REVIEW: Playing To Win By Stacey Lynn

SYNOPSIS

It was a three-week fling. Nothing more than a couple of college kids having some fun, but then I did the stupid thing and fell for Jude Taylor quicker than he can score a goal on the ice. And after one beautiful night together, he left for the pros before I could make my first cup of coffee. 

I thought I’d put him behind me. I thought I’d moved on. Then he hobbles into my physical therapy office and I realize how absolutely wrong I’ve been—there’s no getting over Jude Taylor. 

But now things are complicated. Jude lives half a country away and his career is in direct opposition to my need for stability. Most of all, getting involved with him could mean losing my job and everything I’ve worked so hard for. 

Jude doesn’t seem to mind one bit and he’s all in. He might be a patient in my office, but he’s no longer the patient guy I remember. 

This time, he’s playing to win, and the prize he’s looking to score is me. 

MY REVIEW

* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * * 

You can classify this is many different tropes I guess, Hockey Romance, Friends To Lovers, Second Chance, or even Forbidden Romance. Any way you slice it or put it you are in for a great read.

This is great at just giving you enough to know where the story of Jude and Kate starts, and how we got to where the real meant and potatoes starts in this wonderful world. I love how Jude is in touch with who he is as not only a hockey player, but a person as well, how even when he feels like he down he is not out.

I also like how them rekindling their romance didn’t fit in the normal second-chance box either. Because really there was no really first chance to let things go and grow into the first time around. But they did, and then when the so called second time comes around there is so much more fire in there from both sides that it just works when they do come together.

I love the realism of how Jude is basically pushed away from his team to heal, and how it portraits the emotions he feels during that time and how he finds new and easier ways to cope with those feelings while working as hard as he can.

I am a hockey fan for the real and I love how this was done and portrait!

– Ashton <3

REVIEW: My Bestie’s Ex By Piper Rayne

SYNOPSIS

I can’t borrow him. 
He’s not a sweater or a skirt. 
He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him. 

In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape. 

To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be. 

Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine. 

MY REVIEW

* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *

Not going to lie, I went into this with a completely different story in my head, because lets face it, when you see stories about friends dating ex’s of friends they all seem to be like the line of “Something Borrowed”. The good friend pines over the bad friends current main squeeze, then things happen and the bad friend loses the guy, or the guy sees the light and all those variation.

This to me was a fresh take on a trope that I am normally vary wary of, for many reasons. I love that the theme of loyalty was very big in this book, and that there was a lot of friends sticking with friends and making sure there were open an honest communication going on, on so many different levels.

There were risks and one big arc that sealed where this was going and I loved how it was so rounded and amazingly put together. I have been reading a lot of Samantha Whiskey Hockey Romance books lately, so I was use to extra dirty semi pornographic intimate scenes so the soft way they go about those scenes were nice and relaxing for me to read, but none the less steamy.

I am also very PRO on this book for a really big Italian Reason, and its name is Dominic Mancini. HE is #3 on my book boyfriends list and the side you see him in this book is amazing, no matter how small.

I do recommend this book to those who are even wary about the theme of friends taking their friends ex’s you really won’t be disappointed, its a whole new turn and amazing to read.

– Ashton <3

REVIEW: Just Friends By Charity Ferrell

SYNOPSIS

Someone should have warned me about falling in love with my best friend.

Carolina 
Little did I know when Rex came to my locker attempting to bribe me, that he’d turn into my everything.
We’d become best friends. I’d steal his heart. He’d steal mine.
Nothing has changed in the years of our friendship. 
Not our connection, not our feelings, or that we still hold each other’s hearts. 
But his heart isn’t the only thing I’ve kept.
The secret I’m hiding could shatter the only man I’ve ever loved.

Rex 
I’ve loved Carolina since the day she called my bluff. 
Our friendship always came first. 
She believed in me when no one else did. 
I tucked away my feelings because I couldn’t survive a life without her. 
We crossed the line once, and I swore it’d never happen again. 
As time passes, the harder it becomes to live up to that promise. 
Until finally, there’s no holding back. 

MY REVIEW

* I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *

I have not always been partial to the friends to lovers trope for the fact that I grew up with nothing but boys around and me and this kind of awesome crap NEVER happened to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my boys and without them I wouldn’t be who I am and I am also very happy with my husband and the life we have built together, but that’s the point of these romance books to allow you some level of fantasy in your normal day to day life.

Rex is the best friend, you want, he was the popular kid with a semblance of a heart of gold, even if it was only for his bestie. But really he should have known that things change when you cross that line from friend to friendlier. They sure did step in it at that point….

Carolina is a sweet, shy and gives no fucks kind of girl that I love to the moon and back and really could see us being friends if she were a real person and I wasn’t a crazy person making friends with fictional characters.

I love that the story arced more than once in a way and there were many levels to this as well as a few twist and turns, there was also a nice check in with a few other from the other Blue Beech crew, even though I am not 100% sure how many there were, as I am still trying to read the books that have been released. But I love Charitys writing style and it does hold you for the whole book and doesn’t leave you with questions at the end.

– Ashton <3

REVIEW: Confessions Of A Naughty Nanny By Piper Rayne

SYNOPSIS

When a famous music producer moves to Lake Starlight it can’t just be a coincidence. It’s the universe helping to move things along in the right direction so that Griffin Thorne can discover me.

I have to confess—I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Confession #1: I may have overhead that he was in search of a nanny. What can I say? My brother has a big mouth.

Confession #2: It’s possible I helped along the assumption that I had nanny experience. Hey, babysitting my nieces and nephew counts, right?

Confession #3: There’s a good chance I oversold my qualifications. But my Grandma Dori backed me up, so it’s not completely my fault.

And it worked. He hired me. Only for me to find out that he left the business.
I guess it’s on to Plan B.

When he accidentally overhears me singing, I expect nothing from him. Then he asks to work with me on a song for our town’s Founder’s Day Parade and it feels like a dream come true. Until…

Confession #4: I’ve fallen for him.

MY REVIEW

** I RECEIVED AN ARC COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

This is another case of I was excited to read this book but was unsure of how I would feel because the lead up to Phoenix was hard for me to relate to her and her spoiled attitude, but there was something that changed between Denver’s story and hers. She grew up and honestly I loved her story!

I have this sever love of the single parent tropes, and Griffin and his son honestly remind me of \a mixture of all the best qualities of al the single dads in the “Single Dads Club” Series (I know that because I am listening to the audiobooks again at work). Maverick brings out all the best of Phoenix and the growing she did in a short amount of time really did resignate with me because when I was 22/23 I was also lost and unsure of where I should be going in life and a chance job set me on a path that has made me happy.

I love the insight on what the family has been going through and the slight peeks into past couples and what they are going through currently. \my heart went through so many emotions I can’t even put into words. Because they are dead giveaways and clues that would ruin the book. But I do recommend this book o so many people!

-Ashton <3

REVIEW: Resilience By Amanda Shelley Book 1 Of A Duet

Book One

SYNOPSIS

Samantha never saw Enzo coming.

As the dust settles from her divorce, her life is full. She doesn’t have time for distractions. She’s too busy running her own company and checking off numerous items from her kids’ demanding schedule to have a life of her own.

Then he walks into her kitchen with his breathtaking green eyes and a mischievous grin. He’s there to surprise his father – her contractor, but his presence makes everything off kilter.

Enzo’s perfectly content with his adventurous life as an elite rescue pilot, until a harmless prank turns on him. Instead of surprising his father, he finds his world thrown off course by the beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass and the mouthwatering ability to keep him on his toes.

With his limited time on leave, is she worth the risk to his heart? 

MY REVIEW

** I WAS GIVEN AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW**

I love Single parent tropes and I love realistic but not stale interpretation on those relationships and how they grow. 

This is my first Amanda Shelley book and I fell in love!! This book is sweet, instalove, and amazingly steamy! He had his heart broken and never felt that connection again.

She was still recovering and finding herself after a marriage that created 3 beautiful and funny kiddos! 

Then the decision to add more chaos to her life and renovate her kitchen, was one of the best she ever made. 

Sam is who I wish I could be as a single mom (I am a mom just not a single one), she is strong balanced and generous. She does have a mildly shaky relationship with her ex, but is strong enough to rise above all their issues and pettiness so her kids can have an amazing relationship with their dad. 

Enzo is in his late 30s and just discovering who is he is after 20 years of bachelorhood and military life stationed so far away over seas disconnected from family and hometown friends. His time is coming to a close should he choose, but will that help him find himself, or settle down like his Mom and Dad want, or will he find adjusting to civilian life to hard to manage. 

Enzo is slowing overtaking all other boyfriends in my Book Boyfriend List, and I really want to be mommy friends with Samantha so she can teach me the balance she has found. 

This is my very first 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review of 2020!! 

I cannot wait to see what book two of this duet hold in store!!!

Seriously…. I cannot wait! Lol
-Ashton 💜🦄

COVER REVEAL: You’re The One By Layla Hagen

COVER REVEAL: You’re The One By Layla Hagen

Very Irresistible Bachelors #1
By Layla Hagen
Release Date: February 4

Hot. Flirty. Romantic.

It all started as pretend…

My best friend, and one of the most powerful men in New York, needed my help.

Our first kiss was unexpected—but it still made my skin sizzle, my knees go weak.

The next one was in front of his tight-knit family. We had to be convincing. But it was so wicked hot, it almost convinced me too.

On our first night together, he told me that I had to keep us both in check, because he didn’t know how to keep the lines from blurring…

He touched me like I was precious, and held me close… barely stopping his fingers from pushing down the straps of my dress…

On our second night, our banter turned to flirting. Hunter—my best friend was now Hunter—the man.

Intense. Alluring. Sexy as hell.

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Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it 😀

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REVIEW: Rider By L. Wilder

SYNOPSIS

I’d spent years trying to put the past behind me. I wanted to forget the mistakes I’d made, the dreams I’d lost, but they were a part of me. They made me the man I’d become–a brother of Satan’s Fury MC.

I wore my cut with pride. It was a constant reminder of how far I’d come and who’d helped me get there. I thought I had my life figured out until the day Darcy Harrington came walking into the Satan’s Fury garage. 

I’d grown up with the strong-willed, foulmouthed beauty, and even back then, I wanted to make her mine. But she had her guard up, never letting anyone get too close, including me. 

That was about to change. Come hell or high water, I was going to break down her walls and prove I was a man she could trust.

I’d learned to fight for what I wanted, and I wanted her.

MY REVIEW

** I RECEIVED AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW **

I have been waiting for this book for a while, I was excited to see what was coming after Gus, and Rider did not disappoint in the least.

Rider was a sweeter kind of book, past friendships that come to the front, former crushes that is slowly turning into more, there is a slight slower burn in this book, the lead up and the learning more about his past and why he is who he is. I love learning the origin of how these guys join a 1%er MC, because it’s not a decision that people would not take lightly.

Seeing the dark and scary place he came from, where his mind was and how far he has come to make himself better. But how far he still has to go and what happened in his past to lead him down this road.

I love the old love / crush coming back into the lives and showing how everyone has grown, but stayed the same in the ways that matter.

I highly recommend this book, and this series if you are looking for a GREAT MC Series.

-Ashton <3

REVIEW: Joy By Lilly Atlas

SYNOPSIS

Life, death, trauma, healing; the Hell’s Handlers have been through it all over the past year. They’ve conquered old enemies, acquired new ones, and struggled through devastating upheavals. So far, they’ve come out on top, knocking down challenges by focusing on one essential ideal: family above all. With Copper at the helm, the Handlers are a patchwork family of bikers who will fight to the death for what they’ve created.

And after all they’ve survived over the past three hundred and sixty-five days, the Handlers are ready to lay down their weapons, pick up their drinks, and coast through the holidays with nothing but joy in mind. But as often happens with life in an MC, Christmas takes a back seat to club drama.

As the year rolls to a close, the men and women of the club will experience new life, new chapters in love, and plenty of new beginnings. But not everything is sparkly and bright as dangerous enemies threaten the tight-knit group of rough and rowdy bikers. Will twenty-nineteen end in tragedy, or will the club once again emerge victorious in time to find a little joy for the holidays?

MY REVIEW

** I WAS GIVEN AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW **

I have been Lilly Atlas fan for a long while, she was the one who introduced me into the wonderful world of MC Romance books.

I love Joy because it is a nice wrap up of stories that were started long ago as well as opens the door for more things to come.

I am a huge fan of Copper and Shell, as well as Jig, and this book allows us to explore their lives after their book has been completed, from their point of view. I like that as it is a carry on and completed the story for a few of our favorite couples, but it also shows us how they have grown as well.

Thats is why I love Lilly books because her characters are ever evolving and growing, like real people. I like that and I also like that it isn’t like other wrap up books, where it just completes the small open story lines from the main books, but this one creates a whole new story line that we can see from multiple angles and viewpoints.

I also like that there is this new villian that we can work with and wonder what is going to come through in later books.

I do recommend this book!
-Ashton <3

RELEASE BLITZ: Hawk By Heidi McLaughlin

Series: The Boys of Summer #4
Genre: Sports Romance/Adult
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/HawkGRead
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BLURB

It’s another season of Renegade baseball and, as they say, the boys are back in town. All except for all-star pitcher, Hawk Sinclair, who has returned to his hometown and back to the ranch he grew up on to rehab after shoulder surgery.

Real estate agent, Bellamy Patrick, feels like she’s failing at being a single mom. Her son is having a hard time fitting in and she’s hoping that playing baseball will be the answer. When he doesn’t make the team, she’s willing to do anything to help him… except that! And that’s exactly what the little league coach expects.

When Hawk’s asked to coach a team of misfit kids, he balks…until he sees how the program is run and how boys are left out. That’s when he knows he has no choice but to do the right thing and turn these boys into the players he knows they can be.

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In the Series:
Third Base
Home Run
Grand Slam
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Author Bio:

Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.

Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.

In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, including the acclaimed Forever My Girl.

When writing isn’t occupying her time, you can find her sitting courtside at either of her daughters’ basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and opened in theaters on January 19, 2018.

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RELEASE BLITZ: Joy By Lilly Atlas

Series: Hell’s Handlers MC
Release: December 10, 2019
Genre: MC Romance
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48923009-joy
Photographer: Golden Czermak
Cover Model: Nick Margiotta
Cover Designer: Leah Suttle

Blurb:

Life, death, trauma, healing; the Hell’s Handlers have been through it all over the past year. They’ve conquered old enemies, acquired new ones, and struggled through devastating upheavals. So far, they’ve come out on top, knocking down challenges by focusing on one essential ideal: family above all. With Copper at the helm, the Handlers are a patchwork family of bikers who will fight to the death for what they’ve created.

And after all they’ve survived over the past three hundred and sixty-five days, the Handlers are ready to lay down their weapons, pick up their drinks, and coast through the holidays with nothing but joy in mind. But as often happens with life in an MC, Christmas takes a back seat to club drama.

As the year rolls to a close, the men and women of the club will experience new life, new chapters in love, and plenty of new beginnings. But not everything is sparkly and bright as dangerous enemies threaten the tight-knit group of rough and rowdy bikers. Will twenty-nineteen end in tragedy, or will the club once again emerge victorious in time to find a little joy for the holidays?

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In the Series (Kindle Unlimited)

Zach (Hell’s Handlers MC)
Maverick (Hell’s Handlers MC)
Jigsaw (Hell’s Handlers MC)
Copper (Hell’s Handlers MC)
Rocket (Hell’s Handlers MC)
Little Jack (Hell’s Handlers MC)

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Author Bio:

Lilly Atlas is a contemporary romance author, proud Navy wife, and mother of two spunky girls. By day she works as a physical therapist for a hospital in Virginia. Lilly is an avid romance reader, and expects her Kindle to beg for mercy every time she downloads a new eBook. Thankfully, it hasn’t happened yet, and she can often be found absorbed in a good book.

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