Saturday, July 20, 2019

#REVIEW: The Score by Elle Kennedy (Off-Campus #3)

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The Score By Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Elle Kennedy
Release Date: January 11th, 2016
Format: Kindle
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love. 

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one, because of all the dudes in the Hastings house, Dean was my least favorite. To be blunt, he's kind of a fuckboy, but he never claims not to be. At least he is honest! When the book starts out and Allie needs a place to go to hide from her ex, I soooo knew what was going to happen. It was interesting to watch Dean and Allie get together, even if they are only claiming it to be casual and are keeping it from their friends. There's definitely a lot of sexy times all around in this book.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

#REVIEW: Superfan by Sarina Bowen (Brooklyn Bruiser #6)

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Superfan by Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing
Release Date: June 25th, 2019
Format: kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD


A new standalone novel in the Brooklyn Bruisers world!
Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.
Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.
But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.
While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.
But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.
She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. 
Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.

Silas shows up in the first book in this series Rookie Move, he's a rookie that ends up completely messing up in net and he disappears back into the minors until I think Pipe Dreams where Mike Beacon mentors him a bit. Silas is like the best dude every, especially in the previous book Overnight Sensation, so I was super pumped to read his book. Like I swear he was a sweet baby angel, but we find out in this book that day-um...Silas spits some mad game.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#REVIEW: Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen #hockeyromance

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Overnight Sensation By Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing
Release Date: January 22nd, 2019
Format: kindle book
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Everyone knows the girl is off limits. But it's so good to be bad.


There's this girl...Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don't do girlfriends, and I certainly can't get involved with the league commissioner's daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo.Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido. 

There's this guy...Jason wants me, but he won't admit it. That man looks at me the way a hockey player eyes the lunch buffet after practice--and I love it. But when victory is finally within my grasp, I blow it and humiliate myself. Even then I can't even avoid him--as the team intern, I'm in constant view of his hard body and cocky smile. I need another chance. Jason Castro is about to learn the true meaning of an overnight sensation. 
Overnight Sensation is definitely my second favorite of Sarina Bowen's books set in the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey world. I LOVED Jason Castro's appearances in the other books, so I was glad to finally read his book. I just love a forbidden romance, especially with men who are closed off. I think I am revealing a little too much about myself here, but oh well.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Norse Protector by Leigh Ann Edwards #norse #fantasy

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The Norse Protector By Leigh Ann Edwards
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release Date: July 30th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
She learns the ways of the fiercely loyal, but undeniably dangerous Vikings 
Torunn the Strong and her sisters, the descendants of the Goddess Solveig of Highgard are the only survivors of the dreaded Red Death. Tall, blonde, beautiful, brave and skilled in weaponry, Torunn will do whatever is necessary to save them from the scourge that killed their people. Forced to leave her sisters and her world behind, she is transported to the land of the Vikings where she is to discover the fate of the lost Highgardian boys sent there twenty years earlier.  
Near death, she is saved by Brandr, a fearless, tall, muscular, ruggedly handsome man once a Viking warrior. Torunn and Brandr are forced to battle the brutal mountainous climate, wild beasts, and dangerous enemies. Neither want to admit they are falling deeply in love, for Torunn hasn’t ever met a man before and Brandr’s past is filled with tragedy and betrayal. 
Is it possible for them to find happiness together?
I love Norse Mythology, and since I have been breaking out of my normal reading habits by reading more romance books, I stumbled upon The Norse Protector by Leigh Ann Edwards. It's part fantasy, part historical fiction and part romance, so I think it has something for everyone. I especially love the setting of this, and I felt like I could just see everything in my head.

Monday, July 15, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Good Guy (Rookie Rebels #1) By Kate Meader

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Good Guy
Publisher: Kate Meader
Release Date: July 30th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
He's a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She's a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She's also his best friend's widow...
Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work with: flame-haired, freckle-splashed, impossibly perky Jordan Cooke.
The woman he should not have kissed the night she buried her husband, Levi’s best friend in the service.
Hockey-stick-up-his-butt-serious Levi Hunt might despise Jordan for reasons she can’t fathom—okay, it’s to do with kissing—but her future in the cutthroat world of sports reporting hangs on delivering the goods on the league’s hottest, grumpiest rookie. So what if he’s not interested in having his life plated up for public consumption. Too bad. Jordan will have to play dirty to get her scoop and even dirtier to get her man. Only in winning the story, she might just lose her heart
I stumbled upon Kate Meader's Chicago Rebels series, but haven't read them yet, so I jumped at the chance to read this new book coming out in her new series Rookie Rebels. This book is in the same world as Chicago Rebels, but I felt like I didn't really miss much. This book reads as a standalone.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

#REVIEW: The Mistake By Elle Kennedy (Off-Campus #2)

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The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Elle Kennedy, LLC.
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
I reviewed the first book in this series The Deal last month, but I actually read it awhile ago, so when I started up this second book I kind of forgot that Logan was in love with Hannah. I really felt for the dude, but I was really glad the way this was handled, and it didn't make it a love triangle. It also causes Logan a lot of grief because it makes him second guess why he's interested in Grace. He tries to do the right thing, because he doesn't want to hurt her, but at the same time it hurts them both. Ugh, Logan, boy you are dumb, but I did enjoy you work to win that girl back.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

#ARCReview: The Nanny Rules by Melynda Price #sportsromance #football

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The Nanny Rules By Melynda Price
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: August 12th, 2019
Format: earc*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 


Don’t touch the nanny. It’s one rule I’m most certainly going to break.
Since becoming a single father, I have two things that keep me sane—my daughter Lily and playing football for the NFL. But when my meddling sister hires a nanny without my knowledge, I’m not thrilled to come home and find the woman has taken over my house. Our instant attraction is one more complication I don’t need in my life.
But my daughter loves Amelia, and I will do anything for that tiny munchkin. Even if it means walking around with blue balls most of the time. Why does the nanny have to be so sweet—and drop dead gorgeous? She’s driving me crazy. Never in my life have I wanted a woman more.
I just need to make it through this season. I can do that. Hands free, of course. But then there’s that moment, and I know she’s thinking what I’m thinking and, well, yeah. Screw the rules
I like a good sports romance, so of course I was up for reviewing The Nanny Rules by Melynda Price. The book is a pretty predictable smutty romance book, so if that is your jam, I think you will really enjoy it. I liked it enough, but not enough that it really wowed me. For me it just felt like something was missing from it, but I don't know what it was.

Friday, July 12, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Oddmire, Book 1: Changeling by William Ritter #BlogTour

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The Oddmire: Book One: Changeling by William Ritter 
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: July 16th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD

Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are.
EXCERPT

A VERY LONG TIME AGO, HUMANS AND FAIRIES
and elves and dolphins and all of the other intelligent beings of the world got sick of one another—which was understandable, as intelligent beings were all pretty much rubbish in those days. After much arguing, they decided to split up the world and build a sort of magical wall between the two halves. On the human side of the barrier, life would be governed by logic and reason and the laws of nature. It would be an honest world of soil and struggle. The other side would be ruled by forces more ancient than any earthly science, a world of magic and madness and raw potential. Humans called their side the Earth, and magical beings called their side the Annwyn (all except for the gnomes, who called it Pippin-Gilliewhipple—which is one of many reasons that, to this day, nobody from either side much cares for gnomes).
For many centuries, the wall stood—a sort of veil between two worlds, invisible but everywhere. Neither side could see or touch the other, and in time many creatures forgot there was another world at all. This remained the state of things until rogue groups brought their simmer- ing strife to an unruly boil and a new war broke out. As it turned out, intelligent beings were still fairly rubbish if not properly supervised. The resulting battle blasted a great, gaping hole right through the invisible barrier.

When the dust had settled, some felt the hole in the wall should be patched back up, and others felt the barrier should
come down entirely. In all the hubbub, nobody noticed as the thing that had been inside the wall—the thing that may have been the very soul of the wall—escaped. Nobody was watching as the thing that had spent countless centuries listening at the cracks and growing hungrier and hungrier slipped past the rubble and across the bloody battlefield. Nobody saw it slide quietly into the forest.

The Thing clutched at shadows as it moved between the trees, drawing the darkness around itself like a rid- ing cloak. It had never known sunlight, or birdsong, or honey-sweet breezes, or even the sound of its own name. If the Thing even had ever had a name, it had never had anyone to speak it.

The Thing whipped past mossy boulders, through tow- ering trees, and over the muggy, murky Oddmire. When it reached the very heart of the Wild Wood, it finally slowed and came to rest. The trees grew more densely there, and the air was still. Even the sound of the birds died away. The shadows here were thick and heavy, and the Thing gathered them up, greedily.

The Thing knew shadows. In that sunless, starless place between worlds, there had been shadows so absolute they had no form. The Thing’s whole world had been a shadow—its whole life had been one great shadow, and within it, the Thing had felt impossibly small. But the shadows in this new place were different. They would do as it bid them. They were powerful, those shadows of stones and boulders and tall pine trees, and the pieces torn from them felt comfortable as they knit together across the Thing’s back. The Thing felt strong. Beneath its swelling cloak of darkness, the Thing began to take on new shapes. Bigger shapes. Terrible shapes. Still, there was one shadow that caught the Thing like a thorn: its own. The creature’s meager slip of a shadow followed it, clung to it, taunted it with its own true, trifling form.

The creature plunged its talons into the forest floor, and for a time, the only sound was the scratching of unseen claws digging into the soil. When the hole was deep enough, the Thing turned its talons in on itself. It tore and it ripped until finally, reverently, it lowered its own severed shadow into the cold earth and buried the humble scrap beneath the dirt. All around it, pools of darkness blossomed as if the entire forest floor were a fresh, clean napkin laid over a seeping ink stain.

The darkness grew.

The Thing drew itself up to its full height, and then it drew itself up a little higher, and higher still. Countless stolen shadows rippled along its cloak like waves of grain shimmering in a breeze. The Thing would be whatever it pleased now. It was never going back.

The darkness spreading across the forest floor solidified into angry coils and knots as it grew. Wicked thorns burst from its surface. For just a moment, there was silence and the forest was still. And then the darkness began to creep.