Latest Romance Book Releases – August 14th 2018

by Maryse on August 14, 2018 · 66 comments

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HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!!! :D !!! Another week with a smaller list, but it’s loaded with our favorite authors!! Meghan March, Renee Carlino, Chloe Neill, Dannika Dark, Krista  & Becca Ritchie, Max Monroe, Sarina Bowen and more… (and I’ll be adding more goodies through the day as we find ‘em).

P.S. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out my latest reviews (and yesterday’s earlybirds!!):

LET’S READ!!!! :D !!!!

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


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

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely
  2. Richer Than Sin: The Sin Trilogy, Book 1 by Meghan March
  3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  4. Blackout: Crossbreed Series, Book 5 by Dannika Dark
  5. The Pleasure of Panic: Jordan’s Game, Book 2 b J.A. Huss
  6. Embers: Dark in You Series, Book 4 by Suzanne Wright
  7. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
  8. No Prince Charming: Secrets of Stone, Book 1 by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue
  9. Wild Hunger: Heirs of Chicagoland Series, Book 1 by Chloe Neill
  10. Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews – PREORDER ALERT! August 28th 2018
  11. Stygian: A Dark-Hunter Novel by Sherrilyn Kenyon - PREORDER ALERT! August 28th 2018
  12. Dark Sentinel: A Carpathian Novel, Book 32 by Christine Feehan - September 4th 2018
  13. Leverage in Death: In Death Series, Book 47 by J.D. Robb – September 4th 2018
  14. Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness - September 18th 2018


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)

  • Beneath Your Beautiful (The Beautiful Series Book 1) by Emery Rose <— R. IS LOVING IT! The bar owner she’s so into…All I wanted was a fresh start in a new city…and a bartending job. I never intended to fall for the sexy, tattooed bar owner. Dark. Brooding. Emotionally unavailable.  But Killian Vincent is a challenge I can’t seem to walk away from…
R: I’m reading Beneath Your Beautiful, a debut by Emory Rose, and I’m loving it. It’s sitting at over 4.5 stars on GR, which is crazy high so I couldn’t resist.
  • The Ribbon Duet by Pepper Winters <— BACK ON THE LIST ’cause Bea LOVED this duet!
Bea: I have been a “lurker” on this blog for a while and have found many wonderful reads thanks to your insights . Today I must speak up and share my feelings about The Ribbon Duet. Never has an author caught me on a line like this before. Book one seemed sweet, but just a bit off, but just SO good!! Of course I had to buy book two! I was still a bit unsure, but by the middle of book 2, my heart had been ripped from my chest! I imagined it laying on the floor beating for one last gasp of blood, like a fish out of water. Never before has a book made me picture my internal organs. This is the highest praise I can imagine.
  • The Score (Off-Campus Book 3) by Elle Kennedy <— ELLE KENNEDY SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! This is one of my 5-STAR FAVORITES!!!! Don’t miss this one!!! In fact, here’s my review.
  • Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey <— RECENT RELEASE & WE HAVE FEEDBACK!!! Swoony ROM COM ALERT!! Jen C recommends it!!
Jen C: I finished Not So Nice Guy yesterday-ish and it was a really good, solid rom-com. I was swooning and chuckling the whole way through.
Jan: I loved the Seven series by Dannika Dark. Wolf shifters but it’s not all about the pnr – more about the people and their relationships and adventures.
  • Bright Side by Kim Holden <— ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITES is super-bargain priced right now!!! This is an absolute MUST-READ (just ask anyone who’s read it!!!!) P.S. Here’s my review.

Veronica: My most epic read would have to be Bright Side by Kim Holden. …a book that stays within you for life.

Jean: …I’m broken on the inside, but it was just so beautiful. I loved every single character in Bright Side, but Kate…..well, she was inspiring and awesome and everyone should have someone like her in your life if possible! Her positivity was infectious with everyone she met! You couldn’t help but love her! Feeling like I have to move right onto Gus now because, well, ya know…. (BTW, I think I went through an entire box of tissues with this one)!

Tessa: I will say, if you can take heartbreak (Which you know I rarely do) read it. It’s one of those that just sticks and is so beautifully written, I actually don’t curse it.  *yes, I curse a LOT of the ones that make me cry*

Nay: Maryse! You NEED to read Gus. I loved it even more than Bright Side, probably *because* it was a ‘healing’ book. It was wonderful!




  1. Hunter Hunted (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 3) by Keri Arthur
  2. Immortal Memories: Part 2 by Abby Brooks
  3. Lion’s Lair: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Leo (Wylde Magick Book 2) by Ann Gimpel
  4. The Lost Swallow: An Epic Fantasy Romance (Light and Darkness Book 2) by Jayne Castel
  5. The Prince: A Wicked Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout <— JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT ALERT!! “…She’s everything he can’t have… Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare...”
  6. Super for You, Bad for Me by Asta Idonea
  7. Wild Hunger (An Heirs of Chicagoland Novel) by Chloe Neill
  8. Phoenix and the Wolf: Tales of the Were (Lick of Fire Book 2) by Bianca D’Arc
  9. A Gift of Grace (Tassamara Book 4) by Sarah Wynde
  10. The Wolf’s Bandit: Paranormal Shifter Romance: A Howls Romance by Milly Taiden
  11. Soul of the Pack by Jenny Frame
  12. Curse of Dragons: A Reverse Harem Novel (Sera’s Curse Book 2) by Clara Hartley
  13. Blackout (Crossbreed Series Book 5) by Dannika Dark <— DANNIKA DARK ALERT!!!!
  14. Death of Gods (Vampire Crown Book 3) by Scarlett Dawn and Katherine Rhodes
  15. Under Her Covers: A Reverse Harem Apocalyptic Romance (Death’s Relentless Dance Book 2) by AJ Sinclair
  16. Fighting for Wolves (Shifter Country Wolves Book 3) by Dakota West
  17. The Lunar Magic (The Ayla St. John Chronicles Book 4) by C.J. Pinard
  18. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie <— GREY IS FLOATING ON A 5-STAR FLUFFY CLOUD, SHE LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!

Grey: “PSA: Is everyone sitting down??? Ok, I just read and reviewed a 5 star YA!! Guys, it was brilliant. I absolutely loved it. It comes out on Tuesday, 8/14/18. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

I know that there are a couple of you that have read and loved a few other books that the Ritchie sisters have written before… well, this may appeal to other types of readers as it is Sci-Fi in nature… but not fantastical, Last Hour of Gann type of Sci-Fi, I’m floating on a fluffy 5 star cloud.




  1. Richer Than Sin by Meghan March <— MEGHAN MARCH ALERT!! THESE TWO FAMILIES CAN NEVER BE TOGETHER… “...I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man. She hates me, and she should. I objected on her wedding day. Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger. They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after . . . but I’m not done with Whitney Gable. I’ll never be done with her...”
  2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
  3. First A Lady by Jade Cary
  4. Trick Play (Mavericks Tackle Love Book 3) by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE ALERT!! THE FOOTBALL STAR & THE STRIPPER… “…after one hour with a stripper named Trixie, that list of mine has shifted dramatically. Tell Quinn to call my lawyer. And, for the love of God, don’t get fired from the Mavericks. I swear, I tried to make it stop there. But one tiny thing keeps finding its way to the very top…”
  5. Between the Vows by Rachel Benefield
  6. Steamy Days: A Pelican Lake Novella by Melissa Stevens
  7. The Mess We’re In by Carolyn Lawrence
  8. Second Chances by Teresa Roman
  9. Remember That Night (Taking Chances Book 4) by Katrina Marie
  10. Bishop: An Arizona Vengeance Novel by Sawyer Bennett <— SAWYER BENNETT ALERT!! SHE JUST INTRODUCED HER ONE NIGHT STAND AS HER FIANCE… “...I’m fortunate enough to meet one who’s looking for the same thing I am: a night of anonymous, unforgettable, no-strings-attached sex. Fast forward to the Vengeance arena. It’s the last place I expect to see her again—let alone in her own office. Then bells go off and I finally realize who this girl is: Brooke Perron. My new coach’s daughter...”
  11. Clueless (Pier 70 Book 5) by Nicole Edwards
  12. Calix: Areion Fury MC by Esther E. Schmidt
  13. Opportunity (Office Roulette, Book Three) by Kennedy Layne
  14. The Devil You Know (The Devilish Divas Series, Book 3): Women’s Fiction by M.J. Schiller
  15. Dirty, Reckless Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor Book 3) by Lexi Ryan <— LEXI RYAN ALERT!! SHE CAN’T REMEMBER… “…I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . . Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my own home. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancé, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.  I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him…”
  16. Don’t Go There (Awkward Love Book 5) by Missy Johnson
  17. Maverick (Hell’s Handlers MC Book 2) by Lilly Atlas
  18. Their Boss’s Daughter (Auction Nights Book 1) by Chloe Kent
  19. Blind Kiss: A Novel by Renee Carlino <— RENEE CARLINO ALERT!! A BLINDFOLDED TEST LEADS TO SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE… “...Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off. For a year, they danced between friendship and romance—until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change...”
  20. Cold Fear: (Cold Harbor Book 5) by Susan Sleeman
  21. Keeping Her Close: A Slow Burn Standalone by Casey Diam
  22. Survive The Fall (Dark Eagle Book 1) by Julia Bright
  23. Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby <— SARINA BOWEN & TANYA EBY ALERT!!! SINGLE MOM USED TO BABYSIT HIM… ;) “...I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls. I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me….”
  24. Foxy In Lingerie by Penelope Sky
  25. Condemned & Admired: The Earl’s Cunning Wife (Love’s Second Chance Book 9) by Bree Wolf
  26. Peony Red (The Granite Harbor Series Book 1) by J. Lynn Bailey <— SHE’S GRIEVING & HE’S DEALING WITH DIVORCE... “...For game warden Eli Young, life is simpler when he’s exploring the back roads of Maine. In the north woods, he doesn’t have to deal with town politics or his soon-to-be ex-wife. But a chance meeting with a brokenhearted newcomer leaves him tangled. He should walk away—except, now that he’s met her, he can’t turn back…”
  27. Lawfully Wedded: Inspirational Christian Contemporary (A K-9 Lawkeeper Romance) by Jenna Brandt
  28. Nobody Said It’d Be Easy by Patty Blount
  29. The Plus Sign Anthology
  30. Outrageous: A Quantum Novel (Quantum Series) by Marie Force <— MARIE FORCE OFFICE ROMANCE ALERT!! “...To Emmett, Leah is a fly buzzing around his head who can’t be swatted away. She’s always there, looking at him, asking him legal questions that have nothing to do with his specialty in entertainment law and generally driving him mad with her overt sexiness and sassy mouth. He wants to toss her over his desk and run the sass right out of her, which is hardly the way a professional who loves his job should behave in the office.
  31. Hollywood Heir (Westerly Billionaire Book 4) by Ruth Cardello
  32. A Kiss to Tell by W. Winters <— HE WAS FORBIDDEN!! “…We lived on the same street and went to the same school, although he was a year ahead. Even so close, he was untouchable. He was bad news and I was the sad girl who didn’t belong. One night changed everything. We both had secrets. We both saw the pain in each other’s eyes. The gaze that gave me chills turned to a lust-filled haze that heated every inch of me. But that didn’t change who he was. A man who would take everything from me...”
  33. Some Like It Hot: Christian romantic suspense (Summer of the Burning Sky Book 3) by Susan May Warren
  34. Blessed By Malakai (To Marry a Madden Book 1) by Sherelle Green
  35. A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean
  36. The Gentle Dom (Iron Eagle Gym Book 7) by Sean Michael <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  37. Aftershock (Ever After Book 2) by Tanya Chris <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  38. When It’s Right (San Francisco Thunder) by Victoria Denault <— SINGLE DAD/HOCKEY COACH & THE NURSE… “...Between being a single dad to an active six-year-old and the crazy demands of his job as a hockey coach, finding love is not in the cards. But when the team’s goalie is rushed to the ER, he’s immediately captivated by the gorgeous, sassy nurse on duty… who just happens to be the sister of one his players...”
  39. Be Mine, Sweetheart (Something Borrowed) by Codi Gary


PREORDERS (Next few days, and a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. The Charm of You by Jennifer Probst – August 17th 2018
  2. Husband Material (Left at the Altar Book 3) by Raine Miller – August 19th 2018
  3. Over the Edge: (The Edge Book 4) by C.D. Reiss – August 19th 2018
  4. Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels & Melanie Harlow – August 20th 2018
  5. All the Way: A Romancing Manhattan Novel by Kristen Proby – August 21st 2018
  6. Losing the Field (Field Party) by Abbi Glines - August 21st 2018
  7. Pieces of Her: A Novel: 18 by Karin Slaughter - August 21st 2018
  8. Tossed Into Love (Fluke My Life Book 3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds - August 21st 2018
  9. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick  - August 21st 2018
  10. Tattered (Torn Series, Book 2) by Melody Anne – August 21st 2018


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Tasha J August 14, 2018 at 5:38 AM

Early day…good morning!!

Maryse August 14, 2018 at 5:40 AM

SUPER-early!!!!! I haven’t even had my coffee yet…

Good morning Tasha! :D

Grey August 14, 2018 at 5:45 AM

Morning! *tosses glitter* even though I’m late…or Tasha was really early! :lol:

I’ve read 3 that are out today. The Raging Ones. I absolutely loved. 5 star. Fantastic.

The others are Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino and Trick Play by Max Monroe. I’ve been a very busy girl, lol!

Also, Maryse, Emma Scott is officially releasing Bring Down the Stars next Monday 8/20. Thank you so much for all you do here. You’re a rock star!

Tasha J August 14, 2018 at 5:46 AM

Me either, but I’m ready for it. Just don’t wanna wake the baby. The sacrifice!! I also have a super full bladder, lol.

Maryse August 14, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Thank you Grey!!! :D I can’t wait until Emma’s goes live. :D

How’d you like “Blind Kiss”?

Nay August 14, 2018 at 6:13 AM

Oooh, I forgot about Blind Kiss. Looks like Wolfsong will have to wait a day or two.

Good morning!! We have a bunch of early birds today.

Melinda August 14, 2018 at 7:06 AM

I am reading a really interesting book. Since we just got back from New Orleans, we went on a tour about a plantation and slaves. So I thought this book might be really insightful.

I found a book called “The boy and his ribbon” and it’s really good. I’m only at 40% but it’s amazing what a human can go through and survive.
I think there is romance in the book. But it’s a really nice read so far.

Leslie M August 14, 2018 at 7:34 AM

Good morning! I need sunglasses to shield my eyes from all those shinies! Lots of good looking ones this week. *rubs hands together*

MichelleS August 14, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Melinda – I loved the ribbon duet! Will stay with me forever. Unforgettable!

It’s pouring here! Good reading weather.

MichelleS August 14, 2018 at 8:14 AM

I’m thinking My Oxford Year is up next in the que. with all that love in the review, who can resist.

MichelleS August 14, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Well drat! It’s 9.99… but my library has the audio book… so it’s on hold for me. Yippee. Hope it doesn’t take too long for my turn. There’s a movie coming out? Now I really want to read it.

Tasha J August 14, 2018 at 10:14 AM

I’m still trying to read Heart of the Fae. Honestly I might as well wait until school starts. Just 1 week left!!! Today I am feeling SO ready for it. Others, not so much. Anyway, I got an email that a boom on my tbr list released today. It’s a nice little surprise when I forget about books I’m looking forward and they pop up available.

Tessa August 14, 2018 at 11:13 AM

I started Wild Hunger last night, pretty much as soon as it hit my Kindle. If nothing else, read the prologue. UTTER CUTE! :) That said, I fell asleep pretty quickly so I’m only one chapter two or three-ish.

I had one of the worst nightmares last night. UGH. Worse, even awake and with it, it still is freaking me out. Usually, you can explain away things, but this one was so much like a horror movie I can’t shake it. YUCK. Worse, the cat woke me at 4am to go outside and I was so grateful because it stopped the nightmare. Then, I went back to sleep, thinking that was enough time for a new dream, and NOPE. It went onto the sequel. :(

bev August 14, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Sorry Tessa.

I hate bad dreams. Nothing worse than waking up and or scared.

I used to have a recurring one that I hated. Did not want to go back to sleep after I woke up. Luckily have not had it in years.

The dream would always be different but all of a sudden I’d know I was dreaming. I’d tell myself to move and couldn’t. I’d tell myself to wake up and couldn’t. In the dream I’d start to panic and tell myself to calm down that I’d wake up soon.
When I’d wake up I’d feel such relief and left over panic. I’d not go back to sleep,lol.

Knock on wood. I do not want that one to come back.

Tessa August 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM

I have a lot of dreams. I’ve never not had a dream while sleeping. However, usually, if I wake up and do something, the nightmares go away. This time was different. UGH

Tasha J August 14, 2018 at 1:04 PM

My poison apple air plant has shipped and will be here soon. *rubs hands together*. I wanted to put it in my kitchen windowsill, but it’s too small to put anything there. So, I’ve been wanting to add little side shelves to the cabinets by that window for a while now, but I’ve also wanted to paint the cabinets first. I’ve never painted kitchen cabinets before and I think it’s gonna be harder than say, a wall. Lol. Cheryl, didn’t you paint yours a while ago? Any tips? Do I sand them down 1st? They’re painted now. Do I prime 1st? Is there a special type of paint to use? A special top coat?

Leslie M August 14, 2018 at 3:24 PM

Amy, (or anyone who remembers) what was that yummy crockpot chicken recipe you posted before? I think it had pesto???

Tasha J August 14, 2018 at 4:25 PM

It says I’ve posted, but it’s not showing up….the link for the pesto chicken

bev August 14, 2018 at 4:25 PM

That sucks it’s back to 10 dollars.
I think most of us grabbed The Oxford Year when it was on sale a couple weeks ago….1.99 or something?

I think I’m going to stay away from spoilers and read it when the weather cools. Take a nice trip to Oxford this fall.

It is so smoky here. Who wants to spend August in Oxford next year? A nice walking trip of England.
Let’s just do it.
Let’s re read Austen and the Bronte sisters and walk the fields and Moores.

Or let’s re read LM Montgomery and go hang out in Avonlea?

Or re read Harry Potter and take a train trip from London to Scotland.

bev August 14, 2018 at 4:41 PM


If we each had a week in the summer and the money.

And we decided by vote.

First Round:
North America
South America

Cheryl August 14, 2018 at 5:53 PM

My baby got her Lerner’s permit today. God help us!!

I like everything about Blind Kiss except the price. Think I’ll wait. Trying to be good and just get KU books.

Reading Not So Nice Guy. It’s a lighthearted good, not great read so far.

Cheryl August 14, 2018 at 6:10 PM

Tasha, painting cabinets is now on my list of things I NEVER want to do again. It’s very time consuming and tedious. Also, I painted a lot of cabinets, because did mud room too. That said here’s the steps:
1. Clean thoroughly. I used Krud Kutter (HD or Lowe’s has) and a good no scratch sponge. This is probably the most important step.
2. Sand with 180 grit sandpaper and wipe down with damp cloth/ tack cloth and vacuum.
3. Prime- one coat. I used Sherwin William white pigmented shellac primer. Stinks, but works great. I used mohair roller (Sherwin William) and good angled brush. I did sacrifice the brush because it is NOT soap and water wash up.
4. Sand again with 220- grit sandpaper. Wipe with damp cloth/tack cloth.
5. Paint- two coats. I used Sherwin Williams Proclassic Interior waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Enamel. Also used mohair roller and angled brush to cut in. You don’t need to sand in between these coats.

When you take down doors and drawers label them. Initially wrote # on blue paint tape and attached, then I used a sharpie to write the # where the hardware was.
I did not paint the insides of the cabinets- just the front facing, except on the 3 cabinets I have that are glass fronted, those I painted the inside on.

I decided after starting on cabinet bases that I wanted to have the doors professionally done-sprayed. I’m glad I did, the finish feels silky smooth and I probably still would be working on them. I just called a local company that does cabinet work. Around here, they were much cheaper than the paint company’s and willing to work with me doing the rest of the cabinets.
Good luck!! ;)

Leslie M August 14, 2018 at 6:43 PM

Thanks Tasha!! That is the recipe. Ugh! That cabinet painting sounds way too time consuming. I painted mine when I lived in an apartment. I did not do any sanding but had to use lots of stinky primer. It was a long time ago but I know I got everything at Sherwin Williams. Even without sanding, it was a lot of work.

Bev, I want to travel everywhere!! But I’d pick Europe first.

Cheryl, I dread my son ever driving. So scary.

Tasha J August 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM

This sounds like a royal pain in the butt. I’m going to see if anyone around here does them for decent price now. Lol.. Luckily, I don’t have many, small kitchen, but I bet enough work that I’ll be cursing for years to come. I was just wanting to do those 2 cabinets first and do the rest when I have time, but I suppose if I’m going through all that hassle with supplies I’d rather get it done in 1 shot. Thank you!

Nay August 14, 2018 at 7:01 PM

Mine’s easy. I’d not only spend a week there, I’d live there in a heartbeat: Australia!!!!

bev August 14, 2018 at 7:48 PM

I’m Europe too.

1 for Australia
2 for Europe

R. Renee August 14, 2018 at 7:49 PM


MichelleS August 14, 2018 at 8:04 PM


MichelleS August 14, 2018 at 8:05 PM

Australia – snakes and critters scare me, and the plane ride to & fro…. no way! Other than that, is love it, surely. Oh! And Christmas in summer. My Northern Hemisphere old self can’t wrap my brain around that.

bev August 14, 2018 at 8:09 PM

4 Europe
1 Australia

Lol, I always forget that if you visit Australia in the summer you end up in their winter.

Robyn August 14, 2018 at 8:14 PM

I’d want to go to the South Pacific, like Bali or Tahiti.

bev August 14, 2018 at 8:19 PM

And a write in for Oceania.

Tessa August 14, 2018 at 8:21 PM


bev August 14, 2018 at 9:06 PM

5 for Europe
1 for Australia
1 for Oceania

Cheryl August 14, 2018 at 10:51 PM

Been to Australia and loved it but wouldn’t want to go back during their winter.
Think I like the idea of Bali too, but I’ll say Europe specifically Spain.

Grey August 15, 2018 at 7:25 AM

Happy Birthday, Maryse!!!

Nay August 15, 2018 at 7:49 AM

Yes! Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Maryse!!

R. Renee August 15, 2018 at 9:23 AM

Happy Birthday Maryse!! <3

Tasha J August 15, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Happy, happy birthday Maryse!!! I hope you’re cheating on keto today for some yummy cake, or at least have something yummy as a substitute. :P

bev August 15, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Happy Birthday Maryse!!

I hope you have a beautiful day.
Eat all the bacon and cheese.

Ela August 15, 2018 at 12:05 PM


Tessa August 15, 2018 at 1:37 PM

Happy Birthday, Maryse!!! Hope you have a yummy carb free cake to enjoy!

Amy August 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM


May your day be full of love, family time, keto-friendly treats and dirty martinis. :D

Love you bunches!! ❤️

Leslie M August 15, 2018 at 2:53 PM

*big birthday hugs for Maryse*


Cheryl August 15, 2018 at 3:11 PM

Happy, Happy birthday to Maryse!!!! Enjoy your day. xoxo

Amy August 15, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Let me catch up real quick…

First off, I vote for Australia!

Anyone considering reading My Oxford Year really SHOULD read it, even if it means waiting for it to drop in price again…Leslie, that pesto mozzarella chicken is AMAZING, let me know what you think of it…I hate disturbing nightmares that leave you troubled for hours :? …awww Cheryl’s baby girl is driving!…now I need to go and look up what the heck a poison apple air tree is…

Tasha J August 15, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Lol, Amy. I found it on Etsy. I was looking for a skull planter to put a cactus brain in and can across a poison apple planter for an air plant. I also found dinosaur painted planters for air plants and now my toddler and I have a diy project planned for it. I’ll see if I can link it…
Poison apple air plant holder, desk planter, villains, dorm room decor, just one bite by RedwoodStoneworks on Etsy
Poison apple air plant holder, desk planter, villains, dorm room decor, just one bite by RedwoodStoneworks on Etsy
Poison apple air plant holder, desk planter, villains, dorm room decor, just one bite by RedwoodStoneworks on Etsy

Tasha J August 15, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Lol, guess not

Tessa August 15, 2018 at 4:04 PM

I went to look that up. Dang. That thing is deadly, isn’t it? 0.0 Even just touching it can cause issues. I couldn’t have it even if I wanted it. The cats would do something and probably die. :(

Tasha J August 15, 2018 at 5:25 PM

What’s deadly? The plant? Is that sarcasm Bc I didn’t read that…

Tessa August 15, 2018 at 8:39 PM

No. It really is deadly if it’s the one that’s referred to as poison apple plant.

Tessa August 15, 2018 at 8:43 PM

Oh, it’s a planter! Not the plant. *blushes* Well, then that’s cool. The plant… not so cool. lol

Tasha J August 16, 2018 at 1:27 AM

Holy cow! Yes, not that one, lol!

Maryse August 16, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Thank you all for the birthday wishes. It was my best birthday ever!!!! :D I was (am) SO happy.

Maryse August 16, 2018 at 7:31 AM

P.S. I DID have a carb-free cake and it was delicious.

Raspberry-lemon loaf with whipped heavy cream. Unreal how yummy and sweet it was (and no sugar). Erythritol. I’m impressed.

bev August 16, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Aretha Franklin passed away.
So sad, but what a legacy.
And that VOICE.

Michele G August 16, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Happy Belated Birthday Maryse!!

A little late to vote but mine would totally be Australia!

Nay August 16, 2018 at 4:29 PM


“I gasp for air.”
Force of Gravity by Kelly Stevenson

I finished The Idea of You today (HIGHLY recommend if you love age gap romance), so since I’m in the mood for more forbiddeny romance, I’m going to give this teacher/student book that’s been on my tbr since 2014 a try.

Does anyone else have a favorite taboo teacher student book to recommend in case this one doesn’t work for me? I’ve read most of the biggies except for Loving Mr. Daniels, but I’m looking for something less tame than that.

R. Renee August 16, 2018 at 4:45 PM

FLT: “I was seven-years-old when my dad left us.” Bring Down the Stars by Emma Scott

Nay, Gabriel’s Inferno is my fave, but people either love it or hate. Rarely see anyone in between. (And Passionflix is doing the movie **squee**) Love that series hardcore.

I also just read Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark which I loved. It’s not all that taboo, but has both (semi-taboo) “teacher”/student trope and enemies to lovers.

bev August 16, 2018 at 5:23 PM

I started 2 different books today. Mostly because one is on my phone and one on my tablet. Only a few pages into both.

FLT #1: Ravensong by TJ Klune

THE ALPHA said, “We’re leaving.”

FLT #2: By The Book by Julia Sonneborn.

“WHAT TIME’S YOUR CLASS, Anne?” my best friend and fellow English professor Larry asked.

This was the #18, or whatever, on my tbr list. I couldn’t remember what it’s about ….well it’s a modern retelling of Persuasion. No wonder I bought it, I love Persuasion. :)

I loved this little conversstion and hope the humor stays like this:

I mean, can you believe it? Burning Man? Why not just say you’re sick?”
“At least he’s being honest,” Larry said. “I mean, I wish I were at Burning Man.”
“DELETE,” I said. “God, why don’t they make kids take a class on e-mail etiquette during freshman orientation? You know, like address your professors by their full title, not ‘Prof’ or ‘Yo.’ ”
“I once got an e-mail from a student that began with ‘What up, Lar?’ I have to admit, I was a bit charmed.”

Tessa August 16, 2018 at 6:09 PM

I dug my knee into the Sensor’s neck, pinning his unshaven face even harder against the concrete.
Blackout by Danika Dark

steph August 16, 2018 at 7:51 PM

Tasha, this is day or so late so I hope you see this. I painted ugly brown cheap kitchen cabinets with a product called Cabinet Rescue. I bought it from Lowes. It’s white and almost 7 years later looks great. Just a few minor touch ups. I highly recommend it. I didn’t prime, just lightly sanded before painting. It has a finish not like paint but harder, more durable. Hard to explain. Check it out. It wasn’t hard, just a bit time consuming. I painted 28 cabinet doors and 4 drawers. :)

Cheryl August 16, 2018 at 8:25 PM

My sister just arrived for a visit! Yeh!!!!

“THE FIRST LETTER I ever wrote was addressed to a boy in my first-grade class.” Forget You, Ethan: An Enemies to Lovers Romance by Whitney G.

Leslie M August 16, 2018 at 8:26 PM

Nay, An “untame” student/teacher book I would rec is Dark Notes by Pam Godwin.

Leslie M August 16, 2018 at 8:40 PM


Reading – Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates

I am sick of being on this plane.

Listening to – Wildcat by Max Monroe

My phone buzzed as I ducked my head to fit through the door on to my flight, and I glanced down to see who it was.

Nay August 16, 2018 at 9:05 PM

I’ve read Gabriel’s Inferno and Waking Olivia. I tried Dark Notes but couldn’t get into it (but I think it was a ‘me’ thing). I’ll look into it. Thx!

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