Friday Finds – New releases & five-star reader recommendations!

by Maryse on March 11, 2016 · 187 comments

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Okay… so… you know how this past Tuesday’s “new release” list was great, not only from the ones that we were expecting and highly anticipating, but especially for the ones that were totally new-to-us? Well, I just realized a bunch of us jumped into those “new ones”, and I’ve been getting some EXCELLENT feedback on ‘em. I love when we discover the “new-to-us” books and they end up rocking our worlds!

So this is going to be a list of the latest releases & bargain finds, yes, but it’s especially a list of reader recommendations. :D And yes… I’m *squirreling* ’cause these recommendations have me too excited (an uber-jerk is on the list!!! :D ).

Tessa: *grins* Mini TBR lists are needed some days.

Fabi: Tessa, I see you’ve been making those mini lists like I do. I always seem to have a few lined up as next. —then— I squirrel. :-/

Maryse: Tessa and Fabi, just like me… I’m trying to decide between Sparrow, and Crossing the Stars, and Cruel and Beautiful, and NONE of them were even on my radar last week. I DO have a TBR list, but you know me. ;)

Cheryl: Seriously, no idea what I’m reading next, because so many good choices. Or maybe I’ll start Sparrow… Or maybe Rock…

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


  1. LIGHTNING by Sandi Lynn <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!! “I was hired to help Logan Jackson get back on the ice. I had rules. Rules he needed to follow if he was going to play hockey again. He was stubborn, defiant, and nothing I couldn’t handle. Rehabilitation was going to be difficult and pure hell…
  2. Cold Comfort by Isobel Hart <— ANGSTY MUSICIAN HEARTBREAKY SOUNDING? ;)She’d thought at least music couldn’t hurt her. That was until it led her straight into the path of Cat Colton. Cat promised he’d protect her, but how could he protect her from himself?
  3. Knot a Liar (Knotted Up Book 1) by Rose Ann Bridges <— FAKE RELATIONSHIP ALERT! “Her rival has just gotten married and that calls for drastic measures for their upcoming high school reunion. But when a fake relationship leads to a fake engagement, that leads to more trouble than she signed up for.”
  4. Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher <— COMES BACK HOME… “ After graduation, she walked away from everyone she knew with barely a word. Ten years later, she’s back. Even as familiar places and faces bring back old pain, Gracie finds hope in rebuilding old ties…”
  5. Snared: A Jaded Regret Novel by L.L. Collins <— HE’S A TORMENTED DRUMMER & SHE’S HAD A LIFE OF PRIVILEGE “…When she meets Beau, it starts as a challenge to get through to him but quickly turns into much more than either of them bargained for…”
  6. BOUGHT: A Standalone Romance by Glenna Sinclair <— SHE’S AN ESCORT & THEY HATE EACH OTHER ALERT! “He has something of an unusual request in that he needs, not a night of carnal bliss, but a girlfriend to show off at his sister’s wedding. Please note that if it wouldn’t cost me my job, I would definitely say no, but he’s rejected each and every one of Miranda’s other escorts. And why would I refuse? Because this commanding, panty-wetting, arrogant man absolutely hates me. Thing is, we’ve actually already met…”
  7. River: A Bad Boy Romance by Kendra Fate <— HE GOES TO ROB A BANK AND HE STEALS HER ALERT! “He came for me out of nowhere, and no matter what I say, he’s taking me a long for the ride. I hate him for that…”
  8. The Scars Series by Nikki Sparxx <— SERIES BUNDLED! HE’S HER BAD-BOY WOMANIZING SELF-DEFENSE TRAINER……she decides to take precautions to protect herself by enrolling in self-defense classes at her gym. Her instructor, Ryker Campbell, is the tattooed womanizer everyone warns about. Kaiya attempts to resist Ryker’s advances, but the more time they spend training together, the harder it is for Kaiya to resist him…
  9. Waiting For You by Catherine Miller <— MARITAL DISCORD ALERT! “After years of disappointment, Fliss’s husband Ben is spending more time at the office than in their marital bed, and Fliss finds herself wondering who could be responsible for their inability to conceive another child…”


FIVE-STAR READER RECOMMENDATIONS (and bargain finds!) :D (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  • Sparrow by L.J. Shen <— KIDNAPPED AND FORCED TO MARRY A MEAN MAFIA MEAN JERKFACE ALERT!!! This is a new one from Tuesday’s list, and OMG this is next for me!! DG and MANY here LOVED THIS ONE!!

LisaM: I love clicking!!! Great list click click click!! I read Sparrow!! So good!! I just love Mob alpha male love hate stories!!!! Another late night reading!!! Ugh I’m so tired today!! Had to shut it down when I finally go to the epilogue!!! It was after 1am!! Had my morning tea & read the epilogue this morning!! Book hangover day 3 or was it 4!!! On to the next click!!!

DG: Started Sparrow also! OMG…definitely in a love / hate relationship with H. What a jerk! But it’s soooo good!

Anne: Hey guys! I am reading Sparrow and loving it!! DG I have a hate/love relationship with the H too! He’s such a jerk! Lol

DG: Sparrow! Definitely one of my FAV mobbish reads! The H was one of the biggest jerks….EVER. But, man did I fall for him….HOT jerk, strong h, some snarky back n forth, hidden agendas, and a little bit of crazy on the side! Yep! Got to say I loved it! *looking in cabinets for some sugary crap*

DG: Anne – I hated the jerk but then the clouds parted, a ray of sunlight shone down on his dark, hairy self and I fell… *harps playing as I roll around on floor*

Maryse: Okay Sparrow has to be next for me!!!

LisaM: Yeah Maryse!! You are going to love Sparrow!!!

DG: Maryse – Sparrow is definitely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me! *closes one eye hoping that emoticon actually shows*

Tessa: Sparrow has a jerk? 0.0 *one click*

DG: Tessa, not just a jerk but a BIG jerk!

Maryse: YAY US!!!!!! :P

  • The Rub Down (The Rub Down Sereies Book 1) by Gina Sheldon <— HE’S A MASSAGE THERAPIST and this one’s supersale on this one ’cause book #2 will be out in just a few days! “As a rule, his professional touch is the only thing he gives any female client. Until a Boston marathon trainee seeks his services…
  • Live For This by Kathryn R. Biel <— SHE’S HOMELESS & HE’S GOT SPINAL DAMAGE and Tracey recommends it!

“…one from yesterdays list Live For This which was a rather couldnt and wouldnt put it down 4 star (It even came along to do the school run with me).”

“OMG!!! Beyond the Sea by Keira Andrews is out early! I’d heard it was going to publish March 15th, but it looks live on Amazon now. THIS is a FANTASTIC book. 5 stars, hands down”

“I just read Sticks and loved it….doofus manwhore H and strong mouthy h….you’ll love them both. H reminded me of Griffin (Thoughtless, Untamed).”

  • One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters <— RECENT ANGSTY RELEASE back on the list and that many loved by a much-loved author and guess what?! There’s a twist. ;) She has posted an alternate ending to this book. In fact, she says:

“When I start a story, I always begin with the ending. One Day Soon was no exception. However, with this book, the ending I initially wrote changed completely. It took me by surprise and sometimes I still wonder which ending is the “real” ending. Maybe in some ways, they both are.”

  • Consumed: Bonus Edition by Emily Snow <— THREE BOOKS in this series bundled and super-bargain priced but only for a short time!!! The author says:

“I’m keeping this up for the next week… before I pull it down, so if you want all 3 books together, grab it now! This set includes CONSUMED, ABSORBED, and COMPLETED.”

  • Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars #1) by Venessa Kimball <— BACK ON THE LIST FORBIDDEN LOVE between an American woman & Middle-Eastern man ’cause Chelli loved it! This was that new release from Tuesday that gave me a blurb-jolt and I totally one-clicked, and good news!! It’s a good one! She says:
“Just finished Cross the Stars that you highlighted on this weeks new releases…soo good…had that instant attraction but they definitely take their sweet time to get there. And when they! Lots of plot twists that keeps you guessing and a major cliff hanger!!! I might have waited till 2nd book came out to start if I had known because I really HAVE.TO.KNOW.WHAT.HAPPENS :)  Thanks for listing it!! A great read”
  • Cruel & Beautiful by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine <— WILL PUT YOU IN A BOOK-FOG ALERT! Chelli also recommends this one, and I won’t even read the blurb ’cause she says to go in blind for the full effect, but boy her recommendation makes me want to start this NOW!!

“Wow….just finished Cruel and Beautiful by AM Hargrove….wow…there aren’t think it’s one thing and then….then it’s something completely else, but just as amazing…it’s sexy, there’s angst, and the feels…wow..I wish I could tell you more but you must just go into this book without knowing in order to experience the whole effect… Ok I know I just said this but wow…you must put this on your tbr I’m in such a book fog I can’t even consider starting something else..I feel like I need a few days to absorb and decompress lol ok I’m don’t pestering you haha”

Kathy: “I really enjoyed The Professional as it gave me my fix of Russian Mafia and of course one of the Alpha of Alpha males.”




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PRE-ORDERS (next couple of days AND next week’s)

  1. Love, Chloe: a standalone novel by Alessandra Torre - March 14th 2016 <— ONE OF MY FAV AUTHORS!!!
  2. Because (Seven Year Itch Book 4) by Jennifer Foor - March 14th 2016
  3. The Darkest Prison (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter – March 14th 2016
  4. Hawke: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) by Sawyer Bennett – March 15th 2016
  5. Asking for More by Lilah Pace - March 15th 2016
  6. Property of a Noblewoman: A Novel by Danielle Steele - March 15th 2016
  7. Phoenix Reborn: An Alpha Pack Novella by J.D. Tyler - March 15th 2016
  8. Pushing the Limits: Beyond the Cage by Jennifer Snow – March 15th 2016
  9. It’s All Relative by S.C. Stephens - March 15th 2016 <— I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!
  10. The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection by Tiffany Reisz  - March 15th 2016
  11. Curtis (Coyote Ridge Book 1) by Nicole Edwards – March 15th 2016
  12. Dark Promises (Carpathian) by Christine Feehan – March 16th 2016
  13. Ginger’s Heart (a modern fairytale) by Katy Regnery – March 22nd 2016


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Cristina March 11, 2016 at 11:33 AM

I finished Sparrow this morning and it was FANTASTIC! I just LOVE an alpha jerk and sassy heroine!! It’s a great 5 star formula for me!! It’s re-ignited by love for mafia books, so now I’m onto to another mafia recommendation from a fellow reader on here!

I FINALLY broke down and started subscribing to Kindle Unlimited!! I’m like a kid in a candy store!!! I was able to get Sparrow and The Wall of Winnipeg for free (aside from the $9.99/month fee). PLUS! There are so many great books available through this program and most of them are on my TBR list! SCORE!! This program is going to do wonders for my monthly book budget!! If you haven’t tried it yet, please do so! The first 30 days are free!

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

I’m going to put up a Mafia list this weekend Cristina. :D I will search out all the greatest recommendations, and highlight the bestest ones. ;)

Jeanie V. March 11, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Loved Live For This and am 89% into Sparrow right now. Soooo goood!!!

Tessa March 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Christian, KU is awesome! I actually made a wishlist of KU items. lol. There are so many great books in the program. I bought WoW and Sparrow because I think I’ll re-read them again, but usually, if it’s KU, then I just borrow it. It’s saved me so much money.

Mafia books! JM Darhower stuff, Eagle Elite series, Nero, Dmitry’s Closet, Beware, Raw, Lev… my mind is exploding at the goodies in such a list. I’ve loved Mafia stories since I was 14 and saw Bugsy. (Yep, I ugly cried over that movie.) I can’t wait!

Jillian Phillips March 11, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Sparrow was an absolute love for me, too. I went in posted in our book group that I had no idea the H was goina be THAT big of a jerk. Like total a$$hat at first. But that’s the kinda guy I love, le sigh. It was so good!

Brooke March 11, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Ohh YAY Maryse! I’m looking forward to your Mafia list!

Kiran March 11, 2016 at 1:36 PM

So many of these I want to read. I downloaded Sparrow yesterday, excited to get into it after reading all these comments.

Kiran |

Sharon March 11, 2016 at 1:46 PM

I am enjoying P*rn Star. It is so different from anything I have read in such a long time. It’s almost a romance in reverse. Logan is so darn likeable. It’s on the steamy side (what a surprise) but not over the top. There is a scene with the characters and a little old lady that was funny. I’m still only about 60%nin and will give my rating when done. So far? Solid 4 stars – only because it’s well, you know what!

Ela March 11, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Also, Maryse don’t forget The Devil’s Eyes series by Jennifer Loren and Crow’s Row Series by Julie Hockley. Oh and Lindsay Delagair Untouchable series and EL Montes Disastrous.

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Keep ‘em coming. I’ll create a big beautiful comprehensive list of mafia-mob bad guys for our romance (or anti-romance?) delight. Tee hee!!

P.S. I’m reading Sparrow right now and I love the writing style. Good stuff!

Tessa March 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM

*Whispers* Carter Reed.

I so wish I could read my book now! I’m reading Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Two chapters in and already I have death and destruction.

Ela March 11, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Oh…..Ruthless People series by J.J. McAvoy

DG March 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Not sure if I mentioned this the other day….Virtue and Vanity by Astrid Jane Ray? Anyone else read it yet?

Not a true mob book …..arranged marriage plot. The H ….well, just wrecked the h right out of the gate. Definitely a slow burn on this one….more like had to hunt through the desert for twigs to start the fire kinda slow burn….and then hunt down some flint!
Overall, a good read.

Cheryl March 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Maryse, I’ve read Cruel & Beautiful. It’s an angsty, tear-jerker with surprises. I really liked it.

Started Sparrow this morning. I don’t usually go for the mobster story, but couldn’t resist with all the positive recommendations. ;)

Robyn March 11, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Goodie! A Mafia list! I got a few.
Blood Ties That Bind series by April Ezell Wilson
The Corruption series by CD Reiss
Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles by Cora Reilly
Carter Reed by Tijan
Born Bratva by Suzanne Steele
Ruthless People series by JJ McAvoy
Fianna Fail:Soldiers of Destiny by S. Kline
The Game Maker series by Kresley Cole
The Carter Trilogy by W S Greer
Scarlett and the Mobster by S L Baker
Made Man series by Liliana Rhodes
The Enforcer series by Nikki Drost
The New Mafia by E J Fechenda
Volkov Bratva by London Miller

These just a few I’ve enjoyed. Can you tell I have a little fixation on the Mafia? Hehe. If I remember anymore I’ll let you know!

Kathy P March 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Ok, here are a couple of more: Sapphire Knights (Russkaya Mafiya Series) and Roxie Rivera (Her Russian Protector Series). Love love love the Game Maker Series by Kresley Cole and they are on sale right now and a new book is coming out soon!! Yeah!

misty March 11, 2016 at 4:34 PM

This upcoming week is going to be an unbelievable week for new releases! I am going to be SOOO broke!!!

Nicole March 11, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Yippie thanks Fabi I have been so excited for this book to come out! I am so on it right now!!! :)

Fabi March 11, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Awesome Nicole

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 6:48 PM
Fabi March 11, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Those chocolates are to die for.

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Chocolate eyeshadow colors (scents???) in perfect shades, MATTE shades too… AND heart-shaped? MINE!!!!! :D

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 7:25 PM

OMG YES! Chocolate scented, and I am in LOVE with every single color on it. Every. Single. One.

Fabi March 11, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Yes! Those mattes are getting hard to find. …and at my age, glittery isn’t always better.

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Exactly… and agreed. I love glittery in small areas on my lids… a highlight or pop of color. But I MUCH prefer mattes for the majority of the blended look.

Amy March 11, 2016 at 7:47 PM

I am loving Painted Faces (you ladies are always right with your recs!!) but I am soooooo tempted right now with Sparrow as well as Cruel and Beautiful (I purchased that back in November? Whaaaaa???) after all the comments about those two.

Not to mention Cold Comfort *click*…Knot a Liar *click*…Waiting For You *click*…Lexington and 42nd *click*…Bought *click*…Virtue and Vanity *click*…aw sh!t, here I was doing so well with resisting the clicks. :?

Gah! I love this group and all the recs y’all give!! :D

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM

*waiting on Amy’s makeup reaction*

in 3… 2… 1…

Amy March 11, 2016 at 7:51 PM



Those palettes are SO mine!!!

*grabs Maryse’s shoulders and shakes them*

Do we love them?!? I think we love them!!!! YES, we love them!!

*takes deep breath* Okay, gotta calm down now…

Amy March 11, 2016 at 7:52 PM

…but I just CAN’T calm down ’cause they are so pretty!!


Tessa March 11, 2016 at 7:55 PM

*sighs* You all keep your chocolates, I want that peach! Pink, purples, the closest to orange is a pretty coral? MINE! And I get to smell like peaches. It’s just perfect.

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 7:58 PM

I KNOW AMY!!!!!!!

I have NEVER been more excited for eyeshadow in my LIFE!!! AND I LOVE AND (feel like) I HAVE ALL EYESHADOWS!!!

BUT THIS?!! Chocolate eyeshadow?? THIS!!!????


Maryse March 11, 2016 at 7:59 PM

Oh I doooooooo love the peaches, Tessa. Oh yes. Oh yes I do.

I can imagine they smell like heaven, too.

Amy March 11, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Well, they’re BOTH mine so we can all smell like peaches and chocolate together! :D Ooooh, I want a peach martini now. I’ll bet I can find a recipe for a chocolate peach martini too…

Tessa, it’s funny that you mentioned Bugsy up there because my hubby was just watching that a few days ago on Starz (or Encore…can’t remember which) but I have always LOVED that movie. So sad and so tragic but still so freaking good. I love mob movies. Casino, Goodfellas, Godfather, Ganster Squad, Untouchables …*sigh* Love them.

Cristina March 11, 2016 at 8:18 PM

YES!!! A mafia list?!?! SQUEEE!!!

FYI… I started The Devil’s Eyes and HOLY HELL!!! It is FANTABULOUS!!! I am devouring it right now and it’s got some AWESOME jaw dropping moments!!! I’m liking it better than Sparrow so far!! Whomever recommended this series THANK YOU!! I’m in a mafia mood ladies!!! Bring em’ on!!!!

Amy March 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM

*fans a passed out Maryse after her “thud”*

Okay…okay…deep breaths…there ya go…and while we’re at it, let’s add the peanut butter and jelly palette to the cart. And on March 17th we’ll get the peach one. M’kay? M’kay.


Amy March 11, 2016 at 8:23 PM

Aaaaaand now I’m clicking Devil’s Eyes as well…

Cristina March 11, 2016 at 8:29 PM

A couple of mafia recommendations from me are: For Fallon and For Luca by Soraya Naomi; Bound by Honor, by Cora Reilly; Carter Reed by Tijan; Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken; Made men series by Sarah Brianne; and Monster in his Eyes by J.M. Darhower. That’s all I can think of at the moment.

Cristina March 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM

You won’t regret it Amy! I started reading this afternoon and could not get enough!! I’m back to it right now as we speak! I can’t really say to much without giving it away, but let’s just say there’s some push/pull. Our heroine is sassy and our hero is an alpha jerk! She’s trying so hard to get his attention in the beginning and I’m loving every second of it! ;-)

Lisa March 11, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Lexinton & 42nd and Bought. Clickety click.

Fabi March 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Holy crap. I’ve gotten myself into a debate like Amy’s on GR. Defending the right everyone has to their opinion and especially the one authors have to write fiction without worrying about the accuracy of real life.

Now I feel awful. There’s not much I hate more than disagreements, even when they’re supposed to be healthy debates. Ugh, my tummy hurts.

I gotta go read a book. :-)

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

*snuggles Fabi*

You’re home, now, Fabi. You’re home.

*passes Manny and heart-shaped REAL chocolates, and a chocolate-peach martini to Fabi*

*sips Fabi’s martini while she’s not looking*

Fabi March 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

*snuggles Maryse*
*hugs Manny*
*chews devine chocolate*
*takes a sip … sideyes Maryse … of HALF of a Martini*

I love you guys! I love it here.

Amy March 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Aw sh!t, someone hold my earrings. I’m heading over to GR…

*takes off earrings and holds them out*

Amy March 11, 2016 at 9:01 PM

We love YOU, Fabi!

*grabs the rest of Fabi’s martini and slams it back*

Alright, NOW I’m heading off to GR…

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

*holds Amy’s earrings*

Ooooooh shinyyyyyyy!!!! :P

Fabi March 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

*luufffs Amy* I’m right behind you – *making myself another Martini*

Why does my autocorrect always capitalize Martini?

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Because it’s VERY important.

*sips said “Martini”*

tee hee!!!

Lisa March 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Awww Fabi….that’s why we love it here……safe, accepting, no judgement EVER and beautiful book nerds who are funny as f@k.

As much as I love tbe accessibility of lots of online communities there is often trolls lurking….ready to ruin your day. I had an absolute bashing once on an online support group for intercountry adoptive families (my daughter is adopted) and tbis very not-nice person ripped me apart for being an adoptive mum. It HURT until I reminded myself that I have no control over what other people think and say…I just have to be me and do what’s right for my family. Everyone will have an opinion….its only tbe opinion of people you love that matters.
*hands Fabi a martini and a huge hug*

Lisa March 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

PS: Martini should be capitalized….along with Chocolate and other very important daily requirement; )

Fabi March 11, 2016 at 9:52 PM

Lisa, what a horrible experience. *hugs back*

Maryse March 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM

*mixes Lisa a Martini*

*snuggles Lisa*

People can be rude. :(

Amy March 11, 2016 at 10:28 PM

Oh Lisa, mean people are just awful. Your daughter and you are BOTH blessed to have been brought together through adoption.

Can I join in the snuggle fest? I love hugs and snuggles!

*dives into snuggle pile with Lisa, Maryse and Fabi*

And Martinis?? With a capital M? Yes please!

*distracts Maryse with the shiny earrings while swiping a Martini*

Amy March 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM

“….that’s why we love it here……safe, accepting, no judgement EVER and beautiful book nerds who are funny as f@k.” <—– I HAVE to double snuggle you for that, Lisa! :D

Fabi March 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

Thanks for the back up on GR Amy. You ladies are awesome. It’s Maryse who’s created this awesome environment here. *hands out an entire round of chocolate peach Martinis*

Jean March 12, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Hi guys, missed you this past week and I definitely need to get in on that snuggle fest. Been a rough week for me…… had to say goodbye to my dear cat Sabrina. After bloodwork, xrays, ultrasound, and finally, an endoscopy, they found a large mass in her stomach. She was the best cat ever, so different, and no lie, she acted like a dog! Everyone loved her and she loved people. My husband and are are heartbroken. Rest in peace my special, special Sabrina.

Hoping to dive into a great book this weekend to take my mind off things. Looks like lots of goodies up there and great recommendations! I love Mafia stories! Can’t wait for that list!

Jaime March 12, 2016 at 10:13 AM

For what it’s worth. I cried my face off reading cruel and beautiful.

Cheryl March 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM

First, Jean I’m so sorry. Our pets are family and it hurts so much to lose them. *big hugs and how about a mimosa*

Boy, I missed so much yesterday here. Hugs, snuggles, Martinis (yes they should be capitalized), MAKEUP ( I love both collections, but leaning more towards the peach one because I don’t have anything like that one, but I agree with Fabi, at my age I try to limit the “glittery” too).

Fabi- big hug of support-social media seems to bring out the trolls that say awful things because they can hide behind anonymity. I love that we are a great supportive group here!!! :)

Still reading Sparrow- my daughter had a dance last night and son had plans so the hubby and I went out to dinner and had some great adult drinks!!

Maryse March 12, 2016 at 11:07 AM

I’m so sorry Jean. Breaks my heart… I lost one of my dogs a year ago and I cried for weeks. I still miss her so much.

bev March 12, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Oh, Jean. I’m sorry to hear that. It is so hard to lose a pet. They just love us unconditionally.
Love the name. Hope you find a happy book to fall into for a couple hours.

Jean March 12, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Thanks guys! I seriously love you all here!

Jean March 12, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Oh and we still have Sabrina’s sister, Samantha, so she’s getting some extra loving!

bev March 12, 2016 at 11:20 AM

I was thinking an Audrey cat. But you had Bewitched cats.

Jean March 12, 2016 at 11:40 AM

That’s right bev! We adopted them from our vet 11 years ago and they were already named and we didn’t want to change them. They were perfect!

I was thinking of cruel and beautiful to read but then saw Jaime cried from it and I’ve had enough tears this week. Thinking of going with Anti-Romance.

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Jean, big hugs, I am so sorry. I know how much it hurts. Definitely pick a lighter read or one that’s totally engrossing.

Cheryl, thanks. I do know that. I just forget sometimes.

Amy March 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Jean…I’m so sorry about your kitty. *huge squeezy bear hug* Sending lots of love to you, my friend.

Definitely no crying books for you. When you’re ready for a pretty intense dystopian book with the best animal companion ever, try out Branded by Abi Ketner…Zeus the Great Dane is as absolutely hilarious (scared of his own farts and destroys “threatening” bedding) as he is loyal and aggressive.

RIP, sweet Sabrina.

bev March 12, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Maybe at some point Jean and her husband will be ready for a Tabitha.

Amy March 12, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Fabi, I would have loved to have written more to back you up but compared to how articulate and well spoken you guys were, I would have sounded like Rob Schneider (sp?) in Water Boy and probably would have just embarrassed you. *snort* The others would have been all, “THAT is who you brought for backup??” :P

Jean March 12, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Thanks fabi and amy! Lol bev! Right now, my husband says no more….he can’t take the heartbreak but you never know…

Starting Anti-Romance now. I’ll keep you updated!

Amy March 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM

A tabby named Tabitha!!! :D

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Thanks Amy. That conversation went off left field. Please don’t think I’m crazy, but I really do think of our group here as friends. Whenever I want to share something I immediately think I gotta tell Maryse and my friends there. *blush*

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Jean, your husband’s is the normal reaction. When there is so much pain over loosing a pet, it’s very hard to think of a replacement because, really, there is no replacement. Eventually there may be room in his heart for a new little love, but at first we seem to think replacement which just doesn’t work.

bev March 12, 2016 at 1:19 PM


Fabi (FABI??) got into a fight on GR?
And Amy went to back her up?
Please, post the link.
And tell me it was a good book.

Amy March 12, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Fabi, you’re NOT crazy for thinking of us as friends…we ARE friends here, and I would love soooo much to hang out with any and all of you in real life if we lived near each other. Next best thing to that would be a group Skype call or something like that. How freaking fun would that be?!?

Bev, my backup wasn’t as exciting as it would seem. :? My first instinct was to say something that would get that woman to back the eff off of Fabi, but I didn’t think it would help her all that much so I kept writing and deleting and writing and deleting until my comment had a more neutral tone that wouldn’t reflect negatively on Fabi for the “virtual” company she keeps. ;)

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Lol Bev, totally not a fight. Silly me was expressing my opinion. I didn’t realise that Erika lady was going around inciting multiple reviews of the book. I was standing up for authors’ rights. As if I’m an author or something haaaaaaa.

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Amy you were right on target. *hugs*

bev March 12, 2016 at 2:01 PM

I’m not on GR but have read were some do not like it because people can get intense. Street teams and authors ganging up on reviewers. And other such things.

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Bev, I can’t say I’m an active participant of GR but I do keep track of my books there and review the ones that make an impact on me. I find it an easy way to track what and how much of what I read. It has great stats besides which books you’ve read and have tbr. It tracks which author is your most read, your reading preferences, your ratings, etc. I use it kind of like a database. I could build my own database but I wouldn’t have the external feedback I get there like a book’s number of ratings/reviews and average star rating. *shrug* I’m a bit of a geek if you guys haven’t noticed yet. lol

bev March 12, 2016 at 2:10 PM

I was just reading a post from a blogger on her mini tbr list and others helping order it.
I think the ones I thought of will be my mini tbr but not in a real order yet. One person said they loved one of the books so that will be my read AFTER FINALLY reading MiF and FT. This weekend me and those two books.
Maryse, it has been awhile since you have posted a tbr list.

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 2:10 PM

What would be awesome…us if the Kindle developers expanded the app to include most of that functionality. *hint hint Amazon*

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Maryse is busy shuffling her mini-tbr around. Lol – sooo many good books in line for us to get to.

bev March 12, 2016 at 2:20 PM

“I could build my own database”–that is awesome Fabi.☺

I will post what I listed at Scandalicious maybe I’ll stick to it. It does throw out my old to every new ratio, but oh well. Just want to get back to reading.

bev March 12, 2016 at 2:28 PM

MiF & FT first.
Plus, I’m reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. That I’ll dip in and oUT of.
1. What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss. This is the one someone said they loved.
Then in no order (please give suggestions)
Hustle by Ashley Claude
The Kraken King by Mel Jean Brook
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A Talent of Trickery by Alissa Johnson
Tiffany Girl by Deanne Gist

Maryse March 12, 2016 at 2:33 PM

I should totally post a new TBR list, ’cause I actually have made another… but I’m afraid my TBR lists don’t hold much water anymore. ;)

‘Cause I’m such a squirreler. THAT SAID… I must defend myself and say I cross off a BUNCH off of my TBR lists. I actually do read what’s on ‘em. Just with a on of “extras”. LOL!

So yes. I shall make my new one public. ;)

Maryse March 12, 2016 at 2:35 PM

And yes, Fabi and crew. You are absolutely my friends (REAL TRUE friends), and I’d be SO happy to have every one of you here, in person with me for a girls night (or many!!). I trust you guys. I KNOW you guys.

Our book-club is awesome, ’cause we all have similar tastes, and yet all have different tastes in books, too. But we share other interests and personal stuff too. We are pretty perfect, if you ask me.


Anne March 12, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Just finished Sparrow and loved it!! The H was such a jerk but I fell so hard for him. The h was wonderful too! 5 stars from me.

Maryse can’t wait for your mafia list!

Reading Porn Star next :)

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Anne, Sparrow has gotten so much love that I have to put it on my tbr. I was going to read Porn Star this weekend. I also had the new Zapata one lined up. Then I got a loan of Lingus and its about a porn star and by Zapata so it was like a sign. I had to start it next.

I know some of you read Lingus when it came out last year. I think Mariana Zapata is a great author. I love her writing.

DG March 12, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Ladies – I might be the ONLY one who has not read the Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy….I check it occasionally to see if it is on sale. IT is On SALE!!!!!! Yay me! *happy dancing through the pine straw*

Cheryl March 12, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Finished Sparrow. I really liked everything about it, the author’s writing, the story, the suspense. As always when it’s a great read I want there to be more to the ending.

Now I think I want something funny and lighthearted.

Cheryl March 12, 2016 at 5:35 PM

I agree Maryse, we are a great group that shares similarities but also RESPECTS our differences. :)

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 5:48 PM

*high fives Cheryl*

Jean March 12, 2016 at 6:57 PM

You guys rock! No judgments here, just lots of great sharing!

DG, actually, I haven’t read Gabriels inferno trilogy yet…..but I have it.

bev March 12, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Fabi, I am curious what you will think about Lingus. It was a DNF for me.

Jean March 12, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Bev, did you finish MiF yet?

bev March 12, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Um….I haven’t started it yet. It is the book I plan to start to day. Just those Tuesday release days on a busy week. It’s ridiculous, usually would pull an all nighter.
*sad face*

Tessa March 12, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Bev, if it influences or helps which to read first, I think Marked in Flesh will end up being my favorite for the month. I read WoW, FT. amd now I’m reading Glass Sword, but MiF is just that good.

Amy March 12, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Awwwww, feelin’ the love around here today! Maryse is right…this wonderful group is pretty perfect. ;)

*raises hand* I haven’t read Gabriel’s Inferno either, even though I’m pretty sure I have the first one…it’s his POV though, isn’t it? :?

Oh well, for now I am LOVING Painted Faces and *finally* get to jump back into it for a bit!!

Amy March 12, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Lingus and porn star in the same sentence. *snicker* Yeah, my mind went there. :P

Tessa March 12, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Jean, *big hugs* sorry about your kitty. I know it’s hard when we lose or fluffy family. I’ve had cats around most of my life and each time, it hurt.

Fabi, I went to read the argument. That person is just a troll. You presented rational facts, so *Pfft* at the troll. *hugs* As said, it’s all about respect.

Tessa March 12, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Amy, I’m pretty sure it’s either hers or shared POV. DG, tell me what you think of Gabriel’s Inferno after your done. I’ve read it, but I like other’s opinions. For me, it was finished, but a two stars. However, I seem to be in the minority. :)

Bev, The Wrath and Dawn at the top of the what next. I’ve got it on my wishlist so I want to know how good it is.

Maryse, yes, another TBR list. I find a lot of goodies with those. :P Also, it’s just fun to see where everyone’s mood for reading is.

I’m weird. I put my TBR in order of books to read, and unless something major is released, I’ll read it in that order. See, weird!

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Thanks Tessa.

Bev, you dnfed Lingus? :-0 It’s Zapata’s trademark slow-burn. I haven’t been able to put it down all day. I think I might even finish it tonight.

Soooo, curious now, what was it that you didn’t like about it?

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Amy, yes his porn star name is Robby Lingus. ;-)

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Oh, and I’m at 72% and still no sexy times between H&h. Total Zapatas. :-)

MichelleS March 12, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Missed so much. Need to go check out GR and see what Fabi is up to over there, starting trouble….. LOL. Speaking of Fabi – OMG – I am in a book fog. I just finished Beyond the Sea. I couldn’t put it down. It was totally On The Island, with two guys instead. All the same feels. YAY. Loved it. 5 stars!!! derailed all my plans, but I needed a break from fantasy for a minute. Now diving back into Queen of Shadows, because that’s on loan (e-book).

Finished Mercy. That was the shortest Mercy ever (at least it felt like it). Almost a novella feel. I love anything Mercy, so of course I loved it.

Jean – so sorry to hear about your kitty cat. Big hugs!!!

bev March 12, 2016 at 8:26 PM

The humor. That type just sometimes doesn’t work for me.
I didn’t make it pass the convention. *shrug*
Lol, even Kulti. Loved it but after a bit I was like ok I don’t want to imagine him pooping anymore.
Then some movies like The Hangover and Wedding Crashers I love. But then that might have to do with the actors delivery too.

Maryse March 12, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Ooooh I wonder if I have Lingus? Slow burn and a porn star? How did I miss THAT?!!! Again… I guarantee it’s the darn title that deflected me. And If I remember right, wasn’t it a dog on the cover? LOL!!!

Well, Fabi, now I’m gonna see if I have it.

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 8:37 PM

Bev, I’m totally with you on the humor. It’s not my cup of tea either and its kind of jarring. I don’t get the humor in fart jokes. Sue me. :-/

But…the story is so sweet for me. Kulti-like in some ways but sweeter, so that I can’t put it down. Even at the beginning convention scene, the H stole my heart with his baseball cap and hoody and walking her around in a big circle to get to the bathrooms. So cute! I think I’m putting up with the humor more because it’s from the girls not from the guys. Double standard alive and well! It would really turn me off coming from guys. Probably dnf too.

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 8:43 PM

MichelleS squeeeeeeeeeeee wasn’t that awesome?!!! I loved Beyond the Sea. I agree, very much like On the Island but with two straight guys instead.

What’s crazy about the arguments about it is that the people arguing against it HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK. Ugh, so frustrating. *shakes head*

And then to imply an author should change the book or wording or even not publish it. I just can’t get past that…nope, I can’t.

I just feel like yelling at them, “it’s fiction people, get over it”. It’s not meant to portray any real living person. It even says so on almost all fiction books right on the front pages.

If you don’t like it, don’t read it. If you read it and don’t like it, feel free to post a bad review. But, sheesh, stop with illogical nonsense because it makes Fabi ranty. ;-)

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Maryse, both the H and h snort when they laugh. A match made in heaven. And he teases her about her mini-chainsaw snoring, which, of course, he finds adorable. Yup, I’m a little in love with these two. But tbeir sutuation really does make my tummy twisty because I’m not sure I could deal with it.

And Maryse, I bet it was the title and cover that put you off. It’s the reason I didn’t buy it when it first came out. Zapata’s is awesome but her titles and covers don’t seem to appeal to me personally. I would have never read the awesomeness that is Kulti if MichelleS hadn’t highly recommended it.

Amy March 12, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Oh man, that’s THREE Zapata books I have to read…Kulti, WoW and now Lingus.

By the way, the cover for Lingus is a little more appealing to me than the her other covers because of the colors and simplicity of it…a plaid shirt with an all-access pass. I’ll take that ANY day over a couple in a passionate embrace. Kinda burned out on those, ya know?

“it’s fiction people, get over it” <—— Fabi, tell 'em "cry me a river, build a bridge, and get the &$%# over it." ;)

bev March 12, 2016 at 9:24 PM

I had to read the “fight”. That was actually very civilized.
Interesting points on both sides.

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 11:09 PM

hahaha Amy you’re always more eloquent

lol Bev *in my best southern slang* jus’ ’cause ya’ll see the cows out my window dusnna mean I ain’t all civilized”

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 11:12 PM

Oh and Amy, Lingus had a dog drawn on the original cover. All done in neutral tones. The new cover is much prettier.

Cheryl March 12, 2016 at 11:15 PM

Ok just read Anti-Romance. It has a cliffhanger ending!! I am so mad. You know how much I hate CH and not knowing going into a book that it has a sequel- that is not released yet!! UGh!!!

Fabi March 12, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Grrrrr Cheryl, I’m so upset on your behalf. Just a little warning would be very appreciated on those.

Cheryl March 12, 2016 at 11:22 PM

Fabi- now I see all the reviews on Amazon about the CH. Is it too much to ask for authors to say if a book has a sequel or CH warning?! I know I’m sick hearing myself have this same old rant!

Cheryl March 12, 2016 at 11:30 PM

I think I read Gabriel’s Inferno and Lingus when they were fanfiction. :>

Fabi March 13, 2016 at 12:07 AM

Cheryl, I don’t think I ever get tired of that rant and as long as there are books with surprise cliffhanger endings there will be rants (at least from me). I don’t read reviews before reading a book. I may look at the average star rating but too many reviews have spoilers that really ruin a book for me.

Fanfiction – that’s one thing I’ve never read. Betas, ARCs, yes, but I’ve never gotten into the fan fiction scene. I’ve always thought it was more for writers than readers.

Jean March 13, 2016 at 12:11 AM

Oh crap, a CH with Anti-Romance! I ended up not reading it and now I’m glad. I’ve been squirrelly all day.

bev March 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM

I fell down a rabbit hole. I was looking a book up and ended up on a new to me blog. I started looking around & found their best of the year list. I adore a best of the year list. Seriously. They chose 4 books I loved last year & so of course had to read the reviews and now I want to re-read the books. Fabi it is fun to read reviews after. Plus they have one I have, saw on a different list(really love them) but not read. Now I want to jumble the tbr.
They also have that Willow Bly & Uprooted on the list.

bev March 13, 2016 at 12:20 AM

Jean, what exactly are you in the mood for?

Maryse has a new review with a button hole hero,lol.

Fabi March 13, 2016 at 1:24 AM

Yes, I love to read reviews after I’ve the book.

A button hole hero?

Cheryl March 13, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Can’t seem to find a book that I want to read next. It’s not like I don’t have multiple books to choose from in my tbr and the recent releases. Guess just as well since I probably should get something done besides reading today.:(

Jean March 13, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Cheryl, I’m having the same problem! I think I opened a closed about a dozen books yesterday….. just couldn’t get into anything! Then finally, last night I started The Infamous Ellen James. It’s hysterical! She’s our Amy (no filter lol) and her friend is us! Great banter and sarcasm! She is a nurse and the H is a trauma surgeon. One of the doctors had tourettes! So funny! Just what I needed!

Ela March 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Fabi? What is wrong with these people? I say go fly a kite and bite my round behind!

I shall go search for beautiful palettes!

Ela March 13, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Finished and loved Jack and Jill book 1….it’s funny and a bit darkish! No triangles or cheating….

Ela March 13, 2016 at 12:15 PM
Maryse March 13, 2016 at 12:29 PM

OMG I LOVE Bobbi Brown and that palette is also perfection!

Anne March 13, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Really liking Porn Star. Logan is such a sweetheart! Love him!

Ela that palette looks really nice! Love the neutral colors.

Anne March 13, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Maryse I can’t wait for you mafia list! I need to read more of those after reading Sparrow :D

Cait March 13, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Cannot wait for this list Maryse! Love mafia books!

Cheryl March 13, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Ela, I love the neutral palette, but damn Bobbi Brown is so expensive!!

Now this, this is what I’m in the mood for and of course it doesn’t release until the 29th. *big pout*

Cheryl March 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Jean I read that one and book 2 which is about her best friend Amy. Loved them both!! Great reads!

bev March 13, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Cheryl, you should play the # game. Ask for a # or use Fabi’s lucky 21.

Jean March 13, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Yeah Cheryl, it’s a nice light read. And I’m actually convinced that this Amy was written for our Amy here! Reminds me of her sooo much! I’ll have to check out the second book.

Grey March 13, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Hi!!! Gah, fall off the planet why don’t I! Sorry! Ok, *pushes up my sleeves* who is being mean to my Fabi! Let me at them! I don’t tolerate that sh*t! gah!

Sorry I’ve been MIA. My littlest had a birthday this weekend, so we’ve been super busy with a party and a basketball banquet for the middle child. Yikes.

I read Porn Star, really, really liked it! 4.5 stars for me. Trying to decide between Sparrow or waiting for The Confessions of Marcus Stearns on Tuesday…decisions decisions.

Jean…so sorry about your kitty… *hugs*

Lisa March 13, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Ohh Ive missed a couple of days…..Jean I am so sorry to hear about your kitty. Our pets are like our furry kids, I would be devastated if anything happened to them. I feel very sad for you…. *big hugs*

bev March 13, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Sometimes I still think it would be fun if we took turns picking a book to read each month or every other month. One we haven’t read. Shake up our reading a bit.
But then I barely make it to buddy reads.

Lisa March 13, 2016 at 7:18 PM

That sounds like a great idea Bev….but Ive gotta admit, I flake on most BR’s cos I get distracted by some new shiny. I’m two books behind in my RL book club reads and basically only turning up to our monthly get together for the wine!! :)

Cheryl March 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Bev, I’ll do that next time. I started Tackled. It showed up under the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” when I was looking at the not-released yet Hardball. It’s pretty good. A nice no-brainer, light read that I was looking for.

Amy March 13, 2016 at 7:33 PM

A character that reminds you of me, AND she shares my name?? That’s awesome!!!! :D

Aw crap Cheryl, Anti-Romance has a CH? *sigh* So much for reading that one anytime soon. Hey, at least you took one for the non-CH team. THAT gets you a huge hug and a big fat cheek smooch!

And I agree with Bev…ask for a number! That’s helped me pick a read when I’m stuck. That is, until Maryse thinks it’s funny to throw out two numbers and get me all flustered. :P

Amy March 13, 2016 at 7:35 PM

I LOVE that palette! Another brand I’m getting addicted to is Tarte. Their matte eyeshadows give insane color payoff and the pigmentation is great. This is my favorite right now, but the Tartelette In Bloom is a close second:

Never mind about my number comment above, Cheryl…I posted it before I read that you had found a book. ;)

bev March 13, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Lisa, I know keeping up would be the hard part. And adding more books to the ever growing tbr pile.
I think I know what I would throw in the ring though.

Fabi March 13, 2016 at 8:44 PM

What would you throw in Bev?

I’m still all for a monthly BR. Even if the chosen book is not exactly in my wheelhouse, the BR would make up for it. The only thing I’d balk at would be a continuation of a series I hadn’t started yet. It’s too hard to catch up several books in time for a BR. I think that’s what happened in Grey’s GR BR group. The Feb recs were all continuation of series.

bev March 13, 2016 at 8:52 PM

I think it would be fun to suggest what you haven’t read, not peanut books.
*pauses to look wistfully at Jellicoe, WiR etc..*
So min would be Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. It is YA. I’m not sure by the review I read if HEA or not. So, scared but tempted. I don’t want to spoil for some reason, just read it.
Ok, Fabi, what would you suggest?

Fabi March 13, 2016 at 9:13 PM

See? I wouldn’t normally read something like Sweethearts but totally would for a buddy read.

I agree it should be a pick that we haven’t read yet. More of a, let’s try this, it sounds good to me, thing.

But I have no idea what I’d throw out there. I guess it depends on if we had to choose a new release or if we could dig through our tbr.

bev March 13, 2016 at 9:29 PM

I didn’t even think about it. So, maybe whatever takes your fancy.
Even if we never do it, might be fun just to see what is suggested. What kind of line up we’d end up with.

Fabi March 13, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Ok, then, I’ve had one on my tbr next list for what seems like forever. I keep squirreling away with new releases and ARCs. It’s called The Institute by Kayla Howarth. It sounds YA Dystopian so I’m super interested but it’s book 1 of 4 so I’m anxious about a CH.

bev March 13, 2016 at 10:03 PM

That looks good Fabi. And it’s free. Mines like 9, lol.
So, that’d be 2 YA.

Cheryl March 13, 2016 at 10:26 PM

Thanks for the loving Amy, that takes away some of my bitterness regarding Anti-Romance! :)

I will try the number next time. I really do need to make a dent in my tbr.

I like that palette also. Seems to have a pink-base to the colors. I’m going to Sephora this week so I’m going to check out all the palettes recommended.

I’m for a BR too, but agree with Fabi I just don’t want a book in a series.

DG March 13, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Fell in a book hole with Gabriel’s Inferno…..Tessa, not sure where to begin. Apparently I have an issue where the author jumps from one person “thinking” to another person without some kind of a divider, a small little star, icon, heck – a smudge….just something! It drives me nuts! So with that being said, Gabriel’s Inferno was not quite what I thought it would be…. I really like a strong alpha who takes control, takes the girl and everyone else be d@mn3d! Both the H/h came off as insecure….way too much for me. I have only finished book 1 and have 2 more to go but I am not in that dead rush to start book 2 to find out what happens next…..

bev March 13, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Cheryl, you have to throw out a suggestion. ☺

DG March 13, 2016 at 10:58 PM

For me, Linguis was my least fav of the Zapata books……here is my ranking….WoW and me, Kulti, Under Locke, Rhythm, Chord, & Malykhin and last Linguis. For some reason, I just couldn’t connect with the Linguis crew.

Might have to find me an in between book before I start on GI2.

DG March 13, 2016 at 11:00 PM

Cheryl – thanks for the heads up in Anti-Romance….I hate CH’s!!!!

Fabi March 13, 2016 at 11:09 PM

DG you’ve read that many Zapatas books? I’ve only read 2 so far and have WoW on my tbr. If Lingus was your least favorite then I have a lot to look forward to.

Tessa March 14, 2016 at 12:53 AM

DG, that’s how I felt about it, the insecurity thing. To me, h came off as such a holier than thou type, but so immature that I never liked her.

DG March 14, 2016 at 4:50 AM

Fabi, yes I have exhausted my supply of Zapata books….I stumbled upon her books a year or so ago when I was looking for MC books. Under Locke was my first read of hers. Loved it! H is a big ole jerk to h. Lot to do with misconceptions and lust! Definitely one of my fav MC re-reads!

Cheryl March 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Bev, well for this month- Love Chloe or Hardball.

Theresa March 14, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Any paranormal readers in St. Louis? Got books?

Jean March 14, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Grey and Lisa, thank you for your kind thoughts! You are all such a great support group!

Now, anyone who hasn’t read Kate Regnery’s modern fairytale series, the first 2 books are bundled for 99 cents! Highly recommend them!

Finished The Infamous Ellen James over the weekend and it was a great, light, funny read! Now I’m reading Loving Lawson because you all know I love my fighters and I remember it getting good reviews around here. I’m really liking it so far!

Jean March 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Oh and The Professional and The Master by Kresley Cole both on sale for $1.99! 1-clickety click!

Jean March 14, 2016 at 2:51 PM

OMG you guys, just saw the cover for Logan (Tijan) on GR and I’m squealing like a little girl!

Ela March 14, 2016 at 3:19 PM

OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I just bought 2 Bobbi Brown palettes and of course a Chanel liquid liner!

Now ask me how often I wear makeup???? Go ahead ask me???

Jean March 14, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Ok, I’ll bite. How often do you wear makeup Ela?

Fabi March 14, 2016 at 3:28 PM

hahaha you guys

Amy March 14, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Yay Ela!!! Hey, you get what you pay for and BB is worth the price. ;) And Chanel?? Woo-hoo!

I’ll bite too…how often?

Amy March 14, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Guys, I loved Painted Faces. LOVED it. :D

Jean March 14, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Amy, I still have to read PF and don’t know why I’ve put it off when I know how everyone loves it so much! I bought it in 2014!

Amy March 14, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Jean…you will love it like I did, I just know it! Sexual tension (with a great payoff, I must say ;) ) and just enough emotional angst to make it fun while still keeping it a light-ish read.

And TELL me you are reading It’s All Relative tomorrow!!!!

Jean March 14, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Yes Amy, I think I’m going to jump right into it. I have no idea what it’s about, going in blind, haven’t read the blurb or reviews! I’m excited!

Amy March 14, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Right, DON’T read any of the reviews ’cause you do not want his one spoiled. I’m all freaking giddy for you!!! :D

Amy March 14, 2016 at 5:15 PM


Maryse March 14, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Eeeeeep!!! It’s such a fun read!!! :P

bev March 14, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Cheryl, one of those is the one Maryse just reviewed. I still have to read that author.

bev March 14, 2016 at 6:11 PM

That would make it a YA, YA/dystopian, CR.

Fabi March 14, 2016 at 6:28 PM

Jean, that cover for Logan … how much of a sicko would you think me if I tell you I may lick my Kindle when the book arrives? hot, hot, hot

Amy March 14, 2016 at 6:35 PM

OMG Fabi!!! LOL!!!!!! I’m cackling OUT LOUD right now!! :P

I’m a Mason girl *peeks around for Tessa* but I am pretty dang excited about Logan’s book…and then we get two more full FCH books after that plus a couple of novellas?

*puts back of hand to forehead and falls back on sofa*

bev March 14, 2016 at 7:56 PM

I think we should just do it. Take those books, Fabi, and shake them up to get an order. Then like next weekend read one.
On a side note. Does anyone ever think it is a good idea to buy a pastry type snack after work/before dinner and scarf it down. Then against your better judgement look at the label and…”Oh, that’s supposed to be two servings???” But still want dinner, lol.

bev March 14, 2016 at 8:03 PM

For Amy to faint on in her reading nook.

bev March 14, 2016 at 8:05 PM
Ela March 14, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Lmao! Hardly ever! How sad is that??? I should be decked out everyday in my ultimate stock of cosmetics!

Tessa March 14, 2016 at 8:24 PM

*eyes Amy* *smuggles Mason away from the fainting couch*

I’m excited for Logan too. The little first chapter at the end of FCU was enough to make me happy. The girl sounds perfect for him, but I gotta know for sure. *grins*

Bev, why would you look at the ingredients after? At that point, ignorance is bliss.

I’m STILL reading Glass Sword. *grrr* It’s a great book, but I haven’t been able to read it. I still have 100 pages left. Yes, 100 pages after reading it for four days! *sighs* So not like me.

Tessa March 14, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Alright, my feed just came up in Facebook and now, to rant.

Breaking Her by RK Lilley, the second after Breaking Him,, is coming out on March 29. You know what else is coming out on that date? Yep, Logan.

What is with these authors and their desire to make me go insane?

Amy March 14, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Bev, that’s so pretty!!! *Perfect* fainting couch. Even though SOMEONE *side-eyes Tessa* took away my reason for fainting. :P Hey, Fabi can hang out on the fainting couch while she licks her Kindle!

And yes, I do that with pastries or dessert-type foods. Once the damage is done then it’s like Tessa said, ignorance is bliss. ;)

Fabi March 14, 2016 at 10:23 PM

“What is with these authors and their desire to make me go insane?”. I’m literally laughing out loud. Too true.

Amy, I can’t help it if those Logan abs are lickably good. *drops and waits on Amy’s (Bev’s) fainting couch.

Fabi March 14, 2016 at 10:27 PM

Oh, and Bev, I already started The Institute. I’ve been wanting to forever and needed a change of pace (genre). Maybe I’ll take a peak at yours too.

bev March 14, 2016 at 11:52 PM

Fabi, lol. We have to work on your definition of
a book club/buddy read.☺

bev March 14, 2016 at 11:58 PM

I say we just fill Amy’s reading room with mismatched girly sofas. For some reason I think Fabi’s should be purple. *shrug *

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