Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – April 18th 2017

by Maryse on April 18, 2017 · 160 comments

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HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!! Can I tempt you with some of these heavy-hitters? Oh I don’t even have to try… there are some SERIOUS favorite authors on this list!!! Tara Brown, Denise Grover-Swank, Tijan, Kristen Callahan, K. Bromberg, K. Webster, Emma Hart, Kendall Ryan, Tillie Cole…. the list goes on and on and on (and ON… because I found some new-to-mes that have me just as excited). You bet I highlighted them! :D

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! ALESSANDRA TORRE’S LATEST IS LIVE TOO! Trophy Wife (it’s a re-release of sorts but way updated!) —->

What gave me a blurb jolt from this list? EASY! Lost in La La Land (Tara Brown’s latest with a machine that can allow you into your fantasy of becoming a part of your favorite book. But there’s a problem… Eeeeeeeep!!! I have a feeling this one will be awesome!), The Hot Shot (she’s his new roommate and she’s not his type and yet…), What’s Become of Her (psych-thriller!!! The new love of her life might not be all that he seems… or MORE than he seems ;) Or is she paranoid?), One Kiss (her one night stand ends up being the absent father of the student she’s tutoring!!), Mixed Up (she needs a chef and hires a Michelin starred chef/her brother’s best friend and she HATES him!! Tee hee!!!!), The House Mate (overworked single father and his new nanny that lives with him), The Player (super famous, injured baseball player, and SHE has to help him), Damnable Grace (the bad-ass biker and the sheltered captive from the cult), The Shatterproof Heart (she’s a killer and HE just kidnapped her… and she’s thrilled!). Ruh roh. ;) Lots of fun reading here, and I even skipped over a few new releases that I want to read, because I have to catch up on the series first.

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


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  1. The Thing About Love: FBI/US Attorney Series, Book 7 by Julie James
  2. No Bad Days: A Fisher Brothers Novel by J. Sterling
  3. The Cad and the Co-Ed: Rugby, Book 3 by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway
  4. The Player and the Pixie: Rugby, Volume 2 by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway
  5. Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey
  6. Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast


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. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest Series Book 6) by Tijan <— LIVE YESTERDAY!!!! TIJAN ALERT (in case you missed it)!! She’s a HUGE FAVORITE here! Okay so… she was going back home to see her mother… “I avoided her for a year and a half, but I couldn’t hide anymore. Mason had an internship in Fallen Crest, so we headed back for the summer. And when we got there—no one was prepared for what happened.” P.S. Here’s the series reading order.

Nay: Wow! Is the Fallen Crest series *that* good?? I haven’t read any of them, but have them all, I think, except for today’s release.

Amy: Yep Nay, for us Fallen Crest is THAT good. I read the first (Fallen Crest High) years ago when it was the only one out and had the original cover and LOVED it, then I came here and found out others loved it just as much, and I was thrilled. It’s one of the very few I have followed and kept up with over the years, and I love, love, LOVE Sam, Mason, and Logan. LOVE THEM. The writing improved as the series went on (even from the first book to the second book), and it has been great to see the growth in that area for Tijan.

  • An Exaltation of Larks by Suanna Laqueur <— WE 5-STAR LOVED IT and now MichelleS finally read it and LOVED it like we did!

MichelleS: I finally read Exaltation of Larks. OMG!!! You guys were so right. It was awesome. % stars. Loved it. Can’t wait for the new follow up book. It was my “Pick for Me” book, but I guess it could also count as my April Challenge (read a book everyone has read except for you) book? Can I count it as both? LOL. Now I need to reconsider Fish Tales, because it’s the same author!!! Certainly it must be equally as amazing? Why did I not go pat the sample from Kindle?? Huh huh? Someone tell me it’s as good as Larks.

R: It’s better MichelleS! Just totally and completely different. I have it in my car on audio a (*read* it first though) and whenever I go anywhere, it’s on. I JUST came home from the store and didn’t want to get out of the car because I couldn’t stop listening to it.

Michele: I have never posted on here before (so you’re pulling me out of lurking status) and I have not read Exaltation of Larks yet – – it’s sitting in my TBR- – but I have to tell you Fish Tales was amazing!

Nay: Read Fish Tales, MichelleS!!! SOOO good!!

Fabi: MichelleS, I agree with the others, Fish tales is even better than Larks. TBH Michelle, I only read the first one. You know I prefer male POV and the 2nd book is the story in “her” pov.

R: Hold up!!! MichelleS, you **really** should read book 2 to get the FULL effect. It’s a freaking awesome book by itself, and no, there isn’t a CH, BUT, book two is what takes it from being an awesome book to a masterpiece. It fills in all the blanks, even the ones you didn’t know were there.

Joy: I just finished reading An Exaltation of Larks! Best Book Ever!!! It took me on such an emotional rollercoaster. I feel so empty inside, now that I’ve completed the book. The writing is phenomenal. I literally felt like I was a character in this book, experiencing every part of it as if I were talking to Jav, Alex, Val, Trelawney, Roger, Deane or Ari. I want more. …This book has left me with such a book hangover, that I can’t get into a new book because I’m so hungover. Thank you for recommending this book.

Jodie: It has fantasy, action, romance, Greek Gods, awesome characters and a fantastic storyline.

MichelleS: She is a great heroine. Strong. Super snarky. A total bad @$$. It is Golden Dynasty meets Percy Jackson meets Throne of Glass. Seriously.

Fabi: I’m rereading Red Rising before starting Golden Son too. It was a 5 star for me the first time and amazingly it’s even better the second time. There are so many quotes I want to save from this book. Pierce Brown is a genius. He became an auto buy for me with his very first book.

Michelle: Hey yeah Fabi Red Rising is fantastic! I tore through half of it last night and cannot wait to get home like I literally have to talk myself out of sneak reading it today!

  • Undeniable: Dom & Gigi (Beg For It Book 5) by Callie Harper <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!! “They haven’t seen each other for four years. He’s been serving in the Special Forces. She’s finished college. They’ve had time to move on. Neither one has…” (and it’s super-bargain priced!)



  1. Lost in La La Land by Tara Brown <— TARA BROWN ALERT!! OOOOOOH this sounds SO AMAZING!!!! A machine that can transport you into your favorite book but there’s a HUGE but!!!That’s the sales pitch for Dr. Emma Hartley’s dream machine, Lucid Fantasies. The fantastical machine transports people into their favorite novels or movies, for a day. It allows them to live as their beloved characters did, savoring the slow kisses, frightening vampires, or magic as if it were real. Letting them forget their worries and get lost in a world of fiction. But that wasn’t why it was created. The dark purpose of it lies within Dr. Hartley herself. A secret, a flaw in the machine. One that she keeps hidden away...”
  2. A Dragon’s Desire (Dragons Book 2) by Tina Glasneck
  3. Long and Lost (The Bewitching Hour Book 3) by Mallory` Crowe
  4. In the Presence of Knowing (Secrets of Windy Springs Book 1) by Valarie Savage Kinney
  5. The Drowned Tower (Heartstone) by Nicholas Rinth
  6. Fallen by P.J. Fox
  7. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz Book 1) by Deborah Wilde
  8. The Turquoise Bones by Steven R. Brandt
  9. Burning Gold (The Bewitching Hour Book 2) by Mallory Crowe
  10. Love’s Nest (Wolves of Aurora Book 2) by Marisa Chenery
  11. Veiled Menace (Veiled Magic) by Deborah Blake
  12. Fairy Bite (Dragons of Wendal Book 3) by Maria Schneider
  13. The BEAR Gene: A Gripping Paranormal Romance (WereGenes Book 2) by Amira Rain
  14. Fractured Silence (Talon Pack Book 5) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  15. Forbidden Desire (Lee County Wolves Series) Book #3 by Teresa Gabelman
  16. Expiation – The Whisper of Death: (The Touched Paranormal Angel Romance Series, Book 4). (A Gothic Romance Based On A Norwegian Legend.) by Elisa S. Amore
  17. Stone Lover: A Gargoyle Shifter Paranormal Romance (Warriors of Stone Book 1) by Emma Alisyn
  18. Lure of the Dragon (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 1) by Anna Lowe
  19. Dark Alpha’s Lover (Reapers) by Donna Grant
  20. Bohermore (The Pirate Queen Book 1) by Jennifer Rose McMahon



  1. The Hot Shot by Kristen Callahan <— SHE’S NOT HIS USUAL TYPE BUT NOW SHE’S HIS ROOMMATE… “...Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other…
  2. This Isn’t Fair, Baby (War & Peace Book 6) by K. Webster <— K. WEBSTER DARK READ ALERT!!! ***This is the sixth book in the series. First five books must be read in order to fully understand this story line.*** (P.S. Here’s the series reading order)
  3. My Kind of You (A Trillium Bay Novel Book 1) by Tracy Brogan
  4. The VIP Doubles Down (Wager of Hearts Book 3) by Nancy Herkness
  5. Tempting Justice, Sons of Sydney 2 by Fiona Archer
  6. Against the Grain (Bound For Justice Book 3) by Tori Carson
  7. Beer Goggles Anthology by C.A. Harms, D. Nichole King, Evan Grace, Chelsea Camaron, Molly Mclain, Lacey Black, Cheryl Mcintyre, Shantel Tessier, A.M. Hargrove, Sunniva Dee, Terri E Laine, Alyson Santos, Alicia Rae, Jennifer Miller <— ***14 stories featuring 14 hilarious, WTF moments by your favorite, bestselling authors!*** Have you ever had too much to drink?
  8. Mixed Up by Emma Hart <— SHE HATES HER COCKY NEW CHEF ALERT!!!…Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but. Until Parker Hamilton comes home—bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him. He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen. There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts…
  9. A Taste for Love (For Love Series Book 1) by Cathy Padilla
  10. Curvaceous & Captivating (Big & Beautiful Book 11) by Mary E Thompson
  11. Existential (Fallen Aces MC Book 4) by Max Henry
  12. Taken: A Romance Novella by J.C. Valentine <— KIDNAPPED ALERT!! While she was shopping……Taken. Two men, one a brute and the other an enigma. A cabin in the woods. One dangerous agenda. Blindfolded and held captive, Elise’s mundane existence just got a whole lot more interesting. Thrust into the unknown, held prisoner by a man with rough hands and a gentle voice, she’s faced with her own demise while struggling against a growing desire for the unacceptable—her captor...”
  13. Interlude (FourMain Book 1) by Kay Halliday
  14. The Bewitching Hour by Mallory Crowe
  15. Chasing Wicked (The Mitchell Brothers – Wicked Series Book 1) by Kathryn L James
  16. Trailer Trash (Neely Kate Mystery Book 1) by Denise Grover Swank <— SPINOFF OF THE ROSE GARDENER SERIES!Growing up with an abusive, drug addicted mother taught Neely Kate to play the game—to be whoever she needs to be in whatever situation she finds herself in. But thanks to her best friend, Rose, she’s discovered she mostly prefers being herself. For the first time in her life, she has a lot to lose...”
  17. Genny’s Ballad (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 5) by Becki Willis
  18. Whole Again (Hometown Hero’s Book 1) by Colleen S. Myers
  19. Black Hills Legacy: The Inheritance (Black Hills Rendezvous Book 10) by Debra Salonen
  20. Rock Wild (Rock Candy Book 3) by Virna DePaul <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!Baker Aimee Bodine knows what she wants, and it’s not a musician. But when a sexy bass-playing stranger ends up staying in the same boarding house for the summer, she throws caution away for a no-strings fling. Too bad her emotions keep getting in the way. Soon, Aimee begins to believe that temporary passion just might turns into the love of a lifetime. Then she learns the truth about her past and who Corbin really is…
  21. Revealing You (The Dock Series Book 2) by S.T. Heller
  22. Coming Together: Welcome to Carson, Book Two by Renee Harless
  23. Three Things by Melissa Shirley
  24. Forgotten (Deep Connection Novel, A) by Sierra Kincade
  25. What’s Become of Her: A Novel by Deb Caletti <— PSYCH THRILLER ALERT!! SHE MEETS A NEW MAN AFTER HER DIVORCE…Feeling lost, Isabelle is also struggling with a recent divorce and wondering if she’ll ever come into her own. Then her life takes a surprising turn: The mysterious Henry North arrives on Parrish Island, steps off a seaplane, and changes Isabelle’s world forever. From the beginning, their relationship is heady and intense—then Isabelle learns of Henry’s disturbing past, involving the death of a fiancée and the disappearance of a wife. Suddenly Isabelle is caught between love and suspicion, paranoia and passion…
  26. Missing the Point (A Chandler County Novel) by PJ Fiala
  27. One Kiss (One & Only Book 2) by Christie Ridgway <— ONE NIGHT STAND DISASTER!!!…when morning comes, her handsome stranger doesn’t disappear from her life as she’d assumed. Instead, hours later she discovers he’s the man who signs her paychecks—the absent father of the teen she tutors full-time…
  28. Blocking the Bride by Sandra Sookoo
  29. Provocative (White Lies Duet Book 2) by Lisa Renee Jones <— LISA RENEE JONES ALERT!! THIS IS ACTUALLY BOOK #1 (not book #2 – not sure why Amazon has it listed that way…) “…she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her…
  30. For the Love of Katie (The Katie Chronicles Book 2) by Erica Lucke Dean
  31. A Charmed Little Lie (Charmed in Texas) by Sharla Lovelace
  32. Life After: A Novel by Katie Ganshert
  33. The House Mate by Kendall Ryan <— KENDALL RYAN ALERT!!! HE’S A SUCCESSFUL SINGLE FATHER BUT... “…adulting has come at the expense of his personal life. His social skills are sh!t, his patience is shot, and at times, his temper runs hot. The last thing he has time for is the recently single, too gorgeous for her own good young woman he hires to take care of his little girl. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need…
  34. Charmed by Charlie by Amanda Uhl
  35. Crash (Band Nerd Book 3) by Danica Avet
  36. Going Nowhere Fast by Kati Wilde <— HER BEST FRIEND’S BROTHER HATES HER ALERT!!Bram may be ridiculously sexy, but he’s made no effort to hide how he feels about Aspen—that she’s trash who’s no good for his sister. But Aspen is determined to get along with the uptight millionaire—and to keep her promise, concealing a secret about his sister that Bram can never know…
  37. One Last Risk (Oak Grove Series book 1) by Nancy Stopper
  38. The Shadow Sister: Book Three (The Seven Sisters 3) by Lucinda Riley
  39. Royal Affair: A Royals in Exile Novel by Marquita Valentine <— “A sheltered princess goes wild—and makes the best mistake of her life—when she falls for a roguish reporter…”
  40. Here Without You by Jennifer L. Allen
  41. Revive by Mary Wasowski
  42. The Thing About Love by Julie James <— THEY’RE STUCK WORKING TOGETHER…FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting…
  43. Gaining Maisy by Summer Graystone
  44. Retreat Again (The Retreat Series Book 2) by Christina Benjamin
  45. Finding Gideon (Gideon Series) by Eric Jerome Dickey
  46. Dusk until Dawn (One Night in South Beach) by Andie J. Christopher
  47. The Player (The Player Duet Book 1) by K. Bromberg <— K. BROMBERG’S LATEST IS LIVE!!!! BASEBALL STAR IS INJURED… and SHE is his physical therapist!…when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him…
  48. How To Pleasure A Playboy: A Rich List Romance by Talia Hunter
  49. Burning with Desire (Men of Marietta Book 5) by Patricia W. Fischer
  50. Hearts on the Run (Wolf Creek Series Book 2) by Annie J. Kribs
  51. Low Blow (Shots On Goal Standalone Series Book 4) by Kristen Hope Mazzola <— HE’S A FIGHTER THAT SURVIVED A HEART TRANSPLANT…After getting a heart transplant, I knew that I could never take life or my talents for granted – I was going to be the best of the best. Boxing consumed my life and I was on track for greatness. Everything was perfect until I woke up one morning, ten years after my surgery with an overwhelming need to meet her – the girl whose father’s heart beat in my chest...”
  52. Hot Tango (Good Guys Wear Black Book 1) by Sidney Bristol
  53. Cowgirl Rescue (Selkirk Family Ranch Book 3) by Irene Vartanoff
  54. Letting Love Go (Damaged Heart Series Book 1) by Katharina LeBoeuf
  55. Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book) by Lee Kilraine
  56. Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen Book 5) by by Tillie Cole<— BIKER BOOK & SHE’S LIVE IN A CULT ALL HER LIFE… “…Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood.  Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand.  Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined… with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope...”
  57. Zone of Action: A Career Soldier Military Romance by Tawdra Kandle
  58. Impressions of Me (The Impressions Series Book 2) by Christopher Harlan
  59. Tempting the Boss, Obsessed: An Erotic Office Story by Ruby Carew and Opal Carew
  60. Wild Burn by Edie Harris <— HISTORICAL!! HE’S A BOUNTY HUNTER ALERT!! “Ex-nun Moira Tully has been working with John White Horse for months to help integrate a band of Cheyenne with the local townsfolk. Now he’s hurt, and she’s been caught in the crossfire. There’s only one man to blame for her simmering anger and the inexplicable attraction that tilts her heart on its axis: Del…
  61. Paper Fools (Hearts and Arrows Book 1) by Staci Hart <— LIVE!!! ROCK STAR ALERT!! “…The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice. If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game…” (this is a re-release. The author indicates: “*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited for your enjoyment.*”
  62. Solace Island (Solace Series Book 1) by Sara Flynn
  63. Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne
  64. Shelter the Sea (The Roosevelt Book 2) by Heidi Cullinan <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  65. The Shatterproof Heart (Sophie Shields Book 3) by Loretta Lost <— SOUNDS DARK AND AWESOME!!! SHE’S A KILLER & HE JUST KIDNAPPED HER…I have murdered everyone who tried to hurt me. Or hurt the person I love. Except for one man.  Benjamin.  He always got away. And now he’s captured me. Or so he thinks. Maybe I’ve captured him. Maybe I’m exactly where I want to be...”


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Tasha J April 18, 2017 at 6:57 AM

Woah, first?!

Tasha J April 18, 2017 at 7:01 AM

There’s tons of goodies that I wanna give a shot! Trailer Trash, Walk of Shame, Royal Affair….great list! :D

bev April 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Wild Burn is a re issue. I read that a few years ago. It was good….interesting meet cute, lol.

MichelleS April 18, 2017 at 8:23 AM

Still kicking myself for waiting on Larks!!! It was SOOOOO good.

bev April 18, 2017 at 8:40 AM

I have a question and I hope it makes sense. It is on my mind because of a discussion on GR.
Basically how much do we expect from each new book? I see a lot of people mention wanting that next new and different thing, the next high, the next shock, or the book walloped me with an emotional punch. For a book to be good or great does it need all of that? Does it have to be the equivalent of jumping out of a plane or our old crack reads of 6 or so years ago?
Is everyone just “chasing the dragon”?

Nay April 18, 2017 at 9:07 AM

OOh, thanks for reminding me about a re-issue, bev. I meant to post this yesterday.

Maryse–FYI, I looked up the preorder for ‘Into the Light’ by L.B. Simmons on 4/25 and it seems it’s just a re-release of the pb version of the re-titled ‘The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller’ from 2014. (I think I remember that being kinda popular??) The Kindle version is available and is still dated 2014.

Looks like the series was just picked up by a publisher, and the other two in the series are also going to be re-released (pb version only) later this year, but their Kindle versions are also still available and their titles haven’t changed.

MichelleS April 18, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Bev – I think I am now just chasing some good writing. I need dialogue that’s believable, and a lot of it. The problem with a bunch of these books was that they were indies, and had no editors, and in between we read some seasoned writers, and after a while, I just can’t handle poor writing anymore. I was sucked into the stories, because they were different from what I had ever read. I think I am becoming a book snob now. You get what you pay for, right? Occasionally something comes along that is well written right out of the gate (Weaving Man). I have little patience now for mediocre writing, and it gets in the way of the story.

MichelleS April 18, 2017 at 9:33 AM

Example: I picked up Purple Orchids – sounded good. I read about a dozen pages and just couldn’t go on. The writing!!!! UGH!!!!

Steven April 18, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Your list is missing Ginger Voights (Groupie) new thriller Chasing Thunder.

bev April 18, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Another thing with low digital prices is that a book can be a bestseller that makes all the lists but no one has read it.

Jean April 18, 2017 at 9:58 AM

There are just too many books on this list (and yesterday’s list) that I want, especially The Traveler (HJ Bellus!!!), Damnable Grace, Fallen Crest Home (Logan!) and The Hot Shot (just read The Game Plan so really looking forward to Finn’s story!). I’m feeling overwhelmed with life, work, etc., etc.

Just wanted to let you girls know that you NEED to read The Gravity of Us! I basically read it in one day! IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Hope you all had a good holiday weekend…..I was away and missed you guys!

Tessa April 18, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Bev, I’m after story and truly developed characters. That’s always an issue with me. I think it’s why, even though I’ve liked Samantha Towle’s books, I avoid her now. Her secondary characters aren’t fleshed out enough for me to enjoy.

Weaving Man was… *Sighs* So good. And a good example of how the secondary characters build the world far more than just the MCs do. The MCs build the story, and the secondaries build the world around them.

Typos… I’m very forgiving about. Even too much passive voice. However, plot holes, just bad writing, (The worst is childish writing), bad humor, really bad or convoluted mysteries, or just pure cheesy will make me DNF. Some books I loved just don’t hold up anymore because they do have those things. I loved Sweet Liar by Jude Devereaux. I still love the romance, but the “mystery” was done in such a horrible way, I’d have thrown it if I read it today.

Tessa April 18, 2017 at 10:12 AM


I couldn’t resist and read/finished Fallen Crest Home.

It was far better than the last one.


*goes off and hides*

Fabi April 18, 2017 at 10:41 AM

“I have little patience now for mediocre writing”. (or poor editing)
MichelleS, your post came right out of my head. Everything you said.

Maryse!!! OMG! This list. You’re killing me.

Wouldn’t it be amazingly wonderful if we could read every single book that catches our eye? I hate that I have to pick and choose between the ones I want to read because I’m limited to how many I can squeeze into a week’s free time.

BTW – The Last Girl – @52% – sooooo good!

Tasha J April 18, 2017 at 10:50 AM

I think now I’m just mostly after something a little different. I like to fall back on those oldie feels now and again, but I’m branching out into different genres – bounce back and forth between them. I did, in the past, want to chase that high. I don’t always want an emotional punch though. Sometimes I want light, easy, dark, gripping, super romance, friendship, family drama, and sometimes I do want to be on the edge of my seat. I no longer necessarily need for my next read to be as good as or better than the one I previously read. I can appreciate a good read, even if not great, for what it is and be satisfied. I just want good writing, for it to hold my attention (this seems to be the big issue now) and to be entertained most of all. Sometimes, (though I don’t drink alcohol anymore and never have liked wine) I think of my book tastes like a fine wine. Or what people have said about wine. I feel like my tastes have developed and matured over time.

Nay April 18, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Maryse–you’re back!! We’ve been going through withdrawal over on GR! lol

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 6:06 PM

I dunno what happened you guys!!! I looked away and the whole blog imploded!!!!!!

Here we are together again!!!! :D !!!!

I’m so sorry guys.

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 6:23 PM

Oh Nay that’s good info. Okay I shall take a look and if I don’t have the reading order up, I’ll post it (or fix it). :D Thank you!!!

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 6:26 PM

bev, well to me, for example, The Opposite of You did not have any kind of wallop, or twist or major angst, or anything crazy in the least. But what it felt like to me, was solid writing with that realistic, fun, “adult” (or should I say “new adult”) feel from way back when they were all so awesome. And entirely from her POV so it kept me always “feeling” like her, and worried, or crushing, or fuming that felt just so natural to me.

And her “issue” that was sort of the “scary part” was one that made sense to me, and that many women experience.

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Quite a few re-issues today, I’m realizing…

R. Renee April 18, 2017 at 6:53 PM

I missed you guyssssssssss!

Kooloo April 18, 2017 at 6:58 PM

Ok your back up in Canada now!!! Yay ;)

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 6:59 PM

YAY Koolooooooo!!!!!! :D !!!!!

P.S. I missed you guys tooooooo!!!

bev April 18, 2017 at 7:29 PM

Lol, I missed all the withdrawals.

You are the crack, Maryse.

bev April 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Next week Maryse and I am finally reading that book.

Grey April 18, 2017 at 7:37 PM

Whew, thank goodness! *sigh of relief* that was a long day of not being able to check in here…and on a release day to boot. Sorry about blowing up your messenger, Maryse! Thank you, as always, for all of your hard work. (snuggly hugs)

Tessa, You’re grounded!!!

I’m reading The Bird and the Sword, and I am really enjoying it!

Jan April 18, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Yeah I just made a comment on one of our GR threads about the need for GOOD WRITING and GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I’m pretty impatient with new books that don’t meet these basic standards. I try lottttts of book samples, but really, I’m finding not that many of them make the cut. Still, we live in hope. That great author we haven’t discovered yet is just out there waiting for us to find. So we keep on looking!

And thanks for the great list again Maryse. I’ve got Hot Shot cos some of her other books were good, also gonna try Wild Burn, The House Mate, The Player…..

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 7:55 PM

I want to announce that I’m reading a K. Larsen book that isn’t out yet called The Tutor and it’s DARK.

YAY ME!!!!!!

In bed already, reading, with a lemon drop martini. This is the life!

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 7:55 PM

*snuggles Grey*

I love the snuggles!!!! :D

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 7:55 PM

I kind of like being “the crack” too. ;)

But that’s YOU guys… here. With me. :D

THAT’S the crack.

R. Renee April 18, 2017 at 7:56 PM

I want a martini! Amyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 7:58 PM

YAY BEV!!! I think you’ll appreciate it, I really do. Maybe even LOVE it. :D

*fingers crossed*

Maryse April 18, 2017 at 7:59 PM

*slides a lemon drop down to R*

*took a sneaky sip from it first*


R. Renee April 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Yumm! Thanks Maryse! I won’t drink it all…oops…

Fabi April 18, 2017 at 8:06 PM

Aaaaahhhh, I just realized Change Agent by Daniel Suarez came out today!!! OMG I’ve been waiting for this book for years! *swoon* I can’t believe it’s finally here.

I don’t know if anyone besides Maryse’s reads thrillers, either techno or psych ones, but if you do, don’t miss out on Suarez’s brilliance.

I’ve read all of his I books and his Daemon series is on my all time favorites list.

Grey April 18, 2017 at 8:15 PM

bev for me, what a new book has to have in order to really get me… Or more importantly to get a 5 star rating, I guess you could say… It has to make sense. It sounds so simple to just type it out, right? However, I will read pretty much any genre, so that doesn’t influence my advice here, at all. I am a bit of a “mood reader”; bottom line, if I’m reading a forbidden love story, I want to feel the angst, give me those pretzel tummy feels… And what’s the reason why it’s forbidden, blur the lines a bit, make me ache with the main character. Or if it’s a mystery… Scare me… Build the tension, make me wonder what is lurking in the shadows and want to keep the lights in my hallway on. I want to be shown – not told. Paint the picture, keep me a hostage with your words, the details, but not some random bit of nothing that has no bearing on the story whatsoever. Well developed characters, plot, dialogue. I know it is hard to try and write something that hasn’t already been written eleventy billion times before, but attempts at originality are also important. As far as POV, *shrug*, it really depends on the storyline. If someone were to ask me, I’d probably say I prefer female, first person POV… But if I were also asked in the same breath to rattle off my top ten fave books even – I’m not sure any of them would fit the female first person POV description. So again, I reiterate – GOOD WRITING TRUMPS ALL! Another biggie for me – Poor editing/proof reading/grammar mistakes, especially if there are multiple instances, will drive me batsh*tcrazy.

Anyway, sorry for my long winded reply…for me personally, I don’t know if I’m chasing the dragon, or wanting the escape or the rush… I read to be entertained and probably all of the above too ;-) So yeah, there you have it!

R. Renee April 18, 2017 at 8:21 PM

I don’t need anything new and exciting. I don’t think I read/have read as much as you guys, so I still like the traditional tropes/formulas. I just want to feel all the feels, and understand the motives.I don’t necessarily have to agree with them, but I need to at least get some idea of where a character is coming from.

I hate typos, but I’m much more relaxed where they are concerned than I used to be. I hate grammar errors through. If a few catch my eye, I start looking for them, even if I try not to. But, if a book is good enough, ie. Sea of Tranquility, I won’t notice them!

Jan April 18, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Yeah I don’t mind traditional tropes either, in fact I quite like reading an old fav formula, but with great new characters I haven’t met before. And it has to be DONE WELL. Yeah, good editing is important. You don’t think about till you read a poorly edited book. Then you notice!

Maryse, you’re in bed with your tutor and a lemon drop martini. Nice. Enjoy!

Lisa M April 18, 2017 at 9:10 PM

So excited for Fallen Crest Home!!! One clicked read & done! Love this series so much! There’s another one to come yipee!!!! I could use a lemon drop martini now!!

Nay April 18, 2017 at 9:20 PM

Oooh, just put The Tutor on my tbr! No release date yet, darn it! But I love the trigger warning: “Trigger warning: all of them. This will not elicit warm fuzzy feelings”

Grammatical errors and robot-speak drive me crazy. If I start reading a book without the normal, conversational contractions, I dnf it. And I can’t stand repetition–saying the same word over and over within a couple of sentences–Synonyms, people!! I can overlook typos if the book is otherwise well-written; however. I find that I’m dnf’ing more and more these days.I don’t have the time or patience to read CRAP!!

bev April 18, 2017 at 9:27 PM


*whispers *
Hey, Nay? Have you listened to anymore of Aristotle and Dante?

marina April 18, 2017 at 9:35 PM

I do feel like I’m chasing the dragon lately. I feel like I’m struggling to find a good read. Opposite of You stood out I think because of all the reasons you said Maryse but also because it just felt fresh. The story felt really different somehow but still had the angst and pull.

Nay April 18, 2017 at 9:42 PM

bev–not yet. I’m going to try to figure out a way to listen to it at cardiac rehab tomorrow. I don’t have a smartphone, so I have to use my Kindle. I may be able to rig a fanny pack to put my kindle in while I’m using all the exercise machines.

Tessa April 18, 2017 at 9:56 PM

Grey, um… oops? *blushes*

Leslie M April 18, 2017 at 9:57 PM

Do they even make non-smart phones???

Tessa April 18, 2017 at 10:17 PM

They do. There is still the flip phone available at a lot of phone stores for kids. Like, if you don’t want your kid to have access to the internet, but still want them to be able to contact you.

Nay April 18, 2017 at 10:50 PM

I have one of those slide phones. Just too cheap to take the plunge. I’m so not a phone person and I hate texting. I’m also home a lot (and have been at home a lot the past few years) so don’t need the internet away from here. Once I’m getting out more, I’m getting a smart phone.

LisaKay April 19, 2017 at 5:57 AM

I don’t know about anyone else, but for me a good book that is in a series, book one is great but by the time book two comes out you have forgotten what book one was about. This drives me crazy, although it could be my age…Lol Does this bother anyone else?

Jan April 19, 2017 at 6:44 AM

Yeah LisaKay it can be annoying can’t it, especially if it’s ages between books. If it’s a good series I like to reread the previous one just before the new one comes out, but if it’s just average, then, :-/

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 7:14 AM

Nay, that makes sense. I’m too cheap to invest in PC, so my phone is my only internet access.

Bev, I don’t necessarily need the high/shock/emotional punch, but I am looking for something that’s different to ME. For ex, I’m currently reading Off the Record series by K.A. Linde. I’ve never read politcal romance so this is new for me. Perhaps the market is over saturated w/politcal themes but I’m finding it refreshing. Another recent book I enjoyed is The Butterfly Project. The theme of book (two broken people come together to heal each other) isn’t anything new, but the way story was told, their backgrounds, etc. was interesting and captivated me.

Boring books are the bane of my existance. If I get bored (and that is often the case for my picky self) its all over. I also LOATHE ridiculous or re-cycled plot twists. You think Thoughtless made you ragey?? Stupid plot twits make me want to demand author do a re-write.

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 7:25 AM

Whoops! I submitted before I got off my soapbox.

Now keep in mind that boring story, stupid plot twist and even bad writing are all subject to personal opinion.

I am fascinated by the completely different reactions/interpretations we have over reading same exact thing.

Fabi April 19, 2017 at 7:38 AM

I am too Leslie. There’s so much that affects our perception of a book. Besides taste, there’s mood, environment, personal experiences, etc.

There’s nothing I like better than discussing a book with someone who has a different opinion of it than I do. “Why did you think this or why didn’t you like that or why did this bother you and not the other?

Although it’s always wonderful to agree on a book, “squeee it was great” or “yuck it was awful”. I also get so much enjoyment from discussing “why” with someone who walked away from a book feeling completely different than I did.

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Fabi, I also wish sometimes we could chat with the author to find out if the reaction we had was what they intended. Or maybe they just wanted to confuse us.

R. Renee April 19, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Leslie, I’m still fairly new to FB, but I’ve discovered you can totally do that there! A few of my favorite books have FB groups where you can share the love, or vent, or even ask questions of the author. We had a Q&A for The Fish Tales last Saturday night where we asked the characters questions. Because, of course they’re real and can answer for themselves ;-)

LisaKay, I totally agree. I loved both the Bared to You series and the Stark series, and didn’t even bother with the last book of BTY, now I’m not so sure if I want to bother with the new Stark book. We talked about it on GR, and the only way that’s happening is if we start a spoiler thread so I don’t have to go back and re-read. Otherwise, I’ll pass.

bev April 19, 2017 at 9:36 AM

I always feel a little odd woman out in this. It seems like with social media everyone is so connected which can be awesome. Like being connected to you all.
But I don’t want to be too connected to the authors. I don’t always want to look behind the curtain.

bev April 19, 2017 at 9:38 AM

Fabi I know. Sometimes I want to be all, Hey on page 44 you felt this why? I didn’t because of this. What did you read or interpret thst brought you there.

R. Renee April 19, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Sometimes it’s fascinating to see the process…sometimes it’s not. I feel that way about anything though. With books, I truly love the “behind the scenes” but with other things, not so much. In my younger and crazier days, I used to go to Buffy conventions (don’t judge) and seeing some of the actors in RL was hugely disappointing. After a couple, I would only go to meet up with my friends, and skip all the actor interaction. Or at least as much as possible!

bev April 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Yeah, I think fandoms are cool. And I love a good interview and such. And it’s fun when authors pop in here and other blogs with the occasional comments and posts. I know many can be great interviewers, Roxane Gay just interviewed Charlie hunan not long ago, hilarious and insightful on twitter.

Jessica Peterson April 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

I just one-clicked Alessandra’s TROPHY WIFE. I love the taboo trope, and anything with a so-wrong-it’s-right contract in it is my catnip these days. I already stayed up way too late plowing through half of it last night, and now I’m *almost* looking forward to going to the gym today because I get to keep reading it on the elliptical. Thanks for the great blog post!

Amy April 19, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Okay. So. Don’t ever go to google images and search “naked otter” while at work.

Just don’t.

I really shouldn’t read messages like that and take it as a challenge. :? My. Bad. *shakes head*

Now to catch up on comments and look at all the goodies up there…

Cait April 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Books for me need to be
Over 300 pages long
Unpredictable -twists needed not to end how we assume it will
Good development of characters
Attention to detail
Not rushed – hate all the fun crammed into the last 50pages
Love standalones – never remember when a new one is release
A good epilogue
God I don’t expect much lol

Ela April 19, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Hey y’all!

Ela April 19, 2017 at 12:05 PM


Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Cait, I’m with you on epilogue. I HATE when book ends with couple getting together. I need to see them together and get glimpse into their HEAs.

Ela April 19, 2017 at 12:06 PM

*still staring at search results*

R. Renee April 19, 2017 at 12:08 PM

*turns safesearch back on*

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 12:13 PM

R, despite me being a very active participant at Goodreads, I do not do social media. :( I get why it works for other people, but me, hubs & son stay out of it.

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 12:14 PM

*runs to google to see what all the fuss is about *

R. Renee April 19, 2017 at 12:14 PM

Leslie, I know, but that’s where the authors are. They do answer questions on GR too though, it’s just not as lengthy of a conversation.

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Ummmm…WOW! *eyes bugging out of head*

Wasn’t expecting that! *gulps and blushes*

Ela April 19, 2017 at 12:18 PM

There was one that was very curvy!

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 12:20 PM

R, my BF Kellan Kyle has a FB. Of course I used to follow it and of course he is real and anwers questions. (I USED to have a FB account years ago)

Even without an account you can still see some stuff.

Amy April 19, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Ela…the problem is when you pull out your iPad at work and google that in “images” while other people are around.


Ela April 19, 2017 at 12:26 PM

Lol Amy!

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Amy, better on your ipad than work PC. Can you imagine what IT dept would be saying?? “Wow, that Amy IS a total perv.”

Then that snotty girl you work with will find out and make things even worse!!

Leslie M April 19, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Seriously though, my hubs is a boss and has had to write his employees up for viewing porn at work. Somehow IT dept finds your dirty secrets and rats you out.

Amy April 19, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Wait…was there a problem on here yesterday? Because I kept trying to come here throughout the day but it wouldn’t open (the page just kept thinking) and I figured we just had bad service where we were at.

I second what Maryse said about The Opposite of You. And I just need feels when I’m reading, but what brings on feels can vary from day to day for me so it can get difficult at times.

Here and sometimes GR is the extent of my social media activity. I just don’t need all the other stuff. *shrugs*

Amy April 19, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Exactly, Leslie! It was embarrassing enough but on my work PC would have been sooooooo much worse.

“But I don’t want to be too connected to the authors. I don’t always want to look behind the curtain.” <—— bev, for this I love you more. You took the thought right out of my head and worded it perfectly. ;)

Amy April 19, 2017 at 1:13 PM

*adds new K. Larsen book to list*

I’ll NEVER turn down a chance to read one of her books!!! :D

Fabi April 19, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Shocked Otter
You guys~! omg – I can’t take you anywhere

Krysta Mlinar April 19, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Do you have a reading list for mafia type books?

Ela April 19, 2017 at 2:22 PM

At least we’re not the ones running around nekkid….or driving topless!

Getaway at Robin’s mansion!

R. Renee April 19, 2017 at 2:23 PM

LOL. Try, “compound” it’s more cult-like.

Amy April 19, 2017 at 2:41 PM

LOL!!! I love the shocked otter!!!!

Amy April 19, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Holy moly, can you imagine Fabi looking up naked otter and it accidentally showing up on the smart board in her classroom? She would have a room full of students with shocked otter faces!!!!

*falls over cackling*

bev April 19, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Amy we did you look it up in the first place?

bev April 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Why did you look it up

Except Amy can’t go to R. She lost Fabi and then found her naked and she hasn’t been clothed since.
We can not trust her with Amy.

Fabi April 19, 2017 at 3:04 PM

You know guys, don’t be surprised when you start seeing my name on porn sites. As often as you pair my (real) name with the work “naked”, those Internet spiders are bound to start linking me to porn sites. :-o

R. Renee April 19, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Annnnddddd now we have an actual goal! Thanks Fabi! (naked naked naked naked)

Tessa April 19, 2017 at 3:08 PM

lol I am NOT going to look up naked otter. Sounds disturbing. :P

So… Lux fans… You like Luc? I just saw this on Facebook. (And this is why I follow authors).

“NYT bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout’s trilogy, set in the world of her Lux series, four years after a devastating war between humans and aliens in which a teen girl gets swept up into the alien resistance led by a gorgeous not quite human boy, while discovering the dark secrets of her own past, to Melissa Frain at Tor Teen, in a significant deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World English).
Foreign: Taryn Fagerness Agency”

Tessa April 19, 2017 at 3:09 PM

*plugs ears, waiting for Naked Fabi to squeel*

Fabi April 19, 2017 at 3:12 PM

Grrrrrrrr RRRRRRRR


Fabi April 19, 2017 at 3:13 PM

OMG!!!!! Tessa!!! SqueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeGASP

Amy April 19, 2017 at 3:15 PM

bev…my friend sent me a meme with a funny picture and a caption about not googling naked otter.

And I said, challenge accepted.

Wrong thing to do at work on my iPad. *snort*

Tessa April 19, 2017 at 3:16 PM

:D It’s Lux. Who can resist that, right?

Amy April 19, 2017 at 3:20 PM


How exciting!!!!! *happy Lux dance*

Amy April 19, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Luc was a fun character in Lux. His story should be great. :D

Hey, Fabi shouldn’t have been standing in front of me in a towel after her shower. Did y’all really think I wouldn’t snatch that thing and run?? *snicker*

Tessa April 19, 2017 at 3:40 PM

:D See why I had to tell you all as soon as I found out?

Tasha J April 19, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Lol, I just read this article that totally reminds me of a small scene in a book I read-
You must click on the twitter thing and read the actual slideshow, I thought it was hilarious!

Nay April 19, 2017 at 11:22 PM

OK, so I’m late to the party and figured ‘how bad can naked otter images be?’ GAAAAAAH!! My EYES!!!!

Krysta–in answer to your question about a mafia book list:

BTW, had to mention that I FLOVED The Bird and the Sword!!!

bev April 20, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Very little reading getting done so far this week. I’m reading in little snatches. I’m a little over half way in my Pick for Me book, Song of the Fireflies. *sigh* These characters are just not working well for me.
BUT……I’m also reading Six of Crows. It’s delightful. So much fun.

bev April 20, 2017 at 8:50 AM

2 FLTs:

Joost had two problems the moon and his mustache.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

They say you never forget your first love, and I have to say that they are right.

Song of the Fireflies by J.A Redmerski

I mean come on, you can already tell which is starting out stronger.

bev April 20, 2017 at 8:51 AM

There should be a : after problems. That’s my fault.

Fabi April 20, 2017 at 9:01 AM


Before we begin, have you any questions about genetic editing, Mr. and Mrs. Cherian?”
Change Agent by Daniel Suarez

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about starting a book.

Nay April 20, 2017 at 9:19 AM

Isn’t that an awesome feeling, Fabi? I’ve been messing with my GR shelves for 2 hours, deleting old tbr books that I’ll never read (so far I’ve deteted 126, and yes, I’ve also added a few), and, in the meantime, I’m trying to decide what book I’d be excited to start. I have a couple in mind, but I’m just not dyyying to start reading them.

Leslie M April 20, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Nay, I’m on to you, Ms. Clickety Clickerson! You add WAY more books than you delete.

Jean April 20, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Ms. Clickety Clickerson!!! LMAO! I love that! Seriously though, I need to clean up my shelves on GR too.

Bev, of course I loved Song of Fireflies so no surprise that you don’t. Lol

FLT: “The pain pushing against my zipper is nothing to fucking joke about. (The Traveller, H.J. Bellus)

Jean April 20, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Fabi, that is a great first line to get excited about!

Nay April 20, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Well, yes, there is that. But I’m turning over a new leaf!

I’ve now deleted 517 books from my tbr shelf (and I’m not finished yet). But I deserve a break, so I’m going to find something to read now!

Fabi April 20, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Jean, so is yours. ;-)

Jean April 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Hey guys, a book I’ve been waiting to go on sale finally did! Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I know I heard of this book on here somewhere a long time ago! Another of hers, Remember Me?, is also on sale!

R. Renee April 20, 2017 at 1:16 PM

FLT: “Growing up in the Crowley Ridge area of Arkansas, I paid little attention to the sweet gum trees except to admire their brilliant colors during the fall.”

The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

Tessa April 20, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Did you ever finish Lick?

Tessa April 20, 2017 at 1:23 PM

NVM, saw you did on goodreads. *blushes*

Tessa April 20, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Speaking of which, why does it keep trying to recommend psych thrillers or Amish history to me? Why? I don’t like either, so… again… why?

Lisa Aiello April 20, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Oh Nay….that gives me anxiety, and those aren’t even my books you ar deleting. What if you delete something that was fantastic and the apocalypse happens tomorrow and you can never get it back? Right, so that’s probably not gonna happen…but it still makes me anxious (running along behind Nay to collect all the books she’s dropping)

R. Renee April 20, 2017 at 1:40 PM

I just finished it Tessa! I hate how Kindle automatically updates my GR! I’ve set it not to do that a million times! It’s not so bad when you finish a book, but if I open one to look at something and it updates that I’m reading it, it drives me nuts.

It slowed down for me in the middle but picked up big time around 75% I think? Loved how it ended!

Lisa Aiello April 20, 2017 at 1:44 PM

2 FLTs for me too…

You look worse for wear tonight, man! – Infidelity: Incentive by Pam Godwin

The funny thing about love is, you never know when or where you’ll find it. – If I Were Beautiful by Devon Hartford

Nay April 20, 2017 at 1:53 PM

Robin–I am so with you on that! I always try not to turn that final page because if you do, it puts you in GR-update-land and tells EVERYONE you’ve finished the book! I’ve also marked mine a million times not to say I’m ‘currently reading’ or ‘finished’ with a book. My super touchy touchscreen opens up books without my meaning to all the time. Oh and glad to see you’re reading Sweet Gum Tree. From what I’ve heard about it, I’d think you’d love it!

Lisa–If you saw the titles I deleted, you wouldn’t be worried. I don’t know WHO overtook my body and my mind from 2011-2013, but I put the most stupid books on my TBR willy-nilly (no comments from the peanut gallery, Leslie! lol) I’ve told y’all that I have a disease!

Jean April 20, 2017 at 1:59 PM

I find myself looking at books I purchased in 2013 and thinking, why? I have my books separated in folders by year purchased (thanks for that idea Amy)…..sometimes I’ll go into my 2013 folder to try cleaning up my TBR and most of the books look “meh” to me now!

Leslie M April 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM


“It’s not like I sent him a pick of my amazing rack or something, so there’s no need to get your granny panties in a twist, Frau Frances”

Real Good Man by Meghan March

I’m listening to this one & audio is great!

Amy April 20, 2017 at 3:33 PM

“Be honest with me. How’s my hair?” ~ Figure Eight by Calia Read

Jean…sorting by year purchased has really helped lessen my book anxiety. And I’m in the same boat as you with the “meh” books…in fact, I was going to delete a bunch (even had a “chopping block” collection in my Kindle library) and then Maryse had to go and freak me out with the whole zombie apocalypse/lack of books thought so nothing was deleted. ;)

Amy April 20, 2017 at 3:36 PM

R!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! That’s one of my favorites!!!! :D

Amy April 20, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Did y’all see they finally found the teacher and student who disappeared?

Teacher-student stuff…always and only in books. In real life? Hell. No.

Grey April 20, 2017 at 3:39 PM

FLT ~ She was so small. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon. 84%…

Leslie M April 20, 2017 at 3:40 PM

I LOVE deleting books. Its feels like a cleansing or purge. *giggles*

No worries, I still have hundreds of books stockpiled in case of apocalypse.

Jean April 20, 2017 at 3:48 PM

I SHOULD have no problem deleting books because I’m almost up to 2000, but I worry about the apocalypse too!

Grey, that first line……sigh…..such an awesome book!

Jean April 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Amy, I am so glad I did separate by year purchased… really is a big help and I love seeing the number go down in each folder….makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere (even though I probably added the same amount to my 2017 folder on the same day)!!

Cait April 20, 2017 at 4:55 PM

On Jean’s comment about the Sophie Kinsella book sale I bought can you keep a secret and honestly haven’t stopped laughing! My family are ready to throw something at me! Thanks Jean

MichelleS April 20, 2017 at 5:04 PM

FLT: “DAMP AND SHIVERING, Anne fought against waking, tried to shut out the sounds of nickering horses, lowing cows, and plaintive cats.” Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold.

Good old fashioned Historical Romance! He’s such an Alpha! Love that. Protective & Moody. They say he’s mean as a snake, but he’s so gentle with her. :-)

MichelleS April 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM

And it’s KU! So add it to your Zombie Apocalypse TBR shelf!

Nay April 20, 2017 at 6:01 PM

A LOT of the ones I deleted from my TBR were Kindle freebies from back when I used to get on Amazon every day and click, clickety, click. But they’re just gone from my GR shelf–I still have them on my cloud in case of zombie apocalypse. I just have to remember to download them before the grid goes down! LOL.

There were also bunches of books from authors who have disappeared. One I noticed that I think was pretty popular was A.L. Zaun with The Do Over series. She published the first two and the third one just never happened. And she doesn’t mention anything about it, or really much of anything about writing, on social media, so I guess it’ll never come out.

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 6:43 PM

LOL Nay. That’s the thing I’d forget… just because I see them, doesn’t mean I HAVE them actually on my device. *sigh*

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 6:45 PM

YES CAIT!!!!! That one was SO funny!!!!!!! What a mess she got herself in. Loved it!

bev April 20, 2017 at 6:51 PM

MichelleS! !!

Let’s be very honest here… are sooo my favorite.


When I re read it I forgot how hard that opening scene is.

Then you can go on to Beautiful Bad Man or Without Words. ;)

You are the bestest of the best when it comes to trying a book rec.

Amy study and learn her ways for she is wise.

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 6:52 PM

Er… Amy? A teacher and student disappeared???? *must look up more news*

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 6:53 PM

LOL Amy!

I’m slightly OCD by nature, and I worry about the strangest things. And I’m usually right. ;) :P

bev April 20, 2017 at 7:05 PM

I’m usually right. –Lol.

The zombie horde is coming.

bev April 20, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Uh-oh, Jean. Are we not book twins?

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:11 PM

Yay!! Thank you Jean. I don’t have “Remember Me?” :D !!!!

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:24 PM

I haven’t read the Fireflies one yet, bev. Interesting… her first book blew me away. Now I must know more about Six of Crows. You guys were talking about it a few weeks ago…

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:29 PM

Wait. Now I have to look up these otters. I’m looking.

Right now.

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Oh my. That’s ummmm…. definitely NSFW. Reminds me of a book I’ve read (and loved) “Bear, Otter and the Kid” although now I see Otter all too clearly. ;)

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:37 PM

Oh I can only imagine what a shocked otter looks like. 8O *blink blink*

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:38 PM
Tessa April 20, 2017 at 7:42 PM

0.0 Now you know, right?

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:46 PM

I sort of stared at them all a little too long myself, Ela. It was all so…. fascinating. :P

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 7:53 PM

YAY JESSICA!!! I second every thing you just said.

Except about the gym. I just… no.


Maryse April 20, 2017 at 8:08 PM

*slides a lemon drop martini to Lisa M*

I know Lisa… I’m slow at the bartending game. ;) So we’ll start a new party now! LOL!

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 8:14 PM

LOL bev!!! What if? I saw it on TV!!! It could happen!

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 8:15 PM

LOL on bev’s love for MichelleS!!!!!

I heart our reader pairings!!!

MichelleS April 20, 2017 at 8:24 PM

You haven’t had a bad rec yet, Bev, so if I’m in a mood… I pick one of your mentions.

bev April 20, 2017 at 9:02 PM

It will come, MichelleS. It will come.
It’s just the odds.

bev April 20, 2017 at 9:15 PM

So someone stop R. She is meeting up with strangers from Goodreads. It is scary.

Somebody STOP Fabi, MichelleS, and Ela. They are making plans to stay at a stranger’s house out in the boonies of Texas. She is someone they met online who they only know by the letter R.

Anyone else hearing the music from Psycho?

R. Renee April 20, 2017 at 9:39 PM

I know right bev! Homicide is so easy these days!

Nay April 20, 2017 at 9:44 PM


“I sat in the middle of the park on my plush pink blanket staring at my toes.”
Room 212 by Kate Stewart

Amy April 20, 2017 at 11:02 PM

First Sweet Gum Tree and NOW Room 212??????


Amy April 20, 2017 at 11:16 PM

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout (first book in the Dark Elements trilogy) is .99 right now! Total feels from all the YA PNR/UF books of a few years ago. I still can’t believe how she made me fall equally for both Zayne and Roth. I was thrilled with who she chose but oh, my heart…seeing the other guy have to walk away HURT.

Amy April 20, 2017 at 11:29 PM

A few more good deals…some of them are a little higher but still at least $5 off the normal price:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is .99
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks is 2.99
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is 3.99
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is 2.99
The Good Girl by Mary Kubrick is 2.99
Paper Princess by Erin Watt is 1.99
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira is 2.99
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is 1.99
Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella is 2.99

Jan April 21, 2017 at 3:46 AM

FLT (although it’s Friday here, so it’s really FLF) *giggles*

‘Greg dropped the issue of ‘Newsweek’ face up on her desk without saying a word.’

from ‘Commitment’ by Nia Forrester. I started reading this back in March but took a break cos I was nervous about the angst coming :-/

Now I’ve started again from the start. I’m determined I’m going to get through it this time. I LOVE the rest of this series. And I LOVE the h and H of this one, Riley and Shawn. Just, Shawn, don’t do it!!! Noooooo!!!!!! Don’t break her heart! (and my heart). (But I already know from the other books that all will eventually end well. It’s just the pain and angst of the journey!)

*shouts out* Everyone should read this series!!

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