HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!!! :D !!! Another week with a smaller list, but it’s loaded with our favorite authors!! Meghan March, Renee Carlino, Chloe Neill, Dannika Dark, Krista  & Becca Ritchie, Max Monroe, Sarina Bowen and more… (and I’ll be adding more goodies through the day as we find ‘em).

P.S. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out my latest reviews (and yesterday’s earlybirds!!):

LET’S READ!!!! :D !!!!

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS!

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely
  2. Richer Than Sin: The Sin Trilogy, Book 1 by Meghan March
  3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  4. Blackout: Crossbreed Series, Book 5 by Dannika Dark
  5. The Pleasure of Panic: Jordan’s Game, Book 2 b J.A. Huss
  6. Embers: Dark in You Series, Book 4 by Suzanne Wright
  7. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
  8. No Prince Charming: Secrets of Stone, Book 1 by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue
  9. Wild Hunger: Heirs of Chicagoland Series, Book 1 by Chloe Neill
  10. Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews – PREORDER ALERT! August 28th 2018
  11. Stygian: A Dark-Hunter Novel by Sherrilyn Kenyon - PREORDER ALERT! August 28th 2018
  12. Dark Sentinel: A Carpathian Novel, Book 32 by Christine Feehan - September 4th 2018
  13. Leverage in Death: In Death Series, Book 47 by J.D. Robb – September 4th 2018
  14. Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness - September 18th 2018
             

 

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

  • Beneath Your Beautiful (The Beautiful Series Book 1) by Emery Rose <— R. IS LOVING IT! The bar owner she’s so into…All I wanted was a fresh start in a new city…and a bartending job. I never intended to fall for the sexy, tattooed bar owner. Dark. Brooding. Emotionally unavailable.  But Killian Vincent is a challenge I can’t seem to walk away from…
R: I’m reading Beneath Your Beautiful, a debut by Emory Rose, and I’m loving it. It’s sitting at over 4.5 stars on GR, which is crazy high so I couldn’t resist.
  • The Ribbon Duet by Pepper Winters <— BACK ON THE LIST ’cause Bea LOVED this duet!
Bea: I have been a “lurker” on this blog for a while and have found many wonderful reads thanks to your insights . Today I must speak up and share my feelings about The Ribbon Duet. Never has an author caught me on a line like this before. Book one seemed sweet, but just a bit off, but just SO good!! Of course I had to buy book two! I was still a bit unsure, but by the middle of book 2, my heart had been ripped from my chest! I imagined it laying on the floor beating for one last gasp of blood, like a fish out of water. Never before has a book made me picture my internal organs. This is the highest praise I can imagine.
  • The Score (Off-Campus Book 3) by Elle Kennedy <— ELLE KENNEDY SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! This is one of my 5-STAR FAVORITES!!!! Don’t miss this one!!! In fact, here’s my review.
  • Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey <— RECENT RELEASE & WE HAVE FEEDBACK!!! Swoony ROM COM ALERT!! Jen C recommends it!!
Jen C: I finished Not So Nice Guy yesterday-ish and it was a really good, solid rom-com. I was swooning and chuckling the whole way through.
Jan: I loved the Seven series by Dannika Dark. Wolf shifters but it’s not all about the pnr – more about the people and their relationships and adventures.
  • Bright Side by Kim Holden <— ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITES is super-bargain priced right now!!! This is an absolute MUST-READ (just ask anyone who’s read it!!!!) P.S. Here’s my review.

Veronica: My most epic read would have to be Bright Side by Kim Holden. …a book that stays within you for life.

Jean: …I’m broken on the inside, but it was just so beautiful. I loved every single character in Bright Side, but Kate…..well, she was inspiring and awesome and everyone should have someone like her in your life if possible! Her positivity was infectious with everyone she met! You couldn’t help but love her! Feeling like I have to move right onto Gus now because, well, ya know…. (BTW, I think I went through an entire box of tissues with this one)!

Tessa: I will say, if you can take heartbreak (Which you know I rarely do) read it. It’s one of those that just sticks and is so beautifully written, I actually don’t curse it.  *yes, I curse a LOT of the ones that make me cry*

Nay: Maryse! You NEED to read Gus. I loved it even more than Bright Side, probably *because* it was a ‘healing’ book. It was wonderful!

      

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN NEW RELEASES

  1. Hunter Hunted (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 3) by Keri Arthur
  2. Immortal Memories: Part 2 by Abby Brooks
  3. Lion’s Lair: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Leo (Wylde Magick Book 2) by Ann Gimpel
  4. The Lost Swallow: An Epic Fantasy Romance (Light and Darkness Book 2) by Jayne Castel
  5. The Prince: A Wicked Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout <— JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT ALERT!! “…She’s everything he can’t have… Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare...”
  6. Super for You, Bad for Me by Asta Idonea
  7. Wild Hunger (An Heirs of Chicagoland Novel) by Chloe Neill
  8. Phoenix and the Wolf: Tales of the Were (Lick of Fire Book 2) by Bianca D’Arc
  9. A Gift of Grace (Tassamara Book 4) by Sarah Wynde
  10. The Wolf’s Bandit: Paranormal Shifter Romance: A Howls Romance by Milly Taiden
  11. Soul of the Pack by Jenny Frame
  12. Curse of Dragons: A Reverse Harem Novel (Sera’s Curse Book 2) by Clara Hartley
  13. Blackout (Crossbreed Series Book 5) by Dannika Dark <— DANNIKA DARK ALERT!!!!
  14. Death of Gods (Vampire Crown Book 3) by Scarlett Dawn and Katherine Rhodes
  15. Under Her Covers: A Reverse Harem Apocalyptic Romance (Death’s Relentless Dance Book 2) by AJ Sinclair
  16. Fighting for Wolves (Shifter Country Wolves Book 3) by Dakota West
  17. The Lunar Magic (The Ayla St. John Chronicles Book 4) by C.J. Pinard
  18. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie <— GREY IS FLOATING ON A 5-STAR FLUFFY CLOUD, SHE LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!

Grey: “PSA: Is everyone sitting down??? Ok, I just read and reviewed a 5 star YA!! Guys, it was brilliant. I absolutely loved it. It comes out on Tuesday, 8/14/18. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

I know that there are a couple of you that have read and loved a few other books that the Ritchie sisters have written before… well, this may appeal to other types of readers as it is Sci-Fi in nature… but not fantastical, Last Hour of Gann type of Sci-Fi, I’m floating on a fluffy 5 star cloud.

               

 

CONTEMPORARY NEW RELEASES

  1. Richer Than Sin by Meghan March <— MEGHAN MARCH ALERT!! THESE TWO FAMILIES CAN NEVER BE TOGETHER… “...I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man. She hates me, and she should. I objected on her wedding day. Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger. They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after . . . but I’m not done with Whitney Gable. I’ll never be done with her...”
  2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
  3. First A Lady by Jade Cary
  4. Trick Play (Mavericks Tackle Love Book 3) by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE ALERT!! THE FOOTBALL STAR & THE STRIPPER… “…after one hour with a stripper named Trixie, that list of mine has shifted dramatically. Tell Quinn to call my lawyer. And, for the love of God, don’t get fired from the Mavericks. I swear, I tried to make it stop there. But one tiny thing keeps finding its way to the very top…”
  5. Between the Vows by Rachel Benefield
  6. Steamy Days: A Pelican Lake Novella by Melissa Stevens
  7. The Mess We’re In by Carolyn Lawrence
  8. Second Chances by Teresa Roman
  9. Remember That Night (Taking Chances Book 4) by Katrina Marie
  10. Bishop: An Arizona Vengeance Novel by Sawyer Bennett <— SAWYER BENNETT ALERT!! SHE JUST INTRODUCED HER ONE NIGHT STAND AS HER FIANCE… “...I’m fortunate enough to meet one who’s looking for the same thing I am: a night of anonymous, unforgettable, no-strings-attached sex. Fast forward to the Vengeance arena. It’s the last place I expect to see her again—let alone in her own office. Then bells go off and I finally realize who this girl is: Brooke Perron. My new coach’s daughter...”
  11. Clueless (Pier 70 Book 5) by Nicole Edwards
  12. Calix: Areion Fury MC by Esther E. Schmidt
  13. Opportunity (Office Roulette, Book Three) by Kennedy Layne
  14. The Devil You Know (The Devilish Divas Series, Book 3): Women’s Fiction by M.J. Schiller
  15. Dirty, Reckless Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor Book 3) by Lexi Ryan <— LEXI RYAN ALERT!! SHE CAN’T REMEMBER… “…I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . . Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my own home. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancé, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.  I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him…”
  16. Don’t Go There (Awkward Love Book 5) by Missy Johnson
  17. Maverick (Hell’s Handlers MC Book 2) by Lilly Atlas
  18. Their Boss’s Daughter (Auction Nights Book 1) by Chloe Kent
  19. Blind Kiss: A Novel by Renee Carlino <— RENEE CARLINO ALERT!! A BLINDFOLDED TEST LEADS TO SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE… “...Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off. For a year, they danced between friendship and romance—until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change...”
  20. Cold Fear: (Cold Harbor Book 5) by Susan Sleeman
  21. Keeping Her Close: A Slow Burn Standalone by Casey Diam
  22. Survive The Fall (Dark Eagle Book 1) by Julia Bright
  23. Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby <— SARINA BOWEN & TANYA EBY ALERT!!! SINGLE MOM USED TO BABYSIT HIM… ;) “...I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls. I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me….”
  24. Foxy In Lingerie by Penelope Sky
  25. Condemned & Admired: The Earl’s Cunning Wife (Love’s Second Chance Book 9) by Bree Wolf
  26. Peony Red (The Granite Harbor Series Book 1) by J. Lynn Bailey <— SHE’S GRIEVING & HE’S DEALING WITH DIVORCE... “...For game warden Eli Young, life is simpler when he’s exploring the back roads of Maine. In the north woods, he doesn’t have to deal with town politics or his soon-to-be ex-wife. But a chance meeting with a brokenhearted newcomer leaves him tangled. He should walk away—except, now that he’s met her, he can’t turn back…”
  27. Lawfully Wedded: Inspirational Christian Contemporary (A K-9 Lawkeeper Romance) by Jenna Brandt
  28. Nobody Said It’d Be Easy by Patty Blount
  29. The Plus Sign Anthology
  30. Outrageous: A Quantum Novel (Quantum Series) by Marie Force <— MARIE FORCE OFFICE ROMANCE ALERT!! “...To Emmett, Leah is a fly buzzing around his head who can’t be swatted away. She’s always there, looking at him, asking him legal questions that have nothing to do with his specialty in entertainment law and generally driving him mad with her overt sexiness and sassy mouth. He wants to toss her over his desk and run the sass right out of her, which is hardly the way a professional who loves his job should behave in the office.
  31. Hollywood Heir (Westerly Billionaire Book 4) by Ruth Cardello
  32. A Kiss to Tell by W. Winters <— HE WAS FORBIDDEN!! “…We lived on the same street and went to the same school, although he was a year ahead. Even so close, he was untouchable. He was bad news and I was the sad girl who didn’t belong. One night changed everything. We both had secrets. We both saw the pain in each other’s eyes. The gaze that gave me chills turned to a lust-filled haze that heated every inch of me. But that didn’t change who he was. A man who would take everything from me...”
  33. Some Like It Hot: Christian romantic suspense (Summer of the Burning Sky Book 3) by Susan May Warren
  34. Blessed By Malakai (To Marry a Madden Book 1) by Sherelle Green
  35. A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean
  36. The Gentle Dom (Iron Eagle Gym Book 7) by Sean Michael <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  37. Aftershock (Ever After Book 2) by Tanya Chris <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  38. When It’s Right (San Francisco Thunder) by Victoria Denault <— SINGLE DAD/HOCKEY COACH & THE NURSE… “...Between being a single dad to an active six-year-old and the crazy demands of his job as a hockey coach, finding love is not in the cards. But when the team’s goalie is rushed to the ER, he’s immediately captivated by the gorgeous, sassy nurse on duty… who just happens to be the sister of one his players...”
  39. Be Mine, Sweetheart (Something Borrowed) by Codi Gary
                                     

 

PREORDERS (Next few days, and a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. The Charm of You by Jennifer Probst – August 17th 2018
  2. Husband Material (Left at the Altar Book 3) by Raine Miller – August 19th 2018
  3. Over the Edge: (The Edge Book 4) by C.D. Reiss – August 19th 2018
  4. Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels & Melanie Harlow – August 20th 2018
  5. All the Way: A Romancing Manhattan Novel by Kristen Proby – August 21st 2018
  6. Losing the Field (Field Party) by Abbi Glines - August 21st 2018
  7. Pieces of Her: A Novel: 18 by Karin Slaughter - August 21st 2018
  8. Tossed Into Love (Fluke My Life Book 3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds - August 21st 2018
  9. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick  - August 21st 2018
  10. Tattered (Torn Series, Book 2) by Melody Anne – August 21st 2018

         

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Happy Monday and good morning everyone!!! It’s time for our earlybird book releases and a fun little game of “Three Things”. I’ll start. :)

1.) My family is leaving in just a few days and I’m already missing them… It’s been a fun three weeks.

2.) But before they leave, I’m making them Mississippi Pot Roast!!

3.) And… I  read THE BEST BOOK this weekend and it had me in tears, and I just loved it SO HARD!!! This is a must read. Here’s my review.

LOOK WHAT JUST WENT LIVE :D !!!

  1. Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely  LAUREN BLAKELY’S LATEST JUST WENT LIVE EARLY!!! They once broke each other’s hearts, and now she’s back but he’s not the same guy anymore… “…There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more. She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.”
  2. Fauxmance by L.H. Cosway <— L.H. COSWAY’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! “…Adopting the persona of a woman far more interesting is the only way she can break free of the socially awkward, romantically inept girl she really is. And it’s all going swimmingly until she catches the eye of a man at her local coffee shop. Julian Fairchild has been noticing her for a while and he’s fascinated. Little does he know, the woman he thinks he’s obsessed with is a fake. It’s not long before the jig is up, and Julian discovers Ellen’s true identity. However, he has a proposition…”
  3. Bloodlust By Midnight (Last Witch Standing Book 2) by Deanna Chase
  4. Man Candy (Billionaire Bachelors Book 4) by Lila Monroe
  5. The Runaway Princess Bride (Castles of Dallas Book 3) by Lenora Worth
  6. Trapping Wasp (Dead Presidents Book 3) by Harley Stone
  7. One Wild Night: A Wilder Irish short story by Mari Carr <— HE’S GOING TO MARRY THE NEXT WOMAN HE SLEEPS WITH… “…Depressed with his shallow love life, Eric vows to marry the next woman he sleeps with—just before a firecracker confronts her cheating boyfriend at the next table. Intrigued, Eric offers to buy her a beer. Joni agrees on two conditions: She wants tequila, and complete honesty. Joni wants one wild night, but Eric is finished with that. He wants more…”
  8. Midnight with the Devil: A Dark Romance by Emma Castle
  9. Wicked Fae: A Reverse Harem Fantasy (Magic and Dreams Book 1) by Helene Gadot
  10. Catch Him If You Can (Accidentally Yours) by Jennifer Shirk
  11. Wanna Be Yours (Bad at Love Book 1) by Megan Hart <— MEGAN HART ALERT!!!! “…Their meeting isn’t supposed to lead to anything permanent. They’re not supposed to want more than something casual. They’re definitely not supposed to fall head-over-heels for each other. But they do…”
  12. Come Away With Me: The hilarious feel-good romantic comedy you need to read in 2018 by Maddie Please
  13. Deathstalkers MC Box Set Volume Two: Books 4-6 by Alexis Noelle
  14. White Lies: A Forbidden Romance Standalone by Dylan Heart <— FORBIDDENY!!!!! STUDENT-TEACHER ALERT (and marital strife!!) “…when Stassi meets a mysterious stranger at a Friday night football game, she gives into temptation, sharing a single night of passion that’s supposed to last for just one night. Come Monday morning, that sexy and mysterious stranger walks into Stassi’s classroom as the newest transfer student. Kemper Scott is eighteen with a boyish face and the body of a man. He insists that he wants to save Stassi from her broken marriage, but Kemper might not be who he claims to be…”
  15. Sliding Home (Locker Room Diaries) by Kathy Lyons
  16. The One That Matters by Elle Linder
  17. Wild With You by Layla Hagen
  18. Mayhem: A Motorcycle Club Romance (Vipers MC) (The Biker’s Anarchy Book 1) by Heather West
  19. Risky: A Bad Boy Mafia Romance by Ava Bloom
  20. Accidentally in Love with the Pilot by Teri Anne Stanley <— IT’S HER BIRTHDAY & SHE’S IN VEGAS ANNNNNNND NOW SHE’S MARRIED TO A STRANGER… “…Megan Shuttlekrump doesn’t have time for a boyfriend, much less a husband. But a night of celebratory drinks with a handsome stranger ends with a ring on her finger—and no memory of how it got there. Her new “husband” is over the top hot, but he’ll be out of her life once his leave is over. As long as they can find out which of the thousand or so chapels in Vegas married them…”
                   

 

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!

PREORDERS (going live at midnight!!!  :D )

  1. Richer Than Sin by Meghan March – August 14th 2018
  2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena – August 14th 2018
  3. Trick Play (Mavericks Tackle Love Book 3) by Max Monroe – August 14th 2018
  4. Bishop: An Arizona Vengeance Novel by Sawyer Bennett - August 14th 2018
  5. Dirty, Reckless Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor Book 3) by Lexi Ryan – August 14th 2018
  6. Blind Kiss: A Novel by Renee Carlino – August 14th 2018
  7. Hunter Hunted (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 3) by Keri Arthur - August 14th 2018
  8. Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby – August 14th 2018
  9. Wild Hunger (An Heirs of Chicagoland Novel) by Chloe Neill – August 14th 2018
  10. The Prince: A Wicked Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout - August 14th 2018

        

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My Oxford Year: A Novel
OMG BEST BOOK EVER. Seriously I’m crying as I write this, but I am so absolutely in love with this love story, and I can’t believe my luck that I was able to experience it.

I chose it but vacillated. Suspecting – due to comments – that it was “one of those” books, hearing words like “ugly cry”, “sobbing” and all the warnings that come with “one of those” books – and I was second guessing myself. Was I up for all of that intensity and emotion? But I can promise you, I couldn’t be more delighted. I devoured this one. DE. VOURED.

Michele: This book was a 5 star fave for me!! It is one of “those” books but I thought it was done very well! So worth reading!!

Jennifer: So good!

Kari: This ended up being a book where “that thing that happens” was nowhere on my radar!!! It totally changed the story and made it so so good!

Andrea: Just finished this book. It was epic and amazing and I want more from this author! …I loved this book!

Amy: My Oxford Year (teacher-student drama!)… Oh, you KNOW My Oxford Year was an immediate click for me. I had seen buzz for it before it was released, but the price made me a bit hesitant. But as soon as I saw it was on sale…CLICK! :D

Cheryl: My Oxford Year scares me; to be compared to Jo Jo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks and a “heartbreaking story.” Think I’ll wait for someone else to guinea pig it and let me know. *whispers I think it’s one of “those” books*

Maryse: That just makes me want to read it more. ;)

Yes I’m crying. I won’t tell you why!!!!

  • I could be devastated yet touched.
  • I could be crying of happiness <— I’m good at that too, ya know!

But everything… EVERYTHING I read in this book, I took straight to my heart. I experienced. I fretted. I laughed. I learned. Oh how I have learned. But in the BEST way.

I’d say this is a cross (feel-wise) between Nottinghill (one of my absolute FAVORITE movies) and … dare I say it? Me Before You (WARNING!!!! DO NOT consider the ending of that one in regards to THIS one – maybe… maybe not!!!! I said FEEL-wise, not spoiler-wise). I will NEVER do that. You have NO idea how this will end, as I didn’t, even if I had all sorts of suspicions due to reactions from fellow readers.

Amy: OH! By the way…about My Oxford Year. Finished it, and it was really, REALLY good. I didn’t cry (although I did get teary-eyed a couple of times) and the ending was bittersweet but lovely.

Michele G: I LOVED the book My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan!!  …one of my faves this year!

Does it go there? Doesn’t it? It doesn’t matter. READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ THIS!!!!!!!

So what’s it about?

Word of warning: At first (first few chapters), I wondered if I’d be able to relate to the main character and if this story could hold my interest. She’s pretty much a super-woman (education-wise) and I was gearing up for a slightly “stuffy” atmosphere… but this is NONE of that, once the story gets rolling. P.S. All told from the heroine’s POV (YAY ME!!!)

Ella has received a highly coveted “Rhodes” (Rhodies?) position at Oxford University (I dunno the logistics of it all… just work with me here). LOL! What it means is that she’s been awarded an elite position to attend Oxford University in a certain study, etc.

“I work in politics. American politics. But this whole year for me is about pushing boundaries, and exploring new things, and basically just, like, leveling up. As a person?”

Ella is a competitive, self-starting, highly intelligent fighter that’s ready to take on the world, and while she’s headed straight for politics, her major at Oxford is Literature (and oh how I fell in love with it… the intro to every chapter is absolutely incredible. Read each one. Poetry that speaks to me, and leads you in… perfectly).

Anyway, all that to say, she has a pretty appalling start when she runs into – in the worst of ways – a rowdy (yet super-sexy) man that’s full of pomp and circumstance. Or better defined… he’s a “posh prat”. :P

He smiles charmingly at the group and everyone responds with an appreciative chuckle.

Except for me. I can’t respond. I’m too busy having my world reordered.

The new professor is the posh prat.

But then she soon realizes (when she starts her courses) that he’s her professor. Ugh (for her) and YAYYYYYY!!! (for me… the reader… that just LOVES this kind of thing). ;) Also a professor with quite the randy reputation with his students. Let’s just say things of this nature are more liberal in Britain.

“Jamie Davenport’s a legend,” Maggie says, eyes wide. “The road between Oxford and Cambridge is positively littered with broken hearts.”

Charlie considers this. “More like dropped knickers. The man invented the three-date rule.”

“So just be careful there,” Maggie says.

And of course, the attraction between them is undeniable, but since she plans to return to the US in just a few months, and well… he’s just not the type to settle down,

I cut him off at the pass. “Students are off-limits?”

He pauses. “Actually, technically no.” He looks up and grins at me. “Unlike some, Britain is not a nation of Puritans when it comes to matters of carnality between two consenting adults.”

I smile at him. “You’re not looking for a relationship?”

He takes a step back into my room, sighing. “That would be it. Quite.”

…they settle into a “friends with benefits” situation.

He considers my hand, tempted. But shakes his head instead. “I still don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“Don’t think, Professor. Feel.”

But oh how things change as they attempt to keep their emotions in check.

Why does this hurt so much? “Wow,” I hear myself say. “It’s a good thing I don’t love you.”

ROOOOOOOOAAR!!!! Yeah. The fury I felt. There were a few roars from me… for both of them.

And then, you know… other stuff is revealed. Secret stuff. That’s right. I won’t tell you.

There are choices to make. Life choices. Goals, opportunities and new reveals that don’t quite mix. But mix the two of them, with her family (and past), his family (and past), the new friends she’s made at Oxford (each one is TOTALLY believable… they seem so real – with mini side-stories of their own), and you will experience an unputdownable, absolutely amazing story that will have you feeling from start to finish. Feeling good? Feeling bad? Elated? Sad?

My lips are sealed.

This book is just SO smart. So… everything.

5 STARS PLUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! <— PLEASE DO. NOT. MISS. THIS!!!!!!! And did I mention it’s going to be a movie? Yes. It’s THAT GOOD and I will totally watch it. BUT READ THE BOOK FIRST. You know it will be even better.

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MEGHAN MARCH’S LATEST TRILOGY ALERT!!! Book #1 is going live in just a couple of days, and ALL of the books are up for preorder! :D

Jenny: She is my second favorite author after KA! Suspense, action and hot alpha males!

Nay: I’m seeing Meghan March raved about more and more. Will definitely be adding her books to my tbr!

Christina: Meghan March’s books just sucked me right in I literally locked myself in my room and let the hubby handle the kids!

About book #1:

A Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after. Our family feud is the stuff of legends.

Ten years ago, Whitney Gable caught me off guard with her long legs and grab-you-by-the-balls blue eyes. I didn’t know or care what her name was. Like any Riscoff worth the family name, I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man.

She hates me, and she should. I objected on her wedding day.

Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger. They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after . . . but I’m not done with Whitney Gable.

I’ll never be done with her.

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SUNDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! LAUREN BLAKELY’S LATEST JUST WENT LIVE EARLY!!! Unbreak My Heart <— They once broke each other’s hearts, and now she’s back but he’s not the same guy anymore… ➔➔➔➔

“…There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.

She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.”

Happy FRIDAY!!!!!!! It’s time for our list (although it’s still a work in progress. I’ll be updating it all day). And finally one of our fellow readers read one of our 5-star favorites (below) and we are sqeeeeeeing for her. She. Flipped. OUT!!!! YAY MELINDA!! ;)

P.S. Wow… today, there are a few super-recommendations that made us delightfully furious and hooked us good. You’ll see, with the reader recommendations how hard they affected us. Consider them MUST-READS!!!

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE FOUND FOR THE WEEKEND :D !!

  • Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey <— LIVE!!! R.S. GREY ALERT!! He’s “just” her best friend… “…Just Ian is…just my best friend. We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at work assumes we’re a couple—that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian. He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine...”
  • Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher <— Melinda FINALLY read it and FREAKED OUT!!!!

Melinda: I just have to share. I am reading a book so good, let me emphasise soo good. I dont know how I have never read it before. Nay recommended it for me. It’s called ARSEN. I can’t do anything this book is consuming me. Everyone needs to read Arsen if they haven’t read it already.

Amy: *bites fist and quietly squeals* *giddily waits for the onslaught of SQUEEEEEEES from our Arsen-loving crew over Melinda’s comment*

Julie O: Isn’t ARSEN the book where she had that wonderful husband?

Grey: *squeeeeee* Told you so, told you so, told you so! *Grabs Maryse, Amy, Nay and Ela and dances in a little circle* ohhh, Arsen!

Melinda: WHY DIDNT YOU GRAB ME EARLIER AND TELL ME HOW GOOD IT WAS. GREY,YOU EVEN HAD A PFM AND DIDNT PICK IT. I really thought, I had read it. But no, I’ve never read this book. Yes, she does have the most gorgeous husband. And I want to take her down.

Maryse: OMG YAYYYYYY!! Another Arsen addict. Doesn’t matter WHEN that book was released, it still has THAT effect on those that just read it for the first time. I LOVE THAT!!!!!!!

Melinda: 10 big stars.. To be honest. It has been mentioned a lot. But I was sure I had read it. But no, I hadn’t. Thank you Nay.  I think I was pulling my hair out at the end. Or I was going to punch Cathy out. And Grey, you must have mentioned 10 times how good it was. That’s exactly my kind of book. I just have to listen more closely next time. Still love ya.

Michelle G: I loved Arsen too – although I’m pretty sure I also wanted to take her out back and slap her around a bit!

Amy: Loved Arsen. LOVED it. “I’m afraid.” GAH!!!!

  • The Consequences Series Box Set by Aleatha Romig <— DARK READ ALERT!!! LOOKIT WHAT I JUST ONE-CLICKED!!! Aleatha Romig’s entire “Consequences” series is BUNDLED & SUPER-BARGAIN priced right now!!! Lots of love/hate for one of the main characters in this series, so beware. ;) I read the first two, and I was incensed!! I didn’t finish the series (even though I was hooked – it’s addictive) but maybe now I’m ready…

Grey: Consequences is not for the faint of heart… a strong constitution is needed… I threw my kindle at one point *blush*

Leslie M: Man, I wish I had a BR for when I read Consequences. That series gave me ulcers. (in a good way) … As much as I loved Consequences series, I have never read Beyond the Consequences book #5. Got to put on the big girl panties for this one.

Tessa: I read Consequences. (Boy was I swearing a blue streak at Tony!) …Consequences… I never forgave him. LOVED the series, but I never forgave him. I’m weird like that. I may hate the H/h but still love the book.

Anne: I loved the Consequences series! It was so so amazing! Highly recommend it!

Sharon: I have been devouring the Consequences series. I forgot who recommended it (THANK YOU) – but after book 1, I am hooked – and maybe even like Tony a teeny tiny bit.

Leslie M: It’s funny because when I read Consequences series I not only ignored my family, but I couldn’t sleep or eat or bathe. ;)

Cristina: I spent the weekend with the Consequences series. Definitely one of the most mentally and emotionally taxing reading experiences of my life. It was the most unpredictable love story I have ever read. This series shocked me and twisted my tummy over, and over, and over again. I say “love story” lightly. This series is not for the faint at heart. If you like an easy love story or an easy hero/heroine, run far, far away from this series. Is it dark? The first book yes. But after that, it was more emotional than anything else. I would call it a psych thriller. One quality I look for in my hero, in a dark series, is redemption. That’s what makes it a love story for me. It’s here, but it doesn’t come easy. I wasn’t sure after book #1 it was even possible for me, by Romig’s superior writing got me there. This series is going to stay with me for a while. These kinds of feels don’t go away easily. It’s time for a glass of wine and a light read. Phew! I’m brushing the sweat off of my forehead. Well done Aleatha Romig! Well done indeed!

Nay: Maryse–I almost forgot–could you please add a new release for today to the list? It’s The Man in Black by Soraya Naomi, a standalone in the Chicago Syndicate mafia series. Thanks!
  • Bayside Heat (Bayside Summers Book 3) by Melissa Foster <— LIVE!! MELISSA FOSTER ALERT!! “…Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she’s finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he’s never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on. A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they’ve both been aching to walk…”
  • INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter <— ELIZABETH HUNTER SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! Kat found it for us!! She wants to sell books in his tattoo shop… “…Unusual? Yes. But a book shop/tattoo studio might be the ticket for both Emmie and Ox to find success on their own terms. As long as they keep their attention focused on business. Just on business…”

Kat: On sale… I absolutely loved this authors PNR looking forward to diving in

MichelleS: “Ink” is calling to me… LOVE Elizabeth Hunter’s writing (one of my favorite series is her Elemental Mysteries series)… and the H’s name is OX!

  • Blood Type (Blood Type Book 1) by K.A. Linde <— K.A. LINDE VAMPIRE ROMANCE SUPER-BARGAIN!!! (Tessa enjoyed this one!!) “…A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.”
Tessa: If you want to read Blood Match, you HAVE to read Blood Type first. The first was really good, so I’m hoping the second is even half that.  :D
Theresa: I am sending this email to recommend Kathleen Brooks’ stories.  I just started reading her books this year.  The Forever Bluegrass series have been fun and really good.  The completed Web of Lies series is quite apropos given the current political climate.
  • Mr. Buff: A Flaming Romance by Milly Taiden <— LIVE!! They spy on each other…Every morning, Alexandra drinks in the sexy vision of Mr. Buff through his office window across the alleyway. He takes his workouts seriously, and Alexandra never misses the opportunity to see him return half-naked, sweaty and pumped, to his office suite to shower. But when Alexandra bumps into Mr. Buff, aka Andrew Carter, at a club, things go from visual to physical. Turns out Andrew enjoys the view from his office just as much as she does from hers…”
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty <— 5-STAR SUPER-SALE ALERT!!! Another one of my favorites from a few years ago is on sale today!! Here’s my 5-star review.

Jean: Just finished The Husband’s secret and loved it.

Maryse: I read her “The Husband’s Secret” and it TOO hd multiple POV’s but they were SO warranted, since they all culminate into the WHOLE story once the end is revealed… even the strangers. So multiple POVs work and make things so gooooood…

Ela:  I read my husband’s secret and it was super angsty and twisty! There are lots of turns and characters…

  • Leave Before He Kills You by Juliette Duncan <— SHE HAD TO LEAVE HIM…When his face grew angry, I knew he could murder… That face drove me and my three young daughters to flee across Australia. I doubted he’d ever touch the girls, but if I wanted to live and see them grow, I had to do something…
  • The Renegades Series by Rebecca Yarro <— SUPER-BARGAIN SALE ON ALL of this series (and more of her books) and Kathy LOVED them!
Kathy: all of Rebecca Yarro’s books are on sale for $.99 for 2 days only. Her Renegade Series about extreme stunt sport performers is one of my favorite series.
  • Dancing in the Dark by T.L. Martin
  • SCAR: A Dark Military Romance by Loki Renard
  • Dash (Marked Skulls MC Book 5)
  • Broken Glamour (Glamour Series Book 2) by Maggie Marr
  • That Guy by Belle Brooks <— SHE SIGNS UP FOR A DATING SERVICE… “…She signs up to a new dating service that pairs you statistically to the one you’re supposed to love. Finding it — love that is — using the more conventional methods, has not been a successful venture for Mindy, and with her biological clock ticking, she uses a more desperate method and takes the plunge into a possible happily ever after. The thing is, when she boards the boat to a secret location, she doesn’t realise the man waiting for her is someone she’s previously met…’
  • Blocked (Gold Hockey Book 1) by Elise Faber <— LIVE!! FIRST FEMALE GOALIE!!
  • Beneath Series by Meghan March <— BINGE READ ALERT!! Kathy is LOVING them!!

Kathy: Oh and I just read the first three books in the Beneath the Ink Series by Meghan March. Why did I wait so long to read these books? I binge read them over vacation and am now on the 4th book.

Christina: Meghan March’s books just sucked me right in I literally locked myself in my room and let the hubby handle the kids!

  • Dirty Halo by Evie East <— LIVE!!! HER ROYAL STATUS FEELS LIKE A PRISON “…when the entire royal family is killed in a deadly attack, the line of succession swiftly changes course. With her ailing father appointed king and no legitimate heirs in sight, Emilia is pulled from the shadows and thrust into a destiny she never wanted. If this were a fairy tale, the palace would be paradise. In reality, with a father she barely knows on the throne, a deadly assassin still on the loose, and enemies around every gilded corridor corner — the callous, captivating Lord Carter Thorne chief among them — it feels more like a prison to Emilia…”
  • Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper
  • Crushed by Jennifer K. Thomas <— LIVE!! SINGLE MOM STARTING OVER… “...Determined not to get hurt again and to protect her young daughter, she struggles to move past the pain and regain her confidence. Luke Taylor thought he got over Jessica a long time ago. After ten years apart, he certainly didn’t expect to still be drawn to her like this. Even though their relationship ended in heartbreak, he can’t stop thinking about her and all the what-ifs...”
                     

 

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  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!

PREORDERS (The next few days & a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Richer Than Sin by Meghan March – August 14th 2018
  2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena – August 14th 2018
  3. Trick Play (Mavericks Tackle Love Book 3) by Max Monroe – August 14th 2018
  4. Bishop: An Arizona Vengeance Novel by Sawyer Bennett - August 14th 2018
  5. Dirty, Reckless Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor Book 3) by Lexi Ryan – August 14th 2018
  6. Blind Kiss: A Novel by Renee Carlino – August 14th 2018
  7. Hunter Hunted (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 3) by Keri Arthur - August 14th 2018
  8. Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby – August 14th 2018

      

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Cuffed (Everyday Heroes Series Book 1)
The best of both “contemporary romance-book” worlds in this one! Childhood best friends, and it’s a second chance romance to boot! Also, the cop-in-uniform hero didn’t hurt one bit. That cover? *waggles eyebrows* I know right? He was pretty easy to imagine.

BUT for those that aren’t as taken by an overtly sexy book cover, don’t let it scare you. While this book was steamy and at times, hilarious (ohhhhhh that police escort to the drug store had me laughing out loud), :P

Tell you what, Em, if it’s such an emergency that you were willing to risk life and limb to get there, I think I should give you a police escort.”

“No! That’s okay—I—”

“Lights and sirens. The whole shebang all the way to . . . CVS, or is it Rite Aid? Which store has the brand you prefer?”

“A police escort, Grant? Really?” Irritation mixes with disbelief.

“Now that you’re a resident of Sunnyville, I’m at your service. Here to protect and to serve.” He flashes a grin that tells me he knows exactly what I’m doing and plans to make me pay for it.

…(oh and it gets even better), this book had plenty of depth, raw honesty, and a subject matter that cuts deeply, with an incredible eye-opening moment… a healing that really brings it home.

Leslie M: how is Cuffed? (that cover!!)

Cheryl: Leslie, I’m reading Cuffed and it’s a combination of some funny moments with some very serious one’s. Think you might like it.

Mari: Cuffed, I really liked that book, it was a little deeper than most and I think that is what I thought was better about it.

Maryse: Mari!! I want to read Cuffed SO badly… and now even more since you said it was deeper… YES!!!!! :D

Kooloo: So I just finished a 5 Star read entitled CUFFED by K Bromberg and struggled with my rating until I found out it is based on real life events that involved the author – there are of course triggers which made even more relent knowing it actually happened. But it also made me lol and swoon… loved it xoxo

Leslie: I finished Cuffed. I liked it - 4 **** The H was swoony and perfect but the h bothered me a smidge. She was one of those that pushes the H away. She had her reasons but it still prevented me from fully investing in her. This was an emotional read despite the cover making it look “fun”. There was one hilarious scene at beginning but most of story had me tearing up. Its dual POV and although some of you dislike that, I think its necessary for this story. There are also brief flashbacks from when they are 8 and they are adorable albeit heartbreaking.

Kooloo: Leslie did you know CUFFED was based on Bromberg real-life events!

Leslie M: Kooloo, yes I did know and author note at end made me cry.

Leslie M: Maryse, how far are you into Cuffed?? Those flashbacks made me cry.

Maryse: Leslie those flashbacks are WAY hard. The two of them as children were SO sweet though.

So what’s it about?

Emmy and Grant were neighbors, schoolmates and absolute very best friends throughout their young childhood. They did all the fun stuff that kids do together, and most of all, they trusted each other with everything. Grant, being raised by a Police Chief father understood all about right and wrong (even if he didn’t always “get” it), and when Emmy trusts him with a secret, he knows he needs to tell.  So he breaks her trust, only to never see her again.

That is, until they bump into each other many years later in a bar (Emmy is unabashedly flirting with “the sexy cop in uniform”), that is, until she realizes exactly WHO he is and all of her bravado falls apart. He’s so surprised, happy and desperate to reconnect with her right then and there, but she’s just shocked and all she wants to do is run. And so she does.

“What are you doing here?” I ask a question, but it’s so much more than what it sounds like. How are you? Where have you been? Why are you back? Tell me you’re staying around. But she just stands in front of me and stares as if she can’t believe it’s really me and, at the same time, frightened that it is me.

But Grant will not be deterred…

“You’re a reminder of her past she’s probably chosen to forget.”

and now that he knows she’s back in town, he will do anything to find out what happened to her, and to try and resolve the hurt and guilt he’s felt all of his life over that one time he broke her trust.

“You came. You saw. You can leave now because you won’t conquer.” She flashes me a dazzling smile that just might serve to warm that cold heart that Nate swears I have.

“And you used to be so sweet.”

“And you used to not be so annoying.”

“All this fire from you and I can’t remember doing anything wrong.”

And this is that story. It gets dark, and hard to read at times (emotionally – it goes there),

My fingertips run absently over the scars on the inside of my upper arms.

Over.

And.

Over.

though there are plenty of lighthearted and laugh-out-loud moments, and all that swooooooooony bossy-alphamale push pull to make this a fun and steamy read. That said, it’s the truly believable heartwarming moments that make this romance sparkle. You’ll see. ;)

4 stars <— It’s the very first book that I’ve read by K. Bromberg, and I loved it!

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Dawn needs our super book-sleuthing abilities!! Oh my this one already hurts my heart. I have to know which one it is, too.

She asks:

Maryse I need help finding a book I read a few years ago!!

It’s about a battered wife that was beaten so often her face was disfigured. I remember it had a single dad and his son because they find out about her when the boy throws a baseball into her window.

I was telling a friend that I would share the title and trying to find it in my 4,000 book kindle library is not as easy a as I thought it would be.

So hopefully someone has read this book.

Thanks in advance!

Anyone know it?

Chris: I know this one! Don’t Make Me Beautiful by Elle Casey. Good book.

Dawn: That’s it!!! Thanks so much!

Maryse: YAY!!!! Another one solved and this is DEFINITELY going on my TBR list. Right up my alley. Thank you Chris!! :D

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Nancy is looking for this one! It’s short and sweet and kind of sounds like SO many books in this genre, but she does give one very definite detail. I bet someone will know it.

She asks:

Not sure if this is the right forum. but have you heard about a new book with vampires, shape shifters, fairies and how they have to steal something from a dragon?

Heard about it but don’t know author or title.

Anyone have a guess?

Tarryn: I’ll hazard a guess and say Dragon Bound (Elder Races Book 1) by Thea Harrison or Mercenary Magic (Dragon Born Serafina Book 1) by Ella Summers

 

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