20 Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – September 1st 2017

by Maryse on September 1, 2017 · 49 comments

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!! Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely is LIVE TOO!!! ➔➔➔➔➔

Lauren Blakely says: “✮✮✮My new standalone rom-com MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is here and I’m donating 10% of all release day sales to hurricane relief efforts, as well as a portion of preorders! So many great reasons to snag a copy TODAY!!✮✮✮

An auction to win a date with him…

“She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we have to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract…”

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 1st, happy LONG weekend for so many… and it’s almost fall time!! Is it time for pumpkin spice yet? Is it? Noooooooo? *sigh* I’m craving me some pumpkin spice. Candles, coffee, donuts, the works!! And we’re craving books. I know THAT, at least, we can all agree on. ;)

In fact, some in our crew are  remising over their favorite August reads, and some are giving us great feedback on a few of the latest releases.

Take a look at what we found for the weekend!! :D

  • P.S. from Paris (US edition) by Marc Levy <— REVIEWS SOUND AMAZING for this one!!!! She’s a famous actress trying to hide out in Paris and he’s a once famous author… “So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend’s restaurant. Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia’s relationship status is “complicated...”
  • The Leftover <— SHE’S A HOMEBODY & JOINS A REALITY “SURVIVOR” SHOW & HE JOINS IT TO GET OVER A BROKEN HEART ALERT! This one sounds good!!!! “Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into going on The Leftover, a local version of the TV show Survivor, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic. With time away from his regular job and a dozen contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.
Jan: My top book I read in August would have to be Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas. Her latest HR. I put off reading it for months – I don’t know why! But Devil In Spring was LOVELY. What a beautiful book. I remember bev saying she smiled all the way through. Yes! Pandora the slightly kooky/klutzy, sweet, innocent, clever and determined-to-be-independent h. Gabriel the gorgeous, sexy, experienced, warm and loving H who falls in love with her. *happy sigh*
  • Three is a War (Tangled Lies Book 3) by Pam Godwin <— PAM GODWIN ALERT (but this series must be read in order!!)
  • Her Demon Harem: Reverse Harem Duology 1 (The Succubus Chronicles) by Savannah Skye
  • Hot Dominant Heroes: A Sabrina York Anthology by Sabrina York
  • First Love Second Chance by Chanta Rand <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE WITH HER EX FOOTBALL STAR ALERT! “...For almost a decade, Shayla Carter has fought feelings of anger, grief, and confusion every time she sees her celebrity ex-husband on TV with some new bimbo draped on his arm. She never imagines the man who filed for divorce after only two months of marriage ever would want anything from her again. So, when he shows up out of the blue with a Texas-sized solitaire and a promise to do right by her, she gives him a reception like hell frozen over. But Colt is persistent...”
  • WILD by Adrienne Wilder <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! OH EM GEE THIS SOUNDS SO GOOOOOOOD!!!! A male model with the perfect life is in a devastating plane crash, and meets him… “No sane man would choose to live in the Alaskan bush unless he had something to hide. And Keegan Brooks has secrets darker than night, more dangerous than wolves, more brutal than an Alaskan winter. Every day was a fight for his life until he stumbled upon a downed plane with a lone survivor. Now it’s no longer just Keegan’s life teetering on the edge of survival. It’s his heart…”
  • The Game (An Icon Novel) by Vanessa Fewings <— Debra found us this one!
Debra: Also out today is an amazing book by USA Today BS Vanessa Fewings called The Game (An Icon Novel)! It’s steamy, filled with suspense and has a hot alpha male. Thanks!
  • Playing It Up: A York Bombers Hockey Romance (The York Bombers Book 4) by Lisa B. Kamps <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!…Haley Addison lives life on her own terms: no rules, no commitments, and no regrets. Fiery in spirit and fiercely independent, she has no interest in being another notch in Zack’s hockey stick. Yet their explosive chemistry won’t be denied, especially when Zach comes to Haley’s rescue. There’s a fine line between love and hate, a line the mismatched pair crosses with as much passion in bed as out of it...”
  • Take It Off (The Exes #6) by Cheryl Douglas <—HER FAMOUS COUNTRY STAR EX ALERT! “...My ex is a hotshot country singer who thinks he can have any woman he wants. Except me. He’ll never have me again. I was willing to sacrifice everything to help him chase his dream, but he wanted fame more than he wanted me. At least I found out in time…
Leslie: Best of August: Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker (slow burn romance w/single mom h & famous hockey player H)
  • A Cowboy’s Heart (The McGavin Brothers Book 4) by Vicki Lewis Thompson <— SHE’S STARTING OVER IN A NEW TOWN ALERT! “...Her new life in Eagles Nest fits her to a tee, especially after she sends her cat-hating, overbearing fiancé packing, and starts singing at the Guzzling Grizzly. She’s on the rebound, so she has no business falling for a sexy cowboy, especially one with emotional scars who turned his back on his music. But oh, when he pulls her into his arms, rational thought goes out the window. He’s even winning over her cat...”
  • Hate To Love You by Tijan <— TIJAN’S LATEST & D.G. IS LOVING IT!

D.G.: Reading Tijan ‘s newest Hate to Love You! And I am LOVING it… as if she ever disappoints!

Tessa: I finished I Hate to Love You because… Tijan. I really enjoyed it. It was not a bully book, but super fun. He just annoys the CRAP out of her, and she’s all prickly. See! Fun.

  • Mason’s Resolution: A Demented Sons MC Novel by Kristine Allen <— BIKER BOOK ALERT!…He loved the Army and being a spotter for his best friend Colton, but injuries and loss ended his desire to continue putting his life on the line. Haunted, he returns home to join the Demented Sons MC in an effort to find the camaraderie he lost. Betrayal and a promise to his sister had resolved him to trust lightly and to never ruin another’s relationship. But when theclub goes to Vegas to celebrate his best friend’s wedding, he meets the woman who will bring him to his knees…”
  • The Time in Between (The Magdalene Series Book 3) by Kristen Ashley <— KRISTEN ASHLEY’S LATEST AND Sherida is LOVING it!
Sherida: It got delivered to my kindle this morning and I wanted to just wait for a week or so before I started reading it. That did not work out at all. Started reading two hours ago and it’s 23:23 in my time zone and I just KNOW I won’t be getting any sleep tonight. I’m 40% in and I cannot put it down!!!!’ I just love this writer and her awesome books. Thank you for bringing her into my life!
  • The Muse by L.M. Halloran <— TEACHER STUDENT ALERT! “Now in her final year of graduate school, her dream is within reach. She’s ready to put the past behind her and embrace whatever the future brings. Until the future brings him. Professor James Beckett, internationally bestselling author and award-winning poet, is the new head of the Creative Writing Department at her university. Brilliant and obnoxiously sexy, he’s more dangerous than Iris knows…”
  • KINDLE FIRST CHOICES for September 2017!!! <— THEY ARE UP!!! Prime members, you can get one of these books early (they aren’t officially “live yet”) for free to read!! :D I chose I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll. BUT OF COURSE!! ;) It’s a psych-thriller and sounds AMAZING. MINE!!



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!

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

  1. Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas – September 5th 2017
  2. Secrets in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 45) by J.D. Robb – September 5th 2017
  3. Eye Candy by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel, Tara Sivec  – September 5th 2017
  4. Intensity (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - September 5th 2017
  5. Dark Legacy (Carpathian Novel, A) by Christine Feehan - September 5th 2017
  6. The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream (The Virtue Falls Series) by Christina Dodd – September 5th 2017
  7. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout - September 5th 2017

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Lisa M September 1, 2017 at 6:44 AM

What a great way to start my day!!!! Just finished Tijan’s new book Hate To Love You!! So good! Highly recommend it. Wished it was a series!!! Maybe it will be!!!

Lisa M September 1, 2017 at 6:51 AM

Oops I pressed submit before saying its a great way to start my day seeing the recommendations as I’m ready for a new book!!! Not that I don’t have a ton on my tbr list!!

Ela September 1, 2017 at 6:53 AM

Morning everyone and happy long weekend!

Grey September 1, 2017 at 7:09 AM

September?!? What!!!! I have to go back to work in a couple days. Wahhhh!

Maryse September 1, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Good morning my friends!!! I think I’m getting a cold. *sniff sniff*

Ugh. It all aches in my head and throat. :(

Someone snuggle me please. But Lysol me first. ;)

Maryse September 1, 2017 at 7:58 AM

LOL Lisa! Right there with you. My TBR list is loaded in awesome books I already one-clicked, but then the new shinies come out, and tempt me SO bad!! Or so good. Depending on how you look at it. ;)

R. Renee September 1, 2017 at 8:01 AM

Maryse! Nose spray. I’m no doctor but I’m sure I’ve read about one once! :D Seriously. Nose spray at the first sign of a cold can ward it off. It’s worked for me and everyone I know who’s tried it EVERY SINGLE TIME. I haven’t had a cold in 7 years.

Maryse September 1, 2017 at 8:46 AM

I haven’t had a cold in years either. I was starting to feel superhuman in fact. *sigh* Yes. I have to go buy some…

R. Renee September 1, 2017 at 8:50 AM

My favorite is Vicks Sinex, but I’ve used several different ones and they all seem to do the trick!

Tessa September 1, 2017 at 8:52 AM

*snuggle hugs* No worries. If I get a cold, I don’t notice. I have allergies and well, they feel the same to me unless I get body aches.

That said, Vitamin C or one of those smoothies with the immunity boosters and Mucinex max. Those do wonders!

Tessa September 1, 2017 at 8:57 AM

Oooh, and three of those books up for pre-order I did pre-order! Eye Candy, Intensity, and Tower of Dawn! *squees* And on that day, I’ll be so overwhelmed, I doubt I’ll know what to read first. :D


And… They have some pumpkin spice stuff out already. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios and even McDonald’s has a Pumpkin Spice coffee already! The pumpkin spice invasion has started. :D

Amy September 1, 2017 at 8:59 AM

*rubs eyes and reaches for coffee*

Good morning everyone. Ugh…4:30 am Amy was ready to jump back in time and kick midnight Amy’s a$$. :roll:

*sprays Maryse with Lysol* Alright, snuggle time! Here’s a tissue in case I doze off and drool on you…

Amy September 1, 2017 at 9:02 AM

I’ve never tried nose spray to ward off a cold, but I know I can’t survive one without the stuff.

I’m going to try that though the next time I start feeling a cold coming on!

Grey September 1, 2017 at 9:23 AM

Honestly, the best book I read in August… was Master of My Body by Marissa Honeycutt… even though it was a novella. It was fantastic.

I have to get my August pick for me read, and finish Degradation… which was actually an extra 1 word book, I’d thrown in as a “Tessa” rec, LOL!

Tessa September 1, 2017 at 9:56 AM

How is Degradation so far?

Ela September 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM

I liked Degradation A LOT.

Tessa September 1, 2017 at 12:12 PM

:D Same!

Leslie M September 1, 2017 at 1:04 PM

I don’t know if it works for a cold, but Flonase nasal spray works wonders for my son’s seasonal allergies.

Ela September 1, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Sorry Leslie *snort* I saw the word mayonnaise…

D.G. September 1, 2017 at 3:42 PM

*leans in to give Maryse huggles and snuggles while passing over an oil diffuser with peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree oils* nothing worse than a cold during heat – hope you feel better soon Maryse! Local honey is a wonder too…a teaspoon a day keeps the allergies away…or something like that.

Just finished the newest K.A.!!!!!!!!! LOVED it!!!!!! The Magdalene series is solid goodness!!!!

Tessa September 1, 2017 at 6:13 PM

*wilts* It’s 108 here. I’m officially in hell.

Jan September 1, 2017 at 6:55 PM

Stay in and stay warm Maryse. Hope your cold doesn’t turn too nasty.

Tessa, that’s HOT!! It’s the start of spring here, but winter’s still hangin’ around and I hear there’s going to be snow in the mountains about 100km from where I live down on the plain. We’ll get the icy blasts down here anyway. *shivers*

Marysye it’s another GREAT LIST of temptations to blow out our tbrs. I’m intrigued by PS From Paris and have downloaded a kindle sample. Apparently this writer is currently one of the most popular writers in the world! And I’ve never even heard of him *crawls back into cave*. His first book was made into the Reese Witherspoon film Just Like Heaven. I’m def gonna check PS From Paris out.

The title of the Savannah Skye book made me laugh. Not my cup of tea, but I know there will be fans out there for it. Each to her own. Enjoy.

Maryse September 1, 2017 at 8:18 PM

I’m all tucked in and reading… and feel miserable but at least I’m too sick and physically unproductive that the only thing I CAN do is read. :) So I’m kind of happy. LOL!

Tessa September 1, 2017 at 8:23 PM

Jan, can we trade? I want chilly winds! Tomorrow is going to be the same. *shakes head* San Francisco broke it’s record heat ever by three degrees. Here we were one degree away from matching the highest. It’s insane.

Ah, Maryse. Whatcha reading? *grins* And I hope you got something to make it a little more bearable.

Robyn September 1, 2017 at 9:42 PM


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Tessa September 1, 2017 at 10:39 PM

AMY PICK A BOOK FOR MELINDA! :) She’s all in tears wanting a book.

Melinda September 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM

So sorry your not feeling well Maryse, I’ve actually been off from work for a week and I’m still not better. I have a terrible cough. But for your throat try Apple cider vinegar diluted as a gargle and steam for your cold and cold and flu tabs for the running nose.

I finished reading Ghosted and loved it. Now I’m reading Absinthe and I’m really enjoying it.

But Amy URGENT……. pick for me challenge you’ve forgotten me….. pleeeeeesase.

Amy September 1, 2017 at 11:26 PM

I’ve been super busy today but checking in right now was perfect timing!

I’m sorry, Melinda…I’ll go pick for you right now!! :D

Amy September 1, 2017 at 11:27 PM

*giggle* You guys crack me up…

Melinda September 2, 2017 at 2:01 AM

Thankyou Amy knew you didn’t really forget me. Kisses.

D.G. September 2, 2017 at 7:22 AM

Melinda I second your recommendation of ACV! That stuff is amazing and folks if you don’t stock it in your pantries….go buy a case! It pulls toxins out for sure!!!

Kooloo September 2, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Maryse – Hun sorry you feel so sick. Get some one to get you echinacea but the tincture not the capsules they have been proven in multiple studies to decrease the severity and length of a cold better than Cold-FX. Oh and you should listen to me because I’m a pharmacist. Feel better soon

Maryse September 2, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Thank you guys for all of your cold advice (and some by a pharmacist too!!!) I’m still in bed (haha) but luckily it’s not the flu, so I should be functional soon enough. I hope. ;)

Instead I’ll hang out with you guys, ’cause you’re fun, and I can’t contaminate you.

Maryse September 2, 2017 at 12:11 PM

I actually do have Braggs ACV organic with “the mother” < — hahahah that makes me laugh. ;) I was taking it a few months ago (but not how you’re supposed to – mixed with water or something – I’d drink it straight and then hurt my throat after a few days of doing that. Oops).

However I will pull that stuff out today.

Skye Warren September 2, 2017 at 6:41 PM

Finished the sexy mafia romance Nate by Celia Aaron. Not sure what to read next. Kind of want something different right now – beautiful language, really immersive, serious but not too sad. Went to Books A Million yesterday and flipped open a handful of books but didn’t find anything.

Melinda September 2, 2017 at 7:58 PM

Thankyou DG I swear by it.

Yes Maryse mix with warm/ hot water. Fantastic.
Also in the medical industry. Maybe a Pharmacist.

Maryse September 2, 2017 at 9:42 PM

Skye, have you read Suanne Laqueur’s “Fish Tales” trilogy? OR!!! Her recent “An Exaltation of Larks”? SO GOOD!! I bet you’ll love them.

Maryse September 2, 2017 at 9:43 PM

I *heart* pharmacists!!! Especially right now. ;)

Amy September 2, 2017 at 10:23 PM

*makes note of all the pharmacist recs*

Especially after a sick person coughed on me today. Seriously, I felt spittle on my face. *gag*

bev September 3, 2017 at 4:20 PM


*turns around and leaves*

bev September 3, 2017 at 4:23 PM

*Turns back around*

Have to rec To Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil and/or Jellicoe Road to the beautiful, immersive, serious, but not sad description.

I braved Maryse’s germs and Amy’s spit face for this.

Maryse September 3, 2017 at 4:47 PM

LOL!!!!! I’m in the mood for a good thriller. Did I already one-click that one, bev?

I have not survived my germs yet. Still in bed. Since Friday. I’ll be here tomorrow too, I just know it. But I’ve been reading my heart out so I’m not complaining. Well, wait. I am complaining about the cold part. That just sucks. I need to do stuff. But I just don’t wanna. ;)

bev September 3, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Maryse, Stephanie Perkins is releasing a new book this month, There’s Someone Inside Your House. It is a YA with a romance but also horror. Supposedly like one of those old teen slasher films, lol. You don’t really do YA and I don’t really do horror…..so we should totally read it.

Kooloo September 3, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Just finished the Venom Trilogy by the Williams girls. Book 3 was just released and I was lucky to have read them back to back with those brutal “cliffies” !!! Lol
So if you are looking for a dark and dirty mafia romance This Is The One for YOU!!!

Maryse September 3, 2017 at 5:24 PM

I think that sounds perfect bev! Okay let me look it up and add it to the list (and mine). :D

Maryse September 3, 2017 at 5:26 PM

YAY Kooloo! I’ll create a post for that series. :) Thank you for the recommendation!

Maryse September 3, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Oooooooooh bev that sounds SO GOOOOOOOOD! I just looked it up. This may be a gem for me!! YAY!!!

Amy September 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM

My face is clean and sanitized, thank you very much. :lol:

I wholeheartedly second Jellicoe Road. It may take a bit to become fully immersed in it (like it did me) but once you do, it is SO worth it.

And that final chapter (epilogue?)…oh, my heart.

Tessa September 3, 2017 at 9:07 PM

*grabs Passion and Venom, the first Venom book* I need a good mafia book. That mood has been hitting me a lot lately, and finding one has been difficult for some reason.

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