Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – September 1st 2015

by Maryse on September 1, 2015 · 166 comments

in Latest Book Releases

<— LOOK WHAT’S LIVE!!! This is the latest and LAST release in Kristen Ashley’s “The ‘Burg” series and OMG this blurb gave me a jolt or sure. A case of unrequited love. I just hope I get to “live it” with the heroine and feel that ache for a bit before the delicious “MINE” relief. ;) YAY ME!!!! I mean  who can resist this?!!

In love for years with the last bastion of the ‘burg’s eligible bachelors, Garrett Merrick, Cher worked hard at making him laugh. Being one of the guys. Having him in her life the only way she could. All this knowing he was in love with another woman…

*happy wiggle*!!!!!!! :D

Lee: 39% in Hold On..!! Arghhhhh the feels!!! I just CAN’T!!

Maryse: I LOVE FEELS!!!!

Rochelle: I spent the morning reading Hold On. It was so damn good! Yes, I cried and now I think I’m ruined for other books.

Okay so from this list, MY “I-have-to-read-this-now” list includes: Hold On (of course!! KA unrequited love for me? Yes please!) and Begging for It (I absolutely LOVED book #1 and it had me crazy and I couldn’t wait for relief, and here it is!! I hope! ;) ) and Crosstown Crush (Cara McKenna!!! Also my favorite author and this married couple is trying out a new fantasy and OMG HELP!! It’s giving me cramps already!), and Badger (also by Cara McKenna and the story sounds SO unique and so awesome and kind of dark and hilarious Oh I HAVE TO READ THIS BADLY!!) and Hanover House (she’s studying psychopaths and serial killers), and Wake-Up Call (wakes up with amnesia of the last 5 years and she does NOT want her life…). And I highlighted a bunch more that sound crazy-good too, below.

Let me know what ones sound good to you.

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. The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel – Millennium Series, Book 4 by David Lagercrantz
  2. Dark Ghost: Carpathian, Book 27 by Christine Feehan
  3. Archangel’s Enigma: Guild Hunter Series #8 by Nalini Singh
  4. Hold On by Kristen Ashley
  5. The Drafter: The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1 by Kim Harrison
  6. Under My Skin: A Stark Novel, Book 3 by J. Kenner
  7. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
  8. Undercover by Danielle Steel
  9. Devoted in Death: In Death, Book 41 by J.D. Robb <— PRE-ORDER releasing September 15th!!


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).

  1. The Wrecked and Ruined Series Box Set by Aly Martinez <— Not a new release BUT a HUGELY AWESOME rock-bottom price series bundle deal, and this is a series that I am LOVING!!! :D
  2. For You (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristen Ashley <— In celebration of the LAST release in this series Hold On THE FABULOUS Kristen Ashley has put ALL of the books in this series on SUPER-SALE! I posted ‘em below in the correct reading order. YAY US!!!
  3. At Peace (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristen Ashley
  4. Golden Trail (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristen Ashley
  5. Games of the Heart (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristen Ashley
  6. The Promise (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristen Ashley
  7. Broken (Broken Trilogy Book 1) by J.L. Drake <— Marit loves this one! “OMG, I looooooved it!! She’s abducted and a special Force guy saves her and keeps her hidden! He’s hot ;) *squeeeeeeeeeee*”
  8. Creep (Creep series Book 1) by Jennifer Hillier <— And to satisfy my psych-thriller love story urge, I started this one last night (it was a recommendation on our “The Ultimate Book List of Gasp-Worthy Plot Twists & Crazy Endings” list, and I one clicked it as soon as I saw the super-sale price. HECK YES! So far SOOOOO good. She’s a professor that just got engaged and dumped her “affair” (he’s her teacher’s assistant) and let’s just say he’s not too happy… Eeeeeeep!!!



  1. Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh
  2. Queen of Shadows: Throne of Glass 4 (Throne of Glass series) by by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles Book 1) by Kim Harrison
  4. A Red-Rose Chain: An October Daye Novel by Seanan McGuire
  5. Howl My Name (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Grayslake Book 5) by Celia Kyle
  6. Three Parts Fey (An Obscure Magic Book 3) by Viola Grace
  7. Dark Ghost (Carpathian Book 26) by Christine Feehan
  8. 50 Shades of Grrr 2: 10 Book Shifter Paranormal Romance Collection by Artemis Wolffe, Wednesday Raven, Alannah Blacke, Terra Wolf, Christy Rivers, Steffanie Holmes, Cara Wylde, Ever Coming, Annora Soule, Crystal Dawn
  9. Warlock Unbound (Heart’s Desire) by Dana Marie Bell
  10. Claiming His Desire (Feral Breed Motorcycle Club Book 6) by Ellis Leigh
  11. Bound by Light (Cauld Ane Book 7) by Tracey Jane Jackson
  12. Erase Me Not (The Paradisi Chronicles) by Sarah Woodbury
  13. Lady of Magick (A Noctis Magicae Novel Book 2) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  14. By Moonlight (Paranormal Box Set Vol. 1): 15 Complete Novels & Novellas From Your Favorite Paranormal Authors
  15. Cunning Little Tales of Midnight and Vixenry by a damsel
  16. What You Wish For by Gina Wynn <— SOUNDS INTENSE!! “Caught between two men in two different lives, it is essential Maggie learns whether she has the power to call one world ‘home’ without destroying the people she loves.”
  17. Summit of the Wolf (Silver Wolf Clan Book 4) by Tera Shanley
  18. Recombined (Irrevocable Series Book 3) by Samantha Jacobey <— DYSTOPIAN
  19. Evan’s Epiphany (Highgate Shifters Book 4) by Sydney Presley
  20. Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal Novel, A) by Zen Cho
  21. Dreamthief (Fairy World MD Book 1) by Tamara Grantham
  22. Darker Nights by Nan Comargue
  23. The Vampire, the Handler, and Me by Eileen Sheehan
  24. Ever After (Cursed Series) by Odessa Gillespie Black
  25. Space Wrangler (Space Rustlers) by Kate Donovan
  26. Tall, Dark and Immortal (Entity Series) by Cat Devon
  27. The Queen Of Scarred Hearts (Reclaimed Souls Book 2) by Kelly Washington
  28. Enchanted Revenge (Empyrean Chronicles Book 1) by Theresa M. Jones



  1. Hold On (The ‘Burg Series Book 6) by Kristen Ashley <—- SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! KA ALERT! OMG That blurb!!! Please let it hurt for awhile. LOL!!
  2. Begging for It by Lilah Pace <— OMG I LOVED BOOK #1!!!!! :D (here is my review for #1 – “Asking For It“)
  3. Under My Skin: A Stark Novel by J. Kenner <— TRILOGY CONCLUSION!!! I won’t read the blurb so i don’t spoil it for myself… ;)
  4. Primal Force (A K-9 Rescue Novel) by D. D. Ayres
  5. All of Me (Covington Cove Novel, A) by Kelly Moran
  6. It Takes a Thief (Hagan Book 10) by Kay Hooper <— “…the story of a gambler who’s not all he seems—and the woman who teaches him what it means to risk everything.
  7. Sleeping With the Enemy (Out of Bounds Novel, An) by Tracy Solheim <— HE OWNS A PRO-FOOTBALL TEAM & IS IN HOT WATER… and she’s the lawyer defending him but “…she’s not thrilled to be defending Jay McManus, the man who broke her heart. It’s bad enough she has to mingle with Jay during games, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her”
  8. Watch Over Me: A Danvers Novel (Danvers series) by Sydney Landon
  9. The Bride Wore Red Boots: A Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys Novel by Lizbeth Selvig
  10. Crosstown Crush: A Sins In the City Novel by Cara McKenna <— ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAV AUTHORS ALERT!!! HE’S AN ALPHA AT WORK but needs something different at home with his wife… Oh I think this one’s gonna hurt!When Samira first learned of her husband’s fantasies, she was reluctant, even alarmed. But after witnessing the way they set him on fire, she yielded, and happily indulged. As their games have intensified, so has the rush. And now so has the risk—they’re poised to take Mike’s indecent desires to the next level, by opening their bed to a sexy, brazen stranger.
  11. Badger by C.M. McKenna <— AND ANOTHER by Cara McKenna *eeeeep!!!*… just a slight change to her “author name” and OMG THIS SOUNDS AMAZING TOO!!!!! “Nearly twelve months sober, Adrian Birch feels like a nobody. But when her wrist is broken in a hit-and-run accident, she’s avenged by the Badger, a secretive street vigilante. Instantly obsessed, Adrian takes to staging suicide and constructing chance meetings to get his attention. Their resulting affair is harsh and needy, wrought with McKenna’s signature dark eroticism—until the connection gets out of hand and ignites the violent passions of the city…
  12. The Affair (Affair, The) by Beth Kery
  13. Broken Play (Birmingham Rebels) by Samantha Kane
  14. Fire Me Up (The Deacons of Bourbon Street) by Rachael Johns
  15. Cold Feet by Amy FitzHenry <— “Pre-wedding jitters turn into serious doubts…”
  16. Undercover: A Novel by Danielle Steel <— SOUNDS CRAZY INTENSE/DANIELLE STEEL READ!!! He was an undercover DEA agent, and now with the Secret Service and she’s the daughter of an ambassador and just survived and unthinkable act of violence… “Ariana arrives in Paris, on a fragile road to recovery. There, as she strives to bury painful memories forever, she crosses paths with Marshall Everett. But dangerous forces watch her every move, and Ariana and Marshall will once more have to fight for their survival.
  17. Too Hard to Handle (Black Knights Inc.) by Julie Ann Walker
  18. Wicked Wild Fantasies by Shiloh Walker <— COP/HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!!
  19. The Gambler: The Wedding Pact #3 by Denise Grover Swank <— FORTUNE TELLER TOLD HER…”…that each of them will marry before thirty, have a disaster of a wedding, and end up with a man other than her original fiancé, has come to fruition for both of her friends, who are now deliriously happy. But Libby’s attempt to quick-start the curse by proposing to her wrong-for-her boyfriend ends in a wild dash from the altar. She’s rescued by her friend Noah, the only person who understands her impulsive decisions–because he’s the same way…
  20. About That Fling by Tawna Fenske
  21. Starlight on Willow Lake (The Lakeshore Chronicles) by Susan Wiggs
  22. Delayed Penalty: A Pilots Hockey Novel by Sophia Henry
  23. If You Only Knew by by Kristan Higgins <— TWO SISTERS struggling with adult life, marriage and family secrets…
  24. Hanover House (The Hanover Chronicles) by Brenda Novak <— EEEEEP!!! SHE’S STUDYING PSYCHOPATHS ALERT!!! She’s a psychiatrist and was once kidnapped and left for dead as a teen so now she studies what makes “them” tick, so… “she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst…” and a state trooper is worried about her.
  25. ONE: An Exclusive Collection of EIGHTEEN Brand NEW Sexy One Night Changes Everything Stories by Heidi McLaughlin, Jillian Dodd, L.P. Dover, Emma Hart, J.M. Darhower, Melissa Collins, Alivia Anders, Anna Cruise, A.O. Peart, Cameo Renae, Jennifer Foor, Kelly Walker, Julia Crane, Lizzy Ford, Morgan Black, Savannah Rylan, SE Anderson, Steph Nuss <— SO MANY OF OUR FAV AUTHORS and this is SUPER-BARGAIN priced!
  26. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman <— TASHA FOUND US THIS ONE ALERT! “ Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman came out today and looks reallly good, a little different but sounds exciting.”
  27. Darkness Follows (Darkness Series Book 2) by J.L. Drake
  28. Running Wild by Susan Andersen
  29. Rhythm of Us: Book 2 Of The Fated Hearts Series by Aimee Nicole Walker <— M/M ROMANCE!
  30. Unsaid (The Manhattanites Book 3) by Avery Aster <— M/M ROMANCE!
  31. Alpha Enchanted (Haven City Series # 8) by Zoe Perdita <— M/M ROMANCE!
  32. Pulled Under (Kill Devil Hills Book 3) by Sarah Darlington <— SHE USES HIM TO GET OVER SOMEONE ALERT! She uses the town “bad boy/manwhore” as a distraction over her heartache when the man she loved, dies… “…when Ben Turner, the guy I had loved from afar for the past four years, died and I couldn’t get over his death, I desperately needed a distraction. A distraction like Rhett. So I used him for a one-night stand. Because, after all, that’s the only thing a guy like Rhett is good for…right?”
  33. Paige and Chloe (Aces MC Series Book 2.5) by Aimee-Louise Foster
  34. Stripped Down: A Blacktop Cowboys® Novella (Blacktop Cowboys Novel) by Lorelei James
  35. Bonded: The Cavanaugh Brothers (Cavanaugh Brothers, The) by Laura Wright <— WAITRESS IS CARRYING THIS COWBOWY’S BABY ALERT!Following a night of breathtaking passion in the arms of a man who now rules her dreams, waitress Emily Shiver is contemplating her next step. Blue is determined to be a part of her life, yet she would rather raise the baby on her own. But when she becomes the target of someone’s dark obsession, Emily must let Blue in—to both her heart and her future.
  36. You’re the One (Gully’s Fall Book 5) by Angela Verdenius
  37. Rev Me Up (Clover Park, Book 7) by Kylie Gilmore
  38. In Touch (Play On Book 1) <— IRISH RUGBY STAR CAUGHT USING A BANNED DRUG for his pain… “his agent convinces Padraig to play for a small American club in Michigan. Just until things settle down…”
  39. Something Sparked (Sparks in Texas Book 3) by Mari Carr
  40. Three Times A Lady by Niobia Bryant
  41. What to Read After Fifty Shades of Grey: Unlimited Romance (WTRAFSOG Themes Book 2)
  42. Deadly Storm (Hardy Brothers Security Book 12) by Lily Harper Hart
  43. Wicked Lies: A Men of Summer Novel by Lora Leigh <— EX-NAVY SEAL and a teacher that has a secret…The beautiful, innocent teacher refuses to fall for Jazz because she’s hiding a secret more powerful than her own temptation ...”
  44. Brave the Heat (The McGuire Brothers) by Sara Humphreys
  45. Phantom Heartstrings (Heartstrings Series Book 3) by Felicia Lynn
  46. A Second Chance at Forever by JM Stewart
  47. Uneven Exchange by S.K. Derban
  48. Her Secret Love (Secrets of Cherry Lake Book 3) by Paula Altenburg
  49. Stay With Me Tonight: A Drake brothers series (PART 1) by Whitney D.
  50. Deal Breakers (Dealing With Love Book 1) by Laura Lee
  51. The Dean’s List by Kelly Collins <— BILLIONAIRE & COLLEGE STUDENT ALERT!!Twenty-one-year-old honors student, River Roberts, knew her life had to change. With only forty dollars to her name, she was hungry, tired, and out of options. While seeking advice from her best friend Jade, she found something that could provide all she was looking for. Sexy, witty, charming and motivated, she met the requirements for The Dean’s List, a university society that offered alumni anything they desired. It was the perfect job for her. But it came with a cost: secrets and loneliness…
  52. While You Were Gone: A Thought I Knew You Novella by Kate Moretti
  53. The Full Experience by Dawn Doyle
  54. Giving It All by Arianna Hart <— WOUNDED WARRIOR ALERT!! and he comes home… “One of the first friendly faces he encounters is Ellie Hall. The gawky little girl next door now has curves that shouldn’t make his mouth water. She deserves a hero, not a broken man. Ellie can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a crush on Grant. Now if she could only get it through Grant’s thick skull that she doesn’t need to fear him..”
  55. Switching it On: A Love Story (Stimulated Book 3) by Lexxie Couper
  56. Played for a Fool by Stephanie Black
  57. Cara O’Shea’s Return (Small Town New England Book 1) by Mackenzie Crowne
  58. Risk It All (Risqué Book 2) by Scarlett Finn
  59. Wake-Up Call (The Wake-Up Series Book 1) by Amy Avanzino <— SHE WAKES UP WITH AMNESIA ALERT (AND HAS A HUSBAND & KIDS SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER!!! And realizes the life she wanted is NOT the life she’s been living. “…she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins. As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here…and how she can stay?
  60. Omerta (The DeLuca Family Series Book 1) by K.A. Ware
  61. Playing House by Mira Day <— SHE WORKS AT A CAFE AND A MAN HELPS HER… BUT SECRETS!!When Hannah Bishop discovers that her boyfriend Connor is cheating on her, she has no idea that breaking up with him will lead her to the happiness she deserves—even when Caleb Matthews, the city’s most eligible bachelor and a regular at the café where Hannah works, steps up to help her…
  62. Moondance Beach: A Bayberry Island Novel by Susan Donovan
  63. Wicked and Wanton by Melissa Blue
  64. Faith (Hades Angels Book 1) by Elizabeth Hayes
  65. Intertwining Fate by Hannah Sholander <— SHE ESCAPES HER ADDICT MOTHER & STARTS A NEW LIFE AND SHE MEETS SOMEONE…I feel freer and happier than I have been in a long time. I had to know it wouldn’t last, and something would tear us apart. One fateful night, everything comes crashing down around us intertwining our lives more than we could have ever imagined.
  66. When Least Expected (A Blue Ridge Romance Book 1) by Allison B. Hanson
  67. You’re It (A Tag Novella) by Shari J. Ryan
  68. One of These Nights: The Harvest Cove Series by Kendra Leigh Castle
  69. Next (Kiss Series Book 1) by Rachael Brownell
  70. Heat Wave (Real Heat Book 2) by Kate J Squires
  71. Up for Forever (Up for Grabs Book 2) by Heather Young-Nichols
  72. Controlled Burn (Scarred Hearts) by Nikki Duncan


PRE-ORDERS (next week’s)

  1. Charlie Foxtrot (Code 11- KPD SWAT Book 5) by Lani Lynn Vale - September 3rd 2015
  2. Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre – September 7th 2015
  3. Numbers (New Species) by Lauren Dohner – September 8th 2015
  4. My Kind of Forever (The Beaumont Series Book 5) by Heidi McLaughlin – September 8th 2015
  5. Finding You (Love Wanted in Texas Series Book 4) by Kelly Elliott - September 8th 2015
  6. Sexy by J.A. Huss - September 9th 2015
  7. The Affiliate (Ascension Book 1) by K.A. Linde – September 15th 2015
  8. The Skeleton King (Dartmoor Book 3) by Lauren Gilley – September 15th 2015
  9. Screwed by Kendall Ryan – September 15th 2015
  10. Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons) by Christina Lauren - expected release date September 15th 2015
  11. Hard Love: The Hacker Series #5 by Meredith Wild – September 15th 2015
  12. Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb  – September 15th 2015

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{ 166 comments… read them below or add one }

Grey September 1, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Decisions…decisions… to start the KA series or go with Asking for it, then read the new release Begging for it…

Hanover House is giving me a major itchy one-click finger… gah, I’m not supposed to buy anymore books!!!

Thanks as always Maryse!

Steph September 1, 2015 at 11:27 AM

I’m skimming through Asking for it to reacquaint myself with the story line then I’ll be reading Begging for it tonight

Ela September 1, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Twitchy fingers!!!! Thanks Maryse! Great list as always!

Tessa September 1, 2015 at 11:52 AM

So many goodies today, especially in the PNR section. Queen of Shadows, Angel’s Enigma, The Drafter… So many goodies.

Who else is Buddy Reading Begging for It?

Amy September 1, 2015 at 12:30 PM

I started Begging For It last night when it showed up early in my library…yay me!!! That usually doesn’t happen but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth. Especially a gift HORSE like Jonah…you can draw your own conclusions from that statement. :P I’m only about 15% in but it didn’t take long to slip back into their deliciously messed up world!

Amy September 1, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Oh yeah, and I had to go back and skim a few parts from Asking For It so I could refresh my memory before starting Begging For It. As much as I loved AFI, I just couldn’t remember a few key important details.

“OMG That blurb!!! Please let it hurt for awhile. LOL!!” <—— That. THAT right there is why I love coming here…if you've never wanted that while reading, it can't be explained; if you *have* wanted that while reading, there is no need to explain! :D

Marit September 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Great list, Maryse ;) Just want to remind you of this cookie! Broken by J.L Drake❤️OMG, I looooooved it!! She’s abducted and a special Force guy saves her and keeps her hidden! He’s hot ;) *squeeeeeeeeeee*

Toni September 1, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Anyone know of something that is extremely light and funny, that has been recently released in the past couple weeks or so. Work has gotten a bit much and i need a break.

Tasha J September 1, 2015 at 1:22 PM

I think Hanover House might be my next read after I finish up my library books. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman came out today and looks reallly good, a little different but sounds exciting. And French Kissing by Lynne Shelby popped up on my recommended for you page today. looks really good, like chick lit romance. And SR Grey has a new one coming out in a week or two that’s the follow up to the Allure of Julian Lefray that I loved! Different characters, I think she said something like a love/hate type which I love!

Maryse September 1, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Thank you Marit!! I added it. :D

Maryse September 1, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Ooooh Tasha I’m adding it. Thank you!!

Maryse September 1, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Amy… right?? THAT is what I love… it’s what I crave in all of these books. Stomach cramps AND butterflies.

LOL!!!! :P I’m so glad so many of you understand…

Grey September 1, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Oomph… you added more… oh man… there’s a whole lotta intriguing in this list!

Amy September 1, 2015 at 2:32 PM

YES!! Stomach cramps, tight chest, splotchy skin…I LOVE books that give me actual physical reactions! :D

Maryse September 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Oh and my pleasure Grey and Ella, and Tessa and crew!! :P

Maryse September 1, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Hrmmm… Toni good question. Let me see if something pops in my head. Lately I’ve been on an angsty or super-psycho book kick. LOL!

Maryse September 1, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Steph and Amy I’ll be skimming mine too…

Robyn September 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

I just finished Sugar Baby Beautiful by JJ McAvoy. I got towards the end and was literally smacked in the head with a surprise I did not see coming at all. That’s how I know I’ve read a great book! Don’t miss reading this book Maryse.

Jean September 1, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Toni, Pucked by Helena Hunting! So funny!

Lots of goodies here today…..i just can’t take it anymore!

I have to skim AFI too…..but I just read your review again Maryse and that helped!

I’m in lala land right now with Hemy (Walk of Shame series)…..whoa….*fanning self*

MichelleS September 1, 2015 at 4:43 PM

I guess I’ll be starting Hold On tonight. Finally, something I’ve been looking forward to. Please please please give me those KA feels that I loved so much once upon a time.

Laura September 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Tessa! Tessa! I finally read FCU :( I want Logan’s story now the snippet wasn’t enough!! But taaaadaaaa by fav KA’s book is out so I’m 33% in *sigh* I still love joe the most though I’m bagging him in my love that imaginary guy box and now I seriously have to go to bed its 23.18 here and a school night!!! Being bad for KA lol night guys!!

bev September 1, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Who is reading Begging for it? Plan to start in like an hour. Jean you ready or are you still off stripping?

MichelleS & Laura please keep me posted. I mean I know I’ll read it either way but…….
You know I’m really looking forward to Woods story. And nervous about it

bev September 1, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Oh, and I had pre ordered Vengeance Road. I just had to. Though more than I’d usually pay on unknown author. Hope i don’t regret it, lol.
Another one I’ve seen good buzz for is Dumpling but the ebook is more the hardback…um no.

Tessa September 1, 2015 at 6:37 PM

30% into Begging for it. So far, it’s good. Not any tummy twists yet, though.

Amy September 1, 2015 at 6:54 PM

*fans self with top* Oh Jonah…you naughty, yummy man…

bev September 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Amy lol. Going to a half hour or so more til I can start.
Can’t wait.
Can I say I really like the cover for vengeance road.

bev September 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Maryse, watcha reading?

Anne September 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Great list Maryse! Thank you!

Badger sounds good! Hopefully it has a HEA.

I think I am going to start The Dean’s List tonight. I love books with secret societies and this one has great reviews. Also reading At Peace soon. Maybe after TDL :)

Bev Vengeance Road sounds pretty gritty. Let us know what you think!

I went to get a hair cut today and it turned out nice but much shorter than what I expected so I am getting used to it. I hate it when this happens but at least it looks ok lol.

Allison September 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

*steps up to the mic*

Um, ahem . . . .

*taps mic*

Is this thing on?

Oh, hi. Yeah, my name is Allison, and I would like to announce that I just finished my first Kristen Ashley novel. Please, someone, tell me what to do with all these feels. Because I’m feeling all of them.

I keep hearing how amazing her books are but none ever really caught my eye but then I saw all the raves about At Peace and it was on sale and so yeah. It happened.

I really did love it and I really did openly cry. However, there were times I felt it got a little repetitive. Like the way someone is speaking and someone else keeps interrupting. Over and over and over.

“But Joe blah blah blah blah”


“And then blah dee dee blah . . . ”


“Only blah blibbidy blah . . . . ”


This conversation happened like 17 times between several different people. Also, I get it. Joe likes to protectively tuck tiny women under his arm.

I. Get. It.

And I know it sounds like I’m complaining, but I really did enjoy it.

SOOOOOO – WHAT NEXT? What Kristen Ashley novel should I hit up next?! I’m not committed to reading more in the Burg series. I sort of have my eye on Deacon. And I tend to like dark novels. I love assassins. I like guys who are sort of shady but one just has to love them anyway.

Feel free to toss me KA suggestions if you are so moved!

Also, ANYBODY CONTEMPLATING READING ASKING FOR IT – Do it and do it NOW. Best book I’ve read in a long time.

bev September 1, 2015 at 9:57 PM

I forgot their different experiences in Scotland. I just find that so sad.

Anne I’m glad you like it. Have had that happen, too. And ended up liking it also, lol.

Tessa September 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Allison, for next, have you read Begging for It yet? It’s pretty good so far.

Marit September 2, 2015 at 1:07 AM

I’m sure that your hair looks cute, Anne ;) Short hair is hot! :D It will grow out fast again.

I’m on Shattered by J.L Drake. It’s s mind blowing!

Hanover Chronicles) by Brenda Novak looks creepy! This is right up my alley ;) Have some of you read it?

Lisa September 2, 2015 at 4:41 AM

Ooooo Ive got a few if those pre-orders….well pre-ordered. Cant wait for another dose if Christina Lauren, JA Haus and Kendall Ryan.

Caitlin September 2, 2015 at 5:49 AM

Hold On by KA sadly disappointed me and I am a huge fan of hers!
It was an unnecessary addition to the series and by doing so was so repetitive but without the KA magic and ‘feels’ like her other books have:(
Still looking forward to her other stuff to come though from another series:)

Allison September 2, 2015 at 6:01 AM

Tessa, not yet and I’m dying to! But a friend and I are busy reading it next week so I promised her I’d wait.

Cheryl September 2, 2015 at 6:33 AM

What a list!! :)

Tasha, I loved Allure of Julian Lefray. The new one is- The Allure of Dean Harper releasing September 28th by R.S. Grey. I think he was the restaurant owner “player” friend in TAOJL.

After I finish Not You It’s Me, which I’m really enjoying even though no “hurts” or tummy twisting, yet; then I’m reading Asking For It and Begging For It!!

Anne, short hair is really in right now-sure you look great!!

Maryse September 2, 2015 at 7:41 AM

bev I’m reading “Creep” because my psych-thriller need was still in full effect after the last one didn’t deliver. Then… onto a love story! :)

Maryse September 2, 2015 at 7:43 AM

That happened to me once too, Anne, and I ended up LOVING it, once I learned how to style it… BUT it is a shock to the system at first. I remember not feeling so good all of the sudden, that day.

Maryse September 2, 2015 at 7:43 AM

Amy!! Eeeeeep! I love your reaction. :)

Anna September 2, 2015 at 7:44 AM

Just read (and loved) Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel. The main character is a female bounty hunter who is trying to be taken seriously at her agency. She is finally given a big assignment, but the fugitive she is after ends up being super complex and sexy. Good stuff! I’ve also enjoyed some her Joker’s Wrath MC series, but this one had some really interesting components and a bad-ass female lead.

Maryse September 2, 2015 at 7:46 AM

LOL Allison!!

I love this mini love/rant. It’s true there is plenty of repetition in her stories, but there is something about the feelings she’s able to pull out, stuff that I’ve felt deeply myself and know EXACTY how she’s feeling when the angst starts.

And the mooning over someone… from afar, and that thrill when they finally look at you back. Yes all of that in full force in Kristen Ashley’s books.

I think I’d say Sweet Dreams, or maybe even The Golden Dynasty. Or Lady Luck. Oh SO good.

Maryse September 2, 2015 at 7:48 AM

Caitlin did they “happen” (in full-force) too fast? Sometimes I think it’s THAT that lessens the KA magic for me a little in her more recent ones.

Lisa September 2, 2015 at 8:03 AM

Maryse, I just finished reading Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley.. And OMG!!!! I loved this book. I want more of Laurie and Tate.. What do you recommend after reading a book like this? One that stays with you even after your done…

Ash September 2, 2015 at 8:03 AM

Has anyone else started queen of shadows by Sarah J. Maas???? OMG I’ve been devouring each page!

Jean September 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Sorry bev, but I did get totally sidetracked by the strippers! Lol! I start a 10 day vacation Friday so I will definitely get to it on my time off!

Caitlin September 2, 2015 at 8:47 AM

Maryse I think the problem was that it just didn’t feel like the story really NEEDED to be told and it could have just been a novella. A few people have said the epilogue is the best part of the entire book which I understand. I think I wanted to really like it because its Kristen Ashley and I love and have a history with her books, even though it wasn’t creating the ‘feels’ KA usually does :( .
Still holding my breath for a series in LA with Mace and his security team!

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Ash, I’m trying to hold off on getting it, and wait until the library gets it in, but there are already two holds on it. I may give in before then. My luck, that means I won’t get it until October. I don’t think I want to wait that long.

Young September 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Whew.. Just finished Ride Steady by KA. Not as good as other oldies but still enjoyed it. Can’t wait for Walk through fire! It is preorder and sounds so good! Btw, has anyone read Avenger’s angel by Heather Killough-Walden? In the mood of paranormal and thinking about reading it.

Anne September 2, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Allison you need to read The Golden Dynasty by KA. You need to! Its my favorite from hers.

Bev I am kinda digging my new hair cut to be honest. Yes its pretty short but I think it looks good on me :)

Marit that’s true! Hair does grow quickly and I needed a change so its all good lol

Cheryl thank you! I think it looks good I just need to get used to it. Oh I loved The Allure of Julian Lafrey too and didn’t know Dean’s story was coming out this month! Yaaay! Yes Dean is the restaurant owner/womanizer friend. Can’t wait for his story.

Maryse yes its a shock! When I was at the salon I was kinda having a panic attack lol. But today I kinda like it. Like you said is all about knowing how to style it :)

Amy September 2, 2015 at 1:07 PM

I’m with Anne…Allison, definitely read Golden Dynasty!!! I wish I could read it again for the first time. *sigh*

Anne, I chopped off my hair from my mid back to my shoulders a little while ago and it took me a little bit to get used to it. :? I’m growing it out now, but one thing I can say though is that it takes a lot less time (for me, at least) to style shorter hair.

Cheryl…I keep seeing Not You, It’s Me in my recommendations list but I can’t remember seeing anything about it here. Keep us updated ’cause I’ve been curious about it!

Amy September 2, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Maryse…is it Creep by Jennifer Hillier? I read that one not long ago when I found it on my Nook, which I had to read from ’cause I let my iPad drain down to zero. *snort* I thought it was pretty good, not as suspenseful for me because of the multi-POV but it still had an edge to it. Also, there was a random comment made at one point which gave something away way too easily for my taste, but then again I have a really bad habit of trying to figure things out instead of just living in the moment of the story, ya know?

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM

“I have a really bad habit of trying to figure things out instead of just living in the moment of the story” I thought everyone did that. Crap, does that make me odd again?

Finished Begging for It. It was good, but there were opportunities to really pack a punch, and it didn’t go there. Also, I figured out the who did it right away. :/

Amy September 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Hehe Tessa, we can be odd together. ;)

And I’m not finished with BFI yet but I would bet my left ovary that I know who is behind everything. At least Jonah is still hot. :P

Anne September 2, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Amy it does take less time to style my new hair so thats a plus! It’s a big change but that’s what I wanted, its just it took me a little by surprise lol

I am almost half way through The Dean’s List and liking it so far! She is 25 and he’s 42 so big age difference but it works.

Grey September 2, 2015 at 6:27 PM

Allison… I’m with the rest of the peanut throwers *I’m looking at you Amy!* You’ve gotta go with Golden Dynasty. (Although, I do freely admit that I am so OCD that I had to read them all in order, so Wildest Dreams is first in that series, then Golden Dynasty is 2nd) I’d never read any KA before that series either!

I’m reading Reveal right now… I really want to read BFI, but I haven’t read AFI yet, and I’m on a buying book lockdown right now.

Anne September 2, 2015 at 6:36 PM

He has better hair than me! (Yes because I was *only* looking at his hair)

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 6:37 PM

Jonah is definitely hot. Super hot. :P

I gave in and got Queen of Shadows. *sighs* I couldn’t resist. It’s so wonderful to find a really good fantasy.

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Anne, he has better hair than almost every other person in the world. That’s insanely pretty.

bev September 2, 2015 at 6:56 PM

I’m the odd one. I can’t believe none of you have not started Sweet Dreams. How long have you all wanted Maryse to read FCH? I’d be all over that.

bev September 2, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Man buns, Lmao!

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

When the mood hits. Right now, just not in that reading mood. :)

Cheryl September 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM

Holy hot hair!!!! Laughing when the backgound music started *porno*

Crosstown Crush sounds good and I think it is part of a standalone series, but does anyone know for sure. Didn’t want to read too much in the reviews.

I emailed the author of Wake Up Call and she said: “each book can stand alone. Each story is about a different woman from Sarah’s playgroup. The same characters will meet up and you can stay connected through the years but the protagonist and plotline will be different.” So enjoy when the author responds to questions, but it would be nice (and I think Fabi said this before) if the authors would put whether the book has a CH, is a standalone, or is book 1 in a series.

Michelle September 2, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Work has been crazy hectic but wanted to pop in quick to post a few freebies for y’all :D I finished up the Hades Hangmen books 2 & 3 but it took me a while…like a week which means you know I’ve been working too much! They were ok/average for me. I liked the story a lot but was missing a connection with the characters…even Flame and Maddie :( Maybe it’s because I was reading only a couple chapters a day and broke the story up too much? I started on a MichelleS rec that caught my eye, Lord of the Isles, and so far it’s just what I needed! After that I need to pick a PNR from the list above since there’s a bunch of good ones!

Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington
Finding Gavin by CA Harms
The Wright Brother by Marie Hall
Irrevocable by Skye Callahan
Deadly Shadows by Jaycee Clark
Wolf Creek Alpha by Jo Ellen
Alpha Girl Books 1 & 2 by Aileen Erin

Cheryl September 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Found out Crosstown Crush is the first in a new ménage series—three standalone erotic romances featuring three-ways! The titles are Crosstown Crush, Downtown Devil, and (tentatively) Midtown Man. Reminds me of the book a while back everybody was raving about, The Ground Rules. Have a feeling there’s going to be some angst with this “relationship.” *one-click*

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 8:56 PM

Thank you Michelle! You’ll love Lord of the Isle. MichelleS’s recommendation was seriously good.

Lisa September 2, 2015 at 9:03 PM

Anne!! Now that’s a Mun!!And errr very educational too

Allison September 2, 2015 at 9:58 PM

OK, here’s where I duck as peanuts come flying at me from all angles.

I’m not into paranormal. No fantasy. No sci-fi. So Golden Dynasty . . . I read the blurb and was immediately a big no.

Why? No clue. It just doesn’t appeal to me. I read the Twilight series YEARS ago and liked it. And I think that’s the most paranormal thing I ever read. In terms of romance, anyway.

I love the Outlander series and The Time Traveler’s Wife.

But that’s about it.

Feel free to ban me from this blog. I am so heartily sorry. ;-)

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 10:42 PM

How about Motorcycle Man. Also, everyone keeps suggesting Sweet Dreams. One of those might work.

Maryse September 2, 2015 at 10:56 PM

Almost finished my book!!! And now I’ll be ready for romance next. :)

Now I gotta scroll up and catch up with the comments.

Maryse September 2, 2015 at 10:57 PM

No banning for different book-love here Allison!

Right now I’m on a psych-thriller kick and these guys are still my friends. LOL!

Allison September 2, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Looooove psych thrillers.

Tessa, I downloaded the sample for Sweet Dreams. I might give it a go, but so far not appealing to me. I will check out Motorcycle Man. Thanks!

Lisa September 2, 2015 at 11:21 PM

Allison I swap favourite genres like clean underwear! Ill be on a HEA sweet contemporary kick for a while then splurge on a whole hot vampire series.

Cant do two KAs in a row either….they’re too wordy for me. But try Sweet Dreams. Tate is a hotty and its one of her best.

Tessa September 2, 2015 at 11:29 PM

You’re welcome. Others might know more. I just thought that Motorcycle Man was super sweet with mystery.

Maryse, what type of romance? Angsty, dark, sweet, funny? If angsty, FCH. *grins*

Ash September 3, 2015 at 6:41 AM

Yay Tessa!! So far Queen of Shadows is worth every penny. I’m with you, it’s so hard to find good fantasy.

Sharon September 3, 2015 at 6:50 AM

I finished 53 Letters For My Lover (I loved this one . . . Nice and angsty), then followed it up with Sustained by Emma Chase. READ.THIS.ONE! it had me laughing out loud uncontrollably. I looked like a fool on the beach! I hated paying full price for it, but these Legal Briefs are worth it! I have no idea what to read next. Back to angsty? Something light? Thriller?

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Ash, have you read Written in Red by Anne Bishop or Lord of the Fading Lands by CL Wilson? Those are insanely good too.

Tasha J September 3, 2015 at 9:38 AM

I just finished One Kick by Chelsea Cain. It’s a mystery/thriller/suspense. I really loved it and I think if you like that genre you should give this one a shot. So much more than what I had thought and expected from the blurb! This is the first book I’ve read from Chelsea; I’ve had the first book, Heartsick, in her Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series for a couple years sitting on my shelf that a few of my family members have been begging me to read, but I just hadn’t gotten to it. Paperbacks are a pain for me, lol. But I squirreled from my current read and am about 30 pages in and am really liking this one too! Thriller with a female serial killer and the detective she had captured and tortured. :D

Anne September 3, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Glad you guys enjoyed the hair tutorial *grins*

I finished The Dean’s List and really liked it. It was sexy, sweet and a little angsty. Just how I like it. Its a 4/5 for me.

Don’t know what to read next. I am between At Peace by KA and Worth It by Linda Kage.

Maryse September 3, 2015 at 10:44 AM


Yes it’s that one. I’m finishing it up. I liked it… but it didn’t blow me away like some do…

And yet it has so many of the elements I enjoy in reads like this, so I have no idea what it is that is keeping me at a 4 star level with this one…

Grey September 3, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Reveal by Elle Brooks… I’m getting to the *OMG my stomach hurts because of the angst* part…

I read Slammer by Tabatha Vargo last week…it was ok. But now I’m geared up for a real good twisty, turny psych-thriller of a mind f*ck… any suggestions?

Jean September 3, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Sorry bev, but I did get totally sidetracked by the strippers! Lol! I start a 10 day vacation Friday so I will definitely get to it on my time off!

So excited…..i just saw that Grayson’s Vow by Mia Sheridan is coming out September 10!!!!!!! Perfectly timed for my vacation! 4 hours left of work and then I’m done!

Young September 3, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Has anyone read They who fell by Kevin Kneupper? Getting some great reviews.

Amy September 3, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Jean…any big plans for your vacation? Hey, you know if you go to the RT convention next year in Vegas, Thunder From Down Under is there. Just sayin’. ;)

Allison, if *I* haven’t been banned yet from this blog then you are definitely safe. :P I’m the same way with M/M though…the couple of times in my reading where there has been a single chapter male POV with another male (like in the Up In the Air series) I felt absolutely nothing, except maybe bored. And even with a male POV book I often struggle…I feel SO much more with a female POV, maybe because I can relate to the situation or emotions and can feel like I’m living it. I can’t do that with a male POV. Except Transcendence. Oh, also I Know It’s Over…THAT one had me teary-eyed with a huge lump in my throat by the end. Yeah, I felt the feels with that one.

Ela September 3, 2015 at 2:32 PM

HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *waves hands frantically* I am finally on the last Merry Gentry book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *phew* The first seven books were great and I tore through them then I hit 8 and it was slow for a while and NOW, NOW I’m on 9 and the final in the series. Still holding my interest but BUT BBUUUUUTTTTTTTT well I dunno…just felt like dragging out the BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT *giggles* didn’t mean that “butt….. Yep on a PNR high.

Amy September 3, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Maryse…my issue with Creep was that I needed more from it. I wanted my heart to race and my tummy to twist, and that just didn’t happen. Ooh, that bathroom scene though…I wanted to smack his stupid a$$. Idiot. Grrrr…

Grey…have you read Mud Vein? Messed with me so much it was a five-star read for me which I loved and hated in equal measures. I literally shook my iPad after the last page ’cause I was so worked up, but it was such a great ride! Tasha recommended Heartsick up there, and it sounds like it might be what you’re looking for.

Jean September 3, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Just headed to the Jersey Shore to enjoy the weather, friends, food, drink, and our boat! (And please don’t compare it to that stupid TV show….it’s not like that!) And my bday’s tomorrow so looking for lots of Amazon gift cards!

Amy did you read Begging For It? Tessa didn’t seem thrilled with it so now I am hesitant!

Amy September 3, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Also Grey, Insanity by Lauren Hammond was a bit of a mind screw (and a nice kick to the gut) for me but more towards the end. Not a psych-thriller though so… *shrugs*

First line Thursday, ladies!
“I’m ashamed of what I want.” ~ Begging For It by Lilah Pace.

Yep, still reading it. Not much free time the last couple of days.

Amy September 3, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Jean, I’m still working on it. Jonah is still freaking hot and I’m enjoying it, but it’s not affecting me like AFI did. Maybe it’s just my mood or that I haven’t been able to sit and read it for long stretches? I dunno. But I would still say read it if AFI left you hanging like it did me. :D

Just in case you don’t pop in tomorrow…HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY!!!! *squeezes Jean* Birthday cake martinis are in order!!

Cheryl September 3, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Happy early Birthday Jean! Heading on vacation too, so not sure I’ll be commenting next few days.

First line:”The dial tone buzzes in my ear, mocking me — just as it’s done the last two times I called the studio. Not You It’s Me by Julie Johnson. Still reading this and then not sure what will start next. Waiting to hear more about Begging For It.

Jean September 3, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Thanks Amy! I’ll take that martini! I really need this vacation. I have still been running to the hospital everyday for the last month to visit my family member and it’s been exhausting! And it has seriously affected my reading! I’m so behind!

First line Thursday:
“Walk of Shame is full of people partying and getting wasted beyond sense, but really, I just can’t seem to get my head into being here.” (Cale, Walk of Shame Series #3) …..yep strippers! And he’s a virgin stripper! They are short, easy reads, with really hot, hot sex!

Thinking of reading something with more feeling next like My Husband’s Secret…..anyone here read it?

Ela September 3, 2015 at 3:17 PM


“My fantasies always begin…normally.” Asking for It, Lilah Pace

Jean September 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

Thanks Cheryl, have a great weekend! Yeah, not many people are saying anything about BFI.

Yep 21, that’s right! Lol! Thanks Ela!

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Happy Birthday Jean! I hope you get tons of cards and sun.
Begging for It, I should say, I did really like it. However, it was nothing compared to Asking for It. Asking for It was more emotional than Begging for It, if that makes sense and they automatically get compared.

First line Thursday:
‘There was a thing waiting in the darkness.’
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

That is exciting if you read book three. Really! Yep went and got it. Sure, it’s a 10 dollar book, but it’s the size of three books! Seriously, 12072 locations, whatever that means in Kindle Speak. Also, it’s good.

Ela September 3, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Oh and I read my husband’s secret and it was super angsty and twisty! There are lots of turns and characters but for the life of me I don’t know why I gave it 4 stars????

Ela September 3, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Oh and it’s The Husband’s Secret that I read by Liane Moriarty

Anne September 3, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Happy early birthday Jean! Enjoy your vacation and the boat!

First line Thursday: “I don’t use an alarm clock.” Sustained by Emma Chase.

fabi September 3, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Jean have a happy, happy birthday tomorrow! Enjoy your vaca.

Jean September 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Thanks Tessa, Anne and Fabi!

That’s right Ela “The” Husband’s Secret… “my” husband better but have a secret! I’ll kill him! Lol!

Ela September 3, 2015 at 4:11 PM

LOL Jean! You’re husband’s secret better be along the way of “honey I got you a new car for your birthday, the one you always wanted, and no I paid for it all with my secret savings” or “honey here are those diamond 4 carat studs you always wanted, yep I saved for those too” or “honey I got you that perfect BBF (insert favorite actor/model) for the night and no I’m not jealous cause I know you love only me”…. Are those about right??? Or am I projecting???? Hmmmmmmmmm

Ash September 3, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Happy birthday Jean!

Tessa, yes I’ve read both and both were great. Did you read Maas other book- a court of thorns and roses? AMAZING!

And it’s more urban fantasy but Kate Daniels is my favorite!

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 4:16 PM

Kate Daniels is beyond great. I read Court of Thorn and Roses. That’s what got me into reading these in the first place. Someone read it and recommended it, and I went back to Throne of Glass, then read everything by her. Have you seen the blurb for The Affiliate by KA Linde? I’m going to guinea big that one. :D

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 4:29 PM

guinea pig, not big. :/

Ash September 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

No- going to check it out right now!!

Did you read burn for me by Ilona? Also amazing!!

Ash September 3, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Just added the ascension to my tbr! Sorry for any spelling crazies because I’m on my phone. I hope it’s at least half as good as it sounds. I’m so intrigued! Thank you.

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 4:47 PM

You’re welcome. Yep, I read Burn for You too. :) I’ve been on a fantasy/ PNR kick lately.

Ash September 3, 2015 at 5:28 PM

Same here. Someone else recommended red queen so I might try that after QoS.

Jean September 3, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Thanks Ash!

Omg Ela! That is hysterical! And exactly right!

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 6:07 PM

Red Queen was good! I got that from the library and devoured it. The next one out this month is a prequel, and I’m a little nervous about reading it. It’ll probably be extremely sad.

Lisa M September 3, 2015 at 6:43 PM

I love KA Books. Mystery Man & Motorcycle Man & Lady Luck some of my all time favs!!! The whole Unfinished Hero Series was awesome too!! Every one of her books I have enjoyed and still remember them. You know sometimes you read a book and then you’re like I read that book but I can’t remember what it was about. Not with KA and Katie Evans, and the list goes on and on!! So excited that the next book in The Hacker Series is coming out September 15!!! Ok even though these books were not on the current list I have to highly recommend them Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras, Easy Virtue by Mia Asher a CH though & Diamonds & Gold by KA Linde. Could not put any of these down!! My hubby says I have a problem I`m addicted to reading!! Oh yea when you just have to find out what happens next and can`t stop until you do!!! I admit it!!

Amy September 3, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Ladies!! Check this out:

I’m pretty sure today is the last day before the bundle is deleted from Amazon. Click! I don’t care that I already have three of the books, and I don’t care that I’m falling for a marketing ploy…that is a GOOD freaking deal!!! :D

Lisa M September 3, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Forgot to ask with all my ramblings. Can you read Hold On as a standalone?

Amy September 3, 2015 at 7:06 PM

“My hubby says I have a problem I`m addicted to reading!!” <—— *snort* That "problem" is our common denominator around here…you're in like company! Good to know about Kaleidoscope Hearts as I've had that on my TBR list for a while now. And Easy Virtue…can't wait for the sequel.

Tessa and Ash, is it Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard? I saw a comparison to The Selection in the blurb, and I really, really liked that series…

MichelleS September 3, 2015 at 7:20 PM

First line Thursday: (mine is really boring)

“I’m Stayin’.” Hold On, Kristen Ashley.

(This book is sooooo long. I forgot how long some of her books can be. I will wait to judge until I’m done. Bev, did you start it yet?)

MichelleS September 3, 2015 at 7:24 PM

Allison….. girl…. seriously. TRUST US! You don’t have to like paranormal to like Golden Dynasty. I avoided it for so so long because of the blurb on amazon. But seriously…. one of my favorite books ever. Outlander had her being thrown back in time. In this, she is thrown into al “alternate” universe. That’s the end of it. Everything else is just relationships and really great adventure. You MUST READ this book. Will not regret it. No one has, have they?

bev September 3, 2015 at 7:25 PM


fabi September 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM

First line Thursday
“THIS BOOK CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT may be triggering for some readers.” The Lost by Cole McCade

Well now…if that isn’t an Intro in darkness, I don’t know what is.

And the dedication (which I guess is really the first line)
“For everyone who’s ever wanted to tear it all down……and leave it all behind.”

bev September 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Nope, just not reading right now. * shrug* Everything sounds good, and is good, just not able to read past a chapter. Its me not the books. :-\
So, any early thoughts on Hold On?
I know I say it alot, but since she writes such long books I wish she’d work on her pacing. Give us a slow burn. Could you imagine if she gave us like a Kulti type slow burn, how fun.

Allison September 3, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Amy – I haven’t yet delved into M/M yet. Though I do sometimes enjoy a male point of view. When I read Monster in his Eyes, and then found out Torture to her Soul was from Naz’s POV, I was nervous. I loved Karissa so much and I thought reading his POV would ruin his mystique for me. I was so wrong. SO wrong.

Ugh, and have your read The Mad Tatter by JM Darhower? Reese – omg I loved him. He was so real. Not a billionaire. A hard worker, an artist, a dad, I even felt that through much of the book he was suffering from depression. I just loved him so damn much. The whole book is from his POV.

Also, Shay Savage does male POV so good. Surviving Raine. Just the best. Confession time – when I reread that book, I always stop JUST before the end. I don’t want to give it away for anyone who hasn’t read it. The ending is great, don’t get me wrong. But in my mind, I stop just before the end and rewrite in my mind what happens to the H/h. Sigh.

Allison September 3, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Michelle S – OK you are making me think on it. I swear though I get to the blurb and I’m like “No can do.” Maybe I’ll try the sample. :-)

bev September 3, 2015 at 7:35 PM

I still think you all should be reading Sweet Dreams!!! Mood or no.
If that had been for WiR, i would of been like bring it. Right now lol. And it’s Sweet Dreams, not like a horrible trade.

MichelleS September 3, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Bev – early thoughts on Hold On. Okay… well. Slow burn… should be, right? With 600 bazillion pages, why rush things? But… these two have been “friends” for YEARS. Ok, good so far. He’s still pining over ex. They hook up. Uh oh. And the, in true KA male fashion, he is suddenly her uber alpha protector, loves her kid, starts ordering her around, calling her pet name, and calling in “markers” left and right. WHAT? We got all the time in the world, why is he NOW seeing her this way? Huh? And she is not having it (even though she is dopey in love with him). So…. we’ll see. He’s unrealistically protective over a girl he didn’t consider before? WHY?

Jean September 3, 2015 at 7:59 PM

MichelleS, you sound a little frustrated. KA books can sometimes have that effect on me too.

Thanks bev! And thanks Amy, I got that R&R bundle even though I had the first 3 too. Just the threat that it would disappear on Amazon had me twitchy! Lol!

Jean September 3, 2015 at 8:03 PM

Fabi, you have to keep me updated on your book!

Hey Amy, see what book Allison mentioned…..Surviving Raine…..just sayin’…..hahaha! We love that book here Allison!

bev September 3, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Frustrating, yes. Because I’m such a fan. And it’s not like we followed this couple through all the previous books for a great build up. And she comes up with these really great concepts. She just resolves them so fast.
Like him hung up on an ex, her in love for years with him. Could be cool to see her decide to woo him and watch him fall. Or the classic doesn’t know what he has until he will lose it. When all see but him that he is in an emotional relationship with her. IDK.

Allison September 3, 2015 at 8:16 PM

Jean – yeah I may have noticed. LOL

But I can never remember who has read it and who hasn’t. Glad to know I just sang its praises to someone who hasn’t.

Love that book so much it hurts.

bev September 3, 2015 at 8:38 PM

I found a movie based on a book I read, does this count?

Cheryl September 3, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Easy Virtue- when is the sequel ever being released?

Allison, I feel the same about KA books and Golden Dynasty- that blurb.

fabi September 3, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Allison, did you read the sequel to SR. Amy read SR recently.

Jean, I will. I haven’t had time to get past the warning and my holiday weekend is going to be spent scrambling to catch up on school work for a meeting with the Dean on Tuesday.

Bev, nope, not in the least. (hahaha kidding)

bev September 3, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Definitely do not read GD if it will be a trigger.
If worried because it is fantasy, don’t be.

bev September 3, 2015 at 9:08 PM

Fabi, I know.
Bev sad bev not reading.

Allison September 3, 2015 at 9:09 PM

Fabi – I have not. Mainly because I have rewritten an entirely different ending for Raine and Bastian. LOL in my mind they are in one particular place for all their lives. Queen of denial right here.

Have you read it? What did you think of it?

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 9:36 PM

Amy, yes, that Red Queen. I read The Selection, and this was way better. That’s an odd comparison, actually. The only similarities is they are dystopian, and marriage is mentioned, though, not even in the same way. The book had magic, segregation issues, awesome character, betrayals, rebellion, just all sorts of gut punching goodies.

Allison, I loved Mad Tatter. I’m like Amy. Male POV is usually so blah compared to female POV. However, Mad Tatter was the ultimate sweet. I felt so much and rooted for him big time. Though, let’s be honest. His daughter is the one who stole my heart. :)

Bev, depends on the book/ movie. :P Fabi, that’s your first line? 0.0

Maryse September 3, 2015 at 9:51 PM

Me too… I much prefer just heroine POV…

I’ve loved books with both POV’s and of course Shay Savage’s male POV’s but if I can have my choice, I want to wonder, just like “she” does.

fabi September 3, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Allison, you never know, the sequel may be exactly as you’re imagining it. I’ll never tell. ;-)

Uh, yeah Tessa, I think I’m heading into dark waters. That is, if I ever have time to read again. So jealous of y’all right now.

fabi September 3, 2015 at 9:54 PM

And here I am, playing opposite again. I love finding romance books with male POV. I’m always fascinated by how the male mind is portrayed in “our” books.

fabi September 3, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Hey guys, it wasn’t long ago that some of us were complaining about an over the top dark book that didn’t have enough warning. I have to share the whole warning in The Lost with y’all because I just got chills reading it.
THIS BOOK CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT may be triggering for some readers. That’s it. Plain and simple. There are topics in this story, graphically depicted scenes, that may be titillating to some and may be deeply harmful to others, when they detail emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, domestic violence, non-consent, and incest in both a fantasy context and as traumatic events with very real repercussions. I make no excuses for that. It is what it is, and I acknowledge it; I also acknowledge the dysfunction of many of the relationships in this book, and would never want anyone to see them as a model for a relationship or an attempt to normalize, trivialize, or glamorize acts that can be deeply scarring and extremely dangerous to people in real life. Let this be your trigger warning. This story will not be a comfortable read. If there are scenes you can’t read because they trigger you or make you uncomfortable, that’s okay. Stop reading. Skip ahead, skip back, close the book; do whatever you need to do. You have the right to not be exposed to things that hurt you— and to not be judged for that, or have your feelings dismissed because “it’s just a story, just a fantasy.” Someone else’s personal fantasy may well be your personal nightmare. If scenes in this book are hurtful to you, I’m sorry for that. And I respect that, and respect your right to walk away. Self-care is important, always. Be good to yourselves.
I just love this author.

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 10:14 PM

*gasp* That is beyond awesome. I wish every author would give that type of warning. I’ll say this, though one of my triggers is in there, it makes me want to find other stuff by the author. Any book with that type of warning probably has warning on her other books, making one feel safe if their trigger isn’t mentioned. :)

What’s the author’s name?

Allison September 3, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Fabi –

Holy crap on two different crackers.

First, because now you have me intrigued about Book 2. So just went on Amazon and it is available as a bundle with SR through Kindle Unlimited. I am ON it. It’s next up on my TBR.

Second, because who is the author of The Lost? This sounds straight up my alley. As if it pitched a tent in my alley and is living there right now like a transient, huddled over a garbage can fire. That’s how up my alley it is.

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 10:18 PM

Found it! I admit, I was being lazy. Now I’m lost in his blog. Cole McCade

bev September 3, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Fabi, you confuse me, lol. This & that Anna one, but Asking for it & The Siren(haven’t read) you don’t do. But these last two are where the heroine has the control, really. Oh, is that the distinction? You don’t like it if it’s what they like?

fabi September 3, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Hahaha Allison. That’s hilarious.

The author is Cole McCade. He wrote one other book before this one called Second Chance at Paris. It’s a second chance romance read. Beautifully written. Several of us here read and lived it. I’m a huge fan of this author’s writing talent.

The Lost just came out this week and I believe it’s the first dark novel he’s published. Although, I do believe he had a story in an anthology with other authors.

But, really, don’t y’all agree that warning should stand as a template for all authors of dark romance? I think it is so perfect and perfectly said.

Lisa September 3, 2015 at 10:31 PM

I’m with you Habit. I love both POV….or even an epilogue in the mal

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 10:37 PM

Alright, now crushing on this Cole guy just based on his blog. He sounds awesome. Though, he wins based on that warning alone, the blog is great.

Lisa September 3, 2015 at 10:38 PM

Whoops….my phone is having a seizure….I’ll start the post again.

Im with you Fabi. Love a male POV even if its an epilogue like in 50.

AND Holy Moly that warning sounds terrifying….I wouldn’t be brave enough to read it. In fact that warning is a trigger for me.*gulp*

fabi September 3, 2015 at 10:40 PM

Hmmm Bev, my trigger is a little hard to explain and certainly nothing an author could warn about. It’s not straightforward like incest or domestic violence, etc. It’s more of a character development issue.

Let’s see if I can explain a little. In The Siren, there was a scene where she went back to her ex (willingly and knowingly) and ended up in the hospital for it. She was OK with that. It was perfectly fine with her. I finished that book, but that scene soured it for me and I refused to continue the series about that character.

Another I read recently, which I dnf’d was Lips Like Ice. I got to a scene where out of loneliness, in spite of horrific prior abuse, she goes to sit, willingly and without even being asked, at her masters feet, to be petted like a dog. —I stopped reading at that point.

So, my trigger isn’t really a physical situation, its a character portrayed as “giving up” or “giving in”. Especially if the character is female — BOOM there goes my trigger.

You know I always look for strong h characters anyways. But when I read a book with situations similar to those above, its my achelles heel. Can not handle it.

I even read the occasional BDSM book. But I prefer FemDom books in that genre. Although honestly, those type of books bore me a bit.

*read all you never wanted to know about Fabi* hahaha

fabi September 3, 2015 at 10:43 PM

Oh Tessa, no no no no no. C is MY crush! Who needs movie stars when there are authors like Cole McCade? (not his real name)

When you’re in the mood for a sweet second chance romance read, try Second Chance at Paris. His writing is top notch.

Tessa September 3, 2015 at 11:02 PM

Fabi, that helps a lot with figuring out books to recommend. :) I’m willing to try Second Chance. I just can’t on The Lost. *sighs* We should have a post on triggers. Some of us have some, and a few don’t. Some have “typical” ones, some of us, they aren’t as obvious.

Amy September 4, 2015 at 1:54 AM

*gasps* Jean! I read SR! See? Fabi remembered. THANK you, Fabi. You must have been in such a thick book fog from SGT, Jean, that you missed it. :P

That warning was straightforward and profoundly sensitive to readers who may have triggers. What an awesome author.

And back to the male-only POV…I may not care for it but I have to say that Transcendence was absolutely perfect being in his POV. It just would not have been the same in her POV. So, yeah…exception and all that. ;)

Jean September 4, 2015 at 8:43 AM

I know you read it Amy! I was just messing with you!

I loved Last Chance in Paris by Cole Mccade and I’m not sure many of you read it here. Fabi recommended it to me and it was amazing! Highly recommend!

Maryse September 4, 2015 at 9:46 AM

I’m with you on your triggers, Fabi.

But I include the physical altercation in there, too. There are a few that had very specific detailing in the abusive scenes, and I just…can’t. There are male character “bad guys” that many readers have ended up loving… (due to redeeming qualities later, or “reasons”). And while I get that they may feel that way, I just can’t. I may have enjoyed the story as a whole, but cannot look at the guy in any other way other than disgust and fear.

fabi September 4, 2015 at 10:29 AM

And…I’m with YOU on that. I’m not big on redemption. :-/

Tessa September 4, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Slammer by Tabatha Vargo is only 99 cents right now.

Tessa September 4, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Redemption from hitting someone you love? Now I’m curious as to what book. Usually hitting would be reason to leave the guy.

Maryse September 4, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Well.. perfect example would be “Consequences” by Aleatha Romig. Although it was a dark read/kidnap book but by the time he hits her I think they were in a relationship… married? It’s been a couple of years (and that was book #1). There were 2 more after it, and SO many loved Tony like crazy. I enjoyed the books but Tony will NEVER be someone I can love.

Tessa September 4, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Oooh, I get that. Yeah, Tony is not someone to love. I thought about it, and Fear Me’s Kellan is in that category. Sorry, just not going to fall for that guy. Even after book two, he scares me. I still adored the books, though.

Teri September 4, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Such a great conversation. I just finished the 3 book in Tillie Coles Hades Hangman series and man alive did that touch on some very, very touchy and gut wrenching topics. I don’t want to drop any spoilers but holy cow it really made my stomach turn. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this series & I fell for 3 totally different guys but what a whirlwind. I loved reading ‘Flames’ books (#3) and I’m still reeling from the delicate nature and the powerful outcome. WOW! Has anyone else read this series yet? Did you get the same feelings…?

Maryse September 4, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Jean, I read My Husband’s Secret a year or two ago and loved it!!

Maryse September 4, 2015 at 12:18 PM

LOL Ela… that series sounds quite crazy.. and I’m giggling with you over your PNR high. :P

Maryse September 4, 2015 at 12:20 PM

AMY banned? *gasp* NEVER!!! We love her too much! She makes us drinks, keeps us updated on the coolest makeup and colors, she’s the stuffed manatee guardian and she loves angst like no other. My book soul-mate! PLUS… she’s hilarious and has a potty-mouth but in the cutest way.

And welcome Allison. I’m loving your recommendations. :D

Maryse September 4, 2015 at 12:22 PM

I haven’t heard of it, Young, but I shall look it up! Thank you!

Maryse September 4, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Sharon I LOVE the sound of that. Thank you… YES!! And I know I’m in the same position? Angsty? Funny? Thriller? I love ‘em all.

Jean September 4, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Teri, I loved the Hades Hangmen series! Especially Flame’s story!

Just started The Husband’s Secret today and am loving it so far! Not sure where is going…..

Grey September 4, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Whoa…that Cole McCade sounds right up my alley . maybe if I sell some of this crap at my yard sale I can get his books LOL!

I will read anything. Love the dark books… The ones that make me squee… The ones that make me cry on throw things. I just need to be engaged… Once I’m hooked, I usually am hooked. (With one notable recent exception… Kiera bugged the crap out of me…so no matter how much I adored Kellan Kyle…I dnf Effortless.

Teri September 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Grey I’m glad I’m not the only one… I would have liked that so much better if she had been a stronger character or just had some more spice to her…

Jean… oh yes, I’m still a little hot over those books :-) ))

Amy September 4, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Aw man, my heart is all swoled up now.

*snuggles into Maryse to cover blushing cheeks*

*muffled on her shoulder* Luffs ya. ;)

Amy September 4, 2015 at 5:49 PM

I’m with you guys on the hitting triggers. Y’all already know how I end up not being able to stand the H if he cheats, but physical violence toward the h by the H is a no-go for me as well. He may try to redeem himself, but for me it is only to an extent and I’ll never see him the same again. :?

I’m trying to remember any books I’ve read where that became an issue…

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