I’ve already found a few that I hadn’t heard of before but that sound AWESOME. YAY!!!! So excited!! Okay like… What If (that one to the left). Well, to be fair, I DID know about this one’s upcoming release, and it sounds SO good! A doppelgänger? With secrets!??

Oh and these REALLY have my attention (these are the ones I just “discovered” today): Sway —> They TOTALLY bond, and I guess bad things are discovered and they have to split… but: “one realization becomes clear: they’ve both fallen hard for the absolute wrong person, which leaves both scrambling for a way to make it right.” YES YES!! I wanna know what that means!! And this one: The Rules Regarding Gray (she… umm… “interacts” with her boyfriend’s best friend with his permission? And the best friend begins falling for her…) YIKES!!! AND!! This one —> Wild Ride (she’s escaping her ex-biker-boyfriend, and gets picked right back up by another biker…). Oh!! And A Natural Act <— an MMA fighter/med student that helps an abused woman but doesn’t want to get involved with her… sounds like it’s for ME!!! :D

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

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

  • All Lined Up: A Rusk University Novel by Cora Carmack <— Aimee found it on sale for $1.99 today! “As if going to the same college as her football-star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a phenom in Texas’s world of high school coaching, has decided to make the jump to college ball . . . as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.
  • All She Wants by Anna Cruise <— Aimee found us this 0.99 cent deal today! PARTY SORORITY GIRL! “Her plans are cut short, however, when she’s forced to babysit Stuart Woodcock, the Neanderthal-like humanitarian coming to town for a sorority-sponsored speaking engagement. But when Stuart arrives, he’s nothing like the pictures she’s seen. He’s all kinds of hotness—and all kinds of Annika’s type of guy.”
  • Picture Perfect (Limelight Book 2) by Elisabeth Grace <— Can be read as a standalone and it’s only 0.99 cents today! “Playboy entrepreneur Landon Steele has built a successful entertainment PR firm and broken more than a few hearts along the way. He’s counting on his enthusiastic new assistant to help him expand his business into LA… until he discovers she’s a pampered rich girl who’s in the public spotlight as much as his famous clients. Still, he agrees to give her a chance, and soon the two are heating up the bedroom as well as the boardroom.
  • Pieces Of You & Me (Book 1 of 2) by Pamela Ann <— Aimee found us this one for 0.99 cents today! Oh this sounds like fun! They hate each other!! “Olivia Taylor’s life turned upside down when she found out her mother was moving into her boyfriend’s home. The glitch? The boyfriend had a son named Greyson–the guy she loathed more than anything.
  • Bright Side by Kim Holden <— I’m bringing this one back, ’cause it’s still making waves, and so many of us (including me) LOVED it. Plus it’s bargain priced! (my review)
  • High Stakes (Vittorio Crime Family #1) by Vanessa Waltz <— Stephanie found us these!! And this one’s only 0.99 cents today!
  • Double Blind (Vittorio Crime Family #2) by Vanessa Waltz <— and this one was just recently released!
  • Licentious by Jen Cousineau <— Oooh I wonder how this one’s gonna play out. She feels like she’s dying (tragic past that destroyed her) and he’s a cold-blooded killer… “When Josephine and Aléssandro’s paths collide, their fates try to intervene and save each other. But can they be saved? Will the secrets they keep and the betrayals they are faced with destroy what they share? Or does love truly conquer all?
  • Reed’s Reckoning by Ahren Sanders <— Linda recommends it! “I’m 68% into Reed’s Reckoning and so love this story. Highly recommend!!!”
        

PARANORMAL

            

CONTEMPORARY

PRE-ORDERS:
  • Apolonia by Jamie McGuire <— expected release date October 6th 2014

                                                                                

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A few fabulous deals and brand spankin’ new releases that I just could not wait until tomorrow to list. ;) (Oh and here is yesterday’s mini-list -Suddenly Sunday Sales – 09-14-2014 - in case you missed it).

NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. :D

Kandace: Lori and I decided to buddy read the Strapped series by Nina G Jones. We were both in the mood for an alpha dominate CEO type book. This series starts off as your typical FSoG type story but then slowly morphs in to something different. The two MC are not on my top fav couples list but I truly enjoyed the hot sex scenes and the suspense. This story was so twisty and suspenseful. I had hard time guessing who the good guys and villain(s) were. I’d definitely recommend this story if you’re looking for a darker FSoG story that messes with your mind. It’s not a 5 star read for me but I did enjoy the entire package.

Lori: yes, the twists were what got me, it seems so typical but it’s going in a whole other direction… I’m really liking the suspense and the fact that I have no idea what’s coming…

Kandace: That’s what I liked the most about the story. I wasn’t necessarily in to them but I was in to the mind duck of what was really going on and who are the good and bad guys. They both are kind of ducked up. I few of the sex scenes were disturbingly hot

Lori: I think “disturbingly” might be the right word there LOL

Maryse: I’m intrigued… ;)

            

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Drowning Instinct (Fiction – Young Adult)
<— See that cover? Feel that cover? THAT is a great representation of what you will experience while reading this awesome book. The personal darkness, the intensity, the emotion… (good and bad). It’s all there. Don’t let the “YA” part fool you. This may not have detailed “steam” and the like, but it is 100% pure adult subject matter (even though she’s only 16). ‘Cause he’s an adult.

Her teacher for that matter. eek GASP!! Hehe. I know… I can’t help my love (and intrigue) for these stories. They can become just so twisted and scary, or romantic and intense. Or all of the above, and… done right? They keep me on the edge of my seat in delighted panic and swooning. As this one did.

Yep. A student-teacher romance, but it deals with SO much more than that. Because what IS it about these two that draw them together? And what will happen to them in the end?

Sadie brought it to my attention saying:

Sadie: Maryse – I just finished this one and wanted to pass it along…when you’re looking for something different. I was searching for teacher/student books and came across this one. The story is much more than that but there is that component. I was hooked by the blurb. It’s a story that explores the grey areas of right and wrong, characters who are good and bad…I really enjoyed it!!

Maryse: YAY!!! Okay I one-clicked it! This looks just right for me. :D

Sadie: Oh good! It’s the kind of book that keeps you guessing and questioning throughout and even after it’s over. Enjoy

Maryse: Sadie!! I read it! WOW that was awesome! Amazing writing… I cried in the shower scene… And what an ending…

Sadie: Yay!!! I’m so glad you loved it. I felt like it was such a gem that had everything I enjoy in books – great writing, twisty/suspenseful plot, teacher/student, characters who are good and bad and an ending that you makes you think…

It was, Sadie. It SO was!

So what’s it about?

Jenna, raised by fairly affluent (but emotionally distant) parents…

Mom always said I was an ugly duckling that someday would swan. She might have meant well, but every word drew blood.

…is suffering from certain mental issues (she’s a cutter).

She’s seeing a psychiatrist and struggling to get a hold of herself. Her life. Her mind.

…no matter how far or fast you can go, the past always follows: an inky, faceless thing tacked to your shoes that only the harshest light can kill, and then just for those few moments when there is nothing but the strongest fire from the brightest sun, breaking your shoulders, burning that shadow – and your past – to ash.

Now… its not like she’s “insane” or anything like that. You will absolutely be able to connect to her and her internal dialogue. It’s amazing, and so very raw and real and us. She’s often in a very dark place, and as you read, you’ll understand why. Yep… this is one of those. Deep, eloquently written, and heart-wrenching. In fact, there is a “shower scene” (not what you think… she’s alone…) that had me in big fat tears for her.

But, eventually, the cuts are too deep and the membrane shreds and the curtain can never be drawn again. Maybe that’s when you grow up.

Anyway, her parents want her to integrate into “normal teen life” and send her to a regular high school. Her father refuses to believe she’s suffering from anything more than teenage angst. And as she tries to find her way amongst the mean girls and the potential do-gooders in her world, she becomes infatuated with one of her teachers.

…but even my parents, as messed up as they are, remember the instant they first laid eyes on each other. So I remember every second of that first time.

He was…

He was beautiful, like something out of a dream.

Of course… alllllll of the girls look at him like she does. He’s positive, supportive, gorgeous and a good friend to the student faculty. And eventually… to her.

…as badly as I wanted to, I hadn’t cut and that was because I knew now that Mr. Anderson was the only adult willing to protect me? Fight for me? That he would never, ever hurt me?

But as in all of these “types” of stories… there is so much more to them than what is first presented. Secrets. Struggles. Suspicions. Saviors.

You’ll see who, what, where and when soon enough if you choose to delve in. ;)

What about the ending, you ask? Ah ah ahhhhhhh!!! My lips are sealed. It was intense, and awesome and of course I can’t stop thinking about it either.

Good ending or bad? I won’t say. I won’t! You can’t make me. Just know it was totally worth the ride (at least for me). :D

The doctors are right, too: I scar so nicely.

4.5 stars!!!

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Suddenly Sunday Sales – 09-14-2014

by Maryse on September 14, 2014 · 39 comments

in eBook Deals

The last lazy day of my week and I’m thrilled ’cause it looks like Sunday has brought us a mini treasure-trove of 13 awesome looking bargains! In fact, one might just be my next read (the last one on the list). I’m SO in the mood for that kind of love story…

NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order.

  • Beautiful Bride (Reed Brothers) by Tammy Falkner <— JUST RELEASED and only 0.99 cents today!
  • Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre <— Super-sexy office romance by one of my favorite authors! I haven’t read this one yet, but I know it’s a well-loved series, and #1 & #2 (full length books) are only 0.99 cents today!
  • Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre <— And here’s #2
  • Smolder: A Devil Chaser’s MC Romance by L. Wilder <— Recetly released BIKER BOOK ALERT! And this one’s only 0.99 cents, too! “Taylor Roberts had been in love with her brother’s best friend for as long as she could remember. It was a love left burning in her heart–pointless, because it was love never returned.” <— YES!!!!! I love when that happens!
  • Crossing the Lines (Neighborly Affection) by M.Q. Barber <— Only 0.99 cents, and from the blurb it’s M/M/F or? is that M/F/M? LOL! Or is it F/M/M? Tee hee! Okay I have no idea what I’m talking about. ;) But if you’re in the mood for a heated Sunday… maybe this?
  • Wife for Hire: A For Hire Novel by Christine Bell <— only 0.99 cents today, and that title says it all! “It seems easy enough until a couples bonding game turns intimate, and they realize how dangerous their mutual attraction could be.”
  • Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park <— and one of my all-time favorites and this one comes from back in the day when I first discovered my love for indie! It’s only $2.00 today! Here is my 5-star review!
  • Jahleel (Loving All Wrong Book 1) by S. Ann Cole <— OH YAY! This one’s so good (unrequited love… big time!!) Only 0.99 cents today, and here is my review.
  • Priceless: A Rylee Adamson Novel (Book 1) by Shannon Mayer <— And Aimee found us these one sale! She says: “.99 cents from 2.99 1st FOUR books in the series are .99 cents today ONLY.”
  • Immune: A Rylee Adamson Novel (Book 2) by Shannon Mayer <— this one, too!
  • Raising Innocence: A Rylee Adamson Novel (Book 3) by Shannon Mayer <— and this one!
  • Shadowed Threads: A Rylee Adamson Novel (Book 4) by Shannon Mayer <— annnnnnd this one! :D
  • Worth the Fall: The McKinney Brothers by Claudia Connor <— JUST RELEASED MILITARY MAN ALERT and this one just sounds awesome, ’cause I have a feeling it will pull me into that dreamy love-fog! Bargain priced. Wow… there’s just something about this blurb that calls me… “They meet on a beach. . . .” and then…. They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family. But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.”

            

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Uncivilized
What a fun, super-sexy romantic romp!! Of course that blurb had me all sorts of excited… *gasp* Er… yeah. Well I mean not the “obvious” part of it (’cause it’s pretty dirty) *blush*. Tee hee!

But I meant by way of “anticipatory excitement” ’cause this definitely had a unique twist to it. She (an anthropologist) was going into the Amazonian rainforest to retrieve an American male (now an adult) that had been raised in a tribe since he was a small child. Very cool, right? I was imagining all sorts of fun scenarios by way of language barriers, social issues, and expectations. A bonding in time.

And of course, by that blurb, we see he’s incredibly… er… virile. ;) He’s got all sorts of plans for her…

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to f@#k her into submission.

GASP!!! So yeah… I also imagined a very hard-core man that is so used to being a dominant alpha male that there would definitely be all sorts of sexual tension… lots of push-and-pull potential!

I snicker to myself because I’ve made her uncomfortable. This is no less than she deserves because from the moment I first laid eyes in this woman, she’s stolen every bit of comfort from me. If I can repay the favor, I’ll take every opportunity I can.

Hehe!!! And boy does he ever…

It was good! It didn’t play out exactly as I expected. I thought it’d be a bit more hard-core by way of his personality… and his dominance, but overall, I found him a whole lot more “civil” and respectful (and articulate) than savage and uncivilized considering where he was from, but you know what? I just “went with it”.

And it proved to be very sweet…

“Do you know how to make chocolate chip cookies?”

My smile burns bright. “Absolutely. Want some?”

His return smile is tentative, but I can tell it’s something that is personal to him. It’s a complete victory that he shared a secret part of himself.

…funny…

“You never said your room was off-limits. You said to treat this house as if it were my own.”

Moira sputters for a moment, and then snaps, “Well don’t do it again. My room is now off limits.”

“Fine,” I assure her, because I saw everything in there I wanted to see anyway. <— Tee hee!!! :P

…romantic and HOT!!

I realized that my job to help Zach acclimate to the modern world was going to be problem for me. I realized with utter clarity that I was completely affected by his raw sensuality… the domineering way in which he took what he wanted.

But I didn’t take it as “seriously” as I expected to, because I found his “integration” into our society quite seamless. So I read it for it’s alpha-male romance (and angst!) potential, instead:

Maryse: I like the kissing scene when he sees the couple kissing in public, and demands she show him right now. Hehe. He’s so cute. More civilized than uncivilized… But so far so good. Of course I’m only early in, but can’t stop giggling.

MichelleS: holy hotness you guys…where do I start? The scene when she first meets him and that display?…. okay back to the story… The “hammock” scene with him close by? When he discovers the internet? Or her toys? Or the “vocabulary” and his favorite words? This is just pure lady-smut but I am loving it. I just KNEW it would be all about that “assume the position” based on THAT cover!!! Oh Lordy. Who else is reading Uncivilized? (fanning myself). My only complaint – I wish his “talk” was a bit more wild man…

MichelleS:  Uncivilized is WAY fun in a totally smutty way. The central theme being “the wild man wants to learn how we have sex in the civilized world” and discovering all the delicious ways that can be achieved. Not sure there is any other plot so far! But I’m good with that. He’s bossy and described as super hot looking, so I am giving him lots of leeway. She is an anthropologist, so she chalks everything up to differences in culture and just goes with it, but also resists him because of the ethical dilemma. I like that the author made her a freckled red-head, because he has never seen a “female” with this coloring…

Maryse: LOL Michelle! I’m enjoying it, too. As long as you “go with” the fact that he speaks perfect english (I can’t detect a hint of an accent), “picks up” on guy-speak (like, “man that’s hot”, or swear words – and properly used, at that!), stuff like that and the fact that she was completely safe bringing a “savage” home with her to her apartment to live with her, that’s used to just commanding the woman to “do him”… <— just go with it ;) and it’s GOOD!! AND STEAMY!!!

Sarah: There were many deliciously squirmy moments for me as well when I was reading this the other night. I’ve heard very mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it  My first Sawyer book and just from this one alone, I will definitely be going back for more!

Melissa: I am enjoying it too! It’s very….(blushing)…well, you know! It is a fun book, which is so nice because so many have been heavy for me lately. I find myself smiling a lot while I am reading.

Kandace: I really liked it too. That first scene in the village…..wowzers. i love Google porn. Ha! It was just a fun read and smexy read.

Cynthia: I finished it two days ago, and it left me squirming numerous times.”fans self” It was an unbelievably wild and sexy read, I loved the story and that sexy beast of a man. Besides being an uncivilized sex crazed wild man, Zach was also funny 
and sweet. Le sigh….

So that’s pretty much it, my friends. An exciting start (I mean, come on… imagine going into the rainforest and having to take a grown muscle-man out of there to bring him home with you?), always super-sexy, and really funny when he decides to “learn” about modern society on his own. On the internet. <— *snort* But it’s not all just silly and sex… ’cause the angst sure comes into play as the story progresses. After all… they’re both gorgeous and getting attached… (but professional lines mustn’t be crossed and all that…).

My career is too important to risk on something that is so far outside the bounds of decency.

I liked it! Very cute and funny. I just didn’t devour it as I had expected…

3.75 stars!

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The first three books on this list were easy-immediate one-clicks for me. At that price, I could not resist. Plus, they were either already on my TBR list, or on it now, due to a few reader’s reactions. YAY ME!

And then… I found more. ;)

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

P.P.S. Also, while these “look” great (and/or have awesome reviews and recommendations), unless I have my own personal review link next to it, I likely haven’t read it myself… I just found it and wanted to share it in case it’s awesome. So if you read it, let me know if it’s awesome. LOL! :D

NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order.

Todays latest reader recommendations and bargain ebook finds:

  • Pretty Instinct (A New Adult/Erotic Romance) by S.E. Hall <— Stephanie found us this one for only 0.99 cents and it’s got a HUGE number of awesome reviews! Short, blurb but sounds intense: ““If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything.” There’s no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I’d feel… But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus.” and Lori says: “I just finished Pretty Instinct by SE Hall, and wow! I loved every minute of it. I cried my eyes out, mostly happy tears, bittersweet tears, but I’m a mess after this book. 5 star read for sure!” and Marguerite loves it too: “Right now, I’m reading Pretty Instinct by S.E. Hall. It’s amazing! I love reading about the heroine and her brother. She is so selfless. The hero is to die for! He’s definitely an alpha but more on the softer side.”
  • Away (The Keaton Series Book 1) by B.A. Wolfe <— GO ON BLIND BOOK ALERT!!! (YAY! I love when I’m told that!) Trisha found it for 0.99 cents today saying: “One of my favorite books by a debut author is on sale. Just .99 cents, and book 2 is scheduled for release on October 20th. I recommend going into this one blind and be ready for an emotion journey you will not soon forget.” And Tracie agrees: “Love love loved this book!! Definitely go in blind! Can’t wait for the next book.” Kim loves it too: “This is one of my fav reads!!”
  • Second Chances by H.M. Ward <— And Nancy found us this one for 0.99 cents! YESSSSSSS! I remember this blurb… “Years pass and I’m still here, but it doesn’t feel like it, not until the lawn guy, Daniel Clement, checks me out. Me. A yoga-panting, pony tailing, frumpy-butt, frizzy mommy who’s covered in whatever the baby tossed on me at lunch. Daniel’s dark eyes linger too long, as if he likes what he sees. I’m shocked and flattered, but he’s too young.
  • Pieces of Autumn by Mara Black <—- DARK READ ALERT and OMG it looooooks soooooo goooood! By that blurb, anyway. ;) “What really happened? I walked to my fate with my eyes wide open. But before you say I deserved whatever happened to me, you should know. I was desperate. I was alone. I was afraid for my life. You would have done the same thing. I thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse. But then, I woke up in darkness, unable to move. There was only one thing I was sure of: I wasn’t alone anymore. And then I heard HIS voice…”
  • Eluded by Lyra Parish <— AND ANOTHER that looks dark and creepy!! “This is your warning. If you radiate vulnerability… Well, you could be my next victim. Don’t try to hide. I’m not easily eluded.” YIKES!!!
  • You Loved Me At My Darkest by Evie Harper <— AND ANOTHER!! This one’s only 0.99 cents right now, too… “She is my piece of heaven in hell. I’m not letting her go.”
  • Priceless (The Rothvale Legacy Book 1) by Raine Miller <— JUST RELEASED! “THIS IS A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE SET IN THE WORLD OF BLACKSTONE AFFAIR”
  • Savaged by Nacole Stayton <— JUST RELEASED! A hermit!?? “Despite years of self-imposed solitude, Niko hungers for companionship and suffers from an aching loneliness that the darkness cannot satisfy. He temporarily soothes his pain with women, hired women. Their only purpose is to service him. Easy. He didn’t expect a complication like Cambree Evans, but desperation corrupts even the most innocent.
  • Bad Son Rising by Julie A. Richman <— JUST RELEASED! Bad boy (rich boy) and super-good girl… “As their paths cross and uncross, a tale of love, agony, betrayal and growth is woven, transforming two people who’ve hidden from relationships and love.”
  • The Leftover Club by Ginger Voight <— JUST RELEASED! “Even though their mothers were great friends and even shared a house, Roni was stuck squarely in the Friend Zone, unable to win Dylan’s interest like many of the girls he dated and discarded throughout high school…”
  • Make Me Weak (Make Me Series Book 1) by Megan Noelle <— JUST RELEASED! From the blurb, she’s a pole dancer with a “stage name” so she doesn’t get close to anyone… “Until one dance changes everything. That’s when she sees him. From that moment desire, lust, and insatiable passion take over. Despite all of Andie’s warnings to stay away—she can’t. There are just a few problems. She doesn’t trust a single soul. He doesn’t believe in love. And he’s twice her age.
  • Enticed By You by Amy Muscat <— JUST RELEASED! “…she couldn’t wait to share the exciting news with the baby’s father and her childhood sweetheart, Keller James-who was serving at war in Afghanistan. Then a letter came from Keller shattering Peyton’s world, saying he wanted nothing more to do with her or her unborn child. Or so she thought….”
  • Jag (Pandemic Sorrow Book 1) by Stevie J. Cole <— JUST RELEASED! Bad boy rock star in rehab… “I don’t know who Jag Steele is. Really, I’m living every other damn person’s dream, and all I want is reality. Roxy Slade, that girl was my reality. My brutally flawed and beautifully broken reality. And she hated everything I stood for…”
  • The Suit (A Holly Springs Novel Book 1) by B.N. Toler <— JUST RELEASED! I know many here loved her book Wrecking Ball, so look what just came out! Oh fun!! City boy (John), farm girl (Edie) and he has to work on her farm for 3 months… “Edie’s grandfather made a new will before he passed leaving stipulations in order for Edie to inherit the family farm. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the suit has to work on the farm with her for three months to settle a debt he owed to her grandfather. And he’s moving in with her.”
  • Wrecking Ball by B.N. Toler <— I’m hearing this’ll make us cry… Cheryl: “Finished Wrecking Ball. Well-written, multi-faceted emotional read. Dear God, I need to take a break from these emotional reads or invest in Kleenex stock ;)
  • The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery <— SCARRED MILITARY MAN/HERMIT ALERT!! “…locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress with a plate of homemade brownies.” I’m bringing this one back ’cause it caught my eye a few weeks ago (BIG TIME!) and it’s got a new cover and great reviews so far. Plus, a few of our own fellow readers loved it: Carrie: “The Vixen & the Vet is one of my faves!!!” Bev: “I wouldn’t have noticed this book if not for a great blog review I read. So glad I did. I’m only 20% but .know I will finish today. The hero has been a hermit after being injured and shunned by the town only really interacting with his house keeper Mrs. Potts but agrees to let theheroine do a human interest piece on him . So far I really like both of them and am finding the story to be sweet, and flirty, andmoving to.”
  • Calling Card by Ashley Suzanne <— recently released… sounds like an a$$! ;) “Companionship only lasts as long as it takes me to leave my card on the counter as I’m leaving before she wakes up…”
  • Not Quite Mine (Not Quite series) by Catherine Bybee <— this looks like fun! “…when she crosses paths with Dean Prescott—the only man she’s ever loved—at her brother’s wedding, Katie realizes there’s a gaping hole in her life. After the ceremony she gets an even bigger surprise: a baby girl left on her doorstep. Determined to keep the newborn until she learns who her mother is, Katie has her hands full and doesn’t need Dean snooping around…especially when his presence stirs feelings she thought were long gone..”
  • Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards <— on the edge of our bargain pricing… and it sounds potentially creepy!! “…as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth… Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?
  • The Decimation of Mae (The Blue Butterfly Book 1) by D.H. Sidebottom <— DARK READ ALERT!! I saw this one recommended as I was scrolling down my wall!! Wow what a blurb!
  • Out of Reach by Missy Johnson <— YES!! I remember this blurb. Sounds SO angsty, and it’s only 0.99 cents today. “My best friend was dying and I was in love with his girl.
  • I Know What Love Is by Whitney Bianca <— DARK READ ALERT! Another one I saw while scrolling on my wall. After a chance encounter in a bar one night… “I want him to pay. I want him to suffer. I want to be just as much of a monster as he is. But maybe, deep down… I want him just as much as he wants me. Maybe we deserve each other. Maybe he knows me better than I know myself. Maybe. But I know what love is, and this is not it.”
  • Seeing Stars by J. Sterling <— On sale for only 0.99 cents today!
  • Strangers by A.L. Parks <— Another one that’s calling me (and it’s only 0.99 cents today!) She’s getting struggling after the death of her fiancé “She succumbs to a dark existence where loneliness, sadness and nightmares dwell; until handsome, brooding Bryce Holden walks through the door of her favorite coffee shop, wearing the same cloak of despair and grief…”
  • Used (Unlovable, #1) (Unlovable Series) by Lynetta Halat <— on sale for only 0.99 cents right now!! “Love. Hate. Triangle.”
  • Freed (Unlovable, #2) (Unlovable Series) by Lynetta Halat <— and here’s book #2!
  • Hopeful by Louise Bay <— Another 0.99 cent one I found while scrolling on my wall… From what I gather from the blurb, they fell head-over-heels in love, but separated for job opportunities… and for 8 years, she’s been suffering and working. “I’ve managed to piece together a reality that works for me. Until now. Now, Joel’s coming back to London. And I need to get over him before he gets over here.
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<— I don’t yet know what this one’s about… but I remember seeing someone mention wanting to read book #2 in the comments, and it just went LIVE! and now I see book #3 will be out shortly! AND! Then I look and notice the awesome reviews so far. It’s a serial series (6 installments total releasing every 2 weeks), and it looks all-out S-T-E-A-M-Y!!!

Er…. I just checked out what book #1 was about. *gasp!!!!* That is one heck of a dirtily-worded blurb. *snort!!!* I said “dirtily”. :P I umm… what part do I put up? Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;) Okay so… here goes…

About book #1:

#Women.

I f@%k them. I use them. I pay them off. I find another. My demands are never denied. My contracts are always signed. They submit to me. Willingly. Completely. Temporarily. This is how it’s always been.

Until I saw that filthy tweet.

@VaughnAsher My bare p***y. Your tongue. #ThingsIThinkAboutToGetOff

“FilthyBlueBird” thinks she can tease me with hashtags and then hide behind a Twitter handle? She thinks I wouldn’t be more than happy to #RockHerFilthyWorld? She’s wrong.

Her online fantasy is about to collide with her public reality, and it’s about to happen… now.

  

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Book Review – Rule by Jay Crownover

by Maryse on September 10, 2014 · 18 comments

in My Book Reviews

Rule: A Marked Men Novel
An oldie but definite goodie that’s been floating around on my TBR list for a year now, and I finally read it! What took me so long… eh… who knows? Maybe it’s the cover. He looks… young. And kind of like my cousin or something. ;)

But wow, once I got over that aspect (I just re-invented him in my head), it ended up being everything I look for in a “book bad-boy”. It had all of the right touches. Steamy, slightly angsty, infuriating (oh he can be bad!!) but he’s also protective and deliciously alpha. And believable. Mind you the parents of both main characters were a bit over-the-top, but I went with it, because it helped cinch other parts of the story and emotional connection.

If you’re looking for that, and haven’t read this, I highly recommend it. But I know… LOL! So many of you HAVE read it… hence the surprised reactions from my fellow readers when they realized I still hadn’t read it yet (especially considering my penchant for this kind of character). ;)

Stephanie: Hi Maryse! I really enjoyed Rule by Jay Crownover. It’s the first book in her Marked Men series. I can’t remember if you’ve read that one yet, but it was one of my faves last year. The second and third books are out now too.. I loved them all…

Joanna: I read Rule over the weekend and have to say that I REALLY like it.

AmyD: You will love Rule by Jay Crownover.  It’s all about the bad boy, even though there is great perspective given from the the girl too.  Steamy scenes and a sweet and rocky ride of love story.  The support of the characters families and group of friends lends a lot to the love, hurt, pain and darkness.  You will so fall in love with Rule Archer, I did!

Christina: Maryse I think you should read Rule (tattoo and piercings) for your next read :)

Jean: Can’t believe you haven’t read Rule (the 1st book) yet….it is so up your alley…they basically can’t stand each other in the beginning and I KNOW you love that type of relationship!

*shamefaced* I know, Jean… I don’t get me, either. And I DO love that kind of thing. Pining is fun! Well… sorta. ;)

And so it goes, Rule would be my next:

Maryse: Why don’t we just play with the moody grumpy single guys for a while? I have two of ‘em and I bet they’ll only make us furious. Not cry. hahahahahah!!! :P Er…. I mean… I don’t “HAVE” two… I just one-clicked…. two.

MichelleS: You’re going with a moody dude Maryse? Oh please let it be Rule…. Love him so much…. It had everything. The guy (the guy!!! oh…. the guy)…. and the girl (smart, sassy, sweet, likable). The older brother. The forbidden aspect (it’s no secret, it’s in the blurb – she is his dead twin brother’s girl since high school!!)…. what else can I say to convince you? It was GOOD. Totally missing out on that one. I SWEAR you’d love it. I just know it… I read it twice… and I don’t often do that! Ooh. Hope you like it!

Jean: Love that whole series, especially Jet and Rome, but Rule will always be my favorite!!

Fabi: Is Rule in Maryse’s list above?  Been meaning to ask forever..

Amy: Aw, come on!!! I was so adamant about sticking to my list and then you guys have to get me all worked up about Rule. *sigh* And I already have it on my iPad! Yay! Okay, list has been adjusted and Rule is coming up for me in the next few days.

Maryse: okay… are we all doing Rule tonight? Who’s doing Rule? I’ll do Rule if you do Rule. Amy… shut it! But do Rule. ;) *snort*

Tessa: Hey, I have Rule and haven’t read it. Who knew?

Cheryl: Rule, huh?! As soon as I’m finished with Fan Girl I’m in!!

Amy: Oh, I am IN! I’ll do Rule with you!! That twin thing always gets me. ;) Sounds like tonight is going to be a menage a Rule. *snort* Yeah, so that was cheesy. And probably made no sense. Whatever. Sounded hot to me.

Maryse: LOL!!! We walked right into that one… ;)

Yep… *sigh*. It was very good! Right up my “bad-boy” alley, and so many of you knew it would be. Nothing over-the-top, dialogue right on par with how I think a guy like him would speak, and while he at times, proves himself to be sweet, he sure as heck messes up. Plus, he has that unapproachable, somewhat anti-social thing about him. He acts, and reacts in ways that I could totally believe.

Amy: Rule… *sigh* I went back and forth between loving Mr. Hottie with a very special piercing and wanting to rip that piercing out. With pliers. It’s okay though…he was worth it!

LOL AMY!!!! Yeah… he put the “bad” in bad boy a few times, that’s for sure!

Plus. What’s even better (for me, at least), is that she’s been pining for him for YEARS!!!

All I ever wanted in life was to affect him, to get him to feel something, anything, other than simple tolerance for me.

They’ve been “forced-friends/family?” since childhood, but he considered her his brother’s girl, and anyway, she wasn’t his type in the least.

“I like her fine.” I refused to comment on her hotness or lack thereof because it was weird. Of course I had eyes in my head so I knew logically she’s a beautiful girl, but she seemed so cold and so untouchable that I never really thought of her as attractive…

I think Michelle called her “uppity” in one of the comments, and that’s about perfectly described as how HE saw her (not necessarily who she was). His bad-ass/bad-boy attitude barely even give her a second glance as anything more than an extended family member, and an irritating one at that.

“Don’t lie. You two can’t stand each other.”

I shrugged a little. “She’s like family. You know how I feel about family.”

I LOVE that unrequited love thing, and he’s honestly been completely out of the loop when it came to how she felt about him.

“I think we need to figure out what’s going on between us.”

OH YES PLEASE!!!

Let the fun begin. ;)

Everything about Rule (the characters, the friends, his brother, the interactions) felt real. A few bouts of drama here and there, and heartache (with good reason!) but nothing tooooo crazy-angsty (just angsty enough – but I’ll let you experience that part),

She leaned forward and let her forehead hit the center of my chest. “Rule, if this goes bad it’s gonna be so, so bad.” Her voice was just a husky whisper against my chest.

“True, but if it’s good, it’s going to be so very, very good.”

*swoooooon* SOOOO much of that. ;)

And!!! It was even scary at one point (and believable there, too!!!). It was pretty great.

Did it put me in a love fog? Not a full-on day-long fog or anything, but I definitely slow-motion read a few of his parts as I swooned. So Rule definitely has that effect.

4 stars! <— I loved the flow of it, and I loved “being” her. And I loved his intensity when he really started looking at her differently. I believed it. Nothing too crazy (emotion-wise/love-fog wise for me) hence the 4 star rating, but darn good!

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