25 of the Latest Bargain e-Books & Reader Recommendations – April 10th 2015

by Maryse on April 10, 2015 · 158 comments

in Latest Book Releases

More fantastic sounding recommendations and I swear it seems EVERY book on this list could get any of us out of a reading rut. Well, right off the bat, I know THREE below rocked my world at a 5-star level, so if you haven’t read ‘em yet, DO IT!!! :D *waggles eyebrows*

P.S. Set In Stone by Rachel Robinson ALSO RELEASED TODAY!!! and I absolutely LOVED her other book Crazy Good (<— my review and I 4.5 starred it ’cause it was CRAZY GOOD!!) ————->

MicheleF: OH MAN… I am in such a reader rut right now! I hate when this happens. I hope some of your recommendations help!!!

Michele. This list IS IT!!!

Now, of course, I got out of my reading rut with Kulti (<— my review)… but sheeeeeesh. It’s been what? 2? 3 days now? And I still haven’t jumped back in full-force. BELOW? This is the list for me. For sure I’m starting one from one of these adamant recommendations…

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

AND a reminder:  for those accessing my blog via their mobile device (phone or tablet) you’ll notice the look of it has changed (for now, that’s the “mobile compatible” version and I’m hoping we can get it close to the usual “look” while still keeping it “mobile friendly”). On a desktop computer/laptop the look of the blog is the usual one.

EBOOK BARGAINS & 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).

  1. Love, in Duology: The Love in English and Love in Spanish Bundle by Karina Halle <— BIG BIG SQUEE ALERT!!! One of my favorite books, AND its sequel, has been bundled at a super-bargain price today!!!! Here is my 5-star review of book #1: Love, In English. (thank you Lauren!!)
  2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah <— EMOTION-OVERLOAD ALERT!! Athena absolutely LOVES it She cried, she was furious and she’s hooked!!! “So I just finished an EPIC of a story and I want to urge you all to read this AMAZING story!! ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah’ was by far of one of the most beautiful stories even written!! It really was one of those book that took you in from page one and still has a hold on me even though it’s sadly over for me! I laughed, I cried (holy moly did I cry), I fell in love and I was angry (oh boy was I angry). And yet by the end I felt at peace and for that I must say Ms. Hannah is an absolutely brilliant writer!! 5++++++++“ OhhhI keep seeing this one in my stream! Thank you so much Athena!!! :D  Yep… it sounds AMAZING. I think this might be my next.
  3. The Deal (Off-Campus Book 1) by Elle Kennedy <— ONE OF MY FAVS ALERT!! Back on the list ’cause Shannon LOVED it (just like we did!) “May I just say, you were right! The Deal was well worth the money. It was a great story and much more than I thought it would be. I loved this couple! Such smart writing. Thanks for the push!” YEP!!! Fantastic wasn’t it? Here’s my review.
  4. The Traveling Woman (Traveling Series #2) (The Traveling Series) by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— CONCLUSION ALERT! Cliffhanger relief from book #1! AND many in our crew are absolutely LOVING it. Andrea: “Just finished Traveling Woman by Jane Harvey Berricks. What a sweet finish. Yes relief! It’s the slow steady kind. Not the earth shattering kind but just as awesome :)  ” and Sheena agrees! “Just finished The Traveling Woman by Jane Harvey-Berrick the sequel to The Traveling Man, this second book was just as magical as the first one and a great sequel, you really should read it.” #1 was really good… here’s my review.
  5. The Traveling Man (Traveling Series #1) (The Traveling series) by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— speaking of which… here’s #1!
  6. Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven <— KINDLE DAILY DEAL ALERT!! Julie says: “I read Bad Romeo as Twilight fan fiction and loved it!” and book #2 will be out in just a week or so (I posted it below in the pre-orders). :D Rachel loved it, too, saying “LOVED this one so much and I’ve been checking over and over to see if my preorder has popped up yet lol Mama brain is a real thing, y’all! I kept forgetting the release date but these characters have stayed with me.” Cristiane is excited, too! “I can’t wait, Bad Romeo on sale is awesome”
  7. Deadly Captive by Bianca Sommerland <— DARK READ ALERT! Melissa found us this one, saying: “I just finished Deadly Captive by Bianca Sommerland Oh damn it is good!! A Dark Read wth a twist. Have you read it Maryse?” After reading that blurb… yesssss I think I have actually, a few years ago… I remember some very distinct scenes! “The crowd must be entertained, and her cellmate makes sure it is.”
  8. No Reverse and Fast Forward Boxset by Marion Croslydon <— TEEN PREGNANCY/ADULT REPERCUSSIONS ALERT! Amy almost read this one but was halted when she read a few spoilers in a review. GAH!!! I’m sorry Amy!! And so is Cheryl, ’cause she enjoyed these, saying: “Amy, nooooo, I’m so sad that you read a spoiler about No Reverse/Fast Forward because I read them and it was great!! A constant level of angst and well-written.” and B loved it, too: “Also, finished “No Reverse” I was hooked, I kept going back and forth on how it will all end…” Oh look at the start of this blurb: “…Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways…” eek Whoa.
  9. On the Island: A Novel by Tracey Garvis-Graves <— STUCK ON A DESERTED ISLAND/TEACHER-STUDENT ALERT!! Betty needed our book title help, and this is one I could totally answer ’cause it is one of my FAVORITE books. But I’m posting it anyway, in case someone out there still hasn’t read it (*ahem* AMY!!) ;) and wants a reminder to. Or in case someone hasn’t heard of this one yet (*gasp*!) eek and this might spark your interest. Betty asked: “I need help finding this book! Someone recommended it, I didn’t jot down the name and here I am! It’s about a woman that’s tutoring some 16 year old kid, and I think he’s got some issues. Then go through a plane crash of some sort, and wind up together on a deserted island. Of course they fall in love (I know, older woman and 16 year old kid). Apparently some luggage wind up in the island and they use it…that’s all I know. The people that recommended said it’s not itcky but I wasn’t convinced. Help?” YAY I can help with this one! One of my FAVORITE books EVER!!!! LOVED LOVED LOVED!! Here is my review.
  10. The Charlotte Chronicles: A Novel (Jackson Boys Book 1) by Jen Frederick <— ROMANCE ANGST ALERT!!! And MichelleS is stepping in with a recommendation for poor Amy, saying: “But I have to recommend my current (almost finished) read to Amy…. seriously girl…. this has you written all over it. The angst, the coming of age, it’s so so good. It may end up a 5-star for me… we shall see later tonight. (The Charlotte Chronicles)” YAY!! ‘Cause if MichelleS thinks it’s an “Amy” read, then it’s totally a “Maryse” read, and MichelleS is pretttttty picky which means if she’s loving it, I’m likely loving it! :D *happy dance* “How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it’s over?
  11. Roxy (Pandemic Sorrow Book 3) by Stevie J. Cole <— ROCK STAR BOOK ALERT! This one can be read as a standalone… Tara found us this one! “Another fabulous new release is Roxy by author Stevie J. Cole! This is her side if the story the first book was Jag! It is amazing!”
  12. Jag (Pandemic Sorrow Book 1) by Stevie J. Cole <— Here’s #1!!! “I’m messed up. If you asked anybody who I am there’s a list they will go down: Famous, rock star, legend, drug addict, womanizing man-whore, but if you asked me, I wouldn’t have the first idea of what to say, because I don’t know who Jag Steele is. Really, I’m living every other damn person’s dream, and all I want is reality…
  13. Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Series Book 4) by Marie Sexton <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT! bev found us this one! “I started Strawberries for Dessert. Its been on my radar for a couple years, many positive reviews, and so finally decided to start it. Now looking at the clock thinking I do not want to put it down.” and then to help someone out of book rut, she recommended it! “I just finished Strawberries for Dessert at it was really good.”
  14. This Round for Love – Champion Hearts Book 2 (MMA Sports Romance) by Malia Mallory <— JUST RELEASED!! MMA ROMANCE!
  15. Seeking Clarity by Christa Lynn <— JUST RELEASED!! RICH GIRL STARTING OVER/GORGEOUS MECHANIC but… “When gorgeous auto mechanic Mason Kennedy helps the damsel in distress, Clarity’s life starts to have real meaning. A new love blooms and her dream starts to become reality, until tragedy strikes and her newfound gold starts to fade. But is the dream fading? Or just tainted with lies and deception? What happens when Pandora’s Box is opened and Mason’s skeletons come floating out? Money, greed, jealousy and love can be a deadly combination.
  16. Barbara’s Plea by Stacy Eaton <— JUST RELEASED!! ESCAPES ALERT! Escapes abuse, with her daughter in tow… but is she safe? “…dreads the moment her husband learns of their escape. In his desire to control them and bend them to his will, he will leave no stone unturned to punish them–especially Barbara…
  17. Jayded by SHEVAUN DELUCIA <— JUST RELEASED!! OLDER WOMAN/YOUNGER MAN She’s 33 and starting over and he’s 24… “Kyle is the cliché bachelor; he is a twenty-four-year-old charismatic chick magnet who refuses to settle down. He’s dead set on living the carefree single life—that is—until Max comes strolling in…
  18. Entice (The Affair Series Book 1) by S. Layne <— JUST RELEASED!! SOUNDS TUMULTUOUS!! “When the most difficult decision of Laurie Baker’s life needed to be made, she took off for a weekend alone to weigh her pros and cons and consider all her options…”
  19. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick <— Amy’s recommendation! She says: “Oh! Did any of you ever read My Life Next Door? Sooo sweet and sooo emotional and it was definitely a five-star read for me. It was so much more than a coming-of-age romance. Anyways, there’s going to be a companion novel in August, The Boy Most Likely To. Yay!! :D” OH IT DOES SOUND GOOD!!!! “The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her?…
  20. Boy Toy Chronicles – Volume One by Jay McLean <— LAUGH SO HARD ALERT! <— Tessa loved it! “Just finished Boy Toy Chronicles, and it was extremely hilarious. I was laughing through the whole thing, tears and everything type laughter. I want another with that group of guys, it was so funny.” and Tracy agrees: “Tessa – you and I must be in the same kind of mood. I finished Boy Toy Chronicles and laughed out loud a few times. I really liked it.“ Yay boy toys! The college boy gigolos? That one does sound like fun!
  21. SEX Unlimited: The Unlimited Series Complete Volumes By Kathryn Perez <— SUPER-BARGAIN BUNDLE!!!
  22. Nobody’s Lost (Rescue Me Saga #5) by Kallypso Masters <— SUPER-BARGAIN MILITARY DOMS!! and Lisa loves ‘em, telling us: “My current favorite Bad Boys are the Masters At Arms Doms: Adam, Damien, and Marco. The Rescue Me Series by Kallypso Masters is AMAZING if you are looking for your next great read…
  23. Burying Water: A Novel (The Burying Water Series) by K.A. Tucker <— SUPER-SALE!! AMNESIA ALERT! “Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her…”
  24. Never Smile at Strangers by Jennifer Jaynes <— WHOA!! PSYCH THRILLER ALERT!! This one sounds awesome! “…a twisted killer is hiding quietly in their midst. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been forced to raise his disturbed teenage sister. He’s terrified of her–and of women in general–and his world revolves around his fear of and obsession over them…
  25. The Vixen and the Vet (a modern fairytale) by Katy Regnery <— HERMIT ALERT!! Nancy found us this super-bargain, saying: “One of my favorite books of 2014 is on sale… for 4 days & an event tonight giving away 10 free Audible Books. THE VIXEN AND THE VET by Katy Regnery is a Beauty & the Beast type story with 2 wounded souls finding each other & love those recluse heroes. It has a 4.8 rating with 232 5* reviews with one of them being mine.”

Speaking of audiobooks: 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 ebooks deal —>

  1. 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 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!

PRE-ORDERS (many are for next week!)
Check out all of the APRIL 2015 Romance Book Releases up for pre-order on Amazon!

  1. Beautiful Secret (The Beautiful Series) by Christina Lauren <— expected release date April 14th 2015
  2. Until July: ( Until Her ) by Aurora Rose Reynolds <— expected release date April 13th 2015
  3. Master of Freedom: A Mountain Masters Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Cherise Sinclair  - expected release date April 14th 2015
  4. Beautiful Secret (The Beautiful Series) by Christina Lauren - expected release date April 14th 2015
  5. Safe at Last: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) by Maya Banks - expected release date April 14th 2015
  6. Say My Name: A Stark Novel by J. Kenner - expected release date April 14th 2015
  7. Hard to Be Good: A Hard Ink Novella by Laura Kaye - expected release date April 14th 2015
  8.  The Moment of Letting Go by Jessica Redmerski - expected release date April 14th 2015
  9. Taken: An Under the Skin Novel by Charlotte Stein - expected release date April 14th 2015
  10. Their Virgin Mistress, Masters of Ménage, Book 7 by Shayla Black - expected release date April 14th 2015
  11. Captive Films 2.3 by Jillian Dodd - expected release date April 14th 2015
  12. The Story of Son by J.R. Ward - expected release date April 15th 2015
  13. Instigation (Clandestine Affairs, Book 1) by Tessa Teevan - expected release date April 20th 2015
  14. A View From Forever (Thompson Sisters Book 3) by Charles Sheehan-Miles – expected release date April 20th 2015
  15. Broken Juliet (Bad Romeo) by Leisa Rayven <— expected release date April 21st 2015
  16. Asa: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover – expected release date April 21st 2015
  17. There You Stand: Between Breaths by Christina Lee – expected release date April 21st 2015
  18. Do Not Disturb (A Deanna Madden Novel) by A.R. Torre - expected release date April 21st 2015
  19. Aflame: A Fall Away Novella (The Fall Away Series) by Penelope Douglas - expected release date April 21st 2015
  20. My Time in the Affair by Stylo Fantome

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bev April 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Kulti. Finished. The face mask scene was too sweet. I have to say it was definitely Sal who made the book. Love heroines like this. I kind of wish there had been just a little more time with them at the end. But that’s a tiny thing.
Strawberries for Dessert, I stayed up until 3 reading that book, lol.
Now where to go? I was thinking Hooker & Hermit to stay with sports & funny, plus my tbr. But Burying Water sounds so intriguing.

Maryse April 10, 2015 at 12:22 PM

She did!!! I loved Sal. I could totally relate to her. She’s hilarious and doesn’t even realize it.

Amy April 10, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Okay…this post had me literally snickering and snorting the whole time I was scrolling through it. Y’all know me so well, LOL!! *muah!*

I was debating between Ten Below Zero (avoiding reviews so I have NO idea what will happen…yay!) and Burying Water, but once I saw MichelleS’s rec for The Charlotte Chronicles I was pretty much sold. Just waiting for her to finish it for her final opinion…she IS picky and I love her honest (sometimes brutally so) opinions!

I have to say one more thing about My Life Next Door…it’s one of those books for me where I loved, loved, loved it, and after not thinking about it for a while and then being reminded of it again now it is all I can think about. It’s just so…so…right. *snort* I have a way with words, eh? :P

Jean April 10, 2015 at 1:16 PM

OK, I really want to read The Nightingale after Athena’s adamant recommendation, but $12.99? WTH!!

I made all my friends buy Love, in Duology today! Loved! I also loved Vixen and the Vet and the Masters at Arms series…. So good!!

Need. To. Read. Kulti!!!! I know I would love it…..

Amy April 10, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Jean, did ya see the OTI goading up there? Did ya? Did ya?? This weekend, my friend…THIS WEEKEND we are following through on our OTI/SGT deal, m’kay? After Kulti for you and Charlotte Chronicles for me, of course. ;)

Oh, oh, oh…MARYSE!! Just in case, ya know, you want to look like a princess for the RT convention ;) : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WTDBq4I4UFU
The eyecolor part starts at about the 3:30 mark and is just beautiful!!

bev April 10, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Oh my, Amy. *wiping tears* I just saw “prom” & “cinderella” and lost it. Ok ok go back and actually watch it.

Tessa April 10, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Yes, anyone wants funny, read Boy Toy.

I’m torn. There are too many good books. Do I want to read Neanderthal Seeks Human, the Chicagoland book I’ve yet to read, Kulti? So many goodies!

I just finished Elements of Chemistry:Attraction. By 8% I was laughing out loud. At the same time, on TV, some guy was in a ring of fire, burning to death. Needless to say, I got a lot of odd stares. Oh, and finished Instinct, the Chronicles of Nick book. Awesome of course, but i expected that. When Kenyon does just great, it’s one of her “worst” books. My expectations are HIGH!

Now to read Kulti Neanderthal in Chicagoland.

bev April 10, 2015 at 1:54 PM

Tessa, I liked in Elements of Chemistry neither of them know what they are doing, like leaving her at the party. I do love the quirky heroine voice.

Maryse April 10, 2015 at 1:55 PM

LOL! Nice book mix-up, Tessa. ;)

Maryse April 10, 2015 at 1:55 PM

I wanna look like a princess!!!! Okay off I go to check out this video.

Tessa April 10, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Her voice made the book, especially the random synonyms. It had me giggling like crazy.

All these great books in my TBR means I never have to buy a book again. Heck, I still have to read the last Cats and Bones book as well as the last Immortal Instruments book. Oh and the rest of the Kitty Norville books. I own those so no more buying needed by me. That’s why I pre-ordered Aflame, Salvations and Secrets, and My Time in the Affair.

bev April 10, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Tessa, are those the Chloe Neil books? Seen them but never read them.

Amy, she looked beautiful. But made me nervous when putting the eyelashes on with the tweezers.

Laura April 10, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Hooker and hermit was good bev I liked it also vixen and the vet so very sweet

Ok so outlander I’m at the bit they have just managed to get Jamie out of jail …..

Tessa April 10, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Bev, yep, Chloe Neil’s Chicagoland. Its a vampire series. Really well written and great dialogue. It’s one of my favorite vampire series.

Though, all the praise made me start Multi. I already adore her dad. :-)

Amy April 10, 2015 at 3:06 PM

“Now to read Kulti Neanderthal in Chicagoland.” <—– LOL!!! *covers mouth* Sorry… :P

Aw Bev, I can get pretty emotional over little stuff as well so I feel ya. ;) And I still want to see Cinderella! Everytime I see a commercial and that dress *dreamy sigh* I want to buy some popcorn and candy and a big ol' soda and plop myself down in the theater.

The only thing I would do differently from the tutorial is not bring Omega (taupe-ish color) all the way over to the bridge of the nose but focus it more on the outer crease/upper lid so that it extends a bit above Quarry and works as a "blending" shade. And, of course, use some Urban Decay Primer Potion first. ;) *giddy giggle* I wanna go play with my makeup now!

Jean April 10, 2015 at 3:10 PM

Lol Amy! Yes I saw it! I just started The Life of Anna #5 (peer pressure from friends) so I will not be able to start SGT yet! But don’t let that stop you from reading OTI! Didn’t you see how much Maryse LOVES it!!!!

Good luck with Charlotte’s Chronicles…. Looks angsty! Keep us updated! Did you read Kulti yet, or Multi as Tessa likes to call it! Lol! (I know auto correct is a b!tch)!

Tessa, I want My Time in the Affair too! Looks good!

bev April 10, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Ok,.Laura going with H&H. Need to finish up a mystery I had started then off to New York & Rugby players.

Tessa, yes her dad! Maybe she’ll write a book about the brother and he’ll be like the dad.

Niki April 10, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Just downloaded a sample of a book called Forever Red by Carina Adams….sounds right up our book alley. Bad boy country singer runs into girl who broke his heart as a teenager….could be good!!!

Also remember Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson…. it was really crazy good:) Second book Set in Stone is out today!!!

joy April 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

So I too have been in a major book rut, can’t seem to get into a book and really feel it, I did start JRWard’s BDB #11, now I LOVE this series, but this one is not grabbing me, I was considering skipping this to go on to #12 & #13, which I hear amazing things about, anyone have any thoughts about this, will I miss anything important if I give “Lover at Last” a pass??

Laura April 10, 2015 at 4:44 PM

O_O I’ve just realised if Randell is really dead then there won’t be a frank now will there unless he already has a child somewhere?! Oh sheeiit

Tessa April 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM

This book is not slow! It’s ultimate hatred first, but not slow. I absolutely love it. Yeah, Multi Kulti. I corrected the auto correct about five times, and still, one slipped through. *grins*

Jean April 10, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Lol Tessa!

Niki, I was looking for a book about a country singer! Thanks for that recommendation! And I loved Crazy Good!

Jean April 10, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Niki, I just 1-clicked Forever Red! Looks good and lots of 5 star reviews!

Tessa April 10, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Oh Jean, doesn’t My Time in the Affair look so gut wrenching? Hide your head under the blanket gut wrenching? *squee*

Add on to that, Third Debt by Pepper Winters is supposed to be released next week. Which, that debt is scaring me!

Niki April 10, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Jean, if you start reading it you will have to let me know what you think!! I was thinking of either reading that or Tool next..

Laura April 10, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Ok help me out here I finished the first one now I’m on dragonfly in Amber and she’s bloody back!!? I keep rechecking to make sure I’m on the right book does it tell you what happens or what?

bev April 10, 2015 at 6:44 PM

I keep thinking of that book, lol. Everything is reminding me. Prosthetic Love by Typhoon came on and right back thinking of it.

Fabi April 10, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Tessa you finished Instinct. :-) Mine is sitting on my nightstand since I bought a hardcopy. I think it’s next for me after The Shadows, but I have such a backlog of “read next” right now that I feel like I’m scrambling to get through books. It doesn’t help that I have to keep adding to the list. lol

Amy April 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Laura…what I wouldn’t give to be able to actually hear you get all worked up over your books. *snicker* Sorry but I’m a sucker for Scottish accents. ;)

Oooooh Tessa and Jean, should we do a buddy read when My Time In the Affair comes out?? Yes, I’m inserting myself in the conversation and inviting myself to a buddy read! :P I’ve been so antsy for that book since Maryse posted it in the preorders last month. So many coming out over this month and next that I can’t wait for! Under the Influence by L.B. Simmons, Here’s to Falling by Christine Zolendz, My Time in the Affair…so excited!! *clappy hands*

Amy April 10, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Oh, and now Forever Red too! How fun does that one sound? Thanks Niki! :D

Joy, if MichelleS pops in here then she would be a good one to answer that. I can’t remember off the top of my head who else has read all 13 of them…ladies?

bev April 10, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Laura I’ve only read the first so I’m no help. I always meant to go back and read the rest, which was a lot less at the time, lol.

One I really want to read this year is The Bronze Horseman.

Tessa April 10, 2015 at 7:17 PM

Fabi, read it! I can’t say, oh, as opposed to the others, this is a game changer, because uh… all of them are. Still, it was good and of course, THINGS happened. Some of the things were obvious, but I think in this case, it was supposed to be. Like, a lesson for Nick to learn type supposed to be. Read it, and erm, that sentence will make sense.

Amy, definitely! Just bring your manatee. I think we’re going to need it. I was practically stalking Stylo Fantome (alright, on Goodreads and Facebook, but that’s my version of stalking!) after the Kane books, that as soon as she released what she was writing, I knew I’d have to read it.

Jean April 10, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Amy and Tessa, I’m in for that buddy read!

Bev, I’ve been wanting to read The Bronze Horseman for so long now too! It’s long so I really need to be prepared to set the time aside for that one! I’ve had it downloaded for a while now.

Amy April 10, 2015 at 8:20 PM

YAY!!! :D What do you say, Maryse? Are you gonna join us or are you gonna have us guinea pig it first? Huh? *elbow nudges Maryse* Huh??

The Bronze Horseman…I remember snagging that one a while back when it was on sale and ohhhhhh does it sound good!

Athena April 10, 2015 at 8:23 PM

@ Jean, I know ‘The Nightingale’ is a little pricey but soooo worth it!! It’s a fantastic book with some of the most amazing writing I have ever read!!

MichelleS April 10, 2015 at 8:30 PM

I missed so dang much up there…. I guess I was too busy enjoying the h#ll out of The Charlotte Chronicles!!!! YES!!!! Easily 4.9 stars…. LOL…. my only complaint? Well… you know how there’s the boy gets girls boy loses girl thing we love? And then you think this is so dumb why they lost each other and seriously? why oh why? But then I remember that a ton of books have exactly that happen, so I am forgiving that plot element. Everything else was amazing. What I loved? A complete story. HEA. Fantastic Epilogue. Sexy. Angsty. I may have teared up or cried (not admitting to anything). Characters that I loved. YUP. It had it all. YAY!!!

And what’s this? I am uber picky? and brutally honest? man… I had no idea. Do I say bad stuff???

Bronze Horseman? LOVED IT. I mean seriously loved it. It’s a long commitment though. Have to read all of them to truly enjoy it. But Tatiana and Alexander are my second favorite couple ever (after Claire and Jamie). It’s that good.

Maryse April 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

No MichelleS… you’re DELIGHTFULLY picky!!! That’s not a bad thing! :D

Maryse April 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

What are we guinea pigging? I gotta scroll up…

MichelleS April 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Joy – BDB skip ahead? hmm….. have to admit that 11 and 12 were duds… but they set up some story lines…. maybe if you read a really good review of the book that has all those elements (like a Cliff’s notes version!! ha). #13 was much better than the last few have been. Nothing compares to the first eight books, but this was a huge improvement over 9-12. I have never skipped a book in an ongoing series, so I have no idea how to answer that.

Amy April 10, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Oh no, MichelleS! You don’t say bad stuff at all…I just meant by brutally honest that you are blunt (in a GOOD way) in your opinions regardless of if the book is a well-loved one or not. And because you are particular about what you like and very straightforward, we love getting your opinion. *hugs*

Maryse, it’s My Time In the Affair…the title + the blurb = possible ANGST!!!! :D I love that there’s no judging here.

Amy April 10, 2015 at 8:47 PM

“it’s My Time In the Affair” <—— Uhhhhhh, that sounded so wrong….

bev April 10, 2015 at 8:47 PM

Jean, Can’t remember if you are one that uses the library or not, but I know mine carries Hannah.
Was sure I was going to read The Bronze Horseman on a snow day…..and one of the no snow years, lol. Maybe that’s good. It’s set in Russia so may be a good summer read. When it’s triple digits I can be reading about a Russian Winter.

MichelleS April 10, 2015 at 8:54 PM

You know what’s so funny? My husband and friends have the opposite opinion, thinking I am not at all picky and read anything and everything and trash! LOL. I am picky about my trash, dang it!

Is everyone done with Kulti? Am I totally behind and on my own on that one? It’s a stand alone, right? I am only in the mood for stand-alones right now. I think I have ADD or something. Can’t commit to too much more than one book at a time.

Tessa April 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

MichelleS, I hope it’s a standalone. That’s what everyone else has said. *grins* I’m not done with it! I’m only at 36%. Soooo, sooo good so far. As far as trash, they are either good writing trash, or bad writing trash. There’s a difference!

Juliane April 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

I borrowed Nightingale from my library. The library is God’s gift to book addicts. I save hundreds a year checking with libraries first. Mine even offers indie writers.

IsDonIsGood April 11, 2015 at 4:02 AM

Just finished the awesome 4th book in JD Nixon’s Blood Tears series. Really good; slow burn, to the point of ‘will they or won’t they’ being a sincere question through out.

Now to find the next book… Have downloaded samples for a few, including Forever Red and Chemistry of Attraction. Hard to follow JD Nixon’s deeply fleshed out characters and scenery and mood…

Lorraine April 11, 2015 at 7:50 AM

Hi Michellef , have u read social media by J A HUSS , so so good , I’ve just started reading part six , oh and Sabrina paiges , prick and the next one is called tool.

Cheryl April 11, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Wow, I feel so behind after reading the comments and being in a book rut.

Laura, you are reading the right book and yes all will be explained in book 2. Awww, the end of Outlander was so horribly emotional and that rollercoaster continues in book 2. Just saying emotional!

Tracy April 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM

I would live to jump in on the buddy read of My Time in the Affair. I absolutely loved the Kane trilogy. I will definitely be getting the Third Debt when that comes out. I’ve been a bit addicted to Charlotte Stein. They are short so I can finish them in a day but they pack a punch. Finished Sheltered last night and loved it.

Tessa – I also laughed out loud through Boy Toy Chronicles.

My next one is the 4th book in the Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie. I foresee nothing getting done in my house today!

Tracy April 11, 2015 at 10:08 AM

I would LOVE not live!

Michelle April 11, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Well I finished Kulti yesterday and absolutely loved it! Yes Sal was the star for me but Kulti, for a man of little words, had some goosebump-inducing, swoon-worthy moments! I do not even really like soccer but it was not even a factor in connecting with the story at all. I wanted to start something new today but I’m finding that I want to stay with their story a little longer and nothing is looking good…another indicator for me that I just read a great one!

Cheryl April 11, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Amy, loved the cinderella eyes. I’m too old for that look, but loved it anyway!!

I’m always in for a good buddy read, so I’ll read My Time in The Affair!!

Charlotte Chronicles, Forever Red, Jag and Roxy, are a few that I’m thinking of reading next.

Amy, I’ve thought about Ten Below Zero, but honestly two words keep me from reading it, “Bright Side.” Not sure I can do that kind of book again.

Michele F April 11, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Maryse… THANK YOU, THANK YOU so much for the recommendations there are some books I have been waiting to read. It felt like they would never be released.

Maryse April 11, 2015 at 12:31 PM

My pleasure Michele!! :D *hug*

Amy April 11, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Yay!!! More ladies for the buddy read of MTITA!! :D I took a peek on GR to see if there were any beta readers/ARC readers who had reviewed it, and wow! So many 5 stars already. Of course, I did skip the actual reviews. ;) The one down side I can already see about it is that it is only 153 pages, but for .99 that’s okay…as long as there is a good dose of *oomph* in it then I’ll be happy! :D

Cheryl…I really have no idea how Ten Below Zero will end (even with that blurb) since I’ve avoided reviews and spoilers, and that’s what I *love* when reading a book. And don’t say you’re too old for that look! I am definitely no spring chicken, and that look is very close to how I like to wear mine (minus the big, gorgeous eyes that she has ;) )…those colors can work for anyone!

Amy April 11, 2015 at 12:42 PM

OMG Lorraine…Tool is the second book after Prick? *snort* Those titles are awesome…I can’t wait to see what the next one is going to be titled!

Juliane, do you ever use the library for ebooks or do you stick with regular books? I know there are some ladies on here who use the library quite a bit but I’m not sure if they are all for paper books or ebooks…

bev April 11, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Started The Hooker and the Hermit. Like her inner voice but mostly I’m on his side right now. It would suck to have your look picked apart on a blog even if you are rich and famous.

Amy April 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Bev, is that what she is doing to him?? *scoffs* She IS a hooker…

bev April 11, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Amy, lol. I like that IRL she’s a hermit but online just totally out there.
Not in a troll way, hate that and in no way understand it.
But she talks to herself, doesn’t make eye contact, and great at the awkward pause, lol. I’m so like that so I understand. Yet on here have no problem talking to you all. ;-)

Tessa April 11, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Tracy and Cheryl, definitely join us! The angst promises to be high.

Also, yeah, Tracy is another debt reader. From the comments in First Debt, doesn’t the third one worry you? Especially after how Second Debt ended? *hides eyes in fear* You all watch. I will probably end up reading it with my blanket over my head due to the eep factor.

Michelle, I just finished Kulti as well. It was so good. I get why for some it was slow, but I love a slow to build relationship. It felt so real and I didn’t get bored. I liked Sales. She felt real, and I wanted to hug her dad. I wish we had more of her brother. I’m so curious about him. I also loved Cece. She made it feel all the more real.

Anna April 11, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Just read Entice by S. Layne. Lots of angst, lots of sexiness, and then some more angst. It’s an emotional roller coaster, but I’m ready for the next in the series!

bev April 11, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Tessa, I loved that she was just being a bratty sister. It did make it seem more real.
I know nothing about soccer, but I enjoyed the one on one games between them. They were fun.

Maryse April 11, 2015 at 2:42 PM

P.S. Amy and crew… I’m in, too!

Laura April 11, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Cheryl have u read all the outlanders? I’m starting to see it’s going to be explained I just don’t know how!!!

Bev yes I was with him to as I wouldn’t like someone saying that stuff about me either!! It’s like when u look in the mirror and think ok not bad then u see a photo from later that night and think that’s not what I saw in the mirror!

Amy the rant in Scottish spelling would go- oh fir f*ck sake how am a even supposed to know if am oan the right book! And how did she end up back there!*gets through most of the book* aw right am kinda understawnin noo but how’s this gonnae go?!

Michelle April 11, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Oh Sal’s Dad and his reactions had me cracking up. I wondered too why we didn’t get more Eric. The only negative like some others mentioned, is after all the slow build, I wanted more relationship time with them as a couple. Oh and I will be using the ‘poop’ method in the future I think haha.

I’m for sure in on a buddy read for the next Fantome book – already preordered! Loved her Kane Trilogy and yeah that blurb has me majorly wanting to read it now, hope it lives up to the anticipation right?!

Michelle April 11, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Laura I’ve read all the Outlander books and just stick with them, because it will make sense and come together. They do some jumping around but I liked trying to figure it out. Sooooo jealous you get to experience them for the first time! Without a doubt, one of my all time favorites…they are spectacular and just wait for some of the upcoming books because like Cheryl says, emotional rollercoaster coming up!

Tessa April 11, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Woot, we persuaded Maryse and Michelle to join us too.

I have yet to read Outlander. Phrases like “stick with it” probably says why, considering I got the book when I was about fourteen or fifteen. My fifteen year old self thought, “Eew, she’s married! Eew, first person. I hate first person. Eew, she’s WWII and I hate WWII. Eew, she’s… OLD!” One of these months, I’ll try it again. I can’t let my fifteen year old self determine if I like it or not. Especially, cause my fifteen year old self would say I’m old now. *frowns*

bev April 11, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Tessa, when I was a little younger than that, my mom wanted to show me The African Queen(wonderful,btw) and I was, ” Are they old?”
I mean seriously? It’s Bogie & Hepburn. Now I love “older” romances. Time does have a way of kicking our younger selves in the butt.

bev April 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM

One the the most charming “older” romances is the show As Time Goes By. Adore Judi Dench.

donna tanner April 11, 2015 at 6:01 PM

Im in for having an affair no no I mean joining you ladies buddy read of My time in the Affair

Tessa April 11, 2015 at 6:06 PM

I think at the time, 30 was parental all done with romance age to me. (even though I knew that wasn’t true since my mom and dad met when mom was nearing forty and dad passed it) *grins* I think with movies, it was okay. Probably because I had a crush on Gene Kelly’s younger self. However, books? I had issues with 25+. I was a twit.

I’ll look into As Time Goes By. Charming is always a plus.

Tessa April 11, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Hehehe Donna. Yeah! Another reading it! No one will be around that day, as they’ll be too busy reading.

Amy April 11, 2015 at 6:11 PM

YAY!!!!!! :D How fun is this gonna be! And if it doesn’t live up to the anticipation (*cough* Michelle *cough*) then at the very least we’re getting a group read out of it…which can get really fun!

Ooooh, and then Anna brings up Entice…does it have a cliffhanger? ‘Cause me and CH’s don’t mesh well together. Nope, nope, nope. Not well at all.

And Bev, I’m really glad you have no problem talking to us on here! *squeezes Bev*

Amy April 11, 2015 at 6:19 PM

OMG Laura! *snorrrrrt* That was hilarious!! I seriously love ya for that. :P

*snicker* Good one, Donna. ;)

Cheryl April 11, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Niki, I started reading Forever Red today and I can’t put it down! I’m loving it! Angst-filled story and Lia was definitely a stupid a$$, naive teenager. Can’t wait to see how this turns out for them years later. Loving Nate/Neil!! ;)

Fabi April 11, 2015 at 6:55 PM

Laura, your rant had me spitting out my drink. Too, too funny.

Cheryl April 11, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Laura, love the rant!!

Yes, I’ve read all the books so far. Waiting impatiently for the next one. Keep reading #2, it will make sense with how it started!! I know I couldn’t wait for more Jamie time!! :)

Cheryl April 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Now to watch Outlander tonight. Last weeks episode made me scratch my head. I don’t remember any Jamie POV and the part with him and Laoghaire at the water, I don’t remember that happening or Jamie knowing about the “bad wishes” plant thingy that was left in Claire’s room. Any body else watching??

Michelle April 11, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Noooo Tessa, my ‘stick with it’ wording should be taken as meaning the time travel component jumps around some and the timeline accordingly so sometimes it takes a while to put it together. You should read it…if it’s any indicator since we like similar books, I’ve read the first book around 8 times and it’s in my top 10…probably top 5 all time favorite books!

I still have no idea what to read after Kulti…I might just go with one of the freebies I’ve been wanting to try?

bev April 11, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Laura, love the rant. Scottish & Irish accents are the best.

Amy, Thank you……Can’t breath.;-)

Tessa, love that about your parents. Hope for us single ones, lol.
Gene Kelly love. I remember watching his & sinatra films over & over. Adored the two of them together. My favorite of his is, of course, Singing in the Rain.

Michelle April 11, 2015 at 7:06 PM

I watch the show and yeah the last ep deviated from the book. Everything you mentioned Cheryl was added for TV. They still are following the main plot points though so I’m loving the show. The guy playing Jaime is PERFECT imo!

Maryse April 11, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Quick update: I’m at 20% of The Nightingale (up there) and I’m loving it.

So thank you to those that recommended it. Historical, which I don’t usually read but captivating. SO GOOD!

Maryse April 11, 2015 at 7:10 PM


Maryse April 11, 2015 at 7:11 PM

now scrolling up for the Laura accent rant that has everyone chuckling…

Cheryl April 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Michelle, I agree, I’ve liked all the cast so far for Outlander and Jamie is yummy!!

Niki April 11, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Cheryl, I started Forever Red last night and finished it today!! Oh the angst and Neil/Nate…I really liked this book although I wanted to strangle him a time or two:)

MichelleS April 11, 2015 at 8:36 PM

I am literally cross eyed. I just spent the last 10 hours straight reading Kulti. I haven’t done that in as long as I can remember. I got literally not one thing done today. It was fantastic. Loved it. The huge soccer fangirl in me was thrilled. Every time she said “poop” or called him a bratwurst, frankfurter, pumpernickel, or sauerkraut just about peed my pants. GREAT recommendation.

What is everyone reading now? Nightingale? That $13 one???? Expensive…..

Tessa April 11, 2015 at 8:52 PM

Hahaha, I’m avoiding Nightingale majorly due to price. I still have so many to buy with all of the series I’m reading. Kulti was so good I knew I’d have to read something very different. So I found today a freebie, Savage Run (YA dystopian first of a series thing). And if I like it, yeah… more series books to buy… Grrr.

bev April 11, 2015 at 9:05 PM

MichelleS, pretty much what I did. In the middle of The Hooker and The Hermit.
Scene where she was sent a room full of different flowers. She donated them which is wonderful. But I have to say I’d have to at least spend a day with them.
Has anyone ever seen the Gilmore Girls ep with A thousand yellow daisies? Would just need to sit in the middle of it for awhile, lol.

Maryse April 11, 2015 at 9:06 PM

YAY MichelleS!!!

*happy dance* I KNEW IT!!!!

bev April 11, 2015 at 9:24 PM

MichelleS, so as a fan you thought the soccer was done well?

On Maryse’s new list has any read the Donovan circus ones? They look fun.
And Kiss an Angel is just sooooo good!

Laura April 12, 2015 at 2:27 AM

Tessa I would recommend reading outlander it’s very long the 1st one but it’s good and they are really that old Jamie’s only 23! She’s 27 I think but it is good, I’m getting on on number 2 and I keep thinking she’s going to do somethin stupid again and they are going to have to run!!!

Cheryl April 12, 2015 at 3:10 AM

Just finished Forever Red. It was a fantastic, angst filled story. I spent most of the day reading it. Loved Neil/Nate (you’ll understand the two names when you read it) who evolved from a sweet teenager to a bada$$, tattoed, pierced, country star. (yeh I know I said country star not rock star)!!! I liked the heroine, Lia too, although I thought her “reason” wasn’t that big and that she was a stupid, naive kid; but of course there’s more to it than that.

Nikki, I wanted to strangle Neil and Lia a couple times!! ;)

Tessa April 12, 2015 at 10:09 AM

I missed all the previous comments. I’ll eventually read Outlander. Bev, to a fifteen year old, 27 is old. :-P I wish we could hear that rant IRL. It was just pure perfection.

Michelle, that’s as high recommendation. Though, when I get to reading it, I reserve the right to glare… A lot!

First, Savage Run. I’m trying hard not to DNF it.

Tessa April 12, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Oh, and Maryse. Must read Fallen Crest High!


Jean April 12, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Glad to hear that Cheryl! I think that is my next read… I could use a country star!!

Amy April 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Laura’s rant was great, right? *giggle* Told her I would love to hear it in person and she gives us the next best thing. :P

MichelleS…okay, so I’m at about the halfway point in the Charlotte Chronicles and “stuff” has just happened, but there is still so much more to go in the book so now I’m wondering “what else could go wrong?” And we all know how dangerous it is to ask that. ;) The little bit of an issue I’m having is with dual POV because if it was just her then daaaaaaammmmmnnn this would be working me over, but with his POV it’s diluting thee angst a bit. Still, I KNOW there is gonna be some stuff coming up so I’m bracing for it!

Amy April 12, 2015 at 10:29 AM

*throws peanut at Maryse*

Yep, Fallen Crest High!

*looks around and whistles innocently*

Cheryl April 12, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Think I’ll read Charlotte Chronicles today too, since I didn’t realize My Time In The Affair release date is May 2, thought was this week and would be my next read. :(

Fabi April 12, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Tessa, so Savage Run is not so good huh? I downloaded it but it sounds like it’ll be ok if it gets buried in my tbr.

Tessa April 12, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Actually, it picked up big time. The start was slow, but suddenly, boom, action. I’m enjoying it. Its a novella, so… It took way too much pof this tiny book to get anywhere, but now that it has, I can see they set you up to want the non-free books. Sneaky! *grins*

MichelleS April 12, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Bev: “so as a fan you thought the soccer was done well?”… YES… very much so. The entire book was centered around that theme. The entire thing takes place on and around a soccer field. Grueling Work outs. Coaching. Crazed fans. The whole nine yards. It’s living breathing soccer!!! So I am totally going to age myself here, but, I was just like the girl in the book when I was about 16. I was head over heels in love with Pierre Littbarski, the German soccer player in the 1982 world cup. So for me, this was a crazy good book – reliving all those feelings and that huge crush.

Maryse April 12, 2015 at 4:24 PM

*boinked off nose*

OUCH!!! Ammmmyyyyyyy! *hrmph*

*cracks peanut and eats it*

*opens mouth like a baby bird for more*


Maryse April 12, 2015 at 4:25 PM

‘kayyyyyy I get the hint. Tijan rocks… I already know this!

Maryse April 12, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Nobody likes my circus list? GAH!!!!!

And yet… the books on that list were rocking worlds.


bev April 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM

*Sits up straight*

* Raises hand*

“I read and liked Maryse’s list.”

“Maryse, MUST read…….*sigh*, eh give up.”

*Sticks hands in pockets*

*Kicks peanut shells*

*walks off*

bev April 12, 2015 at 5:01 PM


Maryse April 12, 2015 at 5:19 PM

*picks up peanuts that bev missed and eats ‘em*

Laura April 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM

When I was younger I wanted to be in the circus then grew up and realised I was already in it :D yep me loved the list!!
Maryse u are going to have to make a list titled : the good stuff we all read that Laura missed while reading all of the outlander series
……… I’d start with nightingale it might be a long list hmmm

Amy April 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Hungry, are we? Okay then… *grabs peanuts*

*throws peanut* Accidentally on Purpose… *throws peanut* …and Eleanor & Park… *throws peanut* …and The Holy Trinity series… *throws peanut* …and My Life Next Door…

Are we full yet?? :P

Amy April 12, 2015 at 5:37 PM

*grabs Bev’s arm* Aw, don’t go Bev! Look…Laura’s here! *points to Laura* :D

Wait, a circus list??? Now THAT sounds fun! I gotta go check this out…

Tessa April 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM

The closest to a “circus” book I’ve ever read all the way through was Jeanine Frost’s Night Prince series. So I’ve never even read one really. Also, circuses freak me out. :P

Bev, come on, there’s more peanuts. She’s hungry…

Maryse April 12, 2015 at 6:35 PM

I am.

*opens baby bird mouth again*

Tessa April 12, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Finish the Up in the Air series. *throws a peanut to her mouth*

bev April 12, 2015 at 7:21 PM


Done pouting.

* trucks bottom lip back in*

Eleanor & Park
* throws peanut*

Written in Red
*throws 5 peanut butter m&ms*

Tessa April 12, 2015 at 7:42 PM

M&Ms. Sneaky!

Niki April 12, 2015 at 7:44 PM

You guys are funny:)

I’ll throw some peanut M&Ms toward Maryse for Written in Red too Bev!!

Off to watch GoT and then back to a new book that I found today that has me feeling all the feels!!

Fabi April 12, 2015 at 8:02 PM

*makes headlong dive to snatch M&Ms out of the air*

*runs for cover with loot*

Tessa April 12, 2015 at 8:38 PM

Fabi! That’s our briba… Hrm… Does this mean Fallen Crest wins?

Amy April 12, 2015 at 9:19 PM

Ha! Good save Fabi…Bev is trying to cheat! :P

What’s the book, Niki?

Amy April 12, 2015 at 9:21 PM

Hey Tessa, she admitted up there that Tijan rocks…we’re making progress!

bev April 12, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Just read my first graphic novel. Maybe should say comic? But definitely not for children, lol. Well can’t really say my first I did read Archie as a kid. I totally was a Betty fan.

Niki April 12, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Amy, it’s called Motown Throwdown by K.S. Adkins…I wasn’t so sure about the title but the blurb grabbed me:) She has a series called Detroit after Dark and I read the first one of that and it was good. I’m really enjoying this one so far..I’ll let you know how it is!

bev April 12, 2015 at 11:48 PM

Just started Ugly Love. I feel like I should duck but I’m not sure about this one. Miles thoughts so far sound very dramatic and not sure the style is helping.
When he thinks, ” It’s the saddest door I’ve ever had to close.” I don’t think I was suppose to find this funny, but maybe because his voice is suppose to be teen?

Fabi April 13, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Bev which graphic novel did you read? And did you like it?

Cheryl April 13, 2015 at 7:33 AM

*standing behind Maryse* I haven’t read any of those books you’re pelting Maryse with peanuts about!! Good thing I like peanuts and M&M’s!! :)

*putting those books on my tbr*

Amy, the book My Life Next Door, do I need to wait for the companion book before reading this one?

Fabi April 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM

I’m reading The Shadows. It has been so hard to stay away from spoilers on this one. I’m over 30% into it and think it’s safe to peek at a discussion that is supposed to be spoiler free. Wham! major spoiler with the first line I read. This is SO depressing. I have to say that I do not know a single other blog or website like Maryse’s. The respect here is unparalleled. Thank you Maryse, and all of you ladies, for making this a book lover’s haven.

Jean April 13, 2015 at 9:54 AM

Wow, I missed the whole “peanut gallery” fiasco here this weekend! You guys are too funny! Don’t you know, we can’t make Maryse read anything….. She is the one with the power to make us read the books she finds! Lol!

I have literally been emerged in Emerged this weekend. (Life of Anna #5). Finished this morning and absolutely loved it! Great conclusion to the series! It was much different than the first 4 books… Not as dark!

Starting Forever Red today!

fabi April 13, 2015 at 9:58 AM

I gotta get back to that series Jean. Honestly, I stopped because it wasn’t complete and swore I’d get back to it as soon as the last book was out. I am SO glad to hear it ends well. I mean, sheesh, there HAD to be a light at the end of that twisted dark tunnel.

Cheryl April 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Finished The Charlotte Chronicles this morning. It was great, but I’ve decided I need a book that doesn’t start with the H/h as kids or go back and forth from present day to them as kids/teenagers. That’s all I’ve read lately.

Need a good “adult” book.

Amy, am I right that My Life Next Door is about teenagers?

Now to find that good “adult” book!! ;)

Jean April 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Yes Fabi! It was a rough series, but so worth it. My friends loved the last book too so we are all happy now! Haha!

Maryse April 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM

:D I love us too, Fabi!!! We have the best group ever!!

Jean… LOL! You guys have made me read aplenty. ;) I LOVE your recommendations!

Maryse April 13, 2015 at 11:29 AM

OH YAY!!! The peanuts have been upgraded to chocolate covered. YESSSS!!!!!

Keep pelting me with your book-nuts… you book-nuts! *snort* :P

Wait for ittttttt……

*sideeyes Amy*

Amy April 13, 2015 at 11:47 AM

That “light at the end of the tunnel” with book 5 will help when I (eventually) start that series, Jean…but I think I’m really gonna have to be in the right mood for them. *shudders*

Cheryl, you don’t need to wait for and read the companion book to My Life Next Door as it is a standalone, but the companion book will focus on Jase’s sister and a guy friend of Samantha (the H and h). It *is* about teenagers, but it doesn’t have a “high school” feel to it. There are no jealousy issues and no conniving guys and girls trying to come between them. The H and h are mature but not overly so, more like they are just right maturity wise based on their family dynamics. I loved Jase’s big, loud, chaotic family and how they just sucked Samantha right in with them. It’s not really angsty (except for one part, and that’s more like emotional with just a tiny bit of angst thrown in). Seriously Cheryl…READ IT! :D

Tessa April 13, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Cheryl, all joking aside, the only one of those mentioned I haven’t read was Eleanor and Park and My Life Next Door. All of them are really good, and you should definitely read them, no matter which you choose.

Jean, Maryse will, one of these years, listen! Either that, or she’s purposely not reading them to get free food. Ironically, I never would have found Fallen Crest High or Up in the Air if she hadn’t mentioned it on her blog. *grins* She’s got the power to get us to read stuff she hasn’t even read, (or finished).

Just finished Sarah Brianne’s Nero. *sighs* I love these type of books. Not Mafia (though I like those too) but someone being bullied and dealing with it. Nero was just so scary and used that scariness to help Elle. My type all the way.

Anyone read Nature of Cruelty? I’m considering that one after one of the many I started on Good reads, but ended up not in the mood for. I’m curious how good or not it was.

Tessa April 13, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Book nuts? What are you reading, Maryse. Wait, this is a romance blog, never mind…

Amy April 13, 2015 at 11:54 AM

*lifts head* Did someone say nuts? Book nuts? As in nuts in our books? As in book man nu… *slumps down* Oh, you’re talking about food nuts.

Although you could make the former kind chocolate covered too… :P

Now see what you started!!

Amy April 13, 2015 at 12:04 PM

You’re so right, Fabi! I had been checking in on a few other book blogs (when I finally realized there WAS such a thing as book blogs!) but when I started coming here and seeing not only the content but the discussions – and especially how Maryse interacts with people who comment, which sadly I didn’t really see on the other book blogs – then I was hooked. You ladies are the bestest and you tolerate me and I love y’all! :D

Tessa April 13, 2015 at 12:12 PM

The discussion part is huge. The others are okay, don’t get me wrong, but I love hearing everyone’s thoughts about a book. Also, the lack of reveals is great. I’ve seen a few blogs do that.

Oh, the book that I went back to finish, I forgot it wasn’t a mood issue, it was an overly predictable issue. The Short Life of Sparrows is a DNF for me. Too predictable and not interesting enough for me. *shrugs*

Chocolate covered huh? But how about candy coated?

Maryse April 13, 2015 at 12:13 PM

*snort* THERE IT IS!!

Candy coated!!! YUMMY.

Fabi April 13, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Chocolate covered nuts? As in Goobers? Yum! ;-)

bev April 13, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Ladies? Question? Have any of you read Jewel E. Ann?
On Maryse’s new list she has a book by her, Only Trick, that sound different & interesting. But it just came out and is all 5/4 star reviews. May be unfair but this always makes me so suspicious. I think street team. *shrug*
Interested in book but new to me author.

bev April 13, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Tessa, I really enjoyed Nature of Cruelty. :-)

Amy April 13, 2015 at 12:27 PM

*snort* Candy-covered nuts. Probably shouldn’t try to bite them though…ya know, like how you don’t bite jawbreakers. Why, what’d you think I meant? *snicker*

Bev, I don’t blame you for wondering about the street team angle. What I appreciate in Amazon reviews (even though I’m avoiding those now!) is when a person states they usually love the author’s books but are honest when one doesn’t work for them.

MichelleS April 13, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Cheryl – adult romance – Jacked by Tina Reber. LOVED IT. He’s a cop. She’s a doctor. Sounds so cliche, I know…. but it was awesome!!! No going back and forth. No kiddos. No teens. Just grown ups and their issues!!! :-)

Jean April 13, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Your comments are cracking me up! Chocolate covered nuts, candy-coated nuts!!!! Omg! Too funny! Love you guys! Make me laugh everyday!

Cheryl, I could use some “adult” romance too and I have Jacked….. Hmmmm. Just need to finish Forever Red first which is young adult and back and forth from past to present! But it’s a country star…..yummy!

bev April 13, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Every time you mention Jacked my ears prick up. This weekend. There are a couple want to finish first.

Ok, just one clicked on the one I mentioned above. *shrug* just caught my attention. Give it a shot.

Laura April 13, 2015 at 3:51 PM

Pfft amy I think those kind of nuts only come in a salted flavour *dont say it I ewww’d as I typed it*

Jean April 13, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Laura, roflmao!!!!!

Amy April 13, 2015 at 4:47 PM

*spits hot tea on iPad*


BLAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! OMG Laura!!!! Best comment of the day!!

Maryse April 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM


LOL!!!!!!!!! That. THAT RIGHT THERE!!!! :P

Tessa April 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Laura won the internet today. *bows to her*

Tessa April 13, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Oooh! I just pre-ordered Third Debt. *Squees*

MichelleS April 13, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Oh nuts! I missed all the nut talk. I like the salted ones best (HA!).

Life of Anna #5 – yay Jean thank you for telling me it’s tamer and has a happy ending for that poor wretched girl…

Amazon reviews – who said that? I don’t even read ‘em anymore. I don’t believe that they are all 5 stars – I mean really!!! At least Maryse’s 5 star books I agree with.

Speaking of Maryse – I have a theory – I think she HAS read some (or part) of all our endless recommendations to her… and she didn’t like them… and is too nice to say so!

I know I throw the out there for you all and for Maryse because I have gotten so so many of my best reads from this very blog. I don’t know what I’d be reading if it weren’t for you all. Not Life of Anna, that’s for sure. Snort.

I am reading The Virgin (Original Sinners #7) by Tiffany Reisz. Man. This woman can write Taboo Erotica like no one else. She is one kinky girl. I am hooked on Kingsley and Soren and Nora.

Cheryl April 13, 2015 at 7:37 PM

Everything tastes better with chocolate on it and chocolate & salty= the Best!! ;)

Hmmm, quite a few rec’s from above. Thanks Tessa and MichelleS. *putting them on tbr list*

Okaay Amy I’ll read My Life Next Door!!

Jean I LOVED Forever Red!!!

Fabi April 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Laura!!! I just busted out laughing in the middle of my class!

Laura April 14, 2015 at 2:39 AM

I can’t believe maryse started it this time and not amy lol

Sorry ladies I just couldn’t resist :D

Amy April 14, 2015 at 11:13 AM

No, that was awesome Laura…and the fact that it made Fabi laugh in the middle of class just made it that much better! :P

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