Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Audiobook Review: The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
Performed by Katie Schorr

From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich comes
another rollicking, sexy story of just how far a couple will go to find true love-- and keep it sizzling!

When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets restaurateur Amanda Cole, it's love at first sight. But while Amanda can't help noticing superstar with the Greek-god build, he doesn't have a chance of getting to first- of any other- base with her. A successful entrepreneur who's built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming to sweet her off her feet. But Chase as charm and  heart, as well as hunky good looks, and he isn't about to strike out in this courtship. His hopes rally when Amanda discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pregame rituals that turn the smart, headstrong woman into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid and a hidden camera threaten to turn the love of a lifetime into just another late-night punch line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase's stardom force them to call it quits.

I picked up the audio version of The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich last week and fell in love. I was a fan of Big Girl Panties in both the print and audio edition, and I was intrigued to read/hear the back story of how Chase- Logan's best friend from Big Girl Panties and his wife Amanda became the amazing couple that we were introduced to in Big Girl Panties.

First off let me say that the narrator this publisher picked was PERFECT for this book. Katie Schorr, gives  such a strong voice to Chase, a very alpha male, superstar with a very big personality. She also makes Amanda Cole the perfect feminine counterpart. Sometimes when listening to audio books when a narrator tries to be both the male and female lead it just doesn't work. It works so well with this story that at times I felt like I was listening to two separate people.

Chase is ever the gentleman and Amanda is a good girl that discovers her naughty side with his help. Amanda isn't used to living her life under the public microscope so when the going gets tough will Chase... chase Amanda, or will the media succeed in destroying their love.

I really enjoyed this story. If you are a fan of audio books in general I recommend grabbing this audio book. I also think if you've already read this book you could enjoy the audio version as well. For me sometimes an audio books can be like reading a book all over again for the first time, and that can be a truly memorable experience.  Also, I have to say  I was surprised with some other  reviews I had read, I found that people either loved it or hated it. But, then again I remember reading the same types of reviews for Big Girl Panties and that was quite possibly one of my favorite reads last year.  After reading & listening to two books by Stephanie Evanovich I have to say that I am a fan of her writing style and the stories she tells. I for one will be on the lookout for anything this author publishes!

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Note: I purchased this book on my own and this review is as always my own honest opinion! Until next time Happy Reading.. and Listening!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: A Very Merry Hockey Holiday by Toni Aleo

Release: December 10th 2014
An Assassins Novella (#6.5)

About the book...
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – with eight stories featuring your most beloved characters and their families – it’s time to get comfy with a cup of hot cocoa and take a sneak peek at the holidays, Assassins’ style.

Join Lucas and Fallon along Tate and Audrey as they await life-changing gifts; Erik and Piper, and Phillip and Reece who have decisions to make that could lead to exciting developments ahead in their lives; and Claire as she makes a Christmas wish and choices for her future. Spend Christmas morning with the Adler family and see what the New Year has in store for Karson and Lacey, as well as Kacey King. The King family faces significant changes and resolutions that will leave readers alternately cheering and maybe a little heavy-hearted…all wrapped up in a big bow.

Join in on the holiday cheer and see who’s been naughty or nice in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Toni Aleo’s novella – A Very Merry Hockey Holiday.


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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, Blue Lines and Laces & Lace.When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Made for You by Lauren Layne

When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right

Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . .

Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past.

This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . .

Do you remember a time in school when a boy was a little too shy to let a girl know they were interested, so instead they teased or tormented them trying to get their attention? Will has always had feelings for Brynn, even if he may show his interest in the wrong way.

After a night together, Brynn makes it clear that she regrets what she considers a dirty little secret.. so Will leaves the situation and town. Three years later Will returns and this time he is determined to make sure Brynn notices him this time, because he knows she is worth a shot at forever.... even if yet again his approach may be a little off.

Brynn likes order and organization. Her life is planned and she uses journals she has created to guide her along the way. Then her perfect (perfectly boring) boyfriend dumps her and she begins to rethink her approach to life. Will is her sisters best friend and has been her adversary for most of her life. This wild boy is the opposite of what she thinks she needs in her life, even if part of her is drawn to him by a chemistry so strong it is hard to resist. So, when this good girl decides to go a little bad, who better to take a temporary walk on the wild side with? But, will this fling lead to more? At least one of them (Will) is counting on it!

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I was intrigued by Brynn and Will after reading Only With You. I knew there was much more to this story and boy was there ever. Made For You is a fun read full of sexy witty banter. Will and Brynn have amazing chemistry and I was rooting for them to be together from the start. There were times however, I wanted to smack one of them in the head and say, open your eyes to what is right in front of you. I love Lauren Layne's writing style, her heroines feel real and she does a great job of bringing you into the story, making you feel alongside her characters. I gave Made for You -4 STARS,  I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by this author.
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Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and big-girl clothes like an adult. Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels. She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Laces & Lace by Toni Aleo

New York Times & USA Today best selling author, Toni Aleo presents the next installment in the Assassins Series.

Tangled in Laces- (Prequel novella to Laces & Lace- Included with this book)
In Tangled in Laces, Karson King is on the fast track to the NHL. Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him, but the attraction is too much to ignore. Soon their love is so intense, neither of them see the rest of their lives without the other. Will Karson prove that he will protect his heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?

Laces & Lace- Assassins Series Book #6
Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after... or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?

Lacey has strength inside her that comes alive with the things she's most passionate about. She's a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she;s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most- love.

Karson is doing the one thing he loves most- playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago- Lacey.

Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present and a possible future?

Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way and finally
live life together to the fullest?

Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve.

Laces and Lace was everything I had hoped for, and then some! I have been dying to read this story since Tangled in Laces was published in Seduced by the Game, the fundraising anthology -Hockey Fights Cancer. I am pleased to see that the prequel is included with this release and that the Author is donating $1 for every book sold to this wonderful cause.

When Karson was forced to walk away from Lacey years ago it broke him. He's never fully been able to move on and when a chance to make amends presents itself he commits fully to reclaim Lacey and his heart.

Lacey won her battle with breast cancer, but still has an aching hole in her chest, put there by Karson. When fate brings him back to her door, she finds it impossible not to give him the second chance he so desperately wants.

However, Lacey's family and best friend aren't excited about this reunion and are a determined to separate these two for good. Will true love overcome all odds, or will the meddling of the people that claim to love Lacey the most push these two soul mates apart... Again?

I am such a fan of the Assassins series. Toni Aleo writes emotional, but heartwarming romances starring hot hockey players and the women who love them. I've yet to give any book in this series less than 5 stars. This series is one that I've reread several times and am likely to read it again. Laces in Lace maybe in my top two favorites of this series. Toni Aleo uses her voice as a platform to not only entertain, but to also bringing something as ugly as cancer and making it beautiful with this story of second chances.

I recommend reading all books in this series, however Laces and Lace can absolutely stand alone. If you are looking for a great read this one is sure to fit the bill.

PS> I was provided with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED this book and will be purchasing a copy for my keeper shelf!

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, Blue Lines & Breaking Away. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she's probably going to her husband's and son's hockey games and her daughters dance competitions, taking pictures, scrap booking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children and a bulldog. 

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