~Review~Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology~

 

36466447Title: Team Player
Authors: L.J. Shen, Sara Ney, Ella Fox, Charleigh Rose, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Kate Stewart, Meghan Quinn, Kennedy Ryan, Rochelle Paige, Emma Scott
Genre(s): Sports Romance, Anthology
Release Date: December 14, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Hot jocks. We love them all. 
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick … book. 
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist. 
Enjoy this naughty Christmas treat!*
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Team Player:

  • Adriana Locke (Cross) 
  • Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale)
  • Ella Fox (Out of Formation)
  • Emma Scott (One Good Man)
  • Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series)
  • Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press)
  • L.J. Shen (The End Zone)
  • Mandi Beck (Sin Bin)
  • Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game)
  • Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love)
  • Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)

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  *This anthology* contains eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors:

Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney.

I never ever read anthologies and to be honest, I didn’t even know this was one when I signed up for it. All I knew, was that L.J. Shen wrote “The End Zone”, and I just had to read it!!

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~Review~Cowboy Up (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan~

 

36100636Title: Cowboy Up
Author: Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home #3
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.
As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.
Most of the time.
What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can’t stop thinking about.
So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…
Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?


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I am a huge fan of cowboys and a huge fan of Harper Sloan…

So…of course, I am also a fan of this new series of her. 😉 After enjoying the first two books, we have now come to book 3 in the series and it’s time for Clay’s story.

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~Pre-Release Review~So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader~

 

34951225Title: So Over You
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #2
Genre(s): Romance, Sport
Release Date: December 4, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels….
Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then… let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.
Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.
That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice…


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I am a huge fan of sport themed books and the hockey ones are my absolute favorite. I also have a big thing for Russian men…So, of course, I had to read this one.

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This is a series about three sisters, who have inherited the Chicago Rebels Hockey team from their father. Each book features a different sister. This time we get Isobel’s story. I did read the first book, but I think reading this one as a standalone, shouldn’t be a problem. 


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~Release Day Review~Van (Cold Fury Hockey #9) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

35018727Title: Van
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #9
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.
As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse…and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.
Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.
The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately.


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Everyone knows I am a big Hockey fan…

And even though I skipped some books in this series, (don’t ask me why because I don’t even know) I was very excited about reading this one. 😉 Sawyer gives us another very steamy (and a bit kinky) addition to this wonderful series. I wonder how many she’ll add since we are in book 9 already!

Not that I’m complaining…no sire!!

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~Review~Hooking Up by Helena Hunting~

 

35048632Title: Hooking Up
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher: Swerve
Page Count: 444 pages
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.
Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.
They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical. 
Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.


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When I requested this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. Now this book can be read as a standalone, but both MC’s are introduced in “Shacking Up”.

Since the heroine, Amalie, plays a very big part in that book, I did something I normally don’t do. I stopped reading this book and started “Shaking Up” first. I have to be honest and say that, reading the first book, made me enjoy “Hooking Up” more.

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~Release Day Review~Falling Fast by Aurora Rose Reynolds~

 

36394698Title: Falling Fast
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds 
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Colton and Gia are from Until June. 
Colton Allyster is relieved to be back home. After a year of rehabilitation, losing his career as a Marine along with his fiancé, he’s had to learn quickly what’s really important. Colton grew up wanting to serve his country. Managing his parents’ biker bar was never part of his plan, but after meeting Gia Caro, he’s beginning to think that’s exactly where he’s meant to be. 
Ever since Gia Caro arrived in the small, sleepy town of Ruby Falls, Tennessee, her life has spiraled out of control. Between losing her grandmother a little more each day to dementia, and her hot boss’s constant attention, her once quiet existence isn’t so quiet anymore. 
After weeks of sidestepping Colton, things get out of hand, and before Gia knows what’s happening, she’s spending her nights in his bed and her mornings in his kitchen. And as he cleans out drawers and makes room in his closet, she starts to wonder if she’s falling too fast.


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I have enjoyed all the books that I’ve read by this author, but I absolutely love the “Until” series, which also includes “Until Her” and “Until Him”.

Apparently, Colton and Gia were introduced in “Until June”, though I have to be honest here and say that I didn’t really remember this bit of info. All I cared about was getting to read a new Aurora Rose Reynolds book…So I can safely say…this book can be read as a stand-alone..but why to skip an awesome series?!

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~Review~A Reason To Leave (Blackwood #3) by Melissa Ellen~

 

36281488Title: A Reason To Leave
Author: Melissa Ellen
Series: Blackwood #3
Page Count: 367 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Finally! Freedom! Freedom to live my life the way I want!

No parents. No security guard. Nobody to tell me what to do and when to do it. Well, almost nobody. My overprotective brother is still around to rain on my parade.
But I can handle him. 
After making the move from New York City to Los Angeles, I’m determined to succeed at making a name for myself -without using the wealth and connections of my family.
And nothing is getting in my way… except, maybe the most infuriating and sexiest man I’ve ever met. 
He’s everything my brother has always warned me against. But I can’t help being drawn to him. Something about the brooding bad boy has me keep going back for more


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A Reason to Leave is the story of Valerie Blackwood, Rhett’s little sister.

After she was betrayed and hurt by her boyfriend and her best friend, Valerie decides to move to L.A to be close to her brother Rhett and her sister in law Ava. She wants to start all over, focusing especially on her acting career.

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One day when she was running late to an audition, she made a flat tire to Ava’s car. To her help appears a beautiful stranger who takes her breath away. He is cold as ice, arrogant, rude, cocky and sexy as hell. Liam.
Obviously, she doesn’t make it to her audition and returns home thinking only on Liam and trying to forget him.

Two night’s after her “little incident” with Liam, Valerie heads out with her best friend Lexie, to party, celebrating her 21’st birthday. She has part of the surprise/shock of her life.

Liam Stone

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~Release Day Review~Bad Reputation (Bad Boys of Sports #1) by Nicole Edwards~

 

33871822Title: Bad Reputation
Author: Nicole Edwards
Series: Bad Boys of Sports #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 273 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Meet the most wanted players in sports…one ridiculously hot alpha male at a time.

Chase: With a nickname like “Sin,” it’s no wonder they call me the bad boy of hockey. Opponents curse me. Fans scream my name—in the arena and in other, much more private places. Penalties or not, I’m not afraid to dish out a little pain. But pleasure? That’s my weakness. And no one knows it better than my best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. I’d have to be blind not to notice her rocking body and teasing grin. So when she invites me along on a trip to Vegas, my curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s aroused.

Cassie: Chase Barrett is a world-class A-hole. As his best friend, I’m allowed to call him on his BS. Who else is going to do it? Certainly not the puck bunnies swooning at every flex of his biceps. Everyone knows that Chase is the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. There’s no such thing as commitment for the king of casual hookups. So why should I care? Maybe because all work and no play makes me a sexually frustrated girl. It’s time to put the hockey stud at my beck and call to good use…but after a week in Vegas with Chase, I might never want to go back to the real world.
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Oh, My God!!!…This book is officially the sweetest book that I ever read. I fell in love right away…I savored every word.

Two or maybe three years ago, my friend Ralu insisted that I should read…Alluring Indulgence series and Club Destiny series by Nicole Edwards. Obviously, I postponed them and read them much later…I was so very sorry that I did that and don’t read them earlier…I loved this two series!

Some people say that at some point you get bored because she describes a lot and gives a lot of details. But NO WAY. She can write to the sky and to the stars. Every single word of hers is like a tiny little piece of a giant puzzle. You savor every detail and every word.

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My God this woman can write. And the hot stuff…damn…I could’ve melted the Antarctica. 😀

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~Pre-Release Review~Lure of Oblivion (The Mercury Pack #3) by Suzanne Wright~

 

35228099Title: Lure of Oblivion
Author: Suzanne Wright
Series: The Mercury Pack #3
Page Count: 333 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.
As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.


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My relationship with this author is a simple, yet perfect one. She writes it…and I read it. 😉

I have read every book in the “Deep in your Veins” series, the “Dark In You” series, the  “Phoenix Pack” series and of course the “The Mercury Pack” series. To say that I am a big fan of Suzanne Wright, would be an understatement.

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So when I saw this baby on NetGalley, I jumped on it. 😛

Now all these books center around a different couple, so technically they could be read as a stand-alone. I would advise everyone to read this series, and the Phoenix Pack series, in order though…I am so glad I did because I really enjoyed it. Now I have to be honest here and say that I was hoping for Trick or Dominic’s story to be next, but I found out they are next in line. 😉

Doesn’t really matter anyway because all these Alpha boys are fine!!!

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~Release Day Review~Logan (Preston Brothers #2) by Jay McLean~

 

36039486Title: Logan
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #2
Page Count: 394 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat. 
Through his teens, he became the bad boy. 
Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.
High school dropout, Logan Preston is a good-for-nothing stoner. 
A black sheep. A disappointment. 
The worst Preston Punk of the lot. At least that’s how everyone in his small town makes him feel. But Logan Preston has secrets. Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high. 
He wears cockiness as a mask. Arrogance as his armor. Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question: 
What’s beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?


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I absolutely adore this author…

Because she is responsible for writing my all time favorite books,  “More Than Forever“, but to be honest… I have loved reading every single one of her books!! I think this book can be read as a standalone, but I would strongly advise everyone to read the “More Than” series first. It’s an amazing series and it’s where I first met little Logan. You should also give the first book in this series, “Lucas”  a go…

I promise you won’t be sorry!!

But like I said…this book is all about Logan, and I have wanted to read his story, from the moment I met him. 😉

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