NEW RELEASES, SALES, & REVIEWS RECAP 2/3/15

By | February 8, 2019

Happy Tuesday everyone!! As usual, tons of amazing new releases but especially the sales. Some books that have never gone on sale before are so be sure to check out that section and take advantage of some of the discounts. Some books I have my eye on this week include: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard (dark & thrilling suspense romance), Falling From the Sky by Sarina Bowen (doctor/patient!!), Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover ($.99) (bad boy romance, got my attention again since it’s on sale), What If by Bayli Lane ($.99) (angsty friends-to-lovers romance), and Changing Hart by ME Carter ($.99) (comes recommended by Colleen Hoover!!).

I also have a few recommendations for you! First, The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid. This is my latest TOP recommendation and it’s a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with. The Vixen & the Vet by Katy Regnery is a good one if you’re in the mood for something sweet! And my last read was Verum by Courtney Cole, which totally blew my brains out! My reviews for all three and more are in the reviews/recommendations section.

Upcoming Releases: Did you know I now have a section that’ll list upcoming releases for the year? Be sure to bookmark the page below as I update it daily with preorders/Goodreads links.

Cool tip: Tired of seeing all the $.99, $1.99, $2.99, etc… on your bills? Send yourself an Amazon gift card and plan a budget accordingly

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NEW RELEASES

  • Hero by Samantha Young <– I really enjoyed this one!! it was a scorching hot and fun office romance featuring a broody hero who’ll you want to smack and then kiss and a feisty, endearing heroine. It’s an addicting book, and the writing is splendid as well (here’s my review).
  • The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid <– This is my latest TOP recommendation and it’s a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with (here’s my review).
  • Better When He’s Bold by Jay Crownover <— book 2 in her Welcome to the Point series featuring badass dangerous heroes and thrilling plotlines. It’s also a standalone!
  • Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor <— romance between a millionaire playboy (the brother of the hero from book 1) and a physical therapist haunted by her past!
  • The Raven by Sylvain Reynard <— sounds DARK and THRILLING!! The heroine sees a group of attackers beating a homeless man, and intervenes. When his attackers turn on her, she’s only semiconscious when she hears someone stop them and a shadowy figure who whispers to her . . .”Cassita vulneratus.” When she wakes up, NO ONE recognizes her and she’s been absent for a week, plus she learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest artwork robberies in history. The police suspect her of the theft, and with the the help of one of “Florence’s wealthiest and most elusive men” she tries to uncover the truth.
  • Perfect Submission by Roxy Sloane
  • Get Off on the Pain by Victoria Ashley
  • Take Me anthology ($.99) <– 12 dark romances bundled into one, and it has some of our top favorite authors in it too!
  • Pink Shades of Words anthology <– 18 never before seen stories! All proceeds are benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
  • Verum by Courtney Cole <– I finished this one yesterday and it blew my mind!! Like how am I supposed to recover from it?! (here’s my review)
  • Always Loving You by Sydney Landon
  • 10 Years by Bethany Lopez
  • Rough Justice by Sarah Castille
  • Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen <— sounds GOOD!! The hero used to have it all: girlfriend, spot on the Olympics team, bright career…but everything crashed when he’s severely wounded and unable to move his legs. The heroine is his doctor but she doesn’t confess to him that she’s met him before… –> “She’s the woman he doesn’t remember. He’s the man she can’t forget.”
  • Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton
  • Give It All by Cara McKenna
  • Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan
  • Something Like Love by Monica James <– 3rd book in her Something Like Normal series!! These are suspenseful NA romances. I liked the first book (here’s my review)
  • Power & Possession by CC Gibbs
  • Overcome by Lora Leigh
  • Fear Me by B.B. Reid <– Ooooh this sounds intriguing! It’s a NA romance that will “make you question everything you thought you knew about LOVE and HATE.” If you’re a fan of enemies-to-lovers romances, check this one out!
  • A Taste of Country by Vicki Green
  • Play It Again by Scarlett Metal
  • Strength & Courage by Susan Fanetti <– biker romance!!
  • Whipped by Karpov Kinrade
  • All of Me by Lisa Renee Jones
  • Ruin You Completely by Calia Read <— sounds really good: “I met Mathias Sloan in a club. [Truth.] I told him I was twenty-four. [Lie.]…I thought that I would have a one-night stand and be done with him. [Truth.] I didn’t know that he was my new piano instructor for the next six months (!!!!)…[Truth.] We would come together and fall apart. After him, every man was ruined. [Truth.] If I knew what I know now, I wouldn’t have walked to him. I would’ve turned and run…[LIE.]”
  • Happenstance 3 by Jamie McGuire
  • Piercing Ecstasy by Setta Jay <– 5th book in her steamy PNR series!!
  • 12 Days of Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
  • Desolate by Ker Dukey
  • Rise by Karina Bliss <– rockstar romance!! The heroine is a biographer who plans on writing the hero’s memoir. After all, “when in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend?” On the other end, the hero hopes to use this publicity to create more buzz for his band. “All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not force him to think…And certainly not make him fall in love for the first time in his life.”
  • The Hysterics by Kristen Hope Mazzola <-– Looks intense – “Once upon a time, I was Fallon Dunbar. Rock and roll, drugs, and bad decisions were the life I lived. I’d fallen so deep into the dark rabbit hole that I was certain I would never make it out alive. People like me didn’t get second chances…So when the opportunity showed up, I had to take it…All was well until I met Dane Pearson…whenever he was near, I felt like the old me, the real me, filled with passion and a love for music. Every day was a struggle of self-discovery. Every day was a fight to not fall back down the rabbit hole…It was a hysteric ride, but it was ours. And I wouldn’t change a thing.”
  • Intoxicate by Tessa Teevan
  • Three, Two, One by JA Huss
SALES

  • Thoughtless (#1), Effortless (#2), and Reckless (#3) by S.C. Stephens are all on sale!!! The first is $.99, and the others are $2.99 (regular $7.99!!) I love, love, LOVE this trilogy and it’s one of my all-time favorite rockstar romance series featuring the one and only Kellan Kyle! A friend dubbed him ‘pornographically delicious’ and I couldn’t agree more
  • The King by Tiffany Reisz <-– Holy crap!!!! I can’t believe this one’s on sale (regular $9+)!! This book (and series) are my #1 favorites, hands-down. (here’s my review). Her writing is whip-smart and she’s ruined me for all erotica out there. If you’ve been waiting for a price drop for this book, grab it NOW!!
  • Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken ($.99) <– LOVED this book!! It made me ugly cry, not because the story was tragic or anything but because of all the emotion that just builds up and you have to let it out. The writing was beyond phenomenal as well. I mean quotes like these just make me want to clutch my heart –> “Baring your soul to someone is like purposefully stabbing yourself in the heart and waiting for the person you love to stop the bleeding.”
  • The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley ($.99) <– LOVED this book!! It’s a mature YA romance and there’s just something about this author’s writing that makes her stories so addicting! Honestly, every book I’ve read from this author is hard to put down because her writing just grabs me, even if the characters do make silly decisions
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han ($1.99) <-– sounds super cute and fun! The heroine writes letters to her crushes, but “her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, [her] love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”
  • Destroyed by Pepper Winters ($.99) <– love this dark romance author!! This book is a standalone unrelated to her Monsters in the Dark series or Indebted series.
  • Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan ($.99) <– forbidden erotic romance!!
  • Happenstance 1 by Jamie McGuire ($.99)
  • Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher ($.99) <– their collaboration work!
  • A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates ($.99) <– sounds good! After a horrific childhood incident, the heroine is obsessed with revenge and bringing the monster who haunts her to justice, but “walking hand in hand with retribution means risking collateral damage…She’s always known this undertaking would place her life in danger–she never imagined her heart would be as well.”
  • Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker ($1.99) <– LOVED this book and on sale for the first time in 2 years!! It’s an equally heartbreaking and heartwarming NA romance with a swoony hero and feisty heroine!
  • Into the Deep by Samantha Young ($.99) <— one of my FAVORITE books from her, and is a steamy, heartfelt NA romance about making mistakes and second chances. “Live young. Live hard. Love deep.”
  • Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover ($.99) <– first book in her Welcome to the Point series! The 2nd book just released today (see above section)
  • Wait for You by J. Lynn ($.99) <– LOVED this book!! It’s a sweet and at-times intense NA romance with one of the swooniest heroes ever! He bakes cookies!
  • Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder ($.99) <– LOVED this book!! This is a highly emotional love after loss NA romance that made me tear up.
  • A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers ($.99) <– LOVED this book!! It’s a romance between 2 step-siblings and it’s actually been out for a while now…this is the one of the rare times I’ve seen it go on sale!
  • Taint by SL Jennings ($.99) <-– “…who am I? Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life. I am Justice Drake. And I turn housewives into whores. Now…who’s first?”
  • Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye ($.99)
  • Dark Light by S.L. Jennings ($.99)
  • Freeing Asia (#1) and Breaking Shaun (#2) by E.M. Abel are both $.99 each!!
  • Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage ($.99) <— NA romance! The heroine has had the worst luck with dating and men. Her last boyfriend tried to kill her and as a result she’s moved across the country, changed her name, and hoping college will be a fresh start for her –> “It’s no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life…the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic…Being around him makes me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate…except for one teeny tiny glitch. He’s a gigolo. Boy, do I know how to pick them.”
  • If You Stay by Courtney Cole ($.99) <– LOVED this book!! It’s got a bad boy (and I mean, real bad) hero who falls for the sweetest, most endearing heroine!
  • Only With You by Lauren Layne ($.99)
  • One Night Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas ($.99)
  • Still Life with Strings by LH Cosway ($.99) <– I liked this one! The heroine stands still for money and on one particular night has a one night stand with the hero thinking it’d be the last time she’d ever see him. Wrong – as a bartender in a concert hall she’s shocked to find him there and finds out he’s a famous violinist. This romance was beyond unique and had the perfect mix of realism and romance and also emphasized how beautiful simplicity is.
  • Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine ($.99)
  • The Casual Rule by AC Netzel ($.99) <– If you’re in the mood for a light, sweet romance, this looks like a good one! The heroine has a comfortable job in publishing and isn’t looking for love when she meets the charismatic hero who’s an author –> “Fueled by their mutual attraction, close working relationship and fear of relationships, Julia and Ben embark on a purely physical affair, following the Casual Rule.” The blurb calls this book “a little sweet, a little smutty, a little snarky.”
  • Catch My Fall by Ella Fox ($.99)
  • Apartment 2B by K. Webster ($.99) <– sounds like an intense romance from K. Webster! The heroine has an abusive mom and when she gets the chance to leave behind her current life, she takes it. New place, new job, new her, and she sticks to a set of rules to keep herself safe. That is, until the hero – her next door neighbor – starts to insert himself into her life –> “He comes with his own set of problems and secrets he’s unwilling to share. Will they work together through the mess of their pasts or will they get caught up enabling each other? Will their toxic relationship ultimately be destined for demise?”
  • Take Me For Granted by KA Linde ($.99)
  • Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines ($.99) <–LOVED this book!! It’s what started the Rosemary Beach series and it’s a highly addicting NA romance. You won’t be able to put it down!
  • Love in Rewind by Tali Alexander ($.99)
  • The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting ($.99) <— This one’s on my TBR too and sounds like a fun, light read –> “Annaliese Harper knows that one tiny mistake can jeopardize a career before it’s even begun. Letting your boss find the extensive collection of porn on your personal laptop is one way. Sleeping with him is another. Liese manages to do both.”
  • Nocte by Courtney Cole ($.99) <– LAST DAY to grab this one for $.99! Suspenseful, thrilling, and a total mindbender! (here’s my review) I also read the 2nd book just now and it was a good follow up to this one! It blew my mind (see my review in the section below).
  • Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken ($.99) <– NA mafia romance!
  • The Passion of Darius by Raine Miller ($.99) <— first book in her Blackstone Affair Historical Prequels series is $.99 – if you’ve read her Blackstone Affair series you’ll want to read this one as it’s part of Ethan & Brynne’s story!
  • What If by Bayli Lane ($.99) <— This one’s a friends-to-lovers romance from Bayli Lane! Looks like there’s a lot of push/pull between the hero and heroine. “For some people falling in love was a happy, glowing experience. For Briar Kelly and Arrow Donovan it was more like getting hit by a freight train…They constantly fought to hold their feelings inside, not wanting to jeopardize their friendship…What ifs keep piling up while resentment and redemption battles continue…”
  • Taking Chances by Molly McAdams ($1.99) <– ugly cry alert!!
  • Translucent by Erin Noelle ($.99) <– sounds suspenseful!! “Sometimes you reach a point where you just can’t take anymore—a breaking point, some call it. The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn’t just break; it exploded like a full magazine’s worth of hollow points firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47. Literally. I am no longer his American Princess, nor am I his slave. Now, I’m a murderer in hiding. My name was Bryleigh Carter Oliveira, and that was my story.”
  • Change of Hart by ME Carter ($.99) <— This is the book that Colleen Hoover posted about when it first released – the hero is a football player who meets this little boy who just lost his father and through that connection, he also starts to have feelings for the boy’s mother –> “I know [the heroine], as a recent widow, isn’t ready to date again. But I want to get to know her better, in spite of all her rejections. Is it possible that I, a self-proclaimed bachelor, could be having a Change of Hart?”
  • Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting ($.99)
  • Hard Knox (#1) and Damaged Goods (#2) by Nicole Williams are both $2.99 each!! These are NA romance standalones about ‘outsiders’ falling in love with each other.
  • Therapy by Kathryn Perez ($.99) <— I’m told it’s an emotional story full of heartbreak & pain, but also love and healing –> “Depression, self-harm, bullying….that’s my reality. Sex and guys….that’s my escape. The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me–the two men that I love try to save me.”
  • Unhinged (#1), Unraveling (#2), and Chaos (#3) by Timberlyn Scott (aka Nicole Edwards) are all $.99 each!! This is a completed series that follows the same couple –> “Have you ever met that someone who steals your breath with just a look? That someone you can’t stop thinking about, no matter how hard you try?…Although I can’t explain why, [she] makes me want things I never imagined I could have…She’s supposed to be off limits to me. But that’s not a problem because I’ve perfected the art of breaking the rules. My name is Sebastian Trovato and this is the story of how I met the woman who unhinges me.”
REVIEWS/RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Verum by Courtney Cole <– new release and my last read that BLEW. MY. MIND!! And I can’t even talk about it that much or it’d be a spoiler for those that haven’t read it or haven’t started this series (here’s my review) But seriously…if you’re feeling adventurous and want a story that’ll keep you on your toes, pick up this NA psychologically thrilling romance, starting with the first book Nocte ($.99)
  • The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid <– squeeee!! This is my latest TOP recommendation and it’s a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with (here’s my review)
  • The Vixen & the Vet by Katy Regnery <– what a sweet, heartfelt romance! It’s a modern ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling that truly warmed my heart (here’s my review)
  • Hero by Samantha Young <– new release & favorite!! This enemies-to-lovers office romance was fun, sexy, and at-times emotional! It had the perfect amount of angst and swoon (here’s my review)
  • Second Debt by Pepper Winters <– recent release & favorite! You don’t want to miss out on Nila & Jethro’s dark and twisted story (here’s my review)
  • Kyland by Mia Sheridan <– recent release! Hmmm…I am clearly in the minority, but this one didn’t work for me. It just had some personal plot devices I wasn’t fond of (here’s my review). It seems to be a hit for 99% of readers though, so give it a shot!
  • Thorns of Rosewood by G.M. Barlean ($.99) <– I took a quick detour from romance and went with a mystery read! Overall a quick, fast and entertaining read (here’s my review)
  • Trade Me by Courtney Milan <– favorite! I really loved this NA romance. It was unique (couple pairing), had such whip-smart writing, and both characters were so likeable. I’d recommend it! (here’s my review)
  • Three Brothers by Nicole Williams <– I liked this one, though I still had some issues with it. The best thing about this book is the hero who I’d give 5++++ stars to any day! (here’s my review)
  • The Line Between by Tamsyn Bester <– one of my highly anticipated reads that I unfortunately didn’t love. It seems to be a hit with most readers though, so give it a try if you’re interested (here’s my review)
  • Cartel by Lili St. Germain <– the first book in her prequel series to the wickedly intense and twisted Gypsy Brothers series! I really enjoyed this one and if you’re in the mood for one wild, fast-paced biker read, this one’s a good choice! (here’s my review)
  • The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey Berrick ($.99) <– This book totally wrecked me! It was one emotional rollercoaster I couldn’t get off of (not sure if I even wanted to). I was so conflicted I didn’t know how to rate it…so I didn’t. (here’s my review)
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Just thinking about this book is making my eyes water. I took a chance on this one and I strongly encourage you all to do the same (here’s my review)
  • Raze by Tillie Cole <– recommendation for all dark romance fans!! The one and only word to describe this book would be INTENSE. I could not put it down and there’s this hidden layer to the romance that made my heart race! If you’re looking for a book that’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping, try this one 😉 (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole <– a TOP recommendation!! This NA romance is one of the darkest and emotionally heavy stories I’ve read in a long while, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. It also made me ugly cry and I’m just blown away by the amount of emotion it evoked….if you’re looking for a standalone romance guaranteed to make you FEEL, try this one! (here’s my review)
  • Dear Emily (#1) and Dear Tabitha (#2) by Trudy Stiles <– TOP recommendation! These books are a blend of realistic women’s fiction with romance and made my heart feel so full…I loved both and being able to read them back to back let me carry my emotions from the first book to the second without delay. BEST kind of reading experience!! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2. Be sure to read these in order!
  • Extinguish (#1) and Reignite (#2) by JM Darhower <– TOP recommendation!! This 2-book paranormal forbidden romance was unputdownable from the get go and I didn’t want the story to end. I mean, the hero is Lucifer, the Devil! That alone made me pick these up  Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie <– I really enjoyed this NA romance! This was so unique (setting is in the circus) and the character development was stunning! It truly embodies every aspect of NA and as always, the authors’ writing style is great. Totally recommend (here’s my review)
  • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler <– another favorite! This was such a refreshingly witty NA romance standalone (a little taboo since he’s the heroine’s TA). Totally recommend it (here’s my review)
  • The King by Tiffany Reisz <– TOP recommendation!! For fans of this heavy erotica series, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this one! Kingsley is the best  If you’re new to this series, check out the series reading order at the bottom of my review –> (here’s my review).
  • Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn <– TOP recommendation!! This 5 star book rocked my world, 200% unputdownable (here’s my review)
  • Clockwork Angel (#1)Clockwork Prince (#2), and Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare are my ultimate TOP recommendations!! I seriously finished this sensational trilogy and had tears dripping down my face, a pile of tissues discarded on the floor, and food wrappers scattered around me. It was SO emotional, SO intense, SO passionate, and SO good. 6 star series for me!! (here’s my series review) These books must be read in order!