The Team Player Anthology is LIVE!

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Buy it here: Team Player

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Team Player:
Adriana Locke (Cross)
Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale)
Ella Fox (Out of Formation)
Emma Scott (One Good Man)
Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series)
Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press)
L.J. Shen (The End Zone)
Mandi Beck (Sin Bin)
Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game)
Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love)
Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)

When I got a chance to get my hands on this book, I was so excited because some of my absolute favorite authors are in this series.

One of my favorites was Cross by Adriana Locke. If you’re a fan of Adriana, you might remember a fleeting appearance of Cross in her book, Crank. But even if you haven’t, that’s okay. This story is a standalone from her other series. I already love Adriana, but this book just made me love her more.

Watching Kallie and Cross fall in love for a second time was awesome. Kallie and Cross once were a thing, but sometimes, the timing isn’t right. Personally, seeing this second-chance love story go at things from a different angle was great. I say this because a lot of second-chance stories are more about getting the chance to find a great love one more time with someone new. Here, our couple was in love before but the timing wasn’t right. Both of them needed to grow, to mature, so when they got the chance to come back together, their previous love was heightened.

This should be somewhat secondary to the love story but for me, one of my favorite parts was seeing the small town of Linton, Illinois just come to life. In the very beginning of “Cross”, we see Kallie recalling different memories from the town. The author captures that small-town life, but also the nostalgia that accompanies coming home perfectly.

I really appreciated that there was no instalove in this story, and that several other authors approached the anthology in ways that made sense for an accelerated love story. Nothing wrong with instalove, but a whole anthology of it would have been a little too much, in my opinion.

If you love sports romance, you need to one-click this series.

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Love In Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

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I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.

The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.

Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.

Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.

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I’ve often felt that the mark of a good writer is someone who can make you love something you hate. For example, I don’t enjoy horror but yet I love Stephen King’s work. The same can be said with this latest release from Alessandra Torre. She took many aspects that I normally dismiss and made me LOVE it.

This story actually spans years. You would never realize it though; its so very subtle. Yes, the characters physically tell us the time has passed, but the author just wove this together seamlessly. I normally don’t like books that do this but in this book, it was perfection and it worked. It also made sense. We need that time to pass for our characters.

Kate and Trey are attracted to each other the first day they meet. But Kate initially has a soon-to-be husband. Trey has some more interesting sexual appetites that Kate isn’t aware of. Things just never really fall into place for them; even though everyone can see the chemistry they have.

Another facet I loved was that we see Kate and Trey be successful elsewhere; not just as a couple. As the story goes on, we get to watch their hard work pay off professionally. This just tightens their bond. Trey brings out the more relaxed side of Kate, and Kate brings out a more tender side in Trey.

Kate’s character is really fantastic. She is one confident woman. Now, she may not always feel confident, but when she is at work, Kate knows what she is doing. There is a scene in the book where Kate makes a big change at Marks Lingerie, and Trey confronts her about it. Instead of being meek and scared of her boss, Kate immediately defends her actions and has the reasoning to back it up. It was so refreshing to see that!

I actually finished this book while on a plane and I’m sure the look on my face was priceless. I was so happy at the way this story wrapped up and I can say that I felt true elation for the characters.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I can truly say it has become one of my favorite books of all time. It was so fantastically thought out and I left this story feeling happiness, sadness because it was over, and all around satisfaction over such a great story.

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Lucky Chase by Milly Taiden

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Lucky Chase by Milly Taiden

Event planner for the rich and famous, Lucky Nuñez lives her dream job. But when it comes to love, she’s scraping the bottom of the barrel. She’s dying to have babies, but it seems that’s never going to happen. A chance encounter leads her into the arms of Jared Thomas. He’s a bad boy to the bone. Sexy, seductive, and so domineering, he makes her toes curl. And he’s got dirty talk down to an art form.

Jared Thomas is a ladies’ man, but when he meets sexy Lucky, he knows she’s worthy of more than just play time. Never has he wanted to keep a woman like he does her. He will make her his wife and mother of his children. There’s only one problem: his past is trying to kill his future.

They have more than communication problems playing havoc with their relationship. With trust issues the size of Texas, these two need to open up to each other. That’s if they can stay alive long enough to try.

NOTE TO READERS: This book was previously published as Lucky Break under a small press. It has since been re-edited and 15k words added to enhance the story.

So I am sort of freaking out here, everyone. I absolutely LOVE Milly Taiden and have for awhile. I’ve read most of her work, but since my blog has come out, I haven’t had a chance to review any of her books for my blog. But that changes now! EEK!

If you’re familiar with Milly Taiden, you know she has dirty talk down pat. I can say that in some books, that dirtiness can sometimes be off putting, but somehow, Milly Taiden can make some crazy stuff sound so erotic and sexy. Our hero in this story, Jared Thomas, is no different. He is this very sexy alpha male, and he meets Luciana aka Lucky, over a game of cards. I actually loved how the author incorporated the act of playing cards in. There was so much sexual tension and innuendo in talking about the game, the betting. It was a fantastic and very natural dynamic for the characters to interact in.

Lucky’s been burned in her past relationships and while she is extremely attracted to Jared, she isn’t entirely sure of him. Jared also has past issues with an ex that come back to haunt him and Lucky. It was an interesting twist to the story and while I liked it, there was a part of me that felt it wasn’t entirely necessary. The one thing I will say is that Milly Taiden books usually have some conflict but I love that the conflict doesn’t overtake the story. This book is no different.

I discovered Milly Taiden quite awhile ago now, but ironically it was while I was trying out Kindle Unlimited (which I no longer use). But this book IS on KU, as are other titles from Milly Taiden, so if you’ve been wanting to check out her books, this is a fantastic way to get your hands on them!

Regardless, I would recommend this book. Milly Taiden is one of my all-time favorites. She is one of the few authors where I can one-click and not even know what I’m reading about and know I will love it.

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Monday by E.L. Todd

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Monday by E.L. Todd

I don’t believe in destiny.

In fate.

Or in soul mates.

But I believe in Hawke.

My life has never been whole since my parents left forever. I have my brother, someone I can barely tolerate most of the time, and I have my best friend, Marie.

And I have myself.

But when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something.

But he doesn’t.

He keeps me at arm’s length and pretends there’s nothing between us when there clearly is. I’m not the kind of girl to wait around for any guy, so I don’t.

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the back of my mind.

Our paths cross again in a way neither one of us expect and it changes everything. Was it destiny that made it happen? Was it fate?

Or was it something else?

You guys know by now that I really don’t hold back in my reviews. I always try to keep any criticism constructive and I never want to tear someone apart. So I agreed to read this book and I was just not feeling it. I don’t mean the book itself. I was just feeling lazy and tired and all kinds of blah. But I made a commitment and I will honor that. And I am so happy I did.

Just to be up front, Hawke is friends with Axel, who is Frankie’s brother. So I never like those stories. Like, they just never make sense to me. I hate the whole “hide the relationship from the older brother” thing.  This book is also the first in a series and I don’t always loves series. Basically my point in here is there is so much about this book that I should have really hated. And yet…I loved it.

E.L.Todd managed to make me love a book that had several themes in it that I normally avoid. That is NOT an easy feat. But she did it. One aspect I truly admired how was how she handled the entire situation of Axel and Hawke being friends and Axel not wanting Hawke to date Frankie. Mild spoiler here: Hawke just has a man to man conversation with Axel about it. I cannot put into words how much I loved that. In other books with that “forbidden relationship” theme, I always wish the characters would just grow up and address the real issue and they never do and it becomes a mess. So the fact that Hawke stepped up to the plate for Frankie was just extremely admirable to me.

Another facet that I was swept up in was that both Frankie and Hawke have issues. They talk about them but yet, they don’t. Some readers might find that frustrating but I felt it made sense for Frankie and Hawke. They truly have that soul mate connection and its one of those things where words aren’t always needed to convey what the soul is feeling.

This story does cover aspects of abuse and death. Its not the main theme of the story but I had a deep respect for how the author showed how family deaths and domestic abuse in the family has long lasting effects on someone. I think some stories cover those events as they happen but its more rare to see the long lasting effects on the characters. So I appreciated that we see Frankie and Hawke both working through their issues.

This book is the first in a series, but I would not say this book ends in a cliffhanger at all. This is definitely not the end of Frankie and Hawke’s story, and I am ready to dive into the next chapter of their story.