Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Spotlight on Up All Night by Amanda Adams (REVIEW)

Readers will find themselves charmed by this sensual and heartwarming tale of opposites attracting as a former playboy finds HEA with a woman tainted by her own past.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Up All Night by Amanda Adams, along with my impressions of it, then add this third installment in the Walker Brothers series to your bookshelf!

Once upon a time Mitchell Walker fell in love…and trusted the wrong woman. That one mistake nearly cost him his future.
Now he is a young, successful surgeon. Women throw themselves at his feet, and he gives them what they want, as long as they don't ask for his heart. The strategy is working well for him until he meets freelance reporter Jessica Finley.
She's smart, she makes him laugh, and she sees right through his playboy persona.
Jessica's fire may burn hot enough to keep him up all night, but will her love be strong enough to burn away the ghosts of his past and melt the ice around his heart?




The Walker Brothers are back in this sensual and sentimental tale of opposites attracting as a playboy finds himself captivated by a carefree and kind-hearted woman with abandonment issues of her own.  As their connection grows their friendship quickly evolves into something deeper and more profound that had me rooting for them every step of the way.

Mitchell's the most hard working of all his brothers in his surgical career.  It's a career he's wanted ever since he was young and was the result of not being able to save his brother.  That's just one part of his sad history that had me aching for him and cheering him on to find a bit of happiness after all his childhood pain.  As a young man he thought he'd found love but a reckless decision left him feeling betrayed, guilty, and had him closing off his heart due to the machinations of one young woman.  Because of that moment he's played the field and left a trail of broken hearts behind him.  Meeting the strong-willed Jessica though changes everything, and even as he mocks his brothers for finding love, he finds himself drawn to her and a future far brighter than the life he's been living thus far.  His life was once all about work, with the occasional sexual release, but with Jessica he learns to embrace every moment.  He actually has to work to earn her affection though and by doing so he was able to form a deeper connection, a connection that he was willing to fight for.  From the moment readers meet Mitchell they'll find him irresistible.  Charming and oozing sex appeal it's easy to see why women are drawn to him.  Behind that playboy facade though is a man hurt by his past, a man unwilling to put his heart on the line, which made his time with Jessica all the more meaningful. Through it all theirs is a sexy journey to HEA full of heart and soul that captivated me from the fist page to the last.

Jessica's an immensely appealing heroine whose childhood left her with daddy issues as he remarried numerous times to younger women each time.  His being a doctor added to his time away from his family and those two facts don't bode well for her relationship with Mitchell early on.  Jessica's a carefree woman who's made a new life for herself after an injury took away her previous dream. She embraces her new life wholeheartedly though, becoming close with all her various siblings as well as a bubbly elderly neighbor. Those bonds and their interactions put a smile on my well as seeing a possible spin-off series featuring the members of her sibling's rock band.  Jessica's like a breath of fresh air for Mitchell, helping him to embrace the small things in life, and it made for a sweet and sentimental journey that I fully enjoyed.

With their adopted mother's death and the cards she left behind for them full of her words of wisdom, the Walker Brothers set out to find their deepest desires through each installment in this series.  The path this book took to reach those desires may have been similar to the previous installments, right down to the quickly resolved silly misunderstanding, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of this book.  The lead characters were likable and easy to relate to with a romance that was both sweet and sexy.  They may have started out as opposites attracting but it's clear they made beautiful music together. Surrounding them was an appealing cast of secondary characters, some we've seen in the previous installments along with some engaging new ones, and together they all subtly helped Jessica and Mitchell reach their HEA.  Readers will ultimately find themselves charmed by this romantic tale full of heart and soul and will be counting down the days until the final Walker Brother finds his own HEA!

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


A childhood promise has Chance Walker picking up a guitar once again. He hires sexy Erin Michaelson to bring music back into his life. She's one of the most intriguing women he's ever met.
When he sees her again, she's on stage using another name and seducing an entire audience. A single, sizzling backstage kiss will change both of their lives forever. Chance soon realizes that Erin is not just an itch, she's an obsession that he refuses to live without.  



Claire Miller fell in love with Jake in the third grade. One hot night of reckless passion changed things between them forever. Jake rocked her world, but Claire had plans for her life. Knowing she could never be what he needed, she let him go and has missed him every day since.
Jake Walker knew the first time he saw Claire, when he was nine years old, that he wanted to marry her. At seventeen, he let her go. But seven years later, the sight of her hit him like a punch to the gut. Every cell in his body demanded that she was ‘The One'. But can he convince Claire? 




Amanda Adams fell in love with books at a very early age. Her earliest memories are of sitting on her mother's lap reading Cinderella and Snow White and Rose Red over, and over, and over again until she had them memorized –- she was too young to know the alphabet.
Amanda started writing stories in big, sloppy handwriting in a wide-rule notebook when she was bored, during class (of course) in the fifth grade. Her favorite stories always include excitement, adventure and a handsome hero guaranteed to sweep her off her feet.
Amanda lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband (her high-school sweetheart who proved the reality of "love at first sight") and three teenagers whom she reminds, repeatedly… "If it's not in my phone, it's not happening," because her mind is oh-so-often far away living a fairy tale. (That's code for – if an alarm doesn't go off, she forgets to pick up her kids from school…)

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