first day she ever played eyes on Reed she was smitten. What I liked about this story was Nolan was just an average teenager. Yeah, she has a nemesis who makes a few years of her high school hell. But she also is popular and has kick ass friends. Nolan and Reese feelings for each other run deep but neither is willing to step forward and say I WANT YOU! Their first kiss was magical. I’m seriously so excited about this book. I had butterflies the entire time I was reading it. I’m diving into the second book tomorrow. It’s about them in college. I can’t wait to experience the twists and turns college life is going to give them. This story brought back the fluttering heart feeling we all had in high school when the boy we were crushing on smiled at us. There were a few times my eyes got a little weepy.” Sounds PERFECT for me, right now. This is exactly what I’m in the mood for, and after the super-dark “The Tied Man” I’m ready for big romance!!! I think this’ll be next, for me.
  • Going Long (Waiting on the Sidelines Book 2) by Ginger Scott <— and here’s #2!
  • The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan <— And let’s not forget my LATEST BOOK REVIEW, ’cause I just posted it last night and I think you’ll get a kick out of our er… group-read reactions on this one. LOL!!! Unfortunately, it got pushed down somewhat with all of these crazy sales today, so I’m highlighting it, here.
             

 

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The Tied Man<— I went in to this one blind, and whoa. WHOA my friends!!!! *whooo* That was crazy! In fact, this was almost the first book that I almost DNF’d (did not finish) but would have still reviewed. Not to tell you how bad it was. Heck no. It was great. Sort of. ;) I guess it depends on which part of my brain and/or my heart, you ask. I was consumed by it at a certain point. So much so that I thought there was no way I could carry on. Yes. I put it down and exclaimed to the world that I was done. Nope. No more of that for me! I was going to be a quitter and I was good with that.

But then… I remembered how much people seemed to LOVE it. The emotional part. This *thing* that had ‘em all so riled up. It was LOVED by sooooo many of our fellow readers when it first came out and had been floating on my TBR list for so long… what was I missing?

Jenna: Hi Maryse – I wanted to recommend a book to you that I really enjoyed – it was intense! “The Tied Man” by Tabitha McGowan. It was one of those books for me that I couldn’t go to bed until I was done reading. There are very few books I give 5 stars too, let alone 4 stars…this one, for me, was a 5 star read. Definitely add to your TBR list.

sidenote from Maryse: And so I did. On my TBR list it went… and stayed… for a year. ;) Yep. I was nervous.

Kristi: Loved the Tied man Jenna!! Very few books make me cringe and cover my eyes. This one did!!! Did you hear there is going to be a book two?? YEP!!!

Rebecca: My favorite guilty pleasure that I read this year was The Tied Man. Great writing, intriguing story, and wonderful characters.

Sharon: The Tied Man took me way out of my comfort zone but I loved the book. Broke my heart over and over again!!!

Britton: The tied man for me too!! It gutted me for many reasons and it was a change to have the female be the rescuer!!!

Aimee: OOH yes! I have been putting off doing a GR review of the Tied Man because I just don’t think I can do it justice. I read it weeks ago and it still haunts me.

Clare: The Tied Man by Tabatha McGowan. Beautifully written, heartbreaking, amazing!

Constance: Just completed reading “The Tied Man” – wow – This is a horror story and a fairytale – This book has strong intelligent characters, humor and horror (some hide behind your fingers – put your book in the freezer moments)!!! GREAT Read!

and then…

Constance: Just finished reading The Tied Man. It was a beautifully written book but at times hard to read because it was so disturbing. It’s not for the faint of heart. I hate to say I loved it because parts of it were so twisted but I really did. It was really good but definitely not for everyone.

Tiffany: Wow..So Great..And I wanted to Punch someone in the Face while reading this Book..I LOVED it..Made me soo Angry and Sad..and yet it was Uplifting with the Love thing…Its not a dark read but def an Uplifting read of total absolution and Love..

Darla: Has anyone suggested The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan to you? Intense. It would be the book baby of Break Her and The Dark Duet. I LOVE dark, twisted and disturbing…but had to trust reviews to finish this one. I’m glad I did. It was powerful.

Tracie: Tied Man is one of my all time fave books. So haunting and so powerful.

Erin: Tied Man was a book I needed a support group for. Some parts hurt so bad. Loved it!

Yikes!! Right? How could I possibly resist this. How could I possibly quit it? I have recommendations upon recommendations for this one over the last year, but they all come with that fateful warning in one way or another. I knew had a feeling this was more than just a “dark-read”. I had a feeling there was something profound waiting for me amongst it’s torturous pain.

I had NO clue what it could possibly be about, so when I finally chose it this week… I went in blind (and that blindness scared me good! I was almost ready to ask for a spoiler…). And you know I’m not a spoiler-girl. I don’t even like to know if a book has an HEA or not, so I can experience the angst and pain in all of it’s glory. Except this one was proving to be a bit too much for me…

QUICK NOTE: Stop here if you like going into books blind and if you’re convinced and want to read this one (with my DARK READ warnings and all). You know I love me some dark reads, and this one was the hardest on me. I had at least two panic attacks while reading this, and one had me pretty much… quitting. Okay, sure, just for the day, but I was SURE I wasn’t going to be able to continue. Just to let you know. I did pick it back up. And for that reason, while I don’t give away any *exact* spoilers in the review, this whole review is about how I felt reading it, how crazy it gets, and the support my fellow readers gave me. ‘Cause now I’m digging into it, below. Okay, here goes:

So we decided to have a group-read. Kept hearing how dark and sad and scary and crazy and intense it was. How we’d need support. And we had each other (and I am SO thankful for that). It was a good albeit a bit of a slowish start, sure… (for a few of us, in fact…). Despite that, the writing was great, the characters, interesting, and the dialogue, just right, I knew I was about to ride the crazy-train eventually, so I was in!

Maryse: I’m reading one from an older TBR list of mine (brought back to my attention for my latest “Books That Made Us Cry” list! “The Tied Man” —> It’s SO good… maybe a tad *slowish* in the start but so well-written, and so unique and so intriguing that I know I’m gonna love it! I’m only a quarter in, so far, but this is gonna be crazy! AND! Considering the old recommendations I received for it when it was first released, I know this one’s gonna rock. My. World. YAY ME!!

side note from Maryse —> HA! Boy was I in for it!!! And I had NO clue… WE had no clue…

Maryse: May I just say… For “The Tied Man” I verrrrry much got a kick out of the rock star/ plane scene. Dialogue and all… *waggles eyebrows* *blush*

Jean: Lol Maryse…..I loved that scene too….. seemed very”doable”…haha!

Maryse: Okay so even though “The Tied Man” is a touch of a slow start for me, it’s so well-written, that I’m into it! I’m so curious as to how they’re gonna get out of this crazy mess.

Bev: Until now have felt disconnected. Some hard things going on but I felt removed from it. But now I’m feeling it. This chapter has me anxious and I’m not sure want to read it.

Jean: Bev, I felt that disconnection at first too. I am at 43% now but had to go to work. What I am struggling with is Lilith’s strength. How has she not broken down by now….no tears, no freakouts?!??! I know I would be a total mental case if I were in her shoes.

Maryse: Oh… The people are so horrible. Wretched! Horrific, depraved, indulgent psychos! Gross. (Not all, mind you. 3 make me want to cry for them)

Maryse: I’m at 50%. Oh and the author’s ability to describe the scenes. Amazing. Like the sounds that nasty gross freak was making while eating. “The snuffling sounds of a rooting truffle-pig.” Ugh. Perfectly described though. I can see each of these gluttonous nasties perfectly, and every scene is laid out clearly (and not irritatingly so). The only thing that irritates is this horrible predicament they’re in.

Maryse: Gah! Seriously u guys. I’ve been sufficiently warned about its darkness, and OMG it’s dark. But I’m dying for relief and it’s so well-written that I can’t stop. In the process, I’m also scared, disgusted, and so sad… And at times I feel like I just can’t anymore. And as much as I like horror movies, I don’t watch (or at least not anymore) “torture flicks” ’cause it’s just too much for me to see that kind of depravity. And now I feel like I’m IN one… Yet, this feels like a BIG story. Not just gratuitous “torture” fluff…

Maryse: Nope. I’m done. I can’t anymore. 53% and I’m out. Brilliantly written, this author is amazing. I just can’t.

Bev: Uh-oh. I’m slightly scared to start chapter 12 . And it goes that much darker? Hmmm.

Jean: Oh no Maryse!!!! I am at 45% and going back to it now on my lunch break. I’m sooooo scared!

Maryse: GAH! I know. I literally closed it down… started marching through the house saying. Nope Noooooppppe. Nope. I can’t do anymore. Husband says …”just finish it…” ’cause I told him how “good it was” and I’m all… “YOU FINISH IT!!!”

Amy: Aw, f%&$ing hell… I’m gonna toss my cookies. And cry. And use some mind bleach. Look familiar, Maryse http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/nope.gif GAHHHHHHHH!! *pulling hair*

LOL! Yep. That totally happened. a TOTAL public freakout (in front of my husband, in my blog comments and on my Facebook). Oh don’t get me wrong. The writing was brilliant. The story, vivid and cutting. Almost too vivid. Definitely too cutting. Awesome and yet… so disturbing. So sad, and at times bittersweet. At times hopeful. So many times… seemingly hopeless. But where it took me (at least at a certain point) just about drove me out of my head! Yep. I finally found a book that was almost too hardcore… even for me. Dark (just like what we’d expect in “dark” reads). But why was this one too much for me? I think it’s because the author is just that good at making us live it.

Billie: The Tied Man was so haunting and completely drained me emotionally. Let us know if you need support during this one!

Kristi: Maryse, this is one of my favorite books ever. Finn will break your heart and never let you forget him. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and be a support if needed!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Guys… I don’t think support is gonna cut it.

Tabitha McGowan: Gin?

side note from Maryse —> LOL!!!!! Yeah.. maybe Gin would have worked. ;)  

Maryse: Nope. I’m done. I can’t anymore. I’m out… (I think). neutral

Billie: I know!! We weren’t kidding when we said you will need support! It’s so hard to read, but keep going, it’s such an emotional journey.

Tabitha McGowan: Breathe, grab a blankie and a large gin, and know that at about 76% you’ll have made it through. As unbelievable as it sounds right now, I love Finn too much to leave him in hell forever…

Maryse: Thank you guys. Maybe that’s enough support for me to get back to it. Wow…. I have never had that intense of a reaction to a book before (in terms of loving and absolutely hating it at the same time). I’ve had this feeling before but just not this intense, you know? I thought this might just be my first “DNF (but it’s an awesome book!)” review…

Kristi: I read this book a couple years ago and it has never left me. It’s haunting and intense and so beautifully written. The h is ones of the STRONGEST heroines ever. And, as I mentioned before, Finn will stay with you forever.

Tracie: Oh you have to go on!! You’ve gone this far! Lillith is the baddest heroine in the world and the last 20% will have you on the edge of your seat! Please please finish! You have to see sweet Finn get to the other side.

Okay… that was helping. And after a few hours break, I picked it back up. And put it back down. And picked it back up. LOL! The panic attacks were making me squirrel-y. *whoooooo* PHEW!!!!! Emotionally drained was NO exaggeration. This was a CRAZY-INTENSE (and at times, just plain ol’ crazy) read. I mean, you know. I knew “sort of” what I was getting into. I was warned it was very dark, but so emotional. Intense and heartbreaking. So I had the impression that it wasn’t your er… “typical” dark read. You know which ones i’m talking about. ;) I went in absolutely blind. I didn’t read the synopsis, I just went off of the feelings I was syphoning from the recommendations. Went in, thinking it would be an exploration of the psyche. But it explored SO much more.

Amy: have to take a break. I’m not picking TTM back up until tonight when I can down a shot first. This one is just…just…ugh…I don’t think even Her Master’s Courtesan disturbed me this much. Maybe it did and I just don’t remember. If you need me, I’ll be rocking in the corner and squeezing my sweet faithful manatee… ;)

Maryse: I’ll be draped around your ankle… catatonically. Actually, the author saw my panic on Facebook and posted: “Breathe, grab a blankie and a large gin, and know that at about 76% you’ll have made it through…” So… take that for what you will. ;)

Maryse: I got by the bad part… YES yessssss I picked it up again. I couldn’t help it. And now I’m in a VERY good part. I’m scared!!! But it’s good.

Jean: Yay Maryse….so proud of you! And Amy’s not even sharing her manatee!

Amy: *pulling Maryse from my ankle and into the blanket cave* Are you joining us, Jean? ;)

Maryse: *Maryse scrambling to re-latch onto Amy’s ankle… being dragged into the blankie cave* Don’t leeeeaaaaave meeeeeeee!!!!!

Amy: LOL!!! You’re so freaked out you didn’t realize I was pulling you *into* the blankie cave with me!! *reaching out of blankie cave for Jean* Oh, believe me, Jean…the manatee is in the cave with us. ;)

Cheryl: Ok I’ve started TTM. *Reaching hand out to Amy…don’t let go…dragging blankie and drink with me.

Michelle: OMG!!!! Am I starting it or not? Maryse (who loved Captive in the Dark and Mud Vein) walked away because it was getting too dark? Do I spend the 3.99 and try to catch up to all of you or not? I don’t want disturbing just to be disturbing! There has to be a purpose. Now…. go to the dark side or not? You guys are ooh-ing and ah-ing but not saying if it’s worth it for others!!!

Maryse: There’s a purpose. It’s just hard to see the light through the tunnel of very verrrrrrrry dark. I’m 60-something percent in and will be picking it back up tonight. Let’s just say I’m glad I took my break, I needed it. But I’m even happier to be back in again…

Fabi: Michelle, personally, I think it’s worth it. I’m only at 25%. I am glad that I’m not reading it alone. It’s one that just MAKES you want to vent, call your friends, and like Amy and Michelle, hide under a blankie. I would recommend it (as a dark read) because the author is extremely talented. Not to be missed.

Amy: Michelle, I’m not finished with TTM yet but I say join us! *sticking ankle out of blankie cave* Maryse is still clinging to the other ankle, and I just pulled Jean and Cheryl in here with us, LOL!! Seriously though, I say read it but have something light and sweet ready for right after. ;) Oh! Fabi is in the cave, too! :D

Laura: *raises eyebrows* can I just say I told u all so!!! I’m doing this ttm torture for the second time! I’m Scottish btw so if any slang problems just let me know I can learn u all new bad words *giggles* Ok I’m coming to the cave with tissues and vodka u will all need both!! Any other requests?

Jean: I am at 67% with tears in my eyes……”My pulse”…. you guys will know what I mean when you get to it!!! I can’t put this book down now!!!!

Fabi: 28% and hiding in the darkest tiniest corner of Amy’s blankie cave cause I KNOW it’s gonna get worser and worser and my tummy is gonna hate me. Ooohhh I have some wine left. Maybe I should drink before starting back up tonight. No, wait, that will make me even more emotional. Nix that.

Amy: Oh my…75%…*sob* I’m clinging to the author’s comment about the 76% point ’cause what the actual f&$k!!!! I’ll take that wine off your hands, Fabi.

Laura: I can’t do this again chapter 23 is making me cry again and I’m not even on it yet but I just don’t think I can do it but I will support u all through it. . . . Ehem carry on

Fabi: Laura, Laura! LAURA, Lauraaaa, you of all people cannot abandon ship. No, nope, no siree. C’on ladies drag Laura back and pin her down. Spook not fair for you to quit. You’re the only one who knows without a doubt it gets better and is worth the pain.

Maryse: Yep. I’m feeling sick again…

Amy: *passes stuffed manatee to Maryse*

Maryse: *Snuffles into the already damp manatee* He’s so squishy. I’m so devastated….

Bev: This book is making me suspicious of everyone. I’m side eyeing ladies with Labrador sweaters.

Cheryl: Not as far along in TTM and scared. I have all the tough devastating “stuff” to get thru. I don’t mind a soggy manatee… tell me again why we do this to ourselves…

Jean: I don’t know why we do this to ourselves! Whose idea was it to read this one anyway? Need to finish….

Maryse: Cheryl… because we are book-masochists.

Amy: “Whose idea was it to read this one anyway?” <———- *snort* *looking innocent* Yeah, whose idea was it *snort* Um, snuggle anyone? *sheepishly holding out stuffed manatee*

Hehe! I LOVE you guys!!!! ALL of y’all! I had support from both my Facebook crew (that had already read it), and my “group-read” crew. And I NEEDED IT! And obviously we all did… ahhhhh that conversation keeps on going, but just to give y’all an idea if you haven’t read it yet, but want to. Get yourself a “group-read” going with like-minded book-readers that like “this kind of crazy”. ;)

So yeah, there was the 2nd panic attack. ;) By a certain point in that book, we were ALL huddled in Amy’s “virtual blankie cave”, and freaking out together. Quite a sweet and fun group-read if you… you know. Take away the horrific parts. ;)

On Facebook…

Maryse: Okay… y’all that saw my panic attack earlier this afternoon… I said I was done with it (even though I loved the writing), but that my love/hate relationship with this book was too much for my delicate sensibilities.  Yes, even I have my “dark limits” and I put that sucker down. Nope. I. Was. Done. But y’all told me to pick it back up, and I got passed it!! That extra-dark part, and I’m SO into it right now. I’m at 65%. Wish me luck, ’cause some of our fellow readers that are reading along are freaking out again (and they are in the 70% area). *gasp* I’m scared again!!!!

Jennifer: For some reason, this made me one-click, but I’m now completely terrified to start it…so, thanks?

Rita: Maryse, I feel what you are feeling. I read this book when it first came out….every feeling and emotion is as if I just read it.That feeling in my stomach….

Jennifer: Even though there are tough parts to read, the story is just too good to walk away from.

Sabrina: Yes…. I put the book down at that point too… I was so sick to my stomach…but I picked it up the next day…& finished… I probably won’t do a reread !! Lol…

Heather: Just one-clicked! Ahhh, scared!!

Tracie: You still have a ways to go…but it’s so fantastic

Erica:  Acheron and Styxx by sherrilyn Kenyon were pretty dark- to the point I almost stopped. Worse than those books?

Maryse’s Book Blog: Okay some parts are very much like Acheron, and if you read Outlander, remember the last part of the book? You know. That. Like those. Very much. Darker at times, but about right in the comparison…

Jen: I love dark books … Love them ! This was right at the top of the dark ones to me

Natasha: Oh my god you are finally reading this! There are no words to describe how intensely, shockingly, frightenly wonderful this book is. This book is number one in my list of dark reads and very high in all time favorite books. Yes. It’s a very hard read but soooo worth it!!!!!! Stay with it. Don’t stop.

Melissa: Damn, I just bought it. All this talk sucked me in. I just gotta read this.

Lori: Yes, I read a lot of dark books, but this one felt way up there dark

Brenda: I totally panic attacked with this book too but well worth finishing. This book shook me hard!!!!

Natasha: Yes. It’s dark but the interaction between the hero and heroine is just gorgeous and she has some humor in it as well which gives you a break from the dark stuff.

Salina: This one was tough for me too but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Don’t give up!

Alright guys. I trusted y’all and I didnt give up, and I read it to it’s very end! YAY ME!! But boy oh boy did you have to pick me up off the proverbial floor…

Oh yeah right!! What’s it about? Craziness. That’s what. But in short-form (but more detailed), she’s a hugely famous artist (kind of seems a bit reclusive) that goes to a sort of a… oh I dunno… “resort” type-thing (spa-like for the rich and famous?). Anyway, she’s been commissioned by the female owner to paint HER, so that’s why she goes (but it’s a bit more complicated than that). You’ll see why. And once she gets there, she soon realizes she’s in trouble. BIG trouble. And all hell pretty much breaks loose from thereon out. At least for me. Mind you, there are bits of relief, and sweetness, and a sort of “friendship” between three victims there, but when things get bad, my friends. They get REALLY bad. Like… I mean. Probably one of the, if not THE darkest read I’ve read (that isn’t horror). Er… wait. Is this horror?

So all that to say… YIKES! I don’t even know how to review this. I had a massive love/hate relationship with this story (all the while, knowing that this author is incredibly talented), and I AM happy to have finished it. Would I read it again? Not on your life. ;)

Yep. This one was a tough one to swallow, my friends, and while it did make me feel like crazy… it also made me feel… CRAZY.

4 stars! (5 stars for the intensity, 5 stars for the author’s wonderful writing, and 5 stars for freaking me out like that – good job!! But also… 3 stars for freaking me out like that, too. And making me feel like that. Eeeeep! Also a bit of a slow start for me – and some of us, and a bit of an abrupt ending considering all we had been through, so that reflects the overall star rating).

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