HOLY MOLY there’re over a 100+ new book releases today, so of course, I tried to help y’all out by highlighting a bunch below AND making my own mini blurb-jolt list. Although if you find one that I have’t highlighted, or one that I have, and that you are loving, let me know!! We love the feedback on the “tried-and-trues” :D

BLURB-JOLT LIST: Okay the ones that make me antsy to read ‘em? OF COURSE Broken Prince (gotta get some cliffhanger relief, and I loved the first book… has that awesome old-school new adult feel) Illusion Town (sci-fi that sounds SO GOOD… they both wake up married but don’t remember it, and don’t even know each other), Valley of the Moon (’cause Claudia loved it, and she and I have very similar book tastes – she loves the intense, epic love story type books), Truly Madly Guilty (I LOVE this author, and this one explores three “seemingly happy” families that end up all getting together for a barbecue one night and… “Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?” <— YIKES!!!!!!! Sounds SO much right up my alley I can’t even contain my excitement!!), We Are All Made of Stars (says for those of us that loved Me Before You… her husband just came back from being deployed, he’s emotionally withdrawn, and she works in a hospice…) and No Breaking My Heart (sounds so sweet and fun… he’s a pro Baseball player that meets her on a goofy gameshow that they lose, but they take off together on a fun, impromptu trip..). Oh yes… my heart is already swelling with the possibilities.

*sigh* And those aren’t the only ones. Quite a few look awesome (those are the extras I highlighted below), AND I have about three more I want to read badly, but I have to read the book #1s, first. Like… Tapping the Billionaire, and that J.R. Ward series up there to the left, and the latest release from Julianna Keyes.

P.S. ➔ Follow me (and Pimmie AND Hobbit – my sweet puppies – yep, I have a new addition!) on Instagram? That would be SO cool!!! :D

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere). P.P.S. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Amazon offers various free Kindle apps and a free Kindle Cloud reader for any and ALL of us to use. You can either use the free Kindle App for your smartphone, tablet, AND your desktop computer (just like you’re using a Kindle, but right through your web browser <— No need to download anything!)

Now… take a look at all of the goodies we found (and I’ll keep adding as I find more):

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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  • 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 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. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  2. Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper
  3. The Angels’ Share: A Bourbon Kings Novel by J.R. Ward
  4. Illusion Town by Jayne Castle
  5. Swept Away by Robyn Carr
  6. Fatal Identity: Book Ten of the Fatal Series by Marie Force
  7. Imprudence by Gail Carriger
  8. Reaper: Boston Underworld, Book 2 by Ashleigh Zavarelli
  9. Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips
  10. Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson
  11. Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster
  12. Diablo Lake: Moonstruck by Lauren Dane
           

 

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!):

Jean: Maryse, you seriously need to read these when you’re up for romantic comedy! Even the short novella, Tapping Her, was a great love story with a very unexpected love connection! You’ll never guess! Lol!
Lisa: I finished Sugar Daddy and really enjoyed it….the prologue will be a bit much for some but its a good story and loooved the H…if you liked Manwhore you’ll love this.
  • Touch the Sky (Free Fall Book 1) by Christina Lee <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT! super-bargain priced!!
  • Everything I Left Unsaid: A Novel by M. O’Keefe <— SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED ’cause #3 is coming out in just a couple of weeks!
  • Professor: A First Time Novel by Madison Faye <— STUDENT TEACHER ALERT! SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED, too! “She’s the girl from my freshman lecture – my perfect, straight-A pupil and the one I shouldn’t even be looking at much less having these kind of thoughts about. No woman has ever made me feel this way…
  • Lady and the Champ by Katherine Lace <— SINGLE FATHER FOOTBALL STAR ALERT! “He’s my obnoxious patient. I hate him. I want him. But we’re forced together as he’s recovering from a season-ending injury. Rejecting him should be easy. I shouldn’t want to date a client, but my heart melts when I see him with his baby daughter…” (and it’s super-bargain priced!)
  • Act Like It by Lucy Parker <— FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT and Cheryl enjoyed it! “Finished Act Like It. Enjoyable, light-hearted read. Just what I needed for a vacation read. Thanks Bev!!”
  • The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas <— LISA KLEYPAS SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT! bev found us these!! “Landline & Devil in Winter are on sale. Both are excellent.”

Lori: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas is a great book! It was amazing when I first read it years ago, and was still great when I read it a couple months ago. I love the whole Wallflower series.

  •  Landline: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell <— MARITAL STRIFE (and a unique take on how to fix it…) and it’s on sale right now!

Robyn: Ooooooo……I just got Landline! I read the blurb on Amazon and got that tingly feeling. Talking to her hubby in the past to save their relationship in the,present…I’m all over that!

bev: …It is a good read especially if you like the married couples books.

        

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. City of Demons by Richelle Mead
  2. Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow Series) by Molly Harper
  3. Mage Slave (The Enslaved Chronicles Book 1) by R. K. Thorne
  4. The Charmed Bracelet: Love Stories Linked Through Time
  5. In Loving Memory by Winona Kent
  6. Starrella Falls (Secret Supers Book 2) by Aurora Springer
  7. Bearliest Catch (Grizzly Cove Book 6) by Bianca D’Arc
  8. Dragon Fever: A Dark Kings Novella by Donna Grant
  9. Wasteland King (Gallow and Ragged Book 3) by Lilith Saintcrow
  10. Illusion Town (Illusion Town Novel, An) by Jayne Castle <— SCI-FI/THEY WAKE UP MARRIED BUT DON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING… “Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…”
  11. Her Black Tiger (Alaskan Tigers Book 11) by Marissa Dobson
  12. Fractured Jewel: A Starstruck Novella by Brenda Hiatt
  13. Wickedly Twisted: Fairy Tales for Adults
  14. Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars Book 2) by Juliette Cross
  15. Copper Veins (Copper Legacy) by Jennifer Allis Provost
  16. The Untamed Pet (Alien Slave Masters Book 3) by Samantha Cayto
  17. Nightingale Girl by M. R. Pritchard
  18. Snakes in the Garden by Victoria Roberts
  19. Waking Eden (The Eden Series Book 3) by Rhenna Morgan
  20. Pirate Nemesis (Telepathic Space Pirates Book 1) by Carysa Locke
  21. Wind and Fire (Gathering of the Storms Book 1) by T.J. Michaels
  22. Red Alert: a paranormal romance (STORM Book 1) by L.M. Connolly
  23. Hunt Her (Vamp Hunters Book 1) by Elle Q. Sabine
  24. Remedy (A Red Plague Novella) (Red Plague Trilogy Book 4) by Anna Abner
  25. Fight the Tide: Shifter Gay Romance (Kick at the Darkness Book 2) by Keira Andrews <— Fabi reminds us of this one!

Fabi: “Don’t forget Fight the Tide: (Kick at the Darkness Book 2) by Keira Andrews which was set for release today but we got it a couple days early. (I love early gifts). The first book in this series, Kick at the Darkness: Shifter Gay Romance was one of my favorite books last year. It is a crazy apocalyptic zombie ride (run?).  :-)

  1. Valley of the Moon: A Novel by Melanie Gideon <— TIME TRAVEL/MAGIC & CLAUDIA LOVED IT ALERT!!

Claudia: “Hi guys, I wanted recommend a book that I totally loved!!! If you like time travel and a little bit of magic, you are going to loved it!! Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon.”

                         

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. The Angels’ Share: A Bourbon Kings Novel (The Bourbon Kings) by J.R. Ward <— J.R. WARD ALERT!!! BOOK #2 (weatlthy and famous bourbon making-family alert!!)
  2. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty <— MARITAL DISCORD/ THREE SEEMINGLY “HAPPY” FAMILIES BUT THIS SOUNDS CRAZY & I LOVE THIS AUTHOR ALERT!! “Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other. Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite. Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?” <— OMG… I gotta know!!!!
  3. Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster
  4. Perfect Rage (Unyielding Book 3) by Nashoda Rose <— NASHODA ROSE ALERT! Must be read in order…
  5. Broken Prince: A Novel (The Royals Book 2) by Erin Watt <— PAPER PRINCESS SEQUEL!! POOR GIRL LIVING WITH RICH FAMILY ANGST ALERT! And hopefully, some serious relief from that last cliffhanger. ;)*oomph!!!* I can’t wait to find out what THAT was all about (and here’s my review of “Paper Princess” – book #1)
  6. Brutal Obsession (The Safeguard Series, Book One) by Kennedy Layne
  7. Leopold, Part Two: A Royal Heartbreakers Romance by Renna Peak & Ember Casey
  8. Repressed (Deadly Secrets) by Elisabeth Naughton
  9. Ultimate Courage (True Heroes) by Piper J. Drake
  10. Waking Up with a Billionaire (The Overnight Billionaires) by Katie Lane
  11. Banking the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 2) by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE SURPRISE!!!I know a ton of you here loved book #1 like crazy, so here’s some more! “Uncensored. Hilarious. And too damn hot to put into words. 
    Grab a fan and get ready for one hell of a ride because when the opposite of opposites attract, things are bound to get a little messy.” and DG LOVED book #1! “No but seriously…I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! Funny does not describe it just.downright.HILARIOUS. And smexy. Loaded with hotness, tons of laughs, witty banter and smex. Benadryl and this book are 4EVER linked in my mind. Can’t wait to meet the other two billionaires in this series by the oh so mysterious Max Monroe!” (P.S. here’s the series reading order)
  12. To Have and to Hold (Wedding Belles Book 1) by Lauren Layne
  13. Shift (Hot Rides) by Sidney Bristol
  14. Mr. Right by J. S. Cooper <— HE’S GOT A SECRET THAT COULD RUIN EVERYTHING ALERT!!He was the one man I wasn’t supposed to want. The one man I wasn’t supposed to have. The one man that could never possibly be my Mr. Right. However he’s the one man I can’t get out of my mind. He’s the one man that’s going to change everything. Only he has a secret that’s bigger than everything else. He has a secret that could ruin everything.
  15. Almost Forever: An Austin Heroes Novel by Kathy Clark
  16. The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni
  17. What’s Left Of Me (The Firebird Trilogy Book 2) by Jennifer Loring
  18. Trophy Life by Elli Lewis
  19. Sweet Surprises (A Home Sweet Home Novel) by Shirlee Mccoy
  20. Amazed (Tempted Book 3) by Heather Doltrice
  21. Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss & Brenda Rothert <— THEY ARE RUNNING AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR SENATE ALERT! “Yeah, the guy’s so conservative he leans to the right when walking. And lucky me, I’m running against him for Senate. But I’ve got plenty of fight in me…”
  22. Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson
  23. Same Time Next Summer by Holly Jacobs
  24. Perfectly Toxic (The Sterling Shore Series Book 9) by C.M. Owens <— STARTING NEW LIFE... “New life. New job. New home. New goals… I vowed to make drastic changes and to never fall back into old habits. But then Ethan Noles showed up and blew all my good intentions to hell…” Can be read as a standalone.
  25. The Real Soccer Moms of Beaver County by Magan Vernon & HJ Bellus
  26. We Are All Made of Stars: A Novel by Rowan Coleman <— HER MILITARY HUSBAND IS EMOTIONALLY TORTURED & SHE WORKS AT HOSPICE…The hospice at night is another world, where the dying receive closure by creating the letters that Stella helps them write. The pages are filled with love and humor, sometimes regret, and, occasionally, even instructions for a perplexed husband on how to run appliances. There’s one rule: The letters are mailed only after the patient has passed. Suddenly Stella is faced with a dilemma: A woman under her care, Grace, has written a confession to the son she abandoned many years before. The letter clearly needs to be read before Grace dies. But if Stella mails it now, she breaks the rule—and risks tampering not only with Grace’s wishes but also with fate…
  27. Cowgirl Fever (Novak Springs Book 1) by Dawn Brower
  28. Eternal Flame (Eteranl Flame Book 1) by Sofia Giselle
  29. Kai (A Dark Assassins Novel Book One) by Valerie Ullmer
  30. Sex, Love, and Technicalities by Aila Stephens
  31. Don’t Let Go: A Hope Novel by Jaci Burton <— PASTRY SHOP OWNER MEETS BAD BOY BROODING BIKER ALERT! “Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart…”
  32. Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick
  33. Defending Jagger (Search & Seek Book 1) by Amanda Mackey
  34. Wicked Mafia Prince: A dark mafia romance (Dangerous Royals Book 2) by Annika Martin <— MAFIA PRINCE THAT KILLED THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE... “…you betrayed our mafiya family—the only family we ever knew. Grief-stricken, I did the honor killing. Quick and vicious. Your heart no longer beating. Mine ripped to shreds. When I discovered you were innocent, I was destroyed. Now, years later—somehow, impossibly—there you are, alive. The nun who prays and never shows her face…” (can be read as a standalone!)
  35. Hell Breaks Loose: A Devil’s Rock Novel by Sophie Jordan
  36. Whitefern (The Audrina Series Book 2) by V.C. Andrews <— V.C. ANDREWS ALERT!! “The long-awaited sequel to My Sweet Audrina, one of V.C. Andrews’s strangest, most beloved books—and now a Lifetime movie! Whitefern swallowed Audrina’s childhood—and now the sprawling Victorian mansion threatens her adult life too…
  37. Scorch (The MacKenzie Family Book 17) by Liliana Hart
  38. You Will Know Me: A Novel by Megan Abbott
  39. Just Can’t Let Go (The Crystal Series) by Mary B. Morrison
  40. Dirty For Me (Motor City Royals) by Jackie Ashenden <— BAD BOY UNDERGROUND FIGHTER ALERT! “Born into a family whose wealth grew from the seedy world of big-time crime, he ran away as a teenager and made a home for himself on the streets of Detroit. By day, the mechanic works at a local garage. But by night, he throws down with the best of them in Detroit’s gritty underground fighting scene…”
  41. All Tyed Up by Julia Harlow
  42. Degrees Of Distortion (Distortion Series Book 1) by Aimee Mcneil
  43. Two (Count to Ten Book 2) by Jane Blythe
  44. Here and Now by Cheryl Etchison
  45. For Whom The Heart Longs by Hans Adiling
  46. Spectacular Rascal: A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance by Lili Valente <— THE BAD BOY THAT TEACHES YOUR EX A LESSON ALERT!As the resident bad boy of Magnificent Bastard Consulting, I’ve got what it takes to make sure your dangerous dick of an ex thinks twice before he knocks on your door again. Or I thought I did, until I meet my latest client…
  47. Long Road Home (River’s Bend Book 2) by JoAnn Ross
  48. Toast and Char (Bourbon Springs Book 8) by Jennifer Bramseth
  49. Playing Hardball, Part 2 (A Baseball Romance Serial) (Playing Hardball (A Baseball Romance Serial)) by Sharon Cummin
  50. Red Hot Sizzle (14 All-New Delicious Romance Books by Best-Selling Authors about Alpha Males, Billionaires, Cowboys, and More for Your Summer Reading) (Red Hot Boxed Sets)
  51. Sociopath’s Revenge by V.F. Mason
  52. Forbidden Fling (Wildwood Book 1) by Skye Jordan
  53. The Concubine: Unexpected Circumstances Book 5 by Shay Savage <— SHAY SAVAGE ALERT!!! (not a standalone)
  54. Dating A Pro: Book Seven of the Never Too Late Series by Donna McDonald
  55. Margherita’s Notebook: A Novel of Temptation by Elisabetta Flumeri & Gabriella Giacometti
  56. The Good Fight (Time Served Book 3) by Julianna Keyes <— LIVE!!! HE’S A THUG FROM CAMDEN… (this is the 3rd installment in the series) “She doesn’t have time for a thug from Camden. But she keeps coming back…” (here’s the Time Served Series Reading Order)
  57. BURN (The Duplicity Duet Book 2) by Elisabeth Grace
  58. The Writer’s Desire (Exploring Desire Book 2) by Katie Devoe
  59. Wedding Bell Blues (The Lizzie Hart Mysteries Book 5) by Caroline Fardig
  60. No Second Chances by Marissa Farrar <— BAD BOY BROKE HER HEART ALERT!The last thing I need is Cole showing up on my doorstep because nothing has changed—with his prison tattoos and don’t-screw-with-me edge, Cole Devonport still means trouble…
  61. Magnolia Moonlight (Secrets of the South Mysteries Book 3) by Mary Ellis
  62. Understudy (Bright Lights Billionaire Book 3) by Ali Parker
  63. Confessions of a Wedding Planner (Bliss Series Book 1) by Michelle Jo Quinn
  64. Rannigan’s Redemption: Complete Collection by Pandora Spocks
  65. Meat by Opal Carew <— HER ONE NIGHT STAND IS HER BOSS ALERT! “I ran into Rex Keene—literally—when I was trying to catch my flight and his muscled, tattooed arms stopped my fall. Then our flight gets canceled, and we’re stranded in the same hotel room together…it ended up being the steamiest night of my life…”
  66. Love & Grace
  67. Fighting Blind by C.M. Seabrook
  68. Fetching Sweetness: A Novel for Dog Lovers (Love Unleashed Book 2) by Dana Mentink
  69. Love Blooms on Main Street: The Briar Creek Series by Olivia Miles
  70. METTLE: A Spartan Riders Novel by J.C. Valentine <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! SHE WANTS HIM BUT… “the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, he’s quick to apply the brakes…”
  71. Not Over Yet (Hot Under Her Collar Book 2) by Amber Belldene
  72. Eight-Second Ride (Willow Bay Stables Book 2) by Anne Jolin
  73. Always Our Love: (Small Town Georgia Romances Book 8) by Tawdra Kandle
  74. Betrayed (Soldiers of Darkness MC Book 2) by Michelle Betham
  75. Unbreakable Hope (Wild Crush) by Sami Lee
  76. No Breaking My Heart (Barefoot William Beach) by Kate Angell <— FAMOUS BASEBALL PLAYER MEETS HER ON A GAMESHOW ALERT! They end up losing but… ”Alyn is stunned when gorgeous, generous Halo whisks her off for a dream vacation to the beach–she’s been let down by friends and even family so many times, she’s lost count. Later, he offers to lend a hand getting her vintage shop up and running…
  77. Unwanted Fate by A. Gorman
  78. Chasing What’s Already Gone (Second Chances Book 1) by Michael Ross
  79. Truth & Lies: A Queen City Justice Novel by Elizabeth Bemis
  80. Fearless (Rescue Squad) by Kimberly Kincaid
  81. Returning Home (The Call of Home Book 2) by Alexa Milne <— M/M ROMANCE
  82. A Weekend Affair: The Best Way to Get Over One Man is to Get on Top of Another by Noelle Vella
  83. The Deacons of Bourbon Street Series 4-Book Bundle: Make You Burn, Fire Me Up, Hold Me Down, Strip You Bare by Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, Maisey Yates

                                                                              

 

PREORDERS (next few days & next week’s!!! :D )

  • One by Jewel E Ann - July 28th 2016 <— Marina found it for us saying:

“One by Jewel E. Ann comes out July 28!!! It is a standalone which involves a couple secondary characters from the Jack and Jill series. It’s recommended to read the Jack and Jill series (End of Day, Middle of Knight and Dawn of Forever) first because One has some spoilers. So here goes… Maryse you MUST read the Jack and Jill Series!!!!!! It’s so good!!!!”

       

 

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HOT & HILARIOUS & HEARTWARMING ALERT!!! Two bestselling “mystery authors” have teamed up to create this series under the name “Max Monroe” (and they continue to tease us with their possible identities), but no matter. Whoever “Max Monroe” really is, they have our fellow readers ecstatic!

Anne: Tapping the Billionaire is so good! Read it a couple of weeks ago and gave it 5 stars.

Jean: Yes, you should all be tapping Kline from the book! He is not your typical book billionaire. He doesn’t sleep around, he’s respectful, and a total gentleman (well sometimes)! I love him!

Grace: Jean is so right about Tapping The Billionaire. It was clever and fun and a truly enjoyable read. The characters were vivid and ridiculous in such a fun way. Each of them has a crazy best friend and it feeds the chaos in the best way. Don’t miss it!

DG: Jean is ABSOLUTELY right! Read Tapping A Billionaire! Like now. *putting my bossy hat*. Seriously….you can’t go wrong UNLESS you don’t like to laugh…you don’t like hottie all about the girl billionaires…you don’t like witty banter…and you definitely don’t like smexy scenes. … No but seriously…I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! Funny does not describe it…just.downright.HILARIOUS. And smexy. Loaded with hotness, tons of laughs, witty banter and smex. Benadryl and this book are 4EVER linked in my mind. Can’t wait to meet the other two billionaires in this series by the oh so mysterious Max Monroe!

Linda: DG right?????!!!!! Thinking I must order Tapping the Billionaire in print for my library collection!!! Absolutely adored this read!!! Sooooo Sooooooo sooooo hilarious and SEXY. Max and Georgia just make me smile.

Tessa: I did love Tapping the Billionaire. It was so sweet and funny. He was such a good guy. That isn’t what the title or cover conveys but I think that was what I loved the most. He was just plain good.  :)

Fabi: Tapping the Billionaire @27% I think I’m having an honest to goodness fit. I’m laughing so hard I’m snorting and tears are streaming down my face. I can’t breathe. Oh my gawd. Beyond hilarious. Jean first and the the rest of you who kept recommending this book. Thank you, thank you. I would have never read a book with that title and that cover if not for you lovely ladies. I don’t know wth the title and cover are meant to be because they have nothing to do with this story.

Grey: Read Tapping the Billionaire, enjoyed it. A fun, lighthearted read. Parts of it so funny. I actually LOL-ed while reading…

About book #1:

Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think d*ck pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.

READING ORDER: 

   

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HOLY MOLY this just couldn’t be a more perfect Monday!!! What a list of “earlybirds” to wake up to, I just can’t even… The sequel to the Paper Princess, the latest billionaire by Max Monroe, a new one from one of my new favorite authors (Julianna Keyes), a new football star by Eden Butler… this mini-list is loaded in awesomeness.

Some of our latest favorites have sequels that we finally get to jump in to, and this just feels like a pre-Tuesday, to me. ;) It’s Tuesday 0.5. LOL!!!! *snort* I crack myself up!!!

Er… okay, I need coffee.

In the meantime, lookit what’s LIVE!!! :D !!! 

  1. Broken Prince: A Novel (The Royals Book 2) by Erin Watt <— LIVE!!! PAPER PRINCESS SEQUEL!! POOR GIRL LIVING WITH RICH FAMILY ANGST ALERT! And hopefully, some serious relief from that last cliffhanger. ;) *oomph!!!* I can’t wait to find out what THAT was all about (and here’s my review of “Paper Princess” – book #1)
  2. Banking the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 2) by Max Monroe <— LIVE!!!! MAX MONROE SURPRISE!!! I know a ton of you here loved book #1 like crazy, so here’s some more! “Uncensored. Hilarious. And too damn hot to put into words. 
    Grab a fan and get ready for one hell of a ride because when the opposite of opposites attract, things are bound to get a little messy.” and DG LOVED book #1! “No but seriously…I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! Funny does not describe it just.downright.HILARIOUS. And smexy. Loaded with hotness, tons of laughs, witty banter and smex. Benadryl and this book are 4EVER linked in my mind. Can’t wait to meet the other two billionaires in this series by the oh so mysterious Max Monroe!” (P.S. here’s the series reading order)
  3. Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 1) by Max Monroe <— P.S. BOOK #1 IS ON SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!
  4. Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe <— LIVE!! HE’S A STRIPPER ALERT!!! Tee hee!!! This one is going live in just an hour or so and that title… *blush* Annnnnnnnnddd… he’s a stripper “Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer”–which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for. Not. At. All. No freakin’ way. Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is. Which I did.
  5. The Good Fight (Time Served Book 3) by Julianna Keyes <— LIVE!!! HE’S A THUG FROM CAMDEN… (this is the 3rd installment in the series) “She doesn’t have time for a thug from Camden. But she keeps coming back…” (here’s the Time Served Series Reading Order)
  6. Open Road by M.J. O’Shea <— LIVE!!! M/M ROMANCE ALERT! Heartbroken after a breakup, he and his best friend take a road trip but… “They don’t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends… and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love. Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.”
  7. On Thin Ice (The Baltimore Banners Book 8) by Lisa B. Kamps <— LIVE!!! HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!Being saddled with her younger sister who refuses to grow up and take responsibility for anything is turning Lauren’s world into one crazy disaster after another. The last thing she needs to deal with is a professional hockey player who’s too attractive for his own good—or for her sanity.” Here’s the Thin Love Series Reading Order
  8. Thick & Thin (Thin Love Book 3) by Eden Butler <— LIVE!!! FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!! BUT! I think these have to be read in order… “I claimed her when I was a boy. I held her until I was a man. She was my first thought every morning, my last smile at night, and a million memories in between. Then one night, with her warmth still lingering on the sheets, Aly King walked away from me, from us, from our life…”
  9. Shelter Me: A Shelter Novel by Stephanie Tyler <— LIVE!!! SHE LOST HER MEMORY ALERT! “Falling for Lucas will force me to revisit my lost memories—and possibly lose myself, my art, and him in the process. And now he has me skating the thin edge between desire and fear as I use a past I don’t remember to leverage a future I’m not sure I want…”
  10. This Is The Route Of Twisted Pain (Neither This, Nor That Book 1) by MariaLisa deMora <— LIVE!!! BIKER BOOK ALERT! THEY COME FROM TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS… “Penny Dane’s background gives her an edge in the life she’s chosen to lead. Raised in a can-do family, she’s resilient, rolling with life’s punches and landing on her feet. But, when the past holds painful secrets—when a single misstep can turn deadly—can she trust the passion this man stirs in her?”
  11. Ignite (Legacy) by Rebecca Yarros <— LIVE!!! BEST FRIEND FIREFIGHTERS ALERT! “She’s stubborn, strong, sexy as hell, and my best friend. She also has no idea that I’m in love with her. But Colorado is calling me home, needing every Legacy-born firefighter to successfully rebuild our fathers’ team. One night will change everything between us, But she’s tied to Alaska and my future is in Colorado…”

         

PREORDERS (tomorrow’s!!! :D )

“One by Jewel E. Ann comes out July 28!!! It is a standalone which involves a couple secondary characters from the Jack and Jill series. It’s recommended to read the Jack and Jill series (End of Day, Middle of Knight and Dawn of Forever) first because One has some spoilers. So here goes… Maryse you MUST read the Jack and Jill Series!!!!!! It’s so good!!!!”

➜ CHECK OUT ALL the upcoming BOOK RELEASES here (frequently updated and it goes all the way to 2017!)

            

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The Promise of Stardust: A Novel
OMG what a premise!!!! This one had me in knots and infuriated and choking on my own flabbergastment <— Okay yeah not a word but… you get the picture. I was incensed and devastated and while I could technically “understand” the two sides of this incredibly heartbreaking, unfair situation, in my mind, the answer was clear, and I couldn’t even believe we could possibly be debating this!!!!

But… there’s always room for debate, and in a case like this, the opinions are vehement and I have no doubt, in real life, the opposition would be just as intense.

That said, I enjoyed this one. Brilliant writing and introspection, and while it doesn’t seem to be a love story at first glance (more, one of social issues and the right of a father to protect his child), it truly IS an epic love story. And a second-chance one, at that.

Amy: Maryse…you’re listening to The Promise of Stardust?!? I absolutely loved that one! I’d say 4.5 stars…maybe even 5. Yeah, I’ll say five since if I had any complaints I can’t remember them, and the storyline was such a unique one, for me at least. Crazy emotional, even in his POV. …The Promise of Stardust is great and SO different from the norm. And I loved it even with it being all in his POV, so that should tell you something. ;) …so heartbreaking with a very unique story line. Go in blind because it’s best when you don’t know which way it will go. ;)

Jeanie: Omgeeee! The Promise of Stardust – I read this back in June and it still gives me goosebumps thinking about EVERYTHING that happened. It’s a heartbreaking & tragic story but I loved it because of all the feels and all the conflict.

From present to past, we get a sense for the urgency of the situation at hand, the obviously heartbreaking news this husband has just been delivered, interspersed with an entire lifetime of love between two children that grew up together, fell in love as teens, and became so ingrained in each other’s lives (even when apart).

There’s something about first love. There’s something about loving a woman that never goes away.

It almost reads as a cross between a Taylor Jenkins Reid book and that of Suanne Laqueur’s “Fish Tales series“. A mix of love, and tragedy. Family and friends, and everything in between, while we revisit old hurts, new profound pain, and the soulmate friendship that keeps them connected no matter the circumstances. Love and life. Real life because it can sometimes be devastating.

Okay so if you want to go into this book “blind-er” (and if you haven’t already read the blurb) skip this next part…

So what’s it about?

Matt and Elle have known each other since they were kids, have been best friends, practically raised together as neighbors, with parents from both sides that love them all immensely. And eventually, they fall in love (as young teens) and this love is the kind of first love that lasts through the ages, even through break ups, and betrayals and misunderstandings, and very troublesome times.

Elle becomes an astronaut (heck yes!! One that actually goes into space and everything) and Matt is a surgeon, and they are struggling with fertility issues. Lots of heartbreak there. But the worst of all heartbreaks is when Matt discovers the love of his life, his wife, in ICU. Braindead after a freak accident. And now… pregnant, again.

Elle has once signed paperwork indicating she doesn’t ever want to be on life support, and Matt (and family are mostly in agreeance with taking her off life support) but once they realize she’s pregnant (what she’s wanted desperately) the lines are drawn.

“You can’t make Elle go through what my mom did.”

I peered through the glass at Elle again, horrified by my decision to keep her on life support. “It’s not the same. She isn’t in pain. And she’s— pregnant. If we can keep her stable long enough, we can save the baby.”

Respect her wishes of never wanting to be in that state, or allow the baby to come to term and be delivered before making that final decision.

“It’s just wrong to keep her in this state, as an incubator for something that isn’t even a baby yet. Women are more than vessels for offspring.”

My heart was pounding in my chest so hard I was seeing spots. “She’s not an incubator. She’s the baby’s mother.”

Oooooof my friends. This one is NOT an easy read, and while for me it was an obvious choice (There’s a LIVE HUMAN IN THERE that they BOTH wanted… want), for others, it’s still just a fetus with no “human” rights, and her wishes come first.

Amy: Okay…

*takes deep shuddery breath*

Okay.

*sniffles and wipes nose on Manny*

I’m emotionally sapped. Ugly cry…no. Teary-eyed and sniffling? Yes. Heartache inducing? Oh, HELL yeah. Promise of Stardust was unique and taxing but damn, it was good. ;)

I’ll let you discover the rest. I found it an fascinating read (and fascinating listen… I had “Alexa” – on my Echo – read to me while I cleaned the house and cooked a meal), but I did find it lengthy. At near 600 pages (which is important since this story spans their loves together and apart), I found the repetition of the whole “human rights” and laws, and indecision thing a bit tedious (but maybe because I was so incensed).

Legally, though, it is about the rights of an unborn baby versus his mother’s, and that will have far-reaching implications. Right to life. Right to die. Rights of the unborn.

Only because it frustrated me BIG TIME, because in my mind, the choice was clear.

Amy: I’m about 65% into The Promise of Stardust, and OMG I am getting SO mad! Yes, it has it’s emotional moments and has made me heart clench at times but for the most part I’m just FURIOUS at the people who are fighting him. I keep having to resist skipping to the end because it’s making me so mad, and I want to know how it’s going to end. I can’t remember ever wanting to do that with a book I’m enjoying…I’ve done it plenty of times though with books I don’t care for, though. ;) He’s not trying to keep her alive (he is a neurosurgeon so he *knows* she is brain dead), he is just trying to give their baby a chance after some devastating losses…

But I get it. The laws are not clear,

“…the court doesn’t recognize the human rights of babies before they are born— or it hasn’t until recently. And the court will only give guardianship to someone it recognizes as having human rights. The unborn don’t have a voice.”

GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And the paperwork wasn’t “exact” (a few conflicting documents) and the family members (and ex-boyfriend) that believed they had a legal (yes… they sort of did) “say” in the matter. What a debacle from ALL sides…

Even though they were technically siding with me, I avoided eye contact with the activists. They were not picketing on my behalf, and certainly not on Elle’s. They came with their own agenda, and our tragedy was merely a way to promote it.

*phew* What. A. Read.

SO WORTH IT, if you’re in for the long haul and want to read something really intense (and beautifully written), albeit long and drawn out. You’re in for an eye-opener for sure.

4 stars!

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<— M. Leighton is one of our indie “firsts” and she’s still rocking our worlds!!!

Jean:  Love her writing style! So excited!

Brianna: I love M. Leighton!

Jennifer: Love me some M. Leighton. Heck yes!!!!

Jessica: I met M. Leighton at book bash and she is so amazing!

About book #1:

Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her? 

How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.

That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.

Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.

  

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Big love for this series, and MichelleS just brought them back up in a recent discussion!!!

Brenda: Just finished reading Victoria Danann’s first two books in the “Order of the Black Swan” series, really good books!! My Familiar Stranger and The Witch’s Dream. Loved them

Michelle: Oh yeah My Familiar Stranger is great, the whole series is!

MichelleS: Girl gets thrown to a parallel universe, the guys there are a team of vampire hunters. She gets caught up in their world. One of my favorites, especially after Golden Dynasty.

MichelleS: I have been badgering away and Fabi took the bait. I love that book. I love Ram and Elora (and I loved Storm’s story and the latest book). I’m just a nut for this series. So glad I’m not the only one.

MichelleS: OMG… seriously… I am losing it. That’s the hottest elf ever in the history of elves. Everyone will attest to the fact that I swoon over this guy endlessly. On my short list of book-boyfriends!!!

MichelleS: I thought of a good fantasy series – have you read Knights of the Black Swan series? It takes place in an alternate universe (I love those) and the characters are well developed and so likable. Cool world. Plot twists. Loved it. (And Rammel Hawking is just…. I have no words…. best.damn.elf.ever.)

MichelleS: Okay – for more of the “she was thrown into a barbarian society” or “a trip to another universe” kind of GD feel? I’d say Knights of the Black Swan series. And the bonus there? You get Rammel Hawking – only the hottest freaking elf ever written (fanning self).

About book #1:

She fell into an alternate dimension, but her fall was cushioned by the Knights of Black Swan.

In a matter of minutes Elora Laiken lost everything familiar. She escaped death by being forced into an experiment that left her in another world where modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae became her allies, friends and family. She discovered a place where romance, fantasy and adventure intersect fairy tales and she learned that love can find you in the strangest places, when you’re least expecting it, even when you’re far, far from home.

OR! Get the series in bundled 2 bundled packages:

                

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Jan is gonna help us with our paranormal romance needs. Many of us started (or discovered) our love of reading via the paranormal path (Twilight  and Sookie for the most part), and have since been lead back into loving human males (mostly rock stars and bad-asses of sorts).

But Jan knows that sometimes… we need to get back to our roots.

Let Jan help!

Jan: I was thinking about Michelle S wanting book suggestions. We’ve all been there in that book funk. So I’m putting 5 of my fave PNR series out there to share. You’re probably familiar with them already, but there might be someone out there who’s not.

And one of the best things about this blog is the fab books I’ve discovered from you all. So here it is. I’d love to hear your top 5s too (or top 2 or whatever). Always lookin’ for that great new series.

Seven series by Dannika Dark. Series of 7 books about a pack of wolf shifters and their complicated relationships and adventures. Really well-written, imaginative and engaging.

Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh. Cross-over PNR/ sci-fi. Long series of books (up to 15 now, I think?) about shifters, humans and ‘psy’ (enhanced but emotionless humans). The early books are great adventure/romances, tho’ sadly as the series has gone on it’s started to get overcooked and pretty boring. But the early books are well worth a read.

Dragonflight series by Ann McCaffrey. An old school series I first fell in love with as a teen. The first two books, Dragonflight and Dragonquest are by far the best. The later books just don’t have the power and drive of the first two. ‘Clean’ stories (no explicit sex!) and you could argue they aren’t romance books as such (although there is some romance). But very exciting fantasy/adventure/sci-fi with wonderfully imagined telepathic dragons.

Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs. Really well-written books about wolf shifters and other magical creatures. Charles and Anna are such a wonderful pairing. Sigh……

Captive Prince trilogy C. S. Pacat. FANTASTIC BOOKS. Fits more into the fantasy genre than PNR I suppose, although there is a strong romance element – tho’ it’s MM. It reads as if it’s set in an actual historical time period as there are no fantastic elements (i.e. no magic or dragons etc). But the setting is totally fictional – a pseudo-ancient Greek style world. A fantastic, involving read, really well-written. And Prince Laurent would have to be one of the best characters ever written – a complex, maddening, wonderful character you will be spellbound by.

    

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<— NEW SERIES by Sarina Bowen!

Teri: I just finished Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen. I love her and this one did not disappoint. I actually think it’s the best I’ve read by her. The writing was great, the story fun, steamy and kept my attention throughout. The secondary characters are interesting and I can’t wait to read book 2. Read it in one sitting.

Lisa: I’m half way through Steadfast – the follow up to Bittersweet for Sarina Bowen and I’m loving it. Its a slow burn and their lives are so seriously messed up I just can’t even see how this can be resolved. At this point I’m thinking it’s better than Griff and Audrey’s story – not so sweet – and a whole lot grimier (is that a word? It looks weird).

About book #1:

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

 

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