Coming Home
This one came HIGHLY recommended to me by our fellow readers, and I swear someone was about to bonk me over the head with their Kindle if I kept it on my TBR list any longer. I think it floated through at least three of my “official TBR lists” and believe me, I WANTED to read it.

Jean: Maryse, please read Coming Home next! I beg you! It’s different from what we’ve just read and I know you will love it!

Elizabeth: Coming Home took me by surprise. Just something about her writing and characters. I was “with” them every step of the way. It’s refreshing to read a story where the smallest touch can make you *feel* more than some steamy scenes in other books. I love authors that make you work for it, you know? Great pacing and main and supporting characters too.

Sadie: Coming Home = Excellent Choice. …sweet, slow burn love story…

Kim: …Coming Home…simply amazing!!! One of my favorites!

Jennifer: Just read Coming Home, beautiful story loved every minute of it. 5 star read.

Cindy: Coming Home was such a good book! You will like this one! I got the charge… the jolt!! woo hoo! You will love him! Seriously swooning over Danny!

Renate: Coming Home was a great read!  Story builds at a good pace and then you get a whaaaa???? (similar to full measures in that sense).  Danny was/is delish and his chemistry with Leah was awesome.

Ooooh… slow burn did you say? <— Key term that gave me a jolt on it’s own! That’s exactly what I love in a love story!

Why did I wait? Ahhhhh *sigh*. I have no clue. That cover (albeit gorgeous) had me wondering if it would be too smooth of a romance story, ya know? Honestly? It sounded right up my alley, but maybe I was wondering if it might be… extra sweet? I love sweet. I do! But I have to be in a mood for that kind of cozy. That kind of touching. I’m usually craving a deep story, but with plenty of emotional jolts. Adrenaline rushes. Extreme mood fluctuations and feeling-overloads. I LOVE THAT!!

So when Sadie mentioned “slow burn” a few days ago, that cinched it for me!

It sounded like I would have to work for it, and that alone, is enough of a potential adrenaline rush, for me. That means pining <— lots and lots of pining! Insecurities. Sweet moments of getting to know each other… the looks, the gentle touches…

It was such a simple, innocent gesture – holding hands – but there was a significance to it that Danny could not overlook, and couple with the fact that everyone else at the table was completely oblivious to what was going on just beneath it, it seemed that much more intimate.

(*ooooof* I love secret “holding hands” in books!!!)

…the tentative hugs, all with promises of keeping it “simple”. Ohhh those mixed signals are AWESOME!! Feelings take over and make a real mess of things (or an awesome start of things). Miscommunication. Big “love-rush” spikes. Hopes… dashed. Break ups and make ups.

And this one had it all! Just enough of everything to infuriate me, just enough to devastate me, just enough to make me me smile, just enough to make me want to cry, just enough to make me swoon. And not too much of anything.

So what’s it about?

Leah goes “home” one day (back to where she was raised), and meets the sweet elderly lady that now lives in her childhood home. Having her own version of heartbreak from her young life, and another kind of heartbreak as an adult, Leah reminisces. It’s bittersweet. And then Leah meets Danny (the lady’s very handsome grandson), when he stops by for a visit.

The attraction is so obviously there, and “fate” has Danny and Leah getting together for a quick lunch soon after their initial meeting, but while Danny is obviously attracted to Leah, he keeps her at a distance.

There was no way he could allow himself to see her again. Inviting her to lunch had been a momentary lapse of judgement, but to consciously pursue her? That would be reckless.

Not to mention selfish.

His extreme hot and cold reactions to her (from sweet and flirty to standoffish and downright rude) have her perplexed. And yet… they keep managing to meet up, again and again. The mixed signals will keep you guessing, and Leah on her toes.

Leah took the phone away from her ear and stared at it for a second before she thew her head back and groaned loudly.

Being with him, talking to him, was the emotional equivalent of bungee jumping. There was the freedom, the adrenaline, the exhilaration of the fall, only to have it come to an abrupt halt, roughly yanking her back in the direction from which she came.

Leah reached up and rubbed her eyes roughly with the heel of her hands.

He could be really sweet sometimes, but he was so goddamn capricious. And he was funny, but his moods were completely unreliable. he did have a genuine kindness to him, but he could also be closed off and abrupt, and there was no guarantee as to which version of him she’d be getting.

And I’ll let you experience the rest, and all of the feelings (and the secrets) from here. ;)

*whoooo fun*

Thank you guys so much for this recommendation. It’s been floating on my TBR list for awhile now, and it was a great read! Her awesome intense pining, his moody reactions, his extreme swoon-worthiness… *sigh*. Oh! And that secret that kept me guessing…

Jean: I started reading Coming Home last night after seeing all the 5 star reviews….I am loving it so far and can’t figure out the H’s big secret….of course I have some guesses….but I am only at 35% and intrigued!

It wasn’t ANYTHING we thought it would be, was it, Jean?

Kim: Coming Home was an ABSOLUTE beautiful read with a twist I never would’ve guessed!!!! It is a MUST read in my opinion!

Yep Kim!! That twist that I didn’t even see coming.

Well, I *saw* it coming, ’cause it was so obvious he had something he was hiding from her, but for the life of me, THAT was not what I was expecting! WOW!! And my mind kept thinking… nahhhh… no way. The “thing”… well. No way it’s going to go there. Right? But she took that storyline all the way through. Very impressed with the outcome. Drama right to the very end!!!

“You’re gonna leave and never look back.”

My heart!!!

Sure, I was able to put it down every once in awhile to get things done (and to sleep). I suppose it’s because this was written in “third person” point of view, and therefore, I was privy to much more information about his feelings (so, to me, it was not as tumultuous from that standpoint). Well-written “first person” stories usually have me trembling with nervous anguish ’cause I don’t know what he’s thinking (or doing), you know? ;) But, still. This had plenty of mystery and feeling, so I was always very happy to pick it back up. And even more anxious to see where it would take me.

I highly recommend it! This was an absolutely gorgeous book in every way. Fantastic writing, unique story, and so very well explored. The characters were absolutely real, to me, and I was thrilled to be a part of them. What a ride it was!

4 stars!


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<— BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! This is one of my all-time favorite books (quite forbiddeny!!!! ;) ) and it’s only 0.99 cents today. It is 100% a one-clicker. Awesome read!!!! Holy MOLY I am jealous of everyone that gets to read it for the first time…

Finding Home
I’m an emotional book-zombie mess again!! I stayed up all night, reading this un-put-downable book. I ended up caring too much for a couple of characters that have both elated me, and disturbed me (well, especially one in particular). They made me sad, made me happy, made me sigh with the sweetness, made me worry, made me say to myself over and over again… “Oh no. This is not good. This can’t be good in the long run. This is trouble.” And yet, I loved it.

So I declare today as “I-can’t-stop-thinking-about-my-book-therefore-I’ll-probably-be-unproductive-all-day” day.

Thank you Karen for this recommendation!!! Despite my reluctance to read it due to some “very uncomfortable subject matter”, there is no taking away from the fact that the story was riveting, thought provoking, and emotion-inducing (both on the good and the bad scale). Say what you must about the actual taboo circumstances of the novel, it still held my rapt attention, robbed me of sleep, and even in my zombie state, the only way I think I can get over it, is to release it in a review. So I guess I’m not completely unproductive today, huh?

Alright, so I’ll just get into what it’s about then. There is no way I can say it any other way then this (and it looks like I’m saying a lot here, but really, mostly it’s just the beginning):

Megan (23) just finished college and is working as a copy editor at a newspaper with aspirations of becoming a reporter. She keeps hitting dead ends at work (she must pay her dues before getting the big jobs). But she has initiative and drive and decides to tackle a story on her own, hoping to finish and present it to her boss, and get her in the door.

… she dreamed of proving Rossi wrong with the amazing article she would write. A few interviews, photos and a unique angle for her story would make her career. There was no reason to waste time as a copy editor. She was too talented for that.

So she takes to the streets and writes an exposé about the street kids of L.A.

The faces of the street boys haunted her. She stared at the glowing computer screen. It was easy to write about what she’d seen, but how could she depict what it felt like down there on the boulevard?

She slowly gains their trust, interviews them, even befriends a few. She begins caring for them, especially one in particular, a seventeen (almost eighteen) year old named Sean (he has a “street” nickname, but I don’t want to use it here because it makes me sad. Really. And anyway, you come to realize quickly that it’s not at all “who” he is).

The young man was so self-possessed he made her feel like a child. He strolled toward the restaurant with long, easy strides. Megan had to walk quickly to keep up.

While the other kids seem to have a lost quality to them, broken and addicted and with no realistic aspirations for their future, Sean is working with a goal in mind. He has a tentative, yet careful handle on his current life, and a pragmatic outlook for his future.

Sean is street smart, has been on the streets since he was 16, but had been caring for his drug-addict mother (who has since died presumably under those circumstances), since he was a child. No family. No father that he knows of. Just his dead mother. He’s practically been a street kid for years, considering his mothers state. Living in similar circumstances. He ran away because going into the system is something all of the street kids avoid like the plague (supposedly too many horror stories there, too). He seems to be the one that the other kids look up to. The older one. The smarter one.

He even unwittingly finds himself protecting Megan every time she shows up in their dangerous “territory”. She doesn’t really have a clue about street life, and her trust in the kids (to not hurt her, steal from her, or do what they must to get what they want from her) is stressing him out.

He shook his head and blew out a breath as if unable to bear her stupidity.

“You’ve gotta quit trusting these kids. It doesn’t matter how innocent they look. If they think you’ve got money or can get money, they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.”

“You’re being overdramatic.”

“Do you ever read your own paper?”

Despite the apparent level-head on his shoulders, he still does what he thinks he has to do, and in his mind, for now, it’s “working the streets” (yes, you get where I’m going with this… I hope).

“So one night I did it.”

Megan swallowed. “How did you feel about it?”

“I didn’t feel anything. He was right. It wasn’t such a big deal and I had enough money to eat for days.” His voice was perfectly steady and emotionless.

No address = no job. Living on the streets = no education. But Sean has aspirations, and has been “turning tricks” and stashing his money to eventually get an apartment, get his GED, get off the streets for good. He’s only got a few more months before he turns eighteen, and in the meantime, continues to remain under the “system’s” radar until he’s officially an adult.

But Sean goes missing for a few days, and Megan is worried. When he turns up again, she finds him battered and defeated. His hideout was discovered, he was beaten to a bloody pulp, and all of his money was stolen. He’s back at square one, when he was so close to reaching his goal. Megan is distraught and offers him her place to stay until he can get back on his feet.

While her friends and family think she’s absolutely crazy to trust a street kid in her personal space, (and that she could get into legal trouble for harboring a minor) she’s not worried about it. She soon realizes the only issue she has with their living arrangements, is simply that she’s now having to share it, and change her habits to accommodate. At first, it’s sort of a mess and uncomfortable (she can no longer do the private things she used to do in her apartment) and he has his own bad habits that drive her crazy. But they soon find an easy and comfortable rhythm. He proves to be a clean freak, uses his time to study for his GED and look for work, cooks for her and soon, they become friends. Truly enjoying each others company.

How could she have thought for a second she’d done the wrong thing when the alternative for him was sleeping on the floor of an unheated building?

And here’s the uncomfortable part. They begin bonding, connecting, and the friendly/caretaker relationship between the two escalates into something MUCH more. In detail.

Now here’s my mini-rant. It was pretty much the only thing that took away from my reading experience (but when I think about it, now, might have been the very thing that put me so “on edge” as to feel every single moment.)

Whyyyyyy oh whyyyy couldn’t the authors have just made him eighteen from the get-go, or shortly after his moving in with her, before “things” heightened to the level they did? We could have still gotten most of the angst and drama from his living the kind of life he did, having trust issues, overcoming his past, and taking on his future. The discomposure could have still been prominent, as she helped him into a new stage in his life, dealt with his mood shifts and insecurities, managed social prejudices, without the age factor having to come into play. Granted, Megan’s only 23 herself, but this storyline took it’s toll on me (and on her).

I’m going to end here, because there is still much more to the story. Family pressures, jealousy issues, stuff that has to do with them completely as a couple, and stuff that each have to work out for themselves. Personal issues that may have come into the forefront because of their forbidden circumstances, but that have been underlying for years, and need to be handled. Personal growth and all that ;)

Anyway, that’s it. I have nothing more to say on the issue. Oh who am I kidding? I could talk about this book all day, but I need to move on.

So should you read it? While I certainly could have enjoyed the book more had the “hero” been eighteen from the start, that doesn’t necessarily take away from how emotional and interesting the story is. So if you’re good with “it”, then… by all means. This story is amazingly… amazing.You feel it. Big time.

I cried. There. I said it.

4.5 stars

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It is a well known fact that I am a HUGE Shay Savage fan. Love stories, but with a very unique “Shay Savage” twist! From her sexy but brooding, moody, alpha-jerk-ish “Bastian” that stole my heart in “Surviving Raine” to her ex-marine, bad-ass hit-man in her “Evan Arden series” to her super-sweeeeeeeeet and very unique hero in her super-romance book “Transcendence” , I just can’t help but be excited for more of her stories!

Shay!! You rock my reading world!

And guess what!?? There’s more! Or at least… there will be. YAY US!!!! ;)

She says:

“So…I have kind of a “surprise” new book that just about ready for release. It’s called Offside, and it’s about a soccer player. This is going to be a little different from my other work, mostly because of the age of the characters (high school seniors).

Release date is August 5th! Here’s the synopsis. Let me know what you think!”

The synopsis:

I have to be the best.  I am the best.  I’m quick.  I’m strong.  I’m smart.  I’m the star keeper of my high school soccer team, and I’ve got major leagues scouting me.  As their captain, my teammates will do anything I say – on or off the field.  Girls practically beg to be added to my list of conquests.  As long as I manage to go pro for the best team in the world, I won’t have to worry about my father’s wrath.

I’m Thomas Malone, and I’ve seen to it that the world revolves around me.

There’s a new girl at school, and it’s just a matter of time before she gives in to my charm.  This one’s just a little more stubborn than most – she won’t even tell me her name!  She’s smart, too.  Maybe too smart.  I can’t let her in.  I can’t let anybody in.  I’m not too worried, but even I have to admit she’s interfering with my focus on the goal.

Dad’s not going to be happy about that.

Did I mention I love Shakespeare?  Yeah, I know.  I’m a walking contradiction.  According to the Bard – “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”   Somehow, I got all three.

Now how is anyone supposed to live up to that?

Author Shay Savage, Maryse & “TST” (The Savage Trainer)

Now… ready for that cover in full? Hehe. It’s “TST” (her cover model aka “The Savage Trainer”) covered in mud.”

P.S. I met him at Book Bash. Total sweetie. And SO cute. Hot-cute. ;) —>

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Okay wow. This book was just SO thrilling to me… (here’s my 5-star Fifty Shades of Grey review) and I know your Facebook wall and Twitter feed may already be flooded with this trailer, but I can’t help but want to re-post it. I just had to collect my very “own” Fifty Shades trailer post for here.

That elevator scene, that kiss… that red room of pain… that SONG!!! GAH!!!!!!!!

*whooooooo* eek Oh. Em. GEE!!!

Yes. That was… just so…. *fans self* Good morning to me!!!! lol *waggles eyebrows while fanning self with pajama top* <— Yes. That’s right. I’m still in my pajamas. *smirk* ;)

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Sounds SUPER-angsty! I haven’t read these yet, but some of our fellow readers have, and they are in love!

Kellie: This series is amazing.  More Than Him is so great.  Talk about emotion. JayMcLean is awesome.  If you like a book that makes you feel, even long after you’ve finished this series should be on your TBR list!!!

Zoe: If you haven’t read the more series then shame on you lol. These books are fantastic. They will have you laughing, crying and wishing like hell Logan Matthews was a real person!!!

Sam: She has grown so much as a writer and the book is just absolute PERFECTION! The emotions this one catches are like nothing I have ever felt before! The characters pull you in, and your heart attaches to them and rides right along on this rollercoater with you!!! Stop everything you are doing and buy this beautiful read!!!!!!

Debbie: You NEED to read the more series. More Than Her by Jay McLean was super awesome. If you haven’t read the first one you can read More Than Her as a standalone. Some of the characters from the first book are in it but it totally focuses on Logan and his relationship.

Veronica: OMG Maryse, if u haven’t read More than this and More than her by Jay McLean  u are missing out,  they r amazing books.

Rori: More Than This by Jay McLean was such a phenomenal book! Never has a book made me laugh and cry at the same time!! The things this poor girl goes through… I just can’t put into words how great it was. Read them, I promise you won’t regret it. x

About book #1:

*Mikayla*
In one night my fairytale ended. Or it may have begun. This is my story of friendship and love, heartbreak and desire, and the strength to show weakness.

*Jake*
One night I met a girl. A sad and broken girl, but one more beautiful than any other. She laughed through her sadness, while I loved through her heartbreak.

*This is our story of a maybe ever after.*

He was right. It made no difference whether it was 6 months or 6 years.
I couldn’t undo what had been done. I couldn’t change the future.
I couldn’t even predict it.
It was one night.
One night when everything changed.
It was so much more than just the betrayal.
It was the Tragedy.
The Deaths.
The Murders.
But it was also that feeling.
The feeling of falling.

   

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Looking for a fun series with some serious bad-a$$ alpha-males and that family feel? From these recommendations, I think this one’s it!

Kim: These books absolutely rock- they feature a bunch of Australian badass alpha hotties (affectionately dubbed the Badass Brigade of Hotties), some rock stars, their families, and a lot of action and humor! I love this series and it reminds me SO much of the Rock Chick series

Amie: Yes I agree Kate McCarthy’s books are amazing.  Hot alpha guys.  Her style def reminds me of KA.  I have read all of her amazing books and I have loved them all.

Deea: I recently started the Give Me series by Kate McCarthy  and I really like it, I LOL-ed so many times! :P The chicks are rock stars and their heros in the fighting scene. Interesting combination for a change. :)

About book #1:

Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves uprooting her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.

Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie’s best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she’s determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn’t fit in with her plan, but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney, however, has put her directly in Jared’s path and he has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to make his play.

Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that ‘consults’ in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who’s determined to enact revenge. When his enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.

Is accepting the love he’s so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart, and her life?

  

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Happy new release day, my reading friends!!

I’m still working off of my latest TO BE READ list. I’m being a good “TBR-list girl. ;) In fact I just finished “Coming Home” (<— SO good – nice unique twist!) and I will be reviewing in the next day or so. Now I’m choosing my next. Of course, I’m thinking it’s high-time I get to my long-term “TBR” floater, Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles Book 1) <— Sooooooo many are absolutely CRAZY for this series, and MichelleS is certainly convincing when she says:

“Oh. Em. Gee. Cannot believe The Fae Chronicles is sitting on your Kindle untouched. The horror!!! I know, I know… you’re worried it’s too paranormal and “fae” and you need to be in the mood for that…. I am here to tell you it is absolutely NOT… the over-the-top hot-hot chemistry and fantastic dialogue is what I loved about this series. Yes, it has the fantasy element, but who cares? How else could these characters be as wicked as they are? Great story. One fantastic hot-as-heck alpha male. Do it. Do it. Do it. Can’t wait to hear if you liked it as much as I did.”

and…

“You need to escape from reality for just a day. Ryder will do that for you. Gah! he’s just so….. gah!! HAWT. Ok. he’s hawt as heck….

and…

“…You know that book feeling you got when you were 15 and you read an adult romance novel and “those scenes”…. and you just felt it all over all day? Yup. That was Fae Chronicles for me. Except I’m three times that age!!”

LOL MichelleS!!!! I think you could write a book on how much you love this series. ;) Yep. I must read this… WOW. This sounds like EXACTLY what I love. And like I’ve said before, MichelleS is sort of a tough book-cookie, so I’m extra tempted since she loved this one so much.

But you know… there are some on here that make me a bit “squirrely”. eek *WAIT!! Don’t launch your Kindle at me, yet MichelleS* ;)

But, these sound really good! Like: Sound Advice (the hero sounds like a total grump, and so just one-clicked it, ’cause it’s on super-sale), Come (MMA fighter, and I like the premise presented in the blurb – it’s not so unique, sure, but if done right, can be lots of fun!), Forever Innocent (sounds like it wants to tear my heart out! Leaves her after the death of their baby, and comes back to her college, years later), A Perfect Life (*when* I’d read romance back in the day, I usually reached for Danielle Steele and this one sounds like it’ll give me those “feels” that I crave), Second Chances (OH YES! Definitely this one, it’s actually making me squirrel the most right now, ’cause so many love this author’s other books, and the fact that she’s a decade older than he is, plus she’s a single mom, has me excited!), Wife Number Seven (that title alone was enough to get me, but that blurb? YES PLEASE – another super-squirreler for me), Hard Roads (Biker/Dark read? For me!!) and a few more below… like usual, I left some notes. :)

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! :D )

BARGAINS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  • Sound Advice (Sensations Collection Book 1) by L.B. Dunbar <— Ooooh YAY!!! This one’s on my main TBR list, and today’s it’s only 0.99 cents. I totally one-clicked that puppy! :D Sorta sounds like it might have that KA feel, ’cause he’s so grumpy sounding. “Calling Jess Carter’s clenched jaw and denim-colored eyes part of his standoffish manner was an understatement. His brooding exterior bordered on being downright rude…
  • Impossible Series Box Set (Savior, Rogue, and Knight) by Julia Sykes <— the entire series bundled for only 0.99 cents today! “The sexy FBI agent wants to save my junkie kid brother from the violent Latin Kings and save me from my self-destructive behavior. He makes me want to be better than what I am.
  • Enticing Interlude (Tempest #2) by Michelle Mankin <— Stephanie found us this ROCK STAR book for only 0.99 cents today!
  • Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse by Nicholas Ryan <— Eeeeep!! That book cover gave me a fright! I love frights! ;) Definitely not our usual for this list, but some of our fellow readers are loving this one. Debbie says: “Fast paced … intense …. incredible attention to detail ….” and Ginny loved it, too: “Just started “Die Trying” after devouring “Ground Zero”! Loving them!”
  • Die Trying: A Zombie Apocalypse by Nicholas Ryan <— and here is the second one, in case you’re in the mood for a different kind of *jolt*. Both are bargain priced. Jen says: “…my husband read them and LOVED them!”
  • Come (The Fight Club Book 1) by Becca Jameson <— Oh!! An MMA fighter book that was just recently released that I missed. Looks good, too! “… she has a stalker, one of the firm’s partners who hopes to entice her to gain promotion by sleeping with him. Backed into a corner, she grabs an unexpected opportunity. She wards off his unwanted advances by plastering herself against the sexy man leaning casually against the wall outside her uncle’s gym.” <— hehe. That would be one of the MMA guys… ;)
  • Ditching The Dream: Dream Series, Book 1 by Isabelle Peterson <— Married woman/love triangle (er… love square?) ALERT! I noticed this one last week and put it on our bargains list, and I’m bringing it back again, ’cause Kelly gave it a go and loved it: “Ditching the Dream by Isabelle Peterson was amazing. I loved it. Sexy…
  • Not In My Wildest Dreams: Dream Series, Book 2 by Isabelle Peterson <— and here is book #2 but don’t read the blurb yet!! Not until you read #1. :D
  • Forever Loved (The Forever Series Book 2) by Deanna Roy <— Stephanie found us this 0.99 cent deal saying: Did you buy Forever Innocent when it was on sale in January??? Here’s your chance to get the heart-wrenching conclusion to Gavin and Corabelle’s passionate story on SALE for 99¢ (Was $3.99)!
  • Forever Innocent (The Forever Series Book 1) by Deanna Roy <— and book #1 is on sale today for 0.99 cents, too! Oh YES!! I remember this blurb! Wow this sounds ANGSTY and has a ton of great reviews! “Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.
  • Making Faces by Amy Harmon <— Just because it’s just SO good. And Bobbi just dissevered it saying: “Late to the party again … but I finished reading Making Faces by Amy Harmon this morning and OH MY GOSH … THAT. BOOK. Just … that book. Wow. Holy book hangover.” I know, right??
  • Beautifully Done (Beautifully Awake Book 2) by Riley Mackenzie <— recent release and Michelle LOVED it: “I just finished reading Beautifully Done by Riley Mackenzie! It was amazing and emotional and I CANNOT stop thinking about it! You MUST read this book!!!”
  • A Moment (Moments Series Book 1) by Marie Hall <— MMA FIGHTER!! This is one that I enjoyed year or so ago, for only 0.99 cents right now, and it even has a book #2. I need to catch up! :D (my review of A Moment)
  • Right Now (Moments Series Book 2) by Marie Hall <— This is the sequel… (but I think a different couple) AND!! I just realized that this series has a book #3 (a different couple). Yep. I REALLY need to catch up.
  • This Time (Moments Book 3) by Marie Hall <— So far, SO good! Great reviews for the whole series!
              

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CONTEMPORARY

  • A Perfect Life: A Novel by Danielle Steele <— Sounds good! She’s a TV powerhouse, with a blind teenage daughter that suddenly has to move back home… “A new caretaker provided by Salima’s school creates as many problems as he solves. Handsome, accomplished, thirty-two-year-old Simon Ward, with strong opinions on every topic, questions how mother and daughter view themselves and each other. Simon opens new doors for both of them and refuses to accept Salima’s physical limitations. He turns their world upside down, and the three become friends…
  • Second Chances by H.M. Ward <— Looks like this one’s a full length, standalone novel. Ooooooooh it’s a bit forbidden-y.  She’s significantly older than he is (and a single mom). I feel like I REALLY want to read this one… “Years pass and I’m still here, but it doesn’t feel like it, not until the lawn guy, Daniel Clemment, checks me out. Me. A yoga-panting, pony tailing, frumpy-butt, frizzy mommy who’s covered in whatever the baby tossed on me at lunch. Daniel’s dark eyes linger too long, as if he likes what he sees. I’m shocked and flattered, but he’s too young. The age gap between us is over a decade, but that doesn’t stop him.
  • Craving Absolution (The Aces Book 3) by Nicole Jacquelyn <— BIKER BOOK ALERT!!! I read book #1 and really enjoyed it (here’s my review of Craving Constellations), and now there are TWO more books!! I need to post the reading order. :)
  • Taming Alec: A Novella by K.A. Robinson <— “Her safe world explodes when she meets her new neighbor, Alec. Tattooed, pierced, and with a body to kill, he’s every woman’s wet dream. Too bad he’s arrogant beyond belief. Rebecca instantly hates him. Unfortunately, her body doesn’t agree.
  • Swinger Style (Hot Rods) by Jayne Rylon
  • Uninhibited (The Callahans Book 2) by Melody Grace <— ROCK STAR ALERT! “She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…”
  • Let Me Love You (The Love Series, Book Four 4) by Megan Smith
  • Don’t Let Go: A Full Hearts Novella by MJ Summers
  • How to Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn <— “… all-star college basketball player Thea dominates on the courts—and off—with a rock star who is determined to win her over.
  • Fiancée for Hire (A Front and Center Novel) by Tawna Fenske <— sounds like fun. He’s a bad-a$$ undercover, and his sister’s best friend is his “fake fiancee”. Unbeknownst to him, she’s been crushing on him for years…
  • Falling for the Pirate (Entangled Scandalous) by Amber Lin <— Okay not contemporary (sounds more like historical/pirate romance) BUT!! I love this author’s other work, and must add it to the list! “Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father’s name. Instead, she’s been struck with amnesia – unable to recall even her name – and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate.”
  • Bound for Trouble: BDSM Erotica For Women by Alison Tyler
  • Lover Unknown by Ellie Kincade
  • Fearless Love by Kennedy Kelly <— single mom overcoming death of her husband, and she meets a contractor…
  • Falling for Her Husband (The Renaldis) by Karen Erickson
  • Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown <— Up my alley-sounding!! “You see, there’s more to me than the braid that spills down my back. More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty.  And so much more than the oppressive wedding band that adorns my finger–the same band that each of my sister wives wear.  So much more.  To protest would be sinful. I must keep sweet, that is my duty.” and then!!! “I’ll do my best to silence the resistance within me, to push him from my mind. If only my heart would do the same.” <— eek Ooooooooh!!!!! Beth says: “Wife Number Seven was UH-MAZING!!!!!!”
  • Different Dreams by Tory Cates
  • Reject Me: Kin Series Book 5 by Jennifer Foor <— Must be read in order… (I’ll create the reading order soon).
  • Meeting His Match (A Match Me Novel) (Entangled Lovestruck) by Katee Robert
  • Maybe This Time (The Belonging Series) by A.M. Arthur <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!  ”Witnessing his lover’s death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern—living in his sister’s basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He’s not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That’s more than he’s ready for.”
  • General Misconduct by L.A. Witt <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! Oh sounds good! “It’s only a matter of time before they’re caught by a man who’s more than just Connor’s overprotective father. He’s also Aiden’s high-ranking boss. Someone with the power to force Aiden to choose—Connor, or his naval career.
  • Naked Risk (Shatterproof Book 3) by Jordan Burke
  • The Other Side of Someday (Carolina Days Book 1) by Carey Heywood
  • Hard Roads by Lily White <— DARK READ/BIKER READ ALERT!!! Our fellow reading buddy Sally went NUTS for this one saying: “I loved it! It was more than just another MC book because it had the infamous Lily White spin. That dark kind of f****d up that draws you in and spits you right back out. This book was a gripping ride of highs and lows that had me all kinds of crazy and I ate it up completely.” and Stephanie agrees: “Hard Roads by Lily White is awesome!!!” P.S. Sally reminds us (no cliffhanger): “Complete story… it was GREAT!”
  • Made to Sin: The Prologue and First Chapter to Ultimate Sins (The Callahans) by Lora Leigh
  • Taken by Lora Leigh <— MILITARY MEN (multiple stories in this one).
  • Hot Alpha SEALs: Military Romance Megaset by Sharon Hamilton, Anne Elizabeth, Cat Johnson, Cindy Dees, Cristin Harber, Delilah Devlin, Elle James, Gennita Low, J.M. Madden, Sabrina York, Teresa Reasor, P.T. Michelle <— ANTHOLOGY and it’s only 0.99 cents right now!! :D
  • Getting Played (Heart of Fame) by Lexxie Couper <— ROCK STAR SERIES!!!
  • Dark Chase (The Gunrunner Series Book 2) by Miranda Kavi <— MOB series alert!!
  • COME BACK: Dirty, Dark, and Deadly Book Two by J.A. Huss
  • Autumn Bliss (Romancing Wisconsin Book 5) by Stacey Joy Netzel <— MILITARY MAN! “Army veteran Levi Jenkins is still dealing with the aftermath of his last tour of duty. Working in the background as a maintenance man at Whispering Pines Lodge gives him the peace his soul craves. The last thing he wants is the distraction of a woman who charms his heart while teaching him to smile again. Or maybe, that’s exactly what he needs.
  • Revive (Storm MC #3) by Nina Levine <—- BIKER BOOK ALERT!!!! “It started out as a bit of harmless fun between friends; it wasn’t meant to get complicated for either of them. But when two broken souls come together and arouse unwanted feelings in each other, complicated is what happens.
  • Three Years (Gypsy Brothers Book 5) by Lili St Germain <— BIKER SERIES ALERT!!! Installment #5 is live (I won’t read the blurb just yet, ’cause I don’ts wanna spoil this series for myself).
  • Never Me by Kate Stewart <— Sounds good (and she sounds bad!!) She’s out to steal your boyfriend (doesn’t want one of her own… until him). “…I was the girl you talked about in your sad inner circle. The girl you shielded your boyfriend from as you cleverly covered him with your body when I came near… I was NEVER going to be you … until I met HIM.
  • SEX Unlimited Volume 1 (The Unlimited Series) by Kathryn Perez <— Angela recommends this brand new (short) release: “Brisban is hot! The second book just came our in this series and you will be excited for the third. Great writing.”

                                   

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For so many of us, there’s just nothing better than a moody, brooding, reclusive, detached book “hero”. Okay, yes in real life, I’m thinking that would get old. Fast. But in our book worlds? Pining for that completely uninterested, no-nonsense alpha-male, and then experiencing “being” the one (and pretty much the only one) that finally turns him around (at least, in part). At least when it comes to her.

Ahhhhhhh the unrequited love for that guy that seems to need nobody, but that everyone wants to be a part of. The thrill of the chase (or of the “wait”). That exquisite “have to work for it” feel. Even the tentative friends-first thing. Then it slowly builds. He begins to care. Becomes protective. And eventually wants to claim. And better yet? He doesn’t belong to anybody, but he wants to belong to you. *sigh*

He wants you to claim him. And he wears it like a badge of honor.

THAT is what we love about our moody heroes.

Beckie: I love the “Moody” H because somewhere inside theres something usually dark that has happened that makes them that way. And the Angst lover inside of me NEEDS to know what that is!!

Colleen: … so moody and are so mean at times that you want to just choke the sh*t outta them! But then they turn on the dirty talk and the charm and I immediately fell back in love with them.

Kelli: Oh this is too hard of a thing…to narrow it down to ONE? Just to name a few of my faves…(other than Zsadist and Matt whom I both loved)…there’s Victor (Killing Sarai), Ford (Taut), Sebastian (Surviving Rain), Remy (Real), Lothaire (Lothaire) and Tristan (Bad Things). Really though…I could go on all day long because the moody bad boys are the best.

Rebecka: God we love our mercurial mad men don’t we??? Too many to choose favorites.

Shannon: Loving this list! Brooding, but not too dark….

Maryse: Yep Shannon! I really didn’t want to go too “dark-read” in this one. Just some good ol’ fashion alpha-jerk to sweetheart romance. ;)

Agreed, guys!! So I’ve compiled a list of my favorites, and favorites from our fellow readers, right here!

Many of you already know my favorite book men (I know, I keep going on about ‘em). But just in case some are new here, these are my own personal favorite recommendations (as they really fit our exciting alpha-male-loving “genre”). And yes, most of them are absolute alpha-jerks/moody sweethearts. But either way, their pouting, I mean… “brooding;) is a HUGE part of their personality trait.

Flaw? Or fun? You decide!

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain Book 2) by Kristen Ashley <— Obviously Tate!!! Obviously. He had his silly moments, for sure, but he was a big, biker, bad-ass with no room for nonsense. Gorgeous but grumpy, and he’d say some stuff that would just infuriate me. I loved EVERY minute of it! And HIM!!!!!! And pretty much ANY Kristen Ashley book-hero fits this lost, perfectly. You can’t go wrong if you’re in the mood for an alpha-jerk/sweetheart. My review of: Sweet Dreams.

Surviving Raine: Surviving Raine Book 1 by Shay Savage <— THE ULTIMATE in broody, sulky, a$$holey book heroes. He starts off as the ultimate alpha-jerk, doesn’t care much about anyone but himself (or namely, his addictions), and being stuck on a floating dingy in the middle of the ocean with no alcohol or cigarettes in sight is pissing him off! Let’s not even talk about no land in sight thing. And who’s stuck on that dingy with him? Raine. A sweet twenty-something woman who has no idea how to deal with him. Let alone… the no land in sight thing. What a RIDE!!!! I loved this one like crazy! My review of Surviving Raine.

Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy) by M. Pierce <— One of my all time favorite moody grumps in the world. And he’s sir adorable in his sullen-ness. I just wanna squeeeeeeze him tight, and snuggle with him and his stuffed manatee. *sigh* Beware of his mouth, though. *gasp!!!!*  And Jennifer agrees! “Matt Sky is my favorite moody, recluse, dirty tallking, beautifully broken male character.” Betty says: “My favorite moody boy has got to be Matt from Night Owl!! I mean, he’s got a dirty mouth, a sweet heart and a rabbit… what’s NOT to love?” and Renee agrees, too! “I swear his mouth should have its own zip code” and Tanya loves him:  ”…his moodyness & reclusiveness just makes him Matt. He’s the type of guy you don’t pity at all but you just want to hug him tightly and never want to let him go. Plus dirty talk is such an art and he has that s**t down pat!” my book review of Night Owl

Real (The REAL series Book 1) by Katy Evans <— A total bad-a$$ and used to getting anything he wants (especially women), Remy didn’t really have to try too hard to please anyone. ;) Plus, with his crazy moods, it didn’t take much to set him off. Brooding? He is the KING of that. Loving? He is the KING of that, too, but only for one girl (and boy does she give him a run for his money). And Renee agrees: “Remy from Real and because I’m a huge fan of the dirty mouthed please whisper in my ear kind of gal” My review of Real.

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3): A Novel Of The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward <— Okay NOBODY is angrier than Zsadist. Nobody. He’s got quite the death-wish. Quite the self-hate. Quite the everyone hate. LOL! Oh and he doesn’t laugh. He doesn’t even smile. he scowls. And he growls. And he threatens EVERYONE away from him (and when I say threaten, he is SCARY!!!). Even to women that try to get too close. Nothing more fun than seeing THIS truest-of-all-true-bad-a$$es become befuddled because one woman just will not heed his warning. BEST BOOK EVER. BEST moody hero, EVER! P.S. My review of Lover Awakened

Amy: I second Zsadist. There are so many brooding BBFs out there, but I have a soft spot for him.

Rebecka: No one like Z, Baby!

MichelleS: ‘Z’ from BDB is my favorite moody, reclusive, growly kind of alpha of all time.

Michelle: I think my favorite of all the moody, brooding, sullen types is Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward. He is all these things with just the right amount of vulnerability mixed in.

Amy: Zsadist will always be “it” for me as far as moody/broody goes. Should we snuggle him?? I say we snuggle him! :D <— Awwwww. YES Amy! Great idea. We can fix him with a snuggle! :P

MichelleS: “Z” and snuggle in the same sentence? SNORT!! He’s definitely the number one “moody, brooding, reclusive and detached” guy in a book.

Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1 by Karen Marie Moning.  <— Did I just say nobody is angrier than Zsadist? Well… kind of. But you could equally say nobody is angrier than Barrons (to the left). Mind you, Barrons has just a little more “tact” when it comes to strangers in his vicinity, so “Z” up there, still takes that cake. But Barrons is almost equal to him in his obnoxious, foul-moody, aggressive to everyone (even women), alpha-jerkedness. In fact, I’d almost say Barrons is even more of an alpha-jerk (stress on the “jerk” part) than Z. Z is definitely more vulnerable (but you can’t tell, right away). ;) And Aiman agrees! “Ok i have to say Jericho Barrons from fever series is my favorite :)” and Candice, too: “Barrons. He is the alpha of dark, moody, and reclusive.” My review of Darkfever.

And let’s talk about two SUPER-sweet moody guys, shall we? It was kind of a toss-up on whether these two fit this list for me, ’cause while they are moody (each in their own way), they DO give us that perfect “reluctant” (and sometimes, self-sabotaging) hero feel.

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan <— The sweeeeeest of the moody characters, he just wants to stay out of everyone’s way, and wants everyone to leave him alone. And he’s been doing it just fine, for years. Sure… everyone in town thinks he’s weird, but one smart girl is too intrigued by him to let it go. Fantastic read, and so many brought up Archer as a good addition to this list. And Sharon agrees! “Hands down Mia Sheridan’s Archer from Archer’s Voice” and Lauren says: “I immediately thought of Archer as reclusive but I don’t think he was moody other than in the beginning really, at least not as much as some of the others because he was so sweet. Love him!!” My review of Archer’s Voice.

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire <— Okay and of course, what is a “Maryse-like list” without Travis on it? LOL!!! He pretty much encompasses EVERYTHING I could make a list about. ;) Well, except for the dark reads, but pretty much everything else = Travis is the perfect fit! Now, Travis is more of an outgoing, popular, funny guy, so he’s definitely not reclusive, but moody? Oh YES. He can get as moody as any of those bad boys up there (and then some). Oooooof. He could fight his moodiness right out of him, or self-sabotage by finding “another” way to exorcise his moody demons. Let’s just say, I felt EVERY one of Travis’s moods (as the heroine), and LOVED every single moment. And Haley agrees!: Travis Maddox from A Beautiful Disaster is by far my favorite moody person. He somehow makes moody cute lol” <— YES!! His moodiness IS cute! and Renee agrees: “My mind always goes to Travis Maddox when you talk about Moody Characters My first Indie read First up all night reading all the way through book” and Ava chimes in, too: “Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster. Moody and possessive; doesn’t get any better then that. ;)” <— AGREED!!! Here’s my review of Beautiful Disaster.

Now… ready for more recommendations? I’ve read many of these (and some of them, I’ve also personally recommended, above). But some I haven’t read yet, so this list is just perfect for my next moody-alpha craving!

READER FAVORITES (and I agree with so many below that I’ve read – spot-on!!):
P.S. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite! We’re looking for the alpha-jerks, the reclusive ones, the brooding, scowling ones. The ones that are so hard to reach (and I mean work-for-it hard!!), but that only give in for that one girl… reluctantly (or intensely like Remy & Travis)… so if you know one, chime in! :D

  • Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy) by M. Pierce <— Denita loves Matt! “My favorite moody character is Matthew Sky from night owl by M Pierce. Matthew is so cynical and kind of all over the place with his emotions. I love his complexity though. He’s such a deep, wounded in a way, complex person!” And Amie agrees: “My #1 is Matt Sky. Nobody beats the pure a$$holery that is him.” AGREED!! One of my favs!
  • This Man (This Man Trilogy Book 1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas <— Linda loves Jesse: “My #1 broody foul mouth delicious man would be Jesse Ward from This Man series. He’s just always “stuck” with me.” and Magdalena agrees: “Sometimes I hate him for that how fast he can change his mood. I was terribly annoyed but hey at the end I love the Lord” and April agrees: “My moody character would have to be Jesse Ward.. He is a mess. Hot, sexy, unreasonable, brooding and bloody possessive! But damn the man is sex on legs! Ahhh he could use that countdown on me anytime.”
  • Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland <— Here is Kristina’s favorite: “Nico from Worth the Fight. Love me some hot MMA fighters with a dark past!”
  • Real (The REAL series Book 1) by Katy Evans <— Lesley chooses Tate! “My favourite moody character has to be Remmy Tate, from Real by Katy Evans!” and Nikol agrees: “When I think about broody, I think about Remy in REAL by Katy Evans. Broody MMA fighter wins for me.“ YES YES YES!!! Oh he was a mess, and such a sullen character and I loved him! Here is my review of Real.
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day <— Nadia suggests Gideon: “My brooding hero is, Gideon Cross from the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day.” But of course!!! My review of Bared to You.
  • Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes <— Eliza loves Will: “How about Will Traynor from Jojo Moyes’ masterful “Me Before You”? Moody? Check. Reclusive? Check. You won’t find a more original, heartbreaking hero anywhere.” ABSOLUTELY!!!! Here’s my review of Me Before You.
  • Coming Out of Hiding by E. Ayers <— Tina loves Max: “Maxwell Hutton from Coming Out Of Hiding. Haven’t read many reclusive men, but this one stuck with me.” Oh I just read that blurb and wow, yes!! He’s a military man and… “Over forty percent of his body is scarred, and consequently, he hides from the world.
  • The Will (The Magdalene Series Book 1) by Kristen Ashley <— Jamie’s choice? “Jake from The Will by Kristen Ashley”
  • Brutally Beautiful by Christine Zolendz <— APierce loved this one! “I have to say Kade Grayson. I freaking LOVE that man. His words just… They’re everything.” YES!!!! Perfect choice!! Here is my review of Brutally Beautiful.
  • Driven (The Driven Trilogy Book 1) by K. Bromberg <— Mary loves Colton: “~ shyly~~ Ummmm….Colton Donavan from Driven Trilogy. Alpha, moody, dirty mouthed and constant whiplash!! He was my first love and it’s hard to let go of him!”
  • Consequences: Book 1 of the Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig <— Marcie’s favorite? “My favorite moody character has got to be Anthony Rawlings from Consequences trilogy.”
  • Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers) by Jessica Redmerski <— Kelli has a bunch of favorites like: “Just to name a few of my faves…(other than Zsadist and Matt whom I both loved)…there’s Victor (Killing Sarai)…”
  • TAUT: The Ford Book: (Rook and Ronin Spinoff) by J.A. Huss <— … and Ford… “Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps “pets” instead of girlfriends.” <— ahhhh yes. I can see it, now. ;)
  • Lothaire (Immortals After Dark Book 12)  by Kresley Cole <— … and Lothaire!! “Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory.” Here’s my review of Lothaire.
  • Bad Things (Tristan & Danika Book 1) by R.K. Lilley <— and Tristan… (brooding musician. Fun!). Here is my review of Bad Things.
  • Where the Ivy Grows: Bestselling Devoted Seriesby SK Quinn <— Patricia chooses this one: “This is hard since there are many fictional characters that fit this bill ….. but one of the moodiest I have had the pleasure to read about is Marc Blackwell from the book “Where the Ivy Grows” by SK Quinn.”
  • Otherwise Alone (Evan Arden) by Shay Savage <— Cindy’s choice: “EVAN ARDEN!!!! From Shay Savage’s “Otherwise” series. Oh baby” Also, here’s my review of Otherwise Alone. ;)
  • Envy by Sandra Brown <— Jenny likes: “Parker Evans from Envy by Sandra Brown.” Oh the blurb says he’s a reclusive writer!
  • Abduction by Varian Krylov <— Ellen likes her moody men extra dark-moody: “Vaughn from Abduction by Varian Krylov”
  • Heller by J.D. Nixon <— Dena loves Heller: “My favorite moody/bad boy right now is Heller from the Heller series by J.D. Nixon. He is so hard to figure out it is unbelievable.”
  • Because You Are Mine: A Because You Are Mine Novel (Because You Are Mine Series Book 1) by Beth Kery <— Janet chooses “Beth Kery’s Ian Noble!”
  • Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain Book 3) by Kristen Ashley <— Kirstyn chooses: “Ty from Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley. Makes me want to read it again right now!” YES!!! Excellent choice, I read this one too, and loved Ty! Here’s my book review of Lady Luck.
  • Breach (Breach #1) by K.I. Lynn <— Boz has one for us! “…another one that comes to mind is Nathan Throne from the Breach Series by K I Lynn. Another dirty talker too.”
  • Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts <— Nathalie suggests this guy: “I love Jed from Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts.” Oh! The blurb says: “Jed Skimmerhorn, a cop who’s turned in his badge”. Moody ex-cop. YAY US!
  • WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Illustrated, complete, and unabridged) by Emily Brontë <— Rebecca reminds us of the moodiest one! “Heathcliff. The original reclusive moody male.”
  • Fallen Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Book 1) by Abbi Glines <— Dianne has one for us, too! “Can I say Rush Finlay from Too Far series by Abbi Glines” Yes you can! He was a moody guy, wasn’t he. A real alpha-jerk! Loved him. Gave me a “Rush-crush”. ;) Here is my book review of Fallen Too Far.
  • Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series) by Christina Lauren <— Lurbin suggests Bennett: “One of my favorite moody characters is Bennett Ryan from Beautiful Bastard.” and Rosie agrees! “lets not forget Mr. Bennett Ryan from Beautiful Bastard.”
  • For His Pleasure: The Boxed Set, Books 1-6 (For His Pleasure, For His Taking, For His Keeping, For His Honor, For His Trust, For His Forever) by Kelly Favor <— Heather likes Red! “A brooding recluse??? Why Red Jamison from Kelly Favor’s For His Pleasure series, of course!! :D
  • Deviant (Blood & Roses Book 1) by Callie Hart <— Nessa loves Zeth! “Another recent one for me would be Zeth Mayfair from the Blood & Roses series by Callie Hart. Such a tortured hero who’s only ever had the bad and is fighting the good in finding Sloane.” Oh yes, this blurb has me! “She wants me to be her hero, But I’m not a good man. I am her damnation.”
  • At Peace (The ‘Burg Series Book 2) by Kristen Ashley <— Lauren loves Joe! “…having recently discovered the ‘burg series, I gotta go with Joe “Cal” Callahan from At Peace!” Oh yesssss perfect suggestion. He is a total brooder. Here’s my Book Review of At Peace.
  • Broken Dove (Fantasyland Series Book 4) by Kristen Ashley <— Jacqueline suggests Apollo: “Apollo from Broken Dove gave me major whiplash. And oh, the tears!”
  • Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley <— Michelle also suggests another Kristen Ashley book: “And Prentice in Kristen Ashley’s “Fairytale Come Alive” – was so mean and moody to to Isabella!!!”
  • Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Gracia Williams <— Cindy loves Andrew: “Andrew from Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Gracia Williams!! He is such a jerk that you gotta love him!”
  • The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You by Laurelin Paige <— Jess says Hudson fits this list! “I’m currently reading The Fixed Trilogy Laurelin Paige (on sale all 3 books for $3.99) and Hudson fits into this category. Just finished #1. Has a 50 Shades/ Gideon Crossfire feel. Soooo good”
  • Fighting Temptation (Men Of Honor Book 1) by K.I. Lynn <— Lauren says: “Jax in Fighting Temptation by K.C. Lynn….love it when Julia’s water breaks & Jax freaks out & he & their friend Cooper (a cop) take off in the police car….lights & sirens on….Julia & Cooper’s GF Kayla just look @ each other…”Did they just leave us?!?!” They come back & Jax jumps outta the car, “Get in the f**king car, Jules!!!!!” Kayla gets mad, “Be nice, she’s having your baby” & he says, “I’m sorry, honey….get in the f**ing car, PLEASE!!!!!” Just LOVED Jax!!” <— Awwwww this guy sounds PERFECT… for this list. ;)
  • Tapestry by K. Ranney <— Michelle recommends this one! “One of my favorite moody heroes was Alex in K. Ranney’s “Tapestry”. It’s from a few years ago, but I’ll never forget HIM. And it’s historical romance. You gotta be in the mood for a historical beauty and the beast story. He comes back disfigured from war and she was in love with him since being a young girl… like I said, I’ll never forget it.” Oh this sounds GOOD!!!
  • Gabriel’s Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy Book 1) by Sylvain Reynard <— Michelle suggests this professor! “Gabriel in “Gabriel’s Inferno” always struck me as moody.”
  • After Hours: (InterMix) by Cara McKenna <— Michelle is on a roll! “And Kelly in “After Hours” – moody and quiet and HOT.” <— YES!!! I LOVED After hours SO much!! Agreed! In fact, here’s my Book Review of After Hours.
  • Making Faces by Amy Harmon <— Apparently Michelle loves ‘em moody like we do, ’cause she just keeps the recommendations coming! “OMG – I almost forgot about Ambrose in “Making Faces” (speaking of coming back from war disfigured!!!) how could I forget him? Loved that one.” <— YEP!!!! He was sullen, that is for sure!! Here is my Book Review of Making Faces
  • Destroyed by Pepper Winters <— Rebecka suggests “Fox” “I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.” <— Yep. He sounds moody alright. ;) Maybe a little “dark” too, while we’re at it.
  • Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips <— Bev recommends this one! “Daisy and Alex are forced to wed by her father. Both, but especially Alex, are upset by this. Oh, and Alex is working for a circus and Daisy must go with him. She writes great rom com that still has a lot of emotion.”
  • Seduce Me At Sunrise (Hathaways) by Lisa Kleypas <— And Bev suggests this one: “Have to mention Lisa Kleypas as she writes some of the best heroes. Seduce Me At Sunrise is about Win and Kev. Win comes from a very tight knit happy family and they take Kev in. Kev is Romany and is looked down on by most. This and because of other reasons he is always trying to keep her at a distance.”
  • Dreaming of You (Gamblers Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas <— and Bev suggests this one, too! “Same can be said for Derek Craven in Dreaming of You. I mentioned this book in a previous post but he deserves to be mentioned twice. Derek was given up as a baby and grew up in the worst parts of London. He did questionable things to become the owner of his very ssuccessful gambling hall. Because of his past actions he doesn’t feel worthy of happiness with Sara. Both Sara and Win make it very clear how they feel about their heroes. So if I beg pretty please would you consider reading a Kleypas historical?” <— You bet, Bev!! These sound exactly like our kind of angst and turmoil!
  • These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer <— Oh and Bev found us another: “Now super old school. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. Love love love Avon and his Leonie. She maybe the only one not scared of him.” <— Oh I love when they strike fear in the hearts of everyone… (like Z!!). Except for that one persistent girl, of course. ;)
  • Two Worlds Colliding – Jani Kay: Book 1 in Scorpio Stinger MC Series by Jani Kay <— Ooooh Trina just introduced me to a new biker/MC series, saying: “HI Maryse we have quite a few books in common there i see, BUT what I don’t see up there is Jani Kays Ryder books from the Scorpio Stinger Series, now they are hot hot hot. steaming hot You will have to go check them out, cause our Ryder he sure don’t disappoint lol”
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel by Jeaniene Frost <— Tessa suggests this sexy broody vampire: “Vlad from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series falls under this. Totally moody and mercurial beyond words.” YESSS!!! Here’s my review of Once Burned.
  • KING’S (The King Trilogy Book 1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— Tessa also recommends this one! “King from the King series too”
  • Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— Tessa also suggests Zarek: “One could say Zerek from the Dark Hunter series. He makes Ash seem positively cheerful. :D ” You are not kidding there, Tessa. How could i have forgotten Zarek. He is INSANELY moody. He’s almost at “Z’s” level. Here is my Book Review of Dance with the Devil.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul) by C.L. Wilson <— Michelle cam back with another suggestion for us! “I forgot to put Rain Tairen Soul from “Lord of the Fading Lands” on there. Talk about moody. And tragic.”
  • Afterlife (Afterlife Saga Book 1) by Stephanie Hudson <— Holly suggests Dominic: “Dominic Draven from Afterlife Saga by Stephanie Hudson!!”
  • Broken: Broken #1 by A.E. Murphy <— Holly says: “Oooo how about Nathan from Broken and Connected by A.E.Murphy….moody, OCD and damn right rude at times! Love to hate him though :-)” Sounds just right, Holly!
  • Marked. Part I: The missing Link by J.M. Sevilla <— Lee suggests this one: “I’m reading Marked Part I: The Missing Link by J.M. Sevilla, and the main character Jay is right up there as one of the moodiest!” <— Yep! I read it too and he’s perfect for this list! Really enjoyed it. Here is my review of Marked Part 1 (The Missing Link)
  • Beauty in the Ashes (Beautifully Broken Book 1) by Micalea Smeltzer <— Jessica suggests this one, and it’s one that was already on my TBR list! “Caelan from beauty in the ashes!” From the blurb: “…he wasn’t a good person then, and he’s certainly not a good person now. He’s retreated into a world where all that exists is numbness and his passion for painting. When Sutton Hale moves into the apartment across the hall from Caelan she’s not prepared for her reaction to him. Something in his broken blue eyes calls to her—after all she’s always had an irrational need to fix everything. But Caelan doesn’t do relationships or feelings.

                                                  

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This one time, at Book Bash… Part 2 (2014 Edition)

July 20, 2014

You guys! There’s more!! More memories keep coming to us, and since I have a bunch more awesome photos to post, I thought I’d add some funny stuff, here.  Part TWO (this part), AND part 3 (which is all about Angstfest – coming next). Don’t forget to check out part one (if you missed it) [...]

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