REVIEW – Stinger by Mia Sheridan

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Title: Stinger
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #3
Release Date: December 7, 2013

Stinger by Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him…

Carson Stinger was a man who didn’t play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn’t care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her…

When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn’t possible. At least not yet…

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Mia Sheridan has once again blown me away! Stinger is a surprising story that will break your heart and make it soar while delivering the perfect balance of sexy and sweet. From the moment they met, Carson and Grace shared some serious sexual tension and an undeniable chemistry that absolutely sizzled. I was hooked on their sarcastic banter and delightful flirtations, loving the resultant push and pull as they tried to fight the unavoidable connection forming between them. Mia Sheridan doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the powerful emotions of this story and I found myself feeling every step of this journey. Stinger is part fantasy and part harsh reality, a potent combination of action and romance that is indescribably gripping. Mia Sheridan’s writing continues to wow me. Her colorful imagery, lyrical prose, and easy dialogue creating a voice that is fresh, fierce, and utterly addictive.

“And I really, really like how you make me feel– like if you looked at me every day, the way you’re looking at me right now, I could do anything, be anything, be more.”

The character development in Stinger is absolute perfection. In the beginning, Grace and Carson could not have been more different, but as their story progressed and life took them in their own directions, they proved to be so much more than their first impressions implied. I loved watching Grace come into her own. She was so easy to relate to that I couldn’t help but invest myself in her success and happiness. I also adored the way in which Mia Sheridan unraveled Carson. While he was definitely charming, it was the depth and complexity of this character that was downright mesmerizing. Putting together the pieces of Carson’s past and exploring the years following his first meeting with Grace painted a stunning picture of a broken man that was impossible not to love. Together, Grace and Carson inspired each other to re-define themselves and in doing so evolved beautifully throughout their journey.

“Let’s go watch another sunrise together, Buttercup.”

Stinger was very much a two-toned read. The first part of the story was carefree, sexy, and adorably entertaining, while the second half was grittier, poignant, and significantly more angst-ridden. I enjoyed exploring the many facets of Carson and Grace’s relationship, the changing mood of the story seeming to grow right along with this fantastic couple. Mia Sheridan not only serves up a memorable love story with this Sign of Love novel, but she also addresses some hard-hitting issues that had my heart aching. Through Carson, Mia Sheridan skillfully conjures an incredible sense of purpose, shedding light on a dark subject in a way that was informative and deeply touching. Overflowing with raw emotion and filled with vibrant, relatable characters, Stinger is another win for Mia Sheridan’s Sign of Love series.

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Wow! When it comes to writing a gripping, hold the edge of your seat type of story, Mia Sheridan sure knows how to deliver. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Stinger, but it absolutely blew me away. This author has delivered two unforgettable characters with a love that felt timeless and believable, living through a storyline that is relevant and real.

“Why would fate bring us back together only to have us part a second time.”

Grace and Carson’s story is in many ways a second chance love story. However, there was so much more to Stinger than just their romance. I loved how Sheridan questioned fate and the control over what we have in our lives. I adored that the characters didn’t change who they were because of the other. Yet, they changed and grew in a way that stayed true to their personalities. From the moment they started hating on each other in that initial elevator ride, I knew that they would have something special and I could not have been more right.

“He was an enigma to me – stinging me one minute and then soothing me the next – with his words, his touch, his smile.”

Sheridan utilizes a longer time span throughout Stinger, but it allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for who these characters were. We didn’t just get a glimpse of their lives and have to speculate who they used to be, where they were going, etc. The author takes pivotal points in Grace and Carson’s lives and intertwines them effortlessly. The way she so seamlessly intertwines moments and arcs for the characters was truly impressive. Furthermore, the writing was compelling and left me aching for more at the end of each chapter. I finished in a matter of hours because I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down.

“Maybe love was complicated, and yet the simplest thing in the whole wide world.”

For as much as I couldn’t get enough of Leo and Leo’s Chance, there was something even more special about Stinger. This book took a very real life issue and created awareness and compassion without it being over the top or taking away from the characters’ story. From their transformations and growth to the way they became so sure in the choices they made – it just flowed perfectly. Mia Sheridan has a true gift and I’ve found that I’m liking each new book even more than the last. I’m not sure how she’ll top herself, but I sure am ecstatic to find out!

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REVIEW – Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines

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Title: Simple Perfection
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #6
Release Date: September 23, 2013

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Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?

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Simple Perfection had me riding a rollercoaster of emotions as I experienced the heartfelt conclusion to Woods and Della’s story. Abbi Glines reeled me right back in as this incredible couple faced down the unexpected events from the end of the first book and navigated the life-altering changes that resulted. I loved seeing Della and Woods standing by each other’s sides. Their unconditional love and loyalty filled my heart and left me utterly content. Woods and Della’s connection, now tried and tested, seemed stronger than ever, while their undeniable chemistry continued to spark and make their journey truly enchanting. Of course, that’s not to say that this couple didn’t deal with their share of issues this time around. Abbi Glines loves breaking hearts repeatedly before finally piecing them back together again and Simple Perfection was no exception. However, it was the turmoil and angst that made this novel feel so much sweeter and left me completely head over heels for Della and Woods.

“Sometimes what we want isn’t what’s best for us.”

While the first book was very much focused on Woods and his journey to decide what kind of man he wanted to be, this book was all about Della. For that reason, Simple Perfection felt more emotionally charged to me as Della’s past was incredibly dark and held some serious hurt. Not only did our heroine struggle with her sense of self-worth, but she was also forced to finally confront the nightmares that haunted her. At times this meant that she acted brashly in an attempt to spare Woods from her self-perceived destructive personality. As my heart ached for Della, Abbi Glines put this character through the wringer, forcing her to face her demons and allowing her to eventually evolve into the brave, independent, and secure woman I knew lay beneath the surface. Woods and Della had to fight for each other, but they also had to fight for themselves in Simple Perfection and the outcome was absolutely beautiful character growth.

“She was brave enough to live life, even after enduring the monsters that had terrorized her in her room as a child. And they weren’t pretend. She’d faced real monsters and she had survived. There was no one as fucking tough as this woman.”

Abbi Glines’ writing is as fantastic as ever. The pacing was perfect, pulling me right back into the story and keeping me hooked until the very last page. The storyline had its share of twists and turns, keeping me on my toes and stealing my breath a time or two as Della and Woods’ journey went in directions I hadn’t expected. While Abbi Glines is known for not pulling any punches, she proves that once again with this book. Simple Perfection made me feel deeply and unexpectedly, each heartbreaking moment perfectly balanced with sexy encounters and lighthearted teasing that kept a grin on my face. Colorful imagery, witty dialogue, blush-inducing steam, and good-natured humor brought this story to life, while vibrant secondary characters filled Abbi’s fictional world and left me wanting more of Rosemary Beach. Abbi Glines is the queen tease and I can’t wait to hear from Tripp, Bethy, and Grant as the series continues. Simple Perfection is smart, sassy, and sweet – the perfect conclusion to Woods and Della’s unforgettable journey.

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Gah! Simple Perfection picks back up in the throes of drama that Twisted Perfection ended in, and my poor heart! Similar to how I felt with the first book of this couple’s journey, I forgot how much Glines’ writing evokes the emotion and memories of being a new adult. Simple Perfection is a journey of growth and transformation while also putting readers on an emotional roller coaster that is sure to make you smile in some moments, while pulling at your heartstrings in others.

“She was betting on me. When the rest of the world thought I was hopeless, she bet on me. She believed in me. So had Woods.”

While the romance between Woods and Della is undeniable, Della stole the show in this book. Her story hit something so deep in my heart that I could not put the book down. I had to continue reading and see how it all came together, even when I already knew the ending. It’s just one of those stories that takes you on a ride and leaves you a better person for having read it. To see her gain this inner strength and conquer her past was so remarkably done, and I think that it was those moments that made me know Abbi Glines was a writer I would not forget.

“Right now, she needs to find the strength inside herself. The strength she doesn’t think is there.”

I also appreciated that we got a wider look at the friends of the group in this installment. Glines paved the way for future novels with the introductions and morsels of stories. I forgot just how well she was able to do this. Whenever a new book in the series came out, I would always find a way to somehow love it more than the last. Now that I’ve completed the entire series and met all the couples, I do have to say that I think Woods and Della have my favorite books. Their story is powerful and everything that the New Adult genre should be. They’re introduced to things every adult in this stage goes through, but also through things that nobody should ever have to endure. There’s something unique and special that I’m sure will have me re-reading them again soon. I can’t recommend this series enough to other readers!

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You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9)

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REVIEW – Rush Me by Allison Parr

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Title: Rush Me
Author: Allison Parr
Series: New York Leopards #1
Release Date: April 8, 2013

Rush Me

Synopsis

When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.

But when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.

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Rush Me is a sweet, sassy new adult romance that will make your heart falter and fly. Ryan and Rachael’s New York City romance is passionate and witty, making for one heck of a rollercoaster ride. This couple fights hard and loves harder, their shared stubbornness and seemingly opposite worlds clashing in the perfect explosion of lust and attraction. They made me grimace and grin with each passing page and I found myself quickly falling under their spell. Rachael’s carefully guarded heart and Ryan’s public lifestyle made for plenty of drama and misunderstandings that ensured that Rush Me was full of feels. As my first novel by Allison Parr, I have to say, I am definitely a fan. Ryan and Rachael’s story was an utterly enchanting read and I can’t wait for more of this fun sports romance series.

“He tasted of champagne, sharp and bright, like new chances and fire and excitement.”

Ryan was absolutely swoon-worthy. Not only was he everything you’d expect from a football player BBF, but he was also intelligent, educated, unfailingly loyal and incredibly sweet. I would have liked to explore this character a bit more. I felt as if he was missing some necessary depth, specifically in regards to his seemingly cavalier attitude towards women and initial behavior with Rachael, not to mention why he was so against Rachael meeting his family. We never really got into the “tough stuff” with Ryan and it left my connection to the character limited. I did appreciate seeing him with his teammates. His solid friendships and protective nature was very revealing of Ryan early on in the story and as it progressed, I found those relationships to be seriously endearing. Overall, I adored getting to know Ryan over the course of the story and found myself quickly falling for his easy charm.

“God, how do people take your seriously?”
“Oh, it’s my charm and good looks. They don’t even hear what I’m saying.”
“You’re right. I’m so dazzled by your appearance I’m knocked senseless. Completely blown away.”

My feelings towards Rachael were very bipolar. On one hand she tended to be easily riled and overly dramatic, taking offense at the smallest things and jumping to conclusions in a way that came across as incredibly immature. I wanted to smack her and yell at her to stop being so self-sabotaging. On the other hand, I understood Rachael on a personal level. This character was incredibly genuine to her age and generation, struggling to find her place in the world and stand on her own two feet while needing to leave her mark in her own way. It was only natural that this character carefully guard her heart and refuse to accept help, but man did it make me (and Ryan) crazy at times. Despite her awkward attempts at establishing her identity, Rachael was smart, sarcastic, and relatable. So despite her best efforts to push everyone away, she slowly worked her way into my heart as the story progressed.

“It’s funny. How good we get at torturing the people we love the most.”

Rush Me was well-paced, only hitting a few slow spots and, for the most part, flowing easily. I thought the storyline was quirky, cute, and heartfelt – making this an incredibly enjoyable reading experience. I absolutely loved the colorful cast of secondary characters who rounded out this story. Ryan’s teammates and Rachael’s friends each brought humor and heart to the story in their own way and left me anxious for future books in the series. Finally, I have to applaud Allison Parr for her incredible writing. I was wholly captivated by the vibrant imagery, poetic prose, and smart dialogue that brought this novel to life. Allison’s words painted a beautiful picture that tugged at each of my emotions, making me feel every heartbreaking, hopeful, and hilariously awkward moment of this story. I will definitely be back for more of this artful author’s work, ready to devour the next novel in the New York Leopards series!

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Darby by Ashley Pullo

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Title – Darby
Author – Ashley Pullo
Publication Date – September 22, 2016
Series – New Amsterdam, #3

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Darby Wallace is a beloved blogger for a trendy, social media platform. Her assignment is to expose (in 500 words or less) the real New York City – the people, the music, the politics, the latest food fad, and the irony of being single in a city with eight million people. With her own life a spiraling disaster of bad decisions and failed relationships, Darby must rely on the strength of strangers to find the one who got away.

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With each new book in Ashley Pullo’s New Amsterdam series, I run to tell the author how much I love it more than its predecessor. The new book always becomes my favorite, and Darby Wallace’s story was no exception. The writing brings New York City alive, despite its winter coldness, and the story becomes much more than a romance. Though there is a theme of falling in love, it’s definitely not how it’s been done in the past.

““End of story.” Oh, but it’s not the end! What kind of love story would end when it’s just beginning?”

In the beginning, Darby comes off as quite callous and a bit cold. Her attitude tended to match the slosh of the winter weather and I wasn’t sure how I would ever warm up to her. However, as time progressed and I got to see the deeper issues she faced, I felt my heart getting softer towards her. In that sense, the book wasn’t about Darby finding her perfect match and falling hopelessly in love. This third book, as opposed to the first two, was more about forgiving our pasts and learning to love ourselves, and I adored witnessing Darby’s fall to a degree of rock bottom, only to see how she would come back from it. Her strong personality traits were no longer things I shied away from, but ones I admired her for.

“Darby, Love is strong. LP” 

I can say with utmost certainty that the best part of Darby was the breathtaking writing. Ashley Pullo knows how to take a mundane action, something we don’t think twice about, and turn it into this beautiful image. There were several times that I had to stop, re-read, and truly soak in the colorful prose and vividness of the scene. There aren’t many authors who write like that, and it’s a quality I’ll never get sick of seeing. Furthermore, I love the way she captures New York City and all the people. It’s a humanitarian piece of the book that just makes me smile with every new encounter.

“Because just like Holly Golightly, she belongs to no one, a slob with no name . . . and yet, she realizes she wants it”

There’s something about Pullo’s writing, but also the whole idea behind the New Amsterdam series, that makes even this die-hard Boston lover a fan. As is expected with Pullo’s writing, she drops hints about future novels and what’s to come, and with what she’s given us in the build-up of Lucas, I have a feeling I’ll have the same reaction I’ve previously had. However, with how much I loved watching Darby’s redemption, the bar is set pretty dang high. In the meantime, I’ll be taking a lesson from Darby and noticing the people around me and those I interact with. I’ll look for the little things that make them human and learn to appreciate it just a little bit more than I already had.

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Residing in New York with her husband and two children, Ashley Pullo is an author, an entertainment blogger, and an advocate for cultural literacy.

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NYC is an amazing place to find inspiration – the random and the ordinary that make up reality. My writing showcases inspired ideas, as well as my love for dichotomy, authenticity, pop-culture, and humor.

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RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Ruin by Clarissa Wild

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Title: Ruin
Author: Clarissa Wild
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Maybell Fairweather was the girl of my dreams.

Always smiling brightly, she kept going, despite the names her classmates called her behind her back.

She was full of curiosity and independence, the extent of which I could only be jealous of. Even though she had all odds stacked against her, she knew what she wanted from life and pursued it, no matter the cost.

She was completely my opposite in every way.

Perfect, even though she couldn’t see it.

Perfect … until me.

Because this is the story of how I ruined her.

Based on a true story. Standalone Romance. No cliffhanger. 

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Clarissa Wild steps outside her normal realm of romance with Ruin, an unconventional and sincere story of love, strength, and forgiveness that will leave your heart feeling full. Maybell and Alex were an intriguing pair, brought together by what seems to be several cruel acts of fate. Since their relationship really gets its start through a tragic chain of life-altering events, this story is prime for angst and frustration. Ruin is fast paced and purposeful with emotions escalating quickly and the couple’s relationship moving forward in seemingly little time. Clarissa Wild doesn’t hesitate to deliver all of the feelings that come along with Maybell and Alex’s journey, the deeply personal nature of the story coming through loud and clear with each passing page.

“But now I know that being damaged is okay. The scars we carry shape us into humans that better understand the world and those living around us.”

I loved how unapologetically unique both Maybell and Alex were. These characters were far from society’s ideal but they were genuine and interesting and absolutely one-of-a-kind. I enjoyed seeing how their connection unraveled over the course of the story as the truth about their shared history came to light. I definitely would have liked for both characters to undergo a bit more emotional development. I felt as if we barely scratched the surface when it came to May’s warring feelings about dance, her absent best friend, and the impact of Asperger’s on her every day life. Alex’s own issues felt very sudden and I think the end of the novel would have made a more powerful statement had we explored his mental health more in depth throughout the story.

“Our hues were different in the beginning, but now, we’ve grown to complement each other.”

Clarissa Wild isn’t afraid of embracing the strange quirks that make us all undeniably human and Ruin is proof of her devotion to individuality. Maybell and Alex are a celebration of differences, embodying the physical, behavioral, and emotional idiosyncrasies that make us all so wonderfully weird. Their unusual nuances, habits, and particular preferences only made this book that much more poignant, ensuring that these two definitely left their mark. I have to applaud the courage and heart with which Clarissa Wild wrote these two characters and their beautiful story. Her dedication to capturing Maybell and Alex in all of their unpolished and imperfect glory is a testament to the belief that love rules without prejudice.

“It sounds like we’re saying goodbye. Maybe we are. Maybe we aren’t. There’s no guarantee. There never is. Not in real life.”

Ruin is not your typical romance. In fact, that’s probably what I enjoyed the most about this novel. Putting aside her usual penchant for action-packed stories that live in the emotional extremes, Clarissa Wild delivers something quieter, more hesitant, and a lot more real with Ruin. Maybell and Alex’s story is simple, relatable, and full of feels – an honest look at life and the unexpected moments that change us forever. The story is low intensity and the writing uncomplicated, allowing readers to lose themselves in the small triumphs and utter sweetness of Maybell and Alex’s journey. A breath of fresh air from this talented author, Clarissa Wild delivers life and love in its purest forms with Ruin.

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“I needed that …” she murmurs, closing her eyes again.

“I know you did.” I smile cheekily.

She lets out a long, drawn-out sigh. “Alex Wright … you seem to know everything.”

“No, I just know you,” I reply boldly.

“Really now?” She opens one eye.

“I know you better than you think,” I say.

Now, both her eyes are open but hidden underneath thick lashes and a curious frown. “Really? Then what am I thinking right now?” She smirks as her feet dangle below the bench, one swaying, the other unmoving, and there is only one thing I can think of.

A tiny leaf that’s fallen on top of her head makes my hand move closer to swipe it away, but I linger. My fingers gently trail along her soft dark blond hair, past her ears and down her cheeks, until they reach her chin. There, I subtly grasp her between my thumb and index finger and lean in, cocking my head. My eyes slowly close, the sound of her short breaths pulling me in.

Before I know it, my lips have locked with hers.

I don’t know why I’m kissing her.

Well, other than the fact that I’ve been madly in love with her all this time.

She was just perfect.

Perfect, just the way she is.

Her scrunched-up face and rosy lips … just had to be kissed.

So I did it.

I’m actually kissing Maybell Fairweather.

I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve only ever kissed one other girl, and that was in kindergarten. I have no fucking clue, but I hope I’m doing it right. She isn’t stopping me or pushing me away, so that’s a good thing. Right?

But damn, she tastes so sweet, and her lips are so soft.

No wonder everyone likes to do this so much.

It feels like it lasts forever.

After a while, she needs to take a breath, and our lips unlock. Her eyes wide and her lips parted, still swollen, heavy, much like mine, and all I can think of is kissing her again.

Is it so wrong to want the thing I shouldn’t have?

She tucks a strand of her wild hair behind her ear, her cheeks turning red as a strawberry, but I like the color. I can’t stop looking at her, but it’s growing awfully silent too. She’s still so close to me; I can feel her warm breath tingle on my skin.

“This?” I murmur, as an answer to her question.

She bites her lip to stop herself from smiling. “I …”

Her smile only makes me feel more bold, so I place my hand on her cheek and pull her even closer. “I just want to make you happy.”

I lean in again and press another soft kiss on her lips, the touch exhilarating me. Goose bumps scatter across my skin as I taste her on my lips. My blood rushes through my body to the only spot it can go to, the sudden burst of greed filling me. My pants tighten as my dick flinches from her lips alone.

God, I need to stop. This isn’t right.

With all the willpower I can muster, I unlatch my lips from hers, her taste still lingering on my tongue. I can smell her perfume too, the scent rubbed off on my cheeks and neck, and it’s making me giddy. Horny.

Fuck.

I clear my throat as we both turn red as a beet.

“Well …” I get up from the bench and turn away for a second to cool down my manly parts. I even think of the delusional grandpa she has for a neighbor just so I can rid myself of this hard-on. Anything to make it go away quicker.

When I’ve cooled down, I turn to her and smile. She’s still looking at me. Her lips still parted, her face still in shock mode. I can only hope my guess was right, but I won’t ask. I’ll let her decide.

So I hold out my hand and say, “Let’s go back inside.”

For a second, she just stares at me, then my hand, and then me again.

Her hand slowly reaches for mine.

Our fingers entangle.

The tip of her lips points upward.

That’s when I know.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Nitro’s Torment by Nina Levine

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Title: Nitro’s Torment
Author: Nina Levine
Series: Sydney Storm MC #2
Release Date: September 20, 2016

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Synopsis

Tatum Lee is a pain in my ass.

She’s stubborn, full of attitude, and she doesn’t like to do what she’s told.

And yet, at a time when I should be focusing on the war my club is at, she consumes my mind because she’s also fearless and fierce, and I’ve never met a woman like her.

The thing about war, though, is the minute you let your focus drop, your enemy rises up and attacks. And sometimes they bring you to your knees in ways you never imagined.

The other thing about war? You learn just what you’re capable of doing to protect those you love.

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Just when I think Nina Levine couldn’t possibly write a more swoon-worthy biker book boyfriend, Nitro comes along and proves me wrong. Nitro’s Torment was sexy, thrilling, and full of so many unexpected feelings that I couldn’t help but be left wanting more. Nitro and Tatum were a match made in tattooed badass heaven and I found myself instantly under their spell. From the first page to the last, this couple shared an absolutely explosive chemistry. Fueled by a mutual stubbornness and soul-deep recognition of one another’s demons, Nitro and Tatum challenged each other, creating a constant friction that sparked something fierce, hot, and unyielding between them that was utterly addictive.

“When Nitro kissed, he fucking claimed you. He used his mouth to say all the things he didn’t say with his words.”

Nitro was a surprise from beginning to end and I found myself enjoying every minute of unraveling this enigma of a man. Not only was he all delicious, dirty, and raw alpha male, but as the story progressed, Nina Levine also revealed a softer side to Nitro. Utilizing his relationship with his siblings and niece, we got to see the protective, caring, and slightly broken man that lay beneath all the fury and fight. It was this duality that proved to be so simply breathtaking, branding Nitro on my heart in a way I couldn’t have anticipated. Throw in his developing relationship with Tatum and the complicated brotherhood he calls home and Nina Levine has skillfully created a bold and beautiful multidimensional character that is entirely captivating.

“You might be unpredictable out there in the world, but here with us, you’re predictable in all the right ways.”

It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a female character as much as I did Tatum. Nina Levine expertly developed this character in a way that made her relatable, lovable, and deeply moving. Although her initial sass and independence had me grinning, it was her innate understanding of Nitro’s darkness and the exposure of her own fears and insecurities that had me hooked on this heroine. Tatum was flawed, broken, and undeniably human, making her easy to connect with and root for. Her strength, ferocity, and unfailing loyalty allowed Tatum to fit seamlessly into Nitro’s dark and dangerous MC world. As their story progressed, Tatum proved to be the perfect match for Nitro and together these two characters stole my heart with their entertaining push and pull, sizzling sexual tension, and heartbreaking honesty.

“I thought life had already handed me my heart on a platter. Bleeding and bruised. Turned out life wasn’t done with me yet. Bleeding and bruised wasn’t enough.”

One of the things I’ve come to love about Nina Levine’s books is the incredibly enthralling overarching storylines that connect each novel to the next. Not only do we get the excitement of each couple’s personal journey, but we also get to see the MC evolve and grow. There is nothing more thrilling than getting lost in the vibrant personalities, heart-pounding action, and gut-wrenching emotions of the Storm MC world and the Sydney chapter is no exception. I am already hooked on the complicated relationships and mysterious inner-workings of the club that color this series and I can’t wait to see where Nina plans on taking Nitro, Kick, King, and the rest of the crazy Sydney Storm MC crew.

“The lonely stretch of highway was a silent battleground, but we filled that silence with the sounds of shattered bone and tortured grunts.”

From the first word to the last Nitro’s Torment was an adventure. Gripping, passionate, and delightfully dirty, Nitro and Tatum’s story packed a powerful punch. Their gritty pasts and emotional scars led to some incredibly poignant moments that totally wrecked me in the very best way. Heartbreaking and yet swelling with hope, Nitro’s Torment exemplifies Nina Levine’s phenomenal storytelling and extraordinary character development. This author continues to blow me away with her lyrical prose, amusing banter, sizzling sensuality, and deeply compelling emotions. Perfectly paced and undeniably spellbinding, Nitro and Tatum irrevocably marked me with their heartfelt story. Already anxious for more of the Sydney Storm MC, Nitro’s Torment is an absolute must-read for any MC Romance fan!

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I sat next to him. I wasn’t sure why except that for the first time since I’d met him, he seemed like he needed someone. Even if it was just to sit with him. I stole a glance at his face. It was hard to find skin under all the dried blood. “I take it the other guy lost.”

He held my gaze for a long time before answering me. God, how I wondered what thoughts ran through Nitro’s mind. It felt like he either ran from them or got lost in them, but I wasn’t convinced he was often comfortable with them.Something we had in common. “That depends on your definition of winning.”

I didn’t need him to spell it out for me. And I didn’t push him for more. Instead, I walked into the bathroom. Locating a clean washer in the drawer, I wet it and walked back out to him. Standing in between his legs, I began the task of cleaning up his face.

This was something I knew well. My brother had often turned up on my doorstep in this state. Caring for him had always been my responsibility. How could it not be when his journey in life had been dictated by my own?

Nitro hissed when I accidentally pressed too hard on his cheek. His hand landed on mine and he halted my progress. “I can do this myself.”

I pulled my hand away from his face. “Yeah, you can, but I’m doing it, so just let me.”

“Always arguing with me,” he murmured, allowing me to go on.

I worked in silence and when I’d cleaned the blood from his face, I said, “I’m going to get some ice for your face. Wait here.”

I hurried down to the bar because I figured he had work to get back to and no time to waste. Kree loaded me up with ice and a towel to wrap it in. When I arrived back in his room, he was in the shower. He didn’t take longer than a few minutes and when he exited the bathroom wearing only a towel around his waist, I sucked in a breath at the magnificence of his body.

Nitro was a powerhouse of hard muscle that went hand-in-hand with his fearless warrior instincts. Standing before me, almost naked, his masculinity caught me off guard and a rush of desire hit me. My thoughts stalled and I momentarily forgot what I was doing. All I could focus on was the throbbing need deep in my core. A new hum filled my entire being, unlike anything I’d ever felt before.

Damn.

Shit.

No.

“You got ice?” His deep voice snapped me from my hypnosis.

“Ah… yeah,” I mumbled, shoving the towel with the ice in it at him, almost dropping it as I did so.

He frowned, his eyes searching mine. “You good, Vegas?”

Fuck, no, I wasn’t.

I was fucked.

Completely.

I nodded, swallowing hard. “I’m good.”

I was so far from good.

I wanted something I didn’t want to want.

I wanted him.

How the hell did my world turn in such a short space of time? What the fuck triggered that? Because whatever it was, I needed to un-trigger it.

He took the ice from me and turned to head back into the bathroom, grabbing clothes on the way. I was helpless to do anything but watch him walk away. My eyes stayed glued to the powerful muscles that built his back. And that ass.God, that ass. Even covered in a towel it was hard not to stare at.

I was so engrossed in his back and ass that he caught me off guard again when he dropped the towel and dressed without closing the bathroom door.

Fuck it, I was out. I yanked the bedroom door open and left as fast as I could. I needed to find a quiet corner and gather my thoughts. I needed to wipe everything that had just happened from my memory. Somehow, though, I suspected Nitro was not a man to ever be wiped from a woman’s memory.

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I’ve been writing since I was twelve. Weaving words together has always been a form of therapy for me especially during my harder times. These days I’m proud that my words help others just as much as they help me.

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REVIEW – Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

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Title: Twisted Perfection
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #5
Release Date: May 30, 2013

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My future was about to be completely thrown off track because Della Sloane was under my skin, and I had to have her. I couldn’t ignore it anymore. . . . I’d gotten close enough to her to see deeper.

Della Sloane is not your average girl. Yearning to break free of her dark and sheltered past, and the memories of the illness that claimed her mother, Della plans a solo road trip to experience real life on her own terms. But the trip is nearly cut short in the little beach town of Rosemary when she realizes she can’t even pump her own gas—until Woods Kerrington shows up, more than willing to help out a pretty girl in need.

Woods’s family wants him to settle down with a wealthy woman in pearls, but he can’t resist this carefree girl in cutoffs passing through town. A one-night stand should have been enough, but months later, Woods can’t get the irresistible Della out of his head.

When a twist of fate brings Della back to Woods, all signs point to trouble if they don’t keep their distance. Neither is truly free, and a relationship could destroy both of them. With their hearts on the line, Della thinks the safest bet is to walk away. But Woods isn’t about to let that happen…

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Abbi Glines definitely doesn’t pull any punches. Twisted Perfection is the beginning of Woods’ story and it is just as heart-wrenchingly beautiful as I’d hoped and then some. From the start, Woods and Della felt fated. Briefly brought together by chance, then reunited by what can only be described as kismet, this couple seemed to be indescribably connected. Their scorching chemistry added fuel to the fire, reeling me in from their very first encounter and ensuring that I kept furiously flipping the pages. Their sweet honesty, delightful flirtations, and electric tension was absolutely addictive and I easily found myself wholly consumed by their emotional journey. Abbi Glines has undoubtedly crafted something special with this couple and I can’t wait to see where she plans on taking them in the next book. Twisted Perfection was breathtaking, gut wrenching, and an overall rollercoaster that left me more firmly planted in Rosemary Beach than I ever could have predicted. Woods and Della have certainly stuck with me, their touching story raising the bar for the next book and the entire rest of the series.

“Being the kind of guy a girl stayed for was harder than I thought.”

I didn’t think anyone could top Rush, but Woods definitely gave him a run for his money in this novel. He is every bit the enigmatic man I knew he’d be and then some. I have absolutely adored being able to finally unravel Woods, experiencing both his desire to please his father and the drive to succeed on his own that war within him. Woods’ inner turmoil and the glimpse into his family life left me with a greater appreciation for the true depth of this character and had me falling head over heels for the kind and generous man Abbi Glines has so skillfully created. Della took me by complete surprise. The past hurts and devastating trauma that shadows this character made my heart ache, while her understanding spirit and brilliant love of life inspired hope. Della was raw and unpolished in a way that evoked so many emotions from me as we got to know her, allowing me to connect with the courageous woman that has been so perfectly exposed over the course of this book.

“In my search to find myself, I’d found so much more. I knew now why I wanted to live. I understood love. I had found it.”

As always, Abbi Glines fills the world of Rosemary Beach with her utterly intriguing secondary characters that somehow manage to steal my heart right alongside the main couple. I love that we got to know Tripp a little bit, his existence seeming to be almost legendary up until this point in the series. I am definitely ready to hear his story after getting a glimpse at this independent man. Perfectly paced and expertly plotted, Twisted Perfection is gripping from start to finish. Abbi Glines serves up the perfect balance of heartache, drama, and steam to completely captivate me while leaving enough of the story open to keep me wanting for the next book in Woods and Della’s story. Abbi’s writing continues to shine, her lyrical prose and easy dialogue bringing this story to life and conjuring up a hurricane of emotions that pierced right through me. Twisted Perfection flowed effortlessly, reminding me with each passing page exactly why I had fallen in love with Rosemary Beach and the unforgettable cast of characters who call it home.

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While I love exploring and finding new authors to me, another part of me wishes that I could spend all my time falling back in love with characters that aren’t brand new. Ones that I’ve read before and adored, but have never let go of. Squeezing in a re-read of Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines felt like coming home. I forgot how much Woods & Della’s story touched me and really introduced me to a whole other side of Glines’ writing.  I have to admit that while I couldn’t get enough of them the first time around, the second time was even sweeter.

“Nothing my family wanted or demanded could make me walk away from this. From her.”

For as much as I loved Rush and Blaire, there was something special about Della that hit close to home for me. Readers could easily tell that she suffered from a scarring past, something so jarring that there was no instantaneous cure. Getting into her head and glimpsing that made me so sad at times, yet it also created such a strong admiration for her. To see just how far she rose from the ashes of her past was nothing short of astounding and it really showed how strong and independent she was. It helped me to understand how Woods could fall for her so quickly because she really was different in all the important ways. I also loved the complexity that Glines created in Woods’ character. He was ruled by obligation, but had the extraordinary capability of seeing the bigger picture. His growth was done in the best of ways and I can’t wait to see how that continues in the next book of their story.

“Never throw a Kerrington a challenge like that one. We will go above and beyond.”

Abbi Glines has created such a fantastic getaway with the Rosemary Beach series. She forces readers to get interested in all the characters involved, and then makes their stories even better than you could have expected. Twisted Perfection is all about strength and growth and I’m anxious to revisit the conclusion in the next book. Even though I know how their story ends, I still get butterflies in my stomach and a heart-racing feeling as I read through Della and Woods falling in love. This book screams everything that the New Adult genre is, and it has definitely reminded me why I fell in love with Abbi’s writing in the first place!

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Simple Perfection (Rosemary Beach #6)

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One More Chance (Rosemary Beach #8)

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You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9)

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When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach #11)

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REVIEW – Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

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Title – Captivated by You
Author – Sylvia Day
Publication Date – November 18, 2014
Series – Crossfire, #4

Captivated By You

Synopsis

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

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I feel like I had to wait forever to get the next installment of Gideon and Eva’s story, and then when it was released, life was crazy and I had to wait all this time to be able to dive in. Captivated by You is the fourth installment of the Crossfire novels, and with that comes the incredibly mixed reviews from readers. Sylvia Day has clearly built up a fan base when it comes to her writing, but especially with this couple. She knows how to bring the heat and steam without taking away from the quality of her writing, and that’s what will continue to bring readers back for more.

“The hunger between us was a living thing in the room, sliding sinuously around us, narrowing the world to just the two of us.”

Throughout this novel, I was really waiting for something to happen, craving more of the action that Sylvia Day had shown in the first three books of the series. I had gotten so used to the craziness of Gideon and Eva’s relationship, that I almost forgot about all the backstory and history that each individual was facing. Captivated by You felt like it was less about the heat, and more about the characters discovering what they failed to acknowledge previously.  They both had to come to grips with their past in order to ever have a future, and the fourth book was really about doing just that. It was a very stripped down look into battling our own demons, as opposed to the way the characters chose to ignore it before.

“He’d saved me, in so many ways. I was going to do whatever needed to be done to save him, too.”

My favorite thing about Captivated by You was the tremendous growth you were able to see in both the characters by the end of the novel. Gideon has a slew of problems that has scarred him. However, it wasn’t really until the end of this book that he started to actually deal with them. Even though a major part of that is due to Eva’s actions, I still admired that he wanted to begin to better himself. I was so proud and happy to see Eva developing a little bit more of a backbone. She stood her ground, no matter how hard it was at times, which resulted in an admiration for her character that I didn’t previously have. The way that she was able to remove herself from certain situations and identify the bad behaviors so that she could correct them and become better certainly made me like her even more.

“She was every promise, every hope, every fantasy a man could have. And she was mine.”

I had a really hard time reviewing and rating this book. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but it just wasn’t on the same field as the previous three novels. Maybe it was the built up hype in my head or just the timing of when I read it, but I expected more out of Sylvia Day. I’ll still be going on to read the fifth, and final, book in the series and hope that some of the pacing issues are worked out. I’m anxious to see how Sylvia Day chooses to close the chapter on these two unforgettable characters.

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Behind Closed Doors by J.L. Berg

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Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: September 13, 2016

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My name is Roman Cavenaugh and I’m kind of an asshole.
Running a company isn’t easy, especially when everyone expects you to fail, so being a jerk? It comes with the territory.
I don’t have time to mess around, and I sure as hell didn’t see her coming.
Cara Hamilton—she was supposed to be off limits…a temporary employee brought in during my assistant’s maternity leave.
But, in the blink of an eye, she became so much more.
An obsession I couldn’t shake.

So yeah, I may be an asshole, but now, I finally had a purpose, and soon, she would be mine.
All’s fair in love and war…

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J.L. Berg delivers a smart, sexy and heartfelt romance with Behind Closed Doors. Bursting with witty banter, lovable characters and raw emotion, this story will sweep you off your feet and leave you wanting more. After meeting Roman in The Walls Duet, I knew his story would be worth waiting for and J.L. Berg certainly didn’t disappoint. Roman and Cara’s journey was the perfect balance of angst, humor and steam, making it absolutely effortless to invest myself in their happily ever after. Not only does this couple share an utterly electric chemistry, but also a carefully crafted connection that hints at something significant and memorable. It was this inexplicable pull between the hero and heroine that got me hooked and kept me flipping the pages, desperate to devour Roman and Cara’s story.

“And, just like that, I’d crossed the line. I’d hit on an employee. And there was no going back from that.”

Despite being in seemingly different places in their lives, Roman and Cara were very much on a shared journey of self-discovery. I adored the way in which J.L. Berg utilized their developing relationship to aid them in growing as individual characters. Roman and Cara both struggled with the life that was expected of them and the one they hadn’t realized they wanted. The resultant emotional turmoil was easy to relate to, allowing me to connect with both characters on a deeper level as I experienced their story alongside them. In addition, J.L. Berg expertly integrated Roman and Cara’s outside relationships throughout the novel, their friends and family adding depth to both characters and giving them a more genuine feel. The brilliant secondary characters not only helped to shape the main couple, but they also brought plenty of heart and humor to the overall storyline.

“When you do, you know, decide to seal the deal… take pictures. Please? ’Cause that man is… damn.”

J.L. Berg captures a myriad of emotions with Behind Closed Doors and I found myself happily riding the rollercoaster that was Roman and Cara’s story. My heart skipped and stuttered with each unexpected feeling conjured by their journey, wholly captivating me with the amusing dialogue, undeniable connection, and delicious tension our couple shared. I absolutely loved the small dose of Jude and Lailah that was included in this book. It gave Roman’s story a comforting feeling of family that had me grinning from start to finish. J.L. Berg’s writing continues to blow me away. Her voice is fresh, feisty, and full of feels, making for a captivating reading experience. The poignant prose and socially relevant humor is just icing on the cake, ensuring that Roman and Cara’s story was charming and memorable. Behind Closed Doors is another phenomenal novel from J.L. Berg – a sweet, sassy and sizzling adventure you won’t want to miss!

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Within These Walls (Walls #1)

Within These Walls

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Beyond These Walls (Walls #2)

Beyond These Walls

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Author Bio

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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NEW RELEASE REVIEW – Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

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Title: Rookie Move
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Release Date: September 6, 2016

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Synopsis

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…
 
Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

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Review

With Rookie Move, Sarina Bowen will have you effortlessly falling in love with the Brooklyn Bruisers! This second-chance romance will make your heart ache and flutter, getting you hooked on the sweet, emotional upheaval of Leo and Georgia’s story only to completely consume you with their delicious chemistry and undeniable connection. Filled with amusing banter, awkward encounters, sexual tension, and tender moments of nostalgia, this couple’s heartfelt journey is one of young love, big dreams, and finding forgiveness. Sarina Bowen’s writing is utterly captivating – her lyrical prose, impassioned imagery, and witty dialogue creating a potent cocktail of lust, angst and excitement that will leave you wanting more. Rookie Move is a definite win for this incredible author!

“The heat pouring off you two is hazardous. I’d better make sure I know where they keep the onboard fire extinguisher. Because, safety first.”

I’m usually not a big fan of third person narration, preferring the more gripping emotions of first person storytelling, but Sarina Bowen absolutely nails it, pulling me into Leo and Georgia’s heads and hearts with well-practiced ease and allowing me to experience their journey in a very visceral way. As a longtime hockey fan, I must also applaud Sarina Bowen’s expert use of hockey terminology and sports slang to create the vibrant and addictive world of the Brooklyn Bruisers. It was incredibly authentic and yet still accessible to the hockey novice. The author’s words painted a brilliant picture of the innovative professional hockey organization, and the memorable personalities that kept it running. I swear I could feel the biting chill of the arena mixing with the fevered energy of the crowd as I devoured each page of this novel.

“Never saw you hesitate in the middle of a game before.” She gave her hips a push, and he damn near shuddered with joy. “Where’s your hustle?”

Both Leo and Georgia underwent significant character growth over the course of the story. I loved being able to explore their current lives in contrast to their relationship as teenagers. It allowed me to really connect with them on a deeper level and made investing myself in Leo and Georgia’s happily ever after feel that much more natural. There was something so genuine about both our hero and heroine that I couldn’t help but fall head over heels with. Their shared past made way for an easy friendship that combined with their undeniable electricity and inexplicable connection to create something absolutely breathtaking. The strength Leo and Georgia found in one another and the dedication they repeatedly demonstrated to the other’s dreams made my heart soar and ensured I was wholly addicted to this fantastic couple.

“Leo Trevi was the source of all her stress at the moment. How odd that he could also be a source of comfort, too.”

While so much of the storyline in Rookie Move was fun, sexy, and thrilling, Sarina Bowen expertly integrated some sobering emotions that kept me turning the pages as my heart rode out the rollercoaster that was Leo and Georgia’s story. I greatly admired the grace and respect with which the author addressed the more serious events that transpired for this couple, her raw and honest characterization making me feel for Leo and Georgia and all they had experienced. Balancing out the more heart wrenching moments of this book were the vivacious secondary characters whose intriguing personalities have me already itching to hear their stories. I can’t wait to see how Sarina Bowen plans on developing this series and experiencing more of Leo and Georgia as we get to know the rest of Brooklyn Bruisers!

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Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)

Hard Hitter

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**Releasing January 3, 2017**

Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3)

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**Releasing May 2, 2017**

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