Happy new release day, and… *squeeee!!!* Brand new contemporary romance by J.R. Ward on the list!!”The Bourbon Kings” is LIVE!!! Okay so from the blurb, she’s part of the “estate staff” for the wealthy family of a huge bourbon company, fell in love with one of them… and they had a bitter break up. He’s back at the estate, a few years later, with his wife. OUCH!!

PLUS! Some of today’s highlights that have blurbs that are already jolting me? EASY! Racing the Sun (one of my fave authors + she becomes a nanny to 2 bratty kids of a moody ex-racer), Pretty Baby (psych thriller and the blurb DEFINITELY got me. It’s the follow up to “The Good Girl” and she’s on a train and sees a desolate looking woman and a baby, and brings them home with her… Eeeeeep!!!) and Tattered on My Sleeve (biker book and they are in love until something happens where now they can’t stop trying to hurt each other – sounds tumultuous!!) and A Real Cowboy Knows How to Kiss (I don’t usually gravitate to cowboy books, but I LOVED her description… someone nobody ever noticed before, and he’s a prisoner that does), and Forever Bound (hired to be the “girlfriend” to famous people, and her latest contract is about to run out…) and A Dream for Love (she wins a stay at a Hollywood star’s vacation home, and he shows up, and wants her to leave), and Mate (released by her kidnapper/master that she loves… and now is alone with a baby)…

And there are so many more that I highlighted below!

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

AUDIOBOOK LOVERS :P

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
  2. Sweet: Contours of the Heart, Book 3 by Tammara Webber
  3. The Forgotten by Heather Graham
  4. Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep
  5. Siren’s Call by Jayne Castle
  6. Thrill Me: Fool’s Gold Series, Book 20 by Susan Mallery
  7. If He’s Noble by Hannah Howell
  8. Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister
  9. Never Die Alone by Lisa Jackson
  10. The Affair by Maya Banks
  11. The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands
  12. Temptation by K. M. Scott
           

 

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 Rocker Series: Demon’s Wings Collection by Terri Anne Browning <—THE WHOLE SERIES BUNDLED at a bargain price!!! WOW WOW!!!! Tessa says: “The Rocker books in one collection? Everyone, buy that series! The Rocker who Loves Me is so perfect sweet, and the rest of the series is super good too!”
  2. The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir <— BEING LOVED BY SO MANY HERE! Fabi: “Just so you know, The Martian is a spectacular book, however, it has no romance (absolutely none). Not even a hint of it. It is straight up sci fi. Gah!!! I want you to read it so bad because it is so good but I don’t want you to read something that you won’t get into because it lacks the romance aspect we all adore. <=== yup, that was a run on sentence, just the way I spoke it.  :-)
  3. A Kingpin Love Affair (The Complete Series 1-5) Boxed Set by J.L. Beck <— series bundle at a bargain price!!
  4. Always With You: Part Three by M. Leighton <— JUST recently released and bargain priced!!!
  5. Dark and Damaged: Eight Tortured Heroes of Paranormal Romance: Paranormal Romance Boxed Set by Jennifer Ashley, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Felicity Heaton, Erin Quinn, Laurie London, Bonnie Vanak, Colleen Gleason <— super bargain priced!!
  6. Red Hot Candy (22 All-New Delicious Romance Books by Best-Selling Authors about Alpha Males, Billionaires, Cowboys, and More for Your Summer Reading) (Red Hot Boxed Sets) by Jo Raven, Lacey Silks, Blair Babylon, Olivia Rigal, Daisy Prescott, Sky Corgan, Daizie Draper, Sarah M. Cradit, Shannon Mayer, Molly McLain, Olivia Hardin, Mira Bailee, J.C. Valentine, Pavarti K. Tyler, Liv Morris, Jacqueline Sweet, JC Andrijeski, Alison Foster, Gillian Cherry, Layla Wilcox, Irma Geddon, Dani Dundee <— Over 2000 pages (22 books) ad bundled at a bargain price!
  7. Beautiful Tragedy (A Standalone Romance Novel) by Alycia Taylor <— recent release and bargain priced. She has a physical disease but is finally living “normally” now that she can start over again and then she meets a local musician…
  8. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica <— This psych-thriller is bargain priced and the follow up was JUST released below!! And Lisa HIGHLY recommends it: “Highly recommend the good girl if anyone is seeking a total suspense and kidnapping with a twist, oh and if you want to hear the sexiest narrator ever then order the audible like I did…loved it and can’t stop thinking about it four months later.” and Mandi agrees: “Omg, I loved The Good Girl! Did not see that ending coming!!”
  9. Love Hurts (Caged Love Book 1) by Mandi Beck <— Toni loved it!! “I read Love Hurts by Mandy Beck, OMG I couldn’t put it down. I read it in less than 24 hours and I work 9 hours a day with 1 hour of commute time total. The cliffhanger is absolutely insane. I am almost upset that I read it without the 2nd book being released, but not quite. I would recommend that to anyone who is looking for something quick to read. The prologue pulls you in, the 1st sentence alone pulled me in. Happy reading. :)” and Lauren agrees: “

    Saw Love Hurts on the list…..it is a MUST READ!!! I’d say, hands down my favorite book of the year so far. I’ve been making my “Favorite book list” to send for Maryse’s Saturday post & that was the first book I put on it.”

  10. All of Me by Gina Sorelle <— and bev recommends this one! “There is a book I really liked called All of Me by Gina Sorrelle (Sp?). The writing maybe not for everyone but really enjoyed it. Strong h, Broken H.”
  11. The Siren: The Original Sinners Book 1 by Tiffany Reisz <— ON SUPER SALE!! And SO MANY (I mean SO MANYYYYYY here LOVE this series like crazy)!!!!
          

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Spider’s Trap (Elemental Assassin series Book 13) by Jennifer Estep
  2. Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister
  3. Dragon Mystics: Supernatural Prison #2 by Jaymin Eve
  4. Fight (NOLA Zombie Book 2) by Gillian Zane
  5. The Day Human Way (The Day Human Trilogy Book 3) by B. Kristin McMichael
  6. Genesis (Glory Book 1) by Dale Mayer
  7. Dragons Live Forever (Fire Chronicles Book 4) by D’Elen McClain
  8. Defiler (Preyfinders Book 3) by Cari Silverwood
  9. Coyote’s Kiss (Shifter Chronicles) by Crissy Smith
  10. To Mate an Assassin (The Lost Alphars Series) by Ceri Grenelle
  11. Siren’s Call (Rainshadow series) by Jayne Castle
  12. Avenging Autumn (The Spirit Shifters Book 5) by Marissa Farrar
  13. Backbone by Kayleigh Sky
  14. Amber Dreams: Book 3 (Dream Scribe) by Lee-Ann Wallace
  15. Wilt and Wither (The Lucy Chronicles Book 1) by Heather Lynn Mowris
  16. Crazy Over You (Entangled Select Otherworld) (Taming the Pack) by Wendy Sparrow
  17. Baby’s Got Bite (Entangled Covet) (Take It Like A Vamp) by Candace Havens
  18. Primal Heat Part 3: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance (The Shadow Shifters) by A. C. Arthur
  19. Sacrifice (A Succubus Kiss Novel Book 3) by Jennifer Snyder
  20. Traitor (Entangled Select Otherworld) by Jody Wallace
  21. Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements) by Jennifer L. Armentrout <— “…seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust…

                   

CONTEMPORARY

  1. The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward <— J.R. WARD & SOUNDS TUMULTUOUS ALERT! I have a feeling I’m in for some ” OH NO HE DIDN’T” moments… :D !!! “Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.
  2. Just One Lie (Just One Night series Book 2) by Kyra Davis <— ROCK STAR ALERT!
  3. Lucky’s Choice (The Last Riders Book 7) by Jamie Begley <— This one was released early! (thanks Cher!)
  4. The Truth of Tristan Lyons (Legendary Rock Stars Book 4) by L.B. Dunbar
  5. REBORN (Phoenix Phyre Book 1) by Rein Scott
  6. Thrill Me (Fool’s Gold series) by Susan Mallery
  7. Racing the Sun: A Novel by Karina Halle <— SHE’S HIRED AS A NANNY TO A BROODING EX-RACER/KARINA HALLE ALERT!!……she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met. It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa.
  8. Never Die Alone (A Bentz/Montoya Novel Book 8) by Lisa Jackson
  9. Beware Of Me (Dark Obsession Book 4) by Cynthia Eden
  10. Risk Me (Entangled Embrace) (Silver Strand) by Lexi Scott
  11. Up Close and Personal by Magda Alexander <— OH SOUNDS LIKE THE ONE I JUST READ THAT WAS SO GOOD ALERT! He’s a blind reclusive billionaire, and she’s hired as his assistant… even though she doesn’t really qualify.
  12. 30 Days by Christine D’Abo
  13. Malibu Betrayals (Entangled Select Contemporary) (Malibu Sights) by MK Meredith
  14. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica <— THRILLER FOLLOW UP TO THE GOOD GIRL ALERT!!! AND OMG THAT BLURB SOUNDS SO AWESOME!! This is the follow up and it sounds so eerie and amazing.
  15. No Kissing Allowed (Entangled Embrace) by Melissa West <— *whoops* She accidentally made out with her boss’s boss!
  16. The Jared Enigma by Jake Malden
  17. The Promise of Love (Love’s Command) by Billi Jean
  18. Wicked Fall (The Wicked Horse Series Book 1) by Sawyer Bennett <— WEALTHY RANCHER SECRETLY OPENED A KINK CLUB ALERT! ”Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range. Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight…
  19. Knights of the Boardroom by Avery Gale
  20. Back To Us by Teresa Roman
  21. High Tea & Flip-Flops by Linda Cassidy Lewis
  22. Servicing the Target (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 10) by Cherise Sinclair <— EX-MILITARY AND NOT INTO THE BDSM LIFESTYLE…A discharged Army Ranger, Ben considers his job as a BDSM club security guard to be an excellent hobby. He’s never been tempted to join in. But everything changes when the notorious Mistress Anne inadvertently reveals the caring heart concealed beneath her Domme armor.
  23. Montana Cherries by Kim Law
  24. Perfect Touch: A Novel by Elizabeth Lowell
  25. Mind Over Matter (Loose Ends Book 3) by Kaia Bennett
  26. Her Stand-In Boyfriend (Entangled Select Contemporary) by Kelly Jamieson
  27. Heart Breaker (Break on Through) by Harper Kincaid
  28. Written on My Heart (Entangled Embrace) by Cole Gibsen <— SHE ESCAPED ABUSE & HE’S STRUGGLING TO KEEP HIS FAMILY AFLOAT ALERT!She doesn’t need trouble…especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who’s six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.
  29. Crossroads by Riley Hart <— M/M ROMANCE/NEIGHBORS and BOTH ARE STRAIGHT ALERT! by one of our fav M/M romance authors! He just got divorced and his neighbor is helping him meet women… “But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.  Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny.
  30. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy <— M/M ROMANCE BEST FRIENDS AND ONE IS STRAIGHT ALERT! “Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.”
  31. Breaking (Fall Or Break) by Barbara Elsborg <— M/M ROMANCE and another author I’ve loved! “Conrad Black is a broken man. The injured barrister has come to the beach to recover from a hit-and-run “accident”, with plenty of time to wonder who might be wishing he’d been left dead instead of partially paralyzed. When he spots a surfer in trouble, he throws his crutches aside to pull the man to safety.”
  32. Stay by Alexa Milne <— M/M ROMANCE
  33. The Forbidden Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 2) by J.S. Scott
  34. Desperate Domination (Bought by the Billionaire Book 3) by Lili Valente
  35. Hiding From Danger (Danger Incorporated Book 2) by Olivia Jaymes <— SHE’S IN HIDING FROM HER ABUSIVE EX and falls for a detective in her new town… “When Gigi’s past interferes with the present she has to finally tell West the truth…about everything. She needs twenty-four hour protection and he’s just the man for the job.”
  36. Eight Second Angel: The Ballad of Lily Grace (Lonesome Point, Texas Book 7) by Jessie Evans
  37. And Then Forever (Fortune’s Island Book 1) by Shirley Jump
  38. Between the Lines (A Baxter Novel) by Jane Charles
  39. Tattered on My Sleeve (Lost Kings MC #4) by Autumn Jones Lake <— BIKER BOOK ALERT AND THEY’RE IN A STANDOFF OF PAIN! Can be read as as standalone. “After three perfect nights, Wrath knew she was the one. But Trinity’s dark past was about to catch up to her and the Lost Kings MC was her only hope for protection. Then we f**ked everything up. One misunderstanding led to a mistake that locked both of them into a war to see who could hurt who the most.”
  40. Can’t Walk Away (The Thomas Family Chronicles Book 1) by Ashlee Taylor
  41. A Real Cowboy Knows How to Kiss (Wyoming Rebels) by Stephanie Rowe <— A PRISONER & A GIRL THAT HAS NEVER BEEN NOTICED ALERT!It’s been four years since Steen Stockton has been able to see the sky without having to look through steel bars. Betrayal got him locked up, and it shut down his heart forever…until he runs into the only woman he’s ever trusted, a woman he’s never even spoken to…until now.
  42. Infamous by Irene Preston
  43. What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss <— DR. SEUSS ALERT!!! Who knew?! They found an old book that he hadn’t released yet, illustrated an everything! And it’s just been released! :D
  44. Trusting Nicole (Last Hangman MC Book 4) by Muriel Garcia
  45. Eyes of Betrayal by Patricia A. Rasey
  46. Cowgirl for Keeps: a cowboy contemporary romance (Heart of Oklahoma Book 4) by Lacy Williams
  47. A Touch of Chardonnay (Entangled Bliss) (Love in Wine Country) by Pamela Gibson
  48. Chasing the Girl in Red by Jean Russell
  49. You Loved Me At My Ugliest by Evie Harper <— SHE BEFRIENDS THE ABUSED BOY NEXT DOOR ALERT! “By age eighteen, Alexa Kingsley had lost everyone. Only Joey, the lonely boy next door, remained. He’d clung to Alexa like a lifeline through years of abuse at the hands of his father, and she vowed to protect him as best she could. Alexa thought Joey was the one person who’d always be there—until the day he left her as well. Finally forced to go it alone, Alexa finds this latest loss may hurt worst of all…”
  50. Opposing the Cowboy (Entangled Bliss) (Hometown Heroes) by Margo Bond Collins
  51. The Laws of Love by Lisa White
  52. The Love Shack by Tina K. Burton
  53. Forever Bound: A Not-Yet-a-Rock Star New Adult Romance (The Forever Series Book 4) by Deanna Roy <— SHE’S HIRED TO BE A FAKE GIRLFRIEND FOR FAMOUS PEOPLE ALERT! It can be read as a standalone… “Jenny is a girlfriend-for-hire, the platonic kind. While under contract with her movie director boyfriend, glamour has ruled. Designer gowns. Red-carpet premieres. And, of course, seeing her face in the tabloids. She loves tabloids. But her reign has come to an end. Her sugar daddy has fallen in love — with someone else. Her contract is over and tonight she has to end it publicly by making sure the paparazzi “catches” her with another man. She just has to find the man.”
  54. Fated (Embracing Series Book 4) by Delisa Lynn
  55. Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms
  56. Truly Sweet (Sweet, Texas Book 5) by Candis Terry
  57. The Truth by Erin McCauley
  58. A Dream for Love (Possible Dreams Book 1) by Lisa Belcastro <— SOUNDS GOOD!! SHE WINS A GETAWAY VACATION AT A FAMOUS ACTOR’S VACATION HOME ALERT! But… “Laurel’s dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when Hollywood bad boy Ryan Crandall shows up to escape his latest tabloid headlines. Ryan wants the woman and her child gone. Laurel wants him gone. Fate will bring them together for reasons neither one of them expected, but fate will also drive them apart…” The cover doesn’t do much for me, but if the story inside is as good as it sounds, I really wanna read this!
  59. Resurrection (The Lone Riders MC Series Book 3) by Michelle Betham
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl by Holly Dae
  61. Hard As Ice (A Fortis Novel Book 1) by Raven Scott
  62. The Touch of Betrayal: a SIN & HONEY novella by Taryn Scarlett
  63. By the Horns (Chinese Zodiac Romance Series Book 2) by Rachael Slate
  64. His Mistress by Lauren Short
  65. The Thin Person Inside by Rochelle Weber <— SHE’S OVERWEIGHT AND IN A SUPPORT GROUP AND MEETS A ROCK STAR THERE... “She melts when she sees his black hair, blue eyes and perfect body, and assumes the only reason he’s speaking to her is that she’s the only other person in the room. She has no clue, at first, who he really is, or what a rock star could ever see in her.
  66. Summer by the Shore: Summer 2015 Edition by Susan Stovall
  67. Short Fuse (Elite Operators) by Rebecca Crowley
  68. A Stellar Affair by Laurel Richards
  69. Deep Down (Sam Stone Book 1) by Janean Worth
  70. The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal) by Elle Wright
  71. Frisk Me (New York’s Finest) by Lauren Layne
  72. The Legacy of Copper Creek (Copper Creek Cowboys) by R.C. Ryan
  73. Minding Jackson by Michele Deppe
  74. Mississippi Blues by D’Ann Lindun
  75. Nympho by Andrea Blackstone
  76. The Player & The Game (A Gibbons Gold Digger Novel Book 2) by Shelly Ellis
  77. The Secret World of Valarie by Tia Farrell
  78. Mate: The Complete Serial by Violet Haze <— Okay YEAH THIS SOUNDS AWESOME TOO! SHE’S KIDNAPPED, FALLS FOR HIM & IS THEN RELEASED WITH A BABY... “Simone Winston spent two months collared and kept as a slave after being kidnapped. Set free by the Master she loved and thought would keep her forever, her whole life falls apart, leaving her a twenty-two year old single mother with no one to rely on. Working a low-wage job to survive, she has no reason to trust anyone ever again, especially the mysterious man who leaves her a generous tip after a brief conversation.
                                                                           

 

PRE-ORDERS

  1. The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar – August 4th 2015 <— Look what’s up for pre-order and coming out on August 4th (and super-bargain priced)! I loved this author’s other angsty romance, and I hear this one is completely different. Even though the blurb makes it sound like one, it is NOT a love triangle. It sounds so crazy-good!!! “They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. They lie. For 21 days she held on. But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death. Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves.
  2. Love and Always (A Pound of Flesh) by Sophie Jackson - August 3rd 2015
  3. Trapped (Caged Book 2) by Shay Savage – August 4th 2015
  4. Before We Were Strangers: A Love Story by Renee Carlino - expected release date August 4th 2015
  5. Mastered (The Enforcers) by Maya Banks - expected release date August 4th 2015
  6. Kitty Saves the World (Kitty Norville) by Carrie Vaughn - expected release date August 4th 2015
  7. Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter Novels Book 19) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - expected release date August 4th 2015
  8. Execution Style (Code 11- KPD SWAT Book 4) by Lani Lynn Vale – August 5th 2015
  9. Who Do You Love: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner - August 11th 2015

      

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Recommended free reads on Wattpad!

by Maryse on July 29, 2015 · 0 comments

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Wattpad is where so many of our favorite authors started… posting their works in progress, their fan fiction, and their completed stories for all of us book-lovers to read! FREE. I said it. Everything on there is free for us to read, and the author put it there! Some of them even post free novellas (from their popular series). Like Colleen Hoover (I linked hers up below). :D

It kind of reminds me of Fictionpress, in fact, which I was obsessed with back in 2009 (when I was looking to read more of the Sookie & Twilight worlds, and discovered all of that fan fiction) to 2011, when I discovered more “bad boy” romance. Where I indulged my senses in my beloved romance angst love triangles, a la Thoughtless, and Avoiding Commitment, and even Fifty Shades of Grey (although back then it was called “Master of the Universe” on that site. Yep! Some of ‘em started as “free reads” for me, back in the day on sites like Wattpad!

Screen shot of the start of this huge hit “After” by Anna Todd on Wattpad’s page!

Are you a fan of Anna Todd’s The After Series? Her huge of a new adult romance hit found it’s wings there, as a free fan-fiction piece about a girl falling in love with a singer that so many – in real life – were in love with, in fact!

And Zoe from Wattpad just contacted me with a fun list of her suggested free reads! She says she’s going to share some of what’s trending, maybe even each week!

“I was so psyched to see that some of your readers and contributors already know about Wattpad and have read some of our fave books (we also love Second Chance Romance here)! …Here’s a short list to start… These also happen to be some of my personal faves…”

Yay!! Thank you Zoe. We definitely love recommendations here. Gives us a great starting point! :D So here it is… popular Wattpad freebies that are still available, ready and waiting to be devoured.

Zoe’s recommendations:

  1. Teaching Mia: Won a 2014 Wattys award. New Adult, travel abroad, bad boy
  2. The Mischievous Mrs. Maxfield: On the Romance featured list with 26 million reads on Wattpad!
  3. Aftershocks (Six-Alarm Sexy Prequel): Kristine Cayne’s Six-Alarm Sexy series follows Seattle Fire Department’s station 44 team of rescue firefighters. Romance with action and suspence thrown in!
  4. The Love Curse: Paranormal romance—featuring Greek mythology and cupid—with over 10 million reads
  5. Say You Will: The first book in Kate Parry’s Summerhill series, this contemporary romance won a Wattys Award in 2014
and I wanted to point these out, myself!
  1. DECOY by Amber L. Johnson <— I’ll start us off with Amber L. Johnson’s work that she is posting for free on Wattpad! This is the author of our beloved “Puddle Jumping” so I can imagine how amazing this new piece will be! She says: “Decoy is being posted on Wattpad as an original story for free if you’re interested in following along…” Plus! She’s my fellow ghost hunter (we ghost-hunted together sneakily at the Adolphus hotel in Texas), and she’s so much fun! Tee hee!!
  2. Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is on Wattpad!!!
  3. Elle Casey!! Did you guys know Elle Casey has a few free reads on Wattpad?
  4. And Zoe also sent me over these links (and you’ll see SO many of our favorites there). I was so excited! She says: “P.S. for any fellow reviewers or voracious readers, we just got a ton of super-quality first in a series stories from top Smashwords writers in ContemporaryParanormal, and New Adult subgenres. Some great stuff that will be up for free for a limited time (around 3 months)!” <— eekeek You’ll see why my eyes bugged out. Awesome freebies!!!
So what are these awards that they are winning? Zoe sent over that info, too!

Celebrate the most-loved stories of 2015 with the 6th Annual Watty Awards: The Wattys are back and recognizing the most-loved Wattpad stories from the millions that posted this year. To enter, writers just need to tag a story that they’ve written or updated in 2015 and tag it with #wattys2015. Submissions are open through August 31, 2015, and there are already over 15K entries! This year we’ll be awarding romance-specific titles in the subcategories of New Adult, Urban Fiction, LGBT+ and much much more.  For more information on Wattys, visit http://wattys.wattpad.com/

Get on Periscope to Check Out Your Favorite Writer Inspiration: Additionally, throughout July, Wattpad will feature live Periscope broadcasts so that Wattpadders are able to see where their favorite writers find inspiration for their stories. Each week, Wattpad will announce its #WhereIWrite schedule on Twitter and individual writers will tweet out the link to their Periscope broadcast for a sneak peek inside the environment that helps their Wattpad stories come to life. Some of the featured writers include Jennifer Armentrout, Anna Todd, Erin Latimer, Emily Lindin, and Bel Watson.

And… Wattpad is teaming up with Harlequin! She says:

“I’ve been waiting weeks to spill the beans on this - Wattpad is teaming up with Harlequin to host their So You Think You Can Write contest! Winners are eligible for a two-book deal, which is pretty awesome for new writers, we think.

Full contest details as well as complete category descriptions can be found on Harlequin’s official Wattpad profile: https://www.wattpad.com/HarlequinSYTYCW

For more information on Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write competition, visit: www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com

So… what have you discovered on Wattpad? Let us know! We LOVE new book-finds!! :D

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In Your Eyes
*whoooooo* THAT WAS SWEEEEEET and pretty good and OMG my heart!! Thank you Sadie for this movie recommendation!!

Sadie: I just wanted to let you know that I just watched a movie on Netflix that I thought would be right up your alley.  It’s called IN YOUR EYES.

I know you don’t often review movies, and this isn’t a review request by any means (I have literally NOTHING to do with this film) but I just thought you’d like it!  It’s a love story, but it’s not something I’ve ever seen before and I LOVED it!

If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend it!

Heather: Just watched last week!! So good, loved it!

Tasha: I had to look up In Your Eyes and I thought ooh this sounds good!….wait, I’ve already seen it. Lol, I can’t remember how much I liked it though, but it did keep my attention the entire movie!

Jessica: I LOVED that movie. The mirror scene was so cute. Blush city.

Michele: I am watching now and sooo in love.. late night for me…

Amy: That movie DOES sound good! You know what, I think watching a movie (especially one like that!) is perfect when in a book funk because we can get some – I said *some* – of the feels we crave while reading but without the hours-long commitment.

Maryse: I was thinking the same thing Amy!!! Just a couple of hours of investment and I get a little “mini-book” on tv!

YES!!! This was just what I needed between reads! It was like a mini-epic love story in moving pictures and sound. A couple of hours of book-like fun, ’cause this could have TOTALLY been a book. Isn’t it funny that I say that? It’s in reverse. This would have made an awesome fluffy-but-unforgettable romance book, and I got to enjoy it in action instead! And guess who wrote it?! Joss Whedon!

Per the blurb:

From Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, comes a romance with a supernatural twist. With his signature humor, it tells the story of a lonely newlywed and an ex-con who discover they can see – and feel – what the other does.

It had a touch of EVERYTHING. That undeniable… almost “soulmate” connection. A perfect slow burn (friends first… but you just know they’re perfect for each other). A little of that esoteric quality (paranormal?) that reminds us that these two were destined to meet, that feeling of constant connection with that one person, you know? Kind of like my beloved ghost romance stories. The whole “I can’t physically touch you, but I can feel you…” thing. NOTHING can tear these two apart. And of course, a touch of forbidden. I’ll tell you why in a sec.

So what’s it about?

Rebecca and Dillon have both been afflicted by a weird condition since they were young children. They can feel when something big happens to the other (although they don’t realize it until they’re adults). It’s all just “weird” stuff… memories, that they can’t explain. Childhood accidents, emotional pain… other… stuff. ;)

But as adults, something impactful happens that solidifies their connection to the point that they can actually speak to each other. Suddenly they realize that all the weird stuff that happened to them when they were kids was in connection to each other. BECAUSE of this mental connection they have been sharing. And while at first, it’s awkward and frightening, (I laughed so hard when he asked her what time it was, and she told him, and he freaked out saying you’re TWO HOURS in the future! You’re from the future!!! And she was all… ummm… no. I’m just in a different time zone). LOL!!!! Adorable. And they become friends. Comfort each other… they are kind of… one, after all, and have pretty much “known” each other all of their lives.

But you see, she’s married to a a psychiatrist. And while it appears he might love her dearly, he’s also extremely critical of her. Belittles her due to her “quirkiness” (when she would unwittingly zone into her “other” connection, but not understand what was happening), and he has an eye on her… suspecting mental illness.

Let’s just say that at times… I loved “them” together, but at other times I glared at him. I suspected he might not have her best intentions in mind… so it made that “forbidden” angle in regards to her “other” connection a little easier. And it’s kind of hard to deny an obvious soulmate/mental connection, so I’ll let you deduce that part.

And all I have to say, is if I had been videoing myself during the last 15 minutes of that movie, My face would have been a cross between a tense grimace and my eyes bugging out of my head. A little like this… but more excited. I may have held my breath the entire way, to the end, so color me a bit redder… or purplish.

All that to say, so good! No… not my favorite movie in the world, but no way I can forget it. Very fun, sweet, unique, a bit intense, and well… I kind want a connection like that, too!!

4 stars of relaxing/mindless/and a bit of adrenalizing fun!

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We are SO in love with taking our time with book love, aren’t we? It’s the #1 thing so many of us love in romance novels, and come on… we know that the main couple will inevitably fall in love (no surprise there). But what makes a romance book go from “good” to being one of my absolute favorites is ALWAYS the slow burn (*if* it has one, that is). It’s simply what I (and many of us) prefer.

Ashley: I need help! I need a slow burn book. I just read Kulti, and I forgot how much I love the building of a relationship. I can’t do the insta connection now. Any recommendations?”

Lapis: What do you think about making a list of slow burn romances? I just read Kulti and I’m in crazy need of more books like that one.

Maryse: Of course I feel like telling her “Thoughtless” AND “Beautiful Disaster” AND “On The Island” AND “Love Unscripted” were all slow burns, but I have a feeling she already read ‘em. ;) So… any new (or old!!) recommendations? Must have rocked your socks off and must be slow burns… We want tummy aches and butterflies! I’m ALL ears. Or eyes.

Ashley: Maryse how did you know Those were are all on my have read list ;) . I feel like the blog could totally use a slow burn list!! I’ve read all the above mentioned…

Lori: …yes, we need a list!!

Maryse: Great idea!!

Michelle: I LOVE the slow burn!

Louise: LOVE slow burns!

Kathleen: Love a slow burn, it’s nice all of you are creating a good to be read pile for me :)

bev: I want to see slow burn, swoon, hea/hfn, & maybe a good grovel… I just love a slow burn and stories that really take the time to build the relationship.

Maryse: EXACTLY, bev. YES!!! And I love a good grovel, too. ;) LOL!!! *snort* :P

The slow burn is the quality in a love story that makes it, so that I become fully invested. Where I feel how she feels, even to the point of forgetting that I am not the heroine. I ache with her, I giggle with her, I break with her. I find my all-encompassing love and happiness with her. And it brings me back to my own big crushes, love and heartache.

Now don’t get me wrong… I’ve enjoyed plenty of insta-crush, or even insta-love books (I’ve read many like that… where mates and/or souls just know each other and it’s an instant romantic connection). I believe that truly happens in real life, too. Seeing someone from across the room, or meeting the “friend of a friend” and it just clicks… HARD. Your heart stutters, stops and speeds up… and that’s it. You’re in a “love fog”. LOVE THAT. I believe that wholeheartedly.

However… when it comes to reading a book, I need more. Much more. Since I’m not the character, and I need to be, to become fully invested in her story, I have to feel her “living” before they become “one”. See through her eyes, and feel with her emotions. And since I’m reading a love story, I need to ache, pine, and exhilarate with her… slowly. Because even if “insta-love” is real, there is always that lengthy, insecure time when everything is up in the air, and I need to live that with her.

So all that to say, when I read a potential love story, I want her (or him!) to:

  • pine for him, and live in lengthy emotional agony when he doesn’t even really notice her (like in Sweet Dreams, when not only was she not his type, he made it known, or like in Mystery Man, when she suspected she was possibly… one of many. Or like in Motorcycle Man, when she realized all he wanted her for was one night, after months of crushing on him…) eek *gasp* and grrrrrrr evil to all of these books, and OMG can KRISTEN ASHLEY do pining, being alone in love… and slow burn right, or what?
  • Or the feelings might be mutual and yet she’s still not allowed to be him for whatever reason. Like in Thoughtless… slow burn and emotional agony all the way through, or Love, In English.
  • Or I want that painful yet obligatory resistance (and I mean truly resist, for really good reasons), by either member of the potential couple. As in “Slammed“. Sure it was a quick and mutual crush, but circumstances kept them apart BIG time, and OMG THAT was a slow delightfully painful burn.
  • Or I want to immensely dislike him, ’cause he’s a total jacka$$ (like in Beautiful Disaster). He’s such an obvious cocky player, and arrogant to boot. So sure of himself, and of being able to attract her, and despite her seeing the obvious hotness in him, her own self-respect and self-preservation kept her at arms length. She didn’t want to be his next victim! Oh GAHHHHH the slow burn in this one incinerated me right up and I loved every single second of it!!!! MORE LIKE THIS!!!! LOL! :P
  • Or I want a humongous *almost love* and then a nice lengthy (within reason ;) ) breakup that I can feel and hurt along with the heroine. But I don’t want to just jump to it (either the breakup, or the get back together). Ohhhh like in Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror Series or the Downside Ghosts Series. I wanna live it ALL. Or!!
  • I love a book where they are just friends… truly just friends and we have fun, and we enjoy it, and we see them dating others and all of the angst and pain that goes with it, and the *boom*!!!! It sneaks up on us and we didn’t even realize it… we’re in love with the best friend!

Ahhhhhhh all of those scenarios are perfect “slow burn” romance reads, for me. I love “working” for it…

Okay so this list is a “work in progress” as I know there are TONS of awesome slow-burn romance books that are missing from this list (even probably many of my own favorites that I have to backtrack on, to add here), so send me your recommendations and I’ll add them! :D

Reader Recommendations:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons <— Amy asks: “What about The Bronze Horseman??” (Agreed! My review)

Fearless: The Complete Novel (Dartmoor Book 1) by Lauren Gilley <—Paula says: “Sort of a slow burn it covers what happened 5 years ago and also in the present – love and MC drama – so really good! Yep, the hero is Cajun and the MC go to man for getting the truth from people….it doesn’t feel like a long book as really enjoying the story and the other characters are great too…” (Agreed! My review)

After Hours by Cara McKenna <— MichelleS recommends this one for the slow burn! “Of course the cover of After Hours is amazing – but so is the slow burn in the book. So hot. Loved it. You’re gonna love it, I just know it!!!” (Agreed! My review)

Kulti by Mariana Zapata <— jen felt the burn with this one! “…what took me so long to read this??? I am swooing big time for The German. Sigh…I ca’t stop thinking about this book. a slow burn for sure,but so worth it.” and I agreed! “I AM LOVING KULTI!!! Almost halfway through the book, and I’m crushing big time and yet still… NOTHING. :D !!!! SLOW BURN is right… but it’s done SO right. Nothing is boring me here… ’cause the interactions are funny, infuriating, and so obviously NOT “obvious”… you know? No cliches or rushing in this one and I. AM. IN!!!!!!” Cheryl agrees too: “I loved Kulti!!! I love when I start reading a book and it gives you the “feel” of where you just enjoy reading it and can’t wait to see where it goes. It is definitely a slow burn.”  (Agreed! My review)

The Friend Zone (Game On Book 2) by Kristen Callihan <— Cheryl suggests this one. “Just finished The Friend Zone and I liked it more than The Hook Up. There was more angst and more of a slow burn with their friends to lovers relationship.”

Bad Romeo (The Starcrossed Series) by Leisa Rayven <— Amy was feeling the burn in this one! “Guys, I am about halfway through Bad Romeo and simply LOVING it! It’s going back and forth between the past and present (which I don’t mind when it’s done well like this is), and the anticipatory buildup to what happened before has me all anxious and bouncing my leg. And even the flashbacks for me have that slow burn We’ll see what happens with the last half, but if it continues this way then I *might* just have found me a 5 star! :D

Little Town Series by J.D. Nixon <— IsDonIsGood says: “Just finished the awesome 4th book in JD Nixon’s Blood Tears series. Really good; slow burn, to the point of ‘will they or won’t they’ being a sincere question through out.”

Emi Lost & Found Series by Lori Otto <— bev mentioned this one… “Ok, one that messed me up? Emi lost & found series. I probably read it at the very worst time. I was still in the early stages of grieving. And I pick up this book and has friends to lovers and slow burn♥. I knew it was a first book so when almost done I grabbed the other two so I could stay in this world. I started the second, hopefully, and pretty soon I’m sobbing so so hard. Can’t see the book cause of the tears hard…” (Agreed! My review – although this is just of book #1… I enjoyed #2 and #3 even more)

Radiance (Wraith Kings Book 1) by Grace Draven <— MichelleS has one!! “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!”

The Fever Series 6-Book Bundle: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever, Iced by Karen Marie Moning <— bev says: “…the romance is definitely a slow burn in the fever series.” and yep!! This one burnt me up nice!!! I told Linda to keep reading (when book #1 didn’t produce *ahem* sexy times). LOL :P I said: “Each book gets better and better, and book #1 was not my favorite. In fact, my least favorite. And there’s that delicious slow burn that will burn you alive in the most delicious way. Plus.. Maybe even a triangle. And some shock value to blow your mind!!!! :D” And Amy agrees: “…the Fever series has that crazy-slow burn and buildup that gets me all book-sexually frustrated…or would it be sexually-book frustrated? *pfft* I’m too mad at Barrons right now to care about linguistics. ;) I also like how nothing is being solved and wrapped up quickly so I’ll get to stay in their world that much longer. I’m reading the third book (Faefever), and I just want to tie Barrons’ sac up in a pretty little bow and hang it above the doorway so I can smack his nuts everytime I walk by!! Ooooooh!!!! He’s a-p!ssing me off!!! But I still love him. *giggle*” <— eek Tee hee! OMG YOU SLAY ME, Amy!

The Mason List by SD Hendrickson <— Speaking of Amy, here’s one that she loved! “I didn’t mind the slow build-up (love that kind of “slow burn” as Maryse calls it) but once I got to about the 50% mark, holy sh!t it was a crazy intense ride for me! As if that’s not obvious from my comments on the other page, right? ;) I absolutely loved this one.” (Agreed! My review)

Written In Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop <— bev: “The romance in WIR is a very slow burn type.”

Tall, Tatted, and Tempting (The Reed Brothers Series Book 1) by Tammy Falkner <— bev enjoyed this one! “…can not say enough how much I love the slow burn. And as Michelle S pointed out when an author takes the time to show us.”

The Unwanted Wife (The Unwanted Series) by Natasha Anders <— Jeannie suggests this one! “The Unwanted Wife is one of my favorites!”

SLOW BURN by Nicole Christie <— Leah recommends this one! “slow burn, nicole christie — The name says it all.”

The Deal (Off-Campus Book 1) by Elle Kennedy <— Kandace recommends this one! “The Deal by Elle Kennedy gave the BD butterfly feeling.” (Agreed! My review)

Making Faces by Amy Harmon <— Jennifer says: “Anything Amy Harmon” (Agreed! My review)

No Turning Back (The Kathleen Turner Series Book 1) by Tiffany Snow <— Theresa suggest this one: “Reading Tiffany Snow currently. On 5th book and still no HEA. So this is my current Slow Burn.

Never Me by Kate Stewart <— This is Yamara’s pick!

Bright Side by Kim Holden <— Sara recommends: “Bright Side and right now I’m reading the sequel “Gus” by Kim Holden”… (and Christine agrees: “I am with Sara – Bright Side and I am currently reading the sequel Gus, by Kim Holden.”)

The Year We Fell Down: A Hockey Romance (The Ivy Years Book 1) by Sarina Bowen <— another Sara recommendation! and!! “…anything by Penny Reid

Jacked (Trent Brothers Book 1) by Tina Reber <— Andrea says: “Tina Rebers recent release Jacked is slow burn and good too.”

Matched by Angela Graham and S.E. Hall <— Linda recommends it! “Matched by S. E. Hall. Such a neat spin on a romance novel. Definite slow burn!”

True Love Story by Willow Aster <— Robyn says this one! “True Love Story – Willow Aster” (Agreed! My review)

Darker Water (Once and Forever Book 1) by Lauren Stewart <— Rachel says: “Ooo, Darker Water was sort of slow and achy.”

                         

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Happy Sunday and end of the week. I hope your weekend was full of awesome reading! Let’s take a look at some of the latest author news, from this last week, shall we? You know me, I love making lists and rounding up info. :D

<— Now of course today’s biggest news is that one there to the left. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian on SALE TODAY (ONLY?) eekeekeek

More news?

  • Okay… how about what I’m currently reading and LOVING? This book is freaking AWESOME already and I have a feeling I’ll be 5-starring this. The writing quality, the dialogue, the internal monologue, the slow and steady start (that is just perfect!!!!!). I’ve already been infuriated twice (*gasp* The indignation!!) and yet I know my heart will be melting in it’s own puddle of love-goo soon. ;)  RUSH (City Lights: New York City Book 3) can be read as a standalone too!!! Thank you for the recommendation Jillian. So far SO AMAZING!!!! *big squeeeeeezy hug* to you!!! :D
  • Author Emma Chase is having a giveaway on Goodreads!! She says: “If you haven’t entered the Sustained Giveaway yet – get on that now!! 30 early print copies up for grabs (US only).”
  • Author Bonnie Dee just released a new book a few days ago that missed my “new release” post, but it’s still news so here it is! The Tutor (both m/m and ghosts!) She’s always been SO unique in her story telling. I just love her!
  • Author Penelope Ward will be releasing a new book shortly, entitled “Sins of Sevin”. FORBIDDEN LOVE my friends!!! It will be releasing September 2015 and while it’s not up for pre-order as of yet, but the cover will be revealed VERY soon. Just check out this “mini-blurb”. eek OMG!!!
From the New York Times Bestselling author of Stepbrother Dearest, comes a new kind of forbidden love story…Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”What happens when the one you want is the only one you can’t have?
  • Author Mia Asher is currently working on Sweetest Venom!! She tells us… “I’m writing. I’m writing. I’m writing.” She estimates her book will be released in the fall. She also says:

“My deadline for SV is fast approaching, and I really need to pour all my attention and focus on Blaire and her men so that you can have her story in your hands soon. ;)

         

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Happy Saturday! It’s time again for our weekly “Reader Favorites” list and this week, it’s Carissa’s turn!

Carissa has been with us since 2012. And after receiving her wonderful list below, I realize that while these are her favorites, she’s got a few others that have rocked her word, too. In fact, there are a few that she has insisted we read ASAP, so I’m gonna add those in as “honorable mentions” under her main list. If you ask me, any book that compels someone to comment and insist we read it, could very well rock out worlds, too!

CARISSA’S TOP ELEVEN FAVORITE BOOKS (P.S. The notes next to each book are my own synopsis-notes from what I gathered after reading the blurbs of each book).

“This is such a great idea! I love it!!! I’m gonna give you my top 11, not in any particular order…just how they show up on my Goodreads.”

  1. The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons <— A HARROWING LOVE STORY DURING WWII & one of my favorites too!!! :D
  2. Tatiana and Alexander: A Novel (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 2) by Paullina Simons
  3. The Summer Garden: A Novel (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 3) by Paullina Simons
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho <— A BOY ABOUT TO EMARK ON A JOURNEY: “…an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined…”
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger <— HE’S SIXTEEN AND ABOUT TO EMBARK ON A JOURNEYThrough circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.
  6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller <— WWII…if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved…
  7. The Song of David (The Law of Moses Book 2) by Amy Harmon <— HE’S A FIGHTER & SHE IS BLIND ”No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?
  8. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden <— SOLD INTO SLAVERY from the blurb: “Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house.”
  9. The Bell Jar by Sylivia Plath <— MENTAL ISSUES from the blurb: “Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—
  10. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr <— TWO UNLIKELY FRIENDS DURING WWII From the blurb: “…about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.’
  11. Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M. <— CULTURES AND FRIENDSHIP From the blurb: “When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, a friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art, until circumstances occur beyond their control and they are pulled away.”
And a few more books that Carissa has been excited about, on the blog. Consider this kind of our way of “getting to know her” through the years via her comments. LOL!! :P :
  • Slammed: A Novel & Point of Retreat: A Novel (Slammed Book 2) by Colleen Hoover <— “OMfingG. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. I have both hard copies and them on my nook. … I’m not much of a crier but Slammed had me blubbering like an idiot a few times.”
  • Bonded (Prequel to The Mating) (Law of the Lycans Book 1) and The Mating: The Original Law of the Lycans Story by Nicky Charles <— “I LOVED the Law of the Lycans series by Nicky Charles… Reno from Bonded. Not usually big on paranormal, but that man. My God! That whole series is great!”
  • Fallen Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series Book 1) by Abbi Glines <— ”No! No! No! No! I feel empty. I want to break things. It was so good!!! Why’d it have to end like that?!?! Why???? I need more and I need it now. I can’t even…omg. There are no words.”
  • The Devil’s Eyes by Jennifer Loren <— “Dear Lord!! This story sucks you in and just keeps taking. I just finished the third book and can’t wait for the next one. Talk about a cliffhanger! I had some trouble with the lack of editing but if you can get past that its so worth it!!”
  • Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes <— “My hearts hurts so bad. I am holding back tears in my office full of men, who just wouldn’t get.”
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein <— ”My absolute favorite book ever is the giving tree. First book I ever read myself and went took off from this.”
  • This Girl: A Novel (Slammed Book 3) by Colleen Hoover <— ”Loved it!!! Just loved it. Read it in one sitting, while at work. My boss got pretty pissed at my lack of productivity that day. Oops!”
  • Slow Dance in Purgatory (Purgatory Series Book 1) by Amy Harmon <— ”A great ghostly boyfriend read is the Purgatory books by Amy Harmon. Have you read those? Good stuff!!”
  • Tattoos: A Novel by Denise Mathew <— “Everyone stop what you’re doing right now and read Tattoos by Denise Mathew. Wow. What and incredible story. 5+ stars. Totally amazing! Read it, read it now!”
  • Forgive and Forget (Love in the Fleet Book 1) by Heather Ashby <— “I just finished The two books currently available in Heather Ashby’s Love in the Fleet series, “Forgive and Forget” and “Forget me Not”. Navy men. Yum!”

                      

Do you have a “Top Favorite Books” list? Don’t forget to send me yours!! I post one every Saturday (send it here: http://www.maryse.net/contact-me). You can make it just a list (top 10 or more) but if you want to include a tiny (or longer) tidbit next to each one about why you loved it, that would be awesome, too! :D

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Never Loved: A Dark Obsession Novel
Going by the blurb, this book appeared to have every single thing I love in an unconventional love story. The abused, overly-sheltered meek-ish girl, finally free and in college, and the scary looking bad-ass street fighter…

He could be riding the Matterhorn at Disneyland while eating ten tubs of gingerbread ice cream and still seem as fierce and angry as f**k.

… that she unwittingly becomes friends with.

Knowing how much I absolutely LOVED a similar-sounding storyline (Sheltered) from this author a few years ago, I couldn’t wait to experience another version by her. I was anticipating going through all of those emotions again through her gorgeous, expressive yet subdued writing, and feeling… everything. From trepidation and walking on egg-shells, to indignation and infuriation, to enticement, to anxious butterflies, to big huge crush to OMG HOT!!!! To absolute terror again…

And while this had a lot of the same characteristics, it didn’t have the same qualities, for me. It didn’t affect me near as much, and I found myself putting it down and finishing it over the course of 3 days (and it was only a 200 page book). Don’t get me wrong… at times it was intense (and the first few scenes where she first “meets” him HAD ME HOOKED).

“And maybe afraid of me?”

“I’d have to be insane to be anything else.”

“Oh, yeah? Why’s that?”

“Think it’s pretty obvious.”

“Try me.”

“Mostly it’s the size.”

He makes a face like Yeah, that makes sense. But the shadow of that odd disappointment is still there. “What can I say? I’m a big guy.”

“And maybe the tattoos.”

“I sure got them.”

“And the hair.”

“You don’t like it?” He runs a hand over that thick black stripe right down the center, like some lady at a salon showing off her new hairdo.

A few of the “sweet scenes” had me melting (he could be so intense!).

I’m safe. He holds me like someone sucker punched him in the stomach and the only way to stop it from hurting is to keep me as close as possible.

And the things he says.

Does he know what he’s saying?

Oh… and the author’s signature steamy scenes (the kind of detail left out of most books – and I’m not talking necessarily x-rated – ’cause there’s plenty of that in all of our steamy books) but there is a certain quality to HER sex scenes… a certain feel, and descriptive quality that you know EXACTLY what she or he is doing and what that feels like. Yep… this author doesn’t hold back. No matter what, this author’s take on intimacy (in ALL of it’s ways, not just full-on sex) always ALWAYS has me delightfully hot and bothered.

But overall, I felt like most of the book was almost completely within the main character’s head. So much evaluation, interpretation, analyzation, infatuation (<— I do enjoy the infatuation thoughts! I was right there with her for those). But there was just so much of it. Too much of it. I’d wonder what he was doing, while she was… internal dialoguing. Such long (yet eloquent) internal diatribes. Was he still talking to her? Was he working on his bike? Was he interacting with his environment? Was he just starting at her wondering what she was doing just standing there, not talking back? What was he thinking watching her standing there staring at him… thinking. At times I’d get nervous for her, expecting that she was going to come out of her internal monologue and find herself standing there alone. Eeeeep! LOL!!

So what’s it about?

Beatrix’s abusive father has apparently just died leaving her and her abused brother alone in the world but finally free. However, neither are free of the demons and scars that have accumulated and marked them over the years of physical abuse and mental torment. Neither one feel “normal”.

So much so that while Beatrix is trying to integrate into College and be a “normal college girl” she is finding herself anything but. Trying to dress the part, act the part and hang out with the part, she’s just… lost.

Until she meets Serge, the 6’5″ HULKING tattooed, mohawked, biker body-guard looking dude guarding an area where she believes her brother is, and is likely getting into trouble. She’s here to rescue him yet again. But is thwarted by Serge’s intimidating stance and stare.

“Look, girl. It took me a deal of time to fish this moron out of the jam he was in. So if you could just let me dump him inside and get along with my business, I’d appreciate it.”

I’m not sure what to do after he’s spoken— mainly because my murdering theory is now looking dubious, but also because the world just tilted on its axis a bit. Has he actually gone out and found my brother and brought him back for me?

Yet Serge… is humored by the cute and tiny and meekish Beatrix and so the friendship begins.

The tentative meet-cutes, usually initiated by the mean-looking (but OH SO SWEET!!) Serge. And I loved how he’s completely out of his element when it comes to his conflicting bad-ass to sweet personality.

But of course, Serge has his own demons to contend with… and worries that Beatrix deserves more than the likes of him. And yet, Beatrix can’t help but fall head-over-heels. Finally… a protector. Or is he dangerous and the worst of them all?

“I ain’t playing with you— this is not some cute movie cliché where I turn out to be the best guy ever, only from the wrong side of the tracks,” he snaps, but the thing is, he has to know that this is never going to work now. Not after he said that about laying his hands on me. Not after he made himself the one who barely believes in his own goodness or understands the effect he has on other people. It was fine when that was me, heartsick and heartsore and so sure I meant nothing. But not when it’s him. Never when it’s him.

“Good, because I am not some sweet girl excited by danger, ready to run away with a bad boy. In fact, the very last thing I wanted in my life was that. Tommy is the one who wants to cut his collar and run. I want kindness. You have no idea how badly I want some kindness, and if you had never shown me any I would have stopped thinking about you the very day, the very minute, the very second we met. But you know that isn’t true. You know that no one has ever been kinder to me than you.”

I’ll let you discover the story behind the characters, but I’ll tell you… there just wasn’t enough of either of their backstories for me to feel like I knew them and could connect with them. The basics were there, but the element of fear and trepidation was pretty much removed (except for a couple of scary moments that had my attention), but overall… other than the steamy stuff (and there is TONS AND TONS of that… maybe even too much for me, since I wasn’t feeling their love and who they were, as much as I wanted to), we were mostly just in her head the entire way. Even the dialogue was limited. I saw him (Serge) in “flashes” through her analysis of him.

And I don’t know much about her father, his death, her past, her mom, her brother. Her current financial situation which I have an idea about but I can’t understand… why? Who they were, who they are, who her brother is for that matter, and he’s integral to the plot. I don’t know much about Serge, his father, his past. Even his present. He’s a street-fighter but even that was minimally described. Just flashes… here and there, of their lives, then and now… that tell me they had it bad, ya know?

“Like knows like,” he says.

Eh… I dunno. It was good in many ways, and fairly complete, “emotional journey” wise. But it was missing so much for me to feel like I was her, and to enjoy being her. It was like a small moment in time of a few days… weeks, but that I didn’t really get to live with her. As her. Even the angsty moments. Could have been good. Definitely had impact at one point that had me gasping for just a moment, but… so much of it was missing for me to experience it.

So for that…

3 stars.

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Wow… I have NO clue what I’m picking next. And it’s gotta be a good one ’cause I wanna record my weekly reaction video. ;) Tee hee! I’m always so embarrassed, but it’s fun, ’cause it’s exactly how I am. I did end up reading a latest release from this week’s list (from one of my favorite authors) and while it had her signature super-unique, detailed steam that never fails to blow my mind… I was left a little indifferent towards the story as a whole. *sigh*. I’ll review it today.

But in the meantime, I need something to excite and titillate me. Help! HELP!!! LOL!!

Might be from this list below. I know a bunch in our crew will buddy-reading one that’s featured down there, Vanguard (Bronze Horseman feel, so I’ve been told!!). Plus there’s a few HIGHLY anticipated brand new releases from our fav authors that were released over the last couple of days, like that one up there to the left (Targeted), and the gritty biker sequel to “Nine Minutes” (below – Out of Time). Or, maybe that psych-thriller mystery looking one, Relinquished (mysterious brothers that help a girl sort of living on the street). Or maybe the twin brothers in love with the one girl (and some marriage arrangement?!). Or the *oomphy* one when she realizes she just let it all out – and I mean ALL OUT – to her new boss’s son (Truth & Temptation, or maybe the hot guy in the man-auction that asks his girl best friend to bid on him so he doesn’t have to “date” anyone (but thing is… she likes him!! YIKES! Bidding on Brooks). Or maybe the blind, angry hero (RUSH). Or OR!!!! Some Boys (the bullied girl that is becoming close to… the bad-guy’s best friend)!

*gasp* What do I choose??!

OR!! My next might be from my latest TBR list. Or… maybe something from your comments? Let me know… I’m all ears.

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

EBOOK 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. Out of Time (Nine Minutes Book 2) by Beth Flynn <— JUST RELEASED/CLIFFHANGER RELIEF? Biker lovers rejoice!!! It’s finally out!
  2. Targeted (Brides of the Kindred Book 15) by Evangeline Anderson <— HUGELY POPULAR SCI-FI EROTICA!!
  3. Relinquished by K.A. Hunter <— JUST RELEASED & SOUNDS NEW-ADULT THRILLER-LIKE! Just released from the foster system and struggling for her daily survival, she meets brothers and feels protected… “But can these mysterious brothers keep her safe from the dark monsters that lie in wait, ready for their final revenge? And how in the hell does older brother Dante know so much about her anyway? Unbeknownst to her, things have been set in motion ever since she was ripped from her mother’s womb and, as each jagged piece of her life unfolds, she will begin to wonder, who’s really in charge of her fate?
  4. Truth & Temptation (Summer Love Book 3) by Riley Edgewood <— JUST RELEASED BLURB *OOMPH* ALERT – THE SON OF HER NEW BOSS!!! It’s a standalone. She’s got a bad reputation but hides a ton of hurt. And then she runs into the sexiest guy she’s ever met and she has a sexy one night but “…before the night is out, he strips her of way more than she means to reveal—without removing of a single piece of clothing. That comes, too, of course. He’s gotten under her skin like nobody before him, and what’s the harm in one night with a sexy stranger? Exposed or not, she never has to see him again. Except she does. On Monday morning, they come face-to-face. He’s the son of her new CEO—and he threatens to bring her entire world crashing down, making her face every lie she’s ever told.”
  5. Obsession and Surrender (The Billionaire’s Temptation Book 7) by Cali MacKay <— JUST RELEASED & can be read as a standalone! Second chance romance? She has a stalker and… “Keane’s offering her his protection, and feeling cornered, she takes it. Stuck living with him for the foreseeable future, it’s hard to deny the chemistry that still exists between them…”
  6. Devil’s Blood: (Royal Blood #3) by Amity Cross <— JUST RELEASED!!!
  7. Vanni: A Prequel (Groupie Book 4) by Ginger Voight <— JUST RELEASED!! A ROCK STAR PREQUEL to a super angsty rock-star series that so many of us loved a couple of years ago!! (here’s my review of book #1 – “Groupie” to give you an idea). And MJ recommends it saying: “I know you realize Vanni is being released on Friday and I just want to say that your love for Giovanni Carnevale will increase ten-fold with this book. Ginger Voight has written a true gem.”
  8. Promise My Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens): Wedding Novella by Melissa Foster <— JUST RELEASED!!
  9. One Last Sunset (The Long Ranch Series Book 1) by Michel Prince <— JUST RELEASED Ex-rodeo bad-boy and a girl that has changed…
  10. Trust Honor Love (Blind Vows Book 1) by J.M. Witt <— JUST RELEASED! Twin brothers and one woman… and a marriage arrangement that one is unhappy about…
  11. Scandalous Lies: An addictive, sexy beach read by Nigel May <— JUST RELEASED and sounds like fun/tumultuous Hollywood drama!
  12. The Billionaire Boyfriend Dilemma: A Kavanagh Family Novel by Kendra Little <— JUST RELEASED – THERE’S HOPE UNTIL A PHONE CALLS SHATTERS HIM!! He’s the black sheep of this rich family and just got out of prison… “When Damon “the demon” Kavanagh gets out of jail, he wants nothing to do with his family. That is, until Becky Denny comes along and gets him agreeing to do something he vowed not to—see his parents again. Falling head over heels in love with a grown-up Becky has got him reassessing his life and his values, and given him hope. Until it all unravels in one morning, with one phone call that leaves him shattered.” <— eek WHOA. WHAT HAPPENED???!
  13. Bad Son Rising by Julie A. Richman <— Lauren found us this one! “Bad Son Rising by Julie A. Richman is $.99….down from $3.99. AND….a special bonus book included, Searching For Moore (ahhhh, Schooner Moore…LOVE HIM!!). Bad Son Rising is actually about the son of Schooner Moore.”
  14. Vanguard by CJ Markusfeld <— BRONZE HORSEMAN FEEL ALERT!! Recently released and getting the attention of many in our crew when Anne announced it as having  Bronze Horseman feel but, contemporary! Now we’re starting a buddy-read over it! “She embarks on a mission like no other before. Unless Sophie can find him, their long-delayed chance at love will be lost forever. With the world’s security forces deadlocked and the camp’s commander seeking vengeance, Sophie is on her own. She must bargain for the life of the man she loves – and everyone else in the camp – before the commander destroys them all.
  15. The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier <— GRITTY & RAW ALERT!! rock bottom price on this great gritty read! (here’s my review)
  16. Bidding on Brooks: The Winslow Brothers #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series Book 7) by Katy Regnery <— MAN- AUCTION & MUCH LOVED AUTHOR BY OUR CREW ALERT!! and a recent releases is at a rock bottom price! Oh fun! A MAN auction!! “Railroaded into a bachelor auction by his sister, Jessica, Brooks Winslow asks his friend, Skye Sorenson, to bid on him to avoid the possibility of any romantic entanglements.” Things is… she has a crush on him…
  17. RUSH (City Lights: New York City Book 3) by Emma Scott <— JILLIAN GIVES IT 5 STARS ALERT (the hero is blind)!! Jillian says: “Rush by Emma Scott is a must read!! Perfectly written and paced. Angry, bitter blind man and his personal assistant, a violinist who has been through heartache herself, struggle to accept their fates and ultimately their love for one another. I know it sounds depressing. But it’s real and beautiful and unique. Five plus stars! It is a stand alone. No worries! :) 
  18. Some Boys by Patty Blount <— HER BULLY’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!! Er… well worse than a bully actually. Not really bargain priced but it just sounds AWESOME. Nobody believes that she was raped by the popular kid in her school… and okay… I gotta use the whole blurb it’s too good. “When Grace meets Ian, she’s afraid. Afraid he’ll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn’t be the first to call her a slut and a liar.Except Ian doesn’t reject her. He’s the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He’s the one who gives her the courage to fight back. He’s also Zac’s best friend.
  19. Love Hurts (Caged Love Book 1) by Mandi Beck <— MMA FIGHTER ALERT!! Lauren recommends this one BIG TIME!! “Love Hurts by Mandi Beck is a MUST READ!!! The reviews are excellent….I absolutely loved it & reread it all the time.
  20. The Brush of Black Wings by Grace Draven <— bev found us this one!! “I hadn’t realized A Brush of Black Wings by Grace Draven was out. Happy claps for me.”
  21. All About You (Love & Hate series #1): romantic suspense new adult and bad boy college romance by Joanna Mazurkiewicz <— FROM THE BULLY LIST and it’s a Lauren recommendation BIG TIME! “The Love & Hate series….one of my favorites. I just recommended this series a few weeks ago to someone who posted on Maryse’s FB, asking for a good YA series. I told her not to curse me at the end of book 1…..DAMN….that was BRUTAL!!!”
  22. And for AUDIOBOOK LOVERS :P

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

    1. AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as AUDIOBOOKS AT A BARGAIN-PRICE!<—Audiobooks for ebook super-sale prices. I’m thrilled with that, and what’s fun is you can flip flop from reading it, to listening to it without losing your spot… This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL! (This is the “Whispersync” thingie). :D Okay so MY Matchmaker shows these books in my library with audiobooks that are awesome sounding for super cheap if you already have the ebook:
    2. Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1 by Olivia Cunning <— SUPER-STEAMY ROCK STAR BOOK! And it’s bargain priced if you already have the ebook, which many of us do, ’cause we got it free way back when, remember?? YAY!!!
    3. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica <— And Lisa recommends THIS one as an audiobook! “Today the good girl kindle is …way cheaper than usual. Although I would highly recommend this book as an audible, it has several great narrators, I still would suggest the book. One of my favorites of the year with a twist at the end. I highly recommend – Loved!!!”

                      

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