Grand Slam by Heidi McLaughlin

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Win the game. Lose your heart.

Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That’s supposed to be the “perk” of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don’t want just any woman; I want her.

She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can’t stop thinking about the one night we spent together- and her look of regret the morning after.

Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She’s every ballplayer’s dream woman. And I’d do anything to make things right with her.

I’m done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.

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THE BOYS OF SUMMER SERIES

THIRD BASE, #1

HOME RUN, #2

GRAND SLAM, #3

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This series has easily been one of my favorites. I am an avid baseball fan and to see my favorite sport transformed into the romance scene, while still maintaining its sports integrity has been so amazing to read.

With that said, I think the author saved the best for last because this story ripped my heart out. And it was so fitting. These books can be read as standalones, if you wanted to. But I will tell you that reading Ethan and Cooper’s stories first (Third Base & Home Run) will make Travis’ story so much sweeter for you.

In the other books, and even in the start of this story, we see Travis Kidd, player on many levels. Travis isn’t afraid to enjoy the “perks” that come with being an athlete. But then there is another side of Travis that readers have never met before. The serious, caring, attentive side. The side that wants more from his life than just random women in and out.

Saylor Blackwell would like to be immune to Travis Kidd. But she isn’t. I really loved Saylor’s character because she has been dealt some serious blows in life, but it never defines her. One of my favorite aspects of Saylor is that her problems are real. As I got to know Saylor, I felt like I could find many other women, or men, who’d been dealt the same hand and had to rise up over it. I appreciated that the author let Saylor shine, and didn’t try to make her into someone you just felt sorry for. I felt immense respect and admiration for her.

If you love this author, or sports romance, you will love this book. Its intense on a variety of levels, and the chemistry between Saylor and Travis was indescribable.

I can’t say how much I loved this book. Heidi McLaughlin knows baseball and romance, and combining the two has truly been a Grand Slam for her readers.

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Swear by Adriana Locke

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Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder.

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

 

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Ugh, you guys. This series is slaying me. Just when I think it can’t get better, it does. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t like second-chance romances. I don’t like friends to lovers. And then BAM! This book comes along and makes me like everything. This author!!

I truly can say I loved the love story in this book. I think one of the main reasons that this book worked for me, even with there being tropes that I don’t normally love, is because we really do get the love story. Ford and Ellie have a history; parts of which are great and parts that are not so great. They have to work through it. The author recognizes this, and even as Ellie and Ford are reconnecting, past resentments and feelings still linger. This is more from Ellie than Ford, but it makes sense. I think I appreciated the honesty of that. When you have a strong history with someone, you aren’t able to just let things go so easily.

Ford is probably one of my favorite characters. If you’ve read the other books in the Landry series, you’ve met Ford and we see glimpses of him and know that he’s seen a lot. Because of that, his personality is not as hesitant as that of his brothers. Ford is all in with Ellie. Again, I found myself enjoying this because with everything that Ford has experienced, this makes sense. Ford also has a unique relationship with his twin sisters, one which we don’t really experience in the other books. Now yes, some of this is a bit of foreshadowing since Sienna and Camilla get their own books later, but we get the depth of character from Ford in these interactions.

Adriana Locke is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her characters and writing always mange to pull at my soul, but never pull me so far down that I can’t get back up. If you love this author already, be prepared to keep on loving her. If you’re new to this author, its time to get on board.

Road to Ruin by Callie Hart & Jonny James

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Road to Ruin by Callie Hart and Jonny James

 

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Malicious Destruction of Property.
Two counts of breaking and entering.
Two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Four counts of assault.
Three counts of illegal gambling.
Three years served in Orleans Parish Prison.

Tommy ‘Havoc’ Kendrick’s rap sheet reads like a recipe for disaster: one part mayhem to three parts chaos. There’s no arguing the matter; he’s a bad guy, or at least he used to be. For the past five years, Tommy’s been on the straight and narrow, keeping his head down and staying out of trouble. He left the French Quarter behind, along with the New Orleans crime syndicates and underground fights that used to pay his bills. Trading in the high-octane thrill of earning money with his fists to work in an auto mechanic’s was hard, and yet somehow, despite everything, he’s made it work.

Until now.

Tommy hadn’t planned on seeing his brother again. When David Kendrick turns up on his doorstep with a bag full of money and four broken ribs, Tommy finds himself heading back to the place he swore he’d never return. Back to the fights. Back to the drinking, the drugs, and the women.

Back to a life he thought he’d left behind for good.

Nikita Moreau has lived in New Orleans all her life. She learned to drive there, lost her virginity there, bought her first house there, and she’s damned if she isn’t going to die there, too. As a prison psychologist at one of the country’s most dangerous facilities, she runs the risk of dying in the state of Louisiana on a daily basis, and yet she wouldn’t give it up for the world. There’s nothing more satisfying than helping those everyone else has given up on. Nothing more rewarding than fixing something everyone said was broken.

The day she meets Tommy Kendrick, however, she learns a painful lesson: sometimes a person is too broken to be fixed. Sometimes a person is beyond reach and cannot be saved. The tall, dark and handsome, tattoo-covered devil is danger personified. She knows this. She knows he’s bad news. So then why can’t she stop thinking about him? Why can’t she stay away from him?

And, most importantly, why won’t she save herself?”

So you guys know by now that I don’t really do dark romance. Just isn’t my thing on my daily reading basis. That said, Callie Hart is my jam and she sucks me into books that I had no idea I could ever love. This one is no different.

I want to start off with something right now. The beginning of this book is intense times ten. In all honesty, I almost stopped reading because it just actually scared me. But the whole book, while it maintains darkness, isn’t like the first few pages (I wanted to point that out for those who love trying to sample of the book and then might be like, WOAH!).

Nikita’s character is just so…cool, for a lack of a better word. The thing I loved about her is that she is the epitome of peeling back the layers of the onion. Some of the stuff she did, I just never expected. And I loved it. You think you’re starting to get her character sorted out in your head and then she does something out of left field. It makes sense, but its just unexpected.

Tommy’s character is rough. But I loved how we see a kind side to him too. He can be brutal. Savagely brutal. But inside, there is a compassion there. One that comes out several times around, and for, Nikita. One thing I really enjoyed in this story was the actual contrast with his character. It almost felt Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde to me. It was almost jarring but yet it endeared his character to me.

This book does end abruptly. I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger, because there is some finality to the scene, but this book is the first in a series. I’m really anxious to see the rest of this series. Callie Hart books always suck me in (I read her Blood and Roses series in an entire night). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves darker romance, or if you already love Callie Hart, then this mash up from her and Jonny James is one you don’t want to miss.

The Bohemian and The Businessman by Katy Regnery

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Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.

Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.

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I can honestly say I went into the book not sure what to expect. I mean, I knew what it was about but I wasn’t sure it would be for me. It has so many things I don’t necessarily love (arranged marriage, hidden baby, etc). But somehow, it actually really worked and it was incredibly enjoyable. I think the reason why is that while we see a variety of tropes in this storyline, no one aspect really overtakes the entire story.

Priscilla and Shane have a bit of history between them. Not much, but its enough to plant the seeds of attraction. Again, I think that worked in this story. Had either one of their characters been way into one or the other, I don’t think this would have worked as well. Shane is a straight-laced Wisconsin farm boy. (He easily reminded me of a variety of guys I went to school with in farm country in Wisconsin) But he’s smart and ambitious and wants to be promoted at Story Imports. The issue is Priscilla’s dad only wants this company to be turned over to a male family heir. And he has none. But if Shane could marry one of the Story sisters, that would change everything.

Thus, our arrangement is made.

I really enjoyed Shane and Priscilla. Even though they have a marriage of convenience, getting to watch them get to know each other, and slowly realize their true feelings was refreshing. Everything is backward but its moving forward.

Fans of Katy Regnery will love this story. Even if this author is new to you, this lovely lighthearted story will have you swooning as you root for this incredible couple.

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Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed. But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

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What I Need by J. Daniels

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From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer—a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…

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Let me start by saying we should all have a set of rules around CJ Tully. Mainly keeping our clothes on. Because this man will have you wanting to strip down from the first time you meet him.

When I finished this book the other night, I was ready to drive to the author’s house (which I don’t know where it is), and hug her because I loved this book so freaking much. *Insert fangirl screaming*

So I already love J. Daniels but this story made me love her even more. One of  my absolute favorite facets of this book is how CJ shows Riley how he feels. Yes, he tells her. But he also shows her. I don’t mean just with sexual aspects either. CJ and Riley immediately connect but she is truly trying to make things work with Richard, her boyfriend (whom she thought was an ex when she met CJ). Richard is a super jerk. I mean, ugh…what a loser. Everyone sees this and I think Riley saw it too, on some level. But CJ becomes a friend to Riley and he shows what a man caring for a woman should look like.

Another factor I loved about this story was how we really got see Riley and CJ fall in love. Based on the synopsis, we know they have an immediate connection. But feeling a spark for someone and falling in love with them are two different animals. So as their friendship grows, readers get to see why the initial spark was, and should have, been there.

I truly want to keep writing on and on and on about this story because I enjoyed it so much. My facial expressions as I read probably looked insane because I was elated, sad, horrified, ecstatic and a variety of other emotions as I read.

If you already have enjoyed the Alabama Summer Series, you will love this book! But even if you are new to J.Daniels and this series, you’ll be able to follow along just fine. Yes, you might enjoy this story more if you are familiar with the other couples but you don’t need to read those first. Seriously, take the time for this book. It was easily one of my favorite love stories ever.

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J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.

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Cheater by Rachel VanDyken

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Cheater by Rachel VanDyken

Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…

So I will be honest and say I really struggled with this book. I was so excited about it and then I just really had a hard time. There was actually a point where I wanted to DNF it,  but I stuck with it. And I’m happy I did.

From the synopsis, we know that Avery and Lucas knew each other well before Avery became Lucas’ intern. But things have changed since Lucas cheated on Avery’s sister. Lucas has embraced his supposed reputation of being a cheater, only he follows the adage that if they know about it, its not cheating.

The chemistry and banter between Avery and Lucas was awesome. Even when they bicker, you can easily see how they were such close friends before. I enjoyed the way the author made their friendship strong because it made it a lot easier to see their attraction to each other. Yes, both are good looking. But when we see them interact is where we see how they work as a couple. This was probably my favorite aspect of the story.

This book has a lot of funny moments in it. There is a scene, or several, with Lucas’ parents and I admit that I outwardly cringed. You’ll laugh but also die of second-hand humiliation on behalf of Lucas and Avery. Many times, I found myself laughing and also covering my eyes because envisioning the scene I was reading about was so mortifying.

I mentioned above that I struggled with this story. I wanted to explain that in depth because I think a lot of people assume it would be the cheating aspect, but its not. I think when we see the backstory of Lucas and Avery, and knowing how he was engaged to her sister, I kept feeling like this story wouldn’t end well. So in  my mind, I was dreading this family fall-out that I felt like had to be coming. I get involved with the characters when I read and I never want bad things to happen to them. This story literally brought pits of dread in my stomach because I was so worried about Avery and Lucas.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this author already or if you’re looking for a book that definitely takes romance and completely flips it on its head. The story is fast-paced, hilarious and incredibly sweet. Take a chance on a Cheater…you never know what you’ll find.