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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review & #Giveaway: Addictive Lunacy by N. Isabelle Blanco

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N. Isabelle Blanco was born in Queens, NY (USA). At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.
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An avid reader in her teens, her fascination with Japanese anime eventually led her to the universe of fan fiction, which became her on-again, off-again hobby for the next ten years. During that time she amassed a following of fans that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It was those fans who encouraged her to step beyond the fan fiction realm and try her talent in the publishing world.
N. Isabelle Blanco spends her days working as an author, web programmer, marketer, and graphic designer. That is when she isn’t handling her “spawn”, as she calls her son, and brainstorming with him about his future career as a comic book illustrator.

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Genre Erotica/ Contemporary Romance
Publication Date September 16 2012

Calum Alexander lived his life one way. With purpose and moderation. Everything was set in place and everything happened according to a plan. That is, until his picture perfect engagement falls apart and his crazy brother Lucas gets him to agree to a night out. Calum is left to fend for himself when Lucas decides to bail and ‘fend for himself’ he will need to. A vivacious and obviously young Livana Payne catches his attention and before he knows what's going on, they end up talking. By the end of the night, Calum is on fire for the impish girl who's managed to ignite an inferno within him.
Yes, she’s twelve years younger and the complete opposite of what he’d imagined in his life, but he hungers for her in a way that’s frightening. Drunk and surprisingly out of control, he's dead set on his need to have her. But the moment he accidentally lets it be known that he's recently single, Livana is having none of it. There is no way she's getting involved with a man who just broke up with his fiance. No, they were going to have to wait. Calum’s need for her somehow kept growing. As the days went by and he got to know her more, Livana seemed to be stealing all of his sanity. As much as she wants to wait it quickly becomes obvious to Calum that he’s losing his grip to the monster she’d awakened within him. He’s about to lose control and when he does, he knows there’s going to be nothing gentle about what he’ll end up doing to her.

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Review

Addictive Lunacy (Compulsions #1)
by N. Isabelle Blanco
Publication Date: September 16th 2012
3.5 out of 5 Stars


Calum Alexander lived his life one way. With purpose and moderation. Everything was set in place and everything happened according to a plan. That is, until his picture perfect engagement falls apart and his crazy brother Lucas gets him to agree to a night out. Calum is left to fend for himself when Lucas decides to bail and ‘fend for himself’ he will need to. A vivacious and obviously young Livana Payne catches his attention and before he knows what's going on, they end up talking. By the end of the night, Calum is on fire for the impish girl who's managed to ignite an inferno within him.

Yes, she’s twelve years younger and the complete opposite of what he’d imagined in his life, but he hungers for her in a way that’s frightening. Drunk and surprisingly out of control, he's dead set on his need to have her. But the moment he accidentally lets it be known that he's recently single, Livana is having none of it. There is no way she's getting involved with a man who just broke up with his fiancee. No, they were going to have to wait. Calum’s need for her somehow kept growing. As the days went by and he got to know her more, Livana seemed to be stealing all of his sanity. As much as she wants to wait it quickly becomes obvious to Calum that he’s losing his grip to the monster she’d awakened within him. He’s about to lose control and when he does, he knows there’s going to be nothing gentle about what he’ll end up doing to her.


I had been intrigued by the blurb of Addictive Lunacy and I'm happy that N. Isabelle Blanco didn't disappoint in the least. While the novella itself is quick and straight to the point, the timeline within spans a period of more than a month. It's so NOT a wham-bam-thank you, ma'am.

Calum is a control freak. He's only happy when everything goes according to plan, meaning his plans. When his perfectly ordered life blows up in his face, he is understandably upset. So upset he lets his younger brother Luke dictate what he should do and agrees to meet him and their best friend Dorian at a bar. Very unlike him.

Then he gets stood up and bumps into Livana in the space of five minutes.  Apparently, she's getting stood up, too. Instant attraction? Check. Brain overload? Double check. They decide to make the best of it and hang out together.

Livana is a fun girl and her attraction to Calum seems to be simply another way to have a good time - until he somehow blurts out he's just getting over a breakup. Well, being the rebound girl isn't fun, so that's the end of that. Or is it?

Reading this story from Calum's POV made it very interesting. It's usual to get the female's side but hearing what a man thinks gives a different perspective. And Calum's raw, unadulterated thoughts grab your attention extremely well. But while Calum is a controlled older male, Liv is definitely the alpha female in this book. She can get him dancing to tunes he never thought he would and having fun while he is.

Calum's thrown into a different situation than what he's used to: he's attracted to someone who's practically still a kid, he feels urges he hasn't been familiar with for a very long time, and he's losing control. How he deals with and accepts the changes in his life make for a rather unique and steamy twist to the MF romance.

Just one thing I don't understand. If this is Compulsions #1, why is there another book out about Dorian and Demi (Destructively Alluring) which happens before this? Did the numbers get mixed up somewhere?

But, Addictive Lunacy has gotten me hooked. I'm going to look up N. Isabelle Blanco's other books and have myself a readfest.





Compulsive Fascinations (Compulsions Book #2) Coming Soon!

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 Genre Erotica/ Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication Date To Be Announced


You get hurt once; you assume that’s the norm. You see others suffer; you assume that’s the norm, too. At least, that’s what Livana once did. One rough go-around was enough for her. After that, she kept it simple, no strings attached. It was just easier, even necessary. Until she went out one night and met Calum Alexander, a man whose intensity broke through each of her defenses, leaving her vulnerable. Afraid to fall in love, she tries to keep some of her walls up around herself, even as Calum seems determined not to let her. Faced with a man that seems intent on possessing her, Liv knows it’s a mere matter of time before she no longer has a choice.

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