Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – November 16th 2018

by Maryse on November 16, 2018 · 45 comments

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! It’s time for another reading weekend and I am ready for it… 

By the way, in case you missed THIS crazy awesome book news, OH. EM. GEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m just going to faint right now. LOOK WHAT’S COMING by Shay Savage in just a few days!!!!!! Luffs: Transcendence Novella I LOVED book #1 like CRAZY, and now… there will be more.

There are some books that title and story stay with you forever. This is one of those. In fact, I’m upping my review to 5 stars because it’s been a few years, and I still remember EVERYTHING about it. And it’s still so clever, so unique, and so gasp-worthy.➔ My review of #1 (Transcendence):


  • Bryce by Lauren Runow & Jeannine Colette <— LIVE!!!! SINGLE MOM & THE MEDIA MOGUL ALERT!! And we’re having a signed book giveaway!!! “…Media mogul, workaholic and a heart of stone. He’s broody AF and yet every woman in San Francisco wants him. So why won’t he leave me alone?  Wherever I go, he’s there, trying to force his way into my world. What he doesn’t know is I already have a man in my life. A tiny redhead who loves Legos and Superheroes...”
  • Torn by Natasha Knight <— DUET CONCLUSION ALERT!!! P.S. Here’s book #1 ➔ Taken
Jenn: Maryse-In regards to Bloodstained Beauty; other than the blurb you posted I read nothing about this book and just went in blind. That is the best way to experience this amazing book. It captivated me from beginning to end as I am done now. It overwhelmed me, consumed me and yes had me questioning my sanity. (love when that happens) It was freaking amazing! Lived and Loved every word of it!
  • The Bastard (Filthy Duet Book 1) by Lisa Renee Jones <— LIVE!!! LISA RENEE JONES ALERT! She’s the princess & he’s the bastard… “...I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made. And then she walks in the door, the princess I’d once wanted more than I’d wanted my father’s love. She wants me to come back…”
  • The Beautiful Years II: A Mafia Romance Saga by Annie Rose Welch <— LIVE!!! MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT!! These must be read in order so my lips are sealed but I’m hearing great things about this new series!! :D

Deb B: Oh wow! So glad I found you on FB & your blog here, thanks to Stephanie :) I love your recommendations & hope you’ll take a look at one of my favorite new releases by the talented, amazing & just all around sweet human being, Annie Rose Welch, and book #1 in “The Beautiful Years” :D

Tessa: Okay, The Beautiful Years looks GOOOOOOD.

  • Hungry For More by Alexa Riley <— LIVE!!! ALEXA RILEY’S LATEST!
  • Beneath His Stars (The Stars Duet Book 1) by Amie Knight <— LIVE!!! HE’S FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS ALERT!! DUET (BOTH BOOKS) ARE LIVE RIGHT NOW!!! “…With the world at my fingertips, I was well on my way to being another spoiled socialite. But I didn’t want money. I didn’t want social status. I wanted him; tattoos, sarcastic smirk, bad boy reputation and all. It didn’t matter that he was from the wrong side of the tracks. It didn’t matter that my family forbade me from seeing him…”
  • In Her Space (The Stars Duet Book 2) by Amie Knight <—HE’S FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS ALERT!! DUET (BOTH BOOKS) ARE LIVE RIGHT NOW!!! And here’s the duet conclusion!!! :D !!!!
  • A Reason To Forgive: An Inspirational Romance (A Reason To Love Book 3) by T.K. Chapin <— LIVE!!! MARITAL STRIFE ALERT!! “…David Carlton married the love of his life twenty-six years ago. He thought he knew her, but then she did the unthinkable and unforgivable, shattering his trust forever. David never stopped loving Cindy, but he did stop showing it and nurturing their marriage. Keeping her at a distance, he learned to rely on the walls he built around his heart so she couldn’t hurt him anymore. Then one day, his wife invited him to a marriage retreat...”
  • Buried by Brenda Rothert <— LIVE!!! FOOTBALL STAR WAS TRAPPED IN A BUNKER WITH HER!!! Blurb jolt alert!!! Oooooh I love this premise!! :D “…I ended up trapped in a doomsday bunker with four strangers, my chances at that record slipping away as days turned into months. I never would’ve given Erin a second look. She was gorgeous, sure, but not my type. I liked women who were strong. Fearless. Resilient. Not to mention that she hated me. But I was so wrong about her. And in that bunker, I fell in crazy, stupid love…”
  • I Need To Get Over You: A Sexy Office Romance (Over You Series Book 1) by K.D. Black
  • The Results of Unrequited (The Science of Unrequited Book 3) by Len Webster <— LIVE!!! SOUNDS ANGSTY but must be read in order!!! P.S. Book #1 ➔ The Theory of Unrequited (The Science of Unrequited Book 1) & #2 ➔ The Solution to Unrequited (The Science of Unrequited Book 2) are super bargain priced right now!
  • Doppelbanger: A single dad, romantic comedy. by Heather M. Orgeron <— COMEDY ROMANCE ALERT!! MADE KATHY P *SNORT*
Kathy P: I just finished Doppel Banger by Heather Obergon. She co-wrote Heartbreak Warfare. I haven’t laughed so hard in a book in forever. Yes, there were some snorts! So good and really recommend.
Amy: Remember me gushing about the old-school indie PNR feel of the Captive series? Welllll…THE BUNDLE IS ON SALE!! It’s the first five books, and if you read those then afterwards you HAVE to read the prequel Broken. I swear, I felt broken after I read it.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling <— LIVE!!! HARRY POTTER/J.K. ROWLING ALERT!!This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the Wizarding World, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.
  • LuLLaY: (a Portland ME Christmas Novella) by Freya Barker <— THEY’RE STUCK TOGETHER… RECENT RELEASE & Karen recommends it! “…Meeting by chance along a 1400 mile stretch of highway when a snowstorm grinds traffic to a halt, they have no choice but to jointly ride it out. Exposing a common thread, leading them from the past to the present, it’s through the innocent eyes of a toddler, they discover a future…”
Karen: OMG LuLLay is an amazing read! I love the characters what a great way to start the holiday season
  • Falling for the Playboy (Bedtime Reads Book 2) by Kennedy Fox <— LIVE!! SHE’S AN AUTHOR ASSISTANT & HE’S A COCKY COVER MODEL… “...When we’re forced to road trip across the country together, he pushes every boundary I have and rearranges my thoughts on playing it safe. And when he “accidentally” drops his towel, he makes it very clear what he’s offering and proves he’s packing more than abs of steel under his clothes.Working with him was brutal, but falling for him was unexpected...”
  • All That We Are by Melissa Toppen <— LIVE!! THEY ONCE HATED EACH OTHER… “…we couldn’t stand each other. But after ten years of being gone, a lot had changed. He wasn’t the same boy I remembered. I wasn’t the same girl either. So much had happened. I moved away and got married. Miles joined the military. We both returned home broken in our own way…”
  • Pain (Curse of the Gods Book 5) by Jane Washington & Jaymin Eve <— LIVE!!!
  • Falling In Love All Over Again: The Sullivans (Babymoon Novella) by Bella Andre <— LIVE!!
  • Endless (Merciless Book 4) by W. Winters <— SERIES CONCLUSION, RECENT RELEASE & NANCY LOVED IT!
Nancy: ENDLESS (Merciless Book 4) is the last book in the series, but is the absolute best book in the series. Merciless, Heartless, Breathless, lead up to Endless. That this is the thrilling ending of the series is what makes it the best book of the bunch. What an ending to the series! Willow Winters has the most ‘powerful’ writing that I have read in I don’t remember when. From page one till the dramatic end, this book held my attention.

Amal: I just completed Tick Tock by Jane Harvey-Berrick and boy does this woman know how to lay out the details. It wrecked me! no jokes!

Being a Muslim I usually stay away from books that tend to spark hate and debate on religion and war but this was so well written, thoroughly researched and objectively painted.

This book did highlight the harsh truth about Syrian conflict and that deserves a major applause. It may have been fiction but it was oh so real, every minuscule detail was well researched.

The characters, Amira and James had the same mission in mind and although their romance was not well- developed, I suspect intentionally so, their love for each other was a battle itself. Jane brought forward such gusty topics, conflict of religion, different continents and nationalities, losses and how none of those conflicts matter when it comes to finding and having good friends.

I found out that there is a sequel to this book containing more. I can’t wait!!




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!
  1. Hate to Love You by Tijan <— Michele G loved it!!

Good morning everyone! I finished the audio of Hate to Love You this morning. It was a nice angsty one for sure. I don’t know how it would read since I listened to the audiobook and I firmly believe that sometimes that can either make or break a book for me.

That said, if you do give it a go, bear with it…you’re going to really dislike the h initially until you start to see what her background has been and even though you won’t excuse the things she’s done…you will start to see why she is so flawed. It was an exhausting journey to their HEA but well worth it.

PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )

  1. Luffs: Transcendence Novella by Shay Savage – November 20th 2018
  2. Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson – November 19th 2018
  3. Breathless (Ross Siblings Book 8) by Cherrie Lynn – November 19th 2018
  4. 4th & Girl (Mavericks Tackle Love) by Max Monroe – November 20th 2018
  5. Beauchamp Hall: A Novel by Danelle Steel – November 20th 2018
  6. Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin - November 20th 2018
  7. Her Mafioso King (The Vitucci Mafiosos Book 4) by Terri Anne Browning - November 27th 2018
  8. Hunky Heartbreaker: A Whiskey Kisses Novella by Kendall Ryan – November 27th 2018
  9. Someone to Trust (A Westcott Novel) by Mary Balogh - November 27th 2018
  10. Love With Me (With Me In Seattle Book 11) by Kristen Proby – November 27th 2018
  11. Tragic (Lark Cove Book 3) by Devney Perry – November 27th 2018
  12. Until Cobi (Until Him/Her Book 7) by Aurora Rose Reynolds – November 27th 2018
  13. Raff (The Vorge Crew Book 4) by Laurann Dohner – November 27th 2018

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R. Renee November 16, 2018 at 7:09 AM

Happy Friday!

Grey November 16, 2018 at 7:12 AM

*tosses glitter* or maybe that’s snow. We got hammered with a snowstorm last night…digging our way out this am. Hope everyone is safe!

Maryse November 16, 2018 at 7:17 AM

*twirls in the glitter*

I LOVE FRIDAYS and guess what else. It is in the 50s right now here (and won’t get much higher. YAYYYYYYY CHILLY AIR!!!!!!! :D !!!!

Nay November 16, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Good morning! Happy Friday! It’s freezing here but no snow (my son will be very disappointed when he wakes up).

I realized last night that Thanksgiving is less than a week away! I need to get menu planning and grocery shopping!

JR November 16, 2018 at 8:58 AM

Happy Friday although I’m bummed. I was supposed to be headed to NYC but my flight got cancelled last night. Now I’ve got three sets of theater tickets I’m trying to sell at the last minute. :(

Leslie M November 16, 2018 at 9:28 AM

Happy snowy Friday!

I am resting after shoveling and still not half way done. It’s so heavy.

Anyway, The Virgin Romance Novelist is a re-release with new cover. FYI

Leslie M November 16, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Wait! Hold up….the original didn’t say “chronicles”.


Leslie M November 16, 2018 at 9:39 AM

I can’t even think as I’m so exhausted from leaf removal yesterday and trying to deal with snow today. Sorry!

No clue what to read lately. Nothing is appealing to me.

I want swoon-worthy with some angst and some humor. Not a light rom-com but not a super emotional one either. Something in between. *sigh*

Amy November 16, 2018 at 10:18 AM

A Transcendence novella?? Through HER eyes?!?


Happy Friday, ladies! :D

Tessa November 16, 2018 at 10:28 AM

I finished Pain (pretty much right away) and it was good. It’s still one of my absolute favorite RH. Though the ending was happy, the getting there got a little messy. So much was happening, and I think if it had been a little longer, it would have been a lot cleaner.

*looks at the smoke around her* I refuse to talk about the weather right now. Air quality index was 183 as of 6am. *sighs*

Robyn November 16, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Good Morning Beauties! The sun is out and the snow is melting and I’m heading home tomorrow.

There are so many great books up there that I have read, let’s see..
Transcendence was excellent and I can’t wait for Luffs.
The Beautiful Years, I’m going to start that soon. I’m in the mood for a good mafia story.
Yes Amy! The Captive series. I so loved this series.
The Virgin Romance Novelist was so funny I had tears in my eyes. Loved it!
Tick Tock was also good. It was centered around war romance if you like that.

Speaking of war romance I just finished Heartbreak Warfare and OMG that book! I was rooting for everyone. I couldn’t pick sides. But the ending was just how I like my books to end..wrapped up in a sweet package with a bow on top. My heart had the warm fuzzies.

R. Renee November 16, 2018 at 12:40 PM

I just found out yesterday that over the past couple of months I mindlessly (mindlessly = wine) invited an assortment of people for Thanksgiving, so what I thought was going to be me and the hubs and maybe a pizza is now 10 people. Thank god Cracker Barrel caters.

Maryse November 16, 2018 at 1:34 PM

Ohhhh and Cracker Barrel is so YUMMY!!! Good choice!

Maryse November 16, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Squeeeeee is right, Amy!!! :D

Cheryl November 16, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Yeh it’s finally friday!!! Will look more closely at the list later. Now preparing food for hosting bunko tonight. Homemade vegetable soup, winter salad, cheesy mashed potato/goat cheese/spinach appetizers (a new recipe-fingers crossed) apple-gouda pigs in a blanket (hubby wanted me to try this recipe) and cheese and crackers. Oh and not to be forgotten- wine, LOTS of wine!!!!!

Also just found out I’m not hosting Thanksgiving- going to mother-in-laws. Good and bad. Haha.

Ela November 16, 2018 at 4:23 PM


Jan November 16, 2018 at 5:23 PM

*clicks on preorder of Luffs*


Tessa November 16, 2018 at 8:51 PM

I forgot! Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Aneete Marie came out today! NOT a reverse harem, just an urban fantasy. It’s book two of the series and it’s a lot of fun.

Grey November 17, 2018 at 10:31 AM

I agree, I read The Virgin Romance Novelist a couple of years ago… It was actually on one of my best of lists, (an honorable mention, if I’m not mistaken) just for being so laugh out loud funny!

I’m in a bit of a rut, can’t settle into anything right now. *Sigh* I have an ARC that I’m gonna try here after I get some words down.

Off in a puff of glitter…

Amy November 17, 2018 at 3:11 PM

So, I’m reading Two Sides: Gianna (I believe it’s listed as Shhh… on GR), and I plan on reading Two Sides: Mack next (it’s listed as The Truth About Mack now…I wish they wouldn’t change the titles of books like this :roll: ).

My question is for anyone who might have read these two books (*looks pointedly at those hanging out quietly in the background of this blog* I’m talking to all y’all as well!)…did you read Gia’s or Mack’s side first? Do you think it matters? Because I’m about 25% into Gia’s story and thinking, WTF?? I’m wondering if Mack’s side gives more info from the start than Gia’s and maybe was meant to be read first.

Nay November 17, 2018 at 3:53 PM

Amy–I looked back at the original blurbs for both of those books and from the beginning, they said that both could be read as standalones. Neither said that one or the other should be read first.

Still, if someone read them, they definitely would have more insight whether one is actually more important to read first.

Amy November 17, 2018 at 8:42 PM

Yeah Nay, that’s what I was hoping for. But thanks for chiming in. :D

*sigh* Where IS everyone? I miss the old days of drunken Friday and Saturday night posting parties. :(

Tessa November 17, 2018 at 10:41 PM

Movie night tonight. :) And just been busy.

Maryse November 17, 2018 at 11:06 PM

Here I am, Amy!!!! Laying in bed all sleepy and reading. Oh and I drank two glasses of wine, which might be why I’m feeling all sleepy and cozy. ;)

Tasha J November 18, 2018 at 9:09 AM

I’be been bingeing True Blood. Seasons 1-6 were available for prime, but not season 7. *rolls eyes* So, I’m doing 7 day HBO free trial. Because I just started the season. I’m still team Eric. He’s clearly the best choice for her. I also like Alcide.
And we’re putting up the tree today! I’ve nearly completed Christmas shopping. *whoop, whoop!* My baby is getting 6 month shots tomorrow. I call it D Day. It’ll be a sh*t 48 hours or so after. He’s so big now guys. I think he grew 2 sizes overnight. I have to go up a diaper size AND I’m buying him 12 month jammies for Christmas. :’( And my other baby is getting his first cavities filled (with shot also) and I am terrified!! Shots in the mouth are the worst. I don’t care how good they are about it, I swear he’ll never want to go to the Dentist again after this.

Maryse November 18, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Tasha, Eric was my favorite until the very end. In the show and in the books. :)

Cheryl November 18, 2018 at 11:06 AM

Amy, I had way too much wine friday night at bunko! LOL. Yesterday was cleaning up and being lazy.

Finished reading Buried just now. I liked that it was a unique premise and had you on the edge of your seat; until it didn’t and then it seemed to wrap up too quickly. Would recommend it though.

Leslie M November 18, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Last night was movie night for us too! We went to see First Man. It was ok…not as good as Bohemian Rhapsody.

Lots of Thanksgiving and Christmas prep going on around here. Busy, busy, busy. (like the magician from Frosty) ;)

Tasha J November 18, 2018 at 11:49 AM

First Man, I’m looking forward to that too. Fun fact- Neil Armstrong was born 15 min from where I live. We just visited the museum again for Halloween this year. And Ryan Gosling visited that town for research this year. I missed it, but that’s HUGE stuff around here.

Jean November 18, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Hi girls! Missed you! Just been so busy too!


bev November 18, 2018 at 2:24 PM

I have an idea.

We should have a Christmas/Winter party.

We should all meet on Dec 21. A Friday night.
We could all read a new release book before then and then discuss OR all watch live watch Elf together….
Maryse could get out the maple syrup and cottonballs.

Tasha J November 18, 2018 at 3:53 PM

Just finished setting up the tree, fluffing, adding the top and garland. I suck at garland. Someone needs to teach me the art. Now the kids get to decorate.

Tasha J November 18, 2018 at 3:57 PM

We’re about to watch Elf now! What release sounds good?

Maryse November 18, 2018 at 4:09 PM

ELF IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE EVER!!!!! I live life like “Elf” as much as I can. :D

Maryse November 18, 2018 at 4:10 PM

I’m in bev!!!!! I’ll post pics of my Christmas self!! My sister might even be here by then! :D

bev November 18, 2018 at 7:02 PM

Ok, we should do this.

A little Elf magic.

Leslie M November 18, 2018 at 7:32 PM

Smiling’s my favorite

Tasha J November 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Leslie, you helped me make some money this weekend. Remember when you said to try taking all my kids clothes to a consignment shop? Well, I just stopped for the 1st time to check on my balance and it was quite a bit more than I thought! Thanks to u for the idea, I’d have ripped myself off big time otherwise. :)

Amy November 18, 2018 at 8:29 PM

Let’s just get it out of the way right now and say I’m a shmuck…I whine on here about no one being on, then disappear before Tessa and Maryse pop in to chat.

Can we blame the blueberry wine I consumed? Let’s do that. Yeah, it was the wine. *snicker*

Amy November 18, 2018 at 8:32 PM

I am SO in for a December 21 viewing of Elf. We just have to pick a time that works with all of our time zones and isn’t too early or too late for any of us. And everyone should wear Christmas jammies!!

And hey, we should ALL take pics of us during the viewing and send them to Maryse to post! If anyone is uncomfortable with face pics then send a body pic of your comfy jammies. Look at me throwing out blog post ideas as if this is MY place. :P

Leslie M November 18, 2018 at 11:34 PM

Yay Tasha! I am so glad for you. There is a big consignment shop in my town. They have one store for clothes/kid stuff and another for housewears/collectibles/antiques. We take all our stuff there. Easy way to make a buck!!!

Amy, great idea! I bet Maryse will think it’s hilarious.

Jenn November 19, 2018 at 5:21 AM

Good Morning lovelies!

Amy you always have me *giggling* so thank you for that. And OMG they have blueberry wine. I love blueberry anything except pie

Maryse November 19, 2018 at 9:48 AM

I’m in!! We’re doing a christmas PJ party post!!!

Maryse November 19, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Mmmmm I just love blueberry ANYTHING. That is my absolute favorite candle scent, and berry, and desert and color and yep!!! Blueberries for me. I once had blueberry wine back in my college days… a bottle. I was not used to that kind of drinking and it didn’t “take”. LOL!!!!! But it was yummy while it lasted. ;)

Maryse November 19, 2018 at 9:54 AM

bev I’m putting our December 21st Christmas party on the calendar!! :D

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