ARC Review + Giveaway: Ante Up by Amanda Carlson

Posted August 20, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review + Giveaway: Ante Up by Amanda Carlson
Ante Up
by Amanda Carlson

4 Stars

Released: Aug 18, 2014
Series: Sin Collectors #2
Published by Self Published
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 106
Format: eARC


ANTE UP dials up the action and the heat in the latest instalment of the Sin Collectors series.” ~ Under the Covers

There aren’t many authors out there who are consistently able to produce quality, full-bodied novellas but I think it’s safe to say that Amanda Carlson is one of the lucky few who is able to do this with her stories. In ANTE UP, Diesel Jones is tasked with one more assignment before he can become a Collector. As a shifter, DJ has a strange reaction when there’s a full moon out and he and his brother, Luke try their best to keep that beast at bay.

Meanwhile, Sofia Cabrera is the new witch on the block who finds herself the victim of some strange dreams. The threat isn’t one of the body, but one of the mind, which puts Sofia into a state of alarm as secrets from her friend, Ginger’s past comes back to haunt all of them.

While Amanda Carlson takes her time outlining all the major details about the incubus, shifter and witch relations into this novella, it doesn’t ever feel overloaded with information or mythology. Similarly, Carlson adds dimension to her cast of characters as previous characters come to play an important part to this story as well. I suspect that as the series goes on, more of the world will be revealed, giving readers more of a reason to be excited.

In ANTE UP, I felt as if the romance was put on the backburner for the first half of the story. It isn’t until Diesel and Sofia can no longer resist each other that they fall into temptation and when they do…damn! It’s a scorcher!

ANTE UP dials up the action and the heat in the latest instalment of the Sin Collectors series.



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About Amanda Carlson

Amanda Carlson is the author of the upcoming Jessica McClain series. The first book, Full Blooded, will be released by Hachette Book Group, ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. She’s been writing for over ten years. Full Blooded is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.

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12 responses to “ARC Review + Giveaway: Ante Up by Amanda Carlson

  1. Stephanie F.

    I’m really living this series. The first book Aces Wild was fantastic. I’ve been really eager read this next one.

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