The Friday Finds are here and we’ve got QUITE the list, today. Some new releases, some recent ones  that we’re getting awesome feedback on, and some that sound too good to miss. That one to the left (he’s her new boss… and extremely reclusive!!!) and a psych-thriller below are calling my name BIG TIME!!!!

But… I’m finishing up the latest HUGE Vi Keeland hit today (Egomaniac), and will be reviewing that shortly. :D !!!

Carly: Finally reading Egomaniac! It’s 3am. I’m tired, the devil child will not sleep. Since I can’t have a glitterbomb, I though I’d start this, and thank goodness I did! I haven’t laughed this much in a while (read: since KAs latest)

Leslie M: Maryse, I just finished Egomaniac. I liked it. 4****

Fabi: You read it Carly! It IS good isn’t it? Obviously, since Leslie gave it 4 stars. That means it’s an easy five star for me.

Ooooh and Leslie is SUPER picky!! That IS practically a 5 star from her. LOL!!!

Then, once I’m done, I’m likely jumping into one of these two below for the weekend. YAY ME!!!

Now… take a look at 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!):

  • Loving Ruby: The Riverstone Series Book 2 – Standalone by Roya Carmen <— LIVE!!!! ROYA CARMEN ALERT!!! HE’S HER NEW EXTREMELY RECLUSIVE BOSS…I’ve heard all the rumours: He killed his wife. He’s on house arrest. He’s a vampire. Yet still, when I get a job offer from the reclusive Mr. Hyde, I jump at the chance. Yes, I know I’m crazy. I’m cautious at first, but then I discover a beautiful, quirky man. I also see a tortured soul who lives in darkness…
  • Wrecking Ball (Hard To Love Book 1) by P. Dangelico <— LIVE!!! JERK-FACE FOOTBALL STAR AND SHE’S HIS NEW NANNY ALERT!Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable a-hole, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted NY Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew...”
  • Fractured (Vampire Awakenings, Book 6) by Brenda K. Davies <— LIVE!!!
  • Friction by Emily Snow <— EMILY SNOW ALERT!!! HE’S HER NEW BOSS & HER WORST NIGHTMARE because she shunned him as a slacker back when they were younger. “Because like every overachiever, she has that underachiever she brushed off. The slacker who, once upon a time ago, was the object of her dirtiest schoolgirl fantasies. Jace Exley—with his sarcastic smirk and delicious accent—just happens to be that guy…“  and this one’s back on the list ’cause Lisa M is LOVING it!

Lisa M: I just started Friction by Emily Snow. Hot hot hot & it just got very interesting!!! Oh my!!!! That’s where I’m at!!!! Anyone else reading it. What a list!!

Stephanie: It’s a great book! Love Emily Snow!

  • The Memory Watcher – A Psychological Thriller by Minka Kent <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!! SHE BECOMES OBSESSED WITH THE FAMILY THAT ADOPTED HER BABY when she finds their social media account. But then… they CLOSE the account. “Frantic and desperate to reconnect with her daughter, Autumn applies for a nanny position with the McMullens, manipulating herself into Grace’s life under false pretenses. And it’s only then that Autumn discovers pictures lie, the perfect family doesn’t exist, and beautiful people? They have the ugliest secrets…” I VERY lightly skimmed the reviews and they sound amazing… mostly all awesome ones and I’m getting an inkling of a CRAZY twist ending. YAY!!!!! MINE!!!!

Kat: This sounds so good I one clicked…

Maryse: RIGHT UP MY ALLEY, Kat!!!!!! :D Thank you!!!

Young: I just finished the Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy and loved it!! I want to recommend anyone who loves fantasy romance!!
  • The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee <— LIVE!!! BONNIE DEE M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition…

P.S. I absolutely LOVE this author!! Finding Home, New Life and Bone Deep were some of my absolute favorites back when I first fell in love with indie. She writes all sorts of love stories (from historical to contemporary romance) and they are beautifully written, but almost have a sort of forbidden, grittiness to them. VERY unique and addicting!!!

  • Atonement (The Protectors, Book 6) by Sloane Kennedy <— LIVE!!! M/M ROMANCE ALERT! “Magnus knows he can start a new chapter and get his life back on track…if he can just get past the disturbing, unexpected feelings one young man stirs in him. Because everything about Dante Thorne is wrong for Magnus. His arrogance, his cocky attitude, every single unfiltered word that falls unchecked out of his mouth and, of course, the fact that he’s a man…” P.S. It CAN be read as a standalone.
  • Bound By Vengeance (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 5) by Cora Reilly <— LIVE!!! MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT!!
  • Jude’s Law (Law series Book 1) by Lori Foster <— HOLLYWOOD STAR LOOKING FOR A NORMAL GIRL ALERT! “She’s everything the former Hollywood bad boy actor came to Stillbrook, Ohio, hoping to find: open, honest, lovable, and full of those luscious curves you don’t find on stick-figure starlets—curves May doesn’t seem to appreciate in herself. Every time Jude tries to get close to the skittish business woman, to take her in his arms, she thinks he’s joking…” P.S. It’s super-bargain priced!
  • Lust by Leddy Harper <— LIVE!!! HE’S A SEX SURROGATE & SHE’S BEEN SCARED ALERT!!!…After years of seclusion and fear-induced abstinence, Ivy Jaymes came to me for help. I had done this sort of thing hundreds of times…but she was different. Ivy’s secrets threatened my own. Her darkness paralleled mine...” and Nancy found it for us!
Nancy: I really tried to tell everyone about this book this morning, but Amazon was not co-operating. LUST by Leddy Harper is a new release… She is a broken girl afraid of intimacy or being touched. He is a sex therapist who is very good at his job. Too bad he is broken, too!
  • Gabe’s Obsession : A Purgatory Masters Duet Book 1 by E.M. Gayle <— LIVE!! SHE LOST HER MEMORY…Gabe has waited a long time for Nina to come around. Her disdain for his lifestyle seemed like a barrier between them that couldn’t be broken. Until secrets more explosive than he expected changed everything...”
  • Wanted: A Most Wanted Novel by J. Kenner <— TORTURED HERO ALERT! SHE WAS WARNED TO STAY AWAY…My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened…“ P.S. It’s super-bargain priced!
  • To Have It All by B.N. Toler <— LIVE!!! A HOMELESS MAN & A RICH MAN ACCIDENTALLY SWITCH LIVES…When Max stepped into oncoming traffic, a lesser man might’ve let him. But Liam risked his life to save Max only to be left to die without a second thought. When Liam woke up days later, he wasn’t himself…at least he wasn’t in his body. He was in Max’s. And with Liam’s body on life support, there was only one logical conclusion: Max was trapped in Liam’s comatose body. Somehow the twisted hands of fate had given Liam a second chance; a chance to have it all...”
  • Calamity Rayne: Gets A Life by Lydia Michaels <— LIVE!! COMEDY ROMANCE/HER BOSS’S SON ALERT!! “Inexperienced with sophisticated settings, she does her best not to screw things up too severely, except there’s one complication she didn’t foresee—her boss’s devastatingly charming son, Hale Davenport…”
  • Beautiful Mistake by Laiza Millan <— LIVE!!! This one used to be on Wattpad… “Emma Collins never planned to bump into him ever again. Not to mention the fact that she hated him. But fate had other plans…
  • Taking Turns (The Turning Series Book 1) by JA Huss <— JA HUSS ALERT!! Three men and one woman, and each man is so different with her. “I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world…
  • Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones <— HUGE SERIES SALE ALERT!!! The majority of the books in this series are on sale right now, in anticipation of Tuesday’s upcoming release!!! :D I one-clicked the HECK out of ‘em! NOTE: I don’t know how much longer they’ll be on sale because they were a Kindle Daily Deal, but when I posted this, they were still on sale. :D

Nay: Yes, I HIGHLY recommend the Charley Davidson series. Reyes Farrow is one of the hottest (literally and figuratively), super sexy heroes out there! I’ve said it before–it’s one of my fave paranormal series!

Libby: The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones. …Charley is much less worried about what others think of her….but God, is she funny and witty. I just have to say, it’s my favorite series, so hopefully if you haven’t read it yet, but were considering it, please do, it’s AMAZING!.

Cristina: FINALLY!!! I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time now, but it was a little on the pricier side so I held off. Now’s the time to start! Yes!!!! Thank you!!

  • 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 ebooks 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. :D !!! VERY COOL!

Suzan: I absolutely love audio books. I travel… A lot, 6 hours one way every week and I love how the time flies when engrossed in an audio book. The only drawback, I find, is that while new releases are available on e readers and paperback, it can take months or even years for the same book to appear in audio

Leslie M: Audiobooks rule!!! I have no idea how I lived without them.

                                 

 

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Grace was looking for a book, and it seems she found it before we even needed to post. But!! It sounds good enough to post anyway, in case this one is up anyone’s alley, and you’re looking for something new.

She asked:

Grace: I am having the hardest time finding a book I red.  It was about a man (Preacher I think was his name) who lived above a bar and hide a woman and her child, I thought it was a Kristen Ashley book, but I can’t seem to find it! Ugh do you know what boom it is?

Maryse: I think I read that one too… Hrmm… lemme do some research and see what we can come up with.

Grace: Finally, I found it.  It was Robyn Carr not Kristen Ashley!

And here it is!!! ➜ ➜ ➜ Shelter Mountain: Book 2 of Virgin River series (A Virgin River Novel)

P.S. This wasn’t the book I was thinking of. The one I had in mind was From Dust (Portland, ME, novels Book 1) by Freya Barker

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Rene saw one of our recent “Reader Favorites” posts and is looking for it, because it highlights a VERY difficult book choice. I compiled a list of each reader’s absolute FAVORITE book (and told them to only pick one). Eeeeep!

She asks:

“So I have a question I remember seeing a post about name just one favorite book. I’ve been looking on the blog but I can’t find it I thought I saved it but I guess I didn’t because there were more than a few on there I wanted to read thanks for the help”

You bet, Rene!! Here it is, and I will continue to add to it as traders send me their #1 of ALL their #1′s. :D

In fact, I have a few of these lists, as I tallied them throughout the years here.

  1. Your favorite book, if you had to choose only one… (part 1) <— this one was from back in 2013
  2. What book would you buy for a friend?
  3. These books were so good, that we forgot to eat! Part one…
  4. Books that are “re-read” good!
  5. Reader Favorites – 21 books that have moved us to share with others…
  6. Reader Favorites – Your favorite book from 2016 (you can only choose one!) <— This is the latest one, and the main one I think you’re looking for Renee! 

But all of these lists have the best of the best on ‘em, so I had to include them. :D

Rene: Found it thanks so much it was the 2016 one cause it had CoHo’s book at the top thank you so very much hugs

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It’s Robyn’s turn!!! She’s BACK with her own 2016 Top Books list (last year, she sent us her Top Favorite books list, so check those out to if you missed them, AND to get to know her better), and now her latest list is ready!!! She even includes a fun little snippet of why it made her favorites. :D

A few of my own absolute favorites are on here, and lots that I can’t wait to read and love. ;)

She says:

“Ok, I’m joining into the fun of my Favorite Books of 2016! (Notice how I didn’t put a number on the book…yeah, I read waaaay too much!). Most of these books touched my heart and soul in some marmy way. I love angst…the push and pull of love/hate. Good writing is a must (I read too many books to put up with deciphering nonsense) and a good ole fashion love story with a HEA. I read a lot of paranormal, urban fantasy and contemporary, so I’m pretty much all over the place!”

So here’s the 2016 lineup

Wolfsong by TJ Klune <— God this book! My first M/M and it stole my heart. Ox and Joe and the whole dang family. I laughed and cried and wanted to live with them. I also read that there will be a sequel called Ravensong. Yay!

Scarlet Stone by Jewel E Ann <— so angsty and funny!

A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 1) by Amanda Bouchet <— great PNR read. Loved all the action and it was really funny too.

An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur <— this book took my soul!

A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner <— another emotional read for me

American Queen by Sierra Simone <— a little threesome going on with the President and Vice President who are best friends….count me in!

Loverboy (Dartmoor Book 5) by Lauren Gilley <— I love this series! Loverboy is about how fragile Tango finds love and finally his way in the world.

It Ends with Us: A Novel by COHO <— what’s not to like? Angsty book with a good lesson even though that lesson was hard for me to accept.

Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love) Nicole Jacquelyn <— yes she wrote those great m/c books but this book surpassed them all. I just reread it and it shattered my heart and put it back together all over again. This is one of those books I wish I could unread and experience it fresh and new. It had everything I look for in a great book!

Landline: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell <— this woman is talking to her younger self over a phone in her childhood home. She’s trying to fix her current relationship with her husband. Such a good book and something I’ve never seen before.

I’ll list some honorable mentions now

2016 was a good year for me!

                 

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The blurbs of both book #1 and #2 have me laughing out loud!! PRICELESS and pure comedy-romance genius already!! I’m dying to read these. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than office romance (I love ‘em and need relief like this after my crazy intense reads), and these sound like they’ll be my next “light fun”.

Rose: Oh my goodness- I downloaded the sample of “The Rule Maker” and in the few minutes it took me to read it, my husband asked me why I kept laughing. AND- with the way the sample ended I just had to 1 click it. I dare you to read the sample and see what happens (wink)!

Jen C: Really enjoyed book one! Had me laughing out loud in so many places.

P.S. Book #2 was just released, and they can be read standalones! :D

About book #1:

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.

READING ORDER (although they CAN each be read as standalones)

 

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Kendall Ryan is a HUGE favorite in our book world, with her sexy-steamy, romances, and she’s got a brand new series coming out! In fact that book there to the left, will be out in just a few days!!! Plus, she’s got a few more books in the series already up for preorder, blurbs, covers, and all! :D

About book #1:

The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullsh!t. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

  • The Room Mate - January 24th 2017
  • The Play Mate (Roommates Book 2) - March 14th 2017
  • The House Mate (Roommates, #3) – April 18th 2017
  • The Bed Mate: A Room Mate Novella - November 14th 2017
  • The Soul Mate (Roommates, #4) - December 5th 2017 <— LOL on this blurb!!! I want it NOW!!! “The smoking hot one-night-stand I was never supposed to see again? Yeah, well I might be pregnant, and he’s my OBGYN.”

  

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WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! TWO awesome sounding books went live today!!

  • Taking Turns (The Turning Series Book 1) by J.A. Huss <— *BLUSH* Whoa… that looks like a lot of men… and just one woman? Oh wow but boy do I love that blurb!!! “I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world. Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes. Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side. Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg. It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden. I just didn’t expect to like them.”
  • Friction by Emily Snow <— A NEW BOOK BY EMILY SNOW JUST WENT LIVE!!!! HE’S HER BOSS!!! She’s starting over but her new boss is her worst nightmare… and they have history! “The only problem is her boss, Mr. Extreme himself: Jace Exley. He’s everything any sane woman dreams of—alpha, successful, ridiculously gorgeous. He’s also Lucy’s worst nightmare. Because like every overachiever, she has that underachiever she brushed off. The slacker who, once upon a time ago, was the object of her dirtiest schoolgirl fantasies.  Jace Exley—with his sarcastic smirk and delicious accent—just happens to be that guy…”

Okay it’s ready and it’s the biggest new release list in awhile. 100+!!!! Even the audiobooks section is crazy (in fact, there’s an audiobook available today, that is only up for preorder in ebook format for February. Craziness!) OH AND!!! If you missed it, make sure to check out the Monday “early bird” releases. It’s just as exciting as today’s ➜ 12 Earlybird Book Releases!!

This is a magical release day, you guys! Not only is it huge and loaded with our BIG HIT authors, but there are a lot of series conclusions that just went live, so for those of you aghast (and possibly titillated) by the latest cliffhanger, relief is on the way!! And for those of you dying to start a series that everyone is loving, but refuse to unless all the books are out, some of these are ready.

In fact a few of my fellow readers were highly anticipating today’s releases!

Tessa: Back to books, next week is the beginning of insanity. Feverborn and Next to Never? *squees* Week after that, the eleventh Charlie Davidson book. All of which makes me happy.

Grey: Super excited about next week. Next to Never and Fidelity come out!

Nay: It would be so awesome if Feversong, by some miracle, released early–too bad there’s a snowball’s chance in hades of that happening! Good morning, everyone!!

Grey: I’m rereading Bully! *squee* Tessa! where are you?!?! Tomorrow, Next to Never comes out! I am kind of bummed I didn’t get an ARC of this one, I would have probably cried LOL! Anyway, gah, Jared and Tate… I love my jerk faced bullies and I know my favorite book is coming next! *tosses confetti in the air* I’m such a sucker…and the playlist thing just makes it for me!

Tessa: Grey, I have Next to Never pre-ordered along with Feversong. I’m not sure which I’ll read first, but probably Feversong. The ending in the last one really gives me a lot of hope.

Sherry: Fidelity by Aleatha Romig :D I’m staying awake waiting for this bad boy!!! STOKED!

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

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 all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Egomaniac by VI Keeland <— I have this in ebook! Can’t wait to read it!!
  2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  3. Separation Games: The Games Duet, Book 2 by CD Weiss
  4. Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
  5. Real Good Love: The Real Duet, Book 2 by Meghan March
  6. Next to Never: Fall Away, Book 4.5 by Penelope Douglas
  7. A Merciful Death: Mercy Kilpatrick, Book 1 by Kendra Elliot
  8. The Rule Maker: Rule Breakers, Book 2 by Jennifer Blackwood
  9. Murmuration by TJ Klune <— M/M ROMANCE
  10. Hanging the Stars: Half Moon Bay, Book 2 by Rhys Ford <— M/M ROMANCE
  11. When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry <— M/M ROMANCE (sounds like a thriller, too!!)
  12. Buttons and Hate by Penelope Sky <— Wait. What?!!! The audiobook is live now, but the ebook version is only going live in February? How did that happen? Eh… I love anomalies!!!
  13. Slightly Scandalous: Bedwyn Saga Series, Book 3 by Mary Balogh
  14. Southern Desire by Kaylee Ryan
  15. Saint: Boston Underworld, Book 4 by A. Zavarelli
  16. Dirty Money: Roughneck Billionaires Series, Book 1 by Jessica Clare
  17. Tangled Up by Erin Nicholas
  18. The Wicked City: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
                 

 

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

  • Full Tilt by Emma Scott <— TEAR-JERKER AWESOMENESS and it’s bargain priced right now!!! Jen C found us this sale!!!! “Oooh Full Tilt by Emma Scott… Added it to my Amazon wishlist after seeing it on SO MANY of y’alls top 2016 lists. Think that’ll be my next read!” I five starred this one!
  • The Girls in the Garden: A Novel by Lisa Jewell <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT and it’s super bargain priced today!!! The perfect, safest place… or is it? “Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?
  • Redemption: A Bad Boy MMA Fighter Romance (Warrior Zone Fighters Book 1) by Tia Lewis <— MMA FIGHTER BOOK ALERT! Just released a couple of days ago and super-bargain priced! He was the champion and he’s training to get his title back… “When feisty and irresistible Hannah Collins, owner of Sweet Treats Bakery, unexpectedly walks into my life, she turns into a distraction I don’t need. But something about her forces me to take notice, and I couldn’t shake her mesmerizing green eyes and tempting curves from my mind. I’m determined to regain my title as the best cage fighter in the world, and will also convince Hannah that she belongs to me… no matter what it takes.”
  • The Other Side Of Someday by T.K. Leigh <— SHE STARTS OVER SOMEWHERE ELSE & MEETS HIM (who already HAS the perfect life… and already has his perfect girlfriend). “His life is perfect. Perfect apartment. Perfect girlfriend. Perfect dog. Until a friendship with a beautiful woman with vibrant red hair and a similar taste in cheesy movies throws his perfect life into a tailspin…” It’s super-bargain priced today!
  • Neighbors (A Twin Estates Novel Book 1) by Stylo Fantome <— STYLO FANTOME ALERT! GOOD GIRL HAS NEIGHBORS… remember this one?? It’s bargain priced, and book #2 was just released (below) and it too, is bargain priced today!!
  • Taint: A Sexual Education Novel by S.L. Jennings <— HE TEACHES HOUSEWIVES HOW TO… ;) *waggles eyebrows* Suzan LOVED it!
Suzan: Oh Maryse!! Just finished reading Taint by S.L. Jennings and it was fantastic! It was so witty, funny and sexy. The plot is different then most romantic comedy which makes the read even more exciting. I also had to buy the audio version and *squeee* sexy voice Sean Crisden makes the book even BETTER!!! AHHHH soo in love! ok, just had to share my rant on a funny entertaining read/listen!
Lisa: I’m reading El Diablo…and OMG. What a horrible horrible man…and yet I still have the feelz for him somehow. I think I need a little therapy!!
        

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Feversong: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning <— KAREN MARIE MONING FEVER SERIES CONCLUSION ALERT!!!! This is the last one, my friends!!!
  2. Mated (Olde Town Pack Book 2) by Katie Salidas
  3. Demon Kin (A SoulTracker Novel #2) (DarkWorld: A Soul Tracker Novel) by T.G. Ayer
  4. Gideon: Heavenly Fall (Fall From Grace Series Book 1) by Sharon Hamilton
  5. Beast Rising (The Order of the Wolf Book 7) by Angela Addams
  6. Protect and Defend (True Mated Romance Book 4) by Francesca Hawley
  7. Thunder Moon – a beautiful tale of magic and love by Joanne Mallory
  8. Trusting Justice by J.J. Lore
  9. Phoenix Born by Laci Maskell
  10. Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires) by Chloe Neill <— CHLOE NEILL ALERT!!!
  11. Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel (The Energy Vampires) by Jacquelyn Frank <— A VAMPIRE & AN FBI AGENT…Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger…”
  12. Claws and Fangs by Laurann Dohner <— This one’s a rerelease
  13. The Returning (A Seer Novel Book 3) by Rachelle Dekker
  14. Fae Encounter (The Kincaid Werewolves Book 2) by L.E. Wilson
  15. Summon the Queen (The Revolutionary Series Book 2) by Jodi McIsaac
  16. Black Soul (The Forbidden Series Book 1) by Odessa Black
  17. It’s You, Book Two by Katy Regnery <— KATY REGNERY DUET CONCLUSION ALERT!!! She’s a human and he’s a werewolf…
  18. Savage Sacrifice: A Dire Wolves Mission (The Devil’s Dires Book 5) by Ellis Leigh
  19. Into the Abyss: A Psychic Visions Novel (Psychic Visions Series Book 10) by Dale Mayer
  20. Lost (Book Six of the Silver Wood Coven Series): A Paranormal Romance Novel by Hazel Hunter
  21. The Inconvenient Pet (Alien Slave Masters Book 5) by Samantha Cayto <— M/M PARANORMAL!!!
  22. King of the Sea by Nathan Bay <— M/M PARANORMAL!!!
  23. Cursed: A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance by Jami Brumfield and Michelle Fox
  24. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth <— NEW VERONICA ROTH SERIES ALERT!!!! “On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control…”
  25. A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day (Gambling Ghosts Series Book 2) by Jo-Ann Carson
                       

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Next To Never (The Fall Away Series) by Penelope Douglas <— PENELOPE DOUGLAS, SORT OF FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT!!! She’s in love with a family friend… who’s an older man, and her brothers are NOT going to go for it. “Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden…
  2. The Wicked City: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
  3. A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) by Kendra Elliot
  4. The F-Word: a sexy romantic comedy by Sandra Marton
  5. Tangled Up (Taking Chances Book 2) by Erin Nicholas
  6. Adoring Ink: A Montgomery Ink Novella by Carrie Ann Ryan
  7. The Rising: A Novel by Heather Graham and Jon Land
  8. Fidelity (Infidelity Book 5) by Aleatha Romig <— ALEATHA ROMIG SERIES CONCLUSION ALERT!!! This series is much-loved by many in our group, and it’s not about cheating (even if the series title might give that impression).
  9. Irresistible Attraction by Brenda Jackson
  10. Sweet Somethings by Barbara Freethy
  11. Southern Desire: Southern Heart #2 by Kaylee Ryan
  12. Ethan (Farraday Country Book 5) by Chris Keniston
  13. Mr. Purr-fect and the Geek (Gone Geek Book 2) by Sidney Bristol
  14. The Cocky Thief (Stolen Hearts Book 1) by Mallory Crowe
  15. Girl Breaker (Break on Through Book 3) by Harper Kincaid
  16. Home Run (The Boys of Summer Book 2) by Heidi McLaughlin <— DISTRACTED BASEBALL STAR ALERT!!! “There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . . Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else. But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan...”
  17. Entice Me by J. Kenner
  18. Contract Signed (Triggerman, Inc. Book 1) by Marie Harte
  19. Hero in Disguise by Sharla Lovelace
  20. Staying Grounded (A Rocky Harbor Novel Book 1) by Marianne Rice
  21. Red’s Salvation (Red Starr, Book Seven) by Kennedy Layne <— SERIES CONCLUSION ALERT!!!
  22. You Shook Me All Night Long (Scorned Lovers Book 1) by Simone Harlow
  23. Deceit in Bloom (The Love Unauthorized Series Book 1) by Jennifer Michael
  24. Real Good Love (Real Duet Book 2) by Meghan March <— DUET CONCLUSION ALERT!! I won’t read the blurb so I don’t spoil it, but here’s #1 Real Good Man: A Dirty Series Spin-Off (Real Duet Book 1) and he’s a mechanic and she’s a NY party girl… “We were never supposed to meet, but one text started something neither of us saw coming…
  25. White Knuckles (Lost Kings MC #7) by Autumn Jones Lake
  26. Let It Burn (The Barrington Billionaires, Book 4) by Ruth Cardello
  27. Flawed: An Ethan Frost Novel by Tracy Wolff <— HER FAMILY CUTS HER OFF & HER BOSS HELPS HER…His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss. Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off. But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand…
  28. Beneath the Surface by M.J. Frederick
  29. All the While (The Senior Semester Series Book 3) by Gina Azzi
  30. The Last Summer Girl: A Coming of Age Love Story by S.C. York
  31. Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires) by Jessica Clare <— HE WAS DIRT POOR & BECOMES A BILLIONAIRE WHEN HIS LAND IS SITTING ON OIL… and he’s found himself a classy potential trophy wife. “Boone’s determined to win her affection and show the world that he’s more than just a dirty fool with a bit of money. Ivy’s classy and beautiful – she’ll make the perfect trophy wife. The fact that she’s sexy and funny is just a bonus. There’s one tiny problem – Ivy’s as dirt poor as Boone was. Her carefully crafted veneer of luxury? All an act to promote her business…” <— Tee hee!! I don’t think he realizes she’s poor by how this blurb ends. ;)
  32. Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters (Cambria Trilogy Book 2) by Amy Rivers
  33. Driven to Distraction (Lovestruck Librarians) by Olivia Dade
  34. Daring to Fall (Hidden Falls) by T. J. Kline
  35. Inking Scars (Ink and Metal Book 1) by M.A. Stacie
  36. Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde <— THE PLAYER & HIS BEST FRIEND’S LITTLE SISTER... “Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his best friend’s little sister and business adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms...”
  37. Bad News by Lilly James
  38. Sex, Love and Rock n’ Roll by Scott Mackenzie <— ROCK STAR BOOK ALERT! KARINA HALLE’S HUSBAND WROTE THIS!!!! “When he meets a seemingly innocent girl by the name of Leah, he pulls her into a secret sexual world, a world that will both test their limits and bring them together. But Leah is not who she seems. Neither is Jack...”
  39. Giving It All: A Naked Men Novel by Christi Barth
  40. Spurred On (Stripped Down) by Sabrina York
  41. Life of the Party (Calypso Falls) by Kris Fletcher
  42. BRANNA by L.A. Casey <— * Book 4.5 in the Slater Brothers series *
  43. The Neighborhood (A Twin Estates Novel Book 2) by Stylo Fantome <— STYLO FANTOME ALERT!! GOOD GIRL HAS NEIGHBORS… This is the sequels to Neighbors (A Twin Estates Novel Book 1) - “Throw in a neighbor who wants to corrupt her, and another who just wants to own her, and her entire world is flipped upside down…
  44. A Second Chance At Forever (The Chance Series Book 2) by K.B. Andrews
  45. Shades Of Resolution (Distortion Series Book 3) by Aimee Mcneil
  46. Hey Harry, Hey Matilda: A Novel by Rachel Hulin
  47. Protecting the Soul: Souls of Chicago Series by Annabella Michaels <— M/M ROMANCE!!! He’s a band manager, and he needs a bodyguard for them… “He’s relieved when new security is added, until he finds out that the person hired to protect his brother is the same man Landon has spent months trying to forget…” (it can be read as a standalone, but best read in order)
  48. Scary (Twirled World Ink Book 3) by J.M. Dabney <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  49. Return to Falcon Ridge (The McLendon Family Saga Book 6) by D.L. Roan <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  50. Atonement (The Protectors, Book 6) by Sloane Kennedy <— M/M ROMANCE!!! This CAN be read as a standalone!!!
  51. Mr. Trouble: A London Billionaire Standalone (London Billionaires Book 2) by Nana Malone
  52. Send a Star by Laura Briggs and Sarah Burgess
  53. Best in Bed by Cheryl Dragon
  54. A Word for Love: A Novel by Emily Robbins <— AN AMERICAN EXCHANGE STUDENT TRAVELS TO SYRIA (FORBIDDEN LOVE STORY) this sounds SOOOOO good!!! “But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family’s complicated lives–as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance–between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds…
  55. Bound by the SEAL (ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights Book 5) by Zoe York
  56. Quinn’s Honor (MacLarens of Boundary Mountain Historical Western Romance Book 3) by Shirleen Davies
  57. Cowboy Sanctuary (The Dixon Ranch) by Michelle Hughes
  58. Distorted: A Tale of Modern Deception by Melody Jones
  59. The Cold Hard Truth: A gripping novel about secrets and lies by Amanda Leigh Cowley
  60. Dirty Secret by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert <— DAUGHTER OF A POLITICIAN & A HACKER ALERT!…She’s out to prove she’s more than her father’s dirty secret. One of her first assignments is simple. Get close to Phoenix Ash, collect enough evidence to put him away for life, and get out unscathed. Phoenix Ash is a world renowned hacker…
  61. Two Hearts Rescue: Park City Firefighter Romance by Daniel Banner
  62. Build it Strong (The Ballard Brothers of Darling Bay Book 2) by Rachael Herron
  63. Catching Zia (Spring Training Book 1) by Becca Jameson
  64. Dreaming With You (Morello Cove Book 3) by Jannie Lund
  65. Murphy’s Law (Damaged Heroes Book 1) by Sandy James
  66. Razing Grace: Part 2 by Amo Jones <— SOUNDS SUPER-DARK ALERT!!! I didn’t really read this blurb, but book #1 is about a nun that is kidnapped and all the rest that goes with that… (here’s book #1: Razing Grace: Part 1 - “I was taken. Everything I thought I knew was about to rain down on me in drops of lies, deceit, and undiluted evil.”)
  67. Sorry Charlie (The Marilyn’s Book 3) by Katie Graykowski
  68. Dirty Filthy Boy (A Bad Boy Sports Romance) (Chicago Outlaws Book 1) by Magda Alexander
  69. Tell Me True (The Cinderella Project Book 3) by Ally Blake
  70. Phoenix After Dark by Phoenix Williams
  71. Standby: WQUZ News Book 1 by Brandy Ayers
  72. A Flaw So Beautiful by Alora Kate <— SHE’S RECLUSIVE & HER NEIGHBOR WANTS TO KNOW HER ALERT!…I’m barely holding on. I’m always on the edge, even after all these years. I live every day the same and I can’t change who I am no matter how much I try. My new neighbor won’t give up asking my name and trying to make conversation with me. If he knew me he wouldn’t keep trying. I’m a lost cause…
  73. Devil Within (Bodyguard Incorporated Book 1) by Kali Argent <— AUTHOR BEING STALKED…
  74. Corrupt Me (Philly Corruption Book 1) by Jillian Quinn <— CRIMINAL UNDERGROUND…
  75. Sacred and Profane: Priest Erotic Romance by Torrance Sené
  76. Coming Alive: Welcome to Carson, Book One by Renee Harless
  77. Secrets by La Kata E.K.
  78. Quiet Redemption by Geoff Russell
  79. Shafted (Devil’s Blaze MC Book 4) by Jordan Marie <— BIKER BOOK ALERT & THE A PART OF THE BLURB MADE ME BLUSH!! Although this is the more innocent part: “She’s the granddaughter of a rival club’s President. She’s barely legal and way too innocent for me. I’m too old. Too hardened by life, but one taste of her and it’s too late. I’ve claimed her as my own…
                                                                              

 

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Wolfsong
Right off the bat, I just want to point out that this one came HIGHLY recommended over and over again (showing up in our reader discussions, and being highlighted on so many of the “Top 2016 Books” lists. This one is a sure bet for many of my fellow readers, I have no doubt about it!

MichelleS: WOLFSONG! I will never forget these characters, the werwolf lore, the story… the FEELS… just loved the heck out of this book. …WOLFSONG was perfect for me. My only complaint is leaving their world behind when I was done! …“You gotta smell him and then tell me why it’s all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome.” – YOU MUST READ WOLFSONG STAT

Tessa: So finished Wolfsong. I did 5 star it, and I liked the way their romance progressed.

R: Hmmmm….what was my favorite book this month. Let’s see. Uh… WOLFSONG!!!! Hand’s down, not even a question. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. And this one Fabi did recommend. XOXOXO! …I’m not a big PNR fan anymore either and I loved Wolfsong!

Robyn: I read Wolfsong also. I didn’t think I would like,a m/m book, but I loved this one. The writing was exquisite and I couldn’t put it down for anything. …God I really loved that book! I can’t wait for Ravensong to come out.

Fabi: FEEL the colors. Feel the love. Ox, he’s not the brightest cookie in the jar, but maybe he’s the sweetest. And Joe, he’s damaged, but maybe not beyond repair. Why do the butterflies still riot in my tummy every time I hear this book mentioned?

400 pages of romance love story with the whole werewolf-shifter pack dynamic (encompassing the family, the friends, and the whole entourage – past and present), and you have yourself a very full, and often action-packed story. But it’s not so action packed that you don’t get that sweet downtime that allows the reader to get to know the characters, and the fun and quirky moments that really developed a few of the main characters.

His nostrils flared. Looked back at me. Cocked his head. Nostrils flared again. Like he was… sniffing? Smelling?

I copied him and sniffed the air. It smelled the same to me. Like it always did.

The man laughed and shook his head. “It’s nothing bad,” he said.

Tee hee!! Lots of cuteness in the whole “discovery” process. Ox, discovering who he is within the pack… and who he’s suddenly crushing on.

“What happened to your shirt?” Mom asked.

“Tomatoes,” I said.

“You look flushed,” she said. “Your face is bright red.”

“It’s hot out.”

“Ox. Did something happen?”

“Nope. Not a single thing.”

“You’re breathing really heavily.”

“It’s a thing I do. Big guy, you know? Need big breaths.”

“Yeah,” Mom said. “I don’t think that’s a thing.”

*snort*!!!!!

It’s a detailed family photo album come to life, and this sweet story reiterates that just because you weren’t born into a family, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a part of it.

Ox. You will never need to be more. Of anything. You are perfect just the way you are. Humans are… special. Human pack members are revered. You will always be protected. You will always be loved.”

Love. 100% heart and soul, to me, is the main message of this one, but of course, as shifters and territories go, there are always enemies to contend with, that threaten the very life blood of this clan, and their ancestry.

So what’s it about?

A young man (Ox), meets a sweet little extremely exuberant and excited little boy (Joe) one day, in the woods. Joe is so excited to make this new friend (age difference not affecting him at all in regards to having a new friend), and he begs Ox to come to his house and meet his family. Curious, Ox goes over, and the family, while at first uneasy with how EASY little Joe takes to Ox…

“It’s always the ones who are the quietest who often have the greatest things to say. And yes, I think we’ll be friends.”

they see something in Ox, and the trust Joe has in him, and they eventually accept him (and his single mom) with open arms.

Joe and Ox eventually become the best of friends, but Ox becomes close with the whole pack. Er… family (because, you know… he doesn’t realizes they’re wolves, at first).

“Tell everyone that Ox is under Bennett protection and if anyone so much as looks at him funny, I’ll break their arms. Don’t f*ck with Ox.”

But when Ox discovers their very important secret, the enemies they are protecting themselves from, the reason Joe is the way he is, and the reason Ox, himself is so important to the family, well… let’s just say the story gets rolling from there. The scary-action, the sweet closeness and even the funny. And boy could it be funny!!

Tessa: Wolfsong… Can I say I adore Rico? No matter what, he has me laughing, especially the Twilight references.

But I struggled with it, you guys. I feel bad.

OKAY those who haven’t read it yet, I analyze my experience of the book next, so it might be a little spoiler-ish (barely) for those that want to go in blind. So skip the next part. ;)

It was, at times, exhaustive. To me, it was much longer than it needed to be, and so wordy that I’d lose my focus (or my interest). It felt like it went in circles (the thought processes <— especially those, the realizations, the arguments, the dialogue). Mostly sweet, but often, the characters sounded alike (and there were many of them). I didn’t always know who was talking. I wondered if I had missed something, or was missing something (that so many were connecting to). For such a lengthy book, at times, it lacked defining, memorable moments (except for the battles). It was a lot of book, for a very (to me) simple story that had your more “typical” paranormal theme (enemies, unequivocal life mates, pack dynamics and jealousy). With a very lengthy separation, that for the most part, made no sense to me at all, yet took up a HUGE portion of the story. I suppose it was for Joe to “come into his own”.

Maryse: I’m having a hard time finishing Wolfsong. What’s wrong with me? I like the funny parts. Like… REALLY like them. Adorable and fun and cute, and quirky-clever. But then… it’s just… long, for the rest. But I’m gonna finish. I’m SO far in/almost finished. I can’t stop now. TOOOOO many readers LOVED it. And I mean LOVED-loved it, so I had to find myself in there, too. And I LOVE TJ’s other series (and his writing).

bev: How far are you Maryse?

Maryse: Still at 75% bev… I’m thinking something is coming that’s gonna make me go AWWWWW THERE IT IS!!!!

bev: It is funny how that can happen. A book can have all the check marks and an author you like and yet…..

Fabi: I’m on my 2nd or 3rd dnf in a row. Fabi is not a happy camper.

Maryse: *group hug*

R: I wanna join! *hugs*  Wait…are you hugging us to soften the Wolfsong blow? You know we love you either way, right?

Leslie: I need in on this group hug!!! Talk about feeling bad about a book???? I dnf-ed Wolfsong!! *horrified gasp*

Tessa: *huggles into the puppy pile* Hi! Why are we huggling? Is it DNF induced. If so, I’m about to DNF ****.

bev: Random group hug. I’m uneasy.

Maryse: *snort* bev you crack me up!!!!

Fabi: Bev is carefully sniffing things out while the rest of us are jumping into the puppy pile. lol

bev: This is me, until I know what’s going on.

Gah I LOVE you guys so much!! You’re so supportive and understanding of each other’s favorite books and not so favorite books… and I’m relieved we can all still have our own puppy-pile even if I didn’t want to join Ox’s and Joe’s.

‘Cause I KNOW that this book is a true one for so many here.

And well… I finally finished it. I kept putting it down, squirreling to other things, other books, and it was at times hard for me to pick back up, ’cause I kind of just felt as if the story was pretty much done for the most part and it just kept going. And going. And I certainly had an idea of where it was going, and I just wanted to get there. ;) But I can’t write a proper review on a book I haven’t finished, and I needed to make sure. I needed to get to the end.

It was GOOD… you guys. Wolfsong. It was. I get it. It just didn’t hold me for some reason. Honestly? He’s such a beautiful writer, and yet in this one, it was almost too exuberant. His writing style… so unique, so HIM, but for this book, I wasn’t feeling “it” right.

And for that, I have to give this one:

3 stars

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