Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book Blast for Game On! Never to Part and Never to Love by Tara C. MacDonald (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of sports-themed romances will find themselves drawn to Game On! Never to Part and Never to Love by Tara C. MacDonald as it revolves around the exciting world of hockey and motocross.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book that's 2-in-1, along with my impressions of it, then learn even more about this read by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a piece of local art too!

Game On! Never to Part and Never to Love is an ebook with two short stories.  Never to Part features Ryan almost getting run over by Sam at a bar one night.  They see each other again as Ryan's hockey team is hiring her marketing firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  What can these two confused overachievers do when love strikes.  Never to Love brings us to Halifax again where James and Sarah bump heads in a business deal to help out his motocross sponsorship prospects.  Will they be able to put business aside and commit to their passions?


From Never to Part......
As Sam left the bar and got into her Mini Cooper she looked at the snow gently falling down and wished, for the first time in her life, that she had been out of Nova Scotia.  At least once.  Then she sighed.  I do love it here, and where else would I go? Gord could find his own way home.  As the tears fell down her face she finally knew whatever they had had together was gone.  Maybe she’d only seen what she had wanted to see.
Sam heard a thump and slammed on the brakes.  She threw herself out of the car to see what she had hit.  Oh, God, she thought, was it an animal.
“Why don’t you watch where you’re going?” came an American drawl. Her feet slid in some snow getting to the front of her car.
She looked up at a six-foot-four man wearing a ball cap that said Drakes and had the team logo on the side.  He flexed his leg and glared at her.
“I’m so sorry!  Are you hurt?  Should we call nine-one-one?  I can do that!” Sam grabbed her phone out of her pocket and waved it around.
“No!  Lady, you weren’t even doing five miles an hour when you hit me.  I’m okay.  Call off the emergency first aid.”
She ran over to him and put her arm around him to give support.
“Lady, I’m fine. You don’t need to…”
“Just let me help,” she said and looked up into the warmest chocolate brown eyes she had ever seen.  Her next thought died on her lips as she took in his deep forest scent. Her hand was grabbing nothing but hard muscle where she touched him.  Her heart beat erratically as his lips curved into a smile.



Fans of sports-themed romances will find both stories in this 2-in-1 collection quick and carefree reads with similar storylines and characters that are interconnected.  Though there's a slightly unpolished feel to the narrative they still make for entertaining reads and are the perfect way to get away from it all for an hour or two.  

The heroes of both stories are related and still reeling from broken hearts which have left them cautious and untrusting.  Ryan and James are both addicted to their sport but are left to watch it from the sidelines as they're slowly aging out.  Love comes upon them unexpectedly, and after a moment of danger, it all ends in a rush that doesn't allow time for intense feelings to flourish before quickly concluded HEAs.  Both men are charming and sexy but show flashes of uncertainty too.

The heroines in both stories are equally similar in that they're both feeling lost.  Sam just broke up with a hockey player who was cheating on her and is leery of getting involved with another long distance romance taking place in the hockey world.  Her conflicted feelings lead to lots of tears and self-doubt in this predictable tale.  Sarah had trouble living up to the expectations of her father as a woman and as a business woman with a failing business.  The only bright spot is a motocross biker who lets his past dictate their future.  His brush-off led to lots of tears and self-doubt too.  For both of these quick to assume women it's a fast yet unexpected path to HEA.

This was a quick yet satisfying read.  Though it was predictable there was still comfort to be found in the predictability.  Those looking for an immediate comfort read will find this the perfect remedy to the stresses of the day and a good addition to the genre.

My rating for this is a C+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Author Tara C. MacDonald holds a B.A. English Literature from Trent University and has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2008.  Other writing groups such as Scribe Wenches, Romance Writers of Nova Scotia and other RWA chapters have helped her learn her craft.  She believes in the hope that romance can bring and reads avidly.  Her first published work was as a Co-Author in a non-fiction book called "Succeeding Through Doubt, Fear & Crisis" August 2014 with the eWomenNetwork publishing program.

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