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Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

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I’m usually not a big fan of reality TV-shows, though I do admit a royalty dating show sounds entertaining. Definitely when the prince is Henry. Last year voted most likely to end up drunk on the front page of the tabloids, now heir to the throne of Wessco. Gone are the days of partying it up, and doing whatever he pleases.

Henry is lost in his new responsibilities. He is not trained to become king, and the new direction his life has taken needs some adjustment. I could understand where he was coming from. It was supposed to be his big brother, groomed from birth, to become king. Now Henry has to step up, and he doesn’t know if he can do that.

So he reverts to his old ways, entertaining people. And what better way to do that, than with a dating show. Him, and a bunch of gorgeous blue blood women, stuck in one house for six weeks. This is what dreams are made of, though he soon realises the reality is quite different.

Not to mention he doesn’t have any real interest in the candidates, but rather in Sarah, the sister of one of the candidates. She shuns the spotlights, and her quiet demeanour, and kind soul is refreshing for the prince. While filming he gets to know her better, and slowly realises maybe he does have with it takes to be a good king, and a good husband.

Royally Matched is a fun read, and I honestly expected more drama with the reality TV-show element. Henry is highly entertaining, and incredibly charming, making it impossible not to fall for him. I truly liked Sarah’s quiet strength, and dry humor. She keeps the prince on his toes. Their interactions were sweet, and adorable.

3.5 stars

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Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

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Anything You Can Do was a fun, and fast read. Daisy and Lucas grew up next door to each other, and from the moment they were born they were in competition.

What Lucas could do, Daisy believed she could do better, and visa versa. Over the years it became worse, and worse. Now both are back in their hometown vying for the same job. It’s the ultimate showdown.

While there were certainly parts where I enjoyed the rivalry between them. To me it was clear from page one that there was never any hate from Lucas towards Daisy. While Daisy’s life revolved around bettering Lucas, turning her bitter, and hateful.

I never quit understood why she held on to that anger for so long. It’s exhausting. Though I also feel Lucas could have come forward earlier about his true feelings. They could have made amends years ago.

Therefor now most of the story felt draining. While I love a good hate to love story, here I felt it difficult to be empathic with Daisy’s inner thoughts. Then the shift from rivals to lovers happened quite fast. While the feelings were probably there for a long time, a lot has happened between these two to make that switch so smooth.

As always R.S. Grey’s writing was excellent, I liked most of the characters, and the plot of Anything You Can Do was fun. Maybe Daisy was just too different from me to fully convince me, as I really did like Lucas.

3 stars

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Review- It Started With a Kiss (Sequoia Lake #1) by Marina Adair

With a kidney transplant behind her, Avery Adams is determined to channel her inner adventurer and explore everything life has to offer. Only problem is, the closest she’s ever come to a real-life adventure was sixth-grade science camp. So to seize the summer in her rustic Sierra Nevada town, she takes a job as a guide at the local adventure lodge. But Avery doesn’t realize her biggest challenge will register at six-plus feet of rugged good looks and alpha-male charm.

As a member of the Sequoia Elite Mountain Rescue team, Tyson Donovan has made a life out of cheating death and rescuing weekend warriors from the treacherous terrain. “The world is my home” is more than just a motto; it’s what scares off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. When his dad’s health lands the family’s adventure lodge in serious danger of going up in flames, he moves home—and quickly remembers why he left. Until he meets Avery, the irresistible new guide who makes him want to stay.

Tyson gives the inexperienced Avery a lesson in romance that her books could never teach her. And with her undeniable spirit for life, Avery shows Tyson the healing power of love. But with one misstep, everything comes crashing down, and they’ll both have to take the biggest leap of all—into the kind of adventure that lasts a lifetime.

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It all started with a Big Bang, or in this case It Started with a Kiss, which technically still leads to a big bang. *wink* *wink* Kind of lame, I know, though don’t underestimate the power of a first kiss. I like Avery’s bucket list, she has her own adventures she wants to accomplish, and those of the people who no longer can, like kissing a stranger.

Though when Tyson turns out not to be a stranger, rather the son of her boss, things get a bit more complicated. Back after years of absence due to family drama, he’s there to help his ailing father bring their adventure lodge back to glory. Spirited Avery was not on that agenda, though she’s a force to be reckoned with.

I loved Avery, and her sense for adventure. She has always had to play it safe, though her endless optimism, and the support of a great group of women has kept her going all these years. Now she just has to convince grumpy Tyson that life is a lot more fun if you give people a chance.

Tyson had no idea what hit him when Avery kissed him. He’s convinced he’s not back forever, though when things with his father seems worse than he thought, and hanging out with little Miss Adventure is so much fun, maybe it was time to take a good look at his life. Moving back might be the best thing that ever happened to him.

It Started With A Kiss by Marina Adair was a pleasant read. Avery is a hoot, and Tyson is hot. I loved reading their interactions, and the chemistry was flying of the pages. The secondary characters, and the setting of the story were great as well. I definitely see the potential there for more stories. Read It Started With A Kiss if you like small town romances, quirky heroines, and charming heroes.

3 stars

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Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

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Oh Blake, how I love thee. If Jesse is too stubborn to see your awesomeness, I’ll gladly take her place. Though the boy is crazy for her, and has the patience to wait her out. Hockey players do not give up, and that’s one of their best qualities.

Jesse considers her the family’s screw up. I could completely find myself in her lack of direction. Not knowing what you want to do with your life, feels scary. Though I also admire her for not settling. So when her new, and final choice brings her to Toronto, avoiding Blake becomes impossible.

Blake sees it as his opportunity to convince Jess to give them a real shot. He might radiate fun, and who doesn’t love a guy that can make you laugh? Though Blake is also caring, loves deeply, and is the type of guy you want on your side.

Good Boy was lovely, and is just what I needed. I laughed, I swooned, and I sighed longingly. Blake has stolen my heart. Him, and Jess are a great match. I loved seeing them together. Good Boy should definitely go to the top of your TBR list.

4 stars

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Review- Lila (Boyle Heights #1) by Elizabeth Reyes

When two unlikely paths cross . . . compatibility seems improbable.

Adrift in a foul-mouthed world of ass kicking to survive life on the tough streets of Boyle Heights, Lila is anything but a refined girlie girl. Fighting tooth and nail for those she loves has left her with a chip on her shoulder as big as the gloves on her fists.

After years of being surrounded by glamorous glitzy women, Sonny didn’t even realize how much he’s yearned for someone of real substance. So, when he meets the unapologetic, sexy-as-hell Lila, her in-your-face candor awakens something in him he’s never felt before.

Despite Lila’s suspicions about Sonny’s intentions, the two begin a seemingly innocent, yet deliciously dangerous, online flirtation as his business keeps him away a lot.

The more their rapidly growing connection intensifies, the more Lila feels Sonny is too perfect to be true. But when she’s blindsided by the truth about who Sonny really is . . .

Compatibility suddenly feels impossible.

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Finally Lila is here, and I’m so happy about it. When Elizabeth Reyes talked about the foul-mouthed, bad-tempered girl, I was curious what she had in store for us. Lila is definitely not afraid to fight, though nine times out of ten it is to protect her sister.

Lila is a great character, I loved seeing a woman who was a bit more edgy, cursed like a sailor, and wasn’t even afraid to get physical. Though when it comes to men, she is like every other female. She tries to keep her cool when she meets Sonny, but she falls for him hard, and fast.

Sonny was charming, and sweet. From the first moment he sees Lila, and she has no clue who he is, that’s it. He is head over heels for her, and I loved how soft he was around her. Totally whipped really, but in an adorable way. Not to mention the chemistry between them was H-O-T!

Lila is a great start of a new series. We already know the second book is going to be about her little sister, Ali, who you’ll also love. I already can’t wait to read her story as well. Elizabeth Reyes is known for writing strong female characters, and Lila is a perfect addition to that.

4 stars

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Except & Review- Broken Pieces (Patchwork #1.5) by Toni Aleo

The rules of The Works have remained unchanged for centuries. There is to be no romantic mixing between any of the five supernatural clans.

But from the moment Oceanus von Stein, second-in-command to the Patchwork family, caught sight of Taegan Conner, daughter of the leader of the Wolves, he knew he would never love anyone else.

Only now, Taegan has been promised in marriage to another, an arrangement to strengthen her family’s alliances—and she gets no say in the matter.

Neither does Oceanus.

While they both know they have their places and responsibilities in their clans, their love is too strong. How can they let go of what they have? Though it is forbidden, Oceanus and Taegan won’t stop until they can have each other. The only problem is that the world is against them, and Oceanus has a threat to his sister’s life to vanquish.

Can they find a way to be together, or will they both always be two Broken Pieces?

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As I watch my father sit, he doesn’t do so smoothly. His movements are jerky before he folds his old, leathery hands together and his eyes scan the room. The scars are very prominent on his face and hands. All the experiments he did on himself are visible, along with the scar tissue that is ancient and freakish on him. While his eyes are bright, from the new pair he just obtained, he looks like death. And tired. Very tired.
Clearing his throat, he lets his gaze fall on me, and I meet it head on.
“I had a meeting with Kurt Conner.”
Kurt Conner.
The pack leader of the wolves.
My love’s father.
Clearing my throat, I sit up straighter as my forearms lay against the cool top of the old oak table. Before I can comment, though, he is going on. “He needed a loan for the wedding of Taegan.”
What?
My world stops.
I feel all eyes on me. My father is staring at me, waiting for a response, but I don’t have one.
Because what the actual fuck is going on?
Did I hear him wrong?
“A wedding?”
“Yeah, she is marrying some other pack leader’s son—you know how those wolves are. Wanting to unite families with arranged marriage and all that wolfish nonsense, I don’t know. But I didn’t give him the money until—”
“Until?” I gasp, my heart in my throat, my stomach on the ground, and every piece of me feeling as if I am falling into the fiery depths of hell because surely I am hearing my father wrong.
Taegan is to marry me.
“He offered up some information on Frank Kelley—”
“He hasn’t died yet?” Jonas asks, and I know it’s to give me time. To let me think, to let me process, but I can’t. Taegan is to marry someone else? She didn’t even tell me. We were together last night! Had she known? Was she playing me? Damn it, what the hell? How could she allow me to find out this way? I mean, I knew my time was running out, but hell, did she keep this from me? I’ve never experienced heartache or true heartbreak, but I’m pretty sure this feeling of my chest caving in and blowing up is just that.
She’s marrying someone else?
She isn’t waiting for me?
Gasping for breath as I try to push the bile back down my throat, I watch as my father shakes his head. “Not yet. And apparently, they are wanting to attack us in one more attempt to get the formula for him. They think they can kidnap Rebekah and use her as leverage.”
I feel Rebekah move as she squeaks. “Me?”
“You. So we are on high alert. Keep your eyes open, and, Rebekah, I don’t want you working at the bar until this is taken care of. I have a meeting with Frank Kelley on Friday.”
“Father, I’m fine at the bar. It’s owned by our family, most of our family is there, along with JJ. The Kelleys don’t even come that much.”
“Yes, but other families come to the bar, and that makes me uncomfortable.”
“I’m fine, I can take care of myself.”
He leans on his desk, and I don’t care about their melodrama. I can’t. Even though I know I should intervene, calm both sides—because my father is right, we need to keep Rebekah underground while this goes on—I can’t help but think of the fact that my love is marrying another. Someone other than me. How in the world is this fair? Why didn’t she fight them? She told me she was mine, and I was hers. Why didn’t she wait for me?
And then it’s like I’m being slapped back into reality.
She didn’t wait for me because we can’t.
We can’t be selfish and love each other because we have commitments to our families. Yes, we love each other. Yes, she is my world, and I’ll love only her. But just like I have to, she has to protect her family. I’m sure there is something more to this, and while I wish she had told me, I know I can’t be upset. I have to respect the process of our families.
Being the eldest, we have no choice.
We don’t get to be greedy.
Wow, I don’t even believe I’m trying to convince myself.
How could she?

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Broken Pieces takes place at the same time as Pieces, but it’s told from Oceanus’ point of view. We got to know the tough, sometimes even cold big brother, though the full truth is more complicated. As trapped as his sister, they are all at the mercy, and rules of their father.

He’s crazy in love with Teagan, as she is with him, though marriage is out of the question. Clans are not allowed to mix, and while running away at first might seem a good idea, the always being hunted part kind of interferes with that. Still Oceanus is biding his time ’till he becomes ruler of The Works, and can change the laws.

That time is running out though, when Teagan is set to marry someone else, and Oceanus’ dad is unwillingly to hand over the reigns. While there is definitely a Romeo and Juliet feel to their story, I feel the tyranny of the dad is the real evil here. I’m a believer in love conquers all, so I keep hoping for Teagan, and Oceanus to get their happily ever after.

The love between these two is undeniable, and seeing them being used by their family is heartbreaking. Getting to know Oceanus better, makes me believe he truly is a good guy, and when it comes to his family, especially his sister, his intentions are pure. He’s the protector of the family, the filter between his dad and his siblings, shielding them from the worst.

Though the story is not over yet. Rebekah is still on the run, and the danger is not over for her just yet. There is hope for Oceanus, and Teagan, only of he succeeds in bringing his sister back home. So I’m definitely looking forward to the next book. There are so many surprises, and twists, I’m curious to see what Toni Aleo comes up with next.

3 stars

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Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

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Who knew politics could be this hot?! Freshly graduated teacher Easton falls for one of her student’s dad, who also happens to be in the running to become the next state’s Senator. Let me list all the ways this could go wrong:

  • Dating your student’s dad is frowned upon by pretty much everyone
  • Christian already hates his dad for being absent all his life, doing the nasty with his teacher is not a way to redeem yourself
  • There is a twelve-year age difference that will invite public criticism
  • In the other way around, dating your son’s teacher, while you’re running for Senator is just asking for bad polls

And while those are, I feel, legit concerns, when it comes to matters of the heart, reason, and sanity are rarely involved. I definitely loved the forbidden aspect of their romance. It also invited them to be creative, and Tyler Marek has one dirty mind.

There is that fear of getting caught, but also that fear of wanting more. ‘Cause when feelings start getting involved, it only becomes more complicated. That push, and pull between Tyler and Easton was quite interesting. Neither of them was looking for this, it wasn’t planned out to become more, though now it’s impossible to deny.

Tyler is quite an interesting character. He owns up to the mistakes he’s made with his son, and seeks to move forward from that, which I admire him for. Easton has her own troubled past that she has a hard time letting go off, though slowly but surely she’s getting there.

Misconduct was an amazing story I finished in one breath. The dynamic between the characters was off the charts, inside and outside of the bedroom. The depth of the characters, and the outside drama is what made it more than just a forbidden romance. Good plot development, character complexity, and easy flowing dialogue, I loved it.

4 stars

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Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

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I’m so happy we finally get Lincoln’s story. It has always been clear there was more than meets the eye when it came to him. Though knowing his secret now, I did not see that coming.

For years he’s been portraying what people wanted to see. The carefree playboy is anything but that.

Daisy was not expecting Lincoln, and the connection they form. What starts as a relaxed friendship slowly turns into more. As long as both of them dare to open up their hearts again.

I’m really happy with Someone Like You. It was well worth the wait. Lincoln is still my favourite character in the series. Discovering this hidden depth inside him, only made me like him more.

4 stars

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He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score… 

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O’Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O’Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good…

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Hard Hitter hit me hard. Corny, I know, I couldn’t stop myself. Though that only reflects the title.

Patrick O’Doule, the bruiser of the team, falls hard for the masseuse/yoga instructor of the team. No one saw that coming, not even him.

Though Ari is reluctant to jump into a new relationship, when she just got out from one. Still Patrick is not one to give up easily. He knows he’ll wear her down. Convince her that it’s not just incredible bed action, he truly cares.

If Ari is honest with herself she knows that. Though I also understand that her life is a mess right now. How she doesn’t want to dig him in all that.

Patrick isn’t the type of guy who isn’t there when he doesn’t want to be. So right beside Ari, mess or no mess, is where he chooses to stand. I loved how he continuously had her back.

Though that feeling is retaliated when we discover that Patrick has some issues of his own. Letting Ari get close isn’t easy, but well worth it.

These two together are so adorable. Which is not the first word you would associate with Patrick O’Doule. I loved their story, and the heavy drama, which we’re not that used to from Sarina Bowen. Though it made for some surprising twists that kept me on my toes.

I’m already looking forward to read more about the Brooklyn Bruisers.

3.5 stars

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From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Ashley, comes ROCK CHICK REAWAKENING, the long awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

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From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening. A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloane—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.

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Her face was stunning. Wide smile. White teeth and a good deal of them. Big eyes. Elegant nose. Soft cheekbones. All of this she highlighted with the expert use of makeup from what was clearly a gift of superior genes into something that shone like a Hollywood starlet.

A starlet of a stripper who looked a good deal like Dolly Parton, who also likely got home the night before, earliest, three in the morning, and was right then, only hours later, back on the stage helping another girl by teaching her some moves.

“Marcus, brother,” Smithie’s voice came at him. “You got a problem with the way I do business, and I give you reason to have that problem, then we have a talk. I don’t give you that reason, we don’t have conversations like this one. That’s our deal.”

Marcus listened to him while he watched Daisy talking to the other girl and then she ran across the stage, doing it gracefully in platform sandals, her stone-washed jeans tight on her ass and hips and all the way down her legs. Still, after she ran the four steps, she launched herself high, grabbing on to the pole at least three feet higher than she was, her body swinging around by just her hands.

When the swing ended, she climbed up the pole, hand over hand. Doing this quickly, taking herself up another four feet, she flipped her bottom half over, wrapping her skinny legs around the pole. She dropped back, her hair flowing down, and with her only hold on the pole being her legs, she arched her back and slid down slowly, somehow circling the pole as she did it.

She ended this doing a layout with her hands on the floor, her legs in slow and controlled movements coming over her head one after the other. Her hands pushing off, she was up.

Standing straight with perfect posture.

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Dear Reader,

I’m beside myself with glee that this prequel to my Rock Chick series has been unleashed! There was some time when I never thought I’d write it. When I couldn’t be in that terrible place with Daisy. But I’m oh-so glad that she called to me, demanding her story be told so she could give it to me and now I can give it to you! I loved every moment spent with Daisy and Marcus. And I hope you do too!

~Kristen Ashley

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Rock Chick Reawakening – Rock Chick – Rock Chick Rescue – Rock Chick Redemption – Rock Chick Renegade – Rock Chick Revenge – Rock Chick Regret – Rock Chick Revolution

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I can’t believe 2016 is almost over, and it’s again time for my Top Books list! This post is always the hardest for me. I read so many books, and most of them I really loved. So how do I choose?

First of all, these books are not in a particular order, that would be a step too far for me to rank them. These are the stories, or characters that made me feel the most, and the ones I’ll probably reread many times over!

win-some-lose-some-by-shay-savageWin Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage

This story about a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome finding love after the deaths of his parents literally left me speechless.

I still can’t put in words how much this story made me feel!

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beard scienceBeard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid

Cletus Winston is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever come across. By far my favourite in the series, and after finishing I immediately wanted to reread it.

It’s also one of those gems of a book that ticks of all the right boxes for a romantic comedy novel.

Reading order, but can all be read as a standalone:

Truth Or BeardGrin & Beard ItBeard Science

 

 

The Wall of Winnipeg and MeThe Wall Of Winnipeg And Me by Mariana Zapata

A book I finished at 3:30AM, and reread the next day. Just to give you an idea of how much I loved this slow burn romance. By now I’ve already reread Aiden and Vanessa’s story six times.

Mariana Zapata was a new author for me this year, and I’ve been devouring all her books this year. So far I’ve loved all of them, including Wait For It that came out only a couple of weeks ago.

Start reading Wall Of Winnipeg And Me today!

 

 

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There is a reason fans voted this story the best romance book of 2016 on Goodreads. A story that will break your heart, but also a story that needed to be told. I love how Colleen Hoover dares to write about certain subjects, and in a way that you can still enjoy them.

Get your tissues ready

 

 

 

punk-57-by-penelope-douglasPunk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Betrayal. Friendship. Lies. Fear. Heartbreak. Sex. Music. Love. Rejection. A story that take us on quite a roller coaster ride, and I do love my thrills.

Punk 57 is a story that might have had the biggest impact on me this year. Definitely not an easy story, but it actually made it easier for me to fall in love with it.

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The Score (Off-Campus #3)The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy

I read a lot of sports romances, it’s one of my favourite genres, so it’s not easy for one book to stand out for me. But Dean Di-Laurentis did.

The Score steps away from the cliche’s, it has some of the best writing, the pacing was just right, the plot so well thought out, humor that translates even of the pages, and mostly the real feel of the characters, is what made me fall in love.

Reading order of the series, though they can be read as a standalone:

The DealThe MistakeThe ScoreThe Goal

 

steadfastSteadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen released a lot of books this year, including a brand new series called True North. She has become one of those authors I automatically one-click. Though it was Steadfast that stood out the most to me this year.

Jude and Sophie’s story is one partially of heartbreak, but mostly of how we should never give up hope, and keep fighting for the people we love. I loved this second chance romance, and could not put it down.

Reading order, though they can be read as a standalone:

BittersweetSteadfastKeepsake

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

Geeks, this one, wow! This lady knows how to write a suspensful mystery. Very light on the romance, but the many twist and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. By the time you’re finished you’ll full realize why I’m saying this book will ruin you!

Though I’m usually not much for mystery/thriller, this one is a must read.

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The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van DykenThe Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken released the Wingmen Inc. series in 2016, and I fully recommend you reading both the books. I love her combination of sexy, humor and swoon moments. Plus Lex’ point of view in The Matchmaker’s Replacement was just plain awesome.

A story that had me laughing out loud, and the characters are dipped in awesome sauce. Yeah, read it now!

Reading order, can be read as a standalone:

The Matchmaker’s PlaybookThe Matchmaker’s Replacement

 

Honorable Mentions:

These are books by authors I’ve only discovered this year, and which I will definitely be reading more of in the upcoming years!

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While there are a lot more books published in 2016 I would recommend, it’s these above you should definitely get your hands on!

What was your favourite book of 2016?

Any new authors you discovered?

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Markus Reeves is sucking. Big-time. Toiling away on a minor-league hockey team hundreds of miles away from home, he’s watching his dreams of an NHL career fade away. Add in the lingering guilt he has over the dramatic demise of his relationship with college girlfriend, Mekena, and he’s a mess on and off the ice.

But the family of his heart, the Sinclairs, won’t let Markus suffer any longer. When he arrives himself back in Nashville for a trial run on the Assassins, it feels like his life may be making a turn for the better. If only he could get Mekena to forgive him…

Mekena Preston has been hurting since fleeing Nashville following the horror of Markus’s betrayal with her sister. Now a professional photographer, Mekena finds herself in the same place at the same time with Markus to celebrate Lucy and Benji Paxton’s wedding. Neither of them has been able to move on—and they’re starting to wonder if they really want to.

They’re headed for a face-off at the altar unless they can confront their past and unearth the truth about what really happened on that fateful night.

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“You are, by far, the most patient man I know.”
Baylor grimaced as she took Dawson from Markus’s outstretched hands. He smiled as Dawson looked at him innocently. He knew the little guy didn’t mean to puke all over him and he wasn’t upset, but he was trying to figure out a way to get to the house and shower before he had to talk to Mekena. He highly doubted that baby puke would be an aphrodisiac. Maybe it would be? Huh.
He wasn’t going to try, though.
As Baylor cuddled Dawson against her, Markus waved her off. “It’s no big deal. He’s a baby.”
She smiled shyly. “Yes, but Ashlyn pooped on you too.”
He grinned as he shrugged, trying not to laugh. It was a tough rehearsal for Dawson, Ashlyn, and Markus. Puke and poop were big-time stars during the hour of watching the Sinclairs and Grace Justice try to put together a wedding. He wasn’t sure what was funnier, Jace glaring as Jordie walked with Avery, or Ashlyn farting and then realizing she had just shit all over him. It was a toss-up, but then Dawson decided to puke down the front of his shirt, and he figured he was now a substitute for a baby rag. “I volunteered.”
“Still, we’re really sorry,” Avery said, holding Ashlyn close as she rocked her back and forth. “I understand if you don’t want to watch her ever again.”
“Nonsense,” he said, laughing as he tucked his hands into his pockets and looked around. He spotted Mekena at the front of the altar, taking pictures of random things. He wasn’t sure if she was done, but maybe he could slip away. “How much longer until y’all are done?”
“We’re done, but Lucy and Benji have some pre-wedding pictures they’re having done with Angie.”
“So Mekena isn’t done?”
Avery smiled. “Nope, she’s got a bit.”
“Can you pass a message for me?”
“Sure.”
“Let her know that I went back to the cabin to shower and clean up?”
“Yeah, of course. I’ll tell Jace to tell her since I’m taking Ashlyn to bed.”
“Cool, thanks,” he said, kissing her cheek and then Baylor’s, before rubbing Dawson’s head. “I’ll see you guys in the morning.”
Before he could get far, though, Baylor smiled. “Thanks again.”
“Anytime. I mean that.”
Avery smiled. “Thanks.”
“Also, good luck,” Baylor added.
Flashing them both a big grin, he nodded. “I need it.”
Heading out the back, he made it back to the cabin quickly. When he entered, though, Mr. Right was sitting on the windowsill howling. “Whoa, man. What’s up?”
Meoooooowwwwwwww, he wailed, with his mouth wide open as his hair stood on end.
“Bro, I don’t know what to say. I don’t speak your language. Are you singing? Do you want me to sing too? Meoooowwwwww,” he said, and Mr. Right looked back at him, almost with a glare. “We should add some beat to that and make a remix,” Markus joked as the cat wailed. Deciding that was a good idea, he pulled out his phone and started to beatbox as the cat wailed, recording it on his SnapChat. The cat must have realized what he was doing because he looked back, scowling, and Markus hid his phone. He didn’t want to admit it, but Mr. Right kind of freaked him out.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Markus messed up big time with Mekena. That guilt has been weighing on him all this time, even messing with his game.

A chance to play for the big leagues, he realises he needs to get his act together, on, and off the ice.

Reconnecting with Mekena at Lucy, and Benji’s wedding is only the first step. He needs a second chance. I really loved how he owned up to his mistake. Even though big twist there. And I swooned seeing how much he still felt for Mekena.

Keeping Mekena though will be a whole new challenge. I definitely don’t blame her for being skittish. Though I kind of wished she listened to him in the first place.

Ugh. Mekena’s sister is one big mess. Toni Aleo really loves her dysfunctional families, hitting us with a couple of surprises.

Sweet is the word I would use to describe Face-Off At The Altar. When Markus, and Mekena are happy, they become one of those who make you almost nauseous with how blissful they are. I’m mostly just very happy they got their happy ending.

3.5 stars

Assassins – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone, but have interconnecting characters*

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Taking ShotsAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Trying To ScoreAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Empty NetAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Falling For The BackupAmazon US – Amazon UK

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4 & Counting (FREE)

Blue LinesMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Breaking AwayMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Laces & LaceMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

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A Very Merry Hockey HolidayMy review – Amazon US ($0.99) – Amazon UK (£0.99)

Wanting To ForgetAmazon US ($0.99) – Amazon UK (£0.99)

OvertimeMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rushing The Goal: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

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Puck, Sticks, and Diapers: Amazon US ($0.99) – Amazon UK (£0.99)

Face-Off At The AltarAmazon USAmazon UK

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If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

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Oh how I love Mariana Zapata’s slow burn love stories. We always get the chance to really get to know the characters as individuals, and see their relationship grow from simple attraction to meaningful depth. When that all finally comes together, it’s pure bliss.

I started reading Wait For It without reading the blurb, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out Diana got her own story. For those familiar with The Wall Of Winnipeg And Me, she is Vanessa’s best friend. For those not familiar with Mariana Zapata’s work, no worries, this can be read as a standalone.

We are now a couple of years later, and Diana has become the guardian of her two little nephews. Being a new, single mom has not been easy, but she’s done it. I definitely admire her so much for that. Dealing with her own grief, she has always been there for these two boys, and gave them all that she had. That love she has for the kids, shines from the pages, it feels so tangible.

The farthest thing on Diana’s mind right now is love. No matter how handsome or sweet or helpful her neighbour is. Diana knows that it’s just not happening. Her focus is on the kids.

Dallas is a man of principles. While he gladly help Diana out, he makes clear they will not be more than friends. Which is okay, ’cause that’s what they need right now. Though the further along this story, I loved to see how there were these small hints of things changing between them. All very subtle, and I loved it.

Wait For It by Mariana Zapata was once again an amazingly heartfelt story. I’m so happy I discovered her writing this year, as I can not get enough of it. I’ve been recommending her books to everyone who’s mildly interested in reading, and Wait For It has just been added to that list.

4.5 stars

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Signing with Brighthouse Records was supposed to be everything we ever wanted—our better life. Our chance at everything we never had but always wanted. All our dreams would finally come true and we were on top of the world. It was our chance at the happiness we never had in life.

Our every desire was at our fingertips and the power of that feeling was all consuming. But then it took every dream we thought would come true and it slapped us in the face with the cold hard reality.

Dreams were just that…something that floated on the cusp of untouchable, taunting you with every graze of your fingertips before slipping even further away.

Happiness…that feeling is a joke.

In the end it became painfully obvious that each of us would always have each other, but we would forever be alone.

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Goddamn, that smile is dangerous.

Who am I kidding?  He is dangerous.

I do my best to ignore him, but it’s impossible.  The steady brush of his arm against where mine is resting on our shared armrest constantly reminds me how much my body wants his touch.  The scent of his delicious cologne hits my senses, making me want to climb in his lap and rub my face over his chest to get a potent lungful of it.

I can’t even remember the last time I was this horny, which is pathetically sad, since it was probably around the same time I actually got laid.  Years.  I think.  Close to three.  Maybe that’s why I’m a hot mess lately.   I turn my head to study the side of his face and wonder if I can use this situation to my advantage.  I mean, after all, we are in a ‘relationship’ now.

He turns and gives me a questioning arch of his dark brows, but I brush it off in favor of playing Disney Emoji Blitz on my phone.

By the time we had hit cruising altitude, I could hear the other men around me snoring away but not Chance.  He’s fiddling with his phone, completely ignorant of the fact I’m about to start humping his leg.

“Excuse me,” I breathily say, unbuckling my belt and standing to move around him.  I stand there, my head bent slightly because of the overhead, and wait.  He doesn’t move, though.  Instead, he drops his phone to his lap and gives me his complete attention; his eyes even dance a little like he’s finding this whole damn thing funny.  “Excuse me,” I repeat, no longer breathy, and seconds away from coming.

No, that’s a lie.  I’m still breathy and very much seconds away from soaking my panties even more than they already are.

His large hands grab my hips, and he guides me down on his lap with no resistance from my treacherous body.

“Not what I meant,” I say through clenched teeth, trying to sound harsh and offended, but I just sound dazed and turned on.  I wiggle in his hold, trying to get free, but he’s too strong for me.

He leans up in his seat, his chest hitting my back and buries his face in my neck.  I’m sure anyone who saw us would see a loving couple who just can’t keep their hands to themselves.  He’s playing a dangerous game, though, because the second the solid, hard length of him presses against my backside, I forget this is supposed to be a game and squirm a little more.  His teeth nip at my shoulder at the same time his groan hits my ears.

“Stop moving, Wren,” he demands, tightening his fingers on my hips.

“You’re the one who put me on your lap.”  I curl my fingers over the empty seat in front of me and squeeze my eyes shut when I feel him growing harder under me.

“Yeah, because the flight attendant who just walked by had her phone out and pointed right at us.  She’s doing a shit job of making it look like she’s doing something with her paperwork.”  His hand comes off my hip, and he cups my jaw, turning my head to the side just when I was about to look up at where I last saw the attendant, forcing me to shift until all it would take is me throwing one leg over his body to be face-to-face.  “Do not look at her,” he stresses; the sudden movement of twisting my body makes me bounce slightly in his lap, rubbing my legging-clad ass against his erection.  His eyes drop to my mouth where I pull my bottom lip between my teeth and groan.

“Give me a reason not to look,” I dare him.

“You don’t want to go down that road, Wren.  I’ll protect you from the world, but you need to protect yourself from me.”

“No one is asking you to.”

Not even knowing if we’re still being watched, I twist my torso the rest of the way, pulling my legs up until they’re bent at his stomach between us.  Now that I’m facing him completely, I bring my hands up to curl them both around his shoulders before dragging them up to wrap around the corded muscles at the sides of his neck.  His nostrils flare, but he doesn’t stop me.  I give him the chance, but it never comes.  Dropping my head, I press my lips to his.  I explore his lips with small pecks and little licks of my tongue, learning his mouth before pressing more firmly.  He sucks in a breath when I open my mouth and slowly drag the tip of my tongue over his bottom lip.

And then his control snaps.

His hands—still at my hips—lift me effortlessly until my legs are no longer folded between us, but now digging into the hard armrests with my knees pushing into his thighs, my back hitting the seat in front of me.  His mouth opens, and his tongue meets mine, no hesitation whatsoever, as he deepens the kiss.

Our breathing echoes around us, making it sound like everyone on this plane could hear us, but I know it’s just because our faces are so close.  I let out a moan, one that he swallows, that turns into a whine when he pulls back.

“That can’t happen again,” he softly scolds, just as breathless as I am.

What the hell?  I might not have been into this whole fake-boyfriend-slash-bodyguard thing before, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to take advantage of the situation.  Especially now that I know how alive he makes me feel.  Three years since I had pleasure from anything other than my own hand, and if that kiss is anything to go by, what Chance could make me feel is ten times more powerful than anything I’ve ever felt in my whole life.

I’m not passing that up.

Nope.

No fucking way.

“We’ll see about that.”

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

What a fast, and smooth read Jaded Hearts was! Kick*ss singer Wren, falls for hot security guard Chance. Both jaded from previous failed relationships, these two are ready to give love one more go.

Things happen fast, and for me the beginning was a bit too much instant love. Though the further we go into the story, I more, and more liked these two together.

The bands dynamic is what really sold me on this story. Wren, her twin Weston, and the other band mates, Luke, and Jamison are a true family. They joke, they laugh, they fight, and they always have each other’s back. The dialogues were on point, and felt authentic.

Throughout the love story, the love for music is what spoke to me. For Wren, and the band, music is their life, and you can feel that. The fame is taxing, weighing most heavily on Wren as the main face of the band. Though now with Chance by her side, it’s easier to cope with that drama.

Jaded Hearts was an excellent start of a new series. I truly love all the characters, and am already looking forward to reading Jamison’s story. Wren is awesome, real, and a complete bad*ss. Chance is her rock, and I loved how he could be there for her. He’s a sweet guy, though inside the bedroom, holy hotness! Hot, sweet, humor, love, family, Jaded Hearts has it all.

3.5 stars

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Is this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?

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Hit The Spot did exactly as the title says. I only read Four Letter Word a couple of months ago, but I’ve been very excited for Jamie and Tori’s story ever since. J. Daniels did not disappoint.

It has all the elements of an excellent romance story. A relatable sweet main character, a handsome dirty talking hero, lots of easy banter, off the charts passion, and a smooth flowing plot.

The chemistry between Tori, and Jamie was amazing. It has been building up for months, and when these two come to blow, or pretty much end up in bed, it’s panty melting hot. Though to be clear, outside the bedroom, they are a great match as well. Opposites who complete each other.

Hit The Spot was such a fun, and sexy story. I definitely loved the romance parts, and enjoyed that it was lighter on the drama side, rather refreshing. Jamie is such a sweetheart, and I completely fell for our handsome surfer.

4 stars

Dirty Deeds – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone*

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Hit The Spot

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He’s the guy no one likes…

Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.

She’s the girl everyone loves…

Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.

Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.

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I absolutely did not like Ace after Jockblocked. He behaved like a complete a-hole, was rude, and cruel to his best friend, and overall kind of a pig.

Though I was curious as how he would redeem himself in Downed.  And I honestly believe Ace himself had no clue whatsoever. Neither of us counted on Bryant.

Bryant is amazing. Yeah, she’s the coach’s daughter, so Ace should probably stay away from her. I believe she is awesomesauce. A girl with so much Southern charm, she’s impossible to deny, and there is no way you can’t like her.

She’s the social butterfly of the school, and has convinced herself that Ace needs her help. Which I fully agree with, and after a little struggle Ace falls nicely in line. Though she can’t completely tame the wild beast. Ace likes to play dirty sometimes, and it’s hot.

I loved the dynamic between these two. Bryant’s bubbly personality, Ace’s focus, still these two work so well together. I really liked seeing Ace turn from this sullen, angry guy into a more relaxed, happy version of himself. While Bryant finally faces some inner demons she’s been running from. It all ties up nicely.

Downed might be my favourite book in the Gridiron series so far. Ace redeemed himself, I actually quite like him now. While I wish Bryant could be one of my BFF’s. Get ready to read Downed right now!

 4.5 stars

Gridiron – Reading order and purchase links

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Jockblocked

Downed

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