The “Peanut” List – Read these books or our “peanut gallery” will throw peanuts at you… ;)

by Maryse on June 7, 2015 · 129 comments

in Book Recommendations

What the heck is the peanut list you ask? And what do peanuts have to do with books? Welllll…. it appears we have our very own “peanut gallery” here at Maryse’s Book Blog, and our comment crew has taken to throwing peanuts at those of us that have not yet read the SO OBVIOUS favorites. Well… can’t blame a book-addict for that, right? If it’s you favorite, why the heck haven’t I (or others) read it yet? I get ya!

P.S. I’m frequently the target of their peanuts. *snort* :P

Cue the peanut throwing… (and other things). *ahem* AMY!! Blaming it on your autocorrect… tee hee! *snort*

Amy: Awwwww, I just saw a baby bird chasing it’s mama around with it’s mouth open trying to get fed (it’s still VERY light outside here at this time!), and all I could think about was Maryse and her baby bird mouth waiting for us to toss pe****s at her. *giggle*

Amy: OMG!!!!!!!! PEANUTS!!!!!!! Freaking mother-effing stupid autocorrect!!! WTH!!!! I’m gonna die from embarrassment. O. M. G. I’m just gonna go wait outside for the next UPS truck to go by so I can toss myself in front of it… *covers face with hands* I’m about fifty shades of red right now.

bev: HOLY HELL, AMY!! LMAO. Losing it here. Oh, Amy. Literally tears running down my face, hunched over laughing at that visual.So…I’m..hey, how many times a day are you texting about pe****s? Heh, see mine wants to change p****** to ponies. I think you have a much more exciting life.;-) Seriously you just gave me a belly laugh on a random Wednesday night. Thanks. I just wish you’d kept going and listed all the types of peanuts we were throwing.

Amy: No…YOU guys list the types of pea— I’m having a hard time trusting my autocorrect right now and can’t even bring myself to type the word. :P

Anne: AMY!!! HAHAHAHA! I just can’t! Lol! That’s one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while! LMAO!!

fabi: laughing so hard *legs crossed tightly* gonna pee my pants. BEST worst autocorrect of the year goes to…drumroll…

Tessa: hahahahaha Amy. Best typo ever!

Maryse: hahahahahahahhahaha!!!!!! 8-O  8-O *thud* Maryse just fainted upon reading Amy’s comment. Maryse is so distraught and laughing her lungs up, that she is now referring to herself in the third person. Maryse likes PEANUTS. :P

Amy: *peeks through fingers at Maryse* I promise never to throw THOSE at you. Oh lord…that visual… *snorrrrrrrt* I still can’t believe that just happened…

Cheryl: OMG Amy I spit-laughed my water all over the place. Auto-correct is such a wonderful thing!! Now I’m thinking about the locker scene in The Deal; so many shapes and sizes!!! hahahahaha  ;)

And OMG do they like to pelt me with ‘em!!!! Peanuts. ;)

bev: Poor Maryse. Lol. That could be one of your lists, your most rec’d.

Maryse: I’m used to getting peanuts thrown at me with this crew. ;)

Maryse: OMG YOU GUYS. I am SO making the “peanut” list. YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME BIG TIME. :D *waggles eyebrows* And I’m not the only peanut receiver that’s gonna be on it. Y’all… yep. You’re on it. Just sayin’ :P Starts throwin’ peanuts, girls. I mean… 8-O yah. No. I had it right the first time. *smirks at Amy*:P

Amy: *smirks right back at Maryse* Yeah, okay…so says the PEANUT RECEIVER… *cackling* You said it first!! :P

bev: Dirty.

Fabi: *walks around with mouth open catching random peanuts* Gotta love Fridays around here.

Tessa: *throws some peanuts to Fabi’s mouth* Here you go!

Maryse: Peanuts are yummy!!! :D

Amy: *catching peanuts from the Peanut Gallery and throwing them back* Oooooh, peanuts…I’m gonna read a baseball star book tonight!!!

LaurenB: You ladies do make me laugh :) Peanuts galore in here tonight, think I’ll keep quiet about what I’m yet to read *hides behind blanket and hopes no one sees me*

Lee: I live in Narnia (better known as South Africa) and it’s 1:06 AM but I’m ignoring that because the comment/throw peanut/Friday party at Maryse’s is too fun.. and since its friday err o.O Was friday and i dont work!! Geeezzzz :D  :D

Fabi: Lee that is so cool that you’re in Narnia! Whooop! International party at Maryse’s tonight.

Laura: Ok so you all know it’s 23.46pm here right? So I’m going to curl up in that corner over there and sleep cause it’s Friday and I’m so badass going to sleep at this time I can trust I will be guarded from the peanuts right? It’s no fair! Your all just starting your night I wanna stay!! *cries to sleep in said corner*

Amy: *ducks in kitchen from flying peanuts* Y’all aren’t getting any of these hot pink cougar martinis if you don’t knock it off!!! Don’t make me come out there!

Maryse: OH YAY!!! The peanuts have been upgraded to chocolate covered. YESSSS!!!!! Keep pelting me with your book-nuts… you book-nuts! *snort* :P Wait for ittttttt…… *sideeyes Amy*

So what books will have peanuts thrown at you, if you haven’t read ‘em yet? Take a look!

Ummm and yes… at first, I AM the peanutee!!! These sadistic peanuters gang up on me… but then… peanuts starts flying to and fro! Everyone gets peanuted. :P LOL!!!

Tessa: Wait, we get to throw peanuts about EVERY book we’ve told you to read. *goes and grabs a HUGE bag* *throws peanut* Fallen Crest High! *throws another* The rest of the Up in the Air Series! *And yet another* Gus! Dude, read it already! *And another* The whole Indebted Series to date.

bev: I swear I turn into a giggling 12 year old when I see peanuts on here. Girl scout honor, last time I’ll throw peanuts or wave it in Maryse’s face. I’ll pinky swear, cause can’t break a pinky swear. Eleanor * throws peanut* & *throws peanut* Park *throws peanut* Just think you’d love it.:-D Ok. *holds out pinky*

Tessa: Nope. You and peanuts are too fun. Not gonna let you swear.

Tessa: Amy, she almost read The Original Crowd. Push for that so she can finally read Fallen Crest High and meet my Book Husband!

Amy: *throws E&P peanut from Bev’s stash at Maryse* Ooh!! Fallen Crest High! *throws another peanut*  Um…Ihaven’treadOriginalCrowdeither… :?

Laura:  *eats peanut from maryse’s shoulder*

Jean: I haven’t read the Fallen Crest series yet…. and I need to get that Virgin Author book, especially with Maryse’s mom’s reaction!!

Maryse: And Tessa’s book husband. I KNEW those would be two peanuts to my head. Peanuts. Tee hee!!!

Amy: *throws peanut at Maryse* Fallen Crest High! *looks around and whistles innocently*

Maryse: *boinked off nose* OUCH!!! Ammmmyyyyyyy! *hrmph* *cracks peanut and eats it* *opens mouth like a baby bird for more*

bev: “Maryse, MUST read…….*sigh*, eh give up.” *Sticks hands in pockets* *Kicks peanut shells* *walks off*

Jean: Don’t you know, we can’t make Maryse read anything….. She is the one with the power to make us read the books she finds! Lol!

Amy: And from my section of the peanut gallery…if Maryse tells you to read a book, you just do it. No questions asked. M’kay? Otherwise her Book Dom may make a visit to ya. :P

Maryse: *picks up peanuts that bev missed and eats ‘em*

Tessa: Bev, come on, there’s more peanuts. She’s hungry…

bev: Ooooookay Done pouting. *tucks bottom lip back in* Eleanor & Park * throws peanut* Written in Red *throws 5 peanut butter m&ms*

Sadie: Eleanor & Park!!!! OMG they get all the peanuts!

Amy: Sadie…yep, we’re talking about Eleanor and Park. :D Do we have a peanut vote from you as well for it?? We love book peer pressure around here!! And Maryse is usually the target of it. *giggle*

Amy: Hungry, are we? Okay then… *grabs peanuts* *throws peanut* Accidentally on Purpose… *throws peanut* …and Eleanor & Park… *throws peanut* …and The Holy Trinity series… *throws peanut* …and My Life Next Door… Are we full yet?? :P

Amy: *grabs peanut and bounces it in hand* <—– yes, I said PEANUT :P What was that one book full of jerks and drama and heartache and was really good…oh yeah, THERAPY!!! *throws peanut at Maryse* Although I can’t really talk ’cause (*whispering*) I haven’t read After Hours yet. ;)

Amy: *writes Therapy on peanut* Hey Maryse, I got a peanut for your friend Sherry to throw at you! :P

MichelleS: *** incoming peanuts Amy… Surviving Raine **** and no, that’s not the story of Texas weather! Right, Fabi?

Amy: Laura! Read Pierced by J.C. Mells… *throws peanut at Laura*

Amy: *throws peanut at Bev* You need to read Pierced as well, Bev…shifters, magic, random vamps… ;)

Laura: *dodges peanut* pierced shifters magic stuff? Wait that sentence looks bad without the apostrophes :D *points at amy* she did it *runs…….*

Maryse: Did you guys see bev’s one simple but so poignant comment?!! :P “dirty.” *snort*

Amy: Yeah, I saw Bev’s “dirty” comment up there…which is why she got a Pierced peanut!! And I just said Pierced peanut… *covers face*

Amy: …it is a REALLY GOOD series that hasn’t gotten enough attention. Probably ’cause I rec’d it and y’all get scared when I do that. *snort* But seriously, it has a sloooooooowwww burn/sexual tension that lasts until the last book, but it is so worth it. There are three books and a novella (#1.5 I think, the story before Pierced).

Lauren: Pierced has me intrigued, who’s the author? As I’ve just tried to find it on goodreads and instead stumbled across a book named ‘Simon’s pierced c**kslave’ WHAT A TITLE!!! lol *blushing*

Amy: *snorts cougar martini through nose* <—— freaking waste of a good drink That title LaurenB!!!! LOL!!!!!!  No, it’s definitely not that one…it’s by J.C. Mells and really is good. The guy on the front of the second book, Pinked…that scruff…oooooh, come to mama, big guy. :P

Laura: Amy read After Hours *throws peanut at amy*

MichelleS: WAIT a minute….. Amy hasn’t read After Hours???? **** handful of peanuts ***** take that *** and that **** and that **** OMG. That’s a total no brainer. Do you or do you not have a vagina? Okay – then read AH and let the clenching begin,,,,,

Jean: Haha MichelleS! I agree After Hours was great! And she still has to read Surviving Rain….just sayin’.…..

Maryse: I read ‘em both!!! YAY SAVED FROM PEANUT PELTING!!! Finally!

Amy: “Do you or do you not have a vagina” <—— OMG MichelleS, you went there!!! Clenching?!? LOL!!!!!

Maryse: LOL I just saw MichelleS TOTALLY “went there”. She said clenching!!!!! *snort* :P Ouch… wait!!! I read it. I don’t need a peanut for that one!!! :D

Tessa: *and… ducks* Ouch MichelleS! What After Hours?

Amy: Oooh, Jean! SR, really? Okay…you asked for it… *nails Jean with peanut* The Sweet Gum Tree! Sound familiar? Huh???

Maryse: The Mason List. THAT BOOK ROCKS!!!!!!! Throws peanut at everyone that hasn’t read it yet!!!!!!

Samantha: Oh and I haven’t read the Mason List either! Gosh that peanut hurt!!

Lee: ouchhh.. who would have known?? Peanuts hurt!! damn it .. all that fire because I havent read the Mason List…?? geeez Maryse .. LOL! Sooooo rude!!!

MichelleS: Mason List was great. Dodged that peanut bullet! Haha

Lee: OMG!!!! Maryse!!! I am SOoooooo throwing peanuts at you if Love *throws peanut at Maryse* In *throws peanut at Maryse* Rewind *throws peanut at Maryse* is not on your Must Read ASAP TBR!!!

OMG .. she is coming for me ** TAKE COVER**nanny nanny foo foo.. you missed me.. ** eeeeeeeek** :P

But seriously, I have been begging you to read it since Fo-evahhhh!! If I’m not wrong I recommended it as a must read the moment I finished the book and that was May LAST year!! ** grabs more peanuts ** and there are 80′s songs in the book.. who doesn’t love the 80′s?? Push it by Salt’n Peppa come onn.. Push it reaal good… LOL

Amy: I also have Love In Rewind but haven’t read it…and right about now I’m hoping that Lee up there doesn’t notice my comment ’cause she’s a wild one! :P

Maryse: Amy I have to read “Love in Rewind” like ASAP!!! Maybe we’ll buddy read.’

Amy: I’ll buddy read Love In Rewind with ya Maryse, just let me know when…oh crap, here comes another peanut from Lee for LIR! *pulls Maryse out of the way*

Lee: OMGGGGGGGG… :O ** HAPPY DANCE*** whoop whoop *hands in the air* I wanna buddy read too ** pouting **.. ** whispers with creepy voice** mostly to throw peanuts at you two if you start claiming ma man!!

Tessa: *points to Lee* You started it! Wait… what are we buddy reading?

Amy: *slowly and carefully hands martini to Lee* H-h-how about a drink, Lee? We won’t be stealing your man…we share our book guys around here. *waggles eyebrows* Ah, okay…got it and understand, Tessa. And we were talking about buddy reading Love In Rewind! :D

bev: Making peanut butter with my Love in rewind nuts, and E&P nuts.

Lee: ” Love in rewind nuts” *blink blink* did MichelleS actually said that?? LOL!!

bev: Whoa. Stop. Stop. Stop. Back this crazy train up.




I can’t wait to see this list, lol. Of course Written in Red will be on top in bold. Maybe pink and glittery. ;-)

Then E&P. They’d sneer at pink and glitter.
What else? Love in….*throws over shoulder*
What’s that, Tessa? “Fallen Cre..”
* Puts hands over ears* Lalalalal I can’t hear you

Michelle: *screams and runs for cover* *throws a really big peanut at Maryse from hidey hole and shouts Written in Red*

Niki: All of you are hilarious!!! Ill throw some peanuts at Maryse for Written in Red!!! It’s so good!!!

Sadie: Is E&P eleanor and park? If so, I’d like to join in. Also, I have been telling maryse to read “The Kind Worth Killing” forever so I’ll throw some peanuts for them.

Now… my question is… what books would you throw peanuts for? :D


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{ 129 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura June 7, 2015 at 4:49 PM

*just throws the bowl of peanuts in the air* that is for us all what the hell have we been reading if we missed all that?! Maryse ur new challenge is to make us all and YOU read the peanut list cause it’s going to get serious and I don’t want to be hit with a book or a kindle I’m to Scottish I will bruise like a peach!

bev June 7, 2015 at 5:04 PM

The question is what one are you going to read?
I’m pretty sure E&P and Written in Red got the most peanuts……just sayin’, lol.
Not as long a list as I thought.

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:05 PM


Can’t have that Laura… :P

Okay next one on my list is Eleanor & Park for sure. I promise. I like peanuts like the next guy, but they’re fattening and there’s only so much peanut that I need.


Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:06 PM


Happy? ;)


So what are you two reading from the peanut list?

bev June 7, 2015 at 5:08 PM

* Thud*

bev June 7, 2015 at 5:10 PM

*stands up.*
Now I’ll have to buy a hot dog
to put peanut butter on. :-/

Laura June 7, 2015 at 5:11 PM

Welllll I have read quite a few from the list already …… OK 6! I’ve read 6! But I’m on book 2 of the Kate Daniels series which should be added by the by then I will promise to read pierced! Although I’m with Bev WIR was great maryse

Lee Ching June 7, 2015 at 5:14 PM

” I AM the peanutee!!! These sadistic peanuters gang up on me… but then… peanuts starts flying to and fro! Everyone gets peanuted.”

Maryse… I am laughing so hard i’m gonna pee.. BAHHAHAHA

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Yes. Bev. YES.

I read, you eat!!!

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:16 PM

LOL!!!!!! Lee.

Why does “to and fro” always crack people up?


Wait… peanuts. :P Er… Amy’s version. ;)

Amy June 7, 2015 at 5:20 PM

LOL!!! OMG I love y’all!!!! :D

I’m gonna be reading After Hours from this list. Mmmm, that cover! All she has to do is reach her hand just…a…little…more…forward…and…BINGO!!!!!! :P

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:21 PM



Lee June 7, 2015 at 5:22 PM

waiiiiiit.. WAIT!!

lets rewind… Maryse reads the recommendation and whoever gave it has to eat hot dog and *gulp* peanut butter?

o.O errrrrrrrrrr….

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Well… I was only thinking bev since she made the promise… but. Hey.

YAH!!!!!! DO IT!

Amy June 7, 2015 at 5:24 PM

Do you really need to ask why “to and fro” cracks us up? Maybe it has to do with thoughts evoked by MY version of peanuts. *snort*

Peanuts flying to and fro…*cackling from that visual*

Lee June 7, 2015 at 5:25 PM

Let’s all vote only Bev has to do it…

I vote ! LOL..

and Im going with After Hours too.. !! nothing to do with the cover.. I just love Maryse’s description.. **blink blink** there IS a description in there right??LMAO **lies and lies.. it’s all about the cover!!**

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:26 PM


Yes Lee… not the cover at all. :P

bev June 7, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Lee, lol. That discussion probably happened after you went to bed.

Amy, you should of been all, “That’s the one, Lauren. Don’t judge a book on its title. It is amazing!”

Amy June 7, 2015 at 5:27 PM



I just snorted so hard that my throat itches now!! LOL!!!

Amy June 7, 2015 at 5:30 PM

LOL Bev…that would have been perfect! :P

bev June 7, 2015 at 5:31 PM

I believe I’ve read five off the list.
It’s not on the list but if I can dig up my copy of Downside Ghost, I may go with that tonight or tomorrow.

Laura June 7, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Yay Bev yay!! U will love downside I vote for that!!! Dudettes I don’t like peanut butter what can I eat? I vote ice pole!

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:45 PM


Amy… that is what we call “comedic timing”.


bev June 7, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Laura, your going to throw terms like ice pole around in front of Amy?

So I just scrolled randomly and put “peanut” in for peanut. Oh, Michelle’s, lol.

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:46 PM


Downside Ghosts IS A PEANUT READ!!!!!! Absolutely. I’ll need to add it on this list.

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 5:46 PM


Ice… pole?

Amy June 7, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Yeah Maryse, Laura has mentioned them before. You lick ‘em, and suck ‘em, and they are soooooo tempting and yummy…ya know, a popsicle. :P

Tessa June 7, 2015 at 6:54 PM

I’ve only read 8 on the list. Nine if you include the Downside Ghost series. I guess I have some reading to do. And crap. Went to the library and forgot to look up Eleanor and Park! I just looked on line and they had it! UGH. Next time, I’m grabbing it, promise Bev!

bev June 7, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Only 8!

Does anyone else worry that we may have built the books up too much? As in they can not live up to the hype?
Or just might not be Maryse or each other’s taste?

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 7:57 PM

LOL Amy!!!! Ahhhhhhh… a popsicle. It all makes sense now. :P

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 7:58 PM




Tessa June 7, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Even if someone reads it and doesn’t like it or likes it but meh, at least it was read!

MichelleS June 7, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Ooh – missed ll the fun.

Of course the cover of After Hours is amazing – but so is the slow burn in the book. So hot. Loved it. You’re gonna love it, I just know it!!!

I feel like I owe someone a good peanut read. I’m doin’ the Ghosty one now….

But Amy has by far the biggest pile of peanuts in front of her, surely? I mean COME ON! SR and AH? seriously?

At this point I’ll eat the dang peanut butter wiener (yes, a hot dog is a wiener so I can say it) if Amy just reads SR already. PUHLEESE????

fabi June 7, 2015 at 9:49 PM

*dumps bowl of peanuts on Amy’s head for Surviving Raine* yeah, yeah, it’s a male POV, get over it already, it’s a freakintastic book. You like males don’t ya? Huh, huh, don’t ya? Well, he is ALL male. :-)

*scrolling back up to list* hmmm a few here I need to jump on (books!!! books, ladies, not males, … get your minds out of the gutter)

bev June 7, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Lol. Um….ladies? I think it’s Jean you should be throwing peanuts at. She’s the one who decides when SR is read.

It cracks me up how polite Sadie is.

bev June 7, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Heh, Fabi. Your sounding like MichelleS.:-D

Tessa June 7, 2015 at 10:13 PM

Is Sadie in Surviving Raine?

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Tessa Sadie is one of our crew. She’s often on Facebook but pops in here, too. LOL!

Tessa June 7, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Eeep! *blushes* I really need to say sorry to her and um… read Surviving Raine.

*goes back and reads* Wait, she said Eleanor and Park gets all the peanuts! Wait a minute… Though it is sweet how she recommends The Kind Worth Killing.

bev June 7, 2015 at 10:41 PM

Maybe Sadie would like to be a character stranded on the Island in Surviving Sadie.
For some reason I’m “hearing” her with a British accent.
Hey, Maryse, do you ever have a Canadian accent?

MichelleS June 7, 2015 at 10:49 PM

Amy – okay one more try…. you know how you liked Transcendence? That was a guy’s POV done right (kzzzz beh)….. SR is like that. The perfect male POV book. Really. I’ll trade you a peanut for a peanut? What do you need me to read?

fabi June 7, 2015 at 10:56 PM

Yup Bev. I was her backup.

fabi June 7, 2015 at 10:58 PM

Not sure that will work MichelleS. I already read her Room 212. (Which was spectacular BTW). But still no SR.

Maryse June 7, 2015 at 11:47 PM

No accent for me… ;) Well, my Canadian family and friends say I sound “American”. haha!!

MichelleS June 7, 2015 at 11:52 PM

Maryse – since you’re Canadian, would that mean that one of your all time faves is really “Zed” not “Zee”??? LOL. (stupid Canadian joke #348, trying to bring “Z” into the conversation…..) BDB in Canadian speak would be hilarious. Instead of “true” maybe “V” could have said, “eh?”…. (stupid Canadian joke #349 and that’s all I got)

Michelle S June 8, 2015 at 12:23 AM

Bev – WiR is not happening, I don’t think. Think about it, what was the last PNR or UF book that Maryse gave 5 stars to? Or read? I can’t think of any. Does this mean you are done with this genre, Maryse? or just on hiatus?

Now I have to do some research on the site and try to answer my own question – last PNR Maryse gave 5 stars to was……. ? (going to check)

Michelle S June 8, 2015 at 12:26 AM

Okay – looks like it was 2013 and Golden Dynasty. Could that be? WOW.

First – add Golden Dynasty to the peanut list and I will throw them by the bucketfuls at anyone who missed that greatness.

Second – we must fix this – gotta find a 5 star fantasy book for Maryse – on my list of things to do!

bev June 8, 2015 at 12:51 AM

MichelleS, I was just looking up a five star and got sidetracked by Deeper. Gah, the review made me want to read it all over again. York needs to right another, ASAP.
WIR–oh I think she will, sometime. If for no other reason than to get us off the subject, lol. I can’t speak for Maryse but I have burnt myself out on different sub genres. I read huge chunks of historical, contemp, pnr/uf, NA & etc, until I just couldn’t. And then circle back around. Or even authors like Roberts, Kenyon, Howard, etc I had to get each new one and glom the next until didn’t want the taste anymore.

bev June 8, 2015 at 12:54 AM

This reminds me though. I swear I remember reading a Maryse review and she compared the book to potato chips. Either a series or the author. I can not remember the book.

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 8:37 AM

Potato chips huh? That could be good or bad I guess. I don’t mind those crispy, salty crunchies every once in a while. They go great with a sub (sand which). I catch myself clarifying things as I watch Amy out of the corner of my eye to make sure she’s not going to jump on something. :-)

You ladies make me laugh so much. Its awesome.

Bev, you’re all over the reading genres like me. :-) so good to see I’m not the only one with book ADD.

Jean June 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Wow, this post is priceless! I missed all the fun with a crazy weekend of graduation parties and family functions! You guys make me laugh so hard!!

I think the only way Amy will read SR is if I finally read Sweet Gum Tree…. It’s been an ongoing challenge between us and apparently we’re both really stubborn!

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Ooohhh, so you’re the culprit Jean. *grin*

Isn’t this the best group?

MichelleS June 8, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Fabi – yes, the very best group – which is why I can’t wait to check in daily. I don’t talk to anyone (besides my immediate family and colleagues at work) as much as I talk to you all. :-)

I’m all over the map too. At the heart of it, they are all essentially Romances. Some UF and dystopians and SciFi are less so, but still that’s the common thread. And female authors. besides the Rosie Project, I can’t even name the last book I read that was written by a man. Maybe that should be on my bucket list for reading this year?

Maryse June 8, 2015 at 9:43 AM
Young June 8, 2015 at 9:43 AM

This is the first time I’m posting here. I’ve been following you guys for a while but never enough courage to come out and reach you all. I just wanted to say Maryse and you guys are ROCK!! Reading you guys’ comments are so fun Also especially wanted to shout THANKS to MichelleS and Bev and others to push ‘WIR’ ! WIR and the following books in the series s are just AWESOME!!

Jean June 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Best group ever!

So I’m reading The Wild Side series by R.K.Lilley, literally just started it and I forget who here recommended it, but didn’t realize it was male POV which I love so far!!! And that name, Dair, short for Alasdair, love it!

Maybe I will read SGT after this series so everyone will get off of Amy’s back for SR!!!! Lol!

MichelleS June 8, 2015 at 10:01 AM

OMG! I love Dair and Wild Side. So much fun. All his inner ramblings about being an insecure older guy. Greatness.

And the original question was which book would I throw peanuts for. On that list, I have to say The Holy Trinity (best WTH surprise), After Hours (melt your panties hotness), and Surviving Raine (best gritty male POV who you wanna hate but end up loving).

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Ditto MichelleS, romance is the underlying and often overriding theme in all of my favorite books.

Maryse, wow you found the posts. Too cool.

Jean, I think I’ve read (and really liked) The Wild Side.

bev June 8, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Thanks, Maryse. It was the Hanson books. I have the first on my nook, lol. I still need to finish the EIT series.
Some times I see my stacks of books and it gets slightly overwhelming.

bev June 8, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Yes, a great group!

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Huh…Marysr, I think I have to add those Caroline Hanson books too.

You guys wouldn’t believe how many books I’ve added to my “Must Read” list since Friday. It’s like a storm of books hit my tbr.

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 10:21 AM

omg I just found out I have Love is Darkness in my tbr. Who knew? I’m moving it to my Read Next collection. Maryse’s description of that alpha male character has me hooked.

bev June 8, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Do you have books or that for whatever reason your just not interested in and then are blown away?
Deeper would probably still be sitting unread if I had not won Harder. Kulti, I didn’t wait, but was a little hesitant about and honestly didn’t think would love that much. Sweet Dreams was my second or third KA because of the ages, lol. It got the most loves but I wasn’t sure. Oh, Tate. Ilona Andrews all the love in the world and took me years.

Maryse June 8, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Welcome to the crew, Young!!! This gang is HILARIOUS and we love to book-snuggle. LOL!

Join in anytime. :D

Jean June 8, 2015 at 10:33 AM

I’m going to go back a little farther and throw peanuts at Maryse for never finishing the Reason to Breathe series by Rebecca Donovan!!!! Oh, and Cherry Girl by Raine Miller!!!!

Jean June 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM

MichelleS, yep really liking Dair right now. Not sure what I think of Iris yet……

bev June 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Young, I’m so glad you liked WiR!!

Amy June 8, 2015 at 11:44 AM

You guys, SEE???? If Jean would just pick up Sweet Gum Tree then I would read Surviving Raine! To be honest, I would have probably read it by now except Jean and I are both refusing to budge…nevermind that I read On the Island WITHOUT her reading SGT, and she even went on to read another of my recs – actually *all* of the books in the UTEOTW series! – but still no SGT. I think we’re having a Mexican standoff, even though I have no Mexican in me.

Well, other than a few times a week. :P

Amy June 8, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Hi Young!!! :D I’m so glad you decided to let us know you’re here!! *squeezes Young in a bear hug*

MichelleS June 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM

“Well, other than a few times a week” – oh…. she went there….. hahahaha…

MichelleS June 8, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Bev: “Do you have books or that for whatever reason your just not interested in and then are blown away?” – gosh, too many to list almost. Notably, again, would be Golden Dynasty, actually that whole series. I avoided it thinking it would be weird. I kicked myself so hard after that. Was blown away. Let’s see, Sweet Gum Tree, which I read for first time a few months ago! And even Gone Girl, waited on that one forever too. And recently, Irin Chronicles (which I just loved and then when book 3 came out I avoided it…. why? who knows!).

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Of course Amy went there. I thought it was Maryse who had a hard time with acronyms, but Amy has never heard of TMI.

Yes, its my official pick on Amy day *gives Amy big ‘ol squeezy hug* cause she’s so much fun.

bev June 8, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Oh my. I thought she meant Mexican food.

Amy June 8, 2015 at 11:57 AM


TMI?? Don’t believe in it… :P

Amy June 8, 2015 at 11:58 AM

…but I’ll take that *hug* Fabi!!

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Oh hell Bev, maybe its MichelleS and I who have our minds in the gutter and Amy really was talking about food. O.M.G. but……nah…’s AMY

MichelleS June 8, 2015 at 12:06 PM

“I thought she meant Mexican food” – bahahahaha – that was great!

Amy June 8, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Well…you could say I’m getting fed… :P

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 12:20 PM

:-0 *speechless* just….ohmygodtmi speechless

Jean June 8, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Blahahaha…..Mexican food…

I did love UTEOTW Amy and Room 212…… both your recs. I don’t know why I’m being so resistent to SGT… And I didn’t read Gone Girl yet either but have had it downloaded for months!

Welcome Young! The more the merrier around here!

Laura June 8, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Ooooo Magic burns guys the burn is creeping up slowly with big bad curran!!!! Oh yeah maryse u missed the last icepole discussion I think it explains better than pop sickle I mean that means ur suckling pop doesn’t it? We also don’t call pop pop we actually call it ginger lol don’t even know why!

bev June 8, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Fabi, did you try Asking for it? It’s dark but not.

bev June 8, 2015 at 1:17 PM
Fabi June 8, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Asking for it? No, I don’t think I’ve looked at it. Going to Amazon now…
I’m a little picky about my dark reads I think. I prefer “gritty” to “dark” and I generally need really strong characters. Even if they’re helpless, it has to be against their wishes and they have to continually fight against it. Weird huh? Hard to explain other than I like two strong characters who fall in love (eventually).

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 1:31 PM

So its the one by Lila Pace right? I did look at that one when it came out. I don’t know if its my type. That’s kind of my trigger – the female asking for abuse. Can’t really get into that. In fact, I don’t generally like any BDSM books unless they are FemDom or MM. Tastes — guess we all have our unique take on these off the wall “romances”. Like Maryse always says, in books, only in books.

Amy June 8, 2015 at 1:36 PM

I’m tellin’ ya, Jean…it’s gonna be one of those “why was I putting this off” books!

So, I’m reading Jezebel and liking it so far…I’m pretty sure I have figured things out because of the hints/clues that have been dropped so that is going to kinda kill what I believe is going to be the big “twist” of the story (I would have preferred more subtlety), but it’s still captivating enough to keep me reading. I’m only halfway through and I can tell some heartache is about to give me a smackdown…yay me!!! :D

Amy June 8, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Fabi, Asking For It is REALLY good. As sensitive as the whole topic is (the h wanting that sort of thing) it is actually written in a way that isn’t horrifying and makes you understand the internal struggle she has with her desires. But I get what you mean about all of our own unique takes with these books. How boring would it be around here if ALL of us loved ALL of the same books? ;)

And speaking of gritty…I have to second MichelleS’ WTH surprise with the Holy Trinity series!! It’s UF/PNR that’s not really gritty, but it’s by Madeline Sheehan who we all know is one of the queens of gritty. Gah! More people need to give it a shot!!!

bev June 8, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Fabi, the heroine is very strong. Very in control. Its falls under the dark reads but not truly dark in that way. It also explores why she may have these wants and how she feels about them. Maryse has a great review up……but you don’t read them, lol.

Need to do errands & close to lunch. Maybe time to try the pb hot dog. :-\

Side note, cause I do that. I love when a song pops up I haven’t heard in a while. I’m your Man by Leonard Cohen.

bev June 8, 2015 at 1:55 PM

It would be totally boring. And we would never find new to us books.
We all have those things that turn us off.
Like that one scene in Collide, lol. I can’t let it go.
Ok I won’t get on a soapbox but becoming more sensitive to how the women are judged in the books. I wouldn’t mind less “oh she is x, y, z” because she wears that or likes this. There was a tiny bit of it in last book I read.

Amy June 8, 2015 at 2:01 PM

I’m going to give that PB hot dog thing a try ’cause why not?? I never thought I would try sushi but now I actually crave the stuff, so you never know. ;)

What scene are you talking about in Collide? Was it when they were in the bar and she was getting a little bit of judgment from her friend? That *was* kind of irritating…

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 2:14 PM

What? Of course I read Maryse’s reviews! It’s how I’ve found a ton of books I love. I don’t read as fast as some of you do, but I try my best to read all of Maryse’s 4 and 5 star RECs. Admittedly, there are several still in my tbr… But I’m getting to them! Just hold your horses. hahaha

Oh, I bet you’re referring to me not reading other reviews and sometimes only skimming or ignoring the blurbs before starting a book. Well, that DOES NOT apply to Maryse’s reviews. I trust her 100% to not give away a plot twist or ending to a book in her review. Hell, sometimes I wanna beg to know if there’s an HEA since I don’t want to read a book without one, but nooooo, not on Maryse’s watch – no one is getting that info. Lol

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 2:17 PM

PS I love Madeline Sheehan. :-) I know I’ve read the first one or two books of the Holy Trinity Series but I don’t think I’m finished or caught up with the series.

bev June 8, 2015 at 2:18 PM

No his friend. He had a woman over to his place. And the heroine shows up. I think they all go out together. Then I want to say they sort of laughed at her behind her back. I think it was even one of the very rare times I commented on the blog back in the day, lol. It reminded me of highschool. I wanted to tell his “friend” don’t sit there. They are being fake friendly. IDK that scene just turned me off of the H & h.

Jean June 8, 2015 at 2:18 PM

I thought the H/h were both strong in a asking For It and absolutely agree with Bev’s comments in it.

Hey, I just checked and I have the Holy Trinity series. It’s good huh??

bev June 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Fabi, lol. Yes, I meant you only check out the grade. You are way braver than I.

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Nope Bev, I actually read Maryse’s reviews. Although sometimes I do sneak a scroll to the bottom to see her rating first. ;-)

Marit June 8, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Hahahaha. OMG. This whole peanut post made me laugh big time! You guys are so funny:-) But I totally understand the feeling when a book is SO good and you want the whole world to read it. Let’s throw some peanuts!;)

Jean June 8, 2015 at 2:57 PM

I know Maryse, I think this is the funniest post ever!!!!

Throb by Vi Keeland on sale for .99$ today….. Been waiting for that to go on sale. Oh and Gage by Tess Oliver…free today!

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 2:58 PM

Jean I jumped on Gage. Its been on my wish list a while.

Jean June 8, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Cool! I think it sounds really good and I loved Freefall with that hot tattooed virgin!!!

bev June 8, 2015 at 3:57 PM

I just remembered something I ate with pb because of a book. Pb and green olive sandwich because of Stephanie Plum.
It wasn’t that bad, lol.

Tessa June 8, 2015 at 5:07 PM

*blinks* I missed a lot. I’m glad to see Amy enjoying mexican… food. And Fabi is jumping on a guy named Gage. Yep, missed a lot.

Fabi, if you have a trigger with bdsm type situations, than yes. Avoid Asking for It. It was really good and sensitive to the situation and how people think and why, but it would definitely hit that trigger. Ironically, I’m the opposite and won’t read most femdom books. It just feels wrong for me. Though, I’d not call Asking for It dark. Everything was consensual.

Young! Stay! Amy has drinks and snuggly manatees.

Laura and everyone just reading Ilona Andrews… I’m jealous. There isn’t a single one of hers I haven’t read at least three times.

All these peanuts, I’m glad to keep quiet on what I’ve yet to read! Though, throwing peanuts around for Amy’s recommend Holy Trinity! Seriously good and she needs to write the third one. Also for Irin. LOVED it. Gotta read three still there. Four? Three? Whichever is next.

And, one hold out that I finally read and loved. *blushes* 50 Shades of Grey. It took me at least two years to finally read it. I thought, I can’t diss this book unless I read it. Yeah… I never dissed it.

Tessa June 8, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Oooh, Bev, just got Stephanie Plum’s first book from the library. It’s that good? The reading order made me curious after years of seeing it. And, if I like it, it’ll be another hold out. My longest one!

Tessa June 8, 2015 at 5:10 PM

*blushes again, seeing her HUGE post* Sorry!

Lee June 8, 2015 at 5:27 PM

errrrrrrrrr… i missed a lot too..

but yeah totally agree with Tessa’s HUGE post .. o.O that was huge!!

wait.! WAIT!! * re-reads*

” I finally read and loved. *blushes* 50 Shades of Grey. It took me at least two years to finally read it.”

Grabs three trucks of peanuts and dumps everything over Tessa .. just ..just.. no comments.. just… stay quite and buried!!


Lee June 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

err… maybe i should be the one to be QUIET!! ** o.O tee hee

* slowly walks away *

Tessa June 8, 2015 at 5:42 PM

*flails out scattering the peanuts until she can breathe* Uh… I did read it though!

bev June 8, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Ok, I did it. Peanut butter on my hot dog. Even added mustard & onions.
It didn’t taste bad. It was kind of a muted flavor I thought but did change texture a bit.
I think if I was at one of those places that sells them or the burgers with the bacon and all I’d try again. But home probably not. I like kind of sharper flavors on my hot dogs, mustard, onions, dill relish, olives.

bev June 8, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Now Tessa that was a long post, lol.
One for the Money♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ seriously ♡♡♡♡
Now I gave up the series at like 17 or so lol.
They follow a formula that is fun cause you know certain things will happen just not how. And ” don’t read in public cause laughing too hard”. But after a bit I needed some growth, some change. Special place in my heart though cause it was a series that my mom and I shared for awhile.♡♡

If JE wraps it up or at least changes direction I may go back and catch up.

Amy June 8, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Totally random but I had trouble sitting still while watching this…

And yes Jean, Holy Trinity is sooooooo good! I’d rec it like I rec’d UTEOTW…seriously! The last part of the second book will probably hurt your heart, but I promise it’s not to the extent of And After. PROMISE. The only down side is that we are still waiting on the last book…

bev June 8, 2015 at 6:10 PM

“Ooh, my little pretty, my pretty one”
I almost rewatched that the other day. I thought Winona Ryder was so cool. Little bit of a girl crush, lol. And a definite one on Ethan Hawke in that movie. Now I’d want to shove him in the shower, lol.
So many favorites in that. Thanks Amy!
They showed a little clip from a newer one called Pride. Great movie. Moving and funny.

Amy June 8, 2015 at 6:22 PM

Ethan Hawke is STILL lookin’ pretty good for his age… ;)

OMG, that clip with Brad Pitt from Burn After Reading…messed up movie but he cracked me up in it!

bev June 8, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Amy, I like that you post randoms. It makes me feel better about doing it.

Amy June 8, 2015 at 8:17 PM

Oh! Wanna hear another random thing? Shark week is a little earlier this year, the first week of July…wa-HOO!!! Hey, it’s the little things ;)

M’kay, I’m gonna take my random a$$ and go now…

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 8:22 PM

Can I be random too?

MichelleS, are you going to watch any of the Women’s Worl d Cup games?

Georgia Nikolaros June 8, 2015 at 8:38 PM

The fact that Maryse and “many others” are MC fans and have not read Susan Famettis ” Signal Bend Series” you should be very ashamed. I’m still thinking about it and it’s been over month. By far the very best MC series “ever written “. I throw peanuts and shells at All of you for not having read it. I mean that with the outmost of love for you. Enjoy ! And have a tissues ( a full box) handy.

Tessa June 8, 2015 at 9:01 PM

I keep looking at that series. The cover alone keeps me curious. I guess I should move it up in my TBR. Thanks Georgia!

bev June 8, 2015 at 9:26 PM

Puddle Jumping is going to have a sequel? Whoot!!

bev June 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Oh, Georgia downloaded the first one on scribd. Definitely curious about it.

Fabi June 8, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Another for MichelleS (and anyone else in Texas)…
I just got this in my email:
Colleen Hoover has opened a bookstore called Bookworm Box in Sulphur Springs. She is selling signed copies of books and the profits go to charity. It’s a bit of a drive for me but I think I’m going to go. Its a great author with great books for a great cause.

If anyone is interested in making it a day or weekend trip with me, I’m just north of Dallas (close to Denton).

Maryse June 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Georgia I’m making my TBR list right now, and I just added it. You are EXACTLY right.

MichelleS June 8, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Fabi – YES, of course – watched US and Australia tonight!!! And I may just have to take you up on the offer to go to Colleen Hoover’s store!

Maryse June 9, 2015 at 7:10 AM


bev ate a peanut butter hot dog…

But ummm bev? Mustard and onions too? Eeeeeep!


bev June 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Why yes, Maryse, yes I did. I decided to go all out.:-D

Fabi June 9, 2015 at 10:19 AM

You guys crack me up. I may be adventurous when it comes to books, but food?…nope, not happening.

Jean June 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM

I agree Fabi, I’m a very picky eater!

bev June 9, 2015 at 10:46 AM

There are some things that I’d just not try or won’t eat. But I like pb & I like hot dogs. Plus pb is used in savory dishes. If you like both I don’t think you would dislike it.

Tessa June 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Not with mustard and onion, though. That’s just… eeew!

Grey June 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM

I’d like to throw a thank you out there for peanuts…*uhmmmm…* Anyway, I took some recommendations, read ‘After Hours’ by Cara McKenna… one sleepless night later, HIGHLY recommend. Loved it!

Another shameless plug for ‘The Virgin Romance Novelist’ by Meghan Quinn, read this one in bed and my hubby kicked me out of our room because I was laughing so hard I was shaking the bed.

I really enjoyed ‘Ditching the Dream’ by Isabelle Peterson, 40-something year old mother of three, who decides it’s time to live her life after her children have all left the house. Excellent book, I really enjoyed.

Currently, like, as soon as my tablet finishes charging I’m going to read ‘Little Black Book’ by Tabatha Vargo, I have enjoyed anything else of hers that I have read!

Thanks for the giggles and the recs, love them!

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