24 Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – April 6th 2017

by Maryse on April 7, 2017 · 140 comments

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YAY!!!! FRIDAYYYYYYY. READING ALL WEEKEND DAY!!!! I have TWO on my reading roster (one that isn’t even released yet, but I LOVE this author, and I can’t wait to dive in. I have NO clue what it’s about, and I want to be surprised, and this author tends to go “there” in the jaw-dropping ways that I love. YAY ME!!! I’ll let you guys know, soon. ;)

The other one… well…. depending on how this “ARC” turns out, my other choice might switch, if I need a genre change, but I’m thinking The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy Book 1) - post apocalyptic,  The Widow (psych thriller!), The Fireman: A Novel (horror – and bargain priced today) OR Heat Wave (forbidden romance!! P.S. It’s still super-bargain priced!). Yeah. I have so many awesome choices.

Okay so tell me what you’re reading (now… or next). :D !!!

And… take a look at what we found! (NOTE: some are bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Oh, My Dragon (The I Like Big Dragons Series Book 3) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LIVE!!! LANI LYNN VALE TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!! I think each can be read as a standalone (appear to be about different couples). He’s a super-reclusive dragon softer that wants nothing to do with anyone… “That is until Wink unwittingly walks into his life, completely unaware that she’s stepped straight into the dragon’s den. Wink is just trying to get home after a long day of work. Her plans for the evening do not include stumbling upon a man with blood on his hands hovering over a dead woman in her hallway. There are three things that someone in Wink’s position should’ve done in that instance...”
  • Sweeter Than Ever: The Sullivans (Honeymoon Novella) (Kindle Single) by Bella Andre <— LIVE!!! BELLA ANDRE ALERT!!
  • The Banker (Modern Love Book 3) by Piper Rayne <— LIVE!!! SHE NEEDS HER BROTHER’S FRIEND ALERT!Using my stealthy P.I. moves, I narrowed my search to a time and place where I knew I could find him. It was completely innocent. A chance meeting that would give me the opportunity to pitch my business...”
  • HICKEY by Cora Brent <— LIVE!! CORA BRENT ALERT!!!! She married her high school sweet heart and it all fell apart…”Seven years later and without warning, Branson Hickey is back in my life. Many things have changed and a few things haven’t. I still want him. I still can’t stand him…”

Kathy P: Cora Brent who wrote the Gentry Boys Series has a new book out called Hickey ( a second chance romance). I loved the Gentry boys so I picked this up right away. It is available on KU.

Fabi: I truly love Cora Brent’s writing. It flows right through me. Immediately grabbing me and throwing me into whatever story she is weaving.

  • Puck: Alpha One Security Book 4 by Jasinda Wilder <— LIVE!! JASINDA WILDER ALERT!!!…I tried to convince her, and myself, that Puck Lawson wasn’t my type. She just laughed. “Honey, Puck isn’t anyone’s type,” she told me. “You don’t go looking for guys like Puck. They find you, and somehow, you’re never quite able to walk away after that...”
  • Always: Two Hearts, One Soul Duet: Book One by London Saint James <— LIVE!!! THE NIGHT BEFORE HER MARRIAGE SHATTERED HER ALERT!! “...the night before they were to be married, the fairytale shattered. Thirteen years later Winter is pulled out of her seclusion only to have a painful past confront her, and when it does, she’s left questioning reality...”
  • Feyness (The Red Order Book 1) by E.S. Carter <— DARK READ that was on a recent release list and Tessa couldn’t put it down!
Tessa: Alright, finished Feyness last night. I honestly didn’t want to put it down. It’s dark. And there are no fae involved. That said, I loved the story. The details were brutal, but what made me love it the most I can’t say because… spoiler. Yeah. So… Very light on the PNR aspect. It wasn’t acted upon, just random observations that didn’t really affect anything. I think it could have been used far more.
  • Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram <— FAMOUS ACTOR & A BLOGGER ALERT!!! This one was a recent reader question and it sounded SO good! And now it’s super-bargain priced!! :D P.S. Book #2 is coming out in just a few days!!!

barby: I also love Cinder and Ella so much. The plot was just wonderful. Found myself identifying with the characters. I laughed with them and cried with them through out the story. Kudos to Kelly Oram.

Kylie: I love Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram!

  • Royal Scandal: A Royals in Exile Novel by Marquita Valentine <— FAKE MARRIAGE WITH A SECRET PRINCE ALERT!!! And it’s super-bargain priced today! “…when her best friend and secret crush reveals that he’s a flesh-and-blood prince, she doesn’t know what to think. Still, she’ll do anything for Colin, including becoming his wife–in name only, of course...”
  • His Dirty Little Secret by Terri Anne Browning <— LIVE!!! HE’S SOMEWHAT FORBIDDEN ALERT!!!I was simply his dirty little secret. He couldn’t, no wouldn’t risk telling his best friend – my brother – about us. So, I kept quiet. Blinded by love and bound by my own desires, I allowed it all. I didn’t tell a single soul about my time with Sawyer, not my brother, not my closest friends. Not then, and especially not now. How can I? My best friend is his ex-wife...”
  • Ripple Effect: Episode Four (A Dark Hitman Erotic Romance Book 4) by Keri Lake <— LIVE!!! KERI LAKE ALERT!! The author says:
“In a nutshell, it’s about a ruthless killer who takes in a drug-addicted 18-year-old on the run from some dangerous men.”
  • Almost Heaven: A Novel (The Sequels series Book 3) by Judith McNaught <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE FANS!! Look what’s bargain priced! “…her reputation is shattered when she is discovered in the arms of Ian Thornton, a notorious gambler and social outcast. A dangerously handsome man of secret wealth and mysterious lineage, Ian’s interest in Elizabeth may not be all that it seems. His voyage to her heart is fraught with intrigue, scandal, and a venomous revenge…
  • Dark Terror (Spirit Wild Book 5) by Kate Douglas <— LIVE!! KATE DOUGLAS ALERT!! “Before she was rescued from a human trafficking ring by the Chanku, Mary Ryder had lived a tortured life as a sex slave and prostitute, and the emotional scars of that time still haunt her. Through the patient strength and genuine devotion of Jack Temple, Mary is slowly learning to open herself to the possibility of uncorrupted love and passion in his arms. But before the two can explore their newfound connection and dream of life as a mated pair, they must face a dark menace threatening all Chanku…”
  • Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone <— HER MALE ESCORT NEIGHBOR ALERT!!! But she doesn’t KNOW that’s what he does… and bev recommends it!

bev: I see one I really liked that doesn’t get mentioned much. It’s a bit older, and been a while since I read it, but Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone.

Maryse: Oh I read Fallen From Grace SO many years ago!! He was he male escort neighbor right? That one was good!!

  • Fighting for Love: A Boston Love Novel by Kelly Elliott <— LIVE!!! KELLY ELLIOTT’S LATEST and it sounds GREAT and he’s kind of off limits… “Rory Adams is fresh out of law school and looking to make a name for herself at her mother’s firm. She doesn’t have time for silly games anymore.  But when she catches the eye of a dashing fireman who makes her body tingle from across the room, something instantly ignites between them. The only problem? Her father is Finn’s boss…
  • Stripped Bare: A Vegas Billionaire Novel by Heidi McLaughlin <– RECENT RELEASE BACK ON THE LIST ’cause Bianca LOVED it!
Bianca: Omg Maryse you need to read this book!! I loved it, it gave me the feels the whole way through and Finn was just hot AF!! I vacuumed then I was about to mop and thought ‘hhhmmm the kids will wake from their nap soon….mop or read?’ Of course the answer is always read!!
Kristy Lynn: Just finished The Chosen, and immediately started crying. I don’t know what it is about her writing but Everytime I finish one of the BDB novels I feel like my best friend is going away for a year. I’m glad she started the legacy series because I can’t wait another year for more. Beautiful writing as always.
  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews <— ILONA ANDREWS ALERT!! HOLY MOLY look at all the reviews for this one!! SO MANY reviews, and it’s almost a pure 5-star book! And it’s super bargain priced today…

bev: Burn for Me was so good and made me kick myself for waiting so long to read Ilona Andrews.

Michelle: Bev, I love Burn for Me…I knew I would but it’s even better than I thought it would be. The worlds that she can build are just awesome and I’m glad to find another strong series besides Kate Daniels where I can get my fix!

Tessa: Burn for Me was so good! They could write a limerick and I’d want to read it! I did like Eleanor and Park. It was super sweet, though I want more. :)

Young: I just finished Burn for me by Ilona Andrrew. SO GOOD!! Tessa and others for the recommendation!

Niki: Burn for me by Ilona Andrews… Such a good book if you haven’t read it!!!

  • Checked Into Love (Bachelorette Party Book 2) by Rochelle Paige <— LIVE!!! HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!! “When he finally sees her again at a friend’s bachelorette party, he’s ready to do what it takes to keep her right where she belongs… by his side…”
  • Bang Gang by Jade West <— DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS TITLE… and cover . ;) ‘Cause there is another HUGE vote for this one!!
Janet:  thank you Fabi for Jade West’s ‘Bang Gang’. I stayed up all night to finish it.  Yes, very, very raunchy, but also the tender story of a split, working-class British family.  There’s a hilarious little daughter, grandma, best friends and, of course, a flawed handsome hero and sparky heroine who get together too young and can’t survive the babies, the hard work and the tiredness.   Quite a tear jerker with an array of characters to love and hate!
  • Until I Fall by Claudia Burgoa <— LIVE!! AN ER DOCTOR & A SECURITY OFFICER ALERT!!…As a private security officer, Anderson Hawkins puts everyone’s life before his own. With his mother fighting for her life in the hospital, Anderson is hellbent on finding a way to save her. On the plus side, he gets to spend his time with a sexy and fiery ER doctor who would do anything for his mother...”
  • The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract Series Book 1) by Rachel Higgingson <— MY FAVORITE back on the list ’cause we have a few more that loved it like I did!

Melinda: Maryse I really loved the book by Rachel Higginson ” The opposite of you”. Could not put it down…

Janet: Rachel Higginson’s ‘The Opposite of You’ – enough said, thanks for that one Maryse!


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Ela April 7, 2017 at 6:39 AM

Woot hoot! TGIF

Ela April 7, 2017 at 6:55 AM

For our Pick for Me challenge Anna chose Daughter of the Blood for me to read and I loved is so onto the sequel Heir to the Shadows

Cait April 7, 2017 at 7:06 AM

lots of treats in that list!! Happy Friday everyone!

Leslie M April 7, 2017 at 7:55 AM

Hey Bianca, I have perfect solution to your “mop or read” dilemma. Get the audiobook and do both!!!

Kids napping and you don’t want to wake them?? No problem…just use headphones.

There! Problem solved!! ;)

With that said, I’m going to find an audiobook to keep me company while I clean my house.

Ela April 7, 2017 at 8:40 AM

Hey Leslie? Who’s Bianca?

Ela April 7, 2017 at 8:59 AM

Oh in the comments????

Leslie M April 7, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Yup Ela…I saw Bianca’s conundrum in comments and since I’m such a giver….*grins*….I thought I’d offer up my wisdom.

Tessa April 7, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Okay, I rarely do swoony quotes, but this one got me.

I know outside this house there are billions of people doing billions of different things, but I feel a little sorry for them at this moment. Because they’re not in my shoes, in Gem’s company.
Franco by Kim Holden

Isn’t that the sweetest?

bev April 7, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Very sweet.

I still do not see Bianca.

Tessa April 7, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Under Fighting for Love.

MichelleS April 7, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Tessa – swoon!

bev April 7, 2017 at 12:24 PM

This made me smile.

A quick lesson.
There are two kinds of people in the world:
1. zombies
2. freaks
Only two. Anyone who tells you different is lying. That person is a lying zombie. Do not listen to zombies. Run for your freaking life.

The impossible knife of memory
By Laurie Halsey Anderson.

Fabi April 7, 2017 at 12:41 PM

That is super cute bev.

Tessa April 7, 2017 at 12:54 PM

hehehe Cute!

Okay, let me just say, Franco by Kim Holden just totally stole my heart. It’s all told from his POV, but darn if the story wasn’t remarkable. The author said this, so it’s not a spoiler. It has an HEA. It was funny, sweet, romantic, a bit emotional, and just happy. The author could have tied in something that would have really hit, but only if you read Bright Side. I’m glad she didn’t because she truly made it a standalone. Bright Side stuff is mentioned, but unless you read the book, nothing overly sad. (I read the book, OMG my heart clenched, but no tears). THIS IS A MUST READ!!!!

Jean April 7, 2017 at 1:23 PM

I 1-clicked Burn For Me and Cinder & Ella!

Tessa, I never read Brightside. Does it need to be read before Franco. I always loved the cover of Franco!

By the way, Consequences, I’m only halfway thru, but I am not liking Tony, not even a little bit!

Tessa April 7, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Nope. Total standalone. The other characters make an appearance, but no, you don’t have to read Bright Side. I will say, if you can take heartbreak (Which you know I rarely do) read it. It’s one of those that just sticks and is so beautifully written, I actually don’t curse it.

*yes, I curse a LOT of the ones that make me cry*

Yeah, so far, hate Tony team. Still an awesome story in a really messed up kind of way. lol

bev April 7, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Hey, Maryse? What early book are you reading?

Amy April 7, 2017 at 2:13 PM

Who is Franco? I read Brightside and Gus but it’s not ringing a bell…

Dirty Little Secret sounds like all kinds of tummy-twistin’ fun…click!!

Random vent…a coworker had a pickle and egg salad sandwich and it reeked and now it’s all I can smell around here. Gotta love smelly food. *snort*

R. Renee April 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM

That is so funny Jean! The cover of Franco is what turned me away! As much as I hate seeing bare torsos, I hate seeing faces more.

Tessa April 7, 2017 at 2:19 PM

He was the drummer. Remember when they went to get tattoos, and he had to get it on his wrist because his body was already covered in tattoos and it was the only place he could still see it that wasn’t covered.

bev April 7, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Franco–one click. I need to stop with the one clicks, it really makes me super squirrel.

Hey, R what are you going to do at RT? What panels and such?

Amy I just bought pickles. Love pickles. But egg salad is just gross.

bev April 7, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Well, I will click. It’s KU so have to read one first.

Ashley April 7, 2017 at 2:30 PM

I loved Heat Wave. I read Tempting the Boss today by Natasha Madison and it had me laughing so hard! I haven’t read Brightside yet, but I have the audiobook so I’m going to listen to it one day while I’m at work.

Jean April 7, 2017 at 2:32 PM

bev, I love that you 1-clicked Franco!! Now I have to! I really, really do want to read Brightside and Gus eventually……

Tony…..grrrrrrrrrrr……pissing me off!

Ashley April 7, 2017 at 2:32 PM

*Tempt the Boss (Not Tempting the Boss).

bev April 7, 2017 at 2:32 PM
R. Renee April 7, 2017 at 2:34 PM

bev, sex class!! It’s an emotion in sex writing class. My absolute least favorite thing to write so I’m hoping it triggers something. Also for writing: sensual tension and character voice. I’m also taking a few on self-pub vs. small house publishing, editing prep, and marketing. Not much, just enough to fill every last second LOL. In my spare time, I’ll fangirl :D

Jean April 7, 2017 at 2:34 PM

I need to vent too……someone at my work today heard me talking to my girlfriend about a book (of course) and he says something snarky like “oh you guys talking about your smut books again”. I WAS OFFENDED! I was adamant that not all my books are smut, but he just laughed. FU Dude!! I read a wide range of genres and why do I feel like I have to get defensive when someone acts like that…..*vent over*. I know you guys will understand.

Fabi April 7, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Jean I would have responded, “yes, my smut books are much more entertaining than your porn”.

bev April 7, 2017 at 2:51 PM

I wonder what he reads.

Jean April 7, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Haha Fabi! I needed that laugh!

bev, he probably reads “…..For Dummies” books! Lol!

bev April 7, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Or you could of been all, You want to know what I’ve learned from reading?
And then gone all dark read death club on his a$$.

Jean April 7, 2017 at 2:55 PM

LMAO bev! You guys make me feel so much better all the time!

bev April 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Two other blogs I read are having get togethers. They are on the RT agenda. They look fun, but I’m a dork. I’d be too shy for the parties but would love to listen to the panels, lol.
Plus, I hear the swag is insane. Like you might have to FedEx books home.

R. Renee April 7, 2017 at 3:35 PM

You should see all the books I’m taking! I plan to go naked just to fit them in my suitcase. I blame Suanne. Her books are huge!

I’m going by myself, but I’ll know people there so I won’t be alone, at least not the whole time. Tuesday and Wednesday I will be, but not after that.

Amy April 7, 2017 at 4:03 PM

“yes, my smut books are much more entertaining than your porn”.


bev April 7, 2017 at 4:40 PM

R, thinking about it I’d probably go and then be tempted to skip and play tourist around the host city.

R. Renee April 7, 2017 at 5:10 PM

I probably won’t see any of it, except the chocolate bakery I found next door. :D

Grey April 7, 2017 at 5:42 PM

He probably reads *the picture magazines for the articles inside* RME.

Amy April 7, 2017 at 8:01 PM

Okay, my reading game plan for the immediate future:

The Opposite of You (I WILL read and finish it this weekend)
Bared to You (for my April challenge read)
The Sky is Everywhere (for my 2015-click read)
Figure Eight (for my pick-for-me read)

Leslie M April 7, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Bev, I can’t imagine you as a shy person!!

R. Renee April 7, 2017 at 8:06 PM

I need to read Lick and The Sweet Gum Tree for my April challenges, but I just got The Martian in the mail today and now I have so many book problems somebody help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leslie M April 7, 2017 at 8:07 PM

Jean, non-romance readers suck and don’t get to comment on our books!!!

That guy could probably learn a thing or two from our “smut”.

Leslie M April 7, 2017 at 8:08 PM

Robin, are all of them part of an April challenge? I’d read the April challenges first.

Nay April 7, 2017 at 8:12 PM

Ashley–the Brightside audiobook is FABULOUS!!

Jean–YES! You need to read Brightside and Gus! They’re both SO good! I lurved Gus so much that it was one of my top 3 reads for 2015. I still need to read Franco. Glad to hear it’s great!

R. Renee April 7, 2017 at 8:13 PM

Yes Leslie. And considering how slow I read, I will, but THE MARTIAN! It’s soooooo pretty. And the first line…Gah!

bev April 7, 2017 at 8:17 PM

Jandy Nelson ‘ s The Sky is Everywhere?
Yay, John Lennon.

Leslie, I’m terribly shy. I’ve gotten better (but then what is wrong with shy) with age. I know I’m a total chatty Cathy here, but not in real life.

R, finally read the Martian not long ago. It was really fun.

bev April 7, 2017 at 8:36 PM

I’m flying through the impossible knife of memory.
It is really good. It’s giving me a slight JR feel, maybe it’s the heroine.

Fabi April 7, 2017 at 8:52 PM

I think it’s awesome that you all have mini-book schedules now. :-)

*evil laugh* mission accomplished

Fabi April 7, 2017 at 8:53 PM

bev, you read The Martian?

The never know what you read. Hint: rate, review, repeat

Northernstar April 7, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Hi everyone! I just finished the Gang Bang by Jade Weat and while I wasn’t sure where this one was going, with such a crazy beginning, I really enjoyed it. I loved the little girl with all her “garage talk”.
I’m in the middle of “Reclaiming the Sand” by A. Meredith Walters that came out in 2014. What a excruciating beautiful story. So many feels.

I just clicked Cinder and Ella and I am looking forward to this one.

Happy Friday everyone!

Fabi April 7, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Hi Northernstar. :-) Is this your first time commenting. If so, WELCOME. If not, sorry I missed you before, but welcome now. :-)

Maryse April 8, 2017 at 5:21 AM

Hi everyone!!!!

Guess what? My sister is here!!! :D Only for the week though… :( But YAY!!! My sister is here.

:D !!!

Nay April 8, 2017 at 6:15 AM

Yay, Maryse! Hope y’all have loads of fun!!!

Maryse April 8, 2017 at 8:18 AM

Thank you Nay!!!

She’s also my real-life reading buddy and she’s devouring the Hugh Howey Wool Omnibus as we speak. :D

I wanna read it. I know I have the first one, but it’s possible I one-clicked the whole bundle, too… I hope.

bev April 8, 2017 at 8:22 AM

Have fun, Maryse.
Stay away from the sharks.

Grey April 8, 2017 at 9:24 AM

Yay Maryse! Have so much fun!

My plan for the immediate future. Go to this wedding today, come home and back to bed, stay here until the 18th. Every part of me hurts.

Maryse April 8, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Why does it hurt Grey?

Grey April 8, 2017 at 10:21 AM

I fell down the stairs yesterday morning :( if possible, it hurts more today, than it did yesterday. And it hurt a lot yesterday, LOL!

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Yeah Maryse. Sister time!

OMG Hugh Howey’s Wool Omnibus is a huge favorite of mine.

Nay April 8, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Grey–the 2nd day always hurts worse than the first! Feel better!

Rita April 8, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Diving into Hickey today. Just read Royally Screwed by Emma Chase and Nicole Snow’s Baby Fever Promise. Loved both. thanks for new one clicks!

Maryse April 8, 2017 at 4:03 PM

OMG Grey!!!!!!!!!

I’m so sorry. You’re overstressed muscles and tendons and you’re probably bruised. Did you have to get checked out? Will you be going?

Tessa April 8, 2017 at 4:43 PM

*hugs Grey gently* It hurts worse today? That sucks. When you get home, take a nice, hot bath (or if not bath, at least shower ) to loosen those muscles and help heal.

Tessa April 8, 2017 at 8:45 PM

So, I’m reading a very odd series called Seraph Black by Jane Washington. It makes no sense why I’m continuing, but the story is good. However, the beginning of the first book was so slow, I almost DNF’d it. Now, it gets all confusing in the second book, yet I can’t seem to stop reading it.

bev April 8, 2017 at 8:53 PM


Leslie M April 8, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Thats funny Tessa, hopefully the book holds your interest now that so far into series.

bev April 8, 2017 at 9:24 PM

Tessa, I just put a book down after the first 50 pages. It was really good too, but I think an offshoot of a series and the beginning of another. Usually starting at that point doesn’t bother me but it’s due back and it didn’t fit my mood. So I was just like I’ll let it go for now.

bev April 8, 2017 at 9:37 PM

Alright, I’m on a walk so let’s talk though you are all probably busy.
Any new or newish to you books on your tbr and why?

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 9:39 PM

I just added The Martian :) Well I added it a week ago but I just got it in the mail yesterday!

bev April 8, 2017 at 9:49 PM

Definitions of indefinable things by Whitney Taylor was on a blogs tbr list. I read the synopsis and still not sure how it’s going to go, but I wanted it.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I saw a review and had some key words for me. Like letter writing.
The Sun is Also a Star because the reviews and that cover. That cover is gorgeous.
Hunting Ground and Fair Game by Patricia Briggs. I recently re read the First book and book .5. Why did I not continue on? They are awesome. And more Bran. Bran. (I love Bran. Seriously. And any delving into his and Mercy ‘ s relationship. I hope mentions of her pop up.)
A blog post had their fave of the months and a couple were KU starting with Breath of Malice by Karen Fenech. Romantic suspense is not my usual, but why not?
Almost Heaven. Because sale, I loved these books and haven’t read then in over a decade.
Little Tea Shop of Horror by Jane Lovering. I have no idea.

bev April 8, 2017 at 9:53 PM

R, I love that you have 1 and I could keep going.

And Fabi I did rate the Martian on GR when I read it.

I did stop myself today though. My new question to myself is am I going to read it right now?

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Are you having as hard a time as me picturing R reading that one?

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 9:59 PM

Ha! I wasn’t sure how the game worked! I added Effortless yesterday because I’m thinking of giving Thoughtless one more try. And I added The Opposite of You, but I have a feeling that one isn’t for me. Before that it was Emma Scott’s Sugar & Gold and Jeannine Colette’s Wrecked, both of which I’m beta’ing now. S&G just a little at a time. Unless one of my favorite authors releases something, I don’t really add to my TBR much.

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Fabi, just the first line makes me want to drop everything and dive in. I think I’m going to surprise you!

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 10:02 PM

That would be great. Maryse certainly surprised me.

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 10:04 PM

I posted a pick on FB yesterday of my pretty ORIGINAL cover and Suanne commented with “best first line ever” so I couldn’t wait. I had to look, and then I struggled to put it down after! And Stephan keeps going on and on about the movie. I’m like, “stop telling me stuff!” And he says, “just one more thing!”

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 10:08 PM

Oh bummer. He’s already seen the movie. :-(

As always, the movie is not nearly as good as the book.

Grey April 8, 2017 at 10:09 PM

I took medicine when I got home from the reception because I was hurting so bad… And slept for 3.5 hours. Pretty sure I will be awake all night now.

bev April 8, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Lol, Fabi just found my “review”.

It was fun, so I think she might.
I like that many of us are open to books outside the romance genre. And that many of us read across the genres of romance.

Off topic but can I just say how much I loved Don Rickles. He had a long life, but still made me sad. I can remember watching him on late night shows with my mom as a child.

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 10:12 PM

It’s OK Fabi. When I said he bends back the cover until it splits the binding, I don’t think I drew a good enough picture. The whole book will come back to me all jacked up like he got in a tug of war with a pit bull. He’s not coming NEAR my book.

Grey I’ll be up beta reading! Buddy beta?

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Aww, Grey. :-( I’m surprised you made it through the wedding without meds.

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 10:16 PM

LOL bev…one of the reasons I picked it up is because Maryse fell in love with him, so it kind of is a romance. I’m, I mean his h, is just sitting at home waiting for him to come back to me…er…her.

bev April 8, 2017 at 10:17 PM

I think im going to save The Opposite of You for my bday read. Even those who didn’t love it, liked it. Good solid read with a slow burn sounds good.

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 10:18 PM

I hate that Amazon automatically updates old covers with the new ones. It’s probably because I have it set to auto-update my books when they’ve been re-edited or re-leased. But I wish they had the option to turn off auto-update for covers.

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 10:20 PM

R. You’re not talking about The Martian are you? There’s no h in that book.

bev April 8, 2017 at 10:20 PM

I can see why. He is super smart, funny, and easy going.
On a blog, SBTB, they talk about competence porn, lol. That’s when the hero or the heroine is shown in the book to be competent in there career or a facet of their life and how sexy and satisfying that can be for the reader.
The Martian fits that a 100%.

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 10:23 PM

Fabi…I’M the h in that book ;)

bev April 8, 2017 at 10:24 PM

Fabi she is the h. *snort*
She is just going to pretend she is the one at home waiting, thinking yes that’s my man.

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 10:24 PM


Sarah April 8, 2017 at 10:39 PM

Just finished The Banker- pleasantly surprised. Couldn’t put it down (ruined my productive morning I had planned!). Was in such a book lull. I’m all about light reads and funny. This one was good without having OTT drama (still drama…but believable). Two thumbs up from this happy camper.

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 11:12 PM

Alright you goofballs.

bev, when are you going to read Dark Matter? Don’t tell me you already read it too and I missed it?

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 11:13 PM

I’m about to start Amy Lane’s new one. Wish me luck. Better yet, loan me that heart armor.

R. Renee April 8, 2017 at 11:16 PM

You got this Fabi!!

Grey April 8, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Oh no, I took meds before I went to the wedding. I think the sleepiness kicked in afterward. :lol: so funny story…

We were at the wedding reception. This older lady sitting next to me… Did u ever see the episode of Seinfeld with the close talker? Well I lived it. She leaned over and says, your daughter is just beautiful and so are you… I was all, uh. Thank you… At the same time thinking back up out of my personal space. I’m not kidding, I could feel her breathing on me. :O Then no lie… She leans to the person on the other side of her and rips a fart. Sometimes I feel like I’m on that show Punked and I feel like Ashton Kutcher is gonna jump out of a closet at me.

Fabi April 8, 2017 at 11:56 PM

Oh my god Grey. That really happened?!

Grey April 8, 2017 at 11:58 PM

Yep. I couldn’t make this up. And of course, my husband is sitting across the table, dying laughing at me. The jerk.

Fabi April 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM

That’s insane! I thought it only happened in sitcoms.

Grey April 9, 2017 at 12:03 AM

I can’t wait to be a little old lady so I can do whatever I want and say f social etiquette… *shut up Ela* :lol:

Grey April 9, 2017 at 12:10 AM

I’ll be honest I wondered if I was a little disoriented because of my medicine and maybe she wasn’t quite as close as I thought she was…but then I look across the table and my husband is shaking, he is laughing so hard and when we are coming home he says, I thought that woman was gonna lay one on you. I said, so she really was that close? thanks for the rescue.

bev April 9, 2017 at 12:22 AM

Oh, man close talkers. When you back up a step and then they take two steps closer. It is odd.

Nay April 9, 2017 at 2:27 AM

Bwahahaha, Grey! That is HI-LA-RI-OUS!! Classic Seinfeld episode that ranks up there with the puffy shirt! lol

Well, my meds have been giving me insomnia in the middle of the night, so, of course, I came here!

R–I would think that you’d really enjoy The Opposite of You. It has some major swoonage!

bev–I’ve added a bunch to my TBR the past few days, but that number’s so high partly because I have a disease and partly because I finally went through the Marmy list and added the ones I haven’t read yet like Hausfrau, Butterfly Weeds, After, and The Turning Point. And although I decided months ago that I was OVER biker and rock star romances, lately, I’ve felt the need to read some of them and added two that have majorly good reviews: ‘Just an Illusion: Side A’ by D. Kelly and one that Paula found that I’m reading right now: ‘Tangled Up in You’ by Lara Ward Cosio. Also added one that’s supposed to be gut-wrenching (Grey 5-starred it): ‘Eminent Love’ by Leddy Harper.

Leslie M April 9, 2017 at 7:32 AM

Grey, OMG that is hilarious! Nothing is funnier than Seinfeld. BEST. SHOW. EVER. But, when you experience it yourself in RL, it’s just plain weird. Close talkers?! *shutters*

Bev, you would be Jerry in the episode where everybody in building starts kissing each other hello and Jerry freaks out!

*giggles picturing Bev in apt in NYC where all residents try to hug & kiss her*

Recent adds to TBR?? I’ve been adding my book buds 5 stars for book buddy challenge. However, GR has had a gremlin on the loose and several random books have appeared that I didnt put there!! *cues Twilight Zone theme* Creepy!

bev April 9, 2017 at 8:56 AM

I’m finally reading Thoughtless and why is the heroine so PASSIVE?
I don’t get it. At all. It is such a weird choice for the author to make.
Kellan too. All he does is smile, laugh, and likes to cuddle. Seriously, Denny could just get her a puppy. Or better she could make the decision and get one her self–problem solved.

You Thoughtless lovers, have any of you re read it recently? They do not talk. At all. How am I supposed to feel any tension or know these people?
It’s weird.

R. Renee April 9, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Nay, I have it. I plan on reading it at some point out of sheer curiosity, I just wonder about the slow burn thing. Though, as Leslie pointed out yesterday on GR, my list of deal breakers is actually crap and I’ll pretty much love anything that’s well written/constructed.

And then I read the rest of your post and squealed when you said “Butterfly Weeds” because of course that’s not what you meant, but then I looked and ok…there really is a book called Butterfly Weeds. :(

bev April 9, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Butterfly Weeds was huge on here a few years ago. Another one I haven’t read.

Leslie M April 9, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Bev, I haven’t read Thoughtless recently but I have read Thoughful (Kellans POV) & Griffins story which writing was cool for me. When I orginally read Thoughtless trilogy, I had no issues with anything….loved every tummy twisting second of the story.

However, when I tried reading Its All Relative by this same author the writing style was so off I dnf’d it.

Leslie M April 9, 2017 at 11:55 AM

R., I dont think anything to do with you is crap!! You are a big ole bowl of awesomesauce!!!

I was pointing out that I was wrong on what I thought you liked. I pictured you as a strickly adults only, romance only, angsty, non alpha male, type books! Good for you for not being a picky pain in the neck reader like me!!!

Fabi April 9, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Leslie! That’s exactly how I would have described R’s reading tastes. But then she goes off and reads, M/M, Horror, YA, NA, Erotica and soon, Sci-Fi.

WTH R? Just keeping us on our toes? LOL!

Nay April 9, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Robin–I’m also going to read The Butterfly Project–it’s on my Leslie’s book buddy challenge list!

Maryse–over at GR, we’re talking about SoT and wondering whatever happened to Katja Millay. And actually, the last info I can find is your author ‘Where are they now’ post from April of 2015. Have you heard anything about her since then?? She seems to have disappeared from the Internet.

bev April 9, 2017 at 1:28 PM

It is just so much tell and no show.
I think, for me that is the biggest disappointment so far, the writing. I expected that I may not like the heroine and the story may twist me up, but I guess I was expecting it to be really well written.
I am not sure if K & K have even had a conversation of more than 3 or 4 exchanges. I’m just told we sat down and talked and laughed. He asked me all about my classes.
End scene.
I don’t know, it’s just really weird.

bev April 9, 2017 at 1:31 PM

I’m also curious if the author is even into music?

I still have do not know what the band or Kellan “sound” like.
And then Bumbershoot. I was all ready for that to be a really cool descriptive experience. …and no. I just know that she likes to hold Kellan ‘ s hand.

Amy April 9, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Awwwww, Butterfly Weeds!! It’s been a while since I read it, but I remember just LOVING the sweetness of it.

And the epilogue…so bittersweet. But more sweet than bitter so it’s okay. ;)

Amy April 9, 2017 at 4:02 PM

One of these days I WILL make it to Bumpershoot. It’s only like an hour away so I have no excuse not to…

Suze April 9, 2017 at 5:29 PM

I want to thank you for your high praise for The Opposite of You. It was fantastic. I loved it. Great story. Could not put it down. Also LOVED The Chosen. 500 plus pages flew by. On vacation a few weeks ago I read The Sex Education of M.E. by L.B. Dunbar. It was such a great story with characters you want to live next to. It was Fabulous with a capital F. The characters stay with you. Loved it. Thank you again for all your great recommendations.

Tessa April 9, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Okee, after going to the library, I have one I can add to my TBR. (The cover grabbed me) Two books by the same author. The author is Cinda Williams Chima. The books are The Demon King (A Seven Realms Novel) and The Warrior Heir (An Heir Chronicles Novel).

Fabi April 9, 2017 at 6:31 PM

Tessa!!! Those are so good!!!!! I have them in my HB collection. I think there’s at least 3 books though.

Fabi April 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM

I don’t think I’ve added a lot to my tbr recently. I seem to be reading the ones I buy. (yeah me!). In fact, I’ve noticed my tbr shrinking. Only a teeny tiny bit, but it’s unusual enough that it caught my eye. It’s officially under 1500!Now and seems to be crawling down one book at a time.

Tessa April 9, 2017 at 7:09 PM

I grabbed the first of each just to see if I like them. What’s an HB collection? Also, congrats on getting the TBR down some. :D The goal is achievable!

Jan April 9, 2017 at 7:33 PM

Just catching up on all of the bazillion comments. Grey your wedding reception experience was hilarious. Last week I was visiting an exhibition from/about the palace of Versailles (no I wasn’t in France, just at our national gallery in Canberra, Australia). It was a beautiful exhibition and I was standing admiring a chair that once stood in Madame Pompadour’s private rooms, daydreaming of sexy frenchmen and their mistresses, when…….

An older man with a checked shirt neatly tucked into pressed slacks pulled up rather high (you know the look) walked rudely between me and the gorgeous chair and (you guessed it) ripped out a loud fart. He just kept right on walking….. I didn’t know whether to crack out laughing or to feel sorry for the guy, who probably didn’t mean to LOL. But yeah…….. spoiled the moment just a tad.

Amy April 9, 2017 at 7:36 PM

I am SO glad I didn’t fully immerse myself in The Opposite of You until I had a whole weekend to do so…I am lovin’ the heck out of it!!! :D

Grey! Did you have fun at the wedding in spite of feeling banged up? Did the bruises show with your dress? And being on painkillers and having a lady rip one right next to you…I have NO idea how you didn’t lose your sh!t. I would have lost mine. *snort*

Amy April 9, 2017 at 7:37 PM

OMG Jan…I would have lost it in that case, too!!!

Yes, my inner junior high schooler comes out with that stuff as well. :P

Leslie M April 9, 2017 at 7:39 PM

Suze, Thanks for reminding me of The Sex Education of M.E. I’ve got to bump that one up the TBR.

Jan, ewwwwwwh!

Jan April 9, 2017 at 7:41 PM

Suze, thank you. I haven’t heard of L.B.Dunbar but I’m going to check that book out.

Fabi April 9, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Tessa, HB is hardback. I have a small collection of leatherbound and hardback books.

bev April 9, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Bumbershoot would be awesome.

bev April 9, 2017 at 8:07 PM

So would a puppy.

Amy April 9, 2017 at 8:19 PM

But it would have to be a beard-less puppy.

Because I REALLY hate beards.

bev April 9, 2017 at 8:37 PM

I would totally take a beard right now.

It would at least give them something to talk about.

Fabi April 9, 2017 at 8:42 PM

I’m with Amy.

*high-five* friend

bev April 9, 2017 at 8:49 PM

This book is making me all, GRRR.
Yet I keep reading it.

Grey April 9, 2017 at 8:50 PM

So I had a dream about the close talker today during my medication induced slumber… It included you guys (or my mental imagery of what you all look like). It was bizarre AF. We were in a sitting in a coffee shoppe ordering peanuts, don’t know why… And the close talker was our waitress. bev said we should probably leave and go to a different shoppe on Jellicoe Road because Simon works there and Robin said no because we were waiting for Maryse to get there so we could get pink sparkly peanuts and this is the only shoppe that sells them. Ela said we could possibly wait for Maryse forever because shes the worst buddy peanutter on the planet. And close talker got all up in our business and Amy says excuse me, did you just fart? Then I woke up… Drugs are bad, mmmkay?!

Fabi April 9, 2017 at 8:53 PM

LOL Grey!!! You’re a writer even in your dreams.

R. Renee April 9, 2017 at 8:54 PM

I want it to go on record that I WAS THE ONE waiting for Maryse.

bev, that happened with me too. It was a train wreck, but I couldn’t look away. I got angry enough in one scene I almost DNF’d but I hung in there because it was late in the book. As frustrated as I was, I really struggled to put it down.

Grey April 9, 2017 at 8:55 PM

Amy, nope I didn’t wear my pretty sleeveless dress that I was going to, I was too self conscious :-( I wore black leggings and a longsleeved sweater dress instead.

bev, I remember feeling that way too when I was reading it… I think that’s probably why I never got further than the first book.

Grey April 9, 2017 at 8:57 PM

I don’t know about all that, Fabi. We were in a *coffee* shop… Buying *peanuts* it was so damn weird!

bev April 9, 2017 at 9:05 PM

I like that even in your dreams I want to go to the books, lol.

bev April 9, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Yes. A train wreck.
It’s just a weird weird book.

Jan April 9, 2017 at 9:21 PM

I’m scared of that waitress, Grey. She’s going to appear in my nightmares, I just know it.

Amy April 10, 2017 at 11:37 AM

OMG Grey, I’m dying. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has crazy dreams involving y’all (or at least how I picture y’all) that just seem SO REAL at the time of the dream. LOL!!

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