Latest Romance Book Releases – December 4th 2018

by Maryse on December 4, 2018 · 79 comments

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Good morning everyone and happy NEW RELEASE DAY!! Today’s list is still a work in progress, and I’ll be adding to it over the next couple of hours, so keep checking back. :D

P.S. I’m finishing up Heartbreak Warfare and it absolutely rocked my world like Arsen did. I MEAN TOP OF THAT LIST. YOU KNOW THE LIST. ;) And it’s by one of my favorite authors in the world (actually two authors co-wrote it), and I’d say this is my top favorite from her (well… neck and neck with her other book, “Drive“). ABSOLUTELY FREAKING 5-STAR FANTASTIC!! Review coming up shortly!! :D

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s earlybirds, a new review, and my latest BIG LIST:

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. Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
  2. Defending Chloe: Mountain Mercenaries, Book 2 by Susan Stoker
  3. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
  4. The Frame-Up: The Golden Arrow Mysteries Series, Book 1 by Meghan Scott Molin
  5. Just One Night by Charity Ferrell
  6. Close: Ryder Brothers, Book 1 by Laurelin Paige
  7. The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen
  8. Hour of Darkness: Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy Series, Book 2 by Lara Adrian
  9. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield <— Tasha J found us this one!! “…a new release came out today that’s popping up everywhere I look and I may read that next. It’s Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield.”


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)

  • Chasing Christmas Eve: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis <— SWEET CHRISTMAS BOOK SUPER-BARGAIN!!! FAMOUS AUTHOR IS HIDING OUT…Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long…”
  • Dark Prince: Author’s Cut (The ‘Dark’ Carpathian Book 1) by Christine Feehan <— CHRISTINE FEEHAN SUPER-POSSESSIVE ALPHA VAMPIRE ALERT!! And it’s super-bargain priced today! I read this one years ago and was totally enthralled with it.
  • SNOW by Mike Bond <— THRILLER-SUPER-BARGAIN and that cover alone has me intrigued!!! “…From the frozen peaks of Montana to the heights of Wall Street, the slums of Denver and the million-dollar tables at Vegas, SNOW is an electric portrait of today’s American culture, the invisible line between good and evil, and what people will do in their frantic search for love and freedom…”
  • Burn Falls by Kimberly Knight <— Ohhhh sounds so good and like our old favorites!!! Human female and a vampire, and it’s super-bargain priced! He fled his coven and became a doctor to have access to blood… and then he meets HER: “…Calla O’Bannion believed monsters lived only in fairy tales. The night her father was attacked and left to die, Calla knew that monsters were real. When the inevitable happens, Calla makes the decision to move home to Burn Falls and take over the family’s distillery. As fate would have it, she begins a relationship with the only one who can protect her from the thing she fears the most. Until she finds out what Draven’s been hiding…”
  • Lift by Alexa Riley <— ALEXA RILEY’S LATEST went live a few days ago!!! And it’s super-bargain priced. She becomes a “Lift” driver… ;) “…she was left penniless, so she borrowed a friend’s car and decided to make some cash as a driver. It wasn’t the safest of jobs, but she didn’t have much choice. It wasn’t all that bad, until he got in one night. Harris Hill is a workaholic with no time for women. When the person pointing a can of pepper spray in his face turns out to be the woman of his dreams, suddenly things change…”
  • Are HATCHANIMALS still cool? Amazon is having a big “Deal of the Day” on them (and Hatchanimals gear).
  • Super Soft Shaggy Longfur Throw Blanket | Snuggly Fuzzy Faux Fur Lightweight Warm Elegant Cozy Plush Sherpa Fleece Microfiber Blanket | for Couch Bed Chair Photo Props – 60″x 70″ – White <— BIG HUGE DEAL on BIG huge furry blankies!!! They come in all sorts of colors you can choose from. I’m a “throw” addict. I can never have too many soft blankets. For me and my dogs to snuggle up with on the couch, or for draping over a chair, just so… or for draping it across my bed for that pretty layers effect. Yep. I love me some throws!!!
  • ALSO!!! AMAZON’S 12 DAYS OF DEALS is going on right now! <— All sorts of cool stuff on sale!
  • more to come…



  1. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices Book 3) by Cassandra Clare <— CASSANDRA CLARE CONCLUSION ALERT!!Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel...”
  2. The Gift: Dark Warrior Alliance Novella by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka
  3. Entry Shock (Rogue Rescue Book 3) by Mia West
  4. Centaur’s Mate: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Saggitarius by Mary Winter
  5. Dragon Hopes: A Shifters in Love Fun & Flirty Romance (Dragon Island Hideaway Book 3) by Rinelle Grey
  6. Midnight Touch: Midnight Pack – Book 1 by L Ann
  7. Of Blood and Bone: Chronicles of the One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts <— NORA ROBERTS POST-APOCALYPTIC ALERT!! “…Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden…”
  8. The Stars Afire: An Elemental Mysteries Anthology by Elizabeth Hunter
  9. The Darkest Captive: A Lords of the Underworld Novella by Gena Showalter
  10. Outcast (Hunter: A Thieves Series Book 4) by Lexi Blake
  11. Time’s Curse: Highland Time-Travel Paranormal Romance (Elemental Witch Book 2) by Ann Gimpel
  12. Prince for Sale (Thrall Prince Romance) by Caroline Gibson



  1. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren <— CHRISTINA LAUREN ALERT!!! Online dating and colleagues… ;) “...Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single. So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together...”
  2. Geir (SEALs of Steel Series Book 6) by Dale Mayer
  3. The Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #3) by Julie Klassen
  4. The Ex Effect by Karla Sorensen <— LIVE!!! FOOTBALL STAR WAS HER SISTER’S EX!!! “…It’s been ten years since Ava has seen Matthew. He’s bigger, better looking, and best of all—completely single. Despite his history with her sister, the attraction between Ava and Matthew isn’t so one-sided anymore…”
  5. Fourplay (Ever After Duet Book 1) by Jayne Rylon
  6. Decoy Date (The Wedding Date Book 4) by Mira Lyn Kelly
  7. The Last True Cowboy (Chestnut Creek Book 1) by Laura Drake
  8. The Magic of Gingerbread (Christmas Wishes Book 5) by Sandra Sookoo
  9. The Dirty Ones by J.A. Huss <— J.A. HUSS ALERT!! THE WHOLE BLURB IS A WARNING!!! “...Our story isn’t for everyone. It’s not even for us. So if you’re looking for the fairy tale and the stupid prince on his dumb white horse, move along. You’ve got a hold of the wrong book. This is not your story, this is not your life, and this is not your opportunity to dip your frightened little toe into the dark pool of water and “try new things” and then pull it out and decide… #NotForMe. When you go in with us you go all in. So make a decision before you turn this page…”
  10. The Heartbreaker by Cat Carmine
  11. The Renegade (The Rockwell Legacy Book 3) by Jennifer Bernard
  12. Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield <— TWISTS & TURNS ALERT!! A LOST LITTLE GIRL DIES & COMES BACK TO LIFE, and everyone is looking for answers… but “…Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known...”
  13. Misadventures with a Country Boy (Misadventures Book 17) by Elizabeth Hayley
  14. The Officer’s Second Chance: Sweet Contemporary Beach Romance (Hawthorne Harbor Second Chance Romance Book 4) by Elana Johnson
  15. Wrapped in Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor Book 4) by Lexi Ryan <— LEXI RYAN ALERT!! SINGLE MOM FINDS HERSELF HOMELESS… “…I’ve kept my chin up through worse than their decade-old gossip. I was wrong. The hardest part is resisting my boss. Brayden Jackson is the very picture of tall, dark, and handsome. And thanks to an ill-advised one-night stand we had seven months ago, I know exactly what I’m missing when I turn him down. Every. Single. Delicious. Inch. But I have my son to care for and my job to keep, so I’ll keep on saying no…”
  16. A Backwater Blessing: A Kings of Guardian and Heart’s Desire Crossover Novella by Kris Michaels
  17. Second Chance Christmas: Palm Cove Tales by Kristin Wallace
  18. The Lieutenant’s Bargain (The Fort Reno Series Book #2) by Regina Jennings
  19. Expecting Danger (Small Town Guardians Book 2) by Jennifer Pierce
  20. Fumbled Love: Romantic Comedy by Lila Rose <— THE FOOTBALL STAR & THE SHY GIRL ALERT!! “…With an embarrassing ability to blurt out whatever’s on her mind, Reagan doesn’t understand Carter’s attention. She has no doubt, though, he’ll soon realize his mistake when he discovers just how crazy she and her family are. But no matter what he sees, what he hears, or how her looney family behaves, he doesn’t run. In fact, Carter’s family seem just as unique as hers...”
  21. The Fog (A Berry Springs Novel) by Amanda McKinney
  22. A Mate for Jackson: Bad Alpha Dads: A True Mates Standalone Novel by Alicia Montgomery
  23. Their Christmas Miracle: A collection of spicy xxx-mas tales! by Logan Fox
  24. Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology
  25. Bad Habit: Downey Brothers Series by Mara Leigh
  26. Lies (Web of Sin Book 2) by Aleatha Romig <— ALEATHA ROMIG DARK ROMANCE ALERT!! “...Since Sterling Sparrow, a man so handsome he takes my breath away and so infuriating he pushes me in ways I’ve never known, came barreling into my life like a category five hurricane, I can’t even finish that simple statement...”
  27. Sacred Sins: (Sins Duet #2) by C.D. Reiss
  28. Owen by Melody Anne
  29. Taming a Christmas Wallflower (Taming the Duke’s Heart Book 7) by Tammy Andresen
  30. Until We Kissed (Pine Valley Book 6) by Heather B. Moore
  31. Mr. December (Calendar Men Book 12) by Bailey Bradford
  32. The Season of Lady Chastity (The Undaunted Debutantes Book 4) by Christina McKnight
  33. Bound By Love (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 6) by Cora Reilly <— CORA REILLY ALERT!! MUST BE READ IN ORDER!! “…Love – a weakness a Capo like Luca shouldn’t risk. When Aria betrays Luca by going behind his back for her family, she realizes too late that she might have lost what she’s fought so hard to get in the first place: Luca’s trust. The trust of a man who never allowed himself to trust someone unconditionally before…”
  34. Owen (Undercover Billionaire Book 3) by Melody Anne
  35. Searching for You (Orphan Train Book #3) by Jody Hedlund
  36. With This Vow (Windswept Bay Book 11) by Debra Clopton
  37. Into the Riot: Riot MC #3 by Karen Renee
  38. An Unexpected Christmas (Taking the Shot Book 1) by Shannon Richard
  39. My Bad (The Bear Bottom Guardians MC Book 4) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LANI LYNN VALE ALERT!! MILITARY HERO AND A BIG OOOOOOPS!!! ;) “…He doesn’t know that he’s found the woman that’s meant to be his. Nor does he realize that her father is the man he’s idolized from the moment he joined the army at the age of eighteen. Because, maybe if he had, he would’ve tried a little harder to ignore the pull he felt between them instead of making her his the night before he deployed for six months. He also might’ve tried a little harder not to knock her up…”
  40. Stranded for Christmas (Holiday Acres Book 4) by Noelle Adams
  41. Shamrock: A Linear Tactical Romantic Suspense Standalone by Janie Crouch
  42. Into the Riot: Riot MC #3 by Karen Renee
  43. Ethan & Juliet (Try Again Series Book 1) by Marla Holt
  44. Defiance: a Masters of the Shadowlands novella by Cherise Sinclair <— HIS OBSERVANT WIFE MIGHT REALIZE HE’S USING HIMSELF AS BAIT… “…Master Z is a Dom, a husband, a father—every instinct drives him to protect those under his care. When the police can’t catch his stalker, he must take matters into his own hands...”
  45. Defending Chloe (Mountain Mercenaries Book 2) by Susan Stoker
  46. Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler Book #1) by Nancy Mehl
  47. Don’t Say Goodbye (Taphouse Blues Book 2) by Heather Lyn
  48. A Gypsy’s Christmas Kiss: Scandal Meets Love (Connected by a Kiss Book 6) by Dawn Brower
  49. Into the Night (Gemma Woodstock Book 2) by Sarah Bailey
  50. Winter Wishes: Main Street Minden Book 2 by Tara Grace Ericson
  51. That Was Yesterday by HJ Bellus <— SHE UNEARTHED HIS SECRET… “…I hadn’t been back home in over two years. Once I pulled into the one-horse town, I was greeted by the gorgeous blonde. Kate extended her hand and offered me a warm smile. The connection was made. The innocent beauty has no idea that she just flipped my life upside down. She’d unearthed secrets that can never be buried…”
  52. Irresistibly Tough (Brothers-in-Revenge Book 4) by Victoria Pinder
  53. Surrender (Obedience Duet Book 2) by Alyssia Kirkhart
  54. Snowed In (Sleigh Ride Novella Book 1) by Alyse Miller
  55. Rewriting Yesterday: An Inheritance Novel by C.M. Wright <— SHE INHERITS HER DEAD HUSBAND’S FORTUNE… “...When Joe’s estranged son and his two best friends learn of Frankie’s existence tempers flare and sparks fly. Attracted to all three, Frankie must navigate through unfamiliar waters in search of her happily ever after. Lies  Manipulations  Deceit. When Frankie is betrayed she finds herself at the mercy of the monsters from her past and this time they don’t want to break her. They want to destroy her...”
  56. The Santero by Kim Rodriguez <— Oooooh NOW I HAVE “Havannnna Ohhhh Na Na” in my head!! :D I LOVE IT!Amanda Rose only wanted a little space.  She’d been warned about Latin men, their unquenchable libido, their passion, their love of all women, but she didn’t listen.  Ignorance is bliss, they say, and it’s true.  Until you see the truth with your own eyes…”
  57. Love with a Notorious Rake (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall Book 3) by Karyn Gerrard
  58. Harry (Southern Sands Book 2) by A.M. Williams
  59. Christmas and Eve by Lily Nikopoulos
  60. The Songs That Brought Me Back (The Songs Series Book 2) <— THEY ARE BOTH STRUGGLING WITH HURT AND SCARS… “…When fate leads him into Ainsley’s world at the exact moment she needs someone the most, he can’t ignore the chance to right the wrongs of his past. Ainsley and Ethan will struggle to help each other heal and start anew. They’ll learn that the secret to conquering their pain lies within their power, if only they can do it together. Always together. Sometimes the ending is really the beginning…” (I think it can be read as a standalone because book #1 s about a different couple…”
  61. Caterina (The Bonaveras Book 2) by Patricia Paris
  62. The Accidental Beauty Queen (Royals) by Teri Wilson  <— SHE HAS TO BE HER TWIN SISTER’S SUBSTITUTE!! “…She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades. Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning…”


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{ 79 comments… read them below or add one }

Grey December 4, 2018 at 7:05 AM

*tosses glitter* Worst. Headache. Ever. Gotta be the weather but I feel miserable. Yay for HW, Maryse, I had a feeling you’d love it…

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 7:11 AM

LOL!!! :P Gotta love a girl that throws glitter even when she feels bad!!

*gently hugs Grey*

Jenn December 4, 2018 at 7:40 AM

sorry Grey, hope you feel better quickly!

Maryse love your feelings on HW, that is definitely an all time favorite and for those that read it I think it will be on all our fave lists of 2018.

And I just have to say I am sure I am late to the party on this one but Tessa picked a book for me to read and I started reading it this morning before work and was immediately wrapped up in it and *pouted* like a baby because I just wanted to stay home curled up on my couch with it. Yep I am reading Punk 57 :-)

MichelleS December 4, 2018 at 9:03 AM

JW… 5 stars… like Arsen? Well hello new shiny!

MichelleS December 4, 2018 at 9:04 AM

I mean HHHHH W

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 9:32 AM

HECK. YES. MICHELLE. S. < — hahah!! I rhymed. ;) And yes I promise. This book is IT!!!!!!! ARSEN-IT. But totally it’s own thing… but just… you know. INTENSE and OMG and emotional, and I’m delightfully wrecked!!!

bev December 4, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Lol. And I physically recoil from it.

I need to go through and delete all those indie books I first bought that now I know I probably wouldn’t like.

bev December 4, 2018 at 9:41 AM

Decision time. I’m barely a chapter into Duke of Shadows and think I’ll probably like it. But the new Lauren one looks super cute. Hmm.

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 11:19 AM

bev it totally does look great!!

Theresa silverberg December 4, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Is the new Aly Martinez in the same world with her previous books? Thought I read something but can’t remember. Says stand alone but think it is part of Darkest Sunrise? Help please.

Tasha J December 4, 2018 at 11:42 AM

Morning everyone! I’ve been feeling so scattered lately. Like nothing is complete, there’s a million things going on or to do and I don’t know where to start! HATE that feeling. It makes me unable to focus on any one thing for very long. Also, J is driving me craaaazy. He’s into absolutely everything. He won’t leave my tree alone, or anything else he shouldn’t have for that matter. And he completely ignores his toys. He’s been crawling regular style for a while now (he had a launching crawl that got the job done at 5 months, decided to do it the regular way at 6) and now he wants to climb. He’s too young for this, I wasn’t and am not ready! I swear, he’ll be walking at 8. Earliest mover I’ve had, latest teether. Nothing there yet. And oh boy, do we feel the need for a sprouter.
Anyway, a new release came out today that’s popping up everywhere I look and I may read that next. It’s Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. Also, I finished reading Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews. Good read, perfect for what I was in the mood for.

R. Renee December 4, 2018 at 11:47 AM

I just heard from Renee. It seems the drugs are kicking in a little and she’s finally able to eat something. She has her 3rd surgery scheduled for Thursday, hoping to go home Friday, and a 4th surgery scheduled in a couple weeks. Then she’ll be in a cast for 4 months!

R. Renee December 4, 2018 at 11:49 AM

Sorry, Nay. I call her Renee outside of here!

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 12:38 PM

HOLY MOLY!!!!!! How did this happen R?? That sounds awful!

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Oh TASHA that new one sounds AMAZING!! I’m adding it to the list right now!! YAY!! Thank you!

R. Renee December 4, 2018 at 12:42 PM

She slipped off one of her porch steps! Michele and I are on bubble wrap duty when she gets home!

Michele G December 4, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Yes to the bubble wrap duty!! And R. is assigning people to “guard patrol” to be sure no other “incidents” occur!! I don’t think we can be too safe at this point!!

Michele G December 4, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Bev, I finished Dumplin’ yesterday…loved it! Now I’m ready for the Netflix movie!! I hope they do it justice!

I have a bunch of yummy challenge reads (yes Grey, I am not ignoring my assignment) but first I’m tucking in my library books before they expire…one of which is Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen (part of her True North series). I’ve enjoyed all of them to date and am about 30% into this one…so far so good!

Maryse, I loveddd Heartbreak Warfare…the angst!!!

Amy December 4, 2018 at 3:11 PM

The Dirty Ones and Burn Falls are MINE!

I’m holding out hope that I’ll get an Arsen-like book at some point. All the enthusiasm for HW has me GREEN with envy…but not enough to chance it. ;)

Oh, poor Nay. And right before Christmas. :(

Leslie M December 4, 2018 at 3:24 PM

Bev, I got stressed just hearing the spoilers for HW, so I know what you mean. Too graphic, intense, sad, etc for me. I also have hundreds of books I need to delete as I seem to get even more persnickety as time goes by.

Tasha, sorry to hear J-man is driving you crazy. He started crawling way too early. Can you contain the little bugger (*giggles*) in a play yard or excersaucer thingy?

Poor Nay!! I wonder if her meds or heart stuff made her bones extra brittle? That seems so extreme of an injury for slipping on steps. Sounds like she has a long recovery ahead. She has been through enough.

Finally got my tree decorated!! *tosses red & green glitter*

Leslie M December 4, 2018 at 3:31 PM

Oh, and my ham came out good yesterday in Crock-Pot. It was better than heating in oven…but I hoped it would tenderize it more. It was moist though, and it’s probably not going to get too tender as spiral hams are pretty lean.

Tasha J December 4, 2018 at 3:53 PM

I’m gonna try and email a couple pics to you this weekend, Maryse. As well as work on my best of list. It’s on my list of unfinished things. Lol

Glad your ham turned out Leslie! I’m not a super huge ham fan, only eat it a few times a year. I can’t stand all the fat.

I was thinking the same with maybe that’s why her leg broke so bad. I cringe and shield my legs just thinking about it.

I’ve been using an exersaucer since he was 3 months. This kid, I swear, has been plotting everything he’s gonna do and get into at 2 months. He’s nosy to the extreme. It’s why I have to practically sit on him to feed him. And I’m the only one who can. He’s always wanted to be up. So, he’s now bored of the exersaucer and doesn’t like being restrained. But I use it when I can. The walker is ok sometimes too. The playpen I just got out so I could finish painting something. That was a joke, he hates that. Lol

R. Renee December 4, 2018 at 4:07 PM

Slipped is the simplified version. There was a stripped screw that contributed to the board basically propelling her when she stepped on it.

bev December 4, 2018 at 4:07 PM

Yay for Dumplin love!!

Leslie, I dont want to miss out on a great read or totally close myself off to different tropes, but if it makes me stressed to read about it? Pass. It is just not me.

Tasha get him a baby mat climber. Toddlers and crawlers need to climb. Building those gross motor skills.
You know the longer he goes without teeth probably healthier teeth he will have.

Tasha J December 4, 2018 at 4:22 PM

Oh my gosh, WHY do i not come here before I do all my Christmas shopping g? You guys have the best advise/ideas. That would be the perfect forbidden thing to keep him busy for a long time to come. I’ve never had one before.

Tessa December 4, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Finished the series from a few days ago with the kpop reverse harem. Happy to report it was really good. Totally believable that they are in a band. (pet peeve when it’s not) It actually got very in depth of what’s behind the scene of making a song get out and what’s needed for kpop to thrive. :D Love that!

Jan December 4, 2018 at 7:51 PM

bev Duke of Shadows is really good. Quite intense and emotional, and quite an original setting and storyline too. I think you should stick with it. I can see the temptation, though, and I’m wanting to start the new Lauren one too.

But I know I’m not touching Heartbreak warfare. I’m too scared of that one LOL.

Fantastic list again today, Maryse :D

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 10:35 PM

LOL Tessa!!! I love that you went in!!! Thank you for the feedback. bev should give it a go. ;) Hey bev… *nudge nudge*

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 10:37 PM


AM. Y.

You love Arsen? You love HW. ‘Nuff said. Trust me.

Maryse December 4, 2018 at 10:38 PM

P.S. All those Arsen feels?? On BOTH sides (for us… the reader…) HERE.


bev December 4, 2018 at 10:41 PM

And you should give a drama a chance.

Nudge. Nudge. ;)

Jenn December 5, 2018 at 8:53 AM

Good Morning-

I just saw the best news ever, Colleen Hoover’s Verity will be out THIS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!! That is two CoHo surprises in one week. :-)

Jenn December 5, 2018 at 8:54 AM

and OMG guys I am so loving Punk 57 why did I wait so long to read this *big sigh*

Jenn December 5, 2018 at 8:57 AM

oh and I probably should mention I still would not be reading it if it wasn’t for Tessa.THANK YOU TESSA

Maryse December 5, 2018 at 9:49 AM

*snort* :P

Michele G December 5, 2018 at 10:27 AM

More Colleen Hoover this week!! Yay!!! Although my current book “dance list” is way too full…she’s gonna have to cut in on someone …

Enjoy Jenn!!! Punk 57 is definitely a goodie!!

Tasha, Wowza! They say everyone gets at least one kiddo that is super ahead of the game…bless your heart…J man sounds like he’s “Topping the charts!” Loved Bev’s suggestion…never even knew those matt climber thingies existed…..of course my youngest “baby” is 19…so a lot has changed. Good luck!!

And I have to second Maryse’s nudge towards Heartbreak Warfare…it’s in my Top 10 for the year (and one of my all-time faves)…I stayed up until some ridiculous time of the night (well, actually morning…pretty sure it was 4am..but the time had changed so it was really only 3am…let’s just say it was LATE) to finish it because I could NOT sleep until I knew what happened. My only complaint was with a portion of the epilogue…I would been happier if more time was dedicated to a certain character’s resolution…like perhaps a novella instead of just some time in the epilogue…but that’s just me.

Jenn December 5, 2018 at 11:29 AM

MicheleG-I typically will stop reading a book to read a new release from Colleen Hoover however “Maybe Now” is still patiently waiting because I can’t bring myself to part with Misha and Ryen….I am however very eager to read Verity as it is beyond her norm of writing ( a little on the dark side…I think) so I am looking so forward to that. I will finish Punk57 before Verity even hits my Kindle…. :-)

I understand when people do not want to read a certain book because of a certain subject matter even though it’s so hard for us who have read it and 5+ stars loved it to get it. I have a book buddy who will let me know if a book has infertility issues/miscarriages/ect….in them because those are so painful for me to read. What I have realized is it actually makes me want to read them more because it’s more personal when you can relate to a characters pain….No body knows what it feels like unless you’ve lived it yourself so books like Arsen-Heartbreak Warfare-T&D- although beyond heartbreaking for me to read I still love with all my heart. Sorry if this is a little long winded but I do have a point and that is Amy….Bev…and anybody else reluctant to read HW *NUDGE NUDGE*

Michele G December 5, 2018 at 11:55 AM

Jenn, I’m sending you hugs…cause I just have to! I agree that I think sometimes I like to read the really sad, heartbreaking stuff because as strange as it sounds, it’s therapeutic for me. It is always good to know if a book contains something that may be a trigger item for you though. Btw..I sent you a message on GR too…check it when you have a chance.

Jenn December 5, 2018 at 2:01 PM

thank you MicheleG-*squeezy hugs* to you xoxo

Tasha J December 5, 2018 at 3:31 PM

I watched Daddy’s Home 2 last night. Really good Xmas movie, I was pleasantly surprised! And am watching a bit of Mrs. Maisel season 2 now. :)

Leslie M December 5, 2018 at 6:36 PM

Daddy’s Home 2 was hilarious! A bunch of that movie was filmed in towns all around me. Someone we know was an extra too.

You guys are funny with your whole “sad books are theraputic” silly talk. ;) Sad books for me are just depressing.

bev December 5, 2018 at 7:21 PM

So Arsen I dont shy away from because it might be sad but because i think I’d hate the heroine.
I have a hard time when the heroine cheats or the whole i dont know who i love because ….
Any LOVES that just hates a hero cheating, lol.

You dont want me to hate one of your favorites. I still take it personally that you all loved Thoughtless, LOL.

Sad is hard for me too. A bit more hit or miss. Like the end of the end of the Alaska book put me in a funk for a couple days. I woke up feeling heavy hearted and didnt want to get out of bed. I dont like that feeling.

But I do know many people that use the sad books as therapy or a way to release emotions.

Jen C December 5, 2018 at 8:02 PM

Just finished Hotshot Doc – it was just what I needed. Sweet, swoony, witty, a bit of angst and kind of like reading Grey’s Anatomy in book form! Loved it and highly recommend when you need something easy to read.

Tessa December 5, 2018 at 8:10 PM

I’m not reading HW for the same reason as Arsen. I read a sample and didn’t like the heroine. I’ve no issues with cheating, but more the girl who’s all, I’m in love but decided this guy is hot or I just am not feeling him so I’m going to cheat. I LOVED Thoughtless because she didn’t go in thinking, he’s hot, I’m gonna do him or I am bored so I’m gonna cheat on my husband. So, not due to sadness. :P

bev December 5, 2018 at 9:30 PM

I can’t believe it is that time of year again…to have reader favorites up.

Ash December 5, 2018 at 9:41 PM

Is anyone else listening to the Read Me Romance podcast?? One book start to finish each week, new chapters Monday through Friday & completely free!

MichelleS December 5, 2018 at 9:44 PM

I’ve come to the conclusion that I can read about just anything if it’s WRITTEN WELL. I’m just going to have to start paying more for books. It’s all ablout the craft of writing for me. I’m just picky now.

bev December 5, 2018 at 9:50 PM

MichelleS, I listened to it (cause Lin Manuel Miranda), but I loved the way Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was written. I think that “craft” one of the adjectives I used when I first talked about it (all the time) on here.
If the mood strikes and you see it in your library sometime give it a shot. I’m curious as to what one of you would think.

bev December 5, 2018 at 9:52 PM

So…..if I make a list its going to be short. I’m just getting my mojo back. After a year and a half!!
So……like last year may have a couple books, dramas, and songs on it.

Nay December 5, 2018 at 10:46 PM

I’m peeking in to say thanks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers. As always, they’ve helped SO much! Please continue to think of me as I’m scheduled for my 3rd surgery at 7:30 in the a.m so that I can hopefully go home on Friday. I want to write more, but the drugs keep making me doze off! Lol

Maryse December 5, 2018 at 11:05 PM

Sounds perfect to me, bev! Our lists can include ANY of our favorite things of the year. Why not?

Maryse December 5, 2018 at 11:06 PM

Nay I can’t even imagine so many surgeries back to back like that… I will be thinking of you and sending you love and healing vibes. <3

Maryse December 5, 2018 at 11:07 PM

Me too, MichelleS. Me too.

Maryse December 5, 2018 at 11:09 PM

Ooooh Tessa HW is nothing like the impression you had, from that sample. I can promise you that. It is so… REAL and almost undeniably inevitable. Like Thoughtless but MUCH harder and darker in regards to the reason they connected so hard.

NOTHING about “he’s hot and I’m bored”. Promise.

Amy December 6, 2018 at 1:17 AM

With Heartbreak Warfare, I just…can’t. The crazy thing is I WANT to read it, my HEART wants me to read it, but my MIND is overruling and saying NO. And for once, I’m actually listening to my mind.

Like bev said, I love when it’s a cheating h book (ohhhhh the delicious angst) but hate when the H cheats. THIS one is the exception though because of the military aspect, the PTSD, and the soldier cheating on the spouse (even if it is the h doing the cheating). I’ve seen it happen, and it sucks. PTSD wreaks havoc on marriages, and it sucks as well. Hubby and I haven’t escaped unscathed after so many deployments.

So, I can honestly say I’m a little devastated about missing out on this one, but in the long run it’s for the best. Okay…I’m going to stop with the heavy talk now. ;)

Amy December 6, 2018 at 1:22 AM

MichelleS…YES! I definitely will pay more money for a well-written ebook, and rarely do I regret it.

Jenn! I really, REALLY liked Punk 57! Although I still stand by what I said about NO teenage boy being THAT skilled at sexy time. *shakes head*

Awww Nay, so glad you popped in. Sending lots of hugs and love to you.

bev December 6, 2018 at 1:28 AM

Nay, I hope you are home soon. It really sucks, but I hope you get go be all comfortable in bed with your dog and a couple stacks of books.

Maryse December 6, 2018 at 7:14 AM

TOTALLY makes sense Amy!!! I get you, 100%

Maryse December 6, 2018 at 7:15 AM

Hey Theresa!!!! I have your answer about Aly Martinez’s latest release (she answered it herself for you). :)

Tasha J December 6, 2018 at 8:22 AM

Did you guys see Alessandra Torre’s new release coming out tomorrow? It’s called Tripping on a Halo- I love the cover! And I may be in the mood for something lighter. Too bad my weekend is jam packed.

Stacey December 6, 2018 at 9:28 AM

OMG……Heartbreak Warfare…..just wow! Couldnt put it down….I always lean one way or another with how I hope it will end with these types of books and this one I honestly couldnt decide. Still cant……and that has NEVER happened before. Definitely a top book of 2018!

bev December 6, 2018 at 9:57 AM

Spotify has my Top Songs of 2018 playlist. I love these I was just listening to 2017′s list last night.

Michele G December 6, 2018 at 12:52 PM

So, I’m just curious who’s dropping everything to read Verity? I started An Exaltation of Larks last night….I mean seriously, what was I thinking with Colleen’s book dropping tomorrow (or is midnight tonight I guess)? I’m already in love with Exaltation and pretty much ticked off that I actually have to work today and can’t sit around and read it!

Jenn December 6, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Absolutely I am Michele-well technically I am not dropping anything because I am not going to bed tonight till I finish Punk 57. :-) I honestly would easily have read this without stopping if it wasn’t for my crazy life…I am that into it!

Jenn December 6, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Bev I am listening to mine as well…love it. I love that they do this!

Amy December 6, 2018 at 1:27 PM

I knew you would, Maryse. ;)

Michele G…I’m starting Verity tomorrow! :D
I’ll be finishing up Keeping 13 today so the timing is perfect.

I’m so ready for a Colleen Hoover read, especially one with a blurb like that! *rubs hands excitedly*

Maryse December 6, 2018 at 1:33 PM

oh I LOVE her Tasha!! Good find and reminder. :D

Amy December 6, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Speaking of Alessandra Torre, Hollywood Dirt is FREE right now! Yet another one that needs to be moved back near the top of my TBR…

bev December 6, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Jenn, me too. They sent my Year Wrapped.

Oldest song was Jackson by June and Johnny.
Listened to 3, 967 different songs.
Listened to 44, 878 minutes of music.
Top artist all kpop, lol, except Hamilton album. Pentagon, Big Bang, Taemin, and Epik High.

But kpop was only my 4th most listened to genre.

Jan December 6, 2018 at 4:14 PM

I really liked Hollywood Dirt. Grab it while it’s free, ladies. I’ll try Tripping on a Halo but I’m not sure. Torre is one of those writers who has changed her style a few times. Nothing wrong with that of course, but I haven’t enjoyed all of her books, but really liked others. Not sure which camp this one will fall into. We’ll see!

Jan December 6, 2018 at 4:22 PM

What did everyone think of the winners of the Goodreads choice awards? Once again, I haven’t read a SINGLE ONE of the winners LOL. Not even the romance category winner. I read about 200 books a year, including lots of new ones. I can’t believe I haven’t even read any of the winners 0_0

Tasha J December 6, 2018 at 5:19 PM

I actually read 1 winner. And it was The Kiss Quotient. I did like it, but in my opinion All Your Perfects was better. I don’t remember all the other nominees.

Grey December 6, 2018 at 8:47 PM

Nay, you poor thing, I’ve been thinking of you all day. Feel better, friend! xoxox

I’m afraid to look at my Spotify history. I have 2 Spotify accounts linked under my premium account. It truly is ALWAYS on. I love my music probably more than I love my words. Gah, that actually pains me to say.

Did we do FLT? “Get out!” I screamed, hurling my wine glass across the room. ~ Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez

Literally just downloaded it, so, I can’t give you any impressions yet, I’ll keep you posted…

I haven’t read ANY of the winners on GR’s top books of the year… shocker, I don’t think I normally do. *SMH*

bev December 6, 2018 at 8:56 PM

Then you should have an email from them Grey. It’s fun.

Amy December 6, 2018 at 9:13 PM

My FLT is a spoiler for the first book (Binding 13) so I can’t post it. *shrugs*

Tessa December 6, 2018 at 11:48 PM

*high fives Amy* I had the same problem last Thursday.

I’d been having a great day up until the omen of death appeared.
Hereditary Magic by Emma L. Adams

Amy December 7, 2018 at 2:56 AM

It’s 11:55, so still Thursday.

And I have a new first line for FLT:

“I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.” ~ Verity by Colleen Hoover

Yep. It’s on.

Amy December 7, 2018 at 2:58 AM

*high fives Tessa*

Wasn’t K13 just as wonderful as B13, but in a deliciously different way? *sigh* What a wonderful group of characters to get lost with.

Tessa December 7, 2018 at 11:21 AM

It totally was! I’m still kicking myself for not reading it right away.

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