Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – June 14th 2016

by Maryse on June 14, 2016 · 207 comments

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<— WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! KITTY THOMAS ALERT!!! Is it too early in the morning for a dark read? Or could this be the jolt that us dark read lovers are looking for? ‘CAUSE IT’S LIVE!!! That blurb CREEPED. ME. OUT. I’m excited!!! ➜ Tabula Rasa

The world seems to have come to an end and everything is deserted, but she and her husband are alive…

“I thought we were the only survivors, but a new man has come. Shannon. He scares me. He seems weirdly possessive of me.
He’s going to take me out of the park, away from my husband and the only safety I have. I’m terrified to know what’s out there…”

What can I say other than *squee!!!!*?

And a few more that went live today – Wednesday!! (and 3 that are going live in just a few hours that sound great!!)

     

 

PLUS! My favorites (and TWO that I’m dying to read) are bargain priced in the bargains section, and the new releases definitely have some sparklies for us! This new release list may not be as long as usual, but it’s got some solid choices for sure!

We have Megan Hart’s Beg for It (her love stories are always have that gritty, realistic feel), Nalini Singh’s Allegiance of Honor, Elin Hilderbrand’s Here’s to Us (3 ex-wives that have to deal with their mutual dead husband’s wishes), Nora Roberts (Bay of Sighs), Sarina Bowen’s Bittersweet (he just inherited a farm!!) and Sarina Bowen (he’s a reclusive lumberjack that is forced to help a lost hiker), Denise Grover Swank’s Only You (and her hot new neighbor!! Er… well not the author’s. ;) The heroine’s). LOL!!! We have Lexi Blake’s Dominance Never Dies (DOMS!!!) and we have Anna Zaires’ Claim Me (dark read trilogy conclusion!!), The Girls (sounds like a cult-psych-thriller kind of like the Manson family! YIKES!!!) and a few new-to-mes that sound right up my romance (or heartache) alley! Take a look!! :D

P.S. ➔ Follow me (and Pimmie – my sweet puppy) on Instagram? That would be SO cool!!! :D

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere). P.P.S. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Amazon offers various free Kindle apps and a free Kindle Cloud reader for any and ALL of us to use. You can either use the free Kindle App for your smartphone, tablet, AND your desktop computer (just like you’re using a Kindle, but right through your web browser <— No need to download anything!)

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 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. Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting
  2. Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters
  3. Allegiance of Honor: Psy/Changeling, Book 15 by Nalini Singh
  4. Bay of Sighs: Guardians Trilogy, Book 2 by Nora Roberts
  5. Billionaire Undaunted: The Billionaire’s Obsession: Zane by J. S. Scott
  6. Trashed by Jasinda Wilder
  7. Merciless Ride: Hellions Ride, Book 3 by Chelsea Camaron
  8. Lukas: Ashes & Embers, Book 3 by Carian Cole
  9. Reliquary: Reliquary Series, Book 1 by Sarah Fine
        

 

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!):

Carrie: Absolutely loved this book!!

Leeanne: This is the one that I was afraid to read because I didn’t know if I could handle the heartache. I did though and it was well worth it!

Amanda: This is by far one of my favorites.

  • Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton <— ROCK STAR AUTOBIOGRAPHY!! Since I love rock stars and autobiographies and I really like Eric Clapton, I HAD to include this super-bargain!!!
  • Crow (Boston Underworld) (Volume 1) by A. Zavarelli <— IRISH MAFIA AND HE’S NOT LETTING HER GO ALERT!! “the rules don’t apply when it comes to the Irish mafia. It was only supposed to be temporary, but now Lachlan thinks he owns me. He says he’s not letting me go. And I believe him.” SUPER-BARGAIN!!!
  • Dear Heart, I Hate You by J. Sterling <— SUPER-BARGAIN AND I LOVED IT!!! This was a recent release that I thought was REALLY well executed. Nothing over the top, everything felt relatable and I was hooked!!!!! It’s on super-bargain today, and I must insist. TOTALLY worth it! (my review) and here it is on Amazon UK.
  • The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Katja Millay <— FIVE STAR FAVORITE MUST READ!!! And it’s super-bargain priced too, today! My review and here it is, also on Amazon UK.
  • Windfallen by Jojo Moyes <— JOJO MOYES SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! “Fleeing a broken relationship and now facing being a single mother, Daisy finds refuge in the house, and something more—a love she thought she would never know again and a friendship unlike any she’s experienced before…”
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern <— I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO READ THIS!!! And now it’s super-bargain priced! (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Come Away with Me by Karma Brown <— AN ACCIDENT TEARS HER PERFECT LIFE APART ALERT! “…a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident. Just when Tegan is on the verge of hitting rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences. And so begins an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime…”
  • Written on My Heart by Cole Gibsen <— SHE ESCAPES ABUSIVE FAMILY & MEETS HIM... “Never going back. She doesn’t need trouble…especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who’s six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.” (super-bargain today!!)
  • Hook Up: A Bad Boy Sports Romance by Bella Love-Wins <— FOOTBALL STAR & SHE’S BROKEN DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ALERT!I took a detour at the Raging Bull Saloon to let off some steam. That’s when I met a big strong football player with arms that picked me up as though I was light as a feather…which I ain’t. We had one hell of a restroom hookup. Then I went home and got my stuff together. I just didn’t figure on my old, piece of crap Frankencar giving up the ghost on the side of the interstate. And I sure as hell didn’t plan on what came next with cornerback Chris…
  • All That’s Left to Hold Onto by Ella Fox <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE (and it’s a super-bargain today!) “When unexpected circumstances force Ronan to return to Colorado, the Keely he finds is no longer the adolescent girl he remembered. Torn between desire and fear, Ronan struggles with his feelings for Keely and his need to escape the town that scarred him so deeply years ago.
  • Her Twin Stepbrothers (MFM Menage with BONUS novel Failure to Stop) by Terry Towers <— TWIN STEPBROTHERS?!! Tee hee! Title says it all… so, just because! Oh yeah… super bargain. ;)
           

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling Novel, A) by Nalini Singh (here it is on Amazon UK)
  2. Garen: Shifter Romantic Suspense (Rubicon International Book 1) by Ann Gimpel
  3. Reining Him In (Chinese Zodiac Romance Series Book 5) by Rachael Slate
  4. Wyvern’s Mate (The Dragons of Incendium Book 1) by Deborah Cooke
  5. Mechanical Failure (Epic Failure Book 1) by Joe Zieja
  6. Unchained: An Eternal Guardians Novella by Elisabeth Naughton (here it is on Amazon UK)
  7. Bay of Sighs (Guardians Trilogy) by Nora Roberts (here it is on Amazon UK)
  8. The General’s Daughter (Snow and Ash Book 1) by Heather Knight
  9. Spells of Blood and Kin: A Dark Fantasy by Claire Humphrey
        

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand <— WHEN HE DIES, HIS THREE EX-WIVES HAVE TO DEAL WITH EACH OTHER ALERT! “Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon–and they all have secrets to hide. Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends–let alone three women who married the same man–into adversaries…“ (here it is on Amazon UK)
  2. The Seduction: Unexpected Circumstances Book 2 by Shay Savage <— SHAY SAVAGE ALERT!! (here it is on Amazon UK)
  3. Learning to Love (Choc Lit) by Sheryl Browne
  4. The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline <— CULTISH? PSYCH THRILLER ALERT! And Tasha found it for us saying “Here’s another that released today that I put on my tbr, it’s not a romance, it’s fiction, coming of age, mystery, thriller and the blurb gives me a Manson like feel” OH WOW THAT BLURB!!! Eeeeeep! “Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted...”
  5. Southern Comfort by Andrea Smith <— JUST ADDED!!! TWISTY TURNY DARK TALE about a cultish?? religious head (that is now her stepfather). “…since her mother’s marriage a year before to the highly revered Avery Dawson, she was beginning to resent her mother’s devotion to her stepfather and the church which appeared to have changed everything in their home. Once Sunny glimpses the evil within Avery Dawson, she and her best friend set out to expose him for the fraud that he is to the community which embraces him. Only things don’t go as planned…
  6. Winning the Billionaire (Seattle Bachelors) by JM Stewart
  7. Into the Light (The Light Series) by Aleatha Romig <— ALEATHA ROMIG ALERT!!! (Here it is on Amazon UK)
  8. Saving a Legend: A Kavanagh Legends Novel by Sarah Robinson <— MMA FIGHTER ALERT!! “Fiona Doherty has too many responsibilities to fool around, especially now that she has custody of Shea. Sure, she’d love to find a devoted partner. But she won’t jeopardize her sister’s happiness—or risk revealing her tortured past—on a love-’em-and-leave-’em type of guy like Kieran . . .” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  9. Bittersweet (True North Book 1) by Sarina Bowen <— HE INHERITED A FARM & SHE’S LOOKING FOR A HALF-PRICED HARVEST ALERT!  ”At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price…” (here it is also on Amazon UK)
  10. A Wildly Seductive Night: (Seductive Nights: Julia & Clay Book 3.5) by Lauren Blakely (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  11. Filthy Foreign Exchange Book 2 by S.E. Hall (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  12. Ink Enduring (Montgomery Ink Book 5) by Carrie Ann Ryan <— FORBIDDEN LOVE TRIO BETWEEN THREE FRIENDS ALERT!It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it’s not only their hearts on the line…but also their lives.” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  13. Band of Bachelors: Alex, Book 2 by Sharon Hamilton
  14. Reclaimed (A Standalone Novel) by Vicki Green
  15. Lumberjack (A Real Man, 1) by Jenika Snow <— HE’S RECLUSIVE & CELIBATE & SHE’S A STRANDED HIKER ALERT! “After getting lost while hiking, I stumble upon a cabin that has me questioning whether to ask for help, or if I should brave staying the night in the woods…” and a storm is rolling in… so she has to stay the night. *waggles eyebrows* and it’s super-bargain priced!!! (And here it is on Amazon UK)

Nancy: This so mine!!!

Chrissy: Got it :D

Andrea: This sounds good!!!

  1. HOT SEAL Lover (HOT SEAL Team – Book 2) by Lynn Raye Harris
  2. Only You (Bachelor Brotherhood) by Denise Grover Swank <— WEDDING PLANNER HAS A HOT NEIGHBOR ALERT!With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .” (also on Amazon UK)
  3. Profile of Fear: Book Four of the Deadly Series by Alexa Grace
  4. The Billionaire’s Ballet: A Contemporary Billionaire Friends to Lovers Romance (Friends with Benefits) by Deanna Roy
  5. All My Love (All Series Book 5) by Natalie Ann
  6. BEAST: A Bad Boy Marine Romance by Alana Albertson <— FAKE RELATIONSHIP W/ A CELEBRATED MARINE ALERT! “When my father squanders away my college fund, I make a deal with this dirty-talking Devil Dog—I will pretend to be Grady’s girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball, and my dad will write Grady’s war memoir…” (also on Amazon UK)
  7. Dominance Never Dies (Masters and Mercenaries) (Volume 11) by Lexi Blake <— FORMER NAVY SEAL LOST HIS TWIN… “Only meeting the beautiful Mia brings Case out of his misery, until he discovered she was just a reporter looking for a story. Betrayed, he turned his back on her and never looked back.” (also on Amazon UK)
  8. Always You: Book 6 of the Fated Hearts Series by Aimee Nicole Walker <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  9. The Sun Goes Down by James Lear <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  10. Wait Until Dark: Carolina Moon Series, Book 3 by Christy Barritt
  11. A Cyber Affair: The Online Search for Mr. Right by Lonz cook
  12. Last Kiss: A Novel (A First and Last Novel) by Laurelin Paige
  13. Sasha: Book One by Tonya Plank
  14. On Dry Land (Swimming Upstream Series Book 3) by Rebecca Barber
  15. Elias (GRIT Sector 1) by Rebecca Sherwin <— DARK ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  16. Claim Me (Capture Me Book 3) by Anna Zaires <— DARK READ TRILOGY FINALE!! I won’t read the blurb so I don’t spoiler it for myself but the authors notes: This is a LONG novel that concludes Lucas & Yulia’s story. (also on Amazon UK)
  17. Scorch (Firefighters of Montana Book 2) by Dani Collins
  18. Deadly Adventure (Hardy Brothers Security Book 19) by Lily Harper Hart
  19. A Series of Agains by Kiarra M. Taylor
  20. Breath of Malice by Karen Fenech
  21. Heart of Steel (Steel Hawk) by Eve Devon
  22. Crazy About Love: An All About Love Novel by Cassie Mae <— FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT!!
  23. Crossing the Line (Hard Driving) by Audra North <—RACE CAR DRIVER ALERT!!! “…while interviewing Ty Riggs, the hottest new driver on and off the track, is a major scoop, Corrine knows that she is in major trouble when it becomes clear that Ty wants so much more and is determined to get it.” (also on Amazon UK)
  24. Tracing the Bones by Elise A. Miller
  25. All of Me by Kenna Avery Wood
  26. Air Time: A Charlotte McNally Novel by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  27. Beg for It by Megan Hart <— MEGAN HART ALERT!! They once had a fling, and she made him submit to her and now years later, he’s her boss…”She’s a little older now. And the wealthy businessman who just bought the company she works for bears little resemblance to that boy. He’s commanding, domineering, and seems hell-bent on pushing her past her limits…” (also on Amazon UK)
  28. #Kissing (Rock and Romance Book 1) by Ellie Brixton
  29. DUSK (BLUE-LINK Book 3) by Maureen A. Miller
  30. Taking Care Of Leah by Charlotte Howard
  31. Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown <— SHE’S DEAF & HE HELPS HER ALERT! “But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there. He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand. He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever known.” (also on Amazon UK)
  32. The Memory of Lemon by Judith Fertig
  33. Drowning by Jassy Mackenzie <— SHE GETS STRANDED DURING HER VACATIONS ALERT! “…when a flash food washes away Erin’s vehicle and she is stranded at a luxury safari lodge, Erin’s romantic working vacation takes an interesting turn. She awakens from her near-drowning and meets her rescuer, Nicholas—hot and brilliant, successful and caring—not at all like her abusive husband…” (also on Amazon UK)
  34. Sacred Hart by A.M. Johnson (also on Amazon UK)
                                             

 

PREORDERS (tomorrow’s & next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Tabula Rasa by Kitty Thomas - June 15th 2016 <— DARK READ & KITTY THOMAS FANS!!!! Look what’s going live tomorrow and yep… that blurb CREEPED. ME. OUT. I’m excited!!! The world seems to have come to an end and everything is deserted, but she and her husband are alive…”I thought we were the only survivors, but a new man has come. Shannon. He scares me. He seems weirdly possessive of me. He’s going to take me out of the park, away from my husband and the only safety I have. I’m terrified to know what’s out there.” (also on Amazon UK)
  2. Callie Healy (Mitchell – Healy Series) by Jennifer Foor – June 15th 2016 (also on Amazon UK)
  3. Bet on Me (Bet on Love Series Book 2) by Rachel Higginson - June 16th 2016 (also on Amazon UK)
  4. Weightless by Kandi Steiner - June 16th 2016 <— This one sounds kind of… tragic. I love the sound of it! And it’s super-bargain priced! “He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process. I remember the lights…” (also on Amazon UK)
  5. Born of Legend (The League: Nemesis Rising) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - June 21st 2016
  6. The Pursuit: A Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
  7. Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake, The: Billionaires and Bridesmaids by Jessica Clare - June 21st 2016
  8. Rocking Kin (The Lucy & Harris Novella Series Book 3) by Terri Anne Browning - June 21st 2016
  9. Into the Fire (Bridge Book 2) by Meredith Wild - June 21st 2016
  10. Easy Kisses (The Boudreaux Series Book 4) by Kristen Proby - June 21st 2016
  11. Night Sins by Lisa Renee Jones – June 21st 2016
  12. A Measure of Love (A Pound of Flesh Book 5) by Sophie Jackson - June 21st 2016
  13. Downtown Devil: A Sins in the City Novel by Cara McKenna - June 21st 2016
  14. Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley <— AUDIOBOOK PRE-ORDER! - June 21st 2016
  15. Mr. Romantic: A Mister Standalone by J.A. Huss - June 22nd 2016
  16. Epic Lies (Epic Fail Book 2) by Trudy Stiles – June 27th 2016 <— JUST WENT UP FOR PREORDER!
           

 

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Jean June 14, 2016 at 1:15 PM

I immediately 1-clicked Tabula Rasa the other day! It sounds so good!

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Jean I AM SO reading that!!!! :D

Tasha J June 14, 2016 at 5:34 PM

So many of these look so good! Lumberjack, Here’s To Us, Tabula Rasa, Windfallen, Dear Heart, I Hate You…and I’m totally buying Sh*t My Dad Says! Lol! Here’s another that released today that I put on my tbr, it’s not a romance, it’s fiction, coming of age, mystery, thriller and the blurb gives me a Manson like feel: https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Novel-Emma-Cline/dp/081299860X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465934458&sr=8-1&keywords=The+girls

bev June 14, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Maryse did you find a book that fit amy.of the criteria?

Amy June 14, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Tabula Rasa and Weightless sound GREAT! And of course I one-clicked Here’s to Us and 1986 yesterday, but that’s not too bad…only four books clicked in two days. Wait…that’s only going by the mini-blurbs up there. I still have to look up the others and check out my ebook deals emails. *sigh* What was it Fabi was saying not long ago about feeling depressed over all the books we have which will most likely never get read? Yeah. That’s me right now.

Nothin’ that a nice, strong drink won’t dix though…

Amy June 14, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Um, FIX not dix. Lemon meringue martini, anyone? *holds up martini*

Hang on…

*sets out two drinks for the martini snatcher*

Okay, now we’re set. ;)

Tasha J June 14, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Ooh Southern Comfort looks good too!!

Rachel Higginson June 14, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Thanks for posting about my book!!! You are awesome!!!

Grey June 14, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Fix… Dix… Potato, potahtoe…

Still on Jellicoe Road, I think my next will be In the Light. But there are several that look interesting.

Dear Heart, I Hate You. Here’s to Us, 1986, The Hook Up, The Sea of Tranquility, Southern Comfort, Lumberjack, Beg for It and Claim Me (so I can read the whole series).

Lisa June 14, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Lumberjack and Bittersweet…..Im sticking to my lumbersexual kick.
Reading Grin & Beard It now and just love Penny Reid’s writing.

And for those who havent read it…..this lady above me wrote 5 Stages of Falling In Love which was one of the best books I read last year.

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Freudian slip there Amy? ;)

Lisa June 14, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Grey!!!! Have you NOT read Sea of Tranquility?? Pleeeease read it. Its beautiful.

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Oh TASHA!!! Good find!!!! I’m adding it, and it sounds like my kind of read!

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 6:50 PM

bev, tomorrow’s Kitty Thomas book I think will fit my scary needs, so in the meantime I’m reading Jodi Picoult’s super-bargain book that sounds like it might be deep, and psych-thriller-y. Or maybe just… a mind-mess?

Jean June 14, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Sea of Tranquility is one of my all time favorites! Will never forget it! GREY, PLEASE READ IT!

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 6:51 PM

LOL AMY!!!! Of course that would be your typo.

*snort* :P

Time for the drink, my friend.

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 6:52 PM

My pleasure Rachel!! :D You know I love your books!!!

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 6:53 PM

OMG GREY!!!!

YOU MUST READ SoT!!!! STAT!

Did you guys see? I just pulled an Ela. ;)

bev June 14, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Stick to the Jellicoe Road, Grey.

Ela June 14, 2016 at 6:56 PM

I’M SO PROUD MARYSE *dries eye* AND YES!!! SOT A MUST!

bev June 14, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Maryse, you really should try The Last Hour of Gaan. Not sure how it fits on your list but it is really different & really good. If it works for you you will not notice the length cause you will be so absorbed in it. It’s dark but funny. No one is safe and some twists.

bev June 14, 2016 at 6:59 PM

Ela why are you crying, lol.

Tasha J June 14, 2016 at 7:01 PM

I agree stay on the Jellicoe Road. ;) And then Sea Of Tranquility! That book is one that gives me a sense of nostalgia, it’s one of the greats!

Ela June 14, 2016 at 7:01 PM

NOT LITERALLY CRYING JUST HAPPY MY CAPS RUBBED OFF ON MARYSE!

I’m thinking of doing the Anna Zaires dark trilogy now that ITS COMPLETE!

Grey June 14, 2016 at 7:06 PM

Oh man, SoT must be something for all of you to jump on me so quickly about it…

I kind of want a book that is gonna give me pretzel tummy though…

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 7:08 PM

*cries in my martini* did you guys all get together and pretend you can’t hear me ranting like a crazy person over One True Loves? I’ve had pretzel tummy for a week! I’m reading erotica to fix it. EROTICA.

Lisa June 14, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Grey…Im not sure what goves you ‘pretzel tummy’ but SOT will give you swoopy swoony butterfly tummy!!
R….I hope erotica is fixing your ongoing case of ‘pretzel tummy’…..if not try more martini’s and a swig if antacid *winks*

Lisa June 14, 2016 at 7:18 PM

* goves!!! WTF…..gives

Jean June 14, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Grey, believe me, SoT! So worth it! I remember everything about it years later….even the very last line! And I definitely found the book through Maryse in my early stalker days here.

Love the ALL CAPS Maryse!

I’ve had 5 Stages for so long! I really gotta read it! And Last Hour of Gann…….BUT I’m still immersed in the Gentry Boys. Just flying through the series….up to book 6. Can’t remember the last time I’ve done that with a series!

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Jean the prologue to 5 Stages GUTTED me… pretzel-ey goodness :) Let’s just say I was the only person crying in my very non-soundproof tent last year over Labor Day weekend while everyone else was floating the river.

bev June 14, 2016 at 7:36 PM

It depresses me sometimes too. I know I have good books in my tbr–just have to read them.
I wonder sometimes if I become too focused on finding a perfect book and so miss all the good books.

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 7:36 PM

LOL R. Renee!!!! Is the EROTICA good at least?

Is it helping at all? And did you like the… “decision” in One True Loves?

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 7:38 PM

ALL CAPSING IS FUN JEAN!!!!!!!!

*glances at R.Renee’s salty-tears martini*

Hrmmm… I do love my martinis briny. And… briny is briny, right?

*swipes martini*

bev June 14, 2016 at 7:38 PM

*whispers to self*
All caps, hmmmm.
*shrug *
Worth a try I guess.
*Deep Breath*
SHERLOCK!!! STAT!!!!

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Think of all the money I save on olives ;)

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 7:39 PM

*snort* :P

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 7:39 PM

*wonders if Sherlock likes martinis*

bev June 14, 2016 at 7:42 PM

If it’s a deciding factor…..

YES!! YES, HE DOES. NOT JUST likes HE LOVES THEM!!! THE WAY TRAVIS LOVES HIS PIGEON! !

Fabi June 14, 2016 at 7:46 PM

ummmm

I think fibbing in all caps makes it worse somehow

Jean…how was the novella. Should I stick to skipping it?

Jean June 14, 2016 at 7:57 PM

LOL bev! You are cracking me up!

Omg Fabi, no you can’t skip it! It was so good and you need to know what really happened before you read Walk! Pretty please with a cherry on top!!!!

Lisa June 14, 2016 at 8:13 PM

I just downloaded the first Gentry Boys (it was free) and know nothing about this series….so I’ll jump in after Ive got thru my beardy marathon.

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 8:20 PM

I’ve switched my current read to “Live for This” and I love the writing style so far. :D

Fabi June 14, 2016 at 8:30 PM

Ok. That’s what I was afraid of. I’ll read it next since I’m finishing up a YA apocalyptic one with little to no angst. Good timing. :-)

Amy June 14, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Grey!! Bev is going to be so mad at me for this, but you HAVE to read Sea of Tranquility!!! I read it YEARS ago (and was thrilled when I found this place and saw how many loved it here as well!), and I still get flutters in my tummy when I think about it.

*hides from Bev behind Maryse and R* <—— 'cause they have the martinis, of course. ;)

Amy June 14, 2016 at 8:37 PM

“I think fibbing in all caps makes it worse somehow” <——– Bahahahahahaha!!!!

Maryse…Live for This by Kathryn Biel?

Okay, if I am a good girl and finish my assignment tonight (it's a mother-effin' doozy :? ) then I will FINALLY get to start 1986. I am SO craving a love triangle book, and I'm hoping this one takes care of that craving.

Cheryl June 14, 2016 at 8:40 PM

And her Every Wrong Reason was a great read also, not as gut-wrenching as After I Do, but still good.

Bev, if martini’s can be injected than yes I’d say Sherlock likes them. ;)

Ooooh, R. Renee that scares me about One True Loves and Maryse’s quotation of decision. Hmmm…

Still reading White-Hot Hack. Not as much time to read because my son graduates from high school next week and lots to do.

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Um…Amy…One True Loves has a love triangle! *ducks* OK fine. I’ll stop. I think I’m beginning to understand what Bev feels like with Sherlock.

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 8:42 PM

OMG Cheryl…is that a maybe? I need more victims! err…I mean sympathizers.

Cheryl June 14, 2016 at 8:47 PM

“I need more victims” Not helping, R. Renee ;)

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 8:47 PM

yeah sorry…I slipped!

Amy June 14, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Ooooh…that’s right, R! But…but…I’m not really in the mood for THAT kind of love triangle. :? I want angst and for the h to have a secret thing on the side and for her life to implode because of it but then she’s okay in the end…maybe. And 1986 is sort of centered around the Chernobyl event so it should be interesting.

What I REALLY want is another Arsen or Thoughtless or Accidentally on Purpose…those books worked me over with their angst and emotion! :D

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 8:51 PM

That’s the one Amy!!!

Amy June 14, 2016 at 8:51 PM

At least it wasn’t a Freudian slip like SOMEONE had earlier. *scoffs* Can you believe that woman? Always has sex and the male anatomy on the brain. :P

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 8:53 PM

*sighs* I understand. It’s just…doesn’t everybody want their heart ripped out and stomped on repeatedly for fun anymore?

In other news, I went to my 80s themed Halloween party as an Chernobyl spring break-er (bright red skin, ear hanging off, tail etc.) and no one in this town got it. I vote for that book!

Amy June 14, 2016 at 8:57 PM

That one sounds GOOD, Maryse. Kinda like a lighter version of MBY for all of our heartbreak-shy friends. ;)

bev June 14, 2016 at 8:59 PM

R, no one listens to me.

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 9:01 PM

I feel you, Bev.

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 9:03 PM

*snort*

bev June 14, 2016 at 9:04 PM

And then they laugh.

Amy June 14, 2016 at 9:05 PM

“It’s just…doesn’t everybody want their heart ripped out and stomped on repeatedly for fun anymore?” <—– Yes!! Yes, yes, a hundred times YES!!!

But right now I want angst more than anything, ya know? TJR tends to make me cry and feel all emotional, and I'm craving the kind of book where you cover your face with a pillow and squeal "oh nooooooo!"

Grey June 14, 2016 at 9:05 PM

LOL, I hear you bev… Jellicoe Road, remember???

What a kickass costume Cheryl and congrats to your son, and you too… BIG congrats to you!

Oh Amy… an Arsen would be awesome… totally wickedly awesome. I want one of those too…

Know what I really want… a bully… yep, I said it, I want another one, LOL! Or pretzel tummy, mindf*ck… that works too… haha!

I’ve gotta go to bed LOL! night all!

Amy June 14, 2016 at 9:06 PM

No Bev, we snort.

Grey June 14, 2016 at 9:06 PM

I mean R. Renee not Cheryl for the costume, damn phone highlighted and I typed over myself. Geez Louise, talk about typos… I dont want you feeling neglected!

bev June 14, 2016 at 9:11 PM

R. She makes me nervous cause I’m hard on my heroines. I’ve read positive reviews of this one, and the marriage one, but they mention they sometimes don’t understand the h’s reasonings.

Cheryl June 14, 2016 at 9:14 PM

R. let me get this straight, OTL “rips your heart out and stomps on it repeatedly” Somehow I think that is angst and emotion. The “triangle” may know about each other, but I’m thinking it ain’t pretty. The way the blurb reads the h life does implode!! *grabs martini from Amy and humpfs*

bev June 14, 2016 at 9:16 PM

Snot on me. They snort snot on me.

Grey, stay steady on the road. Maybe it will lead to the light where you will feel the tranquility.

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Hmm…IDK. The h’s position is a pretty tough one to be in. I don’t think anyone can justify her reason for anything, considering. That being said, I thought she was very true to how I would have felt, and the best part, I couldn’t pick an H any easier than she could. Somehow you don’t sway one way or the other. You kind of feel what she feels while she’s feeling it. Some of the best, most compelling writing I’ve encountered. Even for her.

And, the ending is satisfying. There’s a true HEA. I think the week long pretzel tummy is due to the intense subject matter. It makes you think.

Cheryl June 14, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Bev-bwahahahahahaha. *hands tissue to wipe snot off*

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 9:19 PM

It’s intense. I even think it’s a tougher read than Forever, Interrupted, but probably on the same level if not a little less intense than Me Before You. If you’ve read that, you can totally do this.

bev June 14, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Thank you, Cheryl.
*Accepts tissue.*

MBY is definitely not for me. Maybe this weekend.

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 9:29 PM

Oh GAH!! Forever Interrupted and After I Do did me in. And I LOVED every second of it. Books. Always and only in books.

One True Loves was angsty for sure, but it didn’t hurt me as badly for some reason.

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Okay back to my book. He’s paralyzed and his ex broke his heart (I don’t know who she is yet). And the main character and her friend (different part of the story for now – I’m expecting it all to merge) are kind of indulgent, self-centered b**ches. A lot.

R. Renee June 14, 2016 at 9:31 PM

I don’t understand. I’m obsessed with TJR (obviously) like to a stalk-ery degree. I LOVED those books, but OTL KILLED me. Who hurt you Maryse? Who did this to you?

Maryse June 14, 2016 at 9:31 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!!

R. Renee, that just had me choke-laughing. Tee hee!!

You delight me!

Tessa June 14, 2016 at 10:12 PM

All this talk of angst and no one mentions the new Althea Romig? That looks all weird messed up. No squees over the new Shay Savage??

WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?

Tessa June 14, 2016 at 10:17 PM

Okay, The Hook Up looks like my type. :D I love football boys. However, Written on my Heart has super potential. *grins*

Oh, Grey what bully books have you read? You gotta know by now that’s my favorite type.

Anna Penwick June 14, 2016 at 10:23 PM

I’m just stopping by with a public service announcement for the Texas crew.
Sherrilyn Kenyon will be in Dallas on June 20th.
http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061776999-0
I will be there!

Jan130 June 14, 2016 at 11:07 PM

Hoping Allegiance of Honour is going to be one of the better ones from the psy-changeling series. Some books in that series are are amongst my top favs, but some of the more recent ones have been pretty ho-hum. This is #15, and supposedly will bring everything together with a catch-up on our fav characters, and heralding a new story arc. Sounds promising …… but it’s also very expensive :-(

If anybody jumps in and reads AoH, let’s know what you think. I’m keen to hear others’ thoughts and read some honest reviews (if there is such a thing!!) before I dive in.

Ela June 15, 2016 at 1:04 PM

OMG TESSA LOOK AT THE NEW ALEATHA ROMIG AND WHAT’S THAT OVER THERE???? OH A NEW SHAY SAVAGE???!!!!!!!! AHOY!

Tessa June 15, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Right? All that drama and nothing! I’m reading Written on my Heart hoping for angst. :)

Fabi June 15, 2016 at 3:29 PM

coming out of the blue, looking for buddy readers

I want to try another psych thriller – just because I haven’t really read many (any?) in this genre.

I was looking at Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman and I’m definitely intrigued. I have a few I have to read “next”, but maybe week after next? or weekend after next? Anyone interested in BR? It seems to be on sale.

Ela June 15, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Tessa, by Cole Gibsen? Any good???

I started Blood Mate by Kitty Thomas cause it looks dark and it’s PNR :) win win!

Ela June 15, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Fabi! Twisted says HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Robinson June 15, 2016 at 4:30 PM

OMG! Thank you so much for including SAVING A LEGEND! I swear to goodness I didnt think I was a blip on your radar! This has officially made my YEAR! <3 <3 <3

Maryse June 15, 2016 at 5:49 PM

*runs to look up Twisted*

Amy June 15, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Ela…I’ve had Blood Mate sitting in my library for a while now but I wasn’t sure which direction it was going to go, so I never started it. It’s about vampires but it’s also by Kitty Thomas so…yeah, anything’s possible.

Keep us updated ’cause I may just have to start that one in the next week.

Amy June 15, 2016 at 6:51 PM

YOU’RE twisted, Maryse.

:P

Sorry, I’m feelin’ mighty ornery today. *snort*

Tessa June 15, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Ela maybe? I’m on chapter two or three. Something like that. Blood Mate looks super good. I do like her books though I’ve only read two. Some of them honestly remind me of the historical I read as a teenager. lol

bev June 15, 2016 at 7:11 PM

What’s going on?
Anything to talk about?

DG June 15, 2016 at 7:31 PM

*waves to everyone*….just popping in to say hello!

Read several books and determined that I am in a slump. Not bad…just not page turning, can’t put down good. Looking for a five star….

Fabi June 15, 2016 at 7:34 PM

There seem to be a lot of us looking for that next blow-out five star read.

Maryse June 15, 2016 at 7:42 PM

No YOU’RE twisted!

*snort* :P

Maryse June 15, 2016 at 7:43 PM

My update: I’m still enjoying “Live For This”

It’s not perfect but it’s good and it’s keeping my attention. :)

DG June 15, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Holler at me when you find one or two…

I’ve maxed out on the Dartmoor guys. (I had some catching up to do). So I got my good ole biker fix…I think I want something with a little angst…you know like a misunderstanding…old flame…a sobbing breakdown…and then an alpha who goes all caveman….I want a Remy, a Travis, a Colton, a Christian…a new KA or Zapata…

bev June 15, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Right now I’d love a new Rainbow Rowell, Robert Galbraith, or Lucy Parker.

Lisa June 15, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Im with you DG….all of those sound perfect to me ;)

Maryse June 15, 2016 at 8:35 PM

ditto!

Tasha J June 15, 2016 at 8:43 PM

I finished Carry On and I 5 star loved it, the ending was bittersweet for me and I’ll miss being in their world. Now onto Fangirl and then Disclaimer. I only have them for 15 days so I’m making a personal goal for myself to read a book within 4-5 days. It’s no easy feat around here so fingers crossed! I saw After I Do mentioned up there and it made me think to mention What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. If you loved After I Do you will love WAF! I still think of this book all the time, it’s one of my top faves for sure!

bev June 15, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Tasha, wasn’t Carry On wonderful? I loved how the spells worked.

bev June 15, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Hey, has anyone here read the Chaos Walking books by Patrick Ness?

Tasha J June 15, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Bev, it was amazing! The spells were so clever and witty. And her writing style just sucks you in. I was intrigued at first with the similarity to Harry Potter but it became its own really early in. When Baz came in is when it really sucked me in though. I loved him from the start and he and Simon’s quarrels were amusing and thrilling. But I loved Penny and Agatha too! She really gives you such depth with each character that you feel you know them. And the romance was one of the most sigh inducing slow builds I’ve read in a while! The story as a whole was just perfect and had everything I love in a good book! :)

R. Renee June 15, 2016 at 9:34 PM

Tasha, you’re speaking directly to me (and maybe a few other people). Thank you! Adding What Alice Forgot to my TBR right now. What a blurb! Yay!

bev June 15, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Love her writing style. I end up wanting to highlight everything. Every time I read one of her books I’m randomly reading pages days later.
Yes, like a little wink to HP, but then it’s own unique story.
Baz!! Adore him.
I’ve been having lots of luck with characters named Simon. This book, WiR, & Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda.

Lisa June 15, 2016 at 10:33 PM

BEV!! Yes I loved Chaos Walking….the first line in book one, The Knife of Never Letting Go, is the best line ever……
….The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. about anything.

Loved that YA dystopian series…quite terrifying for a YA fiction.

Amy June 15, 2016 at 10:34 PM

*looks up What Alice Forgot*

BAM!! Already have it. :D

bev June 15, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Lol. It sounds really good, and not too $$. May have to one click.

Amy June 16, 2016 at 7:12 AM

FLT

“All of Allana Harrison’s stories started with a party.” ~ 1986 by Morgan Parker

I’ve been at 2% for two days but it still counts as reading it, right? ;)

Amy June 16, 2016 at 7:16 AM

My nail polish-lovin’ friends…look at these!!!
http://www.thepolishaholic.com/2016/05/opi-summer-2016-retro-summer-collection.html?m=1

I know I probably already have most of those colors (or shades very close to them) but I still want those because they look so pretty together!! :D

Maryse June 16, 2016 at 7:43 AM

LOVE them! Especially the two pinks. And the orange. SO PRETTY!!!!

Lisa June 16, 2016 at 7:59 AM

Amy they make me miss summer. Gorgeous gelato colours. Think I’ll go get a pedi even if my pretty toes will only be shoved back into boots.

Ela June 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM

OK! This is the second book I read by Kitty Thomas and have to say I really didn’t care for it! Blood Mate had such great potential but it was just meh and that ending WTF was THAT???

So yeah I may not be a good Kitty Thomas recommender cause we seem not to get along. Or maybe it’s just those 2 books? But everyone seemed to love Mafia Captive but me? Nope.

Anna Zaires here I come…Capture Me is calling my name!

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:49 AM

I ended up really liking Writen on my Heart. It felt real, and the angst was real, not contrived. I just wish it was longer just so I can stay in their world. My only complaint was the romance was too quick. However, even that, the L word wasn’t used, just I like you, let’s see where this goes. That’s where the extra story could have been. I also just wanted more resistance at the beginning. The angst, emotion, and discovery were there.

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Ela, that’s too bad about Blood Mate. It really did sound good. Oh well. Good luck with Anna Zaires!

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM

That Opi collection is cute, but the only colors I can wear I own already! :P I was looking through my polishes and I need a mint green. I need to match my bathing suit. :)

FLT:
‘I was never one to put much stock in fairy tales, instant love, or happy endings.’
Love in Fantasy by Elle Christensen

Ela June 16, 2016 at 12:05 PM

FLT

“The two men in front of me embody danger.”
Capture Me (Capture Me #1) by Anna Zaires

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 12:13 PM

That seems an appropriate beginning to a dark read. ☺

Already DNF Love in Fantasy. The writing is too childish for me. Now to find something else.

Ela June 16, 2016 at 12:35 PM

I really need to learn how to DNF! I would save so much time if I could!

Maryse June 16, 2016 at 12:42 PM

I DNF. It’s SO much fun to read when you love a book and are so into the story. So I don’t like reading and reading and reading and not enjoying it. Every once in awhile I stick one out to the end that I’m not connecting to, and still… I end up disappointed.

So I DNF.

Cheryl June 16, 2016 at 12:49 PM

FLT:

“Griffin?” My mother sat down across from me at the big farmhouse table as I chewed the last bite of her home-smoked applewood bacon.” Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen.

Ok, I know that’s two lines. :)

Cheryl June 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Amy, I like those colors, especially the orange. Funny I don’t mind the pastel colors for my fingernails, but hate the look on my toes; usually go for something darker on them.

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Alright. Book question. What mafia or biker book has a dark hero (emotionally) and blew your mind. I know I’m in the mood for gang type dark, but I’m drawing a blank.

Jean June 16, 2016 at 12:59 PM

I never DNF. It’s like against my religion or something, and yes I have suffered through some bad books because of it.

FLT: At some point, right before my memory clicked off, the nightmare fairy must have paid the world a visit. (Tabula Rasa by Kitty Thomas)

My first book by Kitty Thomas even though I have others. Hope I don’t have the same problem Ela did.

Jean June 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Cheryl! I want to read that! Keep me updated!

Niki June 16, 2016 at 1:34 PM

FLT: ” I looked like a vampire.” Six by K.I. Lynn

This book is really good so far!! Tessa you might like this one since we like similar books… the hero is pretty dark emotionally since he is kind of a psychopath…but I’m really enjoying it!!

I DNF all the time too…I don’t want to waste my precious reading time with something that I’m not enjoying!!!

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 1:55 PM

FLT “I sat on a chair in Dr. Morrison’s office.”

Full Tilt by Emma Scott. I’m totally and utterly wrecked right now.

Jean June 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

“Totally and utterly wrecked”…..look out, here comes Amy! Love Emma Scott! Gotta check it out!

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

I think she may have outdone herself this time. I just posted my review on GR. I’m tough on her because of my love for RUSH. I’ve given a couple of her books 4 stars when they’ve stayed with me enough to make me think they should have been 5. But this one…wow.

Maryse June 16, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Hey!!!! Wait. NO.

Where’s MINE????

EMMA. SCOTT. Where. IS. MINE?

*snort*

Maryse June 16, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Especially now after R. Renee went crazy for it…

*sigh*

I love crazy-for-it books.

Fabi June 16, 2016 at 4:18 PM

“Con-man, Remember when I started calling you that?” Cross by Cora Brent

I bit the bullet and jumped into the novella so I won’t feel like I missed out when I read Walk.

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Anyone read Borden by RJ Lewis? I think that’ll be my next read. A bad review convinced me of it. To quote:

Ok… i don’t get it… I might be the only one… but… “he’s such an A-hole, but its okay cuz he’s hot” “he has ppl murdered but its ok cuz he’s hot” “he might even murder me but its okay cuz he’s hot” ?

What does it say about me that I’m like, that sounds perfect! lol

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM

OMG Maryse. LOVED.

Fabi June 16, 2016 at 4:27 PM

Lol Tessa! It’s so true that sometimes it’s the bad reviews that catch our attention.

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Ooh and Maryse, it needs to go on your “what to read after Me Before You” list.

If it makes you feel better the formatted arc isn’t ready yet. I’m sure she’s saving the best for you!

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 4:58 PM

FLT:
‘Funny what happens when you know you’re going to your own death.’
Borden by RJ Lewis

I haven’t had time to read it yet, beyond the first page, but I hope it’s what I’m after.

Maryse June 16, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Okay my First Line Thursday:

“You would think waking up in a pool of your own vomit would mean you’ve hit rock bottom.”

Live For This by Kathryn R. Biel

Fabi June 16, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Oooh that’s a good one Maryse

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Either that or it was a great party. :P

bev June 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Tessa, that your crazy. But just look in the mirror and say it’s OK cause I’m hot.

Amy June 16, 2016 at 6:19 PM

“Totally and utterly wrecked” and my name in the same sentence…alright, WHAT is this book you’re speaking of???

As if I have time to read it. *pouts* Yes, I am feeling sorry for myself right now. ;)

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Full Tilt Amy!! Just do it!

Maryse June 16, 2016 at 6:25 PM

LOL!! No she’s a party girl… but things change. ;) Review coming.

bev June 16, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Cheryl, I’ve only seen positive about that book. I’m curious as to what you think.

Jan130 June 16, 2016 at 6:51 PM

OK, FLT. It’s a complicated one….. ;-)

The book I’m reading has an unusual opening and I’m not quite sure which bit is ‘the first line’. I’m currently re-reading ‘The Twelve’ by Justin Cronin, second book in The Passage trilogy. I can’t wait to get to the new one, City of Mirrors, but it’s a while since I read the first 2 so I’m re-reading to get the full experience for CoM. The buzz about CoM is it’s good! Yay!

So – first line. This bit precedes the story and is from a ‘history’ of the times the book is set in. The history is being explored/presented at a conference, about 900 years after the book is set, presumably at a time when the world has somewhat recovered from the apocalyptic events of The Passage.

’1. For it came to pass that the world had grown wicked, and men had taken war into their hearts,and committed great defilements upon every living thing, so that the world was as a dream of death.’

Then, here is the first line of the story proper:
‘Later, after supper and evening prayer, and bath if it was bath night, and then the final negotiations to conclude the day (Please Sister, can’t we stay up longer? Please, one more story?) , when the children had fallen asleep at last and everything was very still, Amy watched them.’

These are FABULOUS BOOKS!!! They are long and intense but SO WORTH IT!! I’m re-floving them. Hey, new word LOL.

Lisa June 16, 2016 at 8:31 PM

Same first line FRIDAY (!) as Cheryl:
‘Griffin?’ Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen.
At 40% and its good….another hot lumbersexual farmer type with very large…’farm equipment’ but Im not feeling the chemistry yet.

Think Im in need of a jerk-wad ass-hat type of anti hero…..Im getting desensitized to alphas and insta-lust. yikes!

Amy June 16, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Maryse and Co. who loved that Retro Summer collection…! I picked it up today at a Sally’s near my school, and they are SOOOOO pretty! I can’t wait to use them. :D

Tessa…check out OPI’s That’s Hula-rious from their Hawaii collection. I wore it just last week, and I got so many compliments. It might not be a perfect mint green but it is still beautiful.

Cheryl…I don’t know about you, but I don’t match my piggies and my fingers. I will use two shades of the same color (a dark and a light) and put one on my fingernails and the other on my toenails. Or I use complementary colors…one time I used a shimmery forest green on my toes and then a light pinkish-nude color on my fingernails, and it worked! At least that’s what people told me. ;)

Amy June 16, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Great, R…that’s just great. Full Tilt isn’t out until 6/28. Get my hopes up like that, why don’t ya. And that blurb…oh MAN, I am SO reading it when it comes out.

It’s part one of a duet, but did you see the hashtags? #nocliffhanger #nocancer #tearjerker…holy moly, has she been reading our comments here?!?

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 8:54 PM

Hmmm… who’s new that you really don’t know yet? I bet she’s stalking!

I can’t wait until it comes out. I want the paperback. The cover is so pretty and PERFECT for the book. Oh and I don’t think I’ve ever read a blurb that fit its book so perfectly. Especially that last part!

Cheryl June 16, 2016 at 9:26 PM

R. Renee- Wow, Emma Scott and Suanne Laquer are the authors!!!! That’s major angst there. Those are some interesting hashtags they have. So us around here. Makes sense since Suanne does comment on posts here. #nocancer, but the blurb says he is running out of time, hmmm….cue ugly cry. Putting it on my tbr, although not sure I’ll start it until know when book 2 will be released. Tired of reading book one and then having to re-read it by the time book two is released.

Cheryl June 16, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Amy, that’s usually what I do too. Lighter fingernail polish than toenail.

Jean, I’m not that far into Bittersweet yet, but so far I like it.

Amy June 16, 2016 at 9:28 PM

Huh…I wonder how often THAT happens with authors peeking in here or posting under different names?? Well, if authors are stalking book blogs to see what readers want (or DON’T want) then they are smart. ;)

*snort* I actually had to remind myself that there are other book blogs out there with readers who have opinions which matter just as much as ours do. Self-important much, am I? :P

Those of you who regularly check out other book blogs (this is my “home” and I’m a homebody, so I don’t get out to other blogs *giggle*), do they have the interactions with each other in the comments like we do? ‘Cause I like to think we’ve got somethin’ special going on here. *puffs up chest*

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 9:29 PM

I don’t think you’d need to re-read it for book two Cheryl. This one doesn’t end in a CH.

Suanne is my next buddy book :)

bev June 16, 2016 at 9:29 PM

Honestly I never think about matching the polish.
Tessa, this is nice.
http://www.livelovepolish.com/products/powder-perfect-legend-says

R. Renee June 16, 2016 at 9:30 PM

They probably just stalk and don’t post. They’re probably watching us right now…

Amy June 16, 2016 at 9:32 PM

*rubs hands over goosebumps on arms*

bev June 16, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Amy somewhat. One blog I visit has an active fb group I believe, though I’m not on fb. From what I can tell there is a lot of conversation around books and topics and they sometimes have buddy reads and vote on a book for the bloggers to read.
Two others I read have a lot of comments and some very active conversations. Some that could some times become contentious. On these two some of the conversation can revolve more on heroine agency, representing diversity, feminism, ect. I will read the comments but not part of it so do not have a feel as to the dynamics of the groups.
For a long time I didn’t really read comments.
I’m curious if some of the visitors to here even read our comments to each other?
Jean, does your friend read the comments?

bev June 16, 2016 at 9:44 PM

I still have not read them, yet.
Too many books.
Oh, I Dnf. Maybe too much.

Jan130 June 16, 2016 at 9:51 PM

Yeah I read some other blogs too, but I like this one. Feels like people make fairly honest comments here, with a minimum of proselytising (except in a good, booky way IYKWIM). Crazy comments give me lots of laughs too. And I’ve picked up so many great recs!

Also, some other blogs don’t come up clearly on my screen, with unusual fonts and colour schemes, and too much happening (visually) on my screen, also ads etc sometimes. I like the visual clarity/ simplicity of this site. Also Maryse you do a great job of moderating :-)

Maryse June 16, 2016 at 9:53 PM

LOL Jan130… I don’t need to moderate ’cause you guys are just so awesome and fun, and connected, and even when we don’t have the same love for a book, we respect each other and then we peanut each other and steal martinis and snuggle in our blankie forts.

This is the easiest, funnest book-club ever!

bev June 16, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Acronym translation, Jan.

Fabi…..I got to say it. I got to. I’ll say it fast.
*Deep Breath*
JAN
IFIBALLTHETIME! !!!!!

Amy June 16, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Exactly, Maryse! It is so FUN around here. :D

I read Bev’s comment, and there’s no way I could hang out where it gets contentious like that. How sad. :( This is my safe book place, LOL!

Jan…I’ve been coming here a while, and the ladies here are respectful, even when we disagree. Like Maryse said, we just nail each other with peanuts when we don’t like the same books. :P And I love how we have so many who have been around for a while (my ladies!!), and then we get newbies who jump in on the fun with us so we can get to know them, too!

Amy June 16, 2016 at 10:05 PM

*squints* If…I…ball…the…time…

*scratches head*

OHHH…you FIB all the time. *snort*

bev June 16, 2016 at 10:14 PM

One blog in particular that the more contentious conversations would pop up seems to have backed off of them a bit. Honestly, it is a bit of a shame. Some of the topics and comments were very interesting, but then others couldn’t agree to disagree. Or just realize that sometimes there isn’t a “right” answer just different ones. And the it would devolve from there.

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:14 PM

ROFL

Amy and Bev, those look perfect. When I was in FL my niece bought me the cutest bathing suit. Well, technically she was already there and asked my size. We’re more sisters than niece and aunt (she’s six and a half years younger than me and she usually lived close) so she knew exactly what I’d love. :D Now I just want nail polish to match.

If You Know What I Mean – IYKWIM

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:16 PM

That’s too bad Bev. Honestly, that’s why I finally talked on this one. The disagreements here are never anger, just more of a shrug and agree to disagree.

bev June 16, 2016 at 10:22 PM

When you said mint green suite I pictured something slightly retro. I love that color.

We should totally have a fight and see what happens, lol.

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:26 PM

Oooh. Uh… I know! Falling High is way better than Elanor and Park! *throws peanut*

Alright, now them are fighting words, right?

Tasha J June 16, 2016 at 10:26 PM

FLT: “Catherine braces herself, but there is nothing left to come up.” – Disclaimer: A Novel by Renee Knight. I’m very early in, only 4%, so good so far. I started getting distracted earlier and read a sample before I dug in, called Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Mathew Quick. And I really liked the sample, has anyone read it? I made a commitment to Disclaimer so I’m sticking with it but I may jump into this one next. Also, I was too tired to really read tonight so I watched the first episode of Sherlock! Yay! Lol, I really liked it so I’ll continue watching.

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:26 PM

Except, you know, it’s Fallen Crest High, not Falling High. *face palm*

bev June 16, 2016 at 10:29 PM

The book with the fingernails.

*flicks Tessa ‘ s hair*

bev June 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

Sherlock!!!!
Tasha…..You are turning into my favorite commenter.
*sticks out tongue at Amy*

Tasha J June 16, 2016 at 10:37 PM

*So far so good* I stared at that sentence too for a while wondering what was weird about those words. Drrr…that’s how tired I am. Also, funny story, someone who coached my daughter’s soccer team a cpl years ago asked me tonight if she was doing better (he had thought there was something wrong with her kidneys and that’s why she could no longer finish the season). I reminded him that no, she had mono and an enlarged sternum and they were worried it could rupture if she got hit or something and all was well. Well something didn’t sound right to me then either so I said yea I think it was the sternum. An hour later at home replaying the convo in my head I shout SPLEEN it was the dang spleen! Sternum, really. Lol I still feel like a complete idiot

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:39 PM

Hehehe Blame exhaustion.

Bev, your books silly with hating red heads! *bares nails*

Amy June 16, 2016 at 10:41 PM

DUDE! Tessa can’t even start a fight right, LOL!!! *snuggles up to Tessa* You know I luffs ya though. And your FCH book hubby. :P

*eyes Bev*

*throws In the Fields peanut at her tongue*

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 10:42 PM

I do suck at the whole fighting thing. *snuggles and sighs* Luffs ya too, though My Mason!

Jan130 June 16, 2016 at 10:46 PM

IFIBALLTHETIME??? Really, Bev? Come on, don’t disillusion us.

(Yeah, OK, maybe my acronym was a bit too long……)

bev June 16, 2016 at 10:53 PM

*coughs up In the Fields peanut*

*shows the picture of Bates Motel peanut I ate.*

bev June 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Lol. I love that my book is better than yours are fighting words to Tessa.

I use any means necessary Jan.

Jean June 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

You guys are too funny! Yes, this is the ONLY blog I go to! And my stalker friend does reads the comments.

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 11:02 PM

Let’s face it, the only time I get really mad is someone being mean to someone else.

Alright, Romeo e else start the faux fight! :-P

Tessa June 16, 2016 at 11:04 PM

Romeo? How did someone turn into Romeo? I was right, my phone does think it’s Shakespeare!

Tasha J June 16, 2016 at 11:04 PM

Lol Bev. You’ve been promoting that show hard for a while now and I just remembered with your last mention and it was the perfect night for it. :) Now I just finished about a quarter of a bag of Easter candy so I’m satisfied and ready for bed! Have a good night ladies!

Jan130 June 16, 2016 at 11:17 PM

BAM. New acronym, Bev. By. Any. Means …… I see……. ;-)

And Romeo e else …….????? LOL Tessa. Gotta love that autocorrect. Or was that really another Freudian slip? Which Romeo are you thinking? The young Leonardo DiCaprio, perhaps? Such a noice story. If only everybody didn’t die….. Now that’s your classic tearjerker.

Lisa June 16, 2016 at 11:18 PM

I think this bolg IS special……which is why I hang out here.
Besides having the awesomeness of Maryse to bring us all the goss, new releases and updates….everyone here is a book buddy. There are no trolls or bullies (and believe me they ARE out there….I was completely bullied on an inter-country adoption ‘support group’ once).

What I get out of this blog is friendship, support, laughter (lots and lots of this) and book sisterhood. And even when Im being snipey and on a soap box about surprise CHs or mysogynism thinly veiled as alpha behaviour in our Hs….no one judges.

And Amy…I hope authors DO stalk us and take onboard our book loves and gripes…..it will mean more books we LOVE.

Plus.. we’re awesome!

Jan130 June 16, 2016 at 11:32 PM

*smiles agreement at Lisa’s passionate affirmation*

Nicely said, Lisa.

Tessa June 17, 2016 at 12:04 AM

:D Exactly Lisa! Goodreads has a bunch of bullies that sometimes need a smack-down. *sighs* Here, we can say nope for me and everyone’s good with it.

Oh, and I confess, I don’t like Romeo and Juliette. It’s too ridiculous for me, even when I had to read it as a freshman in HS. Then again, I was the only one in the class who didn’t like it. *shrugs* Proof I’m weird. Though the Leonardo one was pretty to look at at some points.

My phone, however, is dumb. It replaces to with tho or thou depending on it’s mood. Time is thine. With is 83th. Funniest is know is knowest. Each time that happens, I just stare in utter puzzlement.

Jan130 June 17, 2016 at 12:15 AM

Sounds like your phone is set to seventeenth century English LOL.

Lisa June 17, 2016 at 12:47 AM

Tessa’s autocorrect has been possessed by Willie Shakespeare’s ghost!!!!

Fabi June 17, 2016 at 7:18 AM

I went to bed early last night and missed all the fun!

But I’m laughing over it this morning, so it’s all good.

*waves at Jean’s friend in the back corner*

Amy, thank you for deciphering Bev’s code. I stopped and stared for the longest time before shrugging and reading on in the hopes someone else was smarter than me. :-)

Bev, shame on you. ;-)

Tessa, your autocorrect – omg – that’s the funniest one I’ve heard of.

This is the only blog I’m on. Years ago I was in a financial one at msn but msn did away with the boards so that was that.

I’ve peeked at some of Bev’s links before, but I can’t make heads or tails out of those websites. I never had a problem with Maryse’s website. From the first time I ran across it years ago looking for my next PNR book, the lists are easy to find and access. I bookmarked it and the rest is history.

I honestly don’t think I’d stay where conversations were regularly contentious. Differing opinions are fine. So is healthy debate. But I’ve seen convos on GR where people act like a dog with a bone, snarling and snapping at anyone who disagrees with them. I generally shake my head and move on because if I get involved I end up with a turny twisty tummy.

Love you gals!!!

Maryse June 17, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Love you too, Fabi!!!

I love our whole, hilarious, snuggly group!

Maryse June 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM

We ARE awesome, Lisa. And we have amazing book taste!

Maryse June 17, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Tasha… an exploding sternum sounds pretty scary, too! I mean… it could happen, right?

Maryse June 17, 2016 at 10:05 AM

“IFIBALLTHETIME! !!!!!”

…..??

Er… I wanna to ball the time. That’s my favorite! :P

Maryse June 17, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Tessa… have you read Ricochet? That is definitely a dark book but so good.

Jean June 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Yes, yes, yes….Ricochet! I was trying to think of something for Tessa! You are so smart Maryse! That book is perfect!

Tessa June 17, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Oooh. I keep looking at Ricochet too. I’ll try that next.

Borden just wasn’t right. Nothing against it, but it starts 28th some other heroine and all sweet. So, I’ll try later when I want sweet. Last night I started Sordid promise. I had to stop because it was 1am. I really didn’t want to though. Reading it, my stomach is in knots.

Maryse June 17, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Thank you Anna! I wish I could go SO badly!!!

Maryse June 17, 2016 at 11:28 AM

YAY Jean!!! And thank YOU for recommended it to me. And thanks to the author for that sexy cover. SO easy to visualize him. ;)

Jean June 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM

He is HOT! Do it Tessa! I think you will love it!

R. Renee June 17, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Cheryl, I just realized what you said. Full Tilt is all Emma Scott. Suanne edited.

Fabi June 17, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Oooh, Ricochet…that one is pretty dark…and a bit scary.

Jean June 17, 2016 at 1:39 PM

I love that book Fabi. What does that say about me? Lol!

Sitting here at work, watching the clock, praying time goes quickly! Looking forward to a beautiful weekend out on the boat! Low 80′s predicted….perfect!

Fabi June 17, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Now, now Jean…this is a judge free zone. You won’t hear a peep out of us.

Something about not judging others lest ye be judged… ;-)

Jean June 17, 2016 at 1:49 PM

That’s why I love you guys!

Jean June 17, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Omg, I just hit a mindf#*key part of Tabula Rasa…..what a twist! Only at 20%, but now I’m seriously intrigued by this story! I’ll keep you guys updated!

Cheryl June 17, 2016 at 5:02 PM

Love this blog and it’s the only one I read. No desire or time to go anywhere else!

Thanks R. Looking closer at the book on Amazon I see that now. Is the 2nd book going to be about different MC’s?

R. Renee June 17, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Cheryl, my guess would be yes and no. Did I just make it worse? LOL

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