Latest Romance Book Releases – October 30th 2018

by Maryse on October 30, 2018 · 80 comments

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<—WEDNESDAY HALLOWEEN BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! LOOKIT WHAT JUST WENT LIVE!!!! TIJAN’S LATEST The Boy I Grew Up WithThey grew up together and always loved each other but…

“…The problem is that we’re living in two different worlds now. Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his.


But there were nights I felt we couldn’t be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat…”

ALSO LIVE!!! Royally Yours: A Standalone Romance (Royally Series Book 4) by Emma Chase! SHE’S BEEN CROWNED QUEEN & she has to marry…When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them…”

HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY & HALLOWEEN-EVE!!!! I know many of you have already celebrated this past weekend (I saw the coolest costumes on my feed!!!) but still, Halloween is almost here and it’s one of our favorite times of the year!!! Also… books. :D Speaking of which…

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s earlybirds, and my latest BIG LIST:

  • ➔➔ Monday Earlybird Book Releases <— 20+ books went live early, so don’t miss these! Consider them a “prequel” to this list. ;)
  • and…
  • ➔➔ What was the very first book that “stayed with you” even to this day? <— BEST LIST EVER ALERT!!!! eek Seriously. This may be the most ultimate of ALL the “Ultimate Books Lists” and the LONGEST list I’ve put together, yet (over 80 books and counting ’cause I’m still adding on, as we speak)! Seriously. Everything on here is the BEST of the best, and it spans a wide variety of genres, multiple generations (from classics to recent releases) and I personally think this list should be in every book lovers’ bookmarks. ;) Tee hee! You will spend hours on it, and you will read and read and read. And it will likely bring up memories, too. Have one to add on? Let me know!! :D

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. Shades of Wicked: A NIght Rebel Novel by Jeanine Frost
  2. Elevation by Stephen King
  3. Close to the Bone: Widow’s Island Novella Series, Book 1 by Kendra Elliot
  4. A Bone to Pick: Widow’s Island Novella Series, Book 2 by Melinda Leigh
  5. Archangel’s Prophecy: Guild Hunter Series, Book 11 by Nalini Singh
  6. If I Only Knew by Corinne Michaels
  7. Confessions: Priest: Confessions Series, Book 3 by Ella Frank
  8. Benching Brady: The Perfect Game Series by Samantha Christy
  9. Royally Yours by Emma Chase
  10. The Story of Me: Carnage, Book 2 by Lesley Jones
  11. Love, Sincerely Yours by Sara Ney & Meghan Quinn
  12. Kidnapped by a Rogue: The Douglas Legacy, Book 3 by Margaret Mallory
  13. It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale
  14. Be Careful What You Wish For: The Swann Sisters Chronicles, Book Two by Evangeline Anderson
  15. Rescuing Sadie: A Delta Force Heroes/Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Susan Stoker
  16. Hate Notes by Penelope Ward <— PREORDER!!!


BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order)

  • Doggy Style (Rescue Me Book 1) by Alana Albertson <— RECENT RELEASE & THE TITLE MAKES ME BLUSH (and *giggle*)… but the premise warms my heart!! HE USED HIS “NICK NAME *ahem* “Doggy Style”" INFAMY TO RESCUE DOGS… “…I chained myself to his store in protest, but instead of calling the cops, he threw me a bone. If I help him open his puppy store, he’ll transform it into a shelter dog adoption center, saving the lives of potentially thousands of dogs. And then I will never have to see this sexy, dirty-talking jerk again. How hard can he—uh, I mean, it—be?” P.S. CHECK OUT TODAY’S GUEST POST (5 Fun Facts) about the series! :D
  • Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren <— CHRISTINA LAUREN SALE ALERT!! Nay found us this one!!
  • The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 14) by J.R. Ward <— BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD/RHAGE/J.R. WARD SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! Yep! I just one-clicked this SO HARD!!!!

Sharon: Finished The Beast yesterday and it did not disappoint in the least. So many twists and turns and OMG moments. Each side story held my attention too.

Grey: …last ten percent of The Beast which I have been savoring because I just… I don’t want to finish …. That one gets my vote!

  • Too Tempting (The Lewis Cousins Book 1) by Bethany Lopez <— BETHANY LOPEZ FREEBIE ALERT!! HE’S AN NFL STAR & SHE’S A WRITER… “...Zoey Zahn is a quirky, introverted writer and self-proclaimed geek. When she’s asked if she’ll accompany her nephew, Christopher, to camp, Zoey agrees, envisioning quiet evenings of writing in the great outdoors. After she stumbles upon Gabe, however, quiet evenings alone are the last thing on her mind. The chemistry between Gabe and Zoey is undeniable, but as camp ends, a brewing storm causes their blooming relationship to fumble...”



  1. Archangel’s Prophecy (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh <— NALINI SINGH ALERT!!Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy…”
  2. No Kitten Around: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) by RJ Blain
  3. The Stone Warriors: Gabriel by D. B. Reynolds
  4. Unhinged: Blood Bond: Parts 4, 5 & 6 (Volume 2) (Blood Bond Saga) by Helen Hardt
  5. Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel by Jeaniene Frost <— JEANIENE FROST ALERT!!Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long...”
  6. Blood Bond: 6 (Blood Bond Saga) by Helen Hardt
  7. Blood Bond: 7 (Blood Bond Saga) by Helen Hardt
  8. Blood Bond: 8 (Blood Bond Saga) by Helen Hardt
  9. Dragonfire: A Dark Kings Novel by Donna Grant <— DONNA GRANT ALERT!! “…As a Dragon King, Roman is sworn to protect all mortals—even though they no longer believe in dragons. But deep in the Carpathian Mountains, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious gypsy who possesses the power to see into his very soul. To reignite the fire in his heart. And to help him find the long-lost sword that could save the dragons forever…”
  10. Haunted Be the Holidays: A Krewe of Hunters Novella by Heather Graham
  11. Ravenswood (Ravenswood Series Book 1) by Christine Zolendz <— CHRISTINE ZOLENDZ ALERT!! THE MANSION LURES THEM IN… “...In the southern swamps of Louisiana, an ominous and foreboding mansion beckons the young and curious tourists. But once they enter Ravenswood, they never return. And New Yorker Rainey Halerow knows nothing about it...”
  12. Dark Harmony (The Bargainer Book 3) by Laura Thalassa <— LAURA THALASSA ALERT!! “...For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it…



  1. Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. Book 2) by Rachel Van Dylan <— RACHEL VAN DYKEN ALERT!!! NFL STAR WANTS PAYBACK!! “...Isla made one teeny little mistake. Now she and her PI company, Dirty Exes, are being targeted by one seriously angry and furiously sexy ex-quarterback. Jessie freakin’ Beckett. But there’s no way some NFL superhunk is going to take her business away. If only he didn’t make her so hot—and bothered…”
  2. Elevation by Stephen King
  3. Hot SEAL in Hollywood (Hot SEALs Book 15) by Cat Johnson
  4. A Bone to Pick (Widow’s Island Novella Book 2) by Melinda Leigh
  5. Returned to You (Second Chance with You Book 4) by Emma St. Clair
  6. Cowboy Christmas Jubilee (Holiday, Texas Book 2) by Dylann Crush
  7. So Wrong It’s Right (A Boston Love Story Book 5) by Julie Johnson <— THE FBI AGENT & THE CRIMINAL’S WIFE… “…She needs an ally. A protector. Someone to keep her safe until the fallout from her husband’s criminal activities is contained. But as Conor gets closer to the plucky brunette, that protectiveness starts to feel a whole lot like passion… and the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to imagine ever letting her go…” P.S. IT CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE.
  8. Mail-Order Bride Ink: Dear Mr. Comforts by Kit Morgan
  9. No Ordinary Duke (The Crawfords Book 1) by Sophie Barnes
  10. Wolf Rising (SWAT Book 8) by Paige Tyler
  11. Between a Highlander and a Hard Place (Highland Weddings Book 5) by Mary Wine <— MARY WINE HISTORICAL ROMANCE ALERT!!
  12. Pierced (Tall, Dark, and Handsome Book 2) by J.A. Huss <— J.A. HUSS ALERT!! SHE’S USING HER BOSS AS PAYBACK… “…starting an outreach class at the TDH community center to teach other women how to put the dom in dominatrix was inevitable. Even if I was only doing it to use my boss, Pierce, as my submissive example and pay him back for humiliating me in front of the whole world last summer…”
  13. Promise Me: A heartbreaking and unputdownable page turner by Jade Beer <— SOUNDS TOUCHING & HEARTFELT “…Her mother’s letters are everything to her, but how can Jenny ever become the confident, successful woman her mother wanted her to be when her heart is broken by her loss? When an unexpected meeting has Jenny mistaken for somebody she’s not, Jenny learns that sometimes pretending is the easiest way to tell the truth and that loving someone can mean letting them go…”
  14. Secrets (Web of Sin) by Aleatha Romig <— ALEATHA ROMIG ALERT!! SHE BELONGS TO HIM… SHE JUST DOESN’T KNOW IT YET… “…Within the underbelly of one of America’s largest cities lives a world where a man’s word is either his most valuable tool or his most respected weapon. When my father ruled that world and that city, he promised me someone who would one day make my reign complete. Since that day, long ago, Araneae McCrie has been mine. She just didn’t know…”
  15. His Angel: The Wounded Souls Series by Leah Sharelle
  16. Eagle: A Linear Tactical Romantic Suspense Standalone by Janie Crouch
  17. The Memory of You (Sanctuary Sound Book 1) by Jamie Beck
  18. Unleashed (Devil’s Reach Book 3) by J.L. Drake
  19. Southern Devotion (Southern Heart Book 4) by Kaylee Ryan <— HE WANTS HER TO BE HIS WIFE… “...I knew that she wasn’t ready, but I needed her to know that I was. I’ve been planning for weeks, wanting to make everything perfect. I took her words to a whole other level, and now I’m worried I’ve gone too far…
  20. Rescuing Mary (Delta Force Heroes Book 9) by Susan Stoker
  21. Drake (The Kings of Guardian Book 11) by Kris Michaels
  22. Unleashed (Devil’s Reach Book 3) by J.L. Drake
  23. Chasing Honor (The Next Generation Book 2) by Riley Edwards <— SHE’S ON THE RUN & THIS COP IS HER NEW ROOMMATE… “…Honor Sullivan is on the run. Her powerful, ruthless stepfather would do anything to advance his political career, including forcing Honor into an arranged, loveless marriage. Her sexy new landlord and his adorable daughter offer just the kind of refuge she needs, a home full of love and honesty, so different from what she’s endured the last few years. But Honor is unwittingly carrying a secret, one that could endanger anyone around her. A secret that could get her killed…”
  24. Ballistic (A Vigilantes Novel) by Keri Lake <— KERI LAKE ALERT!!! VIGILANTE DARK READ (I WENT CRAZY FOR BOOK #1!!!) And it can be read as a standalone!!! He’s rogue… “…the woman behind those eyes quickly became my obsession. Nicoleta is more than she seems. An enigma I’m determined to crack before time runs out and our enemies hunt her down. Except, she moves by her own trajectory, an unstoppable bullet on the warpath to track down the men who murdered a girl from her past. Me? I’m the rogue whose path is less predictable. A junkie, fiending for the one thing I shouldn’t want: the only woman who gets me high...” P.S. It’s super-bargain priced today!!!
  25. A Deeper Blue (Rules of Possession Book 2) by by S.E. Harmon <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  26. Truth Will Out by K.C. Wells <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  27. An Inconvenient Plan (Happy Endings Book Club, Book 10) by Kylie Gilmore <— SHE WAS REJECTED… “...After a stinging rejection from her sexy frenemy, Josh Campbell, a prince falls into her lap. And he’s a swoony, romantic contrast to the gruff bartender she can’t seem to quit...”
  28. Never Let Me Go by J.J. McAvoy <—HE SETS OUT TO FIND THE PREGNANT WOMAN HIS DEAD TWIN HURT… “…On his deathbed, Donovan confessed to abandoning his then girlfriend, Luella “Lulu” Thorne, 5 years ago, when she told him she was pregnant. High, and drunk at the time, he broke her heart, stole all of her savings, and left her alone without a word. Used to righting his brother’s wrongs, Dorian makes it his mission to find Lulu and the child his brother left behind. What he didn’t expect to find–his brother’s actions led to Lulu becoming an escort…one he himself had fallen for...”
  29. Scorned: A Novella (Unbreak My Heart Duet) by Cee Marie
  30. Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh
  31. Christmas at First Creek Farm by Joss Wood
  32. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory <— HE PROPOSED TO HER IN PUBLIC…When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans...”
  33. Truth: A Sinful Series, book one by Trilina Pucci
  34. A Season to Celebrate <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT!!
  35. The Highlander Who Protected Me (Clan Kendrick Book 1) by Vanessa Kelly
  36. Destroying Declan (The Gilroy Clan Book 5) by Megyn Ward
  37. Beautiful Sinner: A Devil’s Rock Novel by Sophie Jordan <— SHE WANTS AN INTERVIEW WITH THIS PRISONER… “…Cruz was wrongly accused of the high-profile crime for which he was imprisoned; Gabriella’s desperate for the scoop that will get her career off the ground and get her out of Sweet Hill, where everyone still remembers her as “Flabby Gabby.” Being stuck in a supply closet with Cruz is the perfect opportunity to land an interview. What Bri doesn’t count on is Cruz taking “up-close and personal” to a whole new level…”
  38. Recklessly Ever After (Reckless Hearts Book 3) by Heather Van Fleet
  39. Naughty But Nice (A Hamilton Christmas Novella Book 3) by Donna Kauffman
  40. Be with Me (Return to Haven Book 2) by Jules Bennett <— A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH A COP & NOW SHE’S PREGNANT…Since moving to Haven to help out her closest friends, Melanie Ramsey has begun to reclaim her strength after a difficult divorce. Through Mel’s Motivational Blog, she’s inspiring other women too. Then a wild, one-night fling with Haven’s gorgeous deputy leaves her shaken, stirred—and pregnant.  But Melanie’s not giving up her newfound independence for another powerful man. Not even one as upstanding and intriguing as Tanner Roark . . .”


PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )

  1. Cards of Love: Knight of Swords by Autumn Jones Lake  - October 31st 2018
  2. Hate Notes by Penelope Ward & VI Keeland – November 6th 2018
  3. LuLLaY: Portland ME, a Christmas Novella by Freya Barker – November 1st 2018
  4. TICK TOCK (EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Book 1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick – November 1st 2018
  5. Long Road Home (Love In The Heartland) by Stacey Lynn – November 5th 2018
  6. Oracle’s Haunt (Desert Cursed Series Book 4) by Shannon Mayer - November 6th 2018
  7. Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. Book 2) by Rachel Van Dyken - November 6th 2018
  8. Erik: An Arizona Vengeance Novel by Sawyer Bennett – November 6th 2018
  9. Leopard’s Run (A Leopard Novel) by Christine Feehan - November 6th 2018
  10. Dining with Angels: Bits & Bites from the Demonica Universe by Larissa Ione - November 6th 2018
  11. Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey - November 6th 2018
  12. You Don’t Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark  - November 6th 2018
  13. Diamond Fire: A Hidden Legacy Novella by Ilona Andrews - November 6th 2018
  14. How About No (The Bear Bottom Guardians MC Book 3) by Lani Lynn Vale – November 6th 2018
  15. Seduce Me (Austin Singles Book 1) by Kelly Elliott - November 6th 2018

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Grey October 30, 2018 at 5:58 AM

*tosses glitter* been a while, just saw the cover release for Kill Switch by Pen Douglas and wow, it certainly is a Devil’s Night brand of excitement!!

Happy Tuesday!

Maryse October 30, 2018 at 6:01 AM

Happy Tuesday Grey!!!! :D

Nay October 30, 2018 at 6:32 AM

Good morning!

Why is it that every year when the nominees for the GR Choice Awards come out that I feel like the most uncultured, shallow reader ever?

And I must say, I’m really scratching my head at many of the books that were nominated (and not nominated) this year.

I’ve got 5 days to read several books so that I can at least participate in a couple of the categories besides ‘romance’ or ‘fantasy’.

Amy October 30, 2018 at 7:01 AM

*yawns and stretches*

Good morning, ladies!

*points to Nay*

What she said. I could only vote in maybe 3 or 4 categories. :?

Maryse October 30, 2018 at 7:37 AM


*sips coffee*

Nay… tell us what books you chose (and how you liked ‘em). :)

Leslie M October 30, 2018 at 7:41 AM

Happy Tuesday! *plays in glitter with glee as it finally stopped raining*

I feel like a total book nerd fraud as I don’t like Harry Potter, have never read Pride & Prejudice, hate the “classics” I have read and every year I hardly know any of books on GRs list.

I haven’t had many 5 stars this year and even fewer of ones published in 2018. I did write in votes for romance (Bring Down the Stars) and debut author (Waiting for the Sun).

Leslie M October 30, 2018 at 8:07 AM

Ooh, and I forgot….I voted in “best of the best” category.

It Ends With Us

Every single woman needs to read this book.

Nay October 30, 2018 at 8:17 AM

Maryse–I’m sad to say that I’ve only read TWO in the romance category (All Your Perfects, which I loved, and From Lukov with Love, which I didn’t). And there are several others I had planned to read, so I’m going to try to fit at least two of them in.

If I read The Kiss Quotient, that’ll cover one from romance and one from debut author (I can’t believe I haven’t read a single book from debut author), sooo I’m definitely going to read The Kiss Quotient and I’m going to try to pick one more from romance and one from mystery/thriller or fantasy. I hate to vote for a book simply because it’s the only one from the list that I’ve read. I know I can do write-ins, and I will if I have to, but I’d like to give a few of the books that are already among the noms a fair shot.

Nay October 30, 2018 at 8:17 AM

I also get tired of certain authors getting noms simply because they are who they are.

Jenn October 30, 2018 at 8:27 AM


*DITTO* everything Nay said. I do have to say I have had The Kiss Quotient (have not read) but it keeps getting recommended to me. Not sure why I have not read it yet.

Tasha J October 30, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Yep, I’ve read 2. 2!!! The Kiss Quitient and All Your Perfects. There are a bunch that were on my tbr or that I own or came in from the library that I wanted to read, but life. Not a good reading year for me, but I knew it wouldn’t be.
Little stinker is trying to crawl now to ensure I read 1 for the foreseeable future. Haha

Grey October 30, 2018 at 8:36 AM

I haven’t even looked at it yet. *sigh*

Just a reminder, the challenge threads are still open, we will be picking on Thursday.

I’m between books. Don’t know what I’m in the mood for.

Tasha J October 30, 2018 at 8:38 AM

I may read Charlaine Harris’s new 1 next. That or Sarah J Maas. I need me some paranormal now that I’m back catching up with True Blood. I’m team Eric now! On season 4, but Alcead!! Maybe I could be team Alcead.

Tasha J October 30, 2018 at 8:42 AM

Oh, new Mrs Maisel coming in a month, eeeep!!!42

Dee October 30, 2018 at 9:32 AM


Ela October 30, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Why are you mentioning the C book, Maryse?

Kathy P. October 30, 2018 at 11:05 AM

I have read 5 of the books on the Romance Category:
Kiss Quotient
Hello Stranger
Wedding Date (Jasmine Guillory)
From Lukov
Wicked Wallflower
I did enjoy the Wedding Date. It is an interracial romance that takes place in the Bay Area/LA and since I am originally from the Bay Area it made it for interesting to read. Her new book is on this list. Loved the Kiss Quotient but some of the others were just ok.

Tessa October 30, 2018 at 11:13 AM

*starts dancing* I won Dangerous Liars in a Goodreads giveaway! :D

Grey, I have to go to Facebook now just to see that cover! This is the one I’ve been anticipating the most.

Already finished Dark Harmony. If anyone has read the series, read this now! I don’t think I have many greats this month, but this was the perfect ending to the series. Also, if you read it, the Unearthly series takes place in the same world, though YA. It does make me have a theory with one phrase said, but sadly, no guarantee I’m right.

Maryse October 30, 2018 at 11:14 AM

YAY!! My pleasure Dee!!! :D

Teri October 30, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Ladies, I am SO happy I’m not the only one! I looked at the nominations under romance, scratched my head, got up and walked to the coffee pot. Surely, this cannot be so. I haven’t read one single book on the list. Wow, Humpf!

I did 1-click a book under the fantasy category called Pestilence by Laura Thalassa (new to me author).

Maryse October 30, 2018 at 11:17 AM

LOL Ela!!!

‘Cause it was just released in Audio… and we know there are plenty of C-book addicts in our group. :P

Tessa October 30, 2018 at 11:21 AM

Did you all see the “best of the best” category? I absolutely love some of those books. I voted for Wing and Ruin, because it was really one of my all-time favorites, specifically that book.

Tessa October 30, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Teri, it was under the romance section. I have Birthday Girl but haven’t read it. Literally, it was the only book I’ve read.

Nay October 30, 2018 at 11:44 AM

Tessa–I may have already asked this, but if I did, I’ve forgotten your answer. Does anything in Pestilence cross over to the Bargainer series? I need to continue with the Bargainer series, but since I have an affinity for four horsemen books, I was thinking of going ahead and reading Pestilence as my other romance book. I lurve the cover of it (the newer one with him by himself).

Nay October 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM

I just got an email from Netgalley. The entire Charley Davidson series (1-12) by Darynda Jones is ‘Read now’!!

Amy October 30, 2018 at 1:10 PM

I voted for Sadie (YA fiction), All Your Perfects (Romance), and It Ends With Us (Best of the Best) because OF COURSE IT’S THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!!

At least to me it is. ;)

Amy October 30, 2018 at 1:15 PM

And yeah, I haven’t read any of the others to be able to vote on them. *sigh*

Tessa October 30, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Nay, they are two separate worlds and stories. Go ahead and read it. :) I can’t wait for the next in the series. Then finish the Bargainer series. :P

Tessa October 30, 2018 at 1:34 PM

Oooh, a read now for books that are normally 8 bucks each? WOW

I voted High Voltage for Fantasy. The only one that was up there that I considered was Bright Burning, but High Voltage was better. Best YA fantasy was Cruel Prince. *swoons* EVERYTHING I love in a book, including a huge bully. :)

For those voting, remember, if you don’t like the choices, just write in your own choice. Second round is always full of new books because of it. If not for Pesti, I might have done that with Romance.

Susan October 30, 2018 at 1:49 PM

I can’t believe My Oxford Year isn’t on the list, so I have nominated it in several categories. It was definitely one of the best books of the year for me as well as one of the best books of all time on my list. If you liked it I’m asking that you add it as well for a nomination. I added for debut author as well as Romance and fiction.

Amy October 30, 2018 at 1:49 PM

Ooh, good point Tessa! Writing in our own picks for the chance to have them make it to the next round. :D

Amy October 30, 2018 at 1:52 PM

Susan! *snaps fingers* THAT’S the one I was thinking of. I knew there was a book I read this year by a debut author, but I couldn’t remember which one and haven’t looked through my read books yet. You saved me the trouble!

Michele G October 30, 2018 at 2:12 PM

I’d only read 5 in the romance category (kind of surprised me) – but I had read at least one book in many of the other categories. So, I’m going to call that a win and pat myself on the back. I did have a hard time picking just one in the Best of the Best category because I loved so many of them. I picked It Ends With Us because I agree with Leslie that every woman should read it. I believe that so much so that it was the first Colleen Hoover book I recommended to my daughter. She read it and gave it to several friends to read as well. It’s a powerful read!

Kylie Gilmore October 30, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Thanks for including An Inconvenient Plan!

Michele G October 30, 2018 at 4:08 PM

If anyone wants to read Pestilence (see Nay & Tessa’s comments above) – we are doing an impromptu BR on GR – Nay has it set up and we’re plsnning to start tonight. Come join us – the more the merrier!!

R. Renee October 30, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Thank you Leslie! <3

Amy October 30, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Okay! I wrote in My Oxford Year for debut author and Transcend for fiction. Fingers crossed!

bev October 30, 2018 at 7:44 PM

This is kind of cool. It put a smile on my face in the middle of a some what taxing day.

It is the group iKon on a program where the singers try and get 300 fans present to perform parts of the song with them with no rehearsal. I guess they are the first to have all 300 fans. Someone posted it on a blog I read.
Just the expressions of joy on the fans faces and then on the performers….I dont know made me happy. Like a giant joyful choir.
It starts with Love Scenerio (not pronounced that way, lol) which was a huge hit for them especially in elementary schools.

Anyway like I said made me smile.

Jan October 31, 2018 at 1:13 AM

Yeah I haven’t really read that many of the GR nominees either. I voted for a lovely HR for best romance – Hello Stranger. I know a CR will win, but it’s a lovely and well-written book and I’m happy to vote for it. Burn Bright for fantasy. Susan I’m keen to read My Oxford Year but it’s not being released in Australia till mid-2019 :(

Nay October 31, 2018 at 6:01 AM

Happy Halloween!!!

Jean October 31, 2018 at 6:10 AM

Hey guys! I agree with all your comments about the GR selections. I think the only book I read was All Your Perfects. How is that possible?

Wanted to let you all know, I just read Doll House by John Hunt. It was crazy and definitely not for the faint of heart but I loved it! Cringeworthy beginning, but so intriguing I couldn’t put the book down!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Leslie M October 31, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Happy Halloween!

I am trying to get my day started but need a plan for supper. No clue what to cook…I need something easy.

Nay October 31, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Leslie–when I want easy, I do baked spaghetti. I use a doctored jar sauce with Italian sausage added (ground beef is fine too), but you can easily use it straight from the jar, with or without added meat to make it easier.

In a large, deep casserole dish (I use an oblong one that’s about 10″ long and 3″ deep), layer cooked pasta (spaghetti or whatever you want to get rid of), sauce, shredded cheese (I use mozzarella, monterey jack, shredded parm, and maybe a little colby or chedder. If I have bags with a little left in them, I pour that in too), and whatever extras you want–I add black olives and mushrooms, and if you add chunks of fresh mozzarella, it makes it super yummy! Since my dish is deep, I do at least 2 layers of everything.

Cook it on 375 for about 30 minutes (or until cheese is melted well). If cheese on top starts getting too done, put foil over it toward the end of cooking time. Even though I use a mixture of cheeses in the layers, I use the best melty cheese (like jack or mozz) on top so that it doesn’t get hard/tough as it cools.

My boys like bread with it, so I do barbecue bread, buttered on both sides and browned in skillet. But for easy, you can do any type, of course.

It gives me several days of meals if I use a family size jar of sauce with the adds and about 12 oz of pasta. And we love our cheese, so I usually end up using at least a pound of it. You can adjust the amount of pasta (or sauce) according to how saucy you like it. Sometimes I add a can of crushed/diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning (or whatever canned tomato product I have in my pantry) to my sauce to make the dish extra saucy.

Maryse October 31, 2018 at 8:24 AM

Happy Halloween everyone!!! I’ll be wearing Halloween pajamas tonight. I love them and they are fuzzy. ;)

Maryse October 31, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Nay, I always make my spaghetti sauce using doctored up jar sauce. Just add my veggies, meat and spices (sometimes parmesan too) and I always love it!!

Now I’m hungry for pasta… I think I’ll make zoodles with tons of sauce and cheese, to ease my pasta cravings.

Ela October 31, 2018 at 8:50 AM


Leslie M October 31, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Nay, I like the sound of baked spaghetti. I used to make a baked ziti but haven’t made in forever. My issue is I can’t do jarred sauce…it tears apart my stomach. So I do huge batch of homemade sauce and freeze but I am out and don’t have time to make. But, I think I decided to do sausage & peppers with roasted sweet potatoes.

I haven’t made zoodles in forever either. Yum.

Tasha J October 31, 2018 at 11:18 AM

I was going to do ham and mashed sweet potatoes tonight, but the ham is still frozen and I had housekeepers today and didn’t wanna get in their way. So, that’s tomorrow. Tonight is pizza. I don’t like baked spaghetti. Or lasagna too much, I think it’s all that cheese- too much of a good thing.
Housekeepers were SO amazing. What a treat. Only thing is, I keep going through the house like a psycho putting things exactly as they were. I even unmade my bed, lol. I don’t like to take the covers down when I go to get in.
Leslie, same with the spaghetti sauce, but I found Prego makes a sensitive recipe without onion or garlic that tastes amazing AND is easy on my stomach. It’s our new fave sauce and I stock up every time I go to the grocery in case they discontinue it.

Michele G October 31, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Happy Halloween!

Hmmm I’m thinking baked pasta is what’s for dinner now! Nay made it sound pretty irresistible in her description.

I hope I have enough candy left for the trick or treaters…my family has used the candy bowl as a feed trough the last few days…

Oh and I’m really loving Pestilence!!

Teri October 31, 2018 at 11:44 AM

Happy Halloween!

MichelleG – is it too late to join in on the Pestilence group read and how do I find you all on GR…? :-)

R. Renee October 31, 2018 at 11:51 AM

It’s my anniversary so I’m eating the most caloric thing I could think of. Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy! And champagne because that’s how Frankie and Darian do it in Riders (and why I’ve been craving it)! I keep looking at the clock wondering when if it’s too early to have dinner!

Leslie M October 31, 2018 at 12:18 PM
Tessa October 31, 2018 at 12:23 PM

Happy Halloween!

So, it’s supposed to be 77 degrees today, but currently, it’s COLD. And tonight for Trick or Treating? COLD. lol Is anyone dressing up for Halloween? I’m going as a fantasy peasant, but with tennis shoes, because I will be walking and want to be comfy.

Michele G October 31, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Teri, I’m sorry I just saw your post. It’s definitely not too late. We have people at various stages of the book so come on over and join in! Thanks Leslie for posting the thread!

Nay October 31, 2018 at 1:55 PM

Before we moved to the country, we had about 500 trick or treaters every year (I counted), but now we have ZERO. I don’t miss answering the door, but I do miss having the music playing while the fog machine runs and dressed-up hubs sits on the front porch scaring the crap out of everyone, and since my boys are too old to trick-or-treat, I definitely miss the candy.

Happy anniversary, Robin! Did y’all have a ‘theme wedding’??

R. Renee October 31, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Yes! We did the Camelot thing and got married at the Excalibur in Vegas.

Nay October 31, 2018 at 2:17 PM

So cool!

Michele G October 31, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Happy Anniversary Robin!!

bev October 31, 2018 at 2:42 PM
Grey October 31, 2018 at 3:15 PM

Definitely not too late, Teri. Gah, it’s been a day. I, myself, haven’t gotten beyond 2% because life has yet again decided to jump head long into my way. So please, join in!

Also, last call for the challenge reads for November, tomorrow will be the drawings for pick for me and the All-time-fave honoree of the month.

Happy anniversary, Robin!❤

Maryse November 1, 2018 at 7:49 AM

YAY!!!! Happy Anniversary Robin!!! :D

Maryse November 1, 2018 at 8:40 AM

Hi everyone!! Just in case I’m quiet, it’s ’cause I’m reorganizing the blog in the background. It’s time for a proper overhaul and making navigation of the site easier. :)

Let me know if you guys have any suggestions of stuff you wish you could access easier. :D

R. Renee November 1, 2018 at 9:58 AM

My FLT is naughty, so bear with me LOL:

“Effing male chicken tease.” :D Too Good Girl by Eleanor Lloyd-Jones, and OMG I’M LOVING IT!!! It’s a little dark and gritty and man, can she write dark and gritty! I’m reading an ARC but it releases on the 14th. Soooo good!

And thanks for the anniversary wishes! We had a blast drinking champagne and jamming to my Halloween mix last night!

Jean November 1, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Hope you had a great anniversary Robin!

FLT: They say that everyone has a talent. Some people can sing, some can draw, and some can eat heaping piles of pasta and not gain a single pound. I don’t possess any of those qualities. My wide ass is a testament to the last.
(What About Us by Sidney Halston)

I know, I know…. more than one line, but I felt I had to include the whole paragraph!!!

Tessa November 1, 2018 at 10:59 AM

I just finished a book where the characters were great and the plot was fun, but the editing! OMG! There were sentences I had to re-read to figure out what it was supposed to be. Stephen by Hazel Gower. It’s a bummer because the story and characters were so rich, but

‘I to bet a twenty as soon as he gets in he will either putt his shirt o her…’ No. I did not misspell the word putt on accident. *sighs* I so want to fix it so more people will love the story.

Michele G November 1, 2018 at 12:07 PM

FLT: “There are no facts, only interpretations.” (Fearless by Lauren Gilley)

To all of you who kept telling me to read this…I’m FINALLY reading it…and I love it so far. Of course I’m only on page 45…but I’m already hooked.

Michele G November 1, 2018 at 12:15 PM

I want to second R’s comments above regarding Too Good Girl by Eleanor Lloyd-Jones. I read an ARC of it as well and it is really good. R’s “dark and gritty” description is spot on because she doesn’t shy away from writing about difficult topics. It’s a good one!

Jenn November 1, 2018 at 2:24 PM

I’ve been really sick and by that I mean too sick to even keep my eyes open to read…I am feeling better today so I am trying to finish this book that I feel like I’ve been reading for a month. I love the book it’s just pain from migraines is unbearable making it impossible for me to read. I am only at 40%.

“NO Heart”, I whispered into my coat collar.
The Butterfly Project-Emma Scott!

Jenn November 1, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Also I know I’m late but:

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween

Happy Anniversary R :-)

Amy November 1, 2018 at 2:33 PM


“I bit down on my bottom lip as Caden gazed up at me with a smirk.” ~ Sift by LD Davis

Written by the author of one of my all-time favorite angsty reads, Accidentally on Purpose. And this one is supposed to turn into a love triangle as well, so yay me! :D

Amy November 1, 2018 at 2:45 PM

I get it about reading a book that is GREAT and you want others to experience it, but the editing is sooooo bad.

I can overlook bad editing if the writing itself and the plot are enough to make up for it. For example, Erica Stevens books (the Captive series *SIGH*). Her series have that old school indie PNR/UF feel from years ago that I love, but the editing (at least when I read them) was not good at all. Even so, I loved the books enough that the typos didn’t matter.

Sift has typos as well, but I don’t even care because the writing makes up for it. ;)

Amy November 1, 2018 at 2:45 PM

Belated happy anniversary, R!

bev November 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Jan there are a few nice looking HRs on here. A house party is always fun. And WWII is a different pace.

I just bought 2 new fantasy romances that look interesting .

Grim Lovelies and Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox.

Nay November 1, 2018 at 3:59 PM

“Nellie couldn’t say what woke her.”
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

Book #2 of the GR choice award noms. I hope to get in at least one more in the next 3 days. I’m thinking maybe The Cruel Prince–just worried it’s too YA for me.

Tessa November 1, 2018 at 5:17 PM

Amy, exactly! Even with the really bad typos, I want to read the next book. They are series with a different couple each book, but the first book was so good.

Let me tell you a story.
‘Til Death by Bella Jewel

It was recommended under a bunch of bully books, so… I HAVE to give it a try. Especially because I had it already and it was free!

Jan November 1, 2018 at 7:32 PM

FLT: The woman sitting across the table was so small another of her could have sat beside her in the same chair.

From Someday, the new CR from Susan Fanetti. I’m liking it and I think I might go back and read book 1 LOL. This one’s about a female lawyer in Idaho and a sexy charming manwhore cowboy kinda guy (who I hope is going to reform his ways) who against both of their wills fall deeply in love. Enemies-to-lovers kinda thing going on but they just can’t fight it. Both slightly older protags too which I like.

bev thanks for the link. I’ve read some in that Mary Balogh series and I like the look of that one. (Someone to Trust) Blurb is good. Older woman-younger man, though. But it could work.

Jean November 1, 2018 at 8:03 PM

Jan, that book sounds good! I gotta check it out.

Maryse November 1, 2018 at 9:13 PM


Then I lent my copy to my sister, who then handed it to my aunt, who then handed it to my mom.
They all loved it too!!!! :D

Nay November 1, 2018 at 9:29 PM

Yay! Thanks for letting me know, Maryse! I’m finally getting ready to start it now.

Maryse November 1, 2018 at 9:41 PM

Susan I LOVED IT SO HARD!! 5 STARS PLUSSSSSS LOVED IT!! I agree with you. Best book in ages!

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