I’m back!! I missed yesterday’s “Friday Finds” post, but better late than never, right? :)

Saturday proves to be just as exciting and we found a ton of goodies to read for the weekend.


  • The Son & His Hope by Pepper Winters <— WE HAVE FEEDBACK!!! Stacey already declares this, one of her best of 2019!!
Stacey: So the Son and his Hope……yeah I think that was the first time I have ever been scared and apprehensive to start a book. After the Ribbon Duet devastated me I wasnt sure what to expect. As per usual Pepper gave us ALL of the FEELS!!! You feel the good, the bad, and everything in between. I think I was fighting tears at 5% if that tells you anything. Its raw, emotional, and gut-wrenching. Definite Best of 2019 for me!
  • Mafia Love (The Accidental Mafia Queen Book 3) by Khardine Gray <— LIVE!! MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT!! She was a cop and he was a monster… “…I knew I would lose my soul when I fell for Luc. I was a cop, and he was a mobster. Love lured me to the dark side.  We could pretend to be whoever we wanted to be, but truth was truth...”
  • Hard, Fast and Madly: Part 2 (The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series Book 8) by Whitley Cox
  • Freefall: A Hollywood Romance by Harley Rayne <— LIVE!! FAKE BOYFRIEND ALERT!! “…When I meet New Zealand film-star and stuntman Jack Mitchell for the first time, he’s wearing nothing but a towel and a cocky smile. Fake boyfriend? Real headache.  If I play the part of his girlfriend, I walk away with bonus big enough to take care of my family…but will it cost me my heart in the process?”
  • The Right Man by Michelle Mankin <— LIVE!! MICHELLE MANKIN ALERT!! BAD BOY ROCK STAR…. and she’s a prostitute!! “...A once upon a time with a hooker who used to be a good girl and a bad boy lead singer living a lie. Two lost and lonely souls and a chance encounter on a dark street corner in LA…”
  • Puck Me Secretly: An Enemies-To-Lovers Sports Romance (A Vancouver Wolves Hockey Romance Book 1) by Odette Stone <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT & Jan enjoyed it!
Jan: Just read a hockey romance recently recced on here. Puck Me Secretly by Odette Stone. Silly book title, but a nice read. New author to me, too.

Terri: …They are both really good authors with alpha males. Layla Frost just released Stoned (The Four Book 2) yesterday, which is book 2 in her paranormal/mystery like series. She has a mafia book, and another series about mechanic/bikers.

Brynne Asher has a series about the Carpino family and also another one about military men (This one is my favourite, but I love the Carpiono’s as well). If you are a KA fan, then you will most likely love both of these authors.

  • One Night In Paris by Sandi Lynn <— LIVE!! SANDI LYNN ALERT! HER ONE NIGHT STAND TURNS OUT TO BE HER NEW BOSS… “…My first night, I met a captivating man who was there on business and leaving the next morning to fly back to the States. I knew nothing about him, only his first name. Our one night together left a mark on me that I’d never forget. Little did I know that when I moved to New York, he’d be the man I’d be working for…”

Tessa: So, Killswitch was just what I wanted and hoped for. So intense, so dark, total mind-mess, and yet the actual relationship growing? I absolutely loved it. It was dark, but there was that hint of sweet that kept cropping up.Favorite Devil’s Night book.  :D

1. Supernatural prison– The Supernatural Prison series by Jaymin Eve is more Urban but has more fantasy elements. Also, fae. Also, she writes some of the best friendship/ sibling relationships. Not because of the fae, but because of her relationship with the quad. NOT a reverse harem, but as I said, sibling/ friendship relationship with 3 of the 4. …

2. The Affiliate – A really good fantasy world, and it has the KA angst too. …The Affiliate by KA Linde is a romantic fantasy

3. Fallen Academy – It’s an angel/ demon book, but again, a different take. Also, a bit of forbidden in it too.

4. Air Awakens – It’s lower because of how the 3rd book ended and it made me want to scream, but it’s the middle book of a series, where every middle book is so full of angst and horrible crap happening. lol

5. Changeling Exile – Still new into the series, and the rest are really good, but such a fun take on a fae changeling trying to survive.

  • DEA FAST Series Box Set: Volume 1 by Kaylea Cross <— SUPER-BARGAIN BOOK BUNDLE ALERT!!!
  • Tangled: A Contemporary Romance Trilogy by Dee Bridgnorth <— WHOLE TRILOGY BUNDLE ALERT!! JEALOUS EXES!! “…Between Lena’s married cheating boss and her cheating ex boyfriend, she’s sick and tired of men. Cue the appearance of handsome, rich Damion Alvarez who is searching for a new house to buy. The guy is weird, as in he refuses to work with a female real estate agent, which leaves her boss his only option. Then Damion overhears a super awkward phone call between Lena and her stalker ex and suddenly Damion and Lena are chatting like old pals about their horrible stalker experiences. Of course, who knew that a girl chatting it up with a guy would create a maelstrom of jealousy from both exes that defies the limits of reality...”
  • House of Sin Books 1-3 by Elisabeth Naughton <— ELISABETH NAUGHTON SERIES BUNDLE!! “…He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving I can’t seem to resist…”
  • Midnight Valentine by J.T. Geissinger <— NAY RECOMMENDS IT (except to Leslie M). LOL!!!

Nay: It’s a quick, angsty at times, well-written AND well-edited read. I recommend to everyone except Leslie (and that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s any certain thing that happens in it–it’s just the general tone of it that I’m pretty sure Leslie wouldn’t care for).

Jenn: I read Midnight Valentine over the weekend with the girls (MicheleG, Nay, Grey, and Judy-and I think we had a couple lurkers :-) ) I was unsure of my rating on this for a few reasons so I slept on it-although I wanted more at the end it was still a solid 4* for me. I wish I could list all the things I highlighted….some made me cry and others made me laugh.

Lindsey: Midnight Valentine by J.T Geissinger has to be one of the best books ever!

Kathy P: I loved Midnight Valentine. It had such a different story line from what I have read before…

  • BATTLE OF THE BULGE (The OHellNO Series Book 4) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— LIVE!! CHAMPION SWIMMER ALERT!! AND SHE HATES HIM… “…I hate Mitch Hofer. Yeah, he might be the sexiest champion swimmer in the world, but I’d give this guy a gold medal for being a first-class jerk. Unfortunately, my boss has given me a choice–guard Mitch or get another job. And I really need the money. I can be professional, but if Mitch says “chicks can’t be bodyguards” one more time, I just might strangle him myself…”




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R: I listened to The Kiss Quotient audiobook on my drive to Dallas for Holidays with the Belles this weekend and loved it! I thought the narrator was fantastic for Stella. Her “Michael” was lacking a bit, but didn’t really bother me.
PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )
  1. The Chef by James Patterson - February 18th 2019
  2. Devil’s Daughter: The Ravenels meet The Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas – February 19th 2019 <— JAN IS EXCITED!! “I’m HANGING OUT for the next book in series by one of my fav authors. Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas is out on Feb 19th and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! If any of you remember one of her most loved previous books, Devil In Winter, this one is about Evie and Sebastian’s daughter. It’s a HR, in case you hadn’t guessed…….”
  3. The Risk (Briar U Book 2) by elle Kennedy – February 18th 2019
  4. Talen by Shay Savage – February 19th 2019
  5. Never Tell: A Novel (A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel Book 10) by Lisa Gardner – February 19th 2019
  6. Tinsel (Lark Cove Book 4) by Devney Perry -  - February 19th 2019
  7. Jagged Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Book 3) by Carrie Ann Ryan – February 19th 2019
  8. What He Never Knew (What He Doesn’t Know Series Book 3) by Kandi Steiner - February 21st 2019


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Maria is looking for this one! Rock stars and just enough info to spark someone’s memory I’m sure (without any spoilers at all!). YAY US!

She asks:

hi maryse,  being trying to think of a book series that I read.

  • about a rock band,
  • first one has female pilot flying the band.
  • books have one word in title.
  • from a few years ago.

they were good but can’t remember the author or what the titles were…..lol.  does this ring a bell…..would love help finding the author to see if there are anymore in the series…..

thank you…


Anyone recognize this series?

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Jay has one for us, and it’s short and sweet (and sounds forbiddeny!!!!!) ;)

She asks:

Please I am looking for a book. Saw it here.

About an agent who saves a young girl and they end up together. I think the girl was initially under age.


I bet someone knows it!! Anyone have a guess?


Tracey remembers this reader question from awhile ago, and she’s hoping if I repost it – we might finally get an answer…

She asks:

Hi Maryse!

I am looking for the answer to a reader question from a few months ago. Aubree was looking for a book about an engaged rock star that still sleeps with his best “girl” friend.

I believe even the author,  Karen Cimms was hoping for an answer too.

It’s been so long that I don’t know how far back on previous posts to check.  Please let me know if you have received an answer.   Or would you think about reposting?

Thank you so much!!

Also, is there a feature on your blog to just look up answers to reader questions?  That would be awesome!

Hi Tracey!

YESSSSS I remember that one!! It was clicked on like crazy (we all wanted to know – lots of comments but only a couple of very “light” guesses), so… no answer yet.

Also for your second question, this might help:

I just typed “Aubree” into my search box on my blog (top right hand corner area), and I found the post immediately. Also, on the right hand side of my blog (under “Quick Links”), you’ll see one of the links is “➔ Reader Questions“, so you can click on that and scroll backwards until you see the one you’re looking for. I hope that helps!

So, here is the reader question we’re still hoping to answer…

➔ Reader Question – The book about the engaged rock star that still sleeps with his best “girl” friend…

Anyone want to venture a guess? :D

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Let’s make a new “forbiddeny” list!! A best of “Brother’s Best Friend” book list! Forbidden? Well… not on the level of some of our favorite tropes, but certainly ’cause for secretive behavior in many cases (protective brothers and all that). ;)

Also that whole “treated me like a little sister” or “saw me as a bratty tag-along”, that just so happened to morph into something else later on is just so exciting!! That crush that you’ve always had becomes something so much more when those feelings are reciprocated. Fantasy come to life…

Chrissy inspired this one asking:

Chrissy: …I’m obsessed with the brothers best friend story line… do you have any other favorites? Thanks so much!

We’re on it, Chrissy!! :D

And also… a few of our fellow readers have shared their OWN REAL LIFE stories of falling for their brother’s best friends!! So I figured I’d start us off with some of those for our “love story” pleasure (and some… pain):

Dawn: I had a huge crush on one of my brother’s best friends…sadly, he knew it and treated my like a “little sister”…heartbreak!!!

Lauren: My ex-husband was my brother’s best friend & we didn’t handle our relationship the right way, sneaking around & lying to everyone. At the time it was fun & exciting but later I realized it was just sneaky & sleazy & in a way doomed our marriage before it even started.

Carrie: I actually do have a crushing on a sibling’s best friend story… My little brother’s best friend is actually closer in age to me than my brother. Never really thought about him when we were kids, but as adults, I had a crush. Turns out he had one, too. He’d always come over to hang out (with ME?!) & then we went out (baaad date, tho. We saw the 9/11 movie – great movie, NOT a great movie for a first date). And then… pfffft. Nothing for a few years. Then we ended up reconnecting & hooking up for a bit before pfffft… So, it did NOT work out, but it was a fun ride!

Sarah: I have a pretty good brothers best friend story for you. My brothers best friend and I have essentially loved each other since 13 years old. I’m 26 and he 27 now. We just admitted our feelings to each other 4 months ago and have already moved in together and we are planning our wedding. It took 13 years, a combo of 3 kids and his divorce for us to quit being stubborn for us to admit our feelings.

Jan: Your brother’s best friend is ‘taboo’? Since when? I’m sure that’s how many couples have actually met LOL. Hey, my grandmother met my grandfather when her brother brought home his best mate from the trenches in WW1. And the rest is history.

AND NOW… Our favorite “Brother’s Best Friend” Romance Books:

Maryse: A.L. Jackson’s Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You Book 1)? I 4.5 star LOVED it!! In fact, here’s my review. She comes home to find her brother’s best friend asleep on the couch, and she hasn’t seen him in YEARS!!

Deanna: Come To Me Quietly. When u ask what books puts u in a fog and u dream of for days later. That is this book for me. I downloaded “Stay” by Rhianna because that song works so well for this book. You’ll see. 5++++++ stars. Obsessed.

Megan: Come to Me Quietly….WOW, it will break your heart and put it back together. :)

Mertxe: “Come to me quietly” is breathtaking, Jared will break your heart and you will love him. 5 ++ stars

Maryse: Ugly Love: A Novel by Colleen Hoover <— ANOTHER HUGE FAVORITE of mine and super-angsty!!!! Here’s my 4.5 star review.

matka: Favorite Colleen Hoover book is Ugly love. Such a beautiful and amazing book about love, heartbreak and loss

Amber: …“Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover???! It will NOT disappoint! I sh!t you not, I had to re read more that twice!

Anne: Finished Ugly Love and yep its still a 5 star read for me. Just 2 words for you: Miles Archer. Enough said :)

Fran: The other one I recently read is Happiness for Beginners: A Novel by Katherine Center. That book is her most angsty one and it also has the younger guy older woman theme in it :-D Woman in her thirties goes on a survival trip with her younger brother’s best friend. He is madly in love with her and she fights it and has to watch how he meets a beautiful girl his age at the camp :-)

Sadie: Happiness for Beginners. It’s really good and has great romantic tension while also being laugh out loud funny at times. Just trust me.

MichelleS: I just finished The Silent Waters and it’s a 5 star read for me! Not sure everyone else would feel the same, but I have personal reasons for loving it. It was sooooo angsty. Does that make it a potential Marmy book?

Maggie may and Brooks just broke my heart. I love stories that start out in childhood. Her father marries a woman when she is 6 and they join that family. The world is wonderful and she has a new sister and brother – and the bonus of her brother’s best friend. She decides she is going to marry him. He’s beyond annoyed. She is full of love and laughter and joy.

At some point, things happen and she is no longer that girl. But he wants to still be that boy. But can he? Can she ever be again? I don’t want to possibly put any spoilers, but dang, this story is heartbreaking. A true love story. I am going to recommend it to anyone who wants that achy book.

Jean: MichelleS, I loved Silent Waters too! I think it doesn’t get the credit it deserves!

Cheryl: Just finished The Silent Waters. A 5 star read! Awww, the feels. Thanks for the great rec Jean!!! … So beautiful, so painful, so many if only’s, what ifs… laughing, crying. *sigh*

Michelle: Gina Maxwells first book, I think Seducing Cinderella. …he’s going to her for PT, and then he teaches her to be sexy and get a guys attention. He is her brothers best friend. The guy who’s attention she wants works with her.

Angie: let it be known that her Reid Andrews (Seducing Cinderella) is my #1 Book Boyfriend, sooooo…

Jen: I just read Seducing Cinderella last night… It was good, UFC fighter with tattoos and earrings… yum! Not as heartwrenching and angtsy as some but it was a nice read…

Jill: it is very, very good and steamy!!! One hot, tattooed, oh, and a tad possessive ;) MMA star = yummy! One to add to your TBR list. :)

Jaimie: I recommend Remedy and Southern Pleasure (Southern Heart Book 1) by Kaylee Ryan. Love them

Mister McHottie: A Billionaire Boss / Brother’s Best Friend / Enemies to Lovers Romantic Comedy by Pippa Grant <— SHE HATES HER NEW BOSS ALERT!! “…There are three things I hate: Bratwurst in any form, my neighbors boinking like farm animals at 3 AM, and Chase Jett. Mostly I hate Chase Jett. It’s been ten years since he took my virginity—I’d make a bratwurst joke, but the unfortunate truth is that it would have to be a bratbest joke, and yes, it kills me to admit that—and now he’s not only a billionaire, he’s also my new boss. Turns out our hate is mutual…

Jean: guys, that book my friend begged me to read, Mister McHottie, is so freaking funny! Hysterical! These two hate each other and the pranks? They’re great! And it has glitter bombs galore so there you go! …Highly recommend!

Cheryl: Jean, I read Mister McHottie based on your rec. It was hysterical! Loved it. …Pure, LOL entertainment. Did you get the bonus epilogues too? Hilarious. Great break from flat tires and angsty reads.

LisafromDFW: I read Mister McHottie yesterday per your recommendation. It was funny in an over the top way! Perfect light read. Thanks!

OTHER BOOKS IN THIS TROPE (no specific recommendations yet for these, but they could very well be exactly what you’re looking for :) ):

Once Upon A Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely <— HE’S A SINGLE FATHER/HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND/ROCK STAR ALERT!!!! “…He’s friends with my brother, he’s a single dad, and he’s a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don’t-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign. Then he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion, and the night unfolds in ways I never expect...”

Coming Unplugged (Welcome to Carson Book 6) by Renee Harless <— ROCK STAR WANTS HIS BROTHER’S FEMALE BEST FRIEND…Ryker always felt that he lived in the shadows of his genius twin brother, Jameson; no amount of platinum records or devoted fans can change that. Especially when the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen crashes his sister’s wedding and rushes into his brother’s arms...”

Hot Sexy Desire by Nadia Lee <— BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND!! “...It isn’t easy falling for your older brother’s best friend, especially when he’s a sexy as hell, hard-headed, over-protective alpha male. Unfortunately, he still treats me like the little sister he never had…”

Sweet-Loving Cowboy: A Kinky Spurs Novel by Stacey Kennedy <— SHE’S IN LOVE WITH HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND… “Harper McKinney finished culinary school with big dreams. Right now, she’s a bartender at Kinky Spurs. While she’s content with her life, her brother is determined that she make a name for herself, because he wants her far away from what he deems a trashy bar. But Harper refuses to go anywhere. She’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Chase Blackshaw, and that love is keeping her in River Rock…”

Make You Mine: A Brother’s Best Friend Standalone Romance by Tia Louise <— HE JUST CAME BACK FROM THE MILITARY & SHE’S HIS BEST FRIEND’S LITTLE SISTER…“…Drew Harris was just a kid, a senior in high school, my best friend’s little sister. They said she was too young to know her feelings. I was too old to have them, so I left to join the military. Four years passed. Loss, injury, angry words I can never take back. I’m home, but I’m not the same. Neither is she…”

One Week to Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan) by Kate Meader <— HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT! The blurb says “…the taboo they’re breaking” but I don’t consider a sibling’s best friend “taboo” (unless there’s a secret taboo thingie that will be discovered along the way – ohhh maybe that’s it!). Okay that’s all. I just wanted to make that known. Taboo love stories can be so much fun, but “best friends” don’t fall into that category for me. ;) Oh boy… I think I’m a cranky pants today. I need more coffee. *snort* :P

Well Played by J. S. Scott & Ruth Cardello <— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!! He’s her brother’s best friend and she walked in on something… “...I graduated from college, Graham got engaged and signed with a pro football team, and my brother landed his dream job. It should have been the best time of our lives. Except that the weekend started with me walking in on Graham’s fiancée going down on my brother. I complicated the situation by having sex with Graham after that, but I wanted to comfort him and, damn, when I saw desire in his eyes—for me—I couldn’t say no. I’ve wanted him for so long. Now he doesn’t want to see me. He says he has a darker side he needs to protect me from…”

Silent Love: Part 1 (Forbidden Series) by Kenadee Bryant <— LOVE TRIANGLE?? She wants her brother’s best friend to notice her… but then there’s also the bad boy on campus… “…I plan on using this opportunity to make Ethan see me as a woman, and not just his best friend’s little sister. That’s if Gage, the campus bad boy, doesn’t interfere. The last thing I need is an arrogant, cocky playboy whose sole purpose seems to be to complicate my life. The only thing he’s good at is showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s rude, obnoxious, and I need to avoid him at all costs...”

Silent Love: Part 2 (Forbidden Series) by Kenadee Bryant <— HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND… AND THE BAD BOY she uses to make him notice her…“...I’ll do anything to make Ethan realize I’m the girl for him—even if it means using Gage to stir a little jealousy. But once Gage agrees to play his part in this game of make-believe, lines start to blur, and the one thing I desperately tried to avoid happens…”

Love Again (Cowboys and Angels Book 4) by Kelly Elliott <— HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND… “It’s more than physical. He’s breaking through an impenetrable wall. There’s a problem though—he’s younger than me. Six. Years. Younger. Let’s not forget he’s also one of my brother’s best friends.Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention… I never wanted to fall in love again. But you know what they say….never say never.”

Too Much Information (Awkward Love Book 3) by Missy Johnson <— EMBARRASSING SITUATION IN THE ER…“…So there you are, lying in cubicle nine, hoping like hell that the doctor about to examine you isn’t young, sexy or male. Of course he’s all three. Telling him about the clitmaster7000 I have lodged inside me is by far the single most embarrassing moment of my life. Discovering he’s my brother’s new roommate is even worse…”

Finding Our Course: Collision Course Duet by Ahren Sanders <— SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND & HE SHATTERED HER HEART!! “…Bryce shattered my heart into a million pieces, leaving me devastated beyond repair. I took the only choice I had, leaving behind my dreams of him and any chance at a future together. Time and distance did little to heal my heartache, but I forced myself to move on. Right when my life starts to make sense, Bryce returns…”

Love in C Minor: a Backroads Duet (Volume One) by Mindy Michele <—HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!! “…When you’re the daughter of the mayor and the police chief in a sleepy Kansas town, toeing the line is easier than the alternative. That is, until her brother’s best friend changes the rules…”

Gray’s Girl by Mina Carter <— HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND IS NOW A HOT RUGBY PLAYER… “…When her brother wants to set her up on a blind date with the skinny little runt he befriended years ago, she’s not interested. But one look at the tall, muscular Adonis standing in her doorway changes her mind. Little Leighton is all grown up, and Frankie is having some very naughty thoughts about the man he has become...”

P.S. For your request of more “Brother’s Best Friend” stories, here’s the tag on my blog linking to all of them so far: “Brother’s Best Friend


<— HAPPY TUESDAY NEW RELEASE DAY and look what just went LIVE!!!!! :D !!!

Michelle S: A Boy & His Hope is mine mine mine. Ribbon Duet was utterly unforgettable. And it’s a nice big book. I hate short books. Happy day.

P.S. I’m still working on today’s list but I had to post this immediately due to that one there on the left. ;) I know so many were waiting on pins and needles for it’s release. More to follow…

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out these:

LET’S READ!!!! :D !!!!

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


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  1. Luck of the Devil: The Forge Trilogy, Book 2 by Meghan March
  2. What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
  3. Intention by Ava Harrison
  4. Say You’re Sorry: The Sacramento Series, Book 1 by Karen Rose
  5. Huge Deal: The 21 Wall Street Series, Book 3 by Lauren Layne
  6. Strip Me by Margay Leah Justice
  7. Sinner: Feathers and Fire, Book Five by Shayne Silvers
  8. Wicked Knight: Wicked Horse Vegas Series, Book 5 by Sawyer Bennett
  9. Santori by Maris Black
  10. Listen by Kris Bryant
  11. The Governess: Wicked Wallflowers, Book 3 by Christi Caldwell


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)

  • The Elite Kings’ Club Box Set (The Elite Kings Club) by Amo Jones <— SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! ”..The first three books in the best-selling series The Elite Kings’ Club… When she begins Riverside Preparatory Academy, the private school her father has swept her into in The Hamptons, she hopes for a fresh start. What she wasn’t hoping for was the pack of bad boys who run the school; ten, to be exact. When Madison gains the attention of their leader, Bishop Vincent Hayes, a whole new world that she didn’t think existed is exposed to her. A whole world that starts and ends with The Elite Kings Club...”
  • The Back-Up Series Box Set (Books 1-5) by A.M. Madden <— ROCK STAR SERIES BUNDLE ALERT!!The Back-Up series takes you on an emotional, steamy, funny, heart-warming journey of Jack Lair, his band Devil’s Lair, and the woman who stepped onto his stage and forever changed him…”
  • The Boy and His Ribbon (Ribbon Duet Book 1) by Pepper Winters <— OMG LOOKIT WHAT’S SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED RIGHT NOW & it made SO MANY “Best of 2018″ lists!!!

Stacey: Finished “The Boy and His Ribbon” and also “A Girl and Her Ren” last night and let me say….WOW……just…..there really are no words. Book hangover of your life. BEST OF 2018.

It has been years since a book gave me all the feels that this one did and these words still feel inadequate to describe this book…..so Ill just say this…..This book sneaks its way into your soul, grabs a hold, rips it out, and doesnt let go. I can tell it is one of those books that stays with you literally FOREVER.




  1. Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins  <— THE ADORED MORTAL WOMAN & CUPID IS SENT TO PUNISH HER… “…People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. But gods are known for their jealousy…”
  2. The Queen’s Protectors (A Throne of Blood Book 1) by Scarlett Snow
  3. The Fighter (Men of the North Book 9) by Elin Peer
  4. The Pawn (The King’s Cousins Book 1) by Alexa Aston
  5. Demon’s Dance (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 4) by Keri Arthur
  6. Dragon Prince: A Qurilixen World Novel (Qurilixen Lords Book 1) by Michelle M. Pillow
  7. Destined Storm (Nephilim’s Destiny Book 4) by Tessa Cole
  8. Jaguar’s Mate (Crescent Moon Series Book 8) by Katie Reus
  9. Blood Apprentice: An Elemental Legacy Novel by Elizabeth Hunter <— ELIZABETH HUNTER ALERT!! “If you’re a human in a vampire’s world, nothing goes according to plan.”
  10. A Shade of Vampire 72: A Conspiracy of Realms by Bella Forrest
  11. Sleight of Fantasy (Sasha Urban Series Book 4) by by Dima Zales
  12. Ensnared: An Eternal Guardians Novella by Elisabeth Naughton
  13. The Psychology of Time Travel: A Novel by Kate Mascarenhas
  14. Slone’s Bounty: A Celtic Zodiac Shifters Book: Paranormal Romance: Rowan by McKayla Schutt
  15. Rebel Heart: Book Two of the Immortal Kindred Series by Clara Winter
  16. Until Death Do Us Part (Haunted Romance Book 1) by Cassie Leigh <— SHE’S A GHOST & IN LOVE WITH HIM!! “…After decades haunting her home, she never imagined she would find a connection with another living soul, let alone fall in love. Noah makes her want to turn away from the light she coveted. Only two problems stand between Millie and the love of her afterlife; death and his fiancé...”



  1. The Son & His Hope by Pepper Winters <— PEPPER WINTERS ALERT!!! LOOKIT WHAT’S LIVE!!! P.S. Book #1 (The Boy and His Ribbon) is super-bargain priced up there in the bargains sections. :D

Mona: I have been impatiently waiting for this one!! I love this series!!

Connie: Thank you, top 3 series ever

Brenda: Yes! Very excited for this book!

Traci: I’m super excited for The Son and His Hope. The Ribbon Duet gutted me. I wish I didn’t have to work

  1. It Happens (The Bear Bottom Guardians MC Book 6) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LANI LYNN VALE ALERT!! THEY LOST THEIR LOVES… AND THEY CAN’T STAND EACH OTHER… “…Jubilee was to marry Eitan and Ezekiel was to marry Annmarie. That’s how it was always supposed to be from the moment that they met. Textbook, right? Wrong. Eitan and Annmarie die in a freak accident that never should have happened, leaving the two survivors reeling. Sixteen years later, Jubilee and Zee can’t even be in the same room with each other before things begin to deteriorate…”
  2. Montana SEAL’s Mail-Order Bride (Brotherhood Protectors Book 12) by Elle James
  3. With Your Permission (In The Heart Of A Valentine Book 5) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
  4. The Governess (Wicked Wallflowers Book 3) by Christi Caldwell
  5. Dear Mr. Maybe: The Matchmaker Series by Dori Lavelle <— SINGLE MOM RECEIVES A LETTER FROM A MATCHMAKING COMPANY… “…My son and I live in our own little world. Each day is the same as the last. No surprises. No opportunities for us to get hurt again. Then I receive a letter from a matchmaking company. It’s addressed to me, but I didn’t sign up for love. Love broke me once and I’m still picking up the pieces of my broken life. But when I get a glimpse of Caleb LaClaire’s face, something inside me shifts..
  6. More to Love: My Beloved, My Friend (Book 1) by Robin Helm
  7. Be Mine by Savannah J. Frierson
  8. Gold Cage (Caged Book 1) by Francesca Baez <– KIDNAPPED ALERT!!! “…The fragile life I’ve built for myself falls apart when an unexpected enemy takes me hostage in my own home. Turns out, there’s one thing that money can’t protect you from: the truth...”
  9. Only Work, No Play (Tough Games Book 1) by Cora Reilly <— CORA REILLEY ALERT!! THE FAMOUS PLAYER & THE ASSISTANT ALERT!! “…Evie soon realizes that being Xavier’s assistant is a 24/7 job; the man seems unwilling to even set an alarm for himself. As she watches him move from one woman to the next, Evie is glad that her heart is safe from his attention. After all, she’s a far cry from the size zero models he usually takes to his bed. But soon being around Xavier doesn’t feel like a job..”
  10. Back To You (A Remington Medical Contemporary Romance) by Kimberly Kincaid
  11. Maybe Always (Maybe, Definitely Book 3) by Ella Miles
  12. Say You’re Sorry (Sacramento Series, The Book 1) by Karen Rose <— SERIAL KILLER ALERT!! “…When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer’s neck. The necklace is more than a trivial item—it is a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for seventeen years…”
  13. Luck of the Devil (Forge Trilogy Book 2) by Meghan March <— MEGHAN MARCH ALERT!! These must be read in order! “…continues the story of ruthless, calculating billionaire Jericho Forge in Luck of the Devil…”
  14. Sweethearts (Curvy Women Wanted Book 13) by Sam Crescent
  15. Shelter for Quinn (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 13) by Susan Stoker
  16. Cold & Deadly (Cold Justice – Crossfire: FBI Romantic Suspense Book 1) by Toni Anderson
  17. Nice and Easy (Boys of the Big Easy) by Erin Nicholas <— FIREFIGHTER & THE SINGLE MOM ALERT!!
  18. Huge Deal (21 Wall Street Book 3) by Lauren Layne <— LAUREN LAYNE ALERT!! HER BOSS… “…Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother...”
  19. Cross My Heart (Ty and Hunter Book 1) by Carly Phillips
  20. Sealed with a Kiss (Ty and Hunter Book 2) by Carly Phillips
  21. Stumbled into Love by L.P. Maxa
  22. How to Be a Movie Star by T.J. Klune <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! “…Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert…”
  23. More Than Ever (More Book 3) by Sloan Parker <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  24. The Secret Ingredient by Nancy Naigle <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  25. Best Behaviour by Matthew J. Metzger <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  26. Sincerely Yours (Lots of Love series Book 1) by Lizzie Fox <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  27. His Demand (Dirtier Duet Book 1) by Lisa Renee Jones <— LISA RENEE JONES ALERT! RICH & POWERFUL & HE’S NOT INTO REDHEADS… “…He’s not a white picket fence and forever kind of guy and he’s definitely not into redheads. That is until one corners him, kisses him and thanks him for waking her up. Right before she walks away and leaves him. She’s gone and he’s obsessed. Then she walks into his office and back into his life, and he has to have her. It doesn’t matter that she’s the kind of woman you marry. It doesn’t matter that she’s everything he avoids because she’s everything he wants. Only Abbie isn’t the good girl she seems...”
  28. Rebound by Andrew Grey
  29. Courting Juliet: Brotherhood Protectors World by Pam Mantovani
  30. Love In The Dark: A Dark Romance (The Dark Flower Series Book 2) by Leah Holt <— HE’S NOT THE HERO SHE HOPED HE WOULD BE… “...I danced for him, because he demanded it. I lied for him, because he wanted it, even though I knew a single lie could get me killed. He told me I was too pretty for this world, that there were things he could do for me...”
  31. Sold Out (The Back-Up Series Book 5) by A.M. Madden <— ROCK STAR ALERT!! There’s a series bundle up in the bargain section, and here is book #5!!
  32. All In (The Bridgeport Social Club Series Book 2) by Shelley Shepard Gray
  33. Forbidden Marquis (Princes of Avce Book 7)
  34. Only Me: A Surprisingly Safe Book by Brandy Ayers
  35. Beta Test (Beta Series Book 1) by Karen Renee
  36. Here and Gone (Regan Harris Series Book 2) by Kelly Wood


PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )

  1. The Right Man by Michelle Mankin -February 13th 2019
  2. The Chef by James Patterson - February 18th 2019
  3. The Risk (Briar U Book 2) by elle Kennedy – February 18th 2019
  4. Talen by Shay Savage – February 19th 2019
  5. Never Tell: A Novel (A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel Book 10) by Lisa Gardner – February 19th 2019
  6. Tinsel (Lark Cove Book 4) by Devney Perry -  - February 19th 2019
  7. Jagged Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Book 3) by Carrie Ann Ryan – February 19th 2019
  8. What He Never Knew (What He Doesn’t Know Series Book 3) by Kandi Steiner - February 21st 2019


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This one just ‘caught my eye BIG time a week or so ago as a new release. TOTAL blurb jolt!!! eek And it appears it was actually a re-release, ’cause I had a bunch of our book-buds jump in and say they read this one last year and loved it. :D

Maryse: OMG I WANNA READ THIS!! Sounds like unrequited love/super-angsty awesomeness!! SHE’S FINALLY FALLING FOR SOMEONE, BUT HER BEST FRIEND FELL FOR HIM TOO…

Heidi: So good!

Brenda: Oh I loved this book so much <3 love all her books

Jessica: It’s really good! I read it last year and still think about.

Soooo… it’s an oldie but goodie and I’m thrilled to have read it. I’d say it has almost a “Devney Perry” feel to it and it was right up my life-trouble alley! Yep! It has just enough tension and issues to keep me reading and wondering where it would all go. Various things that had me hooked, and stressing, and swooning. Everything in here was my catnip.

  • An affair with a local “hero” that lands our heroine in the role of town “pariah” (and he gets to remain the “hero”)
  • a child from said affair, so she’s stuck there (and her child has health issues).
  • Unrequited love and heartache. She’s still not over him.
  • a new guy in town (hot firefighter that comes to her son’s rescue a few times). No matter how jaded she is about love she’s feeling butterflies, but…
  • her very protective (and beautiful) best friend is also falling for that firefighter (and they live right next door to each other)… OH. OH. Eeeeeeep!!

I went into this one stressed on so many levels (which I LOVE) and had an idea where it would eventually go, but was still on edge anticipating the inevitable angst and trouble looming.

“Are you interested in him?”

I cut her search off. There’s a long pause.

“I . . . No. Maybe? . . . I don’t know.”

“All I hear are lies.”

And it did not disappoint. Why? Because it actually surprised me a few times and even made my stomach hurt for her.

“I am over him,” I reply automatically.

She doesn’t argue. We both know I’m not. When you give your heart away, there’s no way to fully get it back. Pieces will be left behind, lies will drill holes, deceit will cause cracks, and the feeling of being unwanted will create a doubt that your heart was ever whole.

I struggled with the heroine at first (she’s seriously jaded when it comes to meeting someone new – to the point where I felt bad for some of the men she didn’t give a chance to),

“Who have you blacklisted?”


….but overall… I “got” her.

Cheryl: I did read Curveball. Not as angsty as I thought it would be and the friend relationship is part of that reason. Good read, but could have slapped the h a few times- somewhat of a broken record with her reasoning. Also wasn’t surprised about a twist. Still a good read.

Right there with you, Cheryl. Although that twist DID surprise me!

I started wondering if… I… er… maybe something… else? And I thought maybe… about that one *ahem* character. Good things? Bad things? Wrong impressions? But yeah. Was it going to… go there instead? Was I hopeful for that? What did I want now?? I was suddenly open to a few possibilities and…

And then SURPRISE!!!! eek Whoa.

The title makes so much sense on a literal and figurative level. Some excellent curveballs, indeed. Best of all? One that I didn’t see coming at all… that had me gasping. And one that I’m still wondering about (or suspicious of).

I wonder if there will be a part 2? It DOES NOT end on a cliffhanger, but it did end with a few somewhat open-issues that still worry me (LOL! As if these are real people – but yes I’m worried!!), and I’d love to explore those further.

4 stars! <— I may have roared in fury. mad Also cheered… eventually. ;) Definitely swooooooooooned. I enjoyed this one BIG time!


Good morning and Happy Monday everyone!! The early bird book releases are exciting today!! Some angsty-sounding choices (unrequited love!!) and dark reads (like that one to the left)! :D Plus a few of our favorite authors in the bunch too.

But first… Three Things:

1.) I cooked up a storm yesterday now that I can have groceries again (I have my fridge and I LOVE IT!! It’s got TONS of space in it even if it is a side-by-side). It felt so good to get back to my routine. :)

2.) I started watching “Abducted in Plain Sight” yesterday on Netflix and OMG that is just INSANE!!! How the parents allowed this predator so close to their daughter is so scary.

3.) I finished CURVEBALL over the weekend and I loved it! It’s not too crazy or angsty, but has plenty of everything to keep it interesting – she’s the town pariah, and he’s the new firefighter in town and her best friend sets her sights on him. Eeeeep! Oh yes it throws us a few curveballs, for sure! I’d say it has almost has a “Devney Perry” feel to it. HERE’S MY REVIEW.


  1. Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3) by Penelope Douglas <— PENELOPE DOUGLAS BULLY BOOK ALERT!!! LOOK. WHAT. JUST. WENT. LIVE. “I’ve done far worse than what I went to prison for. She has no idea how bad this can get.” *Kill Switch is a romantic suspense suitable for readers 18+. It is advised to read Corrupt (Devil’s Night #1) and Hideaway (Devil’s Night #2) prior to reading this book. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited. P.S. Here’s the Devil’s Night Series Reading Order (and book #1 is super-bargain priced today). :D

GREY: Pen Douglas hit the publish button! Kill Switch will be live … …take all precautions, it is dark and…freaking amazing!

Kelly: OMG OMG OMG I am SO excited for book 3. And it was a surprise. Had NO idea it was being released so soon.

  1. MOTION: Laws of Physics 1 by Penny Reid <— PENNY REID’S LATEST!!! HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND… “…When your parents are uber-celebrities and you graduate from high school at fifteen, finish college at eighteen, and start your PhD program at nineteen, you don’t have time for distractions outside of your foci. Even fun is scheduled. Which is why Abram, her brother’s best friend, is such an irritant...”
  2. Locked Up Love by Alexa Riley <— ALEXA RILEY ALERT!! “…When Lizzy Roberts agreed to go on a blind date she never imagined it would turn into such a nightmare. Thankfully she’s rescued by a dark knight named Rocco, but his heroic act is seen as a violent attack after the judge is bought off and Rocco is sent to jail…”
  3. Kayne’s Fury: A Savage Saints MC by J. Lynn Lombard
  4. Devil Souls MC Bundle: Books 1-4 by LeAnn Ashers
  5. Plain Jayne (Friends First Book 1) by Laura Drewry <— UNREQUITED LOVE ALERT AND OMG THAT BLURB!! “…Twenty-five years was a long time to be stuck in the Friend Zone. For the last dozen of those years, Jayne has lived half way across the country, and even though she and Nick have stayed in contact, she hasn’t actually seen him since he kicked her out of his wife’s funeral almost four years ago...”
  6. Space Between: Accidentally His, Romance Novel (Mafia Brothers Book 1) by Harriet Haynes
  7. I Used to Know Him by Airielle Vincent
  8. Star Valley Winter (Outlaw Hartes Book 1) by RaeAnne Thayne
  9. Resurgent (Phoenix Rising Book 3) by Brynley Blake
  10. Lust (The Elite Seven Book 1) by Ker Dukey <— KER DUKEY ALERT!!! “…everything comes at a price, and with The Elite, you have to earn your place. Lucky for me, being sinful is in my DNA. The only obstacle to full initiation is my task: seduce the un-seducible, the forbidden, and lure her with the sins of the flesh. Easy for a man like me…in theory. She started as my task, but what happens when the lines between lust and love blur...”
  11. Since Last Time: A Second Chance Bad Boy Romance (Second Chance Romance Series Book 2) by Ellie Danes
  12. The Standby Guy (The Men of Lakeside Book 2) by Natasha Moore
  13. Hearts and Wishes by Shiloh Walker <— SHE’S SHELTERED BECAUSE HER FATHER IS FAMOUS… “...Daughter of one of the most famous men in all existence—both real and imagined—she lives in near isolation, stifled by her overprotective father, slowly going out of her mind. The bright spot in her existence is training with her father’s right-hand man, Rhys, although she doubts he’s aware of her crush...”
  14. Deadly Secrets: Paranormal Reverse Harem (Dark Realms Book 1) by Abby James
  15. Spark: A Teacher/Student Romance by Henley Maverick
  16. How Forever Feels (Friends First Book 4) by Laura Drewry <— HER EX’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!! “…She has her new life, her own business, and the best friends a woman could ask for; she doesn’t need anything else. Having Jack Rhodes walk back into her life is wholly unexpected, partly because he’s her ex’s best friend, and partly because he’s stirring up feelings that Maya has no idea what to do with…
  17. Dear Mr. Temporary (The Matchmaker Series ) by Rebecca Gallo
  18. Undoing the Damage (Better with You Book 1) by E.J. Masden
  19. Fake Love by Claire Contreras <— CLAIRE CONTRERAS ALERT!! FAKE RELATIONSHIP… “…In college, I faked being in a relationship with him to get him out of a bind with a classmate. Most recently, I faked a proposal, an engagement, and wedding date. Between the ring on my finger and the home cooked meals every night, I fell for him. So I left, because Cory York is a good friend, but a terrible boyfriend. I had to leave before he broke my heart. We went from best friends to silent strangers. Now that I’m back in town, he wants me to be his plus one for his cousin’s wedding. This time I’ll have to fake not loving him…”



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PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )

  1. Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins – February 12th 2019
  2. Blood Apprentice: An Elemental Legacy Novel by Elizabeth Hunter – February 12th 2019
  3. The Elite Kings’ Club Box Set (The Elite Kings Club) by Amo Jones - February 12th 2018
  4. It Happens (The Bear Bottom Guardians MC Book 6) by Lani Lynn Vale – February 12th 2018
  5. The Son & His Hope by Pepper Winters – February 12th 2019
  6. The Right Man by Michelle Mankin -February 13th 2019
  7. The Chef by James Patterson - February 18th 2019
  8. The Risk (Briar U Book 2) by elle Kennedy – February 18th 2019
  9. Talen by Shay Savage – February 19th 2019
  10. Never Tell: A Novel (A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel Book 10) by Lisa Gardner – February 19th 2019
  11. Tinsel (Lark Cove Book 4) by Devney Perry -  - February 19th 2019
  12. Jagged Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Book 3) by Carrie Ann Ryan – February 19th 2019
  13. What He Never Knew (What He Doesn’t Know Series Book 3) by Kandi Steiner - February 21st 2019


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