Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – October 11th 2016

by Maryse on October 11, 2016 · 315 comments

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100+ new releases today, and the list is ready!!! Great recommendations in our list, too, and I’m almost finished one of the new releases (so I’ll be reviewing shortly). And of course I highlighted a bunch that look extra good to me, to help you sort through ‘em.

AND!!! Yesterday was yet again an ultimate “Early bird” book release day (with some super-star authors) so don’t forget to check it out if you missed it ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ Happy Monday! I found 12 Monday Earlybird Book Releases!!!

Fabi: I’m just merrily one-clicking away. I think I got 4-5 from above…

Cheryl: Wow, what a list Maryse!! I want them all. I’m also eyeing Full Tilt since All In releases tomorrow. Just can’t decide.

Okay and… what looks extra good to me? (The blurb-jolt list): Four Letter Word (from the recommendations because our fellow readers mention a KA feel which I’m ALWAYS looking for), Sundered (a new release “re-release” but OMG that premise!!! A couple just trying to have a baby and that take a drug to speed things up… and then OMG!!!!!!), All In (I LOVED book #1, and I’m almost done this one, and it’s a heart-tugger for sure!), Small Great Things (I have yet to read a Jodi Picoult book, but so many of my reader friends LOVE her poignant, deep stories, and this one sounds ALL OF THAT), The Tutor (He’s a total recluse – albeit famous and revered, and she’s an author with a side job to make ends meet. He hires her to help him with his… *ahem* needs, and all hell breaks loose when he makes a public appearance with her).

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

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  1. Pucked Under by Helena Hunting
  2. The Contract by Melanie Moreland
  3. Luxe 2: A LaLa Land Addiction, Book 2 by Ashley Antoinette
  4. Searching for Disaster: Searching For, Book 5 by Jennifer Probst
  5. It Had to Be Them: An It Had to Be Novel, Book 4 by Tamra Baumann
  6. Rock Wedding: Rock Kiss Series, Book 2.5 by Nalini Singh
  7. Royal Savage by Victoria Ashley
  8. Deep Blue by Jules Barnard
  9. Jack & Coke: Uncertain Saints MC Series, Book 2 by Lani Lynn Vale
  10. Fish out of Water by Amy Lane <— M/M ROMANCE
  11. Enraptured: Vampire Awakenings, Book 4 by Tavia Gilbert


BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS  (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds) by J. Daniels <— RECENT RELEASE WITH A KA-LIKE HERO ALERT! Lisa is reading it and enjoying it! “Im reading Four Letter Word. The H Brian could have stepped straight out of a KA book.” YAY!!!! This is gooooooood to know! (and here is the UK version) :D
Melinda: Lisa I loved four letter word. Such a great book . Very similar to KA.
  • fugly (The Fugly Series Book 1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— SHE’S CONSIDERED UNATTRACTIVE… & IT’S STILL ON SUPER-BARGAIN TODAY, ’cause book #2 was just released (below) and both can be read as standalones! (UK version)
  • Offside by Shay Savage <— HE’S A JERK AND YOU’LL HATE HIM…. but Leslie was surprised by this one! “I’m reading an “oldie” (only two years old, but not a new release) for a TBR challenge. Offside by Shay Savage. I’m almost finished and I really like it. It’s one of those “H starts off like a jerk and you hate him, but then he makes you fall for him” stories. It has actually made me tear up a few times too. I almost DNF’d it but am glad I didn’t as story turned out way different then I thought.
  • Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward <— PENELOPE WARD SUPER RARE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!!! Still on super-sale today!! Leslie M SAYS WE MUST READ IT NOW!!! “Ok, those who haven’t read Stepbrother Dearest…READ IT NOW PEOPLE!!! I almost never 5* anything and I loved this one. It wasn’t what I was expecting in a good way. I don’t want to say too much & spoil….but it’s not a cheesey, trashy, clichéd stepbro story (I think cover & blurb are misleading). It’s a swoony, emotional, grown up romance. Only the beginning of story is when they are teens. This is my kind of love story!!!” (P.S. Here is the UK version)
  • Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren <— Bringing this one back again because so many in our reading crew absolutely LOVES it (and the final release in the series that just came out)!

Grey: Beautiful… What can I say? I sappy cried through the last epilogues…yes, I said epilogueS. I enjoyed the book, but adored the epilogues. It felt like coming home. The Beautiful Series is one of my very favorite series ever…so this is very bittersweet for me, knowing it’s the end of an era now. The writing team of Christina Lauren are such a package of awesome, wrapped in amazing and heavily dusted in fairy glitter. They’re like a unicorn… The way they write so seemlessly together, it’s truly magical. I’m going to miss this cast of characters something fierce. The ending for our Bastard, Bitch, Player, Stranger, Secret, Beginning, Beloved, Bombshell, Boss and yes, Beautiful… Was, well, it was poignant, a true full circle. If you haven’t read this series and enjoy well-written new adult stories with a healthy dose of humor, complex characters, hot smut and some angst…look no further! Beautiful (the book) gets 4.5 stars for the beginning and the ending alone. I really enjoyed the seamless integration of past characters into Jensen and Pippa’s story while giving them a tale of their own. Definitely not a standalone!!! I sense a book hangover coming on!

Cheryl:  Grey I LOVED Beautiful too. The epilogues were the best part; tied up the entire series with a beautiful bow!! Will and Hanna were my favs too!! Also, loved Bennett and Chloe who I first read about when it was a twilight fanfiction and the characters were Edward and Bella!!

Jan: Yeah Grey and Cheryl, the Beautiful series is one of my favs too. So well-written and involving. And Will and Hanna are still my favs too, altho Jensen and Pippa in the final book do make a great pair. Can’t wait to see what the Christina Lauren duo do next. I liked their other series OK (Wild Seasons) but for me it wasn’t anywhere near as good as the Beautiful ones.

  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta <— THIS AUTHOR JUST RELEASED A NEW BOOK (below) and SO MANY HERE loved THIS one!
bev:  I love Jellicoe Road. I just fell into that book. It had tropes I enjoy like boarding school, a, to me, foreign country, strong side characters, and making your own family. I thought the writing was fabulous and great heroine. And if I’d really thought about it I should of been all…….TESSA! READ THIS!
DG: Just finished reading Until Harry by L.A. Casey…and I LOVED it! Definite 4.5 stars for me…some parts were a little watery, emotional but sooo worth the ride. I normally don’t read a lot of second chance romance but yeah, this one I really, REALLY loved! Lots of alpha males in this one…overprotective uncle, father, brothers…and best friend. Sometimes a girl just needs protecting…even if she doesn’t want it. ****a DG recommended gotta read****
  • Evelyn, After: A Novel by Victoria Helen Stone <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT! AND It’s the #1 Kindle book on all of Amazon right now! I loved and reviewed it, and Denise TOTALLY LOVED it too! YAY!!!! “Thank you for recommending this book!!!! Absolutely amazing. Couldn’t put it down. Loved it. It was exactly what I needed. I want more books like this that just consume me. Any more recommendations? Pretty please ;)” (P.S. Here is the UK version)

Maryse: YAY!!! I’m so glad, Denise. Thank you for letting me know. And you bet!!! I’m on a kick of this genre.

I’d say take a look at this list:

and this one, too:




  1. Crimson Death: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton <— ANITA BLAKE ALERT!! (here is the UK version)
  2. Midnight Untamed: A Midnight Breed Novella by Lara Adrian <— LARA ADRIAN ALERT!! (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  3. The Midnight Star (Young Elites Book 3) by Marie Lu
  4. Once Upon Now <— “An exclusive collection of new modern tales with a fantastical twist, from some of the most beloved writers on Wattpad.”
  5. PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1 by Jordan Castillo Price
  6. Once Upon A Midnight
  7. Creatus Animus by Carmen DeSousa
  8. Across the Universe (Saint’s Grove Book 6) by Elise Marion
  9. Crux: A Sci-Fi Romance (The Jekh Saga Book 2) by H.E. Trent
  10. Eden’s Deliverance (The Eden Series Book 4) by Rhenna Morgan
  11. Unus (Stone Mage Saga Book 1) by Raven Whitney
  12. Sundered (Anniversary Edition) (The Nevermore Trilogy Book 1) by Shannon Mayer <—  *RE-RELEASE BUT THIS ONE SOUNDS AWESOME!! THEY TAKE A SPECIAL DRUG TO AID IN HAVING A BABY…I thought life with my adoring husband was finally moving in the right direction. We had an idyllic home, friends, and plans for a future together. The only thing missing, was the child we both so desperately wanted. Hope came in the form of a single medical miracle. Yet the drug was not as it seemed and instead of healing, it beget a world of monsters…” The author states: “*RE-RELEASE: The Nevermore Trilogy” Anniversary Edition. Now a full length novel. Brand new scenes, additional points of view and 35K extra words all breathe new life into the first series ever published by USA Today Bestselling Author Shannon Mayer.* (here it is on Amazon UK)
  13. Wolf Betrayed (Talon Pack Book 4) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  14. Guarding his Mark (Shifter Protection Specialists Inc. Book 3) by SA Welsh
  15. Dragon Fire: Dragon Knights (The Sea Captain’s Daughter Book 2) by Bianca D’Arc
  16. The Scent of Salt & Sand: An Escaped Novella (The Escaped Series) by Kristin Cast & P.C. Cast (here it is on Amazon UK)
  17. Radar Deception: 2016 Anniversary Edition (Immortal Ops Book 3) by Mandy M. Roth
  18. The Billionaire Shifter’s Virgin Mate (Billionaire Shifters Club #2) by Diana Seere
  19. Carved (The Road to Hell Series, Book 2) by Brenda K. Davies
  20. Comes The Dawn (The Wonderland Series: Book 5) by Irina Shapiro
  21. Darkness Savage (The Dark Cycle Book 3) by Rachel A. Marks
  22. Boundless (Pandora Book 2)
  23. Alliance: an Alpha Shifter Romance (Mated in Hell Trilogy Book 1) by K. de Long & Rebecca Hamilton
  24. The SnowFang Bride by Merry Ravenell




  1. All In (Full Tilt Book 2) by Emma Scott <— EMMA SCOTT ALERT! I’M READING THIS ONE RIGHT NOW!!! :D Poignant!! P.S. I suggest HIGHLY that you read Full Tilt right away if you haven’t (that’s book #1)!!!! It’s a complete book, except I realized “All In” is DEFINITELY a sequel and you must NOT read the blurb or even that book, until you’ve read #1.  ;) Mind you, if anyone stumbles on #2 first and reads it, they’ll still be able to follow… it’s just much more poignant after experiencing #1. P.S. Here’s my 5-star review of Book #1 (Full Tilt) And Celeste agrees! (P.S. Here it is on Amazon UK)

Celeste: “I just finished All In. I’ll just copy and paste my comment I posted on Emma Scott’s Facebook page – that kind of sums it up for me, lol.

Oh my God. I’m not sure whether to be mad at you, or if I should be professing serious love for you. I feel so melodramatic in saying this, but oh well, here it goes, anyway. You completely destroyed me. Took me apart, systematically, by pieces. But then you rebuilt me… So I think it’s love. Thank you for this story. Thank you so much.”

  1. The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan <— SHE STARTS WORKING WITH HER ALPHA-MALE FRIEND…When we start working together, that’s when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I’ve harbored for him disappear, because there’s no way this can end well. The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred...” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  2. Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac
  3. Unveiling Chaos by Jeannine Allison
  4. Going Hard (Steele Ridge Book 2) by Kelsey Browning
  5. The Virgin Cowboy (Cowboys & Virgins Book 4) by Alexa Riley <— ALEXA RILEY HILARIOUS WARNING ALERT!Warning: This short story is packed full of big hair, big attitude, and big curves. Dolly holds her own, but the hero always ends up on top. *slow wink* Grab your boots and cowboy hat… We’ve got a couple of cherries to pop!” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  6. Living Fast (Steele Ridge Book 3) by Adrienne Giordano
  7. The Bookshop on Autumn Lane (A Truhart Novel) by by Cynthia Tennent
  8. Beautiful Secret by Dana Faletti
  9. Down Deep (Going Deep Book 1) by Virna DePaul <— FOOTBALL STAR THAT ONCE HUMILIATED HER ALERT!He was also Camille Pollert’s first crush. But then he humiliated her at a high school football game, and while she got her revenge, she also closed off her heart. Ten years later, Camille is a football photographer and single mother, and her old crush returns with a vengeance when she sees Heath again…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  10. The Practice Wife by Marissa Monteilh
  11. A Fine Balance: A Deputy Sheriff in Pot Country by Susan Johnson
  12. Just Fine with Caroline: A Cold River Novel by Annie England Noblin
  13. Going Down Fast (Billionaire Bad Boys Book 2) by Carly Phillips <— HER CHILDHOOD BEST FRIEND IS A BILLIONAIRE… “When Maxie Sullivan finds herself in dire straights, the only man she can turn to is the one she’s always secretly loved: her childhood best friend…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  14. Charge (Electric Series #1) by E. L. Todd
  15. Spark (Electric Series #2) by E. L. Todd
  16. Burn (Electric Series #3) by E. L. Todd
  17. Combust (Electric Series #4) by E. L. Todd
  18. it’s a fugly life (The Fugly Series Book 2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— THE CONTINUATION TO BOOK #1 (but author says they can both be read as standalones). She’s had surgery and now she’s caught in a love triangle! “One car wreck, three reconstructive surgeries, and some unexpected money have changed my life. I’ve started my own company, I’ve finally learned to like myself–not love, but like (hey, it’s a journey)–and I’ve met a wonderful new man who’s helped me put Max in the past where he belongs. There’s only one problem: After six long months, Maxwell Cole is back, asking for the one thing I can’t give him. And he’s not taking no for an answer…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  19. Whispered Lies: Web of Lies #1 by Kathleen Brooks
  20. It Had to Be Them (An It Had to Be Novel Book 4) by Tamra Baumann
  21. Playing for the Win (A Portwood Brothers Novel Book 3) by Emily Robertson
  22. Patchwhore by Kim Jones <— KIM JONES BIKER BOOK!!! Her biker boyfriend (husband?) cheated on her, and broke her heart. “After months of heartache and loss, anger ensued. Rage replaced sadness. Fury took over heartache. Revenge became irresistible. Now he’ll feel what I felt. One by one, his brothers will take his place in my bed.  They have a name for me in the MC world… PATCHWHORE. And this is my story.“ (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  23. The Ghost in the Curve (The Cedar Creek Series) by Violet Howe
  24. Sugar Free: A Sugar Bowl Novel by Sawyer Bennett <— SAWYER BENNETT CONCLUSION TO THE TRILOGY ALERT!!! (here it is on Amazon UK)
  25. Princess of Darkness (The Dark Prince Book 3) by Autumn Winchester
  26. Lipstick and Leather (Rough and Ready Book 7) by Cheyenne McCray
  27. Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend! by Kay Marie
  28. Jackson (The Truth Series Book 4) by Elaine May
  29. Since You’ve Been Gone by Christa Allan
  30. Five in a Row by Jan Coffey
  31. Match Fit: A Bad Boy Sports Romance by Amélie S. Duncan
  32. The Player by Claire Contreras <— HE’S A SOCCER STAR!!! ”She thinks our worlds are too different. All I want her to think about is screaming my name. She says I’m bad news. I have three weeks to prove her wrong…“ (here it is on Amazon UK)
  33. Pucked Under (The Pucked Series Book 5) by Helena Hunting <— HELENA HUNTING HOCKEY STARS ALERT! “With the off-season coming to a close and the boys gearing up for training camp, one more weekend of fun is the perfect way to welcome the new season. The entire crew piles into vehicles and drives to Alex and Violet’s Chicago cottage for a few days of relaxation―and hopefully a chance for Randy to shake the anxiety that’s been plaguing him…“ (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  34. Hooked by Gina Messina
  35. The Perfect Fit (Keller Weddings Book 2) by Kenna Avery Wood
  36. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta <— FROM THE AUTHOR OF Jellicoe Road ALERT!! So many LOVE this author, right here in our crew, and here is her latest book! “When Bish Ortley, a suspended cop, receives word that a bus carrying his daughter has been bombed, he rushes to be by her side. A suspect has already been singled out: a 17-year-old girl who has since disappeared from the scene. The press has now revealed that she is the youngest member of one of London’s most notorious families…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  37. SUMMER’S END (Regan Stone Book 1) by Sally Henson
  38. Accidental Attraction (A Year Agreement Book 2) by Kenadee Bryant
  39. Always And Forever (BWWM Romance) by BWWM Club
  40. Crosswind (The Flyboy Trilogy Book 3) by G.L. Ross
  41. Crazy Love (A Cates Brothers Book) by Lee Kilraine
  42. Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult <— JODI PICOULT’S LATEST BOOK!!!Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
  43. Chase’s Chance (Cherishing the Unexpected Book 1) by A. Sloan
  44. Rescued by a Hot SEAL: Hot SEALs by Cat Johnson
  45. One Sunday Drive: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Diamond Lake Series Book 4) by T.K. Chapin
  46. Reckless Abandon (The Cave Series Book 1) by Teri Kay
  47. Savage Mafia Prince: a Dangerous Royals romance by Annika Martin
  48. Toxic (Desired Affliction Book 1) by C.A. Harms
  49. Beard Science (Winston Brothers Book 3) by Penny Reid <— PENNY REID COMEDY ROMANCE ALERT!!Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  50. The Heartbreaker Series: Books 1-3 by Evan Grace
  51. Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  52. Cal (The Ride Series Book 5) by Megan O’Brien
  53. SEALs of Honor: Mason’s Wish by Dale Mayer
  54. Girl in the Water by Dana Marton
  55. Underside of Courage (Beautifully Disturbed Series Book 2) by Sarah Zolton Arthur <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  56. Enjoy the Dance (Dancing Book 2) by Heidi Cullinan <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  57. The Runaway Father (The Runaway Model Book 3) by Parker Avrile <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  58. Bound To Surrender: A Doms of Genesis Novella (The Doms of Genesis) by Jenna Jacob <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  59. Double Talk (On The Radio Book 2) by Pandora Pine <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  60. Bound to Submit (Blasphemy) by Laura Kaye <— A DOM BROKE HER HEART & SHE’S LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO SUBMIT TO… “…the Dom she wants once refused her submission and broke her heart, but, scarred on the inside and out, she’s not looking for love this time. She’s not even sure she’s capable. Griffin Hudson is haunted by the mistakes that cost him the only woman he ever loved. Now she’s back at his BDSM club” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  61. An Improper Bride (Elliot & Annabelle #2) (Billionaires’ Brides of Convenience Book 4) by Nadia Lee
  62. Discovering Love Series: Books 1-3 by Ra’chael Ohara
  63. Lacey’s Way by Madeline Baker
  64. Deadly Payback (Hardy Brothers Security Book 22) by Lily Harper Hart
  65. Euphoria (The Thornfield Affair Book 1) by Amity Cross
  66. A Royal Christmas Princess by Scarlet Wilson <— SHE JUST FOUND OUT SHE’S A PRINCESS ALERT!After a tough year losing her mom and bills mounting, Holly Yates is in for a lonely Christmas. But when she hears a news report that the small principality of Coronia is looking for their lost princess, she recognizes her baby photo on the news and is astounded…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  67. Shy girls write it better by May Sage
  68. Ablaze (Dallas Fire & Rescue Book 2) by Paige Tyler
  69. Rose’s Choice (Morgan’s Run Romances Book 4) by M. Lee Prescott
  70. The Crazy Cat Ladies: Nine New Contemporary and Paranormal Romances Ready to Tempt You with an Alpha Hero to Walk on the Wild Side
  71. Variations (Base Branch Series Book 9) by Megan Mitcham
  72. A Christmas Day at the Office (A Day at the Office) by Matt Dunn
  73. Almost Wrong by Aubrey Parker
  74. The Tutor by K.D. Grace <— SHE’S A SEX TUTOR & HE’S A RECLUSE THAT CAN’T STAND TO BE TOUCHED ALERT! Oh this DOES sound gooooood!!!Struggling writer Kelly Blake has a secret life as a sex tutor—it pays the bills. Celebrated sculptor and recluse Alexander ‘Lex’ Valentine can’t stand to be touched. When he seeks out Kelly’s advice incognito for what he sees as his ‘self-abuse problem’, the results are too hot to handle. Kelly terminates their sessions due to her unprofessional behavior, and Lex takes a huge risk, revealing his identity to her at a gala exhibition, his first ever public appearance. After Kelly helps the severely haphephobic Lex escape the grope of reporters and paparazzi, rumors fly that the two are engaged...” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  75. The Trouble With Lust (Workout World Series Book 2) by T.M. Cromer
  76. Kiss Shot (Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team, Book 2) by Zara Keane
  77. BOUND (The Manhattan Bound Series Book 4) by Juliet Braddock
  78. Kiss of Summer: Jacobs Ranch Collection by Alyson Raynes
  79. Mindf**k (Siren Book 4) by Katie de Long
  80. Unlucky in Love: A Whisper Creek Novel by Maggie McGinnis
  81. Lilac Sand by Tara Cignarella <— SHE ACCIDENTALLY MEETS A ROCK STAR ALERT!One night at a crowded party she heads outside for solitude, but she will not be alone for long. Frederick Rhoades, lead singer of a world famous New Jersey band sits beside her. A chance meeting brought on by her need to get away from people leads to her finding the one person she always wants to be with…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  82. The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett <— Tasha found us this one!!
Tasha: Oh! And speaking of new releases… This one gave me a huge blurb jolt, but also those editorial reviews have me really excited to try it!


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Grey October 11, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Me first, me first! What do I win?!? I’ve got my eye on a couple… And hey??? Maryse what about our buddy read??? I’m doing an Arc of a BIGGIE for next week, but then I’m open?

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

You win a big squeeeeeeezy hug by me, and a face full of my mommy’s kisses (within a head-lock, of course < — I dunno why she insists on doing that) by my mommy!

It’s fun! I promise! LOL!!!

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Okay Grey!

I’m also in for our buddy read… I started it (only first chapter though) and I found the discourse and inner-monologue a bit… er… “flighty” and not so serious (maybe even a touch of a silly-feel), but I think it will settle in soon enough.

SO I’m still in.

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM


oooooh… what’s the biggie? :D !!!! Do tell!!!

Tasha J October 11, 2016 at 1:08 PM

I had no idea Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil was written by the same author of Jellicoe Road! I LOVED that book, this just makes me all the more excited to read it! And Small Great Things gave me a major blurb jolt! Also, Bridget Jones’s Baby! I’ve never read these books, but adored this last movie so much, I bet it’s great. Really need to catch up on those Winston brothers too! Gah! I loved them in Beauty and the Mustache, but I haven’t gotten around to following up yet. Just started Where They Found Her and have 4 days before it goes back! And then the Wrath and the Dawn just came in, and I’ve been waiting soo long! The library for me is a blessing, and a curse. Putting a pause on loans after these two for a while and tackling some of these awesome new releases. Oh! And speaking of new releases… This one gave me a huge blurb jolt, but also those editorial reviews have me really excited to try it!

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Oooh I just added it, Tasha!!! :D Thank you!!

Lisa Aiello October 11, 2016 at 2:53 PM

I am so running to get Tutor, cuz that has my name all over it – sick and twisted individual that I am!!! God, I love me a broken man, who is just ripe for fixin!!!

Mia October 11, 2016 at 3:25 PM

First time poster, long time follower. hahah. But I felt compelled to write. Earlier this week you posted a pre-order that I’ve had sitting on my Kindle for weeks from Netgalley and finally had the courage to read it. It’s called Pull Me Close. I don’t like books with damaged h’s because they make me cry and I hate to cry. Give me a Rom Com anytime of the week, please. Anyway. Christ on a cracker! It was the best book I’ve read this year. I swear, I was reading about myself most of the time. The h has social anxiety and hasn’t left her house but the events are based on like…current things. It’s one of those books you shouldn’t know too much about before going into it. So don’t say anything if you read it! Anyway, it was gooood. now I have a book hangover and am going to grab my usual Rom Com (A little Penny Reid for me). *sniffle sniffle*

Grey October 11, 2016 at 4:24 PM

My biggie is Punk 57, I am just starting it tonight. But then I’ll be all yours Maryse! Your description of our planned buddy read makes me not so excited…should we pick a different one??

And on that note…Shall I talk about this list?!?

Four Letter Word, The Fix Up. It’s a fugly life and The Tutor… wowsa… *blink* they all make me wanna click!

Jan October 11, 2016 at 4:59 PM

I just read Truly by Ruthie Knox. Really good. Hot, sweet, very satisfying romance. First one of a trilogy set in New York. Books 2 and 3 coming out next year. New author to me and I loved it. Check it out, ladies…….

DG October 11, 2016 at 5:02 PM

OMG!!!! I started reading Patchwhore!!!!! And I am LOVING it!

DG October 11, 2016 at 5:43 PM

So…Patchwhore…is just HILIARIOUS. I love a good “revenge” book. Especially when the ex gets all JERKY…throw in some bikers…some hot and some not…yeah, fun read!

Jan October 11, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Hello Mia. Nice to hear from a first time poster :) You have me intrigued about Pull Me Close. Only available on preorder at the mo :( but I’ll def check out a sample when it’s available. Thanks for the heads-up.

Hope you find solace for your book hangover.

Fabi October 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

*waves to Mia*

Hi Mia. So glad you decided to post. Hope you’ll do so more often now.

Jan October 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Huh. Patchwhore. I hate the title and wasn’t going to look at it, but DG now I have to add it to my TBR. *huffs out a pretend annoyed sigh, then winks*

Tessa October 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Grey… Punk 57. You have it?

DG October 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM

Jan…you will not be sorry…the title makes it sound so much worse…65% in and this definitely not the normal MC that I am use to reading about…I really, REALLY want a Cook….just saying…

Grey October 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM

I do Tessa, it’s my ARC read… I am super stoked for bedtime tonight LOL!

Tessa October 11, 2016 at 7:40 PM

LUCKY! lol I’m so jealous. Congrats on scoring that one! I have it on pre-order. :D

Jean October 11, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Magic word….recluse….The Tutor….1-click!

Can’t wait to read All In too, but starting Evelyn After next! My TBR is ridiculous right now!

bev October 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Tasha, I’m not exactly sure what The Bridget Jones new one is, but I have read the first 2 books. Those I enjoyed, particularly #1. However, I have not, and probably won’t read the third one that came out. From spoilers I read it is completely different than the movie.

Jean October 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Hi Mia! I just saw that book the other day and REALLY want to read it!!!

Fabi October 11, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Jean, I’m so tempted to join you on that one when I finish my current…ugh, having too many to read right now is as bad as not having any at the moment

Jean October 11, 2016 at 7:47 PM

DG, I was wondering about Patchwhore! Now I want it!

Jean October 11, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Maryse and Grey, what book are you buddy reading? I may have missed something.

bev October 11, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Jean……are thinking of jumping buddy reads? Or riding off on the back of a bike?

Jean October 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Oh no bev! Aren’t we reading Bronze Horseman on the 16th? I’m finishing up Deception and then will squeeze Evelyn After in before Bronze Horseman… least that’s the plan at the moment!

Jean October 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Fabi read Evelyn After with me!

Grey October 11, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Jean, Maryse and I are gonna buddy read Crosstalk by Connie Willis. She’s already read the first chap, but I haven’t started it. I’ve had a couple ARC’s to do…and she’s been distracted by shinies LOL! I think we slated the 14th…right Maryse?

Welcome Mia, sounds like you could use Manny and a blankie fort! I’ll even give you one of my Godiva bars just for your book hangover!

Tessa, I will let you know ;-)

Jean October 11, 2016 at 8:21 PM

Grey I have Crosstalk on my wish list. Too much $$ right now! But if you guys love it, I would probably break down and buy it! Lol! Keep me posted!

bev October 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Tessa, come play with us on the 16th.

Janet October 11, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Amelia LeFay’s ‘The Anatomy of Jane (WJM Book 1)’ is 0.00 at the moment.  Hopefully that means Book 2 is imminent,  I sure hope so!

Tessa October 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

I would but that was planned to be a library borrow. who knew the library doesn’t have Bronze Horseman? This month is a low book buying month.

Tessa October 11, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Grey. *squee* I’ve liked all her books so far. I didn’t realize I haven’t read Misconduct. *facepalms* Next month for sure.

Thank you Janet!

Amy October 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Hi Mia!!! *big welcome hug* Don’t be a stranger around here. :D And thanks for the heads up on Pull Me Close…whenever I hear we shouldn’t know too much before going into a book, it’s like catnip for me.

I was all excited to start All In, but I opened it up today and read the first few lines and… *sigh* I’m not in the right mood for it. :? What the heck, man?? So I’m giving The Ground Rules another shot and HOLY MOLY!!! This one is kicking my a$$ all the way out of my comfort zone!!

Alright, now to tackle that new-release list up there…

Amy October 11, 2016 at 10:32 PM

Jean…Evelyn, After was a really fast read for me (probably because it was so addictive!) so you should be able to squeeze it in. FABI!! Read it with Jean! :P

Fabi October 11, 2016 at 10:38 PM

I just downloaded it. But I have to at least finish the ARC I’m on. Somebody please stop time in October until I get caught up. Either that or force me to stop squirreling for the shinies. :-/

bev October 11, 2016 at 11:09 PM

Ok, I stopped time for you.

Just, um, don’t look at the clock.

Fabi October 11, 2016 at 11:21 PM

Awesome! I’ll let you know when you can restart it again. *thinks maybe I can skip my next birthday*

Julie o October 12, 2016 at 1:26 AM

I can’t believe I just clicked 5 books! I need to go to rehab for “one-clicking”.

DG October 12, 2016 at 5:35 AM

LOVED Patchwhore…will definitely be checking other books by this author…nothing better than a woman scorned seeking “revenge” on her ex…add in a TOTAL biker hottie with a little bit of mystery around him…just DELISH!!!

Sharon October 12, 2016 at 5:36 AM

I picked up Stepbrother Dearest for something different to read while I waited for Crimson Death. I couldn’t put the darn book down! I could have done without the last few chapters – I got a little bored – but overall, really enjoyed it! I’d give it 4 stars!

I am now in Anita’s world! I am still sad where Richard ended up in this series – - – am still holding out hope he one day redeems himself!

Ela October 12, 2016 at 8:46 AM

So I’m reading It Ends With Us and loving it regardless that I skimmed R’s review….I’m still unsure what happens or the twist and what not…there are 3 things I do know (from R’s review, thank you very much) and I refuse to give in, I shall be surprised…

Carmen DeSousa October 12, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Thank you so much for sharing my new release, Creatus Animus, with your avid-reading friends. Note: for anyone who hasn’t started the series, the first book, a two-book special edition, if free at all major eBook retailers.

What a great site. Definitely bookmarking it!

Thank you again!

Jean October 12, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Mia, just requested Pull Me Close from NetGalley and got it! So excited to read this one! Thanks for the info!

R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 8:57 AM

How far in are you Ela? I didn’t say you wouldn’t like it! I just didn’t think it would have *the effect* that made us all go nutso! I’m glad you’re liking it though! And I’m glad you didn’t read my review closely enough to uncover all of it!

Ela October 12, 2016 at 9:22 AM

LOL! I’m not that far in, maybe 20%????

R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Oh ok!! Keep me posted!

bev October 12, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Grave Mercy & A Thousand Pieces of You are both on sale. .99 & 1.99 each. I’ve been wanting to read these, so happy.

bev October 12, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Saturday I’m going to have to do some digging and find my copy of The Bronze Horseman. I bought it a couple of years ago at a used book store so I will be reading a pb version.

Nay October 12, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Hey everyone! My name’s Renee, but since there’s already one here, I’m using the nickname my stepdaughter uses.

Like Mia, I’ve been following for years, but I have also posted a few times, and now, with the events of life, I find that I’m going to have a lot of time on my hands the next 8-12 months and would love to read and also talk about what I’m reading—maybe throw in a suggestion here and there, because telling my hubby about the new, awesome book I just read really isn’t nearly as fun as sharing it with other like-minded readers! lol

I’d also really like to get in on some buddy reading if possible!

Jean October 12, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Starting the 16th right? Ugh, I’m feeling really squirrelly!

Amy October 12, 2016 at 10:08 AM

You’re feeling squirrelly already?? We haven’t even started it yet, LOL!

Amy October 12, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Watch Testament of Youth…maybe that will put you in the mood. ;)

Ela October 12, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Ok…so far I’m not feeling Ryle…he seems to obsessive???? And Atlas *sigh*….

Amy October 12, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Okay, so y’all know about my “cheating H” issues in books…if he does, then he’s dead to me and CANNOT be redeemed. Needless to say, The Ground Rules is tough for me.

But what’s making this worse? I don’t like Gabe. I don’t trust him. I didn’t trust him from the start, before anything had even been proposed by Weston and Bridget. I don’t think he’s been faithful like she has. Just a feeling and could be completely wrong, but it’s just something I’m struggling with right now.

And I’m not even halfway through. *sigh*

Amy October 12, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Ela, I was the opposite…I loved Ryle. I fell for Atlas as well but in a different way, if that makes any sense.

R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 11:41 AM

I went back and forth on Gabe so I totally understand. All of them are pretty screwed up IMO, but it alternates who’s worse when.

Ela October 12, 2016 at 12:44 PM


R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 12:46 PM

I loved the 1st one. I just think maybe it would have been better as a standalone. If I remember correctly, it doesn’t have a CH, so you could read only the one and be fine.

Leslie M October 12, 2016 at 1:05 PM

R, I do that sometime. (Only read first book in series cause I hear I won’t like ending in others). This way I can make up my own ending that I am happy with!! Hee hee

R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 1:13 PM

I need to do that with some epilogues. It boggles my mind how a book can be 5 stars all the way through and then totally lose it during the epilogue!

Amy October 12, 2016 at 1:31 PM

I don’t know. I can’t figure out if I’m enjoying the angst or not. Yeah, doesn’t make sense to me either. *snort*

It’s funny because I knew what this one was about and went in with my eyes open. And, ya know, if you’re going to play with a snake then you shouldn’t cry like a baby b!tch when it bites you. Consider me bitten. :P

Leslie M October 12, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Amy, what is super funny is that I’m petrified of the heartbreaking reads but I actually like cheating *gasp* books! I’m totally weird as I know most of you loathe the cheating books to the fiery pits of hell.

Ela October 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM


Pia October 12, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Bev, I have read the two first Bridget Jones books as well. A couple of years ago a third book was released – Bridget Jones: Mad about the boy. I have seen Bridget Jones’ Baby, but not read the book yet. However the storyline of Bridget Jones’ baby happens before “Mad about the boy”. I thought of reading Bridget Jones’ baby, but if you say it is totally different from the movie, then I am not so sure.

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to Germany only to meet up with Colleen Hoover at her book signing i Hamburg. She is awesome :-) Really sweet and took her time to talk to all of us individually.

Cristina October 12, 2016 at 2:39 PM

I just finished “Rainfall” by Melissa Delport. It’s been on my TBR list for a while, and I’ve been making an extra effort these past few months to hit that list hard. It’s now dubbed “The Infinity List.” Lol

Anyways, back to “Rainfall”… just WOOOOOWWWW! I went into this completely blind! I made a promise to myself, not to read any reviews, and I’m SO happy that I didn’t! It’s been a long time since a book has made me weep like a baby, and this one had me SOBBING by the end! I must confess that I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I LOVE the story, but HATE the way it made me feel after reading it. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of the best stories I’ve read in a very long time! It left me with not just a lot of different emotions, but a lot of DEEP feeling emotions. I truly felt this story, all the way to my bones! I will STILL be thinking about this story for quite some time to come! The relationship develops rather quickly in the beginning, but this story isn’t about the falling in love, it’s about the fight to hold onto it. One of the reasons this story is so unique for me is because I usually don’t connect with a H/h if the connection or relationship is too quick. I always go for the slow burn, so I wasn’t quite sure in the beginning, BUT then there’s the twist and THAT”S what got me, hook, line, and sinker! I’ve come across a lot of books over the past few years that I have liked and even loved, I very rarely come across one that truly guts me. Those are the books that I feel for days or weeks, and even after the feeling has faded, it always arises again at the mention of it’s name. I would love to say more about this book, but it could take away from the next reader’s experience. All I can say, is that this is definitely a 5 star read for me! Thank you Ms. Delport for ruffling my feathers and giving me those feels all over again!!! Phew! It’s time for a drink! ;-)

Pia October 12, 2016 at 2:45 PM

I have had the Bronze Horseman on my book shelf for around 15 years and never read it. Maybe I should start it with you guys on the 16th???

bev October 12, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Pia, of course. Come to Russia with us.
In regards to Bridget, I thought the movie was supposed to be third book. I didn’t realize that there was a fourth that is supposed to be an earlier time line. The one that came out a few years ago……I just….don’t know if I can.

bev October 12, 2016 at 3:15 PM


Hey, to all the new comers. Few rules to all that enter here.
1. To come in first you need to enter the courtyard in Written in Red.
2. You must then drive down the Jellicoe Road.
3. Tell Amy to watch Sherlock if the appropriate moment a rises.

bev October 12, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Maryse, what’s this Web mentions stuff?

Fabi October 12, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Leslie it amazes me how similar our CRM tastes are.

Cristina, *quietly whispers* you read Rainfall. *thud* * faints dead away thinking of ‘that’ story*

Fabi October 12, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Not CRM, no no no. Too much work and not enough play autocorrect. That should be CR

Ela October 12, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Hmmmmm! It’s a good thing nobody noticed I took a detour avoiding Jelicoe Road…. I went down Wild Lane…

bev October 12, 2016 at 4:28 PM

That’s why you haven’t been to the secret book fort.

Ela October 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM


Amy October 12, 2016 at 4:44 PM

What the hell is going on?!? Webmentions???

Amy October 12, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Oh Cristina…I am reliving all of my Rainfall emotions right now after reading your comment. We all (*whispers* except Fabi, who still needs therapy from it) went NUTS over that one. It’s one of those books that causes immediate heartache when I think of it even after all this time. But I miss the old cover. :(

Fabi October 12, 2016 at 4:52 PM

I feel like all of our favorite books have gone shopping for a new wardrobe and none of us are find of the new styles. :-/

Leslie M October 12, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Ela, Can you believe I didn’t like Arsen?!? However, you have read all my other fave “cheating” books except Something Borrowed which I highly recommend along with sequel Something Blue.

Pia, Sooooooooo awesome you met Colleen Hoover!!

Cristina, You are way more brave than me. Rainfall is on my “there aren’t enough tissues on earth for me to read” list.

Fabi, I wish I was more like you with my reading. You have such diverse taste and I just can’t seem to deviate past CR. (I have dabbled a bit in m/m)

Omg…the whole Bev & fave Bev is the funniest thing I ever read on here!!

Tessa October 12, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Webmentions is weird. It’s like reading the comments in reverse.

I finally gave up on Goblin King by Shona Husk. It was one of my first Kindle purchases, and I’ve not been able to get past 16%. DNF’d it.

R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 5:23 PM

What are webmentions?

Tessa October 12, 2016 at 5:37 PM

On my phone, after all our comments, it says webmention and has all our comments in reverse.

Amy October 12, 2016 at 5:52 PM

*crosses out number 3 on Bev’s list*

3. Hand Amy a martini for admittance to this awesome place.

Jan October 12, 2016 at 6:23 PM

*scratches head in mild embarrassment* Yeah, I think I’ve exchanged comments with fake Bev on GR thinking it was real bev. Ahem. Hi, real Bev. We love you too.

Jan October 12, 2016 at 6:25 PM

WTH. I meant to say hi to FAKE Bev. Okay. We just loves ya both.

Jan October 12, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Just gimme a martini….

R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Here Jan. Gotcha covered.

Amy October 12, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Leslie…I actually gravitate towards cheating books, when it is the h doing the cheating. Gah! That sounds awful, right? My book moral compass is all kinds of screwed up…

Even though I would go through female circumcision before I would cheat on my hubby (he deserves SO much better than that), I love the angst, tension, and emotional roller coaster in cheating/love triangle books. However, if the H does the cheating and the h still wants to make it work with him…forget it. He is done son, and I won’t be able to see him in any positive way after that. Yes, I have double standards with books that run right alongside my screwed up book moral compass. :P

Grey October 12, 2016 at 7:05 PM

yes, bev and fake Bev, bwahaha, that was so funny.

Gah, my TBR list is like eleventy bajillion books long! I haven’t read Rainfall…and it sounds right up my alley. I may have to shift it up…

BTW, what is this Netgalley you all are referring to??

R. Renee October 12, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Ok I’m seeing the weirdness??!! What is happening with the blog? I just got Nay’s comment from this morning. Hi, BTW, I’m one of the Renee’s, but I go by R :)

Amy October 12, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Was her comment from this morning? Because it *just* showed up in my inbox as well…

In any case…HI NAY!!!! *big welcome squeeze* And watch out because apparently Maryse’s mommy is doling out head-lock smooches. ;) Definitely keep posting…for me personally that is the best way to start recognizing new ladies around here. :D

Amy October 12, 2016 at 7:20 PM

GREY!!!! Move Rainfall up!! Move. It. Up. NOW.

You’ll thank us.

bev October 12, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Whoa. Wait. Fave Bev…..

*clears throat*

She is your fave bev, Leslie?

*taps foot*

*Tessa raises an eyebrow*

bev October 12, 2016 at 7:35 PM

*adds to Amy’s #3*

To drink while she is watching Sherlock.

bev October 12, 2016 at 7:44 PM

I’ve stopped subscribing because I don’t get the emails until days later.

No real rules.
Just jump in to a buddy read any time and any discussion. Every one was really welcoming to me when I first started.* Maryse has created a really great place here.
I’d say the only thing that would remotely be a rule, an unwritten on maybe, is we try to stay positive with each other. Not always the books, but with each other.

Tessa October 12, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Happy to help with the eyebrow raising. :D

Yep, only rule is respect. After that, have fun and drink alcohol.

Amy October 12, 2016 at 7:58 PM

“To drink while she is watching Sherlock.” <—— *sighs and drops head in hands*

Speaking of rules:

Cheryl October 12, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Hey Mia and Nay!!!!

Rainfall *sigh* that book hurt!!!

Have to agree I can handle the cheating books better than the “death” of a main character books or non-HEA.

Amy, I know what you mean about Gabe- as soon as you said that I thought of when she looked at his face when he got home and just “knew.” Gah, it hurts at a more visceral level and I think I simply put myself in that position when the H is cheating vs.the h.

R, agree book 3 in TGR series was ridiculous; should have combined book 1 and some of 2 into one book.

bev October 12, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Have I ever mentioned another show I watched once?
I watched the first disc of it. Creepy little show called Bates Motel.

Nay October 12, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Finally! I’ve been watching all day for my post to show since it said it was pending for approval (or something like that).

Guess I’ll start out right off the bat with my screwed up book moral compass as well, because Amy, what you wrote about what type of cheating you enjoy reading about reflects my exact feelings. I was thinking the other day about asking Maryse to post the “What to read after Arsen’ list again, since it’s been over a year, to see which new books could be added. I think I read all of the new-to me books on that list within a week! However, since I am picky about the type I enjoy, I have to admit I didn’t read all of them.

Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!! Along with Maryse, you all have given me many ideas about which good book I should read next over the past few years!

Nay October 12, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Oh and I totally agree about TGR. That series hurt at times and I also think it could have been done in less than 2 books.

Amy October 12, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Oh man, that scene was just the sh!t cherry on top of the I-don’t-like-Gabe sundae.

He was just so crass and disrespectful regarding his attraction to others BEFORE they even had their arrangement with the other couple (both in what he would say and Mirella’s musings of him). Maybe it was so we could get a feel for how jealousy was not an issue or how “open-minded” they were in that regard, but it just made me not like him.

Leslie M October 12, 2016 at 8:49 PM

Stupid autocorrect strikes again !!!

I meant “fake” Bev…not “fave” Bev. However, real Bev is my actual favorite Bev since I dont know other Bev. Omg…my hubby watched Bates Motel…it’s wicked creepy!! I only caught bits & pieces but it seemed good. Awesome actors.

Nay, I love your pic! Funny as I was just rewatching first season of Outlander. Jamie is so swoon-worthy!!

Jan October 12, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Just catching up on the posts. Oh Amy those two words put together are very disturbing (female and circumcision) *crosses legs with a wince*

Hello Nay. Nice to hear from you. *friendly wave*

Leslie, you are rewatching Outlander? Ohhh Jamieee. My darling TV husband (don’t tell Ross Poldark I’m two-timing)

Amy October 12, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Jan…female circumcision IS disturbing, not to mention horrifying. Exactly why I said I would undergo THAT before I would cheat on hubby. ;)

Amy October 12, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Yes Bev, you did watch some of Bates motel…but are you caught up through last season? Because we can’t discuss it until you are. Because spoilers.

And because I’m feeling bratty. :P

Fabi October 12, 2016 at 10:15 PM

I was glancing through the Prime Reading list. There’s over 1000 books in there. It’s a pretty good list. I saw many of our favs in there.

bev October 12, 2016 at 10:51 PM

Amy I believe our deal was I’d watch first ep of Bates for you watching first ep of Sherlock. Now Sherlock epsilon are long so I watched 3 epsilon of Bates. Now it’s your turn.
Mm hmm.

Grey October 13, 2016 at 5:28 AM

FLT – Dear Misha, So, have I ever told you my secret shame? – Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas…

Nay October 13, 2016 at 7:04 AM

Grey, Punk 57 is still up on the Amazon page I was just reading on my laptop this morning. Sounds so good!!

Cristina October 13, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Ladies, I’m still grieving over Rainfall! It’s one book I would LOVE to see on the big screen. It would literally having me SOBBING in the theatres, Notebook style.

Grey you SOOOO have to read this one! Don’t forget the wine and tissues!

Amy, Ground Rules was another book/series that invoked some very STRONG feelings in me. That series was a freaking emotional yo-yo for me! It’s one of those situations that you’re saying to yourself, “NO WAY would I EVER do something that crazy!” BUT then you’re so darn curious that you can’t help but want to know what happens!! I just knew it was going to be a train wreck and I willingly and eagerly hopped on for the ride! I literally was yelling at my Kindle, several times over. I’m with you on Gabe, but I didn’t begin to really dislike him until book 2. How far are you into the series?

Jean October 13, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Good morning ladies! Missed all the fun here last night!

Christina, we all feel you with Rainfall…..hang in there.

I think I am the only one here who didn’t hate the final book of TGR….I was seriously okay with it.

Welcome Nay to the nuthouse! Lol! It’s First Line Thursday so feel free to share the first line of the book you are currently reading. Here’s mine:

FLT: Today was the end. (Evelyn, After)

Ela October 13, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Got Something Borrowed and WILL ONE DAY READ IT….

Jean October 13, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Oh Grey, regarding NetGalley. It’s a website where you can request books for review. You just have to sign up. I think someone here told me about it. Check it out! I think it started as a site for teachers, librarians, bloggers, etc……and now reviewers. I have gotten a lot of free books there…..I even just got All In yesterday and the new A.M. Madden book, Dark Corners. The more feedback you provide, the more books they’ll give you to review! It’s another addiction! And I love to get a book before it’s released!

Nay October 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Oooh, that’s what FTL is! I saw it on Grey’s post and thought I was seriously missing something!

My FTL: I had been sitting in the same spot for an hour. — Four Letter Word by J. Daniels. (I’m only 26% in, but I’m really enjoying it and the hero DOES remind me of KA!)

Grey October 13, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Welcome Nay! I love newbies… Sorry I had to post and run this morning, was running super late!

This is an awesome blog, we seriously have so much fun here… No drama…unless you count the struggle over Manny – drama (our beloved manatee that we ‘share’ when we’re having a good cry over a book), or arguing over whose turn it is to make the drinks (always pick Amy *giggle*), other than that… I think they’ve enlightened you about Jellicoe Road and Sherlock and Written in Red and the fact that Maryse, Amy, Tessa, R and I will read anything that will rip your heart out a.k.a. the death books…and make some of the others run screaming. I think that’s about it, except for the most part we try to avoid cursing, although, I have thrown out a couple… *giggle* do you all remember that? Jezebel by K. Larsen that made me throw out an f bomb on the blog at like 2 in the morning… I’m still sorry about that Maryse, LOL!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:28 AM

“Share” Manny! Funny! I haven’t gotten him yet!!! And nooooo on the death books for me. I want my heart ripped apart and then put back together! Unless it’s written by one of my faves, then I’ll read anything :)

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Um, it’s more grab Manny forcefully and sob hysterically. I don’t think I’ve ever actually asked for him. So Nay and R, just grab if needed and clean before returning. :D

Sob books. I read only about two or three a year. I’m not insane about them like the rest. I’m insane over jerk Hs who are just mean, bullies, a$$holes… :P

Speaking of jerks, Amy and Mary sent, don’t read Ruin and Rule. I love it but you two would have issues like you did with Fear Me. I’m loving it.

‘We met in a nightmare.”
Ruin and Rule by Pepper Winters

Jean October 13, 2016 at 11:05 AM

I love jerks too Tessa, especially if they are also broken and need saving! I have Ruin and Rule….hmmmm….. I’ve started to like the sob books more……must be the influences of the lovely ladies on this blog!

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Jean It’s really good. I just remember the discussion after Maryse tried to read Fear Me that there was something she really can’t handle, and Amy agreed. That happens in this book, so I have to give the heads up.

Nay October 13, 2016 at 11:59 AM

I’m guessing some of your issues with Fear Me were the same as mine? I love jerks and I flove dark reads, but if I’m remembering the correct book, this guy was just too much for me. I couldn’t read past 20% because I couldn’t see him redeeming himself in my eyes. I remember reading on here that Maryse and several others were going to read it and wondering how everyone would feel about it, but I never saw the discussion afterward.

Now, Ruin and Rule looks to be right up my alley! I’ll have to add it to Mount TBR!

Grey October 13, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Slides Ruin and Rule up the list…

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 12:07 PM

She DNF’d it because of the H physically hurting the h. I totally get it, though I love these books anyway. I just would NEVER call them book boyfriends. lol

Nay October 13, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Yeah, that’s how it was for me. I also love most of these books. Love all the M. Sheehan jerky heroes, even though they do some really scummy things. There was just something about that particular book that I couldn’t handle.

Lisa Aiello October 13, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Did anyone else one click, The Tutor? I did, and I’m in the middle of reading it…and phew, I had to stop reading and take a breather, cuz man is it erotic, and I love that broken man!!!! Of course, I can’t read it at work during my down time, cuz well, that’s just not the way I want to be at work, LOL. Just want to know if anyone else is reading along and thinks it’s as amazing as I do!!!

Jean October 13, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Lisa! I want to read The Tutor so bad but my TBR is overwhelming me right now! So happy to hear you are liking it! Might have to move it up on the list…..keep me updated!

Jean October 13, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Fyi, Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen is .99 today.

Ela October 13, 2016 at 2:32 PM


“My life was a black hole. Trapped in a loveless marriage, I was empty, numb. Oblivious to it all.”

Torrid Affair by Callie Anderson

Had to expand a bit….how great is that for a beginning????

Nay October 13, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Ooooh Torrid Affair! I read that last month and really enjoyed it. It should be on the ‘What to read after Arsen’ list! It wasn’t at all what I expected and I think that ended up being a very good thing. Enjoy, Ela!

I want to read The Tutor, but since it’s a bit expensive compared to most of the ebooks I buy (and I have KU, so I get many of mine free), I wanted to wait to hear what some of you thought of it. Please keep us posted, Lisa!

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 2:45 PM

I always thought the “first line” meant “the first sentence”. ??? Am I confused?

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 2:46 PM

Me too. What am I missing? I’m still reading Hausfrau, so no FLT for me today.

Jean October 13, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Yep, first sentence of the book. Why are you confused?

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Because I skimmed Ela’s post and didn’t see her last line. I’m a dummy. Sorry about that.

FLT (I’m still reading Pansies but almost done)
“An’ wharraboot ye, pet?”
Pansies by Alexis Hall

Anybody here from Northern England? :-)

Ela October 13, 2016 at 2:56 PM

That is why I said “I expended, so mine includes 3 sentences…and yes I’ve seen it done on here…

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Ela, I understood once I read your post. Just me being dumb and sneaking glances at posts instead of stopping to read right. Sorry. I do love those lines you posted.

Jean October 13, 2016 at 3:06 PM

They are great first lines Ela……that book was an emotional rollercoaster!

Ela October 13, 2016 at 3:17 PM

oooooooooooo thanks ladies for the fun expectations…

Amy October 13, 2016 at 3:25 PM


“To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale.” ~ The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This book…I don’t even know how to describe it. Magical realism? Contemporary fantasy? He!! if I know. I started it last night, and my first thought was, “what the &$%# am I reading?!?” I almost stopped reading it, but I stuck with it (with a more open mind) and now I’m addicted. No, more like I’m obsessed. This ridiculous, unbelievable story is breaking my heart.

Amy October 13, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Thanks for the heads up, Tessa. ;)

See? Not only do we get recs from others on books we would probably love, we also get warned away from the ones we probably won’t! :D

Amy October 13, 2016 at 3:31 PM

*scoots up close to R and bites thumbnail*

Sooooo…how’s it goin’ with the housewife?

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 3:36 PM

I’m really liking it! The writing it fan-freaking-tastic and that’s the most important thing to me! I really like how she goes back and forth between the past/present and interjects snippets of her therapy sessions. Really well written.

Amy October 13, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Cool!! :D

Yes, I loved how the psychoanalysis she was getting was perfectly timed with the past and present scenes.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 3:48 PM

This is not a book to go in blind on. It’s not for everyone. But knowing what I was in for probably helps. And the fact that Bruno is no prize helps too!

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 4:12 PM

Magical realism? Contemporary Fantasy? *puts iThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton in her wishlist*

Nay, yes! Another KU user. I love the thing. So many books for so little money. :D And as Amy said, we do try to warn on some books. But, see! Jean and Grey is like me and was like, woot, reading it! *high fives Jean and Grey*

You’re welcome Amy. ^huggles*

Nay October 13, 2016 at 4:40 PM

re: KU, my hubby reads Vietnam fiction, nonfiction and military thrillers and we get 95% of his books through KU, and he goes through them just as quickly as I do at 3-4 books per week. It’s SO worth the $10/month! We’ve been using it ever since the program opened and we’ve never gone a month without getting at least 5 or 6 free books, but it’s usually more like 10-12.

Jan October 13, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Ava Lavender huh? Great first line. I’m officially intrigued.

He wasn’t the kind of guy a woman wanted to pin her hopes and dreams on.

Jan’s response: ‘Oh yes, he isss!!!!! Go for it, girl.’

Ruh-roh. Jan’s talking aloud to book characters. Says to self ‘settle, settle’.

BTW, that’s from Truly: A New York Novel by Ruthie Knox. An oldie (well, 2014) but I just discovered and read it this week. Floved it.

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Alright, Ruin and Rule was almost done when I posted. CH, but the second/ last book is already out. However, I currently do not have it, so…

2nd FLT:
‘Over the years, Dougal Keane developed a person rule: Never adventure with people you like.’
Ghost of Avalon by Matt Forebeck and Jeff Grubb

The book is based on the Guild Wars games I play, and my sister-in-law and niece have been telling me I HAVE to read it. The Guild Wars storyline is pretty good, so I’m looking forward to it. Oh, and it doesn’t require playing the game to get it.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

I have a friend who likes Erotic Romance, NOT erotica, but hates sad and angst. All angst. I know, right? I’m not even sure how we’re friends LOL. I thought of Tangled, but what are some other ones? I was going to go down Leslie’s book list, but you like angst, right? Any suggestions anyone?

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Jan, who doesn’t talk to the characters? *grins* Though my talks are usually more yelling at them. “Just tell her, you jerk!” “Don’t listen to him. He’s the bad guy!” “Stop whining and kiss him already!” :D

Jan October 13, 2016 at 4:59 PM

LOL Tessa. Glad I’m not the only one :)

R. – what about the Beautiful series – Christina Lauren. Hot and saucy with minimal angst. Sweetly romantic as well.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 5:01 PM

I haven’t read that!! She’s not big on too sweet. She teased me about a teaser I made for All In where I used one of the sweetest lines in the book. We didn’t talk for days! Evil. What’s the cavity level?

Jan October 13, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Cavity level????

And what about Sustained (another Emma Chase)

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 5:03 PM

LOL how sweet? mild to cheesy?

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Haven’t read that either. I’ll suggest the author in general.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 5:06 PM

I have a ton of those on my read list. But you can’t have any kind of a romance novel without a single drop of angst. Still, many of my favs are low angst. Here are a few, but really, I bet I have tons and tons more.

Shine Not Burn (Shine Not Burn, #1)
Casey, Elle

Slade (Walk of Shame, #1)
Ashley, Victoria

Cocky Bastard
Ward, Penelope

Keeland, Vi

To Love Jason Thorn
Maise, Ella

From Scratch (Blue Plate, #1)
Goodman, Rachel

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)
Lauren, Christina

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Thanks Fabi! It’s for Erica.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 5:10 PM

I figured it was. LOL I have some honest to goodness erotica for her but I think she likes the love story. Just not when it’s sad or nerve racking.

Jan October 13, 2016 at 5:14 PM

The first Beautiful book, Beautiful Bastard, actually isn’t sweet. He’s her boss. She’s an intern. They hate each other. Oh, this is going to be so inappropriate……

Might be a good place to start. And the sweet level of rest of the series isn’t toxic. (I hate super cheese, too). I would def list the whole series as ‘erotic romance’.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Thanks! I will let her know! She wants lots of “scenes” too LOL Demanding little thing. I thought of Backstage Pass in that regard.

Jan October 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

She could try chapter 1 of Beautiful Stranger (book 2 in series) to get a taster. Whew! Hotness factor!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Now she says she’d fine with sweet! Just not MY brand of sweet. Whatever! I’ll tell her! I think I’ve got her booked up for a year!

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 6:15 PM

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was low on angst.

Jan October 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

I like the look of the hating Game but it’s so freaking expensive. My library hasn’t got it either :(

Cheryl October 13, 2016 at 7:44 PM


“Fifteen months ago… White light pierced my eyes.” Full Tilt by Emma Scott.

This book is kicking my gut and heart. I don’t think it helps that the author said in her blurb #nocancer like that makes it any better!!

*******may be a spoiler****************************************************

Did I mention I used to work in the cardiac cath lab and with heart transplant patients. Gah!! *crying*

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 7:49 PM

*hands Cheryl ALL of the chocolate*

Cheryl October 13, 2016 at 7:53 PM

Those are exactly the books I would rec, Fabi. Also, would add Big Rock by Lauren Blakely; Pucked Series by Helena Hunting; anything by Melanie Harlow; R.S. Grey’s books; Penny Reid’s books; The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn; Can’t Touch This by Tess Hunter.

Leslie M October 13, 2016 at 7:54 PM

R, did you find anything interesting on my shelves for your friend??

I loved Fabi’s suggestions of Cocky Bastard & To Love Jason Thorn

However, as much as I dislike overly sad/depressing & death books, I have def read a lot with high angst.

Cheryl October 13, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Thanks R!! *gulps wine and eats chocolate*

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Leslie, not yet because I had so many good suggestions on here! Thanks Cheryl! I’ll send! Are any of these writers more erotic that others? The girl likes her pages to smoke…

bev October 13, 2016 at 7:58 PM

I’m reading two books very slowly right now. So, two first lines for me today.

“There is a pile of clothing on the the side of the train tracks.”
—The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

“Every morning I wake up and I tell myself this: It’s just one day, one twenty – four – hour period to get yourself through. ”
–Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

Cheryl October 13, 2016 at 8:27 PM

I’d say Lauren Blakely, and Helena Hunting more than the others.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 8:31 PM


Fabi October 13, 2016 at 8:37 PM

I totally agree with those additions Cheryl. Some I tried to stay away from because they were a little NA(ish) and I’m pretty sure Erica likes her characters a little older. She writes erotica herself. Excellent erotica novellas in fact.

Yeah, yeah, I know I’m weird to read YA NA and Erotica, but so what, that’s me. All over the place. LOL

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 8:38 PM

R I don’t know why you don’t tell her and Ashley too to come join in the chat. Are we too tame for Erica? hahaha

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 8:43 PM

I’ll ask Erica! I’ve hounded Ashley before but I think she tries to avoid anything that will take her away from writing. She’s more disciplined than I am! But I’ll keep trying! I think this would be good for her. I tell her stuff all the time about the needs of readers and she asks me where I learn in and I say, the blog, dummy.

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Oh, Can’t Touch This by Tess Hunter was low on angst.

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Packs Book 1) by Alexandra Ivy and
Ditching The Dream: Dream Series, Book 1 by Isabelle Peterson are both free.

Grey October 13, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Ditching the dream was fantastic!!!!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Ha! I think I’ve got a sucker. I mean joiner. I think Erotica Erica will be joining us.

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:23 PM

It’s nice meeting all the new readers. Yet, it sometimes makes me miss the old ones like Laura & Michelle.

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 9:26 PM

I think Michelle hasn’t posted in a while due to her work. This is the time of year things get busy for her.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:27 PM

I think they were before me.

Erica October 13, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Hello, everyone! Thanks so much for all the book recommendations.

I usually read Tessa Bailey, she’s my all time fave, but I’m thinking I may need to branch out a little bit. So y’all’s suggestions are very much appreciated. =)

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:34 PM

Do new posters always have to await moderation or did she somehow screw up her first post? LOL (wouldn’t surprise me)

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Here you go, sweetpea… *passes Manny to Cheryl*

As much as I was looking forward to All In, I’m just not ready to go…there. Yet. Yeah, another me-being-odd moment. ;)

I miss the Michelles!!!! And where has Laura been? I miss that Scottish sweetie…

But I DO love that many of you are coming out to play with us after lurking for so long. :D

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Hey, in the Web mentions I see R’s friend but not in comments? See I wasn’t joking about having to read WiR first.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:37 PM

she says shes’s stuck in moderation!

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:38 PM

They loved WiR too. Michelle is also a freaky fast reader like Tessa.

Tessa October 13, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Pretty much.

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Maryse is no joke about the 3 rules.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:40 PM

So is Grey!! I was reading It Ends With Us and she blew past me. I’m so slow!!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:40 PM

LOL good luck with the rules!

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:44 PM

…and don’t forget the martinis. *holds out hand*

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:45 PM

She can see us…but we can’t see her. Erica, bring martinis.

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Hey! It’s been a while since we’ve had a spontaneous drunken Friday night chat party!!

So, what are y’all doing tomorrow night? ;)

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Ok, so how long do each of you think you have been a regular commenter?

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:48 PM

Actually, bring extra martinis. We have a martini snatcher who pops up out of nowhere and swipes ‘em.

Along with our shinies.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:50 PM

I’m trying to explain this place to Erica but after Manny hugging, blankie fort hiding, and being *virtual* alcoholics, I think I’ve frightened her.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:51 PM

Or maybe not. She said we can find her in the “horny fort.”

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:52 PM

I’ve been coming here since…early 2013, I think?

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Erica, if you love Tessa Bailey you’ll love Anne Bishop. Trust.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Don’t listen!! Trust and bev should not be in the same sentence!

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:55 PM

For me summer of 2014. Commenting, I lurked for a couple years, lol.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Erica is gonna be fun! It’s her first post so once it gets approved she shouldn’t have any more trouble as long s she doesn’t post a lot of links.

I started posted a few months after Amy I think?

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Oh and I’m not getting any of those webbi thingies. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:56 PM

I don’t know that I ever really lurked. I’m pretty sure I just jumped right in. *snort*

bev October 13, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Um, she trusted you and she got lost.
But that’s ok, she can pitch that tent out there. I don’t even hug you all.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Yup, me too pretty much. I remember reading list after list after list at first. But once I saw the chat I was all like hello there.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 9:57 PM

I have opinions…lol

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Fabi…I only see them on my iphone, not on my ipad.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Have y’all noticed our Thursday nights aren’t so quiet anymore?

Amy October 13, 2016 at 9:59 PM

Ya know, I haven’t sneak-attack hugged Bev lately…

*eyes Bev*

Cheryl October 13, 2016 at 9:59 PM

Thanks for Manny, Amy. I’ll take him the blankie fort with my wine and the chocolate R gave me!! *hugs*

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 9:59 PM

Maybe they’re only on iPhones then.

bev October 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM

I see them on my phone.
Huh, wonder who else is locked out?
*hangs over balcony looking down*

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:01 PM

Cheryl, you are so brave.

Then again, I hardly ever get Manny and never chocolate. :-( I need to get braver.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:01 PM

It’s only the first post. Didn’t it happen to Nay too?

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:02 PM

there on my Samsung. I think I’ve been here since February maybe? I wasn’t much of a lurker, but I studied her list like they were the gospel.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:02 PM

We can all still wave at Erica since she’s mute but not blind.

Amy October 13, 2016 at 10:02 PM

*hands Bev a water balloon to toss over balcony*

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Amy! You trouble maker. hahaha

bev October 13, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Amy, im dropping Manny to the masses below if you try it.

Amy October 13, 2016 at 10:04 PM

Oh sweet Fabi…take the plunge with a Marmy book and we’ll provide you with all the chocolate and alcohol you can take.

And snuggles. Always snuggles, especially with those reads.

Cheryl October 13, 2016 at 10:04 PM

FAbi, not sure if brave is the right word.

I think 2012 for me. Don’t remember lurking, think I got sucked in right away commenting about the “world” of book recs that opened for me when I found Maryse’s blog. :)

Amy October 13, 2016 at 10:05 PM

*gasps and turns away with Manny*

Why you gotta be like that??

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:08 PM

Amy, R has been working behind the scenes on making me braver. So, watch out…I may have tears galore for y’all soon.

Unless Erica comes in and I end sharing all the steaming hot books with her. I may have to convert her to MM. There are some oldies that tried to burn up my Kindle.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:09 PM

Reading Manny’s book should be a right of passage. lol

Amy October 13, 2016 at 10:10 PM

*whispers* Pssst…Fabi! Wanna be REALLY brave?? I double dog dare you to go hug Bev. :lol:

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:10 PM

Yes!!! Is it working??? Read my suggestion then read something with Erica to make it all better!

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Ha! Amy. Bev and I hugging would be a sight to see. I’m maybe not as bad as bev with it, but it’s never my first reaction to reach into a hug.

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:12 PM

It’s kind wanting to maybe work R

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:12 PM

*jumps up and down squealing*

Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:13 PM


Fabi October 13, 2016 at 10:14 PM

Oh god, don’t spill the drinks! I’ll need them.

Nay October 13, 2016 at 10:15 PM

I have the webbi thingies on my Kindle Fire

When I did my first post yesterday (was it yesterday? lol), I posted at around 9:45 a.m. and my post didn’t show up until around 7:30 pm last night, I think. I was beginning to wonder if I’d done something wrong!

I lurked on here literally for years before I posted yesterday. Have posted once or twice during that time, but I started following Maryse in at least 2011, when all those little gems like Fifty Shades, Beautiful Disaster, Thoughtless and allllll those wonderful Kristen Ashley books first started rolling off the assembly line and before the market became oversaturated with so, so many similar types of books. That was also before facebook became inundated with authors, blogs, books, etc, (as far as I personally knew about anyway). I just noticed that Maryse and I had similar reading tastes and that she had an awesome way of posting new releases and reviews and I was hooked!

Erica October 13, 2016 at 10:17 PM

Okay y’all, I’m still stuck out here.
By myself.
So lonely.
Just me and the blueprints for the horny fort.
I’m out for the night.
Hopefully I can chat soon! Goodnight!

Nay October 13, 2016 at 10:18 PM

Hi Erica! I was in your shoes yesterday, so you’re not alone

bev October 13, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Fabi, that’s hilarious.

Nay October 13, 2016 at 10:29 PM

OMG, I was just reading through the comments on ‘What to read after Thoughtless’ which was a post I remember checking over and over when Maryse first posted it back in 2012. It’s neat reading all the suggestions, most of them books that became best sellers.

I wonder…did anyone who loved Thoughtless ever really find a book that compares to it?? I haven’t. I read all the ones suggested and many of them were very good or even great, but none of them twisted up my insides like Thoughtless did, and for those of you who are also lovers of angst, you know, the twistier the better!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Nay, I love angst. It’s been on my TBR for a while. Are you on goodreads too?

Nay October 13, 2016 at 10:35 PM

R, what’s been on your TBR for a while? Thoughtless???

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:36 PM

Yeah! Sorry, I forgot that part!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:38 PM

Ha! there she is! Of course now she’s sleeping.

Nay October 13, 2016 at 10:43 PM

If you love angst, you need to drop everything and read it now. Tonight! But be warned if this is ‘your kind of book’, you won’t want to put it down! Kellan is one of my favorite heroes ever–he just did tingly things to me. And the book left me with a huge book hangover, but I didn’t mind because I loved it so much! A lot of people didn’t like Kiera, and although I didn’t like some of her actions, that *was* the plot of the book, so they were necessary. I have searched and search for a similar book for 5 years, and I haven’t found anything that even touches it!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:45 PM

I’ll bump it up. A friend of mine, the other one I’m trying to get on here, has been hounding me about it for months. I can’t read it now or Amy would throw water balloons at me and take all my martinis. I’m reading her rec Hausfrau right now.

Nay October 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM

R. Sorry, got to talking about Thoughtless and thinking about Kellan and lost my head. I’m 50 years old and that book makes be feel like a horny teenager! lol

Anyway, yes, I’m on GR. I don’t go on there much anymore (or I haven’t lately) because I have heart failure and it got really bad last year, but now I’m recovering from having a heart pump implanted and am awaiting a transplant (yay!!), so I’m finally feeling well enough to read and participate again!

Nay October 13, 2016 at 10:49 PM

Am I allowed to post my GR link here? Or do I email it to you or what???

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM

LMAO!!! You and Erica will get along fabulously!

Wow! A transplant? how long do you have to wait? We’ll keep you busy with tons of book recs and book chatter. I can imagine you probably haven’t felt up to anything!

Let us know when you get back on GR. Most of us are on there. And MOST of us rate our books (glares at Amy and Cheryl), so you will learn who’s tastes you share and then you can check out their lists for book suggestions.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 10:54 PM

It’s up to you! Or I can post mine.

Nay October 13, 2016 at 11:06 PM

I go Monday for my first big day of tests from 7:30 am to 5ish pm, and then I guess I’ll be ‘on the list’.

I was in the hospital for a month back in April/May getting this pump implanted, so after that, they told me that the transplant would be a piece of cake and they hope to have it done by Christmas. And I can’t wait! I thought I would read and read the entire time I was in the hospital, but I didn’t read a single page. Don’t know why–I just had no desire to do it, and really, I didn’t get back into reading until a few weeks ago, but now that I’ve started again, I don’t want to stop!

I’m waaaaay behind on my GR reviews. I used to post every book, but then it just mentally became too much for me. Here’s me:

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Just sent you a req! Love the pic! It’s funny how you’re R on there and I’m R on here! Renee’s my middle name.

Nay October 13, 2016 at 11:10 PM

Mine too! I’m Suzanne Renee and HATE when people call me Suzanne!

Nay October 13, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Since we all read similar books, I’m just going to friend as many people here as possible and go through their shelves and rate all the books I see that I’ve read. Since I have over 6000 books on my shelves (can you say ‘bookwhore’??), I’ll never get through them unless I take it by a few small portions at a time. What was I thinking!? lol

So, please friend me on GR, people!!

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 11:18 PM

Hear that AMY?? A few at a time!!

I just did a book comparison and we are similar on most! I’m anti alpha male though, that’s where we differ!

Nay October 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM

I like to think I’ve evolved since I wrote that GR description! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my alpha males if they’re written in the way Kristen Ashley and certain other authors write them, but they’ve been butchered so badly in so many books that they just don’t have the same ‘umph’ for me anymore.

R. Renee October 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM

I’m ok with some of them, but I think they’ve just been over done lately.

Celeste October 14, 2016 at 4:29 AM

OMG, you guys. All these comments, all these books. It’s hard to keep up. There’s just so much going on right now, but I love it!

Celeste October 14, 2016 at 4:31 AM

Oh!! Maryse, did you see that Suanne Laqueur’s An Exaltation of Larks has a release date? January 5, 2017. I am SO. EXCITED!

Leslie M October 14, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Hmmm…I am not sure when I first started stalking I mean lurking *snort” here…I got a smart phone & nook in 2010, so I’d say 2011. Just started posting regularly recently. I basically get ALL my book info here and GR.

Nay, let’s just get one thing straight…there is NOT and will NEVER be anything written now or until the end of the time as good Thoughtless. *winks*

R, *gives meanest face I can muster* If you haven’t read Thoughtless I’m not sure we can be friends anymore! Seriously?? SER-I-OUS-LY!! Miss “I love all things angsty” ?? *shakes head with disgust*

Leslie M October 14, 2016 at 5:46 AM

Nay, In all seriousness, I am glad you are feeling better and wish you well with your recovery. :)

I see you have a bazillion books on GR, but when compared with mine it’s 41% same books as me! I’m sending fried request.

Lisa Aiello October 14, 2016 at 7:32 AM

Jean – I finished The Tutor last night. Overall, I’d give the book a 4. It was at least a 12 in the steamy department, but the overall story could have been a lot more angsty, and the hero himself could have been a lot more broody/dark/damaged for my liking…but holy hotness!! Now, on to Rainfall for something a little different!

Lisa Aiello October 14, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Is it a problem when you have 563 books on your waiting TBR list, 4 preorders, and another 400 books on your “Oh, I want to read these, but I really need to get through my TBR list first” list? Please tell me there are others out there that are just this bad!!!! I’m really not even exaggerating. I wish I were – the struggle is real, folks!!

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 7:40 AM

Celeste, I just read an ARC of An Exaltation of Larks and OMG. It is A-MAZ-ING. The teasers she keeps posting are killing me.

Crap! Leslie?? If you LOVED Thoughtless doesn’t that mean I won’t like it?? ;)

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 7:43 AM

Yes Lisa!! Mine isn’t nearly that bad because if I keep skipping over it when I’m picking a book, I finally delete it from my TBR. I went in the other day and made pricing shelves: free, KU, .99, $2, etc. and that helps me a lot. I throw away vegetables that cost more than some books so if I decide not to read something I paid .99 for, so be it. I’ve also started picking more randomly and if my 30% I’m just not feeling it, I DNF. Life’s too short to waste time on a blah book!

bev October 14, 2016 at 8:42 AM

R. If you read Thoughtless then you can sample one of my suggestions. Seriously.

Though I have not read it either, but have an idea the MCS in JR or Simon probably act a lot more mature.*

I do not mean that in a sequel way.

P.S. OR Dumplin’ cause you are a Texas girl like MichelleS.

bev October 14, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Lol. Sequel =sexual.

My phone’s a lady.

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 8:45 AM

LMAO!!! I was all, “I don’t have a problem with sequels!”

Fabi October 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Sequels are ok I guess, but sexuals are much better. ;-)

bev October 14, 2016 at 9:15 AM


Dumplin was one of my favorites last year. Have you all ever re-read all our best of lists from last year? I could not believe how many I still haven’t read almost a year later.

bev October 14, 2016 at 9:26 AM

Wind and rain today and into work. I have two books started The Girl on the Train & Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Both seem like perfect reads for a day like this.

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 9:29 AM

where are the best of lists?

Amy October 14, 2016 at 9:38 AM

First off…Nay!!! *big hugs* Dang woman, you’ve been through a lot! Sending lots of well wishes your way. We’ll definitely keep you occupied and distracted with books and chatting. ;) Friend me on GR or I’ll find you there.

OMG…Thoughtless!!!! That was my “gateway” book into the world of angst. I have yet to find one (love triangle book) I love as much. Although Arsen is a close second, it’s not really the same so I don’t lump them together.

Amy October 14, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Lisa…nope, it’s not bad because around here that’s the norm. :P Friend me on GR and you can see my list of over 2600 “want to read” books…those are books I *actually* have, not just that I want to read. ;) My name on there is Amy_NM.

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

R. Read Thoughtless! The angst, the emotion, and it is a real rockstar story. I absolutely LOVED it. Kellan is swoon worthy and that first book will knot your tummy into so many knots. It’s one of the best books ever. Go read it! (after Hausfrau)

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 10:07 AM

I think I will! I’m excited!

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

I just ordered the paperback because it was only $1.20 more than the kindle. It will be here Monday which will be perfect because as of right now my entire weekend will be spent decorating our haunted trail. So don’t think I’m not loving Hausfrau Amy! I’m just strapped for time!

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Oh you know she’s loving the idea of you reading Thoughtless. It twisted my heart, but the end just… *sighs* Perfect. Yeah, it was that good.

Amy, I have THoughtful, but I’ve yet to read it. I’m a chicken. lol

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 11:02 AM


My mommy just left for Canada this morning. I miss her already. But I’m back!! :D But I’m sorta sad. ;)

*sniff sniff*

I missed you guys!

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Heck YES Celeste!!!!!! That one is going to be awesome!!! I can’t wait!!

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 11:21 AM

“Maryse is no joke about the 3 rules.” < — I have rules? LOL!!!

Ooooh what are they? I bet I broke ‘em :P

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 11:22 AM

P.S. Erika’s comment (and subsequent comments) are on auto-approved as per a few days ago, but not sure if she realizes it yet.

Cheryl October 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Nay, big hugs!! Wishing you well with your day of testing. You have an LVAD now?

Nay & Lisa friend me on GR. :)

Amy, Maryse and R- are your ears ringing now? I just finished Full Tilt and I am a SOBBING mess! I kinda *hate* you right now. Beautifully written, but gah I just, ugh, feel so devastated!!! Gonna look at All In…

Fabi October 14, 2016 at 11:32 AM

*quietly hands Cheryl tissues and chocolate*

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Good to know Lisa, because I LOVE a good reclusive hero book!!!

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Nay… Fear Me … I dunno. It just had a “character feel” and writing style that wasn’t connecting with me. The bullies were so revered by everyone as if they were godlike, and had so much power (even though they were so young). But for me, it was that they were SO AWFUL to the girls, and yet the girls just stuck with that group no matter how badly they were treated.

It made me angry. I had to walk away. LOL!!!! :P

And yet I LOVE a good bully book. I LOVE when the bully is a total anti-social jerk, and potentially unredeemable but something in the writing, or how he slowly becomes an actual hero… that always gets me.

Ela October 14, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Geez….someoneses were bored or busy????

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Thanks for getting Erica fixed up Maryse. It was working late last night. And welcome back!

*hugs* Cheryl! I just made a pineapple coconut rum soda! Want one? Don’t judge. It’s past noon and a necessary evil whilst haunting.

Nay October 14, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Hey everyone! Today’s my 3 boys’ last day of fall break, and I’m busy getting stuff done with/for them, so I’m just checking in and will be back later to read through the comments.

I did want to quickly say: Yes, Cheryl, I have an LVAD. I just call it a pump because no one ever knows what it is!

Be back later!

Fabi October 14, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Nay, just want to wish you the very best in your upcoming surgery. So glad you decided to join us chatting.

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Move to ALL IN Cheryl!!!! ASAP!!!

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Welcome Nay!!! I *hug* you and wish for you to have a successful surgery and eventual transplant, and that you will feel SO much better. <3

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 12:26 PM

LOL Grey!! That brought a ton of character to the blog. *snort* :P

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 12:41 PM

Maryse, did you see? R hasn’t read Thoughtless yet. 0.0

Amy October 14, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Awwww Maryse…sounds like you need extra hugs today. *pulls Maryse in for snuggles*

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 12:50 PM

I ordered it!! And ordering is the first step!! :D

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 12:50 PM


Rainfall was one of my most favorite books. EVERY DETAIL I remember… that twist, and that ending…

*oooooooooomph*!!!! LOVED IT!

Cheryl October 14, 2016 at 12:56 PM

R. thanks but we’re going to a friends art gallery exhibit tonight so I know I’ll be drinking then!!

Just painted my nails with a polish got last month from IPSY. Not sure about it-Holy Fuchsia by Be A Bombshell. Not sure if it is a fall color. Pretty color though.

Jean October 14, 2016 at 12:57 PM

I seriously can’t believe R hasn’t read Thoughtless yet! And has Erica’s comments showed up yet?

Good luck Nay in your surgery! We’ll all be here to help you through recovery!

I’m feeling like Amy and not quite ready yet to jump into All In…..but maybe I could use some convincing!

Finished Evelyn After and must say I did not like any of the MCs…..not one, especially Evelyn!

Now, not sure what to start next, but thinking Stepbrother Dearest, Overdose, Pull Me Close, The Tutor, or maybe Broken……or…..yeah not sure…….

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Web mentions… I’m assuming an update to Wordpress maybe? Some new feature for the comments? I’ll have to look into it and see.

Fabi October 14, 2016 at 1:06 PM

You’re not talking about Broken an MM by Nicola Haken are you?

That one was – wow – heartbreaking

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 1:06 PM

LOL bev. I just saw your three rules. *snort*

I DID break them all. hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! :P

Fabi October 14, 2016 at 1:07 PM

No worries Maryse, you’re in good company in breaking those rules. LOL

Cheryl October 14, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Jean come along with me and read All In. While I’m feeling crappy and devastated, I need to see where this goes.

Jean October 14, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Ah Cheryl, I don’t want to be crying all night! I need to be in the right frame of mind before I start that!

Ummm no Fabi, I am still too chicken for MM (even though I’ve downloaded some). It’s Broken by Willow Winters. But now I’m thinking maybe Unsuitable…..she becomes his maid and he’s a jerk….sounds perfect!

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 1:57 PM

I really liked Unsuitable. I wish the secondary characters were more developed and it had an epilogue to answer some last questions. Still, fun and I did like it.

R. Renee October 14, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Jean don’t be sad! Go get that HEA!!

Jean October 14, 2016 at 2:27 PM

OK R, I’ll take your advice.

Quick question, does anyone know how to turn off the setting that now when you open a new book it adds it to your Currently Reading on GR. I want to open a couple books just to get a feel from the first few lines, but don’t want them showng up on GR as currently reading……

Fabi October 14, 2016 at 2:59 PM

That hasn’t been happening to me Jean. Do you have your Kindle or iPad directly connected to GR?

Jean October 14, 2016 at 3:06 PM

I didn’t think I did….

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Are you using iTunes, Android or have a kindle?

Jean October 14, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Android phone and tablet with the Kindle app.

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Alright, my tablet is taking a while. I deleted the data when I got the Kindle.

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Omg. Internet is broken today! Gah

Tessa October 14, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Took forever, but I finally was able to test, and mine won’t even let me, and I have android on my tablet.

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