Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – April 19th 2016

by Maryse on April 19, 2016 · 147 comments

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Oh boy today’s just-released books are as exciting as yesterday’s (Monday Early Bird Book Releases)!!! TWO AWESOME DAYS of book releases by our absolute favorite authors, and no matter what books I had at the top of my TBR list… things have shifted. Tee hee!

In fact, I’m still reading Kristen Ashley’s latest (Bounty (Colorado Mountain Series Book 7) - released yesterday) and am loving it. At over 600 pages, it takes me a bit, but I’m halfway through and still very much in!

Ela: Deke!!!!!!!!!!!! He has a man bun so need HAWT visual….

Lanie: I’m half way through Bounty and loving it (then again, it’s Kristen Ashley so that’s not a surprise). One thing I will say though, I wish she spelled Jussy “Jussie” instead. Because sometimes my mind makes a Freudian slip and read Jussy as another word and that’s just…Well, let’s just say it provides a couple of double takes and giggles.

BLURB-JOLTS!!! ➜ But there are some below that have of course, made me giddy with anticipation. Like: Dirty by Kylie Scott (she finds out, on her wedding day, that her fiancé is “with” his best man, and she ends up at a bar… and there’s a bartender… ;) ), Lust Is the Thorn (he is studying to be a priest, but his best friend’s sister needs help), Maestra (psych-thriller, and she LOSES it, when she loses her job…), Over the Line (I love Lisa Desrocher and this is her Mafia series… and OMG what a forbidden love-triangle this one weaves), Never Sweeter (I also LOVED one by this author a few years back, and this one is about her high school bully that is paired up with her on an assignment in college. And I skimmed some reviews and some say he is THE WORST of the worst kinds of bullies… almost irredeemable. YIKES!! Now I’m extra curious!)

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

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  1. Bounty by Kristen Ashley
  2. Dirty: A Dive Bar Novel by Kylie Scott
  3. Beneath These Lies: The Beneath Series, Book 5 by Meghan March
  4. Forbidden Nights: Seductive Nights by Lauren Blakely
  5. ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick
  6. Doing It Over: Most Likely to, Book 1 by Catherine Bybee
  7. Worth It All: The McKinney Brothers, Book 3 by Claudia Connor
  8. Hawk: Burnout Series #3 by Dahlia West
  9. Forbidden by C.D. Reiss
  10. Maestra by L. S. Hilton
  11. The Lie by Karina Halle
  12. When an Alpha Purrs: A Lion’s Pride, Book 1 by Eve Langlais
  13. The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey
  14. Dirtiest Secret: Dirtiest, Book 1 by J. Kenner


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

  • ROSE GARDNER SERIES by Denise Grover Swank <— THE ENTIRE SERIES is on super-bargain sale, and many right here love this author!
  • Steady as the Snow Falls by Lindy Zart <— LINDY ZART ALERT  & IT SOUNDS AWESOME!!!! SHE’S HIRED TO WRITE HIS STORY BUT…Inside the house of emptiness and coldness, she finds a man with curt words and haunted eyes. He is eccentric, odd. Brutish, even. He scares her, and he intrigues her. When she learns who he is, she wants to run. But there is the money, and there is the dream, and eventually, there is simply Harrison Caldwell. The haunted man with the black, ugly truth.” This one was just released a few days ago!!
  • Radiance (Wraith Kings Book 1) by Grace Draven <— HUGE LOVE in our group for this book, and book #2 was JUST released (see the paranormal section below, for it).

Anne: Eidolon by Grace Draven!! I loved Radiance so much! I’ve been waiting for this book for so long and its finally here!!

MichelleS: Definitely fantasy romance – and very well written.

Eliza: Radiance (Wraith Kings, Book 1) by Grace Draven…not a cliff hanger. She is a writer who has a lyrical bent. This particular book is wonderful right from the start. Check out her other books they have a similar bent, two people who are very different finding each other. Enjoy!

Laura: I’m waiting impatiently for Grace Draven’s new book to be available on Amazon. Radiance was my favourite book of 2015 and the second book, Eidolon, should be available today or tomorrow.

Fabi: Late for work today. I KNEW that would happen when I started reading First and First. Holy hotness, I can’t break away. I saw a reviewer’s comment that said this book will make you conceive so read it with birth control. haaaa she wasn’t kidding

Molly: Haha Fabi, I feel your pain. I have the worst book hangover after finishing! I don’t even want to read anything after first and first.

Kandace: I love Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs series and they are on sale (Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs Book 1) & Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2)… Santino is quickly becoming one of my favorite author. The second book was my favorite. Each book centers around a different couple. I would highly recommend if you are a fan of the M/M genre.

Maryse: Oh you guys are killing me with happiness… I just one-clicked the first two Santinos..

Donna: Thanks Kandace for letting us know the Five Boroughs series being on sale!!! Huge savings and that made my Monday!!!

Molly: YAY Maryse! I loved the two first books. But First and First is the best of the series, so far.

Fabi: Maryse, don’t forget about Stygian, a semi-pnr with a bit of creepiness. But, truly, if I were to recommend to you your first Santino Hassell book, I’d want to stear you towards his collab with Megan Erickson, Strong Signal (Cyberlove Book 1). It was my favorite of the month when I read it. Santino’s characters are hard and gritty and so freakin’ real. Megan added a certain sweetness factor to Strong Signal that melted my heart.

  • Killer Buzz Float: Greatest Hits by Kendall Grey <— Jean recommends these: “if anyone is looking for a HOT rock band series, Killer Buzz Float by Kendall Grey…..**** today for 3 books. I loved these books…, and um yeah, really hot!”
  • KEPT: A Second Chance Fairy Tale by A.C. Bextor <— Jean also recommends this one! “For those of you who haven’t read Kept by A.C. Bextor, it’s *** today! I loved it!” and Fabi agrees: “I read Kept that Jean mentions above. Another great rec from her. Definitely worth jumping on that sale price.”



  1. Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews
  2. Private Eye (A Tiger’s Eye Mystery Book 2) by Alyssa Day
  3. The Fifth Moon’s Wolf (The Fifth Moon’s Tales) by Monica La Porta
  4. Swept Away: A Krinar Story by Anna Zaires & Dima Zales
  5. Dark Hearts: A Paranormal Crime Thriller by Abby Greenwood
  6. The Vampire’s Prophecy (Romance In Central City Book 6) by Jordan K. Rose
  7. Rainbow Dreams (Petri Dish Chronicles Book 1) by Mistral Dawn
  8. Birthright (The Stone Legacy Series Book 5) by Theresa DaLayne
  9. Dragons Among Them (Kingdoms of Fire and Ice) by Kyra Jacobs
  10. Koi (Shivers Book 3) by Remmy Duchene <— M/M ROMANCE
  11. Eidolon (Wraith Kings Book 2) by Grace Draven <— MANY WERE WAITING FOR THIS ONE!!! BIG LOVE for book #1!!
  12. Darkest Judgment (Mythical Knights) by Candice Gilmer
  13. The Guardian (Mended Souls Book 1) by Jacquie Biggar
  14. Escapee: Repelling the Invasion by Edward Hoornaert
  15. COWBOY: Book Three of the Shadow-Keepers Series by Jas T. Ward



  1. Dirty (Dive Bar) by Kylie Scott <— KYLIE SCOTT ALERT!!!! I LOVE HER!!!!! SHE FOUND OUT ON HER WEDDING DAY THAT HER FIANCEE WAS WITH HIS BEST MAN  ALERT! “Just when this runaway bride has nowhere left to turn, a handsome stranger offers her a broad, muscular shoulder to cry on. Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessmen she’s normally drawn to. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and is facing his own crossroads…
  2. Lust Is the Thorn: Love Is the Rose by Jen McLaughlin <— FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT!! He wants to become a priest and he’s also trying to help his best friend’s sister… “Trying to let Thorn pursue his calling, Rose Gallagher has been hiding some things: namely her abusive boyfriend and her job as a stripper. But when she hits rock bottom, Thorn is there for her—and now there’s no denying the raw temptation that draws them together in their darkest moments.”
  3. Without Borders: A Wanderlove Novel by Amanda Heger
  4. Tempting Autumn: A Sexy New Zealand Romance (The Four Seasons Book 2) by Serenity Woods
  5. Always for You: Jack: A Sergeant Joe’s Boys Novel by Alexis Morgan
  6. Whirlwind Affair (Erotically Bound Book 1) by Francesca Hawley
  7. Designed For You (For You Series book #1) by Jo Grafford
  8. Maestra by L.S. Hilton <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!! She’s done everything to make something of herself, and better herself but… “when Judith is fired for uncovering a dark secret at the heart of the art world—and her honest efforts at a better life are destroyed—she turns to a long-neglected friend. A friend who kept her chin up and back straight through every slight: Rage.
  9. Loving You (Love Wanted in Texas Book 6) by Kelly Elliott <— CONCLUSION TO THE SERIES!
  10. Be My Valentine (The McClendon Holiday Series) by Sean D. Young
  11. Wicked Need (The Wicked Horse Series Book 3) by Sawyer Bennett <— SHE’S DESTITUTE SINCE HER HUSBAND’S DEATH... “Having spent years degrading herself on her husband’s whim and now left destitute after his death, Catherine has hit rock bottom. With nothing but her body to peddle, Catherine is merely trying to figure out how to survive in a harsh, cruel world. Lucky for her, Rand has taken her under his tattooed wing”
  12. BURN (The HEAT Series Book 1) by Deborah Bladon
  13. Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Wyoming Wildflowers, Book 6) by Patricia McLinn
  14. Love Paws
  15. Worth It All: A McKinney Brothers Novel (The McKinney Brothers Book 3) by Claudia Connor <— SINGLE MOM & EX-FOOTBALL STAR THAT LOST HIS LEG YEARS AGO ALERT! I LOVED BOOK #1 and each of these reads as a standalone! “When the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help…
  16. Crazy Stupid Love: A Bad Boy Romance (Crazy Love Book 1) by Melissa Toppen
  17. ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick
  18. Moving On (Dominant Devils Mc Book 1) by H.M. Stewart
  19. Dirtiest Secret (Stark) by J. Kenner <— THEY HAVE A DARK PAST ALERT!Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.
  20. Make Me Say It by Beth Kery
  21. Magnificent Agony (Magnificent Series Book 1) by Katie Mettner
  22. His Royal Princess: A Billionaire Boys Club Novella (Billionaire Boys Club series) by Jessica Clare
  23. Naughty Wishes Part IV: Soul by Joey W. Hill
  24. Over the Line: On the Run Novel by Lisa Desrochers <— HOLY MOLY MAFIA PRINCE/MAFIA PRINCESS/DETECTIVE LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT!! Oh this sounds good, and of COURSE it would come from one of my fav crazy-angst authors!! Mafia Princess falls in love with opposing family Mafia Prince and when stuff gets crazy, a detective tries to help her… “Considering that their families are rivals, she knew it could never work. And now that both their fathers have been nabbed on racketeering charges, any real chance at a future with the man she loves has been shot to hell. But a greater blow is yet to come…
  25. Pretty as a Picture by Julian Keys
  26. Will You Won’t You Want Me?: A Novel by Nora Zelevansky
  27. Going Back (Lake Garda Series, #2) by Jennifer Young
  29. The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey <— FOUR BEST FRIENDS OVERCOMING THEIR OWN PERSONAL ISSUES… together… and privately: “As the women try to overcome— or give into— their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship.”
  30. Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig
  31. The Trouble with Nathan: A Tremayne Family Romance by Anna J. Stewart
  32. Sun Kissed (Camp Boyfriend) by Joanne Rock
  33. Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel by Charlotte Stein <— PAIRED-UP ON A COLLEGE ASSIGNMENT WITH HER BULLY ALERT! “Letty Carmichael can’t believe her eyes when she catches a glimpse of her high school tormenter, wrestling champ Tate Sullivan, on campus. College was supposed to be her escape from Tate’s constant ridicule. Now he’s in her classes again, just waiting for his chance to make her life hell. But when Letty and Tate are partnered up for an assignment…” (I’m a fan of Charlotte Stein!!!)
  34. Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  35. A Wild Ride (Thompson & Sons Book 4) by Vivian Arend
  36. MIDNIGHT QUEST: A Short ‘Men of Midnight’ Novel by Lisa Marie Rice
  37. Uncertain Terms (Savannah Martin Mysteries Book 12) by Jenna Bennett
  38. Wilde Magic (Wilde Women Book 3) by Suzanne Halliday
  39. Cord SEAL Team Seven (Book 5) by Jordan Silver
  40. Defying Destiny (Forsaken Sinners MC Series Book 3) by Shelly Morgan
  41. Cherry Pop (Mercury Rising Book 3) by Samantha Kane <— M/M ROMANCE! “Tripp is ready to embrace his newfound sexuality with the object of his desire. Ben, not so much, because he doesn’t believe Tripp is really gay. But Ben can’t resist the chemistry that explodes between them whenever they’re near…”
  42. Love Notes: Eight Country Romances by Nikki Lynn Barrett
  43. Kathy (Firefly Hollow Book 10) by T. L. Haddix
  44. Seducing the Bachelor (The Bachelor Auction Returns Book 3) by Sinclair Jayne
  45. Quinn II (Undaunted Men Series Book 2) by J.C. Cliff
  46. The Flame by Gayle Trent
  47. Let Me: An O’Brien Family Novel (The O’Brien Family Book 2) by Cecy Robson <— MMA FIGHTER ALERT WITH ANGER ISSUES! He’s court-forced into therapy and she’s working to becoming a psychologist… “Sol is working toward her masters degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her…
  48. Guarding the Quarterback (Champions of the Heart Book 1) by Liz Matis
  49. Inside the Office by F.L. Jacob
  50. A Highly Suspicious Death (Seacoast Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Laura Pauling
  51. Letters from Linc (Ten Year Anniversary Edition) by Trish Edmisten <— HER MARINE IS BEING DEPLOYED TO IRAQ ALERT!With Linc’s deployment to Iraq threatening to end their blossoming romance, Linc makes Erica what seems like an impossible promise. If she marries him, he’ll come home alive. One week later, Linc is gone. Through a series of letters, they have they chance to grow closer…



PRE-ORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

  1. River of Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens): Sam Braden by Melissa Foster - April 20th 2016
  2. Sidebarred: A Legal Briefs Novella by Emma Chase – April 24th 2016
  3. Tyson: A Fireside Novel (Fireside Series) by Stacey Lynn – April 26th 2016
  4. Ladies Man by Katy Evans - April 20th 2016
  5. Z: A Demonica Underworld Novella by Lairssa Ione - April 26th 2016
  6. Ride Hard: A Raven Riders Novel by Laura Kaye - April 26th 2016
  7. Ain’t She Sweet: A Green Mountain Romance by Marie Force - April 26th 2016
  8. Return of the Bad Boy (Second Chance) by Jessica Lemmon - April 26th 2016
  9. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) by Maggie Stiefvater - April 26th 2016
  10. Fire Bound (A Sea Haven Novel) by Christine Feehan - April 26th 2016
  11. Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade Book 3) by Jennifer Estep - April 26th 2016
  12. Delta: Revenge by Cristin Harber – April 26th 2016
  13. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh - April 26th 2016
  14. Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens <— AUGUST 23rd 2016 S.C. STEPHENS ALERT!!!


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Morgan Terry April 19, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Hi! I love the list :) I just finished reading Naked Truth by M.D. Saperstein that came out yesterday (4/18) and it was funny and brilliant and just a thousand different shades of awesomeness.

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 2:39 PM

This list has my head spinning. There are so many here I want to read. I started making myself a short list but I had to stop when I reached #6 because I was starting to hyperventilate.

Ela April 19, 2016 at 3:34 PM

I’m still trying to recover from last weeks’ releases!

Tessa April 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM

I want this… and that… Especially Dive. Oh man, that looks good. Also, I NEED to read Radiance. I can’t believe I haven’t yet. *sighs* So many books. That Ilona Andrews is a re-release of one that was in an anthology.

Oooh, Sseaking of Ilona Andrews, forever years later, I finally read Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews. Soooo good, as usual. I need to read two of the Edge books that were prior then I’ll have read all her books.

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Tessa, we should buddy read Radiance. It’s been in the top five of my tbr for ages and it seems like I never get to it. I have to finish First and First, but after that I will drop anything to BR. :-)

I want to try Dirty as long as it doesn’t have a CH.

Tessa April 19, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Okay on the Radiance! I have to wait for my tablet to recharge. *sighs* I really just need to buy the Kindle Brightlight or whatever it’s called, but reality keeps making me put it off. In this case, good reality, a trip, but still reality. lol

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM

aaaahhhh! You’re starting it now? I have to finish First and First before I start it. I can’t squirrel on this one, not even if my life depended on it. :-/

Tasha J April 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Oh Morgan, Naked Tryth looks good, thanks! Question for you guys, can Bounty be read as a standalone? Or do all the books in that series need to be read in order?

Grey April 19, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Oooh… Never Sweeter…. gah, that one gave me blurb jolt, that’s gonna be a definite one click for me. I think yes please!

Tessa April 19, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Fabi, nope. I can’t even if I didn’t say I’d wait. I’m reading The Next Always by Nora Roberts while my tablet re-charges. Then, I can read it with you. :)

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Tessa, I don’t know how long it takes to recharge your tablet. I’m at 50% of First and First so I’ll probably finish it tomorrow. Then, if you’re also going to read Radiance, I’ll read it too. I just need that extra little push to get to it ahead of any others on my tbr. :-)

Maryse April 19, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Grey especially since I’m reading that he was just HORRIBLE.

Some people aren’t even able to connect ’cause of how bad he was… I’m intrigued!!! LOL!!! :P

Maryse April 19, 2016 at 6:36 PM

I want to read the Radiance one!!!!! But I have to finish Bounty, and then I’d be one book behind y’all’s buddy read.

Maryse April 19, 2016 at 6:37 PM

OMG YES Morgan that one sounds darn fun!!! LOL!!!

Maryse April 19, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Oh… and I want to read my Santinos.

Teri W April 19, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Just finished First and First by Santino Hassell. This guy is a fabulous writer and this book exceeded my expectations. Loved it!

MichelleS April 19, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Oh man!!!! You’re making me choose between Kristen Ashley & the Colorado series & the Grace Draven & the sequel to Radiance? My head just exploded.

Radiance was sooooo good. I’m a sucker for beauty & the beast type stories. So well written.

Colorado series was how I discovered & fell in love with KAs writing.

Can’t decide.

Tessa April 19, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Tomorrow is good for me. I know this book will take that long to read, and the tablet takes literally ALL DAY to charge. That’s why my constant grrr. It got unplugged somehow (the charger connector is loose) and was un-connected two days.

Morgan April 19, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Tasha J, Maryse- Naked Truth had me laughing my butt off but it was soooo sweet and definitely sexy at the same time!

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 7:03 PM

OK, I’ll try to be finished with First and First by tomorrow night.

Maryse, wanna join us for a BR of Radiance tomorrow night? Will you be done by then?

I want to get to Dirty also, but I really need this little push to finally start Radiance. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been staring at it on my “read next” tbr.

Teri…agree…F&F is incredibly fantastic and his writing has never been better.

Maryse April 19, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Radiance is the first one? Let’s!!!!!

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 7:06 PM

Just fyi Maryse, F&F is a stand alone in the series. They all are.

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 7:06 PM

ummm, first one of what?

Fabi April 19, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Radiance (Wraith Kings Book 1) by Grace Draven

Lisa April 19, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Loving Dive…started it this morning when I woke up…but now Im running late!!
Also grabbed Worth It All by Claudia Connor because the others (stand alones) in this series have been wonderful. Thanks for a great list Maryse. :)

bev April 19, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Dirty, Bounty, or Eidolon. Decisions to be made.

That is a lot to read, Maryse. Take a break. Relax.

bev April 19, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Fabi, pretty sure no CH in Dirty. Looks like a series of stand alones.

Cheryl April 19, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Dirty, a CH. NO!!! *looking this up* Ok a review on Goodreads says no CH!

Huh, the cover is the same for First and First and Inside The Office. ;)

Finishing Sugar Rush, which I think is better than the first book, Rookie Mistake. Good sports romance. Then probably Dirty.

Anne April 19, 2016 at 10:41 PM

Eidolon!! Yes!! Finally! I am reading Radiance again though since I read it over a year ago. I loved Radiance so much and I am freaking out that Eidolon is finally out!! *happy dance*

Never Sweeter sounds great too!

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 12:16 AM

I’m currently 64% into KA’s Bounty. Typical KA – great. I love Justice, and the mountain of man that is Deke, with his man-bun. (Did someone call it a mun? Funny!) The story is getting a bit complicated but I’m still in. I love finding out what’s happening to some of the characters from other KA books as well. Nice touch. And am I the only one that cried when Jussy sang the Jim Croce song?

I’m also about the same percentage into Kylie Scott’s Dirty. Couldn’t decide between them so I’m reading both books concurrently lol. (Does anyone else do that, too?) I’ve slumped a bit in Dirty. It’s not really grabbing me. (Cowers under a rain of peanuts). Let me just say I love Kylie Scott. Play and Lead were both outstanding books for me (both from the Stage Dive series). And I was really looking forward to Dirty. Had it pre-ordered and all. But I’m just not feeling the same love this time. I don’t like the heroine (sorry ….. but there you go …..) and the plot so far seems a bit thin. Mmmm….

Grace April 20, 2016 at 1:36 AM

Bounty!!! I love everything KA writes, but this has just messed me up!!! I wasn’t expecting to be THIS into this one. I always liked Deke, but I wasn’t overly excited about his story. Which is just so stupid when dealing with KA. Now I’m going through such a horrendous withdrawal. I don’t want to read anything else. I just want more new KA and there is nothing she has published that I haven’t already read at least twice or more! I’m paralyzed with dissatisfaction over every other book out there – I can’t get enough of her specific kind of feels! This one hit me like Hold On and Soaring did. Ugh! The feels!!!! Help me!!!! I need a seriously solid book recommendation to try to break out of this funk! It’s just such a special type of angst that she writes where the heroine is swallowing her pain because she’s mature and doing her best to be rational about life no matter what her heart longs for. HELP ME!!!!

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 1:57 AM

Hmmm. I feel your pain, Grace. Have you read Kulti by Mariana Zapata?Completely different, but maybe has some of the elements you’re looking for? Sal is a mature heroine with lots of integrity. Has a great, positive, coping attitude towards her life and doesn’t let the bee-arches get her down (most of the time). Falls in love with Kulti even tho she’s not in a position to do anything about it – just has to deal. This is one slow burn romance, but it held my interest all the way thru. I loved the maturity of both characters. I recently re-read this and enjoyed it even more second time around.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 2:04 AM

Kulti is a great suggestion! Thank You! Unfortunately, I have read it. I really liked it, and it fits what I was describing really well. I’ve turned on notifications for this post so any more suggestions and I’ll be jumping on ‘em as soon as my phone buzzes!

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 2:09 AM

Or, Grace, what about Joanna Wylde’s Reaper’s Stand. Yeah, It’s an MC romance, but a superior one. (In some ways reminds me of KA’s Motorcycle Man). Reese and London are both mature (OK, older) characters, which I love. Yeah, ok, sometimes I’m in the mood for NA and all that fumbling anxiety and angst. But I really love a real, grown-up, mature man and woman finding each other, like in Reaper’s Stand.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 2:10 AM

And when I say mature, I don’t mean age at all. I don’t mind the story falling into any age group as long as the characters are not dragging me along endlessly because of something stupid and easily rectified. Maturity isn’t found in an age number it’s self awareness and some common sense. LOL!

Grace April 20, 2016 at 2:16 AM

Oh my gosh Jan130 we are soul sisters! I love Johanna Wylde. I’ve read them all! You are so right! Don’t give up on me. You’ve got me pegged now I just need to find a book like this that you have read and I haven’t. Any genre is fair game – I’ll read anything that’s a good story.

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 2:30 AM

Lol Grace. I’ll rack my brains. Maybe there’ll be something I can think of that you haven’t read??? I, too, love a mature character (which isn’t necessarily their actual age) e.g. Sal in Kulti was only in her 20s but she was an actual ‘grown-up’ character. I too get frustrated by stupid/ immature characters and books with artificial conflicts/ plot points that could so easily be resolved if they’d just communicate with each other. BTW you might be able to make a suggestion for me (other than KA) of something along those lines that I may not have read? Here’s hoping. I presume you’ve done Wall of Winnipeg? Do you ever read historicals?

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 2:38 AM

OK, I’ll throw a few out there for you to check out. Hope you haven’t read them all …. ;-) Hollywood Dirt by Alessandre Torre, Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren, The Turning Point by Freya North (I loved this big time but get ready for ugly crying) The Seven Series Dannika Dark (PNRs). I’ll keep thinking.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 3:11 AM

Ridiculous! We are soul sisters! LOL! I’ve read everything you listed there but The Turning Point, which came up as a pre-order available May 3rd so I’ll be watching for it. Off the top of my head to suggest back to you is Abruption by Riley Mackenzie. I think that’s the last book besides a few favorite series continuations or a KA that I got really excited about. Oh and the Suanne Laqueur – Three Books – The Fish Tales Series. Those were great, but I think all of those were pointed out here so you might have already read those yourself. This does remind me that I wanted to look for more from Riley Mackenzie!

Grace April 20, 2016 at 3:14 AM

Oh! Jan130 – I really enjoyed Wall of Winnepeg. Your suggestions are impeccable! I really appreciate them, even if we only found one that I have not read yet. Ha Ha!

Grace April 20, 2016 at 3:21 AM

Whoops… Missed another question. YES on the historicals. Any flavor. Sometimes I just emotionally NEED to curl up with a braw highlander (which my husband just loves *rolls eyes*) so those are usually my favorites, but I’m truly an every possible genre kind of lass. Hee Hee.

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 3:28 AM

Ok. Grace and Jan130 I am weighing in with a couple of recommendations based on the books you’ve enjoyed (also books I have enjoyed btw).
Blurred Lines Lauren Layne….Ben and Parker stuck with me.
Signal Bend series and Dartmoor series (two of the better biker series out there).
And a rec someone here gave me….Forget and Blur by NA Alcorn.
Darker Water by Lauren Stewart (book one in a series of standalones but Im still patiently waiting for the next one)

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 3:31 AM

Jan130 a quick question….I know youre an Aussie so you may be able to help. I have 100s of hard copy books….mostly books this crazy bunch of book worms have recommended to me, and I want to get rid of them….do you know of any second hand book companies….I dont actually care if I get any $$ for them but I can’t bring myself to just recycle them.

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 3:58 AM

Crazy town, Grace! Well, when The Turning Point becomes available I hope everyone loves it as much as I did. It’s already available on amazon Australia, altho I read it from the local library lol. But I loved it so much I’m thinking of actually buying it.

Thanks so much for the wonderful suggestions everyone. (Keep ‘em coming!) I’ll check them out asap.I have to rush off and go get ready to get to singing practice on time. (I sing with a community choir, and I LOVE it).

But a quick reply to you, Lisa. I don’t really know what you could do with your books unless you want to just donate them. In my town there is actually a charity bookshop completely staffed by volunteers which is where my unwanted old novels usually end up. Maybe you can donate them to an op shop if there is no such thing near you.

Well, must pop on my lippy and get going.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 4:03 AM

Lisa: Nice! Good suggestions as well. I have only read 1-4 of Signal Bend Series and must have lost track so that’s 4 more books for me! Thanks! I’ve enjoyed all the rest of your list, except the Forget and Blur by N A Alcorn so I have one-clicked those and hopefully those can help me out of my funk. I think I just need to come to terms with the roller coaster of emotions that a KA release puts me through. I just love it so much, and I have to learn to deal with a bit of a mourning period when it’s done and I’m back to waiting on the next release. That can’t be a bad thing! I’ve got rock stars and bikers to console me now. Although, I’m still open to suggestions when America wakes up!

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 4:12 AM

Thanks for the suggestion Jan130….I had a funny little image in my head of me rolling in to the local church op shop with huge cartons of smutty erotic romance books. ;)
Im all up on Kindle now and hardly ever read a ‘real’ book. (Its easier to sneaky read on a kindle I find….and I dont keep the hubby awake with the bedside light on when Im in a marathon-cannot-put-it-down reading binge).

Grace I hope you enjoy Forget and Blur….the second book ramps up the angst. And I love all the music/song references throughout.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 4:13 AM

Thanks Jan130! I’m not sure how things come up from me Amazon wise. I’m an American, but I live in Thailand. I pay through an American credit card, and I set up my Amazon account in the U.S. So I guess that’s what I get when I sign in. No telling, but I will keep an eye out for it! Your word is gold to me based on our mutual taste. I hope your choir practice was a blast and your lippy held up!!!!

Grace April 20, 2016 at 4:25 AM

Lisa! Rolling around laughing at the picture of all those smutty books showing up at the local church op shop! I can’t agree more on the e-readers sparing us the shame of all those covers advertising to everyone what we are reading. As it is, I still get my husband rolling his eyes whenever he gets a look at my digital library. Usually muttering, “Abs, Abs and more Abs. Those idiots can’t eat, and you know they can’t maintain that right?” And it’s not even really like that in there, but it’s all he can see. Ha Ha Ha!

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 5:39 AM

Grace…I remember all the grief my girlfriends and I got reading 50 shades back in the day. One of them used to drop the kids to school then park at Coles to read in peace in her car because she knew her hubby would torment her for it.
Anyhow a big group of the husbands went on a surf trip on a boat in the Mentawi Islands and one of the wives removed her husbands Jack Reacher novel or whatever he was reading from his bag, and replaced it with the 50 Shades trilogy. Baahaahaa.
Ten guys on a boat with only 50 Shades to read!!!! Revenge is sweet. ;)

Grace April 20, 2016 at 6:35 AM

Lisa that is a beautiful story!
I’ve got one for you. My husband found his skin was dry so he apparently went for whatever skin lotion he could find in the bathroom. Later I looked at the bottle of lotion I almost never used to find that it was nearly all gone. So I asked him about it and he said his skin was dry. So I said, ok then, but did you notice that it’s “shimmering lotion?” That means it has glitter in it. You’ve been cruising around sunny Thailand on your motorbike with shiny skin. He said, “I decided I liked it. Made me feel like a pretty vampire all glittery in the sun.” Ha Ha Ha!

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 7:10 AM

Hey southern hemisphere girls. I’m back from singing (lol that autocorrected to *sinning* luckily I noticed!). Having a good laugh over your funny stories. Yes my husband and sons think all of the book covers with abs on my kindle are pretty ridiculous.

I did try Signal Bend book 1 but couldn’t get into it at the time. Mustn’t have been in the right frame of mind that day. t’ve seen lots of recs for the series so I’d better give it another try, I guess. I do love a good MC romance. Haven’t read Dartmoor series so that looks good too. I’ve already downloaded a sample of Abruption but haven’t looked at it yet. Time to move it up the list. Darker Water has potential, and the Alcorns look good too. (Darned autocorrect again – *acorns* lol). Thanks, ladies. This is great!

Lisa, maybe you can drop the books off anonymously in one of those big donation bins charities use to accept goods. I think the op shops just stick the books in the romance section and don’t worry. I’m sure every op shop has at least a set of the 50 shades trilogy on their shelves. Recently even my local library has actually started stocking erotic romances and they are clearly labelled as such on the cover and spine. People are more accepting these days – maybe in part thanks to 50 shades.

bev April 20, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Hey. Look. There is a night time group.

I couldn’t get into anyour of the new books last night, so back to A Wish Upon Jasmine. Laura Florand has been fun right now. Anyway, small amount of reading time for me today. If finish above book I think I’m going to dive into Eidolon. Then, finally, Cocky Bastard. Then, lol, back to the new KA & Dirty.

bev April 20, 2016 at 8:15 AM

MichelleS did you decide on one?

Stephanie April 20, 2016 at 8:22 AM

I finished reading Bounty last night. I loved it. There weren’t any mean and stupid ex’s to get in the way or trivial misunderstandings to tear them apart. I loved everything about this book EXCEPT the man bun. I am not a fan of the ban man. At all. So every time I pictured Deke, I either had his hair tied back in a low pony like Aaron Eckhart in Erin Brockavich or it was just hanging loose. I’m always sad when I finish a KA book. She is my favorite, hands down.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Maryse spans the globe Bev!

I’d still be grateful for more suggestions along the lines of what I described for the day regulars to suggest!


Grace April 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Oh! Totally agree with you Stephanie. Not much of a man bun fan either, but I self-edited as well.

Is it wrong to wish that a few more authors could just be exactly like her only to satisfy my selfish greed for more of what I want?

I have read everything on Maryse list of books similar to KA. I wonder if any new ones have been flagged since that list was formed?

Stephanie April 20, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Grace, I just read what you wrote about Bounty and KA. I couldn’t agree with you more. Major KA withdrawals now. I wish she could have a new book every week. I would never get tired of them. I’ve read and re-read almost all of her books. Getting ready to read The Promise again even though it was least favorite of the burg series. A least favorite KA book is better than no KA book.

Stephanie April 20, 2016 at 8:37 AM

And I loved the conversation about the book covers. Every time I buy a book, it also shows up on my husband’s kindle. Sometimes he laughs but mostly just shakes his head. I’ve learned to order my books when he’s not around so I can delete off his kindle, especially the racier covers or titles.

bev April 20, 2016 at 8:38 AM

This is making me more excited about Bounty. KA has been hit or miss for me lately. Not really like her, KA is unique, but….

Act Like it by Lucy Parker
Laura Florand. I’m reading her LA Vie En Roses series, but I’m going into her chocolate ones next. Those are the ones most love.
Deeper by Robin York. NA but so good.
Love Rainbow Rowell.
Going the Distance by Julianna Keyes.
I used to gobble up Nora Roberts CR. Usually does great female friendships and strong heroines.
SEP!! Great CR.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Stephanie, I felt the same way about The Promise, but I liked it better the second read for whatever reason. I’m thinking about hitting The Will and Soaring for a 3rd go. I find the longer the book, the more time she has to put us in their lives, the better the book turns out in the end. She’s brilliant!

bev April 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM

I don’t know if you read YA but Jellicoe Road was awesome.
*cough* Maryse. *cough*

Grace April 20, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Bev! Thank you! I will be checking those out! I liked Act Like It, some of those are new to me so that’s got me hopeful!

Stephanie April 20, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Thanks for the list Bev, I’ll check them out. Grace, just did a re-read of The Will and Soaring last week. *sigh*

bev April 20, 2016 at 9:04 AM

I just started thinking of the man bun discussion and remembered when we talked of it before. Amy thought I meant a different type of buns and then about Opie. This made me stop and laugh all over again. Nice way to start the morning.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Stephanie I send you a kindred *sigh* from across the globe!

I just want more of that feeling! Like Cheryl giving up on all that she was dreaming of with Merry after she over hears Merry and Colt’s face off in the parking lot. Oh my gosh, “a woman like her!” Ugh! My heart! Or Amelia analyzing herself critically and deciding to make changes – for herself – after Mickey shows ZERO interest in her. Or just Amelia trying to set things right with her kids, then add Mickey.

KA! She kills me softly word by word, but I know where it’s going to go and I know I’m going to absolutely love it when it gets there! AND I know I’m going to love EVERBODY else in the book too!

Just. Want. More!

Ela April 20, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Finished and LOVED Bounty…but hey it’s KA and YOU can’t go wrong with ANY of her books at least in my book you can’t! I’ve read most of her books, I’m only behind on the Rock Chick series…

Thanks Bev for the list *hugs*

I started Stuck-Up Suit.

AND OF COURSE I’m still looking at Urban Decay concealers and Tarte Lip stains, which I found both brands at or (one bag 2 stores). I swear I even order fabric softener off those sites!

Tessa April 20, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Bev, I was going to suggest Nora Roberts too! It helps that I’m reading one of her books right now, The Next Always.

Grace, also, have you tried Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Linda Howard? The characters in those are usually pretty mature as well.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Tessa – Many Thanks! I will check those out as well.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Bev – Jellicoe road looks really interesting. Is it a stand alone?

I’m still interested if it isn’t, but in my current book funk I won’t want to knowingly start anything whose story doesn’t end unless the subsequent books have been released, or I know to just buy it and wait for the rest. That’s my usual Trilogy policy – not longer series books. I didn’t even peek at Never Never until they were all out. I bought ‘em, I just wait to read them so I can keep from driving myself nuts. It’s an exercise in hardline self control sometimes, but it pays off wonderfully when I can just go right into the next book.

Anne April 20, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Re-reading Radiance and yup its just as good as I remembered. I just love Brishen and Ildiko together!

I really need to catch up on my KA reading. She’s great and I’ve loved all of her books.

Kyle April 20, 2016 at 3:20 PM

So I finished reading Never Sweeter. I hate to say, I was soo disappointed. I think it had the potential to be some amazing, but it just fell so short. The things in it were sooo unbelievable and so vague at the same time. I think that was my biggest problem, Nothing was really explained. It could have worked if everything just took its time and was explained much better. I just felt like it has so much potential. It makes me want to read a better book about bullies… any suggestions??

Anne April 20, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Kyle have you read Bully by Penelope Douglas? I really liked that one!

Ugh I am having severe heartburn at the moment. I have GERD but they took me off my meds for 2 weeks so they can do an endoscopy but I feel so awful!!! :/

MichelleS April 20, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Bev – went with Bounty. Like it so far. It just feels like she’s putting herself into these female characters more & more. I swear, I thought it was her she was talking about for the whole first part!!!

By the time they finish BR Radiance (thrilled & jealous about that) I’ll be ready to read book two with you all, if you like it enough. I sure did. Like “last hour of Gann” light!!!! And book two is short. 280 pages, I think??

Jan130 April 20, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Hope you’re feeling better soon, Anne.

Whoops, Grace, I realised Thailand is in the *northern* hemisphere. Duh. Maybe I should have referred to the eastern hemisphere ladies??

Bev, thanks for the recs. Yes, Nora Roberts is a good thought, too. I remember enjoying a trilogy or quartet about the Quin brothers – Chesapeake Bay?? that I liked. But some of your recs look pretty pricy on amazon so I may have to check the library.

DG April 20, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Tasha J, KA books are usually standalones with the series that shows repeat characters.

Yay Ela! Saw that you were reading Stuck Up Suit! I just finished and……I LOVED it!!!! Comparing CB and SUS …I liked SUS better! I think I am in the minority on here…maybe…with that? Give me a Graham anyday!

So excited for Bounty …so much so that I want to linger over it….sip it…make it last…therefore I am saving it for Friday! But I have heard the rumors that Deke has a man bun?!?! *fans face* Ladies, some men can rock a man bun:


Needless to say if my guys Stu or Charlie rocked a man bun…I wouldn’t turn them away!

DG April 20, 2016 at 6:05 PM
bev April 20, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Grace, Jellicoe Road is a stand alone. It’s awesome but the very beginning is a bit confusing. The author just drops the reader in and doesn’t over explain thing. It just unfolds in this lovely way.

DG April 20, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Anne – I hope you feel better soon!

DG April 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Kyle – I agree with Anne…Bully is one of best “bully” books. A couple of others I consider “bully” books are How To Save A Life by Emma Scott, Scarred by Joanne MacGregor, Make Me by Amanda Heath, and Virtue and Vanity by Astrid Jane Ray.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Good Morning Ladies! (Just waking up – Thursday morning here.) I appreciate the recommendations thus far. Clearly I went to bed with all of you on my mind because I dreamt that Maryse decided to find out where all her readers were, and some how everyone showed up at my house to talk books! LOL!

Jan130 – No worries! Northern or Southern Hemisphere – we are pretty much chasing the sun from the same side of the planet. I’m so much closer to your time zone here than my own peeps back home. We remain the night group! I’ve been quietly lurking on here for years now. Only my most recent after KA funk has brought me out into the light.

Fabi April 20, 2016 at 7:16 PM

*siiiigh* I just finished First and First. Wow – just – Wow I’m dazed and speechless and overheated and drifting on cloud 9.

Tessaaaa, oh, Teeeeessa, are you ready for Radiance? I’m not, hahaha, but I will be by late tonight. I need a long break before the next read to let this book fog dissipate somewhat. But, I’ll be ready to start a new book by tonight.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Bev – That is ringing bells for me now. I think I get the *coughs* directed at Maryse too now. I may give that a try, but later. My current “after a great book” funk needs to settle before I do that or it will probably work against me.

(Sorry if this is repeat info, it seems I lost a chunk off my last post? Or at least it looks like I did to me.)

Grace April 20, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Anne – Hope you feel better soon!

bev April 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Maryse, that
was a cute interview that you did. A beach would be awesome right now.

Glad you decided to join us Grace. It’s funny I was a lurker forever and still forget others are reading these comments, lol. It feels like I’m just havin a conversation with Fabi or Michelle or ect.

bev April 20, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Yes. Poor poor Jellicoe. Got left on the roadside. But that’s OK (kind of) I’ve new plans for Maryse. Heh.

Grace April 20, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Bev – I just have to say that when I was given my first Kindle and I realized that electronics had now done for books what the iPod did for music I was beside myself. I live like a gypsy and that is not conducive to a having a library! However, with the world at my fingertips, I found myself not knowing what to read! I bless the day I discovered Maryse and all of you! Keep talking!!!!

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Kyle have you read Tangled by Em Wolf. Great bully book.

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Anne I hope youre feeling better soon and can get tbe endoscopy out of the way so you can take your meds. So uncomfortable for you.

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 8:58 PM

DG….Im with you on tbe ‘mun’ debate. I only need to picture Jason Momoa and Im all good with a character depicted with a man bun.

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 9:00 PM

And if Im really not feeling the H’s description I self-edit and replace him with a Hemsworth! Chris makes a great biker ;)

Lisa April 20, 2016 at 9:02 PM

Ok. I’ll shut up now……first day of holidays and first day in weeks Ive had time to read all of the feed.

Cheryl April 20, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Anne hope you’re feeling better. Heartburn is no fun. Hopefully the results from your endo will be worth the pain now. :)

Cheryl April 20, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Amy & Maryse and everyone that loves makeup. I bought a nude lip gloss today. Wanted something more beige than pink like the UD naked I have. Thought I loved this one when I tried it at Sephora; now I’m wondering if too shimmery. Although nude beigey matte may be too blah. Never bought any makeup by Bite before. Anyone have a nude beige lippie color they love??

Almost finished Sugar Rush. Was a really good sports romance. Then I have no idea what I’m reading next. May look at my TBR and pick something old.

bev April 20, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Paris in Love by Eloisa James is on sale. This was a great read.

Tessa April 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Fabi, later I will be ready. I am gonna set aside the Nora Roberts. Not because it’s bad, but because I’m just not in a CR feel. If I were, it’d be consumed by now because it’s so good.

bev April 20, 2016 at 9:52 PM

Jan, I loved the second, Ethan’s book. He was just such a good gut but broken.

Grey April 20, 2016 at 11:25 PM

Damn it… I really wanted a bully. I’m so bummed to hear that Never Sweeter fell short of the mark.

No idea what I’m gonna read now…

IMHO, best bully books were the Falling away series by Penelope Douglas.

bev April 20, 2016 at 11:39 PM

For a bully book I really enjoyed The Nature of Cruelty by LH Cosway. Though I know it wasn’t for everyone.
Wild Reckless I think fits it. One of my favorites last year.

bev April 20, 2016 at 11:43 PM

Oh, and Unlocked by Courtney Milan. Though this takes place years after the bullying.

DG April 21, 2016 at 12:26 AM

Lisa – Jason Momoa and ANY of the Hemsworths are definitely droll worthy….just saying. Jason and Chris can definitely rock a ‘mun’.

Tessa April 21, 2016 at 12:46 AM

Bully books… *cracks fingers* Bully is hands down my favorite.
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
Dominic by LA Caset
The Duff by Kody Keplinger (Way better than the movie)
Bully Me by C.E. Starkweather
Devoured by Emily Snow
Hooked on the Game by CM Owens
Empire by Rachel Van Dyken

Then the best hands down ever stepbrother book ever, Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines. OMG, he was SUCH a jerk!

Darker ones:
Fear Me by BB Reid
Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Grace April 21, 2016 at 3:39 AM

Bev – Inspiring mentions on the bully book list. I was blown away when I saw that you listed Dominic by LA Casey! I really LOVE that series and I would have never thought to mention it in a bully list, but you are so very, very right! He totally was!

Also ditto for putting in the Eagle Elite Series by Rachael Van Dyken! Except, just checking here, but Elite was the first book and Empire is the latest which I am showing in pre-order. So I thought maybe you meant Elite, when Nixon first meets Trace and gives her hell? (Another Epic Series I love despite it’s stretching the bounds of reality often. It is so entertaining that I couldn’t care less that he just got shot and is just shaking it off like it’s not much more than a punch in the face!)

Excellent bully lists, I’m now going that direction to ease out of my post KA book mourning! Thanks all!

Grace April 21, 2016 at 3:41 AM

Sorry!!! TESSA not BEV! They were both really good lists and I got confused who I was talking to there. I’m going to go read now. Peace! Night group out…

Lisa April 21, 2016 at 4:22 AM

Night Grace.

Fabi April 21, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Today was Ildiko’s wedding day, and if she managed not to retch on herself or a guest, she’d consider the entire event a resounding success. Radiance by Grace Draven

I’m finally reading it. Thanks to Maryse’s reminder in this latest list and Tessa motivating me to copy her reading next idea.

I think it was MichelleS whose recommendation landed it on my tbr and I’ve kept it on my carousel ever since.

Tessa, I’m at 11% and it started out good from page 1. Have you started it?

bev April 21, 2016 at 8:17 AM


“The street tried to ease her heart, with its hushed heat and shaded old stone, and Jess braced warily against it.”
-A Wish Upon Jasmine by Laura Florand.
I am really enjoying her books right now. Not a lot of reading time but they let me slip off to France for a bit every day.

Kyle April 21, 2016 at 8:51 AM


I will have to check those out. I have read a few of them but most of them don’t sound too familiar!

Tessa April 21, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Fabi, I’m starting it today. I was so tired last night that I looked at my tablet, sighed and went to sleep. lol Today, though, for sure. I am awake (ish)!

Grace, my pleasure. No worries on the name thing. I’ve done it too many times to complain. :P Ask anyone here. Bully books are my biggest love of all the contemporary romances. The angst they build… *sighs* Oh and I forgot an obvious one. Paper Princess. Gah, that book was good. Oh, and see that post! Proof I was tired. Yep, I meant Elite. :) Oh, he was such an jerk at the beginning. I have more, I just have to let my brain wake up still. It’s not even 8amhere yet, and I still need my second coffee.

Jean April 21, 2016 at 11:12 AM

First Line Thursday: “F*#k.” (Dirty by Kylie Scott). I’m at 42% and liking it so far. I know someone here said they didn’t like the heroine, but I like her! She’s snarky!

I started and finished Lust Thy Neighbor. It was a nice, light read, with very low angst level.

DG April 21, 2016 at 1:46 PM

First Line Thursday….’I was working part time in a five-and-dime
My boss was Mr. McGee’ Raspberry Beret by Prince. RIP

Shocked, stunned and saddened….

Jean April 21, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Awww DG! I know! So shocked. Just listened to a nice long tribute to him on the radio….so many great songs! RIP Prince

Ela April 21, 2016 at 3:16 PM

So sad!

Ela April 21, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Starting Dirty by Kylie Scott….so my FLT is same as Jean’s…

MichelleS April 21, 2016 at 5:56 PM

FLT: “I’m not sure I wanna be saved, just sayin’.” Bounty, by Kristen Ashley. I’m at 37% – loooong book.

**clapping hands & doing a little jig *** some of you are reading Radiance! Fabi – wasn’t wedding just hilarious? I love how hideous she is! Snort! She’s beautiful!!! LOL.

Fabi April 21, 2016 at 6:13 PM

MichelleS I’m at 19% and can’t believe how good it is. I mean, right from page 1 it’s interesting and intriguing. Just…just.. fantastic. *knocks self upside the head* I know better than to put off your recs. I sometimes think I suffer from book induced ADD, I have a hard a hard time staying focused and am easily distracted by new shinies.

I’m loving the heck outta Radiance but still jealous of Jean and Ela reading Dirty. <– don't people call that a first world problem? Spoiled rotten.

Tessa April 21, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Same FLT as Fabi. Seriously, today I’ve read just the first line, and felt accomplished. However, tonight, I’ll be reading like crazy! (I hope)

Amy April 21, 2016 at 6:26 PM

WHEW!! *falls on fainting couch and cuddles Manny*

Sooooo, I did it. I gave my notice for work. Spending 5 to 7 hours a day in school 5 days a week, coming home and doing 3 to 4 hours of work, and then staying up to do homework is just too much for me. Add to that very little reading time (BOO!!!!) and hardly any time to connect with you guys and I am just in a rotten place.

That being said…FLT!!
“Bodies were my business.” ~ The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly. I’m really liking it so far! :D

Jan130 April 21, 2016 at 6:29 PM

I’m in a bit of a book funk too. Bounty was great. I DNF’ed Dirty (Hey, did I just invent a verb?) I might come back to Dirty in a little while and give it another go, but I, umm, got bored with it so I’m taking a break. I know, I know. But I call ‘em like I see ‘em. Don’t let it put you off. Read it yourself and see what you think.

Someone mentioned LaNora (Roberts) so I dug out some of my old paperbacks. Remember Montana Sky? (Hey, if you’re still awake Grace, you might like it.)

FLT (altho’ it’s Friday here LOL) Being dead didn’t make Jack Mercy less of a son of a bitch.

BTW it’s not one of her paranormals even tho that line sounds like it could be. It’s a romance slash suspense.

Amy April 21, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Cheryl…maybe you could put it over a pinky-nude lipstick or lip stain? If you want a TRUE nude, try MAC Fresh Brew. It’s one of my favorite straight-up nude colors with no hint of pink whatsoever, at least on me. And EVERYTHING tends to turn pink on me so that should tell you something. ;)

Holy moly, Jean wins the FLT award today. *hands bubblegum martini to Jean and squeezes her* Miss you lady.

Amy April 21, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Jan…I’m going to throw some love out for Bev’s rec of Jellicoe Road and say you should give it a shot if you’re in a book funk. It’s different and really good, and I still find myself thinking of it months later. ;)

Can y’all believe I started crying on my way to school today when a song popped up on my playlist and made me think of Cruel and Beautiful?!? It wasn’t even a 5-star read for me and yet it STILL makes my heart clench. The song’s music isn’t melancholy but the words…oh man…Drew…

@ 4:03 “And every time anybody speaks your name, I still feel the same, I ache, I ache, I ache inside.” GAH!!

Jan130 April 21, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Amy do you mean the Melina Marchetta book? Yeh, I’m familiar with it. (Hey, Marchetti’s an Aussie!). I also love her other books Looking For Alibrandi and Saving Francesca. The pop culture refs in them are a bit dated now, but still terrific books. I think she has more recently written some YA fantasies, but I couldn’t get into those.

Amy April 21, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Yep, that’s the one, Jan! It was just so emotional after a certain point…in other words, perfect. ;)

Fabi April 21, 2016 at 8:14 PM

Amy, glad to hear you’re giving yourself some breathing room.

Jan130 April 21, 2016 at 8:51 PM

OK I’ve started Radiance. See what all the love is about. So far, so good. :-)

Grace April 21, 2016 at 8:55 PM

I’m up! I’m up! Prince!! What??? Oh man, that’s terrible. I just keep getting older every day! Why did no one tell me this would happen?

Jan130 – I was asleep. My husband is cutting me off at midnight. For healing purposes. I had surgery just a few weeks ago, and yesterday the Doc had to fiddle with the wound (which was ouchie) so hubby made me go to sleep for my own sake. (Although, I think the Tylenol with Coedine had more to do with my compliance than his very good advice.)

Amy – Jellicoe Road is happening. I was intrigued by it when it was being discussed way back when, but I got sidetracked. I’m ok with a format that leaves me wondering while I move forward picking up pieces as I go. Your right about that hitting a reset when I’m in trying to come out of a funk.

Unfortunately, things keep happening when I’m sleeping! I’m being sucked into Radience. Of course, I’m loaded up already, but this is why I come here after all.

Grace April 21, 2016 at 9:16 PM

Jan130 – Heh, Heh, Heh! Radience! You were posting that as I was writing it! Soul Sisters! Soul Sisters!

Let me know how it goes for you.

Jan130 April 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM

LOL Grace. Our book tastes seem to be pretty parallel.

Lisa April 22, 2016 at 4:25 AM

Just finished Dirty and really enjoyed it. Loved the h……she had some great comebacks!!

First line Friday:
‘I can’t believe all the things people say
Am I black, am I white, am I straight, am I gay’
Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016

Ela April 22, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Oh Lisa! *sniff sniff*

Jean April 22, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Amy! Missed you girl! Glad you are able to clear up some of your time especially for books and us (it’s what’s most important after all!)

So, I finished Dirty. Um, yeah…..

Fabi April 22, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Wow Jean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you NOT rave about a book. Guess I’m going to move this one down on my tbr.

Tessa April 22, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Radiance, all I have to say is, potatoes. :) I’ve been laughing a lot through it and I’m only at 36%.

Fabi April 22, 2016 at 10:11 AM

Potato larvae – haaaa

I’m at 53% and honestly loving it. It is so refreshing. Unlike anything I’ve read recently.

They’re both so beautiful within their own species, but to each other, not so much. Brings to mind Hominids.

Maryse April 22, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Oh YAY!!! You guys are loving it?! Very cool…

Jean April 22, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Yep Fabi, just wasn’t feeling it for some reason. I loved the h….she was snarky and different, but did not connect with the H at all. Maybe because the whole book was her pov. I liked it, didn’t love it.

Now, I think I’m jumping on the Radiance bandwagon! Need something different!

Fabi April 22, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Yippeee. I hope you love it.

Maryse April 22, 2016 at 10:27 AM

OMG Amy that song hurts my heart badly… thank you.

Maryse April 22, 2016 at 10:29 AM

I’m so happy you’re back Amy… I can’t believe the schedule you were maintaining!!! That’s intense and so hard on you.

Maryse April 22, 2016 at 11:21 AM

LOL bev… it was so hard on me!!!! What new plans? Ohhhhhhh riggggght SHERLOCK!!! :P

Maryse April 22, 2016 at 11:22 AM

I’m so glad Grace joined us too!

And thank you bev. They were very fun questions that they sent me!! And yes, I was thinking of all of us on the beach in our gauze-covered breezy huts. Like… Beach-Blankie-Forts. LOL!!!

Ela April 22, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Jean! I’m reading Dirty and am not feeling it either, I think you influenced my mood towards this book!

Ladies who read The Passage, does it have a cliffy? Don’t want to get into it since book 3 is to be released…

Jean April 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM

I’m sorry Ela! I really wanted to love it!

MichelleS April 22, 2016 at 6:27 PM

I will never forget the potato scene. I’m pretty sure I peed my pants. I may jump over to book two, Eidolon, because I’m distracted by your comments about Radiance, and Bounty is taking me forever to read. I like the h & H, but it’s so complicated with her back story. And I keep wondering if I really need to read those parts or just skim over them. Might be time to see what Brishen & Ildiko are up to.

Jean April 22, 2016 at 7:20 PM

You guys! I am loving Radiance. Only at 20% but, yeah, don’t want to put it down! And yes, I will never look at a potato the same again!

bev April 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Yes, Sherlock.
*rubs hands together *
*insert evil laugh*

Amy, I kept thinking of Jellicoe Road at odd random moments too.

Amy April 23, 2016 at 4:19 PM

M’kay, time to catch up…

Fabi…thank you! Some breathing room is what I need badly right now. That, and some girl time with y’all. :D

Grace…yay for Jellicoe Road!! How are you liking it so far?

Jean…you are SO right. Books and all y’all ARE important to me! I’ve missed reading and hanging out with you guys so freaking much. SO freaking much.

Maryse…I’m hoping to be back here a lot more once I’m completely finished with work. Next week will be my last one! I’ll miss it but not enough to keep at it while in school. Oh! And when you read Cruel and Beautiful (WHEN, not IF) you will see why that song had me in tears. ;)

*snort* Maryse said “hard on” twice… :P

Amy April 23, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Bev…right? Did you see that Grace was going to start it??? I expect a *happy JR dance* from you now…

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