Author News Roundup – December 8th 2016

by Maryse on December 8, 2016 · 5 comments

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So much exciting author news, it’s the PERFECT time for a news roundup!!! I can’t contain my glee!!!! My FAVORITE authors are rocking the book-world right now!

Mariana Zapata just released Wait for It!!!! That one up there to the left!! She’s single and finds herself the parent of two little boys… “Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?

Teri: Yayyyy….love her. She is one of the few authors that I auto buy. Synopsis? Who cares. One click!

Nadia: Love her ❤

Lisa: I agree! Always one click!

Jessica Hawkins JUST RELEASED THIS NEW ONE TODAY!!!  Yours to Bare <— THAT COVER. It’s beautiful, and sexy and mysterious… I’m betting emotionally angsty stuff! It’s super-bargain priced today. Blurb says provocative and I can already feel that.

I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…

My journal is the one place I can be myself–as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.

Lindy Zart has a new book coming (“Bullies Like Me”) out on December 28th!!!! This sounds AWESOME (here’s the gorgeous cover and intense-sounding blurb) and I love this author!!! It’s not up for preorder on Amazon yet, but I’m keeping my eye out. Hopefully it releases even earlier. :D She’s bullied ruthlessly, and then she tries to upend the “ruler’s reign”. Eeeeep! And then there’s him…

I want to protect her from whatever brought her here, but more than that, I want to protect her from me.

Kim Holden <— Speaking of awesome authors that have a new book coming out this month, SHE does too!!!! It’s called “Franco” and the author says:

“Remember Franco, the smart ass drummer with the massive heart, from Bright Side and Gus? He’s back”

 Jamie McGuire also received some exciting news. Her “Beautiful Burn: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Series Book 4)” was chosen as Romance Book of the Year for iBooks!! Congratulations Jamie!!!

Taylor Jenkins Reid has one of her latest books, One True Loves: A Novel, ➔ up for auction, loaded in her personal notes!! She says:

“Want an annotated copy of One True Loves? Scribbled on by me, filled with jokes, trivia, and real talk? And you also want to donate money to the Trevor Project????

ALSO!!!!!! Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new book coming out! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel and since she’s one of my favorite authors, you know I’ll read this as soon as it comes out! YAY ME!!! There’s an excerpt and the cover reveal right here on Entertainment Weekly. To her surprise, she’s chosen to write the story of a famous Hollywood starlet…

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

E.L. James shows us the latest trailer for the upcoming movie “Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Book 2)” coming out in February, AND the awesome movie poster AND the new book cover (which is the movie “tie-in”) which will be up for preorder soon, and it is STUNNING!!!! Eeeeeeep!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait!!! This book was my FAVORITE one!!! (here’s my 5-star review)

Sali: My fave too!

Jenna: I’m feeling inspired for a re-read!

Rebecca: My favorite of the series too!

Colleen Hoover has TONS of awesome news for us, PLUS a HUGE congratulations is in order!!! Congratulations to one of my FAVORITE AUTHORS EVER!!! Her book It Ends with Us: A Novel won BEST ROMANCE OF THE YEAR on Goodreads!!!!! Here is a fun newspaper article about it. And this is my #1 book for 2016. I. AM. THRILLED!!!! P.S. My review.

Dianna: Best book of 2016 for me.

Jo: Best book and so deserved!! I’m glad I voted for a winner

AND AND!!!!! HER winning book for BEST ROMANCE OF THE YEAR 2015 (on Goodreads), Confess: A Novel, is now being made into a series (TV series??!!). Here is her exciting hint-post about that!

AND AND!!!!! The Colleen Hoover news doesn’t stop there. There’s a NEW BOOK COMING OUT BY COLLEEN HOOVER & IT’S UP FOR PREORDER!!! Untitled: A Novel <— :D !!!!! LOL! No cover, no title, no blurb. But we’re excited!!!!!!

Lily White has a new book coming out called “Four Crows”! She posted the gorgeous book cover and blurb. In fact this one doesn’t seem “dark” like her past books… more like a mystery-romance, on the edge of a psych-thriller, maybe, (about a Marine that comes home from war and his wife and son are missing). It’s coming out January 2017!!

Born into a world that no child should endure, Magpie “Maggie” Crow is doted on by her loving father and over protective brothers. As much as she loves them, she fears them, especially when she learns secrets they’ve kept hidden…

J.B. Salsbury just posted about an upcoming Christmas surprise for us for her book “Split“!!! She says:

“You have until Dec. 19th to read SPLIT so that you can enjoy this BONUS short story!! ⭐️️

A Perfectly Split Christmas will be available on my website Dec. 19th AND newsletter subscribers will receive it in their inbox along with an exclusive first peek at THE FINAL FIGHT!”

She also teases us with this personal “book” picture, saying:

“What is this? Breaden Daniels book, The Final Fight, is officially outlined! Let the writing begin!”

J. Sterling has a new one for us (LOVE her!!) called “No Bad Days” and it’s coming out in January. and wow this cover has my attention BIG TIME!!!

Melanie Harlow has an upcoming book, and it’s already up for pre-order!! If You Were Mine is coming out in February 2017. She hired him as her date so she wouldn’t be at the singles table… and then they were snowed in together!!!

“One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike…”

Harry Potter series was featured in an article that has many debating its merits! I haven’t read these (or watched all of the movies yet), but I found this article interesting… (you can also see some discussion in the comments section right here on my Facebook page).

Emma Scott is one of my absolute FAVORITE authors and author Mara White just interviewed her in the Huffington Post. HOW. COOL. IS. THAT?!!!!

Just to give you an idea of how much of a fan I am, here are some of my reviews:

It’s an amazing, incredibly introspective interview, that I think every fan (or soon-to-be-fan) must read. Here’s just a snippet, to give you an idea:

Emma Scott: “I try to strive for authenticity in my work. I don’t like over-the-top drama; I don’t like it when characters make implausible decisions (though I’m sure I’m guilty of that to some degree). I like flawed characters, I like exploring difficult, real life situations but through the prism of a love story. The idea of how and who and why human beings fall in love with each other, and what that love does to their life choices, or how it affects them really interests me. I’m a firm believer in the idea that everyone deserves love, and that all love stories, no matter how short, are important. Even if the person has been abused, is disabled, a lonely introvert, an outcast, a felon, or at the end of his life, I want to explore what falling in love does to those people, and how, no matter how tough the situation, love always wins.”

            

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<— Considered one of our most beloved tear-jerkers (and SO OFTEN recommended on our favorites lists, like THIS list, THIS list, THIS list, and THIS list), it has now become a series!!!! YAY US!!!!! And here’s my review.

Meredith: I take your recommendations VERY seriously :) I downloaded “Bright Side” two days ago and CANT. PUT. IT. DOWN. I have loved ALOT of books, but this one has a special place in my heart. The characters are so LOVABLE and the story SO tragic!! I will read it over and over and over. Its one of those books, that just stick with you long after its over. I rate this one right up there with all my favorites, this author is just incredible!! Even if you don’t review it, READ IT! This book needs to be shared!!!!

Julie: “Bright Side” or “So much more”, both by Author Kim Holden are two powerful books that I love to share w all readers as well as having huge impacts in my life

Traci: Finished “Bright Side” my eyes are still red from ugly crying..Think I need a drink now & a lighter book…

P.S. About her upcoming book, Franco, the author says:

“Bright Side and Gus go together like PB&J. Franco is a different story, a new chapter in this series, so we wanted to to try something new to reflect it. And this photo truly is my Franco.”

and this:

“This is my funny book, I would say. Hopefully no tissues required.”

About book #1:

Secrets. Everyone has one. Some are bigger than others. And when secrets are revealed, Some will heal you … And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it. But they each have a reason to fight it. They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed, Some will heal you … And some will end you.

READING ORDER:

  • Bright Side
  • Gus
  • Franco <— “Remember Franco, the smart ass drummer with the massive heart, from Bright Side and Gus? He’s back.“ - Release date December 29th 2016

 

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This is as dark as dark gets, my friends. Well… no. I’ve read some depraved horror fiction with some super-psychos that freaked me out, but this is right up there! Here’s my review of book #1.

<— In fact, that one there to the left has been banned, apparently, however the series is continuing and a “Christmas” book was just released!!! So here is the reading order so far, and I believe there are two more books on the way!

The author is temporarily giving away the first book (the banned one). She said:

Lily White: “As promised, I’m giving away copies of Her Master’s Courtesan to any and all of you who would like to read it. Since HMC has been banned on Amazon and I’m continuing the series, here’s your chance to read book one. All you have to do is click the link, follow the instructions and your book will be delivered to you.”

About book #1:

I am a Master. You must know this fact to understand my story. I capture women. I break them down. And I rebuild them. If they are lucky, they are sold into the professional hands of another Master. If they are less fortunate, they are buried beneath the ground, never to be thought of again.

I lust for the control, I demand absolute submission and my body yearns to warp the minds of those I train. Power is the only thing I’ll ever need and I am addicted to the feeling of ultimate control. I am wealthy, good-looking, educated and charming. And I am – in no way – a good man.

I do not want love. I do not want kindness. She thought she could change me by giving me the two things I knew I never wanted. She was wrong

READING ORDER:

  

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YOU GUYSSSSSSS!!! There’s just TOOOOOO MANY GOOOOOOOD-looking books that went live today. I’m freaking out. I can’t stop highlighting ‘em.

The whole page is a highlights post right now. LOL!!! What a fun & insane mess of awesome-looking books!!! :D GAH. NOW THIS is a release day!!! Great way to kick off December. But!!! As usual, I have my extra special (to me!!) blurb-jolt list for you. ;)

My MINI-BLURB JOLT LISTBlood Vow (J.R. WARD!!! ‘Nuff said. ;) And I have this one! *squeeeee*!! P.S. Rhage and Mary are in it!!!), Dragon Unbound (she can’t fall in love with him or he loses his immortality?!! That’s just begging for a box of tissues, right there!), On the Line (because I love the premise of having a new neighbor that’s famous… this one’s a Hockey Star!!), Someone Like You: An Oxford Novel (he’s a Manhattan playboy player, and she’s just getting over a bad divorce… and she sees him at a wedding, and knows better than to talk to him but… ), The Pawn (I love Skye Warren’s dark romances, and she has to auction herself off to save her house!! eek Er… No. I mean. Not Skye Warren… her heroine. *snort*), Hooked (’cause she’s a hotel maid, and this Hockey star asks her to be only HIS maid – YES!!!), Her Master’s Christmas (er… SUPER-DARK ALERT!! I haven’t read it yet, but… you know… only if you were able to handle book #1 ;) Eeeeeep!). And speaking of EEEEEEEEP!! Whispers and the Roars <— This is my #1 blurb-jolt altogether… HOLY MOLY THAT BLURB, and then the authors’ warning? YIKES!! OH YES. MINE!!!!!) and The Monday Girl (she’s broke but finally gets her big break with a starring role alongside a Hollywood heartthrob) and then of course this one, Bleed Blue 69: Twenty-Five Authors…One Sexy Police Station, ’cause I can’t resist men in uniform (and then I saw this er… NY Daily News article). *waggles eyebrows* :P

There’s already so many to choose from, my Kindle runneth over. :D !!! A couple of the bargain-finds have my attention BIG time too.

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

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Rules of Contact: Play by Play Series, Book 12 by Jaci Burton
  2. Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson
  3. Island of Glass: Guardians Trilogy, Book 3 by Nora Roberts
  4. Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy, Book 2 by J.R. Ward
  5. Hit the Spot by J. Daniels
  6. The Roman: Florentine Series, Book 4 Sylvain Reynard
  7. Fashionably Dead and Wed by Robyn Peterman
  8. On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett
  9. The Gift: Mageri Series, Book 5.5 by Dannika Dark
  10. Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward
  11. Outsider: Exodus End World Tour Series, Book 2 by Olivia Cunning
  12. Someone Like You: Oxford Series, Book 3 by Lauren Layne <— UP FOR PREORDER
  13. Melt: The Steel Brothers Saga, Book 4 by Helen Hardt <— UP FOR PREORDER
  14. Scoring the Billionaire: Bad Boy Billionaires, Book 3 by Max Monroe <— UP FOR PREORDER
             

 

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

  • Fighting to Be Free by Kirsty Moseley <— THIS IS BOOK #1 and the sequel was just released today (see it below)
  • The Devil In Disguise (Bad Things Book 1) by Cynthia Eden <— THE DEVIL BECOMES HER HERO ALERT! And it’s super-bargain priced today. It sounds like so much “guilty pleasure” fun!!! “Mina is a woman fighting for her life—and the Lord of the Dark suddenly finds himself in an unlikely role…hero. Luke isn’t going to let her enemies destroy Mina. He will fight heaven and hell to keep her. But in the end, the secrets they both carry may just rip apart a love that should never have been…
  • All I Need Trilogy: Books 1-3 by Scarlett Metal <— ROCK STAR BUNDLED SERIES ALERT! Super-bargain priced today…
  • Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette <— Nancy found us this one super-bargain priced today!
“WILD ABANDON by Jeannine Colette is on sale… and I loved this book. It has humor and heartbreak. I ran all emotions reading it!”
  • His by Brenda Rothert <— SHE’S HOMELESS & IN HIDING WITH HER SISTER ALERT!!! “I’d say I’m down on my luck, but that’s an understatement. I’m flat on my ass. Homeless, hungry and in hiding with my little sister at the age of twenty-one, I’ve never been so desperate. I’ve hit rock bottom when I get an offer I can’t refuse. Sell my body to save my sister? There’s nothing I won’t do to keep her safe. I make the rules and I’m not afraid to defend myself if this rich guy crosses the line. But once I see beneath his cold, calculating façade, the lines aren’t so clear anymore…“ Nancy found us this bargain, too!
  • Jane’s Gift: A Lone Pine Lake Novel (Lone Pine Lake series Book 1) by Karen Erickson <— PLAYBOY FIREFIGHTER & SINGLE MOTHER ALERT!! “Lone Pine Lake’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson, is loving his single-guy lifestyle until the quiet, mysterious Jane Clark comes for a tour of the firehouse with her three small children. Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful woman—even though he’s been burned by commitment in the past…” (this one is super-bargain priced today!!)

    

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN <— WOW an insane amount of awesome paranormal releases today!!!

  1. Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward <— J.R. WARD ALERT!!! Her latest BDB “Legacy” book is LIVE!! P.S. Rhage and Mary are in this one!!! “Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect…
  2. Wounded (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton <— ANITA BLAKE ALERT!!!
  3. The Gift: A Christmas Novella (Mageri Series Book 6) by Dannika Dark <— DANNIKA DARK ALERT!!!
  4. Garden of Shadows (Dark Gardens Series Book 1) by Meara Platt
  5. Fire Brand: Fated & Forbidden Series by Kristen Strassel
  6. Island of Glass (Guardians Trilogy) by Nora Roberts <— NORA ROBERTS ALERT!!!
  7. Temptations (Alpha City Book 5) by Bryce Evans
  8. Hunt the Dawn (Fatal Dreams Book 2) by Abbie Roads
  9. Fallen Ashes: Fated & Forbidden by T.F. Walsh
  10. Dragon Spawn (A Novel of the Lupi) by Eileen Wilks <— The New York Times bestselling author of Mind Magic returns as FBI agent Lily Yu gets some very bad news…
  11. Stealing Ula: A Fada Shapeshifter Prequel (The Fada Shapeshifters Book 0) by Rebecca Rivard
  12. Gargoyle Hunt (Secret Supers Book 3) by Aurora Springer
  13. Taken by Darkness (Guardians Of Eternity) by Alexandra Ivy
  14. Wolf Unleashed (SWAT Book 5) by Paige Tyler <— SEXY WEREWOLF SWAT TEAM ALERT!!! “Lacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head—right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout…”
  15. The Fifth Moon’s Lovers (The Fifth Moon’s Tales Book 3) by Monica La Porta
  16. The Virgin’s Infiltrator (Black Hills Wolves #56) by Dominique Eastwick
  17. Rayzor’s One (Alien Bounty Hunters Book 1) by Michele Mills
  18. Dragon Unbound by Katie MacAlister <— SHE CAN’T FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM OR HE’LL LOSE HIS IMMORTALITY ALERT!!!Charity Doe is a woman on the run, forced to serve others, and never to gain what she seeks most: security. When fate lands her with a dragon who is immune to her unique abilities, she’s intrigued. After experiencing his human form, she’s thrilled. But when she realizes she can’t fall in love with him or he’ll lose his immortal status, she’s in hell...” Oh YES! You know this one’s going to be a heartbreaker!!!
  19. Don’t Bite (Stockton Wolves Book 4) by Lisa Oliver <— M/M ROMANCE
  20. Guarding Her Dragon (Dragon Guard Series Book 17) by Julia Mills
  21. A Stone-Kissed Sea (Elemental World Book 4) by Elizabeth Hunter <— ELIZABETH HUNTER’S LATEST ALERT!!!!! (and here’s the series reading order). LC LOVES this series! She says: “Just finished the elemental series. And building from ashes. I will read everything she writes. I loved these books. I couldn’t stop till I finished. I passed out at 2 in the morning and woke up at 6 to keep reading. So very good. Read them!!
  22. Rogue Warrior: (Dark Warrior Alliance Book Seven) by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka
  23. A Christmas Spectacle to Bear: Icy Cap Den (Alaskan Den Men Book 14) by Jennifer Hilt
  24. The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (A Felicia Sevigny Novel) by Catherine Cerveny
  25. The Roman: Florentine Series, Book 4 by Sylvain Reynard <— LATEST SYLVAIN REYNARD VAMPYRES ALERT!!!
  26. Wicked Winter
  27. Greed: Goddess of Delphi (Goddesses of Delphi Book 3) by Gemma Brocato
  28. When Darkness Breaks (The Underground Guardians Book 1) by Brianna West
  29. Alien Nation (Alien Novels) by Gini Koch
  30. The Wolf’s Wife (The Wolf’s Peak Saga Book 1) by Patricia Blackmoor
  31. A Season of Spells (A Noctis Magicae Novel) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  32. Haven’s Fall (Rebel Mage Book 2) by Elizabeth Schechter
                            

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Hit the Spot (Dirty Deeds) by J. Daniels <— HE’S A SEXY SURFER PLAYER... and she doesn’t want to be his next game… “Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup...” NAY IS EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE!! She says: “‘Hit the Spot’ by J. Daniels, and it’s the second book in the Dirty Deeds series after ‘Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds). For those who read FLW, this one is about the H/h’s best friends, Tori and Jamie. It’s coming out on 12/6, and I can’t wait to read it!
  2. When Seeds Fall by Shaida Escoffery
  3. On the Line (Hometown Players) by Victoria Denault <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!! AND NOW HE’S HER NEIGHBOR… “As far as Stephanie Deveau is concerned, having a thing for Avery is the equivalent of psychological napalm. Très bad idea. Then he moves in next door, all sexy smiles and a deliciously hot body that she can’t resist.”
  4. Radiant: The Diamond Trilogy, Book II (BookShots Flames) by Elizabeth Hayley and James Patterson
  5. Kilty Pleasure (The Kilted Lover Book 2) by Moko Heathers
  6. Meet Me Halfway (The Off Field Series Book 2) by Kim Carmody <— SPORTS ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  7. Time For Alice by Tracy Whitwell
  8. Nothing Less by Anna Todd <— ANNA TODD ALERT!!!
  9. Worth Fighting For by Kirsty Moseley <— MUST READ BOOK #1 first… (this is the sequel to Fighting to Be Free)
  10. Up in Smoke (Firehouse Three Book 4) by Sidney Bristol
  11. Unlove Me (Book 3 in the Game On trilogy) by Lisa Sommers
  12. Zenith (The Thornfield Affair Book 3) by Amity Cross
  13. Saving Grace by Susanna O’Neill
  14. Surface Currents (Golden Shores Book 3) by Rachelle Paige
  15. Going Under (The Blackhawk Boys Book 3) by Lexi Ryan <— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!!!
  16. Silent Night (Bad Boy Rockers Book 6) by Lexi Buchanan
  17. Someone Like You: An Oxford Novel by Lauren Layne <— LAUREN LAYNE ALERT!! SHE MEETS HIM AT A WEDDING ALERT but knows better… ”…After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye…
  18. Enticement (Master Class Book 2) by Sierra Cartwright
  19. Wild Poppy (Wildflowers Book 4) by Vivian Winslow
  20. Captivating Nights (Boston Nights Book 1) by Anise Storm
  21. Closer by Mary Elizabeth <— OOOOOH ROMANCE ANGST BY MARY ELIZABETH ALERT!!!Gabriella Mason is damaged. Teller Reddy is wrecked. Misery loves company, and that’s exactly what Ella gets the afternoon her path crosses with Teller’s: the misunderstood premed student who instantly becomes her lifeline when she moves to Los Angeles, an attempt at escaping her heartbreaking past. In the beginning, Lonely and Defensive complete each other. But in the end, their relationship is like broken glass—cutthroat and jagged…
  22. The Soul of a SEAL (West Coast Navy SEALs Book 4) by Anne Elizabeth
  23. The 12 Dares of Christmas by Leigh W. Stuart
  24. Rules of Contact (A Play-by-Play Novel) by Jaci Burton <— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!!!…After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again...”
  25. The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan
  26. Nico: A Mafia Romance (Ruin & Revenge) by Sarah Castille
  27. The Hero (Sons of Texas) by Donna Grant
  28. Runaway Bride: Love in Little Tree, Book Two by Megan Kelly
  29. Riding High (A Nugget Romance) by Stacy Finz
  30. Intended for Bristol: A Second Chances Novel by L.P. Dover <— FOOTBALL STAR & HIS TEAMMATES SISTER ALERT! (And a crazy fan stalker…) “…Bristol Thomas doesn’t have time for games, especially those played by her brother’s Neanderthal teammates. A talented interior designer with lofty goals, she doesn’t know the first thing about football, or Jaxon—except that he’s exactly the type of man she usually avoids…”
  31. On the Way to Simple by Jennifer Acres
  32. Bound By Fire by Elizabeth Sinclair
  33. Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams
  34. More Than Anything (A Magnolia Beach Novel) by Kimberly Lang
  35. Deathwish (Siren Book 6) by Katie de Long
  36. Sweet Escape (Sugar Rush #2 or standalone) by Nina Lane <— SHE’S A BLOGGER & HE HAS A HEART CONDITION…Hannah is desperate to find romantic content for her blog or risk losing both readers and income. Then a whipped cream disaster sends her into the arms of sexy, charming Evan Stone, heir to the Sugar Rush Candy Company...”
  37. Out of Love by RC Boldt
  38. This Is Our Song (The Shaughnessy Brothers Book 4) by Samantha Chase <— SAMANTHA CHASE ROCK STAR ALERT!!!…When she’s assigned to write a tell-all about Riley Shaughnessy, she expects to be put off by a shallow rock star lifestyle. Instead, Riley brings her home to the shores of the Carolinas where she’s immediately embraced by his sprawling, rambunctious family…
  39. Can’t Stop Loving You by Miranda Liasson
  40. The Pawn by Skye Warren <— SKYE WARREN/DARKish ROMANCE ALERT!!! Oh this sounds like fun… “There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value. My virginity. A forbidden auction… Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld. Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know…
  41. Shut Up and Kiss Me: A Lost Boys Novel by Jessica Lemmon
  42. JAMES (7 Brides for 7 Brothers Book 6) by Roxanne St. Claire
  43. Semper Fi Marines Collection by Melissa Schroeder
  44. A Heap of Texas Trouble by Carolyn Brown
  45. Trillionaire Boys’ Club: The Clothing Mogul by Aubrey Parker
  46. Her Master’s Christmas by Lily White <— LILY WHITE ALERT!!!! DARK… CHRISTMAS? ;) From one of our queens of super-dark reads, she’s just released this one!! And it sounds like “Master” is a Bahhhh Humbug type. ;) Actually, he’s MUCH worse than that. SCARY WORSE. “She thought she could manipulate me until my heart warmed just enough to allow some festive cheer to sink into the depths of cold, bleak darkness. I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it again… She was wrong...” (p.s. just to give you an idea, here’s my review of her first book in this series: Book Review – Her Master’s Courtesan <— EXTREMELY DARK)
  47. Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman (Where the Trail Ends Book 2) by Anna Schmidt
  48. Sweet Southern Bad Boy (Harmony Homecomings) by Michele Summers
  49. Needing the Memories: The Rocker…Series Novella by Terri Anne Browning <— ROCKER SERIES ALERT!!! OH WOW THIS ONE SOUNDS ANGSTY AS HECK!!!!! A sort of… epilogue? But a possible do-over? “…Nothing can come between us, nothing can tear us apart. Only…I have one regret. One that is still a black void in my head. Every year it’s the same. The regret…” (and here’s the The Rocker Series Reading Order)
  50. Murder in Paradise Bay (New York State Trooper Series Book 4) by Jen Talty
  51. Hooked by Brenda Rothert <— HOCKEY STAR ASKS THE HOTEL MAID TO WORK FOR HIM AFTER SHE TELLS HIM OFF…Even though I’m broke, putting myself through college, and working two jobs, I’m trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Jake Birch, hockey’s hottest bad boy, lives in a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago—and still complains about every little thing in his penthouse. But after I tell him off, instead of getting me fired, Jake requests me as his personal housekeeper…
  52. Take This Pain Away (Torn Pieces Book 2) by Terra Kelly
  53. Unique (The Manhattanites Book 6) by Avery Aster
  54. Marry Me on Main Street (Cricket Creek) by LuAnn McLane
  55. Enemy Inside (The Captive Series Book 1) by Penelope Marshall
  56. The Sunrise Collection: Sunrise / Summer / Someday / Sunset (Baxter Family Drama-Sunrise Series) by Karen Kingsbury
  57. Bad Boy by Leah Raeder (now known as Elliot Wake) <— TRANSGENDER VLOGGER VIGILANTEVlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity. But Ren has been living a double life. Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris…
  58. Mafia Princess by Bella J
  59. No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone Book 1) by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue
  60. Make It Hurt (Texas Bounty) by Jackie Ashenden
  61. When In Rome…Break His Heart: A Sweet College Romance by Lena Mae Hill
  62. A Seductive Invitation: A Seductive Nights New York Novella by Lauren Blakely <— HE DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HER… They had a one night stand, and then she never saw him again… until… “…it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity’s gala.  The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me…
  63. His To Guard (Predatory Desires Book 3) by Diana McKinley
  64. Bleed Blue 69: Twenty-Five Authors…One Sexy Police Station. <— SEXY HOT COP ANTHOLOGY ALERT!! by Alexis Alvarez, Josie Bordeaux, Rebecca Brooke, Emme Burton, M.C. Cerny, Sarah M. Cradit, Chelle C. Craze, Jami Denise, Lisa Edward, Mary Catherine Gebhard “These NYC police officers will keep you warm on a winter’s night, make you sweat in the most delicious way possible, and have you wishing for your very own set of cuffs. Only further begging the question: Can anyone resist a hero in uniform?” <— Heck NO I can’t!!! Whooooooo I love the sound of this!!!!!
  65. Finding Honor (The Searchers Book 1) by Ripley Proserpina
  66. The Grinder (Redtails Hockey Book 2) by Stephanie Julian
  67. Tainted Shadow (Tainted Pearl Book 1) by Sadie Haller
  68. Welcoming Seas (A Rowan Gray Mystery Book 1) by Lily Harper Hart
  69. Hit Man: A Sexy Action-Packed Alpha Adventure Romance (Deadliest Lies) by Michele Mannon
  70. Everything Love Is by Claire King
  71. Road to Nowhere: The Good Ol’ Boys Spin-Off by M Robinson <— M. ROBINSON SPINOFF ALERT!!!…Life or death. Ride or die. And I’m not only talking about the military. I’m talking about the life that led me on the road to nowhere. My life. I fought for my brothers. I fought for my family. I fought for my country. And I fought for her…
  72. The Girl from the Tea Garden (The India Tea Series Book 3) by Janet MacLeod Trotter
  73. Away in Montana (Paradise Valley Ranch Book 1) by Jane Porter
  74. Divided Control (The Control Series Book 2) by Anna Edwards
  75. The Farther He Runs: A Kick Novel by Lynda Aicher
  76. Texas Heat (The Texas Heat Series) by Gerry Bartlett
  77. A Cowboy’s Christmas Eve (Malloys of Montana) by R. C. Ryan
  78. Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster <— EEEEEEEP!!!! DARK READ ALERT!!!!!The darkness should frighten me. I should worry I’ll find more monsters…monsters scarier than him. But I’m not afraid. It’s safe here. When I’m inside of my head… He. Can’t. Ever. Touch. Me.” And the author warns: “***THIS STANDALONE IS BEST ENJOYED WHEN YOU DON’T READ ANY REVIEWS OR SPOILERS BEFORE READING. GOING IN BLIND IS BEST. TRUST ME.***” Okay… yep. THIS IS MINE!!!!!
  79. Relentless (Fractured Farrells: A Damaged Billionaire Series Book 5) by Mallory Crowe
  80. Five Gold Rings (North Pole, Alaska Book 12) by Noelle Fox
  81. Mad Love by Nick Spalding
  82. Black Sheep Romeo (The Royal Romeos Book 2) by Jenny Gardiner
  83. Snowed In (More than Friends) by Jenna Bayley-Burke
  84. The Monday Girl (The Girl Duet Book 1) by Julie Johnson <— SHE GETS A HUGE ROLE WITH A HOLLYWOOD HEARTTHROB ALERT!! “Between an acting career that’s never quite made lift-off to stardom, a pathetic love life of online-dating-app losers, and a maxed-out balance on every one of her credit cards, things can’t get much worse. So, when she’s plucked from relative obscurity to land a lead role in Hollywood’s next big blockbuster, Kat is sure she’s finally on the right track. Until she meets her co-star, Grayson Dunn… and all her plans are completely derailed…
  85. Country Talk (On The Radio Book 3) by Pandora Pine <— M/M ROMANCE
  86. Boots by Angel Martinez <— M/M ROMANCE
  87. Taken Again: A Steamy M/M Romance (Taken Series Book 2) by Cali MacKay and Julie Farrell <— M/M ROMANCE
  88. Heart and Home (Beyond Heartache Book 2) by C.L. Etta <— M/M ROMANCE
  89. Wrapped Together (Portland Heat) by Annabeth Albert <— M/M ROMANCE
  90. Four Nights at Sea (International Affairs) by Demi Alex
  91. Bella Luna (A Blue Moon Lake Romance) by Sharon Struth
  92. All He Wants for Christmas: A Novella (Edge of Scandal) by Elle Wright
                                                                                      

 

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<— A few “early birds” of fun reading (like that steamy-sounding one to the left) and tomorrow is gonna be insane!! J.R. Ward, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lauren Blakely, Anna Todd and so many more. It’s gonna be awesome!

NOW LIVE!!! 

‘Hit the Spot’ by J. Daniels, and it’s the second book in the Dirty Deeds series after ‘Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds)d’. For those who read FLW, this one is about the H/h’s best friends, Tori and Jamie. It’s coming out on 12/6, and I can’t wait to read it!

JUST WENT LIVE EARLY YESTERDAY!!!!

  • Womanizer by Katy Evans <— KATY EVANS ALERT!!! WOMANIZER IS LIVE!!! Her brother’s billionaire best friend… “I opened up to him in more ways than I’d opened up to anyone before. But sex was as far as I’d go. Just sex because he was too irresistible. Just sex because I wouldn’t be falling for him. Just sex because I’d leave in three months, and I’d like for my brother not to kill me, and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret. He wasn’t the One. He was just a womanizer. But for a time, he would be mine.”
  • SNOW: A Gentry Boys Christmas Story by Cora Brent <— GENTRY BOYS FANS!!! This one just went LIVE!!
  • The Devil’s Highway (Journeyman Book 4) by Golden Czermak <— LIVE!!!
  • Breathe With Me (Brie’s Submission, #12) by Red Phoenix <— LIVE!!!
  • Still Air (Portland, ME, novels Book 4) by Freya Barker <— LIVE!!!He was blind, but now he sees how his family has sifted through his fingers. The reality hits hard when his son becomes a stranger, slipping deeper into transgression. Concern has him call on the one person he fears will see his own failures all too clearly. A woman he’s kept his distance from for his own protection. What appeared to be an incompatible pairing, turns out the unyielding bond needed to heal them all.
  • Shoot The Moon (Scorpio Stinger MC Book 6) by Jani Kay <— LIVE!!! ANTI HERO BIKER BOOK ALERT! “It’s rawer, it’s grittier and downright dirtier than any of the other Scorpio Stinger MC books…”
  • Wound Tight (Made in Jersey) by Tessa Bailey <— LIVE!!! M/M ROMANCE!!!Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first. Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…
  • In the Ring (BOXER Book 1) by Rie Warren <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  • Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay Book 2) by Rhys Ford <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  • Dashing Through the Snow: A Sexy, Snowy Christmas Tale by M. Leighton <— M. LEIGHTON ALERT!! STAR SNOWBOARDER is her latest assignment… “…when her boss (and ex-boyfriend) hands her an assignment to interview champion snowboarder and gorgeous playboy extraordinaire, Dash Grainger, on Christmas Eve, she takes it. There are several things she doesn’t plan for—a surly driver, a chalet in the middle of nowhere, a freak snowstorm—but the biggest surprise of all is Dash himself.”
  • Legend of Love (The Muse Chronicles Book 2) by Lisa Kessler <— LIVE!!!
  • The Devil In Disguise (Bad Things Book 1) by Cynthia Eden <— THE DEVIL BECOMES HER HERO ALERT!Mina is a woman fighting for her life—and the Lord of the Dark suddenly finds himself in an unlikely role…hero. Luke isn’t going to let her enemies destroy Mina. He will fight heaven and hell to keep her. But in the end, the secrets they both carry may just rip apart a love that should never have been…” (okay this one isn’t new, but it sounds awesome and it’s super-bargain priced today)!!!

           

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I know… some of you are shaking your head, maybe even rolling your eyes and thinking, rolleyes what the heck is she talking about now? Her and her crazy made-up words. neutral What is a “Marmy” list?

Tee hee!!! *giggles with glee*

Some however, who have been actively chatting books with us for months, maybe even years now, know exactly what it is, ’cause it’s YOU guys that have dubbed these books the “Marmy” books.

Marmy books are those that my “book-twin” (Amy) and I always seem to love. Maryse & Amy = “Marmy” (ergo “Marmy” books). If one loves it, the other surely will. And generally, the more traumatic, or emotionally stunning, the better. ;)

For some of you, THESE are the books that get your adrenaline racing, your blood boiling, have you hyperventilating, ugly-cry facing, and/or experiencing jaw-dropping gasps. Any of those. Sometimes… all of those.

It doesn’t mean they won’t have an HEA. Amy and I LOVE HEAs!!! But… a Marmy book means, anything goes. ;)

  • It could be the ultimate risqué/forbidden guilty pleasure drama, and end in an unconventional HEA, or
  • It could be easy-going happiness and end in a jaw-dropping, unexpected twist.
  • It might tear your heart out in the beginning. It might tear your heart out at the end.
  • It might have an HEA even with all of the heartache (and/or distress) that it makes you suffer through.
  • It might not have an HEA at all…
  • It might have you questioning your own morals and ethics. It might have you relating to a character you’d never admit to being able to relate to.
  • It might have you HATING a character wholeheartedly, and yet completely unable to put it down, because you’re hooked hard.
  • It might have you gasping in shock. It might have you wanting to put it in the freezer… it might have you wanting to throw it across the room (I don’t recommend either of those). ;)

But what it will have you, is feeling, experiencing and NEVER forgetting the book… ever. And most often, recommending it to everyone you can (even if it’s one you wouldn’t have normally chosen for yourself… or for the person you’re recommending it to).

Some of you steer clear of this potential book-trauma, and specifically request that we dub them the “Marmy” books, for your own reading-safely.

Jan: keep those Marmy books away from me! *holds crossed fingers towards Marmy list*

*snort*

And bev, too. She doesn’t do “Marmy”. LOL!!!

Nay: what does ‘Marmy’ mean?

Maryse:  Nay… “Marmy” is a combination of the names “Maryse and Amy” (me and Amy!! ;) ) and it refers to the kind of rip-your-heart-out, gut-puncher, -crazy-twist, or “crazy-ending” type books that we LOVE! I will quote Amy’s explanation of “Marmy” which is pretty much perfect: She says:

YEP!!! The Marmy twins always have time for book hurt!! LOL!!!

So, for the newer friends here… a Marmy book will *potentially* do any (or all) of the following: make your tummy eat itself from angst, make your chest clench from trepidation, cause splotches from anxiety, rip your heart from your chest before pummeling it and stomping all over it, punch you in the ovaries, blindside you with a sledgehammer-to-the-chest twist, or make you ugly cry and snuffle all over Manny (our sweet, stuffed manatee). Also, there MAY or MAY NOT be an HEA…but we don’t do spoilers here so it could go either way. And we love ‘em both. ;)

BUT! Just because we both love the same book doesn’t make it a Marmy book. For example Cocky Bastard or On the Island (hey, there’s one for the low-angst list!). Okay, jumping off my big-mouth soapbox now…

bev: So, to any newbies or anyone wondering a Marmy book does not equal a death club book. Death club actually came from somewhere else. I tease them about it because they are not afraid of them. In fact they love any book that has an uncertain ending.

Uncertain can mean more than just death. Any twist or mind f***. But also a hard won hea. Maybe just not a traditional hea. Marmy books are just books that are extremely high angst and makes the reader feel extreme emotions. Sadness yes but also anxiety, fear, confusion, anger, and etc. Me Before You, Thoughtless, Jezebel, Hausfrau, Avoiding Commitment, Arsen, The Opportunist, and Rainfall all Marmy books.

I do have to say that I actually think the majority of those that comment and read this blog love a Marmy book and maybe a death club book too. I think us more conventional romance readers are in the minority here. Which is probably why I do not always understand you all.

… A Marmy happy ending doesn’t mean they are always happy together.

Oh yeah… ;) The Death Club. *blush* That’s us, too. That’s what they dubbed all of us that don’t mind a major character dying in a book. :D !!! Oh… don’t get me wrong. We MIND… (we cry our eyes out until we can’t breathe)… but we can love it, anyway.

What the heck is our book-problem? :P

LOL!!!!! And many of you have specifically requested that we once and for all, put up a Marmy-book list so you can indulge in the most intense reads that your heart can stand.

Cait: We could call Maryse and Amy wait for it….. Marmy!! Lol This book list is right up my alley I actually don’t know where to start!! Whoop

R: OOOH is there a Marmy list already? I think I’ve seen the ugly cry list, but throwing in high angst AND ugly cry adds another level of hurt!

Maryse: OMG. A MARMY list. THAT IS SO GONNA GO UP SHORTLY!!!!!!!!!!! *squeeeeeee* all of our favorite crazy intense books on ONE LIST!!!!!

Nay: count me in as a Marmy book lover too! Is there a Marmy list or do we just go by ‘what to read after…’ lists that we know are gut-wrenching?

Renee: The Marmy list is coming soon Nay! But They’ll happily give recs in the meantime!

Melinda: I would Love a Marmy List. Ooooooh where to start the best books.

Renee: Emma Scott just asked me what Marmy means. I think it’s time to trademark it! And she said to tell Maryse “she hopes her stuff gets classified as Marmy.” :D

Emma: Renee is my ugly-cry pusher. “Psst, hey. You wanna try some of the hard stuff? I got God-Shaped Hole and some TJR. Real primo. Or maybe somethin’ exotic? Hausfrau? I got it all. Say the word and my buddy Prime will have it to you by Tuesday. Legit.”

Maryse: Oh sheeeeeesh. Okay… if Emma is looking for Marmy books, it’s time I posted the list. ;) That will be my project this week. :D !!!! AND HECK YES!! She absolutely has one on here. Two. ;)

Renee: I love ugly cry books but the crying needs to take place before the end!

Amy: WOO-HOOOOOOOO!!!!! A Marmy list!!! I’ll get a list over to you soon, Maryse…this is gonna be FUN!!!! *wiggles in seat*

Nay: I love most all of them–Death, cheating, love triangles–anything that rips my guts out… Anyway–I LURVE angst!!!  …what’s really awesome is that before you sob those happy tears, your guts get chewed up and spit back out over and over again! Such a delicious feeling for angst lovers!

Kim: I love when a book is so angsty that I actually feel my stomach drop at certain parts. Oh, and if there’s a death that shocks me oh I cry. I absolutely adore books that put me through the ringer. There’s something wrong with me lol

Maryse: Right there with you Kim. :) That would make you an honorary member of the “Marmy” club (Maryse & Amy super-angst, shocking twist type books)

Lisa: Sounds like Larks might be a good holiday book. Its about time I tackled a marmy…its been a while.

Nay: Oh yay! The Marmy list too! I’ve been watching for that oneI can’t wait for both of those!

Leslie: Nay is definitely part of the “Marmy”! She loves getting her guts ripped out and wants big angst!! Hee hee.

Grey: I am also ready for the ultimate grey marmy haha! (Those are the dark ones, I want ones that will give me pretzel tummy and stomp on my heart LOL – I know, I’m not asking for much, right?!?)

Amy: Holy moly, R…I know for a fact you haven’t hit the, er, brilliant turn of events. Because no way would you be this calm.

Dang…Hausfrau, Thoughtless, Rainfall. Woman, you need to pace yourself on the Marmy books. You’re going to build up a tolerance and then books like Badger and Jezebel and Forbidden aren’t going to have the desired effect.

Amy: Okay…proof that not every book which obliterates our hearts is a death book. One book which I will not name by title (because spoilers) absolutely destroyed some of us and is a Marmy book, but there was NO death in it.

Leslie: Btw Amy, I am only teasing you about the Marmy books! I know not all Marmy have death and several have HEA….but they def put you through the ringer. Not all of us are as tough a cookie as you, Maryse and the other brave ladies.

There. They exist. ;)

And this is the day. Ready? Hold on to your hats, my friends…

Amy: Okay lady, what do you think the criteria for the list should be? Obviously books like

Maryse: YAY!!! Yes to all of those! :D Jezebel for sure!!!!

Amy: Yes to Jezebel!! Not just because of the ending (LOVED IT!) but what Celeste went through near the end. Holy moly, my heart was aching and breaking for her. …*sigh* I get kind of sad when I think I may never find another one that will have the same effect on me. That’s my inner book nerd rearing it’s head there. ;) (P.S. Maryse’s Book Review)

Jennifer: I first read Jezebel this past weekend and was blown away. I 5 starred it but wished to learn more about the aftermath but thought that may have lessened the impact of the story. Now I know, it did not…perfect!

Theresa: I just finished Jezebel…absolutely fabulous. Can we just say cuckoo for cocoa puffs!!!! I thought I had it all figured out and then SLAM! I think I sat there with my mouth open for like ten minutes! I know this is not about this post but I had to throw it out there!!! I feel better now.

Maryse: Drowning Instinct <— (Maryse’s Book Review)

Amy: Drowning Instinct…will anyone ever, ever, EVER listen to us about that one?!? Maybe they will after the Marmy list, DANGIT!!!

Amy: Drowning Instinct…holy moly, I am so not kidding when I say that it is different from all of the other teacher-student books. I started it at one point and then stopped (I was probably in a mood), but when Maryse reviewed it I had to go back and BAM! It kicked my mind’s a$$. And my heart’s a$$. And my a$$. In other words, it was perfect. :D

Sadie: great book! So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. :)

Maryse: and Rainfall <— SO POIGNANT, STUNNING AND FOREVER ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!!! Still in the mood for a shocking love story. Have you read Rainfall yet? I’d suggest an immediate move into that one. (Maryse’s Book Review)

Amy: Rainfall STILL kills me. I wanted it to go so differently and yet it wouldn’t have affected me the same way if it HAD gone that way. It still hurts. :(

Lisa: Rainfall, Rainfall, Rainfall!!!! I love that book. The ending destroyed me for days….even when I think of it now, I get the feelz.

Melinda: It’s captivating. The writing is so so good. Gutted is such a great word for this book.

Leslie: I can tell you right now I would hate Rainfall. I came very close to reading it, realized I couldn’t handle it, then read a ton of spoilers…so I know what happens and big fat nope!!

Maryse: *snort* You are missing out… how it plays out is AMAZING *sigh* LOVE it. When it all comes together… wow.

Maryse: Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Maryse’s Book Review)

Kathy: Just finished Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I know it was one of your dark read Maryse. I think I have Stockholm Syndrome. Crazy to have sympathy for a kidnapper! I still don’t know how I feel.

Vivien: Stolen a Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher. I read that book in one sitting, I cried, and it sparked by love for reading. I force feed that book on everyone I know. I read the book at least once every year.

Carla: Because that was my first personal case of Stockholm syndrome. lol

Rebecca: You rock! I’ve been working my way through your “dark reads” list and Stolen by Lucy Christopher blew my mind

and Forever, Interrupted: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid <— Oh GAH!! Forever Interrupted and After I Do did me in. And I LOVED every second of it. Books. Always and only in books. (Maryse’s Book Review)

Amy: obviously we know from the blurb that he dies at the beginning, but I wasn’t expecting to fall for the guy through the flashbacks AFTER he died, and I wasn’t expecting to cry as much as I did…like, big flat ploppy tears that just kept running out of my eyes for most of the book. And I loved every minute of it, even though I wanted to break things and kick things by the end because I didn’t want him to be gone. GAH!!! …OMG Forever, Interrupted hurt my heart in a different way from any other book. She made me fall in love with him AFTER he died, and that was just a whole new kind of heartache to experience!!

Jeannie: I absolutely LOVED Forever, Interrupted,

Maryse: Of COURSE Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes (Maryse’s Book Review)

Amy: Me Before You goes without saying. So beautifully heartbreaking.

Wilda: I read it years ago, but it still gives me heartache.

Nicole: The book that I just had to share with others is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It made me re-examine many things in my life.

R: I wanna play too!! Me Before You was pretty light, right? *scrolls through books* Nope. I got nothing! :D

Maryse: Held by Edeet Ravel <— I LOVED the ending of this one! Held is about a kidnapped teenager but OMG it is SO good. Held in a room… of course Stockholm syndrome and all. (Maryse’s Book Review)

Greg: I just got Held by Edeet Ravel from the library it’s great reading. Chloe Mills actually feels for her hostage taker she has Stockholm syndrome. I can imagine how she must be disgusted with herself for feeling this way.

Amy: Held…aw man, Maryse! You KNEW how much that one would mess with me, didn’t ya?? I’ve been running through it over and over for days now and STILL can’t wrap my head around it. …Held made me freak out at the end (which is SO much fun!)

Amy: The story was going along all calm and without anything major happening, almost to the point where I was *wanting* something bad to happen just to shake things up, and then…and then…the *spoiler* and…and… *scratches head* No. It’s *spoiler*. *spoiler*. Because he *spoiler*…he *spoiler*…and she *spoiler*… No way. Nuh-uh. *shakes head and crosses arms* They just want to *spoiler* *spoiler*. They are *spoilers*. Because no way did…

Right? RIGHT?!?

*whimpers*

I just don’t know. :?

Maryse: The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton <— back when BDSM love stories were rarer (this one made everyone cry… I don’t know if it would get the same effect today but I think so). (Maryse’s Book Review)

Danielle: The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton made me cry so hard I thought I was going to hyperventilate!

Lori: The one that broke the dam was Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton.

Maryse: How to Kill a Rock Star <— Maryse’s Book Review (and God-Shaped Hole even though I haven’t read it, I think I know how it ends) by Tiffanie DeBartolo

Amy: How to Kill a Rockstar…definitely. DEFINITELY! God-Shaped Hole…GAH!! That’s all I’m saying. GAH.

Jean: So, How to Kill a Rock Star…..is it going to kill me?!?!?!? I am so anxious about reading it because I’ve wanted to for over a year now! I know I will have you girls for support though!

Tracy: just finished How To Kill a Rock Star. So wonderful.

Janet: you were spot on with ‘How to Kill a Rock Star’ – great recommendation!

Maryse: You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes <— creepy!!! You is mature (by way of adults/college students), he’s a hipster type and a stalker and falls for a girl. Stalks her, but she doesn’t realize it and begins associating with him. I’ll stop there. ;) (Maryse’s Book Review)

Marina: Just finished You by Caroline Kepnes and LOVED IT!!! Wow, how did I just finally read this book?!?!?!?!? It has been on my TBR for AGES, since your review Maryse in 2014?.

Michelle:  This one was fantastically creepy and was a great read – Maryse has reviewed it as well.

Maryse: Butterfly Weeds by Laura Miller <— a little gentler but def. has the cry factor (Maryse’s Book Review)

Amy: Butterfly Weeds is a lighter, gentler one for sure…but the ending is still a heart-wrencher!! *sniffle*

Jami: another book that I read on your reccommendation that hurt me was Butterfly Weeds by Laura Miller.

Cheryl: Finished Butterfly Weeds, oh yeh, I cried. Amy/Maryse- did you read the follow-up book My Butterfly? Debating how much crying I can handle…

Kathy: my absolute favorite book boyfriend is the sweet and honest Will from Butterfly Weeds by Laura Miller. He’s my wish-I-had-a-boyfriend-like-him-in-high-school-but-he-didn’t-exist boyfriend.

Tammie: I just read butterfly weeds and had some really teary moments and my heart felt so heavy at the end of the book it was good to read a good light funny book!

Amy: Okay, we can’t forget about:

Amy: THERAPY, but OMG that is a Marmy book. The angst, the heartache, and the “hasn’t she been through enough yet???” were a combination that worked me over in the most delicious way. ;) Amy: Okay, how about these…

Maryse: OMG YES!!!! So shocking, and painful… and what an ENDING!!!!! YES PLEASE!!! :)

Amy: RIGHT?!? With Arsen and with Tristan and Danika, I swear by the end of both of them I was exhausted and aching yet sobbing happy tears…throw in some sweating and panting and I might as well have just given birth, LOL!! I am SO FREAKING EXCITED for this list!!! Giddy, I tell ya…GIDDY!!

BUT!!!! There’s more!! :D

It Ends with Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover <— *ooooooomph*!!!!!!!! (Maryse’s Book Review)

Maryse: I waited until the last minute to read it and OMG!!!

Amy: MARYSE!! Is it a Marmy read???? Is it? Is it?? IS IT?!?

Maryse: Oh Amy it IS. But I don’t want anyone getting assumptions just because it’s a Marmy book!!!! READ IT. Seriously!

Amy: Sooooo…it’s a Marmy book but not a SCARY Marmy book. Hear that, all y’all? Nothin’ to be scared of!!! :D

bev: A five star Marmy book. But not one of THOSE Marmy books. Nothing else needs to be said. Trust me. Lol. I don’t trust it. When I first read Slammed I was really into it. Then I read it again a couple of years later and I was like, Whoa Lake. Slow your roll girl. Those are some big serious consequences that don’t just affect you two.

Amy: *glares at Bev*

Maryse: *glares at Bev* *chucks a peanut onto bev’s nose. Just because*

bev: Yeah, I think that missed me.

Amy: I am STILL hurting from that one. She took an issue which is usually black and white for me and made it all kinds of gray. And dammit, that gray area put me through turmoil.

Lisa: This was the perfect read, leaving behind such a powerful message! I have so much respect for Colleen and her family<3 I loved ALL the characters, even when they were “just people who do bad things.” Help!! My first official book hangover since Suanne Laqueur’s Fish Tales :( (((((

An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laquer <— HECK. YES!!! Actually ALL books by this author (so far) have been angsty, gasp-inducing, OMG NOOOOOOOO… and OMG YESSSSSSS!!!! NOTE: All of her books are intense and yet a little “lighter” in the Marmy-trauma-format, but definitely addictive, and will make you gasp in dread and delight the entire way through. (Maryse’s Book Review)

Fabi: I’m a little surprised that The Man I Love and/or An Exaltation of Larks isn’t in the list. Those are the two most recent “Marmy” books I’ve read.

Nay: My favorite for November was also An Exaltation of Larks. NO question.

Cheryl: I am LOVING this book. It’s so beautifully written and I’m slowly eating every bit up like a big bowl of pudding. “Desire pooled thick like pudding in her chest, sweet along the back of her throat.” And oh yeh, the name, is it only obvious to the reader?! Waiting for that shoe to fall, along with the BIG fall.

Sharon: I just finished An Exaltation of Larks, and it’s probably one of the best all time reads for me. What a story. It smoldered and burned and hurt and ached. Every one of those characters pulled your heart strings. I was disappointed with the ending, but loved the ending . . . It was just right. I am definitely book hung over now.

The Fish Tales by Suanne Laqueur <— Fish Tales is sooooo good, and shouldn’t be missed… Some readers find it a bit slow in the first third of book #1, but OMG do they enjoy it right after…

Renee:  I cried half the night because I got to a super sad part of the 3rd Fish Tales that I didn’t see coming and today I’m crying because it’s almost over. This is a first. Starting the book hangover before the book ends. Gah.

Lisa: Robin your reaction to Fish Tales is EXACTLY why its on my tbr list gathering dust.

Renee: I’m hungry, I’m considering a mid-day bubble bath, and The Fish Tales may end me.

Grace: Fish Tales! It was oddly addictive from the start for me, but I can’t really tell you why. Fish just fascinated me. Once the drama explodes, I was beside myself with emotions, with needing to devour every single moment just to know what happens! I think it was so rich a story because it was so unique. It wasn’t feeding us overplayed devices set up to break our hearts so we would be emotional about the characters, but genuine pain and confusion and coping difficulties. I became obsessed with getting what I wanted to happen to happen, but had no earthly reason to believe that I was going to get it. These books were epic! Waiting between releases was painful! For anyone who can just read the whole thing back to back right now, there is no excuse not to just dive in!

Reyna: I agree about the Fish tales series. I just bought the third one and am about to read, but the first 2 had me crying and feeling so much for these characters. I swear I felt like I was there with them. This series is at the top of my favorites list. Definately need as box of kleenex very close when reading!

Author Anonymous: A True Story by E.K. Blair (Maryse’s Book Review)

Maryse: it’s a Marmy book. Along the lines of “Arsen” and extremely stressful. But what makes this one so extra-intriguing to me is that it’s called “Author Anonymous” and it’s a true story about an author in our community (NYT Best Seller indie, now traditionally published) BUT!!! She didn’t write it. She told her story to another author (E.K. Blair) who wrote it for her.

Amy: O. M. GEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! Another Marmy book!! Holy moly, this one is going to work me over, isn’t it? And the fact that it’s REAL?? My tummy is already twisting just from your review.  Hmmm…reminds me of another trainwreck-that-I-couldn’t-look-away-from read where the housewife kept making face-palming choices yet I could never dislike her. ;) GAH! Why do we love these kind of stories?!?

Maryse: Oh yes Amy… this is Marmy in full force. And it’s NOT fiction!!!!!! *gasp*

The Turning Point by Freya North <— Amy wants to add this one!

Amy: I’m thinking Turning Point may be a Marmy book as well, but Maryse hasn’t read it yet.  That book. THAT BOOK. I really struggled with the writing style at first (it wasn’t bad, just difficult for me to adjust to) but once I did, I was hooked. And now…now I’m still healing. Still bruised. So of course what do I do? I keep poking at the bruise and then cringing ’cause it hurts so much. That book does NOT shy away from ugly, painful truth of what all happened.

1986 by Morgan Parker <— Amy suggests this one!

Amy: I would say 1986 is a Marmy book. Not a OMG-you-have-to-read-this-NOW Marmy book, but a book you should add to your short list.

I’ll *try* to sum it up quickly and without giving anything away…the writing was pretty good, nothing spectacular but I am more forgiving with male authors writing a female MC. (I am MUCH harder on female authors for whatever reason. Don’t ask ’cause I don’t know why) There were some “huh?” moments that could have been clarified a bit better, and there were some typos which weren’t a big deal at first but were much more frequent in the last one-third of the book. That aside, this isn’t a steamy cheating book like Arsen or Thoughtless…she jumps into the affair right away (no insta-love though), but it is actually believable because she had a history of jumping right into unhealthy relationships with guys before she was married after an emotionally traumatic experience in high school (not rape, so no triggers).

What makes it a Marmy book is the TURN it takes. There were several times where I was thinking “WTF is going on?!?” right along with her, and even *I* didn’t know who she should believe or what she should do. It’s not a mindf&%k, and it’s not a thriller, but given the setting of being in 1986 Ukraine (I love books set in times before cell phones and internet) with the whole KGB fear and being an American who is at risk over there, it was definitely a tummy-twister with a nice punch to the chest when everything is realized. And the ending and epilogue…GAH, bittersweet!

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo <— Amy read both books by this awesome author, and while BOTH can be read as standalones, THIS ONE (her first book)… sort of crosses over with her next one. Amy didn’t know how exactly, so I told her about the hidden “Easter Egg.” cameo-type thingie ;) And she says:

Amy: YAY!!!!!! *twirls around and tosses candy confetti* Now you have to read How to Kill a Rock Star so you can get the Easter egg. I re-read the scene after Maryse told me what it was and ohhhhhhh, my heart!! (I read HTKARS before GSH so I never put two and two together before) HTKARS has angst and emotion and *GASPS* and gut punches and it’s just wonderful but in its own way unique from GSH. AND they are both contenders for the Marmy list so…there’s that.

Kim: What’s really funny is I’ve owned How to Kill a Rock Star for a few years and that’s the book I’m scared of even though I’ve read every book mentioned above except two.

Allison: Amy, God Shaped Hole is the one I read and How to Kill a Rock Star I haven’t yet because I’m afraid of crying that hard ever again. LOL

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo <— HELLO??!!! YES. THIS ONE IS OF COURSE ON THIS LIST! (Maryse’s Book Review)

Maryse: Here’s a quote from the book:

Break my heart? Is that what you just said? I have news for you; you didn’t break my heart. My heart’s fine. My heart’s in the best shape of its life. You know what you did to me? You took an AK-47 and blew my soul open.

Just saying… ;) *ooooooooooooomph*!!!!!!!!

Full Tilt by Emma Scott <— Amy says: “I’m pretty sure Full Tilt was an agreed upon book to add to the Marmy list. ;)” (Maryse’s Book Review)

Maryse: You must read Full Tilt!!!! It’s a complete book, except I realize “All In (Full Tilt Book 2)” is DEFINITELY a sequel and you must NOT read the blurb or even that book, until you’ve read #1. ;) Mind you, if anyone stumbles on #2 first and reads it, they’ll still be able to follow… it’s just much more poignant after experiencing #1.

Amy: You have to read Full Tilt!!! You’ll never look at blown glass the same way again. ;) … all I have to listen to is From Where You Are by Lifehouse and Stars by Grace Potter and BAM! I’m right back in Full Tilt!

R: if you’ve read the blurb, you pretty much know what you’re in for. Full Tilt hurts, but All In heals :)

Cheryl: Amy, Maryse and R- are your ears ringing now? I just finished Full Tilt and I am a SOBBING mess! I kinda *hate* you right now. Beautifully written, but gah I just, ugh, feel so devastated!!! Gonna look at All In…

Tristan & Danika by R.K. Kelley <— Amy also DEMANDS everyone reads this one! “READ TRISTAN AND DANIKA’S TRILOGY!!!!!!! That is a Marmy trilogy if ever there was one!!! I’m not kidding. My tummy and chest just clenched thinking about it, and I want to sob happy tears all over again. I don’t think I have EVER sobbed happy tears over another book like I did with T&D.” P.S. Here are Maryse’s Book Reviews of this series:

The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan <— Leslie recommends this one! “Major angst/ugly cry (aka Marmy) – Breathing Series” (Maryse’s review of book #1 Reason To Breathe)

Jezebel by K. Larsen <— GASP-WORTHY AWESOMENESS!!!! Yes… it’s a Marmy book FOR SURE!!!! (Maryse’s Book Review)

R: Is Jezebel Marmy? I LOVED it, but it didn’t feel Marmy to me. We may have to discuss. Hmmm…

Grey: Oh yes. Jezebel is def a Marmy book… It’s a Grey book at any rate LOL! Oomph and Forbidden, that one made the bottom of my stomach fall out!

Amy: *I* think it qualified as a Marmy read because of the *OOMPH!* twist we didn’t see coming. I know I didn’t see it coming, and I’m pretty sure Maryse didn’t either. But I would say it’s one of the “safer” Marmy reads. Not *too* intense but emotional and twisty all the same with a nice WTH! to round it out.

Leslie is not a big “Marmy books” fan, but she has a few that she recommends: “I think the highest angst I have ever read that twisted my tummy, shocked me and made me cry were:

I don’t often read books like these as they tore my heart out. But when I have the guts, WOW, they are brilliant.”

Sadie recommends these! “I just read this post and apparently is genre is my jam. Great list! I loved Held! Can’t believe you haven’t read GSH despite knowing the spoiler. also, Fish Tales series, Emi Lost and Found series. Side note: I think you guys would like one called Boy Toy by Barry Lyga.”

Rebecca: You would know to put The Jack & Jill Series on the list if you would listen to me and READ IT! And, you haven’t read God Shaped Hole? Omg.

                                      

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Nay is a recent addition to our very active “peanut gallery” (at least in her commenting and being silly with us… however we just found out she’s been lurking for years). ;) LOL!

She just officially (publicly) joined us in October, in fact, but it feels like she’s been chatting with us from the start! We absolutely LOVE her! And I’m so glad she’s decided to join in on our book-fun, and let us know all about her favorites, too. She’s right there with us in loving the same books we do, but she has her own fun book-quirks and specialities.

In fact, she’s fond of the super-hurty ones, saying: “…for those of you who are also lovers of angst, you know, the twistier the better!” <— YES!!! She loves those that involve alpha-jerk heroes (or should I call them anti-heroes?), dark reads and books like “Arsen” <— yeah… you know what I’m talking about. ;) Mind you, she has her limits.

Here’s a little more about Nay (and I KNOW we can all relate to her!!! It’s like she’s my other book-twin!! I have a few. *snort*):

Hey everyone! My name’s Renee, but since there’s already one here, I’m using the nickname my stepdaughter uses.

…I’ve been following for years, but I have also posted a few times, and now, with the events of life, I find that I’m going to have a lot of time on my hands the next 8-12 months and would love to read and also talk about what I’m reading—maybe throw in a suggestion here and there, because telling my hubby about the new, awesome book I just read really isn’t nearly as fun as sharing it with other like-minded readers! lol

I’d also really like to get in on some buddy reading if possible!

➔ I started following Maryse in at least 2011, when all those little gems like Fifty Shades, Beautiful Disaster, Thoughtless and allllll those wonderful Kristen Ashley books first started rolling off the assembly line and before the market became oversaturated with so, so many similar types of books… I just noticed that Maryse and I had similar reading tastes…

➔ I love most all of them–Death, cheating, love triangles–anything that rips my guts out… Anyway–I LURVE angst!!!

➔ …what’s really awesome is that before you sob those happy tears, your guts get chewed up and spit back out over and over again! Such a delicious feeling for angst lovers!

➔ I think it’s hard to get angsty with characters that put you off from the very beginning. It happens to me quite a bit with books that others love, and it only takes one little thing to do it. For instance, like we were talking about the other day, the wrong pet name–if the romance book H calls the h ‘darling’ and he’s not European or maybe Aussie, he just totally becomes unsexy to me, and I find it very hard to finish the book unless it’s REALLY good. (Cowboys who say darlin’ are a different story and are totally acceptable!)

➔ I love jerks and I flove dark reads

➔ I don’t like books that say ‘fun’ or ‘sweet’. I may read one and end up loving it, but a sure way to steer me away from it is to put a word like one of those in the blurb.

➔ I wonder…did anyone who loved Thoughtless ever really find a book that compares to it?? I haven’t. I read all the ones suggested and many of them were very good or even great, but none of them twisted up my insides like Thoughtless did, and for those of you who are also lovers of angst, you know, the twistier the better! …I have searched and search for a similar book for 5 years, and I haven’t found anything that even touches it!

➔ I hate it when a book comes out that I *think* I want to read because I 5-starred the one before it but I have ZERO remembrance of what the first book was about!

➔  I love to listen to audiobooks, but my faves are where the man does ALL the male voices and the woman all the female voices, but unfortunately, those audiobooks are few and far between. All but the first few of the Fever books are done that way, and there’s a mystery series I listened to that was done that way and I loved it.

As long as both narrators are good actors as well as readers, this type of true dual narration sounds like you’re listening to a movie or a play because you don’t have to deal with the man or the woman trying to unnaturally raise or lower their voices.

➔ If you need any suggestions, I’d be happy to give some. Just tell me a genre (I’ve listed to quite a few UF because sometimes it’s hard to get into (and stay into) the feel of the storyline with the audiobooks with more romance unless you have REALLY good narrator(s).

I usually listen to at least one audiobook per week, sometimes more when I’m doing a lot around the house. And I’m ALWAYS looking for the ones with great narrators…

I’ve spent hours searching for good audiobooks with great narrators, and it will be SO nice to have a list for people like me to reference!

And today, she has submitted her very own favorites list, and this one is extra-special, ’cause it involves strictly audiobooks (which I’ve been asked about, in regards to more recommendations lately).

Nay has some that are tried and true for us!

She says:

“Although I mostly read romance, when it comes to audiobooks, I like to try to venture out into other genres, mainly because most of the romance narration I’ve heard ranges from bad to just plain painful. It’s fine when the female and male narrators are voicing their own gender, but when I have to listen to a sex scene where either the woman sounds like a guy who’s been kicked in the gonads or a man who sounds like an teenager, it does absolutely nothing for me.”

LOL!!!!!!! Okay Nay… hit us with your favorites!!!

My Top 10 Audiobooks by Renee Craig (Nay)

  • THE FEVER SERIES —books 4-8 by Karen Marie Moning and narrated by various narrators—this is BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS, my favorite PnR/UF series AND my favorite audiobook series. You’ll note that I only listed books 4-8. That’s because ALL the male parts are performed by a man and ALL the female parts are performed by a woman. And the result is SPECTACULAR! Equal parts romance and paranormal, the paranormal being the fae, in each and every book, I became immersed in the characters and their actions. I very highly recommend books 4-8 of this series in audiobook!!
  • THE HOLLOWS (RACHEL MORGAN) SERIES –books 1-13 by Kim Harrison and narrated by Marguerite Gavin—an awesome urban fantasy series that just got better and better with each book. Just a touch of romance, but the storyline was so great that it was just enough, and I thought M. Gavin did a great job on both female and male voices.
  • THE ANDREW Z. THOMAS/LUTHER KITE SERIES —books 1-3 by Blake Crouch (Desert Places, Locked Doors: A Thriller, and Break You); book 4 by J.A. Konrath (Stirred)—a fabulous mystery series about one of the most ruthless, demented serial killers you’d never want to meet. I was completely engrossed in these books. I listened to this series in tandem with the Jacqueline Daniels series by J.A. Konrath because the fourth and final Luther Kite book is Stirred, book #8 in the Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Daniels Mystery series. You don’t have to read the entire Jack Daniels series to enjoy or understand this book, but I think it helps, and the entire Jack Daniels series is super and inexpensive, so why not?

There are 4 books in this series, and to get the full enjoyment, I suggest reading them all and in order. All of the books are free with Kindle Unlimited, and the Whispersync version of each is only $*.** if you own the Kindle version.

  • THE JACQUELINE ‘JACK’ DANIELS MYSTERY SERIES —books 1-10 by J.A. Konrath and narrated by various narrators, who are all great, because they play the parts instead of just reading them—one of the best mystery series I’ve ever read, it has a little bit of everything: mystery, suspense, a lovable cast of supporting characters, a cast of devious criminals and even more devious serial killers, and a little bit of romance. Please note that #8 in this series, Stirred, is the final book in the Luther Kite series by Blake Crouch (you don’t have to read the rest of the Luther Kite books to enjoy it at all, but I think it helps, and they’re awesome, inexpensive books, so why not?)

There are 10 books in this series and several short stories (the short stories are all included under the title: Jack Daniels Stories: Fifteen Mystery Tales, which is free with Kindle Unlimited.) I suggest looking on the author’s website for the series reading order, which includes the short stories. Additionally, I suggest reading them in order (the short stories aren’t completely necessary, but they’re all very good). All of the books are free with Kindle Unlimited, and the Whispersync version of each is only $*.** if you own the Kindle version.

  • WAYWARD PINE SERIES —books 1-3 by Blake Crouch and narrated by Paul Michael Garcia (these are the books that the Fox tv series are based on, and in my opinion, are 100 times better than the tv show). Wow! What a fabulously unique mystery/thriller/horror series! I was glued to my headphones and didn’t want to take them off! The premise is so different, the characters are very well written, and the narration is spot on.

There are 3 books in this series, and to get the full enjoyment, all 3 must be read in order. All of the books are free with Kindle Unlimited, and the Whispersync version of each is only $*.** if you own the Kindle version. I also greatly enjoyed Run, Snowbound, and Abandon by Blake Crouch.

  • GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn and narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. If you liked the movie, you’ll LOVE the book! The narration is wonderful (Kirby Heyborne is one of my favorite male narrators), and the storyline is unique, suspenseful, and unputdownable!
  • OUTLANDER by Diane Gabaldon and narrated by Davina Porter. Before the hugely popular series, which is awesome in its own right, there was this sweeping saga filled with romance and adventure. Although Davina Porter does a fabulous job of narrating this book (and the rest of the series), I, personally, would really love it if they had a man do the male parts and a woman do the female parts, but I still really, really enjoyed this as-is.

All in all, this is a heck of a deal… ($*.** for the Kindle book and $*.** for the audiobook with Whispersync) for over 32 hours of listening!

  • BRIGHT SIDE by Kim Holden and narrated by Lydia Dornet and Roger Wayne—one of my favorite books of 2015. Expertly narrated to take you IN to the storyline, but don’t forget to take the tissues with you! (I also recommend the sequel, Gus, which I read and absolutely loved—I actually loved Gus more than Bright Side–but also plan to listen to one day.

This is free with Kindle Unlimited, and the Whispersync version is only $*.** if you own the Kindle version.

  • LOVE…FROM BOTH SIDES by Nick Spalding and narrated by Heather Wilds and Napoleon Ryan. I absolutely ADORED this book and Napoleon Ryan’s narration (I love listening to British male voices). It’s a romantic comedy and as I stated in my review on Goodreads, it’s rude, crude, and hilarious! It perfectly describes the real-life ups and downs of dating. This is NOT something you want to listen to in public unless you don’t mind possibly embarrassing yourself when you bust out laughing. I actually laughed until I cried several times. I also listened to books 2 and 3 and enjoyed them as well, but it would be hard to top this one!

This is free with Kindle Unlimited, and the Whispersync version is only $*.** if you own the Kindle version.

To add to your reading enjoyment, it’s helpful to know that several of the books ‘go’ together because they’re set in the same town and you see the same secondary characters (neighbors, police, city officials) throughout.

First, there are the books set in Milford, CT (listed by oldest to newest publication date): No Time for Goodbye, Fear the Worst (which is one of my favorites and is narrated by the wonderful Buck Schirner), The Accident (another favorite) and No Safe House, which is the direct sequel to No Time for Goodbye, 

Next, there are the books that are set in Promise Falls, NY (oldest to newest): Too Close to Home (another one of my favorites), Never Look Away, Trust Your Eyes, A Tap on the Window (loved it!) and then the Promise Falls Trilogy—Broken Promise, Final Assignment (novella), Far from True, and The Twenty-Three (In this trilogy, I’ve only listened to Broken Promise thus far).

I’ve marked several as my favorites, but I really suggest listening to them all in the orders I’ve listed. If I had to pick the one that I loved the most, I think it’d have to be Fear the Worst because it’s super suspenseful and hilarious at the same time—and as I mentioned, the narration was phenomenal!)

Honorable Mentions–The following are Urban Fantasy series with a single female narrator that I loved for content and narration. I highly recommend listening to any of these: The Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter and narrated by Khristine Hvam ; The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire and narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal; The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep and narrated by Lauren Fortgang; The Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones and narrated by Lorelei King; The Scarlett Bernard series by Melissa F. Olson and narrated by Amy McFadden; Prospero’s War series by Jaye Wells and narrated by Morgan Hallett; The Chronos Files series (YA time travel) by Rysa Walker.

Both the Scarlett Bernard series and the Chronos Files series are free with Kindle Unlimited with inexpensive audiobooks through Whispersync.

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<— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!!! Each one can be read as a standalone, book #1 (that one over there to the left is super-bargain priced today!!!) and #3 will be coming out in just a few days!! :D

Teri: Just one clicked Spinning Out. It is getting great reviews on Amazon. Super angsty.

Jean: Spinning Out was an immediate 1-click for me!… I’m 50% into Spinning Out and don’t want to put it down! It kinda reminds me of Aly Martinez’s Wrecked and Ruined Series (which was awesome and unforgettable)!

About book #1:

Once, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend six months at home to get my sh*t together. The cherry on top of my f**kup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.

I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.

Until I break my own rules and touch her.
Until she saves me from my nightmares by climbing into my bed.
Until the only thing I want more than having Mia for myself is to protect her from the truth.

I can’t rewrite the past, but I refuse to leave her heart in the hands of fate. For this girl, I’d climb into the sky and rearrange the stars.

  

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