Reader Favorites – Lisa’s Top Favorite Books List:

by Maryse on October 3, 2015 · 24 comments

in Book Recommendations

Happy Saturday!!! It’s time to play in someone else’s “favorites list” and see how close to us they are in book love, and discover something new to read! After all… if they love it that much, and they so obviously have similar book tastes, then that must mean we are missing something awesome, right? YAY US!!!

And Lisa agrees! “Gosh I just love these lists!!!! They not only remind me of my long forgotten but much loved books but also give me new tbrs.

Today’s list features our fellow reader and friend, Lisa! Let’s find out a little more about Lisa, shall we? Oh there is SO much good stuff to list!!! She’s been actively chatting with us since May of this year, but she’s been “with us” for much longer, and I feel like I’ve known her forever!!

  • Lisa is Australian and has a thing for our book “sports stars”. ;)
“Think I have an ice hockey/football player crush going on……too bad we don’t have either in Australia”
  • Just perfect for this Halloween month, she regales us with a spooky tale! She suspects the last place she lived in was haunted:
“I swear the last house we lived in was haunted. The microwave would turn itself on at random times…like the middle of the night! It would totally freak me out when I was home alone. And lights in the main bedroom would flicker and dim at times. My husband would hear loud footsteps along the timber hallway, thinking it was me, only to have no one there when he’d look. We found out the previous owners wife had died there. Too spooky.”
  • She gives us an Australian “man-bun” lesson:
“…they’re called Muns in Australia (man buns) and as long as they’re not paired with Meggings (weird man leggings) I’m OK with the look *snort*”
  • Lisa loves book boyfriends, but she has her limits!
“…if misogynistic self centred self serving manwhores are the characters being written for us to fall in love with I think Im done!!!! AND female leads who are every other woman’s worse nightmare don’t give me warm and fuzzies either…”
  • But later she revises her “manwhore” rant my saying it’s not so much that, as it is, that certain women “were his to emotionally abuse (shudder).”
  • She likes angst… but with limits: “Love a bit of angst….but not the heart wrenching pain!”
  • She tells us her “book-catnip”
“I think my book catnip is tortured heros who are kind of jerks initially…like Remy and Colton and Travis. And I totally agree with Tessa. Secondary characters that are well fleshed out really turns a good story to a great story for me. Loved all the characters in Jay Crownover series for that reason. Felt like I knew them and missed them when I finished.”
“Love a jerk who turns into a hero and love it when the H is wounded and troubled and the h heals him.”
  • She also loves when authors do this:
“Another book quirk I love is when authors add a play list and you get that multidimensional feel by listening to the music and reading at the same time. (Trust me…listen to the choral music when reading 50 shades red room scenes *gulp*). Ofcourse the beloved Colleen Hoover did it to perfection with her colab with Griffen Peterson for Maybe Someday. My husband thinks it’s just another way I block the rest of the world out when I have my iPod earbuds in and my head buried in my Kindle!! ;)
  • Her TBR list is outta control. ;) Sounds like us!!!
“good grief Ive had to make my tbr list its own folder on my kindle….there is literally no room in that folder for my book Dom either!!……Ive had to make room for him in the linen cupboard”
“Don’t you love it when you’ve read a great review…pre-ordered….promptly forgotten about it…then you wake up to discover your clever little kindle has uploaded all these gems you forgot you bought weeks ago….its like book Christmas.”
“If the character being cheated on is a bit sketchy I can usually justify it in my heart….but when I really relate to the h and she is being cheated on……no way, not happening. I have abandoned books too when Ive got that yuk stomache churning feeling or the ‘woman-scorned fury’ feeling.”
“Mmmmm. I wasnt a Kiera hater in Thougtless either but I loathed the cheating in Overruled. Double standards maybe…”
“About to start Affair with trepidation (am I up to it)….I loved Arsen and that was pretty brutal. We’ll see.”
  • Annnnnnnd…. she made my day once, when she called me Master. Tee hee! I think I’m her new “book-Dom”? *snort* :P
“Hi Master… “
“Maryse!!! Maryse!! B*&%$y auto correct. Even though you are the book Master.”
LOL!!!!!! Stupid autocorrect!!! Hilarious. :D

And now… her list! *ahem* She lists this as her “TOP 10″, but with all of her honorable mentions, we’ve actually got ourselves a nice TOP 37. LOL!!

“Hi Maryse,

Thought Id send in my top reads…its so much fun reading everyone else’s.:

I’ve been checking out your blog for a couple of years now and can thank you for some of my most favorite book recommendations.  I love reading all of the banter and comments from your peanut gallery.  There are some pretty funny discussions!  But mostly I love their book recommendations and have a ridiculously long tbr list (like if I read non-stop from now until the day I die I still won’t finish it long – yikes) thanks to them.  Being an Aussie I get a giggle at some of the ‘cultural differences’ in some of the language in the chat…..thongs really really should only ever go on your feet people!!


Here’s my list:

1. Colleen Hoover - I know! Not a book….but seriously I would read a cereal box if she wrote the blurb – and love it! My fave is Maybe Someday.  We use sign language for our daughter so perhaps it resonated with me.  Honorable mention to Slammed series – Will and Layken too. Her characters are real and the kind of people Id like to meet. And she does coming of age love to perfection.

2. How to Kill a Rock Star - Tiffanie DeBartolo.  If I rate books by how long the characters stay with me when I finished their story then this is my all time most loved book. Paul Hudson will stay with me always in his hideous pea green suit strumming ‘Just Like Heaven’ on his guitar.  I love him. I wanted to add Tiffanie’s other book God Shaped Hole: A Novel to this list too – but really  this book wrecked me so badly I needed a quiet weekend to myself to get over it!!  Too painful to be able to say I loved it – but it was ‘rip you heart out and stomp on it’ amazing. Ugly ugly crying was involved.

3. One Day by David Nicholls – another rip your heart out book that I couldn’t put down.  Dexter is the anti-hero who I spent as much time despising and wanting to throat punch as I did cheering for.  Emma was neurotic and divine and I want her as my best friend.

4. Beautiful Bastard - Christina Lauren (love these two ladies and laughed my a**e off when they vowed to never use the word ‘vulva’ in a sex scene) – this book was the first laugh out loud sexy romp style book I read and the banter between the characters Bennett & Chloe is golden.  It introduced me to others that became faves also like TangledWallbanger, Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat, The Redhead Series.  I enjoy reading these books in between the previously mentioned rip your heart out books – cos really I’d be rocking and mumbling in a corner somewhere if it was all God-Shaped Hole!!!!!

5. Sweet Thing - Renee Carlino. She hasn’t written a book I haven’t loved and her recent Before We Were Strangers almost tops Sweet Thing – almost.  I just adore the way she writes such heart-achingly beautiful love stories and can fill pages with such longing and loss – it’s astounding. Her hero’s are beautiful and not the usual alpha dick’s but just gorgeous. Sigh.

6. The Driven Series K Bromberg – one of the first series I read after 50.  There are so many of these types of stories out there but for some reason this one stayed with me. Colton was a gigantic d**k but I couldn’t stop reading these books!!

7. The REAL Series Katy Evans – what can I say.  Remy is my book catnip.  This is how you write the emotionally shattered alpha manwhore character.  I’m loving her Manwhore series too.

8. The Pact - Karina Halle.  It’s hard to pick just one of her books but this one broke me. Linden and Steph – I wanted to bang their thick heads together with frustration.  This is the perfect ‘friend-zoned’ book.

9. The Mighty Storm series – Samantha Towle.  I love a good rock god story and there are plenty of these out there but Jake and Tru’s story stuck. Honorable mentions to the The Resistance SL Scott, Mayhem Series, Stage Dive Series Kylie Scott, High Strung & The Lexi Series T Gephart and the original…… Thoughtless and yummy, yummy Kellan.

10. The Dark Duet books CJ Roberts – so darkly disturbing I’m not sure if they stayed with me because I was traumatized or if I actually really liked them.  I do remember having to frequently put the book/kindle down and walk away at times, it was just too painful to read. Indebted by Pepper Winters is my current selection in self torture….I have to really be in the mood to manage this kind of book and will frequently follow up with lighter reads or a tried and true Kristen Ashley - that I know will give my heart the HEA it needs to recover.

Soooo many more I could mention – Vi Keeland - ThrobBeat, anything by Penelope Ward, Bully (Fall Away Series) by Penelope Douglas, The Deal, The Mistake by Elle Kennedy and The Friend Zone & The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan, Left Drowning by Jessica Park, If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman, Archer’s Voice & Kyland – Mia Sheridan, This Man Series & One Night Series by Jodi Malpas…………and on and on it goes.

I think I need more reading time and far fewer recommendation for must reads.  No! Not true….happiness is a long tbr.  So keep the recommendations coming Maryse!!

So that’s me. Cheers!! Lisa xx


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

aimee kennedy October 3, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Great list. I must do nothing but read because I’ve read all ur list except One Day :)

Sherry :) October 3, 2015 at 5:43 PM

Great books!

Fabi October 3, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Lisa I love, love, love your list. Ive read every Colleen Hoover book and Maybe Someday is my favorite of favorites. #4 & #7 are also top on my list. I think the only ones I haven’t read are the “tear your heart out” ones. *runs and hides* Those scare me.

I also absolutely love your dialogue and descriptions above. Thanks for sharing your favorites with us.

bev October 3, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Muns & meggings, lol.

This is a LIST. A great list. Way to many I have not read.

bev October 3, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Fabi, you haven’t read Real?

Cheryl October 3, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Lisa- I have read practically every book you have on your favorites list!!! Just haven’t read One Day, the Dark Duet and the Jodi Malpas books. I started the first book in the This Man series, but for some reason didn’t finish it. Have to go back to that one and add the others to my tbr!! ;)

Lisa October 3, 2015 at 6:08 PM

Thank you Maryse for adding my list. Exciting to share it.

Aimee if you like my other recommendations you will love One Day.

Fabi….be brave. A good angsty tummy twisting book is essential to break up all the schmaltzy HEA. Have a safe KA ready to read afterwards and you’re golden *winks*

Thanks Bev and Sherry.

Maryse October 3, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Oooh like Golden Dynasty!!! YES!!! :D

Sharon October 3, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Awesome list! Just the distraction I needed. How did anyone get thru Every Wrong Reason? I want to walk over to Kate and slap the bejesus out of he. It’s too painful to read how stupid she is!!! I want a divorce from her. Ok, rant over and back to the list.

Allison October 3, 2015 at 6:45 PM

OMG I thought I was the only one obsessed with playlists!! One of the first books to completely WRECK me, after stumbling upon this whole genre, was Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder. I still listen to that playlist on Spotify. All. The. Time. Every time I reread that book, I die a thousand more deaths.

But – God-Shaped Hole. Holy crap. I can NEVERRRRRRR re-read that. I don’t have the money necessary for the amount of therapy I would need. Talk about ripping my heart out with a dull spoon and shredding it. OMG.

Great list!

Fabi October 3, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Oops Bev, I meant #7, not 6. It’s one of my favorite series.

Fabi October 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Double oops, I said it right the first time…#7. To clarify, I have read and loved the Real series. It about tore my heart out of my chest, but I loved it.

Theresa Parsons October 3, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Lisa you are HILARIOUS!!!!!! I love your list… I have read many of these books. Recently finished the first 4 books in Driven Series. …soooooooo GOOD. Your right about Colton but he was still delicious!! There are definitely many on your list that have peaked my interest… I am like you with a very long TBR! Book heaven. Oh and I agree that Maryse is the Master…too funny! Thanks again. Later.

Jen C October 3, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Such a great list Lisa! This could totally be my favourites list haha – freaking love 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 (and most of the add-ons at the end!). Been meaning to get to number 2 for ages (and the second part of that one scares me… one day! lol) and now just added number 3 to the never-ending TBR! Also Kristen Callahan – haven’t come across her books before but definitely going to check them out!

Tessa October 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Oh, wow. I’ve actually read quite a few on this list, including add-ons. I love why you love Maybe Someday. Little dude is learning a little bit of sign language at school, and he comes home and starts signing his new words. He’s shocked I know it. *grins*

I have that redhead series, or at least the first book. In the same lines as the others? Definitely reading it. Never heard of that TomCat book.

Dark Duet and Indebted. Sooo good. I’m so glad someone else is reading Indebted and is not scared of its cliffhangers. Those cliffhangers of WTF is going on are why I don’t hate cliffies. :D

Alright, too many goodies to mention, but Sweet Thing and One Day definitely made me curious. Kudos to the Bully and This Man mention. Bully was an oversight and This Man. *sighs* Second favorite BDSM story ever.

Lisa October 5, 2015 at 5:10 AM

Glad you all enjoyed my list.

This is one of my favourite weekend pleasures…. stalking other readers bookshelves and hearing about their best reads. So much fun.

Jean October 5, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Love your list Lisa! I’ve read everything except One Day, the Driven series (don’t know what I’m waiting for), Beautiful Bastard and The Pact (I have them though). Love This Man series! It seriously does not get the credit it deserves!

Lisa, if you love Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, and you haven’t done so yet, you must read Cocky Bastard!

Lisa October 5, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Yes Jean. I loved cocky bastard. That was my follow up read from Hollywood dirt and I really enjoyed both.

Jean October 5, 2015 at 6:03 PM

I did the same reading order Lisa…I liked CB better than HD! But loved them both!

Not reading tonight…..waiting for The House release so don’t want to start anything!

Jean October 5, 2015 at 6:03 PM

And the Voice is on anyway!

Fabi October 5, 2015 at 6:07 PM

oh oh oh, you watch it too Jean? I think it’s my favorite TV show out of ALL of them.

Jean October 5, 2015 at 7:08 PM

Yep love it fabi! The judges crack me up and I love the auditions when they can’t even see the person singing and the voice just doesn’t match the person sometimes. Ready for the competing to begin though too!

fabi October 5, 2015 at 7:17 PM

Definitely. The auditions are my favorite part. …now I want to hurry home. :-)

Michelle October 5, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Love your list Lisa! Some of my favorites too :) I really really have to read The REAL series..and The Pact I haven’t got to yet but I have them both and I will move them up my tbr!

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