Latest Romance Book Releases – May 8th 2018

by Maryse on May 8, 2018 · 159 comments

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The Tuesday NEW RELEASE list is ready!!!! It’s not a huge list today (around 60 so far…), but I’ll be keeping an eye out all day in case any new ones go live, and I’ll add them too. Let me know if you see any that I’ve missed. :D

Some of the ones that gave me a blurb jolt? Well, that one to the left Bane (I’m actually building a nice collection of this series that so many of my fellow reader swear by – total jerk-faces, I hear!!), Merciless (oh. MY!!!! I’m just so curious about that taboo kink of his, and then he meets her…), The Foreseeable Future (she saves his ex, and then the video goes viral), The Hookup (her sister is marrying his twin brother… and there’s a question about who’s child it is… eeeep!!!), Falling for Mr. Sometimes (hate-at-first-sight, and then she realizes he’s the new chef where she works),

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s ➔ Monday Earlybird Book Releases list AND!!! My latest book review is up ➔ Trespassing: A Novel by Brandi Reeds is up!!

LET’S READ!!!! :D !!!!

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).


For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness
  2. The High Tide Club: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews
  3. Stone Vows (A Stone Brothers Novel) by Samantha Christy
  4. Confessions: Robbie: Confessions Series, Book 1 by Ella Frank
  5. Cocky Fiancé by T. L. Smith & Melissa Jane
  6. The Ruthless Gentleman by Louise Bay
  7. Death Doesn’t Bargain: A Deadman’s Cross Novel by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  8. Muse in Lingerie: Book 1 by Penelope Sky
  9. The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick


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)

  • (still working on this section… more coming soon!) ;)
  • Tulsa by S.L. Scott <— Cheryl recommends these rock star reads!
Cheryl: Two books in the series so far; Spark and Tulsa. Each are standalones, but are inter-related because of the brothers. Also has the Resistance band members from the Resistance series in it too. Not much angst, but good stories and sweet. Bonus that they are KU too.
  • Ghosted by J.M Darhower <— ONE OF OUR 5-STAR FAVORITES & Ashley found us the audiobook deal!!

Ashley: the Audible daily deal is Ghosted by J.M. Darhower. I bought it this morning and listened to it at work today…it was SO good! I love a great second chance romance.

Leslie: Ashley, Ghosted is one of my all time faves!!!

  • Evelyn, After: A Novel by Victoria Helen Stone <— PSYCH-THRILLER THAT I 4.5 STAR LOVED!! SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! One of the best tales of a character’s ‘downward spiral’ I’ve read!
  • Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb <— J.D. ROBB SUPER-BARGAIN!!!



  1. The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
  2. Death Doesn’t Bargain: A Deadman’s Cross Novel by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— SHERRILYN KENYON ALERT!! “Death Doesn’t Bargain is the second historical fantasy title in New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. Where Deadmen tell their tales, and every soul is damned or redeemed by the final choices they make.”
  3. Dead To Me (Cold Case Psychic Book 5) by Pandora Pine
  4. Knock Down Dragon Out: Soulmate Shifters World (Soulmate Shifters in Mystery, Alaska Book 1) by Krystal Shannan
  5. Stone Cursed: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Taurus (Highland Gargoyles Book 6) by Lisa Carlisle
  6. Twist of Fate (Veredian Chronicles Book 4) by Regine Abel
  7. Renegade Valkyrie (Valhalla’s Curse Book 1) by Stacy Claflin
  8. A Thousand Sleepless Night by Teri Harman <— TIME TRAVEL ALERT!! OH THIS SOUNDS WONDERFUL!!!! “...RUNNING FROM the grief of losing her beloved Aunt Jetty, Matilda meets Henry, a writer with no outlet for his words, and suddenly both of their worlds have meaning once more. SIX YEARS LATER, Matilda and Henry load their young daughter, two antique typewriters, and a box of Henry’s love letters into the car and head off to a new life. But one snowstorm and a slippery road take it all away. In that black moment of tragedy, Matilda turns to Henry and says, “I wish I’d never met you.” THE WORLD GOES DARK. MATILDA WAKES UP with no memory of the last six years…”



  1. Bane (Sinners of Saint) by L.J. Shen <— L.J. SHEN ALERT!!! “...Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living. Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled. Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently. Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man…
  2. Accidental Hero: A Marriage Mistake Romance by Nicole Snow <— HE’S HER STUDENT’S FATHER… “…Forget how he’s badass personified. The ink. The leather. The abs. The smirk. The lightning eyes and the growl I can’t resist. Nothing changes the fact that he’s my favorite student’s father. I’m risking it all for this charade. And I’m losing…”
  3. Merciless (Playboys In Love Book 3) by Gina L. Maxwell <— GINA L. MAXWELL’S LATEST!! OOOOOOOOH BOY!!!!! HE’S GOT A CERTAIN TABOO KINK ;) “…With a kink as taboo as mine, it’s too risky to play with anyone who doesn’t crave it like I do, so I’ve gotten used to depriving that side of me. Then I see her. She’s the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen and my darker half recognizes itself in her mysterious brown eyes. She’s everything I could ever want and thought I would never find. Our arrangement may seem twisted to everyone else, but the sex is explosive—and soon my soul demands to own every part of her…”
  4. All I Need (The Rockford Fire Department Book 5) by Kathryn Shay
  5. Heat of the Knight (Knight Ops Book 2) by Em Petrova
  6. Simmering Heat (Braving the Heat) by Leora Gonzales
  7. The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian <— THEY WORK TOGETHER & SHE SAVES HIS EX… “…She’s going to earn some money and move to Seattle, the city she’s loved since she was a child. And the best way to earn that money is by working the night shift at the local nursing home. Seth O’Malley works there, too, and a romance quickly blossoms between them. But things get complicated when Audrey saves the life of Cameron Suzuki, Seth’s ex. A video of her performing CPR at the beach goes viral, and suddenly, Audrey’s wanted for TV interviews and newspaper articles. And just when Audrey starts to love life at the nursing home–and life with Seth–Seattle comes knocking…”
  8. Regrets Only: A Novel by Erin Duffy <— HER MARITAL BLISS COMES CRASHING DOWN… “…With her marriage heading for divorce, Claire knows it’s time to stop feeling sorry for herself. But how can she move on when she’s still stuck in the orbit of her husband’s world? For starters, she can get rid of her soon-to-be ex’s possessions—including his prized, gigantic foosball table—by dumping them onto the curb…until complaints from the neighbors get the police involved. Now Claire is busy dodging the mean mommies at story hour and hiding from her ex-husband’s girlfriend in the grocery store. But as Claire soon learns, suburbia still has a few surprises in store for her—surprises that will make her question her choices from the past, send her down an unexpected road to self-discovery, and maybe even lead to new love…”
  9. The Hookup: The Jordan Brothers by Erin McCarthy <— HER SISTER IS MARRYING HIS TWIN BROTHER… “…With my prima donna sister, Bella, getting married in Maine, I figure her wedding is the perfect opportunity for my little experiment. And Cain Jordan seems hot enough—he’s certainly drunkenough—to show me what I’ve been missing. Judging by the body of evidence, it’s a lot. . . .”
  10. Dating The Prince: A Royal Romance Comedy (What If Book 1) by Alina Snow
  11. Hollywood Homicide (Hollywood Headlines Mysteries Book 5) by Gemma Halliday and Anne Marie Stoddard
  12. Ride Forever (Fortitude MC Book 3) by Amity Cross
  13. Lucian (West Norton Boys Series Book 1) by Dawn Doyle
  14. Flash Point (Island Fire Book 7) by Amy Knupp
  15. Falling for Mr. Sometimes (Falling for Mr. Wrong Book 4) by Jenny Gardiner <— OMG THE JERK!!!! A PARKING DISPUTE HAS HIM CRITIQUING HER PHYSIQUE!!! “…Jamie would like nothing more than to forget that the jerk existed. Until he turns up as the new chef at her father’s new restaurant, where she’s been waitressing while trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. And when her father refuses her demands to fire the moron, all bets are off as the heat is turned up to scorching in the kitchen to see who will bring the other down first...”
  16. Fame & Consequences by Reese A. Stephens
  17. Twisted by Emily Rose
  18. His Beauty (Grayson & Lily) by Sofia Tate
  19. Can’t Fight the Feeling (Nashville Dreams) by Sandy James
  20. Pick Six (Mavericks Tackle Love Book 2) by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE ALERT!! THE VLOGGER & THE FOOTBALL STAR… “…The chance to work with the Mavericks on an eight-episode vlog series is the opportunity of a lifetime, and Six knows it. But after an interesting first encounter turns into a head-to-head battle with cocky football star Sean Phillips, her attention shifts—to keeping herself from falling in love...”
  21. His Wicked Love (Cuffs and Spurs Book 3) by Anya Summers
  22. Intimate Intuition (Lotus House Book 6) by Audrey Carlan
  23. Road to Grace (Dogs of Fire Book 8) by Piper Davenport
  24. Royal Mess by Jenna Sutton
  25. Not Quite An Heiress (The Heiress Games Book 2): Palm Cove Tales by Kristin Wallace
  26. The Dating Experiment by Emma Hart <— EMMA HART ALERT!! SHE’S SO INTO HIM BUT... “…Setting up a dating website with the guy I’ve been in love with since I was five wasn’t my smartest idea. Especially since he’s my best friend’s brother—thankfully, she’s okay with the fact I’m pulling a Sandy and I’m hopelessly devoted to him. Which is why it’s time to get over him. So I do something crazy and ask Dominic Austin to find me a date. He does—if I find him one, too…”
  27. Passion Rising (Original Sin Book 4) by JA Huss & Johnathan McClain
  28. Rogue Hearts (The Rogue Series Book 4) by Tamsen Parker, Stacey Agdern, Emma Barry, Amy Jo Cousins, Kelly Maher, Suleikha Snyder
  29. Down and Dirty (Scions of Sin Book 3) by Taylor Holloway
  30. THE ENFORCER: a Mafia Romance (Bad Romance Book 2) by Shanna Bell
  31. Straight Up Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor Book 2) by Lexi Ryan <— SHE WANTS A BABY… “…When I drunkenly confess my plans to my friends, they convince me to ask Jake Jackson for help. Jake, the best friend who’s been there for me through thick and thin. Jake, who also happens to be smart, funny, ridiculously good looking, and the winner of all the genetic lotteries. So when Jake takes me up on my request—with the stipulation that we get the job done the old-fashioned way—I’d be a fool to decline...”
  32. Torn Asunder by Kiki Howell
  33. Burning Up (Flirting With Fire Book 1) by Jennifer Blackwood
  34. The High Tide Club: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews
  35. Mafia Princess (Royal Mafia Book 1) by Bella J.
  36. In Shining Armor: Billionaires in Disguise: Flicka (Runaway Princess Book 2) by Blair Babylon <— BLAIR BAYLON ALERT!! ROYAL LOVE... “…The only thing standing between her and the cheating prince is Dieter Schwarz, her bodyguard, her protector, and her ex-lover…”
  37. Cashmere and Camo: Billionaires in Blue Jeans by Erin Nicholas
  38. Badger (SEALs of Steel Series Book 1) by Dale Mayer
  39. Forever Hunted: Forever Bluegrass #9 by Kathleen Brooks
  40. Her Last Word by Mary Burton
  41. Married by Moonlight (Distinguished Rogues Book 9) by Heather Boyd <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!!
  42. Bahama Mama (The Key West Escape Series Book 2) by Tricia Leedom
  43. Serenity (Fortuity Duet Book 2) by Rochelle Paige <— DUET CONCLUSION IS NOW LIVE!!! “Serenity is the conclusion to Dillon & Faith’s story, which began in Fortuity.”
  44. The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick
  45. Trusting the Cat Burglar (A Russo Romantic Mystery Book 2) by Pamela Gossiaux
  46. Temporarily Yours by Cara Carnes
  47. Behind Me by Chloe Fischer
  48. Love at the Beach Shop (Paradise Key Book 2) by Kyra Jacobs
  49. Taking My Mafia Princess: A Bad Boy Mafia Romance by Chloe Fischer
  50. Things I Never Told You (Thatcher Sisters) by Beth Vogt


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

  1. Pieces of Eight (Mad Love Duet Book 2) by Whitney Barbetti - May 9th 2018
  2. Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey - May 10th 2018
  3. How To Marry A Werewolf: A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carrier – May 13th 2018
  4. Planet Dragos: A Novella of the Elder Races by Thea Harrison - May 14th 2018
  5. Power Player: Anti-Hero Game: Power Chain Book Two by Ryan Michele - May 15th 2018
  6. How to Walk Away: A Novel by Katherine Center - May 15th 2018
  7. Unlit (A Kingdoms of Earth & Air Novel Book 1) by Keri Arthur - May 15th 2018
  8. Guilty Sin (ALFA Investigations Book 4) by Chelle Bliss - May 15th 2018
  9. Vanilla & Vice (Empire Sevens Book 1) by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea - May 15th 2018
  10. Harvest Song (Otherworld Book 20) by Yasmine Galenorn - May 15th 2018
  11. Another One (Lighter Ones Book 2) by Aleatha Romig - May 15th 2018
  12. The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll - May 15th 2018
  13. War Storm: 4 (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard - May 15th 2018
  14. The Cast: A Novel by Danielle Steel – May 15th 2018
  15. Three Secrets: An utterly gripping psychological suspense thriller by Clare Boyd - May 17th 2018

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Leslie M May 8, 2018 at 7:01 AM

Morning! :)

I like Accidental Hero. That cover!!! He looks all bad-a $$ and yummy.

Amanda May 8, 2018 at 7:16 AM

I just found this blog this morning! I didn’t know anyone still did these but I’m inlove! I’m in the middle of reading J.R Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood book 3, and this site is is perfect for when trying to find something to read after the series.

Maryse May 8, 2018 at 7:40 AM

Hi Amanda!!!

Wow thank you so much, and welcome to our group. You’ll find we’re a very fun bunch, and we’ve always got great book recommendations. :)

And if you have any for us, we’re all ears.

bev May 8, 2018 at 7:42 AM

Welcome Amanda.

I feel kind of bad. She is excited to find a book blog not realizing it is going to turn into a drama blog when Maryse watches My Ahjussi.

D.G. May 8, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Morning my peeps! Wishing everyone a wonderful Tuesday with lots of coffee! *sets coffee and pastries on table*
Enjoy my lovelies!
First day in DC, heading out to sightsee.
First fun-not-always-fun fact: major litterbugs…

Maryse May 8, 2018 at 7:51 AM

LOL bev!!!!!

Watch me get the K-drama bug… just watch!

Maryse May 8, 2018 at 7:52 AM

Good Morning my friends!!!!!

Jean May 8, 2018 at 7:56 AM

Good morning ladies! I started Bane last night and am loving it already! This series rocks!

Welcome Amanda! Don’t let bev scare you off!

Have fun D.G.!

Thank you Maryse….. you are the best!

D.G. May 8, 2018 at 8:04 AM

Thanks Jean! And welcome Amanda! You have found the best blog around! Love these ladies!

Tessa May 8, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Welcome to the “We adore books and one likes K-drama club”, Amanda! *waves* What type of books do you like. There are a ton of JR Ward lovers here. :D And despite what books I’m posting here, I’m a huge PNR junky. So, enjoy and recommend away.

I’m jealous Jean! lol I’m on chapter 3 of Atheist Who Kneel. I fell asleep right after trying to really start it last night. I was TIRED. So, my list now includes Bane. :)

MichelleS May 8, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Welcome Amanda! Check out Maryse’s “what to read after…” posts. They’ll keep you busy reading all our faves. BDB is one of my all time favorites. Rhage is still my top fave. I was reading lots of paranormal and fantasy when I found Maryse’s blog. I’ve branched out to other bad boys since then. All the best reads I’ve found here!

bev May 8, 2018 at 8:57 AM

LOL, Tessa.

I scare no one. I’m the nice one.

I just really need Maryse to watch this.

There must be a list we need Maryse to make so she can watch a few eps…..

What would be a good list?

Summer TBR?
Maryse 101 for newcomers?
Tessa’s most feisty moments….shes making me laugh alot…

Kathy P. May 8, 2018 at 11:04 AM

Thank you to the person who recommended Ride. I love it!! If you like sports romances, I just finished Catching Caden and Benching Brady by Samantha Christy. They both were really good and I definitely recommend them.

Amy May 8, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Oooooh, a 101 For Newcomers would be perfect!

Welcome Amanda!! *big welcome hug* I hope you’ll find a home here as so many of us have. Random comments, shenanigans, makeup and nail polish talk, cocktails galore, blankie forts to gather in and buddy read, sharing our resident stuffed manatee to snuffle and cry on, celebrations…we’ve got it all here. And most importantly…BOOK TALK!!

Maryse has some of the best lists on here…you’ll be able to find what you’re in the mood for, no matter what it is. :D

Amy May 8, 2018 at 12:23 PM

DG…have fun on your trip!

*snort* Yeah bev, you’re the nice one until we try to hug you. This sums it up, with you saying, “don’t do it, don’t you do it” and me just going for it. LOL!

I’m being good! I clicked the lower-priced books up there and only clicked samples of the higher-priced books while I wait for an ereaderiq alert that they have come down in price. I’m getting better!

Robyn May 8, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Welcome Amanda! This is the BEST blog. You will find everything here and I kinda mean everything! LOL All in a good way of course!

I’m going to read Bane too. Plus, I can’t wait for War Storm to come out. I’m starting my reread this week!

I also finished KA’s The Greatest Risk. I love Steffan And Sixx. This book was the best in the series. I live in Phoenix and I want to know if these places KA talks about in her books are real. Did she go to them to do research? I could do some research with her. Hehe

MichelleS May 8, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Maryse’s book blog 101. A must…

A Manny book – a stuffed manatee that gets passed around virtually for a book that’s so angsty you need a creature to hug.

We all have book boyfriends. Maryse’s is
Travis Maddox from BD. He’s taken.

We agree beards are okay-ish, but often discuss what could be stuck in there and their overuse on covers.

Amy May 8, 2018 at 12:51 PM

“We agree beards are okay-ish” <—– when did THIS happen?!?

I know R likes Jeff Bridges' beard because it smells like sandwiches, but I am NOT okay with beards. I always imagine they smell like dirty scalp.

Hubby knows if he tries to come home with a beard then I stop waxing. :|

MichelleS May 8, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Amy – I said “ish”… it’s still up for debate. I very neatly trimmed one is ok. If guy has a lumberjack look, I picture him my way. Jason Momoa makes many appearances in my world.

Tessa May 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM

No beard! Stubble ok, or enough to emphasize your jawline, but nothing that covers the mouth. Eeew. No fluffies.

Lisa Aiello May 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Welcome Amanda. You will love it here. Maryse does an amazing job and we have a whole host of whackadoodle book buddies. If you are feeling brave, join us some time on Goodreads.

We have a whole group over there and do buddy reads and have lots of different chats going at all times. These people here (holding my arms out wide) are the best tribe a girl could want!!!

Tessa May 8, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Amy, it’s not that fierce. It’s more like this.

Amy May 8, 2018 at 1:13 PM

LOL!!! That’s so awkward and embarrassing for her!

Okay…I can agree with Tessa on stubble or emphasis of the jawline but no fluffies. But MichelleS, I was shaking my head reading your “neatly trimmed” comment until you said Jason Mamoa. Everything else then faded away.

R. Renee May 8, 2018 at 1:37 PM

Welcome Amanda!

Yes. I like Jeff Bridges’ sandwich-y beard, and obvs anyhairanywhere on Josh Duhamel. But I recently discovered I’m OK with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s beard as well. Not sure I want to define what his smells like though…

Leslie M May 8, 2018 at 2:12 PM

Ooooh Jeffrey Dean Morgan. *waggles eyebrows* I have loved him forever. Such a sexy voice!

Hi Amanda! :)

bev May 8, 2018 at 3:19 PM

I like that he was like…um….no. lol.
I think Amy was the one pouncing while I was doing the Jerry hand up step back.

Ok. Agreed.

Maryse we need a 101 primer so you can watch My Ahjussi.
We ALL agreed. Even your twin.

Tessa May 8, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s beard makes him look ancient old. Another reason I’m not a fan of beards. They just make a guy look curmudgeon old, not a sophisticated old.

Grey May 8, 2018 at 4:28 PM

*throws glitter* Hmmph! *flops dramatically on nearby chaise lounge* (because we all have chaise lounges in 2018) Gah! What a few days! Miss you all. Welcome, Amanda! My daughter was dancing in a dance competition all weekend. Let me reiterate. She danced some. We waited around a lot. All you dance moms know how these things go. It’s a great experience, but…woo, I’m exhausted…still, and *I* didn’t even dance! :lol: And I lost my kindle. My beloved kindle , gone… But then yesterday, I got a call from the theater, they found it!!! Someone had turned it into the security office. Way to revive my faith in humanity a little, because I was huddled in the fetal position, in my glittery blanky fort, sucking down some serious Godiva and crying for Manny. Anywhoo… I feel like I haven’t really read much in forever… I finished my reread of ACOWAR and have ACOFAS, but… Haven’t really started it. Am I broken? Send help!

Grey May 8, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Oh, I did read an ARC of Pick Six. Reminded me a lot of the original Max Monroe ‘Tapping The Billionaire’ books, the laugh out loud Rom-com funnies. So I guess I’m not completely broken. I liked that one!

D.G. May 8, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Thanks Amy- and I LOVE the whole beard and tattoo combo…hubba hubba!

Bev- the cherry blossom have wilted and are falling like snow in the breeze!

Ashley May 8, 2018 at 6:46 PM

Grey – you got an ARC of Pick Six – jealous! I loved the Tapping the Billionaire books so now I’m even more excited to read it.

I just finished Comatose by Catherine Black and it was amazing! I got it on sale on amazon and thought ‘I’ll try it.’ Sometimes those are the best finds!

Welcome Amanda! I love the lists here. I love that when I’m in the mood for a specific kind of book Maryse has a list for it…if not she’ll make one!

Jan May 8, 2018 at 6:57 PM

Hi Amanda. *waves* Welcome. I love paranormal romances too, as well as CR (contemporary romance) and HR (historical romance). You’ll find lots of great book recs here, and also our group over on Good Reads. My fav book husband is Will Sumner from Beautiful Player. So sorry, he’s taken.

I’m tempted by the new LJ Shen, but not sure how well I can deal with those jerky jerkface guys. Love em but hate em. I still haven’t quite finished Midnight Blue which I liked but it hurt too so I’ve taken a break from it.

Glad you’re enjoying your trip, DG. *gratefully accepts a coffee from DG* HEY!! Who took the last pastry??????

steph May 8, 2018 at 7:03 PM

I’ve read 17 books so far thanks to discovering I can download books straight from Amazon courtesy of my local library. Sure wish I’d figured it out earlier! I’ve read a few that have been on my TBR for too long.
Nothing for me in the list but there sure are in the comments!! :)
Happy Tuesday!

bev May 8, 2018 at 7:05 PM

D.G. that sounds beautiful .
I’m glad you are finally there and off the bus.

bev May 8, 2018 at 7:07 PM

Club of Death: club of people who like it when characters die.

3 Things: A list of three things.

Cheryl May 8, 2018 at 7:32 PM

Welcome Amanda. You will be so happy that you found this blog. Maryse is the best!!!! :)

Have fun DG!

So many pricey books up there. Trying to stick with KU only. *trying*

Kathy I read Catching Caden and Benching Brady too and loved them!

Tessa May 8, 2018 at 8:05 PM

Awesome Steph. Is it through Overdrive? I love that one for that reason.

Cheryl, my biggest problem now is there are so many on KU I want to read and I run out with my limit being “only” ten. lol

Cheryl May 8, 2018 at 8:17 PM

Me too Tessa- I swap out books and then just add the sample, so I remember I want to read it.

I’m reading Road-Tripped. At first, I thought it might be a dnf because it was so over the top. However, I’ve grown to love the MC’s and I am enjoying their story. I also LOVE all the southern phrases Walker uses.

“it was darker than a cat’s asshole out there.”
“You’re nuttier than a port-a-potty at a peanut festival.”
“Touch her again,” he said warmly, “and I’ll slap the taste right out of your mouth.”

bev May 8, 2018 at 10:06 PM
R. Renee May 8, 2018 at 10:09 PM

I’ve been living it for daysssss. My brain hurts. Even the authors who are unaffected are banding together to offer information and support. I thought it would be over by now but I don’t think we’re anywhere near.

JulieO May 9, 2018 at 12:29 AM

Can someone please remind me who Bane was in the Saints and Sinners series? I loved the books but it has been many books ago.

Also beards are a no go for me. Scruff is fine but the long ones that all the guys have turn me off. So I very rarely buy a book with a bearded guy on the front!! Bad person aren’t I?

Leslie M May 9, 2018 at 5:28 AM

JulieO, you are not a bad person or if you are, then I am too! ;)

Authors really need to be aware of how their covers impact sales. I have totally read or refused to read books strictly based on the cover.

Melinda May 9, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Hi Amanda waves,

Bane looks really good, so does Merciless.

But I’m reading Tulsa By S.L. Scott. It’s really good.especially if you like Rockstar books.

I don’t like beards either, my book boyfriend is Will from Beautiful Player so he’s taken.

Maryse does a super great job. This is the best blog around.

bev May 9, 2018 at 7:32 AM

R, it’s crazy. I can’t believe it was allowed to happen.

bev May 9, 2018 at 7:37 AM

My Ahjussi is back today. It’s like a Tuesday.

Jean May 9, 2018 at 8:05 AM

JulieO, Bane was in Scandalous and surfed with Edie (Trent’s eventual girl). His mother was Edie’s dr. (Sonya I think).

Tessa May 9, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Thank you, Jean! I couldn’t remember too, but now that you said she he was, I remember him.

R. Renee May 9, 2018 at 10:19 AM

bev, the RWA (Romance Writers of America) is involved and yesterday worked with Amazon to “pause further removals/suspensions on books w/ titles containing “cocky” while this is being contested.”

Also posted 30 minutes ago: “Amazon has responded to our request to say that they will not be removing titles from sale until this matter is resolved and have reinstated those they previously removed.”

Tara Crescent’s Cocky Series was reinstated last night. Hopefully they all will be soon if they aren’t already.

Author Kevin Kneupper filed a petition to cancel the trademark with the TCO 5/7, but I don’t know where that stands. He’s doing it pro bono.

MichelleS May 9, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Jean – thanks for the Bane update – I had forgotten who he was too. Loved that series. Going to put it on TBR.

MichelleS May 9, 2018 at 11:31 AM

Cheryl – I am LIVING the southern phrases. I moved to Texas from Cali, and it takes some getting used to. To describe the rain, someone said to me, “it’s like a cow pissin’ on a flat rock”.

Maryse May 9, 2018 at 11:38 AM

What’s a 101 Primer??

bev are you giving the primer? Is it an Ahjussi lesson? :D

Maryse May 9, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Ohhhhh MichelleS okay I’m scrolling backwards in the comments and I just saw what you mean by a 101.

Okay… keep adding 101s that you can think of and I’ll compile them into a blog post. HOW FUN!!!!!

Maybe I’ll post it tonight. :P

JulieO May 9, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Thanks for the reminder about Bane. Remember him now. Loved that series so will click this one too.

Leslie M
Thanks for having my back about “beards”. If I see it on the cover I picture it the entire time I am reading the book. Yuck

Cheryl May 9, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Michelle I grew up in the south, so I know some of the phrases. When I say them my kids tease me that I’m talking “hillbilly.”

Tessa May 9, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Some 101s are obvious. Be respectful and such.

Another, please tell us your opinion, good or bad, about a book. :)

Marmy definition. Who Manny is. A breakdown of Book Boyfriends. *gets out a sword to defend Seth and Mason* MINE!!!

Speaking of books, I did finish Atheist who Kneel and Pray last night. Cute. Not very rocker-ish to me. I didn’t get the tears or the angst. (See broken angst box) Still cute and enjoyable, though I was able to set it down. 4 stars. :)

Tessa May 9, 2018 at 1:24 PM

My dad and my older siblings on my dad’s side are from Arkansas and some phrases just became natural. I still say y’all even though I’ve never lived outside CA. When I was little, I spelled window winda and mirror mirra. :D I’d always call the group on some of the sayings. “Weirder than an armadillo”, “Slippery as a catfish”, or “Mad as a wet hen”. I’ve no idea why animals were usually the reference.

Grey May 9, 2018 at 2:09 PM

Um, if we are talking book boyfriends… IDC what anyone says… Will Sumner, Brother Vishous and Zach Easton are all mine. Mine, mine, mine! *throws clouds of glitter and hustles men into the blankie fort* *waggles eyebrows*

Jean May 9, 2018 at 2:19 PM

And my boyfriends are Remington Tate, Z, Logan, and every other broken hero, just to name a few! Lol!

marina May 9, 2018 at 2:51 PM

Cheryl, so happy you are reading Road-Tripped! I agree too, the beginning doesn’t feel that unique but the story as a whole is so unique. Great characters!

bev May 9, 2018 at 3:33 PM

The important part of the 101 is that it is a list to make to watch My Ahjussi.

That’s the 101 of the 101.

Jean is our favorite.
Ela’s not really YELLING.

bev May 9, 2018 at 3:34 PM

FLT=First Line Thursday

Tessa May 9, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Oh and end of the month Best book of the month!

Grey May 9, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Oh, and we’re trying to convince Maryse to have another Book Bash.

And bev is real bev… not to be convinced with fake Bev… *giggle* and she does the best rundowns on what everyone is up to.

Amy and R try to get everyone drunk around here…

MichelleS and Tessa are our experts on all things PNR.

OMG, why is it only Wednesday?

Jan May 9, 2018 at 6:51 PM

*mad as a wet hen* That’s funny. I’m going to try to find a situation where I can use that one. Ha ha ha.

Cheryl May 9, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Marina- a bonus that RT was free the other day when I one-clicked it. Wish the author would make the others KU.

Maryse May 9, 2018 at 7:06 PM

I AM LOVING these 101s!!!!!!!!

Hilarious and so true.

Maryse May 9, 2018 at 7:07 PM

LOL on Ela “yelling”. I LOVE her yelling. :P

Maryse May 9, 2018 at 7:07 PM

I’m still scrolling…

did we mention Amy’s *ahem* peanut issues? ;)

R. Renee May 9, 2018 at 7:11 PM

I love the 101s! I can’t believe we didn’t think of it sooner! Good job real bev!

Mona May 9, 2018 at 7:55 PM

Bev and R, I think one way around the patent for now would be a slight change in the spelling …. kocky or cockee for instance, at least until it’s resolved.

bev May 9, 2018 at 8:02 PM


I’m good for an idea when I want something.

Agree with Tessa. Do not be shy on your opinion of books.

The Courtyard.

I think not .

Tessa May 9, 2018 at 8:08 PM

Aroo’ing is an acceptable way of appreciating the Courtyard and anything else Anne Bishop does. :)

bev May 9, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Mona that would be funny. Like Cockee Bastard by Penelope Ward.

Isn’t it absurd?

So shady. But I can’t believe we could potentially copyright a word like that.

R, seriously why didn’t you get “Sun.” Show a little initiative.

We could then have :

The Son is Also a Star
Here Comes The Son

R. Renee May 9, 2018 at 8:23 PM

:D Actually at the moment (thanks to Kneupper and the RWA) everyone who’s already published is safe until the issue is resolved. No clue on new books though. Did I mention I think I have a mad crush on Kneupper? But that’s neither here nor there.

Here Comes the Son should be my 3rd book bev! Boy is that title a spoiler! :lol:

bev May 9, 2018 at 9:06 PM


Not such a cold lonely winter after all.

Tessa May 9, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Oooh Ilona Andrews has a pre-order up. 6/26 is the release of her new series from the Kate Daniels world. If anyone reads her blog, it’s the joke book from April Fools 3 years ago, and the response by everyone really wanting the book was so big, they went ahead and wrote it. :D

Actual quote from their blog, “Then we got an email from a slightly confused librarian. One of the library visitors requested the book. The librarian realized that is was a joke and informed the patron that this was an April Fool’s spoof, to which the patron apparently replied, “If we request it enough, they will write it.”

It worked.”

Tasha J May 10, 2018 at 12:32 AM

I have a maaad case of insomnia tonight. It’s storming here too so my son is clinging to me for dear life, so- freakin- fun! I’m hungry, but resisting bc my stomach was really upset tonight. I’m thirsty, but resisting bc I’ll be in the bathoom all night. I have a doc appt. early in the morning and I won’t be able to function. All day, and maybe yesterday too, I’ve been refreshing the blog and no one has said anything. Which was a bummer cuz it’s been a really long day- one that just drags and drags. And then I just now realized, I was on Monday’s post. Sleep deprivation makes me slow, literally. *rolls eyes*

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 3:28 AM

Tasha, I feel your pain about the insomnia. I hate not sleeping through the night. I woke up at 4:15 a.m.

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 6:32 AM

You guys…I am sad. Birthday Girl is NOT what I thought it would be. :( (if anyone wants spoilery deets, PM me on GR)

I will just go hide in my blankie fort and wallow in book guilt. I feel like the books lately are a struggle to get through. *exasperated sigh*

Fingers crossed the BR of At This Moment snaps me out of it.

bev May 10, 2018 at 7:33 AM

Tessa I love that story.

At this Moment, which is that one?

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 7:51 AM

Bev, it’s a rock star book that Nay, Melinda & Paula loved. I chose it as my ATF challenge pick this month and a bunch of us are BRing it.

Nay May 10, 2018 at 7:54 AM

Playing catch-up because I forgot to bring up Tuesday’s thread on my laptop and I’ve been checking Monday’s UGH (I don’t do notifications for some reason because I automatically check in so much.)

Welcome, Amanda!

I live in Tennessee, so I hear every Southern saying on a regular basis. You name it, my hubs says it. Not sure if these are exclusively Southern anymore, but off the top of my head, these are the ones he says the most:

Busier than a one-armed paper hanger
Full as a tick
Meaner than a two-headed snake
I’m finer than frog hair
Slicker than goose $hit (or ‘owl’)
She cranks my tractor
Useless as tits on a boar hog
Tastes so good it’ll make you wanna slap your granny
Additional thoughts:

The ‘cocky’ thing is rude, ridiculi, and just plain spiteful.

I love scruffy bears and some goatees (hubs has one). In most cases, I’d rather a guy have a scruffy or short beard than not (I love J.D. Morgan’s beard!)

I’m also sleeping like crap again.

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 8:01 AM

*giggles at Nay’s post*

MichelleS May 10, 2018 at 8:03 AM

Ducking peanuts. Our obsession to be first to post. Confetti. Good times!

Nay May 10, 2018 at 8:03 AM

Leslie–I’m anxious to hear what bothered you about Birthday Girl. I have a feeling, but I want to wait until after I read it to find out. And as a matter of fact, I think it’ll be my next read after I finish The Unrequited today because I’m LIVING for taboo, forbidden books like this right now!

“My heart is not an organ.”
The Unrequited by Saffron Kent

MichelleS May 10, 2018 at 8:05 AM

And Amy is our resident mixmaster virtual bartender. Fabi is MIA, so we sometimes lament about that. Catnip talk is always fun.

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 8:09 AM

Ok Nay, let me know when you want to hear my gripes about Birthday Girl!!

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Leslie isn’t At This Moment third person? I thought you only read first?

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 8:41 AM

R, crap! I haven’t started it yet and didnt know it wasnt 1st person. I do have a very low tolerence for 3rd person, but sometimes the author/story is so good that it works.

bev May 10, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Nay loves a scruffy bear, lol.

Not scruffy but lovable.

bev May 10, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Those are good ones MichelleS.

We should send new people to GR to introduce themselves to Fabi.

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 8:57 AM

That’s the only reason I haven’t read it. I like third person but not when I’m writing. I’m beta reading third person now and it’s messing with my head!

Tasha J May 10, 2018 at 9:13 AM

It’s mean, but I’m glad I’m not the only one. Misery loves company and all that! ;) I didn’t get to sleep till after 2 and then up at 7. I’m super dumb today. Lol….I’ve got a date though! By May 16, I’m havin’ me a baby! If I go before, that’s great too. I feel like this will help settle my nerves

Nay May 10, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Oops! Scruffy *beards* lol

When we can’t sleep, we need to start posting to see if anyone else is on line. I was on at 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

You have a perfect reason for insomnia, Tasha! It’s just preparing you for not sleeping through the night for at least the next few months. This ain’t your first rodeo, so you know to enjoy being able to sleep in the hospital while you still can.

Speaking of babies, just got the 20 week ultrasound pic of my grandSON this morning! I don’t think I ever mentioned that we found out it was a boy!! At least I have plenty of experience with those, having 3 sons myself.

Tasha J May 10, 2018 at 9:42 AM

I’ve been so anxious lately, I’m hoping this will hap me sleep a little more. Last night was nuts, my brain was working overtime. Funny enough, I’ve never slept in the hospital after a baby. It actually takes about 3-4 days for me to get any sleep. My first, I actually had to go back to the hospital and get shots in my hips to help me sleep. The first didn’t work. My anxiety is stronger than any drug! Lol…it’s not really funny though. I’m considering asking for a sleeping pill for at least 1 day in the hospital to jump start my rest. I don’t like being on pills consistently, my body loves side effects, but 1 day might make me less crazy feeling.
Congrats on your grandson Nay!!! I love finding out the sex of babies, it’s such an exciting time. Let the shopping begin! ;)

Tasha J May 10, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Oh! Have you all seen the trailer for the movie Book Club?! It comes out next Friday. I’ll have to wait to rent it, but I’d SO watch it in theaters if I could!

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 11:01 AM


It was the same conversation, week after week.

At This Moment by Karen Cims

Jean May 10, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Trying to catch up on all the comments!

Tasha! So exciting! Our blog baby is almost here!

Nay, congrats! That’s exciting too!

Leslie, I didn’t love Birthday Girl either but I don’t remember seeing you comment on it!

I love all those Southern sayings! I’m moving to Nashville!!!!!!

FLT: I SUPPOSE AT THE END of the day I really didn’t give a shit. (Bane, Sinners of Saint series. By L.J. Shen)

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Jean, I just finished Birthday Girl today.

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Doing mostly beta-reading right now!

FLT: “My Dad left us in the middle of the day while we were at school and Ma was working at the salon.” Bring Down the Stars by Emma Scott

Jean May 10, 2018 at 11:57 AM

I’m so jealous R!

Tessa May 10, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Blood Beyond Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown

I’m finally on the one book I haven’t read yet, and it’s so good. The world she built is just fun to delve into. Also, fairies. :D Nothing like a good Seelie/ Unseelie series to make me happy.

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Tessa, sometimes it’s like you are speaking a different language. ;)

(you know I just can’t seem to grasp the fantasy/pnr world)

bev May 10, 2018 at 3:27 PM

I’m tired.

I want to go home, put on pjs, plate of Chinese take out , and MY AHJUSSI.

Just a few more hours.

bev May 10, 2018 at 3:29 PM

Leslie it is such a fun world.

Read Cruel Prince with me. The two in a slump will buddy read. C’mon. We will buy snacks and go to fairy this weekend.

Cheryl May 10, 2018 at 5:41 PM

Congrats Nay- that is exciting.

Tasha it’s cruel you can’t sleep when you need it the most.

“The first time I listened to the voices in my head was when I was seven years old.”Six Feet Under (Mad Love Duet Book 1) by Whitney Barbetti.

Can I just say this book is depressing the sh!t out of me! It’s hard reading about a drug addict and I feel like I’m just reading day-to-day boring stuff so far.

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 5:42 PM

Looksie! Ride has a new cover!

Cheryl May 10, 2018 at 5:42 PM

Isn’t At This Moment the trilogy that had the “event” that Amy hates??

Could add that to the 101 list too. That’s a no-go for Amy.

Cheryl May 10, 2018 at 5:48 PM

More southernisms:
Loopier than a lasso in a hula-hoop contest.
Faster than a deacon in a whorehouse.
Don’t know whether to scratch my watch or wind my a$$.
Hornier than a two-peckered billy goat.
Congratulations, you just won a five-gallon pail of whoop ass.
More confused than a baby in a topless bar.

bev May 10, 2018 at 6:01 PM



Put the book down.

Watch this instead:


I never ask for anything.

And your my favorite.

Tessa May 10, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Though, for real, stop reading that Cheryl! It’s obviously not worth it.

That said, can you tell me why all the animal references?

Leslie M May 10, 2018 at 6:23 PM

Bev, Enjoy your show!

Cheryl, those are hilarious!

R, I love new cover for Ride!

Cheryl May 10, 2018 at 6:25 PM

No the southernisms are not from the book I am currently reading. Some are real life and some are from the previous book I read- Road Tripped. I liked that book.

Cheryl May 10, 2018 at 6:26 PM

R. that book is on my tbr and now I really want to read it!! ;)

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 6:28 PM

I’m so happy she changed it. I bet her sales spike because that other cover was so misleading.

bev May 10, 2018 at 7:08 PM

Never heard of her. Is she one you all like?

bev May 10, 2018 at 7:12 PM

Is that the book that Maryse came up on something too in book 2?

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 7:21 PM

Harper Dallas? If that’s who you’re talking about, Kandace rec’d her to me but there was some discussion over the original cover. It’s been getting around a little via word of mouth, because it’s really good and the other cover was misleading (to me anyway). Also, Maryse put it on a list recently.

Jan May 10, 2018 at 7:35 PM

Playing catch up here on this long list of funny comments. I’m shocked that Grey is sullying the blankie fort with a menage of hot men. The fort will never be the same again.

*crooks finger to lure Will Sumner out of blankie fort* He he. C’mon Will. You don’t wanna play with those guys. Come play with me *smiles wicked smile*

I’m trying out Harper Dallas’s Ride cos there are so many recs and it looks good. So, FLT:
‘That’s when it hits me: I’m being fired from a job I haven’t even started yet.’

Ooh. There’s the new cover! Pretty. The old cover was a bit weird and spooky.

Nay! I have three sons and now a grandson (named Logan). It’s WONDERFUL! Enjoy!!

Your southernisms are funny Nay. Here in Australia we have ‘useless as tits on a bull’, a bit like one of your sayings. We also have ‘full as a goog’, but I don’t know whether anybody knows what a goog is LOL. Your ‘full as a tick’ makes more sense.

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 7:45 PM


What’s wrong with hot men in a blankie fort??? It’s good energy. ;)


Maryse May 10, 2018 at 7:46 PM


‘useless as tits on a bull’ is actually American southern, too! They say it here in Florida, anyway. ;)

bev May 10, 2018 at 7:48 PM


See how I do that. I’m so open to even a peripheral rec.

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 7:51 PM

Now I’m trying to remember what “Ride” used to look like…

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 7:51 PM

Cheryl… it’s what had me jammed up. I am halfway through #2 but I’m still pouting and I’m a break.

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 7:52 PM
bev May 10, 2018 at 7:55 PM

Oh. Frostbite.

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 8:06 PM

Oh Tasha!!!

I’m so excited for you and nervous too. I know the whole mental/adrenaline effect on no sleep…. maybe not to your level (never had that shot), but I’ve spent a few days in a row with less than 2 hours sleep each night in a row. I was FREAKING out.

I still struggle so hard with that…

Sleep is so important, so do what you need to do to get it, and enjoy your sweet baby! <3

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Nay for me that is almost EVERY NIGHT. It’s as if… once my body has had 3 hours of sleep, it thinks it’s enough and BOOM!! WIDE. AWAKE. Even if it’s just 1:30am.

The only reason I don’t post is they say that computer and phone screen lighting is so bad for sleep… so I avoid it as best as I can, and instead, listen to soothing sounds and BEG whatever power that be, to let me sleeeeeeeeep.

It’s my current personal torture. It’s almost enough to make me cry.

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 8:12 PM

Yep!. I say at the most, (and on a good night) I sleep 5-6 hours (and NEVER in a row). It’s more in sets of 3 hours at a time.

Sometimes (a lot) I fall asleep at 10pm and I’m up at 1am. And I never go back to sleep.

I am absolutely delirious and furious with that… and it happens all too often. And yes, I’ve seen a doctor for it, and I have something that helps, but I will NOT do ambien. I’m too scared of it.

Tessa May 10, 2018 at 8:14 PM

Cheryl, this is why I said to stop.

“Can I just say this book is depressing the sh!t out of me! It’s hard reading about a drug addict and I feel like I’m just reading day-to-day boring stuff so far.”

That doesn’t sound like a book worth reading.

R! I can’t get to that site. It keeps saying it doesn’t exist.

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 8:16 PM

Which one Tessa? The new cover or old? Both links worked for me!

bev May 10, 2018 at 8:21 PM

That really sucks Maryse. I have bad nights and sometimes in a row but always works itself out. Definitely need white noise and dark.
I’ve tried and really like their tension headache remedy but not their sleep, but…..
Wouldn’t hurt.

bev May 10, 2018 at 8:28 PM

If keeping stuff off isn’t working have you thought about watching or reading something?

I do believe it can be disruptive but also know people that sleep better to the sound of voices or it’s an activity to shut other thoughts off.
And no not just trying to get you to watch kdramas, lol.
I’ve dozed off to them before. The talking can lull me because my brain isn’t straining to hear or understand if my eyes are closed. But if any other noise happens in the show I wake up. So, i can’t sleep with a tv or device on.
I used to when young. If someone turned the radio or tv off I’d wake, lol.

Grey May 10, 2018 at 9:18 PM

I love ambien… It’s my favorite. *giggle*

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 9:22 PM

Maybe I should try it once. I’m just afraid I’d sleepwalk on it… and do something crazy.

Eeeeep! ;)

bev, now i’m looking up your link. ANYTHING. I WILL ACCEPT ANY POTENTIAL SLEEP AID!!! I do find I fall asleep best to the cooking channel (it’s my happy/safe place) but my TV is all smart-tv and shuts off if i havent interacted in awhile. THAT wakes me up, too.


Maryse May 10, 2018 at 9:24 PM

Steph!! That’s so cool!! I didn’t realize Libraries were tied into Amazon’s ebook database????!!!


Maryse May 10, 2018 at 9:28 PM

*hugs Ashley*

Thank you for the sweet comments, and I’m looking up your Comatose rec!! :)

JulieO May 10, 2018 at 9:32 PM

I have always had problems sleeping even when little. Have been to 3 sleep centers and been diagnosed with racing thoughts. Just can’t shut down my brain.
For the last 5 or so years I have used ambien and it has been the first time I feel like my body has really gotten rested. Haven’t had any side effects. Don’t be scared and just ask for a light dosage.

I loved BIRTHDAY GIRL. The books I’m having problems with are BALANCE and EXECUTION. Started Balance and was really into it but the more I read the more the H came off weird. But it was intriguing so I kept on and finished book 2 and almost done with book 2. Will be glad when I am done. Too much info about gymnastics. Too many details that go on forever st least for me. Same love scenes over and over seems like. All this my opinion. Read many reviews and there are many people who are crazy about these books. The last book is not out yet as far as I know.

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 9:46 PM

bev… here’s the problem with me reading…

It makes me fall asleep IMMEDIATELY at 8/9/10pm… I can’t read longer than 45 minutes around those times. Nice… cozy DEEEEEEP SLEEP.

Then 1:30 to 2:30am shows up and I’m wide awake. So I pull out my Paperwhite (at lowest light) and read some more… and then I can stay up ALL night reading). No longer does it put me to sleep.

Good right? Why don’t I just read it all night since I’m up anyway? Because zombie, that’s why. ;) Total mess.

Maryse May 10, 2018 at 9:57 PM

Ooooohhhhhhhhh! Riiiiiide okay yeah I remember.

I actually like that cover too. LOL!!! ;)

bev May 10, 2018 at 10:04 PM

That really is hard Maryse.
I start yawning and know it is 9, lol.
I hate feeling sleep deprived so couldn’t imagine all the time, though I also wish I was one of those people That can go on 3/4 hours and feel amazing.
Ambien would scare me too. I do not want to realize I’ve shopped or talked to people while asleep. I honestly find that terrifying.

Tessa May 10, 2018 at 10:16 PM

I know the best thing for me to get sleep is to exhaust my body. But I’m not someone who wakes up and stay up. I can get up, use the restroom, and go right back to sleep. However, I’m like JulieO. Racing thoughts. If I haven’t exhausted myself, I have troubles sleeping. However, reading is my cure. I’ll read and keep reading until when I try to sleep, the book is what I think about. So it might give me odd dreams, but I can sleep.

Maryse, see if your library has Overdrive. It’s awesome. Right to your Kindle. :D

R, the new one. It keeps telling me the domain site doesn’t exist. :/

Mona May 10, 2018 at 10:17 PM

Cheryl, I’ve been trying to read Six Feet Under. Made it to Chapter 9 and can’t make myself pick it back up. I was wondering if anyone had read it to see if I should keep going.

Tessa, thanks for mention of Darkness series. I’m definitely checking it out. Your seelie/unseelie reference reminded me of Karen Marie Monning’s Fever series! I loved that series!

R. Renee May 10, 2018 at 10:33 PM

Tessa IDK what’s wrong. It works for me. I posted it in my group though.

bev May 10, 2018 at 10:48 PM

Omg this show.
I literally pulled my sweater hood down over my eyes for a second. I couldn’t take it, lol.

The links work for me.

bev May 10, 2018 at 10:53 PM

8:51 and I can’t stop yawning and my eyes are heavy.

T his is how boring I am.

Tasha J May 11, 2018 at 4:29 AM

That is my life right now Maryse! And will be for the next, probably year or more…Last night I resisted ever turning my phone back on when I woke up, cuz of the blue light thing and gave up at 4. I’ve just been laying here for an hour and a half begging my body to cooperate. I can’t stand the crazy feeling during the day when the body is so sleep deprived. It slows my reaction times, revs up my anxiety, makes my stomach hurt, racing heart and all that junk. I’m scared of the ambien too, and that’s what they said the day I was discharged last time- why didn’t you give her an ambien? So, I’m thinking that’s what’ll be offered, and if so I’ll need my husband there to babysit me and not let me anywhere near my phone or the baby or anything. Cuz I’ve read plenty of horror stories!

Leslie M May 11, 2018 at 5:36 AM

Maryse, that is awful about the insomnia. I dont blame you about the reluctance to try Ambien. Its great it worked out for JulieO but the two people I know that used it had bad issues. My cousin walked streets in middle of the night and my friend had crazy violent hallucination. Why dont you talk to Kooloo? I bet she would have some good info on safe drug options. Maybe anti anxiety meds? Those make me sleepy. I am currently taking Effexor to help me sleep because I had so many hot flashes all night. Its helping to reduce hot flashes but I still dont sleep thru night either. :(

Leslie M May 11, 2018 at 5:51 AM

Tasha, being a sleep deprived mother is awful! I have no idea how anyone manages to have more than 1 kid. My son was the worlds worst sleeper. I would have thrown myself off a bridge if I had to deal with him plus sibs. My hubs had 6 weeks vacation to help me and I remember bawling when he went back to work to not leave me alone with the devil child! Hee hee. My son now is worlds best teenager. All you moms with multiple kids are my heros!

Maryse May 11, 2018 at 5:59 AM

bev!! 8:51 sleepy-cozy is my favorite. Considering my lack os sleep last night, I know that will be ME tonight. A Friday night. 9pm bedtime. LOL!!!!

Personally I love it. Not the lack of sleep, but the cozy “going to bed when I wanna” feeling. I never have problems falling asleep. Oh no, I could fall asleep during a loud action movie. It’s the staying asleep that’s my issue.

Maryse May 11, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Tasha and Leslie, I am RIGHT there with you both. My sister and mom are coming to visit in a month or so. Maybe I’ll try an ambient then, when they can babysit me too, and see how I react. LOL!!!

Tasha J May 11, 2018 at 7:43 AM

Lol!! Leslie, your devil child comment was hilarious! My first was awful too in the sleep dept., I was young though and could handle it better I think? Anyway she was great as a toddler and beyond. My son was an amazing baby, and then he walked and talked and is the biggest challenge ever! I keep telling people it can’t get much worse than this right? But then I started freaking out to my hubby the other night, what if it CAN?!! I think I can handle some rough years until they’re a little older and hopefully they’ll all be lifelong friends! That’s what I want for them anyway. I have 1 brother and we’re not friends, though he can be more tolerable now. And I always wished for more siblings that I could call to hang out with or help moving or babysitting or just to talk with, whatever. So, I figure with 3 there’s more options….right? Lol

bev May 11, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Yes, on no sleep making anxiety worse. I’m always like your tired let it go and go to sleep.

Have you all thought of maybe a Dr to help your thoughts instead of your body?

Not that I’m against Doctors and meds, I’m not at all.

Tasha J May 11, 2018 at 8:06 AM

I took an epsom salt bath for 20-40 minutes last night, used my serenity Doterra soap, didn’t look at my phone at all after that, and that seemed to help me fall asleep last night. Could’ve just gotten lucky too. Either way, it shall be my new ritual for the foreseeable future. I ended up getting up at 5:30, eating cereal, drank a little water and sat in bed looking at my phone till I got tired again around 6- fell back into a tense sleep for about an hour or a little more. At least it was something though! Turning my brain off is so much work, it doesn’t always happen either. I also read that montmorency tart cherry juice is supposed to increase sleep time for those with insomnia. I’ll look for it the next time I’m at the store.

Nay May 11, 2018 at 8:12 AM

OMG, Maryse! I feel like you’re reciting my sleep habits! I try to stay up until 11 or 12 because it’s the only way I’ll sleep until 4 or 5. If I fall asleep at 9 or 10? I’m up at 2 or 3 in the morning, WIDE awake. And Food Network is my happy safe place!! When I was in the hospital, I made them keep my tv on that channel and I wouldn’t let them turn it off (I also wake up as soon as the tv goes off.) I have it on every night when I go to sleep. If I read at night, I’m asleep within 30 minutes, but if I wake up in the middle of the night and read, I can also stay awake all night.

I took Ambien a long time ago and I slept WONDERFULLY, but I started sleepwalking and I fell one night so I went off of it. BUT I was always a sleepwalker growing up, so I had a propensity for it. I was on it a few months before I started the bad sleepwalking (and it was really bad–my kids still make fun of some of the stuff I did. For instance, one early morning, I woke up bent over the counter with all the sandwich fixin’s spread out everywhere and a partially-eaten sandwich stuck to the side of my face, lol. And I don’t remember ANY of it.)

Tasha J May 11, 2018 at 8:12 AM

And guess what!! Im getting a pedicure tonight! I wanted to try and take my mind off everything and set it up. It’s been 4-6 years since my last one. I’ve been so excited all week about it…and then yesterday when I left my doctor appt. I stepped off the high step, like I always do, and my ankle gave out. I rolled it and fell, luckily only scraping up my knee really bad. Now my ankle can’t be touched and it’ll make my experience more poo-ey and less blissful.

Maryse May 11, 2018 at 9:34 AM

Nay. You’re my sleep twin. I’ve been up since 3:55am. I am strangely quite productive anyway, and yet so exhausted.

Maryse May 11, 2018 at 3:32 PM

LOL Nay on the sleepwalking… I just caught up to that part. That’s what I’m scared of. What if I open the door and leave it open? The alarm would sound so it would probably SCARE me awake so maybe that’s not an issue. But still. I worry about the weird stories I hear.

Grey May 12, 2018 at 10:08 AM

The sleep convo. My entire family is a walking book of sleep disorders. Like almost pathologic. One of my brothers had to be hospitalized at one point because he started to have serious health issues d/t not being able to sleep. Yeah. We have sleep walkers, sleep runners, talkers, night mares, night terrors, some with apnea… I myself, have insomnia… chronic, which is very unfortunate because before I worked my current job, I worked night shift… so I added the whole upsetting of my Circadian rhythm into it. I’ve tried lots of sleep meds. For me, Ambien works the best, but it has a relatively short half life… so I can go to sleep quickly, but it doesn’t last long. The Ambien ER, (extended relief) works longer… but it doesn’t kick in as fast… so I have the issue of not being able to fall asleep fast… which is something that I really struggle with, hence needing medication to help me sleep in the first place. I’m currently trialing Lunesta. Yep… there’s more info than you ever wanted about my sleep schedule. Ha!

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