Saturday, January 19, 2019

Book Release Blitz for Deal With the Devil by Meghan March (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers will be on the edge of their seats from the very first page of this book that takes us to the glitz and glamour of high stakes poker playing to the danger surrounding the secrets and lies from men of wealth with women caught in the middle.  It’s an exhilarating and erotically-charged tale that leaves you wanting more and counting down the days until the next book in this series.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Deal With the Devil by Meghan March, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Forge Trilogy make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of this book too!



”You can put that man in a suit, but he'll never be tame.”
One look at Jericho Forge and I knew the rumors were true. He was a predator, and he had set his sights on me.
I knew better than to bet more than I could afford to lose that night. I knew better than to bet myself. But desperation leads to bad decisions, and I thought there was no way I could lose.
I was wrong.
Now I have no choice but to make a deal with the devil.






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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

When it comes to captivating readers Ms. March has become a master as she weaves storylines full of eroticism with larger than life characters caught up in secrets and lies.  This brand new trilogy offers all that and more, leaving readers gasping once her trademark cliffhanger arrives.  In a journey full of suspense, and with an unforgettable main couple, readers will find their hearts racing, cheeks blushing, and counting down the days until we once again plunge into this exhilarating romance.

India Baptiste’s life has been a colorful one growing up with little money and a strong and protective side that has her now willing to sacrifice all to save her younger sister.  India’s gained notoriety as a top-notch poker player which will come in handy as she needs to earn ten million dollars to get her sister out of danger.  It’s at a high stakes poker match that India meets the rich and powerful Jericho Forge who will change her life irrevocably in a journey that leaves her flushed, her heart pounding, and caught in the middle of his revenge. India’s a likable heroine with a cool demeanor but a big heart when it comes to her family.  That big heart puts her smack dab in the middle of danger, an unwitting pawn that’s just hinted at with this book’s cliffhanger.  Along with all the secrets and lies comes a scorching romance that surprises India as she’s been burned by men before and doesn’t trust easily.  Her attraction to Jericho is more than obvious though and just beginning to pick up steam here in scenes full of sexual tension and erotically-charged encounters.  India’s fully tempted by what Jericho offers in this book, but she’s left conflicted by all he hasn’t yet said, which has me longing to know more and on edge waiting to see the fallout from the jaw-dropping cliffhanger.

Jericho Forge is a strong and sexy hero full of mystery.  He’s clearly an Alpha, used to getting exactly what he wants.  He surrounds himself with wealth and beautiful women, giving him a reputation that leaves men and women in awe. There’s a bit of darkness in his past though, a death he can’t get over and that’s barely hinted at here.  To right that wrong he’ll do whatever’s necessary, use anyone, even if his decision wars with his heart.  He tries to keep India at arm’s length early on but it’s a battle he’s clearly having trouble waging as her strength, sexiness, and tell-it-like-it-is attitude leads to admiration and a desire to make their connection even more meaningful.  Through it all Jericho remains a drool-worthy hero.  Though he’s a bit arrogant there are moments where a caring side shines through and it’s those rare moments that warmed my heart. As his true motivations aren’t yet clear I’m left equally conflicted as to the future he says he wants with India, a future put even further in doubt by another scream-inducing cliffhanger.

Readers will be captivated by the perfect balance of suspense and sexiness found in this series starter, a balance bringing together a compelling main couple.  Jericho and India are a formidable pair, with their crackling banter and eroticism, and you can’t help but be invested in their journey.  In scenes that will make readers blush to scenes that are playful, theirs is a romance that becomes believable.  Though both put on a facade around others, their time together rang much more true and it had me rooting for them every step of the way.  Along with its compelling main couple, Ms. March introduces us to an equally enticing cast of secondary characters that fuel the suspense as each seems to play a part in Jericho and India’s journey.  Each character left their mark, but there were two that were especially captivating.  India’s sister Summer is a free spirit with a bold attitude, beloved by her sister who would (and does) make big sacrifices to keep her safe.  She’s now part of Jericho’s world too and it will keep India tethered to him as his secrets are revealed.  The other character is Bastien de Vere, a sad little rich boy flitting from one excitement to the next.  He and India have a past, one that fuels Jericho’s revenge and arouses his jealousy.  Bastien’s a player in all he does and his actions throughout this story amp up the suspense and leaves everything in doubt as readers are left on edge waiting for the next installment.  On a whole Ms. March has crafted another decadently delightful read that will have readers coming back for more!

My rating for this is a B+

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.



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Friday, January 18, 2019

Book Spotlight on Texas Legacy by Lorraine Heath


When it comes to historical romances I can always count on Ms. Heath to entertain and her new release is yet another satisfying tale of a good man taken in by the family of the young woman who slowly fell for him before his self-doubts tore them asunder.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Texas Legacy by Lorraine Heath, then add this novella that’s part of the Texas Trilogy series to your bookshelf!

For as long as he can remember, Rawley Cooper has loved Faith Leigh. But the cruelty of his childhood haunts him and he knows he’s undeserving of Faith. When she comes to him on the night of her nineteenth birthday, they both give into temptation. But the searing kiss reaffirms what he’s always known: he can’t have a lifetime of her in his arms. To protect his heart, he packs his things and heads west.
Faith has always adored the boy her parents took in and raised. But she’s not certain she can ever forgive him for riding out of her life just when she needed him the most. When an urgent telegram forces him to return six years later, Rawley discovers Faith is now a woman to be reckoned with.
As old feelings are stirred back to life and new passions take hold, they both must confront secrets from their past or risk losing a legacy of love.


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AUTHOR INFO:

LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s prestigious RITA. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Book Tour for One Chance, Fancy by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW)


A few interactions in their younger years formed an unforgettable bond between a man who thinks himself unworthy and the young woman who makes him feel anything but that in this sweet and sexy romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of One Chance, Fancy by Lani Lynn Vale, along with my impressions of this book that deals with disability and a surprising life change, then add this fifth installment in the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series to your bookshelf too!

Benson Bayou Beauregard is the president of the Bear Bottom Guardians MC, and the grandson of the Sergeant at Arms for the Dixie Wardens MC. He’s a mountain of a man and the warden of a prison, and there’s only one thing that can scare him—being told that he’s the father of a three-year-old little girl.
A three-year-old little girl that has no clue who he is. Hell, he only finds out about the little cherub when a woman from child protective services comes by and rocks his world before leaving the girl in his shocked arms.
Every single thing he thinks he knows goes up in a cloud of smoke.
To make matters worse, the woman that he’s been trying to convince to give him a chance takes one look at the little girl and tells him that he’s just not in the right place to handle both of them.
But Bayou was never one to back down from a challenge.
He can handle a three-year-old girl that acts exactly like him, and he can more than take on the fiery red-head that sets flame to his blood while he’s at it.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Set amidst the backdrop of the MC world, though focused squarely on the delightful connection between an unconventional hero and the strong-willed heroine who’s always been drawn to him, readers will find themselves charmed by this latest installment in the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series.  From their first unforgettable meeting as teens to their more meaningful interactions years later this is a dynamic duo you’ll be rooting for as an unexpected event brings them closer together in a tale that pulls at the heartstrings while putting a smile on reader’s faces.

Benson Bayou Beauregard always knew he was different as his brain never rested, social situations were reasons to panic, and keeping quiet just seemed the easiest route.  Over time Asperger’s was just something he came to accept, finding ways to accommodate the way his mind worked, and for the most part he was content.  There was plenty of bullying though, from his father and others, depicted through flashbacks that battered his self-esteem and broke my heart.  There were thankfully a few people he could always count on to support him, one of those being Phoebe “Fancy” the daughter of another club member and someone who accepts him unconditionally.  Though their interactions were few over the years they were vital to him, making him feel worthy and striving to be the best he can be despite his disability.  He’s got a good job, a life he’s living on his own terms, but when it comes to romance he’s had some very bumpy moments as he has difficulties with matters of the heart.  A past relationship with a manipulative woman derailed his military career and has introduced him to a child he knew nothing about and put into a role he had no intentions of ever playing.  It’s a dramatic reveal that brings out yet another delicious facet to Bayou and it brings him and Phoebe even closer together as they work through his self-doubts in becoming a family.  I’ve been enamored of Bayou since his introduction in a previous installment in this series, drawn to his quirks as my own brother has similar issues, and I’ve longed to learn more about him.  The wait was definitely worth it as he’s a thoughtful and kind hearted man who wants to be seen as worthy of the one woman to see him and love him as he is.  His interactions with Phoebe had them starting off as friends but things slowly but surely became sensual in a journey that had me cheering.  His interactions with Isa had me falling for him even more as he once again proved others wrong, showing him to be the delicious hero we suspected he’d be.  Bayou may not be your typical hero, but he’s just what this story needed and I applaud Ms. Vale for showing him and his imperfections in such a positive light.

From the moment readers meet Phoebe “Fancy” they’ll find her a delightful heroine, strong-willed and inquisitive, even as a young girl.  She’s someone who likes the quiet though too, someone always thinking, and it’s part of what brings her and Bayou together.  They’re both open-minded and protective of others, particularly in the case of Phoebe who’s quick to call out anyone who belittles Bayou.  Little does she know the affect this has on him, the fire it lights in him to be the best he can be to one day be worthy of her.  From the very first page Phoebe shows herself to be an immensely likable heroine, tough on the outside but with a heart of gold.  She’s always stood by Bayou and together they are a formidable pairing that warmed my heart.  Theirs was a slow burn romance, but the time invested in their burgeoning romance made their HEA all the richer. Through all their ups and downs Phoebe rolled with the punches, dealt with Brielle like a saint, to become one of my favorite heroines and she was yet another highlight of this story.

Though this story is set in the world of the Bear Bottom Guardians MC it’s a story focused on matters of the heart and soul.  There’s no bloodshed or bullets flying, just a tear or two falling as a unique hero finds not only acceptance but love from a woman who’s solidly on his side from the moment they first meet. Theirs is a sweet and sensual romance, made even more heartwarming by the arrival of Isa, that wrapped me in a warm blanket that had me rooting for them every step of the way.  Along with an unforgettable main couple, Ms. Vale gave readers updates on past couples and other enticing characters courtesy of interludes of witty and playful banter that reminds us of the familial vibe surrounding this club.  These interactions pulled me in even more wholeheartedly and show why this has been such a consistently satisfying series. Though there’s much to like about this book, there’s one glaring issue...the overly-jealous Brielle.  She can be very toxic at times, manipulative, and just plain creepy.  I’m sure Ms. Vale has a purpose for her, a way to redeem her eventually, but as of right now she did nothing but frustrate me.  Despite this character, one that’s merely an annoying distraction, I still found myself utterly entertained by this story and look forward to where things go next in a series that hasn’t disappointed yet.

My rating for this is a B+

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles.  She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children, and lives in the Great State of Texas.




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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Book Release Blitz for Fighting to Score by Lisa B. Kamps (REVIEW)

The past weighs heavily on a couple trying to start over in this romance full of angst set in the world of hockey.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Fighting to Score by Lisa B. Kamps, then add this twelfth installment in the Baltimore Banners series to your bookshelf too!

Shane Masters has it all: a promising career with the Baltimore Banners, a big house, fast cars, financial security, and—up until a month ago—the woman of his dreams. Now he's floundering, with no idea what he did wrong and no idea how to win her back. To make matters worse, her brother—Shane's former best friend—shows up and decides to get involved.
Chloe Hunter has never run from a challenge in her life—until the weekend she visits Shane in Baltimore and realizes he isn't exactly the same man she fell in love with all those years ago. He's too accustomed to getting what he wants and Chloe refuses to be just another prize for the taking. That doesn't mean she's giving up, not yet.
Shane will stop at nothing to win Chloe back. But when the past suddenly collides with the present, will he fight for a future with her—or will the game end before their chance to be together even starts?


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Guilt over the past weighs heavily on a couple hoping to start over as an accident from years ago tore apart a friendship and a burgeoning romance.  Brought back together after five years apart theirs is an angst-fueled tale, full of frustrating moments that had me wanting to smack both of the main leads a time or two.  With its story set amidst the backdrop of hockey, everything soon evolves into winning and losing and is a reason to root this couple on as they try to put the past behind them to finally claim the HEA they always dreamed of.

Shane Masters lost his family when he was young and quickly found a new home with his best friend Wyatt where they acted more like brothers than friends.  They were a focused duo, bent on becoming pro hockey players, and lived life to the fullest with that goal in mind.  Along with the strong bond he found with Wyatt, he found an attraction to Wyatt’s twin sister Chloe.  He and Chloe became focused on the future too, a future of them marrying and having a family.  Everything came crashing to a halt though on an icy night that changed all of their lives irrevocably.  Since then guilt has been Shane’s constant companion, had Chloe running from him in confusion, and left Wyatt bitter for all that could’ve been.  There’s a lot of self-hatred surrounding Shane and it had me aching for him.  In trying to do right, he always felt he was doing wrong and his frustration was palpable.  Chloe’s re-entry into his life put him on an emotional roller coaster where he made a few missteps but deep down his love for her was quite clear.  Heartfelt talks were the first step in starting over for all of them and I was particularly touched by the scenes between Shane and Wyatt as these two strong men brought a tear to my eye by sharing their truths.  Starting over was much harder when it came to Chloe though as jealousy, anger, and guilt had her lashing out at Shane and looking for a fight when all he wanted was to love her.  Chaos in his personal life poured out onto the ice and added an extra layer of frustration that saw his dreams slipping further away in this multi-faceted romance of forgiveness and acceptance.

Chloe Hunter fell for Shane the moment she saw him and she quickly became the third Musketeer to the tight bond he and Wyatt shared.  With their romance just starting to bloom there was much joy and many dreams for the future that were heartbreakingly torn asunder due to a tragic car accident.  The ensuing years left her adrift, confused by the man Shane’s become, and dealing with her own loss as well as helping her brother learn to live again.  Chloe’s life has seen a lot of pain, pain that’s changed her and left her leery of putting her heart on the line.  Her fear and confusion had her being purposefully hurtful to Shane at times which left me disappointed in her.  While he was pushing her to open up, she tended to withdrawal which added to the angst.  Despite my frustrations with her I still appreciated her devotion to Wyatt, a devotion that sometimes went over the top, but was always done out of love.  Chloe’s journey to HEA was definitely rocky, made harder by her own fears, but I still rooted for her as everything in her and Shane’s past made them stronger together than apart.

Though this is the twelfth installment in the Baltimore Banners series it stands strongly on its own, balancing the rocky romance of reunited loves Chloe and Shane with the secondary storyline of his best friend Wyatt finding a new dream to call his own.  Chloe and Shane’s journey will put readers through the emotional wringer as old hurts and guilt weighs on each of them.  The pain they both experience, their sensual and complex connection, is very relatable and through all their ups and downs I found myself fully invested in them and rooting for them every step of the way.  Along with an intense romance came exhilarating action on the ice which made me feel like one of the fans and had me gobbling up every glimpse we got of the players and ready to read the previous books in this series.  As a disabled person the part of the story that most pulled me in was that of Wyatt and his adapting to his new reality.  The anger and pity he felt for himself early on was spot-on and the following grief and ultimate acceptance had me cheering.  His story was empowering and I truly wish he’d gotten his own book so readers coul’ve gotten even more insight into disability and sports, along with disability and romance.  On a whole this was an unforgettable read full of angst and emotions that will pull readers every which way and I recommend it to all those who enjoy hard-fought HEAs.

My rating for this is a B.

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


AUTHOR INFO:

Lisa B. Kamps is a USA Today Bestselling Author who loves cheering loudly for her favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals. She came about the fandom honestly as she lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons (who are mostly sorta-kinda out of the house), one very spoiled Border Collie, two cats with major attitude, several head of cattle, and entirely too many chickens to count.
While Lisa writes a lot of hockey - one such series, The Baltimore Banners, features "…hard-hitting, heart-melting hockey players…" [USA Today], on and off the ice - she also delves deep *ahem* into the heat with a series of hot and heroic firefighters who put more than their lives on the line in the Firehouse Fourteen series. She's recently introduced a whole new team of hot hockey players who play hard and love even harder in her Banners' spin-off series, The York BombersThe Chesapeake Blades--a romance series featuring women's hockey--also recently launched with WINNING HARD. Her newest series, Cover Six Security, will launch in early 2019.

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Book Excerpt Teaser for We Shouldn’t by Vi Keeland

Readers have reason to celebrate today with this enticing teaser to the romance of co-workers waging a war that eventually turns sensual.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of We Shouldn’t by Vi Keeland, then start counting down the days until this book releases on January 21st too!

Bennett Fox walked into my life on one hell of a crappy Monday morning.
I was late for the first day at my new joba job Id now have to compete for even though Id already worked eight years to earn it, because of an unexpected merger.
While I lugged my belongings up to my new office, a meter maid wrote me a parking summons.
Shed ticketed a long line of carsexcept for the Audi parked in front of me, which happened to be the same make and model as mine.
Annoyed, I decided to regift my ticket to the car that had evaded a fine.  Chances were, the owner would pay it and be none the wiser.
Except, I accidentally broke the windshield wiper while slipping the ticket onto the cars window.
Seriously, my day couldnt get any worse.
Things started to perk up when I ran into a gorgeous man in the elevator.  We had one of those brief moments that only happened in movies.
You know the dealyour body lights up, fireworks go off, and the air around you crackles with electricity.
His heated stare left me flush when I stepped off the elevator.
Maybe things here wouldnt be so bad after all.
Or so I thought.
Until I walked into my new bosss office and met my competition.
The gorgeous man from the elevator was now my nemesis. His heated stare wasnt because of any mutual attraction.  It was because hed saw me vandalize his car. And now he couldnt wait to annihilate his rival.
Theres a fine line between love and hateand we shouldnt cross it.
We shouldntbut straddling that line could be so much fun.

EXCERPT:

Figures.
It was the gorgeous guy I’d seen in the elevator. And here I thought we’d had a little spark.
Bennett Fox grinned like he’d already been named my boss and extended his hand. “Welcome to Foster Burnett.”
Ugh. He wasn’t just good looking; he knew it, too.
“That would be Foster, Burnett and Wren, as of a few weeks ago, right?” I iced my subtle reminder that this was now our place of employment with a smile, suddenly thankful my parents had made me wear braces until I was nearly sixteen.
“Of course.” My new nemesis smiled just as brightly. Apparently his parents had sprung for orthodontic care, too.
Bennett Fox was also tall. I once read an article that said the average height of a man in the US was five-foot-nine-and-a-half inches; less than fifteen percent of men stood taller than six feet. Yet the average height of more than sixty-eight percent of Fortune 500 CEOs was over six feet. Subconsciously, we related size to power in more ways than just brawn.
Andrew was six foot two. I’d guess this guy was about the same.
Bennett pulled out the guest chair next to him. “Please, have a seat.”
Tall and with gentlemanly manners. I disliked him already.
During the ensuing twenty-minute pep talk given by Jonas Stern—in which he attempted to convince us we weren’t vying for the same position, but instead forging the way as leaders of the now-largest ad agency in the United States—I stole glances at Bennett Fox.
Shoes: definitely expensive. Conservative, oxford in style, but with a modern edge of topstitching. Ferragamo would be my guess. Big feet, too.
Suit: dark navy, tailored to fit his tall, broad frame. The kind of understated luxury that said he had money, but didn’t need to flaunt it to impress you.
He had one long leg casually crossed over the other knee, as if we were discussing the weather rather than being told everything we’d worked twelve hours a day, six days a week for was suddenly at risk of being in vain.
At one point, Jonas had said something we both agreed with, and we looked at each other, nodding. Given the opportunity for a closer inspection, my eyes roamed his handsome face. Strong jaw, daringly straight, perfect nose—the type of bone structure passed down from generation to generation that was better and more useful than any monetary inheritance. But his eyes were the showstopper: a deep, penetrating green that popped from his smooth, tanned skin. Those were currently staring right at me.
I looked away, returning my attention to Jonas. “So what happens at the end of the ninety-day integration period? Will there be two Creative Directors of West Coast Marketing?”
Jonas looked back and forth between us and sighed. “No. But no one is going to lose his or her job. I was just about to tell Bennett the news. Rob Gatts announced he’ll be retiring in a few months. So there will be a position opening up for a creative director to replace him.”
I had no idea what that meant. But apparently Bennett did.
“So one of us gets shipped off to Dallas to replace Rob in the southwest region?” he asked.
Jonas’s face told me Bennett wouldn’t be happy about the prospect of heading to Texas. “Yes.”
All three of us let that sink in for a moment. The possibility of having to relocate to Texas shifted my mind back into gear, though.
“Who will make the decision?” I asked. “Because obviously you’ve been working with Bennett…”
Jonas shook his head and waved off what I was beginning to question. “Decisions like this—where two senior management positions are being merged into one office—the board will oversee and make the final determination of who gets first pick.”
Bennett was just as confused as me. “The board members don’t work with us on a daily basis.”
“No, they don’t. So they’ve come up with a method of making their decision.”
“Which is?”
“It’ll be based on three major client pitches. You’ll both come up with campaigns on your own and present them. The clients will pick which they like best.”
Bennett looked rattled for the first time. His perfect composure and self-assuredness took a hit as he leaned forward and raked long fingers through his hair.
“You’ve got to be kidding me. More than ten years, and my job here comes down to a few pitches? I’ve landed half-a-billion dollars of ad accounts for this company.”
“I’m sorry, Bennett. I really am. But one of the conditions of the Wren merger was that due consideration be given to the Wren employees in positions that might be eliminated because of duplicity. The deal almost didn’t go through because Mrs. Wren was so insistent that she not sell her husband’s company, only to have the new organization strip away all of Wren’s hard-working employees.”
That made me smile. Mr. Wren was taking care of his employees even after he was gone.
“I’m up for the challenge.” I looked at Bennett, who was clearly pissed off. “May the best woman win.”
He scowled. “You mean man.”

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AUTHOR INFO:

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Spotlight on Game On by Kelly Jamieson (REVIEW)


Two people burned by love in the past make a bet on the future in this hockey-fueled romance with plenty of action on and off the ice.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Game On by Kelly Jamieson, along with my impressions of it, then add this final installment in the Aces Hockey series to your bookshelf!

Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.
Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.
Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Things comes to an exhilarating conclusion in this eighth installment in the Aces Hockey series as a bet between teammates leads to a surprising romance between two people burned by love in the past.  In their journey to HEA, Cam and Olivia go through a few ups and downs courtesy of her low self-esteem and his fear of failure, but through it all readers can’t help but root for them.  By the turn of the final page readers will be left satisfied with their heart warmed and a big smile on their face.

Cam Brickley’s always gotten what he wants.  From the moment he was born everything just seemed to fall into his lap without much effort on his part.  The only thing that seems to have eluded him is love.  He may be popular with the ladies, but nothing ever lasts more than a few nights as he doesn’t see himself as the relationship type.  His friends know this and decide to make the ultimate bet with him, but this time around the bet takes an unexpected turn that gives readers greater insight into the sexy playboy.  Cam’s a drool-worthy hockey player, confident in his looks and his athleticism, but when it comes to matters of the heart he’s leery of putting his heart on the line because of a duplicitous young woman from his past.  It left him with trust issues and it causes him to hurt Olivia when she was counting on him most.  He’s clearly a character with imperfections, a bit arrogant at times, but there’s still lots to like about him.  He’s kindhearted when it comes to charity and is a master at being fun and flirty.  He was a good support to Olivia throughout the story, building up her self-esteem when it comes to her work and her body, which is why his one moment of cowardice disappointed me so much.  Despite that one act though I found Cam very appealing and liked him even more for all the growth his character went through in putting his heart and soul on the line in the name of a HEA...both on and off the ice.

Olivia Lockwood’s always felt like the black sheep of the family, never quite as good as her siblings and a disappointment to her parents.  While her siblings chose to work for the family business, she forged her own path into creating a foundation to benefit kids.  When it came to her looks she felt lacking there too as her weight was an issue for her growing up.  As an adult she hears and feels her family’s judgments and it affects her relationships as she’s full of self-doubt.  Coming from a family of wealth leaves her feeling even more vulnerable as she’s never sure if she’s wanted for herself or for her money as a past relationship showed her.  The moment she meets Cam is the moment she decides to take some control though and throughout their time together there are moments of give and take, moments that had me cheering.  She was the one willing to put her heart on the line, the one to give Cam a chance when he knew he did wrong, the one to often be the more mature of the two.  There were other times though where she was immature, like when interacting with his friends and feeling left out, which fed into her low self-esteem and had her acting out.  That was a frustrating moment and clearly shows her as a flawed character but with imperfections that are easy to relate to.  All of which pulls readers further into this story as Olivia’s a likable heroine who just wants to do good in the world and be loved for who she is.  In many ways that’s exactly what Cam wants and it’s what ultimately turns their fake relationship into reality.

This was a fun and flirty read from the very start with lots of erotically-charged and witty banter between the two leads,  Olivia and Cam were scorching together with encounters that were sexy yet sweet at times too.  Under all the fun though was a surprising emotional intensity as both Cam and Olivia were held back by things in their pasts.  They both grew throughout this story, were more willing to put themselves out there, and it made their coupling more satisfying to watch evolve.  The bet may have seemed silly from the start but the outcome was far from it as it left me satisfied and cheering.  That wasn’t the only cheer-worthy thing in this book though as the ending was perfect for the author to bring the Aces Hockey series to an end.  Fans of the series will enjoy the numerous glimpses of past couples and have their hearts warmed by seeing all their HEAs continue.  New readers will be enticed by the playful interactions between the teammates and ready to start the series from the beginning to learn more about these sexy and dedicated hockey players.  With an ending wrapped up in a satisfying bow I look forward to what Ms. Jamieson has planned next and definitely recommend this book to all fans of rom-coms and sports romances!

My rating for this is a B.

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


AUTHOR INFO:

Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romance novels and novellas.
Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Book Spotlight on The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown (GIVEAWAY)


Readers will find themselves quickly captivated by this second chance romance as two people carrying the burden of loss and guilt find a bit of acceptance and attraction in each other’s arms.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown, along with a message from Ms. Brown and one of her characters from this book, then start counting down the days until this book releases on January 15th.  In honor of this standalone contemporary romance make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC along with a digital copy of this book too!

A MESSAGE FROM MS. BROWN.....Good morning to all y’all. Thank you for inviting me to your site today to tell you a little about The Magnolia Inn. I’m so excited about this book. The characters became like family to me as I was writing it. Today, I have Dotty with me. She’s one of the four ladies—Sugar, Dotty, Lucy and Flossie—who’ve been fast friends since their youth. I’m going to turn this microphone over to Dotty now, and leave the rest of the post to her.
...Hello, folks, I’m Dotty Beauchamp—half Texan, half Louisianan and all sass. I own the Tipsy Gater bar that sets right on the Big Cypress Bayou near Jefferson, Texas. When my good friend, Sugar, told me that she was going to give half of The Magnolia Inn, the bed and breakfast that her family had owned for generations, to her niece, Jolene, I thought she was bat crap crazy. When she said that her husband, Jasper, was giving the other half to his wimpy nephew, Reuben—well, I figured Reuben would sell his half the minute the ink dried on the papers.
I was right! The little weasel sold out his part of the inn to Tucker Malone. We—that would be Lucy and Flossie and me since Sugar was already off in that big ass RV touring the United States—had heard that he was a tortured soul. And dear hearts, we damn sure believed the rumor. He was the best of the best when it came to carpentry work, and from what we heard he only hit the bottle on weekends, but still we didn’t want our precious Jolene in living in that inn with him.
I really didn’t want to hire Jolene when she came to the bar looking for work, but I needed help and she sure enough needed a job. I figured I’d take some flack for it from Sugar, Lucy and Flossie, and I did—believe me I did. But Jolene and I both lived through it.
When we met Tucker for the first time, we were sure that the rumors had been right. His wife had died in an automobile accident a few years back. She’d gone to our church so we all knew her very well, and we’d met Tucker a few times when he showed up at church with her. When she died, he turned to the bottle and lost his important job on the police force over in Dallas. It was rumored that he came to our part of the world to be near her grave site. Poor man, he wore the guilt like a heavy shroud and just couldn’t seem to get past it.
But I’m digressing. When we met him we found out that he was also a Prince Charming. He didn’t have a white horse or a white cowboy hat, or a crown, but he was so sweet and kind, and he had such a sweet nature, that pretty soon, we fell in love with him as much as—well, she didn’t know it then, being as how she had plenty of baggage of her own—but as much as Jolene could it they’d could get past all the obstacles life kept throwing at them.
I see that my time is up. So let me thank you again for inviting me sit a spell and visit with all y’all. And if you’re ever in Jefferson, Texas, come on down to the Tipsy Gater and I’ll give you a free drink if you tell me that you’ve read The Magnolia Inn.

Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.
Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.
Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?

EXCERPT:

“Why is Tucker a tortured soul?”
“He lost his wife, Melanie, a couple of years ago. She was his whole life,” Lucy whispered. She clucked like an old hen gathering in her baby chickens. “I just can’t believe he bought half interest in this place. It takes a people person to operate a B&B, and from what I hear, Tucker is almost a hermit.”
“I guess we’ve all got our own emotional baggage,” Jolene said.
“Wait until he hauls his damn sorry ass home drunk and you’ve got guests in the place,” Lucy declared.
“She loves Jesus, but she still cusses a little,” Dotty said with a wicked grin.
“He’s a fantastic carpenter. He’s got money to put into the inn. And I’ll cross the drinkin’ bridge when it happens. And . . .” She glanced over at Dotty, who shrugged and winked.
“And just so y’all know.” Jolene took a deep breath. “I’ll be working at the Gator starting Friday night.”
“Lord have mercy,” Lucy groaned. “Have you talked to Sugar about this?”
“Visited with her last night and was going to tell her, but...”
Lucy threw a hand over her forehead in a dramatic gesture and then shook a fist at Dotty. “You’re leading our sweet girl down the path of unrighteousness. Jolene, I’ll give you a job in my place of business. Full-time with benefits if you’ll quit the Gator right now.”
“I know bartending, and I can only handle part-time work with the inn, but thank you,” Jolene said and tried to change the subject. “Do I have the recipe for these cookies in Aunt Sugar’s files?”
“I’m sure you do, chère,” Dotty said. “But now let’s talk about the Easter Tour of Homes. Surely Sugar mentioned it?”
“Oh, that.” Jolene was glad Dotty had changed the subject. “She always wanted to be included in it but figured the Magnolia was too far out of town.”
“It might be, but we want to add it this year,” Lucy said.
“It’s, what, like three months from now?” Jolene asked.
“Yes,” Tucker said from the doorway. “We’ll have it ready by then.”
Jolene felt heat rising from her neck to her cheeks. How much had he heard? She motioned to the coffeepot and then to the cookies. “Come on in and meet my friends.”
“Always ready for cookies and coffee. I’m Tucker Malone.” He stuck his hand out toward Lucy.
Her expression said that she’d rather be sticking her hand in a rattlesnake pit, but she put her frail hand in his. “You probably don’t remember us, but we remember you from when you used to come to church with your wife. I’m Lucy Rogers. I own Attic Treasures, an antique store in Jefferson.”
“Jolene told me that a couple of you ladies own antique shops. That’s wonderful.” Tucker brought her hand to his lips and kissed her knuckles. “I’m right glad to make your acquaintance, ma’am. I hope to do some business with y’all as we work on this place. We’d like to keep the antique ambience but use modern things like tubs and showers to make things nice for our guests.”
From Lucy’s expression, Jolene could’ve sworn she’d rather have been shaking hands with the devil. “Well, I’ll be sure to give you a real good price on anything that you can use.”
He turned to settle his crystal-clear blue eyes on Flossie.
“I’m Flossie Simmons, and I own Mama’s Place in Jefferson. My antiques are better than Lucy’s.” She winked. “And since Jolene is like a daughter to all of us, I can beat any deal Lucy would give you.”
“And I’m Dotty Beauchamp.” Dotty’s southern accent thickened. “I’m a Louisiana girl from the other side of the Big Cypress Bayou, and I own the Tipsy Gator. I’ve seen you a few times in my bar. You always sit on the last stool in the shadows, right, chère?”
“Yes, ma’am, I sure do,” Tucker said.
Jolene was totally blown away. One minute they were ready to crucify her for letting Tucker live there, and the next they were flirting with him. Good glory! They had to be seventy or older, and he wasn’t a day over thirty-seven.
“We should let you two get back to work,” Dotty said with a broad wink toward Jolene. “And since you’re going to be out of pocket on Friday night, then Sunday afternoon will be our meetin’ time.”
They pushed their chairs back and paraded toward the foyer. Lucy stopped at the hall tree for her coat, and Tucker hurried over to help her into it. “Thank you for the cookies.”
“You’re welcome. Good luck with all this remodeling.” Flossie gave Jolene a quick hug and whispered, “I hope you know what you’re doin’.”
Tucker picked up the last coat from the hall tree and held it out to Dotty. “It’s been a real pleasure to meet you ladies.”
Jolene sank down on the bottom step of the stairs and sighed when Tucker shut the door behind the ladies. Tucker sat down beside her and propped his forearms on his knees. “So you work in a bar?”
“Ever since I was twenty-one. Until then I did waitress work,” she answered. “How much did you hear?”
“I got there when Lucy was offering you a job to quit working in a bar,” he answered.
“Sounds like you heard most of it, then. I’ll be working at a bar on Friday and Saturday nights. I understand that you drink a little on weekends.”
He got to his feet. “I’m going to get a couple more cookies and another cup of coffee to take upstairs with me. And, honey, I drink a lot on Saturday nights.”
“Just so long as we understand each other.” Jolene stood up and headed toward the kitchen. “Right now we could take fifteen minutes off and call it a midmorning snack.”
“Got chocolate syrup?” He followed her into the kitchen. “For the cookies, the coffee, or the milk?”
“Milk, and then I dip my cookies in it,” he answered.
The ladies had called him a tortured soul. Jolene stole glances at him as she got out the chocolate syrup. It was a shame that he’d lost his wife so suddenly. He might never get over it, but she sure wasn’t looking forward to dealing with another weekend drunk—like her mother or that last worthless boyfriend.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Carolyn Brown is a New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist with more than ninety published books, which include women’s fiction and historical, contemporary, and cowboys-and-country-music romance. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else and knows what they’re doing and when. And they read the local newspaper on Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.


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