Monday, December 23, 2013

Addicted for Now by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
By Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Published: November 30, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary-Romance




He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex. 

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks. 

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words. 

No. More. Us. 

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content




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We are blown away by how great this series is! Book two in the Addicted series is written in dual POV following Lo & Lilly. Krista & Becca Ritchie gives us a whole new twist on romance reads. The story-line is very different, unlike anything we have ever read, it is very deep and touches on some very serious topics. This story between two very broken souls Loren (Lo) Hale & Lily Calloway who are both struggling with their addictions. Lo a recovering alcoholic and Lily a struggling sex addict.

Addicted to You starts with Lily seeking help through her sister Rose, her friends, Conner & Ryke, and her sex therapist. Lo finishes his time in rehab and returns home, he moves in with Lily and her sister in their new place.

Lily & Lo are dealing with things like lust, love, self-respect, self-love, addictions & blackmail. The struggle to overcome ones demons all while trying to seek a path to redemption and a healthy relationship.

This book was simply amazing! Krista and Becca did an outstanding job writing a book with such unique characters & story-line. The authors are extremely versatile and dimensional with their writing & each book is a separate masterpiece as they continue to raise the bar with each new release. We are looking forward to Connor & Rose's story and more so with Ryke & Daisy. We can't wait to see what the authors have in store for us, the anticipation!!!






Meet Becca & Krista



Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tainted (Torn #3) *Cover Reveal*

Tainted (Torn #3)
By K.A. Robinson
Release date: January 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary-Romance



Part One: Facing My Demons
Drake lost everything the day Chloe walked away from him. Feeling angry and hurt by her abandonment, he dives deeper into his cocaine use. Each day becomes a struggle for him. After his band is picked up by a recording studio in Los Angeles, things go from bad to worse. What happens to a man who has lost everything he ever truly cared about?

Part Two: Learning to Love Again
When Drake showed up on Chloe’s doorstep, begging for forgiveness, she couldn’t turn him away. To Chloe, loving Drake is like breathing and she couldn’t bring herself to let him go again.

But what happens next? Follow Chloe and Drake as they learn to forgive and heal together.

Will Drake’s fame get in the way of their happily ever after? Or is love enough to keep them together?

The epic conclusion to Drake and Chloe’s story.






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Friday, December 6, 2013

Surrender to Love by J.C. Valentine

Surrender to Love (Night Calls #3)
By J.C. Valentine
Published: November 12, 2013
Genre: Contemporary-Romance, New Adult


After finding herself out of luck and out of love, Patricia Jacobs has written off the male species. No one but her father has ever given her the love and devotion she knows she deserves, and she’s sick and tired of it. Until she collides, literally, with a man whose devastating smile and seductive charm that should be considered illegal, destroys her plans. He’s everything she’s ever dreamed of in a man: handsome, intelligent, successful, they share a love of cars and best of all; he looks at her like she’s his light in the dark. What more could a girl ask for?

Jonathon Bradshaw, destroyed by a past that has haunted his every waking moment for the last five years, isn’t looking for a serious relationship, until he meets Patricia. Sweet, saucy and as hot as the summer is long, Jon can’t deny the draw he has toward her. For the first time, he has hope. Determined to shake the ghosts of his past, Jon focuses on forging a future with Patti, but he’s always been a master at standing in his own way. 

When Jon’s past refuses to be forgotten, will Patti be able to live with the truth about the man who’s stolen her heart?



Excerpt:
The bad thing about summer was how long the sun took to set. Patti didn’t realize how much time had passed until she heard the heavy thud of a car door nearby. She wasn’t given much time to gather her thoughts before she heard the voice that made her tingle all the way down to her toes.
“So you drive a muscle car and you like to get dirty.” His voice was thick with appreciation and held a touch of laughter.
Patti used her feet to propel herself from under the car. Once she was clear, she found herself looking up into Jon’s incredible blue eyes.
“Damn, and I thought you were stunning before.” His eyes skimmed down her body, and Patti became acutely aware of how much skin she was showing. She snapped her legs closed.
“What time is it?” she asked from her prone position.
Jon held out his hand and she took it. Grasping it tightly, he pulled her to her feet. “It’s nearly eight. I’m usually late for everything, but I found myself unable to wait any longer.” He slid his gaze over her again, and Patti felt her cheeks warm. Here he was confessing that he couldn’t wait to see her, and she had lost track of time over a car.
He hadn’t let go of her hand, she realized. Gently slipping her fingers free of his, Patti stepped back. Standing there in her filthy tank top and shorts, grease and oil smudging her exposed skin, while he stood before her looking completely edible in a pair of fitted black slacks and a white button down dress shirt, she couldn’t help feeling self-conscious.
“I’m sorry I’m not ready. I got distracted.” Patti jerked her thumb over her shoulder at the car.
Jon followed with his eyes and nodded. “That’s understandable; having something that beautiful at your disposal is bound to cause some distraction.”
When Patti looked up at him, she found his intense eyes focused on her and she got the distinct impression that he wasn’t referring to the car.
“I can be ready in fifteen minutes, if you still want to go out,” she stammered.
A slow, wolfish smile spread across Jon’s face as he took her in again. “If you look this good dirty...” He cleared his throat and shook his head. “Yeah, I still want to go out, but you’d better make it ten because anything beyond that and I can’t promise I’ll still be a gentleman.”





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Surrender to love is J.C. Valentine's third book to her Night Calls series.

For Patricia Jacobs it seems as though her world is quickly crashing down on her. After walking into her boyfriends home and finding him in bed with a hot woman, she gets fired from her job as an accountant of 5 years. Patti feels like her livelihood has been yanked out from under her. She was a workaholic and she loved her job.

After receiving a call from her best friends Jules they decided to gather their closes girlfriends and go for a night out in town for dinner and drinks. While dancing and enjoying the night out with her friends Patti meets Jonathon Bradshaw at the bar. Jon is handsome with aqua shade eyes framed with thick dark lashes and short black hair. He's also rich, & the player-type.

After an unfortunate run-in where Patti's car accidentally gets rear-ended by Jon, they decided to go on a date. It was instant chemistry that they both were trying to avoid.

Although there wasn't much of that "wow" factor in the book… the relationship and story behind the hero and heroine was interesting. The characters are very likable & like the first two books the story was enjoyable as well. Definitely a great book to pick up if you're looking for a easy, fun, and fast read.




Meet J.C.

J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of erotic tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Brandi Salazar lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream to become an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.





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Monday, December 2, 2013

Roulette by Kalin Ryann **COVER REVEAL

Roulette
By Kalin Ryann
Release Date: December 2013
Genre: Contemporary-Romance, New Adult



Seven days. Two complete strangers. One chance to fulfill a lifetime of fantasies.
Avery Graham, mother of two, and wife to a philandering husband, felt that life was a stand still. Somewhere along the way, she had lost her sense of self along with her pride and confidence. A weekend getaway with the girls was exactly what she needed. Or so she thought.
Jeremy Elliott made it his mission to live with no strings attached. He worked hard and played harder. Set in his ways, he knew what he wanted out of life and in the women he chose. He was in control in every aspect in his life. From work to sex. He was a force to be reckoned with.

When all is said and done, will they fold or will they call the other’s bluff?
Avery knew the moment she laid eyes on him that her life would be forever changed. Jeremy never saw it coming. The undeniable, heart stopping attraction. He knew her story, yet he still couldn’t walk away. She knew of his womanizing ways, and tried fight the force that pulled her to him. Working to convince Avery that he’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off of things, he realized he couldn’t keep his thoughts from wandering back to her.

A chance encounter led her to him. A calculating move put him in her path. When bodies, minds, and souls collide, the stakes are even higher. The dice have been rolled. Chips have been laid out. It’s a risk Avery was more than willing to take. Jeremy made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. One that would give him complete and absolute control. One that would take her to unimaginable heights.

The bets have been placed. The stakes are high. A gamble worth making.. She knew of his womanizing ways, and tried fight the force that pulled her to him. Working to convince Avery that he’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off of things, he realizes he can’t keep his thoughts from wandering back to her.
A chance encounter led her to him. A calculating move put him in her path. When bodies, minds and souls collide, the stakes are even higher. The dice have been rolled, chips have been laid out. It’s a risk Avery is more than willing to take. Jeremy made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. One that would give him complete and absolute control. One that would take her to unimaginable heights. Seven days, two complete strangers, one chance to fulfill a life time of fantasies. A bet is made, double or nothing.
When all is said and done, will they fold or will they call the other’s bluff?
The bets have been placed. The stakes are high. A gamble worth making.


Kalin Ryann Bio:
Kalin Ryann Is an erotic author from East Texas who not only loves to write dirty words, but loves to read them as well. When she’s not knee deep in smut, you can find her mudding with the guys or tubing on the lake…and if she’s not doing that, she’s munching on Asian food while thinking up her latest idea for a hot, sexy read that will bring you to your knees and prompt you to purchase an extra set of panties.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Billionaire Banker by Georgia Le Carre

The Billionaire Banker
By Georgia Le Carre
Published: November 1, 2013
Genre: Contemporary-Romance, New Adult


When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma.  The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have.  For young and innocent Lana, the unthinkable becomes her only choice.
But when she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied. Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington. Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.
And now he wants her.
Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive, and right now she is very vulnerable. She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she…when he has opened a door that cannot be closed?



Excerpt
Rupert directs his astonished, vicious eyes at Lana’s. ‘You offered yourself to him too?’
Lana stares mutely at Rupert. His eyes move derisively, hatefully over her. She feels herself cringe.
‘Does he know how much you charge?’
‘Do you doubt I will be able to afford her?’ asks Blake.
Rupert shrivels the way a leech that has had salt thrown on it does. ‘This is why you invited me here, isn’t it?’
‘Yes.’
‘What a joke!’ he taunts, but his jibe lacks any real bite. ‘The great Barrington can’t find his own whore. He has to steal mine.’
‘I didn’t steal her,’ Blake notes reasonably. ‘I just offered to pay more.’
Rupert’s eyes bulge, bug-like. ‘She’s just a cheap bloody tart. I’ve just finger-fucked her out there,’ he taunts maliciously, jerking his dandruff-laden head in the direction of the door.
Lana feels Blake’s hand tighten around her waist. ‘Consider it an unearned freebie, then,’ he says quietly, but there is warning in the calm words. A warning that is not lost on Rupert. The air becomes tight with tension. Lana looks from one man to the other. It is like watching two lions fighting for supremacy. But her body knows which lion she wants to win this fight.
Rupert shrugs. He knows he’d be a fool to go against a Barrington. He has much to lose. ‘If you think I’m going to fight over her you’re mistaken. Have her.’
He turns on his heel and leaves.
Blake lets go of Lana. She realizes she is trembling. She leans against the desk, hating herself, but unable to stop—nothing is more important than the money—she asks, ‘Did you mean it about the money?’






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We're actually very excited that we had the chance to read this romance novel and now we get to share it with our followers.

The Billionaire Banker starts off with twenty year old Lana Bloom at a fancy high-end restaurant. She is ready to make a proposal to her boss an old and rich man, he is her last hope and only hope. With both her savings and credit cards maxed-out, Lana needs £50,000. Her mother is dying of cancer and she needs the money so she can fly her mother to the U.S. to receive treatment.

While making the proposal to Rupert, up walks the sexy mysterious guy that was eyeing her earlier across the restaurant. His name is Blake Barrington a 29 year old Banker about 6ft 2 with broad shoulders, a deep tan, smoldering stormy-grey eyes, a strong jaw, and sexy bed-head hair. He's hot, savage, fierce and looks like a brooding Abercrombie & Fitch model.

Blake introduces himself and invites the two to Lord Jakie's. Its a party thrown by the crème de la crème of high society. When they arrive Rupert sexually assaulted Lana before she went stumbling into the restroom humiliated, nauseated, and cried.

When Lana exited the restroom Blake was lounging casually against the wall of the corridor waiting for her. He leads her into the library and asks her what Rupert will get for his money and what she was offering the old man? Blake makes a proposition with Lana for double the pay and 3 months worth of her time.

Blake moved Lana into an expensive apartment where she is to live while she is seeing him. Their first night together Lana meets him at a private club where they have dinner and later they return back to the apartment. Blake gives her a box to change in to. Inside the box was some lace and silk. She puts on the Lingerie that was all-white with blue ribbons on the suspenders. When she returned to the bedroom Blake was shirtless and propped against the pillows on the bed. She stripped away the little sheer dress she had on for Blake. He couldn't handle it he had to have her only to find out in that moment after entering her that she was a virgin.

Their love story unfolds and reminds us a lot of Pretty Woman. Although, their love is base on an agreement, both Lana and Blake started falling for one another more than they had ever thought they would. When they finally realize things are too late.

This story was very addicting for us. Yes, we know the plot is very common, a billionaire falling in love with a normal woman. But that is not the reason why we admire the story. Like many great books we read, Georgia Le Carre did a wonderful job at entertaining us with such a lovable heroine and a drool-worthy hero. The book was well-written from beginning to the end & we were left with the biggest cliff-hanger! We are dying to know how things will go with Lana and Blake in their next book. We're so excited and we definitely don't want to wait till next January to read the next installment to The Billionaire Banker!








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Georgia Le Carre lives in England, in an old 19th century romantic cottage surrounded by a magical garden filled with fruit and walnut trees.
When she is not feeding words into her laptop, she is either curled up in bed with a box of chocolates and a good read, or lost in a long walk in the woods. Especially on moonlit nights. And often with the man of her dreams.




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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Of Royal Descent by Ember Shane

Of Royal Descent
By Ember Shane
Published: September 9, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Speculative, Paranormal Romance


They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But sometimes, under extreme circumstances, it's exactly that which kills you that makes you stronger. And faster. And a member to a new, elite race of zombies.

Armed with a current address for his biological grandfather and a slightly unusual, yet loyal best friend, Doyle Hawthorne sets out to discover the truth about his past. But answers don't come easily, and the closer Doyle arrives to his destination, the more confusing things become. Disturbing alterations to his physical appearance as well as to his personality flicker on and off as Doyle searches for a logical explanation.

Despite the increasing severity of these uncontrolled flare-ups, Doyle is determined to keep his first date with Addy - a beautiful, young woman he has met upon his arrival into town. After narrowly subduing his raging impulses, Doyle quickly decides not even death itself can keep him from her. Unfortunately, he is about to test that theory.

Once initiated, nothing can alter the process of shading - the term given to the three distinct phases of becoming a higher classification of zombie, commonly referred to as "royals". Doyle must learn to control his tendency toward violence as well as his newfound royal powers if there is any chance of protecting those he loves from a mad scientist, the government, the colony of royals, and most importantly... himself.




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As you can see J & I are mostly into reading contemporary-romance novels. We have never read a zombie novel let alone, seen anything that piqued our interest. Of Royal Descent is a novel that redefines the word zombie. It's a zombie-romance with a very nice twist.

Ever since he was young, Doyle Hawthorne knew he was different. After coming home from a day at college he helped his adopted father clean out their garage. He ran into a box of old letters and a photo of his biological grandparents. After Doyle had questioned his adopted father about the things he had found, he came to realize the truth of his biological family's past. His grandfather had a psychiatric breakdown, mentally ill and put in a Rehabilitation Clinic.

Wanting to know more about his biological relatives past, Doyle and his best friend Chuck Johnson set out on a road trip. The closer they got to their destination in Ohio the more anxious Doyle became. Unusual things started to happen with Doyle, he can sense things before they happened, he was having weird nightmares, he had an appetite for raw meat, and he was feeling ill.

After waking up from an early nap, he decided to make a run to the closes restaurant near the hotel him and Chuck were staying at. Doyle had passed out while waiting in line only to wake up to a hot girl leaning over him. Her name was Addy. Doyle has never been attracted to anyone the way he was with Addy so he immediately asked her out on a date. They had an instant attraction and connection to one another.

The story between Doyle and his best friend Chuck is fun to read as well. Chuck is that cocky, arrogant, fun-loving, crazy friend that anyone secretly enjoys having around. They have that brotherly bond and their conversation was hilarious.

I was surprised how much we enjoyed this novel. It's a departure from most zombie literature in many ways, first being that this is a zombie love-story. As ridiculous as that sounds, it works. The author gives so much detail that you are able to picture everything she describes perfectly. Ember doesn't overlook any description which allows her readers to be there with her characters.

Ember Shane did a great job with this story! Even though she left us with a little cliff-hanger in the end, now we're just dying to know what will happen with Chuck? We can not wait for her next installment to this series.

We also want to thank you Ember for contacting us in reading and reviewing your novel. You've introduced us to a genre we normally would have found unappealing. We definitely ventured out from our norm and enjoyed every moment of it.





Meet Ember Shane



Ember Shane was born in Oak Ridge, TN, but currently resides with her son in southern Ohio. Although her past career choices range from beautician to professional women's football to an associates degree in nursing, her passion for writing has remained with her from youth. Of Royal Descent is her debut novel.



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Will there be another book to Of Royal Descent? Is this book part of a series?

I'm currently working on the follow up novel, entitled Of High Treason. Although I had originally envisioned a trilogy for the Royal Descent Series, there's a good possibility I will continue the story beyond that.

What inspired you to write your first book and how long did it take you to complete it?

I was actually plotting out a time traveler romance when a friend and I began talking about subgenres of paranormal romances. Zombies had come up, and I just remember thinking how gross that sounded. Ha! But I've always been a sucker for a good writing challenge, and if making rotting flesh somehow romantic isn't a challenge, I don't know what is. When I got home that night, I immediately began drafting it out on a storyboard, and I've been blissfully obsessed with the characters and plot ever since. From start to finish, Of Royal Descent took me about nine months to complete.

Who is your favorite character in this book?


Gosh, that's a hard one. But, I would probably have to say Chuck. He's that friend that everyone would love to have - adventurous, loyal, and comically arrogant.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Revision was definitely the hardest part of the process. I tend to write so much during the early drafts, that I have to continually pare content down for novel length and pacing. There are just some parts that I really hated to cut, but it made the story flow better.

If you can go back and change anything you have written what would it be & why?

I'd probably keep the scene I had originally written of Chuck and Kai when they were alone in the hotel after their date. It was from Chuck's point of view and a great scene. I cut it because I was trying to keep the rating more suitable for younger readers as well. Although in the second book, I will be including the racier scenes.

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

Almost every book I've ever read has influenced my writing in some way, but two specific writers come to mind. I've always admired Janet Evanovich's quick pacing and high doses of comedy in her Stephanie Plum Series. Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series is also high of my list of influential writing. Moning does a marvelous job at melding suspense and romance with paranormal elements.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Definitely Evanovich. Once you read so many novels by the same author, you can't help but pick up on how they structure plot and the characterization techniques they use.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

My advice is to write even when you don't feel like it, even when it's crap. Getting it down on paper is the secret to writing. I think a common tendency, at least for me, is thinking the first draft has to be perfect. This makes the process extremely slow and frustrating. When I start falling victim to this mentality, I have to remind myself that the first draft and final draft are several versions apart.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I sincerely thank each and every one of you, especially those that take the time to leave reviews. Writing has always been my passion, but having awesome readers makes it that much more enjoyable! You can find me at Facebook and Goodreads.







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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Trust In Me by J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout

Trust In Me (Wait for You #1.5)
By J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: October 22, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance


It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery's life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?








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Trust In Me is Cam's point of view to Wait For You. Even though this is retelling the story in his point of view, we enjoyed it just as much. Now, We are not exaggerating when we say that we fell in love with him just a little bit more in this book. It didn't add much to the story in general, but we did get to know Cam better, his personality and his past. I love that we get to see what is going through his head the first time that he meets Avery.

We definitely enjoyed when J. Lynn alternates points-of-view in her novels; adding the two points-of-view from the main characters. It adds more depths and emotions that as a reader, we definitely ENJOY. We were reliving the moments from Avery and Cam’s relationship that had us laughing and crying and was a great reminder of some of the events that happened in Wait For You. If you want to relive the moments with an old book boyfriend, then you will love Trust in Me. You will cry, laugh, and be broken hearted with Avery and Cam, but you will also love and rejoice with them too!





Meet Jennifer L. Armentrout



# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.




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Friday, November 8, 2013

Now & Again by Brenda Rothert

Now & Again (Now Series #2)
By Brenda Rothert
Published: September 30, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary-Romance



Once again, 26-year-old Layla Carson has the attention of a man eager to satisfy her. Ben Montrose, the hot, confident cop who gets off on frustrating her, is eager to show her just how arresting he can be. But as a reforming sexaholic, Layla’s sworn off casual hookups, and doesn’t miss the days of her early 20s –much.

Ben’s caught off-guard when the sexy, outspoken attorney turns him on and then turns him down. But the confident former Marine knows he can handle the simple seduction of a beautiful woman. He finds Layla’s weak spot – competition, which he happens to share – and challenges her to a game that could make them, or destroy them.

As they compete to crown the master of seduction, Ben and Layla discover there’s more to their game than power and foreplay. But as the stakes go up, they realize the game has changed, and they both stand to lose more than they bargained for.





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J&M's review:

Now & Again is the second book to the Now Series by Brenda Rothert. It's about Emma's older sister Layla Carson. While reading the first book we didn't think Layla was very likable. In fact, we thought she was a selfish, manipulative, & a superficial Queen B. Little did we know how much we would enjoy Layla's book. In the second book she's a completely different person. She's sworn off men and began focusing more on herself and her career.

Layla is a 26 year old Corporate Lawyer. She's sexy, strong, independent, & smart. While she was in high school she wrote her goals on a sheet of pink Hello Kitty paper. As long as it was on the list, she believed that it would happen. So far she's checked-off most of her lists and even though she has it tucked away and hasn't looked at it in a while one of her goals on the list was to get married by age 28.

Through one of her cases she meets Ben Montrose. He works in The Investigation Division as Sergeant at the Chicago Police Department. Ben is tall with a broad chest and wide shoulders. He has bright blue mesmerizing eyes, with sandy hair. He is hot and all Alpha-male!

One day after being out and walking her dog Prince, Layla received a threatening mail by a stalker. She returns to the police department to file a report and she runs into Ben Montrose. Later after having dinner at O'Malley's with Ben they decided to date for 4 weeks. Since they are both stubborn and demanding type of people the deal was that the first 2 weeks would be on Layla's term and the last 2 weeks would be on Ben's terms.

This book was very entertaining! We actually enjoyed it more than the first & surprisingly we loved Layla more than Emma. Ben and Layla as a couple was more exciting and sexy! The witty banter, bickering, and sexual tensions definitely kept us wanting more. This was a great 2nd book to its series. Brenda did a great job at capturing our attention!






Meet Brenda Rothert

Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.

These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.


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