This one is so unusually hilarious in circumstance that I had to post it, even though the question has been solved. ;) The reader guessed her book question on her own. LOL!!! It made me *snort*

But not just that. I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK BADLY!!!! From the moment it went live and I read the blurb, to my fellow readers HOLY-MOLYing over it, to THIS reader question, I just know this is the book for me!

Bianca asks:

Hi Maryse,

It’s 3am over here in Australia and I’m going nuts…I need your help! Yesterday I came across a book on amazon, for the life of me I can’t remember what it was about but I was interested!! Until I read the reviews which said that it had a cliff hanger and book two wasn’t released until may….any idea what I’m taking about?

Thanks!

…… and then …….

Ok so I just emailed you asking about a book which I’ve just spent the last 40 minutes looking for….well guess what…it’s the booking I’m currently reading!!!!! The same book that I’m loving!!! The one that has a cliffhanger and book two isn’t released yet! FML!! Anyway, hope you’re well xox Thank you

Maryse: LOL!!!!! These two emails made my day. You cracked me up!!! P.S. Which book is it?? Now I’m dying to know. *hug*

Bianca: Omg you’d think I’d include the title LOL!! Something in the Way (Something in the Way Series Book 1) by Jessica Hawkins.

*snort*

Tell me you aren’t dying to read this forbiddeny-angsty sounding one. ;)

Sherry D :)  Reading this one now ☺ Loving it

Amy: OMG…Bianca is a nutter and I love it, LOL!!! Is this book one of a series? I thought I read it was…

Maryse: It is Amy… book #2 is already up for preorder. :D It’s: Somebody Else’s Sky (Something in the Way Book 2)

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You guys. Paula needs us. Her question is short and sweet and has just enough VERY PARTICULAR detail to spark our memories, I just know it!

She asks:

Hi, I don’t know if this is supposed to be here, but I’m looking for a book:

It was about a girl who was a DJ and a vigilante, and a man who was a police officer and ugly (the thought he was undesirable). I think that the girl’s name was Violet but I don’t remember much details.

Thanks!! I love your blog and I read you everyday

Yay Paula!!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, and I’m so glad you’re here with us. I KNOW we can find this book for you.

So… does anyone have a guess?

Robyn: This sounds like one of my favorite books! Is it Brutal (Detroit After Dark) series by K S Adkins? The girls name is Venessa, she is a DJ and a vigilante and gets involved with a cop!

Paula: Yes! Yes! Thank you so much Robyn!!! I really loved it :)

Maryse: YAY!!!! Another one solved!! Thank you Robyn!!! :D

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LOL! Okay yes, that title is corny, but it’s cute right? I couldn’t figure out whether to call them “early birds” or “late birds” since they missed Tuesday by a couple of days, so a bundle o’ books it is! *snort* Maybe I need more coffee. ;)

Today is reader question day, :D !!! and I have THREE that I’ll be posting for us to guess, but I couldn’t help myself on this extra “goodies” post. P.S. Don’t forget to send me your reader questions if you’re looking for a book, or an author, or anything book-related. :D

So here’s what JUST WENT LIVE:

  • Co-WRECKER by Meghan Quinn <— LIVE!! MEGHAN QUINN’S LATEST!! He wants his coworker to notice him… “I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind. I’d make my coworker fall for me…”
  • The Tempting Series: Books 1-4: Tempting, Beguiling, Provocative, Addicted by Alex Lucian <— FORBIDDEN ROMANCE SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN JUST WENT LIVE!!! TEACHER-STUDENT… “It had begun innocently enough, bumping into one another in a crowded Boston bar. What followed that night had been anything but innocent. Because I’d known, even as he’d slid inside of me, that he was my professor. I’d pursued him, a predator stalking its prey. And he didn’t know I was his student. But he would.”
  • Animal: A Prisoned Spinoff Standalone by Marni Mann <— MARNI MANN’S LATEST SUPER-DARK ROMANCE READ IS LIVE!!! HE’S THE GUARD…. REMEMBER ”Prisoned: A Dark Twisted Erotic Standalone“?!!! So many dark-read lovers went crazy for it!! Well lookie what we have here!!!
  • The Perfect Catch: A Sports Romance (The Darcy Brothers) by Alix Nichols <— LIVE!! SPORTS ROMANCE ALERT!! She’s in Paris to prove her job skills and she’s focused… “…That is, until a hunk of a tenant mistakes me for a thief and presses me against the wall in his kitchen. Noah Masson turns my life into a mess…”
  • Moments Of Beauty by J.B. Heller <— LIVE!! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!!! He left her… “She showed me more beauty than I ever thought possible. And I took it all, despite knowing I was going to leave her, and never come back. Leaving her five years ago was my biggest mistake, and my greatest regret. Now I need to make amends...”

     

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I like the “forbiddeny-sounding” blurbs. ;) What’s your blurb-catnip?

It’s reader confession time!! I love the whole “blurb catnip” subject ’cause we ALL have read those blurbs that just grab us and make us want to read it ASAP. Hence “catnip”. We go nuts over it just on the synopsis alone. ;)

But what IS it about the blurb, exactly? Do we tend to fall for a certain subject matter, time and time again? I know I DO. I’m a “forbidden love” addict (something that has the potential to go SO wrong and make me go OH NOOOOOOOO!!!!). Or the ultimate moody-brooding, uninterested hero with the whole “unrequited love” thing going on. Ugh. So hurty!!! I love it!

But today, we’re exploring Jan’s blurb catnip. ;)

Jan: Blurb catnip. Hmmmm.

I’ll have a second look if there’s some sort of arranged marriage or H and h reluctantly having to live or stay together then falling in love (duh).

H is superhot and protective but also loves kids and small animals LOL. h is strong and has moral integrity but maybe lonely or isolated by life circumstances and falls hard for manly man.

Aaaahhhhh. I’m lovin’ that book.

LOL!!!!! Oh yes I do love the arranged marriages too, ’cause it’s so hard for two strangers (or non-strangers but that don’t want to actually be together) to get along at first. And when they start… “clicking” and enjoying each other’s company, you can find me grinning ear to ear. I’m with you, Jan. AND YES. Nothing better than a hero that loves animals. *swooooooooon*

Er… P.S. Have you read M. Pierce’s Night Owl yet? It perfectly combines my love of brooding, uninterested and ornery pain-in-the-butt hero, and your love for a hero that loves animals. Sometimes it seemed that was the ONLY thing he loved. BUT OMG I LOVED HIM!!! :P

How about you guys? Do you and Jan share the same book-blurb attraction? What’s YOUR blurb catnip?

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Happy New Release day (and SECOND day of spring)!! ;) Almost 100 new releases today (and a few psych thrillers that have me extra excited, like that one there to the left!!), but there’s also plenty of romance to swoon over too. Like usual, I’ve highlighted a bunch to help you sort, plus there’s my mini-blurb-jolt list of the ones that have my attention big time!

Like: The Coppersmith Farmhouse (sounds like an epic read and the reviews are AMAZING! Single mom inherits a house in a new town, and the hot, rugged Sheriff is being a jerk!! YAY ME!!! :PThe Storm (Irish champion fighter and then he meets her…), Nemesis (that one there to the left!! HOLY MOLY that blurb has two weird cool psych-thriller/sci-fi-like twists, and I think will make for riveting reading. Each year he comes and murders her, and then she comes back to life, but then the blurb totally get’s weird. But cool-weird… I’m intrigued!), If I’m Found (another psych-thrillery looking one, but I didn’t read the blurb ’cause it’s a sequel. That said, book #1 has her on the run as a suspect for murder and she’s trying to figure what’s happening), His to Seduce (Doctor that leaves his job due to a devastating circumstance that leaves him reeling, so he bartends instead, and meets her…), The Secrets You Keep (psych-thriller!! Her new husband is being secretive and women are being murdered…). Eeeeeeeeeep!!! :D and Playing To Win (she’s had a forever crush on this hockey star and she finally gets to meet him, but she has a makeover so he’ll actually notice her) and Take Me Back (They were once so in love and got married, and a few years later, everything is falling apart, and he’s going to do everything to unbreak them) *Oh my heart is breaking and swooooooning at the same time*

Speaking of swooning, did you guys know I fell in love this weekend? Oh I DID. BIG TIME!!! And in case you missed it, here’s my review of my latest, greatest book-boyfriend (and I haven’t had one in AGES).

This book? One of the best, most realistic, most funny, most nerve-wracking, most slow-burn swoon-worthy books I’ve ever read. SO GOOD in fact, that I gave it FIVE STARS PLUS!!!!!! —> Book Review – The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson <– I PROMISE. THIS STORY IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ. And when there was a bit of resistance from some in my crew in regards to the cover (It’s true, not everyone is into that look even though it’s super-trendy right now), I HAD to insist!!!!!!!

Maryse: You guys I’m totally not a beard person… noooooo. And I know the main character in The Opposite of You has that “trendy tattooed, beard guy” look, but trust me…  This book is SO awesome, so well written, and he is SO amazing (the ONE character I’ve fallen SO hard for in years… I mean almost Travis-hard), that I don’t even care about his beard.

In fact, I suddenly find myself attracted to that cover, because of how I grew to “know” his sweet, moodiness. :P

So choose yourself a sexy favorite (in beard-mode) and just picture him… as you read this. It is AMAZING!!!!

Okay and also don’t forget to check out the other yesterday post (the Monday earlybird releases have some of our favorite heavy-hitters on there) ➔ Monday’s Early Bird Book Releases!!

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock
  2. Bound Together: Sea Haven, Book 6 by Christine Feehan
  3. Wake a Sleeping Tiger: A Novel of the Breeds by Lora Leigh
  4. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
  5. The Secrets You Keep: A Novel by Kate White
  6. If Not for You: A Novel by Debbie Macomber
    

 

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!):

  • Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter <— THRILLER SUPER-BARGAIN today!!! Sisters that disappeared without a trace… “More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss…

Tasha: Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls is on sale …today. One of my favorite thrillers!!

Cindy: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter …unputdownable and will stay with you… So so good! :)

  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern <— BIG HIT SUPER-BARGAIN!!! I haven’t read it yet but it sounds HILARIOUS!!!!!! And it’s super-bargain priced. “…hilarious book about a son’s relationship with his foul-mouthed father by the 29-year-old comedy writer who created the massively popular Twitter feed of the same name…
  • B-Boy Series: Books 1-3 by <— SUPER-BARGAIN BOOK BUNDLE!! (dancers!)
  • Path of Destruction by Cara Dee <— FAMOUS ROCK STAR IS NOW JUST A NUMBER IN PRISON… and Traci is reading this recent release, loving how she has NO clue what’s happening and wants to talk about it! LOL!
Traci: Is anyone Reading Path of Destruction By Cara Dee? I’m 28% in and I still have no Idea where this book is going. I love when that happens. I feel like I need to chat haha

Lynn: I just finished Discovery of Witches and loved it – I think it will appeal to to readers who like history mixed with their fantasy – being a bit older (I am) gives the reader a different perspective and adds to the appeal of this book

Lisa: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It is a trilogy but really good….the H/h
are more mature.

Tessa: A Discovery of Witches was good. It’s real world is strong within the fantastical elements.

  • Devil You Know (Lost Boys Book 1) by L.A. Fiore <— ANGSTY & SO MANY ARE LOVING IT LIKE CRAZY!! And it’s back on the list ’cause Courtney can’t put it down!

Courtney: Loving and can’t put down Devil You Know! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

Linda: I cannot keep to myself how much I loved Devil You Know

  • The Coppersmith Farmhouse (Jamison Valley Series Book 1) by Devney Perry <— SINGLE MOM JUST INHERITED A HOUSE & THE SHERIFF IS BEING A JERKFACE!! OH YAY I LOVE THESE!! ”The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town’s sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on—and a complete jerk…“ And Linda also LOVED this one (and it’s been making waves on my newsfeed these past few days!!)

Linda: Maryse I just finished an absolutely best read and I don’t think I’ve seen it on your blog. The Copper Smith Farm House by Devney Perry. Couldn’t put it down!!! I’m actually pouting because I wish I could read it all over again for the first time!!! …The Copper Smith Farm House!!! 5 stars plus for me!!!

Jan: Ooh Copper Smith Farm House looks good. Thanks Linda.

Maryse: Oh this sounds JUST like what I want to read right now. YAY ME!!!! Kind of sounds like it could have that epic “Sweet Gum” tree feel, or well you know. Books like those. ;)

     

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Wake a Sleeping Tiger (A Novel of the Breeds) by Lora Leigh <— HIS TRAITS ARE RECESSED so he doesn’t have the same abilities… “He’s no longer a Breed, merely a man. . . or so he thinks. But his tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same...”
  2. Rescue in the Smokies (Durham Wolves Book 1) by Becca Jameson
  3. Veil of Mists (Seven Deadly Veils Book 2) by Diana Marik
  4. An Emperor for the Eclipse (After Exile Book 1) by Eris Adderly
  5. Enemy Mine (Alpha and Omega Book 2) by Aline Hunter
  6. The Eternal Legacy (The Eternal Series Vol. 2) by Candy Crum
  7. Blood on the Moon (Romantic Bloodlust Series Book 3) by Kitten K. Jackson
  8. Sovereignty (Magic Matched Book 4) by Lola White
  9. Eternal Dawn (Aeternae Noctis Book 2) by Jade Kerrion
  10. Eternal Day (Aeternae Noctis Book 3) by Jade Kerrion
  11. Bound Together (A Sea Haven Novel) by Christine Feehan <— CHRISTINE FEEHAN SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!! He left his wife behind… ”For five years, Viktor Prakenskii has put his life on hold in order to take down the world’s most feared motorcycle club from the inside. But carrying out the insane violence and seeing the club’s exploitation of the innocent has brought his traumatic past roaring back. And there’s only one cure: to see the wife he left behind…
  12. Rising Flames (Surviving Ashes, Book Five) by Kennedy Layne <— DYSTOPIAN
  13. Red and the Wolf: An Adult Fairytale Romance (Once Upon a Spell Book 2) by Vivienne Savage
  14. Exiled: A Return of the Elves Novella (The Return of the Elves Book 3) by Bethany Adams
  15. Nicu (The Dark Shadows Book 5) by Ariel Marie
  16. Of Elven Blood by Leslie Fish
  17. In the Shadow of the Moon by Karen White <— TIME TRAVEL
  18. First Awakenings: Science Fiction Romance (Project Gliese 581g Book 2) by S.E. Smith
                 

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. The Storm by R.J. Prescott <— FIGHTER CHAMPION ALERT!!!Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything...”
  2. Suited for Sin: Submit by Angel Payne
  3. Beautiful Dark (Beautiful Rivers Book 3) by J.L. White
  4. Playing With Trouble (Desire Bay) by Joya Ryan
  5. Outlaw: Part 3: The Harrison Street Crew by Katana Collins
  6. Bring Me Home: A Rocky Isle Reunion (A Rocky Isle Romance Book 6) by Penny Harmon
  7. Catching Cleo (Voretti Family Book 4) by Ava Blackstone
  8. Nemesis (Project Nemesis) by Brendan Reichs <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT and oh yesssssss it sure sounds good!! She keeps getting murdered… “It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased...”
  9. Episode 1: Victoria & Shannon (Gansett Island Episodes Season 1) by Marie Force
  10. Live Like There’s No Tomorrow (Summer Lake Book 12) by SJ McCoy
  11. Levi’s Legend: A SEALs of Honor World Novel (Heroes for Hire Book 1) by Dale Mayer
  12. Stone’s Surrender: A SEALs of Honor World Novel (Heroes for Hire Book 2) by Dale Mayer
  13. Merk’s Mistake: A SEALs of Honor World Novel (Heroes for Hire Book 3) by Dale Mayer
  14. Wrong Turn, Right Direction (The Bourbon Street Boys Book 4) by Elle Casey <— SHE NEEDS HIS HELP TO KEEP HER SAFE!!! “When she’s threatened by her employer, a Russian mafia boss known as “The Thief”, she’s forced to accept Thibault’s help. As the co-owner of the Bourbon Street Boys security firm, he believes he can keep her safe. But Mika has a whole load of trust issues...”
  15. Use Me: Kid’s Story (Caldwell Brothers Book 4) by MJ Fields and Chelsea Camaron
  16. After I Fall (Falling Book 3) by Jessica Scott
  17. Dirty Talk (A MFM Ménage Romance) (The Dirty Series Book 2) by Tara Crescent
  18. Under a Texas Star (Texas Hearts Book 9) by Lisa Mondello
  19. From the First (Seattle Sound Series Book 5) by Alexa Padgett
  20. Groupie (Rock-Hard Beautiful Book 1) by C.M. Stunich <— ROCK STAR STEAMY ALERT!!!WARNING: This book has one girl and five bad boy rockstars. She owns them all–heart, body and soul. Don’t read it unless you like to ugly cry…and also unless you like threesomes, foursomes…and moresomes.”
  21. Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology <— HOCKEY STARS ALERT!!!
  22. Band of Bachelors: Jake Book 3 by Sharon Hamilton
  23. Center Stage: (Adventures in Blind Dating Book Two) by Christine S. Feldman
  24. Thank You For Holding (On Hold Book 2) by Julia Kent and Elisa Reed <— SHE’S GOING TO A WEDDING AND NEEDS A DATE ALERT!!…her ex is the best man – but now he has his own best man.bShe needs a date. Stat. Enter Ryan. Sure, he’s a hot male stripper at the O Spa where she works as junior designer, but he’s a few years younger and just, you know — a friend. Perfect. She needs a friend more than she needs a boyfriend…
  25. Altercation: Playmaker Duet (Prescott Family Book 4) by Mignon Mykel
  26. Learning to Live (The Learning Trilogy Book 1) by Brenda Kennedy
  27. Shadows Past (Ghosts of the Past Series Book 2) by Lainy Bradshaw
  28. Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen <— SARINA BOWEN M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!! “Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves. It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret…”
  29. Lost Together (Degrees of Separation Book 2) by Lydia Michaels and Allyson Young <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  30. Making the Play (Out of Bounds Book 2) by Megan Slayer <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  31. Avenged: A MacKenzie Family Novella (The MacKenzie Family) by Jay Crownover
  32. Bad Uncle by Jordan Silver
  33. Spies & Stilettos: A MacKenzie Family Novel, Book 18 (The MacKenzie Family) by Liliana Hart
  34. Avenged: A MacKenzie Family Novella (The MacKenzie Family) by Jay Crownover
  35. Hot Witness: A MacKenzie Family Novella by Lynn Raye Harris
  36. Never Surrender: A MacKenzie Family Novella (The MacKenzie Family) by Kaylea Cross
  37. Wicked Hot: A MacKenzie Family Novella (The MacKenzie Family) by Gennita Low
  38. If I’m Found (If I Run Series) by Terri Blackstock <—- JUDGING BY THE COVER & TITLE, THIS ONE LOOKS DARN GOOD…. but it’s the sequel to a book I haven’t read yet, so I won’t read the blurb (I don’t wanna spoil it for myself). Instead, here’s book #1 too: If I Run (If I Run Series) ;) “Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore…
  39. Say Goodbye To Hollywood by Jenny Trout
  40. His Custody by Tamsen Parker
  41. Adjusting the Rear View by Hilari T. Cohen
  42. Pushing Her Limits (Masters of Adrenaline) by Sparrow Beckett <— HE’S A CAR THIEF & SHE’S A COP ALERT!! “As the only female detective in an all boys club, Mila Palmer has a lot to prove. Busting a car theft ring will put her career on the map, and the tall, blond, and wicked leader of this crew hasn’t been too cautious about covering his tracks…
  43. Crossing Hearts (An Atlanta Skyline Novel) by Rebecca Crowley
  44. Take Me Back by Meghan March <— MARITAL STRIFE and he’ll do anything to get them back the way the once were… “Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built. It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work. I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything. Two damaged people. Countless secrets...”
  45. Untamed (Destined For Love Book 2) by T.G. Vaughn
  46. His to Seduce: A Fireside Novel by Stacey Lynn <— DEVASTATED DOCTOR LEAVES HIS JOB TO BARTEND & SHE’S NOT IMPRESSED…Camden’s fighting tooth and nail to resist the desire she feels for David. Growing up dirt-poor, raised by a single mother, she worked twice as hard to get where she is today, and she doesn’t have any patience for the kind of guy who’d give up a decent paycheck to sling drinks…”
  47. The Distance Between Us (Mac Security Series Book 3) by Abigail Davies
  48. Bad Neighbors (Wild Love Book 5) by Red L. Jameson
  49. Anarchy and Roses (Anarchy and Romance Duet Book 2) by Tiger Tarantino
  50. Left Hanging by Cindy Dorminy <— SINGLE MOM NURSE & THE CUTE DOCTOR EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT… “As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella…”
  51. Awakening Lucy (Daughters of Melbourne Book 3) by Susan Bella Ikin
  52. So Wrong It Must Be Right (Gallagher & Ivy) by Nicole Helm
  53. Playing To Win (The York Bombers Book 2) by Lisa B Kamps <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT & SHE HAS A HUGE CRUSH ON HIM…Megan Bradley loves working at her parents’ bar. Why shouldn’t she, when that gives her a chance to see her long-time crush up close and personal? Not that Jason knows who she is. Why would he, when she’s nothing more than a modern day ugly duckling swimming in a sea of glittering swans? At least, until her best friend hatches a plan for an extreme makeover...”
  54. Dangerous To Trust (Spies, Lies & Lovers – Book 1) by Teresa Hill
  55. Salvation’s Inferno (Inferno Book 1) by Kat Mizera
  56. The Secrets You Keep: A Novel by Kate White <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! SHE’S A SELF HELP AUTHOR & HER NEW HUSBAND IS SUDDENLY SECRETIVE... “…In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive…” Ohhhh I wonder what he’s up to… ;)
  57. TOKEN (Daring the Kane Brothers) by Kelly Gendron
  58. Playing Her Body (Southern Roots series Book 6) by Julie Morgan
  59. Rogue Love (Kings of Corruption Book 1) by Michelle St. James
  60. Motorcycle Master (Bad Boy Angel Book 1) by Maggie Carpenter
  61. Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager <— SHE’S DATING THE MOST POPULAR BOY... “Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti...”
  62. Whiskey Burned (Flawed Heroes Book 2) by Jessalyn Jameson
  63. Try a Little Tenderness (Hollywood Nights Book 1) by Christa Maurice
  64. The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth
  65. One Look (One & Only Book 1) by Christie Ridgway <— SHE WANTS TO RENOVATE THE CABINS & HE HAS MONEY AND WANTS PRIVACY…Poppy Walker dreams big. Right now she’s determined to turn her family’s dilapidated mountain cabins into a successful resort, no matter what anyone says, and no matter that it’s taking longer than she thought to get them into shape. So, although the property is not near ready, when a devastatingly handsome stranger arrives on site, wads of cash in hand and asking for a month of privacy, she’s tempted to take him as her first guest…”
  66. Hitched (Hearts of Stone Book 2) by Christine Manzari
  67. Tempt Me (Sunset Bay Book 2) by Christine Kingsley
  68. Tempting the Deputy (Men of Marietta Book 1) by Heidi Rice
  69. House Of Refuge by Jamie Lynn Boothe
  70. If Not for You: A Novel by Debbie Macomber <— DEBBIE MACOMBER ALERT!!!…If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not—and her parents’ worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who’s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn’t exactly Sam’s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either…
  71. The Last Chance Matinee (The Hudson Sisters Series Book 1) by Mariah Stewart
  72. Counterbalance by Kelly Moran
  73. Night Forbidden (The Heroes of New Vegas Book 5) by Colleen Gleason
  74. The Trouble With Bachelors (Windy City Bachelors Book 1) by Caitlyn Blue
  75. Waiting to Breathe: Book One of the Waiting Duet by Alyson Reynolds
  76. Playing House by Laura Chapman <— DESIGNER GETS A CHANCE ON A HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW ALERT!!She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true...”
                                                                        

 

PREORDERS (next few days, and next week’s!!! :D )

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<— BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! :D :D IT IS FINALLY LIVE & THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER!!!!!!! 5 STARS PLUS!!!!

The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract Series Book 1)
FIVE FREAKING SO AMAZING STARS. I’m even going to say 5 STARS PLUS!!!!! This book was my absolute reading DELIGHT and I highlighted may 75% of it. LOL! YES. IT IS ALL GOOOOOOOD!!!!! EVERY. SINGLE. PART. I have NO “issues” with this one whatsoever, and if any books existed about the other characters in this story (ANY of them!!!), I would be devouring them right now, too.

And… you guys. I just want to announce that I fell in love again. I have not had a TRUE book boyfriend in ages. Months. years? Yes. I would venture to say years. And yet I fell head over heels over the moooooodiest, most arrogant, no-nonsense jerk-face chef EVER.

Killian’s eyes narrowed, and this time when he said my name it was more of a growl than a curse.

“Vera Delane. I’ve never heard of you.”

Fire zinged through me, setting the remaining shreds of my backbone ablaze. “That doesn’t surprise me. We’ve never met before.”

His eyebrows rose in surprise but not in kindness. “Do you know who I am?”

I barely restrained an eye roll.

His name is Killian Quinn, and… I am in love. LOL!!!!!!!!!! Oh just you wait and see, my friends. Just you wait.

Maryse: I would like to announce that I’ve JUST started this one (I have an early copy) and so far, I’m devouring it!!!! I’m totally in love with this story AND the characters and I don’t wan’t to put it down. THIS BOOK IS FUN and it feels SO REAL. Like watching a movie… Perfect pacing, perfect dialogue, REAL characters and OMG I CAN SO RELATE to the heroine. Okay, going back in. I. AM. THRILLED!!!! GAH I LOVE THIS AUTHOR!!!! *squeeeeee!!*

Rachel: Looks so good!!!!

Maryse: LOL!!!! I can’t stop chuckling. This book makes me feel so happy!!! And furious but in an awesome way. Delightful. I am just freaking delighted over this one. DE-LIGHT-ED!!!!!!!!

Lisa:  I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!

Maryse: You guys are going to LOVE “The Opposite of You” I JUST KNOW IT!!!!!!!!!!!I can’t stop giggling and swooning and OMG this book is so fresh and fun, and perfect and HE IS INFURIATING and it’s so natural the way it’s all unfolding. This is going to be 5 stars I KNOW IT. I am so thrilled I can’t stand it, and I’m just devouring it. It’s… playful but emotional too. Realistic. SO real.

Amy: Ooh! And it’s Rachel Higginson!!! :D I just read the blurb and it sounds like all kinds of FUN.

Jean: Ugh, The Opposite of You isn’t out yet! Not fair Maryse!

Maryse: Listen to how witty this book is.. this is just one of many lines and thoughts that just cracked me up (and I totally relate to her on EVERY level): “His other hand held a cup of coffee just like mine. Except without creamer. Because apparently, he hated himself.” <—- LOL!!!!! I always think that of those that drink their coffee black. Why do they want to hurt themselves that way??!!! And then SHE goes and thinks that.  This book is my perfect book so far. Witty, and awesome banter, and so normal and real and fun and emotional. I LOVE IT. Maryse: P.S. If it’s a series, I have a feeling it will be about other characters (which are just as prominent and amazing in this book as the main characters). I ADORE EVERYONE!!!!!

Cheryl: That’s the kinda book I want to read NOW!!! *crying*

bev: Do you see what book teasing leads to? Somebody hug Cheryl.

Maryse: Dear book buds, This book is why I read. :) That’s all. <3

And NO. I do NOT love the “trendy super-bearded tattooed moody bad-ass look” and yes, the cover at first made me go hmmmmm. How can I possibly fall for a trendy-lumberjack-looking guy? Not that a lumberjack looking guy is not hot. For many… that look totally IS. I get it. I can “see” it. But for me, it’s just a little… that side of too scruffy. Tooooooooooooooooo….. messy. LOL!!! I’m sorry. Beards. Just… not for me (unless it’s the whole 2-3 day scruff and then I think I’m ready for a refresh). ;)

BUT!!! Can you imagine??? I’m not even INTO that look, and this character was so awesome, this story was so awesome, that I’m TOTALLY into him JUST as he is in all of his rugged beard-ness????!!! That means it’s awesome. This author did something BIG here.

SO what’s it about?

Vera is an up and coming gourmet chef the calibre of what we see on the cooking channel, but her future has been railroaded by her scarily abusive ex.

Breaking away and finding herself again in Europe, learning the tricks of the trade in various cuisines across the continent, she comes back with real life experience, and a dream! She’s going to open a food-truck but one that caters to gourmet comfort foods.

Foodie wasn’t going to be a leap toward greatness, but it would be a step out of hell. It would be a lunge in the direction of salvation and the redemption for my first love—food.

Good food.

The best food.

OH HOW I WISH THERE WAS ONE NEAR ME!!!!!!

I could feel my past stalking me like a hungry alligator getting ready to spring. Working somewhere prestigious was no longer an option. Pursuing my dreams was no longer possible. So I had to come up with a contingency plan—another way to do what I loved and piece together my broken life.

Why not open a food truck?

And better yet,  she’s hoping to cater to the very late night bar crowd needing some exquisite delicious gourmet greasy foods to help temper that potential hangover.

My most optimistic fantasy pictured them stumbling drunkenly in droves from the bars and clubs that dotted the trendy part of downtown.

Hungry droves.

Probably wishful thinking, but I didn’t have much to hope for these days. My endeavor with Foodie the food truck was my last ditch effort to salvage the remnants of my career that had gone terribly wrong in the last few years.

Anyway… here’s the kicker. She has no real money to rent space to park her food-truck. But her brother agrees to let her park in the parking lot of his trendy, sporty bike-store after hours. Thing is… this parking lot is across the street of THE HOTTEST most exclusive gourmet restaurant in the city. The kind that you CANNOT get reservations for ’cause they’re booked months in advance.

Lilou was the culmination of all my past dreams and forgotten ambitions. The kitchen was the best in the city. The reservation list was scheduled a month out. The wait staff was rumored to have to go through restaurant boot camp before they were even considered for employment. The owner, Ezra Baptiste, was a shrewd restaurateur famous for three successful restaurants all allegedly named after past girlfriends.

And the chef?

And the current chef? A legend in the industry. At thirty-two, he’d already earned a Michelin Star and the respect of every major restaurant critic, food blogger and worthy food and wine magazine across the country.

He’s a well known, unapologetic pr**k!!!!!! And he CAN get away with it, ’cause he’s JUST THAT GOOD. YAY US!!!

Rumored to be a total ass and dictator in the kitchen, Killian Quinn’s dishes were inspired and fresh, perfect to the point of obsession, but most of all, his refined recipes and plate presentation were copycatted all over the country.

But he’s not YAYING with us. OH HECK NO. HE can’t believe his eyes at the eyesore parked across the street.

He stared in our direction. If my neighbors in our plaza were curious about the silver RV taking up residence in front of the bike shop, splashing Foodie across the front in bright red paint was a pretty good indication of what was going on.

He pulled his helmet off and let it dangle in one hand. I flinched, taking an instinctive step back. I couldn’t make out the finer details of his features, but I hate you was pretty much written all over his squared shoulders and angry aura.

Killian Quinn knew what moved in across the street from him and it was safe to say he was not a fan.

And oh BOY does he let it be known.

I realized that this was the craziest thing I’d ever done. And the stupidest.

It wasn’t the truck that was foolish. It was opening a pseudo fast food restaurant across the plaza from one of America’s rising chefs.

And I’m stopping there, ’cause the rest is the most decadently realistic romance-ride I’ve been on in ages.

Oh my friends… what a JERK FACE he is. Oh YES HE IS. But OMG he and his crew are freaking hilarious in their antics and you can’t help but fall in love with them ALL at the same time as foaming at the mouth in fury over them. LOL!!!!!!

‘Cause they are SO endearing… and especially Killian in his own moody way. HOLY MOLY… HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!

There is SO much more to him, and in fact, to everyone, in this story than the simple “girl meets boy” love story. This is laden in real life experiences, emotions, trepidations and angst. But NOTHING was over the top for me. It all made sense. It all progressed realistically. NATURALLY. It was one of the most DELIGHTFUL SLOW BURNS I’ve ever read EVER. It was just soooooo….. OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!!! And then…. *swoooooooooooon* I’m in love. ………YUM!!!!!!!! IN EVERY POSSIBLY YUMMY WAY. From the food served, to the love story we get to indulge in. The most decadent indulgence but not in that “overly-sweet” way. ;)

This book, this story, EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER and the ENTIRE PROGRESSION was just SO good, so realistic, so EXACTLY what I LOVE to read, that I fell in LOVE with this bearded, brooding, bad-ass so hard. Nope. Not “bad boy”. This guy’s got no TIME for “bad boy”. He’s full on the best of  the best and makes no qualms about it. And I believe every single word.

I know. I already said that. And now I said it twice. But you guys. YOU. GUYS. THIS BOOK IS MY ROMANCE BOOK PERFECTION. Don’t be scared. DON’T.

I know you know I tend to get extra excited over the more forbidden, or scary, or twisty-crazy book territories. I will assure you, that this one is NOT one of those. I’m NOT saying it’s sweet and safe. I’m just saying it’s… real and believable and totally addicting. I NEVER wanted to put this book down. EVER. But sometimes I had to, and when I picked it back up, I picked up my EXACT-energy level for it, each and every time. It never fizzled. It never became cliché (or at least… not over-the-top-eyerollingly kind of cliché that just makes it an exact of every other).

This contemporary romance novel stands out brilliantly amongst its peers, and is the STAR of my reading month. And year.

And now officially one of “those” forever favorites that I will always squee about. There’s just some magic about this one. This story, these characters, the pacing, the flow, the wit, the emotion and the dialogue… this author pulls it all together like it’s real life, and I’m a fly on the wall wishing I was her.

The WHOLE thing just does it for me. In fact, I’ve loved every one by this author, but I want to say that to me? This was her BEST ONE yet!!!! WOW.

5 STARS PLUS. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE!!!!!!!! And I’m announcing it now. As much as I’ve LOVED this author’s past books, this is her BEST YET. HOLY MOLY READ IT NOW. Er… or as soon as it’s live. ;) I PROMISE.

P.S. Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy. I absolutely, wholeheartedly LOVED it.

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Happy first day of Spring my friends!!!! Does it look like spring where you are right now? It was DARN cold this morning where I am (and I’m in Florida, so it mostly always looks like spring here). So I can imagine…

The big news is it’s “earlybird” day and a bunch of our favorite authors just had their books go LIVE today!!! YAY US! Karina Halle, S.L. Scott, Kate Stewart, Jennifer L. Armentrout just to name a few. Plus some that are new-to-me but sound really good.

So I’ll start us off with that, and then compile all of the latest awesome book-world news, too.

EARLY BIRDS JUST WENT LIVE!!

Amber: Black Hearts was HOT! I loved it!

  • Kate Stewart’s latest release, The Brave Line is LIVE (and I’ve loved a past one by this author!!) YES PLEASE on this blurb!!! SHE’S A DISPATCHER & HE’S A COP... “Fueled by a new career as a dispatcher, she’s determined not to let her scars weigh her down. She apologizes for nothing, especially her insatiable need for a certain police officer… …Three months of summer was all it took to shake their foundations, rattle their walls, and bring them crashing down. It was lust. It was love. It was real. And it would have been perfect . . . if it wasn’t already over.” And Heather read it and says:

Heather: A MUST read!

  • S.L. Scott’s latest, (Missing Grace) <— JUST WENT LIVE!!! HE’S TRYING TO MOVE ON… “When Grace Stevens disappeared—without a word, without a trace—she took half his soul with her… …He had success and wealth. He had everything, except her.  Then fate stepped in one serendipitous night. The hope he’d held on to for three long, agonizing years appeared before him in the form of a picturesque beauty...”
  • Jennifer L Armentrout’s latest (The Struggle (A Titan Novel Book 3) just went LIVE!! This series must be read in order, but Tessa LOVES it like crazy!

Tessa: I’m loving the Titan series.  :D …you must read the Titan series. It’s all sorts of yummy Seth goodness.

  • Delayed Call (Assassins Book 11) by Toni Aleo just went LIVE!!! HOCKEY STAR ALERT! She’s the staff reporter for this hockey team and has to travel with them… “Brie has been the match to Vaughn’s gasoline since the day she first held out her microphone to him. They strike sparks off each other, keeping their friends, the team, and the Assassins fans in stitches. Brie’s refusal to fawn over Vaughn sets his teeth on edge and his blood boiling…”
  • An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series Book 4) by K.C. Lynn <— K.C. LYNN’S LATEST IS LIVE!! “One fateful moment destroyed his very existence, and only one person will be able to make him realize that what he considers an act of dishonor was truly an act of courage.” The author says that they can be read as standalones but she HIGHLY encourages us to read at least book #3 (An Act of Obsession (Acts of Honor Book 3)) before this one.
“This is Book Four in the Acts Of Honor series, the spin-off series to Men Of Honor. It is not necessary to read all the other books in the series. However, I do highly recommend that you at least read Resisting Temptation, the third book in the Men of Honor series since this is where these Characters story began.”
  • Cut Wide Open (A Bleeding Scars MC Book 1) by Abby McCarthy <— DARK BIKER BOOK ALERT (with lots of warnings!!) “…Doing what I needed to do to provide for my son, we were finally brought face to face. It should have been the best day of my life, but it was far from it. It was the worst. That day a monster took me...”
  • The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman <— HIS SISTER DIED & SHE NOW HAS HER DONOR HEART... “…Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live.” And then she meets her donor’s brother, a brooding photographer that wants to document her new life.
  • A Moment of Madness (Boston Alibi) by Brooklyn Skye<— LIVE!!! BARTENDER ALERT! HE NOW OWNS HER DADS BAR… “Ryan Edwards has been running the Alibi for seven years. Being in a bar night after night means he’s no stranger to one-night stands. But when the quirky, beautiful blonde he spent a hot night with shows up at his bar claiming it used to belong to her father, his guard goes right up. Ryan’s desperate for a waitress, and Sailor wants a chance to work in the place that meant so much to her dad…”
  • Make Me Beg (Men of Gold Mountain) by Rebecca Brooks <— LIVE!! BARTENDER ALERT!…when she has a chance to open her own bar and restaurant, she’s got a plan for how it should go. Not in that plan: a ripped and rugged playboy stepping in to take over. Mack doesn’t do players…
  • A Star to Steer Her By by <— LIVE!!! SCUBA DIVER IS EMOTIONALLY SCARRED FROM A PAST ACCIDENT... “Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share. But the rules of the ship mean we can’t be together. When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other...”
  • Fighting Pride by Jennifer Miller <— LIVE!!! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!! He broke her heart to save her… “…The years have been long, the sacrifice and loneliness have been crippling…and now, she’s back. I’m not supposed to see her, talk to her – I’m not supposed to want her. It will only break open wounds I’ve fought to keep closed, but I can’t stay away…”

And now for the AUTHOR NEWS!!!

Kristen Ashley has announced an exciting new project (<— all the details here) happening right now, and it’s all in support of the wonderful women in our lives!!! Here’s just a tidbit from her post, to give you an idea:

“What it is is a Rock Chick’s chance to nominate someone she loves to have a night where she’s spoiled rotten. These nominations can be for any reason. Her sister/friend/mom/daughter/co-worker/whatever is having a tough time and needs a special night. Her sister/friend/mom/daughter/co-worker/whatever gives so much love, she needs someone to show her some love in return. Her sister/friend/mom/daughter/co-worker/whatever has done something amazing that needs to be recognized…

…The winners will be notified and then they will be invited to attend a fancy-ass dinner at a fancy-ass place where they will be wined and dined with MOI in attendance as well as get a special, slam-bam-hot-diggity-dog swag bag that won’t only have KA goodness in it but also some other awesome stuff that will pamper the hell out of them…”

Renee Carlino just revealed the cover of her upcoming release, Wish You Were Here: A Novel on USA Today’s “HEA” blog!! Not only that, but an excerpt to tease us with, too!

“…a brand-new novel about a restless young waitress whose one-night stand with an enigmatic artist takes her on an unexpected, life-changing journey toward an impossible decision.”

A. Meredith Walters just posted the cover reveal of her upcoming novel, “The Beautiful Game” (a sports romance!). And she also posted this teaser for us. ;)

“Love was a ticking time bomb, ready to detonate at any moment and blow your whole world apart.

I could barely breathe as I waited for it to annihilate me.

God how I wanted the destruction…”

#comingsoon
#sportsromance
#TheBeautifulGame

R.L. Mathewson has TWO new releases coming out in our beloved hilarious “Neighbor from Hell” series. One is called Irresistible (and it’s Aidan’s story). No exact date or preorder as of yet, but she posted the cover AND an excerpt here and the other is called “Delectable” (Reese’s story) with a cover reveal and an excerpt for that one too. BUT!!! She’s not sure which one she will release first. ;) TEASE!!!! :P

E.L. James is writing again!! Eeeeeeep!!! She just teased us with this status:

“2775 words. #Backonthehorse

Lisa Renee Jones announced her latest “duet” (entitled “White Lies” – Provocative is book #1 and Shameless, book #2). She revealed the covers, what it’s about AND you can read the first chapter here.

Stephen King just revealed who will be narrating the audiobook version of “The Dead Zone” (you can read the article on Entertainment Weekly) saying:

“Academy Award nominee James Franco and Stephen King are together again! Franco will read the audiobook edition of THE DEAD ZONE, available on April 25 on CD and for download for the first time ever. Read more via Entertainment Weekly.”

Jennifer Probst just announced a new deal with Montlake Publishing for an upcoming series releasing in 2018.

“NYT bestselling author Jennifer Probst’s THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD, in which a Special Forces rescue paratrooper returns to his family’s B&B and horse rescue farm to heal after his world is ripped apart, and while there unexpectedly meets a headstrong and beautiful businesswoman who helps him to confront his past and embrace a brand new future, to Maria Gomez at Montlake Romance, in a two-book deal, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).”

Caroline Kepnes (author of my much-loved creepy stalker series “You: A Novel” that is now being turned into  TV series) posted in January about her current work-in-progress. She doesn’t say much (yet – I searched for more new since), but it sounds like it will be quite the journey, too. ;) She says:

“…this morning, I finished my draft of my new book and hit SEND. A new story, new characters, but same deal, I’m bringing you inside some offbeat minds, people grappling with love and life and heartbreak in the modern world. I’ll have more details for you soon…”

Kitty Thomas (queen of super-dark and twisted love stories) announced a new release coming out in just a few days (March 27th)!! Eeeeep! Check out this blurb:

Julie wants Gabe Griffin like fish want water, but what she wants is sweet domestic bliss and a white picket fence. What Gabe wants is to put a collar around Julie’s throat and train her in the finer points of being his slave…

PREORDERS GOING LIVE AT MIDNIGHT!!!:

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<— PAM GODWIN POST APOCALYPTIC ALERT!!

About book #1:

A virus devastates humanity. Few men survive. The rest are monsters. The women are dead, except Evie.

Through a quirk in her genetics, she survives. When her physiology begins to evolve, she must come to terms with what she is and accept her role in finding a cure.

The mutated hunt her. The men brutalize her…except three. Cryptic warrior, contrite lover, caring enemy; they are fiercely protective of the last living woman, but divided in their own agendas. Can they come together to protect the only hope for humanity?

Evie must survive.

  

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