~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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~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.
This sexy standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


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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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~Release Day Review~Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey #8) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

33593824Title: Lucas
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #8
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 280 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Sport
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.
Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.
Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.
Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.


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I started this series a long time ago and I loved the first couple of books.

Somehow along the way, I lost track of it and now it seems I skipped a couple of books. No worries though.. I will be rectifying my mistake. 😉

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I am known to read my books out of order and I had no problem reading this one as a standalone…but…I would still advise everyone to read the previous books first. A lot of characters from those books, make an appearance and Lucas also played a part in the previous book. So I think it would make the reading experience better if you do. 😉

I am a huge hockey fan… I have no idea how this came to be, but big men with huge hockey sticks really do it for me. 😛

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~Pre-Release Review~Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness #1) by Tracy Wolff~

 

35212286Title: Royal Pain
Author: Tracy Wolff
Series: His Royal Hotness 1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 230 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He’s a womanizer. He’s cocky. He’s not exactly a prince. Only he technically is. Meet your new royal obsession in this addictive novel from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff.
Being rich opens a lot of doors. When you’re rich and royal, those doors lead to a new bedroom every night. I should know. The tabloids call me His Royal Hotness, Prince Kian of Wildemar. Women across the world see me as a naughty fairy tale, an image I’m happy to indulge. As the spare to the heir, I’m the prince with none of the power . . . and all of the perks.
Then my twin brother is kidnapped, and suddenly I’m the one who could be king. The crown chasers start circling—and yet it’s a luscious waitress who catches my eye. With a smart mouth and the curves to back it up, Savannah Breslin is as brazen as I’d expect an American commoner to be.
But Savvy’s not interested in playing Cinderella. As sexy as she is, she’s no stranger to heartbreak. Besides, a nice guy wouldn’t drag her into all the drama that comes along with royalty. Lucky I’m not a nice guy. And, as it turns out, I might not even be her first prince. . . 


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Now, this was a sweet, definitely hot fairy tale with a prince charming a.k.a “His Royal Hotness” and a common girl.

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Garrett was born to be King, to rule. It was in his blood after all.

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When the prince crown of Wildemar, Garett despaired tree mounts ago, his twin prince Kian took his place. Garrett was the first born and Kian the second. Since they were born, although they were twins, they were different.Garrett was born to be King, to rule. He was more malleable then Kian. He even wished to be the future king. And so it was very easy for him. He prepared since childhood for this. His country and other needs were first to him than his own. Wildemar comes first.

Kian, on the other hand, was the exact opposite.

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~Pre-Release Review~Dirty Deeds (The Dirty #1) by HelenKay Dimon~

 

34848612Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series: The Dirty #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 250 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.


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I am a sucker for every cloak and dagger stuff I can get my grabby hands on. Mysteries, spies, organized crime, you name it…

Dirty Deeds seemed to meet my desire to a T. I was rubbing my hands in glee, when I found out that it also deals with industrial espionage in the food sector, since this is a bit different from all the other books I normally read and I love it when authors take a chance at something new. The story examines some dark deeds around the world in more detail from a different angle and I thought it would be refreshing to get to know more about it.

“Drummond supplies food and food hybrids across the world. We’re involved in alternate fuel sources and some other side projects that Seth and his people care about.” “All of that food, those seeds, that information and intel, moves across the world,” Tony explained. “There are people who would prefer if their opponents –rebel factions, demonstrators, groups they don’t like– didn’t have food.” “The concept of starving people out.” Now that sounded like power to Gaige. Scary fucking power.”

However, espionage can be a bit tricky and confuse for me, and I have to admit this was also the case here sometimes. I had to read a few passages twice to understand what was going on and I’m still not sure I really understood everything in the end.

Alec Drummond is the CEO of Drummond Enterprises…

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A family business in the food sector, the FBI has taken aim at in being the initiator of some shady business dealings concerning some dubious, off-the-books deliveries to a Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, which actually exists, by the way. By infiltrating Gaige Owens, a tech nerd and wizard when it comes to hacking into computers, into the company, FBI-Agent Seth Lang tries to find out who is responsible for said manipulations. Gaige has been coerced by Seth into accepting this job in order to redeem himself of any suspicion in taking part in some deceptive practices by his former lover.

When Gaige’s cover is blown immediately during a break-in, Seth makes Alec and Gaige work together by force on figuring out what is really happening, but it is obvious neither of them wants to lay his cards on the table.

Needless to say, Alec as an uncompromising businessman with a somewhat mysterious aura and a once-burnt-twice-shy past, is not overly thrilled with the idea of having someone snooping around in his business and decides to keep a very close eye on Gaige twenty-four-seven. Well, that does not really help to keep the mutual attraction both men instantly feel at bay and soon enough they find each other head over heels not only in a relationship that threatens their resolve of keeping it no strings attached, but also fear for each other’s lives when things are heating up…

This book can be read as a standalone, although it is a spin-off from the Tough Love Series…

Which I haven’t read so far, and overall this was quite an enjoyable -albeit sometimes a bit confusing- read. I loved the setting, even if I was anxious at the beginning when I found out that it primarily takes place in Germany. For me as a German, these kinds of stories mostly end up being a bit disappointing because of wrong translations etc., but kudos, Ms. Dimon, except for one term of address I can’t see anything wrong with it. The setting itself was described with such a passion for detail without getting too overstated, that I had a feeling I would be right there in Munich with the characters.

I had a bit of a hard time to warm up to Alec in the beginning, but once I got to know him better and his more “human” side, I really liked him. Gaige, on the other hand, I loved from the start. I loved his humor…

“Do you want a hug?” Alec joked. Gaige’s eyebrow lifted. “It is tempting to say yes just to see you panic.”

…Which he often used to cover up his vulnerability and him being such a nerd but radiating some quite bad-ass vibes in defending himself was exactly the type of guy I like to see in my books. Their sex scenes were steamy and hot and to be honest they made me add a half star to my rating.

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The reason why I did not give it more stars was once again the whole insta-love stuff.

Believe me, I’m really tired myself to say it again and again in my reviews, but most of the story takes place over a span of one week and sorry, but no… just… no. It is so not believable, especially since Alec is described as a man who does not trust easily and who really jumps to some weird conclusions why he can trust Gaige.

“Do you need anything before we go?” Gaige stopped. “I don’t even understand the question. Like what?” “There’s a shopping area beneath us.” Gaige looked down at his feet. “Really”? The reaction eased the disquieting sense Alec had of being played. Gaige didn’t pretend to know things he didn’t.”

Seriously? Sorry, but for me, this really did upset the applecart regarding his alleged hardass image.  And Gaige gathered some not quite positive experience in the love department, either, so, all in all, it happened way too fast for my taste. Thank goodness, at least the L-word was not mentioned explicitly. Well, it was, but this was a scene that occurred a bit later and was sweet enough to conjure a smile on my face. Someone who rather conjured a constant scowl on my face was Seth. Bloody hell! I hated his guts. What an asshole!!! Like I already said, I don’t know the Tough Love Series yet, but said Seth got his own book in there and to be honest, right now I don’t really feel compelled to read it. 😦

The next book will be about Finn, Alec’s brother, and although I had a few niggles about Dirty Deeds, I will definitely read his book, too.

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~Pre-Release Review~Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

32870200Title: Jilted
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Love Hurts #2
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 232 pages
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.

“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—Violet Duke

Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.


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I’ve read 2 other books by this author, but I wasn’t as impressed with them, as I was with this book. This book was flawless, smooth, funny, HOT, dirty, easy going…and I could go on and on. All in all a great story! I am very pleased and it gave off some good vibes. I was pleasantly surprised.

This book starts with Eden…a famous actress.

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She is a famous Hollywood star, who is engaged with Brad, who is a famous actor as well. They are on the red carpet at the premiere of Brad’s new movie, when Eden finds out from a reporter, that Brad was cheating on her with his co-star in the movie. She breaks up with him live, right then and there on the red carpet, in front of everyone and leaves. On the way home, she realizes the mistakes she has made.

She is in for another big surprise when she arrives back in her hometown to lick her wounds…What she finds in her very own house is something…or should I say someone…she never expected.

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He lives in Newberry, Georgia, his hometown and is Eden’s first love. They were together in high school and their first year in college. He didn’t want to leave his hometown, and he went back after he finished college. Coop is a sexy as hell single guy who doesn’t do relationships, only occasionally “benefits” dates. He is dominant, persistent, stubborn, hot, kinky, and he knows how to please a woman 😛

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. … Neil Gaiman

Now, after fourteen years, fate brings them back together.

Coop has moved into her house…well actually it’s their house. They try to stay away from each other, but it’s no good. The attraction between the two of them is just too powerful.

I think Eden was a great heroine, I loved how crazy she was. I liked her determination and her ambition, but I wasn’t a fan of her stubbornness. It was a good thing that she realized this herself at the end.

Coop’s character was amazing. I totally agreed with him. He knew Eden even better than she knew herself. I knew he couldn’t resist her, even if he wanted to. I liked his dark side and that he was very kinky. God how I loved that part. 😛

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So as I said, I’m repeating myself again. I loved the book.

Read it yourself and find out why. 😀

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