Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – August 23rd 2016

by Maryse on August 23, 2016 · 110 comments

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<—- BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!!!  R.L. MATHEWSON FANS (as we should ALL BE!!) The LATEST NEIGHBOR FROM HELL ALERT!!!!! It’s LIVE! Fire & Brimstone: A Neighbor from Hell *squeeeee* I LOVE this series!

“What happens when a Bradford with questionable OCD, a tempter and a reputation for making his employees cry falls for the woman that refuses to accept the fact that he’s fired her…”

P.S. Here are my review of the first two books in this hilarious (seriously… HILARIOUS yet super angsty-pining romance series):

It’s ready!! A huge new release list with 75+ new books to explore. Kind of hard to choose, though, right? I can help! ;)

Here are a few that look extra exciting to me: Feyness (yep!! In the paranormal section. Something about that blurb gave me that *oomph* effect. She can see your soul… and the history of it. Your past lives. All of it. And she meets one so dark but he pulls her to him…), The Captive Series Bundle (super-bargain for the entire series and Amy said it left her heart aching for three days!!!), Wait (she’s running back to the rock star that once broke her heart. Plus it’s A.L. Jackson so you know this one’s gonna hurt!), Bad Judgment (college stripper hired to tutor him…), I’m Still Here (she’s in a coma, and everything thinks she can’t hear them, even contemplating taking her off life support!! But she loves a certain stranger’s daily visits).

Plus of course, we’ve got some BIG favorites, like Maya Banks, Abbi Glines, Molly McAdams and S.C. Stephens that just released new ones! I highlighted ‘em below.

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

P.P.S. ➔ Follow me (and Pimmie AND Hobbit – my sweet puppies – yep, I have a new addition!) on Instagram? That would be SO cool!!! :D


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 —>

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  1. First Star I See Tonight: A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  2. Ravenous: Quantum Series, Book 5 by M.S. Force
  3. Wrong Question, Right Answer: The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 3 by Elle Casey
  4. With Every Breath: A Slow Burn Novel by Maya Banks
  5. Morrison: Caldwell Brothers Series, Book 2 by Chelsea Camaron
  6. Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens
  7. Turn It Up: Detroit Love Duet Series, Book 2 by Kim Karr
  8. Montana Rescue: The Wildes of Birch Bay, Book 2 by Kim Law


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!):

Amy: “OMG guys!!! The Captive series bundle by Erica Stevens is .99!! Braith the vampire is dangerous and protective and swoon-worthy and scary and just…GAH! It’s books 1 through 6 plus the prequel (which BROKE my heart and left me with a nice solid ache for, like, 3 days) but I would recommend waiting on the prequel until after book 4 to get the full effect of it. Even the author said SHE cried while writing the prequel. Okay, I’m done gushing. ;)

  • Wrecked (Axle Alley Vipers) by Sherilee Gray <— HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT! This one is super-bargain priced too! “…her overprotective big bro has enlisted his ex-cop best friend to keep an eye on his baby sister.”
  • Everything We Keep: A Novel by Kerry Lonsdale <— THIS BOOK WRECKED HER ALERT!! MBK recommends this one BIG time!

MBK: “YOU MUST READ THIS!!! The ending left you happy and then the epilogue WRECKED me! it was amazing.”

  • Veiled by Karina Halle <— EIT SPINOFF ALERT!!! MichelleS just started reading this recent release!
MichelleS: “I’m reading Karina Halle’s “Veiled”. Totally sucked in already. And Dex!!! He still cracks me up. I forgot how much I loved words like “twatwaffe” and “douchecanoe”. And wasn’t Dex the one that coined the phrase “Angel f**ker”? Gotta love Dex!”



  1. Wild Embrace: A Psy-Changeling Collection (Psy/Changeling Collection, A) by Nalini Singh <— NALINI SINGH ALERT!!!
  2. Loving Deviant (Cyborg Seduction Book 9) by Laurann Dohner <— LAURANN DOHNER ALERT!! SHE’S TRYING TO ESCAPE! “ She thinks she’s found the answer to her prayers when she contracts to be a deep-space bride—only to find herself facing an even bigger nightmare. Hiding from her con man “husband” aboard his space station, she comes across an intimidating cyborg…one who could just be her last hope…”
  3. A Spell Of Trouble (Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Leighann Dobbs
  4. From The Ashes (Ministry of Curiosities Book 6) by C.J. Archer
  5. The Guardian Mist by Susan Stoker
  6. Cypher (The Dragon’s Bidding Book 2) by Christina Westcott
  7. Sweet Succubus (a Night Fall novelette/Interracial romance) by Delilah Devlin
  8. Soul Guardian by Dawn Doyle <— HER DREAM MAN ONLY APPEARS IN HER DREAMS…Bethany sees him in almost every one of her dreams. She’s never spoken to him, never been close to him, but she knows that he’s the one. Her ‘dream guy’. The problem is, he’s not even real. How can she be with ‘the one’ if he doesn’t exist?
  9. Bonded: A Nightshade Novel (The Nightshade Saga Book 5) by Brenda Tetreault
  10. Pretty Perfect Toy — A Temptation Court Novel (Temptation Court, Book 2) by Angel Payne
  11. All the Wounds in Shadow: The Healing Edge – Book Two by Anise Eden
  12. Feyness by E.S. Carter <— SHE CAN SEE THE HISTORY OF YOUR SOUL!! “I can see your aura soaked in the blood of your previous lives. Most people are inherently good or evil. Some flit between darkness and light. Few can change the fabric of their essence; it’s a fight that most are too weak to win. He was once darkness. An evil so pure that his very soul is black and yet I am drawn to him like a moth to a flame…”
  13. Dial V for Vampire: A Kudzu Korners Novel by Isabella Norse
  14. Mind Mates (Pull of the Moon Book 2) by Mary Hughes
  15. Soul of a Rocky (A Gardinian World Novel Book 4) by Kelsey Jordan
  16. The Midnight Breed Series 3-Book Bundle: Kiss of Midnight, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian <— LARA ADRIAN 3-BOOK BUNDLE ALERT! I love this series!
  17. Her Black Heart (The Dark Amulet Series Book 2) by A.J. Norris
  18. Doing It Right: a paranormal romance (STORM Book 5) by L.M. Connolly
  19. The Guardians Eyes – Hell Bound by Nicole J Merchant
  20. Beautifully Burned (The Dreamcaster Series Book 2) by C.J. Burright
  21. Between Two Fires: A Novel by Mark Noce




  1. Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens <— S.C. STEPHENS LIVE ALERT!!! They’re BOTH motorcycle racers… “Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin.
  2. Under the Lights (Field Party) by Abbi Glines <— ABBI GLINES LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT!! “In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle…”
  3. Wrong Question, Right Answer (The Bourbon Street Boys Book 3) by Elle Casey
  4. Fight By The Team (Team Fear Book 2) by Cindy Skaggs
  5. No Regrets (Bomar Boys Book 1) by Jess Bryant
  6. Helios Awakened (The Helios Chronicles Book 1) by Tawa M Witko
  7. Nailed by Opal Carew <— BILLIONAIRE PAYS HER TO HAVE DINNER WITH HIM ALERT! “When River set up a fundraiser to kick start her nail polish business, she never expected someone to pay five thousand dollars just to have dinner with her. But when she meets her mysterious benefactor, he turns out to be billionaire Kane Winters—the one man from her past who she never wanted to see again…”
  8. Body Shot: A Last Shot Novel by Kelly Jamieson
  9. Shattered Vows (The Denton Family Legacy Book 2) by Sam Crescent
  10. Wait (A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel) by A.L. Jackson <— A.L. JACKSON ROCK STAR ALERT!! “It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him…
  11. The Art of Being Emily (Emily Compendium Book 1) by Katie MacAlister
  12. Rock Me Deep by Nora Flite <— ROCK STAR ALERT! “I used to make out with his magazine photos. Now we’re sleeping on the same tour bus…”
  13. I’m Still Here (Je Suis Là) by Clélie Avit <— SHE’S IN A COMA & HE’S A STRANGER TELLING HER HIS LIFE ALERT! The doctors don’t realize she’s regained partial consciousness and are thinking about ending her life support but… “…he finds his way into Elsa’s room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping. Thibault begins to visit Elsa regularly. As he learns more about her through her family and friends, he begins to realise that he is developing feelings for her. And when he talks to her, he can’t help feeling that she can hear his every word… For Elsa, his visits are like a breath of fresh air. Here is finally someone who speaks to her as if she is a real life person. Who makes her laugh. And who gives her something to fight for…
  14. The Knife that Kills the Heart (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents) by H.M. Trey
  15. The Contract (Nightlong Series Book 1) by Sarah Michelle Lynch
  16. The Good Neighbor: Book Two in the Fortune Bay Series by Judith Hudson
  17. Wedding Bell Blues: A Dixie Dew Mystery (A Beth McKenzie Mystery Book 2) by Ruth Moose
  18. My Life in Reverse by Casey Harvell
  19. Betrayed (A Reluctant Series Novel Book 3) by Marla Josephs
  20. Show Me How: A Thatch Novel by Molly McAdams <— MOLLY MCADAMS ALERT! I HEAR THIS ONE’S A TEARJERKER!!…he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton. But when another girl falls into Deacon’s life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he’s never seen her?
  21. The Devastation: Unexpected Circumstances Book 7 by Shay Savage
  22. Heartbreak (The Beaumont Family Series Book 4) by Malinda Martin
  23. 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Six <— AWESOME SOUNDING ANTHOLOGY ALERT! Each one of the stories in this one sound awesome, and it’s got so many of our favorite authors and it’s 750 pages! “From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Jennifer L. Armentrout, Lorelei James, Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright, Donna Grant, and introducing Rebecca Yarros and Kennedy Layne.
  24. Intrigue (Infinitus Billionaires Book 3) by E. B. Walters
  25. Perv (Filth Book 1) by Dakota Gray
  26. PHOENIX (Asphalt Cowboys Book 2) by Madison Sevier
  27. Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan <— LIVE TIJAN ALERT!!!!! HER STEPBROTHER OR HIS FRATERNITY BROTHER?!! This is the one I’m reading now (my very first Tijan book!!) and I know there are some HUGE Tijan fans here. :D !!! “He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother. Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming. I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?“ Victoria loved it! “Just finished this! Definitely my favorite that I’ve read by Tijan”
  28. Handcuffed by Destiny (Crawley Creek Book 6) by Lori King
  29. His Toughest Call (The Pytheon Security series Book 2) by Joss Wood
  30. Bad Judgment by Meghan March <— LIVE MEGHAN MARCH ALERT!! COLLEGE STUDENT/STRIPPER IS HIRED TO TUTOR HIM… “Justine Porter is stuck between a rock and a stripper pole. She lost her law school scholarship, which means she has two choices to keep her life on track: strip for her tuition or tutor the most distractingly sexy guy in her class—the one she’s been turning down for two years straight. It should be an easy choice, but tutoring Ryker Grant could derail her plans to graduate with honors faster than two-for-one night at the Déjà Vu. Then again, topless has never really been her color…”
  31. Satin and Saddles (Rough and Ready Book 4) by Cheyenne McCray
  32. Dating Daniel (The Cloverleaf Series Book 4) by Gloria Herrmann
  33. Finding Him Again by E.R. Fallon
  34. EDGE (Gentry Boys) by Cora Brent <— LIVE!!! GENTRY BOYS ALERT!!! HE LOVED HER BEST FRIEND… “The boy I’d known years ago – the one who’d loved my best friend and was left shattered by her death – was now a macho adrenaline junkie, an arrogant, womanizing hustler. There was not a single good reason on this earth to fall for him. But no one told my heart that...”
  35. Tea in Time by Judy Kentrus
  36. The Landscaper Series Box Set by Robin Stone
  37. Cheap Sunglasses (Cheap Series Book 2) by Mara A. Miller
  38. With Every Breath: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) by Maya Banks <— MAYA BANKS ALERT! THE MAN THAT TERRORIZED HER IS NOW OUT OF PRISON... “…now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole and it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Eliza’s only choice is to run and lead the monster away from the people she loves…”
  39. The Broken Series by Maegan Abel
  40. Untouchable by ML Preston
  41. Changed Beauty by Tara Sosa
  42. Ravenous (Quantum Series Book 5) by Marie Force <— HER BROTHER’S BUSINESS PARTNER OFFERS TO HELP HER WITH A BABY ALERT! “Tired of waiting for THE ONE, Ellie decides to have a baby on her own before it’s too late. When Jasper Autry hears about Ellie’s plan, what else can he do but step in and offer to “contribute” to her project…”
  43. Twisted Up (Taking Chances Book 1) by Erin Nicholas
  44. Redeeming Her SEAL (ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights Book 9) by Kat Cantrell
  45. Silent Secrets (Faith Series Book 4) by Nikki Bolvair
  46. Forced: A Bad Boy Billionaire Romance (The Blackthorn Brothers Book 1) by Cali MacKay
  47. First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips <— FOOTBALL STAR AND HE MIGHT BE IN DANGER ALERT! “Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy. Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is . . . I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just . . . mildly unhinged.” Tee hee!!! I just received this one in the mail and it is so BEAUTIFUL!!!!
  48. Initiation (Master Class Book 1) by Sierra Cartwright
  49. Un-Shattering Lucy (The Lucy & Harris Novella Series Book 4) by Terri Anne Browning
  50. SEAL’s Deception (Take No Prisoners Book 8) by Elle James
  51. Montana Rescue (The Wildes of Birch Bay Book 2) by Kim Law
  52. RUSH (Montgomery Men Book 1) by C.A. Harms <— SHE’S ON THE RUN FROM HER ABUSIVE HUSBAND ALERT! “I’d run and keep running… But there was one problem. I hadn’t planned for Ashton Montgomery. He was a distraction I couldn’t allow. Not if I wanted to stay safe. I had to remain distant, but he was relentless and had other ideas. I caved because I hadn’t thought it all through, not in detail. If I had I would’ve realized that you can only live in a fantasy world for so long before everything came crashing in around you. And those lives you’ve destroyed along the way, make you no better than the monster you were trying to break free from…”
  53. Relationship Reasons (10,000 Reasons Book 2) by D.W. Cee
  54. His Rules: Billionaire Alpha by Ali Parker
  55. Blame It on the Shame by Ashley Jade
  56. Las Vegas Sidewinders: Anatoli (Book 4) by Kat Mizera <— WHILE IN VEGAS SHE MEETS AN NHL HOCKEY PLAYER ALERT! “A spur-of-the moment trip to Las Vegas is just the thing she needs to take her mind off her troubles. When an awkward encounter in a bar leads Toli and Tessa into a week of genuine passion, things become more complicated than they ever imagined…”
  57. Pillow Talk (On The Radio Book 1) by Pandora Pine <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  58. Come Back To Me (The Lost and Founds Book 5) by Edmond Manning <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  59. Grand Opening (Kiss of Leather Book 4) by Morticia Knight <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  60. Fix You by Gen Ryan <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  61. Lost in the Echo by Jack L. Pyke <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  62. Caught in the Flames by Kacey Shea <— SHE’S GOT A THING FOR FIREFIGHTERS… “Imagine my surprise when local fire captain, Chase Matthews, wanders into my yard on moving day. I’ve hit real estate gold. Hot as sin with that all-knowing smirk creates an instant spark. Welcome to the neighborhood never looked so good. But dating a firefighter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…”
  63. Crevice: Earth Hunters Series–Book One by Janice Boekhoff
  64. Still Rattled: The Baxter Boys #2 (The Baxter Boys ~ Rattled) by Jane Charles
  65. Sterling Silver Linings (The Unexpected Series Book 4) by Noell Mosco
  66. Until Her (Stories from Beauville Book 3) by Tigris Eden
  67. Friends Forever (Hickory Hills Book 1) by Sue Stewart Ade <— SHE WITNESSED HER FRIEND’S MURDER SO SHE KIDNAPS HER LITTLE GIRL AND THEY GO IN HIDING ALERT!! She goes back to her grandmother’s town and meets up with an old friend, but… “Ace suspects that Quincy is keeping secrets and confronts her. Telling Ace about the kidnapping will make him an accessory and possibly jeopardize the custody case for his son. Not telling Ace will make him walk away.


PREORDERS (next few days & next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Six Scary Stories by Stephen King – August 25th 2016 <— “Number 1 bestselling horror author Stephen King introduces and presents six gripping and chilling stories in this captivating anthology!”
  2. The Debt by Karina Halle – August 29th 2016
  3. EASY (A Ferro Family Novel) by H.M. Ward – August 29th 2016
  4. Play Dirty (Make the Play Book 4) by Amber Garza – August 29th 2016
  5. Rushing Waters: A Novel by Danielle Steele  – August 30th 2016
  6. Unraveled (Elemental Assassin Book 19) by Jennifer Estep  – August 30th 2016
  7. Dirty Little Lies by Lora Leigh – August 30th 2016
  8. Sacred Serenity (Lotus House Book 2) by Audrey Carlan – August 30th 2016
  9. Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome) by Rebecca Zanetti – August 30th 2016
  10. Frost Line by Linda Howard  – August 30th 2016
  11. Made for Sin by Stacia Kane – August 30th 2016
  12. Ash (The Elemental Series Book 6) by Shannon Mayer - August 30th 2016
  13. Western Dreams (Rescue Me Saga Extras #1) by Kallypso Masters - August 30th 2016
  14. Defy the Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed Series Book 14) by Lara Adrian - August 31st 2016

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Theresa August 23, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Maryse think Laura Kay’es book got moved to April 2017 bummer

Maryse August 23, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Ahhh thank you Theresa!!!! :D

Leslie August 23, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Love your posts, comments and reviews. Always have. Give your sweet minpins a hug from me and Molly! ❤️

bev August 23, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Wait. You have the SEP? Maryse, you haven’t read her yet, right?

Theresa August 23, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Hey Maryse…amazing list as always…just wanted to add Seven Years by Dannika Dark is on sale for .99!! Love a good bargain!

Maryse August 23, 2016 at 3:24 PM

I sure haven’t, bev!! Should I start it tonight? I’m kind of loving these paper books. It almost seems as if I read those faster than my ebooks. Who knows? LOL!!! :P

Should we just do a buddy read?

bev August 23, 2016 at 3:57 PM

Ooh. I’m in if you are.

Maryse August 23, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Okay I’ll start! Let’s buddy read, bev!!! :D YAY!!!

bev August 23, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Ok. Hope it’s good. It can make me a bit nervous reading an author I used to love, you know? When you haven’t kept up with them.
One click.

Grey August 23, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Gah, so I think I’m finally going to get to start Anti-Stepbrother tonight. Deep breaths. Deep breaths!

Anne August 23, 2016 at 7:37 PM

One clicked The Captive series. Thats a steal!

I am still reading A Kingdom of Dreams and loving it!

The new SEP book is calling my name. I used to read her books back to back. They are very good!

Cheryl August 23, 2016 at 8:15 PM

My library has the new SEP book, bad news is I just have to wait a little for it. :>

Linda August 23, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Sorry must be overtired. What’s SEP?

bev August 23, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Susan Elizabeth Phillips. ☺

Linda August 23, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Lol thank you Bev!! It took me a week but I finally finished Last Hour of Gann!!! Wow!! Once the H and h met I was all in. Wow!! Think my anxiety level was off the charts from that point to the very end!!!! There was more than a few times I was covering my face reading between my fingers!!! Did I mention WOW!!! Won’t say any more buuuuut do wish there had been an EPILOGUE!!!!

Fabi August 23, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Yeaaa Linda! We have another fan for LHoG.

Amanda August 24, 2016 at 1:52 AM

Omg I just read Everything We Keep from this list and it was amazing.

Lauren August 24, 2016 at 7:04 AM

Kathryn Kelly’s new Death Dwellers MC book, Misfit, is out. The FINAL book of the series….been waiting a year for this one. It. Is. EPIC!!!

Cait August 24, 2016 at 7:06 AM

Wow what a list!!! I started “Wait” and I’m not feeling it at all! I’m 50% in and I’m forcing myself to read it at this stage! I don’t like the way it is written and it’s somewhat confusing!!

Fabi August 24, 2016 at 8:46 AM

I seem to be hitting on about one great book out of every five or so I try. It’s annoying and hilarious how much it affects my mood when I’m not reading a great book.

Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Question for those of you that have Kindle Unlimited. I’m doing a free trial this month. How do you keep track of the books you have read? I assume when I return the book, (which I haven’t done yet) that I will not have it on my kindle anymore so then I can’t categorize it in the have “read” or even 5* categories that I normally track my reads in. Thanks!

Amy August 24, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Grey, if you pop in…


Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Fabi, I feel the same way, especially since school starts soon and I’ll be back to work. Feel like my precious reading time is being wasted.

bev August 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Fabi are you reading a good book now?

One thing you could try is going back to Maryse and everyone’s 2015 best of. Maybe one you wanted to read at the time or shake it up with one you wouldn’t try usually.

Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Amanda, EWK scares me a little with the MBK’s comments above. Were you a sobbing mess at the end? The story intigues me, but I don’t want to be “wrecked” at the end.

R. Renee August 24, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Cheryl I have KU, but I don’t know what happens to books after I read them because I track everything in GR. I can test something out for you if you want though!

bev August 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Ok, almost done with Lover’s Lament. I like it, I do, but Katie? Slightly annoying. Really.



She is a nurse and she is doing that at that time? WTH?
And she is a delivery nurse, what if the dads started doing that if it was needed at that time for baby or mom. Like she’s the Gingerbread Man. Can’t catch me.

Fabi August 24, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Cheryl, I quit using KU a while back but if I remember correctly, there is a link or tab in your Amazon Content and Devices list that let’s you view KU reads.

Bev, great minds think alike. I was considering limiting myself to reading other’s five star books and avoiding anything new for a while. *annoyed at self*

Fabi August 24, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Happy birthday Grey !

Amy August 24, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Cheryl…I read EWK and was never a sobbing mess. Actually, the blurb was kind of foretelling so I never even really felt sad about his death (and I never really connected to their relationship anyway), but I loved the new guy in her life. The ending for me we more of a “whaaaa???” and head-scratching ending, then the epilogue made me want to throw my hands up and say, “seriously?” I also didn’t know it was going to be a series so that might have affected my reaction. ;)

I dunno…I guess I can say it’s a rec?

Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM

R & Fabi thanks. Didn’t even think about GR option. I think with Amazon once you return the book, it no longer shows up on your KU reads. I’ll have to play around with it to see. So far, I think it’s been good- has definitely saved me money.

Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Happy Birthday Grey!!! :)

Amy, ooo-kay?! Sounds like it’s a wtf read and maybe I should wait for the sequel to release before starting that mind-f*ck. And it’s a long wait- next summer, so putting this on the back-burner for now.

bev August 24, 2016 at 2:33 PM


Maryse August 24, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Happy birthday GREY!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D !!!!!

Tessa August 24, 2016 at 3:21 PM

Happy birthday Grey!!!

I haven’t been on since I’ve been binge reading a series, Children of the Gods by IT Lucas. They are decent, with each couple set as a trilogy. I’m almost done with the second couple and am about to start on number three.

Cheryl, I use GR for my books too. I only recently made a tag called KU books, but I plan to utilize it. That said, I have saved a LOT on KU. I like it.

Maryse August 24, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Oh NO Cait?? *sigh* Really? Let us know if you dnf it… This author usually reaches deep into the emotions and internal dialogue. I’m curious…

Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Thanks Tessa! I think GR’s is my best option for keeping up with my KU reads.

Linda August 24, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Happy birthday Grey!!!!

marina August 24, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Hi Maryse, I may be missing it but don’t see The Debt on here by Karina Halle which is coming out Monday, Aug. 29th. (maybe Sunday for pre-orders?) My husband’s name is Keir and I love the McGregors so I’m all over this!!!

Grey August 24, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Thank you friends. I’m touched you remembered and took the time to wish me well! It’s been a day for me. Me and birthdays… yeah, the trend continues. Cool tidbit for the day, not sure if many of you follow me on twitter, but Alison Sweeney tweeted me happy birthday, so that’s wicked cool… *major fangirl moment*

I haven’t really had much time to read though… *grumble, stomp* and I am totally feeling all of everyone’s pain when they say they are having trouble getting into books lately… Me. Too. I blame CoHo. *giggle* (and Cheryl, girl I so get it, I am in massive plan mode for back to work too)

R. Renee August 24, 2016 at 6:28 PM

I tweeted you and THAT didn’t make you fangirl? Fine! :-D

That’s so cool! I didn’t see it, did you RT?

bev August 24, 2016 at 6:34 PM

I stopped watching years and years ago, but Days was my first soap love. Watching it while I was way too young.

Maryse August 24, 2016 at 7:15 PM

OMG Marina!!!! How did I miss THAT one? I’m adding it ASAP!!! Thank you! :D

bev August 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Ok, finished A Lover’s Lament & 22% into first star i see tonight.

Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Saw this and thought of the discussion we had the other day regarding tattoos. Loving #5 and #12 and Drew stole my idea (#32)!!

Maryse August 24, 2016 at 8:04 PM

I’m on page 51 bev… :D

Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Marina, was Keir introduced in The Lie? Read all the other McGregor books but not that one; yet.

bev August 24, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Cheryl I keep seeing these dainty ones and think they are great. Love the ampersand too. Plus the flowers and birds. There is a couple flower ones I saw before I loved…..see if I can find them.

bev August 24, 2016 at 8:14 PM

Do these separately to try & stay out of moderation. The whole list is like 89 pics of flower tattoos, lol.

bev August 24, 2016 at 8:15 PM
Cheryl August 24, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Bev, love the color with the flower.

marina August 24, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Cheryl, there was a mention of Keir in The Lie because when I first encountered his name I stopped everything and went “what? wait a minute is there going to be a book about Keir???” He’s Brigs’ cousin who was a soldier I think.

Lisa August 25, 2016 at 12:25 AM

Cant wait for The Debt. I have loved that series by Karina Halle.

I was having a long, drawn out, grumpy, book slump so I’ve dived back into Night Horde territory with Susan Fanetti’s SoCal spin off series. I AM LOVING IT.
I couldn’t jump straight into this after the first series because I was feeling so emotionally shredded but God, its good to be back.
Her books are like a grimy messed up version of KA to me. I know they won’t disappoint.

Happy Birthday Grey. And wishing you many happy reading hours in the year ahead!!

Bev…Im trying to work out what you’re referring to in Lovers Lament?? I only read as month or so ago…..looking it up now.

Lisa August 25, 2016 at 3:56 AM

First line Thursday:
‘Top five reasons (out of 100) I am NEVER coming out of this blanket fort’
Frenched by Melanie Harlow

Sounds like the h needs Amy to make her a drink…and someone to hand over Manny!!

Fabi August 25, 2016 at 8:04 AM

That’s a super cute first line Lisa.

“The security men had advised against it.”. Black Rain by Matthew B.J. Delaney

Jean August 25, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Hey ladies! Finally finished LHoG yesterday and agree with Linda……wish there was an epilogue! And it seemed to end so abruptly for me! But still, really loved it! Thanks for the push!

Happy birthday Grey!

Bev, not sure what you are referring to in Lover’s Lament either. ….

FLT: I hated getting phone calls in the middle of the night. (Furious Rush, S.C. Stephens). So far, so good. Forbiddeny love/hate relationship with so many variables….it could go in many different directions!

bev August 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM

A Lover’s Lament, I put four but probably 3.5 stars for me. I really liked it though.
Part I’m talking about


LOOK AWAY LOOK AWAY LOOK AWAY**************************

Towards the end of the book. When her, Dev, and Navas are all at the hospital. And she is first pounding on the door to get in and screaming. Then the scene in the room when she is too overcome to say anything about being *spoiler* though Navasota is telling her to. But then is able to right when the doctor and nurses need to *spoiler* Dev. And so pushes one of the nurses out of the way. Then is running around dodging them all to yell at Dev. And hitting and kicking Navas to do it. Who himself is injured and just went through a he’ll that she could probably not really imagine.
The other time she got on my nerves was how she treated her mom.

bev August 25, 2016 at 10:13 AM


The city was his.

First Star I See Tonight by SEP.

Tessa August 25, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Lol. Bev, i just figured she was a nut. However, I know what you mean.

My first line today is gross. Sorry.
‘I vomited into the toilet, hugging the cool sides, trying to contain the sounds of my retching.’
A Court of Myst and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The library was finally able to give it to me! It took them forever to get a copy, even though they requested it in June. I wonfer what happened. Usually once requested, it takes max two weeks. *shrugs*

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 1:24 PM

I’m still reading Owen Meany, but I started another book to read simultaneously. While on a business trip, my husband (who doesn’t seem to know me at all sometimes) stood in a bookstore and read blurbs until he found a book he thought I’d like. A BOOK. I melted. For me, that beats jewelry any day. So, I squirreled everything else!

FLT: “How on earth could I have let them talk me into it?” from The Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George.

Jean August 25, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Oh Robin, I love that! It is so much better than jewelry! What an awesome husband! I WISH my husband would do that!

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 1:56 PM

I think women are much easier to please than men think…they just have to pay attention once in a while.

Jean August 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Blahahaha, so true! My husband just asked what I wanted for my birthday and I said “slippers”! Lol!

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Are you an August birthday too?

Fabi August 25, 2016 at 2:18 PM

lol Jean. Maybe we’re not always up front about what pleases us?

“Honey, for my birthday…you know how much I lovee to read…why don’t you pick out a special for me that you think I’ll love?”

Raise your hand if you’d even ‘consider’ being that straightforward with your SO.

Fabi August 25, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Typos from hell…hahaha

That was supposed to say “pick out a ‘book’…

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 2:22 PM

LOL Fabi. I usually just get what I want and tell him about it after. Honestly, I don’t think I’m even going to like this book. But by God I’m going to read the heck out of it! It’s not just that he stood in a bookstore reading blurbs, he actually told me, “I know you only like happy endings, so I read through several books and I’m pretty sure this one has a happy ending.” OMG died.

Jean August 25, 2016 at 2:25 PM

R, Sept 4….Labor Day weekend is always a party for me! I would have to read it too if my husband took the time to pick it. I read the blurb though, and yeah, not sure it would be my thing! Good luck!

Yes Fabi, I could ask him, but not so sure he would follow up! Ha!

Jean August 25, 2016 at 2:26 PM

I like to pick my own gifts too…haha….usually Amazon gift cards!

bev August 25, 2016 at 2:51 PM

But isn’t it nice when people tell you what they’d want or like?

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 2:57 PM

It’s convenient, that’s for sure. But I would so much rather someone *think* about me when buying me a gift. Isn’t that the whole point? I really try to do that myself when buying for other people.

Now for my teenager…just take the cash and go. Mama don’t know what a G-Eazy is and she don’t need to…

Fabi August 25, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Really R. That was super duper sweet of him to pick out a book for you. I’d not only read it but also rave about it. :-)

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 3:57 PM

He came in and saw me reading it last night and got so excited because he knows all about my never ending TBR! He was like…you’re reading it??

Tessa August 25, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Awwww! That’s the sweetest thing.

bev August 25, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Oh, I agree thoughtful surprise gifts are great–to give & recieve. But I’ve also been the stressed out gift giver trying to pick out the right kind of gift. The anything is fine or nothing as hints do not help, lol. So, even a “think books, or an I love new ingredients, or ect” help.
One time I told my friend I love lemon and so, as part of a care package of stuff, I got lemon candy and tea.
But your husband is super sweet and thoughtful. And how happy he is that your reading it.
Wasn’t that on a favorites list? The fish author?

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 4:29 PM

I didn’t know ahead of time, but when I looked the book up I saw that Suanne had read it and loved it. I told him and he looked at me with a blank expression, so I said…you know, the woman who wrote the Fish Books???? He’s like “OMG really? So I did good!!” LOL. I’d never heard of it before then.

R. Renee August 25, 2016 at 4:31 PM

Speaking of the Fish Books, I went to lunch at Cracker Barrel the other day and this happened:

Have you ever been literally winded by candy?? Asking for a friend…

bev August 25, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Jean, do you think he got you the slippers and gift cards?

Jean August 25, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Damn I hope so bev! He’s usually pretty good and if I give him an idea, he’ll run with it.

bev August 25, 2016 at 4:57 PM

I love that you have got a bookish and cozy theme going on. Especially going into fall.

Call me boring but any day I happen to buy new pajamas and have a new book(especially in fall/winter) is a good day.

bev August 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM

I really want to watch the remake of The Magnificent 7, but ladies you have to watch the trailer for the edge of seventeen. I want to see it but I’m bad with second hand embarrassment. Like cover my face and can’t watch bad.

Jan August 25, 2016 at 5:06 PM

“She’s back.”

The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand.

I’m in the middle of a total Laura Florand craze. I’m in love with these French guys with their sexy, rough exteriors and their sweet, tender, vulnerable centres. Hoh, hoh, hoh… (with a French accent)

Anne August 25, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Just finished A Kingdom of Dreams and loved it!! I am in love with Royce Westmoreland. I love reading HR set in the Middle Ages, so any good recs?

MichelleS August 25, 2016 at 6:58 PM

FLT: “I wake up with a gasp that freezes in my lungs.” Veiled. Karina Halle.

Happy Birthday Grey!

I, too, love Amazon gift cards the best! If the inlaws would just take the hint.

Leslie M August 25, 2016 at 7:10 PM


I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. “The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne

MichelleS August 25, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Bev – I watched trailer & now want to see movie! What’s so bad about it??

And I watched M7 trailer too. Chris Pratt is a funny hot guy. I love that.

I scrolled right over Cumberbatch and thought, wow, Bev didn’t even mention him!!

MichelleS August 25, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Why am I a brown rabbit monster?? Where’s my cute pink Avatar?

bev August 25, 2016 at 8:05 PM

MichelleS, did you change your email?

I know, I love BC, but I do not know that character. Maybe one of the comic readers on here know.
The part that made me cringe was when she accidentally sent that post or text. Though Woody Harrelson reading it was awesome.

Tessa August 25, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Anne, have you read Julie Garwood?

Tessa August 25, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Bev, that looks great. I was grinning throughout the trailer. I want to see it.

bev August 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Tessa, it made me smile too.

Over halfway done with The First Star I See Tonight. It doesn’t seem to have some of the emotional moments of her other books. It has made me smile and laugh. There is a charm to her writing.
After this comes the big decision though. A Promise of Fire vs. Sawbones. Which one, which one?
It has to be one of them.

Lisa August 25, 2016 at 10:49 PM

Michelle you’re still a cute pink avatar from where Im looking!? No brown rabbit monsters here ;)

Jan are the Laura Florand books HR? Besides the old classics I don’t generally read HR. …maybe its time I tried.

Anne August 25, 2016 at 10:59 PM

Tessa I have read Julie Garwood and love her Medieval HR books. I want books with that sort of feel :)

Jan August 26, 2016 at 1:10 AM

No Lisa, Laura Florand’s books are CRs set in Paris and rural France. There are 2 main series which kind of connect. One is set in the world of top chocolatiers/ chefs and the other with perfume/ flower growers/ manufacturers. Neither of which normally interest me that much LOL. But I’m fluvvin these books.

OK, there is a kind of a sameness to them to an extent (if you are reading them one after another like I am) but I’m still hooked, and loving working my way through them. Some of the couples reappear in other books and it’s nice to revisit them. The books are sweet and sexy and very romantic. I read Once Upon a Rose first, which hooked me, then went to the Amour et Chocolat series. Some books are better than others. My favs so far are The Chocolate Touch and The Chocolate Heart. Vulnerable, damaged (but sexy) characters who fall in love with each other and heal each other with their love. Sigh……..

Thanks Bev for putting me onto this author :)

Lisa August 26, 2016 at 2:26 AM

Thanx Bev AND Jan. They might work as a nice counterpart to my current Horde MC fix….from seedy bikers to romantic french men!! ;)

Weird…but I no longer get email updates for posts here Maryse even when I subscribe.

Leslie M August 26, 2016 at 6:05 AM

@ Jan – I have Once Upon a Rose on my TBR….not sure how it got there (I think the one click monster comes while I’m sleeping)… perhaps you or Bev recommended?! Anyway…good to know the others are good, they sound nice & swoony!!

Melinda August 26, 2016 at 6:11 AM

Anne if your after another HR book. Try Whitney my love by Judith mcnaught same author as kingdom of dreams. Its really super good. But completely different story. You will love it.

Lisa August 26, 2016 at 8:52 AM

I like that Leslie…..sleep one clicking!! Its like sleep walking…but you get new books out of it.

Maryse August 26, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Lisa… might they be routed to a spam box by accident?

Maryse August 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM

bev… I see your cute pink avatar right next to your comment. Do you still see a brown rabbbit?

Anne August 26, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Thank you Melinda! I just started reading Whitney My Love yesterday. Love this author!

Tessa August 26, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Anne, Do you have any triggers? Whitney, My Love has a scene that might hit it.

bev August 26, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Tessa, later editions are a bit more sanitized, right? But still…..

Is it bad I can’t remember what version I first read? But it was over 20 years ago, *gasp*
And, besides Garwood, so many of those HR s had those triggers I probably didn’t respond as I should of.
Makes me want to see what my library has of her books and do a re-read of some. Maybe we, McNaught fans of old, should see what we can find in common and do a buddy re-read sometime soon. Her HR or CR, but not the suspense.
I will never get over that time when they as one went suspense.

Tessa August 26, 2016 at 4:06 PM

:D I remember them. I keep saying some those old historicals are worse than some of the dark books out now. I can handle Whitney, My Love, but I really did prefer Something Wonderful because of that scene. Besides, how can I resist a book that says. loosely quoted (I don’t have the book anymore) “Normalcy is a sign of a stagnant mind.” :D

Tessa August 26, 2016 at 4:53 PM

I was wrong. Conventionality is a refuge of a stagnant mind.

Jan August 26, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Huh. I can’t remember *that* scene from Whitney My Love (can’t even remember what it was LOL). It mustn’t have been a trigger for me cos I can remember loving all of those books without reservation. And yeah, Bev, I can remember the disappointment when Ms McNaught’s books went all suspensey and I was like. what???? Her wonderful HRs and a few good CRs just disappeared as she went in another direction that I didn’t enjoy at all and I just stopped buying her books.

Now I want to get my copies out again after all of the fresh interest here for these old HRs of hers. Maybe when I’ve finished my Laura Florand fest…. ;)

Melinda August 26, 2016 at 9:04 PM

I actually can’t remember that scene. I actually bought every one of her books and they are all completely different. I loved them all. The first one I read wasn’t a HR it was called Every breath you take. And the line at the end when they were taking their vowels were”do you promise to love honor and cherish”and he replied “with every breath I take”. So good. I loved Something Wonderful too Tessa. The other one was Until You.

I read Laura Florand . Once upon a rose. Just didn’t do it for me 3 stars. Took a long time to get into like 50 %.

Bev I would so do a buddy read on any Mc Naught book. I haven’t read the for a while but when I read them I would finish one and have another waiting. I bought the whole series of all the books she wrote.

Jan August 26, 2016 at 11:38 PM

Yeah at the time (back in the day) I liked a couple of McNaught’s CRs as well as the HRs. One called Paradise? And I think, one called Double Standards? Probably a bit dated now.

Melinda August 27, 2016 at 12:03 AM

Tessa is that quote in Something Wonderful. I really have to read them again. I just remember stalking the author trying to find more books she wrote. But she doesn’t seem to write anymore.

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM

It is. Her grandpa said it to her. I just loved it, even as an adult.

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