I was able to answer this one, ’cause by one of my favorite authors and of course that blurb gave me a jolt!!! How could I possibly forget this one. And in case you’ve been trying to remember it, too, or haven’t heard of it yet, but would totally LOVE a book like this one, I thought I’d post the reader question anyway. :D

Nicole asked:

Nicole: Hey, I need a little help, last week (I think) you had posted about a book.

It was a younger girl and he father had a company and a very handsome guy worked for him and he was married and now years later the girl works for her father and the guy still works for her father but he divorced. Ring any bells?

Maryse: Is it Karina Halle’s latest release, Before I Ever Met You?

Nicole: It is! Thanks!!

Maryse: YAY!!!! My pleasure!! :D !!

Kimberly: Sounds great, so I totally grabbed it. Thanks for posting!

Rachel: I loved that book!

Linda: Really great read!!

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For all you foodie romance lovers out there (I’m a newly discovered one!!!) THIS series is much loved and book #3 just came out. Each one can be read as a standalone.

Tasha: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake made me want to take a trip for Wisconsin! … the cover of Luck, Love, and Lemon Pie has stuck in my mind. Since I read the Coincidence of Coconut Cake, I have a feeling this book is just as yummy.

Lori: Thanks for all of the great finds! Just finished The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and LOVED it. What a sweet, fun book that I would have never discovered on my own. And being from Wisconsin, the Milwaukee setting made it extra cool! Now what to read next…

Bonnie: This was a good book. And I know of someone that made the coconut cake from the recipe at the end of the book and they said it was DELICIOUS! :)

DG: I loved The Coincidence of Coconut Cake! Great read!

bev: I have had my eye on it since reading a positive review when it came out, so one click when it went on sale. Love the cover though makes me hungry.

Ela: I LOVE ALL THING COCONUT, well maybe not all, don’t care for coconut shrimp or the water that seems to be all the rage, but cake HECKS YEAH

Michelle: I didn’t know there was a 3rd book. Yay!!

Susan: I haven’t tried the foodie genre yet…but I love food and I love romance, so I have to try, right? :P

About book #1:

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

  

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Why do we love moody heroes? We don’t know, we just DO! :P And we love other stuff too. And I apparently had too much catnip in this photo. ;)

Fabi has multiple “book/blurb catnips” (as we all do) and I can definitely relate to her on these (well especially on the jerk-face, moody heroes, but I certainly have been taken away by a time travel or two. ;) Outlander, anyone?

Fabi: Oh my goodness, I love reading about those broody, standoffish Hs, especially if they have a strong helping of a-hole thrown in. I love to see them tamed (or at least calmed) by the right heroine.

But my catnip? Goodness, I have way too many flavors to list them all. There is one, however, that has stood the test of time. (ha! “time”).

Time Travel Romance has always been, and will always be, a favorite catnip flavor for me. Any time it’s mentioned as a sub genre or as part of the blurb, I will stop and take a double and triple look at that book.

ALSO….

Fabi: I probably have tons of catnip flavors. But my most basic and persistent ones are titles and covers. I am not the only one who picks books based on titles and covers.

Come on folks, fess up! Who has read a book because they thought the title or cover was cool. It’s not that I won’t read a book with a title that doesn’t at first appeal to me, it’s just that it will take reviews/feedback to bring it to my attention.

Guilty, guilty aaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnd GUILTY!!! :P

Who else?

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WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! KARINA HALLE’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! (and she co-wrote Rocked Up: A Novel with her husband). :D !!! ROCK STAR ALERT! ➔➔➔➔➔➔

She’s auditioning for the band…

“I’ve been watching him since I was a teenager.

He didn’t notice me back then and it didn’t matter. Brad Snyder, guitarist and singer for one of the world’s greatest bands, was my entire life…”

HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!! The biggest and craziest of the week (and looking at THIS one… maybe of the month!). In fact… just that one there to the left should give you an idea of todays book release awesomeness!!! Many of our original-indie favorites are here, including one that rocked my world a few years ago, ( and so MANY of my fellow readers, Tiffanie DeBartolo). OH EM GEE. I need to read this book!!!!

Tessa: I have no idea what I’m going to read today… I want it to be tomorrow. Fallen Crest FOREVER! :) Yet, until then, um… no idea what to read.

Grey: Tessa… Fallen Crest Forever ~ Tomorrow?!? *Squee* and I’m gonna have an easy-ish day tomorrow and I’m off Wednesday. But… *pout* I’m not ready for it to be over… *sniffle*

So what am I extra excited for on this list? Eeeeeep!! SO EASY! The Simplicity of Cider (sounds sweeeeeeet – a woman just trying to live a simple life on her farm, and the single father, and young son that shows up there. Plus I hear the other two books in this series are awesome!!), God-Shaped Hole (one of our original tear-jerker classics just got picked up by a big publisher, and re-released with a  new cover, and I haven’t read it yet, even though I’ve owned the original ebook AND the original print book for years). I can’t WAIT to read it, so now that’s it’s re-released, I’ve officially selected my NEXT book that I’m starting tonight. YAY ME!!! The Wright Boss (K.A. Linde’s latest, and I love office romance stories!!), and Plus One (more office romance fun and it’s Aleatha Romig’s latest that sounds totally different than what she’s written in the past) AND!!! Gwendy’s Button Box (STEPHEN KING!!! MINE MINE MINE!!!! Omg that blurb gave me the heebie-jeebies and I’ve waiting for it and it’s now LIVE!!!)

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. Gwendy’s Button Box: Includes Bonus Story “The Music Room” by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar <— EEEEP! I wanna read this (or listen) ;) !!!
  2. Surrender: The Steel Brothers Saga, Book 6 by Helen Hardt
  3. Interborough: Five Boroughs, Book 4 by Santino Hassell
  4. Say You’re Sorry: Morgan Dane, Book 1 by Melinda Leigh
   

 

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!):

  • The Need Series by KI Lynn and N Isabelle Blanco <—- ANGSTY-FORBIDDENY SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-SALE ALERT!!! “…The boy who became my best friend grew up into the damaged, turbulent man that owns me. He’s been cruel. I’ve lashed back. For years we’ve been trapped in a toxic whirlwind of back and forth heartache. Why? Because he’s no longer my best friend.nYears ago, he became my step brother…
  • Escape to Paradise <— ANTHOLOGY SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! “Eight USA Today and bestselling authors have come together to take you to Aragon Island, where you will join couples as they discover what romantic escapade the island has in store for them.”
  • Wedding Pets & Kisses: A Boxed Set of Eight Sweet Romances <— ANTHOLOGY SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! You are cordially invited to celebrate family, friends, laughter, even a few tears, as cute, furry, four-legged pets play matchmaker and lead their owners to happily ever after in these 8 new, never-before-published sweet romances by New York Times, USA Today, and National Bestselling authors.”
AND THANK YOU to Lauren for finding us these super-bargains! WOWOWOWOW!!!! SO many of my original indie favorites (and current favorites) are having super-sales today!
  • Too Late by C. Hoover <— COLLEEN HOOVER’S DARKER BOOK Y’ALL!!!! I read the one. VERY good and it’s super bargain priced!! :D Here’s my Book Review.
  • Like A Memory by Abbi Glines <—- ABBI GLINES SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!
  • Friction by Emily Snow <— EMILY SNOW SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!
  • Cheater (Curious Liaisons Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken <— RACHEL VAN DYKEN SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!
  • How to Save a Life by Emma Scott <— EMMA SCOTT SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! (P.S. Here’s my Book Review)
  • A Taboo Love Series by by M.D. Saperstein & Andria Large <— TABOO LOVE ALERT!! EVERY BOOK in this series is on super-sale!
  • The Marriage Contract (The O’Malleys Book 1) by Katee Robert <— First three books are on sale!! Lauren says: “They are down from their usual $5.99!!! Big sale!! I’ve read books 1 & 2 & absolutely loved them!!!”
  • A Pound of Flesh & An Ounce of Hope by Sophie Jackson <— Lauren found us the first two books in this series on sale saying: “A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson…!!! The next book, An Ounce of Hope. The last book in the series is still $7.99 but I’m keeping my eye on it.”
  • Right (Cafe Series Book 2) by Jana Aston <— And Lauren found us one more! She says: “One more……Right (Cafe Series Book 2) by Jana Aston… today!!! LOTS of 5* reviews!!”
         

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. You Were Here by Gian Sardar <— SOUNDS SOOOOO GOOD!!! “You Were Here weaves together two worlds separated by decades, asking if the mistakes made in past lives can ever be corrected in the future, and if some souls are meant to find one another time and time again…”
  2. The Future of Sex by Aubrey Parker <— SCI-FI!!
  3. Hunger by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, A.C. Arthur
  4. Raised in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy Book 2) by K.F. Breene
  5. Ghost Of A Machine (Cyborg Sizzle Book 9) by Cynthia Sax
  6. Falling for the Werewolf: A Wolf Shifter Romance by Abbie Zanders
  7. Bear to Have and Hold: Kodiak Den #5 (Alaskan Den Men) by Amy Lamont
  8. Ember (Rulers of the Sky Book 2) by Paula Quinn
  9. The Rose and the Light (The Rose Saga Book 5) by Ella Frost
  10. Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar <—- STEPHEN KING ALERT!!! I’ve been anxiously WAITING FOR THIS ONE!! That is one of THE CREEPIEST BLURBS EVER! “One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.” On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…”
  11. Missing Linc (The Aegeans Book 1) by Ripley Proserpina
  12. Souls Reborn (Vikings of Honor, Book 3) by Renee Vincent <— TIME TRAVEL ALERT!!
  13. Harlequin’s Deception (The Naked Truth Series Book 1) by Candi Fox
  14. The Queen’s Dance: The Aurelian Guard – Book Two by Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher
  15. Duty & Sacrifice (Cargon Trilogy Book 2) by Kimberly Gould
  16. Heart Mates (Pull of the Moon Book 1) by Mary Hughes
  17. Dead Wolf Walking by Sydney Presley
  18. Lethal Lies (Blood Brothers) by Rebecca Zanetti
  19. Wanting Forever (Chronocon) by Jennifer Sable
  20. Captured Rapture (Spaceport Mercy Book 3) by Lexxie Couper
  21. Blaze: Volume 2: A Dragon Romance (Dark Kings) by Donna Grant
                    

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Fallen Crest Forever (Fallen Crest Series Book 7) by Tijan <— TIJAN ALERT!!! IT’S THE LAST ONE IN THE SERIES!!!
  2. Fear Inc by Melinda Valentine
  3. Devil’s Own: The Devil’s Keepers by Megan Crane
  4. Swear by by Adriana Locke <— MILITARY HERO ALERT (and it CAN be read as a standalone)! “Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry. It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder...”
  5. The Missing Ingredient (A Chandler County Novel) by Debbie White
  6. Sweet Destiny by Janet A. Mota
  7. Bad Behavior (Bad Bitch) by Celia Aaron
  8. The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel by Amy E. Reichert <— SINGLE FATHER ENDS UP ON HER APPLE FARM ALERT!!! “…about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie…”
  9. No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child
  10. Rescuing Kassie (Delta Force Heroes Book 5) by Susan Stoker
  11. Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1) by Melinda Leigh
  12. Montana Dog Soldier (Brotherhood Protectors Book 6) by Elle James
  13. Dangerously Bad (A Dangerous Romance) by Eden Bradley <— BIKER DOM ALERT!!Layla has sworn off relationships with Dominant men, but the gorgeous Scotsman convinces her to submit to him, and passion becomes all-consuming for them both. When Duff realizes he’s in love with Layla, desperation sets in…
  14. Carter’s Treasure: Second Edition (Racing to Love Book 1) by Amy Gregory
  15. Jesse’s Soul: Second Edition (Racing to Love Book 2) by Amy Gregory
  16. God-Shaped Hole: A Novel by Tiffanie DeBartolo <— TIFFANIE DEBARTOLO TEAR-JERKER ALERT!!!  LOOK WHAT’S RE-GOING LIVE TOMORROW!!! UBER-ANGST & I CAN’T WAIT!!!! That’s right… I STILL haven’t read it. P.S. I have the original ebook AND the original print book, but I’m getting these too! This author… I just know is SO special!!!

Monica: One book that absolutely changed me was God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo! Underrated book and definitely worth the read.

Lisa: Oh God-shaped Hole. How I loved that book. But it broke me. I seriously had to have an afternoon alone after finishing ….total book fog.

Amy: God-Shaped Hole… GAH!! cry Does that answer your question?

  1. Playing The Millionaire by Sandi Lynn <— SANDI LYNN ALERT!!! SHE RIPPED OFF THE WRONG MILLIONAIRE…I was a charmer, a seducer, and the woman that men were hungry to get their hands on. Rich men never should have trusted me, but they did. It was stupidity on their part. Things were going well and I was doing what I was supposed to do, until I ripped off the wrong millionaire. A millionaire who came after me with a vengeance...”
  2. Flynn’s Firecracker: A SEALs of Honor World Novel (Heroes for Hire Book 5) by Dale Mayer
  3. Chance Encounter (A Chance and a Hope Book 1) by SJ McCoy
  4. I’ll Be There: A Deep Haven Montana Fire novel by Susan May Warren
  5. The Beach House: Coming Home: A Novel by Georgia Bockoven <— SHE GAVE HER DAUGHTER UP FOR ADOPTION & HIS ADOPTED DAUGHTER IS SICK…His life revolves around his adopted daughter, Shiloh, the girl who’s owned his heart from the moment he first held her as an infant. They were a picture-perfect family until Shiloh was diagnosed with pediatric lupus and Jeremy’s wife walked away. When Shiloh tells her father she’s tired of fighting her illness and wants to meet her biological mother before it’s too late, Jeremy agrees to find a woman he has no desire to meet. From the moment Melinda and Jeremy come face-to-face, they realize their worlds will never be the same…
  6. Surrender (The Steel Brothers Saga Book 6) by Helen Hardt
  7. Alec: A Scottish Outlaw (Highland Outlaws Book 4) by Lily Baldwin
  8. Hard Liquor: Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet #2 by Blair Babylon
  9. Rogue Lies: Web of Lies #2 by Kathleen Brooks
  10. PLAYED: A Small Town Billionaire Romance (Reckless Falls Book 5) by Vivian Lux
  11. Dance with Me by Staci Stallings
  12. Between the Reins (Gold Valley Romance Book 4) by Liz Isaacson
  13. Sprouts of Love: Garden Grown Romance Book One (Arcadia Valley Romance 5) by Valerie Comer
  14. Waiting to Fall: Book Two of the Waiting Duet by Alyson Reynolds
  15. Another Postcard (Stone Butterfly Rockstars Book 1) by Elle Christensen <— SHE’S A HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER SINGER THAT IS TRYING TO STAY UNDER THE RADAR... “…a dark past and a secret she holds close to her heart keep her from permanently stepping into the limelight. Until her favorite band offers her the chance to chase her dreams. As the lead singer for rock sensation, Stone Butterfly, Levi Matthews is wary of bringing in new talent. But, he has heard just how amazing Brooklynn is and when the need for another singer arises, he’s confident that she is the perfect addition...”
  16. Chase (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Book 2) by Barbara Dunlop
  17. She Wants It All (The Sheridan Hall Series Book 3) by Jessica Calla
  18. Half-Truths by Randileigh Kennedy
  19. Stacy’s Dad by E.L. Patterson <— THE BLURB WAS SHORT & SWEET, er not so sweet… maybe more like funny & the genre it’s listed in is definitely our genre, however that cover… *blink blink*. Made me not sure if it was *ahem* something else. Maybe they’re doing yoga? Anyway. I think it’s a romance story. LOL!!!
  20. Rectify (A Hidden Hearts Novel Book 6) by Mary Crawford
  21. Once Upon a Time (Book 2 in the Time Series) by m.m. clem
  22. Secrets in Summer: A Novel by Nancy Thayer
  23. Buttons and Pain by Penelope Sky <— DARK READ TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!!
  24. Devil’s Own: The Devil’s Keepers by Megan Crane
  25. Misconduct: Birmingham Rebels by Samantha Kane
  26. Elias In Love by Grace Burrowes
  27. Sweet Dreams (Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series Book 1) by Stacy Claflin
  28. TRIGGER (Devil’s Reach Book 1) by J.L. Drake
  29. Lethal Peril: Military Romantic Suspense (Stealth Security Book 2) by Emily Jane Trent
  30. Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson <— FAMOUS STAR NEIGHBORS SHAKE THINSG UP ALERT!! “...The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents’ son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. But when teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertrams, they shake up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship...”
  31. Hot Shot: A Last Shot Novel by Kelly Jamieson
  32. Hunted by Sara Maines
  33. Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay <— HE’S MADE HIS FORTUNE IN NEW YORK BUT HE’S A POTENTIAL DUKE IN BRITAIN EXCEPT... “Back in Britain my family are fighting over who’s the next Duke of Fairfax. The rules say it’s me–if I’m married. It’s not a trade-off worth making. I could never limit myself to just one woman. Or so I thought until my world is turned upside down. Now, the only way I can save the empire I built is to inherit the title I’ve never wanted– so I need a wife…”
  34. Dirty Talk, Sweet Release by Opal Carew
  35. The Billionaire’s Bad Boy (Billionaire’s in Love Book 2) by Violet Vaughn
  36. Hot Blooded Prizefighter: A Bad Boy MMA Fighter Romance (Windy City Bad Boys Book 2) by Mickey Miller and Holly Dodd
  37. Emilia: Part 1 (Trassato Crime Family Book 3) by Lisa Cardiff
  38. Blizzard Clearing by Carolyn Healy
  39. Dating-ish (Knitting in the City Book 6) by Penny Reid <— PENNY REID’S LATEST ALERT!!!! SHE’S OVER DATING!! “But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . . As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past...” (P.S. It CAN be read as a standalone!)
  40. Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance Book 1) by Mikal Dawn
  41. A Tantalizing Tuesday (The Zelda Diaries Book 2) by Olivia Gaines
  42. It’s Me Again, Baby (O’Connor Family Series Book 3) by Katie Reus
  43. Redemption’s Inferno (Inferno, Book 3) by Kat Mizera
  44. Heroic Lessons (Fortune County Novellas Book 3) by Chris McFarland
  45. The Wright Boss by K.A. Linde <— K.A. LINDE OFFICE ROMANCE ALERT!!! “Don’t mix business and pleasure. But then Landon Wright comes home to his family’s construction company with a broken back and a beaten heart and ends up as my new sexy boss.”
  46. Food and Romance Go Together, Vol. 1: An Anthology by Sue Stewart-Ade
  47. Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned (Paper Planes Series) by Michele G. Miller and Mindy Hayes
  48. Behind the Door (Behind the Love Book 4) by P.C. Zick
  49. Sweet Surrender (Sugar Rush #3) by Nina Lane <— NINA LANE ALERT!! OFFICE ROMANCE!!…Super-efficient Kate Darling needs lessons in love. As executive assistant to the CEO of the Sugar Rush Candy Company, Kate knows everything about organization and nothing about relationships. Then she literally falls into the arms of Tyler Stone, youngest Sugar Rush heir and notorious bad boy…
  50. Desperately Seeking Mr. Right (Destined For Love: Europe) by Sally Johnson
  51. Best (Change Series Book 3) by Melanie Jayne
  52. Plus One by Aleatha Romig <—- ALEATHA ROMIG ALERT!!! SHE BLACKMAILS HER BOSS……we’ve all heard the rumors, the ones that say he’s up for any challenge. But I can’t see him that way. He’s my boss—technically one of the owners of the company where I work—and definitely not in my league. Men like him don’t notice women like me, and they don’t date them. And I don’t date men like him. Until that one time that I catch him in a compromising position when I’m also in need of a last-minute date for a wedding...”
  53. The Rebound by Jack Gunthridge
  54. Rent Mate by Ash Penn <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  55. Taking You Home by Cooper Davis <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  56. Boys of Summer by Cooper Davis <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  57. Nurture by Sarah Masters and Jaime Samms <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  58. Secret Pleasure: Part 3 (Bound Hearts) by Lora Leigh
  59. Trying It All: A Naked Men Novel by Christi Barth <— HE’S A FEDERAL AGENT & HER BEST FRIEND IS DATING HIS BEST FRIEND… “Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart…”
                                                                         

 

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

  1. Rocked Up: A Novel by Karina Halle - May 17th 2017
  2. Bayside Desires (Bayside Summers Book 1) by Melissa Foster - May 17th 2017
  3. All the Way by M. Mabie - May 18th 2017
  4. Somebody Else’s Sky (Something in the Way Book 2) by Jessica Hawkins – May 22nd 2017
  5. The Darkest Corner (Gravediggers Book 1) by Liliana Hart - May 23rd 2017
  6. Hold Me: A Stark Ever After Novella by J. Kenner - May 23rd 2017
  7. Blood Oath (Sawbones) by Melissa Lenhardt - May 23rd 2017
  8. Grand Slam (The Boys of Summer) by Heidi McLaughlin - May 23rd 2017
  9. Buns (The Hudson Valley Series Book 3) by Alice Clayton - May 23rd 2017
  10. Cheater’s Regret (Curious Liaisons Book 2) by Rachel Van Dyken - May 23rd 2017
  11. Exes and Hos: A Romantic Comedy by Danielle Jamie - May 23rd 2017
  12. Sexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan <— May 23rd 2017

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Happy EARLYBIRD Day! These are the books that just went live, before tomorrow’s BIG release list, and it has quite a few of our favorite authors on it. Like Marie Force right there to the left (when the preorder for this one went up, it shot up into Amazon’s top 100!!). The latest by Abbi Glines was just released, A. Meredith Walters (that one’s a bit late on my part, ’cause it was released a few days ago, but it SOUNDS AWESOME!!), Chantal Fernando’s latest also sounds like it could be fun (and maybe angsty!!).

Let’s read!! :D

EARLY BIRDS THAT JUST WENT LIVE RIGHT NOW!!!!!

  • Sex God by Marie Force <— LIVE!!! HE’S GOT A LOOSE END HE NEEDS TO TIE UP. ;) Sounds so funny! “I didn’t count on having unfinished business with one of my very best friends… When a man has a certain “reputation” to uphold, There can be no unhappy customers left behind. Lauren is a loose end that won’t be tied up no matter how hard I try. And I try hard. Really, really… hard.”
  • The Beautiful Game (Man of the Match Book 1) by A. Meredith Walters <— A. MEREDITH WALTERS FOOTBALL (SOCCER?) FAMOUS STAR ALERT!! RECENT RELEASE that I missed last week? Renee (Kat!) found it! ”…Having moved from America to the United Kingdom, she had hoped for a great adventure. Instead she’s floundering in a job she doesn’t like and a country she doesn’t understand. And she finds herself more than ready to leave the land of hot accents behind. Until a drunken kiss at the local pub changes everything…
Renee:  ”I love A. Meredith Walters and her newest book is live…”
  • Stalker, My Love by Zack Scott <— SHE HAS DISAPPEARED… “Some people in Pine Bridge say he’s obsessed. Some say he’s dangerous. Some say he’s hurt Rosalyn. All Rhett knows is he’s loved Rosalyn since they were kids and he’ll do what it takes to see her again.”
  • The Irish Prince (The Billionaire Dynasties) by Virginia Nelson <—- LIVE!!! BILLIONAIRE FINDS OUT HE’S A FATHER ALERT!! And he needs his assistant to help him…“...Chelsea Houston is an executive assistant, not a nanny. The only person more clueless about kids is her boss. Helping him on a daddy-daughter road trip is her last task before he’ll accept her two weeks’ notice and she can be free of the infuriating man she’s had a crush on for longer than she’d admit…
  • Tinged (The Electric Tunnel Book 3) by Rachel Blaufeld <— LIVE!!! HE’S A BOUNCER & SHE’S BROKEN… Michael Anthony Wind shed his pretty-boy upbringing and family legacy for his first job as a bouncer at the Electric Tunnel. Now successful in his own right, he’s only missing his woman. When she’s finally found, Lynx is broken, unsure if she can be put back together.” (P.S. It CAN be read as a standalone)
Lauren: I read books 1 & 2 a year or two ago & loved them. I’m re-reading them right now before I start this one. They are standalones but feature the same characters in all 3.
  • Coming In by Michelle Ogilvy <— LIVE!! M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! THEY HAVE AN ARRANGEMENT... “Jay and Adam have been sharing a flat, and a bed, since they moved down to Adelaide after high school a couple of years ago. Neither man considers himself gay or mentions the sexual nature of their friendship to anyone else. Their arrangement doesn’t stop Jay from casually dating random women he meets through work and both men seem happy with the way things are. That is, until Adam meets April, a damsel in distress that latches herself onto Adam in a way that he doesn’t mind at all. Jay sure does, though…”
  • Enemies Like You by Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin <— LIVE!!! M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! ”Their red-hot chemistry is off the charts. Just one problem: Will has vowed to kill the billionaire that Kit is hell-bent on protecting. And Kit has secrets, too…”
  • The List by Chantal Fernando <— LIVE!!! ONE NIGHT STAND THAT WILL BE HARD TO WALK AWAY FROM… “Decision made. She’s going home with this man, and she’s not going to regret it when she leaves him in the morning. Or at least that’s what she thinks.”
  • Then Came Wanda…With A Baby Carriage (Accidentally Paranormal Series Book 15) by Dakota Cassidy <— LIVE!!! VAMPIRE JUST ADOPTED A BABY……there’s a tiny hole in Wanda’s heart she longs to fill with a baby. As she and Heath explore adoption, and finally bring home a beautiful baby boy with the support of their friends and family, everything that can go wrong, does…
  • Baby Daddy: A Sexy STANDALONE Romantic Comedy by Nelle L’Amour <— LIVE!!! COMEDY OFFICE ROMANCE ALERT!…Just in time, she came along. The temp. Dee Walker. The minute the hot as sin brunette with her killer curves and those chocolate brown eyes stepped foot in my office and saved me from an ugly disaster with her magic hands, I wanted her to be mine. Except she’s totally off limits. And there’s someone else she loves with all her heart and soul that I can’t replace...”
  • Rogue (Phoenix Rising) by Brynley Blake <— LIVE!!! NAVY SEAL & THE SISTER OF A DEAD NAVY SEAL ALERT!Reeling from the death of her daring Navy SEAL brother, reserved McKenzie Prescott decides to honor him in the only way she can think of—by finishing his bucket list. Suddenly, she’s doing things she’s never dreamed of—like jumping off waterfalls…and inviting the intoxicating stranger she meets in Las Vegas to help her with some of the more racy items on the list…
  • Boys South of the Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines <— LIVE!!!! ABBI GLINES ALERT!!! THIS TIME I MEAN IT!! :P The author has been countdown teasing over the last few days, so I have no doubt it’s real. In fact, the author says:
“THIS MONDAY it’s finally here. BOYS SOUTH OF THE MASON DIXON releases. I’m in love with my own book this time but so incredibly nervous!!! Some FAQ’s:
- if you had preordered it on Amazon and got the unedited two chapters April 24
1. Returned it: then you can just purchase when it is available Monday.
2. Kept it: you can just upload the new file that Amazon will let you know is available.
- YES I once wrote a novella on this series under the pen name Effy Vaughn. The first novella was 20,000 words. This book has that novella in it plus 55,000 more words! I took the idea in that novella and gave you a complete finished novel. If you read the novella then YES you still need to buy this book. It’s 55,000 more words and gives you a complete story with an ending. If you didn’t read the novella then don’t worry!! The novella is threaded through this novel.
- is this the beginning of a new series? Yes it is. BROTHERS SOUTH OF THE MASON DIXON will release this fall. It’ll be Bray Sutton’s story. Then three more books to follow.”
  • Fated Desires by Becky Flade <— EX-BASEBALL STAR NEIGHBOR & THE SINGLE MOM ALERT! “…Settling in the small, quirky town, she’s not in the market for a casual relationship but finds herself in one with the young widower next store. Former shortstop, Gabriel Foxx, is drawn to his difficult new neighbor. The more the prickly divorcee attempts to keep him at arm’s length, the more determined he is to break down her walls…”
  • All You Need is Love and Coffee by Kasey Belle <— LIVE!! THE FIREMAN WANTS THE COFFEE GIRL ALERT!!!Firefighter Nick DePere has two addictions, Maggie’s coffee and Maggie. For two years, he’s played the role of friendly neighborhood fireman waiting for Maggie to indicate she’s ready to allow another man into her heart. Thanks to a hair-brained scheme devised by Maggie’s meddling bestie, Nick may wait forever for that chance. How do you convince a woman who’s sworn off men for the rest of her life to take a leap of faith, one last time… for you?”
  • Kiss of the Irish (Foreign Fling) by Lauren Hawkeye <— LIVE!!! SHE GOES TO IRELAND ALERT!…she’d heard that there was nothing like an Irishman with a sexy accent and eyes as devastatingly green as the country’s rolling hills to make a girl feel better. But maybe she shouldn’t have hooked up with her new landlord on the first night in town. Cian Murphy wasn’t supposed to be her type...”
  • Crescendo (Beautiful Monsters Book 1) by Lana Sky <— LIVE!!! FIANCEE OF A CRIME LORD ALERT!After five years spent under his controlling thumb, Daniela knows her position with a man like Vincent Stacatto is precarious, but as long as she plays by the rules of his “game”, she’s safe… Until she’s taken by the devil. Kidnapped by a rival boss, Daniela becomes a pawn between two powerful forces...”
  • Happy Hour (Love Lessons Book 1) by Mari Carr <— TWO MEN ONE WOMAN ALERT!!!Jamie’s had his eye on Grace for years, but it never seemed the right time to approach her. Tonight, something’s different. The sexual signals she’s giving off are unmistakable—and he’s not the only man in the bar who’s noticed. His best friend, Trey, is breaking a sweat just looking at the delectable English teacher. The two men make her the offer of a lifetime, and Grace doesn’t hesitate…”
  • Magnolia Grove: The Complete Series by J.B. McGee <— LIVE!!! SERIES BUNDLE ALERT!!! SHE’S UP FOR A CHAITY AUCTION & HE WANTS HER… And it’s super-bargain priced, too! “The only woman he’s ever wanted is up for bids in a ‘secret date’ auction. This isn’t the first time he’s yearned for Cammie Spencer. Despite family drama and a web of deceit having nearly sealed their fates, Holden refuses to give up without a fight…
  • Wild Ride (Let it Ride Book 2) by Cynthia Rayne <— LIVE!!! TABOO ROMANCE ALERT!! The author warns… “Warning!  This is a taboo romance, which involves a stepfather and an adult stepdaughter, and there is a large age difference between the hero and the heroine.”
  • Sound of Silence by Elizabeth Miller <— LIVE!!! NAVY SEAL PROMISES TO TAKE CARE OF HIS BEST FRIEND’S FIANCEE & BABY…One knock on Piper Stevens’ door and he knows she isn’t broken. Pregnant and mourning the only man she’s ever loved, Piper wields her anger as a sword, slashing into Caden’s grief and his heart. As Caden works to silence his demons, he finds a new mission, one far away from the heat and depravity that clawed its way into his soul. He demands his way into Piper’s life, intent on helping her pick up the pieces...”
  • Date Night by J.F. HOLLAND <— LIVE!! MARITAL DISCORD ALERT!!Fourteen-years of marriage, two-children – and Dan and Lauren were now on the rocks.  Date Night, his mother-in-law suggested. Only problem was, Dan would have to wing it as he didn’t have a clue how to date his wife? He wanted to ignite the spark back into their marriage, however, Lauren wasn’t as keen...”
                    

 

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The Twilight Wife
I liked it! A bit slow going at first (and for a good portion of it) and yet, I never once wanted to stop reading it because it held me. I had to know what was going on and what… happened, and I REALLY felt for the main character as she tried to make sense of her life.

Yep! Psych-thrillery fun that kept me intrigued the whole way through, because, or maybe despite of, its quiet intensity. It was for the most part, calm and easy-going (albeit ominous) throughout much of the storyline as we live life via the eyes of a woman with amnesia, trying to get to know her husband again. Somebody she can’t remember at all.

Jacob follows me everywhere. He worries I’ll forget where I am. He won’t like that I’ve wandered down to the beach alone. I could become disoriented, lose my way.

My husband watches over me like a guardian angel. And I barely remember him at all.

None of us know what’s real (or what’s really going on), because the reader is experiencing life and “flashbacks” entirely through her POV, but some things just don’t add up.

In fact, due to her faulty recollections and the more logical explanations her friends and family are giving her, I couldn’t tell who the “bad guy” was the entire way through. I didn’t even know if there would be a bad guy at times, thinking maybe this could be one of those poignant stories that brings the characters (and the readers) full circle, in healing. Emotional drama, yes. Thriller… maybe…. no?

The fleeting image is so vivid it’s startling. I wanted him to hold on to me. A shot of adrenaline rushes through me, an interior tremor like the beginning of a tectonic shift.

But thriller yes. ;) Thank goodness, ’cause THAT was what I was hoping to read, and it delivered. I did enjoy the last quarter of the book BIG TIME which made up for the slower pace, and the piecing together of the whole first half.

So what’s it about?

Kyra, a marine biologist has come home from the hospital after a diving accident. She’s lost her memory of the last four years and in fact, she has a hard time retaining her short term memory, too. Luckily, she’s got a patient and loving husband that answers (and re-answers) all of her questions. Well…mostly. ;)

“Can’t you just be with me?” He turns to face me, his face crumpled in pain and irritation. “Can’t you just be my wife? I’m trying my best.”

“I know you are.” My throat goes dry. “I didn’t mean to start a fight. But I can’t remember anything. I have to ask questions.”

“But you don’t take my answers at face value. You want to make up your own answers.”

Problem is, she does’t remember him, and is trying her best to reconnect with him, while she’s desperately trying to reconnect to herself. She has NO clue who she is, who he is, and who their friends are.

That said, she often ventures off into their quaint little seaside town trying to jar her memory. Everyone recognizes her, and are all too happy to remind her of past events, how they know her, what she liked… you know the drill.

But every once in awhile, a tidbit of information, or a reaction from a certain person triggers flashbacks of memory, and she slowly starts putting the puzzle of her life back together. But with so many holes, and a few opposing facts to memories, she begins wondering just what kind of person she once was. WHO she once was.

He wants to protect me from pain, from grief, but it is too late for that. There are some things in this world from which we can’t be protected.

If you like a good, emotional love story psych-thriller, with all of the marital bells and whistles, this one just might surprise you. I had all sorts of theories, and while some of my suspicions were right, it STILL managed to surprise me in the end. THAT “reveal” I didn’t see coming at all.

Good stuff! Just not… crazy-good, ya know? But I’m happy I chose it for this weekend.

3.75 stars <— 3.5 stars for the first half (consistently good but pretty slow) and an easy 4 stars for the second half (gave me chills and surprised me!)

 

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How could I possibly resist THIS “Hannibal Lecter” touch? I could not. ;)

The Girl With All the Gifts <— OMG I was DYING to read this. I one-clicked this book back October of 2015 (yep… for Halloween – what perfection! Especially when I read this chilling blurb):

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

eek *shudders*

Talk about a blurb-jolt. THAT is what I’m talking about when I want to be enticed to read something. Short and sweet (er… not so sweet, in this case) but totally loaded in thrill-potential, and doesn’t really tell me anything other than… OMG I HAVE to find out what this means!!!

I’ve have had it floating constantly HIGH on my TBR list since. Did I read it? Nope. I haven’t but I’m TOTALLY going to.

And when I saw it for rent on Vudu today (I had NO clue this was a movie!!!!). I hemmed and hawed over whether I should go there or not. Go there? Yep. Watch the movie (The Girl With All the Gifts) BEFORE reading the book? ’Cause we all know books are always better, but it looked SOOOOOOO good and I was totally in the mood for an intelligent zombie thriller such as this.

I’ve been craving a good “horror” or at least something seriously creepy and mind-twisty. Movie or book, I didn’t care, as long as it was something that would make me think, and give me a case of the good ol’ heebie-jeebies. This did it.

Did I love the movie? HECK YES. Do I think the book would have been even better. HECK YES!!!!!! Especially since my book-twin DID read it and loved it!

Maryse: Amy what about “The Girl With All The Gifts”? I wanna…

Amy: Maryse! Yes to The Girl With All the Gifts! When are we starting it? I’m in between books right now so it’s perfect timing for me… *squeals and claps hands*

Marit: Has anybody read The Girl With All the Gifts? Sounds creepy ;) Is there any love in this story or is it a full heart thriller? * Creepy dance*

Amy: Oooooh guys, The Girl With All the Gifts was good. :D Messed up, but good. …different. GOOD different. You’ll really want some people to get their comeuppance, trust me. Let me know what you think of it!

Marit: I just read The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R Carey. Great book :) A total page turner! And it’s different. It melted my heart ❤️ I know that many of you in here have read it too.

Sam: I highly recommend TheGirl With All the Gifts by MR Carey! It was such an interesting POV!

See it there in yellow? The Girl With All The Gifts. That one was ALMOST my last-night pick, but I ended up going with The Twilight Wife. When I saw I could WATCH it today, though, as a movie, I COULD NOT RESIST. :P

Holy moly this was awesome. The premise, the uniqueness, the “reasoning”, and that ending. OH. WOW. I bet the book was EVER better!

So what’s it about?

It’s a post apocalyptic zombie movie, but with a different level of zombie (and a TON of emotion to it).

We’re introduced to a military base that has a group of children (I’d say approximately 10 years old) that they are both studying (or should I say, experimenting on… individually) AND teaching as if they were in a normal classroom. Well… “normal” if you consider each child being strapped from head-to-toe into a wheel chair… “normal”. Sweet, interested, adorable children that just want to learn, have stories read to them, to love, and to be loved.

The main character (Melanie – one of the “children”) and the teacher of this particular group form a beautiful bond, and it absolutely broke my heart while at the same time, gave me such hope. I WAS HOOKED!!!!!

Except no matter what they look like, and how sweet and child-like they are, humans are NOT to get too close to them. Just our scent alone, too close to their faces, will trigger a terrifying reaction, and remind you that these are NOT human children. At least not fully. These are scenes you will NEVER forget. And once you see this (or read it), you will be dying to know the reasoning behind their being. And what a reveal it is! I won’t say another word about it, as I was guessing the whole way through, until it finally became known, and I LOVED it. It made… sense.

The only part I didn’t thrill over was a particular scene in the last quarter that was a bit over the top for me. Kind of turned a totally thrilling horror movie into a more… YA dystopian feel, and while those are all the rage and plenty will LOVE it even more because of it, it lost a bit of luster for me. I’m more into post-apocalyptic disasters (and the fallouts and recovery stories), than I am into dystopian. But the two certainly merge well together, and this one proves it.

But that ending… I’m RIGHT there with that. Total goosebumps. Will I still read this, even though I saw the movie? YES. Maybe even more so now that I know… stuff. ;)

4 stars!

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M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!!! Two much-loved, awesome authors got together to write this series, and I just found out book #4 will be released in June!!!

P.S. Each one can be read as a standalone!

Fabi: I don’t know what magic trick Hassell uses to bring his characters instantly alive and relatable. I fall in love with every character he writes. …if I were to recommend to you your first Santino Hassell book, I’d want to stear you towards his collab with Megan Erickson, Strong Signal. It was my favorite of the month when I read it. Santino’s characters are hard and gritty and so freakin’ real. Megan added a certain sweetness factor to Strong Signal that melted my heart. …If you like m/m romance, this is a five-star.

Pia: I started Strong Signal – one of Fabis recs. I am about 55% and love it so far. It had a bit of a slow start for me most because I am not into computer games at all :-) But after I hit 5% I was hooked. I almost cried around 50% when the scenery changed. It was so sweet.

Fabi: I FINALLY started reading Fast Connection. At 1% I was already laughing. At 5%, I’m wondering how quickly I can re-read this. I am OBSESSED with this writing duo.

Molly: Yeeees Fast Connection… I loved Strong Signal. Second Best book I read this year

Teri: Can’t wait to read Fast Connection. Santino Hassell is a seriously good writer. Like Stephen Kings league good. His Five Boroughs series is fantastic.

About book #1:

I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.

That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.

I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.

But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.

Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.

  

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