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Thursday Nights

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Author: Lisa N. Paul

Published: May 6th 2013 by Super Dandy Publishing

Format: Nook , 298 pages

Isbn: 2940016524146

Language: English


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Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow. But when fate brings two weak souls together, will the love they find mend the fragments that are barely holding them together, or will the weight of their past finally cause them to crumble? Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never lookin Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow. But when fate brings two weak souls together, will the love they find mend the fragments that are barely holding them together, or will the weight of their past finally cause them to crumble? Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never looking forward and never looking back. The walls around his heart keep anyone from getting too close and prevent him from feeling too much…until he meets her. Her entire life, Janie Silver searched for the kind of love that wouldn’t leave her broken and more importantly, wouldn't leave her behind. She longs for a love that can heal the wounds of her past and give her the future she knows she deserves. She thought she was looking for something that just didn’t exist…until she meets him. Danny’s on Main is where their story begins. A neighborhood bar where strangers become friends, friends become family and some … become lovers … it all started on Thursday Nights

30 review for Thursday Nights

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads

    This Review was Posted at Angie's Dreamy Reads! 5 STARS I’ve been in a little bit of a book funk lately, not being able to find that book that really get’s to me and draws me in. There have been a lot that I have started and put down because honestly, they just aren’t speaking to me. Going into this one I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I hadn’t read the synopsis but new that I liked the “look” of the book and wanted to read it based on that alone. As I started reading I started falling in lov This Review was Posted at Angie's Dreamy Reads! 5 STARS I’ve been in a little bit of a book funk lately, not being able to find that book that really get’s to me and draws me in. There have been a lot that I have started and put down because honestly, they just aren’t speaking to me. Going into this one I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I hadn’t read the synopsis but new that I liked the “look” of the book and wanted to read it based on that alone. As I started reading I started falling in love. It was slow, gradual and then BOOM, I was in book HEAVEN. Since finishing, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about these amazing characters. I found the writing refreshing, like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. It was just what I was wanting. The author introduced characters that were sweet but sassy, had some depth and also had that loveable factor. And here's the surprising thing!! There are A LOT of characters in this book, BUT you grow to love and care about each one individually. While this story is based on Janie and Max, we get a little bit of Lyla, Gage, Ashley, Ryan and Kyle. Each character has wonderful personality traits and you can see that in the authors writing. The book is written in third person POV giving us a good glimpse into the story. It's a romance that makes you smile, gets you hot and bothered and has you shedding a tear or two. I really enjoyed every minute. Max is a good man that is haunted by a failed marriage. He was married to an awful woman that destroyed his heart and left him broken and emotionally shut down. Max likes to have a good time with woman but that’s as far as he can go. He doesn't want to invest his time in anyone that can hurt him which means relationship are definitely not something he sees for himself in the future. Janie is a sweet girl who's dated a ton of asshole and just wants to find someone to love her. She's willing to sacrifice a little passion to find a man that special someone. Beaten down from her childhood, Janie's never had a family except for her best friend Lyla, whom she met in college. Janie and Lyla are close. So close that they are more than best friends, they are each others family. Every Thursday night date, Janie and Lyla have a standing date. They meet up for drinks, gab and let their hair down at their local bar called Danny's. Danny's on main is where this amazing story takes place. Janie and Lyla are very close to all the employees that work there. They've all spent so much time together that they've become an impromptu family. Max works as a bartender at Danny's and Janie's there every Thursday night. They're a close nit group and spend a good amount of time together. The attraction between Janie and Max has been brewing for months until one Thursday Night the words, "Sex with Friends" is uttered. That small phrase turns Janie and Max's world upside down. Janie and Max are adorable together. They have a ton of issues but at the end of the day they land up falling in love and with that, they have to face those issues from their pasts. Max is definitely a man that carries a lot of baggage but Janie complements him perfectly. The chemistry between these two leaps off the pages and kept me enamored for hours. Their passion for sex, life and family was heartwarming and one of the best things about the book. Overall the characters were superb. They're real but fictional, hot but not porn stars, funny but not crude, emotional but not overly angsty. It was a good ride. One that kept me on the edge of my seat and left me DYING for book 2. Lisa’s writing is witty, engaging and steamy. I will ABSOLUTELY be reading anything she has coming out in the near future!! **I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.** You can also find me at - MY BLOG LINK -->> Angie's Dreamy Reads BLOG FACEBOOK LINK --->> Facebook - Angie's Dreamy Reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    FREE today on Amazon US (11/20/2014) BLURB: Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow. But when fate brings two weak souls together, will the love they find mend the fragments that are barely holding them together, or will the weight of their past finally cause them to crumble? Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never looking forward and never looking back. The walls around his heart keep anyone from g FREE today on Amazon US (11/20/2014) BLURB: Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow. But when fate brings two weak souls together, will the love they find mend the fragments that are barely holding them together, or will the weight of their past finally cause them to crumble? Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never looking forward and never looking back. The walls around his heart keep anyone from getting too close and prevent him from feeling too much…until he meets her. Her entire life, Janie Silver searched for the kind of love that wouldn’t leave her broken and more importantly, wouldn't leave her behind. She longs for a love that can heal the wounds of her past and give her the future she knows she deserves. She thought she was looking for something that just didn’t exist…until she meets him. Danny’s on Main is where their story begins. A neighborhood bar where strangers become friends, friends become family and some … become lovers … it all started on Thursday Nights http://www.amazon.com/Thursday-Nights...

  3. 4 out of 5

    ✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

    THIS BOOK GAVE ME HEADACHE! Wasted my time reading.....Way too much drama about her mate and gosh, Max writing those letters, totally got me headache! I tried but I gave up! Only Plus Point was those steamy sex scenes and yummy was Max!!! That was 2 stars! How I did pick up this book , am wondering.... synopsis so wrong! Ain't gonna read the next book! Waste of quids!! THIS BOOK GAVE ME HEADACHE! Wasted my time reading.....Way too much drama about her mate and gosh, Max writing those letters, totally got me headache! I tried but I gave up! Only Plus Point was those steamy sex scenes and yummy was Max!!! That was 2 stars! How I did pick up this book , am wondering.... synopsis so wrong! Ain't gonna read the next book! Waste of quids!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ilsa Madden-Mills

    FIVE Stars Heat Level/HOT My two favorite things about this book are...the heart of these characters...and the level of emotion and angst. Oh, and I forgot the smokin' hot sex. Wowzers. Max and Janie are well-developed, lovely, and intensely attracted to each other. And through meeting and hanging out together at a local bar, they develop serious feelings for each other...although Max tries and tries to deny his. Max has been through hell when it comes to love. Chloe, his now dead wife, cheated and FIVE Stars Heat Level/HOT My two favorite things about this book are...the heart of these characters...and the level of emotion and angst. Oh, and I forgot the smokin' hot sex. Wowzers. Max and Janie are well-developed, lovely, and intensely attracted to each other. And through meeting and hanging out together at a local bar, they develop serious feelings for each other...although Max tries and tries to deny his. Max has been through hell when it comes to love. Chloe, his now dead wife, cheated and lied to him for years. It's skewed his entire perspective toward love and women. He struggles with accepting that Janie is authentic and real. Janie gives up on him and moves on with her life...can you say love triangle?? You'll have to read it to find out what really happens between these two sweet characters... Ms. Paul also introduces us to some of the other characters we will see in future books...Lyla, who I think will be my favorite after all is said and done. She's rich, mouthy, and confident. Overall, this was one that definitely gave me a book hangover...cause I had to finish it in one sitting! ♥

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    In the first installment of Charistown Series we meet the players and the leading couple, Janie & Max. Max gave up on the idea of love a long time ago. He gave his heart once and all he got in return for all his loyalty was absolutely nothing. Heartbroken after a failed marriage, bartending at Danny’s on Main and bedding willing women in a game of no strings attached is all this boy needs. Until her. Janie wants one thing. Love. Growing up in a household of neglect and an endless parade of worthl In the first installment of Charistown Series we meet the players and the leading couple, Janie & Max. Max gave up on the idea of love a long time ago. He gave his heart once and all he got in return for all his loyalty was absolutely nothing. Heartbroken after a failed marriage, bartending at Danny’s on Main and bedding willing women in a game of no strings attached is all this boy needs. Until her. Janie wants one thing. Love. Growing up in a household of neglect and an endless parade of worthless men, she never gave up on the hope of her happily ever after. With her bestie, Lyla in tow, they spend their Thursday Nights at Danny’s where she quickly becomes smitten with Max. But after months of friends only – they are about to take the next step into something more, only one wants everything to stay the same and the other... well she wants, just... everything. This was a bit difficult to read at times. As it was the intro to the series, a lot of characters were introduced that later feature in their own story, but I found the shifting narration that exceeded just Max and Janie to be a little distracting. I felt like although this book is listed at 298 pages, we really only get about half of that with Max & Janie given all the other characters who got a chance to take center stage. Both Janie and Max were broken characters who suffered from their pasts but had found a new place to belong, they just didn’t give their trust to those easily, this led to some frustrating situations where I just wanted these two to communicate and maybe shed a little light on their situation. But I have to be honest. There was one particular line. I think the aim was supposed to be funny but it just was gross. Like, I almost put this down because of this single line. So the setup, grocery shopping. He’s getting ready to put something in his cart and she gives him a hard time. “The taste and texture of Greek yogurt reminds me of pussy. It’s all slightly sour and thick and…don’t you think?” No this leaves him looking at her as she walks away, putting the yogurt back but wondering about how she’d know how pussy tastes. This. Just. No. Even if this was supposed to be funny, it’s not. It is gross. Here is a bit of advice: If you taste pussy that tastes or feels like Greek yogurt, stop immediately. Someone needs antibiotics and to soak in bleach. That being said, I enjoyed it but just did not love it. I look forward to eventually reading the rest of the series although I am jumping right into Danny’s Main which is sort of the series finale, but oh well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    DNF @ 40%. I give in, I just can't be doing with it any longer. This book is too much. There has been so much hype over this book that I thought it was going to be incredible.. well I think that was half the problem. There was way too much hype and it just hasn't lived up to it. It will probably be easier just to list my issues here.. • When I read a book I want there to be two main characters and that the story revolve mainly around those two. From reading the blurb I thought that would be the cas DNF @ 40%. I give in, I just can't be doing with it any longer. This book is too much. There has been so much hype over this book that I thought it was going to be incredible.. well I think that was half the problem. There was way too much hype and it just hasn't lived up to it. It will probably be easier just to list my issues here.. • When I read a book I want there to be two main characters and that the story revolve mainly around those two. From reading the blurb I thought that would be the case here.. a story about Max and Janie. That didn't happen to be the case. This story seems to have 8 main characters - a group of friends who all frequent the same bar and every single one of them seems to have their own issues that they are going through. By 40% I am already wondering what made Janie's past so horrendous that she now thinks so little of herself? What's the big secret revolving Lyla having so much money and going off on one at the mention of it? Why is Kyle drinking so much and going off at his 'friends'? And why is Max still so obsessed with his ex? Seriously, they were just 4 of the characters, there were a whole load more with their very own issues. I am totally fine with a series revolving around this many characters, that would be great, but I don't want to be learning about them all, at the same time, in the very first book. • Again, like I said, I want two main characters and I'm perfectly okay with it being in both of their POV. This book did have a joint POV from Max and Janie, but at the same time we were having Janie's best friend, Lyla's POV. It was so hard to keep up. • By the 40% mark I really didn't have a clue what was going on and why things were happening. I couldn't really class this as a romance book at all. Within the first few pages Max and Janie are already getting together making it nearly impossible for me to believe in their relationship. Where's the build up? I think the author was focusing so much on all the other characters and their lives that she completely missed building up this part. • I felt the chapters were WAY too long. Some people may enjoy a longer chapter (I'm talking 20 minutes a chapter and more) but I personally prefer shorter chapters that are more to the point. I'm sure I had other issues but they are the main ones. I think the actual series has great potential but I think it has all gone very wrong in this first book and I definitely won't be reading any more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    L.B.

    I was lucky enough to Beta read for Ms. Paul and her lovely book, and let me just tell you... I was in one of those funky reading ruts, nothing was really holding my attention, until I dove into the first chapter of this book. WOWZA! Okay, so the characters...every single one of them, you fall in love with. You want to know more, and you will eventually, but this story revolves around Max and Janie. I LOVE THEM BOTH! Both of them have deep rooted issues they must overcome, and I love Ms. Paul's d I was lucky enough to Beta read for Ms. Paul and her lovely book, and let me just tell you... I was in one of those funky reading ruts, nothing was really holding my attention, until I dove into the first chapter of this book. WOWZA! Okay, so the characters...every single one of them, you fall in love with. You want to know more, and you will eventually, but this story revolves around Max and Janie. I LOVE THEM BOTH! Both of them have deep rooted issues they must overcome, and I love Ms. Paul's development of her characters. Max DeLucca is freaking amazing...GORGEOUS, authoritative in bed, (HELLO!!!! An absolute MUST!!!) a sweetheart, and just, sigh, perfect. Janie and her best friend Lyla are two chicks I would love to hang out with. Best friends stand beside each other through thick and thin, and these two have not had easy lives. I love their friendship and it adds such a wonderful charm to the book. The sex?????? HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!!!!!!! I loved her description of the love scenes, but the best thing is that while the scenes are fabulously written and definitely evoked "happy" feelings while reading, there's also an amazing plot that will pull you in and doesn't let you go. All around AMAZING read and I can't wait to see what she brings us next!

  8. 4 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    3.5 to 4 Stars! I enjoyed this one. It was a bit different, which is a plus. There were a lot of characters and a few different storylines going on. I am guessing to prep us for the other books in the series. Bottomline, for the most part I liked all of the characters. There are a group of friends--Max, Janie, Layla, Ryan, Ashley and Kyle + Danny and Julie who own the bar--that all hang out at Danny's on Main every Thursday Night. There's also another side character--Sebastian Gage--that is Max's 3.5 to 4 Stars! I enjoyed this one. It was a bit different, which is a plus. There were a lot of characters and a few different storylines going on. I am guessing to prep us for the other books in the series. Bottomline, for the most part I liked all of the characters. There are a group of friends--Max, Janie, Layla, Ryan, Ashley and Kyle + Danny and Julie who own the bar--that all hang out at Danny's on Main every Thursday Night. There's also another side character--Sebastian Gage--that is Max's BFF. Thursday Nights was mostly about about Max and Janie. Janie and Layla grew up together and both have broken pasts. Janie and Max have been attracted to each other for months. But Max doesn't do relationships (after a bad marriage) and Janie seems to date a bunch of losers. One Thursday Night Layla proposes that Janie and Max have a "friends having sex" night...so Max and Janie end up in bed together. Of course, it's the best sex of thier life. And of course, Max runs for the hills the next morning. The remainder of the book is their back and forth....Max won't admit his feelings for Janie which pushes her way...only for him to realize the error of his ways after it's too late and Janie's "moved on". Pretty predictible. You can imagine where the story goes from there. There wasn't a lot of build up of their relationship....so it was insta-love-ish. I am intrigued by some of the remaining characters. Throughout this book, Layla mostly has one-night stands. But she is drawn to a mystery man at the bar who just happens to be Sebastian Gage. They have a few encounters in Thursday Nights. Sebastian also has an ugly past and refuses to bring anyone in to his family drama....but he wants Layla. I am guessing they will get their own book eventually. Then there is also Ryan and Ashley--who it would appear after reading Thursday Nights are in love with each other. They are currently roomates but both act like they can't stand each other and continue to see other people. The next book is about them. It seems they have troubled pasts too. Note to self: A lot of broken people in this series. Hmm..... Anyway, I enjoyed this one enough that I would check out the other books in the series and the other characters' stories. It was pretty well-written....and had some pretty steamy scenes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I cannot believe this is Lisa Paul's debut novel as it's absolutely amazing; so much so that I read it in one sitting (half the time with my legs crossed). I absolutely loved everything about this intriguing and romantic tale that includes a host of well-rounded characters that includes the protagonists, Max and Janie; all of whom I couldn't get enough; so much so, I wished I was part of their "family." Though this novel revolves around Max and Janie, the author enriches the story further by giv I cannot believe this is Lisa Paul's debut novel as it's absolutely amazing; so much so that I read it in one sitting (half the time with my legs crossed). I absolutely loved everything about this intriguing and romantic tale that includes a host of well-rounded characters that includes the protagonists, Max and Janie; all of whom I couldn't get enough; so much so, I wished I was part of their "family." Though this novel revolves around Max and Janie, the author enriches the story further by giving the secondary characters so much presence - more than what most authors would do - all of which I thought was not only terrific but also worthy of the five stars I give it. Speaking of supporting characters, Max's best friend, Gage, will leave you in a puddle as he's so intense and oh so sexy; I couldn't get enough of him. I'll be dreaming of him for the next few nights...Yum! I better stop as my engines are revving up again just fantasizing about him. The intense feelings between Max and Janie are so hot they're sizzling; a terrific couple that you can't help but root for throughout. I can't believe I almost passed on this novel; I'm glad I didn't as I would have missed out on something so heartfelt. What a terrific start to what looks like to be an excellent series. I honestly cannot wait for the next installment about a new couple. Yes, a new couple as the story of Max and Janie has come to a beautiful end. This is one romance novel I highly recommend to all.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Mankin

    Had the privilege to read this in rough draft form. It is STEAMY!!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ellelou

    Sorry, but I just can't continue reading this book and it will have to go on my DNF shelf. You know that it is bad when even the sex scenes can't keep you engaged and interested. I just couldn't connect with Max who is in late thirties, 37 if I'm correct. His constant self pitying and self doubting were off putting and not sexy! I can just about tolerate them from a teenager in a YA novella but hell, Max obviously didn't get the memo! Below are only few of the Max's inner monologue, and don't fo Sorry, but I just can't continue reading this book and it will have to go on my DNF shelf. You know that it is bad when even the sex scenes can't keep you engaged and interested. I just couldn't connect with Max who is in late thirties, 37 if I'm correct. His constant self pitying and self doubting were off putting and not sexy! I can just about tolerate them from a teenager in a YA novella but hell, Max obviously didn't get the memo! Below are only few of the Max's inner monologue, and don't forget I only read up to 37%: “he wasn’t what she needed. He wasn’t what anyone needed.” ------------------ “You have no rights to this woman, he thought to himself.” ------------------ “What are you doing, man? Max asked himself. You are making love to this woman…what are you gonna do?” ------------------ “Self-hate filled his mind as he held her close, running his fingers through her silken hair and placing soft kisses on the crown of her head. Comforting her felt good…natural…but unacceptable. Friendship. That’s what he could give her. He was already in too deep, and he couldn’t risk his heart ever again.” ----------------- Now lets talk about the other two main characters. Janie and Lyla have know each other for a long time and have bonded like true sisters. I believe they're 27 years old. Janie comes from a broken home, mostly absent and a drinking abusive mother, Lyla umm...not much about her so far, but there are hints that she's suffered some kind of abuse/horror, major enough to give her nightmares. They have been frequenting Danny's bar every Thursday for the last six months and for the last few have been inviting the bar owners and the bartenders every Sunday for dinner at their places. They consider them their "family". Everything is lovey dovey until one Sunday, when Kyle, one to the bartenders turns up still hangover and in a bad shape. He doesn't stop drinking (and no one seems to stop him either) and after dinner he just has a go at Lyla. “We know everyone loves you. We know you love yourself. It’s the world according to Lyla Dalton. You always need to put your two cents into everyone else’s business. And speaking of cents…yes, Lyla, we know you have money. Jesus, can you rub it in our faces any more than you already do?” Kyle spat his words and then tried to get up to leave.” Lyla being a feisty one, gives him a very good answer and all of a sudden decided to leave everyone and go for a walk (alone, in the dark). And while she's doing that Janie is having a meltdown in the kitchen floor, comforted by the girls while the boys are trying to kill Kyle for being a prick. So, okaaay, a bit of overreaction going one here considering that they're all adults. When everyone leaves, Janie tries to get in touch with Lyla but she doesn't answer her phone, she's not back at her home, she's not in any of their favourite places where she would normally be. Please note, apparently this is not the first time she's done a disappearing act. She's got an emergency phone and the only person aware of that number is Janie, her best friend, her almost sister. But she's not answering that phone either. So while Lyla is behaving like a drama queen, Janie is wallowing in self pity, why has Lyla has left her alone...blah, blah, blah...and she's worried about Lyla being upset...blah, blah, blah. “some of the hurt that Lyla’s absence was causing. She knew her best friend was going through her own stuff, too, but Janie needed Lyla, just as much as Lyla didn’t want to admit she needed Janie.” So, Janie is worried about Lyla, sob...she's feeling abandoned, sob...she's on her own, sob... Lyla's been "missing" for only a day! Meanwhile Max overcomes his inner turmoil I'm not good enough for her, I can't give her what she deserves etc and decides to comfort Janie and spend the night with her. This is the second night they spend together. The first one was only a few nights ago, on Thursday after Lyla made a comment about "sex with friends"...I know, I know, don't even ask. Well I can tell you that that first night, the sparks did fly, they had great and abundant sex. The next day Max goes all weird and cold after he overhears Janie saying to Lyla that she likes him. So coming back to Monday, the day after the dinner fiasco, Max and Janie make fireworks again, fall asleep cuddling. The next day, after Janie leaves for work, Max is pretending to be asleep in bed and is still debating and self doubting himself AGAIN! Lyla decides to answer via text message. So while Janie is feeling sorry for herself that she's ALOOONE and worried about Lyla even though they have been in touch, Max has been busy doing what he does best: “He wanted to call Janie. Hell, he wanted to go to her. He wanted to wrap his arms around her and shield her from all of her pain. But in order to protect her, he would have to let her in, which would mean stepping out of his own armor. No, he couldn’t do that.” ----------------- “Self-hate filled his mind as he held her close, running his fingers through her silken hair and placing soft kisses on the crown of her head. Comforting her felt good…natural…but unacceptable. Friendship. That’s what he could give her. He was already in too deep, and he couldn’t risk his heart ever again.” So on Tuesday, after finishing work at school where she works as a teacher, Janie receives a phone call from Lyla with her whereabouts. By the way Lyla is a columnist and she also is an author who writes under a pen name, hence the abundance of money, but only Janie knows that she writes under a different name.. Before going to the hotel where Lyla has been hiding, Janie decides to call Danny and Julie, the bar owners and stress again how annoyed she is with Kyle: “I need one of you to talk to Kyle.” The sadness bleached out of her voice and was replaced by anger, an anger Janie hadn’t felt in years. “Tell him that his carelessness has ruined a part of Lyla that can never be fixed. Tell him there has never been a dollar or a dime that has come to her for free. Every cent she has ever had has come from either hard work or from the pieces ripped out of her soul. I would tell him these things myself, but I’m scared I would actually kill him.” Poor Kyle, everyone wants to kill him... So she dashes at Hilton where Lyla is waiting for her with pizza and ice cream and to be honest that is about as far as I can go with this book. I've had just about enough of this overreacting and immature lot and I don't think I can take anymore of all this forced drama... PS All this took place in five and half days, considering that the story started Thursday night and I stopped reading Tuesday afternoon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    *ARC Given to Blog for Honest Review* 4 “Words…I need words” Kisses Love, Pain, Sadness, Regret, Forgiveness…is the heart strong enough to overcome self imposed walls? Thursday Nights is a book that will always be very near and dear to my heart…for many reasons, the first one being because I beta read for it, so it kinda feels like the whole Charistown crew and I are old buds. This is not a story about instant love, or kids just out of college or star crossed lovers…it’s people with history’s t *ARC Given to Blog for Honest Review* 4 “Words…I need words” Kisses Love, Pain, Sadness, Regret, Forgiveness…is the heart strong enough to overcome self imposed walls? Thursday Nights is a book that will always be very near and dear to my heart…for many reasons, the first one being because I beta read for it, so it kinda feels like the whole Charistown crew and I are old buds. This is not a story about instant love, or kids just out of college or star crossed lovers…it’s people with history’s that leave them scarred and exposed, cautious to move forward with a bright future that could save them from themselves. Max DeLucca and Janie Silver are friends. Part of a group of 8 that work hard but play harder…aside from Max and Janie there is Lyla, Janie’s best friend, Ashley and Ryan (oh boy is there a story between those two!), Danny (the owner) and his wife Julie, and Kyle (one word…issues!). They spend their week working hard, their Sunday nights having dinner together and their Thursday nights at the bar…Danny’s Bar on main. Which is where our love story begins… ‘Before the words even left his mouth he reached for her, and then he was kissing her again. Janie lifted her hands to his chest and pulled back. She had to see if the passion from his kiss would be evident on the face that was always so relaxed. She saw a flicker of emotion just before he banked it away for his ever-present easygoing façade.’ Max is a bartender…he works on cars…he likes to drive cars…fast….he’s a man’s man. And he’s H.O.T. There isn’t one thing about Max that didn’t make me swoon or drool. Yes, he pissed me off. A lot. The dude has some pretty high emotional walls put there by his ex – and with good reason, she Screwed. Him. Up. So why take the risk when you can F&R (fuck & release) and move on. He’s got a soft side, a sweet side, a romantic side…and seeing those qualities makes you wanna shake the piss out of him cause for the right woman, it’s worth it. And Janie is so worth it. ‘Standing wrapped in his arms, Janie’s hear was screaming that this was a bad idea. He would probably leave in the morning again, and she would be left feeling like shit. Again. But her brain didn’t care about what her heart said. She needed to be a part of something tonight. She needed to feel wanted. She just needed to feel. And standing in front of her was the one man she knew who could take care of her tonight.’ Janie Silver…Max might be damaged but poor Janie is broken. Her family life is…less than ideal. Ehh…that’s putting it mildly, but my heart broke for this innocent little girl. The poor thing didn’t have a childhood, her father left, her mother is….a lot of very unpleasant words that I’ll refrain from using, suffice to say she is anything but a mother. Abandon by her older siblings she is left to fend for herself…so she does what she has to. Her family now is Lyla, her best friend that she met in college. They need each other more than they need the shitty families that gave them up. And since living in Charistown and finding Danny’s bar, their little family has grown to include others. ‘Max felt the contact of their skin in two waves: first as a hot rush, then as a hard punch to the gut. He watched her reaction from the corner of his eye. Did she feel that? Do I want her to? He wanted her with everything he had, and that was the problem. He had nothing, nothing left to give her. Even he wasn’t so selfish as to claim her and then offer her nothing but the shell he had come to be.’ So…one night, with a little help, Max and Janie finally decide to take the plunge… ‘sex with friends’ , right? Yup. First of all…the sex, wowza. Max and Janie don’t just have great chemistry...and they drip, ooze and sizzle hotness. But they have a connection...their attraction is obvious but it’s built on a friendship that’s been developed over the past 6 months. Which makes it even more difficult when a certain sexy bartender starts to be a dumb ass. I’m used to being frustrated with my heroine but lord have mercy, Max tested my patience. I understood his reasons, they were logical and I can’t blame him for them…but please refer to my earlier statement about shaking the piss out of him. “I promise you, Janie. I’ll spend the rest of my life taking steps to meet you anywhere you want to go.” I loved a lot of things about this book…of course I loved the sex, cause I’m a dirty book whore like that…but there were a lot of sweet moments with Max and Janie that just warmed my heart in all the right places. And honestly…I almost loved the relationship between Janie and Lyla more than Janie and Max (Ly definitely gave max a run for his money). I absolutely adore the best friend relationship and Janie and Lyla’s was one of the best I’ve ever read. Really the friendships and the bonds between all of the characters was very well written. I love when an author can make me just want to pull myself through those pages and live in that world…and in my delusional little brain, I’m a permanent resident of Charistown. ;-) “No, listen to me. Thank you for loving me when I couldn’t love myself. Thank you for sticking around when it would have been easier to leave. Thank you for being everything I could’ve ever wanted, and all of the things I never knew I could have. Just…thank you.” Well…this happy little book worm got her sweet happy ending – and I’ll give Janie credit, she made Max work for it at the end. Which he needed to. And I will truly never ever look at circus peanuts, fruit snacks and Greek yogurt the same way…ever again. The ending was perfect…and then Lisa has to throw down some juicy tid bits and get me hooked on wanting the next story in the series, Storm Front, Ryan and Ashley’s book. I always die a little inside waiting for the next book in a series, because deep down I’m an insanely impatient person…but I cannot tell you whose book I am dying for most…Ryan/Ashley, Kyle or Lyla/Gage….I’m going with all of the above. :-)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

    Thursday Nights is a PHENOMENAL... SCRUMPTIOUS... HEART TANTALIZING READ! First I would like to say that I could not put this book down and I am so glad I read it.I read it during this period where I was in a reading funk reading the same genre and needing something else. So I opened my e-mail to see that there was a cover reveal and a blog tour for this book. The minute I saw the cover I knew I would love the book. Once you have read the book you will see why the cover is such a perfect fit. God Thursday Nights is a PHENOMENAL... SCRUMPTIOUS... HEART TANTALIZING READ! First I would like to say that I could not put this book down and I am so glad I read it.I read it during this period where I was in a reading funk reading the same genre and needing something else. So I opened my e-mail to see that there was a cover reveal and a blog tour for this book. The minute I saw the cover I knew I would love the book. Once you have read the book you will see why the cover is such a perfect fit. God I have to say that I loved every minute of this book. Yes it has tortured souls and bad boys and bad girls with damaged hearts but at the crux of the story you get to see how even damaged souls need loving and if they allowed themselves to love again they can have a happy life. Best friends Janie and Lyla have found a new hang out. Every Thursday they go to Danny's On Main which is a local bar. They drink and pick up men and have fun every Thursday night. They have become family to the owner of the bar and the bartenders who work there. Janie has even fallen in lust/love with one of the bartenders Max. He is every girls bad boy wet fantasy and he has stared in more than one of her dreams but Janie knows that Max is off limits. He is off limits because he tells women like it is they are an F and R and nothing more. But one Thursday Max is listening to Janie tell her best friend about another disastrous date when he feels something in his gut. Yes protective of her and wanting nothing more than to bed her he is pissed that some guy could treat her wrong. But Max knows he could never ever give Janie what she needs because he is broken in more ways than one and he does not do relationships or love. But on this night he tells Janie they can be friends for the night, no strings attached and in the morning they can remain friends. They both agree because it is like an itch that needs to be scratched so they decide to have a one night stand. Max is good with that but Janie is secretly nervous because she wants Max in all ways just not a one night stand. After Max and Janie spend one hell of night together things get complicated because Max becomes like the other men in her life chew and screw and have nothing to do with her. It becomes a little awkward at first but then they get back to their friendship and Janie decides it is time for her to move on and not look back. She and Max share some heated words and she ices him out of her life. She has to do this because she is in love with him but she knows he is not in love with her. She needs to save her heart from heart ache so friends it will be. But something major happens to Max and he realizes holy shit he really loves this girl but it is to late. True to her word Janie has moved on and is dating someone else. Max has decided he wants her no matter who she is with and he will stop at nothing to get her back in his arms and in his bed. Will it work? Will Max be able to get Janie back once she has moved on? Does Janie even want to go there? Has Max finally lost the battle with his heart? Holy Hades, Holy love Gods because this is one F$%^ up story with so many turns and twists it will have you on the edge of your seat to the very last page where you are like OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    ~♡AB♡~

    Really disappointed with this one, it started off well but quickly became a bit confusing and a bit boring to be honest. Janie and Lyla are two best friends with troubled pasts and have been hanging out at Dannys bar for the last 6 months and have become really good friends with the owners and bar staff. Max and Janie decide to hook up one night but due to his trust issues he turns cold on her the next day. After lots of to-ing and fro-ing, eventually he realises he is in fact in love with her. A Really disappointed with this one, it started off well but quickly became a bit confusing and a bit boring to be honest. Janie and Lyla are two best friends with troubled pasts and have been hanging out at Dannys bar for the last 6 months and have become really good friends with the owners and bar staff. Max and Janie decide to hook up one night but due to his trust issues he turns cold on her the next day. After lots of to-ing and fro-ing, eventually he realises he is in fact in love with her. Alongside this, Lyla is having really confusing issues with Kyle which you you don't really get the gist of and then a bloke called Gage turns up telling her he wants her but she'll have to wait for him to be ready. None of this made sense. The sex scenes were really hot but few and far between. I gave up at 77% because I really didn't care what happened and couldn't be bothered to waste another hour reading it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Thursday Nights was one hot, sexy, well written book !!! I could not put it down and read it straight through, well into the night. The story itself was fabulous ( I could not wait to see what happened next ) and the sex scenes were more than fabulous, they were, well.............mind blowing !!! Sexy, hot, mouth watering (plus) and loving, are just a few adjectives that come to mind. The sex scenes in Thursday Nights actually made me tingle and left me wanting more !!! This book is a must read Thursday Nights was one hot, sexy, well written book !!! I could not put it down and read it straight through, well into the night. The story itself was fabulous ( I could not wait to see what happened next ) and the sex scenes were more than fabulous, they were, well.............mind blowing !!! Sexy, hot, mouth watering (plus) and loving, are just a few adjectives that come to mind. The sex scenes in Thursday Nights actually made me tingle and left me wanting more !!! This book is a must read !!!! I cannot wait for book #2

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Very easy read..very hot and descriptive *wink*....just enough angst..cute...funny...and FREE!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joletta

    I picked up Thursday Night because I thought I was getting a nice, comfy cookie cutter type romance that I could settle in with and gently wash away the super heavy vibe of the past few books. There is nothing wrong with those sweet romances, guy-meets-girl-they-overcome-hardship-and-live-happily-ever-after. I live for these books, drama is awesome but sometimes you need to clean the palate (so to speak) with a good old fashioned romance dance. Thursday Nights is NOT a romance. It is a drop ever I picked up Thursday Night because I thought I was getting a nice, comfy cookie cutter type romance that I could settle in with and gently wash away the super heavy vibe of the past few books. There is nothing wrong with those sweet romances, guy-meets-girl-they-overcome-hardship-and-live-happily-ever-after. I live for these books, drama is awesome but sometimes you need to clean the palate (so to speak) with a good old fashioned romance dance. Thursday Nights is NOT a romance. It is a drop everything right now, holy-shit did he just do/say that, omg where are the tissues, bargaining with yourself that you can't keep reading if you can't see the words through tears romance roller coaster. I'm not gonna keep talking...get this book. Go on. Right now! Go buy this book and remember to name a pet after me for being the one show you the bestest, hottest, yummilicious-est book that you've read this year.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I "met" Lisa through her Lisa Reads blog. I did beta reading before and she asked me to do it for her! I was so excited since I love her Blog. I had the privilege to read this book as it was being created and loved every minute of it. The thing I love most about the book is ... you feel for the characters right away. You are invested in ALL of them and want to know how their lives will progress. The stuff Max goes through just breaks your heart. I think you instantly fall in love with Max and Jan I "met" Lisa through her Lisa Reads blog. I did beta reading before and she asked me to do it for her! I was so excited since I love her Blog. I had the privilege to read this book as it was being created and loved every minute of it. The thing I love most about the book is ... you feel for the characters right away. You are invested in ALL of them and want to know how their lives will progress. The stuff Max goes through just breaks your heart. I think you instantly fall in love with Max and Janie plus the idea of them being together. They are friends but could they be more? You get hooked and don't even get me started on the sex scenes. Max is one sexy man plus the side characters are just as hot. It's a sexy, hot and funny read. I can't wait for others to read this book as well. Great 1st book Lisa!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kendra | Booked and Blushing

    If I had to sum my thoughts up in one word after reading this book, it would simply be...WOW! I absolutely loved everything about this book. I loved the friendships, the steamy bedroom scenes, the romance, and I even loved the heartache. I am a cryer my friends, and I love when the words of a book can sink into my core and melt my heart, and Thursday Nights did just that. Janie is so perfectly screwed up, and so is everyone else in their friendship circle, but having eachother to lean on is what k If I had to sum my thoughts up in one word after reading this book, it would simply be...WOW! I absolutely loved everything about this book. I loved the friendships, the steamy bedroom scenes, the romance, and I even loved the heartache. I am a cryer my friends, and I love when the words of a book can sink into my core and melt my heart, and Thursday Nights did just that. Janie is so perfectly screwed up, and so is everyone else in their friendship circle, but having eachother to lean on is what keeps them sane. Max's heart has been broken, and when he meets Janie he is just a shell of a man, but there is something there between the two of them and it's getting harder and harder to fight it. This book is their story, and you'll just have to read it to see what happens. I recommend that everyone give this book a try, you won't regret it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah's Book Blog

    Thursday Nights by Lisa N. Paul Review 4.5 Stars Amazon Click Here B&N Click Here Thursday Nights was actually a really good read.  It reminded me a lot about the group of friends in TV shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and Cheers.  Each character has a certain place that makes the group whole. We have Janie, the sweet, beautiful, teacher with a sad childhood.  Lyla, the best friend, sassy, secretive one. Ashley the kick ass girl who has her own demons. Julie and Danny the parent figures Thursday Nights by Lisa N. Paul Review 4.5 Stars Amazon Click Here B&N Click Here Thursday Nights was actually a really good read.  It reminded me a lot about the group of friends in TV shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and Cheers.  Each character has a certain place that makes the group whole. We have Janie, the sweet, beautiful, teacher with a sad childhood.  Lyla, the best friend, sassy, secretive one. Ashley the kick ass girl who has her own demons. Julie and Danny the parent figures of the group. Max, the HOT, sexy, closed off, sexy brooding one. Kyle, the one with issues. Ryan the easy going but seriously blind one. I liked this group...A LOT. They were normal. All with issues but all there for one another. Thursday Night was focused mainly on Max and Janie.  Janie and Lyla have been coming to Danny's Bar for about 6 months now were they meet this group and instantly become a family that get together every Sunday for dinner. Max and Janie have been friends this whole time but out of no where they decide to take their friends status to friends that have sex....yea that never turns out they way you want it. Max is one seriously one screwed up man. His ex-wife left him seriously broken, like closed off, no heart broken. Janie had a childhood with no one to love her. Her mom was a screwed up drunk and druggy who made her own little girl leave the house so her "boyfriends" could come over...seriously...WTF.  These two are a perfect match right?!? lol The emotional ride this story takes you on is seriously some roller-coaster. The ups and downs they all go through is something that no one would want to go through. The thing that made me really like it though was that no matter what happened to one person the others were there for them. No one took sides, no one was negative, they were there for one another and help each other with the situations. Max screws up his chance with Janie. He keeps walking away because of his own fears of feeling anything for anyone. (Like I said, his ex screwed him up) Janie tries to move on but her heart has made its choice and that choice is Max DeLucca.  Thursday Night isn't just your usual guy likes girl, girl likes guy, little issue in between then they get together. Max seriously is so strung up on himself being alone forever that he doesn't give in so easy....makes for a GOOD read. The second book in the series is called Storm Front. I will definitely be waiting for this one to come out.  Even though Thursday Nights was mainly focused on Janie and Max, there were other stories developing as well. We have Ashley and Ryan...they are roommates and best friends. There is obviously something going on between them but if you even mention them as a couple Ashley will have your head. Then there is Gage and Lyla (who I am especially excited about). Gage is Max's best friend and the mysterious guy always in the background watching Lyla...who also senses him and has this weird pull for him but due to them having the own issues, now is now their time. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a good hot, steamy read with a bit of drama. My Casting for Max and Janie: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anas Attic Book Blog

    See my interview with the author and giveaway at Ana's Attic Book Blog Thursday Nights (Charistown Book 1) by Lisa Paul, is the first in a Cheers/How I Met Your Mother type of series, except with more drama and more hot sex. Thursday Nights is the night the gang all gets together at Danny's on Main, the local pub. I am so glad this is a series, because I look forward to reading much more about this gang of misfits. Janie and Lyla have been coming to Danny's on Main on Thursday nights for 6 months, See my interview with the author and giveaway at Ana's Attic Book Blog Thursday Nights (Charistown Book 1) by Lisa Paul, is the first in a Cheers/How I Met Your Mother type of series, except with more drama and more hot sex. Thursday Nights is the night the gang all gets together at Danny's on Main, the local pub. I am so glad this is a series, because I look forward to reading much more about this gang of misfits. Janie and Lyla have been coming to Danny's on Main on Thursday nights for 6 months, until they began to get friendly with the owners, Danny and his wife Julie, and some of the other employees. Now, every Sunday night when the bar is closed, they all get together for Sunday dinners as well. They have become a 'family', and I really enjoyed reading the interactions between the friends. Neither Janie nor Lyla have any "real" family to speak of but they have had each other for years. The two go out together, but Lyla tends to leave with a different guy each week. Janie is a middle school teacher and a relationship kind of girl, but she has only gone out with "assholes, douchebags and pussies". The desire to feel needed and loved kept leading her to the wrong guys, but she kept trying to find her own "Happily Ever After" anyway. As unrealistic as she knew it may be, she couldn't let go of her childhood fantasies, the ones where she dreamed that one day, someday, she would find someone who would make her feel whole. Complete. Cherished. Max is the totally hot bartender/racer/ferrari owner who is king of "fuck and release". His ex messed him up big time and he will never commit himself to another woman and open his heart again. Never. But if there was ever someone to make him want to, Janie is that girl. "She was the one woman who made him wish he could have a relationship. If he still possessed his heart, he would give it to her." They remained flirty friends, until one night they decide to try "friends with benefits". Damn, let me tell you, Max and his "beast" of a tongue can give me benefits anytime! Dominant and controlling in bed, Max gave Janie the best sex ever, but then bolts. But you know the drill....they can't keep away from each other. ‘Max felt the contact of their skin in two waves: first as a hot rush, then as a hard punch to the gut. He watched her reaction from the corner of his eye. Did she feel that? Do I want her to? He wanted her with everything he had, and that was the problem. He had nothing, nothing left to give her. Even he wasn’t so selfish as to claim her and then offer her nothing but the shell he had come to be.’ But Janie needs more than what Max could offer.....Until he may get his head out of his ass after all.... “I promise you, Janie. I’ll spend the rest of my life taking steps to meet you anywhere you want to go.” Thursday Nights was much more than a romance between Max and Janie. It was the introduction to a whole series where we meet 8 people who will have their own books in the series. The next is Ryan and Ashley, the roommates who should be more, in Storm Front. The one I'm really looking forward to though is Lyla and Gage's story. I have to say, for me, these two characters practically stole the show for me, and I totally have the hots for Gage. Side comment: The group that works at the bar all uses the saying “Words…I need words”, and though I like it, I kept waiting to find out if they were all part of a group of Doms. When used right, it was pretty hot: “I intend to fuck you tonight, Janie. I intend to fuck you very well. I am going to make you come in every way imaginable…Got it? She stared at Max and her mouth formed an O. She was thoroughly and truly speechless…Words, Janie. I need words.” I've got words for you Max.....YES PLEASE! Likes: -Loved feeling like I was a part of the whole dysfunctional family. -The sex. Holy cow, that was some hot sex. -Some really humorous parts. -The amazing friendship between Janie and Lyla. -There was humor, hot sex and lots of emotions all in one book. -There was a nice, happy ending, no cliffhanger. -Told in changing POVs from numerous characters. Dislikes: -Each of these people have some MAJOR issues, perhaps a little too much dysfunction. -Could have used a little more editing. -I'm way more interested in Lyla and Gage's story than anyone else's. Rating: 4 Stars, 4.5 Heat Thursday Nights is Lisa Paul's debut novel. If this is her first one, you know it's just going to get better from here, and I for one, can't wait to read more in this series! Please visit my blog Ana's Attic Book Blog and like me on Facebook

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Imagine CHEERS with hot people with troubled pasts and fear of relationships and you get THURSDAY NIGHTS. This is the story of friends who have become a pseudo family. It all began in a bar on Thursday nights and continued to "family dinners" on Sundays. The characters of Max, Janie, Lyla, Ashley, Ryan, Kyle, Julie, and Danny are all interesting, mostly likable, but damaged or troubled in some way. This book focuses mostly on Max and Janie. They both have past issues that have scarred them and i Imagine CHEERS with hot people with troubled pasts and fear of relationships and you get THURSDAY NIGHTS. This is the story of friends who have become a pseudo family. It all began in a bar on Thursday nights and continued to "family dinners" on Sundays. The characters of Max, Janie, Lyla, Ashley, Ryan, Kyle, Julie, and Danny are all interesting, mostly likable, but damaged or troubled in some way. This book focuses mostly on Max and Janie. They both have past issues that have scarred them and influence how they view relationships. Janie is looking for her Knight to save her and Max swears he will never be in a relationship again. But they really like each other and have hot chemistry together and get pushed into an attempt at "Friends with benefits". The benefits are fantastic, but they have issues being honest with themselves and each other about what they really want and need. And a complicated dance begins of coming together, running away, pushing away, and being pulled back. Max is smoking hot and could be really sweet and protective. But he also has serious issues that he has to face before he can really even attempt anything more with Janie. And he might just require too much fixing for Janie to be able to handle. Janie is supportive, loving, strong, and kind. I found myself really liking them together, but alternately wanting to shake them both or lock them in a room together and force them to talk honestly. The desire to feel needed and loved kept leading her to the wrong guys, but she kept trying to find her own "Happily Ever After" anyway. As unrealistic as she knew it may be, she couldn't let go of her childhood fantasies, the ones where she dreamed that one day, someday, she would find someone who would make her feel whole. Complete. Cherished. She was the one woman who made him wish he could have a relationship. If he still possessed his heart, he would give it to her. Her sassy best friend Lyla has her own set of issues and complications. But she is a good support of Janie and even Max. She has a good heart, but also hides behind her insecurity. She is interested in Max's mysterious friend Sebastien Gage, but he also has issues that he needs to handle before he is willing to fully pursue Lyla. But they are seriously hot together and the sexual tension oozes off the page. Cannot wait to see more from them in the next book. She was no longer a full person, just a bunch of broken pieces held together with glue and hope. She didn't want or need a man in her life. She could talk care of herself. "You deserve a man who is going to worship you--body and soul. And I am going to be that man...But it is not going to be tonight. It can't be." Kyle is kind of the lone friend with no attachment. But he is a big mess and is majorly troubled. He needs some work on himself to be fit to try to get close to anyone. And then there are Ashley and Ryan. They are room mates with a whole mysterious quirky relationship that no one can figure out. Are they or aren't they? Hopefully, we will find out in the next book Storm Front. And the most easy going and healthy couple is Danny and Julie who own the bar and have kind of adopted this whole motley crew. They are smart, experienced, and level headed and provide good advice and support to their friends. This book was angsty, emotional, sweet, sexy, romantic, and entertaining. It has heart breaking moments and sweet swoony ones. The characters are interesting and well developed. The book is steamy and well written. I really loved how these people came together and became such a support system and family. They are a group of damaged, broken people, but share a lot of love for each other. It is told in multiple points of view so you get into the heads of various main characters. I am looking forward to more in this series, especially more with Lyla and Gage and Ashley and Ryan. Thanks to Lisa N. Paul for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Will be posted on May 7 Blog Tour at Reviews by Tammy and Kim

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erotica Book Club

    **** EROTICA BOOK CLUB REVIEW **** THURSDAY NIGHTS (Charistown,#1) By Lisa N Paul Janie Silver and her best friend Lyla Dalton go to Danny's bar every Thursday night, Max DeLucca works as a barman. Jamie and Max are really attracted to each other and one Thursday night Max propositions Jamie to a one night stand. They both engage in a night of really hot sex but it all goes to hell!! Max's best friend Sebastian Gage has the hots for Lyla, they are both great characters too and I feel that their stor **** EROTICA BOOK CLUB REVIEW **** THURSDAY NIGHTS (Charistown,#1) By Lisa N Paul Janie Silver and her best friend Lyla Dalton go to Danny's bar every Thursday night, Max DeLucca works as a barman. Jamie and Max are really attracted to each other and one Thursday night Max propositions Jamie to a one night stand. They both engage in a night of really hot sex but it all goes to hell!! Max's best friend Sebastian Gage has the hots for Lyla, they are both great characters too and I feel that their story has still to come. Max is HOT, I wanted him from the very first time I met him and by the end of the book I was head over heels with him. Don't get me wrong he can be an ass and I felt like giving him a swift kick between the legs but that didn't change my feelings towards him at all. I loved reading how the characters developed during the book and the great, hot sex scenes were just an added bonus. A great all round read with likeable and loveable characters that it earns it 5 stars from me. ~Jane~

  24. 5 out of 5

    D.L. Roan

    I love these characters! All of them. Each one is well defined with their own story. You can't help but both laugh and cry with them. This is the perfect romance filled with angst and love and smokin' hot sex. Be warned, grab a blanket and get comfortable as this story will keep you up until 3am. You won't be able to put it down!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Kurvers

    Holy, did I love this book! At 20% in I was already so invested in ALL of the players in this book, and thinking ahead to other books in the sieres :-) Passionate, intense, sweet, HOT... Loyal friends who become family and stand by each other, even when they don't really deserve it. Lisa made me a fan and I CAN NOT wait for Storm Front!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Crista

    2 Stars Thursday Nights by Lisa N. Paul is a book that tweaked my interest because of the smok’in hot cover and the interesting blurb. It seemed to have everything that I love in a romance novel, so I jumped at the chance to read it. I am sad to say that this one did not work for me. The premise is great. Guy has been burned by ex and has sworn off love, girl has abandonment issues and has been traumatized by a mother plagued by addiction. These two wounded souls meet and the stage is set for an a 2 Stars Thursday Nights by Lisa N. Paul is a book that tweaked my interest because of the smok’in hot cover and the interesting blurb. It seemed to have everything that I love in a romance novel, so I jumped at the chance to read it. I am sad to say that this one did not work for me. The premise is great. Guy has been burned by ex and has sworn off love, girl has abandonment issues and has been traumatized by a mother plagued by addiction. These two wounded souls meet and the stage is set for an amazing love story: or not! My issues with this book are many, but I will try to condense my grievances. 1. We are given Max’s backstory in the prologue, but in chapter one are thrown into present day where Max is now a bartender. Janie and her best friend Lyla have been frequenting this bar on Thursday nights for some time and have become great friends with the owners and (of course) the hot bartenders. We are told this and never SHOWN this. In Chapter 2 Max and Janie have “friends with benefits” sex. Without any build-up, this felt very sexual and unemotional. 2. The sex scenes were pretty awful. In fact, I was so turned off and horrified by them that I found myself skimming the sex scenes (which for me is an automatic 2 star deduction). Max and Janie’s dialogue during sex is bizarre and frankly distasteful. Janie is talking about her past boyfriends making her shower before oral sex, Max is having all these internal monologues about his fear of getting involved, and when Janie nicknamed Max’s penis “The Beast”, I was pretty much done!! Also, for those who prefer sex scenes to have some heart and romance along with the steam, this book’s sensuality leans more towards crass sexual language and terms, which (for me) is also a turn off. 3. The back and forth nature of Max and Janie’s relationship was tiresome and ridiculous. These were grown-ups acting like children. 4. When Max finally decides to commit to Janie, he writes letters to her explaining what happened to him that made him wary of relationships. He hoped to win her back, but these letters were so over the top melodramatic, that I was, again, completely unmoved. I gave this book 2 stars, but only because I enjoyed the authenticity of the friendship that existed between Janie and Lyla. The level of trust, commitment, and love between these two women was really special and engaged my heart in a way that Max and Janie never did. On a positive note, I read the next book in the series Storm Front, and it was awesome! I recommend trying that book (if you're interested) before writing this series off completely. Thank you so much to Lisa N. Paul and Super Dandy Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads

    I had no idea what to think going into the book. If I am being honest, it was on our review list and I just grabbed it, I did not even read the blurb. BUT... This book kicked me off my feet. Witty and engaging. Emotional but not over the top. It kept me glued to my kindle and I was totally invested in the characters...then I wa so glad we were asked to review this book. The authors writing style is fabulous. The characters were "characters"! We had a rainbow of different attitudes, personalities I had no idea what to think going into the book. If I am being honest, it was on our review list and I just grabbed it, I did not even read the blurb. BUT... This book kicked me off my feet. Witty and engaging. Emotional but not over the top. It kept me glued to my kindle and I was totally invested in the characters...then I wa so glad we were asked to review this book. The authors writing style is fabulous. The characters were "characters"! We had a rainbow of different attitudes, personalities and overall each one captured me. There are a lot of different aspects to this book that I enjoyed. Janie and Max are our two main characters, but trust me, Lyla, Ashley, Kyle, Gage and Ryan also lend to the story and just add something more. The book has hot and sassy! It has romantic moments that are swoon worthy, then you will be crying and thinking 'WOW'. They were relatable, perhaps that is what struck such a strong cord with me. Failed marriages. Broken and bad bad relationships. Hearts left with commitment issues beyond a romp and departure. Bad childhoods and friends that would move mountains for you. Friends that are your family. Who cannot relate or does not know someone that has been there?I want to go hang out with them at Danny's and partake in a beverage and good conversation. Max and Janie are adorable. They are friends, but can they become more? Is it possible to love and move past all the baggage? They have chemistry for days. In my mind they are a perfect fit. Now do they end up thinking like I do? Who knows. Read it! If you want a good story. Good friends. Laughter and love, with just enough emotional to keep you wanting more. Then yep, this one is for you! Take my word on it Thursday Nights is wonderful. I plan on heading to Danny's and hanging out too!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marianna

    Full review available at A Lust For Reading. Every now and then a freebie on Amazon can be a real gem and help you discover a great author. This is how I found C.D. Reiss and her Songs of Submission series. Back in August, Thursday Nights popped up as free and I quickly snatched it up. I finally got around to reading it this past weekend and I was not disappointed. Janie and Lyla both have troubled family pasts, but they have found a new family in Charistown, PA. The crew at Danny's on Main bar a Full review available at A Lust For Reading. Every now and then a freebie on Amazon can be a real gem and help you discover a great author. This is how I found C.D. Reiss and her Songs of Submission series. Back in August, Thursday Nights popped up as free and I quickly snatched it up. I finally got around to reading it this past weekend and I was not disappointed. Janie and Lyla both have troubled family pasts, but they have found a new family in Charistown, PA. The crew at Danny's on Main bar are the loving family that both girls never had. Every Thursday night the two girls head to the bar to hand out with their new friends. Max has enjoyed getting to know Janie over the past 6 months while bartending at Danny's. But no matter how much he wants her, he doesn't do relationships anymore. His former witch of a wife took care of that for him. Will an incredible night of "sex with friends" ruin Janie's and Max's friendship? Or can Janie break down the walls that Max has built around his heart? This book is fun and sexy and I loved all of the supporting characters not just Janie and Max. There is a crazy amount of angst as we watch Max struggle with his feelings. Why does the guy always hurt the girl before he realizes what he had? Men are so frustrating. I enjoyed their journey and I am looking forward to more books in this series. The title of book 2 is Storm Front, though there are no other details available yet. I'm really hoping this will be Lyla's and Sebastian's story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    My hat off to the author for this beautiful debut novel Thursday Nights is a witty, heart wrenching and warming start to a new series. Janie and Lyla have been best friends since college (as they share most of their secrets) They both are unlucky in love (but Lyla chooses to) Janie wants and needs to find her Prince Charming (it's not that easy though) Every Thursday they go to Danny's on Main and drink their cocktails (they have found a family of choice) and you can really feel the love between My hat off to the author for this beautiful debut novel Thursday Nights is a witty, heart wrenching and warming start to a new series. Janie and Lyla have been best friends since college (as they share most of their secrets) They both are unlucky in love (but Lyla chooses to) Janie wants and needs to find her Prince Charming (it's not that easy though) Every Thursday they go to Danny's on Main and drink their cocktails (they have found a family of choice) and you can really feel the love between all. Danny and Julie are the parents of the pub where as there are Ryan and Ashley (who live together but are not a couple (they are soooo a couple they just don't realize it yet.-)) Kyle who seems to be having a lot of shit going on and the one and only, hunky Max Delucca. They all have skeletons in the closet and the all have their quirky personalities. The story is solid and I can't wait for the rest of the books to come out. From what I can tell and only assume it will be about Ryan and Ashley. Anyway, getting back to the book here. How and when Max realizes that he has screwed up although considering the circumstances it was understandable the first time but NOT the time after that. The way he wooed Janie back was lovely.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jane Barron

    Janie Silver and her best friend Lyla Dalton go to Danny's bar every Thursday night, Max DeLucca works as a barman. Jamie and Max are really attracted to each other and one Thursday night Max propositions Jamie to a one night stand. They both engage in a night of really hot sex but it all goes to hell!! Max's best friend Sebastian Gage has the hots for Lyla, they are both great characters too and I feel that their story has still to come. Max is HOT, I wanted him from the very first time I met him Janie Silver and her best friend Lyla Dalton go to Danny's bar every Thursday night, Max DeLucca works as a barman. Jamie and Max are really attracted to each other and one Thursday night Max propositions Jamie to a one night stand. They both engage in a night of really hot sex but it all goes to hell!! Max's best friend Sebastian Gage has the hots for Lyla, they are both great characters too and I feel that their story has still to come. Max is HOT, I wanted him from the very first time I met him and by the end of the book I was head over heels with him. Don't get me wrong he can be an ass and I felt like giving him a swift kick between the legs but that didn't change my feelings towards him at all. I loved reading how the characters developed during the book and the great, hot sex scenes were just an added bonus. A great all round read with likeable and loveable characters that it earns it 5 stars from me.

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