SO MANY FINDS today and some of these recommendations are making me *squirrel*!! If you have a full weekend to read this weekend, I think we’ve found so many options that you just can’t go wrong no matter which you choose.

The ones pinging my weekend TBR list? Well of course from yesterday’s post —> 5 New Releases That Are Getting All the Love! <— y’all know that one over there to the left is HIGH on my TBR list – Deep Blue Eternity (forbidden and he’s a recluse, I think!!) and Fisher’s Light (’cause the blurb made me wanna cry, and Amy can’t stop crying. LOL!!! lol Sorry Amy, I couldn’t help but giggle since i have a feeling I’ll be where you’re at soon… :P ). BUT now… eek Kulti just made me *squirrel* big time! SLOW burn is what I’m hearing (maybe even a bit too slow for some) but from all of the comments I’m seeing from my trusted reader friends, everyone is loving it like crazy and loving that we all have to work for it. I like that!! And Indivisible (that blurb made me *think* I knew what was emotionally destroying them, after all he’s a Navy Seal, so I was thinking he’s being deployed, but there seems to be so much more to it). YES!! FOR ME!!

Plus well… there are a TON more below that look awesome (for all sorts of “romance” moods), so I noted a bunch. Also a bunch of new releases from yesterday and today!

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

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

  1. Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd <— FORBIDDEN ALERT! JUST RELEASED and super-bargain priced!!!
  2. Kulti by Mariana Zapata <— RAVE REVIEWS/SLOW BURN/SPORTS STAR ALERT! Back on the list ’cause I keep seeing this new one mentioned over and over again (on my Facebook feed and right here in the comments), by my trustee-reader-buds! She worshipped him as a teen and now he’s her coach! BUT she… “…had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been. Niki: “Ahhh I’m in book love with Kulti!!!! I can’t keep the smile off my face while reading it…seriously my face hurts from smiling so much!!! Had to drug myself with benadryl at 4:45 to get some sleep!!! For me it’s just one of those special books that you hunt for to find this feeling; I’m at 30% and just want to read it slower so it won’t end!!! Ok back to reading!!! :)” and then she said “Loved Kulti so much!!! Definitely one of my top favorites!!! I just love her writing style!!! Now what to read next…” Jennifer: “Finished Kulti and loved it….very slow burn but great characters, great premise…love all three of Mariana Zapata’s books. Highly recommend.” and Cheryl too: “So, I’m reading Kulti. I enjoy a sports theme story and the H/h not liking each other so far- I always like the slow build too.” and then she said: “Finished Kulti. Loved it. “I flung up my common sense into the air and held my imaginary ovaries out in sacrifice.” *tee-hee*” Yep. MINE!!!!!
  3. Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec <— HEARTBREAK ALERT!! Amy can’t stop crying!!! It is so high up in the charts right now and breaking hearts. “I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most…” <— *sob* And with a blurb like that, my heart is ALREADY broken. YAY ME!! And Nancy says: “I am reading & loving Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec (Epic Love Story)” and Amy agrees: “I’m 20% in and I think Fisher just squeezed the life out of MY heart. I’m literally crying for Lucy right now. Shouldn’t have picked it up until *after* I finished my work for the day…how am I supposed to work now??” and Jenn agrees too: “Amy- fishers light!!! So good. Have neglected the housework all day to read! Almost finished!!”
  4. From Within by J.M. Walker <— Recent release! Author warns “Tissues may be needed. Hearts may hurt. But know in the end, everything happens for a reason.”
  5. Pretty Pink Ribbons (A Touch of Fate Book 2) by K.L. Grayson <— TEAR-JERKER ALERT! JUST RELEASED and can be read as a standalone! “But there are three things I need before this life of mine ends . . . I need to tell him I love him more than life itself. I need to feel the strength of his arms wrapped around me just one more night.  Most of all, I need him to forgive me.” <— *sob* Only 5 star reviews so far…
  6. Branded (A Sinners Series Book 1) by Abi Ketner <— Tessa is LOVING this one! “The blurb got me curious, and now I can’t stop reading it. The part I’m at is so bittersweet, I know I’m going to be sobbing soon…”
  7. Wilde Nights in Paradise (Entangled Brazen) (Wilde Security Book 1) by Tonya Burrows <— super-sale!
  8. Contractual by Alice Montalvo-Tribue <— SHE’S AN ESCORT ALERT! “Desperation brought me to this and it led me to him, my one and only client…”
  9. You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen <— STRIPPER ALERT! “…when she accepts a job as a dancer at one of the most secretive and exclusive clubs in the country, operating under the name Logan, she meets the one man who makes her question everything she thought she knew.”
  10. Unspeakable Truths by Alice Montalvo-Tribue <— SOUNDS TRAGIC ALERT!! She loses her husband right after they get married and… “And now, four years later, my life still feels like a hopeless eternity. So, I guess it’s quite fitting that the last person I want to hear from is currently standing at my front door. He wants to tell me the truth about that night, he wants to be my new knight in shining armor, but the thing is… He was the best man…
  11. Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet Book 1) by CJ Roberts <— ONE OF MY FAV DARK READS ALERT!!!! This one is at a rock bottom price right now and if you love dark reads and haven’t read this one… *gasp!!!* It’s a MUST READ!!!! And if you’re intrigued with the dark reads (and I mean the “Stockholm Syndrome” kinds… then read it. But beware. It’s dark!!!). Kat says: “If only I could go back and read this again for the first time” (and here’s my review)
  12. Embrace (The Embrace Series) by Cherie Colyer <— CRAZY-SOUNDING ALERT! And super-bargain priced!! The change?? What is the change!?? “When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.”
  13. One to Save (One to Hold Book 6) by Tia Louise <— JUST RELEASED! Can be read as a standalone.
  14. The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy <— JUST RELEASED!
  15. Cut Too Deep by Marissa Farrar <— JUST RELEASED!
  16. Shadows and Lies (Shadows Series Book 1) by Eden Butler <— JUST RELEASED!
  17. Stay With Me (Book 2: Secrets) (Kyra’s Story) by Emily Jane Trent <— JUST RELEASED!
  18. Me Without You (Willowhaven Book 2) by Mindy Hayes <— JUST RELEASED!
  19. Speed of Light: A Marauders Interlude by Lina Andersson <— BIKER BOOK ALERT (very popular series!!!) JUST RELEASED!
  20. His Proposed Deal by Sandi Lynn <— FAKE FIANCE ALERT! JUST RELEASED! “His proposed deal was that I had to pose as his fiancée until his twenty-sixth birthday so he could collect his trust fund. I’d help him and, in return, he’d help me achieve my dream.
  21. Defiant: A Dystopian Collection by Mara Li, Jen Minkman, Lis Lucassen <— JUST RELEASED!
  22. Reft by Libby Austin <— RECLUSE & PSYCH STUDENT ALERT! JUST RELEASED “Once again, his dream had become a recurring nightmare. Brand coped the only way he knew how; retreat into solitude…
  23. Heartstrings (Heart & Soul Book 1) by Kelli McCracken <— LOST HER MEMORY ALERT! JUST RELEASED!
  24. Legacy (Sociopath Book 2) by Lime Craven <— JUST RELEASED!
  25. Sociopath: A Dark Romance by Lime Craven <— and here’s book #1 (both are super-bargain priced!)
  26. My Heart for Yours (Crawford) by S. Campbell & Mia Josephs <— bargain priced! “Break my heart, I’ll break yours…”
  27. Brother’s Keeper by Elizabeth Finn <— MichelleS recommends this one: “I finished Bev’s recommended Brother’s Keeper. It’s a 4 star for me. Really good. Lots of angst. Could have been really great. Still liked it, just wanted more! It was super hot though!!!”
  28. The Fight for Us (Bristol Island Standalone Books Book 1) by Elizabeth Finn <— BULLY ALERT! Another one by the same author (and a standalone). In this one, HER kid is bullying HIS kid… “It’s a rocky start for Joss and Isaiah as they try to set their daughters on the right path. But there is more to Joss’s and Isaiah’s connection than just two teenage girls. Joss’s and Isaiah’s attraction to one another is undeniable, regardless of their fractious start. But his soul is broken, and as much as he’s drawn to her, he’s equally terrified of what that means.
  29. With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series) by Jennifer Lane <— SUPER-BARGAIN priced sounds like fun, and over 400 pages! They both got in trouble and meet at their Parole officers… “Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost. Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer’s door, the attraction is instantaneous…
  30. The VIP Trilogy by M. Robinson <— Kimmie found us this series bundled at a rock bottom price!!
  31. Indivisible by Jessica McQuinn <— WIFE OF A NAVY SEAL ALERT! Whoa. I wonder what it is that freaks them both out so badly… that blurb!! “Charlie and Gideon Coopers story begins where most romance stories end: at the happily ever after. Gideons protective nature makes Charlie feel safe and happy in her new life as the wife of a Navy SEAL until her happily comes crashing down around her…” <— there’s more.
  32. Fatal (The Fatal Series) by TA Brock <— ZOMBIE ROMANCE? Hrmm… he “comes back” can’t remember his human life (but wants to) and apparently will begin decomposing UNLESS he finds her (but she has to give up her life for him?) Yikes! “She’s the new girl in a school that’s a fraction of the size of her old one. Her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make new friends. And then there’s the recent, sudden death of her father, the only man who ever understood her. The last thing Cori wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. A guy she can’t stop thinking about…
  33. PLUS for those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free ebooks deal —>
    AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! ——> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!

                                

PRE-ORDERS (next week’s!!) AND Check out all of the MARCH 2015 Romance Book Releases up for pre-order (and already live) on Amazon <— Careful!! eek Er… even though it’s “romance focused” sometimes more than “romance and erotica” show up in Amazon’s list. confused emoticon Let’s say it’s a step more than erotica (of the nsfw variety). *snort*

         

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So… the last 2 weeks appear to be HUGE winners, new-release wise, ’cause there are some new ones that are rocking worlds! Couldn’t figure out which one to choose? Maybe this’ll help! Of course, tomorrow is the main “reader recommendation” day, so these will appear once again on that list, but I couldn’t help but highlight a few today. ;)

  1. Manwhore (The Manwhore Series) by Katy Evans is making girls swoon everywhere. Neika is loving it!! “Only 53% in Manwhore by Miss Katy Evans, and adoring it. The writing, the details…the manwhore WOW! Reading really really slooooooowwwwwlllllllllyyyyyyyy” and Jenn agrees: “I have to say, I was a HUGE Remi fan but Malcolm Saint just knocked him out!! Manwhore- one of my fav books so far this year!!” P.S. Here is the pre-order for #2 and it is moving up in the charts so that would indicate that everyone is wanting more! —> Manwhore +1 (The Manwhore Series). In fact… Chelli just commented: “Just finished it..couldn’t put it down…Sooo good!! Can’t wait for the next one!!”
  2. Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec <— THIS is my next read. LIKE TONIGHT. It is so high up in the charts right now and breaking hearts. “I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most…” <— *sob* And with a blurb like that, my heart is ALREADY broken. YAY ME!! And Nancy says: “I am reading & loving Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec (Epic Love Story)” and Amy agrees: “I’m 20% in and I think Fisher just squeezed the life out of MY heart. I’m literally crying for Lucy right now. Shouldn’t have picked it up until *after* I finished my work for the day…how am I supposed to work now??” and Jenn agrees too: “Amy- fishers light!!! So good. Have neglected the housework all day to read! Almost finished!!”
  3. Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd <— This one was just released this morning so reviews are still coming in (Margaret says: “Reading this now just wow it’s so good”). And the author tells us it’s about forbidden love!!! She says: “There’s nothing like a forbidden romance, someone you shouldn’t fall in love with, and a relationship that teaches you about love and forgiveness. Throw in a huge dash of sexual tension and denial and you have just a hint of what awaits you in DEEP BLUE ETERNITY.” FOR ME!!! From the blurb? She’s on the run, finds a cottage, HE’S hiding in but… “When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.” P.S. This was released at a rock-bottom price!!!!
  4. Revved by Samantha Towle <— BAD BOY RACE CAR DRIVER! Cheryl says: “I just finished reading Revved and I LOVED it!! It has that feel. Good thing I didn’t have to work today, because it was hard to put down. Carrick is the bad boy that you love. Only negative is I wanted to slap the h, Andi a couple times. Got me out of my book rut!!” and then she tells Amy (up there) that… “Amy, I’m at about 40% of Fisher’s Light and enjoying it. Has been sad, and close to tears, but honestly the prologue of Revved affected me more. *so far*” <— WHOA.
  5. Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott <— released last week and I loved it!! In fact so many of us did (and here’s my review). and Shell says: “Loved loved loved this book. Got a crush on Owen…. Sigh sigh !!!!
  6. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks <— Okay I’m totally cheating!!! LOL! This one is NOT a new release, BUT!! The movie will be out in just a few days, and this book? It’s in the top 10 books on the Amazon’s charts right now. I mean top 10 in ALL of Amazon’s books… WOW! Jamie says: “I’m currently reading Nicholas Sparks new book “The Longest Ride” and so far so good. ” <— He’s a bull rider… “A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.” This sounds AH-MAZING!!!!! P.S. Check out this contest that I’m having for this movie!!!

      

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The Longest Ride <— This hugely popular book will be out in theaters soon! It’s about a…

…star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.

To celebrate the upcoming release of this book-turned-movie, 20th Century Fox is giving away a prize package on my blog. YAY! ‘Cause okay, #1… JUST LOOK who the hero is!!! “Scott Eastwood” <— *HOT* We are all soooooo crushing on him on Facebook, and I can’t wait to see this. PLUS, well… who can resist a good Nicholas Sparks sweet romance? Not I.

So what’s the book (AND the movie) about? It’s about breaking my heart, that’s what!!! But no… just check out this blurb. Tell me you don’t want to see this acted out. Or just read it. That’s gotta be a great read.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

THE LONGEST RIDE

About the Film

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

  • Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda
  • Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.
  • 20th Century Fox
  • In theaters April 10, 2015
The Longest Ride | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX
Runtime
2:39
View count
3,810,611

One (1) winner receives:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Tote Bag
  • Copy of the book (movie tie-in book cover)
  • Prizing courtesy of 20th Century Fox 
  • Open to US mailing addresses only

How to enter for a chance to win? Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Nicholas Sparks book or movie (and if you haven’t seen or read one yet, tell me your favorite movie love story), and by 10pm EST, Sunday March 29th 2015, I will randomly select ONE winner for the prize above.

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

 

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Wild Reckless
<— Fabulous new book alert!!! It totally sparked my interest on release day last week. After all, the blurb insists he’s a mean one…

…It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall…

eek Whoa. You know I can’t resist the journey and the heartache while trying to crack through those hardened hearts. I was intrigued… and I wanted to play. But what cinched this one as my next read was Tracie’s reaction after she read it. She L-O-V-E-D it. Freaked over it, and she and I have very similar book tastes. I knew it was for me.

Tracie: Maryse I finished Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott and omgeeeeee!!! I can’t say how much I loved this book!! Has to be her best yet! It had everything from the first to the last page. You will feel everything! It’s a YA story but it isn’t sugary sweet, these characters deal with some pretty heavy stuff. And the intensity didn’t let up the entire way. READ IT PEOPLE!!! … this book was so good I wanna use a megaphone

MEGAPHONE, people!!! Yep… she’s screaming it from the rooftops!

Sure enough… she was right! It had just enough of the initial push (lots of push!!), right enough from the start, delightfully titillating me. I believed it. He was a total… ugh. rolleyes You know the word I wanna say here. Making out with random girls here, there… everywhere. Not caring about anyone’s opinion and acting in a way that you just knew he ruled the roost. And it’s when “new girl” (aka me!!! I mean us!! I mean HER…. :P ) shows up and catches his eye (but NOT in a good way) that had me hooked.

Wait!! I know she said YA (’cause they are in their last year of high school), but it has much more of a “new adult” feel, ’cause they’re both 18, and preparing for college. And it gets STEAMY!!!!

What a start… TRAGIC. My heart bled from the very first sentences. I just knew we were in for heartache, and so… knowing this, you can’t wait to find out just who he is now.

And you know how it often takes me to about 25% of the book to finally be “in” and sometimes it takes me even longer? NO issues with this one. I was into it, right from the very start (and I mean INVESTED). Excited. Nervously captivated!!! Nervous… maybe even a bit scared, but I indulged in every minute of my trepidation.

So what’s it about?

Kensi is a…. hrmmm… music virtuoso but a totally normal “high school” kid. She plays classical piano, and follows in the footsteps of her demanding and distant father, a concert pianist. He has big dreams for her but is fairly unyielding, and it’s wearing on her. They move to a new city and it’s not long before she realizes her next-door neighbor is NO gentleman. In fact, he’s an absolute jerk with the constant smug expression and king-sh!t attitude. And EVERYONE appears only toooo happy to be one of his subjects.

There’s just something about him…

My new neighbor keeps his back to me the entire time, his focus on the slow dribble of his ball. I give him a good long stare as I push my ass into the door a few times, my free fingers fumbling for the handle, desperate to get it open.

“Thanks for helping,” I whisper again, following it up with the word a$$hole in my head.

Suddenly, his dark eyes are on mine, and I would swear he heard me with that smug smirk that creeps into one cheek. The ball never stops moving. He’s operating completely independent of the hypnosis he’s attempting to put me under – the soft squint to his eyes somehow making them more ominous. I’m not quite sure he isn’t evil. And I’m also not quite sure that this hypnosis isn’t working.

Oh that’s right. That something? He’s an ass!

Maryse: So far? I. Freaking. Love it!!!!!! It gives me a feel between Beautiful Disaster and Bully. And it doesn’t have a high school feel. It doesn’t read like one… if you’re thinking “young feel”, you know? I’m still in the first part but he is a JERK!!!!! And she has his scary-mean down really well. It doesn’t feel like he’s just play-acting the hateful mean jerk… he’s got that darkness to him and he makes me nervous which is SO fun!

Amy: “…he is a JERK!!!!!” <————- *snicker*

Maryse: Tee hee Amy!!!! But I LOOOOOVVVVVE HIM!

And oh how they irritate each other. Publicly. But all of it so realistic. And shocking her new friends… and his.

I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose – a guy who doesn’t play by the rules.

A guy who scares me, and who knows where I sleep at night.

Too bad for her, she was stuck in so many of his classes. LOL!

…and for a flash second, something happens to his eyes – they grow dark.

“Careful,” he says, his smirk curling slightly…

And then… something happens (you’ll see) and she shocks him so profusely (her audacity!!) that the fun really begins… he’s met his match.

And so does the heartache. In all sorts of forms.

“He looks like he wants to run,” she says,

“That’s because he does,” I breathe, before pulling my arms around my body tight, covering my hands with my sleeves as I step closer to my lost friend…

*sob* :(

Maryse: Oh this part… all of it, so far, in fact. He’s mean, he’s a jerk and then this…

Kandace: “yeah….I’d like to eat pie with you, Owen Harper” <—- sigh!

Maryse: OMG *sigh* is RIGHT!!! I have a major crush.

Tracie: He’s so swoon worthy I can’t stop thinking about them!!

I know it’s sometimes frowned upon to make book comparisons. But I can’t help it. I just want you to understand the fun “romance thrill” factor of this one. The “old-school” new adult feel that it brought me back to, back in our “new indie” days.

‘Cause it gave me that “Slammed” feel (the family and friends), with a touch of “Easy”. BUT to give you an idea of the thrill it was giving me… picture that initial… “Twilight” feel (remember in the beginning when she was in the cafeteria and seeing “him” and his crew). And for that matter… Beautiful Disaster, too. That awesome feel when the two main characters (that don’t know each other yet) meet by accident, and “Cocky McCockerson” has some retort (or no retort but a smug look on his face)… grrrrr! mad And YAY!!! :P

Owen was ALL that and he directed his cockiness right at poor Kensi. But she has quite a few of her own hilarious cocky moments, shocking the heck out of her crew, and definitely pushing his buttons. Those that nobody dared push before.

“Jesus H Christ, Kensi!” What’s wrong with you?” Willow asks. She pulls my arm back down, but I keep my eyes on Owen, staring into his grey-blue eyes – eyes that look like a wolf’s. “What are you doing?”

“I’m starting a war, Willow,”

And they continue “hating” each other (or at least one does), and antagonizing each other until something happens when the enemy suddenly becomes the savior of sorts. And now they can’t hate each other anymore. So now what?

Circumstances dictate the rest. Those very things they used to try and hurt each other, might just become their bonding agent.

And you know those delightful moments when the absolutely unattainable… untamable cocky bad-boy and the good girl… the new girl, walk hand in hand down the hall and canoodle in the cafeteria, and everyone’s jaw drops? OH YES! More of that. I know we’ve read that before, but done right, I could read that over and over again.

And this one? DONE RIGHT! My only wish was that there was just a littttttttle more of that initial push. Just a little more “war”… just a little longer to really frustrate-excite me. ;)

4.5 stars of MORE PLEASE!!!!

P.S. Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy! I loved it!

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Over 75 new releases today and quite a few that have my one-click finger feelin’ all clicky…

Like… After Dark (YAY ME! Now I can complete the trilogy. Book one ravaged me and I was delighted!!), Fisher’s Light (the blurb for this one absolutely broke my heart), Captive (kidnapped!), Valor In Darkness (she’s in hiding but gets photographed by paparazzi with her famous neighbor!! YIKES!), and of course Revved (bad boy race car driver? Heck yah!) *snort* :P

BUT!! This is what I’m currently reading still (I’m at 65% and OMG STILL LOVING IT!!!). This is one of “those”. One of those super-finds from back in my old 2011/2012 days when I’d be in a book-fog, reading in slow motion and thinking about certain scenes every time I’m forced to put the book down. Yes. YESSSSSSS to this one. It’s from last week’s new release list, and the blurb had me excited (’cause it was so obvious he was a big meanie!!) and then Tracie told me she loved it like crazy and I. Was. ON IT!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Gah!!! I’m in love and I haven’t felt like this for a book-guy in ages. I mean… my OWN love for him, ya know? *swoon*

Michelle: It gets better, HE gets better *sigh* if that’s possible Maryse. So so good!!

Kim: Isn’t this book phenomenal!! Gahhh the feels were amazing! Definitely my favorite book Ginger had written thus far

Jaime: Eekkk. I read this yesterday and just reading your post is making all the feels come back just as strong as the first time! I

Krisi: …sleepless night for me can’t stop reading…. So raw and beautifully sad!!!!

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

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BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Riding For Her by Adair Rymer <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Recent release and super-bargain priced! “Falling in with a dangerous, rival MC, getting dragged halfway across the country and nearly getting killed… There was nothing I wouldn’t do to save my baby sister. Being the daughter of a corrupt MC President, I promised myself I would never let a biker hurt me again…
  • The Fighter’s Block 2: Cole, Book Two by Hadley Quinn <— recent release! MMA FIGHTER!
  • Deception (Deception Series Book 1) by K.A. Robinson <— FELL FOR HIM & HIS SON ALERT!! Super-sale ’cause book #2 was just released below. And OH WHOA!!! “He was every woman’s dream–rich, powerful, and charming. He made me forget the fact that he’s twenty-four years my senior. He made me feel alive, and for the first time in my life, I was content. Until I met Cooper–his son.”
  • Jake Undone by Penelope Ward <— on super-sale ’cause book #2 will be coming out in just a few days!! SO many loved this one and Lori says: “Jake Undone is amazing. Jake and I are in love and getting married. Yes I am crazy but he is upgraded to my book Husband…You will not be disappointed…” and Donya says: “oh my! I may have some severe questions of what if this happened to me. Such a twist and I loved it!!!”
  • Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti <— MISTAKEN TEXT MESSAGE ALERT!! Nancy found us this one on super-sale! “A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing…
  • Londyn Falls by Jennifer Domenico <— STUDENT-TEACHER ALERT!! Nancy also found us this one on super-sale!!
  • Clear: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park <— SHOCKING TWIST ALERT! Tracey loves it! “Im having a serious book hangover finished Clear by Jessica Park last night. It was a paranormal romance with an edge to it. It was both good and shocking the twist at 33% completely threw me and it wasnt in a good way and yet it was . Not making sense am I? Hence my book hangover . It will definitely be on my reread list.
  • Kulti by Mariana Zapata <— SLOW BURN ALERT! And Jennifer loves this one! “Maryse, just finished Mariana Zapada’s newest book Kulti. Great story with great characters and get this premise…she is a professional soccer player who meets her childhood idol…her inspiration for who she is as a player and he is a complete jerk! Silent, aloof, rude! And such a slow burn…loved it!”
  • Conflicted (Secrets and Lies Series Book 1) by M. M. Koenig <— Stephanie found us this super-bargain!
  • Rocked (Rockstar Romance) (Lost in Oblivion Book 1) by <— ROCK STAR ALERT! She’s a chef for a rock band… and this one’s on super-sale!
         

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Book #3 was JUST RELEASED and this series is now complete! I know we have a bunch of Georgia Cates fans here with her “Beauty” series, and this one sounds so good, too!

About book #1:

Bleu MacAllister is consumed. A horrific childhood incident has caused every decision in her life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. With years spent studying The Fellowship, a Scottish organized crime brotherhood of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to cut Thane Breckenridge off at the knees. But walking hand in hand with retribution means risking collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge’s son Sinclair—until Sin becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. She’s always known this undertaking would place her life in danger—she never imagined her heart would be as well.

  

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Welcome to the thirty third installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

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

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Crystal Green’s latest book “Hot and Bothered (Rough and Tumble Series Book 3)”.  In this one, the author tells us about a young fan, wanting her to sign her much more “adult” book.

You’ll Never Believe… by Crystal Green

This happened several years ago…

I write under two pen names—as Crystal Green, I’m all about sexy contemporary stories like Hot and Bothered from my Rough and Tumble series, or Honeytrap, a new adult book from my Aidan Falls series. But I also have a dark urban fantasy side as Chris Marie Green.

I always thought my basic readership for my CMG Vampire Babylon series was 18+. After all, there are some pretty…erm…adult things happening on those pages! So at an RWA signing when my first wonderful reader raced to my station, I was caught off guard.

Yes, I was really excited that she was bouncing up and down with enthusiasm as she grabbed my latest Vampire Babylon book and held it out for me to sign. But I was stunned as my gaze took in her Twilight T-shirt, then her braces, then her very, very young face.

She couldn’t have been more than twelve, and I wasn’t sure how to ask her if she was thinking my books were from a different series. (Okay, let me explain here—I was an eighth-grade teacher at the time, and I was always watching what my students read then running the titles by their parents. So I was ultra-aware!)

I risked a test question. “Great! You read the first book, Night Rising?”

She eagerly nodded and said how much she loved it and how she couldn’t wait to read Midnight Reign.

I came this close to adding, “Does your mom know you read these?” but I didn’t. Maybe her mom was a fan, too, and they read them together?

Then I recalled that when I was twelve, I was reading Stephen King and Flowers in the Attic. Ah, how soon we forget. It’s just that I felt like a corrupting force with my wonderful young reader!

At any rate, I hope she’s still out there reading my books. ☺

Author Crystal Green

Crystal Green is a RITA nominated romantic fiction author who tries her best to avoid international incidents whenever she takes a break from her first love, writing, and cheats on it with her other true love—traveling. She’s the author of the digital first Rough and Tumble hot romance series as well as the New Adult Aidan Falls series. She has an alter ego named Chris Marie Green, who writes the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series and the urban fantasy Vampire Babylon series.

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Welcome to the thirty second installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

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

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Megan Erickson’s latest book “Trust the Focus”.  In this one, the author tells us about her star-struck encounter with THE fabulous Kristen Ashley!

You’ll Never Believe… by Megan Erickson (Author of Trust the Focus)

Right, so yeah I’m an author but I was a reader first, trust me. Which means, I have my fangirl moments just like everyone else.

Kristen Ashley is an author whom I adore. I poured through her entire backlist when I discovered her (which obviously took months), and she really got me back into reading when I had hit a slump after my son was born.

So, I was at the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans. At the time, my first traditionally published books weren’t out yet. So I’m there, soaking in the atmosphere, loving hanging out with my writer friends, walking casually through the hotel, when I see KRISTEN ASHLEY. And she’s totally chill, just walking by, like she isn’t KRISTEN FREAKING ASHLEY and I’m dying inside. Now, if you meet me, you’d understand, I’m not really shy. Not at all. But I saw her and I totally froze up, clammed up, dear in headlights, the whole bit. I think I spoke out of the corner of my mouth to my friend, whispering, “Oh my God, that’s KA. That’s KA. That’s KA!” I couldn’t even say her full name. I was losing it.

So I didn’t do anything. And I let her walk on by me. And my friend was shaking me, saying, “Go back and say hi!” And I’m nervous as hell. But I gathered myself, and I went back down the hallway after her (I feel creepy saying that). And there she was, talking to some of the convention volunteers.

So I introduced myself, and basically babbled like a nutjob. I told her that my daughter is what I call a “Kristen Ashley baby” because her books were so hot and because I can’t count to 28. YES, I BABBLED THAT. And she kind of just blinked at me and thankfully didn’t take out a taser and sign a restraining order. She was incredibly nice, and laughed, and wished me luck on my new series. And then took a picture with me.

It was a true, crazy, fangirl moment that I’ll always remember, mainly because Kristen Ashley was so genuine. I hope to see her again at RT and actually get a signed book this time. And maybe not fangirl so hard.

I’m right there with you, Megan. Kristen Ashley is FABULOUS inside and out. One of the most genuine, kind and gorgeous rock chicks of ‘em all!

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