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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: THE WRIGHT BROTHER by K. A. Linde!

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My Review: Woo boy, it's never easy dating the sibling of someone you dated years ago, but the baggage these two have make it even harder! And really, no one could blame them. Both the hero and heroine are coming from disastrous former relationships - and trust is definitely an issue for them both. You know me, I love me some drama.. but even I was tempted to shake them and tell them to kiss and make up. But it all works perfectly with the plot. At no point did I think it was too much.

I loved Jensen. I wanted to keep him as my own. He's definitely book boyfriend material. I wish I could talk about the ending. I just need to discuss it with someone because I was nervous and worried as heck for Jensen. Trust me, dear readers - you will be on the edge of your seat too. 

Also, I just want to say how much I loved Em just flat out telling Jensen he was being stupid. Someone had to be honest with him!

Cover Lovin': How could I not love that cover?!

Recommendation: First book in a new series, so no prior knowledge required.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)! This was great, and I can't wait to see the rest of the Wright siblings get their own stories.

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

  TWB Amazon I'd dated his brother. He didn’t remember and I wish I could forget. I may have sworn off the Wright family a long time ago. But when I returned home, Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece. Too bad he’d forgotten the one thing that could destroy us. Because Jensen Wright doesn’t share. Not with anyone. And if his brother finds out, this could all go down in flames. When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?    

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teaser3_CS           KylaK.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Promo: CHASING CASEY by Jane Anthony!

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Chasing Casey 
Author: Jane Anthony
Release Date: January 16, 2017


~AJ~
Casey Grainger is not only the epitome of the girl next door, she’s the girl of my dreams. The blonde bombshell of a bartender who watches me with sky blue eyes, smiles with the sweetest dimples, and whose laughter is as melodic as chimes.

She stole my heart the way sunlight sneaks up on the day. Then a death in her family took her away from me. Now my heart lives in Texas while my body rots in New Jersey. As if that’s not bad enough, the ranch hand on her family’s farm is her damned ex-fiancĂ©.

Austin still loves her, and he’s made it known. So Casey has a choice to make. It’s either him or me, but I’m far too stubborn to give up the fight.

That’s the one upside to having nothing left -- I have nothing left to lose.

~Casey~
I don’t date musicians -- I don’t date period -- yet I find myself drawn to the dark and broody sound tech, whose wailing drum beats thump in time with the cadence of my heart. Beneath the arrogant grin and cocky one-liners, AJ Morello is a lonely man, burdened by the choices he’s made. But, he’s not the only one with regrets.

Mine goes by the name of Austin Krehley.

After seven years away, there’s still a connection. A tiny spark that slowly builds to a burning flame the longer I stay.

Two completely different men both hold two completely different pieces of my heart, but I can’t have them both.

A sexy country boy and a sultry rocker -- how’s a girl to choose?











Jane Anthony is a romance author, fist pumping Jersey-girl, and hard rock enthusiast. She resides in the 'burbs of New Jersey with her husband and children. A lover of Halloween, vintage cars, & coffee, she’s also a cornucopia of useless 80's knowledge and trivia. When not writing, she's an avid reader, concert goer, and party planner extraordinaire.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: SWEET RIVALRY by K. Bromberg!

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My Review: I have yet to be disappointed by a 1001 Dark Nights novella. Whomever decides what authors to include and what stories to approve has an excellent sense of judgment. Sweet Rivalry is no different - K. Bromberg is a well loved author, and she will be gaining herself some new fans with this novella. Who doesn't love the tried and true hate-to-love scenario? Though, it wasn't really hate that they had going on...

I just want to throw out there that I would really, really like a Ryder of my own. I think he might have been written just for me. And I would love to talk about the ending, which I thought was fantastic and cleverly done, but I refuse to spoil anything for you guys. So go read it. Right now. 

Cover Lovin': As always, fits perfectly with the 1001 Dark Nights series.

Recommendation:  Stand- alone. No prior knowledge necessary!

Final Rating:  FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)! This was a great rivals-to-lovers story. Short, sweet, and absolutely classic!

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

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Ryder Rodgers had a plan.

He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.

Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.

When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.

The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.

 

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Work first. Reward sex next. That’ll give me something to look forward to during the next few days. The ones I can’t wait to dive headfirst into that will be an ever-changing combination of stress, exhaustion, strategy, and manipulation. An unscripted dance amongst us bidders while we size each other up, calculate our numbers, and explain to the developer why we’re the most valuable candidate for the job. It’s the game I love. The competition I thrive on. My return to the job that I’ve been desperate to make. And there’d be no better way to make a statement that Harper Denton is back than to leave this building with the multimillion dollar contract for Meteor Development tucked securely under my arm. And just like that, as a reward for my positive thinking, when I look up, there he is, in full view. I take in the expensive briefcase, the venti Starbucks, and the expensive watch peeking out from beneath the cuff of his shirt. And just my luck that while I’m afforded a full view of his body, the one thing I’m the most curious about is obscured by his hand holding his cell phone up to his ear: his face. So instead I drink him in. He really is magnificent. I note his posture and the way he carries his body when he moves forward a few steps. There’s an air about him that says he’s no-nonsense and in control, powerful, and at the same time he doesn’t seem uptight. He has that Southern California professional vibe. I can’t put my finger on it but he reminds me of someone I can’t quite place. Regardless, a man who can pull off being in control and playful has definite merits. Like “spank me until my body aches in want, and then make a game of hitting each erogenous zone with his tongue before he’ll satisfy that ache he created and let me come” type of merits. The mind-blowing-sex reward just became even more appealing.       HeadShot ColorNew York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love. She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California. On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th. Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017. She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.   Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author | Driven Group  

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: MASTERING HER SENSES by Laura Kaye!

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Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life. Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

My Review: I'm smack dab in the middle when it comes to my feelings on this one. I can definitely say it wasn't as good as the previous book in the series, which I totally loved. But this wasn't bad, just.. okay. 

My biggest issue was that the big climax of the story was the plot equivalent of the "big hill" on a kiddie roller coaster. Or maybe a speed bump. It was such a huge let down. The rest of the story was hot, and considering what issues Quinton and Cassia were working through, I'm sure this author could create some better drama. In fact, I know she can, because the other books I've read by her were awesome.

Now to what I loved. BDSM is my kink of choice when it comes to romance/erotica, so I have read my fair share. And Laura Kaye does it very well. It's all safe, consensual, and great care is taken on both sides. I also like how the characters use different aspects of the lifestyle to help them work through issues - in this case, Cassia's phobia after her accident. It was all so well done, which does help redeem this book in my eyes.

Cover Lovin': Definitely hot.

Recommendation: While reading the previous books isn't required or absolutely necessary... you should read them because they are amazing.

Final Rating: THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE (3.5/5)!! Alas, I had to knock this down some because the storyline fell flat around 80% in. But this author still deserves a read, and I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

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

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About MASTERING HER SENSES (Blasphemy #2, 2/21/17):

12 Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…

He wants to dominate her senses—and her heart…

Quinton Ross has always been a thrill-seeker—so it’s no surprise that he’s drawn to extremes in the bedroom and at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, where he creates sense-depriving scenarios that blow submissives’ minds. Now if he could just find one who needs the rush as much as him…

When an accident leaves Cassia Locke with a paralyzing fear of the dark, she’ll try anything to get help. Ready to fight, she knows just who to ask for help—the hard-bodied, funny-as-hell Dom she’d always crushed on—and once stood up.

Quinton is shocked and a little leery to see Cassia, but he can’t pass up the chance to dominate the alluring little sub this time. Introducing her to sensory deprivation becomes his new favorite obsession, and watching her fight fear is its own thrill. But when doubt threatens to send her running again, Quinton must find a way to master her senses—and her heart.

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  Laura Kaye - headshotAbout Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.      

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: WICKED WOLF by Nazarea Andrews!

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Today we are part of the blog tour for WICKED WOLF, the third book in the Wicked Ever After series by Nazarea Andrews! This is an erotic, fairy-tale novella series! Get it now for just .99 cents!

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My Review: Charming's book was good. Beast's book was even better. And now Wolf gets his chance in the spotlight.. and it's the best of the three. I am not exaggerating when I say I devoured this book. I had to know how Wolf would get his happy ending, and he so deserved it. 

Once again, I was struck by how much I loved how this author portrayed the friendship between the four men. In fact, I don't think friendship is a strong enough word, the bond the four goes beyond that. While that might have been my favorite part of the previous books, Wolf himself overshadows all that. I really fell for him while reading this. My heart ached for what he was going through. And if the author can get me that invested in a book, they deserve major props. 

Now I will be impatiently waiting for Mal's story!

Cover Lovin': Fits perfectly with the rest of the series.

Recommendation: You'll definitely want to read Wicked Charming and Wicked Beast before this one.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)!! I think Wolf is my favorite of the three. This would have been a five star read for me if not for the switching between past and present. But Wolf's story just smacked me right in the heart, so he deserves all the stars.

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


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It’s the dirtiest fairy tale of all…. Charm. Beast. Wolf. Everyone in the Kingdom–an exclusive, decadent BDSM club–knows the three friends and business partners. But no one has ever gotten close enough to touch them. Sex is easy, even when it hurts. It’s all any of them wanted. Love is off the table. Love is the thing none of them ever saw coming. In the Kingdom, control is everything. Who wields it and who surrenders. But some things even they can’t control. Welcome to the Kingdom, where every happily ever after hurts in the most wicked of ways.

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Charles "Wolf" Blackwood likes the game. He likes chasing a new girl every week, loves seducing them and earning their trust. He doesn’t like to keep them.

But Scarlet is different--she always has been.

The chase has never been quite as intoxicating as it is with her, the feisty sub with an innocent streak a mile wide. He wants to keep her, but Scarlet already has a Dom, and Hunter has no intentions of giving her up.

But Wolf is in for a surprise when he realize Scarlet doesn’t want one of them. She’s playing to keep them both.

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Blurb: He’s at the top of the world. He’s rich, sought after, and in control. And he’s bored. A string of one-night stands have left Samul Charming increasingly dissatisfied. When his mother pushes him to settle down, his best friends come up with a brilliant plan: Audition the submissives at The Kingdom. The problem is, Charm knows who he wants: the only girl to challenge him, while submitting as naturally as breathing. But he can’t have her. With the entire club watching and his parents expecting him to marry soon, Charm decides to settle. But love in the Kingdom is never simple and it is never painless. And Charm is about to be reminded of that.    

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Blurb: James “Beast” Lutz isn’t like his friends. He doesn’t crave control the way Charm and Mal do, and he doesn’t play the games Wolf thrives on. He lives on his knees, all of his strength bent to the will of his Domme. He’s never regretted that, until now. Now, when he’s trapped in an arrangement serving a Domme who can’t keep a sub. Now, when he’s not sure how to trust a woman wrapped in mystery and less sure he wants to. But the more he gets to know the Domme everyone knows as Beauty, the more Beast realizes everything he thought he knew was wrong.  
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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Review: HOMETOWN COWBOY by Sara Richardson!

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Today we are part of the blog tour for HOMETOWN COWBOY by Sara Richardson. This is the first book in her brand new series, Rocky Mountain Riders. You can buy it now and pre-order the next book in the series, Comeback Cowboy!

My Review: Sometimes you just need a hot cowboy in your life. And what luck - there is going to be a whole series of hot cowboys! I jumped at the chance to review this book because it just sounded so cute. And I was so not disappointed. I loved reading about Jessa and Lance. When he first shows up at her house? I giggled through that whole scene, it was perfect. 

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I will just say that the drama with Lance's father hit me right in the feels. And then the big climax, when the hero inevitably messes everything up so readers can get their sappy reunion.. I could not be prouder of Jessa for sticking up for herself. Girl power to the max!

Now I just have to wait a million years for the next book.

Cover Lovin': Yeehaw!

Recommendation: No prior knowledge necessary. But be prepared to be desperate for the next book!

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5). This was just so darned cute, I loved it. And as much as I liked this, I know I'm going to love the other brothers' stories just as much!

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

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About HOMETOWN COWBOY:

NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH A COWBOY

Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot--will not--fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father--Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . .

 

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What reviewers are saying about Sara Richardson's novels...

"Charming, witty, and fun. There's no better read. I enjoyed every word!"―Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

"Richardson's debut packs a powerful emotional punch. [Her] deft characterization creates a hero and heroine who will elicit laughs in some places and tears in others."―Publishers Weekly on No Better Man

"4 stars! Hot! Richardson brings us a modern read set in beautiful Aspen. Her brisk storytelling and the charming, endearing characters set within a solid, engaging plot make this sweet romance shine. A strong and vulnerable Bryce, coupled with a determined, lighthearted Avery, will appeal to readers, especially with their sizzling chemistry. This is a truly delightful read."―RT Book Reviews on No Better Man

"Fresh, fun, well-written, a dazzling debut."―Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

"The perfect balance of humor, heart and heat. I couldn't put it down! Sara Richardson will sweep you away."―Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

"An enjoyable read. Richardson's spunky, baseball-lovin' heroine is delightful!"―Katie Lane, USA Today bestselling author on No Better Man

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  Headshot_Sara Richardson BIO: Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado’s rugged mountains. She’s climbed to the top of a 14,000-foot peak at midnight, swam through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders. Eventually, Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After five years in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now, she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons. Her first contemporary romance, No Better Man, was released by Grand Central forever 2015.    
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: CHASING CASEY by Jane Anthony!

Release Date: January 2016

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Type: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Stand Alone

My Review:
This book shocked me a little. Even after reading the description, I think I had a different idea of what the book was about before actually starting it. Which worked for me, because I was that much more unsure about what was going to happen - and therefore that much desperate to keep reading.

This book follows the typical romance formula, while still managing to be original enough that I wasn't sure how it was going to end. And that drama at the end. Whoa, boy. No spoilers, but I was definitely thrown for a loop. Drama to the max, and totally a shock. 

I'm over love triangles for the most part, but I think the author did a great job here of making it just different enough that I wasn't bored with the idea. 

Cover Lovin': Very steamy. Two thumbs up!

Recommendation: No prior knowledge necessary!

Final Rating: THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE (3.5/5)!  This was a good read. I didn't fall in love with this book, but it gave me a very entertaining afternoon. So it definitely deserves a read.

About the Book: ~AJ~
Casey Grainger is not only the epitome of the girl next door, she’s the girl of my dreams. The blonde bombshell of a bartender who watches me with sky blue eyes, smiles with the sweetest dimples, and whose laughter is as melodic as chimes.
She stole my heart the way sunlight sneaks up on the day. Then a death in her family took her away from me. Now my heart lives in Texas while my body rots in New Jersey. As if that’s not bad enough, the ranch hand on her family’s farm is her damned ex-fiancĂ©.
Austin still loves her, and he’s made it known. So Casey has a choice to make. It’s either him or me, but I’m far too stubborn to give up the fight.
That’s the one upside to having nothing left -- I have nothing left to lose.

~Casey~
I don’t date musicians -- I don’t date period -- yet I find myself drawn to the dark and broody sound tech, whose wailing drum beats thump in time with the cadence of my heart. Beneath the arrogant grin and cocky one-liners, AJ Morello is a lonely man, burdened by the choices he’s made. But, he’s not the only one with regrets. 
Mine goes by the name of Austin Krehley. 
After seven years away, there’s still a connection. A tiny spark that slowly builds to a burning flame the longer I stay. 
Two completely different men both hold two completely different pieces of my heart, but I can’t have them both. 
A sexy country boy and a sultry rocker -- how’s a girl to choose?


*This story is for mature audiences only. Contains explicit scenes intended for adults 18+


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

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