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.

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Swing by Adriana Locke

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Screw him and his perfect stats.

Sinful smirk.

Delicious body.

Lincoln Landry probably even has game-winning stamina.

I’d like to screw her and her perfect ass.

Dangerous curves.

Sweet smile.

Danielle Ashley probably even has a game-changing personality.

There’s no denying the chemistry between them. It’s so fiery, it’s undeniable. They partake in it. Enjoy it.

They really enjoy it.

Attraction is not a problem. Nor is their banter, relationship status, or habits. That’s all fine. Perfect, actually.

The problem is as tangled up as their sheets.

A STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke.

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It’s a Swing and a GRAND SLAM!!!!

I’d say its common knowledge that I love Adriana Locke and her writing. But this book was a homerun, pun fully intended.

I finished this book and found myself beaming at Linc and Dani’s love story. It was perfection.

I’m going to list a few of my favorite aspects of this book, but just know that I really loved the whole book. My review would be pages and pages long if I listed everything I liked. The first thing I really enjoyed was that Linc and Dani are really on the same page. I think sometimes, we see the guy with this incredible lust and desire for the woman, but we don’t always see the woman reciprocate that as carnally. Dani has no problem voicing her physical desires for Linc. Its not taboo, or uncomfortable for her. When Linc admires Dani, it was really easy for me to see why he was so attracted to her.

Lincoln is a really phenomenal character. I loved seeing him in a more introspective light. He’s at this pivotal point in his life where things are changing, and he’s seeing things differently. I think a lot of people go through that and I enjoyed seeing his journey through that. The best part for me is that he was already there. Meeting Dani, and falling for her, didn’t push him to that point.

Another facet that I loved is the incorporation of characters from other books, and even series, being subtly tied in. We obviously get to see Barrett, Ali, and Huxley (and the rest of the Landry family), but we also see tiny glimpses of the Gentry extended family, and Stone Lockhart from “Stoned” by Mandi Beck, and Johnny Outlaw from the Hard To Resist series by S.L. Scott. The reason I love these tie-ins is because its so subtle. Its a great treat to the reader who has read these books and knows these characters. But if you hadn’t read those other books, you wouldn’t know any different.

I truly cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. When I finished, I was absolutely beaming because I was just so happy with the story. Adriana Locke gets better with each story she churns out.

I think the saying goes “never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” There are no strike outs in this book, only homeruns.

Even the Score by Beth Ehemann

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Even the Score by Beth Ehemann

Single dad Andy Shaw loves his job as a sports agent, with one exception: it doesn’t leave him much time for his kids. No parent likes being sidelined, so Andy decides to hire someone to share the workload. But when one of the hottest agents in the industry applies, Andy knows that this deal is definitely trouble.

Danicka Douglas works her butt off, but being an attractive woman in a testosterone-heavy industry isn’t exactly a cakewalk. She guards her professional reputation fiercely, which means no crushing on her gorgeous boss. But the more they ignore that sexy little spark, the more it sizzles…

Just when it looks like romance might be in the game plan, Dani is threatened by a stalker with dark intentions. To keep her safe, Andy must cross the line between professional and very personal…because this time, he’s playing for keeps.

I have to start this post off by saying how much I love Beth Ehemann. I’ve gotten to meet her three times now (at different signings; I’m not quite at the level of invited over to her house for cookies) and every single time, she is so kind and gracious. I still remember when I first met her and she actually knew who I was. This was well before I blogged and so basically, Beth Ehemann was my first official author heart attack.

A friend had recommended her Cranberry Inn series and I loved it. With that said, you could technically read “Even the Score” without reading Brody’s (Cranberry Inn) and Viper’s stories (Cement Heart and Wild Heart). However, you will probably enjoy Andy’s story more if you know about Brody and Viper first because technically, you’d get spoilers in Andy’s book. I wouldn’t call them deal breaker spoilers, by any stretch. But I do just want to put that mini PSA out there.

All that aside…I loved Andy’s story. I am so happy that Beth decided to give him his own book because I really think Andy’s character deserved it.

I have to start my review by saying that I am not a kid person. I just never have been. I don’t have kids, I really don’t know what to do with kids and under normal circumstances, books with kids don’t always appeal to me. Beth Ehemann is one of those authors that managed to get me to come around to the whole kids in books thing. Now, I’m not saying I don’t like the HEA where they end up having kids, but kids throughout the book has never been my thing. And after reading so many of Beth’s stories, I think its just that I needed the right author to do it the right way.

From the synopsis, we know that Andy and Dani meet and there is chemistry. But we have this stalker issue. Beth ties that in so effortlessly. I never felt like this book swayed into a thriller, but yet the issue is still present. And I never felt like it was all love story and the stalker aspect was treated in a passive way. She just fit it in so naturally.

I also loved how we see Dani, who isn’t a kid person, meet Logan and Becca, Andy’s kids. This, to me, was actually one of my favorite parts of the book. I know most might not see this being the pivotal moment, but I felt that Beth wrote it so well, and it was just natural.

I feel like I use the word “natural” a lot when it comes to Beth Ehemann, and I hate re-using words, but every piece of her work is done is such a natural way. I can believe it. I can see it in my mind. Its never hard for me to understand why a character does one thing vs another. A really great example of that, in Andy and Dani’s story, is that Dani is worried about professional repercussions. While that is a source of conflict for them, it makes perfect sense. Dani is a woman working in a male dominated industry. She is aware of herself and how others perceive her. Her concern is valid and makes sense.

However, I valued that as the story continues, Dani changes and her character evolves, but Andy is the same. He is still the hardworking, devoted father, who just also happens to be devoted to Dani too. I actually really loved seeing the heroine being the one who needed to open her heart more, instead of when we typically see the male character needing to be the one to wise up and get it together.

This book is releasing September 6th, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I seriously can’t or I’d basically be telling you the entire story and that’s no fun.