Friday, March 6, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Crashing the Net by Jami Davenport


Hockey Star Cooper Black and professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell return in the sequel to Crashing the Boards.

Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her with one wink.

As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenage nephew. Cooper doesn't want to be a surrogate dad, but he doesn't want to play in Seattle, and he doesn't want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green.  Regardless, he wants her back, and he's willing to change, if only she'll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can't refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he's traveling for the team.

Fearing Cooper isn't capable of changing his control freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.

Excerpt:
“What are you doing here?” Izzy hissed, ever mindful their voices could carry down the hallway to anyone loitering about the ballroom entrance.
“Looking for you,” Cooper growled right back while his gaze raked up and down her body clad in a form-fitting little black dress which revealed a tasteful amount of cleavage and bare thighs.
“Cooper, I told you I had to work tonight.”
He scowled and stepped toward her, backing her up until she hit the wall behind her. He put his big hands on either side of her face and leaned in. “I don’t like you hanging out with all these wealthy businessmen and athletes who’re salivating after you like tomcats on the prowl.”
“You are a wealthy athlete,” she reminded.
“Exactly,” he responded with a grimace.
“It’s just a job.” She stared up into his stormy blue eyes, forcing herself to stay on task and not get lost in those passionate depths.
“I have more than enough money to support you while you go back to school. You don’t need to do this job.”
“I love my job.” Izzy shook her head. She would never be dependent on anyone. After all, when you couldn’t trust your own parents to provide the bare minimum basics of food and shelter, why would you set yourself up to depend on anyone else?
“I don’t.” He glared down at her, his strong jaw set and his kissable mouth drawn in a firm line. If she kissed him right now, he’d forget about everything and the situation would be defused. Until next time. She gathered her strength and did what she had to do. For herself, her sanity, and her business.
“You, buster—” she jabbed her finger in his hard chest. “Do not get a vote.”
He ground his jaw. She cringed at the thought of what that’d do to his implants if he kept it up.
“Cooper, please—”
“This isn’t working. I can’t live like this, not knowing where you are and what you’re doing.”
“You know where I am. I tell you what parties we’re crashing.”
“Yeah, but I worry about you.” Concern softened the anger in his eyes, but judging by his clenched fists, it still bubbled beneath the surface even as he fought to control it.
“There’s nothing to worry about.” Izzy sighed. She wouldn’t quit this job. Number one, she loved it. Number two, it supported her three younger sisters and their college tuition's. Number three, Cooper would not take away her ability to control her present or future.
“You don’t know these people.”
“I don’t have to know them. It’s not like I’m going to establish a relationship with any of them.”
“You did with me.” He pointed out the fact that they’d met at a party her company, the Party Crashers, had been hired to crash over a month ago.
“That was the only time that happened.” She lifted her head and glared at him. “Is that what this is all about? You don’t trust me?”
A muscle ticked in Cooper’s square, stubbled jaw, and his face hardened to stone. That was all the answer she needed.

Review:
There is nothing I love more than an alpha male- add a big bad professional hockey player and this book is the stuff those dreams are made of! We met Cooper & Izzy in the novella Crashing the Boards and while you don't HAVE to read it before Crashing the Net, I recommend it! It is great short read and really gets you invested in Cooper & Izzy's story. Crashing the Net starts off where Crashing the Boards ended. Cooper and Izzy are a couple and Izzy's party crashing business is growing, thanks to her luck with the Seattle Sockeyes, but things aren't completely sunshine and roses. Cooper isn't comfortable with her career. She's had enough of his alpha male possessiveness and the two part ways. Enter Cooper's nephew, the son of his estranged sister that he never knew existed. He needs someone to help him and he knows Izzy is the perfect person for the job even if he has to swallow some of his pride and ask for help. 

To be honest, I didn't find Cooper that likable at first. He's hot- oh yes, and while I love a domineering hero, he came across as very self-centered. I grew to love him as the story progressed, as details from his past were revealed and the reason why he is the man he is became more clear. Izzy is the responsible one, she has taken care of her sisters, put their needs before her own, but now as they are starting to become more independent and she feels as if she is losing control of her life. Her past has taught her to to rely on herself. They say opposites attract, but I think in the case of Izzy and Cooper these two like-minded souls were on a crash course for each other from the very beginning. Izzy is the perfect match for Cooper, while he may thing he needs a docile submissive female, what he really needs is someone who isn't afraid to tell him exactly what she thinks. These two burn up the pages and I found myself holding my breath for their happily ever after! 

Crashing the Net is a sexy fun story with a great plot twist and I enjoyed this book very much. I gave this book 5 Starts and it is a MUST read for fans of sports romance. In fact I suggest that you add the entire Seattle Sockeyes series to your must read list! 


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USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near the Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber-husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a price 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, March 4, 2015

5 STARS for Garrett by Sawyer Bennett

USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.
 
Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.
 
Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.


Review:

Wow, just Wow. Sawyer Bennett has managed to blow me away yet again with Garrett, the newest Cold Fury Hockey book. This book just made my top list of favorite reads for 2015 to date. 

Olivia is getting ready to begin her fight against cancer. One wild night with a sexy, hot hockey player is just what she needs to relieve a little stress. Garrett is a playboy, everyone knows it, but after one date with Olivia he can't get her out of his head, and starts to want more. When Garrett discovers Olivia's illness, it only makes him more determined to man up and do whatever it takes to help the woman he is falling for as she begins the battle of her life. This story is sexy, emotional, sweet... and did I mention sexy? These two start off with a scorching first date, but they have more than physical chemistry. I loved the connection between Garrett and Olivia. Their relationship felt real. This quote sealed the deal with adding Garrett to my list of book boyfriends.


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"Nothing and no one will ever come close to making me feel the way I do just when I am holding your hand, or listening to you breathe at night. Nothing compares." She blinks at me, her eyes wide and confused. I give her head a slight shake with my hands. "Do you understand me, Olivia? Nothing compares to you."- Garrett

I gave Garrett 5 Stars and it will be added to my shelf of "Favorite Books" on Goodreads.. I could not put it down. This is a must read for anyone who loves an emotional, scorching hot romance!

PS> No spoiler here, but the epilogue to this story was AWESOME! Perfect ending, to a perfect story. 

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USA Today Best-Selling 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.
Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her second book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, February 20th.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

SPOTLIGHT PROMO: The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne


As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.

As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancĂ©e . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

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Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.
Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.* But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.
Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don't worry. You will.
Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she's on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she'll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Need Me by Tessa Bailey

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey, comes the next fun and sexy novel in her Broke and Beautiful trilogy!

"How did this tweed-wearing English professor turn out to be my dirtiest hero ever? Cause he really is. "- Tessa Bailey
When Honey Perribow traded her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey's sole focus is a medical degree... until she sees newly-minted Professor, Ben Dawson and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous, young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

While at an off campus party an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding southern belle...and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers the girl in his arm is the same beautiful student he can't stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden... yet no matter how hard he tries he can't stay away from Honey.

And when his attempts to fight their attraction nearly ruin the best thing that's ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.

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