Kandace (one of my wonderful friends and original book-buds!!!) needs our help. This is an ADORABLE, HEARTWARMING reader question and I think you’ll love this one!

Kandace is battling  cancer, and this author’s idea has touched her. And she now does this too. <3

She asks:

I have a name that book problem. I cannot remember the name of a book.

I’m trying to remember the name of a book.  The Dad was in the military and every time he shipped out he took his kids’ stinky socks to carry in his pocket. I remember I loved the book I wanted to see what else the author wrote.

Kandace’s “stinky socks” ;) I love her sweet children!!!

I totally stole the author’s idea. Every time I go in for treatment I wear one of the kids’ socks. They always wanted me to take stuff with me and I was afraid I would lose their fav stuffed animals. This works perfect. They love picking out a sock for me to wear.  I’m going on for a pet scan today. I posted today’s socks.

I wanted to thank the author for the idea. And it’s driving me bonkers.

We MUST find this book for her!! :D Anyone?

Christina: I think it’s Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love) by Nicole Jacquelyn. Great book!!

Kandace: That’s it! I have been trying to figure out the name of this book for weeks!!

Christina: It was such a great one! Glad I could help!

Maryse: YAYYYYYY!!! THAT’S RIGHT!! OMG I LOVED THIS ONE!! Thank you for your awesome memory, Christina!!!!!!!! :D <3 P.S. Here’s my Book Review.

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Our wonderful Nay had a BIG year this year, some hurdles and some HUGE successes and we are SO happy to have her with us here every day. We LOVE YOU NAY!!!!

“Wow! What a year 2017 was! I had a bad thing that made it my worst year and I had a miraculous thing that made it one of my best years. So with all of the activity and the stress, I ended up falling into the biggest reading slump(s)

I’ve ever been in, totaling about 6 months of my precious reading year. And although many books sounded fantastic and many of my friends were buddy reading and gushing over them, I either couldn’t bring myself to pick up my Kindle and get started, or my concentration was so bad that I just couldn’t get into them, even though I wanted so badly to achieve the escape that can be found in a book.

With all of that, however, I did read enough to have 5 favorites, and I can attribute reading them, reading anything, to all my friends here.”

1.) Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar <—What can I say about this phenomenal book that hasn’t already been said? It’s on so many of our ‘favorites’ lists, and it’s one of the most captivatingly beautiful books I’ve ever read. It didn’t just make me feel—it AFFECTED me. It brought feelings to the surface that I didn’t even know I had.

And Jack? Well, he was EVERYTHING! This was my first of several buddy reads of the year, and reading it and loving it with my friends here made it all the more special.

2.) The Gravity of Us by Brittainy Cherry <—This book made someone who doesn’t ordinarily enjoy the slow burn actually LOVE it.

As I said in my review, it’s a true slow-burn romance, something that’s usually not for me, yet because it’s so masterfully written with such meaningful thoughts and actions, it was impossible for me to stop reading until I reached the end. I don’t see how anyone could not love it! And I haven’t heard of many who don’t.

3.) Drive by Kate Stewart <—The angst, the tears, the extreme pretzel tummy, the romance, the ‘throw-your-Kindle-across-the-room’ type of emotions that we all love—this remarkable book has all of that and more. The fact that it’s written strictly from the heroine’s POV only adds to the emotional rollercoaster, and I think I was crying either from anger, sorrow, or joy through most of the book.

There is also a perfect playlist that affected me so much that when I go to see the Eagles in March, I’ll think of this book (and most likely cry) when Don Henley sings “Wasted Time’.

4.) Something in the Way series by Jessica Hawkins <— It’s difficult for me to choose which one of the three books should be in my top books of the year when it’s an epic saga spanning years that are covered in the three books, so I’m lumping the entire series together.

Lots of angst with characters and situations that drive you crazy in the most wonderful ways. I waited with bated breath for each book to be released and then I proceeded to inhale them!

5.) Waiting for the Sun by Robin Hill <—I got this one in at the end of the year, and I’m SO glad I did. This book is so smart, so sexy, so quirky in just the right places, so romantic, so angsty, so ALL of it!

I loved the characters, especially Darian, I loved the way it’s written, and the story kept my rapt attention from beginning to end. There are certain books that a reader just connects with from the very beginning and for me, this is one of them. And now I can’t wait for the next one!

Wanna know more of Nay’s favorites?

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Nancy is our “Facebook book-bud” (she’s been with us for years and is one of my very first book friends, in fact)!!!! She does comment here every once in awhile, and I am so happy she’s sent me her best of list!!

In fact, I’ve read and loved a few, and a few are HUGELY popular here with out crew that I haven’t read yet (though are on my TBR list!!) and now I just noticed a few that are totally new-to-me but that sound great!

But first… a few of Nancy’s comment highlights from 2017. A way to get to know her better. ;)

About her first epic read:

“I have had a love of reading, ever since I learned to read. In high school I read Gone with the Wind. My English teacher was so impressed & told me it was so hard to get students to read any book that long. I had read it more then twice!!! That was my 1st Epic Novel!!”

About one of her TBR lists ;)

“I started a list quite a while ago of Best Books Recommended by Maryse. Kind of an Ode to Maryse List. Someday I will have to finish it!!”

About “Marmy” books (or intense, hard-on-your-heart books!!). She says:

“…I’m not a huge fan of this type book, but doesn’t mean I don’t read them. Katy Regnery’s Ginger’s Heart made me cry ugly and grieve. I love all her books, but this one has the “Marmy” factor that the others don’t. Eminent Love by Leddy Harper was the first book I read by her and again I cried ugly and was full of grief. I always can tell if the book did me in, when I’m crying writing a review and struggle to not give the details of the story away or how emotional I am.”

About judging a book by its cover:

“I admit to having bought lots of books just because of the cover. I also have read books I have loved, which really needed a “new” cover!!”

And about her 20 Best Books of 2017, she says:

“This has been a wonderful year for me as far as reading good books. I may have not read as many as other years, but have been more selective in my choices. I’ve stuck to my “MUST READ AUTHORS” as well as finding wonderful “NEW TO ME” authors.”

Nancy’s 20 Best Books of 2017

1.) Unloved, a love story by Katy Regnery <— (My Top Book Read of 2017)

“Katy Regnery has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read THE VIXEN AND THE VET, back in 2014. I have read many more of her books over the years since, but her new book, UNLOVED, has to be the very best book she has ever written. In my humble opinion it is a gem.

It is at the top of my list of THE BEST READS OF 2017. I got my close friend’s to read it, plus my husband & sister, so I could talk about it with them. Definitely cannot give any of the story away. AND I kept PM Katy, too! (She is one nice person!!)”

2.) It’s You, Book One & It’s You, Book Two by Katy Regnery <— (My Top Paranormal Romance Books)

“It’s You (Book 1) & It’s You (Book 2) are author Katy Regnery’s first books of paranormal romance. Since I like most every book she has written, I couldn’t wait to read the 1st book. Months back I read a teaser scene from Book 1 that I named “The Kiss” and I waited very impatiently to finally read the book.”

3.) Gravity by Lauren Runow <— (My Top Personal Connection)

“Have you ever related to a story on a personal level? I confess that I had this deep, profound connection to Lauren Runow’s Gravity from the very start! I was drawn to want to read Gravity, when I first read the blurb: Lily, “At eight years old, the boy next door changed my life.”

To say this caught my attention is an understatement.

You see when we were both eight years old, my family moved next door to my now husband, and we begin our first chapter together. When I first started reading the book, I could not believe how their first encounter was so similar to ours.

There were so many similarities like their bedrooms face each other, but theirs had forty feet between their houses, and we just had my parent’s driveway. They loved to ride bikes and we loved to ride bikes. But they talked back and forth with walkie talkies, and now I find out my husband had a set and never gave me one. Upset about that!”

4.) Vicious (Sinners of Saint) by L.J. Shen <— (Most “Vicious” of the BAD Boys)

“Emilia was light to his darkness. She was pink to his black. He was the storm to her cherry blossoms. Vicious was vicious. It was too bad that hate was dipped in a thin shell of something that felt a lot like love. Her Grandma had once told her that love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances. The pain is the same. That weird thing that bubbles in your chest? Same. She didn’t believe her Grandma until she met Baron Spencer and he became her worst nightmare. She didn’t know how her life could get any worse, until he maliciously, out of jealousy, sends her away from her home and her parents and beloved sister.”

5.) Silenced by Leddy Harper <— (New Favorite Book by Leddy Harper)

“The story starts with Killian at age eight. He was an unusual child with photographic memory. He remembered everything he saw, like a picture in his head. But on one horrible night, his life was changed forever, and his words were silenced.

Just when at 11 years old, he felt hopeless that no one in this world would ever want him, two angels entered his life. His very young Aunt Elise who loved him unconditionally, and his ten year old neighbor girl Rylee Anderson who accepted him damaged on the inside and outside.

This is a darker read then some of her other books, but her writing is the same wonder. “

6.) The Gravity of Us by Brittainy Cherry <— (My New Favorite book by Brittainy Cherry)

“Every book I have read by Brittainy Cherry becomes my new favorite. The Gravity of Us is no different and now is my new favorite. I love her writing, her characters,and her wonderful story lines.”

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each others secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

7.) American Hellhound (Dartmoor Book 6) by Lauren Gilley <— (Best MC Book of 2017)

“Ever since I read FEARLESS by Lauren Gilley, I could not wait to read Ghost & Maggie’s story from the beginning.

This book did not disappoint!”

8.) Tied (Devils Wolves Book 2) by Carian Cole <— (First Book I read by Carian Cole)

“Tied by Carian Cole is the 1st book I have read by this author, but once that I had finished I couldn’t wait to start TORN (Book 1 in the Devils Wolves Series)!! I fell completely in love with her writing from the Prologue. It drew me in and I wanted to  read more. I could have read the entire book in one sitting but life got in the way.

Since I read TIED, I have gone on to read Torn (Devils Wolves Book 1) (Forbidden Romance). Then I went back and read the four books in the ASHES & EMBERS SERIES (STORM, VANDAL, LUKAS, TALON) I guess you can tell I’m a big fan now of Carian Cole’s writing!”

9.) Whispered Prayers of a Girl by Alex Grayson <— (Most Tears Cried Book)

“WHISPERED PRAYERS OF A GIRL is the very first book I have had the pleasure of reading by Alex Grayson. It was a very emotional and angst filled read. A slow-burn romance between two very lost and lonely people, and add two children: one a carefree boy and a very broken little girl.

If it’s meant to happen, then it’ll happen whether you try to prevent it or not. People come into your life for a reason, and some will stay and some will not. A young girl’s prayers may be answered in a much different way then asked, but they shall be answered.”

10.) The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent <— (Best Cheating Book of 2017)

“I finished UNREQUITED and just WOW!! It is definitely the kind of book you want to go into blind. So I do not want to say too much about the story. But I cannot believe that this is only the 2nd book by Saffron A. Kent, and I will definitely be looking her Book 1 up.

WARNING: There is cheating! Very, very HOT cheating!!!”

11.) Pitch Dark by Alex Grayson & A.M. Wilson <— (Darkest of the Dark Read)

“PITCH DARK by Alex Grayson (who I have read before) and A.M. Wilson (new to me author) have written an unforgettable, mysterious, suspenseful and very dark book. Once I started I could not put it down.

My only warning would be that the abuse set off my triggers, to the point where I struggled with some scenes. If you have triggers of abuse and molestation, read with caution.”

12.) Dirty (Dive Bar Series Book 1) by Kylie Scott <— ( A Most Delightful Read)

“The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken-hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.”

13.) Drive by Kate Stewart <— (Best Musical Book of the Year)

“The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.”

14.) A Steel Heart by Amie Knight <— (Really Loved this Book)

“A STEEL HEART is the first book I have read by Amie Knight, but I am so blown away by how good it was, that I plan to read her other two books very soon.

Those two books are SEE THROUGH HEART and THE LINE. They both look like they will be good, too.”

15.) Bad Habit (Bad Love Book 1) by Charleigh Rose <— (Hot Forbidden Romance)

“Bad Habit was a surprise for me! New Adult is not my usual Genre, but this book was definitely a more mature New Adult. It kept me reading way later then I usually stay awake.

This is a “forbidden, betrayal,” kind of romance.”

16.) Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls<— (NEW FAVORITE BOOK BY STEPHIE WALLS)

“UNEXPECTED ARRIVALS is a wonderful love story that spans from high school, through college, and after college graduation to present day. The Prologue sucks you into the story when James (Carp) Carpenter, who is happily married to the love of his life Cora Chase, now Cora Carpenter, when he receives a letter. It is a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA) for minor child Airy.

He barely remembered Chelsea Airy and they had only gone out once. He hadn’t heard from her since he had gotten engaged to Cora. She had disappeared from his life. He was afraid that Cora, who never wanted children, would leave him.”

17.) Everest by S.L. Scott <— ROMANTIC SUSPENSE by S.L. Scott

“EVEREST is a Romantic, Suspense, Standalone Novel. It starts with a painfully slow-burn romance. But when Ethan Everest takes Singer Davis out of the “friend zone” it is a speedy on to lovers fast and hot. He was protecting her because of his personal and business drama, so reluctantly had kept her as only a friend. Unfortunately they were fooling nobody, friends or enemies, and there were dire consequences.”

18.) Bad Dad by Sloane Howell <— (Best Male Author Book)

“Bad Dad is the first book I have read by Sloane Howell and if any of his other books are this good, then I want to read more. But I don’t understand why it is titled Bad Dad, as Landon Lane was nothing close to being a bad dad. Just his description of first seeing his newborn son:

I glanced down at it. Down at the same little hand that once wrapped its tiny fingers around mine that day in the hospital a little over seven years ago. My heart erupted at the sight. The same way it did when I heard his voice cry out for the first time, and saw his pudgy cheeks and squinty eyes and tiny pink body. My eyes blurred with tears. I smiled through them. Smiled harder than I ever had in my life. There are few moments you can recall with such clarity. But the first time I saw Logan—I’d never forget that!

19) Bound by Steel by Connie Lafortune <— (Recluse Saves Female)

“BOUND BY STEEL is my first book that I have read by Connie Lafortune and I can say I really liked it.

It had Romance, Mystery & Suspense!!

This story came in three parts and more twist & turns then a roller coaster ride.”

20.) Enigma:What Lies Beneath by Ditter Kellan <— (SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE)

I drastically needed a change in my book selection and picked Enigma (Science Fiction Romance) and it was a good choice for the last book to read of 2017. It was so good that I now am on the 5th book in the series.

Each book is about a different couple, but should be read in order to have the story of their world make sense. You don’t have to be a Science Fiction Fan to enjoy these books, just enjoy reading. Highly Recommend!!

Wanna know more of Nancy’s favorites?

Thank you, Nancy!!! :D

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WEDNESDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! Three more awesome-sounding books just went LIVE!!! Take a look at these:

  • Uncharted: a survival love story by Julie Johnson <— LIVE!!! SURVIVAL & FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT!! eek YES PLEASE!!! I want to read this!!! “...I took one look at the stranger in the airport terminal and knew he was exactly the kind of man my mother spent seventeen years warning me against. Gruff, grumpy, and far too good-looking to stare at without experiencing heart palpitations. Thankfully, I’d never see him again. Or so I thought. I couldn’t have known our plane would crash. I couldn’t have predicted we’d be the only survivors...”

Nay: When I woke up this morning, Uncharted was on my kindle–crash landed on an island, he was an a$$hole from the day they met, survival and forbidden love…my catnip!

Maryse: Nay!! I want to read that one right NOW!!! Eeeeeeep!!!

  • Bayside Passions (Bayside Summers Book 2) by Melissa Foster <— LIVE!! MELISSA FOSTER’S LATEST! LONG DISTANCE FLIRTATION AND THEY BECOME FRIENDS… “…After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time. When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes–although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem...”
  • Full Contact (The Crossover Series) by Kathy Coopmans &‎ HJ Bellus <— LIVE!!! A MAFIA PRINCESS & A FOOTBALL STAR... oh oh. ;)  They once were so happy, but she gave him up to protect him, and he moved on and became a sports star… “Some say true love has a way of finding its way back. Justice and Liam know better to believe. That’s up until the day they find themselves in a heated meeting. She owns a new football team. He’s coming back from an injury and thirsty to prove the nation wrong…”

HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!!!! OH my goodness I’m exceptionally happy about it ’cause of this book to the left.

<— I’ve been seeing it mentioned in my Facebook feed as soooooooooo crazy good, and it sound right up my alley. Talk about a blurb jolt!!!! Eeeeeeeep!

Hilaria: Oh, this is the one I heard so much about!

Talon: Fantastic read

Lisa: Lisa: …definitely a twisty turny kind of book. I’ll admit that I almost DNF’d it because I was confused (and you all know how I hate to “work” at my reads), but I am so glad I stuck in there through it all! It comes together beautifully by the end. Can’t wait to see what you guys think when you read it!!!

Speaking of blurb jolts ;) here’s a few more that sound fan-freak-tastic! Blood Fury (J.R. WARD!!! Need I say more? No. Well I will. :) LOL!! He’s supposed to marry someone of his elite upbringing to please his parents, but the one he wants, is in love with someone else. Though, there’s this other female in his class…), Hot Shot (Karina Halle!!!! He’s super-moody and everyone knows she’s got an unrequited crush on him… YES PLEASE!!), The Wright Secret (K.A. Linde’s latest! She too has been pining for years over him – her brother’s best friend…), Infraction (Rachel Van Dyken’s latest!!! She’s FAKE-dating a famous football player. OH YES!!! You know where this is going, and I wanna go there :P ), Between Me and You (in love… married, and everything goes to hell when she becomes famous…) and of course, that one up there to the left!! The Wife Between Us (“…You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing.”) GASP!!!!! MINE!!!!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s awesome surprises! ➔ Monday Earlybird Book Releases

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. Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely
  2. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  3. No Regrets: Lexi Carmichael Series, Book 10 by Julie Moffett
  4. Thrive by Aly Martinez
  5. Deadly Summer: Darling Investigations, Book 1 by Denise Grover Swank
  6. Lucky: No Prisoners MC, Book 4 by Noah Michael Levine
  7. Rock Solid by Carly Phillips
  8. Blood Fury: Black Dagger Legacy, Book 3 by J.R. Ward
  9. Hard & Reckless: Club Reckless, Book 1 by Kai Kennicott
  10. Almost: Iron Orchids, Book 2 by Jonathan Ash
  11. Something So Irresistible: Something So Series, Book 3 by Natasha Madison
  12. One True Mate: Westin Pack Series, Book 1 by Julie Trettel
           

 

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.)

Tessa: Okay, I think I finished my “why didn’t I read this book sooner” book of the year. Bad Romeo. OMG! It was so good, and now I have to get Broken Juliet. That was the best 99 cents spent. lol (Thank goodness for that 5 dollar coupon from Google.)

Jean: You guys! I just finished Everything We Keep and LOVED it! It was my choice from Lisa’s Favorites on our GR challenge. Jumping right into book 2 although not sure my heart can take much more. That Epilogue!!!

MichelleS: OMG – I just went to buy Bengal’s Quest (Breeds #30) and it’s Gideon’s book, aka, Graeme!!!! Just wanted to throw that out there for any fan of this series. I have sooooooo been looking forward to his book. He’s so mysterious! yay…..
  • Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect Series Book 1) by Mary Frame <— SHE’S STUDYING… HIM!! “...when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study…” Melissa found us of this one!!!!
Melissa: Just finished imperfect chemistry, a five star read!!!!

     

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Blood Fury: Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward <— J.R. WARD BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD ALERT!!!…he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another. Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love...”
  2. Eye of the Falcon: A Psychic Vision Novel (Psychic Visions Book 12) by Dale Mayer
  3. The Majestic Impostor: An epic love story (The Companion series Book 3) by Tanya Bird
  4. Having Her Enemy’s Secret Shifter Baby – Howls Romance (Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix
  5. Through a Dark Glass (A Dark Glass Novel) by Barb Hendee <— SHE’S GOING TO BE SOLD AS A BRIDE… “...As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices…”
  6. The Tiger’s Innocent Bride: Howls Romance (Sylvan City Alphas Book 1) by Reina Torres
  7. Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
  8. Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Book 6) by Cara Bristol
  9. Storm Crossed (The Grim Series Book 4) by Dani Harper
  10. Marked Descendant (Descendants Book 2) by L.D. Goffigan
  11. Kalkin (Apache County Shifters Book 1) by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan
  12. Vampire Vigilante by Sparrow Beckett
  13. Club Thrive: Predator by Alison Mello
  14. THRAX (Dragons Of The Universe Book 1) by Bonnie Burrows
  15. Animal Instincts by Patricia Rosemoor
  16. The Thrill of the Chase: A Shapeshifter Paranormal Romance by Elvira Bathory
  17. Pursuit of Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Valkyrie Book 3) by Linsey Hall
                

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) by Karina Halle <— KARINA HALLE ALERT!!! She’s in unrequited love with a ”Hot Shot” firefighter!!!…most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody, rugged mountain man are anything but tame. Fox Nelson has a secret too…”
  2. Passion for Players (Sexy in Spades Book 2) by Maggie Dallen
  3. Heist Society (Kate Diamond Adventure Series Book 3) by Leighann Dobbs
  4. Exception (Haven Point Book 2) by Mariah Dietz
  5. Until the End of Time (Book 3 in the Time Series) by m.m. clem
  6. Taking Back Brooklyn (TDB Book 2) by Kelly Moore and K.B. Andrews
  7. Hey, Whiskey by Kaylee Ryan
  8. The Wright Secret by K.A. Linde <— K.A. LINDE ALERT!!! HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND… “...After twelve years of pining over Patrick’s easy smile, baby blues, and captivating charm, I decide to take matters into my own hands—and completely blow my chance. Who knew a self-proclaimed manwhore would decide to be a gentleman the first time I’m naked in his bed? Definitely, not me…
  9. Break Out: (5.5 Novella) (Hawks MC: Caroline Springs Charter) by Lila Rose
  10. Literary Yours (Southern Soil Book 1) by L.A. Boruff
  11. Wild (Honor Bound Book 4) by Angel Payne
  12. No Magic Moment (Secrets of Stone Series Book 4) by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue
  13. A Hero’s Heart: Resolution Ranch (Flint Hills Military Heroes Book 2) by Tessa Layne
  14. Mine by Tanya Chris <— HE’S A SUBMISSIVE… “…when an odd encounter leads her to believe that Derek—the good-looking, sweet-tempered climber every woman wants but no woman gets—is a submissive, she’s ready to take control and give him a night to remember...”
  15. Unconditionally: A Novel by Erin Lyon
  16. Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade
  17. Ever After (Dirtshine Book 3) by Roxie Noir
  18. Infraction (Players Game Book 2) by Rachel Van Dyken <— RACHEL VAN DYKEN’S LATEST!!! SHE’S “FAKE-DATING” A FAMOUS FOOTBALL PLAYER!!Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team...”
  19. Deadly Summer (Darling Investigations Book 1) by Denise Grover Swank
  20. A SEAL’s Purpose (SEALs of Chance Creek Book 5) by Cora Seton
  21. All In (Sleeper SEALs Book 9) by Lori Ryan
  22. Small Town Siren (Texas Sirens Book 1) by Lexi Blake <— THREESOME ALERT!!! “...Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys. They’re a dream come true—Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about...”
  23. The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen <—PSYCH THRILLER ALERT!!!!! :D !!!! I’ve been hearing how CRAZY GOOOOOOOD this one is, and I want to read it badly!!When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing.”
  24. The Love Experiment by Amy Pinkston
  25. Exhale and Move On by K. L. Shandwick
  26. One Way Ticket by Melissa Baldwin and Kate O’Keeffe
  27. Jasper: A contemporary cowboy romance (Cloves County Cowboys Book 2) by Amelia Shea
  28. Darkness Binds (Others of Seattle Book 8) by Brandy L Rivers
  29. Can you see me? (Trinity Series Book 2) by Regina Bartley
  30. Between Me and You by Allison Winn Scotch <— MARITAL STRIFE AS HER FAME RISES… “…They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum’s stardom rises while Ben’s fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads. Now all they can do is think back…”
  31. Makeshift Mate: Bad Alpha Dads, Meet Your Alpha (Alpha Singles) by C.E. Black
  32. Broken: Taylor: Laurel Creek Series by Hildie McQueen
  33. Night Shift (Nightshade Book 2) by Carey Decevito
  34. Dead Speak (Cold Case Psychic Book 1) by Pandora Pine <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  35. Forever With You by Londra Laine <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  36. No Simple Sacrifice (Secrets of Stone Series Book 6) by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue
  37. Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn <— FAKE FIANCE ALERT!!! “…First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé...”
  38. Amber (Red Hot Love Series Book 1) by Elle Casey <— ELLE CASEY ROCK STAR ALERT!! “…When she tracks down her father’s band in Manhattan, answers seem hard to come by. Stories she was told as a child don’t add up. And then there’s the band’s replacement lead guitarist—the troubled, sexy, intriguing Ty Stanz—who is anything but welcoming…
  39. Alace Sweets by MariaLisa deMora
  40. Falling for Mr. Maybe (Falling for Mr. Wrong Book 2) by Jenny Gardiner
  41. The Tea Shop by Bernadette Marie
  42. Last Chance by Lauren Runrow <— LAUREN RUNOW ALERT!! “...From the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking. He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of him. There was only one problem… he was my best friend’s older brother. It’s been eight years since I’ve last seen him, and I refuse to live another day without telling him the truth...”
  43. Tuesdays at Six (Sunday Love Book 3) by KJ Lewis
  44. The Sheikh’s Priceless Bride (The Sheikh’s New Bride Book 1) by Holly Rayner
  45. Learning to Love the Heat by Everly Lucas <— LOVE TRIANGLE?? “...For Ben, Claire is the One, but there’s a small snag—she’s terrified of a man’s touch. But now that he’s found her, he’ll never let her go, even if he never gets to hold her.
    Another snag? Her obvious attraction to his best friend...”
  46. Lies by Noelle Rahn-Johnson
  47. Beautiful Killer: A Lawless Kings Romance by Sherilee Gray <— HE’S BROKEN… “She’s wanted a big family ever since her distant father and cold stepfamily isolated her from affection. He’s an ex-SEAL sniper with PTSD…”
  48. The Crown Prince’s Bride (The Prince Duology) by Donna Alward
  49. Chance’s Bluff by Catherine McGreevy
  50. Man Candy: A Real Love Novel by Jessica Lemmon <— THEY ARE HOLED UP TOGETHER... “…One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company…”

                                                 

 

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

  1. Uncharted: a survival love story by Julie Johnson - January 10th 2018
  2. Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland – January 15th 2018
  3. Man Card (Man Hands Book 2) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby - January 15th 2018
  4. Waiting for the Sun (Waiting for the Sun Book 1) by Robin Hill – January 16th 2018
  5. Buttons and Grace by Penelope Sky - January 16th 2018
  6. Total Exposure: Jordan’s Game by J.A. Huss -  January 16th 2018
  7. The Bitterroot Inn (Jamison Valley Book 5) by Devney Perry – January 16th 2018

      

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<— Now THIS is what I call an EARLYBIRD RELEASE DAY!!!! Plenty of great-looking books to start the week off before tomorrow’s BIG release day.

And OH BOY am I excited about tomorrow’s release day. I’ve already had quite a few blurb-jolts (you can see a few highlights of whats’ going live, below) and I haven’t even started compiling that list yet!! YAY US! But in the meantime…

Lookit! These just went live early :D !

  1. Most Likely To Score by Lauren Blakely <— LAUREN BLAKELY FORBIDDEN ROMANCE ALERT!! The publicist and the football star already had wayyyyyyy too much fun. ;) “...I don’t date players. And I definitely don’t sleep with players. And I absolutely don’t fall for a certain player when I get to know him and learn he’s more than just sexy — he’s clever, funny and has a heart as big as his . .. well, you get my drift. But my job is at stake, and I can’t afford to lose that as well as my heart. The problem is, I think I’ve already lost that game...”
  2. Something So Irresistible (Something So Series Book 3) by Natasha Madison <— BROKEN HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!! “...Never fall in love with a sports star. That’s what my stepfather always said. He told me athletes are complicated and moody—that the higher their paycheck, the lower their morals. As public relations for the New York Stingers I know exactly what he means, but I can’t seem to say no to a friendship with one beautiful, damaged man. What started out as hate turned into something else…
  3. Under the Lights: A thrilling, second-chance romance duet. (Bright Lights Book 1) by Tia Louise <— SHE’S A FAMOUS BURLESQUE STAR & HE’S IN LOVE WITH HER… but “…her fame had a dark side, A sinister shadow lurking under the lights. I would do anything to save her… He would do anything to see me dead…”
  4. Her Rodeo Masters (Pleasure Island Book 9) by Anya Summers <— SHE’S ACCIDENTALLY AUCTIONED OFF… “...She’s an investigative reporter for the Pasadena Tribune, and is hoping to write the story of the century by infiltrating Pleasure Island claiming to be a submissive. Except, when she gets there, she inadvertently finds herself auctioned off for charity and now has two hunky cowboys who want to own her body and soul.
..”
  5. Inseparable by Siobhan Davis <— BEST FRIENDS SINCE CHILDHOOD but a mess in college……When Devin publicly shamed me, Ayden took my side, and our awesome-threesome bond was severed. The split was devastating. The heartbreak inevitable. Ayden and I moved on with our lives, but the pain never lessened, and Devin was never far from our thoughts. Until it all came to a head in college, and one eventful night changed everything. Now, I’ve lost the two people who matter more to me than life itself. Nothing will ever be the same again…”
  6. Executive Ink: A Montgomery Ink Romance by Carrie Ann Ryan <— SHE’S AN EXECUTIVE & HE’S A BAD BOY… “Ashylnn didn’t want him…she craved him. That was her first mistake, but not her last. She’s the boss of her life and decisions. She doesn’t have time for a bearded, inked man. But he may just make her yearn for it…”
  7. Hot SEALs: SEAL the Deal by Cat Johnson
  8. Chance Collision (Crossing Forces Book 2) by C.A. Szarek
  9. Cocksure by K.I. Lynn <— HE DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HER… “I stole a night with my fantasy. Lied to him. After ten years of not seeing each other, Niko doesn’t even recognize me. So I take what I want from him, what I need from him. Without worry. Without consequence. What I didn’t count on was the lingering need for him.  What I chose to forget is that he is my brother’s best friend…”
  10. Relay (Changing Lanes Book 1) by Layla Reyne <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! OLYMPIC SWIMMERS!…Dane has been a pawn in his celebrity parents’ empire from crib to pool, flashing his camera-ready smile on demand and staying deeply in the closet. Only once did he drop the act—the summer he fell in love with Alex. Ten years later, Dane longs to cut his parents’ strings, drop his too-bright smile, and beg Alex for another chance…
  11. Deep (The Deep Duet Book 1) by M. Malone &‎ Nana Malone <— HE’S THE MONSTER THAT HAS TO PROTECT HER... “I am the ghost that haunts your dreams. I am a liar, a protector … a killer… I am death. You think you know my story, but you have no idea. My death was just the beginning. In the years since I escaped the shadow organization that owned me, my vow to protect my family is the only thing keeping me alive. Until I meet her. Too bad I need the monster to protect her from the demons of her past...”
  12. Pain by Lauren Hunt <— HE’S HER CAPTOR… “I need to escape before I fall too deep…”
            

 

PREORDERS (Just a few of those going live at midnight!! :D)

  1. The Wright Secret by K.A. Linde - January 9th 2018
  2. Infraction (Players Game Book 2) by Rachel Van Dyken - January 9th 2018
  3. Blood Fury: Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward - January 9th 2018
  4. The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - January 9th 2017
  5. Uncharted: a survival love story by Julie Johnson - January 10th 2018
  6. Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland – January 15th 2018
  7. Man Card (Man Hands Book 2) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby - January 15th 2018
  8. Waiting for the Sun (Waiting for the Sun Book 1) by Robin Hill – January 16th 2018
  9. Buttons and Grace by Penelope Sky - January 16th 2018
  10. Total Exposure: Jordan’s Game by J.A. Huss -  January 16th 2018
  11. The Bitterroot Inn (Jamison Valley Book 5) by Devney Perry – January 16th 2018

          

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<— HOLY MOLY THE BIG NEWS OF THE DAY is today’s Amazon Kindle “Deal of the Day” sales eek (THE WHOLE LIST IS AWESOME!!).

SO MANY of the authors and latest books we love (or are dying to read) are a “Deal of the Day” today and I mean SUPER-BARGAIN priced!

Jacqueline: Before I Ever Met You made me cry multiple times

Ali: I read this in the spring, a good one!!

Maria: I’ve been wanting to read this!!!!!!

Kat: Yay one clicked so glad you saw this!

… just to name a few, and SO MANY MORE are on here (4 Amazon pages worth!). I one-clicked a few too many, but I can’t help it. These were on my TBR list, and now they are mine!!! :D

And now… for MORE awesome news!

Sara Ney just posted the blurb and cover reveal for her upcoming latest in the “Douchebag” series called “How to Date a Douchebag: The Coaching Hours”!! No preorder yet, but it sounds perfect for the series. This one is about the coach’s daughter, and she’s promised that her transfer to that school will be an uneventful one (and the guys WILL leave her alone), but…

“…Wrong on both counts.

A$$HOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.

Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.

And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could…”

Willow Aster was interviewed on the Huffington Post (Willow Aster on Caring, Listening, and Finding Balance) following her latest book release, Whore. Great insight into her characters, how she balanced the heroine’s selling her body vs. falling in love, and her own personal writing process (and hobbies). You can read it here!

A.L. Jackson’s latest COVER REVEAL (and blurb) for her upcoming book, “Follow Me Back”!!!! It’s a standalone in her latest “Fight For Me” series about a jaded, bossy E.R. doctor and a coffee shop owner down the street that is getting divorced. No preorder yet, but take a gander at this!!! The author says:

“Writing this book has been such an incredible journey, and I absolutely can’t wait to get this deliciousness into your hands on February 5th! I love this book so freaking much, and I hope you will too.

AND ISN’T THE COVER PERFECTION? The model is spot-on for my vision of Dr. Kale Bryant!”

K. Bromberg has a new release coming out this month, a standalone in her “Everyday Heroes” series, entitled “Combust” about a sexy firefighter (who just happens to be HER new roommate). OH MY. YAY US!!!

“. . . a rebound has never looked so good. That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone.
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart…”

Speaking of K. Bromberg, GUESS WHAT??!!! Her HUGE hit “Driven (The Driven Series Book 1)” will become a movie on Passionflix! Here’s the Driven movie page on Facebook, and she says:

“I may or may not have just opened up my email to find the latest draft of this bad boy…. Driven’s screenplay by PassionFlix!”

Mariana Zapata just announced a new book coming out in February 2018 called “FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE”!!!! SQUEEEEEE!!!!!! :D No blurb, but here’s the COVER REVEAL and she says:

I don’t have a blurb yet (I’m not that prepared), but I’ll leave you with a tiny snippet of it. ;)

—-

“Are you two ever going to get along?”

Ivan said “yes” at the same time I said “no,” giving him a dirty look as I did it.

Emma Hart has a new one that sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!! The Upside to Being Single is releasing this month and OMG IT SOUNDS HILARIOUS & AWESOME!!! She doesn’t know WHY she flashed her *ahem* chest for beads (even though she knew better)…

“…Maybe it was because I never thought I’d see them again.
Not that it matters. Not today.

Because the hotel I manage was finally bought—and the guy who walks in and introduces himself as my new boss is Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent.

There are many upsides to being single.
Your new boss knowing what your boobs look like?
Not one of them…”

Robin Hill (aka our very own and beloved and best book-buddie “R”) is releasing a book in just a few days (January 16th, to be exact), called Waiting for the Sun (Waiting for the Sun Book 1)!!! OMG I am so freaking excited. Here’s just a  snippet if the blurb:

…she made a promise to her late father to come out of her shell and live a little.

When her best friend bails on their annual girls’ trip, she vows to do just that, but her plan is foiled when the hotel loses her reservation. Alone and stranded in Austin, Texas during one of the world’s largest music festivals, she’s rescued by a mysterious stranger, and an unexpected friendship blossoms…

Lily White (one of our queens of dark reads) has a new release coming out on January 17th called “Rules of Engagement” (here’s the blurb and cover reveal) but it is NOT dark. In fact, she reiterates:

“I believe I need to be more direct about my next release, Rules of Engagement.

This book is NOT dark. There is no slaughter. It’s romantic suspense, NOT a dark romance. No death. No crimes. No anything that even remotely crosses any lines of dark.

Is it suspenseful? Yes. One of my betas is ready to shoot me because I won’t give up what’s going on. But is it dark? No. Not at all.”

P.S. Here are some sneak peeks! :D

Skye Warren (another one of our queens of dark reads) DOES have a DARK BOOK coming out on January 30th, and it’s called “Hostage” (written by both her and Annika Martin) and OMG THAT COVER IS FANTASTIC!!! It’s set in the same world as Prisoner (but is a standalone and can be read separately). He’s a criminal murderer that spares her life but… he gets in her car… and comes back for her again and again…

“Drive,” he tells me, and I have no choice. He’s a criminal with burning green eyes, invading my life and my dreams.

The police say he’s dangerously obsessed with me, but I’m the one who can’t stop thinking about him. Maybe it’s wrong to let him touch me. Maybe it’s wrong to touch him back. Maybe these twisted dates need to stop. Except he feels like the only real thing in my world of designer labels and mansions.

So I drive us under threat, until it’s hard to remember I don’t want to be there.

Until it’s too late to turn back.

UPCOMING RELEASES just added to the main “New Releases” page:

                            

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And now… Amy’s list!!!!! Did you guys know we’re book twins? What Amy loves, I LOVE and yes… after browsing this list of awesomeness, it’s obvious I have read a TON of ‘em, but I LOVE that there are some here that I haven’t read.

One even, that she barely even gave 4 stars, and yet it made her best of list. YOU KNOW you wanna know why. Or I do. ;) That kind of tease calls to me SO hard. Because I “get” that feeling. A book you didn’t love, and yet affected you so hard that you will always remember it, talk about it, maybe even tell people to read it… DESPITE your reservations. Because something else made it. And so… it’s on my TBR list and I can’t wait!!!

Ready?

“So, 2017 wasn’t a year packed full of 5-star reads for me, what with not having as much time to read, finding myself in book slumps more often than I can ever remember, and having way too many DNFs.

BUT! There were several which stayed with me even months later. I’m making my list not based on the star rating I gave each book but rather if it affected me to the point where simply seeing the title or cover or even thinking about it brings back all the feels I felt when I read it.”

In no particular order, here they are:

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis ~ I went into this expecting one thing and finished it feeling something wholly different. How can you possibly feel anything other than macabre fascination for a girl like Alex? Trust me…you can with this one.

Everything You Want Me to Be: A Novel by Mindy Mejia ~ Three POVs, including the dead girl’s, Hattie, and it kept me guessing who killed her until the moment of reveal all while endearing Hattie to me in a way I wasn’t expecting. It was one of those where you know the character is dead from the start, and yet by the end you want to throw a screaming, crying temper tantrum just to make it not so.

You know how certain lines you can remember by heart, no matter how long it has been since you read the book? This is one of those. These lines…THESE LINES will stay with me for a long time to come:

“I leaned into the window, out of his view, and wiped my eyes as the murder scene unfolded in my head. I watched Hattie fall. She fell over and over, never reaching the ground, caught in that last moment for infinity. My mind couldn’t make her live and wouldn’t let her die.”

Oh. My. Heart.

The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Book 1) by Amy Harmon ~ Why this one? Because it isn’t often anymore that a PNR or UF gives me the feels I felt in the early post-Twilight days. And this one did. I. Loved. It.

Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar ~ If you’ve read it, you get it. If you haven’t, I can’t explain it other than to say it’s beautifully heartbreaking and yet heart healing as well. And, it’s Leylah Attar. Need I say more?

Girls on Fire: A Novel by Robin Wasserman ~ This one was barely 4 stars for me, and yet the end left me with that disturbed feeling I love and totally wasn’t expecting. THAT is why it makes this year’s list.

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray: a romance novel by Tarryn Fisher ~ She took a character who was one way and changed her right before our eyes in a believable and heart-wrenching way. I felt every emotion right along with her, and I was emotionally exhausted and yet emotionally full by the end of it. And this song takes me right back to the heart of the book every time I hear it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dnaH788dMtg

Ghosted by J.M. Darhower ~ Holy moly, BEST SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCE I HAVE READ IN SOOOOOOOO LONG!!!!! I get giddy just thinking about how much I loved this one. The perfect balance of medium-grade angst and high-grade butterflies. *swoooooooooony sigh*

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios ~ The random placement of foreboding statements in the midst of her describing how she fell for him was executed perfectly.

“A year from now I’ll be screaming F*ck you, F*CK YOU into a pillow because I won’t have the guts to say the words to your face. But right now, a boy is staring at me from the end of the hall and even though he doesn’t say a word, he’s claimed me. I’m new territory and you’ve planted your flag.”

THIS is such a fitting song for Bad Romance: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tLR3Gqz5PEs

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre ~ Wow…WOW. A gut-wrenching story within a heart-breaking story. And yet it was never depressing. How is that possible?? Duh, it’s Alessandra Torre. ;)

Drive by Kate Stewart ~ Author of my beloved Room 212, she did it again with this one. From the prologue, we knew we were going to be put through the wringer as the h struggled with having her heart pulverized while being in love with two men, and yet her love for one was never diminished by her love for the other. But in the end, we knew our hearts were going to break right along with hers and the one she would not choose. What a nice take on a love triangle!!!

Okay, one more song (it’s not sad, more wistful with a catchy tune and OH, so fitting: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wKghBQbNxWA

Until It Fades: A Novel by K.A. Tucker ~ Winner this year of the why-didn’t-I-read-it-sooner category for me, I had a sickening, cheek-aching grin on my face for a big portion of this book. Well, aside from the parts where her past mistakes were so cruelly held against her. And because of what she went through, I didn’t want for there to be any real angst or turmoil for her and the H. *GASP!* I know. I KNOW! Imagine me not wanting any angst or drama or emotional turmoil. Inconceivable. But will that happen often?

I think not. ;)

Thanks for another fabulous year on the blog, my friends!

*huge group hug*

Wanna know more of Amy’s favorites?

          

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It’s Anna’s turn!! :D !!!!

She’s been a fellow reader with us for awhile now (since 2015!!), but is one of “quieter” book-buds. ;) Nonetheless, she joins in every once in awhile (from many of her comments, I see she’s a BIG Rachel Van Dyken fan!!), and she’s sent us this great list!

But first… shall we get to know her better? I think YES! Here are some of her 2017 comment highlights!

About finding the blog! P.S. I am SO thrilled you’re with us, Anna!!

“I first found your blog when looking for something to read after Beautiful Disaster. Your blog has helped me find new books that I would not have discovered otherwise. Thank you for making my reading life better. :)

Her own reader confession:

“I love broken tortured heroes! At least I thought I did but I haven’t read most of the books mentioned above. I have a lot of catching up to do. My favorite broken heroes are Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters.”

When she joined in and answered one of bev’s fun quizzes here (I LOVE these!!):

Last book to leave you giddy? Mists of The Serengeti

Last song that you had to sing along with? I’ve been listening to a lot of Fall Out Boy

Scent you are wearing? Aveeno Lavender lotion

Flip flops or proper shoes in summer? Flip Flops

Pre order you are expecting next? Cheater’s Regret (Curious Liaisons Book 2) by Rachel van Dyken

Saw this on a blog and hit on our only in books stance, but Hero you love in book but would run from in real life? Daemon from Black Jewels series

Hero you’d love as much in real life? Darcy

If you had to read the 10th book on your tbr, what book? Strung (A Seaside Novel Book 0) by Rachel Van Dyken

Current favorite iced drink? Sweet Tea

Ready for her 2017 Top Ten?

“Hi Maryse! I realized I never sent my list in last year so I wanted to be sure and send in one this year.

I don’t comment much but I love hearing about what everyone else is reading. My reading life is so much better since I found your blog. I had a bit of a reading slump this year and read far less than last year. I had the time to read I just didn’t feel like it.

I tried to narrow down the list as much as possible. This is in no particular order.”

Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar – The writing is beautiful and so descriptive I felt like I was on vacation in Africa.

“This is what it looks like when you wander somewhere between the sand and stardust, and meet a piece of yourself in someone else.” 

Moxie: A Novel by Jennifer Mathieu – Girl Power!

“It said girls are a revolutionary soul force that can change the world for real.” 

An Exaltation of Larks (Venery Book 1) by Suanne Laqueur – An epic deeply moving story.

“Among a thousand other things, she loved Alex for his easy use of we. His willing, unconscious way of taking an oar at the galley of your problem, even if it was just to listen. Even if both of you knew he couldn’t do jack shit to help, he made it about us and made you feel less alone. ”  

The Man I Love (The Fish Tales Book 1) by Suanne Laqueur – This book was so intense I haven’t read the rest of the series yet. (Note from Maryse: Here’s a comment she left us when she read it ;) : “I just finished The Man I Love. Wow. I’m at a loss for words. I need chocolate.”)

“She smiled back at him. Neither of them had said so much as hello yet she was looking at him with those eyes. Deep in the cathedral of his young being, Erik felt a bell toll, a peal of recognition. And for the rest of his life, he would swear, he would swear to anyone who asked, although nothing was said aloud, he heard Daisy Bianco speak to him. She said it with her eyes, he heard it clearly in his head, and it wasn’t hello.
It was, ‘Well, here you are…’

Here I am, he thought.”

Wolfsong (Green Creek Book 1) by T.J. Klune - packpackpack

“It’s always the ones who are the quietest who often have the greatest things to say.” 

At Peace (The ‘Burg Series Book 2) by Kristen Ashley – Joe! Just Joe!

“Worth the wait,” Joe muttered and my head tipped back. 

“What?” 

“Every bit of it. Every day, every week, every year, every fuckin’ second, buddy,” he kept muttering, his eyes intense, his face serious and my breath caught, “this. All of it. Worth the wait.”

Etched in Bone (A Novel of the Others) by Anne Bishop – Is there anyone who hasn’t visited the courtyard yet?

“The map showed human places I’d never heard of – places that had once been great civilizations, until humans forgot the world wasn’t theirs to claim.” 

Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by Patricia Briggs – Is there anyone who hasn’t met Mercy yet?

“I’m a mechanic; I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos.”

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata – The best of slow burn romance. And I do mean sloooow burn.

“He was lucky I had a tiny, itty, bitty crush on him; otherwise, he would have gotten the shank years ago.” 

The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral Book 2) by C.L. Wilson – I love fantasy romance.

“Calberna’s prince was too big. Too male. Too unsettling. Too appealing. Too… everything. And for her, that made Dilys Merimydion pure, deadly poison wrapped up in a dangerously tempting package.”

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver – This is a middle grade story about grief, magic, ghosts, and friendship. The hardcover is absolutely gorgeous. It includes beautiful illustrations inside that help the story come to life.

“She liked the word ineffable because it meant a feeling so big or vast that it could not be expressed in words.

And yet, because it could not be expressed in words, people had invented a word to express it, and that made Liesl feel hopeful, somehow.”  

“Wishing everyone a Happy New Year full of 5 star books!”

Wanna know more of Anna’s favorites? ➔ Reader Favorites – Anna’s Top 10 Reads for 2015

          

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