12:32pm EST UPDATE: I’m still adding to this list, but it’s pretty great looking already, so here it is. Keep checking back. I should be done within the next hour. :D

Some highly anticipated releases on today’s list (like that one over there, to the left). ;) We love us some tattooed bad boys, don’t we? Plenty of those below.

Plus some dark reads, some billionaires, sports stars and fighters, military heroes, and single dads. And single moms, too! Oh and a few of the paranormal releases today are HUGE!!! Jennifer L. Armentrout, Darynda Jones and Maggie Stiefvater. Yeah… this is a great release day!

Oh and… please don’t let me forget to start the Darynda Jones – Charley Davidson Series. I hear it is AWESOME and has that slow burn, and is hilarious and everything I’m going to love in a series, and I keep forgetting but it’s like… HUGE on my TBR list.

Also, if you missed it yesterday, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s “Monday Book Releases (eleven exciting-looking early birds!) list. It appears there’s lots to love on that list, too.

A few that look (to me) like they could be fun… Rowdy (of course, ’cause I think it’ll have that unrequited love thing… he used to love her sister), Insidious (her husband controls her, but she’s the one playing a game…), After (I hear this was a super-popular fanfic of “Harry Styles”) but it just got published by one of the big publishers, A Fighter’s Choice (bad boy fighter with issues that notices his neighbor…),  Heart on Fire (she has a one night stand… ends up having a baby. Six years later, her firefighter neighbor starts falling for her… but she’s got secrets… hrmmm.. I can’t help I wonder if HE was her one night stand…)!! *waggles eyebrows* Maybe they did it in the dark? LOL!! KING OF ME (completes the trilogy and I hear he’s very Barrons-like, which I LOVE. Total alpha-jerk!!!) and His <— ’cause it sounds like a dark read. She follows him home… *eeeeep!!!*

So here they are. This list is LONG!!! So many books being released, these days it’s crazy!

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).

  • Sizzle by Sarah O’Rourke <— Caroline suggests this one! “Sizzle by Sarah O’Rourke is on sale on Amazon for $0.99. Great sexy funny read.”

PARANORMAL

                   

CONTEMPORARY

                                                          

PRE-ORDERS

  • Pull (Part Two of Push) by Claire Wallis <— ON PRE-ORDER on Amazon (and releasing soon!! November 6th 2014)!! *squeeeeee!!!* OMG I just LOVED book #1 with it’s dark romance, and all of it’s delicious twisty-turny stuff. And then that ending!?? *gasp* *whoooooo!!!* Finally relief is on it’s way! YAY ME!!! ’Cause I LOVEDDDDD PUSH (<— my review)!!!
  • HOME: Social Media #6 by J.A. Huss <— expected release date November 5th 2014

 

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A few highly anticipated Sunday/Monday surprises have shown up on Amazon, so I thought I’d post them here. :D Two of ‘em are follow ups to books I LOVED like CRAZY, one of ‘em is the conclusion to a series I’m dying to start (some say “Barrons-like feel to him) <— *squeeee* and a few just look plain ol’ awesome!

Considering their predecessors are just SO popular amongst our reading crew, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to let y’all know, so this is an “earlybird release special”. ;)

JUST RELEASED!!

And a couple of SUPER-SURPRISES!
  • Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan <— Oldie but goodie SUPER-SALE ALERT! THIS ONE is one of my absolute FAVORITE gritty, angst, raw biker books, and it’s only $0.99 cents today!!! :D I could NOT believe my eyes when I read fit, and loved every moment (and loved hating many of those moments, too). The pining and the slow burn, and the need to pitch my Kindle across the room… it’s ALL THERE!! I 4.5 starred it way back when, and I’m still 100% on that rating. Maybe even 5 stars. Here’s my review. One of the BEST biker series out there and I love EVERY book I’ve so far: Undeniable Series Reading Order)
  • Pull (Part Two of Push) by Claire Wallis <— ON PRE-ORDER on Amazon!! *squeeeeee!!!* OMG I just LOVED book #1 with it’s dark romance, and all of it’s delicious twisty-turny stuff. And then that ending!?? *gasp* *whoooooo!!!* Finally relief is on it’s way! YAY ME!!! ’Cause I LOVEDDDDD PUSH (<— my review)!!!

           

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Harder: A Novel (Caroline & West Book 2)
This was a great sequel to the book that had me absolutely on edge this week, in love and in emotional angst! Book #1 (Deeper) set my heart on fire, and gave me a perpetual stomach ache, and had all of that realism that I crave in “new adult” novels, but alas… it left me in a heartache lurch.

And Harder (this book!) twisted that knife in my gut just a little harder. A little longer. And for a good portion of the story. ;)

Aimee: Thing I loved most about this book is how genuine Caroline and West felt as people. I fell into “being” each of them within seconds of the shift in POV. Too real!

Julie: I’m almost done with book 2, Maryse 5 stars for me just like book 1!! LOVED!!

Bobbi: Good luck with #2. Just sayin  Super interested in your perspective on one particular part.

Julie: Bobbi I know EXACTLY what part you’re talking about and I wanted to see what Maryse thought too!! <— side note from Maryse… GRRRRRR THAT PART!!!! YESSSSS. I was so curious as to what you guys were referencing and yeah… ROAR!

Tracie: I’m reading Deeper right now and I can’t get over how good the writing is. I’m so hooked

MichelleS: LOVED IT!!!! Book one and Book two

BEWARE!!! Stop reading this review if you haven’t yet read Deeper. I won’t spoil anything exactly, but… you know. Things might be said, or evaluated that you shouldn’t know yet. ;)

I can’t tell you much of what it’s about, other than it’s a continuation of their angsty love story. It picks up a few months after #1 left off, and both main characters are still struggling with personal issues, life plans, loyalties, and the monkey-wrench that their unexpected romance threw into the whole shebang.

Except this book’s focus is mostly on West’s life, his personal trials and his attempt at reigning it all in… but at what sacrifice? His own. And Caroline’s.

“You shouldn’t have come.”

I’ve already thought the same thing, but it hurts to hear him say it.

*sigh* West, West, West… such a bad boy and yet such a good guy. But boy can he inflict an enormous amount of pain. On her, and on himself.

…he’s hurting badly, and his hardness is the only defense he’s got.

That “OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!” Kindle-throwing kind of pain. A serial self-sabotager, his self-worth is next to nothing (and when we get to “live” in his old life with him for awhile, you’ll see why). If you ask him? What he wants is irrelevant in comparison to what he feels he “needs” to do.

But even though Caroline’s heartache is solid, she’s a fighter through and through. The things she has learned in the last year, and has to overcome this year, have just made her that much stronger. More determined. More resolved.

He’s so much harder than he used to be. All this armor between him and the world. I want him to know that I see it there. I know what it is, and if he wants to take it off with me, he can.

I love him.

And while her resolve does crumble at times (remember that Kindle-throwing pain I was talking about?)…

I’m sinking, and I don’t have to talk to him.

I don’t have to do anything.

…well… let’s just say that their subsequent growth and journey is well worth every page turn.

And sure, while it didn’t make me ache as hard as book #1, I found it to be a solid follow up! More story, more growth, more background, more crazy… and best of all, more love. But boy do we all have to work for it. ;)

Does he feel that, too? He must.

It’s right there between us, that knowledge, that love song our bodies never stopped singing.

WOW!!!! Yep. Right?!! :D

These books were brilliantly written. Brimming in emotion, steeped in reality, and gracefully explored. I grew along with them.

4 stars!

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Book #1′s blurb totally gave me a jolt when it first came out. From the blurb, she has some sort of physical issue… and a stranger wants to protect her… “our nightly visits are always cloaked in darkness. I don’t know his face and he will never know mine. I was born into this world unwanted. I will leave this world unmasked.”

Donna: I loved this series…you will too

Lisa: This was so good

About book #1:

I was born into this world unwanted. I spent the first hours of my life unloved. I spent the first eighteen years of my life with the parents who tried to shelter me from the harsh reality of my existence. But you can’t un-write a sad story if the ending is literally written all over your face.

So I moved out and now I hide. I have a night job that pays the bills. Every night, I put on my mask and walk to work. Then one night, I hear and see something that will change my purpose in life… forever: a murder that will bring him to me. He says he wants to protect me. And, through a series of events I can’t fully make sense of, I find myself believing him.

But our nightly visits are always cloaked in darkness. I don’t know his face and he will never know mine.

I was born into this world unwanted. I will leave this world unmasked.

  

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<— WOW!! That’s quite a premise, and it sounds verrrrry steamy. ;) And Melody recommends it!

“This was soooooo GOOD! Waiting for the 3rd book”

About book #1:

I have no idea why she auctioned off her virginity for a cool mill. Regardless, I’m now the proud new owner of a perfectly intact hymen. A lot of good that will do me. I have certain tastes, certain sexual proclivities. My c*@k is a bit more discriminatory than most. And training a virgin takes finesse and patience – both of which I lack.

Sophie Evans has been backed into a corner. With her sister’s life hanging in the balance, the only choice is to claw her way out, even if that means selling her virginity to the highest bidder at an exclusive erotic club. When Colton Drake takes her home, she quickly learns nothing is as it seems with this beautifully troubled man. Being with him poses challenges she never expected, and pushes her to want things she never anticipated.

  

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Here is yet another much LOVED series by one of our favorite authors, J.M. Darhower. She is on a writing roll!!! Tons of great new releases, and they are taking our fellow readers by storm! I haven’t read this one yet but desperately want to. I think it’s a dark romance. And he sounds deliciously bad. ;)

“He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him. Sometimes, I do. But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.”

Ooooooh that just gave me a *jolt*!!!

Just look at these recommendations. They say it all. And what’d'ya know?! No need to wait for book #2 anymore, ’cause it was just released!!! :D

Julie: I just finished Monster in His Eyes and had to tell you about it since I haven’t seen you mention it! He’s in the mob (she doesn’t know it), twice her age (she’s 18), and hot as all get out!

Maryse (<— Errr…? A different Maryse. Not me. But come on… how cool is that!!!?? LOL!!! :P ): OH MY WORD!!! I have just finished Monster in his eyes. I feel like I’ve been wrung out. This author is incredible! She sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end. I can not wait for the next book to come out

Holly: I read this when it first came out. I absolutely Loooooooved it! It was dark, gritty, angsty and mysterious. 5 stars from me! I need the second book pronto :-)

Tracy: I loved Monster in his Eyes and will definitely be getting the 2nd one.

Juliane: I just finished this book last night and can’t stop thinking about it, so when I saw this I flipped out with excitement. It was almost torture reading this because I want to read the second book sooo bad. Definitely one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

Andee: Monster in his eyes was AWESOME.

Lisa: Monster in His Eyes was AMAZEBALLS!!!!

Donna: I read this book and loved it! Whew Naz is…..awesome…tee hee

Tessa: Monster in his Eyes was a definite mind trip… I gotta agree with everyone else.  Book 2 can’t come soon enough.

About book #1:

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him. Sometimes, I do. But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

 

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HAPPY Friday my friends!!! :D Here is today’s latest list of new book bargains, new releases and new reader recommendations.

In fact I have one from this week (Bait), that I can’t wait to start (because it totally blurb-jolted me) and just as I thought… readers are telling me it WILL tear my heart out. YAY ME!!! Since it’s release it has come HIGHLY recommended. There’s even a support group. LOL!

AND AND!! I have a bunch of HIGHLY anticipated pre-orders below. Like… books from Aleatha Romig, Jasinda Wilder, Darynda Jones AND one that is totally “new-to-me” but when I read that blurb, I EEEEEPED! —> Sociopath: A Dark Romance by Lime Craven <— I’m on it! Er… as soon as it’s released, that is. :P Here are a few parts of the blurb just to give you an idea:

If you could read my mind, you’d probably call me perverted. Unnatural. Manipulative. But I’ve learned to blend in, to be funny and charming. A predator in a designer suit…

and then!!

… I never meant for this to be a love story. I fought it kicking and screaming, the same way Leo fought me. Now we’re bleeding into each other, making a mess. A chaos. There’s no control here. And what do monsters like me do when control leaves the building?

We attack.

Oooooooh. eek What is THIS?!! Sure sounds right up my dark alley!

BUT FIRST! —> I am happily reading (just started) book #2 (Harder) which comes after “Deeper” (<— that I 5-star LOVED!) You know I love a book when I immediately jump into it’s sequel. And sure… while it’s not “bargain priced” it appears to have just dropped in price over the last day or so, so I think it fits as a “sale” notice, and I one-clicked it. :D

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

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

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

Todays latest reader recommendations and bargain ebook finds:

  • Left Behind by Vi Keeland <— JUST RELEASED!! Total blurb *jolt* for me… and the blurb ends on a very cool “dun dun dunnnnnn!!” feeling…) *whoo* I wonder what the twist is!! “Two stories so deeply intertwined, you’ll think you know how they intersect…but you’ll be wrong….” and then… “…he filled a void I never knew was possible to fill. He had to be my fate. My destiny. Until the day I finally found out who my sister was…and how twisted fate could be.
  • Escorted by Claire Kent <—- OH YES!! I loved this one (SHE hires an escort…) and it’s only 0.99 cents today. Thanks Chrissy!! (P.S. Here’s my review of Escorted)
  • Bait by M. Mabie <— This is the one that sounds like an incredibly angsty love triangle mess, that I’m anxious to start. Making a mess of some of our fellow readers (many love it, some… not so much… but I’m still intrigued):

Rachel: Uhhhh…it’s 2:12am and I was exhausted at 8pm, so it’s pretty safe to say you’re gonna like Bait.  I’m about halfway and already need some support.

Rebecca: I’m definitely going for M. Mabie’s Bait, her previous book Fade In (about a television comedy writer going blind) is in my favourites of 2014 list.

Toski: DONE. I had to eat a tums after, if that tells you how I feel right now.. OMG. Just. OMG.

Rachel: Finished Bait.  It was everything I wanted.  Beautiful, well developed cast of characters, glorious ache, brought out all kinds of feelings as I read.  My only complaint is that it needs some editing (some pretty obvious grammar mistakes and misspelled words).  I would not consider the ending a traditional cliffhanger.  It may or may not end in the way you want or expect, and it ends with a promise of more, but it felt like the end of a Batman or Spider-Man, where it’s mostly wrapped up with just a hint of what’s to come.  The problem is, you’ll likely want more right away.  I can’t wait to hear what you think, Maryse.  I loved it.

  • Fight for Her #1: MMA New Adult Romantic Suspense (Uncaged Love) by J.J. Knight <— JUST RELEASED FIGHTER BOOK with a ton of great reviews already! “After a brutal cage match that sent me to the ER, Maddie took off across the country. Six months pregnant. She left to have my baby as far from me as she could. No more violence, she said. No fighting…
  • Raven’s Seduction (The Pleasure Pros Book 1) by M.T. Stone <— JUST RELEASED!
  • Wolf at Her Door by Liliana Rhodes <— JUST RELEASED!! “Heather isn’t an immortal wolf shifter like Callen is, she’s human. Whenever Heather is reborn Callen searches the world to find her and make her fall in love with him again…
  • Southern Rocker Boy (Southern Rockers Book 1) by Ginger Voight <— JUST RELEASED!! “Enter music executive Graham Baxter, who offers them both a way out…by competing for a recording contract they both need. Now if only they can fight the intense chemistry that keeps them locked in battle, when they’re not locked in each other’s arms, that is!
  • Breathless Night (The Breathless Series) by K Aybara <— JUST RELEASED!!”Luke Roberts was your typical wild and crazy guy, intimately getting to know each of the girls at his local bar and quite often starting fights over them. Going home with a different one each night of the week until he started spending too much time with his best friend’s girl…
  • Forever Love (The Forever Love Series) by Chelsea Landon & Megan Smith <— JUST RELEASED!! “Chelsea Landon and USA Today Best Selling Author, Megan Smith, bring you two novels that weave a web so intertwined and elaborate that while one breath is being stolen, another is aching for the next – demanding to unravel what they’re holding onto, all the while, another is struggling to let go.
  • Was it Good for You Too? by Naleighna Kai <— JUST RELEASED and sounds like quite the angsty love story. Kind of unique… ’cause… “…her high school sweetheart, Delvin Germaine, now an Oscar-winning actor, lands on the bus at the last minute, and the heartthrob spells certain trouble for Tailan. Years before, the couple complicated their lives by bringing another woman into the relationship to bear Delvin’s children. When threatened with losing the family he always wanted, Delvin felt he had no choice but to marry the surrogate and send Tailan packing, in spite of the fact that he loved Tailan like he loved no other woman…” BUT!!! She’s got a secret…
  • Wild by Adriane Leigh <— This one’s only 0.99 cents right now! “They have the perfect non-relationship–passion-fueled nights with no strings attached–until life gets real and the past and present collide in a dangerous storm of lust and obsession.”
  • PLAUSIBILITY by Jettie Woodruff <— MichelleS is getting a *squirmy kick* out of this one: “I just have to say Oh. Em. Gee. I have butterflies in my stomach and a touch of “potential” anxiety. I downloaded the sample for “Plausability” by J Woodruff. Pretty much hooked in a couple of paragraphs. I’m already nervous and fidgety. It’s going to be uncomfortable and push ALL the limits of what I will read…. but I’m going for it. Wish me luck. Will report to the crew when it’s done!!!! EEEEEEK!” and Laura says: “Michelle u will love plausibility it’s so good normal crazy for jettie but great story!!”
  • Hate: A Love Story by Laurel Curtis <— bringing this gorgeous cracked heart cover back, ’cause Kristy just finished and loved it. “oh my lordy it was spectacular!! I’ve never read a book that made me laugh out loud so much. The banter is amazing and I’d read the book just for her interactions with her Gram even if there was no love story involved. Of course there is and it’s a great slow burn with a touch of angst! Read it and read it soon Maryse!!”
  • The Suit (A Holly Springs Novel Book 1) by B.N. Toler <— recent release that’s on sale for 0.99 cents today! “She thinks he’s arrogant and a white-collar yuppie. He thinks she’s a simple, goody two-shoes farm girl.” And… he’s forced to temporarily move in with her…
  • Izzy Moffit’s Road to Wonderland (Road to Wonderland Series Book 1) by Victoria L James <— NEW RELEASE that I missed a few days ago, so Chrissy brought it to my attention. Thanks Chrissy!! From what I gather of this blurb… two sisters finally escape their abusive home and venture into adulthood together but… “Dodging as many bullets as they can along the way, Izzy tries to hold on to Paris’ hand for as long as possible without either one of them slipping away. But no-one ever told them how rough their journey would be. No-one told them that friends and family would change or leave along the way. And no-one told them that for every good intention they have, there’s a thousand people out there with bad ones, waiting to rip them apart.”
  • BLYSS: The Blyss Trilogy by J.C. CLIFF <— Paula recommends this one: “Anyone read Blyss by J C Cliff? Really good and couldn’t put it down!” Sounds a bit crazy!! “…sparks fly when their separate worlds collide. She is Nick’s ultimate obsession, and he will stop at nothing to own her. When Travis, Nick’s right hand man, lays his eyes on the prize, all hell breaks loose. He should know Nick is playing for keeps, and while Julianna is fighting for her freedom, a lifetime full of secrets and twisted perceptions slowly unravel as Julianna gets caught in the fray.” Ruh roh.
  • Gage (The Barringer Brothers) by Tess Oliver <— recent release that I missed a few days ago, and it already has tons of great reviews. Can be read as a standalone. He wants to buy a bar but… “But there is a five-foot-four, brown eyed, obstacle in his way…”
  • Perfect Match (The Matchmaker Series Book 1) by Kathy Love <— Another recent release that I just missed, and from an author that I LOVED (love!) from back in my paranormal days! Single father moves to town with his daughter to get a fresh start… “…he soon finds himself repeatedly running into Franci, first as his daughter’s daycare teacher, then as his landlord. And it’s getting harder and harder to ignore his attraction to the sweet, thoughtful and sexy woman.
  • Regretfully (Sinfully Series) by Leighton Riley <— Just released!! From the blurb, I’m getting that he’s grieving the loss of his wife and child, and her best friend is there for him. “She tries to help him move forward by befriending him but quickly realizes that there is more…”
  • Lord of the Fading Lands (The Tairen Soul Book 1) by C. L. Wilson <— Bargain priced and HIGHLY loved by our resident paranormal and fantasy book lovers, MichelleS & Fabi. Michelle says: “…best Fae book ever, hands down…” but warns “If you are not in a epic-fantasy mood,  I wouldn’t pick it. They are not stand-alones. It’s a commitment, for sure.” and Fabi says: “I’ve started MichelleS’s great recommendation, Lord of the Fading Lands.  Can not put it down!  Great fantasy book.”
  • Smoldered (The Electric Tunnel Book 2) by Rachel Blaufeld <— JUST RELEASED and sounds good!! Hardened owner of a strip club… “Asher keeps his big heart tightly guarded with everyone but Sienna Flower, his friend, business partner, and headliner. Until, that is, the night he runs into his childhood friend, Natalie Parker. While trolling a rival strip club, perusing their offerings for his own personal pleasure, he collides with his past. Coming face-to-face with a woman he only knew as a girl, he’s shaken when he finds the dark-haired beauty in a precarious position. Now all grown up, she’s a hardened soul who reminds him of where he came from, and stirs within him the need to protect yet another woman…” (and she’s a single mom).

                   

PRE-ORDERS (most for this upcoming week!!! :D )

            

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Deeper: A Novel (Caroline & West Book 1)
<— 5 stars for this one my friends. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!! I was SO involved, so into it, that I didn’t even realize how long it was (over 400 pages!!). Bev and MichelleS LOVED and recommended it promising a 5-star read, and boy did it deliver!

It wasn’t drawn out, or repetitive. Everything in this story had it’s place. It’s purpose. And it allowed me to truly get to know these characters and fully indulge in all sorts of emotional angst (but ALL within reason). The heartwarming scenes, the kindle-throwing moments, the realizations. The despair, the strength. The growth. I experienced it all, and I “got” them.

I looked, and I took a deep breath. I closed my eyes.

I could actually feel it – the solid ground of my life, cracking open.

*oooooomph!!!!!!!*

And just LOOK at how many in our crew loved it, too!

Maryse: Wow I am loving this book, you guys. The writing is incredible, the internal dialogue and actual dialogue, realistic, and the emotions, so sincere. I totally believe this story. Totally feeling this story. And may I just say that the steamy detail in Deeper is *whoooooooooo fans self* I haven’t skipped one single scene. Just perfect scenes at the perfect time, in the perfect amount of detail, in the perfect amount of realism. :D Okay back to my book!!!

Jessica: Holy crap I loved this book. And book 2… wait for it. Holy angst. Better than the first!

Bobbi: Book 2 shredded me so just wait.. So good but good grief one part almost made me sick with heartbreak.

Lime: I finished this last week–a friend on Twitter rec’d it. Amazeballs (and very hot!)

Anjanette: I’m reading it right now and her writing is impeccable.

Maryse: It is! It truly is. I’m so into this story. I’m thinking 5-star into it, but I still have to finish… ;)  God I just can’t stop highlighting everything! His thoughts, his reasoning… Just.. Perfect.

Sadie:  I’m about a quarter of the way in to Deeper! So I struggled to connect with the first few chapters – ask Cori who has been like a drill sgt getting me to read this one – it must have been my mood last night though because I got to the first chapter in his POV today and I’m IN! Really like how he is so flawed and something about his voice hooked me. Look forward to getting back to it tonight. Glad you are loving it Maryse!

Anjanette: I finished ladies and I’m in such a book slump !!! Book 2 is out but I’m trying to justify spending $ 10 on it !!! I feel like I’m not done with these two characters !!!

Sadie: k I am really into this book. Cori here is your public acknowledgement.  the texting, the bakery, west…I’m loving it all.

Stacey:  I loved this book! I loved it so DEEP that I immediately bought Harder and loved that one, too. Such an incredible story with beautiful writing. Heart-wrenching and just…PERFECT! And I may like it just a little bit more because the heroine’s hometown is the same small town I lived in for almost 20 years.  Made me grin every time I saw it.

Amy: I stayed up until 1:00 this morning to finish Deeper and then had to take some Nyquil to knock me out ’cause I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And that ending?? I felt it. Like, *really* felt it. Thennnnn, I read the first chapter of Harder that was at the end of Deeper…gah!! One complaint…9.99 for Harder? Really? *grumbling while one-clicking*

Jean: …I love Deeper! 85% and trying to read at my desk to finish. I was grinning like an idiot around the 74% mark… Definitely a fav for the year! Love Caroline and West! Shout out to bev for this awesome recommendation!

Sadie: I stayed up waaay too late reading and wish I didn’t have to work today so I could finish. I love West!

MichelleS: Maryse – totally agree about the steam factor in Deeper. I read all the scenes. Never skimmed. They were so subtly sexy (the open mouth kiss to her jaw in the library – woo-ee-mama). The sexy interaction reminded me of After Hours (where I also never skimmed). So glad Bev recommended this book. So glad you picked it up, too.

Right there with you Sadie.

I fell hard for West, believed his issues, and just the entire underlying message of the story. Of course there’s an important and beautifully explored issue, but all of the character interactions (family, friends… enemies), the connections and relief via new friendships and her own personal cognizance and growth… simply outstanding!! The writing? Amazing! Clever, hilarious, honest. Raw. And because of that, I WAS (or… at least while I was reading this book), I WAS Caroline.

So what’s it about? It’s pretty straight forward. Or at least, told in a way, that the story is just… so simple. Not complicated. Not twisted. Not twisty-turny. No surprise gotchas!!! Just real and yet terrifying in it’s own personal way. But the feel of the characters, their lives, and their growth is so far from simple. They’re deep, but they’re us.

You need to see this, it said.

And then, immediately after, I’m so sorry.

I clicked the link.

I think part of me knew even then. Because the thing about being a good girl is, you spend your whole life developing a finely honed radar for detecting anything that could potentially cause people to love you less.

Girls like me – or, I guess, girls like the one I was last August – we eat approval. We live for it.

So when we do something dumb – or, say, when we do something really monumentally idiotic – we know.

Serious, studious, people-pleaser, and all-around “good girl” Caroline starts college with a bang. Doing well, perfectly in line with her life goals (and those of her father) she’s on a roll. Making friends, even developing a small harmless crush with her dorm neighbor (bad boy “West”). And after amicably breaking up with her 3 year boyfriend (who’s also attending the same college), she soon discovers that *someone* has released scandalous photos of her and said boyfriend. It was a one-time act of “people-pleasing” her boyfriend since she felt a certain disconnect with him, and just… wanted to make him happy.

Mind you… only “parts” of him are visible. But she’s recognizable loud and clear.

She would know, and I would have to face her.

I thought about how it wouldn’t be just Bridget. It would be everybody.

That’s when it hit me that I would never be okay again.

And EVERYTHING she’s ever worked for, believed in, and is headed towards comes to a grinding halt. Faced with a whole new reputation and the online harassment and bullying and messages…

It was them. The men.

They follow me around. Their voices. Their vile opinions, now an endless stream of negative commentary on my life.

…and well. Her entire life changes. But worse. Her entire self-esteem crumbles.

But she gets by with a little help from her friends. Well, her roommate to be exact, but when she finds her next-door neighbor crush, beating up her ex… (she gets a little accidental nose-punch in the process), but she soon discovers that she’s not as alone as she thought.

“I’ll say you’re not hurt.”

But I am hurt. Inside me, under my rib cage, hiding somewhere deep beneath my lungs, there’s raw, sliced-open flesh that won’t close up. It hurts all the time. My tender nose and the dull throb in my head have nothing on that pain.

And therein lies this gorgeous story. Except it’s not all about her. Because “West” has his own deep story to tell. Thing is, he’s not telling it. He’s there for her, but insists on a certain amount of distance, and boy does this author let that play out.

I see what he’s doing. Every now and then, West throws some half-teasing comment out to remind me I’m not his girlfriend. He smiles as he tells me something that means, You’re not important to me. We’re not friends.

He pulls me closer with one hand and smashes an imaginary fist into my face with the other.

I know why he does it. He doesn’t want me to get close.

I don’t know why.

But I see. I understand.

I remain.

We’re a mess, West and me.

Yes. YES. THEY. ARE!!!

I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! An incredibly slow burn, a budding friendship with someone that insists they are not “friends” just… *shrug* whatever. ;)

I shouldn’t keep trying to scale these walls he puts up. I’m a terrible climber.

WOW!!!!!!!!! I mean… come on?!! How deep is that? How TRUE is that? How much is that thought us? You’ve been there before, right? I have.

AND I LOVED IT! And it just keeps going. Keeps getting better and better and building and tearing my heart out, and making me swoon, and freaking me OUT!!!!!

I knooooowwww, I know…. it kind of sounds like many of the fun but similar “new adult” reads that we’ve read before. Sure, the theme is similar, the personal “issues” that the characters have to overcome, and the life changes… all of that emotional “depth”. But trust me. THIS ONE is done just right. At least it was… pretty perfect, for  me. I forgot I was reading, because I was living with them. Yelling with them. Laughing with them. Doubting with them. Insecure with them. Crying with them. Hurting and healing with them.

One step after another, hour after hour, day after day, until it gets better.

If I keep going, eventually it has to get better.

Confident with them. Courageous with them.

And I never wanted it to end. And YAY ME!! I don’t have to say goodbye yet. Book #2 is out, and I’m hearing even better than the first!! MY WEEK has been made!! ‘Cause I’m heading right on into it as soon as I finish this review. :D  Now… off I go to start Harder: A Novel (Caroline & West Book 2)!!! *happy dance* :D

5 stars!!!!!!!!

P.S. COOL TIDBIT That just made me go… NO. WAY!!!! Bev mentioned:

“Robin York is Ruthie Knox and hope she does more in this genre, hopefully a pair of certain friends.”

Very COOL!

And skip this thought by West (below) if you haven’t read the book yet, but OMG I even read this part to my husband, it was just soo…. WOW.

I’d shied away from deeper, but I never gave much thought to the alternative.

Nothing, or deeper.

My choice to make.

What kind of dipsh!t chooses nothing?

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