Each book in this series can be read as a standalone (even though it is stated that some characters re-appear in the books) and it just had a brand new release today!! Book #3 is now out and it’s about a cop that falls for a drug dealer’s girlfriend!! *whoooops!!!* and *squeeeeee!!!* <— That’s the one I want to start with… even though the first one sounds SO awesome too! In fact, Laura loved it!

Laura: Maryse u have to read all the pretty lies by m Leighton it’s the 1st in a new series u will love it!!! 21 year old with 3 older brothers and father who are all cops and overprotective geez it has it all!! And hemi the hero pfffft tattoo artist with a secret who doesn’t do breakfast as u would say swooooooooon!!!

About book #1:

Her…
Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.

Him…
In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.

Them…
Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.

How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?

  

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! October 1st 2014 —> A FEW NEW RELEASES that just got added:

      

*whooooo* —> Stepbrother Dearest is getting a TON of attention since it’s release yesterday… It’s already #2 in all of the Kindle category, and OMG I just LOVE the sound of all of that forbidenny feel… *rubs hands together with devilish glee* I’m so bad. ;) Consider this one at the top of my TBR list.

Kandace: I just started Stepbrother Dearest…he’s kind of moody in a hot tattooed bad boy way.

Maryse: I like moody!!

Michelle: Stepbrother Dearest was awesome. Read it in a day, couldn’t put it down.

Angie: Stepbrother Dearest is AMAZING. It’s emotional and angsty and sexy and taboo and SO MANY EPIC THINGS! It surprised me, at least the emotional element did. I was expecting complete smut but I got a bad ass, sexy, emotional story that was freaking amazing.

*happy dance!!!!

There are SO many on here that are making me go crazy with reading-need. FaCade (DARK READ!), Love Nouveau (super-romance? Angst? not sure yet but I’m hearing awesome things), Stepbrother Dearest (because… come on) ;)  You: A Novel (DARK READ that I’m reading right now and GAH!! It’s terrifically creepy and I think it’s gonna be a love story…), Home is Where You Are (he’s homeless and she’s falling for him), A Good Marriage (Stephen King and that blurb made me eeeeeeep!!!!). Plus, there are 2 series on there that I need to start SO bad, ’cause their latest releases (example… Locke) have AWESOME reviews… GAH!!! I’m too excited!!! :P

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).

  • The Fallen Crest Series by Tijan <— INCREDIBLE deal on this series all bundled up, PLUS!!!! Book # 4 was just released (below)…
  • Draw (Gentry Boys #1) by Cora Brent <— Book #2 was just released (below), and the blurb for this one has me excited! “He and his brothers were tough, lusty forces of nature I’d known since childhood. Years ago, Cord seduced me as a sick game. I’ve hated him ever since. Now here he is again, a man who beats other men bloody for money. Cord has always been heartless, dangerous, not to be trusted. And I want him so much I can’t think.
  • Monster in His Eyes by J.M Darhower <— Book #2 was just released (below) and our fellow readers are lovin’ it!!
  • Come Undone (Rock Hard, Book 1) by Madelynne Ellis <— ROCK STAR BOOK and book #2, the sequel, was just released (below).
  • The Devil’s Contract (Contracts & Deceptions Book 1) by Claire Contreras <— Book #2 (the sequel) was just released below!!
  • Tall, Dark and Deadly Books 1 – 4 by Lisa Renee Jones <— The entire series bundled at an awesome bargain price!
  • Sinful Desires Vol. 1 by M.S. Parker <— Looks like a new serial series: “When Las Vegas exotic dancer, Piper Black, goes back to Philadelphia for her reunion, she knows it’s not going to be an enjoyable experience, and she’s right…until she ends up sleeping with her high school crush…
  • Break Free by Amber Garza <— Stephanie found us this one for only 0.99 cents! Standalone and I remember this blurb gave me an excited jolt!! “Jade stumbles across a recluse writer’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 it may be her undoing.” YES!!!!
  • Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters <— Nancy found us this one on sale for 0.99 cents today saying: “I loved Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters & those of you who have not read it, it will be on sale for 99 cents until the release of Chasing the Tide on December 16th. This is a good time to get the 1st book if you have not read yet. It is a standalone, but we really wanted more & love the cover of the upcoming Chasing the Tide.
  • These Girls: A Novel by Sarah Pekkanen <— And Stephanie found us this one, too saying: “Chick Lit Special: The story of three very different women as they navigate the complications of careers and love—and find the lifeline they need in each other.” Huge Discount: On SALE for $1.99 for a limited time (Was $9.99)!
  • Jane’s Harmony: A Novel by Ryan Winfield <— And Kat found us this one on sale, saying: “I know a lot of y’all liked the 1st book Janes Melody. Well Janes Harmony the 2nd is on sale for $1.99” (and sure enough I DID love #1! Older woman, younger man!! Here’s my review for Jane’s Melody)
          

PARANORMAL

                       

CONTEMPORARY

                                                                                                  

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The Wright Brother
I just had to give this new release a try when I realized it had a reclusive “deaf/colorblind” hero. I was already in love with the potential of that romantic angst, and so were so many in our reading crew!

Maryse: Oh wow, I bet this’ll be intense, so I’ve just got to “taste-test” this!!

MichelleS: …And the Wright Brother. OMG. I am such a sappy sucker for a guy who is deaf. Swoon. I don’t know why. Well, I do. But still… I can’t help it. That has to move up high on my TBR list.

Jean:  …jumping right to The Wright Brother! I can’t resist it!

Maryse: This is the one I’m reading right now and I think I just hot the “good” part. ;) I mean… it’s been good and all, but I’m feeling might anxious right now. and I LOVE THAT!… Sounds like it’s going to be sooooo wonderful!!!

Amy: First chapter in and Julian as a baby is already tugging at my heartstrings, the sweet little guy.

Nothing better for me, than to read about two people falling in love despite resistance (whether due to physical limitations, and/or emotional). To build a friendship overtime, that overcomes the fear of hurt.

“My world was bleak, silent and empty, until her. Until I met my neighbor, Elisa Jane Adrian.”

Oh yessssss, I wanted more of THAT! The idea of neighbors, so different and yet, eventually so connected. That builds into so much more. I LOVE that slow burn, and I love to explore the various angles of what makes someone reclusive. I was imagining all sorts of tentative interactions, learning sign language, friendly moments and that eventual romantic tension.

It ended up being significantly different than what I was imagining, from that blurb.

‘Cause you see, it spans a lifetime of their friendship. They’ve practically been raised together all of their lives as neighbors (and this book takes us through their interactions from children, high school and all the way to their college/adult years).

And while the blurb says she’s so much older than him… in reality, she’s only 2 (3?) years older. So of course, during their high school years, they are definitely mismatched as a potential couple (meaning tons of resistance from her since she’s 18 and he’s 15/16), but it doesn’t take too long for that angle to be dropped, as they move into a new phase of their lives and a new angsty angle comes into play to give them trouble.

But for me… while I can enjoy a book that spans a lifetime of an epic love, there was just so much “extra” thrown into this one to keep them in angst, but just never long enough for me to live it with them. Things would happen, (major events in their lives would be highlighted… quickly) be resolved, and then suddenly weeks, months, entire school sessions or even years would pass, to move us along to the next phase of their life. And this happened throughout the book.

In the end, I liked it well enough but was able to put it down, and even considered letting it go at about the 60-70% mark. Although once it hit that 70% mark, I enjoyed the angsty angle it took us on (I enjoyed that part the most, in fact). But again… it was a couple of years worth of “life” written into a small portion of the book. So while I could understand the dilemma the main characters were facing, and the angsty heartache their decisions caused them, I didn’t quite believe the final outcome. I didn’t so much… feel it. I don’t know that I agreed with certain character’s opinions on what “true love” is and how it should be recognized, and I was almost hoping for a different outcome altogether at that point.

A few minor quirks here and there and a rushed epilogue that moved us ahead again another few years, kept me from loving it. Like one of our fellow reader’s Michelle and Amy said,

Michelle: I am reading The Wright Brother too. Some of it is a bit weird (the palm signing and the implied color-blindness meaning he sees no color?)… makes me wonder if the author knows that deaf people do not sign into others’ palms and that color blind doesn’t mean no colors… besides that weird part, I like it so far…… It’s just kind of that “almost there” book for me. … And the skipping ahead weeks and months for no apparent reason. So much potential.

Amy: Finished The Wright Brother! I think a lot of the ladies on here would like it as the level of angst is about midway on thescale…well, *my* scale in which high is the level that us angst junkies go for. ;)   I wanted to smack Elisa at times and tell her to grow some lady balls and quit running away! *Literally* running away. And Julian…I wanted to be mad at him at one point but just couldn’t. He nestled himself into that soft spot in my heart. Yes, ladies, I do actually have a soft spot! Still not sure how I feel about those brothers of his though. :?

Agreed, Michelle and Amy. I felt the same way. Those details did distract me every once in awhile, but I’m going to look that up and see if there are other “versions” of this that I just did not know about. And the brothers just didn’t feel real at all. Almost parodies or a cliché of what those kinds of popular “jocks” are like. And the skipping ahead. It felt as if we were provided just enough “important events” from their lives (their ENTIRE lives), just to move us swiftly to the “main” event part (which was essentially… the end). And by then, I just wasn’t as invested in “them”, as I wanted to be.

Still, an interesting love story, with a very sweet message that pleased some of our fellow readers!

Jean: I loved The Wright Brother…

Amy: Finished The Wright Brother (really good!)

3 stars!

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<— Look what’s coming out in theaters! The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks!! YAY ME!!! I love Nicholas Sparks. Er… well… I should say the movies based on his epic gorgeous, heart wrenching love stories. He is just… SO up my romance alley, you’d think I would have devoured every book of his, by now. Alas, I always seem to jump into the movies instead. And now I’ve got another to look forward to. Maybe I should change it up a little and read the book first. ;)

But I digress… THIS giveaway is to celebrate the upcoming movie release: in Theaters October 17!! We’ve got a brand new trailer and everything, below!

So what’s it about?

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato. <— side note from Maryse: I LOVE James Marsden. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! 

One (1) winner receives:

  • Movie tie-in book & mug (Courtesy of Relativity Media)

Open to US mailing addresses only

How to enter for a chance to win? Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Nicholas Sparks book or movie (and if you haven’t seen or read one yet, tell me your favorite movie love story), and by 10pm EST, Wednesday October 1st 2014, I will randomly select ONE winner for the prize above.

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 winners directly by Relativity Media.

Take a look at the movie trailer! Tell me you don’t wanna fall in love with this one. ;)

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<— Look what just went live today! I know a ton were anxious awaiting the first two on my list (both, part of very popular series) plus there are a bunch more that look fantastic!

  • Locke (Corps Security Book 6) by Harper Sloan <— I hear some *squeeeeeeing* going on. ;)
  • Two Roads (Gypsy Brothers Book 6) by Lili St Germain <— JUST RELEASED!!!!! (Gypsy Brothers Series Reading Order)
  • Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes Book 2) by J.M. Darhower (highly anticipated sequel and our early fellow readers are loving it!)
  • Chasing Abby (Shattered Hearts Book 6) by Cassia Leo <— Amy says: “Such a good series! BUT, *don’t* read ahead on the blurbs – especially Abandon and Chasing Abby – because it will spoil so much in the previous books. They read pretty fast, too.” WOW!!! Look at all the amazing reviews!!!!! (series reading order)
  • Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward <— AMY just told me this one just went live and she says: “looks angsty with a forbidden-ish angle.” <— YAY US!!!! “When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be. I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here. I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room. But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.” and then… he leaves. Until… “When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again. And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.” Eeeeep! Yah… I gotta read this. *wicked grin*
  • FaCade (Deception series Book 1) by Ker Dukey & D.H Sidebottom <— DARK READ!! From the blurb, she’s married to a VERY bad guy and has no memory of it, but… “Now my memories are slowly returning. And they show me a completely different side to meeting him. Our dates, falling in love. The Dante haunting me in the shadows of my mind is loving, gentle and utterly enamored with me, nothing like the man with me now. And this is what taunts me. My tender lover turned into a debauched, cruel sadist who is determined to consume my life, destroy my mind and murder my spirit.” Diane said: “Facade was unbelievable. .so far these Two authors have written my top three best books of 2014!” and Kiki loved it too: “LOVED FACADE!!! So Dark & Twitsted!!!!”
  • Owned By Fate (a Serve novel) (Entangled Brazen) by Tessa Bailey <— BDSM club and a reporter is writing an article… and the owner sets his sights on her.
  • Reforming the Rock Star (Entangled Indulgence) by Christine Bell
  • The Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3) (The Ivy Years) by Sarina Bowen (here’s my review of book #1: The Year We Fell Down)… So good!
  • Dylan (From the Inside Out Book 3) by S.L. Scott <— OH!! Love triangle??
  • Austin (From the Inside Out Book 4) by S.L. Scott <— OH!! Love triangle?? (these are the two guys??)
  • Love Nouveau by B.L. Berry <— Amy found us this new release, too saying: “…looks like it is going to hurt…and y’all know how much I love those!” and Sharon said: “I read Love Nouveau – It was stunning” and Liz is loving it too… “Hadn’t heard of Love Nouveau. Started reading the Kindle sample, forgot it was the sample, and barked like a seal when I ran out of words to read!! Needless to say, I’m now the proud owner of the ebook! I have a bunch of the other ones, as well!!” <— I’m thinking THIS should be my next.
  • Surviving Broken (A Mathews Family Novel Book 4) by Beverly Preston
  • Filthy Beautiful Love (Filthy Beautiful Lies Book 2) by Kendall Ryan
  • His (Hers Book 6) by Dawn Robertson

              

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Who’s in the mood for an alpha-male read? How about a bad-a$$ mercenary alpha-male? Maybe… one that’s a Dom…? Could they possibly be anything else but dominant? ;) Tee hee!! I haven’t read these yet, but I’m pretty sure they’re right up our bad-boy/bad-a$$ book alley, and there are already so many to indulge in!

In fact, Lisa LOVES these!!

Lisa: Hi Maryse, I just finished the Masters and Mercenaries Series by Lexi Blake and Wow, wow, wow what a ride!… A friend recommended the series to me and I cannot wait for the next set of characters in the series in 2014!! The 4 books in the series were really good. Then I got to book 5 Love and Let Die and OH MY GOSH – No disappointment here! I could not put it down I had to read it non stop to the end. I even ate my meals with this book (he he). So many characters but I knew the book on Ian Taggart (bad boy dom) **sigh** would be the best and it was! This is an action/adventure series. This is not a stand alone, I HIGHLY recommend reading these in order to understand how each of the character fits into the bigger picture of the story that seems to wrap up out of the loose ends with the main characters. The next in the series should focus on the newer characters introduced in books 3-5. Loved, loved this series!!

Maryse: Eeeeep this sounds AWESOME! Thank you so much Lisa. I’ll be putting up the reading order post shortly. :D

Deepali: I would love to see a list of your favorite (also your fellow readers’ favorites) books with groveling Alpha Males.  You know who I’m talking about, those uber hot, ultra possessive heroes who f*** up with the women they love and then proceed to make amends… Lexi Blake’s Masters & Mercenaries series (the heroes mistakenly believe their lady loves are ********* then spend lots of time groveling)

Maryse: I LOVE the sound of that, Deepali!!!

About book #1:

A routine mission…

Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She’s the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.

…turns into a dangerous seduction.

Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean’s every dark desire. She’s living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure—intimate acts of trust she’s only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?

           

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<— In love with her best friend’s brother alert!!! The series is now complete (book #3 was just released), and it comes highly recommended by a few of our reading buds! :D

Kimberly: Maryse Just read a awesome book that I really recommend. It’s Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea. It has all the roller-coaster emotions. It is well written and it just sucks you in. It’s about a girl who loves a boy!! Of course, right!?!? Anyways, it’s the love that is pure soul mates but something happens and she does know how to handle it. Very emotional!! Love it. Hope you check it out!!

Andrea: Maryse, have you read Unbreakable and Undone by Rebecca Shea? I loved both of them…

Maryse: I haven’t but thank you for letting me know! :D

Kandace: I really enjoyed both stories a lot.

About book #1:

Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.

Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.

But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.

Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?

  

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Just received this series recommendation…

Mindy: You have to read the Clarity book series by Loretta Lost! WOW!

… and I just had to look it up (by the way… it’s complete!). Yep! Sounds about right for us! Blind college girl that leaves college (disillusioned) and becomes a recluse. And then a doctor comes along to try and help her…

About book #1:

Fiercely independent Helen Winters was born completely blind, but she vowed never to let her disability keep her down. She did not expect a traumatic event to devastate her life and force her to drop out of college. Disillusioned by the cruelty of people, Helen retreated from society to live by herself as a reclusive writer in the woods, where no one could ever hurt her again.

When a brilliant young doctor shows up on her doorstep, promising her that his new research can give her the ability to see for the first time, Helen stubbornly refuses. She has learned not to trust anyone, and to rely only on herself. But Dr. Liam Larson will not take no for an answer. He makes it his personal mission to rescue Helen from her loneliness, and bring joy into her world once more; the joy she has denied herself for so long.

When Helen’s demons come racing back into her life, threatening to rip her apart and destroy the strength she has carefully rebuilt, Liam is the only one who might be able to save her. Can he reach the broken girl in time, helping her to heal and see the world in a different light? Or will Helen’s grief send her spiraling out of control, lost to him forever?

  

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