Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison

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Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison

The third installment in the best-selling Something Series

Max Horton

They call me an outcast like it’s a bad thing.

An asshole byproduct of a shitty upbringing. I don’t care about anything except myself and my little sister.

I will always protect what’s mine.

With one year left on my hockey contract I’m keeping my head down and my eyes on the goal.

A collision, with her, changes my entire existence.

Allison Grant

Never fall in love with a sports star. That’s what my stepfather always said. He told me athletes are complicated and moody—that the higher their paycheck, the lower their morals.

As public relations for the New York Stingers I know exactly what he means, but I can’t seem to say no to a friendship with one beautiful, damaged man.

What started out as hate turned into something else.

We tried to stay away, to keep our distance, but the pull was too strong.

Something forbidden turned into something so irresistible.

I’ve read the first two books in this series, and really enjoyed them. But Max’s story is one I was dying to read. Even when I finished Matthew’s book, “Something So Perfect”, I knew I wanted to read about Max. These books are interconnected standalones, so you can read them by themselves if you’d like.

The synopsis summarizes the book great. I want to talk about why I loved this story.

Some tropes I am just a little burnt out on are friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, and forbidden love. I do enjoy these concepts from time to time but for the most part, they aren’t my thing. Then I get Natasha Madison who takes tropes I normally shy away from, she tosses them around and completely makes them new, and I end up loving it. This is exactly why I love reading her books.

Another aspect I loved is that Max Horton is already a bad boy. He’s doesn’t become a good guy because of Allison. He’s somewhat misunderstood but he’s evolving as a person and figuring out what is important to him in life. I loved this because I’m someone who firmly believes people only change when they are ready to. So seeing a male character getting himself together before the girl enters into the picture was appealing.

The love between Allison and Max is a slow burn. For their love story, they needed that simmering tension and friendship to get to the lovers standpoint. I can honestly say this story was really rewarding because when Allison and Max start to really fall for each other, you find yourself rooting for them. I wanted them to win as a couple because I was able to be really invested in each character.

If you enjoy sports romance, enemies to lovers, and a secret love, then you’ll love this book. Even if you don’t enjoy some of these tropes, I think you’d love this book. Allison and Max have such a strong connection to each other and this book was easily one of the best actual love stories I’ve read.

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Tropical Ice by Kat Mizera

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Tropical Ice by Kat Mizera

Garrett “Hawk” Hawkins may be a bad boy in the rink but he doesn’t know what to do when he’s wrongly accused of on-ice misconduct. Given a five-game suspension by the NHL, he heads down to Mimosa Key to lay on the beach for a few days and get his head on straight—until he runs into a troubled beauty who happens to be the sister of his ex-teammate.

Madison Teller is struggling to get past the trauma of her brother’s brutal attack, but her much-needed vacation is turning into a nightmare. The sexy tattooed stranger who saves the day is just the distraction she’s looking for, but she isn’t prepared for the way he makes her feel.

When his present collides with her past, they’ll have to learn to trust each other before both their hearts end up on ice.

I must confess that Kat Mizera is a new author to me. I recently bought one of her box sets and I know that I’ll be devouring it quickly, based on how much I enjoyed this novella.

I swear that novellas are the drug of the book world. You can just stay reading them, never stopping. Then you add in the fun that is Kindle Worlds and it only gets better.

Tropical Ice is sweet, sexy, and it helped remind me why I love the romance genre. Madison and Garrett first meet when both end up at a super crummy dive hotel. It’s in a seriously bad neighborhood and Madison is having one nightmare after another happen to her. Garrett steps in and their friendship is born.

One thing I really enjoyed with this love story is that Madison and Garrett do have things in common, in particular their love of sports and the need to push themselves. Both characters are competitive and are truly athletic. It was fun watching Madison swim circles around Garrett. I think I loved this so much because I feel like we rarely see the woman outperform the man. Yes, Garrett was better at other things, but to see Madison be able to push him to work harder was enjoyable.

If you enjoy fast love, sports romance, and everything that happens in between, you will enjoy this book. Madison and Garrett have a whirlwind romance that is sexy, endearing, and enjoyable to experience.

Something So Perfect by Natasha Madison

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Matthew

Drafted first round pick when I was seventeen, playing first line at eighteen, branded NHL’s bad boy at nineteen. At twenty-three I was cut from the team and living back home with my parents. A knock on the door brought an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. All I had to do was prove I learned from my mistakes, so no way would I fall for a chick with a pouty mouth even if I wanted to spend all day devouring it.

Karrie

When my father gave me a job, I had no idea it would be to babysit some washed up NHL player. He wanted me to be his chaperone, his overpaid babysitter. I thought it was a joke. Then I met him, Matthew Grant. I wasn’t prepared for this particular bad boy. He’s not only hot but he’s arrogant and kinda sweet in a ‘you make me crazy’ kind of way.
Basically now that he’s finished screwing up his life, he’s decided to turn mine upside down.


She’s the first thing I’ve ever wanted more than hockey.

He’s the guy I know I should stay away from.

But what if this thing that started out so wrong turns into something so perfect?

So I read “Something So Right” when it came out. This book is really fun because now we see Matthew, who is Parker’s son, all grown up and playing hockey himself. The thing I really enjoyed was that if you haven’t read “Something So Right”, you never feel like you’re lost. Some books get more and more interconnected as they go along. While you can still understand everything, it starts to get so complex with so many characters around. This book doesn’t have that and I appreciated it.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is Matthew’s character. I enjoyed seeing the hero being the one really pursuing the heroine. Karrie is obviously attracted to Matthew but she tries to deny her feelings toward him. Matthew just keeps barreling through that and is adamant on how he feels about her.

Another factor I enjoy was seeing Karrie with her friend, Vivienne. She shows up periodically through the book and their friendship was, and I feel cheesy saying this, but heartwarming. The women frequently speak in French, and the author ties in the translation and I loved that too.

Natasha Madison is an author that I really enjoy reading. Her books stay focused on the couple and their love. And she’s also got some of the dirtiest sex scenes. I swear I don’t know how she does it. But the scenes are hot and the love is strong. An absolute must read for anyone looking for romance.

Excerpt:

“Okay,” Robert starts, “we have your contract here. It’s a one-year contract for two point one million, as per your agent.” He smiles at me because I don’t have an agent. I have Cooper. “We also have the stipulation clause. I know last time you weren’t happy with some of them, but it’s the only way we can both win.” He opens the folder in front of him. “You will be living in a brownstone in Brooklyn.” The page flips over while he continues to read. “Your chaperone will live with you.” He looks up, waiting to see if I’ll say something, and I almost say fuck off. “It’s a three-story brownstone. You each have your own floor to do as you please.”

I nod at him. It isn’t as bad as I thought and maybe me and my roommate will be each other’s wing man. “Your chaperone will be at your side each time you go out. Especially, game day and traveling. Of course you will each have your own room when traveling, but it will be connecting.”

“I hope this guy is up for Netflix and working out.” I smile at them, my hand itchy to sign the papers before I call it all off.

Doug gets up, going to the phone on the table, pressing a couple of buttons. “Can you come to the conference room, please?” He hangs up right after.

“If you mess up even once, your contract is null and void,” Doug says, sitting down just as the door opens and I turn my head to stare at the person who just walked in.

“You?” I stand up, looking back at the other people at the table. The chick from the gym walks in, this time wearing black tight pants and a white button-down shirt, rolled up at the wrists. “Is this a joke?”

“I can assure you I had the same reaction when I was asked,” she says sternly. “I don’t want this any more than you do, but it is what it is.”

“She tried to pick me up yesterday.” I put my hands on my hips, telling the table.

“Are you insane?” she huffs out, her voice rising. “You and your anatomy landed on me.” She looks at Doug. “Right in my back.”

I roll my eyes at her.

“Karrie,” Doug says, looking at her.

“What?” She shrugs at him. “He couldn’t even contain himself, and he thinks I tried to pick him up.” She looks at me. “You wish.”

I pfft out. “Please, one word and you would have come home with me.” I look at the men in front of me. “You guys can’t be serious.” I then look back at Karrie. “Besides, how old is she? Twelve?”

“Pervert. I would have pulled the fire alarm and kicked you in the nuts.” She crosses her arms over her chest, making her tits strain against the buttons. “Either way you would have ended up in the same place. Alone. With bruised nuts.”

Robert slaps the table. “That’s enough, you two.” He looks at both of us. “Now, you two have a lot of catching up to do. I will forward you both the travel schedule.” He stands up, grabbing the papers, and slapping me on the shoulder. “Good to have you.”

Coach Dan gets up also, smirking at me while I stand here speechless that they allow a girl to chaperone me. Not just any girl, the hottest fucking girl I’ve ever set eyes on. I had to take care of myself three times since I stumbled on her.

“You two try not to kill each other.” Dan looks at Karrie. “Be good, sweetheart.” And he kisses her cheek.

“Really?” I throw my hands in the air. “Does no one think this is a ridiculous idea?” I look around the room and the only one left is Doug, who gets up.

“I think it’s the best thing to ever happen to you.” He walks over to squeeze my shoulder. “But if you make my little girl cry”—he leans in, whispering—“they won’t find your body.”

My mouth opens and closes, and then opens again, not a sound coming out.

 

*About the Author*

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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Something So Right by Natasha Madison

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Something So Right by Natasha Madison

The moment everything changed didn’t happen in that cliché rockets-red-glare kind of way, it happened in the form of a waking nightmare. I caught my husband, my high-school sweetheart, the father of my children, balls deep in a sordid affair.
That was when I gave up on men and love.
I didn’t count on the NHL’s golden boy, the beautiful, arrogant Cooper Stone turning my life and my hockey rink upside down.

My kids are why I wake up in the morning.

Hockey is what Cooper breathes for.

We’re from different worlds and places in our lives but when our hearts collided something so wrong and different turned into something so right.

Okay, Parker is officially my hero. Parker is the heroine in our story and she is just amazing. I’d use lots of expletives but you get my point. Parker is a newly-ish divorced mother of two children, who she loves more than anything. She also happens to be Cooper Stone’s rehab coach. Their first meeting is absolutely hilarious. I loved her confidence and how she just let Cooper have it. (Side note: he totally deserved it too)

Watching Parker and Cooper fall in love was really sweet. In the story, we learn that Parker is 34 turning 35 and Cooper is 30. I appreciated the characters actually being in their 30’s,  and having some more life experience underneath them. It made them more endearing to me. It was nice to have characters be more self-assured and when they shared their vulnerabilities, it just felt like it was coming from a real, and also raw, place. Which is how it should feel, in my opinion.

Another facet of Parker that I valued is that she was very upfront with her kids, in particular her son, Matthew, about her relationship with Cooper. She was obviously nervous initially, but it made sense. We also get to see Cooper stepping up to the plate several times, trying to help not only Parker, but the kids, make new memories in place of the bad ones.

Moving right along…this book is beyond steamy. Like, WOAH! Cooper blew my socks right off (sorry, figure of speech, its hot as hell and I’m barefoot, but you get me here). I will say that for me, I don’t enjoy as many of the steamy scenes as this book had. However, that is only my personal feeling and I know that the average reader will have no issue with this, and will love it. The scenes were super sexy and just…whew! But in all honesty, I’m in just a little bit of a book phase where the steaminess isn’t as appealing to me right now as it normally is. Initially when I read the book, I felt like the sex scenes were too many but as I really read through the book and thought about the book when I finished, I felt like they did make sense.

Part of this story, in my opinion, is Parker coming back to life. Now yes, she was living and being successful but in terms of feeling true satisfaction and happiness, she didn’t have that. Cooper brought those aspects back to her life. I think its easy to get older and feel like you aren’t supposed to have mind-blowing sex, or that if you’ve fallen in love once and it didn’t work out, then that’s it for you. This book blows those pre-conceived ideas out of the water.

In closing, this book is a debut. I can tell you the more I read this book, I was shocked to know this was a debut because it was fantastically written. Cooper and the kids are great, but to me, this story is really about Parker. We see Parker experience so many emotions and experiences throughout this book, but she still remains the same character that we meet in the very beginning of the book. Natasha did a fantastic job and I would absolutely recommend this book.