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Book Review: Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke

Published January 29, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Omen Operation
by Taylor Brooke
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Limitless Publishing

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After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.

 

Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.

 

If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity…

 

After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.

 

Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape…

 

On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?

 

 

As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense ofcamaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.

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Right from the very first page I was drawn into Omen Operation. The action started right away and didn’t stop until the very end. I also liked that there were so my surprises that I didn’t know what was coming next. The author also created an awesome new world.

I completely connected with each character and loved reading about each and everyone of them. They were so related about and its also ways refreshing to see a strong female character.

I think many YA readers will enjoy reading this book. I would completely recommend this to anyone who enjoys read dystopian novels.

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Taylor Brooke is the author of the upcoming sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love- books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

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Book Review: No Promises by N. Raines

Published January 27, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog
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No Promises by N. Raines
Publication date: January 15th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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A new adult romance by multi published author Nona Raines writing as N. Raines

She never met a stray she didn’t love…

In high school, Sam Pennywell had a massive crush on Rick Russo. But he was her cousin’s boyfriend and strictly off-limits. Meeting Rick again years later, she can hardly recognize the man he’s become.

As a paramedic, Rick’s career is all about helping others. But in the line of duty, he’s become one of the injured. He’s caught in a dark place he can’t escape on his own. He can’t make Sam any promises of love. Promises are too easily broken.

Sam spends her life taking care of sick and homeless animals. She’s never met a stray she didn’t love, and Rick is the most important rescue she’ll ever make.

 

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I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed reading this book; it was one that I could not put down. It’s not easy to get readers to not only to connect with the main characters, but to also connect the secondly characters. I not only adored Rick and Sam, but I loved Sam’s father and her cousin Britt.

 

The stories plot also hooked me a lot; I really wanted to know what was going on with Rick. At first I picture him as someone who didn’t want to work, but that changed the more I got to know him. I will also admit there were a couple of time where I found myself tearing up, between Sam’s story about her mother and Rick’s story about his job.

 

I would highly recommend this book for any new adult romance fans, It is one I think you’ll all enjoy.

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N. Raines (who also writes as Nona Raines) is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild  Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs.  Her most recent work is the romance novella Write to Me and the transgender romance Her Kind of Man.

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Book Review Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Maden

Published January 25, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog
We’re celebrating the release of Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen!
Title: Anatomy of a Player
Author: Cindi Madsen 
Age: NewAdult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled
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This bad boy is about to get played…

After getting her heart broken by a player again, Whitney Porter is done with men. She’s focusing on her future career and her first assignment at the college newspaper: Posing as a sports writer for an exposé on the extra perks jocks receive. But Hudson Decker, the bad boy of the hockey team, is about to test her resolve. To keep herself from breaking her no-sex rule with the temptingly tattooed athlete, she decides to use him for a side project: Anatomy of a Player, to help Whitney—and women everywhere—spot a player, learn what makes him tick, and how to avoid falling for one.

With his life spiraling out of control, Hudson Decker’s looking for a distraction. When his teammates bet him that he can’t land the gorgeous but prickly new reporter, he accepts the challenge, boasting he’ll have her in bed by the end of the semester. But Whitney is so much more than Hudson expected, and soon enough, he’s in too deep. The last thing he needs is another complication, but staying away isn’t an option. One thing’s for certain: this girl totally throws him off his game.

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I enjoyed reading Anatomy of a Player, I think there was a great plot and I always enjoy Cindi Madsen’s writing style. Even though I have seen this type of plot before, Cindi was able to make it fresh with a few new twists.

Even though Hudson was a “player”, I thought his character was very likable. He definitely had a side he only let Whitney see, and it was a side I really enjoyed seeing. Hudson is also a hockey player, who doesn’t love one of those?

Then there was Whitney, sometimes I enjoyed reading her POVs and sometimes I didn’t. There were times I just wanted Whitney to be herself, but I understand why she wasn’t.

I enjoyed the fact that there was a romance from the very first page and we slowly saw the feeling develop between the two main characters. It made me feel the chemistry a little more.

One thing about this book was it was a slow read and it took me a little while to get into it. Once I was into the story, I really did enjoy it.

Anatomy Player is the second story in the Taking Shots Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.

 

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USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Visit her at www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

Published January 14, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog
We’re celebrating the release of NEVER TEAR US APART by Monica Murphy!

Title: Never Tear Us Apart

Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Bantam January 5, 2016

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Book description:
Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again–the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now–beautiful, quiet, composed–and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.
I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.
Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.
So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.
My father.
My Thoughts:

Never Tear Us a Part was a very interesting read. The plot was something that hasn’t been done a lot in the past or I haven’t read many of them. Either way I loved reading something with a different kind of plot.

 

During the entire story Ethan and Katie’s POV changed from then to now. I really enjoyed seeing the connection they had when they were younger and the growing one they have when they are older. It was also good to see what life was like for them in the past.

 

I did think that Ethan should have told Katie who he was sooner. I was waiting a while for it. I was a little stalkerish on how he followed her for a lot of them book, even though his heart was in the right past. He just felt a need and connection to Katie and her him.

 

I cannot wait to read book two in this series!

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to stop by Monica’s Facebook Page daily for giveaways!
About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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Love So Perfect by Marquita Valentine

Published January 11, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog

We’re celebrating the release of LOVE SO PERFECT!

Title: Love So Perfect (Lawson Brothers #5)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Cover Designer: Lindee Robinson Photography
Book Description:
Star quarterback Austin Lawson’s dating life is fair game to the myriad gossip bloggers. Thanks to his most recent screw up with a social media savvy super model, he’s forced to return home so that his PR team can do damage control. To help speed things along, he volunteers at Jessamine Elementary School, never dreaming he’d find the perfect solution to his image problem in Harper Bell. Sweet as anything, she’s star struck by him and agrees to date-after-date, never suspecting the real reason he wants to be with her. But as things begin to heat up between them, Austin realizes that he wants Harper for more than just a quick fix.Harper Bell is perfectly content as a second grade teacher in the small town of Jessamine—until she meets the one man who makes her question her lack of social life. She never dreamed that sexy, hometown hero Austin Lawson would ever notice a plain-Jane like herself. And with one hot kiss, she begins to fall head over heels for him…until she learns the truth. Austin’s been using her.

Now Austin has to execute the perfect play to win back the girl of his dreams. Or will Harper bench him permanently?

 

My Thoughts:

Another perfect Larson Brothers novel! Each time I meet a new brother I have an even harder time finding a favorite, they are all so wonderful. I’m always happy to see the brother from pervious books returning in the new ones, I love seeing what they are up to. This time our male character, Austin is younger than Harper, I like that Ms. Valentine decided to show its okay for a female to be older than the male in a relationship. Although, it took a little bit of time for Harper to be okay with the age difference and the fact that she was older.

 

Just like the rest of the books in this series, Love so Perfect was a short yet sweet read, that you are able to read in one or two sittings. I know I like books like that for a rainy or snowy day! Each of these books can be read as stand alones and this one was no different. Even though they can be read as stand alones, I still suggest reading them all!!

 

I cannot wait to see what Lawson brother is up next! I have a feeling we will get to learn more about Caleb, and I truly hope so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget about the rest of the Lawson Brothers!
Love So Hot
Audio
Love So True
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Love So Irresistible
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Love So Tempting
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 About the author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read” (The Book Queen).

When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

Release Day: Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

Published January 5, 2016 by adventuresinbooklandblog
We’re celebrating the release of NEVER TEAR US APART by Monica Murphy!

Title: Never Tear Us Apart

Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Bantam January 5, 2016

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1KzdZSa

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1R3zkuq

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1PNyi5N

iBooks: http://apple.co/1MoW1EJ

B&N: http://bit.ly/1j80Pon

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1MHt8GE

Books-a-Million: http://bit.ly/1OPM7ym

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1iL7y7T

Penguin/Random House: http://bit.ly/1Jo0Ut7

Add to your Goodreads shelf: http://bit.ly/1V9L80V

Book description:
Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again–the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now–beautiful, quiet, composed–and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.
I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.
Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.
So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.
My father.

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to stop by Monica’s Facebook Page daily for giveaways!
About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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