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Amy and Jennifer ARE Seduced by Books. We’re both in our 30’s, moms, close friends, work together, and share many of the same interests including our love of reading. Amy grew up in Maryland and has been obsessed with Vampires for as long as she can remember. Jenn grew up in Florida and loves the furry, the fey, and the fangs, in that order. Currently we are both in Orlando, FL. When we can be pulled away from books, Amy loves to bake and Jenn loves to take pictures and scrap.
We decided to create a place where we could direct friends, and acquaintances for, book suggestions/recommendations (Jenn’s been known to talk to strangers on the train while traveling in NYC). Once we started out with a simple page, we evolved from there. Now we are sharing our book reviews, fun comments, recipes, and giveaways. We try to give reviews on new releases, pre-releases, and oldies but goodies that we read, or are reading. We’re going to be adding author interviews for established and up and coming authors soon.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lara Adrian Giveaway

In honor of her release TOMORROW (Jan 24th) of Darker After Midnight (10th in the Midnight Breed Series) we are hosing a giveaway to help Lara Adrian promote.

What do we have?  

Book 1 Kiss of Midnight in Audiobook

We also have a few other swags prices (bookmarks, pens, etc)

Kiss of Midnight description

He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night--or this man--is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed--a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind--and the unwitting humans existing alongside them--from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed's formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all . . . .(courtesy of laraadrian.com)

So here is what you have to do - - comment on either the 2 reviews posted today (A Taste of Midnight and Darker After Midnight) or this post.  Make sure you are a follower here on the blog.  Leave your email addy in the comment, or send it do us in private message to seducedbybooks at gmail dot com.  Make sure you comment on the posts to be entered.  

Only 1 comment per post from you will be entered (but that means you get 3 entries if you comment on each post)  And comment by end of release day - January 24th.  

There will be 1 winner of the audiobook (and they will get some swag too) and 5 winners of swag from Lara Adrian ..and maybe we'll throw in a few extra pieces.  

Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order--a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike--to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach--until he finds himself drawn to a beautiful young woman who may be something much more than she seems . . .(courtesy of laraadrian.com)

This is the 10th book in the Midnight Breed series.

This book has to have some of Adrian's hottest romp scenes. I've been a fan of this series, and Adrian knows how to do passion as well as action.  Adrian takes a different take on the 'vampire' origin, and after the first book, when you are introduced to it, she really makes it work.  It's there, it's the 'truth' and he stories have just flowed.  (i'm sure i've said that before)  Darker After Midnight, takes the plot that the Order has been working so hard to defeat and gives us some wicked twists.  Man Dragos was really out there!  

Chase and Tavia are amazing.  Tavia in herself is unexpected and pushes this book in the right direction.  Adrian wraps you up in Chase's insanity and it work.  There is never a loss of action in these books, they are definitely one to grip you, as you turn each page hoping for a chance to run to the restroom, there's more and you can't stop.  As you've been with each of these brothers for a few years now, you can't let them go.  My heart ached for a few of them, and to find the perks in the ending; leaves you ready for the next book and with a warm settled feeling.  

I'm extremely impressed (not just by the sex scenes LOL) but with how Adrian takes the book and brings a closure to the plot while sprinkling in the opening for her next books.  This is not the last in the series, Adrian has a few more tricks up her sleeve. Everyone of Adrian's books in this series has been strong, there's not been a low point yet! 

A Taste of Midnight by Lara Adrian

A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances of a dangerous Edinburgh crime boss with a taste for blood sport.

As Danika seeks to expose the vampire and his dark trade, she discovers an unexpected ally in his forbidding, enigmatic henchman, Brannoc, a man who exudes heat, danger, and dark menace--and seems somehow achingly familiar. Bran has his own reasons for wanting to keep Dani out of his employer’s business . . . and his own secrets he means to keep buried. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a woman who tempts the wildest part of his Breed nature--especially when that woman is Danika MacConn, the one woman capable of bringing him to his knees. (courtesy of laraadrian.com)

This is a novella set to work with the Midnight Breed series, although it does not wrap into the plot as a necessary read.  Adrian was kind enough to give us a 'taste' of the breed before book 10 releases on 1/24/2012 (TUESDAY!!)

While it may not be around the Order we know and love, there is some reference to the series and having known the series, you can fall right into this book and know exactly what the background is.  Adrian keeps the story moving along for the European side of the Order and Breed.  It's amazing how your body will always recognize the one you love.  Danika feels the connection as soon as she sees Bran.  

As a quick read, Adrian doesn't leave out any action.  Of course, we all love the erotic intensity.  Adrian doesn't leave us with out.  I was overjoyed that this came out to give us a break in our wait time, and it surely made me ready for Darker After Midnight just bringing in her writing style and our Breed.  

4 Slices

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Darkness by Joann Martin Sowles

Not long ago, Laney Alexander was living a carefree life, that is, until she was thrown into a world full of creatures only the imagination thought possible. Now, after surviving a terrifying night, Laney and Oliver are lying low at Julz's place, relieved to be in each other's arms once again. But fate seems to have other plans...

Julz is not happy to have visitors in her home and emotions run high. Laney is pushed to her limits as she watches Carter fight for his life and her relationship with Oliver becomes strained as she discovers secrets about Julz that could tear them apart.

As she reaches her boiling point, disaster strikes and her life is shattered. Laney must come to terms with what has unfolded. Will she lose her way and let the darkness consume her or will she find her light in Oliver?

Secrets will be revealed. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be lost. Darkness will fall. (courtesy of back cover)

Sowles brings us book 2 in the Brookehaven Vampires series. 

This is not your run of the mill YA vampire read, Sowles keeps the dark vampires in play tossing in a little drama and twisted up with intense action.  

As we pick up where Laney (book 1) left off, we have so much going on.  Laney just wants to be with Oliver, but there is so much left for her to learn.  Sowles brings in the mysteries behind our characters.  We've met Laney and Oliver, but we finally get to dive into the background of their friends.  It's not all roses for Laney either.  I enjoy how Sowles puts in characters that you can relate to, and when we are learning their back story, it's quick but detailed, so the book doesn't drag on.  I didn't hit a low point in the book.  The passion of our leading couple leaves you breathless as the two figure out their love.  

I enjoy that Laney is a strong character, only perhaps once or twice was I aggravated by her stubborn streak :).  Sowles doesn't set her leading guy up to be a push over either, he's laid it out and he's got to do what can be done to protect his love and family.  We also don't have everything working perfect for the leading couple.  I admire how Sowles makes that work in her book, as she takes you on the flips and turns of the story.  Some added drama and tension between friends, and out right possessive vampire instincts tossed in pull together strong emotions for the characters and Sowles gets you feeling it as well. Carter was a big win for me in this book.  

This series is one that I keep on my list - Oliver intrigues me to see where the story will lead, there are so many directions and possibilities.  If I could complain about anything, was it ended too soon quickly, but really, Sowles did that right by not dragging out the drama. (although, I'm a little shocked about Carter in the end)

5 slices 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Not Her Type by Kay Jaybee

When Jenny’s regular film courier, John, reveals how she has become the center of his sexual dream world, Jenny’s quiet existence is thrown into an arena of desire that she thought she’d long since abandoned.

One unexpected, head swimming romp later, and Jenny is left wondering if her courier will ever visit her again, and if he does, will he mention the hot sex they had on her living room floor that Tuesday afternoon, or will he pretend that it hadn’t happened?

When the following Tuesday arrives and John reappears on Jenny’s doorstep, the scene is set for a continuation of intensely kinky weekly meetings. There is only one problem. John really really isn’t Jenny’s type...(courtesy of OC Press http://oceroticbooks.com/ebooks/not-her-type)

When a book starts you smack dab in the middle of a good romp – you have to think – can it get any better?

Well it does.  I was definitely humming with anticipation as I read and finished this book.  On a random Tuesday, a chance encounter has you desperately waiting for the delivery next week.  Do we every really truly know what our “type” is?  I mean on the outside you could have your ultimate package and then when you get them home…well, you can stand their toes, or something silly to the like.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there are not great partners out there.  I’m just saying that, you might not think you like a guy with tattoos until he rocks your world and has you aching for more!  The saying ‘opposites attract’ isn’t just for magnets! 

That being said, imagine Jen’s (character from book, not our blog) excitement when she’s got her delivery boy challenging her previous expectations.  And she gives as good as she gets!  Even better.  I loved that she looks at John’s creative bedroom desires and hits them head on (any and all puns intended).  John is the complete opposite of what Jen’s history on the dating scene includes.  The intense passion from these two as they set off to top each other’s fantasies is beyond HOT!

Erotic romance guaranteed to heat you up!!  In the end, from all the seduction, it’s a great romance.  If you are not up for erotica, bedroom fun, or appreciating reading about it, this may not be for you…but here at Seduced, we have no problems with that!

5 slices.  Thanks to OC Press for topping off the new year!