Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – February 21st 2017

by Maryse on February 21, 2017 · 218 comments

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Happy NEW RELEASE TUESDAY!! While this one isn’t our biggest list (just a little over 70+ – when we’re often well over 100+) there are some serious heavy hitters rocking the Amazon charts on this very list, as we speak!! :D !!! Emma Chase, Helena Hunting, Cara McKenna, Amelia Hutchins, Max Monroe, Sawyer Bennett, Lisa Renee Jones, Lisa Kleypas and more… we have plenty to choose from!

I’m reading one from yesterday’s earlybird list (10 Earlybird Book Releases) that’s making me giggle a whole bunch (I’m still in the first half, but I’m in!!!).

Today’s blurb-jolt list!!! Some are from the reader recommendations section, that I’m super excited about, like: Blink (psych-thriller and her daughter was kidnapped, and she uncovers a big dark secret, and Jean loved it!), Love and Gravity (great feedback on this one – modern day girl in love with Isaac Newton… tee hee!! And he loves her too. How? I’m dying to find out!!), Acquisition Series (I’m hearing it’s SUPER-DARK, but for my fellow readers that have just read it, they are LOVING it like crazy – gushing over it, really), Royally Matched (fantasy come to life… a royal prince *sigh* YES PLEASE!!), Finding Mr. Wrong (a game? A contract? Where 2 strangers agree to live on an island together for a month!! I love those kinds of reads where not only do people have to adapt, they have to get to know each other, and get on each other’s nerves… and BOND!!! YAY!!),

P.S. Next week’s new releases? LOL!!!! Okay yeah, THAT day, too, I’ll be squeeeeing loudly and I’m going to be a mess trying to choose (except I already KNOW which one I’m reading). Scroll down to the preorders and you’ll see, I put a smiley face next to it, and you know, considering how much I loved the first book, that I am EXCITED!! Oh sheeeesh… I want to put a “I’m-reading-this-next” smiley face next to at least 7 of ‘em. *sigh* :P *snort*

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 —>

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  1. Royally Matched: Royally, Book 2 by Emma Chase
  2. Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 by Lisa Kleypas
  3. Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
  4. Roman: Cold Fury Hockey Series, Book 7 by Sawyer Bennett
  5. Unexpectedly Hers: Sterling Canyon, Book 3 by Jamie Beck
  6. Havoc: Mayhem Series, Book 4 by Jamie Shaw
  7. Damage Control: A Dirty Money Novel by Lisa Renee Jones
  8. His Cowboy Heart: A Montana Men Novel by Jennifer Ryan


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!):

  • Blink: A psychological thriller with a killer twist you’ll never forget by K.L. Slater <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! Her daughter was kidnapped… “Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth...” This one recently released (Jean brought it to our attention) and it is super-bargain priced right now!!

Jean: So I’m reading a book which I think comes out tomorrow. Blink by K.L. Slater….psycho thriller! It is really good so far and I’m only at 50%. Maryse, did you hear me, PSYCHO THRILLER!!!!!!!! I don’t know how this is going to end but is will supposedly blow my mind!

Maryse: Wheeeeeee YAY JEAN!!!!!!! Are you having fun? I’m looking it up right now!!!! :D Oooooh that sounds GOOD!! It’s going live tomorrow. YAY ME!

Jean: By the way guys, I also loved Blink by K.L. Slater…..could not put it down! Had to remind myself to “blink” in the last 30% because I couldn’t take my eyes off the page! Lol

  • Corrupt by Penelope Douglas <— BULLY ALERT and this one is bargain priced today! Cristina loved it!
Cristina: Finished Corrupt and absolutely LOVED it! It had me on the edge of my seat the WHOLE time!! Could not put it down! Went to work the next day on four hours of sleep (oops!) But sometimes sacrifices must be made. ;-) Penelope Douglas rocked it!! This is EXACTLY they type of book I was looking for and she nailed it! I’m kinda hoping for a book about Kai… I’d LOVE to get to know him some more. ;-) Like others have asked… What in the world do I read next?! That’s one of the toughest questions in book world, ESPECIALLY after an emotional and exciting book like that! :-)
  • Sinner’s Creed (A Sinner’s Creed Novel) by Kim Jones <— BIKER BOOK ALERT!!! And this one is on super-sale today!!
  • To See You by Rachel Blaufeld <— COMPLETE OPPOSITES MEET ON A PLANE… “She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?” (It’s super-bargain priced today!)
  • Love and Gravity: A Novel by <— MODERN DAY GIRL IN LOVE WITH ISAAC NEWTON ALERT!!!! YES!! I remember this one from a new release list, and I was so excited (it made my “blurb-jolt list!! – “…modern-day girl is in love with Isaac Newton – yes!! THE Isaac Newton – and he loves her back!!!!“ and we have feedback!!! Tracey loved it!

Tracey: Every so often I read a book that is special as in it ticks nearly every box I can think of. Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto ticked the boxes running! A romance that seems impossible, a love triangle of sorts. Some angst, heartache/tears and some very sweet moments. Plus some history that I never knew with an ending that was just sooo right in my eyes.

Maryse: Oooooooh YES I REMEMBER!!! The Isaac Newton one!!

Jaime: Nova was great, even better than Wilder! I’m really impressed with Rebecca Yarros’ writing and can’t wait for more!
  • Acquisition Series by Celia Aaron <— UNPUTDOWNABLE DARK READ ALERT!!! It’s back on the list, ’cause Cristina lost her mind over it a few days ago, and so Lisa jumped in and read ‘em, and now she’s losing her mind too. LOL!!!!! YAY!!! :D
Lisa M: Cristina, Omg I too just devoured the Acquisition Series by Celia Aaron!!! I read the trilogy this weekend!! I could not put it down. My heart was racing at certain parts, in anticipation of what was going to happen. I read on my iPhone & it was stuck to my face every chance I had. Unfortunately I can’t read in the car, I get car sick & I can’t ignore my family all the time because of my books. This series reminded me of Pepper Winters Indebted series but shorter. Maryse, you should read it. A very good dark read, wow how these authors come up with the darkness. So shocking!!!



  1. Veso (VLG Book 4) by Laurann Dohner <— LAURANN DOHNER ALERT!!! Note: This one is delayed temporarily (a file issue at Amazon but should be fixed soon)...
  2. Saved by Darkness (Darkness Series Book 6) by Katie Reus
  3. Wolf in her Soul (Salvation Pack Book 8) by N.J. Walters
  4. Sevan: Paranormal Shifter Fated Mate Galactic SciFi Military Romance (Interstellar Alphas Book 1) by Mandy M. Roth
  5. Nighthawk: Sons of de Wolfe (de Wolfe Pack Book 7) by Kathryn Le Veque
  6. Wild Card (The Drift Book 3) by Susan Hayes
  7. The Alien’s Prize (A SciFi Alien Warrior Romance) (Warriors of Luxiria Book 1) by Zoey Draven
  8. Fantastical Island (Old School Book 2) by Jenny Schwartz
  9. Omega Mine (Alpha & Omega Book 1) by Aline Hunter
  10. Degree of Resistance (Pacifica Rising Book 1) by Nicola M. Cameron
  11. Death Before Dawn (Gaurdian’s Diary Book 1) by Amelia Hutchins <— AMELIA HUTCHINS ALERT!! “…Jaeden and I have not had the easiest of times around each other, and I feel as If something is wrong. Way wrong. He and the other vampires are acting strange, and the wolves are only a little better...”
  12. OBJECT of my PROTECTION (Sentinel Series Book 1) by Odessa Gillespie Black
  13. Firestorm: Volume 2: A Dragon Romance (Dark Kings) by Donna Grant
  14. Crimson Sunrise (Crimson Novels Book 2) by J.A. Saare
  15. White Witch Magic: Kentucky Haints #2 by Megan Morgan
  16. Recall (The Cyborg Chronicles Book 2) by Bethany Shaw
  17. Lady of Silver (Blood & Silver) by Shona Husk
  18. Broken Sunrise (Hardest Mistakes Book 4) by Dannielle Wicks



  1. Royally Matched (The Royally Series Book 2) by Emma Chase <— HE’S A PRINCE & HE HAS TO GET MARRIED SO HE CREATES A REALITY SHOW RIGHT IN THE CASTLE!!! Tee hee!!!! “While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye…”
  2. Unexpectedly Hers (Sterling Canyon Book 3) by Jamie Beck
  3. Love Me Two Times (Rock Royalty Book 8) by Christie Ridgway
  4. The Truth About Lennon by K.L. Grayson <— A SOCIALITE & A BIKER ALERT!! She’s laying low to stay out of the headlines… “Forced by her father to stay out of the limelight, Lennon flees to the quiet town of Heaven, Texas, where she vows to lie low and avoid men. Well, except for the sexy biker she just ran off the road—she definitely won’t be avoiding him…
  5. Wet Dream (Hotties Of Haven Book 1) by Jenna Jacob
  6. Unstrung by Laura Spinella
  7. Sex Says by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE’S LATEST ALERT!! SHE’S A COLUMNIST & SHE HATES HIM!! “I’m a serial dater turned dating and relationship columnist for the San Francisco Times. My readers call me Sex. Sex Says. I love my job. I love my life. And I hate Reed Luca.”
  8. Securing the Handyman’s Heart (The I Do Club Book 1) by Katie Clark
  9. Alpha Prince: A Modern Fairy Tale (Twisted Royals Book 1) by Sidney Bristol
  10. HUDSON (The Beckett Boys, Book Six) by Olivia Chase
  11. One Taste of Love (A One Taste Novel Book 2) by Amanda Siegrist
  12. Strip Poker: Bad Boys Club Romance #2 by Olivia Thorne
  13. Havoc: Mayhem Series #4 (Mayhem Book) by Jamie Shaw
  14. Roman: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) by Sawyer Bennett <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!! Her family works for the team… “That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game…
  15. Going Down Hard (Billionaire Bad Boys Book 3) by Carly Phillips
  16. Silicon Valley Billionaires: LAUREN by Leigh James
  17. Cinder Road (Scorch Series Romance Thriller Book 2) by Toby Neal and Emily Kimelman
  18. So Much More by Cristiane Serruya
  19. Pucked Off (A Standalone Romantic Comedy) (The Pucked Series Book 6) by Helena Hunting <— BAD BOY HOCKEY PLAYER ALERT!!! One girl knows too much about him, so he can’t cut ties… ”…she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve. At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark. I shouldn’t want her. But I do. I should leave her alone. But I won’t.”
  20. Raising Attabury: A Contemporary Christian Epic-Novel (The Grace Series Book 5) by Staci Stallings
  21. Right in Front of You: (A Friends to Lovers Contemporary Romance) by Lacey Silks
  22. So Much More by Cristiane Serruya
  23. Elite Elements: Seven-Novel Cohesive Military Boxed Set (Elite Warriors Series Book 3)
  24. Red Hot Fantasies Collection, Volume 2 by Opal Carew
  25. To the Studs (Bound by Design) by Roxanne Smith
  26. Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 by Lisa Kleypas <— LISA KLEYPAS ALERT!!! SHE DOESN’T WANT TO FIND A HUSBAND & HE’S INTRIGUED…After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain…”
  27. Montana Ranger (Brotherhood Protectors Book 5) by Elle James
  28. Naked Heat: Brothers of Mayhem Novel by Carla Swafford
  29. Kiss Midnight Goodbye (Midnight Blue Beach Book 3) by Olivia Jaymes
  30. A Husband by New Year’s (The McClendon Holiday Series Book 4) by Sean D. Young
  31. Guilty Pleasure: Part 3 (Bound Hearts) by Lora Leigh
  32. Finding Mr. Wrong by A.M. Madden & Joanne Schwehm <— 42 DAYS ON AN ISLAND WITH A STRANGER ALERT!!!! Okay yeah, I’d like to read this!!! :DBefore I knew what was happening, I’d signed up for six weeks in paradise, isolated on an island for forty-two days with a complete stranger. And when I finally laid eyes on the sexy brunette who belonged to that voice, a part of me thought this wouldn’t be so bad…
  33. Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
  34. Helios Exposed (The Helios Chronicles Book 2) by Tawa M. Witko
  36. Gone by Emma Wildes
  37. Damage Control (Dirty Money) by Lisa Renee Jones <— LISA RENEE JONES ALERT!!! “Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.” (this series must be read in order).
  38. Sun Still Shining (Rain Must Fall Book 2) by Deb Rotuno
  39. Running On Empty (Fleur de Lis Book 2) by A.L. Vincent
  40. Must Love Movies (Grayson Agency Book 3) by Beth Gerard
  41. The Russian Obsession (Foreign Affairs Book 3) by Nikki Navarre
  42. Hot for the Professor by Nan Comargue
  43. Midtown Masters (A Sins in the City Novel) by Cara McKenna <— CARA MCKENNA ALERT!!!! From the author of Downtown Devil and Crosstown Crush comes the final novel in the trilogy that gets you up close and personal with the thrill of ménage à trois.
  44. Delirious Love (Love on Tour Book 5) by Kay Harris
  45. Connie (Angel #2.5) by Tracy Lorraine
  46. The Resolution (Pulled from the Headlines Book 1) by Michelle Lindo-Rice
  47. Love Runs Deep (Changing Tides) by Gail Chianese
  48. The Otto Digmore Difference (The Otto Digmore Series Book 1) by Brent Hartinger <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! Road trip to go to an audition… “…It’s hard to say which is worse: the fact that so many things go wrong, or that Russel, an aspiring screenwriter, keeps comparing their experiences to some kind of road trip movie. There’s also the fact that Otto and Russel were once boyfriends, and Otto is starting to realize that he might still have romantic feelings for his best friend…
  49. Rewriting Destiny (Ridgemont University Book 4) by Meredith Taylor <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  50. Kinky as F*ck: Contemporary M/M Romance Duet by Avery Aster <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  51. Daily Grind (Takeover) by Anna Zabo <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! His girlfriend just broke up with him because he spends too much time at his coffee shop, and then he meets a new customer…”Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in…”
  52. The Words I Didn’t Say 2 by Tamika Newhouse and Justin Q Young
  53. Sprinkled with Love (The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 3) by Jennifer Faye
  54. Sin for Me: The Devil’s Music by Lisa Marie Perry <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE/MUSIC INDUSTRY ALERT!Chelsea Coin doesn’t dwell on the past. If she did, she’d never forgive herself. As the COO of The Devil’s Music, she needs help saving the company, and Dante is part of a package deal. Still brooding and hot as hell, Dante wastes no time stirring up unfinished business. But Chelsea’s come too far to risk everything on a man...”
  55. Wild Hearts of Summer: The Inheritance (Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Book 3) by Donna Fasano
  56. His Cowboy Heart: A Montana Men Novel by Jennifer Ryan
  57. Triple Threat by Mandie Mills
  58. Blood & Lies (A Twisted Duet Book 1) by Bella J <– MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT!! He’s taking his dead brother’s place and now he will exact revenge… “The cost? Her life. Tatum Linscott is the reason I had to bury my brother. She ruined everything, and now my only goal is to break her, mend her, then break her again.
  59. Broken Wings (Wings of Life Book 1) by Sarah King
  60. Cowboys, Castles and Cradles by Loralee Lillibridge
  61. Lala Pettibone’s Act Two by Heidi Mastrogiovanni
  62. Part of Me: Friendship, Texas #3 by Magan Vernon <— OLYMPIC SWIMMER ALERT!! SHE HAD SEX WITH ONE & NOW SHE’S PREGNANT… Eeeeeep!!! ;)Welcome back to Friendship, Texas. A town where your best friend may be dating an Olympic swimmer and his best friend may or may not also be an Olympic swimmer you sort of, kind of did the nasty with against Nonna’s goat pen…



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Grey February 21, 2017 at 11:34 AM

What a release day! Holy cow!

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM

And then next week’s is giving me a stomach-ache. In a “ate too much candy but I’d do it again” good way. ;)

Tessa February 21, 2017 at 11:51 AM

*eyes the Amelia Hutchins* And this is why I like pre-orders. If I had known at the beginning of the month it was coming out, I’d have saved for it. Oh well, next month it’s mine! However, next month is going to be expensive… :D

The first book of that one was really good, a dystopian. Not Playing with Monsters or Fae Chronicle’s good, but still really good.

And I so gotta try those Emma Chase Royalty books. Good author and a prince!

Tessa February 21, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Maryse, don’t mention next week’s! That set just looks scary. Add to that, in March is the Briggs and Bishop release day. *shudders in fear* I’ll be buying both of those.

Grey February 21, 2017 at 12:03 PM

*cries into my Pepsi* Why, why, why am I on a book buying restriction? Only until my taxes come back… which, should be VERY soon. Like the end of the week. I want so many right now. Amelia Hutchins, Max Monroe, Cara McKenna, didn’t the Emma Scott book come out already, not next week?

2 things! First, Silenced by Leddy Harper comes out tomorrow, 2/22. I did an ARC read of that one a while back. Second, King by T.M. Frazier is free on Amazon right now.

Thank you, as always Maryse… you are a rockstar!

Leslie M February 21, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Seriously, is it extra warm in here or are those cover super hot this week?!?

Sex Says, Roman, Finding Mr. Wrong, etc.

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 12:14 PM

Leslie… don’t even get me started on Cara McKenna’s latest book (menage… whoa.)

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 12:29 PM

Not yet Grey… I don’t think. Lemme double check, but I’m pretty sure it’s for next week. :)

Ela February 21, 2017 at 12:37 PM


Grey February 21, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Oh, it’s R’s fault… she was talking to me about it last night and I thought it was out already haha!

Tanya Vaughn February 21, 2017 at 12:52 PM

So many great reads!! Blink is fantastic I recommend it, as well as my current read After Me by Deb Coonts, A great thriller, the characters are amazing, it’s very good!

Fabi February 21, 2017 at 2:04 PM

The final book in the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab came out today.
A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

Lisa Aiello February 21, 2017 at 2:35 PM

Guys – just 10% into The Butterfly Project, and Emma Scott has created another perfect book boyfriend/hero. I don’t know much about him yet, but I’m intrigued, and I’m licking him first to mark him as mine, mine, mine!!!

And for anyone who has yet to read Mists of the Serengeti, just do it. It is easily one of the best books I have ever read. I wouldn’t even call it angsty…sure, I cried really hard, soul crushing tears, but not sad tears (if that even makes sense). I wept mostly because it was just beautiful!

Robyn February 21, 2017 at 2:51 PM

I thought this weeks list was full of goodies, then I looked at next weeks releases! Wowza! I might have to work a little more because I know I’m going to be one clicking like cray-cray!

I reading the Aquisition series and loving it. I have so many books in the que I don’t know what to read next. What a problem to have! Hehe

R. Renee February 21, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Grey, you’ll know when it’s out because I’ll be way more annoying than normal!

R. Renee February 21, 2017 at 2:53 PM

And Lisa!! You JUST licked him? I thought you meant weeks ago. Oh no. I licked him first! We can still share but you get his feet.

Cristina February 21, 2017 at 3:06 PM

I have yet to read the Mists of the Serengeti… I know, I know… Based on all of your reactions to this book, I already know I am going to love it, but… you see… I have this TBR sub-list which consists of what I call “epic reads.” It’s the lists of books that so many of you have gushed about over and over again. I keep this list at bay for times when I hit a reader’s block and NOTHING seems to hold my attention. These books are the perfect cure for this ailment. Every time I have hit this “block” I pick one of these books to read and it sends me on a roll to the next book, and the next book, and the next book… you get the picture.

I actually just finished Crash by Nicole Williams. I believe Leslie had it on a list that she put on here recently? If so, THANK YOU! It was a really great book! Jude Ryder reminds me so much of Travis from A Beautiful Disaster. Who doesn’t love a hot-tempered, bad boy, with a troubled self-esteem, AND a sensitive, loving heart? That right there ladies is the PERFECT recipe for a “book boyfriend.” This book is an oldie, but a goodie! :-)

Grey February 21, 2017 at 3:11 PM

I haven’t read The Butterfly Project yet, so I don’t know about Emma Scott’s new perfect book boyfriend, but sounds like you girls need to learn *where* to lick on him to stamp ownership… I guess I could demonstrate if you need a lesson. *giggle*

So, I’m going to read Mists after I finish The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which is REALLY good btw. R gifted me with Mists last night, (because she loves me and is tired of me depriving myself… and she was playing around with stuff for her blog) and then one of my lovely authors, whom I edit for, sent me an Amazon gift card today with the inscription, “Because I love your commas, a$$hole! Now – go buy Mists of The Serengeti!!!” So, this is next! And more good news… my federal taxes have been accepted. so hopefully, my book buying drought will be over soon. I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t buy any books until after I did my taxes, I really can’t believe I have held myself to it. It’s not like I don’t have eleventy billion books in my TBR.. but there are so many new and pretty shinies that I want!

Cristina February 21, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Yay Robyn! I’m happy that you’re loving the Acquisition series! I still miss it, and may be tempted to do a re-read very soon.

I may have to check out The Butterfly Project soon. I’m trying to figure out what I’m in the mood for right now. I want to continue this series by Nicole Williams because I’m not ready to say goodbye to Jude Ryder just yet, but ever since I finished the Acquisition series, I kind of want to start another dark series, but not sure what my options are for that yet? There are some good dark series out there, but I won’t start a series unless it’s finished or very close to it (like days). That’s a hard rule for me. Decisions… decisions

Grey February 21, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Cristina… did you read the Infidelity series by Aleatha Romig? That was a good one. Dark, but not crazy dark, and it’s complete. 5 books.

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 3:27 PM

*takes a Lysol wipe, and rubs down Lisa’s “mine-lick” from Emma Scott’s hero*


Okay he’s free game again!!!!! :P

Lisa Aiello February 21, 2017 at 3:27 PM

I wish Amazon had a way to gift a book to someone….like buy it for them and have it delivered to their Kindle or whatever. Does anyone know if that exists? I know you can lend a book…but what if you just want to buy them one? Like if I end up getting an ARC of a book I was planning on buying, I’d love to pay it forward by buying the book and gifting it to someone else.

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Awww COME ON R!!!!


Ewwwww FEET.


Maryse February 21, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Yep Lisa!! You can do that.

One of the options on the right hand side UNDER the “one-click” area is “Give as a gift”


Grey February 21, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Yep Lisa, that’s what R did for me with Mists! Because she loves me… and she was enabling my bad behavior. Because I buy too many books and I put myself on restriction for the first two months of this year. *snort*

Amy February 21, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Aw hell, I pop in and y’all are licking book guys again. And Maryse has her Lysol wipes out again. mix up some drinks and it’s a typical day here on the blog. *snicker*

Lisa…I completely agree with what you said about Serengeti!!

And Cristina…agree about Crash. That trilogy had a BD-ish feel for me as well. ;)

Amy February 21, 2017 at 4:45 PM

That new one by Cara McKenna…WHOA.

And now I’m back to thinking about Badger (oh, my Badger) and how I would LOVE to find another hidden Badger-like gem. We need a surprise find like that or Jezebel to shake things up here and put everyone in a tizzy!!!

MichelleS February 21, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Amy – I think I just read a Marmy book!?!?

Go check out the amazon blurb for Torn – by Carian Cole. It is a totally hot taboo book – he is falling for his best friend’s daughter (he is 32, she is 17) and he has known her since the day she was born. Like an uncle to her. I know, I know…. ICK… right? But it’s NOT. Totally swoony. I must be wacked, but I loved it. Her dad is in a rock band, and they have been best friends since they were 7. So good!!!

Would that count as Marmy???

Amy February 21, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Hmmmm…it might MichelleS, depending on the angst or emotion! But…but…it sounds like male POV. Is it?

MichelleS February 21, 2017 at 5:36 PM

It’s a back & forth. A lot of hers, and some of his (very angsty – all that self loathing & worry what his best friend will think).,.

Leslie M February 21, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Grey, you naughty girl offering to teach everyone how to lick properly! *snickers*

Funny that Cristina & Amy felt Crash was BD-ish…I often feel like my thoughts are way out on left field somewhere.

MichelleS, that book sounds awesome and deliciously taboo!!!

R, you gotta let me know if Buterfly Project is too sad. If its Fult Tilt-ish, no way or if its Rush-ish, YAY!

Mists sounds too heart-wrenching for me, but glad you crazy masochists *giggles* are enjoying!!!

Leena begum February 21, 2017 at 5:54 PM

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Rebecca February 21, 2017 at 6:41 PM

I just finished Mists of the Serengetti, and BEST BOOK EVERRRRRR!!
Friends have just finished Love and Gravity and adored it, that one is high on my list!!

R. Renee February 21, 2017 at 6:42 PM

First, Maryse is there an EPIC book list? Like for BIG plots like The Fish Tales and Mists of the Serengeti and Paper Swan? And what constitutes epic? I used to think of it as having a plot that spans a long time, but Mists doesn’t and it still feels epic! The Nightingale too. And Wolfsong. I would love a list like this! Books that just *feel* BIG.

Amy, I’m reading Badger for my marmy book!

Leslie, I cried from sweetness. You’ll love The Butterfly Project!

**licks Beckett again**

Jan February 21, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Aaah. Another great list. I’m putting Devil In Spring on my tbr for sure.

I actually laughed out loud (and my husband looked askance at me) (Is askance even a real word?) at the title descriptor up there of # 4 under the Paranormals:

Sevan: Paranormal Shifter Fated Mate Galactic SciFi Military Romance (Interstellar Alphas Book 1) by Mandy M. Roth

Could there be any more descriptors for one book?

BTW for those who are considering Royally Matched, the h’s name is Sarah Von Titebottum. Yeah, that’s the h, not a side character. I kid you not. That’s enough right there to put me completely off the book….

R. Renee February 21, 2017 at 6:55 PM

And Larks, duh!! (in case anyone named Maryse is taking notes for a list)…

Amy February 21, 2017 at 8:12 PM

Cool MichelleS…I’ll go check it out right now (and will most likely one-click it ;) ).

Leslie…we definitely won’t always have the same reactions or feels to books that others do. For example Fish Tales…so many we’re going nuts over it, but I was just all “meh.” But then *I* sometimes flip out over a book and others just kinda scratch their heads and wonder why, ya know?

Tessa February 21, 2017 at 8:14 PM

The twisted thing is that Torn looks like it hits my trigger big time, yet I am so curious and want to read it.

Tessa February 21, 2017 at 8:24 PM

Jan, that seems like a great reason to get a book. I know there will probably be humor.

Jan February 21, 2017 at 8:26 PM

Yeah Tessa. I know many will love it. Just not my kind of humour.

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 8:30 PM

*wipes a few martini glasses down and slides them to Amy*

Get pouring Ames…

It’s gonna be a book-boyfriend fight… ;)

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 8:31 PM

MICH. ELLE. S!!!!!

HOLY MOLY what did you just FIND US???!!!!


Maryse February 21, 2017 at 8:33 PM


There probably is, but I don’t think making a second one (IF there is already one) a bad thing. ;)

I will investigate and start one (or… another one).
:D !!!!

R. Renee February 21, 2017 at 8:34 PM

I’ll take one! I brought Beckett with me to the bowling alley so he’s safe from Licky Lisa for now…

R. Renee February 21, 2017 at 8:41 PM

Or we can just add to it! But I’ve looked through a bunch of lists. I don’t remember seeing one.

Cristina February 21, 2017 at 8:46 PM

Grey, I started the Infidelity series before I realized it wasn’t finished. I actually forgot about it until now so thanks for the reminder! I may have to pick that one back up! I always find that if I start an uncompleted series, then have to wait weeks/months for the next book, I’m never able to re-create those same great first feels. It’s like the high is never the same the second time around and it takes away from the series as a whole. My favorite series of all-time are all series that I read once they were completed. Plus I HATE cliffhangers. Don’t make me wait. I’ll stomp my foot like a three-year-old.

Amy February 21, 2017 at 8:48 PM

I checked out Torn and YES!! CLICK!!!

*grabs Maryse’s newly-wiped martini glasses* <——- 'cause I need a drink just from that blurb :P

Amy February 21, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Jan…that name in Royally Matched…no. Just no.

What. The. Heck. LOL!!

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 9:08 PM


Maryse February 21, 2017 at 9:09 PM

OMG LOL TITEBOTTUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*rolls laughing*


Tessa February 21, 2017 at 9:13 PM

See! It’s begging for laughter!

Cristina February 21, 2017 at 9:13 PM

My TBR sub-list, AKA, “Epic book list” consists of a single book and/or series that is widely loved and talked about by mostly everyone. For instance, my previous books on that list have included “Fever series” by Karen Marie Moning, the Tristan and Danika series, Badger, Experiment in Terror series, etc. You get my drift? The best of the best.

I created this list because I got bombarded every single week with so many great books that I wanted to read based on reviews, excerpts, recommendations, etc., that my head would spin and I would feel overwhelmed. I had SO MANY on my TBR list already, and when I’d look through it, I found out that I easily forgot about the “epic” ones. They got lost in the shuffle. These are the books that received such high praise and reviews, and were loved by so many all across the board. I think of it as the “honors list” of books. I keep this list on reserve for when I hit that reader’s block and absolutely NOTHING is grabbing my attention. They are my “ace card” and I have yet to read one that let’s me down. ;-)

Amy February 21, 2017 at 9:24 PM

*points at Maryse and cackles*

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 10:28 PM

Oh I have found my tribe… that is obvious!!!!!!!


P.S. That snort was such a deep happy snort, it hurt.


Grey February 21, 2017 at 10:43 PM

Oh… Tribes, that’s us, all right! *squee* Speaking of tribes, did you read Punk 57, Maryse? So good!

I giggled at Titebottum too… Yep, good company for sure!

Nay February 21, 2017 at 10:49 PM

Thanks, Michelle! I’m reading that as soon as I finish Mists! The more angsty the better, and I flove me a self-loathing man!!!

Tessa February 21, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Awww, 8 years Maryse? *snuggles* Yeah!

Maryse February 21, 2017 at 11:27 PM


You guys. My blog is 8 years old on February 28!!! Almost a Leap Year baby!

Amy February 21, 2017 at 11:27 PM
Amy February 21, 2017 at 11:29 PM

OMG and THIS will be on our tribe blankie fort wall:

LOL!!!!!! You ladies warm the cockles of my heart. ;)

Amy February 21, 2017 at 11:31 PM

Eight years?!? I aense some celebratory martinis on the horizon!!!

YOU ARE AMAZING MARYSE!! *ginormous squeezy hug*

R. Renee February 21, 2017 at 11:34 PM

Congrats Maryse!!! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it!

Jan February 21, 2017 at 11:55 PM

Huh. Eight years! Well done Maryse! You have brought so much fun and info to so many of us.

Amy I love your pics. YES!!

Grey February 22, 2017 at 12:01 AM

8 Years!!! This calls for drinks! Congratulations Maryse!!! And thank you so much!!

Guess what?!? I just had my first 5 star read in, gah, it has to be like 6 months! Seriously, I get it now… You guys are going to love this book.

Nay February 22, 2017 at 5:41 AM

Congratulations, Maryse! Thank you for figuring out what I’m going to read next for the majority of the last 8 years!!

Lisa Aiello February 22, 2017 at 7:49 AM

Congratulations, Maryse…I’m sad it took me so long to find you, but I’m so grateful you are here and for what you do day in and day out to totally blow my TBR list up to epic proportions!!!

bev February 22, 2017 at 7:55 AM

Congratulations, Maryse.

Lisa, you have the chubby baby manatee.

MichelleS February 22, 2017 at 8:28 AM

8 years! Wow. I found your blog April 2011, so I missed 2 years of goodness… which was probably full of PNR! Dang it. But it’s been fun ever since. I find almost all my books here! Yay! Love all you ladies.!

Fabi February 22, 2017 at 8:59 AM

Happy blog anniversary Maryse. A huge thank you for making this the awesomenest place.

Melanie Lopac February 22, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Aww congratulations Maryse! Yours is the only blog I read! You are amazing!!
On a side note, how, how, HOW does everyone get to read the arcs? I am seriously a professional reader!! It is my passion!! I have a fallback career as an RN, but reading is my absolute first love! Just don’t tell my husband!! Other than netgalley, please can anyone tell me how to be an arc reader?? I will love you forever!!!

Melanie February 22, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Oops, autofill put my last name in lol

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 9:33 AM

Melanie, a lot of indie authors offer ARC signups through their FB, so be sure to follow your faves. And make it known who you like. If an author posts a book announcement on goodreads, express interest/excitement. Sometimes they’ll contact you. Indie authors are very approachable, it never hurts to just ask.

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 9:37 AM

Now to get a TJR ARC you have to dance the cha cha while blindfolded and wearing stripper heels (like Grey obviously did)…or so I hear.

bev February 22, 2017 at 9:41 AM

I would be a horrible arc reader. It would sit on my tbr for a year or two, lol.

I hate when reviewers read an arc months before the book comes out. It is such a disappointment when you go to click. A few days before is perfect to know if I should click or not.

Just my opinion but I think sometimes the authors may burn themselves when they give out too many arcs. I think street teams. If I didn’t know R and Lisa A from here, they mixed with the others on my GR feed for the new Scott book, totally would turn me off. I honestly would think padding the stars.
Any time I click on a new release and it is all great reviews and the book just dropped.
Especially the over enthusiasts. The 10++++++ sunshine, lollipop, and puppy breath stars.
I know I’m cynical.

bev February 22, 2017 at 9:44 AM

If I was friends with an indie author I’d say flirt first.

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Most of the early reviews coming in are from bloggers, but a lot of authors do give out copies of ARCs to their fans/street team as a thank you. I don’t put much weight into early reviews either unless it’s less than 4 stars. I agree, though. If it’s a friend it should be mentioned. But I think their voice should still count. I have a review coming out soon for my friend Erica and I say as much.

bev February 22, 2017 at 10:15 AM

No, I’m not discounting friends.
I’m not sure why too much early hoopla turns me off, that seems like more than just buzz.
*shrug *
I look at stars and I do read GR reviews here and there and amazon. But not usually how my decision is based. For those it is usually blog reviews. I have a list of blogs I check every day.

Amy February 22, 2017 at 10:47 AM

“I think street teams…I honestly would think padding the stars.” <——— bev, I love your blunt honesty. And I wholeheartedly agree. ;)

That's one of the things I love about Maryse's reviews. Even if it appears she knows the author personally, she doesn't automatically LOOOOOOOVVVVVVE every book they write. I typically don't take into account all of the high-star reviews on GR and Amazon because of the whole street team and friends/family bias. Just another thing I adore about this place…the honest and unbiased opinions I know I can count on. :D

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM

I think a lot of it is drumming up excitement within an existing fan base. When I see early stuff roll in for an author I’m unfamiliar with, it tends to go in one eye and out the other. But, when it’s for an author I like, I get excited about it and preorder. To me, that’s just good marketing. Enthusiasm sells books and the most enthusiastic readers are usually fans.

Fabi February 22, 2017 at 11:12 AM

“I hate when reviewers read an arc months before the book comes out. It is such a disappointment when you go to click. A few days before is perfect to know if I should click or not.”

I agree bev. It’s always annoyed me too. That’s why I always put publishing dates for my ARCs on my calendar and try to have my review posted at most, a few days early.

Also, if you guys know my ratings and reviews, you know I don’t hold back my punches. Even when it’s an absolutely favorite author of mine, if the book doesn’t do it for me, I say so. Basically, I’m all “love you lots, but this particular story didn’t do it for me because…” Most of the time it’s personal taste so someone else reading my review would think “yea, I love what she didn’t like”. :-)

Amy February 22, 2017 at 11:17 AM

“…you know I don’t hold back my punches.”

No, you don’t, Fabi. And I think it’s great. ;)

Amy February 22, 2017 at 11:18 AM

I’m supposed to be working.

I’d rather play hooky and hang out here with you guys. :P

Melanie February 22, 2017 at 11:23 AM

You guys are all great! Is it sad when reading comments is the highlight of my day? Except of course when I’m reading a book that I just can’t put down!!

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Yeah the months in advance thing bothers me too. It’s like I’m being taunted. I didn’t realize that when I got my Larks ARC (she did offer signups for ARCS so if you really wanted one, you could have gotten it), But, the TJR reviews coming in kinda feel like a slap in the face. I’m one of her biggest fans, I taut her to everyone, I buy every book, blah, blah, blah, and I feel like I’m being punished for it. :(

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 11:25 AM

Wednesday morning confessions by Maryse’s Book Blog :D

Amy February 22, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Sister Sister by Sue Fortin is .99, normally 11.99 and it looks GOOD.

Grey February 22, 2017 at 12:54 PM

I don’t ever pad my reviews, ever. Every book I read starts out a 3… And I giveth or taketh away stars from there. On the flip side, I feel I am pretty stingy with 5 star reviews too… Sigh. IDK.

I feel super guilty about the TJR thing now… *holing up in the blankie fort* Honestly, I have no idea how I wound up with this ARC. I promise there were no stripper heels or lap dances involved LOL! But, I had to take advantage and read it now…because I am well aware of my propensity to squirrel and once I am not under my book buying ban anymore, well… I didn’t want to forget it under the pile. So, serious question, now that I’ve read it…should I write my review and hold it until closer to the release day do you think?

And welcome to the newbies! Today is run around day for us. My kids had dentist appts, my daughter has a Dr.’s appt and I had blood work and now I’m waiting for an eye Dr. appt. So I’m on the move today.

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Grey you should not feel guilty!! I didn’t mean it that way!

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 1:28 PM

And I should clarify, I’m irritated at her publisher, not TJR or NG. Of course it’s Simon and Shuster so they’re probably busy right now LOL.

Amy February 22, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Grey…I personally like it when reviews are put up right before a book’s release because then I am all pepped up to read it and don’t have to wait and run the risk of losing interest. Maryse often does that (waits to post her review), although I DO like giving her a hard time (for dangling an unattainable carrot and all *snort*) when she is so worked up about a book that she just has to share her excitement with us right away instead of closer to the release date. :P

GO YOU for getting an early copy of TJR’s book! Nothin’ to feel guilty about. ;)

Ela February 22, 2017 at 4:19 PM


Is that why your site looks all fancy???

bev February 22, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Within in the week to the day of release I think works well.
Die hard fans will buy it anyway. Those on the fence or new to her work may get distracted by new reads if a review is released too early, especially if the price point is high for a pre order on an unknown.

bev February 22, 2017 at 4:46 PM

And I never think you all or Maryse hold back on your true opinions. Ever.

Grace February 22, 2017 at 5:21 PM

I’ve been gone for more than a week. Life is hectic. I need something super angsty to shock me out of my own real life angst but there are too many options. Someone please help? Pretty please.

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Grace, this is my angst shelf. Some are more so than others. And Mists of the Serengeti has had my stomach in giant knots the whole way through.

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 6:42 PM

My site looks fancy??? Where?? :D

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 6:48 PM

I’m with you guys… I try not to read reviews for fear of spoilers, but for the hyped ones, I DO scan some reviews (including the lower ratings if there are any) to try and find what I feel are “organic” reviews where a reader just picked up the book on their own, and reviewed it with no influence or connections.

Like back in the day when we first started reading indie books… this was so raw and fresh and everyone that reviewed one was just a reader that happened upon the book. So fun!!!

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 6:54 PM

You guys, I think it’s random when it comes to ARCs sometimes.

I’ve also missed out on some ARCs (and even invites to certain book events – very recent in fact) that I thought were sure things for me, since I loved and promoted the initial books in the first place.

Disappointing for sure, but I try and tell myself, it could be random, it could be “full”, it could be that I missed the invite for some reason… it could be that I didn’t sign up for previous invites and therefore am just no longer on a list… who knows.

I doubt it’s personal. I mean… how COULD it be? Right?

But I get you, R. It sure feels that way, sometimes.

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 6:59 PM

I’m on it, Ela. Another 58 years would THRILL me!!! Can you imagine??? I can. :D !!!!

Leslie M February 22, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Congrats Maryse!!! I think I found you in 2011, but held my tongue for a very time. :) Yours is only blog I have stuck with consistently. You rock!!!

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 7:04 PM

YOU rock! :)


Thank you Leslie!!! I am so thankful you’re part of our crew. <3

Leslie M February 22, 2017 at 7:06 PM

Bev, I totally feel same way as you, bestie! ;)

Leslie M February 22, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Yay! I’m still loved despite my pickiness

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Heck yes. We cherish all the pickiness!!!!

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 7:17 PM

Oh I’m fully aware I’m being ridiculous! :D

Jan February 22, 2017 at 7:21 PM

Yeah it’s annoying when a new book comes out and is full of sunshine and rainbows and unicorns OTT 5*++++++++ reviews. It’s rarely worth even reading those reviews. You just have to go with the blurb and whether or not you like the author’s past work. Also, if it gets a rec on Maryse’s blog ;) that’s a pretty good guide in my book. Sometimes I deliberately read the more critical reviews to get a feel for a new book, cos I figure on the whole they’re more honest. But it ain’t easy, and haven’t we all been sucked in once or twice (or more!) and bought a true dud? I know I have :-/

And yeah, I’m another very picky reader and I hardly *ever* give 5 star reviews. Even books I really liked usually get 4 stars. I save my 5 stars for the really greatest ever totally unforgettable reads that only come along once in a while. I can’t remember last time I gave 5 stars. Maybe Tastes Like Candy? (Yeah, it was that good). Or The Last Hour Of Gann?

Jan February 22, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Yesterday I discovered a new (to me) HR author from a comment on a Goodreads blog. The book is Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant. It’s a really well-written Georgian romance with great characters and a powerful storyline. So far I’m really liking it and yay! there are others in the series. Just thought I’d share for all you HR lovers out there who, like me, may not know this author. Well worth checking out.

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 7:26 PM

R… I’ve been “ridiculous” too.

Sometimes it can’t be helped. And honestly? It’s not ridiculous. It’s human.

bev February 22, 2017 at 7:52 PM
R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 7:56 PM

Cupcake martinis…

bev February 22, 2017 at 8:09 PM

Ok, you know the new royal book by Emma Chase? The Titebottom, which, seriously? ?, anyway just looked at a review. The h at one point tells the H she can’t be with him because he is a Willoughby and she is waiting for a Colonel Brandon. Umm….yeah. I’d have to read it just for that, lol.

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 8:15 PM


marina February 22, 2017 at 8:17 PM

Hi Maryse, Just finished Wrecking Ball which was just the escape I needed. Adorable. And now NEED to read Pucked Off with all of those reviews?!? LOVED, LOVED Mists of the Serengeti. Will stay with me forever. Did you read and like the Curio books? I love Cara McKenna so want to get on that deal if you rec. Does she have a new book out too? Thx for all your reviews!!!

bev February 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Maryse do you have celebration posts planned?

Like best of….
Or let’s ask Maryse all the bookish questions.
And so on.

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 8:59 PM

I don’t. Crazy right? I play so many posts by ear… whatever is “striking me” that day (even though I try and follow a daily post rhythm). LOL!

But if you think a Ask Maryse Bookish Questions would be good, I’d be happy to!!!

If you have any questions for me to “start it off” I’ll prepare. :D !!! That sounds like fun! I’d love it!

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Marina, I LOVED Curio #1 and was DYING for the others. SO now that they are all bundled and at such a bargain price, yes, I one-clicked it SO hard!!!!! :D

R. Renee February 22, 2017 at 9:05 PM

I have one!! I want to know how many books a month you DNF that we never hear about! And do authors always know when you’re reading them or do you just pick something up and then quietly DNF if it doesn’t work?

Fabi February 22, 2017 at 9:23 PM

I want to what you’re genre progression has been over the years. I know you’re blog started as PNR. Did you read read/prefer another genre before that? After PNR, did you go to mostly NA, or to CR indie? I think you a short m/m phase and now you’re really into psych thrillers. So, give us a timeline of the evolution of Maryse’s reading tastes. I know we all read a little if everything, but we tend to prefer one genre for short periods of time. What were your preferences since you started bligging?

Fabi February 22, 2017 at 9:25 PM

*bligging / blogging
tomato / tomatoe

Eh, it’s all the same right autocorrect?

Fabi February 22, 2017 at 9:26 PM

I really hope you can decipher what I was thinking when I typed that jumble above. Is mind reading one of your many talents?

bev February 22, 2017 at 9:35 PM

What does a perfect day of reading look like for you, Maryse?

bev February 22, 2017 at 9:42 PM

Walk down memory lane. I believe I stumbled upon the blog in 2011, same as Leslie. I think it was KA’s Sweet Dreams, 95% sure. But could of been Beautiful Disaster.
When I first started having conversations I believe it started with MichelleS. And you all used to make me hungry. I think we talked a lot about Nutella.
Biggest laugh has to be Amy’s peanut throwing. First br was The Tied Man.

Maryse February 22, 2017 at 9:49 PM

I’m loving this!!!

I’m copying and pasting the questions into a post and preparing…


Maryse February 22, 2017 at 9:50 PM

LOL Fabi!!!

It’s so fun when I go crazy and blig. ;)

bev February 22, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Oh, and the books.
Sea of T
Edge of Never
Sweet Gum Tree
On the Island
Rock Me
Hearts in Darkness
Ten Tiny Breaths
Painted Faces
And many more and many since, but it is here I started delving into indie.

Cristina February 22, 2017 at 10:26 PM

Congrats Maryse!! Here’s to many, many more!! Thank you for blasting open my reading world and connecting me with so many beautiful people on here!! I’m so happy to have found you all! I don’t really know many people who read the types of books we do, so it’s great to find people who get and understand me. I think a “Maryse Interview” is a fabulous idea!

I’m curious on how do choose which books to review? Is it random or do you have a system?

Adding on to Fabi’s question regarding genre progression, have you noticed a difference between your 5 star reviews from then until now? To elaborate, is it tougher to get a 5 star review from you now vs. back then? Do you notice any common book themes/characteristics in your 5 star reviews?

Cristina February 22, 2017 at 10:36 PM

I’m currently reading #1 Crush and it is HILARIOUS!!! Holy hell I’m laughing so hard!!

“And that body of his, I mean he’s basically an amusement park for my vagina. Not a lie, given half chance I would find out the true meaning of ‘slippery dip’” LOVE IT!! :-)

Fabi February 22, 2017 at 11:08 PM

LOL Cristina!!!

Bev, me too. Although I originally came to Maryse’s site (I think around 2011 also) looking for my next PNR book. I stayed and started reading indie NA and CR because of this blog. It took me a couple of years before I started commenting I think.

I know for a fact that BD suggested here kicked off my NA reading binge.

Jan February 22, 2017 at 11:24 PM

Yes Cristina. Isn’t it great to share with people who share and understand our reading tastes? In rl I don’t think I actually know anyone who shares the same book tastes as me, except for maybe my sister who mostly loves the same HRs and CRs as me. Except my sister is a bit *ahem* cleaner in her tastes. I don’t think I’d share with her that I love Lean Dogs and Pagano family. See, that’s why this ‘blig’ is so great. (LOL Fabi. Gotta love typos!) We can be open and honest here, even if the books we like are on the saucy side! No need to feel embarrassed here about our book loves.

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 8:58 AM

The things I remember most about blog when I first stumbled upon it is that Maryse is Twilight fan and I remember wondering if that pretty pic of half a face was her. Hee hee

Fabi February 23, 2017 at 9:04 AM


“The fire licking at his feet didn’t hurt nearly as much as the inferno burning through his body.”

In the Wreckage (Metahuman Files #1) by Hailey Turner

from the blurb:
In the Wreckage is a 100k word steamy m/m sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under 18.

from my reading:
keeping a glass of water handy in case my kindle catches fire – this one is HOT

MichelleS February 23, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Bev – we must have been lurking st the same time! My first Maryse book was Sinners on Tour, then Sweet Dreams!

I’d like a repost of all our very first comments ever! I can’t remember mine.

MichelleS February 23, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Nutella! I remember that! Remember the Nutella salami!

MichelleS February 23, 2017 at 9:15 AM

I meant Backstage Pass

MichelleS February 23, 2017 at 9:17 AM

I bookmarked her page in 2011 as “Mary’s Book Blog”.., and never changed it. Hi Mary!

bev February 23, 2017 at 9:39 AM

I think mine was on how much I DISLIKED that book with the soda tabs. Heh.

Cristina February 23, 2017 at 9:47 AM

I cannot get over how freaking hilarious #1 Crush is!!!! Ok so confession… I sneak-read at work. I can’t help it. When I have down-time, I need something to fill it and reading via Kindle Cloud reader is my go-to, every single time. It’s my weakness, but I can’t get caught reading on company time. I even have my computer screen angled a certain way to keep people from seeing it so I can have that extra second to close the browser before they head my way. Anyways… Back to #1 Crush… the only issue with reading on company time is when I come across a book that literally has me busting a gut! You know what it’s like when you’re trying not to laugh? You laugh… much harder, and with no hope of stopping. Every single page in this book has me rolling on the floor *figuratively speaking of course, because I’m currently on the clock* laughing. Please make it stop!

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Cristina, you are really tempting me to click #1 Crush!!! This blog is very bad for my TBR’s waistline. ;)

Ela February 23, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Sorry Maryse, it’s back to normal but yesterday it looked different like it had a make over.

bev February 23, 2017 at 10:24 AM

For those with collections of physical books these are cool. Love the window seat and blue chair. When young I used to always have books stashed under the couch.

Ela February 23, 2017 at 10:33 AM

I remember starting off on here in the “discuss” area, WHICH IS STILL BROKEN AND THE BOOK BOYFRIEND THREAD WAS MISSING, but like most I was a lurker….checking on new rec’s AND it was around the time that Fifty Shades was published AND Beautiful Disaster AND Thoughtless (although I believe that one was still free)! WOW GOOD TIMES!!!!!! You know in the Discuss area of this blog I’ve made some really good friends whom I still to this day talk with???? AND whom I even met at YOUR (Maryse’s) Book Bashes???? YUP IT’S TRUE!

bev February 23, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Ela, you went to book bashes?

bev February 23, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Wait, should we be be jealous of your forum friends?

I am always thankful that Maryse let’s us ramble on and around these comments. I think many blogs do want discussion in the forum section or have strict comment policy.
Which *knock on wood* we have not had trolls. And if ever we, for sure I, have said anything remotely inflammatory everyone just let’s it slide away. No jumping on and making it bigger.

Ela February 23, 2017 at 10:54 AM

Of course I went to Maryse’s Book Bashes! Both of them and they WERE THE BOMB!!!!!!!!!! I went to one of the Vegas ones and didn’t care for it! Aside from the fact that some of the friends I made on the discussion board here became authors or otherwise famous and dropped me like a hot potato; made me realize how glad I was for the friends I made here who stuck…

Anna Penwick February 23, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Congrats Maryse! I first found your blog when looking for something to read after Beautiful Disaster. Your blog has helped me find new books that I would not have discovered otherwise. Thank you for making my reading life better. :)

Ela February 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Bev, the funny thing about HOW AWESOME MARYSE IS is that she made the discussion board private, you had to be a member in order to view comments etc BECAUSE OF HOW CRUDE WE WERE AND MY GIF’S WERE WAY INAPPROPRIATE AND MARYSE ALLOWED IT

Marit February 23, 2017 at 10:57 AM

Hi guys! I’m so glad to be back :-) No time for reading with a baby in the house. But now I have found some time again. I’m currently reading Come Closer by Brenda Rothert. OMG! I LOVE it! Cannot wait to continue after my baby is asleep tonight :D

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 10:58 AM

LOL Ela!!!!!

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Thank you so much, Anna!!!! :D

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM

I love our discussions here… it’s how we’ve become friends, and not just “book friends” (although book friends are great, too). But I feel like I KNOW you guys, you know? More than just our love of books, but our lives, current events, food, other hobbies, family… it makes me happy.

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 11:01 AM

I do need to figure out the discussion forum to get it back up…

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 11:03 AM

LOL MichelleS!!! Do you know how often I’m still called that (in emails I receive)…

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

I pronounced your name Marcy for the longest time and even after I figured it out, it took a while to break the habit.

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Like me, with Tijan, and Karina Halle.

Tijan (her pronunciation = Teeeeejin” mine was: TiJAHN)

and Karina Halle (her last name is HALLE like Halle Berry and I was calling her Karina Hall).


Online is hard, sometimes. ;)

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 11:08 AM

Welcome back, Marit!!!! :D

Anna Penwick February 23, 2017 at 11:08 AM

Speaking of books I would not have discovered without this blog…

FLT “Some seek the limelight and some hold the light in place.” The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 11:08 AM

If you guys have any more questions for me, I’m still collecting them and am going to prepare a fun post. :)

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 11:14 AM

In books too. The Raven Boy’s school drove me nuts even after I looked it up. Or when a name in a book is hard to pronounce. At least sound it out for me!

Which reminds me. When I’m reading a book in 1st person POV and a character is introduced with an oddly spelled name, it drives me nuts that the narrator *just happens* to know the spelling. Like “he said his name was Mikel.” Really? Did he write it down for you? How did you know? Yes, I’m clearly nuts. In past tense, it’s not so bad, but in present, I JUST saw him introduce himself, he didn’t say “My name is Michael, but it’s spelled Mikel.” Just sayin…

Cheryl February 23, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Still need to catch up on all the comments, but I just finished #1 Crush and I LOVED it!! Full-on laugh out loud belly laugh story. Did have a smidge of angst but great well-written story!! I’m gonna say 5 stars!!

Now to tackle the new book list above and all the comments…

Cheryl February 23, 2017 at 11:28 AM

One quick question these A Sins in the City books- I know they are standalones, but do they need to be read in order? Any reoccurring characters?

Anna Penwick February 23, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Maryse I have a few questions for you. What are some of the coolest things that have happened to you as a result of the blog? Ex: Getting to meet authors, cover models, getting sent an arc you were dying to read…
What was the first arc you were sent without requesting it?

Top Ten favorite heroes? I think I can guess who would be #1. ;) If you could make everyone read one book which would you choose?

Perhaps a photo tour of your bookcase with all your signed books?

Amy February 23, 2017 at 11:43 AM

Ooooooh!!!! Question and answer time!! I’ll have mine for you by the end of today. :D

Aw Marit, you have a sweet baby in the house?? How wonderful!

“I remember fireworks, a beautiful display of orange and red sparks flying into the dark sky like sparklers on the Fourth of July, except louder, much louder.” ~ The Parts I Remember by AK Mills

It’s a great book but pretty heavy…she is such a selfish mess but my heart still aches for her. And I came across this gem all because I’m stickin’ to my reading resolution. ;)

Grace February 23, 2017 at 12:11 PM

R. Renee, thanks so much. I’ve read MOTS (about 2 weeks ago)and it blew me away. I’ve gone through your bookshelf and I heard about Tristan and Danika so I’ll go for that. Much love.

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 12:13 PM

No problem Grace! I think my idea of angst differs from other people’s but T&D is definitely classically angsty!

MichelleS February 23, 2017 at 12:36 PM

My question for you is, what’s your favorite book cover ever??? I’m still a sucker for pretty covers.

MichelleS February 23, 2017 at 12:38 PM

And is your book husband still Travis? After all these years? Because mine is still Rhage!!! Or Jamie Fraser. Have read so many books, with so many great male leads, but haven’t changed my mind on that.

Grey February 23, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Congratulations Marit!!!! A boy or girl?!?

Funniest moment on the blog?
YOUR top 10 books ever!
Will you ever host another book event? because… I totally think all of US should go!

Amy February 23, 2017 at 2:09 PM

My book guy will always be Aiden from the Covenant series by Jennifer Armentrout. ALWAYS.

Okay new first line because I need a palate cleanser. I finished The Parts I Remember and…damn. Realistic ending without a nice pretty bow, but good all the same. I have an ache in my chest now.

So…new FLT:
“This is how I kill someone.” ~ The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Tasha J February 23, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Congrats Maryse! I’ve been following since 2012. I started getting back into reading after 50 Shades and was looking for what to read after I think and Beautiful Disaster from your blog came up! I’ve been a die hard follower ever since!
Someone mentioned fave trilogies the other day, maybe it was here or another post, I can’t remember, and I also loved many of their faves and was thinking of what else trilogy-like I had read and loved. And I thought of a few: Racing on the Edge series by Shey Stahl (I loved Jameson and crew and still remember much of it to this day), Jamie McGuire’s Providence series, Pieces of Lies by Angela Richardson.
My FLT is the same as last week. Still working on The Passage. I am so determined to finish this book, but also every time I think I’m really getting somewhere I look at the percentage and am so discouraged. It’s taking for-ev-er. Granted, I’ve been pretty busy too and am nursing some sick kiddos, but it’s SO long. Definitely need something quick and light after this. What’s March’s tbr challenge read again?

Tasha J February 23, 2017 at 2:14 PM

I loved The Female of the Species, I hope you like it too Amy!

Fabi February 23, 2017 at 2:45 PM

The funniest moment on the blog has got to be when Amy was throwing “peanuts” at Maryse.

Amy February 23, 2017 at 2:52 PM


Amy February 23, 2017 at 2:55 PM

What was worse was the visual that accompanied it when I realized what I had posted. *snort*

Tasha…I’m looking forward to it!

TPIR was another one where the last line delivered a swift kick to the gut. :?

Nay February 23, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Bev–OMG I need that first one to shelve my 500 paperbacks! lol I flove the round chair with the books all around it!!

Sounds like I started lurking here at around the same time as many of you. I know it was back when Maryse read mostly PnR.

If you had asked Jack Warden what his favorite things were before that afternoon, he would have reeled off a list without hesitation; black coffee, blue skies, driving into town with the windows down, Mount Kilimanjaro wreathed in swirling clouds in his rear-view, and the girl who owned his heart making up the words to the song on the radio.

Mists of Serengeti by Leylah Attar

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Ditto on Nay’s FLT. Planning to finish it up tonight!

Cristina February 23, 2017 at 3:35 PM

A book event would be so much fun! Maryse, should you ever decide to host one again, I’m so there!!! :-)

bev February 23, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Amy, I love that that book is one you consider a palate cleanser.

Ok, Maryse. Another question. Top 3 heroines you’d be friends with in real life?
Also, any book ever make you want to visit a real place?

Tasha J February 23, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Perry Palomino
Charley Davidson
Louisa Clark
Aelin Galathynius is pretty awesome too, but I dk if I’d want all that pressure. Lol
I love books that take place in London, England and that general area. Like Act Like It, Soulless, Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number, Twenties Girl, Me Before You, etc. etc. Recently, I’ve wanted to travel the Oregon Trail from Under a Painted Sky. How cool would it be if Caraval existed?!? The Coincidence of Coconut Cake made me want to take a trip for Wisconsin! A few had made me wish to go to Australia too, but I can’t think of which off hand. And I can’t help but think of snakes and things so maybe not. Africa sounded amazing and beautiful from Vain, but holy BUGS! And the vaccines and you know, danger. Realistically, not for me. Lol

Tasha J February 23, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Oops, I just noticed that question was for Maryse!! Lol, oh well it was fun playing anyway ;)

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 4:47 PM


A gazillion layers of tulle engulf my five foot five, one hundred and fifteen pound body.

Undeniably You by Jewel E Ann

Tessa February 23, 2017 at 4:52 PM

LOL Amy, and I prefer Seth. Though, mine will always be Mason Kade. :D Though with the new series, Seth is moving quickly to the top.

Maryse, did you ever read a book you were not sure you’d like and it blew you away?

What book do you do to get out of a book fog?

Top ten books that most influenced your reading.

Speaking of book fog, I don’t know what I have but this is ridiculous. I tried reading a happy book, a romance with a prince, and it was good, but I still couldn’t get into it. I got more into MTV’s The Challenge yesterday than any book. (Okay, I have a thing for Bananas, but past that! It’s not that good.) I’m trying to re-read the Kane series and even that is just blah. Any ideas anyone?

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 4:53 PM

I have a thing for CJ…

R. Renee February 23, 2017 at 4:54 PM

CT LOL stupid fingers!

Fabi February 23, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Tessa, I bet Maryse will say The Martian to your question: “Maryse, did you ever read a book you were not sure you’d like and it blew you away?”

That one seemed so far out of character for her and she just loved it.

Tessa February 23, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Maybe. I can see it being the Martian.

CT is okay, but I think since the first one I ever saw was when he fell for Diem, my mind has him set as off limit. Also, Bananas is a jerk in some ways, and super sweet in others. My type. :D

Jan February 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Hi Marit. Nice to hear from you. Having a baby in the house is such a wonderful, magical time but you don’t have much time, or head space, for reading, do you! Glad to hear you’re starting to get a bit of reading time back.

I’ve been blogging here since 2015 (I think) but used to regularly read (and love) it for a while before joining in the discussion.

My FLT is from Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (sci-fi), my Feb tbr challenge book. I’ve broken the back of it now – 2/3 through. It’s huge. But getting more gripping as it goes on.

‘The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.’

Huh. I’d forgotten what a great first line it has LOL.

Tasha J February 23, 2017 at 5:53 PM

I apologize if these questions have already been asked, there are so many comments and I may have missed….Who are your top 3 favorite authors?
What is your favorite book quote/passage?
Have you ever skimmed a book rather than thoroughly read? If that makes sense (obviously not one you’ve reviewed)
We all have an extensive tbr list, but can you name 3 books that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to?

Maryse February 23, 2017 at 6:12 PM

Fabi THAT is the one. And I’m dying for more like that.

Tessa February 23, 2017 at 6:19 PM

Ooooh, I think I just got the book that will get me out of my book funk. I just got Mack Daddy through Booklending. *squee* It’s sure to work, right? (And a big thanks to the woman who lent it to me!)

Leslie M February 23, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Tessa, curious to see what you think of Mack Daddy, I just finished it.

Steph N February 23, 2017 at 8:11 PM

I couldn’t make it through all the comments but saw Carian Cole/Torn mentioned. I just tore (hee hee) through her other 4 books in days. Like woke in the middle of the night and started reading. I love stumbling on a terrific series, especially when they allow me to use my KU. Oh, and I’m debating Torn or this Acquistion series as my next read.

bev February 23, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Tasha, lol. That’s ok. If a writer can set the scene I almost always want to visit there. Like I thought it would be cool to live in Wyoming before based on a Nora Roberts book.

bev February 23, 2017 at 10:23 PM

I saw a warning on a blog that the Everything Everything trailer tells you almost….. everything. And yes it does. So if you plan to read the book maybe avoid the trailer.

Grey February 24, 2017 at 5:24 AM


If you had asked Jack Warden what his favorite things were before that afternoon, he would have reeled off a list without hesitation; black coffee, blue skies, driving into town with the windows down, Mount Kilimanjaro wreathed in swirling clouds in his rear-view, and the girl who owned his heart making up the words to the song on the radio.

Mists of Serengeti by Leylah Attar

R. Renee February 24, 2017 at 5:27 AM

Good luck Grey!

Nay February 24, 2017 at 5:48 AM

Enjoy, Grey! You’ll lurve it!!

MichelleS February 24, 2017 at 9:09 AM

Steph – me too!!! I’m reading Lukas now! You MUST READ Torn. Best of the bunch!

MichelleS February 24, 2017 at 9:12 AM

Everything I’ve been reading lately was also a KU book. Maybe it’s time to sign up? Worth it?

Maryse – do you think your new release section could include a list of KU books too? I think there’s a bunch of people using it.

MichelleS February 24, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Is it truly unlimited??? I can get however many books I want? And they stay on my Kindle?

Cristina February 24, 2017 at 9:19 AM

Michelle, with KU, you can only borrow up to 10 books at a time. I’m always at my limit, so I have to either trade it out or I just get the free sample so it stays on my Kindle permanently.

Nay February 24, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Michelle, I highly recommend KU! My husband and I have saved hundreds of dollars using it, and we usually read and trade out at least 3 books a week (Like Cristina, I always have my limit of 10 and have to trade one out when I see something in particular that I want). We pay $10/month and I’d guess that we get about $30-$40 worth of books with that (hubby reads political and military thrillers which are often a bit more expensive.)

It’s funny–I borrowed the Jack & Jill series by Jewel Ann with KU a year ago yesterday and haven’t read it yet, but it’s not KU anymore (it’s $9.99 now), so I’ve left it on my list all this time and will continue to do so until I read it! (I’m supposed to be doing a BR soon–ladies? We said ‘the beginning of the year’. When are we doing this???)

Nay February 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Michelle–also, if you look, you can find many, many big-name authors who use KU. An example is Karina Halle–quite a few of her books are free with KU, even the Dirty Angels box set and all of her Experiment in Terror series books.

And Emma Scott is very popular around here. All of her books are free with KU, including The Butterfly Project that’s coming out on Tues. And there are tons more–you just have to do a little searching.

I always check on GR first because when I click on the Kindle version of a book, the Amazon Price of “Kindle Unlimited $0.00″ will show up in the Amazon box in the book details area.

steph n February 24, 2017 at 10:01 AM

MichelleS- It’s already in my Kindle. I wrote the author and told her how much I enjoyed the series. She wrote back and said she has a follow up to Torn coming, then the follow up to Storm and the Ashers story! eeekkk!

KU- worth it to me, I try and make sure to read four books a month from it to make it worth the $10 but that isn’t really ever an issue. I’m always at my limit and sometimes have to turn things before I read it just to download something else. I’m a mood reader. Sometimes I want sweet, sometimes I want dirty, sometimes I want dark. I only wish Amazon kept track of what you’ve read like they do your purchases.

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM

MichelleS all of the interesting-looking books (whether KU or not) are posted on my new release list each week. :D

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Agreed bev. I noticed that. It’s wonderful (for us that have read it) but I usually avoid movie trailers like the plague ’cause there’s WAY too much detail. Sometimes I finish watching one and think, well, why would I watch the movie? I now know all the good parts. *sigh*

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Oooooh Cristina. First of all, I am also reading (almost done!!) and laughing heartily at #1 Crush. SO GOOD.

But oh my friend… I am DYING to use this as a “Reader Confession” post. I have no doubt there will be plenty that will relate. *snort* :P

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Awwww Leslie. <3 Yep, it’s me. Many moons ago. ;)

See what I did there? I said moons. ‘Cause Twilight. :P

Leslie M February 24, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Maryse, you are adorbs and have a sense of humor!

If I had a blog, I’d be posting a sexy model pic pretending it was me. Hee hee

Leslie M February 24, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Nay, I was holding off on Jack & Jill BR because it looked like your surgery was coming up soon. I figured we’d wait til after your recovery. But I am ready to start whenever. Do you want to do our March challenge book first, then start the BR? I’m totally flexible.

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 11:43 AM

Amy I miss being in a shocked tizzy.

Book-tizziness is fun!!!

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 12:04 PM

And thank YOU for the extra finds, Grey!! :D

Tasha J February 24, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Gah!!! I feel like I’m never going to finish this book. I’ve been hit with the sickness now too. My eyes burn and my head feels like it’s going to explode. It was a rough night last night and today we’ve gotten 1 diagnoses of strep and ear infection. Of course, the symptoms are terrible right now. I’m likely to fail my Feb challenge. *big sigh* I will finish this book though so I’ll still feel accomplished, just behind schedule.

Nay February 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Yeah, me too, Leslie! I talked to the doctor’s office yesterday and after doing transplant after transplant, they’ve hit a lull. Of course, I know why–it’s because I’m finally first in line! lol

I’ve got God Shaped Hole with Ela and then Badger with Robin, but I can also do Jack and Jill. I think Lisa A. wants to read it too if I remember correctly, so we’ll get it scheduled later in March, and if I go in, y’all can read it without me if you want to. I don’t know how long I won’t feel like reading after the surgery. I’d say at the most 3 weeks and I don’t want to hold y’all up.

Nay February 24, 2017 at 3:49 PM

Ooh Tasha, hope you feel better soon! Tennessee has been hit with epidemic flu and rotavirus right now, and the schools in our county were out for 5 days because so many students and teachers were out sick.

I tried to listen to the audiobook of The Passage, and I don’t think I made it past 10%, so I admire you for sticking with it!

Maryse February 24, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Tasha… reading is never a failure.


*Lysols Tasha and vicinity*

*hugs Tasha*

Tasha J February 24, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Thanks guys! I just want to be over the worst of it right now, waiting it out is horrible. That’s crazy they actually had schools out for it Nay! We’ve gotten letters sent home for all kinds of things lately (mumps, scabies, flu). I swear this crazy weather plays a little part in it. I wish we could’ve enjoyed it more while it lasted. They’re calling for bad storms tonight and back to cold tomorrow. I got an Alexa for xmas bc Maryse said she’ll read to you, but I haven’t gotten to test her out yet. I doubt the children will want to listen to her or be quiet enough for me to get into it. Also, I know I would find this book hard to pay attention to. It requires me to really pay attention so that I don’t get lost. I had tried audio with Illuminae and just couldn’t do it either.

MichelleS February 24, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Would God Shaped Hole count for March Marmy???

Nay February 24, 2017 at 11:39 PM

Scabies, Tasha???? Many of the middle Tennessee counties were out of school either part or all of last week with the epidemic. It’s wild!

Michelle–Ela and I are using it for March (well, I’m using both GSH and Badger), and it’s on the official ‘Marmy List”. I *think* Maryse is BRing it with us too??? You should join in. Last I heard, we were starting on 3/1. We’ll put a thread on GR.

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