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Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter break!


Since the holiday season is upon us, tours and such have fallen off for the time being. So I'm taking this opportunity to relax, read cheesy Christmas books, and finally go through this giant pile of library books.

There will most likely still be a post here and there - whenever I read something I simply must share with you guys - or mayhaps an unveiling of a book subscription box or two.

But just in case, I wanted to let you all know I'm not dead, just enjoying the snowy days curled up with a good book, instead of my laptop.

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: THE ONLY ONE by Lauren Blakely!

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From New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes THE ONLY ONE, a sexy new standalone novella in her One Love Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

   My Review: It is no secret that I love this author - after all, you've seen plenty reviews on this blog of her recent releases. But guys, I think The Only One just took over as my favorite. It sucked me in from the very beginning, breaking heart, only to make me melt like a big ol' sap just a short time later. 

Novellas, while I do read plenty, are usually not something I like often - a lot of authors seem to have trouble packing a whole story into so few pages without it feeling rushed. But no worries here, I should have know this author would never let me down. I loved every second of this book, and I already have plans to make all my friends buy it!

Cover Lovin': Works well with the 1001 series!

Recommendation: Stand-alone, no prior knowledge necessary.

Final Rating: FOUR AND A HALF out of FIVE stars (4.5/5)!! Loved, loved, loved this ... now excuse me while I go swoon.

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

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Lauren Blakely’s THE ONLY ONE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule
December 7th
AC BOOK BLOG – Review & Excerpt
As You Wish Reviews – Review & Excerpt
BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt
Little Red Reading Hood – Review & Excerpt
Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads – Review & Excerpt
December 8th
BookSmacked – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Crazy Daisy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
Lightning City Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt
Reading Frenzy Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books – Review
December 9th
A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt
Beneath The Covers Blog – Review & Excerpt
Knotty Girl Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review
Princess Reads – Review & Excerpt
Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt
Stacey is Sassy – Review
December 10th
Liz's Reading Life – Review & Excerpt
Read All the Romance – Review & Excerpt
Readers Retreats – Review & Excerpt
The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt
The Escapist Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt
WickedGoodReads – Review
December 11th
Book Bitches Blog – Review
Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt
Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Bookery Review – Review
Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt
December 12th
Ashley Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Go Read A Book – Review
In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt
Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt
Maddy's Reading – Review & Excerpt
Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review & Excerpt
She Hearts Books – Review
December 13th
Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt
Musings of the Modern Belle – Review & Excerpt
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Night Owl Reader – Review & Excerpt
Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
December 14th
Naughty Moms' Story Time – Review & Excerpt
Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt
books are love – Review & Excerpt
Friends Till The End Book BLog – Review & Excerpt
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt
December 15th
The Reading Belles – Review
Books Need TLC – Review & Excerpt
Evermore Books – Excerpt
JaymeBooks – Review & Excerpt
Joandisalovebooks – Review & Excerpt
Novel Addiction – Review
Queenzany – Review & Excerpt
December 16th
Pardon My Blurb – Review & Excerpt
S3OC – Review & Excerpt
The Whispering pages book blog – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
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About THE ONLY ONE:

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances.

Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.

Until ten years later.

Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity’s event.

The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.

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This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take.

The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day.

But I’m determined to change that.

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Praise for Lauren Blakely and THE ONLY ONE:

"An extraordinarily dreamy love story that will melt your heart!"

~Beneath The Covers Book Blog

"This is an epic second chance romance that filled my heart with love, hope and longing."

~5-Stars! Two Book Pushers

"Lauren has knocked this one out of the park and down the street into the kitchen of Rocco DiSpirito. This book is smart, sexy, and full of surprises with characters you can't help but fall in love with. I want to find my very own Gabriel now. A sexy man with an accent who can cook for me. Who could ask for anything more?"

~Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews

"Insanely romantic and so genuinely charming..."

~Fresh Fiction Reviewer

    author-pic-lauren-blakelyAbout Lauren Blakely: Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she’ll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.  

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

Review: NEEDING THE MEMORIES by Terri Anne Browning!


 NEEDING THE MEMORIES by Terri Anne Browning is now LIVE!
Don't miss this #HOT novella from The Rocker series!


Type: Novella, Series, Rock Stars, yum!

My Review: It has been a little while since I read The Rocker series, but this story both hit the spot, and made me desperate to start the series over again. If I had to come up with one word to describe this story, it would be sweet. Or maybe warm? Either way, this was a great story to read while curled up under a thick blanket, with snow falling outside the window.

If you're a fan of The Rocker series, you absolutely have to read this one! All your favorites show up again. Maybe they don't play huge roles, but everyone is back, and it felt a bit like coming home.

Who am I kidding.. I will probably read the first book in the series again before heading to bed tonight.

Cover Lovin': Excellent! Fits in with the rest of the series. 

Recommendation: Considering this is a continuing series, reading the previous books is recommended, if not downright required.

Final Rating: THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE stars (3.5/5). Super sweet and a wonderful return to the series.

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

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BLURB:

Happy Ever After doesn’t end at the Epilogue. The Epilogue is really only the beginning. For us, it’s meant sharing every high, every low, and loving each other even more when we come out the other side still standing. He’s everything I’ve always wanted. My best friend. My lover. My husband…

My Demon.
And I’m his Angel.


Our life hasn’t always been perfect, but to me as long as I get to wake up to Angel in my arms every morning and get to tuck our girls into bed at the end of each day I’ll be the happiest man in the world. Nothing can come between us, nothing can tear us apart.

Only…I have one regret. One that is still a black void in my head.

Every year it’s the same.

The regret.

The self-loathing for the man I was back then.

The anger that I’d taken something from the woman who has given herself to me so freely and being unable to remember a single second of it. This year it’s worse for me. It’s slowly driving me crazy.

Maybe it’s time to hit rewind and give us both a do over for that night.

Maybe what I really need is a memory to replace that empty blackness that is trying to swallow me whole.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Terri Anne Browning is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Rocker...Series. She started writing her own novellas at the age of sixteen, forcing her sister to be her one woman fan club. Now she has a few more readers and a lot more passion for writing. Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be possible, yet she has been on best selling lists multiple times since 2013. Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker... series featuring the sinfully delicious members of Demon's Wings. The Rocker... Series has since expanded to OtherWorld with Axton Cage and his band members. Other books by Terri Anne include the Angel's Halo MC Series as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella Series. Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three demons---err, children--and a loveable Olde English Bulldog named Link.

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New Release: SWEET SURRENDER by Liliana Hart!

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From New York Times Bestselling author Liliana Hart, comes SWEET SURRENDER, a sexy new novella filled with suspense in her MacKenzie Family Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

My Review: Whoa, guys.  This is my first book by Liliana Hart, and now I get why people have been swooning over her MacKenzie series. I was practically squirming in my seat because I was loving Grant so much, and boy is he a hunk. As much as I enjoy reading novellas, I usually have problems getting into the story, because it seems like everything moves too fast. But that's not the case with Sweet Surrender - the fast-paced action moves the story along at a reasonable pace. And clearly, this author knows what she's doing, because I didn't feel like anything was missing. Sure, I wanted this to be longer, but that was because I loved the characters, not because I found this story lacking at all.

I'm also fascinated that Liliana Hart seems to have opened up her world to other authors, having them write novellas - with Jay Crownover (a favorite of mine!) being one of those authors. So now, frankly, I am doubly excited by what's to come. Not only will it be cool to see some new characters and story-telling styles in Surrender, but it will make me that much more eager to go back through and read more by Liliana Hart, because she's clearly an awesome person if so many cool authors want to be a part of the world she created.

Cover Lovin': Thumbs up! It follows the 1001 Dark Nights format, and still manages to be eye catching.

Recommendation: Jump right into the MacKenzie world with this book! I had no prior knowledge and got along just fine.

Final Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars (5/5)! Not only does this get a huge amount of love for being a super-well down novella - managing to get a full, fantastic story in such a short amount of pages - but I absolutely loved the story and the characters. I can't wait for more!

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

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EXCERPT:

A brisk March wind blew through Surrender.

“Being a cop doesn’t mean I crave donuts.” Grant Boone glared out the window toward the bakery across the street.

Cooper MacKenzie snorted, “You were a cop.”

Grant’s hands fisted in his lap and his gaze dropped to stare at them as the familiar anger raged through his body. His light brown hair, which was long overdue for a cut, hung down to hide his expression. He knew Cooper hadn’t meant anything by it, but damn, the words still pierced him like a knife to the gut.

“My mistake,” he said. “I was a cop.”

“Come on, Grant. You know I didn’t mean it that way. Hell, you’re still the best there is. Your chief will wake up and realize his screw-up before long. Though I’ve always thought you and the city would clash before too long. Hell, look at you. You look like you walked out of one of those Marlboro commercials. What the hell is a country boy like you doing in Detroit anyway?”

Cooper wasn’t the first person to tell him he didn’t belong in the Motor City. But he’d served the city with a purpose. He’d worked undercover, and he’d been an asset to the force. It wasn’t often they came across a six-foot-five, two-hundred-and-forty-five pound bruiser to work the biker bars and clubs.

“There’s no going back, Coop. I gave that shithole city the best years of my life. And for what? A forced retirement under a cloud of an internal affairs investigation.” Grant set his coffee on the desk and knuckled his eyes. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d slept a full night through. God, was he tired.

     
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About SWEET SURRENDER:

It’s been twelve years since Liza Carmichael stepped foot in Surrender, but after her great aunt’s death she has no choice but to return and settle her estate. Which includes the corner bakery that’s been a staple in Surrender for more than fifty years.

After twenty-five years on the job, Lieutenant Grant Boone finds himself at loose ends now that he’s retired. He’s gotten a number of job offers—one from MacKenzie Security—but he’s burned out and jaded, and the last thing he wants to do is carry the burden of another badge and weapon. He almost turns down the invitation from his good friend Cooper MacKenzie to stay as their guest for a few weeks while he’s deciding what to do with the rest of his life. But he packs his bag and heads to Surrender anyway.

The only thing Boone knows is that his future plans don’t include Liza Carmichael. She’s bossy, temperamental, and the confections she bakes are sweet enough to tempt a saint. Thank God he’s never pretended to be one. But after he gets one taste of Liza and things start heating up in the kitchen, he realizes how delicious new beginnings can be.

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Pair of cowgirl boots     liliana-hart-headshotAbout Liliana Hart: Liliana Hart is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author in both the mystery and romance genres. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music. Liliana is an avid reader and a believer in all things romance. Her books are filled with witty dialogue, steamy sex, and the all-important happily-ever-afters her romantic soul craves. Since self-publishing in June of 2011, she’s sold more than 1.2 million ebooks all over the world.  

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New Release: INK EVER AFTER by Carrie Ann Ryan!

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Carrie Ann Ryan's INK EVER AFTER is available now! Get deleted scenes and special novellas all in one place - and for just .99c at a special release week price!

 

ink-ever-after-cover-v200x300About INK EVER AFTER

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Montgomery Ink and Talon Pack series comes an anthology filled with eleven bonus After-the-HEA novellas and short stories in most of her series.
Only $0.99 for ELEVEN bonus short stories from the Montgomery Ink, Talon Pack, and Dante's Circle series!
Get your hands on INK EVER AFTER:
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About Carrie Ann Ryan

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.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Review: HOOKED by Brenda Rothert!

HOOKED by Brenda Rothert is now LIVE! 

A sultry novel featuring a brooding NHL player who’s hell on skates—and the no-nonsense woman who forces him to clean up his act.

My Review: I've been in such a sports mood lately - sports romance, that is. And Hooked hit the spot! Who doesn't want a hot hockey player that is willing to change his playboy ways to be with you. And sure, Jake might be why I wanted to read this book in the first place, but I think I liked Miranda even more. I loved her character, and I especially loved how driven she was. I could actually feel how tired Miranda was from working two jobs and trying to maintain her grades - and it might have brought back some grad school flashbacks. She didn't want handouts, and she was willing to work her butt off to get where she wanted to go. I admired the heck out of her. 

As much as I enjoyed reading this, I will say that the story is a little predictable. Considering the mess Jake gets himself into at the beginning of the book, that plot moves forward exactly like you would expect. What I didn't see coming was Jake's back story, and how that affected his present-day life. I also loved how obsessed Jake was with his rituals - and it fit him perfectly. I don't know many jocks, but I know plenty of sports fans, and they have their rituals they have to follow every game day, I figured players probably have just as many if not more. 

So if you want a fun, sexy read - pick up Hooked! You'll be - you guessed it - HOOKED from page one. 

Cover Lovin': Hoo, boy! Yum. 

Recommendation: Stand-alone, so no prior knowledge necessary!

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)!! A little predictable, but overall, a great read!

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

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BLURB:
From the author of the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series comes a sultry novel featuring a brooding NHL player who’s hell on skates—and the no-nonsense woman who forces him to clean up his act.

Miranda: Even though I’m broke, putting myself through college, and working two jobs, I’m trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Jake Birch, hockey’s hottest bad boy, lives in a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago—and still complains about every little thing in his penthouse. But after I tell him off, instead of getting me fired, Jake requests me as his personal housekeeper. Then he starts flirting with me. Only I’m not flirting back . . . at least, I’m trying not to. Did I mention that he’s hockey’s hottest bad boy?

Jake: I’ve met the best woman at the worst possible time. Miranda is the fire to my ice—a sexy, charmingly candid spark who breaks down my walls and reminds me what it’s like to feel again. But I’m being forced to date my team owner’s daughter to keep my job, so I can’t be caught with Miranda. Still, we’re getting closer—until Miranda finds out about my “girlfriend.” And that’s not the only secret I’ve been keeping. But Miranda’s the one I want . . . even if she doesn’t believe me.
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AUTHOR BIO: 

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.
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Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.