One I can answer!!! But since many of us love these unconventional romance “bad-guy/bad-boy” reads, I thought I’d post it, in case someone here didn’t know about this book. Or… in case YOU had a recommendation in this genre. :D

Joy asks:

Joy: Hi Maryse! I just want you to know that I Flove your blog and it’s an everyday must for me. I was wondering if you can help me find a book I read about on your blog a while back. From what I can remember, the h is a prison guard, and a riot breaks out but she is being protected from the inmates by a male prisoner. Sound familiar?

Maryse: YES!!!! I KNOW THIS ONE!!! YAY ME! LOL! Or anyway… I think it’s the one I reviewed… ;)  Is it this one? Hard Time by Cara McKenna <— (my review).

Maryse: NO!!!! NOOOOO Whoops! I misread it. It’s THIS one: Hold by Claire Kent <— (my review) AND!! Book #2 (about a different character that appears in book #1 – was just released).

Joy: That’s it!!! Thank you so much, on my way to one click! You Rock Maryse!

Maryse: YAY!!!!

Anyone else have a recommendation?

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Johanna is looking for a specific genre, and while I DO have a suggestion, I ALSO would love some suggestions for this, so I’m opening it up to all of our fellow readers. We are all ears!

Johanna asks:

Johanna: Maryse, I need your help again :)  I’m looking something a little different. An anti hero of sort, the one who doesn’t always get the girl. While I love the ones who do I was just wondering what would happen if after everything he still didn’t get the girl or vise versa. Any ideas? Thanks a mil!

Maryse: I would recommend Badger (my review). I’m not saying whether he gets the girl or not ;) but I think this one is different enough, and just SO awesome that you’ll be very satisfied. Read it. :D

Anyone else have any suggestions?

Jen: The first book that comes to mind is Pure Abandon. That ending was a heartbreaker.

Ashley: What about Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher? That fits I think. Great, great book.

Maryse: Excellent recommendation! YES! I’m adding it. :D

Ashley: have another one. Slammer by Tabatha Vargo. Have you read it? It’s a great book, but wow! eek that ending. Your prison post reader question made me think of it. :D

Maryse:  I’ve heard of it and now I want to read it!! I’m adding it. :D

   

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Gretchen de la O just released a new book entitled Broken Girl and she’s having a signed book giveaway right here on the blog! This is an author I’ve been following since practically the start of my indie-beginnings (she was one of our original student-teacher forbidden romance authors!!) and I’m thrilled that she’s released another unconventional romance that sounds right up our alley (the heroine is a prostitute!!!).

I love the blurb (here’s the part that made my gut twist):

“When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I’ve never had and the only man I’ll ever trust.

There is nothing simple about falling in love when you’re keeping a secret like mine.”

and I’m thrilled to already be hearing great things about it.

Anne: Finished Broken Girl and really liked it! It was gut-wrenching at times and not an easy story to read, but in the end its about redemption and the power of love.

The author is also one I follow personally on Facebook. Her inspirational daily posts are poignant and raw and REAL, and every day she reminds me… she inspires me, to be grateful, to do the best I can, and to enjoy life. And I’m honored that she wrote a little something about her latest book.

Ready?

Personal take on Broken Girl, by Gretchen de la O

Exclusively for Maryse’s Book Blog

On Writing, Broken Girl:

Broken Girl was a really tough book to write, taking me over a year to finish. Pulling from the scars of my own brokenness, writing this book became cathartic and ultimately one of the best ways to heal the buried and broken pieces I have been frightened of facing for most of my life. Granted, I didn’t personally experience a lot of what Rose endures, but small remnants of her life came from my own personal pain. And it was within those moments when I had to be honest. I had to tell my story through the eyes of Complicated Rose.

I dove into this story with everything I could give. I poured my heart and soul into it. I muscled, maneuvered, and meticulously placed each and every block of pain and heartbreak. And when I was close to finishing, when I was merely weeks away from writing The end, I realized that Broken Girl had become the healing moment I’ve been longing for for most of my life.

It was only after readers started messaging me, emailing me, and telling me their own stories that I realized Rose’s journey is so much bigger than my own healing. So. Much. Bigger.

Aren’t we all broken in one way or another? Whether we are broken by love, or pain, by the acts of others, or the blatant neglect of those we love, we are still broken. We wrap ourselves in the belief that we aren’t worthy. And within each moment, we define ourselves as broken, unworthy, unloveable—words that were never meant to define us.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the other characters who show up in Rose’s journey. Characters who have their own flaws and strengths. Beyond the broken pieces of what they represent in Rose’s life, Sybil, Mr. C, Kean, and of course Shane were created to reflect our own struggles with the darker sides of ourselves and each other until we ultimately find compassion and love.

I know some readers will fall in love with Rose and relate to her in a way that splays the depths of their souls open to her life and her emotions. And, yes, some readers will hate Rose with a passion. Maybe they will despise the pain that Rose conjures up, or the way she takes them to a place they hate to go.

Whether readers skim the surface of the story or dive in with every single ounce of who they are, I can only hope they discover that redemption is possible. No matter what is inked in the pages of someone’s past or what battle scars are etched in their psyche, I think people deserve compassion, peace, love, and a second chance.

Thank you, Maryse, for giving Broken Girl a place to be seen.

It is absolutely my pleasure Gretchen. This book sounds like exactly the kind of story that I love to read, and I can’t wait to get to it!

Now for the giveaway!!

How to enter for a chance to win the signed copy of this book? Just leave a comment below, and by 10pm EST, Sunday May 8th 2016, I will randomly select one lucky commenter as the winner for the signed copy of “Broken Girl

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 winner directly by the author.

OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADA

BROKEN GIRL

AMAZON & KindleUnlimited EXCLUSIVE: Broken Girl

Blurb:

My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society’s dirty little secret. On the outside, I’m in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what’s left of me.

SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I’ve never had and the only man I’ll ever trust.

There is nothing simple about falling in love when you’re keeping a secret like mine.

*Reader’s discretion advised. Certain content might not be suitable for some readers.

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DARK READ KIDNAP & RECLUSE ALERT!!! Book #1 is super-bargain priced today, and the trilogy conclusion is coming out this month! It sounds pretty darn great! She has a phobia of being touched, and she’s kidnapped by a recluse that won’t let himself be seen in public. Yikes!!! This sounds right up my alley. Has anyone read these yet?

About book #1:

Monster
Hidden away from society by his criminal father, there lives a man who has never entered the outside world. Now, having taken over his father’s business, he has all the money and power he could dream of, yet still he refuses to let himself be viewed by the rest of society.

Lily
Traumatised by an event in her past, Lily Drayton has a phobia of being touched. Though she helps people externally with her skills as a laser therapist, she refuses to let anyone in, emotionally or physically. When Lily is kidnapped on the way home from work one evening, she discovers she’s not the only person who keeps themselves cut off from the rest of the world.

Defaced
A man owns her now—a man both dangerous and enigmatic. Drawn by his dual beauty and hidden pain, he awakens something inside her, something she believed was long dead. Brought to a room without windows, she’s given an impossible task: to make her owner acceptable to the outside world.

Can altering his face change who he is as a man, or is he truly a monster, both inside and out?

  

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WEDNESDAY FINDS BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! Lookit what else we found! :D

  1. Defaced: A Dark Romance Novel (The Monster Trilogy Book 1) by by Marissa Farrar <— DARK READ KIDNAPPED ALERT!!!! He’s a total recluse, and she’s got a phobia of being touched: “Lily Drayton has a phobia of being touched. Though she helps people externally with her skills as a laser therapist, she refuses to let anyone in, emotionally or physically. When Lily is kidnapped on the way home from work one evening, she discovers she’s not the only person who keeps themselves cut off from the rest of the world.
  2. Set In Stone by Rachel Robinson <— NAVY SEAL HOTNESS ALERT! I LOVED book #1 like crazy, and here’s book #2 (about a different couple). YAY ME!! I totally one-clicked this super-bargain. (P.S. here’s my review of book #1)
  3. Breaking Him (Dante & Scarlett) (Volume 1) by R.K. Lilley <—- HEARTACHEY!! Yep. You guessed it. Super-bargain priced, and this series is also getting BIG LOVE from our reading crew. Like Tessa: “Finished Breaking Him. Yes, it ended on an incomplete note. Not as bad as T and D. Just, book done, unanswered questions, enjoy. *sighs* Yet I loved it so much. I’m invested big time. My heart aches for her. She’s such a character to adore and he is too, but MAN, my heart aches big time.” (and guess what? #2 is already out!!)
  4. Chocoholics Bundle by Tara Sivec <— HILARIOUS! I LOVED book #1 (hilarious and had me reading parts out loud and laughing my butt off) and now the entire series has been bundled at a bargain price. YAY US!!!
  5. Coto’s Captive (Zorn Warriors Book 5) by Lauren Dohner <— Laurann Dohner SCI-FI ALERT! THIS WENT LIVE just a few of days ago!
  6. Release (Hold Book 2) by Claire Kent <— JUST WENT LIVE!! It’s book #2 for that sci-fi dystopian one that I read a week or two ago. Remember the woman that ends up in a prison and has to find a man to protect her?! *gasp* Here’s #2. (my review of #1)
     
 It’s READY!!!! Okay true, I’m still hunting bargains and recommendations and adding ‘em on as we speak, but:

The list is ready… all the new releases, and OMG… something TOTALLY weird. Wicked Heart by Leisa Raven (author of Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet) is only coming out on May 17th… BUT!!!!!!! THE AUDIOBOOK IS ALREADY OUT!!! eek How’s that possible. Who cares? THAT IS SO COOL!! :D It’s like an early preview.. but in listening mode. ;)

What looks extra exciting to me? Well that one up there to the left, (Never Let You Go) ’cause now it’s a “complete duet” and it’s listed as a psychological suspense, and of course… the fact that it mentions “forbidden” has me all a flutter. *snort* :P And A Court of Mist and Fury (also one that I need to read #1 first, but I hear it rocked worlds, so I’m in!!). Sustained (okay that’s not a new one, but it’s super-bargain priced, and so many here loved it like crazy, so I one-clicked it), Last Mile (She’s an undercover cop, falling for the biker she’s investigating), Fighting Fate (Her ex-best friend is a famous MMA fighter, but she ruined everything… and he’s a changed man now), Spinning Out (football star falling for his best friend’s girl that is LIVING IN THEIR HOUSE!!!! YIKES!!!) and Blood & Rust (she’s a med student and she followed a mob guy into an alley, and got caught). *gasp*!!!

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

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Dominated: The Enforcers, Book 2 by Maya Banks
  2. Savage Urges: Phoenix Pack, Book 5 by Suzanne Wright
  3. Pucked Up by Helena Hunting
  4. Pucked Over by Helena Hunting
  5. Big Easy Temptation: The Perfect Gentlemen by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
  6. Craving: The Steel Brothers Saga, Book 1 by Helen Hardt
  7. The Apartment by Danielle Steel
  8. Mister O by Lauren Blakely <— releasing in just a few days!!!
  9. Last Mile by Katie Ashley
  10. The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel, Book 1 by Jude Deveraux
  11. Wicked Heart by Leisa Raven <— ALERT!!!!! THE AUDIOBOOK IS ALREADY OUT!!! But the Kindle will only be out in a week or two… WOW!??? :D
  12. A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe
  13. Slow & Steady by Kendall Ryan
            

 

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).

  • Sustained by Emma Chase <— I ONE-CLICKED THIS SO HARD!!! SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!! Oh yes. I one-clicked it!!! SO MANY in our group LOVED this one like crazy!

Anne: I finished Sustained and loved it! Jake and Chelsea are perfect for each other and the kids were amazing! I liked this one better than Overruled

Sharon: Sustained by Emma Chase. READ.THIS.ONE! it had me laughing out loud uncontrollably. I looked like a fool on the beach! I hated paying full price for it, but these Legal Briefs are worth it!

  • Nero (Made Men Book 1) by Sarah Brianne <— MAFIA PRINCE ALERT! I posted the reading order of this series recently, and Angela just finished #1 and LOVED it!!
“I just finished Nero in about 24 hours, thank you so mush for finding it for me. It seriously has everything I crave in a book… Teenage/adult angst, nice girl from the “wrong” side, popular bad boy turned good to rescue her, then you add in the mafia? It was perfect! On to book number 2 in the series!”
  • Tight by Alessandra Torre <— TWISTY & THRILLING & JAW-DROPPING LOVE TRIANGLE THAT I LOVED/ALESSANDRA TORRE ALERT! Nancy just found out one of my absolute FAVORITES is super-bargain priced right now! Here’s my 5-star review.
  • Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy <— FORBIDDEN PSYCH-THRILLER? This is book #1, and book #2 was JUST released today (now complete!!), and now that I know it’s forbidden, PLUS a psychological suspense (thriller?) I want to read this duet so BAD!
  • Denial (Careless Whispers Book 1) by Lisa Renee Jones <— SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED!!! The author says: “Book 2 starts the moment this one ends and comes out May 31st.” YAY!!!!
  • Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 1) by Max Monroe <— This recent release is back on the list ’cause Anne LOVED it! “Just finished Tapping the Billionaire and loved it!! Kline was so amazing! It was fun, sexy and light. Just what I needed.”
  • Mister O by Lauren Blakely <— TEE HEE ON THE TITLE!!! Recent release back on the list ’cause there’s already some BIG LOVE for it, review-wise and we’re giggling over that title. ;)

Pia: I truely love Lauren Blakely so one-clicked Mister O right away. The original title was Mister Orgasm, but some how along the way it was shortend to Mister O. All 5 star reviews on Amazon.

Grey: One clicked Mister O *giggle* now that sounded dirrrrty! FLove it!!!

  • Bend by Kivrin Wilson <— HER EX’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!Six years of keeping her at arm’s length, and I can feel myself starting to give in and lose control with her. I can’t let it happen. There are reasons I didn’t get close. She hasn’t let go of her ex-boyfriend, not really. And she has no idea about the lies I’ve told her.
  • Confessions of a Bad Boy by J.D. Hawkins <— HE JUST BAILED HIS BEST FRIEND’S YOUNGER SISTER OUT OF JAIL ALERT! “She’s off-limits, but I don’t care. And when I need a fake girlfriend to help me out of a jam at work, she’s the only one who can help. Now I’m stuck sharing a hotel room with her for the weekend.”
        

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Night Shift: A Novel of Midnight, Texas by Charlaine Harris
  3. Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply (Silver Town Wolf) by Terry Spear <— SHE IS THE LEADER OF HER PACK BUT…With unknown dangers on the prowl, Pepper is tempted to give in to her attraction to Eric and align her pack with his. But Pepper’s been pursued by many an alpha male out to take over her pack and gain her hard-won territory-and Eric is a born leader.
  4. Orison by Brandon Gray
  5. Soulbound (The Return of the Elves Book 1) by Bethany Adams
  6. The Memory of Earth and The Call of Earth (Homecoming Saga) by Orson Scott Card
  7. Die For You (Catastrophe Series) by Michele Mills <— VIRUS WIPED OUT POPULATION ALERT! “Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy…”
  8. The Choice To Overcome (Children of Angels Book 7) by Natalie D. Wilson
  9. Invision: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— SHERRILYN KENYON ALERT!! Tessa is excited!! “Invision: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon comes out May 3 too. *happy dance* The last one was a huge game changer and I can’t wait to read what happens next. When the series is over, we better get Nick’s Dark Hunters book!
  10. Savage Urges (The Phoenix Pack Series) by Suzanne Wright
  11. Loyal Heart (The Von Wolfenberg Dynasty Book 1) by Anna Markland
  12. Echoes of Silence by Elana Johnson
  13. Anna’s Way (Ditch Lane Diaries Book 2) by D. F. Jones
  14. Unbind (Supernatural Intelligence Agency: Special Operations Team Book 1) by Nadine Travers
  15. Wolf Wanted (Mark of Lycos Book 2) by Marie Harte
  16. The Portal: An Afterlife Novella by Isabel Brann
  17. Belonging: Book Two in The Everett Gaming Series by Drew Sera
  18. Just Say Maybe: A Thistle Bend Novel by Tracy March
  19. Dark Confluence: The Darkening Trilogy, Book 1 by Rosemary Fryth
  20. Camp Alien: Alien Novels, Book 13 by Gini Koch
                  

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy <— OMG THIS IS FOR ME!!!! Well… #1 is for me first, but all I did was read THIS part of the blurb and I knew… it’s mine. “The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.” It’s listed as psychological suspense. Yep. MINE!!!!
  2. Last Mile: A Vicious Cycle Novel (Vicious Cycle Novel, A) by Katie Ashley <— SHE’S UNDERCOVER IN AN MC BUT FALLING FOR THE GUY SHE’S INVESTIGATING!!!When her partner takes on a case to infiltrate the Hells Raiders MC, Samantha agrees to go undercover as his old lady but is surprised to find herself drawn to the very man she is investigating…
  3. Deception (Infidelity Book 3) by Aleatha Romig
  4. Big Easy Temptation (The Perfect Gentlemen) by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
  5. The Redline Series by Skye Callahan <— DARK READ ALERT!!!Their struggle ignited when she woke in his bed and agreed to his offer. What was supposed to be her salvation, forced her deeper into two brothers dark game of sex, drugs, and exploitation. 
    Until one man overstepped the line…
  6. Turning Tide: A Griffin Bay Novel by Lib Starling
  7. You Can’t Hurry Love: A Destination Wedding eNovella by Beth K. Vogt
  8. Blown Away by Brenda Rothert <— HER DEAD FIANCE’S BEST FRIEND ALERT! She joins his storm chasing crew and she… “wasn’t expecting to feel the powerful pull of desire toward Colby’s best friend. But there’s no denying the intensity of their connection . . . or the heat he inspires in the parts of her that are still very much alive.
  9. Beautiful Liar by Natasha Knight <— THEY HAD A ONE-NIGHT AND NOW HE’S MAD!!! ”One night, they’d said. Make him want you, let him have you. Easiest money in the world for just one night of my life. Only it wasn’t one night because that night obliterated Slater Vaughn, and he came after me…”
  10. Dominated: The Enforcers (The Enforcers series) by Maya Banks
  11. HAWKE by R.J. Lewis
  12. The Apartment: A Novel by Danielle Steel <— DANIELLE STEEL ALERT! FOUR GIRLS BECOME ROOMMATES… I love the sound of this one ’cause this book takes us on all of their journeys (together and apart)! “Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends. Unexpected opportunities alter the course of each of their lives…
  13. Make Me Risk It by Beth Kery
  14. Always the Luck (Always the Bridesmaid Book 3) by Crystal Bowling
  15. Every Bride Has Her Day (Magnolia Brides) by Lynnette Austin
  16. The Purest Hook (Second Circle Tattoos) by Scarlett Cole
  17. Burned by a Kiss: The Star Canyon Series – Book One by Tina Leonard
  18. Saving Michael by J.R. Wirth
  19. Tangled: A Short Story by Kate Douglas
  20. Fighting Fate (Fighting Series Book 7) by J.B. Salsbury <— MMA STAR & HIS EX-BEST FRIEND…Oh sounds SO good!! She parties hard and is falling apart but… “When she wakes up one morning to find the consequences of her actions have caught up to her, even Killian’s white-knighthood can’t save her now. Fate is put to the test when, for the first time in their five-year friendship, they no longer have each other to lean on. When he becomes a UFL superstar, she hardly recognizes the man he used to be…
  21. Montana D-Force (Brotherhood Protectors Book 3) by Elle James
  22. Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
  23. Jaq With a Q (Kismet Book One) by Jettie Woodruff
  24. Flash of Fire (Firehawks) by M. L. Buchman
  25. Rival Forces: A K-9 Rescue Novel by D. D. Ayres
  26. Climax: (Her British Stepbrother Book 3) by Lauren Smith
  27. Spinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys) by Lexi Ryan <— FOOTBALL STAR/HIS BEST FRIEND’S GIRL ALERT. Ruh roh…  He’s been suspended from the team, and SHE is his best friend’s girl staying at his house… “…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.
  28. Traces of Guilt (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case) by Dee Henderson
  29. Justice for Laine (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 4) by Susan Stoker
  30. Wish Upon a Wedding (Cricket Creek) by LuAnn McLane
  31. Craving (Steel Brothers Saga Book 1) by Helen Hardt <— HER BEST FRIENDS RETICENT BROTHER ALERT! Ohhhh I like reticent book-men! “After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend’s ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn’t expect to be attracted to her friend’s reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off…”
  32. At Last: A Devlin Wedding (Devlin Security Force Book 4) by Susan Vaughan
  33. Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis
  34. The Office Slave #7: On His Knees by Opal Carew
  35. Dare to Take (Dare to Love Book 6) by Carly Phillips <— HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!!! And there’s a hurricane coming… “when her brother’s best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can’t resist. After all, she’s wanted him for years… Now, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her…”
  36. My Lucky Catch: (New Adult College Sports Romance) (University Park Series Book 6) by CM Doporto
  37. A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer) by Mary Alice Monroe
  38. My Lover’s Keeper by Kerri Zane
  39. Ultimate Surrender (The Surrender Series) by Jennifer Kacey
  40. The Wedding Agreement (A Strictly Business Novel) by Elizabeth Hayley <— FAKE ENGAGEMENT ALERT!…when her friend Alex gets into a bind with his ex over their daughter, Cass finds herself suddenly playing the part of Alex’s stable, child-loving fiancée—and liking it a lot more than she’d care to admit…
  41. You Found Me: The Complete Series by Eve Cates
  42. Haven by Dria Andersen
  43. Secret Obsession (romantic suspense) (Red Stone Security Series Book 12) by Katie Reus <— SEXY RUGGED COP & SHE HAS A STALKER ALERT! And it can be read as a standalone… “Someone wants Raegan—and if he can’t have her—nobody can. He’s waiting. He’s watching. He’s lurking. Ready to strike. He’ll make her his. He’ll take down anyone who gets in his way—even a cop…
  44. To Protect and Love: A Boxed Set of 9 Sexy Romances
  45. Monday (Timeless Series #1) by E. L. Todd <— ENTIRE SERIES RELEASED TODAY! Each book seems like a standalone, and each one corresponds to a day of the week. :D First one… unrequited love! “…when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something. But he doesn’t…”
  46. Wednesday (Timeless Series #3) by E. L. Todd
  47. Thursday (Timeless Series #4) by E. L. Todd
  48. Friday (Timeless Series #5) by E. L. Todd
  49. Saturday (Timeless Series #6) by E. L. Todd
  50. Blood & Rust (New York Crime Kings Book 1) by Skyla Madi <— SHE FOLLOWS A MOB GUY & GETS IN BIG TROUBLE ALERT!… ”I had no right following Jai into the abandoned industrial site, but I did, and that stupid mistake was all it took to rip me from my world of semi-normalcy and thrust me headfirst into the gritty criminal underground with Stone as my only ally. Aboveground, I’m a student nurse painfully dragging herself through an unfulfilling life, but down here, where men wear tattoos on their faces and kill without remorse, I’m a fraud living on borrowed time…
  51. On the Rocks (True North Book 3) by Rachelle Paige
  52. Bethany’s New Reality by Rachel John
  53. Unforeseen Secrets: Includes: Resurrected Secrets, Dispirited Heart, and Secrets Of A Shattered Heart by N. Nieto <— SERIES BUNDLED!
  54. Mandy and the Mayor (Upstate NY … where love is a little sweeter Book 3) by Jean C. Gordon
  55. The Daddy Quest (The Luchettis Book 2) by Lori Handeland <— SHE HAD A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH AN ALMOST-PRIEST ALERT! And she became pregnant… “Nicole lived a life no child ever should. Dumped as a baby, unwanted and unloved, she ended up in Vegas, working as a stripper. Then one night of love with a man bound for the priesthood set her on a new path… as a mother…”
  56. Secrets Dispelled (Diomhair Book 6) by Raven McAllan
  57. When First They Practice To Deceive (Secret Lives Series Book 3) by Carolyn LaRoche
  58. Strictly Yours (Hooded Pleasures) by Sheryl Nantus
  59. City of the Lost: A Thriller (Casey Duncan Novels) by Kelley Armstrong <— KELLEY ARMSTRONG ALERT! SOUNDS LIKE AN AWESOME THRILLER!! TWO WOMEN ON THE RUN TOGETHER and in hiding… “Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval…” but the town just might be even more dangerous…
                                                        

 

PRE-ORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Blood Instinct (Blackthorn Dark Paranormal Romance Series Book 6) by Lindsay J. Pryor  - May 5th 2016
  2. Jack & Coke (The Uncertain Saints Book 2) by Lani Lynn Vale - May 6th 2016
  3. Falling Under You: A Fixed Trilogy Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Laurelin Paige - May 10th 2016
  4. Make Me Feel by Beth Kery  - May 10th 2016
  5. Danger, Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson  - May 10th 2016
  6. His to Love: A Fireside Novel by Stacey Lynn - May 10th 2016
  7. Wrong Place, Right Time (The Bourbon Street Boys) by L.A. Casey - May 10th 2016
  8. Honor Me (Men of Inked Book 6) by Chelle Bliss - May 10th 2016
  9. Hetch (Men OF S.W.A.T Book 1) by River Savage - May 11th 2016
  10. Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G - May 12th 2016

     

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Monday starts the week off right with these awesome-sounding early birds. There’s one for each of our romance tastes. ;) From sexy sports stars, to sexy firemen, to creepy-thrillers, to a porn star, to a ghost, in love, I already have two of ‘em on my TBR list, since putting this list together. I can’t wait to see if they’re as good as they sound!

<— P.S. That one to the left? Burning up the Amazon charts right now!! HOT and steamy sounding, and with a title like that, I can just imagine… ;)

Pimmie likes the mouse-pointer. “Ooooh is that a bug I can eat?“ Follow us on Instagram? It’ll be fun, I promise. :P

Oh and did you see the pre-orders going live at midnight? *gasp* Okay tomorrow’s going to be a CRAZY list. Seriously. I was going to highlight a few of the authors up here, but they’re ALL huge, so… I’ll just let you see ‘em below. LOL!!! :P

JUST WENT LIVE!!!

  1. Mister O by Lauren Blakely  <— TEE HEE!! THAT TITLE SAYS A LOT ;) *blush* “I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver. BUT then I’m thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. The only problem? She’s my best friend’s sister, but she’s far too tempting to resist–especially when I learn that sweet, sexy Harper, has a dirty mind too and wants to put it to good use. What could possibly go wrong as I give the woman I’ve secretly wanted some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?
  2. Atticus by Leslie Fear <— SHE FEELS AN AMAZING PULL TO A GHOST ALERT! New girl in town is fascinated by a rumored “haunted house” and the ghost inside is fascinated with her… “…once I stepped through the window inside that house, I could feel the peace surrounding me. Hugging my body as if it had arms. Protecting me. Loving me. It was like the house knew what I craved and it felt too good to question any of it…” (my review)
  3. Waiting for Him (Waiting Series Book 3) by Dawn Stanton <— LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT! She has a fiancee and suddenly her ex is back… “My past and present are at war, pushing and pulling me in two different directions and sooner or later I’m going to break. How do I choose between the two men I love?”
  4. The Summer Games: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey <— OLYMPIC STARS! She’s a soccer player and he’s a swimmer… “…she’s forced into the path of Frederick Archibald, a decorated Olympic swimmer and owner of a sexy British accent—too bad he’s unavailable in a way that “it’s complicated” doesn’t even begin to explain. In other words: off limits.”
  5. Exrated by Stevie J. Cole <— SHE GETS A JOB WORKING ON A PORN SET (yikes!!) BUT!!!!!Although she anticipates being shocked her first few days on set, nothing could prepare her for the moment she’s asked to hold the reflector as her ex-boyfriend plows through a woman like a Kansas cornfield…” *snort* WHOA. This one could be interesting (angst-wise).
  6. Leveling The Field (Gamers) by Megan Erickson <— RECLUSIVE EX-GAMER “It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today…”
  7. To Seduce a SEAL (Sin City SEALs) by Sara Jane Stone
  8. Seducing the Fireman (Risky Business) by Jennifer Bonds
  9. Accidental Salvation by Colbie Carter <— HE’S OUT OF PRISON AND HUNTING HER… “Emmy Burke made a grave mistake ten years ago. A tragic accident took the life of a neighborhood child, and the young boy’s father beat her nearly to death in retaliation. Now, the boy’s father is out of prison, and Emmy’s worst fear is confirmed as she’s forced into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…”
  10. The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard <— PSYCH THRILLER ALERT! And it sounds right up my alley. ;) She moves to a beautiful house in a high-end neighborhood with her husband and teen daughter… “In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can’t be trusted. So when the gorgeous girl next door befriends Danielle, Liz can’t help but find sophisticated Kelsey’s interest in her shy and slightly nerdy daughter a bit suspicious…” Yikes!!!

         

PRE-ORDERS (Going live at midnight!!! :D )

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Atticus <— JUST WENT LIVE!
I do love a good ghost story, whether it be ghost-horror or ghost-romance! I’ve read a few ghost stories that were full terrifying (evil ravaging ghosts) or… ghost-loves-human-gone wrong (eeeeeep!!), or ghost-loves-human/love-conquers-all (despite the er… “physical” differences). And I’m into ALL of ‘em. I was anticipating that this one was going to tickle at least one of my ghost-fancies, for sure. ;)

But to tell you the truth, since I’m a romance addict, I’m a sucker for a true ghost-love story. Trying to overcome the obvious obstacles that a romance like that would face? SO FUN!! I mean, come on… did you see that gorgeous guy on the cover? Oh yes. I was SO in before I even started. Such promise of intensity.

So what’s it about?

Candice is the new girl, trying to balance her last year in high school with her alcoholic mother’s drunken rages.

It’s borderline torture living with a mother who doesn’t remotely act like one. Lately, everything sets her off and her red-hot temper is getting worse.

Having spent her life moving from one school to the next, her goal is to stay low key (even with the bruises on her face). Despite her attempts to remain under the radar, she attracts the attention of one of the popular boys in school.

I wish I were like other, normal girls, excited to have the attention of an attractive guy. But I simply can’t have him right now—not when my life is sh!t. My head won’t allow it even though my heart doesn’t understand. I’ve never had roots and I sure as hell don’t think we’ll stick around here long enough for them to grow.

She hesitates, but they soon become friends. However she also finds herself attracted to a house. One that is rumored to be haunted, but she can’t help herself. Because when she’s inside of it, she feels calm. Safe. Almost happy and at peace.

…a sense of warmth touches my face. I turn in the direction it came from, quickly realizing it’s only the sun’s rays breaking through a cracked piece of wood above the broken window. But it’s more than that. It’s beyond soothing, as if the stress from the past twenty-four hours is being sucked out of my body. It feels amazing.

And she keeps going back,

I have a yearning in my gut to go back. It’s like an invisible rope is physically pulling on my heartstrings and on every bone and muscle and cell in my body, and I have to go.

Now.

…finally encountering exactly what it is that keeps calling her back.

The house needs me and I don’t have a choice but to do what it wants.

His name is Atticus. And he is smitten with her.

I’ll let you discover the rest. ;)

It’s YA, and while the characters are 18, it still has an overall teen “feel” to it. From the character’s inexperience and tentative interactions, the quick-crush to the internal dialogue (very teen). Even though there were some darker subject matters that I could appreciate, the writing style and story-progression had a light quality to it. Maybe a little too light, for this angst-loving reader.

I didn’t find myself becoming invested with the potential romance angle, because the story unfolded (love story, scary parts, extra characters and all) too quickly. Sure, everything had a part to round-out the story, but not enough information or time spent on much of it, for the reader to become enraptured with it. Not in-depth enough to keep me guessing, to keep me scared and on the edge of my seat, or to have me swooning. In fact, so much of the potential intrigue was too easily “given-away” to the reader.

And that’s my biggest issue. While it had a fairly strong start, with a variety of strife and sweetness and personal history, the rate at which it progressed, and how quickly it all wrapped up (at least part 1 of it) kept me from truly feeling it. Sure, good things, bad things, sad things and scary things happened. It had all sorts of things going on. But something about the characters kept me from living it, with them.

In fact, the writing style, while very “clean” (somewhat safe, despite some of the darker elements) gave me the impression of being written for a younger teen audience. Had a feel of “The House” (another YA haunted house ghost story that I enjoyed recently) mixed with a touch of “made for TV Disney” movie. Don’t get me wrong. I actually LOVE those movies, and this story would be PERFECT for a Disney Halloween movie (with the mean girls, the concerned teachers, the sweet romance, the “message” and all!)

But I need more. I need history, I need intrigue, I need angst, I need emotion, I need penetrating internal dialogue, I need her to “go there”. Take risks, and delve in deep. I want the author to keep me guessing. Maybe even trick me, and take my breath away. Turn a ghost-love story (or ghost-scary story) into an unforgettable one.

That said… this one did end on sort of a cliffhanger, so it’s obvious there’s more to come. Who knows what’s in store. ;)

3 stars

P.S. Thank you to the author for sending me this review copy!

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New release in this series!! It can be read as a standalone, but the author recommends reading the first two books before it. I absolutely loved another book this author wrote a few years ago (called Room 212, which she indicates also “compliments” this series). VERY COOL!!

Christine: Love this series!

Stacy:  This is my favorite book of 2016!! Absolutely amazing!

Pia: I read Room 212 some time ago, and it is still one of my favorites. Kate Stewarts other book – Never Me – is just as good.

About book #1:

Dallas

He was the beginning of my heart . . . and the end of it. I was only fifteen years old when he claimed it and twenty when he took it with him.
They say what is meant to be will find a way. But when you have changed to the point of no return, how can anything ever be the same?

Seven years later, Dean Martin waltzed back into my life in hopes of resuming what I had fought so hard to forget, but he was in for a wake-up call. I was no longer the naïve woman he had left . . . and I was no longer his. I met the love of my life and my soul mate when I was fifteen. I knew that; he knew that. He wanted that girl back. I wanted to forget she ever existed.

Dean

What I thought was my pre-destined path was very much an illusion. Living seven years with regret, I realized too late that I was broken, and that I only had myself to blame. I thought love could wait . . . but it didn’t.

We’d had it all those years ago, and then I foolishly left it behind. She was all that mattered. She was all there ever was. There was no life without Dallas, no reason . . . except her. No matter how hard she tried to convince me, I knew I had to once again make her mine, to make her remember . . . the fall.

    

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