Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – December 26th 2017

by Maryse on December 26, 2017 · 126 comments

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HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY (the last one of the year!!!) and HAPPY BOXING DAY to my fellow Canadians (today is essentially THEIR Black Friday), so I can imagine the fun and terror they’ll be having in the stores right now. Anyone braving some shopping today? I’m tempted to find some Christmas decoration deals… I just may do it. ;) I think I have a total of 16 balls on my new tree and just a few cute tidbits here and there. It was a bit naked… LOL!

But!! I will also be reading ALL day, and I’ve found my next read right off of this list. :D It’s a funny one, it’s been recommended like CRAZY (the cover had me kind of giggling and also not sure if I’d be up for it) but by the glowing reviews (and this awesome super-bargain today), I’m ON IT!!!

But… take a look at what else we found. ;) Original indie favorites like Willow Aster, and Jane Harvey-Berrick have new releases today, and some hugely popular series have just been bundled (like that one up there to the left) and have just gone live at bargain prices. And then of course, the big names are on here, too. YAY US!!!

P.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. Star Struck by Laurelin Paige
  2. Room Mates: The Series by Lauren Blakely <— SERIES BUNDLE!!!!
  3. The British Knight by Louise Bay
  4. Twisted: The Steel Brothers Saga, Book 8 by Helen Hardt
  5. From Sanctum with Love: Masters and Mercenaries, Book 10 Lexi Blake
  6. Alpha’s Danger: Bad Boy Alphas, Book 2 by Benjamin Sands
  7. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
  8. The Outliers: The Outskirts Duet, Book 2 by T. M. Frazier
  9. Move the Stars: Something in the Way, Volume 3 by Jessica Hawkins
  10. Shelter: The Getaway Series by Jay Crownover


BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order.)

  1. Room Mates (The Series) by Kendall Ryan <— LIVE!!! KENDALL RYAN SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! And I. Mean. SUPERBARGAIN!!! “Get ready for 4 complete friends-to-lovers rom-com standalones.”
  2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard <— FANTASY ROMANCE & MUCH LOVED IS ON SALE RIGHT NOW!

Robyn: Red Queen was such a good book. I’ve read the whole series and am waiting for the next book to come out. You won’t be disappointed!

Fabi: Thank you so much for encouraging me to read Red Queen. Fanfreakintastic! It easily stands up against the greats in the genre. I want to go to go straight into book 2 so bad! Ugh! Commitments…

  1. Spiral of Bliss: The Complete Boxed Set by Nina Lane <— LIVE!!! NINA LANE SERIES SUPER-BARGAIN BUNDLE

Jen: I felt like I was right there with the Professor and his Beauty❤️

Eduarda: i LOVE NINA LANE …..And i miss Dean and Liv soooo much!

  • Worth It by S.M. Shade  & C.M. Owens <— I JUST ONE-CLICKED IT!!!! Need a funny book for your new Kindle? Lookit what’s bargain-priced!!!! Take a look at all the 5 star (almost ONLY 5 star reviews with barely anything lower) and I’m told this book is HILARIOUS.

Tabathia: Worth It has to be one of the funniest books that I read (finally read it after so many recommendations)

Jen C: just finished Worth It last night – haven’t laughed so much in a long time

Maria: Worth It by CM Owens and SM Shade is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. I was reading excerpts to my husband between gasping for air and hysterical laughing fits.

Sabrina: Yes i second Worth It by CM Owens & SM Shade. It was so funny. Tears in your eyes you laugh so hard funny.

Michelle: It is a great book. Funny as hell. Saw it recommended so many times, finally got it and wished I had gotten it earlier.

  • The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels) by Kerrigan Byrne <— TWO OF MY BLOGGER FRIENDS HAVE GONE CRAZY FOR THIS ONE and it’s on sale today!!! Angie and Natasha lost their minds over it, and while I’m not a regular Historical romance reader, I know I’ve loved the ones I’ve read, and supposedly this is the best of the best!!!! In fact, Angie wonders if this will be her top favorite of the year. And I love that cover! P.S. Now I’ve just noticed it’s been recommended HERE are few times too! I’m one-clicking it!!

Anne: loving it so far! Its a different type of HR. Very refreshing.

K: Rec- The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne. It’s a historical but the H reminded me a bit of Christian Grey, eg. Emotionally scarred, doesn’t like to be touched.




  1. Kane: I Am Alpha (Law of the Lycans Book 9) by Nicky Charles <— NICKY CHARLES ALERT!!! KANE’S POV FROM THE VERY FIRST BOOK!!!!! OMG I LOOOOOVED this series back when I was first discovering paranormal romance!!!! “A treat for die-hard fans, Kane: I Am Alpha presents Kane’s viewpoint on the original Law of the Lycans novel, The Mating.” (P.S. Here’s my review of book #1 “The Mating”)

Amy: I really liked the Nicky Charles books! I read it when I was just starting to move from YA PNR to the more “grownup” books, and the sexy times in her books were new to me and just WHEW! *fans self*

Carissa: I LOVED the Law of the Lycans series by Nicky Charles

  1. Crossing Quinn (Coletti Warlords) by Gail Koger
  2. Skyborn (Dragons and Druids Book 1) by Leia Stone <— SHE’S A DRAGON SHIFTER BUT SHE DIDN’T KNOW IT... “...Logan Sharp is the last dragon shifter alive. Or so he thinks, until he gets word that the druids are hunting a red headed female. His team takes her in, sheltering her because there is a truth she must learn: if the skyborn die out, then so does humanity. But Sloane is hiding a dark secret that she doesn’t even know yet. A secret that could change everything.”
  3. Guardian Undone (Stealth Guardians Book 4) by Tina Folsom <— TINA FOLSOM Scanguards Fans!!! This book is a cross-over between Scanguards Vampires and the Stealth Guardians. It contains many familiar and beloved Scanguards characters, and you can be sure that it is as action-packed and as sizzling hot as any Scanguards book. Enjoy!
  4. Holly, Curses, and Hauntings (Blue Moon Bay Book 2) by Jovee Winters
  5. Moon Bound (LaRue Book 4) by Donna Grant <— DONNA GRANT ALERT!!! SHE SAVES A DOG… “…When a gorgeous dog she tries to save turns out to be so much more, Elise is compelled to let someone in—and faces things about herself she isn’t entirely comfortable with. But the breathtakingly handsome shifter makes her feel things she hasn’t experienced in ages, and she soon realizes that she needs Kane’s help as much as he needs hers...”
  6. Endured (Apocalypse Assassins Book 3) by D. Laine
  7. Aurora (Imparatos Book 1) by Leah Banicki <— POST APOCALYPTIC ALERT!!
  8. Wild Card (Wildcats Book 3) by Rachel Vincent <— RACHEL VINCENT ALERT!!! SHIFTER WAKES UP MARRIED TO A MILLIONAIRE ALERT!!She’s grown up on the fringes of shifter society, hearing the whispers. One desperate act as a starving, terrified child has made her the first tabby in history with no romantic prospects. But whatever. Eighteen is too young to get married anyway. Still, when she stumbles upon an opportunity to get away for a few days, who could blame her for seizing it?
  9. Aqua Magic: Book Four of the Witch Guardian Fantasy Romance Series by Caryn Moya Block
  10. White Hot (Rulers of the Sky Book 3) by Paula Quinn
  11. Aether’s Mark (Lords of Krete Book 5) by Rachael Slate
  12. Hard Instincts: Special Ops military guy with extrasensory powers – can you get any hotter than that? by Chloe Fischer
  13. Celo’s Quest (The Dragons of Incendium Book 8) by Deborah Cooke
  14. Vindication (Theta Corps Book 3) by Aliyah Burke
  15. New Year’s Kiss (Wolf’s Heritage Book 1) by Tielle St. Clare
  16. Haunted Tenor (Singers in Love Book 1) by Irene Vartanoff
  17. Moonstruck (Warring Hearts Book 2) by Adrianne Kane



  1. Whore by Willow Aster <— WILLOW ASTER ALERT!!! SHE’S THE HIGHEST PAID PROSTITUTE IN NEW ORLEANS… “...Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival. But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality…”
  2. No Ordinary Love: A Journey’s End Billionaire Romance (Journey’s End Billionaires Book 1) by Ann Christopher
  3. Beyond Ordinary Love: A Journey’s End Billionaire Romance (Journey’s End Billionaires Book 2) by Ann Christopher
  4. PLAY – Chloe & Eli (Fettered Book 6) by Lilia Moon
  5. Package Deal (The Hennings Triplets Book 3) by Stephanie Morris
  6. The Bad Boy Cowboy (Morgan Ranch) by Kate Pearce
  7. Dad Bod: a sexy romantic comedy by Lily Kate <— SHE’S A SINGLE MOM & HE’S A SINGLE DAD… “...When I receive a phone call from my daughter’s school, I’m shocked to find my sweet little girl has been in a fight. Hauled to the principal’s office to straighten things out, I find myself sitting next to none other than my first kiss—Tyler Daniels—the man who’d taught me the meaning of trouble. After living the high life in NYC, Tyler’s back in town to ruin me all over again...”
  8. A Dash Of Love: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Liz Isaacson
  9. Undeniable Fate by Mia London
  10. Barreled Over (Trinity Distillery #1) by Jenna Sutton
  11. Endure (Rusted and Reckless Book 3) by Charlotte Casey
  12. Sunrise Over Montana (Shadow Valley Book 1) by Andrea Kate Pearson
  13. Can’t Let Go (Callaway Cousins #5) (Callaways Book 13) by Barbara Freethy <— SHE FINDS STORY INSPIRATION IN A LOCAL IRISH BAR… ;) “…been commissioned by a Hollywood studio to create the next superhero blockbuster movie, but a bout of creative block has Annie searching the Southern California beach scene for inspiration. A local Irish bar in an old train depot, run by the ruggedly attractive and somewhat mysterious Griffin Hale, piques her interest, and she finds herself weaving fantasies about not only Griffin but also the quirky characters who work there…”
  14. Devoted to Wicked – A Devoted Lovers Novella by Shayla Black
  15. Her Treasured SEAL (Midnight Delta Book 11) by Caitlyn O’Leary
  16. Order vs. Chaos (Opposites Attract Book 1) by Mary E Thompson
  17. Something to Sing About: A Jewel Sisters Romance by Monique McDonell
  18. Twisted (The Steel Brothers Saga Book 8) by Helen Hardt
  19. The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables Book 7) by Darcy Burke
  20. Lip Service (Kiss Talent Agents Book 1) by Virna DePaul
  21. The Pretender: Games People Play by HelenKay Dimon
  22. Throw Dylan from the Train (S.A.F.E Detective Agency Book 2) by Piper Davenport and Harley Stone
  23. Fight for Me (A SWAT Series Book 2) by Raquel M DeJesus
  24. Come Home with Me (Blue Moon Harbor) by Susan Fox
  25. Rhythm: An Inner Music Novel (Inner Music Series Book 2) by Danielle Sebastian Berry
  26. Dreaming of Manderley (A Riches to Romance Tale) by Leah Marie Brown
  27. Beautiful Lawman: A Devil’s Rock Novel by Sophie Jordan <— SHE’S FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF TOWN & HE’S THE ARROGANT GOLDEN BOY SHERIFF…she isn’t surprised that when she comes into contact with Sweet Hill’s wildly irresistible, arrogant sheriff, Hale Walters, they’re instant adversaries. Piper has nothing in common with the town golden-boy-turned-lawman—and she refuses to be a notch on his bedpost...”
  28. Hard Landing: Deep Six Security Book 6 by Becky McGraw
  29. A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev
  30. When You Love a Scotsman (Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen) by Hannah Howell
  31. Taming Rough Waters: A Blood Brothers Standalone: Book 1 by Samantha Wolfe
  32. The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers: A Lover’s Triangle Novel by Calista Fox
  33. Shelter (The Getaway Series Book 2) by Jay Crownover <— THEY BOTH HAVE DEEP REGRETS… “…Emrys Santos is lost. Everything in her life feels pointless and futile.
    She’s been busy running away from her feelings and all the people who love her the most—including her best friend, the one person who knows exactly what she’s been through. They promised to always stick together and to lean on one another. It was a promise Em had to break so she could lick her wounds and figure out her next move…”
  34. True Sacrifice (The Lost and Found Series Book 2) by Amanda Mackey
  35. No Turning Back by Nancy Bush
  36. Hot Blooded by Delilah Devlin
  37. Carnival (The Traveling Series #4) by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— JANE HARVEY-BERRICK ALERT!! HE GOT OUT OF PRISON & HAS A MOTORCYCLE STUNT RIDER IN THE CIRCUS… “...Zef has been on the road, finding his spiritual home with a traveling carnival and working as a motorcycle stunt rider. Live fast, live hard, keep moving. He doesn’t want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Fiercely loyal, the only people he cares about are his brother and his carnie family. Until a crazy girl who’s run away to join the circus crashes into his world...”
  38. His To Serve (The Candy Cane Club Book 1) by Ari McKay <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!
  39. The Law of Love by Fyn Alexander <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!
  40. Fallen Into You (Intoxication Book 4) by Remmy Duchene  <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!
  41. Color of You by C.S. Poe <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!
  42. The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson <— RACHEL GIBSON’S LATEST!!! HE’S A HOCKEY STAR & SHE JUST RAN AWAY FROM HER REALITY TV WEDDING ALERT!…Wearing a poofy white dress and a pair of five-inch sparkly shoes, Lexie hopped a float plane for Sandspit, Canada. She figured no one would find her there. But she was wrong. Sharing her flight was the Seattle Chinooks biggest star, Sean Knox. Lexie wasn’t just a reality-show runaway, she was his pain in the butt coach’s daughter...”



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

  1. Dragon Reborn (Dragon Point Book 5) by Eve Langlais – December 28th 2017
  2. Hotbloods 2: Coldbloods by Bella Forrest – December 30th 2017
  3. Claimed in Shadows: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed Series Book 15) by Lara Adrian – December 31st 2017
  4. DAMON’S ENCHANTRESS: A Cardinal Witches paranormal romance (The Cardinal Witches Book 3) by Alyssa Day – December 31st 2017
  5. Heart on Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet – January 2nd 2018
  6. Hot Shot: A North Ridge Novel by Karina Halle - January 2nd 2018
  7. Wicked Choice (The Wicked Horse Vegas Book 4) by Sawyer Bennett - January 2nd 2018
  8. Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy – January 2nd 2018
  9. End Game (Dirty Money) by Lisa Renee Jones - January 2nd 2018


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Sharon F December 26, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Happy Boxing Day! I can’t wait to load up my new Kindle! I am going to brave a few stores myself today. Gift certificates are burning a hole in my purse and I can’t ruin my purse! Stay warm everyone!

Grey December 26, 2017 at 9:20 AM

*tosses… Coffee* I’m tossing coffee this morning! Happy Boxing Day!

bev December 26, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Good morning.
I can not believe it is almost the end of another year.

Theresa silverberg December 26, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Just heads up Lara Adrian and Karina Halle changed release dates

Maryse December 26, 2017 at 11:52 AM

I just came home with more Christmas decorations!!!!! Well worth it at that discount. YAY NEXT CHRISTMAS!!!!


Tasha J December 26, 2017 at 11:52 AM

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is on sale for 4.99 from 10.99 today. My lovely SS Amy just gifted me this one, it’s a GR choice winner this year too!

Maryse December 26, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Thank you Theresa!!!! I really appreciate you finding the date changes for me… I shall update. :)

Grey December 26, 2017 at 12:57 PM

playing with my Christmas presents… woohoo!

Jean December 26, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Hi guys! Love having the day off… just lounging around. Just finished Maybe in Another Life….I’m torn, but yes loved it!

I think I’ll give Worth It a try….I bought it the other day….. the reviews are of the charts and I could use something light and funny!

bev December 26, 2017 at 1:02 PM

The cover…..i just can’t. For whatever reason it just totally turns me off. *shrug*

Jean December 26, 2017 at 1:07 PM

I get it bev….i didn’t love the cover either but the reviews just make me want to read it.

Amy December 26, 2017 at 3:18 PM

*throws up hands* Oh, NOW Tasha’s SS book is one sale. :roll: That’s okay, I would pay full price again for your book. ;)

Amy December 26, 2017 at 3:19 PM

*on sale (good lord, my autocorrect is hungover…or I am *giggle*)

Amy December 26, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Happy Boxing Day to our Canadian friends!

I’m in a post-Christmas funk. I’m taking the next week off to tackle household organization and projects, but all I want to do is curl up and nap and read and nap some more. Hubby is annoying me because he is all, let’s GO GO GO and get stuff done. NO NO NO. I’m feeling post-holiday letdown in full force and…and…this is me:*&output-format=auto&output-quality=auto

You know what? Screw it all. I want to wallow and be lazy. I’m going to catch up on posts and comments and make up my 2017 favorite list and read everyone else’s lists. After I give hubby some Z-Quil and tell him it’s cough syrup. :lol:

Maryse December 26, 2017 at 4:02 PM


it’s the weird upskirt butt grabbing.

I get you. It’s the same thing that had me raising an eyebrow and wondering what frolicking I was about to embark on…

Maryse December 26, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Amy I get you. I had ALL of these positive and productive plans for the Holiday, and yet…


I’ve done about half on my list. I wanted to do ALL on my list.

Maryse December 26, 2017 at 4:05 PM



Now THAT is productive. ;)

Maryse December 26, 2017 at 4:06 PM

My Roomba is busy vacuuming copious amounts of glitter right now.

Yes. I got into the Walmart/Target Christmas deco half off deals, and well… my house is sparkling right now.

Overly so.

bev December 26, 2017 at 4:22 PM

It’ll all be ok, Dwight.

bev December 26, 2017 at 4:24 PM

I think I may do some me shopping for the holiday, before New Years and resolutions.

I don’t want ornaments but some more mochi wrapped ice cream, lol.

Melinda December 26, 2017 at 5:25 PM

I’m looking for a rock star, movie star book. Any suggestions?

Amy December 26, 2017 at 6:42 PM

Melinda, did you ever read Love Unscripted? It’s from back in the indie days and still holds a special place in my heart. He’s a famous actor and she’s a down-to-earth “normal” lady. No crazy angst but definitely all of the fun anxiety-producing moments that go along with the famous person-normal person reads.

And I still have yet to read it, but Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre is well loved by many here (so glad though that I turned off auto updates so I didn’t end up with the movie version for the cover…just my personal preference). Not to mention she is one of my favorite authors. ;)

Amy December 26, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Mochi wrapped ice cream? *goes to google it*

*giggle* I can totally see Maryse having glitter all over her house…

bev December 26, 2017 at 7:24 PM

Mmm, I thoight it was really good. I had the vanilla and now want to try the chocolate.

bev December 26, 2017 at 7:26 PM



Melinda I am not sure what you have in your tbr. I’m doing the Jason Thorne one.

bev December 26, 2017 at 7:34 PM

And here I am again. :)

Indie days….Love Left Behind and The Mighty Storm.


To Tell The Truth Shame the Devil. Rock stars and movie stars. Scouts honor. Plus it’d make baby Jasper happy.

Amy December 26, 2017 at 7:35 PM

OOH!! I forgot to tell you guys! *claps hands excitedly*

I was at work last week and a coworker was reading from her iPad. She told me she was totally hooked on this book, and it was about a woman whose ex-boyfriend had amnesia but she was pretending (to him) they didn’t know each other since they had had such a bad breakup. I told her it sounded like a book I read called The Opportunist, and she started squealing that THAT is what she was reading, so I started squealing, and we squealed together and… *sigh* It was like having a conversation from here come to life. :D

Amy December 26, 2017 at 7:38 PM

bev…Love Left Behind by SH Kolee? I remember that one! SO fun.

Maryse December 26, 2017 at 8:30 PM

I remember when I was preparing the first Book Bash, and I was at the hotel the night before with one of the hotel’s event managers (she had been handling our account for months)…

and she was SHOCKED by how many people were there, and I said these are the best of the best authors… and I asked her if she read and she said yes…

I asked her who were her favorites (expected her to spout the usual big names from big publishers) and she said Colleen Hoover, and mentioned a few others and I smiled…

I said YOU are in for something amazing, then!!! She was ONE OF US and didn’t even know it!!!

R. Renee December 26, 2017 at 8:33 PM

I love that! No one in my “real life” has ever heard of any of my faves. That’s why I’d rather hang out here. <3

Melinda December 26, 2017 at 9:04 PM

Bev and Amy, I have read all of those and they were amazing. I need something new.

Grey December 26, 2017 at 9:33 PM

Pick for me is open for the new year!!!

bev December 26, 2017 at 9:41 PM

Act Like it by Lucy Parker? Not Hollywood but a famous actor on the London stage.

Heaven, Texas by SEP. He is actually a famous football player making his movie debut.

True Love Story and Eversea a musician and actor both loanable if you want them.

Good Time Bad Boy also lendable if you want. Really liked this one and no one ever reads it. Famous country star. Good dipiction of a hard working small town heroine.

Also, Come Dancing and can loan it as well. 80s New York and a great sense of time and place. Very early 80s so almost 70s vibe.Liked this one as well. Takes its time. He is an English rock star.

Beat…i just love the cover, don’t remember much. And loanable.

Grey December 26, 2017 at 9:58 PM

Maryse!!! You should totally do another Book Bash!!! We would all come and help!!!

Melinda, how about the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott? Or the Sinners series by Olivia Cunning? Or… Forget/Blur by N.A. Alcorn?

Yes… Ladies and any lurkers that may be reading this as want to jump in; we don’t jump in and barrage you with a million plata, so… Offer (ready bribes..hahaha!) *gif me* kidding ;) for Pick-for-me and the Tbr challenge. We need to agree on a name for the 3rs challenge and then get our shelves restocked, no pressure hahaha! The end oh 2017 will be here before we know it!

Jan December 26, 2017 at 11:01 PM

I second Hollywood Dirt. Haven’t seen the movie but I really liked the book. But I couldn’t get into Love Unscripted. I tried a couple of times. One of the books I really WANTED to like, but found it a bit meh. Ah! Incoming! *ducks peanuts*

Jan December 26, 2017 at 11:12 PM

Haven’t heard of all of those bev. I’m gonna check out Good Time Bad Boy. And I just 1-clicked Come Dancing cos it’s only $1.03 so I’ll take the chance LOL. It looks kinda good. Thanks :) I like SEP but can’t remember that one…. will have to look back and see whether I’ve read it. But I know I dnf’ed Act Like it, and I 2-starred Eversea :( *ducks more peanuts*

I second the Stage Dive series too, Grey, but Forget was another dnf. *catches flying peanut and eats it* Tasty.

Kathy P. December 26, 2017 at 11:55 PM

For Melinda, here are a few that I have loved:
Cake by J. Bengstsson (college girl and rock star)
Storm by Carian Cole (rock star in a band, the whole series is amazing)
True North by Liora Blake (widowed novelist meets rock star in the green room at a talk show). Loved his book!!
Sweet as Sin (make up artist meets rock star at a video shoot)
Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley (classic)
Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley (wholesome girl in family band meets rock star on a tour). I read the whole series!!
Blind Attraction (Eden Summers) The whole series is a fun read.
Hope this helps.

Melinda December 27, 2017 at 4:51 AM

Aww, Thankyou, Kathy P and Bev, some good ones I haven’t read. I have read Eversea, Hollywood Dirt, Love Unscripted (loved that). I’ve read s/dive, forget. I haven’t read any of Kathy’s or some of Bev’s thank you.

Thanks for all the imput, I really appreciate it.

Leslie M December 27, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Melinda, I think you have already read most of my faves AND everyone already suggested most of the good ones. What about:

Hollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans or Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Bev, you are reading To Love Jason Thorn???? I LOVE THAT ONE!!!! It’s one of my faves AND it’s great on audio too. *swoons* That is exactly my type of CR.

Leslie M December 27, 2017 at 7:22 AM

Grey, wouldnt it be awesome if Maryse did another book bash and we all could go??? Maybe if it were in Orlando and I had enough notice I could turn it into a family vacay. There is no way I could go to florida without the fam. :( What is the 3rs challenge??

Amy, I would totally make that co-worker my new bff and force feed her to read all our faves!! *giggles*

I almost never have RL peeps who read my type books or share my enthusiasm for books. Once, some of my cousins read This Man series and when I started squeeing over it, they looked at me like I had 10 heads. Whateves to them. Only my book buds “get” squeeing!!

D.G. December 27, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Good morning my book peeps!!!! Being on holiday is wonderful…sipping my hazelnut coffee (which I got for a steal on Amazon!!!!) and catching up on books and movies.

I agree with you Leslie about not having RL people to rant and rave and squee with over books. My 10 year old gets more excited about books than anyone else I know in RL.

Maryse, I did brave the after holiday shopping for some Christmas decorations too! I scored the cutest stinkin stuffed Llama!

Tasha J December 27, 2017 at 9:44 AM

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen is Free today.
Dear Life by Meghan Quinn is .99
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is 2.99 (Coincidentally I was thinking of finally starting book 3 today)

bev December 27, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Oh, Leslie? The 3rs is our reading challenge for Maryse.
Read. Read. Read.
She was feeling a bit slumpy.
You know, kinda “meh”.
“Blah”, You could say.

So everyone was

1. Read To Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil.

(We did try to tell Jasper to stop pushing so hard. But you know….he’s a baby. In the the belly. Doesn’t understand boundaries.)

2. Read Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda.

(Everyone is pushing this book. *Sigh* What can you do?)

3. Read The Last Hour of Gann.

( I keep saying nope too dark. But MichelleS will not listen. She thinks Maryse is a bit dark. I……*shrugs*)

R. Renee December 27, 2017 at 11:23 AM

OMG Maryse… I just cut up some of that leftover roast and peppers and scrambled it with eggs. Oh lawd.

Tessa December 27, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Leslie, the third challenge is just read someone else’s favorite book.

Cheryl December 27, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Good morning, getting ready to head out of town to visit family for more Christmas celebrating. Loading up my kindle for the drive. Yeh!!!

Amy, I wish I had a co-worker experience like that. Mine was the opposite- something Blah, Blah Blah enlightening and classic. :(

Grey December 27, 2017 at 1:09 PM

I have threads open for all the challenges now!

Tasha J December 27, 2017 at 1:28 PM

From my 8 yr old- Does fantasy mean real or fake?
Me- It’s fake
She scrolls back to fantasy on Netflix- Wait, what? That means Santa Claus is fake. All these Santa movies are in fantasy….
Mind you, for the past month I’ve had a big present among the others sitting out labeled, From-Santa. She completely missed that and only seemed to care that the number between her and her brother were uneven. Lol

MichelleS December 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Bev – seeing Simon & Gann in same post as Recs is hilarious! They couldn’t be more different! Just goes to show… we are diverse! I loved both, BTW.

In RL, I have one friend who reads Briggs, so we can talk about that once in a blue moon. I have another who reads C Hoover, so there’s that. One who reads fun sexy PNR… but day to day everyday book lovers who devour PNR, Fantasy, HR, CR, etc… this is my tribe.

Maryse December 27, 2017 at 1:37 PM


Unless you can bring me some STAT, I don’t want to hear it. I am JEALOUS!!!

Okay…. now tell me more!!! ;)

bev December 27, 2017 at 2:16 PM

Lol, completely different.

MichelleS, how is your reading going?

Grey December 27, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Ok, I’ve got my new spreadsheet of Reader favorites all pretty and up to date… I’m ready for the next post, Maryse, LOL! I’ve got threads opened for challenges in January. I made my all-time favorites goodreads shelf for the new challenge. I’m currently working on my list to send to you for 2017…can you tell I’m procrastinating BIG time on taking down my Christmas tree? *giggle*

MichelleS December 27, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Bev – I’m on a roll here! Beautiful Monsters series was epic & awesome but bruuuutal. Pathfinder’s Way was great…. but super sloooooow burn on the romance. Lots of adventure though. I’m on a fantasy kick, so I’m reading samples of Fae books. Have Amazon money to burn. KA’s was pretty good… nothing too speactacular, but I did it read it in one day. Anything doing it for you?

Jan December 27, 2017 at 6:15 PM

I’m the same – I don’t really have anyone in rl to squee with over my books. Well, my sister does like some of the HRs I read and we do some swapping there so that’s good. And my (grown-up) kids like the same sci-fi as me so we get a bit excited when a new one comes out by a fav author. But as for romance :( no. *sigh* I feel a bit like a fish out of water sometimes.

But then I check this blog or GR and I feel normal again :D

*big squeezily group hugs everyone* Thank you. You are all awesome.

bev December 27, 2017 at 6:38 PM

Jan, aren’t you the one with all boys? Wouldn’t it be fun if they did read romance with you? Maybe a daughter in law.

MichelleS I haven’t even opened one since Hook up. I’m thinking I may soon either try Strange the Dreamer (my ss gift) or wander into the courtyard a final time.

I can’t put the kdrama down. Only things holding my attention. Like you with CNN except prettier and more romance.

Tasha J December 27, 2017 at 7:57 PM

Kdrama? Kardashians?

Jan December 27, 2017 at 7:58 PM

Yes I have all boys, and no, they’re not into romance in any way, shape or form. LOL. My daughters-in-law do like to read, but mostly have different tastes to me – one is into thrillers (which I do read occasionally) and the other is more a YA fantasy fan. But neither are really moi.

I’ve started my secret santa book – The Sisters of Versailles – novelisation based on 5 real life sisters, 4 of whom were mistress to Louis XV1 of France (presumably not all at the same time LOL). But yeah, wow. What an incredible true story – kinda forgotten by history too, I think. A big thank you to my secret santa!

bev December 27, 2017 at 8:14 PM


No like this:

bev December 27, 2017 at 8:15 PM

Or this:

Gah. Love him. Lol.

Leslie M December 28, 2017 at 7:24 AM

Apparently Massachusetts thinks its the North Pole because wind chill here is 20 below zero!! No joke!


Jean December 28, 2017 at 8:53 AM

So cold here too Leslie! Minus 7!!

Grey December 28, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Freezing here too. Gah! Tree is coming down today, may have to start baking today just to stay warm. What is everyone else up to?

bev December 28, 2017 at 10:27 AM

I’m a bit jealous.

R. Renee December 28, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Ahhh! The BEST part about not putting up a tree this year!

Tasha J December 28, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Lol. I didn’t really think it’d be Kardashians, but ya never know. I couldn’t think of anything else it could be. ;) It’s 10 here, you guys definitely have it worse. Doesn’t look to get any better next week either.
I’ve been wondering…bugs hibernate during the winter. We get a lovely break from most unwanted pests bc of the cold. Even allergens. And then in the spring and summer, all the crap flourishes. So, why is it that bacteria and all these awful sick bugs flourish when it’s cold? They should freeze along with everything else.

Leslie M December 28, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Aside from freezing…I am doing laundry and making book lists. Also listening to audio of E.L. James Darker.

R. Renee December 28, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Don’t tell anyone Leslie, but that’s what I bought with my coupon… :D

Amy December 28, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Holy moly…y’all live in some COLD places!! :?

I would end up throttling hubby if we lived in cold like that. We’ve been fighting over the thermostat the last few days (not cutesy arguing…passive-aggressive crap that’s getting out of hand :roll: ), making me question how wise it was for both of us to take time off at the same time right now, LOL!

I’m busy doing some of the same things as you guys…taking down the tree, doing laundry, and today’s project of purging and organizing the pantry/storage room. I LOVE how good it feels when I walk into a room after I have labored over making it neat and tidy. :D

Amy December 28, 2017 at 1:29 PM


“It seemed unfair, spending three hours a day in a classroom during summer, only to wait another thirty minutes in the parking lot.” ~ Something In the Way by Jessica Hawkins

Yep, I’m finally taking the plunge!

MichelleS December 28, 2017 at 1:44 PM


“Blood ran down Dougan Mackenzie’s forearms as he crouched against the ancient stone wall separating the grounds of Applecross Orphanage from the wild mountains beyond.” The Highway Man

Maryse December 28, 2017 at 1:47 PM

I’m ready for more Top 2017 Lists if anyone has one for us.

Send them to me on the contact me link on the top right of this page or even just leave it in the comments.

I’ll format and dedicate a post to it. :)

Jean December 28, 2017 at 1:54 PM

Maryse, I’m actually working on mine right now. Hope to email it to you in a few hours!

Amy, you took the plunge! I want to/don’t want to read that so bad. I think it’s going to hurt….a lot!

FLT: Bright red boxer briefs in a tree, and a toothbrush and razor smashed into the dirt. (Worth It, S.M. Shade and C.M. Owens)

Amy December 28, 2017 at 1:57 PM

Working on my list as well! It’s not going to be a big one, I just started it the other day and got distracted…

Yep Jean, I did! :D I’m ready for some good ol’ heart-hurtin’ fun!

Grey December 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Maryse, I worked on mine for a bit last night, but as usual, I’m fairly longwinded, so I need to edit a bit.

It’s a balmy 4 degrees here today. I took my son to basketball practice and thought I was going to freeze to death… thank God for remote starters is all I’m going to say.

FLT: Rick is a perfectly nice guy. ~ Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich

Tasha J December 28, 2017 at 2:12 PM

FLT: “The buzzing flies and screaming survivors had long since replaced the beating war-drums.” from “A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses)” by Sarah J. Maas

My tbr has now surpassed my actual “read” books on GR. I feel like a blurb chaser today, I’m really excited for all the good lookin books to come in 2018!

MichelleS December 28, 2017 at 2:37 PM

I found the Highwayman on this list & gave it a try. Absolutely loving it. Tortured hero, in love since childhood – she is his little “fairy” with white blonde hair. Met in an orphanage. I love this mushy stuff!

Jean December 28, 2017 at 2:42 PM

MichelleS, that sounds perfect! Keep us updated!

bev December 28, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Amy are you one of those people who jack the heat up to like 75? Or is husband?

bev December 28, 2017 at 3:11 PM

I don’t know why I am having such a hard time making a list. It’s like trying to open a book, lol. I did make a worst of list but that was like 3 books and some snark about Thoughtless. *gives Everyone the evil eye.*

I don’t know maybe if I get some coffee and look back over my reading year it will help me shake off the slump of 17 and prepare for 2018.

Grey December 28, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Oh Tasha!!!! So jealous of you right now! I did just buy a couple of the Throne of Glass books… getting prepared for a massive series read.

Jean December 28, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Are the Throne of Glass books on sale too? I only have the first one!

Tessa December 28, 2017 at 3:54 PM

“You can’t be serious?”
Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

I found this on a list on GR that was labeled Alpha brothers. The list had Erin Watt’s The Royals series, Fallen Crest series, Until November, Slater Brothers series, Elemental series, etc. I figured this book was on the list, and with a group like that, it might be good. So far, it is.

Jean December 28, 2017 at 4:12 PM

Oh Tessa, I have Finding Kyler…..keep me updated!

Grey December 28, 2017 at 4:21 PM

Jean, yep! Somehow I didn’t have book 2,3 or 4 in the series, and 2 and 3 were on sale, 5.99 and 6.12, I don’t know what the deal with the random pricing was, but I scooped them up….

Amy December 28, 2017 at 4:23 PM

bev, I feel ya with the slump year. For me, 2017 wasn’t a year full of fantastic books until about the last one-third and then I had several of them. Sure, there were plenty I really, REALLY liked earlier in the year but none of them really stuck out in my mind, and I only remembered them when I saw them on my spreadsheet or GR list. *shrug*

Amy December 28, 2017 at 4:29 PM

And nope, I don’t like the house at 75. I prefer it to be 70, but I’ve compromised down to 68. Hubby wants it at 63-65, and dammit those few degrees make a difference and I’m freezing!!

We’ve been reduced to children over this. I set it at 68…he lowers it to 67 when I’m not looking…it hits 68 and he turns it off…I turn the fireplace off when he leaves the room…he leaves the toilet seat up (he only does that when he’s irritated with me)…I leave his socks turned inside out when I put them away…he pushes stuff waaaaaayyyyy back on the top shelf of the pantry so I can’t reach them…all because of the damn thermostat. Like I said, we’re behaving like children. :roll:

Amy December 28, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Going to click Highway and Finding Kyler right now…thanks MichelleS and Tessa!!

Jean December 28, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Thanks Grey…..for some reason I have Book 1 and 4 so I just grabbed 2 and 3!! Now, when will I have time to read them?!?!

Amy, that is hysterical….stand your ground girl!

bev December 28, 2017 at 4:53 PM

That is funny Amy.

You should dress in all the layers then pile the couch with blankets and crawl under with a book. You can’t come out cause it is too cold.

Though I lean more towards your husband’s temp.

Amy December 28, 2017 at 5:02 PM

LOL, I will Jean! *fistbumps Jean* He will NOT win this one. :P It sounds so silly but on the moment I am just p!ssed. *snort*

bev, that sounds perfect. I won’t come out to make supper or even to go to bed. I’m sleeping RIGHT. THERE. *points to pile of blankets* Brrrrrr woman…you and my hubby would get along fabulously.

Kooloo December 28, 2017 at 5:32 PM

COLD you wanna talk COLD!!!!
Maryse do you remember how it gets so cold here in ON that it hurts to breath… WELL it’s feaking -36 C right now with the wind so while you get to remember I’m going to start my rental and let it run for 30min before heading home.

Tessa December 28, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Rofl Amy, that’s hilarious! And, yeah, childish. Lol I’m the same as you. 70 is perfect. It’s 67 outside right now and I’m wearing a sweatshirt.

bev December 28, 2017 at 5:42 PM

Flask of soup and coffee. Burrow on in.

I don’t want 30 below, but colder and some snow. Pfft.

Jan December 28, 2017 at 6:18 PM

We were five sisters and four became mistresses of our king.

from The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie.

*closes eyes under cooling air from air conditioner * Baby it’s HOT outside!

Tessa December 28, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Bev, I’d tolerate the cold for snow. I love the outside being cold, so long as my toes are nice and warm inside.

Maryse December 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM


OMG! This one time, it was a TERRIBLE ice storm in Montreal right before Christmas, and my best friend from high school and I wanted to go Christmas shopping that weekend (and in Montreal… the coolest shops are boutiques on the streets… very awesome stuff)…

So she came over anyway, and we said… do we brave it? It was -30 degrees… maybe even closer to -40. The kind of cold that IMMEDIATELY freezes every single hair in your nostrils… ICES over the inside of your nostrils. IMMEDIATELY and permanently until you find warmth.

So we wrapped our bodies, heads, hands, feet and mouth/nose areas… and we headed out and we SHOPPED!! We were practically the ONLY ones on the street (not even many cars out, and this is in the BIG city always loaded and populated and traffic, and pedestrians everywhere).

That day… we had the city streets, and the boutiques to ourselves. Yes we froze, but it was BEAUTIFUL out, and we bundled up enough that we were fine. Greeted pleasantly by Christmas boutique smells, hot chocolate, and heated stores… and then back out to freeze our nostrils off, until we entered the next store. ;)

Good memories. REALLY good memories.

Maryse December 28, 2017 at 8:08 PM

Amy OH NO. I can’t do that cold, unless I’m in bed snuggled in loads of blankets with my puppies. My house is a steady 70 during winter (and 76 during summer). I can deal both ways perfectly, AND save on electricity heater/AC-wise.

R. Renee December 28, 2017 at 8:09 PM

I have a heater blowing directly on me in my office and my feet are shoved in a mermaid blanket. It’s so hot in here you could fry an egg on my desk! love it!

Maryse December 28, 2017 at 8:11 PM

Me too… I reviewed less books this year, but not because I wasn’t reading. I DNF’d more than I wanted to…

Nay December 28, 2017 at 8:13 PM

It was 12 degrees in Nashville this morning. The South, my a$$.

Ugh! Lemme find a book to read so that I can post my FLT…

Ooh! I know! I bought Erica Lynn’s 61-page, HOTT, dark, sexy fairy tale today. That’s what I’ll read!

“Zila moaned in ecstasy as she sank down on Dimas.”
Gretel by Erica Lynn

What a way to start–and that’s just the prologue!

Nay December 28, 2017 at 8:15 PM

It was a red-letter DNF year for me.

My chant–NO MORE UNEDITED BOOKS! That comes right before ‘no more dual pov books’ (much)

Jean December 28, 2017 at 8:37 PM

2nd FLT: I didn’t realize he was a werewolf at first. My nose isn’t at its best when surrounded by axle grease and burnt oil—and it’s not like there are a lot of stray werewolves running around. (Moon Called by Patricia Briggs) I’m excited about this one. Have any of you read it?

Jean December 28, 2017 at 8:38 PM

That’s quite a first line Nay!

Leslie M December 28, 2017 at 8:46 PM

R, your secret is safe with me. ;)

Maryse, I am working on my list.

Amy, me & hubs battle daily on temperature!!

Jan December 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Yes Jean. That’s a fab series! So is her other pnr series, Alpha and Omega. Lucky you if you’re just starting out with Patricia Briggs. She’s a terrific writer and there’s a pile of books to read.

Nay December 28, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Jean! OMG that series is awesome! I enjoyed the earlier books more, but I agree with Jan–she’s a terrific writer!

And I STILL haven’t started my little 61-page smokin’ hot book yet. I’m in such a schlump!

Maryse–I think I can manage a top 5 list if that’s ok–since I didn’t have a lot of time to read this year like I would’ve loved to. I’ll try to get it done this weekend.

Grey December 28, 2017 at 9:18 PM

It’s now -6…. that’s Fahrenheit… gah, I don’t like it. It’s that freezing nostril temp. And the wind… yuck.

Our house temp is 72…all year. I don’t like any variation, LOL. I am the keeper of the thermostat around here.

Leslie M December 28, 2017 at 9:34 PM

Grey said “the keeper” which reminded me of my fave Chris Cornell song *sniffs*

bev December 28, 2017 at 9:37 PM


LOVE Mercy. She is one of my favourite heroines. Love her.

And you’ll meet Bran. Bran! Best secondary character.

I read your flt thinking “This sounds familiar…” Then fist pump!

Hee. I am so happy. Like a puppy.

bev December 28, 2017 at 9:41 PM

Lol. I hate when I am in someone’s car or house and I feel like they are roasting me. So uncomfortable. Then the air gets so dry.

Hey, Nay. I am sorry. Maybe I gave it to you?

Nay December 28, 2017 at 10:04 PM

Thanks, bev, but I’ve had it for about 5 months–ever since the nightmare with my mom started in July. I’ve only read about 12 books since then.

But I’m ready to get the ball rolling again! Or the pages flipping! (metaphorically speaking)

Leslie M December 28, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Bev has book slump cooties!

Break out the Lysol.

Nay December 28, 2017 at 10:14 PM

Maryse– I just friend-requested you on FB. I thought we were already friends, but when I got on there, you were first on my list. The point of this is so that you’ll know who I am, because as if it’s not already confusing enough, I don’t go by Renee or Nay–I go by R.C.!

Tessa December 28, 2017 at 10:16 PM

I’m with Bev and Jan! I ADORE her books. There is so much greatness and the characters are so wonderful. Then, yes. Alpha and Omega. Both are awesome stories.

Leslie M December 28, 2017 at 10:41 PM

Nay, who are you REALLY??? You have way too many aliases.

Are you a book spy???

bev December 28, 2017 at 10:55 PM

Nay, I hope these first holidays after went easy on you.

I remember accidentally coming across a death book when I was grieving. It was NOT good. I thought the second book would show that the character didn’t really die, but nope they did. I tried to read it but I was a sobbing angry mess, lol. I couldn’t believe the other characters could move on so easily (as it seemed to me). I believe it was right around the holidays …..not a good combo. Not the ugly cry catharsis I needed. *snort*

Kooloo December 28, 2017 at 11:37 PM

Ditto big time bev

Nay December 29, 2017 at 12:25 AM

The holidays are never easy for anyone who’s lost someone, but we dealt.

Leslie–you’ve found me out! I’m a book spy and I’m taking ALL the books!

MichelleS December 29, 2017 at 12:31 AM

Amy – The Higheayman is historical romance! Not sure you’re into those, are you?

Leslie M December 29, 2017 at 8:20 AM

Oh Bev, I am feeling you. I read Slammed during a very difficult time.

Tasha J December 29, 2017 at 9:15 AM

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella is 2.99 today…I read this this year and I liked it!
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney is 2.99
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is 2.99 (I listened to this on audiobook a couple years ago and really liked it)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 2.99!
The Widow by Fiona Barton 1.99
AND!!! My personal Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, Simon vs. Homosapiens, etc….Kids of Appetite by David Arnold 2.99!! This was one of my top favorites last year. Gave me big time feels, almost like the Outsiders did when I was in jr. high. Lol

Jean December 29, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Bev, i don’t think I’ve ever seen you get so excited! I love it! I think you were the one who recommended Moon Called and I’m loving it so far!!

Nay, a book spy…..heehee!

Jean December 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Oh and this is my first Patricia Briggs book!

Jan December 29, 2017 at 6:57 PM

*shakes head* I can’t believe you haven’t read any Briggs before, Jean. Enjoy!

Maryse January 3, 2018 at 8:23 PM

Oh yeah… you guys!

You can copy-paste your “pick-for-me’s” here in the comments to if you want. Or I can create a “main” post for it, and then you guys can add to the comments to match your Goodreads selections. :D

Maryse January 10, 2018 at 8:50 PM

Nay!!! I don’t see ANY friend request from you… Do you see it still pending?

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