Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – May 24th 2016

by Maryse on May 24, 2016 · 198 comments

in Latest Book Releases

Happy New Release Day!

I’m currently working out what my next read will be. I’ve got TWO early review copies that I’m DYING to start, plus, I’ve been backtracking on my TBR lists and enjoying a few there too, so… anything goes, today! Maybe you can suggest one?

But from this list? I’m exceptionally *squirrely* over these: The Passage (I LOVE Post apocalyptic, and the trilogy finale was JUST released, so I wanna devour it whole!), A Certain Slant of Light (Ghost love story that had me judging it positively from the gorgeous book cover, but the blurb is even better!), The Dom Games (reality show where women have to be submissive to a certain Dom to win him, and she joins it just because she needs the money for school + I love this author!!), Wild Abandon (another author that I enjoyed her very risqué book #1 in this series, and this one reads as a standalone… he has a VERY dark past!!), This Old Heart of Mine (she gets another woman’s heart in her transplant, and now wonders who her heart is beating for…) <— Eeeep! Does she love the woman’s last love?

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere). P.P.S. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Amazon offers various free Kindle apps and a free Kindle Cloud reader for any and ALL of us to use. You can either use the free Kindle App for your smartphone, tablet, AND your desktop computer (just like you’re using a Kindle, but right through your web browser <— No need to download anything!)


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 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. Beautiful Burn: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
  2. Charged: Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
  3. The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill <— STEPHEN KING’S SON ALERT!!
  4. Here Kitty, Kitty: Magnus Pack Series, Book 3 by Shelly Laurenston
  5. RoomHate by Penelope Ward <— I LOVED this one!
  6. Vengeance by Zane
  7. Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler
  8. Beautiful Boy by Grace R. Duncan
  9. Shifting Gears: Crossroads, Book 2 by Riley Hart
  10. Haunted Destiny: Krewe of Hunters, Book 18 by Heather Graham
  11. Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie


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).

  • Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens <— ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOKS IN THE WORLD ALERT! And it’s super bargain priced today. Angela found it for us saying: “Hot bargain alert….. Thoughtless is on sale. Forever one of my favorites!!” :D
  • Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire <— MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOK still on super-sale as of today!
  • Darkness Series: Books 1-3 by J.L. Drake <— DARK READ ALERT & series bundled and at a bargain price today!! “Jimmy Lasko is a psychopath, and Emily is his greatest obsession…Lasko knows what he wants—what he deserves—and has the deadly skills and unending patience to get it. What he wants is Emily, and he is watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike…
  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand <— TEARJERKER ALERT! Amy found us this one on super-sale! “The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand… It totally sounds like a ME book, but it deals with suicide for anyone whom that is a trigger for. Kinda like Thirteen Reasons Why…SUCH a good book but damn, did it hurt. :?
  • The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin <— Book #3 (trilogy finale was just reeled today) and this is book #1!! Lisa loves it! “So glad to find someone who loved The Passage as much as I did. And Im not even into horror. Justin Cronin is the master of world building dont you think. Sometimes I recall a character or part of the book and it feels like I watched it in a movie…the visuals are so strong…
  • Waiting for April by Jaime Loren <— He keeps finding her in her new lives… and Michelle is loving it! “Waiting for April. He’s over 300 & been protecting her his whole life. And loving her. She’s 17… And has never made it to 18. He’s watched her die 19x. In this life, she lives next door & has a hunky boyfriend. I love this kind of story!!! Yippee!!!!!!
  • A Certain Slant of Light <—GHOST LOVE STORY ALERT!!! And yes… I admit, that cover GOT ME!! But it’s horror? Or love? I dunno, but I want it!!! Good reviews, excellent price, sound right up my alley! She is ghost and has been haunting a classroom, and suddenly she realizes, a student SEES her… “human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.”



  1. Lorn (VLG Book 3) by Laurann Dohner <— SHE’S CAST OUT OF THE CLAN… “VampLycans despise humans—and her mother’s human blood runs deep in Kira’s veins. Unable to shift, having few VampyLycan traits at all, Kira is denied acceptance from the clan…and the love of the man she’s wanted since childhood.”
  2. Barely After Dark The Boxed Set Books 1 – 3: Shifters Forever Worlds: Mating Fever by Elle Thorne
  3. Fear the Heart (Werelock Evolution Book 2) by Hettie Ivers
  4. TOMMASO (Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. Book 2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— HE’S GOT A CURE & HE’S HOPING TO WIN HER BACK……he blacked out after meeting the woman of his dreams. Annnd possibly capturing her. Annnd possibly terrorizing her before she got away. Annnd discovering that he’s turning into a horrible creature he loathes with all his heart…
  5. Sea Dragon (Dragon Knights Book 9) by Bianca D’Arc
  6. Kellen’s Tempting Mate, Iron Wolves MC 3 by Elle Boon
  7. Reborn Vampire Romance: Blood Courtesans by Michelle Fox
  8. Struck: (Phoebe Meadows Book 1) by Amanda Carlson
  9. Curious Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas
  10. How to Love Your Dragon (Fire Mates Book 2) by Lexxie Couper
  11. The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Book Three of The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin <— POST-APOCALYPTIC ALERT!  The finale to the trilogy!! And Jan130 is excited! “I saw that CITY OF MIRRORS IS LIVE TODAY, folks!!! Third book in The Passage trilogy. Oh yeh! Might have to spring for an actual paper-based copy to match my other two. *gives wicked cackle of delight*”
  12. The Trouble with Mirrors (The Vamp for Me Book 5) by Bailey Bradford
  13. Rewind & Go: A Blue-Collar Billionaire Romance (Sander’s Valley Book 1) by Nancy Corrigan
  14. Rebirth: Book One of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles by Amy Brock McNew
  15. Touched by Fate: PSY-IV Teams (PSY–IV Teams Book 2) by Jami Gray
  16. Her Quicksilver Lover (Even Gods Fall in Love) by Lynne Connolly
  17. Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb by Lexi George
  18. Keeping his Heart (Sisterhood of Jade Book 10) by Billi Jean
  19. The Reyen Conspiracy: A Science Fiction Romance (Galactic Union Book 3) by Louise Roberts
  20. Muzzling the Beast (Taming the Beast) by Tina Donahue
  21. Risking Alex (WMC Book 3) by Melissa Stevens



  1. Sugar Daddy: A Sugar Bowl Novel by Sawyer Bennett <— SHE WAS BRUTALIZED BUT HER ATTACKER WAS NEVER CAUGHT and then she sees the tattoo of her attacker on TV… “The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner…” and Stace says: “Soooooo good!”
  2. The Dom Games by Rachel Robinson <— THE DOM BACHELOR-TYPE SHOW ALERT! And she needs money for her education… “she needs to get an Ivy League masters degree to pursue her dreams. When Kayla is accepted to be one of the ten, her world takes a dark turn as she competes against women who live the submissive lifestyle for enjoyment. Can she hold on to her dreams long enough to win the competition and ten million dollars? Or will she get sucked into Dominic’s twisted world?” P.S. I love this author!!! :D
  3. Sweetbitter: A novel by Stephanie Danler
  4. Vengeance: A Novel by Zane
  5. The Lost Ones (Intertwined Seduction Book 3) by H.S. Strickland
  6. The Accidental Boyfriend (A Chance Romance) by Maggie Dallen
  7. WALK (Gentry Boys) by Cora Brent <— EX-CON ALERT! “I saw him for who he was; not just some tortured ex-con trying to beat back his demons and figure out his place in the world. Stone Gentry was sexy, complex, damaged, mysterious. He was a man I could fall for …if he let me.”
  8. Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette <— SHE MEETS HIM IN HIS BAR & FALLS FOR HIM BUT HE HAS A DARK PAST ALERT! “I never thought his past would be so dark. And if I thought I had any chance of being in his future, I was wrong. Because his past is his future. And I need to walk away…” And!! It can be read as a standalone. Jean is reading this one right now! “So many great releases today! I’m reading Wild Abandon and absolutely loving it!
  9. Deep Dark (Tracers) by Laura Griffin
  10. Waiting for You by Melissa Kate
  11. For 100 Days: A 100 Series Novel by Lara Adrian <— SHE’S STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET & SHE’S OFFERED A HOUSE SITTING JOB…Living at one of the poshest addresses in Manhattan is like entering a new world–one that catapults her into the orbit of billionaire Dominic Baine, the darkly handsome, arrogantly alpha resident of the building’s penthouse. What begins as a powerful attraction soon explodes into a white-hot passion neither can deny…
  12. Act Like We’re In Love by Christi Barth
  13. Charged: Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover <— A LAWYER & HIS BAD GIRL CLIENT ALERT!When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands…
  14. Easy For Keeps: A Boudreaux Novella (The Boudreaux Series) by Kristen Proby
  15. Glass Ceilings: A True Heroes Novel by A.M. Madden
  16. Make Me Forever by Beth Kery
  17. Notorious by Susan Andersen
  18. Dissonance by Michele Shriver
  19. Until June: Until Her Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds <— THEY WERE SECRETLY MARRIED & he sent her divorce papers while he was deployed…Her marriage and divorce a well-kept secret, the last person June expects to run into when she moves back to her hometown is Evan. Angry over the past, she does everything within her power to ignore the pull she feels whenever he is near…
  20. The Shark (Forgotten Files) by Mary Burton
  21. Short Stay (Love Lessons Book 4) by Heidi Cullinan <— M/M ROMANCE
  22. A Bear in Paris by Max Vos & K.C. Wells <— M/M ROMANCE
  23. How To Save A Life by Andria Large <— M/M ROMANCE
  24. His Rules <— M/M ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY
  25. Mr. and Mr. Smith by Helenkay Dimon <— M/M ROMANCE <— Fabi loved it! “I mentioned I was reading a new m/m which comes out tomorrow, Mr. and Mr. Smith by Helenkay Dimon, and would let you know what I thought when I finished it. And… I LOVED it.  :-) Do you remember the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith? It was a favorite of mine so when I saw this title I had to take a peek. It starts off with a bang. A heart-stopping situation where your worst fears come true. Except, you didn’t know you had even more to fear. There’s a reveal that is so much worse. Not only heart-stopping, but heart-shattering. So much action, suspense, intrigue, betrayal. It hit the perfect spot after all the sweet and fluffy reads lately. This one had plenty of tough guys in explosive situations. So there ya go. My 2c. :-)
  26. Wet N Wild Navy SEALs <— ANTHOLOGY
  27. Summer Heat – Love on Fire: 16 Contemporary Romances <— ANTHOLOGY
  28. Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats <— ANTHOLOGY
  29. The Contract by Melanie Moreland <— HE’S HER BOSS & SHE HATES HIM BUT HE ASKS HER TO BE HIS FIANCE ALERT! “She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.
    Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA…”
  30. Montana (Modern Mail Order Bride Book 2) by Olivia Gaines
  31. Bowie: The Sinner Saints #5 by Adrienne Bell
  32. The Sheikh’s Illicit Affair by Lara Hunter & Holly Rayner
  33. Hanging By A Moment (Keeping Score Book 2) by Tawdra Kandle <— BEST FRIENDS & LOVE TRIANGLE?I know there aren’t any guarantees for us. Leo’s heading south to play football, rocking a full-ride at one of the top colleges in the nation. Meanwhile, all of my plans have fallen apart, and I have to figure out what comes next. Having Nate by my side is more important than I could have imagined…
  34. Casual: Part 1 (Power Play Series Book 9) by Kelly Harper
  35. Center Stage (Bright Lights Billionaire Book 2) by Ali Parker
  36. Charmingly Yours (A Morning Glory Novel Book 1) by Liz Talley
  37. The Billionaire Bachelor’s Surprise Baby: A Billionaire Romance by Ella Jade <— “She drops the kid off on my doorstep and leaves. Now I’m in over my head until a hot nanny shows up and all is taken care of. Including me…
  38. Torn Away (The Torn Series Book 1) by Vincent Morrone
  39. It’s Getting Hot in Heir (It’s Reigning Men Book 7) by Jenny Gardiner
  40. Secondhand Sinners by Genevieve Lynne
  41. Change On The Fly (Paradise Park Book 4) by Mary E Thompson
  42. This Old Heart of Mine by A.J. Compton <— SHE GETS A HEART TRANSPLANT & WONDERS WHO HER HEART IS BEATING FOR ALERT!Ava doesn’t just find the woman she was always meant to be, but she also finds out more about the woman who no longer is. The one who gave her this new life because she lost hers. Faced with a devastating dilemma, Ava must decide whether the heart that’s pumping inside her body now belongs to her, or is still beating for someone else…
  43. Unhinged (Unlikely Series Book 1) by JB Schroeder
  44. Hard Time (Hard As Nails Book 1) by Hope Conrad
  45. Flight Patterns by Karen White
  46. Lethal Temptations (The Tempted Series Book 5) by Janine Infante Bosco
  47. A Light in the Dark by Marla K. Benjamin <— HIS FIANCEE WENT MISSING & NOW SHE’S BEEN FOUND ALERT!Three days later, Sabrina is found and in the days the months that follow, she and Dez attempt to navigate through a new normal of sleepless nights, mood swings, and relationship missteps…
  48. The Best-Left Questions: Love Across Londons Book Two by F. E. Greene
  49. Tempting Isabel (Paradise South Book 1) by Rissa Brahm
  50. Downtown Green (The Green Series Book 5) by Judy Christie
  51. Bones and Roses (The Cypress Bay Mysteries) by Eileen Goudge
  52. Blue by LN Bey <— SUBURBAN KINK ALERT! “So begins Janet’s odyssey into a kinky suburban underground she never dreamed existed: caterers who were once dominatrices; real estate agents and lawyers by day who make twisted, sexy art by night; a stunning but sadistic insurance analyst who owns an entire stable of slaves of her own.”
  53. Summer on the Cape by J.M. Bronston
  54. Never Let Go (A Blue Ridge Romance) by Allison B. Hanson
  55. Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
  56. 25 Sense by Lisa Henthorn <— BIG MISTAKE ALERT! She gets a job in TV production and falls for her married boss… who plays her, and then moves on to the starring actress… “Soon Sean has turned his affection to the show’s starring actress, and Claire is devastated. Can she break away from Sean without ruining her barely started career?”
  57. Manacle (MC Sinners Next Generation Book 3) by Bella Jewel <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Lisa Kay reminds us of this one that was released a day or two ago! “Bella Jewel’s new book is out “Manacle” which is great, anything is good by Bella
  58. Hostage (Predators MC Book 3) by Jamie Begley <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Lisa also loves THIS biker series: “Also “Hostage” by Jamie Begley, is just come out, that is a awesome series in case anyone is new to Jamie, both of these are great MC series.”


PREORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Test Drive (Crossroads Book 3) by Riley Hart – May 30th 2016
  2. Shameless (Playboys in Love) by Gina L. Maxwell - May 30th 2016
  3. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers Book 2) by Penny Reid – May 31st 2016
  4. Ransom (Dead Man’s Ink Series Book 3) by Callie Hart - May 31st 2016
  5. Dirty Love (Dirty Girl Duet Book 2) by Meghan March - May 31st 2016
  6. Unexpected Circumstances: The Handmaid by Shay Savage - May 31st 2016
  7. Worth The Wait: A Nature Of Desire Series Novel by Joey W. Hill - May 31st 2016
  8. Unbreakable: Unrequited Part Two (Fallen Aces MC Book 2) by Max Henry - May 31st 2016
  9. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas  - May 31st 2016
  10. Everywhere and Every Way (The Billionaire Builders Book 1) by Jennifer Probst - May 31st 2016
  11. Demand (Careless Whispers Book 2) by Lisa Renee Jones - May 31st 2016
  12. Stacked Up: Worth the Fight Series by Sidney Halston - May 31st 2016
  13. Blood Lust (The Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy - May 31st 2016
  14. Wicked Love (Wicked White Series Book 3) by Michelle A. Valentine - May 31st 2016
  15. Torn: LOST Series #4 by Cynthia Eden  - May 31st 2016
  16. The Angel Wore Fangs: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill - May 31st 2016
  17. Bad Boy by Leah Raeder - May 31st 2016
  18. Empire (Eagle Elite Book 7) by Rachel Van Dyken - May 31st 2016
  19. The Deep End (The Honey Series) by Kristen Ashley – March 7th 2017


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{ 198 comments… read them below or add one }

Jean May 24, 2016 at 11:37 AM

So many great releases today! I’m reading Wild Abandon and absolutely loving it!

Hettie May 24, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Thank you for listing release of Fear the Heart! :) I’m a big fan of your blog.

bev May 24, 2016 at 3:04 PM

I need to finish up a read.
But then what do I want?
No, really what do I want, cause I do not know.

Jean May 24, 2016 at 3:14 PM


Maryse May 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM


Maryse May 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Do we all want to choose a buddy read again? bev chose the second-last one, and it was AWESOME.

Do it again, bev! Work your magic!

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 3:53 PM

I want to read Walk so so so bad. But I’m afraid I can’t since I skipped the tear jerker novella before it. Maybe someone will pipe up with whether it’s 100% necessary…

I’m going with Tapping the Billionaire next. Even though it’s from a list acouple of weeks ago. So many here loved it that I’ve been dying to read it. no squirreling, no no *shakes finger at mirror*

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Okay I’m gonna ask on Facebook, Fabi. :)

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Awesome Maryse. Thank you!

bev May 24, 2016 at 5:26 PM

Jean is a genius.

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Fabi! Guess what?!!

Cora answered, herself!! Tee hee! She said:

Cora Brent: “I can try to answer that ;) No, it’s not necessary to read the novella, Cross, first. The events in Cross are summarized in Walk to get the reader up to speed.”

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh

brb ………..

OK, I had to go 1 click Walk.

Maryse, you’re awesomeness is awesome. :-)

bev May 24, 2016 at 5:42 PM

I think that was a lucky guess.
What do we feel like?

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 5:42 PM


MichelleS May 24, 2016 at 6:08 PM

I feel like something just like Undecided. Nothing crazy. No billionaires. Funny. Romantic. Good dialogue. Find us a good one Bev!

bev May 24, 2016 at 6:20 PM

I got nothing like that MichelleS. I liked that author & new release& positive reviews ….so one click. I’m just not seeing anything like that right now.

bev May 24, 2016 at 6:27 PM

But Maryse might know of some?
Or one?
In my tbr YA calling to me are Salt to the Sea (but may be sad) & The Anatomical Shape of a Heart.
In CR Rise by Karina Bliss (seen positive reviews for her) & Strong Signal (Fabi ‘ s rec)
Womens fiction Sofia Khan is not Obliged
UF (?) Menagerie also a Michelle rec
IDK what do you all have in your sight?

bev May 24, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Beauty & the Rake is .99 right now. This has been in my tbr for awhile now. Now I’m looking at it.

Jan130 May 24, 2016 at 6:48 PM

*whispers to bev* you might like The Ship Kings – awesome YA fantasy series by Andrew McGahan.

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Tapping the Billionaire @27% I think I’m having an honest to goodness fit. I’m laughing so hard I’m snorting and tears are streaming down my face. I can’t breathe. Oh my gawd. Beyond hilarious.

Jean first and the the rest of you who kept recommending this book. Thank you, thank you.

I would have never read a book with that title and that cover if not for you lovely ladies. I don’t know wth the title and cover are meant to be because they have nothing to do with this story.

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 7:18 PM

bev… what about that other one she wrote that everyone is loving? With a heart on the cover?

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 7:18 PM

I wanna read that. BUT it’s a bit darker I’m told ’cause he’s a REAL JERK

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Okay Fabi… that’s the one for me. NOW.

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 7:20 PM

You guys, let’s buddy read that one!!!

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 7:22 PM

I just one-clicked it, and gonna start a bubble bath and that one. YAY ME!!!!!!

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Omg, please tell me when you get to the 27% mark. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard.
“sit sit sit”

bev May 24, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Ok, Tapping the Billionaire Though I might finish the book I’m almost done with.

I don’t like the cover, lol.

bev May 24, 2016 at 7:48 PM

That is Going the Distance, Maryse. One of my favorites ….last year or year before.
It is different. If I remember correctly I think I thought the ending could of been a bit tighter, somehow.

Maryse May 24, 2016 at 7:50 PM

okay I wanna read that one too, but I’m in the mood to laugh like Fabi so I’m tapping’ that other one tonight. ;)

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 7:51 PM

bev, I hate the cover – and the title

but it was initially highly recommended by Jean and then several other ladies read it and agreed. I’d have to scroll back through to see who all read it in the last couple of weeks. Jan? Grace? Gah, sorry ladies, I don’t remember. There were several of you and I clearly remember Jean’s review and gushing first.

Bev, I’m at 29% and if it stays as good as it is now – easy five stars

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 7:52 PM

Maryse, this one has to go into the Undecided pile. Even though the characters are a little older. It’s exactly the feels.

Lisa May 24, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Think Im going to dnf with Smut weirdest book ever….and I’ve loved ‘everything’ Karina Halle in the past. :(
I hate not finishing a book but Im seriously more concerned and interested in the outcome for Fluffy than either of these MCs. Im just not getting it……is this a new genre? One where you ridicule your readers taste (and possibly intelligence) for smut…then serve up exactly that hoping no one notices you’ve just insulted your readers again!! I know….satire….I get THAT.

But I love my smut….NA, CR and whatever other moniker you want to chuck on it.
I know these books arent going to win a Man Booker, Miles Franklin or Costa Book Prize……but my Colleen Hoovers sit proudly side by side with my Emily Bronte and Jane Austen. It’s escapism – pure and simple and isnt that what reading is all about?

Smut has left me feeling a bit put out.
*jumps off soap box and huffs off to coffee machine*

Jean May 24, 2016 at 8:31 PM

Yay Fabi and Maryse! I hope you love it! Fabi, that part! Yep, hysterical!

Lauren May 24, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Just read Darkness Series this morning….it was REALLY, REALLY good! I went into it not knowing anything about the plot or characters or anything & I couldn’t put it down.

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Thanks again Jean.

Lisa, I don’t know how far along you got in Smut. You’re right that it’s a satire. But it’s actually making fun of the people who make fun of those who enjoy reading romance/erotica.

I can give you lots of examples but I don’t want to spoil it for any who want to read it.

The problem I had with it was a bit of a slow down around 50-60%.

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 9:04 PM

oops, didn’t finish
around 50-60% is where a couple of people dnf’d. Since I was BRing I kept going and enjoyed it.

Tasha J May 24, 2016 at 9:29 PM

Bev, Amy, and whoever else recommended Jellicoe Road- I just finished it only minutes ago and had to come here first and rave and thank you!!! Such an amazing, amazing book! It had absolutely everything I love in a book, and I’m not ready to say good bye yet…It had humor, strong characters, fighting, romance, mystery, and heart. GAH, the feels! And honestly I wasn’t confused for very long at all and really got into it pretty early on, even though I was afraid of it before ever really getting into it, which is great. :) This one is for sure going on my list of all time favorites so again, Thank you!! :D

Tasha J May 24, 2016 at 9:41 PM

P.S.- when you had rec’d it and mentioned the territory wars and fighting between the kids and stuff, I totally envisioned something like The Outsiders. Which I was obsessed with when we had to read it in high school. Even though the story lines are different and all, I still got all the same feels; so that was pretty great too, to feel that way again and get sort of a nostalgia about it. And I had gone in with high expectations bc I had envisioned that, and it totally delivered!

bev May 24, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Tasha J, I am so glad you liked it. It is a hard book to to let go of. So many great moments. I loved the friendships that developed.
I was hoping it would work for you.

bev May 24, 2016 at 10:02 PM

Fabi & Maryse I’ll be starting Ttb tomorrow. ☺
I want to finish my current read. I’m curious as to who the two of you think the authors are. I’m a bit nervous cause I saw mention of crude humor?

bev May 24, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Tasha J SE Hinton! I haven’t read her books since high school. The two I remember are Outsiders & Tex. I liked how she’d do the friendships and the brother relationships.

Tasha J May 24, 2016 at 10:14 PM

Hey so this also released today and caught my eye: A Light In The Dark by Marla K. Benjamin. I believe it’s debut book for the author. A little about it: wife gets kidnapped and husband is in despair and doesn’t know what to do, and then she’s found. And what follows is a bunch of ups and downs and trying to get their lives back on track. My some up doesn’t sound near as good as the actual blurb, lol but I’m gonna give it a try.

Lisa May 24, 2016 at 10:22 PM

OK Fabi…Im taking your advice and pushing through.

Then I think I’ll try Sawyer Bennett’s new release or Until June by Aurora Rose Reynolds. This got my attention…sounds a bit Fisher’s Light-ish.

Tasha J May 24, 2016 at 10:28 PM

I had to go look up Tex quick bc I remember loving her style so much I read more books but not which ones. The only one I could remember after reading blurbs for sure was Rumble Fish.

bev May 24, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Lol. I should look it up to see if it is the one I remember. It’s two brothers basically living on there own. Mom is dead and dad rarely shows. Maybe he is in the rodeo? Some thing that takes him on the road. Older brother wants to go on to college. Maybe named…..Mason. Maybe a chance at a scholarship from basketball or something. But then who would take care of Tex? Their dad favors Mason, for reasons. Tex is bf with neighbor brother & sister. They are always getting into trouble.
Man I can’t believe I remember that much, lol.

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 10:37 PM

lol Lisa. I wasn’t trying to get you to finish the book. There’s way too many books out there to stick with one that’s not doing for you. I was only clarifying the satire. It’s an entire tongue in cheek about uppity ups that look down on “our” favorite genre.

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Bev, I haven’t run across any crude humor yet but I’m not finished. You know I don’t tend to like that either. I’m more partial to dry witt and snappy dialogue.

Tessa May 24, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Jean, you recommended Tapping the Billionaire first? THANK YOU! Definitely one of the better books. :)

Fabi, done with Apollo, and not a single disappointment. I loved the return of the one guy. That was funny. Ow. Love you too. Ow. Love you too. *snickers*

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 10:42 PM

hahaha Tessa what a cute, funny character

Oh! You read TtB too. Kewl

Tasha J May 24, 2016 at 10:43 PM

That was really good, even down to the names, lol! I swear The Outsiders was my Beautiful Disaster in jr high, I re-read that book so many times! And then after I read her other books. I discovered there was a movie and then preceded to watch it repeatedly for days. I had the biggest crush on Dally, lol

Cheryl May 24, 2016 at 10:45 PM

Several great releases today, but of those several are first or second in a series- Sugar Daddy, Hanging By a Moment. Guess I’ll put them on my tbr list.

Bev, I feel like you. Not sure what to read next. Although A Light In The Dark intrigues me.

bev May 24, 2016 at 10:48 PM

Matt Dillion was handsome. The casting for that movie was crazy. I read Rob Lowes memoir and I think that was the best part, when he auditioned, met the others, and made that movie. I liked his Swayze stories.

Cheryl May 24, 2016 at 10:53 PM

Ok, I’m finishing my current read and then jumping on the Tapping the Billionaire buddy read!! Yeh!!! :)

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Woohoo Cheryl! I’m about to settle down and read for a bit before bed too.

Lisa May 24, 2016 at 11:12 PM

I enjoyed TtB. Certainly some giggle moments. I really liked the H who is not the classic ‘alpha billionaire’ who has been done to death. (He worries about gas milage and car practicalities!) ;)

Fabi May 24, 2016 at 11:14 PM

yeaa Lisa. I knew there was a bunch of you who’d read it. I was feeling left out. :-/

Julie o May 25, 2016 at 1:08 AM

You are gonna love the Passage trilogy. I’ve read the first two and am going to start the last one soon. Immerse yourself in that world!

Grey May 25, 2016 at 5:35 AM

I read an ARC of Wild abandon and enjoyed it, 4 stars. Parts truly had me shifting in my chair with my hand over my mouth for the the h… Poor girl!

Also read an older release… Black Widow by Lauren Runow, pretty sure a bunch here have already read this one. Hot and steamy with a good bit of mystery. 4.25 stars for this one too.

Need a new one to wow me, real life has been very very tough lately…

bev May 25, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Fabi, lol. No crude humor? I’m like I’ll read for a couple minutes before work…..And it’s all about the penis.

bev May 25, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Grey, hope things get better soon.

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 8:03 AM

:-o Bev “the penis” is never crude humor


Jean May 25, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Haha Fabi! Hope you all are enjoying TtB! Especially curious as to what Maryse is thinking!

Guys, I just downloaded a book that is on super sale (regularly $10.99)…..Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury. Baseball star suffers career ending injury, hits rock bottom, and then takes a job in a retirement home and befriends elderly woman. Sounds so good! Anyone here ever read it?

Anne May 25, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Tapping the Billionaire is so good! Read it a couple of weeks ago and gave it 5 stars.

Finished The Bird and the Sword last night and really liked it! It was a great fantasy romance. A 4 star for me.

Sugar Daddy, Wild Abandon and Charged sound great!

Lisa I was hesitant to read Smut and after your post I know I am not going to like it :/

Anne May 25, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Ugh Sugar Daddy ends on a CH. At least the author warned us beforehand! I’ll wait till the other 2 are out to read it.

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM

You know what I’ve been craving lately? A Shay Savage book. One of her prime male POV super good novels. I hope she’s writing, else I may have to start re-reading. *ahem* Surviving Raine

MichelleS May 25, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Fabi – have you read The Holy Trinity series by M Sheehan? It’s got that good gritty writing style, set in a dystopian society, with zombies, gypsies, and something else paranormal!!! Me & Amy are super fans. I just KNOW you’d love it. Oldie, but goody.

Tessa May 25, 2016 at 4:23 PM

*reads Maryse’s facebook post* *screams in excitement* See! See! TWO NEW ARCANA BOOKS FROM KESLEY COLE! *squees and runs off*

MichelleS May 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Fabi – did you ever read After Hours? By C McKenna? It has a very Bastian like male lead. Slow burn. Loved it!!!

MichelleS May 25, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Tessa- HUGE Kreskey Cole fan (all her old stuff). Never read Arcana Ch. because it’s YA? Is it worth it for a KC fan?

Tessa May 25, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Yes! Though, it is not like the Immortals After Dark where it is one couple at a time. It’s a continuous story like The Throne of Glass series. I absolutely love it, obviously. It is nothing like anything else I’ve read.

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 5:42 PM

MichelleS thank you for the recs. I’ve read The Soul Mate. I haven’t read After Hours because in the blurb it says “…how much she enjoys submitting to his every command” <— that would just piss me off :-/

Nope, I think it's going to have to be Shay Savage for me.

Tessa, I haven't read the Arcana chronicles either. But I just looked and the story sounds great for when I'm in the mood for YA again.

bev May 25, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Tears, Maryse? I cried during the end of Jellicoe Road. Pretty much through the last 1/4, lol.
This song the first time I heard it, years after it was released. I was out walking and just took me by surprise. I mean there were reasons it touched me so deeply at the time. Then put it on repeat. Still do when it comes up in my shuffle. It is beautiful, if you don’t know it give it a listen. His voice.

MichelleS May 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Fabi / that’s a silly blurb!!! That is NOT what this book is about st all. It’s soooooo good. He’s a teeny tiny wee bit kinky – at nearly the end. Who cares? Nothing weird. But the burn is so good. I don’t often remember books like this, but I remember After Hours.

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 7:23 PM

alright MichelleS, I’m going to take your word that she’s not “yes sir”ing or “yes master”ing him, or even worse, “beat me please because you’re such a hot daddy…”

Not for me girly. Remember I can’t set my Kindle on fire like I would a paper book.

Jan130 May 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Yeah Anne. Not realising at first that Sugar Daddy has a CH, I tried out a sample of it. Ugh! Be warned – the opening section is about a very disturbing and graphic flashback to a group rape incident of a 16 year old girl. I know it’s there to set up the rest of the story, but waaayyy too confronting for me. Wish I could unread that! And a CH as well? Nup. No indeedy. Not goin’ there.

MichelleS May 25, 2016 at 7:48 PM

Nope. Not a “master” kind of book at all. I loooooved this one. He’s the big & brooding quiet type!!! I think you’re gonna like it. It’s on my short list of books like this that I loved.., same list as Surviving Raine, which is why I mentioned it.

R. Renee May 25, 2016 at 7:50 PM

That’s the 2nd time I’ve seen SR on here tonight. Is it really that good? Should I move it to my short list?

Cheryl May 25, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Jean, that does sound good, but I noticed it’s a trilogy and the other books are expensive. Is it a standalone?

Amy May 25, 2016 at 8:17 PM

One more day and then I get four days off from school. Four days! To do nothing but read and catch up on housework and read and do whatever I want and READ!!! :D

Okay, now to go and check out the pretties up there and the comments to see what y’all have been up to…

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 9:08 PM

R. You haven’t read Surviving Raine by Shay Savage? It’s on my “All Time Favorites” list. There are 28 books on that list. I’m 50 years old and read about 15 books a month.

Now…have I convinced you?

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 9:11 PM

lol Amy. I’d be feeling exactly the same way.

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Alright MichelleS. I’m convinced. Just downloaded a sample. Maybe it’ll be my weekend read since I hadn’t decided on anything yet.

Lisa May 25, 2016 at 9:16 PM

30% into Sugar rush and the prologue was eye opening and a bit of a shock. Im a total lame ass with anything confronting but I handled this only because the author uses the fog of drugs and past tense reflections to retell a rape scene. If it was first person and present tense it would have been unbearable.
Also the fact the victim isn’t portrayed as a weak victim and the book starts years later its been ok for me.
Im liking her and I see bloody revenge in her future :)

Anne I finished Smut and got some resolution to my griping yesterday. Please read it and dont veto on account of my ranting. Ive loved all things Karina Halle in the past and while this isnt a fave it wasn’t all bad either. ;)

R. Renee May 25, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Fabi! I’ll be checking out that list! Is it on GR? Moving SR up!! Yay :)

I just read Emma Scott’s Unbreakable and loved it. I like her like I like TJR, so she can do no wrong in my book. I know it wasn’t a favorite, and I think I know why, but Cory…just damn. Now I’m reading Tangled. I’m waayyyyy behind you guys!

Cheryl May 25, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Reading Tapping The Billionaire and the one scene where Georgia is riding the subway and sits across from the good looking guy reminded me of the scene where Blaire first saw Ronan in Easy Virtue. Wonder if one of the authors is Mia Asher?! Mia=Max??

Cheryl May 25, 2016 at 10:18 PM

No wait it was in Forget by N.A Alcorn that Brooke met Dylan on a train, similar description of him.

Tessa May 25, 2016 at 10:20 PM
R. Renee May 25, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Duh!! Thanks Tessa, I didn’t even think about that!

Tessa May 25, 2016 at 11:07 PM

:D You’re welcome!

Fabi May 25, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Has anyone read up to 43% of TtB? Where he does the mad rush from the subway to the taxi to breaking into his office building and smashing the elevator button 16 times? He’s such a lovable goofball. I just started reading and alreafy have a smile on my face. This book! It is pushing all my happy buttons. Oh wait. Nooooo Is Amy around? You KNOW I didn’t mean it like that. *sigh* back to reading

bev May 26, 2016 at 12:24 AM

For those who watch GoT the actor who plays Jaime. Cute commercial, he is so handsome.

Lisa May 26, 2016 at 12:54 AM

Thanks Bev. Love GoT.

Melinda May 26, 2016 at 2:45 AM

Oh my god Fabi, How good is that book. I so loved it. Wish there were more like that. It just is great from start to finish, you can smile the whole way through.

As for Smut, just finished that. Really felt disappointed kept waiting for it to get better. 3.5 stars for me.

Cheryl May 26, 2016 at 5:41 AM

Ok, not to belabor the point, but I feel like the subway scene in TtB with the insanely good-looking guy that was reading a book that the H said was a total hipster and probably end up in Portland within the year and the h couldn’t wait to see him on on one of her favorite Instagram accounts, Hot Dudes Reading, has happened in another book I’ve read. Maybe a clue to one of the authors identity?? Or I’m over-thinking this mystery writer thing.

Fabi, I’m only at 18%.

Cheryl May 26, 2016 at 5:42 AM

Ok, not to belabor the point, but I feel like the subway scene in TtB with the insanely good-looking guy that was reading a book that the h said was a total hipster and probably end up in Portland within the year and the h couldn’t wait to see him on on one of her favorite Instagram accounts, Hot Dudes Reading, has happened in another book I’ve read or is about H who does live in Portland. Maybe a clue to one of the authors identity?? Or I’m over-thinking this mystery writer thing.

Fabi, I’m only at 18%.

Jean May 26, 2016 at 6:09 AM

Fabi, I’m so glad you’re loving TtB like I did!

Cheryl, Wild Abandon is a standalone. No need to read the first two books. Finished it last night and LOVED it!


Fabi May 26, 2016 at 7:14 AM

Cheryl, that scene doesn’t ring a bell with me but it’s because I haven’t those books you’re comparing it to. That would be cool if the authors dropped a hint inside the story.

bev May 26, 2016 at 7:16 AM

Alright, I’m only at 10% but so far not connecting to them. But it’s really early and you all loved it and so probably a me and not the book thing right now.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 7:31 AM

idk I’d say don’t force it Bev. It grabbed me from the beginning. So if it’s not doing it for you there’s tons of other books waiting for you.

I dnf more and more these days. I find myself pushing through a book until I don’t even want to read anymore and start turning on the TV instead. I finally get to a point where I just can’t continue the story and move on to something more to my taste. I could have saved myself a lot of annoyance if I’d let it go early on when I first realized it wasn’t working for me.

*note to self “trust your instincts”

Lisa May 26, 2016 at 7:35 AM

I pushed through with Smut Fabi and probably could have dnf. But I hate not finishing a book.

And I think youre right Bev….sometimes its where my head is at rather than anything about the book.

bev May 26, 2016 at 7:41 AM

It’s early yet so I will still give it a go. I’m not completely done with my other read. I’m liking it but slow moving and so kind of reading it that way. Anyway since most of you have read TtB I’ll use the other for my FLT.

bev May 26, 2016 at 7:43 AM

“You reckon he’s dead, John Henry?” –The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 7:46 AM

I saw that Lisa. I used to be like that too. Before I started reading indie books I never dnf’d. Maybe 2-3 books tops in my entire life that I didn’t finish. But, books were expensive back then and there was often the only one book at home to read.

I rated Smut a little lower than Maryse. But I got a big kick out reading a satire in our genre. I typically only find those in classics or the occasional gen lit. I was impressed with the author’s ingenuity with the plot.

bev May 26, 2016 at 7:57 AM

I like the Google doodle to day. That’s cool.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 8:04 AM

I’m going to hold off on FLT to see if Maryse pipes in with hers. I don’t think she’s ever listed one before. She hasn’t let us know (at all) what she’s thinking of TtB.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Do y’all mind if I get random on you for a minute?

I have to squee over the new addition to my bookshelf. I just added an Easton Press, leather bound, AUTHOR SIGNED, copy of Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. — After I stopped petting it — cause you know oils are good for leather (not because I’m a moron).

I can’t think of anywhere else I can squee about a book. My family thinks I’m insane and my friends don’t even know I read. (as much as I do)



bev May 26, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Squee away, Fabi. Petting it for the oils….mmhmm. lol.
I think it is how she let us know she was reading WiR. And maybe another book. But not often. I think she likes to surprise with the review sometimes.
Like BAM look what I read.

Amy May 26, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Fabi…you got your happy buttons pushed, and now you’re pettin’ with oil?

*strangled snort*

Sounds like it has a happy ending to me!!! LOL!!!!!

Amy May 26, 2016 at 8:32 AM


“The thing about having nothing meant I had nothing to lose, and that’s what made me invincible.” ~ When Nohing Is All You’ve Got by Kirsty Dallas

bev May 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Amy is Max Monroe.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 8:37 AM

aaaand there she is *snort*

Good morning Andy – oops, I mean Amy. ;-)

R. Renee May 26, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Thanks Jean, for the SR push. I’m in the middle of an Emma Scott book hangover crisis at the moment and I had to put down Tangled (which I liked) last night and pick up ES’s LBW. What’s with the lower ratings on this one? So far I don’t get it. Anyway that kept me up until 3:30 am for the second night in a row for one of her books! I’ll get back to Tangled but I’m bumping SR ahead of it. Unless my buddy reader ever catches up. I say all of this like I have this power when we all know: we do not control our books, they control us!

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 8:51 AM

“we do not control our books, they control us!”

I LOVE that R.

Jean May 26, 2016 at 11:47 AM


Fabi May 26, 2016 at 12:18 PM

omg Jean! I don’t remember you in a book slump before. :-(

Are you caught up on the Gentry boys series? Maryse has the latest release listed up there, Walk. (I haven’t read it yet)

R. Renee May 26, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Hahahaha Jean! It’s my dream to be in a book slump. I figure then I’ll get some sleep!

Amy May 26, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Andy? Max? Any other pseudonyms I have that I don’t know about?

Actually, if I wrote a book it would probably be a dnf’er for you guys. *snicker* :P

Amy May 26, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Jean! Give us a range of numbers (1 to whatever) and we’ll help you pick something…that has helped me SO many times when I’ve been in a book funk and couldn’t pick one to read.

Okay, I’m just going to say it (please don’t throw flaming tampons at me, I’m not fireproof like Daenerys)…I don’t like the whole “two authors teamed up and are using a pen name” secret thing which seems to be becoming the newest trend. I just don’t. If you wrote it, put your name on it and I’ll most likely buy it. Otherwise, it’s going to remain an UN-click for me. OR, don’t advertise it as a bestselling-author/s-using-using-a-pen-name book. Let it shoot up to the top of the charts on it’s own merit. It’s a marketing thing…I get it. I just don’t find it fun. ‘Cause I’m a Scrooge. But I’m also the kind of person who gets annoyed with the “guess what!!” type of surprises…say guess what, let me say “what” and then just freaking tell me so I can be excited with you. Don’t try and get me to guess over and over because now I DON’T care. Paper Princess is probably going to be the last secret-author book I read.

Yes, I’m being a p!ssy byotch right now, but I love you guys and feel like I can be completely honest here without fear of being ripped apart just for my opinion. Our banter when we don’t agree can be pretty fun (and often funny), and I feel like this is my safe place. So, feel free to be honest and disagree with me…I *promise* not to get mad at y’all. ;)

Amy May 26, 2016 at 1:57 PM

Aaaaaaand now my tummy is in knots ’cause I just realized how whiny and b!tchy I sounded. :?

Excuse me while I go hide in my naughty-mouth blankie fort…

Jean May 26, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Amy, and this is why I love you!! Believe me, I get it with the whole secret author, BUT if you let it deter you from reading Tapping the Billionaire, I will be sooooo mad at you! You have 4 days! Get on it!!!

Yep, me, book slump. Not even sure what I’m in the mood for….ugh! Finished Wild Abandon and really loved it! So I pick a number and count down on my TBR list? That’s scary. I have 1100 books waiting for me!

bev May 26, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Amy, I don’t think the a paper Princess was that big of a secret. Or a badly kept one.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Amy, I agree with you. *gasp* Did I really just say that? ;-) I’m kidding. I really do agree with you. The only semi redeeming quality in the secret colab projects is that many (most?) romance authors use a pseudo name anyways. I’d almost rather someone not tell me their name than give me a fake one. So, I’m ok with them owning up and admitting it’s a pseudo name they’re using.

That brings up another point. Has anyone else noticed that Maryse’s is one of the few blogs where people use their names as usernames? Just another example of how awesome it is around here. We are so comfortable.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Jean, sort your GR tbr by number. It’s easier to land on one that way than counting on your Kindle app.

Jean May 26, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Thanks Fabi! By the way, haven’t read the Gentry Boys yet, but I have the whole set and I bought Walk this week too!

You guys pick a number but I can’t totally commit. From 1-1000. Yikes!

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:24 PM

I’ll do you one worse Amy (just so you don’t feel so bad). I don’t actually care who wrote the book. Tell me you’re real name, your fake name or no name at all. *shrug* How’s that for b!tchy?

If I have an author’s name of a book I liked I might take a peek at subsequent publishings. Otherwise, let each book stand on its own merits I say.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Jean, you haven’t read any of them?

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:28 PM

There is no way Jean. I’d double check my read list if I were you. Those boys are SO VERY broken. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t you who recommended the series to me.

Jean May 26, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Nope, haven’t read them. It was YOU who recommended them to me. Wait, wait…..did you say SO VERY broken?!?! Magic words for me!

Amy May 26, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Jean, book #323. GO! :D I know y’all are loving TtB but it’s just not calling to me…not right now, at least. Maybe at some point it will? *shrugs*

Bev…right?? I know who wrote it now, and to be honest I liked it because of the actual book, not the names behind it. But the stuff from the authors on the GR page for PP and the next book also irritated me a tad. I still love the books I’ve read of theirs, and I will continue to read their books (or at least click them ;) ) but most likely not the secret-author ones. Remember when JK Rowlings wrote under a man’s name, but right before the book was released it was leaked on the internet that *she* was behind the name…was it truly an unwanted leak (*snort* sorry…) or was it a strategic marketing move? If it wasn’t the latter, then that truly was awful to do to her. :?

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:37 PM

I am shocked! Honestly shocked. I would have bet my life that series rec came from you.

Well…yup, they’re broken. Nearly shattered. And the strength it takes for them to forge a life out of their broken past left me awestruck. Every book has been a 4-5 star read for me.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:40 PM

fyi guys…I DO know the difference between your and you’re, their and they’re, etc. My autocorrect, however, does NOT.

Amy May 26, 2016 at 2:44 PM

“I’m ok with them owning up and admitting it’s a pseudo name they’re using” and “Otherwise, let each book stand on its own merits I say” EXACTLY, my friend. Jennifer Armentrout does that and writes as J Lynn, but she is VERY transparent in doing so.

And I don’t see anything b!tchy about what you said…some authors are automatic one-clicks for me (TJR, for example) but for the most part I’ll read a book no matter who the author is, unless I’ve NOT cared for their writing in the past. To be honest, when I read a book and love it, it’s because I forgot that an ACTUAL person wrote it because I felt like it was a real living, breathing story that had its own life force which made it come alive for me, ya know?

Amy May 26, 2016 at 2:47 PM

Fabi! I was just thinking the same thing about my autocorrect, LOL! I actually noticed I had “it’s” instead of “its” up there in my rant…and I, too, know the difference but my stupid autocorrect thinks it knows better. :P

Jean May 26, 2016 at 2:47 PM

Lol Fabi! Gentry Boys have been moved up on my list, possibly even for my long 4 day weekend coming up!

So #323 is Saving Dallas by Kim Jones. Downloaded it 2 years ago. Anyone here read it?

Amy May 26, 2016 at 2:53 PM

Nope. But you need to. Now. :P

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Maybe our autocorrects are in cahoots. :-/

Jean, I was also thinking about starting a series over the long weekend. Then, of course, I get three (not one) books screaming read me, read me. *sigh*. Like R says, they control us, not the other way around.

bev May 26, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Amy, I haven’t looked at their GR page or anything. But I get what you are saying.
I think JK really wanted to try writing those books under a different persona. And I’m cool with that. I think it could be hard to be successful and then try and change genres or stretch your wings without everyone comparing. But as a publicity ploy? Yeah, I get what you are saying.

bev May 26, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Fabi, I know I have a couple books calling to me over the long weekend. Not sure what direction I want to go in.

Jean May 26, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Okay, so FLT: “Sitting alone in a bar, throwing back shots of jack was not how I pictured my Saturday night.” (Saving Dallas by Kim Jones). It’s only 238 pages so unless it ends in a CH and I have to continue to book 2, I will be jumping to the Gentry Boys series for the weekend……Fabi has me all excited about it!!

Maryse May 26, 2016 at 3:36 PM

LOL Fabi.

I have a problem with “but” being substituted for “buy”.

I want to but that. *sigh*

Maryse May 26, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Amy… me too… I’m struggling through the initial penis-ness, right off the bat. LOL!

But It’s only the beginning so I think once I get passed it, I’ll hit the good-funny.

Maryse May 26, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Yeah!!!!! I love our comfort level. :D

Tessa May 26, 2016 at 3:51 PM

OMG, I typed this at 9ish? Fabi, I think this is the one place that will understand the need to pet a book. I won’t go into how I drooled over a non signed first American edition of The Sorcerer’s Stone. I can’t imagine with a real treasure like yours. 0.0

I think Maryse loves FLT. She also posted in facebook to ask what everyone’s FLT is before. Speaking of which!

Prologue: ‘Mercury was a cult.’
Chapter 1:’A fist crashed into Judd’s cheekbone.’
Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

I have a good reason to have two this time. The prologue was more to give background information. The second is the actual beginning of the story. :)

Now for now… *that doesn’t sound right*

Amy *hugs* You didn’t sound bitchy, just opinionated. As for autocorrect, try every time you type with it thinks you mean 28th. Why? I finished Caressed by Ice. I liked it a lot, though the series is no where near as good as the Guild Hunter series. Guild Hunters is insanely awesome. It came second, so I guess that’s just the author growing as a writer. :D

FLT part 2
‘Well, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done.’
Dirty Prince by Vanessa Waltz

No opinion yet. I’m only on the first chapter.

Tessa May 26, 2016 at 3:52 PM

I wrote a lot… Sorry!

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 4:15 PM

I think I’m going to publish an article…

“Take back control from your autocorrect”

*devising sneaky pseudo name*

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Awwww Maryse, you and Bev both :-( That part went by so fast for me. Plus I thought the roommate silliness was cute.

Grey May 26, 2016 at 4:47 PM

“I’m currently accepting passengers to climb aboard my f*ck train.” Mercy F*ck by K.S. Adkins

Oh my goodness… *blink*

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 5:05 PM

*blink blink*

Jean May 26, 2016 at 5:16 PM

WTH Grey?!?!

Jan130 May 26, 2016 at 6:52 PM

I have book envy for your special copy of Ender’s Game, Fabi. A fave book of mine, too. *wipes virtual hands lovingly over Fabi’s book*. (Hey, it’s OK – my virtual hands are clean!). My kids gave me an author signed copy of The Telling by Ursula LeGuin for my birthday. It’s now a very special treasure of mine.

I’m with you in the dnfing. I feel like there’s too much out there to waste on the mediocre, so I regularly dnf. I don’t feel honour bound to finish it if it’s nothing special. I just move right along and try something else.

Jan130 May 26, 2016 at 7:03 PM

Tessa I love Nalini Singh too, altho’ I don’t think Caressed By Ice is the best of that series. Have you read read Kiss Of Snow? Hawke – holy hotness! A much better book.

“Before she became the girl from nowhere – the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years – she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy. Amy Harper Bellafonte.”
The Passage, Justin Cronin.

Oops. That’s two sentences.

I now have the brand-new, shiny City of Mirrors paperback, the final in The Passage trilogy, but felt the urge to hold off and re-read the first two again to fully appreciate City of Mirrors, as it’s so long since I read them. So I’ve re-started The Passage and am fully hooked again already. Wow. That wonderful feeling of diving into an incredible, memorable book is coming over me again. There is NOTHING IN THE WORLD like reading a really good book. I’m a happy addict. Sigh ….

MichelleS May 26, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Um… I can’t even compete with Grey’s FLT up there. But you just know I had to go and look that one up. ** chuckle **

“If I could sleep, I’d dream it was 1729 again, and I’d save April Anne Fletcher.” – Waiting for April.

Yes. I am still reading WFA. But I have a good excuse. I’ve been volunteering for The Special Olympics and today was out meet. Man. You guys, if you have never volunteered, you absolutely MUST put it on your bucket list. So amazing.

Tessa May 26, 2016 at 7:29 PM

I’m slowly going through them. I am getting them from the library since they aren’t re-read material. (Then again, I did that with guild hunters, and guess who now has each book on her tablet. :P ) I’m pretty sure they had that one. Ice was lost forever, but they finally bought a new copy. Next time I go, I’ll get the next two if not more. :D

Okay. I have to quote this.
“You know, that’s not how romantic gestures work. One, you actually have to mean them. Two, the girl can’t be your prisoner.”
“Sure they can. There are loads of Stockholm Syndrome romances.”
Hehehe. I’m loving this book.

Jan130 May 26, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Yeah the series is a bit inconsistent. Some books definitely much better than others. A few I’ve really loved and reread several times, but others, meh, I haven’t bothered.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 7:47 PM

The Telling by Ursula LeGuin – squeee :-)

Jan mine was a gift from my daughter too, in the form if a GC since she didn’t want to pick a book for me.

Tessa, is that quote from Dirty Prince?

I’m still over here cackling over TtB. Their antics, omg, so funny and cute.

Maryse and Bev, did ya’ll get to the reveal part of where “the penis” came from?

Tessa May 26, 2016 at 7:56 PM

Fabi, Yep! :D It’s definitely fun. The hero… *grins* He has an ego problem.

Jan, that seems how most series are. I’m still pleased with it, but Guild Hunter has one of my favorite couples.

Jan130 May 26, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Oh Fabi – at last – a kindred soul that loves The Telling. One of my fave books in the world. Super happy grin and mega squeee!!

Tessa – which couple is your fave (guild hunter) cos I haven’t read them all and I’d like to know which ones are better.

Cheryl May 26, 2016 at 8:10 PM

“I’m Kline Brooks.” Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe. Still slowly reading TtB.

Amy nothing bitchy about voicing your opinion. That’s whats great about here. I have some fav authors, that are an auto one-click for me, but otherwise I don’t care who wrote the book, just want a great story.

Grey I have that book on my tbr. Curious to hear what you think.

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Oh god yes Jan. The Telling and The Left Hand of Darkness are huge favorites of mine. Ugh…you’re making me want to reread. It’s been so long!

Tessa May 26, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Jan, Elena and Raphael. Their story is one of the few that makes my heart catch every time I think about it. I’ve re-read it so many times, and fall in love every time.

bev May 26, 2016 at 9:42 PM

His friend? Yeah. Passed the penis talk. Now they are talking about saggy vaginas.

bev May 26, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Maybe Tara Sivec is one of the writers? I remember she has that series, one had a hero who was a brony?

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 10:20 PM

I read your comment Bev and busted out laughing. It took by such surprise. I don’t remember that at all.

Jan130 May 26, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Yes Fabi! The Left Hand of Darkness!! And last year I reread the Earthsea books and was amazed and delighted at how fresh they still are. I cried several times reading The Farthest Shore – now my new fav out of that series.

And thanks Tessa. Yeah, Elena and Raphael.

Jan130 May 26, 2016 at 10:38 PM

Ah, The Farthest Shore. I think the young Prince Arren would have to be one of the most wonderful fantasy heroes ever written. OMG, now I’m almost getting teary again. The ending of that book, when he’s exhausted, dirty, stumbling off the dragon’s back in front of the amazed crowd, but he has been to the farthest shore, and survived, and become a man. And a king. Wow. Oh, I want to read Earthsea again now!

Fabi May 26, 2016 at 11:23 PM

Jan…you’re derailing my weekend reading plans…

Jan130 May 26, 2016 at 11:49 PM


Jan130 May 27, 2016 at 12:12 AM

Fabi, there is a magical, poetic moment near the start of The Farthest Shore, in a secret courtyard of the magicians’ school on the Isle of Roke. Prince Arren, a beautiful golden boy on the cusp of manhood. Apple of his mother’s eye. Has been sent by his parents to make a report to the Council of the Wise. Ged, the Archmage, meets the quiet, unassuming young man beside the fountain. And Ged knows, even then, that Arren is the one, the one from the prophecy. But it’s not even overtly stated. Just implied to the reader. Events will unfold as they will, with Arren all unknowing.

And you just know … the whole incredible adventure will unfold from that powerful, key moment. LeGuin is such an incredible writer. That simple moment in that book makes my tears start at the beauty of it. Every time. Even now, just thinking of it.

MichelleS May 27, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Jan Jan Jan – after reading that, I swear, just put down what you are reading and start the Tairen Soul series. He’s king of the fey, a tottured miserable soul, ancient. Driven to madness at the loss of his mate in the Mage ears. He scorched the earth with fire in his grief (he turns into a giant winged fire breathing cat)… Stories have been told. He’s a legend. He never leaves the fading lands, they are shrouded in mist, protected from everyone. He’s restless. Someone is calling to him…. OMG!!! Jan. The magic. The lore. The pain & suffering. Epic. Truly. You will love it. I just know it.

MichelleS May 27, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Ears? He lost his mate in the Mage Wars! Lol. If you love the Fey, elves, mages, dragons. This is for you. My all time favorite.

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 9:46 AM

That is so wonderful MichelleS!!!! :D

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Tessa… what is FLT? *snort* I’m so bad at acronyms.

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 9:48 AM



First Line Thursday… got it! ;)

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 9:58 AM

I’m kind of in one too, Jean. I’m reading Tapping the Billionaire (still) and while the writing is great, and it’s funny, and it’s moving along just fine… I haven’t become addicted for some reason.

Maybe I just need to read one that’ll scare me good… maybe that’s what I’m in the mood for. I’ve done a lot of romance in a row, maybe it’s time to be freaked out.

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Fabi… I bet it smells SO good, too. Smell it for me. Nice and deep. ;)

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Oh no… I forgot to pipe in, Fabi. *sigh*

And yes. :D Yes my first line is from TtB… probably something about a penis. *snort* :P

Jean May 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Oh Maryse! I’ve been thinking scary lately too. I downloaded Look Behind You yesterday by Sibel Hodge (super sale)….the reviews are great and it just sounds good! Also, intrigued by Edwina by Willow Rose (love the cover!). Curious to see what you pick! I’ve been all romance lately too….definitely need to change it up!

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 10:09 AM


Not sure if someone answered your hot-guys reading question, but it truly is a super-popular Instagram account, so a big publisher has released a sort of paperback “photo album” of some of the best ones. ;)

I’ll link to it on the Friday post.

MichelleS May 27, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Maryse! Are you ready to dive into last Hour of Gann then? It’s described as epic-horror-erotica! It’s scary. And awesome in every way. Might get you out of a funk. It’s addicting, for sure. I will never forget it. I could read a book just like that one anytime.

Maryse May 27, 2016 at 10:27 AM

bev, I need to get back to that book… everyone loves it just SO much. I just need to get over my “confusion” hump.

Jean May 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Last Hour of Gann is scary?? I didn’t know that. I’ve had it for months but am so intimidated by the length! Maybe that’s a good weekend read? Of course, I’ve been saying that about everything that pops up!

MichelleS May 27, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Jean – it’s dark, for sure. Nothing pretty or flowery there. Sci-fi, horror, gritty, dark, just sucks you in. It is LONG, you’re right, but I never got bored or squirrelly. I’m sooooo glad Maryse put it on a list and that I took a chance. Crazy good,

Cheryl May 27, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Maryse- I have to go look at that!! ;)

Cheryl May 27, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Don’t know if it qualifies as scary but I’ve been curious about A Light In The Dark. Th h is kidnapped. It’s supposed to be dark/haunting.

Jean May 27, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Yes Cheryl! That one looks so good!

Fabi May 27, 2016 at 1:38 PM

I was just looking at the blurb for A History Major by Michael Phillip Cash. It looks like a mystery thriller. I think I’m adding it to my tbr.

Cheryl May 27, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Jean, it’s just not cheap and only has 2 reviews so far; BUT it really has caught my interest.

Jan130 May 27, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Yes!! Last Hour of Gann is fantastic! Thanks so much for the recs on here – otherwise I would never have read it. Loved it!! Yes, it’s long, but you really get sucked in to it. Scary at times, violent at times (but not just gratuitously – it’s an essential part of the story), an unusual but very powerful (and sexy) love story, an epic adventure, and finally quite uplifting. A great story and you never know what’s going happen next. Lots of EEEEEK!! moments.

Jan130 May 27, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Michelle you are very persuasive. I guess I will have to rip myself away from my reread of the awesome The Passage and at least read the start of the Tairen Soul series. Does sound like it’s right up my alley. Ooooh, quiet squeeee. Potential new really great series ahead for me. :-D :-D :-D

Tessa May 27, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Jan, another rec towards Tairen Soul. I read it based on MichelleS’s recommendation and I’m so thankful to her for it *hugs MichelleS*. Seriously one of the best fantasy stories I’ve ever read. Some parts were so angsty to me I had to set it down and walk away or vent. lol

Jan130 May 27, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Oooh. Now I’m getting scared. I’m not good at angsty. But you gurls are powerfully persuasive. I’m definitely gonna give it a try. *rubs hands together in gleeful anticipation*

MichelleS May 27, 2016 at 8:03 PM

*** Jumping up & down & clapping *** yay! Another potential Tairen Soul fan. I remember EVERYTHING. Years later. It was that good. Stick with it. Can’t WAIT to hear if you like it. The heartache, the gut-wrenching scenes, the magic & lore. Gah! I want to re-read it every time I talk about it. The secondary characters!!! *** biting nails *** please like it….

Jan130 May 27, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Yeah I’m like that with the Earthsea books. I love them so much I want others to share in the joy. You’re getting me pretty excited. I WANT to love this series. Now I’m biting my nails too!

I’ve got some reading time today. (OK, you got me, I MAKE some time for reading every day….. :-) I’ll let you know how I go. But remember, I’m always honest about books I like… or don’t like …….

bev May 27, 2016 at 8:14 PM

But no pressure, lol.

Nope, Tessa. I know. I just want to read it when I can totally immerse myself init. Not worry about other things I should be doing or other stress. Kind of a…hmm..just *sigh* couple days. I don’t want th a t piping up as I read it.

MichelleS May 27, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Jan – I’m always honest too. Now I’m goi g to go check out Earthsea books.

Jan130 May 27, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Super squeeeeee Michelle!! You can probably get them from the library as they’ve been around for yonks. I hope you love them too. *happy clapping of hands*

Classic fantasy stories, that have influenced so many other later writers and filmmakers. LeGuin was a true original and fantasy pioneer, in the sense that Tolkien was. And her writing is like poetry. The stories are so beautifully told, so poignant. So magical. The world of Earthsea is another one of those real places in my mind. So richly imagined by LeGuin. Aaah……

Tessa May 27, 2016 at 11:47 PM

MichelleS? You haven’t read Earthsea? Huh. I thought you had. I read it years ago when I saw an ad at a movie theatre saying it was going to be a mini series. The series confused me, but I really liked Earthsea.

While we are at it, let me also mention the MythAdventures books by Robert Asprin. No romance, but hillarious. I fell for the series big time when I was younger. Sadly, he passed away, so for all intents and purposes, the series is done. :( It was finished by his co-author alone.

Sarah May 30, 2016 at 11:42 PM

Waiting for April, read it people!! It is a rollercoaster, I was sweating all over in some parts just dying to know what happens, such a good story and hoping it continues in a sequel, my fingers and toes are crossed!!!

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