Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations!

by Maryse on August 5, 2016 · 219 comments

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8 SATURDAY UPDATES ADDED BELOW!!! You can’t miss ‘em. I added them to the top of the list. :D

Happy Friday and upcoming reading weekend!!!!

Guess what I’m reading now? That’s right… Swear on This Life: A Novel by Renee Carlino <— the next potentially huge hit (I’m already a HUGE fan of this author) coming out on Tuesday and I’ve been hearing from some early reviews that it’s yet another to be considered as the BEST BOOK of 2016. I already hit emotionally-addicting-and-affecting pay dirt with Colleen Hoover’s latest, It Ends with Us: A Novel (<— that one kept me up at night and had me in a book fog so thick I couldn’t see straight, and is MY “best of 2016″ choice… at least so far ;) ) but now, I’m finally ready for more oomph, and certainly willing to take on another breath taker.

  • The Passenger by Lisa Lutz <— SATURDAY ADD-ON!! PSYCH-THRILLER SUPER-SALE! Oh it sounds so good!!! Two women on the run together from their pasts, trying to save themselves! “Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born…
  • Release: Breach 3.5 by K.I. Lynn <— LIVE ALERT!!!! Latest book in the “Breach” series that so many went crazy for. (series reading order)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky <— SATURDAY ADD-ON!! SUPER-SALE! It’s about a teen… ““wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.”

Erin: I’m reading the Perks of being a Wallflower. Loving it.

Elva: One of my favorite books is The Perks of being a Wallflower

  • SIX by Ker Dukey <— JUST WENT LIVE SATURDAY ADD-ON!!! GANG MEMBER OUT FOR REVENGE ON THOSE THAT KILLED HIS WOMAN… “I knew a real love, a rare love, a love between two people that were never supposed to fall in love. Rival gang members are never allowed to fall in love and it cost us everything…”
  • Never Too Late (Appleby Series Book 1) by Alyssia Leon <— JUST WENT LIVE SATURDAY ADD-ON!! Billionaire coming to renovate her family home… and take it. “Molly knows only too well the perils of love, but as she gets closer to Jake, her heart is in danger of being shredded to pieces all over again. Only, Jake isn’t looking for love, and he has plans for Barrowdene, Molly’s beloved manor house. When he leaves Appleby, Molly will find herself out on the streets along with her grandmother…
  • The Catching Kind (Brew Ha Ha #3) by Bria Quinlan <— SATURDAY ADD-ON!! BASEBALL STAR & HIS FAKE GIRLFRIEND SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT! She’s an author that loses a bet with her agent… and now has to be a baseball star’s “girlfriend” to help his image… “…thanks to her girl-next-door image and role as pretend girlfriend to a womanizing shortstop, she’s getting the attention she always managed to avoid…”
  • Priest (A Standalone Bad Boy Romance Love Story) by Claire Adams <— SATURDAY ADD-ON!! FORBIDDEN LOVE SUPER-SALE ALERT! Er… I dunno how a priest can also be a bad-boy, but… sure. I’ll go with it. ;) Okay so, she meets him in a bar… (really?! A priest in a bar is certainly up to no good). LOL! I think someone needs to revoke his priest license. “One thing leads to another and I end up sleeping with him. I never have one night stands. I never sleep around. Until now. It’s not until I go to my first Sunday service at my new church that I realize who I slept with…the one person in church that is COMPLETELY off limits…
  • Bad Boy Billionaire: The Complete Series (A Bad Boy Alpha Billionaire Romance) by Claire Adams <— SATURDAY ADD-ON!! SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT! Speaking of Claire Adams, I found this one, too! “Betrayed by his own family, Jack makes a deal with a devil from his past in order to secure access to his fortune. When Jack meets Leah Walsh, his father’s warehouse manager and a woman who is haunted by a secret from her past…”
  • Darkness by Karen Robards <— SATURDAY ADD-ON!! SHE SAVES A LONE PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR ALERT! “Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning…” (it’s on sale today!!)
  • Penny in London by Fisher Amelie <— FISHER AMELIE ALERT!! & IT’S FINALLY LIVE!!!! Gorgeous cover, awesome author, and it’s been described as lighthearted and sweet! A little different for this author, and Tasha loved it!

Tasha: “…read Penny in London by Fisher Amelie, was super impatient and bought it on Sunday night from iBooks and had read most that night and finished Monday morning.  It was a pretty quick read and I really liked it! It was more lighthearted as Maryse had mentioned than her other books I’ve read that’s just what I was in the mood for. I smiled throughout, it was romantic and sweet, sexy without being overly so, and a great ride all the way around.”

  • Heartless by Winter Renshaw <— OMG THIS SOUNDS GOOD! And it’s on super-bargain today. She finds a journal… “…my intention was to return it the next day; safe and dry. Only I kept it. I kept it, and I read it. A week later, overwhelmed with curiosity and feeling guilty for harboring secrets that didn’t belong to me, I tried to return it. Only I wasn’t expecting to meet him…” Thank you to Nancy for finding it!!
Nancy: “Heartless by Winter Renshaw, has an oh so good blurb, that I had to 1-click… This is a *full-length* standalone romance. For a *very limited* time, the eBook version of Heartless will include a FREE copy of VEGAS BABY as well as a small sneak peek of her next book!”
  • Oxygen Deprived (Kilgore Fire Book 3) by Lani Lynn Vale <— JUST WENT LIVE YESTERDAY!!! LOL!! HIDE YOUR CRAZY ALERT! She’s pretty darn angry at her ex-boyfriend, and retaliates… “A rash decision—undoubtedly regrettable, undeniably unforgettable. In the heat of the moment, Aspen’s actions with a tire iron and her ex-boyfriend’s brand new SUV land him in the ER getting stitches and have her seeing the inside of a jail cell for the first time. It’s just her luck that the whole town is there to witness the result of her poor decision, including her police officer brother and the neighbor that already made it more than clear she was more trouble than she was worth. House arrest never looked so good. Hide your crazy.” <— *snort* TEE HEE!!!
  • Something So Right by Natasha Madison <— LIVE FAMOUS HOCKEY STAR & A SINGLE MOM ALERT!I didn’t count on the NHL’s golden boy, the beautiful, arrogant Cooper Stone turning my life and my hockey rink upside down. My kids are why I wake up in the morning. Hockey is what Cooper breathes for. We’re from different worlds and places in our lives but when our hearts collided something so wrong and different turned into something so right…
  • A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone <— LIVE PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! He’s a single father after his wife dies, and one day he meets the perfect woman that loves his child too… “…she’s his perfect match … and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it…
  • Jonquils for Jax: The Rousseaus #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series Book 12) by Katy Regnery <— LATEST KATY REGNERY IS LIVE ALERT!!!
  • In Deep: Chase & Emma (All In Book 1) by Callie Harper <— LIVE!!! OLYMPIC SWIMMER ALERT! “Chase is an Olympic swimmer going for gold. Focused, driven, intense.  Emma is a blogger going for the scoop, and she has the perfect in. She’s gotten herself hired as his physical therapist…” (it can be read as a standalone!!)
  • Olympic Heat by Sara York <— LIVE!!! M/M OLYMPIC SWIMMERS ALERT!!!
  • The First Taste: A Slip of the Tongue Novel by Jessica Hawkins <— LIVE!!! HE’S A ROUGH BAD BOY & SHE’S A CAREER WOMAN ALERT! I really enjoyed the forbidden love story before this one, and this can be read as a standalone! “In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds…
  • Off Key: A Wreckless Abandon Novel by CJ Martín <— LIVE!! ROCK STAR ROMANCE ALERT!…she moves to New York City to pursue her passion. One crazy decision causes her path to intersect with the sexy, troubled lead singer of Wreckless Abandon. She knows this man will break her, knows she should steer clear of him, but she’s powerless to resist him.What happens when lines between friendship and love are blurred?
  • Professed by Nicola Rendell <— FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT! Okay no, yeah. I’ve heard this before, but the blurb makes this one sound GREAT!!! STUDENT-TEACHER OOPS!!! But now they can’t stop. “She has to take his damned junior seminar to graduate, but it gets worse. He’s also her College Master: her boss, her advisor, her everything. And he’s just moved in, right downstairs. They can’t stay away from each other. They’re either fusion or fission or both. They’re making out in libraries, hiding notes between stones, and sneaking off to nautically themed AirBnbs. Hear that sound? It’s the academic code of ethics going up in flames. If they’re found out, he’ll lose his job and his reputation. She’ll lose her scholarship…
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by M.L. Stedman <— RECENTLY RELEASED!! THEY LIVE IN A SECLUDED AREA & THEY FIND A BABY & SHE WANTS TO KEEP IT ALERT!!!…after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy…
  • Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson <— BACK ON THE LIST ‘CAUSE IT’S ON SALE ALERT!!! TWO FRIENDS THAT FIND THEMSELVES ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE HOLOCAUST and Lindsay went crazy for this one!
Lindsay: “Maryse, just read Once We Were Brothers Although not your typical genre, I know you will love it. Couldn’t put it down for anything…”
  • Last Girl by K.S. Thomas <— HER TWIN BROTHER DIED… AND SHE INHERITED HIS COCKY BEST FRIEND ALERT! He’s been annoying her since they were little… “For better or worse, Trix and Penn have been the constant in each other’s lives, and the line between love and hate continues to blur at a steady rate…but Trix is the last girl on earth a guy like Penn should fall for...” (it’s super-bargain priced today)
  • One Size Fits All by Shari Ryan, Courtney Cole, Gina Whitney, Danielle Jamie, Isabelle Richards, Misha Elliott, Gia Riley, Meghan Quinn, M.C. Cerney, Alexis Noelle <— New anthology just went live! 100% proceeds will be donated to the Purple Heart Foundation. “Thirteen bestselling authors bring you a collection of stories that aren’t a ‘One Size Fits All’. We’re bringing you laughter that just might cause you to pee your pants. Heat; that might cause you to fan yourself…

    For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!


PREORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Swear on This Life: A Novel by Renee Carlino – August 9th 2016
  2. The Stage Dive Complete Collection (A Stage Dive Novel) by Kylie Scott – August 9th 2016
  3. Whatever You Need: (A Chicago Mafia Syndicate) (Castaletta Book 2) by Ali Parker – August 9th 2016
  4. Hard Rules (Dirty Money) by Lisa Renee Jones – August 9th 2016
  5. Close to You: A Fusion Novel by Kristen Proby – August 9th 2016
  6. Made for Sin by Stacia Kane – August 9th 2016
  7. Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff – August 9th 2016
  8. Burn Down the Night by M. O’Keefe – August 9th 2016
  9. Reaper’s Fire: Reapers Motorcycle Club by Joanna Wylde – August 9th 2016
  10. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel by Bryn Greenwood – August 9th 2016
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Robyn August 5, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Maryse! I’m so excited *bouncing up and down* guess what just came out right this minute??! Tau’s Pride: Storms by Wendi Kelly and Deborah Dorchak. This is the 5 th book in my most favorite PNR series Bonds of Blood and Spirit. These books are huge…as in a lot of pages. The world building and story of this group of people and how they come together as one is so beautiful. Please put this up on your list so everyone knows that these books can’t be missed.

Also, I looooved Colleen Hoovers It Ends With Us! Most definately the best read of 2016 so far. Do you know if she’s planning a sequel? Gosh, I hope so!

Jean August 5, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Omg, Heartless! Automatic no-brainer 1-click! Lol!

Sharon August 5, 2016 at 4:45 PM

It Ends With Us is the first book I have ever read that left me so emotional I was nauseous. I got to 51% and I wasn’t sure I could drive my car – I was that upset. That emotional. I am grateful I had to work and put it down. I am scared to finish the book and want to finish it.

Sharon August 5, 2016 at 4:45 PM

It Ends With Us is the first book I have ever read that left me so emotional I was nauseous. I got to 51% and I wasn’t sure I could drive my car – I was that upset. That emotional. I am grateful I had to work and put it down. I am scared to finish the book and want to finish it.

Cheryl August 5, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Awww Maryse I’m so jealous you get to read Swear on This Life. Renee Carlino is one of my automatic one-click authors!

After It Ends With Us, I think I need something less emotional, but I’m also feeling picky; I’m tired of reading the formulaic stories, i.e. boy meets girl, they get together, than somewhere around 80% things fall apart and then around 95% they work it out and then ta-da HEA!! One of the things I LOVED about IEWU was it was a well-written STORY. Not sure if I’m conveying what I mean, just it had substance and great writing.

Cheryl August 5, 2016 at 5:23 PM

I did find out from the author, Evie Anderson, that “In The Fast Lane is part of an interconnected series. The next book, Fast and Easy is scheduled to come out in October. It will follow one of the characters I introduce in In the Fast Lane.”

Maybe that’s next for me.

Jen August 5, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Your blog is the best! Thank you for always having such a great list!

Sharon August 5, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Cheryl, I 100% agree. I am sick of hearts and flowers. I am enjoying the angst. What does that mean?

Lisa August 5, 2016 at 7:20 PM

The Light Between Oceans is a wonderful book. Set off of the coast of Western Australia. I read it a few years ago for book club. I think we 4 starred it from memory.

Fabi August 5, 2016 at 8:14 PM

Looks like several of is are on a “hearts and flowers” hiatus. I’ve spent the last hour combing my tbr for a sci-fi or thriller with a decent narrator.

bev August 5, 2016 at 8:51 PM

*raises hand*

I like hearts and flowers.

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Me too! Ooey, gooey, and swoon-worthy!

bev August 5, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Like chocolate chip cookies.

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 8:59 PM

exactly :)

bev August 5, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Preferences are so interesting though. Like we can all go crazy for one book, Undecided, but then be completely mixed on another book.
Or on what experience we want from a book. Swoon, angst, chills, or tears.
Also, moods we go through. Like Sharon wants angst right now. I’m on a big YA kick right now. I think Fabi recently was on a m/m kick or Maryse with her thillers.

Lisa C August 5, 2016 at 9:07 PM

I think we are all hungover from It Ends With Us. I can’t stop thinking about it!

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 9:16 PM

I want a swoony book that breaks my heart and drains me, but ends in an HEA. Like After I Do, RUSH, The Fish Tales, and Before We Were Strangers. Those are the feels I look for. The only time my mood shifts is after I’ve read those types of books and have a super huge book hangover like I have right now! Then I want something fun and painless. Some kind of guilty pleasure that I don’t have to take seriously. Paper Princess falls into that category.

bev August 5, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Can I confess something? I know it’s weird and probably horrible. I sometimes take a weird dislike, bias, suspicion (not sure what to call it) to certain books….that I have not read. I don’t know why? But the Fish Tales & It Ends with Us, totally giving them stink eye over my cold shoulder.
*shrug *

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 9:25 PM

I get that. The Fish Tales is a cult, I swear. On GR, you’re stalked while you’re reading it by the fans. Then once you’ve read it, you become the stalker. And IEWU is an incredibly difficult read that has the genre in a frenzy. I’d imagine if it’s not your kind of book, it might be a little much to have to listen to all day.

Tessa August 5, 2016 at 10:09 PM

I have the first book of Fish Tales, ready for when I need a gut wrench moment. Sloth just did that, so I’m good for a while. :P

The more I hear about IEWU, the more I’m convinced to not read it. :/

Tessa August 5, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Oh, but I want happy flowers. I’m reading Filthy English and its perfect for my mood. A bit of humor, some sadness, and I want to hug a secondary character,

Melinda August 5, 2016 at 10:31 PM

I read light between oceans, and I didn’t enjoy it one bit it was really depressing. I even gave the book away and said if I never see that again I will be happy. Give me hearts and flowers any day. I actually loved Bossman. That’s a really lovely uplifting novel. Could read it again. Actually.Enjoyed it more than IEWU. Found it really interesting that IEWU was based on colleens life.

Fabi August 5, 2016 at 10:53 PM

I loved Bossman too Melinda. Tessa, I’ve had Filthy English on my tbr for-ever. Hi didn’t know it had sad parts though. I think all the CoHo reactions have given me an allergy to anything sad right now.

Tessa August 5, 2016 at 11:00 PM

No, not that type of sad. The premise says why sadness. She was dumped by her fiance two weeks before the wedding. The hug, someone just felt bummed, and I wanted to just hug him. Also the relationship has to build, as three years prior (its in the blurb) the h and H had a thing. So stuff needs to be said. No Sloth type sads!

Fabi August 5, 2016 at 11:03 PM

Perfect. Thanks for clarifying. Also thanks for the heads up on Sloth. I had it in my tbr and now moved it to ‘that’ pile. ;-)

Tessa August 5, 2016 at 11:06 PM

lol I swear, Sloth messed me up. It was good but I’m still unsure how I feel about it. Filthy English, well, I expect emotion and HEA. :D With humor.

bev August 5, 2016 at 11:07 PM

A fish cult? Lol.

Fabi August 5, 2016 at 11:09 PM

I switched to A Lightning Struck Heart which is funny and cute and basically adorkable. I just couldn’t handle anything else today.

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 11:12 PM

Not even kidding, bev.

Tessa, I’m wondering if Sloth might be for me. Are you saying it doesn’t have an HEA?

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 11:17 PM

LOL Fabi. You “not for me nope never” shelf is like a shopping list for me!

Cheryl August 5, 2016 at 11:49 PM

Oh, don’t get me wrong I enjoy hearts and flowers. What I was trying to convey is what got to me the most and is making me picky with my next read, was that IEWU was so well-written. That’s the part I’m missing with some of the books I’ve read lately or the samples I’ve read trying to find my next read.

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 11:49 PM

Fabi, just talking to Ashley and we think you should rename that shelf “Hey Robin, check these books out. I think you’ll like them.” :-D

bev August 5, 2016 at 11:51 PM

Fabi, what’s on that shelf?

R. Renee August 5, 2016 at 11:53 PM

bev: IEWU, Unbreak My Heart, Sloth…and a few more I haven’t heard of.

Cheryl August 6, 2016 at 12:02 AM

I know how some of us love unusual covers. I just received an email about these two, The Weight of Rain (The Weight of Rain Duet Book 1) and The Effects of Falling (The Weight of Rain Duet Book 2). Both covers are so unusual and caught my attention. Interconnected standalones. I also think Maryse had book 2 on her book releases on tuesday.

R. Renee August 6, 2016 at 12:07 AM

I’m in that camp, Cheryl and that is a gorgeous cover!

R. Renee August 6, 2016 at 12:09 AM

Actually, both covers are cool, but why are they so different if they’re in a series? They’re not even the same style.

Lisa August 6, 2016 at 12:14 AM

I have a file on my kindle called Pandora’s Box. Its where I put those books I’ve bought then realized I should never ever ever read.
And theres a file on my GR called ‘Never to be read ever’. That way I can steer clear of trigger books or books that feedback has warned me off of. It kind of empowering to lock them up tight where they cant hurt!!

bev August 6, 2016 at 12:29 AM

Lol. I have some I own and probably will read. Maybe. Some day. Some I’ve owned for years. The Opportunist series, Thoughtless, and The Fish Tales. May try the new CoHo if my library has it.
Maybe, if I want to face my unreasonable animosity, lol.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 2:46 AM

bev… you must!!! You haven’t read ALL of those?!!


Maryse August 6, 2016 at 2:47 AM

LOL Lisa!!! That’s a good idea and hilarious category name.

I wonder if anyone has one called “The Freezer”

Lisa August 6, 2016 at 3:01 AM

Bev. Ive actually read ALL of your Pandora’s!! Shocker. Really.

I know what you mean about ‘unreasonable animosity’. I feel like that about Carnage and I’ve never even come close to reading it. Even the cover makes me grouchy!! :)

Ive got 30 minutes left of IEWU and I really should have chucked it into that kindle file of mine.

Lisa August 6, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Mmmmm. Finished IEWU and Im trying to determine if I feel anything for this book beyond frustration and the grumpiness that prevailed from the scene on the roof top at the beginning. Im not even sure what genre Id file it under….its in no way CR thats for
damn sure.
I think at this point all I can say is I probably didn’t need to read this book.

DG August 6, 2016 at 6:40 AM

Catching up on the comments above…I am on the Bev and R boat…I LOVE a good HEA! But I like for there to be a little work involved first…whether it is angsty, a pesky ex, a misunderstanding, life threatening injury…something to make the HEA worth it. Also love it when that crazy hot alpha has that ‘over the edge protective’ moment…just really love a good alpha. I mean who doesn’t want a strong, hot, determined male to dominated and determine where this relationship is going…right?!? Oh, and let’s throw in a side of hurt feelings too….you know those alphas sometimes think that they know what is best and stomp all over our girls feelings and heart.

DG August 6, 2016 at 6:44 AM

But every now and again…I listen to some of you know who you are…and I veer off my norm and read those darker books…or those martial strife type books…or those super angsty gut twisting I am hyperventilating type books…

Sharon August 6, 2016 at 6:56 AM

My book mood changes like the weather. I love a good angst (It Ends With Us, Fish Tales, perfect). But I can’t read them exclusively. I LOVE a good mushy, funny read. M/M, yes please.! Same thing for a YA and I can throw in something nice an erotic too. BTW – Sugar Daddies by Jade West? Nice surprise there! Yes, it was a little kinky. It had MMF, which I enjoy, but the story was actually good and it was a bargain. I now need something light.

BTW, IEWU made me gasp at the almost end (you know where). The very ending itself? I either needed more or less. Does that make sense? I wasn’t satisfied with the closure.

R. Renee August 6, 2016 at 7:27 AM

Yes Sharon, EXACTLY. I had to re-write the ending in my mind LOL.

Cheryl August 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM

R., the covers are different because yes it’s a series but the books are interconnected standalones.

R. and Sharon, I agree about that gasp-worthy moment near the end and I definitely needed more of an ending. Fingers crossed she writes a sequel/novella.

Tessa August 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

Before reading anything else, I’m going to say, I didn’t say Sloth didn’t have an HEA. No comment about that at all. Only I cried; I was happy. I cried again; I was happy again…. etc. It really screws with your heart.

Tessa August 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Thank you Sharon about Sugar Daddy. I’ve been during that one for a while.

Filthy English was just what I needed. I ended up living the characters. I want Spider’s story the most though. He needs a hug.

Bev, with Thoughtless, is it the cheating thing that makes out a no?

Tessa August 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Makes it* not out. Stupid autocorrect.

bev August 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM

It’s part of it. Also, I’ve seen that a lot of readers really dislike the heroine and it’s her pov so I’d be stuck in her head.
In her defense though, the 2 guys are supposed to be friends, so not just her transgression.
I bought it when everyone went crazy for it, when I lurked here on occasion. Just haven’t been in the mood.

Tessa August 6, 2016 at 10:56 AM

I won’t lie. That first book gave me so many tummy twist. I went in blind, not knowing what it was about. However, I liked the h. I could see where she as coming from, and the other two books, especially the third, made me smile. That first book, though. That one hurt.

I have Born of Legend from the library to read next. 726 paged hardback, so my muscles will be getting a workout. :)

Fabi August 6, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Lisa, your a better person than me for having read that CoHo book. I had it all lined up and ready because I’ve ALL CoHo and for the most part loved all the books. Thank goodness for this blog where the reactions and comments started coming in fast and furious. I feel like I dodged a bullet. Another reason to love this blog!

R make yourself at home on my book shelf. *snort* I’ll never bother you there.

Fabi August 6, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Tessa I hope you live Born of Legend as much as I do. I always cringe a little when someone is reading one of my favs and I know it’s outside their general reading path. Your path is wide and varied so I have my fingers crossed you’ll enjoy it.

I think I have a little Jean in me because so many of my favorites have that broken H.

bev August 6, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Now I’m imagining a tiny little Jean in your pocket. Just hanging out reading tiny little books.

Tessa August 6, 2016 at 11:37 AM

I’ve read every League book to date, and Kenyon is good at making a person love a hated villain. I was on the wait list forever to get this book. :) I’ve read almost everythi g by Kenyon, accept three? Avalon books. Oh and Dragonmark. I’ll get that soon.

Fabi August 6, 2016 at 11:39 AM

For those of you wanting a pallette cleanse after CoHo’s book, if you read mm, I have to recommend The Lightning Struck Heart. It has unicorns and giants, and wizards, and princes and knights. I’m not that far along in it, but it is perfectly adorably funny.

I had to switch from what I was reading to this one because I was stressed just from your reactions to CoHo’s book. I ran into a grieving scene in one I had started reading and I got so upset I felt nauseous. I knew at that point I needed to find a book that would take me to my happy place. The Lightning Struck Heart is doing the job so well.

Sharon August 6, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Fabi, The Lightning Struck Heart had me with the first sentence of the description!

I sat here scratching my head asking, “what the heck does CoHo mean?” Yes – I figured it out.

Fabi August 6, 2016 at 11:54 AM

LOL Bev, I think she hides in the pages of my book and waves her little hand wildly when she find a broken hero.

Tessa, how did I not know/remember that? Sorry! I’m going to blame old age. My Kenyon reading log is identical to yours.

Fabi August 6, 2016 at 11:55 AM

LOL Sharon. When I started reading it I SO wished it was FLT. But then, every line in the book is perfect.

Tessa August 6, 2016 at 12:27 PM

I even read her old book, Daemon’s Angel. I didn’t get it because it was written by her. I think it was her first book? Not sure. Basically there weren’t many PNR available at the time and I grabbed everything. I did like it, though the writing wasn’t as well written as her books are now.

Fabi August 6, 2016 at 12:51 PM

I’m sure her writing has matured but also she now has access to multiple editors before we see one of her books.

MichelleS August 6, 2016 at 12:54 PM

I never read Fish Tales, and I can’t remember Sloth (I remember that I liked it, but can’t remember a thing about it). Bev, I know you don’t like weak h’s – and CoHo’s newest might seem like she is a weak h, but she really isn’t. She is so likable. No more stink eye. Join the madness!!! You too Fabi.

Fabi August 6, 2016 at 1:05 PM

I can’t MichelleS. While I like to say I don’t have triggers, the bits and pieces I’ve gleaned from comments make me sure this particular book would trigger me. In a very bad way.

bev August 6, 2016 at 1:57 PM

This is were I debate with myself on the secrecy around the plot. It’s so that a reader can experience it fully. But what are we supposed to experience?

Not spoiler, just questions, but I know people want it completely quiet so warning.


How insidious it is? How easily it happens? How it effects generations down the line when your sure it hasnt?
Is it suppose to be a psych thriller and do we see the signs, was our mind blow ?

bev August 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Then do warnings ruin the story?
When I first saw these warnings pop up, I wondered if it was too much. I’ve seen a whole bunch listed before.
Then I listened to a letter read on a podcast. It was from a survivor of rape. She wrote about how romances helped in her healing process. But how detrimental it was when she came upon rape scenes in books, having no idea to expect it.
It was a very moving letter.
It helped me stop and consider it from the veiw of someone with PTSD.
But how to warn with out spoilers?

I did see a review on a blog, 5*. She gave nothing away but did state it could be triggering.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 2:10 PM

For me, I’d want all of the warnings and/or HEA-type assurances way at the bottom of the post and not in big bold letters. I definitely like going in “blind”, to get full impact of the drama, and growth.

I understand some need those, so if it’s kind of “hidden” where you have to scroll lower in the blurb to see it (and not big and bold where I can’t miss it even if I try), then to me, it’s perfect.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 2:16 PM

I’m darn curious about how you “ended” it, R. I’d love to know where your mind wanted to go with it…

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Lisa, to me it had a Liane Moriarty/Taylor Jenkins Reid feel. Not contemporary romance as much as women’s fiction revolving around a central love story.

R. Renee August 6, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Ha! I emailed it to you Maryse!

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 2:40 PM

YAY!!!!! :D


bev August 6, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Finished one of the books I was reading.
Think I’m going to read Hard Count tonight.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 7:02 PM

What book did you finish bev?

bev August 6, 2016 at 7:25 PM

It was a western romance called the Drifter. Started out well but then fizzled.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Meh to fizzling. *sigh*

Okay well I DO want to read Hard Count so keep me updated please.

P.S. Swear On This Life is fantastic so far. I’m halfway through… REALLY addicting and deep but nothing too angsty or traumatizing as of yet. Just VERY good.

R. Renee August 6, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Omg I can’t wait! RC is one of my 4 and definitely a one click for me!!

bev August 6, 2016 at 7:40 PM

She is another one I haven’t read yet. Along with TJR.

bev August 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Oooooh. That’s an interesting premise.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 7:53 PM

It’s good bev and R!! It’s like reading a book inside a book. It’s truly captivating.

R. Renee August 6, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Ha bev. She’s one of my 4 too. Along with Emma Scott and Suanne Laqueur.

bev August 6, 2016 at 8:25 PM

I have read none of your 4, R. Lol.

Lisa August 6, 2016 at 8:43 PM

This might have spoiler- ish content for those who havent read IEWU….so skip my rant…………….

I need to ger this off my chest…..I would never put this into a romance category ….. I have fairly strong views re: the subject matter of IEWU which might be the reason I emotionally switched off.

After reflecting (cos it needed reflecting on) I had BIG issues on the authors need to make the H less accountable for his actions and make him somewhat palatable to the reader (not to me personally).
I also have REAL problems with the idea that children brought up in homes like the h will perpetuate the cycle. This idea is very disempowering for people who have no ability to change where they live or grow up and are presented with this idea that no matter they do they will end up in the same place. There is always a choice.
And finally REAL LOVE never ever ever lives under the same roof as violence, fear and humiliation. Ever.
I guess I do have triggers.
That sounded like an angry rant but its not. I just dont like this presented in any way as romance.
PS. The ending was f&*%ing wonderful.

Amy August 6, 2016 at 8:54 PM

Hi my lovies!!!!

I’ve missed you guys!! I’m just completely burned out right now with school and clinicals and am quite the annoying cow to be around, hence my staying away for a bit. ;)

So you know how I was looking for a PNR or post-apocalyptic book the other day? Well, I went with a completely random pick and read Letters to My Mother…college teacher-student story that was NOT the norm. Avoiding getting caught wasn’t the prevailing theme but rather *how* will it ever work long term. And when it all comes to a head…man, I was not expecting that to happen. I love when books with a familiar storyline surprise me with an unexpected outcome! :D

Lisa August 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Amy I ve just finished my clinical placement supervision for my OT students and I did think of you dear. They all looked so burnt out. I ended up baking a heap of food for them for our last workshop day just to nurture them a bit.
Hang in there.

Amy August 6, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Lisa…trying to be discreet here for those who skipped your post for possible spoilers, but the “palatability” of that aspect is what made the story so much more heartbreaking for me. Make sense?

Bev…as much as I would LOVE for you to read Thoughtless, with knowing how you feel about certain h’s I think you would not like Keira and end up not liking the book. Wow, am I actually recommending against one of my favorites?!? What is this world coming to…

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Amy… i get it.

You’re protecting it. There are some that some books are NOT for, and there’s no point in putting ‘em though that. ;)

Amy August 6, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Oh Lisa…I SO wish you were my supervisor so you could nurture me too. ;) What an incredibly sweet thing for you to do for your students!

I had to go and check out The Light Between Oceans after Melinda’s comment (of course *snort*) and is that Michael Fassbender on the cover? That man is so nice to gaze at, isn’t he? Ooh! Has anyone seen his movie The Counselor? Messed the hell up but sooooo good.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 9:12 PM

YAY Amy!! That one sounds awesome, then!!!

Amy August 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Maryse…exactly!! “Protecting it” is a perfect way to put it. ;)

Tessa August 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM

lol. That’s why we ask about why. Too bad you can’t skip book one and just dive into two and three. Those were so good.

Amy August 6, 2016 at 9:16 PM

Wait…which one sounds awesome to you? The book Letters to My Mother or the move The Counselor?

Amy August 6, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Tessa, you’re taking about the Thoughtless series, right? Yeah, you really have to go through the first book to fully appreciate the second and third.

And OMG!!! I was just catching up on comments from the other post and realized I MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY!! Happy belated birthday my sweet friend! Birthday cake martinis on me! :D

bev August 6, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Gasp & whoa.

Did you all just read that?

They are “protecting” a book from me.

Picks up Sherlock and walks away.

*sits by Lisa*

I might just read Thoughtless & the CoHo just to rant about them.


Amy August 6, 2016 at 9:22 PM


Fightin’ words, Bev!! Don’t make me watch Sherlock just to do the same…


bev August 6, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Tessa!! How’d I miss that? Happy Birthday! The early kindle, right?
Butterbeer for you.

bev August 6, 2016 at 9:26 PM

Ha, I would not have to “protect”
(Yes, I’m making one handed finger quotes when I type that)
I believe in his awesomeness. You be sitting on the couch next to your husband making kissy faces at his awesomeness.

I’m just not sure I want to share his awesomeness anymore.

Maryse August 6, 2016 at 9:30 PM


Ranting reading??!!!

Oh this might be fun!!! ;)

Amy August 6, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Omg Bev, I read that as “one-fingered quotes” and thought you were flipping me off. LOL!!!

Guess I woulda deserved that though, eh? *snort*

Cheryl August 6, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Would be nice if authors had in their blurbs a section you could click on to see if there are any triggers in the book. That way if you want to go in blind you can.

Cheryl August 6, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Also Happy Belated birthday Tessa!!!

bev August 6, 2016 at 9:44 PM


Next time you flip someone off you could be all, Quote this.

Lisa August 6, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Happy Birthday Tessa!!

And Cheryl thats a wonderful idea about trigger warnings….a pop up box or something.
But sometimes its everyonecelses reaction tgat psychs me out.

bev August 6, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Yes, Cheryl. I’ve seen some do that in reviews or on GR.

bev August 6, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Some book summaries have them at the end like Maryse mentioned too.
Such as contains scenes of violence, ect.

bev August 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM

Only 17% into The Hard Count, but enjoying it. Different than Wild Reckless.
Cheryl, have you checked it out yet? Definitely a sports book.

Melinda August 7, 2016 at 2:20 AM

Bev, I’m reading Hard Count. I’m really enjoying it at 76%. I’m sick at the moment 3rd book this weekend. I swear I’m going cross eyed reading so much. Hard Count is really well written and so much more than a sports book. And I have to agree what Lisa says in her point of view earlier. But I feel that the book was actually written as therapy for Colleen. Colleen’s admiration she held for her Mum taking the tough line and putting her children first and the conflict she felt in doing that.

Lisa August 7, 2016 at 2:43 AM

Hard count sounds good. I might be able to squeeze that one in before Swear on This Life arrives via the kindle fairy. ;)

bev August 7, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Quiet Sunday afternoon.
We should play Tessa ‘ s Tell Me Three Things.

Tessa August 7, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. :)

Three things:
1. I’m at a school playground with little dude.
2. I want tho bee reading Born of Legend.
3. I’m currently drinking apple juice.

Tessa August 7, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Tho bee? Wtf phone?

Maryse August 7, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Happy birthday Tessa!!!!!!! :D

Maryse August 7, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Okay my tell me three things:

1.) I just finished “Swear On This Life”
2.) I’m hungry so I will be making chicken piccata over fettucini for me and my sister.
3.) I will be writing a review tonight. :)

bev August 7, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Three things

1. I’m dreaming of fall.
2. On my ipod shuffle My Hometown by Charlie Robison just came on. I’ll hit repeat.
3. I’m making this for dinner.

Amy August 7, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Three things:

1. The bagger at the grocery store had a huge zit and he needed to pop it. Not in front of me though. *shudder*
2. I should be studying but I’ll be reading instead.
3. I want Maryse’s chicken piccata for supper.

Michelle August 7, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Oh I’m a bad book twin – Tessa I missed your birthday too! Happy happy birthday!

1. Just got back from Hibachi with about 30 of my coworkers and friends and I’m about to explode since I ate too much!
2. I also drank too many Mai Tais…like 2 too many…
3. *coughs*…4ish too many…

Amy August 7, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Michelle is my hero right now.

bev August 7, 2016 at 6:07 PM


Jean August 7, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Hi ladies! It just took me so long to catch up on all your comments!

3 Things:
1. Sitting on the dock of the bay watching the sunset.
2. Drinking ice tea mojitos…yum!
3. Trip by boat tomorrow from Jersey to Delaware/Maryland! No work til Wednesday! Yay me!

P.S. Fabi and bev, I like being little Jean and influencing you with my broken Hs.

Jean August 7, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Oh and to get out of my IEWU funk. I’m reading Thicker Than Blood…..I think Amy recommended it to me a long time ago. Reminds me of UTEOTW and Red Hill.

bev August 7, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Watchin the tide roll away
I’m just siting on the dock of the bay
wastin time

bev August 7, 2016 at 7:03 PM

71 percent done with The Hard Count. I am enjoying it a lot. It does fill a bit jerky in some areas. I like that it really incorporates football though.

But what book am I reading next?

Amy August 7, 2016 at 7:08 PM

*wipes tear from eye*

Mai tais and ice tea mojitos…y’all are making me proud today. :P

Jean!! Yay!!! TTB is sooooo good. Keep me updated!

Amy August 7, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Bev…you’re reading Lily of the Springs next. Or finishing In the Fields.

There. That’s settled.

*crosses arms and sits back with a smug grin*

bev August 7, 2016 at 7:14 PM


…….but no.

Jean August 7, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Bev I think you should read A Lover’s Lament! Pretty please with a cherry on top?

Lisa August 7, 2016 at 7:22 PM

I’ll second that Jean. Lovers Lament Bev…..its calling your name.

bev August 7, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Jean, I am hesitant with that one because it is written by a man. Odd I know. I like a lot of male authors but for some reason I hesitate when they write romance, not sure why. Though I have enjoyed Ilona Andrews and that is a husband/wife writing team.

Lisa August 7, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Ive only just started The Hard Count but I feel Im going to enjoy it. I like that the h marches to the beat of her own drum.

bev August 7, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Amy, I think you are going to have to choose another peanut book for me. I’m not sure why In the Fields wasn’t working for me. Just wasn’t connecting to them, but not anything I can put my finger on, really. I’m sorry. :(

Jean August 7, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Bev, it’s co-authored by a woman though. Please don’t let that deter you.

bev August 7, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Ok, either next or one after next. Lol. I’m horrible with the squirrel so have to cover my bases. I even read a novella last night after I started the Hard Count and was enjoying it

Amy August 7, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Aw Bev, don’t be sorry! Now that I know you weren’t connecting, I won’t bug you anymore about ItF. ;)

Give me a bit and I’ll find another peanut to toss at ya…

Maryse August 7, 2016 at 8:18 PM

LOL Michelle is my hero too!!!!

Leslie M August 8, 2016 at 6:30 AM

I want hearts and flowers!! and….. sunshine, rainbows, fluffy bunnies. So, IEWU has been moved to the “nope, never” pile for me. :(

What’s funny is a lot of my nope/nevers are a lot of the faves around here. You crazy masochists! ;)

I’m with Amy and we MUST protect the integrity of Thoughtless series at all costs!!

I actually am not a complete fluff only reader….I do enjoy “dark” reads and angst. What I cannot do is a non-HEA, death and overall depressing theme. I’m also feeling like the whole “tragic past” thing is sooooo overdone. I am ok with past drama IF we are just informed of it to explain the h/H’s behavior, but I don’t want to flashback to the abuse, death, etc.

I love hearing everyone’s feedback as it helps me determine which books are for me.

Cheryl August 8, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Bev, I haven’t read Hard Count. Is it high school football? I don’t like books with MC’s in high school.

Three things:
1. Spent 3 hours with my son in Target getting dorm room supplies.
2. Wish I had Mai Tai or mojitos!
3. I didn’t even cry while shopping with him.

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM

1. I’m embarking on a 5 hour drive from Sanger, TX back home. *waves to Fabi* I know you’re somewhere around here!

2. What the heck do I read until Swear on This Life shows up tomorrow?

3. I’m going to be bad and eat a Taco Casa burrito.

bev August 8, 2016 at 11:08 AM

Cheryl, It is HS. I didn’t know that you don’t read YA.

Hey, I might like Thoughtless. Never know.

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 11:14 AM

OMG!!! R

You were in Sanger and you didn’t let me know so we could meet up? Even for a lunch or drink or whatever. :-( waaaaaaaaa

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 11:25 AM

I know! I didn’t even think about it until this morning!

Leslie M August 8, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Bev, it actually would be ok if you didn’t love Thoughtless…

*whispers and ducks for cover against barrage of peanuts heading my way*

…because I don’t love Sherlock. I was bummed, cause I wanted to love it. When something isn’t your “thing”, you can’t force it right? I need romance & hot men for tv to hold my interest. ;)

Tasha J August 8, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Finished The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Now I should be moving onto one of my 4 other loans but for some reason I’m not in the mood. I started watching a movie, Miracles From Heaven, with Jennifer Garner, and my goodness this movie is making my heart ache! I’ve shed tears ppl! And I’m not a cryer, I cry like a cpl times a year maybe. Lol, I highly recommend for when you want some entertainment of the movie variety. Next on the agenda though I think I might wanna go with Swear On This Life, or Red Hill. I’ve had it forever, started and really liked it but it’s a paperback and I’m awful with those. Or maybe I will go with one of my loans…decisions, decisions *sigh*

bev August 8, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Hey, I might like it.

I’m starting to wonder now if all of you actually liked it, lol.

Tessa August 8, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Thank you Maryse and Michelle!

Still reading Born of Legend. Why did I start this in the summer? I was up last night reading and didn’t even know it was past midnight. It’s a good, long book that is probably one of her best.

Cristina August 8, 2016 at 2:31 PM

My reading tastes have been ALL over the place the last couple of months. I’m FINALLY reading the Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle. I saw that Veiled was released, but I didn’t want to read it without reading about Dex and Perry first. Being able to read these books one right after another reiterates my belief as to why I almost always wait until an entire series is released before reading them. I have absolutely LOVED reading these books one by one. AND… AND! They are all included in KU right now! I’m on #7 now and LOVE reading from Dex’s POV! Talk about sexy, witty, hilarious, HOT… I could go on and on about him! I get it Maryse… I TOTALLY get it!!!

Amy August 8, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Cristina…I’m so jealous that you’re reading EIT for the first time! I LOVED that series.

And I didn’t realize Veiled was out…looks like I found my next read. :D

bev August 8, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Cheryl, did you see that SEP is releasing a new Chicago Stars book this month?

Cheryl August 8, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Bev, I hadn’t, but damn did you see the price? I’ll have to see if my library is getting it.

I just did Kindle Unlimited 30-day trial. I’ll see how much I use it and I remember someone say they use it a lot for novellas/series; makes sense.

bev August 8, 2016 at 6:21 PM

I hate when an ebook is more than the hard back.

MichelleS August 8, 2016 at 6:58 PM

I’m still alive. Still reading Until the End of the World (and loving it). Had to go back to work today (yuck), so I’ve been too busy to read much.

FABI! What am I? Chopped liver? I’ll meet you for lunch. I’m in Frisco, remember??? We seriously should do it.

MichelleS August 8, 2016 at 7:01 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Tessa! According to GR, we have the most similar taste. LOL. I’m going to go stalk your GR lists now.

bev August 8, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Does GR do that?
I wonder how we would all compare to each other, who’d be most compatible with whom.
Like, if we did Venn diagrams how would we over lap?

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM

I know it does it if you click on each individual friend, but I wonder if it can just tell you…”our of all your friends, you are most like…” I love the compare books feature so you can go book by book though.

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 7:27 PM

MichelleS, I can’t believe we haven’t met yet either.

R. that’s my favorite feature on GR. I love it when I get a new friend and I can go compare bookshelves. It’s always the first thing I do.

Cheryl August 8, 2016 at 7:41 PM

I didn’t know you could do that on GR’s. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 7:41 PM

That’s how I knew you and I were so similar Cheryl!

bev August 8, 2016 at 7:48 PM

So what do you ladies use GR for? Do you all review?

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

I review and rate and I LOVE seeing what my friends are reading and their thoughts. I’m addicted to it. I couldn’t hardly get on this weekend because something was wrong with my pas sward and it turned me into a crazy person.

MichelleS August 8, 2016 at 7:52 PM

I rarely review. A book has to really impact me in some way. I use GR to keep track of my reads. It’s easier than trying to navigate my Kindle “collections”. I also use it to get better info on a book. Amazon seems to have too many 5 star reviews for junky books.

Fabi…. Soon… Seriously. I bet we’d have a blast.

Tessa August 8, 2016 at 8:05 PM

For me, it tells me when an author is coming out with their next book. Also, just to keep track of the books I’ve read. I wish Id started earlier. Also, those in your TBR. Then again, If I buy a book, I’m reading it. So I have only 40+ books in my paid for TBR. My freebie list is insane.

Tessa August 8, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Thank you MichelleS! I am the closest. Ooooooh!

MichelleS August 8, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Well – after Maryse. Maryse’s ratings compare 86% with mine, yours is 82%. Still, pretty close with taste. A bunch of you all have very similar ratings. Do you ever do the “compare books” feature?

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 8:33 PM

MichelleS, is there an actual list somewhere for all your friends or do you have to click on each one individually?

MichelleS August 8, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Go to friends, then on the far right it says “compare books” – if you are on full site and not on the app

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Do I have to be on a specific friend or just in my list of friends?

Lisa August 8, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Bev I use GR to keep track of what Ive read (ie I file all my top books seperately and the ones I know ate triggers in another file). And this year I have made a point of writing an honest review for everything Ive read and given each book a star rating. I also set a reading challenge and it keeps me up to speed.

bev August 8, 2016 at 9:16 PM

I just signed up. Right now just trying to go through Kindle books. It’s depressing how many want to read vs. Read I have.
I’m not sure how to friend someone, also they capitalized my name. Sigh.

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Here’s mine bev if you want to go through my friend list and add from there. Fabi probably has bigger list than me, but she’s in mine.

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 9:21 PM

And there’s a link where you can download your books directly from Amazon if you bought them there.

Tessa August 8, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Go to friends, and type in the name. Mine is easy to find, Tessa Donoho. You aren’t going to find any others with that. From there, I think I friended everyone else on Goodreads?

bev August 8, 2016 at 9:26 PM


I did link with Amazon, but does it show them if I don’t click on want to read, read, or ect?
Also, clicking on do not add on my DNF books.

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 9:30 PM

I think it will just show them in the general shelf “books.” You’ll have to categorize them further yourself I believe.

And yes you can add whichever books you want or you can add all of them and make a shelf called DNF.

bev August 8, 2016 at 9:37 PM

But does it automatically show all the books I own to my friends with out selecting?
I have books I’ve bought as gifts, that I’ve been not selecting.

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 9:39 PM

No only the ones you want downloaded from Amazon. If you don’t download it, no one will see it. but they can see everything in your list once it’s downloaded. Is that what you’re asking?

bev August 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM

I think so. I just saw the bday books I bought my niece—font need to add her picture books, lol.
And a journal I bought, again don’t need to add.

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM

I can recommend friends to you from my list if that will make it easier.

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Bev, the Amazon books will not be added to your shelf unless you choose either “read” or “want to read” as an option under each of them.

bev August 8, 2016 at 9:50 PM

R, we’re friends. I’ll probably just go through and pick who I recognize from here.

This is embarrassing, I do not recognize all my books. In my defense they have changed some covers……but still.

R. Renee August 8, 2016 at 9:50 PM

And bev, once you’re set up, you can go to the home page and see all your friends’ updates. You’re lucky you didn’t get used to the old update page. this one sucks! It’s new as of last week. If you don’t want to see certain friends’ stuff, you can remove them from being a “top friend” in your friends section.

Lisa August 8, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Bev I am in Fabi and Rs friend list so add me too.
You can make up as many different files as you like – I have files like ’5 star books’, ‘Best books of 2016′ ‘Do not touch ever’ etc.
The difference to kindle files is a book can be any number of your files.
I notice some have category files like ‘biker books’ ‘sports themed’ ‘paranormal’ etc.

bev August 8, 2016 at 10:12 PM

Ok, I think I just sent a request to Lisa, Fabi, & Tessa.
Hopefully no UK Bev situations.
Though think I saw her dogs – beautiful.

Tessa August 8, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Sent an approval to you. Also as you add them, you can stop and add extra shelfs. It’s not someting you have to wait for. I have a DNF shelf for just that reason. It reminds me, NO DON’T READ IT! :P

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 10:29 PM

Did ya’ll ever try that book compatibility test? I just ran it with Leslie’s books and got 100% compatibility in the romance genre.

I’m going to have fun trying it on each friend.

bev August 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM

I need to decide what to shelve them under, lol. And maybe not do it on my phone. Also, need to figure out how to do nook books.

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Bev, feel free to go through my friends list. You’ll find Lisa, Leslie, GR, Grey, MichelleS, Anna P., and more from here.

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 10:32 PM

I had to enter Nook books, and paper/hard backs manually as well as my Audible books and any loans I get. At first I just dumped them all into read/want to read. Over time I created other shelves and sorted a bit. It’s still a work in progress.

Lisa August 8, 2016 at 10:35 PM

Bev I just accepted your friend request.

I had a load of books I read as hard copy so I just added them by searching and clicking ‘Read’. You could do the same for Nook if you cant do it digitally.

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 10:36 PM

Paula, Ela…and more.

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Amy, omg I know I’m forgetting peoplw

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 10:39 PM

Book compatibility test with Tessa
100% fantasy
100% sci fi
40% romance

Tessa August 8, 2016 at 11:03 PM

ROFL That doesn’t surprise me. I have a feeling quite a few are different when it comes to romance. :D However, sci fi and fantasy,,, Yep I believe it.

Tessa August 8, 2016 at 11:04 PM

Where is this compatibility test?

Fabi August 8, 2016 at 11:56 PM

It’s located under the friend’s profile. Go to compare books, then in the upper right hand corner there’s a few links. One of them is the book compatibility test.

Leslie M August 9, 2016 at 7:40 AM

Goodreads is my book Bible! I would die without it. I have been using it for years. It took a while to get everything organized but I am meticulous about always updating it. I could never keep track of books without it. Also, you meet so many people and get recs and feedback. It’s fabulous!! I am on there several times a day. I am completly social media-phobic (no FB or Twitter) but feel very comfortable with goodreads. Highly recommend!!

Leslie M August 9, 2016 at 7:42 AM

I am reading (well listening to & narrator is great) to All That Jazz and am really liking it!!! Finally, something holding my interest. Hopefully my stupid book slump is subsiding.

Leslie M August 9, 2016 at 7:52 AM

Oh, another thing about goodreads….I love to go to a friends profile (or a non-friend that w/public profile) and play around with “compare” books. You can do it so you can see what they have read (and what they rated it) against your TBR for recs or vice versa to rec books to them. It’s really helpful when you are friends with people of similar tastes. The feeds are good too as you can keep up with what all your friends are reading and their comments, etc.

R. Renee August 9, 2016 at 7:55 AM

Ha Leslie! I just did the compatibility test with you and it says we’re 100% compatible but we’re polar opposites on quite a few books! Maybe it bases them more on what we “choose” to read and not how we rate?

Leslie M August 9, 2016 at 8:06 AM

I dont usually do compatibility testing as I don’t know what the heck it even is actually… but I love stalking everyone’s shelves. :)

Bev, I just sent you GR friend request. I think it was you….from Fabi’s friend list (not to be confused with “fake Bev” from her list). It didn’t let me send a message with it (maybe cause your profile is private?)

bev August 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

I stayed up to finish a book.and I am not sure why. I just wanted to keep reading even though I feel slightly ambivalent about it.
I’m too old to do this anymore. 3 hours of sleep—gah.

With GR I’m just curious how into it I stay.

R. Renee August 9, 2016 at 10:41 AM

I think you’ll like it bev. It’s fun to read people’s status updates and thoughts while they’re reading. It bordered on hysterical when everyone was reading IEWU!

R. Renee August 9, 2016 at 10:42 AM

Hey you fixed your name!

Cheryl August 9, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Don’t forget to add me to your GR friends!! Now to compare books…

bev August 9, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Ok. Mines a mess right now. Lol.

Cheryl August 9, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Bev- the right Cheryl. Books in common: 66. Your tastes are 0% similar for the books we both rated. haha ;)

bev August 9, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Lol, I’m not having a lot of luck with the comparisons. I still have a lot to add though.
I’m not sure but is the one comparison, not venn diagram, just based on those books listed. Cause that’s a small pool to compare from.

Fabi August 9, 2016 at 1:09 PM

R, it gave us a 70% match on romance. But we’ve only rated two of the same books. hahahaha

R. Renee August 9, 2016 at 1:13 PM

It’s trying to tell you deep down you love the tear jerkers! You just don’t know it yet!

Cheryl August 9, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Bev, had to laugh at your recommendation- WiR. NIce try!

bev August 9, 2016 at 4:45 PM

That rec button is making my fingers itchy.

Jean August 10, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Hey, did anyone notice if they are being charged tax on their Amazon ebooks?!?!? I just notice my last couple receipts charged tax? That is crazy!! So instead of .99, it was $1.05 and the higher priced books were taxed too!! This makes me so MAD!!!!

Fabi August 10, 2016 at 12:22 PM

I’ve always been charged tax on my ebooks and audio books.

Jean August 10, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Really Fabi? I never was before. Must be a new tax in Pennsylvania.

bev August 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Yeah, I’m not taxed. Probably depends on where you live.
Jean, does Pennsylvania have sales tax?

bev August 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM

You know how you can check audible books, I wish there was an easy check like that for lendable books in your library.

Fabi August 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Yup, we don’t have city or state tax but we pay sales tax on almost everything.

Bev, Nook has a ribbon across an edge of the book classifying it as lendable. Kindle doesn’t. :-(

bev August 10, 2016 at 12:36 PM

It’s a pain. I’m trying to shelve my 2016 kindle reads, and am checking them one by one. For the most part, I’ve probably missed a few.

Jean August 10, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Yeah. We have 6% sales tax, but this is the first time I’m being charged. Boohoo!

Jean August 10, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Bev, it does take a while to get organized in GR, but really worth the effort. I’m really glad you joined!

Amy August 11, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Our sales tax is almost 10% here. :(

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