Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – September 23rd 2016

by Maryse on September 23, 2016 · 44 comments

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I have two reviews coming up shortly (both contemporary romance!!), and now I have to find a new read for my weekend. Maybe one from this list? Although two oldie but goodies are calling me from my TBR lists.

Or I could delve into another psych thriller. Those always seem to keep me on edge (and turning the page until I hit the end). Is it weird that I like the “scary” as much as I love the romance? LOL!!! As long as it’s in book-form, I’m good. DEFINITELY a NO in real life. ;)

BARGAIN FINDS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS  (NOTE: 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!):

  • Match by Seth King <— LIVE!! SETH KING STEAMY COMEDY ROMANCE ALERT! She’s a flat-broke grad student/feminist, and he’s a misogynistic millionaire app inventor. And they meet. Ooops. Tee hee!!! “Penn thinks women belong in one of two places: the kitchen, or the bedroom. Hannah, a proud feminist, happens to believe the same thing about men, and has no problem telling them about it. When Penn and Hannah collide, and then explode, over the course of one sizzling Manhattan autumn, the stage is set for a gender battle for the ages – if they don’t fall in love first...”
  • The Silent Waters by Brittainy Cherry <— LIVE!! BRITTAINY CHERRY ALERT!! And it can be read as a standalone! “I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories. This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves…
Jean: I am LOVING The Silent Waters!
  • Distrust (Smirnov Bratva Book 1) by T.L Smith <— LIVE!! RUSSIAN MAFIA ALERT!!She was there, then she wasn’t. She would play with my emotions like a well-played guitar. Then she would disappear. Making me want to strangle her. Maybe she wasn’t a ghost, maybe she was the giver of sin…
  • Reading the Signs: Gay Sports Romance by Keira Andrews <— LIVE!!! M/M ROMANCE ALERT! Fabi found us this one! “Keira Andrews has a new m/m that came out yesterday. I adore her stories. Reading the Signs: Gay Sports Romance by Keira Andrews”
  • Spiralling Skywards: Book One Falling (Contradictions Series 1) <— LIVE!!! LESLEY JONES ALERT!!…Sarah knows from the second she meets Liam that their connection is more than just instant attraction. It’s deep, it’s consuming, and has the potential to be the real thing. But true love comes at a price. Fuelled by Liam’s past, Sarah’s issues, and a messy web of family ties, business partnerships, and exes, the combined forces threaten to snuff out their new found relationship…
  • Obsession by Ann Mayburn <— LIVE!!! HE’S BEEN STALKING HER FOR A YEAR AND HE’S GOING TO BRAINWASH HER INTO LOVING HIM ALERT!…when I do make my move, there’s no way she’ll ever escape me. But my world is a harsh, cruel place, and the cartel I work for demands absolute loyalty and trust…a loyalty Hannah has yet to earn in the dangerous eyes of my employers. There is only one way to ensure Hannah’s absolute devotion, and I hope that she doesn’t hate me forever when she finds out that not only have I brainwashed her into loving me, but that I don’t feel an ounce of guilt about doing it…” Thank you for finding it, Bethany!! :D
  • Backdraft: an engine 24 novel by Morgan Nicole <— LIVE!!! ANGSTY SOUNDING OBSCURE BLURB ALERT! I HAVE NO IDEA what this one’s about by that obscure blurb… but it sounds angsty as heck!! And I love that cover and title… “Cam and Luke have spent years hiding secrets and burying pain. The past is exactly that – the past. And there is no reason it shouldn’t stay there. But when their pasts start consuming their future, can they make it through the explosion?”
Carrie: oh yay!! i really liked the first book!
  • Rude by Zoe Tyler <— LIVE!! BROODING BAD BOY WITH A SECRET ALERT! “He has a secret. A secret so big it would make it impossible for us to be together. But I don’t know that in the beginning. All I know is that his name is Cruise, he has a wicked body and a sexy smile, and that he wants to make my life a living hell…” (and it’s super-bargain priced today!)
  • Death: The Horsemen Series by Lila Rose <— LIVE!!! SOUNDS LIKE A MODERN DAY FAIRYTALE!! I love the sound of this and Bethany found it for us, too! “Quitting her teaching career and working full time on her fledgling editing business, Julie Michaels isn’t prepared for the shedload of changes heading her way. To be precise, it’s just one screeching stop on the crazy train away.”
  • Blue by Jill Patten <— LIVE!!! HE’S A BAD-BOY SURFER THAT STEALS FROM THE PRIVILEGED COLLEGE KID TOURISTS ALERT!Her carefree attitude and his charismatic personality is the perfect combination for a successful friendship, but their relationship turns out to be anything but. Once the fantasy world of spring break is over and life resumes in Pennsylvania, a secret she thought she’d be able to keep hidden emerges, making it difficult to ignore. He steals her money, but she will steal something far more valuable from him — a memento that will forever change his life.
  • Begin to Begin by A.S. Brown <— LIVE!!! SHE’S OVERCOMING HER GRIEF AFTER LOSING HER FIANCE and then she meets someone new that saves her from another potential tragedy… “What Marin doesn’t know is that Dalton has his own past that he is trying to escape, and the one thing he is hiding may be enough to send her tumbling over the edge in despair…
  • Second by Chantal Fernando <— LIVE!!! INTRIGUING BLURB ALERT! This one went live just a few days ago…”…He was trouble. And he saved me. But as secrets have their way of unravelling, truth came to light. It always does…
  • Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance by Tia Lewis <— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT (and this one is super-bargain priced today)! “He’s the only jock who was ever nice to me, and I hid my feelings so I could be his friend and hang around him. I don’t think I can hide anymore. But Max hasn’t changed―women want him and he wants them right back...”
  • Follow You Home by Mark Edwards <— CREEPY SOUNDING PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT! A COUPLE ABOUT TO SETTLE DOWN TAKE A TRIP BUT… “ encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home. Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…” EEEEEEEP!!! (P.S. on super-sale today!)
  • Lisey’s Story: A Novel by Stephen King <— STEPHEN KING THRILLER ALERT!! HER HUSBAND DIES AND SHE HAS TO SORT THROUGH HIS THINGS… “What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.” P.S. Okay this Stephen King book (almost 700 pages!!!) is super-bargain priced today, and there’s a one star review that made me LOL so hard!!! The reviewer gave it one star because they do not like cats to be dead. Awwwwww!!! SO sweet and I agree. I dunno that I’d 1-star a book for that, but I did get a kick out of that review. Sometimes ya just gotta say it like you feel it, I guess. Anyway… this book looks good!

Suzan: Hahaha! I cracked up when I read that review too!

Maryse: Best 1-star review ever!!!! :P

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Fabi September 23, 2016 at 11:01 AM

Keira Andrews has a new m/m that came out yesterday. I adore her stories.

Reading the Signs: Gay Sports Romance
by Keira Andrews

Bethany Gothard September 23, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Heyy, Ann Mayburn – Obsession and Lila Rose – Death came out today, so excited can’t wait to dig in.

Jean September 23, 2016 at 12:29 PM

I am LOVING The Silent Waters!

Melanie September 23, 2016 at 2:50 PM

Any word on when Awaken(Brightest Kind of Darkness #5) by P.T. Michelle will be released?
If you find out, please let us know!!

Tessa September 23, 2016 at 3:47 PM

According to her facebook page, she was aiming for 9/30 but it’s going slow and she doesn’t know exactly when. (She’s hopeing sometime in October.)t.

Tessa September 23, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Okay, here’s a question. Who recommended to me Ice Planet Barbarians: A SciFi Alien Romance? I saw it in my wishlist and thought, recommendation for sure.

Amy September 23, 2016 at 4:27 PM



*thinks some more*

Yeah, I got nothin’. I’m in a funk (life-stuff funk…don’tcha hate those?) so I’m in a MOOD. As in, sat here and watched my bird preen for 30 minutes and couldn’t motivate myself to do anything else. THAT kind of funk. *sigh* What are you gonna do, right? ;)

But happy Friday to my lovely friends anyway!! We have books, alcohol, and each other here…that’s plenty to be thankful for right there! :D

Melanie September 23, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Thank you Tessa!

Maryse September 23, 2016 at 5:08 PM

I love to watch birds preen. LOL!!!

Beverly A. September 23, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Loved The Silent Waters. 5 stars!!

Kathy P September 23, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Tessa, you will love the Ice Planet Barbarian series. I have read every one and I stalk Amazon to see if there is a new book out all of the time! Book Candy for sure!!

Tessa September 23, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Betrayal by Aleatha Romig is free!

Robyn September 23, 2016 at 6:49 PM

I’m still thinking of Behind Closed Doors. That book really got to me. Scary to think that could happen. If you haven’t read BCD you should! Maryse even wrote a review about that creepy book!

bev September 23, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Tessa, MichelleS.

Amy I know 2 guys who could help you out of that funk.

Maryse September 23, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Yes I did!!! :D And yes it’s creepy. Made me claustrophobic.

Lisa September 23, 2016 at 8:19 PM

For some reason Follow You Home is catching my attention. I havent read as good suspense since Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Lisa September 23, 2016 at 8:21 PM
bev September 23, 2016 at 10:17 PM

Lisa, did you grow those?
We are going into fall (Yippee) but you all into Spring, right?

Fabi September 23, 2016 at 10:25 PM

I was watching video and all I could think about was Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I think Amy is rubbing off on me. This doesn’t usually happen to me. But, it was just vivid.

Anne September 24, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Can’t wait for The Goal and Transfer!

Jan September 24, 2016 at 12:23 AM

Yeah I’m looking forward to The Goal. Also to Christina Lauren’s Beautiful which comes out in October. Can’t wait for both of those. Otherwise I’m in a bit of a book slump.

I’ve come back from a fantastic holiday in England and Wales. Visiting some of those gorgeous stately homes inspired me to dig out some of my old fav HRs. I re-read Mary Balogh’s Slightly Dangerous and really loved it. I’d forgotten what a lovely story it is. The icy Duke who falls for sunny, klutzy Christine, the type of woman whom he never expected to even like, much less fall in love with. But she melts his heart ….. sigh…..

I re-read Georgette Heyer’s The Quiet Gentleman, too. Was in the mood for Heyer! Discovered The Quiet Gentleman wasn’t one of my favs. St Erth and Drusilla are very sweet together, but there was too much focus on the mystery and the murder attempts for me – I knew whodunnit, and I’m not really into whodunnits anyway. So, I’ll just put that one back on the shelf…

I’ve tried a couple of the newer CRs e.g. My Lucky Days and For The Love of English. But I’m hemming and hawing – neither have really gripped me in the samples I read. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the new ones I mentioned above. Maybe dust off another old Heyer or two in the meantime :)

Lisa September 24, 2016 at 12:50 AM

Welcome home Jan. I love thst you matched/themed your reading to your vacation!

Bev…supposedly we are in Spring here but it hasn’t stopped raining and we’ve even had flooding.
Id love to say I grew those gorgeous blooms but they came from the market.

Still wading through my book club book…The Muse. It reminds me of Water for Chocolate or Isabel Allende’s House of Spirits.

Looking forward to The Goal and a good sports CR.

Jan September 24, 2016 at 1:42 AM

Yeah Lisa. While I was in England it was unusually mild for their autumn, quite warm even, and we saw very little rain. But back here in Australia it’s been cold and rainy pretty much the whole time apparently. I expected it to be the other way around LOL!

London, and England in general, are just so soaked in history that I couldn’t resist getting into some HRs! Really got me in the mood. I absolutely fell in love with the place, particularly London. I’ll be going back for sure.

I remember reading Like Water For Chocolate and House of The Spirits, years ago. What did we call that style? Magic realism? At the time, I loved them. I think I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love In The Time Of Cholera around that time too, and really loved that as well. And these days I’m simply hooked on sweet, emotional romances! LOL.

Jean September 24, 2016 at 10:36 AM

You guys! Finished The Silent Waters last night! So freaking great! Loved it!

bev September 24, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Jan, I hope you had a wonderful time. I’d love to visit England. Like Lisa I like the themed reading.
Have you ever read 84, Charing Cross Road? Charming. If I remember correctly there is a part when she says something about how if she ever visits England a part of her will expect it to still be the England of her books, like Austen. Lol. I feel the same way.
It’s YA but I’d say Jandy Nelson flirts with magical realism in her books. Like Water for Chocolate is a book Lennon sister reads in the Sky is Everwhere.
Also, Sarah Addison Allen, I really liked her Garden Spells.

bev September 24, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Ok, Lisa and Jan got me thinking.
Prince Edward Island is a place I’d love to visit and it’s because of L M. Montgomery and Kevin Sullivan as I fell in love with the adaptation first.
Nora Roberts wrote a book that really made me want to visit Wyoming for awhile.

I think I’d like to see a bit more magical realism in romance.
Not, magical realism but I loved how the house in A Discovery of Witches and then the Apple tree in Garden Spells.

Tessa September 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

OMG, Insider by Olivia Cunning is only 99 cents right now! I just grabbed it. :D

It makes me doubly happy because the book I just finished, Rock Your Heart Out by Crystal Caswell. It was cute, but didn’t feel like a rockstar book. Cunning hasn’t disappointed me yet in that aspect.

Cheryl September 24, 2016 at 3:49 PM

Amy, hope your “life-stuff funk” is over. *big hug*

Can’t wait for The Goal and Transfer. No idea what I’m reading next. Maybe Jean’s rec or maybe I’ll start Retrieval, since only a few days until book 2. Going to take a look at my tbr and maybe organize my kindle and GR books. Not much time to read today because going to friends for dinner and I’m making a carrot cake.

Jean September 24, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Thanks Tessa! I grabbed that one too!

Cheryl September 24, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Jean, I just started reading The Silent Waters and one of the characters name is Cheryl!! OMG, I hope she doesn’t turn out to be a b!tch!!

Tessa September 24, 2016 at 4:58 PM

Of Royal Descent (The Doyle Hawthorne Series Book 1) by Ember Shane is free today.

Jan September 24, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Apple iBooks has some freebies at the moment – ‘first of a series’ limited time offer. Includes the first Poldark book, A Discovery of Witches, Beautiful Bastard, Rock Addiction, Better When He’s Bad, The Autumn Bride and quite a few others. Get ‘em while they’re free, ladies. (Maybe only available in Australia??)

Jan September 24, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Bev, I haven’t read 84 Charing Cross Road, but England really, really is like an Austen book. Yeah, it’s very multi-cultural and full of modern stuff, but the Englishness of everything still shines through. The glorious architecture. The London parks we read about in Heyer’s books, with their mature English tress, and lots of squirrels! The wonderful countryside with its thatched cottages, its hedgerows, its drystone walls. You have to go!!

Tessa September 24, 2016 at 7:48 PM

Just checked. It must be only in Australia.

Grey September 24, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Finished my ARC, now I’m in a quandry… I don’t know what to read.

I think I will go with Aleatha Romig’s Entrapment. I reread all 3 of the first in the series in June/July so I should be ok…right?

Cheryl September 25, 2016 at 7:39 AM

I am LOVING The Silent Waters. So beautiful, so painful, so many if only’s, what ifs… laughing, crying. *sigh*

Cheryl September 25, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Just finished The Silent Waters. A 5 star read! Awww, the feels. Thanks for the great rec Jean!!!

Lisa Aiello September 26, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Grey, I highly recommend Entrapment. The ending…blew my head clean off my flippin skull, and I’m not sure how I’m going to wait until January for the final installment. I also just finished Author Anonymous (man, that one tore me up), Ruin (gahhhhh, the feelz), and now I’m FINALLY reading Captive in the Dark series. What is wrong with me that I loooooooooove these dark, horrible men that are so damaged, but somehow seem to be redeemable!!

R. Renee September 26, 2016 at 7:46 AM

I LOVED the Captive series and felt the same way, what is wrong with me??? Lol

Amy September 26, 2016 at 5:18 PM

OMG I love it, Lisa!!! Thank you for the pretty picture and the awesome comment to go with it. :D

And Fabi, what’s so wrong with me rubbing off on you?? Er…on second thought, don’t answer that. :P

Fabi September 26, 2016 at 5:21 PM

*choke* *sputter* *gasp*



You need to write a book. An erotic comedy. ;-)

Amy September 26, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Good lord…if I tried to write anything remotely like that, y’all would have second-hand embarrassment for me!

But thank you. ;) *curtsies*

Fabi September 26, 2016 at 10:45 PM

My favorite books lately have been with characters that don’t have a filter and seem to blurt inappropriate things at the most inconvenient times. It just tickles me and gives me the warm and fuzzies. Amy, I think you could easily develop a character like that. I’d read it!

Amy September 26, 2016 at 10:53 PM

All I would have to do is include some of the embarrassingly inappropriate things I’ve said in the past, LOL!

Seriously though, some of them still make me cringe. :|

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