Reader questions & recommendation requests (and my answers)…

by Maryse on August 26, 2013 · 10 comments

in Reader Questions

I received another slew of awesome reader questions, and actually the majority of them this time around are asking for specific book recommendations. So I answered them, and thought I’d post what I recommended, in case any of you are wondering the same thing.

Q: Rachel: I was looking at your reviews for Kristen Ashley’s Dream Man or Chaos series. Where do I start with this? Should I read the entire Dream Man series first (even though you only mentioned Motorcycle Man in order to start the Chaos series)? Or should I just read both series? Just kinda at a what do I read now and thought you might be able to help?

A: My personal recommendation is to DEFINITELY read Mystery Man first from the Dream Man series because Tack (Motorcycle Man) is a huge player in that book. Then you can move direct to Motorcycle Man and then on to Chaos (if you’re mostly into the MC stuff). I read both of the books in-between (in the Dream Man series) and I don’t think you’ll be confused by skipping over them to go direct to Motorcycle Man. In fact, I was SO into Tack after “Mystery Man”, that had Motorcycle Man already been published, I wouldn’t have been able to help myself but skip over to it right away. It’s pretty seamless. I hope that helps!

Q: Julia: What’s the reading order for Shay Savage’s series? I know there is a prequel that needs to be read…so I need the order that includes the prequel!?!? HELP!!! I want to start reading this series ASAP! Lol I thought Surviving Raine was part of this series!

A: Hi Julia!! Sure! Here you go! It’s called the Evan Arden Series and no, Surviving Raine is not a part of it. It’s a standalone and it’s SO goooooood (I gave it 5 stars!). I absolutely recommend reading it. It was the first book I read from this author and one of my favorites of the year! But all of her books so far rocked my world!!

Q: Colleen: I need to start reading a new series or I will die ( I have read Kristen Ashley series (love them). I the neighbor from hell had me laughing and could not put the books down.)…………..

A: LOL!! That’ll get my attention. Well… there are a TON of series that I could recommend, but three that stand out in my head right now (because of recent highly anticipated new releases) are: The Kathleen Turner series by Tiffany Snow (two “heroes” in this one that everyone seems to be crazy for), The Heller series by J.D. Nixon (I hear “Heller” is HOT and the tension is amazing) and my personal favorite The Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle (don’t let the “terror” word fool you). There is a paranormal angle to this ’cause they’re ghost hunters, but the romantic tension is off the charts and the story is all about the realistic angst and pining between the two main characters and it is ADDICTIVE!!

Q: Raquel: I’ve been a little tired about classic books. I need dreams! I guess I’m looking for Carrie Bradshaw’s thoughts: “I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.”

A: Ohhhh I LOVE that!! Those are the exact stories that set my heart on fire and that make me think about them allllll day long. In fact, I just wrote a post about our favorite books that are just soooooo good, that put us in such an incredible love fog, that we forget to eat, while we read them. And for me, sometimes it takes me a few days to get my appetite back ’cause I’m living on love, alone. Here is the post. I list my absolute favorites that have consumed me (for example, have you read Beautiful Disaster yet?), and our fellow readers do, too.

Q: Emma: Hello! I am loving all your reviews and book lists! I was wondering though which novel was the infamous Travis you keep comparing other characters to? It seems like so far none of the other characters can measure up to him and now I really want to read this book! Thanks in advance!

A: Hi Emma! It’s “Beautiful Disaster” and yes… he’s my main man and has been for two years now. He’s VERY popular with our crew. ;) Here is my Book Review of Beautiful Disaster.

Q: Nicole:  I am looking for the ultimate bad boy/bad ass book. I want the book with the most angst, love, laughter you can possibly find. I want the male to be the bad ass boyfriend, possessive, jerk, cheat etc and then find the one girl that tames him.  I need a good book that will make me crazy. Been reading to many HEA books. Can you recommend some? I am sure I have read most of them, but really need something to get me out of my book funk.

A: Hi Nicole! Of course, I’d right away recommend “Beautiful Disaster” again, but I have a feeling you may have read that one. ;) I have something even dirtier, grittier, and bad-ass-ier. ;) Have you read Madeline Sheehan’s biker/MC series? Check out my Book Review for Undeniable (book #1) and my Book Review – Unbeautifully (book #2) with more to come. Each book is about a different set of characters, but they all merge into the series. You will have your bad-boy world rocked! These hold no punches. Prepare for your jaw to drop.

Q: Megan: Any good book series suggestions? Its been too long- something angsty w/forbidden love & whatnot. Think Mac/Barrons

Maryse: I’d recommend Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series. It’s not the same story per se, but the incredible sexual/romantic tension between the two main characters is through the roof, and just keeps building. And the emotional agony at times is just addictive! Plus it’s got that supernatural appeal, ’cause they have an “indie” ghost-hunting show on Youtube. Here’s the reading order, and another post I wrote that might help you decide on this: The Experiment in Terror Series – Intrigued Readers Want to Know…

Megan: Read them! Great suggestion though because I did absolutely love, love them!

Maryse: Okay what about Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghost’s series? One of my all-time favorites. 

Q: Bess: What is the “A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)” third book called and when will it come out?

A: As of yet, it is still untitled and the release date is TBA. The author posted this on her webpage:

“Yes, I’m working on it! No, it’s not finished yet. As a result, I don’t know when book #3 is going to be out. It doesn’t even have a title yet.”

Q: Thu: Does Jake Wethers speak with an American or English accent? I know he moved to America when he was young but I’m not sure if he lost his English accent. Currently reading WTS but not sure what he’s supposed to sound like when reading his POV. Lol.

M: Great question, Thu. And one I never even asked myself. I hear him “American”, but maybe someone here knows better?

Q: Jessica: I read the book but can’t remember the name……girl is in the car with her boyfriend/husband and i think they get carjacked. *spoiler*… etc…

A: I excluded the rest of the question, ’cause it had some very important book details, but right away, I knew the answer. The book is called  Connected: The Connections Series, #1 and yes, it did end on a cliffhanger. But book #2 “Torn: The Connections Series, #2” will be out October 1st 2013!



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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet Jones August 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Hey Marise–On the audio Jake Wethers has an American accent

Maryse August 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Thanks Janet! Let’s go with that! ;)

Linda August 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

In Mighty Storm Tru makes an observation about Jake’s mostly American accent.

Maryse August 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Perfect. That answers it! :D

Lindsay August 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Wait hold up, is that a new KA book cover? Have I been living under a rock? Holy hotness!! Does Tack get one too!! Please say yes!

Stacy (StacyHgg) August 27, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Great Post! Thanks Maryse!

Shannon Stephens August 27, 2013 at 6:35 AM

FYI book 1 in Heller is free on Kindle- at least right now

Jean August 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM

This was a great post Maryse! And the person asking about Jake Wethers….I believe it was mentioned he had an American accent because he had moved when he was so young !! MARYSE YOU NEED TO READ WETHERING THE STORM….YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!!

Michelle August 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Hi Maryse-
I wanted to read Arsen by Mia Asher on your recommendation. I have a Nook. (I have been very happy with it.) Would you have any idea why this book is not available for Nook, but only for Kindle? Thank you.

Beth August 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Hi Maryse,
Do you have a list of books with love triangles? A la the Kathleen Tuner series or Twilight?


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