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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Alex by Sawyer Bennett

Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553393006
Pages: 224 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett scores big-time with the first novel in a sexy new series hot enough to melt the ice.

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy fa├žade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.



My Review:

Intro: I think I have said it before, I love hockey…even though my team is currently tanking quite horrifically. I love the sport and I also love hockey romances. Especially when the hero is high on the bad boy spectrum. And this one fit that bill so much.

Characters:

Heroine: Sutton-I liked Sutton. She was a compelling heroine. Nice with an interesting backstory. I did, however, want to see her get angry and just let ‘em have it just once. She just brushes off so many things that she should not brush off.

Hero: Alex-He is a bit of a putz.  A big one. He’s surly and gruff with a large chip on his shoulder. I did have some trouble with how he treated Sutton at times and he was one of the people that I wanted Sutton to let have it.

Chemistry: I loved them together. Mainly because I am a big fan of angst and Sutton and Alex definitely provided that. They weren’t a perfect match by any means but their journey together was definitely interesting.

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Conclusion: I really did like this book quite a bit. I loved the angst and the drama. I spent most of the book loving Alex yet wanting to smack him and I really liked Sutton. The hockey aspect was also right on point—and I am usually very picky about that. I will definitely be keeping up with this series. 

P.S. That cover!!!!!!
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Author Info
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 three 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.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

Once Perfect (Shattered Past, #1)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 9780553391
Pages: 272 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy series debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

My Review:

Intro: I picked up this book, looked at the cover and knew I needed to read it immediately. ASAP. With no delays. I didn't even put it on the e-reader. I read it on the laptop. I very rarely do that but, I mean, look at the cover. It’s perfect.

Characters:

Heroine: Evelyn- I started out with a sort of negative impression of her. Due to my own prejudices. Her privileged background created a sort of disconnect with her but I grew to really love her. Watching her progression into independence was really interesting and I really identified with her.

Hero: Mateo-I loved him. He was so sweet with Evie. He is so gentle and kind with her. I don’t swoon often but I was pretty close with Mateo. He was the perfect hero.

Chemistry: Evie and Mateo seem like they wouldn’t go very well together at all. But they were perfect together. Mateo helps Evie come into her own and Evie softens Mateo’s edges a bit.

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Conclusion: This is another series that I will be fangirling. Once Perfect was a reading highlight of the year. I breezed through the book in a couple of hours and fell in love with the characters and the writing. I can’t wait for the next book, Once Loved.

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Author Info
Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Beyond Coincidence by Jacquie Underdown

Beyond CoincidencePublisher: Escape Publishing
ISBN: 9780857991843
Pages: 220 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Paranormal
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Summary:

Mixing romance, history, and a touch of the unexplained in a new novel from Jacquie Underdown about love that needs to cross oceans and time before finding a place to come true.

In 2008, 250 Australian and British soldiers are uncovered in a mass grave in Fromelles, France, lost since the Great War. One soldier, bearing wounds of war so deep it scarred his soul, cannot be laid to rest just yet.

When Lucy bumps into the achingly sad soldier during a trip to France, she doesn’t, at first glance, realise what he is – a ghost who desperately needs her help. Lucy can’t turn away from someone who needs her, even someone non-corporeal, and they travel back together to Australia in search of answers and, hopefully, some peace.

This chance meeting and unexplainable relationship sets into motion a chain-reaction of delicate coincidences that affect the intertwined lives of family, friends, and lovers in unexpected, beautiful ways.

My Review:

Intro: I must begin by stating how much I loved this book. It took me a while to get to but once I started reading, I absolutely loved it.

Characters:

Heroine: Lucy-I really liked Lucy. She was strong and smart but still vulnerable. It was easy to make a connection to her. I loved how willing she was to help a ghost. Most people would just brush an encounter with a ghost off but she didn’t.

Hero: Nate-He started off badly. I mean, very very badly. And usually, I like it when they start out badly. But he grew on me. I loved his progression in the book. He started out so badly but he grew into such a memorable hero. 

Chemistry: I think what really drew me into Lucy and Nate’s love story was Freddy, the ghost. He sort of played matchmaker which I just found adorable. They would never have met if they were not helping Freddy. I did love Lucy and Nate together. Their personalities mesh perfectly. They were sweet together but still with a bit of drama added in there.

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Conclusion-I loved this book. I loved Lucy and Nate. I shipped them from the moment they met—yes, I love messy beginnings. I even loved the paranormal aspect and I usually don’t. Freddy was one of the highlights of the book for me. It could have been quite cheesy but it wasn’t. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Celine by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Celine (When Hearts Dare, #1)Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420135287
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

He stepped off a jewel of a sternwheeler onto one of the most beautiful plantations in all of Louisiana. And into her life.

Celine’s breath caught in her throat. Heat smoldered in her belly. What a sensual man. The scion of the Andrews family carried an aura of personal magnetism so powerful, a sensation close to fright swept through her. She stood still and aloof, masking her emotions. His intense gaze seemed almost a physical touch. She held her head at a proud, haughty angle, not flinching from his bold scrutiny.

In seconds, Trevor regained his cool, casual air. A lusty grin caught at the corners of his mouth, and fire danced in his eyes as he bent ever so slightly at the waist, tipped an imaginary hat, and strode casually into the house.

She would never be the same...

From Plantation era New Orleans to the untamed American West, here is the sweeping, unforgettable tale of a headstrong young beauty and the man she is destined to love.

My Review:

Intro: It took me a while to get through this one. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it because I did but it was a book I wanted to take my time with. I think I enjoyed it all the more because I took my time with it.

Characters:

Heroine: Celine-I really liked Celine. She was a strong heroine who was easy to like and root for. I did have some moments where I wanted to knock her over the head with something but, in general, I liked her.

Hero: Trevor-Trevor was an awesome hero. He was so likable. He had an easy-going, affable way about him but was capable of great intensity as well.

Chemistry: They sort of reminded me of the old school romances. Not in the bodice-ripping kind of way but there was plenty of angst and drama to keep things interesting.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. I loved the characters, the angst, and the historical detail. I loved just about everything. This is my first book by Kathleen Bittner Roth but I definitely will be reading more. 
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Author Info
Born in Minnesota, Kathleen Bittner Roth has lived all over the U.S.: Idaho, Washington, California, Texas and New York.  Currently, she resides in Budapest, Hungary, often called the Paris of the East. Kathleen has won countless awards for her writing, including finaling in RWA's prestigious Golden Heart contest. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, including the Hearts Through History chapter and has been a contributing editor for an online romance magazine as well as writing and producing successful seminars and meditation CDs.

You can learn more about Kathleen and her books at
www.kathleenbittnerroth.com

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Review and Giveaway: If He's Daring by Hannah Howell

If He's Daring (Wherlocke, #6)Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 142013499X
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Paranormal
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Summary:

In a dazzling new novel in the Wherlocke family saga, New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell creates an unforgettable story of intrigue, jeopardy, and desire…
 Stealing a stranger’s carriage is the second most reckless thing Lady Catryn Gryffin de Warrenne has ever done. The first is succumbing to her powerful attraction to the carriage’s owner. Catryn has heard the rumors about Sir Orion Wherlocke’s family and their otherworldly gifts. He’s the one person who can keep her son and his inheritance safe from her late husband’s ruthless brother. As for how to protect herself…it may be too late for that.

 Orion is facing the worst danger a man of his ilk can find: a woman he can’t walk away from. Catryn is an intoxicating blend of innocence and sensuality, and for the first time, seduction is far more than a game. But her beauty and fortune have made her a target—one that will dare him to risk everything he’s known—in pursuit of everything he’s ever longed for…

My Review:

Intro: I haven’t read many historicals lately. And that is odd for me. But I am so so happy to have read this one because Hannah Howell is a favorite of mine.

Characters:

Heroine: Catrin-Catrin was a lovely character. She was so likable and kind. She was one of the easier to like heroines I have come across recently. I loved that she was willing to do anything for her son and never lost her strength.

Hero: Orion-First of all, I loved his name. That is quite important to me. I am an odd duck. I loved him as much as I loved Catrin. I thought he was a great hero. I loved how he treated his children.

Chemistry: I wasn’t necessarily expected to be really impressed with Catrin and Orion’s chemistry but I really was. Their chemistry was intense and they were just perfect together.

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Conclusion: I walked into this book expecting a straight up historical romance but I was really pleased to see some elements of paranormal in there. And, to be honest, paranormal is not really my favorite thing but I really thought it worked well here.


Overall, this was a great read and Hannah Howell is a terrific author. 

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Author Info
Hannah Howell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 Zebra historical romances. Howell, twice awarded the Golden Leaf Award, has been a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist and received RT Book Reviews’ Career Achievement Award for Historical Storyteller of the Year. She lives West Newbury, Massachusetts with her family. Visit her website at hannahhowell.com.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Seduced by the Game Anthology

Seduced by the GamePages: 490 pages
Genre: Romance/Sports/Anthology
Buy this Book: AmazonNook, Kobo, iTunesAll Romance

Summary:

It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is. This anthology of 8 brand new novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring stories from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr, Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, and Nikki Worrell.

TANGLED IN THE LACES
By New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author – Toni Aleo

In Tangled in the Laces, Karson King is on the fast track to the pros and Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him but their love is too much to ignore. Will Karson prove that he will protect her heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?



HOOKING HANNAH
By Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr

When Hannah attends an all-star game, she doesn't expect a hockey player of all people to turn her world upside down. Her sister is married to a player and Hannah never wanted that life. But Scott could change everything. For Scott's part, he has to know the woman who stirred his blood with just a look, and once he does, he realizes he wants Hannah to be his forever. Now to convince her...


CRASHING THE BOARDS (Seattle Sockeyes 1.5)
By Jami Davenport

Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the team captain of Seattle’s new hockey team, but Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt Cooper’s frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?


TAKING A SHOT (Portland Storm 2.5)
By Catherine Gayle

Katie Weber has had a crush on Jamie Babcock for almost two years, since he joined her father’s hockey team, the Portland Storm as an eighteen-year-old rookie. When cancer takes her health, her hair, and even her friends, she can’t bear to go to senior prom…until Jamie intervenes.


A VALUABLE TRADE
By Jaymee Jacobs

Bryan's life gets turned upside down when he gets traded to the Dallas Comets, and things get even messier when he meets Georgiana, the Director of Team Services. He's got a lot of work to do to prove his worth to his new team, but Georgiana's sure he'll prove to be a valuable trade.



HEIR APPARENT
By V.L. Locey

Superstar Cam Evans is fighting to climb out of a slump that`s growing worse with each day of living in denial. Fresh from the minors, Jacobi Neal is hungry for this chance to play back-up for the legendary goalie. Can two men battle each other, their inner demons, and the sizzling attraction building between them?


BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5)
By Bianca Sommerland

Nothing could stop Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, from falling in love with Madeline, but love alone can’t satisfy every need. Sometimes, to reach the goal, you have to take the chance with a . . . Blind Pass.


CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN (Prequel to Scorpions Series)
By Nikki Worrell

Keith Lambert is the captain of the Flyers—until he’s not. To everyone’s shock, he’s traded to the San Diego Scorpions. As if that’s not bad enough, Phoebe, his girlfriend of two years, decides she doesn’t love him enough to follow.

All alone in a new town, Keith is drawn to Kelly, his take out delivery girl. When she shows up at ice girl tryouts, he’s lost. She’s all he can see. Can he convince her to forget her past and take a chance on him or is he destined to be alone in a new town a little bit longer?

**Proud Supporters of Hockey Fights Cancer.

My Review:

I am a big huge hockey fan. It’s one of the great loves in my life. So I was thrilled to read an anthology about the sport I love so much. I also knew that I would be a bit pickier about this one because I know hockey and accuracy is really important for me in sports romance –but especially with hockey. I was thrilled to see that all of the novellas were on point with hockey.

I have to say that I breezed through this collection—and I am not usually very into anthologies. But…hockey. I particularly loved Crashing the Boards by Jami Davenport. I just recently reviewed Skating on Thin Ice and loved it just as much. Cooper was definitely a favorite hero in this collection. He’s a bit of a hard nut to crack. I also loved Tangled in the Laces by Toni Aleo. Toni Aleo is one of my favorite hockey authors and this novella is no different. This story tugged at the heart strings.

I loved this anthology. There is something in here for everybody. You don’t even really need to like hockey to love this collection.


This anthology is also supporting Hockey Fights Cancer which is awesome.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Wedding Vow by Cara Connelly

The Wedding Vow (Save the Date, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN:0062282352
Pages: 384 pages
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

Cara Connelly's second Save the Date novel proves that opposites do attract...

The Playboy

Sexy billionaire Adam LeCroix has a mission: hunt down the sultry spitfire he blames for his troubles, demand her help, and exact revenge while he's at it. Maddie St. Clair will help him . . . or else.

The Prosecutor

Former prosecutor Maddie damn near nailed Adam for stealing, but the lucky bastard walked. Now, five years later, he's back, arrogant as ever, giving her an ultimatum—work for him to collect the insurance money, or she'll never work again.

The Problem

Maddie's all about right and wrong. Adam's shades of gray. So when he uncovers the hot body under her hard-ass veneer and she finds he's a thief with a heart, can the law-and-order lawyer and the fast-and-loose felon put their prickly past behind them?

My Review:

Intro: I must begin by saying that I read The Wedding Vow while I had no internet. This may not seem like a big deal but it means that I had nothing else to occupy my mind so every opinion I have about this book is magnified by a whole lot. And I loved this book. In a big, huge, fangirl way.

Characters:

Heroine: Maddie-I loved her to bits and pieces. She was so confident and strong. She didn’t let Adam get away with much and I loved that about her. She’s on my favorite heroine list.

Hero: Adam-If ever you can say that a hero met his match in his heroine, Adam most definitely met his match in Maddie. He definitely didn’t account for Maddie’s strength. I did love watching him warm up from the putz he was at the start.

Chemistry: They weren’t easy. There was plenty of angst and conflict. And I loved every single second of it. They were on an even playing field and I loved that. There was no give with either of them. It sounds a bit strange but it is so perfect in this book.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. I didn’t realize how much I would love it when I picked this one up. The characters were perfect, the writing was excellent and the story was full of all of the good stuff that I love. I have so many of Cara Connelly’s books and I really need to read them because I am a fan.  
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Author Info
Cara Connelly is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. Cara, who lives in rural upstate New York, works as appellate court attorney when she’s not crafting steamy novels of love and romance.

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Review and Giveaway: Caught in the Act by Sara Jane Stone

Caught in the Act (Independence Falls, #2)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062337599
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series:  Independence Falls-1
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Summary:

Falling for his rivals' little sister could cost him everything …

For Liam Trulane, failure is not an option. He is determined to win a place in Katie Summers' life before she leaves Independence Falls for good. But first, he needs to make amends for the last time they got down and dirty.

Only problem?

His professional success hinges on striking a deal to buy Katie's family business. And after Liam's relationship with their Katie went south years ago, the Summers brothers are more enemy than friend. If both parties agree to set the past aside, they can reach an understanding. But when Katie welcomes him back into her bed, Liam risks everything to make her his.

After Liam betrayed her trust, Katie Summers will do anything to keep him from walking away with the family business. She decides to seduce him, knowing that when her brothers find out, they will back off from the deal. And she'll finally have her revenge. But when her plan spirals out of control, Katie learns that payback may come at too high a price …

My Review:

Intro: I am finally back to normal. Internet is good. Health is good. I am still playing catch up with everything but at least my week from Hades is over.

Characters:

Heroine: Katie: I liked her. I really did. But I was sort of stuck in the middle of really empathizing with her and being completely frustrated with her. I was also caught in between wanting her to let go of the past and wanting her to really get her revenge on Liam. I usually make my judgments about where I stand with a character’s motivations but I couldn’t with Katie.

Hero: Liam-I really felt for him. He so wanted to make it better with Katie but she was holding onto the past like a lifeline. I loved him. He learned from his past mistakes and wanted to make it right which is something I really appreciate.

Chemistry: I loved the angst with these two. I really did. But I found myself a bit frustrated with Katie. I wanted her to let go of the past and move on. I loved their journey together and really adored them as a couple.

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Conclusion: I really enjoyed this one. I loved that, despite my frustrations with the heroine, I never lost interest in the story. I actually think that my issues with Katie might have enhanced my interest in the book because I was only frustrated with her because I wanted good things for her and holding onto the past is never a good thing. I will restrain myself from singing a couple verses of “Let it go.”

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Author Info
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! To subscribe, visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport

Skating on Thin Ice (Seattle Sockeyes--Game On in Seattle #1)ISBN: 9781311527905
Pages: 193 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

Jami Davenport presents Game on in Seattle, a new series featuring Seattle sports teams, hot men, and strong women.

He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire's mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.

Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team's testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team's weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own--for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.

Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions--for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?

My Review:

Intro: I haven’t had internet for the past three days. I think I would prefer food poisoning for three more days over life without the internet. That seems ridiculous to say but it is shockingly accurate.

Characters:

Heroine: Lauren- I loved Lauren. Mainly because I can identify with a girl who know her hockey and knows it well. I loved her dedication to the sport. It may seem strange to most but her knowledge of hockey is something I really identified with. I also identified with the fact that her opinion about hockey was often disregarded. It is frustrating in the book and in real life.

Hero: Ethan- Initially, he came off as a sneaky snake because I knew what he was up to. And I kind of wanted to throttle him. But I did end up liking him quite a bit. He genuinely did have to grapple with what he was doing. It wasn’t easy for him.

Chemistry: Lauren and Ethan were perfect. They were two really knowledgeable hockey people and they had so much in common. They did have so much deception and subterfuge between them. It added a level of angst to them that I found both interesting and nerve wracking.  

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Conclusion: I often find that if it has hockey in it, I will love it. Moreso, if it has accurate hockey in it, I will love it. And this one has accurate hockey in it. Sometimes hockey (or sports in general) is used more as an ancillary plot device without any detail or attempt at accuracy but not so with this one. I think that is a huge part of why I loved this book so much.

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Author Info
An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series.  Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way. 



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder

Her Best Shot (Hot & Nerdy, #1)Publisher: Kensington
ISBN:9781601833334
Pages: 130 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/New Adult
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Summary:

With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat…

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?

My Review:

Intro: I am just getting over a couple of days spent with the dread demon known as food poisoning. It figures that the one time I eat sushi, it’s a bad batch. But I am better now and playing much catch up in my life and my reading. A novella was the perfect place for me to start after my short hiatus.

Characters:
Heroine: Layla-I definitely liked her. It was very easy for me to connect with her. She was strong and capable and I loved that she was brainy.

Hero: Phin-His background was so unique and interesting—I have to confess to a slight addiction to those gypsy themed shows on TV. I really did like him. He wasn’t as much of a bad boy as I thought he would be though but I think I may have liked him more because he was a genuinely nice guy.

Chemistry: I love the progression between Phin and Layla. Their chemistry was intense but it was sort of quiet. There was not much angst to cause much drama. I mean, there was some but not as much as I usually like in my romances. I was actually a bit surprised by how well they worked for me given the lack of angst.

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Conclusion: I usually avoid novellas because I never really feel as if I get the “right” amount of story. I always want to know the characters better and delve into their stories more. But I love how well we got to know Phin and Layla. I never felt as if the length of the book impacted how well I know and love the characters. 
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Shannyn Schroeder is a former high school and middle school English teacher. She holds a BA in English and MAs in Special Education and Gifted Education. She currently works as an editor for an education company and juggles writing around her kids’ schedules. In her spare time, Shannyn loves to bake and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She started her first book on a dare from her husband and has never looked back. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending, and writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Review and Giveaway: What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson

What I Love About You (Truly, Idaho, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062247395
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemorary/Small Town
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's, Kobo, Nook, iTunes

Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!

Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!

Can be read as a standalone. Returns to Truly, ID and is about the second Junger twin, Blake Junger.

My Review:

Intro: Rachel Gibson is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She wrote a hockey romance series. How can I not love her? There have been very few of her books that I did not love and I loved this one.

Characters:

Heroine: Natalie-I thought I wouldn’t like her at first. I never really like reading about the overly-popular, everyone loves them for just showing up kind of people and I thought I wouldn’t like Natalie because that’s exactly what she was. But I was wrong. I really ended up loving her. I felt for her and admired her strength at the same time.

Hero: Blake-I loved him as much as I loved Natalie. He was an eeyore of a hero. A bit grumpy and gruff. He definitely has reason for his less than cheerful demeanor. I did find that he was a really great guy under all of the crankiness.

Chemistry: I loved them. They started out on such a bad foot. And they kept on bickering. I love bickering and banter in my romances. But there was also such emotional depth to their relationship because both had such sad backstories. I also love how Blake interacted with Charlotte, Natalie’s daughter.

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Conclusion: I loved this book so much. I love all of Rachel Gibson’s books. I am a fangirl. It is official. I loved Blake, Natalie and Charlotte. I also loved how Gibson managed to balance emotion with humor. 
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Author Info
Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.


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