HAPPY FRIDAY & FRIDAY FINDS DAY!!! I can’t believe we’re already Friday but I am not complaining. I think this is going to be a do-nothing but relax and read and watch movies week. No shopping, no planning, no big meals… probably not even any cooking. 😉
In all the excitement of the week, I totally forgot to do a three things on Monday! So I’m doing it today. 🙂
1.) I cheated on my Keto on Christmas Day so along with my ham and roasted veggies I had a few small roasted potatoes and one of R. Renee’s delicious caramels (she sent me some!! And my Christmas crew LOVED them!! Buttery decadent deliciousness!!!) and I had one small chocolate chip cookie and a super-skinny slice of super-sweet fatty yummy cheesecake. Like… I mean… a sliver-slice. OH BOY!!! I surprisingly feel good today. Even with all that I think I kept my carbs at 100g, so that helps. 😉
2.) I went shopping last night for all my white & clear Christmas ornaments (50% off!!) since I want to have an all snow theme on my tree next year. Umm… they were already pretty much all gone by the time I got there. *sigh* I did get some stuff though and the search is not over.
3.) I had a second Christmas supper with my family last night via FaceTime. My mom invited our family members (aunts and uncles and cousins) and she set up a beautiful Christmas table, and I was at the table too, via FaceTime. Happy!!!!
P.S. FANTASY ROMANCE LOVERS!! Lookit what I got!! 😀 Make sure to check out today’s Friday Finds newsletter sponsor ➔ Isabella August – Faerie Lords Series Reading Order + Fun Facts & a quick excerpt (she made me giggle)!
TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE FOUND FOR THE WEEKEND !!
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- and now the book finds!
- Tall, Dark & Furious (A Pyte/Sentinel Novel Book 6) by R.L. Mathewson <— R.L. MATHEWSON ALERT!! HOLY MOLY IT’S LIVE!!!! 😲😀 R.L. Mathewson’s highly anticipated latest in her Pyte/Sentinal series!! “...Sam had resigned herself to a lot of things over the years, being the town joke, blacking out at inopportune moments, and living with a dog that hated her, but what she hadn’t planned on was suddenly finding five large men destroying her basement, looking for a tomb that she never knew existed. In one moment, her life changed forever, leaving her to wonder how she was going to make it out of this alive...” P.S. Here’s the whole series.
Michelle: I have not read a Mathewson book in years, looking forward to this one based on synposis.
Meagan: Omg yay! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for a new one to come out. Love this series. 🥰
- Dr Stanton Boxset by T.L. Swan <— BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! OMG LOOKIT THIS SUPER-BARGAIN BOX SET THAT I JUST ONE CLICKED!! (thank you Nancy for this Friday Find!!!) 😀
Marit: It’s soooooo good 😉 He is so hot. But he makes me so mad as well!
Adele: I second Marit’s Dr. Stanton recommendation! It was fantastic, lots of drama, made me cry too… Hail No was also two thumbs up, more of that drama I seem to be in the mood for and action! Definitely a page turner, very creative and well written. There are 3 more in the series…
- Finding Jackson by Anne Holster <— ROCK STAR ROMANCE ALERT!! The author just sent me a copy as a gift (and she also let me know that she’s a fan of some of our angsty bad-boy favorites like Beautiful Disaster & Thoughtless) so you KNOW I had to take a closer look. 😉 And I had to post it here as a Friday Find since it sounds right up our angsty alley! He’s headed nowhere fast… “Everything changes the night Jackson meets Leah. Shy and reserved, she doesn’t smoke and barely drinks; she certainly doesn’t put out. Not exactly the girl from the Bon Jovi videos he watched as a kid. Yet before he knows it, she has become his world. Then, just when it looks like his dreams might come true, betrayal and loss once again threaten everything...”
- Faerie Lords Books 1-3: A Paranormal Romance Box Set by Isabella August <— LIVE!! SERIES BUNDLE ALERT!! The series can be read in any order. “Stolen away. Hiding from the past. Searching for a future. Wicked faeries have broken their lives… but every good faerie tale eventually has a happily ever after.“ P.S. Make sure to check out her feature – she’s this week’s newsletter sponsor ➔ Isabella August – Faerie Lords Series Reading Order + Fun Facts & a quick excerpt (she made me giggle)!
- Unexpected (Inked Book 3) by K.M. Neuhold <— LIVE!!
- Because of Him: A Christian Romance (New Hope Falls Book 2) by Kimberly Rae Jordan
- A CATALINA COVE CHRISTMAS (Catalina Cove Series – Book 3.5) by Benda Jackson
- I Gave Myself to the Shifters: The Complete Billionaire Centaur Trilogy by Jen Berry <— TRILOGY BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!
- Breaking You: A Dark College Bully Romance (A Blackthorn Elite Novel Book 2) by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman <— LIVE!!! BULLY BOOK ALERT! Can be read as a standalone!! They used to be best friends… “…Seeing her for the first time after three years was like a bucket of ice water being poured on me. It chilled me to the bone, making me irrational, angry. No longer is she a little girl but a grown woman with curves and eyes that pierce my black soul. No one knows the darkness that lingers under the surface, all they see is my smile, my charismatic charm. I’m the all American golden boy. Having her back in my life is awakening something inside of me. She reminds me of everything good, everything I’ll never have and I refuse to let her stay…”
- The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski <— ELA’S SHOUTY-HAPPY CAPS ARE BACK!!! And she commands this of us!!!
Ela: MARYSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!! AND ON THAT NOTE YOU MUST WATCH THE WITCHER STARTING HENRY CAVILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NETFLIX ORIGINAL BASED ON A POLISH AUTHOR’S BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOW GO AND BE MERRY
Maryse: LOL!!!!! Oh how I love when you’re shouty-excited!!! Makes me so excited too. ON IT!!! 😀 And the merry part, too.
Robyn: I’m up to episode 4 of The Witcher and lets just say Henry Cavill is to die for with His deep voice, sexy, although kinda dirty, silver hair ( he gets a pass on that because he’s outside wielding that big sword of his a lot! 😉), and lets not forget those tight leathers he dons. Swooooon! Oh, and all his shirtless scenes, the musculature let me tell you is a sight to behold.
Besides Henry, the show is pretty good. My crack words were said a few times, which are “your destiny”. Those words do it for me all the time. I’m watching the rest today while I finish crocheting a blanket for Christmas.
- Princess Ballot: A Dark College Romance (Royals of Arbon Academy Book 1) by by Tate James and Jaymin Eve <— LIVE!! SHE WAS CHOSEN IN A LOTTERY & IS NOW A PAWN BETWEEN TWO Monarchies… “…You have been chosen. Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she’s selected in the “princess ballot.” Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry … except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It’s a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought…”
- Under the Mistletoe: A Reverse Harem Christmas Novel by J.C. Valentine
- Top Secret by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen <— Sara’s TOP TWO FAVORITE books of 2019!!
I said my favorite read of 2019 was Top Secret by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen.
…I’ll tell you another favorite! Sink or Swim (Beach Kingdom Book 3) was fantastic!
- Return to Sender (A Pine Falls Novel Book 1) by Jennifer Peel
- Golden Eagle (Sons of Rome Book 4) by Lauren Gilley <— LIVE!! LAUREN GILLEY ALERT! Randi found us this one!
Randi: Lauren Gilley’s Sons of Rome Book 4 Golden Eagle is out today for anybody waiting on it.
- No Mercy Series by Lea Griffith <— RE-READ AWESOME!! Robyn LOVES this series!!!
Robyn: Finished book 3 of Lea Griffith’s No Mercy series so I am ready for book 4, Kiss Of The Blade to come out. Which should be anytime now.
Gosh, I love these books. I’ve reread them tons of times and they never get old.
Jennifer: I wholeheartedly agree with your recommendation about Lea Griffith’s No Mercy series. I love badass heroines!
- Mind Reader by Kirsty McManus <– HE CAN PREDICT SOUL MATES & SHE’S A SCIENTIST… “…Beatrix Mackenzie lives her life by the facts. She loves her job as a scientist because of the clear-cut answers it can provide. So when she meets Kellan, she is reluctant to fall for his act. However, Kellan quickly proves himself to be an intelligent, and oh-so-attractive adversary, causing Beatrix to question everything she knows…“
- Can’t Buy Me Love: Romantic Comedy (Sinclair Sisters Trilogy Book 3) by Janet Elizabeth Henderson <— LIVE!! CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE.
- The Fixer (Professionals Book 1) by Jessica Gadziala <— WHAT TO READ AFTER KRISTEN ASHLEY’S ROCK CHICKS ALERT!!! Mony recommends this one!
Mony: Hi Maryse,
Love the books you just posted. Looking forward to reading them!
Just read The Fixer by Jessica Gadziala (GR 4.24). Fabulous read if you like Rock Chicks (RC). Reads like a Kristen Ashley novel – quirky hot guys security team, wow! hero (Lee Nightingale!), heroine strengthened by the team ,”safe room” antics, unique crime plot lines.
A great find for those who love RCs and want more. (yea!)
- The Way We Fell by MJ Fields <— RECENT RELEASE & WE HAVE FEEDBACK!! Catina is loving it!!
Catina: …I just found this by chance. I have been reading all of your books for the last month. I’m reading Ben and Kendall at the moment. I have fallen add over teakettle in love with your writing!
- Blind Sympathy by Roberta Bombonato <— SHE’S A RECLUSIVE BLIND COMPOSER & HE’S A DEMON THAT WANTS HER SOUL… Here’s another recent submission I received, and the blurb had me curious!! “…Alone in a cabin with only her service dog, she’s not at all concerned with her lack of cellphone service in the middle of nowhere. This is her special place where she can be free to relax and let her musical compositions speak to her. Israfel is a demon one assignment short from graduation: possession of an innocent soul. He’s always known he was different from the others of his kind, and meeting the lovely Vafara confirmed it...”
- The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) by Patrick Rothfuss <— FANTASY ALERT!! Julia’s 2019 favorite! (and a favorite of Sheri & Terrie too)
Julia: My favorite book of 2019 was A Wise Man fears by Patrick Rothfuss. I know it’s an older series but I just read it this year. It was a totally unique series. I have felt like alot of books are predictable and this one was not.
Sheri: Gah! How could I forget my fav fav?!?! Put this somewhere, anywhere, on this list! The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle) By Patrick Rothfuss
Terrie: Favorite fantasy Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind
- Forbidden Queen Complete Series: Books 1-4 by Dyan Chick <— SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! Four Sexy Fae Princes. A Changeling Fae. A Secret that could end them all. “…When Cassia’s wedding is ruined by a monster attack, her whole life changes. Destined for the dull and uneventful life of a Baron’s wife, Cassia always dreamed of more. She never thought it would come in the form of three sexy fae princes...”
- The Duke Redemption (Game of Dukes Book 4) by Grace Callaway
- Fateless (Stateless Book 3) by Meli Raine
- Assist (Pucks & Rainbows Book 2) by L.A. Witt <— LIVE!!! M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! A rookie, his teammate, and his best friend from a rival team. What could possibly go wrong?
- The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen: Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of Jill Mansell by Juliet Ashton <— LIVE!! HE WAKES HER COMATOSE HEART… “...She fell in love with the street the moment she first twisted her ankle on its cobbles. Her double-fronted unit is now a spa. She has sunk all her money into the lease and refurbishment. She’s sunk all her hope into the carefully designed treatment rooms, the calm white reception space, the bijou flat carved out of the floor above. Sadie has a mission to connect…“
- <— SATURDAY MORNING BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel <— HUGE HIT OF THE YEAR (has made a few of our BEST OF 2019 lists) and it’s ON SALE TODAY (US & CA)!!!! I just one-clicked it for myself! 😀 YAY ME!!!! *claps*
Kathy: It was funny where I found my self laughing out loud, touching, and just so well written. …If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!! Hoping more books come out with some of the secondary characters in the book. …had all of the emotions (funny, sweet, sad, etc). One of my best books of the year (besides Someday, Someday). I even let my precocious 13 year old read this novel… as it is not very descriptive sexually (scenes fade to black) and she read it 3 times!
R. Renee: I *just* finished Red, White & Royal Blue and I am a sobbing mess. I think I’ve just entered into another massive hangover, and it has, in fact, bumped Daisy Jones from this list. Matter of fact it’s at number 2. OMG.
Tiffany: My favorite romance this year was probably The Bride Test or Red, White, & Royal Blue~!
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- The Play by Elle Kennedy <— LIVE!!
- Hissy Fit: The Southern Gentleman Series, Book 1 by Lani Lynn Vale <— LIVE!!
- Where the Blame Lies by Mia Sheridan <— LIVE!!
- The Secret: Arranged, Book 2 by Stella Gray <— LIVE!!
- Accidental Rebel: A Marriage Mistake Romance, Book 5 by Nicole Snow <— LIVE!!
PREORDERS (going live soon!!! 😀 )
- The Setup (A Bro Code Standalone Book 4) by Rachel Van Dyken – December 28th 2019
- The Wives: A Novel by Tarryn Fisher – December 30th 2019 <— I READ AND 5-STAR LOVED THIS ONE SO HARD!!! Here’s my Book Review
- Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison – December 30th 2019
- The One for You (The Ones Who Got Away Book 4) by Roni Loren – December 31st 2019
- Sweet Agony (Angels Halo MC Next Gen Book 2) by Terri Anne Browning – December 31st 2019
- Mr. Nobody: A Novel by Catherine Steadman- January 7th 2020
- The Night Country: A Hazel Wood Novel (The Hazel Wood Book 2) – January 7th 2020
- A Heart So Fierce and Broken (The Cursebreaker Series) by Brigid Kemmerer – January 7th 2020
- Ruthless Knight (Royal Hearts Academy) by A. Jade – January 7th 2020
- Moral Compass: A Novel by Danielle Steel – January 7th 2020
- Scavenge The Stars by Tara Sim – January 7th 2020
- The Vanishing (Fogg Lake Book 1) by Jayne Ann Krentz – January 7th 2020
- Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children Book 5) by Seanan McGuire – January 7th 2020
- The Harder You Fall (Rixon Raiders Book 3) by L.A. Cotton – January 7th 2019
- Come Back for Me by Corinne Michaels – January 7th 2020
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