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Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: RELEASING THE DEMONS by L.D. Rose

Release Date: August 19th, 2015

Type: Series, Paranormal Romance, Hybrids, Enhanced Abilities, Vampires, Detectives With Attitude, The Order of the Senary, Book 1

About the Book: Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet. 

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one. 

Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn't a man at all—he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known. 

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another. [Description from Goodreads.com]

My Review: This was a seriously entertaining read. I would have read it in one sitting if stupid real life didn't get in the way. When I started reading this, I found some similarities between this book and the world of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews - which is great, because that series is awesome. I am really interested in the world the author has created here. It's scary, but fascinating. Not a place I'd want to live, for sure - but one I'm excited to learn more about in the future books. Because the world is so complex, and the Order itself has a deep history, I can see this book benefiting from a prequel novella in the future. It would definitely be an interesting read.

I'm a sucker for a broken, scarred hero. And I got that in droves in this book. Blaze is.. well, dreamy. And I enjoyed the dynamic between Blaze and Val. The main characters shine in this book, for sure. But author L.D. Rose doesn't scrimp in the secondary character front. The relationships between Blaze and his brothers, as well as Val and her partner, are well defined and fleshed out.

This was definitely a win. I'm super grateful for the author giving me a chance to review "Releasing The Demons." With so many amazing books out there, some of the great ones fall through the cracks - don't let this book be one of them!

Cover Lovin': Simple, but still attractive enough to catch my eye if I was browsing for a new read.

Recommendation: This is the first book of the series, so no prior knowledge necessary! But beware, you'll want to know what comes next.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5). Loved this, and I can't wait to see where it goes in the future!

Be sure to get your copy of "Releasing the Demons" today!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Release Day Launch: WITH THE BAND by Natasha Preston!


unnamedToday is the release day for With the Band by Natasha Preston! I am so excited to share this with you! With the Band is the first in a rockstar romance and Natasha is sharing an excerpt and giveaway with us today, so be sure to check it all out! With the Band RDL Banner With the Band Synopsis: Texas Knight is daughter of the word’s biggest rock star, Mark Knight. Kitt Daniels is lead singer in the hottest up-and-coming band, Filthy Sound. Mark has mentored Filthy Sound from the beginning, seeing their potential, and now he’s supporting them on their first worldwide tour. She’s off-limits. He can’t help himself. Buy Links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Band-Natasha-Preston-ebook/dp/B0191XRAUE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456521148&sr=8-1&keywords=with+the+band+natasha+preston Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/with-the-band-natasha-preston/1122798066?ean=2940152408706   

  Exclusive Excerpt: My dad gave a lot of warnings about any member of Filthy Sound messing around with me, and he was very graphic as he went into the consequences if that were to happen. Kitt is quite clearly choosing to ignore that because, right now, he’s breaking Dad’s rules big time. Again. Kitt’s Adam’s apple bobs as he swallows hard. “You’re different.” He makes me feel different, too, like I’m not just another woman to mess around with, like I’m special. Sometimes. Then, there are many, many occasions when he makes me feel like I’m falling into a bottomless black hole. At this moment, I feel like there’s no one else. I don’t want to hide my body away. He wants to see me, and I want him to as well. “How am I different?” I ask. “You’re not a game I’m playing, Tex.” Well, that’s good to hear. If he were just pushing the limits with me because he had a problem with following the rules, I’d lose it. “Then, what are you doing? Because this definitely wouldn’t be okay with my dad.” “I’m not looking to strip for your dad. Right now, I only care about what you think…what you want.” “You’re asking what I want?” Best to not go there. “Are you going to regret this in the morning, Kitt?” “Regret? No. Will I feel guilty as hell when I look him in the eyes tomorrow? Yes. But remembering one major detail makes it easier.” “What’s that?” “You’re an adult, and you’ll never be a one-night stand.” Bloody hell. My lungs deflate—in a good way. If we did this, it’d be the start of something. It’s dangerous to think about more with him. It could end so badly for me. I should be smart and think it through. But I can’t. When I’m around him, there is no thinking, no logic, and no consequences. It’s a bad combination, and I know I should stop. But with Kitt, I can never stop. Natasha Preston Bio: Headshot UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer. Links: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Natasha-Preston-497930476930728/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/natashavpreston Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/natashapreston5/ Website - http://www.natashapreston.com   
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