Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – August 15th 2017

by Maryse on August 15, 2017 · 140 comments

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HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY AND!!!! Not only is it NEW RELEASE DAY but it’s new release day ON. MY. BIRTHDAY!!!! :D!!! It’s like a big ol’ gift-list of books, and I get to treat myself. Oh and, boyyyyy will I. Like… of COURSE that one to the left. MINE MINE MINE & the blurb totally gave me the ultimate of blurb jolts!!! Oh I hope it tears me up goooooooood!!! :P

<— P.S. THIS AUTHOR is the star of today’s show!! One of my favorite authors in the world (everything I’ve read by her, I’ve loved!!) and she’s on SO many of our recommendations and favorites lists!!

Cheryl: Renee Carlino is an automatic one-click

Lisa: Love her writing. Cant wait.

Stephanie:  I don’t even need read what it’s about. That will be a one-click next week for sure.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s earlybird book releases. THIRTY of ‘em!! ➔ 30 Earlybird Book Releases!!!!

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


For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
  2. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
  3. Wicked Wish: The Wicked Horse Vegas, Book 2 by Sawyer Bennett
  4. Shelter for Sophie: Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, Book 8 by Susan Stoker
  5. Running Mate by Katie Ashley
  6. Fire in His Kiss: Fireblood Dragon, Book 2 by Ruby Dixon
  7. Fallen Crest Forever by Tijan
  8. Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig
  9. The Twisted Sword: A Novel of Cornwall 1815: Poldark, Book 11 by Winston Graham


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!)

Veronica: I had the biggest book slump after reading…Swear on this life Renee Carlino. Fantastic reading!!!

Anne: Almost finished with Swear on This Life and loving it!! Renee Carlino is so amazing! Jase is so so great! Love him so much! This is truly a heartfelt story.

R: Renee Carlino, Leslie. I LOVED Before We Were Strangers and I’ve been chasing it ever since.

Chrissy: This was an easy 5+ star read for me… one of the best, or maybe even the best, this year! I can’t wait to read more of Renee Carlino’s books!

Lisa: Oh Just finished Renee Carlino’s BWWS and it was beautiful. Just beautiful. How does she do that!!!! Evoke such heartache and longing. I’m a blubbering mess of huge sentimental romantic tears. Sigh. 5 sparkling stars for this one. Perfection.

Jen: Before We Were Strangers is absolute perfection. I can’t stop crying. Lol. … this story sucked me right in from the beginning. The writing was beautiful. I love Renee Carlino. Huge fan!

Rebecca: I’m currently reading and loving Renee Carlino’s Nowhere But Here (so dreamy!!)

Jennifer: I’m reading Absinthe by Winter Renshaw. I saw this one on your Friday list. So far I’m Loving it though I’m not gonna lie, feeling a bit guilty for reading this filth on a Sunday


Jennifer: Just finished Absinthe and SWOOOONNNNNNN! Loved it!




  1. Acceptance (Jewel Trilogy Book 1) by Trish Beninato
  2. Pretty Kitten (Age of Night Book 2) by May Sage
  3. The Vilka’s Mate: Scifi Alien Romance (Shifters of Kladuu Book 2) by Pearl Foxx
  4. Owl Be Bear For You (Camp Shifter Book 1) by DJ Jennings
  5. Her Billionaire Lion: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Leo by Dominique Eastwick
  6. Keeper Under Fire (Graveyard Guardians Book 3)
  7. Close Quarter by Anna Zabo
  8. When Fate Aligns: Book One of The Mortals and Mystics Series by A.K. Koonce
  9. The Fall of War (Gods of Olympus Book 4) by A.L. Kessler
  10. Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie



  1. Wish You Were Here: A Novel by Renee Carlino <— RENEE CARLINO’S LATEST!!!!! SOUNDS ANGSTY (of course!! :P ) and maybe… A LOVE TRIANGLE??!! ”Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment. Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined...”
  2. My Hot Boss by Betty Shreffler
  3. LEX, A Bad Boy Billionaire Romance (NIGHT OF THE KINGS SERIES Book 4) by Shayne Ford
  4. A Family for the Farmer (Brush Creek Brides Book 4) by Liz Isaacson
  5. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
  6. Harmony: Harmony A Dirty Affliction by Regina Frame
  7. Taking Down Brooklyn by Kelly Moore and K.B. Andrews
  8. Random on Tour: Las Vegas by Julia Kent <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!Random on Tour: Las Vegas is the ninth book in Julia Kent’s New York Times-bestselling Random series. When the band performs in Vegas, anything goes – including Darla’s dignity and all of the band’s savings. When a savior appears, though, there’s a trade-off for being rescued. A big one...”
  9. Wild Card (Wild At Heart Series Book 3) by Christine Hartmann
  10. Beyond the Rules (an At the Brink Novel) by Anna del Mar
  11. Right Next to Me by Rachel Ward
  12. Resisting Redemption by Amabel Daniels
  13. Illegal Contact (The Barons) by Santino Hassell <— SANTINO HASSELL M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!! HE’S A FOOTBALL STAR…Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…
  14. Team Phison by Chace Verity <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  15. The Secret (Billionaire’s Beach Book 6) by Christie Ridgway
  16. Never With You (The Never Series Book 6) by Anie Michaels
  17. Thousands (Dollar Book 4) by Pepper Winters <— PEPPER WINTERS ALERT!!! SERIES CONTINUATION... (I won’t read this blurb so I on’t spoil it for myself, but I hear he’s even worse than her other bad guys!!). :D !!
  18. Loving Again: The Broken Hearts Club by Michele Barlow
  19. Saving the Preacher’s Daughter (Dogs of Fire: Savannah Chapter Book 1) by Piper Davenport
  20. Autumn’s Majesty: Seasons of Faith Book Two (Arcadia Valley Romance Book 8) by Mary Jane Hathaway
  21. Wild Card by Karina Halle <— KARINA HALLE ALERT!!! “Shane Nelson has always been a bit of a wild card. The youngest of his brothers, Shane’s spent most of his life being underestimated and misunderstood. With his quiet intensity, classic good looks and thoughtful demeanor, he’s an enigma on horseback, managing his father’s sprawling ranch on the slopes of North Ridge.
    But while Shane remains the quintessential brooding cowboy, complete with an arsenal of inner demons, all of that changes when Rachel steps back into his life. She was the girl he pushed away. Now she’s the girl who wishes she could leave.
  22. How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis
  23. Elsie’s Place y Kerrie Paterson
  24. 13 Dates by Matt Dunn
  25. Social Media by J.A. Huss <— J.A. HUSS ALERT!! SHE WAS FLIRTING WITH A FAMOUS ACTOR…When Grace @FilthyBlueBird tweeted her dirtiest, most delicious secret desires to MovieStar @VaughnAsher she never expected a reply, let alone a face-to-face meeting and an offer of a lifetime…
  26. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
  27. Collide (Talon Security Series Book 3) by Megan O’Brien
  28. Seeking Sarah: A Novel by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
  29. Shelter for Sophie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 8) by Susan Stoker <— OH MY!! THIS IS FOR ME!!! SHE’S HAD A SECRET CRUSH ON HER BROODING FIREFIGHTER NEIGHBOR… “...Sophie has a crush on the silent-but-studly firefighter next door. She’s been pining away silently while secretly helping the hardworking man by mowing his lawn—which he thinks is being done by her nonexistent husband and/or boyfriend. He’s definitely not big on neighborly chitchat, but with her stutter, that suits Sophie just fine. But now a misunderstanding at a bar has put him even further out of her reach…
  30. Amazed by You (Riding Tall Book 11) by Cheyenne McCray
  31. Faking It: BBW Billionaire Romance (Fake Billionaire Series Book 1) by Lexy Timms
  32. Forever in Good Hope (A Good Hope Novel Book 4) by Cindy Kirk
  33. Kane (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Book 6) by Sinclair Jayne
  34. The Daughters of Ireland (Deverill Chronicles) by Santa Montefiore
  35. The Scotch King by Penelope Sky <— HE TAKES THE OTHER GUY’S SISTER IN RETALIATION… “…Now I’ll take something from him—something irreplaceable. His sister. Collateral. But even when Joseph doubles the amount of money he owes me, I don’t give her up. Nope. I have an image to maintain. So I keep her. And I’m not giving her up…”
  36. Home Stretch (Savannah Martin Mysteries Book 15) by Jenna Bennett
  37. A Final Deal (Blake & Faith Standalone) (Billionaires’ Brides of Convenience Book 8) by Nadia Lee
  38. Legacy (RiffRaff Records Book 2) by L.P. Maxa
  39. The Playboy Billionaire’s Baby by Tangela Ellis
  40. Assassin In My Bed by Samantha Cade
  41. The Lucky Heart (Jamison Valley Book 3) by Devney Perry <— DEVNEY PERRY ALERT!!! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE... “Felicity’s life story reads like the script to a bad soap opera. Girl’s high-school boyfriend becomes a drug addict. Girl falls for boyfriend’s best friend. Girl leaves them both behind only to return home years later for murdered ex-boyfriend’s funeral. Now she’s back home in Montana, ready to start fresh. She’s got a long list of amends to make and relationships to rebuild, including one with the man who has owned her heart for sixteen years...”
  42. Bad Boy Done Wrong (Happy Endings Book Club, Book 5) by Kylie Gilmore
  43. Just One Chance (Oh Tequila Series Book 1) by C.A. Harms
  44. If You Ever Change Your Mind by B. Love
  45. Shape Of My Heart by Khardine Gray
  46. Return to Your Skin by Luz Gabás <— HISTORICAL ALERT!!Past and present are interwoven in this story of everlasting love, where the shadow of witchcraft and man’s greed are defeated by one woman’s passion that transcends space and time.”
  47. Return to Your Skin by Morgan Young
  48. True Identity (The Lost and Found series Book 1) by Amanda Mackey
  49. Journey To Faithful (The Faithful Trilogy Book 1) by Anna Bishop Barker
  50. Claiming Janna: A Bachelor of Shell Cove Novel (The Bachelors of Shell Cove Book 4) by Siera London
  51. A Little Harmless Secret by Melissa Schroeder
  52. Sweet Surrender by Naima Simone
  53. Second Time Around (The Circle of Love Book 2) by T. S. Sharp
  54. Broken Girls by J M Ryan
  55. The Truth about Porn Star Boyfriends by Sunniva Dee <— OMG MINE!!!!! SHE FORGOT TO ASK HIM WHAT HE DID FOR A LIVING ALERT!!! GASP!!!!! :D !!!! “…He was the perfect boyfriend. Attentive, gorgeous, guessing my every wish and fulfilling them. The sex was earth-shattering. He even dealt with my crazy mom the way no one else could. He popped the question, God, such a perfect guy. There was just one issue...”
  56. Holding on for you (Saved #2) by Shelby Reeves
  57. Hold ‘Em: A Gambling Hearts Romance by Jacquie Biggar
  58. When Houses Burn by Laurèn Lee
  59. The VERY Rich Man (The VERY Manly Series Book 3) by Laura Stapleton
  60. Keeper: A Dark Captive Romance (Dark Romance Trilogy) by Robin Lovett


PREORDERS (Next few days, and a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Swept Into Love: Gage Ryder (Love in Bloom: The Ryders Book 5) by Melissa Foster - August 16th 2017
  2. If Ever by Angie Stanton – August 21st 2017
  3. After the Game (Field Party Book 3) by Abbi Glines – August 22nd 2017
  4. The Beauty of Us: A Fusion Novel by Kristen Proby - August 22nd 2017
  5. Keep Her Safe: A Novel by K.A. Tucker - August 22nd 2017

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Grey August 15, 2017 at 6:30 AM

*tosses birthday glitter and confetti* Happiest of Happy birthdays to our hostess with the mostest!!! Maryse, hope your day is filled with all of your favorite things and thank you so much for all you do for us, all year long! *squeezy hugs* Love you!!

Ela August 15, 2017 at 6:55 AM


Ela August 15, 2017 at 6:56 AM


*hands Maryse a birthday cake shake*

Amy August 15, 2017 at 7:25 AM


It’s too early for birthday cake martinis, so until tonight it looks like Ela has us covered with birthday cake shakes! :D

You are a special lady and have done an incredible thing here with your blog, and you have added so much to our lives by bringing us all together. Today we celebrate YOU!! *huge squeezy snuggles*

Maryse August 15, 2017 at 7:31 AM

:D !!!!!

Thank you SO MUCH guys!!!!!! I love all of you like crazy!!!

I’m so lucky you guys hang out with me every day… best book club EVER!

R. Renee August 15, 2017 at 7:55 AM

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

Too early??!! What? I’ll have a birthday cake martini with you Maryse!

Lisa Aiello August 15, 2017 at 7:58 AM

Happy Birthday, Maryse – thank you for everything you do for us. I hope you have a magical day!!

And on a separate note – my one click finger is burned out from that list above…and Amazon is sending me emails tellng me to “give it a rest and let some other people have some books”. Apparently my goal in life is to own everything!

bev August 15, 2017 at 8:23 AM

Happy Birthday, Maryse!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Maryse August 15, 2017 at 8:28 AM


bev August 15, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Martinis at 6:30 in the morning. You all are hardcore.
Unless you are turning 21?
Then you all are a very mature hardcore.
Martinis were not in the mix when I turned 21.
Can we ease in?

Ela August 15, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Yum bev!

Cheryl August 15, 2017 at 9:03 AM


Marsye, thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to finding all the books we can’t live without and bringing together a great group of people I call my friends!! You’re the best!!!

How about birthday cake muffins with those shakes!!

Cheryl August 15, 2017 at 9:03 AM

And of course I one-clicked Renee Carlino’s latest and am starting it now!! :)

Heather August 15, 2017 at 9:06 AM

Happy Birthday!
I’ve probably only commented a handful of times here, but I follow every week.
I believe I just completed my Renee Carlino library with all the bargain prices. Thanks for letting us know!

Ela August 15, 2017 at 9:33 AM


Cheryl August 15, 2017 at 9:56 AM

About 20% in Wish You Were Here. Something is wrong and I know it won’t be good and it’s gonna hurt and I’m sad. I have an idea what it might be…

Leslie M August 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM



bev August 15, 2017 at 10:37 AM

So what is the bestest book blogger going to read on her day?

Fabi August 15, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Wishing you a wonderful birthday Maryse!

lisa o August 15, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Absinthe .I had to get for the cover alone.. HOT!! Love men in white :)

Tessa August 15, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Happy birthday Maryse! *tons of rainbow glitter in the air and pink confetti* *huggles* Have a fun one with awesome cake and martinis. :D

ES Bell’s book, The Dark of the Moon, was released today. :D A romantic fantasy! *squees*

Tasha J August 15, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Happy Birthday Maryse!!

R. Renee August 15, 2017 at 12:07 PM

I’m 50% through The Dark of the Moon and I’m currently hiding in my bubble bath reading. I’ve been here for well over an hour and I think soon I’m going to grow a merkind tail! It’s straight fantasy with romantic elements but it’s definitely not a romance. I can’t wait to hear what you think Tessa!

Tessa August 15, 2017 at 12:33 PM

I’ll get into it soon. That went to the top of my list as soon as I grabbed it. :D I just need to space it from Sunday’s watching of GoT. I want it to have a chance. (I watched episode 4 as well as 5. 4 was too awesome to have anything try to compete.)

Amy August 15, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Tessa!!! How amazing crazy BLOW-YOUR-FREAKING-MIND AWESOME was episode 4 of GoT?!? Holy moly!! I LOVE Drogon and Daenerys and her other two dragons. I swear, if she doesn’t end up the ruler of the seven kingdoms or one of the dragons dies then we riot. RIOT, I tell ya!

Now, if she hooks up with Jon Snow and they rule together then that would be the bestest ever. ;)

Amy August 15, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Don’t #%&$ with the Mother of Dragons.

bev August 15, 2017 at 1:49 PM

Except she does tend to make some big mistakes. At least where I left off on in the books and show. She likes to default to might makes right in my opinion. Yes, abolish slavery but maybe do some thinking first so that your army and dragons is not the only thing keeping the region semi stable. So mimics the US in the Middle East. How are you going to leave. I was reading a review that worries she mimics Cersei in some ways.

bev August 15, 2017 at 1:53 PM

Why am I stuck down there, lol. Maryse is moderating me.


Grey August 15, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Stop, I cant even look… I am behind still LOL! Yes, Maryse, what are you reading today?

I am reading one of my August challenge books today. Sparrow by L.J. Shen.

Northernstar August 15, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Happy Happy Birtthday Maryse!
*throws (environmentally friendly) confetti in the air*.

Thank you for taking care of the bookaholics of the world.

Tessa August 15, 2017 at 2:48 PM

Um… I honestly hope that Daneirys and Jon don’t get together, because eeew…

bev August 15, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Well, in her family…..

Just she needs to learn more dishes than barbeque.

D.G. August 15, 2017 at 3:32 PM

*sings ‘Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you..happy birthday to the very, best book blogger!!!! Happy birthday to you – Maryse!!!’ *. Hope you have the best book birthday ever!

Amy August 15, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Hey, at least Daenerys and Jon aren’t brother and sister like Jaime and Cersei. :?

And all those guys had to do was take a knee but nooooooo, they just had to be defiant. They were just askin’ for an invitation to the dragon barbecue. *snort*

Tessa August 15, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Lol Right? I never liked them anyway.

Amy August 15, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Especially after how they treated sweet Sam. :( Shoulda taken a knee… *shakes head*

Ooh! I heard a speculation that the little reveal Cersei gave Jaime may end tragically and it will push her over the edge as the Mad Queen. Sounds possible.

And yes, Dany can sometimes make mistakes and flex her dragons…er, muscles a bit too much but hell, she’s a female trying to take control and she HAS to show her strength from time to time. JMHO. ;)

Ela August 15, 2017 at 4:23 PM


Amy August 15, 2017 at 4:33 PM

OMG did y’all see the part on Sunday with Jon Snow and the dragon?? When his eyes looked misty??? *swoooooon*

Amy August 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM

I say they get together and have a bunch of snow dragon babies!

Ela August 15, 2017 at 4:44 PM



Amy August 15, 2017 at 4:49 PM

*gasp* YES!! How beautiful would they be? If we can’t have Drago and their baby boy back :cry: then a Jon-Dany pairing would be the next best thing.

Hey! Remember how they didn’t roast Tyrion (sp?) either that one time? Maybe he is related somehow as well? Hmmmm…

bev August 15, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Ela! The books, really?? Yay! I freaking loved the books.

I loved Jamie’s arc as I read the books, but looks like not sticking.
That’s the thing with Martin, no one is safe. So who knows who will be left standing.
I am totally behind but, IDK, I am side eyeing the Mother right now. (I am not spoiler free) Her lineage was not the most stable.
I am not fangirling her but not against her either. Well, I do cheer her sometimes, she can pull out the badass.
But most of my loyalty is for the Stark Children, that means Jon too . And Tyrion and Brienne.

bev August 15, 2017 at 5:05 PM

I am not sure Drogo would of been happy in Westeros.

Amy August 15, 2017 at 5:07 PM

No, he probably wouldn’t have been but he would be with the moon of his world. :(

bev August 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM


bev August 15, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Omg, Amy. I am Sorry. Oh, that made me laugh. Like tears just imagining what voice you said that in.

Amy August 15, 2017 at 5:17 PM

*snicker* :P

bev August 15, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Good news today. The jury found in favor of Taylor Swift.

Tessa August 15, 2017 at 5:35 PM

OMG I’ll be honest. I actually like Jaime. A truly dark thought, though. I think, in the end, either he’ll kill Cersei or Cersei will order his death.

If Lannisters are so fertile, why aren’t there more Tyrions running around? Also, we better stop due to spoilers. Let’s just say I know Cersei’s last reveal won’t stay.

Tessa August 15, 2017 at 5:35 PM

And yeah for Taylor Swift!

Amy August 15, 2017 at 5:49 PM

I agree about Jaime and Cersei. It just can’t end well.

And as much as I loathe Cersei (even though I was gunning for her “shame” vengeance!), I have never loathed Jaime. He’s not all good but he’s not all bad either.

Dude, how about the old lady’s drop-the-mic moment? BOOM. Okay, I’ll stop now for fear of spoiling something. ;)

Tasha J August 15, 2017 at 6:58 PM

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill is on sale for 1.99 from 10.99 today

bev August 15, 2017 at 7:03 PM

I don’t watch WD anymore, not sure if I’ll pick it up again, but Daryl along with Jamie are just favorite arcs. I like watching (reading)them. I wish our books did this more and took the time with them.

So, Justified was a great show. It is done now and I thought had a really satisfying ending. Very complex characters and amazing acting. One of the best antagonistic, but almost bromances ever. Just putting it out there. Seriously so fun to watch Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder.

bev August 15, 2017 at 7:04 PM

The old lady reminded me of the Dowager from Downton. I love that these actors are getting a chance to shine even though not 20.

bev August 15, 2017 at 7:08 PM

About spoilers but not a spoiler. Don’t you ever wish you could just talk about it and all the details and not worry about spoiling anyone?
Though I have been spoiled before in bad ways. Like, you just have a away the whole story or motivation.
But sometimes I just want to discuss it, lol.

Cheryl August 15, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Wish You Were Here had a somewhat slow start and I want to tell the h to grow a pair, BUT the feels. This book has them!!!

Tasha J August 15, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Anyone remember reading A Child Called “It” in school? Dave Pelzer announced recently that it’s going to be made into a movie. We read that book so young, I remember it was very tough for me to read at the time. It was really good, but child abuse was such a sad, scary subject for our young minds to absorb. I’m still a scaredy cat with movies with that in it. An American Crime, with Ellen Page, I watched probably 10yrs ago or so and I’m still troubled by it to this day. It was probably one of the worst one’s I’ve watched, ever.

Tasha J August 15, 2017 at 11:02 PM

I just finished The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, LOVED it!!! I know I said it might take me a while on GR, Bev, but I couldn’t put it down! I mean, it hooked me right away, but by about 20%, probably, I was getting super invested, and by 40/50% I was totally and completely hooked, and I had to keep reading. Ah, so one of my favorites! I can’t attest to her other books bc this is the only one I’ve read of hers, but I’ll definitely be checking them out. Amy, if you haven’t read this one, I feel like it has your name written all over it!

Ela August 16, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Maybe create a spoiler thread on GR? With no spoiler tags, that’s just too much work! Now I’m wondering about which old lady you’re talking about? The witch?

Kylie Gilmore August 16, 2017 at 7:23 AM

Happy birthday and thanks for including my new release!

Grey August 16, 2017 at 8:36 AM

I am skipping all of your posts, you naughty little imps… *side-eyes the whole lot of you*

Whatcha reading Wednesday? and what’s for dinner? I must be very careful that you all read this one correctly.

I’m READING Sparrow by L.J. Shen…
I’m EATING… I have no idea. Tonight is my little’s first football scrimmage so, I have no clue what we’ll be eating as we have to be in the neighboring town at 5… and won’t be done until 8…that kind of puts a kabosh on the whole meal planning thing…

R. Renee August 16, 2017 at 8:41 AM

I’m neck deep in Dark of the Moon and I’m never eating again after those cheese enchiladas I inhaled last night.

Question, has anyone bought an e-book copy of The Wild on Webster’s website? I have someone of FB asking me what happens after you pay. I guess the book doesn’t automatically download?

Tasha J August 16, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Funny enough, I threw some chicken breast and leftover enchilada sauce I had in the freezer in the crockpot yesterday, shredded it up and made tacos out of them. That was quick and easy for us. I may make quesadillas outta the leftovers for lunch today. No idea what I’m doing for supper yet tonight either. My daughter has a hair apt at 4 so it’ll have to be something quick to prepare too. Maybe brats and tater tots, cuz I’m feeling fancy. Lol I think I’m gonna purchase Eleanor today, and try to get some reading done there.

Ela August 16, 2017 at 9:40 AM
Tessa August 16, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Rubin, it depends on how they get their book. They have to get on their tablet and get it directly from the site.

R. Renee August 16, 2017 at 10:20 AM

I don’t think there’s a place to get it from the author’s site. It asks for your email address when you’re checking out, but that’s it. It makes it appear that it will be emailed, but she hasn’t received it and I know someone on here had the same issue before but IDK if they ever actually got the book.

Grey August 16, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Ela, you naughty little minx… Hopefully this weekend, I can catch the rest of the way up with GoT… I love it!

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:23 AM

I feel like it would take me a month or two of straight GoT watching to get through all the seasons in a marathon sitting… Am I right? GAH!!!

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Thank you Kylie, and it’s my pleasure!! :D

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:25 AM

I’m reading “Something in the Way”. I just couldn’t hold myself back any longer. I know it’ll be a few months before #3 is out, but I just HAVE to know what the fuss is. This sounds so much like my angsty-thing…

I just can’t resist anymore. I’ve never been all that patient anyway. ;)

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM

I read “A Child Called It” so many years ago and while I couldn’t put it down, it messed me up, made me so depressed and I can’t even believe he survived that. I can’t understand how ANYONE treats someone like that, let alone a child.

UGH. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch that movie.

Leslie M August 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM

I just finished reading Forget by N.A. Alcorn. Loved it! Not sure if I am diving in to the sequel or the other million things I want to finish this month. *shrugs* Book nerd problems.

I just figured out I am making stuffed peppers for super. Heading out to grocery store now.

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:27 AM

When I was really young, I read and re-read Mommy Dearest (and saw that movie) and that too… has scarred me.

bev August 16, 2017 at 11:30 AM

I am finishing up the Scorpio Races, like 20 pages left. Then it is on to Days of Blood an Starlight.
Overdue at library and that pushes them up the the.
Not sure what is for dinner I need to go grocery shopping to day.

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:31 AM

LOL bev. That spoiler-need confession sounds like a reader confession if I ever heard one. ;) I think I may feature this tonight, because I have no doubt that many feel the same way.

And yes, sometimes the book is SO darn good I just want to retell it to anyone who’ll listen (in it’s entirety) because I AM DESPERATE for them to understand my love for the book and WHY (hence my teeter-tottering in the spoiler direction), and re-live it with readers (or watchers – if it’s a movie) so we can gasp and ooooh and ahhhh over all the crazy stuff.

Sometimes we even pick up on stuff we missed that way, or even suddenly “clue in” and understand things even better when another tells it to us from their own perspective. Spoiler-chat is fun for sure. And in fact, SOMETIMES… and ONLY SOMETIMES, a “spoiler” moment that is revealed might actually entice me to read the book, just on that jaw-dropping spoiler alone. As long as the whole thing isn’t spoiled by that reveal, of course. And never tell me the ending. That’s my hard limit.

but sometimes I get reader questions, and there are spoilers in there (and I haven’t read the book) but the way the book is described makes me want to read it anyway.

So… I have a love-hate relationship with spoilers for sure, but I get you bev.

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Awesome find Tasha!!! I’m collecting his books as we speak. :D In fact, thanks to your find, I just one-clicked it!!

bev August 16, 2017 at 11:35 AM

I need to catch up on GoT too. Need to remember where I left off. Luckily seasons are short, ten eps? Maybe a few every weekend for the fall.

Tasha, that is good to hear. Her the The Woman in Cabin 10 tempts me.
I have never read A Child Called It, don’t know if I can as I have heard of it. I am surprised it was school reading.

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:44 AM

What’s the dragon mother’s name? Isn’t SHE Cersei? I thought everyone loves her most? Again… I’m SO behind. 1.5 seasons under my belt.

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:45 AM

I’m so happy for Taylor Swift too! That picture was SO obvious. UGH I was fuming!!!!!

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:46 AM

I want to thank ALL of you for your sweet birthday wishes, my friends!!! I had an AMAZING birthday, and my sister and my aunt came down to stay with me for the week. I AM SO LUCKY!!!!

I glowed of happiness all day. <3 And there was cake! :)

bev August 16, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Maryse, yes to the clue in part. So much yes. It is why I sometimes read recaps after I watch a show or re read a review that made me read the book in the first place. I discover new things all the time. I love seeing people’s reactions or what they are invested in.

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 11:48 AM

You guys!!! I’m still scrolling backwards with these birthday notes from you all, and my heart is SO full right now. Overflowing. BEST BOOK CREW EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD. RIGHT HERE!!!! :D

Cheryl August 16, 2017 at 12:10 PM

I just finished Wish You Were Here. I cried- a big, ugly cry in my daughter’s hospital room. (guess I can read Atheist now Maryse and Amy!)

WYWH was sweet, heartbreaking and somewhat angsty. I didn’t like the h too much in the beginning because she was so wimpy, but she evolved because of the circumstances she went thru and I grew to like her by the end. Loved Adam and Seth. My heart broke for them and I felt the emotions they were going thru and wanted what they wanted to come true. Beautiful writing as always with this author. My only complaint is the ending tied up too quickly and I wanted more.

Tessa August 16, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Daenerys is the mother of dragons. After 1.5 yeah, you don’t need to worry about who’s hated by season seven. Anyone hated you’ll hate too by then. :D

I finished Make Me by Amanda Heath in my need to read every bully book. I swear, I’ve read a book so similar, but that was better. Now I’m going to go nuts trying to remember what book it was.

Ela August 16, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Daenerys has one long as title: “Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons”

bev August 16, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Is anyone else not getting all there notifications from GR?

bev August 16, 2017 at 1:15 PM

Deeper by Robin York is 99. Love this book. Caroline and West are great. Totally charmed me.

bev August 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Cait August 16, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Happiest of birthday wishes Maryse! Have a super day and thanks again chick!

Tessa August 16, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Bev, can you PM me on Goodreads and give me the ending for Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I have Days of Blood and Starlight and haven’t started it because it’s been years since I read the first one.

Amy August 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Okay, drive-by comment catch up…

*takes deep breath*

Walking Dead was boring me last season so not excited for next season…Wish You Were Here is next after Cheryl’s reaction and use of catnip words…can’t read A Child Called It, just can’t :cry: …An American Crime WAS troubling and broke my heart in the worst way…thanks Tasha, I thought I had The Lying Game but I don’t so I just clicked it…Ela, I was talking about Lady Olenna and her drop-the-mic moment and holy moly I love that woman’s spunkiness…making spaghetti and meatballs tonight…LOVED Deeper by Robin York.

I think I covered everything. ;)

Amy August 16, 2017 at 4:07 PM

Nope, I forgot something…

YES Maryse, you should catch up on GoT so you can gush with us! I’ve been re-watching from season one and I’m almost done with season three. I watch it while on the elliptical or treadmill (instead of running outside), on my iPad while getting ready in the morning, while re-painting some of our rooms, etc. can’t have it on while reading though. Because torn loyalties. *snort*

Oh, and re: spoilers…y’all know I hate ‘em, but I like being able to find them if I want to, like with The Wild. But if I’m not seeking them out then I don’t want to know.

Leslie M August 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Funny, Cheryl’s reaction makes me NOT want to read Wish You Were Here. ;)

Deeper/Harder by Robin York was a good one. Perfect for those who like broken/jerky heros.

A Child Called it?? No way would I touch that one. No siree.

Spoilers…well, I only want them when I am looking for them and most importantly I WANT TO KNOW IF CHARACTER IS GOING TO DIE. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, PLEASE DO NOT LET ME READ A DEATH BOOK!! Spoilers are imperative when it comes to dying.

Leslie M August 16, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Friends don’t let friends read death books!!!

R. Renee August 16, 2017 at 4:34 PM

:D :D :D

marina August 16, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Happy Birthday Maryse!!!! Hope you had an awesome day!! :)

Cheryl August 16, 2017 at 4:58 PM

Leslie, I am not giving any spoilers- I hate them, unless I’m also looking for them. I did cry, but not at the end.

Cheryl August 16, 2017 at 5:23 PM

Trying to decide if I want to one-click Social Media. I like the premise, just not sure about the writing. The sample was ok.

bev August 16, 2017 at 5:26 PM
Leslie M August 16, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Thanks Cheryl, that DOES make it a little better.

Tracie August 16, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Happy Birthday Maryse! The best and only book blog I read! You are the best part of my day! Thank you for everything you do!

bev August 16, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Amy, good timing if still here. Scroll to the spaghetti video. The Wes Anderson one is pretty perfect though burnt is best.

Tessa August 16, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Bev that did help a lot! Thank you! For some reason, the tooth thing jogged my memory.

Cheryl August 16, 2017 at 6:45 PM

Anyone read Savage/Savior- The Kingwood duet? It’s KU and I’m trying to decide what to read next.

D.G. August 16, 2017 at 9:43 PM

LOvE it!!! Grey is reading Sparrow!!! Tessa is reading Make Me!!! Loved both of those books!!! Hope you both enjoy them too!!!

D.G. August 16, 2017 at 9:47 PM

Tessa – it seems like a while back there was a short discussion about a more recent book that was similar to Make Me…maybe…I’ll see if I can find it

bev August 16, 2017 at 10:10 PM

I am glad. I love these plot summaries when I cannot remember. Like what happened in that movie again?

Jan August 16, 2017 at 10:30 PM

Maryse – sorry I missed your birthday. *hugs* Sounds like you had a great day!

Spoilers, huh? I HATE it when I accidentally read one, but sometimes, yeah I go looking for them (like Wild *shudders*). So I like them to be available but only when I’m braced and ready for ‘em.

I haven’t watched GoT yet, but it’s on the list! But I’m a bit worried it might be too violent for me???? I’ll have to watch it with a blankie ready to hide behind on the yucky parts. My current TV addiction is Versailles. I’m in series 2 and FLOVING it! Ooh, those sexee frensheeee men with their beautiful long black hair and their gorgeous clothes. *fans self* Gimme some French 17th century luvvin ;)

Amy August 16, 2017 at 10:33 PM


I was a BAD girl and watched the leaked episode of GoT for this upcoming Sunday and NOOOOOOOO!!!!

I’m going to go cry in the corner now…

bev August 16, 2017 at 10:44 PM

Uh -oh.

Now go to the spoiler thread on GR Amy. Stat! Though maybe hide it under a tag.

bev August 16, 2017 at 10:45 PM

Ooh just googled. Deep breath going to read it.

Amy August 16, 2017 at 10:51 PM

Seriously, I am SO sad right now.

*waits for bev’s are-you-serious face after she reads the spoiler*

bev August 16, 2017 at 11:11 PM

It is super sad and surprising. It was not even something I thought I would have to brace for, you know?
But I am a bit relieved. I know horrible but I was oh my they actually killed off…… cause of your reaction.

Know what cracks me up? Every recap mentions how fast the eps are moving to fit everything in, lol. Remember how long it used to take for stories to align?

Amy August 16, 2017 at 11:25 PM

Right?!? I definitely wasn’t braced and ready for that. The last scene…GAH!!! I. Want. To. Cut. A. B!tch. Anyone will do right now.

That was just WRONG. :cry:

Amy August 16, 2017 at 11:27 PM

And holy moly, the stories are aligning now! I’m actually (surprisingly) okay with the eps moving as quick as they are. ;)

Leslie M August 17, 2017 at 7:55 AM


Listening to: Sex Says by Max Monroe

“My name is Lola Sexton, and I’m a sex addict. Okay…that’s a lie.”  (Not to be confused with my fave, the Addicted series by Krista Ritchie which h really IS a sex addict)

Reading: Blur by N.A. Alcorn

The secrets weren’t mine, so I hid them.

Ela August 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM


Ela August 17, 2017 at 8:31 AM


Fabi August 17, 2017 at 8:47 AM

I just finished Illegal Contact. How in the world am I going to find my next book? It’s always impossible after Santino Hassell story. This was a brilliant five-star romance.

Tasha J August 17, 2017 at 8:57 AM

FLT: “When people ask me what I do—taxi drivers, hairdressers—I tell them I work in an office.” Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- It’s early still, but I’m really enjoying this book. Eleanor’s a little different and I’m digging it. Haha

Grey August 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM

FLT ~ Silence. The most loaded sound in human history. ~ Sparrow by L.J. Shen

Amy August 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM

ELA! You will get the full effect when you watch it, and IT. JUST. SUCKS!!!!!

And a certain “someone’s” reaction…*sob*

I’m still upset about it. :(

Amy August 17, 2017 at 10:52 AM


“The problem wasn’t so much that Lexie had taken the Klonopin.” ~ The Trouble With Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau

I’m REALLY liking this one. She’s a mess and I like her for it.

bev August 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Prague, early May.
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.

Ela August 17, 2017 at 11:18 AM

“We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
by George R.R. Martin

bev August 17, 2017 at 11:20 AM

You know who still makes me sad?

Look away if you haven’t watched SOA. If you are going to watch it. And if you are then WATCH it already it started almost a DECADE ago.

Anyway: Opie. That was freaking brutal. It still makes me sad.
But then I remember we were discussing man buns on here and I mentioned Opie. And Amy thought I meant I think of his butt and her reaction still makes me laugh.

bev August 17, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Ela, the wolf puppies. Oh, Ghost.

Tessa August 17, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Alright, I went to read the spoiler because I was worried it was someone else. I kind of expected that one, honestly. I’ll reveal more why in spoilers, but yeah. Though, it’s available now? WEEEEE! Though, where can I even watch it? It’s not on demand. :(

Tessa August 17, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Paladin Selena Koren knelt at the altar, head bowed, eyes squeezed shut.
The Dark of the Moon by ES Bell

I’m at location 3138 of 9662. You know that second number makes me happy. :D

Ela August 17, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Yassssssssssssss Opie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But truly “the red wedding” still makes me tear up!!!!!!!!!!!

Tessa August 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Where can you watch the next episode? Ive only found episode 5. The Dark of the Moon jas my attention big time. My brain is trying to unravel everything. I wish i knew some minor details to help with the guessing.

R. Renee August 17, 2017 at 4:23 PM

My FLT is the same as Tessa’s. And I’m kinda hoping it will be next week’s too. I’m dying to know what happens but I’m not ready for it to end.

grey August 17, 2017 at 7:58 PM

New Flt ~ “YOUR MOM WAS THE BEST woman I’ve ever known, Matty,” John Hadder told me as he squeezed my suit-jacket-covered shoulder. ~ Alex in Wonderland by Max Monroe

Cheryl August 17, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Still trying to decide on my FLT. I may read another of Max Monroe’s- Dr. Erotic. What can I say, I’m camped out in my daughter’s hospital room- maybe he’ll stop by!! ;)

Also was looking at Dating You Hating You, but I’m hating the price. I have been trying to cut down on my book purchases, since I have KU. Just want a funny book right now and nothing in KU (that I haven’t read already) is appealing to me.

bev August 17, 2017 at 8:13 PM

Cheryl, have you read Laura Florand? Her Once Upon A Rose is leandable if you want to try it. She has a sort if whimsical style. I love the meet cute in this one. You can disappear to France for a bit if you want to borrow it.

bev August 17, 2017 at 8:25 PM

Oh, and Ellen O’Connell is on KU. Eyes of Silver, Eyes Of Gold, Without Words, A Beautiful Bad man, all soooo gooooood. I dont know if you read HR but get to try for basically free. So good. You are out of your normal habitats anyway…….;)

Cheryl August 17, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Thanks Bev. I’ll check those out now.

Leslie M August 17, 2017 at 9:22 PM

Ooooh, I just went to France in my last book and it was lovely! *snort* :)

(Forget by N.A. Alcorn)

Cheryl August 17, 2017 at 9:41 PM

Leslie, I LOVED Dylan and Forget and Blur!!! Vive la France!! ;)

Jan August 17, 2017 at 11:30 PM

Cheryl, Dating You Hating You was nothing special (IMO). Nowhere near as good as the Beautiful series :/ So you’re not missing much…….

I second bev’s rec of Laura Florand. I like the one bev mentioned, and there is a new one coming out soon in that series – sah-weet! My fav series of hers is Amour et Chocolat. I floved The Chocolate Touch and The Chocolate Heart. Paris, chocolates, hot chefs, a bit of angst, some sexy romance… what’s not to love? Oh Dominque, oh Luc, you gorgeous, gorgeous men………. Vive la France!

I’m loving reading all of the first lines today. Some really intriguing ones. BTW Amy, what’s a Klonopin????

My FLT is:
‘No heart,’ I whispered into my coat collar.

from The Butterfly Project, Emma Scott.

I’ve somehow dragged myself (briefly) away from my crazy HR-fest I’m trapped in, to go for this lovely CR set in NYC. Lonely young bike messenger with a past meets lonely young graphic artist with a past. I’m a third in and it’s quite sweet so far. This is my pick-for-me tbr challenge book from our GR group and I’m TRYING to complete at least one of my challenges!!

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