Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Radio silence until I get a new computer - Sad!

Hello everyone,

I had to order a new computer since mine is no longer working, unfortunately. I can only use it for fifteen minutes until it randomly restarts. After chatting with tech support for five hours, I finally decided the best course of action is to just bite the bullet and get a new one - but it's the passing of an era! Poor Sir Lap Toppington the Third. He was a good friend for three and a half years.

So due to the above, I won't be able to post reviews for at least a little while. Hopefully the new computer will arrive soon and I'll be able to get everything set up and downloaded quickly. But with the holidays (and the craziness at work) - who knows!

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

Monday, December 14, 2015

Review: SWEET ACHE by K. Bromberg

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Type: Series, Book 6, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Rock Stars, Rockers trump racers!

About the Book: Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screwup could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Sweet Ache (Driven, #6)Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage.... [Description from]

My Review: I've had this book for a while. When I was offered it to review, I was in my rock star phased, and before I got the chance to read this, I had fallen into another phase of some sort, and this got left behind. So imagine how excited I was to get back into my rocker phase so I can read this book and fully enjoy it!

I'll start off with what I liked most about this book - I thought the character's reactions to the curve balls life threw at them were incredibly accurate. Everything felt true to the character's state of mind, and what was expected of them. And, quite often, the characters did exactly what I would have in the same situation - which just confirmed how real they felt to me.

I also loved the story itself. I'm a sucker for the misunderstanding. And it goes back to my love of "Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie - I love the whole "I made a bet but I'm willing to lose because I love you" story trope. Honestly, if "Sweet Ache" is any indication of the rest of K. Bromberg's books, I will be picking them up in the future.

Now to what I didn't like so much - and this is most likely a nit-picky thing only because I was so recently getting a graduate degree. Quin talks about her thesis, but procrastinates so often. It's barely mentioned here and there that she got some work done on it. But I remember the end of graduate school - it's a big deal. It's basically pass/fail, and determines whether or not you graduate. I know the relationship is the main story, obviously - but don't let falling in love ruin your chances, Quin! Don't do that to yourself! 

Cover Lovin': So, when this was offered to me, I jumped on it - mostly because of the cover. Thumbs up!

Recommendation: While this book is book 6 of a series, no need to be familiar with the previous books! This works just fine as a stand-alone. Though I'd love more from the band...

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE (4/5)! I thought this book was a fun read. I didn't want to put it down once I got started. But what really stuck with me was how real Hawke dealt with the tragedies in this life. 

Get your copy of Sweet Ache from today! And check out the next book in the series, Hard Beat.

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

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