Blog Tour Review: Wildcat by Max Monroe

Wildcat
Series: Mavericks, #1
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

BLURB:

Wildcat: a football formation in which the ball is snapped, not to the quarterback, but to another player lined up in the quarterback position.

Wild, Cat: a beautiful woman from the sky, who hooked me against the rails, and has me on the ropes. Sweet like honey, with a hint of sass burning behind her pretty brown eyes, she took over my heart without warning.

I’m Quinn Bailey, quarterback for the New York Mavericks.
Sports analysts predicted I’d break records and take my team all the way.

But no one predicted this.

And just like the other team, I never saw it coming.

MY REVIEW:

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

Thank you, Max. Thank you, Monroe. Thank you for gracing us with the hilarious sports romance that is Wildcat.

Wildcat is Quinn Bailey’s story. If you’re a fan of Max Monroe’s, you may remember him as the Mavericks’ quarterback from Scoring the Billionaire. He also made an appearance in Sleighed It. He’s a sweet Texan who isn’t looking for love. He’s completely focused on his job…until he meets a certain flight attendant who he can’t keep his eyes (and mind) off.

Quinn was everything I knew he would be from meeting him in previous books. He had a confident cockiness due to his profession, but he was also down to Earth. I loved that he valued family and commitments. I also loved how he stood up for what he believed in.

Cat was also a great character. She felt like a real person. I loved how she navigated Mr. Quarterback’s interested in her. She didn’t exactly get swept away in his popularity, and that was cool. Cat was the perfect match for Quinn.

Some of my favorite scenes in Wildcat were those on airplanes. I really enjoyed all the moments spent with Cat on the job. There were so many priceless little moments from the way Cat and Quinn met to one of my favorite books being mentioned. Actually, this entire book and all of its settings were my favorite. They made for so many hilarious things to happen! I can’t count the number of times my husband made fun of me for laughing out loud while reading.

There were some amazing secondary characters I can’t leave out of this review. Casey, Cat’s bestie, was hilarious. I need a friend like him. Denver, Quinn’s brother. His story was a little sad, but I loved what it brought to the book. Sean, Cassie’s brother and Quinn’s football teammate. Oh, and Wes and Winnie. They showed up for some important times. Seriously, so many great supporting characters!

Wildcat was such a joy to read. I can’t even explain how much fun it was. Everything about Cat and Quinn’s romance was magical. From the way they met to the very end, I couldn’t get enough of them together. I am so excited to see what comes next for Sean in this new series!

Whether you are a fan of the Billionaire Bad Boys series or just looking for a fun sports romance, this book is not one to miss. It’s fun, romantic, and downright hilarious. I highly recommend reading it!

Disclaimer #1:

Things this book is:

  • Romantic Comedy
  • #1 in the Mavericks Tackle Love Series
  • Can be read as a complete standalone.

Things it isn’t:

  • Paranormal: The only thing magical is inside Quinn Bailey’s pants.
  • Boring: Pssh, please. Max Monroe doesn’t do boring.
  • Short: Prior to reading, prepare yourself for one huge, long, thick…book.

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Though the idea of a spouse who does nothing but provide you endless laughs for hours at a time, turn you on, make your heart swell, and require nothing but your undivided attention for several hours in return sounds nearly orgasmic, there are laws. And the Fictional Municipality only allows twenty book wives at a time.

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Blog Tour Review: Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

 
 “Lauren Layne gets the red rose for this one, and fans of The Bachelor will fall in love with this thoroughly charming story.”Kate O’Keeffe, bestselling author
 
 RUNAWAY GROOM
I Do, I Don’t – Book 2
Lauren Layne
Releasing Jan 30, 2018
Loveswept

For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it.
 
Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of
that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .
Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook
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MY REVIEW:

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

In Runaway Groom, Ellie has agreed to be one of the contestants on a Bachelor-like television show. She’s not doing it for the chance to find love, but for the chance to promote her new t-shirt company. Ellie has no interested in meeting Hollywood heart-throb Gage at the altar.

Gage isn’t exactly thrilled to be on the reality television show either. He lost a bet, and there’s nothing he can do to get out of being the “groom”. The only thing good about the situation is meeting Ellie. She’s real and refreshing in a way the other contestants aren’t. Gage just needs to convince Ellie that he’s not the Hollywood playboy he’s been made out to be.

Runaway Groom is the second book in Lauren Layne’s I Do, I Don’t series. I loved the first book, Ready to Run, but I found Runaway Groom to be even better! The format was so much fun! I loved that not only were first person dual points of view used to narrate, but text messages and official letters to the contestants. It also had what I love about every Lauren Layne book — great humor! Oh, and I can’t leave out the setting. Who doesn’t love reading books set in tropical locals?

Gage and Ellie were both pretty pessimistic at the beginning of Runaway Groom. I loved how that initially brought them together. I don’t want to spill how, but I thought it was so cool! Lauren Layne came up with a great plot there. It was so easy to understand how Gage and Ellie were meant for each other.

Honestly, Runaway Groom was perfectly written. I wouldn’t make any changes to it. It was so much fun to read! If you’re a Lauren Layne fan, you need to read this book. If you haven’t read her stuff before and love contemporary romances, you need to read this book! You don’t have to read the first book in the series to read Runaway Groom, so basically everyone needs to read this book.

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies.
She lives in New York City with her husband. A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

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Review: Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen

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Midnight Blue
Author: LJ Shen
Release Date: January 18th

It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.

The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.

“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.

Guess what? I didn’t listen.

I signed the contract.

World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.

Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.

Then he took my heart.

Then he took my all.

Review:

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

Midnight Blue was a darker, angst filled romance. It’s about two people who do not want to fall in love with each other, but cannot fight the pull between them. Indie is a sweet young woman who took a job baby-sitting a volatile rockstar on tour to help erase her family’s debts. Alex Winslow is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic bad boy with only his career to lose. Using Indie is just a game to Alex. She’s his muse, his hanny, and hopefully his next lay. That doesn’t stop Indie from wanting him even when she knows shouldn’t.

You know how sometimes you read a book and you’re struck by the beauty of the words in it? That was Midnight Blue for me. It was a powerful book. Every emotion conveyed was so raw. I don’t know if it was the fact that some of those words were song lyrics or simply because they were so heartfelt. There was such beauty in this story — even when what was happening wasn’t so beautiful.

I wouldn’t say that Indie and Alex’s love story was my favorite. Alex hurt Indie in ways that were almost unforgivable. Their romance wasn’t one for the ages. It wasn’t perfect. But that’s what was special about it. Alex and Indie had painful pasts. Falling in love didn’t magically fix everything, but it showed them that there was more to life than their losses. That was the beauty of Midnight Blue.

I liked Indie’s character. There was something about the way she admitted her shortcomings and wrong decisions that I could relate to. She was also a little quirky, which was fun. It fit her past perfectly, and the rest of the story as well. Her demeanor and style gave Alex the perfect ammunition.

I didn’t like Alex for most of the book. Dude was messed up in all the wrong way. I got it, but it hurt to read his thoughts at times. My favorite part of Midnight Blue was the last 20% of it. This, to me, was the most important part of the story. It was more Alex’s journey than Indie’s at this point, and there was such an honesty to it. His acceptance of his struggles and truths were so well done. I didn’t care for Alex until I got to this point. He proved to me he was more than an arrogant rockstar, and was worthy of Indie’s love.

Overall, Midnight Blue was a well written, emotion packed romance. I could feel the angst coming off the pages. If you’re looking for a rockstar romance with an edge, this is the one for you.

Excerpt:

Nat’s words came back and haunted me like a bad haircut from the eighties. An irrational need to check the goods took over me. It wasn’t like he minded. According to the rumors, his dick had seen more cameras than Kendall Jenner. Slowly—so painfully slowly—my eyes drifted down his sinewy body. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Whatever I had in mind, though, didn’t come close to the real thing. Thick, long but not atrocious. With thin veins running through its length.

“Nice view?” he groaned, tucking his junk back into his briefs. His profile was glorious. Strong jaw, pouty lips, eyes like sex…

My eyes snapped up when I realized he was talking to me. “I wasn’t…”

“Looking? Yes, you were. Next time take a picture. It lasts longer.” He rolled his zipper upward and flushed the toilet with the toe of his boot. He turned around and squirted soap into his palm, washing his hands almost violently—rubbing between each finger and scratching his knuckles like he wanted to shed his own skin. When he was done, he looked around for a towel.

I cleared my throat, scrambling to regain my wits. “Longer than the glimpse or longer than your performance?”

Casually—so unbearably casually—he wiped his wet hands over my purple dress. I gasped, moving sideways. It looked like he was about to open the door and get out, but before I had the chance to yell at him for using me as a human towel, he slammed me against the wall, bracing both his arms above my head and pinning me to my spot. I let out a shriek of surprise at the sudden proximity.

Alex Winslow is touching me. Willingly, my surprisingly pitiful brain squealed.

Heat rolled off his body, making my back arch and my breath catch in my throat.

“Let’s make one thing clear—I could fuck you to a point of numbness without even breaking a sweat if I wanted to. Now, careful, New Girl. If you don’t keep your distance from me, I think I just might.”
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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 peoples’ 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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Review: Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison

Max Horton

They call me an outcast like it’s a bad thing.

An asshole byproduct of a shitty upbringing. I don’t care about anything except myself and my little sister.

I will always protect what’s mine.

With one year left on my hockey contract I’m keeping my head down and my eyes on the goal.

A collision, with her, changes my entire existence.

Allison Grant

Never fall in love with a sports star. That’s what my stepfather always said. He told me athletes are complicated and moody—that the higher their paycheck, the lower their morals.

As public relations for the New York Stingers I know exactly what he means, but I can’t seem to say no to a friendship with one beautiful, damaged man.

What started out as hate turned into something else.

We tried to stay away, to keep our distance, but the pull was too strong.

Something forbidden turned into something so irresistible.

***MY REVIEW***

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

Something So Irresistible was an incredibly fun read. It’s a sweet enemies to lovers story that is also a forbidden romance. Something So Irresistible starts with a prologue that sets the story up while knocking you off your feet. I didn’t want to set it down because I had to know how Allison and Max got to the point they did in the prologue, and I also needed to know what happened after!

Allison Grant has just been hired as the new PR person for her older brother’s professional hockey team. She’s excited to be taking on this new and exciting challenge with one exception. Allison has no desire to work with Max Horton, the man who almost ruined her brother’s life. Unfortunately, Allison is forced to help spin Max’s headlines. Having to work with Max isn’t as horrible as Allison thought it would be. In fact, Max isn’t the person she thought he was. There’s more to him than meets her, and everyone else’s, eyes.

Max has never felt a pull toward someone like he does to Allison Grant. He’s done everything he can to stay away from her, but their chemistry is too undeniable. Max knows he’s going to have to do everything he can to prove himself to Allison.

I wasn’t a fan of Max after Something So Perfect, but he really won me over in this book. He had grown up so much and took responsibility for his actions. I loved the way he loved Allison. I loved Allison, but I wanted to throttle her a couple of times. Her white lies bugged me a bit. I know it was all part of the story, but I wished she would have been more open and honest with everyone. I was able to look past what my frustrations because Allison and Max were so amazing together! I loved how they brought out the best in each other. They supported each other whole heartedly just like all couples should.

Something So Perfect was a hockey romance, but there wasn’t a ton of play in it. There was, however, a ton of events set up around hockey outside the arena. It was nice to get a look at what Allison’s PR job was like, and how she benefited the team. I also liked seeing Max and his teammates off the ice. They were a tight family of really amazing people. I’m hoping we’ll get to see some of them in upcoming books…I would really like to know what happened with Viv and Ryder!

With each Natasha Madison book I read, the bigger fan I become of her writing! Her writing is amazing, her characters are lovable, and her romances are on point. Each book she writes gets better and better — and that’s hard because each is so good! I absolutely loved Something So Perfect. If you’re a sports romance fan, you really need to read it and the rest of this series. It’s so good!

“You may now kiss the bride,” Judge Reynolds says right before Max grabs my face in both of his hands.

“I love you,” he whispers, then his lips land on mine, gently and full of love.

My hands go to his waist as I close my eyes and take in the safety of my husband.

“I love you with everything that I am,” he murmurs against my lips. I smile and look into his crystal blue eyes.

“I love you more,” I say. He lets go of my face and we shake the judge’s hand. He grabs my hand and we walk out of his chambers while my chiffon train trails us.

Max proposed to me three hours ago. He got down on one knee and vowed to love me and only me till his last dying breath while I stood there in the middle of the shark reef in the Mandalay Bay. It took me two seconds before I nodded and got down on my knees with him, buried my face into his chest, and cried from happiness. I was completely and utterly in love with him. And not one person in my family knew. Well, none of the men knew. But this isn’t about them. This is about me, about Max, about how he took my heart into his hand and treated it like delicate crystal, making sure he bubble wrapped it to keep it safe.

Now here I am, watching my husband dressed in a black tux hold my hand and me in my two-piece lace dress. It is beaded from my collar all the way down. It ties around my neck but leaves my back bare. My arms are also bare. A gold belt ties the second part of the dress, floor-length split chiffon. My legs slip out while I walk, showing off my something blue, which is my Carrie Bradshaw Blue Manolo Blahnik.

As soon as the door to the chapel opens, my chiffon dress blows up almost like Marilyn Monroe’s, the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas almost non-existent since we are off the Strip. Someone in the distance must have snapped a picture because his flash went off.

“I think someone just took a picture of us,” I tell him while we make our way to the car that is waiting for us.

“Angel, it’s Vegas, everyone is taking pictures.” He waits for me to get in before climbing in after me. “So, my wife, where do you want to go?” Max turns to me and smiles while his thumb rubs the hand he’s holding.

“Back to our room.” I look at our hands. “I want to go back with you and lock the door and just be with my husband.”

“I was hoping you’d say that.” He pulls me to him, his arm going around my shoulder, and I fit perfectly in the crook of his arm.

We watch the city lights come into focus again once we get on the Strip. Walking through the lobby, I hold on to my husband’s hand, watching his ring glisten in the light. Max unlocks the door for us. Walking in, I head for the living room that is now turned into what looks like a small reception. Gone are the couches, and in their place is a cast iron square with blush pink roses wrapped all around it. Tea lights make it across. All the furniture is gone. The only thing in this room are blush roses, which are my favorites.

“This place looks like a fairy tale.”

Max walks to me, holding a bouquet in his hands. “For you.” He hands it to me as our song “Dive” comes on.

“Dance with me?” I ask him as I walk to him.

“Every single day of my life.” He wraps an arm around my waist. I hold the bouquet around his shoulders and we hold our free hands to his chest.

He takes his phone out and raises his hand, snapping a picture of us. I’m looking at the camera while he looks at me. “Stunning,” he says quietly as his cell phone rings. “Angel, don’t freak out.” His voice is curt, tight.

I don’t have to time to say anything because my phone buzzes with a text from Matthew.

Allison, when you get this you better call me.

“Oh my God.” I look at him. “What did we just do?” He looks at me shocked, steps back, and away from me.

“Max.” I reach out to him while he dodges me.

“A mistake.”

I don’t know if he’s asking or telling. My heart hurts as his eyes go dark. He darts out of the room and the front door slams after him. As I stand here in my wedding dress, a tear rolls down my face, and I look down and see my glistening wedding band.

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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Release Day Review: Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely

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It should have been a simple play…

She needed a football player to step up and be the star for a charity calendar. I needed a sharp and savvy publicist to manage a brand-new sponsorship deal. I scratched her back. She scratched mine. And oh hell, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road.

Now we’re back in town and it’s time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can’t risk this deal, so it’s hands off for us once again. Trouble is, I want more than than just another night with her.

What’s a guy to do when he’s always been most likely to score, but the woman he’s falling for is just out of bounds?

I don’t date players.
And I definitely don’t sleep with players.
And I absolutely don’t fall for a certain player when I get to know him and learn he’s more than just sexy — he’s clever, funny and has a heart as big as his . .. well, you get my drift.

But my job is at stake, and I can’t afford to lose that as well as my heart. The problem is, I think I’ve already lost that game.

What’s a girl to do when the clock is running out, but the man she’s falling for is off limits?

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MY REVIEW:

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

I’ve read a ton of Lauren Blakely’s contemporary romances over the past year or so, and they were all beginning to blend together to me. If you’ve read cocky alpha male character, you’ve read them all, right? Well, not really, but I was starting to feel that way about her books. I hated that because I love, love, love Lauren Blakely’s writing and humor. She’s one of my go-to writers for romantic comedies. I was really curious to how I was going to feel about Jones, the hero of Most Likely to Score. I liked what I got to know of him in Most Valuable Playboy, so I was hoping he was going to break the mold and get me back on my Lauren Blakely kick.

Jones Bennett totally did! That guy was so much fun! He was the traditional cocky football stud, but he had so much heart. His love for his family and animals was so cool. So was his respect for Jillian and her job. Jones was an all around good guy who knew what mattered in life. His point of view was so much fun to read!

I can’t leave out Jillian. I’m so happy we got her side of the story in Most Likely to Score. Some of Blakely’s heroines don’t get to share their thoughts, and I’m so thankful Jillian got to share hers. She was a little bit uptight, but it was all about focus for her. Jillian knew what she wanted out of life, and she went for it. Her determination was admirable — even when she broke her own rules for a certain someone. My most favorite thing about her, though, was her adoption story. She was adopted as a baby from China. That really hit home with me because I had several friends growing up who were adopted as babies from Asian countries. I’ve heard so much about their experiences, and it was fun finding those experiences in a book character.

Jillian and Jones’ love affair was really cute. They both had reasons to stay away from each other, but I loved that they didn’t. I adored their attraction and then their connection. There were so many sweet moments between the two of them. They were so perfect for each other. I loved how their relationship and story worked out.

Most Likely to Score is my newest favorite Lauren Blakely book. I hope she continues to write more sports romances (Can I get one for Jillian and Jones’ friends, please?). I would love to see this two book series become an even longer one.


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Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.

Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the MOST LIKELY TO SCORE charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner’s recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who’s dead set on winning more than a date with me.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we have to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract.
Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

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Review: Something So Right by Natasha Madison

Something So Right
Series: Something So, #1
Author: Natasha Madison
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

The moment everything changed didn’t happen in that cliché rockets-red-glare kind of way, it happened in the form of a waking nightmare. I caught my husband, my high-school sweetheart, the father of my children, balls deep in a sordid affair.

That was when I gave up on men and love.

I didn’t count on the NHL’s golden boy, the beautiful, arrogant Cooper Stone turning my life and my hockey rink upside down.

My kids are why I wake up in the morning.

Hockey is what Cooper breathes for.

We’re from different worlds and places in our lives but when our hearts collided something so wrong and different turned into something so right.


I started the Something So series in the middle. I read books two and three, Something So Perfect and Something So Irresistible, first. I loved both of them and how they were connected by family and hockey. Something So Perfect was about the oldest son Matthew. Something So Irresistible was about his younger sister Allison. Knowing that I loved both of these books, I had to go back and read their mom and stepfather’s story. I needed to know how Parker and Cooper’s story began.

Parker and Cooper’s relationship started off with fireworks. I thought it was going to be an enemies to lovers story, but the enemy part didn’t last long. They went from hating each other to into each other in a moment. That wasn’t hard to believe because they had instantaneous chemistry. Parker and Cooper got each other physically and emotionally almost immediately. They had such a special connection.

Parker was a great role model for women who have loved and divorced. She did everything she could to make her kids’ lives the best they could be in a divided household. Parker put their feelings first when dealing with her ex. I thought that was very gracious of her. I loved how strong she was mentally and emotionally. She didn’t need a man, but Parker found a great one.

My biggest surprise in this book was Cooper. After seeing what a family man he was in the first two books, I wasn’t expecting the dominating personality he had. I loved the gruffness he had. His sentences and the way he spoke was really cool. Not that he still wasn’t that amazing family man. He was from the get-go. Cooper’s interactions with Parker’s kids not only stole her heart but mine as well. He made this romance in this story.

Obviously, I loved this book. A man falling for a single mom and her kids is pretty priceless. Add in Natasha Madison’s amazing writing and humor and it couldn’t have been anything but a home run. Or maybe I should say goal since this is a hockey book…

If you’re a fan of sports romances, you really must read Natasha Madison’s Something So series. You won’t regret it!

Mini Reviews: Man Candy, Undone By You, and Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin

Man Candy
Series: Real Love, #3
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Is there room for two in that sleeping bag? When it comes to love, a chiseled loner takes the scenic route in this irresistible standalone from the author of Eye Candy.

Dax: After spending the summer buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.

Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.


Man Candy was my favorite book in the Real Love series by Jessica Lemmon. It was so fresh and funny. I adored Becca and Dax. Dax especially. There was something about the strong, almost silent guy. I loved his clipped responses and his maturity throughout the book.The only thing I could have done without with was part of the epilogue. I won’t say what, but it just didn’t fit for me. Otherwise, Man Candy was one of those perfect contemporary romance reads.



Undone By You
Series: Chicago Rebels, #3
Author: Kate Meader
Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, LGBTQ+
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

USA TODAY bestselling author Kate Meader brings her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (RT Book Reviews) to this novella in the Chicago Rebels series, following the general manager of the Rebels as he scores with one of his players off the ice.

Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know…

As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?


I have to admit that I requested this ARC because I thought it was going to be about the third Chase sister, Violet. I didn’t read the blurb first. Imagine my surprise when I figured out this wasn’t her book, but her good friend Cade’s. It was a great surprise because Cade and Dante’s story was perfection. I loved every minute of their journey together. There was so much personal growth in it. Undone by You was such a great read! Each book in this series gets better and better. I can’t wait for Violet’s book even more now!



Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin
Author: Mariana Zapata
Narrator: Carly Robins

Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.


My library’s only copy of Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin was an audio book. Having two sets of family come over on two separate days for holiday gatherings meant I had a lot of house cleaning to do, so I loaded the audio version and started cleaning. I’m so happy I did!

I loved Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin just as much as the other Mariana Zapata books I’ve read recently. Her writing is so easy to identify with! I can remember having some of the same thoughts and insecurities as Gaby when I was dating. I loved how Gaby and Sacha’s entire relationship played out. It’s one of the funnest rockstar romances I’ve read. I didn’t want to stop listening to it! (Kudos to the narrator, Carly Robins, she was awesome!)

Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: February 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?


A while ago, I read Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata and loved it. I wanted to read more from her, so after I made it through a bunch of books I had to review I picked up The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I can’t really even describe how much I enjoyed it.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me starred Vanessa, a woman trying to get ahead in life. In order to do so, she took a job working for football player Aiden “The Wall of Winnipeg” Graves. Aiden isn’t the bright and cheery type. He’s quiet and stoic. The only thing Aiden’s passionate about is his football career. Working for him is difficult, so when the opportunity arises for Vanessa to quit, she does. It doesn’t take long for Aiden to show up on Vanessa’s doorstep begging for her to come back — only he wants her to be more than just his assistant.

Once again, I absolutely adored Mariana Zapata’s writing style. Normally, I like the romances I read to have first person dual point of view. I love getting to know both party’s thoughts and feelings. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was written in first person, but was solely in Vanessa’s point of view. I wasn’t let down by the fact that I didn’t get Aiden’s in this book. In fact, I really liked that I didn’t. It made more sense to me because he was so quiet and held things so closely. I loved trying to figure out what he was thinking right along with Vanessa. Vanessa was such a vivid character that she didn’t the help of his perspective at all.

Another great thing about the way the story was written was the build up. Vanessa and Aiden didn’t immediately fall in love. There may have been feelings there, but they were built over time. The progression of all the events and emotions felt like it happened in real-time. It was such a great slow burn romance.

Obviously, I loved Vanessa and Aiden. Vanessa had spunk and a ton of patience. She loved how she dealt with Aiden and his personality. Aiden was the strong silent type. He didn’t are about many people, but when he did it was amazing. I adored Vanessa and Aiden’s relationship and everything about it.

I’m so happy I read this book. It was pure perfection. The Wall of Winnipeg had me even more excited to go on and read more of Mariana Zapata’s books. In fact, I think I am going to be doing a little binge reading now. If you haven’t read anything by this author, you need to add her to your TBR.

Mini Reviews: Ninja at First Sight & Happily Ever Ninja

Ninja at First Sight
Series: Knitting in the City, #4.75
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: November 21, 2015
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Prequel to the USA TODAY BESTSELLER ‘Happily Ever Ninja’

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.

He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.

He can’t stop thinking about her.

She knows she should keep her distance.

Nevertheless, when opposites attract the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic.

This novella is the expanded origin story for Greg and Fiona. The first 16k words of this novella are from the short scenes included in ‘Scenes from the City’, which is no longer for sale.


I hate to say it, but Ninja at First Sight is my least favorite book in the series. Luckily, it was just a novella. I loved Fiona and getting to know her. I wasn’t a huge fan of Greg. I just didn’t like his personality. I’m hoping all the set up of their relationship will make me love Happily Ever Ninja.



Happily Ever Ninja
Series: Knitting in the City, #5
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?



Well, Greg still isn’t my favorite. I’m not a fan of his at all. He’s too selfish for me. I didn’t like the way he treated Fiona at all no matter what his reasoning was.

So why the 4 stars?

Fiona is a kickass character. She’s strong — almost too strong — and amazing. Even though her feelings weren’t the happiest in this book, they were real and raw. I loved how Penny Reid depicted marriage and the reality of it. That was really cool.

I liked the plot for the most part. I even liked it when it went political and a little out there for my tastes. Happy Ever Ninja was a good addition to the series.

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.