Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Read and Review for Big Game by Aden Lowe and Body by Audrey Carlan

Welcome to one of our new feature, Read and Review.   Read and Review gives Amazeballs Book Addicts readers and opportunity to read a book chosen by readers and then review it.  For January we read Big Game by Aden Lowe and Body by   All copies were gifted through BN or Amazon.  Below are reviews from our awesome readers.  

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 Big Game by Aden Lowe

Big Game: Hunted Love #1


When a legendary predator decides prize horses should be on his menu, Kate takes the advice of her foreman and hires a big game hunter to track the mountain lion and remove the threat. The hunter arrives to take up the trail, but instead of the seasoned older man she expects, he's young and impossibly sexy.

Freshly back from deployment to Afghanistan as a special forces operative, Jakob needs to clear his head of the horrors of war. When his uncle dies, Jakob steps in to hunt down a mountain lion on the other side of the state. The prospect of several days in the wilderness with only his horses and dogs for company sounds like the ideal opportunity. Except the infuriating female rancher insists on going along for the ride. 

About the Author:
Growing up an only child, I was lucky enough to have a huge brood of cousins to help me get into all sorts of trouble. Long summers spent on various family members' farms gave me a deep appreciation for the outdoors and horses. I worked my way through college training horses as a result of those summers.
After 15 years editing books for strangers, I decided to try my own hand at writing. Big Game: Hunted Love #1 was my solo debut, and my story idea file is endless. After I finish the Hunted Love series, I have a romance series featuring soldiers returning from war and set twenty years in the future. And after that, there's a Roman Gladiator who keeps insisting on telling me his story...



Review by Amy R.
This is a well written book with likeable characters. Kate owns a horse ranch, when a lion starts killing her horse, she hires a hunter, he died so his nephew Jakob takes the job. The question is who's hunting who and what? They had an immediate connection, there were sparks and major chemistry. Together they hunt the lion and more while in the wilderness......Book was a short quick read, with a 2nd and 3rd to follow. Given a copy of this book for an honest review.
4 Stars!!!

Review by Jennifer A.

Let me start off by saying that overall I really enjoyed this book. It was steamy, yet romantic. Jakob was the epitome of the ideal male. Kate was very easy to like and while her story was tragic, she was still relatable. The setting was unique and one that I haven't experienced before so I really appreciated the new world that the author sent to me.

With that being said, had the bonus chapter not been at the end I probably would have given this a 3 star instead of the 4 that I actually gave it. I felt the book was left at a point that was needlessly unresolved without that extra chapter. I am not sure the author's reasoning for adding it but it was a great choice. The only other issue that I had with the book was that sometimes the story line felt rushed. I felt like Jakob and Kate went really fast, perhaps faster than I felt was believable.

I am looking forward to reading more from this author and perhaps getting more glimpses into Jakob and Kate's love story."
4 Stars!!!

Review by Nancy H.
This was my first book by Aden Lowe. I enjoyed her characters and the story. Kate is a strong, feisty, independent woman. She did not let anything stop her from living life. Although she has a few issues, she overcomes them when she meets Jakob. Jakob is at a crossroads in his life when he takes Kate's call. You can feel the attraction between them from the first meet. It was a sexy, hot and a fun read. I wish it had been longer. I would recommend this to others who enjoy alpha males and a little spanking.
4 Stars!!!!

Review by Mary P.
I was given a copy for Big Game for an honest review.  The story Big Game was an adorable story of a rancher and one of America’s finest who was trying to decide whether or not to reenlist.  Both protagonists had their own baggage but not too much to let the story flow.  I thoroughly enjoyed the hunt excursion, the simultaneous sexual tension, and their coming together.  The ending was adorable and I was very happy to be able to read the ‘extra’ chapter which solidified their relationship.  If anything, the well written story left me wanting more; more details on their personal lives, more about their relationship, and definitely more about the hunt.  I felt the hunt was too short and it could have been extended a day or two to develop the relationship a little bit more.  I read very quickly and when I sink my teeth into a good book I want to be able to enjoy it for more than a couple hours.  Big Game was an enjoyable and provocative book I devoured from beginning to end because the action and its characters kept it moving.  Bravo to Aden Lowe, I can’t wait for more!   

Review by Suzanne Talkington
This is the first time reading a book by Aden Lowe and I have to say I enjoyed it. Though third person is not usually my cup of tea, Lowe made the book smooth in its transition between Kate and Jakob, as well as any other minor characters that came into play.I loved the thought path of Jakob of how he knew what he wanted even though he seemed to be a lost soul especially now home from his tour of duty as well as losing his uncle. I loved Kate's spunky attitude and she gave Jakob a run for his money in the start. The electric pull between the two was very well written even if the time span was short between being together :). I loved the way Lowe describes everything in the book and gives you a sense that you are actually there watching this all take place! I have to say my fave part in the book was the bonus chapter! I laughed so hard at Mr. Ambulance Chaser Lawyer getting chased out! But the chapter gave a sense of how final Jakob felt for Kate and I love stories like that even if they seem a tad unrealistic LOL. Definite 4 1/2 stars from me :)
4 1/2 Stars!!!!

Review by Elizabeth W

Kate Holt is a lone woman on a ranch full of men.  A limp from a childhood accident has sapped her confidence as a woman/ She has closed herself off from everything and puts her all into running her ranch.  When one of her horses is taken down by a mountain lion she is forced to call in outside help.  

Jakob Barger is a military man at a crossroads.  While at his uncle's home wrapping up his estate, he gets the call from Kate Holt.  He decides to take the hunting job on his deceased uncle's behalf.  He sees this as a chance to clear his head and decide whether to stay in the military or return to the life he left behind.

The romance in this book was hot and sexy and full of Dom-y goodness.  If this isn't your cup of tea, never fear, it was pretty low on the Dom scale, just enough to make it uber-hot.  The relationship, while a quick build, didn't feel forced.  The dialog and descriptions were also very enjoyable. The story itself was a little rushed, which isn't surprising for a novella.  At the end it was made clear that Aden Lowe would be revisiting Kate and Jakob's story in a future book, which I look forward to.  The series shows great potential.  Some editing and continuity issues were a little annoying but did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.  I look forward to reading more of Aden Lowe's work in the future.

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Body by Audrey Carlan

Men ruin women.

Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and powerful. I never stood a chance.

I didn’t want to want him.

I didn’t want to need him.

I didn’t want to fall for him.

He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant, confident, controlling, demanding … intense.
When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance. To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so bright I was blinded by the truth...

Men don’t ruin women. They devour them in every way that counts.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. BODY is book 1 of a three-part trilogy. Book 1 has a “Happy for Now” type ending.

About the Author
Audrey Carlan is an Amazon Best Selling Author who writes erotic contemporary romances, such as the wildly popular "Falling Series." She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for over 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not writing, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, or doing yoga, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!

In life she believes that all things have their purpose even if we are unable to determine the purpose immediately.


Review by Amy R.

This is the 1st book I've read by this author, and I enjoyed the Hot EROTIC novel!!! It was a great story, well written and the main characters Chase and Gillian were well developed! He was a hot alpha man with a history that made him controlling and overprotective. She had an abusive relationship that made her scared emotionally and physically- afraid to trust in a relationship and fall in love. They have an intense chemistry and a lot in common in their pasts. Their journey of learning to trust and confide in each other about they past and present feelings makes for an emotional read. This book was filled with lots of emotions, a touch of suspense, romance and HOT erotic romance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY ME!!!!!So looking forward to the next book in the series!!!! Thank you for gifted copy!!!!
5 Stars!!!

Review by Lisa Gallant

Love this book couldnt put it down fell in Love with the 2 main character and cant wait to read more..this was my first book from author but wont be my last.................... IT A MUST READ        

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