Latest Romance Book Releases – October 23rd 2018

by Maryse on October 23, 2018 · 102 comments

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<— YAYYYYYY! :D !!! SO MANY AWESOME NEW RELEASES TODAY!! Like that one there to the left (and I love the premise of it!!). Kristen Ashley is a woman after our own hearts!!!! (P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DG!!!) :D

Nay: Good morning! I’ve been waiting for Loose Ends–so excited for a Joe and Vi short story!!

Jessica: Omg! This is awesome!

Maria: wow wow wow……so much awesomeness in one book……volume one….yay

And what else looks extra good to me? BLURB JOLTS!!! Shadow and Ice (Gena Showalter’s latest and I LOVE her… and I love books that mingle a human heroine with a paranormal hero), York (Laurann Dohner’s latest – a human female that need to convince him to bond with her!!), Kingdom of Ash (Sarah J. Maas’s latest!!), Trailer Park Heart by Rachel Higginson (this is one of my fav authors ever and it’s a GIVEN that I will be reading this right now! She’s from the wrong side of the tracks), Reveling in Sin (Sin Trilogy Book 3) by Meghan March (Meghan March’s Trilogy is now complete!!), Fall (VIP Book 3) by Kristen Callihan (her new neighbor is a rockstar!!) and more, which I highlighted below. SO MANY to choose from!!! :D

P.S. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s earlybirds, and my latest review:

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. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Reveling in Sin: The Sin Trilogy, Book 3 by Meghan March
  3. Let Me Hold You: The McClain Brothers, Book 2 by Alexandria House
  4. Rescuing Mary: Delta Force Heroes, Book 9 by Susan Stoker
  5. Forsaken: The Protectors, Book 4 by Sloane Kennedy
  6. Not Quite Over You: Happily Inc. Series, Book 4 by Susan Mallery
  7. Cole’s Saga: FEMA Wars: Cole’s Saga Series, Book 2 by AJ Newman
  8. The Society by K.A. Linde
  9. The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Short Horror Fiction
  10. Healer’s Need: Ancient Ink, Book 2 Rhenna Morgan
  11. Shadow and Ice: Gods of War Series, Book 1 by Gena Showalter


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)

  • When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis <— RECENT RELEASE & WE HAVE MORE FEEDBACK!! Konstantina LOVES it!
Konstantina: Just finished this book and all I can say was wowwwwwww One of the best books I’ve read all year !!!! Read it my book friends !
Jackie: I can’t believe you didn’t read anything by Chiah Wilder especially The Insurgents MC series and Maryse I’m throwing the gauntlet at you, I want you to read the very first book of this series which is called “Hawk’s Property” I’m personally recommending that you read it.
  • The Sun by Stevie J. Cole <— RECENT RELEASE ALERT!! “…Elias Black may have had a sleeve of tattoos and grown up on the wrong side of the tracks, but he didn’t have a true bad bone in his body. I loved him from the moment he kissed me, when I knew I no longer owned my heart, until the world pulled us apart.  And then I wanted nothing more than to unlove him, and he wanted nothing more than to unlove me. I was just a girl who fell in love with a boy who fell in love with me until. . .”
  • FATHER: Men of the Cloth – Tristan: (Forbidden Priest Romance 1) <— FORBIDDENY!!!! AND SUPER-BARGAIN priced!
  • Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey <— R.S. GREY KINDLE DAILY DEAL ONLY for today!!!
Jen C: I finished Not So Nice Guy yesterday-ish and it was a really good, solid rom-com. I was swooning and chuckling the whole way through.



  1. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas <— SARAH J MAAS ALERT!!!
  2. Kisses and Curses (Warlocks MacGregor Book 6) by Michelle M. Pillow
  3. The Monster Ball: A Paranormal Romance Anthology
  4. Blood Bond (The Sentinel Wars Book 10) by Shannon K. Butcher
  5. Vampires: Death by Reaper MC #2 by Esther E. Schmidt
  6. Break Me Down (The Breaking Trilogy Book 2) by Clara Hartley
  7. The Society (Ascension Book 4) by K.A. Linde <— K.A. LINDE’S LATEST!!!!
  8. York (The Vorge Crew Book 3) by Laurann Dohner <— LAURANN DOHNER ALERT!! SHE NEEDS TO CONVINCE HIM TO BOND WITH HER INSTEAD... “…poverty-stricken human Sara is doomed to be a prince’s sex toy, until she’s rescued on a planet that doesn’t take kindly to slavers. Suddenly free, she’s an outcast on her new home, treated with distrust…by everyone except a gorgeous, kind, huge blue alien. Too bad he’s getting married the next day. His future bond mate is a horrid, abusive woman, and Sara has a way to save them both—she’ll convince York to bond with her instead...”
  9. Styx (The Four Book 1) by Layla Frost
  10. Shadow and Ice (Gods of War) by Gena Showalter <— GENA SHOWALTER NEW SERIES ALERT!! “...On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire...”




  1. Loose Ends by Kristen Ashley <— KRISTEN ASHLEY RELIEF ALERT!!! “INCLUDING JOE from “At Peace”!!!!  :D !!!!! “…three short stories and two novellas taking them back to characters and series in the Kristen Ashley universe…”
  2. Lover in Lingerie by Penelope Sky
  3. The Christmas Key: A Twilight, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde
  4. Saving Shadows: Shadows Landing #1 by Kathleen Brooks
  5. Still Savannah (Blue Ridge Valley Series Book 3) by Sandra Owens
  6. Whiskey Renegade (The Kings of Texas Book 2) by HJ Bellus
  7. Cowboy Temptation (Dalton Boys Book 8) by Em Petrova
  8. Forbidden (War Book 1) by Trevion Burns
  9. Wilder (The Wild Ones Book 3) by C.M. Owens <— C.M OWENS ALERT!! A disastrous trip away… “...Two sexy mountain men…who actually wear a lot of flannel, bring fresh kills on first dates, and gripe about screaming a lot. Hypothermia, a broke arm, a possible concussion, and more reckless fun than we’ve ever had. And a stoner town that prides itself on its weed, crazy challenges, beards, and bizarre character. Our trip started a little like a horror film…including bad cell signal, spotty internet and womb snatchers. Long story. Fortunately, it changed pretty quickly...”
  10. Break Me Down (The Breaking Trilogy Book 2) by Ginger Ring
  11. Tempting Brooke: A Big Sky Novella by Kristen Proby <— KRISTEN PROBY ALERT!! “…when her landlord dies and Brody Chabot saunters through her door, announcing that the building has been sold, and will soon be demolished, Brooke knows that she’s in for the fight of her life. But she hasn’t gotten this far by sitting back and quietly doing what she’s told…”
  12. Reason to Breathe (A Chandler Sisters Novel Book 1) by Deborah Raney
  13. Twisted Rock by Jill Sanders <— JILL SANDERS ALERT!! “…Losing her husband in a small plane crash last year has forced Rose to get on with her life. But when a storm rolls in, her world is shattered with the discovery of a body buried deep within her own walls. Now, as all fingers point in her direction, a mistress steps out of the shadows, along with a dark family scandal that might shed some light on motive. As people around her drop like flies, the real killer gets too close, and Rose seeks the help of the police officer who knocked on her door one rainy night a year ago...”
  14. Not Quite Over You (Happily Inc) by Susan Mallery
  15. Big Stick: An Aces Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson
  16. Must Be Crazy (Darling Cove Book 3) by Deborah Garland
  17. A Brand New Ending (Stay Book 2) by Jennifer Probst <— JENNIFER PROBST ALERT!!
  18. A Baker’s Delight (McKenzie Cousins Book 7) by Lexi Buchanan
  19. Lost With Me (The Stark Saga Book 5) by J. Kenner
  20. Laszlo (SEALs of Steel Series Book 5) by Dale Mayer
  21. Hot SEAL, Black Coffee (SEALs in Paradise) by Cynthia D’Alba
  22. Secret Romeo (The House of Morgan Book 9) by Victoria Pinder
  23. Mastermind: The Duke’s Secret Life (Billionaires of White Oaks Book 3) by Lizabeth Scott
  24. So Wild: Silver Daughters Ink, Book One by Eve Dangerfield
  25. Conquered (Honor Bound Book 9) by Angel Payne
  26. Trailer Park Heart by Rachel Higginson <— RACHEL HIGGINSON ALERT!!! I LOVE THIS AUTHOR SO MUCH!!! She is from the “wrong side” of the tracks: “…I’ve resigned myself to this small town and the roots I’m tied to. Nothing could make me leave. And nothing could make me spill the secrets that keep me here. Until he walks back into town with a chip on his shoulder and a stupid hunch nobody else in town has been smart enough to follow. Levi Cole is my opposite. Born on the right side of the tracks with family money to spare, he’s the kind of black sheep that can afford to be rebellious...  ...I know better than to trust men like him. I was born and raised in a trailer park, I know nothing good happens to girls like me—girls with trailer park lives and trailer park hearts...”
  27. The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx (The Duke of Danby’s Christmas Book 1) by Ava Stone and Samantha Grace
  28. The Duke of Danby’s Mistletoe Madness (The Duke of Danby’s Christmas Book 2) by Jerrica Knight-Catania and Rose Gordon
  29. The Duke’s Christmas Conundrum (The Duke of Danby’s Christmas Book 3) by Jane Charles and Amanda Mariel
  30. Fall (VIP Book 3) by Kristen Callihan <— KRISTEN CALLIHAN ALERT!! A ROCK STAR IS HER NEW NEIGHBOR… “...I never expected he’d be my new neighbor. An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room. Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore…”
  31. ‘Tis the Season: Regency Yuletide Short Stories
  32. Close to the Bone (Widow’s Island Novella Book 1) by Kendra Elliot
  33. Snowed in for Christmas by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase and Zoe York <— Three all-new holiday novellas about couples finding love while trapped together in the snow.
  34. Reveling in Sin (Sin Trilogy Book 3) by Meghan March <— MEGHAN MARCH TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!!!
  35. Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water Book 4) by Amy Lane
  36. Royally in Trouble (An Enchanted Events Mystery Book 2) by Jenny B. Jones
  37. Jaxon: Heroes at Heart by Maryann Jordan
  38. The Sleigh on Seventeenth Street (Three Rivers Ranch Romance Book 14) by Liz Isaacson
  39. Trust in Me (Hawkeye Book 2) by Sierra Cartwright
  40. Out of the Blue by Lila Rose <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! ”…What he doesn’t expect is instead of a wife in the picture, his mind keeps conjuring up images of two men. One, his partner in the force, who is as straight as they came, the other an ex, who he’d hurt but never forgot. After an incident leaves Lan injured, the two men rally around him… only maybe they shouldn’t have. It seems a medicated Lan is a truthful one…
  41. Beau (Walkers of Coyote Ridge Book 5) by Nicole Edwards <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! BEAU is the sequel to ETHAN (Alluring Indulgence, 5). While it can be read as a standalone since it occurs nearly five years after Beau and Ethan are married, it is recommended that you read ETHAN to understand the true strength of these two men and the infallible bond of the Walker family.
  42.  My Kind Of Man: An M/M age-play romance by AG Silver <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  43. Every Other Weekend by TA Moore <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  44. One Step Back by Edie Danford <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  45. The Rogue (The Rockwell Legacy Book 2) by Jennifer Bernard
  46. Sheltered by the Lawman (Lawmen of Wyoming Book 5) by Rhonda Lee Carver
  47. Green (Black’s Christmas) by T.L. Smith
  48. Promise Me You by Marina Adair <— SHE LOVES HER BEST FRIEND… “…Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…”
  49. Marrying a Spy (A Fake Marriage Series Book 5) by Anne-Marie Meyer
  50. Violet Ugly: A Contemporary Romance Novel (The Granite Harbor Series Book 2) by J. Lynn Bailey
  51. Break Me Down (The Breaking Trilogy Book 2) by M. Mabie <— “BREAK ME DOWN is the continuation of Abraham and Myra’s story and the second novel in the Breaking Trilogy.”
  52. Rough Around The Edges: Brotherhood Protectors World (Out of the Wild Book 2) by Jen Talty
  53. Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
  54. He Loves You Not (Serendipity Book 2) by Tara Brown <— TARA BROWN ALERT!! SHE IS PAID TO UNCOVER CHEATING MEN… “…For a fee, she’ll test your boyfriend to find out if he’s faithful or a cheating jerk. Her next target: a slick and sexy trust-fund playboy. Unfortunately for Lacey, his charms aren’t just legend. And before she knows it, she’s under his spell. It was bad enough that Jordan Somersby’s father forced a spoiled “society princess” on him. Then Jordan had to go and find his dream girl—the beautiful, fun, and down-to-earth Lacey.‘..”
  55. Not in the Plan (Second Chance with You Book 3) by Rachel John
  56. Bee Keeping (Bee Stings Book 2) by RosaLinda Diaz <— “In the hilarious and honest sequel to Bee Stings, dual narrators, Poppy and Michael, return to their lives post break-up and find they aren’t the same people they once were.”


PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )

  1. Wild Blood: The Trueborn Saga Book 1 by Samantha Wolfe – October 24th 2018
  2. One Week Hating You: One Week Series Book 2 (standalone) by Roya Carmen – October 25th 2018
  3. Archangel’s Prophecy (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh - October 30th 2018
  4. Elevation by Stephen King – October 30th 2018
  5. Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel by Jeaniene Frost - October 30th 2018
  6. Dragonfire: A Dark Kings Novel by Donna Grant - October 30th 2018
  7. Elevation by Stephen King - October 30th 2018
  8. Pierced (Tall, Dark, and Handsome Book 2) by J.A. Huss – October 30th 2018
  9. Secrets (Web of Sin) by Aleatha Romig - October 30th 2018
  10. Southern Devotion (Southern Heart Book 4) by Kaylee Ryan - October 30th 2018
  11. Dark Harmony (The Bargainer Book 3) by Laura Thalassa - October 31st 2018
  12. Hate Notes by Penelope Ward & VI Keeland – November 6th 2018

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{ 102 comments… read them below or add one }

Nay October 23, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Good morning! It’s time! I woke up this morning to that beautiful hot pink cover on my Kindle and I’m ready to settle in with Joe Callahan and Hap and Luci. Don’t really care for the novella from the Honey series. I’m not into the domme scene, so I’ll be skipping that one.

Nay October 23, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Oh, Maryse–I’ve been meaning to ask you, what brand of magnetic eyelashes did you buy? There are bunches of them on Amazon, and I’d much rather get the ones you recommend than go by reviews that may or may not be real. And did you say you trimmed them down (or maybe cut them into sections?) to make them work better?

Ela October 23, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Good morning!

Amy October 23, 2018 at 6:35 AM

Gooooooood morning, ladies! :D

It’s zero-dark-early here and I have a 12-hour day ahead of me, but I’m all kinds of excited because it will be one of those days with a LOT of down time…meaning I’ll feel like I’m getting paid to read! :D

I’m going to finish The Story of Us by Nichole King (which at halfway through I feel safe in saying I LOVE!) and then it’s on to Trailer Park Heart. YAY for another Rachel Higginson book!

Amy October 23, 2018 at 6:39 AM

And OMG! Did y’all see this??

We get more of the villianess, Fig, from Bad Mommy! Ooooh, I wonder what shenanigans she is going to get up to in this one. :P

Leslie M October 23, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Good morning all you lovlies! Between Amy’s beautiful eyebrows, Maryse & Nay’s long eyelashes and Ela’s pretty eye color, we got a bunch of hottie’s. *wolf whistles*

Anyway…I like the sound of Trailer Park Heart and Fall. I NEED something good after Bring Down the Stars. Ugh! I almost hate reading something so epic as after it nothing else compares. :( Woe is me.

DG October 23, 2018 at 7:06 AM

Morning all! Happy me day!!!! *sets coffee and strawberry cream cheese muffins on table*. Cupcakes are for later! Happy K.A. release day!!! Already one clicked! Can’t wait to start because it feels like it has been awhile since she released one….now if M Zapatas and BN Towler would release one today too then it would be an awesome day!!!

Maryse October 23, 2018 at 7:39 AM

Hi Nay!!

I bought two different sets. I cut them up into sections (top and bottom) and only wear a couple of pieces for a natural effect on the top. Sometimes I mix the two different styles. <— I wear these the most. ON… they look the most natural.

And these Ardells:

Maryse October 23, 2018 at 7:39 AM

Good morning everyone!!! :D

Nay October 23, 2018 at 7:39 AM

DG–funny you should mention. I checked M. Zapata’s twitter feed a couple of days ago because I figured it was about time for her to spring a book on us, and she says that one is getting close. As usual, no title, date, or any other info yet, though.

Nay October 23, 2018 at 7:50 AM

Thanks, Maryse! I went ahead and ordered the Oh Beauty ones and I’ll have them on Thursday! I’ll start with those and see how it goes.

Maryse October 23, 2018 at 8:03 AM

OMG DG!!!! Strawberry cheese cream muffffffiiinnnnnnnnnsssss


Maryse October 23, 2018 at 8:04 AM

Amy Actually… I think that IS Bad Mommy. She retitled and recovered it. HOW I WISH we could get more.

Nay October 23, 2018 at 8:04 AM

Amy–I was going to add the T. Fisher book to GR (and I really couldn’t believe it wasn’t on there yet), but reading the comments about it on FB, it appears that she’s re-titled Bad Mommy and this is the new title/cover.

Jenn October 23, 2018 at 8:05 AM

Good Morning EVERYONE!

Can’t wait to start “TRAILER PARK HEART” today! But work comes first :-(

“When Forever Changes” hmmm I didn’t make it past chapter 2 on this one, Maybe I need to give it another try.

“Promise Me You” looks good.

And can’t wait for “Hate Notes” on Nov. 6th

Nay October 23, 2018 at 8:05 AM

What Maryse said… LOL

Maryse October 23, 2018 at 8:05 AM

I LOVE Mariana Zapata!!!! Gah… it would be great to get a new one from her. I’m totally in the mood for her.

DG October 23, 2018 at 8:05 AM

Maryse! Nothing better than something sweet with your coffee!

Nay October 23, 2018 at 8:07 AM

Jul 17
I’ve got editing scheduled. My cover designer has the title. Now all I need is a a miracle to finish this book in the next couple months.

DG October 23, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Woohoo! Something to look forward to Nay!

Nay October 23, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Robin and I were talking about M. Zapata books the other day. I told her that I’ve been having a hankering to finally read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and she said she may give Kulti (which I loved) a try.

Jenn October 23, 2018 at 8:24 AM

OMG I have only read one Mariana Zapata books…”Wait For It” which I loved so much and I guess I didn’t realize she has written so many…looks like I’ll be coloring up my TBR :-)

You guys just reminded me I need to read “Bad Mommy” I think that is the only Tarryn Fisher Book I have not read.

bev October 23, 2018 at 8:39 AM

DG, is it your Birthday?

Steph N October 23, 2018 at 9:21 AM

One click- Trailer Park Heart. I just LOVE her books!

I’ve had Bad Mommy on my TBR forever, don’t know what I’m waiting for, lol.

Maryse October 23, 2018 at 9:26 AM

Steph & Jenn, it is SO good. I love anything by Tarryn Fisher.

Leslie M October 23, 2018 at 9:28 AM

My mouth is watering over DG’s muffin! Yum. I am starving and making myself some oatmeal with an over ripe banana I need to use up.

Zoodles are good, but they def do not replace pasta. What I usually do is serve them with some angel hair spaghetti (or even quinoa) to add some heft to it. But I know some of you eat super low carb.

Nay October 23, 2018 at 9:42 AM

I also have had Bad Mommy on my tbr forever. We had a BR, but I had to bail.

Robyn October 23, 2018 at 9:52 AM

Finally Dark Harmony has a release date!! I’ve been patiently waiting for this last book in the series.

Tessa October 23, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Before anything, Amy I’m responding here from yesterday:

I love that song! It’s been playing a lot though I haven’t noticed who sang it! Thank you! *goes and adds it to her playlist*

On that note, my playlist has almost 850 songs, and this is after removing tons of songs. *grins* Hello. My name is Tessa and I’m a music hoarder.

DG October 23, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Yes, it is my birthday! And I live showering sugary confections upon all around me!

DG October 23, 2018 at 11:07 AM

*LOVE not live. Geez, autocorrect or word suggestions drive me nuts sometimes! SMH

Amy October 23, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Are y’all SERIOUS?? I saw “new name, same Fig” and thought it was a NEW story with her, just maybe she would be using a new name for herself in it. I forgot the other character’s name in Bad Mommy so the name Jolene didn’t ring a bell. Well…sh!t. :|

Tessa October 23, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Happy birthday, DG!!!

Tessa October 23, 2018 at 11:16 AM

…. There was more in that statement and emojis and STUFFS!

I got The Society but after that mafia list, I’m going with one of the freebies on the list.

I am on the last book which I’m fully engrossed in. The Dark Mage series by Rachel E. Carter. The last one has me uneasy where it is, so I think I just need a non-fantasy book before I can jump back into it.

Amy October 23, 2018 at 11:17 AM


*tosses birthday confetti*

Birthday cake martinis all around tonight. :D

I just KNEW it was a “you” song, Tessa. ;)

Michele G October 23, 2018 at 11:37 AM

Happy Birthday DG!! Enjoy your day!

Nay – Did I read Nay correctly up there…there are people who haven’t read The Wall of Winnipeg or Kulti? Read them now ladies!! I loved both of these soooo much!! Two of my absolute favorites!!

I also have to give some love out for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I’m really, really enjoying it. I probably needed a break from all the intense and sad stories I’ve been reading lately. This one is well done and I’ve laughed out loud several times (which had my husband thinking I’d truly lost it). I’m actually fairly picky about rom coms and they typically aren’t my fave but this one is hitting the mark for me!

Amy October 23, 2018 at 11:43 AM

You know what I want from an author? The next Holy Trinity book from Madeline Sheehan. *crosses arms and harrumphs*

DG October 23, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Thanks ladies! Also one of my newer favs of Zapata’s is From Lukov with Love…I really, really LOVED this one! So if you have’t read it yet… you need to read it. *whispers… along with Malachi and I*

Leslie M October 23, 2018 at 12:13 PM

*Birthday hugs for DG* :)

R. Renee October 23, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Happy Birthday DG!

I’ve had Kulti on my TBR forever. I’ve been avoiding it because I have to really love an author to be into slow burn and she’s new to me. But Renee knows me so I’ll take her word for it!

Michele G October 23, 2018 at 12:28 PM

DG, Oh yes! I also read From Lukov with Love! You’re absolutely right that it was a really good read as well!

Tessa October 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Robin, you haven’t read Kulti? *blinks* It is a slow burn, but it isn’t a slow book. It’s really good. :)

So, apparently, those freebies I’ve read as KU. lol Not that I love mafia books or anything… :P

Maryse October 23, 2018 at 1:04 PM


Tasha J October 23, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Happy Birthday DG!! You share a birthday with my daughter. :)

I need to catch up on all the comments, but I see Michele’s reading Josh and Hazel… I just finished that one and loved it too!

Tessa October 23, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Oh and deleted tons more off my playlist. I’m down to 778 songs! (total numbers of songs, 7490)

Tessa October 23, 2018 at 1:52 PM

And for a mafia book, I am going with Ela’s rec, Untouchables. It SOOOO looks like my type. :D

Nay October 23, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Oh, wow! There was a conversation explosion since I last looked.

First–HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DG!! Hope you get lots of cake and treats!

Michele–I am so NOT a slow-burn girl, and books like From Lukov With Love are WAY too slow burn for me. That’s why I haven’t read TWOWAM (but I AM going to read it soon). Now, Kulti has one of my fave tropes, so I wasn’t much caring about anything slow burn AND Tessa hit the nail on the head–it may be slow burn but it definitely isn’t a slow book. I was trying to explain to Robin why I enjoyed it, and that pretty much sums it up.

Tessa–Do you think that Mage series is correctly classified as YA? Or is it closer to NA? In one review, someone said they didn’t consider it YA.

bev October 23, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Happy Birthday DG!! Hope you get all the sweets.

I want to finish my read but also feel like a really good CR. I think it was talking of those posters last night. Like I want something well written, good dialogue, humor, strong likable heroine, flushed out side characters and a real sense of the time and place. Like the shows in the posters, lol. Stars Hallow, Neptune, and all the places in HP were characters themselves. They feel like real places.

Tessa October 23, 2018 at 2:14 PM

Nay, I’m thinking maybe the last book is NA, but the first three definitely are YA.

Nay October 23, 2018 at 2:42 PM

bev–sounds like K.A.’s The Burg series or Colorado Mountain series. I’m thinking Devny Perry does series like that??

Nay October 23, 2018 at 2:44 PM
Maryse October 23, 2018 at 3:47 PM

I’m finally reading “The Ribbon Duet” by Pepper Winters and OMG IS IT CAPTIVATING!!!!!

The writing is excellent, the story is intriguing and so unique (and I LOVE stories about survival). How he’s keeping it all together… how much they are learning together. WOWOWOWOWOWOWWWWW!!!!!

Marci Ayres October 23, 2018 at 5:03 PM

I just finished a series that I think you would love. It is the Donna Grant Dark Worlds series.
It starts in the 1600′s and moves to modern times. Has warriors, druids, the Faie, and dragons. I have really enjoyed them.

I enjoy your site and it helps me find other book series to read so I thought I would share one that I found that I didn’t see on your site.

Hope you enjoy,

Marci Ayres

Leslie M October 23, 2018 at 5:13 PM

Bev, the first thing that came to mind was Robyn Carr, Virgin River series. Also, Toni Blake, Destiny series. What about Kristan Higgins or Susan Elizabeth Phillips? Jennifer Crusie??

Those all feel Bev-ish to me. ;)

Maryse October 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM

YAY!!! Thank you Marci!!! I will look it up. :D

bev October 23, 2018 at 7:10 PM

I’ve read the KA series and Perry was a nope for me.
I’ll check the list out, thanks.
Ahh, SEP & Crusie. I use to devour SEP. I didnt know you read them Leslie.
I’ve read some Higgins.

I do have the first in the Virgin River series. I might give it a try after my current.

Cheryl October 23, 2018 at 7:43 PM

Happy Happy Birthday DG!!! Hope it’s been a great one!! *toasts with birthday cake martini- thanks Amy*

Maryse, can’t wait to read your review. That Duet has been on my tbr, but I’ve been hesitant for some reason to start it.

Josh and Hazel sounds good, but too pricey for me. Several up there sound good to me, but may just choose next one because it is KU.

Niki October 24, 2018 at 12:11 AM

You guys!! I went to Shameless Book Con in Orlando this past weekend and met Mariana Zapata!! She was so awesome and signed all my books!! I fangirled hard over her :)

She said she is hoping to have her new book out by the beginning of December but maybe sooner!!

Jan October 24, 2018 at 1:07 AM

Whoah. Just catching up on the comments. Relaxing with a hot chocolate after work. 58 comments!! WTAH. Nay I feel you. I want to read some of the Loose Ends stories but the honey series just isn’t my thang so I’ll skip that story too. Leslie I’m with you as well. I want to try Trailer Park Heart and also Fall.

This week I like the look of some of the pnrs too. I’m considering trying a sample of the Gena Showalter. I love the cover of that one. And the blurb is intriguing. Maybe I’ll try the Lauren Dohner as well. And the new Nalini Singh when it’s out. *sigh* Somebody tell me to stop………..

Jan October 24, 2018 at 1:09 AM

Niki, lucky you. I met Grace Burrowes last month at a conference in Sydney and she was so gracious and lovely. It’s great when you happen to meet an author whose books you love and they are really nice.

Jan October 24, 2018 at 1:15 AM

Still reading the comments. Happy late birthday DG. *throws glitter bomb* Hope you had a great day. And Tasha’s daughter too. R, you haven’t read Kulti??? What, woman? One of the best CRs out there. Do it.

Nay October 24, 2018 at 9:06 AM

Jan–thanks for mentioning the G. Showalter book. I missed it, and I’d love to give her another try.

I was going through my shelves yesterday and I thought of you. Since you like HR and also read some PNR, have you ever considered KMM’s Highlander series? Most of them tie into the Fever series (I believe it’s 3-7, which have Adam Black and Christian MacKeltar’s ancestors), and they’re super sexy. I highly recommend the audiobooks–I listened to all of them.

Tessa October 24, 2018 at 10:57 AM

Ela’s recommendation of Untouchable by Lindsay Delagair was spot on. It ends with an HFN, so I’m gonna wait before reading the next. So many feels! :)

Now, still in a mafia mood, I’m gonna try Perfect Chemistry. :) Both books have started in high school, but that’s how I got into Sam Mariano, and erm, most of that series does not involve HS and all of it is adult. :D

Tessa October 24, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Welp, Perfect Chemistry is interesting, but not mafia. It’s gang, like crypt and blood. *shrugs* The guy’s gang is a mix. They are the Latino Bloods and their sign is the Crypt sign. But, whatever, still good.

Now, for the amusing part. Their rival gang is the Satin Hood. *grins* Let that name sink in. No, I didn’t misspell Satan. It’s Satin. *nods* From the name alone, their biggest rival sounds like a bunch of cosplayers or fashionistas. :D SOOOO many jokes available from what I *hope* was a mass typo. Like, fix all, oops, I made all the fixes satin not Satan, cause um… :D

LisafromDFW October 24, 2018 at 4:14 PM

I agree about Josh and Hazel. Loved it! I didn’t want it to end.

DG October 24, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Aww thanks ladies for all the wonderful birthday wishes! It was a great one! Amy thanks for the birthday cake martini…just yum! Tasha – happy birthday to your daughter! I hope she had a awesome one too!

Haven’t started the K.A….kinda want to make it last since they are far and few between. Also, the second book Jerk book by Max Monroe goes live!!!!! So ready to read this one as well!!!

bev October 24, 2018 at 9:39 PM

So tried the new KA. Joe and Vi were my first book from her. I skimmed the whole thing.
I keep having this problem with her books. I might actually have to break up with her.
Gah, I hate that. It makes me sad. When I discovered her I glommed her back list and every new book was an auto buy.

bev October 24, 2018 at 9:46 PM

Tessa, now I’m imagining them with satin kerchief to protect their curls lol.

Tessa October 24, 2018 at 9:58 PM

RIGHT? OMG, seriously. I’m imagining a group of guys in hoods with wands. Oooh, or the villain. They’ve got swords and bows… Yeah. The name! :D

Nay October 24, 2018 at 11:40 PM

bev–I feel like it’s blasphemy, but I’m not enjoying the K.A. book either. The Joe/Vi story was just…pointless. And I figured that K.A.’s ‘short story’ would be 50 pages. Nope! It was maaaybe 15 pages. Such a disappointment.

Jan October 25, 2018 at 12:48 AM

Nooo. :( Nay and bev I’m sad now. I’ve fallen out of love with KA a little too, and was hoping this one would bring back my lurve. Damn. Oh well, I’d preordered, so I will try it eventually.

I’m loving the Satin Hood. That’s hysterical. i don’t know whether it’s funnier if it was a boo-boo or if it’s deliberate. I’m an English teacher and we like to have an occasional mad cackle over some of the accidental clangers students make. This sounds like it’s in that vein.

Nay I think I tried the KMM highlanders once and didn’t lurve. But maybe I need to try again. It was a while ago. Thanks for thinking of me :)

Jan October 25, 2018 at 12:54 AM

Oh, and I’ve started the new Kristen Callihan, Fall. A bit of a slow burn, but I prefer that to silly instalust/ instalove. I quite like both H and h and will keep going to see where we get. SFSG. I’m at 31%.

Leslie M October 25, 2018 at 5:35 AM

There is nothing worse than feeling like you have to break up with a fave author. :( I will find an author I enjoy, binge on all her books, then I OD on them.

Leslie M October 25, 2018 at 5:38 AM

Ooh Jan, I want to read Fall. It’s been getting some good buzz.

Nay October 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM

I’m not giving up on Loose Ends yet. I was disappointed about the length of the Joe/Vi super short story, so after that, I couldn’t get into the Hap/Luci story. And I also have 2 challenge books looming over my head, so I’m going to get those read, and then I’m going to revisit K.A.

bev October 25, 2018 at 8:36 AM

I fell in love with her style, though can see how it is not for all, but now it seems too indulgent. I know that most authors have a style that you will almost always recognize, but I shouldn’t feel like I could outline the plot before I’m past the first chapter. Even the long descriptions are the same. Something will always be fabulous or kick ass. But I have to just stop. I’ve been complaining for a couple years now, so now I’m just feeling mean that I keep reading and complaining.

Nay October 25, 2018 at 10:07 AM

Has anyone else noticed how rampant cover changing has become? I swear it seems like just about every other book I click on lately has gotten a new cover.

I think authors have clued in on the fact that people DO judge books by their cover and once they’ve gotten to where sales drop off (or maybe the sales never got going in the first place), they change the cover to try to attract a new group of people. It’s really a smart way to look at marketing. I’ve seen more than one that I wasn’t interested in before, but now, I want to read them. Which is extremely silly if you think about it, because…same book!

R. Renee October 25, 2018 at 10:15 AM

They talk about this in Inkers (Alessandra Torre’s FB writers group) and apparently changing the cover (and in many cases the blurb), gives a stale book new life. Alessandra swears by it.

It hurts though. I still haven’t completely forgiven Suanne for Fish Tales.

I’d consider messing with my blurb, but my cover will be buried with me. It’s the number one reason I wanted to self publish.

Leslie M October 25, 2018 at 11:07 AM

I am nodding my head vigorously to Bev’s “I shouldn’t feel like I could outline the plot before I’m past the first chapter” comment. Bev, it’s not mean, it’s the truth. I KNOW we all read a lot, but we also need fresh stories. I hardly ever read the same authors I used to when I first got into romance for that exact reason.

As far as covers go…I understand from an authors marketing perspective why they would change it. But as a reader…I hate it. It’s confusing and annoying and it makes me crazy. Sorry I sound extra crabby. I had a busy morning with no breakfast…it’s noon and I am finally just now eating something.

D.G. October 25, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Nay – same on the KA book. Stopped for now and on to the new Max Monroe – The Day The Jerk Started Falling which released today!!! Happy dance!!!

Leslie M October 25, 2018 at 11:10 AM

R., I love your covers…please don’t ever change them.

Michele G October 25, 2018 at 11:28 AM

I understand the cover changing from a marketing perspective. As a consumer though, it’s frustrating because you lose the recognition factor. I’m glad to have GR to help me keep it all straight (and Amazon to not let me re-buy the same book) otherwise I’d be in a world of hurt.

R, you absolutely cannot change your beautiful book cover! It sounds like you won’t …but just making sure!!

Jenn October 25, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Michele I agree with you; without GR& Amazon I would be in book debt. Sometimes I go through all the books on my kindle and ones that I have read are automatically updated with the new covers and it is so confusing.

Leslie, I just ate too for the first time today. I am sick and at work which is not a good combo, I need to take your GR avatar and apply it to me today and probably tomorrow too :-) If it wasn’t for the awesome book that I am reading I would be beyond crabby; not sure there is an avatar for that.

I agree with all R; do not change your beautiful cover!

Nay October 25, 2018 at 1:12 PM

Robin–it’s funny that when I was typing that post, I was thinking, “I know one author who’ll NEVER change her cover!” lol

R. Renee October 25, 2018 at 2:29 PM

No way! I love the cover! I bought the painting when I was only a quarter of the way through writing it. Then I spent 3 days working on my argument to convince the artist to let me use it, unnecessarily as it turned out. I did see a couple of reviews where they almost didn’t read it because they thought it was YA.

bev October 25, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Not being able to buy the same book over helps, but if an author changes covers and blurb they need to add the warning that it is not the first time in print.

Leslie M October 25, 2018 at 3:48 PM

That’s the thing Bev…it gets confusing. If it weren’t for me marking everything on Goodreads, I would have repurchased a few book because of rebranding.

Like Amy the other day got all excited thinking new book was out and it was just a new cover. :(

Jan October 25, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Yeah that’s happened to me Leslie – getting sucked in and thinking cool! new book by a fav author! yay! I’ve even read a blurb and think that sounds good! Before actually realising, hang on, I’ve read this one :(

Fall is going pretty well so far. The h has an interesting and unusual job but hey, no spoilers. I’ll let you find out for yourself. But this book kinda explores the value of kindness, which is wonderful. I love that.

Jan October 25, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Hey. FLT.
There is a man following me.

from Fall by Kristen Callihan. It sounds a bit creepy LOL but it’s not. It’s quite a funny meet-cute.

Cheryl October 25, 2018 at 4:47 PM

I’m mixed about the book covers. I can see the argument by the authors that it helps with sales; I think especially since we seem to have moved away from the cheesy, half naked, same guy pic, to something more artistic. However, I agree it needs to come with a “warning” that this is a re-release. I also think it would be nice if Amazon builds in a notice to have the choice if we want the new cover on our kindle; instead of having to opt out of auto updates.

Trying to motivate myself to go to the gym now. Wasn’t able to go earlier and now I *can* go. Too tired and it’s chilly outside. ;)

Jenn October 25, 2018 at 5:31 PM

I have a question since last Thursday I apparently did first line of chapter one and Michele did first line of prologue as we were reading same book.

bev October 25, 2018 at 5:56 PM

Jan, My Ahjussi the kdrama I loved earlier this year explores exactly that! It was such a beautiful show. I wish it was a book so I could put it in Amy’s hands (probably Maryse too as they are twins) I feel like she’d love the heroine. Just, as of right now, my favorite story if the year in book, movie, drama or song

bev October 25, 2018 at 5:57 PM

Jenn, either or. First lines easy like that.

Amy October 25, 2018 at 6:35 PM


“The bucket list—the stupid, reckless, overly-ambitious bucket list—and the three wine coolers I’d managed to down since wandering into Kristen March’s graduation kegger three hours ago got me in trouble.” ~ Trailer Park Heart by Rachel Higginson

Leslie M October 25, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Twinsies with Amy’s FLT

Cheryl October 25, 2018 at 7:22 PM


“He isn’t hard to spot.”

The Failing Hours: How to Date a Douchebag by Sara Ney. Entertaining, but could could use better editing.

bev October 25, 2018 at 7:59 PM

Ok, I say My Ahjussi and then I start listening to an old podcast that has a segment on Healer. Just listening to the hosts talk of their favorite parts has me giddy again, lol.

Jenn October 25, 2018 at 8:22 PM


“The bucket list—the stupid, reckless, overly-ambitious bucket list—and the three wine coolers I’d managed to down since wandering into Kristen March’s graduation kegger three hours ago got me in trouble.”
Trailer Park Heart by Rachel Higginson

Michele G October 25, 2018 at 8:36 PM

“Agh!” Shane Vaughn slammed the copy of Rolling Stone on her desk, nearly spilling her coffee all over the pristine white desktop.

Beyond the Masks by Nicky F. Grant

Maryse October 25, 2018 at 8:53 PM


“STOP! WILLEM, SHOOT him! Don’t let him get away!”

The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters.

Maryse October 25, 2018 at 10:08 PM

Nay… it’s almost subliminal. We shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but we just can’t help it.

Nikki Weiss December 5, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Just finished reading The Monster Ball… ugh! So many of them left me wanting more. Will any of the novellas be continued anywhere?


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