Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – March 1st 2016

by Maryse on March 1, 2016 · 158 comments

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WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! We found a few more super-bargains, and I’m going to start off with one that Lauren found us!! Each book in Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher’s “Never Never” series is super bargain priced right now. ROCK BOTTOM!

  • Never Never: Part One by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher <— my review
  • Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter <— PSYCH THRILLER & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED on this list (and it’s on sale right now!!!)
  • Curvy by Alexa Riley <— super-bargain!
  • Liquid & Ash by E.M. Abel <— JUST RELEASED!!! “I had sacrificed myself for him and paid the price. By the time Brandon entered into my life, the longing in my heart had turned cold. But fate was not done with me.
  • Hustle by Ashley Claudy <— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT and it’s super-bargain priced!! He’s got an on-and-off again girlfriend but she’s falling for him… “...his popularity makes it hard to keep a low profile, something she needs to do if she doesn’t want to be pulled back into the drama of her past.
  • Nothing Personal by Jaci Burton <— SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED!! HIS GRANDFATHER’S TERMS FOR HIM TO KEEP HIS BUSINESS IS TO GET MARRIED AND HE SETS HIS SIGHTS ON HIS ASSISTANT ALERT!!… “Faith reluctantly agrees, burying the heavy crush she’s had on Ryan for years. But the shy virgin is going to have to live with, sleep with, and reveal so many secrets to the enigmatic man who sees this as a logical business deal. Faith’s been holding out for love, and that four letter word isn’t in Ryan’s vocabulary after being raised by a cold, loveless family.”
  • Beneath These Chains by Meghan March <— BARGAIN PRICED!! THEY’RE FROM DIFFERENT WORLDS BUT “I was raised on the streets, so I know things are rarely as simple as they appear—especially this rich girl showing up at my pawnshop demanding a job…”
  • Empire (Eagle Elite Book 7) by Rachel Van Dyken <— UP FOR PRE-ORDER (releasing May 31st 2016)

         

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. ;)

Happy new release day (and happy new month)!! Lots of new books on here, but there are a few much-loved authors amongst our group that many of us have been waiting for. Like that one there to the left. Mia Sheridan is a sure-read for me (I’ve loved quite a few of her books, and one of my forever-all-time favorites is from this series!). So I’m intrigued as to the premise of this Midnight Lily. She doesn’t give much away in her blurb at all, and that makes it even more exciting for me, because it could be ANYTHING. Either way, I know it will be emotionally loaded!

Anne: A new Mia Sheridan book?!? Yes please!

Jean: I have totally cleared my schedule and my brain for Midnight Lily! Nothing can stop me from reading it immediately upon release!

Stephanie: A new Mia Sheridan AND a new Mariana Zapata at the same time? I think I feel that “new-release-itis” coming on. *cough-cough*

That’s right Stephanie!!! Another one that I’m DYING to read… like NOW (at the same time as Midnight Lily) is Mariana Zapata’s latest brooding, grump of a sports-star (and his assistant/house-keeper/everything else) that can’t take it anymore!! YAY!! Another one that promises angst, and deep-character connection. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me sounds right up our alleys, and I get a kick out of the weird title. But it totally makes sense once you realize he’s a HUGE football player that they call “The Wall of Winnipeg” <— Ahhhhh okay, not so weird anymore. Tee hee!

DG: I love her books. Kulti is definitely a great slow burn read. Also loved Under Locke (one of my fav MC books) and Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin by Mariana Zapata. Can’t wait to read the new one! *happy dance even if it is not Friday*

Lisa: Well my one-click book diet lasted a whole week. :( Just grabbed Winnipeg. And Im eyeing off Sticks……love me some T Gephart. Midnight Lily and Beautiful Boss were pre-ordered so they don’t count. ;)

Michelle: YES! I forgot about Winnipeg and it’s exactly what I want to read next :D

Stephanie: I’m 20% through Winnepeg and this guy is a capital J Jerk. But it’s starting to pick up so I must get back to it.

Maryse: I LOVE CAPITAL J JERKS!!!!!!!! In books. Only in books. :P

Cheryl: OMG you made my day Maryse, I have been impatiently waiting for The Wall of Winnipeg!!!

Of course, there’s the just released Sinner’s Creed, a new biker book by Kim Jones (and P.S. she’s a real-life old lady and her husband is in an MC!!!) so you know it will be raw and gritty… and real-ish. ;)

And Honesty by Seth King (he’s a much loved author amongst some in our reading-crew) who’s last book ripped some heart outs, and yet BIG love for him, despite the emotional turmoil. This one sounds like it will be an M/M romance (he’s still in the closet, and his father sounds pretty mean – so I have a feeling it will be BIG TIME tumultuous!!).

Annie: Have you read any of his books Maryse? They are incredible!

Fabi: I’m going to start with a one-click for Honesty. It’s probably going to tear me apart. I’m so afraid of it, yet…I can’t resist.

MJ: If you want a beautiful book that will tear you apart and make you smile through your endless tears…The Summer Remains by Seth King.
Unbelievably amazing. He’s a young author with a true gift.

And I’ve highlighted more below!!! :D

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. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
  2. Midnight Marked: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 12 by Chloe Neill
  3. Sinner’s Creed: Sinner’s Creed Series #1 by Kim Jones
  4. Try Not to Breathe: A Novel by Holly Seddon <— PSYCH THRILLER!
  5. The Gangster by Clive Cussler
  6. The Last Girl: The Dominion Trilogy, Book 1 by Joe Hart<— Less than 1000 women left in the world…
  7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  8. Opening Belle: A Novel by Maureen Sherry
  9. It by Stephen King
        

 

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).

  • Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy <— MUCH LOVED M/M ROMANCE BOOK! Look what Lauren found us on sale!!! “Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy… It’s an M/M romance with over 450 5-star reviews.” and Teri LOVED it!! “You guys! Him is such a fabulously romantic friends to lovers M/M novel. Love, love, love it. Can’t wait for the sequel. WooHoo!” (a new one is coming out next week, so I posted it in the upcoming pre-orders below)
  • Secret Smile (French, Nicci) by Nicci French <— PSYCH THRILLER recommended by Sofia! “You *have* to include Nicci French in this awesome list. SECRET SMILE sends shivers down my spine now, just thinking about it. Most of the Nicci French books are psych thrillers. Love them!”
  • Beautiful Boss (The Beautiful Series Book 9) by Christina Lauren <— Just released yesterday but at this price, we can certainly consider this a bargain!! Grey’s happy! “OMG!!! …*Ack* Will & Hanna, I am so incredibly excited, I can’t stand myself at the moment! I’m gonna need a note for work Maryse… I have, um… *new-release-itis* I’m a nurse… it’s a legit medical ailment… trust me!Beautiful Boss… Oh. Em. Gee. Will & Hanna… just perfection, I’m in love.. or lust… or mmm… humina, humina.” and Cheryl agrees! “Beautiful Boss – I just love Will & Hanna. Oneclickitis is very contagious!!” LOL YOU GUYS MAKE ME LAUGH SO HARD!!! :P
  • Every Thing Left Unsaid by Jessica Davidson <— TEAR-JERKER ALERT! This one hit Amy like a delayed ton of bricks!!

Amy: Have any of y’all ever read a book and had a “delayed reaction” to it? Like, the emotions of the book didn’t catch up with you until later, after you had gotten over any irritations or complaints you had so all you had to think about was how devastating the story actually was?
I was just thinking about a book (Things Left Unsaid or Everything Left Unsaid or something like that…I would have to look it up) where I finished it and thought, “well that hurt” but then I went on my merry way. Then the next day – gah, I remember this clearly – I was on my hands and knees in my front yard weeding when a group of adorable teenagers walked by and reminded me of the teens in the book, and BAM! Instant crying. Me, bandana wrapped around my head, in old and holey gardening sweats, crouched over in my flower bed, snot-crying, trying to use my dirty wrist to wipe off my face, getting soil in my eyes and up my nose, all while trying not to let the teens see what a freaking weirdo I was. Anyone have that kind of a delayed reaction to a book?

Maryse: Amy… my delayed reactions sometimes happen when I hear a song… and it matches the book, and THEN my emotions spill as I remember scenes…

  • Along for the Ride by knightsrachel <— ssjenny recommends this one! ““Along for the Ride” by knightsrachel is one of my favorite books and it has this storyline (MC’s brother is a famous pop star and she’s forced to go on tour with him, and meets her favorite band). It’s the reason I came here looking for more. Bonus: it’s on WattPad so it’s free!”

  • Everything I Left Unsaid: A Novel by M. O’Keefe <— This was the one I *thought* Amy was referring to… which sounds pretty great too!
    

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Midnight Bites: Stories of the Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
  2. Midnight Marked: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill
  3. Rocked by Love (Gargoyles Series) by Christine Warren
  4. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella <— SHE CAN SEE GHOSTS…
  5. Her Fierce Warrior (X-Ops) by Paige Tyler
  6. The Incubus Job (Mission: Magic Book 1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis
  7. Favorite Obsession: A Multiple Shifter Paranormal Romance (Royal Pride Book 3) by Nancy Corrigan
  8. The Vampire’s Favorite (The Vampyr Series Book 2) by V.R. Cumming
  9. Trapped: A SciFi Convict Romance (The Condemned Book 1) by Alison Aimes
  10. Wolf Pack (Shifter Chronicles Book 5) by Crissy Smith
  11. Captive Heroes: Captured and Bound (Pleasure Bound Book 6) by Jan Springer
  12. Wolves Will Be Wolves (Wicked Ways Book 2) by JD Nelson
  13. The Pandora Principle (Divine Resonanace Book 1) by Noree Cosper
  14. Whispers (The Divided Kingdom) by Sophie H. Morgan
             

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan <— FROM THE AUTHOR OF ARCHER’S VOICE (MIA SHERIDAN ALERT)!!!! He’s trying to get away from his life, and sees… a woman in the woods, at night! This is a standalone and sounds so intriguing… “…when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind…
  2. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata <— HE’S A HUGE FOOTBALL STAR & SHE’S HIS ASSISTANT/HOUSEKEEPER ALERT!! “Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary…” But then he asks her the unthinkable!!! *gasp*!!!! :D
  3. Come On Closer: The Harvest Cove Series by Kendra Leigh Castle
  4. A Covert Affair: A Deadly Ops Novel by Katie Reus
  5. Lost: Finding Solace trilogy book 1 by Barbara Speak
  6. A Glimmer of Hope: A Novella Prequel to Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman
  7. I Knew You Were Trouble by Vera Roberts
  8. Burning Choice (Trevor’s Harem Book 3) by Aubrey Parker
  9. Every Vow She Breaks (Who’s Watching Now) by Jannine Gallant
  10. If We Were A Movie (Power of the Matchmaker) by Kelly Oram <— HE’S A TRIPLET & HIS NEW COLLEGE ROOMMATE IS A GIRL... “Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide…”
  11. Temptation (The Billionaire’s Seduction Book 4) by Cali MacKay
  12. The Rain Sparrow (A Honey Ridge Novel) by Linda Goodnight
  13. Fight to the Finish: First to Fight by Jeanette Murray
  14. Dangerous to Know: an unbroken heroes novel by Dawn Ryder
  15. Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew <— BEST FRIENDS FOR YEARS AND NOW BECOMING MORE BUT……the moment they take that irrevocable leap, a shocking revelation blindsides Corinne, exposing her vulnerabilities, baring her fears, and shattering her beliefs about love. With their future—and more importantly, their friendship—now clouded in doubt, she must decide if love is really worth the risk…
  16. Lost In Mr. Parks (The Park Series Book 3) by Lilly James
  17. Deliverance (The Maverick Defense Series Book 1) by L A Cotton
  18. Compromised (Alpha Ops) by Emmy Curtis
  19. Until It’s Right by Jamie Howard <— SHE’S TEXTING THE WRONG GUY ALERT!! “…she’s convinced she’s met Mr. Perfect. But when he accidentally gives her the wrong number, the stranger on the other end of her texts becomes her confidant…
  20. The Darling Songbirds by Rachael Herron
  21. His to Keep (Beauty and the Brit) by Terri Austin
  22. Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
  23. The SEAL’s Rebel Librarian: An Alpha Ops Novella by Anne Calhoun
  24. Gash (The Skulls Book 13) by Sam Crescent <— BIKER BOOK!
  25. Sinner’s Creed (A Sinner’s Creed Novel) by Kim Jones <— BIKER BOOK ALERT/ENFORCER FOR AN MC & NAIVE GIRL  and… “...ever since she was seventeen she’s been drawn to this dark and mysterious man who always seemed to show up just when she needed him. After years of fated encounters, he’s back. This time he’s taking her…
  26. Exposed: A Madame X Novel by Jasinda Wilder <— JASINDA WILDER ALERT!!
  27. One Texas Cowboy Too Many (Burnt Boot, Texas) by Carolyn Brown
  28. Burning Proof (Cold Case Justice Book 2) by Janice Cantore
  29. Promise Me the Stars: A Hearts of Harkness Romance (The Standish Clan Book 3) by Norah Wilson <— SINGLE-MOM CHEF JUST GOT FIRED BECAUSE OF HER DAUGHTER’S ANTICS…When April comes to Harkness to retrieve Sid, she does so in a car packed with all her worldly possessions, having been fired from her position over her daughter’s behavior. When Scott realizes her predicament, he offers her domestic employment…
  30. The Duchess Contest: A Jet City Billionaire Serial Romance (The Billionaire Duke Series Book 2) by Gina Robinson
  31. Divine Conspiracy (The Divine Series Book 1) by Rose Hudson
  32. Chaos (Phoenix Undercover Book 2) by C.A. Harms
  33. The Seventh Hour (Love Endures) by Grace Livingston Hill
  34. Return to Silver Bay by Lara Van Hulzen
  35. Honesty by Seth King <— SETH KING ALERT!! And I think this is M/M romance!!! It sounds amazing…  ”As a closeted teenager in the Deep South with a holy-roller father and the scars to prove it, bookworm Cole Furman has resigned himself to experiencing life and love only within the pages of his favorite novels. But after Nick Flores seems to walk off a page and starts to rewrite his story, Cole finds his dreams spinning into a dazzling – and complicated – reality…
  36. Taylor Maid by Tara Lain <— M/M ROMANCE
  37. All Fall Down (Student Bodies Book 5) by Pandora Pine <— M/M ROMANCE
  38. Spanked In The Woodshed (Bend Over Series Book 3) by Brina Brady <— M/M ROMANCE
  39. Deep Deliverance (The Deep Series) by Z.A. Maxfield <— M/M ROMANCE
  40. Finding Their Balance (Neighborly Affection) by M.Q. Barber
  41. Quimby Pond by Bruce Judisch
  42. Talon (The Uncompromising Series Book 1) by Sybil Bartel
  43. Heartbreak Homestead (Hearts of the Outback Book 2) by Susanne Bellamy
  44. From Scratch by C.E. Hilbert <— PASTRY CHEF & A COP ALERT! Plus, he’s her new landlord…
  45. Trust Me (Rough Love Book 3) by Annabel Joseph <— DARK ROMANCE ALERT!! TRILOGY CONCLUSION… NOT a standalone but sounds like a dark romance!! “…there are a lot of things he doesn’t allow, more than she ever imagined in her torrid fantasies. Life under Price’s control is an adjustment, and sometimes a nightmare. It’s not long before she realizes she’s in way over her head…” (Here’s book #1: Torment Me (Rough Love Book 1)
  46. Kidnapped by the Billionaire (Nine Circles) by Jackie Ashenden
  47. Scoring at Love (Men of the Ice Book 4) by Michele Shriver
  48. Missing Summer: Part One by E. N. Hudgins
  49. Breaking Bones (Mariani Crime Family Series Book 2) by Amanda Washington
  50. Inceptive (The Deceptive Series Book 3) by M.D. Melai & C.S. Leigh
  51. Mistaken Identity by Stephanie Nicole Norris
  52. Betrayed By Blood: (The Betrayed Series Book 1) by Victoria Renteria
  53. Eyes Open: Finding Home Series Book Two by Rachel Caid
  54. Forbidden Enticement by Steffy Rogers <— SHE’S A PORN STAR (in secret) BUT HER DAY-JOB BOSS DOESN’T KNOW…He doesn’t know about the alter ego I slip into once a week. My porn name Cassidy Wilder remains a secret to him and I’m determined to keep Nash Ross out of the loop for as long as I can. I’m Heaven McDaniels and this is my story.
  55. Nobody Knows by Rebecca Barber
  56. Joi and Payne by Sheila L. Jackson
  57. Just This Night: An Exclusive Romance by Mari Madison <— SINGLE FATHER NEWS CAMERAMAN AND A NEWS REPORTER ALERT! But before they started working together, they had a one night stand as strangers… “…things get awkward when her anonymous hookup turns out to be her newest colleague. Now they must put their attraction behind them and find a way to work together.
  58. Pas de Deux: Part Two (A Cross and Pointe Novel Book 2) by Wynter S.K.
  59. Someone Else’s Love Letter by Deborah Blumenthal
  60. Bind Me: Absolution part three by Sophia Scarlet
  61. No Place Like Home (The Coming Home Series) by Jennifer Kacey
  62. Raw Silk by Lisabet Sarai
  63. Confessions in the Dark by Jeanette Grey <— BROODING GRUMPY NEIGHBOR ALERT!Gruff, secretive, and coiled with tension that begs for release, Cole is too intriguing for Serena to resist. The English accent and brooding brown eyes don’t hurt, either…
  64. Every Vow She Breaks (Who’s Watching Now) by Noelle Fox
  65. All At Sea: Finding Sweet Love Book 1 (Finding Sweet Love Series) by Tracey Pedersen
  66. When Will Knocks at Your Door (Meaningful Suspense Series Book 2) by Sandy Appleyard
  67. Meet Me in the Middle by Eryn Scott
                                                                 

 

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

  1. Whiskey Neat (The Uncertain Saints MC Book 1) by Lani Lynn Vale - March 3rd 2016
  2. LAST HEARTBREAK (A Romance Novel) by H.M. Ward - March 7th 2016
  3. Never Too Late by Sloan Johnson - March 7th 2016
  4. Tyrant (Scars of the Wraiths Book 2) by Nashoda Rose - March 7th 2016
  5. Late Fall by Noelle Adams - March 7th 2016
  6. Fire Touched: A Mercy Thompson Novel by Patricia Briggs - March 8th 2016
  7. Phantom Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon - March 8th 2016
  8. Us (Him Book 2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy - March 8th 2016
  9. Rough Rhythm: A Made In Jersey Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Tessa Bailey  - March 8th 2016
  10. Marked In Flesh: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop - March 8th 2016
  11. RYDER (Slater Brothers Book 4) by L.A. Casey - March 8th 2016
  12. Jackson’s Trust: A Fourth Down Novel by Violet Duke - March 8th 2016
  13. The Drew + Fable Series 4-Book Bundle: One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend Quartet) by Monica Murphy - March 8th 2016
  14. Because (Seven Year Itch Book 4) by Jennifer Foor - March 14th 2016
  15. The Darkest Prison (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter – March 14th 2016
  16. Hawke: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) by Sawyer Bennett – March 15th 2016
  17. Asking for More by Lilah Pace - March 15th 2016
  18. Property of a Noblewoman: A Novel by Danielle Steele - March 15th 2016
  19. Phoenix Reborn: An Alpha Pack Novella by J.D. Tyler - March 15th 2016
  20. Pushing the Limits: Beyond the Cage by Jennifer Snow – March 15th 2016
  21. It’s All Relative by S.C. Stephens - March 15th 2016
  22. The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection by Tiffany Reisz  - March 15th 2016
  23. Curtis (Coyote Ridge Book 1) by Nicole Edwards – March 15th 2016
  24. Dark Promises (Carpathian) by Christine Feehan – March 16th 2016
                     

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Fabi March 1, 2016 at 12:37 PM

I’m going to start with a one-click for Honesty. It’s probably going to tear me apart. I’m so afraid of it, yet…I can’t resist.

I’ll come back to this amazing list later. Plus, the pre-orders for next week? My head is spinning.

Jean March 1, 2016 at 12:56 PM

My head is spinning too fabi! Just started Midnight Lily this morning, went to work, then felt sick, so left and took a half day! I think I have Midnight Lily-itis!! Lol!

Winnipeg looks so good too and I love Seth King!!!

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 1:12 PM

LOL Jean… I need to make the “sick-note” a permanent page on the blog for easy access. *snort* :P

Jean March 1, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Lol Maryse! I’m sure if anyone looked at my employee records, they would find most of my sicknesses have occurred on a Tuesday!

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 1:20 PM

hahahahahahah!!!!! :P

Fabi March 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Too funny Jean.

Definitely Maryse, you can just post a template we can all use. *snort*

Jen March 1, 2016 at 3:46 PM

Why do I want to fight these slow burn books? Just when I thought I couldnt get into The Wall of Winnipeg ….BOOM…I fall in love with the characters. I just loved it! 5 stars for me.

Amy March 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM

Maryse, I (finally) found the delayed-reaction book I was talking about…Everything Left Unsaid by Jessica Davidson. Oh, my heart.

Although that one you posted (Everything I Left Unsaid) does sound pretty intriguing as well. So I clicked it. Of course.

Jean…you’re awesome. ;)

Kim Box Person March 1, 2016 at 4:54 PM

I have a VERY bad right pointer finger that loves Maryse. It keeps clicking on the links you’ve posted and won’t stop

Amy March 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM

OMG!!!! That first part of your comment Kim…I just snorted-choked-coughed!! LOL!!!

Danielle C March 1, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Just finished The Wall of Winnipeg and Me..Mariana Zapata is the Queen of the slow burn! This book did not disappoint and for me is right up there with Kulti!! She is definitely one of my favorite authors. Great character development all the way through leading up to…well, just read it!! Its awesome

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 5:52 PM

*snort* to both of you!!!!! :P

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 5:53 PM

YAY Danielle!! That is EXACTLY what I want to hear… I’m going in!!!!

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 5:53 PM

LOL Amy! Okay let me correct the book. ;) Yeah I thought the one I posted sounded pretty much “us” so I was sure that was the one you were referring to. :P

Cheryl March 1, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Loving The Wall of Winnipeg. I love how this author writes and that the H and h really don’t seem to like each other and he is such a jerk-face. The h describes him as introverted and non-friendly, but he seems like he has Asperger’s or is just plain socially awkward. Or he just doesn’t give a damn because his entire life centers around football. I also like it when the h is a strong woman who is not a pushover for a “pretty” face.

After I finish this, I’m going to take a closer look at this list, although Until It’s Right sounds really good.

Fabi March 1, 2016 at 6:32 PM

UGH! Next week, Us and Marked in Flesh both come out on the same day! Whyyyyyyy Who else besides Michelle and Tessa can read that fast?

No matter how many times I tell myself the book will be there waiting for me, I just can’t put down a good one or make myself wait any longer for one I’ve been anticipating.

bev March 1, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Jean, your back!

My C.S. Harris is here, so lucky me. Be a few hours until can open it but feels like a historical mystery/ revisit a series type night. :-)

bev March 1, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Seven more days!!! :-) :-):-):-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDpYBT0XyvA

DG March 1, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Started The Wall of Winnipeg and Me…..very early in and sooo NOT disappointed!!! Just want to crawl into H’s head to know what he is thinking. Loving the strong silent type *swoon*

Fabi March 1, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Ooohhh, today is March 1st. We have to pick our favorite February read…

Tessa March 1, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Ugh. Expensive month alert. :-P . Seriously, Chicagoland, WoW (the gamer in me is giggling at that acronym), then next week Marked in Flesh and Fire Touched. Top that off with Asking for More. *Sighs* This is insane! I guess I’m lucky that the new Kenyon book is a re-release.

Then again, you know how much I’m squeeing over all these goodies?

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Tessa loves World of Warcraft!!!! TEE HEEE!!!!! :D I love when we mini-reveal ourselves. hahahah!!

Oh what am I giggling about? I collect Cabbage Patch Dolls… *snort*

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 7:43 PM

DG right there with you. I’m reading it too, just started it and LOVE the silent moody bossy brooders.

Tessa March 1, 2016 at 7:54 PM

:-P I love Guild Wars 2 more. I still have 2 or 3 of my Cabbage Patch kids.

Fabi March 1, 2016 at 7:59 PM

Alright, looks like I read 14 books in February. You’d think it wouldn’t be hard to pick my favorite out of so few. But I had 5 5* reads! Sheesh.

However, after some deliberation, I’d have to say that my favorite February read was …

Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) by Pacat, C.S. (thank you Bev!)

with a HUGE honorable mention to

Strong Signal by Erickson, Megan and Hassell, Santino

OK………..Your turn………..

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Oh I have to know about your cabbage patches! LOL!!! What color signature on their butts? Hair color? Face (sweet closed-mouth smile, freckles, pacifier mouth?) *sigh* Yeah… my other hobby. ;)

Fabi March 1, 2016 at 8:04 PM

ummm Maryse, Tessa, I only collect books….just saying…ya know how we like reading and stuff…

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Fabi that is the best collection!!! Signed books, especially!!! :D

Cheryl March 1, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Hilarious Maryse! I think I still have a Cabbage patch around her somewhere. ;)

Tessa March 1, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Oh I collect books, but my brain needs multiple things to keep it entertained. *shrugs* Puzzle games for random jolts of brain use, reading for relaxing writing for creativity, and GW2 for brain entertainment.

I had tons of CPK when I was younger. There are two I know I still have. My favorite is one my brother made me when I was 8 and he was 13. He is extremely talented and even then drew an exact replica of the certificate, sewed a body by hand and” signed” the signiature on the butt perfectly.

The other is a boy, closed mouth with a black signature, red hair. He was my first and is so raggedy from the love I gave him.

I’m trying to decide between two books as to favorite.

bev March 1, 2016 at 8:36 PM

I only had 4 CPK. And not going to remember all that, lol. I did have twin boys with glasses.
Oh, loved pound puppies too

Fabi March 1, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Which two Tessa?

Maryse, I have a few signed editions, but my favorite to collect are leather bound books. Just yesterday I got the most incredible illuminated edition of Dante’s Inferno I’ve ever seen and it’s signed by the artist. Beautiful.

I think my hobby was born from reading all those historical romance novels way back when. It seemed that every one of them had a scene with a library full of books.

When my daughter was little I collected porcelain barbie dolls for her. And I collected beanie babies for my son when he was little.

How many cabbage patch do you have? Are you still collecting?

bev March 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Fabi, I would have to look to see how many I read but have two favorites. King ‘s Rising and The Last Hour Of Gann.

Fabi March 1, 2016 at 8:41 PM

That’s awesome Bev! The Last Hour of Gann was tied for first place for my January favorite.

Tessa March 1, 2016 at 8:48 PM

The Power and On Dublin Street. They are both so different, so I’m not sure which I liked better.

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Tessa!! Black signature = 1983 (the first mass markets and in the time that they were the most popular) and red hair? One of the rarest of the mass-markets.

We call them “red fuzzies” (have a wild head of fuzzy -not looped – orange yarn hair). They were only made in 1983 (after that, the orange hairs were always looped yarn) and a limited # of them made – even amongst the mass-markets. Only boys were red fuzzies. AND!!! If you have one with freckles, even better. The freckled cabbies were also only in 1983. Highly coveted. You can find them on Ebay but they always go for significantly more than the “regulars”

YAY YOU!!!! I only have one… and I have a lot of cabbies. But only ONE red-fuzzy. ;)

Now of course, since the cabbie-rage, they have since re-produced them for anniversaries and such, but if yours is a black signature butt… boy red fuzzy, that is AWESOME!

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 8:56 PM

But Tessa… I ADORE the fact that you have a sweet handmade one by your brother. I TOTALLY get how that can mean the most to you. Wow, what a gesture!!!! <3

Tessa March 1, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Rofl. I got that because I wanted a CPK for Christmas and my mom loved red-heads. I did the whole send in the adoption paperwork and everything. His name is Bob Ghallegar and probably wouldn’t fetch a thing on eBay due to being” well loved”. Lol Including the marks on the face from a stray marker.

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Fabi… I would LOVE to see that Dante’s Inferno. All of my signed books are mostly my indies (but I have some from the very start of their indie days that are now traditionally published – so I love them)

I have a few from JR Ward and Kresley Cole that are signed…. but to find first edition classics? OMG!!!

I don’t officially collect Cabbage Patch kids anymore (for now). My love of books has taken over, but I have ALL of my collection still and love it, still.

I have a few… umm… hundred? Tee hee! I’d say maybe 200??? Somewhere between 100 and 200 dolls. ;)

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 9:02 PM

GASP!!! *snort* I know it, Tessa.

I was one of the lucky ones that got her first cabbie for that 1983 Christmas (when they weren’t anywhere to be found, and people were auctioning them off for a million – and GETTING it!!)

Mine is also well-loved and I MOST CERTAINLY officially “adopted” him too. He was my sweet smelling, shy-faced bald baby, named Aristotle Abe.

But of course, when they sent me back MY official adoption papers, they had accidentally changed his name to Aristotle Abve. *sigh* :-|

Tessa March 1, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Over 100? WoW! Abve? See that’s probably worth something! :-P Aren’t all errors worth somerhing? My Mom always said the preemie ws the hardest to find. Everyone sold out and she went to the store and asked. The manager took pity on her and led her to the backroom where they had over 100 unshelved waiting to be stocked the next day. :-)

Amy March 1, 2016 at 9:44 PM

“Oh I have to know about your cabbage patches!” <——- 8-O

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

*falls over cackling*

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Amy.

One day…. ONE DAY you will accidentally reveal your own secret collection of something weird…

Your day will come.

:P

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Oh wait.

Patches.

Cabbage patches.

I see where you went, there. *snort*!!!!! 8-O

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

*falls over cackling*

Kathy P March 1, 2016 at 10:04 PM

I missed the CBK era. I am obviously a few years older:) I collected Madame Alexander dolls (the countries) that I wasn’t allowed to play with. My daughter has 4 American Girl dolls and I let her play with them and mess them up however she wants!!

bev March 1, 2016 at 10:16 PM

Ok, um, over my head. Unless she is just laughing at your enthusiasm.
I can not remember my dolls’ names. My favorite was a bald African American CP. Then I had a brown haired girl and twins.
Fabi I read only 10 this month. :-\

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 10:17 PM

Awww those are so CUTE Kathy. And no worries if she messes ‘em up. I’ve seen some great restoration tutorials on those dolls… all that messy silky hair turned gorgeous, if ever she wants to “refresh” ‘em. :)

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 10:19 PM

bev I have one too, and he’s the cutest!! One of my favorites in my collection. LOL!

Do you guys still think I’m coooooooool? (sorry, had to quote an old South Park episode that had me cackling…) :P

Danielle C March 1, 2016 at 10:42 PM

Omg this takes me back! I had four or five cpk one was a preemie and one with orange hair and freckles was a world traveler with a passport. I think mine have a mixture of black and green signatures. And 1983 was when I got most of them. Oh boy I’m getting old lol

Jean March 1, 2016 at 10:58 PM

I have 2 CPK, a boy and girl, still in their original packaging! (Along with close to 200 other dolls)! My mom started it with me when I was very young. They’ve never been played with and are all still boxed with their receipts! Haven’t bought one in years though, books have pretty much taken over my life. Lol!

Gotta look at my February reads to make my fav pick.

Can’t wait to start Winnipeg….I love a slow burn! I’m loving Midnight Lily! Typical Mia Sheridan…..sucks you right in!

Amy March 1, 2016 at 11:23 PM

LOL!!! I’m glad you caught that I wasn’t laughing at your CPK dolls. ;)

Actually, I think it’s adorable that some of you still collect them! (Maryse…is that over 100 CPK’s or just all different types of dolls??) And Tessa, your sweet brother…I’ll bet he has made an amazing husband for some lucky lady.

Do you remember how the preemie CPK’s smelled like baby powder? I loved that scent! I had a few, but the one I remember best was my CPK dressed like a little Dutch girl, complete with plastic shoes that looked like the wooden ones they wear. And my preemie…loved my preemie baby. She wore mint green and smelled heavenly.

Danielle C March 1, 2016 at 11:29 PM

I loved how the preemie smelled! I also remember my mother wondering why she had to keep buying diapers all the time for dolls. I always wanted American Girl or Pleasant Company dolls when I was younger but never got one. My husband has since bought me four..I’m lucky he supports my weirdness.

Tessa March 1, 2016 at 11:42 PM

Amy, your twelve year old boy self is showing. :-D I love it. We shall name him Amos.

I have no idea what my earlier dolls had to wear originally. I changed their clothes and lost most of them. Now, twins on when I collected them (I was 11 or 12), they had original clothing until my nieces removed them. I still tease one niece, reminding her how the twins was mint until she took off all the clothes of one. :-P

My brother is awesome. He’s married now with three girls who adore him and also love art and making costumes like him.

Favorite of Feb. Anyone else read The Power? Am I in love with it because it was that good or because I love Seth so much? On Dublin Street was so good too. Decisions!

Amy March 1, 2016 at 11:46 PM

Aw, how sweet is your hubby, Danielle?!?

And the diapers…yes! I used so many of those on my dolls until my mom set a limit for me. I also used to put them on my cats by cutting holes in the diapers for their tails…yeah, it’s all fun and games until a cat shreds your arm. :P

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 11:47 PM

Just CPK’s Amy… I have no other dolls. Or any collection but my books. So that’s a LOT of weird-cute smiley dolls. LOL!!!

Amy March 1, 2016 at 11:49 PM

Tessa…you gotta admit that was pretty freaking funny of Maryse to say it that way about the “cabbage patch.” :P

Kinda like when Michelle was tired of us talking about our waxing habits and told us she didn’t want to hear about our “hot pockets” LOL!!!!!

Amy March 1, 2016 at 11:58 PM

That’s actually pretty awesome, Maryse. To have that many dolls, all of the same type? Cool. Yes, you’re still coooooooool. ;)

Okay, confession…I hoard pharmaceutical pens. I have at least 200. I won’t admit to any more than that. *snort* I have them organized in ziploc-type bags by drug name and type of pen…ballpoint, gel, fountain, rollerball.

There. There’s my weird collection.

Fabi March 2, 2016 at 12:14 AM

Can I just go ahead and award Amy the weird collection medal?

omg Amy you’re so cute and funny

BTW Maryse my Dante’s Inferno is signed by the artist, Marc Burckhardt, not the author. Holy cow, I can’t even imagine a signed Dante Alighieri.

bev March 2, 2016 at 12:22 AM

How many pharmaceuticals do you buy?
Is that why you have so many names?

Danielle C March 2, 2016 at 1:15 AM

Note to self..do not read these comments while drinking tea. I almost choked from laughing Amy! Cats in diapers..oh boy. I used to collect those bendy chiropractor pens when I was a kid. Im still trying to find those striped pens that doctors used with the eraser tip that never worked.

Amy March 2, 2016 at 1:26 AM

Bev!! NO! *snort* The pens aren’t from buying the meds…I’ve been picking them up for years now as I come across them. I still have yet to find the Viagra one that’s rather…er…phallic in shape. :P

*accepts medal from Fabi* Why, thank you!! Dante’s Inferno, signed? Yeah, I’m jealous. ;)

Amy March 2, 2016 at 1:34 AM

Danielle, I remember those twisty pens! They were a little longer than regular pens and could be knotted up. FUN!!

Choking, spitting drinks out, inappropriately bursting out laughing in the middle of class (*snorts at points at Fabi*) are all common occurrences around here!

Maryse March 2, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Well well welllllll Amy. I didn’t even know pharmaceutical pens were a thing!!!!!! I knew you’d have a crazy collection of something. Crazy-cool, that is. :P

Jean March 2, 2016 at 8:09 AM

54% of Midnight Lily and my jaw just dropped…DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AT ALL! Anyone else reading it?

Stephanie March 2, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Jean finished Winnipeg last night and I’m starting Midnight Lily this morning. Looking forward to it.

Cheryl March 2, 2016 at 9:39 AM

I missed all the comments going on yesterday about collections. What a fun way to start the day, except I had just taken a sip of my coffee when I read Amy’s comments. I didn’t know there was that pen- I do have a *normal* Viagra pen. Should know by now to not be drinking when reading here! I have to find my CPK today, since all I can remember is that I think he’s wearing green overalls and does have red hair.

Still reading Winnipeg and still loving the interaction between the H and h. Think *things* will be starting soon! *fingers crossed*

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 12:56 PM

I finally read More Than Forever by Jay McLean. *happy sigh* What took me so long to read it? It’s definitely the best of the More Than series. Sweet, angst, sad, then spin happy. I love Lucy and Cam’s story so much. :-)

Okay, people, that means today I’ve no idea what I want to read. *starts banging her head against the desk* Anyone have a good rock star story to recommend?

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 1:33 PM

I decided to continue Bullet. Best part? My phone started to play Hail to the King as soon as they began their performance in the book. *grins*

Fabi March 2, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Tessa, I’m currently reading Keeper by Ingrid Seymor. It is so good!

Fabi March 2, 2016 at 1:35 PM

oops, just finished reading your post where you’re looking for a rockstar book. nope, Keeper is not a rockstar book. :-/

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Rofl. I’ll take anything. My big problem with Bullet is it will randomly sound like an 80 year old lady is the MC. Seriously, what 19 year old says another guy her age is a” nice, young man”?

Fabi March 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM

haaaa that’s ridiculous

she’d be saying
he’s hot or dope or fly or…

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Heck, I’ll take great guy, nice or cool. Also she meets the I think main male character’s mom and the woman, first meeting, says, call me mom so she does. *blinks* After knowing her ten minutes.

That said, it is descriptive of the rock star life and I love that there is potential angst and drama groundwork being laid already.

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Authors, there is NOTHING that ruins angst more than flashes to the future.

That is all.

bev March 2, 2016 at 4:10 PM

The Walls Around Us is on sale. Saw it on a mag’s end of year list. Sounds different, but could be good.

bev March 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

This is an interesting post on the romance/hea topic. I thought she makes some good points.
“Romance” book is a genre label to me so I have certain expectations. Same as if someone handed me a “Mystery” book.

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Here’s another point to it. I expect it to be about romance and love, not a guaranteed HEA. Are all mystery books solved in the end, or do some leave questions?

Fabi March 2, 2016 at 5:37 PM

oh no no no Tessa, I only read romance for the guaranteed HEA. Without it, it’s not a genre I’d enjoy.

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

I love playing devil’s advocate. :P So what do we call romances that are not HEA? Woman’s Lit? (a phrase I despise honestly.)

bev March 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM

If mystery, then yes would want the mystery solved by the end of the book. Psychological thriller maybe more ambiguous.
I think the Time Travelers Wife was very romantic with an absolutely beautiful love story, but its lit fiction not a romance.

Fabi March 2, 2016 at 5:51 PM

That’s a great example Bev. Time Travelers Wife tricked me into reading it by that title and premise. Then, BHAM, knocked me out with its viciousness. No, it’s not romance, no, it’s not sci-fi. Although it has aspects of each … So annoying for me.

bev March 2, 2016 at 5:52 PM

I hate smut or mommy porn for romance.
I do think most romance readers are voracious readers and It sells a lot. Scribd could not keep up with the demand. I wonder If that is why so many books labeled as romance.
I thought the point of some readers not labeling themselves as romance readers was interesting.

bev March 2, 2016 at 5:55 PM
Jean March 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

I started and finished the most amazing book today! Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee…….so good! Trying to clean up my tbr and decided to read this one which I got in 2013. What a precious gem I found hiding on my Kindle for 3 years! I highly recommend it!

Grey March 2, 2016 at 6:14 PM

I’m in a rut. Beautiful Boss ruined me. I loved it. It was too short. I wanna live in Will and Hanna’s world forever.

Um Rock Star… I’m sure you’ve read Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning right Tessa?

Maryse March 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Jean that is one of my FAVORITE BOOKS ever!!! I KNOW. So unique and so intense. :D !!! YAY!!! Bonnie Dee is one of my favorite authors!

Grey March 2, 2016 at 6:18 PM

February 5 star… only 1 one for me… Therapy by Kathryn Perez…

Amy March 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM

Um, y’all already know how I define romance and HEA so I’d best keep quiet. ;)

I just checked and apparently I clicked Bone Deep (*snicker*) back in 2014. Given Jean’s and Maryse’s stamp of approval, YAY ME!! :D

And yep, pharmaceutical pens (also called drug rep pens) definitely are a thing…you should see my Cialis pen that slowly opens and pops up. Not suggestive at all. *snort*

Jean March 2, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Yes, the story was so unique! I loved it! Amy you have to read it!

Amy March 2, 2016 at 6:32 PM

*points to Grey*

YES!!!!!!!

*happy dance*

Amy March 2, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Oh, I definitely will Jean…how can I not with how unique it sounds???

Michelle March 2, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Let’s see, what have I missed…CPK (do not have even one) and pharmaceutical pen collections (…huh?…oh it’s Amy).

My favorite February read? I have zero 5* reads! Um probably a toss up between two 4*s: Morning Star by Pierce Brown and Chase the Dark by Annette Marie.

Fabi, did you ever finish MS or Specimen? Still mad over Specimen…

Freebies: Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras, Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington, Mythean Arcana Boxed set by Linsey Hall, Keep Me Still by Caisey Quinn, The Change by Teyla Branton

MichelleS March 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Missed all the fun! Never collected Canbage Patch. My sister got into a near brawl with a woman at KMart in 1983 over one the day they came out. Shoot me now – I thought they were ugly! I collected cats, like a weirdo nerd girl… But as an adult, nope not a thing. Ok. Some kachinas during the southwest craze. Pens? Drug pens? OMG, Amy. I think I like you even more now! Somebody write a character that is Amy please.

Favorite February Read? It’s s tie – Throne of Glass 3 & Captive Prince 3.

Reading now – Soulless: lawless part 2,King Series (my gritty MC fix).

Fabi March 2, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Michelle, yes, I finished both. Specimen last week and MS earlier this week.

I would have been angrier about Specimen if you hadn’t given me a heads up. Thank you for that.

Morning Star – the entire trilogy – is absolute stand-out genius. I understand why you and some other reviewers I read, were unhappy with Mustang.

bev March 2, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Amy, I’m curious. How long have you been reading romance and what you started with?

For me my early teens and started with historical. Heyer & Hodge. Then onto Garwood and so on.

MichelleS March 2, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Bev – teenager, Doubleday Book Club, Danielle Steel. I was hooked. And VC Andrews before that… Probably why I like twisted stuff now.

bev March 2, 2016 at 9:04 PM

I can’t remember what age I was but my mom asked the librarian to pull books from the adult section. Heyer was one and I was hooked. I love librarians. And my mom for supporting my reading habit. Music too.

Amy March 2, 2016 at 9:58 PM

*hugs the Michelles in a group bear hug* You guys made me grin like a loon. ;)

Bev…I read VC Andrews and Dean Koontz in middle school but didn’t read at all during high school…too busy getting in trouble and chasing boys. *snort* A few years ago I picked up The Ruins at the airport to read on a flight back from Japan (one of the few books in English there, but I liked it!) and that kick started my reading binge. Read the Twilight series, bought a Nook and devoured every YA PNR I could get my hands on, read some YA, discovered NA (Beautiful Disaster, Thoughtless, Love Unscripted, Easy, etc.), figured out about Kindle on my iPad, found Maryse’s blog (love you for this place, Maryse!), and now my reading tastes sway back and forth from romance to mindf$&ks to angst to…well, you know the deal with me. ;)

Anne March 2, 2016 at 10:17 PM

Reading Until Its Right and its so good!! Kyle is the sweetest guy! Love him!

Jean I loved Bone Deep!! Its an amazing book everyone should read!

bev March 2, 2016 at 10:26 PM

Amy, I was wondering because of that post. About how newer readers to the genre do not necessarily label themselves romance readers and so not have the same expectations. But then Tessa is a long time romance reader and she doesn’t either.

Stephanie March 2, 2016 at 10:53 PM

Just finished Midnight Lily. WOW! This is definitely my favorite read of 2016 so far. The subject matter isn’t one I’ve read about before and this blew me away. The epilogue left me with more questions than answers though. I need answers!

Tessa March 2, 2016 at 11:35 PM

I am a romance reader! Almost every one of my non-romance genre has romance. I’m a romantic at heart. However, the idea that all romances end in HEA makes me twitchy.

Amy March 3, 2016 at 12:30 AM

*fistbumps Tessa*

Exactly.

;)

bev March 3, 2016 at 12:40 AM

*shakes head*
Nope nope nope

bev March 3, 2016 at 12:49 AM

I agree in real life or in any other genre that the relationship does not have to have a HEA to be romantic. But if you label your book romance then yes hea/hfn.
*blows raspberry*
You haven’t read Kulti???

Amy March 3, 2016 at 1:20 AM

You haven’t read In the Fields???

*blows raspberry back*

:P

Tessa March 3, 2016 at 1:20 AM

I know! Isn’t that insane? She’d go nutty over it too. The angst, the urge to punch the H, the dad whom I want to adopt me because he’s so great… She needs to read it!

Amy March 3, 2016 at 1:28 AM

I SAID I would read it, and I will! That’s not just me saying “I want to read it”…I’m saying I *will* read it.

Y’all told me to read the Fever series…and I did.

Y’all told me to read On the Island…and I did.

Y’all told me to read Surviving Raine…and I did.

Y’all are telling me to read Kulti…and I will.

So there. *pbltt*

bev March 3, 2016 at 1:29 AM

I’ve read 33%.
Plus Kulti is such a great thriller.

Lisa March 3, 2016 at 3:35 AM

The romance/HEA disussion is interesting. Personally I love a HEA or at least a HFN ending in a romance book. But some of the best books Ive read in this genre don’t always have a HEA or warm and fuzzy ending. I dont want to name them for obvious spoilers but some our groups favorites couldn’t be described a HEA endings even when the romance is intense.

Bev I will read absolutely anything except Biographies (not teally interested on people perspective of themselves) but got hooked on CR books after finding this blog and scribbling down recs. I think Thoughtless or Beautiful D was the first book.
But Im always reading other books in between – usually lit fic books….anything thats won a Booker Prize, Orange Prize etc or topped some literary list.

Lisa March 3, 2016 at 3:36 AM

OMG there were so many typo’s in that post. Sorry.

Teri March 3, 2016 at 6:35 AM

Fabi I am 80% into Honesty. OMG it is so beautifully written and such a heart wrenching read. I never thought from the beginning that it was going to be a HEA but damn it is killing me. Forget the M/M aspect, every single person needs to read this book.

DG March 3, 2016 at 8:03 AM

OMSqueeeee!!! Finished The Wall of Winnipeg and Me!!! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED it! Mariana Zapata is the queen of the slow burn in my book. Loved the strong silent deep thinking H and the slow fall of the h. Makes it a sweeter love!

Fabi March 3, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Teri, I figured Honesty was going to be like that. I’m so scared to read it.

DG March 3, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Collections….hmmmm. Barbie dolls ….definitely. CPK…not so much. Briefly TY beanies. Now my big thing is coffee mugs.
Favorite reads for February…Legend, Always Room for Cupcakes, Dark Room, Red Card, Scarred and RoomHate. Wait? Was I only suppose to pick one?!?!

DG March 3, 2016 at 8:22 AM

Amy -go ahead and add The Wall of Winnipeg and Me right next to Kulti!

bev March 3, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Lisa, that is what makes it interesting. To me I would not put the “romance ” tag on them to shelve at the library or sell. Or rec, lol. No more than I’d rec the Martian as a “romance” or “mystery” but as “sci-fi”.

Fabi March 3, 2016 at 8:57 AM

First Line Thursday :-)

“Greg Papilio wanted many things, and most of what his heart desired hinged on his impending metamorphosis.” Keeper by Ingrid Seymour

This one is YA PNR with a unique premise that has me turning page after page non-stop.

StaceyU March 3, 2016 at 9:12 AM

I had been in a big time book slump so I started Wall of Winnipeg because I love Ms. Zapata’s books……book slump officially over, ***YAY, Happy Dance***!!! I devoured it and loved it, but now…..what to read next ***sigh***???

bev March 3, 2016 at 9:23 AM

I don’t read a lot of them but I enjoy a good memoir, biography, nonfiction type book.
There is a fun one on SNL. An oral history type, VF will sometimes do articles like this and I like the format.
I think a few here would enjoy The Glass Castle. And I loved Laura Hillenbrand’s two biographies.
Fabi, I haven’t started a book in the last couple days.

Fabi March 3, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Bev, I tend to go directly from one book to another. I often have my next book picked out before I’m even finished with my current one.

Amy March 3, 2016 at 9:47 AM

First line Thursday…

“There was so much snow in the air, she could barely even breathe.” ~ The Farm by Amy Cross

Creepy and messed up. *shudder*

DG March 3, 2016 at 10:02 AM

First line Thursday….
“I was going to murder his ass.” – The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

I couldn’t resist!

Anne March 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Finished Until Its Right and loved it! It was a sweet romance that left a smile on my face.

Starting The Wall of Winnipeg tonight :)

Danielle C March 3, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Just finished Midnight Lilly and I’m pretty conflicted. This is definitely not a normal Mia book.I usually go in blind to her books, as I did with this one, and I’m actually mad that I didn’t read the synopsis. It’s definitely not like Archers Voice and I’m annoyed that I wasted my time reading. I just don’t care for books that have so many twists you spend a good portion of the book trying to figure it out. I found myself caring about how the book was going to end more than the actual characters that I was reading about. Arrrg!! Frustrating read for me!!

Tessa March 3, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Twists? That does sound like something I’d enjoy. Proof we are all different. :-)

Grey, sorry, I thought I responded to You. I meant to. *blushes* I love the Sinners on Tour series. It’s the epitome of doing rock star books right. I may love Rocker Who Holds Me most, but on how to do a story, everyone who writes rock stars should read those!

More Than Forever put me in such a book fog I gave up trying to read a new book yesterday. Bullet kept telling me the future, ruining all angst. Grr. So, re-read for Thursday.

First Line Thursday:
‘He was coming right, so I shifted, blocked his punch, and rounded with my own.’
Fallen Crest University

I have to read it for Logan coming out this month. :-) :-) :-)

Jean March 3, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Danielle, I totally agree. Not sure how I feel about Midnight Lily! I was mesmerized while reading it, couldn’t put it down, and then left with my head spinning at the end. Definitely not typical Mia! More like Tarryn Fisher mindf&$kery! (And I know lots of us around here like that)!

Jean March 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

First line Thursday: “My chest heaved as the thick metal door closed loudly behind me.” (Red Hill by Jamie McGuire) LOVING IT! This is a definite for all those Walking Dead fans out there!

Ela March 3, 2016 at 3:52 PM

So here I am, starting Slip of the Tongue and thinking “this better be good” *chanting* “come on Arsen-good” and then guess what I start to get bored, why you ask???? Because I am too curious for my good and the h is being weird…so what do I do???? I read reviews SPOILER REVIEWS, BUT OF COURSE NOT ALL THE SPOILERS BECAUSE THE REVIEWERS DON’T WANT TO GIVE TOO MUCH AWAY *SCRATCHES HEAD, HUHHHHH??? SERIOUSLY* So now here I am frustrated and thinking of just cheating and not wasting my time…

Fabi March 3, 2016 at 3:55 PM

oh Ela, that would ruin a book for me. I only read reviews after I finish the book, never before – unless I’m not planning on reading it and am only curious about it.

I’m not sure why reviewers give things away in their reviews. What’s the purpose of reviewing a book if you’re going to spoil it for subsequent readers?

Ela March 3, 2016 at 4:02 PM

Fabi!!!!!!!!!!!!! *sobbing!!!!* Why can’t we just get another Arsen book with different names????

Jean March 3, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Btw, my fav books for February were Ricochet and Soulless!!! Both so damn great!

Ela March 3, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Loved those Jean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa M March 3, 2016 at 5:27 PM

I finished The Wall of Winnipeg & Me. It was so good!!! I stayed up reading late & slacked at work yesterday to finish it. I always feel so sad when I finish a good book as I never want it to end!!!! Aiden Aiden Aiden!!! Hot hot hot & a bit of an beep beep beep!! But You can’t help but swoon over him!!! I also read Hustle by Ashley Claudy a while ago. It was really good!! I would highly recommend it too!! Love books about athletes!!

bev March 3, 2016 at 6:13 PM

So everyone is giving the new
Zapata a thumbs up?

bev March 3, 2016 at 6:36 PM

This is a bit long but fun read by Ilona Andrews about the Alphahole.
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/brief-analysis-of-alphahole-trope-in-romantic-fiction/

Amy March 3, 2016 at 6:49 PM

*snicker* Ela is thinking of cheating on a cheating book. :P

Fabi March 3, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Bev, I just read that entire article. It is fantastic. Now I totally understand Tessa’s “bully” books. Even Jean’s broken heros are somewhat explained. That was, honestly, so, so good. Thank you for the link.

bev March 3, 2016 at 7:44 PM

I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Jean, fixing heroes since 2012.

Jean March 3, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Lol bev! Great article! You always share the best stuff with us!

Cheryl March 3, 2016 at 8:27 PM

First line thursday:
“I was going to murder his ass.” The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata.
I am loving this book. I think it is one of the most realistic, hate-to-love, slow-burn relationship’s that I have read. There is definitely not insta-love going on with this story.

MichelleS March 3, 2016 at 9:16 PM

First line Thursday: “it’s 6:51 on Thursday morning, and I’m thirty seconds away from an amazing orgasm.” Pucked.

I’m waffling between a bunch of books. Everything is feeling “meh” right now. Not connecting with anything. Maybe this one!

Teri March 3, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Just finished Honesty by Seth King. It is brilliant! Maryse and Fabi and everyone else you have GOT to read it. Even if you are not a fan of m/m. There is really no sex in it-it’s just alluded to. One of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. It will change you.

Fabi March 3, 2016 at 11:04 PM

MichelleS I really liked Pucked. Hopefully this one will get you out of a reading slump.

Teri, I want to read it and I have it lined up, but I have to build my courage up for it.

I also have WoW lined up, but again, I have to be in the right mood for a slow build.

I’m in the middle of Keeper, a YA PNR and I just started listening to Cyberstorm which is a technothriller.

Tessa March 3, 2016 at 11:51 PM

Bev, rofl That was hilarious. And I liked all the books, and even consider the guild hunter series one of the most romantic ever. :) Yep, my preference is the alphahole. :P

bev March 4, 2016 at 12:25 AM

Ok. Being very tempted by The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. (Seriously needs to be an acronym )
But, Maryse what you think?

Tessa March 4, 2016 at 12:33 AM

It’s WoW and Me. :) A gamers guide to addiction, obviously.

elatrampka@yahoo.com March 4, 2016 at 9:49 AM

WoW and Me was REALLY good IMO and I didn’t care for Kulti so that says something for me or about my opinion???!

But now reading A Slip of The Tongue and I’m like whaaaaaaaaaa is going on????? I’m confused!

Ela March 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

WoW and Me was REALLY good IMO and I didn’t care for Kulti so that says something for me or about my opinion???!

But now reading A Slip of The Tongue and I’m like whaaaaaaaaaa is going on????? I’m confused!

Ela March 4, 2016 at 10:11 AM

Amy? Is it against the rules cheating on a cheating book? I mean it’s cheating already so what’s the harm? Do you think cheating is meant to be only kept in the context of the pages as I read through said cheating? I need proper cheating instructions cause now I’m really confused…

Maryse March 4, 2016 at 10:13 AM

I’m loving The Wall of Winnipeg and Me… i’ve just been conking out too early at night so I’m only halfway through it, but I’ve been hooked from the very start. I LOVE how she writes, I love how her heroine thinks, I LOVE that it’s only from her POV, and I LOVE that he’s true to his grumpiness, and I LOVE that it’s yet another super-slow burn, ’cause it makes it SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Fabi March 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM

I just finished Keeper by Ingrid Seymour and loved it. Next time you’re in the mood for a YA PNR give it a try. It’s unique and captivating and had me fascinated from the very beginning.

Maryse March 4, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Personally? So far? I think I like WoW and Me even more than Kulti… BUT!! I’m only half way through so we’ll see. But YEAH I LOVE it!

Maryse March 4, 2016 at 4:20 PM

YOU GUYS!!! LOOOOOOK!! I used an acronym. *beams* :D

Fabi March 4, 2016 at 4:25 PM

*hands Maryse certificate with 3 stars* So proud of you!

bev March 4, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Amy, aren’t you proud of your little gir?

Amy March 4, 2016 at 5:25 PM

*gasp* Maryse used an acronym! I AM pround of her!! :D

Just for that…

*smacks gold star on Maryse’s rear*

:P

bev March 4, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Wow and me.
Tonight, for sure.

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