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Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle . . .

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense–and strictly forbidden–attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

Kristys Review (2)3 Stars

Didn’t quite cross the finish line for me.

Three stars is almost generous for me on this one, it’s probably should be a little lower. I wanted to love it, and honestly the plot did pull me along. I had a hard time putting it down, which should sound great right? But I wasn’t really enjoying it, I was waiting for it to deliver on all the promise it had, I was waiting to love it. And at times I thought it was close, but it never got me there.

I never fell for Hayden and I never really believed the chemistry between the main characters or the love story. There wasn’t enough of Hayden on the pages to make me love him. I spent too much time unsure if I could trust him. And Kenzie was not likable for a lot of the book. Just kind of mean for no reason. Without using spoilers it’s hard to say exactly what went wrong, but the major plot points keeping them apart where thin at best, Hayden was TOO mysterious, and several items that needed to be cleared up were left unfinished. Also the end seemed oddly rushed and somewhat incomplete. I’m a huge SC Stephens fan, this one just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

🏈 One 🏈 by Jewel E Ann is LIVE and Magnificent

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Title: One
Author: Jewel E Ann
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 28th, 2016

 

Synopsis:

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.

Until …

God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.

It was one day.
One moment.
One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.

His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.

When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.

“We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”

***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.

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Kristys Review (2)5 1_2 Star ReviewI’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but Jewel E. Ann is undoubtedly the best author writing books right now. That is not an opinion….it’s a fact. Her Jack and Jill series was my absolute favorite read of last year. Seriously, if you haven’t read that yet…..RUN AND GRAB IT !!! (Hint the first book, End of Day ,is free right now.)  So when I found out Cage and Lake were getting a book of their own (and a second chance) I was ecstatic.  I was worried though….I mean I had such high expectations and I knew there wasn’t going to be as much action as there had been in the JnJ series so I had doubts. Silly stupid me. I should know better. Every Jewel E Ann book I have read has been SPECTACULAR and this is no exception.

Cage and Lake are wonderful and it is so great to get to hang out with them again. Both of them will melt your heart and then, when they are together the heat will melt your lady parts. (Can I say that?) But what makes this book extraordinary is the fact that the story is not extraordinary. These are two real people, in real life situations, facing challenges and trials and every day life and they are trying to figure out how to do it together. Funny things happen because that’s real, sad things happen because that’s how life is sometimes. They have ups and down, they have stops and starts….it’s glorious. I adored every minute of it. Cage is right up there with the best BBFs ever written but Lake? Lake is messy perfection. I loved her

As with every Jewel book, One has ALL the emotions….EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. I laughed loud, I cried hard, I swooned big time and I cheered like crazy. This book…..this book is the ONE.

Author Bio

Jewel E. Ann

Adult Contemporary Romance Author

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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked.  Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree a a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course . . .heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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🎤 In the Absence of You 🎤 by Sunniva Dee Review and Release

In The Absence Of You
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Aishe is running. Running from the burn of a love she knows will consume her.
Running from a soul mate she’s never even met.
If only she hadn’t been hired as a merch girl for the hottest indie band on earth.
If only she’d never laid eyes on its front man, Emil—intense, sexy, and so unlike the men of her culture.
If only she hadn’t fallen onto his lips, then into his bed.
If only her flame hadn’t exploded into a full-on forest fire.
If only Emil’s heart didn’t belong to someone else.
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Emil is running. Running from a broken heart.
Running from who he was with her.
If only Zoe hadn’t left.
If only Aishe hadn’t been right there.
If only she hadn’t been so damn gorgeous—insistent—different.
If only he could control himself around her.
If. Only.

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Kristys Review (2)

6 Stars

This is the one. This book right here is the one I’ve been waiting for. I knew Sunniva had this in her. Her last three were great, I loved them…but this book I ADORED. I can’t even explain how happy I am right now.

You have to know I’m a sucker for a bad boy rocker so I expected to like Emil. And he was entertaining in Walking Heartbreak and I had high hopes. But oh my God I never expected to love him like I do. Passionately! I never expected him to make me cry for him, to break my heart, to have me laughing and cheering and screaming. Emil’s pain is palpable, his confusion tangible and his desperation so very emotional. This boy was just a beautiful broken mess.

Then in walks Aishe. Aishe is a character I just got. I totally understood her. She was determined and willful while still being insecure. She was both selfish and caring. She was a dichotomy. A wonderfully interesting dichotomy. I felt her every emotion…her confusion, her hurt, her fear, her lust, mostly her desperate grip on Emil.

I read a lot of books and I like a lot of books, but I am rarely surprised by a book.

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Clearly this book surprised me. In the best possible way. I don’t trust Sunniva. I have said before that she is unconventional and unwilling to conform. It makes her a loose cannon. It makes her books a crazy exhilarating ride. I never knew what she was going to do next. And I LOVED that I never knew what she was going to do next.

This book was eloquent even when it was being crude and raw. It was so HOT and wrong and yet absolutely completely right. Perverted and sexy and sad and beautiful. It was crazy. Easily in my top 10 this year and a six star read for sure. This is a book I will read over and over again.

EXCERPT:

AISHE

I come from a family that burns with love. You wouldn’t understand unless you were one of us. I’m not just talking my father and my mother—I’m talking every one of my ancestors. It’s in our genetic build to spend all of our energy on love.

Once we come of age, it strikes and blazes with a fire that eats you alive. This love is a plague that boils in my race and in my culture, and I wouldn’t know a different way unless I’d broken free and seen strangers love with milder flames.

Tonight, my eyes go from the merchandise on my table to the blond-headed burst of life hopping off the stage. His gaze shimmers with amusement, a cocky lip twitching as he slaps high-fives to guys and pinches girl-cheeks on his way over.

“Aishe! You got those super-tight, hot little tees with the broken heart thingy on the front? The ones the chicks dig?” he asks once he’s in front of me, Emil, the vocalist of Clown Irruption, one of the hottest alt-rock indie-bands out there. I’ve been their merch girl for a few months now. Each night, I zoom in on Emil with less and less difficulty.

“Yeah. Troll picked them up this morning,” I say referring to their tour manager.

“This is so cool—finally we see actual merch money,” Emil laughs out. Then he sets a hand to the table and squints at me. “You’ve done much better than your cousin. I mean, Shandor, man.” He shakes his head playfully. “He couldn’t draw dudes to the stand worth shit.”

My face loosens in a smile. I send a subtle glance at Shandor, who’s busy wrapping things up on stage, coiling cables and breaking down drums. To sell T-shirts wasn’t what he burned for. Shandor was born with the plague of our people too, but he hasn’t found his beloved yet. My people, we need something to obsess over, so if it’s not a man’s love for a woman or vice versa, it’s something else, and Shandor, he loves his music. Once the band promoted him from merch guy to monitors on stage, he recommended me to fill his spot, and voilà, here I am.

Shandor raises his head and stills on us, focus intent from under dark locks. He’s got a sixth sense for when guys chitchat with me. Like me, he left our traveling community years back, but the need to protect any girl of our people is so deep-rooted I doubt he ever questions it. Shandor would do everything in his power to stop any man, employer or not, from toying with his little cousin.

I straighten so that I’m tall for my height. Though I’m not overly curvy, I’m lean and strong. Supposedly, I’m also fiery, a bit fierce, a bit ferocious, traits that make me who I am, traits I don’t need here in the outside world as opposed to amongst those I was born to.

I intimidate most men with the stance I take right now, but I can’t intimidate Shandor. He glares, telling me without words what not to do, and next he pierces his stare into Emil’s back. Oblivious, Emil juts his index finger at the case of lukewarm beers behind me, wiggles it back and forth quickly, lips pursed in anticipation. “Hand over one of those babies, will ya?”

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Author Bio:

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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🏈 💜 First and Goal 💜 🏈 : Moving the Chains book 1 by Kata Čuić Release and Review

Title: First and Goal
Series: Moving the Chains Book 1

Author: Kata Čuić

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Eva Papageorgiou has one goal: to make it through her senior year of high school unseen and unscathed. But when her strategy to stay out of the limelight is derailed by rampant rumors, she’s forced to change tactics. Her new game plan is to keep everyone at arm’s length. Especially boys. So when she’s partnered up in class with the hot as hell varsity quarterback, she pushes and pushes.

Until he pushes back.

Rob Falls just wants to fit in. With his teammates, with his friends, with everyone. His image as the quintessential jock makes him feel like a fraud. Especially since it’s the only reason all the girls at school want him, except the one girl he dreams about. She wants nothing to do with him. When he’s forced to tutor the class pariah, he realizes it’s time to get in the game instead of standing on the sidelines.

She’s going to help him get exactly what he wants, whether she knows it or not.

Life doesn’t come with a playbook, but Rob knows this could be the most important play he’ll ever make.

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Kristys Review (2)6 Stars

Every once in a while you read a book where you just live and breathe the characters. A book where you love them so much you think about their story long after you’re done reading. A story were the characters resonate with you so powerfully you don’t want to let them go. That’s how I feel about First and Goal. I adored it. I have Rob and Evie playlists because so many songs have me reliving their story. I have a ton of highlights, a boat load of bookmarked pages because I keep going back to re-read my favorite parts over and over. It’s that kind of book.

The writing is beautiful, intelligent, emotional and eloquent. The emotions are realistic and organic. Nothing feels false or fake. Rob and Evie are real, imperfect, exceptional and ordinary all at the same time. They are somehow both people you know and people you’ve never met before all rolled into one. Rob Falls will make you fall head over heels in love with him. He is just a beautiful boy inside and out and he immediately headed to the top of my BBF favorites list. You just need to meet him. And Evie…she is an extraordinary character. She is nothing like she appears to be when you first meet her. She is hard shell protecting a damaged heart. So real and relatable. Honestly, she’s half the women I know and watching her evolution is spectacular. I’ve always said believable character evolution is the mark of a great writer and Kata nails it.

This book literally made me laugh out loud. It made me smile and cringe and cheer and groan. This book made me bawl my damn eyes out. It made me lose sleep and blow off work and all kinds of things that should have pissed me off but instead made me deliriously happy.

Author Info

Kata lives in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or rewriting or editing or staring at the infuriating blinking cursor on her screen, she’s reading. This tends to be a point of contention with the aforementioned family since Kata can’t put a book down once she reads the first line. It’s all or nothing in a matter of hours. Binge reading tends to be detrimental to domestic goddess/supermom duties. Caffeine, wine, and natural insomnia are constant bolsters in the pursuit of getting everything done.

She has a degree in Linguistics and is, in fact, fluent in several American English dialects including Pittsburghese and sarcasm. She’s eternally grateful to be a part of the last generation to go through college without social media documenting the entire ordeal.

She loves long walks on the beach, romantic candlelight dinners, and holding hands. Just kidding. Her true loves are football, steak and Buffalo wings, the occasional blizzard, bonfires with friends and family, and learning new things.

If you’d like to suggest items for her bucket list, you can reach her here. (Disclaimer: she suffers from acrophobia.)

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🚄 Dodging Trains 🚄 by Sunniva Dee 🚄 Review & Blitz

Dodging Trains
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: March 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

4 3_4 Stars

I was twelve when a stranger at a train station taught me the meaning of ugly. He forced himself on me and threatened to kill my family if I told.

I stayed silent and the ugliness grew.

Now, that word rolls in film clips through my mind. All I’ve done since my best friend, Keyon Arias, left town is cement how ugly I am. Ugly on the inside—deep down to my core. On the outside… I am a Vixen. I flash men a smile and make them moan out pleasure I control.

Not them. Never them.

After five years of being away, my beautiful boy has come back to town for his father’s masquerade ball. He’s different. Hard muscle supersedes the skin and bone of his once boyish frame. One thing hasn’t changed though: the murderous look in his eyes when he slaughters his opponents. In the ring, I see the bullied boy, all grown up, dominating in ways he couldn’t in high school.

He’s the mayor’s son. The rising MMA fighter. The beautiful one.

I’m not the Paislee Cain of before, not the sweet girl he once knew, the one who chased away his bullies. I’m the town slut. The dirty girl whose shame will never fade no matter how many men I use. He’d disown what I’ve become.

Because beautiful can never love ugly.

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Kristys Review (2)4 3_4 StarsSunniva Dee just does not write a book like anyone else.

It’s like she refuses to be bound by conventional rules, plot expectations, accepted character types and sometimes even by the constructs of the English language and that, my friend, is a phenomenally good thing.  Her books have a cadence all their own. A rhythm and a style that is completely and uniquely Sunniva.  To be honest, it always takes me a few chapters to settle into one of her books, but once I’m in her groove, I am so invested, so enthralled and so completely sucked in to her characters and the emotions she puts down on every page.  A Sunniva Dee book is a whirlwind of emotion, joy and tension, heartbreak and exhilaration, love, lust, despair and triumph.

This book is spectacular!!  The best book she’s written yet and she has a pretty impressive catalogue. 

I freaking ADORED this book. 

Paislee and Keyon are unlike anything I’ve read before. These characters are so complex, so unconventional and so completely refreshing and realistic.  I loved them both, my heart broke for them both, I rooted for them both to find their way to success and to happiness.  Never have two characters deserved it more.  Paislee, I can honestly say,  is unlike any other heroine I have ever read before and she is exactly that…a heroine. She’s a survivor and she completely owns her choices and her consequences, but she’s also a savior in her own rite and slaying her personal demons the only way she knows how.  Keyon is magnificent in every way you can image.  He is a selfless hero, fierce and destructive while nurturing and romantic. But he also has his own set of demons to slay and sometimes facing your demons is the hardest part.

The emotions this book pulled out of me are exactly the reasons I read.  My heart swelled with love and wonder, broke with pain and fear, raced with anticipation and trepidation, and stuttered  with passion and redemption.  I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I swooned and I could not have loved it more.

EXCERPT:

I’ve been on a one-track rail to landing Paislee in my bed since she got off the plane. Not that it’s been planned, but I convinced her that Pizza Pazza in Tampa is better than Mamma Lucia’s in Calceth. I told her about Simon during dinner, one thing led to another, and here I am unlocking the door to my duplex and letting her enter first.

She hasn’t commented on how we took my car from her hotel, how she’s basically dependent on me and my whims. But hey, I’m fucked too; it wasn’t my choice to have someone fill my head, and I didn’t ask that person to come to Florida.

We haven’t talked about tomorrow’s schedule, but I’m going to the rich dude’s house with her. He could be a total freak for all I know, so she’s not facing him alone.

“Oooh,” she whispers through a reverent puff of air like she’s never seen a cat before. Simon’s playing it up too, slinking around the corner with all the grace in the universe, stroking the doorjamb with a hip before he meanders over to us. “He’s soooo beautiful.”

“He’s just a regular old black street cat,” I say, but by the wink she shoots me, she doesn’t buy it. She read me back when too. “’Kay, fine: Simon’s awesome. Straight up the best pelt ever.”

“Pelt? You ass,” she giggles as she pets him from the top of his head and down the length of his body to his tail. Simon lifts it, happy. Any minute now, he’ll crank the volume on his purr-machine.

“Wow, he purrs loud.”

And there. For a cat, he’s being unexpectedly predictable.

“He loves the ladies,” I say, which makes her giggle more. I love to make her giggle. When she stands up again, I pull her in with one arm, fingers splayed across her spine. Firm breasts press against me, and I groan a little.

She puffs another laugh, all Simon’s fault. He’s gotten to the part of the agenda where he’s going to cramp my style. His purrs reach us from the floor, and he’s scissoring in and out between both of our legs.

“Never mind him. Look at me,” I whisper. Let my thumb and forefinger slide over her chin. The amusement recedes from her eyes when she sees that I mean business. I’m hardening. She yelps. Then she laughs out loud.

“Simon, quit it!” I say, exasperated, and bend to unhook his claws from the fabric over her knees. “I’m sorry. You see how it is now, right?
Simon’s the ass in this house. I should sell him to the highest bidder. Fifty cents flat will do. Come to think of it—I’ve got fifty cents in my pocket,” I say, kissing her down the corridor. “I could pay someone to take him. ‘Perfectly good cat with a year’s worth of free cat food.’”

Obviously, I’m digging my own grave here. There’s no hot lovemaking when your girl’s laughing so hard she’s about to pee herself.

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Author Bio:

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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💙💙 Hawke 💙💙 by Sawyer Bennett Review

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Title: Hawke (Cold Fury, Book #5)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: March 15, 2016

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4 3_4 Stars

Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling hockey series featuring the Carolina Cold Fury continues as the team’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.

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Kristys Review (2)4 3_4 Stars

Every once in a while you read a book that just feels perfect.  It’s exactly what you’re looking for at exactly the right time and it just ticks all your boxes and gives you that warm satisfied sense of peace.  I don’t know if I was jonesing for a GREAT sports book or a WONDERFUL romance or an AMAZING new book boyfriend…..but I definitely got all three.

I’ve read all of the Cold Fury books and I’ve enjoyed them all, but let’s be honest…we all have our favorites.  I have friends who love Alex and others who love Garrett and one or two that fell for Ryker.  But mine has always been Zack, then again I’m a sucker for a little heartbreak (OK a lot of heartbreak in that one).  This book however…this one really made me question my loyalty to poor Zack because Hawke is freaking amazing.  I simply adored him.  I loved how he handles things, I loved who he is as a man, I loved his sense of humor….I just LOVED him.  I have to admit, I was skeptical about them bringing in a brand new Cold Fury player, but I can acknowledge when I’m wrong.  I was SO wrong.

Vale is a pretty awesome character too.  She’s strong and determined and independent.  I completely understood and believed her struggle to be a grown up, to do the right thing and to navigate her way through a lot of confusing and upsetting thing that have been thrown her way.  There were times I wanted to grab her shoulders and shake her and times I wanted to cry for her and tell her it was going to be ok.

God, I just can’t get enough of good second chance romances and this is one of my favorites.  This book is just so heartfelt, at times both incredibly sad and remarkable uplifting.  I have never wanted to believe in true love and meant to be more.  Sawyer Bennett just got everything right in this one.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.

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Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey #4) by Sawyer Bennett

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The rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

Kristys review

4 Star Review

I’m a huge fan of the Cold Fury Hockey Series, every one of these books (and these men) have their own unique stories and I could not wait to read Ryker’s.  I loved Ryker when he was introduced in the previous book, especially his friendship with Zack and Kate and I was looking forward to watching him with his two girls.  And he did not disappoint..

Ryker was so different than I expected in this book.  I thought of him as such a strong, tough character…and he is, but more than any other guy on this team…OMG he is just a giant teddy bear.  He’s just a freaking good guy.  It’s been forever since I was able to find a lead male character that was nice and normal and not emotionally damaged or stunted, but who was still hot and manly and strong.  He’s amazing to his daughters, he’s good to his friends, he’s fair with his ex-wife and he is selfless with Gray….absolutely selfless in the best possible way.

Gray is a fabulous heroine…maybe my favorite of the series (yeah…definitely my favorite).  She is wicked smart and determined, fearless, tough and a definite role model.  More importantly she is smashing through the “glass ceiling” in professional hockey, as the league’s first and only general manager.  But no matter how attracted she is to Ryker,  in a league where almost everyone wants her to fail, even members’ of her own team,  she knows how bad it would be if anyone found out she was dating one of her own players.  Watching her struggle to figure out what’s right for her, what’s right for her man and what’s right for her team is tough.  Watching her figure out what she wants is awesome, watching her finally go after it…spectacular.

This book was the most fun of the entire series for me and Ryker is my favorite Cold Fury man (and actually Gray is my favorite Cold Fury woman). But I’m not going to lie, Zack’s book is still my favorite over all of the series…probably because I really like angst  and that book had it in spades.  This, however,  is certainly my second favorite and definitely the feel good  book of the series.

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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4 Star Review

Synopsis

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

Dual Review

Wenn’s Review

4 Star Review

Where do I start…

HIM is my first M/M book, and I can’t tell you how glad I am to have popped my M/M cherry with this book.

Jamie and Wes’ story is really sweet and truly adorable.

This is a friends to lovers story. It all starts with a lost bet and from there Wes and Jamie’s friendship is suddenly over. Several years later they meet again and while Wes thought his attraction toward Jamie was just an adolescent crush, we understand that this is much more than a simple attraction.

At the beginning of the story, I felt a bit disoriented, I love my heroes alpha so I didn’t know what to expect here. But the feeling did not last long, I quickly felt deeply immersed in their story.

I loved the playfulness between them, and the fact that their friendship stayed the same even with some adjustments in it!   I can’t say more, it would spoil the story! 😉

Never would have I thought that reading sex scenes between two guys would have been so hot. It felt so right, so real. I loved it.

Kristy’s Review 4 Star Review

So, unlike Wenn, HIM was not my first M/M Book (more like my 5th or 6th) and I did really enjoy it, I swear I did.  I thought there were parts of it that were wonderful, but  there where a few places it fell short for me, hence the 4 Stars.

First of all, I loved both of these boys…ALOT.  It’s so wonderful to read a book where both main characters are fun, funny, sexy, athletic hotties and really, really good guys.  Their friendship was everything a bromance should be.  They were silly,  they were competitive, they were fun and most importantly…they were believable.  But at the end of their last year at camp things took a surprising turn and their friendship was irrevocably changed.

Fast forward five years and they are back in each other’s lives trying to figure out what went wrong and where they go from here.  Wes is openly gay (mostly) and Jamie is straight (mostly) and they’re both playing college hockey and heading to the NHL.  Watching these two navigate their way through the changes in their relationship and their plans for the future is a great ride.

For me, the only thing that prevented it from being a 5 or 6 star book it the fact that the end seemed a little rushed.  Some major life decisions are made and a few of then just seem a little too quick.  And as much as I liked this story, I have read other M/M stories that maybe hit some of the important issues a little bit better.

Overall, this is a great read and hot as hell (and I mean that in the best possible way).  You will definitely not regret this one.  And for those of you who aren’t sure about trying M/M, this would be the perfect introduction, just the right amount of sweet, hot and romantic.

The Shortstop by AM Madden Review

5 1_2 Star Review

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Synopsis:

“Quint and Annie sitting in a tree…K.I.S.S.I.N.G.”

Quint Lawson and Annie Weber heard that childhood song over and over and it never bothered them. Even though Quint was only five, Annie wasn’t just his neighbor. She would become his best friend and the love of his life. Annie wasn’t interested in dolls, or girly things when growing up. A tomboy at heart, having a boy as a best friend suited her just fine. That same boy captured her heart.

Quint had two passions, his girl and baseball. From kindergarten to college, Quint tore up every baseball diamond he played on. His position was shortstop. His talent was undeniable. Professional ball was most definitely in his future, and he was ready for it. Annie would be right by his side.

When everything in life is perfect, it’s hard to imagine heartbreak in any form. Quint wasn’t immune to its power. This shortstop had no idea what any form of heartbreak could do to his perfect world. When it hit, there were many casualties left in its wake…the most important one was Annie.

Can a person be prepared for, understand, or even endure a misfortune if they’ve never experienced one before? In Quint Lawson’s case the answer is no.
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I’m not quite sure why I went after this ARC….probably because I love sports and friends to lovers stories and I had read one of A.M. Madden’s previous books and I liked it well enough. I wasn’t particularly excited about starting this one but I made a commitment to review and I was going to stick to that. Turns out I should have been REALLY FREAKIN’ EXCITED to be reading this book. I should have been freaking GIDDY that someone was letting me read this book. The book hangover from this one has lasted all week. I’m a damn blogger and I haven’t read a book ALL WEEK because The Shortstop just fulfilled every single thing I need a book to fulfill. It was so damn good.

The first half of the book was sweet in all the best ‘friends to lovers’, ‘high school sweethearts’, ‘next door neighbors’ kind of ways. Annie and Quint are adorable and good to each other. They are likable characters and clearly in love with their future all mapped out for them. What I loved about the first half of this book was as great as their story was….I just felt this tension while I was reading it…not between the characters…but in my gut I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and I KNEW the shoe was going to drop. That tension is the kind of thing that makes a book great for me. I was scared to death for them (yep…for fictional characters) and that’s why I read books…to FEEL that fear…to know something is coming and to dread and crave it all at the same time.

Just to prove my point….this is what my FB post looked like while I was reading:

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Want to hear the best part? When that shoe dropped….it was nothing like what I expected…NOTHING. Not only that…it seemed like nothing I had ever read before. I read tons of sports romances and this one had something NEW. My God do I love being surprised by a book. And then this book got painful. For me it was ugly cry, actual pain in my chest, sobbing, angry oh please no kind of crying. Actually…I still cry when I think about. I finished this book a week ago and I’m crying while I write this review because parts of this book will just rip your heart out.

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It got more painful. I was thinking about this analogy the other day…it was like A.M. Madden ripped my heart out and then, just when I thought she was done…she threw it on the floor and stomped the hell out of it. The good news? She did eventually pick up all the little pieces, put them back together in the most beautiful way and give it back to me…..and somehow managed to leave me sobbing with joy and grateful for the experience.

Quint is a beautiful boy with such a good heart. You will love him, you will root for him, you will adore his sappy romantic side and the care with which he loves and protects Annie. He is every bit a boy who fell in love at 5 years old and never fell out. But you will hate him and you will be so damn angry with him and you will want to simultaneously beat the hell out of him and hold him.

Annie is sweet, almost too sweet. She is supportive and loving and totally willing to stand on the sidelines to root for her man, She is every bit the girl who fell in love at 5 years old and never fell out. But she can be her own kind of frustrating, the kind where you just want to yell please Annie, have an opinion, stand up for yourself, stop being so meek. You’ll love her, but you’ll want to take her and shake her too. I don’t want to spoil anything…but let me just say a great character evolution absolutely rocks. And Annie’s is one of the best character evolutions, like top three I’ve ever read for a female character. Yep…that good.

I read a lot of books…A LOT of them. Some I wish I hadn’t wasted my time on, some were OK, some I’m really freaking happy I got to read….but this book…THIS book I’m GRATEFUL that I got to read it. Absolutely grateful for the experience of this book and for me…that puts it in a very elite group.

 

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A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while raising teenage boys.

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Zack (Cold Fury Hockey #3) by Sawyer Bennett

6 Stars

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett goes for a hat trick with the latest romance in a sexy series about cool-as-ice hockey players and the women heating up their lives.

Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.

Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.

 

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So I loved Alex…and I really really liked Garrett, but it turns out I didn’t really know what love was until Zack. I adored this book and Zack and Ben….but especially Kate. Kate is amazing.

This is the absolute best book yet in an amazing series. Because of the subject matter, Zack was so much better than the vast majority of books on the market today. Having been introduced to Zack and Gina in the previous two books, I was instantly and more acutely drawn into Zack’s pain. It made for a heart-wrenching story right from the start.

Zack’s pain and guilt over Gina and her death were so wonderfully expressed and emotionally believable that the story came across as incredibly REAL. That’s what made it better than most of the books out there, the emotions, the angst, the conflicts and the relationships were so damn real. I felt Zack’s pain. I understood his guilt and I believed his fear.

And Kate was a phenomenal character, one of my favorite female leads in a long time. I LOVED the way she handled everything thrown at her with grace and love and understanding. Her connection with Ben was wonderful and her care and compassion for Zack was a beautiful thing to see. It was terrific to see a woman with poise, control and character.

Book 1 in the series, ALEX was fabulous. Book 2, GARRETT was great too. But this book….this is the ONE! This is one of my top reads in the last two years and read approximately. 150 books a year. It’s that good. Definitely a book I will go back to again and again.

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