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

by Maryse on November 21, 2017 · 128 comments

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Happy new release day!!! A smaller one today, but I’ve highlighted plenty that sound darn good! :D

Like ➔ (blurb-jolt time!!) That one up there to the left. Little Broken Things: A Novel (her sister sends her a cryptic note, and then leaves a terrified little girl with her… “Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone,” and then disappears!!! GASP!!!!), First (this is actually in the reader recommendations section, a recent release, and I’m hearing it IS AWESOME – and had one of our fellow readers in a panic!!), Crank (also a recent release that is making it right to the top of the Amazon charts, so I one-clicked it! The beginning of the blurb had me grinning ;) She crashes into a mechanic’s truck… *whoooops*), Sweet Tea and Sympathy (she’s a new-in-town, scorned event planner, and he’s the coveted middle school principal – and I LOVE this author. She’s so good, and often hilarious!), Like Broken China (totally ominous sounding blurb… she loses her heart to a reckless boy, and eventually marries him… “Now saddled with two children, a sky-high mortgage, and a marriage crippled by addiction, Courtney finds herself desperately trying to hold on to the life she knew.“), and Maestro’s Muse (he’s a reclusive artist that wants a baby, and she just wants the money…)

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Sure Thing by Jana Aston
  2. Lure of Oblivion: Mercury Pack, Book 3 by Suzanne Wright
  3. Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
  4. The Sacrifice by Evangeline Anderson
  5. Damaged!: A Walker Brothers Novel, Book 3 by J.S. Scott
  6. Tempted & Taken: Men of Haven by Rhenna Morgan
  7. Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
  8. Dirty Scoundrel: Roughneck Billionaires, Book 2 by Jessica Clare
  9. The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris
  10. Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian by E.L. James <— E.L. JAMES NEXT WEEK!!!
         

 

BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (P.S. TODAY is the LAST SALE DAY for many of these!! NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order.)

  • First by Kimberly Adams <— THIS. SOUNDS. AWEEEESOMMME!!! So, this was the answer to a reader question last week. And one of our fellow readers was so intrigued by it, that she read it. And now she’s freaking out. LOL!!!

Diana: This post intrigued me so I read this book. Now I need to discuss it with someone. WHHYYYYYYYYY

Maryse: Oh I think I LOVE the sounds of that reaction, Diana!! Now I wanna read it badly!! :D

Johanna: This is an awesome book! Omg!!! Must read!!

Clare: It’s fantastic!

Tessa: I finished Breath of Fire and OMG. It was better than the first by a whole bunch, and I adored the first. A must read!

Robyn: I have also just finished Breath of Fire and it was just as good as the first book!

  • In 27 Days (Blink) by Alison Gervais <— BARGAIN PRICED & SOUNDS SO UNIQUE & AWESOME!!! A schoolmate commits suicide, and she’s offered a chance to go back in time to help him... “...Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known. Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone…
  • One Plus One: A Novel by JoJo Moyes <— JOJO MOYES SUPER-BARGAIN!!!

Annie: Currently I’m listening to One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. The narration is spot on. One of the easiest to get into right off the bat. Sometimes my ear has to get used to voices and then connect to the character. Not with this book.

Tasha: It hits the spot for now.

  • Crank (The Gibson Boys Book 1) by Adriana Locke <— Okay so I’m putting this right here ’cause it’s #3 in ALL of AMAZON!! HOLY MOLY what am I missing?? Well I’ll know soon, ’cause I one-clicked it hard!!! Plus that blurb is up my alley anyway, so I gotta read what all the fuss is about!! :D YAY ME!!!! YAY US!!!!

Linda: My latest 5***** read is Crank by Adriana Locke. Looved the writing!! Loooved the cast of characters!! Looved the dual pov!! Highly recommend!! ** cross my heart** you will love it too!! One click already!!!

Maryse: Linda I AM SO ON IT!!!! YAYYYYYYY!!!!

  • Singe (Guardian Protection Book 1) by Aly Martinez <— ALY MARTINEZ SUPER-BARGAIN & I LOVE this author and I’ve been DYING thread this. ONE-CLICKED!!! :D Melinda found us this one!! It was the answer to THIS reader question and when I realized what book it was, I knew it had to be MINE!!!

     

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris
  2. The Ice Bride by Ripley Proserpina
  3. Jeffrey’s Only Wish – A Novella (A Sweet, Scottish Time-Travel Romance): Book 4.5 by Bethany Claire
  4. Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate
  5. Save The Last Dance by Madison Granger
  6. Endless (Dragon Wars Book 5) by Rebecca Royce
  7. Huntress of the Night (Gods of Olympus Book 6) by Rita Stradling
  8. Maid of Ice (Blood & Silver) by Shona Husk
  9. Lure of Oblivion (Mercury Pack Book 3) by Suzanne Wright
  10. Pricked by Thorns: A Redeeming Cupid Novel #3 by Jenn Windrow
  11. When Gargoyles Choose (Shades and Shadows) by Ashley C. Harris
          

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Little Broken Things: A Novel by Nicole Baart <— HER OLDER SISTER SENDS HER A CRYPTIC MESSAGE… and gives her something to hide……Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy...”
  2. Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum) by Janet Evanovich
  3. One Enchanted Noël: A Novella (Enchanted Christmas Collection Book 3) by Melissa Tagg
  4. Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires) by Jessica Clare <— JESSICA CLARE ALERT!! HE’S A ROUGHNECK OIL BILLIONAIRE & HE WANTS HER… “...Natalie gave up on true love years ago when the realities of the world destroyed her fairy-tale hopes. Giving up Clay is her biggest regret in life, and she’s excited to see him return…until she finds out why. Clay’s got one hell of a proposal for her: he’ll save her father’s business and bail Natalie out of debt if she’ll agree to become his very personal assistant. It’s clear that he wants more from her than just typing.  It’s also clear that Natalie has no choice. This scoundrel’s bet could destroy any hope they had of reconciliation—or it could bring them together once and for all…
  5. Enchanted: A Christmas Collection by Melissa Tagg
  6. A Silver Cove Christmas by Jill Sanders
  7. Tamed by Christmas by Sidney Valentine
  8. Dirty Filthy Fix: A Fixed Trilogy Novella by Laurelin Paige <— NATHAN’S BOOK! “**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.*
  9. Night Games: A Games Novella by C.D. Weiss
  10. In Sir’s Arms (Brie’s Submission Book 16) by Red Phoenix
  11. Catalyst (Flashpoint Book 2) by Rachel Grant <— SHE’S UP FOR AUCTION…When a food storage depot in famine-struck South Sudan is torched, American aid worker Brie Stewart flees, only to land in a market where she’s the next item up for auction. Is the attack on the aid facility another assault upon the war-torn fledgling democracy, or has her family set her up as a pawn in their quest for oil rights?
  12. Hugh’s Chase (Saddles & Second Chances Book 5) by Rhonda Lee Carver
  13. Finding Love with the Billionaire (A Clean Billionaire Romance Book 3) by Anne-Marie Meyer
  14. A Good Man (Handymen Series Book 1) by Rosanna Leo <— A HOME IMPROVEMENT STAR WITH PERSONAL DEMONS…Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others...”
  15. A Twisted Little Christmas by Annalise Delaney
  16. Head Coach: Hellions Angels by Lia Riley
  17. Hard Cover by Jamie K. Schmidt
  18. Only One Woman by Christina Jones and Jane Risdon
  19. SOMETHING’s GOTTA GIVE by Claude Dancourt
  20. I’ll be Home for Christmas: An Out of Line Novella by Jen McLaughlin <— JEN MCLAUGHLIN ALERT!!…Some promises can’t be kept, and sometimes things just don’t work out. Finn is my world, my life. But when my worst nightmares come true, I’m faced with the impossible truth. Without him… I’m lost...”
  21. Vicious Vixen by Shiloh Walker
  22. Recklessly Forbidden (Bennett Brothers Book 2) by Emily Bowie
  23. Heal Me (Magnolia Series) by Alexandra Page
  24. Left to Chance: A Novel by Amy Sue Nathan
  25. Undeniable (Latin Men Book 7) by Delaney Diamond
  26. Keys to Your Closet (Blurred Lines Series Book 3) by Peyton Landry
  27. The Cabin by Alice Ward <— RECLUSE ALERT!! AND SHE NEEDS HIS HELP… “...Of all the mountains in the world, her sexy ass has to show up on mine. Now, she can’t escape. Not from the blizzard. My cabin. Or the attraction neither of us can fight. This mountain is mine alone, my escape from the wonderful life that imploded two years ago. But she’s here now, and the defenses I’ve erected are falling at her feet. She needs my protection. I need my hands on her perfect skin...”
  28. Love: A Hollywood Romance (The Keatyn Chronicles Book 12) by Jillian Dodd
  29. Hope (Romance on the Go Book 0) by C. Tyler
  30. Leave Me (No Matter What Book 2) by B.L. Mooney
  31. Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic Book 1) by Molly Harper <— SCORNED FAMOUS EVENT PLANNER & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ALERT!! “...As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town’s most eligible gentleman…
  32. Jade (The Kings of Guardian Book 9) by Kris Michaels
  33. The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane <— HE’S HER ARCH-RIVAL!! “...He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there’s one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I’ve spent my entire life hating—my beloved school’s arch-rival? This guy is their star player...”
  34. Beginning of the Reckoning (Feral Steel MC Book 3) by Vera Quinn
  35. The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright
  36. Her Beast, His Beauty by Jenika Snow <— RECLUSIVE AND SHE’S HIS HOUSEKEEPER… “…I should have been afraid when he said I was his. His heart had grown hard and cold, his isolation making him hate the world. He thought people should fear him because of the scars he bore, but I found beauty in them. I was just the housekeeper, but I couldn’t help how I felt for him. Maybe he was a beast, a vicious animal hidden under a hard, powerful body. Maybe I should have run, but I knew he’d come for me, find me. Deep down, where I couldn’t lie, I wanted him to be mine. And that frightened me most of all…”
  37. The Mafia And His Angel Part 3 (Tainted Hearts) by Lylah James
  38. Silent Knight: Deep Six Security Series Book 7 by Becky McGraw
  39. Shine On Oklahoma (The McIntyre Men Book 4) by Maggie Shayne
  40. Personal Disaster (Billionaire Secrets Book 3) by Ainsley Booth
  41. Thankful For Her by Alexa Riley <— ALEXA RILEY’S “THANKSGIVING-TREAT BOOK! And it’s super-bargain priced!! “Autumn has always felt a soul-shattering pull to her stepbrother, Hunter. The only problem is that they’ve never met. But this Thanksgiving they’re finally going to meet and when they do, all her desires will be confirmed. Hunter Danvers has lost a lot, and seeing his father marry a nightmare of a stepmother, he thinks he’s lost him, too. He reluctantly comes home for Thanksgiving. And then everything he knows to be true changes…”
  42. Vengeance Aside (Wanted Men) by Nancy Haviland
  43. Bound by Light (Cauld Ane Series Book 7) by Piper Davenport
  44. A Hero’s Honor: Resolution Ranch (Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 1) by Tessa Layne
  45. Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  46. Bleeding Like Me by Riley Parks <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  47. Ice, Snow, & Mistletoe by Jocelynn Drake <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  48. Once Upon a Texas Christmas (Whiskey River Christmas Book 4) by Katherine Garbera
  49. The Financier (Hudson Kings Book 2) by Liz Maverick
  50. The Big, Bad Billionaire: A Billionaire Romance (The De Santis Brothers) by Jackie Ashenden
  51. Bring Your Heart (Golden Falls Fire Book 2) by Scarlett Andrews
  52. Like Broken China by J.D. Thompson <— MARRIED TO A BOY WITHOUT LIMITS... “…One night of uninhibited abandon was all it took for her to be completely enthralled by the boy without limits. Now saddled with two children, a sky-high mortgage, and a marriage crippled by addiction, Courtney finds herself desperately trying to hold on to the life she knew. But as she struggles between letting go of what could have been and accepting what is, one question simmers at the surface of Courtney’s mind: is love ever enough?
  53. Maestro’s Muse by Scarlett Finn <— RECLUSIVE ARTIST WANTS A BABY & SHE NEEDS THE MONEY... “...Beckett Trent is damn sure he doesn’t want a wife. The reclusive artist has to maintain his anonymity, but that makes it tough for him to have the one thing he wants more than anything else: a child. Jaycee can give him what he needs without complications, because the last thing she wants to be is a mother. But the money, she can’t refuse that…”
                                                   

 

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R. Renee November 21, 2017 at 7:06 AM

Good morning! Am I first?

R. Renee November 21, 2017 at 7:07 AM

Woo hoo! Going to check out Little Broken Things…

Tasha J November 21, 2017 at 7:19 AM

Good morning! I slept awful last night, looking forward to nap time…but, yes! Little Broken Things sounds so good!!

bev November 21, 2017 at 7:49 AM

Ladies, remember to join Tasha’s book exchange.

I’m trying to make a list, harder than I thought.

Nay November 21, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Good morning! I’m picking up Like Broken China. Sounds all kinds of angsty!

Lisa Aiello November 21, 2017 at 8:08 AM

First and Like Broken China – added to the list!!! Good morning, all. Two more sleeps till turkey!!!

Leslie M November 21, 2017 at 8:14 AM

Morning ladies! Big pre-turkey day hugs. I am like Lisa and can’t wait.

Right now I am taking advantage of that free kindle unlimited deal and am read/listening to Tiffany Snow’s Corrupted Hearts series.

Leslie M November 21, 2017 at 8:46 AM

I am trying not to add to the TBR too much except for the KU ones. I honestly don’t know how much reading time I will be able to fit in for rest of year unless they are audios. So….Ms. Maryse aka Evil Book Temptress, needs to stop with the shinies. ;)

bev November 21, 2017 at 9:44 AM

Love falling….in front of people. But at least I still have my coffee.

Listening to this song this am, like the beat
https://youtu.be/wKMjYxt0V_4

Tasha J November 21, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Reading Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton and holy cow! It starts off with a bang! I’m not far, but it’s giving me the feeling of when we read The Most Dangerous Game in jr. high. That story terrified me.

Maryse November 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Tasha I love terrifying books. I’m looking it up!! :D

Maryse November 21, 2017 at 10:47 AM

Leslie!! Shinies are fun. I just added two more to mine. *sigh* I hope they’re as good as they seem. Lots of enthusiasm *fingers crossed*

Tessa November 21, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Reading Host by Faith Hunter. I really should be reading other things, but I wanted to continue the trilogy, and now I’m on the third and can’t set it down.

I have Mafia and his Angel 3, the end of the trilogy. I will say that, based on the first two, everyone who likes mafia books should read it. It’s not typical, but it’s pretty awesome. TONS of angst. I did pre-order the fixed novella too. I figure it’ll be perfect for a quick, fun read.

Okay weather. I know Kooloo will kill me when she reads this, but yes, it’s a complaint. Today is supposed to be 75 degrees. 0.0 Does mother nature not know it’s November, almost December?

Maryse November 21, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Agreed Nay and Lisa… that one sounds like it’ll be an emotional train wreck. :D !!

MichelleS November 21, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Good morning all!

I second the rec for Kingmaker Chronicles. Loved them!

I am intrigued by “First”, because the author wrote the Roam series – one of my all time faves. And I have time this week – off for Thanksgiving.

I just finished “Counter to my Intelligence” – totally corny title, but I was “in a mood” and it fit the bill. Finished it in one session. It’s a May-December biker romance. He’s 54 and the club’s president, and pretty hard and jaded, and she is 30 and just got out of prison on a bad rap. And he used to date her mom! gasp! I know, I know – but I was “in a mood” remember?

Amy November 21, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Good morning fellow book nerds!!

Thanks for another fabulous list, Maryse. :D I snagged First, Sweet Tea and Sympathy (’cause I love small town stories), and Like Broken China plus Unexpected Arrivals (Kooloo’s rec from the other day. Who else is looking forward to Friday?!? More books!!

Oh bev… *snort* If anyone understands falling in public it’s me. But you saved the coffee so YAY!!!

Amy November 21, 2017 at 11:40 AM

MichelleS!!! *HUGE squeezy hugs* Missed you, lady. ;)

MichelleS November 21, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Bev, I’m listening to this… heard it on Anthony Bourdain’s show in Seattle. It’s mellow & kinda cool. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rY2WaQ11XVM

Amy November 21, 2017 at 11:55 AM

So I’m finally getting back to Forget (my pick-for-me read…thanks Jean!) and OMG I am cringing for her, LOL! I can’t help but think of this and how often I remember embarrassing things…
http://whisper.sh/whisper/0518cc22b7c825417957481e58145cb5ab0834/When-you-remember-that-embarrassing-thing-you-did-8-years-ago-

MichelleS November 21, 2017 at 12:09 PM

So…”Crank”… horrible title, BTW, but I decided to read Amazon reviews… and now I one-clicked it!!! LOL. This was the review that cinched it…

“OH MY FREAKING JESUS!

This was one of the hottest books I’ve ever read! Walker is unbelievable! All the Gibson boys are unbelievable! Tell me where I can get one of those, please!”

Nay November 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM

I just pre-ordered a book called ‘Uncharted: A Survival Love Story’ by Julie Johnson that’s coming out 1/10/18.

All I had to see was ‘crash landed’ and ‘forbidden love’! *click*

MichelleS November 21, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Ooh! Crash landed… surviving together… love that theme! Yes! Reading mojo is back.

Amy November 21, 2017 at 1:02 PM

I clicked it, Nay! As long as it isn’t the kind of forbidden like in The Wild then I’ll be keeping it. ;)

Tessa November 21, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Amy, you are reading Forget? Oooh, wait until you start Blur. That’s where all the angst is.

Yay MichelleS, though none of us are going to judge you for your books. lol I sure don’t have room to judge. :)

Leslie, the price of KU vs how many books you get for it just seems worth it to me. I save so much money with it. :) Also, that moment when you are in the mood for a type or if something is like 50 pages. I hate paying actual money for 50 pages of a book.

Maryse November 21, 2017 at 1:18 PM

That’s my catnip too!! Devastating circumstances, and you have to depend on each other… and then the bonding. And the crazy fears. MINE!!! Thank you Nay!

Maryse November 21, 2017 at 1:20 PM

MichelleS I one clicked it too. The blurb sounds fun, but nothing out of the ordinary… but the reactions to that book are INCREDIBLE. I must read it!!!!

MichelleS November 21, 2017 at 1:45 PM

It’s a KU book… so win win.

Robyn November 21, 2017 at 2:22 PM

Ok, I fell for the catnip and got Crank. The title doesn’t do anything for me, so this book better be as good as everyone is saying! LOL

I read First by Kimberly Adams and it was fantastic. Loved it. If you haven’t read her Roam series you are so missing out! I cannot say enough about Roam. The writing, the characters, the overall plot of the books, the love, the angst, add in some Time travel and you have an unforgettable series. Sigh…..I love these books.

Amy November 21, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Yep Tessa, I’m reading it and I’m totally IN so far. :D

Alright, clicking Crank. Because FOMO.

Grey November 21, 2017 at 6:42 PM

I am waiting for ‘zon to discount KU for Black Friday… that’s the gift I’m giving to myself. “The Grinch’s heart grew 2 sizes that day…” *tosses glitter*

So what’s up everyone?

Tessa November 21, 2017 at 6:52 PM

Grey, you didn’t get the freebie 2 months?

Grey November 21, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Amy, oh my…. Forget and Blur… *passes wine and chocolate*

MichelleS…. yum! LOL! Kingmaker Chronicles, I think Tessa recommended that too me too… isn’t there going to be a third one though? I’m trying to stay good. I can’t with the cliffies lately, LOL.

Leslie M November 21, 2017 at 7:25 PM

I loved Forget/Blur.

MichelleS November 21, 2017 at 7:35 PM

Robyn – totally agree about Roam series. Fantastic! They just got better & better. And the “bad guy”? ARGH. Time travel was a bonus too. I thought I’d get lost, but never did. I read the spinoff series too.

MichelleS November 21, 2017 at 7:36 PM

So, start Crank? Or watch CNN? Hmmmm..,,

Lindsay November 21, 2017 at 8:14 PM

Any feedback on Unexpected Arrival?? I need something angsty like.

Grey November 21, 2017 at 8:15 PM

Tessa, I did, but I haven’t had a ton of time to read… so I was waiting to redeem… is that screwed up or what? God, what am I waiting for? stupid. you just decided for me. After I start and finish Collide…haha!

Grey November 21, 2017 at 9:09 PM

I just posted the signups for December Pick For Me on the Goodreads page!

Nay November 21, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Eep! I still need to read my November book!

Maryse–are you joining the Christmas book exchange? And anyone else who’s interested, check out the thread on GR.

Leslie M November 21, 2017 at 9:46 PM

Lindsay, Unexpected Arrival looks good, but I haven’t read it yet.

I think Kooloo might have read that one.

Nay November 21, 2017 at 10:17 PM

In honor of the late, great David Cassidy, my first HUGE crush.

This is my favorite Partridge Family song and watching this scene again makes me realize that this was my also first experience with a fantasy male asserting his manhood (and making me like it!) Definitely a sign of things to come!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAXFkUaQoAs

Melinda November 22, 2017 at 12:07 AM

I’m just starting unexpected arrival. 10% so far so good.

Has anyone read first. It sounds really good and all the reviews are all 5 stars but I’m scared about the ending. Is it happy?

Ooh and I just finished Alex by Sawyer Bennett and I looooved it. Instant 5 stars.

MichelleS November 22, 2017 at 1:10 AM

Ok. Had to abandon Crank. It’s told in present tense… a big turn off for me. “I come. I see. I conquer.” Doesn’t sound right… “I came. I saw. I conquered.” Yup. That sounds right. I might be picky, but I just can’t do present tense!!!

So… First it is… and, dang, I’m hooked already!

Leslie M November 22, 2017 at 6:58 AM

Nay, I love that song!! I think my first crush was Shaun Cassidy. I loved the Hardy Boys. ;)

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 8:41 AM

MichelleS keep me updated on First. I love military men heartache stories!!!

Kooloo November 22, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Morning my beautiful people!!! So as 8 (that’s how many friends I have lol) of you know I just joined bookface!!!!

And to celebrate this momentous occasion I am doing an Turkey Day/xMass cook ebook give away!!! All you have to do friend me (Kooloo DT) and post a sexy man picture of the HOHOHO variety on my page to win!!!

This is just one of the 6 books up for grabs…
Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America’s Favorite Holiday with America’s Thanksgiving Expert by Rick Rodgers

R. Renee November 22, 2017 at 9:34 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Eve US peeps! Happy Wednesday everyone else! I’ve been up since 5am. 2 pies, gravy, and cranberry sauce = DONE! Still have to make cornbread and sangria today.

Kooloo! I saw your FB! But I’m still in jail. :( Come join my group though. I can talk in there!

Tasha J November 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Don’t Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman is on sale for .99 from 2.99 (one on my tbr) The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon is FREE

Amy November 22, 2017 at 11:02 AM

The Law of Moses! Touching and heart wrenching from what I remember…

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond is 2.99 down from 12.99! Sounds perfect for thriller lovers. *cough*Maryse*cough*

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Looking it up right now!!! :D

Leslie M November 22, 2017 at 11:51 AM

3 things: (just cuz)

1. As of Monday, my tree is up & decorated. :) (I started a new tradition few years ago to have tree for Thanksgiving)

2. I need to adjust my book rating scale and then re-rate some books. Not in mood but I need a “5++” for my all time faves. Otherwise I feel like I can’t give 5 stars to others I love but just won’t compare to my faves like Twilight. (Cuz, hello?? NOTHING will ever be as good as Twilight for me)

3. I want pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies and anything candycane flavored. Omg! Do you know they have peppermint twinkies??? *tastebuds are doing happy dance*

MichelleS November 22, 2017 at 11:53 AM

I have a bajillion things to get done today… Thanksgiving is at my house tomorrow. And what am I doing? I am blubbering all over the place, because I just finished FIRST, and I am officially a mess!

5 stars for this amazing read. Why do we read what we read? Well, no matter what – paranormal, fantasy, historical, contemporary – first and foremost, we want ROMANCE. We want to feel the LOVE between the characters. And let me tell you now – this is a LOVE STORY. You feel it in every pore of your body. It’s the fairy tale we all dreamed of as young girls and women and why we read this “stuff”. It took me there, over and over. I felt what she felt. GAH! I am an emotional mess. So I guess I am recommending it – and Amy, this has your name written all over it girl.

Leslie M November 22, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Michelle, I love when a book does that to me! The characters are so real and you just “feel” them. The last book to do that to me was Forever Right Now. I get weepy just thinking about it.

R. Renee November 22, 2017 at 12:06 PM

1. I’m still in the kitchen pre-cooking.
2. Alexa just flipped out and started playing nothing but Christmas music.
3. I was going to give my turkey boobs, but I’m worried separating the skin that much might dry it out. I’m seriously wasting time contemplating this…

Tasha J November 22, 2017 at 12:13 PM

1. Going to Sears soon to pick a mattress and stove (fingers crossed all goes smoothly, I like to hibernate in the winter and today’s one of the worst days to go shopping).
2. Then going to see Coco in theaters (fingers crossed the little devils behave, they’ve been something else today)
3. I need a nap :) :)

P.S.- If anyone is still wanting to join our fun book exchange this year, head over to Goodreads. I made a thread for the exchange in Maryse’s Wolfpack/Bridesmaids under Miscellaneous!

Leslie M November 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Turkey boobs?!?

*scratches head in dismay*

R. Renee November 22, 2017 at 12:20 PM

LOL!! I emailed you a pic!

R. Renee November 22, 2017 at 12:21 PM

OMG I need sleep. I could have just linked it! http://i.imgur.com/FXARMh0.jpg

Leslie M November 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM

I want turkey boobs!

Tessa November 22, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Three things, huh?

1. Grilled cheese sandwiches made by a sandwich maker are nummy!
2. Next month little dude and I are going to S. Ca to see family. It’ll be the first time he’s been on a plane. He’s good with it all except he’s scared his cousin won’t like him. (She already does.)
3. Turkey boobs look like it’d be too dry once it’s cooked.

bev November 22, 2017 at 5:05 PM

No. Just no.

Jan November 22, 2017 at 6:14 PM

*chokes at picture of turkey boobs* People eat that?? I’m scared!

Michelle S. I abandoned Crank too :/ didn’t like the present tense or the instalust.

Three things:
1. It’s a glorious sunny morning here. Just makes you feel good.
2. Going out soon with my hubs to a local cafe for a nice coffee and read the paper. No work today :D
3. Doing some baking this arvo. Blueberry muffins I think.

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 7:08 PM

I’m a quarter way into Crank and I’m not feeling it so much. I struggled with her digging through his desk and customer invoices and making up her own rules for his customers while he was busy… (when she was just there to pay HIM for her own damage). GAH!!!!!

Anyway… I may squirrel.

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 7:09 PM

*clicked on R’s turkey boob picture*

*traumatized*

Tasha J November 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Well, shopping was a bit of a bust. I got what I needed, but not without the guy working like a sloth. Seriously imagine that scene at the DMV in Zootpoia. And 1 fight and a big meltdown. Missed the movie time we wanted, but made it to the next just in time. I had to go potty really bad the whole time and got a bad headache, but Coco was great! I had to get myself under control at the end so ppl didn’t see my tears. Lol, SO ready for bed!!

MichelleS November 22, 2017 at 7:44 PM

Maryse – try First instead. I was hooked after two chapters. Sigh. First love, and it’s a REAL feeling kind of book. Gave me that “feeling” I had when I started reading CR a few years ago. And it’s one book. No Cliffie.

MichelleS November 22, 2017 at 7:47 PM

Jan – right?!?!? Totally over the insta-lust. Maybe guys do think that stuff when they first meet you, but I don’t need a male POV in a book telling me in present tense what’s on his mind. Gah! Give me some slow burn, or angst, for crying out loud.

Kandace Milostan November 22, 2017 at 7:47 PM

I’m on a total Stephie Walls binge. Maryse posted her newest book Unexpected Arrivals and I loved it. I loved it so much I dove straight into her backlist. Her duet “Bound” and “Freed” was so intense. Lots of drama and angst. Bound kind of had a DRIVE feels to it.

Jan November 22, 2017 at 8:48 PM

Yeah Michelle. I’m over that too. Let’s have a little bit of time where we actually get to know each other before we start getting obsessed with thoughts of sex. OK, maybe it is a guy thing??? but I don’t want to read about it.

Nay November 22, 2017 at 8:57 PM

That’s why I didn’t get Crank–I saw it was FPPT AND had HIS pov. I no longer want HIS pov!! I don’t want to know what he’s thinking! I don’t want to know what he’s doing every minute when he’s not with the heroine, so that even if she’s worried about where he is and who he’s with, *I* know that he’s only volunteering at the soup kitchen! Give me some angst, authors!

bev November 22, 2017 at 9:04 PM

Squirrel Maryse. Squirrel. Go to outer space with Gaan. Or go totally different genre with To Tell the Truth.
Do it. You know you want to.

Jan November 22, 2017 at 9:05 PM

*whispers to Nay* what’s FPPT?

bev November 22, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Hey, notice how I don’t push Simon on you and Amy anymore?
I’m getting beter.

Nay November 22, 2017 at 9:11 PM

Jan–first person, present tense

Nay November 22, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Amy–thanks for the heads up on The Marriage Pact! I was going to put that on my Christmas Exchange shelf because I remembered it being expensive, but when I looked at it, I thought the price had simply come down. I didn’t even think about it being on sale! Duh!

Amy November 22, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Yes bev, you are getting better.

Now I’m sorry I ruined your cookies and made you sit on them.

*snort*

Amy November 22, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Doesn’t it look intriguing, Nay??

Sooooo, I’m thinking I won’t be reading Crank even though I already clicked it. If it’s not working for that many of you, I strongly doubt it will work for me. :?

HOWEVER! First is sounding pretty promising, even if it does break my no-military-guy-books rule. ;)

Amy November 22, 2017 at 9:56 PM

And if MichelleS says First has my name all over it, then I’m gonna trust that!

*checks out turkey boobs*

*drops head into hands*

Oh FFS…

bev November 22, 2017 at 10:03 PM

But….i mean….you know who likes cookies….right?

Oreo cookies.

Nay November 22, 2017 at 10:28 PM

Amy–yes, it does and I clicked it right away!

I got First yesterday. I’ve already started Frayed Silk, so I want to finish that first, but I haven’t had time to read! Had my monthly check-up today, so that always consumes my entire day.

The turkey boobs are genius! But please don’t try any other body parts! lol

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 11:05 PM

SIMON!!

And me. :)

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 11:06 PM

Perfect MichelleS. That is EXACTLY what I want. I’m on it.

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 11:08 PM

Right there with you, Jan, and MichelleS and Nay… I just wanna ONLY BE HER.

In real life… I would ONLY be her, and I’d get all of my OWN insecurities and perceptions and butterflies… I would FEEL it. I’ve always preferred a single POV.

Maryse November 22, 2017 at 11:10 PM

LOL Jan!! I was wondering too. ;)

bev November 22, 2017 at 11:31 PM

I think First Person Present Tense.

Jan November 23, 2017 at 12:40 AM

*whispers to Nay and bev* Thanks.

Now I know what it is I can use the term. I don’t like FPPT. There authors! I know some of you love it, but for me it’s usually a turn-off – enough to make me not buy a book.

Amy November 23, 2017 at 12:49 AM

I generally don’t care for FPPT, but if the writing and storyline are exceptional enough to cause me not to be distracted by it while reading then I’m okay with it.

Dual POV…I used to enjoy it until my angst tolerance grew pretty high. Now, it’s only preferable for me when I’ve just been emotionally drained by a book and need something that will be a little easier on me, which dual POV usually is. Knowing what’s going on with HIM kills the anxiety felt by HER. And me. ;)

Grey November 23, 2017 at 2:52 AM

What am I doing on the blog at 245 in the am, you ask? Well I’ve been online shopping :o *grumbles about spoiled children and their idiotic mother* Wait…that’s me… *shuffles off to bed*

But first, let me be the first…Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow US friends! And to my non-US friends that may not be celebrating Thanksgiving today, I am sending out my best wishes to you all today anyway. I am so thankful to have all of you…our book family in this little corner of the Internet. Thank you, Maryse, for giving us a home! *hugs* Enjoy your families and your feasts! and to any of you that are partaking in shopping shenanigans…be safe, have fun and may the deals be ever in your favor.

Nay November 23, 2017 at 8:35 AM

I’m mostly over dual pov, except when it’s done just right (when the male pov is only given at certain times and to reveal certain things).

Maryse–I don’t think this was the brand you were looking for, but I was looking at the Black Friday deals for today in electronics, and the first thing I saw listed were these robotic vacuums:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=gbph_tit_m-2_da47_0504ea54?url=me%3DA2HEK92N58O38H&field-keywords=B01N9P4NH5%7CB01NBVY14Q&smid=A2HEK92N58O38H&pf_rd_p=ea2dda18-1662-4a15-8a12-6e22deedda47&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=384082011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=8E7WTVGQK82HVKZHXEJG

R. Renee November 23, 2017 at 8:41 AM

I’m with Nay! :lol:

Actually, I like any POV that’s done well. I just hate it when the voices feel so similar I have to keep reminding myself who’s speaking.

Happy Thanksgiving US peeps! Happy Thursday everyone else.

FLT: “There are two things I repeat to myself each and every time I walk through the front door of Aubrey’s house. No and no!” Goodnight, Nic by Marley Jacobs

Tasha J November 23, 2017 at 9:12 AM

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Can’t wait to actually get up and around….not. Lol But I am looking forward to eating.
FLT: “‘This woman –Jessica Lane –should have died.” from “Dead Woman Walking: A Novel” by Sharon Bolton

Kooloo November 23, 2017 at 10:06 AM

@@$HAPPY TURKEY DAY$@@

Good find NayNay!!! I wont one soooooo bad

Kooloo November 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM

wont one lol drunk on cooking wine – this sh*t aint bad
and yes my fam is doin’ Turkey Day again here in the CAN

Kooloo November 23, 2017 at 10:40 AM

oh and im dacing around in my flanel polar bear Pjs making a total mess in the kitchen dancing to my fav add free internet radio station that has been around for about a decade – but only the kool kids know about it! TeeHeee

https://www.radioparadise.com/rp_2.php?#
and yes there is an APP FOR THAT

R. Renee November 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Cheryl, your sangria recipe is fantastic!!! And my turkey’s still frozen!!!

Maryse November 23, 2017 at 11:37 AM

I just made cheesy mashed potatoes. And over whipped them into the consistency of glue. *sigh*

Pass the Sangria please.

Maryse November 23, 2017 at 11:38 AM

*hugs Kooloo* So cute in your fuzzy pjs!!!!!

MichelleS November 23, 2017 at 11:44 AM

I just ordered an iRoomba on Amazon (deal of the day) for 134.99 – regularly 299.99 – woohoo – happy day! I know it’s not the super duper one, but I don’t need to control the vacuum with my phone! Happy girl. Now – time to peel potatoes. Ugh. I hate peeling potatoes.

R. Renee November 23, 2017 at 11:47 AM
Maryse November 23, 2017 at 12:10 PM

I just got a Roomba too!!! Mine is the more basic model, (model 614?) ’cause I just need it to handle my daily dust. I can’t “schedule” it but I don’t even care, ’cause I HAVE to be here while it runs, so I can make sure there aren’t any “doggie mishaps” to run over… and *ahem* decorate with. ;)

Maryse November 23, 2017 at 12:29 PM

MichelleS!!

You know what’s worse than peeling potatoes?

Peeling potatoes, boiling them, mashing them and turning them into inedible potato glue. You’re welcome!! :)

bev November 23, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Been wanting to go purse shopping or t.v. shopping, lol.

Amy November 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. :)

I’m thankful for so much, not the least of which is this place, all of you wonderful ladies, and the plethora of info I have amassed here from book info to food and drink recipes to makeup and nail polish talk.

Have a beautiful turkey day, ladies. Keep the deals and finds comin’. ;)

Amy November 23, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Oh, and I’m also joining the Roomba-owning club as of today as well. Anything to make life easier, right?

bev November 23, 2017 at 12:43 PM

One of my favorite Thanksgiving things ever. No matter how often I see it, I laugh. And was based on a true incident.
As God as my witness….*snort*

https://youtu.be/lf3mgmEdfwg

Amy November 23, 2017 at 12:49 PM

OMG… *snicker*

Leslie M November 23, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Maryse & R, I feel your thanksgiving food drama pain. I have been there!! Fingers crossed today is smooth for once.

I hate peeling potatoes too! I found that you can do them the night before. Just store in water and put in fridge. Rinse and use fresh water next day to cook.

What am I grateful for?? You guys!!! *big thankful hugs to all and fist bump to bev*

Amy November 23, 2017 at 12:56 PM

You know what else I’m thankful for and just have to say it? Having hubby here. He has missed countless anniversaries, Thanksgivings, birthdays, Valentine’s days, and other holidays over the last 20 years (but only one Christmas, thank goodness), and any holiday where he IS here is a time to be thankful for.

And let me just say…you guys, this place, and the shenanigans that go on here have been some of the best distractors at some of my worst times when he has been gone. ;)

Okay, sappy time is over now.

Amy November 23, 2017 at 12:57 PM

I’m the oddball, I guess (go figure)…I actually LOVE peeling potatoes. :oops:

bev November 23, 2017 at 1:10 PM

I’m glad he can be home with you Amy. Are you cooking one of your feasts?

bev November 23, 2017 at 1:11 PM

It is ok to be sappy, Maryse has a beautiful Thanksgiving post up.

Amy November 23, 2017 at 1:24 PM

I just visited that post and got sappy all over again. Then after I posted it I realized how long the comment was and cringed at being a board hog. But whatever. Y’all are used to that by now and can just roll your eyes at me. ;)

And yes, I’m making all of my traditional favorite dishes today so I guess you could call it a feast. :D Right now is my “break” before things REALLY kick off.

What are you doing today, bev? Cooking? Hosting? Going elsewhere to family/friends’ house?

R. Renee November 23, 2017 at 1:24 PM

All day long my brother-in-law: “Put me to work. What can I do?”
Also my brother-in-law: “Don’t you like the skins ON your mashed potatoes?” :roll:

Amy November 23, 2017 at 1:29 PM

“Don’t you like the skins ON your mashed potatoes?”

*facepalm*

R. Renee November 23, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Blasphemy!

Amy November 23, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Lookie what I found for Christmas gift ideas! I’m totally making these for my coworkers.

Amy November 23, 2017 at 2:34 PM
bev November 23, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Imagines myself hosting……*shudder*
I’ve only attempted to cook it once or twice for my very immediate family asking my mom questions every other step.
Growing up peeling the potatoes was always my job, MichelleS.

Jan November 23, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Have a great Thanksgiving American peeps. Some retailers over here have been jumping on the bandwagon and offering Black Friday sales, but we Aussies don’t even know what Black Friday means. Still, our eyes light up at the word ‘sale’ LOL. Any excuse!

FLT:
Mary Whitsun did not like comely gentlemen.

from a new novella, Once Upon A Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. Kinda finishing off her Georgian HR series I read earlier in the year. It’s a decent length for a novella, but it’s nothing that special….. :/ Still, I’m committed now and I’m gonna finish it. I’m rarely a fan of novellas though. Not enough time for plot and character development. It’s hard to do them well.

Tessa November 23, 2017 at 9:08 PM

First off… Yeah, Amy! So happy you got your hubby home for Thanksgiving this year. That’s awesome.

Currently we are waiting for the turkey to be done. It was supposed to be done two hours ago.

I don’t need a Roomba. Hardwood floor, and little dude LOVES to vacuum. He’d be so disappointed if we got one. They don’t make enough noise.

I’ll do my FLT after dinner. lol Oh, and I hosted one Thanksgiving years ago; my mom’s last one. It was her favorite holiday so almost the whole family came to our house. I sat in a corner and made sure not to get overwhelmed. (Seriously, 6 siblings, their spouses, their kids, and a few kid’s kids came. I liked my corner!) Best part, three separate turkeys, tons of food, and I didn’t have to cook most of it. :D

Kooloo November 23, 2017 at 11:02 PM

WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF – Gahhhh every time
It’s starts Oh that’s nice cover… then Ooooooo I like that bulb…
then click – then read – then……. MY HEART GETS RIPPED OUT OF MY CHEST…. Again!

See “Save My Heart” by DC Renee (yes Nay I KNOW!)

https://www.amazon.com/Save-My-Heart-DC-Renee-ebook/dp/B077LH994S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511495904&sr=1-1&keywords=save+my+heart

Tessa November 23, 2017 at 11:07 PM

FLT
My restoration to Grace plunged Heaven and hell into civil war.
Gylded Wings by Linda Nightingale.

Oh, Just an FYI, anyone who likes Mafia books, SERIOUSLY, read Mafia and his Angel by Lylah James! I devoured all three books, and it’s just so good. Not a bully, though he was a jerk at first, but there’s so much emotion with the usual kill, torture, fight of mafia books.

Melinda November 24, 2017 at 6:39 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to all you US people. I hope you have a good one.

One question do you always have mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.
Not roast potatoes or scalloped potatoes. And I love peeling potatoes because the end product is soooo Delish. I have a great recipe for scalloped potatoes.

Also all Tarryn Fisher books are on sale for 99cents.

Leslie M November 24, 2017 at 6:48 AM

Melinda, its traditional here to have mashed potatoes with the turkey. A lot of people also do a mashed sweet potato casserole as well. Mmmmm, scalloped potatoes are delish, but not typically served on Thanksgiving.

bev November 24, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Scallop and roast are great but mashed are king at Thanksgiving. I mean it’s the perfect bowl for gravy.

MichelleS November 24, 2017 at 9:23 AM

Yes, mashed potatoes are a must. They must be peeled, and russet, not red or gold! My mom always wants Yukon gold. No no no, I want white mashed potatoes. The struggle is real.

Tessa November 24, 2017 at 1:18 PM

I have mashed potatoes. It’s pure tradition for Thanksgiving. Though *whispers* if it were up to me, I’d keep the peel in it.

Melinda November 25, 2017 at 1:04 AM

I wondered why it was always mashed potatoes. Even in the movies. Now I know.

I love the idea of Thanksgiving. Such a shame we don’t ha e it here. Enjoy all.

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