Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – July 27th 2018 + a $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

by Maryse on July 27, 2018 · 88 comments

in eBook Deals

Happy Friday everyone!! Today’s list is extra special ’cause an author on today’s list is giving away a $25 gift card (and all you have to do is comment to enter). :D

We found 20 books so far, and I’ll be adding more throughout the day!


  • For Now: A Novel by Kat Savage <— KAT IS LOVING IT!! SINGLE FATHER & THE GIRL GETTING OVER HER VIOLENT PAST... “…She has a violent and painful past to put behind her and a lot to do to move on with her life. She has no intention of letting anyone get close anytime soon. Maybe ever. Samuel Young used to be broken. Now, the single father accepts his past for what it is, raises his son Mason, and is trying to find some happiness. And while he thinks he’s found that in Delilah, she’s not sold...”
Kat: On sale …reading it now & loving it
  • Moore Than A Feeling by Julie Richman <— LIVE!! JULIE RICHMAN’S LATEST!! HE DUMPED HER… “...I thought that Aiden McManus was my forever, my soulmate, That was until he told me he was still in love with his ex. I didn’t want to believe him. So, I convinced myself that our break-up was because of his upcoming deployment,  and not because he didn’t love me. 
    Believing that, helped me get through those first months. But after a while, I realized I just might be lying to myself...”

“When I left Earth behind to become a Celestial Mate, I was promised a perfect match. But four Vakarrans decided they wanted me, and Vakarrans don’t ask for what they want, they take it.These fearsome, savagely sexy alien warriors don’t care what some computer program thinks would be best for me. They’ve claimed me as their mate…”
Tessa: Anyone who read The Mafia And His Angel: Part 1 (Tainted Hearts), The prologue and first two chapters of The Mafia And His Obsession will SHOCK you. I just started, around chapter 5-6 ish, but holy smokes. 0.0 That beginning was NOT expected.
  • Bossy Nights by Liv Morris <— LIVE!!! OFFICE ROMANCE ALERT!! “…He’s commanding. Charming. Gorgeous. And my new boss. The raw attraction between us is off the charts. Late nights together in the city, the looks he gives me across the boardroom table make him impossible to resist. I want him to be the one and he wants me too… There’s only one BIG problem. Sleeping with your boss is strictly forbidden at Hammond Press...”
  • Five Unforgivable Things by Vivien Brown <— LIVE!!! FAMILY STRIFE ALERT!! “…the dream came at a cost. Neither Kate nor her husband, Dan, could have known the price that they would have to pay to fulfil their cherished wish of having their own family. Now, years later, their daughter Natalie is getting married and she’s fulfilling her own dream of marrying her childhood sweetheart. Natalie knows she won’t be like most brides in her wheelchair, but it’s the fact her father won’t be there to walk her down the aisle that breaks her heart...”
  • Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch <— ONE OF MY THRILLER FAVORITES IS SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED!!! P.S.  here is my Dark Matter review.

Jean: I’m reading Dark Matter!!! So. So good!!! An oldie but Kooloo picked it for me this month. I dove right in yesterday and am almost done!!!

Maryse: Jean I LOVED Dark Matter!!!! All confusing and exciting!!

Fabi: Right now I’m 45 minutes away from finishing Dark Matter and still have no clue how this could possibly end. Maryse never reveals if there’s an HEA in her reviews so I’m a nervous wreck.

Tessa: BB Reid’s Peer and the Puppet, OMG, it was awesome. If you liked Fear Me, you’ll love this. It’s not as violent as Fear Me. The, err, issue that Maryse had with Fear Me wasn’t there at all.  :) Still ANGST!  :) Tons of it.
  • Revived (Unexpected Series Book 1) by S.E. Roberts <— LIVE!! SINGLE MOM OVERCOMING HEARTACHE… “...she has one reason to claw herself back up… her baby boy. Because of him she pulls herself out of it and makes a new life for them, far from the man that turned her life upside down. She even begins to trust again when she meets Ryker, a man that brings her back to life…
  • You Ruined Me (Tragic Dark Romance) <— LIVE!! NOT A LOVE STORY BUT A STORY OF OBSESSION!!! OMG TOTAL BLURB JOLT & NOW I’M ANNOYED ’cause it’s only 75 pages, but still… I’m, putting it. “…If I could go back, if I knew what I know now, I would have run. But I can’t go back. And I didn’t know better. Not then. I didn’t know you would ruin me…”
Angela: Maryse this one just came out- it’ll make you blush and tug at your heart! Flip Trick by Amo Jones. Super super angsty, soul mates that are meant to be together but go through absolute HELL. This book has so many twists and turns, you think what could possibly happen next! Absolutely loved this. MMA fighter, hot hot bedroom scenes. This is a must read!
  • Playing With Fire (Grindstone Harbor Book 2) by Cat Mason <— LIVE & WHOOOOOPS!! ;)Quinn Baker. Bassist for chart-topping rock band, Absent Without Leave. Designer shoe whore extraordinaire. Cookie Connoisseur. Forgetter of birth control…
  • Viper: A Dark Alpha Motorcycle Club Romance (Road Kill MC Book 8) by Marata Eros <— LIVE!! BIKER BOOK ALERT!!
  • Falling in Between by Stevie J. Cole <— LIVE!! SHE HAS A ONE NIGHT STAND & THEN REALIZES HE SHOPS AT HER GROCERY STORE... “...I somehow find myself in the middle of a bet with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Tattooed that includes me owing him four dates. Four dates with an arrogantly charming man whom I know little about, what could possibly go wrong? I’ll tell you what’s going wrong, my falling asleep in his arms on date three and realizing I’m in love with a man who doesn’t even know my real name.”



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 all of 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 (The next few days & a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Tainted Heartbreak (Tainted Knights Book 3) by Terri Anne Browning - July 28th 2018
  2. Playboy by Katy Evans – July 29th 2018
  3. Love Machine by Kendall Ryan – July 30th 2018
  4. Piper: A Last Score Spin Off by K.L. Shandwick  - July 30th 2018
  5. Wild Like the Wind (Chaos Book 6) by Kristen Ashley – July 31st 2018
  6. Protected: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Lexi Blake – July 31st 2018
  7. Shadow’s Bane (Dorina Basarab) by Karen Chance - July 31st 2018
  8. At Midnight  (Runaway Princess: Flicka #4) by Blair Babylon - July 31st 2018
  9. Roughing the Kicker (Saints and Sinners Book 1) by Eden Butler – July 31st 2018


TIME FOR THE GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY sponsored by author Sara Fields!!! ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔

Just leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve ever read a “reverse harem” book, and by Sunday July 29th 2018 (10pm EST), I will randomly select one lucky commenter as the winner.

Also, while not necessary to enter, it would be awesome if you’d share this giveaway on Twitter or Instagram, or Facebook.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address (and confirming your email address), so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This prize will be sent to the winner directly by the author (Sara Fields).

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{ 88 comments… read them below or add one }

Grey July 27, 2018 at 6:15 AM

*tosses buckets of Friday glitter* which is better than normal glitter ‘cuz it’s Fri-yay,my friends! Going away this weekend! Hook me up with a 5, I neeeeeed a 5!!!!

Sharalee Roberts July 27, 2018 at 6:26 AM

Yes, read plenty of Reverse Harems. They seem to be the theme this last year! Looking forward to your book. Thank you for the giveaway. So thoughtful. =)

AngieG July 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

I’ve never read a reverse harem book, but now I’ll have to! Have a great weekend! TGIF!

Tasha J July 27, 2018 at 7:01 AM

Good morning!! I love Fridays. I’m gonna treat myself to not cooking tonight, it will be marvelous!
I’ve read 1 harem. One with 4 hockey players, the name (again) escapes me, but I liked it!

Nay July 27, 2018 at 8:07 AM

Good morning! Happy, happy Friday!!!

FINALLY, only 4 more days until KA’s newest Chaos book comes out. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this to release forever!

Nay July 27, 2018 at 8:16 AM

Ooh, and another that’s coming out on 7/31 is Someone Else’s Ocean, a new one by Kate Stewart!

Leslie M July 27, 2018 at 8:16 AM

Happy Friday! *twirls happily in glitter*

Nay, can you give me a recap on Just an Illusion? I need to read book 2 for my challenge this month but have book amnesia (it’s real folks!). I have tried reading reviews but not helping. I need spoilers. I can’t even remember the cliffy.

Grey, I got tons of recs for you. Lots of goodies on your TBR. I will post after I consume more coffee. ;)

I have never read a reverse harem or a regular harem. Hee hee

Nay July 27, 2018 at 8:17 AM

Leslie–Sure! I’ll message you on GR right now.

Donna July 27, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Good morning!☀️

Stacy July 27, 2018 at 8:45 AM

I’ve read one reverse harem book this year, I think it was Co-Ed. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Have a great weekend everyone!

Leslie M July 27, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Thanks Nay! *hugs* I really do not want to re-read book 1.

Kim July 27, 2018 at 8:54 AM

Not my usual type of read, but after reading yesterday’s comments about The Mafia and His Angel: Part One, I downloaded it. I’m halfway through and enjoying it so far!

Nay July 27, 2018 at 8:54 AM

Just sent it, Leslie. You’re probably going to feel like you went back and re-read book 1, lol, because lucky for you, I still remember LOTS of the book!

Maryse July 27, 2018 at 8:56 AM

YAY Kim!!! Let us know what you think when you’re done.:D

Maryse July 27, 2018 at 8:57 AM

Nay I’m reading that one (Someone Else’s Ocean ARC) as we speak. :D

Amanda July 27, 2018 at 8:58 AM

I have never read a reverse harem book, but now I’m intrigued!

Nay July 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Maryse–I’m so jealous!! I finally read Room 212 this week and loved it! I’m going to continue on with the spin-off series after I get a few other books read.

Kim July 27, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Reverse Harems: I have read two and quite enjoyed them! I read “Theirs to Protect” and “Theirs to Pleasure” by Stasia Black.

LisafromDFW July 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Have not read a reverse harem but would absolutely give it a shot!

Tabathia B July 27, 2018 at 9:28 AM

I have read a reverse harem before. I have read one by Montana Ash and the series by Kristy Cunnings aka CM Owens)

Jean July 27, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Good morning! Happy Friday!

I don’t think I’ve read a reverse harem before….haha… how bad is it that I don’t know?

I 1- clicked The Peer and His Puppet because…..Tessa!

Loved the Mafia and His Angel series which was also a Tessa recommendation! Didn’t know there was a new book out!

Kristen July 27, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Happy Friday! I am husband and children free for the next 24 hours – time to get my read on!

Tasha J July 27, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Just, finally, used the beauty blender for the 1st time and omg! Game. Changer. I had it done in less than a minute! And it’s so soft and easy!

Nay July 27, 2018 at 10:49 AM

The only reverse harem I’ve read is Four Psychos (The Dark Side #1)
by Kristy Cunning, which is PnR. I really enjoyed it and plan to finish the series one day.

Leeann Kobyluck July 27, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Always looking for new genres.

Jamie B July 27, 2018 at 11:24 AM

I do enjoy reverse harem books. Read and loved Jane Washington/Jaymin Eve’s Seraph Black series and Curse of the Gods series. Also The Chosen series by Stacy Jones is really good.

Tracie Swift July 27, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Oooh, I love reverse harem. Ryann Elizabeth’s Elemental Series is my favorite though there are others I really love as well.

Alicia July 27, 2018 at 12:13 PM

I have never read reverse harem. I have been curious for awhile tho

Cindy A July 27, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Happy Friday book lovers!!!

Tessa July 27, 2018 at 12:59 PM

JEAN! OMG, that beginning, and it was SUCH A GREAT BOOK! It’s not complete yet. She’s doing another trilogy, but that beginning. GAH.

Yay Kim! I’m glad someone else is reading Mafia and his Angel.

Hmm… have I read a reverse harem series? :P Love them! Anyone unsure if they have, it means multiple guys in love with one girl. :) Co-Ed isn’t one. It’s just pure awesome and has all the feels with one guy who loves her.

*reads Jamie’s post* *goes and looks up The Chosen series by Stacy Jones*

Nay! Curse of the Gods is PNR too. *smiles innocently*

Jean July 27, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Tessa, I will definitely be checking it out! You have me soooo curious now!!

Jean July 27, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Oh wait, I just looked at Maryse’s reading order…..I never read the 4th book, Blood and Roses…..grrr….

Kandace M July 27, 2018 at 1:40 PM

So Mafia and his Angel is what the crew is reading this week? This week I read Knotted and followed up with Belted by Pam Godwin. I really liked the books a lot. They had a darker side to them and the storyline kept me on my toes!

Tessa July 27, 2018 at 2:05 PM

You don’t have to. I didn’t. I refuse to because it’s about what happened before Mafia and his Angel. Uh Uh! I like my heart nice and whole, thank you!

Jean July 27, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Ahhhh…..I see… Okay Tessa, don’t think I need to reach that one either!

Jean July 27, 2018 at 2:10 PM

*read……stupid auto correct

Nay July 27, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Thanks, Tessa. I have Trickery on my tbr and it’s KU! After I finish with these guys from Just an Illusion, maybe I need to go back to some PnR for a bit.

Grey July 27, 2018 at 3:16 PM

Reverse harem, yep, I’ve read a couple. Thanks for the opportunity.

I did a proof of Someone Else’s Ocean. Just downloaded The Peer and the Puppet.

Leslie M July 27, 2018 at 3:42 PM

Grey, here are rec’s off your TBR that I loved:

Beautiful Mistake
Maybe Someday
To Love Jason Thorne
One True Loves
A Pound of Flesh

kim July 27, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Yes, I’ve read many!! A girl has to dream a little, right? Truthfully it would wear me out but that’s why fantasies are so great!

Amy July 27, 2018 at 4:23 PM

Yep, same here…clicking The Peer and His Puppet. Because Tessa. ;)

Reverse harem books…if I have read one, it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me because I can’t remember. *shrug*

R. Renee July 27, 2018 at 4:41 PM

Donnaaaaaaaaa!!! Guys that’s my partner in crime Donna who I’ve been trying to get on here forever. Or it’s not and she totally just lied to me, in which case, hi other Donna.

Amy July 27, 2018 at 4:41 PM

Okay ladies, I’ve jumped in and started Ghosted. *happy dance*

Just the short first chapter made my heart clench a little bit. How could it not when this is the last line of the chapter: “I will never stop looking for you.”

Amy July 27, 2018 at 4:42 PM

*waves* Hi Donna!!

bev July 27, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Run Donna.
Run like you never have before.

Unless you like Kpop.

Do you like kpop?

Melanie July 27, 2018 at 5:14 PM

I’ve never read a harem either in forward or reverse, but I’m definitely willing to give it a shot!! Thank you!!

Beverly Abrego July 27, 2018 at 5:25 PM

Yes, love reverse harem books!

Jan July 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM

I’m trying out some new books. I’m quite engrossed in Binder 13 at the moment. NA, bullies, but different. Good so far. Not my usual thang at all, though. But it’s good to step out and try something different now and then, isn’t it?

Has anyone read Natasha Boyd’s new(ish) Charleston series? I’ve downloaded samples of Accidental Tryst and the newer one Inconvenient Wife. Just wondered what they’re like. They sound very different from her other books. (e.g. Eversea).

Also, has anyone tried the new P. Dangelico book? Tiebreaker. I have liked some of hers but others not so much. Again, I’ve downloaded the sample. Eek. What with all these new books plus my challenge books. My head’s gonna explode!

Jan July 27, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Oops. I think that’s BindING 13 LOL. Boys of Tommen. :blush:

Jan July 27, 2018 at 6:03 PM

My blush emoticon thing didn’t work. Oh well………

Tammy July 27, 2018 at 6:31 PM

I love reverse harems! Can’t wait to read this new one. :)

Alison July 27, 2018 at 7:11 PM

Reverse harems are my guilty pleasure! Lol

Linda July 27, 2018 at 7:16 PM

I think I’ve read one where they were all brothers and all lusted over neighbor girl they grew up with. She couldn’t decide on just one so she had all 4 or 6 of them!!!! Very interesting.

Tessa July 27, 2018 at 8:31 PM

Oooh, Jan, I just read that blurb. I put it on my list. Maybe I’ll buy it for myself next month. :)

Hi Donna!

Patricia July 27, 2018 at 9:12 PM

I haven’t yet. I bet it would be interesting to read;)

Ayla Gundogdu July 27, 2018 at 9:54 PM

Honestly never read the series, but I’ll start reading em this weekend for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!

Abi July 27, 2018 at 10:00 PM

I always dread reading your Friday Finds… because I know my weekly budget is going to get blown to hell heehee… But I’m going to have to stay strong and save for KA’s newest release next week! Oh, and I haven’t read a reverse harem ever.. just not my cuppa.

Beck July 27, 2018 at 10:01 PM

Nope. I’ve never read a reverse harem book but I definitely would.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Amy July 27, 2018 at 10:11 PM

Binding 13…CLICK!

Thanks, Jan. ;)

Grey July 28, 2018 at 7:38 AM

Kinda running late this month…whew! Just opened up the challenge threads for August! Come participate!!!

And *glitter bomb* welcome Donna!!! Sorry I’m away for the weekend and the wi-fi/cell service is reallll sketchy!

Jennifer Haley July 28, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Love your blog! I have read good amount of reverse harems. Most are quiet good . Have a good weekend.

Laina July 28, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Love Reverse Harem books. Looking forward to reading yours.

Kandace M July 28, 2018 at 1:03 PM

I am blaming you all for my lack of sleep. I fell down the rabbit hole of the Mafia and his Angel. I’m half way through book 3. When I first started I wasn’t sure but the more I kept reading the more consumed I became with their story. My kids are camping with my parents. I was suppose to organize the house while they were gone instead my wrist hurts from holding my kindle for endless hours and I haven’t cleaned anything. My husband keeps giving me *SIDE EYES*. I may have to lock myself in the bathroom so I can finish without his glaring looks at me. *sigh*. Thanks for the rec, girls!

Tessa July 28, 2018 at 1:06 PM

*grins broadly* You are so welcome, Kandace! *does happy dance*

Michelle July 28, 2018 at 5:05 PM

Never read one! Thanks

Jeanne Smith July 28, 2018 at 6:44 PM

I have read reverse harem books – I didn’t think I would like them as much as I did!

Cheryl July 28, 2018 at 8:04 PM

Happy saturday!! Have family visiting so just catching up on comments.

Have not read a reverse harem book.

Jan, I just finished Tiebreaker. I liked it, although it was not as lighthearted and funny as Baby Maker. A plus that it was KU.

Tessa July 28, 2018 at 8:16 PM

Alright, I found a blurb that sounded so me I really wanted to read it. A really awkward woman and a stalker guy. Except, he’s in his 40s and she’s 18. WHYYYYYY? Needless to say, I stopped after only two chapters when I found out their age. However, it did come recommended so if anyone is not like me with issues, then try it out.

Tessa July 28, 2018 at 8:17 PM

Erm, so the book had an actual title. *blushes* Sunshine and the Stalker by Dani René and K. Webster.

Amy July 28, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Hey ladies, My Oxford Year byis on sale for 1.99, normally 9.99!

Also, After the Game by Abbi Glines is on sale for 1.99, normally 10.99!!

Amy July 28, 2018 at 8:47 PM

Tessa…I don’t have those type of issues and even *I* don’t think I could read that one. :? A barely-legal teenager and a grown-a$$ man stalking her? *shakes head*

Nay July 28, 2018 at 8:58 PM

To add to Amy’s sale books, Amy Harmon has a bunch of books on sale for $2.49, including The Law of Moses, The Queen and the Cure (swooooon!), Making Faces, The Song of David, A Different Blue, Infinity + One. Also, From Sand and Ash is on sale for $2.99.

bev July 28, 2018 at 10:02 PM

So, I came across a book where Daniel Henney was the inspiration for the hero and the heroine works for a kpop group. Hehehe.
I was all …..

Of course I haven’t read it yet so the book may not live up to expectations.

Grey July 28, 2018 at 11:46 PM

I know, it’s not FLT… But, I’ve gotta give it up to Bebe Reid. I just finally got a chance (at 1230am – shh don’t judge me) to crack this new book that she just released. (Full disclosure, I’m not on her street team. I didn’t get any ARC of this one. I didn’t proof it… I’m a regular old KU reader :lol: ) Anyway, if this first line is any indication of the rest of the book. I am sooo in.

Maryse July 29, 2018 at 8:05 AM

For me it’s not the age so much that worries me, since I love crazy stalker-books (and we know stalkers have no “reasoning” and are crazy-scary, so it would be fair to assume in this case too).

I’m tempted because I love reading and exploring “how they tick” … and the scary stuff that comes with it.

Maryse July 29, 2018 at 8:06 AM

YAY Kandace!!!!!!!!! I need to start this series too. :D

Tasha J July 29, 2018 at 8:45 AM

Idle by Fisher Amelie is live!!

Tasha J July 29, 2018 at 8:48 AM

Also…All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is on sale for 2.99, The Snow Child is on sale for 2.99 (one of my favorites last year)

Camille Griffith July 29, 2018 at 9:46 AM

Haven’t read one yet….might have to give it a try!☺️

Maryse July 29, 2018 at 9:58 AM

YAY to both those finds Tasha! Thank you! :D

Tessa July 29, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Grey, you will LOVE Peer and the Puppet. :)

And I LOVED After the Game. Just saying.

Annette July 29, 2018 at 12:57 PM

I’m always searching for a new series to read, I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Tessa July 29, 2018 at 1:21 PM

Oh, FYI to anyone who likes emotional YA with time travel-ish. I finished my TBR challenge If I Wake by Nikki Moyes last night and OMG, it’s everything I’m usually looking for in a book. Its concept was different and unique, my heart ACHED a lot, and it all felt real. Seriously, though, there were major tears at one point. Big heads up on that.

Grey July 29, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Kate Stewart hit the publish button for Someone Else’s Ocean, so my guess is that it will go live on Amazon sometime this evening…

Grey July 29, 2018 at 4:24 PM

And it’s live…

Amy July 29, 2018 at 4:50 PM


*clicks Someone Else’s Ocean*

BUT! I am fully immersed in Ghosted right now. I seriously need to know what happened with him…or, worse, TO him.

Cheryl July 29, 2018 at 8:28 PM

Grey, Peer and the Puppet sounds good. I’m a little confused, “it’s a standalone but the story continues in the series.” No cliffy right?

Tessa July 29, 2018 at 9:02 PM

Nope. The next story involves a different couple.

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