Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – January 31st 2017

by Maryse on January 31, 2017 · 213 comments

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It’s ready!!! It looks like the book gods want to make sure to end the month off with a bang, (100+ books again)! And it started the year off with a bang too, ’cause I’ve been on reading roll. There have been some MEGA hits already, this new year!

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! L.J. SHEN ALERT!!! This one JUST WENT LIVE EARLY!!! ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ Defy (Sinners of Saint Book 2) And here is book #1 (Vicious (Sinners of Saint Book 1)) that so many went crazy for.

Emilie: i just read one book called Vicious by L.J. Shen. I just couldn’t put it down!

Shannon: Omg ..I just finished Vicious … and I want more … can u recommend similar reads until book #2 ?…lol

And here are the ones that look especially good to me, today! How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney (BULLY ALERT!!! I’m probably starting this one next, ’cause I GREATLY ABHORRED the star of this one, when he appeared in the first book. Ugh. The jerkiest of all jerks and I am SO IN!!!), El Diablo (he’s pure BAD GUY, and well sheeeeesh… after Michelle’s ecstatic reaction, I have to jump in!!), Good Boy (I love both these authors and the blurb had me laughing already. Hockey star and his one-night stand are stuck in a wedding together. This is gonna be fun!!), Fury on Fire (he’s moody, he just got out of prison and he’s her new neighbor and she thinks he’s RUDE!!! Plus the reviews seem to indicate he’s a real jerk and hard to connect to. YAY!!! LOL!!!), Crown of Lies (yeah that blurb just has me. She’s in love with one, but her father forces her to be with another…), Some Kind of Magic (well, heck… this one just screams “Adam Levine” to me, and if spraying herself with pheromones is going to get the hottest rock star’s attention, it just sounds like a good reading-time to me!), Becoming Mrs. Lockwood (because who doesn’t love a good “regular girl” with a “Hollywood heartthrob” story… especially when the blurb hints that “You may think you know where this story goes—not even close.”) MINE!!!, Imperfect Harmony (rock star and a potential reality show, but they want dirt and juicy footage, and he’s as stable as they come. So he decides to ask his best girl “friend” – who’s loaded in drama – to be on the show with him). Hahahah!!!

Yep, as you can see, lots of choices today, and there are PLENTY more that I highlighted below that sound right up our alley, so take a look!

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


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  1. Heat Wave by Karina Halle
  2. Buttons and Hate by Penelope Sky
  3. Full Package by Lauren Blakely
  4. El Diablo [The Devil]: The Good Ol’ Boys Spin Off by M. Robinson
  5. Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  6. Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James
  7. Moving Target: Elite Guardians Series, Book 3 by Lynette Eason
  8. Into the Firestorm by Kat Martin
  9. Born of Vengeance: The League: Nemesis Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— PRE-ORDER (next week!!)


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!):

  • How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney <— HILARIOUS & HAS THAT BEAUTIFUL DISASTER/ELLE KENNEDY SPORTS GUYS FEEL and book #2 (about the BULLY in THIS book) is LIVE (below). Who’s in the mood to read an “old-school” feeling “new adult” indie book, that will make you laugh out loud (over and over again), all, while making us work in that delightful slow burn way, for the romance story. If you love the college love stories like I do, THIS is one of the awesome-fun ones! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!! P.S. Here’s my 4.5 star review

Angela: This book was awesome. So funny and witty. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were the best. And she write an outstanding male POV

Sarah: Thank you, thank you! I have been in such a book funk and one-clicked this. I read the prologue and first chapter before I had to go to work. I love it!!!

Claudia: “…have to put “Reasonable Doubt” series on your radar. By Whitney G Williams. Love, love love. A fun time to be had. Please read all three.”

Cindy: “Andrew from Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Gracia Williams!! He is such a jerk that you gotta love him!”

Julie o: Another jerk that I fell in love with, just add him to my list!!!!

Sharon: I am obsessed with Turbulence! It’s so different, but has all of the qualities I gravitate to. Angst. Broody, jerk of a male character. Lots of steam. Lots of snark. It’s not ooey gooey. Love it!

Niki: Turbulence was freaking awesome!!!! I loved it!!

  • Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade <— HUGE HIT VAMPIRE BOOK (TWILIGHT MEETS OUTLANDER??!!) and it’s super-bargain priced today ’cause book #4 (the series conclusion!!) was just released (below). P.S. Here’s the series reading order.

Tracey: Just finished book 1 last night , took me a while to get the like Outlander bit (maybe I was a little slow) but yes very good read. Strong main characters ….but for me Baron was the hero. Need to go download book 2.

Shanna: Started reading last night and couldn’t put it down. It’s so good!!!!

  • The Pawn by Skye Warren <— SHE AUCTIONS OFF HER VIRGINITY TO SAVE HER FAMILY and HE (the one that ruined her father!!) buys her! *gasp*!!! And it’s super-bargain priced today ’cause book #2 just went live (below).
  • Chase the Sun (Free Fall Book 2) by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn <— M/M ROMANCE and this one is bargain priced ’cause book #3 is coming out soon!!!
  • Punished – A Dark Billionaire Romance by Penelope Bloom <— DOM-BILLIONAIRE RECENT RELEASE & bargain priced right now! “He says I can trust him, that he’ll take care of me, that nothing bad will happen so long as I’m his. His kitten…”
  • Breaker (Exile Book 1) by A.F. Henley & Kelly Wyre <— DYSTOPIAN M/M ROMANCE ALERT! And Fabi recommends this one!!

Fabi: I just read a great Dystopian M/M Romance. Heavier on the romance than the dystopian theme. I couldn’t put it down until I finished. It’s one of those hurt-comfort stories that get me every time.

Just finished Make Me by C.M. Owens. It was really good. Of course I LOVE all the Sterling Shore books. The whole fake Dom thing made for some hilarious scenes. They were awkward with a capital A. I was laughing out loud!

MichelleS: “El Diablo: 5 huge stars. One of the BEST anti heroes ever, Alejandro Martinez. Colombian crime boss. OMG. What a ride!  ….So M. Robinson is my new favorite author. I am now checking out all her samples after that crazy ride she put me through with El Diablo. …It gave me the same “feels” as Surviving Raine and Captive in the Dark. That anti-hero you should and would hate in real life, but for some reason you are attracted to him! And let me tell you – Alejandro Martinez is as bad as they get. Totally, unapologetically a completely ruthless bast@#d. And he STAYS that way. He is not changing for anyone. And it kills me to say that I LIKED it. Ah “cariño” – this book gave me a huge book fog.

I couldn’t put this book down. If you’re in the mood for something darker, pick this one up.”




  1. Vampire Girl 4: Moonlight Prince by Karpov Kinrade <— SERIES CONCLUSION ALERT!!! “I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until I sold my soul to save my mother…” (here’s the series reading order)
  2. Zekke: A Scifi Alien Romance (The Azziarin Series Book 5) by Hannah Davenport
  3. Court of Vampires (The Shifter Prophecy Book 1) by Megan Linski
  4. Raging Storm (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman
  5. Law and Murder (Fright Court Book 2) by Mindy Klasky
  6. Celtic Fire: Highland Celts Series – Book 1 by Liz Gavin
  7. A Modern Day Witch Hunt by Kiki Howell and Gina Kincade
  8. Primal Song (Cajun Heat Book 1) by Danica Avet
  9. Fatal Harmony (The Vein Chronicles Book 1) by Anne Malcom <— A VAMPIRE & A SLAYER ALERT!…I’ve cruised through the centuries managing to avoid all the wars, supernatural and human, but still going to all the best parties. I would say I avoided bloodshed, but it’s kind of part of the whole ‘vampire’ thing…
  10. Shards of a Broken Sword: The Complete Trilogy by W.R. Gingell
  11. Wolf in Progress by K.S. Martin
  12. Troll Cries by Ashley C. Harris
  13. Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome) by Rebecca Zanetti <— POST-APOCALYPTIC ALERT! A BACTERIA nearly wiped out the population…”Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling…”
  14. The Ghoul Vendetta (A SPI Files Novel) by Lisa Shearin
  15. Forbidden Love (Stone Pack Book 1) by Harper Phoenix
  16. Murder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery) by Carol J. Perry
  17. Dalton: NAC & The Holly Group (Alpha Team Book 2) by Chelsea Handcock
  18. Passages by Laurel Wanrow
  19. Strange Fate (The Guardians) by Jessica Miller



  1. How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney <— BOOK-BULLY ALERT!!!! He was such a JERK in the first book (just pure… UGH!!!!!), and now HIS book is live… and I am SO going to read this. I hope it makes me crazy and I end up loving it more than the first, ’cause he’s gonna be a piece of work (and I love that!!) P.S. Here’s my 4.5 star review of book #1.
  2. Heartbreaker: A Filthy Dirty Love Novel by Stacey Kennedy <— HER NEW BOSS WAS ONCE HER ONE-NIGHT STAND ALERT!! And they’re both cops!! “…Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding…
  3. Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James
  4. Lone Star Lady (Texas Hearts Book 8) by Lisa Mondello
  5. At Close Range (Tracers Book 11) by Laura Griffin
  6. Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy <— ELLE KENNEDY & SARINA BOWEN HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!!!! HOLY. MOLY. It sounds hilarious!!!!! She had a one night stand with a hockey star… and now she’s in a wedding with him. “Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score…” P.S. it’s a standalone even though it’s sort of… part of a series, and Fabi has loved the whole series so far She says: “It sort of follows the Him and Us books but this one is F/M. I wasn’t planning on reading it but the early reviews have been spectacular. So, one more for my overflowing tbr.”
  7. Cold Secrets (Cold Justice Book 7) by Toni Anderson
  8. Rescue Me (Montana Rescue Book #2) by Susan May Warren
  9. Hitman – The Series: A Bad Boy Mafia Romance Collection by Alexis Abbott
  10. Love in Flame (De La Fuente Book 5) by Lexi Buchanan
  11. The Knight by Skye Warren <— SKYE WARREN BOOK #2 ALERT!!! I won’t read the blurb ’cause I don’t want to spoil it for myself, but the blurb in book #1 (up there in the recommendations section) sure as heck sounds CRAZY & INTENSE and maybe even dark (which this author is well known for!!) :D
  12. Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James
  13. Distraction (Club Destiny Book 8) by Nicole Edwards
  14. Seduced: Episode 1 (Dangerous) by Ella Ardent
  15. Fury on Fire: A Devil’s Rock Novel by Sophie Jordan <— HE JUST GOT OUT OF PRISON & IS HER NEW NEIGHBOR ALERT!!! I wanna read it!!! “Faith’s new neighbor is the rudest man alive. He’d rather grunt at her than speak and he takes her “welcome-to-the-neighborhood” scones without a thank you. She knows she should run for the hills from the ex-con. If only he weren’t so smoldering sexy…
  16. Be Mine in Good Hope (A Good Hope Novel Book 3) by Cindy Kirk
  17. Mercy by Lindsay Marie Miller
  18. With You (Out of the Dark Book 2) by Arlene Gonzales
  19. Her Fresh Start by Jen Shearer
  20. Ava’s Place by Emily Beck Cogburn <— DIVORCED SINGLE MOM ALERT!!
  21. Full Service (A Pleasure Chest Story) by Penny Wylder <— SHE WORKS AT AN ADULT TOY COMPANY & HER BOSS IS HOT!!! “Being asked about a “pleasure” toy is one thing. Being asked by a melt-your-panties-off tower of male-hotness is something else entirely. I mean, when I took this job, I figured I’d have to try out the merchandise so I could give advice, but… I never imagined this. Every day he comes in, and each time, he has a new question. A new toy. And his wicked smile says he expects me to try them all out and report back to him...”
  22. Calavera. (Den of Mercenaries Book 4) by London Miller
  23. Hidden Prey (Deadly Intent Book 1) by Cheyenne McCray
  24. Make Up Call (Summer Rush #3) by Cheryl Douglas <— BASEBALL STAR & HIS EX-WIFE ALERT!!!
  25. Heart of a Savage by Lashanta Charles <— MMA FIGHTER!!
  26. Into the Firestorm (BOSS, Inc.) by Kat Martin
  27. A Shot In The Dark (Dark Series Book 1) by J.G. Sumner
  28. Revenge of the Mistress (Love & Revenge) by Cydney Rax
  29. Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet Book 1) by Pepper Winters <— THE LATEST BY PEPPER WINTERS IS BACK ON THE LIST (since it came out late yesterday)!!!  Is it a dark romance… or a psych-thriller??? Eeeeep!! “…two meetings with two men changes her happy existence forever. First, she meets the man who makes her heart sing. Three years later, she meets the man who makes her blood quiver. Broken-hearted from a teenage romance, Noelle’s freedom is no longer hers. It belongs to the stranger her father believes is her perfect match…
  30. Beautiful Assassin by Skyla Madi
  31. 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Nine by Carrie Ann Ryan, Heather Graham, Jennifer Probst, Christopher Rice, Melanie Harlow, Lili Valente
  32. Acer (No Prisoners MC Book 3) by Lilly Atlas <— HE’S A BAD-ASS BIKER & SHE’S WEALTHY and can’t stop thinking about him, but won’t get serious because they don’t “mix”, but then she’s attacked… “With her life turned upside down, she seeks help from the one person she can’t get out of her mind...”
  33. Moving Target (Elite Guardians Book #3) by Lynette Eason
  34. High Force: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 5) by LJ Ross
  35. It Started with a Kiss (Sequoia Lake Book 1) by Marina Adair
  36. Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar <— BACK ON THE LIST ‘CAUSE IT’S TOO GOOD TO MISS. 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS (ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER!!!). Okay so I know you already know that this one went live on Sunday, night, but JUST IN CASE you didn’t know… I had to post it again. This is the star of the show, my friends!!!!!! IT IS A MUST READ!!! Here’s my review.
  37. Home for Christmas: Cash and Natalie (Christmas in Willow Valley Book 2) by Christine Kingsley
  38. Happily Ever Ashten (a Carrington Springs novel Book 3) by Erynn Mangum
  39. Bane (Memphis Book 1) by D H Sidebottom
  40. Taboo by Hilary Storm <— TABOO ALERT!!! I’m not sure exactly what the taboo is… but I’m certainly curious! “Love isn’t always simple. In fact, often it’s extremely complicated. Sometimes it’s taboo and you have to decide just how much you care what other people think. Noah and Kali fought temptation for years…
  41. EASY 3 (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward <— H.M. WARD’S LATEST IN THE FERRO FAMILY ALERT!!!
  42. Ex-Con: Part 1: The Harrison Street Crew by Katana Collins
  43. Strawberry Wine by Darly Jamison
  44. Almost a Bride (Destination Love) by Jo Watson
  45. Some Kind of Magic (Flirting with Fame) by Mary Ann Marlowe <— SHE SPRAYS PHEROMONES & NOW THE HOTTEST ROCK STAR IS INTO HER ALERT!! “Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland—international rock god and object of lust for a million women…
  46. Hard Rhythm (Secrets of a Rock Star) by Cecilia Tan
  47. Falling for the Highlander by Lyndsay Sands <— LYNDSAY SANDS ALERT!!! Her brother tried to sell her, and so she flees and the one that refused to BUY her, finds her… “Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him…”
  48. Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner
  49. A Daddy For Valentine’s: A DD/LG Romance by Haley Monroe
  50. The Real Thing (The Mackenzies Book 1) by Diana Fraser
  51. Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie <— THEY WERE ONCE BEST FRIENDS ALERT!!! But his cousin warned him against that… “He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net. Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past. ”You can help me fix it,” she says.”
  52. Billionaire Unknown: The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Blake by J. S. Scott
  53. Shopping for a Billionaire’s Honeymoon by Julia Kent
  54. Loyal Hearts (The Barrington Billionaires Book 4) by Danielle Stewart
  55. Something to Talk About (Texas Billionaires Club Book 2) by Elle James and Delilah Devlin
  56. Fixing Fate: A Pleasant Valley Novel by Anna Brooks <— SHE’S RECLUSIVE & HE’S AN EX COP ALERT! And he’s going to help her flip her house as a favor to her brother… “…Smith agrees to flip the neglected house and keep an eye on Jay’s baby sister. He’s a master at restoration and rebuilding, but Smith never expected that tearing the walls down around Mellie’s heart to be his most difficult project yet. And when her life is threatened, keeping her safe is the most important job he’ll ever have.”
  57. Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
  58. Gutted (Torn Book 5) by A.F. Crowell
  59. Plugging It In (Stimulated Book 4) by Lexxie Couper
  60. Phoenix Rising (MC Biker / Bad Boy Romance) by Cassie Alexandra and Kristie K. Shafer
  61. Paws for Love: A Novel for Dog Lovers (Love Unleashed Book 3) by Dana Mentink
  62. Becoming Mrs. Lockwood by K.I. Lynn <— SMALL TOWN GIRL & A HOLLYWOOD STAR ALERT!! Came out yesterday but its’s back on today’s list ’cause it sounds too good to be missed! I’m just a small town Indiana girl that had a chance encounter with one of Hollywood’s golden boys. You may think you know where this story goes—not even close. Life is different. Marriage is hard. It’s even worse when you’re strangers...” Yep. Sound right up my angsty alley!
  63. Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley
  64. Until Winter Comes Again: (An Inspirational Contemporary Romance) by Mary Jane Hathaway
  65. Don’t Stop Me: Vic (The McCabe Brothers Book 1) by Lorhainne Eckhart
  66. Wives, Fiancées, and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta by Sheree Whitfield
  67. Lit Fuse (Nashville’s Finest) by Caisey Quinn
  68. Reunited: A Rescued Hearts Novel by Felice Stevens <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  69. Flaunt by E. Davies <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!After escaping his family, coming out as a gay trans man, and excelling in computer programming out of desperation to get financially stable or die, everything should be easy. But joining gay culture now, post-transition, feels impossible… until he runs into the force of nature that is Kyle. Everything Nic isn’t, Kyle embodies…
  70. Jacked Up: Birmingham Rebels by Samantha Kane <— M/M/F FOOTBALL ROMANCE ALERT!! “Sure, King has had his choice of girls and guys in the past. That doesn’t mean he’ll jeopardize his relationship with Sam over a case of locker-room lust—until a naughty nurse pushes them both out of their comfort zones….
  71. Still Life (Chesapeake Valor Book #2) by Dani Pettrey
  72. Paw Prints on Her Heart (Crawley Creek Ranch Book 7) by Lori King
  73. Going all In (Men of the Ice Book 8) by Michele Shriver
  74. The Man Who Won the World (1) by O. E. Boroni
  75. Ride or Die by Terri E. Laine <— BIKER BOOK ALERT!! HE’S THE “FIXER” & SHE’S HIS MC BROTHER’S GIRL…The more time he spends with her road tripping across the country, the more he wants her in his bed. The patch that marks her as taken, however, belongs to another, his best friend and brother...”
  76. Scorch Road (Scorch Series Romance Thriller Book 1) by Toby Neal and Emily Kimelman
  77. My Secret Possession (KinkyFodder Chronicles Book 2) by J.M. Witt
  78. Shadows in the Deep End by Catherine Black
  79. Happy Scoops (Clean and Quirky Romance Book 1) by Katie Coughran
  80. Tell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O
  81. Imperfect Harmony (House of Archer Book 1) by Raine Thomas <— ROCK STAR REALITY SHOW AND the producers want juicy footage of the band on tour but the singer knows the show will fizzle ’cause he’s a good boy (not a bad one). “Unless… If Archer can convince his best friend Lily to be on the show, he’s sure they’ll get all the compelling footage they need. Her life is filled with drama. Hell, she’s practically a reality show in her own right…” hah! I can already imagine where this one will go, and I love the sound of it!
  82. Three Little Words: A Sweet, New Adult Romance (Love by the Numbers Book 3) by J.A. Coffey
  83. Final Exit: An EXIT Inc. Thriller (EXIT Inc. Thrillers) by Lena Diaz
  84. The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy
  85. Wicked Cowboy Charm (Lucky Penny Ranch) by Carolyn Brown
  86. Deleting History by Hanleigh Bradley
  87. Dirty Deeds (A Likely Story) by AJ Nuest
  88. Riotous Side of Hell by Joy Blood <— STEP-SIBLINGS BUT THIS ONE SOUNDS DARK… “This is not your typical step-sibling story. It is deeper than that. It’s a story about love bordering the thin line of obsession. This a story about love and what it does to you. How it consumes you and ultimately kills you…”



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Tessa January 31, 2017 at 11:31 AM


Tessa January 31, 2017 at 11:34 AM

There, I beat everyone else. :P

King’s Cage, The Turn, and Born of Vengence all next week? GEESH!

Grey January 31, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Dang it Tessa! LOL!

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 11:51 AM



Tessa January 31, 2017 at 12:17 PM

*does victory lap*

Grey January 31, 2017 at 12:25 PM

I’m being terribly naughty and checking at work *whisper yells* and you still beat me! Did you see? There’s a bully book?? *waggles eyebrows* I hate being on book buying restriction… *pout*

Tessa January 31, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Next week the bully book. Well, I might read the first book first. Because, it’s the first and everyone seems to love it.

Tessa January 31, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Ooooh, is it best book of the month time yet? I’ve no clue due to the awesomeness of what I read this month, but thought I’d mention it in case anyone knows. The book I’m reading now isn’t going to be it, though I do enjoy it.

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 12:34 PM

And the bully is a big part of the first book. I’m sure each one can be read as a standalone but it’s the first one that shows us how much of jerk this guy really is…

Tessa January 31, 2017 at 12:41 PM

See! With that, I HAVE to read the first one.

Grey January 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM

I really liked the first book… So yes, I’d agree, read that one first. Maybe I can do my taxes and then buy books again…*snort*

Tessa January 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Last thing for a bit. I looked and five books are up as best of the month. *shakes head* I’ll get it down to one, though!

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Mine is obvious. ;)

Fabi January 31, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Sure! It’s best book of the month time. :-) (I have to look back on mine, don’t know yet)

Ditto Tessa: “King’s Cage, The Turn, and Born of Vengence all next week? GEESH!

In the meantime I’m going to look at Justice Ascending, Good Boy and Reunited (nice random selection – lol)

Fabi January 31, 2017 at 1:09 PM

oh, oh, oh *jumps up and down with hand raised*

I know Maryse’s. I know. I know!


Maryse January 31, 2017 at 1:12 PM


Fabi January 31, 2017 at 1:21 PM

great, I have 8 five star books in January. how am I supposed to pick? *grumble, grumble*

Fabi January 31, 2017 at 1:31 PM

This is almost a toss up. So many of these moved me. But, I think I’m going to go with In the Absence of Light by Wilder, Adrienne for the #1 spot because it moved me the most.

Tessa January 31, 2017 at 1:40 PM

My problem is The Hard Count by Ginger Scott is part of that list. I just finished it last night, and I have to allow myself to really absorb before saying if it’s the best. The others include Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson, The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon, Breath of Fire by Amanda Brouchet, and Darkest Mind/ Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. I’ll get to the last one when I get an extension cord. My tablet is so picky about how to plug it in, since it’s kind of old, but it’s the only place to get library books downloaded.

Tasha J January 31, 2017 at 2:06 PM

This list looks insanely good!! I too am having trouble deciding on my best book of the month as I read quite a few great ones this month! I’m not complaining though, this month I have a feeling is going to be just as good! The Bird and the Sword, A Man Called Ove, and Under a Painted Sky are my top contenders. Maryse, Stephanie Garber’s debut novel Caraval released today too. I’m reading now and am only 17% in so far but so far SO good!! The writing is really good and I’m loving the magical aspect!

bev January 31, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Tasha, I’m reading Caraval soonish.
Been waiting for that one.

bev January 31, 2017 at 3:43 PM

Maryse ‘ s favorite Last Hour of Gaan.
I knew it would be.

Mine is a tie between Bitter Legacy and Wolfsong.

Melanie January 31, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Maryse, you’re killing me!! How am I ever supposed to read the books in my tbr list when you keep recommending new ones? I started Mists of the Serengeti last night, and of course I finished it today! Amazing! I thought I knew what I was going to read next until you released this new list! Thanks for keeping my next read a surprise since I am going to just let you pick them from now on!!

Fabi January 31, 2017 at 4:16 PM

“Mine is a tie between Bitter Legacy and Wolfsong”

Holy crap Bev. You are determined to make me read Bitter Legacy ASAP aren’t you? LOL!!!

Tasha J January 31, 2017 at 4:30 PM

I can’t wait, Bev! I mean, I can wait, but I’m excited! Lol I checked to see if it was loanable so I could loan to someone when I was finished bc I just know it’s gonna be fantastic and it’s pricey, but sadly it’s not. :( I’m loving this world so far, I’ll keep ya updated. I’m hoping to jump into The Failing Hours next and then my February tbr read, though I’m not sure what that will be yet. What is everyone reading for their challenge read for Feb?

Grey January 31, 2017 at 4:49 PM

No silly bev, it can’t be her favorite because Maryse and I are supposed to BR The Last Hour of Gann l for the February challenge…

Carly January 31, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Yes yes yes!! *Body roll and bum shuffle* <– the official Carly happy dance.
How to date a douchebag #2
Is it bad I closed the book I'm currently reading to start this? And I was just getting into it too. Oh well.

Ooooooh and I WILL start Mists of the Serengeti tomorrow as well. Maybe. If I feel brave enough

Jan January 31, 2017 at 6:47 PM

LOL Carly. I’d like to see that happy dance!

Fantastic list Maryse. Your ALERTS always make me smile. And some of the book titles up there are funny too. Shopping For A Billionaire’s Honeymoon. Paws For Love. Wives Fiancees and Sidechicks of Hotlanta. Happy Scoops…. fine books all, no doubt. But the editors/ publishers must have a giggle sometimes.

My fav books I read in January were Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur and Deep by Susan Fanetti.

My biggest disappointments of January were Love In Lingerie by Alessandra Torre and Bound By Vengeance by Cora Reilly. Neither of them anywhere near as good as other books by those authors. :-/

D.G. January 31, 2017 at 6:48 PM

How to date A Douchebag was one of my favs from last year…so #2 is a definite one-click!!!

Kinda wanting a rough alpha biker at the moment though…looking at Acer…maybe…

D.G. January 31, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Ohh…and my January favs were….duh, Wrecking Ball and To Have It All!!!

Jan January 31, 2017 at 6:52 PM

Oh yeah DG Wrecking Ball was up there for me too.

R. Renee January 31, 2017 at 7:09 PM

My favorite was On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. I was so surprised by this one. Totally not what I expected!

On a side note…AMY!!!! What are your thoughts on arugula and butternut squash?

Leslie M January 31, 2017 at 7:26 PM

Ok, Miss Picky-Pants here hardly ever has 5-star read, but I did have one in January. Yippee!!!

Some Kind of Perfect by Becca & Krista Ritchie. What can I say about this series besides a-freaking-mazing?!? This was extended epilogue and end to series of 10 books. I am so in love with these flawed and beautiful characters that it actually hurt reading last book and saying goodbye.

Leslie M January 31, 2017 at 7:28 PM

If anyone hasn’t read Dark Things (Tristan & Danika #1), me & R. starting buddy read tomorrow.

Leslie M January 31, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Whoops..I meant Bad Things. Can’t blame that on autocorrect.

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Oh WOW Leslie!! Now I gotta check those out!!

bev January 31, 2017 at 8:16 PM

Fabi, yes I am.

They are different from each other though.
It’s just with both of them the characters lived on in my head after I was done.

With Wolfsong it was the perfect time to read it. On a snowy winters night all huddled under the covers with the power out.

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 8:23 PM

Oh yeah!!! That’s right Grey! I one-clicked that one…

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 8:25 PM

Yay Melanie!!!!!

I’m so glad you loved it too. And now, you must tell us what your next one is, once you decide. :D


Melanie January 31, 2017 at 8:52 PM

I was going to start Wrecking Ball but I am having an inner battle on whether to reread my Brightest Kind of Darkness series so I can finally read the final book. Especially since I’ve hounded you about it coming out!! I hate making up my own mind. I have these inner book battles. My mind is way too overwhelmed!!

Tessa January 31, 2017 at 9:26 PM

I always have those Melanie! Go with your gut. It’s probably going to point you to the book you really want to read.

Alright, after much debate, The Bird and the Sword was the best of the month. It just flowed correctly, and never felt odd or rushed. Also, to keep me engaged with a mute character who isn’t speaking in italics really says something about the author’s writing ability. Everyone who recommended it… THANK YOU!

Jan January 31, 2017 at 9:27 PM

LOL Melanie. Your cute little avatar there is doing an overwhelmed face as well.

Maryse January 31, 2017 at 9:42 PM

Carly should post a video of that happy dance!!! ;)

bev January 31, 2017 at 9:52 PM

I’m reading really slow right now, usually do during the week.
On one hand it is aggravating because I have books I want to read right now. I’ve been looking forward to Caraval for awhile.
On the other hand it’s great. For a little bit every night and morning I get to visit Grasse.
When I have to slow down and stick to one book I remember what a pleasure it is, lol.
Though this doesn’t work with every book I’m sure.

Leslie M January 31, 2017 at 10:06 PM

I just finished Deeper/Harder. I liked it!! West….what a hot mess he was huh? Caroline…she was pretty awesome. I loved how it all turned out, even though it was a long journey (a few parts were a little slow for me) it was a good one for me!! Yay!

bev January 31, 2017 at 10:17 PM


Tasha J January 31, 2017 at 10:46 PM

I won’t be able to read much more of Caraval until tomorrow evening. I hate when you’re so into a book and dying to know what happens, but you have to wait! Drives me crazy and I’ll think about it all day too. So far, still really enjoying it! I love her descriptive writing. It’s beautiful, magical, and I almost want to say sometimes delicious. Like it makes me hungry when food words are used. Sugary beaches and what not. LOL It’s completely unique, but if I had to pick ways to describe it so far it would be a little like Alice in Wonderland, maybe some Hunger Games too. I’m loving the potential love interest. Is he a prick, really? Or is he someone else perhaps? Or maybe this guy could play in here…..?

Jennifer February 1, 2017 at 9:52 AM

My best of January read is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Bachman….same author as A Man Called Ove…he’s a genius.

Jean February 1, 2017 at 10:06 AM

These lists are going to be the death of me! I’m trying to resist……but I can’t!

Best book for January, The Bird and the Sword without a doubt. Biggest disappointments, Trick and Eversea.

Leslie, you have me intrigued with Some Kind of Perfect…gotta check it out!

I’m at 60% of Mists! LOVE! I don’t want to leave this world!

Jean February 1, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Oh, another book that came out on Jan 30 is Gravity by H.J. Bellus. This is the author of Royal Atlas which I loved!

bev February 1, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Too many books, lol.
I should finish Bitter Orange tonight. But I then have Throne of Glass and Caraval. Then Wintersong comes out on the 7th. Plus want to fit in Juniper and Mist.

Ela February 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Yay Jean!!!! So glad you loved The Bird and the Sword!!!!!!!! NOW THE REST OF YOU SLACKERS GET TO READING! KISSES :)

Tasha J February 1, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Oh Jennifer I just read the blurb for that since I loved Ove and it looks amazing! I’m definitely adding that to my never ending list, right up there at the top!

bev February 1, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Um, I’m scared of your recs now Ela.
I picked the Rhys Bowen for Feb first as I have read her before and enjoy her writing.

Jean February 1, 2017 at 10:47 AM

I have no idea what I’m going to read next after Mists….I have a feeling I’ll be in a book fog….and this damn book better have an HEA or I WILL FREAK OUT!!!

bev, did Ela send you that same dark read recommendation on GR?? I think she’s lost her mind! LOL!

Did anyone figure out their February Challenge read…..I have lots of choices. I think I’ll post them to the GR Group and get everyone’s opinion.

Michele C February 1, 2017 at 10:52 AM

I didn’t notice if you had it posted previously, but The Anatomy of Us (WJM Book 2) by Amelia LeFay was released January 19th. Not bargained priced but was one I was waiting for. :)

Ela February 1, 2017 at 11:01 AM

I have no clue what y’all are talking about! My rec’s are AWESOME! This one just happens to be quite DARK and if you like dark then I highly recommend it (mind my review)

Tessa February 1, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Dang, Wintersong on Feb 7 too? *faints*

I’m finally finishing a series I started. Endure, A Defy novel by Sara B Larson. Fabi, you know this book is out, right? Also went down in price to $5.99. I have the library book. :D

I’m with Ela. Any fantasy lover needs to read The Bird and the Sword.

Ela February 1, 2017 at 11:10 AM

If I lost my mind I’d be recommending the silly books I read like:
Boy Next Door Clark, Emma (probably the worst dark read ever)
Tabula Rasa Thomas, Kitty
The Haunted Vagina Mellick III, Carlton
The Horny Leprechaun 2 King, Nikita
Alien Penetration Morgan, Yvonne (I actually kinda liked this one)
Snowballin’: I Fucked Frosty Vierge, Auralie

Ela February 1, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Listen to Tessa people!

Grey February 1, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Fallen Woman by Stephie Walls released today, I read this one as an ARC… I gave it 4.25 stars. There’s angst, but not of the traditional romance – book trope variety… Hot smut…lol, and a good plot. It checked all my boxes haha!

I’m reading Marriage Games and waiting for Maryse, *tap,tap*

Jean February 1, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Ela, don’t even get me started about Tabula Rasa!! Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some of the names of those books listed definitely made me laugh though!!

Fabi February 1, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Tessa I’ve been on the fence about that one practically since it came out. I just don’t remember a lot about this trilogy. I’d have to re-read the first two before I opened the 3rd.

Tessa February 1, 2017 at 12:32 PM

The beginning has the king thinking how his mom would turn his life into a fairytale. It basically was a quick synopsis of the last two books. Due to the context, it worked without being cheesy.

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Seriously with Kindle First this month? I think I’m going with Duck and Hippo :-/

Fabi February 1, 2017 at 1:47 PM

I was excited about it. There’s a sci-fi in the selection that has my name on it.

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 1:48 PM

I figured! It’s for the best. I don’t have time to read any more books anyway!

Fabi February 1, 2017 at 1:52 PM

I read your newsletter this morning. Wonderful as always! But your Feb reading schedule looks as crazy as mine.

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 1:58 PM

Thanks Fabi! I love that you read it! I think there’s maybe 3 of you who do :D

Feb isn’t too bad. I’m inhaling The Butterfly Project as I get it and then I just have a couple more sure things. I’m still shocked I managed 8 books for January! That’s crazy for me.

Amy February 1, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Holy moly, Riotous Side of Hell is the first click of February for me because DAMN!

Sooooo, I’m going to take R’s suggestion and give myself a pass three times a year and will be going with Serengeti after Bird and Sword…which I am LOVING by the way. :D

Amy February 1, 2017 at 2:02 PM

R…I like both arugula and butternut squash, so I would definitely try them together.

Amy February 1, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Jean! We’re reading same books back to back…how good is Bird and Sword??

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 2:05 PM

I made a “salad” last night that was soooooo decadent. Arugula, butternut squash spirals, goat cheese, pine nuts… I’ll send it through GR. I don’t really like BN squash so I was shocked how delish it was!

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 2:07 PM

LOL I almost sent it to Amy Harmon :D

Amy February 1, 2017 at 2:13 PM

THAT is funny, LOL!!

Jean February 1, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Amy, I loved Bird and the Sword, and am totally “in love” with Mists of the Serengeti….I don’t want it to end!

I am not impressed with the Kindle First books either this month….but I didn’t really look too closely at them yet. I think last month I got The Night Bird…..haven’t even gotten to that yet!

Is anyone going to read Torn Between Two by Mia Kayla? I think I need someone to hold my hand for that one….

P.S. I don’t like arugula or butternut squash….told you, I’m really picky!

Jean February 1, 2017 at 3:17 PM

R, how do I get your newsletter? I wanna read it!!

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 3:24 PM

Here Jean!! :D

If it doesn’t work let me know. I was having trouble with it last month.

Yeah I didn’t think many of you guys would be down with the arugula or BN squash. I even tasted the squash before I mixed it. I like it better raw! But it needs to be cooked for the salad. BUT, mixed with the goat cheese? OMG. Heaven.

MichelleS February 1, 2017 at 3:35 PM

My favorite January read – oh boy! Hard to decide. It was a crazy good month. I am ALL OVER the place with reads. How to pick? September, Wrecking Ball, El Diablo, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Mists of Serengeti, Rhapsodic? I mean seriously???So… which one is still standing out with details and feelings? Tie between September and El Diablo. One is such an amazing love story and the other is just a crazy wild. But Tell the Wolves I’m home is RIGHT THERE in front of my eyes and in my heart. All the feels and the whole story. Haven’t forgotten a thing about it. First world problems!

Now on to February challenge: PNR/Sci-Fi. Oh Boy! My favorite. I am going to overthink it, I just know.

Ela February 1, 2017 at 3:41 PM

LOL Robin…really??? “And she dream casts Josh Duhamel in every book she reads.”

What about David Gandy, Ian Somerhalder, Channing Tatum, Vin Diesel – ALL YUM

Jean February 1, 2017 at 3:41 PM

MichelleS, I’ve heard mixed reviews about El Diablo, but I really want to read that one!

R, I signed up for your newsletter! Your blog page is beautiful and really looking forward to your first book!! You must be so excited! What is the release date?

Jean February 1, 2017 at 3:43 PM

David Gandy……yum, yummy, yumilicious!!

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 3:43 PM

Ian has made the rounds. So has Alexander Skarsgard, and most recently Diego Boneta. But my go to is Joshy <3 ,<3

Jean February 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Ooooo, how about Dusan Susnjar…, hot, hot!!

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Thanks Jean! I’m pushing for mid summer. I’m a little stressed about that though LOL.

bev February 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM





Jean February 1, 2017 at 3:46 PM

If you need someone to read it in advance *wink wink*, I’m here for you! LOL!

Which Simon bev???

Tessa February 1, 2017 at 3:47 PM

I’ve never had goat cheese or arugula, that I know of. (Honestly all the times I’ve ordered salad at restaurants, I probably have had arugula). I love butternut squash and pine nuts. So I guess the only thing I probably would be iffy about is goat cheese.

Oh, PNR starts today? I’ll read mine after Endure, unless I need a CR between them. I sincerely hope I like mine. I love Sandra Hill, but the beginning sounded like a kid’s picture book, so I kept running from it.

bev February 1, 2017 at 3:50 PM


Get your oreos and settle down for a great read.

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 3:54 PM

Goat cheese is super mild Tessa. It’s like lightweight feta. Arugula is super peppery and strong. I bet you can sub spinach for it though. The recipe is also in my newsletter because it was that freaking good!

Jean, I may take you up on that! Fabi reads for me too but I’ve only sent her 4 chapters so far.

Jean February 1, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Oh shoot bev, I haven’t read about that Simon…..yet……and I love oreos!

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 3:56 PM

I agree with bev *throws up in mouth* read Simon!

bev February 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Jean, read read read read it.

Remember you are my favorite.

R, the more you read my recs the easier it is to say.

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Not sure that’s true bev!

bev February 1, 2017 at 4:05 PM

You’ll be on here begging for me to rec you a book.

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 4:06 PM

I have too many already! Oh the stress of it all *fans self*

Grey February 1, 2017 at 4:19 PM

*giggle* bev, didn’t you have a different favorite last week???

I am not a book planner, I should really take a page from Fabi and R, and be more scheduled about these things it would probably make me a more organized reader… Although IDK, I do alright LOL!

I’m gonna tackle The Last Hour of Gann this month for PNR February!

Jean February 1, 2017 at 4:28 PM

Yeah Grey, I think Leslie is her “true” favorite! bev, I’m sorry but I don’t know if I can read that one……I need some major convincing…..

I have so many choices for PNR month that I might just draw from a hat!

Tasha J February 1, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Ok, I bought Simon. And I haven’t even read a sample yet to see if it’s for me, I’m going off pure faith. ;) I think right now I’m leaning towards The Passage by Justin Cronin, since I own it and it says it’s science fiction on goodreads. Or possibly Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Both of these I’ve wanted to read for so long and now I have the challenge as a push. Maybe I’ll get lucky and I can read them both. HAH, *wishful thinking*

Tasha J February 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! That was the other thing I was trying to put my finger on last night when I was saying a mix up of The Hunger Games/Alice in Wonderland. I knew I’d thought of something else but couldn’t think of it. Lol. Like I said, unique but I get all those feelings…

MichelleS February 1, 2017 at 6:03 PM

GREY – Gann! Yippee!!! I loved that crazy long book! Stick with it. You’re gonna fall in love with lizard man.

Cheryl February 1, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Wow, lots of one-clicks for me!!

I finished Mists today, so I guess it can’t be my January fav. A beautifully written story. Going to go with Love In Lingerie. I love anything Alessandra Torre writes!! ;)

Now to clean up and organize my tbr list. When I have so many new books I get overwhelmed with what to read first!! Also, maybe I can finally make my top ten of 2016 list. ;)

Tessa February 1, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Ah crap. When Hell Freezes Over by May Sage also releases on February 7th. I’m officially overwhelmed.

bev February 1, 2017 at 6:55 PM

I loved it.
MichelleS loved it.
R loved it.

It won the Morris Award last year.
The Serpent king won this year which was one of my 16 favorites.

If you don’t like it I will read any book of your choosing. Except Ela ‘ s dark read. Or James Joyce cause I tried him once and right over my head.

MichelleS February 1, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Bev – I don’t get the hesitation with Simon…. it was really a great read. I still remember it, which is saying something. So many just POOF right out of my brain, unless they have some amazing characters, and this one did!

Jean February 1, 2017 at 7:39 PM

But bev, if I like it, will you read whatever I suggest!? Is it YA M/M because that is what’s making me hesitate. ..?

bev February 1, 2017 at 7:45 PM

I don’t either. Maybe the YA label?
A lot of readers are not interested in that genre as a whole.

It’s hard because I want to be like, you are missing out on great writers and hours of book joy.
But then I like that genre and so am looking through that perspective.
Also, I probably get a bit defensive when people generalize it to only certain trope, tone, and protagonist. Or I feel like that is the case, lol. Like when 50 became the poster child for romance….um no. Romance is much more varied and diverse than that.

bev February 1, 2017 at 7:48 PM

Jean, ok. But I have like 5 books lined up after my current read, so it would have to be after those. My book anxiety can’t handle any more to that line up.

Tasha J February 1, 2017 at 8:16 PM

I personally hesitate because of the M/M. I have no problem with it, but it’s not something that wholly interests me in reading about. I’ve read Carry On and that’s the only M/M I’ve read and I loved it and how it was written, but at first it made me nervous. I wasn’t sure how uncomfortable I would be, but they became one of my favorite couples ever. I watched Brokeback Mountain years ago and enjoyed the romance of it, but the intercourse scene made me uncomfortable too. So, I think if I did jump into a really good one, I would love it, but at the same time it’s not my favorite genre. Same for F/F or threesomes or anything like that. Although I did accidentally by one once that was a foursome and I read the whole thing through too. Lol I still get beet red when I see it in my archives.

R. Renee February 1, 2017 at 8:20 PM

Tasha, because it’s YA you don’t have any explicit scenes. It’s really very sweet. I hate YA but I loved it. It’s also very smart.

Anna Penwick February 1, 2017 at 8:27 PM

I have a tie for my favorite read of January. I can’t decide between Wolfsong and An Exaltation of Larks.

For our February challenge I’m going to see if I can finish Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. I’m currently reading book 5.

Cheryl- I haven’t made my top 10 list for 2016 yet either. ;)

bev February 1, 2017 at 8:32 PM

Tasha, if you liked Carry On I think you’d like and be comfortable with Simon.
I have yet to get into f/f either. I have one in my tbr, The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
It got a lot of buzz on a blog I read and then I think it was banned. So I was like ok I’m buying it. I didn’t know schools still did that.
I really need to read it, believe it is to be made into a movie, as they all are now a days, lol.

bev February 1, 2017 at 8:41 PM

Oh and I think we all have books we blush at. Lol.

Tasha J February 1, 2017 at 8:44 PM

Ok, I like smart! And sweet sometimes, I’m gonna give it a go soon!

Tasha J February 1, 2017 at 8:51 PM

Yes, it was Game Misconduct by Bianca Sommerland. It was actually pretty good, too. I still remember most of it even though it was years ago when I read it. And I’ve read loads of naughty books, but something about that felt so forbidden.

Cheryl February 1, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Started reading Good Boy, but maybe it’s my mood (and I’ll try again) but the H was just over-the-top and a dufus. And Becoming Mrs. Lockwood got me when she said she was a senior in high school. The Do-Over seems cute, but I hate books where the MC’s don’t see each other for YEARS. *scratches head- am I pms’ing, I thought I was too old for that?!*

Now I’m starting The Monday Girl that was in my tbr and book 2 was just released today. Strong h that so far I am really liking.

Grace February 1, 2017 at 11:12 PM

Hiya! I finished Mists of the Serengeti after your review Maryse, and it was amazing! I loved the immersion in a completely different world so I’m starting the man who won the world form your list. It is set in in korea and by the reviews so far so many people love it. I am a fan of Korean dramas so I am excited to dive into this one. Has anyone else checked this out? I would love a reading buddy for this…

Jan February 1, 2017 at 11:45 PM

No Cheryl it’s not just you. I felt the same about Good Boy. H was totally OTT and the ‘humour’ didn’t appeal to me. I didn’t like what the h revealed about her own dodgy sexual history either. I prefer my characters to be a bit more grown-up. And I’m just not a fan of OTT obsessively over-planned weddings in books or anywhere else. I have deleted the sample.

bev February 1, 2017 at 11:56 PM

I read 5 off my tbr in January. I felt good until I compared it to new. :/
I have like 4 pre orders coming, I wonder if I can refrain from buying the rest of the month knowing that?

Hey, Grace. That sounds like an interesting read with an unusual time and setting. Keep us updated.

Jennifer February 2, 2017 at 12:22 AM

Tasha- My Grandmother Said to Tell You She’s Sorry is amazing…F Bachman is so imaginative…had some of the same feels I got while reading Rainbow Rowel books…completely different plot but the feels were similar. I also read Kids of Appetite in January also a great read and different story, and the Bird and Sword and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things…January was a great book month.

Grace February 2, 2017 at 12:28 AM

Hiya Bev, I’ve started it already and will update you soon. Its 5am here… the very best time to dive into a new book. Also I’m using this as an excuse to skip morning workout. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Fabi February 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM


“Nolan hated mirrors.” Working It by Christine d’Abo

I’m working my way through a few ARCs that release next week. This one is M/M romance. Releases Feb 6.

Leslie M February 2, 2017 at 9:37 AM


“I had the strangest shiver of premonition rock my body the first time I heard Tristan’s voice”

Bad Things by R.K. Lilley

Amy February 2, 2017 at 10:13 AM

OMG Leslie…my heart and tummy just did a synchronized somersault when I read your first line!!! :D


“She was so small.” ~ The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

I’m almost finished but I have loved this one from the beginning!

Amy February 2, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Grace…I love it when I wake up earlier than I need to because it gives me time to read before starting my day. ;) Reading at 5 am is GREAT!

Tessa February 2, 2017 at 10:19 AM

Mine did too!

My father taught me that the only way too ensure your subject’s loyalty is to make them fear you.
Ensure by Sara B Larson

Tasha J February 2, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Jennifer, it sounds like we have really similar tastes, you have me excited to read it! I’m so happy someone else read Kids of Appetite too! If I’d had read it sooner I would have said it was my favorite book last year, hands down. It’s definitely one of my all time favorites. I’m gonna have to check out All the Ugly and Wonderful Things too. I know there was a lot of hype about it a while back, but I don’t remember what it was about.

Jennifer February 2, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Tasha, fairly taboo due to h’s age, lots of drug references, hard childhood upbringing and mental illness, but a beautiful, emotional, moving story. I loved it…but I don’t mind taboo.

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Ditto Leslie’s FLT

Jennifer February 2, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Oh and I read Kids of Appetite because to your favorites list…great pic!

Anna Penwick February 2, 2017 at 10:58 AM

“Donald Bartholomew Williams, get your ass back here now!” One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress Book 6

Grey February 2, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Oh man, reading Leslie’s FLT made my tummy flip and my heart flutter, I am sooo jealous!


“The morning my life changed was no different than any other.” Marriage Games by CD Reiss

Amy February 2, 2017 at 11:13 AM

R, you’re reading it as well?!?

*twirls around with head back and arms out*

One of the VERY few series I would consider re-reading.

Grey February 2, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Amy…our babies, they’re growing up so fast…LOL!

Amy February 2, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Now we just need some ladies to read Badger so we can re-live that one, too. ;)

Amy February 2, 2017 at 11:15 AM

LOL Grey!! I literally snorted and choked on my coffee! :P

Jean February 2, 2017 at 11:17 AM

That is the only series I DID re-read! Loved and so jealous of those first-timers!

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 11:24 AM

I haven’t been able to start it yet. Rum happened last night at the ole bowling alley :(

Which means I’m worthless to write today so may as well read!! :D

Amy February 2, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Hope you saved some of that rum ’cause you’re gonna need it for this ride. ;)

Jean February 2, 2017 at 11:32 AM

And Vodka…..

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 11:45 AM

No, I’m fairly certain I drank all of the rum last night. ALL OF IT. Oy vey. Nine pin bowling on “blind” night is a serious endeavor, folks. And now…McDonalds. Mama needs some french fries and an ice cream cone.

Jean February 2, 2017 at 11:51 AM

McDonald’s….perfect hangover food! By the way R, I loved your newsletter!

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Thanks Jean! It’s hard writing a newsletter when you don’t actually have news :D I have to get creative.

Fabi February 2, 2017 at 11:56 AM

I’m so glad Tessa and Amy read The Bird and the Sword. It’s such a unique and perfect fantasy romance.

Jean, I love R’s newsletter. I look forward to it every month.

R.! No writing?! I’m confiscating the Rum. ;-)

Amy February 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Yes, vodka would be good. ;)

Just finished The Bird and The Sword and OMG loved it!!! *squeals and happy dances*

You are so right, Fabi. SO right!

Jean February 2, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Confiscating the rum?!? The horror, that is my favorite alcohol!

Amy, wasn’t it amazing and unforgettable?!?! Now, you have to read Mists….which is just as amazing! I freaking loved it!

I have so many ARCS from NetGalley….I really need to stop requesting them, but it’s become an obsession and if my request is declined, I take it personally!

Fabi, now I’ll be looking forward to her newsletter too!

Tasha J February 2, 2017 at 12:08 PM

:D Yay, someone read my rec! Lol, now I’ll have to read yours! ;)

Fabi February 2, 2017 at 12:12 PM

“that is my favorite alcohol!”

mine too, therefore the confiscation ;-)

Amy February 2, 2017 at 12:14 PM

I’m starting it now, Jean!

Well, in a few hours on my lunch break. Later shifts are great when you’re trying to finish up a book. ;)

Jean February 2, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Haha Fabi, good point!

Yay Amy!

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 12:32 PM

I got on net netgalley just so I could request Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book. Lol like I’ll get that one.

Jean February 2, 2017 at 12:42 PM

I’m sometimes surprised by what gets approved and what gets declined. I did get All in by Emma Scott there and that was a shocker!

Grey February 2, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Sounds like I need netgalley in my life…lol

Jean February 2, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Yes Grey, you do! I think I’ve gotten over 100 books already and some haven’t even come out yet.

Leslie M February 2, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Everyone has me so excited over Tristan & Danika story! I’m at 29% and nothing has happened yet. I’m bracing for it though.

MichelleS February 2, 2017 at 2:02 PM

FLT: “You look beautiful, Alex, Lucas whispered from behind me, his voice broken and torn.” Complicate Me, by M. Robinson.

Tessa February 2, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Ah, Leslie. You’re at the “Sweet” part. You have to love their relationship before it totally guts you and flays you alive.

MichelleS February 2, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Don’t kill me – Tristan and Danika was just a 4 star for me – I think – I sweat I can’t remember a THING from that book. Am I voted off the island now? Maybe it was timing? I need to go read a blurb so I can remember what it was about!

Lisa Aiello February 2, 2017 at 2:14 PM

I’ll add my two cents that NetGalley IS awesome…but I do find myself stressed out if I don’t get my ARCs read quick enough. I feel like I “have” to read…and reading shouldn’t be that way, at least for me. But it ain’t like I’m gonna stop doing it, LOL

Lisa Aiello February 2, 2017 at 2:15 PM

And how is it that Robin is sending out a newsletter and I know nothing about it…I shall remedy that immediately!!

Jean February 2, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Lisa, that’s how I feel with NetGalley and I don’t think I’ll ever catch up because I’m constantly buying new books at the same time! But does that stop me….no….I just can’t resist hitting that “Request” button.

Amy February 2, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Okay, all this Tristan and Danika talk had me all nostalgic and then THIS popped up on my iPhone playlist:

HOLY MOLY!! The lyrics, the music, the video…it totally brings up all the feels from those books! I’ve had it on repeat and I keep watching that video while I supposed to be working. I love it!

Amy February 2, 2017 at 4:01 PM

And then…THEN!! I’m driving in he highway and what soars over my car?

A Bald Eagle.

(Those who have read Bird and Sword will understand why it made me happy ;) )

Maryse February 2, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Nope. MichelleS stays on the island with us! ‘memmmmmberrrr that time when I didn’t love a book? But you guys kept me. :)

Maryse February 2, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Amy is that song gonna make me cry? I haven’t clicked the link yet. I’m ascared. You always find the crying songs.

Maryse February 2, 2017 at 4:37 PM

I LOVE Taylor Jenkins Reid. Just sayin’ :)

Maryse February 2, 2017 at 4:57 PM

I love Korean horror, Grace, but I need to check this book out properly!!! Have you started it yet?

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Maryse that’s because we’re packpackpack…

Jan February 2, 2017 at 5:25 PM

R, R, R …….. ‘Rum happened last night’ *shakes head, laughing*.

FLT: Kyle Castillo Paxton did not wear a watch, but he knew exactly what time it was, precisely where on earth’s longitude and latitude co-ordinates (42.280826 by 83.743038) he stood and how far he was from his home (2418.4 miles).
From Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash

Ha ha. Intrigued much? It’s a CR and I’m enjoying it.

Amy February 2, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Nope Maryse, not a crying song or video…just an emotion-eliciting one. Total T&D feels. ;)

Grace February 2, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Maryse I was just about to leave an update for bev and Amy. I’m 70% in Maryse, and there are tears in my eyes. I hardly ever cry for books but this one is tearing my heart apart. It is not sad but it feels so real. I’ve never read anything like this. It’s a completely different world. And its not horror Maryse, its romance. It’s just so different, perhaps its because of the setting and I’m already quiet familiar with the korean culture. I need to finish it then I’ll come back with full feedback. Right now i feel disoriented.

Cheryl February 2, 2017 at 5:38 PM

—> “You have to love their relationship before it totally guts you and flays you alive.” And then they back up and run you over(repeatedly) and totally gut and flay you again. The feels of that series. Devastatingly beautiful.

Cheryl February 2, 2017 at 5:41 PM


“To those who would love me — I offer you a warning.” The Monday Girl (The Girl Duet Book 1) by Julie Johnson. Strong h who just got her big acting break starring in a movie that reminds me of On The Island.

MichelleS February 2, 2017 at 5:42 PM

Gotta admit, Juniper Smoke has my attention!

Jan February 2, 2017 at 5:56 PM

I like the look of Monday Girl.

Tessa February 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Great, Amy’s adding new songs to T&D. Remember, when the last one came out, she had us all listening to All of Me by John Legend. Which, yeah, that song summed it up beautifully.

Leslie M February 2, 2017 at 6:33 PM


Not sure I can take the gutting, flaying, getting run over, repeat.

*runs and hides in blankie fort*

Maryse February 2, 2017 at 6:49 PM

R your salad sounds AMAZING. I would eat that right now.

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 6:50 PM

It’s sooooooooooo good! And totally not mine! It was on the box of squash! Do you want me to email you the recipe?

Tessa February 2, 2017 at 6:56 PM

Leslie, don’t be. It’s heart-breaking at points, yes. But just.. trust me that you’ll love it.

bev February 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Yes, beware of being run over.
Amy is driving the car.

Amy February 2, 2017 at 7:37 PM

*sticks tongue out at bev*

Leslie, it’s SO worth all it will put you through!!

Amy February 2, 2017 at 7:41 PM

Speaking of squash, I made some not long ago where all I did was dice some butternut squash and toss it with some olive oil, salt, and chopped fresh rosemary before baking it in the oven and oh MAN it was yummy!!

R. Renee February 2, 2017 at 7:44 PM

I’ll definitely have to try that Amy! I’m not a big fan of the taste of BN squash, but I love how pretty it looks cooked and I bet the rosemary is perfect to cut the taste!

bev February 2, 2017 at 8:22 PM

For my YA book buddies To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is on sale.
This one is a bit more on the sweet side but I really liked it, loved Lara Jean the heroine.
It is a first book of three, though was going to end on the second book. So happy a third is coming out. However, not cliff hanger endings at all.

Cheryl February 2, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Jan, I’m really enjoying The Monday Girl so far.

Grey- The Marriage Games and Separation Games were one of my fav January reads. Angsty, crazy, steamy read.

Amy February 2, 2017 at 9:57 PM

“Right now i feel disoriented.” <——- Sure sign of a great read, Grace! :D

Thanks bev…I've seen that one before but never clicked on it. Sale? Click!!

Maryse February 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM

Making me VERY happy, Grace! It sounds so different.

bev February 2, 2017 at 10:19 PM

Amy….you caught that it’s a sweet read, right?

Tasha, I want to know all the answers in Caraval, lol.

Tessa February 2, 2017 at 10:53 PM

Finished Endure and… it was alright. It seemed as if some secrets were kept WAY too long and some stubbornness was done solely to make the story last longer. *shrugs* Oh well.

Tessa February 3, 2017 at 12:26 AM

Ok. February’s PNR challenge for me is Kiss of Pride by Sandra Hill. Normally I love this author but GAH! She’s writing so childishly and the jokes are bad without the humor of cheesy/campy. Just… bad jokes. I hope it changes soon.

Grace February 3, 2017 at 3:22 AM

Okay, I’m done Maryse, and bev. I finished and didn’t know what to say, so I slept on it, and I still don’t know what to say. So I’ll say this. You know that feeling when you read an amazing story and then you go about your daily life but then at random moments the characters pop into your mind and you feel this pull in your heart as though you are suffering from love, or heartbreak or a deep dissatisfaction with your life.. I don’t know how to explain this but I hope you understand. It was amazing, and it made me think, and i don’t know how much to say lest I spoil you. But its different in that there are full blown sword fights, and executions and of course the setting makes you feel like you’re in medieval Korea. But there is also a budding romance that feels like a bomb waiting to explode. I’ll stop here. Ask whatever questions you want… lol. xo

Tasha J February 3, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Grace, that sounds so good, I added it. :) Amy, that’s the only way we’ve ever eaten butternut squash and we do it all the time in the summer. But, Robin’s salad sounds amazing, is it warm too? I think I’d like it with some grilled pork chops! Bev, I’m so jealous you finished! How was it as a whole? I’m still about halfway, I didn’t read at all yesterday.

Nay February 3, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Happy Friday, everyone! Just letting you know I’m still around. When I’m in my editing cave, the days pass, and before I realize it, it’s been 3 or 4 days since I’ve checked in. But I should get a break soon, so hopefully I can hang out here this weekend. I was so busy that I even completely missed FLT!

Oh, and I got moved back up to 1A, so I’m first in line for the next heart that matches–I’ll keep you posted!

Grace February 3, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Tasha and Amy, it really is. Reading Mists of the Serengeti and then this all in one week has drained me. I have no more emotions left to torture untill next week. I’ll be reading through the recs for what to read next. Someone try this Korean novel.. I need someone to talk to about it.

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 10:27 AM

He Nay!

And to the rest of you a big hrmpfft! Why the heck did no one tell ME about Tristian and Danika? Huh? You tell Leslie…

Which makes me wonder if I was just forgotten or if something irredeemable is going to happen and you all really just had my back… Neither option sounds good :-/

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 10:28 AM

He is the new hey for anyone wondering #trendsetting

Tessa February 3, 2017 at 10:49 AM

We did mention it. Lol If you look at Amy’s favorite of all times, it’s on there. :D

My Feb PNR pick is getting better. It should just stick with her POV. Her POV doesn’t have bad jokes in it.

Tessa February 3, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Oh, T & D is total Marmy. Nothing to fear, though, cause I’m the one who recommended it to everyone.

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 10:53 AM

I probably saw it being talked about but seriously with that title and cover I didn’t clue in. I’m not sure I’ve seen Amy’s all time list! I’ll check it out.

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 10:55 AM

I love marmy. I’m scared because I’ve barely started and I’m completely invested in both characters. And totally pissed I wrote my book boyfriend blog BEFORE reading this because Tristian is super high on my list!!

Nay February 3, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Yeah, we’ve talked about Tristan and Danika A LOT! Trying to get people to read it!

R. Renee February 3, 2017 at 11:12 AM

I’d never even heard of it until you guys started talking to Leslie about it and I think that was on GR. I probably wasn’t paying attention though. There are TONS of books on here I’m not familiar with and unless it’s a direct rec, it probably flies over me.

Jean February 3, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Tristan and Danika… of my favorite series ever! You DO get very invested in them…..I loved them both, and then the rollercoaster ride begins!! Wait until you get to the next 2 books! *sigh* I’m not sure how you missed it R…..we all love it and like I said, this is the only series I’ve read twice!

Nay, best of luck to you and keep us updated!

Did everyone pick their February challenge book? I don’t know why I’m hesitating……oh yeah I do, because I can’t make up my mind I have so many to choose from!

Amy February 3, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Keep us updated, Nay!! *gentle snuggle*

R…if you think you’re invested now, just wait. Think you know how rough it’s going to be? Yeah, you’re going to wish it were that easy. ;) But holy HELL those two are worth the beautifully heartbreaking journey.

Amy February 3, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Jean, I haven’t picked mine either but it’s going to be hard to do so no matter what after Bird and the Sword.

And all this T&D talk has had me thinking of them nonstop since yesterday. And that song up there… *sigh* Play, repeat, play, repeat, play…

Nay February 3, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Thanks, everyone! I keep feeling like the boy who cried wolf, lol. I know it’ll happen soon!

My feb book is that monster book that I STILL can’t remember the name of. Grey told me to read it and it’s by Amelia Hutchins. I DO know that!

Nay February 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Oh, and Amy is completely right about T&D!!!

The books is: Playing with Monsters–had to look it up…again!

Leslie M February 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

R, no one was keeping secrets from you, I promise! Hee hee

I knew about Tristan & Danika as R.K. Lilley wrote Up in the Air series (one of my all time faves) and my GR buds were gushing over T&D when it came out . I never read it back then because the heartbreak scared me away.

I do recall T&D’s cameo in Up in the Air though.

Tessa February 3, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Leslie, OMG. You read the Up in the Air series and you’re scared of T and D? I trusted it because I read UinA and knew the characters HAD to come back from that!

Amy February 3, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Their cameo in UItA is what made me crazy anxious to read about them!!

Tessa February 4, 2017 at 12:03 AM


Tasha J February 4, 2017 at 12:13 PM

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is on sale for 1.99 from 9.99 today! I read this one a couple years ago and raved about it. It’s a beautifully written story about a foster child, now a woman, who had a rough start in life and her gift with the meanings of flowers and how she touches other’s lives in that way.

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