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Friday, September 23, 2016

Weekly Reading Update 9/16 - 9/22/16!

Another week, another update… As always, click the title for more information!

I didn’t get too much reading done this week - mostly re-reads because I’m still in a bit of a reading slump. It’s not that the stuff I have to read and review is bad, it’s just I’m not in the mood to do anything. And when I finally got myself back on track and ready to read, my landlord told me an appraiser would need to do a walk-through of my house the next day, so I had to hurry and clean my house. It wasn’t too bad, really, there were just books EVERYWHERE. Thank goodness that’s over.

I did read Rocket Raccoon & Groot, Volume 1: Tricks of the Trade by Skottie Young. This is one of those fun, light-hearted graphic novels. Great for reading in between the heavy stuff. Rocket and Groot are always good for a laugh, and this volume was no different. Following this, I read King Baby by Kate Beaton. Kate Beaton has an awesome sense of humor, and I love all her books - picture books included. King Baby was no exception, that’s for sure.

On the re-reading front, I plowed my way through the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott. The third book is one of my all-time favorites, but I figured I might as well start from the beginning since it had been so long since I read David and Mal’s stories. If you haven’t read this series, you need to get on it, ASAP. It’s my favorite New Adult rock star series to date. Lick, Play, Lead, and Deep - add them to your TBR or wish-list now!

Continuing my re-read binge, and sticking with the general rock star vibe (sort of?) I read Rule and Jet by Jay Crownover, another favorite author. Jet may be a rock star, at least on a smaller scale, but Rule just generally acts like one. Now that I think about it, I might have picked this series back up because I’ve been ready to get my next tattoo. I have the design, just not the time. It doesn’t help that this is conference season for work, as well as festival season - and it’s rough trying to keep a tattoo clean at muddy festival grounds.

That’s it for me this week. Next week will either be skipped, or late - since I will be out of town at a conference for work at the end of the week. And with being upstate, w

ho knows if I’ll even be able to read much. Such a depressing though.

That’s it for me this week!

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: LOVE RESTORED by Carrie Ann Ryan

Release Date: September 13th, 2016

Type: Book one, Contemporary Romance, Ink and Piercings, hate at first sight

My Review: I do so enjoy books where the hero and heroine have a bad start. Meet-cute is great and all, but it is so much more fun if they have to work for it. And it's exceptionally enjoyable in this book. Not only are they off to a bad start, but they then delight in picking on each other. I also love the family dynamic between the Gallagher brothers. I haven't read any of the Montgomery series, but this is a spin-off.. the characters showing up from the Montgomery series makes me want to check it out sooner rather than later.

I've been lucky to read a bunch of great books lately, and Love Restored is no different. I love my heroes with tattoos and piercings, and I get that in spades in this book - and my heroine too! I already can't wait for more by this author.

Cover Lovin': Oh my!

Recommendation: This is book one in a new series, so come one, come all! No prior knowledge necessary.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars! Great read.

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

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

Love RestoredAbout LOVE RESTORED

In the first of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, a broken man uncovers the truth of what it means to take a second chance with the most unexpected woman…
Graham Gallagher has seen it all. And when tragedy struck, lost it all. He’s been the backbone of his brothers, the one they all rely on in their lives and business. And when it comes to falling in love and creating a life, he knows what it’s like to have it all and watch it crumble. He’s done with looking for another person to warm his bed, but apparently he didn’t learn his lesson because the new piercer at Montgomery Ink tempts him like no other.
Blake Brennen may have been born a trust fund baby, but she’s created a whole new life for herself in the world of ink, piercings, and freedom. Only the ties she’d thought she’d cut long ago aren’t as severed as she’d believed. When she finds Graham constantly in her path, she knows from first glance that he’s the wrong kind of guy for her. Except that Blake excels at making the wrong choice and Graham might be the ultimate temptation for the bad girl she’d thought long buried.
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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by J.L. Berg

BCD AmazonRelease Date: September 11th, 2016

Type: Contemporary, series-yet-stand-alone, CEO meets Secretary

My Review: I will admit, I was nervous when I first started this book. Once we got past the prologue, Roman seemed like such a butthead. Yes, the prologue had me feeling sad for him, but as an adult, Roman grew into a grump. A bit like Ebenezer Scrooge when talking to his employees in the beginning of a Christmas Carol. And then he went out to a club, and the way he was acting... I started disliking him even more. So imagine my surprise when I started really liking him, only a few chapters later. Once he finally met someone that got under his skin, he opened up and I really liked what I saw. 

When it comes to the rest of the story - I have to admit, the boss and secretary trope does it for me. Yes, I'm sure you're all sick of me liking almost every romance trope out there, but I can't help it. In real life, I'm sure I would never feel that way for a coworker, let alone a boss. But in fiction, it can - and does - work. And I love how author J.L. Berg plays this. Cara and Roman together just.. fit. It feels right. And I loved reading their scenes together.

Cover Lovin': Oh definitely! Two thumbs up, for sure.

Recommendation: No prior knowledge necessary, though like me you'll probably want to check out Jude.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)! Roman really grew on me, enough to make me want a Roman of my very own.

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

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

About BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

My name is Roman Cavenaugh and I’m kind of an asshole. Running a company isn't easy, especially when everyone expects you to fail, so being a jerk? It comes with the territory. I don't have time to mess around, and I sure as hell didn’t see her coming. Cara Hamilton—she was supposed to be off limits…a temporary employee brought in during my assistant’s maternity leave. But, in the blink of an eye, she became so much more. An obsession I couldn’t shake. So yeah, I may be an asshole, but now, I finally had a purpose, and soon, she would be mine. All’s fair in love and war…
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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Newsletter

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Promo: THE EDGE OF DOMINANCE

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04-TEOD-v6Since Macen “Hammer” Hammerman shares the bond he’s long craved with Raine Kendall and his best friend, Liam O’Neill, he should be looking forward to a bright future. But a vengeful force from the past returns to cast a long shadow. As Hammer reels from a bombshell that exhumed struggles he'd buried after his late wife’s passing, he learns her death may not be ruled a suicide after all.

Worse, a figure from Raine’s childhood surfaces, determined to rip her away for good. As the threats against the trio multiply, Hammer must confront his demons while leaning on Liam to keep their new family intact. But with emotions running high and forces mounting against them, can their love survive so they can finally live happily ever after?

     

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    TEOD-Teaser-v2B   TEOD-Teaser-v8         01-ODTL-v6Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.   Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?   AMAZON *** AMAZON UK *** B&N *** iBooks *** Kobo *** Smashwords         02-TYTS-v6Raine Kendall has everything a woman could want…almost. Sexy, tender Dom Liam O’Neill is her knight in shining armor, but Raine keeps pinching herself. Is he too good to be true or is this growing connection one that could last a lifetime? She’s constantly torn by her abiding feelings for her commanding boss, Macen “Hammer” Hammerman, especially in the wake of the mind-blowing night he cast aside the barriers between them and ravaged every inch of her body.   Hammer, Liam’s former best friend, can’t stop coveting Raine. But Liam is determined to hold and guide the woman he loves and see if she can be the submissive of his dreams. However, he’s finding that her trust is hard won and he needs a bloody crowbar to pry open her scarred soul. So he risks everything to win her once and for all. But once he’s put his daring plan in motion, will it cost Liam his heart if he loses Raine to Hammer for good?   Amazon *** Amazon UK *** B&N *** iBooks *** Kobo *** Smashwords       03-TBTD-v6After spending weeks trying to reach Raine Kendall, Dominants Liam O’Neill and Macen Hammerman have finally broken past the walls to their submissive’s wounded heart. Before they can enjoy their newfound closeness, Liam’s past comes back to haunt him when his ex-wife drops in—with a secret that could tear his world apart. Forced to leave Raine in Hammer’s care, Liam is stuck on the outside, stewing in frustration and insecurity…and wondering if Raine no longer needs him or if Hammer alone completes her.   Always the pillar of strength, Hammer tries to help Liam while sheltering their woman. But Raine soon discovers the truth that threatens the trio’s chance of a happily-ever-after. Determined to hold them together, the two men cook up a scheme to uncover the ex’s secret. When an old nemesis returns and targets Raine, can Liam and Hammer come together to slay the danger and save the woman they both love?

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ABOUT SHAYLA BLACK:   Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages. Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years. Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.   Always be in the loop and sign up for Shayla’s FREE Newsletter Visit Shayla’s website Visit Shayla on Facebook Visit her Amazon Author Page

ABOUT JENNA JACOB:   Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls and heal their scars to find their happily-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna's books will surely leave you breathless and craving more. A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk husband live in Kansas. Jenna loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna's zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love. Meet the wild and wicked family in her sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Or become spellbound by the searing love connection between Raine, Hammer, and Liam in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella La Pearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts to discover unbridled love and devotion in Jenna's new contemporary series: Passionate Hearts.  

ABOUT ISABELLA LAPEARL Hello Friends! My name is Isabella and I write sexy, erotic romance. I'm a wife, mother, writer, reader and I love to ride my motorcycle. To say it's been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement...what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing... Never give up.