So many already listed below that look SO good. From super-sales, to brand new releases, to books that are making our fellow readers swoon like crazy… I’ve already listed a bunch! And I’ve categorized ‘em in that new format I started last week so we can pick in choose depending on our mood. :D

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

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (also includes NA, and YA, bikers, bad boys, bad guys, rock stars etc…)

Tracie: Maryse the girls and I just read a loved a new rockstar book. It had absolutely everything! Feels like crazy, love able characters, great angst, sexual tension so thick you need a knife, a nasty villain who you want to annihilate and the perfect boss who provides awesome comic relief. Everyone who loves rock stars should check this one out

Lori: yay Tracie!! this makes me happy, loved this book

Kandace: I’m at 70%. I agree. Tracie. I’m loving it hard

Maria: Loved Slater!!!

  • The Traveling Man (Traveling Series #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— Recent release and Rebecka LOVED this one! “Maryse The Traveling Man was Fantastic. I young love to adult love over several summers GAH! Cliffy at the end of #1 Book #2 to be released Spring 2012. So if you don’t like hanging on the cliff wait until #2″ and my friend Sherry did, too! “Just finished The Traveling Man !!So I’m love with this book. I’m still smiling :-D
  • Stepbrother, Mine (Taboo Book 1) by Mandy Lou Dowson <— JUST RELEASED TABOO ALERT!! “They were always taught that family was about more than blood, but when step-siblings Sophie Ellis and Logan Castle meet for the first time, their attraction is instantaneous. Forever trying to keep each other at arm’s length, they discover that sometimes the best laid plans fall apart, when lovers fall together.
  • Past Heaven by Laura Ward <— Michelle found us this new release (bargain priced!). “Another one I saw that looks good is Past Heaven by Laura Ward.” OH YES!!! The woman grieving the loss of her husband, and the actor playing her husband in the movie… “She is now forced to pick up the shattered pieces of her life as she faces the daunting task of raising three young children alone…” and then… “As Reynolds takes on the challenge of this new project, his world collides with that of Liz. They never expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love, but that’s exactly what happens.”
  • The Procedure by Tabitha Vargo <— This looks interesting, was recently released and is bargain priced. She goes in for plastic surgery to be more like her husband’s mistresses and “I got a different kind of procedure… one that left me wanting things I shouldn’t and seeing myself in a new light. Now everything I thought I wanted doesn’t matter anymore, and Dr. Roman is all I can think about.”
  • Hope Over Fear (The Over Series Book 1) by J.A. DeRouen <— Jean found us this one!
  • The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson <— Kandace LOVED this new release!!! “I just finished ‘Five Stages to Falling In Love’. I swear this book, GAH! It was just so beautiful. I lived every sentence! The words were visceral, touching, real and AMAZING! A true love story. I haven’t connected with a book like this in a long time. I was concerned going it would be too sad but the way this author told the story made it something special. I felt I was right there with her every step of the way. Heck, I could have been her, that’s how real it felt. Has anyone else read it? If you haven’t you should. I promise it’s a good one! I highly recommend. It gave me the same “feels” I felt when I read “After, I Do” by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • Landslide by Jenn Cooksey <— Samantha loved THIS new release! “Woah! Landslide was an excellent book. This is the worst book hangover I’ve had since Beautiful Disaster, Thoughtless, etc. This has one of the best written epilogues I’ve ever read and I needed tissues. The writing was great, plot was real feeling and the MC’s were both relatable. I laughed, cried and at times wanted to scream and slap someone. Perfect mix of romance, suspense, and gave me all the “feels’… It was seriously SO good and I’m a little hard to please ;)  ”
  • THERAPY by Kathryn Perez <— ON SUPER-SALE!!! Sherry loves it!! And AMY loves it, too! She says: “Ladies…Therapy by Kathryn Perez is GOOD!!! Some angst, some emotion, some rotten people, some sweetness, some “no freaking way”…okay, a good amount of “no freaking way.” …Let me know if any of you read it so we can have an empathy party!”
  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough <— Remember THIS one!??? OMG TOTALLY FORBIDDEN! I actually haven’t read it but watched the series on TV as a child and was BLOWN AWAY by the crazy, angsty story. Well… the author just passed away, but if you don’t know this book yet, and love forbidden love stories, it is a MUST!
  • The Beauty Series Bundle: Beauty from Pain, Beauty from Surrender, Beauty from Love by Georgia Cates <— ENTIRE series bundled at a rock-bottom price!!!! SO MANY love this series BIG time, and Annie says: “They live up to the hype- really. I loved these books.  Just talking about them makes me want to go re-read them, and it hasn’t been that long! They are that good!  There’s one scene, in the second book, that just ….ahhhh!, can’t tell you but you’ll probably know when you get there!  It just tore at my heart!! Go read it , so we can talk about it!!
  • Fake: The Scarab Beetle Series: #3 (The Academy) by C. L. Stone <— JUST RELEASED!!!
  • Bait (The Wake Series Book 1) by M. Mabie <— SUPER-SALE!! *gasp*!! This one sounds A-N-G-S-T-Y!!!! That blurb… *whoo* and then here’s just a teeny part of the blurb to give you an idea: “His girlfriend knows. [The guy she’s with is a fool.]  I’ll never love anyone like I love him. [She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.]“
  • Mid Life Love: Complete Series Boxed Set (Books 1 & 2 ) by Whitney Gracia Williams <— Both books in the series bundled & bargain priced and Belle LOVES these! “Mid Life Love its fan-effing-tastick!! And the sequel Mid Life Love: At Last is even better.”
  • Intoxicate (Explosive, #4) by Tessa Teevan <— JUST RELEASED!!! SINGLE FATHER ALERT!! “…she’s been in love with the sexy, single father for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, she hasn’t just been friend-zoned for the past ten years. No, even worse, he’s treated her like a little sister, no matter how hard she tried to prove she could be so much more. When she agrees to spend the summer as the caregiver for his daughter, Lily, she knows it’s her last chance to finally make him take notice.
  • Deception (Deception Series Book 1) by K.A. Robinson <— Stephanie found us this SUPER-SALE book. She’s into a MUCH OLDER man… and maybe even his son! “He was every woman’s dream—rich, powerful, and charming. He made me forget the fact that he’s twenty-four years my senior. He made me feel alive, and for the first time in my life, I was content. Until I met Cooper…his son.



  • Darkest Minds, The (The Darkest Minds series Book 1) by Alexandra Bracken <— Tasha is LOVING this one! “I’m hooked on The Darkest Minds as per K.A Linde’s rec from your post yesterday. 43% in and so far love it!” and Andrea loves it, too! “Maryse just finished reading Darkest Minds book 1. I would say it is comparable to Divergent, but very different. A great read. Thanks for introducing me to this new series!! Whoohooo! So excited to start book 2.
  • Thicker than Blood by Madeline Sheehan & Claire C Riley <— Tasha also loved this one: “I had quite the hangover from Thicker Than Blood a cpl weeks ago…”
  • The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner <— Oh this looks like fun! SUPER-bargain priced, tons of great reviews but the premise!! Wow! Everyone’s pretty much dead (zombies)? and somehow she’s re-animated and beautiful but zombie-like? I dunno, that’s what I’m getting from the blurb. And she hates her new life. “…igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again. But none of that matters in comparison to an even bigger problem. There’s a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run … a man with a heartbeat.


  • Radiance (Wraith Kings Book 1) by Grace Draven <— MichelleS found a treasure!!! She says: “Bev – you said, ” I just love a slow burn and stories that really take the time to build the relationship”… well, have I got a book for you! And Michelle. And maybe Fabi, if she’s in the right mood for it. I was searching for my next good fantasy find… and this is it. Loving it so much. It’s called Radiance, Wraith Kings Book 1. Just released. Fantastic writing. She’s a human, royalty. He’s not human, and royalty. Arranged marriage. Sounds corny, I know, but somehow this author has a fresh, original, wonderful point of view and writing style. She thinks he’s hideous. He thinks she’s hideous. Funny and sweet and unbelievably good. I laughed out loud at the wedding feast! Can’t stop thinking about this book. Yay me!”
  • Viper Game (Ghostwalker Novel Book 11) by Christine Feehan <— Fabi is loving this one! “I’m reading Viper Games right now. I love this urban fantasy series. And, of course, Feehan is a master story teller giving us gut twisting action perfectly blended with heart stopping romance.”
  • Sterling (Mageri Series Book 1) by Dannika Dark <— Michelle read this one and liked it, but it’s book #2 that REALLY got to her… She says about this one: “I finished Sterling MichelleS. It fell off a little for me with the Adam business but I really liked it and will start Twist tonight. It looks like they get better as far as the reviews show and I’m really intrigued with the story.
  • Twist (Mageri Series Book 2) by Dannika Dark <— THIS one however, is really exciting them…

Michelle: MichelleS I finished Twist all in one sitting last night! I could not stop and boy did I LOVE the ‘twist’. I really adore him! This part: “(Insert hottie’s name), are you alone?” His voice was just a whisper, but it unleashed a chaos in my soul. “Not anymore.” Swoony swoon I’m going right to the next book!

MichelleS: Michelle – about “Twist” – if I recall, this is where one seriously hot character is introduced??? OMG – it just gets better and better!!! THAT guy is crazy hot (does his name rhyme with Kogan?). It’s been too long…. does he call her his Raven? or something like that? oh SWOON is right!

Michelle: MichelleS, yes he is introduced in book 2 but omiiigoooddd I seriously almost combust with some of the things he says and does (calls her little raven gush)! I’m smitten – he’s exactly the type of alpha character that is perfect in my mind. I’m hooked like losing sleep hooked! I’ll be honest the first book was good not great but the second catapulted my rating. It was the intriguing premise in book 1 that pushed me on and really really glad I kept going. I’m reading this series straight through for sure…who needs sleep!

MichelleS: This is one of those series that has good installments and GREAT installments (like Black Swan and Elemental Mysteries, etc). Stick with it. It’s worth it.

Michelle: Michelle, they are addicting like that. I start reading and think well one more chapter and then I look up and I’m almost done with the book! I totally agree like I said about it getting better with each book. I again finished book 3 almost in one sitting last night and it was the best one yet. I love Finn too…really all the characters are great. A lot of you would like these books if you haven’t already read them – I know Bev, Fabi and Amy would like if not love them like I do.



  • Enslaved (Brides of the Kindred Book 14) by Evangeline Anderson <— COMING OUT TOMORROW and sounds like SO much fun!!! “Thrace S’ver is an unwilling slave. Drugged and bound, he is taken to the Flesh Bazaar and put up for sale to the highest bidder. But this is not the first time Thrace has been on the auction block—he has a past full of horrors he doesn’t intend to repeat. Desperate to be free, he swears he’ll kill whoever buys him. Lonnara Trin is the Captain of a merchant ship from the all female planet of Zetta Prime where sexual relations with a male are considered unnatural and wrong. She has no use for males personally, but she needs a big, muscular slave or her business will suffer—Thrace fits the bill.


  • Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue <— not bargain priced but considering how much luck I’ve been having in this category, and how this option was suggested to me after The Girl on the Train, and Sadie saying: “My sister LOVED that one! That’s on my list. Looks very good”, I’ve decided I’ll be giving this one a go, soon! The premise? He and his mother are held prisoner in a room (but he is so young and doesn’t realize that there is a world beyond the room or that they are “prisoners” in there)… “Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
  • Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn <— I’m on a kick for books like this right now (apparently because everyone tells me since I’m loving these psych-thrillers, I need to READ this one). True? bev says: “If you have not been spoiled Gone Girl is crazy good.” (and I can assure you I have NOT been spoiled yet).
  • Stay by Emily Goodwin <— Recently released, bargain priced and sounds deliciously creepy!!! “Home after her first year of college, Adeline Miller is looking forward to a stress free summer filled with reading, working on her blog, and spending time with friends. But all that changes in an instant when she is witness to something terrible, something she wasn’t supposed to see.
  • The Cellar by Natasha Preston <— CAAA-REEEEEPY sounding!! “For months Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her—and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…”
  • Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards <— Nancy found us this one on SUPER-SALE too saying: “Been in my long Wish List & looks really creepy but good!” OH YESS!! Maybe SHE’S the stalker! “…as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth…Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?”

DARK READS/DARK EROTICA (with “love stories”)

  • Fear Me (Broken Love Book 1) by B.B. Reid <— This one intrigues me BIG time. He’s her bully (has been since they were kids) and he sounds like a REAL piece of work! Niki says: “Fear Me was really good!! Very intense and I was scared of the “Hero” the whole time…. it does end with a cliffhanger though! … I finished it last night and then went back and re read my favorite parts today :) I was scared for the heroine the whole time!! Very good!!”
  • Addict (Cravings Book 1) by Rachael Orman <— RECENT release, gorgeous cover, great reviews and bargain priced! “I was lost…until him. I can’t tell you who he is, or why he does the things he’s done. All I can say is I hope one day I behave well enough to take off the blindfold and see the man who controls my addiction. My Master.
  • The Hermit by Shayne McClendon <— Nancy found out this one’s on SUPER-SALE!! I actually read it over the summer. It’s good! Creepy. “When Dr. Ryan Wallace retreats to the Alaskan wilderness to find peace with his past, the last thing he expects is to stumble across a broken woman barely clinging to life…


PRE-ORDERS (most of these coming out NEXT WEEK!!)



Still Missing
Premise of this one? Eeeeeeep!!!! eek HECK YAH!!!! FOR ME!!! How long has it been floating in my Kindle? Since June 2014. Why did it take me soooooo long to read it since it was SO obviously my thing? Who knows. neutral I guess it was the lack of “romance” in the obvious journey of the storyline, since it’s a psychological thriller (but a KIDNAP one… so right up many of our dark alleys).

Lian92:  i heard many great things abought Still missing by Chevy Stevens

You are NOT kidding, Lian. It was AWESOME!

Tell me THIS blurb doesn’t give you that *oomph*!!!

The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

The truth doesn’t always set you free.

And ever since my participation in the 2015 Reading Challenge, I’ve been (and will continue to be) indulging in all of those genres that I love, that have been calling my name, but that I’ve been holding off in the name of romance. And while I’m still reading my beloved love stories, I’ve been seeding my reading journey this year with all sorts of different kinds of goodies. And after reading The Girl On the Train, I couldn’t help but jump into another one that creeped me out and had me guessing, like it.

This one totally DID the trick. Going from past to present (seamlessly, and perfectly!), it told a story of terror, occasionally moments of hope, devastation and despondancy and hope again. And it scared the poop outta me! Yep. I said it. ;) I was terrified. It’s not a “horror” per se… but this ain’t your “dark-read erotica” where we resist falling in love with the true bad guy (Stockholm syndrome), and then we still do fall for him.

Oh no! Sure… it’s got ALL of those touches… the meet ‘n greet, the kidnap,

I watched the house get smaller , I couldn’t believe what was happening. He wasn’t real. None of this was real. At the end of the driveway he paused for a second, checking for traffic . My lawn sign advertising the open house was missing. I glanced into the back of the van and there it was, along with the two I’d placed at the end of the street. Then it hit me. This wasn’t random. He must have read the ad and checked out the street. He chose me.

the realization…

“Please take me home. I won’t tell anyone. I swear. Please.”

“I have the best dreams here.”

He snuggled up to my side, folded his leg over mine, and held my hands until he fell asleep. I lay there with this naked freak cuddling me and wished the bed would open up and swallow me whole. My arm hurt, my face hurt, my heart hurt. I cried myself to sleep.

…the resistance, the rules, the locked-in with NO way out… the eventual submission because well…

  1. resistance is futile
  2. punishment is severe (and I MEAN SEVERE) and
  3. the brainwashing… It’s unavoidable.

But there was NO falling in love here. Mind you, there WAS a touch of (or maybe a lot of) Stockholm syndrome in this one, too. It, too, appears to be unavoidable.

I thought I was one tough cookie. Well, all it took was five days of being left alone for this cookie to crumble. Five stinking days, and I was ready to do whatever he wanted.

Especially considering how long she was held. He was her ONLY source of conversation. Of interaction. Of touch. And when she was “good” he gave her treats. And when HE was good, they read to each other, conversed and debated the stories, temporarily “enjoyed” each other’s company (well, as much as one can enjoy the company of her evil kidnapper). Sometimes they spoke late into the night… she would tell him of her childhood nightmares, and he would tell her of his. She… related to him.

I realized I felt bad for him. I did. It was the first time I’d felt something other than disgust, fear, or hatred for him, and it scared me more than anything.

Found herself almost (and regretfully) caring for him. But when he was bad… UGH!!! AND OMG he was THE WORST! THE WORST! And he was mostly ONLY that.

Still, the story was amazing. Detailed exquisitely, terrifyingly, unputtdownably. Devastatingly. <— It made me cry. TWICE!!!!

And it STARTS off with us knowing she was free. Well… physically. Not mentally. No matter where she is, she is still mentally ruled by him. She is so far from free, in that way.

Feels like I’m never going to break free of all his screwy rules, Doc. And man, were they ever screwy. It doesn’t matter that I know they’re total bullshit. They’re locked in and I’m locked down. On top of his rules, my psyche has added a few of its own— any little personality quirk I had before has been blown up twenty times and now I’m some weird hybrid of freakdom.

And we live her story as she recounts it to her therapist.

Avoiding this sh!t is like closing a door on a raging river. Little trickles of water start coming through the cracks, and next thing you know, the door blows off. Now that I’m letting some of the water through, will the door come crashing in? If I unleash everything that’s inside me, will I go floating down the river with it?

But here’s the thing. As interesting and intense as her kidnapping story is, there is a WHOLE other side to this story to explore as she leads us through her year in hell which I haven’t even quoted here. Oh the surprises!!!! Because she *may* not have been a random kidnap victim. She may have been chosen. And the eventual reveal of exactly what lead up to her kidnapping, and all of the events that followed, kept me guessing. The investigation… the clues… the reasoning behind it all.

I had all sorts of theories. I was WRONG! And I LOVED it!

Mind you, as perfectly explored and as perfectly paced as this story was, as wonderfully written as it was, I didn’t love the ending as much as I loved the whole first 75%. I found it a bit… over the top. But you know what? Why not? I went with it! It was good anyway!

But the problem? I found it rushed towards the end (the whole last third of the book) which was somewhat jarring to me in regards to just how much I was loving this book.

And yet still, I would HIGHLY recommend it. IT IS AMAZING! Scary, devastating, relieving, and terrifying. Not necessarily in that order, and it goes back and forth and back again.


I did a lot of things on the mountain, a lot of things I didn’t want to do and a lot of things I didn’t want to believe I was capable of doing. But that time? When I wonder how I became the zombie I am now, how I could have gotten so lost, it always traces back to that moment —the moment I put my soul on the shelf to make room for the devil.

4.5 stars EASILY! I’d say 5 stars because of the quality of the writing and the incredible story telling, but just that ending… holds me back. Oh, it’s complete, so no worries there… just too suddenly over for the feel of the book as a whole.


<— WOW!! Much loved biker/MC book, and book #2 was just released a few days ago! I posted it below, AND there will be a book #3.

Plus, they can be read as standalones as per the author, but considering the BIG LOVE book #1 received, I’m thinking no sense in skipping any. ;)

Shanda: Beautiful Ink was fabulous! It is an MC book but not what you are used to. It is a girl desperate to escape the life even if she has to die to do it. I freaking loved it.

Amy: I’m at the 97% mark of Beautiful Ink, and I had to take a breather. Damn tightness in my chest. This is different from what we are used to in MC books, or at least it’s that way for me. Not different as in the Lights of Peril series would be a Shirley Temple while the Undeniable series would be Jagermeister, but just…oh man, I don’t want to spoil anything so just know it’s different. But *good* different.

Jean: Ok girls, I read It Ain’t Me, Babe and Beautiful Ink over the weekend! LOVED THEM BOTH SO MUCH….HIGHLY RECOMMEND!  They are both so different and amazing!

Melinda: Oh my god maryse you have to read beautiful ink. Really good. Haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished . And I’ve 2 books since then.  Really different. At one stage I told my husband this book is freaking me out. I felt scared for her. Read it.

Sharleen: Ohhhh….just finished Beautiful Ink yesterday….soooo good!!!

Kirsten: Beautiful Ink by Nicole Reed… fantastic. Loved every minute of it and fell hard for one of the characters.

Jaime: I read beautiful ink in one sitting almost all last night! It was really good. I would have liked a bit more character development with one character, but overall a great book. I was hooked on the story and as painful as it was to read some of it I just had to know how it ended!

Shanda: Holden from Beautiful Ink by Nicole Reed (although a part of me still hates him but….. something he does might outweigh all his bad…. maybe I am still thinking on it LOL) (<— on her “hero that she loved to hate”)

Heather: Loved Beautiful Ink! I’m almost scared to start another book…

Michelle: Just read Beautiful Ink and loved it!! I had a book hangover from Love, in English and Crazy Good and this book was the equivalent of the morning after Bloody Mary to pull me right out of it.

About book #1:

I have tattooed that single word on more skin than I care to count. It elicits powerful thoughts and emotions for most people.
Loving. Caring.
Supportive. Togetherness.
But not for me. The word family means so much more.
Vicious. Harmful.
Dangerous. Corrupt.
You can’t run forever from the ones who love you.


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YA Dystopian and much loved by SO many, per those amazing reviews!

Author K.A. Linde loves and recommends this one: “…about a girl who is a genius military official and the boy criminal she falls in love with while they try to save the world. Probably the best ending of a series in forever…”

About book #1:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.



Fabi lists this one as one of her 5 star favorite dystopian series and author K.A. Linde considers this one of her favorites too, saying:

K.A. Linde: …amazing worlds where something killed 90% of kids in a certain age range and the ones who didn’t die got awesome powers. They’re rounded up and sent to concentration camps of sorts. And it follows the girl who escapes and the guy she falls in love with.

Andrea: Maryse just finished reading Darkest Minds book 1. I would say it is comparable to Divergent, but very different. A great read. Thanks for introducing me to this new series!! Whoohooo! So excited to start book 2.

About book #1:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government ‘rehabilitation camp.’ She might have survived the mysterious disease that”s killed most of America”s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she”s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp.

Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can”t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work…


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<— Okay is today the best book day in the world, or what? The new releases and even the bargains are blowing my mind!! I don’t know which to one-click and start reading first.

Well no… WE ALL know what I’m reading today, because MADDOX BROTHERS that’s why. LOL! That’s just a given. ;) The Maddox brothers rock my world, especially one particular bad-ass brooding book boyfriend. Travis is my forever book-boyfriend. But I’m always curious if there’s another Maddox brother that can affect me as much as he did. Thank goodness he has so many brothers. More fun for me. For us!! :D

But! There are plenty on this list that have me excited. Like these: Throb (LOL! No not just the title. She makes a contract with a billionaire but falls for his brother…), The Traveling Man (the premise of this one sort of reminds me of a Bonnie Dee “feel”, so I’m curious to see if it affects my like her books do. He’s in a traveling circus and she falls for him…), Surrender (she’s a stripper and falls for one of the bouncers. The blurb gave me a “sounds SO good” feel), Forbidden (Well…. he’s a priest, you see… eek), Fear Me (He’s HER BULLY!!!), Lucas (she requests protection from the resident bad-ass, in exchange for part of her land… and marriage), Alaskan Dawn (the cover didn’t say much to me, but the blurb sure did!! She’s the surrogate for her twin’s baby…) Cartel (OMG that blurb too!! Her drug lord father messes up and SHE has to pay the price…) – actually there are a few MOB reads below that look amazing!!! And of course, a few more (I made sure to highlight ‘em with my comments). :D

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

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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).

  1. The Keatyn Chronicles: The Complete Set by Jillian Dodd <— I would like to proclaim this the DEAL OF THE DAY!!! Entire series bundled for the SUPER BARGAIN price that we love!! ;) SO MANY of our fellow readers LOVE this series like crazy and Tiffany says: “Amazeballs, I love every single book in this series and I feel like the series has grown with Keatyn” and Courtnee agrees: “the Keatyn Chronicles! Seriously, obsessed.”
  2. Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain Book 2) by Kristen Ashley <— MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Kristen Ashley book is on super-sale today and I AM SQUEEEEEING!!!! TATE!!!!! Just check out my review and you’ll see. ;)
  3. NOCTE (The Nocte Trilogy Book 1) by Courtney Cole <— MUCH LOVED book that made everyone crazy, and it’s on SUPER SALE!! Twisty turny crazy? Tasha says: “I bought Nocte by Courtney Cole and was absolutely captivated from the very first page. Heck even the forward had me wiggling in anticipation. The story was AMAZING! I didn’t want to put it down, I was dying to find out the secrets…oooooh the secrets!! Didn’t see them coming, I guessed and guessed and just when I thought I knew, nope not quite! I felt so connected to the characters and all the emotions.. I don’t want to give anything away because it’s best to go in completely blind. This was the first book I have read in so long that I didn’t skip anything, not even a little…I can’t wait for #2, but I’m also satisfied with the ending. You must read this book! :D ” Book #2 will be out February 2nd and I posted it below in the pre-orders!
  4. The Intern Serials: Complete Box Set by Brooke Cumberland <— SUPER SALE (the entire series has been bundled!) “Cecilia isn’t your typical college student. Hell, she isn’t a college student at all, but that doesn’t stop her from applying for one of the biggest and prestigious enterprises in the Midwest. She wants it. She takes it.” and then she becomes an intern for a billionaire…
  5. For His Pleasure (Ten Book BDSM Boxed Set) by Kelly Favor <— another Billionaire series bundled and on super-sale!
  6. Disfigured Love by Georgia Le Carre <— DARK READ LOVE STORY ALERT!!! “My name is Lena Seagull. I should still be in school, hanging out with friends, meeting boys, falling in love—just like you. But on my eighteenth birthday my father sold me. Now, those are yesterday’s dreams. My home is now a remote castle. And the man who owns me? I have never seen him…“ Also bargain priced, and a few reviewers did not like some of the darker scenes, so reader beware.
  7. Flowertown by S.G. Redling <— dystopian thriller with great reviews and a super-sale! Terrible chemical spill, and this town is quarantined from the rest of the world… “Seven years later, the infrastructure is crumbling, supplies are dwindling, and nobody is getting clean. Ellie Cauley doesn’t care anymore. Despite her paranoid best friend’s insistence that conspiracies abound, she focuses on three things: staying high, hooking up with the Army sergeant she’s not supposed to be fraternizing with and, most importantly, trying to ignore her ever-simmering rage…
  8. Full Contact: A Worth the Fight Novel (Worth the Fight series Book 2) by Sydney Halston <— MMA fighter on super-sale! “When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?
  9. Untamed by Ciana Stone <— 3 books bundled together and on super-sale!
  10. Ruthless People (Ruthless People series Book 1) by J.J. McAvoy <— MOB BOSSES ALERT!!! Italian and Irish!! “To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.” WOW GREAT reviews for #1 & #2 in this series! Melanie loves this one! “Just finished book two in this series and it was INCREDIBLE. If you’re in the mood for a mob/mafia series you have to read this one. I am dying for book 3, releases in March.” and Lauren agrees: “I read book 1 the day it came out & went CRAZY waiting on book 2….now I’m going crazy for book 3. I’ve gotta stop doing this to myself!”
  11. The Untouchables (Ruthless People series Book 2) by by J.J. McAvoy <— And HERE is #2 that was just released a few days ago!! And I posted book #3 below in the PRE-ORDERS section…
  12. Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not Book 3) by S.R. Grey <— Just recently released a few days ago, bargain priced and book #1 is still on SUPERSALE! I’ll post it right underneath this one!
  13. I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not Book 1) by S.R. Grey <— and here’s the “still on sale” #1. “Chase’s actions finally caught up to him and landed him in prison. Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life. Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That’s why friendship feels like the safest option.


  1. Bound by Flames: A Night Prince Novel by Jeaniene Frost <— I LOVE THIS AUTHOR and this series!!! So good!
  2. A Shade of Vampire 9 by Bella Forrest
  3. Viper Game (Game/Ghostwalker) by Christine Feehan
  4. Panther Prowling (Otherworld Series) by Yasmine Galenorn
  5. The Three Fates of Ryan Love (Beyond) by Erin Quinn <— “Sabelle is a powerful oracle who has broken the laws of the Beyond to save Ryan’s life, but once she meets Ryan, everything changes. Ryan steals her heart and awakens her passions, making her long to be human.
  6. Fade Into Me by Charity Bradford <— ALIENS on earth!!!
  7. Starblind: (The Jane Sevis Chronicles #1) by D.T. Dyllin
  8. Ghost of a Promise (Entangled Covet) (Phantoms) by Kelly Moran
  9. Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook
  11. No One Gets Out Alive: Book 3 of the Pre-Earth Series by Mindy Larson
  12. Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy) by Juliette Cross
  13. Hoodoo Blue (A Magic and Mayhem Novella) (Set Up Book 1) by Katalina Leon
  14. Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 5) by Felicity Heaton


  1. Beautiful Redemption: A Novel (Maddox Brothers Book 2) by Jamie McGuire <— Thomas’s book!! *squeeeee!!!!* Will he match my beloved Travis. I dunno, but I can’t wait to find out! :D Here’s the Beautiful Disaster Series Reading Order (which includes the spinoff Maddox Brothers series). Chrissy’s already finished and she says: “I finished Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire!!!! These Maddex brothers are so swoon worthy. *sigh*
  2. A Father’s Fight: Blake and Layla #2 (The Fighting Series Book 5) by J.B. Salsbury <— HUGELY popular MMA series. (Here is the Fighting Series Reading Order)
  3. Throb by Vi Keeland <— OH YES THIS SOUNDS FUN! She signs some sort of “bachelor” contract/game thingie with possibility of winning… no sex, no dating, etc… and this is the kicker!!! “…it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain…so I thought. Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.
  4. Falling for Jillian by Kristin Proby <— she’s running away from heartbreak to be comforted by her best friend but… “Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zack, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zack is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off…
  5. Take Me With You by K.A. Linde <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!!
  6. In For the Kill (McClouds & Friends) by Shannon McKenna
  7. Risking it All (Entangled Select) by Tessa Bailey
  8. Provocative Professions Collection by S.E. Hall & Angela Graham
  9. The Lover’s Promise by J.C. Reed
  10. The Traveling Man (Traveling Series #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— he’s part of a traveling circus and she sees him every year… “Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful.
  11. Craving Resurrection (The Aces Book 4) by Nicole Jacquelyn
  12. Second Debt (Indebted Book 3) by Pepper Winters
  13. Cartel: Book 1 by Lili St Germain <— LOOK WHAT JUST GOT RELEASED EARLY!! Trying to start a new life away from her drug lord father… but he messes something up. BADLY. And… “…he has a daughter, a very smart one, a daughter who would give up her very existence and offer herself as payment for her father’s sins, to ensure her family survives. But falling in love with the man who owned her isn’t part of the plan …
  14. The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson <— Grieving the death of her husband… “When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters.
  15. Life Before Damaged Vol. 4 (The Ferro Family) (LIFE BEFORE DAMAGED (The Ferro Family)) by H.M. Ward
  16. Second Debt (Indebted Book 3) by Pepper Winters
  17. Betrayed – Forbidden Series – Book Three by Melody Anne
  18. Inevitable (A Kingpin Love Affair Book 2) by J.L. Beck <— MOB/MAFIA BOOK ALERT!!!! And Lauren went nuts for book #1! “f you haven’t read Indebted by J.L. Beck…..READ IT NOW!!! Incredible mafia romance, couldn’t put it down!”
  19. Find Me In Passion: Mal and Christina’s story, Part 3 (Dark Pleasures) by Julie Kenner
  20. 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle One (1001 Dark Nights ) by Shayla Black, Heather Graham, Liliana Hart, Tina Folsom
  21. Surrender: A Devil’s Den Novel by Violetta Rand <— She’s a stripper and he’s head of security for the strip club! “Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey…
  22. Broken: Round One by Skyla Madi
  23. Contractual by Alice Montalvo-Tribue <— (she’s an escort and has ONE client…)
  24. In His Keeping: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) by Maya Banks
  25. Don’t Deny Me: Part Three: A Novel in Three Parts by Megan Hart <— The conclusion to the 3 part series!
  26. Fireworks: Riley: A MacKenzie Family Novella by Liliana Hart
  27. The Vigilante’s Lover #2: A Romantic Suspense Thriller (The Vigilantes) by Annie Winters <— Jean LOVED book #1. Couldn’t stop thinking about it and is very excited that this one’s been released. :D
  28. Jade (Special Operations Command Book 2) by S Reynolds
  29. Determined: To Love: (Part 2 of the Determined Trilogy) by Elizabeth Brown <— BILLIONAIRE PLAYBOY ALERT! But I love how this blurb ends… so now I’m intrigued on how it all starts…. “David Keith had pursued me like an animal hunting it’s meal. Manipulating events, practically stalking me at parties— but honestly I was just as obsessed. We were addicted to each other and it felt so good. Then I found out about her. And my entire world turned upside-down
  30. Her Sexy Sentinel (Entangled Covet) by Jenn Burke
  31. My Escort by Kia Carrington-Russell
  32. Pretty Smart Girls (Entangled Embrace) by Shae Ross
  33. Just the Way You Are by Beverly Barton <— RUH ROH! “…when a big, protective, shamelessly sexy stranger offers to console her on the night of her disastrous engagement party, Mary Beth lets him–only to discover that Parr Weston also happens to be the older brother of her fiancé, Bobby Joe.
  34. Longing (Resist Book 2) by Lilly Avalon
  35. Planning for Love (Love, California Style) by Ellen Butler
  36. Landslide by Jenn Cooksey <— This one sounds heart wrenching! “Now, torn and broken by grief, that bond will become paramount as two friends look to one another for comfort, strength, and hope in the aftermath of loss. On a journey taken both together and alone, Erica and Cole search for healing and life born anew. Although when mistakes, secrets and betrayal are revealed, the two must each learn to accept that even saints and some angels are human and people aren’t always who they appear to be…
  37. Rituals for Love (Zane Presents) by Shamara Ray
  38. For Keeps (Love to the Rescue Book 2) by Rachel Lacey
  39. Undiscovered by Dellani Oakes
  40. Bringing Home the Bad Boy (Second Chance) by Jessica Lemmon <— His wife died years ago, and she’s his wife’s best friend… “Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend’s memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can’t stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan’s mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside…
  41. Sweet Surprise (Sweet, Texas Book 4) by Candis Terry
  42. The Dom’s Game (A DARK LOVE Novel Book 1) by Stella Hunter
  43. Playing Dirty: Bad Boys Undercover by HelenKay Dimon
  44. Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage Book #5) by Dani Pettrey
  45. Secrets: A Sapphire Springs Novel by Savannah Morgan <— MOB BOOK! “There is a world of Secrets out there. A world where nothing is as it seems. A world of the Italian Mafia, Eurasian Crime Organizations and Government Black Ops. Will the Mafia Ice Princess melt for the Native American Black Ops Agent?
  46. Forbidden: An Under the Skin Novel by Charlotte Stein <— THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL! “I burn for Killian—a man who’s intent on protecting me. On healing me. He doesn’t get it. The only thing that can heal me is him. But Killian will soon be a priest. Untouchable. Forbidden.” RUH ROH!!!
  47. Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger (The Diaries series Book 2) by V.C. Andrews <— “Christopher Dollanganger was fourteen when he and his younger siblings—Cathy and the twins, Cory and Carrie—were locked away in the attic of Foxworth Hall, prisoners of their mother’s greedy inheritance scheme. For three long years he kept hope alive for the sake of the others. But the shocking truth about how their ordeal affected him was always kept hidden—until now…
  48. I think about YOU by K.S. Thomas
  49. Alive Day (Homefront) by Rebecca Crowley
  50. Fear Me (Broken Love Book 1) by B.B. Reid <— BULLY ALERT!!! Heather pointed out this one! She says: “Fear me by B B Reid was just released and it was very good had the book Bully feel but much darker.” It’s over 400 pages!! THAT is quite the blurb!! “We first met on a playground during a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wasn’t the last. For ten years he’s been my tormentor and I’ve been his forbidden. But then he went away and yet I was still afraid. Now he’s back and wants more than just my tears. You see…he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge…and he knows just how to get it.
  51. Resilient Heart (Unconditional Surrender) by Annabeth Albert
  52. A Greektown Wedding (Greektown Stories Book 4) by Suzanne Jenkins
  53. Fever Zone (A Romantic Thriller) by Cindy Dees
  54. Lucas (Bad Boys of Dry River, Wyoming Book 1) by Susan Fisher-Davis <— “Emily Walters needs help fast. Her ex-husband is being released from prison and Adam swore he’d never let her go. She knows he’ll come for her. Her only choice is one of the bad boys of Dry River, Lucas Taggart. Lucas raised a lot of hell when he was younger and never backed down from anyone. It’s what Emily needs in a protector and a husband…
  55. Wishing Lake (Finding Home) by Regina Hart
  56. Fire Me Up (Pine Mountain Book 4) by Kimberly Kincaid
  57. Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary Book #2) by Nancy Mehl
  58. Two Step Temptation (Lost in a Boom Town Book 3) by MJ Fredrick
  59. Maximum Risk (The Andrades, Book 3) by Ruth Cardello
  60. Wings Over Poppies (The Over Series Book 2) by J.A. DeRouen <— Jessica found us this one saying: “Wings Over Poppies released too and it’s sooo good! It’s a second chance romance. He’s a veteran and she’s an artist. He disappears but she never stops looking for him. It’s awesome.
  61. Billionaire Untamed ~ Tate (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 7) by J. S. Scott
  62. Hot Ice (A Hostile Operations Team Novel – Book 7) by Lynn Raye Harris
  63. Caught in the Act (The Davenports) by Kim Law <— “super-hot neighbor right next door”…!!!
  64. Alaskan Dawn by Edie Claire <— Okay this one sounds amazing!!! She’s a twin and becomes a surrogate for her twin… “Overachieving attorney Haley Olson has always done the responsible thing. So when her twin sister Micah needs a surrogate mother, Haley willingly volunteers. Like most feats the capable workaholic attempts, her pregnancy goes perfectly… until the results of prenatal testing threaten to tear Micah’s marriage apart…
  65. IMPULSE: Infinitus Billionaire by E. B. Walters
  66. The Legend of Arturo King (Legendary Rock Stars) by L.B. Dunbar <— ROCK STARS!



  1. VERUM (The Nocte Trilogy Book 2)  by Courtney Cole – expected release date February 2nd 2015
  2. Beautiful Beloved (The Beautiful Series) by Christina Lauren <— expected release date February 2nd 2015
  3. All of Me (Inside Out Series) by Lisa Renee Jones - expected release date February 2nd 2015
  4. Happenstance: A Novella Series: Part Three by Jamie McGuire – expected release date Feb 2nd 2015
  5. Hero by Samantha Young - expected release date February 3rd 2015
  6. Take Me: Twelve Tales of Dark Possession by Skye Warren – expected release date February 3rd 2015
  7. Better When He’s Bold: A Welcome to the Point Novel by Jay Crownover - expected release date February 3rd 2015
  8. The Raven by Sylvain Reynard <— expected release date February 3rd 2015
  9. Always Loving You: A Danvers Novel by Sydney Landon - expected release date February 3rd 2015
  10. Floored (Frenched Book 3) by Melanie Harlow - expected release date February 5th 2015
  11. Rebel: A Blood & Roses Novel by Callie Hart – expected release date February 9th 2015
  12. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb - expected release date February 10th 2015
  13. Unexpected Fate by Harper Sloan – expected release date February 17th 2015
  14. The Master (The Game Maker Series) by Kresley Cole - expected release date February 17th 2015
  15. A Shade of Vampire 10 by Bella Forrest - expected release date February 23rd 2015
  16. American Savages (Ruthless People Book 3) by J.J. McAvoy - expected release date March 19th 2015




Okay so we know tomorrow’s main NEW RELEASE list is gonna be huge. It always is and I LOVE making it ’cause it allows me to browse hundreds of book blurbs so I can find all sorts of “new-to-mes” that I can’t wait to get to. But until I start browsing ‘em all, I figured I’d highlight some of the VERY highly anticipated releases tonight.

‘Cause I know SO many of us will be reading the next bad boy Maddox brother, or the next bad boy MMA fighter, or the next bad-boy biker, or the next bad boy bossy-billionaire, or the next bad boy rock star or the next bad boy vampire. ;) And so on, and so on… From Jamie McGuire to Kresley Cole, to Maya Banks to Jeaniene Frost… we have our reads cut out for us! Tomorrow is gonna rock! Or will it rock at midnight tonight? Or will it be closer to 3am? I guess depending on your time zone will depend on their release but either way… YAY US!!!

P.S. A few of ‘em went live today. ;)

  1. Beautiful Redemption: A Novel (Maddox Brothers Book 2) by Jamie McGuire <— Thomas’s book!!
  2. A Father’s Fight: Blake and Layla #2 (The Fighting Series Book 5) by J.B. Salsbury <— LIVE RIGHT NOW!!!
  3. Falling for Jillian by Kristin Proby
  4. Take Me With You by K.A. Linde
  5. Risking it All (Entangled Select) by Tessa Bailey
  6. The Traveling Man (Traveling Series #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— he’s part of a traveling circus and she sees him every year… “Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful.
  7. Craving Resurrection (The Aces Book 4) by Nicole Jacquelyn <— THIS ONE IS LIVE TODAY!!
  8. Life Before Damaged Vol. 4 (The Ferro Family) (LIFE BEFORE DAMAGED (The Ferro Family)) by H.M. Ward <— THIS ONE IS LIVE RIGHT NOW TOO!
  9. Second Debt (Indebted Book 3) by Pepper Winters <— LIVE NOW!
  10. Betrayed – Forbidden Series – Book Three by Melody Anne <— LIVE NOW!
  11. Broken: Round One by Skyla Madi <— LIVE NOW!
  12. Contractual by Alice Montalvo-Tribue <— LIVE NOW (she’s an escort and has ONE client…)
  13. The Master (The Game Maker Series) by Kresley Cole
  14. In His Keeping: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) by Maya Banks
  15. Fireworks: Riley: A MacKenzie Family Novella by Liliana Hart
  16. The Vigilante’s Lover #2: A Romantic Suspense Thriller (The Vigilantes) by Annie Winters
  17. Bound by Flames: A Night Prince Novel by Jeaniene Frost
  18. A Shade of Vampire 9 by Bella Forrest <— THIS ONE IS LIVE NOW!!!
  19. Viper Game (Game/Ghostwalker) by Christine Feehan
  20. Panther Prowling (Otherworld Series) by Yasmine Galenorn



<— First, congratulations to K.A. Linde for her upcoming bad-boy romance book release. Take Me With You releases tomorrow!! He’s the lead singer of a band, and she’s a total good girl college student. It’s book #2 and comes after this one: Take Me for Granted (#1). I LOVE her genre of angst! She turned my world upside down with her Avoiding Series! (Check out my review of book #1: Avoiding Commitment).

And second… did you guys know that she’s an AVID reader? I mean AVID. Sure… she writes angsty contemporary and NA romance and knows all about “bad boy book boyfriends”, but her favorite genre is something else entirely.

She’s a HUGE Dystopian and Fantasy fan. Yep!!! I can already hear the “Michelles” and Fabi *squeeing*. ;)  I know this because she’s sent me a few of her own recommendations, and I’ve seen them on my Facebook wall. When she loves a book, she LOVES a book!! Here are some examples…

K.A. Linde: if you’re ever in the mood for something different, I just read a book The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. It’s dystopian and amazing I just spent all day reading it…

K.A. Linde: I read this paranormal romance and I thought it might be up your alley. It’s a really hot stand alone.

K.A. Linde: i just cant get enough of a good series…

She once told me… “…if you EVER need recommendations like that, I’m your girl” so now I’m taking advantage! ;)

And she is here today, posting about her very favorites. We’ll be focusing on her favorite dystopian reads, and next Monday, she’s sending us her favorite Fantasy reads.


Maryse: Hi Kyla! I know you’re a huge dystopian fan and I was wondering if you could recommend some of your favorites. I refer to you because you’re so well versed in it. I love reading when you’ve just read one or are going nuts for one, when I see it in my Facebook news feed, so I immediately thought of you for this category…

K.A. Linde: Yes! I definitely can. I haven’t personally read much adult dystopian though, mostly YA. I read A LOT of dystopian. It’s my favorite genre if done right. But I always end up back in fantasy because more people write good fantasy than good dystopian. These are my reads:

My favorites are Alexandra Bracken’s Darkest Minds series — amazing worlds where something killed 90% of kids in a certain age range and the ones who didn’t die got awesome powers. They’re rounded up and sent to concentration camps of sorts. And it follows the girl who escapes and the guy she falls in love with.

Marie Lu’s Legend series — about a girl who is a genius military official and the boy criminal she falls in love with while they try to save the world. Probably the best ending of a series in forever.

I haven’t read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi but I’ve heard it’s fantastic. Sarah Hansen adores it

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan — this one I think you’d LOVE bc the hero is a bulky tatted type adult hero. The govt has identified a killing gene and everyone gets tested. It follows the girl and hot guy who have been identified and are rounded up by the govt to put to use in military protocols.

Divergent of course.

The Hunger Games of course <— sidenote from Maryse – I LOVED this series too! I reviewed it a a few years ago after I marathon read it over a weekend. (Here’s my review for book #1: The Hunger Games)

I’ve heard great things about Branded where people are put in this camp based on their sins.

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld is a classic — set in a world where on your 16th birthday you are officially made “pretty” and they do reconstructive surgery to make you into this artificial version of yourself. and it follows the girl and the guy she loves to try to stop them from turning her into a robot more or less.

I know KA Tucker has a dystopian series: Anathema (Causal Enchantment Book 1)

My favorite books are Ender’s Game and Brave New World. Both dystopian. Brave New World is a classic! It’s like 1984 but better.

Maryse: 1984 is on my 2015 reading challenge. I’ve never read it!

K.A. Linde: Ender’s Game is also incredible. INCREDIBLE! I’ve read it 15 times at least and get something new out of it every time

Maryse: 15 times!!???? That is some book-love!!!!

K.A. Linde: yeah i read it for the first time in 8th grade.

Maryse: awesome! Thank you Kyla!!!! This just made my day.

K.A. Linde: welcome! I love getting to rec the books that I enjoy! Whenever you want the fantasy recs let me know i can probably go on for days… lol