Even Money by Alessandra Torre

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Buy it here: Even Money by Alessandra Torre

From an NYT Bestseller! Sex and suspense collide in this jaw-dropping story of a Vegas casino owner and the one woman who could destroy his perfect life…

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.
I was a cocktail waitress who could barely decide her coffee order.
He owned half of Vegas and had the reputation to match.

I should have run away from him. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
Someone died.

It didn’t stop me from falling in love.

*This is book 1 in a sexy new duet. The second book, Double Down, will release on June 18th*

I’m really into the book duets lately. I don’t know why, but I think I can handle it since I know the next book is coming out so soon. So when Alessandra Torre announced “Even Money”, I knew I could dive in without fear of the cliffhanger.

This book took me awhile to get into, to be honest. I liked the general concept, but there were times when it felt a little choppy to me. It wasn’t until later in the book that I realized that we see Bell in first person, and everyone else in third person. Once I realized that, things seemed to flow better.

This story does have some insta-love, but yet it didn’t feel that way. It felt deeper. I was impressed with that because this story moves fast and there is a decent age gap between Bell and Dario. So normally that trope (older, wealthy man with young college girl) tends to be a little cheesier (which is totally fine). But the author gave a lot of depth to both characters, which made everything much more believable.

For me, the back half of the book was more enjoyable. Things start to connect as you realize how the puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place.

The ending of this book…wow. I did not see it coming. The author really did it justice because the end comes up so fast and then it’s like, “what did I just read?”. It was shocking. That said, it’s making me crazy for the second book and I’m really happy that it will be releasing on June 18th.

If you like duets, or you’re already a fan of Alessandra Torre, you will definitely enjoy the first book in the All In Series.

 

 

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The Player by K. Bromberg

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The Player by K. Bromberg

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Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?

About the Cover:

Designer:  Helen Williams

Photographer:  Perrywinkle Photography

Model: Chase Williams (IG: @bubbas_82)

So let me start this off by saying this book is part of a duet. So while this story ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, it makes sense for the story and let me be honest; K. Bromberg knows what she is doing and I have absolute faith in her plans for Scout and Easton.

“I may not be Doc, but I sure as hell am a Dalton. It’s been a pleasure.”

So from that line, I fell in love with our girl, Scout. I swear this author writes some of my favorite heroines ever. Scout is no exception. Scout is the daughter of the infamous physical therapist, Doc Dalton. But when she meets Easton Wylder, he assumes she is part of prank being played on him. Not so much. Scout is tough as nails and she works hard. She knows what she is doing, and has a tough exterior that helps her keep everything together, both personally and professionally.

Easton Wylder is truly baseball royalty. His father is Cal Wylder, an equally famous member of baseball royalty. One thing I enjoyed about the chemistry between Scout and Easton is that both have fathers that are basically legends. But like many fathers do, sometimes their kind intentions aren’t always the best course of action. We see both Scout and Easton deal with this. I liked this part of the story because you know the parents are hard on their kids. They have expectations, but they do also love their children at the same time.

This story is one (like many) that I loved a lot and want to blabber on about forever, but that would ruin the story for you. So I want to focus on some of my favorite aspects of this story.

This story truly comes to life. Before I read romance, before I blogged, did social media, etc,  I read. I’ve always loved it. One of my favorite parts is when you get a really amazing author and they just transport you. K.Bromberg takes you to Austin, Texas with Scout and Easton. This story was one I could see in my mind. I felt like I could physically feel the warm air, the scents, the textures of the different environments the characters encounter. One scene that really stuck out to me is when Scout gets to see Easton’s home. And he has this amazing view of the baseball stadium.

Scout is feeling the hardwood floor, she’s seeing the dark house, and Easton’s outline. But then she sees this view. I think true lovers of baseball know that feeling. There is something so breathtaking about seeing your team’s stadium, empty and quiet. At one point, Scout refers to it as Easton’s church. I would not have thought of a better description for it. In that moment, I felt myself feel the awe and amazement, not only from seeing the scene in my mind, but also from knowing exactly how the characters would be feeling.

Something I really admired about this book was getting to see more of Scout’s desire for Easton. We know they are both attracted to each other. That’s really obvious. But so many times in books, I feel like the man smells the woman’s hair, he notices the silkiness of her skin. But I don’t feel like we see that as much from the woman’s perspective. One thing I enjoy is how Scout notices everything about Easton. She truly breathes him in. It was such a refreshing change to see her being the one to comment on these fine little traits about Easton.

If you love sports romance, then you need this duet in your life. The Player is an absolutely phenomenal book. I truly had to temper my review because I kept wanting to tell more and more because I fell head over heels into home base with Scout and Easton.

#Clear Mind nothing like I expected

About the Author:

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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Marry Me: A Wedding Romance Duet by Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase

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Marry Me: A Wedding Romance Duet

What could be more romantic than a wedding… unless you’re stuck in a fake relationship with a hot man you don’t like. Warm up after a long winter with two fun, romantic wedding romances available together for a limited time.

Hired Bride by Noelle Adams – For years, Deanna’s eccentric grandmother has been trying to marry her off to a rich man, and she’s finally managed to do it. Sexy, obnoxious Mitchell Graves needs a wife to finalize a business deal, and he thinks she’ll be easy enough to manage as a wife. He couldn’t be more wrong.

The Wedding Season by Samantha Chase – To get through the six weddings she has to attend this summer, Tricia plans to pretend her best friend, Sean, is her boyfriend. But then Sean sends his brother, Ryan, in his place. Now Tricia has to go to all these weddings with her best friend’s brother, who is stirring up feelings she never expected.

The first story is Hidden Bride from Noelle and I really enjoyed it. The story is set in Savannah, Georgia and while its set in modern times, we do see a lot of the history of Savannah culture and the old families in the area. Our hero and heroine meet by chance at a Savannah social event. Deanna’s grandmother is constantly trying to marry her off and Mitchell is only there for business purposes. Somehow, they end up with the story they’re engaged to be married. Mitchell wants the 6 month marriage for business purposes and Deanna is really only doing it to assist her family.

One of my favorite aspects of this story is that its really the hero, Mitchell Graves, who really undergoes the transformation. Deanna changes some, but for her, its more about letting go of the tension and responsibilities that she puts on herself. But Mitchell’s character really evolves as his relationship with Deanna continues.

The next book is from Samantha Chase and is called The Wedding Season. Our story starts with friends Trish and Sean agreeing to endure the wedding season together. Many of their friends are getting married and both are tired of people pitying them or trying to set them up. But Sean can’t make it home for the weddings and asks the next best person to step up to the plate, his brother, Ryan.

Ryan and Trish’s story is really sweet. I actually really enjoyed this story and it follows some of the more traditional aspects that I see Samantha Chase go towards but then she adds in these twists that kept the story new and different from her other works. I really respect that, as an author, she does this. The stories have the feeling I’ve come to know and love but still add new elements and new situations for our characters to experience.

I would definitely recommend both of these books. The stories are sweet, feel-good love stories.

Stranded: A Winter Romance Duet by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams

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Stranded by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams

What happens when two people who are supposed to hate each other are stranded together in a winter storm? Cool down after a hot summer with two fun, festive winter romances available together for a limited time.

Moonlight in Winter Park by Samantha Chase – When Hope barges into the mountain retreat of her brother’s boss, demanding that he not be forced to work through the holidays, she doesn’t except to be trapped alone with him in a snow storm. And she doesn’t expect them to give into the attraction that was there all along. But will the magic still be there when the storm is over?

One Night in the Ice Storm by Noelle Adams – When she returns to her hometown for the holidays, Rachel doesn’t expect to be stranded in an ice storm with only David Harris for company. Eight years ago, David took her virginity and then broke her heart, and she doesn’t plan to forgive him. She thinks she doesn’t care about him anymore, until one hot night…when the ice finally melts.

Okay, so my guilty pleasure (and its not even guilty because I am not ashamed at all, y’all), is Christmas in July. So when I was given a Christmas duet book in August, it was like a perfect storm. Like, believe me when I say I could have had a panic attack from my excitement.

So let’s start with Book 1: Moonlight in Winter Park

This book was so sweet and yet started out so sadly. We meet Hope and her brother, Ted. They are both dealing with the grief of their parents loss but while her brother is just working non-stop, Hope is hanging onto traditions and trying hard to help them live on. I really felt for her. She was just trying so hard. Hope harbors some resentment towards her brother and his boss, the elusive GB James, who is always demanding more hours and then asks Ted to work over Christmas. Hope is beyond angry.

In the meantime, Hope does meet a nice man named Beckett, but its only the early stages of a few dates. As Christmas approaches, Hope makes plans with friends until she gets a call for Ted about his fiance’. Of course, she can’t get a hold of Ted since he’s off with his boss but she manages to find them out in the mountains at a winter park resort. Ted sort of pulls a fast one on Hope when he realizes that Hope knows his boss. The elusive GB James is also Beckett.

It was so fun watching them fall in love. I mean, it truly was. Its so easy to read romance and not love every single love story and every couple, but seeing Hope and Beckett both change around each other was really heartwarming. There are aspects in the story where we see Hope somewhat understanding why Beckett operates the way he does, but we also see Beckett coming around to Hope’s side of things, where he should ease up a bit.

I don’t want to add more because it’ll spoil it for you, but its just fantastic. Trust me on this.

Book 2: One Night in the Ice Storm

This was my first experience reading Noelle Adams and I was definitely not disappointed. The story starts with Rachel coming into town to visit her mother but there is an ice storm in town and its intensifying. Rachel’s mother and brother are stranded in town, and a longtime family friend, David Harris, stops by to check on her. However, he also becomes stranded.

Rachel and David’s dynamic is sort of hilarious because he’s insistent on helping her and she’s hell bent on having no help at all. When we realize the backstory that David took Rachel’s virginity years ago and then left her high and dry, then we realize her hatred for him. Hatred that is still really love. And David’s feelings for Rachel have clearly never changed, not once in eight years.

Again, I don’t want to give away the ending because that would be spoiling a great ending for you.

I am eagerly hoping that Samantha and Noelle hook up again to do a book duet or possibly write something together because I definitely think their styles meld well and I loved both of these stories.