Latest Romance Book Releases – July 24th 2018

by Maryse on July 24, 2018 · 121 comments

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WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! Three more AWESOME finds added to the “bargains section (below)!!! Plus a brand new release that Nancy just found us! ➔ False Perceptions

Nancy: I really think this is the best book Michelle Heard ever wrote. On a personal note her real life husband of 12 years was caught cheating on her birthday. She gets some revenge by weaving her story into this book. I bet her ex doesn’t like it.

HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY (65+ new releases) and there are a bunch on here that have excited me enough to make my mini blurb jolt list! :D

Which ones? Well easily that one up there to the left, Ghosted (they are so in tune with each other and so into each other, but when he doesn’t call her, she’s so confused. But then… “…There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.“) and Baby Teeth (eeeeeep!!! This one sounds like an awesome psych-thriller horror – her very young, manipulative daughter HATES her…), Four Day Fling (she asks her one night stand to be her “fake boyfriend” at a wedding and doesn’t realize he’s a famous hockey star!!), Sweet Sixteen (she defends the popular guy’s little sister from bullies, and he accepts her into their group but “...When Gin declines Chase’s invitation to be part of the elite Sweet Sixteen, the repercussions turn both their lives upside down...” ), and The Peer and the Puppet (he’s the powerful rich kid, and she’s from a trailer park but she’s… “out to get even, and she almost had the perfect plan: expose the privileged kid moonlighting as a gangbanger. She’s smart, but she’ll have to be smarter. Sending her away won’t be good enough this time. I’m going to have to tame the little troublemaker.”).

Oh and there are SO many more, that I highlighted below. This mini-blurb jolt list could be twice as long! ;)

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. The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland
  2. Sinner: Priest, Book 3 by Sierra Simone
  3. Surrender: Harris Brothers, Book 4 by Amy Daws
  4. Imperial Stout: Trouble Brewing Series, Book 1 by Layla Reyne
  5. Made Marian Shorts by Lucy Lennox
  6. The Other Woman: A Novel by Daniel Silva
  7. Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn
  8. Baby Teeth: A Novel by Zoje Stage
  9. Taste of Torment: Deep in Your Veins Series, Book 3 by Suzanne Wright <— PREORDER (coming out next week!)
  10. Wild Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley <— PREORDER (coming out next week!)


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)

Kathy: Just finished the Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang if you are looking for another great read. In my top 5 for sure this year!

Jean: I just read Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino! I am kicking myself for waiting so long! It was great!!!!!
  • Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G <— WHITNEY G’s LATEST & WE HAVE FEEDBACK! Sarah has TWO recommendations for us!

Sarah: Just finished Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G- which I REALLY needed to read after reading One Week by Roya Carmen. That was a good but tough read (marital issues are the theme throughout the book). Loved Two Weeks Notice.

  • Baby Teeth: A Novel by Zoje Stage <— HORROR/THRILLER ALERT!!! Okay this is not a sale, nor a recommendation (yet!!) but it’s a new release that I missed from last week and OMG THIS SOUNDS TOTALLY UP MY DARK ALLEY!!!! She’s the only child she was able to have, and… “...Hanna proves to be a difficult child. Now seven-years-old, she has yet to utter a word, despite being able to read and write. Defiant and anti-social, she refuses to behave in kindergarten classes, forcing Suzette to homeschool her. Resentful of her mother’s rules and attentions, Hanna lashes out in anger, becoming more aggressive every day. The only time Hanna is truly happy is when she’s with her father. To Alex, she’s willful and precocious but otherwise the perfect little girl, doing what she’s told. Suzette knows her clever and manipulative daughter doesn’t love her...”
  • The Redhead Series: The Unidentified Redhead, The Redhead Revealed, The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton <— ALICE CLAYTON SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! Famous actor/normal girl!!! Oh I LOVED these books!!!! P.S. Here’s my review of book #1.
  • Breaking Mr. Cane (Cane #2) by Shanora Williams <— FORBIDDENY ALERT!!! This series is thrilling Jennifer!!
Jennifer: Breaking Mr. Cane book 2 is KILLING ME! I know there’s going to be another cliffhanger  This sexy man beast and his taboo NAUGHTY relationship has my head NOT AT WORK! Not really taboo more forbidden. Regardless …. swoon while cussing the author swearing bullets.
  • The Affair by Colette Freedman <— MARITAL STRIFE ALERT!!! Amy found us this super-bargain!!

Amy: “Sale alert…The Affair…

That’s the one where it’s “is he or isn’t he?” and it could go either way, and while I was reading it I kept looking at hubby suspiciously and asking him who he was texting, LOL! Poor guy is so patient with me.”

  • Consent by Nancy Ohlin <— STUDENT/TEACHER ALERT!!! Amy also found us this one!!
Amy: Also, Consent by Nancy Ohlin is on sale … and is a student-teacher read!




  1. A Noise Downstairs: A Novel by Linwood Barclay <— PSYCH-THRILLER/HORROR ALERT!!! Oooooooohhhh this sounds CREEPY!! ”College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write. However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night...”
  2. Saint Or Sinner (Bad Things Book 8) by Cynthia Eden
  3. In Graves Below (Magic, New Mexico Book 20) by Carol Van Natta
  4. Itsy Bitsy Spider: A Psychic Vision Novel (Psychic Visions series Book 13) by Dale Mayer
  5. The Bride Accused (Civil War Brides Book 8) by Piper Davenport
  6. Night Vision (Indigo Court Book 4) by Yasmine Galenorn
  7. The Serpent (The Immortal Dealers Book 1) by Sarah Fine
  8. Lovers Naught: A Lost Angeles Novel by Lisa Mantchev and A.L. Purol
  9. Dawn of the Dragon (Hidden Dragons Book 2) by Victoria Pinder
  10. Born to Love Wild: A Paranormal Romance Short Story Anthology
  11. All or Nothing: The Chosen One Book One by Macy Blake
  12. Dark Desires (Lick of Fire) by Jane Hinchey
  13. A Bear’s Secret (Shifter Country Bears Book 5) by Dakota West
  14. Blood Lust (The Gods of DC Book 1) by Tricia Andersen
  15. Drake’s Nightshade (Nightshade Saga Book 5) by Evelyn Lederman
  16. Pack Council (Were Chronicles Book 9) by Crissy Smith
  17. Unholy Burn (Unholy Inc Book 4) by Misty Dietz



  1. Four Day Fling by Emma Hart <— EMMA HART ALERT!! HER FAKE BOYFRIEND IS A HOCKEY STAR… AND SHE DOESN’T KNOW IT!!!Imagine this. You’re ready to leave after a one-night stand, and you’re figuring out how to—shock horror—leave your number and ask him to be your fake boyfriend for your sister’s wedding this weekend. When he wakes up. Well, that happened to me. And over coffee and omelets, I found myself a date. Which was how I ended up arriving at the wedding with a guy I knew nothing about…”
  2. Sweetheart Cove (Blue Haven Book 1) by Jacquie Biggar
  3. Thicker Than Water (Boston Syndicate Book 1) by Michelle St. James
  4. Abby’s Promise by Rebekah Dodson
  5. Rough Ride: A True Brothers MC Novel by Gillian Archer
  6. Ghosted: A Novel by Rosie Walsh <— SHE WAS SO SURE ABOUT HIM… AND THEN HE DIDN’T CALL HER… “…it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call. Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation. Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth…”
  7. Divine in Lingerie by Penelope Sky
  8. Hard Hand by Sierra Cartwright
  9. Good Little Girls (The Keepers Book 2) by Rita Herron
  10. Let Me Be Your Last (Music and Letters Series Book 4) by Lynsey M. Stewart
  11. Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Rothert <— SHE DEFENDS HIS LITTLE SISTER FROM BULLIES… “...The Friday night lights shine bright on Chase Matthews. Roper’s golden boy, Chase can do no wrong, enjoying the small-town celebrity being the star quarterback brings. When Gin defends his little sister against a bully, he decides to lend her his star power and change her senior year in ways she never imagined. But maybe the thorns are part of their beauty. When Gin declines Chase’s invitation to be part of the elite Sweet Sixteen, the repercussions turn both their lives upside down...”
  12. Side Hustle: Season One, Episode 3 (Darcy Walker Side Hustle Story: Season One) by A. J. Lape
  13. Sonny’s Surrender: Devil’s Wind – Book Three by D.D. Galvani
  14. Through It All by Janet A. Mota
  15. Now Maybe by Sharon Coady
  16. Girls’ Night Out: A Novel by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! “…When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together. Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?
  17. Almost a Wedding (Left at the Altar Book 2) by Ruth Cardello
  18. Emilia: Part 2 (Trassato Crime Family Book 4) by Lisa Cardiff
  19. Lawfully Wild: Inspirational Christian Contemporary: A K-9 Lawkeeper Romance by Ginny Sterling
  20. The Dirty Princess (Royal Secrets Book 2) by Jeana E. Mann
  21. Envy: An Eagle Elite Novella by Rachel Van Dyken <— RACHEL VAN DYKEN ALERT!! MAFIA ROMANCE…Every family has rules, the mafia just has more…. Do not speak to the bosses unless spoken to.  Do not make eye contact unless you want to die. And above all else, do not fall in love. Renee Cassani’s future is set. Her betrothal is set. Her life, after nannying for the five families for the summer, is set. Somebody should have told Vic Colezan that.  He’s a man who doesn’t take no for an answer...”
  22. A Country Wedding: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Leigh Duncan
  23. Awakening Avery (A Second Chance Romance Book 3) by Laurie Lewis
  24. The Art of Persistence (The Men of Endurance Book 5) by Olivia Gaines
  25. Stay With Me by Alyse Miller
  26. Love or Lust (Affairs Of The Heart Book 4) by Summer Sanchez
  27. Believe Me: A Novel by JP Delaney <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!! SHE’S OFFERED AN UNUSUAL JOB… “…a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide. Then the game changes…”
  28. Troublemaker: The Rock Star’s Secret Baby (Billionaires of White Oaks Series) by Lizabeth Scott
  29. Dirty Tactics (Special Weapons & Tactics Book 1) by Peyton Banks
  30. When in Rio by Delphine Dryden
  31. Royal Bastard (Royals Undone Book 1) by Nana Malone <— SHE WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH HER ROOMMATE… “...I’ve been groomed by my parents to climb the social ladder all my life and I’m done with it. I want nothing from their royal world. Now that I’m finally on my own, I can live where I want, date who I want, do who I want. The one person I won’t be doing? My new accidental roommate. Oh, he’s gorgeous and mysterious, and cheeky. He’s also friends with the king and a total jackass...”
  32. Bad Boy Rich by Kat T. Masen
  33. International Guy: Milan (International Guy Series Book 4) by Audrey Carlan
  34. Third Time’s The Charm (A Morning Glory Novel Book 4) by Liz Talley
  35. Born To Protect (Elite Force Security Book 1) by Christina Tetreault
  36. Blind Love (Cowboys and Angels Book 5) by Kelly Elliott <— KELLY ELLIOTT ALERT!! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE… “…My entire world was rocked when Harley unexpectedly moved back to Oak Springs. Every miserable moment I’d spent trying to get over her and every hour I’d wasted trying to erase her from my life came back to haunt me the minute she walked into my office, fear in her eyes, and asked me for help…”
  37. Second Time Around (Second Glances) by Nancy Herkness
  38. Beautiful Encounter by Lindsey Hart
  39. Etched In Stone (Magic, New Mexico Book 4) by Susan Hayes
  40. The Mafia And His Obsession: Part 1 (Tainted Hearts Series Book 4) by Lylah James
  41. The Billionaire’s Marriage Spy: A Clean Billionaire Romance (The Kinlans Trilogy Book 2) by Alicia Eve
  42. Every Time You Go Away: A Novel by Beth Harbison <— HER HUSBAND’S GHOST KEEPS APPEARING TO HER… “…Years after Ben’s death, Willa finally decides to return to the beach house where he passed. It’s time to move on and put the Ocean City, Maryland house on the market. When Willa arrives, the house is in worse shape than she could have imagined, and the memories of her time with Ben are overwhelming. They met at this house and she sees him around every corner. Literally. Ben’s ghost keeps reappearing, trying to start conversations with Willa. And she can’t help talking back. To protect her sanity, Willa enlists Jamie, her best friend Kristin, and Kristin’s daughter Kelsey to join her for one last summer at the beach…”
  43. Raleigh Bound by Rita Rose
  44. What Happens in Vegas (Girls Weekend Away) by Shana Gray
  45. The Peer and the Puppet (When Rivals Play Book 1) by B.B. Reid <— THE RICH BOY & THE TRAILER PARK GIRL… “…Blackwood Keep is a place I don’t belong, and I’m not the only one who knows. To the boy across the hall, my savior’s only son, I’m a stray looking for a bone. He’s lord of the manor. King of the academy. And number one on my shit list…”
  46. The Duke Buys a Bride: The Rogue Files by Sophie Jordan
  47. Broken Rules (Mended Hearts Book 2) by Michaela Grey <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  48. The Line of Succession by Harry F. Rey <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  49. Serving Him (The Retreat Book 1) by L.M. Somerton <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  50. Curl Around My Heart by Londra Laine <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  51. The Boyfriend Game by Stella Starling <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!


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

  1. Moore Than A Feeling by Julie Richman – July 27th 2018
  2. Tainted Heartbreak (Tainted Knights Book 3) by Terri Anne Browning - July 28th 2018
  3. Playboy by Katy Evans – July 29th 2018
  4. Love Machine by Kendall Ryan – July 30th 2018
  5. Piper: A Last Score Spin Off by K.L. Shandwick  - July 30th 2018
  6. Wild Like the Wind (Chaos Book 6) by Kristen Ashley – July 31st 2018
  7. Protected: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Lexi Blake – July 31st 2018
  8. Shadow’s Bane (Dorina Basarab) by Karen Chance - July 31st 2018
  9. At Midnight  (Runaway Princess: Flicka #4) by Blair Babylon - July 31st 2018
  10. Roughing the Kicker (Saints and Sinners Book 1) by Eden Butler – July 31st 2018

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Leslie M July 24, 2018 at 6:18 AM

Good Morning!

HELP! I might have a book funk coming on. I haven’t been in mood to start new book since All Your Perfects. Maybe I need something light and not super emotional to ease me back into romance world??

Nay July 24, 2018 at 6:59 AM

Good morning! I’d help, Leslie, but I’ve only read 3 books in the last 6 weeks, and 2 of them aren’t out yet and the other is All Your Perfects. Of course, I don’t read much ‘light and not super emotional’ either. lol

Amy July 24, 2018 at 8:09 AM

Soooooo, apparently I preordered Ghosted at some point because it showed up in my Kindle library last night. *scratches head* I must have read a pretty good review somewhere to pay that much for it, LOL!

And O. M. G…Baby Teeth sounds NUTS! Did anyone ever see the movie (or read the book) We Need To Talk About Kevin? *shivers* Baby Teeth sounds eerily similar.

Tasha J July 24, 2018 at 8:49 AM

Leslie, did you ever read That Guy? Or maybe Penny in London by Fisher Amelie? Jojo Moyes One Plus One. Sophie Kinsella. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern..

Tasha J July 24, 2018 at 8:54 AM

Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer is on sale for 1.99. I’ve not read it, but it sounds good.

Amy July 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Oh man, Leslie…book funks suck! :? I’m in the same blankie fort as Nay with no real recs for something light and not super emotional. But I know there have been a lot of humorous recs around here over the years. What was that one which had you ladies cracking up, something about a romance novelist who had a bunch of mishaps? I think she was pretty inexperienced as well…

Tasha J July 24, 2018 at 9:32 AM

I really liked Julie Moffett’s Lexi Carmichael series too. No One Lives Twice is the 1st.

Jean July 24, 2018 at 10:40 AM

I want Ghosted soooooo bad….. but $12.99?!?! Grrr……

Jean July 24, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Leslie! Mister McHottie or Girl Crush…. light and funny! Loved them both!

bev July 24, 2018 at 11:07 AM


Don’t say it out loud Leslie.

This is when my slump started…last year. A year and I’m still not back totally.

Don’t jinx yourself.

Maryse July 24, 2018 at 11:22 AM

Me too, Jean… I’m dying to experience that one, but that is steep!

bev July 24, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Ghosted sounds like it could be a good read though.

It’s always weird when a pre order comes in and you have no recollection of it, lol.

Amy July 24, 2018 at 11:27 AM

I’ll guinea pig Ghosted for you guys. Since I obviously have no self control and preorder books as if the bill will never come due. :roll:

bev July 24, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Do you ever have songs play in your head when your asleep? Or when your in between sleep and awake?

It’s really weird when it’s in Korean.

Cereal and coffee time, but I’m thinking of lunch. Hotdog? Hamburger? Craving here. French fries?

Maryse July 24, 2018 at 1:03 PM

Can you actually sing the lyrics in Korean, or just hear them?

Tessa July 24, 2018 at 1:34 PM

So, which do I read first? Mafia and His Obsession or Peer and the Puppet. GAH, what wonderful issues to have. Probably Peer because who here thinks that sounds like a bully book? And BB Reid is scary with those types of books. :)

Maryse, I tried that with one of my favorite songs, Chou (Butterfly). It’s all in Japanese, and I get lost trying to memorize the words.

Amy July 24, 2018 at 1:51 PM

Sale alert…The Affair is 1.99 and is normally pretty pricey, like 9.99 or something close to it.

That’s the one where it’s “is he or isn’t he?” and it could go either way, and while I was reading it I kept looking at hubby suspiciously and asking him who he was texting, LOL! Poor guy is so patient with me.

Tasha J July 24, 2018 at 1:52 PM

Peer and the Puppet sounds good. I did have to read the blurb really slowly to get everything straight. Just me or a little confusing?

Tasha J July 24, 2018 at 1:53 PM

I’m interested to see what you think of Ghosted, Amy. I saw Liane Moriarty loved that one and she’s one of my favorites, so I’ll likely read anything she recs.

Amy July 24, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Also, Consent by Nancy Ohlin is on sale for .99, normally 8.99 and is a student-teacher read!

Tasha…I’ll let you guys know how it is. Riiiiiiiight after I finish sleeping with some monsters. *snort*

bev July 24, 2018 at 2:03 PM

Just hear it, lol. If I’m hearing it correctly. Goodness knows I mess up English lyrics enough.

That’s a hard part the not singing along. Like with Fxxk It. It has a lot of English that goes into Korean. It feels like I can keep singing along, but….um….no.

Last night I was listening to a podcast on kpop. One of the people talked of Shine being a favorite of the year so far for her. That she appreciated how they used their vocals. It was the second time in reference to that song I’d heard some one comment on how you expect the music to drop but instead they use their vocals for the drop. That the music beat stays very simple. I heard one say almost like a rap beat is used. Anyway, before bed I was listening to it to try and hear the “drop”.

bev July 24, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Tessa, I’m going to see if I can listen to that song.
Today is still more English with Brooklyn in The Summer still on repeat. Such a happy song about a breakup, lol.
But why not add in some Japanese.

Michele G July 24, 2018 at 2:06 PM

I’m on the library waiting list for GHOSTED… which means I might get it in a month… just couldn’t choke down the $12.99 price tag…which I know is foolish…but I think of all the other “treats” I can buy with it and there you go…

Maryse July 24, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Ooooh I want it Amy!!! Thank you!!!

bev July 24, 2018 at 2:24 PM

I can see how that one would be hard, Tessa. Especially when you add power vocals in.

Jean July 24, 2018 at 2:50 PM

Who is the author of The Affair?

Amy, how are you liking those Monsters?

Tessa July 24, 2018 at 3:02 PM

*blushes* Honest truth, the power vocals aren’t hard for me. It’s keeping track of the words. I have to memorize the English words that go to the Japanese ones if I’m ever going to memorize it. Did you read the translation? Obviously, the game it came from REALLY lent itself to my love for the song. Though, instead of Yaketsuki I say Oh Itsuki, one of the characters in the game. (SUCH A SAD, SCARIER THAN SCARY GAME)

Amy July 24, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Oh geez, the author’s name would help. *smacks forehead* The Affair is by Colette Freedman.

Maryse…which one? I’ve already read The Affair but Consent is SO calling me!

Jean…I’m liking the monsters! Just antsy to find out what had you guys freaking out. ;)

Amy July 24, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Tessa is a writer AND a singer?!? *gasp* Well smack my a$$…

bev July 24, 2018 at 4:07 PM

A little bored a little restless but too hot and Smokey to go anywhere.

Maryse July 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

*spank me hard* :D

Maryse July 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

The Affair… and thank you for the author’s name. There are a TON of “The Affair” books. :P

bev July 24, 2018 at 6:07 PM

Umm……this is worse than hugging.

JulieO July 24, 2018 at 6:12 PM

When does next Mr. Cane book come out? I’m tired of waiting.
GHOSTED does look good but too much $$$$. Somebody read it soon. If it is really fantastic then I will buy. Almost may buy a used hardback w free shipping. Just about same price.

bev July 24, 2018 at 6:40 PM

I just finished my 20th book of the year. Which is sad and happy all at the same time.

Sandi July 24, 2018 at 7:38 PM

The Affair is $1.20 right now

Sandi July 24, 2018 at 7:47 PM

I just came across “His Banana” (I know!) by Penelope Bloom, I wondered if anyone had read it yet, it’s only .99 so not a huge risk, sounds like it might be good.

Amy July 24, 2018 at 7:48 PM

Uh-oh Maryse, I think all of our a$$ smacking and hard spanking made bev feel awkward. I think she needs a hug. :P

Amy July 24, 2018 at 7:52 PM

You’re right, Sandi…it dropped even more! And…AND!!! The sequel, The Consequences, is down to 1.99 – but don’t read the blurb if you don’t want to know if he did or didn’t in The Affair. ;)

For the record, I haven’t read the sequel yet.

Leslie M July 24, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Well, I didn’t pick up a book today…just not in mood. Maybe my reading mojo will return tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

bev July 24, 2018 at 8:13 PM

Come Leslie. Join me on the dark side.

bev July 24, 2018 at 8:22 PM


We will go to Amy’s and eat all the carbs.

Amy can make us carbonara and fresh bread.

We will paint our nails.

Then do a relay dance.

Whose doing the shorts and knee socks?

Amy July 24, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Oh no…if you’re looking for carbs, you won’t find them at my house. The limited amount I do buy is gobbled up by my hubby in record time.

Amy July 24, 2018 at 9:26 PM

But I’m all for everything else you mentioned! And I’ll definitely wear the knee socks. ;)

bev July 24, 2018 at 10:02 PM

Where are my carb lovers?

JulieO July 24, 2018 at 11:14 PM

ME, ME, ME!!!

Amy July 24, 2018 at 11:21 PM

Carb lovers?

*raises hand*

*looks at ever-expanding a$$*

*slowly lowers hand*

Melinda July 25, 2018 at 2:51 AM

Leslie, I just finished True North. I really enjoyed it. Actually I loved it. Just in the mood for a Rockstar book.

I love all carbs but I just look at them and I put on weight.

Tasha J July 25, 2018 at 5:07 AM

Carbs over here alll day, e’ryday! :P

Leslie M July 25, 2018 at 7:59 AM

I don’t care how chubby I am, I will never EVER give up carbs!!! ;)


Tasha J July 25, 2018 at 8:49 AM

Same here Leslie! I had rice last night, toast this morning. On my way to get a cupcake for shark week, maybe even for Xmas in July with a latte too! I literally thought to myself a couple weeks ago how it’s time for me to start working out to lose this baby pouch, then proceeded to eat half a box of Tagalongs for breakfast. Haha

Maryse July 25, 2018 at 10:57 AM

Ugh here’s a side effect that I totally forgot about weight loss (rapid weight loss)… hair loss. *sigh*

P.S. And it’s not just Keto… it’s any kind of fast weight loss from whatever diet.

Amy July 25, 2018 at 11:40 AM

OMG MARYSE!!! I am actually going to be cutting my hair shorter in the next couple of weeks because I have lost almost half of my volume of hair. No joke. My poor hubby is frantic thinking something is seriously wrong because my hair is EVERYWHERE…the stairs, the car, the floor, the sofa, and WADS of it in the bathroom garbage can. *sigh* But shrinking down in size makes it worth it.

Nay July 25, 2018 at 11:51 AM

Maryse–do you take biotin (B7)? When I lost about 80% of my hair after I got the LVAD, I went on it, and it worked wonders. Within 6 months, I had a full head of hair again, and within another few after that, it was back to growing in thick. It even stopped my perimenopause hair loss.

One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that one brand works for me (Natrol), while another that I switched to because it was cheaper doesn’t. About a month after I switched, I noticed my nails splitting and the perimenopause hair loss, so I’m back on the Natrol now. I take 10,000 mcg a day. It does cause acne for some people, but I’ve never had a single problem with it.

Maryse July 25, 2018 at 12:02 PM

I just started taking prenatal vitamins (LOL!!! Don’t judge me! It’s NOT for that) but because there are extra vitamins in there that are supposedly good for that healthy glow and hair and skin etc…

I’m hoping THAT will turn it around. It just started. I’ve been through this before about 10-12 years ago, and I remember all the little baby hairs growing in like flyaways. LOL!!

But I will look into yours, Nay. Whatever can help. Supposedly this is totally normal with weight loss.

Maryse July 25, 2018 at 12:16 PM

These are the vitamins I’m taking:

bev July 25, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Have some bread. It’s delicious.

Look even idols agree. At the 54 second mark. Honestly, I’m like that with bread.
It is so delicious I can’t have it in the house all the time. And noodles. Rice. Potatoes. So good!

bev July 25, 2018 at 12:35 PM

I was just reading about a hair tonic

Sounds like it helps with hair loss?
I was looking cause always fighting itchy scalp.
I’m at the part of my year when I have my debate of grow my hair or cut it. Every year I do this, lol.

Maryse July 25, 2018 at 1:03 PM

BRAT!!!!!! :P

Amy July 25, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Nay…I’m taking 10,000 mcg of biotin and have been for the last two months, but I’m going to try the brand you suggested. What have I got to lose? I’ve already lost half of my hair, LOL!!

I’m just sooooooo thankful I have always had thick hair so the hair loss isn’t as bad as it would have been had I started out with thin hair.

Amy July 25, 2018 at 1:12 PM

I’m looking at some bread right now which would fit nicely in bev’s mouth. *side-eyes bev*

Maryse July 25, 2018 at 1:13 PM


Maryse July 25, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Me too… thank goodness I have lots of hair. But still… GAH!

Amy July 25, 2018 at 1:24 PM

I know. *sigh* Less hair but looking better and feeling better? So worth it. ;)

Okay, I just ordered the Natrol. Two bottles for $14.71 with free shipping, and it says it will be here tomorrow. Yay!!

bev July 25, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Honestly I need to take inspiration from the two of you. I know I have a lot more to lose and it would be nice to feel more energetic.

Amy, how has it been since after the gallbladder?

I love how a song, Say What You Want by Texas, comes on and it feels like listening to the radio in HS.

Amy July 25, 2018 at 1:35 PM

It’s been great, bev. No more pain and having to watch my diet to avoid pain. Now I just watch my diet because I want to, not because I have to.

Making big dietary changes is so hard at first, but when I started seeing and feeling the difference it made it so much easier to stick with it.

Amy July 25, 2018 at 1:39 PM

And I get nostalgic about HS as well when I hear certain songs. Riding around with friends right after getting our licenses, drinking slurpees or Big Gulps from 7-11, yelling out the car windows at cute guys, hanging out at the park after dark being stupid and then getting soaked when the sprinklers kicked on…wow, was life simple then. ;)

Tessa July 25, 2018 at 3:10 PM

First, Amy, I said before I was trained in opera when I was younger. I’m just very loud. lol

Second, all this talk of carbs and such… :) The biggest issue is if you have diabetes, you actually should avoid it. I’m borderline, so I don’t avoid too much. lol But it doesn’t fill me. Chinese food syndrome. I’m hungry in an hour.

That said… I want pasta.

bev July 25, 2018 at 3:18 PM

I love Chinese.

Big gulps and slurpees were and are the best, lol.

Jean July 25, 2018 at 3:32 PM

I’m Italian…. no way am I giving up my bread and pasta! But I did just lose 20 lbs on Weight Watchers!!!

bev July 25, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Jean, that’s awesome.

Jean July 25, 2018 at 4:01 PM

Thanks bev….I feel better and much more energy!

Amy July 25, 2018 at 4:10 PM

That’s great, my friend! *tosses glitter and bread crumbs on Jean*

Tessa…NOW I remember you mentioning the singing lessons. :oops: Still impressed though!

bev July 25, 2018 at 4:21 PM

I really need to just mark a day and start.
Not think of it as a diet and choose small goals.

Amy July 25, 2018 at 5:15 PM

YES bev, that is a fantastic idea. It’s all about the mindset. AND…allow yourself treats every so often. ;)

Tasha J July 25, 2018 at 5:38 PM

I don’t really want to lose weight, just tone everything up. My belly isn’t that big, I think it’d be doable if I actually started doing something. But, reading! And shows! And cooking, cleaning, taxiing, bathing, feeding, playing, yada, yada, yada. It’s shoved way down on my priority list. I’m a “I’ll do that after etc. etc. etc.” person. And then more etc. and it becomes more fantasy than reality.
I didn’t eat the cupcakes. 1 for each kiddo. I just ate a lemon bar….and a cookie. And the latte. But, I missed lunch so it evens out. :)

bev July 25, 2018 at 5:52 PM

Tasha, definitely don’t stress about it. Your body just did an amazing thing.

Maryse July 25, 2018 at 5:53 PM

LOL!! We should do bread confetti cannons in the morning… :P

bev July 25, 2018 at 6:11 PM

Yes, and then dance it off together, lol.

Tasha J July 25, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Yes, but if I go by that ‘it takes 9 months for your body to do that and 9 to undo it’, I’ll really wait 9+ months. I take procrastination very seriously. Also, I’ve lost the baby weight. This big pouch was here before the baby. Having just had him gives me a good lookin excuse.

bev July 25, 2018 at 6:13 PM

That’s what I need then.

A baby or two to carry around.

Tasha J July 25, 2018 at 6:15 PM


JulieO July 25, 2018 at 6:16 PM

My husband used to swear by my baby vitamins. He would take them and say they always made him feel great. And he would tell anybody, he wasn’t ashamed. He took them for years long after I went back to one a days.

Tessa July 25, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Also, baby fun exercise, Tasha when he’s a little older! There are a ton that the baby giggles over. I always liked them and they always make me laugh to see a baby giggling as you have them on your legs and lift your legs. The ultimate peek a boo.

Tasha J July 25, 2018 at 7:43 PM

Yes! I forgot about that one, Tessa. I always do that with them too. Maybe I should start conditioning…I really am that outta shape. I always joke that using an Apple slicer gave me pain for days on my upper arms/inner arms/arm pits/probably chest area as an example as to how our if shape I am. It actually happened that way. I think I did like 3 apples. Lol

Tasha J July 25, 2018 at 7:48 PM

Oh, speaking of apples! This is what I’m currently doing with my quality time- looking at skull and brain cacti planters and I came across this gem too- I’m thinking fall/Halloween

bev July 25, 2018 at 8:23 PM

I was reminded of Justified the other day.

Amy have you and your husband watched that? I do think you may like it. A bit dark, funny, great writing and acting. Seriously the actors and their characters are a perfect match. Also one of the best hero/villian anti bromance pairings ever. Lol.
I know I’ve talked of it before but it was a seriously good show through out and I think even stuck the landing.

bev July 25, 2018 at 11:48 PM

Tasha, that made me laugh. Cute.

I want this with out the hot pepper.

Nay July 26, 2018 at 6:37 AM

I had a ton of hair, but it started coming out in handfuls. They said it was a combination of being in the hospital for so long and the Warfarin (generic Coumadin) I was on at the time (Warfarin is known to make hair fall out; Coumadin does not in most cases.)

I lost so much that I cut it off to above my shoulders and bleached it white blonde so that my lily white scalp wouldn’t be as noticeable. And if you’re seeing those flyaway baby hairs, you know you’re doing something right! I felt like a fuzzball for a while, but I was so happy to have hair growing back in that I didn’t care!

Amy–I truly didn’t notice much of a difference until at least 3 months after I went on the Biotin. That’s when I started seeing a little stubble, but the real difference was around 6 months. I noticed it in my nails much sooner than that.

Maryse–I never even thought about prenatal vitamins. That’s great that it’s working for you. They always made me SO sick when I was pregnant, but I have a cast iron stomach now, so I bet I could handle them if I wasn’t already on various vitamins at different times of the day.

Congrats, Jean! That’s awesome!

Tasha J July 26, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Oooh, I found Illyrian brothers loose leaf tea on Etsy too and it sounds amazing!
I read the sample for Mr Mchottie and now I want it, thanks Jean!

Tasha J July 26, 2018 at 8:31 AM

I have a brown thumb and I routinely kill plants that you’re not supposed to be able to kill and I TRY! I water them once a week and what not, but they all eventually crap out on me. And I still want this cactus. Reading the instructions for care confuses me (I’ve killed 1 before). It says “Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. As the “fans” of cristates can trap water that can lead to rot, it is preferable to water from beneath, if possible. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, except on cloudy, humid or cold winter days. Protect from frost.” So…the little saucers you put under the plants to catch the extra water- you just put water in them then? NO watering the top? And somehow the plant soaks this water from the saucer clear up to the top of the soil so it feels moist to the touch? Except on bad weather days…then I deprive it? All of winter is cold. Also, it says it’s currently growing in a 3.5” pot, but it’s being shipped bare root. So, do I get another 3.5” or a little bigger? I’m asking here Bc there are a few green thumbs here.

Jean July 26, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Tasha!! Mister McHottie! So good …. no one ever listens to me!

Jean July 26, 2018 at 10:28 AM

FLT: In my dreams, I danced. (Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino). Loving this book so far!!!

The H and h are part of an experiment in the beginning….. kissing while blindfolded without ever seeing the other person’s face. Will there be a reaction based on the kiss without the initial attraction to looks? Hmmm…..

Tasha J July 26, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Oooh, that sounds good, Jean!!

Nay July 26, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Tasha–yes, you water from the bottom. Just put it in the saucer until it’s soaked up. And if any is left standing for more than a day, I dump it out so that it doesn’t get nasty or risk rotting the roots.

From what I remember, you should put it in the same size pot (cacti like to be in pots just big enough to fit them), which you can keep it in for a long time, until it gets root bound. Also, make sure the soil is somewhat sandy. If it doesn’t have instructions for a soil mixture, you can look one up. The main thing is–don’t over water it. In my experience, that’s the quickest way to kill a succulent.

Jean July 26, 2018 at 11:17 AM

I missed that addition of False Perceptions up there and I just HAD to 1-click!

Tasha J July 26, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Ok, thanks Nay. I assume the water will soak clear to the top so it’s moist to the touch. I’ve killed all my succulents. They’re my favorite and they hate me. You’d think once a week wasn’t too much. And I did the sand thing with them too.

Amy July 26, 2018 at 11:57 AM


“My hair whipped against my face as the wind howled from the impending storm that was barreling down on Metaline Falls.” ~ Sleeping With Monsters by Amelia Hutchins

Amy July 26, 2018 at 11:59 AM

“That’s what I need then.

A baby or two to carry around.”

Do it, bev. Have a baby. Or two. Or two at once.

Nay July 26, 2018 at 12:21 PM

Tasha, yes, as long as your soil is the right consistency, it should absorb the water right to the top. It just doesn’t need to be soaking wet since cacti don’t need much water.

“Stories are meant to be told.”
Just an Illusion — The B Side by D. Kelly

bev July 26, 2018 at 12:21 PM

I love the living art with succulents, they look so pretty.

bev July 26, 2018 at 12:22 PM

Ok. Then I will send them to you when they are pass the baby stage.

Tasha J July 26, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Actually, I do have a heart leaf philodendron that has lasted like 3 years, maybe. And 1 other one, a lone surviver, that’s thinned out a ton (poor thing looks pitiful) that’s lasted 1 year now. I have no idea what it is.

Amy July 26, 2018 at 12:36 PM

*stares at bev*

You REALLY don’t want to do that.

And no, hubby and I haven’t watched that series yet but we’ve heard of it. I’ll mention it to him again since we’ll need something between now and next April. Is it still going or has it ended?

Nay July 26, 2018 at 1:27 PM

After I finally got hubs to watch Bloodlines and Ozark (he LOVED both of them), he found a show called Longmire and and love it even more, so when he was looking for something similar, I tried to get him to watch Justified, but he couldn’t get into it. But it wasn’t because it was bad or anything. It was because the scenery looked nothing like it was supposed to for the setting in Lexington and Appalachia. He’s big about ‘the land’ anywhere we go, so that bugged the crap out of him. It’s a shame because I’ve heard more than once how awesome that series is.

Speaking of Ozark, if anyone watched it and has been waiting for season 2 to finally start, it premieres on August 31. I can’t wait! I adore Jason Bateman.

bev July 26, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Justified is finished.

I like Longmire alot, but, to me, Justified is just better.
Gah, makes me want to watch it again.
Amy if you do I’m totally going to be reliving it through you.

“We dug coal together.”

bev July 26, 2018 at 1:40 PM


I’ll name the baby Pumpernickel and give it to Maryse.

Tasha J July 26, 2018 at 1:42 PM

But, Maryse wants Bambi.

R. Renee July 26, 2018 at 1:57 PM

FLT “When things are going poorly, I dream about tidal waves.” Elizabeth O’Roark, Drowning Erin

I just finished “Waking Olivia” by her and loved it! And they’re in KU!

Ugh hardly any time to read last night as Alice decided to get good and skunked right before my retreat! :roll:

Nay July 26, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Robin–I feel for you! What a pain in the keister to have to deal with a skunked dog! I finally bought some of that de-skunk shampoo and was surprised by how well it worked.

R. Renee July 26, 2018 at 3:53 PM

Nay! Can you text me the brand? I need some for next time because there will be one.

Tessa July 26, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Anyone who read Mafia and his Angel, The prologue and first two chapters of Mafia and his Obsession will SHOCK you. I just started, around chapter 5-6 ish, but holy smokes. 0.0 That beginning was NOT expected.

BB Reid’s Peer and the Puppet, OMG, it was awesome. If you liked Fear Me, you’ll love this. It’s not as violent as Fear Me. The, err, issue that Maryse had with Fear Me wasn’t there at all. :) Still ANGST! :) Tons of it.

Nay July 26, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Sent it, Robin.

In case anyone else has the skunk problem, the brand we use is Pro-pet and we got it at True Value Hardware, which carries a lot of farm animal products. But Amazon has many different brands that have decent reviews.

Cheryl July 26, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Hair loss, would be so bad, since my hair is fine. Have to think hard about weight loss vs. hair.

FLT: (reading):
“You’re not supposed to meet the love of your life when you’re thirteen.” Tiebreaker by P. Dangelico. Have loved all the books I’ve read by this author so far. Technically a Standalone story, but characters are in previous books. And it’s KU!

FLT: (listening to):
“I’m sorry. I forgot to call you.” The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland.

Tessa July 26, 2018 at 9:35 PM

Prologue – The smell of blood touched my nostrils, and I almost f****g laughed.
Chapter 1 – “Are you f*****g serious?”
The Mafia and his Obsession Part 1 by Layla James

Yes, there is a lot of swearing in this. :P They are Russian Mafia. lol

Jackie July 26, 2018 at 10:55 PM

I’ll second that The Kiss Quotient was a really great read. It is well written, the topic is not your run of the mill romance and it rates pretty high up on the level of steam. Definitely would recommend this one-you’ll be rooting for the main character Stella!

Jan July 27, 2018 at 5:01 AM

It was January 10th 2005.

from the newie by Chloe Walsh, Binding 13. It’s massive – my kindle says it has 800+ pages!!!!!! WTAH??????? And I don’t yet have any idea what the book title refers to. But so far, I’m in, even though it’s NA which isn’t my fav normally. It’s set in Ireland. A hot young up-and-coming rugby player and a girl who has changed schools (to HIS school yesssss) cos she was severely bullied at her old school.

So far I like the storyline and the writing style.

bev July 27, 2018 at 12:55 PM

800? That seems like a lot for a NA. But if it uses it to build a slow burn and good character growth it can be so fun. Tell us how it goes.

Just made me think of when I read The Last Hour of G and I’d look down and it would say something like 23 hours left, lol.

Jan July 27, 2018 at 5:44 PM

Ha ha yes bev. I remember reading (and loving) LHoG and thinking the same thing. Well, this one’s long but somehow it just flies by pretty quickly and I’m at 35% already. I guess it is kinda slow burn. Starts off with the h only fifteen and the H seventeen. I’m assuming they grow up a bit during the book, cos I don’t think it’s gonna go down the taboo path. I’m still liking it.

Ann July 31, 2018 at 7:56 PM

I didn’t see Penny Reid’s newest Winston Brothers book mentioned in the two most recent blogs; this one and the one for July 31st. :(

Maryse July 31, 2018 at 9:58 PM

Hi Ann. I could swear it’s on today’s post (July 31st). I know I have Penny Reid’s latest that just went live today on it.

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