Review: Scored by Sloane Howell

Scored
Author: Sloane Howell
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

He’s a player. But she’s about to score.

Opposites really do attract* as a sassy salesgirl turns a pro athlete’s life upside down in this supercharged standalone novel of seduction from the author of Bossed.

Kelsey: My mom would tell you I’m quite the catch, but since my last boyfriend, I haven’t been dating much. Maybe it’s my rocker style or my lack of filter that intimidates the boys. So I’m pleasantly surprised when Matt Stallworth waltzes into the indie record store where I work and gives as good he gets. Turns out Matt is a professional baseball player, which should mean he’s out of my league. But if he wants to hook up with me, he’s going to have to follow my rules.

Matt: After winning my MVP award, I learned that a guy can get used to having beautiful women practically throw themselves at you everywhere you turn. But everything changes the first time I see Kelsey Martin, and something just clicks. She’s hot, snarky, and whip-smart. I’ve got to see her again. Only problem is, she sees right through all my best moves. And I’m going to have to step up my game to convince Kelsey that I’m playing for keeps.


A while back, I read Sloane Howell’s Bossed. I loved the characters and their story. When I heard he was going to be releasing a book about Jenny and Ethan’s best friends, I knew I had to read their book.

Matt and Kesley’s romance was everything I thought it would be and more. They were both really cool people on their own. Despite being a professional baseball player, Matt was a down to Earth guy. He knew what was important in life. Kelsey was a woman who didn’t let celebrity impress her. She was also a loyal friend. It was very fun to watch Matt try to woo Kelsey. They were so perfect for each other.

My one issue with Scored was that it felt rushed. Matt and Kelsey’s relationship flew by. One minute she was avoiding him, and the next they were in love. Well, it didn’t exactly happen that fast, but I just wanted some more time with them trying to figure out their relationship.

Overall, Scored was a fun sports romance with great characters. I didn’t quite love it as much as I loved Bossed, but it was still a great read.

Review: Blocked by L.P. Dover

Blocked
Series: Breakaway, #2
Author: L.P. Dover
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

He’s got every reason to be cocky . . . until a female cuts him down to size.

I’m Dallas Easton, the best goaltender in the league. I make a damn good living playing hockey, and with women falling at my feet wherever I go, why not enjoy it? I get whatever I want, whenever I want—that is, until I come across the one player who gets the best of me on the ice.

When I try to pummel the dude, all hell breaks loose. Imagine my surprise when the helmet comes off to reveal a woman underneath. And not just any woman, but the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen. Callie Davis is the complete opposite of the puck bunnies I usually go for, a good girl with sick moves and a selfless streak a mile wide. I need to make amends, but she dodges me at every turn. It doesn’t help that Callie’s brother hates my guts, or that my agent thinks she’s bad for my career.

But I could care less what they think. I can’t let our little run-in on the ice be the end of our story. Because when I set my sights on something, I won’t rest until I score.


Blocked has been on my radar since I finished reading the first book in the Breakaway series, Hard Stick. I really liked Kellan’s teammate and friend, Dallas. I was excited that he was getting his own book.

Unfortunately, Dallas wasn’t the man I remembered from Hard Stick. Maybe it’s my poor memory, but I don’t remember him being such a jerk. It wasn’t his womanizing way that was the problem. It was his overall attitude. He was portrayed to be a hotheaded jerk who didn’t get along with his teammates. I hated him for the first part of the book. Then, he’s trying to redeem himself to Callie and it was like his whole personality changed. I had a hard time reconciling the two sides of Dallas.

Callie was an easy character to like. She was smart and knew exactly how to keep Dallas on his toes. I loved the little “tests” or pranks she played on him. I also liked that she had a close relationship with her brothers. They didn’t like Dallas and it made the story very entertaining.

One thing I thought Blocked was missing was drama. There was one big dramatic moment, but it fell a little flat for me. I just didn’t envision Callie responding the way she did. She seemed like an open and honest person who would let someone explain themselves before completely flipping out.

Overall, Blocked was an entertaining read. I still liked L.P. Dover’s writing style, and she made me excited for both Lacey and Maddox’s story and Justin’s. I can’t decide whose I’d like to read first!

Review: Slap Shot by Kelly Jamieson

Slap Shot
Series: Aces Hockey, #5
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

My name’s Max Hall, and I need to f***. As a pro hockey player who’s been away from the game for over a year, my libido has picked one hell of an an inconvenient time to come roaring back to life.

After my wife died from a rare form of cancer, sex was the last thing on my mind. Same with hockey, the other love of my life. Now, after fifteen months of eating too much, drinking too much, and generally just feeling sorry for myself, I’m facing a steep uphill battle to get my ass in shape and play my way back onto the Chicago Aces.

So I’m not looking for a relationship. Just sex. Yeah, I know how that makes me sound. But the truth is, I’ll never love another woman the way I loved my wife. When I meet a sexy bridesmaid at my teammate’s wedding, I decide to scratch that itch. A fling with Kendra Armstrong in her posh hotel room could be just what the trainer ordered.

Not only is Kendra smokin’ hot, she’s dynamite in bed—one of the perks of being a sex toy designer. Since she lives in New York anyway, we agree to keep things casual, no strings attached. The arrangement is perfect . . . until one of us falls in love. And it’s not me.


Slap Shot is officially my new favorite book by Kelly Jamieson! I absolutely loved it. It was such a touching story about dealing with grief and finding love again. Oh, and there were a ton of great sports moments, too.

Max was an intense character. He had lost his wife almost two years prior and was just beginning to move on from her death. Moving on was tough for Max. It meant giving his all to playing professional hockey again. It also meant accepting that he was able to feel attraction to someone other than his dead wife. His struggle was real, and uncomfortable. It was easy for him to put everything he had into his training and diet, but personal aspects of his life were tougher.

Meeting Kendra completely threw Max off his game. When one night with her wasn’t enough, Max dealt with it the only way he knew how. He made a casual agreement with Kendra. As hard as they both tried, casual wasn’t easy to maintain. Feelings grew and they both ended up in positions they didn’t want to be in.

What made this story so special was the struggle Max went through. It felt real, raw, and honest. I couldn’t help but hurt for him. For Kendra, too. She couldn’t have imagined that a one-night stand would cause the chaos it did.

I absolutely loved the way Slap Shot played out. I couldn’t imagine the story any other way than it was. It was such a pleasure to read. It makes me excited to see what Kelly Jamieson will right next. I really hope we’ll get to see more of the Aces hockey team.

Review: On a Tuesday by Whitney G.

On a Tuesday

by Whitney G.
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Second Chance Romance, Standalone
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Model Credit: Andrea Denver

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We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…

This is a full length second chance romance, inspired by Adele’s “When We Were Young”

My Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

On a Tuesday was a fusion of romance subgenres. It was part new adult college romance, part second chance contemporary romance. The story began in present day, but then jumped back and forth in time from college to present day to reveal how Charlotte and Grayson met, fell in love, broke up, and then reconnected. On a Tuesday definitely had more of a new adult feel to it since the majority of the story was set in the characters’ college years.

To be honest, I had a little bit of a hard time connecting to the characters and their love story. There were a couple of reasons why. First, both characters were a little unlikable. Charlotte was prickly, especially toward Grayson. That prickliness was felt right through the pages. I have to praise Whitney G. for creating a character that made me feel something because I felt Charlotte’s dislike for Grayson as if she disliked me. I didn’t feel sorry for Grayson because of Charlotte’s dislike, though. Grayson was so full of himself that I couldn’t really fall in love with his character. His ego was too much for me. The other issue I had with the characters was due to the novella length of this book. It really limited the story. I liked how Charlotte and Grayson’s love story was laid out for the reader, but the majority of the story was given to the past. The present felt rushed.

Despite not feeling a deep connection to the characters, there were a lot of good things about On a Tuesday. Whitney’s writing was as amazing as ever. I liked how the story was centered around Tuesdays. It was a fun way to read a story. And I did like how the story jumped around in time. I also loved knowing it was based on a song. That was really cool. Overall, it was a really fun book to read — on a Tuesday.

About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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Review: Mine for the Week by Erika Kelly

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About MINE FOR THE WEEK (Wild Love Series #2):

As the top collegiate shortstop in the country, Ryan O’Donnell’s life is about discipline and training. But a growing restlessness causes him to bail on his baseball team over spring break to join his buddies at an exclusive singles resort. He just needs a few days to escape his life, and then he’ll get right back on track. But not twenty minutes after he arrives he meets HER, and the world as he knows it changes irrevocably. It should only be a hookup—that’s what spring break’s all about—but one taste of this sexy, vibrant woman isn’t enough. He has to have her. Even if it’s only for a week.

Sophie Valentine—yes, that Valentine—just found out her siblings want to sell off Crazy Hearts—the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. Being the youngest by eight years, she’s used to feeling left out, but selling off her family’s legacy without talking to her first? Not gonna happen. Upset, she takes off with her friends on their spring break vacation. She only wanted an escape—she never imagined meeting HIM. He’s smoking hot and intensely protective of her—and she loves it. But he’s about to start a major league baseball career, and she’s launching a battle to keep the family company. They have no future. It’s just…she’s never felt this way for anyone before.

Are they really going to walk away from this kind of connection…this passion? Or can a week turn into a lifetime?

My Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

Mine for the Week is my first Wild Love novel, but I’ve been a fan of Erika Kelly’s writing for a while now. I loved her Rock Star Romance series. I wanted to love Mine for the Week, but I didn’t. It ended up being a book that wasn’t well suited to me. That’s not to say it’s a bad book. There were just some things that didn’t jive with me.

I’m going to start with the things I did like. As always, I enjoyed Erika Kelly’s writing style. I loved the characters’ backgrounds. Each had a great back story. Jake was consumed by the pressure he felt as a top-notch college athlete. He felt the need to follow a path set for him as a child. He loved baseball, but needed a break. Jake also had some worries about letting down his family. Emma was an heiress who wanted to play a bigger part in her family business. She wanted to honor tradition, but had to figure out a way to do that without dividing her family. The way they shared their histories and the problems those histories created boned Jake and Emma together well. I liked how they seemed to naturally understand each other. I also liked how they knew how to help with each other’s problems.

Another thing I loved was the setting. The tropical island Emma and Jake were on helped create a special environment for them to bond. Emma’s sense of adventure helped as well. She was in a new, tropical place and wanted to spend her time exploring that. I loved what that created for her and Jake.

What I loved most about this book was the ending. The ending was everything I desire from a contemporary romance ending. It was so cute! It was everything I wished the rest of the book was.

The things I didn’t like overshadowed some of those good things. The setting is one of those. I loved the tropical setting, but I didn’t love singles resort theme. It seemed unnecessary for two people who weren’t really into it. A normal resort would have worked just as well.

My biggest problem with Mine for the Week was the way Jake blatantly pursued Emma. She made it obvious she wasn’t into hooking up, but he wouldn’t let up. He was almost stalkerish. It felt like he was forcing things even when she was into it. It made me uncomfortable.

Obviously, I had mixed feelings about Mine for the Week. The good and the bad seemed to even each other out. When it comes down to it, this book was a good book, but it just wasn’t the book for me. I know other romance readers would enjoy it. I would still like to go back and read the first book in the series, and I would read the next book.

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Release Blitz Review: 32: Refuse to Lose by Mignon Mykel

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Title: Refuse To Lose
Author: Mignon Mykel
Release Date: September 13, 2017
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Trevor Winski is known for his easy attitude off-ice. Everyone’s best friend, he’s pseudo-uncle to his teammates’ kids and welcome at every family party. For whatever reason, though, he can’t keep a girlfriend to save his life. The women he’s dated in the past want the rough-on-ice hockey player, both in and out of bed, but he was raised better than that. He’s ready to give up on the idea of a family of his own—until a certain pretty blonde crosses paths with him.

Callie MacTavish is the black sheep of her family. After growing up around money, living in luxurious homes and spending much of her youth going on extravagant vacations, she’s chosen to live among the ‘regular’ population, donating money she doesn’t need and volunteering for missions that need an extra set of hands. A pediatric nurse, she thrives on helping others—but she still has the travel bug. Meeting a man nearly ten years her senior isn’t in her plans.

But he makes her laugh.
He makes her feel like she belongs somewhere.
Trevor makes her want forever and ever, with firm roots in the ground. Too bad she’s already put plans in motion to move again.
For the first time, Trevor is prepared to take his fight off the ice.
After all, he’s always refused to lose.
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MY REVIEW

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

After meeting Trevor Winski in 27: Dropping the Gloves, I couldn’t wait to read his book. I wanted to know more about him and the woman who would steal his heart. He was so fierce and protective of his friends. I could only imagine how that would translate to his significant other. I was happy to see that streak continue in 32: Refuse to Lose.

Trevor wasn’t a typical young sports star. Being the life of the party and hooking up with women wasn’t his thing. He was in his 30’s and ready to settle down. Trevor just needed to find the right woman to do that with. Luckily, he met Callie.

Callie was ten years younger than Trevor, but she was very mature. She knew what she wanted out of life, and wasn’t going to let anyone stop her from achieving her goals and dreams. Meeting Trevor threw a wrench in Callie’s plans. She never thought she would meet “the one” at 22.

I really enjoyed reading 32: Refuse to Lose. My favorite thing about it was the lack of drama in it. Not that it didn’t have drama, it did. It just wasn’t crazy drama. Trevor and Callie’s romance had an honest and real feel to it. I could imagine any of my friends in their places. Their story was so cute and easy to relate to. I especially loved the epilogues. 32: Refuse to Lose is a sports romance I can see readers falling for.

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Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O’Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.


Review: Run Away With Me by Mila Gray

Run Away With Me
Series: Come Back to Me, #3
Author: Mila Gray
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.

Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.

But if they’re to have any kind of future, they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.


I have been a fan of Mila Gray’s Come Back to Me series since it was released. I love the physical and emotional healing that takes place in her books. The first and second books in the series were military based, so I was surprised to find that Run Away With Me was a sports romance. The writing had the same new adult angst feel, but otherwise the story felt different. The wounds of war were gone, and in their place were those of a different kind of tragedy.

In Run Away With Me, Jake has just returned to Bainbridge Island to make things right with Emerson. He couldn’t move past his childhood friendship and crush. He felt like something was missing from his life, and he needed to find out if it was Emerson. Their reunion wasn’t exactly a happy one. Emerson wasn’t exactly on board with it. She had a lot of anger deep inside that needed to be dealt with. There was a lot of healing to be done between the two of them.

Emerson and Jake had a shared history. I enjoyed the way it was unraveled. What happened to separate them in the past was a little bit of a mystery. There were some major revelations given throughout the story, and I liked that it was done through separate flashbacks. Getting to know what happened to both of them that way was really profound. Their experiences were so different and they both felt the fallout from what happened when they were fourteen. I was happy they could eventually get past the heart ache and find happiness with each other again. They both deserved to get their friendship and the possibility of more back.

One of my favorite things about Run Away With Me was the setting. The way Mila Gray described Bainbridge and the surrounding islands was beautiful. I felt like I was right there with the characters. I’ve been to Vashon, but never Bainbridge. This book made me curious to explore it since it’s not too far from backyard.

Overall, I really enjoyed this romance. It was full of deep emotions and strong bond between the characters, but also had a light summer feel to it.