Review: Bad Business by Nicole Edwards

Bad Business (Bad Boys of Sports, #2)

Bad Business by Nicole Edwards

5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! Wooo….*fans self* Be prepared for the steaminess that comes with this one, it also had an amazing story with it. Savannah is the daughter of the owner for the Dallas Wranglers’. Jason Stone is the star quarterback for the Wranglers’. Cue the fireworks and chemistry.

These two were drawn together like moths to a flame. They had such a strong connection to each other from the get go. I loved watching their relationship grow more and more with every page. They’re both truly awesome people and I’m so happy they found each other.

Jason Stone was such a refreshing character. He wasn’t this immature man who made bad decisions at every turn. This was a man who was focused and steady. He was this calm, collected guy who weighed everything out before acting on it. It was so nice to read about a male character like this because it hardly happens (at least in my experience). He definitely made the list of book boyfriends quite quickly. I love that he had this alpha, confident personality while still having a softer , approachable side. I’m a fan…what can I say?!

Savannah Andrews…..such a fierce woman!!! I loved her personality and how she worked her way to the position she had (executive vice president, as well as chief public relations officer) and didn’t use her father’s influence. She was another character who was focused and driven. I loved that both main characters had a career that they thrived in and still made time for a relationship.

I was sad when I came to the end of this book. I want MORE!!! I’m hoping this isn’t the last from these characters. I enjoyed reading their story and love finding a new author to love.

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Review: Crossing the Line by Kendall Ryan

Crossing the Line (Hot Jocks, #4)

Crossing the Line by Kendall Ryan

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Can I just say how much I’m loving this hockey series??? It’s so fun learning about each of the couples but also getting to see all the others and how they’re doing. I recently started watching hockey myself so it’s nice to get all the references.

In this story our main characters are Asher Reed and Bailey Erickson. Asher is a starting center for the Ice Hawks while Bailey has just finished medical school and is about to start working as an internist.

Asher was very swoon worthy. He gave off these chill, laid back vibes while also coming across as this nurturing, sensitive guy. Asher was not afraid to show emotions or talk about his feelings. Talk about the total package!! I loved his confidence!! He also comes from this big, beautiful family with millions of members to it that made me want to leap into the story and join them. Seeing Asher with his nieces and relatives was just utter perfection.

When it comes to Bailey….I had a few issues. Bailey works hard. No doubt about that. She has a lot on her plate and has goals set that she wants to achieve. She doesn’t need a man to complete her. She already is living her best life. So at times, she came off a little standoffish. She didn’t mind hooking up with Asher but when it was over, she was out. Bailey wasn’t looking for anything deep or long term. While I can understand that completely, it was just a bit hard to relate to her at times. On that note, it was fun seeing the man wanting something deeper and pushing for more than a hook up for a change. That doesn’t happen in most of the books I’ve read.

Overall, this was a cute story filled with lots of family time since the majority of it takes place at Asher’s family reunion/grandma’s birthday party. You’ll fall very quickly for the Reed family, trust me!! But never fear, there are plenty of steamy scenes to keep you satisfied as well!

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

4.5 Stars Rounded Up to a 5

Quotes:

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

Review:

This is my second time reading Throne of Glass. The first time I read this book I gave it a 3.75 star rating rounded up to 4 stars. This time it felt different. I really took my time while reading and tried to savor the story. It almost felt like reading it for the first time because it’s been so long.

I feel like I appreciated the story more so this time around. I really got into it and the characters. The first time around I was all about Dorian. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still my number one but I found myself leaning towards Chaol a lot which didn’t happen previously. I liked Chaol but I didn’t get the hype around him until now. Both guys were such great characters. They were so different but yet….the same. It’s hard to explain. They had their core values but different personalities I suppose is one way to describe it. They were both precious guys that I could see Celaena ending up with either one and having a great life.

I realized I didn’t tell you much about what the story is about. I just started talking about my guys and lost all track of a review’s purpose haha. This story follows 18 year old Celaena Sardothien, an assassin, as well as 19 year old Dorian Havilliard, the crown prince of Adarlan, and Chaol Westfall, the 22 year old captain of the Royal guard. The King of Adarlan is hosting a competition to find a champion to basically do all his dirty work. Dorian sponsors Celaena and she works with Chaol training throughout the competition. This trio is something else. You can almost visualize all the emotions and feelings these three have for one another. It makes for a very interesting story. Throw in some magic and some other awesome characters and you have yourself quite the story.

Celaena Sardothien may be an assassin but she is so much more than that. Deep down she’s just a girl who wants her freedom and has been through so much trauma in her life. I know Celaena gets a bad rep for coming off as arrogant but I feel that’s part of her armor that she wears as protection. I really enjoyed her character and seeing her grow throughout the story.

Overall, this re-read really opened my eyes to things I missed the first go around. I feel I enjoyed it immensely more the second time. I can’t wait to continue my re-read of this series and finally read the last two books for the first time. I’m very much looking forward to it.

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Review: Wild Ride by Chantal Fernando

Wild Ride (Wind Dragons MC, #4.5)

Wild Ride by Chantal Fernando

5 Stars

I’ve had a crush on Talon since he was first introduced to this series. I only wish he had a full book instead of just a novella. It went by WAY too quickly for my tastes haha. Seeing Talon and Tia finally giving in to their feelings for one another was the sweetest. I loved their relationship. Talon fit right into Tia’s world and vice versa. Sure their attraction caused some rifts with the Wind Dragons MC, but that’s to be expected with all the history going on. I will say Talon’s story, short as it was, lived up to the hype for me. I think he’s in the top three for my favorite guys in this series. *swoons*

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Review: Always Mine by Kennedy Fox

Always Mine (Liam & Madelyn, #1; Roommate Duet, #5)

Always Mine by Kennedy Fox

4 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

At last! I’ve waited for Liam’s book since we were first introduced to this group! He was my top favorite and had me swooning throughout this series. I finally got my hands on his story and he did not disappoint!

Liam Evans and Maddie Corrigan have serious chemistry. One might call them soulmates (that’d be me). The problem is, it’s never the right time for them. Something always gets in the way.

What I loved most about their relationship was the banter. These two went back and forth constantly. Whether it was flirting or trying to get under each other’s skin….you could feel their connection to one another.

Because of issues that I won’t discuss because spoilers….Liam ran hot and cold throughout the story. That made for a slow burn romance with a bit of teasing sprinkled in at times. I just wanted the stars to align and for these two to finally get their happily ever after.

I could not put this book down while I was reading it. Something would happen or I’d get a glimpse of some romance and I just could not put my kindle down. I’ve fallen in love with this author duo and cannot wait to continue on with Liam and Maddie’s love story as well as all their other books. Do yourself a favor and start this series ASAP.

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Review: Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

Lessons in Corruption (The Fallen Men, #1)

Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

4.75 rounded up to 5 Stars

Cressida has always been the good girl. She was sheltered growing up and eventually groomed to marry the best friend of her father, William Irons. Cressida always wanted to branch out and experience life but there was always someone putting her down for it. William was much like Cressida’s parents. He was old fashioned and very conservative/possessive. William eventually “allows” Cressida to become a teacher. Mainly because it would still allow her to be home in time to have supper on the table when he comes home from work. Well one day Cress sees this guy at the grocery store and basically falls for him right then and there. They spark up a romance after Cress leaves her husband. Unbeknownst to Cress, this new found love was actually one of her students.

King Garro was this swoon worthy character you couldn’t help but fall for. I will go ahead and say for the record that he was 18 and Cress was 26 during the story. Everyone was legal. With that out of the way, King’s father Zeus was part of a motorcycle club called The Fallen. Like most motorcycle clubs, trouble seems to follow them and that leads us on a very thrilling ride.

This story was so hard to put down. I loved reading it and would pick it up whenever I had a spare moment. The only reason this wasn’t a 5 star to start off with is because of Cress. That woman drove me nuts at times. Sure she’s very naive and sheltered but she was beyond wishy washy. She would say she wanted King and whatever that entailed but the moment things got rough, she was throwing in the towel. I also hated how when she got upset, she would throw King’s age in his face. I felt that was a low blow.

But other than that, I loved this book. I wish I could follow each MC member as they find their Queen (the MC’s nickname for Cressida). I am happy to have at least have two more books in this world. I’ll be starting those ASAP.

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Review: All the Way by Kendall Ryan

All the Way (Hot Jocks, #2)

All the Way by Kendall Ryan

5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Kendall Ryan writes swoon worthy men like none other. I just thought Justin was going to be my favorite in this series…..then here comes Owen, with his signature dimple, grinning at me. GAH I loved this book. Owen Parrish is the goalie for the Ice Hawks. Becca works for the team but is also really good friends with Owen and his sister Elise. Owen’s protectiveness for Becca made my heart flutter!! I love how he was always there for her and taking care of her.

Becca was almost victim to sexual assault when she was a freshman in college, luckily someone came along and stopped things before it could go further. She’s had trouble trusting men and letting herself get physical with someone ever since. Becca proposes that Owen be her wingman and ease her back into the dating world. Owen’s solution is that yes, he will help her but he wants to be the one she experiments with.

This agreement leads to some of the best moments I’ve read in a really long time. Owen’s dedication and patience in helping Becca was utter perfection. I also have to give MAJOR props to Becca. I cannot imagine what she’s been through but her strength and determination were beyond admirable. There was a quote in the book that really struck home for me. It said “Courage isn’t about not being afraid. It’s being afraid and doing it anyway.” I loved that sooo much!! Becca pushed through her fear because she was tired of it holding her back. I was rooting for her so much throughout the story.

Overall, I don’t have anything negative to say about this story. It melted my heart into a pile of goo. This book also fogged up my glasses quite a bit LOL!! The steamy times were FIRE. I highly recommend giving this story and this series a try. I’ve given both books in the series 5 stars!! I can’t wait to see what Kendall has in store for us next!

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Review: Team Player 2 Anthology

Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology

Team Player 2 Anthology

There are quite a few stories within this anthology. I plan to read through them and post my reviews as I finish. Look for more reviews coming soon!!


The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn

4 Stars

This is my first book by Meghan Quinn and I absolutely loved her writing style! She has a great way of making you visualize the story as you read along. This story goes alongside some of her other books called The Locker Room and The Dugout. I thought this was a series but Goodreads doesn’t show it as being one? Super strange. ANYWAY……We follow one of the baseball players named Holt Green. Holt is quite a handful!!! He’s cocky and confident yet can be obnoxious at times too lol!!! I loved all his innuendos!! He had an endless supply of them that always made me grin. His love interest Harmony Styles couldn’t help falling for them as well. Harmony isn’t a superstar athlete and her family doesn’t have tons of money like Holt’s does. Harmony has preconceived notions about athletes based on a past experience she had with a football player so she doesn’t give in to Holt’s charm easily. When these two meet, it’s FIREWORKS. They have this amazing banter and this push and pull that was very entertaining to read.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. It was just way too short for me though!!! I need more from this dynamic duo!! This novella also convinced me to go back and read the other two books that go alongside this story. I just can’t get enough of this group of baseball players.

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Review: Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

Switch Hitter (Jock Hard, #0.5)

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

5 Stars

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book involving twins. At least not adult ones. This was a super fun read!!! Amelia and Lucy are twin sisters who are identical except in personality. They have a few minor physical differences but most people can’t tell them apart. Lucy is the party girl and Amelia is more reserved. Well we find Lucy is a jam because she double booked two dates for the same night. Lucy begs her sister to stand in for her. There we meet Dante aka Dash.

Dash is the catcher for the school’s baseball team and on his way to the pros with how well he plays. He has an accent and when he spoke Spanish….*swoons*. Dash wasn’t really feeling Lucy but on their date, he started warming up to her. Unbeknownst to him, it was actually Amelia. I was rooting for Amelia and Dash from their very first get together. They were perfect for each other and I could feel their connection jumping out of the pages.

This was a really fun story and hard to put down. I only wish it was longer than a novella so I didn’t have to say goodbye to them so soon.

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Review: Truly Yours by Kennedy Fox

Truly Yours: Mason & Sophie, #2 (Roommate Duet, #4)

Truly Yours by Kennedy Fox

4 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

To start off, I’d like to give some trigger warnings for physical and mental abuse. But to be clear, it’s not the main characters abusing anyone. Suicide is also mentioned in this book. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up because not everyone is comfortable reading a book with these topics or at least not without a warning.

This book was such a wild ride!!! Each couple in this series is given two books and Truly Yours wrapped up the story arc for Mason and Sophie. It was such an epic conclusion for all that they’ve been through. I look forward to seeing them in Maddie and Liam’s books coming early next year.

Truly Yours wasn’t a light and fluffy read. It went into some deeper, emotional topics which added a special element to their love story. I love how committed they were to each other and would go to any lengths for their partner. This story was more of a thriller/suspense book in my eyes. Several times I had to put the book down because my heart was racing so fast lol!!! It was light on the romance at times but it focused on healing and grief which I really appreciated.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this series!! You’ll love this group of friends and sisters (the female leads are sisters). Just be sure and start with Baby Mine and work your way down the list.

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