Meet the Blogger: Candace @ Book Addict Haven

My friend, Ramona, was nice enough to think of me for her “Meet the Blogger” piece. Check it out on her page if you get a chance. 🙂 xoxo

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After receiving so many wonderful messages from you guys about the last interview post, I wanted to have Meet the Blogger part 2, because I had a lot of questions pending and was dying to find another talented blogger to answer them. So, I’ve picket Candace, my friend from Goodreads, who recently opened her own blog and is very excited to share with us her experience in reviewing and blogging.
All of her reviews are extremely appreciated on GR, with tons of Like’s and comments and this is generally because of her honesty and clear way of expressing herself. Her passion for books is transmitted in her reviews and you can feel that even if a story was not suited for her, she was glad to add another book to her list, purely for the love of reading.
Now, after so many praises and good feedback, she decided to open a blog, that by the way…

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Crown of Lies COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY

Yay! An upcoming release from one of my favorite authors! 🙂

COVER REVEAL FOR CROWN OF LIES

A Brand New Erotic Romance 31st January 2017

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(Designed by Ari @ Cover it! Designs)

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“I met the man I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a master.”

Noelle Charlston lived a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.

However, two meetings with two men changed her happy existence forever. First, she met the man who made her heart sing. Second, she met the man who made her blood quiver.

Noelle’s freedom was no longer hers. It belonged to the stranger her father believed was the perfect match. The stranger who pulled his lies over everyone he touched.

Including her.

The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he webs—it’s all enough to…

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FREE BONUS EPILOGUE FOR Q & TESS

Here’s a great freebie from one of my favorite authors. 🙂

I offered this on my newsletter a few months ago. Now, it’s live on all platforms and available for FREE as a thank you.

Hope you like it!

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BONUS EPILOGUE TEARS OF TESS

iBooks: http://apple.co/2gAs9hc

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h619qV

Nook: http://bit.ly/2gTRIrn

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2gNDhVo

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2h637HM

Have a great weekend!

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WOMEN TODAY: LIVING IN A STATE OF PERPETUAL PARANOIA

A beautiful, thought-provoking post by a friend.

ADITA'S COZY WORLD

“The influence of women has grown by leaps and bounds today. They are housewives, doctors, engineers, lawyers, astronauts, artists and practitioners of every conceivable profession on the earth.”

“Most urban women have achieved parity with men in taking up arduous professions for a career.”

Despite these tall claims, women fall into the only two categories that define the essence of their very existence- relatively safe and relatively unsafe; safe or unsafe from the molesters and rapists and other perverts on the loose. The underlying fact is that women, no matter which strata of the society they occupy, can never feel comfortable in their own skin under people’s discomfiting looks, like men do.

THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA

Sure enough, there has been a perceptible change in the way women are viewed by the patriarchal society in the past century or so. Their causes are championed by many organisations worldwide, but…

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Free Books on Amazon This Week 

Here is a nice heads-up from a friend. If you’re like me, you spend a small fortune on books. Here are some freebies. 🙂 xoxo

Pretty Mess Reading

Playing Games by Liliana Rohodes

Synopsis

I wanted to be a gentleman, but I couldn’t control myself when she was near.
Unemployed and broke, Cassie Monroe is hoping for a better life in Canyon Cove. When she’s offered her dream job, she accepts, but things get complicated after spying on her sexy new boss in the shower.
Former MMA fighter Gabriel Kohl is one of Canyon Cove’s most private billionaires and one of it’s most notorious playboys. When he spots the curvy physical therapist in his gym, there’s no stopping him from getting what he wants.
Unable to forget his kiss, Cassie follows her heart. But Gabriel’s late night visits and quick exits leave her suspicious. Is he just playing games or is Gabriel ready to share his secrets and his life with her?

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Synopsis

A biker torn between loyalty to his club and love for…

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Equal Parts Frustrating and Enticing

Last Kiss (First and Last, #2)Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read ‘First Touch’, it blew me away. Thankfully, I waited to read it until the release of ‘Last Kiss’ was only weeks away. Otherwise, I’m not sure I could’ve survived the wait. Needless to say, when this book was released, I was all over it!

After the way the first book ended, I had to know how things would work out for Emily, Reeve and Amber. I can’t say that I was surprised by the overall direction that the story went in. However, I was shocked by some of the details that came to light in the end.

As expected, Amber’s reappearance has drastically changed the dynamics of Emily and Reeve’s relationship. There is plenty of guilt and regret to go around. Emotions run high and choices must be made.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that I spent a lot of time feeling conflicted while reading this book. There was plenty of angst and turmoil to keep my on the edge of my seat. Even when I knew where things were headed, I couldn’t look away.

Many of Emily’s choices were frustrating to me. I wanted to shake her/slap her/tell her to grow a spine. Similarly, Reeve’s stupidity/blindness/insensitivity infuriated me. These two really needed to get a clue and pull it together this time around. I spent a lot of time shaking my head at them.

However, Amber was the character that really took the cake. I HATED her! Ms. Paige created quite the villain in Amber’s character. Honestly, I couldn’t see what Emily or Reeve ever saw in her. She was selfish, manipulative and a bitch to boot! While I felt sympathy for her rough start in life, and I understand how her past influenced her, I just couldn’t bring myself to forgive her.

All in all, it was a fantastic book. I hated Amber, but I loved the complexity and conflict that her character added to the story. I did feel like the ending was a little rushed as well. After all the suspense and build-up surrounding Michelas, I had a hard time just accepting that a nice conversation fixed everything.

That being said, this series was still one of the best I’ve read this year. It continues to be a favorite of mine, even if I would have changed a few minor details. Ultimately, I was happy with the outcome.

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Epic

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Each one of these humongous books has managed to completely captivate me. I have loved listening to the characters evolve with this series as their fantastical world changes around them. Nothing is off-limits and nobody is sacred. As anxious as it makes me, the fact that I never know what to expect next is a big plus for me. When you read as much as I do, it is rare to be surprised, but Mr. Martin manages to keep me guessing.

While the second book had multiple kings rising to power and fighting for their piece of the Iron Throne, this book took the story in an entirely different direction. What goes up must come down. In this epic saga full of scheming and betrayals, the power players are constantly changing. ‘A Storm of Swords’ completely changes the landscape of this story yet again.

Aside from the fall of kings, the way the characters are presented had me rethinking my previous judgments. As each character’s thoughts and actions were explored, it became clear that there is no “good” or “bad” person. Even despicable characters had redeeming qualities and/or motivations that were understandable, if not admirable. Similarly, the less than pure intentions and actions of some of my favorite characters were brought to light. Everyone is flawed and vulnerable in some way.

The only exception to this was Joffrey. I couldn’t find a single redeeming quality in that evil brat. Maybe it was there and my hatred for him just wouldn’t allow me to see it. Nonetheless, he remained true to his role of “ultimate villain”.

As with the first two books in the series, be prepared for plenty of blood and gore. Characters will die, sometimes gruesomely. Don’t get too attached. This definitely isn’t a series for the faint of heart.

Now that I’ve finished the third book, I can begin to spot some of the inconsistencies between the books and the HBO series. There are some omissions that have been made, but nothing that I thought was critical to this story so far. I’ve also noticed that a few things are presented out of sequence. Again, this didn’t take away from the enjoyment for me, but it was noticeable if you’re reading and watching subsequently.

Overall, I am still loving this story. It is still confusing at times, with an extremely complex storyline. However, I feel like I’m getting a better grasp on things. It’s on to the next one for me.

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