REVIEW ~ TUSSLE by JACOB CHANCE

 

Title: Tussle

Author: Jacob Chance

Genre: Sports Romantic Comedy

Release Date: 28th February, 2018

Cover Design: PopKitty Design

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SYNOPSIS

“Why haven’t we had sex?”

When Jesse Gunn, one of the biggest stars of World Class Wrestling, voiced that million dollar question, yet again, I was stunned. After turning him down countless times, I thought eventually he’d give up.

Unexpectedly thrown together for a work project, my mind went to places I’d never allowed. Dirty places where sweaty, naked bodies take center ring and names are rasped out in the heat of the moment.

Now, my time is spent wondering if a certain part of him could possibly live up to his last name, distracting me from my full time job – as his boss.

Can I continue to keep things professional or will I give in and tussle?

* Tussle is a full length sports romantic comedy standalone *

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Praise for Tussle

Chance delivers a new book boyfriend you won’t forget. The chemistry is off the charts coupled with the witty banter and laugh out loud moments.” – HJ Bellus, USA Today Best Selling Author

“I devoured this book from beginning until the end.” – Sweet Treats Book Blog

“Fun and flirty…an amazing book!” – Justlovemybooks Romance Book Blog

“Tussle is a novel full of angst, tons of humor and lots of swoon worthy, melt your heart moments!!” – Words We Love By Blog

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Donna Elsegood on behalf of KFF

Tussle is a romcom sports romance. It tells the story of Lilah Turner who begins working at World Class Wrestling for her dad Russ. On her first day, she meets a guy called Jesse Gunn. Jesse takes an instant liking to Lilah and asks her on a date. Lilah agrees until her dad slaps on a no fraternisation policy and later discovers Jesse is a wrestler, so she turns him down.

Jump three years later and Jesse still tries his hardest to get Lilah to date him. She spurns him every turn but he’s pretty persistent. There is a definite attraction between the two and plenty of banter to boot. Lilah finds it increasingly difficult around Jesse as she secretly is attracted to him but she doesn’t want to destroy all that she’s worked for in her career. Then her dad instructs her to go on a road trip with Jesse to raise his profile. Lilah somewhat dreads having to be near Jesse and he is quite cheeky when he lets it known he is looking forward to spending more time with her. What follows is hilarity, sexual tension and possibly Jesse chipping away to melt Lilah’s heart. 

The side characters are a bonus. Ronnie who’s Jesse’s sister and a successful female wrestler, and Wyatt is Jesse’s best friend also a fellow wrestler. They play a significant role and I would like to think we may get a further story on those characters. The banter between all the characters had me laughing and I was intrigued by the connection with them all. Flawless writing by the author and great attention to detail. It’s been many years since I’ve watched wrestling, but it was written in a way that transported you right in the room, watching the show. Tussle is told in dual points of view and that’s a bonus to know what both are thinking. It was colourful being in Jesse Gunn’s mind and equally in Lilah’s as she battled with her feelings, and what she was under instruction to do.

I awarded five stars because I could not get the book out of my head and it was such an enjoyable offering. This is not your average sports romance/erotic story. The author tells this tale with building anticipation and growing chemistry. Knowledge is power, but the writing talent shows the author has a way with words. When it does eventually get to the steamy parts, well all I can say is two words, “storeroom cupboard” and leave it at that. You will have to read it to find out. Chance’s repertoire of works range from suspense to sports and I’ve read them all and he gets better and better each time. He has a talent for creating protagonists and side characters that you could read repeatedly in various stories which just goes to show that he has a talent of entertaining and enchanting you through his written word. Kudos for not just another sports book, but giving a sport that not many write about a welcome change. Sports genre in general is quite saturated; however, Mr Chance’s take on it is always refreshing and edge of seat stuff.

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AUTHOR BIO

Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers and sports romance, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

 

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ WHISKEY LULLABY BY STEVIE J. COLE

Whiskey Lullaby, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone by Stevie J. Cole is AVAILABLE NOW!

Synopsis

We all have guilty pleasures.

Mine was the boy my father took in. The guy everyone said I was too good for. The one I knew would ruin me.

But I couldn’t help it. The way Noah Greyson’s voice sounded when he sang whiskey lullabies to me in the dark; how perfect his arms felt wrapped around my stomach, his nose nuzzled in my hair- that’s what made me fall. That intimacy was what made me so very weak. But now millions of women drift off to sleep while Noah sings the love story we wrote, and it was never meant for the world.

The worst mistake I made wasn’t loving him, it was thinking he loved me, too.

At least, that’s what I thought until now…

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I’ve only read one book by this author and her co-writer, so I was amazed when I discovered that the genre of this standalone is one I really enjoy reading. Whiskey Lullaby’s title I found a tad confusing since I hadn’t read the synopsis which I have to say, was a good move. I love that element of surprise and if you do too, I’d definitely recommend doing the same as me. The pieces slowly started to fall into place with the cover constantly in the back of my mind. Just wow! It’s what dreams are made of! It portrays the male protagonist’s physical appearance as a young man, perfectly. Those jeans, his leather jacket and ooh my, those hands and scruffy beard! A total swoon overload of gorgeousness!

Bad-boy-meets-good-girl and second chance romances are trending a lot these days; thus, for any author to be brave enough to write a novel of this sort, has to be a challenge and a half for them. You see, I never put Noah in the bad-boy category, it is; however, a second chance love story. Even though Noah was a bit of a tearaway as a teenager, had a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude with the girls and trouble found him easily, his general outlook towards life was by no means negative or disrespectful. I had absolutely no trouble connecting with Noah; I understood him. Shame folk in the small town where he grew up seemed to think differently to me. Their stance showed me how hard it is to rid oneself of a bad reputation and how its ripple effect can change one’s future. Thank goodness for his adorable but grumpy grandmother. Her guidance and loving was to my mind, crucial for him to grow into the young man he would become. Blinkin’ heck, did she get a chuckle or two out of me, and I thought I had problems with punctuality!

Hannah is the epitome of a good girl. A studious child, she kept out of trouble despite stressful things happening at home, and always put her family first. In other words, she could do no wrong and was totally selfless. I’m not sure young women like Hannah exist nowadays, but I’d be honoured to meet someone like her if there were. Another detail which caught my attention is we’re used to reading about family conflicts and troubled pasts. This is definitely not Hannah’s case. She might not have agreed with her father on various occasions, but she held him in esteem, and the unconditional love that existed between mother and daughter literally floored me.

Cole’s spun a touching story in such a way that not only was I kept stuck to the pages, but it also brought out all the feelings. Jumping between past and present worked well; nonetheless, there was a point in the story when I felt certain details could have been developed a tad more. Observing how Hannah and Noah changed over the years was a joy to read and their slow burn relationship couldn’t have been narrated any better. Bravo Cole!

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Excerpt

Noah,

We were friends. Lovers. Soulmates… and very horrible people together.

I wonder, have you forgotten me by now? Have you forgotten the promises we made to each other?

Do you remember the person I became, how I fell for you even though I knew it would kill me to love someone like you? I knew better, Noah. I did. And this letter isn’t to admonish you or tear you down. No, it’s to make you see what you do to the people you say you care so deeply for.

When I was with you, you made me feel safe and loved and wonderful, but in the end, I felt stupid and so vulnerable. I want to believe you never meant to hurt me; that you never meant to make me hate you. I want to believe all the things you said were true, but it’s hard for me. With everything I’ve found out since we didn’t say goodbye, you must understand why I wish I could forget you.

I will forever hate that I was so weak for you, but I was only weak because I loved you. Despite it all.

I’ll always love you.

Hannah

About Stevie J. Cole

Stevie J. Cole likes to write realistic stories with raw,

gritty characters you should hate but can’t help but to love.

She’s obsessed with rock music, loves sloths, and has an unnatural obsession
with British accents.

Her books are not recommended for the faint of heart.

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ WHITE KNIGHT by CD REISS

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White Knight an all-new romantic standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is LIVE!

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Catherine’s long-lost love is found.

Catherine Barrington is a rich girl. Chris Cartwright is a poor boy.

He left her to make something of himself. A man she could be proud of. A man she could bring home to her parents. A man she could marry.

On the trading floor he became the man he knew he could be. Now, it’s time to return.

Rich girl.

Poor boy.

She didn’t care about his money, but he didn’t believe her. Soon after he left, all the money was gone.

Her life is hell.

Now he’s back, and he’s different. Pristine. Gorgeous. Rich.

Rich boy.

Poor girl.

Money was never the barrier, until now.

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White Knight is a standalone in the same world as King of Code, with its own beginning, middle, and end. You don’t need to read anything else to read White Knight.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed revisiting Barrington where there’s never a dull moment! And the cameo appearance of Catherine’s sister, Harper, who started the ball rolling and Taylor who had to stop it, was a real treat. White Knight can be read as a standalone; however, it wouldn’t go amiss if you read King of Code first since you’ll have a better understanding as to why the town’s inhabitants are in such a pickle. Saying that, Reiss has written this love story in such a way that with little effort and even less confusion, this second chance romance can be enjoyed on its own. Even though we’ve seen quite a few poor-boy-falls-for-rich-girl romances around of late, Reiss’ style of writing lifts this novella way above this category. No argument about it; she gave me just the right amount of angst, didn’t exaggerate the bedroom scenes but when the occasion arose…, no pun intended, her idiomatic prose kicked in and is as always, impressive.

I was delighted that one of the main features of the story became a touching name given to Catherine Barrington by the male protagonist because it was hers to wear proudly. Its significance made smile no end since it revolves around a couple of very amusing scenes. Listen guys, you can’t possibly not love her. To my mind, Reiss exerted herself with the character development of her female protagonist. You see, Catherine’s heart is a very delicate one, figuratively speaking of course. Everyone who knows her, have had to watch a series of unfortunate events occur while she’s suffered in silence. So busy trying to please and make life a better place for those involved means her feelings have been abandoned. Or have they?

Christopher Carmichael left his past behind for reasons to be divulged. I truly believe that circumstances made him stronger and the story wouldn’t have panned out as it did if Reiss had chosen another route for him. What happened was heartbreaking and I didn’t like it one bit; nonetheless, now he has the chance to ferret out the whys and wherefores of certain actions. An unusual storyline as situations are reversed in the present, what I enjoyed more was the back and forth from Christopher and Catherine’s youth to today. Observing how they’d changed over the years, how written words from the past would catch up on them, and learning forgiveness and trying to forget, pulled on my heartstrings.

I seemed to finish the book in no time and to be quite honest, would have happily carried on reading. I thought the ending was a tad rushed though, but probably because I wanted more of these two beautiful people. Other than this small detail, I couldn’t find fault in the story and highly recommend it. Bravo Reiss!

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About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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