Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alex: Cold Fury Hockey #1 by Sawyer Bennett

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

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


Review Coming Soon!!!!

I didn't get this book in my hands to get my review up in time for today's post I could have powered through & read it to try to crank out a review, but one look at this cover and you will know why I am taking my sweet time reading this one.

I love Sawyer Bennett, her Off series is one of my favorite book series ever (hence ,why I started a twitter campaign #GETusOFF, begging for another book in that series) and her Last Call and Legal Affairs books are  just as amazing (Click here for info on other books by Sawyer Bennett). I am so excited that she is writing a hockey series and I can't wait to tell you all about how fabulous this book is, so stay tuned! Full review coming next week.

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USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett is a snarky Southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

REVIEW: Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport!

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

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

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

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

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


Excerpt:
(This scene is from Ethan and Lauren's first kiss- enjoy this little teaser!)
Oh God, he wanted to kiss her in the worst way.  He dropped her hand and framed her face in his big hands, stroking her high cheekbones with his index fingers. She shivered but made no move to get away. 

"Ethan," she whispered in a sexy, throaty whisper that sent a rush of lust to his groin. 

"Lauren," he responded, his own voice raspy.

She stared into his eyes, her hazel eyes troubled and full of earnest questions, most likely fueled by her suspicious, which were well founded. Ethan held his breath, sensing another tough question coming his way.

"Is your primary residence Seattle?"

He couldn't lie again to her, just couldn't. so he did the only thing he could think of to change the subject and give her something else to fixate on.

He kissed her.

Oh yeah, he kissed her. He intended for it to be a brush of the lips, enough to distract her. But her eyes glazed over, and she closed them just as his lips touched hers. Warning bells clanged in his head and he silenced them mentally without effort, a testament to how committed he was to doing the wrong thing because it felt so fucking right. 

Her kiss tasted like warm, soft rain on a Seattle summer day and lapped at the corners of his soul like gentle waves lapping across the sandy beach below his home. He felt as lightheaded as a teenager experiencing those first heady emotions of a new love. But this was not love and Ethan was no teenager and neither was Lauren. She was an adult woman, and he was a man, and this man wasn't strong enough to resist. 

Review: 
Ethan meets Lauren when he is pretending to be an agent sent by an interested investor to check out the team working from the inside out. Lauren is a woman in a mans world. She works hard to prove herself and gives herself heart and soul to the team. She made a mistake in her past by getting too close to a player and she almost lost her career. Her assignment to help Ethan understand the team is one thing, but the feelings and chemistry he stirs up when they are together is another thing entirely.

I quickly found myself loving Ethan, his passion for the game, and also his growing feelings for Lauren and knowing that when she found out who he truly was things were likely to go South quick- especially once she finds out he is taking her team as far West as it can possibly go. This story was a fresh take on hockey romance and I loved every single page!  I gave Skating on Thin Ice 5 STARS! 

For those of you that follow this blog regularly you know there is nothing I love more than hockey romance. Sports romance is my thing, especially hockey romance, so my inner goddess donned her cheer leading uniform and jumped for joy as soon as she read the intro to Skating on Thin Ice. This is book #1 in her new Seattle Sockeyes series and Jami Davenport has plans, BIG plans, that include expanding more fictional sport teams in Seattle. She does a wonderful job building a team in this first installment of the Sockeyes Hockey, I can't wait for more from this team, as well as any other sports teams Ms. Davenport dreams up for me to read about! 




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



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Wicked Nights by Anne Marsh


Winner takes it all...off

Former diving champion Piper Clark never loses. Unfortunately, if she doesn't land this lucrative contract, her diving business will fail. Worse still, it will be at the hands of her childhood nemesis, Cal Brennan—six feet of hard, rugged former Navy SEAL. So Piper proposes a wager: whoever loses the diving contract must take orders from the winner...in bed.

Cal needs this contract for his own reasons. A former rescue swimmer, he may be having a few issues with diving since his last mission ended, but Piper doesn't need to know that. Something about her impulsive nature makes Cal rise to the bait, and there's nothing he'd like more than to show Piper exactly what rules are good for.

All bets are on. And someones about to start playing dirty....

Review:
Wicked  Nights by Anne Marsh is a steamy hot romance that encapsulates everything I love about a Harlequin Blaze, an intriguing story, a sexy hero (a SEAL none-the-less) and a heroine that will risk it all for what she really wants.

Piper needs to win the contract with the cruise line to save her business. Cal also needs this contract, but for a more personal reason.  Once a sexy wager is added to the mix, these two find it more and more difficult to pretend they really don't like each other. Sparks fly and as the contract negotiations get more competitive their growing intimate relationship could cost  them the thing they want most.... someone will win this contract, but will they lose their heart in the process?

I love a good alpha male, but this heroine also likes a little control. The building relationship and back and forth between these two was thoroughly entertaining. The contract competition gave this story a fun plot twist and it kept me interested. I gave this book a solid 4 Stars! This was my first Anne Marsh read and I can say without a doubt it will not be my last.

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I live in Northern California with my husband, two kids and six cats. After ten years of graduate school and too many degrees, I escaped to become a technical writer. When not planted firmly in front of the laptop translating Engineer into English, I enjoy gardening, running (even if it’s just to the 7-11 for Slurpee's), and reading books curled up with my kids. The best part of writing romance, however, is finally being able to answer the question: “So... what do you do with a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures?” You can visit me online at www.anne-marsh.com.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SPOTLIGHT: To Catch A Star by Romy Sommer

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Teresa Adler is the ultimate Ice Princess, with a heart as frozen as the winter landscape of her beloved home, Westerwald. All her life, she’s belonged to the ‘inner circle’ of wealth, privilege and position.

Christian Taylor: Heartthrob. Movie Star. Bad Boy. The mischievous actor sets temperatures soaring in the picturesque baroque principality – and with a wicked glint in his eye and a chip on his shoulder he sets his sights on the one thing he’s told he can’t have. Teresa.

While Tessa holds the ultimate clue to the secret of Christian’s parentage, it is the heat  of his touch that will make this Ice Princess feel more alive than she ever has before...

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Excerpt:
One woman tearing your clothes off was fun. Five at once? Not so much.

“Please, ladies...” Christian was only half laughing now. Rip. There went an Armani sleeve. He shrugged away from the grasp, but there were still other hands pulling at him, tugging at him.

He’d known adoring fans before but they seldom pawed him. And this had gone way beyond pawing.

“I’ll sign autographs, but you really don’t need to take souvenirs.” 

He had to raise his voice over their squeals. This was definitely not fun. In fact, it was getting downright scary. The crowd surrounding him pressed in tighter. There seemed to be more of them now too.

Another rip. This time his shirt. The excited squeals increased in volume.

“He’s mine!” shouted one over-eager fan.

“Mine!” the others echoed.

“Well, actually, ladies...” He belonged to no one. But in the grip of mob mentality, they neither heard nor cared. 

He had to get out of here.

With another rip, this time the rear seam of his evening jacket, he pulled away from the knot of admirers. One young woman tumbled to her knees with the impetus. Fighting every instinct to be a gentleman, he didn’t pause. He ran. The sound of their pursuit spurred him on. He ran blindly. Now he knew how it felt to be the fox in a fox hunt.

A block or two further and the number of feet behind him seemed to diminish, but he still didn’t look back. He only hoped no-one had been trampled in the ruckus. Though if one or two of the fanatics broke a heel in the process, justice would be served. He reached an intersection and looked both ways. This foreign city had turned into a maze and he had absolutely no idea where he was. Back where he’d been accosted, the streets teemed with life. He paused. He stood now in a deserted residential street, a terrace of imposing townhouses lined with trees stark against the night sky.

And no way out.

Cul-de-sac either side and a dead-end straight ahead. 

Damn.

He looked back over his shoulder. There were only three women left in the race, but they were gaining. 

A car pulled out of a driveway within the cul-de-sac to his left, picking up speed as it approached his street corner. An open-topped sports car with only one occupant. Blonde was all he had time to register. Drawing on a lifetime’s worth of instinct, he took a running leap and landed face-first in the rear seat, just as the roof began to unfold and close over them.

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I've always written stories for myself but didn't even think of being an author until I realized that being over thirty and living in a fantasy world was a little odd. Writing those same stories for other people makes it a lot more acceptable! By day I dress in cargo pants and boots for my not-so-glamorous job of making movies but at night I come home to my two little Princesses, and I get to write Happy Ever Afters. Since I believe every girl is a princess, and every princess deserves a happy ending, what could be more perfect?Though my heart lies in Europe, I'm not too good with the cold, so I live in sunny SouthAfrica.

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