Review: Team Player Anthology

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Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…


TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!

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Publication Date: December 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

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My reviews:

Sin Bin (Mandi Beck) – ★ ★ ½

Here’s the deal. This story wasn’t for me. I wasn’t a fan of Jason or the way he thought about women. It bugged me. If it wasn’t for him, I might have liked this one more. I also wish the six months that was skipped had been included. I might have been more attached to the characters and their story that way.

Yard Sale (Charleigh Rose) – ★ ★ ★

I liked Yard Sale. I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t been comparing it to Sin Bin the entire time I was reading it. They were surprisingly similar. Both had the same relationship trope. I liked this author’s characters and writing style more. It wasn’t as harsh. I kind of wish this would have been a full length novel, so I could spend more time with these characters.

Sweeping the Series (Kate Stewart) – ★ ★ ★ ★

I was impressed by Kate Stewart’s writing. I’ve never read a book by her before, but this novella had me wanting more of her writing. I loved Ren and Erica’s second chance romance. I didn’t get to see much of their beginning, but I would have loved to because their time in the present was so good. I completely connected with them in this short novel. I believed in their romance and cheered them on. I was surprised how deep this short novella went.

Full Court Press (Kennedy Ryan) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

From the moment I started Full Court Press, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite novellas in this book. It had everything I love about Kennedy Ryan’s writing. It was humorous and sweet. I was shocked at how much emotion she fit in this short novella. I loved Avery and Deck. They were so different, but they had such an amazing connection. Overall, it was an outstanding story. I wouldn’t have minded this being a full length novel!

Slapped Into Love (Rochelle Paige) – ★ ★ ★

Slapped Into Love was good, but there wasn’t much that stood out to me. I didn’t fall completely in love with the characters and their story. It progressed too quickly for my liking. The concept was great, though.

Out of Formation (Ella Fox) – ★ ★ ★ ★

This was my first time reading anything by Ella Fox, and I really liked her writing style! I was sucked into her story quickly and didn’t want it to end. I’m excited to check out more of her books.

Back in the Game (Meghan Quinn) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This novella is a precious gem. It was so, so, so, so good! I absolutely loved it. Meghan Quinn made laugh so hard! Not only that, but she created such a touching story about a single father who is a professional athlete. I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m so happy it leads into her next release! This book would be worth buying just for this story!

One Good Man (Emma Scott) – ★ ★ ★

I was surprised that One Good Man was historical fiction set during the Vietnam War. It wasn’t centered around the war, but around a young woman who wants to be a reporter at the time. She ends up in France interviewing a professional soccer player and falling for him. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Historical fiction is harder for me to read, and it takes a lot longer for me to get into. Emma Scott’s writing is just as good as it always is, though; so I’m so historical fiction fans will love this one.

Switch Hitter (Sara Ney) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I loved this story so much! The twin switch part of it made Dash and Amelia falling for each other so much fun! To top it off, this is a prequel of sorts to a new series called Jock Hard. I can’t wait for it after a taste of the characters!

The End Zone (L.J. Shen) – ★ ★ ★ ★

As always, I loved L.J. Shen’s writing. She creates the best bad boys, like Sage. There were a couple of things in this novella that weren’t my favorite, but over all it was really good. I would love to read books about some of the supporting characters I met!

Cross (Adriana Locke) – ★ ★ ★ ★

 I loved this second chance romance! Cross and Kallie were too cute! I couldn’t get enough of them. My only small complaint was how quickly they were back together. I guess it does happen like that in life sometimes…I also wish I could have seen their time together as teenagers. I just wanted more of them! I’m definitely going to check out the related books to this story!

Overall, this was a great anthology! It had so many of my favorite authors, and so many fun stories. I would highly recommend it!

Meet the authors:

LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Adriana Locke:

A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.

From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.

I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

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Mandi Beck:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

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Emma Scott:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

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Blog: http://emmascottblog.blogspot.com

Charleigh Rose:

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters.

Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.

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Ella Fox:

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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Sara Ney:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Meghan Quinn:

A BLONDE AT HEART

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Kate Stewart:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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Rochelle Paige:

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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Review: Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

Beauty and the Mustache
Series: Knitting in the City, #5; Winston Brothers, #0.5
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series.


Beauty and the Mustache is pretty much the reason I began reading the Knitting in the City series. I’ve wanted to read this book since I started the Winston Brothers series earlier this year. Since it was a part of another series, I felt like I wanted to read the books in that series in order as well.

So far, Beauty and the Mustache is my favorite book in the Knitting in the City series. There are several reasons for that:

  1. It crosses Knitting in the City and Winston Brothers characters. I love how quirky everyone is, and how well they combined into one story.
  2. I got to hear about those devilish Winston boys growing up straight from one of their own. I loved how Ashley got to experience them as if for the first time.
  3. Mama Winston.
  4. The knitting girls.
  5. Stoic Drew. That guy was the glue that held the Winston family together when they needed it most. He would have done anything for them — especially Ashley.
  6. I finally got to know Ashley and Drew’s story. I knew how in love they were and how perfect for each other they seemed, but I didn’t know how they ended up together. I loved every moment of their journey together!

I’m so happy I got to know Ashley first through her friends’ eyes and now on her own. She was a special character, and her story was so much fun to read.

Review: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

When I read the title for Behind the Bars, I thought this book was going to be about a girl falling in love with a criminal. Even after I read the blurb, I still had it in my mind that was what this book was going to be about. Was I ever wrong! Those bars? Let’s just say they have to do with music.

Jasmine may be the school beauty queen, but life isn’t easy for her. With a mom pushing her to become pop music royalty, her life is dictated by all the things it takes to make it big. The only thing Jasmine has for herself is school. While school is Jasmine’s safe haven, it’s Elliot’s nightmare. He lives in fear of constant bullying. The only thing that Elliot has to look forward to is his music.

When Elliot and Jasmine meet outside of school on a New Orleans’ street, music bonds them together. First as friends, and then possibly as more. Just as soon as Jasmine and Elliot are brought together, they’re torn apart. It’s years before they will see each other again. When they do, neither of them is the same.

I absolutely loved how Behind the Bars was built around music. It was a common thread between almost all the characters. Music shaped Jasmine and Elliot’s lives, and it brought them together in many different ways. It was so beautiful…and genius!

I also loved how this book was written in two parts. The first part details how Jasmine and Elliot met in high school, and how their bond formed. It was extremely emotional. I have to admit it upset me at times. I hurt for both Jasmine and Elliot. The second part was Jasmine and Elliot finding each other again. This part was just as emotional, but in a different way. I hurt for them, but it was more in a frustration type of way. I wanted them to hurry and be together!

Jasmine and Elliot were magic together. It totally had to do with their musical connection, and the way they cared so openly and whole heartedly about each other. I feel like I should write more about the characters and their story at this point, but I hate to give anything away. I don’t want to take away the emotional impact of the story from anyone. Sorry.

What I will say is that this story was over before I wanted it to be. I wanted to be in Jasmine and Elliot’s world a lot longer. I loved them together, and I wish I got more time with them that way. So much of the story was them finding their way to each other and to themselves. I wanted to spend more happy time with them!

Once again, Brittainy C. Cherry wrote a book wrought with emotion. I felt so many different things throughout this book. There were moments of happiness, sadness, guilt, frustration, hurt, awe, and love. My feelings were almost on overload. Behind the Bars was such a beautiful book. I highly recommend it.

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By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.

Love.

It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.
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WWW Wednesday: December 13, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

I got started on some Mariana Zapata books this week and couldn’t stop. I loved how they were all so different, yet connected to each other. So good.


Currently ReadIng

I am about to start an ARC of Team Player.


Reading Next

Not sure what’s up next. We’ll see!


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Review: Sleighed It by Max Monroe

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Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3.7
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: December 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of TAPPING THE BILLIONAIRE comes a Billionaire Bad Boys Holiday Novella.

Question: What would you do if every holiday you ever spent with your family ended in disaster?

I’ll tell you: you’d cry.

I know, because each and every celebration with my family ends in chaos—and I’ve had more than my share of mental breakdowns because of it.

But I’m done with the tears, the insanity—I refuse to take it anymore.

This Christmas is going to be perfect.

I’ll put Thatch in a fluffing Santa Claus suit and have him tap dance to Jingle Bells, if I have to. I deserve Christmas smiles and that feel-good Christmas high I’ve been missing.

My name is Georgia Brooks, and by Christmas night, my husband, my kids, and my closest friends will be thinking only one fluffing thing…

She Sleighed It.


Max Monroe cannot go wrong with the Billionaire Bad Boys series. Every single book and novella they put out in it is so much fun! I especially loved this holiday novella. It was filled with hilarious antics. Poor Georgia couldn’t catch a break. I was laughing and smiling non-stop reading about her trying to have the “perfect” Christmas.

Sleighed It definitely put me in the holiday spirit. If you’re a fan of the Billionaire Bad Boys series, you won’t want to miss this novella. If you haven’t read the series yet, I highly recommend you do. It’s some of the funniest contemporary romance I’ve read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017.

My list features books I’ve read this year, whether they were released in 2017 or not. This is always a hard list to compile. There are so many books I’ve loved this year. I tried to pick out some that really stood out to me. Here they are some of my favorites…


1. Grip (Grip, #1)
by Kennedy Ryan

Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out. I know. I’ve been doing it for years.

I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary. And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.

Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key. All that’s left is friendship and work.

He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true. I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.

It’s wild, reckless, disobedient. And it remembers all the things I want to forget.

Make sure you grab FLOW, the FREE prequel first! FLOW is chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come. GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.


2. Still (Grip, #2)
by Kennedy Ryan

I’ll be there.
Through thick and thin.
Ride or die.
You can count on me.

The promises people make. The vows we take.
Assumptions of the heart.

Emotion tells us how we feel, but life…life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.
Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.

For Grip and Bristol
Love started at the top of the world
On a Ferris wheel under the stars
But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?.


3. 180 Seconds
by Jessica Park

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.


4. The Iron Tiara
by Beth Flynn

Anthony Bear and Christy Chapman are from two completely different worlds.

Anthony’s the leader of a motorcycle gang that terrorizes Florida’s West Coast. As a child, he ran away from his family and the Cherokee Indian Reservation to enter a life of crime. As an adult, he leads a multifaceted life managing his two businesses—his legitimate landscaping venture, and his loan shark and underworld dealings. Driven by anger and betrayal, Anthony begins the hunt for Christy’s father, Van Chapman, after he runs out on a loan.

Christy’s privileged life is not as it seems. She has kept painful family secrets and hidden some of her own. She’s determined to find out the truth and expose Van, but her search delivers her right into Anthony Bear’s hands, adding kidnapping to his list of crimes.

Their worlds are as contrasting as the color of their skin. The only thing they seem to have in common is their mutual disdain for Van Chapman…and each other.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

The Iron Tiara is a spin-off novel from The Minutes Trilogy. It can be read as a standalone, and does not contain a cliffhanger.


5. A Boy Like You (Like Us, #1)
by Ginger Scott

They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me.

We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.

And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer, and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.

This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from myself.


6. Full Tilt
by Emma Scott

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.


7. When It’s Real
by Erin Watt

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?


8. Bountiful (True North, #4)
by Sarina Bowen

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.


9. The Law of Moses
by Amy Harmon

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.


10. Bad Mommy
by Tarryn Fisher

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.

 

 


I can’t just leave my list at ten. 🙁 I have to tell you about some other favorites of mine.

Honorable Mentions:

The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid
First & Then by Emma Mills
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Stay (WAGS, #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
What I Need (Alabama Summers, #5) by J. Daniels
Bad Penny by Staci Hart
Soul series by Kennedy Ryan
The Fallen Crest High series by Tijan
The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

Mini Reviews: Friends Without Benefits & Love Hacked

Friends Without Benefits
Series: Knitting in the City, #2
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: September 29, 2013
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book#2 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she’s unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.


After finishing Janie and Quinn’s books, I knew I wanted to continue with the Knitting in the City series. I loved all the knitting women and their bond to each other. I wanted to find out who each of them ended up falling in love with.

Elizabeth’s story was so much fun. It was second chance romance between Elizabeth and her dead ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Nico.Their story was so cute and sweet. I loved how Elizabeth and Nico reconnected. Their insecurities about each other felt real. I could imagine real people having their feelings. I also Nico’s personality. He was funny and nice. Elizabeth got herself a keeper!



Love Hacked
Series: Knitting in the City, #3
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: March 3, 2014
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the third book in the Knitting in the City series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone.


Sandra and Alex’s story was cool. I loved how they met, and how Sandra was a bit of a cougar in this book. I pretty much loved everything about Sandra and Alex’s relationship…BUT this was the book where the plot started getting a little crazy for me. Alex’s true identity surprised me and wasn’t what I expected. Or maybe it was just so smart and over my head. I probably won’t ever know which one. I did like how everything turned out, though.