Oct 23

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely Release with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot and hilarious standalone romance about what happens when you have one week to convince your best friend’s little sister that you’re the one for her. What could possibly go wrong? It looks like things are about to get hard in the woods…Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story, HARD WOOD!

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✮✮✮ HARD WOOD is here! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch– good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with lives clear across the country. Neither of us wants to get lost in those woods. All I have to do is resist her for the week she’s in town.

I try. I swear I try. But yeah, that doesn’t work out.

And after one fantastic night with my good friend Mia, I’m ready to give her years of nights under the stars. What’s a few thousand miles when love’s involved? But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my adventure tour company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean business. Number one on my list of iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist? How hard can it be to keep our hands off each other for a quick group tour down the hills and over the trails? I’m about to find out, and I have a feeling I’m going to need a new badge of honor because things are about to get very hard in the woods. 

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EXCERPT

I let go of her hand and thread my fingers through her hair. “Get on me.”
 
Then I grab her hips and move her so she’s straddling my lap. She gasps, a sexy noise that turns into a moan as she sinks down on my hard-on.
 
I hiss because it feels so fucking good.
 
“I wanted to come over the other night. After dinner. After the elevator,” she blurts out.
 
“Yeah?”
 
She nods. “Dinner ran late, but I couldn’t stop thinking about you.”
 
“What were you thinking?”
 
“That we didn’t get to kiss, and I wanted to so badly.”
 
“I can fix that problem right now.”
 
I take her face in my hands and bring her to me. Then the world spirals away as I kiss Mia Summers for the very first time.
 
It’s extraordinary. Her lips brush against mine, and she wastes no time. She slides closer, rubbing on my dick as she presses her chest to me. It’s as if she’s climbing me, and God, how I want this. How I want her like this.
 
I thread my fingers through her hair, pulling her closer, kissing her deeper. Tasting her. Her mouth is soft and sweet, and she makes these little sounds—whimpers, sighs, gasps—that make me nearly lose my mind.
 
I’m kissing Mia. I’ve been crazy for her for so damn long, and she’s on my lap, rubbing against my erection, kissing me as if her every last breath depends on it. Her tongue tangles with mine, and in a hot second, the kiss become furious. Greedy. Like two people who are mad about each other. I curl my hands around her head, wanting to get as close as I can, but she bats them away.
 
I break contact for a moment and raise a questioning eyebrow.
 
“My turn.” She lifts her hands, cups my cheeks, and then she strokes my jaw. Reverently. Hungrily. And I know what she’s doing. She’s feeling my beard. She’s touching my stubbled jaw with eager fingers, as if she’s wanted to get her hands on me for as long as I’ve wanted to touch her.
 
I don’t stop her. I drop my hands to her hips, and I guide her along, moving her so she grinds against my cock, and she’s gasping and murmuring as she kisses me.
 
We consume each other. We are ravenous. My brain turns to static, firing pleasure signal after pleasure signal to every nerve in my body. I want to live in this moment for the rest of the night. I don’t ever want to forget how good it feels not only to kiss her, but to be kissed by her.
 
She rocks harder, goes faster, murmurs louder, then she separates and looks at me with desperate eyes. “You have no idea.”
 
I shake my head. “I do. I have every idea.”

 

 

 

Hard Wood is the kind of heart-racing, hope soaring, face-flushing love story that I love to read! It was sexy, romantic, funny and an absolute pleasure to read.” ~Red Cheeks Reads

“HARD WOOD was such an adorable love story! A hot guy and his famous cat looking for their happily ever after … Perfect #RomCom!”
~Bianca at BJ’s Book Blog

 

 

“I never fail to fall in love with Lauren Blakely’s stories. Hard Wood is a swoony romance that will warm your heart and possibly other body parts.”
~Peggy Lee, Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog

 

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The HARD WOOD Urban Adventure Pack ($380 value) is filled with:

       A stylish Michael Kors backpack for when a purse is not enough for your shopping adventture

       $50 Gift Card to The Body Shop to pamper yourself after a long day

       Your very own plush Zeus to snuggle with

       A Smores Making Kit for a backyard adventure

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In October, she’ll release HARD WOOD, the final standalone romantic comedy in the Big Rock series. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Oct 23

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely Review

5 SMOOCHES!

   

SYNOPSIS:

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with lives clear across the country. Neither of us wants to get lost in those woods. All I have to do is resist her for the week she’s in town.

I try. I swear I try. But yeah, that doesn’t work out.

And after one fantastic night with my good friend Mia, I’m ready to give her years of nights under the stars. What’s a few thousand miles when love’s involved? But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my adventure tour company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean business. Number one on my list of iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist? How hard can it be to keep our hands off each other for a quick group tour down the hills and over the trails? I’m about to find out, and I have a feeling I’m going to need a new badge of honor because things are about to get very hard in the woods.

REVIEW:

I’m a huge Lauren Blakely fan. A new book from her is an event for me, especially when it’s one of her brilliant male point-of-view romantic comedies. Hard Wood is the latest addition to her loosely connected series of standalones, all told from the male hero’s view point, are, quite simply, romcom magic. Blakely has delivered a peek into the male perspective through these sexy, sweet stories that has been consistently entertaining, completely unputdownable and wholly addictive.

Readers of this series have been teased with a Patrick Milligan and Mia Summers pairing for a few books now. This couple held so much promise, and I have been looking forward to their book since I got my first glimpse of them in Joy Ride. In Hard Wood, Ms. Blakely created a couple with tremendous chemistry and the kind of quick-witted, back-and-forth banter that kept me furiously tapping my Kindle screen to devour the words. A solid foundation of friendship may have been the basis of this relationship, but the combustible attraction pulsing between Patrick and Mia proved impossible to resist. They just fit so well together, but with an entire continent between them, proximity seemed to be an insurmountable an issue for Patrick, who was ready to go all in.

One of the things I love most about Lauren Blakely’s writing is the exceptional attention to detail she layers into her stories. It’s everywhere in her books, and these elements and facts add interest and individuality to her books and help to create these richly developed stories. Like the little things in to every couple’s relationship that makes them a unique and fun pairing. Liberal appearances from some of the other couples in this series rounded this story out from one that was great into something truly special. But it was the quietly observant, secret-keeping cat that loved hiking who totally stole the show.

Hard Wood is the kind of heart-racing, hope soaring, face-flushing love story that I love to read! It was sexy, romantic, funny and an absolute pleasure to read. Blakely has penned another winner in a series full of them. Five smooches from me!

 ~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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Oct 21

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen Review

4 Smooches

Synopsis

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

Review

I am a big fan of Sarina Bowen’s True North setting. I love the slowed down pace of life in these books mixed with heart warming sentiments and love stories that make you sigh. Bountiful was no different, capturing my attention from the start it was a good twist on the surprise baby plot we all have grown to love.

Zara and Dave’s story isn’t always the easiest but their journey, the ups and downs had me clenching my kindle eager to keep reading. I love a hot hockey player and Dave was all that and more. Mix that with Zara’s spunk and you have a story that was a perfect rainy day read for me.

These books are in my opinion some of Sarina’s best work. Sweet, sexy and intriguing you don’t want to miss out on this story.

~miranda

Oct 19

A Little Too Late by Staci Hart Excerpt Reveal

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A Little Too Late, an all-new romantic standalone from Staci Hart is coming October 24th!

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A Little Too Late by Staci Hart

Publishing Date:  October 24th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with the nanny.

When my wife left, she took the illusion of happiness with her, and I’ve been caught in a free fall ever since. For nine long months, I’ve been fighting to figure out how to be a single dad, how to be alone.

For nine long months, I’ve been failing.

When Hannah walked through the door, I took my first breath since I’d found myself on my own. She slipped into our lives effortlessly, showing me what I’ve been missing all these years. Because Hannah made me smile when I thought I’d packed the notion of happiness away with my wedding album.

She was only supposed to be the nanny, but she’s so much more.

The day my wife left should have been the worst day of my life, but it wasn’t. It was when Hannah walked away, taking my heart with her.

Excerpt:

Hannah

The first time I saw Charlie Parker, I didn’t see one thing at a time; I saw all of him. It was an assault on my senses, an overwhelming tide of awareness, and for a moment, the details came to me in flashes over what was probably only a few seconds but felt so much longer.

His hair was blond and gently mussed, his face long and nose elegant. I could smell him, clean and fresh with just a touch of spice I couldn’t place. I tipped my chin up—he was tall, taller than me, and I hovered just at six feet—and met his eyes, earthy and brown and so deep. So very deep.

And then he smiled.

He was handsome when he wasn’t smiling. He was stunning when he was.

I was so lost in that smile, I didn’t register the flying gob until it whapped against my sweater. Tiny splatters of something cold speckled my neck.

This was the moment the clock started again, and the sweet serenity slipped directly into chaos.

A blond little boy looked up at me from his father’s side with a devilish gleam in his dark eyes. The spoon in his hand was covered in blood-red jam and aimed at me like an empty catapult.

Several things happened at once. Charlie’s face morphed into embarrassed frustration as he reached for who I presumed to be his son. The boy—Sam, I guessed from the names I’d been given by the agency—spun around lightning fast and took off down the hallway, giggling. Another child began to cry from somewhere back in the house, and a bowl clattered to the ground, followed by a hissed swear from what sounded like an older woman.

I glanced down at the sliding, sticky mess against my white sweater and started to laugh.

Charlie’s head swiveled back to me, his face first colored with confusion, then in horror as he looked at the Pollock painting on my sweater.

“Oh my God,” he breathed, his apologetic, wide eyes dragging down my body. “Jesus, I am so sorry.”

I was still laughing, almost a little hysterical. I couldn’t even tell you why.

I waved a hand at Charlie, and he took my elbow, guiding me into the house as I caught my breath. Another crash came from the kitchen, and a little girl came toddling out into the entry, leaving powdery footprints on the hardwood.

Charlie’s face screwed up. “Sam!” he called, stretching the word, a drawn-out promise of consequences.

A riot of giggling broke out in the kitchen.

We both snapped into motion. I followed him as he scooped up his crying daughter and stormed toward the kitchen. The little girl watched me over his shoulder with big brown eyes, her breath hitching in little shudders and her small finger hooked in her mouth.

Charlie stopped so abruptly, I almost ran into him.

When I looked around him and into the kitchen, my mouth opened. I covered it with my fingers as laughter bubbled up my throat.

A bag of flour sat in the middle of the floor, the white powder thrown in bursts against the surrounding surfaces and hanging in the air like smoke. The floor next to the bag was the only clean spot, shaped like a small bottom—the little girl’s, I supposed. A bowl lay upside down, its contents oozing from under the rim and slung in a ring from ceiling to cabinet to floor, as if it had completed a masterful flip on its way to its demise. And in the center of the madness stood an older woman with flour in her dark hair and dusted down the front of her. Clutched under her arm was a wriggling Sam, offending spoon still in hand.

Her face was kind but tight with exasperation. “Please tell me this is the new nanny,” she said flatly.

“I doubt we could convince her to stay at this point,” he said with equal flatness.

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Oct 18

The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn Cover Reveal

Check out this amazing cover for THE OTHER BROTHER by Meghan Quinn!
 
THE OTHER BROTHER
NA Romantic Comedy
Model: David Harris

I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It’s been three years since I’d seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?

 

 

About the Author:
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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Oct 18

Ruthless King by Meghan March Review Tour

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

*Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy*

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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Oct 18

Ruthless King by Meghan March Review

4 Smooches

Synopsis

New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

*Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy*

Review

Keira has had a hard time recently. The passing of her cheating and conniving husband, taking on her family’s business which is struggling and now the worse thing has hit her….not only was her dead husband cheating on her, he also borrowed money off one of the most dangerous and ruthless men, Lachlan Mount, and Lachlan has come to collect. Lachlan finds Keira a fascinating distraction and with her dead husband owing him money, he has decided to collect his debt but not in the way of money….instead he is collecting Keira as his form of re-payment. Will Keira be able to withstand being Lachlan’s property? Will Lachlan resist Keira’s fiery temper or will she turn into more than just a distraction? 

“Keira Kilgore needs another lesson in what it means to be owned by Lachlan Mount.”

This was a very hot, dirty and sinful read which is one of my favourite categories! Lachlan was a very interesting, mysterious and dirty character and I have to admit I definitely fell for him. Not only do we have the very intense sexual side of the story but we also have drama surrounding Kiera’s business and her dead husband. 

“Even his name sends bolts of heat through me, spawned from wrath unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I hate how he makes me feel. I hate that my body responds to him.”

There is no way around the fact that Lachlan is a very ruthless and scary man but there is also no denying that he is hot as hell and a very dirty and sexual man. I have to say I completely fell for his slightly depraved character. There is definitely more to him than his reputation but in this story we don’t really delve pass the reputation and rumours surrounding him so I’m hoping to learn more about him in the next book. Keira was the definition of a strong woman. Taking on a business in trouble, dealing with the death of her husband who was also cheating on her and now being ‘owned’ by Lachlan. Despite all this she remains defiant and brave in the face of a man who is rumoured to have made escorts ‘disappear.’ 

“How such a cruel man can be so brutally beautiful, I have no idea.”

The sex and chemistry between Keira and Lachlan was very hot, very dirty and very fun to read (one recommendation would be not to read this on the tube when people are looking over your shoulder!). There’s no denying the author hit the mark when it came to the erotica side of this story. It was more than just an erotica as well though, with drama and suspense and intrigue all playing a role within the plot. I was invested in finding out more about who Lachlan really was and just how awful Keira’s dead husband was. My only issue with this story would be that it is moving at quite a slow pace in the sense that we really didn’t learn much about Lachlan and the only really big thing to happen in book 1 comes at the very end- but it was a really big twist that I honestly didn’t see coming. Overall an intense read and I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series goes! 

~Bethany

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Oct 17

Most Of All You by Mia Sheridan Review

5 Smooches

Synopsis

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

Review

I LOVE all of Mia Sheridan’s books.  Her writing has a certain kind of special quality that automatically pulls at all of my heart strings.  Her stories are the same.  I went into this one thinking the premise sounded a little dark for my taste, but I should have known that Mia would not let down.  Oh how, Gabe and Crystal both won me over.  I’m tough on heroines and at first I was angry with Crystal and her choices, her lifestyle, and how she treated Gabe, but in time I learned to love her.  She was flawed and real and at her core so good.  And Gabriel.  He was swoony without being over the top alpha.  His kindness was sweet and sexy making for a deadly combination.  He had more patience and perseverance than i’ve read in any male character to date.

The writing was phenomenal through out this story.  This sweet couple stole my heart a little at a time as their story was revealed.  Mia Sheridan has delivered another unique story of overcoming the past and falling in love with the future.  I loved it!  Five Stars!

 

 

 

~amie

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Oct 17

Bottoms Up by Holly Renee Review

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4.5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

From the moment I met him, I knew he was trouble.

He was reckless, cocky, and everything I shouldn’t want.

I had a life all figured out, and Tucker Moore was not a part of the plan.

But somehow I slipped.

One moment I had it all under control.

The next I was spiraling around him, begging him for whatever he would give me.

But as quickly as I fell for him, it all crumbled around us.

Because everything I thought I knew was far from the truth.

There was only one way to fix what we had done.

So I turned my world Bottoms Up.

REVIEW:

This is the second book I’ve read by Holly Renee and the second time I’ve been impressed by her writing. She has a way of stringing her words together that just flows so eloquently and easily. This author has tremendous talent, and I’m already looking forward to more from her.

I really loved Tucker. Extremely protective of Kennedy, Tucker was also a dirty-talking, confident alpha wrapped up in a southern gentleman’s package making him one very swoon-worthy hero. This man was smitten with Kennedy right from the start and wasn’t shy about it. Kennedy was sassy and a bit nerdy, but she was working on confidence and self-esteem, things she struggled with as a result of years of what can only be described as verbal abuse from the awful people that were her family. She was a gifted photographer working hard to build her business despite pressure from her parents to pursue a degree and what they considered to be a real career.

Holly Renee surprised me with the depth of emotion she packed into this story. She managed to balance the angst and drama effectively, though, with quick wit and plenty of heat. But it was the love story here that was the star of the show, and this memorable couple was so sweet and sexy together. A fantastic cast of side characters rounded out this story into the richly developed, pleasure to read that it was. Bottoms Up by Holly Renee gets four and a half smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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Oct 17

Scored by Sloane Howell Review

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4.5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

He’s a player. But she’s about to score.

Opposites really do attract* as a sassy salesgirl turns a pro athlete’s life upside down in this supercharged standalone novel of seduction from the author of Bossed.

Kelsey: My mom would tell you I’m quite the catch, but since my last boyfriend, I haven’t been dating much. Maybe it’s my rocker style or my lack of filter that intimidates the boys. So I’m pleasantly surprised when Matt Stallworth waltzes into the indie record store where I work and gives as good he gets. Turns out Matt is a professional baseball player, which should mean he’s out of my league. But if he wants to hook up with me, he’s going to have to follow my rules.

Matt: After winning my MVP award, I learned that a guy can get used to having beautiful women practically throw themselves at you everywhere you turn. But everything changes the first time I see Kelsey Martin, and something just clicks. She’s hot, snarky, and whip-smart. I’ve got to see her again. Only problem is, she sees right through all my best moves. And I’m going to have to step up my game to convince Kelsey that I’m playing for keeps.

*And sexy times ensue—for mature audiences.

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

REVIEW:

This is my second time reading Sloane Howell’s work, and I am once again impressed. I read the predecessor to this book, Bossed, earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Mr. Howell’s writing captivated me in that book, and I’ve been looking forward to reading Scored since I finished Bossed. It was worth the wait.

Howell created likeable, relatable characters in professional baseball player, Matt Stallworth, and record store employee/rocker chick, Kelsey Martin, and I was rooting for them from the start. Sloane did a fantastic job pulling the reader into Matt’s head, and I was thoroughly amused by that insight into this character. I genuinely liked Matt. He was confident without being an overly cocky jock, and he was an all-around good guy who was down-to-earth, romantic and had it bad for Kelsey.

Kelsey was not into sports—or athletes, especially professional ones. She was into music, and her taste in men definitely reflected that. Having been burnt a few times in her past by bad-boy rockers, she didn’t trust easily. She was definitely attracted to Matt, but she struggled at first to see past his wealth, fame and good looks. Matt was very patient and seemed to know how to handle her, though. I loved Matt and Kelsey! They were so sweet together, their back-and-forth banter was witty and hilarious, and the chemistry between them positively sizzled.

I really enjoyed Scored! An incredibly sexy but still sweet romance, full of as much heart as there was humor came together through Howell’s excellent writing into a truly entertaining romantic comedy with a sports spin. Scored by Sloane Howell gets four-and-a-half smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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