New Release Review! SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon (Red Hot Russians #4)

 

Synopsis:

The Biggest Season of her Career…

America’s sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can Tabitha let off a little steam without melting the ice?

The Last Chance of His…

Russia’s bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more.

Two Hearts on Thin Ice…

Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice?

 

Review:

As someone who can’t stop on ice skates without using the boards (that’s why they’re there, surely?) I’ve always loved watching other people skating, whether it’s competitive figure skating or hockey. (Those are the only two sports that compete at the winter Olympics, right?) So reading about figure skaters and hockey players? Totally right up my alley. So when I heard that there was a new Red Hot Russians book, my response was, “Yes, please!”

Shining Through was a solid addition to the series. Tabitha and Daniil are the couple who shouldn’t work at all but somehow totally do. She’s “America’s Sweetheart” who’s trying to finally bring home Olympic gold in her last competitive season, the girl whose family has made sacrifices for her to be able to skate her whole life. He’s the son of a Russian oligarch who’s rebelled against…well, pretty much everything…by being the bad boy of ice skating, so much so that his own country’s program won’t sponsor his career. They shouldn’t work together, yet somehow they do. Until they almost don’t…

I liked both Tabitha and Daniil–it was easy to root for them, both in their skating and in their relationship. Things were a tad bit rushed toward the end of the book, but as I was anxious for them to get to their HEA, I didn’t mind too much. (Still–no actual page time for their Olympic routines was a bit of a bummer…)

Shining Through is the fifth book in the series, but could absolutely be read as a standalone–some of the other series characters make appearances, but it’s not necessary to have read their stories (yet!) to enjoy this one.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

New Release Review! PLAYING IT COOL by Amy Andrews (Sydney Smoke Rugby #2)

Playing It Cool
by Amy Andrews

Synopsis:

Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but her stepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie Dexter Blake witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. In front of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals, but Dex won’t take no for an answer.

Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule: no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he’s focused on his career for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chick he’d been secretly ogling. What’s a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just a little revenge against a poser, and then he’ll get his head back in the game.

But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. And the next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes right off.

Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…

 

Review:

I am loving this series! I still don’t know much about rugby, but who cares? Hot guys. Tight pants. Romance.

Nothing.

Else.

Required.

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Favorite line:

His trousers cupped his a$$ like little elves had sewn it with threads of awesome.

I ask you, how can you not love that imagery?

Dexter Blake, a man clearly after the heart of curvy girls everywhere, truly appreciates a woman with–as he so eloquently puts it–some junk in her trunk. Harper Nugent catches his eye on the very first page of Playing It Cool, but he realizes before we even turn to page two that she can’t possibly be for him. She’s got “relationship” written all over her, and Dex doesn’t have time for anything in his life but rugby. He knows his days are numbered in the league, and he can’t afford to shift his focus even an iota. There’ll be plenty of time for the c- and m- words (“commitment” and “marriage”–just to be clear) when his playing days are over.

But Dex also has a chivalrous streak about a mile wide, and when he sees Harper getting dissed by one of the people who should always have her back, he asks her out in a kind of white-knight reflexive moment. Harper declines–because really, she’s seen pictures of him online with stick-thin models on his arm; what could he possibly want with her? But fortunately for everyone involved, Dex is persistent. Even more fortunately, their chemistry will practically melt your ereader.

One date turns into two, which turns into a friends-with-benefits situation, which turns into trouble. Basically, Dex acts like a major idjit and has to do some of the greatest groveling I’ve seen in…well…I don’t even know how long. Seriously. His grand gesture alone is worth the price of the book. Harper’s BFF Em and Dex’s manwhorish teammate Linc are clearly being set up for a future book (book three, please?) and gosh darn it, that one’s going to be awesome too. I. Cannot. WAIT.

(Playing It Cool should work fine as a standalone, if you haven’t read book one,  Playing by Her Rules, yet. You’ll see Tanner and Tilly just enough in this one that you’ll want to see how they got together, though–don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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New Release Review! HUSTLE by Christine Bell (Skin in the Game #2)

Hustle: A Skin in the Game Standalone Sports Romance
by Christine Bell

 

Synopsis:

A man in a room full of boys…

Ty Maxwell is a twenty-three year old college freshman with a chip on his shoulder, and more secrets than the CIA. In a word? Trouble. So why can’t I stop staring at those dark, tortured eyes and wondering what those hands would feel like on my body?

No sex. No friends. Just football.

Straight off a bloody tour in Iraq, I’m battling night terrors while my peers squabble over beer pong. If it wasn’t for my NFL dreams, I wouldn’t be here at all. But when I sign up for an easy “A” Drama class, I take my eye off the ball, totally distracted by Teacher’s Assistant, Flora Vasquez. She’s like a ray of sunlight in the darkness that is my life… a darkness that will consume her if I get too close.

 

Review:

A great follow-up to Score!

I really liked both Flora and Ty. Their chemistry is off-the-charts hot, but Ty’s got issues on top of issues (and they’re doozies–not over the top and/or overblown drama like some new adult heroes or heroines tend to have) which means they’re doomed to spend a good chunk of the novel not together, sadly.

But when they are? Watch out!

I was bummed about one aspect of the story

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 and do think that their relationship woes ended up being fixed pretty quickly at the end, but still Hustle was a darn good read overall.

If Ms. Bell is going to write more in this series? I am SO there.

Hustle does work as a standalone, but since Score‘s Cal and Bee play pretty prominent roles in Flora and Ty’s story, you’ll probably get more out of them both if you read them together.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Pre-Release Review and Giveaway! REUNITED WITH THE REBEL BILLIONAIRE by Catherine Mann (Bayou Billionaires #3)

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REUNITED WITH THE REBEL BILLIONAIRE
Bayou Billionaires #3
Catherine Mann
Releasing on April 1st, 2016 (Digital) 
and April 5th, 2016 (Print)
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Is it a real reunion, or one for the cameras? It’s a second-chance romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann! 
Football star Henri Reynaud won’t let his career go down without a fight. If the only way to win is to reconcile with his estranged wife, he’ll do what it takes. But spending time with Fiona Harper-Reynaud isn’t just some ruse. The sultry beauty belongs in his bed.
Fiona doesn’t know where her sexy husband’s public act ends and his real feelings begin. Can she afford to fall a second time for the man every female wants? One thing is undeniable—their attraction has never flared hotter!
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 Fiona looked around at the packed event, a total success. Anyone would think she had a full life.

Except she couldn’t bring herself to have sex with husband. She’d been so certain the surgery was the right decision. She’d gone to counseling before and after. Her husband had been completely supportive.

And still the distance between them had grown wider and wider these past months, emphasizing how little they knew about each other. They’re married because of infatuation and great sex. Now that the initial glow of infatuation had passed and they didn’t even have sex to carry them through the rough patches, their marriage was floundering. Badly.

And with a cancer scare looming over her today, she couldn’t bear the thought that he would stay with her out of sympathy.

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Henri wasn’t in much of a party mood, no matter how much his brothers elbowed him and teased him about his latest fumble. His Texas cousins weren’t cutting him any slack either.

He’d been thinking about the divorce papers his wife insisted on pursuing.

While the love had left their marriage, he’d heard plenty say that marriage had ups and downs. He wasn’t a quitter. And damn it all, he still burned to have her.

His gaze skimmed along the guests around the pool, landing on his wife. Her loose hair and slim curves called to him, reminding him of the enticing feel of her back as he’d tugged her zipper up.

She smiled at whoever she spoke to – a man with his back to the rest the crowd – and nodded as she walked away. The man turned and Henri’s breath froze in his chest. He knew the man well. Dr. Carlson was a partner in the practice Fiona used to see before they’d transferred her to another physician for the surgery.

Fear gelling in his gut, Henri charged away from his brothers and cousins, shouldering through the crowd to his wife.

“Henri–.”

He grasped her arm and guided her toward the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. “In a moment. When no one can over hear us.”

Lights from yachts and boats dotted the distance. Along the shoreline, couples walked hand and hand into the distance. Henri opened the boat house door and stepped inside. Moonlight streaked through streaked through the windows, across her face. Confusion and frustration stamped along her lovely features.

He angled them beneath a pontoon boat on a lift. The boat was still wet from use, and water tapped the ground in a rhythm that almost matched his pounding heart. Inhaling deeply, he caught the musty scent of the boathouse with the cinnamon notes of Fiona’s perfume. He’d bought it for her on trip to France before all of these difficulties had really gotten out of control.

“Enough already, Henri. Would you please tell me why we’re out here?”

He clasped both of her shoulders. “Are you okay?”

“What do you mean?”

“I saw you talking to Dr. Carlson.” He looked in her sherry colored eyes, trying to read her. Something flickered there but he wasn’t sure what.

Staring at the floor, she chewed her bottom lip for an instant before answering, “We were discussing a fundraiser and party for the pediatric oncology ward.”

Okay, but why was she looking away? “You’re sure that’s all?”

She hesitated a second too long. “What do you mean?”

Fear exploded inside him. “Are you feeling alright?” He clasped her shoulders. “Physically. Is there something wrong? If so, you know I’m here for you. Whatever you need, just tell me.”

She squeezed her eyes closed, shaking her head, tears sliding free.

“Oh God, Fiona, is it …,” his throat moved in a long swallow, “do you have…”

“What were you laughing so hysterically about?” Anger edged through the fear. “And would you like to clue me in on the joke because right now I could use something to lighten the mood?”

“No joke,” she said with a sigh, meeting his gaze again. “Just so ironic.”

“Then what are you hiding?”

“Not that it’s any of your business,” she chewed her bottom lip again, “but he asked me out for a drink to discuss the fundraiser.”

He saw red. Pure red. “He asked you out for a drink? As in for a date? Not because of the fundraiser?”

“Because of the fundraiser, but yes, he clearly meant a date as well.” She pulled at her curls, tension mounting in her cheeks.

Henri had to stay calm. Had to make it through this conversation. “And what did you say?”

“I told him I’m still married.” Eyes narrowing, the words launched at him like daggers.

“Clearly that wasn’t a problem for him since you are wearing my ring.”

She shrugged her shoulders, chandelier earrings swaying. “That didn’t bother him in the least.”

He turned toward the door, ready to return to the party and deck the guy straight into the pool.

Fiona placed a hand on his shoulder. “Stop, Henri. He mentioned hearing we’re splitting up. He thought I was available.”

“How would he have heard such a thing?” His mind went back to the original concern. “Were you at the doctor’s office where he’s a partner?”

She swallowed hard. “You seem to have forgotten his brother is our lawyer.”

“Not anymore.”

“I was thinking the same thing actually.” She picked at her French manicure. “We should get separate lawyers.”

Damn it. This conversation was not going the way he intended. He just wanted to pull her into his arms and take her here. Now. To say to hell with the past and future. No more jealousy or discussion about … hell.

He just wanted her.

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After seeing Henri in his half-brother Dempsey’s book (His Secretary’s Surprise Fiancé), I was anxious to get to this one. It was clear that things weren’t as they should be in his marriage, and equally clear that Henri was upset about it and wanted to change that fact. Second chance romance! With football! Clearly it was going to be a win-win.

In some ways, it was. Seeing Henri in his own book, I liked him even more. He’s a great guy–a star quarterback who loves his wife, gets along (mostly) with his brothers, and cares for his ailing grandfather. He truly doesn’t understand what has gone wrong with his marriage, or what he can do to fix it, though he’s determined to try. It’s doubly hard for him because first Gervais (His Pregnant Princess Bride) and now Dempsey have found the loves of their lives, yet his wife keeps bringing up divorce.

Because he and Fiona have secrets.

They married three years ago after a very short courtship, because Fiona became pregnant–only to lose the baby. Undeterred, they kept trying for more kids–through a second trimester miscarriage and infertility treatments–until her doctors pointed out that her family history of cancer (her mother, aunt, and grandmother all died fairly young) combined with those treatments put her more at risk. So she and Henri decided to go the preemptive route–she had a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. Without telling anyone else.

And now Fiona’s pushing him away. Her justification for this is a combination of 1) the fear that he’ll reject her as she is now (though he makes it clear over and over that he loves and wants her as she is, and that he believes she’s a strong person for all she’s gone through), 2) a belief that he’d only stay with her from a sense of pity and/or obligation (see last parenthesis) and 3) wanting to save him from the pain and devastation that the men in her family went through, losing the loves of their lives by leaving him before she (maybe, possibly) develops cancer and (eventually) dies.

Only she doesn’t exactly tell him any of that. She just says that they need to end their relationship, and that nothing can be done to change the fact that they must split up. And Henri’s just as confused as the reader for a good 50% of the book as to why she could possibly believe that. Especially since they sleep together more than once during the novel (prior to that she’d kept a door firmly shut between their now-separate rooms) and both admit–to themselves and even to others–that they still love each other.

So. Frustrating. Why would anyone choose to throw away the possibility of happiness now out of a fear of what might happen eventually in the future? Especially when they’ve been so proactive and careful to try and keep it from happening? Argh.

Fortunately, she comes around in the end and they manage to get their HEA–it’s immensely satisfying, but pretty last minute. Hopefully we’ll see them again in the last brother’s book (Secret Baby Scandal) finally happy together. Henri (and the readers!) definitely deserve it.

Reunited would work well as a standalone. If you haven’t read the first two in the series yet, any details you need to know are explained for you here. If you have, it’s nice to see the brothers and their fiancees again. Plus, we finally get a glimpse of the elusive Jean-Pierre! Less than two months to go until we find out his story…

Rating: 3 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.



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A Conversation with Paul Dudley, Hero of SCREWBALL by Linda Morris (a Hard Hitters novel–with a giveaway!)

Help me welcome Paul Dudley to the blog today!

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Q: Welcome, Paul! Running a family-owned minor league baseball team must be a challenge. What’s your favorite thing about being president of the Plainview Thrashers?

It is a challenge, but it’s one I take very seriously. What I love most about it is that the Thrashers organization is in my heritage, in my blood. My grandfather founded the team and wanted me to someday run it. It’s what I was born to do. I’ll run this team the way my grandfather would have wanted me to until the day I die, if I can.

 

Q: There have been many rumors about tension in the front office of the Thrashers, specifically between you and your father, Walter Dudley. Any truth to those?

Absolutely not. My father and I both want what’s best for the team and for the town of Plainview. Like I said, it’s in our heritage. To fight over that heritage would be cutting off our noses to spite our faces.

 

Q: So you get along great with your father?

Of course. Why? What have you heard?

 

Q: Well, unnamed sources have told us that money is often a source of friction. It’s well known that your playing facility, Dudley Field, is in poor condition. Rumor has it that your father won’t loosen his hold on the purse strings enough to let you renovate. Some have even claimed the poor turf is a danger to your players.

A: Let me guess your “unnamed source’s” name: Alex Moreno-Lopez. Yes, Alex does a lot of whining about the field. He’s used to a major league stadium and hasn’t quite accepted that he’s come down in the world since his playing days in the big leagues.

 

Q: So the reports of friction between you and Alex, your club’s manager, are true?

A: Let’s just say that I take the safety of my guys very seriously. I would never do anything to endanger they’re safety, and whoever says otherwise is a liar.

 

Q: Oooo-kay. Moving right along. Running a ball club, even in the minors, is incredibly time-consuming. How do you have time to balance a personal life with the 24/7 demands of your career?

A: Career comes first, always. So far, that hasn’t been a problem.

 

Q: The women in your life haven’t minded your demanding schedule.

A: Because of my demanding schedule, there haven’t been a lot of women in my life. *Laughs* At least, not who have stuck around.

 

Q: Regrets?

A: No, no regrets. The Thrashers are my priority.

 

Q: So this year, you agreed to let the Thrashers be shadowed by a sports blogger, Willow Bourne from Screwball.

A: Yeah?

 

Q: Does it upset you when I ask about her?

A: Of course not. Why would it?

 

Q: I don’t know. You just seemed–well, never mind.

A: She’s a reporter like any other. She’s trying to do her job, I’m trying to do mine. Nothing special.

 

Q: Do you think letting her into the organization carries risks?

A: Why? Do you know something I don’t?

 

Q: No! I just wondered. You seem like such a private guy. I’m surprised you’d let someone have that much access.

A: I trust Willow to be fair.

 

Q: But I thought she was a reporter like any other?

A: Well, she is, but –I don’t know. I just know my secrets are safe with her. Not that I have secrets, of course.

Of course not…

 

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Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance, including High Heat, the first book in the Hard Hitters series; Melting the Millionaire’s Heart; The Mason Dixon Line; and Nice Work If You Can Get It. She writes stories with heart and heat, along with a joke or two thrown in. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause.

Links:

Website: www.lindamorrisbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lindamorrisbooks

Twitter: @LDMorrisWriter

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ldkmorris/

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Synopsis:

Passion dominates the diamond in the second novel in this fun and flirty baseball romance series by the author of High Heat.

Paul Dudley, president of the Plainview Thrashers, is spinning out of control. Preserving his family’s baseball legacy in these tough times takes everything he’s got, and constant clashes with his father have left him struggling for authority over the team and even his own future. So when sports reporter Willow Bourne, a one-night-stand from a year ago, walks back into his life, he knows he can’t give into his feelings for her—no matter how strong they are.

Willow never expected to see Paul again, and she’s got her reasons for keeping her distance. Except the more time she spends around Paul, the harder it is to hide her secrets—or stop herself from falling head over heels.

As the sparks between them fly, Paul discovers what Willow has been concealing from him, leaving him with a difficult choice—keep the team his top priority or make his own legacy by following his heart…

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A Conversation with R.J. Prescott, Author of THE HURRICANE (with a Giveaway!)

Grab a mug of tea and sit down for a chat with R.J!

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today!
Thank you so much for having me!

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I am completely addicted to tea. I always make a hot cup of tea before I even think of writing a word.
  2. Every single word that I’ve ever written has all been by hand. I write in black ink in black journals and then type up what I’ve written when I get to the end of the chapter. My boys often wanted to scribble in the notebooks or for me to draw around their feet and hands. So those journals are now full of memories of my boys growing up.
  3. I absolutely love tattoos but don’t have any myself.
  4. I’m a sucker for a ‘happy ever after’. I usually won’t read a book or watch a movie unless I know it has a ‘happy ever after’ or at least a ‘happy for now.’
  5. I’ve never had a day so bad that a hug from my kids, a bar of chocolate and a cup of tea didn’t make better.

I love #2! That’s just so awesome. I agree, #4 is crucial 🙂

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉

O’Connell is big, ripped, tattooed and hot. He’s a young Irish boxer boxer with a LOT of potential, but a bad start in life has made him aimless and self-destructive. Em is the purest, gentlest, kindest person that he’s ever met. She unwittingly becomes his moral compass and ultimately his reason for wanting to become a better person, for fighting for a better life for himself. But Em is battling her own insecurities. The victim of an abusive stepfather, she is both drawn to and intimidated by O’Connell. She falls in love with him, but can’t believe that opening up her life to him won’t invite the darkness from her past to hurt him in some way. It takes O’Connell’s strength and relentlessness to convince her that together, there isn’t anything they can’t fight. As for being on a desert isle O’Connell would only ever say that he needed Em. Em would probably roll her eyes at him, then crawl into his lap and kiss him senseless for being so romantic without ever giving you an answer!

Awwwww 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

So many different parts of the books were inspired by so many different people and experiences. I grew up with three brothers, all of similar ages and became used to their banter with one another. My husband Lee kick boxed at a boxing gym for years, so I spent a lot of time around boxers. Many of my friends in Bristol are Irish and some of my memories from my time with them at university, inspired different scenes. O’Connell though, was created as the type of Alpha male that I love to read about.

They do say, write what you want to read…

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing now for about 7 years. I started one Christmas when my son was sick. He was sleeping restlessly and I knew I couldn’t go to bed until he’d settled down and I’d run out of books to read (these were in days before I had a kindle) or iPhone. My aunty had given me this blank journal and I thought I’d have a go at writing. From then on I continued, chapter by chapter, and eventually I ended up with a book. As much fun as it was, it wasn’t ready to be published. When I started writing The Hurricane I mentioned to my close friend that I was writing again. She asked me if she could read a few chapters and then hounded me relentlessly for more until I’d finished. Without her encouragement, I’m not sure it would ever have been written.

That’s a true friend right there!

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

Whatever I write, I see the story first like a film in my head and I just try and capture on paper what I can see. I love that writing gives me the freedom to direct that movie and to create the sort of Alpha male that I love reading about. The most challenging part is trying to find the time to write. Between having a family and a full time career, I am literally writing whenever I have a few free minutes but it’s definitely been worth it. Writing has given me such a great opportunity to meet some wonderful new people from all over the world.

I definitely agree with your “challenging part”!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

At the moment I’m working on the sequel to The Hurricane called The Aftermath which is set a few months after the first book. Just as O’Connell is finally starting to get the success he deserves, Frank goes on trial for rape, but nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems. It’s written entirely from O’Connell’s point of view and will feature more from Danny, Kieran, Tommy and the rest of the gang.

Sounds great!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

Where do I start? Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful series, Katy Evans’ Real series, The Boy Who Sneaks through my Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley, The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost, the Obsidian series by Jennifer Armentrout… I could keep going for hours. There are so many amazing books out there are the moment that it’s hard not to be inspired.

Very true! You have some excellent choices there!

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I’ve just finished Poles Apart by Kirsty Moseley and I absolutely loved it. I honestly don’t think that she has created a book boyfriend that I haven’t fallen in love with.

Now THAT’S inspiring! 😉

 

If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Irish, tattooed, ripped, possessive, protective and loving. Who could possibly resist Cormac ‘The Hurricane’ O’Connell?

Not me! (Great job, BTW)

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I was born in Cardiff, South Wales although I left to study law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation I fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later I convinced my crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff with me where we live with our two equally crazy sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of my week. The Hurricane is my debut New Adult Novel.
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Publication date: February 16th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person.
They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! RUNNING INTERFERENCE by Elly Arden (Cleveland Clash #1)

 Love sports romance? Here’s a brand new series!

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Synopsis:

In an exciting new series from Elley Arden, it’s sports romance with a twist, when an independent, tough-talking female football player joins forces with her high-profile, hotter-than-hell friend to save her father’s boxing gym.

Even when she’s playing offense, defense is the name of the game for Cleveland Clash offensive linewoman Tanya Martin. After watching her family and friends struggle with relationships and the strings they leave behind, she has one unflappable goal: “Protect this house. Protect this heart.” The motto takes on new meaning when her father’s beloved gym is threatened with foreclosure and help appears in the form of her high school friend Cam Simmons, who rolls into town after a Super Bowl win and a five-year absence, looking like the one man who could test her resolve.

More comfortable in the spotlight than in the gritty surroundings of his hometown, Cam Simmons dreads the off-season visit that comes with the ulterior motive of convincing his mother to move. But things change when he reconnects with Tanya. The more time he spends with the sexy, sarcastic woman, who is as determined as ever to stay single, the more he can’t resist the challenge. Until, becoming friends with benefits has her running away, and a bachelor auction to save the gym has him in the sites of a woman who could ruin everything.

 

Review:

I love the idea of a book series set around a women’s football team–awesome!–and think the cover for this one is fantastic. The basic plot contains one of my favorite troupes–friends to lovers. All good things!

I liked Cam’s character a lot–he tried to do the right thing for his family, especially his mom, and even though he initially had major misgivings about the hometown he’d left without a backward glance he stepped up in the end and really did some good. He was more than a little dense at times–not realizing why his former bestie might hold some resentment after she was dropped like a hot potato, for instance, or that their “no strings” agreement to be each other’s first might actually have some implications–but overall he was a nice guy and a decent hero.

Tanya’s heart was definitely in the right place, wanting to save her father’s gym and keep her family together, but she was far too willing to exploit her former best friend to do so. Sure, the business is a part of her legacy, and yeah, the guy had acted insensitively, but that didn’t quite justify her actions here.

They say that all’s well that ends well, though, and the way the hero and heroine finally get together in the end is very cute. All the major problems are nicely wrapped up. Altogether it was a decent read–though it didn’t quite work for me, I’m interested to see how the rest of the series shapes up.

Rating: 3 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

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Female professional football player Tanya Martin enlists the help of childhood friend and Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons to help save her father’s financially strapped boxing gym and in the process loses her carefully guarded heart.

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