Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – February 27th 2018

by Maryse on February 27, 2018 · 96 comments

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  • Cracked Kingdom (The Royals Book 5) by Erin Watt <— ERIN WATT ALERT!!! Book #5 in THIS angsty romance just went LIVE!!! “...Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals.

Either you live by their rules or you die by them…” P.S. Here’s The Royals Series Reading Order
  • Then There Was You (Second Chances Duet Book 1) by Claire Contreras <— THE LATEST BY CLAIRE CONTRERAS IS LIVE!!! “...My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend. My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her. My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction. Love and timing. I didn’t believe in either. Then there was you . . “
  • Brothers South of the Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines <— ABBI GLINES ALERT!!Five brothers who fight, party, drink a little too much, but more importantly, they love their momma. Nothing can tear them apart… except women. Especially a red headed beauty with secrets. No one truly knows her… not a Sutton boy… and not Dixie Monroe. Scarlet North smiles on the outside but inside her damage runs deep...”
  • Uncaged: A Fighting for Flight Short Story by J.B. Salsbury <— J.B. SALSBURY ALERT!! PROTECTIVE FATHER ALERT! “Eighteen years after Jonah and Raven said “I do”, they find themselves free of demanding pimp fathers and life or death ultimatums. Now, they have an entirely different nightmare to battle. Their daughter Sadie is seventeen and going on her first real date, but not with just any boy. She’s going out with the offspring of the biggest playboy in Las Vegas history, Blake “The Snake” Daniels…”

HAPPY TUESDAY NEW RELEASE DAY!! Good morning everyone! We have a BIG list today (85+ books!! Plus the awesome audiobooks, PLUS the awesome reader-recommendations… what a way to end of this very short month)!! AND, we’re having a giveaway to celebrate one of these very releases by one of my very favorite authors!! :D In fact, let me tell you about that right now!

RACHEL HIGGINSON NEW RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY ALERT!! THREE winners for this giveaway. Check it out and enter here ➔ Rachel Higginson – The Confidence Game Duet Reading Order + a signed duet giveaway & more!!! ➔ ➔

P.S. Did you miss the earlybird releases that went live yesterday? A few surprises, in fact! ➔ Monday Earlybird Book Releases

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. One Last Time by Corinne Michaels
  2. True: Temptation Series, Book 6 by Ella Frank
  3. Cake: The Newlyweds: Cake Series, Book 4 by J. Bengtsson
  4. Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 by Lisa Kleypas
  5. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
  6. Ace of Spades: Aces & Eights, Book 3 by Sandra Owens
  7. Justice for Milena by Susan Stoker
  8. Claiming Felicity: Ace Security, Book 4 by Susan Stoker
  9. A Whole New Crowd by Tijan
  10. Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
  11. Fatal Chaos: A Fatal Series Novel by Marie Force
  12. Mischief and the Masters: Masters of the Shadowlands, Book 12 by Cherise Sinclair
  13. Dominance Never Dies: Masters and Mercenaries, Book 11 by Lexi Blake


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.)

  • Constant (The Confidence Game Duet Book 1) by Rachel Higginson <— RACHEL HIGGINSON SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! MAFIA ROMANCE!!! P.S. Cliffhanger-schmiffhanger… ’cause book #2 (the conclusion) was just released today. You can see it below (proof!!) and I’m reading book #1 (this one) right now!!! P.S. Don’t forget to enter the  a signed duet giveaway & more (3 prizes for 3 winners!!)
  • Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel by Charlotte Stein <— BULLY BOOK SUPER-BARGAIN!! It was recently HIGHLY recommended, so Jen jumped in and LOVED it, too!
Jen C: Aaah I’ve just finished Never Sweeter (I’m a sucker for bully-books). SO GOOD. I just adored it. And gosh, did it start with a bang!

Jean: You guys I’m reading Midnight Valentine and absolutely love it! Read it in less than 24 hours! So so great! I forget who it was here that recommended it, but thank you!!!!!!!

Northernstar: I second Jean – Midnight Valentine was just WOW! I couldn’t put it down….The writing was crisp and sharp, and just when I thought I knew where it was heading – it completely took me on a different journey. First book to make my top 2018 list!

  • The Wolves of Winter: A Novel by <— POST APOCALYPTIC & OKAY YEAH I TOTALLY JUST ONE-CLICKED THIS!! It’s HIGH ON TASHA’S TBR LIST & it’s on sale!! And Tasha is my OTHER book-twin (I’m sure in essence, Amy, Tasha and I are book triplets). ;) Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined…
Tasha: The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson is on sale…!!! This one is high on my tbr
  • The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score <— FUNNY AND MUCH LOVED!!! Recently recommended by Caroline, and now Lori agrees!
Lori: Hello all – Just wanted to share about a great book that i just finished: Worst Best Man ~ Lucy Score. Fantastic. Funny, Hot, and a kickass strong heroine. Love, love Frankie.
Melinda: Maryse “live me” by Celeste Grande, the sequel is out today or tomorrow “Breathe me” I looved that book too.



  1. Hawkyn: A Demonica Underworld Novella by Larissa Ione <— LARISSA IONE ALERT!!
  2. Shadow of Thorns (Midnight’s Crown Book 2) by Ripley Proserpina
  3. Wicked Mate (A SciFi Alien Warrior Romance) (Warrior of Rozun Book 2) by Zoey Draven
  4. The Viper’s Nest (Kit Davenport Book 4) by Tate James
  5. Demon Escape (The Resurrection Chronicles Book 4) by M.J. Haag
  6. The Blackstone Bear: Blackstone Mountain Book 3 by Alicia Montgomery
  7. Queen of Gods (Vampire Crown Book 1) by Scarlett Dawn and Katherine Rhodes
  8. Her Dragon’s Treasure (Dragon Guard Book 29) by Julia Mills
  9. Twelve Days of (Faerie) Christmas by C. J. Brightley
  10. The Bride Ransom (Civil War Brides Book 4) by Piper Davenport <— TIME TRAVEL ALERT!!
  11. Claiming Flame (Elementum Genus Book 1) by Desi Lin
  12. Bitten By the Alpha (Regent’s Park Pack Book 4) by Annabelle Jacobs <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  13. Hail to the Queen (Witch for Hire Book 2) by Shyla Colt
  14. Eternal Desire: The Siren Coven by Kim Loraine
  15. Deadly Darkness (Daughters of Highland Darkness Trilogy Book 2) by Victoria Zak
  16. Exodus (Heaven Corp Book 2) by CC Bridges



  1. Consequence (The Confidence Game Duet Book 2) by Rachel Higginson <— RACHEL HIGGINSON ALERT!!! THE DUET IS NOW COMPLETE!!! This is one of my favorite authors and I’m almost finished book #1, so I won’t DARE read the blurb in this conclusion. HECK NO. BUT OMG how excited I am!!!!! :D P.S. Don’t forget to enter the  a signed duet giveaway & more (3 prizes for 3 winners!!)
  2. Treasure Me Trust Me (One Night with Sole Regret Anthology Book 5) by Olivia Cunning <— OLIVIA CUNNING ROCK STARS ALERT!!
  3. Sarah & Vittorio (Royals of Valleria #9) by Marianne Knightly
  4. Claiming Felicity (Ace Security Book 4) by Susan Stoker
  5. Raw Power (An 11th Hour Novel) by Jackie Ashenden
  6. Fatal Chaos (The Fatal Series) by Marie Force <— MARIE FORCE’S “FATAL SERIES” LATEST!!! I won’t read the blurb ’cause I think this series should be read in order, but I know it is HUGELY popular in our group (especially back in the early indie romance book days).
  7. Thrust Under by Michelle A. Valentine & Emily Snow <— MICHELLE A. VALENTINE & EMILY SNOW ALERT!!! HE HAS A PROPOSAL FOR HER… ;) “…He’s six-foot-three inches of ex-baseball player–sexy muscles and smoldering looks that turn my body into a traitorous mess. Did I mention he’s also the reason business at my family’s hotel is quickly going down the drain?…”
  8. At the Stroke of Midnight (The Naughty Princess Club) by Tara Sivec <— TARA SIVEC ALERT!! SHE HAD THE PERFECT LIFE UNTIL HER HUSBAND LEFT WITH HER MONEY… and now she’s got a new job opportunity. ;) “...Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party on Fairytale Lane, she meets two other “princesses” also facing money troubles: antique store owner Ariel and librarian Isabelle. When the women are invited to wear their costumes to a party where they’re mistaken for strippers, Cindy, Ariel, and Belle realize that a career change could be the best way to make their money problems go bippity-boppity-boo. But can structured Cindy approach a stripper pole without sanitizing wipes?” <— LOL!!!!
  9. Montana Heat: True to You by Jennifer Ryan
  10. Long Shot: A Last Shot Novel by Kelly Jamieson
  11. Playmaker: A Breakaway Novel by L.P. Dover <— L.P. DOVER SPORTS STAR ALERT!! “…When my teammate asks me to be in his wedding party, I can’t refuse. Lucky for me, the bridesmaid I’m paired with is the definition of eye candy, but she’s so much more than that. Lacey Easton is totally irresistible and she makes me want to be a better man...”
  12. One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly) by Jenny Holiday
  13. Darkest Night: A Romantic Thriller (Sons of Broad) by Tara Thomas
  14. Second Chance Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch) by A.J. Pine
  15. Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe <— FOOTBALL JOCK & SHE NEEDS HIS “ASSISTANCE” ;) “...Tyler is most definitely not boyfriend material. After a make-out session with Tyler leaves Zooey entirely unsatisfied, she is determined never to see him again. But her schedule lands her in not one but two of his classes, and it doesn’t take long before Tyler and Zooey have reached an arrangement for Tyler to teach Zooey exactly what she wants to know―and a whole lot more she never bargained for...”
  16. Crux Untamed (Hades Hangmen Book 6) by Tillie Cole <— TILLIE COLE’S LATEST IS LIVE!!!!! “Elysia ‘Sia’ Willis lives a solitary life. The only person in it is her big brother, Ky, vice-president of the infamous Hades Hangmen. She loves him, but she has absolutely no love for the outlaw MC he belongs to. Raised in secret by her mother, Sia grew up separated from her brother and distant father. No one knew she even existed. After the tragic murder of her mother, Sia spiraled into a rebellion against the rules of the Hangmen. A rebellion with dire consequences that now, years later, she still can’t escape…”
  17. Surrender: A Bitter Creek Novel by Joan Johnston
  18. Bad Boy M.D. (Bad Boy Doctors Book 1) by Virna DePaul <— OLDER WOMAN/SURGEON WHO’S BEEN BURNED BEFORE… and the younger cocky doctor that she now works with... “…Looking to be the newest resident on staff, he challenges Lauren’s resolve to protect her heart. He’s gorgeous, ten years younger, a smartass at the top of his game, and soon, Lauren finds herself fighting fantasies of late-night trysts in the cardiology wing…
  19. From the Top (Blue Spruce Lodge Book 2) by Dani Collins
  20. Combust (A Hotter Than Hell Novel Book 6) by Holly S. Roberts
  21. In Too Deep (The Exes #8) by Cheryl Douglas
  22. Say Yes by LK Shaw
  23. Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan <— KENDALL RYAN ALERT!!! THEY MET TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR… “...After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner—he also insisted on something else—that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy. He was a wealthy and powerful CEO with little interest in diapers or playdates. And since he didn’t want kids, I’d be on my own once his bun was in my oven, free to go my own way. But once his baby was inside me, it was like a switch had been flipped...”
  24. The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown
  25. Billionaire Unloved: The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Jett by J. S. Scott
  26. In Silence Sealed by J.R. Lindermuth
  27. Charming Hannah (The Big Sky Series Book 1) by Kristen Proby <— KRISTEN PROBY ALERT!! THE COP & THE NEW GIRL THAT’S STARTING OVER IN HIS TOWN… “...Cunningham Falls, Montana is his town, and being a cop and protecting what’s his is his passion. Everything’s running like clockwork until a sassy redheaded doctor moves in and disrupts the order—and Brad’s focus. She’s not just beautiful, funny, and strong. Hannah’s everything he’s been looking for in a woman…”
  28. Seduction in a Suit: an Office Romance Collection
  29. Love By Design: Sweet and Clean Edition (Sweet Aloha Series Book 6) by Chris Keniston
  30. Dirty Sexy Scot (Under The Kilt Book 6) by Melissa Blue
  31. Want You (The Garner Brothers) by Stacy Finz
  32. Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 by Lisa Kleypas <— LISA KLEYPAS HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!!! THE FEMALE PHYSICIAN & THE FORMER DETECTIVE… “...she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again...”
  33. The Marquis and I (The Worthingtons Book 4) by Ella Quinn <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  34. The Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless Book 6) by Meredith Duran <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  35. My Once and Future Duke: The Wagers of Sin by Caroline Linden <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  36. The Takedown (The Hookup Book 2) by J. S. Cooper
  37. Seducing Sandy (Masters of the Castle Book 8) by Maren Smith
  38. Delta: Ricochet by Cristin Harber <— HE’S A MILITARY MAN & SHE’S RUNNING FROM AN MC… “Two friends from worlds apart must face their toughest battles together. Colin is battling to take command of his military unit. Adelia is on the run from the motorcycle club that raised her. They shouldn’t be anywhere near each other–except they fell in love…”
  39. BEAST by Measha Stone
  40. Untouched (One Fairy Tale Wedding Book 2) by Noelle Adams
  41. Frat Hell (Violent Circle Book 2) by S.M. Shade
  42. Between The Lines by Drew Sera
  43. Secret Tryst (The House of Morgan Book 7) by Victoria Pinder
  44. Start Me Up (Man of the Month Book 4) by J. Kenner <— J. KENNER ALERT!! LOCAL CELEBRITY & THE GIRL THAT WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM……Shelby wants nothing more to do with him. And now the radio playboy is on a sensual mission to convince her that opposites really do attract...”
  45. Cold Fury: (Cold Harbor – Book 3) by Susan Sleeman
  46. One Hundred Reasons (An Aspen Cove Romance Book 1) by Kelly Collins
  47. Last Surrender: A Northstar Romance (Hammond Brothers Book 4) by Suzie O’Connell
  48. Something About a Mountain Man (Wild West Book 4) by Em Petrova
  49. Not in the Plans (In The Garden Book 3) by Heather Tullis
  50. Close to the Edge: An Unbroken Heroes Novel by Dawn Ryder
  51. Whiskey Rebellion (Taking Risks Book 3) by Toni Aleo <— TONI ALEO ALERT!!! SHE’S A WHISKY PRINCESS……A lady never drinks to the point of blacking out, nor does she go home with men she meets in bars. But I went home with him…Jackson. He was more than just a one-night stand, but I learned that a wee bit late and he was gone. Or so I thought...”
  52. Rockstar Secrets (Forbidden Chords Book 1) by Ja’Nese Dixon
  53. Here Without You (Cooper’s Ridge series Book 2) by JJ Harper <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  54. Switching Places (Kiss of Leather Book 8) by Morticia Knight <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  55. A Hero’s Haven: Resolution Ranch (Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 3) by Tessa Layne
  56. Collision Point: A Brute Force Novel by Lora Leigh
  57. The Love Song Girl (Love in a Small Town Book 10) by Tawdra Kandle
  58. Blood And Roses (Tainted Hearts) by Lylah James <— MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT & quite a few right here on the blog went CRAZY for this series!!!!
  59. Thirty Days by BT Urruela
  60. Xavier: The Contract (Indie Rebels Book 1) by Miranda P. Charles
  61. Ryder Steel: Rockstar Romance by Thia Finn
  62. Need You Now (The Monroe Sisters Book 1) by Aliyah Burke
  63. Our Next Chapter by Michelle Sullivan
  64. Tame My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance Book 6) by Sophie Jacobs
  65. Maybe This Time: A Whiskey and Weddings Novel by Nicole McLaughlin
  66. Last Fall: A Storm Inside Novel (The Wild Pitch Series Book 3) by Alexis Anne <— THE ROMANCE AUTHOR SECRETLY IN LOVE WITH A BASEBALL PLAYER... “...I write novels that fly off the shelves, making up imaginary happily ever afters to fill the hole where my own should be. Spoiler: I’m never going to have one of those. Instead, I go to bed each night safely fantasizing about Erik, the sexy second baseman I have no intention of sleeping with because, like I said, I write romances, I don’t live them…
  67. Body Cravings (Seductive Pursuits Book 1) by Taige Crenshaw
  68. Drawn To Dark by Emma Tharp
  69. A Change of Plan (Change Series Book 5) by Melanie Jayne
  70. It Might Be You (The Harrisons) by Jennifer Gracen
  71. A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole <— SHE KEEPS GETTING EMAIL SAYING SHE’S BETROTHED TO A PRINCE… “Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise…”
  72. The Right Move (Mable Falls Book 1) by Amy Sparling
  73. Finding Forever (Forever Trilogy Book 1) by E.A. Weston
  74. Beyond the Masks (Beyond Love Series Book 1) by Nicky F. Grant



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Nay February 27, 2018 at 7:15 AM

Good morning! What a huge list! And OMG! I didn’t realize High Voltage comes out next Tuesday!!!

Tasha J February 27, 2018 at 7:18 AM

Good morning!! That is a mighty fine looking list…I snagged samples of Contant and Collosion Point! :)

MichelleS February 27, 2018 at 8:38 AM

KMM is up there! Squee!!!

MichelleS February 27, 2018 at 8:40 AM

AND Briggs & Bishop! On same list! Mind blown. Pocket book blown.

R. Renee February 27, 2018 at 9:04 AM

I love seeing Nicky’s debut up there! And K.K. Allen’s Waterfall Effect comes out tomorrow. I’ve had my eye on that one for a while! Ugh I’m soooo tired. I stayed up super late again with Gods and Monsters. I cannot figure out where this book is going!

bev February 27, 2018 at 9:34 AM

Who wants to play hooky with me?

Leslie M February 27, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Hey Bev, what does “spring/renewal” mean for the TBR challenge theme? Nay said she thought “2nd chance love” was one interpretation.

Tessa February 27, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Yeah, the new Lylah James book!

Next week is going to cost so much money. 0.0 All three books I want are fourteen dollars each. I planned for it, though. :) Sort of. lol High Voltage, Burn Bright, and Lake Silence all on one day. EEEEEEEP

bev February 27, 2018 at 3:22 PM

I can’t remember what I was thinking, lol.

But I think that works. Renewal of an old love.
Maybe a life change, heroine changing her life/career.
Maybe recovering from grief, illness, or so on. Spring following a winter.

Maryse February 27, 2018 at 4:43 PM

I dunno bev…. what are we doing in this “hooky”?

Sharon F February 27, 2018 at 6:49 PM

Is it a book “hooky?” I miss doing them. Once upon a time, I used to take JR Ward Release Day (Yes – it’s a holiday) off to sit home BY MYSELF and just indulge, indulge, indulge. Sadly, I haven’ done that in a long while.

I am definitely ready for a read of Consequences! I am committed to reading Atheists Who Kneel and Pray first.

bev February 27, 2018 at 7:56 PM

Well, it is too late now.

Hmm. What could we have done…

We all meet for coffee first and a really great diner breakfast.
Then we go to your house were we are going to read, but we notice that, of course, Dirty Dancing is playing on repeat.
So, we watch that cause R and I insist.
But we all start chatting so much that we watch two showings to see the whole thing.
We sing along to all the songs.
Then we make cake.
Amy insist we add vodka….and ok let’s.
We decorate it with all the Easter candy.
Melinda fixes it while we aren’t looking.
We are so stuffed.
Grey says we should all relax and read.
So we do.
But Leslie gets jittery. She loves a car ride.
So, Amy rents a huge humvee.
We all pile in.
Windows down and music up.
We drive and drive and drive.
Jan likes to stick her hand out making an airplane.
Then Tasha sees the beach.
We all take our shoes off and roll up our pants.
Tessa is the first to run in.
As a group we jump into the waves so they take us under and back up to the shore.
We don’t realize how much f the vodka Jean was drinking until she tries to pick up some college guys.
We get bags of Chinese food on our way back.
MichelleS Makes us read our fortunes as in bed with a fairy.
Then Maryse says, SLUMBER PARTY!

Tessa February 27, 2018 at 8:40 PM

That sounds legit. :) I can see getting hooked on watching Dirty Dancing. And chatting. And singing. (Alright, I might be dancing). Is it a flavored Vodka? Why is Jan making an airplane? Yes, I am the first one in, and, really? You think I’ll get thrown back to the shore by a mere wave? PFFT! I CONQUER THE WAVES! College guys for everyone, right? Chinese is good. Make sure to get plain steamed rice, green bean whatever non-fish, Kung Pao chicken, and pot stickers in those bags. What’s wrong with being in a bed with a fairy? Unless… Is one of the college guys actually fae? Because, if so, that one’s mine.

MichelleS February 27, 2018 at 9:17 PM

Yay. I brought the fairy! I mean FAE, of course.( There’s a mysterious Fae dude in my current book. And all kinds of plot twists. ) how’d you know I love fortunes? I read Tarot cards, for fun!

R. Renee February 27, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Love it!

Leslie M February 27, 2018 at 9:25 PM

I wish that fantasy really happened!

Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

bev February 27, 2018 at 9:55 PM

We just need Amy to check in and tell us how she is doing.

Maryse February 27, 2018 at 10:15 PM

LOL bev!!!!!!

Miss your poems. And I ALWAYS say SLUMBER PARTY. I wish we could all have one this weekend, on fact. Can we? Cannnnnn weeeeeeeee???

Maryse February 27, 2018 at 10:16 PM


“Amy insist we add vodka….and ok let’s.”


If I had a martini right now, it would have come up my nose and it would be burning me… :P !!!!

Maryse February 27, 2018 at 10:18 PM

My goodness bev… it’s like you are reading our future.

That is the BEST get-together/slumber party potential I can imagine. Oh we will have SO MUCH FUN.


Maryse February 27, 2018 at 10:19 PM


I just want to let you know… I’m hooked on makeup tutorials on youtube like kids are hooked on watching kids unbox toys.

Seriously. It’s an addiction. I can’t stop… and I can’t FREAKING REPLICATE no matter how easy they make it look. What is this sorcery????????!!!!!!

Cheryl February 27, 2018 at 10:26 PM

Trying to catch up on comments. Miss a few days and Bev forgets about you and you’re not part of the “in” crowd playing hooky!! :>

Nay, congrats on your one year heartanniversary!!!!!

What’s this about Amy and surgery??

Jean, I added Midnight Valentine, at first I thought I had read it, but was thinking of Midnight Blue, which was very good also.

I did read The Worst Best Man and at first it was a little over the top, but it was hilarious and the h was strong and feisty.

Now to decide what to read next.

Tessa February 27, 2018 at 11:19 PM

Cheryl stood outside the house
Looks through a window
Rain fell as she mourned her life

Jan February 27, 2018 at 11:29 PM

Hahaha. You ladies are the best. Love your poem, bev. Yesss. Let’s do a slumber party. I’ll wear my Hello Kitty jammies. Dunno why I’m making an airplane with my hand though??? *scratches head*

Love today’s list Maryse. And so excited to see those new HRs up there. We HR fans have been counting the days till the new Kleypas and Duran. Hooray. They’re here! *tosses glitter bombs* And other new HR shinies as well!! *tosses more glitter bombs*

OK, let’s look at the rest. Best Worst Man looks good – already added to my tbr. New Briggs soon!! Exciting. And from my fav series of hers! Yay! Love that hunky Charles. The strong silent type. And he’s a wolf! Yummy!

OK< what else. New Rachel Higginson, And mafia. Ooh, yes. I've entered the comp and crossed everything :D I love it when comps are open internationally. Often on good reads they're US only, so this is great!

Hmmm. Guess that'll do for now. *wanders off making airplane noises, to resume reading Hello Stranger*

Jan February 27, 2018 at 11:30 PM

Tessa. What a beautiful and sad haiku. You are a talented poet!

bev February 27, 2018 at 11:34 PM


Honestly, I think it as I type it. No real forethought or planning. I also forget to proof read before I hit submit.
That’s why 2 Amy mentions and no Cheryl or Nay. Or anyone else.
As I was typing about Chinese food I did think, Where is Jean?
Drunk picking up guys.
So I did back track and add that. But that is the extent to which I plan or think these out.

Amy is having her gallbladder out, the little bastard.
I’m sure she would love to buddy watch makeup tutorials with Maryse.

bev February 27, 2018 at 11:38 PM

Ok, seriously.
Tomorrow Tessa and Jan airplanes. How you got through childhood not doing this is beyond me.

It’s best if you rest your head on the window too.

Kooloo February 28, 2018 at 1:23 AM


Kooloo February 28, 2018 at 1:31 AM

I have totally been playing book hooky the past 2 weeks!
Have been on a Netflix movie watching bing while trying to get my taxes done – BAHHHHH

Seriously though I was late submitting last year and had to pay penalty :(
sucked the BIG one I tell you
sooooo I decided I’m going to be amazballs this year and just get ‘er done!

Just finished watching MUTE on the FLIX
it was something
just not sure what lol

Cheryl February 28, 2018 at 7:56 AM

LMAO Bev. I at least understood the airplanes.

Poor Amy. She’s young for that.

Kooloo- whats the echinacea you recommend- kind and how much?

Leslie M February 28, 2018 at 8:07 AM

You guys always make me giggle! Thanks for putting a smile on my face. :)

I am gearing up for March’s challenges…can’t wait to the picks!!

Maryse, your makeup always looks awesome, what are you talking about??

Leslie M February 28, 2018 at 8:09 AM

Oh, and Kooloo, that Echinacea stuff…does it taste funny? Looks a little scary.

Leslie M February 28, 2018 at 8:10 AM

*gentle hugs for Amy*

Hope you have a speedy recovery.

Nay February 28, 2018 at 9:24 AM

Thanks, Cheryl! I made it through a 10 hours of tests and outpatient surgery yesterday, and I feel like a pincushion, but I’m SO glad it’s over. The results I’ve gotten back so far have been good.

Amy–hope you feel better soon! *hugs*

Nay February 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Anyone who’s participating in the GR March challenges, don’t forget to sign up. It’s a short month and tomorrow is already March 1 (I can’t believe it!)

Tessa February 28, 2018 at 9:44 AM

*hugs Amy* Hope it goes well, my friend.

I thought airplane and actually thought of making an airplane out of your hands. :) I think that’s a reverse haiku. I was tired. I still am so I’m not even sure if it was. ROFL

I got all geared up to read Consequence or Blood and Roses, but instead got sucked into a series about demons instead. *shrugs* But it’s a VERY good series about demons. :)

bev February 28, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday.

Amy February 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM

Thanks bev. I read your hooky plan and laughed to the point where my incision started hurting. That was hilarious…and just what I needed. ;)

And THANK YOU to everyone for the hugs and well wishes! I feel like absolute crap but should be released today so I can recover at home. :D

Amy February 28, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Congrats Nay! I’m so glad to hear your heart is doing so well.

Makeup tutorials on YouTube ARE addicting. I never can replicate them but I sure have fun trying.

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 1:26 PM


I love both of you and I’m so glad everyone is okay.

*snuggles Manny into Amy verrrrrrrry gently*

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 1:32 PM

I’m still craving cake, bev… I don’t have cake.

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 1:35 PM

What series is it, Tessa?

*scrolls back in case you’ve already mentioned it*

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 1:37 PM

Leslie… sometimes I get bored of the same look…. I do it the same way and have been for years, and then you see all the make-up gurus online doing crazy gorgeous (yet often subtle) things that I wanna try.

Color combos that I haven’t thought of trying, and cute little highlights here and there… and then of course… the eyeliner issues. So I’ve decided to try learning this weekend.

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Tessa broke my heart a bit with her Haiku. Makes me wanna snuggle her and Cheryl.

Cheryl February 28, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Tessa- sad and hilarious.

Nay- wow they put you thru the big time yearly eval. Glad all is well!

Amy- hope you’re feeling incrementally better everyday. I love watching makeup tutorials too, especially Lisa Eldridge. She makes it look so easy and I love her soothing accent.

R. Renee February 28, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Feel better Amy! And congrats Nay!

Tessa February 28, 2018 at 3:35 PM

:) Maryse, the series is The Dark in You series by Suzanne Wright. It’s seriously addicting. I went and bought the third book. lol It’s so well written and just a lot of fun, with an EXCESSIVELY possessive hero and a sassy, doesn’t give a crap, independent heroine. :D

bev February 28, 2018 at 4:06 PM

We don’t want you to hurt.

I swear there are 3 types of cravings.
1. The craving that comes then just goes away.
2. The craving that stays until you eat or drink it.
3. The one that can stay for days even after having it. So you keep having it.
Luckily the last one usually leans towards fruit for me, but sometimes not. Sometimes sweets, salt, or red meat, lol.

Jan February 28, 2018 at 7:09 PM

*gently cuddles Amy* Hope you have a nice speedy recovery. And Nay, congrats on that wonderful, special anniversary.

bev, I agree about the cravings. The tricky one for me is chocolate. I try to stay away. Big mistake if I do the supermarket shopping BEFORE eating something. Being hungry always makes it easier to give in when you see that tempting wrapper LOL.

bev February 28, 2018 at 8:10 PM

Jan I’m reading very slow, of course. But I had to peek at excerpt for next book. Pheobe and West! It sounds fun.

Jan February 28, 2018 at 8:17 PM

Ooh yes bev. I think this should be on the other thread, but who cares. Yes, #5 of the Ravenels is due 2019 *gasp* and looks good! Woohoo! Remember when we met Phoebe in Devil In Spring? She needs some serious luvvin’.

Tessa February 28, 2018 at 8:30 PM

I didn’t realize Erin Watt’s Fallen Heir was only 99 cents, so yep. Mine. Maybe it got lowered due to the book up there. *points to Cracked Kingdom*

Jan February 28, 2018 at 8:32 PM

What was everyone’s fav read of February? I love reading about those. When I looked back, I was pretty shocked to see mine was a draw between (wait for it) two new CRs!! Shock!! Not a HR! What?????? Both books were by well-known authors I haven’t read before. So, backlists here I come. Yay!!

My equal favs were: Look The Part by Jewel E. Ann. Lovely CR about a music therapist who falls in love with a widower who has a mildly autistic son. To the widower’s surprise, he falls in love too! It’s a lovely, funny and sensitively told story. Really well-written.

The other one was Dirty Dancing At Devil’s Leap. I didn’t like the cover or title, but read it on a rec. And it was lovely! A small town romance, but really well-written and involving. Very enjoyable.

I highly recommend both.

R. Renee February 28, 2018 at 8:38 PM

I actually read this month! And mine was In Harmony hands down. It will take a masterpiece to top it for the year.

Leslie M February 28, 2018 at 9:11 PM

Best of Feb for me was:

The Vixen and the Vet – 4.5 ****

In Harmony – 5 *****

Tessa February 28, 2018 at 9:14 PM

Ah, crap. Two books that are TOTALLY different make my best of the month. I can’t say one over the other because they are so different.

Ryan’s Bed by Tijan – Very emotional and those last lines really hit you and makes you understand what you read in a whole new light.

Strange the Dreamer – Just mind-blowing. The writing and the intelligence of this book had me hooked. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading it. The characters were fully fleshed and very human, and the questions that kept going through my mind while reading it… some were answered, some weren’t. It was just a really well made book.

Cheryl February 28, 2018 at 10:00 PM

I’ll take that hug Maryse. This cold and flu season has been brutal. Have to research Kooloo’s rec for echinacea.

Hmmm, Feb. favorites would be a toss up between Look The Part- loved the strong h; From Lukov with Love- kind of tied in with the Olympics; and The Worst Best Man- it was over the top at times, but again loved the strong h. In Harmony would be a close second. I loved (5*) the beginning/middle but then towards the end it lost something for me; maybe the parents and the time apart.

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 10:17 PM

I’m going to say my most memorable and addictive in February was “Neighborly”. Not the most clever mind-blowing reveal, but entertaining and … just “threatening” enough to keep me hooked.

Nay February 28, 2018 at 10:20 PM

My favorite was Beautiful Player. I’m so glad I finally listened to Grey and Jan to find out what all the Will fuss was about!

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 10:21 PM

Come to think of it… my February was awesome. Waiting for Sun, Allegedly and Forever Right Now… (on top of Neighborly). Yeah… February was excellent for me.

bev February 28, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Ok, I took everything out of my currently reading shelf and back to want to read. Also, not going to put any book on that shelf until I am reading on the regular. I finished one book this month. One.
My favorite things of the month are Healer. I adore this heroine and hero. ADORE.
Layers of toner on my face. I do 3 or more layers morning and night. Not astringent. Very gentle and moisturizing. Right in my hands and pat pat pat on. It fills good and my skin looks plumper, lol.
Paul Simon…..I don’t know either. But The Boxer, Loves Me Like a Rock, and Me and Julio Down by The School Yard are being repeated…..often.
Club Soda. It’s so bubbly.

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 10:23 PM

Jan. I have Girl Scouts “Thin Mint” cookies that a neighbor dropped off for me. They are currently in the freezer UNDER all of the other frozen foods… so I forget about them. Out of sight out of mind and all that…

and yet… now I’m thinking about them… ;)

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 10:24 PM

bev… I just go with… if I’m craving it that hard, it must be a signal from my body that I need “whatever” is in it.

You know… for my health. :)

Jan February 28, 2018 at 10:26 PM

Hahaha Maryse. You’ve “forgotten” about them? Uh huh……….

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 10:29 PM

My favorite makeup guru right now happens to be TWO… and if I keep searching I’ll find more.

But I want to stick to these girls because they have “hooded eyes” and pale complexion like I do. I love them and they are beautiful and they are SO good at makeup:

Shelbey Wilson (I just bought the main makeup in this tutorial because OMG I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DELICATE LOOK!!!!) and I’ve been following her for over a year and keep buying what she shows me and I LOVE IT ALL…

and Stephanie Lange (I LOVE her gorgeous voice and accent and she’s just beautiful and does CRAZY intense looks, but also super-delicate too which I love):

Maryse February 28, 2018 at 10:33 PM

About what Jan? < — See what I did there? ;)

bev February 28, 2018 at 11:13 PM

I do not wear makeup, but I’m jealous of both their brows.
I’m glad in the first one you can still see some of her freckles. I love freckles and beauty marks.

Kooloo March 1, 2018 at 12:09 AM

Cheryl babe – get the tincture (a small vial of liquid) Echinacea and try for Swiss brand if your pharmacy has it. Do not buy the capsules or the lozenges or the tea, as most do not have the effective amount in them since they are not regulated and there is no third party testing.

Take is multiple times a day like every 2-3 hrs the first 3 days of a cold.
Take 1 TSP in a small amount of water and get it down fast!

Because yes Leslie it does taste funny – its a plant so ya not the best palette wise I’m afraid… I usual use a chaser ie. cinnamon works great
(i just lick the back of my hand sprinkle the cinnamon and lick again – Yummy lol)

Kooloo March 1, 2018 at 12:10 AM

oh and just fyi…
Echinacea was first used as a treatment for the common cold when a Swiss supplement maker mistakenly understood that it could prevent colds, and that Native American tribes in South Dakota used it for that purpose.

Native American Indians did not commonly use echinacea for the treatment or prevention of colds. Some, like the Kiowa and the Cheyenne, used it for sore throats and coughs, while the Pawnee said it was useful for headaches. The Lakȟóta said it was an excellent painkiller.

Native Americans say that humans learned to use echinacea by watching elk seeking out the herb and eating it whenever they were wounded or sick. They named it the “elk root.”


Leslie M March 1, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Thanks Kooloo, I love the history behind it. So, we only need to take this when we feel cold coming on? Its not a daily thing when we feel well?

Beth G March 1, 2018 at 6:36 AM

Hey guys! I had to rewrite this because in my excitement auto correct did me wrong.
C.J WAshington! She wrote one book in 2015, and we’ve been waiting on the second one since (she had health issues but she’s ok :) )
It was the first book I read of hers and I loved it she was officially on my list of no questions asked I’ll read it.
The first is called Duke, the second is The Musketers and its just been released. If you like bikers I highly suggest giving it ago.
Beth G

Cheryl March 1, 2018 at 6:43 AM

Thanks so much Kooloo. I’m going to get some today.

Tasha J March 1, 2018 at 7:19 AM

My fave February read was Beartown by Fredrik Backman. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it, loved loved it! Granted, it was also the only book I read, but it would’ve won anyway. ;)
I’m so jealous of your thin m

Tasha J March 1, 2018 at 7:22 AM

Whoops, slip of the thumb- mints!!! I’m starting to get ragey mine aren’t here yet. Everyone is receiving cookies right before my eyes and I know mine are in. Would it be crazy to knock on her door and say I’m here! I can take those off your hands now, save ya a trip and all. Lol I wouldn’t really, but let’s goooo!

Kooloo March 1, 2018 at 8:52 AM

oh and the Pick4Me list is now up and waiting for you lol

Tasha Beartown has been on my TBR since December!!! *runs over to GR to add to my Pick4Me List*

Leslie babe!!! No Do Not take everyday because you don’t want your immune system to become lazy lol (It’s more scientific than that but that’s the gist of the research coming from Europe).
Ideally take it at first signs/symptoms of a cold BUT unlike Cold-FX you can take it mid-cold and it is still effective!

bev March 1, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Spotify throwback list came up. All women. A little One Hand in my Pocket, Linger, Nothing Compares 2 U (her voice), Creep, You Gotta Be and some Criminal.

Tasha J March 1, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Yes, Kooloo! I have no doubt that ANYONE who reads that book will love it!

Tessa March 1, 2018 at 1:04 PM

If I were a set of keys, where would I be?
Ashes by Suzanne Wright

This is the last book in the series so far (all with HFN endings) and I don’t want it to end!

R. Renee March 1, 2018 at 1:56 PM

I’m cheating because these first few sentences got me like whaaaaat??!!

FLT: “Scared to death. I try to suck in a breath only to swallow another mouthful of water. I can’t help but think scared to death is a pretty accurate description of how some of us meet our ends.” To Where You Are by H.A. Robinson (who wrote The Pebble Jar) and K.A. Hobbs!!

Jean March 1, 2018 at 2:34 PM

It just took me a half hour at my desk catching up on all the comments! Love bev’s “little story of us”! Although I’m not sure if bev’s impression of me….drunk and looking for college boys? Oh, ok I’m in! Lol!

Fav book for February without a doubt, Behind the Bars. But I read so many great books in February, In Harmony, Midnight Valentine, Half Blood!!!

*Hugs* to Nay and Amy!

bev March 1, 2018 at 3:55 PM


bev March 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM

I need coffee. O am having such a slump. I could totally take a nap.

Tessa March 1, 2018 at 4:55 PM

Why are you sorry?

MichelleS March 1, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Jan – I second the love for Charles – such an awesome character – strong, quiet, lethal, and all that native American yumminess…. I CAN’T WAIT. Oh, and his dad….. yes, I will always love Bran and just knowing he is Charle’s dad is like MIND BLOWING. I geek out over Briggs people. Forgive me.

MichelleS March 1, 2018 at 5:02 PM

February Favorite: Dreamer’s Pool – Blackthorn and Grim Series. Still loving it so far, I am on book two now. They are long books and it’s all my catnip, so I am a happy girl.

MichelleS March 1, 2018 at 5:54 PM

Bev – if you like The Others, I think you’d like Blackthorn & Grim. Why? There’s a magic pool – kind of like a lake… and Grim & Blackthorn have no hanky panky going on, like you know who…. and no ponies, but there’s a cute little dog named Bramble – and no sugar cubes or ponies, but there’s a lot of herbal tea type drinking constantly, so, yeah…. you should try it.

Tessa March 1, 2018 at 6:51 PM

lol You used Bev logic against her!

bev March 1, 2018 at 7:08 PM

Sorry to Jean.

When I read again MichelleS. When I read again.

bev March 1, 2018 at 8:13 PM

I don’t wear makeup but these are such pretty colors. Like how it can look like a stain.

Nay March 1, 2018 at 8:44 PM


The short-term parking lot shimmered like an urban mirage.
We All Fall Down (Of Love & Madness, #2) by Karen Cimms

Ohhhh the angst!

I just ate my first Cadbury egg of the year. Yum!

Nay March 1, 2018 at 8:48 PM

Oh, and I wanted to say thanks so much for all the well wishes for my heart anniversary! So far, the tests are coming back good and they even went down on one of my immunosuppressants from 10 a day to 8!! Now I don’t have to go back for 3 whole months!!

bev March 1, 2018 at 8:51 PM

That is great Nay!
I’m just so glad you feel so good.

Tessa March 1, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Nay that’s awesome! Congrats.

Bev, I love that stain. I love using stains over lipsticks. :) I’d be torn. There are three I really like. Sold Out Red, Elf Light Rose, and My Brown Coral. Seriously pretty!

Jan March 1, 2018 at 9:15 PM

*high fives Michelle over mutual love of Patricia Briggs and especially CHARLES* Charles is so hot! Rawr!

FLT: London, Summer 1876.
Someone was following her. The uneasy awareness crept along the nape of Garrett’s neck until the fine hairs stood on end.

Yes, the female h is named Garrett! But it works well and there is a reason for it. I’m really enjoying this one.

bev March 1, 2018 at 10:30 PM

I used to occasionally wear a light lip color. Totally would of worn the Elf one.
I like a red lip on others always looks pretty and confident.

I adore Bran. Total crush on him. I would love to see him fall hard for someone.

Maryse March 1, 2018 at 10:34 PM

My favorite is always the light… fairy/angelic look. Makeup in its awesomeness… but looks so natural. I just received my makeup from that “bridal” look. OMG I just tried it quickly and I already LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Just enough definition… but not so much “makeup”.

P.S. I dont use much on my face (I struggle with the feel of it). But my eyes are my canvas. Then my lips.

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