Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love

Okay, so I’m going a little bit off my usual with this one. ;) I’m feeling a little vulnerable and exposed by talking about my enthusiasm for this “self-help” book, but I couldn’t help myself. And, anyway, my whole goal with this blog is to tell you when I find something pretty awesome to read (whether it be romance or otherwise) and this is one of those.

I know a ton of us are either getting back into the dating world, are dating or are in a relationship (whether married or otherwise) where we could probably use some advice in understanding each other, and better yet… ourselves. And this one does just that!

It’s a really good, logical, eye-opening study (loaded with examples, scenarios, and detailed, yet down-to-earth explanations of where our attachment styles might come from and why, and how to express ourselves appropriately, and understand others so that we can be happy). Better communication and understanding (and as a result) happier life, or more informed choices. ;) Right?

Your attachment needs are legitimate.

The authors explain three different “attachment” styles, and not only did I IMMEDIATELY pinpoint my own “style” (I recognized myself so readily), but I could also recognize others that I’ve been in relationships with, and where exactly, we were both coming from (and what went wrong… or even what went right).

…people have very different capacities for intimacy. And when one person’s need for closeness is met with another person’s need for independence and distance, a lot of unhappiness ensues. By being cognizant of this fact, both of you can navigate your way better in the dating world to find someone with intimacy needs similar to your own (if you are unattached) or reach an entirely new understanding about your differing needs in an existing relationship—a first and necessary step toward steering it in a more secure direction.

“Attachment styles”, you ask? Yep. Two insecure styles and one “secure”. And NONE of them are wrong. They are just WHO they are, and WHAT they need to be happy.

The key to finding a mate who can fulfill those needs is to first fully acknowledge your need for intimacy, availability, and security in a relationship—and to believe that they are legitimate. They aren’t good or bad, they are simply your needs. Don’t let people make you feel guilty for acting “needy” or “dependent.” Don’t be ashamed of feeling incomplete when you’re not in a relationship, or for wanting to be close to your partner and to depend on him.

I can guarantee you’ll recognize people you know (family, friends, and loved ones – past or present), in each.

Okay and this is just how I perceived these styles as described (so don’t take me word for word) but I think you’ll get the “gist”

The “anxious style” – insecure BUT!!! LOVING & wide open and maybe even terrified about it. The one that immediately, internally, second-guesses pretty much… everything when it comes to “the other” and their level of dedication back. Emotional, heart-on-your-sleeve type but worries themselves over feelings that might not be reciprocated, or jumps to conclusions about lack of response, or well… overreacts, or withdraws to regain the desired attention. THAT SAID… when an anxious style is sufficiently loved and supported by the one they love… a lot of that “insecurity” falls to the wayside. And all can be well.

The “avoidant style” – also insecure, but to many, seems PLENTY secure. They present themselves in a more independent way. Resistant in regards to emotions and “love” and commitment. Not as emotional (if at all) and prefer to be on their own. Struggle with what they consider “needy” partners, which in turn, may push them away even further.

The “secure” style – Ahhhhh these are the balance inbetween and can do well with EITHER style. In fact… they may just “complete” the others. Sure, they experience heartache and breakups too, but they are secure about loving and being loved. They aren’t afraid to let their feelings be known, they aren’t afraid to go in solidly, and they don’t second guess their wants and especially, their needs. SECURE. It’s the best way to describe them.

This study provides scenarios of the different styles together, and why they might work and why they might NOT work. But it also provides insight into how to deal, adjust, and not have to play games if you’re already in a relationship and struggling with the emotional attachment styles. How to communicate. How to give and how to receive. And how to move on if it’s just not working. And how to deal with the aftermath (if it comes to that).

…we must constantly remind ourselves: In a true partnership, both partners view it as their responsibility to ensure the other’s emotional well-being.

It’s fantastic and eye opening and…. relieving!!!! And the epilogue is EVERYTHING!!! I’d totally quote it here… it answers it all. But I’ll let you read it from start to finish and come to your own personal conclusions and better yet… understanding.

So anyway, despite my huge trepidation in publicly reviewing this (should I, shouldn’t I? Should I just keep these “finds” to myself?), I just know a ton of us will benefit immensely from this book. And while this may not be a “romance book” review, this still has everything to do with love, right? ;)

5 STARS!!!!! This book helped me make peace with myself, my past, present… and future. And the future looks bright!!! :D

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! RACE CAR DRIVER ALERT!! Austin by Jeannine Colette & Lauren Runow is LIVE!!! And we’re having a signed book giveaway right here ➔ a signed book giveaway & an exclusive excerpt!!

“…I accidentally cause one false start, and now I’m being pulled into a guy’s car—who everyone only knows as Falcon—before an illegal street race.

He may not want anyone to truly know who he is, but he’s met his match.

Game on, Falcon.”

HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!! YAYYYYY!!! A pretty big list, finally (and I’ll be adding more as I find them throughout the day).

What I’m especially happy about? We’ve chosen our next buddy read (No Tomorrow by Carian Cole <— this one just came out a few days ago, too), and OMG if it is everything it’s being hyped up to be, this will put us all in a tailspin, a book-fog, and could very well be our next FOREVER favorite. See the comments below, in the reader recommendations section. You’ll see. :) YAY US!!!!

P.S. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s earlybirds, and a few fun posts:

LET’S READ!!!! :D !!!!

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

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS!

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. Time’s Convert: A Novel by Deborah Harkness
  2. Vampires Like It Hot: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands
  3. Guilty as Sin: The Sin Trilogy, Book 2 by Meghan March
  4. Made Mine: A Protectors/Made Marian Crossover Sloane Kennedy & Lucy Lennox
  5. What I’ve Done: Morgan Dane, Book 4 by Melinda Leigh
  6. Saddle Up: Clean Slate Ranch Series, Book 3 by A.M. Arthur
  7. Why Not Tonight: Happily Inc. Series, Book 3 by Susan Mallery
  8. Lethal White: A Cormoran Strike Novel by Robert Galbraith
  9. His True Queen by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  10. Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
  11. Echoes of Evil: Krewe of Hunters Series, Book 26 by Heather Graham
          

 

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)

  • The Syndicate Series Boxset by Kathy Coopmans <— SERIES BUNDLE AND SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED ALERT!!! “Join the Diamond Empire as this mafia family shows the world who rules, and the men protect the women they love in this limited edition five-book collection.”
  • The Truth About Lies (The Truth Duet Book 1) by Aly Martinez <— ALY MARTINEZ DOES IT AGAIN!!! JEN LOVED IT!!!!
Jenn: I just have to say WOW, I just finished the Truth Duet and holy hell it owned me. I do not know if anyone else has read this yet and if so I would love to hear your thoughts. It was so much more than I had expected, anticipated going in so yeah just amazing!
  • 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eighteen <— GREAT PRICE!!!From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Lara Adrian, Laurelin Paige, Kendall Ryan, and introducing Adriana Locke and Stacey Kennedy. Five Dark Tales. Five Sensual Stories. Five Page Turners.
  • No Tomorrow by Carian Cole <— EPIC ROCK STAR ROMANCE ALERT!!! AND!!! OUR NEXT BUDDY READ!!!!! A bunch of us are starting this one together!! :D

Nay: I’ve been seeing some MAJOR love for No Tomorrow by Carian Cole. It’s being described as ‘epic’, ‘devastating’, ‘heartbreaking’, and ‘angsty’, so after getting a 5-star recommendation from Paula, who I think has read every rock star romance out there and has never steered my wrong before, I can’t wait to dive in!

Amy: HOLY FREAKING MOLY!! Nay, thank you so much for the heads up on No Tomorrow! That one is mine, mine, so freaking MINE. The blurb promises all kinds of angst (I hope it delivers!), and the cherry on top is the guy on the cover could be Jason Mamoa. *falls back on fainting couch* My. Next. Read.
I would invite Maryse to BR but she will probably be in a book fog from being in Alaska, and no book stands a chance when that happens.

Maryse: Eeeeeeep!! After THAT reaction HECK YES!!! I’ll buddy-read with you guys!!!! I want to read it (as well as everything she’s written). :D

Grey: No Tomorrow. *interested sufficiently piqued*

Jenn: I would like to join you in the blankie fort….I am a sucker for books about first love and never getting over your first love because well um…. I relate to those stories…Never quite got over mine :(

Cheryl: I’ll BR with you. It’s KU and rock star?! One-click.

   

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN NEW RELEASES

  1. Vampires Like It Hot: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands <— LYNSAY SANDS ALERT!!! SHE’S HIS LIFEMATE… “...Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining...”
  2. Crown of Bones: Blood Descendant Universe (Crown of Death Book 4) by Keary Taylor
  3. Hell is a Harem: Book 3 by Kim Faulks
  4. Fated for the Phoenix: A Shifters in Love Fun & Flirty Romance (Mystic Bay Book 5) by Isadora Montrose
  5. The Wedding Gift (Crystal Magic) by Patricia Rice
  6. Ravaged (The Oblivion Series Book 2) by Barb Shuler
  7. Time’s Convert: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness <— DEBORAH HARKNESS ALERT!! WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A VAMPIRE…A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.”
      

 

CONTEMPORARY NEW RELEASES

  1. Guilty as Sin (Sin Trilogy Book 2) by Meghan March <— MEGHAN MARCH ALERT!! “...The Riscoffs might own this town, but I’m done following their rules. If only I could forget just how easily Lincoln Riscoff can drag me under his spell…”
  2. Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith <— BEV IS READING THIS ONE!!!
  3. Stolen Redemption: A Small Town Romantic Suspense (Texas SWAT Book 2) by Sidney Bristol
  4. Love & Chocolate by Gail Cleare
  5. The Brightest Stars by Anna Todd <– ANNA TODD MILITARY HERO ALERT!! “…That’s when she meets him—a closed book she’s desperate to open. At just twenty, Kale is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn’t begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard…” P.S. Check out the giveaway we’re having right now!! A hard copy of this book AND an Alex and Ani bracelet!!
  6. Justice For Hope (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 12) by Susan Stoker
  7. Daddy’s Demands: Twenty-Five Steamy Daddy Dom Romance Novellas
  8. The Rancher’s Mail-Order Bride: Small Town Contemporary Romance (Bachelors of Shotgun Ridge Book 1) by Mindy Neff
  9. Silk and Shadows (The Virgin Diaries Book 3) by Lauren Landish
  10. HOT Secrets (Hostile Operations Team – Book 13) by Lynn Raye Harris
  11. Deadly Target: SCVC Taskforce Series, Book 9 (SCVC Taskforce Romantic Suspense Series) by Misty Evans
  12. Rebel Hard (Hard Play Book 2) by Nalini Singh <— NALINI SINGH ALERT!! THEY ARE ALL WRONG FOR EACH OTHER… “…Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants—and it’s a life defined by rules… yet he can’t stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rule breaker in the making. He’s all wrong for her. She’s all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both...”
  13. Prairie Fever: Cowboys of the Flint Hills by Tessa Layne
  14. The Lone Wolf’s Bride (The Highland Wolf Series Book 2) by Tessa Murran
  15. Don’t Trust A Killer by Cynthia Eden <— CYNTHIA EDEN ALERT!! SHE’S UNDERCOVER… “...She’s scored a job at Fantasy, the hottest club in New Orleans, and she’s just caught the attention of the club’s owner, the sexy and dangerous Kace Quick. Everyone knows the guy is shady—and probably linked to every criminal activity in the Big Easy. She shouldn’t find him so attractive. Shouldn’t want to do anything but lock the guy away. After all, he is her chief suspect…”
  16. I Know You Know: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan
  17. Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies by Shana Galen and Theresa Romain
  18. Stay Forever by Darcy Schroeder
  19. Beautiful Devil: The Rockstar Duet Book 2 by Sharlyn G. Branson <— ROCKSTAR DUET CONCLUSION!!
  20. Redemption: A Sin Series Standalone Novel (The Sin Trilogy Book 6) by Georgia Cates <— GEORGIA CATES ALERT!!! ”I was on my way to having everything that I wanted… until I opened that door. That’s when my entire world shattered. In a single second, my happy life was gone.” ***Redemption can be read as a standalone novel although it is a novel accompanying The Sin Trilogy. It is best enjoyed after reading The Sin Trilogy, Endurance: A Sin Series Standalone novel, and Unintended: A Sin Series Standalone novel.
  21. Rock My Heart: a Salon Games novel by Stephanie Julian
  22. Brush of Despair (Dublin Devils Book 2) by Selena Laurence
  23. Blood Sisters by Jo Barney <— NEIGHBORS BECOME BEST FRIENDS… “…Backyard neighbor Patsy Sullivan is just the confidante and support Eleanor has always needed.  Though separated by a tall hedge, age and race, Eleanor and Pasty forge a strong bond of friendship and trust when they learn that their lives are more similar than different.  Cutting back the hedges and letting each other in ignites a project that clears a path of hope and devotion between the two women.  Together, they learn to deal with the unlucky hand they’ve been dealt..”
  24. What I’ve Done (Morgan Dane Book 4) by Melinda Leigh <— THRILLER ALERT!!Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lying in the backyard, stabbed to death, she has only one terrified thought: What have I done?”
  25. Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc) by Susan Mallery
  26. Knight Shift (Knight Ops Book 5) by Em Petrova
  27. The Woman Trapped in the Dark (Blink, Texas Trilogy) by J.D. Mason
  28. Restless Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Book 2) by Carrie Ann Ryan <— SHE’S HIS EX-WIFE’S BEST FRIEND… “…When Dimitri Carr isn’t teaching and hiding his ink under long sleeves to keep the bosses happy, he’s trying to be the best brother and friend he can be. After his divorce, he’d thought he would lose Thea from his life forever because she’s his ex-wife’s best friend. But now that he’s free, and the two of them realize they want to keep their friendship. Then he finally sees what he’s been missing all this time…”
  29. Entitled: The Love Duet: Book 1 by L.M. Carr
  30. Pariah (Copper Mesa Eagles Book 3) by Dakota West
  31. Misadventures with a Speed Demon (Misadventures Book 14) by Chelle Bliss <— RACE CAR DRIVER ALERT!!! “…Faith has spent her life around hotshots like Brooks—gorgeous, cocky, and racing from one hookup to the next. It doesn’t matter that Brooks has had her in his crosshairs for months. She knows better. Until one lapse in judgment turns into more…”
  32. Unlocking Shadows (Keys to Love, Book Four) by Kennedy Layne
  33. The Rodeo Cowboy’s Baby (The 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo Book 5) by Heidi Rice
  34. For the Duke’s Eyes Only: School for Dukes by Lenora Bell
  35. Tempt Him (ManTrap Book 1) by Olivia Jaymes <— HE ONLY SEES HER AS THE SWEET GIRL NEXT DOOR… “…I’ve been in love with Joshua Henry for as long as I can remember. Since the day he picked me up off the sidewalk after I fell off of my bike, I haven’t been able to see anyone but him. Unfortunately, Josh sees me as the sweet girl from next door, not a romantic partner. I’m stuck in the friend zone and there isn’t an exit in sight. But now everything has changed. After a near death experience, I’m a different woman. The kind of female that doesn’t sit back and wait...”
  36. Happily Ever After: Billionaires in Disguise: Flicka (Runaway Princess Book 5) by Blair Babylon <— MUST BE READ IN ORDER!!!
  37. Drake (Cowboys of Ransom Creek Book 6) by Debra Clopton
  38. Come to Me (Hawkeye Book 1) by Sierra Cartwright
  39. Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade
  40. More Than Crave You (More Than Words Book 4) by Shayla Black <— SHAYLA BLACK ALERT!! IT CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE… He’s a billionaire looking to marry again… “…since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I’m not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate…”
  41. Christmas on Lily Pond Lane: A fabulously festive, heartwarming romance (a standalone in the Lily Pond Lane series) by Emily Harvale
  42. Hot SEAL, Dirty Martini (SEALs in Paradise) by Cat Johnson
  43. London (International Guy Book 7) by Audrey Carlan
  44. Booted (Trails of Sin Book 3) by Pam Godwin <— PAM GODWIN ALERT!! SO FAR THIS SERIES IS MUCH LOVED by quite a few in our book crew!!! MUST BE READ IN ORDER (even though each one is about a different couple) “…Prison made me cold, but losing Raina makes me cruel. Ruthless. Unforgiving. I killed before. For her, I’ll kill again. I’ll end this once and for all or die in my boots...”
  45. True Beginnings (The Lost and Found Series Book 3) by Amanda Mackey
  46. Reckless Youth: Reckless – The Smoky Mountain Trio by Sierra Hill
  47. Got it Bad: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel by Christi Barth
  48. Electric Sunshine (Brooklyn Boys Book 1) by E. Davies <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! “…My parents kicked me out for being gay when I was only sixteen. You grow up fast when that happens. You do things you regret just to stay alive. All that’s behind me now. I’m 23, moved to Brooklyn, got an annoying roommate, and all I have to do is stay safe and pay the rent. Sounds easy? Yeah, my options are closing in fast. I don’t want to stand on street corners again, but everyone in this city just wants to fix their own loneliness, not mine. And then there’s Charlie, who sees the best in me when others only see their own reflection…”
  49. Lucky by Garrett Leigh <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! “Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it. Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits. Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit...”
  50. Savior (415 Ink Book 2) by Rhys Ford <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  51. Professor Adorkable by Edie Danford <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  52. Nightfall by John Inman <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  53. Crime Boss Baby: A Billionaire Mafia Love Story (Bad Boys and Babies Book 3) by Krista Lakes <— MAFIA PRINCESS HAS TO MARRY A RIVAL… “...I am a mafia princess. My family is making me marry a rival crime boss. At first, I go along with it because it’s important to my family. But then I meet him...”
  54. The Good Samaritan by RC Boldt <— HE’S HOMELESS & SHE SEES THROUGH HIM… “...I’m homeless by choice. I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done. This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve. As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity…”
  55. Twisted Up In Us (The Treyton Sisters Duet Book 2) by Dawn Martens <— MUST BE READ IN ORDER!!
                                                      

 

PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )

  1. Austin by Lauren Runow & Jeannine Colette – September 20th 2018
  2. Wicked Wedding: A Wicked Horse Vegas Novel (Left at the Altar Book 4) by Sawyer Bennett – September 20th 2018
  3. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Amy Mateo – September 20th 2018
  4. Wicked Wedding: A Wicked Horse Vegas Novel (Left at the Altar Book 4) by Sawyer Bennett – September 20th 2018
  5. Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey – September 24th 2018
  6. Once Upon A Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely - September 24th 2018
  7. Strong: A Stage Dive Novella by Kylie Scott – September 25th 2018
  8. Hot Winter Nights: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis - September 25th 2018
  9. Hidden (A Requisition Force Novel) by Rebecca Zanetti - September 25th 2018
  10. Perversion (Perversion Trilogy Book 1) by T.M. Frazier – September 25th 2018
  11. Hour of Darkness: A Hunter Legacy Novel (Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy Book 2) by Lara Adrian – September 25th 2018
  12. The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan - September 25th 2018
  13. The Triangle by J.A. Huss – September 25th 2018
  14. Faking It by K. Bromberg – AUDIOBOOK ONLY – September 25th 2018
  15. Dirty Rich Betrayal (Dirty Rich Book 4) by Lisa Renee Jones – September 26th 2018
  16. and…
  17. Cards of Love: The Moon (New Camelot Book 4) by Sierra Simone – October 5th 2018
  18. Once Upon A Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely – October 8th 2018
  19. Fall (VIP Book 3) by Kristen Callahan – October 23rd 2018
  20. Secrets (Web of Sin) by Aleatha Romig – October 30th 2018
                 

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The Brightest Stars
<— Okay so, it’s not live YET (it’s going live at midnight) but Anna Todd is partnering with me for a giveaway and I’m starting it early!! OMG I am IN LOVE with that bracelet (I actually have an “Alex and Ani” bracelet that I NEVER take off given to me by one of my very best friends). :D And the one in the giveaway (see it below) is the PERFECT one to go with this book.

AND!!!! Speaking of this book, it sounds utterly AMAZING!!! I love the angst and introspection that comes with the plight of a military hero (and the heroine that loves him), and this one gave me a blurb jolt, BIG TIME!

…That’s when she meets him—a closed book she’s desperate to open.

 At just twenty, Kale is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn’t begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard…

Yep!!! This one’s for me! :D

Here’s the whole synopsis:

Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That’s why she’s forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn’t turned her back on her family. She’s the glue that holds them together—when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.

Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can’t always fix what’s broken. But when Austin’s behavior worsens and her father’s reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That’s when she meets him—a closed book she’s desperate to open.

At just twenty, Kale is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn’t begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.

But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That’s when Karina has to find her own courage—to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she’s going to do about it.

A riveting story about the love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

Now for the giveaway :D !!

Shine bright! One (1) winner receives:

How to enter for a chance to win this awesome prize? Just leave a comment below (and better yet, tell us your favorite military romance book, or your favorite Anna Todd book), and by 10pm EST, this Sunday September 23rd, 2018, I will randomly select one lucky commenter as the winner.

Also, while not necessary to enter, it would be awesome if you’d share this giveaway on Twitter or Instagram, or Facebook.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the author.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Anna Todd.

#TheBrightestStars

About the Author

Anna Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the After series, The Spring Girls and the upcoming The Brightest Stars. Always an avid reader, she began writing stories on her phone on Wattpad, the reading and writing multiplatform for original stories, with After becoming the most read series on the platform with over 1.5 billion reads. The print edition was published in 2014. It has been published in over 30 languages, with more than 11 million copies sold worldwide, and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. The film adaptation, which Anna is co-producing, is set to be released in early 2019. Anna and her husband currently live in Los Angeles.

Find her at AnnaTodd.com, on Twitter at @imaginator1d, on Instagram at @imaginator1d, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.

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<— BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!!! MIA SHERIDAN ALERT!! Dane’s Storm JUST WENT LIVE & I AM DYING TO READ it like ASAP NOW (their plane crashes and they are the ONLY survivors, and they are divorced… from EACH OTHER!!! And have to rely on each OTHER. OMG!!!!! MINE!!! eek). Yep. That’s at the top of my TBR list (like right now as my next read!!!!

But!!!! That’s not all…

LOOK WHAT JUST WENT LIVE :D !!!

  1. Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan <— MIA SHERIDAN’S LATEST IS LIVE!!! EX-SPOUSES STRANDED TOGETHER AFTER A PLANE CRASH ALERT!! How can we possibly resist THIS?? HOW? Not I. I’m in!!! “...When Dane offers to fly his ex-wife from California to Colorado to help correct a wrong, he never imagined the harrowing twist of fate awaiting them. When their plane goes down in the snowy mountain wilderness, Dane and Audra are stranded with no one to turn to but each other...”
  2. Professor Feelgood (Masters of Love Book 2) by Leisa Rayven <— LIVE!! LEISA RAYVEN’S LATEST!!! She gives him a book deal but… “…she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. Sure, the professor is incredibly talented and sexier than any man has a right to be, but the man behind the persona isn’t at all who she pictured. In real life, he’s intense, arrogant and infuriating, and his uncanny ability to rub her the wrong way turns her dream project into a total nightmare…”
  3. Casting Curses (Bewitching Bedlam Book 5) by Yasmine Galenorn
  4. For the Love of the Lady (The Noble Hearts Series Book 4) by Callie Hutton
  5. His for Now (The Byrne Brothers Book 1) by Sofia Tate
  6. American Asshole (Bachelor International Book 1) by Tara Sue Me <— LIVE!! SHE HATES HIS GUTS!!! ;) “Tenor doesn’t see why it’s his fault Mia didn’t know about the loan. In fact, he thinks he’s being very magnanimous when he offers to forgive the loan if Mia closes her own matchmaking business and works for him for five years.  But as he gets closer to Mia, he realizes two things: 1) he doesn’t want her as an employee and 2) she hates his guts…”
  7. Irish on the Rocks (Murphy Brothers) by Magan Vernon <— LIVE!!! HIS DAD’S WILL SAYS HE NEEDS TO MARRY… “...The woman maddens me, but she’s a longtime friend of the family, so giving her a job as my assistant is the only way I can keep everyone off my back. But the more time I spend with her, the more I find myself looking differently at this girl from my past. Too bad she’s decided not to give me the time of day…”
  8. A Royal Embarrassment: The Young Royals Book 6 by Emma Lea <— LIVE!!! HER SECRET HAS BEEN FOUND OUT… “…The daughter of an impoverished viscount, Savannah had nothing to lose and everything to gain by being included amongst the new queen’s entourage…as long as no one found out about her secret. Savannah loved her son. Archer was the sun and moon of her life, but being a single mother would mean instant disqualification from the ladies in waiting. So she hid him from the queen and her new friends…for two years. Now someone had stumbled upon her secret and Savannah would do anything to ensure that she didn’t become a royal embarrassment…”
  9. Through the Layers (Rumor Has It series Book 4) by RH Tucker
  10. Mountain Man Daddy by Chloe Maddox & Angela Blake
  11. The Mate by Abigail Owen <— SHE JUST FOUND OUT SHE’S A SHIFTER... “…Finding out she’s a dragon shifter was one thing—she never quite fit into the human world, and this new reality feels…strangely right. However, discovering the next step is to choose a mate, and if she chooses wrong she’ll die, is the other side of crazy…”
  12. Make Music With Me: A Straight Wicked Novel by Kristine Allen
  13. Pretend To Be Mine: A Marriage Contract Romance by P.G. Van
  14. Broken Hearts: A Dark Captive Romance (Heartbreaker Book 2) by Stella Hart
  15. His Sexy Cinderella: A Crown Affair Prologue by Pamela DuMond
  16. Lawbreaker (Unbreakable Book 3) by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion <— LIVE!! THE BAD GIRL & THE GOOD BOY... “…As they begin to open their hearts, they up the stakes with a one-week pact. She shows him the power in breaking the law. He demonstrates the virtue of following it…”
  17. Reid: Vested Interest #4 by Melanie Moreland <— LIVE!! “...his future overshadowed by his prison record, his life an endless loop of loneliness. Until he is given a second chance and a new life emerges. A career he once thought he could only dream of, surrounded by people who show him that family and home aren’t simply words. And a girl who shows him the greatest, most complex code he could ever write…”
  18. OPEN YOUR HEART (Material Girls Book 1) by Sophia Henry <— “When an aspiring surgeon from a prestigious family loses her promising career, she locks up her heart. A sweet, sexy musician from the wrong side of the tracks just might hold the key.”
  19. Snatched (Outlaw Warriors) by Cathleen Ross <— BIKER KIDNAPS HER… “…Stacey will do anything to save her brother. Even if it means surrendering in ways she never imagined to her beastly kidnapper. But as their relationship heats up, neither realizes that someone else is plotting a far more deadly payback…”
  20. Knitting in the City Coloring Book (Volume 10) by Penny Reid <— PENNY REID COLORING BOOK JUST WENT LIVE!!!
                  

 

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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!

PREORDERS (going live at midnight!!!  :D )

  1. The Brightest Stars by Anna Todd  - September 18th 2018 <— P.S. Check out the giveaway we’re having right now!! A hard copy of this book AND an Alex and Ani bracelet!!
  2. Rebel Hard (Hard Play Book 2) by Nalini Singh  - September 18th 2018
  3. Don’t Trust A Killer by Cynthia Eden – September 18th 2018
  4. I Know You Know: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan - September 18th 2018
  5. Vampires Like It Hot: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands – September 18th 2018
  6. Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc) by Susan Mallery - September 18th 2018
  7. Restless Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Book 2) by Carrie Ann Ryan – September 18th 2018
  8. Misadventures with a Speed Demon (Misadventures Book 14) by Chelle Bliss - September 18th 2018
  9. Happily Ever After  (Runaway Princess: Flicka #5) by Blair Babylon - September 18th 2018
  10. Time’s Convert: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness - September 18th 2018
  11. Booted (Trails of Sin Book 3) by Pam Godwin – September 18th 2018
  12. Austin by Lauren Runow & Jeannine Colette
  13. Wicked Wedding: A Wicked Horse Vegas Novel (Left at the Altar Book 4) by Sawyer Bennett – September 20th 2018
  14. and…
  15. Once Upon A Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely – October 8th 2018
            

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Leisa Rayven’s latest and book #2 JUST WENT LIVE!!!

About book #1:

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

 

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LAUREN BLAKELY ALERT!! Sexy (rock star!!) series, with two more books already up for preorder and coming out soon and each one can be read as a standalone.

About book #1:

That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out he’s my son’s new music teacher. Oops.
But I didn’t know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.

My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.

That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy. Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.

***

I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked. After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.

Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.

All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt. It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.

Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?

  

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! Now THIS is what I call a Friday list. :D !!! The amount of awesome-sounding new books that just went live in the last 24 hours rivals’s this week’s new release list, BIG TIME!! And of course, reader recommendations for those that want tried-and-true.

I hope everyone in the path of the hurricane will be safe, and maybe we can all hunker-down and read together. I read so much during the last hurricane and it helped me a lot (the characters kept me company). This time, I’m not in the path, but I know many who are, so I worry.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE FOUND FOR THE WEEKEND :D !!

  • Muse by Katy Evans <— LIVE!!! KATY EVANS OMG ULTIMATE SERENDIPITOUS FAMOUS ACTOR FANTASY ALERT!! She missed her flight… and he did too. “…I ended up at the airport, heading home in the same condition that I arrived. In a rut. Add to all that, missing my flight and losing my laptop—the laptop, where the Best Love Story Ever sat on my hard drive. Enter Noah Steele. Eerily familiar. Movie star. Heartthrob. Sultry romeo with bedroom eyes. (But we’re not going there.) He missed his flight too...”
  • No Tomorrow by Carian Cole <— LIVE!! BLURB JOLT ALERT!! CARIAN COLE ROCK STAR ROMANCE & IT’S ALREADY TRYING TO BREAK MY HEART!!! He once broke her heart… “…You can’t go back, but I want to. Back to the bridge. Back to when he sang only for me. Before he was famous. Before he shattered my heart.  I thought I knew everything about him. But I could not have been more wrong. He promised me every tomorrow. And here I am, waiting. And hoping.  Again.”
  • Bewitched And Bewildered by Alanea Alder <— Ji-Aara is now HOOKED and loved this paranormal rom-com!!
Ji-Aara: I just love bewitched and bewildered. When I first read My commander I thought it was absolutely ridiculous, but I completed the series and am waiting for more. I have to say, Alaena Alder’s Bewitched and Bewildered series have ruined me. I can’t finish my other books.
  • Drilled: (Hard ‘n Dirty Book 7) by Ava Sinclair <— LIVE!! RICH GIRL & HE WORKS FOR HER FATHER…” …If her oil baron father finds out, losing my job will be the least of my worries. Roger Tremaine will never accept the thought of a common roustabout putting big, dirty hands on his little princess...”
  • Hot Sexy Desire by Nadia Lee <— LIVE!! BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ALERT!! “...It isn’t easy falling for your older brother’s best friend, especially when he’s a sexy as hell, hard-headed, over-protective alpha male. Unfortunately, he still treats me like the little sister he never had…”
  • The Truth About Us (The Truth Duet Book 2) by Aly Martinez <— ALY MARTINEZ ALERT!!! THE DUET IS NOW COMPLETE (book #2 just went LIVE). I AM HOOKED on Aly Martinez and now she just released this duet!! This author is one of the queens of angsty & gasp-worthy romances!!!!! HOOKED I TELL YOU! I’ll definitely be reading this. P.S. Check out all of my Aly Martinez reviews (yep!! I can’t get enough of her stories) AND!! Here’s book #1 ➔ The Truth About Lies (The Truth Duet Book 1) it made Jennifer in our book crew lose it!!! She will finally get relief *snort* :P AND WE get to dive in!!!

Jennifer: This one is most definitely NOT fairytales and rainbows. It’s hard and sad and brutal with bits of sweet mixed in. If someone is looking for a happy read….this is NOT it! But man oh man it’s so gripping ….. I can’t seem to put it down.

and then…

Jennifer: I’m in tears, my heart is racing and now I have to wait until September 13th for the sequel. UGH. I’m dying….. These authors are killing me with these cliffhangers. This book RIPPED my heart out of my chest, put it in a blender then attempted to piece it back together alllllllll to be ripped to shreds again with A FRIGGIN CLIFFHANGER! I need a blood pressure pill, vodka tonic and electroshock therapy IN THAT ORDER!

  • To Love Again by Andria Large <— LIVE!!! M/M ROMANCE ALERT! HE’S ESCAPING HIS ABUSIVE EX… “…England was supposed to help Jack get away from his ex and find himself again. I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with him there. Especially when I knew he might stay… indefinitely. With my busy schedule as an ER doctor, an ocean between us, and the trust issues his abusive ex inflicted, the chance of a successful long-distance relationship is close to zero. Loving Jack may be the one thing I can’t fix.”
  • With Love by Remus Martin
  • Prophet by S.M. West <— LIVE!! HE’S ON THE RUN but then… “…I’m blindsided by a pain-in-the-ass stranger. Maggie. Curves, startling blue eyes, and she hates me. I don’t trust her and with good reason. My plan is simple: use her. Then I kiss her. Touch her. Crave her. She was my way out, now she’s my downfall…”
  • Keep Her Safe: A Novel b K.A. Tucker <— PSYCH-THRILLER WITH TWISTS & SECRETS!!! Theresa can’t put it down (and I can’t wait to read this!)
Theresa: Reading Keep Her Safe by K A Tucker of course. I don’t want it to end but can’t read fast enough. It has so many twists and secrets. I can’t think of a thing that the book does not have in it for a perfect read. You must read every word or you might miss an important word or clue so slow read for me. I have been impatiently waiting for Simple Wild so must get this finished. Ahhh, too many books so little time lol.

Amy: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire is on sale…can’t go wrong with a JM book. ;)

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

  • Over Easy: (Santa Lena Sizzles, #1) by Jessa York <— LIVE!!! She falls into his arms… “…Jack can’t believe his luck. When the mysterious woman he’s had his eyes set on falls into his arms—literally—he realizes he can’t let her go. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her, even if it means playing with fire.
  • Man of the Moment (Gentlemen, Inc. Book 1) by Thea Dawson <— SHE HIRES HIM TO DATE HER… “...Archer, a struggling actor in Los Angeles, doesn’t mind making a wallflower like Annabelle look good for an evening-he’s getting paid, after all, and it’s a chance to further hone his acting skills. But when he realizes that Annabelle’s family could hold the key to his career, he decides to take their professional relationship to a personal level. But his attempts to boost his career by charming Annabelle backfire when he begins to fall for her…
  • Swerve by Inglath Cooper <— LIVE!! HER SISTER HAS GONE MISSING… “…Through her work in a hospital Emergency Room, Emory witnesses tragedy on a regular basis, but is completely unprepared when it visits her own life again. As it becomes clear that something horrible has happened to Mia and her friend Grace, Emory puts her life on hold to find them, enlisting the help of a rogue detective and former Navy Seal named Knox Helmer.  But evil has a name and a face and every intention of keeping what she has stolen…”
  • That Thing You’re Good At (A Starview Novel Book 1) by Isabell Lawless <— LIVE!!! SOUNDS CUTE & CRAZY (Ex-pro hockey player turned cop, and speed-dating?) but anyway… stuff. That blurb has a ton going on and I don’t know WHICH part to highlight. I say read it and see for yourself. ;)
  • Playing For Love: A York Bombers Hockey Romance (The York Bombers Book 6) by Lisa B. Kamps <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!! AND A BIG *WHOOOOOOOPS!!!* “…Cara Hudgins has always been the misfit among her small social circle. Quiet and introverted, she’s more comfortable around animals than people. And she would never, ever agree to a no-strings-attached hook-up—until one night, fueled by alcohol and her friends’ encouragement, she does. Unfortunately, her one night with the adorably shy hockey player comes with a big price she never saw coming...”
  • One For Sorrow (Isabel Fielding Series Book 1) by Sarah A. Denzil <— PSYCH THRILLER ALERT!! Kat enjoyed it!
Kat: I recently finished One For Sorrow by Sarah A. Denzil and really enjoyed it. Im happy to see she is writing a sequel that releases in September.
  • Glimmer by Ashley Munoz <— LIVE!! SINGLE FATHER/BIKER ALERT!! “…Then I met him. A single father, alleged MC member, and the worlds best mini pizza maker. I was playing with fire, and I should have known better than to assume I wouldn’t get burned. My goals, future, none of it mattered once his demons came to collect…”
  • If We Fly (What If Book 3) by Nina Lane <— LIVE!!! NINA LANE’S LATEST & it must be read in order…
  • Cabin 12 (Rock Point) by Freya Barker <— LIVE!!! HE’S ASKED TO TAKE CARE OF HIS SISTER… “…Jasper Greene, an FBI agent with the La Plata County field office, doesn’t even know the meaning of family. His team is his family, which is why–when his boss asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister–Jasper readily complies. Even when the sister in question is a spectacularly developed princess with plenty of attitude…”
  • Marry Me (Lyrics and Love Book 1) by Samantha Lind <— LIVE!! SHE’S GETTING MARRIED BUT STILL LOVE HIM… “…Sam was always my constant. My rock. My best friend. That feeling, the one I only got around him, had never been matched by another man. But Sam never showed me he felt anything more for me than friendship, so I moved on… Now, standing at the end of the aisle, ready to walk to my forever, my mind spins with what-ifs. Do I keep moving forward, knowing a man who loves me is at the end? Or do I risk it all, for the one man I’ve always wanted, and hope he wants me in return…”
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies Series Book 1) by Jennifer Ashley <— HISTORICAL ROMANCE & JAN IS reading and enjoying it!
Jan: …a very popular HR that I’m FINALLY getting around to reading: The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley. One of those everyone’s-read-it-except-me. It’s really good so far. The H is a hot Scot who seems to be somewhere on the Aspergers scale, and in the past was committed to an asylum for his supposed ‘madness’. Sounds like an unlikely premise for a HR, but it’s very well written and has been hugely popular.
  • From Ice To Flames (A West Brothers Novel) by <— LIVE!!! OMG THIS COVER MAKES MY HEART MELT!!! HER SEXY SINGLE FATHER NEIGHBOR VETERINARIAN RESCUED HER DOG “...It was hotter than sin Hudson who came to his rescue. Then it became impossible to ignore him. It was only supposed to be a fling, a quickie, a one and done. We both had reasons to keep it that way … my one rule and his five-year-old son. Except things didn’t quite work out that way…”
  • Hard Rock Kiss by Athena Wright <— LIVE!! ROCK STAR ALERT!!! “…From the minute we met, I knew there was something more to him. Every brush of his lips, every touch of his skin, makes my body, heart and soul sing. It’s not just physical. In those moments we share together, I know he cares for me. Just like I’m beginning to care for him. But there’s a secret I’m keeping from him. A secret that will change everything. A secret that could ruin his dreams, his future...”
  • Beautiful Lies (The Beautiful Series Book 2) by Emery Rose <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!! “…Once upon a time, my foolish heart believed that my love would be strong enough to fix him. How very wrong I was. We soared to the greatest heights and crashed to the lowest depths together. Starting over wasn’t possible. Yet here he was, heart in hand, asking for another chance. Only a fool would agree. But when it comes to Connor, I’ve always been a fool…”
  • Brokenhearted by Bella Emy <— LIVE!!! INTRIGUING…?? “…Bruce, demands a divorce and she is left utterly brokenhearted. She’s completely devastated and fears she cannot go on. Then one day, a handsome stranger walks into her life–a stranger whom actually is more familiar to Emily than she realizes…
  • The Barefoot Wedding (Married in Malibu) by Bella Andre (writing as Lucy Kevin)
  • Secrets We Keep (Callaways Cousins #6) (Callaways #14) (Callaway Cousins) by Barbara Freethy
  • Body Check (Blades Hockey Book 4) by Maria Luis  <— LIVE!! HOCKEY STAR ALERT!! SHE’S HIS EX-WIFE!!! “…when the owners sell us out to Hollywood, suddenly we’re not just playing for thousands of fans, we’re cracking open our lives on a new reality show, Getting Pucked. They want all the dirty details, and I’d rather take a puck to the gonads than peel back the curtains on my life. Not when it could take me out of the game for good. I agree to sign the contract on one condition: they hire New England’s reigning queen of media to call the shots...”
                           

 

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

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!

PREORDERS (…a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Professor Feelgood (Masters of Love Book 2) by Leisa Rayven – September 16th 2018
  2. Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan – September 17th 2018
  3. Rebel Hard (Hard Play Book 2) by Nalini Singh  - September 18th 2018
  4. Don’t Trust A Killer by Cynthia Eden – September 18th 2018
  5. I Know You Know: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan - September 18th 2018
  6. Vampires Like It Hot: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands – September 18th 2018
  7. Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc) by Susan Mallery - September 18th 2018
  8. Restless Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Book 2) by Carrie Ann Ryan – September 18th 2018
  9. Misadventures with a Speed Demon (Misadventures Book 14) by Chelle Bliss - September 18th 2018
  10. Happily Ever After  (Runaway Princess: Flicka #5) by Blair Babylon - September 18th 2018
  11. Time’s Convert: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness - September 18th 2018
  12. Booted (Trails of Sin Book 3) by Pam Godwin – September 18th 2018
  13. Austin by Lauren Runow & Jeannine Colette
  14. Wicked Wedding: A Wicked Horse Vegas Novel (Left at the Altar Book 4) by Sawyer Bennett – September 20th 2018
  15. and…
  16. Once Upon A Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely – October 8th 2018
            

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Charity needs book help too!! And I know it, and I LOVED it!!! It’s hilarious and sweet and perfect and I reviewed it, and GASP!!!!

I know I’ll be kicking myself when someone guesses this right, like I should have known (*sigh* after so many books, titles elude me, but stories… I remember). And this one I loved!

I feel like this is an Aly Martinez book, or Mariana Zapata (at least… it has *that* feel, you know what I mean?) It is on the TIP of my tongue. I KNOW IT. Jewel E. Ann? I dunno. HELP US!

She asks:

Hi Maryse!

I’m a long-time lurker lol I’ve been following your blog for years now and it’s really given me some good suggestions. Thanks (:

A month or two ago I think I came across a book that was a new release. I started to read it but I don’t know what happened to it.

The book was about a recent widow raising her son and daughter alone. A guy moves in the house next door. One morning her son tells her that her daughter, without her knowledge, went over to swim in the neighbor’s pool and she’s irritated with him for leaving his gate open. And she can’t get her daughter out of the pool so he gives the daughter a pop tart. Lol

That’s all I really remember because I was at the very beginning of reading it.

Sorry if this is hard to read her all over the place.

Anyone have a guess? PLEASE!!! LOL! :P

Allison: The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson !!

Maryse: EXACTLY!!!!!!! YESSSS I KNEW IT WAS ONE OF MY FABULOUS FAVORITE AUTHORS AND YES I’M SCREAMING (I’m delighted!!) LOL!!!! :P In fact, here’s my 5-STAR REVIEW.

Allison: I never get these right but this one I knew instantly! Love this book so hard!

Charity: Thanks so much!!!

Maryse: YAY!!!! :D I’m pretty thrilled, too! ;)

Shara: The Five Stages of Falling in Love. I absolutely loved this book. I’ve read it several times which I rarely do. Definitely a 5 star read!

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