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✫✫ November 2018 Recap ✫✫

November 30, 2018


This was another amazing month of reads! I received some amazing advance reader copies, some incredible signed books in my monthly subscriptions (see Book Haul), and of course I purchased some more books to add to my overpopulated shelves. Anyone else still bogged down by their TBR even though we made a vow to make a dent in it by the end of the year? I already know that I won't be anywhere close to decreasing its size as I've added way more than I tackled. So what was your November like?

FATAL INVASION BY MARIE FORCE ➤ REVIEW TOUR

November 29, 2018


SYNOPSIS:

First the fire, then the heat…
A brutal home invasion. Two small traumatized survivors who may have witnessed the horror. Lieutenant Sam Holland has never worked a case quite like this one, in which her eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. But when Sam steps up in a big way for them, she risks her heart as much as her career.
While Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, go to battle in more ways than one for her tiny witnesses, her colleague Sergeant Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales battles his own demons. Months of unbearable grief and despair come to a head in an unimaginable way that threatens Gonzo’s status with the department and his relationship with his fiancée, Christina.
With trouble both at the precinct and on the case, Sam struggles to keep her priorities straight at home and at work while trying not to lose her heart to her latest crime victims.

ARC Review: Make You Mine by Tia Louise

Make You Mine by Tia Louise
A promise written on a coaster.
A lost night in a dark room.
Grayson Cole was my brother’s best friend.
He was all of my firsts.
Then he went away...

Drew Harris was just a kid, a senior in high school, my best friend’s little sister.
They said she was too young to know her feelings.
I was too old to have them, so I left to join the military.

Four years passed.
Loss, injury, angry words I can never take back…
I’m home, but I’m not the same.
Neither is she.

Now she’s a woman with flashing blue eyes, long blonde hair, and gorgeous curves.
Still, she’s the same sweet smile, the same sassy mouth…
I could never say No to her before.

ARC Review: Mister Bodyguard by Lauren Rowe

November 28, 2018

Mister Bodyguard by Lauren Rowe
A bodyguard, a beauty, and a bet.

“I’m hiring you to do more than guard her, Zander,” my new boss explained. “You’re gonna be her rock. Her human Valium. Her trusted friend. And she’s gonna be your mission from God.”
“So I’m her babysitter?”
“Her babysitter, her bodyguard, her f*cking service doggie. Whatever she needs or wants, that’s what you’ll be. Anything except her booty call.” The vein in my new boss’s neck bulged. “Touch her and I’ll do more than fire your ass, Zander. I’ll rip off your balls.”

My buddies laughed when I told them about my ridiculous new job. They said, “Three months on a tour with a world famous beauty, glued to her hip, catering to her every whim? A hundred bucks says you’re gonna break down and bang her within the first month.”
But I said nope. No way. Never. “I’m a professional,” I said. “Plus, she’s not even my type. And I’m just getting over a broken heart. It’s never gonna happen.”
So I put my money where my mouth was, figuring I’d laugh all the way to the bank. I never thought I’d actually fall in love with the girl. Or that she’d become my reason for breathing.

The job, the bet, the girl. It was nothing but fun and games . . . until it became dead serious.

MISTER BODYGUARD is a standalone, friends to lovers contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of Zander Shaw—Keane Morgan's devoted best friend who is an honorary Morgan Brother—and the pop star who brings him to his knees.

FUSE: BOLT SAGA VOLUME 4 BY ANGEL PAYNE ➤ TOUR + REVIEW

November 27, 2018

  

Fuse (Bolt Vol 4 - parts 10, 11 & 12) 

by USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne

Release 27th November

Genre: Contemporary Romance

#Fuse #BoltSaga #AngelPayne #WaterhousePress

It's Monday November 26th! What Are You Reading?

November 26, 2018


Hosted by: Book Date
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

ARC Review: Fatal Invasion by Marie Force

Fatal Invasion by Marie Force
First the fire, then the heat…

A brutal home invasion. Two small traumatized survivors who may have witnessed the horror. Lieutenant Sam Holland has never worked a case quite like this one, in which her eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. But when Sam steps up in a big way for them, she risks her heart as much as her career.

While Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, go to battle in more ways than one for her tiny witnesses, her colleague Sergeant Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales battles his own demons. Months of unbearable grief and despair come to a head in an unimaginable way that threatens Gonzo’s status with the department and his relationship with his fiancée, Christina.

With trouble both at the precinct and on the case, Sam struggles to keep her priorities straight at home and at work while trying not to lose her heart to her latest crime victims.

Add it to Goodreads

★★★★★


A brutal home invasion, a double homicide, and an arson. The only potential witnesses are two five year old twins who have been traumatized beyond imagination. Lieutenant Sam Holland has vowed to not only solve the case and find justice for the victims, but to ensure the safety of her young charges. With her very unique brand of police work and her bevy of equally entertaining support characters, this story turned out to be a thrilling whodunit!

I met so many wonderful people in this book and I'm more than a little annoyed that I haven't read any of the other books in this series. Nick and Samantha have the sort of marriage that every marriage should aspire to be. They're best friends, lovers and partners. Their love is felt in each and every scene, whether they share it or are apart. After getting to know them in this book, I can't wait to see how they fell in love.

I'm going to start this series from the very beginning. However, that isn't necessary in order to understand and follow along with this particular leg of their journey. It's one case and a glimpse into the lives of the people who help bring it to a close. This particular book will definitely tug at your heart strings and it will be so worth it!

ARC Review: Fuse by Angel Payne

November 25, 2018

Fuse by Angel Payne

The storm is here. Will it rip apart their fated fusion?
Now that Reece Richards and Emmalina Crist have exposed the Consortium to the globe, they’re bracing for the organization’s full reprisal, undoubtedly led by Faline Garand. The woman, infamously obsessed with Reece, can’t be happy about the lovers’ worldwide announcement.
But an engagement doesn’t mean instant plans of white lace and roses for Bolt and his lady, especially when a key member of Team Bolt goes rogue and destroys half of downtown LA. Taking down his former friend is a harrowing nightmare for Reece, worsened by a shocking discovery that takes its toll in sickening ripples…
Including Reece’s own psyche.
With her man lost in a fathomless darkness, Emma can no longer stand on the sidelines. Pushing past her fears, she takes the fight straight to Faline’s turf—but the risk is huge, and so are the consequences.
There’s no turning back. The storm has broken, and the landscape of Reece and Emma’s relationship will be forever transformed. Can they fuse once more, coming together in love to survive the blast?

DOWN THE TBR HOLE #19

November 24, 2018


Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?

Review: Final Protocol by Eden Butler

November 22, 2018

Final Protocol by Eden Butler
The worst betrayals are ones you don’t see coming.

The greatest lies are the ones we pretend aren't real.

But my life is at the mercy of Cruz Solano, the greatest pretender of them all.

Now I have no one to trust, nowhere to hide and the country I love is in the hands of a sociopath.

If I want to survive, there's only one person I can trust.

The same person who is willing to sacrifice love for duty: me

Goodreads * Amazon
Free with KU

Review: Broken Protocol by Eden Butler

November 21, 2018

They call me America's Widow.

They expect me to mourn forever.

But, I've taken a lover.

Someone fierce.

Someone irresistible.

Someone dangerous.

The closer I get to Cruz, the more I'm convinced he’s keeping secrets.

And secrets, I've learned, can be deadly.

Goodreads * Amazon
Free with KU

Review: Against Protocol by Eden Butler

Everyone has secrets, even the leader of the free world.

Even his wife.

I was Ophelia Harris, America’s youngest First Lady.

Now I'm America’s Widow, and my husband’s secrets continue to haunt me.

They continue to threaten my life.

I’m supposed to grieve with the world and keep up the façade of the perfect marriage
and the perfect life.

But I can’t.

Because of him.

Cruz Solano, the man I can never have and the only one I'll ever want.

ARC Review: Cold Cole Heart by K Webster

I once was a hero.
Until she kept me as her captive, tortured me, and killed my brothers.
She bred a monster.
Nothing could stop me from seeking revenge.
But it was over so quickly—her easy death a mercy she didn’t deserve.

For a decade, the burning rage of what she did has transformed into something uncontrollable. Something I want to feed. Something I crave to unleash.

I want to make her pay.
Over and over and over again.

Finding the evil, spoiled women sates my ravenous, vengeful soul.
I hunt. I capture. I destroy.

ARC Review: The Starfarer by Petra Landon

November 19, 2018

The Starfarer by Petra Landon
A feisty gatherer with a dangerous heritage and a mysterious starfarer from a mighty race engage in a delicate dance of love, faith, longing and survival, while the sector burns around them!

On a sleepy agrarian planet, Sila Gatherer hides a deadly secret. Until an accidental encounter with a mysterious alien starship changes her life forever. Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat is Ur’quay — renowned across the galaxy as warriors and explorers. Thrown together, the starfarer and his accidental captive forge an unlikely bond. One that is tested, time and again, when Sila finds herself threatened, exiled and adrift.

In a dangerous sector of space where powerful factions battle for control, Sila and the Star Captain must fight for a future together as her ability, Ur’quay tradition and a complicated legacy test their faith. When a powerful foe threatens Sila, they race against time to unravel a centuries-old secret. With the fate of Sector Araloka and the Ur’quay at stake, can the starfarer follow his heart or will history repeat itself again …

Author’s Note: This is the second book in The Araloka Chronicles, a collection of SciFi Romance tales with Space Opera undertones. The story is standalone, though the reader’s experience will be enhanced if the books are read in order.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Hosted by: Book Date
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

ARC Review: Do You Feel It Too? by Nicola Rendell

November 17, 2018

Do You Feel It Too by Nicola Rendell
A hot summer night is perfect for feeling your way in the dark…

For urban-legend hunter and television host Gabe Powers, it’s business—investigate the most notorious haunted places in Savannah. Then he meets his new sound engineer, a dewy Georgia peach who may just turn this gig into (im)pure pleasure. All it takes is one night for them to conjure floor-rattling, wall-banging moans…but they’re not from the ghosts.

Blame the rippling abs, the cocky swagger, the granite jawline, the whole muscle-bulging package, but Gabe is bringing out good-girl Lily Jameson’s dirty side. Damn her code-of-conduct contract—this isn’t just a molten-hot fling.

There’s just one kink in the relationship they’ve been avoiding: soon they’ll be going their separate ways. Lily’s home is in Savannah, and Gabe is a globe-trotter at heart. For them to be together, they’ll both have to upend their so-very-different worlds and face their fears in the process. And suddenly things don’t feel so Georgia peachy keen at all.

Goodreads * Amazon KU

DOWN THE TBR HOLE #18


Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?

ARC Review: Misadventures on the Rebound by Lauren Rowe

Misadventures on the Rebound by Lauren Rowe
After getting canned from her dream job this morning and played in spectacular fashion by her boyfriend this afternoon, Savannah “Savvy” Valentine is having a truly awful day. Which is why she’s currently drowning her sorrows in whiskey and self-pity in a shabby bar along the route to Las Vegas.

In light of today’s double whammy, Savvy isn’t sure why she’s still heading in the direction of her five-year high school reunion. The only reason she’d wanted to attend the reunion in Vegas in the first place was to show the captain of the football team, the guy who took her virginity and then promptly rejected her, that the captain of the math team grew up to have all enviable hot things: hot body, hot boyfriend, and hot career. Now, the only “hot” thing about Savvy Valentine is her mess.

But when a gorgeous stranger with sandy hair, a leather jacket, and motorcycle helmet walks into the bar, Savvy’s awful day suddenly looks a whole lot brighter. The man is perfection. Sexy and mysterious. And he’s heading to Las Vegas, too.

Can one wild night with a sexy stranger in the middle of nowhere lead a girl to fall desperately and deeply in love in Las Vegas? Savvy Valentine is about to find out.

ARC Review: The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones

November 15, 2018

The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones
ERIC MITCHELL'S STORY
I'm the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father's backup heir to the Mitchell empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I'm back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I'm now the right hand man to Grayson Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire. I'm now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don't need my father's company or his love. My "brother" can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made.

And then she walks in the door, the princess I'd once wanted more than I'd wanted my father's love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don't want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else.

But she's The Princess and I'm The Bastard. We don't fit. We don't belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We're like sugar and spice, we don't mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

Don't miss the full FILTHY DUET:
THE BASTARD
THE PRINCESS

THE BEARLY CONTROLLED GRIZZLY BY JENIKA SNOW ➤ RELEASE + REVIEW

THE VIRGIN ROMANCE NOVELIST CHRONICLES BY MEGHAN QUINN ➤ RELEASE BLITZ



From USA Today Bestselling Author Meghan Quinn, comes a hilarious romantic comedy that will touch your heart and cause you to roar with laughter as you escape into Rosie Bloom's attempt to write a romance novel.

BRYCE BY JEANNINE COLETTE & LAUREN RUNOW ➤ RELEASE BLITZ


We're celebrating the release of BRYCE: A Sexton Brothers Novel by Jeannine Colette and Lauren Runow! Add it to your TBR and ONE-CLICK today!

TORN BY NATASHA KNIGHT ➤ RELEASE + REVIEW

November 14, 2018



Title: Torn
Series: Dark Legacy Duet #2
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2018

ARC Review: Possession by T.M. Frazier

The story of Grim and Emma Jean continues.

War is coming.
We've come so far.
We'll have to fight for what we have.
Or die trying.

Book One: Perversion
Book Two: Possession
Book Three: Permission

ARC Review: The BEARly Controlled Grizzly by Jenika Snow

November 13, 2018

The Bearly Controlled Grizzly by Jenika Snow
That first time I saw her—my mate—I’d been ready to kick some guy’s ass for even looking at her. I made no apologies for my possessive, territorial side. I was a grizzly bear shifter, after all. It was my nature to be over the top.

Bethany hadn’t known what to do at first—being mated to a shifter—one who was grouchy and burly and made no apologies for how rugged he really was.
But she wanted me, my sweet little human mate, who could have brought a beast like me to my knees with just a look.

I’d wanted nothing more than to throw her over my shoulder and take her back to my lair like a caveman. But I let her take the lead, even if my bear wasn’t happy, even if the alpha in me wanted to have my way with her right then and there.

And I would have my way with her. All the ways that counted, in fact. I’d claim her, mark her, and before it was all said and done, there’d be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bethany was owned by a grizzly.

Warning: Holy moly, this hero’s crazy for his mate, but who wouldn’t want one OTT alpha bear shifter obsessed with you? This story is sweet and sexy, and oh so very filthy. Of course,you get a happily ever after … and a little somethin’-somethin’at the end to wrap it up nicely.

My Book Outlet Book Haul #3



Kisses and Curses Anthology


Includes:
Marissa Meyer • Glitches
Marie Rutkoski • Bridge of Snow
Jennifer Mathieu • Dynamite Junior
Anna Banks & Emmy Laybourne • Monster Crush
Courtney Alameda • Fixer
Jessica Brody • Unstolen
Ann Aguirre • Secret Heart
Lish McBride • Death & Waffles
Lindsay Smith • Krisis
Katie Finn • Deleted Scenes
Caragh M. O’Brien • Tortured
Nikki Kelly • Blue Moon
Gennifer Albin • The Cypress Project
Leigh Bardugo • The Too-Clever Fox

POSSESSION BY T.M. FRAZIER ➤ RELEASE BLITZ


“This trilogy is EPIC! If you loved TM Frazier's King series, you MUST read the Perversion trilogy!"

- Meghan March, New York Times Bestselling Author


POSSESSION, part two of the dark and gritty Perversion Trilogy from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is LIVE!


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REVIEW: UNDISPUTED BY AARON L. SPEER

November 12, 2018

Owen Gasnier is a gentleman even inside the Octagon. As much of a gentleman as one can be having an undisputed record with every win by a knock out. People LOVE him.

Overworked barista Tegan Holland doesn't know he exists. Not until ten minutes before her friend Fiona drags her to the biggest cage fight Sydney has ever seen.

By the time he heads back to his training camp in the States, she'll never forget him. But should she let him forget her? He's chasing his dream. He doesn't have time for her. Does he?

For Owen, the hits just keep coming. Trash talking opponents, sensationalist media, and someone's out to ruin him for good. He can't put Tegan in the middle of it. Can he?

Soon, will any of it matter? Cause life has other plans, and NOTHING hits harder than life.

ARC REVIEW: AN AGREEMENT BY LINDSAY MARIE MILLER

An Agreement by Lindsay Marie Miller
Don’t miss this sexy friends to lovers romance between a lonely entrepreneur and a billionaire’s daughter that will give you all the feels…

BAILEY - Still single at twenty five. Not the future I had in mind.

If only I understood men. How they think. What they want.

So far, online dating is a bust. Until my new friend Carter agrees to help me.

He’s rugged and sexy in a brooding kind of way. Too be bad he’s got me in the friend zone.

Because the only man I want is him.

CARTER - From the moment we meet, I can’t stop thinking about her.

She’s everything any man would dream of having. But she’ll never be mine.

I’m broken and lost. I’m not good enough for her. No man is.

That’s why I’m breaking guy code and spilling all of our secrets.

So she won’t be subject to the manipulative ways of men.

Because Bailey deserves her knight in shining armor. Even if he’s not me.

AN AGREEMENT is a heartwarming standalone romance about what happens when a lonely entrepreneur meets a billionaire’s daughter. This is the third book in the Summer in New York series, which each feature a brand new couple who fall head over heels in the big apple.<

REVIEW: LET'S GET TEXTUAL BY TEAGAN HUNTER

Let's Get Textual by Teagan Hunter
A wrong number is supposed to be just that--a wrong number.

Delete. Done.

Do not continue to text. Do not flirt.

A wrong number shouldn't be the first person on your mind in the morning, or the last at night...and you're definitely not supposed to talk them into buying a baby goat.

Because that would be weird.

When Zach Hastings and I get into a wrong-number mix-up, we don't follow the rules. We keep texting and flirting, because he's wicked funny and perfectly nerdy and a wonderful distraction.

I'm not looking for love, and Zach definitely had the wrong number.

But maybe...

Maybe he's the right guy.

REVIEW: FALLING FOR THE BAD BOY BY KENNEDY FOX

Falling for the Bad Boy by Kennedy Fox
Never trust a man who answers the door wearing nothing more than a pair of low-cut jeans and a panty-melting smirk.

That should've been my first sign.

I write about guys like him for a living — sexy and charming, yet reluctant to get into a serious relationship. His body screams sex appeal, but his condescending personality makes him a classic f*ckboy.

And I want nothing to do with that.

Writing romance novels comes with its perks — traveling, meeting new people, creating characters from the voices in my head — but Ethan Rochester enters my life and rearranges my preconceived notions about writing what inspires you.

Meeting him was fate, but falling for him was inevitable.
And forgetting him will be impossible.

**This is a complete STANDALONE novel — filled with plenty of humor, steam, & romance! 18 & up only due to explicit sexual content, language, and adult content. Previously published as My Week with the Bad Boy by Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish.**

ALL WE WANT BY J. DANIELS ➤ RELEASE BLITZ


REVIEW: BLOOD PRINCE BY CELIA AARON

November 11, 2018

Blood Prince by Celia Aaron
He's searched for her across centuries. But he's not the only one . . .
Paris, heir to a vampire kingdom he has never claimed, is adrift on earth and in the Underworld. The bounty on his head keeps him on the run. When he realizes the woman whose death haunts his dreams could be alive, he will risk everything just to touch Helen again. But her past can't be erased, and neither can her old enemy--a demon who will destroy worlds just to possess her.
Author's Note: This is a standalone fantasy romance with vampires, witches, and mythological creatures.

REVIEW: TORN BY NATASHA KNIGHT

Torn by Natasha Knight
Taking her is my right.
Breaking her, my duty.

I was always going to choose Helena. I knew it the instant I saw her.

She’s different than the others. There’s a darkness about her. Something wild inside her. And it calls to the beast inside me.

But she isn’t what I expect. With every word and every touch, she pushes me, burrows deep under my skin, challenging the rules, upending history.

And all the while, I see how my brother watches her. He wants her, and as the rules stand, she’ll become his in one year’s time.

Except that I have no intention of giving her up.

Note: Torn is book two of the Dark Legacy Duet.

Down The TBR Hole #17

November 10, 2018


Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?

PREACH BY STYLO FANTÔME ➤ RELEASE + REVIEW

November 09, 2018



Title: Preach.
Series: Church Duet #2
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: November 9, 2018

ARC Review: PREACH by Stylo Fantôme

November 08, 2018

Preach by Stylo Fantome
Release: 11.09.2018
Genre: Dark Romance
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat: 3
Part of a series - Church #2

A shattered woman.

A changed man.

Church Logan wanted to kill someone, and Emma Hartley wanted to die - they were a match made in hell.

But one little cut, a pint or two of blood, and suddenly everything between them is different.

Are they still destined for greatness? Or has the darkness finally eclipsed them and torn them apart?

Looks like it's time for Church to practice what he preaches.

Ignition, meet explosion.

warning: if you have triggers - this story will touch on a lot of them. This book is a dark romance, 85,000+ words.

MY BOOK OUTLET WEAKNESS CONTINUED...

November 07, 2018


Book Outlet has become synonymous with the dollar store or Walmart. I go in for something in particular and end up walking out with half the store. That's what it feels like whenever I'm on this site. And each time I visit, I find something new. As I've reinvigorated my passion for YA, I'm so glad to have found this discount site to satisfy my interest. To find out what this feels like, visit http://bit.ly/2F5gWmI

*** PRICES IN CDN DOLLARS

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

November 05, 2018



Please Note: Remember I'm in Canada, so pricing on this particular page will be different if you're in another country.

I'm not sure whether to thank those who steered me towards Book Outlet or to blame them for my spending. I wonder if any of them will help me recoup my losses??? Because now that I've started, I don't know how I'm going to stop. If you haven't found your way there yet, here's the site so that you can check it out - bookoutlet.com or where I go - bookoutlet.ca