Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – December 19th 2017

by Maryse on December 19, 2017 · 99 comments

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! ELLA FRANK’S LATEST IS LIVE!!!! True (Temptation Series Book 6) ➔➔➔
A new steamy M/M romance to enjoy from her “Temptation” series!! P.S. Here’s the series reading order.

<— EEEEEP!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US!! :D LOOKIT WHAT’S LIVE!!!! From the sound of that blurb, this will have that heartachey, unrequited love that we crave so much from Kristen Ashley!! All that angst, and emotion, and pining, and frustration, and infuriation. YAY US!!! :D

And while this may be the last list before Christmas, it’s nicely loaded with all sorts of great-looking reading choices. Plus, there’s still time with Prime shipping to “gift” book-goodies and, well… awesome people goodies, too! Amazon is still having a big sale on many of their “Kindle-y” things ;) like an awesome Kindle Unlimited membership, and actual Kindles (sales on their Fires and their Paperwhites, Echos, Firesticks and more!)

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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. The Hookup by Kristen Ashley
  2. The V Card by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente
  3. Sinful Empire by Meghan March
  4. Outlaw: An Evil Dead MC Story: The Evil Dead MC Series, Book 1 by Nicole James
  5. Drunk on You: Hope Town, Book 4 by Harper Sloan
  6. Cowboy Up: The Coming Home Series, Book 3 by Harper Sloan
  7. The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron
  8. Badd to the Bone: Badd Brothers, Book 3 by Jasinda Wilder
  9. Tap Left by A. Zavarelli
        

 

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.)

  • Fighting Fate (Fighting Series Book 7) by J.B. Salsbury <— J.B. SALSBURY FIGHTER SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! “... He’s waited, worked hard to become the kind of man she deserves, hoping one day, when the time is right, he’d get the opportunity to make her happy. After a painful anniversary, he finally gets his chance. But life has a way of sucker-punching its victims—striking when they least expect it in the most devastating ways...”
  • The DeLuca Family Series: Books 1-3 by Amy Reece <— SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!Melanie Blythe has a house, a career, and a cat. She doesn’t need a man. But she isn’t the only one who’s noticed the gorgeous cop down the street. When her faithless cat prances home from the cop’s house with a note tucked in his collar, it might be the beginning of something beautiful…or it might be Melanie’s death warrant...”
  • Christmas Candy: A Holiday Second Chance Box Set by Angela Blake <— SUPER-BARGAIN BOOK BUNDLE ALERT!! “Three love-struck alpha males. Three Christmas wishes. Three second chances…”
  • Nights With Him (Joy Delivered Duet Book 1) by Lauren Blakely <— LAUREN BLAKELY SUPER-BARGAIN!! OH WOW!!! This blurb has quite the twist. ;) He’s trying to get over the pain of his breakup… “He’s looking for a way to erase the pain and that arrives in the form of Michelle Milo. From her pencil skirts to her high heels, she’s his perfect fantasy, especially since she has no idea who he is the night they meet at a hotel bar.  He doesn’t have a clue either that she’s the brilliant psychologist his sister has arranged for him to see to help him get over his past…” <— EEEEEEP!!!
  • King: KING SERIES, BOOK ONE and Tyrant: KING SERIES, BOOK TWO by T.M. Frazier <— Mariah is loving these!
Mariah: I am reading King and Tyrant by TM Frazier and holy cow…. amazing. I feel as if I am late to the party but wanted to share. It’s been a long time since I have read a series this good.
    

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. The Girl Who Dared to Think 4: The Girl Who Dared to Rise by Bella Forrest
  2. The Sea King’s Lady: A Seven Kingdoms Tale 2 (The Seven Kingdoms) by S.E. Smith
  3. Veins of Magic (Otherworld Book 2) by Emma Hamm
  4. Christmas Kisses: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance Anthology
  5. Hexed and Vexed (Wards and Wands Book 1) by Rebecca Royce
  6. Christmas: Dragon Style (The Sanguenna Chronicles Book 1) by Serena Akeroyd
  7. A Very (Psychic) Vampire Christmas (A Pack of His Own Book 3) by Emily Carrington
  8. The Lion’s Captive: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance by Lilly Pink
  9. Mystic by Gabi Stevens
  10. Immersed (A League Novel, Book 2) by Elizabeth Craven
  11. Witches Wild (Bewitching Bedlam Book 4) by Yasmine Galenorn
  12. The Wolf Code Reloaded: A Thrilling Werewolf Romance (The Wolf Code Trilogy Book 2) by Angela Foxxe
           

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. The Hookup (Moonlight and Motor Oil Series Book 1) by Kristen Ashley <— KRISTEN ASHLEY’S LATEST IS LIVE!! UNREQUITED LOVE ALERT!! She’s really into him… but he has her at arm’s length because he’s in love with someone else that broke his heart… “...Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy. Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go. And Izzy knew the stakes…”
  2. If I Fall (New Castle Book 2) by Lydia Michaels <— KIDNAPPED ALERT!!! I won’t read the blurb ’cause there’s a book one…
  3. Heart of Danger: An Aegis Group Novella (Body of Danger) by Sidney Bristol
  4. Never Too Old by Carol Lynne
  5. Bennett by Sybil Bartel <— ROCK STAR ALERT, HIS BEST FRIEND’S SISTER & HE SCREWED UP BAD!!! “...I wasn’t supposed to touch her. My best friend made me swear I wouldn’t. Then he was deployed, and he told me to look out for her. Except being around her while still keeping my distance was slowly killing me. Touring with the band should’ve been the perfect escape… until I screwed up.  I screwed up so bad, she was half-conscious in my arms, fighting for her life...”
  6. Helios Forever (The Helios Chronicles Book 4) by Tawa M. Witko
  7. Unveiling Forever: A Novella by Jeannine Allison
  8. Choose Your Own Romance: College Secrets by Katherine Pierce Chinelli
  9. Buttons and Grace by Penelope Sky <— PENELOPE SKY DARK READ ALERT!! It’s a series and I believe it must be read in order, but it sounds CRAZY!!! Chelli: Don’t know if this one has come under your radar but I just devoured Buttons and Lace by Penelope Skye. It’s dark, twisted and oh so good!! Lisa M: …Loved book 1. It was very dark. it reminded me of Pepper Winters’ & Skye Warren’s books. So with that compliment you know it’s a good one. Anyone else read it yet?
  10. SIX: A Men of the Strip Anthology
  11. Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne
  12. Crash into Us by Shana Vanterpool <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!! THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER… “...Mistakes were made in exchange for dreams, and hearts were shattered. Their forever crumbled right before their eyes. He went on to play for the Washington Warriors. He ate, breathed, and slept professional hockey. All he had left after her was the ice. He was in magazines, he won a Stanley Cup, and he had a crowd of people screaming his name. He had everything. Didn’t he? It’s hard to move on from an addiction, and she was addicted..”
  13. Crazy Twisted Love (Crazy Love Series Book 3) by MF Isaacs
  14. Brave (Contours of the Heart Book 4) by Tammara Webber <— TAMMARA WEBBER ALERT!!! FORBIDDEN LOVE… SHE’S HIS PROFESSIONAL SUBORDINATE. “...He told himself that getting to know her would help him take down her father. She told herself that getting under his skin would distract her wrecked heart from its misery...”
  15. The Secrets Of Life (The Working Girls Book 1) by K.L. Humphreys
  16. Heart of a Cowboy (Elk Heights Ranch) by Kristin Vayden
  17. Forbidden Prince (Princes of Avce) by Victoria Pinder
  18. A Christmas In Paris by J.O Mantel
  19. Cowboy Up (The Coming Home Series Book 3) by Harper Sloan <— HARPER SLOAN ALERT!! SHE’S STARTING OVER AND HE COMES TO HER RESCUE... “...he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life. Most of the time. What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself…”
  20. Saved (Honor Bound Book 1) by Angel Payne
  21. Cuffed (Honor Bound Book 2) by Angel Payne
  22. Seduced (Honor Bound Book 3) by Angel Payne
  23. Our Broken Love by Terri Anne Browning <— TERRI ANNE BROWNING’S LATEST!!! ”Our Broken Love is a collection of novellas by Terri Anne Browning, three of which were originally written under a different pen name. Follow five stories of women who don’t realize just how strong they are until their hearts are shattered.”
  24. 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Thirteen by Rebecca Zanetti,‎ Shayla Black,‎ Lauren Blakely,‎ Liliana Hart,‎ Molly E. Lee
  25. A Mistletoe Kiss (Tangled Charms Book 2) by Jennifer Faye
  26. Composition (Metal Prodigy Series Insiders Guide) by J.S. Snow
  27. Superstar by J. Santiago
  28. Red Hot Christmas by Mara White and K. Larsen <— K. LARSEN & MARA WHITE ALERT!! SHE GETS LOCKED IN THE BASEMENT ALERT!!She’s a tightly wound, high-powered executive and he’s a janitor in the maintenance department. Amber is busy planning the Christmas party for her firm, while Frankie’s muscles are quickly earning him Internet stardom...”
  29. Dangerous Games by R L Weeks and Erin Lee
  30. Reckless Desire (The Cave Series Book 3) by Teri Kay
  31. Renegade Cowboy (Rocky Mountain Riders) by Sara Richardson
  32. Can’t Forget You (Risking It All Book 3) by Rachel Lacey
  33. Sinful Empire (The Anti-Heroes Collection Book 3) by Meghan March <— MEGHAN MARCH TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!!! Tessa is LOVING it!! Tessa: “I pre-ordered Sinful Empire.  The series is stupidly insane. I’m loving it.”
  34. The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard <— SYLVAIN REYNARD ALERT!! “Brazilian Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her senior colleague is attacked and sent to the hospital, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests…”
  35. Miracle at Christmas: a novella by Debbie Mason
  36. Adrift by K.M. Galvin
  37. Block Party (A Twin Estates Novel Book 3) by Stylo Fantome <— STYLO FANTOME ALERT!!!
  38. Pushing Phillip (Common Powers Book 4) by Lynn Lorenz <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  39. Won’t Feel a Thing (St. Cross Book 1) by C F White <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  40. Pretty Broken Bastard: A Standalone Novel by Jeana E. Mann
  41. A Murder at Alcott Manor: A Thrilling Romantic Suspense Series, Book 2, The Alcott Manor Trilogy by Alyssa Richards
  42. Personal Security (Sentinel Security Book 1) by J. Silence
  43. Bad Blood (Lone Star Mobster Book 5) by Cynthia Rayne
  44. Not What You Seem by Lena Maye <— HER MOM MURDERED HIS FATHER… & SHE FEARS THAT SHE HAS THE DARKNESS IN HER BLOOD TOO… “...I’ve lived a quiet life in a quiet town and sworn off dating or doing anything that could awaken that darkness. Until I see him… Dean Archer. A boy with bright blue eyes I thought I would never see again. And son of the man my mother so brutally tortured. He doesn’t remember me, and I don’t want to get too close. I just need to know if he’s haunted by the past like I am...”
  45. The Stranger by Ana Steele-Chase
  46. Thief by Ana Steele-Chase
  47. From the Top (Bound by Design) by Roxanne Smith
  48. Here I’ll Stay by Dominique Laura <— SHE WANTS TO GIVE UP… “I didn’t want to live because leaving would be easier than dealing with it all. But leaving wasn’t an option. Not when my best friends held onto me for dear life, and not when my heart had found one more person to beat for. I was going to fight. I was going to love. I was Daysie Flores and I was going to find every reason in the world to live—to stay…”

                                               

 

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

  1. Whore by Willow Aster – December 26th 2018
  2. Can’t Let Go (Callaway Cousins #5) (Callaways Book 13) by Barbara Freethy – December 26th 2017
  3. Twisted (The Steel Brothers Saga Book 8) by Helen Hardt - December 26th 2017
  4. Kane: I Am Alpha (Law of the Lycans Book 9) by Nicky Charles – December 26th 2017
  5. Moon Bound (LaRue Book 4) by Donna Grant - December 26th 2017
  6. The Pretender: Games People Play by HelenKay Dimon - December 26th 2017
  7. Beautiful Lawman: A Devil’s Rock Novel by Sophie Jordan - December 26th 2017
  8. Shelter (The Getaway Series Book 2) by Jay Crownover – December 26th 2017
  9. Dragon Reborn (Dragon Point Book 5) by Eve Langlais – December 28th 2017

        

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D.G. December 19, 2017 at 5:58 AM

Good morning! Someone is up really early. *fumbles around searching for coffee*

Leslie M December 19, 2017 at 6:21 AM

Morning! Not enough coffee here to wake me up.

Tons of wrapping and other “chores” today. I need to find good audiobook to keep me company.

I just finished audio for Forever My Girl. I liked it…rockstar, second chance romance with dual pov.

Nay December 19, 2017 at 6:48 AM

Good morning! Woke up to KA on my kindle, Hoping that’ll do the trick to get me out of this reading slum–IF I have time. I’m like you, Leslie; I have TONS of wrapping to do!

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 7:05 AM

I’m thinking this KA is the one for me. I’m starting it!

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 7:06 AM

Morning friends!!!

Time for my own cup of coffee. :) Peppermint Mocha yumminess, here I come!!!

Nay December 19, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Correction: I’m not in a slum–I’m in a slump! lol

D.G. December 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM

I too woke up to KA on my kindle!!! Woohoo! It is the next up for me!!! Still shopping …no wrapping as of yet…ahh the stress!

Leslie M December 19, 2017 at 8:06 AM

I wish we were all neighbors. We could drink coffee, wrap presents and read together.

Lisa Aiello December 19, 2017 at 8:12 AM

Oh Leslie – if we were all neighbors, we’d need bail money. Lots and lots of bail money…but ohhhh, the fun we’d have!!!

D.G. December 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Ohh, my wish too Leslie… oh the fun we would have!

Ela December 19, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Agreed Lisa! I bet we’d do a lot of naked running through the streets!

Ela December 19, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Agreed Lisa! I bet we’d do a lot of naked running through the streets!

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 10:06 AM

We’re going streaking??? GASP!!!!!! It’s gonna be cold.

*scrolls back to see where this started…*

*snort* :P

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Nay have you started the KA yet?

bev December 19, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Um….no.
Tasha and I would sit all nice and warm on her porch reading and pretending we don’t really know you. Acquaintances really.

Alright, I am in. I will try the Hook up. In a coffee house drinking an iced peppermint mocha might as well read a bit.

Tessa December 19, 2017 at 10:39 AM

I’m not streaking. All the stuff we could do, and we run around naked? And according to Nay we’d be in the slums? Does anyone really want to run naked while in the slums?

Heck, if we must be in the slums, can we at least do something a little more exciting? I’d want to be vigilantes. Vigilantes with clothes on, of course.

bev December 19, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Tessa…that’s hilarious.

LOL.

Tessa December 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Oh Leslie, I’m glad to hear Forever Your Girl was good. I’ve had it for a while and still haven’t touched it for some reason.

Tessa December 19, 2017 at 11:08 AM

We should all get vigilante names. I’ll be The Bully Beater. Amy and Maryse can be the Marmy twins (Marmy twins powers, activate), Bev the Devil Shamer, and… I went blank after that.

bev December 19, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Can we be really honest?

If I saw a devil coming towards me I am running the opposite way, naked or not.

bev December 19, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Well, if your running around the streets naked you’re already in the wrong crowd.

Grey December 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Well obviously I’ve got magical powers…a witch or a fairy or something (or I’m a deranged lunatic…either way we will be entertained) *tosses glitter* Stick with me, girlies!

Morning all!

bev December 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

I think the hardest bit would be agreeing on a place to live, lol.

D.G. December 19, 2017 at 12:50 PM

We could always move to FL by Maryse!!!

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Please do!!!! Plenty of houses in my neighborhood for sale!!! :D

Nay December 19, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Maryse–I read the first few pages and then I had to go to my monthly cardiologist appt. Getting ready to get started now!

Robyn December 19, 2017 at 1:24 PM

I’ll walk with you cuz I don’t really run for much and I’m going naked! LOLThat would certainly cause the end of the world. I’ll just be a kick ass Mage or something, zapping things with my electrical current!

I’m going to start KA’S book. It will be nice reading it on the plane tomorrow to the polar region. Aka, Maryland. I’m from AZ, the sunbelt, and I saw predicted temps in the teens. What the heck! I’m going to freeze. I’m not set up for those kinds of temperatures.

Nay December 19, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Maryse–have you gotten far enough to have an opinion yet??

bev December 19, 2017 at 1:46 PM

I am not a Florida type girl, as much as I love those Golden Girls.

Tessa December 19, 2017 at 2:16 PM

If I’m running naked, run. There’s crap after me. I’d need a bra to even contemplate running.

Robyn, I feel you. I saw predicted 60 and froze at the idea. *shivers* Though, if I’m moving, I want snow! I want to be able to ski!

Tessa December 19, 2017 at 2:16 PM

If I’m running naked, run. There’s crap after me. I’d need a bra to even contemplate running.

Robyn, I feel you. I saw predicted 60 and froze at the idea. *shivers* Though, if I’m moving, I want snow! I want to be able to ski! In clothes.

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 3:09 PM

I haven’t started yet… but will be starting in a couple of hours. :D

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 3:09 PM

So basically quite a few of us are buddy-reading. :) YAY US!!!!

bev December 19, 2017 at 3:09 PM

If we all chipped in we could probably rent a one room studio apartment in Aspen. Summer and winter activities.

MichelleS December 19, 2017 at 3:42 PM

I’m not running around naked either – but I would join the bad girls and TP Bev’s house and other pranks. I would love to live in your “hood” Maryse – but the hurricanes are a bit off-putting and scare me… so…. we will all have to move to Australia or something. No one knows us there, we ca pretend to be anyone or anything.

Nay December 19, 2017 at 3:58 PM

I want to move to Australia! I say it all the time. I love the land, I love the people, I love the produce, and I love the cooking shows! lol

Maryse–I haven’t started yet either, so we’ll probably start around the same time.

I just had 8 packages delivered by UPS. This year, I think I’ll end up having about 30 packages delivered by USPS and UPS combined. Major internet Christmas shopping!

Tessa December 19, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Michelle, right? I’d take earthquakes over yearly hurricanes any day. *shudders* You can’t feel 99 percent of earthquakes.

Australia… spider… scared. 0.0 Other than that, it sounds awesome. How about Connecticut. It snows there.

bev December 19, 2017 at 4:48 PM

I am just a bit in…..and ok. I hope it picks up a bit, but only on 2nd chapter. However, I now think dinner might be bacon and eggs, lol.

Which reminds me, if R comes around I wanted to ask how she does her roasted vegetables again.

Grey December 19, 2017 at 4:51 PM

NY isn’t bad… Except for taxes… All four seasons in one week, LOL!

MichelleS December 19, 2017 at 5:04 PM

You can all move to Texas and we can go stalk Fabi!

R. Renee December 19, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Here you go bev!

Cut carrots and potatoes in uniform chunks. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic (I use jarred) and fresh rosemary (or other herb). Roast on sheet pan for 40+ minutes at 400 degrees until tender. Before serving, toss with a dash of sherry vinegar. <– the best part.

Leslie M December 19, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Yes, everyone move to Connecticut!!! I am in Massachusetts so you would all be within driving distance. ;)

bev December 19, 2017 at 6:18 PM

Thanks, R. I love vinegar and garlic and it sounds good.

R. Renee December 19, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Sherry vinegar isnt always the easiest to find, but if your store carries it, get it. It makes a huge difference.

D.G. December 19, 2017 at 6:27 PM

I do not recommend Alabama, Georgia, or any neighboring states…can we all say humidity and not enough of a defined season!

Not sure what I am reading next KA or Meghan March!!!! Decisions, decisions?!?!

Missy December 19, 2017 at 7:02 PM

I love your list! Thanks for posting! Does anyone know if the Fighting Series book 7 can be read as a stand alone? Definitely getting the KA book!

Tessa December 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Finished Sinning Empire. For those waiting for the series to be complete, it is! It ended wonderfully, and honestly, I just want more just to have more. Gah, it was sooooo good!

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 7:20 PM

I just ate a Chicago style hot dog (My FAVORITE kind of hot dog), and am enjoying a “light” lime beer with it (I even squirted more lime in it!!). It feels like summer! LOL!!!!!!!

Also, I’m NOW sitting down with my latest Kristen Ashley release. YAY ME!!!!! BEST TUESDAY NIGHT EVER!!!!

Robyn December 19, 2017 at 8:14 PM

I’ll go to Australia! I need warmth. It doesn’t snow there right? I only want to see snow on Christmas then I’m done.

Maryse December 19, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Hi Missy! I think they all can (I believe they’re all about different couples)… but I’ll find out for sure. :)

Cheryl December 19, 2017 at 10:09 PM

Hmmm, I want somewhere warm, but not too humid and near the water, but no running around naked.

Not sure what reading next. Just read the sample of Crash Into Us. Not sure…

bev December 19, 2017 at 10:09 PM

So, I have been reading the Hookup pretty much all day. Very stormy so good day for it.
And it’s……pleasant. *shrug*
I feel like she comes up with these interesting premises and then at the end they all end up basically the same. I mean I usually am ok with low angst but there is no tension or even really any swoon.
Just pages of people telling the heroine how great she is and how great the hero is and yet I never feel like they get to really know each other.

It is sad to say bit I think this will be my last KA for awhile.
I at least need not to be bored by the romance.

Nay December 19, 2017 at 10:19 PM

Ok, so I have a new favorite word for our bearded friends–lumbersexual!

I’m only 21 pages in, but so far, I’m enjoying what is reading like the KA of old (which I’ve sorely missed!) I hope it continues!

MichelleS December 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Bev – I have a rec for you!! Read Beautiful Monsters. It’s dark, has paranormal world that’s super cool, and the characters… sigh. This guy… I swear, no one has gone through what he goes through to “survive” – it’s brutal! But beautiful. Go for it.

Maryse December 20, 2017 at 8:49 AM

I AM LOVING KA’s latest you guys!!!!!!!! I’m 25% in and STILL IN!!! This is PURE her, and I was of course, totally in from the start (she’s one of the best story-starters), and since it’s only 350-something pages, I know I won’t lose my focus).

Plus, I found the perfect PERFECT Johnny Gamble online (I saw him in a recent Christmas movie that I LOVED!! He was a moody angry ghost that wanted her out of his house) Tee hee!!!

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/6e/4c/4c/6e4c4cb6c74153912a961bb62ac04693–beautiful-boys-beautiful-people.jpg

Ela December 20, 2017 at 9:28 AM

THAT’S IT…I’M ALMOST DONE WITH MORNING STAR AND KA IS ALL MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ela December 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Oh and don’t forget all the other peoples in TX….we can all stay with Robin…thanks Robin for the invite (well I invited us myself but no need to be rude) She has the best trail ever EVER (no I didn’t go see it when there)!

bev December 20, 2017 at 9:37 AM

MichelleS, thanks I’ll look it up.

R. Renee December 20, 2017 at 10:48 AM

Ela, you guys are always invited! Anytime! And the pool people JUST drove up to stake out the back yard! #squee

Tessa December 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM

You’re getting a pool built? If so, if I visit you, I probably would never leave the thing. Just saying. :P

R. Renee December 20, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Especially in the summer when it’s a thousand degrees. OMG you guys. This pool dude is adorbs! Why don’t I ever wear makeup? Or dye my grays? Or put on actual clothes?

bev December 20, 2017 at 11:17 AM

https://youtu.be/Kldqp4Byyuk

How pretty is this poem?

Ela December 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM

take a pic Robin and send….

Nay December 20, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Maryse–that’s exactly what I was thinking, this is PURE her! flower-printed toss pillows, ‘all that hair’, everything ‘fabulous’ KA!

bev December 20, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Is this going to be a I’m disappointed and everyone loved it type thing? I swear she did a bait and switch and I feel cheated, lol.

Tessa December 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM

I figured what really bothers me about a beard on most men. On most (not all) it makes them look like they either have a weak jawline or they gained weight. I saw a pic of Tom Welling today (Smallville Superman) and that beard made him from handsome to meh. 0.0 The beard made his chin look weak, and he’s got an awesome jawline.

R. Renee December 20, 2017 at 12:50 PM

I took pics but they’re awful. It’s kind of hard to be stealthy whilst giggling. My friend Donna and I decided he’s Cory from Unbreakable. He’s got this Charlie Hunnam thing going on. Even his voice. #swoon.

bev December 20, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Not creeper pictures. Eeww.

bev December 20, 2017 at 3:54 PM

Tessa, and them some look odd without. Like Mathew Fox or Joe Mang..however you spell it. Or Tom S without the mustache.

MichelleS December 20, 2017 at 5:07 PM

For me beards are like fancy sports cars… only SOME guys should have them. When too many have them, it loses the appeal. But maybe it’s like the Rachel do or Farrah Fawcett hair. We all went there when it was in!

MichelleS December 20, 2017 at 5:09 PM

You know what’s worse than a beard? Men who part their hair in the middle. Should be illegal! Scott Baio called & wants his hair back! Not a good look on anyone.

bev December 20, 2017 at 5:44 PM

So, Jan has a great list of favorites up.

Maryse December 20, 2017 at 7:02 PM

LOL MichelleS!!!!!!!!!!! :P

Maryse December 20, 2017 at 7:02 PM

*confession*

I still love the Rachel hair. It looked good then, and it still looks great when I watch reruns. Suited a TON of women wonderfully too.

Tessa December 20, 2017 at 7:57 PM

Bev, Matthew Fox actually has a weak chin. It hides it well. Joe Manganiello (I totally copied that) looks sexy both ways. He’s got a good jawline. Who’s Tom S?

Some men look good with their hair parted in the center. Though, I think it was popular in the nineties, with the overly long bangs

Rachel hair is made for people with square/ triangle faces, which is why it was so loved. It’s so hard to find a good one for that face type. She basically kept the same style, just updated it slightly to make it look modern. But the layers are still there!

bev December 20, 2017 at 9:33 PM

Tom Selleck. ;)

Tessa December 20, 2017 at 10:46 PM

Eeew! lol Sorry, my dad’s ex-wife had a thing for him, so he’s tainted in my eyes. :P Though I went to look and he looks so much better without the mustache, even if he doesn’t have an upper lip.

Tessa December 20, 2017 at 11:47 PM

Okay, Maryse! You read two of her other books, but Amy Harmon’s A Different Blue blasted me with feels. You have got to read it. At one point I cried; I’m not going to lie. It just was so good and so emotional. *sighs* So good.

Jen C December 21, 2017 at 2:55 AM

Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar is only 99cents!!! <3

Lisa M December 21, 2017 at 7:34 AM

I read Complicated by KA. Love love her style of writing. The Hook Up is next for sure. Haven’t read a KA book in a while. Now it makes me want to reread my favs!!!! Sinful Empire by Meghan March so good!!! Can’t forget to mention Buttons & Grace!!! Read it loved it!! Those Barsetti boys are something else!!! One of my fav series for 2017!!!

Nay December 21, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Jen–I just came here to post that! Actually, ALL of Leylah Attar’s books are on sale for $0.99!!

Maryse December 21, 2017 at 10:51 AM

AWESOME SALE!! I’ll post!! :D

Maryse December 21, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Tessa!! I half-read that one back in 2012 or 2013? Was it the student-teacher one? I don’t remember why I didn’t finish…

Tessa December 21, 2017 at 1:59 PM

She’s really hard to like in the beginning. However, it slowly grows and you learn more about her and you start to like her. It starts as a teacher-student, but it isn’t a romance when he is her teacher. It’s a SUPER SLOW build, but I was enthralled with each word.

Marion December 21, 2017 at 3:21 PM

I think if men want to know what most women want in a guy they should read a KA book! Her heroes love, honor, protect and cherish their women. That’s why I love all her books and the Hook Up was no different!

bev December 21, 2017 at 7:05 PM

See how everyone starts to disappear?

R, think I’ll make some potatoes &carrots tonight. Have some chicken, maybe can make it like those one baking sheet whole meal type meals.

R. Renee December 21, 2017 at 7:29 PM

bev, I’ve never tried it, but I bet you can. You might want to line it with foil and make a ridge in the middle so the juices from the chicken don’t get on the veggies (or else they won’t caramelize). You’re making me hungry!! I’m too busy to eat and the hubs ordered pizza which I’m not partaking in!

Maryse December 21, 2017 at 8:06 PM

bev… I like those. I’m a one pot/one pan sort-a-gal.

I want all the flavors and spices together… all the caramelizations, and toasty-goodness at the same time… it’s pretty. And it’s easy. AND best of all. It tastes GOOOOOOOOOD.

Casseroles, too. <— I’m a casserole/crock-pot-one-pot lover.

Kooloo December 21, 2017 at 10:11 PM

SO LAST FRIDAY I GOT INTO A CAR ACIDENT WITH MY BRAND NEW CAR. I WAS TAKING MY AUNT – “MY 2ND MOM” – WHO IS STAYING WITH ME AND HAS TERMINAL CANCER, TO GET A PUPPY FOR XMAS TO HELP CHEER HER UP – OH AND SHE WAS IN THE CAR WITH ME AT THE TIME.

I THANK GOD THE VAN HIT MY SIDE AND SHE IS OK! ME NOT SO MUCH – THE AIR BAGS BLEW OUT MY LEFT EARDRUM AND I’M MILDLY CONCUSSED BUT THE NEXT DAY (SAT AM) I STARTED MY 28 DAY STRETCH FOR A COUPLE OF PHARMACIES – SINCE I DON’T HAVE ANY KIDDOS I TOOK EVERYONES SHIFTS SO THEY CAN ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

SO EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A CONSTANT HEADACHE AND RINGING IN MY EAR I FEEL LUCKY BECASUE I HAVE JOB I LOVE AND GET TO HELP PEOPLE EVERYDAY – FOR THE NEXT 21 DAYS STRAIGHT!
AND CAUSE I GOT A COOL 4WD SUV AS A RENTAL WHILE MY CAR GETS FIXED AND MY AUNT IS SMILING MORE THESE DAYS BECAUSE “SISU” OUR NEW PUP IS JUST TOO FREAKIN CUTE!

AND BECAUSE I TAUGHT MYSELF – IT’S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE…

Kooloo December 21, 2017 at 10:14 PM

PS – THANK YOU ELA FOR BEING THERE FOR ME THAT NIGHT
XOXO

R. Renee December 21, 2017 at 10:14 PM

OMG Kooloo! I’m glad you aren’t hurt worse! That is some amazing perspective.

bev December 22, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Yes, you do not have to feel guilty if you change your perspective to stay home and heal. Take care of yourself too.
So the pharmacies are open on Christmas there?

bev December 22, 2017 at 12:32 AM

Wait.

Are you all texting each other?

Ladies be careful with info on the internet.

Leslie M December 22, 2017 at 6:28 AM

Bev, you don’t have 24 hr pharmacy there? I am not in huge city and we have one.

Kooloo, I am sorry about your accident and your aunt. I do love your attitude though….I need to try to be more positive.

Tasha J December 22, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Wow, Kooloo! You have a great outlook on life. I hope you feel better soon also, what a crazy week a lot of us have had!!

bev December 22, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Um, no. No 24 hour anything, lol.
That’s why sometimes when reading about small towns and they have all these stores or × amount of people but know everybody I am like….what?
I do not know everyone though not one of those 100 people live here small towns either, lol.

Tasha J December 22, 2017 at 11:09 AM

I think Kroger is the only 24 hr store here open on Christmas. Walmart is just 15 min away. I live in a small town too, but not as small as where I grew up. That was actually a village, just 10 min away, but nothing there either. It drove me nuts having to go 10-30 minutes to get to any good places. And the cost of living there is so much more than here.

Tessa December 22, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Make sure you are okay, Kooloo. Work isn’t more important than health.

We have Denny’s and 7-11 open 24 hours. :P Most fast food places, at least their drive through. Some close at midnight, but most don’t. CVS is also 24 hours. Oh, and of course, 24-hour fitness. This city is next to one of the populous cities in the country (San Jose) so there is probably more.

Maryse December 25, 2017 at 12:52 PM

OMG Kooloo!!!!!

I missed your comment, and I would have FREAKED out in that accident. That must have been terrifying. How are you feeling now?

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