Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – April 20th 2018

by Maryse on April 20, 2018 · 66 comments

in eBook Deals

Happy Friday everyone!! I’ve finished my beloved angsty, super-love triangle delight and my review for book two will be going up today :D I 5-starred it too. It was AH-MAAZING!!!!!

And then I’m immediately jumping into a book on this very list below. YAY ME!!! :D In the meantime…


  • One Good Man: a novella by Emma Scott <— LIVE!!! EMMA SCOTT ALERT! She’s a journalist during the Vietnam War & he is a famous soccer star… “...Janey is reluctant to leave the Big Story that is Vietnam, but vows to prove herself. Much to her dismay, her first assignment is to interview the hotshot star forward of a local soccer team. Janey is sure Adrien Rousseau is going to be like every other playboy jock she’s ever dealt with, but quickly learns there is much more to Adrien than meets the eye. The mysterious, sexy footballer just might be the biggest story of Janey’s life...”

Shawn: Cool! I was born 1970… in Okinawa because my dad was in the Vietnam war..will have to check this out!!

Amy: I live in Okinawa now

  • Tempted (The Lottery Winners Book 2) by Elizabeth Lennox <— LIVE!!
  • Second Chance by Jay Northcote <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT! LIVE!!!
  • SKINNY PANTS (The Happy Pants Cafe Series Book 3) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— LIVE!! THE HOT, HURT DOCTOR & THE NURSE…NURSE MACIE FRANKLIN was always known as “the fat girl.” After decades of failed diets, she doesn’t dream of ever being anything but invisible to the opposite sex. One moment of weakness and two glasses of bubbly later, she’s in a steamy online chat with “Dr. J-Love” as the fake, size 8, bubbly Catrina. Their passionate conversation convinces her it’s time to make big life changes. But when she goes to see Dr. Reed, the new amazing surgeon everyone’s talking about, it’s Dr. J-Love! And he’s way hotter in person. They hit it off a second time as friends…
  • Mr. Right-Swipe by Ricki Schultz <— RECENT RELEASE & it’s super-bargain priced today (Kindle Daily Deal)!! She’s an elementary school teacher, and she “right-swipes” the new substitute teacher… ;) “…when her best friends stage an intervention, Rae is forced to give in. After all, they’ve hatched a plan to help her find love the 21st century way: online. She’s skeptical of this electronic chlamydia catcher, but she’s out to prove she hasn’t been too picky with men. However, when a familiar fella’s profile pops up–the dangerously hot substitute teacher from work–Rae swipes herself right into a new problem…”
Lisa: One Click!!!!!!

Jen C: Eeeee, had to immediately 1-click and start Birthday Girl and am absolutely LOVING IT. Boohoo for work, really struggling to put it down!

Kandace: I really loved it. It was a slow burn. He was all MAN! I thought it would be more dark and forbidden. It was pretty romantic. You could feel them falling for each other.

Carina: Sooooo goood.

Kostantina: Omg I stayed up all night reading birthday girl too !!! Gahhhh Let’s just say I was so book hungover that I had to wing my lesson plans haha my students got a nice “ study hall” today !!

Aimee: I stayed up to read birthday girl last night. Another 5 star!! Major book hangover what to read next???

Nicole: Birthday Girl was AMAZE! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Pike please!!!

  • The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise <— LIVE!!! ALMOST NFL STAR & HE LIKES HER ONLY AS A BEST FRIEND… ”…He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus. I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried. Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either...”
  • Finn (The Murphy Boys Book 2) by Holly C. Webb <— LIVE!! STUDENT-TEACHER ALERT!!! “...She was broken, but there was a beauty within her that Finn had never seen before, and for the first time, he believed he had found the one person that truly understood him. The only problem was, Emmy was his student and it was against the rules for them to be together. Finn was determined to keep Emmy at a safe distance, but the more he got to know her, the harder he found it to play by the rules…
  • Sex Says by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE SUPER-BARGAIN TODAY!! Kat found it for us  She has a relationship column… “…She’s a pro at advising others on their love lives, but if there’s one thing she isn’t in the market for, it’s love. Reed Luca is a wanderer and a jack of all trades. He doesn’t believe happiness comes from a nine to five job, or that success is delivered through a paycheck. But opportunity often finds its way to those who aren’t looking. When Reed signs up to write an anti-Sex Says relationship column, the result is all out war...”
  • Double Score by K.L. Grayson <— Cheryl found us some “sexy” times (er… at least I think… form all of her winking). ;)  LOL!
Cheryl: if you want something fun, lighthearted and on the hawt side, you could read the novella Double Score. I thought it was a sports romance since the cover had a woman with a soccer ball, but I was WRONG. It’s about a woman and her relationship with her two best friends. *wink-wink* Somewhat implausible, but heh it was KU.
  • I, Witness by Niki Mackay <— LIVE!! PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!! “...Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend; covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her. I plead guilty. Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released. But the truth is, I didn’t do it…
  • Rhyme: Steamy Rock N’ Roll Romance (Hard Rocked Series Book 1) by Lexy Timms <— LIVE!! THE JILTED GIRL & THE ROCK STAR IN A BAR ALERT!! “...Deciding to drown her sorrows at a local pub, Olivia is intent on forgetting about men altogether. Instead, she’s going to focus on her career, and if she plays her cards right, she might just make partner at her firm. It isn’t long before her plans are completely derailed by an irresistibly sexy stranger who guides her to a dark corner of the bar. This gorgeous alpha male isn’t your ordinary man. It’s Logan Graham, lead guitarist of the insanely popular Scottish rock band...”
  • Without You (Survivor Series Book 2) by Emilia Finn <— LIVE!! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!! “…I thought I was saving everyone a lot of heart ache, and in exchange, I took all that ache on my own. I was supposed to be the hero, but instead I was the villain. He hates me with every fiber of his being… It’s been thirteen years since we last saw each other. It turns out ghosts can’t be buried.
  • Guilt: The shocking new thriller from the #1 bestseller that you need to read this year by Amanda Robson <— LIVE!!! PSCYH THRILLER ALERT!! “…Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – … As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead…”
  • Cartel Queen (Almanza Crime Family Duet Book 2) by Chelsea Camaron <— LIVE!!! NOT A STANDALONE!!! (read this one first: Cartel B!tch: Almanza Crime Family Duet) ”…My situation made me his. He’ll never really have me. I’ll never let him hurt me again. That is … until he claims more than my house, my body, and my life. When Javier Almanza claims my heart, I’m no longer his cartel bitch. No, I am the queen…”
  • Because I Love You: A Brother’s Best Friend Secret Baby Romance by Amy Brent <— LIVE!!Two years ago, he took my innocence and ran, Luckily for me, he’s a slow runner. He doesn’t know that he gave me the most beautiful gift in the world – my son. I’m going to give him a gift too – revenge! And if he’s thinking he can get me and my son… Well, he can go take a walk!”




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Nay April 20, 2018 at 7:01 AM

Good morning!! Happy Friday!

I’m think I want to read a couple of novellas before I get back into the Lock and Key series, so One Good Man is looking good to me!

Maryse–the way I’ve been feeling this week, I completely forgot to mention a new release:

For the Love of Luca (Chicago Syndicate, #8) by Soraya Naomi came out on Tuesday, 4/17.

Although it’s part of the series, it can still be read as a standalone because Soraya is great at re-capping so that a new reader won’t be lost.

Up until now, books 3 & 4 (which are about a different couple) were my favorites in the series. However, this one may very well have beat them out–she really brings the angst!

Nay April 20, 2018 at 7:03 AM

Keep us posted about Birthday Girl, Maryse–I’ve seen mixed reviews from my friends (but mostly really good ones).

Grey April 20, 2018 at 9:03 AM

Hey all. *Tosses all of the Friday glitter* because… As of the end of the workday I will be on Spring Break!!! Woohoo!!!

I’ll be a bit scarce for the first couple of days as I’ve got an ARC to do, but then…bliss.

A Friday deal…that is a personal fave of mine, Jezebel, is on sale for 99 pennies on the ‘zon. Cuz you know our homegirl #LarsenLurks ;-) Seriously… If you haven’t read this one… What are you waiting for???

Leslie M April 20, 2018 at 9:24 AM

*basks in the Friday glitter*

Hello everyone!! Although it is cold here, I am thankful for sun and no snow! Who wants snow in April?? (It snowed twice this week. WTH mother nature?)

No clue what to read next…

Decisions, decisions

Tasha J April 20, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Transcend Leslie!! I know you said something about your slump and stuff, but I was there too! And I am loving it! I kinda, sorta went in blind and I’m over halfway now. I don’t think you’ll have trouble. Try and make it to like 10% at first and see if it’s for you. ;)

Jean April 20, 2018 at 10:17 AM

I’m 50% into Birthday Girl. I like it so far, but not love yet. It’s a very slow burn and sometimes that annoys me.

Anyway, TGIF! Looking forward to the weekend, even though it includes washing and waxing the boat….yep, it’s that time again.

Susan April 20, 2018 at 10:22 AM

I’ve tried twice to get into Birthday Girl and I don’t know if it’s me or what but I will be anxious to see what Maryse thinks. I may try and give it a third go. I’m in a major slump right now and am dying for a good read.

Amy April 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM

Happy Friday everyone! *scoops up Grey’s glitter and tosses it in the air*

It doesn’t sound like my usual type of read, but I’m totally clicking Mr. Right-Swipe. Something about a teacher-teacher read is calling to me.

Speaking of teacher-teacher reads, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to remember a book I KNOW is sitting in my Kindle library, but I can’t remember the title. Maybe y’all can help? Not that I have a lot of detail but…

It’s about a high school teacher and a high school coach, and it sounds fun. Um, yeah…that’s all I’ve got. :?

Maryse April 20, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Susan… I can’t remember? You read The Transcend Duet right? Of course you must have!! Right? Yeah… you wouldn’t have missed that.

Maryse April 20, 2018 at 11:16 AM

YAY!!! An AMY reader question! How cool. I’ll post it. :)

Amy April 20, 2018 at 11:26 AM

I will be SO incredibly impressed (and very grateful) if anyone is able to guess the book with such little info. *giggle*

marina April 20, 2018 at 1:54 PM

Hi Maryse, I was on a quest for a funny book after Transcend/Epoch and Birthday Girl. Just need total escapism because I’m nervous for something medical coming up next week…. I picked up Road Tripped by Nicole Archer and it is hilarious.SO FUNNY. Perhaps inappropriately funny to some? But absolutely what I need right now. Not sure if you read/reviewed, didn’t search but just wanted to mention. Reminds me of Wallbanger funny. Will let you know when I’m done but I have a feeling I’m going to plough through the series. Each stand alones I think but related characters?

Tasha J April 20, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Ohmygurd!!! I just finished Transcend and I have goosebumps! Ahh, I NEED to jump into Epoch right now and I can’t cuz life is in my way. It’s gonna drive me nuts all day.

Jean April 20, 2018 at 2:03 PM

Awww Tasha. I feel your pain. You will love Epoch!

Leslie M April 20, 2018 at 2:55 PM

So funny because EVERYONE keeps rec’ing Transcend and it just doesn’t appeal to me. :( Also, I read all the spoilers on the BR.

Ugh! If Birthday Girl turns out to be a snoozer, I will be bummed!

Marina, Road Tripped sounds good.

I have Mr. Right Swipe, maybe I should try that one.

Amy April 20, 2018 at 2:56 PM

I’m loving experiencing it again through you, Tasha. ;)

Jean April 20, 2018 at 3:03 PM

Amy, I’m doing the same thing through my girlfriend Tracy….. she’s sitting next to me and every once in a while she goes “oh no”. I am loving it!

Jean April 20, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Leslie I’m kinda struggling with BG…. VERY slow burn. I’m at 50% and still waiting for something to happen!

Amy April 20, 2018 at 3:43 PM

That is hilarious, Jean! I would have so much fun watching someone in RL read it. :D

I’m still reading The Real (stupid adulting is getting in the way…boooo) and so far no angst. I’ve avoided any reviews so I’m not sure what’s going on. It’s all fun and lovey-dovey stuff. Now remember, this is Kate Stewart so either A) this is KS-lite or B) she’s about to a$$-slam me to the ground.

Something tells me it’s the latter.

Jean April 20, 2018 at 3:52 PM

“a$$-slam me to the ground”……hahaha! Good luck!

Leslie M April 20, 2018 at 4:46 PM

Oh no Jean! Slow books are the kiss of death for me.

Cheryl April 20, 2018 at 5:56 PM

TGIF!!!! I’m reading One Good Man. Wasn’t sure initially since it is set in the 70′s, but so far I’m liking it and I always love Emma Scott’s writing. *grabs kindle and glass of wine*

Tessa April 20, 2018 at 6:21 PM

I’m currently reading from Tuesday Not My Cinderella. So far, it’s cute. :) I needed that after Secondborn and Traitor Born. Those two were INTENSE.

Amy April 20, 2018 at 6:41 PM

Tessa…isn’t the author of Secondborn the same one who wrote the Premonition series? I really, REALLY enjoyed that one. Except for the names of her friends in the book…Buns and Brownie? It was like nails over a chalkboard every time they were mentioned. :roll: Obviously not enough to keep me from reading them though. *snort*

Tessa April 20, 2018 at 7:04 PM

Same! And this one is dystopian. It’s not complete yet. The next one is Rebel Born, but they are so good.

Amy April 20, 2018 at 7:11 PM

Well then…CLICK!

Tasha J April 20, 2018 at 7:37 PM

Well, gawd! Now I’m tearing up and I’m only at like 20%. Stupid hormones.

Tasha J April 20, 2018 at 7:43 PM

Really, I hardly ever cry. A few weeks ago, I slammed my hand into my daughter’s drawer on a crazy spree and there was cracked wood right at the edge on the inside, jammed it straight up my thumbnail, and I look and see blood (I’m not squeemish), but I straight freaked. All I can envision is the scene in scary/thriller movies with the nails peeling back off the fingers and I wailing. My kids are screaming and clinging to me saying “what’s wrong?! you don’t cry!!” I stopped myself soon after and looked, it wasn’t that bad, but the images!!

Tasha J April 20, 2018 at 7:49 PM

A couple of times, Griffin and Swayze have reminded me of Ally and Noah from The Notebook (the movie, I’ve not read the book). Did anyone else ever feel like that?

Cheryl April 20, 2018 at 8:25 PM

Amy, you live in Okinawa?? I thought you live in northwest- like Seattle area??

Amy April 20, 2018 at 8:59 PM

Cheryl, I used to live in Okinawa (and would go back if given the chance) and now I’m in the Pacific Northwest.

This was random, LOL! What brought it up?

JulieO April 21, 2018 at 5:36 AM

I loved Birthday Girl. No billionaires, no recluses, no weirdos, just an average man. And because he was older thank God this wasn’t a “daddy” book.

MichelleS April 21, 2018 at 8:24 AM

Birthday Girl sounds all “forbidenny”, and it’s KU, so CLICK!

I’m still reading The Boy & His Ribbon. Definitely a unique plotline. I’m strangely hooked.

Supposed to rain & have thunderstorms ALL DAY here in North Texas. Good reading weather!

Tasha J April 21, 2018 at 9:10 AM

I stayed up until 2am to finish Epoch. It was epic, I had a knot in my throat and tears in my eyes a good portion of it, and now I’m paying for the sleep. Bc there’s no sleeping in w/littles OR a hungry baby in the belly. :’( When I don’t sleep much, my eyes get real glassy like I’m stoned. I feel ridiculous today and I have to go to a baby shower soon for HOURS!! I should’ve stayed away, but I couldn’t resist!

R. Renee April 21, 2018 at 9:38 AM

Amy, there was an Okinawa mention in Maryse’s Epoch review. I second Jezebel and One Good Man!

bev April 21, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Amy we were just texting about it last night.
You don’t remember?
Cheryl texted us about trying the glass skin for a night out?
Which led to a discussion of k beauty and then J beauty?
And then how you lived there??

bev April 21, 2018 at 10:21 AM

Oh, wait.

That was Cheryl, R, Jean, and I that text.


R. Renee April 21, 2018 at 12:13 PM
Amy April 21, 2018 at 12:18 PM

Ohhhhhh, okay…now I get it. I was all, “Did I post something while I was drunk and forgot about it?” LOL!!

Tasha J April 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Speaking of Jewel E. Ann, who I have a new love for, When Life Happened is on sale for 1.49 today only!

Tessa April 21, 2018 at 3:13 PM

R! I do too! I don’t even like M/M usually but that is perfect for me! :D The first one they were perfectly equal and the story was just great.

bev April 21, 2018 at 4:17 PM

Makes me think of Fabi.

bev April 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Kind of tempted. Shouldn’t and don’t wnt to spend the $ , but …….nice present for self.

Cheryl April 21, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Amy, sorry have family visiting. It’s above under the One Good Man listing.

Cheryl April 21, 2018 at 7:57 PM

Speaking of One Good Man, I just finished it. Quick, great read. All the feels. :)

bev April 21, 2018 at 8:02 PM

Is that our Amy….or another Amy in Okinawa?

bev April 21, 2018 at 8:04 PM

I wonder if she watches dramas and has tried Japanese beauty products unlike this other Amy I know.

Amy April 21, 2018 at 8:31 PM

OMG, that IS a different Amy!! And I’m totally jealous of her because she is still living there and I’m not anymore. :P

*sticks tongue out at bev* I HAVE watched the K-drama. And I WILL try out the Japanese waterproof mascara when I need to buy some. And if that’s not good enough then go hang out with Okinawa Amy!!!!

bev April 21, 2018 at 10:09 PM

Prepare Okinawa Amy.

For the next 5 years you shall be my new Amy.

I shall expect:

That you will be a lliliputan
Possibly a 16 year old boy
Like cocktails
Let me call you Moneypenny (cause I like saying it)
Read books that scare me
Take me in and protect me if there is a zombie apocalypse
Be quick witted
Be kind hearted
Give lots of hugs….to everyone else
Rant if certain baseball playing heroes are mentioned
Make legendary auto correct mistakes
Describe books by the state of your heart AND ovaries
Cry if a song reminds you of a book
Convince me to buy things
I think not
Be a founding member of the club of death
Have a twin named Maryse
PLUS watch Asian dramas and have an interest in its skincare

bev April 21, 2018 at 10:14 PM

Putan (That my phone types) is a prostitute……I don’t expect you to be that.

But , hey. No judgements.

Grey April 21, 2018 at 11:13 PM

*blink* wtf is going on in here?

Hi… Night all. Lol. Finished my ARC, have a beta that I’m Gonna start on Monday I think but I’m gonna read Painted Faces tonight.

Leslie M April 22, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Bev, you are HILARIOUS!

Cheryl April 22, 2018 at 7:14 AM

Bev, you never cease to amaze me! ;)

bev April 22, 2018 at 9:31 AM

Lol, hopefully in a good way.

Jean April 22, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Guys! I just got an email from Maryse! I won the Transcend duet signed books!!!! Yay me! So excited!

Thank you Maryse!!!!!!!!

Tessa April 22, 2018 at 1:21 PM


bev April 22, 2018 at 2:39 PM



Jean April 22, 2018 at 3:22 PM

Yay! Thank you! I’ve never won a signed book!

Leslie M April 22, 2018 at 3:28 PM

Yay Jean! Super cool.

It’s really great when its a book you loved.

Maryse April 22, 2018 at 3:48 PM


I would LOVE a signed set of this duet… and I’m so happy for Jean!!!!

Grey April 22, 2018 at 6:55 PM

Yay, Jean!!!! So happy one of our crew finally won one of these!!! *tosses all of the glitter*

Had a bestie date today, it was fab. Now I feel the need to go to bed early because I had too much food and laughs. *happy snuggles*

bev April 22, 2018 at 7:11 PM

Everybody is so quiet on a Sunday.

Going for a walk.

Because Grey rec’d it to me.

MichelleS April 22, 2018 at 8:30 PM

I’m reading Birthday Girl. Perfect reading day. Lazy & loving it.

Amy April 22, 2018 at 8:33 PM

OMG bev…THAT is one of the many reasons why I am so glad you are here. Your wit is hysterical!! Seriously, you are the cornerstone of the humor in our little place here. ;)

JEAN!!! CONGRATS!!!!! I’m so freaking happy for you, my friend!!

Cheryl April 22, 2018 at 9:05 PM


Just found out my son’s girlfriend is going to Japan this summer as a study abroad. She knew about the mascara and said Japanese and Korean women are fanatical with their skin care and have the best products. *side note she is Filipino* She’s going to get me the mascara and some skin care products. Even said her brother was really into korean skin care products after dating a korean girl. Funny she was also wearing this jacket today and she said it was a K-Pop. *small world*

bev April 22, 2018 at 9:29 PM

Oh, how fun for her. Also for you when you get your treats. You’ll have to keep us updated.

It is funny how small the world is sometimes. Though aware of I have not gotten into kpop.

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