Today’s Friday Finds & five-star reader recommendations!

by Maryse on April 1, 2016 · 164 comments

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 <— SATURDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! New releases & bargains that are burning up the charts!

  1. Sweetest Venom (Virtue Series Book 2) by Mia Asher <— eek IT. IS. LIVE!!!!!! :D
  2. Easy Virtue by Mia Asher <— And here is book #1 super-bargain priced!!!
  3. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1) by Robert Galbraith (which is actually J.K. Rowling) <— J.K. Rowling ALERT! #1 & #2 on super-sale!!! :D
  4. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2) by Robert Galbraith (which is actually J.K. Rowling) <— Claudia says: “It’s just me that are addicted to Cormoran Strike? I’m reading book 3 of Cormoran Strike book#3 by the one and only (J.K. Rowling) by Robert Galbraith. Loving it!
  5. TORN: A Standalone Novel by Deborah Bladon <— SHE’S A FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER & HE’S A ROCK STAR ALERT! “After he dug himself out of the pit of his addictions, he turned his life around. He found not only solace on the stage, but fame as well. He’s trying to put his demons behind him and right when he thinks life can’t get better, it all crashes down around him. She’s there to help him pick up the pieces.”
  6. Heartfall by J.B. McGee <— ELITE BALLET DANCER that doesn’t think she’s good enough… “When tragedy strikes, Claire finds herself in a very unlikely and unfavorable position. Regardless of the weight of the emotion, she must make difficult decisions that impact the rest of her life.”
Back to our regularly scheduled programming ;) :

<— Oooooh that book there to the left (After I Do) that is super bargain priced and a HUGE favorite here amongst our fellow readers and it’s on super-sale and I 5-starred it!!! Plus, it looks like many of our crew are in book-love right now with quite a few books, ’cause the recommendations are plentiful and there’s some swooning and fanning going on.

In fact, I’ve already found my weekend read from this list. ;) Forbidden love is right up my alley! *gasp*!! BOOK alley I mean. ;)

And… I finished Unseen Messages: a survival romance novel and it was great!! There’s no way I could ever forget this one. Maybe not 5 stars for me, but darn good (I’m thinking 4 stars). Absolutely unforgettable and detailed and had SO many ups and downs and… an ending… and then another… and then another. LOL!!! Hard to explain what I mean (’cause I don’t wanna spoil it) but very good. And the longest book I think I’ve ever read. *phew* I feel like I’ve been living on an island forever now… I’ll post the review today!

Just wanted y’all to know i’m still here. *snort* :P Been absorbed by the sand and the sea and all the crazy that goes with it.

Amy: *hands mojito martini with EXTRA vodka to Maryse* …to welcome you back from the island.

Maryse: YAY!! Thank you Amy… there weren’t any of these on that deserted island, that’s for sure. They did try to ferment some fruit, though. ;) Crafty!!

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).


  1. The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter
  2. Sweet One (Titan Book 9) by Cristin Harber
  3. Teasing Destiny (Wishing Well, Texas Book 1) by Melanie Shawn
  4. Savage Lover (Savage Angels MC Book 4) by Kathleen Kelly
  5. Highland Storm (Guardians of the Stone Book 3) by Tanya Anne Crosby
  6. Finn by Ahren Sanders
  7. Casting Stones (Stones Duet Book 1) by L.M. Carr
  8. Down to My Soul (Soul Series Book 2) by Kennedy Ryan
  9. Revived by Kasidy Blake
  10. Crosscurrents (Southern Elemental Guardians Book 2) by D.B. Sieders
  11. Ruthless (Fractured Farrells: A Damaged Billionaire Series Book 1) by Mallory Crowe


FIVE-STAR READER RECOMMENDATIONS (and bargain finds!) :D (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  • After I Do: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid <— 5 STARS!!! One of my 5-STAR favorites is super-bargain priced today. JUMP ON IT!! IT IS SOOOOOO GOOD!! (Thank you for finding it, Jen! She says: “ (It was over $10 when I added it to my wishlist!”) OMG read it Jen!!! P.S. ➜ my review

Isadora: I just finished this book!!!! I LOVED it!!! This author’s writing style is just amazing. Everything felt real.

Jean: Wow, wow, wow! I just loved this book so much! I have been married for 17 years…. have been with my husband since I was 16, so this book was intense for me and so real and so understandable. My feelings were all over the place with this one! Thank you so much for the recommendaton! So worth the money! Great author!

Carol: It is a great book! I loved it. I really like books about marriage struggles that are portrayed realistically.

  • Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin <— ANOTHER MARITAL STRIFE BOOK ALERT! Carol also found us this one!

“Have you read Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin? I read that one a couple years ago and I still get a lump in my throat thinking about it.” <— HEY!! I remember this author from Kandace’s list last week! :D

“I’m reading one of the most sensual books i’ve ever read… live by Mary Ann Rivers …The blurb isn’t that great…”

  • King by T.M. Frazier <— Lauren found out this one is super-bargain priced today!
  • Ghostly Encounters: Confessions of a Paranormal Investigator by Jeff Scott Cole <— REAL LIFE GHOST HUNTING STORIES!! Well I couldn’t resist putting this one up ’cause I’m a sucker for real life ghost stuff!! Plus it’s bargain priced! “Mumbled voices in an empty attic, heavy footsteps on the stairs when all in the house are asleep, darting shadows across a darkened room . . .”
  • The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe <— YOUNG GIRLS ESCAPES NAZI GERMANY AND ENDS UP IN ENGLAND… “Lonely and homesick, not knowing if she will ever see her family again, Lisa is adopted by a childless couple and then bullied at school for being German. But worse is to come when the Blitz blows her new home apart and she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is, or where she came from…” and it’s bargain priced today and sounds pretty darn good!
  • Stanton Series Box Set: Stanton Series (Box Set) by T.L. Swan <— FORBIDDEN/TABOO SUPER-BARGAIN BUNDLE that so many are loving!! Cristina jumped into this one and is IN LOVE!!!

Cristina: I am officially 64% into the Stanton series and I AM IN LOVE!!!! The feels are very real and very raw!!! I have never loved a couple so much, yet wanted to strangle them at times!!! This book has my emotions all over the place!! Joshua Stanton is This is definitely a 5 star read for me!! Be aware, this is not an easy love story. It will rip you apart and then slowly put you back together. I find myself talking/lecturing out loud to my Kindle as if Natasha and Joshua can hear me. Hand movements, grabbing my hair, and all! LOL When I’m not reading it, I’m thinking about it. That’s how I know, I’m hooked! I’m starting book three today and I really don’t want it to end. This epilogue could have me sobbing. I’m bracing for impact! Supplies needed: blanket fort, kleenex, Manny, brownies, and wine. You guys this series is just… WOW! …So I forgot to finish my sentence about Joshua Stanton… *one eye opened embarrassed* (Shhhh.. I’m at working blogging) Anyways… Mr. Stanton is just… *sigh* This book literally has me just all over the place. I can’t even finish my own sentences!!

MichelleS agrees: “I caved to peer pressure and am reading Stanton Series, Book one, Adore. I am at 4% and things JUST GOT REAL…. complicated. Woopie!!! Wicked and sexy. Fitting the bill right now.”

“I’m reading/listening Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez right now and it is really great. It’s also a 3 book series but each is a stand alone with different characters. …I’m loving it so far. …I am literally having to bite my fingers so I don’t end up here with quote after quote. I LOVE this book. Even if Till is being SO STUPID. ok…can’t resist…(honestly, I’ve resisted the last 5, so bear with me) “You living in this ridiculous-a$$ fantasy world is f***ing up reality for the rest of us.”

“…started on Stripped and got to say it looks really promising and hawt!!! I soooo LOVE a accent on a man! (….and a V, a 6-8 pack, and yeah probably need to stop there!). So excited that it is Friday and found my read to start the weekend! …‘They shower him with a standing ovation – or maybe ovulation – take your pick’ Stripped Just couldn’t help but share….whewwee! *fans face*”
  • The Betrayal: A gripping novel of psychological suspense by Laura Elliot <— Super-bargain priced (today!) psych-thriller that is calling me big time. “A perfect divorce. A new flame. And a deadly obsession.
  • A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole <— And back on the list again, ’cause MichelleS went CRAZY for it! At first, she wouldn’t tell us which one until she was absolutely sure. And now she just commented that it’s a 6 or 7 star book for her. WOW!! And she finally told us…

MichelleS: “I didn’t want to say anything just in case, but I am 100% sure that this is my favorite of the year so far. It shot right up there to number one.  And maybe it’s just my mood. I started like 15 books, I swear. All were good. Great authors. I just was not getting into any of them. But THIS ONE. I was hooked pretty early on and then it had me. I am so invested now. My poor gut – I need the blankie fort for sure. What is it? “A Thousand Boy Kisses” by Tillie Cole. Be still my poor little heart. It’s just the perfect read for me. I adore the H and h. I am going to finish it right now and I am sure I will give it 6 or 7 stars!!! LOL.”

Michele: I pretty much cried through most of the book! It was such a wonderful story! Definitely a must read!

Jenn: Amazing book!! Ugly cried for most of this one. It reminded me of Bright Side but so much better!!

Kelli: I cried and cried and cried some more. Amazing book

  • So Much More by Kim Holden <— And I can’t help but have a kick over Amy’s reaction to this recent book release from one of our angst-queens!

Amy: “What is it about him that makes him better for you than me?!” he bellows.“He’s not broken!”




Ela: Amy????

Maryse: LOL!!!! You tell her, Amy!!!!! Here, I’ll hold your earrings… :P

Amy: *hands earrings to Maryse* I’m gonna throat punch that woman. And yet…I still don’t hate her. :?

Maryse: See?!! It’s reactions like THAT that make me wanna squirrel. *sigh* It’s a good thing my book is giving me panic attacks and is hard to put down. ;) Or I’d be squirreling and chasing Amy’s book-rush right now.

Tessa: Oh dear. See that reaction makes me avoid the book. She sounds horrible.

Fabi: woooaa Amy…that’s some serious angst you have there in that book

Amy: If/when y’all read SMM then you’ll see why that response from her is so awful and why I reacted that way. She really is somethin’ else but I still have hope for her, even if it’s not in a certain capacity.



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PRE-ORDERS (next couple of days AND next week’s)

  1. Feels like Summertime by Tammy Falkner – April 2nd 2016
  2. STRIPPED 2 (A Ferro Family Novel) by H.M. Ward - April 4th 2016
  3. Thrown Down (Made in Jersey) by Tessa Bailey - April 4th 2016
  4. Irish (Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club) by Chantal Fernando – April 4th 2016
  5. Make Me Forget by Beth Kery - April 5th 2016
  6. The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward - April 5th 2016
  7. Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends Trilogy) by Kelley Armstrong - April 5th 2016
  8. From the Ashes (Force of Nature Book 1) by Amber Lynn Natusch - April 5th 2016
  9. The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Wingmen Inc. 1) by Rachel Van Dyken - April 5th 2016
  10. White Tiger (A Shifter’s Unbound Novel) by Jennifer Ashley - April 5th 2016
  11. Shadow Rites: A Jane Yellowrock Novel by Faith Hunter - April 5th 2016
  12. Rock Dirty (Rock Candy Book 2) by Virna DePaul - April 5th 2016
  13. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead - April 5th 2016
  14. Invision (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon – April 5th 2016
  15. Smoke and Fire (Dark Kings) by Donna Grant - April 5th 2016
  16. White Tiger (Shifters Unbound) by Jennifer Ashley – April 5th 2016
  17. Remembering Everly by J.L. Berg  - April 5th 2016
  18. One with You (Crossfire) by Sylvia Day - April 5th 2016
  19. Chandler: A Fixed Trilogy Series Spinoff by Laurelin Paige – April 5th 2016
  20. Dirty (Dive Bar) by Kylie Scott – April 5th 2016
  21. Brave Enough: A Tall, Dark, and Dangerous (“Tall, Dark, and Dangerous”) by M. Leighton - April 5th 2016
  22. Save Me by Heidi McLaughlin
  23. Shock Advised (Kilgore Fire Book 1) by Lani Lynn Vale - April 6th 2016
  24. Right by Jana Aston – April 6th 2016
  25. Virgins: An Outlander Novella (Kindle Single) by Diana Gabaldon – April 8th 2016


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{ 164 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee April 1, 2016 at 1:08 PM

I am obsessed with TJR. I’m 55% into Maybe in Another Life right now and I feel like I swallowed a basketball at the end of the first chapter and it’s not budging. That woman can re-write the phone book for all I care and I’ll not only pay full price for it, I cry all the way through it. The thing that makes me crazy is…I can’t pinpoint what it is that makes it so emotional for me. She’s not descriptive and her heroine speaks in short choppy sentences – like a string of thoughts. 1.99 for After I Do – I’d jump on that one. Then find a sale on Kleenex.

Amy April 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Whew!! I had a second to breathe so of course I had to check in here. ;) Lots of great sales and recs up there! Stanton is definitely up next for me with all the craziness over it right now. The Betrayal and Heart of the Matter…MINE!!! Oh wait, I already have them. *snort* That’s okay, thanks for the reminder. :D

Renee…I really, REALLY liked Maybe in Another Life and I loved After I Do, but my all-time favorite of hers is Forever, Interrupted. Gah!!!!! That one killed me and I loved every second of it!!

Renee April 1, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Amy…I will never eat Fruity Pebbles again. I love them all equally. I don’t think I could ever pick.

Amy April 1, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Renee, right?? Fruity Pepples…*sob*

Jean April 1, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Loved After I Do and Forever Interrupted, but haven’t read Maybe In Another Life yet. She is an awesome author!

Amy, I’m feeling the same way about the Stanton series! Virtual peer pressure! (Good luck with the move by the way!) But, my friend is begging me to read Hardball with her…..and I usually boss her around so….! Lol!

Maryse April 1, 2016 at 2:30 PM

LOL Renee!! I didn’t even clue in to the heroine’s choppy dialogue, but there’s just something about her females that feel like me, ya know? Like how I would experience and feel things…

I’m right there with you my friend!!!

Maryse April 1, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Amy that’s mine next too!!!! :D

Maryse April 1, 2016 at 2:31 PM

OMG the Fruity Pebbles… that scene is burned in my brain!!

Renee April 1, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Maryse, I meant that in a good way. I LOVE her writing style. I’m writing and she’s my go to for inspiration! I think it’s that they talk the way we think. She’s definitely my favorite writer right now!

Lauren April 1, 2016 at 2:50 PM

Everything Tillie Cole writes is a 5-star book for me. Ahhhh, Flame…

Cheryl April 1, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Whew!! Back from the Grand Canyon. Got to read on the plane and traveling in the car. Finished Hardball- I think I liked how it started and then it seemed to lose something in the middle- maybe all the waffling back and forth; then it got better, but could have used a little more to the ending. Now i feel a little lost about what to read next, because I missed Maryse’s blog all week.
On my Amazon wish list I had- Dare Me, Unseen Messages, Forever Pucked and So Much More. Maybe I’ll go with one of those until I catch up with the comments/ blog. :)

Cheryl April 1, 2016 at 3:22 PM

Amy, did you finish So Much More?

Laura April 1, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Oh u guys!! I just started a new series by alanea alder it’s a shifter/vampire/witch/fae series and it sooooo amazing and I haven’t even finished book 1! There’s a scene where he has so go get her tampons and of course he has no clue what they are so he takes his whole command unit with him I’m crying with laughter it’s so good u have u look it up maryse!!

Amy April 1, 2016 at 4:01 PM

YAY!!! *high-fives Maryse* It’s been a while since I read a complete series back to back, and this one sounds like it will be FUN! But Jean won’t be joining us because she’s letting someone ELSE book pressure her. ;)

Welcome back Cheryl!!! *squeezes Cheryl* I know what you mean…you ladies influence my reading selections the majority of the time, and I love it!! Just like Laura’s new read she just commented on (hi Laura!!!)…I haven’t read a PNR like that in a while and now I’m intigued!

And by the way…I actually enjoy choppy dialogue in my reads. As long as its done well, like with TJR.

Renee April 1, 2016 at 4:08 PM

I do too Amy. I can’t think of another author off the top of my head who does it as well as her. I love that she gets to the point. I hear all the time “don’t write choppy,” “get out of your heroine’s head,” “nobody cares what she’s thinking all the time.” BS. Lengthy sentences with all action and no thought are not for everyone.

Laura April 1, 2016 at 4:08 PM

*jumps and waves at amy way over there* how was the move? Last time I was on u were just moving man I really need to start coming back here more I miss everything :( it’s children I’m telling u the older they get the more stuff it involves every holiday there’s something u have to make a Halloween costume, an Easter bonnet god I have tissue paper and pva glue coming out of my ears!!

Amy April 1, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Oh, and yep Cheryl…I finished SMM. Really good but I had a few issues that kept me from absolutely loving it. :? Not my favorite of hers (but what could possibly too Bright Side? ;) ) but it was a good four stars.

Okay, back to moving…I swear, my hubby is a saint for putting up with me yesterday and today. And I received a nice lesson in humility when I tore into him for no reason other than I’m cranky and he was there, going off on him because now I’m not going to the RT convention in Vegas because there was a chance we were going to have our closing date pushed back to that week so I cancelled my reservations, and I yelled at him and grabbed a box out of his hands and stormed down the stairs…

…then slipped and bounced down three stairs on my a$$. It was well deserved. *snort*

Amy April 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Laura…see my above comment. That’s how the move is going, LOL!! You’re a good mommy to do all of that for your kiddos. :D *big squeeze* for you too!

Exactly, Renee! When it’s done right and done well, and it’s all BALANCED, then that sort of writing works well for me.

Renee April 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Well, I need a hug because this: “When it hurts so bad you don’t think you can stand it…squeeze my hand.” And then. “Divide the pain in two…and give half of it to me.” (Maybe in Another Life)

It’s after 4 here. I’m popping open the Bordeaux.

Cheryl April 1, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Thanks for the update Amy. I can so relate on the taking things out on the hubby- my poor hubby has been has had his undeserved share over the years.

I was looking at my tbr & may start Easy Virtue since Sweetest Venom FINALLY is being released on the 3rd. Can’t remember was this a good read?? Know it was a CH which is why I put it off.

Laura April 1, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Oh renee don’t worry it’s 22.21 here that’s way past happy hour use my time zone Amy does lol

Oh dear Amy the hubbys always get it! So u don’t have a date for the move yet? Just think about how beautiful Hawaii is though it’s worth it (it’s still Hawaii ur moving to right?) also something u will all fine great u know how I’m as Scottish as they come well my lovely daughter speaks with an American accent oh yeah no more Disney Jr. For u! U all have a better chance of understanding her than me!

Anyway this book I’m reading my commander is still so friggin good u have to have to take a look at this it’s making me all clappy hands excited

Renee April 1, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Amy it’s Hawaii you’re moving to? I lived in Honolulu for 2 years. Ahhh…the weather :)

Sharon April 1, 2016 at 5:28 PM

The To-Read list is quickly piling up! I am so happy After I Do went on sale. I one clicked before my eyes deceived me. I am barely into Stanton Series, it’s nice and long and I know angsty is around the bend. Come Tuesday, I will be foresaking all books (and housework, and cooking) and crawling in a corner to devour Rhage and The Beast. BDB is still my favorite series. Ever. And I will have lots and lots of books to follow after. Hello . . . Gideon is waiting!

DG April 1, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Hawaii, Amy??? If so, I am so jealous! To live in close driving distance to the beach…..I’m a good 4 hours away from a sandy slice of paradise!

bev April 1, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Oh. Amy can’t you make a new reservation?

bev April 1, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Pelting movie/tv peanuts today.
Philomena and Sherlock ones.
Throws them at Jean & Maryse.

Laura April 1, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Um can someone confirm its Hawaii Amy is moving to and I haven’t just started a rumour that’s she moving there and is actually just moving like 2 houses down her street or something :/

bev April 1, 2016 at 6:20 PM

No, not Hawaii. Just the Big House.

Cheryl April 1, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Laura, not Hawaii. More local move I think she said in a previous comment.

Anyone read Easy Virtue? Have had it one my tbr list forever and now the sequel is coming out on the 3rd so thinking of reading it now.

Michelle April 1, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Dang this list and all the tempting recs! Picked up The Stanton series and A Thousand Boy Kisses. I didn’t bite the first time it was posted but got So Much More now too. Annndd I just bought the rest of the Love Me with Lies series after reading The Opportunist finally and loving it! I haven’t had time to read the last couple days but will start Dirty Red tonight :D Fabi, glad you are liking Fighting Silence, I really enjoyed that one!

DG April 1, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Either way, it’s nice to daydream of the beach…a little fun and sun, margaritas, sugar sands, sea gulls, total relaxation, and a good book. Daydreaming of Christian with those cut off shorts…..

DG April 1, 2016 at 7:01 PM

Drives me nuts! Nuts I say! I start a book…really intrigued, everything is clicking,,.and then it gets too easy, my attention starts to drift. Just want someone that I can’t put down….

Tessa April 1, 2016 at 7:28 PM

I’m reading the Stanton series and 4% in and, uh, I already know? Is it supposed to be that quick?

Fabi April 1, 2016 at 8:34 PM

I bought the Stanton series but stayed with the Fighting series for now. Almost done with book 2 and I believe there is only one more book (brother) to read about. He’s the youngest and likely most impacted by their childhood. Besides, he’s a real tool. Hopefully, the author does #3 the way I want it so I won’t be disappointed. Maybe Stanton next. If I don’t feel overdosed on CR at that point.

I’m nervous as hell about The Beast. I loved his original story and I’m so afraid revisiting the same character is going to ruin it for me.

Cristina April 1, 2016 at 9:06 PM

So I’m now 80% in the Stanton series. Tessa, yeah it’s supposed to be that quick. It sets the premises for everything ahead and it’s one crazy damn ride! Stick with it. It only gets better!

Amy, I’ve moved quite a few times and it’s horrible! It’s seriously one of Dante’s levels of hell!! Some of my husband and I’s most memorable and Oscar winning arguments came through times of moving. Lol

Cristina April 1, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Where’s Manny?! I’m 82% in Stanton and officially in tears. Close to sobbing. It’s the beautiful moments that really get to me. And this particular one is epic! Breaks my heart and then puts it back together. *wiping my tears with the back of my hands* Time for a break.

Renee April 1, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Yep. I feel ya. Thus is a terrible Friday night*. I can’t even get through my book because I’m crying so hard my glasses keep fogging up so I have to continue to take breaks and get more wine. TJR might be my favorite author but she’s my least favorite person right now.

* and by terrible Friday night I mean awesome Friday night because I’m lying in bed reading. With wine.

Jean April 1, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Cheryl, loved Easy Virtue and have been dying for the second book. Perfect time for you to read it with #2 coming out Sunday.

bev April 1, 2016 at 10:04 PM

Duct taped in a box.

Breathing a sigh of relif.

Cristina April 1, 2016 at 10:07 PM

Renee, please pass the wine. I could use a glass or three. It is definitely always a good night with a good book, even if it requires Kleenex and a good dose of alcohol. Those nights are usually the best in book world. :-)

Renee April 1, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Cristina, I’m passing you your own bottle and a bendy straw. This book is torture. And when I’m done, I’m supposed to buddy read 1k Boy Kisses, THEN Stanton. I may not make it. But I’d I do, I’m moving on to Dr. Suess for a while.

Kathy P April 1, 2016 at 10:18 PM

Gods Eye by Susan Franetti is out tomorrow. I have heard the best things about her MC series. The synopsis has me hooked and not like her earlier books. Definitely picking it up tomorrow. It is free on KU.

Kathy P April 1, 2016 at 10:21 PM

Sorry. It is God’s Eye by Susan Fanetti. That glass of chardonnay affected by typing :)

Cristina April 1, 2016 at 10:22 PM

Renee you are a Goddess! Thank you for the wine! I’m going to have a serious book hangover with this one! Sending you hugs!

Cheryl April 1, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Thanks Jean! I started Easy Virtue. I think I read a little of it when it first was released but stopped when I realized it had a CH and book 2, because it seems familiar.

Renee, TJR rips your heart apart and slowly puts it back together. After I do is my favorite; but then again I haven’t built up the nerve to read Forever, Interrupted, yet.

Cristina, I moved the Stanton series up on my tbr list. *Kleenex & wine on grocery list*

Renee April 1, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Well…it’s done. LOL. Cheryl, I think After I Do may be my favorite only because I read it first. They are all so good, it’s almost impossible to choose. When you break down and read FI, I’ll have the wine ready.

Now onto A Thousand Boy Kisses *rolls eyes at self inflicted stupidity*

Laura April 2, 2016 at 1:24 AM

Where the hell did I get Hawaii from?! Crap sorry Amy!!!

Grey April 2, 2016 at 2:53 AM

Unseen Messages… Loving it. Maryse was so right though. It is long!!! And I’m so hungry – thirsty – hot & I feel trapped and achy/broken. Classic Pepper Winters, giving me the feels!!!

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Christina, I’m loving it, but my surprise at 4% was that I figured out how things will resolve later. Still, it’s really good.

bev April 2, 2016 at 10:36 AM

I only read 6 books last month.

Michelle April 2, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Laura I looked up the books you mentioned and got My Commander to try. I’m always looking for new series so thanks! :)

Bev, 6 books is better than none, right? I had a slow month too but I’m always happy to get any reading time with how my schedule has been. This is my first Sat off since last year ick!

bev April 2, 2016 at 11:10 AM

I am lucky that I get weekends.
Spending this morn finishing a book in fact.

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Bev, I hope they were great. When I read super slow or super fast it’s because I’m either sipping the awesomeness or glued to the pages. :-/

I read a lot of books in March but my favorite is still one I read early in the month. Beyond the Sea by Keira Andrews. It’s an mm gfy romance that delivers a beautiful message.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 11:11 AM

No kitties or puppies need your help? Awww. Enjoy your day off. ;-) Beg, there are just times life gets too hectic to read. Hopefully next month will be calmer.

Favorite book of March time. Hands down, for me it was Marked in Flesh. It’s probably my favorite of the series to date.

Michelle April 2, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Ha there’s always kitties and puppies that need help but the other vet is covering today since I took one of her days. My favorite book in March is a tie between Marked and Flesh and The Wall of Winnipeg. I still liked Written in Red a little more but I agree that it was the best installment after that.

bev April 2, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Your killing me.

I have two books I can’t believe I have not read. One is MiF. I’m considering reading them both the week of my birthday. I always want a good bday book, you know?
My favorites were Fire Touched, The Kraken King, and The Darkest Part of the Forest. Three out of six. Not bad.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 11:31 AM

March was insanely good. Wow and me was super good. So was Fire Touched. However, my most unexpected five star was Hustle by Ashley Claudy. I totally fell for the H in it.

Cheryl April 2, 2016 at 11:49 AM

Tessa, I agree, Hustle was so unexpected and I really loved it too!! If you liked Hustle, you probably would like Tackled by Sabrina Paige.

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Bev, 50% is awesome! lol

You guys are killing me. No matter how much I read I still feel like I’m missing out on greats. I haven’t finished MiF yet. WoW is still in my tbr and I’m dying to get to Fire Touched and Hustle. :-(

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Cheryl I’ll put it on my TBR. I remember you mentioning Tackle, but not the author. :-) She writes some of the more decent stepbrother romances. Her humor and writing are great so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Bev – I’m right there with you – only read 8 books in March. The good thing is there were a bunch of great ones! My faves: 1K Boy Kisses, Beyond the Sea, Fire Touched, WoW & me, Queen of Shadows.

Is it Tuesday yet? No matter what I am reading I am going to put it down and shut myself into a room and devour Rhage. It was my very favorite BDB book (true romance than one) and he has been featured more in recent books, so I am hopeful. I am hoping he and Mary get a baby and it’s all a wonder HEA – and nothing bad better happen, that’s all Im sayin’. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I am still reading Stanton – since it’s all three books bundled. Have tons of criticism for a bunch of elements of the writing and such, but, overall I like the “taboo” stuff and when they get together it’s scorching hot. He’s such a bad boy. But definitely problems with the story-telling (like dropping a scene and then POOF it’s 4 weeks later).

Jean April 2, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Favorite books for March: Loving Lawson, Red Hill, and Bone Deep.

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Red Hill was one your favorites of the month? Gah. That’s another I have on my tbr that I’ve been dying to get to. Maybe I need to make a list of March reader favorites so I can remember all the books I want at the front of my tbr.

I’m jealous of MichelleS. She read all the books I wanted to read but didn’t get to.

But I know I’m being whinny because I read 16 books in March and five of them were five star reads for me. The grass is always greener? lol

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Michelle’s, did you catch how it’ll all be resolved?

Jennifer April 2, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Best books read in March: WoW and Me, Out of Breath, Radiance…some older books that I finally read and really enjoyed! Burn and Beyond the Sea get honorable mentions though…got great genres in this month, m/m, paranormal, sci fi, CR….I love reading. Enough gushing…

Grey April 2, 2016 at 1:03 PM

11 books for me in March. No 5 stars, I had (4) that I rated 4.5 stars though. Logan Kade by Tijan. ~ The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection by Tiffany Reisz. ~ Porn Star by Laurelin Paige, ~ Dissent by Jessica Gadziala.

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Grey – OMG – how could I forget The Confessions??? Need to read that ASAP. I adore Soren.

Jennifer – I loved Radiance. That was a 5 star for me, because I would re-read it and I still remember almost everything. Just such great story telling there, and I always love a beauty and the beast kind of story. Still laugh about “the potato” scene. LOL.

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Yeeaaa Jennifer, you’re all over the genre spectrum like I am.

Ok, I’m adding these to my must read list, maybe that’ll help remind me not to lose them in my monstrous tbr

Porn Star
WoW & Me
Red Hill
Fire Touched

omg, that’s already a long list

Cheryl April 2, 2016 at 1:23 PM

I read 20 books in March, but 12 were the novella length Calendar Girl series. Books that I read in March and that were not necessarily 5* but I really enjoyed and would recommend are: Hustle, Lexington and 42nd, Love, Chloe, Calendar Girl Series, Hardball, Ginger’s Heart, Cleat Chaser, and Hustle.

5* reads were: Never Stop Falling, Tackled (the one by S. Paige, not Lucy Snow-which I read but was just ok), WoW.

Now back to Easy Virtue. :)

Jean April 2, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Cheryl, I’m reading Hardball now and really liking it. It was between that and Tackled, which I think is next.

Jennifer April 2, 2016 at 1:53 PM

MichelleS I really liked Radiance, it was a 4.5* for me and I also like a beauty and beast storyline but it also felt a little too easy to me….the reason…R. Lee Smith and her beauty and the beast stories. I love her writing and stories…all some variation of beauty and the beast and so complex, multilayered and hard…so the unfair comparison to Radiance.

Jennifer April 2, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Also really liked the potato scenes…really highlighted the differences in their views and cultures.

bev April 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

So Mercy. I think I’m as interested in the Mercy/Bran relationship as I ever was in her & Adam or Samuel. I really want more scenes between them.
I love when books have these great on going non-romance relationships.

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Bev – I’d love to read more of Bran, period. He never gets enough scenes. I love their relationship. Like, why did he take her in as a pup? She’s not a wolf. And then how she fell for his son. He’s like a father, and protector, but he appears younger than them all. I’m just fascinated by him.

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Bev – agree, too, on well developed characters & relationships that are non romantic. That’s why I liked Knights of Black Swan series & Tairen Soul – so many great characters. And what about Lord John in Outlander series?? One if the best ever characters!!

bev April 2, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Always more Bran. It is interesting because there relationship is doled out in that first person pov slow burn we love but not romantic, lol.
Like Mercy doesn’t think she really stands that high in importance to him, but we get all these little tid bits of just how important she is.
And then how she wanted to live alone as a teen but hurt he let her. Gah.

bev April 2, 2016 at 3:25 PM

Their relationship.

Michelle April 2, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Yey more love for WoW – I seriously loved that book to pieces!

Hustle is KU so just downloaded :D Fire Touched was just average for me. I haven’t loved where the story went since book 7. Red Hill I forgot about but moved it up.

MichelleS, Rhage and Mary are my favorite too and I would love to read on Tuesday but I’m behind on the series. I wish I had kept up!

Tessa, how what resolves?

bev April 2, 2016 at 3:38 PM

First one finished for April.
*Happy Dance* even if the book was just so-so.

bev April 2, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Haven’t kept up with BDB either. I was buying them but only reading certain sections then would plan to go back and fully read it. Hasn’t happened and stopped buying them.
Michelle, what was the turning point in seven? I’d have to look it up to remember what book that was.

Linda April 2, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Guys just finished Desperately Seeking Epic. Can’t open my mouth to speak. Grateful I’m alone in the house right now!!!! I’m a snotty mess!! Most beautiful story. Just epic storytelling.

DG April 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM

I read around 17 new books in March (spent about a week rereading some KA chaos). My favs of March were: WoW & Me, Sparrow, Drop Dead Sexy, and Virtue & Vanity.

Looking forward to several anticipated releases for April!!!!

DG April 2, 2016 at 4:14 PM

*hands Linda a box of Kleenex while admiring her bravery for reading DSE*

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 4:18 PM

It’s been a while since I’ve read an entire series back to back. But I’m on Book 3 of the Fighting trilogy and still loving it. I hope to finish this one today and maybe raise my head out of the books tomorrow.

I could use a break in April from awesome new releases. I need to dig into my tbr for the awesome ones I’ve already bought. Amy, are you still sticking to your New Year’s resolution?

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Micheeke, it was actually to MichelleS but my phone decided to autocorrect. In Stanton series. I feel all weird and now have read a certain scene three times to make sure I haven’t over thought the story. It just screams Scooby sized hint to me.

Ok, I have to confess, at this point, the book is annoying me. The characters are annoying me. *sighs* All this love so I think it’s just me.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

Case in point, Micheeke? Seriously phone?

bev April 2, 2016 at 5:09 PM

Tessa, it is so frustrating when one device remembers all your names but a different or new one doesn’t. Or I erase every thing.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Yes! My phone likes random words I don’t even use. USB is sub. (huh?) Autocorrect was automaton for a while. Now, it finally can write the correct name and we get Micheeke. I have to see if that is an actual word.

bev April 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Sounds like a bad french accent.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM

Hehehe. Bonjour Micheeke! Comment ça va?
The only reference is someone who loves anime.

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM

I think a mad scientist invented autocorrect to put us all on the same wavelength he was on.

New potential plot? lol

bev April 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Like those star trek people that all think the same. Can’t remember what they are called.

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Trekkies??? I love Star Trek, BTW, waaaay more than Sat Wars. My pet peeve autocorrect is the word “us” which my phone ALWAYS corrects to U.S. Ugh….

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM

See? There it goes again! Sat Wars??? No no no. STAR wars. But it would be so much worse without the auto correct.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM

I’m opposite. Star Wars over Star Trek always. I don’t like Star Trek at all, yet I loved Star Wars to bits.

Michelle April 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Micheeke: Comme ci, comme ca mais mon nom est tres sophistique!

Michelle April 2, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Bev, not really sure if there was a turning point just that the last three books seemed too cookie cutter for me. Mercy and Adam have been pretty stagnant. The fae plot is also not my favorite or very exciting. I guess I’ve always loved Charles and Anna more. I actually reread Cry Wolf after Fire Touched since I was so unenthusiastic about it and needed a reminder of an amazing Briggs book.

bev April 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Oh, Maryse has the first two Robert Galbraith books up as on sale. I like that series.

I have to catch up with Charles & Anna.

bev April 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Lol. Not trekkies. Ha! A type of alien in the Star Trek world.
I love the first 3 Star Wars. ❤❤
I really want to watch the new one even though I know the spoiler. Breaks my heart.

Cheryl April 2, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Yeh!! Perfect timing on Sweetest Venom; just finished Easy Virtue!! :) ))

Theresa April 2, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Almost done with Stanton, it is a long read

bev April 2, 2016 at 6:39 PM

The Borg. Had to Google it.

Maryse April 2, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Resistance is futile.

bev April 2, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Is Maryse a trekkie?

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 6:48 PM

I realized that Stanton was not keeping my interests so I set it aside for now. I might pick it up later. Instead, I’m finally reading Almost Paradise by Olivia Cummings. I’m already laughing like crazy. The two are so sweet together.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 6:49 PM

No Star Trek! Well except the fourth movie. That was funny.

Maryse April 2, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Tee hee!!! Maryse was a Trekkie… yes. ;) I certainly was hooked to a few different shows.

The Next Generation (Picard was awesome!!)

Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Those are like “comfort foods” for me. ;)

Maryse April 2, 2016 at 6:57 PM

I loved ANYTHING with the Borg in it…. creepy and awesome.

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 7:06 PM

Star Trek? Now you’re speaking my language. My family still teases me, decades later, about me loving a show with a guy who had pointy ears. I never missed an episode or a movie.

Cheryl April 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM

OMG Maryse, I may have to quit the blog now. A. TREKKIE!!! After 30 years of being subjected to it because my hubby LOVES it. Ugh, and we had so much in common- books, makeup. *shakes head*


Cristina April 2, 2016 at 7:51 PM

I finished Stanton today… yes there were tears. I’m not sure what final thoughts to give about the series. It’s not an easy love story and yes there’s a taboo factor, but it’s not the center focus of the story. It’s about the journey of two people finding their way to each other through hardships, insecurities, pride, stubbornness, and outside deterrents. While I don’t mind an easy love story, I find I’m more connected to the ones that are brutal, emotional, and raw. I want to cry and scream at my kindle, and shake my head in complete bewilderment. I want the hard fight for true love. To me, it makes it more powerful and real for me.

With Stanton, Joshua and Natasha were all of the above. They were beautifully imperfect. Their own insecurities and struggles really resonated with me. Love is tough, and true undying love can gut you. When you love someone with so much feeling and emotion, it opens up vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It can create some of the ugliest insecurities and we all know happens when those little voices take over. This couple had to fight like hell, sometimes with themselves and sometimes with each other, to get their HEA.

This story really resonated with me and will be with me for quite sometime. I won’t be re-reading it anytime soon, only because I can’t put myself through that again. I laughed, I screamed, I swooned, I blushed, I stomped, I sobbed, I rolled my eyes (many times), I lectured my Kindle, I walked away from it a time or two, I pulled my hair, I did it all.

It’s been a long time since a series has tapped into ALL of those emotions in a single story. It’s also been a while since I’ve been exhausted from a story like I am with this one. Sure, dark reads can be tough, but those usually only tap into a certain set of emotions. This story hit all of the above for me. For me, it all came together beautifully with this one. I know not every one is going to love it like me. Sometimes it’s the type of story, or type of writing, or sometimes the timing in our lives that determines our connection to a book or series. All I know is that this series had made my all time favorites. And my book hang over has commenced.

Maryse April 2, 2016 at 7:55 PM


Cheryl!!! Don’t leave me!! Does it help if I tell you I barely remember any character’s name other than Picard?

And that I’ve never been to a trek convention or crushed on any of ‘em at all?

Does it? Does it? :P

Maryse April 2, 2016 at 7:57 PM

I do miss that constant low and gentle hum of the ship constantly in the background though.

Soooooo soothing.

bev April 2, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Maybe Maryse doesn’t have book twins. Maybe she is the Borg.

Grey April 2, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Wow Cristina that’s a helluva review there girl… I may have to check those books out too!

I’m going back to my deserted island right now though…

bev April 2, 2016 at 8:06 PM

It is always interesting to put the books we love out there and see how others respond to them.
A moment of silence for Jellicoe Road, please.

Tessa, I just saw a reviewer say she was loving Logan but then had the rug pulled out from under her.

Sharon April 2, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Christina, that’s an amazing review and so spot on. I am in the middle of the journey and it’s a roller coaster.

Tessa April 2, 2016 at 8:21 PM

Yeah, there is something there that makes some.women upset. *shrugs * I’m fine with it.

DG April 2, 2016 at 8:25 PM

Started My Princess by Abigail Graham…the blurb and its a KU, hooked me! Initially worried it might be a light quick read….so far it has deep plots rising! YAY me! Settling in to see where this goes…..*breaks open a bottle of wine*

bev April 2, 2016 at 8:26 PM

I’m so going to look up a spoiler.
Just gotta see.

Maryse April 2, 2016 at 8:31 PM

*gasp* Nooooooo spoilers are bad!!! LOL!

Okay back to Stanton…

Fabi April 2, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Lol, isn’t Bev the one who peeks at the ending sometimes? *shudder*

Tessa, I’m perfectly fine with “that part” too. I had some other issues, but that one wasn’t one them. In fact, it felt realistic and normal somehow. A guy thing. *shrug*

DG April 2, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Nothing like a hottie alpha crown prince……just saying.

bev April 2, 2016 at 8:49 PM


Who on the FC group has read it?

bev April 2, 2016 at 9:10 PM

One of the best times of the day. Thinking about what to read.

Cristina April 2, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Wow, I really wrote what seems to be a short essay up above! Thanks for those that read that whole thing. Lol.. I guess I just had a lot to share. Sometimes it’s just hard to find the words to explain our feelings. I just really connected with these two for whatever reason. There was a thin line of love and hate with these two and I guess that’s why I loved the story so much. I guess also too because in real life, real love is hard to find and doesn’t come easy. I have a lot of respect for those couples that walk through fire and come out stronger. There was a certain moment in book three where I just sobbed, and I don’t do that very often. Kudos to the author for making that moment so real for me.

Bev, I’m thinking about what to read now. I’be got some book hangover, but what better way to cure it than another good book? Replace an old love with a new one! I’m thinking of giving your Jellicoe Road a try. ;-)

Cristina April 2, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Obviously my ability to type has gone out the damn window. *lowers head and shakes it* Geesh!

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 10:17 PM

I loved The Next Generation, Maryse! And Picard, Ryker, Jordi, Troo, Data… Are you remembering now??? Hated the Borg. Tried Earl Grey tea because of Picard. And…. I’ve been to Comic-Con because the cast was there. Am I getting kicked off the blog now??

MichelleS April 2, 2016 at 10:18 PM

Troo??? Should have said Troi -

Cheryl April 2, 2016 at 10:51 PM

My hubby even has the “doorbell” (or whatever trekkie thing it’s called) from the Enterprise as his text notification sound.

MichelleS, sadly I know all of those names/characters.

Now to start Sweetest Venom. I’m going in without reading the blurb…

DG April 3, 2016 at 12:00 AM

MichelleS, my hubs and I went through a spell where we watched every episode when we were dating….to boldly go where no one has gone before!

Jean April 3, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Cheryl, how’d you like Easy Virtue? Quite the surprise ending right?

Cheryl April 3, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Jean, I thought Easy Virtue, started a little slowly, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it especially because I was comparing it to the author’s other book Arsen, which I loved. It did get better and I didn’t want to put it down, wondering how this was going to end and I definitely wanted to b!tch slap Blaire multiple times. Ronan *sigh* I knew it was going to have some sort of CH ending from the comments from those of you who had read it before, but I was surprised at the turn it took at the end.

So far, I like Sweetest Venom better. Probably because it is getting more into the “emotions” and life of the 3 main characters. We’ll see what I think by the end. Hope to finish today. It does have one of those prologue I hate; not the worst one I’ve read, but still.

Fabi April 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM

How are my trekie and non trekie friends doing on this beautiful Sunday morning?

I feel like I’m rejoining the real world after a long vacation. I spent the last three days exclusively reading Aly Martinez’s On the Ropes trilogy. I finished Fighting Solitude last night and fell asleep feeling all soft and mushy.

The first book made me cry sad tears, the last book made me cry happy tears. I know some of you have read and loved this series. It’s my second series by Ali Martinez. Her books are incredible.

If you haven’t read On the Ropes and you enjoy new adult contemporary romance full of angst and heartbreak…if you root for the underdog…if you want to read about those very hard won love stories…for goodness sake, don’t miss this trilogy. It’s complete now.

Tessa April 3, 2016 at 10:33 AM

I finished Almost Paradise last night. Those who’ve read the Sinners book should read it. Eric and Rebekah are so fun nd adorable.

Then went to read Strangers in Death. (That old TBR I squirrels from had it on there.) Unfortunately, I’ve read it already! Like two or three years ago, maybe more. Ah, well.

bev April 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

I was leaning towards Hustle but now think I’m in the mood for a sweet YA. I have two I’m going to choose from.
One sweet YA I read was To All The Boys I loved Before by Jenny Han. Greatheroine, she is the middle sister and they live together with their widow father. She is kind of quirky and girly. Bits of angst. The follow up book was good too, but the ending needed more. Maybe Lara Jean is just more mature than me but I’d need more, lol.
Just was thinking about it today and thought I’d mention it for those who like a sweeter read now and again.

Fabi April 3, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Book 1, an adult PNR, free until April 6th. :-)
The Dauphnir Rings: Mercy by S R Thompson

bev April 3, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Very quiet Sunday.
I’m going to imagine that Maryse is curled up watching Sherlock and enjoying the greatness of Cumberbatch & Freeman.
That Jean is curled up watching Philomena and discovering that, yes, in fact Judi Dench is her spirit animal.
Fabi is curled up and watching Warrior and falling in love with Tom Hardy………until she remembers she’d rather be reading.

DG April 3, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Finished My Princess this morning! And….I really liked it. Love that it was a unique storyline …or it was to me anyway. Hot alpha Prince, sassy opinainated do-gooder, a little fairytale- ish….yeah, I liked it a lot.

Maryse April 3, 2016 at 3:31 PM

bev… I don’t even know what language you are speaking.

Tee hee!!

Maryse April 3, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Oh except for Warrior and Tom Hardy… I understood that. ;)

bev April 3, 2016 at 3:54 PM

It was my very subtle peanut. For you to watch Sherlock. Twisty fun.

And Jean to watch Philomena

Though I rec both to anyone.
Philomena is sadder though also really funny, course it has Coogan in it.

Cristina April 3, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Hey ladies (and maybe gents)! I went to the movies twice this weekend and got an eyeful of Henry Cavill and Theo James. *sighhhhhhh* yum, yum, yummmmmm.

Haven’t decided what my next book adventure will be. I almost hate to start anything after the Stanton roller coaster ride. I’m always so scared of choosing books after such high impactful reads because I’m afraid I’ll see them through clouded glasses. Timing is everything for me in book world. Anyone know what I mean?

Amy April 3, 2016 at 9:27 PM

My friends!! I’ve missed you all!!!!

So, I’m going to copy a style of commenting that was used not long ago (by Ela, I think?) to catch up on the posts. Here goes…

This was just a local move, not to Hawaii yet…maybe in 2 or 3 years. And it wasn’t a move to the Big House, Bev…no conjugal visits allowed so I broke out of there. :P I have no idea what my favorite book was last month or how many I actually read. Dying to start the Stanton series when I have time and now the Fighting series after Fabi’s comments. Dying to read Desperately Seeking Epic. Feeling jealous of Michelle for reading the LMWL series for the first time. Feeling jealous that I didn’t experience Boy Kisses like everyone else seemed to. :( Want to read Sweetest Venom but don’t remember enough about Easy Virtue except for a couple of specific scenes…her being “paid off” near the beginning and the gasp-worthy final scene. Not a Trekkie but LOVED the movie with the borg. Creeeeeepy. Purposely reading spoilers? No. Just no. Anyone considering Jellicoe Road…YES. Tom Hardy…ohhhhhhh yes. Warrior…makes me so sad in some parts but it’s SUCH a good movie. Henry Cavill and Theo James….Hell. Yeah. Have to get to the Sinners series sooner rather than later. And NOLA.

*deep breath* Okay, Directv guy came today and WD is on the DVR so off I go to have my heart shattered…

Tessa April 3, 2016 at 9:48 PM

Wait, Wait, Wait! Amy, you haven’t read the Sinner series? *blinks* How is that possible?

bev April 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM


Amy April 3, 2016 at 10:51 PM

I know, Tessa…I know. *drops head in shame*

*bows to Bev* ;)

A little late but here you go…

Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby – FREE
The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe – FREE
Cowboy Command by Olivia Jaymes – FREE
Someone to Believe In by Kathryn Shay – FREE
Canowic by Ben Bishop – FREE
The Drayton Legacy by Rona Randall – FREE
Pushing Over 40 by SM Mala – FREE
Patchright by DG McIntosh – FREE
Nothing Personal by Eileen Dreyer – .99
Meet the Delta Team by Cristin Harber – .99
Tempting by Alex Lucian – .99
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch – .99
Line Dancing Bundle – .99
How to Date a Dragon by Ashlyn Chase – .99
Turning Tables by Heather Macdowell – .99
Lost and Found by Karey White – .99
Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth – .99
Sasha: A Trial of Blood and Steel by Joel Shepherd – .99
Sweet by RE Saxton – .99
Cursed: Complete Edition by Claire Farrell – .99
Shadow Dancer by Addison Kline – .99
Book of Ages by Jill Lepore – 1.99 <– normally 13.99!
Life As I Know It by Melanie Rose – 1.99 <– normally 11.99!
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley – 2.99

Cheryl April 3, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Amy, welcome back, hope your move went well and love your long comment. *smiles*

Posted this on Mia Asher reading order post but thought I would post it here too:
I just finished Sweetest Venom and I loved it!! A 5* read. The only negative was the ending could have been longer. My stomach was twisted in knots throughout. And Blaire, my heart hurt for her, no matter how misguided she could be and times I want to slap her. It was quite the angsty journey and I may not have needed the blankie fort, but I did need wine, chocolate and kleenex. Have to say I loved this book more than EV. Now I need something lighthearted. :)

bev April 4, 2016 at 2:00 AM

I now only have 5 hours to sleep. And o don’t want to.

Cheryl April 4, 2016 at 6:54 AM

After sleeping on it, I have to say that I still loved SV, but being careful not to give anything away, and if you don’t want any inkling of what may have happened don’t read any further. Just bugged me after thinking further about it.

I think towards the end there was something that now thinking about it, was really, come on, that?! And the response? And then it was that easy? But then again it’s fiction and just go with it. Still want more to the ending.

Fabi April 4, 2016 at 7:19 AM

Bev, you must have hit on a goldmine book. Yeah you.

Cheryl, it had to be really good if you woke up still thinking about it. But I totally get it when the ending leaves a little to be desired. :-(

bev April 4, 2016 at 8:46 AM

It’s weird. I had like 3 or more lines to that above comment. Not sure why it cut it off.
Have a happy Monday every one.
Quick question. What are some of your quicker/easier healthier meals?

Jean April 4, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Happy Monday everyone..*grumble grumble..hate Mondays* May be also because I’m tired after a long weekend of fun!

Cheryl, I’m jealous you finished SV! I am literally stuck on Hardball. Didn’t get to read much this weekend, but it’s just not grabbing me. I’m not all anxious to get back to it and I’m only at 26% so hoping it gets better. I should have never listened to my “amateur book reading friend” who insisted I read it with her. I need to consult with the professionals around here! Lol! (Should have read Tackled like I really wanted!)

Teri April 4, 2016 at 11:40 AM

I “grumble grumble” Monday too! Alas, here we are. I supposed had I not stayed up until midnight reading I would be in a better place but I just couldn’t put the Kindle down. The Kindle actually had to put me down… (yawn) OMG, I am reading “The Man I Love” and it’s WONDERFUL! I’m so wrapped up right now I can hardly think on real life. What a beautifully written, angsty, emotional read. I’m pretty sure I’m in love and if you have not read this yet move it up on your TBR :-) Just WOW.

Cheryl April 4, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Jean, overall I liked Hardball, but didn’t love it. I thought it started off great, both lost me towards the middle. It did get better. Can’t wait to hear what you and other’s think of SV.

april April 4, 2016 at 5:42 PM

After reading this post Friday I decided to give Stanton a chance. I have been one with my kindle since!!! It is book crack!! T L Swan did great for a debut author. I really hope people read these books!!!

Lisa M April 4, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Cristina, I’m reading the Stanton Series now!!! I feel the same way you do!! OMG!!! Loving it!! Addicted obsessed can’t stop reading it!! My family is annoyed with me!!! 76% in, I don’t want it to end!! 5 star read for me!!! I will be finished tonight!!! Waaaa!!!!

MichelleS April 4, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Bev – my quick easy meal when I have zero time is: rotisserie chicken from deli – deboned; bag of microwave brown rice; bag of microwave Asian veggies. Combine it in a fish when heated, add a dash of sauce (teriyaki or sweet n sour or stir fry sauce). It’s a 10 minute meal I do a lot. Then I eat mandarin oranges on side or throw peanuts on it. But it could just as easily not be an Asian thing,

MichelleS April 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Fish???? Uh… That should be DISH – no fish in this meal!

Renee April 4, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Bev, If you have a Sam’s or a Costco, (and like fish), buy a bag of the cod LOINS (make sure it’s the loins). Line a cookie sheet with foil and make a divider in the middle. Spray with Pam or some other olive oil spray. Line up however many pieces of frozen cod you want on one side and toss a precut/prewashed bag of broccoli on the other side. Spray the whole thing with a bit of olive oil and season how ever you want (I usually just use lemon pepper and salt). Bake on 400 for 23 minutes. It’s perfect every time and super super healthy! When my husband is out of town, I do this and it’s like a mini-diet.

bev April 4, 2016 at 10:19 PM

Thanks you guys. ☺
I do not eat fish but maybe with chicken. Love oven roasted vegetables.
MichelleS love soy sauce & rice. Never think to use the pre-cooked chicken.

bev April 4, 2016 at 10:25 PM

Tessa, if you pop in here. Have you read the Winner’s Trilogy? I keep running into little mentions of it and so bought the first one, but haven’t read it yet. But thought it might be something you or Michelle had.

Tessa April 5, 2016 at 10:17 AM

I keep eyeing it too. I’ll probably get it in the next day or so. I just keep seeing it pop up, and I love fantasy, so… I think MichelleS has read it. I’m not sure without checking Goodreads.

Michelle April 5, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Bev, The Winner’s trilogy was just completed but yes up my alley. I’ve been waiting and actually have it sitting right on my home page to read soon. Heard the books get better as they go and the last book is really great. Will post when I read it :)

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