JC Valentine – S.O.B.

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REVIEW

The Chicago Fire is a hot soccer team, but the real heat in this book is between Levi and Vista.

If a parent tries take away a child’s candy, the child is more than likely going want to have it even more.  That was certainly the case for Levi.  His father insisted that he not date Vista.  He can fight the thoughts of her during the day, but is plagued with dreams of being with her at night.

Vista can work as much as she wants but there’s no way to get Levi out of her head when, “He looks rough.  Dirty.  Mountable.”

The sexual tension between Levi and Vista is palpable.  I almost hesitate to use that word only because it is often over used in romance reviews.  However, the mounting connection between them is practically tangible.

After getting caught succumbing to their attraction, they are ripped apart again.  But even after being reunited again, they end up being separated yet another time.  Their relationship is a bit of a roller coaster.  Considering their young age, it seems more believable than overly dramatic.

My absolutely favorite part was Levi’s proclamation of love on the Jimmy Kimmel show.

“You were right, princess.  It’s you and me.  So don’t lock that door just yet.  Make sure you leave a light on.”

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Levi Black is an s.o.b.Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him.

He wouldn’t be wrong.

A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it.

One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running.

My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month, and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.

BUY LINKS

Amazon (99c or #FREE with #KindleUnlimited):  http://amzn.to/2g26hvy

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JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Collette West – Single

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REVIEW

Review of Story: I truly enjoyed the story. The story unfolded sweetly like a blooming rose. It was sweet like the scent of rose. It had some intensely difficult part to read like the thorns on a rose bush. I love the baseball backdrop for what amounts to a clean romance with the theme of conquering one’s past, with an added splash of the trials and tribulations of dealing with those with alzheimers’s . Roberta’s past was well constructed. Unlike most history of domestic abuse characters this character included a bit how she dealt with the issue before meeting the love of her life. I liked that there wasn’t anything simple about this character. Luke’s character was a bit more straight forward. I liked the realism that he was a minor league baseball player and not the tallest of the lot. His heart made him a very lovable character.

Review of Audio: Gary Furlong did a nice job of narrating Luke’s character. His voice and delivery seemed to compliment Luke’s easy going character and warm nature. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Aundrea Mitchell’s audio part for Roberta. The cadence of her voice made it agonizing to listen to her speak. She literally pauses after every grouping of 3 to 4 words. The repetition made it tiring to listen to her chapters.

I always finish every book that I agree to review. This book was difficult to finish because of Aundrea Mitchell’s poor audio part.

LOVED the BOOK; LOATHED the AUDIO

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Underdog Luke “Single” Singleton is yearning to make a comeback. After getting hit in the neck with a pitch—an injury that nearly cost him his life—he has one last chance to play for his hometown team, the Stockton Beavers. But his mom has Alzheimer’s, and he’s all she has to depend on. How can he pursue his career, much less someone special? Personal care aide Roberta Bennett is done dating baseball players. Having had her share of heartbreak, she heads to Stockton hoping for a fresh start. But after she finds Luke’s mom outside, lost, and alone, she can’t refuse when he hires her on the spot. Unbeknownst to Luke, Roberta is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the pitcher who hit him. Now that they’re living under the same roof, the last thing either of them is looking for is a relationship. But it’s not long before they find themselves drawn to each other. And right when Luke is thinking about finally making a change to his single status, a secret from Roberta’s past emerges with the power to tear them apart.

Giveaway

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Buy Links

Audio

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28262812-single

 
eBook
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1P9v5uu
Thank You Arc to Collette West!
About the Author
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette‘s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
 
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as manygames as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.
 
She is the author of the New York Kings series which includes: NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER, GAME ON, PERFECTGAME, INSIDE GAME and GAME WINNER.
 
Narrator Aundrea Mitchell

After receiving her B.S. and MBA Aundrea fell madly in love and decided to start her family. Ten years and five children later she was quickly living the full time wife, mother and household management life. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Aundrea returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.

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Narrator Gary Furlong
Gary is an up and coming Irish Audiobook narrator and Voice Actor. He has a true flair for accents and dialects and has lived all over the world including Japan, Ireland and Texas. He can make listeners laugh, cry, seethe, think and feel and loves working with authors and writers to bring their message to audio! Gary has over a decade of experience as an actor and improv artist. Do not be fooled by his rugged handsome exterior, on the inside he is even more rugged… too rugged really.  It’s becoming a problem.

Kelly Jamieson – Top Shelf (Aces Hockey, #3)

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REVIEW

This is a sincerely thoughtful hockey romance story. It has all the critical elements of a hot hockey romance: sinfully sculpted male, spicy sex scenes, endearing love interest, and a fanatical drive to win games. In addition to all this, this book sets forth a theme about the importance of mental health.

I think this book sets a great message about the need for people to seek help for depression when they need it.  Life can send people some incredible difficult challenges that can put them in a temporary state of depression.  With a little help from professionals, depression can be addresses and conquered. I appreciated the fact that the book stresses that even if a person needs a little help at some point that it doesn’t undo their ability to become strong and independent.

I loved this book, in lieu of the fact that the author downplays the skills of my favorite NHL hockey team.  The heartfelt tension overpowered any irritation I had about choice of hockey teams.

Most of all, I LOVE the TITLE of this book!

This was the first book that I’ve read in Kelly Jamieson’s  Aces Hockey Series. I just added the rest of the books to my TBR.

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Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.
 
Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

BUY AT AMAZON

https://www.amazon.com/Top-Shelf-Aces-Hockey-Novel-ebook/dp/B015BCX0OO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1475757870&sr=8-2&keywords=top+shelf

OTHER GREAT BOOKS THAT I’VE READ BY KELLY JAMIESON:

Kelly Jamieson – How to Love

Kelly Jamieson – Jilted

Kelly Jamieson – Reward of Three

Kelly Jamieson – Rhythm of Three

Kelly Jamieson – Slammed

Kelly Jamieson – Wicked One Night

Kelly Jamieson – With Strings Attached

Thank You Arc to Kelly Jamieson!

Erin McCarthy – Fast Track Novels

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I got hooked on this series very quickly in the first book; I just finished this series.  Loved, loved, loved it!  While the racers (mostly male but one woman as well) get all hot and sweaty in their cars, I was also feeling a bit hot under the collar.  The heat isn’t just left on the racetrack.  The couples burn up the sheets as well.  The stories are hot, fun, and great page-turners.  The interaction between this group of characters is flawless.  The threads that tie the books together works perfectly. I highly recommend this series!

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Helena Hunting – Pucked Over

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REVIEW

This book is part sweet, part salty, and a whole lot sexy.

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It’s not always easy to keep a long distance relationship going.  Sometimes it makes it hotter.  Sometimes it adds strain.

I find it funny, how the author can describe three men with beards: Benji, his brother, and Randy, but make it abundantly clear how it only works on Randy.

On a very odd note: the mention of Canadian Ketchup Chips made me very curious.  I have to agree with the character, Randy, it sounds disgusting.  Just so you know, they are a real thing and can be purchased on Amazon.

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Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong?

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

But casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to get pucked over.

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Helena Hunting – Pucked

Helena Hunting – Pucked Up

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Katy Evans – Legend

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Great book and a fabulous end to the series.  While I’m sad that this series finally came to an end, there’s some consolation in the fact the ending was spectacular.

I have to give the author credit for this book because both characters are quiet people that don’t talk a lot.  That presents quite a challenge for putting together a story.  Nonetheless, I felt like I knew a lot about the characters.  I love how the author slowly reveals all the facets of the characters.

The anticipation for when Maverick and Miles meet kept me on pins and needles throughout the book.  (No, this isn’t a spoiler but it was inevitable that they would collide).  Sorry, I won’t tell you what happened, but I promise you’ll love it.

I’m a huge fan of this series that started with Real.  For fans of the series, both Remy and Racer have a place in this book.  YAY!  If you haven’t read this series, it’s a great time to start.

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How to end a book series?

Katy Evans – “Ripped”

Katy Evans – Manwhore

Katy Evans – Manwhore +1

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RELEASE DAY: MJ Fields and Chelsea Camaron – Jagger

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Just like a boxer needs to stay on their toes during fight, this book keeps the reader on his/her toes.  I like all the twists to the story.  This is one of those books that gets better page by page.  One of the best Epilogues that I have read.

The theme that you need to focus on the good things in life resonates throughout the book.  It’s presented in meaningful and very alluring ways.  It never comes across as an annoying cliche, where the author seems to be preaching to the readers.

The main characters are compelling and well suited for one another.  They both come from abusive pasts, but neither wants to be defined by their history, but rather their triumph in spite of it.

Jagger makes for a a great bad-boy romantic hero.  He is hot but flawed.  He is a champion in the underground fighting arena, but there is a darkness in his need to fight.  On the other hand, he is fully committed to fostering a relationship with Tatiana and has a plan in place to ensure her happiness.  At the forefront he wants to comfort her in her time of need and protect her from further abuse.  Not until then, does he intend to claim her.

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Despite being abused by her father, Tatiana isn’t just a damsel in distress.  She is intelligent, resilient, and strong.  She is also able to stand up to Jagger when necessary.

My favorite scene (not going to give away too much) was absolutely hysterically funny.  You would expect that the scene would be sappy and romantic.  Instead, it was like sitting through a roast for the characters where you can feel the surrounding characters’ love and respect.

Just as Tatiana fell in love with the Caldwell family, so did I.  While this is a stand alone book, I think I would have preferred to have read this series from the beginning.

Jagger: A Caldwell Brothers Novel 

http://www.amazon.com/Jagger-Caldwell-Brothers-Chelsea-Camaron-ebook/dp/B012KJXGYA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457536388&sr=8-1&keywords=Jagger

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