43 Friday Finds and Reader Recommendations!!! – January 27th 2017

by Maryse on January 27, 2017 · 214 comments

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TGIF MY FRIENDS!!! I found us a few great-sounding new releases that just went live (21 of ‘em!!) and some awesome sounding adamant reader recommendations to play with (below)! In fact, I’ve got a whole weekend of reading to indulge in, and I’m likely going into a psych-thriller next. I’ve been in romance heaven for weeks now, so I’m in the mood for the scary heart palpitations again.

<— ALTHOUGH THAT ONE is calling my name!!! You’ll see why, below. ;)

Click to read the prologue and enter the giveaway!! :D !!!

BUT!!! I must tell you that the book I just read ROCKED. MY. WORLD!!! “Mists of the Serengeti” is one of the most amazing, soul-moving, beautifully written love stories/life journeys ever, and it had me in TEARS, and I mean the ugly-cry kind (but I promise… SO WORTH IT!!!). I promise you guys!!! My review is coming shortly, and while it’s not up for preorder yet, it will be LIVE in a few days.

AND!!! You can read the entire prologue here (and enter for a chance to win a free copy!!). PLEASE!!! DO IT!!!! :D !!!

Trust me you guys. Even though it’s just the prologue, it is SO worth reading even before the book is released. It sets the stage, it’s a mini-story in its own right, it is jaw-dropping and intense, and the book only gets better from there. What a story!!!!

Now… take a look at what else 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!):

  • Defense by Sandi Lynn <— LIVE!!! SANDI LYNN’S LATEST!! UNREQUITED LOVE but then…. ”Everything comes with a price, and mine was falling for a man who couldn’t return my affection. Then one night tragedy struck and he needed my help. That was the night I became his defense...”
  • The Pawn by Skye Warren <— HE RUINED HER FATHER & LEFT THEM PENNILESS…I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left. There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value. My virginity. A forbidden auction...” and now he’s back for her. *gasp*!!!! eek SUPER-BARGAIN priced today ’cause book #2 is coming out in just a few days!!
  • Not His Type (Unexpected Changes Book 2) by Cameron Allie <— LIVE!!! SHE WASN’T HIS TYPE… ”Gabe Fuller never thought that the day would come when he actually desired Brooke Holter. She plagued him all throughout high school, but now that she’s determined to push him away, he realizes that she’s exactly what he’s looking for…”
  • Wrecking Ball (Hard To Love Book 1) by P. Dangelico <— HUGE HIT OF THE WEEK ALERT!!! MOODY, UNINTERESTED FOOTBALL STAR recent release and it’s back on the list ’cause OMG A TON of my fellow readers jumped on this one and went CRAZY for it. I keep getting recommendations and it sounds RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. Plus, now it has me re-thinking my need to jump into a psych-thriller, and maybe instead, I should just indulge in this one?

DG: OMG!!!! Wrecking Ball!!!!! Same feel as WoW that I had to check the author!!! Sooo LOVING this! *happy dances around room*

Lisa: Oh, and Wrecking Ball by P. Dangelico is such a Maryse book. I think I’m loving it more than WoW which says sooooooooo much!

Jan: In the meantime I got sidetracked (as I often do!) and have read Wrecking Ball on DG’s rec. And yes, I REALLY LIKED IT!! It IS like The Wall of Winnipeg and Me in lots of ways. Slooowww burn with a slightly enigmatic, hot footballer H. The h is different from WoW, but the setup is kinda the same. Although in this case she’s tutoring his nephew rather than being his PA. Different back stories etc, but it has a similar flavour. They HATE each other at first……  The book’s really good and I second your rec DG. Thanks. I’d never even heard of this author before. She writes well.

Maryse: I HAVE TO READ THAT!!!!! I keep seeing that said, and I LOVE me a good grump, uninterested hero. Especially if he’s a star!! :D

  • TEN CLUB (KING SERIES Book 5) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— LIVE!!! SERIES FINALE ALERT!!! P.S. Here’s the series reading order (and this one was much loved by many in our crew!!)
  • The Hard Count by Ginger Scott <— Another HUGE FOOTBALL STAR HIT and it’s back on the list ’cause it’s still bargain-priced and Marion recommends it!

Marion: I’m half way through ‘Hard count’ by Ginger Scott if anyone loved watching Friday Night Lights then this one’s for you…soooo good!!

Laura: I might have missed seeing them on the list but the three books in SH Richardson’s fabulous Junkyard Boys series are bargain priced. I devoured all three books in a crazed reading binge this week. Best series I’ve read in a long time. Features three sisters and four very damaged men with alpha tendencies. Had a bit of a similar feel to Bijou Hunter’s Rawkfist MC series (but the Junkyard Boys series is not a MC series). I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
  • A Call to Heaven by Jo Kessel <— LIVE!!! SHE CAN SPEAK TO HER DEAD MOTHER USING HER PHONE… WOW this one sounds so unique and if done right… this one just might be amazing! “’…I’m no different than anyone else. I’ve loved, I’ve lost and it sucks. I’ve got a five-year old son and an abusive husband. My mother died six months ago and I miss her like crazy.   I’m the biggest sceptic when it comes to other-worldly stuff, so when I’m told that I can pick up the phone and call my mum in Heaven, I should disbelieve it, right? Wrong. I pick up that phone, because there’s nothing I want more than to hear her voice trickle into the receiver. And you know what? It works. I get to speak to my mother. It’s a miracle. If only it could stay this way, with those calls just for me, but someone up on high wants me to choose three other people to make a call to Heaven too…”
  • Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett <— HE’S A RECLUSIVE EX-CRIMINAL & SHE’S HIS NEW INTRUSIVE NEIGHBOR ALERT!! This recent release is back on the list ’cause Julie recommends it!
Julie: Just finished Finding Kyle and realllly enjoyed.  Great H and an extremely likeable h. Was rooting for both of them all the way. And great intimate sexy scenes.  You know how some books they are constantly falling in bed with each other page after page?  Well they only burned the sheets up 3 times, but extremely memorable.
  • Every Night Without You: Caine & Addison, Book Two of Two (Unfinished Love series, 2) by Victoria Duke <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!! BOOK #1 & 2 BUNDLED AT A SUPER-BARGAIN!Seven years having his heart tethered to Addison―and now she’s back. With even more reasons to run than she’d had then. Only this time, Caine isn’t letting the gorgeous little flight risk out of his sight…
  • Put Out (Kilgore Fire Book 5) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LATEST LANI LYNN VALE IS LIVE!!! She’s had to fight her whole life… and then he showed up. “He tore down, brick-by-brick, her carefully constructed world, leaving her heart in tatters and longing for more. Such as a happily ever after, something that wasn’t ever going to happen for her. Not when she couldn’t give him what he wanted. He’d break her, and she couldn’t be put back together a second time...”
  • Egomaniac by Vi Keeland <— HILARIOUS AND STEAMY OFFICE ROMANCE (DIVORCE LAWYER & A MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR) ALERT!!! Hahaha!! YES I KNOW… it’s back on the list again, but we just can’t get enough of it, and even MORE of my fellow readers are sending me their thoughts of BIG LOVE for it. :D

Amal: WOW! I will not spoil it for you but dear Lord this has got to be one of Vi Keeland’s best books I have read. I’m an attorney myself and as a personal rule I don’t read legal fiction. ( just one of those things). I can’t get over how well-written, well-rounded the book is. It has the right amount of humour, wit and realism you look for in a contemporary romance. I usually skip pages in quite a few romance novels but I read every page. It was just a damn good book! I’m gushing at this point knowing I should stop but hey, every girl deserves a bad boy who is just sweet to her alone. Loved It! ( this is very unlike my bland Attorney personality)

  • F*ck Club: Riley by Shiloh Walker <— LIVE!!! HE GETS PAID FOR SEX & SHE NEEDS A PLACE TO HIDE FROM HER ABUSIVE BOYFRIEND ALERT!!…after almost ten years of being paid to pleasure, he’s almost numb to it…and to women. That all changes with one phone call. Brianna Sharpe, the girl he’d loved as a boy, is leaving an abusive lover and needs someplace to hide…
  • The Rule Book (Rule Breakers) and The Rule Maker (Rule Breakers) by Jennifer Blackwood <— OFFICE ROMANCE COMEDY ALERT!!! The blurbs have me wanting to read these badly as my next comedy-romance reads, and even more so, with this recommendation:
Amy (the other Amy aka “Anti-Amy” LOL!!): I’ve read these both! I really loved the first one and I liked the second one. Both are slapstick funny and have extremely “normal” likeable characters you’d want to be friends with. These are PERFECT for those people like me that enjoy the lighter, lower angst romantic comedies. The second has definitely lifted me out of my reading funk.
Jan: I’m enjoying the new Laura Florand book. It’s a little bit slower than some of her others but still has that lovely romantic tone. I’m taking my time with it. Tristan the H is gorgeous and it seems like he’s secretly been crushing on Malorie since they were kids. But Malorie is untrusting of men in general after the bad example set by men in her own family. But they are slowly working out that maybe there is something real between them. It is taking its own sweet time, though confused
  • After Hello by Mhairi McFarlane <— LIVE!! A short story sequel to the bestselling romcom You Had Me At Hello!
  • Closer Home by Kerry AnnE King <— HER FAMOUS SISTER DIES & SHE INHERITS EVERYTHING ALERT! She’s reclusive and hasn’t spoken to her sister in years… “…so she’s shocked to discover that she’s inherited her sister’s massive estate. Not only that, but Lise is now the guardian of her sixteen-year-old niece, Ariel, to whom she’s practically a stranger. Overwhelmed by grief and her new responsibilities, Lise thinks things couldn’t get worse. But overnight she becomes the paparazzi’s latest obsession…” It’s super-bargain priced today!
  • At the Risk of Forgetting by A.M. Wilson <— LIVE!!! SINGLE MOM MEETS HIM AGAIN… The deepest betrayal. “…she stumbles upon her childhood best friend and love, Lawrence ‘Law’ Briggs, at the local coffee shop. A painful confrontation ensues and challenges her carefully constructed reality. Her strength wavers with Law’s reappearance as half-truths are revealed and memories flood through the barrier…
  • Neighbors (A Twin Estates Novel Book 1) and The Neighborhood (A Twin Estates Novel Book 2) by Style Fantome <— INTENSE ALERT!! Tessa is reading these and enjoying!

Neighbors and Neighborhood. I’m enjoying it. I read Neighbors and that one was intense, but Neighborhood is um… It’s good, but I can’t really describe it without spoilers. I even deleted like five ways to describe it without spoilers, and my descriptions got spoilery. So good, but not finished yet. Also, not as much angst as the first book. …Oh, the ride is wild, though compared to the Kane Trilogy, not that insane. rofl. I love that trilogy.

Fabi: The one I just finished, my Dec pick, was adult dystopian romance. These are like finding a diamond in a pile of coal. Very hard to come by. I just lucked into it because Amazon had it classified as a sci-fi and it kind of sounded like a tech thriller from the blurb. It was neither. lol It was a nice surprise.
  • Jasmine (Kings of Guardian Book 6) by Kris Michaels <— LIVE!!! HE’S A FAMOUS COUNTRY STAR & SHE’S HIS BODYGUARD ALERT!! “The sex-fueled country superstar was either a stone cold killer or the target of a deranged psychopath. Regardless, the self-absorbed bad boy was now hers to protect, and she’d be damned if she’d fail—despite the singer’s best efforts to make things difficult...”
  • To Have It All by B.N. Toler <— HOMELESS MAN & RICH MAN SWITCH BODIES ALERT!!! DG went on a reading spree and really hit the jackpot!!! She recommends this one…
DG: To Have It All … had a total different plot. The whole switching bodies thing totally worked…well wrote and not far fetched at all. Totally fell for the confused but hot Liam…
DG: Menace…yeah, shockingly this CH I was ok with…maybe because the conclusion will be out Feb 6th!!! This book…left me guessing until the end. I sooo totally thought I had it figured out early on BUT was SO wrong!! J.M. Darhower knows how to write a MAFIA book! Loved this made man’s quirky personality, loved the DND’s strong and fearless side yet vulnerable also. Just LOVED kitten all together!
  • Ice Flambé: (Hockey Romance) (Razors Ice Book 7) by Rachelle Vaughn <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!When Lucas runs into Morgana in the produce aisle at his local gourmet market, he thinks twice about the woman he had a crush on in high school. They share an afternoon hot enough to make him reconsider his permanent bachelor status. But some habits are impossible to break…
  • Arcane Kiss (Talents Book 1) by Angela Knight <— LIVE!!! TIGER-SHIFTER ALERT!!
  • Wyvern’s Warrior (The Dragons of Incendium Book 3) by Deborah Cooke <— LIVE!!!
  • Viper (Vampires of Hollywood Book 1) by Madison Ashmore <— LIVE!!! VAMPIRES ALERT!!
  • Chased by Hazel James <— LIVE!!! A TORNADO TORE THROUGH HER WORLD & IT HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN! AND he’s damaged ex-military that needs an adrenaline rush. I think the “tornado” is meant literally and figuratively. ;)Now, adrenaline is my drug. It numbs me when the memories become too much to bear. It reminds me that I don’t deserve a wife, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence. I’ve seen what tornadoes do to white picket fences. It’s ugly. I’m the tornado. I’ve already destroyed one family. Don’t chase me...”
  • The Do-Over by Julie Richman <— LIVE!!! HER NEW CLIENT, NOW A CEO WAS SOMEONE SHE ONCE FELL SO HARD FOR!!! Once upon a time, she fell HARD for him, but he had a girlfriend. Years later, she’s newly divorced and back in the dating game… “...After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name. Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s newest client. And just my luck, that client’s CEO is none other than…Wes Bergman. Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart...”

Kristen: I really loved this one! Wes is amazing!!!

Toni: Great read!

  • Torn Between Two: The Torn Duet by Mia Kayla <— SUPER-ANGSTY SOUNDING LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT!!! She’s in love with both a rock star and a lawyer and this recent release is back on the list ’cause Marion HIGHLY recommends it! P.S. And book #2 (the conclusion) is coming out in just a couple of weeks!! It’s already up for preorder ➜ Choosing Forever: Book 2 in the Torn Duet
Marion: Torn between Two’By Mia Kayla is a MUST READ! You’ll be torn too, trust me!! …Guys you’ve just got to read this book!!!!! 2017 is off to a good start! I’m torn myself just reading lol!!!!


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Amy January 27, 2017 at 12:43 PM


Amy January 27, 2017 at 12:44 PM

Mists of Serengeti is SO MINE! Is it a Marmy or just a good ol’ emotional read that’s “safe” for anyone and everyone?

Now off to work…happy Friday ladies!!!

Maryse January 27, 2017 at 12:53 PM

It’s not a Marmy. I mean… well… NO. No. Not a Marmy. BUT AWESOME LIKE A MARMY (at least in terms of feels and adrenaline rushes and total devotion to the book once you’ve finished it).

But I hate saying anymore because I don’t want y’all to think it’s a safe and easy read, ’cause… I mean, where’s the fun in that, right?!! ;) :P

Maryse January 27, 2017 at 12:53 PM

YAY!!!! :D And yes, Amy. IT IS A MUST!

Grey January 27, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Not a Marmy? Really?! *scratches head* sounds like a Marmy to me…

Maryse January 27, 2017 at 1:26 PM


Er… I’m just gonna say one more thing, and then my lips are sealed.

It gets pretty… “Marmy-intense” like.

Lisa C January 27, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Woohoo! I’ve been waiting on the conclusion to Anatomy of Jane. That was one hot, steamy book! Yay!

Amy January 27, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Hmmm…sounds like Serengeti skates the Marmy border without actually crossing into Marmy territory.

Huh. I haven’t even read it yet and I’m trying to make sure no one is scared off from it. ;)

Grey January 27, 2017 at 5:35 PM

PSA!!! *bangs on the mic* Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters is FREE on Amazon right now. Yeah people, run!

Grey January 27, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Oooh, you know what else is free…
one of Tessa’s faves… Fear Me by B.B. Reid.
A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson
Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe
The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken
Dirty Billionaire by Meghan March
Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
Forever & Always by Jasinda Wilder
Fugly by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway
Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G.

Jean January 27, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Serengeti is a no-brainer! I know it will be awesome!

And um Junkyard Boys = “damaged men”…mine!

Probably starting Wrecking Ball tonight.

Jean January 27, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Thanks for that list Grey! I have all of them! I can’t believe Tapping the Billionaire is free! That was a great book! And I just recently read Six of Hearts and loved it!

Maryse January 27, 2017 at 6:25 PM

LOL Jean… I saw “damaged” and I though of you immediately. ;)

Maryse January 27, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Great freebie list, grey! I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few of ‘em. Lots of hits in here.

Maryse January 27, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Agreed Amy. EVERYONE needs to read this. Buckle up and hang on to the “Oh sh!t” handle. ;) You’re in for a ride my friends.

P.S. You’ll get why I say that when you read it. *snort*

Amy January 27, 2017 at 6:34 PM

And let’s clarify…that is “oh sh!t” for Serengeti, not to be confused with the “aw sh!t” for Big Sky from yesterday.


Fabi January 27, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Lol thanks for clarifying that Amy

Robyn January 27, 2017 at 7:05 PM

Serengeti is a must! You had me at soul moving. I’m all about the soul stuff. I’m reading the prologue when I get the book. I hate reading blurbs and prologues before the book comes out because then I want to read the,whole book right away! Gah!

I got Wrecking ball because any book that is like WoW is for me.

Lisa C- The Anatomy of Us was so good. I read it when the author put it up for free….can’t remember the website. Anatomy of Jane was one of my best of 2016!

Amy January 27, 2017 at 7:25 PM

My pleasure, Fabi. *snicker*

Maryse January 27, 2017 at 7:27 PM

LOL Amy… oh yeah… I just backtracked and saw those comments.

I think I may be in for a buddy-read of it, too. Eeeeeeep!!!

Ashley January 27, 2017 at 7:45 PM

This is such a great list!!!! I’ve also pre ordered London Miller’s newest book Calavera that comes out on Tuesday. That series is REALLY good.

bev January 27, 2017 at 7:47 PM

Marmy intense…..so only the secondary characters die not the MC. And the h doesn’t have an a fair just a one night stand.

Amy January 27, 2017 at 7:48 PM

YEAH!!! We’re gonna have us a big ol’ fun BS BR!!!!

It went from “aw sh!t” and “what possessed you to buy it” and “WTAH Amy!” (all of which cracked me up) to “okay…I’m in for a BR.”

I love our crew here!! :D

Fabi January 27, 2017 at 7:53 PM

Oh yeah, we’re awesome like that. ;-)

Grey January 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM

What are we talking about??

Fabi January 27, 2017 at 8:13 PM

I don’t know if any of you look at the NYT Best Sellers list. I peek at it now and then. I still consider it a big deal. This is the upcoming Feb 5 top 5

Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

NEVER NEVER by James Patterson and Candice Fox
A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron
A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman
FEVERSONG by Karen Marie Moning
EGOMANIAC by Vi Keeland

Some of our favs are on there. :-)

Amy January 27, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Grey…Big Sky. Take a look in the comments on Tuesday’s post. ;)

That’s pretty dang exciting, Fabi!!

Grey January 27, 2017 at 8:50 PM

What the actual F***… *bwahahahah* omg… Amy!!! for serious?!?! a milking machine?!?!?

I don’t know what to read… I don’t think I have your book. I gotta check my kindle, it’s charging, somehow my wifi was on and searching for a signal all day and drained my battery today.

But if I don’t…I’m out. I can’t buy books. *cry* So… hmmmm, I may need someone to give me a number…

Fabi January 27, 2017 at 9:01 PM

You’ll have to give us a range Grey. Otherwise any number could be…well, any number. ;-)

bev January 27, 2017 at 9:06 PM


Jan January 27, 2017 at 9:09 PM

I’m cracking up again over the milking machine. I mean, come on…….

I’m getting tempted by the junkyard dogs (um, I mean, boys?) and also mists of the serengeti. Sounds pretty awesome.

Ari Morera Celorrio January 28, 2017 at 1:37 AM

when does it release!?

Jen C January 28, 2017 at 1:46 AM

Ooh y’all have convinced me to 1-click Wrecking Ball. Actually finished a reread of WoW last night after wanting another book like it and coming up with nothing that could hold my attention! Wrecking Ball tonight it is! Thanks guys <3

MichelleS January 28, 2017 at 2:36 PM

I just finished Silent Waters and it’s a 5 star read for me! Not sure everyone else would feel the same, but I have personal reasons for loving it.

It was sooooo angsty. Does that make it a potential Marmy book?

Maggie may and Brooks just broke my heart. I love stories that start out in childhood. Her father marries a woman when she is 6 and they join that family. The world is wonderful and she has a new sister and brother – and the bonus of her brother’s best friend. She decides she is going to marry him. He’s beyond annoyed. She is full of love and laughter and joy.

At some point, things happen and she is no longer that girl. But he wants to still be that boy. But can he? Can she ever be again?

I don’t ant to possibly put any spoilers, but dang, this story is heartbreaking. A true love story. I am going to recommend it to anyone who wants that achy book.

Tessa January 28, 2017 at 3:49 PM

Alright, you were all correct about Bird and the Sword. It really was good. For some, I can see the slower pace of words being a deterrent, but I loved every second. It was so well thought out, and I could visualize everything. That, and it was full of action and romance. My favorite type of fantasy. :D

Tasha J January 28, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Thanks for that list Grey, I one-clicked Tapping the Billionaire. I’m gonna finish Ove now and then I’m going to do some samples and see what I’m in the mood for next, because I’m completely FREE for the rest of the night!! Whooo! This never, ever happens. :D And, *drumroll please* I’ve spent my morning and half of the afternoon picking bathroom things and I made decisions! With the help of you ladies, I decided on a dark wood vanity with like a black glass top and a white porcelain bowl that sits above it. It’s kind of curved in the front, and it’s beAutiful! I also picked 4 paint samples within the same range as the gray I’ve already got on my walls. I decided on a fun print with a bold color for the wall behind the vanity. I’ve narrowed down light fixtures. And that’s it, but it’s something! :) Yay!!

R. Renee January 28, 2017 at 4:01 PM

That sounds awesome Tasha!! Show us some pics when you’re done :)

Jan January 28, 2017 at 5:55 PM

Tasha your bathroom sounds lovely. I’m jealous. Mine is looking a bit tired but everything works and I can’t really justify a renovation at the moment :(

Jen, I hope you enjoy Wrecking Ball as much as I did. It will be interesting to see how you find it if you are reading it straight after WoW. I hadn’t read Wow in ages, so it wasn’t that fresh in my mind like it will be for you.

Tasha J January 28, 2017 at 6:19 PM

I’ll definitely try to do pics when it’s done. I’m not quite sure how, but I’ll try! Everything works fine in it Jan, it just needed cosmetic changes so it thankfully isn’t incredibly expensive. It had berber carpet, which in a bathroom is awful. My kids spilled a container of bath bubbles up there and not too long ago overflowed the toilet, imagine trying to soak that up! Lol There have also been accidents, we’re starting potty training (yay) and half the wall was done with a plastic tile that had a thick orange glue dried and crumbly behind it falling off in splotches. The tub is fine so we aren’t messing with it. And the floor is extra from my folks, so it was good timing and it’s a longtime investment for sure! The downstairs is the one that truly needs it the most honestly, but it’ll cost more and take more time because it needs a new tub, the whole bottom is coming up, and the floor is peeling off, same tile situation, and part of the ceiling came down not long ago so it has an unfinished patch up. So we want to wait and save as much as we can before we do that.
Anyway, I just finished A Man Called Ove and it is definitely worthy of its spot on the best sellers list Fabi! I’m gonna try and make a review. I have this cool feature where I can highlight stuff on my phone from the book and it sends it directly to my notes with the name of the book and everything. So cool, I’m not much of a quote saver but I saved a bunch of stuff with this one!

Jen C January 28, 2017 at 7:13 PM

Oh my gosh, Jan! I couldn’t put it down! Just finished it now and immediately gave it 5 stars. Absolutely ADORED it – it was just what I was wanting to read. Absolutely the same feel as WoW – that super slow burn etc. And even though it had a similar storyline to WoW – football player, the h working for him, won’t say anything else kind of spoilerish – it was completely different in so many other ways and didn’t feel like a rehash of WoW AT ALL. Great writing and really captivating. Love your words Maryse – he IS a good grump, seemingly uninterested. But totally loveable.

Jan January 28, 2017 at 7:40 PM

Yay Jen! Everyone needs to read Wrecking Ball! It’s lovely. So glad you liked it too, even straight after WoW. Yes, the same but different.

Tasha, your bathroom sounds a bit more in need of attention than mine LOL. Berber carpet in the bathroom? Just, no! Esp. when you’ve got young kids. My kids are well past all that now, but when my three boys were younger….. oh dear. Toilet and bathroom got a beating. Took me a while when the boys were little to realise my toilet wasn’t leaking at the back. Nooooo. Just little boys who couldn’t *ahem* aim very well. Oh dear.

Tasha J January 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Ahahaha! I can only imagine that mess, boys are so fun aren’t they?! ;)

Jean January 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM

I just started Wrecking Ball guys and yeah, you were right, it’s really good!

MichelleS, I loved Silent Waters too! I think it doesn’t get the credit it deserves!

Tessa, I knew you would love The Bird and the Sword! I knew it!

D.G. January 28, 2017 at 9:14 PM

*happy dances around room, chanting…everyone loves Wrecking Ball!*

D.G. January 28, 2017 at 9:20 PM

On a sidenote…I just finished….Hit the Spot by JDaniel. Think it was a December release. Anywho…I really, really did not like Jamie the H in the beginning of this book. Something about the way he spoke and picked at Tori, it drove me nuts. Maybe it was his arrogance. BUT about midway through…he found my soft spot. I totally melted for him. And NOW I love him! Another great read by JDaniel!

Maryse January 28, 2017 at 9:23 PM

Okay that one is next for me!! Starting Wrecking Ball tonight!! :D YAY ME!!!

D.G. January 28, 2017 at 9:23 PM

And I so want to start reading Preppy (both 1 and 2) but it seems like I recall someone saying that they felt like book 2 was either a CH or not the last of the Preppy books???

D.G. January 28, 2017 at 9:23 PM

YAY Maryse!!!

Jean January 28, 2017 at 9:51 PM

That was me D.G. Someone I know read it and said they need the next book like yesterday. May not be a CH, but not the end of Preppy’s story. I read the first one already and really want to read the 2nd because I’ve been waiting for it!

Jean January 28, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Maryse, I think you will love Wrecking Ball!

Maryse January 28, 2017 at 9:57 PM

I just one-clicked it. I’m going in!!! :D

Jan January 28, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Yay Maryse. I think you will like it too :D

D.G. January 28, 2017 at 10:14 PM

Oh Jean…now I kinda want to wait to see if there is another one.

Maryse January 28, 2017 at 11:03 PM

Yep you guys… I’m already loving Wrecking Ball. This is EXACTLY my type of book. The writing, and flow and wit, and intro… nice and slow and it’s all about her at first. I AM LOVING. No eye-rolling. No cliches.


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Jan January 29, 2017 at 12:19 AM


Jan January 29, 2017 at 12:20 AM

DG are you a cute giraffe? (Just noticed duh!)

D.G. January 29, 2017 at 9:39 AM

Jan – yes! It’s actually a baby giraffe! One of my fav animals!

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 11:16 AM

I used to be obsessed with giraffes! Remember when Converse came out with glow-in-the-dark giraffe print high-tops? Totally had those!

Cheryl January 29, 2017 at 11:55 AM

I just finished Wrecking Ball this morning and I LOVED it too. Yes, similar to WoW, with football player H and s-l-o-w burn romance. Loved the tough, no-nonsense h who even though she was not immune to the H’s gorgeousness, she still didn’t like him because he was an insufferable a$$. Also, loved cute little Sam and the supporting characters Ethan and Amber. Can’t wait for book 2.

Cheryl January 29, 2017 at 12:01 PM

I think I can’t wait for Mists of Serengeti. Equal parts scared and intrigued. ;)

Defense, Rule Breakers series, Bet Me, Closer Home, The Do Over and Torn Between Two( after book two is release) are sample clicks.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Good Boy by Sarina Bowen comes out on the 31st. It sort of follows the Him and Us books but this one is F/M. I wasn’t planning on reading it but the early reviews have been spectacular. So, one more for my overflowing tbr.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Hmm…I wasn’t planning on reading that one either Fabi. I’ll have to reconsider!

Jean January 29, 2017 at 12:50 PM

Oooo I was planning on reading it! Glad to hear it’s getting good early reviews! I love Sarina Bowen!

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 1:01 PM

*in singsongy voice* Guess what I just made???

Yup! Robin’s excellent Monkey Bread. Yum yum yum! I’d never even heard of this before Robin made some. Now I’m about to go into a sugar coma. :-)

Thanks Robin! For the Monkey Bread. The coma is all on me. hahaha

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 1:04 PM

You’re welcome! And as much as I’d like to take credit, it’s not mine. I didn’t even alter it! I found the recipe on Allrecipes.com. I used to make it with my mom as a kid, but we did it differently. We dipped the biscuit pieces in melted butter, shook them in cinnamon/sugar, sprinkled them with chopped nuts, and baked them individually. Not the same. The brown sugar/butter finish is what makes them!

Cheryl January 29, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Fabi, I was thinking about that one but wasn’t sure because I haven’t read Him and Us.

Tessa January 29, 2017 at 3:54 PM

I am enjoying Wrecking Ball so far as well. I’m just not far into it yet.

bev January 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Finished Wrecking Ball.
This is where my problem with rating comes in.
I feel like it should be a bit more than 3 stars, but I have Bitter Legacy at 3.5 stars, though 4 highlighted, and I liked it more overall.
So do I move BL up to 4 or just leave WB at 3? See stars are pressure.
I liked WB but kind of fell apart for me in the second half.

bev January 29, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Yeah, I’m thinking 3 stars.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 4:02 PM

That’s how I’ve been coming up with my star ratings. I made shelves for different star levels and I see which one feels like good company for the book I just finished.

bev January 29, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Stressful R, stressful.

I actually have BL as 3.5/4 stars. Really 4, I think. I keep thinking about it and the characters and if the author writes another it will probably be an automatic 1 click. I just had a teeny tiny quibble or two.
Where WB was a fun, solid, good read but the last quarter or so just unraveled for me.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 4:18 PM

That’s how I was with Kaleidoscope Hearts. I loved the writing, the MCs, and the story, but there were so many things I couldn’t overlook. I wen’t back and forth on that one forever.

Jan January 29, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Yeah sometimes it’s hard to use star ratings, isn’t it? You rate a book and then think, no, hang on, that’s the same as I rated that other book that i liked better. ??? What to do?! I also get confused by the different star rating scales on amazon and GR. Doesn’t amazon own gr anyway? WTH? I wish they were consistent.

Fabi your monkey bread description is making me soooo hungry! I can’t make it cos we don’t have that biscuit dough here in Australia :(

But I’m gonna check out Good Boy. I liked Him.

bev January 29, 2017 at 5:53 PM

I don’t even know the difference between the two star ratings.

For me 3 stars is just a good solid read. Just didn’t have that extra something that a 4 or even a 3.5 would have.
Maybe my system will get more refined as I go along.

Jan, just make biscuits from scratch.
Or, maybe you have the boxed kind? Like bisquick.

bev January 29, 2017 at 5:56 PM



Of course I may have made from scratch biscuits like once, lol.
I really want to try more recipes this year.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Oh yeah, I didn’t even think about the boxed kind!

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 5:57 PM

You wouldn’t even need to roll them out I bet! Hmm…this is calling for an experiment. Fabi, sorry but you’re going to need to take a road trip!

Jan January 29, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Not sure, ‘Biscuits’ in Australia means sweet cookies. I don’t think we have the equivalent of your ‘biscuits’ at all. A pity. I like the sound of biscuits and gravy. Maybe I can source a recipe online and make them from scratch as you say.

Here’s the star ratings for amazon and gr. As you can see, quite different. I assume they haven’t standardised them cos there are already so many thousands of rated reviews out there on both.

Amazon reviews
1 – I hate it
2 – I don’t like it
3 – It’s okay
4 – I like it
5 – I love it

GR reviews
1 – did not like it
2 – it was OK
3 – liked it
4 – really liked it
5 – it was amazing

Jan January 29, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Yeah thanks bev I can try the link recipe.

bev January 29, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Hmm, thanks for posting. That is an interesting difference.
I guess I lean more towards GR.
But I do not rate or review on Amazon.
I’m curious if the taste of a biscuit is something you’d like trying for the first time.
Might not translate, lol.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Amazon’s rating system is stupid. Is there really a necessity for an “I don’t like it star” and an “I hate it star”?

I follow GR closer, except I’ve upped everything about 1 star and I rate on a 6 star scale.

Jan I will totally mail you biscuit mix. And gravy mix while I’m at it! My English friends wouldn’t even consider trying that, but if you’re game, it’s yours!

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 6:11 PM

Hm, I’d never stopped to compare star ratings between Amazon and GR. I guess I use Amazon’s ratings on GR. Except maybe my five is more along the lines of “it’s great”.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:11 PM

I only rate on Amazon if I give 3.5 stars or higher on GR. Most of my reviews are tailored to GR, so it’s work to revise them and I don’t think it’s necessary if I didn’t like it.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 6:14 PM

I think biscuits (American) are just bread. What’s really different is the taste of gravy. I bet was here for 10-15 years before I attempted the gravy. But, then, I wasn’t an adventurous child when it came to food.

bev January 29, 2017 at 6:20 PM

All right it is around that time of year.
Favorite Girl Scout cookies?

Thin Mints and Tagalongs.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:20 PM

I wouldn’t go near gravy as a child. Or ranch dressing, avocados, cream cheese, sour cream (that last one stuck).

I’m glad I got over most of those hangups! Biscuits and gravy is one of the best things ever. Even with frozen biscuits and boxed gravy. And I’m usually an “It must be homemade” freak!

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Same bev, but I never knew that was what the peanut butter ones were called!

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 6:24 PM

I’ve always thought it was unfair to readers to only rate the books you love. I think it unfairly ramps up overall ratings for a book when there are no lower ratings to bring the average down.

For example, book A, 500 readers read it and 5 starred it. The average rating for the book shows up as 5 stars. Wow, a great book right? Well, not necessarily if another 1500 readers read it and considered it a 2 star. If everyone had rated the truth, then the rating would be more accurate of the true reaction to the book.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 6:26 PM

I still don’t do avocados or sour cream. >.<

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:26 PM

I agree Fabi, but it’s just too time consuming. If I have legit reasons for not liking it, then I might, but if it’s a case of “just not my thing,” then I don’t bother. The only reason I even mess with my good ratings is because I know how important reviews are.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Funny…I ordered a Mediterranean salad for lunch last week and the damn thing came with Avocados. Really?! When did Avocados become a Mediterranean food? Eww

bev January 29, 2017 at 6:28 PM

I didn’t like avocado or sour cream until I was a young adult. Now I love them.

I’m not a big cream cheese fan. So, no cheese cake or cream cheese frosting for me.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:28 PM

I wouldn’t touch avo for years but when we lived in Hawaii Stephan used to get this chicken avo sandwich that he would literally orgasm over. I finally tried it and WTH was I thinking?! Avos are everything! SC? Not so much. But, I LOVE Mexican crema! It’s the same consistency without the sour. I could probably eat a tub of it with a spoon.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:30 PM

My aunt made a cheesecake for my cousin’s birthday when I was young and I refused to taste it because I could’t imagine eating a cake made out of cheese. She made me sit at the table until I tried it (devil woman) six hours later I took a bite and she became my favorite aunt.

bev January 29, 2017 at 6:42 PM

I was like 20 and finally tried guacamole and sour cream on some nachos. Same thing, I wondered what had I been thinking all these years.
So of course I was all, maybe I will like jalapeño now. Yeah…no. Just burned my mouth off.

R, you are much nicer than I. I would of had to pretend not to like the cake just on principal.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 6:43 PM

That is me in a nutshell, bev, but it was JUST THAT GOOD.

bev January 29, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Ok, I just realized Bitter Legacy is lendable.
I need someone to read this, but you have to like M/M, mystery, and some emotional angst.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 7:04 PM

I’m going to read that one bev. I would jump on your lending offer, but I have to get through several ARCs before I can read anything else. Looking at my reading schedule looks like March? Unless it becomes an emergency read, then I can shuffle it into mid Feb. :-)

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 7:05 PM

Oh, and I do like angst in my M/M reads.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 7:06 PM

…and, I always like mystery and action in all my books.

bev January 29, 2017 at 7:07 PM

Fabi, I admire how you can stick to a schedule like that. I make tbr list and rarely do more than 2 with out a squirrel.
I can lend it to you when your ready.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 7:16 PM

Honestly bev I stick to it for ARCs with upcoming publishing dates or archive dates on NetGalley. I also stick to with BRs. But the other books I line up on my schedule because I really want to read asap, I end up squirreling as much as anyone else.

I’ve had Idol on my schedule for months! It keeps getting pushed back. That’s the one I just mentioned I can squirrel from in mid-feb. No kidding I’ve had that one on my schedule since it released. One month I threw my hands up and removed it. Then another great review came through my feed and back it went on my schedule. But I still haven’t managed to read it.

It’s not because I don’t read a lot. I know other people read a lot more than I do, but I’ve read 20 books so far this month. :-/ I’m determined to get to Idol and Bitter Legacy.

If someone else wants to borrow it before me, please go ahead. I have it listed as a borrow request on booklending too so it may come it before March. ;-)

Tessa January 29, 2017 at 7:24 PM

I can’t go on a schedule. If my mood is wrong, I’ll destroy what could be a great book.

Okay. I hate gravy, avovado, and sour cream unless it’s on something with refried beans. NOT by itself, but as a dressing and with salsa. Then again, I’m picky. I’ve got a long list of food I don’t like.

bev January 29, 2017 at 8:03 PM

That sounds like such a cool site. I like the thought of lending cause more bang for your buck. I like borrowing for saving $$. But I need to get my own tbr under control first.
I do think it’s possible.
I think if my mood isn’t totally wrong, cause I agree with Tessa, or I’m not holding onto it for a long weekend I need to start a if I buy it I read it. Immediately or at least next.
I used to be able to wait for my library or the full year for paperback or a used version.
Also, be more discerning with sale books. Some authors or publishers have sales regularly so I could wait. Some like mainstream published YA are rare sales, so yeah one click if down from 10 to 2.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:23 PM

That’s my NYR ‘read what I buy’. I am failing spectacularly this year. I did much better last year.

Maybe I’ll get it under control before the end of the year.

I have these little conversations with myself when I look at my recent purchases.

Self: You were so desperate to read this that you had to one-clicked it immediately.
Me: I know
Self: So why haven’t you read it yet?
Me: I dunno
Self: Well, go ahead and start reading it then.
Me: m’kay, next

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:24 PM

Fabi, how much sugar did you have today?

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:24 PM

…a month later

Repeat conversation

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:28 PM

Enough to take a 3 hour nap this afternoon. :-O. My mom “forced” me to make the cinnamon roll icing for the Monkey Bread. *shakes head* After she tasted it w/o it she says it doesn’t need it. Duh! I tried to tell her beforehand. But, since it was already made, I had to dribble some on my (two) plates of Monkey Bread.

I passed out in a sugar coma a hour or two later. :-/

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:29 PM

OMG icing? Your mom is the bomb. I must try this!

Tessa January 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM

I am slowly going through my wishlist on Amazon to get rid of anything that just doesn’t sound good anymore. I’m super picky on what I spend my money on, honestly. There’s been a few misses, but if I buy it, it’s because I feel like, I’ll be reading it soon. There’s been a few that have gone on sale and even at 99 cents I’m thinking, meh. Those I delete. If one dollar seems too much to buy a book, I don’t really want it. Thank goodness for that wishlist! It has prevented me from buying so many books. lol

Now, if you are all loving on a book, like Wrecking Ball, I’m just buying it. That much love deserves a try. I just have to avoid buying things only because they are cheap at the time.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:36 PM

I do not recommend it unless you have a few extra hours to nap afterwards.

3 cups powdered sugar!!! (make less, its insane)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tblp melted margarine
enough milk (or half n half or cream) to get consistency
Pour the liquid in slowly and mix as you go, but it’s foolproof because if it gets too runny, add sugar, if it’s too thick, add milk.
DRIBBLE (don’t coat the Monkey Bread)
Add while bread is warm if you want it to soak in
Add when bread is cold if you want it to decorate the top.

I learned all that on the Internet today. *pats self on back*

Self: “Thanks Me”

bev January 29, 2017 at 8:39 PM

Lol, Fabi.
R, do you think Fabi had too much sugar because she is talking to herself?
Tessa, with other purchases it can take me forever to pull the trigger, just not books. But then when I have too many, like I do, I occasionally go into a bad head space of everything and nothing looks good.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:40 PM

Tessa I admire your self control. I have none. See above sugar problem.

I have an Amazon wish list. A GR tbr. And several already purchased tbrs on my Kindle.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:41 PM

OMG Fabi I’m so proud!

Now where’s Amy? Am I the only person thinking of alternate uses for that icing?

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:43 PM

Wait…alternate uses? :-o

bev January 29, 2017 at 8:43 PM


Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:44 PM

No! bev, not you too?!

bev January 29, 2017 at 8:45 PM

No. I think cinnamon roll.

Yes to R is the only one.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:46 PM

whew *wipes forehead*

You had me worried there for a sec

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:47 PM

That’s because Amy isn’t here.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:48 PM

Great. Now my imagination is going crazy.

I need to write a book. An erotica. Or, THWI, make it straight porn.

Cheryl January 29, 2017 at 8:50 PM

–>”Amazon reviews 1 – I hate it” Why would I even give one star to a book I hate??!! I think the GR rating system makes more sense.

I had a lot of foods I didn’t like I think based on the picky/limited foods my parents served that now as a adult I have tried and love. Guacomole, chinese food, hummus just to name a few.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:50 PM

First line: “It all started with R’s Monkey Bread.”

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:51 PM

I’m of no use there. As we speak, I’m beta’ing Erica’s latest and I think she just might be able to help! :-O

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:52 PM

And wine out the nose is no fun, Fabi. Plus it’s wasteful, so thanks!

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:52 PM

Oh same here Cheryl. My food taste really expanded when I started eating outside my parents’ menu.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Oh! A comedic porn. It’s going to be a blockbuster.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Me too! I learned more about food when I met my husband. I’d never seen a pork loin before. And of course when he put one in our cart I thought was a giant…um…

bev January 29, 2017 at 8:54 PM


Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:54 PM

She does write them spicy. Me likey.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 8:55 PM

OMG R. hahaha

Hey, people eat pig ears, so why not?

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:55 PM

Exactly. Peanut.

Yes she does, and this one starts out very Eyes Wide Shut! But it’s ER, not erotica so it’s big time romantic too.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 8:56 PM

It took him forever to get me to try it and now we eat them weekly! Growing up it was tacos, spaghetti, and pork chops!

Nay January 29, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Hey all! Just checking in to let you know I’m still around–just really busy, so I haven’t been able to do anything here or on GR for a couple of days. I’ll try to come back and catch up tomorrow!

bev January 29, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Love Chinese food. Always a treat as a child when we could get it.

Fabi January 29, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Hi Nay. Thanks for checking in!!!

Jan January 29, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Everyone has been very chatty while I’ve been out! We do have gravy here but not sure whether it’s the same thing as your gravy. Renee, please send me your recipes – I’d love it! You can contact me via GR when you get a chance to hunt out your recipes. BTW I love avocado, sour cream, jalapeños, just about anything really. Funny, I was super fussy as a kid and *hated* most foods. Must have been a total pain for my parents. I just about lived on bread and Vegemite. Yup, that salty, yucky black yeast spread stuff we love in Australia. I think it’s an acquired taste. Most aussies acquire it as babies on their rusks lol although these days we are more conscious of reducing salt in our diets. The secret of vegemite is to spread it THINLY. Too thick and it burns and tastes foul. But a thin smear? Yum!

I do write some reviews on both GR and amazon, but not every book I read. I try to stick to their stated star rating, but I know not everyone does and I reckon that’s just plain confusing. When considering a book I do look at reviews, so I figure I should put my opinion up to share with others too. And as you probably know I don’t usually pull my punches so I figure my lower (but honest) reviews I sometimes write might balance the gushy OTT 5 stars that often flood new books and so often (to me) seem really misleading. (Their mum, dad, and all the cousins writing reviews maybe????) And then there’s useless ‘reviews like the one I saw the other day on amazon that gave 3 stars (=’okay’ on amazon) then they said the book was ‘great’! That’s not helpful!

Hi, Nay.

And Fabi, I’ll totally read your book. (WHAT started with that dang monkey bread????) :)

Tessa January 29, 2017 at 9:17 PM

I don’t know but it ended with wine coming out of the heroine’s nose. She’s kinky like that.

bev January 29, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Jan, that is a food I have no desire to try, lol.
I’m kind of surprised that more HR is not set in Australia during the time the British were using it as a penal colony.
Or I’m just not aware of them.

R. Renee January 29, 2017 at 9:33 PM

You guys!! Mists is out early! I’m so far behind! Only I would complain about a book I’m dying for releasing early :D

bev January 29, 2017 at 9:43 PM

I want to read it but I want to finish A Crown of Bitter Oranges first.
Plus, I do have a pre order coming in on Tuesday.

Maryse January 29, 2017 at 9:47 PM

I know!!!! I was all…. GAH!!!!! WHAT? and YAY!!!

Jan January 29, 2017 at 9:54 PM

LOL Tessa.

bev there are a few HRs set in Australia, but strangely enough I haven’t really read any of them. I’m not really aware of any really good ones, although there probably are some. I read a big saga called Sara Dane when I was a teen, but I’d say it would be pretty dated now.

Stephanie Laurens grew up in Melbourne apparently (where I also grew up!) but her books tend to be set in Regency England not Australia I think.

Yeah, I think you need to go down the vegemite path when you’re very young. I can’t imagine trying it for the first time as an adult. I’ve been eating it all my life and even I can see how (non-Australian) people think it’s gross.

I’m gonna check out the sample of mists :)

Jan January 29, 2017 at 9:56 PM

Hmm. Mists of the serengeti is bargain priced as a release week special. I’m gonna take a chance. *click*

Cheryl January 30, 2017 at 6:54 AM

I’m going to read Mists of Serengeti- BR??

MichelleS January 30, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Lots of catching up to do!

Love avacados, sour cream, cream cheese. Hate blue cheese. Ick.

Favorite Girl Scout cookies: Tagalongs.

Wrecking Ball – 5 stars. Loved the slow burn.

Silent Waters: 5 stars. Oh the angst!

El Diablo: 5 huge stars. One of the BEST anti heroes ever, Alejandro Martinez. Colombian crime boss. OMG. What a ride!

MichelleS January 30, 2017 at 10:48 AM

So M. Robinson is my new favorite author. I am now checking out all her samples after that crazy ride she put me through with El Diablo.

It’s too bad that most of the book is told through his POV, because, AMY you would LOVE this story. But I know you don’t do male POVs.

It gave me the same “feels” as Surviving Raine and Captive in the Dark. That anti-hero you should and would hate in real life, but for some reason you are attracted to him! And let me tell you – Alejandro Martinez is as bad as they get. Totally, unapologetically a completely ruthless bast@#d. And he STAYS that way. He is not changing for anyone. And it kills me to say that I LIKED it. Ah “cariño” – this book gave me a huge book fog.

I couldn’t put this book down. If you’re in the mood for something darker, pick this one up.

Amy January 30, 2017 at 11:12 AM

I hated avocados until I was an adult…now I LOVE them. Turkey, bacon, and avocado sub sandwiches are my favorites!! I also love sour cream and cream cheese and anything made with them. BUT I do get why some people wouldn’t like those things.

Hehe, I can think of a VERY creative use for that icing. :P Damn, too bad hubby is gone…but hey, it would make for a “sweet” welcome home!!!!

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 11:12 AM

I finished Wrecking Ball. I’m going to be honest. Most of it was super sweet and I adored the slow burn. However, first, the end was too quick to be resolved. It felt fake, and not just the end issue but a few other issues. Second, some of the secondary characters felt flat. They were more charicatures rather than fully fleshed characters. The mom also didn’t seem consistant at all. The good part, the story story of the MCs was great. I was hooked into the story, and the way they related to each other. Their interaction was spot on and felt real.

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 11:13 AM

ROFL *blinks innocently* Icing on muffins?

Blue cheese. Just… eeew!

Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 11:35 AM

I can’t do blue cheese either. Or most sushi. Or runny egg yolk, although I’m working to rectify that one, at least where it applies to Carbonara.

I tried hard with El Diablo but ended up DNF’ing. I can’t remember why now. I LOVED Captive in the Dark though!

I’m dying to start Mists Cheryl but I think I want to finish The Player first or I’ll have 3 books going at once! That, and I’m beta’ing 2 more simultaneously. And writing. My brain is full of so many different plots I feel like I’m in a soap opera. The broken/grieving soccer (ahem football) player from the mystical town of Amorea meets the young graphic novelist when she wanders into a masked sex party ala Eyes Wide Shut. Nope. I don’t think I can fit Africa into that…

MichelleS January 30, 2017 at 11:59 AM

My brain hurts too. All my recent reads are starting to collide in my brain. I may wait to read Mists for that very reason. So I can have a clean palate. Now, what to clean my palate with? Something light? Hmm…. especially after that DARK read El Diablo.

R. Renee – I can see that it would be DNF if not in the mood for that kind of thing. Also – the story is almost in a holding pattern until about 30% – “Part two”. Did you get that far?

Amy January 30, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, sure Tessa…icing on “muffins”. :P

MichelleS, I know. :? I wish male POV worked for me, and I know I’m missing out on a lot of great reads, but what doesn’t work just doesn’t work, right? *sigh*

Mmmmm…now I’m craving sushi. REAL sushi, not the American version with all that crumbly stuff on it. And I only like bleu cheese on Cobb salad. But feta? Holly moly, I can eat that stuff on SO many dishes.

Amy January 30, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Dangit…do I break my resolution already and jump into Serengeti (even though I really am enjoying Bird and Sword) so I can have all the feels Maryse was gushing about, or do I pretend to have some modicum of self-discipline and stick to my plan??

*holds fingers over Maryse’s mouth* You have an unfair influence here. :P

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 12:11 PM

MichelleS I don’t know. I think I got close to 30%. I may try this one again, but I’d have to start over. Just flipping though it, I don’t remember anything. I like dark, so I know that wasn’t it.

I *can* do bleu cheese on steaks, but not salad so much. Someone gave me one of their bleu cheese stuffed tomatoes at a party once and I look back on that day as one of the single worst of my life. I don’t remember how long it took me to get that thing down but it felt like hours. Feta and goat cheese? Heck yeah! Tonight I’m making a sauteed butternut squash “noodle” salad with EVOO, pine nuts, arugula, tomatoes, and goat cheese. Yumm!

As far as sushi, I can’t do anything raw. I don’t like the texture. And I don’t like seaweed or masago, so it’s amusing watching me order a roll.

MichelleS January 30, 2017 at 12:12 PM

You all were discussing rating system on Amazon and GR earlier. On GR, I use the stars completely FOR MYSELF and not for others. I put 5 stars for a book I loved and would recommend to people – so I am able to do a quick list “by rating” if someone wants a rec – and then all the good ones come up. I use 4 stars for something I’d recommend, but it wasn’t CRAZY good – still a solid read. 3 for me is something I wouldn’t read again. I have never used 2 – and only gave 1 star maybe ONCE or TWICE – for something that had huge hype and was a total dud.

MichelleS January 30, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Rut roh. I did use two. The early Amazon books that transferred over. Oh well, I won’t ever recommend or reread those anyway.

Haven’t re-read anything in forever! You?

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 12:41 PM

No to feta, no to sushi, and no to runny yolks. lol I told you all I was picky. No to fish of any kind. They all have that fish undertone. No to most tea, because they have a tea undertone. The exception is a chamomile or peppermint tea that is SO light, you can barely taste the underlying tea taste. And yes, even those, I can taste it. *shudders* Also, cooked broccoli, brussel sprouts, zuchinni, yellow squash, lamb… See picky!

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Amy, finish then go to the Serengeti. Am I the only one that isn’t interested in Mist? Nothing wrong, it just doesn’t appeal for some reason.

MichelleS, I re-read to get out of book funks. :D The last one I couldn’t pull myself out of was in December.

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 12:48 PM

I used to say people who don’t like brussels sprouts haven’t had them cooked correctly, but Tessa, I think you just proved me wrong!

I couldn’t live without fish. I eat it probably 4 times a week!

Amy January 30, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Oh wait…bleu cheese burgers too!! OMG they are so freaking good.

But Tessa, I’m supposed to do a 2015 click next. If I keep to the resolution, I have to go through 2015, 2014, and 2013 before I can go to Serengeti. GAH, first-world problems.

Amy January 30, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Brussel sprouts sautéed with pancetta…YUM!!!

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Amy what if you give yourself 3 passes that you can use during the year?

Amy January 30, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Y’all are such wonderful enablers. ;)

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Reading is meant to be enjoyed. You gotta cut yourself a few breaks!

Amy January 30, 2017 at 1:07 PM

I’m torn…but I’ll figure it out by this evening.

Maryse January 30, 2017 at 2:09 PM

I LOVE fish.

I don’t love Brussel sprouts.

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Maryse, YOU, I could probably convert…

Maryse January 30, 2017 at 2:12 PM

P.S. I’m not at all picky when it comes to food. I mostly love it all. To the point that I think EVERYTHING is my favorite.

I’ve been told that saying something is my favorite (when it comes to food) no longer has the intended impact, since it’s ALL my favorite. :? *hrmph*

Maryse January 30, 2017 at 2:13 PM

*bites Amy’s finger*

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 2:15 PM

For Amy: Maple Cayenne Brussels Sprouts.

1 package fresh sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
olive oil
salt to taste
1+ tablespoons pure maple syrup (I pour a couple)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I use a dash)

1. Preheat oven to 400*F.
2. Toss sprouts with olive oil and salt and spread on a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Roast 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway. They should be tender and browned. DO NOT OVER COOK!
4. While the sprouts are roasting, in a small bowl, combine maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
5. Pour the maple syrup/cayenne mixture over the sprouts, stir to coat.
6. Return to oven for one more minute. (I don’t always do this; they’re awesome without this step!)

Maryse January 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM

I love making biscuits and gravy!!! I make the gravy from scratch using the sausage fat and a bit of pancake mix and milk. OMG YUM!!!

Amy January 30, 2017 at 3:01 PM

OW!!!! *shakes finger* Shoulda seen that comin’…

R…I don’t know, maybe without the maple syrup? I’m not big on mixing sweet with veggies, except like with sweet potatoes. But hey, it’s worth a try!

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 3:03 PM

It’s just a hint, and if you put them back in the oven it caramelizes a tiny bit. If you don’t like caramelized onions though, you probably wouldn’t like them.

Amy January 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM

I actually DO like carmelized onions, so I’ll give the maple syrup a shot. ;)

Amy January 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Ooh, Five Guys cheeseburger with grilled onions… *drool*

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 3:11 PM

I think you’d like them then, but the basic recipe can work for anything. Sometimes I skip the maple/cayenne and do lemon zest or parmesan.

Amy January 30, 2017 at 3:16 PM


How about sautéed with garlic and olive oil then sprinkled with parmesan? Mmmmm I love veggies.

Jean January 30, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Tessa, I think I’m with you on Wrecking Ball. I loved the beginning and the slow build-up, but then it became a little predictable and yes, the end was tied up a little too quickly. But, I still liked it.

I started Mists at lunch…..I just know how awesome this author is and I am not disappointed in the least!!! Amy you should definitely read it next….only because I loved the Bird and The Sword and don’t think you should put that one down until you are done!!!

I hate sour cream, and onions, and avocados, and brussel sprouts…..I am a very, very picky eater!!

Cheryl January 30, 2017 at 4:34 PM

No to sushi- only veggie rolls, no to brussel sprouts, bleu cheese only with hot wings, and oh yeh tomatoes- they’re evil!!

Started Mists- writing is great, but I have been able to put it down. So far, it’s kinda dragging, but I’m only at 18%.

Cheryl January 30, 2017 at 4:36 PM

And favorite girl scout cookie-Lemonade.

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Ooh, I hate onions as anything other than an herb. Honestly I can go on forever. lol No to mushrooms, cooked cauliflower, cooked cabbage, corned beef (I know. I’m a horrible irish girl), caviar, most strong cheeses, black eyed peas… Yet, I’ll always try stuff just to be sure I still don’t like it. I used to hate asparagus, and about five years ago, my taste buds changed enough to enjoy it. I finally like cooked carrots. Honestly my taste buds are too strong and I can easily taste things, so stronger flavors are just too overwhelming for me.

Finished a PNR that was so confusing that I’m just in meh land. I still don’t know what happened at the end. :/

bev January 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM


Simon says Amy hates male pov.

Simon sad.

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM

I’m working on my blog post. I need a classic alpha example and a anti-hero. Any ideas? These aren’t my tropes so I’m at a loss. And lazy.

Also, what are the most popular hero tropes? I have: anti-hero, alpha billionaire best-friend, single-dad, stepbrother, widower, outcast, lost soul, boy next door… what am I missing? When I try to look them up, I just get plot tropes.

bev January 30, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Fish, Bleu cheese and brussle sprouts are all gross.

bev January 30, 2017 at 5:09 PM

How classic are you going?
Like a Darcy or Rochester?

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 5:10 PM

No, sorry. Like classic in the books we read. Think “Thoughtless” in terms of popularity.

Nay January 30, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Still haven’t had time to read through everything, and I HAVE to since y’all pulled out the big guns and started discussing FOOD! lol But I do see R’s. post, so…

R., K. Ashley has an anti-hero series and Knight is the first book/anti-hero–his name is Knight Sebring.

Oh, and I love most every food item except pancakes and raisins. I’m also not big on nuts or bacon. I know, I’m weird.

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 5:16 PM

Classic Alpha, Travis from Beautiful Disaster. Anti-hero? I know I’ve read tons but only dark books are coming to mind. Well, that and PNR.

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Who did you pick for a step-brother? I’m curious.

Nay January 30, 2017 at 5:19 PM

The most alpha of the alphas: Tate Jackson from Kristen Ashley’s Sweet Dreams. Then there’s Christian Grey, the broken, bdsm(ish) alpha and Gideon Cross, the businessman alpha.

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Thanks guys! I don’t need examples for all of them, just some. I’m doing a thing on book boyfriends.

Caleb will work for anti-hero (Captive)

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 5:23 PM

But if I did for stepbrother, I’d def pick Trent from A Little Too Far. Swoon.

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 5:30 PM

I put this on the other post. anti-hero. Jared from Bully by Penelope Douglas.

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Lisa Desrochers? I’ll have to read it. My favorite is still Rush Finley from Fallen too Far.

Jan January 30, 2017 at 5:39 PM

I’ve bought mists of serengeti cos it looks awesome and it’s bargain-priced this week only. Get em while they’re hot. But I’m not starting it just yet – saving it on my tbr. Gotta be in the right mood. Besides, I’ve got The Player on the go, but it’s kinda starting to drag :-/ And I tried the sample of Juniper Smoke which I’d never heard of before Maryse’s rec, and really liked it. It wasn’t expensive so I bought that too LOL. So now I’m reading that :0 Kyle and Juniper. Both quirky and eccentric and fascinating. The ‘voice’ in this book is really different and I’m totally sucked in at the moment.

And then it’s nearly time for our February read for bev’s tbr challenge. And my read is a BIG FAT sci-fi called Seveneves. Aaaaaah!!!!! * quietly tells self: Come on Jan, you can do it*

Jan January 30, 2017 at 5:46 PM

R, more classic alpha types: the bodyguard/cop/military e.g. Joe Callahan from KA’s At Peace. Classic big strong protective quiet damaged alpha. Or tortured artist e.g. Seth Quinn from Chesapeake Blue Nora Roberts.

Amy January 30, 2017 at 6:31 PM

“Simon sad.” <—— Well, I'm sorry for him. :P

GAH you picky ladies!!! What about when I finally get to cook for y'all someday?? Then what?!? Are y'all gonna snub your noses at my food??

'Cause then…Amy will be sad.

And bev will point out karma's a b!tch.

And all hell will break loose from there.

So let's not go THERE.

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Thanks for the trope help! I’m done. YAY! Now for wine :D

bev January 30, 2017 at 7:36 PM

I’ll just bring oreos.

I’m sorry but step brother should not be a hero type.

R. Renee January 30, 2017 at 7:37 PM

I said that once too bev…

Jan January 30, 2017 at 8:28 PM

Ha ha ha. Think I’m with you bev. Stepbrother books always seem a bit icky for me. I need an oreo.

bev January 30, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Jan, I got Juniper on KU. Sounds interesting. When Maryse first mentioned it I looked at the cover and thought scifi.

Maryse should read a scifi. She is a space cowboy.

Jan, I want to go live in Florand ‘ s Grasse.

bev January 30, 2017 at 8:37 PM

Simon loves an oreo.

I do have the one R mentioned. And have read a couple like Rush. But in Rush….it wasn’t really. But think it is more a passing fad, which is good.

Tessa January 30, 2017 at 9:09 PM

I’ll be honest. I love stepbrother romances only up until they’ve been raised as siblings. Then, Nope! The exception is Plausibility by Jettie Woodruff. The circumstances in it, and how his feeling play made it okay for me. Family feelings though… NO!

bev January 30, 2017 at 10:19 PM

I was just reminded of how special this space is.
Maryse let’s us veer way of course of books, we have not been trolled, and we have a good time with each other.

Jan January 30, 2017 at 10:28 PM

Yes bev :) exactly.

And I’ll come and live with you in that beautiful valley in France with all those hot Rosier guys hanging out ;) OK if I’m a bit too mature for them, I can always look! And dream!

I’m enjoying Juniper. It’s a CR with two very unique MCs. Don’t let that put you off (although I know that’s like book crack to some people!) Juniper works in a museum, which I love, and her personality is slightly eccentric but in a wonderful way. Kyle is also eccentric in a different, but also wonderful way. Very hot, too! It’s called ‘Parts 1 and 11′, and is quite long. I’m not quite sure where it’s going yet. I’m avoiding any spoilers. It is a fresh, modern and unusual romance. Could even be a CH. Who knows? For once, I don’t care.

bev January 31, 2017 at 1:26 AM

Im, too mature for them too, lol. I do like Tristan. I want to smell all those scents he thinks of, same as with the last book. Her wish perfume?
But time to put France away until tomorrow.
I’m thinking finish this, then Throne of Glass, and then either Mist or Juniper.

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 4:20 AM

I have a good time with you guys too!!! :D

Grey January 31, 2017 at 11:02 AM

I’m late… But Amy had me with her Five Guys comment ;-) *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

I have been in a major book funk. I haven’t read much. I only read 10 books in January…that’s crazy. But the Feb challenge starts tomorrow…Maryse are you ready for the monster? When are we starting?

Megan February 1, 2017 at 1:23 AM

You guys! Wrecking Ball. Make it happen. So good! I’m diving into the Hollywood guy / normal girl one from the list but wanted to check in and say I still only buy books I get to from here and you crazy ass women keep me believing the next great one is one click away. Thanks.

Amy February 1, 2017 at 1:12 PM

“…you crazy ass women” <——- You're awesome Megan, LOL!!!

Come on and be a crazy ass woman with us! ;)

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