26 Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – June 2nd 2017

by Maryse on June 2, 2017 · 130 comments

in eBook Deals

SATURDAY MORNING BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! :D  ➔ MARVEL COMICS FANS!!! AMAZON is having a SUPER-BARGAIN SALE ON THEM!! And I mean… SUPER-BARGAIN on a TON of these comics (some are even 0.80 cents!)!!!

Welp. My eyes are all puffy and red, and super-tight as if the lids are water-logged, ’cause I watched Me Before You last night and well… you know. I cried. And cried. And UGLY cried. And sobbed. I may start crying again, even.

My sweet MinPin, Hobbit. :) Isn’t she SO CUTE??!

My adorable puppy, Hobbit, stared at me in confused wonder. And then she jumped in my lap, and snuggled her head right into my neck and totally cuddled me. And I sobbed all over her ears. Then she feasted on the tears on my cheeks. neutral Not sure if that’s a sweet thing, or a creepy thing. LOL!!!!!!

Whyyyyyyy????? Why do I do this to myself? Why? Because it’s a FREAKING AWESOME story, that’s why. One of the most devastatingly beautiful love stories ever. Even one of my best friends (Karai) from high school tried to come to my rescue:

Maryse: OMG I’M SO GONNA CRY. I’m watching ME BEFORE YOU. Ya’ll know I LOVED that book…

Amanda: I bawled like a baby

Acacia: So many tissues

Jennifer: I watched it yesterday!

Joeandcarrie: I ugly cried!!

Robin: OK who has Manny? Here’s a bellini. I’ll go look for him.

Michelle: I boohoo’d so hard! Great book, great movie!

Jenn: I ugly cried in the theater. It was bad.

Karai: As you well know I am a heavy metal horror fan. Not sentimental at all but this movie punched me straight in the feels!!

Maryse: The most beautiful happy delightful scene, and I’m already ugly crying…

Karai: Hang in there little buddy. Hugs!

Kristin: The movie is just as good, which is rare!

Maryse: Agreed!! They stayed true to the book, even the character-actors were EXACTLY right.

Autumn: My favorite ugly cry!!!! I read the book, but still haven’t watched the movie. but omgosh. This story is everything!!

Jane: I ugly cried for about a fourth of that movie! Haven’t cried that hard in a theater since Titanic- lol

Maryse: Oh sheesh, don’t even get me started over the Titanic. I locked myself in the bathroom, in the dark, and sobbed into a pillow, all alone, for half an hour over that one.

AND OMG am I paying for it today. After God Shaped Hole, and now this one (even though I had already read the book years ago) and now, I need something hilarious again. Any recommendations? There are a few very good-looking choices below, plus I have a few HIGH on my TBR list to sort through. ;) *sigh*

I need to laugh. My heart is so broken. Just as I knew it would be.

But… in the meantime…

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

  • When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann <— JEWEL E. ANN’S LATEST (FORBIDDENY!!) IS LIVE!! NEW HOT NEIGHBOR IS MARRIED ALERT! And she works for his WIFE!!!! GASP!!! “...Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word. He also has a wife. Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again…” Not sure where the Kindle version is, but the paperback is live!
  • Pretty Perfect by Lana Sky
  • Dying Breath: A Heart-Stopping Novel of Paranormal Romantic Suspense (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham
  • Bitch Slap by J. Kenner <— J. KENNER’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! SHE’S NOT INTERESTED AND HE’S ALL ABOUT THE CHALLENGE… “Then I met her. Bitchy as hell and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her. I told myself I only wanted to tame her. That it was all about the challenge.”
  • American Hellhound (Dartmoor Book 6) by Lauren Giller <— LAUREN GILLER’S LATEST BIKER BOOK and now we have RECENT RELEASE FEEDBACK!!

Robyn: American Hellhound is definately a 5 star read of 2017! Loved Maggie and Ghost, plus all the new characters introduced. I can’t wait for their books.

Jan: …I finished American hellhound and it was FIVE STARS for me. And that doesn’t happen too often! Dartmoor lovers, you must read it.

MichelleS: American Hellhound is turning out to be the best in the series so far!! Ghost & Maggie… swoon. I love her!

  • The First Word by Isley Robson <— SHE’S A LIVE-IN THERAPIST FOR HIS AUTISTIC TODDLER……when she meets alternative-energy magnate Rhys Griffiths and his autistic toddler, Will, she quickly realizes her heart will never be the same. Especially when her name becomes Will’s first word. After accepting a position as a live-in therapist for Will, Andie steels herself against the appeal of the disconcertingly attractive—and attracted—Rhys…”
  • A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Book 2) by Laura Thalassa <— RECENT RELEASE FEEDBACK!!!!
Tessa: Speaking of Strange Hymn… OMG. So good. I’m glad I jumped into it as soon as I did. All of you PNR fans who haven’t read the series, do! And those who read the first book, but not the second, read the second! NOW! I was so tired and yet I refused to fall asleep. I didn’t want to miss anything. I probably should have because man, I was tired, but NOPE. I needed to know what happened next. So, so good.
  • The Trouble with Lexie: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau <— CRINGEWORTHY POTENTIAL!!! She’s engaged, but because friendly with the father of her favorite student. “...as her wedding date nears, Lexie has doubts. Yes, she’s created the stable life she craved as a child, but is stability really what she wants? In her moment of indecision, Lexie strikes up a friendship with a Ruxton alumnus, the father of her favorite student. It’s a relationship that blows open Lexie’s carefully constructed life, and then dunks her into shocking situations with headline-worthy trouble…“ Amy found us this one!
Amy: OH! I found us a book on sale that sounds like it could be full of cringeworthy moments and possibly some fun drama…The Trouble With Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau… How fun does that one sound??
  • I’m Only Here for the Beard (The Dixie Wardens Rejects Book 4) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LANI LYNN VALE’S LATEST IS LIVE! THEY’RE BOTH IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE THAT DOESN’T LOVE THEM BACK… (and they are now partnered together/paramedics?) “...Desperate to distance herself from her problems, she runs, taking the first job in her field that she finds willing to take on someone with so little experience. The last thing she needs is a perpetually pissed off partner, especially when he sets her blood on fire…”
  • If We Fall (Corrupted Love Book 3) by K.M. Scott <— LIVE!! TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!! “The thrilling conclusion to the Corrupted Love Trilogy”
  • In Spades (Mirrored Book 1) by K. Pinson <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! She’s raising her young sister after  life of abuse… “Avalynn is ready to go at them all head on if it means Abby is raised in a happy and healthy home. Abby is the only thing she cares about…not even caring about herself or her life…that is…until she meets him. The man that can shatter her entire world with one glance. Their relationship a roller coaster ride from start to finish. One that Avalynn never wants to get off of…but she may not have a choice...”
  • With a Twist by Nicole Hart <— LIVE!!! NANCY FOUND US THIS ONE!!! “…He picked up my pieces with a smile and gave me hope. A reason to believe I wasn’t destined to live a life of loneliness. But everything isn’t always as it seems. We were two shattered souls…
Nancy:  …the girl on the cover looks just like my beautiful granddaughter so I’d buy the book just because of that!!
  • Silenced by Leddy Harper <— RECLUSIVE ALERT!!! “...When Rylee spots Killian hopping over a fence next door, she follows him, unprepared for the boy she’d find—or the relationship that would unfold over the next seven years. Or the silence that would follow…” Nancy also found us this one!!
Nancy: Silenced by Leddy Harper is now on sale … It is one of my favorite of all of her books I’ve read. This is a much darker read them some of her other books I’ve read, but the same wonderful writing.
  • Good Boyfriend: A Love Story (The Bad Nanny Trilogy Book 2) by C.M. Stunich <— C.M STUNICH’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! SEQUEL ALERT!*This is a long novella that follows the events after BAD NANNY. This is book 1.5 in the trilogy. This book should be read before reading the next in the series, GREAT HUSBAND*

Angela: Just a heads up, I devoured this one in one night! It was great and now I need to go find your list of celebrity/normal girl hook ups and see if there are any others out there I need to read!!

  • From the Shadows: 13 Tales of Urban Fantasy, Witches, Werewolves, Magic, Romance, Shifters, Fae, Demons, Vampires, Dark Fantasy & More! <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT by Mandy M. Roth, Michelle M. Pillow, Annie Bellet, Dannika Dark, Colleen Gleason, Debra Dunbar, Deanna Chase, Christine Pope, Hailey Edwards, Melissa F. Olson, Shawntelle Madison “When the human world meets the paranormal, all hell’s gonna break loose! Worlds collide in this epic collection featuring tales from NY Times, USA TODAY and National Bestselling Authors! Quality Authors and Stories at an Unbeatable Price! Only $0.99 USD for 13 Novels!!! Limited Time Only! Featuring stories from eleven of paranormal fiction’s top authors.
  • The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey <— THE LATEST FROM R.S. GREY IS LIVE!! SEXY VET ALERT!! She’s sworn off love, until the new guy in town (a veterinarian)… “…With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups. Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent...”
  • Love In Transit: One Blurb: Six Different Stories by Jana Aston, Ainsley Booth, Kitty French, BJ Harvey, Raine Miller, Liv Morris <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT!! OUR FAVORITE AUTHORS, ad a UNIQUE CONCEPT!!! One Blurb: Six Different Stories… “…This morning I overslept, then slipped on a stray sock and banged my toe into the nightstand. The elevator in my building broke and I had to run down six flights of stairs. And then my local coffee shop was closed. For health code violations. What’s that? Not the end of the world? You want me to suck it up? Did I mention I’m wearing a wedding dress… on the subway? It’s a Good Day for a Hot Mess. Someone embroider that on a pillow...”
  • Mature Content (Cyberlove Book 4) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!! He’s a Youtube Star and he tells all and then he meets HIM. “His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down…
  • Fast Connection (Cyberlove Book 2) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!! This one is book #2 in the series, but a standalone! AND!!! SUPER-BARGAIN!!! 
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.
  • Middleman by Jayne Rylon <— M/M ROMANCE!!!! TRIO DOM/SUB ALERT… “…I had the perfect dominant boyfriend. Then Cortez left me to save the world. After two and a half years lost drowning my misery in bad decisions, one man changed everything. Rogan is the perfect submissive, who puts me back in control of both him and my life. Until Cortez comes home...”
  • When We Fall by Sloane Murphy
  • Small Change by Roan Parrish
  • My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn <— LIVE!!! MEGHAN QUINN’S LATEST!! ROOMMATES ALERT!! THEY BECOME PLATONIC ROOMMATES… or at least try. ;) “Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language...”
  • Flip My Life by Jennifer Foor <— JENNIFER FOOR ALERT!!!…As much as she yearned to get out of town and be something more, life continued to interfere, leaving her a desperate single mother, and broken inside. Finally engaged to a man who could give her everything she needs, a ghost from her past comes walking through the door. Seeing Elias again isn’t easy. He wasn’t just the guy who broke her heart. He was the beginning of the end. Everything she’s had to fight to keep in her life is a direct result of being involved with him...”
  • Sweet Torment: A Novella by Georgia Cates <— LIVE!!! GEORGIA CATES ALERT!! Her brother’s best friend… “…Bram Windsor. I have loved him my entire life. For years, I was nothing more than one of the boys to him. Owen’s little sister. The pest who tagged along everywhere the boys went. But now, everything has changed. I’ve grown up and it’s time Bram sees me for what I am…
  • Love My Way by Kate Sterritt <— JUST WENT LIVE!! UNREQUITED LOVE ALERT! I saw Alessandra Torre recommending it and this short-but-not-s0-sweet blurb has me! “Her name is Emerson Hart and she is the love of his life. Unfortunately, he’s not the only love of hers. And therein lies the problem.



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 next week’s!!! :D )

  1. The Farthest Edge (The Honey Series) by Kristen Ashley – June 6th 2017
  2. Raw Need (Larson Brothers) by Cherrie Lynn - June 6th 2017
  3. Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren – June 6th 2017
  4. A Sky Full of Stars (The Shaughnessy Brothers) by Samantha Chase - June 6th 2017
  5. Talen: A Dark Protectors Novella by Rebecca Zanetti – June 6th 2017
  6. Wolf Hunt (SWAT) by Paige Tyler - June 6th 2017
  7. Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel by Maile Meloy - June 6th 2017
  8. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid - June 6th 2017
  9. Mr. Right-Swipe by Ricki Schultz - June 6th 2017
  10. EASY (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward – June 6th 2017
  11. EASY 2 (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward – June 6th 2017
  12. EASY 3 (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward – June 6th 2017
  13. EASY 4 (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward – June 6th 2017
  14. EASY 5 (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward – June 6th 2017
  15. Heat by Opal Carew - June 6th 2017
  16. Before the Dawn: A Novella by Karina Halle – June 6th 2017
  17. Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott – June 13th 2017
  18. Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity) by Nalini Singh - June 13th 2017


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{ 130 comments… read them below or add one }

Grey June 2, 2017 at 5:56 AM

Morning! Happy Friday!!!

Maryse June 2, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Good morning Grey!!!! :D

Happy Friday and happy weekend my friend!!

Nay June 2, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Good morning!

Ela June 2, 2017 at 6:40 AM


Leslie M June 2, 2017 at 7:49 AM

Morning. ☺

Some of those goodies look fabulous!! I am trying to stow my twitchy one-click finger, but it isnt easy.

bev June 2, 2017 at 9:06 AM
bev June 2, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Oh, Maryse. Relax with some oreos and let Hobbit play with Justin Bieber.

Leslie M June 2, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Bev, #4 is hilarious! Imagine if an author did that?

Actually, a movie did. The ending at theater was diff from dvd version. I cant remember which one, but it was 5+ years ago & was horror flick. I was discussing w/co-worker and was totally freaked that same movie had different endings!

Ela June 2, 2017 at 9:57 AM

I love that list….Hilarious!

Tessa June 2, 2017 at 10:27 AM

#4 is Clue! I loved that movie.

Tasha J June 2, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Maryse, have you read any of the Charley Davidson books by Darynda Jones? That would be a good one to read next for something to break from the sad stuff. And…Reyes Farrow!!!

Tessa June 2, 2017 at 10:42 AM

13!!!! OMG 13!!! Who hasn’t had to deal with 13?

And 19 is just beautiful. That should just be true everywhere. Anyone who thinks different is just being snobby.

Also, hiee! I’m reading my pick for me book that Kate chose, Juniper Smoke. I’m really loving it so far, but last night, I just crashed. Once little dude was put to sleep, I was out. I think staying up with Strange Hymn finally caught up.

Tessa June 2, 2017 at 10:42 AM

I agree with Tasha! Those are hilarious and Reyes is HOT.

Tessa June 2, 2017 at 11:07 AM

One question that’s bugging me. Why would a tech genius have his non-gaming tech company in San Francisco and say it’s Silicon Valley? *sighs* San Francisco is NOT in Silicon Valley. Most non-gaming tech companies are in Santa Clara County, aka Silicon Valley.

Fabi June 2, 2017 at 11:13 AM

I’m starting Mature Content today. Yeah me!

For those of you who may have read Red Rising by (dreamy) Pierce Brown. This most excellent series continues with Golden Son, on half price sale now $4.99.

Nay June 2, 2017 at 11:33 AM

#13 BDB

Reyes is the darkest, most mysterious, most sexy!!

marina June 2, 2017 at 12:44 PM

Awww Maryse, I considered watching it yesterday too but now reading about you I’m not sure I can handle watching it right now. :( But will sometime soon. I am so excited there is a new Jewel E. Ann book. I LOVE her writing. And am all over it. Have you done the Jack and Jill series yet???? I think her books are funny and every other emotion as well. I just finished Vicious which was pretty good. I have been on a major YA fantasy streak for the last months. But I’ve been checking your blog and pausing to read your recs!!! Decided to do You by Caroline Kepnes for my book club. Hope I don’t scare everyone! But I sort of hope I do.

Fabi June 2, 2017 at 2:45 PM

Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan came out on audiobook a few days ago. Has anyone read that? I can’t decide if I want the audio or just the ebook.

I’ve read several of her books, but this one has been sitting in my tbr for a year or two now. I’ve been a little afraid of it’s angst level.

Amy June 2, 2017 at 3:45 PM

The movie could *never* be as good as the book (in the sense of connecting with it and all), but dammit the MBY movie was GREAT!! Weren’t Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke just the best? I didn’t really cry much the first time for whatever reason (maybe trying to look tough in front of hubby?) but the second time when I went with my friend, as soon as she sobbed I lost it and bawled.

Amy June 2, 2017 at 4:03 PM

OMG numbers 9 and 18…those are SO me. And then number 19 and the hyperactive run-on sentences and nail painting and discussing books and hugging and…yeah. Sums me up. ;)

I’m so glad I have y’all here and we all just “get” it. :D

Nancy Parken June 2, 2017 at 4:03 PM

I’m reading American Hellhound, too! I’m loving Maggie and Ghost story. I remember Maryse, we were reading Fearless at the same time. Oh so good!

Amy June 2, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Holy moly…When Life Happened is SO FREAKING MINE!! I was just thinking yesterday how I hadn’t read an “other woman” book lately and how fun one of those would be. Score!

And then My Best Friend’s Ex…now THAT is a new storyline, at least to me. Click!

Maryse…is it his right front paw which earned Hobbit his name? He is so adorable!!

marina June 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Hi Amy, I NEED When Life Happened too but seems not to be out as ebook until Monday, June 5. :(

Jan June 2, 2017 at 6:38 PM

#5 Yes!! What a great idea. Like the academy awards. Not just best book in a certain genre, but Best hero in a CR. Best hero in a HR etc. I LOVE that idea.

Maryse that dog of yours is supercute :-)

bev June 2, 2017 at 6:46 PM

That and the fact that if she doesn’t get a second breakfast or an elevenses she will eat Maryse while she’s sleeping.

Nay June 2, 2017 at 6:47 PM

Wonder why When Life Happened isn’t available in ebook??

Nay June 2, 2017 at 6:49 PM

Oh, duh! Her FB page says it’s coming June 5. Guess the people who bought pb’s got an early treat!

Nay June 2, 2017 at 7:19 PM

bev (and anyone else who want to join in)–we’re starting the buddy read on GR for A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson on Sunday!

Nay June 2, 2017 at 7:22 PM

And double duh–I just saw your post, Marina! Sorry I repeated what you had just said! Sometimes I bring up my comment box and either don’t ‘refresh’ and/or start typing something in and don’t actually hit submit until 20-30 minutes later, so I totally missed your post!

Jan June 2, 2017 at 7:27 PM

Yeah that happens to me sometimes too Nay. I start typing a comment then get side-tracked and when I finally post it there’s other messages come in in between times.

Cheryl June 2, 2017 at 7:56 PM

Awww, I was ready to read When Life Happened. Guess I’ll have to pick something else.

Maryse, I just finished Sustained. Omg, so hilarious and I highlighted so many things either the kids said or did or what Jake said. A fun read!

Now for something a little more serious.

Maryse June 2, 2017 at 8:11 PM

I am reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!!!! :D !!!!! FINALLLLLLLLLY I can jump in. *squeeeeeee*!!!!

Maryse June 2, 2017 at 8:15 PM

Yes Amy… she’s a rescue, and nobody knows exactly what happened to her. But the vets didn’t want to amputate her leg since she’s sort of still using it, and everything about it is normal (circulation etc…) other than she can’t straighten it out, and she can’t put real weight on it.

So she… hobbles around. But she is more agile than my Pimmie and can leap up and jump over fences. And when she runs because she’s excited and happy…. you can’t even TELL that she doesn’t have proper function of that leg.

And because she has to compensate for the lack of that leg (balance-wise etc), she’s developed all these weird little muscles in her back and hind quarters.

She also has tiny little scars on her back near her tail area, and one of her back legs (the knee) slips out of joint every once in awhile, too.

Suspected that she was either hit by a car, or she was attacked by a dog…

Poor sweet, but super happy and super lovable baby. She is AMAZING! :D !!!

Maryse June 2, 2017 at 8:16 PM

Thank you Jan!! I do think she has the SWEETEST face and disposition.

Maryse June 2, 2017 at 8:17 PM

Oh boy bev.., I better sleep with one eye open. ;)

Please someone… feed her quick! Whatever an elevenses is.

bev June 2, 2017 at 8:24 PM

Maryse, do you have a dog named Hobbit but have never read or watched Lord of the Rings?

Double gasp.



Tasha J June 2, 2017 at 8:46 PM

Lol- I’ve also never watched Lord of the Rings, but I think I know what the hobbit is in reference to. That movie/movies? Is up there with Star Wars for me…just no interest.
Also, did you guys see Mariana Zapata’s reveal for her next book?! In 2 weeks and a soldier romance!! I’m gonna need that one right away! :D

Grey June 2, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Oh, yay Maryse!!!! I can’t wait for your reactions!!!

bev June 2, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Fabi I have read it. I didn’t find it terribly angsty. I almost always lean to book unless it’s Lin Manuel Miranda or David Sedaris Narrating.

bev June 2, 2017 at 9:03 PM

Tasha…..what? Just what?

I’m not sure what to think/say to that.

I’ll be over in the corner.

Jan June 2, 2017 at 10:31 PM

Oooh Tasha. I heard a new one was coming, but a soldier? Intriguing. *runs to check out deets for new Maraiana Zapata book*

As for not having seen the LOTR movies (as we know them in our house LOL), well, that kind of high fantasy isn’t for everyone. *shrugs* I must say I’ve avoided the Hobbit movies. The smallest book out of all 4 books and they dragged it out/padded it into three massive films. Didn’t seem right. For me the charm of the original book seemed like it would be totally gone, so I never bothered. But I did like the LOTR films themselves. They did a pretty god job considering the epic scale of the books.

Cheryl June 2, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Technically I’ve seen all the Lord of the Rings movies. Except I fell asleep during ALL of them. Joke in my family is if there is an english accent, I’ll be asleep!!

R. Renee June 2, 2017 at 11:03 PM

I fell asleep through all of them too, but that’s because I demanded watching them at Alamo Drafthouse and a girl can drink a lot of wine in 3 hours.

Maryse June 3, 2017 at 6:12 AM

bev… I HAVE watched Lord of the Rings, though. And I loved it! :D !!!

Maryse June 3, 2017 at 6:14 AM

LOL R and Cheryl!!!!!!!!

bev June 3, 2017 at 9:53 AM

But she hasn’t seen the original 3 Star Wars either.


Every little girl should meet Princess Leia.

I tried the Lord of the Rings books and only made it through the first one. The movies were fun though.

Tessa June 3, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Bev, were you like me and SO happy to leave the shire, only to go back? Thus, the rest of the day you end up cursing the world?

I love the one thing you said. “Every little girl should meet Princess Leia.” YES! That! She’s the original feisty, kicks butt heroine. She’s a warrior and every little girl should know her.

Northernstar June 3, 2017 at 10:47 AM

Hi everyone! I am 75% through the Foxe and the Hound by R.S Grey and I’m really enjoying it. Lots of banter back back and fourth but the h and H but with some good feels!

Also, another vote for Leddy Harper’s Silenced! Great second chance romance, some intense moments for sure.

I am waiting to watch MBY when I am either alone or with my gal pals because I just know I’m going to be a mess LOL.

Happy weekend!

Amy June 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM

On the Island is on sale!!

Did y’all HEAR me???

ON THE ISLAND IS ON SALE!!!! It’s only 1.99, normally 11.99!!!

bev June 3, 2017 at 11:52 AM

I loved the movies and then tried the books and nope.
I know they are beloved and a lot of craft and world building went into the writing, but just not for me.
I was surprised because I like fantasy. But like the part with the talking trees in the books just seemed to go on and on and on.

Tessa June 3, 2017 at 1:06 PM

lol That was one of the parts I liked. I was mostly upset with each chapter ending on a CH, only to be change to another character. By the time you got to the original character, you totally lost the angst and anticipation.

Well, that and the shire. Freaking shire.

Lauren June 3, 2017 at 6:46 PM

Silenced by Leddy Harper….no words to describe how freaking amazing this book is. It’s Archer’s Voice….on crack. It has the same basic outline as Archer’s Voice but SO, SO, SO more intense. READ IT!!!!!

Jan June 3, 2017 at 7:14 PM

According to Mariana Zapata’s fb, the new book is called Dear Aaron and it’s supposed to be released in a couple of weeks. A girl writing to a deployed soldier and they fall in love. :D

bev June 3, 2017 at 7:17 PM

Sometimes I scroll through my kindle, nook, or look at my physical books and am amazed at the good stories I have amassed. I then wonder why I haven’t read them.

bev June 3, 2017 at 7:18 PM

Hmm….am I sensing a BR?? But if we do it we do it right.

Ashley June 3, 2017 at 9:08 PM

I read My Best Friend’s Ex and I loved it! It was hilarious and sweet. It was more of a slow burn book and the sexual tension in it was great! The banter between the leads was so funny. There’s also a rant in the book that had me laughing so hard that I think my next door neighbors may have heard me.
Lauren – I just one-clicked Silenced. I loved Archer’s Voice.
Jan – I want that Mariana Zapata book right NOW!!!
Bev – I have so many books I haven’t read or listened to in my library and when I finally get to them I am always like ‘why did it take so long for me to read this!’

Cheryl June 3, 2017 at 9:26 PM

Ok, Amy I bought On the Island. My major hold-up with reading the book has been he’s 16 and she’s 30. I’m sure you’ll be telling me I told you so when I’m finished, once I finally start reading it. ;)

The new Mariana Zapata book sounds good.

I’m reading Foxe and the Hound. Just started it, but so far funny banter and building sexual tension between the H and h.

R. Renee June 3, 2017 at 9:41 PM

I wish I would have known Cheryl, I bought it for everyone who had it on their TBRs! I loved it. I was worried about the same thing but it proved to be unfounded.

bev June 3, 2017 at 9:55 PM

It sounds worse than it is. It really is a good read, Cheryl.

bev June 3, 2017 at 10:08 PM

R, how is the book coming?

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 5:46 AM

I’m banging my head on the desk enough to put a dent in it, but other than that, it’s going! Thanks for asking. :)

Leslie M June 4, 2017 at 6:10 AM

Three things:

1. I bought a spiralizer yesterday and am going crazy to try it…silly me has not one piece of food in house to spiralize. Grrrr

2. I love the smell of fresh cut grass. I could sniff it all day. It’s total aromatherapy.

3. I ran out of flavored cream and wanted flavored coffee so…I added unsweetened cocoa powder….O.M.G….YUM!!!

bev June 4, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Good morning ladies.

1. Just making my first cup of coffee now. I wake up anticipating it. Medium roast, half and half, raw sugar. Yet…..I suck at making coffee. Never taste as good as others.
2. I’m thinking of my summer reading list aka Leslie’s Buddy Read Challenge. I’m going to try to read 3 this month: Fearless (Jan) Low (Maryse) Rush (R). All off my tbr!!
3 Starting my morn with this

bev June 4, 2017 at 9:17 AM

For our British friends…..just my heart goes out to you.

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Again? Seriously? WTF is wrong with people? I’ve been off the grid most of the weekend and just saw the news in London. Ugh.

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 9:35 AM

3 things:
1. Taking the hubs to Austin for his birthday to eat and go to Antone’s. Having Indian for lunch, sushi for dinner, and chicken & waffles for breakfast. I’m already full just thinking about it.
2. It’s POURING and yet I’m a girl so I still had to do my hair. :roll:
3. I picked up Dear Agony out of the blue because first person helps with my writer’s block and I’m really liking it!

bev June 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM
bev June 4, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Dronk sake & Dance in the rain for his b day.

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Pink champagne instead of sake, but dancing is a possibility! #daydrinking

Thanks for the playlist!!! Just downloaded it to Spotify. I’ll take all the help I can get!

Amy June 4, 2017 at 12:17 PM

I love reading everyone’s three things! :D

Three things:
1. I have a bird nest in a bush in my backyard with four baby birds who just hatched three days ago. I’ve been taking pictures of them daily to track their growth while my heart just melts.
2. Can’t wait to get my hands on this: http://chicprofile.com/opi-california-dreaming-summer-2017-collection
3. My alcohol tolerance is significantly lower now that I’m working outside the home…still trying to figure out if that’s a good or bad thing. *snort*

Amy June 4, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Oh Cheryl, I think you’ll love OTI. I’m not drawn to older woman/younger man stories, but this one stole my heart. The way it all plays out and the time span of the story are what makes it work with no squeamishness or cringing at all. It was definitely one of those where I read the last page, hugged my iPad, closed my eyes, and just sighed. Was that cheesy enough to convince you? ;)

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 1:37 PM

I’m 2 pink champagnes and a Hawaiian coconut porter in. Stay tuned for dancing…

bev June 4, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Pink champagne always makes think of An Affair to Remember.

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 1:48 PM

I love that movie! The Cary Grant version anyway!

Nay June 4, 2017 at 2:04 PM

bev–Same here. I don’t care for older woman romances, but I’m really looking forward to the On the Island buddy read!

Leslie–sometimes I add Nestle’s Quik to my coffee, and it’s yum too!

Have fun, Robin!

Three things:
1) Nashville has become Smashville, and I’m LIVING for hockey right now! GO PREDS!!!
2) Since yesterday morning, we’ve had five turkeys, two deer, two bats, one rabbit and about a hundred squirrels in our front yard.
3) I had a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food for lunch.

bev June 4, 2017 at 2:42 PM

R, the only version that counts. One of my favorites.

Nay! Do you live in Nashville? ? How many concerts do you watch? How do you feel about random Internet strangers visiting?

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 2:56 PM

Oh fine bev. Go to Nashville but not Texas.

Drinking mezcal now… :-D

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Oh lord. My husband just mafe me go to the bar to get our drinks. I thought he was being lazy until i saw the bartender. That’s true love folks.

Janie Young June 4, 2017 at 3:15 PM

I found The Butterflies by Kim Waldron this weekend! I’ll be done with it tonight and that makes me sad! I literally didn’t put it down once I started it Friday! Excellent read, kimberleywaldron.com is her site with the info. If you like a good thriller, then this is the one you should read next!

bev June 4, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Oh there too.

We can go find Lyle Lovett, Pat Green, Charlie Robinson, and the best of all Willie Nelson.

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Oh good lord. Mafe? Cocktails are working!

bev June 4, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Wait. Shouldn’t your husband be the one drinking?

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 3:46 PM

He’s doing his fair share lol!

Nay June 4, 2017 at 4:15 PM

bev–I’m about 20 miles outside of Nashville. I used to go to a lot of concerts when I was younger, but I think the last one I went to was R.E.M. about 23 years ago. Wow! I didn’t realize it’d been that long. These days, I’d rather go to a sporting event than a concert.

Tessa June 4, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Was the bartender female?

1. Little dude has hit rebellious stage. Grrr
2. We did a science experiment to make slimy crystals.
3. I forgot to eat lunch.

bev June 4, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Whoa. Tessa just gave R’s story a twist.

Tessa June 4, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Well, it’d be a super sweet thing if the bartender was female. Then he’d be making sure there isn’t any flirting while he’s out with R.

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Hmm.. I shall stay silent on the matter…

Amy June 4, 2017 at 4:45 PM

bev…I’m reading Torch Against the Night, and I forgot how brutal it can get for a YA read. Poor Helene. :? But I’m enjoying it so far.

Amy June 4, 2017 at 4:48 PM

I was poking around on Amazon and came across the upcoming release Without Merit by Colleen Hoover.




But…but…it’s not until October DAMMIT!!! *sigh*

bev June 4, 2017 at 5:07 PM

That would be very sweet. Unless:

She is his mistress. And this is the weekend that they start to gaslight R. (Maryse’s favorite version.)

It is a guy. He is cocky and slays R with one look. He makes R’s husbands drinks extra strong so that he will pass out and he and R can meet later on in the night. (Amy’s favorite version)

It is a guy and R’s husband sent her over to flirt and pick him up for the night. (Fabi’s favorite version)

It is a woman and he sent R over to pick her up for the night. It is his birthday he says. (R’s least favorite version even more so than the gaslighting)

bev June 4, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Amy, I know right? It does not give the characters an easy road. Very violent.

Tessa June 4, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Or, you know, the bartender was a hot guy and her husband knew she’d like as eye candy. lol

You know, I apparently never had a Spotify account. So, I now remedied that.

Tessa June 4, 2017 at 5:17 PM

Amy, why can’t YA be brutal?

Amy June 4, 2017 at 5:24 PM

*giggle* I like my version of bev’s hypotheticals. ;)

Tessa…I just forgot how brutal this series can get, especially when it’s adults doling out the brutality on children and teens. There was a scene in the previous book which was REALLY tough to read.

bev June 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Lol, Tessa.

It is a JD look a like and R’ husband knows how she appreciates that. R flirts and then goes back to her husband. They leave the bar. As soon as they step outside they sprout wings( R’s magenta to the palest pink, his cobalt blue) and fly away together. One day on a trip to Texas a Little Dude walking down the street picks up a feather that seems too vibrant to be just a bluebird feather. He tucks it in his pocket and runs to catch up with his mom.
(Tessa’s favorite version)

bev June 4, 2017 at 6:08 PM
Gina June 4, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Just finished an ARC of Make Me Stay by Sidney Halston. It’s the one after Pull Me Close that you recommend. This one was just as good (maybe better).
I can’t say much without spoiling it. I’ll just say…amnesia.

Amy June 4, 2017 at 6:45 PM

When Life Happened is finally available in ebook. YAY!!!

Grey June 4, 2017 at 6:58 PM

*snort* Oh, bev! You kill me.

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 7:23 PM

OMG bev I love you! I’m on my 43rd cocktail so I shan’t comment…

R. Renee June 4, 2017 at 7:23 PM

OMG bev I love you! I’m on my 43rd cocktail so I shan’t comment…

Sadie June 4, 2017 at 8:09 PM

Maryse, have you read any 5 star books lately (except GSH since I read and loved that one :) ?

Maryse June 4, 2017 at 8:20 PM

Sadie… I have not. I did just read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which I enjoyed, and was so interesting and intricate, but for me I’d say 4 stars to 4.5 stars for that one.

Julie June 4, 2017 at 8:41 PM

I read When It’s Real yesterday and loved it! I love pretend relationships and this one didn’t disappoint – 5 stars!!

Leslie M June 4, 2017 at 8:53 PM


Amy June 4, 2017 at 8:58 PM

Wait Maryse…wasn’t Sustained a recent 5-star read for you?

Maryse June 4, 2017 at 9:06 PM

Heck yes it was. But I know Sadie. I know what she’s looking for. ;)

Maryse June 4, 2017 at 9:07 PM

P.S. Amy… she’s a total Marmy. :)

Tessa June 4, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Um… Anyone else wants R to respond, especially after 43 drinks?

Amy June 4, 2017 at 9:10 PM

Ohhhh…now I see. ;)

Tessa June 4, 2017 at 9:10 PM

Oh, I forgot to say, Juniper Smoke was awesome, except the last two chapters. Those chapters made no sense outside needing a CH. But, 49 out of 51 chapters were perfect.

Amy June 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Tessa…isn’t that the one with the crazy beautiful cover?

Tessa June 4, 2017 at 9:24 PM

Yep. I’m gonna read book three when it comes out. That should make up for the end of 2. Maybe they’ll do a non angsty ribbon and just continue the story. If you read it, you’d get why I was so baffled.

Cheryl June 4, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Thanks Amy, that book sounds great! Now I don’t know what to read next.

bev June 4, 2017 at 10:38 PM

If she likes YA she should read that one Amy liked. Did you consider it a Marmy, Amy?

R. Renee June 5, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Good morning…and can someone please tell me where all these feathers came from?

Lisa Aiello June 5, 2017 at 10:40 AM

R – I think it had something to do with a little Big Bird Fantasy your husband wanted you to act out, and it was his birthday after all!!

Cheryl June 5, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Naked pillow fight?

Leslie M June 5, 2017 at 11:03 AM

R., *gentle hangover hugs*

Of course I “got” your Twilight reference. *giggles softly*

R. Renee June 5, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Shockingly, no hangover. And there was dancing so I kind of expected one! We did forgo chicken and waffles for In and Out Burger though. Yumm!

Amy June 5, 2017 at 12:06 PM

bev…which YA? Was it Thirteen Reasons Why? I would consider that one Marmy-ish but on the lighter side of Marmy, even though my heart still clenches and I get a lump in my throat every time I see the title or even the Netflix series anywhere. Or was there a more recent YA…

R, sounds like you had a great time with hubby. ;) Alcohol, food, and your special love…doesn’t get much better than that. Although a weekend with the lovely ladies here in a blankie fort sleepover would be a close second!

R. Renee June 5, 2017 at 12:23 PM

We had a blast but I’m really happy to be home! A blankie fort filled with books sounds really awesome about now!

bev June 5, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Amy, Female of the Species.

bev June 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM

R, glad you had a great time. ;)

Amy June 5, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Ohhhhh yes, Female of the Species…that one is heavy and gut clenching enough to be called a Marmy. ;)

Maryse June 5, 2017 at 6:21 PM

I shall be reading that one next, I believe. YAYYYYYYY!!!!!! My book life is so good! :D

Maryse June 6, 2017 at 5:44 AM

Thank you Gina!! I loved Pull Me Close!!! :D

Maryse June 6, 2017 at 5:46 AM

Thank you so much Janie! I’m looking it up right now. :D

Amy June 6, 2017 at 11:57 PM

Maryse, are you talking about Female of the Species? Because if so…squeeeeeee!!!! And I just chose Sustained as my next read. Looks like we’re both in for some treats!

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