Latest Romance Book Releases – May 29th 2018

by Maryse on May 29, 2018 · 120 comments

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! MOGUL by KATY EVANS IS LIVE!!! CAN be read as a standalone!!! He was her one night stand… and she didn’t even know his name, but couldn’t forget him… ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔

“…I searched for him for months. Daydreaming about him. Wondering if I’d ever find him. Until the day I find myself staring face to face with his jeweled black eyes again.

He says lets keep it casual, and my heart knows that falling for this workaholic in a three-thousand-dollar suit is off the table.

Because he has a secret. One that’s a deal breaker for me.” <— GASP!!!!! eek Now I gotta know what that secret is!!!!

HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!!! 65+ new releases,  loaded in so many of our tried-and-true authors! Today’s list includes new books by Kristen Proby, Jamie McGuire, Christine Feehan, Suzanne Write, K.A. Linde, Helena Hunting, Sarina Bowen, Nora Roberts, and more!!

UPDATE!!!!!! The KINDLE VERSION IS LIVE!!!! And of course, I’m officially stalking Amazon for the latest release by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster ➔ Folsom (The End of Men Book 1) (this one is next for me because I love BOTH of these authors and the blurb intrigues me SO MUCH. :D ). The paperback is live, so that means the Kindle version should be going live shortly, too. <— IT’S READY!! YAY US!!!! FORBIDDEN LIVE & HE’S ONE OF THE LAST MEN ON EARTH….

“…Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.

Until Gwen.

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long-hidden truth…”

P.S. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s awesome earlybird release list ➔ Monday Earlybird Book Releases, ANNNNNND my latest 4.5 star review of the book that had so many of us on an emotional roller-coaster ➔ Book Review – The Idea of You by Robinne Lee <—- *ooooomph*

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!

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  1. Rebel Heart: The Rush Series, Book 2 by Penelope Ward & VI Keeland
  2. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
  3. Wild Hunger: Phoenix Pack, Book 7 by Suzanne Wright
  4. Lead Me Home: Fight For Me Series, Book 3 by A.L. Jackson
  5. Shadow Keeper by Christine Feehan
  6. Cocky Client by Whitney G.
  7. The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  8. Ruin by Samantha Towle
  9. Echo Moon: A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 3 by Laura Spinella
  10. All We Ever Wanted: A Novel by Emily Giffin
  11. Torched: Dark Kings Series, Book 13 by Donna Grant
  12. To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury
  13. Marek: Cold Fury Hockey Series, Book 11 by Sawyer Bennett
  14. Best Laid Plans by Brenda Jackson
  15. Making Up: London Celebrities by Lucy Parker
  16. I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
  17. Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
  18. Ocean Light: Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, Book 2 by Nalini Singh <— PREORDER!!!
                 

 

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)

Kay: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Fantastic slow burn, enemies to lovers story. Sooo good!

Rebecca: I loved this book. Loved it!

Jodie: Yes!!!!! So addicting!

Ashley: I’m so excited that The Hating Game is on sale, I’ve had it in my wish list FOREVER.

  • The Sinister Silhouette by Alex Grayson <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! “…For years, she’s come to me, calling my name. For years, I’ve never known who she was. Until now…. And Nancy LOVED it!!

Nancy: Maryse: This book was released yesterday! It is so good!! I can’t believe I didn’t tell you about it before now. Definitely will be on my Best Books of 2018 list!

Maria: …It sounds amazing!

Maryse: I absolutely LOVEDDDD that one!!!!!

Victoria: I just read “Protecting what’s his” and I loved it. I did not skim at all and it was hot!

Sarah: Just finished this one – thought it would be one I skim read…loved it! Loved some of the themes the author discussed (or more the way she approached them) there was a paragraph in this book that has resonated with me like no other romancey book has. Holed up with a broken foot am now off on a search for her other books.

Cheryl: Just finished Melt For You. A slow-burn, but I loved it. Scottish rugby player and quirky American. Funny, low-angst with sigh out loud moments.

  • The Perfect Mother: A Novel by by Aimee Molloy <— RECENTLY RELEASED PSYCH-THRILLER WITH A SURPRISE REVEAL ALERT!!! Tasha loved this one (and I just KNOW I would too!!!!)

Tasha: The Perfect Mother, it reads really fast, I’m almost halfway already and I’m completely engrossed in it. …I am loooving it. Totally, finally, gave me the same feels as Big Little Lies and that book is one of my all time faves!

Tasha: 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!

    

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN NEW RELEASES:

  1. Shadow Keeper (A Shadow Riders Novel) by Christine Feehan <— CHRISTINE FEEHAN ALERT!!Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she’s fair game–until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He’s dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away. The devil at her heels may have finally met its match…”
  2. Torched: A Dragon Romance (Dark Kings) by Donna Grant
  3. Wild Hunger (The Phoenix Pack Series Book 7) by Suzanne Wright
  4. Wings of Spirit: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance (Protected by Dragons Book 3) by G. Bailey
  5. The Doubted (The FBI Psychics Book 7) by Shiloh Walker
  6. My Fair Captain (The Sci-Regency Series Book 1) by J.L. Langley <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  7. Stone the Crows (Wolf Winter Book 2) by TA Moore <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  8. Heart of Fire (Alice Worth Book 2) by Lisa Edmonds
  9. Asa (Fallen Angels 3) – Paranormal Romance by Alisa Woods
  10. Dangerous Dance (Alien Blood Wars Book 2) by Samantha Cayto
  11. In Too Deep (Adirondack Pack Book 5) by K.C. Stewart
  12. When Darkness Follows (Beyond the Grave series #4) by Athena Daniels
           

 

CONTEMPORARY NEW RELEASES:

  1. All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire <— JAMIE McGUIRE ALERT!! THEY WERE ONCE OUTCASTS… and bonded together, but he left. “...Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart. Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy...”
  2. 9 Bodies Rolling (Body Movers) by Stephanie Bond
  3. Montana SEAL Undercover Daddy (Brotherhood Protectors Book 9) by Elle James
  4. Permanently Princess (Royals of Valleria #10) by Marianne Knightly
  5. Light as Air by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon
  6. Touched by You (Wellspring Series) by Elle Wright
  7. Stay With Me (With Me In Seattle Book 9) by Kristen Proby <— KRISTEN PROBY ALERT!! She’s starting over after her incredible success comes to a halt… “…When she has to drop out of the public eye, her cousin Jules offers her a new, temporary life on the Puget Sound. Her past may be catching up with her, but hope for the future is in Seattle. Wyatt Crawford can’t figure out the enigmatic beauty who’s living next door. As an architect, he’s usually good at looking beneath the surface—but she barely even leaves her house. Until she needs his help.”
  8. Cody’s Second Chance: Bad Alpha Dads (Silver Streak Pack Book 3) by A K Michaels
  9. The Surviving Girls (Hidden Sins Book 3) by Katee Robert
  10. Second Chance Bride (All Brides Are Beautiful Book 2) by Joan Reeves
  11. Lighthouse Beach: A Novel by Shelley Noble
  12. I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting <— HELENA HUNTING ALERT!!! He’s hitting up the wrong twin!! “…Pierce Whitfield can’t believe his luck when he’s able to track down the woman who scratched up the paint job on his car at the scene of the crime. But when he confronts the hit and run hottie, he discovers there’s not just one, but two of them, and he’s been throwing accusations at the wrong twin…
  13. Tomorrow’s Too Late (Sniper 1 Security Book 3) by Nicole Edwards
  14. All Night Long (Man of the Month Book 9) by J. Kenner
  15. Cowboy Bold (Longhorn Canyon) by Carolyn Brown
  16. Gray’s Girl by Mina Carter <— HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND IS NOW A HOT RUGBY PLAYER… “…When her brother wants to set her up on a blind date with the skinny little runt he befriended years ago, she’s not interested. But one look at the tall, muscular Adonis standing in her doorway changes her mind. Little Leighton is all grown up, and Frankie is having some very naughty thoughts about the man he has become...”
  17. Speakeasy (True North Book 5) by Sarina Bowen <— SARINA BOWEN ALERT!!! SHE’S HIS RIVAL’S LITTLE SISTER... “Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it. Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy…”
  18. Two of Hearts (St. Caroline Series Book 3) by Julia Gabriel
  19. Reviving Emily (Project DEEP Book 1) by Becca Jameson
  20. Fire Storm (The Gathering Storm Book 2) by Marlow Kelly
  21. Dares, Lies and Geminis by Kat Alexander
  22. Too Wilde to Wed (Wildes of Lindow Castle) by Eloisa James <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!
  23. The Prince: A Devil’s Duke Novel by Katharine Ashe <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!
  24. The Duke of Lies (The Untouchables Book 9) by Darcy Burke <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!
  25. My Duke’s Deception (Wicked Lords of London Book 2) by Tammy Andresen <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!
  26. Never Deceive a Viscount (The Infamous Lords) by Renee Ann Miller <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!
  27. It’s All About the Duke: The Rakes of St. James by Amelia Grey <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!
  28. Fate & Fortune by Fern Michaels <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!
  29. Solitude Gorge (Redemption Mountain Historical Western Romance Book 10) by Shirleen Davies
  30. Cocky, Stock & Barrel by Lina Langley
  31. Part-Time Husband (Trophy Husbands Book 1) by Noelle Adams
  32. Burndown (Nitro Crew Book 1) by Winter Travers
  33. The Wright One (Wright Love Duet Book 2) by K.A. Linde <— K.A. LINDE ALERT!!! DUET CONCLUSION!!!
  34. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  35. Sir’s Redemption (Doms of Decadence Book 8) by Laylah Roberts
  36. Marrying Her Mafioso (The Vitucci Mafiosos Book 3) by Terri Anne Browning <— TERRI ANNE BROWNING ALERT!!
  37. Jaxson 2: Ghosts of Retribution (Black Devils MC) by K.J. Dahlen and J.R. Ryder
  38. Dirty Like Seth: A Dirty Rockstar Romance (Dirty, Book 3) by Jaine Diamond
  39. Girl Submerged, Surging Tides: Book 1: A steamy love story about transcending abuse and evolving towards empowerment. by Avara Yaron
  40. Ice: Devil’s Nightmare MC by Lena Bourne <— BIKER FIGHTER ALERT!! “…The fighting cage made me a monster, and that’s what came out when they freed me. She thinks I saved her from monsters, but she just fell into the hands of an even bigger one. She also thinks we’re falling in love. She’s wrong. I forgot how to do that. Besides, love’s not what I want from her. She should’ve run away from me when I told her to do it. Because now it’s too late…”
  41. Heart of Fire (Alice Worth Book 2) by Jack Davenport
  42. All Night with the Cowboy: A River Ranch Novel by Soraya Lane
  43. Raising the Bar (Wicked Warrens Book 3) by Marie Harte <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!Dr. Dylan Warren is too old to be swapping places with his twin, but to save a career-making deal, he’ll play his part. He hadn’t counted on a sexy, nosy contractor being able to tell the difference between them. Dylan has never made any bones about being bi, but he’s never experienced two lovers in his bed before. Suddenly, he’s in lust with not only Harper, but the hot bartender serving him more than drinks...”
  44. Riven by Roan Parrish <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! ROCK STAR… Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough...”
  45. Bending the Rules (Wicked Warrens Book 5) by Marie Harte <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  46. When the Night Comes by Teegan Loy <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  47. Love You So Madly by Tara Lain <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  48. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts <— NORA ROBERTS PSYCH THRILLER ALERT!!! They survived a terrible tragedy at the mall…  “...The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies’ room, helplessly clutching her cell phone–until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art. But one person wasn’t satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait–and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide…”
  49. Dirty Player: A Hockey Romance by Mira Lyn Kelly
  50. Closing the Deal (Wicked Warrens Book 2) by Marie Harte
  51. Beyond Control (The Texas Trilogy) by Kat Martin
  52. You Send Me (Compass Cove Book 2) by Jeannie Moon
  53. Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar <— “…A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig—sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable? It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair, and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story…”
  54. Then There Was You (Angel Falls) by Miranda Liasson
  55. Out of a Texas Night (Kasota Springs) by Phyliss Miranda
  56. A Sin Such as This: A Novel by Ellen Hopkins <— SOUNDS LIKE ALL SORTS OF FORBIDDEN & TORRID DRAMA!!“…In a matter of weeks, Tara has reluctantly gone from rich, single San Francisco professional to Lake Tahoe housewife managing her niece’s whiplash moods, while resisting her stepson’s tantalizing sexual advances…
                                                      

 

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Nay May 29, 2018 at 5:51 AM

Good morning! Is anyone reading All the Little Lights??

Grey May 29, 2018 at 6:13 AM

Fa la la la la la la la la! *giggle* I don’t want to go back to work today…

Nay May 29, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Maryse–the med is Trazadone. I forgot to mention that they told me that it’s actually and antidepressant which is now commonly used to treat insomnia (and I don’t have depression–they gave it to me strictly for insomnia). I’ll keep you posted if I have an side effects. Since I’ve had this crud and I’ve also tried to stop drinking coffee after 6 or 7 pm, I’ve actually been sleeping better, so I haven’t needed it the past couple of weeks.

Leslie M May 29, 2018 at 6:49 AM

*tosses Grey’s glitter ’cause it feels like Monday but it’s Tuesday*

Leslie M May 29, 2018 at 6:51 AM

I am going to wait for feedback on All the Little Lights before I try it. Not sure if its my thang.

Cheryl May 29, 2018 at 7:01 AM

Happy tuesday! Ugh, off to work after long weekend! *drinks jumbo-sized coffee*

bev May 29, 2018 at 7:29 AM

I’m looking forward to the Kiss Quotient next week.

bev May 29, 2018 at 7:32 AM

And I really want to go back to bed. Did not sleep enough. But off to work I go.
But already Tuesday!
Cheryl let’s carpool, I want coffee and some of your crepes.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 8:18 AM

You guys are giving me neeeeeeds!!!

Crepe needs.

*sigh*

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 8:19 AM

YESSSS NAY!!! I’ve heard of it. Keep me up to date. I’d love to know if it works.

bev May 29, 2018 at 8:45 AM

What can you have?

Bacon and eggs? Coffee with cream?

Tasha J May 29, 2018 at 9:19 AM

A donut, maybe? Glazed croissant or iced maple, which to choose? Lol, sorry I’m just being mean now. :P Restrictive diets are the worst.
Yay Folsom!! I’m gonna try it real quick before I have to do adult stuff. Hubs went back to work last night and it was a rough one. I still need to finish Daughter of Smoke and Bone though AND finish that series AND I really want to read The Kiss Quotient too.

bev May 29, 2018 at 9:21 AM

It’s going to be an 80 degree day and am listening to Hamilton on my commute. I can not number how often I listened to it last summer. Makes me sad that I won’t have anything new like it this summer.

Tasha J May 29, 2018 at 9:26 AM

It’s only 10:30 here and already feels like 92 out. The humidity has been high the past few days. I would love a nice 78 or so.

bev May 29, 2018 at 9:46 AM

Cci ere m ready to go home and back to bed, lol.

Tessa May 29, 2018 at 10:04 AM

Coffee!!! I only drink coffee in the morning, only one cup. Anything after will keep me awake at night. So after coffee, just water for the rest of the day.

Breakfast is just eggs and buttered toast. YUM You can have half of that Maryse. :) I can’t do that type of diet. When I tried, I ended up with a ton of stomach pain. NOT worth it. I lasted two days… the second day is when the pain hit.

marina May 29, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Cannot wait to read Folsom!!!

Tasha J May 29, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Oh, Stephanie Garber’s Legendary, sequel to Caraval, released today too! And I wanted to read The Death of Mrs. Westaway…too many books, too little time.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Yes to all of that bev. I can have anything and everything except bread, pasta, starchy vegetables (potatoes) and sugar. Oh and I have to whoa-it in the fruit department due to the high sugars (berries are fine).

Tessa May 29, 2018 at 11:26 AM

Berries are awesome! They are low in sugar and still packed with vitamins. :D Which make them extremely awesome. Oh, except grapes. Those have a ton of sugar.

Robyn May 29, 2018 at 12:09 PM

So what do you eat Maryse? You just cut out most of my food groups with your list! LOL

I finished The Idea of You and did my whining on Maryse’s review page. That book! GAH! I just can’t get started on that again.

On a good note, Summer Skin peaked my interest from above. Rugby player with an ego and a scorned girl out to even the score…yep!

I’d share my breakfast, but I’m only having an iced coffee.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 12:36 PM

I eat all sorts and any kinds of meats and veggies (minus potatoes & corn), soups and cheeses (I can even eat Pizza – fully loaded, cheese, pepperoni and the works as long as it’s a cauliflower crust, or one made with almond flour or coconut flour), eggs (fine).

Deserts are fine made with those special flours (and something called “Swerve” – a sugar substitute, I think it’s erythritol). Dark chocolate fine, berries, nuts, pork rinds, fine…

There are all sorts of makeshift recipes to have the stuff you love, but with these substitutions. It’s kind of fun since I love to cook anyway. For “noodles” I eat shiritake noodles, or spaghetti squash, or Zoodles.

Coffee and water and green tea are fine. Lemons and limes anytime I want… no fruit juice. No soda of course.

It’s working. SERIOUSLY. No bloating, losing a lb every few days, no swelling or joint pain, and holy moly I swear I’m actually sleeping on average 6-7 hours every night again. It’s been two weeks now!!!!

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, butter… ALL FINE. Full fat dairy… fine.

I just watch the carbs, to keep it in the “Keto” area, and I’m good!

Of course there are two sides of the fence when it comes to these particular diets, nutritionists and doctors on both sides that tout the benefits and those that warn about the downfalls or concerns… so don’t do it unless you talk to your doctor and get the proper info on it of course, but for me it seems to fit (so far). ;) I feel good!

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Yeah… definitely no grapes, or pineapple or mango on this diet. *sigh* Mangoes are my favorite.

I may sneak in an apple here or there once I’m more efficient at this and know my body can stand more carbs and still remain Keto. And for vitamin C issues (since I can’t eat oranges), I have a lemon every single day in my water (or on my veggies with some olive oil and salt and pepper). Sometimes two lemons. And I take a multivitamin.

Oh yeah! Mayo is fine too!! I try and keep my eating as clean as possible, not too many processed extras in my meals, but at least once in awhile it doesn’t bother anything (like if I want to make a chicken or tuna salad – mayo is fine).

Tessa May 29, 2018 at 2:21 PM

You can just make mayo at home if the processed thing is an issue. It’s just egg and oil, sometimes a little mustard to help with getting it to set. All the rest is extra for flavor. :) You may even make a mayo that tastes a hundred times better than anything at the store.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 3:49 PM

I bet you’re right, Tessa!!! I’ll try it. :)

I remember my mom and I used to make our own Cesar salad dressing when I was a teen (with eggs and oil and vinegar and cheese and all sorts of stuff that makes that delicious flavor). It was my favorite!!! I should ask her what the recipe was.

Cheryl May 29, 2018 at 6:05 PM

Bev that would be some carpool. Might take longer to get to work than you would like! ;)

Think I’m going to read The Hating Game since it was a bargain now. Summer Skin sounded good, until I saw the price. Think I’ll wait on that one.

Tessa May 29, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Oooh, Ceasar Salad! Yum again. I’m tempted to try to make a mayo. I would use yellow mustard cause I hate the others. lol Some use lemon to ‘freshen” the flavor (aka use a sour taste to make it taste better) and some use apple cider vinegar. I’d use the vinegar due to allergies, but the recipes I saw look good. Honestly, I want to do it so I can make a marjoram flavored mayo for artichokes. I had that at a Ren Fair once and I was HOOKED.

Tasha J May 29, 2018 at 6:52 PM

Mmm, I haven’t had a Caesar salad in years!! And…eek! My Mom got me a gift certificate to this yummy local meal service I’ve been dying to try and I just saw that you get a free order of lemon cookies w/every order this week! It’s on my list for tomorrow.

bev May 29, 2018 at 7:23 PM

I’m craving the worst salty foods.
I’m in the store and chips, pig skins, and salt & vinegar chicken wings. I’m refraining but not sure what all the salt is.

bev May 29, 2018 at 7:24 PM

I love ceasar dressing, the only way I’ll ever try an anchovie.

MichelleS May 29, 2018 at 8:29 PM

I love anchovies! I use anchovy paste and use it for homemade Ceasar dressing. I also use it in a heavy sauce, like a stew. Yum.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 8:35 PM

I’ve never HAD marjoram!!!! Oh now I’m serious intrigued. Marjoram flavored mayo. And Artichokes are fine for my diet I’m VERY DARN sure of it. What a treat!!!! I’m doing it.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 8:36 PM

Yep!!!! Keto! YAY ME!!!!

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 8:36 PM

Tasha. I love lemon cookies. I think I can make ‘em with my coconut flour. I will give it a go. A whole new cooking experience for me.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 8:37 PM

OMG WHAT??? Salt and vinegar chicken wings?????????? OMG WHAT???? How? WHERE? CHIPS? ACTUAL CHICKEN WINGS????

P.S. I love pig skins so I’m not feeling tooooooooo deprived on this diet.

Tessa May 29, 2018 at 8:54 PM

Oooh, you never had marjoram? It’s awesome and one of the best herbs. :) Especially if you also add a little rosemary, garlic, or oregano. Now I want artichoke. lol I usually season the water with those due to that Ren Fair to try to get that flavor back.

Bev. I get cravings for salt a LOT (seriously, only water all day equals you NEED salt) and dill pickles pack the best punch on killing the urge. Even over chips! I always have a jar of pickles in my refrigerator, and will eat one every third or fourth day. It kills all craving. I used to get the big dill pickles, but could only eat half before I got sick of salt. It works that well.

bev May 29, 2018 at 9:12 PM

Actual chicken wings. I don’t ever really eat them but love salt and vinegar. So I bought some one day and they were good and saw them today and wanted them again. I got them from the cold deli case at Safeway.

I love pickles. Especially if I kind find a sour one, never ever sweet. Never. Ever.

Leslie M May 29, 2018 at 9:16 PM

Ok, now I am craving salt AND pickles. Totally buying pickles tomorrow.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 9:20 PM

bev OMG salt and vinegar is my favorite flavor of ANYTHING, and chicken wings are ALSO my favorite and both of those are absolutely Keto. I’ve NEVER seen salt and vinegar chicken wings. I would literally squeeeeee out loud if I found them in my Publix deli. I will ask them to make them. They actually do cool stuff like that, so I just might get lucky.

Maryse May 29, 2018 at 9:20 PM

too love pickles. I am into all the salty and sour things.

bev May 29, 2018 at 9:38 PM

Looks like Google will bring up some recipes. Though why so many people add powdered ranch to everything I do not know, lol.

Grey May 30, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Food. Nom nom nom. So hungry. I’m totally eating chips and drinking a Starbucks frappuccino right now. sigh. No willpower. I need to lose 15-20 pounds, but I have straight up no willpower and am super stressed right now, so I know I am not doing it.

I’ve had my poor 4 legged baby at the vet… It isn’t looking good and I’m super sad about it. Hopefully they’ll have her lab results back tomorrow and we will have some answers… I am fairly sick over it myself, I just need answers… :cry:

marina May 30, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Thx Maryse for the sale alert, just downloaded Hating Game and have been wanting to read it. I need some light, fun reads so also looking at I Flipping Love You and cannot wait for Kiss Quotient too!

Maryse May 30, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Grey I would be DEVASTATED if anything was wrong with my sweet babies (my minpins). Ugh I am so worried with you. What happened?

bev May 30, 2018 at 2:31 PM

That’s hard Grey. I’ve lost 2 of my 3 over the last 3 years. My one now is an old girl too. The hard part of owning pets. Ok hope the labs come back good.

Grey May 30, 2018 at 2:40 PM

We’re not sure, Maryse… She was vomiting like a month ago, and since then she hasn’t been right…her appetite has gone way down. This past weekend when we were away, she flat out refused to eat for my mom at all (who she loves…and takes care of her often and she sees every day when my mom comes to take my kids to school) and now my doggie has lost a ton of weight and just isn’t her… The vet did some blood work, we talked about a couple of ideas… I’m trying to pray for the best, but preparing for the worst. It’s heartbreaking.

Michele G May 30, 2018 at 4:02 PM

Thinking of you Grey! I have two aged fur babies myself so I really feel for you. Will hope for a good outcome….sending you hugs!

Nay May 30, 2018 at 5:52 PM

Hope everything is okay, Grey–please keep us posted as to what you find out. I was in a very similar situation with one of our dogs several years ago, and I can empathize!

Cheryl May 30, 2018 at 6:32 PM

Grey sorry to hear about your dog baby. Hoping it’s a fixable answer when you get her labs back.

Ashley May 30, 2018 at 7:34 PM

Y’all, All the Little lights is amazing!!!!

Nay May 30, 2018 at 7:45 PM

Ashley–would you consider is YA or NA? I’m seeing both.

Nay May 30, 2018 at 7:46 PM

**it YA (clicked before proofing–I HATE that! lol)

Tessa May 30, 2018 at 8:29 PM

Grey, I’m sorry to hear about your doggy. *hugs* Crossing my fingers for the pup.

Kandace M May 30, 2018 at 10:44 PM

Everyone needs to read the Hating Game! It’s that good. I’ve been in a little reading funk and decided to switch genres. I found the most amazing PNR book. All the books are out. I’m still fairly new to the PNR world. I get really excited when I find something I like. The book I read was called Good Intentions (The Road to Hell Series) by Brenda K Davies. I’m so excited to dive into the second book.

Leslie M May 31, 2018 at 5:39 AM

I am so happy I actually loved some books this month!! Grey, set off all the glitter bombs please

Best of May:

Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston

Full Tilt & All In by Emma Scott

*happy good book dance*

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 6:02 AM

YAYYYYYYY!!!!! All books I loved, Leslie!!!! :D

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 6:03 AM

Kandace that one is awesome (Hating Game). Agreed! Now I’m intrigued by the Brenda Davies one.

Nay May 31, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Good morning!

FLT:
“He’s going to prison for this,” my daddy yelled from the hallway.
Welcome to the Dark Side (The Fallen Men, #2) by Giana Darling

I’m LOVing the writing and the general vibe of these forbidden/taboo books with super sexy alpha bikers! I mentioned in my review of the first one that these guys remind me of one of my all-time favorite heroes, Tack Allen from Motorcycle Man.

MichelleS May 31, 2018 at 9:22 AM

Morning ladies!

Best of May: The Darkest Drea books 1&2… eagerly waiting for book 3.

FLT: ” The first time Zoe Clarke saw me, my hand was wrapped around my dick.” – The Hardest Fall

Oh jeez! What a first line! In my defense it’s a KU book & I was in the mood for shy nerdy girl & alpha male trope. It’s fitting the bill. She says the funniest things.

MichelleS May 31, 2018 at 9:25 AM

NAY!! OMG! That was the series I was telling you about that reminded me of KA. I had it wrong. Wasn’t Badtards of Boston!!! So glad you posted this. Okay… book two is the teacher-student one. Yippee!!! You’re going to love it.

MichelleS May 31, 2018 at 9:26 AM

I mean book one is teacher one. Sheesh. I’m a mess. I read them out of order!

R. Renee May 31, 2018 at 9:49 AM

FLT: “Love is patient.” American Queen by Sierra Simone. I’m loving this so much! 65% in andI have a couple of friends who’ve DNF’d at this point but I’m not seeing it! Wonder if something big is about to happen to change my mind.

Best of May: A beta read of my friend Nicky F. Grant’s “Beyond the Truth.” I loved it harddddd! Her first book was erotic romance and I loved it too for the love triangle, but this one is explicit contemporary romance and much more my thing. It gave me The Unrequited feels!

Tasha J May 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Sorry about your dog Grey. I just went through that w/mine, months ago, I feel your pain! I hope you get good results and she feels better soon.
Best of May- I can participate! Lol, It’s a toss up between The Butterfly Garden and The Perfect Mother. I loved them both, but they’re so different from each other so I feel like they should be best of in their own category.
I haven’t picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone in a couple days, I’m sleep deprived and have all these monkeys on my own again and I can’t focus. I was so into it too! I started a sample of How to Walk Away also and I’m loving the sound of it, but can’t focus there either. :( And then! I saw that Us Against You releases next Tuesday and I’m so book overwhelmed! I MUST read that one, especially since I LOVED Beartown and it’s still fresh in my mind.

R. Renee May 31, 2018 at 10:39 AM

I had to backtrack. I’m so sorry Grey! :(

Nay May 31, 2018 at 11:22 AM

Yes, Michelle! That’s it! OMG, it’s similar to KA, but not. Usually when I read that about a book, I don’t get the KA vibe at all, but I definitely do with these! Although I don’t want to take anything away from Giana Darling–she’s a great writer in her own right and her writing is definitely different.

I’m reading the 2nd book now (Zeus’s), and I want to sit down and get through it SO badly, but every time I try, I get interrupted, so I’m only at 20%. At this point, I’m hoping she’ll write a book about every member of the Fallen MC!

Did you see the 3rd one? It’s called ‘Good Gone Bad’. I added it to the GR series link a couple of days ago when I realized it wasn’t included.

Leslie M May 31, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Grey, *hugs* and I hope your dog is ok.

Tessa May 31, 2018 at 11:45 AM

R – Did you skip the prologue like I recommended?

Best book of the month is between a few, but as much as I adore The Morell series, I also read Dark Queen by Faith Hunter. Seriously, that book was THE BEST of the series to date. It wasn’t just the culmination of all the storylines ending, but seriously, THE EMOTIONS. I ugly cried. Just out and out ugly cried. I get teary-eyed, but ugly cry, not normal for me. This one did it. *grins* One last book and the series is done. I’ll miss it.

R. Renee May 31, 2018 at 11:50 AM

I was too late! I remember you mentioning it somewhere before but had forgotten until you commented. But honestly, it was the prologue that hooked me. I HAD (HAVE) to know how they got to that point. I think I would have loved it anyway, but that’s what initially drove me.

Tessa May 31, 2018 at 11:53 AM

FLT:
Dear Miss Carter,

I am sorry I was bad in class yesterday. I did not mean to cause a dissrupshun, and I’m sorry that I broke your best pens, but I am not sorry that I HATE Arizona Turner.

She is ugly and she talks way too much. I don’t know why you don’t send her to the office like you send me. She deserves to be punished too, and I hope she dies tomorrow so I don’t have to see her or her ugly metal mouth anymore.

Sincerely,
Carter.
Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G

I had to do the whole thing. Needless to say, that little letter hooked me. :)

MichelleS May 31, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Tessa – love it! I adore stories where they are kids that fell in love. Pig tails, ice cream, first kiss…. sigh…

Kandace M May 31, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Michelle – I loooved The Hardest Fall. I read it a few weeks ago. It was a perfect NA slow burn. I liked how shy she was and that it was a little suspenseful too.

Tasha J May 31, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Has anyone read Folsom yet? I’m curious to see how good it is! I also started and finished that sample a couple days ago, but wanted to finish my current read first.

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 3:15 PM

I’m reading it as we speak Tasha. Loving it so far.

bev May 31, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Tasha, this is what you do. You put the books down and watch a k drama. Then when the Kiss Quotient comes out you read that with me.
Problem solved. ;)

Leslie M May 31, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Tessa!!! I have to read that one. I adore stories where couple were childhood friends (or enemies). The flashbacks are always so fun. In fact, I am reading one now with childhood flashbacks. Come to me Quietly by A.L. Jackson.

Hey Maryse, I got to chose theme for June’s TBR challenge and I dubbed it as “month of Maryse”. ;) Which means we pick one of your faves OR a rec from the blog. I picked Come to me Quietly. (as did a few others) Since you don’t go on Goodreads, I will update you on everyone’s picks.

bev May 31, 2018 at 3:37 PM

It’ll be fun. We will eat ramen and salt & vinegar chicken wings.

bev May 31, 2018 at 3:39 PM

People get compared to KA all the time. Then I read them and it will feel too much like a copy because they copy some of her ticks. But since both Nay & MichelleS like these it makes me very curious.

R. Renee May 31, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Oh yeah. Maryse, American Queen fits the flashback list!

Tessa May 31, 2018 at 4:06 PM

Yeah, it does. I forgot about that.

Sincerely, Carter does too! OMG, five stars! It made me so happy and my heart swooned. I loved it.

Tasha J May 31, 2018 at 4:47 PM

Lol, I can’t even watch my very own show/movie right now, Bev. By the time the kids get to bed, I have 2 hours approx. to fall asleep, it never happens, before the next feeding. And then the toddler gets up, Bc he doesn’t sleep well on his own yet. *sigh* and it’s a long night of up n down and fighting w/him also.

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 4:47 PM

Yes keep me updated!!! I LOVE this idea!!! :D

Tasha J May 31, 2018 at 5:01 PM

Looking forward to your review, Maryse!

Linda May 31, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Finally put my big girl panties on and went all in and read Driven!! Fell in love with every single character. Amazing work Kate Stewart!!!

Linda May 31, 2018 at 5:13 PM

** sorry Drive**

Leslie M May 31, 2018 at 5:59 PM

No idea why Sincerely Carter wasnt on my TBR as I own that one. Anyway, its on there now!

MichelleS May 31, 2018 at 6:18 PM

Nay – there’s a book three in the series? Yippee! My next read.

Nay May 31, 2018 at 8:08 PM

Uhhh, sorry, Michelle. I should have mentioned it’s not out yet…soooorrrrryyyy!!!

I’m playing HQ for $100,000 right now. I’m sure I won’t get past question 3 or 4! lol

bev May 31, 2018 at 8:10 PM

Go Nay!!

Nay May 31, 2018 at 8:20 PM

Yup, out on question 4. UGH!!!!!

Cheryl May 31, 2018 at 8:21 PM

Michelle, I loved The Hardest Fall and that first line hooked me. *giggle*

Tessa, Sincerely, Carter was great too!!

FLT:
“I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them.” The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne.

I have to say, so far this book is a little funny and a lot boring. Definitely slow going.

Tessa May 31, 2018 at 8:22 PM

It’s okay Michelle. Tomorrow the next Drae book comes out. :)

Nay May 31, 2018 at 8:25 PM

My favorite book for May was definitely Lessons in Corruption, the first book in Giana Darling’s biker series.

bev May 31, 2018 at 8:34 PM

What was the question Nay.

R. Renee May 31, 2018 at 9:02 PM

Cheryl I had a friend tell me that the other day. She said with my affinity for DNF’ing lately, she wants me to hang in there because it starts slow but is ultimately awesome.

Lisa M May 31, 2018 at 9:17 PM

Happy dance MOGUL!!!!!! So excited stopped what I was reading to start & finish it!!! Ian Ford, my new book boyfriend!! So freaking good!! Just like all of Katy Evans books!! Read them all. Multiple times!! 5 star read for me!!

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 9:20 PM

YAY Lisa!!!!! Thank you for the feedback. I loved her first few books, and she just keeps on writing the steamy alphas!!

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 9:25 PM

YAY LINDA!!! WE GET YOU! Drive drove me nuts in all the best ways. <3

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Okay I’m adding it to my makeshift “notes page” R.

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 9:27 PM

*sigh* I can’t eat Ramen anymore, bev.

But!!!!! Bring on the fatty chicken wings with all of that salt and vinegar skin!!!!!! I AM SO IN!!!!!!! :D :D :D !!!!

Maryse May 31, 2018 at 9:33 PM

R. please remind us when Beyond the Truth goes live!!!

R. Renee May 31, 2018 at 9:36 PM

I think it’s going to be a while but I totally will! Thanks!

bev May 31, 2018 at 9:48 PM

Umm…if you want the chicken wings you have to watch a K drama or read the Kiss Quotient.

Thems the rules.

Nay May 31, 2018 at 9:56 PM

Bev–it was something about a microwave. I actually hit the wrong button. I was sitting there looking at the correct answer, and my finger went to the wrong one. I think it may have even been question #3. Ugh! I got to #11 that one time and now I can’t ever get past #6. I haven’t been playing nearly as much lately, though–I got tired of losing! lol They’re doing prizes of $200K, $300K and more during the NBA playoffs.

Tasha J May 31, 2018 at 10:16 PM

I don’t like chicken wings….lol Or Ramen really. I’ll eat those if I must, but pass on the wings. Tomorrow is national donut day!! I. Am. Starving. And I’m really sad Bc I picked up my food order today and she forgot my lemon cookies, so now I have to wait till next time. And I don’t wanna wait! *sniffles* I’m craving all the sweets right now. Must need that sugar to function on such little sleep. Hah!

Nay May 31, 2018 at 10:18 PM

Maryse (and everyone)–I’ve been helping out a new-to-me author, Jamie Slosser, with getting a series set up on GR that’s a pretty cool concept, so I thought I’d pass it along. It’s 14 authors who are releasing 14 standalone novellas, each on a different day from 5/31-6/13, and every title is the name of a cocktail. The series is called ‘The Cocktail Girls’, and it appears that each one is about a different cocktail waitress in Vegas. So far, about 9 of them are listed on GR. Oh, and all the ones I’ve seen are free with KU. Here’s the list of books in the series and their release dates:

May 31: His Old Fashioned by Frankie Love​
June 1: His Mimosa by Jamie Schlosser​ AND His Irish Coffee by Jessica Lake
June 2: His Whiskey Sour by Kim Loraine
June 3: His Champagne by Dori Lavelle
June 4: His Manhattan by Tracy Lorraine​
June 5: His Blushing Bride by Emilia Beaumont​
June 6: His Perfect Martini by Angel Devlin
June 7: His Long Island Iced Tea by Roxy Sinclaire
June 8: His Hurricane by Alexis Adaire
June 9: His Sloe Screw by Alexandria Hunt
June 11: His Vegas Bomb by Derek Masters
June 12: His Redheaded Slut by Vivian Ward
June 13: His Gin and Juice by Alexx Andria

I thought these would be great to read to help me get caught up on my GR annual reading challenge since I’m waaay behind.

Maryse–didn’t know if this might fit in with the Friday Finds??

Nay May 31, 2018 at 10:21 PM

Tasha–I’ve been meaning to say that I’m glad you’ve found a little time to read. I’m so happy for you and I’m sure you’re enjoying your little one so much! My favorite time with all 3 of my boys was from birth to about 8 months. I LOVED every minute of it!

Leslie M June 1, 2018 at 5:14 AM

Cheryl, I didnt love The Hating Game and don’t get all the hype. :(

Tasha J June 1, 2018 at 5:28 AM

Yes, up to 8 months is the BEST! That toddler stage tho, *deep breaths*. Haha

bev June 1, 2018 at 7:32 AM

I loved The Hating Game.

But isn’t it funny when we read a hyped book and you don’t like it?
I mean let’s be honest. Don’t you ever think how bad the writing, plotting, pacing, and characterization is and wonder WTH?
Like is everyone drunk reading without me?
Then if someone hates a book I love I think how great the writing,plotting, pacing, and characterization is and wonder WTH?
Like were you drunk while reading that?

bev June 1, 2018 at 7:34 AM

I love toddlers and the way they see the world.

Leslie M June 1, 2018 at 7:51 AM

I am weirdest mom in world because I am not a huge fan of babies. My fave age is 3 to 5.

Leslie M June 1, 2018 at 7:59 AM

And YES Bev, I often think most of you all are drunk when reading since I don’t get the hype for soooooo many books! ;)

In all seriousness, my issue with The Hating Game is that I read so much CR that it was “same old” to me. I have a hard time when books are too similiar to previous books I have read. (I absolutely loved Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James which is this trope)

marina June 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

bev that happens to me a lot. Books I love I think resonate with me and not others. I read the sample of the Hating Game quite awhile back and it didn’t suck me in but because of all the raves and on mega sale I’m going to try again. Tasha, I read Folsom. It is unique. Reminds me a bit of the Handmaid’s Tale meets Hunger Games meets hotness. It’s good and I am curious for the next one to find out what happens next.

Tasha J June 1, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Good to know, Marina! I haven’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale, but I get the gist.
Now I’m gonna have to check out Practice Makes Perfect, Leslie!
Bev, I feel that way about so many books, lol. My face gets all screwy and my eyes bug when I see one that everyone raves about and I read it and I feel exactly as you described. And when someone doesn’t adore one that I did, hand to chest, gasp, all offended for my poor book’s feelings!! Lol
Also, you toddler lovers are crazy! Maybe you haven’t met the right one to sway your opinion (mine). Also my nephews. (I believe it’s all from my hubby’s side) And several turds I’ve met at the park and what not. Haha…The temper on my child is insane. The majority of the day is made up of tantrums, massive tantrums, over the most ridiculous things. And he’s started talking back, so fun! He’s been potty trained for a year, but has decided to pee standing up now so I also get to clean the entire bathroom a few times each day. He won’t sleep by himself. It’s a huge ordeal all night long, has been for too long. He’s destructive and unpredictable and also sweet and funny and frustrating and all the things! Exhausting. Lol

Leslie M June 1, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Well, my son was a devil baby and rotten toddler. Luckily now he is worlds best teenager and I love him to pieces. My love for toddlers is just because they are so darn cute at that age. Plus, when they are not yours, you can give them back! ;)

Maryse June 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Tasha… tell us your most obnoxious/hilarious toddler tantrum please!!!!

I love looking at those toddler-tantrum memes on Facebook… I laugh hysterically.

“He’s crying because I won’t let him eat the styrofoam” *snort*

Maryse June 2, 2018 at 8:04 AM

Nay!! Thank you for the Cocktail Girls list… I’m looking them up right now!

Maryse June 2, 2018 at 8:05 AM

GASP!!! Okay Tasha… we may be book-twins but I suppose… not so much food-twins.

Ramen and chicken wings are MY FAVORITE.

Although Ramen is out of the running for now…. so bring on the wings!

Although – lemon cookies… I’m with you on those. I have a Keto lemon-raspberry WITH icing cake that I may attempt today (instead of regular flour, I use coconut flour). See? We have yummy stuff too!

Maryse June 2, 2018 at 8:07 AM

bev… for the chicken wings.

Can I watch a K-Horror instead??? :D !!!

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