HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY! Lots of goodies below, and a few with great “squirrel” potential (I left some of my own notes next to the ones that are making me book-antsy) ;) but at the moment? Nothing, and I mean NOTHING will detract me from what I’m reading right now. :D

I’m fully and delightfully drowning in Karina Halle’s latest BIG angsty love story (Love, in English) that was just released on Sunday. Intense attraction, emotion, pure “right now” ecstasy and acute ache. In fact, I was crying big fat tears at 6:50am this morning, and I’m only halfway through the book (and entering “part two” now). I’ve been loving it from the very start, and it’s just getting more and more intense. I dunno if my heart can take it, but that’s EXACTLY why I hated having to put it down. She’s aching (and hating it)… I’m aching (and loving it!) and I can’t wait to see where it takes us. I’m hearing the last 20% will have me going crazy!

Summer: I am at 13% what am I in for? Yikes. I love it so far totally hooked!

Sherry: Ahhhhh, going to be reading at work !!

Ali: I feel for you Maryse, I hardly ever cry at books but this one got me too!

Rebecca: OMG!! Just finished part 1!! So emotional, I am wrecked!! Putting this down now, it’s 12.20am, start part 2 tomorrow.

Yvette: Done!! Heart wrenching, stomach twisting, leg bouncing yup all in the last 20%!! Really liked this one!! Loved Mateo!! Can’t wait to read your thoughts!!!!

Ryn: Such a book hangover after this one!

*eeeeeep!!!* I can’t wait to get back to it!! So that’s where I’m at in our latest new release adventures, plus there’re a ton below that look like they might put me through the ringer, too!

Like the one to the top left, right there. It sounds goooood (he’s a bad-boy pro-wrestler and she’s just been hired as his assistant and well… this one time, one night, they had to share a bed ’cause the hotel was overbooked). YAY ME!!! I love when that happens. LOL!!

Okay so we have bargain finds, paranormal & contemporary new releases AND Preorders below.

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).

  • Hearts of the Anemoi Bundle by Laura Kaye <— Book #4 was just released today, so the author has bundled the first three in the series for only 0.99 cents!!! Book #1 came highly recommended a year or so ago (made people cry!!) I absolutely one-clicked this one!
  • Brutally Beautiful by Christine Zolendz <— another one that I loved this year!! It’s on sale for only 0.99 cents! :D (Here’s my review).
  • Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank <— TEACHER-STUDENT ALERT! I’m bringing it back this week (I reviewed it last week and loved it), but it’s back again, ’cause some in our reading crew have just read it and are pretty ecstatic! Sally: “Maryse, I just finished Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank and it was a 5 “I wouldn’t change a damn thing about this book” Stars!! Absolute Perfection! Ladies if you haven’t read it yet…I HIGHLY recommend it…Clearly LOL
  • Rock Me: Sexy (New Adult Rockstar Romance) (New Adult Rock Star Romance) by Arabella Quinn <— ROCK STAR ALERT!! Only 0.99 cents and sounds like our kind of guilty-pleasure read! “When fate conspires, Katie must leave behind the prestigious world of documentary filmmaking and step into the fast-paced world of low-brow reality television. Reluctantly, she becomes the Executive Producer for Rock Star Diaries, a reality show following the band Cold Fusion on tour. From day one, she is intrigued and challenged by the sexy rock star, Tyler Matthews.
  • Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre <— LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT!! One of my absolute favorites from last year is on sale right now for only 0.99 cents!! TWISTY, TURNY and romantically angsty. (here’s my review)
  • Unstoppable (Fighter Erotic Romance) by Scott Hildreth <—- FIGHTER ALERT! “He boxes professionally, and fights bare knuckles matches in the ‘hood’ for cash. Ripp is a take me or leave me type of alpha male that won’t change for anyone. When he meets the ‘most beautiful woman in the world’ one day in the bar, a local prominent attorney, he decides she’ll be his next ‘victim’. Little does he realize that he just might end up being hers.” Maria is loving it: “Today i started Unstoppable[ripp] by Scott Hildreth i got partway through it and decided to check out his web site. i noticed the book Undefeated featured two characters i was wanting to know more about from unstoppable. [shane and kace]. so now i am reading that instead i am so glad i did. Ripp is so intense and funny in his reactions. lol…i am halfway through and loving it. then back to Unstoppable…. ripp is killing me. he is sweet , intense, loyal. now i will read unstoppable in a different perspective. few more chapters to go.”
  • Born Wild: Black Knights Inc. by Julie Ann Walker <— I hear this bad-ass, bad boy, biker series is awesome and Stephanie found us this one for only 0.99 cents, saying: “They claim they’re bad-boy bikers who own custom motorcycle shop, but these special-ops guys – a mix of Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Marines, FBI and more…” Here is the Black Knights Inc. Series Reading Order (the next one will be out on May 6th!)
  • Fight For You by Magan Vernon <— MMA/MAFIA ALERT! Stephanie found us this 0.99 cent one too! “Nicky Ragusa lives his life inside the cage, circuiting the underground ring to escape his fate as the mafia prince. When Jackie Marks crashes into his life, he’ll take the fight outside the cage. “
  • Redemption: A Defiance Novel (The Defiance Series) by Stephanie Tyler <— Nancy found us this 0.99 cent deal saying: “This is the 2nd novel in the Defiance Series & have been waiting for it to be reduced since November. The 1st book (Defiance) did not end in a cliffhanger & this is a complete different story character.” and Aimee said: “i loved her 1st one…thanks nancy!!”
  • Can’t Go Without (Oasis Waterfall) by Angelisa Stone <— Kat found us this super-bargain priced one! He’s super rich and super cocky about it (wealthy family) and she’s hardworking artist that is making something of herself! “When circumstances force Leah and Tristan to come face-to-face with the past and with Leah’s devious manipulation, truths come flooding forth, destroying those in the present and possibly jeopardizing both of their highly anticipated futures. Can Tristan overcome Leah’s slander and deception—despite how dangerously close he comes to losing the one thing he can’t go without—money? Will Leah be forced to come clean, knowing she’ll have to live her life with the one thing she can’t go without—her dignity?
  • Strings (Hard Rock Harlots) by Kendall Grey <— Stephanie found out this entire series was on sale saying: “Straight from my Wish List…Hard Rock Harlots by Kendall Grey on SALE for 99¢ Each!!! Regularly $2.99 Each!
  • Beats (Hard Rock Harlots) by Kendall Grey <— and this one!
  • Nocturnes (Hard Rock Harlots) by Kendall Grey <— and this one!
  • Under Locke by Mariana Zapata <— This one came highly recommended a few months ago, and Michelle just discovered it, so it’s back on the list. Thanks for reminding me, Michelle! :D It sounds awesome! She said: “Loved this book. Reminded me of the feeling I had when first read K Ashley, which happened to be  Sweet Dreams. It also reminded me of Motorcycle Man, but with a Cara Mckenna After Hours feel too…. It was the first book in a while that made me want to read it in one setting and I am still thinking about it. Nothing complicated, just a real connection between the characters and dialogue that I loved. Hope you’ll give it a try.” <— WHOA. This HAS to move up to the top of my TBR list!!! And then when someone was looking for a KA feel book she replied saying:”I just read Under Locke and it was exactly that KA feeling I wanted, just written by someone else!!!” (P.S. KA feeling = “Kristen Ashley feel”) <— we love her!
  • Break Free by Amber Garza <— Recommended by Cambria “I just read this and it’s really good! Definitely a recommended read!” —> “When Jade and Kyler meet they find solace in one another and start to heal. Until Jade stumbles upon Kyler’s latest manuscript and is shocked to find that it is her story. One he couldn’t know. Jade fears she’s trusted the wrong person once again, and this time it may be her undoing.
  • Uncomplicated: A Vegas Girl’s Tale (Vegas Girls) by Dawn Robertson <— Looks gooood! Thanks Stephanie! “Three days a week I work your everyday nine-to-five. The paperwork is never-ending. The pay is mediocre, and the office drama is simply intolerable. But the other four days a week, I am my own boss. My name is Jennifer Sunshine and I am a Vegas Call Girl… My life is uncomplicated, simple even. That was until he bulldozed his way into my life, and everything changed.”
              

PARANORMAL

      

CONTEMPORARY

  • Love, in English by Karina Halle <— *squeeeee* I love this author and this is her first contemporary romance and I’m halfway through and I already cried! OMG that was a run-on sentence but I can’t help myself. I had to exalt it in one breath!
  • Phenomenal X by Michelle A Valentine <— FIGHTER ALERT (and sounds right up our book-fun alley!). He’s a famous wrestler and… “she accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling’s most notorious bad-boy. Phenomenal X has an animalistic nature that even good girl Anna finds hard to resist. One night forced to share a bed in a sold-out hotel, lines blur between them and they quickly learn that one lustful night changes everything and neither one of them will ever be the same.” <— *squee* :D
  • Point of Return (The Nordic Lords) by Stacey Lynn <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Hey I loved this author’s other book called: Remembering Us )<— my review) and now she just released a motorcycle club book! “Olivia Masters grew up familiar with all of them. The daughter of the President of the Nordic Lords Motorcycle Club, Olivia always knew she wanted nothing to do with any of it. Her plans were made to leave the town she grew up in as soon as she and her boyfriend, Daemon Knight, turned eighteen.  But then Olivia was shot. Her mother killed in front of her. Fleeing became her reality.
    Forced to return to her hometown of Jasper Bay five years later, events beyond Olivia’s control put her directly back into the life she swore she’d never return to.
  • Bender (The Core Four) by Stacy Borel <— ROOMMATES!! “All Keegan wanted was a roommate who was quiet, minded their own business, and paid for part of the rent. Instead, she got Camden Brooks. Camden, with his sinful body, sharp tongue, and the inability to stay out of Keegan’s personal space, couldn’t seem to curb his interest in the new girl who wouldn’t put up with his domineering ways. ” <— Jenny says: “This is a great book, I loved it!! “
  • Finding Us (Finding Series) by Megan Smith
  • A Song for Us (White Trash #3) by Teresa Mummert <— follow up to “White Trash Damaged
  • Stay (Blackcreek) by Riley Hart <— M/M ALERT!!! Girls!! Giiiiirrrrllllsss!!! OMG!!! M/M (Riley Hart fans) look what she just released, from her “Blackcreek series”. I loved #1, and now we have #2!! (Here’s my review of “Collide” – book #1)
  • Just One Night: Sex, Love & Stiletto Series (Sex, Love, and Stiletto) by Lauren Layne
  • One Safe Place: A Novel by Alvin L. A. Horn
  • Night After Night (Seductive Nights) by Lauren Blakely “She ran after one mind-blowing week with him, but now he’s back, and determined to make her his own. No matter the cost.” <— already lots of good reviews on this one!
  • The Assassins Series 5-Book Bundle: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, Blue Lines by Toni Aleo <— her entire hockey bad boy series, bundled!
  • Betting the Billionaire (Entangled Indulgence) by Avery Flynn <— here’s a new short story. “Forced by a snow storm to spend the night together, their passion ignites. The next day, however, it’s back to business. The only way Keisha can save her family is to win a bet with the billionaire. But neither realized their hearts are part of the bargain…”
  • Out of Control by Teresa Noelle Roberts
  • Break For Me: A Secrets & Shadows Story by Shiloh Walker
  • Rebel on the Run (Hot Rods) by Jayne Rylon <— “When Kaelyn’s great escape from her controlling family fizzles—complete with a face-plant in the dirt—she’s relieved to see the flash of tow truck lights. Then shocked to recognize the man behind the wheel. The best friend she’s been missing for too many years.
  • Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary <— “Gemma Carlson didn’t plan on waking up married. She also didn’t count on running into her old flame—and her son’s father-turned-country rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow … neither of which she intends to keep.
  • High Country Secrets by Jane Carter <— LOVE TRIANGLE! “When Jessie Cranfield and Michael D’Larghi take the stage to sing together at a local fundraiser in their hometown, the last thing Jessie expects is the electricity between them. Not only has she not seen Michael for years-but her fiancé is sitting in the audience.” <— Ruh roh!
  • Perfect Collision (Marauders) by Lina Andersson <— BIKER BOOK ALERT!! And Susan recommends it: “Lina Andersson’s 2nd installment on the Marauders MC just came out and it is goooood! 4 5-star reviews so far. Just like the first Marauders book the cover gives no indication it’s an MC book and since it is such a unique MC story that is totally appropriate. If you like reading about overcoming adversity (ah, ah, ah it’s not an angst ridden romance rather a-d-v-e-r-s-i-t-y; like real-life) with some fun dialogue and characters this is a definite to be read. Bear and Mac well these are my kind of alphas…

                  

PREORDERS (some highly anticipated ones and many are for next Tuesday and sooner!):

          

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Love, in English
<— THIS!! It was just released yesterday, and this is what I’m currently reading and already loving. YAY ME!!! ‘Cause I just got home and am finally getting back to my beloved *eeeeep-worthy* love story. Eeeeep? Yep, you’ll see. It definitely has that forbidden edge to it. It’s making my stomach clench already!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Oh my goodness this book is sooooooo crushing exciting! Butterflies are a-swarming! :D !!!

This one may not be for everyone (’cause of the “situation”), but where there’s emotional book-turmoil, there’s me rubbing my hands with devilish glee. Especially considering some of my trusted fellow readers were “early readers” and are going crazy for it!

Sandra: YES! I’ve read 2x what’s one more time. LOL. I loved this book so much. Can I like this post 50 times?

Kirsten: You guys are making me jealous. There is nothing like experiencing an awesome book for the first time. It is a standalone, and it is an amazing read. You all are going to love it.

Christine: Love this book hard!!! Enjoy ladies!!!

Paula: Loved this book!! 5++stars!

We all know I love Karina Halle like crazy (she’s the one that wrote the Experiment in Terror series), but this one is her first “contemporary romance”. Doesn’t matter to me, though. ‘Cause no matter what “genre” she writes (horror, action or romance) there’s ALWAYS a love story! And her heroines (whether they be tattooed bad-asses, or shy girls with big insecurities),  there’s just something about them that I always seem to relate to BIG TIME. That I can completely connect to, as if she were real (maybe even as if she were ME). Thought processes, fears, self-doubt, self-sabotage, hopes and emotional hunger. Sometimes a hunger that’s too big, too bad, for her own good. And eventual hurt. <— It’s always as if the author is reading my mind.

And this character right here? OMG I am already SO in!!!!!! I’m just about a quarter in (this one’s over 500 pages!!). I had a late start last night, but read this morning I was eatin’ it right up, and having major butterflies to boot! He’s already SO crush worthy and so off-limits. *bites nails* There is gonna be trouble. BIG TROUBLE and you know me, where there’s book trouble… I’m in!

Tell me this doesn’t make you go EEEEP!

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now. Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the damn truth.

So off I go. Wanna join me in my angst-fest? ‘Cause I just KNOW this is gonna hurt!

Ashley: Alright Maryse I am joining the read along with ya

Rebecca: Me too! I have missed her amazing writing, and those eloquent words in the prologue, gave me such a happy sigh!!

Lori: I’ve already started, 35% and I can’t put it down…

Rhiannon: Me too. Loving Vera & Mateos story already. Can’t seem to put it down.

Tracy: I just started too, I’ll join in!!!

Lea: I am starting too!!

Sandra: yes, i’m ready!!! let’s get the tissues

Erin: Yay! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them, Maryse! I’m joining the read along Kristi Reads you see this

Destini: I’ll be starting it late tonight or in the morning :) )

Cézanne: I’m reading it now. I’m at about 54%. I keep tearing up.

Sarah: 40% in and in love

Kristi: I’m just staring now.

Sherry: Starting tonight as well! YAY me

Yvette: Reading now Maryse!!!!!!

Michele: I am 15% in so I will read along Maryse.. Let’s do this! Yay! Happy Sunday night reading….

Sadie: 40% and loving it too! Yay!!!!

Rachel: I’m at 55%. I feel like I’m living in Spain! She’s such an amazing writer.

Donna: Love this book! Felt the ending was a bit rushed though.

Catherine: Can’t sleep so one-clicking right now Maryse! X

Rachel: Oh Maryse, I’ve got the ache and it’s so, so good.

Yvette: Oh Maryse 34% and can’t put this one down!! Im loving Mateo!!!!

Louise: I am beginning it too!

Donna: Just one-clicked…..whew it’s going to be a long evening!

Andrea: What a good book. A true romance. Just finished and feeling panicky didn’t want it to end!

 

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Crazy Good
Okay I’m gonna totally cliché out by saying (’cause I just can’t help myself) ;) “Crazy Good is CRAZY GOOOOOOOD!!!!” I know probably every good review of this book (and it’s brother) starts with that very sentence but… I just… couldn’t have said it any better myself.

WOW! This book has it ALL and with just enough detail for every phase of this story to have me connecting. Affecting every one of my senses. Now to be fair, it already seemed to have everything going for it from that start. I couldn’t help but move it to the top of my TBR list when:

  1. I heard this was about Navy SEALS <– (confession: I’ve never read one before. *gasp* eek And yet, I love the idea of them SO much. No idea why I waited. “Mav” and Stone, and Steve… and crew were all sorts of cocky, bad-ass, dirty-mouthed AWESOME!).
  2. I heard this was a tearjerker <— always a plus! That means I’ll be feeling…
  3. So many of my trusted fellow readers were loving it <— there was just an all-out honest heartfelt outpouring of love for this one (and boy you guys weren’t kidding!!!)

Kandace: 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.

Jessica: 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 :)

Maryse: Yep. I’m going to read it ASAP! :D *squee!!!*

Suzanne: Just read Crazy Good, definitely worth trying, have the kleenex ready!

Lori: I finished Crazy Good this morning, it was very good, sexy.

Whitney: Maryse, Crazy Good was CRAZY FREAKIN GOOD. Must read for sure!!!

Yvette: Just finished Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson!! It’s crazy good couldn’t put it down!!! Maryse it has everything we want and love wrapped nicely in this story!!! PS make sure you have plenty of tissues bc y’all will most likely ugly cry!!! I know I did!!!

Maryse: I’m reading it as we speak!

Yvette: Eeeek!!! Keep me posted!!!!

Melissa: agreed!! buddy read this with Yvette and I really enjoyed it!

Maria: …I cried but so worth the tears!! definitely read it!!

And the blurb started off this way: “Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.” Well if that’s not a “book-alpha” challenge, I don’t know what is! :P How could I resist?? <— SOLD!!!!!!! Yep I totally one-clicked it.

And I LOVED it. Almost every single second of it (with maybe a tiny slow-ish “lull” in the “comfort zone” in the middle). But I promise you. You don’t stay comfortable for long.

What do I mean by this book has everything?

1.) It has alphas. Those “real-feeling” bad-asses, in their “off time” bein’ bad boys in the bars. HIM (“Mav”) setting his sights on his best friend’s wife’s newly-single best friend. <— Er…what? You’ll figure it out. ;) LOL!

2.) It has that teasing push and pull when it’s so obvious they’re attracted to each other, but all he wants is one thing. And that’s also sorta what she wants (’cause GOD just LOOK at him… *swooooon*). He’s huge, tattooed…

He is perfect. He probably knows how perfect he is and that is the number one thing that I do not want or need in a man. Not that he’d have plain ole’ me anyways.

and dimpled. <— Enough said. ;)

Mr. Sexy meets my gaze. I suck in a sharp breath when he rakes his eyes over my body once and then again. A predatory smile creeps it’s way up the lower part of his face. Dimples. Two of them – one one each side. They aren’t cute either, like little boys with dirt smeared on their faces. These dimples are hot. What makes them smolder is that they don’t go with the rest of him. The juxtaposition of the dimples on something so unfathomably masculine is… mouthwatering.

*mini swoon*. Okay I lied. I just TOTALLY swooned. BIG TIME!

Yep, he’s got all that… sure, but her pride (and disgust of all things “men” lately) keeps her fight alive. Which only further encourages him. “Challenge ACCEPTED!”.

“Mav Hart is bad news. Stay away from him. I wouldn’t fix you up with him unless you were my mortal enemy.

Er…. that doesn’t help at all. That just adds fuel to the lusty fire! GAH!!! Her reaction when she is suggested a fix up with someone more “tame”?

Tame. Ugh. I don’t want tame.

*giggle* :P

But you know how it goes. There’s just something about her, which brings out that “something about him” that proves to be so much more than his hotness. More than his Navy SEAL-ness. And the defenses come down.

3.) And it has that BIG emotion and those delicious stomach butterflies! Ahhhhhhh and there you will find even more *oooooomph* But that time is limited. This crew of SEALS will be deployed in just a few more weeks bringing on…

4.) That oncoming angst! That dreaded goodbye, potentially stealing what they just started.

“Never say goodbye,” he demands. His smile fades. “I’m making my own rules. Never say goodbye. That’s rule number one.”

5.) And MORE FEELS!!! OMG SOOOOOO many more feels. And that’s just the start.

I felt it all. From the attraction to the intensity to the countdown to goodbye, the anxiety… all of it.

Maryse’s Book Blog: “On the second half of the book I started yesterday, and OMG is it good! I am ***** right now. Just *****. <— This book has everything. “Crazy Good” is crazy good!”

side note: what am I censoring, hrmmm…? ;) Was I loving it? Was I swooning? Was I scared? Was I devastated? Was I furious? Was I worried. Was I anxious? Was I crying? Freaking out? In love? <—- ALL of these apply, but I won’t say which one, in this instance. ;)

Whitney: Loved it SO much!!!!

Amy: I bawled my f-ing eyes out! It’s amazing!

Jillian: I read this book…..so very good!!

Yvette: Eeek so glad your loving it!!!! Told ya it had EVERYTHING!!!!!! It’s CRAZY GOOD!!!!!!

Jessica: Loved that book!

Nadia: I’m halfway through and loving it!!

Lori: Yes, it’s really good! Unexpected tears

Melissa: loved, loved it..and cried some crazy tears…its a standalone

Kandace: Me! I loved it. I made all my book peeps read it. I loved how she gave us his secret in the prologue. It made the story so much more intense. I kept waiting for it. Then when it happened, I was so surprised everything that went down. I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked and very ******.

Sarah: Just loved it, like Kandace Lovedbooks, I was waiting in suspense for the “bomb” to drop but cried my eyes out in those last chapters of the book. Full of ***** ******!

And then I told my husband all about it. Especially the “mission”. I knew he’d like that part, and then we analyzed all sorts of that part. There was even one scene that I described… a certain look of concern that was so perfectly described that he said, “Oh yeah, that’d translate really well on the big screen.” Agreed!!

So all that to say, SO well written, well paced, well explored and it played out like a movie in my mind. It wasn’t OMG most perfect book ever (’cause sometimes I wish I only had her POV so I could stress the heck out even more. But then again… HIS POV was VERY necessary at some point in this story so I “get” the need for it…), but it was OMG perfect Sunday read (I had a blast with this one!) and I’m still thinking about it. I dunno. There was just something about it, that had me. It just felt… complete. Like I said, it had it all.

And for that, for all of the feels (the crush-rush, the intensity of the emotions – no matter what they were, the connections, the mistakes, the cuteness, the laughter, the tears <— I’m keeping quiet on that part ;) ), and the love story as a whole (and boy did I love him!!)…

I’m giving it 4.5 stars!

Being with Maverick is like sharing him with everyone. There’s no flying low on any radar. He owns everything surrounding him.

Yep. He owned me, too.

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Hard Time
While this does eventually turn into a book review below (LOL!), it’s also pretty much an ode to everything Cara McKenna (and her awesome stories). I couldn’t help myself. ;) ‘Cause I love love L-O-V-E LOVE this author!! Have I told you yet? Of course I have, because with each new book she releases (and each older book I reminisce about) I blow up my blog with BIG LOVE for her. And lemme tell you… she never disappoints. I can’t even begin to choose which one of her books is my favorite because EACH of them has that *oomph* and unique “catch” that rocks my reading world. (P.S. I linked each of my “Cara McKenna” reviews below).

Each one has that forbidden aspect, that touch of *gasp-worthy* taboo (but never too taboo…). Just enough to make you nervous and delightfully, uncomfortably titillated. Just enough to have you hovering over your book hoping nobody is looking over your shoulder at what has so obviously completely enraptured you.

And OMG some of that captivation stems from her extreme steam. *whooooooooo* The kind that makes you forget to swallow. Er… um. eek Lemme rephrase that. *giggle* Okay like… you know when you are so into reading something, and you’re living it, absorbing it, experiencing it so completely that you forget your physical self (and surroundings) entirely? You become what you are reading. You are so fully absorbed that you don’t hear what’s around you? You get into a scene so intently that you start reading it in slow motion (the good kind of intense love-fog-like “slow motion”)? And maybe you even forget to blink? Move. Breathe. And… you know… swallow. rolleyes <— *grins* Well that’s what her stories do to me.

Oh and er… her steam?  *fans self* You know how some book’s “sex scenes” are, for lack of a better word… blatant? And for me, often ineffective. Lots of detail, lots of in-your-face sexual obviousness. But not so much intensity or fervor. No butterflies. In fact, I often find myself skimming ‘em. This author, however, can detail a simple make-out scene… or even just that first kiss in a way that will melt you to the ground. I dunno if it’s the slow-burn build-up, that initial non-stop tease, the fact that we shouldn’t be “doing this” or just the real feel of the connection itself. But OMG!!!!!

There’s just something about the way she delivers… that “love”. lol WHOA.

Then, factor in that I love that touch of bad SO much. SO MUCH. But it’s the fact that she can weave the “naughty unconventionality” in with extreme normal. Extreme reality. Thoughts and concerns that are so my own, that it can be downright scary. I wonder sometimes, if she knows me. Truths, that might be uncomfortable, but are so relatable. Even to those that want to deny or at least, NOT WANT to like “it“.

Whatever “it” is. And there’s always an “IT” with Cara McKenna’s stories. <— And that’s what makes them so fun. Her eloquent, articulate writing is what makes each book AMAZING. Gives each book that “quality”. But it’s her character’s secret realities (our realities) that makes them so exciting, giving them that essence.

And because of that, I do not have a favorite Cara McKenna book. Whether I “star” one 4 stars, 4.5 stars, or 5 stars, in the end? Each one is unforgettable, each one has that “thing” that hooked me good, and each one is HIGHLY recommended. In fact, months later when I go over my “stars” with her books, I wonder why I didn’t rate ‘em all 5 stars? ‘Cause if I can still fervently tell you what each story is about, and recommend them so adamantly, aren’t they all… in “essence”… 5 stars?

Okay so… back on track. THIS BOOK!

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!!

Lori: a slow reader for sure! I love how it all feels real…

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

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

Carol: he said he lived in a gated community… LOL

Maria: Wow, 70% down on this one….sooo good!!

Tracie: Finished last night and It. Was. Fantastic!!! The way Cara Mckenna writes her men and dialogue is so awesome. Love her!!

What’s it about? Oh the premise SOLD me immediately. It was all forbidden and taboo right from the blurb. ‘Cause she (WE) would develop very deep (butterflies in the tummy) feelings for a prisoner (#802267, aka “Collier”). A felon. WHILE he was in prison. <— OMG NO WAY!

Feeling bad girl yet?

Yep.

She’s a straight-laced librarian (a survivor from an abusive “good boy” ex-boyfriend) that gets a job at a medium security prison (assisting with reading, writing, librarian type things). Very worthy work! She’s primed with warnings and rules from the start. And she’s scared as HECK! But she soon locks eyes with one inmate and he takes her breath away.

Though why a man’s face should have imprinted so deeply, from so brief an encounter…

He was handsome, to be sure. Not to everyone’s taste – not all-American wholesome-handsome. Much darker. A knowing and dangerous breed of charisma.

*bites lip* Yahhhhh. Just my thing. ;) And many of yours, too… I suspect.

Brooding, but intense (with semi-sweet eyes), he won’t release her from his stare.

His gaze was strong male hands cradling a baby bird – seemingly innocuous, but shot through with the potential for unbearable cruelty. 802267′s expression itself wasn’t cruel, but that mysterious stare… that could be promising anything. That wasn’t to be trusted.

Quit looking.

And while her brain tells her that she should likely fear him (and that weird intensity), the flutters inside are sending her different signals.

But this man, with his dark eyes, dark hair, dark stubble… A man like this one, sitting four rows back, three seats from the end… I knew where he sat, and where he stood. I knew where he slept – behind a thick metal door. And that made him safe, somehow.

And their “time” together commences. Merely minutes, a few times a week, as she assists him (amongst all of the other inmates from her classes), but that connection deepens, and OMG he is SOOOOOO *sigh*.

But the thing that threw me the most about the incident was the way it elevated a long-held suspicion of mine to blinding truth – I was attracted to bad men.

Okay wait. WAIT! I know you’re thinking… OMG Maryse has gone from Stockholm Syndrome books to Hybristophilia (aka “Bonnie and Clyde” syndrome). <— Tee hee!! I think this is the correct term. I googled “women who fall in love with prisoners” and this is what came up.

One abusive boyfriend and a consumptive insta-lust for an inmate who’d done Lord knew what to get put away… That was only two offenses, but it was also plenty. I couldn’t trust my libido any more than I could Collier. Both had to be approached like the dangerous creatures they were.

GAH!! No worries. :P

It’s just the adrenaline-junkie in me looking for (and loving) the “book crazy”. I love going into a book thinking anything could happen (and with taboo-ish subjects as these, that totally could be the case!). I want that *oomph* and I want to gasp. I love the anticipation of if “it” will shock me into shame, and/or delight me into falling in “acceptable” love (or maybe even unacceptable). I’ll analyze ‘em case by case.

But either way, I love a book that makes me think. Doubt it. Doubt myself. Doubt my sanity. And maybe even change my mind, even if it’s just temporary. Like… for instance, this book. This particular circumstance at hand.

“Does he… Should I be worried about him, in particular? Is he known for being manipulative?” Say no. Say no say no say no. Please don’t take this away from me. It feels too good.

*smirkconfused

No worries… I won’t ruin the excitement or nerve-wracking experience of finding out if he’s a bad guy or not and if he’s worthy of our love. That’ll come later in the book, and I’m not gonna tell you if you’re gonna be “safe” going into it. ;) That would take the fun out of it, and lemme tell you, I was worried. This was another one of those “books” that I wondered if I’d be able to review and keep my “Maryse IS sane” reputation. In the end, I always review ‘em anyway (so don’t get too comfortable just ’cause I managed this review).

LOL!!!! Eh… sane, schmane. It’s just fiction-fun, right? ;)

But I will tell you this. The sneaking around in trying to get to know each other (like, for example, that momentary touch of fingertips…) is just SO *ooomph!!!*. I know. I know… right? How can THAT affect me so much?  What they get to do is so barely there. I mean… it’s so minuscule, it’s all they CAN do, and yet it is SO BIG!!! So crazy scary, so *squeeee-worthy* exciting.

He said it low, each letter dripping molasses, thick with black, sticky-sweet intentions.

This man… maybe he couldn’t write, but he spoke volumes with a few murmured words.

The officer’s voice broke in with a bark. “Collier. Back it up.” 802267 obediently sat up straight.  Collier. His body heat went with him.

Our elbows had been almost near enough to touch, faces close enough to whisper secrets. And wasn’t that what he’d been doing? Had I been whispering back? I couldn’t even say who’d brought us so near. I could only tell you I hadn’t pulled away.

And it builds. And I panicked.

And the letters. Ohhhhhhhhhh EMMMMMM GEEEEEE the LETTERS!!!!

And it builds some more.

Now… it’s “Maryse has to analyze herself ” (and her experience of the book) time again, so turn away if you haven’t read this one yet!! I’m serious. I don’t spoil the outcome of the story per se, but I do go into some things. And if you like to be nervous while reading taboo-ish books, DO NOT look down until I tell you to come back, okay?

I want you to go in as blindly as you can, so I only gave you enough as was acceptable by the blurb the author gave. And even THAT was more than I knew going in.

And then… he is paroled.

And then… OMG. Everything changes.

Did I love the changes? Yes!! And … well. It took a little of that “bad girl” excitement and trepidation away. Or at least, eased it into a more “normal-life” mode. But I loved that anyway, ’cause that meant I could “acceptably” fall in love with him.

But at the same time, I relished (and soon missed) that nerve-wracking feel of all of their time in prison together. While he was in prison, I gleefully agonized over whether they would they get caught? The consequences. Her safety. The other prisoners. Was he a bad guy? Did he have an ulterior motive? What was going to happen? And then… paroled? YAY!! Would they finally get to experience all that they “fantasized about” during their prison time together? Or… would he stalk her? Would her “real life” accept him? What about her state-trooper father? LOL! YES!!! Can you imagine? Her father is law enforcement, and she was crushing on a convicted felon WHILE IN PRISON!!?? *eeeeeeep!!!* So exciting to think of what good (or bad <— yah that!) was coming for these two!

But alas, their personal troubles once he was released from prison were a whole lot different than what I had been imaging. Oh… they were GOOD (and valid issues), for sure. There was romantic tension and plenty of “new relationship” angst to contend with, especially considering his tentative situation. There was that “OMG do I actually date this guy now that we’re no longer in the he-can’t-touch-me safety net” excitement. But the issues at hand, and how their lives played out from his release time, were much different than what I had anticipated.

And even though it didn’t play out how I imagined, I still loved it. Sure sure… the end could have been longer or more drawn out. I know many thought it went from “big turmoil” to “the end” but I actually enjoyed her ending. I knew where it was going, I could see it as it was described, and I felt fulfilled with it. Mind you, I wouldn’t mind the author giving us “more” eventually, but I dunno. I liked the ending just fine.

OKAY YOU CAN COME BACK NOW!!! Don’t look up!! :D

So all that to say, I was THRILLED with this book, loved it overall, and pretty much every step of the way. It was EXCITING! And while it didn’t play out exactly as I imagined, I loved where the author lead them.

Or did they lead her? ;)

Either way, it was yet another unputtdownable “Cara McKenna” read, and I can’t wait for more!!!

More please! *holds out Kindle for an extra helping*

“Gritty and compelling.”

- Maya Banks

Yep. ↑↑↑ What she said. ↑↑↑ EXACTLY! And I would like to include “edgy“.

4.5 stars!

P.S. My other Cara McKenna book reviews:

P.P.S. Here we are… loving “Hard Time”. Don’t read below (too hard) if you like going in blind. We don’t spoil, but we do discuss a little. ;)

Maryse’s Book Blog: Well… I loved “Hard Time”. Another fantastic heartfelt, gut wrenching beautifully written Cara McKenna book. Her unique, unconventional, and somewhat “forbidden feel” love stories (and heroes), are SO fun (and nerve-wracking) to read. Anyone who hasn’t checked her out yet, you must!!! I’d recommend starting with “After Hours” but anything you pick up (in my opinion) is pretty much unputdownable (and I love ‘em all almost equally in their own way).

Renate: I totally love her books…her heros are very untypical, intresting and hot…you feel invested in them….I do wish she would add epilogues to her stories.

Kentrina: I agree. I love her books but I wish they wold have a more happily ever after endings instead of happy for now endings.

Yvette: Oh I loved after hours!! Thank you will add this to my TBR!

Veronica: I bought this last night. I love Cara McKenna.

Danna: I loved this! In fact, I am now a walking zombie because I stayed up too late. I could not put it down!

Maria: I also read Hard time, and loved too. I loved how realistic the plot is. I mean, of course, it is an unusual situation (find your lover in a prison), but at the same time nothing super OMG happened like fire, death, kidnapping, threats of murdered, etc etc

Maryse’s Book Blog: And I love how even though her stories are a touch forbidden or Taboo, she makes it so that the guys are so easy to love and so deserve to be loved.

Maryse’s Book Blog: The way the author describes him… The stare, the sweeeeeet sweet tension.. Off the charts already. Nice forbidden feel. “His voice was deep. Low. Rich and dark as spring soil.” Whoa. Awesome. :D  She’s awesome. This is exactly what I was looking for.

Lee: Stayed up until nearly 3am to finish it and totally loved it!!

Sandra: Oh this is starting out good

Andrea: Is her Intermix series good?

Maryse’s Book Blog: Andrea… I love sooooo many by this author, and yes, I’d say you can’t go wrong with any of ‘em.

Kandace: Andrea start with her book After Hours. I think it’s her best. Although I’m loving this one too.

Claudia: I’m reading and ..wow..I forgot how good this writer is.

Jean: Maryse, so happy to see you read Hard Time.  Can’t wait to see your review…I just loved it!  It was not what I was expecting….so sweet and sexy!!

Amy: Passage from Hard Time: “Nothing felt as good as this wanting. Logic was impotent. Flaccid. A pitiful, powerless thing.” To anyone who doesn’t “get” how we can love our books and book boyfriends so much, put that in your pipe and smoke it!! :P  And I’m with ya Jean, this is a first for me from this author but loving it so far. ;)

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<— I’m thinking THIS is one of the major stars of the week. Month? Maybe even year? I MUST read this ASAP ’cause the recommendations are coming in and this sounds like my ultimate read! And YAY ME! It reads as a standalone! (But for those that wanna start from the beginning, here’s the Fighting Series Reading Order)

Veronica: I’ve just finished “fighting to forget” by jb Salisbury and must say what a lovely heartbreaking story! I was glued overnight right till the last page, all the way through I was on an emotional roller coaster! Once again another great recommendation! Happy reading!

Kat: I just finished this last night. Emotional roller coaster!! I really enjoyed it and my heart broke for all the characters I haven’t read any of the others in the series but that didn’t impact my enjoyment of the book. Great standalone!

Lori: I love this series…can’t wait to get to the latest!

Shannon: Amazing book! I have loved every single one of them!

So let’s consider that one on my main TBR list (at the top) plus a few from last week’s list like Frenched (absolutely for me, I just know it, especially considering the feedback on it), and Crazy Good (Navy Seal and I hear tearjerker and just plain awesome).

And these are making me twitchy. The kind of “lock myself in a room for two weeks and just read my heart out” kind of twitchy!!! TetheredAgainst All OddsThe End Came With A Kiss oh and so many more. I pretty much noted a ton of ‘em below that look sooooooo good. This list rocks!

P.S. Review to come shortly from the latest awesome book I read, ’cause I’ve been thinking about him for days —>Hard Time (a preview: I’m giving it 4.5 stars).

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

P.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:

  • In Love With Lucy (NSFW) by C.C. Wood <— JUST RELEASED! “Lucy’s girlfriends think she’s nuts for leaving a job that pays well and includes a boss who doubles as eyecandy. What they don’t know is that Christopher James Barden the Third may be pretty to look at but he has a giant stick up his ass.” <— LOL!!! I love it when the handsome bosses are jerks! Oh wait, I love it when all the book-men are jerks. *giggle*
  • Fighting to Forget (Fighting Series) by J.B. Salsbury <— BOOK BASH author, and I’m hearing her latest release is her best one yet!!!! Veronica says: “I’ve just finished “fighting to forget” by jb Salisbury and must say what a lovely heartbreaking story! I was glued overnight right till the last page, all the way through I was on an emotional roller coaster! Once again another great recommendation! Happy reading!”
  • Broken Wings by Erika Ashby <— 0.99 cents today and a ton of great reviews. Looks all sorts of angsty! Ohhh right! I remember this one from a few weeks ago! “Married to Lincoln, a military pilot, she’s living the Army life she’s always loved. Being a sucker for great love stories, Lynsie makes it her mission to find Lincoln’s best friend and co-pilot, Dax Adams, a good woman.” <— That part made me ruh roh.
  • Tethered by L.D> Davis <— recommended by Shanda and her recommendation alone is giving me a *jolt*!! “You want angst? Tethered by LD Davis I am 70% in and I don’t know how much more I can take, seriously you will be in angstville ( I recommend reading Accidentally on Purpose and Worthy of Redemption by LD Davis before Tethered even though you don’t have to).” AND THEN she said: “And I thought it couldn’t get any worse …….this is killing me!!!!” <— *eeeeeep* YAY ME!!! (P.S. Here is the other series she was referring to: Accidentally Series Reading Order)
  • Vendetta by Autumn Karr <— only 0.99 cents right now, and what an intriguing blurb!! The reviews are a bit all over in the 5 to 3 starring categories, but from the synopsis I am curious!
  • Beautiful Failure (Beautiful Series) by Mariah Cole <— Hrmmm… in my Amazon scrolling, I found this one. Bargain priced, intriguing synopsis, and plenty of good reviews. “My name is Emerald Anderson and I’m not going to bullish!t you: I flunked out of college after my sophomore year, I’ve been fired from every job I’ve ever taken, and I’ve never had a fully functioning relationship in my life. … He’s the first man who’s ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on finding out why I am the way I am, but he’s wasting his time. I’m not broken. I don’t need to be fixed. I’m perfectly fine being a beautiful failure…
  • Dear Emily (Forever Family) by Trudy Stiles <— SO MANY awesome reviews!!! “Two women. Carly and Tabitha. They each have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.” and only 0.99 cents today!!
  • Liberated (Volume 2 Steel Infidels Biker MC Romance) by Dez Burke <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! 0.99 cents today and it’s a brand new release.
  • Tear Asunder: Bonus Edition by Nashoda Rose <— Crazy “dark” story (I read the prequel) and yep… she gets kidnapped. But it’s the “who” kidnapped her part that really freaked me out. I need to finish this series, and guess what. Here it is, completely bundled with extras for only 0.99 cents! “Bonus Issue includes novella “With You”, novel “Torn from You” and a Logan POV scene extra.”
  • KNOX: Volume 3 by Cassia Leo <— JUST RELEASED!!!
  • SLADE: Captive to the Dark by Alaska Angelini <— DARK READ ALERT! Fairly recent release, but not one that I’ve heard of before (although it’s got good reviews so far). In my searching the blurb caught my eye (he’s on a revenge mission… and): “Slade ends up falling for his captive, and is faced with a decision that might just cause him to lose the one thing he doesn’t want to let go.
  • BLAKE: Captive to the Dark by Alaska Angelini <— and book #2 was just released! I can’t read the blurb though ’cause I think it’s a continuation of #1.
  • Escorted by Claire Kent <— Oh!! I loved this one a year or so ago (here’s my review) and it’s on sale for only 0.99 cents right now!!
  • Unfixable (Entangled Embrace) by Tessa Bailey <— This one was just release a few days ago, and it on sale right now for only 0.99 cents!! I totally loved another book by this author, and I’m hearing great things about this one! Jessica recommends it: “I’m reading Unfixable by Tessa Bailey. It’s a spinoff of her Line of Duty series. Hot Irish race car driver reluctantly peruses snarky ex goth while she’s staying in his family owned Inn/Pub. Shane is deliciously swoon worthy and Willa is my type of people. I haven’t read the previous books in the series but after reading this I’m definitely going to be one clicking them soon. Check it out.
  • Against All Odds by Angie McKeon <— and this new release is now on sale for only 0.99 cents, too! And I’m hearing it’s PAINFUL in it’s angst. YAY!!! I like the sound of that (I’m a sucker for pain!) In fact, Rebecca just posted:

Rebecca: Maryse, I’m reading Against All Odds right now, and it is beyond angst. I haven’t cried, cringed, or felt my heart constrict so much with a book. Might be right up your angsty alley. I’m actually taking a break right now at 54% to read something…God just something not so heart-wrenching. Anyone else reading this?

Maria: im almost done with it at 90% this poor couple!!!

Rebecca: Oh God, is it still this intense at 90%? I think this book might kill me

Maryse: GAH!!! I love the sound of this!!

Kelly: Read it and loved it even though it destroyed me a bit.

Stephanie: This book sounds scary! LOL

Rebecca: It is scary! There are definite points when I’m not sure either of the main characters is redeemable. Ah! And there are others… I’ll say no more about that…but broken hearts galore

Maria: but i will say there will be a book 2… different chatacter…

  • What Happens In Vegas… Doesn’t Always Stay There.: The Porter Brothers by Terry Towers <— Consider me titillated!!! This looks like bad girl fun, it’s 0.99 cents today, and… “Meeting NYPD officers Dane and Graham Porter in Vegas gives her an opportunity to be the bad girl she thinks she needs to be. After a night of passion, she finds herself embarrassed of her wanton behavior, but takes solace in the fact she can put the night behind her once she returns home. Back in New York just when she thinks she can forget what happened in Vegas, destiny shows it has other plans. When there’s a break-in at her boutique, it’s the sexy-as-sin Porter brothers who are sent to her rescue intent on stirring up the feelings of abandon she’s trying to forget.” <— TEE HEE!!! :P Oh yah. I one-clicked that one.
  • Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters <— Thanks Nancy for this find! Both books in this series (both standalones) are only 0.99 cents! I liked this one (here’s my review)
  • Perfect Regret (Bad Rep) by A. Meredith Walters <— here’s the other one!
  • Love, Your Concierge by Jessica Ingro <— Good reviews for this one, only 0.99 cents right now and Debi recommends it! “I love Grant Morgan and you have to meet him!!!” —- Ohhhh another brooding, unattainable “boss” type. I like these! “Hello. I’m Elizabeth – your personal concierge. My job is to play fairy godmother to the rich and famous. The universal rulebook may say to never mix business with pleasure, but its author never worked for Grant Morgan, my sexy and brooding client. As a top attorney in Manhattan, Grant is used to calling the shots and dominating everything he touches. He also changes girlfriends as often as I pick up his dry cleaning. A part of me still wishes I could let him command my body and take me in ways I’ve never imagined, though. One moment of weakness is all it takes to change everything forever.” and then… “I’m in love and completely terrified. With lines blurred, I find myself lying, cheating and stealing to protect myself from being hurt. But my choices affect more than just me and now I’m not so sure what I’m trying to protect myself from.” <– Ruh roh!!!
  • Falling (The Fading Series #3) by E.K. Blair <— Kat found us this 0.99 cent deal saying: “On sale .99 cents its #3 but it also says it can read first in the series” – LOTS of great reviews!!
  • CARNAGE: Book #1 The Story Of Us by Lesley Jones <— Simone just said: “Omg if u haven’t read Carnage By Lesley Jones yet u need to loved it…” Okay! Lemme take a look. :D Looks good! Lots of good reviews and “…he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.”
  • Tainted Bodies (Crime Romance: The Photographer Trilogy #1) by Sarah Robinson <— Stephanie found us this deal saying: “With the New Release of Tainted Pictures, Author Sarah Robinson is celebrating making #35 on Amazon’s Best Seller list! For the next two days, she’s offering both books in The Photographer Trilogy at 99¢ each!
  • Tainted Pictures (Crime Romance: The Photographer Trilogy #2) by Sarah Robinson <— and here’s book #2 that was JUST RELEASED (also only 0.99 cents today)!!
  • Black Butterfly by Sienna Mynx <— Stephanie found us this one too saying: “Black Butterfly by Sienna Mynx Multi-cultural Romance… On SALE for 99¢ (Was $5.99)!” and S. Camargo loves it! “I loved this read! All Sienna Mynx’s reads are awesome!”
  • Seeking Havok by Lila Felix <— Kat found us this 0.99 cent deal! Good reviews, sounds angsty. Troubled teen trying to avoid being noticed, strikes up a friendship with a guy… the blurb is definitely better than what I just write. LOL!
  • The Beautiful People (The New Mafia Trilogy) by E.J. Fechenda <— and Stephanie found us this 0.99 cent deal, too, saying: “I’m ALWAYS looking for a thrilling MAFIA Romance story…” – Oh yes… sounds good! “From the first night as a Crimson employee she falls for the handsome bartender, despite her brother’s protests and warnings about the guy. With a cool job, a hot man and more than enough money to pay her bills, life was looking up for Natalie. Things drastically change when she witnesses her brother kill three men and discovers he’s a soldier for the Philly Mob. Dominic is too. In fact, his family is the mafia. Suddenly Natalie is a liability and she’s given an ultimatum: keep quiet or die.
  • America’s Bravest (Hidden Cove) by Kathryn Shay <— her entire firefighter series (lots of good reviews!) has been bundled for only 0.99 cents. Over 600 pages! (thanks Aimee). :D
  • The Nik of Time (Assassin/Shifters) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion <— M/M romance (the series “name” suggests paranormal but the synopsis indicates no such thing… so I’m not sure?). But it’s only 0.99 cents right now (and again, great reviews!) – Thanks Aimee!
  • Touching Scars by Stacy Borel <— MILITARY MAN ALERT! Aimee found us this 0.99 cent deal! “Timber Nelson has recently returned home after serving two tours in Iraq. Suffering from PTSD, he’s a shadow of the man he was before his time in the military. Instead of learning to live with the nightmares he faced in the war, he drowns them in a bottle of Crown.” Looks like both main characters have emotional scars…
  • The End Came With A Kiss (Beautiful Dead) by John Michael Hileman <— Aimee found it for us saying: “calling all zombie lovers!! This one looks like a doozie…high ratings” and OH WOW!! What an intriguing synopsis. “My friends and I used to laugh about the zombie apocalypse, the absurdity of it. But when it came, it was nothing like the movies had portrayed. We couldn’t have had it more wrong. There was no gore. There was no blood or tearing of flesh. It was the most beautiful thing the world had ever seen, and that was what took us by surprise. We were not prepared to have our destruction lure us in like a harlot.
    You see, the end did not come with a scratch or a bite. It came with a kiss.” <— eek WHOA!
  • Sweet, Spicy and Sinful: Anthology by Audrey Harte, B.A. Wolfe, Kathryn McNeill Crane , Kimberly Knight, LU Ann, Lynetta Halat, Melanie Dawn, Mia Michelle, Sexxa Kohl, Trudy Stiles <— Lea found us this one saying: “New anthology just released and is only $.99!! A few that I love are on here and all proceeds are being donated to RAINN.org in honor of Sexual Awareness month!” and Trisha says: “I really do not know many of the other stories in this Anthology, but I can highly recommend Away by Author B.A. Wolfe, I Loved the beautiful and heart wrenching story!” Oh!! And I read “Every Rose” and really enjoyed that one, and my friend Sherry Loved “Dear Emily”. Yep… I think you can’t go wrong with this awesome anthology. Those are full length stories!
  • Three Days of Rain by Christine Hughes <— Kat found us this one for 0.99 cents (sounds very angsty) and Stephanie agrees: “This looks really intriguing and different. Is it a romance? I had to one click!”
  • A Lush Betrayal (Lush No. 1) by Selena Laurence <— this one from the last list is really sounding like an angst-ridden hit, too! Shannon says: “Excellent book! … I just loved the different layers of guilt and betrayal.” 

                          

Highly anticipated PRE-ORDERS (most for this Tuesday!!):

      

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Lookie lookie! More Grant and Harlow coming up soon, but today, we have their book cover!

Behold…. the book cover for One More Chance: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series).

Heh. Fun way to reveal a cover, right? ;) Abbi’s book publisher (Atria Books) has very fun ideas! AND! They’re having a book giveaway, too!

Okay here is the synopsis of this book, BUT!! If you haven’t read “Take A Chance” yet (part one of this particular story), DO NOT read the blurb for this one. Instead, enter the contest below by leaving a comment and then check out the Too Far (ROSEMARY BEACH) Series Reading Order

Ready for the synopsis?

In Take a Chance, #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines gave us the story of Grant, who first captured the hearts of new adult readers in Fallen Too Far, and Harlow, the woman who stole his own. Now comes One More Chance

Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker. Someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow’s half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.

Harlow had taken the chance, falling fast and hard for the man who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love…

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now both must decide if they have enough fight to make it work—or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.

Okay for those that had to look away, you can come back now! :D Time for the giveaway.

How to enter for a chance to win a print copy of “Take A Chance”? If you’ve read the series, let me know your favorite book in the series so far (I have a massive Rush crush!). Or!! Your favorite Abbi Glines book out of all of ‘her repertoire. OR!! If you haven’t read Abbi yet, let me know that, as your comment instead. That’ll work! :)  And Sunday night (Wednesday April 20th, 2014) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the publisher.

Open to US & Canada only however all are welcome to comment!

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<— I loved this one! He’s a fighter, working at his family’s gym, and teaching college students self defense (due to a slew of random attacks on campus). One of his students (our heroine) clowns around while he’s trying to teach and this no-nonsense hottie kicks. Her. Out!!! GAH! ;) She’s humiliated in front of her peers and she’s furious. Fun! But it gets funner! ‘Cause she gets an extra dose of NO WAY! when she realizes he’s actually a student at her college. Oh yes! Fun times. (see my review)

Kathy: I read Only for You by Genna Rulon. It is definitely a one click.

Celeste: I have to second the recommendation for Only for You by Genna Rulon.  It was definitely superb for a first novel, and the story kept me intrigued.

Anna: Pieces for You is a wonderful follow-up to Only for You!

Nevaeh: ”Pieces for You” by Genna Rulon…you’re going to love the sequel to “Only for You”!

Renate: Maryse, do you know anything regarding Genna Rulon’s third book coming out soon? The series starts with Pieces for you. I think you read this book a while back (it was awesome).

Maryse’s Book Blog: I loved #1, and I hear #2 is just as good, if not better. I have it but I need to read it. Let me look into book #3 for you. I’m seeing the expected release date listed as… tomorrow!?? Ohhhh I dunno, but maybe! :D

About book #1:

All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she planned.

When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded by her best friend to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, an explosive relationship is born.

Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew— continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she casts Hunter as her prime adversary. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing his vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal.

  • Only For You #1
  • Ever For You #1.5 <— Free to read on the author’s website (Ever wonder what Hunter really thought of Everleigh during their first few encounters? ;) )
  • Pieces For You #2
  • Temper for You (For You, #3) – expected release date April 18th 2014

 

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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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