Latest Romance Book Releases – May 22nd 2018

by Maryse on May 22, 2018 · 97 comments

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WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! KINDLE SUPER-SALE TODAY ONLY!! Some of the BEST deals I’ve seen on these ever! I can’t live without my Kindle. It goes with me EVERYWHERE.

also just went live:

<— Dirty Rich Cinderella Story (Dirty Rich Book 2) by Lisa Renee Jones <— LISA RENEE JONES ALERT!! An anonymous one night stand months ago, and now he’s her new boss… “...Lori lands an internship there, with school credit and scholarship money.. Everything is falling into place. That is until fate reveals a wicked twist of events and Lori walks into a conference room to find her new boss, Cole Brooks, one of the partners, is her one-night prince charming…”

Happy new release day!!!! :D It’s a smaller list today (65 so far, and I’ll keep adding if more go live throughout the day), BUT! It’s another day of awesome release choices with quite a few that are giving me a blurb jolt!!!

Which ones? The Outsider (Stephen King’s latest!!!! The blurb excites me with “unbearable suspense”!! And I LOVE him!), Rebel Heart (I just LOVE Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland and now the duet is complete!!), Rough Edge (C.D. Reiss’s latest and it sounds like ultimate marital strife, but with a sexy twist)The Summer Children (the author of that creepy butterfly book just released this one! Abused children keep showing up at her door… “He tells her a chilling tale: an angel killed his parents and then brought him here so Mercedes could keep him safe....” The Controversial Princess (Jodi Ellen Malpas!!! She’s a defiant princess that falls for a famous Hollywood actor), Rogue Royalty (Meghan March’s latest and now the trilogy is complete!!).

There’re quite a few more below that sound so good, so I highlighted them, too (like one about a girl who’s dead-set on not dating someone in a dangerous job, but then she starts falling for her best friend’s brother… who’s a firefighter!!!) YEAH!! Or… the one about the woman who, in a panic blurts out on a TV interview, that she’s dating her best guy friend… but he has a girlfriend and his girlfriend sees the interview. Tee hee!!! Oh yeah… definitely some great sounding ones below!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s ➔ “Monday Earlybird Book Releases” (some serious goodies on there, too)!

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).


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  1. Rogue Royalty: The Savage Trilogy, Book 3 by Meghan March
  2. The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  3. The Outsider by Stephen King
  4. Glacier by Laurann Dohner
  5. Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
  6. Roped In: Clean Slate Ranch by A.M. Arthur


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)

  • Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter <— PSYCH-THRILLER SUPER-SALE ALERT!! Maria found it for us!!

Maria: Pretty Girls is on sale… I am excited because I’m in the mood for a thriller!!!

Tasha: One of my favorite thrillers!!

Cindy: Psych thrillers that come to mind… Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. They are unputdownable and will stay with you… So so good! :) …(be prepared) ……gave me goosebumps, amazing writing, awesome heroine.

MichelleS: I’m on book two of The Darkest Drae & LOVING IT. If you’re a fan of Sarah J Maas, this is up your alley.
  • Surrender (Pleasure House Book 3) by Kitty Thomas <— KITTY THOMAS DARK READ ALERT!! It’s super bargain priced and CAN be read as a standalone. “…Julie wants Gabe Griffin like fish want water, but what she wants is sweet domestic bliss and a white picket fence. What Gabe wants is to put a collar around Julie’s throat and train her in the finer points of being his slave...”
  •  The Berserker’s Saga by Lee Savino <— STEAMY SHIFTER SERIES!! Joy recommends it!

Joy: …I came across authors Renee Rose and Lee Savino, who write together and separately. I read Bad Boy Alphas and loved it, so I went on to read the next 3 in the series. Then I got sidetracked when I took a peek at Lee Savino’s Amazon page and found her Berserker’s Saga. I only planned to read the first chapter, to see what it’s all about but I haven’t been able to put it down! I’m on book 2, with no plans to stop until I read all 5. It’s soooooooo good. Viking Berserkers that fought for King Harald Fairhair, were cursed by a witch to become werewolves!

They don’t age because of the curse and the beast within them goes into killing rages that slowly takes away their humanity. The Alpha (Samuel) and Beta (Daegan), sought out a witch to learn how they could end the curse. She told them to find the girl with the mark of the wolf. Time is running out for Samuel and his pack.

…There is so much more to this series and I can’t wait to find out!!! There’s lots of steam!! These wolves are insatiable! If you like mystery, kink and werewolves, definitely check these out.

  • The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren <— RONI LOREN ALERT!! RECENTLY RELEASED & it’s super-bargain priced!! She survived a tragedy and now she’s back in town… “...a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs… Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known…”
  • Kulti by Mariana Zapata <— MARIANA ZAPATA SLOW-BURN SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! Joy found out one of our favorite books is an Amazon Deal of the Day today!!  I LOVED THIS ONE SO MUCH!!! In fact, here’s my review!




  1. The Outsider by Stephen King <— STEPHEN KING ALERT!!! UNBEARABLE SUSPENSE??/ I LOVE THE SOUND OF THAT!!!An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense...”
  2. Echo Moon (A Ghost Gifts Novel Book 3) by Laura Spinella
  3. Abyss (The Return of the Elves Book 5) by Bethany Adams
  4. Her Savage Mate: a Sci Fi Alien Alpha Romance by Kallista Dane
  5. Phoenix Rising: Tales of the Were (Lick of Fire Book 8) by Bianca D’Arc
  6. A Vampire’s Thirst: Ivan by Marissa Farrar
  7. Topaz Dreams (Crystal Magic Book 2) by Patricia Rice
  8. Tiger Striped: Shifters Unbound by Jennifer Ashley <— HIS MATE & SON ARE SAFE BUT SOMEONE IS CALLING TO HIM…Tiger wakes in the night, knowing something is wrong. Carly, mate of his heart, is next to him, and he hears his son’s breathing. They are safe. But someone, someone cries out with a despair he can’t ignore … Carly won’t let Tiger go alone, and neither will Connor, the cub who will become one of the greatest Shifters of them all—Tiger knows. He sees. He can’t ignore the call...”
  9. Unmerciful: (Forbidden Bonds) (A Forbidden Bond Novel Book 3) by Cat Miller
  10. Girl, Bitten (Girl, Vampire Book 1) by Graceley Knox and D.D. Miers
  11. The Time Gypsy by Cara Carnes



  1. Rebel Heart: Book Two (The Rush Series) by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland <— PENELOPE WARD & Vi KEELAND DUET CONCLUSION ALERT!!Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestseller, Rebel Heir: Book One (The Rush Series)
  2. Hard Love (Guns & Ink Book 2) by Shana Vanterpool
  3. Because of Him (The Forgiveness Duo) by Ava Danielle
  4. Marek: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) by Sawyer Bennett <— SAWYER BENNETT ALERT!! NHL STAR FINDS OUT ABOUT THE DAUGHTER HE NEVER KNEW ABOUT… “…Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .”
  5. Fat Cat Liar by Ahren Sanders <— A NEW ONE BY AHREN SANDERS IS LIVE!!! He’s lying to her… “…All I had to do was get her attention and the rest would take its course. What I didn’t plan was my reaction the first time she spoke. “Are you okay?” Three little words… That’s all it took for her to steal my breath and shatter every thing I’d expected. She was supposed to be a spoiled socialite, a pampered princess, an elite heiress— anything other than the striking beauty that blew my misconceptions to pieces. One kiss and I became obsessed...”
  6. Beach House Reunion (The Beach House) by Mary Alice Monroe
  7. Coming Home (Friends & Lovers Book 2) by PE Kavanagh
  8. Beneath the Scars (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 13) by Cherise Sinclair <— CHERISE SINCLAIR ALERT!!! THE SINGLE MOM/BARTENDER & HER PHYSICALLY SCARRED NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR…Pregnant at sixteen, Josie learned the hard way about men and their empty promises. She picked herself up and is raising her eleven-year-old son. By herself. And that’s the way she intends it to stay. Unfortunately, her impressionable boy becomes fascinated by the scruffy, intimidating biker who lives next door…”
  9. Rough Edge (The Edge Book 1) by C.D. Reiss <— C.D. REISS ALERT!!!! HER LATEST IS LIVE!!! Ohhhhhh my my my!!!!!!! This blurb!!! “Who do you love? The decent man you married? The surgeon shattered during the war? The emotionless Dominant who appears in his eyes more and more often? All of them? Even when he breaks you? Even when he makes you beg? Is there no pain or pleasure he cannot deliver?...”
marina: Hi Maryse, wrote in another link/comment so sorry to repeat but wanted to mention that CD Reiss’ The Edge series Book One, Rough Edge, comes out tomorrow, May 22nd. Cannot wait. The prequel, Cutting Edge, was intense and just pre-ordered Rough Edge. CD Reiss releases before midnight. So, I’m hoping!!
  1. If Spring Comes (The Girl Next Door Book 3) by Amy Leigh Simpson
  2. Down & Dirty <— ANTHOLOGY
  3. The Summer Children (Collector Trilogy Book 3) by Dot Hutchinson <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!When Agent Mercedes Ramirez finds an abused young boy on her porch, covered in blood and clutching a teddy bear, she has no idea that this is just the beginning. He tells her a chilling tale: an angel killed his parents and then brought him here so Mercedes could keep him safe....”
  4. Hot Asset (21 Wall Street) by Lauren Layne
  5. Holding On (Haven, Montana Book 3) by Jill Sanders
  6. Sunset Flames: Baytown Boys by Maryann Jordan
  7. Allure (Booklet Dreams Book 1) by C.A. Harms
  8. Unlocking Lies (Keys to Love Series, Book Three) by Kennedy Layne
  9. The Controversial Princess (The Smoke & Mirrors Duology Book 1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas <— JODI ELLEN MALPAS ALERT!! THE DEFIANT PRINCESS & THE AMERICAN ACTOR… Just in time for our “Royal-rush” madness. ;) It sound SO GOOOOOD!!! “…She knows better than anyone that the united front of the Royal Family is nothing but smoke and mirrors – lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to the King’s demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline’s determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated. That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor…”
  10. Innocent Target (Redemption Harbor Series Book 4) by Katie Reus
  11. The Duke of Hearts (The 1797 Club) by Jess Michaels
  12. Rogues Rush In: A Regency Duet by Tessa Dare and Christi Caldwell by Christi Caldwell and Tessa Dare<— TESSA DARE HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!!Two scandalous brides… Two rogues who won’t be denied...”
  13. Taming His Hellion Countess (The Lustful Lords Series Book 2) by Sorcha Mowbray
  14. The Lady Loves A Scandal: Regency Novella by Christina McKnight
  15. Erick (SEALs of Steel Series Book 2) by Dale Mayer
  16. With A Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology
  17. Hot Asset (21 Wall Street) by Lauren Layne <— LAUREN LAYNE ALERT!!! HE’S A WALL STREET HOT SHOT & she wants to take him DOWN!!! “…An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger. She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal…”
  18. Love on the Outskirts of Town (Pine Harbour Book 7) by Zoe York
  19. Proof of Innocence by Patricia McLinn
  20. Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (Kwan Sisters Book 1) by Jackie Lau <— RECLUSIVE FAKE BOYFRIEND ALERT!! “I’m a pretty simple guy. When I’m not writing a science fiction novel, I’m watching a good movie or reading a book. Alone. I like my reclusive life. That is, until my only friend asks for a favor—pretend to be his baby sister’s boyfriend on a couples’ getaway. Her ex is going to be there and she needs me as a buffer…
  21. After The Storm: A Project Artemis Novel by K.M. Scott and Anina Collins
  22. Rogue Royalty: An Anti-Heroes Collection Novel (Savage Trilogy Book 3) by Meghan March <— MEGHAN MARCH TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!!New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March concludes the story of her next devastating and damaged anti-hero in the final book in the Savage Trilogy, Rogue Royalty.”
  23. Promises Renewed (The Potter’s House Books Book 5) by Mary Manners
  24. Chevelle by Sapphire Knight
  25. Lovers Like Us (Reunion Gap Book 3) by Mary Campisi
  26. Zach (Hell’s Handlers MC Book 1) by Lilly Atlas
  27. Rock Hard: BAD Alpha Dads by Abbie Zanders
  28. Ice Soul (Blackwood Pack Book 4) by Mary Rundle <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  29. Tethered Souls: A Nine Minutes Spin-Off Novel by Beth Flynn <— BETH FLYNN “NINE MINUTES SPINOFF” ALERT!!! Did you guys know this one was going live at midnight?? “…Even though Christian and I have always had undeniable chemistry, I won’t let him shatter my heart a second time. Christian has shown up in my life again with secrets of his own, and demanding answers. That doesn’t mean I’m willing to give them. He’ll know my secrets when I’m ready...” P.S. The author says it CAN be read as a standalone but better read after the previous books in the series (for a better background – and also, this one has major spoilers for the previous books): HERE’S THE READING ORDER
  30. Brand: A Steel Paragons MC Novel (The Cost: Book 2) by Eve R. Hart
  31. Unbreakable Bond by Sharon Cummin
  32. Looking For Trouble (Rogue Series Book 5) by Lara Ward Cosio
  33. Chance of Romance (Happy Endings Book Club, Book 8) by Kylie Gilmore <— IN A PANIC SHE CLAIMED HE WAS HER BOYFRIEND…When relationship counselor Sabrina Clarke gets a wedding invitation from the jerk who left her a jilted bride, she writes a scathing article on commitment-phobes that catapults her practice into the spotlight. But the publicity leads to unwelcome attention from a competitor who slams Sabrina for being single. And, hello, stupid mistakes! Sabrina panics in the middle of an interview and claims she’s in a relationship with the friend she secretly lusts for—Logan Campbell. Steamed is an understatement when Logan’s long-distance relationship is derailed the moment Sabrina announces they’re a couple on TV. Way to throw him under the bus...”
  34. Jaxon: The Assignment (Indie Rebels Book 2) by Miranda P. Charles
  35. Spring Fever: A Contemporary Romance (Secret Heart Ink Book 2) by Deborah Cooke
  36. Undo Me: A Billionaire Royalty Love Story (Regal Rights Book 4) by Ali Parker
  37. H.A.L.O. Undone: A Broken H.A.L.O. Novel by Jillian Neal <— MILITARY MAN IN LOVE WITH THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER (and she’s also his best friend’s sister)… “…I’m trying. I swear I’m trying to do right by her and right by the remaining members of my team. Staying away from her is harder than I am when I’m in her presence and that’s saying something. She got me to Vegas under the pretenses of some bachelor auction that doesn’t go quite as she’d planned. What harm could come from spending a week hidden away in Sin City with the one woman in the universe I crave more than my next breath? We’re about to find out.”
  38. Buried Deep: A dark Romantic Suspense (The Buried Series Book 3) by Vella Day
  39. Small Town Love (Paradise Key Book 4) by Susan Meier
  40. The Endless Beach: A Novel by Jenny Colgan
  41. Fighting for Everything (Warrior Fight Club) by Laura Kaye <— LAURA KAYE ALERT!! THE DAMAGED MARINE & HIS LIFELONG BEST FRIEND… “...Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for. But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found...”
  42. Lone Heart by Delilah Devlin
  43. Legacy of Succession (Dark Sovereignty Book 1) by Anna Edwards
  44. Jeremy (In Safe Hands Book 5) by S.M. Shade
  45. All Business by Julia Bright
  46. Deadly Melody by Connie Mann
  47. Crazy, Hot Love by K.L. Grayson <— SHE HAS ONE REQUIREMENT… “…she has one requirement: they must have a job on her approved-occupation list. It has to be safe, so they can come home every night, which means no cops, pilots, doctors, ranchers, and absolutely no firefighters. She’s kept to her rules thus far—as long as you ignore the tiny crush she has on Trevor Allen, a crush that cannot move toward anything physical because Trevor is a firefighter and a rancher. Not to mention, he’s four years younger than she is and the brother of her two best friends…”


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Grey May 22, 2018 at 6:30 AM

*tosses glitter and confetti* because I’ve been seriously remiss on Tuesday’s lately!

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Morning! I’m up early reading Broken Juliet. My room is lit up like high noon because…paperback. Gah! Once in a while is bad enough. How did we survive in the olden days without kindles?? :roll:

Lisa Aiello May 22, 2018 at 7:26 AM

Twirling in the glitter….I love Tuesdays!!!

Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 7:48 AM

*joins in the glitter party and throws extra on R. for reading Broken Juliet*

Nay May 22, 2018 at 7:53 AM

Good morning! I’m starting The Controversial Princess, and my need to read it has nothing to do with all the royal wedding hype and everything to do with my love for J.E. Malpas!

Robin–Are you going to continue on to Wicked Heart? As much as I loved B.R. and B.J., I never continued for some reason. I guess because it was about a different couple. I definitely plan to read it though.

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 7:57 AM

Maybe someday. I bought it because I originally thought this was a trilogy. I hate jumping couples and rarely do unless it’s by a favorite author.

Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 8:24 AM

Wicked Heart was just a “like” for me (3.5 ***) whereas Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet were 5 stars of awesome sauce.

Grey May 22, 2018 at 8:31 AM

*tossing birthday glitter for Melinda*

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 9:21 AM

Happy birthday Melinda!!!!!!!!! *biiiiiig squeeeeeeeeeezy hug*

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 9:34 AM

Happy birthday Melinda!!

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 9:37 AM

I just realized I got hit in the face with glitter. Thanks Leslie! I love how it fluctuates between past and present, which is not easy to do. But OMG they seem to be in a good place right now in the past and in the present she’s dreading remembering something that hasn’t happened yet (in the past) and it’s freaking me out!!!!!

steph May 22, 2018 at 9:52 AM

sigh…nothing is making me say “click”
I’ve been preordering a few though and my tbr keeps growing and growing.

R.Renee~ I can’t read a regular book anymore, addicted to my kindle.

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 9:54 AM

The struggle is real, steph. I can’t bring myself to pay over $7 for an ebook though so I have tons of paperbacks mocking me. I have to get hooked immediately or I DNF!

Tessa May 22, 2018 at 10:23 AM

Happy birthday Melinda!!

R! I’m the same way. I normally HATE going between past and present, but Bad Romeo did it right. Next month, Broken Juliet. :)

That Berserker Saga is a KU series, so that put it on my radar. :) That said, I’m still in Morelli land. I’m on book four, and I almost feel like this couple is too nice so something horrible is going to happen to them. lol Then again, the last couple was sweet. It made their relationship boring because there really wasn’t any angst. The best parts were the mafia side of the story, which advanced the whole series. *shrugs* This one, though, promises ANGST. A Romeo and Juliet situation. :D She’s a Morelli and he’s one of their biggest rivals.

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 10:32 AM

I liked how Forever, Interrupted did it too. I actually have an idea for a past/present book that stemmed from FI where it starts in the present then jumps to a completely different story way in the past, and then as the chapters go, the two stories will converge. This is like 3 books from now, so 2030 maybe?

Tessa May 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM

ROFL The biggest thing to be careful of is, don’t do something “horrible” then explain in the past after it happens why it was horrible. That was my issue with Avoiding Commitment. I love her books, but not that one, because the angst was basically killed with the past/ present reveals. Show the past, then do the horrible. :)

And Ghosted. That one worked beautifully. *swoons* That one is worthy of a re-read.

Grey May 22, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Maryse, I know that you don’t pop into the Goodreads group often… But this should *really* be the month, (well technically, June should be the month) for you to pop in more frequently… Because one of our challenge threads that I just opened, the June TBR challenge, is the month of Maryse! We are all supposed to pick a book from our TBR’s, *cough,cough* that we already own, that is one of *your* faves!!

Robyn May 22, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Just popped in to say hi! I’m still working my way through a reread of the Red Queen series. I’m on book 3, Kings Cage. War Storm is next and I can’t wait! I had forgotten so many details, so it seems like I’m reading the books for the first time again.

Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Paper books!?! Pleh! *blows raspberries* Who can read those? They hurt my hand and my eyes. I do have my two prized paperbacks proudly on display though. My signed Waiting for the Sun and Forever Right Now are for show, no touching.

I actually LOVE past/present timeline books!! Maryse, maybe a new book list theme???


Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 12:17 PM

*whispers in case blog baby sleeping*

Tasha, how are you doing?

Nay May 22, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Happy Birthday, Melinda!

Leslie–I also love past/present timeline books as long at doesn’t go to when they’re kids, like little kids. I can take some of that age, but I get bored fast. I’d rather read about when they’re older teenagers.

Jean May 22, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Happy birthday Melinda!

Hi guys! Just popping in real quick….. Been a crazy busy week and looking forward to a 4 day weekend!

I’m reading Three Secrets by Clare Boyd… I’m intrigued. I’ll keep you updated!

Cheryl May 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Happy Birthday Melinda!!!

Steph- I agree, nothing is saying must click.

Reading Goal Keeper, so far it is ok.

I read a sample of Rebel Heir. I just couldn’t get past the writing. Maybe I’ll try again; sometimes it’s my mood.

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Sounds like a good list Leslie!!

Start us off?

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 2:41 PM

My immediate thought would be Sweet Gum Tree, and also that military one I read where she was too young for him… what was it called again? It was SO goooood!!!!!

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 2:41 PM

First by Kimberly Adams!!!

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Grey that sounds like the most FUN reading challenge EVER!!!!! Winners all around!!! :D Okay I will.

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 2:47 PM

LOL! I just realized you’ve all been listing awesome past/present books. I shall start creating the official list! :D

Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Maryse, It Ends With Us. The “Dear Ellen” entries were the best parts.

Tasha J May 22, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Eh, it’s going. Postpartum blows. It always blows, but I swear I’m too old for this now. Got my first bit of sleep 2 nights ago, maybe an hour. Maybe 3ish last night. Can’t sleep during the day. The toddler is testing me all the time, BIG time. The big one is like a moody teen. The babe, the first couple nights seemed to have a ton of reflux so I made hubby buy a rock n play which helped majorly, but he wouldn’t sleep well at night. So, we tried adjusting the schedule so hubs would stay up the first half of the night and I’d take the 2nd. He then has to sleep w/the toddler for a few hours and take the big one to school. And then we’re both sleep deprived! Yay! And schedule has been entirely too busy. Switched formula last night and he’s not been as content today so that’s making me paranoid. The settling into a good routine is gonna take some serious work, but I’m in love!!! Lol, it’s not all bad.

Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Oh Tasha! Sorry….I know how tough newborns are. It stinks we don’t live near you as we could all pitch in and help. I hope things settle down soon.

Tasha J May 22, 2018 at 5:02 PM

Me too! Hubby’s here for a little while yet though, so we’ll get through. And, we got these done yesterday…

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 5:13 PM

OMG OUR BLOG BABYYYYYY!!!!!!!! The sweetest love baby angel EVER!

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 5:14 PM

Tasha… you are too good to us. I feel so privileged.

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 5:17 PM

*wants to snuggle Tasha*

I have no idea how that must feel… but you know what you’re doing Tasha. You’ve done it twice before. You got this. Sleep deprived, and suffering, but this will find its rhythm and you have the sweeeeeeeetest baby.

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 5:19 PM

Gorgeous babies, all of them.

Tasha J May 22, 2018 at 5:54 PM

That’s what I keep chanting to myself to get me through each day too, it’s helping! Thank you!! :D I love how they turned out.

Susan May 22, 2018 at 5:55 PM

I just finished the prequel Cutting Edge and Rough Edge by C.D. Reiss and loved them both. Sooooo good and can hardly wait for the next one. I love when I find a book that I can’t put down and I am supposed to be packing for a trip I leave for in the morning.

MichelleS May 22, 2018 at 5:56 PM

Happy Birthday Melinda!

I’m lerving Darkest Drae. It’s like I get a tiny bit of Tauren Soul (really old tortured soul who turns into a dragon instead of a Tairen – I’ll take it) and Throne of Glass & all the best Fantasy series. Yippee. And it made the list.

MichelleS May 22, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Past Present books – love them, if done right. I loved The Roam Series… chapters that told the back story slowly unfolded. He has been trying to find & save her for centuries. Over & over. Completely and utterly unique story.

bev May 22, 2018 at 6:09 PM

Tasha, they are gorgeous. Beautiful family.
Maryse is right….you got this.
I’ve heard people say it helps to give a toddler a specific job to do for the baby.
I hope you get some really good deep sleep soon.

Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 6:10 PM

Tasha, our blog baby (and blog sibs) are precious. What gorgeous pictures. Some really great ones of the three of them together. Thank you for sharing.

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 6:23 PM

OMG TASHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just died a thousand deaths! <3

Jean May 22, 2018 at 6:33 PM

Tasha! Amazing photos…. such a beautiful family! And our blog baby is just adorable!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

Hang in there!

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 6:35 PM

LOL I yell “blog baby” every time I see a post because I get so excited. Then the hubs yells “blog baby!” And now he’s calling him the blaby. :D

Nay May 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Tasha–what precious babies you have! You must be so proud!

Past Present books: (I can’t remember if these go back/forth/back/forth or have the first part of the book in the past and the second part in the future.)

A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner
Arsen by Mia Asher
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Leo by Mia Sheridan
Creed by Kristen Ashley
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
Unforgiven by Elizabeth Finn (wonderful angsty book)
Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig
The Lie by Karina Halle
Breaking Him by R.K. Lilley
Jack & Jill series by Jewel Ann
Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Into the Deep by Samantha Young

Ashley May 22, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Happy Birthday Melinda!
Tasha – those are the cutest pictures ever!
Waking Olivia is now an audiobook and it’s whispersynched!

*exact conversation from this morning*
Me : Oh my goodness Waking Olivia is out AND it’s whispersynched!!!
BF: Is that my robe?
Me: I’m buying it right now!!!
Bf: Does it … (leans forward off the couch) …touch the ground?
Me: Look! It’s downloading!!!
Bf: Where is your robe?
Me: I’m listening to this ALL DAY at work!
Bf: Soooo that’s your robe now?
***I proceed to leave the room***

And yes, the robe did come to the floor, he’s 6’1 and I’m 4’10.

MichelleS May 22, 2018 at 8:11 PM

Tasha – just saw the pic. I just want to cuddle that precious baby and smell him. Babies smell so sweet. He has no clue that crazy women all over the country are ooing and ah-ing over our BLOG BABY. He’s got a fan club.

Tessa May 22, 2018 at 8:31 PM

Ahhhhhh! Those pictures are so cute! All three of your babies are beautiful! You’ll get sleep eventually. It might take a year… :P

Michelle, did you get my message in the Mon thread? Seriously, when book three comes out, we gotta buddy read. :D

Leslie M May 22, 2018 at 8:31 PM

Jasper’s new nick name = blaby! Love it.

R. Renee May 22, 2018 at 8:33 PM

LOL Ashley!!

Cheryl May 22, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Tasha… I just can’t… every picture was beautiful. I just love baby feet. ;)

Ashley May 22, 2018 at 9:32 PM

Past/Present Books

My Skylar, Roomhate, Stepbrother Dearest, Mack Daddy -Penelope Ward
(Actually a lot of her books have this element! It’s great!)
The Boy I Hate – Taylor Sullivan
Burying Water – K.A. Tucker
The Law of Moses – Amy Harmon
Vicious – L.J. Shen
Corrupt – Penelope Douglas
When I Was Yours – Samantha Towle
Infini – Krista and Becca Ritchie
The Silent Waters – Brittainy C. Cherry
Reasonable Doubt – Whitney G.

Maryse May 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM

LOL Ashley!!!!!!! I love it!! :P

LisafromDFW May 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM

Cuuuuuuute baby!!!!!! Not all newborns are cute. But he is adorable!

Jan May 23, 2018 at 2:53 AM

Ha ha Maryse. A *smaller* list today. *only 65* LOL.

If anyone hasn’t read Kulti yet, just DO IT!! Fabulous book. And a bargain price as well. What’s not to like?

I’m looking forward to the new Lucy Parker, also to the next one in Julie Anne Long’s Hellcat Canyon series, First Time at Firelight Falls, due out on May 29th. I’ve preordered both and looking forward to next week :D

Jan May 23, 2018 at 3:00 AM

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics, Tasha. And happy birthday Melinda.

Tasha J May 23, 2018 at 3:59 AM

Aww, thank you ALL!! :) You guys are too kind and Blaby is a great nickname. ;) I slept sooo good last night. I could’ve totally done more too if I didn’t have to let hubby sleep too. Now if I can just figure out how to work a little nap in during the day, I think I’ll be more set.

Grey May 23, 2018 at 9:35 AM

*Squee* awwww! Da baby!!!! *tosses fairy sleep dust* because I can do that! I’m a ninja baby swaddler. I gots skillz like you wouldn’t believe! Thank you for sharing, Tasha, he’s precious!

Robyn May 23, 2018 at 12:08 PM

Michelle- I agree the Roam series for Past/Present books. One of my very favorite.

Another series that would fit is The Fish Tales by Suanne Laqueur.

Stefanie May 23, 2018 at 2:08 PM

You should add Victoria Ashley to your list of new releases. I love this author. Her new book Royal Savage came out this week. Here other series are just as amazing!

Stefanie May 23, 2018 at 2:08 PM

You should add Victoria Ashley to your list of new releases. I love this author. Her new book Beautiful Savage came out this week. Here other series are just as amazing!

D.G. May 23, 2018 at 4:54 PM

Tasha! OMG! I love him! He is so precious! I just want to kiss his little feet and smell his little neck! Oh, the sweetest smell is that newborn smell! And your other two kids are just adorable too. They both look like they adore him already!

D.G. May 23, 2018 at 4:55 PM

Happy, HAPPY birthday Melinda!!!

Maryse May 23, 2018 at 4:57 PM

Hi Stefanie!! She’s on the Monday earlybirds list (the post from the day before). :)

Tessa May 23, 2018 at 6:32 PM

So, if anyone has read the Morelli Family series, I’m on Resisting Mateo. I’m almost done and it’s INSANE. *nods* That is all. Yes, I’ll be jumping into the next book right away.

Anyone curious about the series, it’s great, though three is a HUGE hump to get through. They are just so… nice. lol Which, it’s Adrienn’s story, so you’d think it wouldn’t be, but no. He’s a gentleman, so it’s Nice.

Tessa May 23, 2018 at 7:59 PM

k. So, Surviving Mateo was a five star. Tears, insanity (it is Mateo after all), happiness, fear. Lots of fear. And my heart HURT like an SOB. So, of course, I am onto book 6.

Tessa May 23, 2018 at 7:59 PM

Ugh, RESISTING not surviving. *rolls eyes*

Leslie M May 24, 2018 at 6:30 AM


Fifteen months ago… White light pierced my eyes. I struggled to keep them open, then gave in and let them fall shut again .

Full Tilt by Emma Scott

*tries to control freak out that I am reading a death book*

Grey May 24, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Omg, Leslie! Loved, loved, loved Full Tilt! It was an amazing 5 stars for me… Although I did need Manny…and Godiva…and I may have been curled up in the blankie fort with some Moscato for a while.

Leslie M May 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Grey, I am a little afraid. But sometimes knowing heartbreak is coming makes it a little easier. *crosses fingers*

It Ends With Us and Behind the Bars gave me the ugly cry and were hard to recover from…hope this isnt as bad.

R. Renee May 24, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Leslieeeee!! You can do it! And I promise when you finish the duet you’ll be fine. I was fine after Full Tilt. For a DB, it’s very hopeful and inspiring.

Tasha J May 24, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Finally finished The Perfect Mother! It was really good, I’m surprised it’s her first novel. Still followed through on the Big Little Lies feels for me, didn’t see the big reveal coming so a total win! Now what am I in the mood for? Off to test some samples…

Tessa May 24, 2018 at 10:11 AM

“I never want to go back home.”
Coming Home by Sam Mariano

Seriously, if you love mafia books, read this series. It’s MESSED UP and addicting. After this one is the last of the series. So, so good.

Jean May 24, 2018 at 10:40 AM

Tessa, I’m going to have to check that series out. After all, you hooked me up with The Mafia and His Angel!

Leslie, hang in there! That duet is worth with it!

FLT: I prepared to move from the sofa, to turn off the television, to unpeel Alice from her spot under my arm, to seek out matching socks and untangle the four-day-old bird’s nest in her hair. (Three Secrets by Clare Boyd). I’m really liking it! Have no clue where it’s going and so many secrets/mysteries!

Confession: I haven’t been reading as much because I’m hooked on this stupid color by number app (Pixel Art)…… it is seriously addictive and mindless, but I’m loving it. I made fun of my friend for it and now I’m as bad as her!

Leslie M May 24, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Jean, sounds like fun. Which app do you use?

R. Renee May 24, 2018 at 11:41 AM

FLT: “He was eight years old when his obsession began.” L.H. Cosway, Painted Faces

Lisa’s GR status updates convinced me. Doing a BR in the BBB if anyone wants to join us!

Leslie M May 24, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Cue the waterworks…the ugly cry is starting.

Tessa May 24, 2018 at 11:55 AM

*hugs Leslie* Here, *grabs Manny and godiva* This should help.

R. Renee May 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Here Leslie. Dip the Godiva in this martini…

Maryse May 24, 2018 at 12:23 PM


*wishes for a Godiva martini*

I’m doing Keto. No more sweets or delicious pastas and breads for me…

That said… Mississippi Pot Roast is KETO!!! YAY ME!! Except I have to leave out the potatoes. I can work with that. ;)

Jean May 24, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Leslue, it’s called Pixel Art.

Tessa May 24, 2018 at 12:31 PM

FLT part 2:
There are a lot of different ways to deal with rats.
Last Words by Sam Mariano

Jean, the series is nuts. Like, literal nuts. And! You have to read it in order or things don’t make sense. Even the most boring, three, had elements of awesome that pertained to the rest of the series and is even important now in book seven. Soooo good.

Jean May 24, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Book 7?!?! Holy crap Tessa!

Leslie M May 24, 2018 at 1:03 PM

Ok, I finished and am already few chapters into All In. My face is all splotchy. Ugh! Why do I torture myself???

Thanks for Manny, chocolate & the martini. I def need it as 2nd book still sad. I need to get to the happy soon.

Tessa May 24, 2018 at 1:12 PM

lol It’s the last book of the series. :) Right now, parts of it are depressing, but I still have hope.

Tasha J May 24, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Haven’t found a book yet, but I’m watching Kissing Booth on Netflix…cute movie!

MichelleS May 24, 2018 at 4:23 PM

“A LIAR. A con. A godless thief.” Bane (Sinners of Saint Book 5), by LJ Chen.

MichelleS May 24, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Ooh. The Morrelli Family Series is KU. Tessa hasn’t steered me wrong yet, right? Would I like it, Tessa?

Jean May 24, 2018 at 4:40 PM

I liked Bane MichelleS!

Jan May 24, 2018 at 5:47 PM

‘It is too damned quiet.’
from A Rose In The Storm by Brenda Joyce. OK, it’s a HR. (What’s new?) But it’s not my usual fare. Set in Scotland in the 1300s. Lots of battles, politics, castles. Oh, and hot, rugged manly muscly men in kilts. The H has long, wild black hair. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

Jan May 24, 2018 at 5:54 PM

*goes to check out Pixel Art*

Tessa May 24, 2018 at 6:15 PM

You might. I will say it doesn’t along the same patterns as normal, but I think so. Is there anything you can’t stand?

Cheryl May 24, 2018 at 8:14 PM

Leslie I had a love hate relationship with that book. Even though I ugly cried, I loved the first book more than book 2.

“On paper, I’m a douchebag.” Hot Asset by Lauren Layne. This one is in dual pov and so far it’s working for me.

Tasha J May 25, 2018 at 6:31 AM

Just went to download a sample for The Butterfly Garden and it said read for free w/Prime reading and then I borrowed it…what is this?! I had no idea it was a thing!!

Leslie M May 25, 2018 at 8:23 AM

Yay Tasha! A surprise freebie.

Maryse May 25, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Tasha what about The Wife Between Us? I’m starting that tomorrow. :D

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