Latest Bargain e-Books & Reader Recommendations – January 23rd 2015

by Maryse on January 23, 2015 · 163 comments

in eBook Deals

<— First… I was talking about this one yesterday on my blog (it’s what I’m currently reading and loving – it’s a psychological thriller and everyone seems SO messed up – FUN!!!) and I paid full price for it. And now…. as of today it’s on sale. *squee!*

I’m going to try a new “format” today… And maybe if we love it, I’ll continue this post like this every week. Since the 2015 Reading Challenge has encouraged me to branch out in my reads, I’m finding all sorts of good stuff that I wouldn’t normally choose for my blog, and loving it. Considering my love for psych-thrillers, and how I’ve loved (and many here LOVE) historicals, and of course, we still love our paranormals, and the HUGE dystopian craze going on, I figured I’d find us bargains (or reader recommendations) in each of our most favorite genres.

So feel free to send me recs for any genre. If you found a book you LOVED like crazy, even if it’s not romance, let me know (and why). And I just might add it here. :D Of course, romance remains my absolute favorite (there’s nothing better than a love story) so I’ll especially *squee!* if you send me awesome recs for those, but you know? Anything goes on Friday. And I’ll separate them by genre, so if you’re just in the mood for something in particular, you can just go right to it’s category… I think this’ll be fun and allow us to discover all sorts of other goodies. Other genres I will be featuring with the bargain finds and reader recs are “chick lit” and “dark reads”. *waggles eyebrows*

Oh!! And don’t forget yesterday’s 5 brand new releases!! —> 5 of Today’s Brand Spankin’ New Releases (and what I’m currently reading…)

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

  • Temptation by Robin Covington <— Oh SHE’S the rock star in this one and HE’S a SEXY FIREFIGHTER! “Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.” <— bargain-priced!!
  • Color of Loneliness by Madeleine Beckett <— Claudia considers this one re-read good! She moves back to her old town after heartache, and regroups with new friends and neighbors… and then she hires a contractor to help her repair her home… “Slowly, a reluctant friendship develops between the pair, followed by romantic feelings which neither of them can fight. However, their painful past experiences threaten to tear them apart.
  • Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James <— SUPER SUPER SALE on this trilogy! One of my alllllll time favorites in the world. I know… we’ve all read it. But OMG the whole series bundled at this price? REMARKABLE!!!! In case someone here still hasn’t gotten to it yet…
  • Irreparably Broken (Irreparable Book 1) by KJ Bell <— super-sale on both book #1 AND #2 AND #3 (thank you Aimee!) LOVE TRIANGLE between her best friend’s brothers! TWO of ‘em. One bad boy tortured soul (outwardly confident) and one that always makes her laugh… Laura recommends it: “It was so good and gave me that “feeling” that you have mentioned out about books you love.  It’s by KJ Bell and it’s called Irreparably Broken - you won’t be disappointed!
  • Irreversible Damage (Irreparable Book 2) by KJ Bell <— #2 (also on super-sale)
  • Tug (Irreparable Book 3) by KJ Bell <— and #3. I won’t dare read the blurbs of these last two, so I don’t ruin the series for myself. :D
  • Mayhem by Jamie Shaw <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! Bargain priced and one from the latest “new release” list this week, and Jackie & Tessa loved it!

Jackie: Finished Mayhem. Have to say it was one of my favorites I’ve read in awhile. While there wasn’t a ton of angst…definitely some sexual tension, the bad boy rock star and lots of humor interwoven, made it a book I was sad to finish. Looks like more are coming about fellow band members. Would definitely recommend this one.

Tessa: Jackie, just read Mayhem based on what you said, and loved it.  I kept smiling through the whole thing.  I adored Mike the most, and I can’t wait for his story.  Adam was definitely hot, but Mike just seemed so sweet, and like quite a few of my friends, that I wanted to hug him.  :-)

  • A Second Chance at Paris (Bayou’s End Book 1) by Cole McCade <— Here’s another new bargain-priced  release that got my attention over the weekend, and so many seem to LOVE this male author. He’s a kick!!! And in one of my recent “Would You Believe” posts (author secrets…) he revealed that he used to be a phone sex operator. Tee hee!!! And Fabi couldn’t help but love him. “Did y’all see that Cole McCade post Maryse has? It’s hilarious. His Twitter feed with Ion this afternoon was really funny too. And here I thought authors were introverts. Ha! I can’t wait to read his book.” Okay so from the blurb, she was a dorky girl, super intelligent but… you know. She fell for him in Paris, and they left each other and never saw each other again. Now that she’s a whole new person, she surprisingly meets him again IN PARIS and he likes her! And doesn’t recognize her… “Celeste is hiding more than her identity. Hiding something that makes it hard to trust her increasingly erratic behavior, and her frequent secretive phone calls. When the truth comes out, the deception could shatter them both…unless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love.” And now Fabi has started it and she is LOVING it!! She says: “I am caught like a fish on a hook. I started reading it this morning and couldn’t put it down to go to work. I’ve even been sneaking peeks at it all day at the office. Guess what I’m doing as soon as I get home? I will be gushing on this book all weekend.
  • Beautiful Ink by Nicole Reed <— super popular one from a year or so ago and on super-sale right now! Amy loved it! “It’s a bit of a different spin on the whole MC story but I really liked it. That partially-hidden tattoo on her neck…oh, that hurt my heart. I shouln’t be surprised though with how her book Ruining Me had me going “WTF just happened!?!” at the end of it.” and Jean agrees: “Lol Amy! Oh and I loved Beautiful Ink too!!”
  • Dylan (Inked Brotherhood Book 4) by Jo Raven <— Recent release that is getting so many great reviews! “The one who shows up to save her from violence before the stroke of midnight, who kisses her and holds her close, only to tell her in the course of the same night he doesn’t love her. Tessa knows Dylan has gone through some tough times, and they’re only getting tougher – but is he telling the truth about his lack of feelings for her, or is he running from his own demons?
  • Third Degree by Julie Cross <— Aimee found us this one on super-sale!!! “I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen…
  • All This Time by Marie Wathen <— Ohhhh this one sounds “bad-guy” good!! She’s an undercover cop and she’s infiltrating a drug cartel!! “Sam lets her guard down when she establishes real relationships with the wrong people. She finds something unexpected and her heart leads her into doing things she normally wouldn’t allow. Could something like bending the rules cause her two worlds to collide?” Aimee found it on super-sale!
  • Take Me for Granted by K.A. Linde <— On SUPER-SALE right now ’cause book #2 (Take Me With You) is coming out on Tuesday!! He’s a bad boy rock star and she’s a no-nonsense good girl/student! FUN TIMES!!! Plus, did you guys know K.A. Linde is a HUGE fan of dystopian and fantasy reads? No? She LOVES ‘em and has a few of her own recommendations that she’ll be presenting here in a guest post on Monday. I LOVE HER!!


  • Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves <— Eeasha recommends this one! “The Couple get drunk and married in.Vegas, then have to pretend to go with it. my favorite dialogue is when Heather (The heroine) says to “Him”: “I cook because I love to eat, not because I have ovaries!!!” And he says: “Sure, then dont expect me to go around killing lizards!” And she says: “Surprsingly that doesnt need balls!” :’D all of her books are Beyond witty and tears-rolling-down funny. The heroes are yummy, the dialogues are whip smart!”
  • Love Like the Movies by Victoria Van Time <— Briana’s recommendation. She says “I loved Love Like The Movies by victoria Van Time” Sounds so cute! “…movie fanatic Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style—when her gorgeous ex presents a series of big screen challenges to win back her heart.
  • The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous Series Book 1) by N.A. Alcorn <— This one’s been recommended a bunch! Carrie says: “I can’t say enough about it. Just fabulous!!” and Sharon too! “LOVED the infamous Ellen James!!! One of my favorites. ” LOL! I just read the blurb and can already imagine the fun. “Meet twenty-eight year old Ellen James. A sarcastic, feisty, foul-mouthed ER Nurse. She is snarky, sassy, and sometimes crudely inappropriate. After a terrible breakup with her fiancé, Ellen has promised herself that she will never make the mistake of falling for another man again… and physicians, well she’s more than written them off. Once she meets sexy Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Trent Hamilton, this promise is unbelievably hard to keep…”
  • Avoiding Amy Jackson (Infamous Series Book 2) by N.A. Alcorn <— and here’s #2! GREAT reviews for this one, also. :D
  • Mercy (Buchanan / Renard / MacKenna Book 2) by Julie Garwood <— Becky recommends this one! “Gut busting funny with a bit of suspense absolutely loved it. All of her books have that balance of humor and suspense. I have reread her books when I need a good laugh and an escape from my troubles.
  • Head Over Heels by Cindy Procter-King <— Lori loved this one! “I wanted to add (as I thought they were quite funny) two books by Cindy Procter-King: Head Over Heels, and Borrowing Alex.” <— FAKE BOYFRIEND alert!! LOL! “Justin’s girlfriend dumps him, forcing him to find a quick replacement. Magee—pretty, clever, and a skilled cyclist—is the perfect choice to masquerade as his “lover.” Or so Justin thinks. Because Magee is in major trouble. She knows no more about mountain biking than Justin does about demi-bras. Before long, an irate ex pops up, fake identities abound…
  • The List by Melanie Jacobson – Sounds cute and funny and the reviews are very convincing!! <— “This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master’s degree). But when Matt decides he doesn’t like the “leaving” part, Ashley’s carefully laid plans are turned sideways.
  • REBEL: New Adult Romance Novel (The Rebel Series Book 1) by Elle Casey <— Sharon loves this series! “Rebel and Hellion by Elle Casey are both laugh out loud hilarious! Highly recommend!” and Jo loves it too! “I’ve got a book hangover this morning… Ooooh, I loved Rebel! It’s really funny, and also sexy and sweet and hot!!!!
  • Out to Lunch by Stacey Ballis <— Okay yes, that delicious looking cover got me. I’m hungry okay? And pasghetti is my favorite. :P But the bargain price and this part of the blurb had me even happier: Her best friend dies, and SHE inherits her best friends husband! WHAT!?? (P.S. she never thought much of him, herself… *whoops*) “Aimee has left a shocking last request: Jenna now has financial custody of the not-so-merry widower. True, Wayne needs someone sensible around to keep him under control, but what was her dear departed friend thinking?


  • Thicker than Blood by Madeline Sheehan and  Claire C Riley <— recent release and the reviews are amazing! “In a place of nightmares-made-reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love amongst all odds can mean the difference between life and death.
  • Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden <— Bargain priced BIG time and sounds all sorts of fun and scary. “First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…”
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) (Silo series) by Hugh Howey <— The whole series bundled for a GREAT price! Look at the INSANE amount of awesome reviews. Over 9000!!!!! Yeah, why haven’t I read this yet? And Fabi says: “SPECTACULAR. <— Yup, those are caps. Freakishly amazing mind blowing plot.”
  • Sand Omnibus by Hugh Howey <— speaking of which, his other series also has an insane # of awesome reviews…. “The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Their father was a sand diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive. But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next.
  • Golden Son (The Red Rising Trilogy, Book 2) by Pierce Brown <— Michelle found us this one on sale today, and we both know how much Michelle and Fabi went nuts for this series!!! And Fabi says: “I finished Golden Son late last night. So late that I overslept this morning. Holy crap! It was so hard waiting between Red Rising and Golden Son. I don’t know how in the world I’m going to stay sane waiting for Morning Star.
  • Ender’s Game (The Ender Quartet series Book 1) by Orson Scott Card <— Of course so many have already read and/or seen the movie, but this is one of my favorite author’s favorite books of all time. K.A. Linde says: “Ender’s Game is also incredible. INCREDIBLE! I’ve read it 15 times at least and get somethign new out of it every time”
  • Enclave (Razorland Book 1) by Ann Aguirre <— Fabi says: “Oohhh Enclave is gooood.” That blurb is catchy!! “New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20′s…”


  • Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by Diana Gabaldon <— One of my FAVORITE books of all time, and it’s n super-sale! (my review)
  • These Old Shades (Alastair-Audley Book 1) by Georgette Heyer <— recommended by bev as “re-read” good! The Duke is mean, with a playboy reputation, and then a disheveled boy runs into him… ”The Duke buys “Leon” and makes the child his page. “Leon” is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation.
  • Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer <— bev also suggests this one as re-read good. He intends on making her his mistress, but kidnaps the wrong girl… “Determined to save her sister from ruin, virtuous Mary Challoner intercepts the Marquis’s advances and throws herself into his path, hoping Vidal will release her upon realizing his error. But as the two become irrevocably entangled, Mary’s reputation and future lie in the hands of a devilish rake, who finds her more fascinating every day?
  • A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection (Mail-Order Bride Collection) by Margaret Brownley <— sale priced and tons if great reviews! “1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many happy marriages. Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher.
  • The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel by Jojo Moyes <— OH MY!!! Not bargain priced but by one of our FAV authors and this one sounds AMAZING! “Paris, 1916. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait—painted by her artist husband—a dangerous obsession is born, one that will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision. Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv’s world is turned upside all over again.


  • War for the Oaks: A Novel by Emma Bull <— bev considers this one re-read good, saying: “War for the Oaks by Emma Bull is sitting on my counter right now waiting for me to re read.” And it sure looks good! ”…walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night, she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk. Now, more than her own survival is at risk—and her own preferences, musical and personal, are very much beside the point.
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels Book 7) by Ilona Andrews <— Michelle found us this one on sale!
  • STRANGE MAGIC – Part One (The MAGIC series Book 1) by Michelle Mankin <— MJ recommends it! “You must read Strange Magic by Michelle Mankin! Part one is out now… and part two will be here in time for Mardi Gras. It’s PNR with a rock and roll twist. I don’t read PNR but this one made me a believer :) And that is saying something.”


  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins <— I paid FULL price for this one just a couple of days ago, and it’s on SALE right now. *squeeeee!!!* I’m still reading it but so far it is SO good my friends!! Me ‘n Sadie are buddy-reading and having so much fun with this creepy-everyone’s-so-messed-up excite-o-thon!!!

Kelly: I feel like people are talking about this book everywhere. Looks like I’ve found my mystery/thriller for the book challenge. Thanks for the sale info!

Maryse: Kelly it is SO good. I can’t stop guessing and trying to figure it out and I have a feeling I will be shocked!!!

Leah: Finished Girl on the Train last week (as I was on a train, no less). I had to stop myself from racing through to the end to see what really happened and how it all worked out. Definitely a fun one that keeps you guessing.

  •  You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes <— STILL ON SALE and one that had me on edge!! He stalks her… BIG TIME! Here’s my review.
  • Terrified by Kevin O’Brien <— Oooooh THIS ONE!!!!! “Megan Keeler died years ago–or so everyone believes. In fact, she disappeared to escape from her sadistic husband, Glenn. When dismembered body parts were found near their home, Glenn was convicted of his wife’s murder. And Megan, terrified for her unborn child’s safety, never came forward with the truth. . .” and then… years later, he is released from prison. And the blurb made me even more scared!

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Jacqueline January 23, 2015 at 12:36 PM

I love the new categories! Historical fiction and romance are my favorites, and my absolute favorite series is coming to an end this August. It’s the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. There are 11 books out now, so plenty of backlog to get caught up on. Plus, each book is two stories in one. The same modern narrator tells her story throughout the entire series, and each book follows a couple getting together. I’m not doing it justice, you just have to read them to see. They are funny, full of action, and plenty of romance. Give them a shot if you have the time!

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 12:36 PM

I was really hoping you’d add A Second Chance at Paris by Cole McCade to your list. It’s on Amazon with a new release sale price of $0.99.

I started reading it this morning and I am going to gush about it like crazy. :-)

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 12:40 PM

BTW – The Silos series you mentioned above (Wool Omnibus) is SPECTACULAR. <— Yup, those are caps. Freakishly amazing mind blowing plot.

Lori January 23, 2015 at 12:59 PM

I agree Fabi. Wool is way out of the norm for me, but it was so well done, so interesting. I loved it.

Gabrielle January 23, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Looks like Mia Sheridan has a new book coming out on Jan. 25 th called Kyland.

MJ Fryer January 23, 2015 at 1:39 PM

You must read Strange Magic by Michelle Mankin! Part one is out now at $1.99 and part two will be here in time for Mardi Gras.
It’s PNR with a rock and roll twist. I don’t read PNR but this one made me a believer :) And that is saying something.

Maryse January 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Oh I love her!!!! Thank you Gabrielle!

Maryse January 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Great! Thank you MJ. I added it. :D

Patty R January 23, 2015 at 1:57 PM

love the new categories……hehehe….

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM

You added A Second Chance at Paris. Yippee!

OK…here goes. After reading Maryse’s Would You Believe post and twittering in on the AskIon feed yesterday, I decided to take a break between my sci fi read of Golden Son and my fantasy read of Burned to try this new contemporary romance, A Second Chance at Paris.

I am caught like a fish on a hook. I started reading it this morning and couldn’t put it down to go to work. I’ve even been sneaking peeks at it all day at the office. Guess what I’m doing as soon as I get home?

I will be gushing on this book all weekend.

Do ya’ll remember my first read of Varian Krylov? How crazy in love I fell with her writing?

Guess what?

I have a new love.

…more to come

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM

ditto Jaqueline and Patty – Maryse, awesome new categories!

Georgia January 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM

This means even more books .. Love it ! Thanks as always. I’m reading Kristen Ashley – love her. The PROMISE was awesome and perfection by Kristen, Onto – DEACON … which has me hooked. Ultimate Alpha Male. Loving it !! G

Amy January 23, 2015 at 2:34 PM

I like the category breakdown!! :D Especially the Dystopian one as I have been craving postapocalyptic/dystopian books lately. Can you believe I’m *still* thinking of And After over a week later?? I wasn’t blown away by the series and didn’t go all crazy over that one and the first one (Until the End of the World, which is .99 right now!) like I do with some series, but the second book has just stuck with me for some reason, and I just keep thinking about it and all that happened in it. And everytime I think about it I get a lump in my throat. It’s makin’ me melancholy, ladies!! :( Someone read them and be melancholy with me. *giggle* Only here can that request be taken seriously, right? ;)

On a brighter note, I finally found a recipe for the Three Olives Loopy vodka I picked up! It has a Fruit Loops flavor to it. Seriously. I’m gonna replace the vodka called for in the recipe with the Loopy vodka and YUM!!

Caitlin January 23, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Just wanted to say that I love the new format. It makes it so easy to find the kind of books I’m most interested in and it even pulled me in to some I might have skimmed past in the old format. I’m sure it is more work for you, so thank you! I appreciate it!

Mindi January 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM

I LOVE the new categories!!

Wool Omnibus is now on my TBR list–it sounds SO good!

Maryse January 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Oh I love it too Caitlin… bit more work, BUT since I’m a “list-addict” there’s nothing better than a list, other than an even better organized list. LOL!!!

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Speaking of … Maryse, since I’m addicted to your blog and I subscribe to each new post, is there an easier way? For example, is there a way to subscribe to all new posts without doing so one by one?

Maryse January 23, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Yep Fabi! Just go here and add your email address in here: Get Maryse’s Book Blog updates delivered by email

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 3:10 PM

Thank you!

Maryse January 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Thank you so much Jacqueline, for that recommendation! I’m looking up the series now. :D

Maryse January 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

My pleasure Fabi!!

Angie O. January 23, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Maryse! You added A Second Chance at Paris to your list ! I’m so excited to see it here. I seriously love that book, and would love to know your thoughts!

Fabi, have you finished yet? I’ll gush right along with you when you finish it!

Jean January 23, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Love the new format! I immediately bought a Girl on the Train because i could use a change like that, and Second Chance at Paris (how could I not with Fabi’s gushing and she introduced me to Krylov so I trust her.. Lol!).

Yeah, and finally broke down and bought Thicker Than Blood….. I’ve been craving the dystopian books lately too!!

Excited about Kyland by Mia Sheridan…. I love her books!

Happy reading this weekend ladies! Preparing for a snowstorm here so it’s perfect weather for it!

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Oh Angie, I don’t plan on waiting to finish reading it before gushing about it. I have pages of notes and highlights just from this morning’s reading. I can already tell it’ll be an ongoing thing as I get further along in the book. I’m just waiting to get home and really get going with it.

Yeaa Jean. Hugz. :-)

I have to add something about this new book/new author I’m reading. Even though I haven’t finished reading the book yet. I can already attest to the talent and skill in his writing. There’s been a lot of recent discussions about female vs. male authors and about first vs. third person as well as male vs. female POVs. The truth is, when talent meets skill meets brilliant plot, none of that matters. It becomes a work of art regardless of the particulars.

In this case, it’s the best dish in the ultimate Parisian restaurant. I makes me want to savor every word. I find myself reading and re-reading the same lines and paragraphs while my literary taste buds “squeee” in glee.

Jean January 23, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Wow Fabi, you just convinced me as to what I’m starting tonight and I’m excited! I really wanted to read Seducing Destiny but feel like I have to re-read the first books and get a refresher.

Cindy January 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM

I think I’ll check out Mayhem! ….and speaking of Kristen Ashley…. Deacon!!! OMG loved loved this book! This lead me to Play it Safe by KA. LOVE IT! What rock was I living under that this one did not catch my eye sooner???! What the heck!!? Its a Must read!! :)

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Jean I have SD scheduled right after Burned. This is a totally unplanned, but so far very pleasant, sidetrack.

Too cool! Got me a buddy read. :-)

ps. Check out the author’s Twitter. He’s so funny. I’ve been snickering and laughing with it since yesterday.

Is there anything better in life than a smile and a laugh?

(hush Amy….you know what I mean) ;-)

bev January 23, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Jean, I’m jealous but also stay safe.

Maryse love the new format!

Fabi, I love it when you read an author whose voice just does it for you. That’s how I felt after I finally read Eleanor & Park.

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Bev, can you believe I still have that on my tbr after all the rave you gave it? *shaking head* I need more eyes to read more books.

bev January 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Been going back & forth on what to read next, not sure where ill land. Marathoned a show this week instead of reading, kind of wish I still had it now.

Laura January 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Oh for gods sake I should have known a recommendation that amy liked would make me a blubbering mess!!! I’ve just finished the Mason list *sniff* I deserve the manatee back right? And a martini right amy?

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Shoot, Bev, join me and Jean with ASCAP. :-) I’ve done those marathons and wished there was more too.

ha! Laura…thank goodness Amy is such a sweetheart, otherwise her making us cry all the time wouldn’t go over half as well.

bev January 23, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Oh, one more thing, lol. I was listening to a podcast with the author Courtney Milan. She writes historical, read two I think, but just came out with her first NA contemporary. It’s the first in a series and I guess the heroine of the next book will be transgender.

Laura January 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Fabi does red rising have a sort of romantic thing on the side of the story? I like the sound of it think I might read it next?

Jean January 23, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Thanks bev! Oh and I just want to say, I love the cover of ASCAP!!

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Laura, Red Rising isn’t really a romance. It has an underlying romance factor as a driver to the plot but it is not part of the overriding theme in the book.

Jean, me too! So classy.

My first thought when I started reading it this morning: “This was crafted by a word smith. The flow of language is so smooth and beautiful that it feels like warm undulating waves in a gentle sea.”

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Bev, that sounds like a book I read a long time ago. Interesting that it’s classified as NA.

Linda January 23, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Hey guys I’m in a dilemma here. After all the positive reviews on the Fever series by KMM I spent the last couple days reading Darkfever. Didn’t really connect with it at all. I’m assuming it gets better? And I’m going to put out there I kept expecting a love/hot sex connection between Barrons and Mac. It ended abruptly and no hot sex!!! No judging please. **shrug**

Maryse January 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Keep going Linda. Each book gets better and better, and book #1 was not my favorite. In fact, my least favorite. And there’s thatndelicious slow burn that will burn you alive in the mist delicious way. Plus.. Maybe even a triangle. And some shock value to blow your mind!!!! :D

Laura January 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Linda I got he the end of the 3rd in the fever series and was like eh?! Didn’t think much of it wasn’t getting it then decided months later to pick up the others and I’m now obsessed, I felt like I wasn’t really getting anywere but it gets so much better I would stick with it definitely

fabi January 23, 2015 at 6:46 PM

Linda, keep going, hot sex scenes coming up. lol

fabi January 23, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Finally home and reading. I swear I have entire sections of this book, ASCAP, highlighted.

It’s a about a geeky girl and a popular guy who knew each other (but did not speak) in high school. Major silent crush right? But now they’re grown up and run into each other again. She’s a super smart brainiac astrophysicist. He’s a super famous YA author.

Now quoting directly from the book:

“Falling in love was never the same–never as light, as sweet, as guileless, the emotion not as raw or real when it became about work schedules and who paid for dinner and whether it was too soon to have sex. Mundane things took the romance out of it, when at sixteen it had been about wishing for that one perfect, breathless, magical kiss with that special someone who didn’t even know she was alive.”

Does anyone besides me now remember high school like it was yesterday?

If I’d gone into this book blind, I would have guessed this was a female author of either British or possibly Australian nationality.

Tracy January 23, 2015 at 8:12 PM

Fabi – I’ve jumped on the ASCAP train. I started Roam last night so I have to finish that first. Need to get to Burned as well. I’m waiting for the snow too so it will be a great reading weekend!

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 8:21 PM

Tracy you’ll enjoy Roam. That was a wicked wild read. MichelleS read the entire series and barely came up for breath the whole time.

ASCAP is so much more than I expected. Woven into the plot are real life struggles against impossible illness. There’s a person’s drive to make this a better world with whatever tool or skill he has at his disposal. Serious undertones while the dialogue still makes me smirk and smile and even laugh out loud.

Claudia Flores January 23, 2015 at 8:42 PM

Thank you Maryse, loved Color of Loneliness and The girl you left behind!!!!The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins it’s on my list ,

Tracy January 23, 2015 at 8:58 PM

Fabi- I am already sucked into Roam and have a feeling that I will be reading all of the books as well but your descriptions of ASCAP has me really intrigued. I really thought I was going to jump into Burned but I have to admit the price put me off. I had Roan on my TBR and thought – why not.

Michelle January 23, 2015 at 9:08 PM

Ooo I love the new categories Maryse! Ok I’m still in Fever series land (just started Burned…was still meh over Iced so no change in opinion there the second time around) but I grabbed ASCAP for later. I’ve learned my lesson well, if Fabi gushes about a book, I buy it ;) . Also went for the whole Irreparable series. AND I bought the whole Night Prowler series since it was a daily deal…my clicker finger is on lock down now!

Amy January 23, 2015 at 9:14 PM

Here Laura, Manny is freshly bathed and snuffle-free. *hands manatee to Laura* Need a snuggle, too? ‘Cause I’m always ready for a snuggle!

Hey now, Fabi…not all of my recs make you guys cry! It’s not like I rec’d Chasing Nikki which had me sobbing and hiccuping. There was this thing that happened and then something right after that I didn’t think would really happen and then there was a letter and a fish named Turk and ohhhh… *bites fist* Yep, still makes me wanna cry. Yeah, so it’s not like I said you ladies should read that. ;) *hugs* <—— For being a sweetheart yourself!

Sadie January 23, 2015 at 9:15 PM

One that I read recently and loved: “Last Letter from Your Lover” by JoJo Moyes. And the new format is great.

Amy January 23, 2015 at 9:28 PM

So, I was going to start Thicker Than Blood but all of this Fever talk has me wanting to jump back in with Mac and Barrons. I need to start book 3 (I think), and it sounds like it kinda goes the way of EIT in that it gets better and steamier as the series goes on.

Jean, if you think you need to do a re-read of the Fae books before SD then I would say do it. There was so much that I forgot since reading the first two (I read #3 Escaping Destiny right before SD) and it kinda sucked feeling like I was out of the loop on things. Regardless, I freaking love Ryder now. ;)

bev January 23, 2015 at 9:32 PM

Tonight so far has been more of a music night than.a reading night. But may jump into either the Kate Daniels series (finally) or this mystery series I’ve been wanting to try.

bev January 23, 2015 at 9:35 PM

Michelle , ill be curious to see if we are going to be opposites. I so enjoyed Iced and very disappointed with Burned. So maybe with how you felt about Iced you’ll really dig Burned.

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 10:18 PM

Still reading ASCAP and loving it. I think the 99 cent sale is only through this weekend.

If I have anything negative to say, which is not really negative at all, it’s that this does not sound like a male author. I’ve read many many many. And we know the author is using a pseudoname. Judge for yourselves. Here’s an example of what I consider a female voice in writing:
“She scowled at her reflection as she blow-dried her hair into straight, sweeping layers. She’d dressed casual: ripped jeans, strappy heels, an off-the-shoulder sloop-neck sweater in mist-gray knit that clung to her in soft folds. Warm enough for a brisk spring evening, and nice enough not to look like a vagrant without trying too hard.”

Angie O. January 23, 2015 at 10:40 PM

Fabi! I’m so excited to see how much you love A Second Chance at Paris! Yay! I love the writing and the imagery too. I really felt like I was experiencing all of these emotions with the characters. And I know exactly what you mean about the high school memories. It had me thinking of a few lost loves.

I had to laugh when I saw your line about thinking it could be a female author of British or Australian descent. I could see how you might think that because he writes in a sort of fluid voice so for me it was less about male vs. female and more about a distinctly separate voice for Ion and Celeste. It floored me that a man had written that, and if I hadn’t heard his voice recordings I may have thought it was a woman too! He’s definitely an American male though. *laughs* Oh! Something to look forward to, he’s toying with the idea of doing recordings of readings from the book on his website. How cool would that be?

One last thing, I see a few of you ladies mentioned historical reads. I just finished The Awakening of Ivy leavold by Sierra Simone. It read like a contemporary novel but it is set in the 1800s. It was dirty, erotic, smart, sexy, and really well written. Did I mention the sex was smoking hot? You guys have to read this one too!

Happy reading!

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 10:57 PM

Ha! So much for my deductive powers. Big kudos to Mr. McCade for excelling at a female writing voice for a largely female target audience.

Here are a few more quotes I am loving:
“Genius IQ, zero common sense. Honestly, sweetheart, can’t you try to stay grounded?”

“She’d never be equipped to handle Ion Blackwell, no matter her name. She could be Cleopatra, and still she wouldn’t know what to do when Ion stood next to her…”

“She was very far from all right, somewhere between dizzy and acid flashback.”

So great. And I’m barely a quarter of the way through.

Michelle January 23, 2015 at 11:02 PM

Amy, Chasing Nikki – you mean the book that’s free right now? The Fever series definitely builds. Rereading them was great since I loved them just as much and found even more little details I missed.

Bev, Iced is just ok for me. I do like Dani but it was an overdose of her. Also Ryoden was annoying to me…he is like the alpha male subtype I want to smack. The Christian storyline is weird. That they obsess over a 14 year old is weird and icky. I didn’t get the point of the book within the series as a whole besides being mostly filler. I like YA too but I just couldn’t get into it. Burned I’m worried about too…one of my favorite series better not take a nosedive!

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 11:16 PM

There’s an opening week giveaway still open for a couple more days at
A sweet book memento and a gift card. :-)

bev January 23, 2015 at 11:23 PM

Ha see I liked all those things. Well not the icky. But I didn’t find it so maybe because pnr & well the nine are very long lived and have prob seen many born, grow, and die. Straight up contemporary, no way. I think Christian was creepy because of who he is becoming. IDK, I thought of iced as an offshoot, connected but separate. Gah, can’t say much until you read it.

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 11:27 PM

I read Iced as a YA offshoot similar to what Kenyon did with her series, so I never really considered Iced as part of Fever. I’m really confused now that Burned has become a continuation of both. And from the reactions here, I’m a little worried about reading it. My expectations were so high.

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 11:29 PM

I didn’t have a prob with the age thing because I read so many historicals in my misspent youth that I got a little numb to 12 year olds being married off so 14 didn’t seem so odd. :/

bev January 23, 2015 at 11:29 PM

And MichelleS, I want to know what she thinks, lol. It’s as ad as when I love a book. I checked this one book blog I read like 50x until they posted their thoughts, lol.

Fabi, you are cracking me up.

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 11:32 PM

Well it’s next for me, no ifs, buts, or anything else. It’s burning a hole in my Kindle. (Pun intended)

Michelle January 23, 2015 at 11:34 PM

Well I think we are confused over the series because originally it was an offshoot and I noticed they retitled it a while back to be fever series book 6. Maybe KMM was pressured into continuing things within the series? It doesn’t work as well that way though, which is my major complaint.

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 11:36 PM

Ditto Michelle. I was disappointed when I first heard of the change.

Dana January 23, 2015 at 11:39 PM

Maryse, under pre-orders you forgot to mention Second Debt by Pepper Winters. It comes out Monday January 26! This series is a must read!!

bev January 23, 2015 at 11:40 PM

So funny Fabi, because, can’t think of any names, but remember reading historicals & some old harlequin when the guy would marry his ward. That’s what came to mind. But again I never saw it as Ryodan was attracted physically to her in any way. You get more insight to how they all feel in Burned.
But again , maybe odd but true, I would not like the set up in a plain YA, NA, or Contemporary.
Was something that happened in Burned that really bothered me and curious if any one else sees it the same way.:-I

Fabi January 23, 2015 at 11:55 PM

I totally reremember those Bev. And the ones where the girl was married off and the husband had to wait until she hit puberty before consumating the marriage.

Yeah, think me a perv if y’all want to but I remember myself at 14 and I was not a little girl at that age. In fact, one of my sisters in law was married and had a baby by 14. I waited till 26 for my first kid, so it’s not that I’m condoning, but neither does it shock me. Some girls are still babies at 14, some are much closer to being women.

Laura January 24, 2015 at 4:48 AM

Ok so I’m going to start fighting destiny cause yes this seems to be another one I’ve missed! I’ve still got red rising on my tbr I will get to it fabi!!
I’m liking the idea of a male contemporary romance writer so I may start that was be with u all have u started yet?

Tracy January 24, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Dana – I’ll be all over Second Debt. Thanks for the reminder. I love this series!

Jean January 24, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Fabi, another great recommendation! I was up until 3 am reading ASCAP. I am loving it! Just woke up and picked It right back up! And yes, it is so hard to tell that this was written by a male author!

Fabi January 24, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Laura the fighting Destiny series is awesome. Plenty of romance and steam. I forget who recommended it to me. Probably MichelleS.

Yeaa Jean so glad you like it too. Definitely join us Laura if you’re in the mood for a contemporary romance. I fell asleep last night, but I have a few hours today before I have to get out of the house so I’m going to make coffee and curl up with ASCAP. :-)

Laura January 24, 2015 at 9:45 AM

I’m on fighting destiny and it’s quite Rachel Morgan like but with fae insted of elves like crappy Trent!! But I love him really lol, but it does have more steam very much so lol

Fabi January 24, 2015 at 11:49 AM

I think I’ve just about run out of reading time for today. I’m about a third of the way into ASCAP. The writing flows as smooth as silk. I think this is self published. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I am very impressed with the editting. I am not hiccuping over any of the annoying mistakes we’ve come to expect in self published books. This one couldn’t be better if it had gone through three teams of editors. And speaking of impressed, I learned yesterday that beautiful book cover didn’t come from a reknown gifted artist. It was self-made on Photoshop. :-0

But, duty calls so I have to leave this lovely story to go help man a career expo booth. (maybe I can sneak read there when it’s not busy) :-)

Lori Moore January 24, 2015 at 11:49 AM

I love the way you’ve separated the different genres. Your lists and recommendations are always top on my list

Tracie January 24, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Love the new categories. I’m working on the reading challenge and the new categories helped me pick some new books. Thanx

MichelleS January 24, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Late to the party as usual!!! I am going to One-Click this ASCAP business ASAP because it has Fabi in a tizzy that she says is possibly more of a love fest that Krylov… so it should be awesome. But I have to finish Burned first. I am only at 32% because life is too busy right now. I have this evening to read so I am going to get to it right now! Then I just HAVE TO read Seducing Destiny because Ryder and Syn were too good not to get a pittle more of that. I guess it will be ASCAP after that. So much for my TBR list.

Did someone say Roam? I still haven’t read anything that even came close to the high that this series gave me, especially book six. I need to find another gem like that!

bev January 24, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Decided to read another book for my challenge. Doing the Sci fiction task. I do not read this genre at all but excited by the book, The Martian, lots of good buzz and reviews. Guess it is even already optioned for a movie, lol.

All this talk about The Girl On The Train has me wanting to ‘re watch Rear Window. I remember getting so tense and even scared during parts of that movie. Love Jimmy Stewart & Grace Kelly’s wardrobe in that film.

Fabi January 24, 2015 at 8:16 PM

Bev I can’t wait to read that one! You’ll have to tell me what you think. It’s another one about to jump right off my tbr. (I think I’m developing hypertension with all these great books I can’t get to fast enough) :-)

Tracy January 24, 2015 at 8:56 PM

Yep MichelleS – it’s me that is going out of her mind with Roam! I am loving it. I am almost finished with the first and it will be right into the second one. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.

Amy January 24, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Yep Michelle, it’s the one by Lacey Weatherford and is free right now!

Laura, LOTS of steam ‘n smut in the Fae chronicles. ;)

Dana and Tracy, is her Indebted series as good as her Monsters In the Dark series? ‘Cause I really liked those!

Tracy January 24, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Amy – I like the Indebted series better. I liked the Monsters in the Dark too but this one really sucked me in. There are a few debts that need to be paid so there are more books planned. I don’t kind waiting for each release but not everyone feels the same way. The first one is .99 so you may want to go for it.

Jen C January 25, 2015 at 12:15 AM

On chapter fifteen of ASCAP – what a pleasure to read! Absolutely LOVING this writer’s style. I am absolutely hooked and loving this book and characters so hard.

@Fabi – I had the exact same thoughts (particularly in the early parts of the book) that, if I didn’t know better, I would have guessed a British/Australian/New Zealand writer with the choice of words and phrasing.

I’m another one who can’t wait for the new book in the Indebted series – first two completely sucked me in! Like it just as much (if not more?) than her Monsters in the Dark series.

JackieV January 25, 2015 at 1:18 AM

So many great books out right now. Really liked Kaleidascope Hearts, half way through and loving Seducing Destiny (I cried for Ryder, too), loved Mayhem and looking forward to more from that author, one-clicked on ASCAP – looking forward to starting that, super excited for Second Debt and now my pre-ordered Beautiful Redemption is LIVE on ibooks!

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 8:09 AM

Is anyone planning on seeing the new movie “The Boy Next Door”? That one seems right up our alley with a forbiddeny, sexy, scary plot. Well, I’m scared of scary but I know Maryse likes scary. The plot is so similar to our books that It caught my attention. But I don’t see that it is a book adaptation. Anyone hear differently?

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 10:16 AM

ASCAP update…”Goodbye Ion” broke my heart. Life sometimes forces hard, unpleasant decisions.
At 47% now and if I don’t get Drake’s story I will die.

Tracy January 25, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Just turned on the weather channel and I am in for a blizzard. Good thing there are so many books in the Roam series. Now I keep my fingers crossed that I don’t lose power.

Amy – I think the Indebted series should make its way to your massive TBR!

Fabi – I almost wish I had started ASCAP instead of Roam, your updates are killing me. I am loving this series though!

Jean January 25, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Ugh I know Fabi! I finished and absolutely LOVED their story! Great wrtiing, great characters, great feelings,….ah man I miss them already:( Thanks again for the recommendation! Now stuck on what to read next!

Jean January 25, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Tracy, I’m in for a blizzard too starting tomorrow morning! Yay, hopefully enough to close work…yeah that would be great!

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Omg Jean. You finished? I’m barely at the halfway point. Glad you liked it though. I’m blown away by the writing. And…squeee…just learned book 3 will be Drake and Noah. You know mm is my fav in romance. How will I ever wait that long? Then again, considering my tbr…AND a new Maddox brother is coming to us in a couple of days. I am obsessed with the Maddox brothers! But I don’t know if I can do two CR back to back. I May have to stick with my “Burned is next” plan before Maddox brother #3.

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Jean, did you read Zero’s novella too? I’d forgotten it was inincluded in the back of the kindle edition. Book 2 will be Ophelia. <— straight from the author's twittering fingers. :-)

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 12:59 PM

…I’m sitting outside in Spring-like weather, ignoring housework, and reading a brilliant new author. BUT “blizzard”, “snowed in”, “no school/work”…? I might have a glimmer of why someone might live in those harsher climates. :-)

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 1:15 PM

“…she jolted awake when, near dawn, she rolled over to reach for Ion— and he wasn’t there.”


Cheryl January 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Fabi, you really have me wanting to read ASCAP. One question, noticed it’s book 1 in a series. Do you know if it ends on a CH, or are the other books in the series about different characters in the book?

Bev, the Fever sethe ries gets better with each book, as does Mac and Barrons “relationship.”

Laura, the Fae Chronicles has A LOT more “sexy” times, but I think the Fever series is better written.

Cheryl January 25, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Supposed to say, The Fever series, not sethe ries!!

Jean January 25, 2015 at 1:46 PM

Fabi, I did not read the novella yet but I will be today. Do you know who the second book is about? No CH in this book.

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Cheryl, each book is about a different character.

Jean, the novella is about Ion’s sister. Book 2 will be Celeste’s sister Ophelia and book 3 will be Ion’s best friend, Drake.

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 2:22 PM

and BAM
“Her tongue went thick and slow, choking her. As her eyes adjusted a particular stance caught her, a familiar stillness that arrested her attention and shot a bullet through her heart. The impact left her chest hollow, pain blooming and bleeding out, as she met blue eyes turned hard by anger and betrayal.”
BRILLIANT writing, don’t you agree?

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Jean, did you notice the LACK of editing issues? Sadly, they’ve become so commonplace in my reading choices that it stands out when they are absent.

Jean January 25, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Yes I did notice that Fabi, and the lack of editing irritates me too, especially if there is one on the first page, I mean really? And yes brilliant writing in this one! Thanks for the info on the upcoming books and the cover!!

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM

I just finished A Second Chance at Paris. I’m sure you guys will be relieved at the end of my gushing spree. My ebook has more highlighting and notes than any other book I’ve read. This was Beautiful Disaster, Maybe Someday, and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy level for me. 100% pure love story written with a skill and talent that blew me away. The wording is exquisite. I fell in love with the heroine. I fell in love with the hero. I fell in love with the setting. I fell in love with the book as soon as I started reading it. “I wished on a star,” …And it brought me you.”

Cheryl January 25, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Thanks Fabi, you’ve sold me on reading ASCAP, especially what you and Jean said about editing issues. I so agree. :)

Amy January 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Laura, I have to say I’m with Cheryl on comparing the Fae Chronicles and the Fever series. If you are craving some naughtiness (which I do…often…*ahem* anyways…) then the Fae Chronicles are perfect. You won’t have to wait long for the good stuff and you still get a great story. However, 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*

Michelle January 25, 2015 at 4:56 PM

Well I finished Burned and I’m so disappointed in it that I can’t even dredge up a constructive comment right now. Dani 2.0 (wtf?!), a flat lifeless Barron, an idiotic sissy Mac, a hamster wheel of a plot…I wish I stopped reading after Shadowfever. Maybe KMM has a genius plan for the series that involves two mediocre books that will make the next two shine in comparison…or maybe one of my favorite series of all time in the words of Dani 1.0 is fecked beyond belief!

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Amy, no, no, no…he’s going to need that (those?) in the upcoming story.

Michelle, you just slayed me. Dagger through the heart slayed me. Why, oh why, did I have a “feeling” when I heard Burned was being revamped into a mix of both the Fever series and the YA Dani series?

I couldn’t imagine it working well. And now that’s two of you confirming that Burned isn’t what we expected. :-(

How many of you have read it?

I’m going to go ahead and read the novella at the end of the kindle ASCAP. 1st page already cracking me up. Any fellow IT nerds here who can relate to this? “That slack- jawed idiot wouldn’t know an exploit from a botnet if a zombie computer bit him in the ass.”

Michelle January 25, 2015 at 7:15 PM

Fabi, yeah I mean I’m seeing mixed reviews but for me it was not even in the same realm as the first books. I just do not recognize even who these characters are and what the point of the book was. I still threw a 3 star rating on it because I couldn’t make myself go lower on a KMM book but it is clinging to that barely in my mind. After giving the first five books all 4.5 or 5 star ratings, I can’t help being upset over where the series went. Oh well, plenty more books to read. The Girl on the Train is making up for my book funk and I like it quite a bit.

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 7:20 PM

Oohh you’re reading the scary one Maryse read. :-)

Amy January 25, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Well crap, ladies…I’m just getting back into the Fever series and loving it, but it’s not sounding like Iced and Burned are all that great. :?

Don’t worry Fabi, I’ll let him have them back long enough for him to do what he needs to (what he had *better* do!) with them but then they’ll be back above my doorway…Ryder just got his own back after I read Seducing Destiny. ;)

MichelleS January 25, 2015 at 7:59 PM

It’s taking me forever to finish Burned. But I wanted a quick update to Maryse because I told her she could probably skip Iced and read burned if she wanted a Barrons and Mac fix…. don’t do that Maryse…. there is too much referenced from Iced to follow along, you’d be lost, I think! I really liked Iced, nut Burned hasn’t connected for me yet. I’m going to keep reading and hope for a spark! I don’t even LIKE Barrons in this one yet. And not a good hate him, like Ryder!!! I’ll read the whole thing before I judge though.

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 8:10 PM

That’s 3 now who are complaining about Burned. 3 people whose opinions have never led me astray in my reading. I’m ready to cry. Dang but I waited for that book for so long…

I wish I remembered more about the Seducing Destiny series. I know I read the first 3 books because they’re sitting in my Nook on the last page. MichelleS do you remember which story it was that I got so annoyed at the hero (and hheroine) that I didnt’t want to keep reading? I really hope it wasn’t this one. It was the one where she didn’t know know what she was until she reached her majority and he kept doing secret things and saying oh I just had to but its ok cause I love you. Please tell me that isn’t SD…

Cheryl January 25, 2015 at 8:27 PM

Amy, LOL!!!!! Still cleaning up the drink I spit all over my laptop from your comment about Barron’s sac. Yeh, he will need them, but a fact you learn about him in Shadowfever makes cutting off his sac more interesting!! ;) ;)

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Oh my god Cheryl, you didn’t just go there. haaaaaa

Jean are you reading Zero Day Exploit? It’s even better than Paris. I can’t believe I got both of these books for 99 cents. !!!

Jean January 25, 2015 at 9:09 PM

No Fabi, I didn’t read it yet but will go back to it. I got sidetracked by The Girl on a Train and I’m really liking it! Haven’t been able to put it down!

Michelle January 25, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Totally agree Jean I’m unable to stop reading! I have to know where it’s going – no clue right now.

Oh I just looked at ASCAP and didn’t realize there is the second book/novella included. Cool deal then – I’m going to read it this week.

Amy January 25, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Aw dangit, Cheryl! I’m only on book 3 right now…ya mean I have to wait until book 5 for that? *grumbles*

Fabi, was it the Dark Light series? ‘Cause I was pretty p!ssed at Dorian for similar reasons in the last two books of that series.

Fabi January 25, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Yes Amy! Oh thank you thank you thank you. That means I can still look forward to the nee SD book.

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 7:56 AM

While Paris had me gushing about it Zero Day Exploit has me stunned speechless. I was up half the night and started reading again as soon as my eyes popped open. multiplied by 100

MichelleS January 26, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Fabi – yup, that was the Fae Chronicles…. you were reluctant about iiking the heroine and not 100% sure of the uber-alpha hero. I LOVED the Fae Chronicles and Ryder and Syn, and have started SD because I am in the mood for a good PNR or Urban Fantasy, and Burned didn’t do it for me. Sorry! I love KMM and everything she writes. This one just didn’t develop into a story. It tied up a bunch of loose ends, and revisited a bunch of people… but not enough of anything to make it exciting. I am not sure what the whole “thing” between Mac and Barrons added to the story, except make me like him less. Anyone else??? I am going to put this one the “shelf” and stew about it and hope that the next installment is more like the others in this great series. I am sad…. :-(

Jean January 26, 2015 at 8:59 AM

Damn Fabi, I have to go back and read Zero now. I got sucked in by The Girl on The Train!!!

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 9:23 AM

MichelleS, I think Amy is right. It’s Dorian I didn’t like. I read 3 books with Ryder and Syn so once I refresh my memory I’m diving into this next installment.

I am so sorry to hear about Burned. That’s pretty much all of you, who have given me excellent recommendations, that have now been disappointed with Burned. I think I still have to read it because it’s sitting in my tbr, but I’m not looking forward to it like I was. :-(

Jean, this one will blow you away. Paris barely holds a candle to it. I just read one of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in ages. Work? What’s that? More coffee please and back to Zero.

Jean January 26, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Wow Fabi, okay, I’m on it! You’ve never steered me wrong before!

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 12:01 PM

I just finished Zero Day Exploit.

I could not TEAR myself away from this book. I was captivated, held hostage, until the final word on the last page. Was it a love story? Yes. Was it romance? Yes. It was powerful! Two people, fighting to make the right decisions. Fighting against the life experiences that had made them into who they are. Fighting to be strong enough to reach out for happiness.

Unbelievably great book! I LIVED each character’s struggles.

Michelle January 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Freebie update:

Indebted by JL Beck
Rock my Bed by Michelle A Valentine
Dragon Guard Series Books 1-5 by Julia Mills

Michelle January 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Totally agree MichelleS that the ‘thing’ between Barrons and Mac made no sense really and I didn’t like him because of it. I didn’t like him period in the book. Some of his comments making Mac seem stupid…well she was but he doesn’t have to say them. The whole let’s invite you know who into the bookstore because they are a linchpin in a plan but not really because that plot point went no where until it was convenient for Barrons to look redeeming when I thought he looked ridiculous. Oh it’s endless for me…the characters I love are now ruined.

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Oh my god, maybe I don’t want to read it at all! Barrons is one of my all time favorite characters. No, wait, he is my one, all time favorite character. I’m not sure I wouldn’t rather lose the money I spent on the book than have him messed up by reading it.

Amy January 26, 2015 at 1:28 PM

“…but it’s not like V’lane, who I’m gonna give my virginity to one day.”

OMG, I *love* Dani! LOL!!!

Tessa January 26, 2015 at 1:36 PM

I think the Barrons thing Dee!med more him pushing her to be herself and be strong. He’s a very blunt character. He fell for her inner strength, and Barron says things without filter, no matter how harsh. He always has been. He just wants his Mac back to her old self.

The linchpin thing… I really hope there is more there than what we saw. The fourth person there was a good twist, but I need more from that to justify it.

Also, Maryse, look very the new set up on the lists. It’s perfect for mood hopping. :-D

Anyone read the Ghost Bird series? It’s a YA book, but pretty good. The character is a Mary Sue, but it works. Normally Mary Sues become DNF books, but the relationships within and why she is one has me hooked. I’m reading Night School just to ease out of my YA mood and read Second Debt. I for a bit contemplated just reading the rest of the series rather than the one I’ve been dying to read for months. Or in the case of tomorrow’s Jeanine Frost book, over a year at least. I adore Vlad, so to contemplate skipping his book, you know I was obsessed.

bev January 26, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Amy I love Dani! Fecking Mega, please read her book.

bev January 26, 2015 at 2:34 PM

So,.yeah, Burned. Huge plot plot point in it that left me feeling really cheated. I hope the next book, out this Oct, goes back and fixes it. I’m still reading the series.
I really did not understand Mac in this one. One part that bothered me was Mac’ s reaction to what was happening to Lor. Hated that. If the people were reversed in that situation?
And I’m confused. There were two times that Ryodan & Barrons talk when I didn’t think they should of been able to, but that might be my faulty memory.

bev January 26, 2015 at 2:39 PM

A little positive. I liked the settings, being back in Dublin, the book store, and Chesters.
Kat’s story has me curious.
And Mac for a bit at the end was fun but went on too long.

Michelle January 26, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Nocte by Courtney Cole is .99
I remember you all weren’t impressed as much as the reviews but I still want to try it.

Tessa, I LOVE the ghostbird series. Each book gets better for me! It’s one of my auto buys now and there are going to be a lot of books in the series – like I think she has 20+ planned.

Yeah you know Burned was bad for me when I liked Iced more haha. At least that book had a central plot and accomplished something…even though KMM seems to be trying to undo it and make the pedo undertone go away with a nifty disappear and appear trick in Burned *cough cop out*

Michelle January 26, 2015 at 4:05 PM

One more, Carter Reed by Tijan is .99

Tessa January 26, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Michelle, I’m glad someone else knows about it. Omg, I was surprised by how much I adore the series. It is definitely an auto-click series for sure. Now onto Second Debt and losing my mind with Jet’s insanity.

Cheryl January 26, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Fabi I started reading ASCAP. I’m so loving it. ;) Really makes me curious about Zero Day Exploit if it’s so much better. Who is the author?

I have to agree, that Barrons has never really had a filter and is not the rainbows and unicorns kind of guy. Hot -alpha badass, yes, sweet whisperings of love, no!!!

Amy January 26, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Hoh!!! V’Lane’s sac is gonna make a nice match for Barrons’ sac hanging over my doorway!!

“Was it not worth it? Would you not do it all over again?” <—— Really? REALLY?!? Mother-EFFER!!!

donna tanner January 26, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Fabi I’m also curious about Zero Day Exploit .I looked on Amazon nothing comes up. Who is the author? Thanks You got me with the best sex scene in a long time haha

bev January 26, 2015 at 7:13 PM

Michelle, I’ve seen some wondering if she gave in to pressure from fans or others.

Amy, Nope Nope Nope not a V’lane fan at all. Was for a bit but then Nope.

Michelle January 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM

I’m in a disgruntled mood now. The Girl on the Train was so promising for me but derailed (couldn’t help myself) in the last third. Still a good read but was not completely satisfying since I figured it out and the wrap up was too fast and anticlimatic. I’m going to a tried and true author…Ilona Andrews you’ve never let me down so Burn For Me it is.

Bev, well I hope she gave into pressure because if that’s what she wanted to do with the series all along I’m more than perplexed. I’m just going to exist in a fantasy world until the next book – yes will still read because it can’t get worse right…right? Anyway in my fantasy world I stopped reading the series after Shadowfever and the next book will be book 6. What’s Burned I never heard of that book…

Cheryl January 26, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Amy, V’Lane was… entertaining, but way too smooth to be trusted! ;)

MichelleS January 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM

I am going to have to agree with Michelle, I will just pretend I never heard of Burned. The more I think about the plot lines the more I am confused about almost all of them. Where she went with Dani? Feck that! And what was that with Lor and Jo? Why did Mac plant that seed? I think I really only liked Ryodan in this one. At least we got 5 minutes of the Mackeltars. Again – so so sad.

Michelle – weren’t you going to give The Mageri Series a go when you were in the mood for a good urban fanatsy???? PNR?? I loved that one!

Amy – I am and will always be a V’Lane fane – because even if I hate him, I love hating him, so it’s all good. He’s just such a fantastic character, how can you not love him???He’s just sex-on-a-stick-yummy-licious!!!

Speaking of sexy-shmexy-fae-boys…. back to Ryder!!!

MichelleS January 26, 2015 at 8:57 PM

And in KMM’s defense – everyone has an off day – and every writer gets one lousy book in a series, right? Okay… biggest disappointment in a series…. Lover Enshrined, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury’s story…. um… yeah… not good. And almost all of the Anita Blake books after about book 8!!! LOL!

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

For those of you who asked, Zero Day Exploit is a novella included at the end of A Second Chance in Paris if you buy the kindle edition. I don’t know about other editions but it’s probably the same. Both were on Amazon over the weekend for $0.99. The sale was supposed to end today because the paperback came out, but due to some issues with Amazon, I hear the sale is still good. (I’ve been reading the Twitters). I loved both books. I think I may even pick up the paperback for my shelf. The cover is gorgeous. Both are written by Cole McCade. Don’t be leary of these romance books written by a male author. You would never guess a man wrote them. He captured the genre perfectly.

Now what in the world am I going to read after those two? I’d planned on Burned but…

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM

Waaaa crying here Michelle. I loved Phury’s book! My least favorite was Payne’s.

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Amy! I am sitting here picturing a doorway in you house hung with multiple sacs which you randomly slap each time you walk by. haaaaa you’re killing me laughing so hard

bev January 26, 2015 at 9:39 PM

Michelle, Burn for me was so good!! I may join you in Ilona. I’m fighting a hard for me to settle on a book.
I started Martian and think it is going to be really fun but not able to give it attention I think it needs, so maybe by the weekend.

Fabi supposedly the next book should be out in Oct. But as we know from Burned that date could be pushed back. But if you don’t feel a great need to start now you could wait and then be able to go from book to book. Hopefully the next gets us back on track. If u feel like a pnr the one Michelle is reading was really good.

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Thanks Bev. I definitely need PNR or sci fi after finishing two CR back to back. I didn’t realize Michelle’s read was one.

bev January 26, 2015 at 9:49 PM

When I first found Anita I was blown away, but yeah, don’t see myself ever going back and catching up on that series.
I feel bad for KMM too. I wonder how different it would of been if it had been the planned Dani books then back to Mac? But this is the first disappointment with the series I’ve felt and a lot of series have filler or transition books.

bev January 26, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Actually Fabi it is more urban fantasy. I tend in my mind to think of them as pnr, lol, but that could lead some one astray.

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM

I do the same thing Bev. I think I confuse people when I call everything fantasy or pnr instead of UF

bev January 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Trying to hold strong with Maryse’s two new lists up, lol. I’ve been doing really well on one clicking and have so many books between ebooks, library, and old pbs.

Fabi January 26, 2015 at 10:02 PM

I haven’t gotten over to read them yet. Sheesh, I’m pooped.

bev January 26, 2015 at 10:09 PM

Well, when you get the chance some of you ladies should read the intro to the KA Linde list, it’s really cute.

MichelleS January 26, 2015 at 10:53 PM

Fabi – you’re right – Payne’s book WAS the worst of that series! See – it is possible to forget!!! ha! I don’t even count that as BDB…. and with Phury, I think I had high expectations (love the story of his sacrifice for his brother, but the romance was not happening for me… and that whole chosen male, or whatever he ends up being… prime male? can’t remember…. weird…).

I’m about 35% into Seducing Destiny. It’s okay. Not the thrill of the first two Fae Chronicles. But okay.

Maybe I should read you recommendations? They were 5 stars for you?

Cheryl January 26, 2015 at 11:50 PM

Fabi- just finished ASCAP. What a great recommendation; beautifully written. Also, answered my question about Zero Day Exploit, since I’m just starting that now. No idea what I’ll read next, because I thought it was going to be Burned, but not so sure now.

Amy January 26, 2015 at 11:54 PM

LOL Fabi!!!! Martini in one hand (’cause the martini snatcher is MIA *looks around for Maryse*) and smackin’ sacs with the other…now we just have to figure out if it makes a “smack” sound or a “slap” sound!! :P

Oh man, shouldn’t have made that second mojito martini. Yeah, I know…I’m a lush. Whatever. I own it. ;)

Now it’s back to Mac!! :D

Fabi January 27, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Michelle, both Paris and Zero were 5 star for me. But again, they are strictly CR. Sweet, heartwarming stories with standout writing.

Cheryl sounds like we’re in the same boat about our next read. I was reading the summaries in the back of Burned last night. I’d forgotten so much of that stuff. Those books were so over the top fantasy. I guess it was Barrons that cinched the deal for me. Loved/hated him so much while I read the series.

Amy! Slap or smack?! I don’t want to know. Nope. Not even after a few martinis you crazy woman.

Ok, I’m off to see Maryse’s new list.

Michelle January 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Oh I forgot about the Mageri series and I spent forever trying to find my next read too! Ok I’m trying the first book next – thanks for reminding me :)

Bev, I love Burn for Me…I knew I would but it’s even better than I thought it would be. The worlds that she can build are just awesome and I’m glad to find another strong series besides Kate Daniels where I can get my fix!

Niki January 27, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Finally finished Burned!! I’m sort of on the fence with this one…. I loved being back in the fever world and while I was reading it I didn’t want it to end but maybe because I was waiting for more to happen??? I did enjoy it though and just have to have faith in KMM and that she knows what she is doing!
I also loved Burn for Me and can’t wait to read Magic Breaks now that it went on sale!! Thanks for the sale info Michelle!!
Now I have to look at today’s sales to see what to read next!!! Need something fun before I start my re-read of The Fae Chronicles!!

Michelle January 27, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Niki I’ll just skim over the Burned part because that book doesn’t exist to me (see above comment) but yes anything Ilona Andrews is a winner in my book. Magic Breaks was my favorite book of the series and sets up some big changes for Kate and Curran. Glad you got it on sale since that was an awesome buy. I decided I need to reread the fae chronicles too – need to get on it soon because it seems the fourth book is getting good reviews.

Niki January 27, 2015 at 7:35 PM

I’ll forever be grateful to you Michelle for recommending Kate Daniels to me!! I absolutely love that series!! Everyone is seeming to love SD so I’m very excited to start it after the re-read of course!!

Michelle January 27, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Niki, that’s half the fun I think when you find a great book or series – sharing it with others and even better if they end up loving it like you do :)

I’m going with a MichelleS rec now and starting the Mageri series. If we are talking about being grateful for recs, she got me to read the Tairen Soul series recently and it is now one of my all time favorites so kudos for that!

MichelleS January 28, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Michelle – so glad you loved Tairen Soul. One of my all time faves too. So under-appreciated, I think. Anyhoo…. Mageri… yay for that. But I just found a new fantasy series and haven’t been this excited in a while. Don’t want to derail your plans… but… this is so good. I mentioned it in the new release thread. Wraith Kings #1, Radiance. Amazing writing. Cool world building. Seriously likable characters. Humor. Sweetness. Action. Originality. I am totally engrossed in this one. He’s a Kai prince (non-human elder race), she’s a human royal. Arranged marriage for strategic purposes. Kai hate humans. Humans hate Kai. The set up sounds unoriginal, but believe me, the writing takes it somewhere else. You loved The Others, and Edgelanders, and Tairen Soul… I think you’ll love this too!

Michelle January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Another rec :) Well I might get there sooner than you think because I couldn’t put Sterling down last night and almost read the whole thing in one sitting! Seriously I love the premise and it’s just so good already and I know it will get better – really excited about this series! Ok I put Radiance on my list because it looks right up my alley you’re right…cool fantasy with some world building goodness equals sign me up. Did you ever finish Edgelanders? I’m reading that second book soon too.

Michelle S January 28, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Yes, finished Edgelanders. 4.5 stars, because I can tell it’s going to get awesome. Slow build up, but I loved the characters and world and history and premise. That’s why I think you’ll love this Wraith Kings book. Same feel. Good writing, like WiR. I get super excited when I find a fantasy gem.

Mageri for me was really, really good. Not spectacular good, but definitely worth reading. It gets better with each book. I think the author of this new series is a better writer, but the Mageri series had some good twists and turns and surprises that kept me interested. Like the early Jolie Wilkins novels… kinda….

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