25 Friday Finds and Reader Recommendations – February 24th 2017

by Maryse on February 24, 2017 · 300 comments

in eBook Deals

25 of the latest Friday Finds (including a few new releases, like that one there, to the left). Tons are super-bargain priced, and so many of them have adamant personal recommendations, including one that I’m reading and loving right now (I listed it below), and the review is coming shortly.

P.S. Holy moly. Next week. HOLY. MOLY (below). Try not to “holy moly”. I dare you! ;)

P.P.S. Make sure to enter my James Patterson’s “Humans Bow Down” Giveaway!!!! <— Just leave a comment on it. :D !!!

Now… take a look at what we found! (NOTE: some are bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • BEAST by Debra Anastasia <— LIVE!! DEBRA ANASTASIA ALERT!! SOUNDS LIKE A DARK READ…I knew who he was before he introduced himself. Jeans and a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head. The hem of the material hid his face like he was the grim reaper. Or a Dementor. Legend has it that he’s a serial killer…
  • Ashes & Ember series by Carion Cole <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! Back on the list ’cause my fellow readers are LOVING this series, and now Steph just went crazy for ‘em too!

Steph: I just tore through this series. Read all four in a matter of days. Loved them … Like woke in the middle of the night and started reading. I love stumbling on a terrific series

Natasha: Awesome series!!!!

Catherine: Mmmm haven’t read a good rock star romance in an age!!!!

  • Rhys by D.B. James <— LIVE!! HE’S RECLUSIVE & SHE’S STARTING OVER... “Averill is exactly where she wants to be in life after years of running. She’s opened her own boutique and can finally breathe again. She thought she was safe… until her world collides with the dark shadows of Rhys’...”
  • Whisper of Love: Tempest Braden (Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor Book 5) by Melissa Foster <— LIVE!!! SINGLE FATHER ALERT!!When she rents a room from ruggedly handsome, and closed-off, artist Nash Morgan and his adorable son, Phillip, she thinks she’s found a little slice of heaven on the outskirts of town, where she can concentrate on building her business. That is, if she can ignore the undeniable heat between her and the sinfully hot single father…
  • #1 Crush by T. Gephart <— SO FUNNY & I’M DELIGHTFULLY WORRIED!!! Cheryl finished and loved it, I’m almost done this one too (in fact I was reading it this morning upon waking up, and I didn’t want to stop – things are going to hit the fan, I JUST KNOW IT!!!!) but it’s book-finding time…

Cheryl: I just finished #1 Crush and I LOVED it!! Full-on laugh out loud belly laugh story. Did have a smidge of angst but great well-written story!! I’m gonna say 5 stars!!

Cristina: I cannot get over how freaking hilarious #1 Crush is!!!! …  You know what it’s like when you’re trying not to laugh? You laugh… much harder, and with no hope of stopping. Every single page in this book has me rolling on the floor *figuratively speaking of course, because I’m currently on the clock* laughing. Please make it stop! …Holy hell I’m laughing so hard!!

Chelli: Just finished…well more like devoured #1 crush…so funny, sweet and definitely swoon worthy. I could totally see myself and my friends (back when we were young and single) doing some of same things, you know if we were to stalk a hot movie star lol. A super fun, light read, thanks for the link on your page…

  • Beard Mode (The Dixie Warden Rejects MC Book 1) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LIVE!!! HE’S SCARRED & ANGRY & SHE WANTS TO GET TO KNOW HIM ALERT!!!Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away. Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away...”
  • Ripple Effect: Episode One (A Dark Hitman Erotic Romance Book 1) by Keri Lake <— LIVE!!! AUTHOR OF RICOCHET ALERT!!! HE’S A PSYCHOPATH…For months, I’ve watched him. I’ve fantasized him as my savior, my lover. My ticket out of the hell I’ve lived in for the last six years. I never dreamed he’d be my nightmare. Had I known what he really is, I’d have never gotten in the car that night, but life is full of cause and effect.”
  • A Conjuring of Light: A Novel (Shades of Magic) <— LIVE!!!! HISTORICAL FANTASY ROMANCE ALERT! Fabi found us this one a couple of days ago, saying: “The final book in the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab came out today. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)
  • Silenced by Leddy Harper <— LIVE!!! HE’S BEEN DAMAGED AS A CHILD ALERT!!!Silenced and scarred, he keeps to himself, spending his time with his notebook in the woods behind his aunt’s house. Until Rylee Anderson…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…“ Grey found us this one a couple of days ago, too!
  • Raine’s Haven by Shari Ryan <— LIVE!!! THEY ARE BOTH CONSIDERED… TROUBLE!!!!I felt like I was living in a prison while watching Raine Carson from my window, studying his sexy, tanned, and muscular physique for six long months. From inside of my house, he was perfect. Then I found out everything looked different from afar. Raine, a blunt and hot tempered man was living a life he wasn’t proud of, and I found myself oddly attracted to the sickening reality he opened my eyes to…” And Renee found us this one!
Renee: Shari Ryan release her new book today I loved it so much I know you girls will too It’s amazing I fell so in love with Raine
  • Tainted Kiss (Tainted Knights Book 1) by Terri Anne Browning <— LIVE!! ROCK STAR MADE HER PROMISES ALERT!The promises he made—I should have known better. He was a rock star and I had no time for a guy like him in my life. I fell anyway. I believed his promises. Held onto them and waited. But the thing about rockers is that their private lives are never truly private…
  • Becoming Mrs. Lockwood by K.I. Lynn <— FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT!!! Back on the list ’cause Maddi loved it, and is looking for more like this one!
Maddi: Just have to say love your blog! It is my go-to place when ever I need some reading inspiration :)  I recently read ‘Becoming Mrs Lockwood’ and it was a-ma-zing! If you havn’t read it, then I think you need to! If you have, can you please let me know of any books similar to this one?
  • Repossess by Jennifer Foor <— LIVE!!! JENNIFER FOOR ALERT! HER FAMILY BUSINESS IS A MESS & IT’S HIS FAULT!!!…I arrive to find the family business in shambles. My brothers have managed to run it into the ground. With new competition, the stakes are high, especially when I realize whose stealing all of the business out from under us. Seeing him again isn’t the hard part.  I’m over Crane Lord, his cocky, dangerous sex appeal, his criminal ways of getting by, and how he used to own every part of me. He’s the enemy. I don’t want him…”
  • Torn (Devils Wolves Book 1) by Carian Cole <— FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT!!! “…My father’s best friend. Fifteen years older than me, he’s always been my protector. The one I should never, ever want. But I was born to be his…” <— *gasp*!!! And MichelleS found it for us!
MichelleS: It is a totally hot taboo book – he is falling for his best friend’s daughter (he is 32, she is 17) and he has known her since the day she was born. Like an uncle to her. I know, I know…. ICK… right? But it’s NOT. Totally swoony. I must be wacked, but I loved it. Her dad is in a rock band, and they have been best friends since they were 7. So good!!!
  • Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance (Salt Hendon Book 1) by Lucinda Brant <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!! A FORCED MARRIAGE & A JEALOUS FOE THAT WANTS TO TAKE HER PLACE!! ”When the Earl of Salt Hendon marries squire’s daughter Jane Despard, Society is aghast. But Jane and Salt share a secret past of heartache and mistrust. They are forced into a marriage neither wants; the Earl to honor a dying man’s wish, Jane to save her stepbrother from financial ruin...” And… Jan is loving it!
Jan: Yesterday I discovered a new (to me) HR author from a comment on a Goodreads blog. The book is Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant. It’s a really well-written Georgian romance with great characters and a powerful storyline. So far I’m really liking it and yay! there are others in the series. Just thought I’d share for all you HR lovers out there who, like me, may not know this author. Well worth checking out.
  • Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners Book 1) by S.L. Jennings <— SHE WAS BORN TO UNLEASH DESTRUCTION & HE HAS TO KILL HER. It’s super-bargain priced ’cause book #2 (“End of Eden”) is coming out in just a couple of days!! “I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.  My thoughts are power. My words are weapons. Evil created me then grace tried to save me. But first… they tried to kill me. They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all…
Tessa: Oooooh. I really like Born Sinners… SL Jennings should only do PNR just because I loved every one she did that much. …LOVED it.
  • Meant to Be (Sweetbriar Cove Book 1) by Melody Grace <— LIVE!!! AUTHOR LOOKING TO GET AWAY TO WRITE BUT HE’S MAKING TOO MUCH NOISE!! ;)  ” Escaping to her aunt’s beach cottage in Sweetbriar Cove, Poppy is looking for inspiration to end her writer’s block and finish her new book. She just wasn’t counting on the handsome, gruff contractor making such a racket next door…
  • Men Of Honor Series Box Set: Men Of Honor Series by K.C. Lynn <— NAVY SEAL SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!!

Misty: They are about ex navy seals and are really amazing books. Happy reading.

Theresa: Good suspenseful but uncomplicated read.

Beverly: …each featuring very sexy, alpha ex- Navy Seals…. So good!

  • Come Closer by Brenda Rothert <— FORBIDDEN LOVE!!! BROKEN DOCTOR WORKING IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL ALERT!!!I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.” AND!!! Marit is loving this one!
Marit:  I’m currently reading Come Closer by Brenda Rothert. OMG! I LOVE it! Cannot wait to continue after my baby is asleep tonight :D
  • Exes and Goals: A Slapshot Novel (Slapshot Series Book 1) by Heather C. Myers <— LIVE!! HOCKEY STAR ALERT! “At six foot four and two hundred and twenty pounds, he is tall, dark blond, and solid muscle. He’s arrogant and direct and the minute he sees Harper at Taboo nightclub during a team bonding session dressed in a plaid shirt and converse sneakers, he has to get to know her better. Except there’s a problem from her past that won’t go away. Harper has an ex that won’t stay in her past – where he belongs…”
  • Dark Sexy Knight (a modern fairytale) by Kate Regnery <— RECLUSIVE & GRUMPY HERO COMES TO HER AID ALERT!!! “…Evicted from their home, Verity and her special-needs brother, Ryan, must find jobs or risk being separated. Colt, who is the furthest-possible thing from a white knight in real life, comes to their unlikely rescue…“ Nancy found us this SUPER-BARGAIN! And a new book in the series (all standalones) is coming out in just a few days!! :D
Nancy: This is one of her ADULT modern fairytales & I enjoyed this book so very much.
  • Silver (All That Glitters Book 5) by K.A. Linde <— K.A. LINDE FOOTBALL HERO SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! ”For the past three years, she’s seduced her way through the university’s football line-up. But when she finally has a quarterback fresh off the draft, Stacia experiences a shocking change of heart. One that sends her back to the place she never thought she’d return to…“ Actually both book #1 (Diamonds (All That Glitters Book 1) AND THIS book #5 are on supersale right now)
  • Cross Checked (Shots On Goal Standalone Series Book 2) by Kristen Hope Mazzola <— LIVE!! HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!!
  • Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy <— MAFIA ROMANCE W/ A KICKASS HEROINE ALERT!!! Kady is looking for more like this one!!

Kady: I’m just wondering if anyone can recommend a mafia book with a strong female like Melody from Ruthless People. I have read a few now and the women aren’t weak (I mean you don’t fall for these kinds of guys and be weak) but none of them are in the business. None of the other women are quite as kicka** as Melody and im spoiled now lol. I want another great one where the girl can give as good as the guy can.

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{ 300 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda February 24, 2017 at 11:21 AM

I’m #1!!!! Nanny nanny boo boo!!!!

Ela February 24, 2017 at 12:34 PM

I’m looking for fun, loving, and awesome individuals to Buddy Read with. LMAO love that line….BUT HONESTLY I NEED A BUDDY READER TO READ GOD SHAPED HOLE WITH ME FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE….ANYBODY???? BUELLER?????????? Leslie is not being nice and WON’T join so any body else????

Amy February 24, 2017 at 12:47 PM

*gasp* You’re reading God-Shaped Hole for the challenge?? YAY!!!!!

Hey, Maryse will read it with you.

Won’t ya, Maryse? :lol:

Nay February 24, 2017 at 1:07 PM

I will Ela! See the thread on GR–I already answered you there.

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Ela I’m in with you for that one for SURE. I haven’t read it, I KNOW it’s gonna be all Marmy-like, and I am SO IN. No squirreling!

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Amy, you know me TOO well. :D And I LOVE IT!

Ela February 24, 2017 at 1:54 PM

YAY MARYSE!!!! And remember YOU said “NO SQUIRRELING”. Robin tried to pull our chain saying GSH is a “fun” read…..yeah sure aha!

Gotcha Renee, here and there….

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Bahahaha “no squirreling”!! That’s so cute! :)

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 1:56 PM

OMG how funny would that have been if Nay went into it thinking it was a romcom!!??

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 1:59 PM


Cute. *snort* :P

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:29 PM

“OMG how funny would that have been if Nay went into it thinking it was a romcom!!??”

Um, not funny at all because *I* would get yelled at for recommending it. :roll:

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Is your emoji blinking or do I need more than 2 hours of sleep per night?

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Dude…Maryse…Female of the Species.

Loving it so far. LOVING it. And waiting for a possible Marmy twist.

Stay tuned.

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Rolling its eyes. *giggle*

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 2:35 PM

How did you do that?

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Oooooh I love the sound of Amy finding a potential Marmy!!!!

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Colon, then lol, then colon. Make sense?

: lol : <——— like that but without the spaces

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 2:39 PM

R… like this:


P.S. that’s ———-> : roll :

but take out the spaces so it will actually make the face.

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Wow. That’s life changing.

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Er. Wow Amy. We’re the same. But backwards. LOL!!!!! :P

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Maryse…I think you would LOVE the writing and pacing of this one, in spite of it being three POVs.

I’m absolutely loving it right now. :D

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 2:40 PM

I mean even the length of the ARROW is the same, and that thing was hand-typed!!!!!!

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:41 PM

LOL!!!!!!! Nutty minds think alike!!!

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Okay, here’s another “wow”…she asked how to do the eyeroll and I explained how to do the nose wrinkle-giggle thing.

At least you answered with the right emoji. *snort*

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 2:43 PM

I’ve never noticed before! :lol:

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:44 PM

OMG the length of the arrow IS the same!! :P

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Wha? No we have the same symbol. I’m sure of it.

There’s a nose wrinkle emoji??? I want that!

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 2:45 PM

OH right… YOU LOL’d.

I rolled. LOL!!!!

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:46 PM

I put : lol : and you put : roll : (the correct one).

: lol : = :lol: aka nose wrinkle!!

Amy February 24, 2017 at 2:48 PM


No, seriously…I totally just busted out laughing at work and drew attention to myself! :oops:

I must be as tired and delirious as R because this conversation is cracking me up!

Nay February 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM

I need a key for all these emojis. I don’t know how to do any of them! And of course, I have to try it now: :roll:

How do you do the embarrassed one? With ‘blush’ or something like that??

Nay February 24, 2017 at 3:01 PM

I was going to post ‘so cool’ and I got a virtual hand slap! lol

“You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 3:08 PM


R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 3:09 PM

CRY!! I’ll use that one a lot!

Ela February 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Testing of course :lol: :roll: :tongue:

Amy February 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM

The blushing one is : oops : but without the spaces.


Ela February 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM


R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 3:11 PM

and…there goes my day! :lol:

Ela February 24, 2017 at 3:11 PM


Ela February 24, 2017 at 3:12 PM


Ela February 24, 2017 at 3:12 PM


Amy February 24, 2017 at 3:12 PM

Unfortunately there are only a handful that work here.

Like this…

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 3:13 PM


R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 3:13 PM


R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 3:14 PM
Nay February 24, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Thanks, Ela! I just spit water all over my laptop screen! :joy:

Nay February 24, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Dang, it didn’t work! What are the codes for other emojis?? I can’t find any with the colons, just copy and paste ones.

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 3:21 PM

LOL Nay. I get that hand slap too. Seriously. This is MY blog and my own blog tells ME to slow down.


Nay February 24, 2017 at 3:21 PM

I don’t even have a smart phone, so this is super cool for me! When my guys text me with emojis, I just get boxes on my phone screen.

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 3:22 PM

I can’t find the html for the animated ones!

Anna Penwick February 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM

I just finished The Man I Love. Wow. I’m at a loss for words. I need chocolate.

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 4:44 PM


Kandace M February 24, 2017 at 5:06 PM

I finished The Last Hour of Gann yesterday. I think it may be my new favorite book. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Kandace M February 24, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Anna. The Man I Love was amazing! Make sure you read the rest of the Fish Tale series. Each book was so good.

Anna Penwick February 24, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Kandace- I want to read the rest of the series but I don’t think I can read them one after the other. That was intense.

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Mack Daddy isn’t as good as I hoped. I’m at 54% and meh. I don’t have any urge to read it. I think it’s the flash backs. It isn’t done right. It’s show you something, then tell you why it’s funny or sad. It’s like having to tell someone the punchline of a joke. The emotion is just lost in the explanation.

Nay February 24, 2017 at 6:09 PM

That’s the type of flashbacks I don’t enjoy.

Anna–I was hoping you’d love it! It is a lot, but like Kandace said, just wait until you read the rest!!

Fabi February 24, 2017 at 6:45 PM

I just caught up with all the posts and of course, I’m lmao.
“OH right… YOU LOL’d.
I rolled. LOL!!!!”
You guys are a riot!

Fabi February 24, 2017 at 6:46 PM

Tessa have you read Torn or #1 Crush? I have both of those peeking over the top of my tbr pile. Waving their arms at me.

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 6:46 PM

Kinda sound’t like they’re at a rave!

Jan February 24, 2017 at 6:57 PM

This is hilarious. I love these little suckers. Gotta try it out (duh) :roll:

And yeah Maryse, you’re right. That list? HOLY MOLY!

Jan February 24, 2017 at 6:57 PM

OMG it worked! :oops:

Nay February 24, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Will someone type up a quick cheat sheet of the emojis that will work here? Pretty please with a martini on top??

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 7:04 PM

Which Torn?

Fabi February 24, 2017 at 7:07 PM

btw, MichelleS, I’m not having any problems with Keystone by Danika Dark even though I didn’t read the Mageri series. I’m at 28% and really enjoying it. The narrator is possibly the best I’ve ever heard. Ever! I thought it was at least two people narrating at first. But it’s all her.

Fabi February 24, 2017 at 7:09 PM

Tessa, the one MichelleS recommended last week. By Carian Cole.

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 7:11 PM

OOooh. I’m terrified that one will hit my trigger, yet I’m so curious.

Anna Penwick February 24, 2017 at 7:17 PM

Nay- I loved it. I think I’m going to tackle my library books before continuing with Fish Tales.

I have “The Valiant” and “The Bear and the Nightingale” to choose between.

Fabi February 24, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Tessa, I’m with you on the blahs. I haven’t had a single 5 star read all month. I usually have several. Big hopes for this werkend’s selection. Although, I’ve already backed out of a BR because early feedback was “meh”. I can’t handle another meh right now and I sure don’t want to pay $5 for one.

Bah humbug

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 7:44 PM

I’ve had a few, but ironically, it’s the blah books that create my inabilities to read a book. It’s like I can’t get out of the funk that book put me in. How to Save a Life did it. Probably because I had such high expectations of it. *shrugs* Ah well. I expected the same with Mack Daddy, but meh.

Now the Jane Yellowrock books… Those have been awesome this month.

bev February 24, 2017 at 7:47 PM

Simon is a 5* read.

*all the emojis*

So would spoiler tags work?

Nay February 24, 2017 at 8:07 PM

Tessa-I also LOVE the Jane Yellowrock books. It’s one of my top 3 UF series. I also love Toby Daye. I look forward to those every April and September, Did you ever read past the 2nd Toby Daye?

I noticed the other day that the newest Toby Daye book is coming out in hardback at first (usually there’s no hb, and it’s straight to pb) and the kindle edition is $12.99! (usually both the pb and the kindle editions are $7.99 as it is with many of the UF series). I think that is a ridiculous cost for an ebook, especially when the first 10 books of the series have been between $6.99 and $7.99.

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 8:09 PM

I did get Simon from the library Bev. I’m not reading it with this funk, though. That wouldn’t be fair to the book.

Sharon February 24, 2017 at 8:18 PM

I have whiplash from reading this thread today!

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 8:22 PM

I have to go back to Toby Daye. Right now, the Faith Hunter books are nice and cheap, since my library has them. :D I think I just want awesome PNR. lol Though Torn is still interesting…I swear, it’s like some twisted thing wanting to know what happened.

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 8:23 PM

Oh and Price… I am looking at buying Briggs and Bishop in March. *shudders* Both are so expensive, but they are re-reads so I don’t want to wait for the library.

Amy February 24, 2017 at 8:32 PM

Holy sh!t…this girl is a bada$$.

Scary. But a freaking bada$$. I’d want her with me in a dark alley.

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 8:55 PM

Sounds kinky Amy! :oops:

Amy February 24, 2017 at 9:02 PM

Hmmmm…it could be.

But only if Fabi joins the party. *snort*

Tasha J February 24, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Yay, glad you’re loving it Amy! I can’t wait till you get to the end!!

Misty February 24, 2017 at 9:15 PM

You might try The Arrangement by Bethany-Kris.

Leslie M February 24, 2017 at 9:37 PM

You guys are funny with your fancy emojis!

Good luck to all you BR-ing God Shaped Hole! You know, the “fun, rom-com”!!!! *laughs maniacally*

Tessa, I was disappointed with Mack Daddy. :(

Antonella February 24, 2017 at 9:49 PM

I haven’t been reading for 3 days. It feels weird. Been busy at work, so didn’t want to start something new. Finished Fake Fiancée on Tuesday which was ok for a light read.
Saw The King Triology by Mimi Pamfiloff is 99 cents at the moment for all 3 books. It’s an oldie but I recall it being quite good for a paranormal series, if anyone hadn’t read it.
I need to find something in my TBR list to read. Hopefully something will be yelling ‘read me, read me’.

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Sharon I have whiplash, too!

I left a few hours ago to read, come back and the comments have doubled! And are pretty funny considering the emoji attempts.

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 10:02 PM


Have I already one-clicked that one?

*runs to look up cheap King trilogy*

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 10:03 PM

YAY!!! Thank you Antonella. I just got it. Some of the hottest covers and I keep hearing whispers of a “Barrons-feel” so I now own it! :D

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 10:26 PM

So… I bought the newest Amelia Hutchins. Nothing can get me out of a funk like her, but it’s been so long, I remember only vague details of the first book. This means… TWO BOOKS TO READ!

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 10:30 PM

It did have a Barrons feel to it, Maryse. I remember that, though I’m happy having ended it at the trilogy.

Oh good, Leslie. I thought it was me. I really wanted to like it, but nope. Just too many misplaced flashbacks.

Nay February 24, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Barrons?! I’m on it right now!! I don’t think I’ve heard of this “King trilogy”. I thought y’all were talking about the non-PnR one at first.

Oh yes, Robin got me earlier on a GR thread. I mentioned that I read the blurb for God Shaped Hole long ago and remembered nothing about it, so i’m going in blind. And I think she said it was a ‘cute romcom’, so dummy me said I don’t care for cute but maybe I can handle it with a romantic comedy. I didn’t even realize she was kidding! Duh!! :oops:

Nay February 24, 2017 at 11:07 PM

So, back to these emojis. I looked back, and I only found these codes, but there are other emojis with no code listed. We’ve got:

:oops: = : oops : (without spaces)
:roll: = : roll :
:lol: = : lol :

What else? What’s the laughing so much you’re crying one? The frowny one? And the two different one’s y’all posted with red eyes? Any others??

bev February 24, 2017 at 11:09 PM

Maryse, that chair is cool, but I did not think you’d be beige chair person.

You guys maybe your moods wouldn’t ruin Simon, but Simon would improve your moods.

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 11:20 PM


Tessa February 24, 2017 at 11:22 PM

OOOH, I like that one!

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 11:26 PM

I can’t get the smiley evil demon!


R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 11:46 PM

Sorry Nay! 😘

Tessa February 24, 2017 at 11:51 PM

At Any Turn: (Adam & Mia #2) (Gaming The System) by Brenna Aubrey is free!

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 12:32 AM

Amy, I’ll bring the nail polish. ;-)

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 12:42 AM

For anyone with The Butterfly Project in their TBRs, Emma’s giving away 10 copies through her Entourage page! It’s the top post. https://www.facebook.com/groups/906742879369651/

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 1:06 AM

I should mention *existing members* so if you are one of those… I must sleep LOL :roll:

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 1:09 AM

Hmmm… :sleep:

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 1:09 AM


Grey February 25, 2017 at 8:43 AM

So… Big news Amelia Hutchins responded to a question/comment on Goodreads… She says that the next Playing With Monsters book should be out this year!!! *happy dance*

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 9:01 AM

I’ll second (third?) that “Barrons Feel” for King Trilogy! It sure did. King is that jerk you love to hate. Loved that trilogy!

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 9:06 AM

I’m craving PNR for my next read too. I’ve got Dark Stranger by I.T. Lucas on my TBR. Supposed to have a BDB feel. Anyone read it? I’m going to give it a shot. Hot cover & 99 cents. Woop!

Ela February 25, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Yay for Hutchins news!

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 9:29 AM

I’m in on the vote for the King’s PNR trilogy. So freakin good. I’d hazzard to say that early King was even scarier than earky Barrons.

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Fabi – I’m betting that Into This River I Drown would be a 5 star read for you. Just a hunch! And maybe September (Pride & Joy). Had Fabi written all over it.

Insert some cute winky emoji here cause I can’t handle trying it myself!

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 9:34 AM

Right Fabi!!! He was so dark & broody & mysterious. I kept thinking, “what is he?” Not who is he! Just like Barrons.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 9:35 AM

I added September to my tbr as soon as you recommended it the first time. I’ll go look at Into This River I Drown. That title would normally put me off as too angsty, but you know my tastes so I’ll check it out.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Exactly Michelle. I even wondered if he was good or bad at times.

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Tessa, did you read Rhapsodic, The Bargainer? Good PNR for a “funk”!

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 9:44 AM

It’s TJ Klune, and closest to that Wolfsong feel from him. Very melancholy. True love story. So “different”. Of course, nothing compares to Wolfsong, but I really felt this one too.

I’m still thinking about September. Best CR for me this year. And it’s m/m, but beat out the other CRs so far.

Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 9:46 AM

My library has the King PNR trilogy so I will add that to my list of PNRs to try. Although I have major book guilt from dnf-ing the bazillion other ones. :(

bev February 25, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Tessa, have you read of Smoke and Bone? I’m only on page 76 but good so far. Think it maybe one you’d like.

I started Mist too. Only just put the prologue. It seems pretty good so far. But, no tears.

So is the spoiler tags the same type of thing as the emojis?
I am completely illiterate in this type of thing.

no tears

bev February 25, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Nope, doesn’t work. *shrug *

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Michelle, the first review I pulled up, first line in build letters:

This book didn’t made me cry, it made me weep.

Maybe this one is more Robin’s taste. :-/

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Leslie, I remember reading your list of PNRs you’ve tried. Honestly girl, you haven’t really tried any/many of the “greats” in the genre.

Many of us old PNR readers hadn’t heard of or hadn’t tried most of the ones on your list.

bev February 25, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Eh, but it doesn’t mean you’ll cry or weep.
Mist of the Serengeti? So far nary a tear for me.
Jellicoe Road made me cry but I don’t think Amy did. And even though it did the book was not made of sadness just one of the chords.

bev February 25, 2017 at 9:53 AM

Leslie, you should read Written in Read.

bev February 25, 2017 at 9:56 AM

That should be Red.
*kicks auto correct*

Ela February 25, 2017 at 9:59 AM


Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:03 AM

But Leslie’s favorite genre is contemporary romance and WiR doesn’t really have any. At least not much more than a nebulous thread during the first book.

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Exactly that’s why FAE and IAD would work for her! And Leslie, you must give Charley another try and be patient for the romance to bloom!

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:09 AM

I’ve read a few IAD but never really got into the other two.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Fabi those words are like a warm blanket wrapped around my soul <3

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 10:11 AM

I wonder if I’m just emotional right now. I cried so hard during Mists if you’d have been standing in front of me, my projectile tears would have taken you down. It was bead. Serious ugly cry.

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:12 AM

IAD rocks!

Amy February 25, 2017 at 10:13 AM

Okay, I need more info on this King PNR business and I’m too lazy to scroll back up. Barrons feel? I’m in!! Who is the author?

Even if a book doesn’t make me cry or weep, a good ol’ overwhelming heartache is just as satisfying. ;) Like Jellicoe Road…just as bev said, I didn’t cry but oh MAN was my heart crushed.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:13 AM

awww Robin, I’m so glad I can make you cry. ;-)

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Lol, I know Fabi. Honestly? I’m 95% sure she’d not like it. But the 5% is the fun part. Plus, then she could be all, But bev, WiR sucks.

Sometimes it’s just fun to see what works and what doesn’t, like those emojis.

Amy February 25, 2017 at 10:19 AM

The Fae Chronicleswas great! “F$&@ing Fairy!” LOL!!!!

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:19 AM
Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:20 AM
Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:20 AM

On their FB fan page Syn continues to call him her Erin Fairy!

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM

I like how the trilogy has a book 4 and 5…. lol

Amy February 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Hmmmm…what about EIT for Leslie? Slow buildup/longing in the romance department and then BAM!! Angst!!!

*sigh* I loved Dex and Perry.

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:22 AM

And then there is Simon. Which yes a part of my brain turns into Ela a does a cha cha in fringe and beads proclaiming, EVERYONE WILL LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. EVERYONE.
Then R is all reasonable and , bev no. Amy and Fabi? It’s not for them.
So, my brain Ella takes it down a notch and puts on her jeans and t shirt and while doing the running man(occasionally throwing in a Roger rabbit) says, Come ON. Let’s just SEE. It will be FUN.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:22 AM

I’ve read a few of the Fae Chronicles too. But for me, none come close to the greatness of the early works by Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon and of course, the one and only J.R. Ward.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Whoa there bev. I’ll take a mimosa… :D

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:24 AM


Amy February 25, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Thanks ladies! A boxed set for .99?? CLICK. :D

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Oh pffftttt! Those early PNR authors may be overrated! Lol….love em too, though

Amy February 25, 2017 at 10:26 AM

*perks up*

Did someone say mimosa??

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:27 AM

All these Simons.

I want Leslie to meet Simon from WiR.

Amy & Fabi, to meet Simon from Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Leslie: “I’m very picky and read contemporary romance almost exclusively”
Bev: “oh, then you’ll love this YA m/m and this Fantasy novel.”
Ela: “but my favorite is xxx, so you’ll love it”
Amy: “slow burn and tears, this one is for you”
Fabi: “I’m old, so oldies is the way to go.”

*Leslie scratches head, and with a confused look on her face, goes back to reading CR*

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:29 AM
R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 10:30 AM

OMG Fabi!

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 10:31 AM

What, you don’t bev? I thought we all did. Why do you think it took me so long to get through Mists?

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:36 AM

LOL. That’s perfect, Fabi.

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Damn Amy can dance! *whispers, that guy is hot too, you think he’s single*

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Fabi? My favorites are xxx? Are you insinuating I only like smut?

Amy February 25, 2017 at 10:38 AM

He stole my dance.

My Marmy dance.

I’m gonna file a lawsuit since that is the American way.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 10:39 AM

I love that GR added the “read for the second time” feature, but has anyone noticed that every book you read now says you’re reading for the second time by default? It’s saying that about Mists and bev right now!

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:40 AM

lol Ela, it never crossed my mind. …but now that you mention it…

Hahaha kidding! We all like smut. We read romance after all.


Bev, omg! that was one of the most beautiful dances I’ve seen. Wow!

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:41 AM

I saw that R! It doesn’t make sense, did something get clicked by accident?

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Oh and Ela, that dancer is probably gay, so, we’re all out of luck. lol!!!

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:43 AM

I know I do have my smut rampages :oops:

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 10:44 AM

I don’t think so Ela. For the last 3 books I’ve read I’ve noticed it and had to go in manually and click the x to delete the second read dates.

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Not all ballet male dancers are most likely gay, surely?

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:49 AM

I have hit read on accident before and then have to go fix, but yeah have seen it on others status as well. I’ve seen it on R’s and when Tessa was reading Wintersong. A few other times as well.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Not all. Of course not. And I have no idea about this one. Honestly I think he’s hot regardless of his sexual orientation. Besides, he one exceptional dancer!!!

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Fabi, I wonder what it is like to be able to do that.
I know ballet is hard, but they make it look so effortless.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:52 AM

People are complaining about all kinds of bugs since the new feature released on GR. That’s pretty typical for them with each new feature release.

Ela February 25, 2017 at 10:52 AM

I was just pulling your chain Fabi….he most likely is! Lol! But damn he’s got moves and ballet is freaking hard!

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 10:55 AM

aw Bev, I’m a HUGE fan of dance. I find it stunningly beautiful. They have control of every single muscle and sinew in their body, that’s why they can make it look so effortless when it’s anything but.

Tasha J February 25, 2017 at 11:17 AM

I think I’m the only one who didn’t like King’s, but I did really like Darkfever.

bev February 25, 2017 at 11:18 AM
R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 11:22 AM
R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 11:22 AM

I think you have to then click on the pic to make it bigger?

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 11:26 AM

idk R. I just see a figure in a Gawain shirt in the middle of a black tie affair

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 11:27 AM

what?? I need to find a new photo site. Photobucket is annoying and godaddy sucks.

bev February 25, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Ha. After Fabi’s comment I was thinking someone in a shirt with a pic of Gawain and the Green Knight.
Then it’s a dude in a Hawaiian shirt.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 11:38 AM

OK try this. If we ever get another book bash, I think this might be me and Amy… http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q429/robinhillwrites/Misc/16831960_1775740266086949_2251272110828556428_n_zpsxrqhc2rm.jpg

bev February 25, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Johnny Depp makes me sad. I used to love him.

I was obsessed with What’s the Story Morning Glory? Still love that album.

I have a set of nesting dolls, they are so cool.

Don’t even get me started on Dirty Dancing.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 11:51 AM

LOL thats the bucket I use to drop pics I post on GR. I love my nesting dolls. My husband got them for me because of my Fish obsession. Dirty Dancing is prevalent in All In and my favorite movie, so I used it to make teasers for my review :D

I know right! I haven’t heard Oasis in years and then I saw it on the playlist and can’t stop listening.

Amy February 25, 2017 at 11:55 AM

OMG that’s SO us, R!!! And you know I would have the hardest time NOT calling you R in person… *snort*

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Some people are too cool to have surnames, I’ll just bee too cool to have other letters!

Amy February 25, 2017 at 12:01 PM

bev…that article just made me swoon and fall back on the fainting couch. So. Freaking. Sweet.

Tasha! I’m a little a-scared right now because I’m attached to the three MCs and this can NOT end well… :|

Amy February 25, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Buzz buzz. :lol:

Amy February 25, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Ya know, because you’ll “bee” too cool to have other letters.

Yeah, that just fell like a lead balloon.

bev February 25, 2017 at 12:37 PM

You know at those conventions people wear name tags. They put their Web names on them. So if at RT you’ll have to be R.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Just one bit “R” and I’ll pretend I’m a rapper.

Amy February 25, 2017 at 12:42 PM

How about you put a symbol on your name tag and be the woman formerly known as Robin.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 12:46 PM

*closes Word for the day, starts designing logos*

Amy February 25, 2017 at 12:52 PM

OOH!! Fall From Grace (Mad World series) by Christine Zolendz is FREE right now!

Grown-up PNR with a nice dose of angst and HOT sexy times. :D

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 12:53 PM

lol R!!! Love the pic of and Amy. Love the nickname (blog name). But you know what I live even more???


Open that Word app back up right now. *mean face*

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 12:56 PM

LOL I am, but I have to get through a blog post first. I forgot this is a short month!

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Thanks Amy! Just downloaded it.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 12:58 PM

R. no rest for the weary. ;-)

Nay February 25, 2017 at 1:17 PM

Just wanted to mention that ‘Fall From Grace’ was an awesome book! I recommended it to someone here not too long ago (may have been when we were trying to find something PnR that Leslie and/or Robin might like). And I’ll second what Fabi said, “Many of us old PNR readers hadn’t heard of or hadn’t tried most of the ones on your list.”

Antonella February 25, 2017 at 1:25 PM

what do you guys mean by ‘Barron’s feel’? Who are u referring to/what book is this?

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 1:32 PM

Antonella Barrons is the H in Karen Marie Monning’s Fever series.

Tessa February 25, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Michelle, I got Rhapsodic, The Bargainer through KU, but haven’t read it yet.

Bev, I’ve read that. I actually got Blood and Starlight from the library and need to read that. Someone randomly mentioned Smoke and Bone and I’d been trying to remember what the book was I had in my head for so long. Finally, someone mentioned it, and I grabbed the second book that week.

Happiness over Playing with Monsters. That book, gah.

I’ve been wanting to try Fall from Grace. That’s awesome. *one click*

Leslie, what did you like about Twilight? Was it Edward was a gentleman? The love triangle? The angst of does he love me or not? The hero aspect of Edward? The family connection? That might help us figure something for you to try.

R. Renee February 25, 2017 at 2:16 PM

*pushes Leslie out of the way and raises hand* yes to all of the above 😍

Amy February 25, 2017 at 2:21 PM

What the hell?!? I didn’t think my heart was going to ache this way from this book!! I have a lump in my throat and I’m on the verge of tears! :cry:

It’s the writing. That has to be it. This author takes a simple event that happens in most books but words it in a way that makes me FEEL it, physically and emotionally and mentally. GAH!!!!

Amy February 25, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Holy moly. Everything is right in the world and I want to stop reading right here.

I don’t want to see things implode.

I don’t want to see things fall apart.

I’m a-scared.

And I think I’m gonna sick-up all over my fuzzy blanket.

Tessa February 25, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Uh. *finds Manny and hands it to her* Here you go!

Nay February 25, 2017 at 3:24 PM

Amy–I’d say it’s definitely the writing. It’s phenomenal! She makes everything sound so beautiful!

Tessa–I also read Rhapsodic after I heard how much Michelle liked it and really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely read the next one when it comes out!

Amy February 25, 2017 at 3:37 PM

*takes Manny and squeezes him*

I’m running to do some grocery shopping before I attempt to read the last bit. If it decimates me I would rather not have to leave the house right after. And we NEED groceries right now.

Stupid real life.

Amy February 25, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Nay…you are so right. SO right.

Tessa February 25, 2017 at 3:38 PM

I’;; get to it. Hutchins is working for me now. I’m re-reading Darkest Before Dawn because I got Death Before Dawn. I swear, it’s HOT, which I totally forgot but should realize with the author. :D

bev February 25, 2017 at 4:38 PM
Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM

I am DYING here over all these comments! You guys are killing me. (Fabi, that was the best)

Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Maryse!!! R, pushed me!!!

Tessa February 25, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Lol seriously! What makes Twilight awesome to you? That’s the best way we can recommend books.

Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Sorry, trying to respond but my “lovely” husband is squawking that he wants me to make dinner. Grrrrr. Be back soon.

Grey February 25, 2017 at 6:31 PM

Holy crap *hits the pause button* what the h*ll have you guys been drinking? Y’all are a bunch of chatterboxes today!

Amy… what are you reading…cuz I wants it!

I’ve been soooo busy today! I am finally going to go read, right now. I want a giggle emote… you know :giggle: because that’s me!!!

Tessa, I know, I am SUPER stoked about the next PWM book, it’s the highlight of my reading year I think. LOL!

bev February 25, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Does anybody else watch the Oscars?

Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 6:47 PM

What I loved about Twilight? I could wax poetic about that forever.

I loved every single thing about the romance. How Edward was jerky at first, then couldnt stay away, the whole forbidden-ness of vampire/human, then how he left Bella, then Bella saving him, etc. I liked that it took place mostly in real world and PNR part wasnt so weird that I could understand it.

Bev, I dont watch Oscars or usually any awards shows live as too many parts that Im not interested in so I get bored. Def a dvr thing .

Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 6:54 PM

Ok, now on to e everyone’s suggestions (Thanks, by the way)

Bev, not sure that WiR would be my thing, but I’m adding it to list of ones to try. :)

Amy, EiT does sound good. I have loved some of Karina Halle’s CRs.

Ela, Fae Chronicles looks interesting, I’ve never tried anything like that before. Adding it to list! Immortals After Dark honestly doesnt sound like my thing. :( As far as Charley Davidson, I didnt like that one. The whole seeing dead people/mystery part and dark humor turned me off…sorry.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM

Ok Leslie, get ready for the million recs coming your way.

Twighlight was the first one I read. (over and over again lol). Then went to Dark Prince by Christine Feehan and I’ve been a PNR fan ever since.

So, that’s the one I’d recommend to you.

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:07 PM

I don’t remember what my first pnr or uf was. Way before twilight though.
A mix of kenyon, feehan, hamilton, then Macalister. Some others too. *shrug*
I read War of the Oakes around then too, so good.

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:07 PM

What were your favorites before Twilight, Leslie?

Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Fabi, that one sounds good! I’ve never seen that one before. Added to list!!! :)

Tessa February 25, 2017 at 7:12 PM

*kicks a rock* My first was LJ Smith or even Christopher Pike prior.

Hmm, that makes sense! So a bit of forbiden and the saving romance… Now to think!

Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Twilight is what got me into reading romance. Before Twilight reading was only an occasional hobby and if you can believe it, I used to like non-fiction.

I have always wanted to love other PNR stories since and am having a heck of time finding my niche.

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:16 PM

Twilight might just be exception.

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:20 PM

I didn’t realize Pike wrote those genres. I always thought of him as YA horror or thriller type. But I only read like one that I remember.

Fabi February 25, 2017 at 7:21 PM

A YA series that I found to be “Twighlighty” is the the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout. It’s sci-fi instead of PNR but easily reads as YA PNR romance. It’s set in the modern world with the MCs as neighbours and schoolmates. The first book is Obsidian.

Tessa February 25, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Most of Christopher Pike’s story had some form of romance. Especially the later ones. I remember Final Friends just rooting for the romance, and oooh, when you found out who did it, that was a shock too. (At least, to my 11/12 year old self).

I was looking at my YA stuff too Fabi. I went to Covenant of course. lol Or the Sweet series by Wendy Higgins. (Which I found out about because of the Lux series). I wonder, Leslie, does the mystery that’s in the PNR stuff what turns you off? A lot of adult PNR have some big adventure/ mystery involved.

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:29 PM

Leslie, I know what you should read.
Eyes of silver, eyes of gold.

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:33 PM

I don’t remember the title of the I read. I want to say it leaned more psych thriller/gothic.

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:34 PM

And probably wasn’t supposed to be rooting for the romance. Since he tried to kill her and all. But she did get the Butler in the end.

Amy February 25, 2017 at 7:47 PM

Damn. Wow. Just…oh man. Female of the Species was SO freaking good, great even, but not going to lie…it’s pretty brutal on the emotions. In a YA WTF kind of way. That’s about as articulate as I can get right now.

I need a drink. Like NOW.

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 7:51 PM

Early IAD was some of the best PNR I’ve ever read! Funny & sexy & action. I have reread them so many times. How can you not love sexy Scottish werewolves?

bev February 25, 2017 at 7:55 PM

Amy, I’ve heard nothing but good things but I saw spoilers.

Amy February 25, 2017 at 7:58 PM

Grey…I was reading Female of the Species. And yes, you definitely wants it!

bev…I used to watch bits and pieces of the Oscars and other awards shows, but I’m pretty cynical now about them and avoid anything related to them. Bunch of out-of-touch-with-reality people patting each other on the back, acting like they cured cancer and using the platform to spout their political and social opinions as if they actually matter? (I’m talking to you, Meryl Streep) No thanks.

*quietly slinks off soapbox*

*reaches for Midol*

Amy February 25, 2017 at 7:59 PM

Aw, that sucks bev! You definitely don’t want spoilers for this one. :?

bev February 25, 2017 at 8:21 PM

I love Meryl Streep.
I do love a good speech. I had to watch Jessie Williams speech when I heard about it though I didn’t watch the show. I watched Michelle ‘ s convention speech like 5 times, lol.
But I get how it turns people off especially if they do not align with your thoughts.

Then there is Lin Manuel Miranda who I now have a huge crush on….Though I’ve never seen him on Broadway. He will be there. He won an award at the Tony’s, didn’t watch but had to his speech afterwards, not long after the shooting in Florida. And it’s mostly to his wife. And like 60 seconds.
I love it and I promise not political. If you want to see it cause he’s my crush, lol. He will be at the Oscars. And I’m shallow I like the. opening and the gowns. I haven’t even watched many movies this year.


bev February 25, 2017 at 8:24 PM
Leslie M February 25, 2017 at 8:34 PM

Fabi, I actually have read Obsidian. It was ok…I dont remember much as it was years ago but I never read past book 1. Not sure how I feel about non-adult characters.

Tessa, yes, mystery does turn me off.

Bev, carpool karaoke is awesome!

Amy February 25, 2017 at 8:43 PM

bev…even when their views DO align with mine, I still get turned off of their political speeches. I just don’t like the self-importance they place on themselves, ya know?

Amy February 25, 2017 at 8:44 PM

*turned off BY their political speeches

Tessa February 25, 2017 at 8:49 PM

See! That right there, mystery turning you off, makes the biggest difference as far as what tor recommend. Okay, this will take longer, because that’s a huge focus of PNR.

bev February 25, 2017 at 8:59 PM

I see.

bev February 25, 2017 at 8:59 PM

Tessa ‘ s on the case. ;)

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 10:06 PM

I think they do it (political speeches during Oscars) because it has such a huge, worldwide audience. They want people around the globe to know that all Americans are not what they may be perceived as, especially now. I don’t watch because I haven’t seen ANY of those films! And I don’t know anyone in Hollywood anymore.

MichelleS February 25, 2017 at 10:09 PM

THAT’S your crush Bev??? Heehee… the ponytail…. okay. I won’t make fun. What happened to Cumerbatch?

bev February 25, 2017 at 10:49 PM

Lol. The hair was for his role as Alexander Hamilton. And did you watch his speech to his wife?

There is also this


bev February 25, 2017 at 10:51 PM
bev February 25, 2017 at 10:55 PM

Got to like a man who loves women. Lol.


Tessa February 26, 2017 at 1:29 AM

You all realize how many PNR books I’ve read in my life, right? Finding one that isn”t a mystery or adventure is HARD! I am gonna need all your guys’ help. Honestly, I figure it’s probably why I didn’t like Twilight as much as everyone else.

Tasha J February 26, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Vampire Academy? Maryse has a list for after Twilight too: http://www.maryse.net/books/quick-recommendations-for-future-reading.html

Nay February 26, 2017 at 8:11 AM

Tessa–I’m with you, I’ve read hundreds, but I need some help here–if a PnR book doesn’t have a mystery or adventure locked into it, then what does it have? It would definitely be those that don’t lean toward urban fantasy, because those are full of mystery/adventure. I need an example of something before I can come up with a recommendation. In the meantime, I’m looking at my PnR shelf to see if anything jumps out at me.

Tasha–Yes! Vamp Acad. That’s one of the ones I recommended to Leslie (or Robin) the last time we tried to bring them over to the dark side! I can’t remember if Leslie said she’d tried the first one or that she’d consider them???

Leslie M February 26, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Nay, you recommended Vampire Academy as your top choice for me. I did start that one, but wasnt in mood. I only got as far as the two roommates escaping their room. So it isnt a DNF, its a GBL, which is progress right? Hee hee

Leslie M February 26, 2017 at 8:53 AM

I dont mind if there is “some” mystery…but I dont want it soley focused on it and I dont want lots of murder/death. So I guess lite murder/mystery/adventure/death is ok. Hee hee

Thats clear as mud right?

I actually have quite a list going of ones to try:

Dark Prince
Fae Chronicles
Alpha & Omega
Blood Curse
Experiment in Terror
Written in Red
Immortals After Dark

Ela February 26, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Yes! Vampire Academy! Or I was also thinking Jamie McGuires Providence series or Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick or Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz.

Ela February 26, 2017 at 9:03 AM


Ela February 26, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Oh! fallen series by Kate Lauren

Ela February 26, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Oh what about Cat and bones?.Jeaniene_Frost

Leslie M February 26, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Ela, I have heard soooooo much about Cat & Bones over the years…that is one I’ve wanted to try too. But I really like sound of Fae one you suggested.

I’m not sure I want to read ones with teenagers. I know Twilight was considered YA, but it didnt feel it since Edward was over 100 yrs old. Hee hee

Ela February 26, 2017 at 10:52 AM

The FAE chronicles ROCK DEEP!

Technically the H in the Fallen series is past 100 years old…

Amy February 26, 2017 at 11:50 AM

I agree with all of Ela’s recs and want to add the Covenant series by Jennifer Armentrout. I thought it was similar to the VA series at first but I loved it SO much more than VA. *sigh* Aiden is my book guy and I have the biggest girl crush (still) on Alex. And Tessa loves Seth from that series. ;)

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 11:57 AM

I’m so glad I’m reading (listening) PNR right now because this discussion has me seriously craving the genre.

Tessa February 26, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Same Fabi! Okay, adventure/mystery lite definitely helps. I agree with Nay. PNR over Urban Fantasy. Fae Chronicles is HOT. lol I’m reading her other one, and yep, HOT. :)

When I get on my computer, I’ll look again. That does help to make it lite.

Ela February 26, 2017 at 12:57 PM

I would recommend BDB or Lords of the Underworld but as great as they are I don’t think they’re up Leslie’s alley. There’s one series I have in my head but shit can’t connect it withe the author or title, it’s YA though.

But I did remember those dragon books, not YA and hot and awesome….I will try to find titles and author.

Ela February 26, 2017 at 12:59 PM
Ela February 26, 2017 at 1:04 PM

There’s also The Mortal Instruments. Lynsay Sands books.

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 1:15 PM

Hey! The Dallas YA book club is going to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda in March. :-) I just had to mention that on this blog. —bev—

bev February 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Because. It. Is. Awesome.

Read, Fabi. Read it.

And if you dislike it you and R can forever hold it over me.;)

R. Renee February 26, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Please give me that chance!

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 4:02 PM

lol :-) I’ll read it one of these days.

When I’m in the mood for YA m/m contemporary romance with zero sexy times and high angst…


Only Amy’s and Robin’s heart shredding books sound less like me than this one does.

But I’ll try anything. …

Long shot here, but (at the risk of revealing your age) does anyone here remember a commercial with two little boys. The older one getting the younger, Mikey, to try some food/cereal or something. He’d say something along the lines of “give it to Mikey” “he’ll try anything”.

That’s me Fabi/Mikey

R. Renee February 26, 2017 at 4:06 PM

My angst/tears over Simon were unusual. I think I’m just an emotional reader, still NO sexy times and YA.

Uh yeah I remember that. And “Where’s the beef?” :D

Leslie M February 26, 2017 at 4:53 PM

Of course I remember that commercial. Life cereal!!!

Tessa February 26, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Was it Life? I thought Kix. Tells you how well I remember it. lol

R. Renee February 26, 2017 at 5:52 PM

Kix was “silly rabbit, kix is for kids!”

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 5:58 PM

I think it was life. Great memory Leslie!

I love y’all for not making me feel so old! lol!!!

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 6:14 PM

I seem to have my own personal version of March Madness in the form of my reading schedule next month.
7 ARCs
2 Loans
5 BR s
1 tbr challenge read
1 other challenge read
—16 books with set due dates— 16/mos is the top limit of my reading ability with the amount of free time I have nowadays

Wish me luck. I really shouldn’t quit my job because I have too much to read. :-/

R. Renee February 26, 2017 at 6:31 PM

You have my permission to quit, Fabi.

bev February 26, 2017 at 7:06 PM

Ok. We have to re frame Simon.
Look at Simon as The Martian. A human looking at a new landscape with heart, intelligence, and humor. You root for him and let him navigate you through this world.
Look at the romance as Illuminae. (No I don’t know how the romance is told there but go with me) It is told through posts and IMs. They develop and nurture it through words, ideas, and jokes. Not on physical combustion.
And an added bonus of a mystery.

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 7:14 PM

Alright Bev! *clap clap clap* Now, that, sounds like a book I want to read.

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 7:16 PM

Thank you R.

I’ll turn in my resignation tomorrow and pack my bags so I can move into your house rent free.

I don’t cook or clean much. And I do eat a lot. But, I’m always ready to talk books with you, day or night. ;-)

R. Renee February 26, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Fabi, that sounds like heaven! I cook all the time and I don’t want you getting in my way. You can read to me from the bar. And messy’s fine. I’ve decided to give up on housework anyway!

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 7:32 PM

OMG LOL!!! You’re perfect.

Nay February 26, 2017 at 8:02 PM

TRIX is for kids! Not Kix, lol!

I mentioned before how much I loved Vampire Academy (so much that I drove almost 30 miles to buy the newest hardback, which is MAJORLY NOT me because I’m cheap, cheap, cheap), but haven’t read the Lux or the Covenant series, although I’ve heard they were awesome.

I think there got to be so many of them that it seemed too daunting to get hooked on a new YA series (which I typically don’t enjoy). Do either of them lean at all toward NA or is it strictly YA? With VA it didn’t matter to me that it was YA because I loved it so much (just like with Twilight).

R. Renee February 26, 2017 at 8:03 PM


Fabi February 26, 2017 at 8:26 PM

May I think they both lean towards NA towards the later part F the series. Lux especially does.

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 8:26 PM

grrr autocorrect

Sorry “Nay”

Tessa February 26, 2017 at 8:31 PM

All of Armentrout YA books go into NA a little eventually. She’s an author that any of her PNR, it’s automatic for me. I do like her CR, I just don’t grab CR as fast as PNR.

Fabi February 26, 2017 at 9:45 PM

Jean…Where are ya ? I’m finishing up the last little bit of my current book then I’m ready for Singe. Are you still gonna read it with me?

Nay February 26, 2017 at 9:48 PM

OK-thanks. I’ve enjoyed any of her CR that I’ve read–what she’s written under J. Lynn. I’ll give those a try someday. I have the first in each series on my kindle.

Tessa February 26, 2017 at 10:18 PM

Also, gotta say, the men are swoony. Seth is my favorite, but all joking aside, they are all hot with different personalities.

Nay February 27, 2017 at 2:29 AM

Hey Ladies! I just got ‘the call’!! My cardiologist, Dr. Babu, got an offer on a heart, so we’re going to the hospital now. Hopefully, I’ll have my new heart by morning! I’ll keep in touch as soon as I can!

R. Renee February 27, 2017 at 2:30 AM

OMG Nay! Congratulations! I’ll be thinking of you. <3

Nay February 27, 2017 at 2:54 AM

Thanks! We’re leaving now!

Tasha J February 27, 2017 at 7:55 AM

That’s great news Nay! Hoping for a smooth surgery and comforting recovery!

Ela February 27, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Here for you Renee! Have a quick, safe, and healthy recovery!!!!!

Fabi February 27, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Wishing you the very best Nay.

MichelleS February 27, 2017 at 9:20 AM

NAY!!! OMG!!! That’s awesome. And scary. Keeping you in my thoughts today. Please update when you can.

MichelleS February 27, 2017 at 9:24 AM

Going to chime in on the PNR discussion, ’cause I just love me some PNR!!

If you are looking for a “smart PNR” with a back story that is interesting, which sounds like what you were saying…

The Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter
The Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter
Knights of the Black Swan by Victoria Danann

MichelleS February 27, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Those might be more UF? I always get the two mixed up. They take place in our world (well, kinda – Danann’s books are in al alternate universe like ours) – the stories unfold over several books. Lots of secondary characters to love. I like that they are smart and well researched.

bev February 27, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Nay! Sending all positive thoughts and prayers your way.
I’m in awe at your good humor and bravery.

bev February 27, 2017 at 9:49 AM
Amy February 27, 2017 at 9:53 AM

NAY!!!! Sending prayers and healing wishes to you!!!

Amy February 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Jennifer Armentrout writes really well as J. Lynn but her PNR/UF written under JA are my favorites, especially THE COVENANT SERIES!!!! :D

Tessa February 27, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Same. Covenant is my favorite, though I’m loving the Titan series. :D

OMG Nay! Congrats. Get through, rest and enjoy books and pampering after!

Tasha J February 27, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Did anyone ever read Torn from Jennifer Armentrout’s Wicked saga? I loved Wicked and waited forever for Torn. I was so excited at first since Wicked had such a big cliffy, but waiting so long kinda made it lose its luster for me and I moved on. With all this talk of her books again, I’m wondering if it was just as good and I should pick it up?

Nay February 27, 2017 at 2:22 PM

Thanks, everyone! I’m lying in the hospital bed, attached to all the iv’s (I have 3 with more coming). So far it looks like the heart is a great match and they’re getting it now and are expecting to start the 6-8 hour surgery at 3:00 CST.

And btw, I may have to put off those March buddy reads! Lol

I will be back in touch as soon as I can. Thanks again so much for all of your well wishes and prayers!

Tessa February 27, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Tasha, yes! It had some major twist and turns. Also, fae.

Nay, you do what you need to to get healthy. *hugs*

Grey February 27, 2017 at 6:39 PM

OMG NAY!!!! I just saw this!!! So frigging excited!!!!!! I’m abusing the exclamation points in a major way! Praying so hard for you and all the doctors and nurses taking care of you, please keep us posted!

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