Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – December 20th 2016

by Maryse on December 20, 2016 · 150 comments

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WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! We found a few more bargains and new releases!!

<—- First… THIS ONE IS ON SALE RIGHT NOW!!!!! The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas (Throne Of Glass Series) by Sarah J. Maas (and here’s the Throne of Glass Series Reading Order)

Tasha: …easily became one of my favorite series of all time.

MichelleS: I love everything by Sarah J Maas! Both series were fabulous. Any fan of fantasy should dive in.

Theresa: …I absolutely agree…I love all things Sarah J Maas…favorite author of 2016!

  • Drunk on Love by S.L. Scott <— JUST WENT LIVE!!! HE DOESN’T WANT A RELATIONSHIP... “Don’t ever fall in love. I don’t need the baggage of relationships. Life should be simple, easy, uncomplicated. The problem I’m faced with is, if I really believe life should be that easy, that uncomplicated, and that simple, then why am I still thinking about a woman I met on a random Monday at the bar?”
  • Crossroads (Crossroads Series Book 1) by Riley Hart <— RILEY HART M/M SUPERBARGAIN ALERT!!! I haven’t read this one yet, but I have read another from her, and I LOVED it! In this one, they both thought they were straight… until they met each other.

Nicole: finished Crossroads by Riley hart and it was awesome!!! Sweet hot and hilarious!!! Everyone needs to read this book!

Hope: …Well-written and fun, this book also tackles more profound issues that are brightly and sensitively put together. Riley Hart found the right balance…

  • Shameless (Playboys in Love) by Gina L. Maxwell <— BAD BOY BUT SHE DOESN’T WANT HIM… “She’s all I can think about, and that’s a problem, because she wants nothing to do with me. But I’ve seen her deepest secrets, her darkest fantasies, and they match mine to a f**king T.” (P.S. it’s super-bargain priced today!!)
  • Illicit: A Forbidden Romance by June Gray <— YIKES!!!!! HER MOTHER’S YOUNGER HUSBAND ALERT!!! This sounds like a whole load of reading-trouble!! ;) And it’s super-bargain priced today (thank you for finding it Nancy!!)
  • Hollywood on Tap (Sweet Salvation Brewery Book 2) by Avery Flynn <— HE’S GOT THE HOTS FOR A HOT LIBRARIAN TYPE!Natalie has had enough of the strong-and-silent Sean submarining her efforts to change the brewery for the better. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to make her vision a reality, even if that means taking down the pig-headed and too-hot-for-his-own-good brewmaster...” (P.S. it’s super-bargain priced today!!)
    
Now… back to our regularly scheduled programming:

Happy NEW RELEASE DAY!!! It’s short and sweet today, my friends (usually 80+ even 100+ but today… we eeeeeked out 45 new releases). Still, there are plenty right up our alley and a few trilogy conclusions, and it’s loaded in sweet Christmas stories, too. :D

Big release day or not, this week makes me SO happy, ’cause it’s another family & friends gathering time, with tons of great meals, joyful music, pretty lights, and lots of love. Best time of the year!!!! It makes my heart sing.

AND! I have so many books to read during my quieter moments. Perfect time, indeed.

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Melt: The Steel Brothers Saga, Book 4 by Helen Hardt
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed
  3. Tonic by Staci Hart
  4. Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry
  5. Absolute Trust: True Heroes, Book 3 by Piper J. Drake
  6. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: A Novel by Darynda Jones <— January 24th 2017 PREORDER!
    

 

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. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

Oh I finally bought Vincent by Sarah Brianne. I absolutely loved it. Almost as good as Nero, but Nero has the whole catnip bully factor for me.
  • Cartel: Book 1 by Lili St. Germain <— THE TRILOGY IS NOW COMPLETE!!! SHE’S THE DAUGHTER OF A DRUG LORD ALERT! Book #3 was just released (and listed below) and book #1 is on sale today!! :DI grew up in Columbia, the daughter of a wealthy drug lord. I lived a life of extravagance, until one day a drug run went horribly wrong and everything came crashing down around me. I was given away. A payment for a debt...”
  • Strength & Courage (The Night Horde SoCal Book 1) by Susan Fanetti <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Lisa LOVES THESE!!!
I am back reading my Horde MC Susan Fanetti books. They have become my KA’s this year. My happy place.
  • The Gift: The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about by Louise Jensen <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT! Oh… yes! I do love those. Everyone’s talking about it??!! Maybe I should dive in. It’s a recent release, PLUS it’s super-bargain priced. “Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …”
Jean: I read The Gift over the past weekend. It was good, a little twisty, and I was totally intrigued by the whole premise of what sometimes happens with donor transplants! I was googling that sh!t! Crazyiness! If you are looking for something really different, I recommend it!

        

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 3) by Ilona Andrews
  2. Where Darkness Lives (Guardians Of Eternity) by Alexandra Ivy
  3. A Shade of Vampire 37: An Empire of Stones by Bella Forrest
  4. The Last Dragonet (The Dragon Prophecies Book 1) by Shannon West & Susan E Scott <— M/M ROMANCE
  5. Soul Bonds (Common Powers Book 1) by Lynn Lorenz <— M/M ROMANCE
  6. Of Spells and Shadows (Courts of Draiochta Book 1) by Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan
  7. Salvo: A Sci-Fi Romance (The Jekh Saga Book 3) by H.E. Trent
  8. The Dreamblood Duology by N. K. Jemisin
  9. Victoria’s Visions: Song of the Mages by Jean Hart Stewart
  10. Too Long a Soldier (Kingdom Key Book 3) by TylerRose
  11. Sealskin by Su Bristow <— HIS LIFE CHANGES AFTER HE WITNESSES SOMETHING… “One night he witnesses something miraculous … and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live.”
          

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Empire (Cartel Book 3) by Lili St. Germain <— TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!! “The breathtaking finale to the USA Today bestselling Cartel trilogy.” I won’t read the blurb so I don’t spoil it for myself, BUT!! Book #1 is on sale today, so YAY US!
  2. Wild Abandon Christmas by Jeannine Colette <— BOOK #1 WAS ALL SORTS OF FORBIDDEN… and now here’s more to satisfy our romance needs!! “Join us as old friends are revisited, villains make a surprise appearance and romance is shared on this special holiday addition to the Abandon Collection.”
  3. Melt (The Steel Brothers Saga Book 4) by Helen Hardt
  4. Swing by Adriana Locke <— SPORTS STAR ALERT!!!
  5. For Love of Valor: A Bad Boy Military Romance by Samantha Westlake <— DAMAGED VETERAN & HIS PSYCHIATRIST (FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT!!) “…Beneath my veneer of professional composure, I’m a nervous wreck. I’m basically broke, and I can’t afford to lose a single patient. Richard Stone might be a rude, arrogant ass, but I just can’t turn him away.  He might be tall and very easy on the eyes, but he’s got a hard core that he won’t let me touch. I know he’s broken, and he needs my help. But as I work to connect with this handsome, haunted soldier, I find him slipping into my thoughts more and more…”
  6. See No Evil by Chantal Fernando
  7. Scoring with Santa: Book One in the Second Chance Series by Theresa Roemer & Renee Rose
  8. All The Lies (Mindf*ck Series Book 4) by S.T. Abby
  9. Trouble in Texas by Melissa Schroeder
  10. Breathless (Players to Men) by Georgia Lyn Hunter <— HE’S HER SISTER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!!Trouble, wrapped in one hunky body and a sinful smile promising untold pleasure of the carnal kind, lands on my doorstep. Despite what my body demands or the fact that I’m irresistibly drawn to him, I’d been burned too deeply to dare try again. Besides, Max Meade-Sinclair is my younger sister’s best friend—and totally off-limits...”
  11. Holiday Hook Up: (Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls Book 4) by Robyn Neeley
  12. LUCIAN: A James Thomas Novel (The James Thomas Series Book 4) by Brooke Sivendra
  13. Little Things by Donya Lynne
  14. Counterpoints: Book 2 by Laura Rossi
  15. The Jock and the Geek (Gone Geek Book 3) by Sidney Bristol <— HER EX IS HER OPPONENT IN A GAME…Oliver Falcón is in love with his boss’ daughter. The problem is, she hates him with the passion of a thousand, fiery suns. He broke her heart to protect her once, and now he wants her back. Strategy has always been his gift, and this time he’s got a plan to not only win Sam back, but show her just how much he belongs in her world. He’s gone geek, and he’s never going back.
  16. A Wedding for Christmas (Sweet Holiday Romance) (A Veteran’s Christmas Book 3) by Rachelle Ayala
  17. Sold!: A Holiday Romance by J.L. Campbell
  18. A Date with Desire (A Honeywilde Romance) by Heather McGovern
  19. Deeper: Capture of the Virgin Bride by Sam JD Hunt <— HISTORICAL PIRATES… M/M/FSir James Morgan didn’t plan to end up with a virgin for his pet, but when his brother, Henry, the notorious pirate captures Lucinda on her wedding day, their lives are forever changed. Sweet Lucinda would make the perfect novelty for James, but she isn’t suited to be a pet.
  20. Dangerous Secrets (O’Connor Brothers Book 3) by Rhonda Brewer
  21. Sheltered by the SEAL: The Inheritance (HERO Force Book 2) by Amy Gamet
  22. Cupcake Love by Diana Currie
  23. Selfish (Selfish Series Book 1) by Shantel Tessier <— SHE GOES ON VACATION WITH HER BEST FRIEND, AND HAS A ONE-NIGHT STAND WITH HER BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER ALERT!…when I hooked up with a one-night stand while on vacation, I never expected him to be standing in the middle of my hotel room hours later. Proclaiming to be my best friend’s brother…
  24. Another Chance (A Penelope Chance Mystery Book 2) by Daniel Patterson
  25. Killing Me Softly: A Chicago Mafia Syndicate (Castaletta Book 3) by Ali Parker
  26. North Pole Anthology 4: Books 10-12 (North Pole, Alaska) by Noelle Fox
  27. 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle 8 by Christopher Rice, Melissa Foster, Rebecca Zanetti, Liliana Hart, Jennifer Lyon, Riley Hart <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT!! Six Dark Tales. Six Sensual Stories. Six Page Turners.
  28. In Too Deep (A Swift River Romance) by Kristina Mathews
  29. Absolute Trust (True Heroes) by Piper J. Drake
  30. Levels Of Exposure (Distortion Series Book 2) by Aimee Mcneil
  31. Unforgivable Lust & Fire: Book 1 of the Unforgivable Series (Unforgivable Series Book) by Shay Lee Soleil
  32. A Cowboy’s Love by J.M. Bronston
  33. My Little Book of Spicy Tales Volume 2 by Jordan Silver
  34. Completely Yours (Opposites Attract) by Erin Nicholas <— SHE ENJOYS A MORE RECLUSIVE LIFE & HE’S AN EMT ALERT!Kiera Connelly leads a quiet life, and that’s just how she likes it. She’s built a name as a graphic designer and meets up with her friends online, all from the comfort of her living room couch. But when a rare outing turns disastrous, Kiera finds herself up close and way too personal with an unbelievably hot real-life hero…
                                 

 

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bev December 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Look, I’m the first one again.

R. Renee December 20, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Wild Abandon Christmas just dropped it appears!

Theresa December 20, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Lara Adrian new release just hot moved to January 16 bummer

Ela December 20, 2016 at 4:32 PM

AND I’M FOURTH!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO

R. Renee December 20, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Ela for the win!

Maryse December 20, 2016 at 4:37 PM

LOL!!!! You guys crack me up!!!!!!! :P

Sherry D :) December 20, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Sooooo many great ones coming out ☺

Grey December 20, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Hey all… No chance of slowing down here.

Yes, a definite plug for Wild Abandon Christmas! If you’ve followed the story at all…it’s a must read!

At my youngest’s chorus concert tonight…we leave in 3 more days… The countdown is on!!!

bev December 20, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Pffft.

I’m writing out my best of. Trying to edit it down, not that there was tons, but still.

Robyn December 20, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Tiffany Reisz author of The Orginal Sinners series just released a FREE novella for Christmas called The Scent of Winter. You can download the book to kindle for free! Soren and Kingsley in a cabin….yep!

bev December 20, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Finally done. So hopefully I do not have anymore great reads for the year, lol.

R. Renee December 20, 2016 at 7:56 PM

That’s what I said…then From Sand and Ash happened.

bev December 20, 2016 at 8:10 PM

R, how many best of books did you read? I saw your GR list and you said this one will be different.

R. Renee December 20, 2016 at 8:26 PM

This one will be my top ten. The one on GR was more for fun. Which best of books are you referring to?

And question, has anyone read Making Faces? I need to give my daughter something to read. Does anyone remember if there’s sex in it? Sand and Ash had a little but still more than I’m comfortable with for her!

Maryse December 20, 2016 at 8:40 PM

I have it bev!!! :D

I’ve prepared it into a post draft… coming soon!!

Maryse December 20, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Oooh Robyn, thank you!

I’m gonna search for it.

Maryse December 20, 2016 at 8:42 PM

R… I loved it but I can’t remember if there was sex… it was years ago.

I’d say no or not much (maybe a fade to black) because to me that book was sweet, and poignant. Life lessons and all.

BUT!!! Maybe?

R. Renee December 20, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Thanks Maryse! I’d have a lot more options if I didn’t just take her phone and tablet away! :D I have to resort to paperbacks. She just asked me about Hausfrau LOL. Noooo!!

Maryse December 20, 2016 at 8:47 PM

gasp!!!!!!!

Baaahahahahah!!!

R. Renee December 20, 2016 at 8:48 PM

I should give her Larks and really freak her out.

bev December 20, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Why not just give her Hausfrau? With a note, This is what sex leads to.

Maryse, your fast.

Cheryl December 20, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Have to skim Wild Abandon before reading the Christmas one. Started Swing. So far, good. Not much time to read with Christmas shopping, work, and getting ready to go out of town. Hoping to have time while traveling to put together my top ten fav list. *fingers crossed*

Robyn December 20, 2016 at 10:22 PM

Maryse…you download the book off tiffanyreisz.com
Go to her,website and you can download the novella for a bunch of different platforms besides kindle. She has a Wattpad,Nook and several others. Hope this helps!

Jean December 20, 2016 at 11:34 PM

For some reason, my preorder of Wild Abandon Christmas was cancelled today….strange, but I’m looking forward to that one!

I read The Gift over the past weekend. It was good, a little twisty, and I was totally intrigued by the whole premise of what sometimes happens with donor transplants! I was googling that sh!t! Crazyiness! If you are looking for something really different, I recommend it!

R. Renee December 20, 2016 at 11:36 PM

Jean, they were canceled because they released early. Or at least that’s what I saw on FB. You can download it now.

Ela December 21, 2016 at 10:49 AM

R. How old is your daughter?

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 10:56 AM

17. 18 in March. But even when she’s 40 I don’t think I could hand over a book with sex in it. I’d die. It’s why I can’t read YA with HS teens anymore. Oy vey!

But on another note…I did just discover last night (and most of this morning), I can read YA with an H instead of an h. Read and love :D

Ela December 21, 2016 at 11:08 AM

I can’t relate since I don’t have children BUT my coworker and her mother read all our faves together. They even went to see Fifty as a group! My coworker is in her 50′s and her mom 70′s…

What’s the YA with the H you discovered? I found that most YA bore me where as before I loved the genre!

I’d be a really bad aunt for your daughter! I’d hand her Opal Carew with a red bow!

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Ela you stay away from my daughter! You’re already killing off all the fantastical wildlife on GR with all your “C” talk!

I didn’t discover it, it’s a rec. But I want to say just yet. It’s super top secret. Stay tuned…

Jean December 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM

That is no fair R! I was wondering the same thing as Ela as to what you were reading! Give us a hint???

Also, I think a lot of bev’s recommendations would work for your daughter…..Eleanor & Park, Everything Everything, Jellicoe Road, Dumplin, etc., etc.

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM

I agree Jean, but I was trying to find something I already have in paperback form. My order of Everything, Everything got cancelled or that would have been perfect! She ended up with Hush, Hush. I keep forgetting back in my Twilight days, I actually WAS a YA connoisseur.

Fabi December 21, 2016 at 12:01 PM

My daughter loved Hush, Hush when she was B’s age! She gobbled up the entire series.

bev December 21, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Ok, time to take a break from this book.
Coffee & pastry then holiday shopping.

bev December 21, 2016 at 12:21 PM

R, has she ever read the classics? Little Women, P&P, Anne of Green Gables?
You could find gorgeous hard cover versions. And they are great reads.

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM

LOL bev. Getting her to read ANYTHING is a chore. That’s a dream that has crashed and burned many moons ago.

MichelleS December 21, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Soren Kingsley in a cabin? That’s better than the tent scene from Twilight. I’m so on it!

Shade of Vampire #37? Seriously??? Okay. That one’s never going on my list. Who can commit to something like that?

Ela December 21, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Oh chill Robin! I edited my post….

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Love you Ela! XOXO

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Okay Jean that sounds pretty awesome then… thank you for letting us know!!!! :D

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Thank you Robyn!!!

bev December 21, 2016 at 1:24 PM

R, does she have a library card?

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM

The girl hates to read. A library is the epitome of hell to her. I don’t know where I went wrong :-/

Jean December 21, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Lol R!

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 1:36 PM

She is adopted. So it’s not ALL my fault. Just mostly…

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 2:22 PM

LOL!!!!! <3 :P

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 2:29 PM

GUYS!!!! Ela is reading the “C” book #2!! And I don’t think she even has a gun to her head! Amy, make cocktails. We need to stage an intervention.

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 3:02 PM

Ok. I was going to wait until I finished it, but I can’t. I didn’t want bev to know I was reading it because I didn’t want to subconsciously influence her opinion on the book she’s currently reading (one of my faves), but I think she’s far enough in that that can’t happen now. So, here it goes:

She’s freaking right about Simon.

Jean December 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM

BEV IS RIGHT, BEV IS RIGHT!!!!!! YAY! LOL!

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Look Jean. Let’s not make this any worse than it is. It took a lot of vodka to be able to type that sentence.

Ela December 21, 2016 at 3:25 PM

LMAO

Jean December 21, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Blahahahaha…..so it takes a lot of vodka to appease bev!

bev December 21, 2016 at 4:01 PM

I am sorry.

I didn’t hear that??

Now I feel bad I’m not enjoying this book more since you (& Cheryl) loved it. :(

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 4:06 PM

No! bev! That’s the main reason I didn’t tell you I was reading it. Don’t feel bad! I love that you gave it a shot! I’m sure I’d hate most of your recs if that makes you feel better :D

bev December 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

LMAO!!

Jean December 21, 2016 at 4:14 PM

…..”I’m sure I’d hate most of your recs if that makes you feel better”

HAHAHAHA, THAT IS PRICELESS!

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 4:21 PM

LOL Only because they’re mostly YA or non-romance! Not because it’s bev. At least I don’t think that’s it…

bev December 21, 2016 at 4:31 PM

Lol.

You know this is the first time R and I have read what the other likes, I’m not sure we have had much overlap before.

I am happy you like Simon.

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 4:33 PM

The emails…SWOON. I’m dying. I want to go curl up in the bathtub and read but I don’t want to stop long enough to walk to the bathroom, if that tells you anything.

bev December 21, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Now just have to convince Amy, Fabi, and Maryse.

C’mon, Jean. You know you wanna.

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM

I won’t even try with Amy or Fabi. I don’t think it’s for them. Maryse I have no idea about.

MichelleS December 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM

OMG. Major book fog! Why did I submit my Best of list to Maryse already? THIS BOOK! It needs to be added. Walking Wounded, by Lauren Gilley.

The feels? Oh gah!! They’re so REAL. And FABI. Drop whatever you’re reading cause this is the m/m book you MUST READ. I can’t stop thinking about it. I read it straight through. I miss Hal & Luke already.

Lauren Gilley is such a talented writer. Add it to my list, Maryse, because I give it 5 big stars. What an amazing surprise. Touching & authentic. Yippee!!

MichelleS December 21, 2016 at 5:58 PM

R. Renee – which Simon???

bev December 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

I will bow to your better knowledge of Fabi ‘ s book taste.
But Maryse and Amy……I’ll take those stakes. I think they’d enjoy it. Right, MichelleS?

Ok, I need to read Lauren Gilley.

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Homo Sapien Simon. And I have to stop reading so I can get ready to go to dinner! I ate yesterday! I’m fine!!!!

R. Renee December 21, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Amy doesn’t read MM or male POV. This is definitely a no go for her!

Fabi December 21, 2016 at 6:05 PM

MichelleS have I told you how much I love you lately?!

I’ve dnf’d 3 out of my last 4 books. Not having something good to read puts me in a “moood”. Since I like 99.9999% of the books you like, I’m getting Walking Wounded NOW.

bev December 21, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Au contraire. Amy does like YA male pov. Plus, Amy is all about identifying with the protagonist and the heart and emotions of a read. This has that. And she is a fearless reader ready to try out side her own parameter.
I love that we are dissecting Amy’s likes and dislikes when she is not here. Lol.
Now she has to read it to find out who is right. ;)
Honestly, I’m just happy anyone is reading it.

MichelleS December 21, 2016 at 6:47 PM

I loved Homo Sapien Simon! I didn’t think of it as a Mail POV. Those are usually all Tough & alpha. Like Evan Arden. Simon was funny & Sweet.

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 6:54 PM

I don’t know where Amy is!!!!

I Think she’s working her butt off.

I think WE’LL need to make extra martinis for her when she shows up. hahah

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 6:55 PM

LOL bev and R!!!!!!

YOU TWO CRACK ME UP!!!!!

What bev is book reading?

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Er…

*ahem*

I mean…

WHAT BOOK is bev reading?

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 6:59 PM

Okay Michelle, I’m finding your “draft” post and adding this to it. LOL!

Maryse December 21, 2016 at 7:03 PM

MichelleS can we read Walking Wounded without having read any of the other books?

bev December 21, 2016 at 7:11 PM

I’m reading Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew. It is one of R & Cheryl’s favorite reads this year. R had mentioned previously that it was a book she wished more people would read.
It is not quite working for me. It is very readable and I plan on finishing it, but the story is moving too quick for me, I’m not emotionally invested enough, and the heroine irks me.
However, R & Cheryl are fans so take my opinion with a lot of salt, lol.

R is reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda!!!!

You should read it, Maryse. Just, you know, to let us know how you fall on the whole Amy debate. Or sample like a Christmas cookie, an Oreo Christmas cookie.

MichelleS December 21, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Walking Wounded is a complete stand alone! Which is another reason I loved it

Tasha J December 21, 2016 at 7:52 PM

Hey all! I’ve had a ridiculously busy week that just won’t stop so I haven’t had much time to do anything much less read. So I’ve been curious every time Bev’s mentioned Simon, bc I’ve liked all her rec’s so far but the mm thing has held me back. Still, I absolutely adored Carry On, and I’m wondering if it’s like that? Even all the rave about Wolfsong had me really wanting to give it a go, but I just don’t know if it’s my thing. Carry On is the only reference point I’ve got.

Tessa December 21, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Lol I really don’t think you could persuade Amy to read it. I can’t even get her to read the Nick Chronicles and she loves the Dark Hunter books.

I keep trying to read the assassins blade and still haven’t. I’ve no idea why since things are constantly referenced to what’s in it. Yet her writing is so good, I’m not missing anything when reading her stories.

MichelleS I’m reading The Secret in the Irin Chronicles and OMG, I love finally knowing what’s going on! I figured the big mystery that has been from book one, but the full story and ramifications? *squeels*After this I need another Tairen Soul type story. Any recs?

Jan December 21, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Maryse Walking Wounded is totally a standalone and you don’t need to have read the others.

Michelle S thanks for reminding me about this book. I got excited and downloaded it straight away but somehow got distracted by other books and had only read the start of it. Now I’ve picked it up again. I’m 32% in and really liking it. Very different from her MC books, but Ms Gilley is def a quality writer. Her characters are always great.

bev December 21, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Hmm. Interesting question Tasha. In a way, maybe. Lol. Simon is only from his pov. He is a very likable and sympathetic character. I mean a really great narrative voice.
Like Carry On there is humor and fleshed out secondary characters. I really like the romance, it’s a bit mysterious and pretty much happens in a epistolary way. However, it is not the only plot point or drive of the book.
I’d say try the sample.
Hey, did you see the new pb cover for Carry On? Gah, that book.
Tessa, you should try it cause of the whole HP thing.

Jan December 21, 2016 at 8:22 PM

LOL bev. I had to look up ‘epistolary’……. *embarrassed grin*

Tasha J December 21, 2016 at 8:29 PM

On my way to research ‘epistolary’ also! *high five, Jean!* lol ;)

Fabi December 21, 2016 at 8:33 PM

-randomness-

You know, I love wrapping presents…

…for the first 4-5 boxes. :-/

Tasha J December 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Oh I LOVE the new cover Bev!! I liked the last one also, but this one is so neat!

Cheryl December 21, 2016 at 8:43 PM

No worries Bev. I will say I wanted to b!tch slap the h too!! It does take an interesting turn towards the end. I’m not a fan of YA, but I do find it interesting that the author of Simon is a clinical psychologist.

Cheryl December 21, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Maryse, I’m not sure why but every time I make a comment lately I have to re-enter my name and email.

bev December 21, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Cheryl, I have to re enter my info each time too. Also, it is back to not sending emails.

Fabi December 21, 2016 at 9:09 PM

I have to re-enter my name and email each time too.

Tessa December 21, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Same here Cheryl. It’s not so bad on the computer, but on the phone, it keeps trying to put in a separate email when I start to write it.

Bev, eventually. It’s like Jellicoe Road or that Assassin book up there. I know I’ll like it, even love it, but something is just stopping me.

bev December 21, 2016 at 9:50 PM

You know I like to think you’d like them, but maybe you wouldn’t and that’s what is keeping you from reading it.

Jan December 21, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Yes same here Cheryl bev Fabi and Tessa. It’s a PAIN!. (Thought it was just me). And email seems to have stopped too :(

Tessa December 21, 2016 at 10:36 PM

I don’t think it’s that I won’t like it, but have to get in the right mood. A lot of books are like that for me. Like, the book I just finished, The Secret. It had to wait for the right mood. Well, that and wait for me to re-read the first 2. I may end up with a what book is this moment because of what I thought the series was. It was mixed with 2 books I loved in my mind.

Lisa Aiello December 22, 2016 at 8:40 AM

I just want to take a minute to say that I really love all of you here – I’m so glad I found you and this crazy place! That is all…carry on.

Jean December 22, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Awwww Lisa, ditto, ditto, ditto! Love you all! Don’t know what I’d do without you guys!

Hey, I’m reading a book right now that I AM LOVING SO SO MUCH!!!! It’s called Royal Atlas by H.J. Bellus! OMG, THE FEELS!!!!!!

R. Renee December 22, 2016 at 10:43 AM

I’m catching up from last night.

Lisa I <3 you too! And sorry about your TBR! :-/

Fabi I wrapped presents in college at a department store in Stephenville. I'm sort of a professional. <–bragging.

Maryse, the bev/book thing just made water come out of my nose.

bev OMG super impressed how you just compliment/guilted Amy to read a book. Bravo, my friend.

The h in Never Stop Falling is flawed and screwed up due to something that knocks her off kilter when she's 18. I wanted to strangle her too, but I "got" her. And Nick…le sigh.

bev December 22, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Done with R’s book.

Now onto Jan’s.

Look at me I’m actually reading two recs in a row.

Grey December 22, 2016 at 11:04 AM

FLT- “What was the point of cold weather without any snow?” The Scent of Winter by Tiffany Reisz…. Le sigh, if I can’t have my stolen week about Zach and Nora… I guess Søren and Kingsley will have to do, LOL! God I miss them so much!!!

Fabi December 22, 2016 at 11:27 AM

FLT
“Where do you want me?”
Perv by Dakota Gray

Fabi December 22, 2016 at 11:27 AM

bev, can mine be third?

R. Renee December 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM

The Nightingale in HC is $7 on bookoutlet.com!
http://bookoutlet.com/Store/Details/9781250066435B/the-nightingale

And there’s a Sherlock coloring book, bev :D

FLT: “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation.” Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli

bev December 22, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Is yours Wolfsong Fabi?

bev December 22, 2016 at 11:47 AM

I did order Sherlock and the Abominable Bride, I have not seen it yet. Coloring may take it a step too far.

Oh, I was in a bookstore yesterday. Picked up a little book called Illuminae, my library was coming up short on that one.

Flt: The first time I met Tyler Wilkie, I was dressed like a call girl. —Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners.

Jean December 22, 2016 at 11:47 AM

FLT: “Mom said we aren’t supposed to be down here.” (Royal Atlas, H.J. Bellus)

Leslie M December 22, 2016 at 11:53 AM

I love all you guys too!!! But you know what wicked bums me out?? (I was very sad about this last night). I wish we were not all so spread out over the country/world and could have “in person” book clubs. I was thinking about how fun it would it be…Maryse could make us yummy food, Amy make drinks, Bev make us laugh…

Fabi December 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM

yup bev, this year it’s Wolfsong. Last year it was Illuminae but I have a hard time picturing you liking that one. Hope I’m wrong!

bev December 22, 2016 at 11:57 AM

Act Like It is .99. I really enjoyed this one and would not make a bad holiday read. Great chemistry, witty banter, the London stage, you know if you need to escape someplace that will make you smile and keep your mood up.

Jean December 22, 2016 at 11:57 AM

I really wish we could all get together too Leslie!

Well, I’m outta here guys….heading to my holiday company party for an afternoon of drinking and eating!! Merry, merry!

bev December 22, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Wait, Jean. Wait.

Be one of our heroines. Get all dolled up. Put that red lipstick on.
Look for the meet cute. First man you see accidentally fall into him. Realize he smells like spruce and mint. Know he thinks you smell like lemon merengue pie.
Wow him with your witty one liners.
The chemistry is explosive.
By the third drink your drunk bff is saying really inappropriate things, suggestions of what you and mystery man should do.
No your married.
But it is true love. You know this because of the goosebumps and his green eyes.
Your torn in two.
Yes, your husband is ok and all, but sometimes he seems to think working and sleeping is more important than goosebumps.
And green eyes.
Your so torn so you drink more. And more.
Ok, one more.
No place like work to get plastered and make bad decisions. Your boss will understand.
Oh my god.
Green eyes is your new boss.
*gasp*
Oh, he’s infuriating.
You run to the bathroom. You rail and cry.
Your bff comes in and cheers you up by making jokes about your vagina and candy canes.
Beep beep….it’s your husband on the phone.
Oh, Jean what will you do?

bev December 22, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Fabi, beginning of January. Promise. It will be the first new book I start.

Fabi December 22, 2016 at 12:32 PM

bev!!!! You just wrote your first book! Congratulations! It’s a huge 5-star winner.

Jean, please apologize to your husband for us. Remind him it’s “in books, ONLY in books”.

R. Renee December 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Oh. My. God. bev.

Where is that post? I’m freaking dying right now. I just read it in email, but it’s not here!

R. Renee December 22, 2016 at 12:36 PM

OK. Now it is LOL

Lisa Aiello December 22, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Jean – Royal Atlas is on my TBR (but haven’t yet purchased) list. Awesome to know you are enjoying it!!! I love the feelz!

bev December 22, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Peppermint mocha on an empty stomach makes me silly. I really should check my grammar before I hit send.

Leslie M December 22, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Bev, are YOU Max Monroe???

Fabi December 22, 2016 at 2:34 PM

So, bev, you said you bought the HB format of Illuminae…Have you flipped through the pages yet?

Tessa December 22, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Lol Bev, that was priceless. That has Marmy written all over it.

MichelleS December 22, 2016 at 3:33 PM

I had to go and look up ‘epistolary’ too – ack! I thought I had a pretty good vocabulary, but…. anyhoo…

Tessa. The pressure! Recommend something that is like Tairen soul? Oh boy! Okay okay, let me think. Nothing is like it, but… recently I have really really enjoyed Sarah J. Maas’ story-telling and world building and secondary characters. so it come close. The Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and and Roses series. Amazing heroines. Strong male characters. The FAE!!!! Magic and creatures and a slow unfolding of the plot. Highly recommend those.

And if you have read those – then maybe Roam series by K. Adams? They get BETTER with each one. I think there were 6 in all. What an amazing story. But you really have to read them all to truly enjoy it. It gets a bit twisty and turny and you have to keep up. LOVED IT.

And… I have to put in my name, email and website every single time now too. UGH. My texting fingers are horrible.

Tessa December 22, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Sarah J Maas I’ve read and adored. I’ve read a lot of Roam, but am on Rush. I don’t know why I’m not reading it. It’s the same issue as Assassin’s Blade. I know I’ll like it but I keep avoiding it.

R. Renee December 22, 2016 at 5:21 PM

OMG Simon is giving me anxiety!! I was not expecting all this angst. <3

MichelleS December 22, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Tessa – how about The King Trilogy? Or Knightsof the Black Swan? Super hot elf in that one!

Tessa December 22, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Read the King trilogy. :) I have Knights of the Black Swan but I haven’t read that one yet! It wins!

MichelleS December 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM

You haven’t read My Familiar Stranger yet??? Yippee!!! You’re gonna LERV it. Can’t wait to hear your review. Be sure to get right one. I think there are several on Kindle with that title. V. Danann is author.

bev December 22, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Leslie, no. Actually I tried to read their first book and m….no. I couldn’t.

Fabi, a bit but not really. I just knew a lot of people had trouble with it in digital.

Fabi December 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

At least fan through the pages. How long has it been since you’ve had a book with pictures and puzzles?

bev December 22, 2016 at 8:20 PM

I will. Is there puzzles to figure out?

bev December 22, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Gah.

Are there puzzles?

Jan December 22, 2016 at 8:48 PM

bev, bev, bev. ROFL. You are a born storyteller, my friend. BTW, which book did I rec that you’re going to read?

I haven’t read anything by HJ Bellus. Some of them look intriguing. (I need more on my tbr like a hole in the head, but anyhoo……)

My FLT:
‘The stillness over the valley was almost absolute; the only sound was the high, pesky hum of bumblebees in the heather.’
It’s from Sweet Treason by Patricia Gaffney, a Scottish highlands bodice ripper from 1998 LOL. But it’s pretty spicy even for then! The twist is that the h is the highlander and the H is an enemy – an Englishman. *makes sign of cross with two fingers* No kilts in sight. I’m about half way in and it’s pretty good.

MichelleS December 22, 2016 at 8:53 PM

I love bodice rippers! Gotta go check it out.

Tessa December 22, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Jan, if you look a bit, there are some seriously spicy historical. Beatrice Small is the first name that comes to mind.

Alright, I think 8m committed to this book. I started it before I got MichelleS’s recommendation.

FLT:
“Hey, shifter girl,” a human with sandy hair shouted as he leaned over the bar counter.
Burned by Magic by Jasmine Walt

I’ve had this in my KU borrows for a long time now. I really needed to see if I’d actually like it.

Jan December 22, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Let’s know how you go with it, Tessa. I like the first line.

Yeah, I didn’t discover these spicy ones when I was younger. It was Georgette Heyer all the way. A kiss on the last page! I was the most naive and innocent teenager you can imagine…. What happened?? Oh yeah, I grew up LOL.

Michelle I couldn’t get Sweet Treason on kindle. Had to get a 2nd hand PB.

bev December 23, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Jan it’s Grace Grows. Isn’t that the one you told me about?

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 9:35 AM

LOL bev!!! Puzzled about the puzzles. :P

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 9:39 AM

I wish you guys could come and spend the weekend at my house so bad. We could have a pajama party and make a real blankie fort right in the middle of my living room. Maybe we should do it… I would cook, Amy would be out bartender, and we’d get a bucket of nuts to fling at each other in real life! LOL! Er only one at a time though. ‘Cause ouch.

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 9:43 AM

LOL bev!!!!!!!! OMG that short story is HILARIOUS.

Okay so at the pajama party, I cook, Amy bartends, and bev regales us with her improv angsty love stories!! *snort*

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Ooooooh!!!

*runs to see if I already clicked “Act Like It”*

Fabi December 23, 2016 at 9:47 AM

I’m always in for a trip to Florida!

…all flights sold out for tomorrow :-(

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 9:52 AM

YAY!! I have it! :D

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM

I love you guys!!! :D

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Okay I will send this to my tech support and see what’s up with the comments…

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Okay I rounded up your comments about what’s happening, and I sent it off. It should be fixed soon! :D

Maryse December 23, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Surprise Surprise on the sold out air.

But you know what? Maybe we should prepare for a get together here… start planning. :D That would be something so exciting to look forward to for the upcoming year. We’ll have a real life pajama party/blankie fort scrap book of memories!!! YAY US!!!

Jean December 23, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Aw man, I’m hungover and tired today, but seeing bev’s comment that I missed yesterday has me cracking up like crazy! That was priceless bev!

Yes, let’s all go visit Maryse in Florida!! And yay, I have Act Like It too!!!! I am loving, loving, loving, Royal Atlas…..just sayin’.

bev December 23, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Jan, I am liking this book. It’s a bit different isn’t it? I’m trying to think how to describe it.

LORNA FLETCHER December 23, 2016 at 2:47 PM

Ela if you want a great YA series Melissa Haag’s books are great, no sex. The Judgement of Six.

Jan December 23, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Oh I’m so up for a pyjama party at Maryse’s. But it’s a long way away :/ I might have to stick with virtual cocktails and get all the goss from the blog.

bev, I really liked Grace Grows. So glad you’re reading it. Yes it is different. Very sweet, I thought. And I liked that the H wasn’t mr. perfect, but still such a great guy. I think it’s the only book she’s written :( I’d like to read more.

Grey December 24, 2016 at 10:04 PM

But I’m in Florida right now Maryse, LOL!

bev, you kill me! That was hilarious!!

Made it safely to Disney! Merry Christmas everyone!

Kandace M December 25, 2016 at 1:32 AM

*glares at everyone* you’re not having a PJ party without me!

Maryse December 25, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Absolutely not, Kandace!!! You will absolutely be here!! :D

Jean December 25, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Merry Christmas everyone! Love you all!

Laura Rossi December 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM

Counterpoints book 2 – number 14 in the list. My second book is there!!! thank you for posting it Maryse

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