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Book Blogger Hop: What Author Do You Not Read & Why?

My Post (58).jpgThe Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

September 14th-20th – What author do you not read and why? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
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What an interesting question! Honestly I’m not that picky when it comes to reading or book genres. My favorites and main focus of Amorette’s Reviews is definitely Romance, Young Adult and Fantasy/Fiction but again I’m not picky. HOWEVER there is one book genre that I flat out refuse to read and that is horror. Don’t get me wrong, Stephen King is an amazing author and person, but I just can’t read his stuff. 

I don’t understand why people like feeling scared and for me reading is such a getaway where I like to escape and relax; so feeling scared and reading about scary things is the complete opposite for me. So I can’t read Stephen King because one I don’t like horror and two being scared makes me anxious so I definitely want to avoid any book or author that focuses on that.

What are some books/authors you can’t read and why? I would love to hear your answers! XO

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Top 5 Wednesday: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly Wednesday discussion focusing on five questions about books run by Goodreads. You can find the thread here ➜ https://bit.ly/1kmldQ6

My Post (56).jpgQuestion for September 19th: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations. What an interesting question! There are so many books that I could talk about and discuss but I’m definitely going to go with some of my childhood favorites!

1. The story of Persephone and Hades. I don’t know about you but growing up and even now, I love Greek mythology and one of my FAVORITE stories ever is the story of how the Goddess of Spring and the King of the Underworld came to be together. Out of all the Greek Gods stories, Hades really isn’t that bad which has always struck me odd considering he’s the God of the dead but go figure! I think retold as a modern tale, in a modern setting especially in book form would be really, really cool. There isn’t a book about them yet BUT there is this really weekly web comic that is set in modern times that I adore! Check it out here: Lore Olympus

2. One Thousand and One Nights! There are so many different types of stories in here that if you really think about it, COULD connect together to make one epic book! Mix all those stories together like Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves etc and give it a modern twist and I think it would be really, really cool.

3. Pride and Prejudice! I would LOVE to have Pride and Prejudice re-imagined as a rom-com YA book either set in High School or maybe even in college would make the perfect angsty romance book. Plus I feel like there need to be more rom-com movies based on rom com books so let’s produce more of them!

4. Romeo and Juliet. Okay, okay I KNOW what you’re thinking: there is already a modern telling of Romeo and Juliet, the movie that Leonardo Dicaprio did BUT there isn’t a book version! At least not that I know of! But I would love a modern re-telling of a romance book focused on Romeo and Juliet in modern terms. 

5. The Great Gatsby. People either love or can’t stand The Great Gatsby, for me it’s one of those books that made me really fall in love with reading and helped shaped me as a person. Gatsby is about a man who fell so in love with a woman that he literally did everything he thought of to win her heart, add a classic re-telling of that and make it a romance book and BOOM. 

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Those are my picks for Top 5 Wednesday: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations! What Classics Modern Adaptations would you want to read? Let me know! 

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Overall Review July 2018

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Oh my goodness! July went by SO fast! I reviewed some ARC’s for this month but I also did a lot of re-reading for review which was a complete blast! I’ve read a lot of books before I became a book blogger and I’m glad I found a way to incorporate past books I’ve read and loved into my blog! So without further ado, my overall review for July 2018!
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I started off July with re-reading the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott, reading Lick first! It was so much fun revisiting this series this month! Kylie Scott is a fantastic writer and her Stage Dive series is a staple for any romance book lovers collection! This series means a lot to me personally because the books were published during a very transitional time in my life so I really loved re-reading them for review. The Stage Dive series focuses on a famous rock band with all of the four bandmates falling in love. Under really interesting circumstances might I add!  
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My review of Lick ⇠
My review of Play ⇠
My review of Lead ⇠
My review of Deep ⇠

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About the Author: Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. Contact her at info@kyliescott.com or: PO Box 13, Fernvale QLD 4306 Australia.

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I had the amazing opportunity to read and review for Jen Frederick which I was SUPER excited for! I’m a big fan of her and this was my first solo book of her I had the chance to review for (I’ve only read her other books Erin Watt wise.) Want You is about two kids growing up and falling in love with each other, which is honestly one of my favorite romance trope books EVER. I am a sucker for them. I just think knowing someone for most of your entire life and later falling in love with them, I think it makes it even more special. Not to mention that some criminal activity is involved in Want You, so it’s not just hand holding and flowers, things get a bit nerve-wracking. I love this book and Want You is definitely one of my favorite reads of the Summer! 
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My review of Want You ⇠

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I also had the opportunity to read and review for some new authors I haven’t read before which was so much fun! His Distraction by Tanya Gallagher was a kinky, fun, adventure read that was a surprise for me. The books where people don’t think they are going to fall in love or don’t want love are always something I enjoy. 
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My review of His Distraction ⇠

About the Author: Tanya Gallagher is the Seattle-based author of contemporary New Adult and Adult romances about smart, strong women and the sexy men who love them. In addition to A Slippery Slope, the X Enterprises series of steamy, funny contemporary romances launches in July 2018. Tanya traded pencil skirts in the boardroom for stories in the bedroom and hasn’t looked back since. You can find her traveling the world in search of beautiful scenery and delicious cake, and at penchantforpleasure.com, where she happens to sell one of the most popular brands of personal lubricant for your naughty bits. True story.

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I also had the opportunity to read and review for ML Sparrow for her college romance book, Flirt. It had been a minute since I had read a college romance story so it was a nice change of pace for me. 
About the Author: M L Sparrow is currently the author of several full length novels, three novellas and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. Her novella, A Tangled Web, was a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards. Another novella, Red Days, was a winner in the Book Excellence Awards, Current Events category.

She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!

As well as writing, she enjoys travelling and is currently living in Tokyo. Her travels are a constant source of inspiration and she has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

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I’ve been re-reading a lot of books for review and to celebrate Katy Evan’s upcoming release Playboy part of her Manwhore series, I decided to re-read one of my favorites, Ladies Man. Oh my gosh, I am just in love with Tahoe Roth today as I was in 2016. My love for that man will probably never go away, haha! I love Tahoe and Gina and their slow burning romance is EVERYTHING. Love, love, LOVE this book! 

My review of Ladies Man ⇠

About the Author: Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Connect with Katy Evans
Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorKatyEvans
Twitter @authorkatyevans

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The Darkest Drae trilogy ended with Black Crown and I was really bummed it was finished! I loved all the books (Blood Oath, Shadow Wings and Black Crown) but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. That aside, this book and the rest of the trilogy is a great mixture of Mature YA, fantasy and romance!

My review of Black Crown

About the Authors: 
Kelly St. Clare: Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unraveling this mystery and began writing. Her works include The Tainted Accords, The After Trilogy, and The Darkest Drae. A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her ginger-bearded husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.
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Raye Wagner: As one of eight children, I learned to love reading as a means of escaping the chaos that comes with being a part of a large family. When I was a teenager, I read Leon Uris’s Exodus, and fell in love with the character, Kitty Fremont. Not only was I in love with Ari Ben Canaan (my first introduction to an alpha male), but I felt a connection with her, so much so that I pursued a career in nursing. I continued to collect books and read through college, and even as I established my career. Years later, I read the Twilight saga, my first introduction to YA literature as an adult. I was in Half-Price Books and picked up a middle-grade novel with a boy and a lightning bolt on the cover. I read the first page, and bought the first four Percy Jackson books. Isn’t this series fantastic? After that I was hooked, and YA literature became my genre of choice.

I live in Middle Tennessee with my husband and three children. My favorite things include trips to the beach, baking sweets (and eating them), Tae Kwon Do, and doing puzzles and Legos with my family.
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And to finish off July with a bang, Playboy by Katy Evans! I love all of Katy’s books very, very much. However Real and Remy have always held the number one spot in my heart…until Playboy and Cullen came along! I love Remy so much but Cullen comes pretty dang close!! 

My review of Playboy ⇠

About the Author: Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Connect with Katy Evans
Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorKatyEvans
Twitter @authorkatyevans

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That’s it for July! So many good releases this month and so many good reads! It’s been a blast and I’m looking forward for the second half of summer! I’ve also been reading a lot of books on my own too so I’m really excited for August! Thanks for reading! 

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WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are: What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading? I am currently reading It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time by Kylie Scott! 
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Blurb: Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings. Sometimes first loves are the truest.

Pre-order: Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2J5PW89
Amazon Au: https://amzn.to/2JyHaek
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2LqtaVs
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2J7Bb3Q
Nook: https://bit.ly/2sltfCu
iBooks: https://apple.co/2spWHXa
Audible: https://adbl.co/2JpIapL

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What did you recently finish reading? Playboy by Katy Evans! Gah! This book completely blew me away! I’m so excited for it’s release on July 29th! 
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Blurb: It started as a game. We flirted. We played. Most importantly—we won.
Then I discovered who he was: Gambler. Famous playboy. Silver-eyed player who never plays to lose…and my best friend’s soon-to-be brother in law, Cullen Carmichael.

He needed a good luck charm, I needed a distraction.
So we made a gamble and set off for Vegas—but pretty soon—I was in too deep.
My heart, soul, and body weren’t supposed to be part of the deal.
But somewhere between big wins and long nights, my house of cards started to tumble.
What was this devil with those piercing eyes doing to me?
I’d given up on love, but the wicked, all-in Cullen Carmichael was upping the ante and wouldn’t stop until he’d won it all.

Pre-order: Amazon ➜ https://amzn.to/2Ks0ziz
iBooks ➜ https://goo.gl/KZtdzb
Nook ➜ https://goo.gl/YFL3ic
Kobo ➜ https://goo.gl/daUTwS
Amazon PB ➜ https://amzn.to/2jmzNf4
Audible ➜ https://adbl.co/2rdeYWZ
Google Play ➜ http://bit.ly/2rdCLpY
Add to Goodreads ➜ http://bit.ly/2u05pwX

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What do you think you’ll read next? Oh my goodness! There are so many books I want to tackle on my TBR list! I definitely want to start Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, I want to re-read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black for review and several other books! I think August is looking pretty open for me ARC wise, so I definitely want to tackle several books off my TBR! 
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That’s it for my WWW Wednesday! What are your picks for this WWW Wednesday? What are you currently reading? What book did you just finish? What do you plan on reading? I would love to hear your responses!! Xo!

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Book Blogger Hop: What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement?

Book Blogger Hop (Final)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

July 20th – 26th – What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement? (submitted by Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next)
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I have two proudest blogging milestones and achievements!

My first is that I created and made my own website (with the help of my wonderful husband of course!) amorettereviews.com! Huge, huge milestone for me because I am not tech savvy and I created everything myself so this site honestly feels like my baby!

My second proudest achievement was on May 24th 2017 when I got the email from Katy Evans that I was chosen to become one of her blogger team members. First of all, it was my first time EVER that any author has directly contacted me and asked me to do anything for them (example: promote or review) but on top of that…she asked me to become part of her blogger team! I was so excited because for the rest of my book blogging career I’m going to have access to all of her books and will always have the opportunity to review for her! How amazing is that?!   

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Those are my proudest milestones and achievements! If you are a book blogger or reader tell me some of your proudest milestones or achievements, I would love to hear them! 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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What I read last week: Black Crown (#3 in the Darkest Drae series) by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare and His Distraction by Tanya Gallagher.
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 What I am reading at present: Player by ML Sparrow! download (1).jpg

I plan on reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Because You’re Mine by Claire Contreas 
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What are you reading currently or what are you planning on reading this week? Comment & tell me! I love always finding more books! Have a good week! Xo!
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Waiting on Wednesday

It has been a minute since I did a Waiting On Wednesday post! There are so many upcoming releases and I’m excited to my picks with you! 
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Blurb: Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her. Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get. Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Publication Date: June 26th 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Jackal Emerson has never taken himself seriously. Dubbed the “orgy king,” he’s renowned for his reputation as the wild End Man. But with the uprising on the horizon and his best friend missing, Jackal is having a hard time living the same carefree existence. And then he meets a thief and everything changes.

Phoenix Moyo, principal dancer of a notorious ballet company, lives a life of rigidity. When her world collides with Jackal’s, their chemistry is evident to everyone except her. Forced to work with him to steal the most precious commodity of the Regions, she realizes too late that there is no escaping Jackal’s charisma. 

When unimaginable crimes come to light, the Regions begin to crumble. No one is safe. Families divide and secrets are exposed, danger running rampant on every side. For some, sacrifice costs everything. (Book 2 in the End of Men Series)

Publication Date: June 29 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: I will not be ruled by fear.
A depraved emperor. A wasted realm. A dying race. 
With Tyrrik by my side, I’ll lead the charge to remedy it all.

After discovering the rightful heir to the Phaetyn, an alliance with the healers should be easy as pancakes. But while the armies of Verald and Gemond march to the border for war, the emperor delivers a crushing blow that threatens to put everything at risk.

As I fight my father’s staggering power, I’m compelled to face evil on his terms. A twisted darkness worse than anything I’ve experienced. Nothing could’ve prepared me for this.
How far would you go to defeat a merciless sovereign?
I’ll lie to the liars.
I’ll betray the betrayers.
I’ll kill the killers.
I will conquer my fear.
(Book #3 in the Darkest Drae series)

Publication Date: June 30 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Bitsy: I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka: I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night—or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all—me.

Publication Date: July 1st 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— 

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Blurb: 
It started as a game.  We flirted. We played. Most importantly—we won. 
Then I discovered who he was: Gambler. Famous playboy. Silver-eyed player who never plays to lose. …And my best friend’s soon-to-be brother in law, Cullen Carmichael. 
He needed a good luck charm, I needed a distraction. 
So we made a gamble and set off for Vegas—but pretty soon—I was in too deep. 
My heart, soul, and body weren’t supposed to be part of the deal. 
But somewhere between big wins and long nights, my house of cards started to tumble. 
What was this devil with those piercing eyes doing to me? 
I’d given up on love, but the wicked, all-in Cullen Carmichael was upping the ante and wouldn’t stop until he’d won it all. 
**This book contains characters from the Manwhore series but can be read as a complete standalone**

Publication Date: June 30 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings. Sometimes first loves are the truest.

Publication Date: August 7th 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Those are my picks for this Waiting On Wednesday post! I’m sure I’ll add more as summer continues but I’m super excited for all these books! What are some books you are waiting on this Wednesday?
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Book Blogger Hop: What author have you read the most in the past two years?

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

June 8th – 14th Question – What author have you read the most in the past two years? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
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I think this is a very interesting question because I like as a blogger that my interests when it comes to reading and reviewing have changed A LOT. When I first started Amorette’s Reviews in the fall of 2016 I was solely focused on the romance genre; but two years later I feel like my blog isn’t solely based on the romance genre or it’s authors. So it’s interesting to go back down memory lane and see who I’ve read the most and honestly if you follow my blog…you should KNOW by now who I read the most.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll probably keep saying it for the rest of my life but I am a Katy Evans fangirl. I fell in with her first book Real in 2013 and I’ve been hooked ever since. She has this wonderful gift of connecting with her readers in each and every one of her books and I just adore her. Her books are well written and each story’s plot is intriguing with different backgrounds and wonderful stories that will touch and melt your heart. 

Her characters are strong, individual, compassionate, passionate, smart and courageous. All of her leading ladies are relatable with different backgrounds, goals and dreams and I have literally been able to relate to each and every one of them and I’ve read all seventeen books of Katy’s. Evans Alpha males are hot, sensual, sexy, bad, swoon worthy and literally leap off the page and into your heart and soul. Her couple’s chemistry is just everything you want to read about in a romance book: carnal, loyal, deeply in love and personal. Katy Evans is my favorite author and since 2013 she has definitely filled my Kindle and bookshelves with the magic that is her books. Even after her new books release I continue to go back to all her different series and standalones. 

To see the Katy Evans’ books I’ve read and reviewed, book blurbs and buy links click here

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The other author that I’ve read over and over and will never get sick of is Sierra Simone. I stumbled upon her New Camelot series and was completely blown away. She is an amazing writer; I really can’t fully explain it but she has this way of writing that just transports you like you are IN the book. Every time I want to escape the harsh realities of the crazy world we live in, I grab a Sierra Simone book. The New Camelot series is one of the most intense, emotionally, charged books I have ever read. This book series actually made me cry and want drink at the same time. Sierra has no qualms about tearing her reader’s hearts but she also has this fabulous way of putting them back together too. 

Her Priest series is probably the diriest and sexist set of books I have ever read in my entire life. Sierra most definitely has the gift of dirty writing and she should probably have dozens and dozens of awards for it. Sierra Simone is one of the most talented and gifted romance authors around right now and I can guarantee you won’t disappointed by her books. 

To see the Sierra Simone’s books I’ve read & reviewed, book blurbs & buy links click here

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What are some of the author’s you read the most? I would love to read about your favorites! Comment below and let me know! 

katy

 

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May 2018 Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s JUNE! Can you believe it’s June?! It’s officially Summer! I mean technically not until the 21st but still…when it comes to reading, it’s Summer! In this post I’ll be discussing all the books I’ve read last month, my favorites and my disappointments. Happy Reading!
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May started off with lots of hot releases! The first book I read was Bane by LJ Shen which I liked very much but honestly, she needs to put a warning before her books if she’s going to be focusing on triggering topics. It’s an issue and considering I have PTSD myself, I really did not being triggered without warning. But besides that Bane was a solid romance book book. You can check out the blurb, buy links and my review for Bane here <— 

The other hot release for the beginning of May was A Court Of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I am a huge A Court Of Thorns & Roses series fangirl and I really loved this novella. Heck, it was actually pretty long for a novella! Usually novellas (in my reading experience) are shorter than 100 pages, so the fact that Maas gave us a 272 page novella tying up events that happened in A Court Of Wings & Ruin AND set up storylines for the future of this series? A+ from me. You can check out the blurb, buy links & my review here <—

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The next two books I read completely came out of left field for me and really just rocked my ever loving mind, I seriously fell head over heels over these books and I immediately wanted to read more books from the authors. R. Scarlett was such a joy for me, her writing is so well written and her characters just wiggle their way into your heart so quickly! Filthy Gods was a prequel novella and I’m super excited for what’s to come for the Filthy Gods series! You can check out the blurb, buy links and my review here <—

I was pretty much doomed when I borrowed Pestilence by Laura Thalassa from the Kindle Unlimited program and it’s safe to say the woman’s books have taken over my life. This book had me hooked from the first page to the last, I couldn’t put it down and I’m quite put out that I have to wait more books for this series! Pestilence definitely will be high on my list for  best books of the year. You can check out the blurb, buy links and my review here <—

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All of Laura Thalassa’s books are on Kindle Unlimited and I had some time in between ARC’s so I borrowed her Fallen World Series and again I was completely blown away! Holy cow this woman can WRITE A STORY! Post apocalyptic, romance, science fiction, full of action and drama? SIGN ME UP. I currently do not have full out reviews for these books but I plan to soon! 

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I’ve been slowly but surely getting back into reading Young Adult books and I finally read the duet of Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen! Tricia Levenseller is pure magic! She wrote such a great duet full of adventure, romance, well written heroine and overall had a great Pirates of the Caribbean vibe to it! I really loved these two books and I will definitely have my eye on any future Levenseller releases. 

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I love supporting good causes and Cocktales the Cocky Collective is one of the best ones. Each story was specifically written for this anthology. The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio). Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th. You can check out the full list of authors included in Cocktales and buy links here <–

Since I loved Laura Thalassa’s other series so much I read Rhapsodic and I was disappointed by it. I thought it was well written, the characters dynamic and intriguing but it just wasn’t my cup of tea sadly.   
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The last book I read for May was Mogul by Katy Evans. She has been on a standalone kick lately and honestly I think she’s quite fabulous at it. Ian and Sara were a lot different from her usual couples but that’s what made me love them and enjoy Mogul so much! You can check out the full blurb, buy links and my review here <—
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I read 12 books for May 2018 and it was a really exciting, fun and surprising month for reading for me. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Summer bookwise but I definitely think I’m gonna slow down when it comes to ARC’S for June. What were some of your reads for May, comment and tell me! 
katy

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 out of a love of lists. In January of 2018 we decided it was time to close our doors. Top Ten Tuesday now lives with Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.divider 3

For this Top Ten Tuesday I’m focusing on my top picks for the best books I’ve read so far this year! 

10. Escort by Skye Warren
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Blurb: There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.
I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I’m getting lucky. There shouldn’t be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L’Etoile, everything changes.

1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.

2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.

3) Except that . . . she’s a virgin.

I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can’t I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I’m an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction. But once I realize one night with her won’t be enough, I’m the one who’s screwed.

My thoughts: This was my first Skye Warren book and I was truly blown away by how talented she is. I loved the story and Escort took a hold of my heart and ran away with it! Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Escort Today!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2IBt3We
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/EscortSW
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2FS2JVZ
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2FMlq1u
iBooks: https://apple.co/2EvXBKF
Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/2DiPkUS
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2GIKWkU

Check out my Review here <—

#9 Sinner by Sierra Simone
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Blurb: I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be.  I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in?  Money. Sex. Macallan 18.
They have words for men like me—playboy.  Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.
Sinner.

My thoughts: Sierra Simone is one of the best writers in the romance genre book world period, so it’s no surprise that Sinner makes the list! A mix of enthralling, sexual energy with emotional ties Sinner is definitely one Sierra Simone’s best. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Sinner: 
Amazon: myBook.to/SeanTheSinner
iBooks: sierrasim.one/isinner
Kobo: sierrasim.one/kobosinner
Nook: sierrasim.one/nooksinner
Goodreads: sierrasim.one/GRsinner
Check out my Review here <—

#8 Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
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Blurb: JORDAN: He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.
He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen.
My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. I am.

PIKE: I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.
As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.
But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.
And her boyfriend’s father.  
Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.
*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.

My thoughts: Maybe it’s because there’s an age difference in my marriage but I am complete sucker for age gap romances. Especially forbidden ones too. The plot was super interesting with a touch of drama and of course lots and lots sexual tension. Douglas’ sense of humor is great too. Definitely one of my favorite age gap difference romances ever.  Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Birthday Girl: (Free on Kindle Unlimited)
Amazon US—> https://amzn.to/2EQwjKk
Amazon CA—> https://amzn.to/2JQedvr

Amazon UK—> https://amzn.to/2vkEQ8z
Amazon AUS—> https://amzn.to/2H5Hfty
Check out my Review here <—

#7 The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle 
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Blurb:  I never believed in fairy-tales. Never held out for Prince Charming.
Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade. Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.

My thoughts: Besides the horrible cover, I really loved The Swedish Prince. I’ve been trying to expand my reading with authors and this was my first Karina Halle book! She’s funny and has a different sense of writing style than what I’m used to that I really liked. Her characters have this crazy, magnetic chemistry that made me fall head over heels for them! Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Read The Swedish Prince Today!
Free with Kindle Unlimited
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2Gg4csH
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2ILuEJe
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2GRktCi
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/theswedishprice
Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2FU5oBC
Check out my Review here <—

#6 Blood Oath by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare
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Blurb: Everything I know is a lie.
I’m an ordinary mortal girl. Lord Irrik is a depraved dragon shifter. King Irdelron is an immortal tyrant. In the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the established rings of our kingdom. Everyone has a role…
Me? I’ll be uselessly serving potato stew for the rest of my life because I can’t make anything grow. But starvation brews rebellion.
When the king strikes, I’m captured by Lord Irrik. Instantly, I’m embroiled in a deadly game. One where I’m desperate to understand the rules. Because nothing makes sense anymore. Now, I’m not only fighting for my life . . . but a love that could be the key to my freedom. What if the truth means you’re not who — or what — you thought you were?

My thoughts: I’ve been really getting back in YA/Mature YA and thanks to Kindle Unlimited I found Blood Oath and was just blown away! I love romance books so much, but there is nothing better than a good YA/Mature YA, fantasy, romance read! Definitely one of my favorite reads of the two and I loved the second book, Shadow Wings too! Check out the buy links below and links to both of my reviews! 

**Blood Oath & the entire Darkest Drae series is available on Kindle Unlimited**
Buy Blood Oath:
Amazon Kindle
Paperback 
EPUB
Check out my Review here <—

Check out my Review of Shadows Wings here <—

#5 A Court Of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas 
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Blurb: A companion tale to Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series that takes place several months after the explosive events of A Court of Wings and Ruin Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

My thoughts: There was A LOT of thoughts (both good and bad but mainly bad to be honest) on A Court Of Frost & Starlight but I really loved it. I thought it answered a lot of lingering questions from A Court Of Wings & Ruin, wrapped up things nicely for Rhys and Feyre and set things up for the future books. Also, it was a NOVELLA and just some of the reviews I read were just ridiculous to me, you are going put out that much negativity for a novella? Really? Craziness. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Read A Court Of Frost & Starlight:
Bloomsbury Special Addition
Amazon
Barnes & Nobles
Books A Million
iBooks
Kobo
Goodreads
Check out my Review here <—

#4 Pestilence The Four Horsemen by Laura Thalassa
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Blurb: They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed. Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 
And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

My thoughts: Pestilence was another book I found on Kindle Unlimited and OH MY GOODNESS. Again, I was completely blown away! Apparently 2018 is the year of getting back into science fiction/fantasy books again because Pestilence was EVERYTHING. I seriously need the second book War RIGHT MEOW. In all seriousness though, if you love science fiction, fantasy, post apocalyptic books with romance mixed in, Pestilence is for you. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Pestilence (#1) The Four Horsemen series:
***Available on Kindle Unlimited***
Amazon
Check out my Review here <—

#3 Filthy Gods by R. ScarlettFilthy Gods
Blurb: Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them. And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.
I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…
The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?
He just discovered it…and now he has all the power.

My thoughts: Filthy Gods is a novella and the prequel for the Filthy Gods series. This was my first R. Scarlett book and before I heard nothing but good things and dang, she did NOT disappoint. Scarlett is an amazing writer that completely transported me into the world of the Filthy Gods and I am honestly so hyped for the rest of the series! 

Purchase Today for .99 Cents! Free in Kindle Unlimited
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2IgtmZY
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2L13DCs
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2k0wuuh
Add to your TBR – https://bit.ly/2GzvnfM

Check out my Review here <—

#2 The Fallen World series by Laura Thalassa
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Blurb: In the future, the world is at war. For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

My thoughts: Once I finished Pestilence by Laura Thalassa I needed more of her magical books so I borrowed The entire The Fallen World series through Kindle Unlimited. I was not prepared for how fast and hard I fell for these books. Serenity and Montes are one of the best couples I have ever read about and honestly I don’t think three books were enough to do them justice! Again if you love science fiction, fantasy, post apocalyptic books with romance mixed in, this book series is for you! I haven’t written an official review yet (I want to read them again!) but definitely check them out with the buy links below!

Buy The Queen Of All That Dies:
(The entire Fallen World Series is available on Kindle Unlimited) 
Amazon
Barnes & Nobles
Kobo
iBooks
Goodreads

#1 Mogul by Katy Evans 
mogulBlurb: He’s my most delicious secret. 
The hot Suit I had a one-night stand with one evening. 
I didn’t know anything about him, not even his name. 
Only that we shared a taxi, and he was staying at the hotel where I worked. 
We met in room 1103. Where he commanded not only my body but my soul. 
The next day he was gone and I only had a memory of him. 
I could still taste his kisses, feel his demanding touch. 
I searched for him for months. Daydreaming about him. Wondering if I’d ever find him. 
Until the day I find myself staring face to face with his jeweled black eyes again. 
He says lets keep it casual, and my heart knows that falling for this workaholic in a three-thousand-dollar suit is off the table.
Because he has a secret. One that’s a deal breaker for me. 
My Suit has a name.  Ian Ford. And this is our story.
*Mogul contains characters from Tycoon, but is written to be read as a standalone.*

My thoughts: It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that follows this blog that my #1 pick for the Top Ten Books of the year so far is Mogul by Katy Evans. Mogul was just so different from her other books and I really, really loved the change! It was still Katy but just different. Definitely one of my favorite standalones and a book you need to put on your TBR! 

Read today:
iBooks: https://apple.co/2IznQ15
Kindle: https://amzn.to/2rkEsll
BN: http://bit.ly/2DBXjMU
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2pmxo6M
Audio: https://adbl.co/2GB9EDt
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2FR3COv
**Review will be posted May 31st**

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Phew! What a list and it’s so strange to look back at all the books I’ve read and reviewed the past 6 months! I mean can you believe that in a few days it’ll be June?! Craziness!! I’m excited for the rest of the year and all the books that I’ll read! What are some of your top books of the year? Tell me and share your favorites! Xo!
katy