Friday Finds & five-star reader recommendations!

by Maryse on April 22, 2016 · 191 comments

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SATURDAY UPDATE!!! Found a few more guys, and these are BIG time popular!

Lindsay: The Breach series is a really steamy office romance.

Lauren: Breach by K.I. Lynn…..I’m borderline Obsessed with this series!!

Boz: another one that comes to mind is Nathan Throne from the Breach Series by K I Lynn. Another dirty talker too.

  • Unravel Me (Unravel Me Series Book 1) by Kendall Ryan <— Super bargain priced!! <— UNCONVENTIONAL LOVE STORY ALERT! Ana recommends it! “…a very unconventional love story, with steamy chemistry and the ever-needed angst! I definitely recommend it!” and Kim agrees: “…it was a 5 star read for me! It was smoking HOT and the premise of the story is different than anything other I read!”
  • Fueled (The Driven Series Book 2) by K. Bromberg <— SUPER-ANGST and super-bargain priced!! Penny says: “Goodness, the angst in Fueled was palpable and nearly jumped off the page and I absolutely could not put these books down.”
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit <— HOLOCAUST ALERT! Little girl during the Holocaust finds a mysterious man that takes care of her: “The Swallow Man is not Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness…” Super-bargain priced!!
  • A Dangerous Widow (A Dangerous Series) by Christina Ross <— JUST RELEASED!!
  • Reckless Abandon by Jeannine Colette <—super-bargain today!! I read and enjoyed book #1 and this is #2 (but don’t read the blurb unless you’ve read #1 first). P.S. Here’s my review of #1.
Back to our regularly scheduled program ;)

Hi everyone!! It’s Friday finds time, and we’ve found some!! Today’s list finds us amongst some great looking stories (like that new one to the left – it sounds AWESOME!!! and some new-to-us, and of course, reader recommended tried and trues). In fact, there’s a buddy read going on right here for one of ‘em from last year! I want in on that.

Plus there are a few psych-thrillers below that are calling to me, especially the one with the woman and her son on the run from her ex-husband. That one, just the blurb alone SCARES ME, and I need a big-jolt.

I think I’m goin’ in…

P.S. RIP Prince. :( My heart aches.

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).


  1. When I Lost You: A gripping, heart breaking novel of lost love. by Kelly Rimmer <— MARITAL DISCORD ALERT! You guys look at this new release!!! It sounds AWESOME. From the blurb, I’d almost say a “Taylor Jenkins Reid-feel”… Okay so they’re married, he’s a war correspondent and there’s an accident and he’s in the hospital with amnesia, and she is by his side…”Molly rushes to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again. The trouble is, Molly is hiding something. Something big. The devoted wife at Leo’s bedside is a sham; Leo and Molly’s marriage was on the rocks long before Leo’s accident…
  2. The Exception by Sandi Lynn <— RICH GIRL DECIDES TO START OVER… “I would disappear, vanish, and start a new life where, little by little, I would unmold the person everybody thought I was. I would live in a man-free zone for as long as my journey took me. NO EXCEPTIONS. Until I met a man with dark hair, a business suit, smoldering eyes, and a face like a god…”
  3. Single (Stockton Beavers Book 1) by Collette West <— BASEBALL PLAYER & HIS SICK MOM’S ASSISTANT ALERT! “Personal care aide Roberta Bennett is done dating baseball players. Having had her share of heartbreak, she heads to Stockton hoping for a fresh start. But after she finds Luke’s mom outside, lost, and alone, she can’t refuse when he hires her on the spot. Unbeknownst to Luke, Roberta is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the pitcher who hit him…”
  4. Play Fair (The Devil’s Share Book 3) by L.P. Maxa <— ROCK STAR FINDS OUT HE’S A FATHER ALERT! <— “Child Services shows up on his doorstep with a waifish nine-year-old claiming he’s the father. What’s a rock star to do? Call your best friend, who just happens to be super hot, funny, and even more commitment-phobic than you, and beg her to help…”
  5. The Dark Prince (The Dark Prince Trilogy Book 1) by Autumn Winchester <— MAFIA PRINCE (and slave girl) ALERT! “Summer Meads, a girl born into the world as a slave and forced to grow up tossed from one house to the next, must survive. She knows nothing of her bloodline to the Mafia world…”
  6. My Russian Nightmare by Danielle Sibarium <— SHE WAS KIDNAPPED… “He shows tenderness and kindness that the other members of the Russian mob seem incapable of…”
  7. Riveted (Art of Eros Book 1) by Kenzie Macallan <— IN MEXICO AND GETS KIDNAPPED! “…Mara has him second guessing his ways. Mac has a few secrets of his own that may destroy what he wants with Mara. Both their worlds are shattered when Mara gets kidnapped. In her fight to stay alive, she makes some discoveries about herself and Mac…”
  8. The Layover by Jason Carter <— MARITAL DISCORD & TEMPTATION ALERT! He’s a best-selling author, but his marriage is in shambles… “During a layover at the end of his latest tour, David encounters Elise, a beautiful business woman who joins him at the terminal bar. On the surface, the two pass the time together in innocence. But it quickly becomes apparent that, with the bridge to his wife in such a state of decay, even the subtlest attentions of another woman are enough to arouse David’s interests.
  9. Strong (Kindred Series Book 1) by KA Hobbs <— THEY MEET AT A WEDDING BUT SHE CONFESSES A SHOCKING TRUTH… “then he meets Carmen, best friend of the Bride-to-be and something awakens inside him. When Carmen confesses a shocking truth, a truth that changes everything for him, he realises that he wants to help, protect and be there for her and he promises he will be…”
  10. That Thing Between Eli and Gwen by J.J. McAvoy <— J.J. McAvoy ALERT! THEY THOUGHT THEY FOUND THE PERFECT PARTNERS… “But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancé on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…”
  11. Memories of a Broken Girl (Memories Series Book 1) by Harley Maye <— SHE’S DEVASTATED & DOESN’T BELIEVE IN LOVE… “When their paths collide, he awakens her deepest longings, convincing Laney he is nothing but dangerous. He’s always been unattainable and gorgeous. She’s broken into a million pieces. “
  12. The Price of Submission (Best Kept Secret Book 1) by Dinah McLeod <— BDSM ALERT! HER FIANCE WON’T SET A DATE, & HE HAS NEEDS…deep inside, he hungers to exert his dominance, and not just on any woman, but on his sweet, spunky fiancée. The only problem is, she doesn’t have any idea about the passions that run deep inside him and he plans to keep it that way.


FIVE-STAR READER RECOMMENDATIONS (and bargain finds!) :D (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

Fabi: I’m at 53% and honestly loving it. It is so refreshing. Unlike anything I’ve read recently. They’re both so beautiful within their own species, but to each other, not so much. Brings to mind Hominids.

Jan130: OK I’ve started Radiance. See what all the love is about. So far, so good. :-)

Tessa: Radiance, all I have to say is, potatoes.  :) I’ve been laughing a lot through it and I’m only at 36%.

MichelleS: **clapping hands & doing a little jig *** some of you are reading Radiance! Fabi – wasn’t wedding just hilarious? I love how hideous she is! Snort! She’s beautiful!!! LOL.

  • What She Knew: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan <— PSYCH THRILLER ALERT! HER SON GOES MISSING…As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion. As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment…
  • The Fighter (The High Rise Book 1) by Harper Bentley <— HER NEIGHBOR IS THE HOT MMA FIGHTER FROM THE GYM... “…seemed charming at first. But after introducing myself, it was all goodbye Mr. Nice Guy, hello Sir Jerkface. I don’t know what his problem is but guys who look like him are usually jackholes anyway, so I’m out. Except he won’t let me be out…” super-bargain priced today!
  • The Devils’ Cradle by Darcy Daniel <— OMG THIS ONE SOUND TERRIFYING!!! ESCAPING HER ABUSIVE MARRIAGE ALERT!When Sam imitates Michael’s violence by lashing out at her, Nina knows it’s time for both of them to escape before Sam truly turns into the monster Michael is grooming him to become. After crashing her car in her haste to escape, kind motorist Case Herder offers her help. Unaware that he has his own plans for her, Nina accepts, igniting a deadly game of cat and mouse as they flee across Tasmania with Sam…“ (and it’s bargain priced today!)
  • Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne <— FRIENDS TO LOVERS ROOMMATES ALERT & super-bargain priced!!
Lisa: Love love loved Blurred Lines…Ben and Parker are hot. Highly recommended. And sale! !!! No brainer.  Lauren’s character development puts her books above others. I found myself really emotionally invested…..5 stars for me. friends to lovers perfection
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PRE-ORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

  1. River of Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens): Sam Braden by Melissa Foster - April 20th 2016
  2. Sidebarred: A Legal Briefs Novella by Emma Chase – April 24th 2016
  3. Tyson: A Fireside Novel (Fireside Series) by Stacey Lynn – April 26th 2016
  4. Ladies Man by Katy Evans - April 20th 2016
  5. Z: A Demonica Underworld Novella by Lairssa Ione - April 26th 2016
  6. Ride Hard: A Raven Riders Novel by Laura Kaye - April 26th 2016
  7. Ain’t She Sweet: A Green Mountain Romance by Marie Force - April 26th 2016
  8. Return of the Bad Boy (Second Chance) by Jessica Lemmon - April 26th 2016
  9. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) by Maggie Stiefvater - April 26th 2016
  10. Fire Bound (A Sea Haven Novel) by Christine Feehan - April 26th 2016
  11. Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade Book 3) by Jennifer Estep - April 26th 2016
  12. Delta: Revenge by Cristin Harber – April 26th 2016
  13. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh - April 26th 2016
  14. Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens <— AUGUST 23rd 2016 S.C. STEPHENS ALERT!!!


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{ 191 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole April 22, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Next week preorder that I am patiently waiting for the release is Cara Dee’s new one Noah…For all those m/m fans :)

Fabi April 22, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Oh my god, Nicole, Noah sounds devastating.

Jean April 22, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Play Fair sounds so good! I notice it is book 3….can it be read as a standalone? Anyone know?

Oh, oh, oh and The Fighter……first of all MMA fighter (no brainer), but also, he’s a jerk! Perfect! Lol!

Anne April 22, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Great finds Maryse! Thank you!

I am at 45% in Radiance and yes I still love it as much as the first time I read it. Brishen and Ildiko are so perfect for each other! I just love their relationship.

Lisa C April 22, 2016 at 1:45 PM

I wonder why we can’t preorder Lady’s Man by Katy Evans on Kindle?????

Maryse April 22, 2016 at 2:07 PM

I know Lisa… I was wondering the same thing. All of the other book stores appear to have a pre-order PLUS the paperback is on Amazon…


Maryse April 22, 2016 at 2:08 PM

Jean ‘n me ‘n our jerks!!! We love ‘em. LOL! :P

Lauren April 22, 2016 at 3:34 PM

I was JUST about to recommend Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne when I saw it on the list. I started it this morning & finished it just now in the carpool line. So freakin good!!!!

Stephanie April 22, 2016 at 3:45 PM

I’ve just discovered Wattpad thanks to Colleen Hoover’s story, Too Late. Loved it, of course. Can anyone give a recommendation for another story on there?

Tasha J April 22, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Stephanie, I’m pretty new to Wattpad also but I’ve read a few that I liked. This Would Be Paradise by N.D. Iverson, The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Endlessly Beautiful (must read Beautiful Disaster before this one if you haven’t already, it’s not on Wattpad though) by Jamie McGuire are a few that I really liked. I think Maryse made a list of Wattpad recs a while ago too.

Tasha J April 22, 2016 at 4:16 PM

When I Lost You looks super good and The Devils Cradle gave me a thrill just reading the blurb! I’m still on my paranormal kick currently though. Started Moon Called (Mercy Thomson series) by Patricia Briggs today, so far so good! I’m really looking forward to early May reads also. Karina Halle’s new one, Smut, has me really intrigued. I haven’t read any of her contemporary works yet. And R.S. Grey’s new series, The Summer Games. I really liked Scoring Wilder by her as well as a few others by her, she’s pretty much a one click author for me. Oh, and my Mom is currently reading Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach. It gave me a serious blurb jolt (the part about him not speaking for 5 years especially), and the overall goodreads reviews look promising. I read the editorial reviews on Amazon and one said it was a good read alike for John Green fans whom I love! It’s definitely going on my tbr! :)

Stephanie April 22, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Thank you, Tasha J. I loved the Maddox Boys. I’ll look that one up.

Anne April 22, 2016 at 5:46 PM

OMG! Just realized Ladies Man is the story about Tahoe!! YES!!!

Jan130 April 22, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Yeah, it’s official. Radiance is excellent. Lovely, original characters and world-building. Kind of like a sweet YA fantasy in some ways, except the relationship between Brishen and Ildiko gets *ahem* rather adult. I s’pose I’d better check out Eidolon now. ;-D

Read Blurred Lines a couple of months ago and liked it. Very sweet. I love a decent friends-to-lovers book. Anyone got any other recs in this genre?

Tessa April 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Finished Radiance and really loved it. The relationship was so real and sweet, with humor. Really good.

Leslie M April 22, 2016 at 7:19 PM

@ Jan130 – I just finished The Pact by Karina Halle which is a friends to lovers story I enjoyed.

Kathryn April 22, 2016 at 8:02 PM

I just read The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, and now I’m reading The Pixie and the Player. Highly recommend!

DG April 22, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Oh Kathryn – the Player and the Pixie is AWESOME!!! The H is one of my favs!

It’s Friday soooo I finally started Bounty!!!!! What can I say….Deke+mun+strong silent type=total hottie!!! Not even far in but no doubt in true KA style…she has delivered another fav that I will be rereading in the future!

Jan130 April 22, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Thanks Leslie. Don’t think I’ve read any Karina Halle? Sounds worth a try.

bev April 22, 2016 at 9:24 PM

For some reason none of the new releases are calling to me. I’ve glanced at them cause bought them, but…..*shrug*.

Maryse, are you reading Bounty?

Maryse April 22, 2016 at 10:00 PM

I am but I got to a jumbled part (a sort of whodunnit who’s who from way back when right until today) right smack dab in the middle that made me lose focus. LOL!

Jennifer April 23, 2016 at 12:36 AM

I just finished When Nothing is All You’ve Got from Tuesday’s list….great read, strong heroine, distopian world. Some editing issues but I recommend great, gritty story!

Thanks Nicole for the rec Noah…looks intriguing!

Lisa Kay April 23, 2016 at 5:58 AM

Bounty was really good, but no surprise there….all of KA books are good. Getting ready to read Chance Carter “Heart of the Hunter” it is rated 450 5 star read, going to try it.

Grace April 23, 2016 at 6:10 AM

Loving Radience!!!! I would have never, never, ever found this book without you ladies! That would have been a loss. Thanks!!!

Finished up Dirty and stayed with it the whole way through so I’m happy about that from what some others reactions were.

Jan130 – I really liked The Pact, if a recommendation based on our past mutual tastes helps you at all. I’m sorry to say I found The Offer a lot less enjoyable. It was just ok. The characters were very good, but I had no patience for how long it took to get it together. Karina Halle’s Artist Trilogy series were really good, I also liked the off shoots Dirty Angels and Dirty Deeds. I’m seeing a pattern with me and books with “Dirty” in the title. LOL!

Back to Radience!!!

Leah April 23, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Just finished The Widow by Fiona Barton, a good one if you want psychological suspense. Her husband has died, but was suspected of kidnapping a child. You start to wonder did he really do it? And then: did she have anything to with it.

And I can’t wait for The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert to come out next week. It’s kind of like The Godfather meets Romeo and Juliet, but for a Boston Irish crime family. And the cover Is SO HOT.

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Radiance…wooooow. That was…woooooooow. I don’t know if I can resist going straight through to the next one. The end of that book was so unexpected I’m still reeling.

Grace April 23, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Fabi – Uh oh! You just freaked me out. I’m 54% in and it’s so good! I hope you are freaked in a good way, but I’ll be doing my best to finish tonight and find out for myself!

Jean April 23, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Grace, I would have never found Radiance without these guys either! It’s not something I would normally read especially with that cover. Going to finish tonight too and yes, Fabi has me nervous now!

Loved the Artist Trilogy (thanks to Amy’s rec), but still need to read The Pact and The Offer.

Jean April 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Oh, and while I did struggle a but with Dirty, I did end up liking it and will definitely continue the series.

Jean April 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM

*bit (damn auto correct)

Maryse April 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM

I’m almost finished “The Mistake I Made” (that psych-thriller where she’s destitute with her son, and is offered a “deal” with a rich married man). Really good so far!

Grace April 23, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Jean- You will get there before me. I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. Loving it though.

Maryse – that sounds good too! Always more to discover!

Jean April 23, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Confessions of an Alli Cat free today by Courtney Cole. And Bullet to the Heart (I forget the author) also free!

bev April 23, 2016 at 11:55 AM

It is weird. Sometimes I scroll through my books and I want to read them all right now. They all look good. Other times I just want to buy buy buy but nothing looks that good, lol.
I know Maryse has posted a question list based on our tbr. It was fun. Want to play again?
20 q based on tbr?

bev April 23, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Book(s) you can’t believe you haven’t read yet?
Book(s) that the cover grabs your attention?
Book(s) from buzz/review?
Book(s) from book buddy book talk?
Book(s) you are hesitant to read?
Book(s) in part because the author makes you feel you are in that locale?
Book(s) you really hope is what you think it is going to be?
Book(s) that randomly pop into your head and you think yes I need to read that?
If your weekend read had to come from this list what 1 or 3 would they be?
Last one. Should Maryse put her tbr away and watch the first episode of Sherlock and blog it?

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 12:26 PM

haaaa on your last question Bev
If you pushed books as much as you do TV, I would always know what to read next. I still can’t believe I didn’t read Radiance when MichelleS first mentioned it. I don’t even know if it was her mention first or Michelle’s. Sometimes I wish you guys would hit me over the head with the recs.

I don’t know what I’m reading next. I have 4 ARCs waiting for me. I’m tempted to go to the 2nd Radiance book, Elo…something. I can’t remember the title. Meh, I don’t know what I’m in the mood for.

Jean April 23, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Omg bev, just those questions are giving me the shakes! Lol! I hit the thousand mark on my TBR so yeah, I don’t even know where to start!

Off the top of my head without looking at my list, The Mason List, Brightside, Hopeless, continuing BDB series (I’m up to book 10), the Driven trilogy, the Roam series, tons of KA books, Consequences series…….yeah ok, thanks for overwhelming me!

bev April 23, 2016 at 12:36 PM

1. MiF & The Cold Hearted Rake. If you know me on here its bewildering, right? I scratch my head myself.
2. Joyride by Anna Banks. Not sure why. The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley. Ireland & music.
3. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. I saw it on a couple best of lists and then read a super positive review. Cocky Bastard. Maryse’s review has me intrigued about the humor and the conflict.
4. Cocky Bastard. You all seemed to enjoy it.
5. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. These two slightly scare me.
6. The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand. France. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. San Francisco.
7. The Distance Between Us by Kassie West. I have it in my head it is going to be like Pretty in Pink.
8. Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
9. I’ll Meet You There, The Distance Between Us, Cocky Bastard.
10. Oh, um, maybe. *shrug*

bev April 23, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Ok, that was a lot. Maybe too much.
You are welcome Jean. Heh.
Fabi, do you really want me to push more books on you?….. Have you driven on that Jellicoe Road yet?

Maryse April 23, 2016 at 12:53 PM

bev you know I’m just gonna make this into a new Saturday post, right? LOL!!!

Keep ‘em coming guys. I’ll answer it, too! :D

bev April 23, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Maybe see if more respond to it, lol.
According to Jean it may be too stressful. Heh.

DG April 23, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Checking in to say ….Deke, DEKE, Deke *chanting*. Really loving some Bounty…about halfway through and lingering as long as I can!

Cheryl April 23, 2016 at 2:35 PM

Jean, I was wondering the same thing about Play Fair. Also, thanks for the heads up about Confessions being free.

I’m still reading Dirty. Still early so not sure about it yet; although I have been able to put it down.

Bev, I’ll answer your question after I bake my hubby’s birthday carrot cake.

bev April 23, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Happy birthday to your husband. He’s a Taurus.

Amy April 23, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Really, Bev? As if I didn’t have enough stress…*sigh* Oh well, you know I can’t resist your polls and “question lists” so I’ll be answering it. ;)

And where is this TBR question list from Maryse?? I wanna play too!!!

I’m thinking When I Lost You is up next after I finish The Mistake I Made (it totally just made me grab my hair and say “oh sh!t” out loud). WILY sounds like it’s just the emotional pressure release I need right now! :D

Amy April 23, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Do you guys have certain lines from books you loved, single lines that have stuck with you months or even years later? Like, the SAME line that just randomly pops in your head over and over at the most random times or because of a certain trigger, and you can recite that line word for word?

I just heard Photograph by Ed Sheeran, so of course I think of Me Before You and THIS line instantly came to mind. And it isn’t the first time this line has been on a loop in my mind. By the way, it’s not a spoiler (I don’t think) because everyone knows what MIGHT happen in the book, even those who haven’t read it.
“How is it you have the right to destroy my life…but I’m not allowed a say in yours?” GAH!!!!!!!! *sob*

bev April 23, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Lol. Is it that stressful?
And, yes answer. *happy claps*
I have a horrible memory, but remember some lines or the gist of them. Or scenes. And they will float through my head occasionally.

Grey April 23, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Downloaded Fear Me… That’s the flavor of tonight my friends…

Cheryl April 23, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Was Vaughan(the H in Dirty) in the Stage Dive series? He was in a band that toured with stage dive.

Amy, I remember some lines, like “I met someone” ( After I do) and like Bev, the feelings (the emotions of the music video in (Thoughtless series) and with hearing the multiple covers of Prince’s song Nothing Compares to You, it makes me think of all the angst of the break-ups and loss in the books I read.

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 6:14 PM

I don’t remember lines unless it’s a super catchy phrase or something. I have horrible memory. As much as I’d like to blame in getting old. I’m afraid it’s always been like that. I do occasionally remember scenes or snippets of scenes.

Bev, I’m not sure Jellico Road is in my reading lane. It’s not even on my wish list. What makes you think I’d like it?

Those are way too questions above. I could answer some but others would require way too much work. lol I’ll try.

bev April 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Amy, I can’t find the original tbr questions. It was a while ago. I think Maryse was tagged in a fb post.
Fabi, it’s YA and we’ll written. Though the beginning is confusing.

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 6:43 PM

hmmm, I don’t usually read YA unless it’s dystopian. I’ll at least go read the blurb.

Question answers coming up next. Warning…it’s loooooooong. Sheesh Bev. lol

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Bev’s question list:

Book(s) you can’t believe you haven’t read yet?
Way too many to list. A prime example being Radiance which I finally read and just finished.
Book(s) that the cover grabs your attention?
In general, any cover with the color emerald green immediately snags my eye. Also any cover with a depiction of the DNA strand makes me pause and read the blurb. In particular, there is one book on my carousel that catches my eye every time I open Kindle. It’s Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams
Book(s) from buzz/review?
Almost every day I add a “want to read book” based on reviews. Some people read the news with their morning coffee. I read book reviews. One or two dozen a day.
Book(s) from book buddy book talk?
I tend to read books rec’d on Maryse’s book blog. :-)
Book(s) you are hesitant to read?
Amy’s heartbreaking favorites and Maryse’s scary thrillers. I’m such a chicken. :-/
Book(s) in part because the author makes you feel you are in that locale?
No idea, other than sci-fi when I’m on a space ship or a cool as shit planet.
Book(s) you really hope is what you think it is going to be?
Not to many of these. At least I can’t think of any. I go into books with closed eyes and an open mind.
Book(s) that randomly pop into your head and you think yes I need to read that?
There’s lots of these every day. Most recently, The Girl With All the Gifts
If your weekend read had to come from this list what 1 or 3 would they be?
:-/ I didn’t pick a single one from this list for my weekend read. I scrolled and scrolled through my tbr. Opened Altered by Marnee Blake then switched to my iPad so my phone could charge and as I was looking for Altered I stopped on MNevermind, opened it and started reading. It’s great so far. But I am so random in my reading. There’s no telling what I’ll read next in spite of the dozens of lists I keep to get books in some sort of order.
Last one. Should Maryse put her tbr away and watch the first episode of Sherlock and blog it?
Maryse may have to. Although, if it were me, I’d turn the show on and read a book while it played. ;-)

bev April 23, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Ha. First BC would mesmerize you with his voice. Then your brain will be to occupied to read. Plus Maryse need to blog it not read through it. Or be biting her lip too hard.
And those are awesome answers.
Ok, haven’t read it but one clicked cause of good reviews. Dark Horse by Michelle Diener.

Jan130 April 23, 2016 at 7:17 PM

OK has anyone read any Garth Nix? Awesome YA fantasy writer. Australian too, lol. Reading people’s comments, I just get a feeling some of you might like his Old Kingdom Chronicles. Book 1, Sabriel, and especially Book 2, Lirael are much loved favs of mine. OK, there’s no sex, maybe not even kissing?? Can’t remember. But they are absolutely AWESOME books. If you liked Radiance, and you think you can cope without a strong romance element, (I know …) then I can’t recommend these books highly enough. The Old Kingdom is a beautiful, unique fantasy world with its wonderful charter magic, the Abhorsen’s magic bells, magical animal companions, the spooky library of the Clayr (where Lirael is a junior Second Assistant Librarian) etc etc. Really well-written, engaging, involving fantasy adventures. (Obviously, you wanted more on your TBR, Bev and Fabi …. ;-)

Grace April 23, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Jellicoe Road has been purchased, but I got caught up in other books and have not started it yet. I will let you know how it goes once I get there. Radience has me in its thrall, and I’m kind of annoying in that I’ll probably have to move on to the next one before I can go to any other world.

Amy – I don’t think I remember exact lines per say, but funny lines and situations always stick with me and they do get triggered and pop in my head. And songs especially do that. I can’t hear Passenger’s Let Her Go or the song Say Something without being emotionally wrung out by memories of Deacon by KA. Mostly because I didn’t know either song before I read the book so now that is the only emotion connected to that song. I’ve done that a lot when KA uses a song, but others as well.

I’m eyeballing that list of questions. I may take a crack at it, but it’s not stressful in itself just that I’m stressed because my face isn’t pressed to my iPad finishing Radience!

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 7:34 PM

*whispers “don’t tell Bev* I’ve actually looked on both Netflix and Amazon Prime video for Sherlock. It’s still a paid view. So no go for me. I spend all my money on books (and the occasional casino trip). *snort*

Jan! More for my tbr. Yeah me. Would you believe I’m as new to fantasy as I am to contemporary romance? I didn’t start reading either until joining Maryse’s blog.

Grace April 23, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Book(s) you can’t believe you haven’t read yet?

I’m scared to admit this, but…

Me Before You. I know, I know, you all probably think I’m crazy, but I just could not bring myself to be in that much pain voluntarily!!!

I refused to read The Fault In Our Stars for the same reason.

Book(s) that the cover grabs your attention?

Adam, Enough Said -Lynda Leeanne! Omg! That cover is like crack to me! It’s the This Can’t Be Happening Series – all really great books and Adam is the third one, but drool starts running down my face if I look at that cover too long.

I’m a sucker for a couple in a romantic looking clinch. Either in a bed or maybe just standing together. Some clothes or no clothes with sheets – not pornographic just hot and very amorous looking. I like it better when you can’t see their faces, so I can build my own face when I read it.

Book(s) from buzz/review?

Too many to mention. This website has steered my reading choices for the last five years!

Book(s) from book buddy book talk?

Most recently – RADIANCE!

Book(s) you are hesitant to read?

Anything I know going in is going to really hurt. Well, hurt without making me feel better. I can do hurting, just not without getting better.

Book(s) in part because the author makes you feel you are in that locale?

Wow! That happens a lot. The opposite matters more to me. I find nothing will make me quit on a book faster than when the author has no clue about the locale, but writes it anyway? I quit on a book a few days ago where the characters were driving a “few” hours out of NYC and they were in Montana getting hit by a Hurricane??? No. Just, No! There was a lot more wrong with it besides that, but I was done.

Book(s) you really hope is what you think it is going to be?

Jellicoe Road! LOL!

Book(s) that randomly pop into your head and you think yes I need to read that?

Any Kristen Ashley. It’s disgusting. I read every possible kind of book without preference to any particular style, but she owns me. There are days when I’d rather read one of her books for the 4th time then start a brand new one by someone else cause it just won’t be as good.

If your weekend read had to come from this list what 1 or 3 would they be?

The mistake I made? – if that’s on the list. This question confused me. Maryse liked it and I’ve not even looked at it yet, but I’ve been piling up this week so I’m loaded.

Ok! That was fun, but Radiance! I gotta go!

Cheryl April 23, 2016 at 9:04 PM

Fabi- have you watched Orphan Black- if you like DNA strand, the show title picture has it in it and the story revolves around it. Great show and newest season just came back on. BBC. Other seasons are free.

Cheryl April 23, 2016 at 9:15 PM

1. None come to mind right now; although the peanut throwing WiR is probably one.
2. Any cover that is unusual art, color and anything different than the 1/2 naked couple or guy.
3. Tiffany Snow
4. drawing a blank
7.The one up top- When I Lost You
8. In relation to something happening in RL- sports, rock concert, politics
9. When I Lost You, Single, Play Fair
10. I LOVE Sherlock and can’t wait for season 4

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Thanks Cheryl, that looks interesting. Looks like it’s only on A Prime but I have a TV set up with it. Next time I watch TV…

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 9:34 PM

BTW, Bev, I read the blurb for Jellico Road. It sounds kind of interesting and I downloaded a sample. So at least it’s on my tbr now. :-) progress

bev April 23, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Fabi & Grace just remember it is confusing when it starts.
Cheryl I do want to watch that.
Tonight I think I want to try the first episode of Penny Dreadful.
I still want to watch the first season of Poldark.

bev April 23, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Thank you guys for playing along.
Grace, I always confuse with these. I one time asked the first couple everyone shipped. Lol. No one knew what I meant.
I was thinking of the books that you answered with, but it is always more interesting when others have a different interpretation.

Jan130 April 23, 2016 at 10:05 PM

OMGeee Bev. Poldark. You haven’t watched it? What???? Ross Poldark Yessss. Just google images of Aiden Turner (preferably without his shirt). Hotter than Jamie (Outlander). I swear. My husband says every second scene is Ross galloping his big horse along the Cornish cliffs. I say, what’s wrong with that? Watch it now!

Grace April 23, 2016 at 10:12 PM

Bev – I want to say that I’m going to read Jellicoe Road after I finish Radiance (81%), but Fabi has me wondering if the ending is going to force me to read the second book. I’m almost there so I’ll know if I can’t move on until I have to. I just keep getting pulled away and it’s driving me crazy. Also my husband keeps putting on Prince albums and it’s grabbing my attention.

About Jellicoe: I’m prepared for the unfolding mystery and feeling like I’m moving forward in the dark. That usually doesn’t turn me off. I will be patient. I’m intrigued so I have high hopes. I really think I’ll like it.

Grace April 23, 2016 at 10:22 PM

Jan130 – I’ve got my husband getting me Poldark just based on your last post. It went like this:

Me: Honey can you look up something called Poldark and see if you can get it for me?
Him: Found it. It sounds like a chick novel.
Me: Yeah, and? You watch Outlander with me.
Him: It’s English.
Me: Yeah, and?
Him: Ugck, if we must!

I said nothing about big horses galloping Cornish cliffs.

LOL! I am so freaking blessed!

Jan130 April 23, 2016 at 10:26 PM

LOL Grace. My husband watched Poldark series 1 with me when it was on free-to-air TV in Australia. It’s not his usual fare, but he did manage to sit through it. As for me, I LOVED it. Series 2 currently being made, I believe. Yessss. *Pumps fist in air with cheesy grin on face* Oh, Rosssssss. *fans face*

bev April 23, 2016 at 10:31 PM

I’ve watched the first episode then bought them all as a Christmas present for myself. Just haven’t watched them yet.
I’ve watched a few of the original version too.
Grace, your husband sounds sweet. I’m imagining him sitting beside you watching your chick shows with a subtle glimmer to his skin.
It is a novel, have it but unread so far, written by a man.

Grace April 23, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Ha Ha Ha! My poor hubby started rolling his r’s too much because of Outlander and it was messing up his Thai pronunciation. He got mad at me about it (mostly because I laughed hysterically every time he did it, and he kept threatening to spank me which made me laugh more!), but he is back watching the second season with me. ❤️

Jan130 April 23, 2016 at 10:36 PM

Bev, I literally did laugh out loud at the glimmer ref. Funny.

In this (rare for me) case, I’m not really interested in reading the original books. I think they’ll be too dated. (But I’m happy to be told otherwise). But the TV show is sweet as a veritable nut and I don’t know how you’ve contained yourself so long. Ross Poldark is my TV husband. OK – it’s a toss-up between Jamie and Ross, but, yes, I think Ross just edges Jamie out…….

Grace April 23, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Bev – rolling around laughing so hard right now! “With a subtle glimmer to his skin” I laughed so hard that I had to explain everything to him! Caught red handed telling on him to cyberspace! He laughed too so I’m not getting spanked! Hmmm? That’s probably more because I’m just a few weeks post op.

I don’t want to false advertise the glimmer – it’s buried under hairy arms so it’s not quite as pretty as it could be! LOL!

You guys are great!

Tessa April 23, 2016 at 10:44 PM

First, Jan130, I never read Sabriel, but I did read his Keys to the Kingdom. The sad thing, though, I’m on Friday still, and have been for ten years. I’ll get to it, because, well, I’ve only got three more books to read! Everyone tells me Sabriel was a better series though. :)

Grace, the locale thing! Me too! I still remember reading about Disneyland and getting lost. Or worse, someone went to my high school and I was all, uh… this doesn’t make sense and isn’t even possible? (Also, your husband sounds awesome. lol)

-Book(s) you can’t believe you haven’t read yet? Oblivion and Carter Reed 2.
-Book(s) that the cover grabs your attention? Brightest Side of Darkness by PT Michelle. I loved another of her books, and that cover. I’ve no idea why I haven’t read it yet.
-Book(s) from buzz/review? Jack and Jill. I know! It’s great. I’ll get to it eventually.
-Book(s) from book buddy book talk? Paper Swan. I have it. It’s just… I have it!
-Book(s) you are hesitant to read? True Love Story That one scares me.
-Book(s) in part because the author makes you feel you are in that locale? None I can think of.
-Book(s) you really hope is what you think it is going to be? Shatter Me by Tahara Mafi
-Book(s) that randomly pop into your head and you think yes I need to read that? Red Rising. You know how many times I’ve checked it out of the library. I swear, I have to buy it and read it when the urge to read sci fi actually hits.
-If your weekend read had to come from this list what 1 or 3 would they be? Shatter Me.
-Last one. Should Maryse put her tbr away and watch the first episode of Sherlock and blog it? lol

Now, Amy’s question: Scenes. I don’t do quotes, I remember scenes. For instance, the soliloquy in Bully, the bathroom scene in Fallen Crest Public, the song being sung in Blur that seriously ripped my heart out, the one scene that had me in tears in NOLA series, and the recording studio in Bright Side. *sob* Those moments mean more to me than any quote. They are the moments I knew the book truly owned my heart.

Amy April 23, 2016 at 11:07 PM

Fabi! Eternal Eden?? You really have that?!? I’m excited because I don’t think I have EVER heard it mentioned here (aside from when I’ve mentioned it), and that series is one of those that holds a special place in my heart! I read it in my early PNR-obsessed reading days right after hubby bought me my first Nook, and it’s one of those that just stands out for some reason. I remember TONS of scenes from that series. To be honest, I don’t know if I would go all crazy over it today after getting so many other books under my belt, but I would say to you and anyone else wanting a PNR book with the feels from that whole Twilight time period (that is, if you aren’t too jaded in that genre ;) ) that you should give it a shot…William is too-good-to-believe perfect but sometimes we need that, ya know?

bev April 23, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Tessa, do you know how happy you’d make Fabi & Michelle. Speaking of I haven’t seen her pop in lately. Or you as much.
Was it you that read a book that took place at your high school?

Oh, and Cheryl I have not forgotten that you need to read WiR, but as I have not read Mif….

Amy April 23, 2016 at 11:11 PM

Bev…my hubby loves Penny Dreadful. I’ve watched a few minutes here and there with him, and it DID look really good.

Cheryl, you mentioned making carrot cake, so I thought I’d pass this along to you…it’s freaking YUMMY!!!

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 11:11 PM

Awwww Amy, I probably have it because of your rec. I haven’t read it yet but I will soon because that beautiful cover catches my eye every time I scroll through my Kindle.

bev April 23, 2016 at 11:12 PM

I’ve said it before but if you like English costume dramas and great accents the North and South is a must. Not the Patrick Swayze one but the Richard Armitage one based on the Elizabeth Gaskell book. I still need to read and I know Michelle loved it.

Amy April 23, 2016 at 11:19 PM

YAY Fabi!! It’s been so long since I read it (4, almost 5 years?) and I would love to see if you could enjoy it like I remember I did.

Tessa…I’m definitely, for 100% sure starting NOLA tonight! :D

Now I’m off to get some answers to Bev’s questions…

Fabi April 23, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Ok, maybe it’s next then. After all, the last YA PNR you recommended to me turned out to be a HUGE favorite of mine.

I’m almost done with MNevermind and I can’t even imagine how its going to resolve. I’m even hesitant to call it a romance at this point. Unique and interesting plot.

Amy April 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Y’all know I have over 2000 unread books, and obviously it’s hard to remember and list the many that could be answers to Bev’s questions…so I’ll just list the first ones that pop in my head…

Book(s) you can’t believe you haven’t read yet?
The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout, especially with how much I absolutely LOVED her Covenant and Lux series and how much Tessa loved the DE series.

Book(s) that the cover grabs your attention?
Any cover that stands out among the others in my Kindle library. Bright colors, abstract pictures, simple covers like Eight Hundred Grapes (currently on my TBR ;) ), covers that look like sketches (the original FCH cover) or are cartoonish (BADGER!!!), covers that make my heart clench (yes, some have covers that make my heart do that), covers that are UNIQUE, basically anything that will make me stop when scrolling through my pretties.

Book(s) from buzz/review?
Hmmm…usually the only reviews I read and take to heart are Maryse’s, and I have been thinking more and more about Five Stages of Falling in Love and Every Wrong Reason (both of which she loved). I’m PMSing big time and stressed out to the point of constantly feeling on the verge of tears, so I think I need a good ugly-cry book to release those tears and I think those will do it for me!

Book(s) from book buddy book talk?
Oh good lord…most of the books that are gushed about here.

Book(s) you are hesitant to read?
Male-only POV. Because issues. *My* stupid issues.

Book(s) in part because the author makes you feel you are in that locale?
Well, the books aren’t out yet but the EIT spinoff books by Karina Halle because the EIT books were set in my neck of the woods. ;) Oh! And most of Tarryn Fisher’s books have taken place in cities near me as well. By the way, how FUN would it be to go as a group to the spooky places in the EIT books, or at least the ones that really do exist like the leper island???

Book(s) you really hope is what you think it is going to be?
The Bronze Horseman and the Outlander books.

Book(s) that randomly pop into your head and you think yes I need to read that?
The Driven series and the “ghost” series that Maryse and so many of you have gushed about…is it Downside Ghosts?

If your weekend read had to come from this list what 1 or 3 would they be?
The Dark Elements series…it’s rainy and gloomy right now, and for whatever reason I love PNR books when the weather is like this. Or maybe the Outlander series.

Last one. Should Maryse put her tbr away and watch the first episode of Sherlock and blog it?
Ummmm, I plead the fifth as Bev has been on me to watch it as well. So…no comment. ;)

Amy April 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Holy sh…

I didn’t mean for my post to be that long. :?

Cheryl April 24, 2016 at 12:02 AM

Poldark sounds interesting…have to see where I can watch it…

bev April 24, 2016 at 12:06 AM

It was a lot of questions. I’m a big old scaredy cat. I’d have to bunk with one of you and sleep with the light on if we visited a haunted place.

bev April 24, 2016 at 12:09 AM

Amy, Cheryl is a fan too.

Cheryl, the one ep I watched was really good. Gorgeous scenery.

Grace April 24, 2016 at 12:39 AM


Fabi – you were so right! Wow! I am not going to be able to move on to a new story now. That is far too interesting. I’m like a little fishy on a hook my fate is sealed by the pretty, shiny, glittering, shocking new storyline. Did you move on? Eidolon is happening now for me. Nothing else will do.

Jean – Were you Wowed? What did you do? Did you move to Eidolon?

Jellicoe Road will have to be after that. I’m ready for it, but I’m on the hook now.

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 1:32 AM

Amy, we all wrote that much. And of Dark Elements or NOLA, I’d recommend NOLA. At the same time, Oah, you have to read Sinners on Tour series. So many good rock star books out there!

Nev, yes I am the one who suffered through reading about my high school. I still haven’t figured how they’d have a carnival with a rock band performance within hearing distance. I’m thinking the football field, but how crappy would that concert be? And even then, yeah. I can’t think of the logistics.

Jan130 April 24, 2016 at 2:40 AM

Tessa, Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series is aimed at younger kiddies. I only read a couple of them before quickly getting sick of them. The Old Kingdom Chronicles is a whole other beast (so to speak).Aimed at YAs and adults. FAR superior. Don’t be put off by KTTK. Old Kingdom is a fabulous, quality fantasy series.

And Poldark? Yeah. Jamie might wear a nice kilt, but Ross Poldark really rocks a tricorne hat.

Jean April 24, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Omg, your lists are giving me anxiety by reminding me of all the books on my tbr.

Yes Grace, I was wowed and I’m moving onto Book 2! This is like nothing I’ve ever read before.

Grace April 24, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Ildiko and Brishen!!! I loved Radiance and Eidolon both! Eidolon gives a nice level of completion even though there will be more later. It doesn’t leave you hanging! I’m so happy about that. I feared there may be another big Wow at the end of book 2, so I was a little scared knowing it will be a while until a book 3. Turns out it was totally the right decision to go right into the second book. I’m purring like a happy kitty.

Jellicoe Road here I come!

bev April 24, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Whoa, Grace that was fast.

bev April 24, 2016 at 9:23 AM

If Michelle pops in……can you believe Got is going to spoil the books? I’m usually not one who is too bothered by spoilers but this bugs me. *sigh*

Grace April 24, 2016 at 9:26 AM

LOL! Bev – I sort of inhaled the second book. I was getting cranky because the last 20% of Radiance was not happening because I kept getting pulled out of it by life. Then things settled down and I was free to just read! Love that! I think I also read faster when the storyline is action packed. My need to know what happens drives me forward. Plus there are so many books I need to read!!!

bev April 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Amy I just started I’ll Meet You There, so can go either way. It does have a male pov but it is YA. It is making my heart hurt a bit. Not sure if I’d rec it yet, too soon, but you popped into my head.

I love the epigraph.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll Meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense. -Rumi

Jean April 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Wow that was fast Grace! Glad to see you were happy with book 2! Won’t get much reading done today but you have me excited!

Amy April 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Nope Tessa, haven’t read the Sinners on Tour series yet…but now I have that and the Original Sinners series to add to the question 1 answer above. See?? What would I do without my favorite ladies to remind me what I still need to read? ;)

Bev! I read that one not long ago!! It’s actually dual POV, and I really liked it. Both of them are in crap situations but they never came across as wanting pity. And I loved the perfect pace at which things happened between them. Let me know what you think of it. Oh! And did ya see what Grace is starting?? *grabs Bev’s arm and shakes it* Did ya? Did ya?!? Oh, sorry… *slowly let’s go of Bev’s arm and brushes it off* :P

Amy April 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Grace, keep us updated on JR! :D

bev April 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM

It is so good. Totally caught up in it but have so much I need to do. I hope that Sky just goes, you know. Whatever happens at home, just go.
I’m supper excited about Grace reading JR, (jazz hands), but a bit nervous. He was so hard on*snicker* Maryse.
Grace, just please give it a go. The characters are awesome.

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 11:06 AM

You know, I totally don’t mind that this season of GoT will have spoilers. I am still on the first book (this whole thing of all Sony books going to Kobo issue), but I wouldn’t read it until after the show anyway. I have a tendency to not enjoy shows I’ve read as much as unread ones. Ironically, I still enjoy the book thoroughly after seeing the show.

The questions made me change the book I’m reading to Shatter Me. :)

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Amy, Sinners was the second CR rock star series I read (after Thoughtless). However, it still holds as one of the best, especially with a real “rock life” feel. NOLA is the same. It feels real, but more angst. That’s why I want you to read it.

bev April 24, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Amy, speakin of lines , I sometimes look up quotes from Jellicoe Road. This is making me want to re-read it.
Like about the difference between a trip and a journey. Or Narnie’s smile. Or “its not the pain they are getting over its the love.” -so true.
Or, “‘Like he’s saying,’Here I am world, are you ready for so much passion and beauty and goodness and love and every other word that should be in the dictionary under the word life?’

bev April 24, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Tessa, I’m curious what you think. It just was too confusing for me. Right over my head.

DG April 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM

OMG! I just fell in love….he is this amazing guy who likes to keep things free and easy…big, strong and for the most part silent (until he gets to really know you), close group of friends and a hottie free spirit who can’t lay down too many roots….his name is Deke!!!

GAH! I just love him! *fans face*

Grace April 24, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Amy & Bev – 28% in. It’s midnight for me and my eyes are closing so I have to stop reading until the morning. Key word – HAVING. I’m totally sucked in! I have so many things I want to know, but I’m not having any trouble with the way it’s making me wonder. I’m building theories which are probably going to change many times over as new information unfolds. Very happy with the experience thus far and anticipate it will only get better. Giving it an early two thumbs up thus far. “Everything looks so freaking perfect from here!”

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 3:26 PM

My opinion is, I’ve read it. Grrr. It didn’t confuse me but I now where you got confuysed bvecause I remember having to read that part a lot slower due to what was going on. However, grr. I was looking forward to it! lol

DG April 24, 2016 at 3:32 PM

LOVED Bounty!
KA does it again! Totally fell in love with Deke and his gypsy. Total alpha who once he fell, he dived straight in…no hesitation, lots of laughs, lots of tears, and lots of Lovin! (And more than one raw edge emotion to point of breaking scene….yeah I absolutely love those!). I consider it a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me!

DG April 24, 2016 at 3:34 PM

*looks around lost…unsure what to do since Bounty is finished*

bev April 24, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Oh, Tessa. I’ve done that with a book before. With how fast and much you read I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Oh it happens too often. I got a Mary Balough from the library because she’s a great go to for a feel good book. Yeah, I read it in 1991. The older books with the changed cover always throw me.

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Alright, decided on House of Hades by Richard Riordan. And the dedication is AWESOME.

To my readers:
Sorry about that last cliff-hanger.
Well,no, not really. HAHAHAHA
But seriously, I love you guys.

ROFL And yes, it was a DOOZY of a CH, but it’s a complete series now.

Cheryl April 24, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Have to add Sinners on Tour ( I did listen to book 1) and NOLA to my tbr.

Still reading Dirty. I like it, but RL has been interrupting my reading time.

Amy April 24, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Tessa, you used the magic word…ANGST!!! Lady, you *know* what I like. ;)

Aw Bev, now you have ME wanting to re-live Jellicoe Road…GAH, that *oomph* you get the first time you read it and find out what happened. That hurt. :(

Grace, I’m so excited for you! JR is a story that is unique and fun and then…this:

Grace April 24, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Amy! What a graphic! Holy Cow! I’m just getting going this morning, but I’ll be back to it as soon as I can. Now I’m nervous and excited!

Amy April 24, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Hehe Grace, sometimes those gifs are the best way to describe what a book does to us. ;)

Cheryl…you should buddy read NOLA with me!

bev April 24, 2016 at 8:35 PM

She could. Or she could read….

Wait for it


Amy April 24, 2016 at 8:39 PM



Why you gotta come in here and start all that?!?

bev April 24, 2016 at 8:49 PM

I couldn’t let Cheryl think I’d forgotten her.

Amy, there are a few parts of that book that are painful. I’m trying to think of code, but hard. One of them that I think about is something we learn and it is only really a knowledged and there.

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Bev! I am finally getting the amgst/ drama lover to read NOLA. No adding confusion, darn it!

bev April 24, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Alright. I’ll back off.

Amy April 24, 2016 at 9:03 PM

*scratches head*


bev April 24, 2016 at 9:08 PM

Do you remember her old friend? And that whole story? I think a big mac was eaten?

Amy April 24, 2016 at 9:11 PM

*stares blankly at Bev*

Um, are you asking me or Tessa? ‘Cause I’m so lost right now…

bev April 24, 2016 at 9:23 PM

You, Amy. There is something that we learn about someone in JR that we the reader learn and another character learn. It is something that I think would usually be a big thing in another book. In this book its just acknowledged and does explain some past actions. We learn of it around the time of the big mac or whatever that kid ate. Her old friend. Yes, being vague. Trying not to give to much away. Anyway sometimes it pops into my head how subtle the whole thing was.

Grace April 24, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Bev – Gah!!!! Stop that!!!! LOL!

Amy April 24, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Okay, now I have to go look it up or else it’s going to drive me nuts…

Amy April 24, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Oh!!! Now I remember that part…it was the reason why “someone” did what they did. And it was messed up. :?

bev April 24, 2016 at 9:41 PM

In another book it would of been written big. In this it’s subtle but you see how it …..shades so much, maybe?

Amy April 24, 2016 at 9:47 PM

To me yes it was subtle, but it was written so that the magnitude of it was apparent yet it didn’t overshadow the other two storylines (past and present) that were happening, ya know?

bev April 24, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Yes, exactly.

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Bev, it’s alright to get on Cheryl, just don’t discourage Amy. :P This is one series I really need to know if it was just me or not. Cheryl, after NOLA, read Written in Red!

*grins impishly*

bev April 24, 2016 at 10:06 PM

“It’s alright to get on Cheryl” ~lol.

Grace April 24, 2016 at 11:22 PM

Bev and Amy- Jellicoe Road

Oh my goodness the manure!!!! Laughing so hard! Bloody absolutely Brilliant!
His response….”This is war.” Duh! No kidding Captain Obvious! I am loving this book!

46% Still swinging through the air and laughing. Gut punches around the corner, I’m sure.

Jan130 April 24, 2016 at 11:26 PM

Written in Red. Lots of positive reviews. Anne Bishop’s books are on that sector of my TBR under the heading: Can’t believe I haven’t read yet. I might just try Written in Red, I think.

But first, I’ve started a big, meaty read in The Last Hour of Gann. I’m 23% in and LOVING it. It’s a massive book (even long than KA’s books lol). Thanks for the person who recommended it on this blog. (Can’t remember who, sorry). I would never have discovered it otherwise. And on the surface it doesn’t sound that promising – a human and a *lizard man* fall in love on a far planet. Wait, what?? But it’s so much more. I am FLOVING this book. So Written in Red can sit tight and wait for now …. ;-)

bev April 24, 2016 at 11:39 PM

Lol, Grace. There are definitely fun and even sweet and swoon moments. The friendships that slowly develop are some of my favorite parts.

Jan, That book is crazy long. It took days. I’d look down and it would be all 18 hours left. But one of my favorites this year. I think it was Fabi & the Michelles who were gushing on it here.
Now. WiR is my precious. It was my main peanut book. Michelle and I wore everyone down one by one to read that. (Except Cheryl) and Tessa cause she’d already read it. Maryse was the freaking white whale though. Took forever. But then…..
and now I’m at a loss. So, you know Sherlock.

Jan130 April 24, 2016 at 11:43 PM

My precioussssssss

Tessa April 24, 2016 at 11:49 PM

Bev… lol I’m sure Cheryl won’t mind. :P You need a peanut, I got one! It’s called Murder of Crows. *grins* Just sayin’…

Grace April 25, 2016 at 3:45 AM

Bev and Amy: Jellicoe Road!

Beautiful. Just beautiful! I was crying about wanting more deep feels after finishing Bounty and you called it Bev. I was so completely wrong in what I thought the story was going to be about when I started reading it. I guess it was the way the book description goes right into the war games aspect so I was essentially imagining a dystopian type book in the back of my mind, but it’s so NOT that. It’s a beautiful, happy, sometimes very sad but hugely life affirming journey of personal growth and discovery made so much more challenging by loss and heartache and secrets she has no control over. The war games are comic relief. I loved it. I’m so glad I read it. It was worth waiting out all the questions hanging over everything in the beginning to get to where it ended.

I wish there was a another book set later revisiting everyone!

I just read three books in a row that I so totally enjoyed, and there is no way I would have ever found any of them without this amazing site and you all! I’m so grateful I stopped trolling and started asking for everyone’s recommendations! Keep them coming! Maryse! Love what you do! Thanks!

Grace April 25, 2016 at 4:19 AM

Jan130 – My finger is hovering over the The Last Hour of Gann. Should I do it? Another Alien/Human story so soon after Radience and Eidolon? You said you are FLOVING it! That is so tempting!!!!

Fabi April 25, 2016 at 5:57 AM

Grace, yes The Last Hour of Gann should not be missed. The only way it is ‘like’ Radiance is in that it has an alien MC. Otherwise the books don’t compare. TLHoG is dark and gritty and takes you on a wild ride.

Grace April 25, 2016 at 6:04 AM

Fabi! I have no will power. I’m 5% in already. Thank you for encouraging me to get it! I am already enthralled, but it’s great to hear it was a good choice from multiple sources since I’ve pushed my budget picking up all these recommend books and I was feeling guilty.

Cheryl April 25, 2016 at 6:19 AM

Wow, I get distracted by family visiting and I get peanuts and “getting on me!” Ha, Bev and Tessa fighting over my next read. Such love.

One day Bev, I’ll read WiR.

Yes, Amy let’s buddy read NOLA. I’m almost finished Dirty and already was debating what to read next. Did you finish When I Lost You?

Cheryl April 25, 2016 at 6:46 AM

Oh yeh, keep forgetting to comment about the Breach series. It’s a dark, angsty, HOT read. One I first read as a fanfiction. Two very messed up MC’s.

Jean April 25, 2016 at 9:08 AM

You guys are making me want to do a re-read of JR! And I still have to read Gann but the length intimidates me!

Dumb question…… what is NOLA?

Tessa April 25, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Not a dumb question. NOLA is the NOLA’s Own series by Kelli Jean. The first book is Over the Hills and Far Away. It’s a rock series that was one of my favorite books of 2015. :)

Jean April 25, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Thanks Tessa! Just checked it out! Looks good, cover is unusual…..

Cheryl April 25, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Amy, started NOLA this morning. Just know it’s going to be an angsty ride!!

bev April 25, 2016 at 12:13 PM

I’m intrigued by Nola, but I’m intrigued by New Orleans.

Amy April 25, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Cheryl…WILY is probably going to be my next read. That, or Pieces of Summer.

One of my long classes was cancelled today (yay!!) so I finished up NOLA. Ummm…

*cringes and peeks at Tessa*

I’m just gonna go and make myself inconspicuous for a bit…

Tessa April 25, 2016 at 5:25 PM

So it was just me, huh? Okay.

Amy April 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

You know, I just had a hard time with the writing for some reason and that seemed to set the tone for everything else, ya know? I had a hard time liking Phil after a certain point, and the whole “wait for him thing” just didn’t work for me, at least not in the way it was done.

To be honest, it was probably just a “me” issue, like with Pure Abandon…SO many people loved PA, and yet I was so less than thrilled with it. Same with One Thousand Boy Kisses. *sigh* Dammit, I’m just too freaking jaded anymore. Y’all are going to stop rec’g books to me and then I’m going to be all sad and mopey and won’t be able to pick anything out myself and WAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! *points to self* Whiney a$$ right here.

Tessa April 25, 2016 at 7:17 PM

It’s alright Amy. *hugs* Seriously, I really was curious of your opinion. The reviews either show complete love or meh. Though one hated the “paranormal aspects”. :) Do not judge Sinners on Tour by this one. That series is TOTALLY different.

Maryse April 25, 2016 at 7:19 PM

You know what will still freak your jaded self out, Amy?

Dangerous Girls. Tee heeeeeeeeeee!!!! :P !!!!!!!

Maryse April 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

I’m pulling a bev. ;)

Cheryl April 25, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Wait you finished the series or just book 1, Amy? Are the other books, other characters or a continuation?

What bothers me is the back and forth lack of communication and I’ll wait for you and then in the next breath well I guess letting me go, so I guess I have to let them go too. What???!!

Amy April 25, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Yes…yes Maryse, you *are* pulling a Bev. And it worked. ;)

*snuggles into Tessa* You know I still trust your recs, right? I’m just so picky lately, painfully so, and with rock stars I crave nothing less than a Kellan type of read. :? Even Groupie didn’t work for me, and I know it’s gotten plenty of love around here!

Amy April 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Cheryl…I just read book 1. You really should give it a shot because Tessa loved it. I actually thought the slight paranormal aspect gave it an intriguing and fun angle!

bev April 25, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Ha, like she needed to. Lol. When it comes to Maryse’s recs, Amy your easy.

bev April 25, 2016 at 7:58 PM


Cheryl April 25, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Amy, I don’t mind the paranormal aspect, but if book 1 doesn’t conclude the story or end in a CH, I’m not sure that I cannot, not read 2 and 3, if that makes sense.

bev April 25, 2016 at 8:08 PM

So, it is a remembrance day in Australia?

bev April 25, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Dumplin’ is on SUPER SALE. One of my favorites last year.

Amy April 25, 2016 at 8:42 PM

*stamps foot*

I am NOT easy!

Maryse and I (and many others here!) just happen to both crave gut punches. And tummy twisters. And heart clenchers. And ugly cries. In BOOKS…always and only in books. ;)

Tessa April 25, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Cheryl, that’s the only way I’ll recommend a series to you, if it is complete. However all three are the book, not one.

Tessa April 25, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Oh, Amy, I’m glad what you said about Groupie. I thought I was the only one who just didn’t get into it.

MichelleS April 25, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Grace & Jan – yippee! Last Hour of Gann. Still my favorite book of 2016. Love that lizard man!!

Bev – I watched waaaay too much GoT yesterday. I didn’t hear anything about spoilers? What’s up with that?

I’m still reading Eidolon. Love her writing style.

Maryse April 25, 2016 at 9:04 PM


And this one is a jaw-dropper. ;)

Grace April 25, 2016 at 9:18 PM

Bev – I’m 23% into LHof Gann and I have like three years left to read. I’m loving it in the best kind of way. The kind where my husband has to ask “What are you reading that’s got you so pissy?” LOL! He knows me too well and can always tell when an antagonist has me all stabby! So you would think that I’d just be reading away, but Noooo what did I just do? I just bought Dumplin! Another book!!! Thanks for the heads up. I think. Heh Heh. No will power. I tell you! Sad, it’s just sad.

Fabi April 25, 2016 at 9:20 PM

I think channelling Bev is fun. I did it last week too. :-)

Amy, I started Eternal Eden. I’m right at the beginning, but it’s great writing. It pulled me right in.

bev April 25, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Grace, I’m so glad you liked Jellicoe Road.

bev April 25, 2016 at 10:14 PM

Thanks Fabi. Lol.

Amy April 25, 2016 at 11:54 PM

Nope Tessa, you weren’t the only one with Groupie…I kept hearing about the angst and couldn’t wait to get worked over by it, and while it DID have some great angst, I just didn’t like Giovanni (wasn’t that his name) at all. I didn’t continue with the series after book 1. *grumbles* Stupid man.

Jaw dropper!!! Yep Maryse, that needs to be added to the list of craves as well. ;)

Fabi!!! I’m so excited about you reading Eden!! *squeals* Just a heads up…back then, book 2 was sooooo emotionally draining for me (and hurt my heart…A LOT) but stick with it because the ending is just ohhhhhhh so worth it!

Grey April 26, 2016 at 7:08 AM

WTF…I answered all the questions and my post isn’t here… *cry*

Grey April 26, 2016 at 7:41 AM

Book(s) you can’t believe you haven’t read yet? Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Book(s) that the cover grabs your attention? Anything with the Caduceus symbol (2 snakes and wings, used as a symbol of medicine) or an acid green or neon blue color.

Book(s) from buzz/review? Can I repeat my answers? LOL!?! because I’d totally go with Me Before You again… but I’ll go with something new and say Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Book(s) from book buddy book talk? Jellicoe Road, I have this one… And I’m going to start it. I promise! LOL!

Book(s) you are hesitant to read? This question was actually the hardest for me to answer. It’s not really that I’m hesitant to read any book, because *I’m not skeered* right Amy?? I go in fits and spurts with my reading and have to be in a frame of mind… I’ve only had like 1 or possibly 2 five star reads all year so far… so I’m tough to please. I think maybe the book I’m hesitant to read would be Last Hour of Gann, just because of the length?? *shrug*

Book(s) in part because the author makes you feel you are in that locale? Anything by Kristen Ashley. The woman is a wizard.

Book(s) you really hope is what you think it is going to be? The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz, I know it’s a couple months out. But I love her writing.

Book(s) that randomly pop into your head and you think yes I need to read that? This is a hard question. I’m in a bit of a book funk at the moment. I need to read all of the ones that hurt haha! I love the mindf*cks, the heart breakers…the hot ones… I think right now, I’m going to read Maryse’s last 5 star rec Dangerous Girls.

If your weekend read had to come from this list what 1 or 3 would they be? Dangerous Girls, Hollywood Dirt & Me Before You

Last one. Should Maryse put her tbr away and watch the first episode of Sherlock and blog it? Absolutely not… just because I would miss reading bev’s continued attempts to get her to watch ;)

bev April 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Like your answers Grey. Except for the last. Lol.
The Last Hour, you become so immersed that you wouldn’t mind it being longer.

Amy April 26, 2016 at 8:41 PM

OMG Grey…you have to read Me Before You! I put it off for the longest time (no idea why) and then devoured and LOVED it when I finally read it. But don’t watch the movie trailer until after you read it…the trailer will have a greater impact that way. ;)

Grace…how did I miss that you finished JR?!? I am so happy you loved it. But that epilogue. :? I was all, “alright…it’s okay…I’m good…*sniff*…things turned out pretty well…” Then I read the epilogue and was all, *throws hands up* Oh FFS. *sob*

Fabi April 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM

*cough cough choke* Bev…and you ME to read JR? Are you crazy woman???

Grace April 26, 2016 at 9:34 PM

Fabi!!! Noooo! Don’t NOT read it because of crying!!! No no no no! It’s all the right kinds of crying! It’s really, really worth reading. I got exactly what I wanted out if it, which was that feeling when you put the book down and sigh and just stare off into the distance for a minute because you need to sort your thoughts. You think about the characters because you love them, even though you know they aren’t real. You wonder how things will go for them from here on and then you wonder how you can just jump into another book, other worlds, other lives and leave them behind. You take a second to dislike that idea, then sigh again and move on to find new characters and new lives and new worlds! That is what it’s ALL about! Don’t miss that FABI!

Grace April 26, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Bev – So true! 58% in to TLHof Gann and I’ve so much story left and all I can think is why isn’t every book this long! Which is completely insane. I don’t even really want that. I’m just so into it. I think it’s just this world. This situation. Where is this going to go? How is it going to work out? LOL! Why am I writing this when I need to keep reading???

Grace April 26, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Jan130 – How are you going?

Amy April 26, 2016 at 9:47 PM

*pats Fabi on the back* Grace is right…don’t let me scare you from it. It wasn’t an ugly cry book, more of a why-did-that-have-to-happen sort of story but with an ending that is incredibly satisfying.

Or you could finish William and Bryn’s story. ;)

Grace April 26, 2016 at 9:52 PM

MicheleS – I totally get why you placed it as you favorite. It really is “epic” status. I’m so glad I dove in! The Lizard man is pretty indescribable. This morning my husband said “Now it’s Lizard men, it wasn’t enough before?” LOL! I Don’t think I really know what that meant, but with him it always comes back to those idiots with abs so this must just be too much for him.

bev April 26, 2016 at 10:52 PM

Am I the only one who gets confused about which post has which conversation? So, I will say it here too.
Read Jellicoe Road, Fabi. Read it.
Look at these face, we are trust worthy.
Maybe not Amy.

Fabi April 26, 2016 at 11:04 PM

Haaaaaaa. *gasp* hahahaha

Amy April 26, 2016 at 11:46 PM

*doesn’t take eyes off Dangerous Girls*

*flicks chewed-up brownie piece at Bev*

bev April 26, 2016 at 11:53 PM

*swats the brownie*


*side eyes Maryse’s martini*

Amy April 26, 2016 at 11:57 PM



*ducks behind sofa and giggles*

bev April 27, 2016 at 12:08 AM

Your her Marmy or she is yours.
She will probably just fish it out and eat it.

See you all in the morn.

Grace April 27, 2016 at 3:36 AM

LHofGann – 72% in. I thought I was mad in the beginning. I thought I was frustrated. I thought what I felt was me getting angry about the story. Holy Cow! I did not know the tip of mad, frustrated or angry!!!! This book!

Grey April 27, 2016 at 7:53 AM

See this ^ Grace has been reading TLHoG for like a month of Sundays and is only at 72%… I have like a billion59 books on my kindle and a friend of mine just gave me her nook password (shhh-no judgement) to read PLL because we were discussing it and she thought I would like it haha!

Grace April 27, 2016 at 2:35 PM

LOL! It felt like that, but it wasn’t. I just finished it. Time just flew by while I was reading.

LHof Gann – I have never ridden such a roller coaster of frustration in my entire life! I’ve never had a longer running list of characters I really needed to see die! I’m saying: Wow! I was trying to figure out another way to say it, but I can’t come up with any other word. Just, Oh my Wow! I think the tension this book builds, maintains and then keeps juicing up so much that it has actually taken time off of my physical life. Shuel being merciful, not that much time. For that much stress I wanted an Epilogue! More book, which is insane! I just wanted a little bit more time to enjoy the closure, but I’ll deal. I’m going to need a few days of fluff to recover though. Man!

Fabi April 27, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Isn’t that funny Grace? After spending so much time with that book all of us finished saying we wanted it to be a little longer. Awesome book!

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