Latest Romance Book Releases – May 1st 2018

by Maryse on May 1, 2018 · 139 comments

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WEDNESDAY EVENING BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! SARA NEY’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! LOLLLLL!!!! THIS SOUNDS SOOOOO FUNNNN!!!! She keeps her friends out of trouble, and the college sports heroes are sick of her! ➔➔➔➔

“…Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.
“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the universities baseball team—and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House.
But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside…”

<— HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!!!! Plenty of temptation on today’s list like that one there to the left!!! KRISTEN ASHLEY’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! AND!!! The latest from Sarah J. Maas, Faith Hunter, Kendall Ryan, Natasha Madison and more!

And these gave me a blurb jolt;)  Bro Code (Kendall Ryans’s latest!! He broke the code when he found himself falling for his best friend’s sister… who is 5 years younger!)Rising (<— SUPER blurb jolt! She’s trying to escape her underground life, and then she meets a fighter! “…College is my only goal; love has never been on the map… That is, until my sister brings me to an underground fight, where I meet a gorgeous and mysterious man…), Perfect Love Story (she’s starting over after heartache, and so is he, raising his daughter alone, and then she becomes his neighbor!), Back in the Game (Meghan Quinn’s latest, and he’s a single dad too! And a hockey star!), Bittersweet (tee hee!! She’s already planned their wedding, but there’s a hitch. the groom doesn’t know it yet. Romy has eyes for the Italian coffee god and single dad who owns the bakery in her building…”) AND AND!!! What blurb jolt list could be complete without a psych-thriller?? ;)  The Perfect Mother (it’s going to be a movie, and my book-twin Tasha is reading it!! New moms that hang out regularly for a ladies night, but one baby goes missing and everything unravels). GASP!! eek MINE!!

I’ll be adding more throughout the day if more go live! :D

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s ➔ Monday Earlybird Book Releases list AND!!!

My latest review is up (forbidden romance!!!!) ➔ Book Review – Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Ashley: I LOVED this book! In fact it put me in kind of a slump where nothing else is living up to it right now. I love forbidden romance and Penelope Douglas does it so well. And yes, there were some great quotes in it!

Jen C: Loved the book as well – just enough of everything – angst, drama, light moments, taboo etc!

Kristy: God it was amazing!

Talon: I was obbbbsessed

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).

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Greatest Risk: The Honey Series by Kristen Ashley
  3. Rescuing Wendy: Delta Force Heroes, Book 8 by Susan Stoker
  4. The Consumption of Magic: Tales From Verania, Book 3 by T.J. Klune <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!
  5. The 17th Suspect by James Patterson
  6. Going Green: Vialea Series, Book 2 by Erin Tate
  7. Three Blind Dates: Dating by Numbers Series, Book 1 by Meghan Quinn
  8. Dark Queen: Jane Yellowrock, Book 12 by Faith Hunter
  9. I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark
  10. Bro Code by Kendall Ryan
        

 

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)

Robyn: Good Lord, I need to thank whoever recommended Balance by Lucia Franco! This book is most definately forbidden. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because of the drastic age difference, but something just hooked me in. I couldn’t stop reading this book. Now I’m on to book 2, Execution (Off Balance Book 2). These books are very well written and if you like gymnastics, it’s another plus.

Nay: Robyn–I loved Balance! I’ve been watching for Execution (Off Balance Book 2) to come out for over a year, and I started it the day it came out, but then I decided to read Sleeping with Monsters first. I’ll be getting back to it tonight and I can’t wait!!

Linda: Last night finished reading Our Unscripted Story by L.A. Fiore. Highly recommend!!! Loved it extremely hard!!! Went through so many emotions. Has anyone else read it?

Cheryl: Just finished Our Unscripted Story. I forget who said the blurb sounds great and it’s only .99 cents, but you were so right! I loved it. The story followed the MC’s who met as teens. There was such angst wondering if they would end up together and along with that I also had such foreboding that something really bad was going to happen. I think it was the cover that started that thought. I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be one of “those” books. You know the one’s Amy and Maryse love. I’m back and forth between 4.5-5 stars. Couple things were a bit of a stretch for me.

Nancy: ALL 3 BOOKS in the ELECTRIC TUNNEL SERIES are now reduced: ELECTRIFIED (Book 1) SMOLDERED (Book 2) TINGED (Book 3) BY Rachel Blaufeld

Michelle: I did love Electrified and the wedding excerpt just made me happy sigh!

  • Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch <— SCI-FI THRILLER that I LOVED & now Jean is loving it too!

Jean: I’m reading Dark Matter!!! So. So good!!! An oldie but Kooloo picked it for me this month. I dove right in yesterday and am almost done!!!

Maryse: Jean I LOVED Dark Matter!!!! All confusing and exciting!!

Karen: Six Feet Under by Whitney Barbetti is amazing. It’s dark and beautiful, and gives an incredible insight to addiction and mental illness, all wrapped in a stunning tale of unconditional love. I am chomping at the bit for part two. This book is my favorite read of 2018.

Ari: Listen Lady!!!! Lol I just finished Transcend and Epoch by Jewell Ann and my heart is hardly recovered!! Wow you were not kidding!! 5 Stars!

Karen: ABSOLUTELY HANDS DOWN, MY BEST READ OF ….. EVERRRRRR

Kostantina: Omg i’m halfway through book one too and i’m going nuts gahhh how does she know all this?!! Omg I even told my husband to go ahead and have a guys weekend so I can read it entirely!! Lol  thanks for the recommendation Maryse !!!

      

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas <— SARAH J. MAAS ALERT!!
Tessa: Frost and Starlight. That will be mine.  :)
  1. The Prophet (The Cloister Book 2)
  2. Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter <— FAITH HUNTER ALERT!! Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight–and win–beside them.
  3. Our Glass: Falling Sand by L. L. Shelton
  4. The Queen of Heaven’s Daughter (Tales of the End Times Book 1) by Mary Trepanier
  5. Cats and Dogs (Age of Night Book 4) by May Sage
  6. The Wife Code: Banks (Six Men of Alaska Book 4) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook
  7. Song of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope <— FANTASY ALERT!! “…Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart. Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira...”
  8. Unbreakable (The Unblemished Trilogy) by Sara Ella
  9. A Touch of Blood: Operation Underworld: (Connor and Sami, Book 1) by Carly Fall
  10. Lucifer’s Revenge: Book 2 of ‘An Angel’s Love’ by Patricia Fish
  11. The Girl Who Digs Graves (The Gravedigger Series Book 1) by Willie E. Dalton <— HER WHOLE LIFE HAS CHANGED FOREVER… “…one awful evening changes everything, and Hel wakes up to the bright light of death. Traumatized by being ripped away from the man she was falling for, and having to adjust to a whole new world, she manages to get a job as reaper… As in: digging up souls from the other side of the grave. Soren, her new boss, is cold and hardened to the suffering she’s endured. To her surprise, the only source of kindness she can find is in the arms of a red-headed vampire named Boudewijn...”
  12. Thicker Than Blood (Blood Vice Book 5) by Angela Roquet
  13. All’s Fair in Love and Wolf (Silver Town Wolf) by Terry Spear
  14. Dead Zone (Blue-Eyed Bomb Book 3) by Amber Lynn Natusch <— “...To get to the bottom of what’s happening there, Sapphira, their newest and most powerful member, must ally herself with a wolf she’s not sure she can trust, a troll she’s been forbidden to see, and a ghost who can’t speak. But that’s not her only problem. Her psychotic ex has returned...”
              

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. The Greatest Risk (The Honey Series) by Kristen Ashley <— KRISTEN ASHLEY ALERT!!A woman unable to connect, struggling to hide another part of her. A man burning to learn her truth, and make her whole. Through explosive passion and deep exploration, they are about to take the greatest risk of all…
  2. Until There Was Us (Montgomery Brothers) by Samantha Chase
  3. Two to Love (Nights in Bliss, Colorado Book 2) by Lexi Blake
  4. Seth (In the Company of Snipers Book 17) by Irish Winters
  5. Storm Front (Montana Rescue Book #5) by Susan May Warren
  6. SEALed At The Altar: Bone Frog Brotherhood Novel by Sharon Hamilton
  7. Falling for You (A Bradford Sisters Romance Book #2) by Becky Wade
  8. Viktor (Kincaid Security & Investigations Book 2) by Apryl Baker
  9. The Blessing (The Colorado Series Book 1) by Lizzie Lee
  10. Bro Code by Kendall Ryan <— KENDALL RYAN ALERT!!! HE BROKE THE BRO CODE!!!…the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister. Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me. She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits. Falling for her could ruin everything…
  11. DEFY: The Kings Of Retribution MC ( Novella ) by Sandy Alvarez and Crystal Daniels
  12. Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2) by Rachel Dylan
  13. Colton (Wild Men Book 1) by Melissa Belle <— FAMOUS FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!! “...Colton Wild isn’t just the famous football player everyone sees on their television screen. I met Colton one summer vacation when we lined up on opposite sides of a flag football field. He was the cocky kid with clear blue eyes and a constant smirk. When he picked me up over his shoulder and ran with me the length of the field, I wanted to hate him...”
  14. I Am Justice (Band of Sisters) by Diana Muñoz Stewart
  15. Burn Me Once by Clare Connelly
  16. Rising (Vincent and Eve Book 1) by Jessica Ruben <— SHE’S TRYING TO ESCAPE HER DARK LIFE & THEN SHE MEETS AN UNDERGROUND FIGHTER… “...All I want is to leave my crime-ridden shadow of a home in New York City. I’ve done everything I can to keep my head down and focus on my studies. College is my only goal; love has never been on the map… That is, until my sister brings me to an underground fight, where I meet a gorgeous and mysterious man: Vincent. He is the ghost in my shadows, showing up to feed me pieces of his upper-crust life, then evaporating into darkness until his next visit...”
  17. The Good Luck Sister: A Wildstone Novella (Kindle Single): 3 by Jill Shalvis
  18. Silent Song by Ren Benton
  19. Crush by Courtney B Jones
  20. The Perfect Mother: A Novel by Aimee Molloy <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! AND!! It’s going to be a movie! :D !! These mothers get together to have a ladies night… but…on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.” (Thank you for that find, Tasha)
  21. Lennon Reborn: A steamy, emotional rockstar romance (Preload Book 4) by Scarlett Cole <— DEVASTATED EX-ROCK STAR… “...When a horrific accident deprives him of the one thing he loves—his talent as a fierce and explosive drummer—Lennon is left with a life chained by an abusive mother, by crushing guilt over a tragic past. A life he doesn’t want...”
  22. The Marriage Arrangement: A Marriage to a Billionaire Novella by Jennifer Probst
  23. Endgame (Games of Chance Series Book 3) by T.L. Cannon
  24. Silver Star by Lisa Swinton
  25. Perfect Love Story (Love Series Book 1) by Natasha Madison <— SINGLE FATHER & HIS NEW NEIGHBOR… “…Married to my high school sweetheart, the best thing she gave me was my baby girl. But we weren’t enough for her. I wasn’t enough for her. The last thing I expected on my birthday was a Dear John letter, but that’s what I got when she upped and left. Now, it’s just me and my girl against the world till the new girl moves in next door…
  26. Help Our Heroes: A Military Charity Anthology
  27. The Family Gathering (Sullivan’s Crossing) by Robyn Carr
  28. Shake It Up (Man of the Month Book 8) by J. Kenner
  29. Flamingo Diner by Sherryl Woods
  30. The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens
  31. Someone to Care (A Westcott Novel) by Mary Balogh <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!! And Jan wants to read it! “HR lovers might like to know that a new Mary Balogh book, Someone To Care, is out today. (or tomorrow for you guys). It’s #4 in the Westcott series, but I reckon can be read as a standalone. Older H and h (which I like). Widow and widower end up running away together. ooh. That’s a different trope. Looks pretty good.”
  32. The Merry Lives of Spinsters (The Spinster Chronicles, Book 1) by Rebecca Connolly
  33. A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides) by Valerie Bowman
  34. Knotted (Trails of Sin Book 1) by Pam Godwin
  35. A Safe Place to Land: An Eastern Shore Romance (The Eastern Shore Romances Book 1) by Dee Ernst
  36. The Child Between Them (Men Of Mulhany Crossing Book 2) by Helen Lacey
  37. Back in the Game by Meghan Quinn <— MEGHAN QUINN SINGLE FATHER HOCKEY STAR ALERT!! “Single dad and hockey star, Calder Weiss has put his love life on the back burner for the past five years, raising his daughter and keeping up with the demands of his profession. But all that changes the minute Rachel Perry runs into him in the most unlikely of places, right outside the men’s bathroom…”
  38. The California Dashwoods by Lisa Henry <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  39. Stand By Your Manny (Dreamspun Desires Book 57) by Amy Lane <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  40. Temple’s Touch (A Wizard’s Touch Book 6) by Amber Kell <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  41. Just Ridley: Chosen Book 1 by J. D. Light
  42. The Only Thing (The Donnigans) by Marie Harte <— MARIE HARTE ALERT!! “…J.T. Webster fell for Hope months ago at his sister’s wedding. So when she propositions him to be her fake boyfriend to get her mother off her back, he’s all in. The only problem is J.T. had no idea their pretend relationship would be better than anything real he’s ever had…”
  43. 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno
  44. The Trophy Wife by Kate Loveday
  45. Bittersweet by Carmen Jenner & Lauren K. McKellar  <— SHE WANTS TO MARRY HIM… HE JUST DOESN’T KNOW IT YET… ;) “…When it comes to her big day, Romy has the flowers picked out, a dress collecting dust in the back of her closet, and a preacher on standby. There’s just one problem: the groom doesn’t know it yet. Romy has eyes for the Italian coffee god and single dad who owns the bakery in her building…”
  46. Forever and Ever, By George (West Coast Happily-Ever-After Book 7) by Debra Salonen
  47. Silent Love: Part 3 (Forbidden Series) by Kenadee Bryant
  48. Becoming Princess Olivia by Lisa Prysock
  49. Home Deadly Home (A Desperation Creek Novel Book 1) by Janice Kay Johnson
  50. Unwritten (Rock Star Duet Book 1) by Rachel Lacey <— SHE’S THE FAMOUS STAR & HE’S THE PROFESSOR THAT DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HER… “…A chance meeting with a handsome college professor—who’s adorably clueless about her identity—is a rare break from the stress. But when shocked recognition dawns in his eyes, her survival mechanism kicks in. She can’t simply let him walk away to add grist to the rumor mill…”
                                                 

 

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Leslie M May 1, 2018 at 6:24 AM

Good morning and happy May!!

Leslie M May 1, 2018 at 7:06 AM

Ooooh….all these single dad stories sound so good!

Perfect Love Story
Bittersweet
Back in the Game

Then that cover for Colton!

Hey Maryse, did I tell you I am reading Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey? It’s a fun one and I like it so far despite the cringe worthy cover. ;)

Lisa Aiello May 1, 2018 at 7:43 AM

So much book crack up there!!! Time to do some one clicking and my part to keep the economy going!!! Happy May Day, all!!!

Maryse May 1, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Good morning everyone!! My coffee was extra strong today so I feel ready to take on the world!!! :D

Maryse May 1, 2018 at 7:46 AM

OMG LESLIE!!!!

*thud*

YAY!!!!! I KNOW IT. Right? Right!!! Tee hee. You just made my day. You and your picky-self. ;)

Maryse May 1, 2018 at 7:46 AM

First of May kicks off with a bang, Lisa. That’s for sure!

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 7:46 AM

I think The Girl Who Digs Graves sounds intriguing to me today. And this one released today too- It’s already got a movie coming w/Kerry Washington https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Mother-Novel-Aimee-Molloy-ebook/dp/B0727TNBG9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525178521&sr=8-1&keywords=the+perfect+mother. I’m gonna try it and see if it gives me all the drama I loved w/Big Little Lies. Different authors and story lines, but I like mommy drama with a thriller like appeal.

Maryse May 1, 2018 at 7:57 AM

Oh I KNOW it Tasha!! That one (Digs Graves) made me feel like hitting my old paranormal/urban fantasy stride again.

Now oh I’m going to look up Perfect Mother and add it. :D

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Yes! I’m going to read both samples today. :D It’s 82 degrees today, the warmest it’s been yet this year and I should be esstatic, but yesterday was 67 and I felt like the heat shrank my lungs and made it hard to breath with that heat alone. And I told these kids we’d go outside today. Looks like it’ll be soon, before I melt. Lol, I also had hubby bring me a large iced vanilla latte (decaf) to set my day and he comes with a medium…Bc they’re outta larges. I asked why they didn’t give me 2 then and he laughed! I feel like this is not a good start to my day.
Dramatic? That’s me this mornin’!
Oh, AND! I’m not huge on board/card games. But, my daughter is and my son is at the age where he wants to get in on the action. So I read an article that listed her kids age differences about the same as mine and what worked for them and Sleeping Queens was at the top. I’d never heard of it, but thought it’d be a good activity for when baby’s here and the others need my attention. And we played last night and I love it! It was a rough start, but I think it may become a favorite!

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Question for you skincare gurus…have any of you ever used one of those sonic cleansing brushes? I’m wondering if it’s worth investing in. Not one that costs me 100 +, but if it really makes a difference from just using your fingers. My skin has started to break out again, hormones are AWESOME, and the first few weeks after baby are always more rough than usual. Plus, I now get little tiny blackheads on my nose more often. Blackheads were never something I had to worry about before and they’re gross. So, I’m looking for a long term solution.

Leslie M May 1, 2018 at 8:41 AM

Tasha, funny about the board/card games as my son just got into Scrabble and wants me to play it all the time. I don’t mind as at least its time away from electronics. Oh and I think our blog baby got ripped off with only a medium latte today! ;)

That will be interesting to see Kerry Washington in a different role from Scandal.

Speaking of Scandal…Bev, if you thought characters changed in first few seasons, you wouldn’t like direction show went aftet that. Olivia & Cyrus both went OTT evil. Nay, I was disappointed in finale because I absolutely hate when shows end “unfinished”. I don’t need a HEA for ever character, but I do need closure after 7 freaking seasons. It was frustrating that certain characters we were left hanging. *grumbles*

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Leslie, did you see she’s doing this as well? http://deadline.com/2018/03/hulu-series-order-little-fires-everywhere-reese-witherspoon-kerry-washington-1202336463/ I just read this one, and had my Mom read it a while ago and she loved it!
Oooh and guess what! I know some of you, or 1 of you watched 13 Reasons Why and they just announced season 2 releases May 18! My due date!! Guess who will be binging this on my insomnia nights?! :P

bev May 1, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Pop Culture Happy Hour has a discussion of Scandal for one of their podcast.
You know I liked badass Olivia….at first. But, idk, it just ran off the rails.

Tasha, I had one years ago. I was a lot more lax and didn’t use it consistently. Also, I had to use the most gentle brush head or it was too much for my face. It stopped working but curious if I used it now.

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 9:08 AM

Oh, and I got Scrabble Jr. recently too. Have not ever played it, but you’ve reminded me I should!

bev May 1, 2018 at 9:18 AM

Someone needs to watch My Ahjussi. It’s preempted this week.
And I’m seriously out of sorts. It’s like if your in the middle of a great chapter and someone still your book.

It’s to give the cast a rest. I guess many dramas film as they air. So only one or two eps are done before the air date. Makes for long shoots to keep up.

Leslie M May 1, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Omg Bev, you should hear me cuss when they are constantly pre-empting my soap!!! SERIOUSLY! Unless the world is coming to a screeching halt, do NOT interrupt my show!!!!

A Bill Belichick press conference?? Who cares?

Tessa May 1, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Tasha, face brushes are great, but you really shouldn’t spend too much on them. You can get the auto ones rather cheap, but I use just a regular face brush, no electricity, and it does the job. Mine is gentle because I noticed the harsher ones actually don’t work as well. They just hurt.

Best thing, though, is to make sure your soap isn’t for your pre-pregnancy face. It probably has tons of oils. I have to use clean and clear because I have abnormally oily skin, especially for my age, but probably any no oil added soap should work for you. And use toner. That strips the dirt like crazy.

Tessa May 1, 2018 at 10:12 AM

I am looking at Bro Code. I love the best friend and little sister trope. :D

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 10:21 AM

So, use something like Clean and Clear after pregnancy? I didn’t know they made non automatic face scrubbers. Everything I use is gentle, always. I’m using Olay gentle cleansing now.

Amy May 1, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Tasha, to keep blackheads at bay I use charcoal products, either exfoliating scrubs or masks. I tend to mix it up with the type of product at any given time. Exfoliation is a MUST as we get older. I also use Clinique Dramtically Different moisturizer because it is hydrating but not heavy or greasy.

Nay May 1, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Tasha–two of my sons started getting a lot of blackheads in their mid to late teens, and they’ve both had really good luck with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser. My 21-year-old started using it 4 or 5 years ago when he was breaking out badly, especially on his back, and then he had the blackheads on top of that on his face. After a couple of months, he was pretty much cleared up, but he’s continued to use it for maintenance, just not nearly as often. It smells really good too. They both use it in the shower with either a washcloth or a buff puff, but for a woman’s skin, one of those cleansing brushes would probably be great. When I was growing up, there was a clear acrylic one that several of my friends used. Maybe by Clinique?? Amazon has various different brands of them.

Nay May 1, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Bro Code is looking good to me too!!

Tessa May 1, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Clean and clear is gentle and Olay is filled with oils. Any sensitive skin type soap will work as long as there isn’t a ton of oils in it. Like Amy said, charcoal stuff is good too. And use it while you are having the blackhead issues. Just getting rid of oily soap should help a lot.

And yep. My face scrubber cost me about five dollars. lol It is just the brush and you just move it over your face in a circular pattern. :D

R. Renee May 1, 2018 at 11:20 AM

I just finished Kandace’s rec, Ride by Harper Dallas, and I second it! Great debut! You know I’m not a fan of naked torso covers, but aside from that, this one is a bit misleading. It’s about a broody mega-star broken snowboarder, not a hoodie-wearing vampire biker…

Autumn E Gantz May 1, 2018 at 12:03 PM

AHHH!!! I hope you read RISING! I think you’ll love it! xo

Amy May 1, 2018 at 12:10 PM
Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Ooh, that kid geared crap gets me every time! Must…resist! Maybe xmas? Lol, very cute.
Thank you all for your advice and suggestions! I don’t go to the store much anymore, like a cpl times a year, but when I do the skincare section stresses me out SO bad! It’s overwhelming, all these products out now. Amy, I should look into Clinique again, I used that skincare routine as a teen and liked it then. One of the millions I’ve tried. They’re probably a lot newer now. I’ve done Clean and Clear once upon a time and Neutrogena too, but not the pink grapefruit. I suppose I’ll test a couple and see what happens.
I just have to say- I have an elderly neighbor who is obsessive compulsive with his outside work. Who knows what goes on inside, but outside he’s in the gutters multiple times a year, probably mows twice a week, whips out the leaf blower @ the sign of ANYTHING in his driveway/sidewalk, trims his bushes religiously (they don’t even have to be bad), and in the winter with that snowblower (for just a dusting). He’ll even jump to his neighbors to the side to help, whether they want it or not, I dk. Anyway, it usually makes me giggle. But today he’s revving that weed wacker like a nut and my windows are open, the kids are trying to watch a movie, it’s naptime, and steam is coming out my ears! It’s a very quiet neighborhood mostly. *sigh*

bev May 1, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Don’t strip your face of pile.

No!!

I did this for years . Very oily and acne prone. Do not. Repeat do not.
Makes your face produce more oil and more sensitive as it destroys your moisture barrier.

bev May 1, 2018 at 3:16 PM

See and I want to tell you to use an oil. To double clean. Oil cleanser first then a gentle cleanser.
http://www.snowwhiteandtheasianpear.com/2014/08/skincare-discovery-cleansing-part-i.html?m=1

Oh, and there is the stridex bha pads. People love them for blackheads. Not for blackheads but used for acne and large pores in my 20s, then was hard to find. Can be harsh but if not stripping with other cleaners. I’m trying Corsx bha a couple times a week but jury is still out.

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 4:05 PM

That article made my head spin, Bev. Too much info. Sounds like too much work too. I’m too lazy for all that. Lol
I’ve just settled down some to read and have read the prologue of The Perfect Mother. I’m thinking maybe now is not the time to be reading stuff like this, lol. But, I’ll at least finish the sample.

Susan May 1, 2018 at 4:06 PM

R.Renee, I loved Ride by Harper Dallas and I just finished reading a new author for me Gianna Darling’s MC series. loved it too. I think I’m going to read Rising next. Saving Court of Frost and Starlight for another day. Took me 3 tries but I finally got into Birthday Girl and finished. It was pretty good.

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Oh yes!! I’m buying it. It’s totally giving me that BLL feel I’ve been craving!

bev May 1, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Can only do what fits into your life and makes you feel good. :)

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 6:42 PM

;) Thank you though! I have read some things about oil cleansing in the past, but I hate to do things that are too new. And all the products out there!! I like to keep things as low maintenance as possible. Which is probably part of the reason my skin sucks. There are so many things I’d rather do with my time than work on myself.

MichelleS May 1, 2018 at 7:42 PM

I need girl advice too! My ears hurt so bad when I wear pierced earrings. Have tried all metals & styles. I’m thinking about clip ons. Never wore them. Do they hurt even more? Less?

Still reading Jack & Jill book two. Love her characters & writing. Duh. She wrote Transcend & Epoch.

bev May 1, 2018 at 7:44 PM

You know what Tasha? I mentioned BHA and I don’t know if you can use that while pregnant? Though that may be at high levels.

You never know what is going to work for one person and not the other. Oil cleaning may break you out. I’m using a product with fermentation in it and I think it is what is keeping me clear. But I like to read the AB Reddit threads occasionally and some on there say fermentation breaks them out. If I’d read that I probably would not of bought it, lol.
Cinque , years and years ago, broke me out bad.
Did anybody ever use Noxzema? Omg. I used to love the smell but no way that was doing my face any good. It would be so tight afterwards. ……and all the oil and pimples, lol. I wonder if they still make it?

Tessa May 1, 2018 at 8:00 PM

MichelleS. I don’t like clip-on because I’m sensitive to nickel so it keeps burning unless I get either silver, gold or stainless steel and that silver and gold have to be sterling or 14k, or it still hurts. At those prices, I might as well get the earrings. Can you wear rings with any type of metals? Also, are you sure your ears haven’t closed over at some point?

Tasha J May 1, 2018 at 8:08 PM

My Grandma used to wear clip one to special events. I have extremely sensitive ears. Or anything that I’ve pierced actually has had to be done multiple times due to infection or growing closed or whatever. My regular hole in my ears was done a total of 6 times before it stuck. And I eventually grew tired of the pain with them (all metals for me too) about 5 years ago or so and decided to just stop wearing them all together. Goes with my no maintenance vibe. Lol
I can’t personally attest to clip ons bc I’ve never tried them, but google says they do. Maybe not more than pierced, but that they can hurt too. And that there are diff. kinds and there are maybe ways to make them more comfortable. Here are just a couple articles I read- https://www.sweetandspark.com/blogs/vintage-fashion-jewelry-blog/120585153-the-vintage-clip-on-earring-myth
http://www.allvintagedup.com/how-to-wear-clip-on-earrings-without-your-ears-hurting/

bev May 1, 2018 at 8:24 PM

There is a CR out this month called Grumpy Fake Boyfriend. I need to read that.

Maryse May 1, 2018 at 8:39 PM

Nickel doesn’t work well for me either anymore. I had an issue as a child, and now an issue again. *sigh* Surgical steel and high content gold… good.

Maryse May 1, 2018 at 8:46 PM

My skin routine is so simple… same all the time (and two of the products I learned from Ipsy):

Wash face every night: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040ZG3MK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )even if I have makeup… it ALL comes off)

Face scrub a couple of times a week: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Z4OD24/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Face cream every night: https://www.amazon.com/Olay-Effects-Anti-Aging-Moisturizer-Fragrance-Free/dp/B0000536P4/ref=pd_yo_rr_rp_t_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=NCXF28773KZGBKJE3KY8

Eye cream (I use Kiehl’s – Rosa Arctica Eye Cream) but I have been using this new one for the last month, that was on an Amazon lightening deal and I like it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N37TWSS/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That’s it for me. No toners, no masks (unless I feel like doing a spa night and I have some freebie masks from Ipsy)…

bev May 1, 2018 at 9:06 PM

I love reading routines. If I pay with links it will kick me into moderation. But I will do it as I wait for my noodles to cook. So if interested look look down.
It is still a work in progress.

bev May 1, 2018 at 9:40 PM

Am:
Rinse with water or Sandawha aqua Natural Mild Cleansing Gel.
I find this cleanser on own leaves my skin tight so I want to try this one next.
https://www.amazon.com/Innisfree-Blueberry-Rebalancing-Cleanser-100ml/dp/B019IHFR62/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1525227103&sr=8-1&keywords=innisfree+blueberry+rebalancing+5.5+cleanser

One Love Organics Vit C serum

A couple layers of https://www.amazon.com/KLAIRS-Preparation-moisturizer-without-paraben/dp/B00PGOFYG0/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1525227305&sr=1-4&keywords=dear+klairs

Which might be a HG for me. It really pumps up the lines between my eyebrows, lol.

But I want to try the Sandawha Lipsome Skin Softner.

Then https://www.amazon.com/MAKEP-Defense-Moisture-Whamisa-MAKEPREM/dp/B074JVHCL1/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1525227430&sr=1-1&keywords=make+prem

But it is too moisturizing for my skin. And only the sunscreen the link shows other products.

PM:
Sandawha camellia Cleansing oil
Sandawha aqua Natural Mild Cleansing Gel
Klairs toner
Swanicoco Black Yeast Fermentation Luminous Ampoule
If this is keeping me clear HG for sure.
Then either
https://www.amazon.com/KLAIRS-Midnight-Calming-calming-1-01ounce/dp/B01GR1O1NC/ref=sr_1_8_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1525228211&sr=1-8&keywords=dear+klairs

Or
https://www.amazon.com/Sulwhasoo-Overnight-Vitalizing-Treatment-Fluid/dp/B002RD6BYC/ref=sr_1_6_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1525228293&sr=1-6&keywords=Sulwhasoo

Not sure about these two but definitely do not irritate my skin at all.

A couple nights a week I use this kit

https://www.amazon.com/HERBIVORE-True-Blue-Skin-Clarifying/dp/B076BS95VP/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1525228422&sr=1-4&keywords=blue+tansy+mask

Or

https://www.amazon.com/COSRX-Blackhead-Power-Liquid-100ml/dp/B073P6ZQ4V/ref=sr_1_2_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1525228508&sr=1-2&keywords=cosrx+bha+blackhead+power+liquid

Now I should say I don’t buy them from Amazon, just the toner. I’ve had it for months big bottle and goes a long way.
But I like deals. And SAMPLES. I love samples. So, most I bought at sale prices. Like 20 or more off. And the Herbivore is a deluxe sample kit.
Not that I have to justify, but slowly bought these since ….December, I believe. One or two a month.

Leslie M May 2, 2018 at 7:12 AM

For all you list-lovers, here is my May lineup. ;)

Currently reading:

Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey
Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

Rest of Month:

Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
At This Moment by Karen Cimms
Sweetest Heartbreak by Heather Bentley
Worthy of Redemption by L.D. Davis

MichelleS May 2, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Leslie – love your list! I really liked Birthday Girl. Karina Halle? Must check that out.

I’m too lazy for a skin routine. I inherited my mom’s good skin, so I’ve been lucky. Knock on wood. I have never ever used soap on my face. That’s my routine. Sad.

Maryse May 2, 2018 at 8:30 AM

I’m reading

Disturbing his Peace by Tessa Bailey
Trespassing by Brandi Reeds
I am watching you by Teresa Driscoll

Yep! Time for a couple of psych-thrillers. ;)

Oh and add on Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker!!! :D

bev May 2, 2018 at 8:39 AM

I’m reading…….

Maryse Book Blog
Dramabeans
Royal Order of Satorial Splendour

bev May 2, 2018 at 8:57 AM

I WILL read:

Starry Eyes
Devils Unto Dust
No Limits……finish it.
Someday, Somewhere
Hydraulic Level 5

I can do this.

Grey May 2, 2018 at 9:03 AM

*giggle* wanna know my facial routine?

Get comfy…

Are you sure???

Nothing.

Nope, I’m serious. I don’t do anything. Plain water in the shower. I pluck my own eyebrows… I really only wear eyeliner, a shimmery shadow and sometimes a dash of mascara… And ChapStick, always. I have to wear 14k gold earrings, very sensitive to metals. My wedding rings are white gold. OK, I think I’m caught up now…

bev May 2, 2018 at 9:09 AM

You and MichelleS are lucky.

My skin sucks, lol.

Amy May 2, 2018 at 10:39 AM

*death-glares at those who don’t have to invest time in their skin*

Seriously though, you’re fortunate. I’m totally jealous, but you’re fortunate. ;)

Tasha J May 2, 2018 at 10:42 AM

Lucky, lucky ducks!
Thanks for your links ladies, I shall take all these into consideration when I’m not tired. Lol. I’ve had serious insomnia the past couple days and it’s catching up to me.
I’m reading- the lunch menu for my order today
The old navy website for my order today
Maryse’s book blog

I will read – when I’m less distracted Bc I was REALLY into it last night- The Perfect Mother

* I feel like nesting, but my energy has tricked me and the heat is suffocating me.

R. Renee May 2, 2018 at 10:49 AM

I *need* to invest time in my skin, but my ritual is pretty close to Grey’s. Assuming water actually makes it down my face in the shower.

Amy May 2, 2018 at 10:56 AM

My favorite time with my girlfriends is when we do a spa evening. Themed drinks (I supply the martinis, of course *giggle*), manis, pedis, masks, facials, waxing…all in our PJs. SO fun!

What I’m reading:
The End of Our Story

What I will read this month (at LEAST):
Road-Tripped
Current
Fragile Lies
Ten Below Zero
Shark Bait

Maryse May 2, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Tasha, I’ve been up since 1:51am. I’m exhausted and a zombie again. Insomnia is an ass!!!!

Tessa May 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM

My list is:

Dark Queen by Faith Hunter
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Into The Darkness by KF Breene
Bad Boy Brody by Tijan
(Stopping whatever I’m reading on the seventh is for Atheist Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher)
(Also whatever date is At This Moment by Karen Cimms)
Blood Beyond Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown
Pandora’s Box by Gracen Miller

Tessa May 2, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Best Book of April time!

Mine was between three books. Well, two were a series so I count it as one. However, the series stood out. Secondborn and Traitor Born by Amy Bartol just blew me away. It was so high in angst, GAH. I loved it.

It beat out Psychic Spell by Ella Summers and Sleeping with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins. :D I’m still waiting on book three though. It’s not a complete series yet.

R. Renee May 2, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Mine was Hydraulic Level Five/Skygods. YOU came in second.

Amy May 2, 2018 at 11:39 AM

My favorite for April was Transcend/Epoch! :D

Tasha J May 2, 2018 at 11:42 AM

Oh my, Maryse!! Thankfully, mine is just baby induced. I had to use lavender oil a couple times to finally get to sleep. And I was SO tired too, but up until after 1 till I fell asleep. And a couple (2 or 3 bathroom trips) after till 6:30. Lots of tossing and turning, which is a process, and up @ 7.

Amy May 2, 2018 at 1:43 PM

On the topic of skin care, my all-time favorite Ipsy find (which I now buy regularly) is Peter Lamas exfoliating pumpkin facial scrub. I use it every other day (normal cleansing in between), and it doesn’t smell like pumpkin for those of you pumpkin dislikers. ;) My skin always feels AMAZING after I use it and then moisturize.

BUT! For those of us who love true Fall scents in the Fall and Winter, Feel has Renewed pumpkin walnut facial cleanser which works beautifully and smells like a pumpkin spice drink. I buy it in bulk during the Fall/Winter seasons.

Amy May 2, 2018 at 1:51 PM

OH! Also, I am obsessed with Sunday Riley CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. I got it in an Allure box and use it daily before putting on my makeup. It feels heavy at first (almost tacky) but then absorbs to where it feels like nothing at all except incredibly soft skin. The sample actually came in a glass bottle (heh, I’m easily impressed), and it was SO worth the price when I bought the full-size version.

I love Allure boxes. Not long ago I got a box with an actual Morphe blending brush, a Diorshow sample mascara, Oribe texture lotion, sample-size Philosophy facial cleanser, and an almost-full-size Becca Champagne Pop pressed highlighter…SCORE!! I’m having so much fun with Ipsy and Allure that I might just splurge and subscribe to FabFitFun and Stitchfix, LOL!

Anco18 May 2, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Michelle S – Put Neosporin on front and back of ears and on the earring post before putting the earring on. This worked for me so maybe it will work for you.

Maryse May 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM

My April favorite is the same as Amy’s. :D Book-twins!!!!

Tasha J May 2, 2018 at 2:52 PM

It is currently 908 degrees (77) in this house. At what point do you throw in the towel and turn on the AC??

bev May 2, 2018 at 3:15 PM

I know a lot of people love the Sunday Riley products. Yeah, the deluxe samples from herbivore came in glass….love that.
I treated myself to 2 boxes last month, well bought them last month will receive them this month. A little present to myself.

bev May 2, 2018 at 3:17 PM

My favorite is Transcend….i think only one I read.

So same as Maryse and Amy!

I am your daughter.

Leslie M May 2, 2018 at 3:21 PM

My fave April read was Sugar Bowl series by Sawyer Bennett. 4.5 stars

I typically don’t like romantic suspense, but this was exciting and hard to put down.

Tessa May 2, 2018 at 5:18 PM

Tasha, you just turn on the AC when you are too hot, especially when pregnant. Anyone gives you issues, just snarl and that should stop them.

MichelleS May 2, 2018 at 5:47 PM

April fave – a total surprise. You’d think Transcend & Epoch duo, right right? Well, when I look at my Kindle, the one book that stands out is A Boy and his Ribbon. Yup. Who knew? Story is still staying with me.

What I’m reading right now: Jack & Jill series book three. I’m hooked. Book two gutted me.

What I plan to read:
No clue.
Probably something by Jewel E. Ann, since I’m binge reading her books.

What I’m looking for – fantasy, Fae, Sarah J Maas feels.

MichelleS May 2, 2018 at 5:49 PM

I’m going to try the neosporin. Thanks for that advice.

Maryse May 2, 2018 at 6:03 PM

MichelleS I LOVE surprises!!! This is GREAT to know as I love Pepper Winters too.

Maryse May 2, 2018 at 6:04 PM

LOL bev!!!!!! :P

Amy!! We’re parents! :D

Tasha J May 2, 2018 at 6:06 PM

Well, I’m trying to be reasonable too. I like to save money and wait as long as possible when seasons change before heat or ac gets turned on. I’ve reasoned that it could rain tonight, so I can’t leave the windows open. I turned it on 10 min ago and called my husband at work to ask how long till it gets cooler. I just stare waiting for the thermostat to change at least 1 #. Nothings happened yet. It’s nearly 80 @ 7pm and there’s no fan in here. *wipes tear*

Tasha J May 2, 2018 at 6:58 PM

Maryse, have you tried diffusing oils at night for your insomnia? I’m terrible at keeping up w/it, but so many ppl I know swear by it.

Grey May 2, 2018 at 7:33 PM

My husband turned on the AC… I’m currently wearing a hoodie and sweatpants. WTF. I shaved for this. SMH.

bev May 2, 2018 at 7:36 PM

Hey, Moms.

Can I borrow 10 dollars?

bev May 2, 2018 at 7:37 PM

Go to Amy’s and you could wax for it.

Amy May 2, 2018 at 7:44 PM

*gasp* We ARE parents! Our sweet little love child…

*slides a ten over to bev*

*wipes tear from eye*

They grow up so fast.

Amy May 2, 2018 at 7:45 PM

And she loved Transcend. She is her mothers’ child.

bev May 2, 2018 at 7:52 PM

ROFL!!!

That’s hilarious!

Maryse May 2, 2018 at 8:02 PM

*sneaks $10 to bev and whispers go read Epoch*
:)

Maryse May 2, 2018 at 8:04 PM

Tasha… you know what? Lemme do the lavender diffuser right now. I have one and the oils, but no, I never do… (except during the day and I always choose orange or peppermint)

bev May 2, 2018 at 8:21 PM

I’m going to clean up.
:)

Tasha, crank it up and pour a nice tall glass of whatever you like with lots of ice.

Cheryl May 2, 2018 at 8:57 PM

I do have one of those facial brushes. The Mia by Clairsonic. Got it as a Christmas gift after esthetician at Dermatologist office recommended it.

My skincare routine is: Obagi cleanser, toner Vitamin C serum, and sunscreen in am, along with Nugenisis eye cream. Bedtime: Cleanser, Toner, Obagi Blender (Hydroquinone) mixed with Renova (Tretinoin cream), Nugenisis Age Defying serum, eye cream.

marina May 2, 2018 at 9:01 PM

Love the lists!
Kind of on a quest right now for what to read but…

I’m reading (just started):
Ride by Harper Dallas because of the rave reviews above.

and currently rereading:
Road-Tripped just for fun in small bits because I love it that much. (Which I know I made evident repeatedly here, sorry…)

Just finished…
Disturbing His Peace
Looking forward to your review Maryse!

MichelleS, I loved the Jack and Jill series I read a couple years ago. Total rollercoaster of emotions. So funny at times and then the total opposite. Have you read Scarlet Stone by Jewel E Ann? That’s on my kindle too but haven’t read yet. I’m sure it’s great too.

Cheryl May 2, 2018 at 9:06 PM

Just finished The Real. Liked it, but it got a little “wordy” toward the end for me. Not my favorite Kate Stewart book.

April fav: Transcend/Epoch.

May (probable reads):
Six Feet Under Duet( when 2nd book is released)
Jock Row- looks like all the books by that author are now KU
Back In The Game
Birthday Girl
Buzzworthy
Ride- after reading R. Renee’s comment

Jan May 2, 2018 at 9:08 PM

My fav new reads of April were a Mercy Thompson book, Night Broken (OK, new for me. I’m trying to catch up on this series LOL). Also a new Susan Fanetti post-apocalypse read called Aurora Terminus. It was GOOD! Plus PART 1 of the new Lauren Gilley Lean Dogs book, Prodigal Son. I want MORE!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!

I also did quite a few rereads of old favs, including the beautiful HR, Slightly Dangerous, and the Lean Dogs classic, Tastes Like Candy. Gotta love that Candyman!

My reading plans for May include:
Silence Broken (more Mercy Thompson :D )
Mists of the Serengeti – been on my tbr fo eva
I’m sposed to read Drive for my PFM challenge but I’m a bit nervous about it :/
Also waiting on a new release out later this month, First Time at Firelight Falls by Julie Anne Long. I discovered this author recently and she’s good! In this one the H is a 6 foot something smoldery-eyed bass-voiced former navy SEAL, now an elementary school principal in a little town. Catnip! Ha ha. I just looked at the blurb again and it says he’s ‘usually knee-deep in fawning PTA moms, but only has eyes for the fiery, funny, skittish redhead who barely knows he’s alive’.

I’ve pre-ordered :D

Tasha, what bev said. Stay cool, momma, and enjoy your reading :D

MichelleS May 2, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Lauren Gilley has a new Lean Dog’s book? GASP!!! Must. Go. Visit. Amazon. Stat. Love love love her writing. Did you read her new PNR? Soooooo good.

Nay May 2, 2018 at 9:24 PM

I read the first Jack and Jill book and loved it but had to read a new release right after and never went back to the 2nd one. I’m moving it up on my list because I want to be gutted!!

And speaking of…I’m going to check out this Secondborn series, even if it is YA. If they’re angsty enough, sometimes I end up loving them more than some of the corny NAs out there.

Robyn–did you finish Execution? I’m halfway through, and that one scene at about 43% knocked my socks off!!!

It’s hard to pick my favorite for April (a great problem to have) because Random & Rare (Lock & Key, #2) by Cat Porter was soooo good, yet it was completely different from the Transcend/Epoch duet, which I also loved. So I guess I’m going to have to say they were both (all) my favorites for different reasons. I definitely plan to go back to the Lock & Key series and read the rest of those. They’re GREAT biker books.

Jan May 2, 2018 at 9:44 PM

Michelle how did you miss that one???? It’s Charlie Fox’s story, but only part 1 :( Really good, though!!

I haven’t read the new Gilley pnr, yet, but it’s on the tbr. I’m Mercying at the moment for my pnr fix.

Jan May 2, 2018 at 9:45 PM

Must try the lock and key books too………

Robyn May 3, 2018 at 12:26 AM

OMG! Just finished Execution by Lucia Franco. I don’t know what to do with myself over these books! I was like, he did NOT just do that! But, then I was like, YES, yes he should do that…most definitely. Then I hated him again for doing that. GAH! My morals and ethics tell me I’m totally against this underage forbidden thing going on. But, then I’m like what if…..whah! I’m all over the place. Lucia please put me out of my misery and release book 3, which happens to be named Release! This a complete trainwreck and I really need to know what happens next! Don’t you have any pull on this Maryse?!

Tasha J May 3, 2018 at 6:56 AM

Hopefully it helped! I decided to fire mine up last night too w/lavender & cedarwood. I smelled it when I started and it was heavenly, but I’m always congested right now so couldn’t even breath through my nose. I did lavender rollerball on my legs right before I crashed too and it worked! I was up more for bathroom breaks cuz I drank more yesterday, but I feel much more rested.

Kooloo May 3, 2018 at 7:20 AM

Happy THROWBACK Thursday!!!!!
https://youtu.be/FGO5mU6dHWs

Check out the cool inventions you can buy on Amazon NOW — MINE!
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Leslie M May 3, 2018 at 8:33 AM

You know what else they have? Lavender spray that you spray on your pillow and sheets. They sold it at Bath & Body Works. My SIL worked there and the customers swore it helped.

bev May 3, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Cheryl what does the Tretinoin do?

Maryse May 3, 2018 at 8:56 AM

Robyn… you guys are making me too excited about this series!!! Okay I’m gonna go research. ;)

Nay May 3, 2018 at 9:14 AM

Robyn–I couldn’t have said it better myself! Kova with all his Russian hotness is one of the sexiest, most brooding, yet confident heroes I’ve ever encountered–and I’m crazy about him!! But I’m the same with with all the forbiddeny stuff. Gah! And with that…

FLT:
“Kova was a heartless, cunning man.”
Execution (Off Balance, #2) by Lucia Franco

bev May 3, 2018 at 9:23 AM
bev May 3, 2018 at 9:43 AM

One last. I love these small rings….but my fingers are way too chubby.

https://www.catbirdnyc.com/collections/anatomy-of-a-stack.html

bev May 3, 2018 at 9:44 AM

Instead of a t shirt maybe we should make a group ring, lol.

R. Renee May 3, 2018 at 10:06 AM

FLT: “It’s our birthday, Kit,” Ryker says softly through the phone. Crystal Blanton, The Calm Within

Checking out another debut! Gorgeous cover!

Laura May 3, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Totally stunned by the ending of Dark Queen by Faith Hunter! I finished the book and immediately had to scour the Internet to find out if this was the last book in the series. Faith Hunter blew up the world she’s spent years creating.

Grey May 3, 2018 at 12:54 PM

I’m currently reading several… I’m not sure how that happens. It doesn’t usually. I’m gonna go for the one, I’m *really* reading. Even though I backtracked to book 3 for a quick refresher.

And actually, it’s not even the first line… But…

FLT: ~ To the readers who look up at the stars and wish… ~ A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

This is the dedication at the beginning of the book. *Cue my trek to the blankie fort with Manny, Godiva and Pink Moscato*

Amy May 3, 2018 at 2:47 PM

“Jake! Where the hell are you? We should’ve been out on the water by now!” ~ Current by Abby McCarthy

bev May 3, 2018 at 2:50 PM
Amy May 3, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Oh yeah…FLT. *snort*

Tasha J May 3, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Nick from Crazy Rich Asians. Never heard of it.

Tessa May 3, 2018 at 3:41 PM

Sorry, they are now mine. I finished the Jane Yellowrock book and I am all teary eyed. PEOPLE DIED! One will probably hit me later, because man. That end almost kept me in denial. Then, the way it ended… She never does CH, but that sucker was pretty much a CH. After I balled and then that ending which means you don’t know, and still gah. The ones who did die made me sad, but one who did, GAH!!!!!!!!! *cries a little more*

Tessa May 3, 2018 at 3:50 PM

FLT:
I didn’t know how long I had been in the King’s prison.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

R. Renee May 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM

I got Mr. Darcy. Wanna trade bev?

Tessa May 3, 2018 at 4:36 PM

I got Henry from The Time Travelers Wife too. :)

Nay May 3, 2018 at 4:44 PM

I also got Nick from Crazy Rich Asians

No clue.

Tessa May 3, 2018 at 5:01 PM

New FLT because I realized I needed happy after that last book:
Slapping our slap shots was my favorite part of practice.
Slapped into Love by Rochelle Paige

Grey May 3, 2018 at 5:22 PM

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights…

Tasha J May 3, 2018 at 5:23 PM

I made stir fry tonight w/your “medallions” Maryse! ;) It’s the 2nd time I’ve made them now. The 1st time I’ve ever done chicken breasts in the deep fryer, I threw them in there whole on 350 or 375 and it took forever. Such a waste of time and pain in the butt. I was ready to give up, till you told me your recipe, so thank you! :D

Leslie M May 3, 2018 at 5:47 PM

I got that Nick one too.

I wanted Edward Cullen of course.

Tessa May 3, 2018 at 6:08 PM

Grey, so your ideal guy is someone who is moody, abusive, and will basically leave you? Bummer.

bev May 3, 2018 at 6:31 PM

Tessa, Lol!

So maybe we should do a BR of Crazy Rich Asians and then a buddy watch of the film when it comes out on DVD.

Hmm. I do love a Darcy especially THE Darcy.

bev May 3, 2018 at 7:58 PM

Have you all seen this?

https://frolic.media

MichelleS May 3, 2018 at 8:11 PM

I got Sirius Black from Harry Potter. WTH? I knew I shouldn’t have said I liked bad boys! Ugh! I need a do over.

New Sarah J Maas? Squeeeee! Oh My Gawd. Must finish current read first though.

FLT: “Jude! Stop!” Sunny Day held up the long skirt of her evening gown as she chased her seventeen-year-old son out the front doors of the de Young Museum.- Dawn of Forever (Jack & Jill #3).

MichelleS May 3, 2018 at 8:13 PM

I need to update my list! I now have reading material, thanks to all you amazing ladies!

Finish Jack & Jill 3
Sarah J Maas!!!!
Prodigal Son
Before I Ever Met You
And then the MC books y’all loved!!!

Eek!!! Love it.

bev May 3, 2018 at 8:17 PM

That is AWESOME MichelleS.

Right, Tessa?

MichelleS May 3, 2018 at 8:18 PM

Tessa – I feel your pain! PEOPLE DIED in my book too.

MichelleS May 3, 2018 at 8:19 PM

It’s awesome that I got Sirius? I’m redoing that sucker right now. Be back with my true man!

MichelleS May 3, 2018 at 8:22 PM

I got Henry from Time Traveler’s Wife. He’s mine. I’m stealing him from Bev. She can have SB. I changed ONE answer… picked romance instead of fantasy.

bev May 3, 2018 at 9:01 PM

But I love Henry….though one aspect that was pretty horrible about being his wife.
Sirius needs a little happiness and you can give him that MichelleS.

Wait….im Going to answer for Amy.

bev May 3, 2018 at 9:07 PM

Robbie from Atonement I wasn’t expecting that….ok first Heathcliff. But I thought she deserved better.

Nay May 3, 2018 at 9:12 PM

I finished Execution and LOVED — SOOOO worth the wait!! Angst and super-forbidden romance in spades with a majorly sexy, broody, commanding Russian to boot, and Kova’s all MINE!! Now I’m not so upset that I was late to the ‘Will’ party. lol

So now I have time for a 2nd FLT:
“I slid across the slick gym floor in the lightweight boots, a fourteen-inch, silver-plated vamp-killer in one hand, the other hand back in a fist.” (I love Jane Yellowrock!)
Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Amy May 3, 2018 at 9:13 PM

LOL bev!!! I haven’t read Atonement but I loved the movie, so yeah I’d take him. Or maybe it’s just because it was James McAvoy…

And I read and loved Wuthering Heights so I’d be happy with Heathcliff.

I took the quiz and got Darcy. Can you believe I’ve never read it? *shrugs*

Maryse May 3, 2018 at 9:56 PM

*beams at Tasha*

Oh I AM SO PLEASED!!!! I do this every Sunday to have some yummy chicken for the next few days to mix into my various foods. Makes life so easy!

Tessa May 3, 2018 at 11:53 PM

MichelleS got a guy who is fun, adventurous, a bit of a bad boy, and will never mature. *snickers*

I said fantasy and got Henry…

Yes, but I was a bit invested in the people who died. Two died that hurt, but one of them seriously hurt. Then that end hurt… It was a painful book. BUT! I’m glad that wasn’t the end. It was originally going to be and if had ended like that… I’d have been bawling Bright Side style, no joke. Even thinking of that ending gets me teary-eyed still.

Leslie M May 4, 2018 at 2:45 AM

Boo to death books!!

Grey May 4, 2018 at 5:33 AM

*giggle* I’ve never read Wuthering Heights,Pride and Prejudice *or* Bright Side…

Leslie M May 4, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Grey, me neither. The “classic” books bring me back to my torturous HS English classes. Yuck! Of course Bright Side is too sad for me.

Tessa May 4, 2018 at 9:05 AM

I had to read Wuthering Heights for my senior English class. It’s truly a train wreck. It’s a lesson on all the signs to avoid in men. I still haven’t read Pride and Prejudice either. Bright Side. *sniffles* That tells you why I’m glad the series didn’t end there.

R. Renee May 4, 2018 at 10:25 AM

Pride and Prejudice was a struggle for me to get through but I did. I made it halfway through Wuthering Heights. I soooo want to love English Lit, but I soooo don’t.

Maryse May 4, 2018 at 11:49 AM

Hydraulic question!!

I really want to read these since I remember them being so popular a few years ago, and they totally made R. freak out. Now… I’m seeing book #3 has no release date and hasn’t for a while…

Does #2 end on a cliffhanger? Still good even if #3 never comes out? I’m dying to jump in!!

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