Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Promo & Excerpt: THE YEAR I SLEPT by Matt Snee!

Today I'm promo-ing Matt Snee's new book, The Year I Slept, releasing Monday, February 20th!


About the Book:
Sex. Grief. Love. Unflinching eroticism.

These make up The Year I Slept. After Emerson Ketes loses the woman he loves - a Chinese immigrant by the name of Lin - to suicide, a spirit claiming to be her approaches him one night.

At the same time an old flame, Rowan, comes back into his life, while he's attempting to deal with overwhelming grief, confusion, and the ghost's demands.

And one way or another, the past will be reconciled... and the future will be burned into being.


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EXCERPT:
  I feel each beat of my heart. It has only just started to repair itself after being broken by this woman; broken twice, once when she left me for another man, and once when she left me for death.
            All this time I feel her, this ghost, beside me, her bare knees, the calves of her legs, the fabric of her skirt rubbing against her thighs. She sits. There is something different about her. I realize it is her nervousness; it is missing.
            Maybe I was just obsessed with her, maybe it was never love. Everyone always told me to let it go, let her go. I never could.
            I might never will. 
            "Ok," I tell her. "I'll help you…but you also have to do something for me."
            “What? “she asks.
            "You have to tell me everything. Everything you kept from me when you were alive. Everything that kept us from truly understanding each other. I want ALL of your secrets, Lin. It’s the only way I will agree."
            I hear the breath catch in her throat.
            “I don't know," she says, "I...it's only going to hurt you."
            "I don't care. That's what I want.” I wait a second to add, “It’s what I need. It’s the only way I will agree.”
            "Okay. “She acquiesces.
            "Then I promise to help you."
            I sense her smile. "Thanks, babe."
            The ghost disappears. Traffic returns to the streets. I hear people talking around the corner. 
            I go back upstairs, crawl into my bed and dig my head into my pillow. 
            I sleep.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: WICKED CHARMING by Nazarea Andrews!

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My Review: This was a fun read, and I'm definitely a sucker for series that take place in a BDSM club. There's something about the sense of community - a shared kink or lifestyle can really bond people. I fell in love with the four friends who started the club. Even when the story itself felt a little off, I could feel the bond between these four. I also found it super interesting that one of them was a submissive. They weren't all super dominant alpha males, so I have to give this author major props for that! Also I like how okay they were with taking male submissives. It was obvious they preferred women, but the dominance wasn't just about sex (though that seemed like a huge plus), control was the main thing - so it didn't matter if the sub that were controlling was male or female.

Now on to what I felt was lacking in this book - a real sense of motivation. I mostly understood why they were doing what they were, we get explanations for the reasoning behind the decisions, it just didn't feel strong enough, I guess. The whole sub auditions just seemed so weirdly placed. Again, we get a reason for it, but it just felt so odd, and lacking. 

But my small issues with this book would not stop me from reading the rest of the series! In fact, I might have to go ahead and click the pre-order button for book 2!

Cover Lovin': I love it! Simple and classy.

Recommendation: Book one, no prior knowledge necessary.

Final Rating:  THREE out of FIVE stars (3/5)! This was a good read. But the lack of oomph behind some of the character motivations knocked it down a few 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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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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WICKED WOLF (Coming February 27)

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Blurb: 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. Until he meets Scarlet. The chase has never been quite as intoxicating as it is with her, the feisty sub with an innocent streak a mile wide. And for the first time, he wants to keep her, but Scarlet already has a Dom, and Hunter has no intentions of giving her up. Both Wolf and Hunter are in for a surprise when they realize Scarlet doesn’t want one of them. She’s playing to keep them both.
 
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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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Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: RIVETED by Jay Crownover!

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My Review: Oh, Jay Crownover, you have done it again. You have given me a hero that makes me swoon all while my heart is breaking for the pain he's endured in the past. I always find myself stuck between wanting to hug and cuddle them until all the sad stuff is washed away... and wanting to get all down and dirty with them because she writes some hot, hot, hot men.

Okay, I can't write this review without also talking about all the feels this book gave me. This author rocks in the feels department. I know I'm going to get a good ending, but she doesn't pull any punches along the way. In the beginning, Dixie is talking about how her family just knows when it's right. One look, and that's it - they found their forever. Her father and mother had it, even her sister experienced it (though her road to happiness was more than a little bumpy as well). But it really started to break my heart when Dixie mentions that she knows Church is it - but she also realizes he doesn't have that instant zing with her. She doesn't get an immediate happily-ever-after like her parents did. But I have to admire her tenacity. She didn't let that beat her down. Dixie is one of those characters I would love to be friends with, and would aspire to be - hope for the best, and weather every bad day with a huge smile on your face.

I don't want to give much away, but the drama and suspense in this book are once again spot-on. I always know, with one of Jay's books, that I'm going to get a hot as heck love story, and a wild ride on the way there.

Cover Lovin': Yes, yes, yes! Fits perfectly with the rest of the series. And that cover model (both of them, really) is gorgeous.

Recommendation: Reading previous books isn't required, but it helps provide backgrounds for several characters mentioned and featured in this book.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)! Loved this, and it made me even more giddy for the next book. Bring on Wheeler! I'm going to need it NOW!


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

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying. When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Excerpt: HOMETOWN COWBOY by Sara Richardson!


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He’d only stayed for the coffee, so he’d best stop looking at Jessa like she was on the menu.
Lance did his best to reel in his tongue and crank his jaw closed. But…damn.

It had to be the thong. And the bra. And the robe. Who knew Jessa Mae Love owned sexy lingerie? Not him. It would’ve been better if he’d known, if he’d been prepared to see her like that—all half naked and done up like a no-strings-attached fantasy. Her legs were much longer than he’d ever realized. Long, tanned, and defined. Lethal combination. Must be all of that hiking she did.

Though he knew better, his gaze followed her to the kitchen. Yes, Jessa had spent every summer in Topaz Falls for as long as he could remember. He’d known of her, even a little bit about her, considering their fathers were more like brothers than friends. He’d seen her around the ranch, but he’d never looked at her too closely. How could he have ever missed that bust, which he’d gotten a nice view of before he remembered his manners and turned away. He may not get out much, but he was still a man. And he had perfect eyesight. He noticed things like that. Somehow on Jessa, he’d missed it until the moment he’d seen her lying on the floor.

The unrecognizable woman in front of him—could he even call her Jessa anymore?—worked quickly in the kitchen, clutching the top of the robe like she wanted to bolt it together. He almost wished she could.

After she’d removed the screaming teakettle from the stove and poured water into a French press, she sort of scuttled past him. “I should go change,” she said in a huskily sexy voice that didn’t seem to fit her. Or at least it hadn’t. Before the lingerie…

“I’ll throw on some clothes,” she went on, nervously shifting her eyes. “Then we can talk about Luis.” 


Yes. Clothes. That would be best. Because if she put on more clothes, maybe he could focus on something besides these details he’d never noticed about her. Like the soft way her blondish hair cascaded past her shoulders. Or the way her earnest, unsure, brown-eyed gaze had stirred something inside him. Instead of answering her, he simply averted his eyes and nodded, giving her permission to go, giving himself space to get his shit together. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review: COME CLOSER by Brenda Rothert!

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My Review: Do you ever pick up a book because the synopsis sounds fairly interesting and you're willing to give something different a shot... and then the book BLOWS YOUR MIND? Well, if you haven't, then you definitely need to read this book because trust me, you'll experience it. I think I picked this book because I was interested in the whole "forbidden" love story. A doctor and his patient? That's very naughty - and, therefore, caught my interest. But this book is so much more than that, and it's so much better than I could have expected. 

I probably should wait a while before writing this review, because I just finished the book and all I want to do is gush. But I can't help it, I have to get my feelings out right now. I loved this, 100%. Maybe the whole confessing their love happened a bit too fast for my taste, but the story itself? I was losing my mind. I was almost late going back to work from my lunch break because I couldn't put this down. And I picked it back up the second I got home, despite the fact that I needed to make dinner. What's the point of dinner when time spent with a good book is just as fulfilling?!

I'll admit it, I read a lot of books because I like the smutty scenes. This wasn't one of those books. Oh sure, the sexy scenes were hot, but instead of taking my time and savoring them - I kept up my speed-reading pace because I absolutely had to know what was going to happen. I know in the author's note Brenda Rothert mentioned this book is different than her usual work - but if this magic is what she's capable of? Consider me her newest number one fan. 

Cover Lovin': Very well done. I'd definitely be hooked.

Recommendation: Stand-alone. And you should definitely enjoy some suspense with your romance.

Final Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars (5/5)! Couldn't put it down, and fully lost myself in the story from beginning to end. Seriously, I got hooked at 2%, and I didn't see the rest of the world until I got to the very last page. Highly recommended. 

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


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Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

An adult standalone, contemporary romance

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Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement. I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire. Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.

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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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Friday, February 10, 2017

Guest Post: Author KAT MARTIN!

Author Kat Martin is joining us once again to share her thoughts on research and promote her newest book, Into The Firestorm! Check out the post, learn a bit more about the book itself, and be sure to visit the buy links at the bottom!

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I got the idea for a trilogy set in Seattle as I worked on my Alaska Trilogy.  Nick Brodie needed a place to work and live, so I created Brodie Operations Security Services, BOSS Inc, the guys called it. 
In the office, I put two more Brodies, cousin Ethan and cousin Luke.  INTO THE FIRESTORM is Luke Brodie’s story.  What made it fun and interesting was the twist it took during the research phase. 
Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter.  A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he'll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance. 
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance.  It's been almost a year since she arrived at her sister's home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance's sick assault. 
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay.  And no one--not even the infamous Luke Brodie--is going to stop her.
There was plenty of story to work with, but as I was developing the plot, I stumbled across an interesting tidbit.  Turns out there is a group in Seattle called the Yakuza, an organization often referred to as the Japanese Mafia.
What caught my eye was that members of the group are completely tattooed--even their genitals!  I thought, wow, wouldn’t they make interesting bad guys?
So the thing about research is that it can twist your story in unexpected directions.  It’s difficult but the results can be astonishing. 
I hope you'll watch for Luke and Emma in INTO THE FIRESTORM, book #3 in the BOSS, Inc. Trilogy.  And if you haven’t read INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND, I hope you’ll give them a try.  Very best wishes, Kat    

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Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter.  A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he'll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance.
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance.  It's been almost a year since she arrived at her sister's home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance's sick assault. 
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay.  And no one--not even the infamous Luke Brodie--is going to stop her.

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~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~