Black Swan Affair
I had been seeing early excitement over the release of this book, and when I finally looked it up and read the synopsis, I was THRILLED! It gave me and ultimate “blurb-jolt”. Promising pure intense marital (and family!!) drama. OMG that blurb says it all! Plus a potential love triangle to end all love triangles. That, coupled with the reader reactions and skimming LIGHTLY over reviews (I’m always afraid of spoilers), and I knew that I had to read it right away!

Maryse: OH YESSSSSSS!!! JUST WENT LIVE & I ONE-CLICKED IT SO HARD!!!!! This is that crazy sounding one that I posted about a few days ago. So you can bet this is what I’m reading now!!!

“He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.
So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.
I got my revenge.
I married his brother, Kael.
Now we’re one big happy f*cking family.”

Sarah: I just finished and it was excellent. Actually left me speechless

Amy: Black Swan Affair? If the prologue and first chapter are any indication, this one is gonna be all kinds of tummy-twisting fun. :D

Cristina: I’m about 53% into Black Swan Affair and loving it!! But I’m biting my nails wondering how this is going to end? Right now, this story has the potential to be predictable or completely mind-blowing!! I’m wondering where the author is going to take this story?! Oh the angst and anxiety!! I’d be done with it by now if my stinking job would quit getting in the way!!

Jean: Black Swan Affair! Finished it last night and freaking loved it!

marina: Just finished Black Swan Affair. Loved it. Definitely hard to put down.

Cheryl: Just had to comment about Black Swan Affair. I loved it, such a good story; Not the typical “cookie-cutter” story. Wasn’t sure where it was going and had some twists I didn’t see coming and I was on the edge of my angst-ridden seat waiting for what the h was going to decide.

This was TOTALLY what I was in the mood for.

The writing was awesome, the concept, exciting! I mean come on… you’ve been in love with the person you believed to be the love of your life, ALL of your life, and expect to marry him, and then… he marries your sister instead?!!! *gasp*!!!!! eek WHAT?!!! mad

I begged him to choose me. Love me. Marry me.

But he butchered me, marrying her instead.

So as revenge you marry your best friend… which just so happens to be HIS brother. GAH!!!!! I was so excited at where this was going to go! I was imagining all sorts of delightfully crazy stuff.

I will marry a man I genuinely respect the hell out of and love… but just as my very best friend.

Who does that?

A destructive, selfish bitch. That’s who.

Though, in the grand scheme of things, I was expecting even more drama, more jaw-dropping moments, and more angst than what I personally experienced, in this one.

Amy: Yep, Black Swan Affair is as fun as I thought it would be!! It doesn’t have the level of angst I was hoping for, but there is enough tummy twisting and emotional turmoil to keep me coming back to it. Obviously, because I’m already at 70% and started it less than 24 hours ago. ;)

Maryse: And I too, am enjoying Black Swan Affair so far… :D

In fact, there were a few details from the “past” that seemed to be foreshadowing an upcoming, possibly clever revelation (for me, anyway) that never came to fruition at all. That’s okay. Apparently I was inventing my own story and “reveal” as I was journeying with these characters. LOL! ;) I dunno. It was good, no doubt! And plenty emotional (in sweet and sad ways)…

I don’t get it. I don’t understand how we got here… to this very moment. I don’t know where the wheels fell off, changing our course or why he won’t just admit he made a mistake marrying someone who treats him like a worthless pile of sh!t.

Killian Shepard loves me.

but I suppose what I was envisioning in my head, was more ostentatious behavior, backstabbing, affairs, secrets and a maybe a twist to blow my mind!

Though I should be running as far away as possible, I can’t seem to do anything but run in the direction of the one man I’ve loved my entire life: his brother.

The only man I truly want even though he betrayed me in the worst possible way.

Oh… don’t get me wrong. There was a secret alright. A BIG one.

But I feel as if this journey was more gentle on me than I was anticipating, and therefore, by the time the reveal came along, it didn’t have that much of an impact. Also, I just had my doubts, overall, because the twist was so “out there” that… it felt a little thin, in the long run.

It could also be the timeline thing. While the writing was great, and wonderfully detailed enough to make these characters come to life, I struggled with the frequent timeline, and POV switches.

It went from present to past, chapter by chapter, but when it would go in the “past” it could be years ago, or it could be months ago, or it could be weeks ago, and back again, in no particular order. So having to concentrate at the beginning of each chapter on “who’s head we were in” along with what timeframe we were in, was a bit of work. Let alone, if you put the book down for a few hours (or for the night), in the middle of a chapter, picking it back up could get confusing for a few pages, while you worked “where you were” again, in the story.

And I think it was because of that, that I had been putting it down easily without the urgent need to pick it back up.


Well… not really. ;)

BUT!!! This is a quick general analysis by Amy and I regarding our “issues” with the story, so for those wanting to go in blind, SKIP THIS QUOTE BELOW. LOOK AWAY. It’s not a spoiler but it does give some insight (maybe too much, for some readers) as to how we experienced this one:

Amy: Black Swan Affair wasn’t all that I hoped it would be…3.5 stars for me. Maybe I was just misled by the title and blurb. Instead of being a love triangle, it was more a story of her trying to move on. So much focus was put on Kael and her trying to fall for him after she married him, and Killian was continually framed as being the a$$hole who married her sister (but still wouldn’t let Maverick go), so I never really fell for Killian and never really had that torn feeling. BUT! It was a fun ride, and I would recommend it for people who only like to dip their toes in the angsty pool. ;)

Maryse: Amy… I am right there with you on Black Swan Affair. It’s been good, but slow going and kind of drama-free considering it was gonna be all out drama-y (sounding). Still, the writing is REALLY good, so I knew I’d finish it absolutely just to see if something crazy happens. I’m in the last 20% and poop is hitting the fan right now. But up until then, I’ve been able to put it down.

That said, it was the very real-feel of the main character, and the range of emotions they were experiencing, that kept me connected, and wanting to know more. Why? What happened? What would happen? I was absolutely going to find out (and I was highlighting my heart out, through it!) So much heartfelt detail, in this story… just a different “feel” than what I was expecting.

“I’m just not sure how to fix this mess I’ve made.” My eyes sting. I blink the feeling away. If I let one tear go, a whole waterfall will gush. It might not stop.

“Maybe it doesn’t need fixing at all, Mavricky,” she replies just as softly. “Maybe it just needs nurturing.”

If only it were that easy.

Good read, great writing, and an intriguing premise to explore with enough depth to have us connecting and sympathizing with (or maybe even falling for) certain characters,

When we’re alone, just the two of us, we can almost pretend that we both entered into this marriage with honorable intentions, when we both know we didn’t. I wanted someone else. He wanted me, regardless.

…while keeping us guessing as to where this love triangle would actually go. I think I’m happy with where it ended. I’m still mulling it over. ;)

3.75 stars <— In fact, I keep fluctuating between 3.5 stars (due to the fact I kept putting it down, my complaint with the timeline/POV structure, and the lack of “angsty-oomph” level that I was anticipating) and 4 stars (because I loved the writing, the premise, and the heroine’s voice, PLUS I highlighted SO much of this book, so I was into it)… *sigh* I may come back to this rating in a few days.


YAY!! This is Leslie’s first “Reader Favorites” list submission. She’s been here since 2011, but has just started chatting regularly with us. (YAY Leslie!!! :D ).

In fact, she officially joined us when she was asking for book recommendations just like what were finding on THESE “low-angst” lists!

“Ok, coming out of lurking as I need your help. WHAT TO READ?!?! Looking for something swoony & fun.

Doesn’t have to be comedy, just nothing depressing or overly emotional (Def NO death books/tearjerkers like some of you like. Hee hee).”

Here’s a bit about Leslie and her book love (and yes… you’ll see that some of her favorites are super-angsty, but this list won’t reflect that, so much, since it’s her “low-angst” recommendations on this one):

She says:

“I’m petrified of the heartbreaking reads but I actually like cheating *gasp* books! I’m totally weird as I know most of you loathe the cheating books to the fiery pits of hell.”

“I LOVE love triangles!!”

“I absolutely adore audiobooks but of course my enjoyment is contingent on the narrator voice. I find I get annoyed when male narrator tries to do female voice. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. Seems like most female narrators can get the male voice ok though. Weird! I do love it when male voice is sexy and good accent! *Swoon*”

Sometimes she will… “Only read first book in series cause I hear I won’t like ending in others). This way I can make up my own ending that I am happy with!! Hee hee

She’s a HUGE Twilight fan!!! :D !!! She says: “NOONE on entire planet is bigger Twilight fan than me…

GASP!!! Sometimes she’s a spoiler-seeker!

“…sometimes my book disappointment is more about my mood when reading it, rather than actual book. I do much better when I know what to expect. (Which is why I read spoilers sometimes)…”

One of her ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOKS (and book boyfriends):

“I FREAKING LOVE KELLAN KYLE!!!!! Sorry…just having a little Thoughtless nostalgia.


…let’s just get one thing straight…there is NOT and will NEVER be anything written now or until the end of the time as good Thoughtless. *winks*” and then… “I’m not sure I could take Thoughtless again. I’m so lame that I started crying other day when I accidentally clicked on “my quotes” on GR. I can’t even read QUOTES from Thoughtless without crying!!!!”

And now she has tons of recommendations for us! ;)

Fabi: Leslie, oh Leslie *calling out happily* where’s your list?

Leslie: Of course I can make a list. I only like books with a HEA and I don’t like death of main character.  *scurries off to start list making*

Leslie: Ok, so this list is going to take longer than I thought. I went through all my shelves and have written 3 pages of notes!! Got to get it all organized & typed up. :) Maryse, my list is coming. It’s very long…not sure if there is character limit on this. If I blow up your blog, I’m apologizing in advance. ;)


“Ok, so I have been an avid contemporary romance reader for last 6 years. Here are some faves of mine…they vary in angst level but they will not rip your heart out and HEA is guaranteed!!

…my list isn’t all low angst. It’s just not rip your heart out, people dying, kind of reads…”

Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1) by Tara Sivec <— (funniest thing I have ever read)
RoomHate by Penelope Ward
Wrong by Jana Aston
Bad Romeo (The Starcrossed Series Book 1)/Broken Juliet (The Starcrossed Series) by Leisa Rayven <— (major swoon)
Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland <— “I LOVED Cocky Bastard”
The Fall Up by Aly Martinez
Good (Too Good series Book 1)/Better (Too Good series Book 2) by S. Walden <— (hot for teacher)
Racing the Sun: A Novel by Karina Halle

“LOVED IT! 4.5**** It was perfect slow burn, low angst (which usually bore me) story with hot, broody & grumpy Italian H. Even his name made me swoon. Signor Desiderio Larossa aka Derio.”

Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 1) by Max Monroe

“…loved it. Great funny story and highly recommend for a laugh. … Funny & swoony.”

Hollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans <— (celeb)
Strings (Hard Rock Harlots Book 1) by Kendall Grey
Seducing Cinderella (A Fighting for Love Novel Book 1) by Gina L. Maxwell <— (MMA fighter)
The Troublemaker Next Door (The McCauley Brothers Book 1) by Marie Harte
How to Handle a Heartbreaker (The McCauley Brothers Book 2) by Marie Harte
To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise <— (celeb)

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

“Ok, those who haven’t read Stepbrother Dearest…READ IT NOW PEOPLE!!! I almost never 5* anything and I loved this one. It wasn’t what I was expecting in a good way. I don’t want to say too much & spoil….but it’s not a cheesey, trashy, clichéd stepbro story (I think cover & blurb are misleading). It’s a swoony, emotional, grown up romance. Only the beginning of story is when they are teens. This is my kind of love story!!!”

What I Did for Love: A Novel (Wynette, Texas Book 5) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover <— (love triangle)
Back to You by Priscilla Glenn
Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, Book 1) by Claudia Connor
My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
Bender (The Core Four Book 1) by Stacy Borel
True Love Story by Willow Aster (rock star) <— sidenote from Maryse (I LOVED this one, but I found it pretty angsty…)
Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters
Escorted by Claire Kent <— (male escort)
Love Left Behind by S.H. Kolee

San Francisco Sullivans series by Bella Andre

I have a thing with “sib” books and this is huge family with each sib getting their own romance story.

Chase Brothers Series by Lauren Dane <— (sib series set in small town w/a nosey but adorable mom)
Brown Family Series by Lauren Dane <— (hot sib series)

Julie James:

Victoria Dahl:

Toni Blake:

“One of my fave CRs (One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake) the H calls the H “pussycat” (stop rolling your eyes everyone!!) but it works in the context. … it all depends on the H. If he’s likeable and super swoony he can get away with pretty much anything”

Jill Shalvis:

Robyn Carr: Virgin River Series

“I have read up to #15 and loved them all. This is small town series with each book highlighting different couple. However, old couples make reappearances and I highly recommend to read in order.”

Susan Mallery: Buchanan Family Series <— Sib series with 2nd chance romance, hot marine, hot baseball player and lots of family drama.

Susan Donovan:

Susan Andersen:

Rachel Gibson: Chinooks Hockey Series <— (hot hockey players)



<— STUDENT TEACHER ALERT!! Oh this series sounds like SO much forbidden fun, and every single book in it is super-bargain priced today! The first three need to be read in order, but the one that was just released can be read as a standalone. :D

About book #1:

I knew it was bad. But I craved more.

It had begun innocently enough, bumping into one another in a crowded Boston bar. What followed that night had been anything but innocent.

Because I’d known, even as he’d slid inside of me, that he was my professor. I’d pursued him, a predator stalking its prey.

And he didn’t know I was his student.

But he would.



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<— PENELOPE DOUGLAS JUST WENT LIVE ALERT!!! Punk 57 is ready, and our fellow book-buddy, Grey, LOVED it!

Grey: This book took my feels for the Fall Away series, Corrupt and Misconduct threw them in the Kitchen-Aid and turned that sucker on. You’re going to read a million reviews of what this story is about, plus I’m not a spoiler queen, so I’m not going to waste your time recapping the story for you. Read the book! I’m just going to tell you that Penelope Douglas doesn’t pull any punches…

Kelly: Yee-Haw! I F-LOVE her books.

Gaaaaahhhh!!! That blurb was like a sucker-punch!! I LOVE IT!

Look what else we found! (NOTE: some are 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!):

  • Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas <— OKAY so of course I’ll start out this list with this one, ’cause OH MY IT SOUNDS LIKE IT WILL BE DELIGHTFULLY INFURIATING & ANGSTY!!! They were pen pals for years but when he finally saw her, he hated her?!! YIKES!!! “Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am. We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it? Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances? F*ck it. I need to meet her. I just don’t expect to hate what I find.” <—- eek EEEEEEP!!!! (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Dragons Need Love, Too (I Like Big Dragons Series Book 2) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LIVE!! SHE WAS RAISED IN A COMMUNE & HE LITERALLY SWOOPS IN AND CLAIMS HER AS HIS MATE ALERT!! “Brooklyn just wants to be free to make her own decisions and live her life as she pleases. But in her quest to save herself from the limitations of her old commune life, she lands herself in a dangerous situation, and Nikolai swoops in to her rescue, throwing her on the back of his dragon and flying off into the night. He’s a man-with-a-plan kind of guy, and she’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants (not on the back of a dragon!) kind of girl...” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Marry Me Mad: The Rousseaus #2 (The Blueberry Lane Series Book 13) by Katy Regnery <— THE “NICE” TWIN GOES A LITTLE WILD and he has to save her (by the way, HE’S HER TWIN’S EX!!) “…an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.” (p.s. it can be read as a standalone!) (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Addicted (Tempting Book 4) by Alex Lucian <— JUST WENT LIVE!!! SHE’S AN ESCORT ALERT!!! “Elias was dark and tempting. Unmatched in intensity and passion compared to my other clients. He handed me cash in exchange for my touch, and he dug himself into my heart instead. Money changes things, firms up the lines of a relationship. But when it becomes an addiction—an all-consuming, life-changing addiction—the lines are completely obliterated.” (p.s. it’s super-bargain priced today and CAN be read as a standalone!) (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Closer to You (Grindstone Harbor Book 1) by Cat Mason <— LIVE! SHE’S A ROCKSTAR LOOKING TO GET AWAY & SHE WALKS INTO HIS BAR ALERT! It’s listed as a romantic comedy, too. I LOVE FUNNY! “The last thing he expected was for a woman to come into town and rock his world, but his beautiful new neighbor has a way of leaving him tongue tied and tripping over himself every time he gets near her. Bristol knows her time in Grindstone Harbor is only temporary. The recording studio calls and so does the stage...” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • The Reason for Me by Prescott Lane <— LIVE!!! THEY’RE NEIGHBORS… ;) ”Annalyse and I have both lived in our own personal hells for half a decade. She’s learned to love the warmth, and I’m still consumed. But my new neighbor is stoking more than my libido these days. We agreed on only pleasure. But she changed the rules. And now I’m not even sure what they are…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • The Girl Across the Hall by Thayer King <— LIVE!!! HE’S A PLAYER BUT HE’S INTO HIS SHY NEIGHBOR… “Lately, he’s become obsessed with the shy beauty across the hall. He knows she’s not his usual type, but it can’t hurt to ask….” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Dare (In Safe Hands Book 2) by S.M. Shade <— LIVE!!! HE’S A PLAYER BUT HE’S INTO HIS SHY NEIGHBOR… Yep… another one. ;) I love the sounds of these! LOL! And it can be read as a standalone. “Ayda is a good girl who keeps to herself, and I have no business pursuing her, but I’m not a man known for doing the right thing. I’m an ex-con. I’m a criminal. And I want her.” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Garrett (Bachelors of the Ridge Book 2) by Karla Sorensen <— LIVE!!! THEY HATE EACH OTHER ALERT! “Garrett and Aurora are pushed into a situation neither of them want to be in— forced to work together for twelve months or risk losing everything. Twelve months where they can’t kill each other. Twelve long months, and only one of them will be left standing at the end. And in the process of surviving it—and each other—they’ll discover that there’s a very fine line between love and hate…” (it can be read as a standalone!) (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Butterfly by Rebecca Sherwin <— LIVE!!! DARK ROMANCE ALERT! Intriguing blurb… I’m curious about this one! (here it is on Amazon UK)
Will he save me from his hell,
Or remind me just how hard I fell?
I once was Erin, fierce and strong.
Now this pitch black world is where I belong.
I’ve waved the girl I was goodbye.
Now I am his Butterfly…
  • Saints of Sin: MC Bad Boy Biker Romance by Eve Carter <— LIVE! BIKER BOOK ALERT (love triangle?) and it can be read as a standalone… “When newly graduated FBI agent, Jen Goodwin, goes home for her sister’s funeral, it’s only supposed to be a short trip. But two men from her past intervene with destiny. Brad Blackwell, ex-boyfriend and now a sheriff’s deputy, and Raz Ramsey, member of Saints of Sin, an outlaw biker club.” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Halloween Treats by Alexa Riley <— LIVE!! TRICK OR TREAT!!! I have a feeling that it’s ALL TREAT. ;) A NEW ALEXA RILEY JUST WENT LIVE (and of course, super-bargain priced right now!) ”It’s Halloween and we’re bundling our wickedly dirty books together just for you! And BONUS… We’re including a brand new shorty to get you in the spirit!” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Fault (Define Book 3) by Nicola Hudson <— LIVE!!! SHE’S ABOUT TO BE HOMELESS… “When Noah offers Grace a place to stay, it is an act of generosity that she has little choice but to accept. As they spend time together, their feelings grow beyond friendship and they become increasingly important parts of each other’s lives. But it’s not just their lives they have to think about and the challenges they face threaten to overwhelm their relationship…” (it’s super-bargain priced today AND it can be read as a standalone!) (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens <— ANGSTIEST MOST EXCITING LOVE TRIANGLE EVER ALERT! ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER IS SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED TODAY!!!! Thoughtless on Amazon  LOL!!! Look at that old cover… yeah the cover has changed so much since then, but not my love for this book! IT BLEW MY MIND!!!!!!!!! BROKE MY HEART & GAVE ME MULTIPLE PANIC ATTACKS!!! My review! (here it is on Amazon UK)

Kathy: One of the first books I read on kindle.

Maryse: Me too!!! Actually I don’t even know if I had the Kindle app back then, but def. one of the first books I ever read in “indie” format

Traci: One of my top favorites too

Lela: Loved that series. Must read with wine ;-)

Robin: Of course it is! Just after I bought the paper back because it was practically the same price for the ebook.

Teri: That is one of the best books ever. My first taste of contemporary romance angst! And like you all one of the first I read on kindle. But I still have the paperback of Beautiful Disaster.

Cait: God such an epic book loved it! Always fancied a drink in Petes

  • Traded by Rebecca Brooke <— *GASP*!!! This husband sounds infuriating! And it’s super-bargain priced today! “When you’re done with me, you can walk away with no regrets. That’s how my husband sees me. I try to be the best wife possible for him. After all, he took me on when no one else would. Now–he’s in debt and owes more money to the loan shark than we can possibly repay. But, don’t worry, he’s come up with a solution, it’s just not one I was expecting. …I’ve been TRADED.” (here it is on Amazon UK)
Lauren: Traded is AWESOME! I read it last spring & it’s on my re-read list.

Di-Ann: Just finished WIN SOME, LOSE SOME. Very sweet and easy read. I love Shay’s dark side but I really enjoyed her bright side!

Amy: Man, this one is messing with me. *shakes head*

Jean: Amy! I’m squeeing over your book. I loved 3, 2, 1…..such a unique storyline! I’ll be curious to see how you like it.

Amy: Damn…Three Two One was good but I need a shot of Jager now.

Fabi: LOL Amy, glad you liked 321. It was kind of ‘out there’.

Amy: Fabi…I DID really like it! You’re right, it’s definitely “out there” but it was fun to get pushed outside of my comfort zone. ;) Yep Nay, it’s a menage book…I pretty much knew that going in, but HOLY MOLY! I didn’t expect it to go THERE!! *snort*

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon <— OMG OMG THIS SOUNDS AWESOME SO I JUST ONE-CLICKED IT!!!!! SHE CAN’T LEAVE THE HOUSE & HE MOVES IN NEXT DOOR ALERT!!! “My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly…” AND!!!!! bev recommends THIS one!!! (here it is on Amazon UK)

bev: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon… Seriously good price and a really good read.

Arwen: Loved this one…a bit of a twist late in the story, very well done! Loved the characters. Hope you enjoy!

Alissa: Loved this book! Such an emotional ride

  • Hausfrau: A Novel by Jill Alexander Essbaum <— PSYCHOLOGICALLY DISTURBING?!! YAY ME!!!! And now it’s official. BOTH R and Amy LOVE this book, so I’m reading it next. I’m in the mood for crazy! (here it is on Amazon UK)

R: I finished Hausfrau. Going to throw myself in front of a train now. Or shoot tequila. My options are endless.

Amy: R…do you see why I ended up holding my head and walking around in circles for, like, five minutes after I finished it?!? It was late at night and I was all, “how the %&$# am I supposed to sleep after THAT??” I’m so glad you loved it! :D

R: Hausfrau Maryse. Read it. I loved it an hour ago, but Amy just pointed something out and now I LOVE it. And I’m seriously disturbed. Taking Manny and none of you can stop me.

Amy: MARYSE!!!!!! *points to R’s comment about Hausfrau* *raises eyebrows* I think we need to hold off on the Marmy list until after you read Hausfrau…just in case you react the same way I did (and R did). ‘Cause if you do, it will need a spot on that list!! :D

R: I’m having a Hausfrau bookhangover something fierce. Thanks for that Amy.

Maryse: I LOVE me a book hangover, R… definitely moving it up my TBR, and I’m officially on it. Maybe even next since I already one clicked it months ago… I’m on it Amy!! This time I promise!!!! :D

  • Between Here and the Horizon by Callie Hart <— THE BLURB DOES NOT PREPARE YOU FOR WHAT HAPPENS?!! *gasp* Oh, I love the sound of that, and DG is enjoying it as we speak!! (here it is on Amazon UK)
DG: Just got to say that I started Between Here and the Horizon…OMG!!! Couple chapters in and I was like …WTF! Definitely good…definitely not what I was expecting…I mean the blurb does not prepare you for what happens several chapters in! CRAZY different! But I am ALL IN!
  • Written in the Stars by by Aisha Saeed <— ARRANGED MARRIAGE/EMOTIONALLY TORTUROUS ALERT! My book-bud bev is being emotionally tortured over this one!!!

bev: You guys I’m a coward… I’m in the last 20 minutes of it and I’m stuck. I’m afraid to read on. I actually feel anxiety, lol. I kind of want to just read the end and kind of don’t want to know at all. I didn’t think it would hit me this much,I mean I’d feel empathy of course for any in this situation, but sort of a slow start and didn’t realize I had connected so with the heroine.

bev: I’m stuck.

Grey: Awww bev. *hug* *I* might be scared of that book… Never read it.

Maryse: Ooooh bev!!! *runs to see what the book is about* Oh nooooooo!!!! WOW… I can’t even IMAGINE being in that situation. Heart wrenching.

Ela: That is some freaky stuff right there bev… poor thing!

R: Dang Everything, Everything looks good! But bev sold me with: “I’m in the last 20 minutes of it and I’m stuck. I’m afraid to read on. I actually feel anxiety, lol. I kind of want to just read the end and kind of don’t want to know at all.” Don’t even need to look up the book.” Sorry that you’re all twisty bev, but this sounds super awesome-y. Take comfort that your pain is my gain ;)

Jean: “Your pain is my gain”…….blahahaha, that was hysterical R and I thought the same thing! (Sorry bev)

Theresa: Who knew farmers could be soooooo SEXY!!!!! I just finished Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen and it was a fun, sexy, feel good book that left me looking forward to the next release! The only warning I shall put out there is do NOT read this book if you are hungry because the home cooking was making my mouth water…so not fair to those of us that are not the best cooks in the world…reminded me of KA books! If you are looking for a sweet and at times sassy read then this one is for you…Enjoy!

“Holy Heckballs! Finished Away from the Dark (book 2 of Into the Light) last night, and I’m still processing it. What an amazing little duet series that was.”
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PREORDERS (next few days & next week’s!!! :D )

  1. The Fall by T Gephart - October 23rd 2016
  2. A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey - October 24th 2016
  3. Credo (Scars of the Wraiths Book 3) by Nashoda Rose - October 24th 2016
  4. Kept (The Enforcers series) by Maya Banks - October 25th 2016
  5. Tricked: A Dark Protectors Novella by Rebecca Zanetti - October 25th 2016
  6. Origins (New Earth Book 2) by Tigris Eden - October 25th 2016
  7. Leopard’s Fury (A Leopard Novel) by Christine Feehan - October 25th 2016
  8. Scoring the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 3) by Max Monroe - October 25th 2016
  9. The Whistler by John Grisham - October 25th 2016
  10. From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon - October 25th 2016
  11. Submission is Not Enough (Masters and Mercenaries Book 12) by Lexi Blake - October 25th 2016
  12. The Bound (Ascension Book 2) by K.A. Linde  - October 25th 2016
  13. Beneath These Shadows by Meghan March - October 25th 2016
  14. Pull Me Close: The Panic Series by Sidney Halston - October 25th 2016
  15. Big Package by Opal Carew - October 25th 2016
  16. The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys Book 2) by Jessica Lemmon - October 25th 2016
  17. Boondocks by Casey Peeler - October 25th 2016
  18. Edges by C.G. Carroll - October 25th 2016
  19. Pull Me Close: The Panic Series by Sidney Halston - October 25th 2016

Rachel: Rachel: “Maryse I was recommended PULL ME CLOSE by Sidney halston via Goodreads. They’ve been harping on it so much I ended up getting a copy from Netgalley. Now I see what all the fuss is about! MARYSE, it is soooo damn good. Maybe the author will give you an arc or something. Listen to this…she had a tragic event something you are NOT expecting and has been a recluse for years because of it. She ends up meeting a guy who owns a nightclub. But she can’t go see him because she can’t leave her house beacaue she’s agoraphobic! Gahhh. So good.”

Jean: Oh, oh, oh……Pull Me Close! Already read an ARC and absolutely LOVED IT!!!! Highly recommend!

Mia: First time poster, long time follower. hahah. But I felt compelled to write. Earlier this week you posted a pre-order that I’ve had sitting on my Kindle for weeks from Netgalley and finally had the courage to read it. It’s called Pull Me Close. I don’t like books with damaged h’s because they make me cry and I hate to cry. Give me a Rom Com anytime of the week, please. Anyway. Christ on a cracker! It was the best book I’ve read this year. I swear, I was reading about myself most of the time. The h has social anxiety and hasn’t left her house but the events are based on like…current things. It’s one of those books you shouldn’t know too much about before going into it. So don’t say anything if you read it! Anyway, it was gooood. now I have a book hangover and am going to grab my usual Rom Com (A little Penny Reid for me). *sniffle sniffle*

Amy: Hi Mia!!! *big welcome hug* Don’t be a stranger around here. :D And thanks for the heads up on Pull Me Close…whenever I hear we shouldn’t know too much before going into a book, it’s like catnip for me.

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Fun romance comedy series and it just had a book release, and ANOTHER one coming in just a few days!

Jeanie: Loved Ready To Fall by Daisy Prescott! Sexy lumberjack! That. Is. All!  :) .

Lisa: Im reading Daisy Prescott – Anything But Love now and loving it. Now her writing style I really enjoy. And love that she does only male POV so her books have that Tangled feel of being in Drew’s clueless man-brain! …The previous book in this series Confessions of A Reformed Tom Cat was awesome (think I put on my favorite books list actually). If you love Penny Reid’s style of writing you’ll love these.

About book #1:

Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement when it comes to John Day. With rugged good looks, his ever present plaid shirt, and a dog named Babe, John is a modern alpha male lumberjack.

After his favorite neighbor rents out her beach cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars.

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he go back to his old, flirty ways?

Hold onto your heart as John Day tells his story in this male POV contemporary adult romance/romantic comedy.



Carla is looking for a “dark” book, and I THINK I know which one she’s looking for. I remember looking at this a few weeks back. It’s a psych-thriller and it sounds SO good!!

She asks:

“I am trying to find a book I read about on here.

It is The Hand that Feeds You but I can’t remember who the author is. It is a dark read.

If anyone could help, I would very much appreciate it.”

Is it this one, Carla?

The Hand That Feeds You: A Novel by A.J. Rich <— PSYCH THRILLER ALERT! SHE COMES HOME TO FIND HER FIANCEE MAULED TO DEATH… and finds out he HAS LIED TO HER ABOUT EVERYTHING... and he has other fiancees, too. This one is on sale right now and has tons of amazing accolades from big magazines.

She returns from class one day to find Bennett brutally mauled to death, and her beloved dogs covered in blood. When Morgan tries to locate Bennett’s parents to tell them about their son’s hideous death, she discovers that everything he has told her—where he was born, where he lives in Montreal, where he works—was a lie. He is not the man he said he was, and he had several fiancées, all believing the same promises he gave Morgan. And then, one by one, these other women are murdered…

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J.D. Robb (“In Death” series) addicts, this one’s for you! It looks like one of our fellow readers may have missed a short story along the way, and she’s a bit confused as to which one it was (so she can catch up).

She asks:

I started Thankless, and realized that Roarke mentions Nexie(?), a girl Eve had helped when her parents were killed.

It made me think I had missed something in Calculated, but that wasn’t it. Then I figured that I needed to read Chaos, since that was the oldest short story I had not read. Come to find out , Chaos was way before Calculated, and now I have to work on Thankless to figure out where I dropped the story ball, as it were.

I hate losing out on the story line. Can anyone give me some directions here?

Anyone know which one she’s looking for?

Debbie: Nexie is introduced in Survivor In Death (In Death, Book 20).


<— BIKER BOOK SERIES ALERT written by a real life “old lady” (her husband is in an MC)!!! And the entire series is super-bargain priced right now!! Book #1 has a dark, gritty feel, and book #2, I’m hearing, is FUNNY (and each can be read as a standalone). In fact #2 is a VERY recent release and some of our fellow readers are LOVING IT!

Adele: I love Kim’s books, almost didn’t get this one because of the title and the blurb. Her sleeping around to get revenge, just ewww, not my thing! But it’s Kim, so I one-clicked and it’s NOT at all what the title makes it out to be. It was perfect and funny and gave me feels! Highly recommended. Trust me!!!

DG: Patchwhore…is just HILIARIOUS. I love a good “revenge” book. Especially when the ex gets all JERKY…throw in some bikers…some hot and some not…yeah, fun read!…”

Jean: DG, I was wondering about Patchwhore! Now I want it!

DG: LOVED Patchwhore…will definitely be checking other books by this author…nothing better than a woman scorned seeking “revenge” on her ex…add in a TOTAL biker hottie with a little bit of mystery around him…just DELISH!!!

Nay asks: For Patchwhore, do you need to read Clubwhore first? I know it says Patchwhore is a standalone, but it’s still part of a series and I’m a bit anal about reading all the books of a series in order if I’m going to miss out on something.

Northernstar answers: “The style and tone of Clubwhore is a heavier, darker read. I did read it first and the crossover is minimal. You definitely can read Patchwhore as a standalone. I finished PW last night – good read.”

About book #1:

I’m that girl…
The girl every woman loves to hate.
The one your man dreams about.
I live up to my name…
And this is my story.

She needs something. Something Devil’s Renegade MC Sergeant at Arms Bryce is more than willing to give. But he’s not the kind of man who asks. He takes. And soon, he will take her. He’ll dominate her. He’ll captivate her. She’ll be his—no patches…no property…no titles. Only her. Only him.
She thinks this is her story to tell.
It very well may be.
But he’s fixing to rewrite it.