I remember this book from a couple of years ago, when it was “indie”. The recommendations for it came fast and furious as this one was proving to be heartfelt and angsty!

Petra: For those who havent read The Unwanted Wife, you should. Did have high expectations for this book but, was pleasantly surprised. The beginning of this book is soo heartbreaking, I felt like I was The Unwanted Wife. Did I mention the main character speak italian (SO HOT).

Alice: Just read it, it was really good! Pleasantly surprised.

Petra: I know, right! I enjoyed it since it was the “typical” love story.

Claudia: I’m reading and is very good!!

Tilly: Just read The Unwanted Wife (based on recommendations from y’all). Really enjoyed it. Made me teary in parts, but not as “angsty” as some. Very heartwarming.

Michele: Awww. I just finished “The Unwanted Wife” & LOVED it!! Thanks so much to whoever recommended it on here!

Petra: I loved that book to. I cried and cried.

Jennifer: ok read “unwanted wife” and then read it again….wasn’t sure about it but it was good…..u could totally feel the husband’s hatred for their “marriage”…

Tiffany: the most recent read that made me cry was The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders.  Bawled like a baby from the beginning

I’m actually finishing it up tonight. Wow, took me long enough to read it, considering the premise is right up my alley. *shakes head* ;)  A woman in love with her husband… but he did not love her back. Talk about unrequited love! And guess what I just realized? Even though this one reads as a standalone, there are TWO more “standalone” books coming (one at the end of this month, and another in June!). Yay for book-marriage troubles! ;)

About book #1:

Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

The stalemate sickens her. Never mind that Sandro has yet to introduce Theresa to the large family that means so much to him. Or that Theresa overhears her husband on the phone with a mystery woman. Most damning is that Theresa senses, in Sandro’s treatment of her, the behind-the-scenes machinations of Jackson Noble, her cruel father. From the depths of her anxiety, Theresa must seek an empowering truth about the husband who calls her, with such cold affection, his cara, his beloved.

  

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Happy NEW RELEASE day!! :) And it’s definitely a happy one for me, ’cause I’ve been anxiously awaiting this one (to the left) from one of my fav authors!

<— *squeeee* I’m starting tonight. I love this author’s unconventional love stories.

Maryse’s Book Blog: YAY meeeee!!! It’s out! Cara McKenna’s latest entitled “Hard Time”. I love her unusual and twisty love stories! He’s a prisoner (and she works in the prison’s library)…

Lori: I’m so excited about this!! Already on my kindle!

Sandra: Ohhhh this sounds like our kind of read

Maryse’s Book Blog: Yep Sandra and Lori!!! That’s going to be the one I start tonight (probably later evening)… totally up our alley. She’s unconventional and I love her for it. AND STEAMY!! :P

Kentrina: Yay!!! I just bought mine this morning!!!

Ann: Started it this morning and cannot put it down!!!!

Maryse’s Book Blog:  YAY Ann!! This makes me so happy to hear!

Lori: oh I’m hearing good good things!! yay

And after this one…? It could be anything! Like those from my main TBR lists that are still calling me hard (’cause they are tried and true and I already know, full of awesomeness)! Or these that are tempting me below: Crazy Good <— yep… this one is feeling like my “next” after my “next”. ;) BIG TIME! And Jahleel (which made it on my list last week on the synopsis alone, but even more so after the feedback I’ve been getting), Her Best Laid Plans (love with a bartender in Ireland!!) and Vision of Love (may have a “forbidden” aspect to it, ’cause he’s looking for a nanny for his 4 year old, and I think she’s still living with her nightmarish parents…) and maybe this one The Accidental Socialite (sounds quirky and funny!)

But in the meantime, here’s the whole batch, and there are a bunch of ‘em that sound right up our alley! I noted ‘em. :D Oh!! And don’t forget to check out the pre-orders. There’s one (Love, in English) from another of my FAV authors (Karina Halle) coming out on Sunday and I’m hearing it’s angsty. Can’t wait! <— Oh yah, consider that one a “what I’m reading next… soon”. LOL!

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).

  • Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson <— this one has come highly recommended over the last few days! “Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering.” <— ooooooooooh right up my alley!!!!! Jessica says: “I found another SEAL book to put on your list Maryse. I have a feeling this is going to keep me up all night. Can’t stop reading:)” And Suzanne says: “Just read Crazy Good, definitely worth trying, have the kleenex ready!” Yep. I’m going to read it ASAP! :D *squee!!!*
  • Damaged (Outlaws) by Nina D’Angelo <— Aimee found us this 0.99 cent bargain! I think he’s in an MC… “A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.”
  • Shredded: An Extreme Risk Novel by Tracy Wolff <— Aimee found us this 0.99 cent deal, too and it’s got lots of good reviews! He’s a bad boy snowboarder, and she’s trying to heal from a drag-racing accident that killed her boyfriend…
  • The Forever Trilogy: Forever Black, Forever You, Forever Us by Sandi Lynn <— the trilogy bundled for only 0.99 cents! (Thanks Kat!) and Paulette says: “it was really good”
  • Finding Infinity (Infinity Series) by Layne Harper <— Stephanie found us this one on sale for $1.99 and Maria recommends the series (but is checking to see if there is another book still coming out) “I loved this series Stephanie …..I’m gonna have to check out book 3 and see how it left off… I might be wrong…you should definitely read this though…and the price is great!!!”
  • Jahleel (Love All Wrong) by S. Ann Cole <— This one caught my eye last week in the new releases (and is on my TBR list), and the feedback is starting to role in (and it’s goooood!!)

Kelly: Read Jahleel and really, really liked it. Did anyone else read it yet?

Janet: Yes, just finished I Choose You–it was Krissy’s story and was on the same time line as Jahleel. Both really good.

Laura: Maryse just finished jahleel!! I loved it! It’s sort of a mix feeling of beautiful disaster and the opportunist/dirty red.  Although the author gives the warning about the crazy obsession it’s not as crazy as opportunist/dirty red but still up there but I loved it!!! Put it on the tbr!! <— side note from Maryse: *squeeeee* she said some magic book words!!! Or titles. ;)

  • I Choose You (The Billionaire Brothers Series) by S. Ann Cole <— okay this is the one someone was referring to last week as the “background story” to Jahleel, and that Janet mentions, above. YAY!!! I’ll be reading this, too.
  • The Other C-Word (In Other Words) by MK Schiller <— only 0.99 cents (thanks Aimee!!) Lots of good reviews and sounds like fun! “Marley Mason is dreading the arrival of the new business consultant. After all, this man will most likely outsource her job to China. The last thing she would expect is a case of mistaken identity, leading to false accusations of kidnapping when she attempts to pick up the wrong man at the airport, or worse…that she would have such a visceral reaction to the right man.”
  • Edge of the Heat by Lisa Ladew <— Aimee found us this 0.99 cent one and Janet says “this was good!!” ”Tall, strong, handsome Craig Masterson with dimples to die for is in town investigating murder and corruption at the highest levels. Only after he falls for Emma does he find out she used to be married to the dirtiest cop on the force. She’s not dirty, he’s sure of that, but after she rejects him twice he thinks he’s done with her.
  • A Lush Betrayal (Lush No. 1) by Selena Laurence <— ROCK STAR ALERT!! Stephanie found us this 0.99 cent deal, and it looks good, too! “Mel DiLorenzo has it all. She’s been hired to document the world tour of her sister’s fiance’s rock band. She’s gorgeous, talented, loved…and sick of being the little sister. When she agrees to the summer job, Mel has no idea she’s walking into a minefield of friendships lost and hearts destroyed. She also has no idea what it means to be the object of Joss Jamison’s affections.”
  • Love’s Suicide: Love’s Suicide by Jenn Foor <— and Kandace found us this one and Michelle says: “It is such a great book…you must read this, especially for .99!!!”
  • Leverage (The Brannock Siblings) by Jessica Wilde <– Hey this one looks good!! She’s crushed on him forever and he’s her brothers’ friend. Now that they’re adults… “Detective Lucas Shade never had a real family, but the Brannocks took him in as one of their own and he never took it for granted. Ash was a big reason for why he stuck around, but in order to save himself the beating of a lifetime from her two older brothers, he kept his feelings for her hidden. When the case he has been working on for months takes a turn, Ash could become the leverage the bad guys have been waiting for, but keeping her invisible may destroy everything Lucas has worked so hard for. Good thing Ash is the only person he would give up everything to protect.”
           

PARANORMAL

     

CONTEMPORARY

  • Hard Time by Cara McKenna by Cara McKenna <— one of my absolute FAV authors. Kentrina brought it back to my attention when she asked: “Maryse I’m looking for a book but I can’t remember the title. I think it was on your blog a few weeks ago, about a prisoner and I believe the prison librarian start having an affair and stuff gets real after he unexpectedly gets paroled. Any help would be appreciated.” And Lori and Kandace were quick to answer. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!!
  • Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna <— ANOTHER one from this same author. *squeeeee* Short and sweet and from the blurb, it sounds more “traditional” but up our alley, too! After a bad breakup, she’s goes on a vacation in Ireland: “…you see him—a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl. He’s your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.
  • Finding My Way (The Beaumont Series) by Heidi McLaughlin
  • Bo & Ember (November Blue) by Andrea Randall
  • Lawful Wife (Eternal Bachelors Club #3) by Tina Folsom
  • Fighting to Forget (The Fighting Series) by J.B. Salsbury <— FIGHTER ALERT! (here’s the Fighting Series Reading Order)
  • Nova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorensen
  • Rebecca’s Lost Journals by Lisa Renee Jones
  • Purple Magic by Lisa Renee Jones
  • Guarding His Heart (Deuces Wild) by Cari Quinn (book #2)
  • Hold Me in Contempt: A Romance by Wendy Williams
  • Far Gone by Laura Griffin <— mystery romance
  • Vision of Love (Infinity) by S. Moose <— sounds a bit “risqué/forbidden”. She’s from an affluent family (but living a nightmare with her parents) and he’s a divorced man looking for a nanny for his 4 year old…
  • Once Upon a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club Novel) by Jessica Clare
  • Naughty Bits Part I: The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. Hill
  • For Love or Money by Tara Brown“When Lana Weber learns the truth about a certain campus celebrity, she does what any girl in her position would. She uses it to get everything she wants. But sometimes the thing you want and the thing you need, are very different from the thing you get.”
  • Blame it on the Bass (Heart of Fame) by Lexxie Couper <— ROCK STAR ALERT! (Here is the Heart of Fame Series Reading Order)
  • A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Wicked Play Box Set 1: Bonds of Trust\Bonds of Need\Bonds of Desire by Lynda Aicher
  • Wilderness Passion by Lindsey McKenna
  • Their Virgin Secretary, Masters of Ménage, Book 6 by Shayla Black <— “Tate Baxter, Eric Cohen, and Kellan Kent are partners for one of the most respected law practices in Chicago. But these three masters of the courtroom also share a partnership in the bedroom, fulfilling the darkest needs of their female submissives night after night. Everything was fine—until they hired Annabelle Wright as their administrative assistant.” Er… I’m thinking this actually gets “choose ME” angsty. ;) *waggles eyebrows*
  • Random Acts of Fantasy (Random Series #3, Invitation to Eden) by Julia Kent <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! “Boring old average me got everything I wanted already, moving from small-town Ohio to big-city Boston to follow my heart. So when the fancy invitation offering me a pile of money to come with the band, Random Acts of Crazy, to perform on an island resort and be their manager arrived, I thought it was a cosmic joke. Enough money to help my mama get what she needed, five days in sunny paradise, and a shot at greatness for the band? Unreal. One big shoe was waiting to drop. On my head.
  • A Numbers Game: An Out of Bounds Novella by Tracy Solheim – FOOTBALL STAR ALERT! “Back in college she fell hard for a football player, only to be devastated when she discovered he’d been duping her all along—dared by his teammates to score with his bookish tutor…
  • Once Upon a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club Novel) by Jessica Clare
  • One Night in Paradise by Maisey Yates – Hehe. It’s fun when they “pretend” to be a couple. ;) “Clara Davis knew the moment ‘yes’ slipped from her lips she was in way over her head! Just how is she supposed to pretend to be her boss’s fiancée on his luxury honeymoon?”
  • Nailed by Christine D’Abo
  • Nashville Dreams by Rachel Hauck <— COUNTRY STAR! But she’s got stage fright… (these appear to be from this publisher’s “Christian books” line).
  • Nashville Sweetheart by Rachel Hauck
  • Exposed: An Anthology by Brooke Cumberland, Mia Sheridan, J.S. Cooper, Harper Sloan, Erika Ashby, Kimberly Lauren, M.J. Carnal, Kasey Millstead, Adriane Leigh, J.L. Berg <— An ANTHOLOGY of stories by a bunch of our favorite authors, and it’s only 0.99 cents!! “Note: This anthology is only available for a very limited time! Each book is either a first in a series or read as a stand alone.”
  • Me and Mrs. Jones: A Loveswept Classic Romance by Linda Cajio <— not sure if this is a re-release (ex husband and wife that are still attracted to each other…)
  • What If by Bayli Lane <— Sounds good! “For some people falling in love was a happy, glowing experience. For Briar Kelly and Arrow Donovan it was more like getting hit by a freight train. Caring for one another was never an easy feat. They constantly fought to hold their feelings inside, not wanting to jeopardize their friendship. Then, Arrow left for the Marines, and everything changed. Briar was shattered. Arrow was hurt.
  • A Fiery Baptism by Lynne Graham
  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Karen Leabo <— The special agent kidnaps her! “Marissa knew that spending the weekend on her brother’s yacht was a bad idea. First Marissa discovers that she’s prone to seasickness. Then she’s taken hostage by a man who claims that Jimmy is in cahoots with the mob. Marissa should be terrified, but something about the tender, uncompromising agent steadies her nerves. As Clint fights to keep his mission (and himself) alive, Marissa learns that nothing is what it seems—and realizes that her abductor is slowly but surely capturing her heart.
  • Don’t Tell Penny by Anna Bell <— prequel to the book below (that sounds SO good). Except this one is showing as being only 22 pages and the same price as the full length book below, so I’m not sure if they have the page count wrong?
  • Don’t Tell the Groom by Anna Bell <— “Penny wants an unforgettable wedding, perfect down to the last detail, so when her fiancé Mark finally pops the question, it’s the best moment of her life. Until Penny checks her wedding fund and is horrified to discover that she’s lost $10,000 of wedding savings playing online gambling—Operation “Don’t Tell the Groom” rolls into action.
  • The Billionaire Biker: A Billionaire’s Club Story (The Billionaire’s Club: New York) by Jackie Ashenden
  • Forbidden Fruit: Vol 2 by Kasey Millstead, Adriane Leigh, Lisa Edward, Vicki Green, Roxy Queen, Liv Morris, Nikki Worrell, Jessica Ingro <— Anthology of Forbidden Love Novellas and it’s only 0.99 cents!
  • Toxic Girl by Chantal Fernando <— gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb!! I wonder what her secret is? “Everyone has secrets. Finally, I had a fresh start. I knew no one. I could be anyone, or so I thought. I wanted to be invisible, to blend into the background. But it turned out keeping my secret wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  Enter Grayson Mills. When Grayson noticed me, so did everyone else. He wanted me. Bad. And what Grayson wanted, he usually got.”
  • Something More by Jenna Tyler
  • The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom <— this one looks like fun! She moves to England, and meets a nice guy that she really likes… “But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer.:D I like it already!

                                          

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I loved this author’s other two books (In the Stillness & Nocturne), and while I haven’t read this series yet, I hear it’s got a musician, and it sounds like book #1 ends on a killer cliffhanger. No worries though, ’cause the final book in the series has JUST been released! And in celebration of that, the first four books in the series are only 0.99 cents each right now. :D

Pamela: So I’m about 25% into Ten Days of Perfect by Andrea Randall. Let me tell you it has “that” feeling to it

Pamela: I finished Ten Days of Perfect by Andrea Randall… I loved it… every minute. I was sucked in from start to finish. November “Ember” is an awesome women and Bo… Oh Bo totally squeezed my heart. Ladies he a musician & more…

Rita: Ten Days of Perfect is by Andrea Randall, and it’s a wonderful book!

About book #1:

Scars from her first love, and the reckless lifestyle of her parents force Ember Harris to chart a new course. She favors practicality over spontaneity, and rules over a broken heart.

An encounter with a musician at a local pub forces Ember into making a decision between letting go or holding on for dear life as passions are unlocked and deceptions revealed.

    

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The Will (The Magdalene Series)
Awwwwwww
!!!! Can this author start and end a book, or what?! From the synopsis, I had a completely different “take” on how this one would go, going into it. It sounded good (cute), but it didn’t quite sound like a “Kristen-Ashley” read, ya know? I don’t know, it’s hard to explain, but I was imagining a jet-setting woman with a “laissez-faire” attitude, her grandmother (that she’d visit on occasion) and a brooding ex-boxer.

Well… wait. My description doesn’t work at all, ’cause it was that, but sooooo much better!

I was imagining a more “homey” visit-time with grandma (in fact, I wondered if she’d end up being the main character… if this would be mostly from her POV), while she meddled into trying to get the two together, and maybe the jet-setter and the brooder didn’t quite get along (you know… lifestyle issues and all that). Maybe it would be a comedy (sweet meddling elderly lady trying to connect to her posh granddaughter), or maybe it would have a more somber edge (due to the moody ex-boxer?).

Like I said, *some* of it was along those lines, but this one was pure “Kristen Ashley” style, and had me chuckling from the get-go. Immediately, from the introduction of the characters, their “headspace”, his hot and infuriating (yet fun!) alpha-ness, I knew… yep. This one would be right up our alley, and I connected immediately.

Now… if you want to go into this book “blind” stop reading my review right about here. I don’t spoil the middle or the ending or anything like that, but I do give away the *oooomph* of a premise that happens right at the beginning. And it is THAT premise that had me so excited to continue, ’cause I had NO idea it would “go there” by the synopsis of the book on Amazon. But!! I DID enjoy that surprise “Whaaaaaa!!??” (was delighted, actually), so if you want to be surprised too, stop reading right about here. ;) P.S. I enjoyed it immensely, and gave it 4 stars!

—> Okay for those of you that don’t mind “knowing” the start of the book… the premise that starts this story off with a bang (and that, had I know about it going in, I would have been even more excited), continue reading:

Because, you see, while the grandmother (Lydie) IS extremely important in this story, by the time WE (the reader) jump in, she’s already gone. The two main characters (Josephine, the jet-setting woman and Jake, the alpha-male ex-boxer) meet at the reading of her will. And it is her “Will” that sets this one off with a bang.

‘Cause… Jake and his three children have been living in the same town as Josephine’s grandmother, and visiting with her regularly, for years. They’ve all become family, and he’s been hearing alllllllllll about her amazing, beautiful (but perhaps lonely and needs to settle down) granddaughter. And while Josie has no clue her grandmother has a “secret” family on the side (LOL!), she soon discovers it at the reading of her Will.

Sure, she finds the massive, scary-ish, brooding male standing next to her… attractive (especially when she trips right into him! I loved that about her… a klutz, just like me!),

He also smelled good. I’d inhaled the scent of a variety of men’s colognes but one that was that alluring. It was, as was everything about him, aggressively masculine, assaulting my sense, making it hard for me to breathe.

And last, his body was far bigger and more imposing than it was from a distance.

And it was very hard.

“You all right?” his deep voice rumbled.

…but she’s blown away when she finds out that he was that close to her sweet grandmother.

But what blows her away even more is when her grandmother WILLS HER to HIM.

“My most precious possession, the thing I treasure above anything else in this world, that being my granddaughter, Josephine Diana Malone, I hereby bequeath to James Markham Spear.”

After these words were read, unprepared for them and even if I had been, I would still be unprepared for them mostly because they were just plain mad, I gasped.

James Markham Spear muttered a rumbling, amused, “What the f$%k?”

GAH!!!! LOL!!!

“Did Lydie give me you in her will?”

YESSSSSSSSSSSS what a KICK!! What a premise!!!! I was SO IN!

“You can hardly think you can own a woman, Jake.” Ms. Baginski snapped dismissively.

“Own her, no.” Mr. Spear stated, his eyes still holding mine captive. “Do precisely what Lydie wanted me to do with her, yes.”

Oh my God.

The way he said those word sounded suggestive.

Very suggestive.

Tee heeeeeeeeee!!! <— Me. And my GLEE!!! WOW!!!! How clever was that start?

And I know it may sound a bit like a spoiler for me to tell you that part (even though it happens in the beginning of the book) had I known THAT, I would have been *squeeing* with even more glee, to read it. Oh sure, just the fact that it was a new Kristen Ashley book had me rushing to start it (there was no “putting this on my TBR list” and getting to it eventually). It was an IMMEDIATE read, for me. But… knowing that little fun tidbit of a premise would have had me anticipating all sorts of things. Still though, it was a delightful surprise and once that reveal “hit”, I couldn’t wait to “live” them.

And boy do we live them, a la Kristen-Ashley style, through and through.

Every thought, action, introduction, conversation, observation, we get to be them 100% in their entirety and well… I just love that about this author’s writing style. Sometimes I skim a bit, here and there, and some character’s personalities at times, might not quite mesh with me (some of ‘em can be outrageous, and sometimes the heroine might seem toooo perfect). Her magnetism, her level-headedness, (all wisdom-y and such). You know what I mean. ;) And sure, Josie’s way of speaking. at times, was a bit much, and certain financial circumstances a bit… er… convenient (although feasible), but I still relished getting to be her.

There is just something so fun when I get to dig in for hours (maybe even a few days) with one group of characters, discovering every nuance, and every “thing” about a new town, and that cozy small-town feel (right down to the bullies and the gossipers… and the EX WIVES). Oh they always come in and disrupt my romance. And I love it, ’cause come on… that is so true to life, is it not?

And you know what? That up there… is what it’s about. A woman forced to slow down, as she gets to know her grandmother’s life. The small town in Maine, and her beautiful house, her beautiful surroundings, her friends (especially one family, in particular, that loved her with all of their hearts). And the predators that have been circling them. Certain troubles are brewing from a few different avenues for this heroine, (romantically, financially, and personally), and as in real life, she must contend with it all.

Very good!! It may not be my absolute favorite in this author’s repertoire (as I found myself able to set it aside every once in awhile, when the adrenaline spikes settled down), but I was happy to pick it back up, and “be them” again. And that ending? Ohhhh WOW!!! I JUST LOVED IT!!!!! This author is the queen of exciting beginnings and fulfilling endings. :D

This is the ultimate fantasy, even in it’s more cozy way, and for many hours, I got to live it!

4 stars!

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I just received this awesome “list” request.

Pam: Maryse, I need a list of your 2014 5 star reads so far!!! I wanna keep up!

YAY Pam!! What an opportunity to highlight my favorite 2014 books so far! And going over these books once again, I can confirm I’m still 100% in love with ‘em!

So here they are. These are the books that had me riveted, glued to my seat, and titillated with swoooooon-induced (and/or nerve-induced) butterflies in my stomach. ;) From rock stars, to taboo, to moody reads to super funny reads to absolute sweet perfection. I’ve got I nice range of recommendations here. In my opinion? These are MUST READS! :D

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

“…feeling like this… aching, needing to pace, and not knowing what to say other than READ THIS!!! <— That’s why I read. I read to feel it all (the good, the bad, the ugly). And this one is a perfect mix of the three. A love story. A horror story. An absolutely moving story.” (see my full review of Mud Vein)

Play (A Stage Dive Novel) by Kylie Scott

“This book is a must read, for those that love good ol’ fashion rock-star infatuation romance. Lots of sweeeeeeet laughs, a HUGE crush, and boy is it steeeeeeeamy (even though it’s kind of a slow burn at first <— which makes it THAT much better the whole way through). Oh. And plenty of angst in so MANY ways. I’m telling you, my heart felt it all.”  (see my full review of review of Play)

Lovely Trigger (Tristan & Danika – book#3) by R.K. Lilley

“…wanna read three books in a row without stopping ’cause you just need to read them, they’re so good? Crush, pine, fall in love, and wanna throw up, cry and rock yourself back and forth in the corner for awhile? And then move onto book #3…? THIS SERIES!!!!!!” (see my full review of review of Lovely Trigger and the Tristan & Danika Series Reading Order)

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

“Ahhhhhh you guys are in for so an AMAZING treat, ’cause the rest is so much fun to read from there on out. Actually it was perfect from the very start. There are so many highlights in my book, I just couldn’t stop myself, because it was all meaningful. It was all my favorite.” (here’s my full review of Archer’s Voice)

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

“So yep… this book is full-on taboo, and probably THE most taboo (yet supremely eloquent) story I have ever read. So touching and so beautifully poignant and so emotionally distressing. On many levels. And in many ways.” (here’s my full review of Forbidden)

 

And while I’m at it… these books that I rated 4.5 stars are absolute MUST READS, too!

  • Book Review – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: “…All of that deliciously *spoiler* heartache-y tension + those twists + the incredible depth of emotion and angst that loads us in “feels” right to the very end + that signature Colleen Hoover “funny” (don’t even get me started on the “Warren pine-sol” reveal LOL!!!!!!!!) = You’ve got yourself an awesome read!!!
  • Book Review – Rock Bottom by R.K. Lilley: “…try being “normal-in-love” when you’re both so jealous. Possessive. Codependent. An enabler… and enabled. Try being all that, while dealing with the whole “dating a rock star” thing.
  • Book Review – Bad Things by R.K. Lilley: “OMG, you guys!!! Pheeeeewwww *fans self* This was pure “old-school” book-angst at it’s best! Steamy, sexy, jealousy, alpha-y and full-on hurry!
  • Book Review – The Plan by Qwen Salsbury: “Ahhhhh how I love a book where the girl has been pining for awhile (in this case, almost a year) and where the guy shows absolutely no interest. Truly. No interest. And I mean none.
  • Book Review – Transcendence by Shay Savage: “An unconventional, delightfully weird love story. Weird… but not quirky or corny, you know? Just… right up our alley, and I loved it!
  • Book Review – Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson: “Fantastic angsty potential love story, that had just enough of everything to keep me guessing, torturing me just right. You know I love it when it hurts, and this one stung real nice!
  • Book Review – Remembering Us by Stacey Lynn: “An extremely unique and intriguing love story that had my nerves teetering on the edge the entire way. Because the mind can play tricks on us. And so can people.

And now, I can’t wait to find more! So… what are some of your 5 star (4.5 star) reads so far, this year?

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Veiled Innocence
Fun!! Well… maybe not always so fun for “them” ;) (you know the trouble that comes with these risqué teacher-student liaisons *eeeeep!!*) but PLENTY of fun for us! An easy read (albeit fraught with tension), and a perfect example of that slightly taboo read (but not too taboo, ’cause, at least she’s 18). But I had an urge for OMG WHOA! eek… and this one delivered. It gave me that “bad-girl read” rush!

And most of you that know me ‘n my “bad-girl read” needs, probably already figured this would ping my radar. Considering how much I enjoyed this author’s other “risqué” read, and hearing she released another “taboo-style” story… well. I was bouncing in my seat, giggling with glee. There may have been clapping.rolleyes But it’s when I received these comments, that I moved it to the top of my TBR list, and jumped right in.

Emily: Veiled Innocence was AMAZING!!  I may just venture out and say that it’s the BEST student/teacher I’ve ever read.  ;)

Michelle: Veiled Innocence! I agree with Emily….best student-teacher romance ever! Ella Frank is amazing!!

Stella: I just finished Veiled Innocence. FANTASTIC read!  I think i’ve read 3 other student/teacher reads and i agree with Emily. This one was my favorite.

WHOA! Right!?? Does that not make you want to experience this forbidden romance, or what?! *oooooomph* I was so IN!!!!

So what’s it about?

Addison is beautiful, popular, and the star of her high school track team. She seems pretty much… perfect, and she always gets what she wants and never has to chase it.

Flirting to me was like breathing to everyone else, and I always made sure I had their attention when I put on a show. As the school’s track champion, I strived for perfection, and I liked seeing the results of my efforts. I was their role model, their person to admire – and to hate.

Everyone, including the teachers, knew me and everyone loved me. Except for the man standing in front of my world history class.

Yep. Her world changed when her new (and very handsome) history teacher showed up.

And boy do we get all of the initial attraction between the two main characters…

Then the door opened for the final time that morning and she stepped into my classroom. Late.

I looked at her – she looked at me.

My ending, staring right at me from the very beginning.

… and the extreme resistance on Mr. McKendrick’s part. Addison proves to be… the insistent one. The persistent one. And she won’t take no for an answer.

“Go. Home.”

“Why are you so worried? No one is here, and I like it.”

“I’m not worried. I’m appalled. Appalled that someone as bright as you feels like she has to throw herself at people to get attention. Not only boys, but someone my age.”

She goes above and beyond making her attraction known (regardless of consequences).

… what I was going to say to this student of mine.

Please stop following me? Please stop hitting on me?

They both sounded ridiculous, and I realized at this point the word please needed to be thrown right out the f%&king window.

Polite wasn’t going to work with Addison Lancaster. It was time to get serious, maybe even mean, because this girl had the ability to destroy me.

We get all of that initial sexual tension, mixed in equal parts with her teacher’s extreme fear of giving into her intent seduction. Her nonchalance at what could happen to him in the long run, and his logical realization of him being seen as a “sexual predator” has him fighting her tooth an nail. And has him outraged!

At first.

But you know… ;)

Amy: I’m at **% of VI, and I’m just waiting for it… *leg bouncing*

*giggle*

Yep… my legs were bouncing, too! I was wayyyyyy too… er… tantalized. lol

And what made this one even more special was the element of mystery. Two “mystery twists” in fact. There was “something” from Addison’s past that proved to the reader that her “perfection” was all just a cover. And as her secrets are revealed, the reader finds out what makes her “tick” (you’ll get that reference soon enough).

But that’s not the only mystery, and it was the “second phase” of this story that had me guessing ALL sorts of things. There is nothing better than thinking “I know” some crazy twist or angle, and finding out I was right. Nothing better than that… other than realizing I was wrong. When I’m wrong? <— Now THAT is my favorite!

“You’re going to be the death of me.”

Life is full of ironies, because with him, I’d never felt more alive.

*oomph!!!!*

And I’ll leave it at that, letting you pursue this taboo-y love story on your own (if you dare). Just know that it’s not for everyone (specifically because of the “teacher-student” love affair). And while I’ve enjoyed plenty of ‘em in the past, (er… I mean… BOOK teacher-student affairs, not real life ones <—*blush*!!!), even I had my reservations once secrets were revealed in this one.

Did I love it? Pretty much!

BUT!

Okay, if you haven’t read this book yet, skip this next part. I don’t “spoil” it per se, but I analyze… stuff. You know how it is. ;)

I did have a few needs that had there been “more of”, might have made me connect that much harder. Such as the resistance aspect… maybe a little longer. Tease me to the point of driving me (as well as the main characters) absolutely, deliciously crazy. Ohhhh it’s there. Believe me… butterflies a-plenty! I just wanted more of that agony. And the “giving in” aspect? Maybe a little more risky. Scary (in terms of circumstances). More of that. As well as more private, intimate moments. That personal intensity? While the lust was there in spades, I wanted to feel that soul-deep connection to the point of happily wanting them to abandon all reason, consequences be damned, you know?

That, and a few “mental health” issues that I know in reality… well. Yeah. In reality? This has disaster written alllllll over it, pretty much no matter how you look at it. In the book? I’ll let you find out where that potential for disaster leads. ;)

OKAY you can come back now!! :D

A very good, poignantly written book that tickled my taboo-bone, and kept me thoroughly entertained. Practically unputdownable! Have I mentioned the off-the-charts (and eeeeep-worthy) steamy scenes? No? Well, now I have. You’re welcome!

4 stars!

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

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE–> Scare Crow:A Crow’s Row Love Story (book #2) by Julie Hockley is now LIVE on Amazon. This one comes AFTER Crow’s Row.

<— Plus here’s another HIGHLY anticipated sequel to an angsty sounding book (Into the Deep - jealousy issues!!) which has just been released!

ANOTHER BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! Karina Halle’s upcoming contemporary romance (Love, in English) is up for pre-order on Amazon (it’ll be released SOON!!! April 20th!!) :D I LOVE this author and can’t wait to read this one!

PLUS, a few more that sound totally *squee-worthy* including:

Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank <— Okay we already knew about this one last week, but I just wanted to highlight it as my “what I’m reading next” (like tonight!). :D Why? ‘Cause it’s got that “taboo touch” with the student-teacher angle and I’ve been told repeatedly that this this the best student-teacher read of ‘em all, so far! Well well well… I’m already so very excited as this would seem to be right up my alley. And it already made my “Highly Recommended Risqué, Taboo and Forbidden Love Stories” LIST, even though I haven’t read it yet. I’ve been assured it fits. ;)

And!! Jahleel which I just heard about for the first time this morning, but the premise is so unique and sounds SO up our “unrequited love” alley. She sees him, falls head over heels, and he doesn’t even spare her a glance. So she becomes obsessed with him. For YEARS. <— *eeeeeeeep* Sounds FUN!!!!

Also Into the Deep now that the conclusion (Out of the Shallows) has been released! Plus another student teacher romance below (nice red cover alerting me right off the bat of the danger, and that just makes me want it more and so yep… one clicked that one, too ;) )…

PLUS! Some serious super-sounding bargain finds (new bikers, new rock stars, new billionaires, new angst!!) including a brand spankin’ new one that I KNOW I loved ’cause I read it last Sunday. Yep! Mud Vein is on sale right now, and is one of my latest 5-star “crazy-read” reads.

Okay so here are all of today’s “finds” (including pre-orders!):

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

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:

  • Crow’s Row (2nd edition) by Julie Hockley <— this is the re-edited re-release. Girl at the wrong place, at the wrong time, witnesses a BAD thing in the wrong side of town… and ends up being kidnapped by the hot guy that warned her to stop jogging though that territory… SOUNDS GOOD RIGHT!?? It is! Here’s my REVIEW. I loved it way back when and now Claudia re-read the re-release of Crow’s Row by Julie Hockley (it just went live yesterday) and she loves this “2nd edition” even more! “I am re-reading and is way better than the first one!!! … the new edited book has new scenes and is more mature than the first one.” And now Nancy just told me it went down in price to $2.99 today!! I loved that book, way back when, and I can’t wait for the sequel (which will be out next week I believe)!!
  • Scare Crow:A Crow’s Row Love Story by Julie Hockley <— And here is book #2 that JUST WENT LIVE a few minutes ago! :D
  • Out of the Shallows (Into the Deep) by Samantha Young <— JUST RELEASED and is the highly anticipated book after her “Into the Deep” book #1. I won’t read the synopsis of #2 so I don’t ruin it for myself, but #1′s synopsis sure gave me a blurb jolt!
  • Into the Deep by Samantha Young <— here is book #1 and it’s only 0.99 cents, and it sounds ANGSTY! “Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him. As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.” <— Jamie says: “I just finished it… wow!  Honestly it screams this blog.  So much angst, a sort of refined bad boy, and a torturous ending…” Luckily, the sequel is out. :D
  • Fight For Me by Bethany Bazile <— UFC FIGHTER BOOK ALERT! 254 pages and it’s only 0.99 cents right now. Michelle recommends this one saying: “Brand new fighter book out with only 20 reviews if that many. So, so good Maryse. The blurb does not even do this book justice. It’s called Fight For Me by Bethany Bazile. 5 star read!!!
  • Stone Cold (An Iron Tornadoes MC Romance) by Olivia Rigal <— short BIKER book (recent release) for 0.99 cents!
  • A Family Man by Sarah Osbourne <— BIKER BOOK (recently released) and over 400 pages. I came across it by accident (while I was in the “biker books” area), and well… what caught my eye was the fact that the “basic” cover reminded me of “Surviving Raine’s cover. The whole “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and all that (barely there covers with magnificent stories inside… you know what I mean). ;) So I read the synopsis and wondered if this might actually be one of those? Not many reviews yet, but I skimmed ‘em and this could be good. UPDATE!! Jeanie LOVES this one!!!! She says —> “Ohmygosh, ohmygosh, ohmygosh!!! A Family Man is sooooooo good!!! I just finished it this past weekend – and fans of For Your Sake, Arrow of Time will LOVE this book!!!! Tiny is the enforcer for his MC and it explores the different relationships he has with his club, mom, ex, his ex’s daughter and even his ex’s sister!!! Can a big bad MC enforcer also be a family man? Read and find out. It is so so good! I loved it!!!“ YAY for the feedback Jeanie! :D MINE!!!!!!!
  • For Your Sake by Elayne DiSano <— BIKER BOOK!! This is one of the book Jeanie reference’s above. It too has a “meh” cover but sometimes those are the best books!
  • Arrow of Time (Marauders) by Lina Andersson <– BIKER BOOK!! And here is the other one Jeanie mentions, above.
  • Dangerous Dozen: 12 Sexy Heroes To Die For Romantic Suspense Boxed Set by Charity Pineiro, Tina Wainscott, Maureen Child, Paige Tyler, Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Virna DePaul, Karen Fenech, Kristin Miller, Gennita Low, Joyce Lamb , Maureen A Miller <—- Awesome sounding ANTHOLOGY ALERT. It’s TWELVE FULL LENGTH books for only 0.99 cents. WHOA! And these guys sound like true heroes!
  • Jahleel (Love All Wrong) by S. Ann Cole <— NEW RELEASE and it gave me a blurb jolt! Unique synopsis ’cause SHE falls for him, and he doesn’t even notice her. AT all. (*squee* #1) So she stalks him. For years. “I’ve allowed my obsession to lead me down into a deep, dark pit, selfishly hurting everyone around me, and only his requited love can pull me out of it.“ And here’s the kicker —> “My name is Saskia Day. I’m British. I’m famous. I’m stinking rich. And this is my pathetic story.” <— okay. Yes. I’m soooo very intrigued by how this’ll play out. And then… when I asked what everyone was reading last night, lo and behold, Janet commented this morning and said she was reading THIS one!

Maryse’s Book Blog: I’m reading right now and have been all day… What about you? And whatcha readin’?

Janet: Jahleel by s. ann cole

Maryse’s Book Blog: Janet!!! OMG I just saw that book and am intrigued. Unique premise. How is it so far?

Janet: Maryse, I LOVED Jahleel (the book-not the guy, well maybe the guy). Apparently he was introduced in her 3rd Billionaire book and a lot of questions are answered there. That will be my next read, but Jahleel is a stand alone and you can jump right in without it.

Maryse’s Book Blog: YAY!!!!!!! Okay thank you. It’s crazy that I fixated on that one this morning, and you just got to it!! So glad ’cause the blurb sounds awesome.

  • Mr. Mysterious In Black (The Billionaire Brothers Series) by S. Ann Cole <— Okay and I think this is the third book in the same author’s “Billionaire” series that Janet was referring to, above.
  • Knockout (Wayward Fighters) by J.C. Valentine <—- FIGHTER ALERT & JUST RELEASED!!! Same title from a book that was released last week, but this one is a different one. And it’s also only 0.99 cents, over 300 pages w/ good review so far! “Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life.” He has to become her protector. Oooooooh!! ME. Titillated!!!!!
  • Heart in Wire: A By A Thread Companion Novel by R.L. Griffin <— JUST RELEASED!! (here is the “By A Thread Series Reading Order“) I hear this series is angsty!
  • Ferocity (Heart of Stone) by D.S. Sidebotton <— JUST RELEASED!!!
  • The Wedding Game (Reality Show) by Amy Matayo <— on sale for only 0.99 cents right now, and I remember this awesome sounding synopsis from a few weeks ago. “Cannon James has a plan: Sign on as a contestant for his father’s new reality show, marry a blonde hand-picked by the producers, and walk away two million dollars richer. It’s all been arranged. Easy. Clean. No regrets. Until Ellie McAllister ruins everything by winning the viewer’s vote. Now he has to convince America that he’s head over heels in love with her. Not easy to do since she’s a walking disaster.” <— tee hee!! It sounds like it could be funny, or angsty. Or both. ;)
  • Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher <— ONLY $2.99 RIGHT NOW (and only for 24 hours from what I’ve been told). I 5-star LOVED this one (but beware!! It’s super somber and moody), but it had twists that I did not see coming, and made my heart race the whole time! My mind was messed with and yet I couldn’t put it down. Here is my review.
  • Dare to Desire (Dare to Love) by Carly Phillips <— JUST RELEASED! FOOTBALL star! “Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests.
  • Rocked (Lost in Oblivion) by Taryn Elliott, Cari Quinn <— JUST RELEASED/ROCK STAR ALERT! Whoa! 474 pages and it’s only 0.99 cents right now! I *think* she goes on tour with the band and cooks for them… “As the child of roadie parents, Harper Pruitt has heard every pickup line twice. To her, musicians are one step above the scraps on her cutting board. All she wants is to get enough experience to run her own catering company, but Deacon and his bottomless stomach are too tempting to resist. He’s far from the typical rock star and before long, she finds herself experimenting with him, inside and out of the kitchen.
  • Seduced: A Prequel to the Lost in Oblivion Series by Taryn Elliott, Cari Quinn <— ROCK START BOOK! Here’s the first book and even though it says “prequel”, it’s over 350 pages! LOL!
  • Safe House (Steel Infidels Biker MC Romance) by Dex Burke <— JUST RELEASED/BIKER BOOK ALERT! Stephanie found it saying: “An exciting new MC Series is on SALE for 99¢ (Was $2.99)! Safe House (Steel Infidels Biker MC Romance) by Dez Burke. Check price before purchasing. Short Length. Great Ratings.”
  • Dom Wars Round Three: Round Three by Lucian Bane <— JUST RELEASED
  • Under My Skin (Skin Deep #2) by J.M. Stone <— and Stephanie found us this 0.99 cent deal, but since it’s #2, I won’t read the blurb so as not to spoil it for myself.
  • Skin Deep by J.M. Stone <— But I WILL read blurb for book #1! ;)Oh, who was she kidding? Emma knew that going to the tattoo shop with her best friend, Allie, would result in getting badgered until she ended up with some sort of needle piercing her flesh in one way or another. What she didn’t plan on was ending up face-first on the floor of the shop with a busted lip. Or doing it in front of the hottest guy she’d seen since…well, ever.  Mortified, Emma never thought she’d ever step foot back in Skin Deep again.” Hehe.
  • The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You by Laurelin Paige <— the entire trilogy has been bundled and is only 0.99 cents, with a “full length companion novel” coming out in July!
  • Vital Sign by J.L. Mac <— JUST RELEASED!!!! <— WHOA!! Blurb jolt!!! She was happy but then… “I had it good once. That’s gone now.  All of it disappeared like vapor into the ether. I’m a lost woman, wandering through grief and struggling to come to terms with my new title: widow. My family says I need understanding and closure. I say a cigarette and a bottle of wine is a much better option for instant gratification. I’m the awkward, depressed one standing in the corner making everyone around me miserably uncomfortable. I’m the one with vacant eyes that society strives to help but can’t. I’m the one who hands out tight smiles and derisive snorts. I’m the widow adrift in this world with no direction. No meaning. No hope. No vital sign.” and then… “Alexander McBride got a second chance—one that he didn’t necessarily want. Alexander is a game changer for Sadie. She hates him for his health but can’t help feeling at home in his presence. He soothes her grief in a way that is intoxicating, addictive evenThe heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest.” Yep. That just sounds GOOD!
  • Six Months (Seven Series #2) by Dannika Dark <— RECENT RELEASE after Seven Years (Seven Series #1)
  • Fraternizing (Fraternizing #1) by C.C. Brown <— another one that made my “Highly Recommended Risqué, Taboo and Forbidden Love Stories LIST (as per the suggestion of readers) and it’s only 0.99 cents right now. And you wanna know what else? …. (see the next one below)
  • Compromising (Fraternizing #2) by C.C. Brown <— the recently released sequel is only 0.99 cents, too!!! Thanks Stephanie!
  • From Now Until Infinity (Infinity Series) by Layne Harper <— Kat found us this one for 0.99 cents! Lots of great looking reviews, but I don’t think it’s the first in the series (in fact, I think it’s #3), so I’m not going to look at the synopsis.
  • Falling Into Infinity (Infinity Series) by Layne Harper <— Okay I think this is the first one… “Pre-med student Caroline “Charlie” Collins, a sophomore at Texas A&M, knows exactly what she wants in life and the order that it will happen: finish college, complete medical school, and then fall in love. A chance meeting with A&M’s star quarterback Colin McKinney changes everything. A friendship between the two grows over time and blossoms into a powerful love affair. Charlie and Colin must learn to cope with his transition to playing professional football, the crushing attention of the media, and constant demands of his fans…” <—- oooooooh yes I love romance angst ’cause of crushing fame!!
  • Finding Infinity (Infinity Series) by Layne Harper <— I think THIS one is #2.
  • When It’s Love: A New Adult Erotic Romance by Emma Lauren <—- TEACHER-STUDENT ALERT!!! YAY!! Another one, and only 0.99 cents (and it’s got pretty good reviews from what I’ve skimmed). Thanks Stephanie. I one-clicked. :D
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie <— $1.99 (thanks Stephanie) and it looks fun! “Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company’s success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her? A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.” and Claudia says: “Loved this book!!! … I read Spin and Forgotten but Arranged was my favorite!”
  • Spin by Catherine McKenzie <— by the same author and also $1.99!!
  • Forgotten: A Novel by Catherine McKenzie <— by the same author and also $1.99!!
  • Worth The Fall (The Worth Series Book 3: A Copper Country Romance) by Mara Jacobs <— 0.99 cents and he’s a HOCKEY STAR!! Good reviews! “Petey Ryan has spent his life hitting and being hit as a defenseman in the NHL. But now he’s about to go up against his biggest foe of all … tiny Alison Jukuri. A woman with whom he shares a long-held secret.”
  • Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway <— this recent release is still hanging on to the 0.99 cent bargain price and so many of us loved her other book, “Painted Faces“. Me included! :D Lindsay: “99. Price drop!! Still Life Strings LH Cosway –I love her books! Painted faces is one of my top reads” and Sadie: Thanks Maryse! Just started this one and this is a sale price I think. YEP!!
  • Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson <— Kandace just found us this one and is enjoying it!! “I’m reading a new release called Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson. I’m really liking it. He’s a play boy Navy seal and she just ended an engagement with her cheating ex fiance. I’m enjoying their chemistry and banter. The prologue really sets the emotions. You already know his secret and the rest of the book you’re left waiting for the bomb to drop. This is an easy sexy read.”
  • Only Love by Garrett Leigh <— JUST RELEASED M/M book and Kandace loves this author! “So far my two favorite books this year was ‘Slide’ and ‘Rare’ by Garrett Leigh. I saw she released a new book today called ‘Only Love’. It’s a M/M book.”
  • Slide (Roads) by Garrett Leigh <— M/M book Here is one of the books she referenced above (one of Kandace’s favorites this year).
  • Rare (Roads) by Garrett Leigh <— M/M book and this is the other one Kandace mentioned…
PREORDERS (this Tuesday’s and a few more!):
  • Hard Time by Cara McKenna by Cara McKenna <— one of my absolute FAV authors, and this book is coming out April 15th. Kentrina brought it back to my attention when she asked: “Maryse I’m looking for a book but I can’t remember the title. I think it was on your blog a few weeks ago, about a prisoner and I believe the prison librarian start having an affair and stuff gets real after he unexpectedly gets paroled. Any help would be appreciated.” And Lori and Kandace were quick to answer. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!!
  • Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna <— ANOTHER one from this same author. *squeeeee*  <– expected release April 15th 2014
  • Entrusted (Club Destiny #6.5) by Nicole Edwards – expected release date MAY 1st (here is the series reading order)
  • Fighting to Forget (The Fighting Series) by J.B. Salsbury <— FIGHTER ALERT! <– expected release April 15th 2014
  • Nova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorensen <– expected release April 15th 2014
  • Rebecca’s Lost Journals by Lisa Renee Jones <– expected release April 15th 2014
  • Purple Magic by Lisa Renee Jones <– expected release April 15th 2014
  • Once Upon a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club Novel) by Jessica Clare <– expected release April 15th 2014
  • Naughty Bits Part I: The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. Hill <– expected release April 15th
  • For Love or Money by Tara Brown  <– expected release April 15th “When Lana Weber learns the truth about a certain campus celebrity, she does what any girl in her position would. She uses it to get everything she wants. But sometimes the thing you want and the thing you need, are very different from the thing you get.”
  • Blame it on the Bass (Heart of Fame) by Lexxie Couper <— ROCK STAR ALERT! <– expected release April 15th
  • Love, in English by Karina Halle <— CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE by one of my FAV authors!!! – expected release date April 20th 2014!!!!!
  • Ever After: A Heart of Stone Novella by K.M. Scott <— expected release date April 27th 2014
  • Hudson (Fixed) by Laurelin Paige <— (This is a full-length companion novel to the NY Times Bestselling Fixed Trilogy. and must be read AFTER the “Fixed” trilogy) - expected release date July 8th 2014

                                                                            


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Brand spankin’ new release in this series and I’m hearing a ton all of the sudden. Comments of crying, comparisons to some of my all-time favorite angsty books, and questions on what’s coming next in the series. Just look at these comments! I had to do some research… (and I found out the goods!!!! :D )

Stephanie: Despite the poor editing, I liked Book #1, Trust Me. But in my opinion, Forgive Me (Book #2) was even better! Forgive Me (Book #2) was emotional, painful, and even dark at times. I even cried! I highly recommend…

Paulette:  I totally agree, not your typical rocker book!

Stephanie: it’s definitely not a typical rocker book. It doesn’t focus on the band out on the road or the glam life of a rock star (like some rocker books do). These books focus more on the relationship between the H/h and the interconnection that they have with their friends, band mates, family, etc. I think each book gets more gritty and intense! The way that Book #2 ended made me want to rip into the next book. I can’t wait until the third book is released!!!

Lori: I really liked the first one Stephanie, excited for more!!

Jenny:  I agree Stephanie, I just finished it & loved it!!

Patty: OMG… I JUST READ TRUST ME AND FORGIVE ME (TAT :Rocker romance) by melanie walker……Omg.. I have cried before with books, but this duet I did the ugly cry, I’m hoping there will be a 3rd book.  This is up there with  beautiful disaster, hopeless, the mighty storm… these books gutted me.  LOVE, ANGST, SORROW,LOSE, REFOUND LOVE, BROKEN PROMISES…. it is a buffet of every love story out there… please tell me you will read them and post reviews I need to talk to someone about them.  Melanie walker doesn’t seem to have a website so I don’t know if there will be another book, but it is so set up that it can happen.  Is there a way to find out.?

Michelle: This book was so emotional to read but amazing as well. Very well written. Highly recommend

Johanna: I finished the first one last night and really liked it. Went right in to the second one.

About book #1:

Carrie Beckett knew fear. Pain, Anger, Terror…she also knew Trust. After escaping a fate that is worse than death Carrie and Noah settle in Gig Harbor with the taste of freedom on the tip of their tongues. Years of abuse so severe, left them both wounded, careful but stronger than life gave them credit for. They knew to trust one another above all things, promising then and there they would never look back…

The summer before her final year at UW Carrie agrees to a date with her long time crush who happens to be her brother Noah’s best friend Chad Blake. The tattooed and sexy as sin front-man for rock band Thick as Thieves and the crowned King of Gig Harbor’s bad boys, Chad is a known for a good time, great music, killer tats and a sweet goodbye the morning after… as long as the girl knows the score. Everything he is, is everything Noah wants her far away from.

Chad has wanted his best friends sister since she was eighteen but stayed away after Noah warned him that Carrie was off limits. Having been burned in the past, Chad focused on his day job as a tattoo artist and his dream of making it big with his band Thick as Thieves; keeping his bed warm until he had the chance to get Carrie Beckett there and never let her leave.

Noah sheltered Carrie as best he could, keeping her as far from his personal life and Chad Blake as he could. He wanted nothing but happiness and freedom for the sister he watched suffer day in and day out.
But Carrie is innocent and smart, strong willed with a sassy mouth, all the things Chad loves about her and refuses to deny himself of anymore.

Risking it all on a whim, he shows up and asks Carrie to go “All In” and betray her brother for a chance to be together.
Carrie is brought into the world of parties, concerts, fangirls and sex- that force her to face the memories of her past in order to move on with Chad as her future.

Knowing that love is a reward, trust, a gift, Carrie and Chad fall with a passion so strong, it threatens to break them both. They will battle back all the bad things in life for just a second of good and all the insecurities will come to an explosive head that may just destroy them both

 

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