<— HOLY MOLY SURPRISE RELEASE DAY!!! THESE would have been PERFECT for my Friday Finds list, but it’s only Thursday and there’s NO WAY I’m waiting until tomorrow to post ‘em. I mean… what if you need an awesome read tonight???? I can in fact guarantee an awesome read on this list, that I LOVED, and I’m reading and loving ANOTHER one of these.

So yeah. ;) They get their own “Thursday has become the new Tuesday” early-bird (or late bird?) post. ;)

LOOK WHAT JUST WENT LIVE!!!

Kristin: …if you haven’t read this, GO DO IT! Finally got out of my rut of re-reading all my KA’s…

Melinda: Maryse you are killing me this book “the darkest sunrise” just absolutely love it. I have to go to work. I’m a walking around like a zombie from no sleep. I’m going to be sneaking in the toilet to READ. Your going to get me fired. Love books like this then I’m starting the next one.

Theresa: Darkest Sunrise. Started late so I could not be left with cliffy. Her writing is so great and sooo happy that I am not OCDing over typos and grammar mistakes and mispellings lol. But I think I see what’s coming. The dialogue is just so fresh and great in this book. Gotta love her writing and stories.

Cheryl: Counting the days until The Brightest Sunset releases so I can start this duet!!!

  • The Silent: Irin Chronicles Book Five by Elizabeth Hunter <— LIVE!! ELIZABETH HUNTER ALERT!! I won’t read the blurb ’cause this one is part of a series, but I did catch this part: “THE SILENT is a romantic fantasy, and the fifth book in the Irin Chronicles series.”

MichelleS: IRIN CHRONICLES!!! OMG. I love that series. She is such an amazing writer. Elemental Mysteries is still one of my all time favorite vampire series, and Irin Chronicles was fabulous too.

Tessa: MichelleS I’m reading The Secret in the Irin Chronicles and OMG, I love finally knowing what’s going on! I figured the big mystery that has been from book one, but the full story and ramifications? *squeels*

  • Beard Up (The Dixie Warden Rejects Book 6) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LIVE!! LANI LYNN VALE ALERT & OH WOW. This blurb wants to jerk my heart right out of my chest!!!! “…He haunts his former life, lurking in the background, surviving on occasional glimpses of the only thing good that is left in his miserable life. The horror he has inflicted upon her is nothing compared to the terror that waits for her when someone moves in to take her from him. The thing about being stuck in the past is that it is like walking through life backwards. She is always looking back, so she doesn’t see what is happening in front of her. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that the ghosts of the past aren’t nearly as terrifying as the monsters of the future…
  • Naughty, Dirty, Cocky by Whitney G. <— LIVE!! WHITNEY G. ALERT!!THE WHOLE COCKY HOTTIE SERIES BUNDLED!!!!Naughty, Dirty, Cocky is complete the first volume of the New York Times bestselling Steamy Coffee Read Series from Whitney G. Stay after hours with the Naughty Boss, be sure to get checked out by the Dirty Doctor, and make sure you’re prepared to work both inside and outside the bedroom with the Cocky Client…”
  • Illicit (Sin City Outlaws Book 4) by M.N. Forgy <— LIVE!! BIKER BOOK DARK READ ALERT!! ”...Raven is my club’s prisoner. I’ve been ordered to break her. It should be easy given my violent history. But being this close to a woman—this woman—for the first time in a long time, is like sharing company with the demon Lilith herself. She’s my perfect toy. Filled with a dark rage...”
  • Big Shot by Kim Karr <— LIVE!! KIM KARR’S LATEST ALERT!! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE… Once upon a time he was totally into her… “Moving on wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to let her go. Eventually, I found someone to share my days and nights with, and together we had a daughter. My life was nearly perfect until my world turned upside down. A single father has challenges, and one of those is learning how to calmly deal with your child coming home in tears. I had no idea the day I pounded on my daughter’s classmate’s door, Hannah would be the one standing on the other side.”
  • Mr. Darkness by Hilary Storm <— LIVE!! SHE’S A ROMANCE AUTHOR AND HE COMES INTO HER LIFE… but there’s a complication! “Who knew I’d be this intrigued after a single day with him? It’s supposed to be easy… but there’s just one problem, to him this is work and I’m not sure I can separate business from pleasure because it seems to be one in the same when it involves him.”

         

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Katee has a reader question too!! This was actually one she posted on her own Facebook wall, but I was tagged in it since it doesn’t seem it was guessed yet. Maybe we can help. ;)

It might be a bit spoilerish, so read with caution. But this definitely sounds like a tumultuous, unique and quite possibly exciting romance read. :D

She posted:

“So I read a book a million years ago (over 10) where a group of girlfriends “shared” a man who was the perfect man for all of them (unbeknownst to him). Like one had no-strings-attached sex.

One was a single mom who had him helping out around the house. There were one or two others I can’t remember,

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but one of them fell in love with him and “ruined” it all.

Sound familiar?”

Oooooh sounds like trouble!! ;) I’m dying to know which one it is!!

Anyone?

Sabrina: Is it Picked by Jettie Woodruff??

Be the first to comment

Oh I have a guess for this one, but I’m sure it’s not the right one, so I’m definitely leaving it open to more suggestions. And anyway, this could definitely turn into a “genre” list of books like this one, in case you’re in the mood for just this thing! ;)

Sue asks:

Ok, let’s see if I can stump the panel.

A few years ago I read a book about a guy who ran an exclusive club (of sorts) for guys and I believe their wives. It was sort of like the wives could take classes in feeling sexy, dressing sexy, pole dancing, etc. While the husband’s could be “entertained”. This guy ran & owned the place (housed in a modern day castle/mansion) with a few close friends.

The h involved was looking for a job and showed up and had to take these classes as well, but may have possibly been in a seperate group for potential employees.

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In any case, she caught the eye of the H and a jealous ex/hook up took notice.

As form of payback the potential employees were told they had to dance for the guys. She found herself as the only one dancing & naked for the husbands/maybe wives. That’s all I remember, but it’s driving me crazy.

Help!?

Thanks!

Sue

Okay immediately one popped in my head (Taint: A Sexual Education Novel by S.L. Jennings), but I’m pretty sure it’s not the one, because Sue’s description veers off from what I remember of the book. But in any case, this one is along that genre. ;)

Anyone have a guess?

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Jessica’s question is short and sweet, but there’s enough detail that I’m sure someone will remember which one she’s looking for.

She asks:

Help!I know you and your awesome readers can help me out.

The book I am looking for is she works for an underwear company and was assigned to a store where she clashed with the guy who ran men’s department.

Any ideas?

Thank you!

Ooooooohhhh, a good ol’ co-worker love/hate relationship!! :D Anyone know this one?

Ashley: Could it be Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre??? I really enjoyed that book! And I know that this is not it, but I was reminded of Owning Violet: A Novel by Monica Murphy when I read the description and I thought to myself, ‘I need to reread those books!’.

 

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<— SANTINO HASSELL’S UPCOMING LATEST ALERT!!!!!!! Illegal Contact (The Barons) is releasing ON. MY. BIRTHDAY! Perhaps that means that THIS is my birthday read. YAY ME!!!! So many of my book-buds absolutely LOVE this author. One of the best of the best M/M authors, and I need to jump in. I’m thinking this is a sign. ;)

BUT!!! We’re starting the gifts early! And it’s not a gift to me… but to one of YOU! Plus a sneak peek at this next release:

Exclusive excerpt for Maryse’s Book Blog: 

I looked at the cameras and found Gavin stretched out on a lawn chair by the pool. He’d already finished his workout and was wearing a very small and tight pair of swim shorts. His eyes were closed and his hand was cupping his bulge.

It could have been my hand cupping him last night. My hand drawing his towel away and figuring out just how big Gavin Brawley was and whether I could fit him all down my throat.

Holy shit, I needed to stop.

I clicked off the screen, put away the bills, and marched down to the pool.

He didn’t open his eyes before saying, “Hey.” He also didn’t move his hand.

“We need to talk.”

“So talk.”

“About last night.”

Gavin’s lashes lifted enough for his intense golden eyes to lock onto me. “I’d figured you were gonna pretend it didn’t happen.”

“Well, I am, but I need to tell you why.”

Gavin moved his hand entirely and glared up at me. “If you’re gonna give me a rundown about why I’m not the type of guy you usually f**k with . . .”

“No,” I said dryly. “That is not what I intend to say. Stop assuming the worst about me. I’m not here to insult you or whatever you’re expecting. We need to clear the air and set up boundaries.”

“Uh-huh.”

I sat on the edge of the lounge chair and put a tentative hand on his knee. “Seriously. It has nothing to do with you. It’s me.”

“You’re a regular f**king cliché, aren’t you?”

“And you’re defensively defaulting into dick mode,” I shot back. “What it comes down to is that
you’re my boss. The boss I live with.”

“For four more months.”

“Yeah, but even so, I would think you’d understand why I don’t want to go through this again. I don’t want to be the guy who . . . fucks up every job because of an inability to draw boundaries at work.”

Gavin’s expression flickered and his jaw unclenched. “That was a different situation. This job is temporary.”

“I know it is, but it doesn’t change the messed-up power dynamics in this situation.”

“I don’t have power over—” he paused, frowning. “F**k, okay. I get it. But I’d be just as screwed if you abruptly bail on me. I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to owning a house or organizing my life. I need you here.”

It was the first time he’d admitted to my value as his assistant, and I couldn’t stop myself from smugly grinning. “Yeah. You do. Case in point—your mortgage was two months overdue.”

Gavin grunted and crossed his arms over his chest. “Get back to rejecting me.”

“I’m not rejecting you. I just can’t f**k up this job because you’re a good kisser.”

“Okay, I get that, but be real and admit I’m a better kisser than that other guy.”

“Stop being a clown. I’m serious, Gavin. We need some boundaries.”

“So then have boundaries. I’m not stopping you.”

“We both need to stick with them. No flirting. No eyef**king—because in retrospect I now realize you’ve been doing it all along.” And boy, did it blow my mind to realize Gavin Brawley’s intense stare down had been him checking me out. Including the first time I’d stepped into Joe Carmichael’s office. “No more asking to kiss me.”

Gavin stared at me from beneath his eyelashes. “I won’t push up on you if you don’t want me to.”

Relief hit me. “Good. Things will be a lot easier if we both keep our hands and eyes to ourselves.”

“If you say so.”

He was sullen, but I could deal with that. I stood and began to turn away, but his voice rang out
clearly and loudly.

“But what if you ask to kiss me?”

I looked over my shoulder. “That’s not going to happen.”

Gavin had closed his eyes again. “We’ll see.”

Ooooooh YESSSSS!! WE WILL SEE!!!! :D

For the giveaway, Santino is offering:

  1. A bound signed galley of Illegal Contact
  2. an embroidered Barons Cap

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below (or better yet, tell me your favorite M/M book – or books!!) and by 10pm EST, Sunday July 30th 2017, I will randomly select one lucky commenter as the winner.

Also, while not necessary to enter, it would be awesome if you’d share this giveaway on Twitter or Instagram, or Facebook.

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 prize will be sent to the winner directly by author.

Giveaway open internationally!

About the author:

Author Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!! 80+ new books just went live including that one there to the left that TOTALLY gave me a blurb jolt (you gotta read the blurb!!). But that’s not the only one… ;) In fact I’m starting a new book (The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel by Rachel Higginson) that was supposed to go live today, but has been delayed a couple of days (won’t go live until Thursday). *sigh* Oh well. That will give me enough time to read the review copy, and maybe even review by its release day. But I have no doubt I’m going to love it because every book I’ve read by this author, I’ve loved!! :D

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! OMG YOU GUYS!!!!! IT’S LIVE!!! One of our CLASSIC favorites was out of commission for awhile and now it’s been RE-RELEASED. The Sweet Gum Tree!!!! P.S. Here’s my review!!! ➔➔➔➔

Okay now, here’s my mini blurb-jolt list from the ones below! THESE. SOUND. AWESOME!!! Beautiful Mistake (yep back on the list, but this time in the reader recommendations section ’cause it’s still getting recommended to us big time!), An Impossible World (a Dystopian about a woman that escapes her abusive husband and is trying to stay safe in a ravaged world), Exploited (that one up there to the left!! She’s a secret super-hacker that is trying to expose corruption, and she’s falling in love. Unfortunately, it’s with the guy that is hunting her and doesn’t realize who she is!!! *gasp*!!! eek Plus it’s A. Meredith Walters, so you know it’ll be awesome), Ripple Effect (Ooooooooooh Keri Lake DARK READ alert!!! She’s been in love with him, watching him, wanting him to save her, but it turns out he’s her worst nightmare. neutral YIKES!!!! MINE!!!!), Pieces of Me (she has escaped her abusive husband and is in hiding, terrified, reclusive, and significantly OCD about things…), Cross Check (HOCKEY PLAYER ALERT!! Plus he’s her best friend’s boy friend’s best friend, he’s always around, and they HATE each other. YAY ME!!! I LOVE those)!!! Oh and there’s quite a few more blurbs that had me chuckling, or oooooohing, so I highlight ‘em below.

And don’t forget to check out yesterday’s 19 Earlybird Book Releases!!!

LET’S READ!!!

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Jilted: A Love Hurts Novel by Sawyer Bennett
  2. Wildfire: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews
  3. Fatal Threat: A Novel of Romantic Suspense, w/ Bonus Short Story: Bringing Noah Home (The Fatal Series) by Marie Force
  4. Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
  5. The Necromancer’s Dilemma: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 2 by SJ Himes
  6. Draakenwood: Whyborne & Griffin, Book 9 by Jordan L. Hawk
  7. All or Nothing at All: The Billionaire Builders, Book 3 by Jennifer Probst
  8. Hundreds: Dollars, Book 3 by Pepper Winters
  9. Ice: Regulators MC Series, Book 1 by Chelsea Camaron & Jessie Lane
  10. Ruckus by L.J. Shen
  11. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
  12. Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury
  13. Acer: No Prisoners MC, Book 3 by Lilly Atlas
           

 

BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland <— LOL!!! YEP!!! VI KEELAND’S LATEST IS BACK ON THE LIST AGAIN & ‘CAUSE WE HAVE MORE FEEDBACK ALERT!! Melinda couldn’t stop reading it!

Melinda: Ooooh I just read Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland in a day, I loved it that much. A bit like Tessa and To Hate Adam Thorn. I loved that book too Tessa I was the same. Walking around with the book. Running to do something then come back to read another page.

Linda: Highly recommend my weekend reads!!! Beautiful Mistake and Whispered Prayers of A Girl by Alex Grayson. Both were unputdownable!!!

  • Whispered Prayers of a Girl by Alex Grayson <— Here’s the other one Linda recommended that was unputdownable!!!
  • Pretty Stolen Dolls by Ker Dukey & K. Webster <— DARK READ ALERT! Kiblee just devoured all in the series so far!

Kiblee: I just devoured these 3 books, and I have to washout for more? I can’t believe how roped in I got with this series and I want more.

  • Wolfsong by T.J. Klune <— MUCH LOVED M/M ROMANCE and it’s super-bargain priced right now!!

DG: Just to say – Wolfsong was a five star for me. Abso-freaking-lutely FLOVED it. Would have never even glanced at it if it wasn’t all the raving comments from you ladies.

bev: I love when you luck into the right book at the right time. The last one was Wolfsong. I promised Fabi it would be my first book of the new year. It just so happened that we got over 2 feet of snow that week. I lost power a couple times so kept kindle plugged in. When lights flickered I make a large french press of hot coffee. Just cuddled up under my blankets and read. Well, sometimes id go for a walk first, snow to my knees in some places and magical.Perfect book for that kind of weather.

MichelleS: …nothing compares to Wolfsong…

Melanie: …you guys have to read The Sound of Light by Claire Wallis!! Omg! I am trying to remember when a book has touched my heart like this one did!!

      

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Wildfire: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews <— ILONA ANDREWS ALERT!!
  2. The Dream Keeper’s Daughter: A Novel by Emily Colin <— TIME TRAVEL ALERT!! The love of her life has gone missing… “…Isabel works hard to become a respected archaeologist and a loving mother to her daughter, Finn, a little girl with very unusual abilities. But while Isabel is on a dig in Barbados, she receives a disturbing phone call. The hauntingly familiar voice on the other end speaks just four words—“Isabel. Keep her safe.”—before they’re disconnected. Isabel tries to convince herself that the caller can’t possibly be Max…”
  3. The Alpha’s Arrangement (A Paranormal Shifter Romance): Howls Romance by Ryan Michele
  4. Marked for Them (Witches of Rose Lake Book 1) by Lia Davis
  5. Passionate Roar: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Leo by Solease M Barner
  6. Blood Gamble (Disrupted Magic Book 2) by Melissa F. Olson
  7. Bound by Blood (Cauld Ane Series Book 1) by Piper Davenport
  8. Scent of Danger (The Phoenix Agency Book 3) by Desiree Holt
  9. Wildfire’s Heart (Elemental Hearts, Book 1) by Siobhan Muir <— FIREFIGHTER GENIE ALERT!! “…Raihana Nejem retired from being a genie in a lamp centuries ago and now works for the U.S. Forest Service. Fires are devastating her field area, but the sexy firefighter djinn might just be more dangerous. Her people believe Ifrits to be evil demons and Raihana can’t be sure Saif isn’t responsible for the arson fires cropping up in town…
  10. The Witch’s Protector by Leia Shaw
  11. The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg <—- Ooooooooh CREEEEEEPY!!!Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem. When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not...”
  12. Venom & Vampires: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection
  13. Cursing the Moon (The Howl Series Book 2) by Emma Nichols and Lexi James
  14. Healing the Heart (The Howl Series Book 3) by Emma Nichols and Lexi James
  15. Her Forsaken Prince: A Scifi Romance by Maya Hughes
  16. Xander (A Dark Assassins Novel Book Three) by Valerie Ullmer
  17. An Impossible World by S.P. Cervantes <— DYSTOPIAN ALERT!! SHE ESCAPES HER ABUSIVE HUSBAND…No longer willing to put up with her husband’s drunken abuse, Belle made the desperate decision to run away from the safety of her community and escaped alone into the broken world beyond. Chased by death as bombs exploded in the distance, her next decision could not only save her life but could potentially bring light back into her darkened soul…
               

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Exploited: A Zero Day Romance by A. Meredith Walters <— OOOOOOOOH!!!!! SHE’S A VIGILANTE HACKER & SHE’S IN LOVE WITH THE GUY THAT’S LOOKING FOR HER ALERT!!! “...My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.   Until I fell in love. Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey...”
  2. Drilled by Opal Carew
  3. All About Him: A Novel by Pat Tucker
  4. Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion
  5. Summer on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy
  6. Stud by Jamie K. Schmidt <— CLEAVAGE OGLING COFFEE DRINKER & THE ANNOYED BARISTA ALERT! ;)Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence—except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out...”
  7. Love Blooms (Hope & Love) by Jamie Pope
  8. What Happened in Vegas (Summer Heat Book 3) by Morgan Young
  9. Hold You Close: A Fight For Me Novel by Jessica Linden
  10. The Fix (If It’s Broke Book 1) by Kristin Rouse <— HE’S A RECOVERING ADDICT AND THEN HE MEETS HER……Juliana believes in him—or at least the him he lets her see. As he nears the one-year mark in his recovery, Ezra’s demons refuse to stay buried and his desire to be the man Juliana deserves can’t compete with the fix he never stops craving. What Ezra doesn’t know yet is that sometimes the fix is worth the fall…
  11. The Man in the Mirror by Bonnie Gardner <— TWO MEN LOOK LIKE HER MISSING HUSBAND ALERT!! “...Dr. Gentry Wilson’s husband has been missing for seven years when a man who looks like Jake arrives in the emergency room of her hospital. Perhaps, now she will get the answers to the questions she’s had for so many years. She wants to be angry with him, but as time passes, she begins to fall in love with the man who seems so different from the man he once was. When the body in the lake is identified as Jake, even more questions arise...”
  12. Ripple Effect: A Novel by Keri Lake <— KERI LAKE ALERT!!! Oooooh this sounds delightfully dark!!!!…For months, I’ve watched him. I’ve fantasized him as my savior, my lover. My ticket out of the hell I’ve lived in for the last six years. I never dreamed he’d be my nightmare. Had I known what he really is, I’d have never gotten in the car that night, but life is full of cause and effect...”
  13. Something New (Brides of Cedar Bend Book 2) by Lena Hart
  14. Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck
  15. Accidental Kisses <— ANTHOLOGY!
  16. 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Ten <— From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Tessa Bailey, Lexi Blake, Larissa Ione, Laurelin Paige, and introducing Jenna Jacob and Sierra Simone. Six Dark Tales. Six Sensual Stories. Six Page Turners.
  17. The Truth We Bury: A Novel by Barbara Taylor Sissel <— EEEEEEP!! PSYCH THRILLER/ FAMILY DRAMA ALERT!!! “…two families become entangled in a web of lies, secrets, and betrayal that results in an act of violence so shocking their love may not survive...”
  18. Well Built by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  19. When A Stranger Calls (New York State Trooper Series Book 7) by Jen Talty
  20. Hope Restored (Gallagher Brothers Book 3) by Carrie Ann Ryan <— HE’S A SURVIVER & NOW HE’S FIGHTING HIS ATTRACTION TO HER... “Tessa Stone works hard and plays harder. She’s spent her life trying to figure out who she is in the present rather than looking back. Yet when she’s forced into close proximity with Murphy, she’ll have to not only be his rock but learn how to relax enough to maybe let him be hers, as well…”
  21. Ray of Life by E. L. Todd
  22. SEALs of Honor: Easton by Dale Mayer
  23. Say No More (Gravediggers Book 3) by Liliana Hart <— LILIANA HART ALERT!!!
  24. Hannah (Farraday Country Book 8) by Chris Keniston
  25. Suddenly Engaged (A Lake Haven Novel Book 3) by Julia London <— THE SINGLE MOM & HER GRUMPY NEIGHBOR ALERT!Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby—especially when Ruby won’t stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who’d be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that’s exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery...”
  26. Delta: Redemption by Cristin Harber
  27. Mine to Break (The Connaghers Book 6) by Joely Sue Burkhart
  28. One True Pairing: A Geek Girl Rom Com (Fandom Hearts) by Cathy Yardley
  29. By Choice (A Playing Games Spin-off Novel) (#MeetCute) by Rene Folsom <— HE’S HER SUPERVISOR, SO SHE HAS A FLING WITH SOMEONE ELSE, ALERT!! “...she knows she has to be strong—Tyson is not for her and getting involved with a supervisor is definitely not a good life choice. When she’s in Berlin on business, Sofie indulges in a one-night stand with Leo, a gorgeous military man, in hopes of banishing thoughts of Ty from her mind. Just the idea of flirting and fleeing the country makes her feel adventurous. A one-night stand with an overseas hottie is perfect for her basic needs as a woman. But, of course, fate has different plans…
  30. Your New Best Friend: a romantic comedy by Jayne Denker
  31. Daddy’s Rules by Arabella Kingsley
  32. All or Nothing at All (The Billionaire Builders Book 3) by Jennifer Probst <— Ooooh I LOVE THE PROPERTY BROTHERS *waggles eyebrows*!!! “HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this third volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new, heart-wrenching, and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.”
  33. When Never Again Happens (Never Again Series Book 2) by Jamie Lynn Boothe
  34. Bittersweet (A Home Sweet Home Novel) by Shirlee McCoy
  35. Hard Rock Deceit: A Rock Star Romance by Athena Wright <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! “…we’re both dedicated to our art. We’ll do whatever it takes to succeed. When I find out just how far he’ll go, it threatens to tear our world apart…
  36. When I Need You (The Need You Series) by Lorelei James <— FOOTBALL PLAYER NEIGHBOR ALERT!!!When Rowan learns her new neighbor is Jensen Lund, the smoking-hot tight end who takes being neighborly to a whole new level, she’s grateful for the team’s strict no fraternization policy because the sexy man defines temptation…
  37. Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane
  38. A Little Harmless Fantasy by Melissa Schroeder
  39. Fall by Eden Butler <— SHE LEFT EVERYTHING TO START OVER SOMEWHERE ELSE, BUT… “...when her career spirals out of her control, Lily can only watch as everything she worked for falls to ruin. But some lies are hard to come back from. And some promises are made to be broken. Sometimes going home again is the only thing that can save you. But first you have to break. First you have to fall…
  40. Billionaire Unveiled: The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Marcus by J. S. Scott
  41. Dominic (The Men of the Seven Chambers Book 1) by D.W. Marshall
  42. Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts by Alisha Rai
  43. Falling for the Unexpected (Life Unexpected Book 1) by Rachel Lyn Adams <— SINGLE MOM TURNS TO HIM... “For as long as I could remember, I’ve always wanted a family. When I finally get what I want, it’s nothing like I’d expected it to be. It never occurred to me that making one bad decision for all the right reasons could end so wrong. Now, I’m unsure about the future for myself and my daughter. But I can’t take it anymore. I’ve hit the breaking point. Knowing I want out, I turn to a friend for help. He’s completely off limits, so I never expected feelings to get involved...”
  44. Roman’s Empire by Gayle Phillips-Roberson
  45. The Next Play: Part Three by Rhyannon Byrd
  46. Warranted Pleasures (A Warranted Series Book 1) by Shannon Nemechek
  47. Pieces of Me by Shiloh Walker <— SHE ESCAPED HER ABUSIVE LOVE AND IS HIDING, TERRIFIED... “…she spends most of her time locked away in her home on Pawley’s Island, a small town on the South Carolina coast. Her rare moments of joy come from her trips to the nearby beach. She compulsively checks the locks on her doors, makes sure she has her cell phones—five of them—and if she misses something on her schedule, it throws her into a panic. When she accidentally leaves a sketchbook on the beach, an anxiety attack seems imminent. Her art has become her salvation, her sanity, and losing even one sketch is like losing a piece of her soul. When she returns to hunt for the sketchbook, already fearing it’s gone for good, she’s surprised to find it still sitting there, saved by a sexy fellow beach lover—the mysterious Dillian Jenkins...”
  48. Vega: Book Four of The Stardust Series by Autumn Reed and Julia Clarke <— Must be read in order…
  49. Mack’s Witness (Hearts & Heroes Book 2) by Elle James
  50. Love in a Sandstorm (Pine Harbour Book 6) by Zoe York
  51. Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson <— HOCKEY PLAYER ALERT (HER BEST FRIEND’S BOYFRIEND’S BEST FRIEND THAT SHE HATES ALERT!!)Ella Verran has three goals this semester: get off academic probation, repair her relationship with her friend Skylar, and take some responsibility for her life. All of which are hard enough without hot, snobby hockey player Ben Buckingham around to distract her. Ella can’t stand Ben, and she knows the feeling is mutual. But he’s best friends with Skylar’s boyfriend, so he’s always around...”
  52. The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins Book 2) by Katee Robert
  53. Saints and Sinners by K. Renee
  54. Need You (The Garner Brothers) by Stacy Finz
  55. The Beard by Stella James <— SHE’S HAD HER HEART BROKEN AND IS TRYING TO RECOVER... “Cue “the proposition”….My friend Kyle needs a girlfriend. I need to hit the restart button and end my self-imposed exile into craptown. An all-expense paid trip to Hawaii seems like a good way to start. And that’s when things begin to get just a tad complicated....”
  56. Scot on the Run (Kilted Heroes) by Janice Maynard
  57. She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not. by Allana Walker
  58. Eye Candy (Real Love) by Jessica Lemmon <— HE’S BEEN FRIEND-ZONED ALERT!!! “Jackie Butler’s got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn’t bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can’t ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything’s going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible...”
  59. Fairy Tales Unleashed by Naima Simone
  60. Because of You by Megan Nugen Isbell
  61. Lily (Beach Brides Book 10) by Ciara Knight
  62. The Garden (Lavender Shores Book 2) by Rosalind Abel <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  63. Misconduct: Birmingham Rebels by Samantha Kane <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! Actually… TRIO ALERT!! “Rookie running back Tom Kelly loves the perks of football stardom. Men, women—there’s no shortage of companionship for a pro athlete who’s hot, young, and willing, and Tom is definitely willing. But deep down he wants a committed three-way relationship, especially if the female in the middle is Carmina de la Cruz...”
  64. Got Mine (Men of Trance Book 1) by Nicole Loufas <— SINGLE FATHER TAKES A SEXY SIDE JOB ALERT!! “...Theo takes a job at Trance; the city’s only women’s club, and soon becomes its star attraction. That still isn’t enough to pay his daughter’s tuition and the ever-rising cost of his San Francisco neighborhood. With the help of Rico, a fellow entertainer and part-time pimp; Theo earns extra cash through a series of hilarious side jobs…”
  65. The Line of Duty (Good Guys Wear Black Book 2) by Sidney Bristol <— SWAT OFFICER ALERT! THE HUSBAND SHE WANTS TO LEAVE IS SEDUCING HER…Nicole Vant wants to put heartbreak and loss behind her, and that means giving up on her empty marriage. Except Jake meets her at every turn, seducing her the same way he once made her fall in love with him...”
  66. I Am Woman (Laughable Love Book 1) by Sarah Cole
  67. Blue-Blooded Romeo (The Royal Romeos Book 6) by Jenny Gardiner
  68. Stay: A Fighting Chance Novel Book 2 by Jamie Lee <— THE LOVE OF HER LIFE LEFT HER... “…after months away, he’s back and timing is, once again, a huge slap in the face. Especially when his reason for leaving followed him home. His past meets his present and we’re forced to figure out what that means for us.  We could have it all...”
                                                                  

 

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

         

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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet Book 2)
<— FABULOUS OF ALL FABULOUSNESS!!! Fulfilling and exhilarating, twisty-turny, funny and traumatic!! How can that be? I dunno but she’s just that good. :P (P.S. Check out my review of book #1 ➔ Book Review – The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez)). You can read either review first, ’cause I promise. No spoilers!!

But still, I’d rather you all go in completely blind, and just take my word for it that this is a 5-star duet. MUST READ!!! And for those that want to know more, let’s proceed, shall we? :)

This duet had my heart and my soul!!! This is NOT just a love story, my friends (although it is PLENTY of that… meet-cute, romance, steam and sweet, and angst). That said, it’s not just misunderstandings and jealousy or angst. It’s just SO much more. This is the whole shebang. The whole story.

Real life, believable drama that I could totally relate to (even though there’s no way the majority of us have ever went through, or will go through what these two characters did). And yet… I was right there with them, believing every single moment, my stomach in knots, crushing the poor love-butterflies fluttering around in there. *snort* ;)

The pacing was almost perfect. Two haunted characters (one, extremely jaded) that come together with a bit of “best friend” trickery. ;) But that meet cute had me laughing SO hard. And then… that delicious slow burn, budding via a tentative bond over a deeply personal traumas that both characters carried secretly within them. But it’s not all dark, I promise you. There is so much comedy relief. TONS OF relief, in the midst of this chaos.

“What’s that?” Porter asked, tilting his head to the papers in my hand.

“You’ll see in a little while.”

He smirked. “Naked pictures?”

I purposefully kept my face blank as I replied, “Yeah. Of Tanner.”

He narrowed his eyes. “For the record, I find you negative amounts of funny right now.”

*snort* lol I cackled so hard. P.S. Tanner is HIS hot celebrity chef brother. ;) That she calls “Sloth”. Tee heeeeeeeee!!! Oh you’ll see why.

GAH!!! This story is so perfectly laid out.

The incredible back story was revealed to us slowly but surely,  keeping me on my toes and on the edge of my seat for so many reasons. Their personal histories colliding with their current reality, and my jaw was on the floor. I simply could not put it down!!

So what’s it about? Gah!!! *bites nails*

She’s a doctor (top of her speciality) and HE’s got a young son that needs her desperately. She doesn’t want to take on any children in her practice (always referring them to other doctors), but he is desperate, and manages to finagle his way into her proximity. But OH EM GEE it is NOT easy. None of it is, and I won’t tell you why.

“Stay out of the darkness until I get there, Charlotte…”

But is it fun? YES!!!!! Er… well. That’s not very nice of me to say because there are some serious tear-jerking moments, some infuriating ones too.

Words. More f**king words. All of them the truth.

“I don’t know what to do!”

“Do what’s right!”

Those poor characters were put through the ringer!!!

How was this happening?

I’d woken up that morning with a family and a woman I was falling in love with.

And, now, my life was in shambles.

The feelings and reactions are intense, and I just know if I had videoed myself while reading, my faces would have been hilarious. DARNIT!!! I should have!!! What an opportunity for a reaction video, is a series like this. Goes to show you, I was so into it, I didn’t even think of coming out.

Nope. You will NEVER forget this duet. EVER!

Like I said in the previous review, the best is to go in blind. I pretty much did (minus having read the blurb of book #1 and going in with a slight preconceived notion). In fact, a few fellow readers said NOPE (after reading the blurb) and I must insist you guys!!!!!! GO IN!! FULL ON. Do it! I was delightfully surprised at the trajectory this one took.

…his mask faltered and revealed his true emotions—and they were heartbreaking.

Unique, exciting, introspective and enlightening. Okay, perhaps a tad predictable in some instances but written so wonderfully, the characters, scenes, setting and dialogue so realistic – right down to the children – perfection!!! Each characters is wholeheartedly their own person, it’s as if she wrote about them direct from real life.  Even if you guessed or suspected some things, the surprises and twists are SO worth it and the journey this one will take you on will be a non-stop, fulfilling ride the whole way through.

Don’t read this next part if you want to go in blind. I don’t spoil anything but don’t want you to have any preconceived notions, either as I analyze a few things…

My only hiccup (and I’m just going to nitpick for posterity’s sake so you know that, sure… I had *some* hiccups with it, BUT even WITH the hiccups, the experience as a whole, to me was 5 stars anyway):

Perhaps the last quarter and end was *slightly* rushed (and a bit confusing at first). No worries, there’s an epilogue!!! :D Okay… and maybe a super-dramatic moment that didn’t quite have to happen (but that I could still totally believe ). Eh… maybe a trigger-reaction or two that seemed bit OTT. *shrug* neutral But of course, I understand from a writing prospective, it’s to keep the emotional intensity and twists on a roll to evoke reader reactions. ;) And boy did they! Bah! Who cares about my hiccups? They were few and far between and very light. I won’t remember them. All I’ll remember is this awesome story and how it made me feel… EVERYTHING. This book (and series) took me THERE. ALL THE WAY.

5 STARS!

P.S. Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy. I’d say THIS is my favorite series of yours, yet! :D

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Happy EARLY BIRD Monday and happy big new release-day Eve!!!! ;) It’s going to be a good one.

In fact, one that so many of us have been waiting for (and one that I just finished a review copy of) will be going live soon and I can assure you, it too, was awesome. The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet Book 2) by Aly Martinez <— I pretty much read it in one day, could barely out it down, and had my heart in my throat the entire time. Yes. This book, and the entire duet is an easy 5 stars!!!!

My review for #2 is UP, but here’s the short form of the review. ;) It’s a must read, you won’t be disappointed, and it’s just as intense and intoxicating and emotionally nerve wracking as the first one. :D !!! If you haven’t started the duet yet, now’s the perfect time, ’cause the wait is over!! In fact, in case you missed it, here’s my review of book #1 ➔ Book Review – The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez.

And don’t even get me started on how excited I am over Rachel Higginson’s new release (The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel) that is going live at midnight too. Aly and Rachel are two of my absolute favorite authors in the world, so I’m jumping right into hers, next. :D

But that’s not the only excitement for the day, because take a look at the…

EARLY BIRDS THAT JUST WENT LIVE RIGHT NOW!!!!!

  • Malentendido (Misunderstood) by Mara White <— FORBIDDEN LOVE/TABOO ALERT!!!! This is book #2 (so read #1 first) but I’m hearing it’d delightfully forbiddeny!! :D

Kristy:  This is the second book I believe. Maldeamores (sp) is the first I think

Natasha:  Yes it is. The first book was meant to be a standalone but it never had a proper HEA. So she wrote this book for the people who needed it. And yes, Maryse, it’s super forbidden

Val: I read the first a few weeks ago! Forbidden and really great. Highly recommend. I am excited for this.

  • Love Sick by H.J. Bellus <— HE’S AN ESCORT BUT THEN HE MEETS HER… “Iris, his best after hour customer, takes him on a yearly cruise with her friends. He’s there for one purpose and one purpose only…their boy toy. Memphis is no fool. A two week, all paid cruise to soak up the sun and sights is a no brainer. Only thing is he didn’t expect a little ray of sunshine on the ship this year…”
  • All I Need: A Dark Alpha, Virgin Romance by Callie Harper <— SHE’S HIRED TO TAKE CARE OF HIM ALERT! “I was not told that I’d be looking after a dark, brooding, rich man mired in a world of pain. I was not told that this man would push all my buttons and test even my strongest limits. I was not told that he was devastatingly gorgeous with a wickedly, sinful mouth. I was definitely not told that what I’d end up feeling and what he would propose would drive me wild…”
  • Trixsters Anonymous by Ahren Sanders <— SHE’S OUT TO CATCH CHEATERS & HE’S A DETECTIVE ALERT!…We are the moonlighting duo hell-bent on helping those who suspect their lovers are cheating. We’re professional, careful, and completely anonymous…What could possibly go wrong? Walker Scott… that’s what goes wrong. I never stood a chance against the gorgeous, hazel-eyed, fiercely determined man who storms into my life and completely blindsides me…
  • Dark Temptation (Dark Saints MC Book 2) by Jayne Blue <— BIKER BOOK!! SHE HATES HIM ALERT!! “...I hated him. I hated his club. I hated. My path was set the moment that bullet killed my daddy. I knew what I was going to do and just how to do it. But the funny thing about my plans? They didn’t take into account how I felt when I really saw Benz. I knew in my head he was everything wrong for me...”
  • Flutter by Olivia Evans <— WHOA!!! I LOVE this blurb… but I have no real idea what it’s about or where it’s going, but it sure sounds intense!!! HE LOST THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE...”...Motivated by grief and the desire to do for others what he couldn’t do for her, he burns the candle at both ends to make it through medical school. After graduation he moves west, putting as much distance as possible between his past and his present. Or so he thought. Unknowingly, Dylan has been set on a path that will destroy everything he thought he knew. All the pain, all the grief, was all for nothing...”
  • Last Call (The Landing Strip Book 1) by Shelley Springfield & Emily Minton <— EX-MILITARY MAN OPENS A BAR… “...Lark Shelton finally puts down his gun and hangs up his uniform. Opening The Landing Strip bar with his two best friends and brothers at arms seems like the perfect escape from his past. One-night stands are all he will commit to, but when he encounters the feisty and sensual Paisley Black...”
  • Addicted to Rhapsody: A Rhapsody Novel by Selena Laurence <— ROCK STAR OVERCOMING ADDICTION & THE YOUNG WIDOW HE WANTS TO HELP ALERT!! “...Savvy O’Roark is a widow and a mom at twenty-eight. She watched as her husband was murdered while trying to protect her. Now she’s struggling to keep her husband’s business and his memory alive, and Garrett wants to help. The only problem is she can’t stop the guilt she feels whenever she looks at him...”
  • Screw Up (Hard Rock Roots Book 10) by C.M. Stunich <— C.M. STUNICH GRITTY ROCK STAR BOOK ALERT! And it CAN be read as a standalone! “...She thinks she can look at me all wide-eyed and innocent like that and walk away unscathed? If I could, I’d hide her away from it all—the sex, the drugs, the rock ‘n’ roll—keep her shining soul away from my tarnish, but those things … they’re a part of who I am…:
  • Moon Struck (LaRue Book 3) by Donna Grant <— DONNA GRANT ALERT!! A Voodoo Priestess and a shifter… “…For most of her life, Minka Verdin thought she was nothing more than a gifted fortune teller until a life-altering experience brought her into her powers. Now, honed and hardened to be the weapon she knows she can be, she has no time for lust and love in her life. Unfortunately, a certain sexy-as-sin werewolf occupies her thoughts—and her heart—day in and day out...”
  • How to Marry a Billionaire (Operation Billionaire Trilogy Book 1) by Elise Sax <— SHE’S TIRED OF LOSERS ALERT!!Every time Beatrice Hammersmith falls for a guy, he breaks her heart and steals her appliances. It’s no fun sleeping alone and waking up without a coffeemaker. Fed up, Beatrice hatches a plan with two other women to move on from the losers. First on their agenda is to capture the heart of a man who’s the opposite of a loser…”
  • Say Yes by J.R. Gray <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT! “…Charles thrives off the exchange of power. He knows the world revolves around control. It’s given and taken like currency, in business and in pleasure. He won’t get attached, though, or so he tells himself, until James turns his world upside down. He’s defiant and snarky, but Charles can taste the submission on him…”
  • Cocktails and Dreams: A romantic comedy with a perfect feel-good ending! (Martini Club Book 1) by A. L. Michael
  • The Cowboy’s Socialite by Carmen Falcone
  • The Vampire’s Pet: Part One: Prince of the City by S.E. Lund <— VAMPIRE ALERT!…While her parents are away on a trip, Calla is drawn into a mysterious world that exits just under the surface and into the arms of a young man with powers she can’t escape and attractions she can’t resist. Out of the storm clouds materializes Kier MacLaughlin who asks for refuge in her family’s guesthouse to escape his enemies. Unable to refuse his request, Calla provides him shelter...”
  • Accidental Sire (Half-Moon Hollow Series Book 14) by Molly Harper <— MOLLY HARPER PARANORMAL COMEDY ROMANCE ALERT!…When his new girlfriend is killed in a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident, he’s determined to save her, no matter the cost, even if it means bringing her into the darkness of vampire life!”
  • One Week with the Marine (Love on Location) by Allison Gatta <— HER BEST FRIEND IS A MARINE & HE WANTS TO SETTLE DOWN... “U.S. Marine Holden Morris has never backed down from a challenge. And this time, that challenge is persuading wild child Avery Forrester, the woman he’s loved his entire life, to marry him. He wants the whole deal—a wife, a family. But convincing her to become a military wife won’t be easy...”
  • Casual Affair (Slow Seductions) by Melanie Munton
  • Bonding Games (Tropical Temptation) by Cathryn Fox
  • Chance Seduction (The Seduction Series) by Jess Dee

                  

PREORDERS (some going live at midnight!!! And a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel by Rachel Higginson – July 25th 2017
  2. Wildfire: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews – July 25th 2017
  3. All or Nothing at All (The Billionaire Builders Book 3) by Jennifer Probst - July 25th 2017
  4. Say No More (Gravediggers Book 3) by Liliana Hart – July 25th 2017
  5. Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson - July 25th 2017
  6. When I Need You (The Need You Series) by Lorelei James - July 25th 2017
  7. The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet Book 2) by Aly Martinez  - July 27th 2017
  8. Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane - July 25th 2017
  9. Fall by Eden Butler – July 25th 2017
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