REVIEW ~ CROSSING THE LINE by Kendall Ryan

Today we’re sharing Tracey Lou’s review for New York Times bestselling author’s Kendall Ryan’s all-new novel in the Hot Jock stand-alone series,
CROSSING THE LINE


Hello, rock?
Meet hard place.

Recuperating from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.

But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.

We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.

She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.


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Reviewed by Tracey Lou on behalf of KFF

Hot Jocks #4 introduces us another player from the ice hockey team the Hawks. The characters are so easy going, humorous and so likeable. A sure winner for a great story.

Bailey is blonde, curvaceous with the most gorgeous brown eyes. Not only is she beautiful, but she also has brains. And just about to graduate from medical school.

Asher is your typical alpha male. Works hard and plays hard. His mantra in life is “I see it, I want it, I take it.” What a great way to go through life, eh?

An injury he sustained whilst playing ice hockey has left him out of action for a couple of weeks, meaning he was now free to head home to see his family and help them celebrate his grandma’s 85th birthday. Only there’s a catch! He needs to be accompanied by a nurse. And that’s where his friend Bailey comes into the story. Did I forget to mention they’re friends?

The physical attraction between these two characters is strong no matter how hard they try to hide it. Spending time together was going to make this story interesting, to say the least.

It’s a will they or won’t they, but we all know they will. He’s had a thing for Bailey but never acted on it. She wants nothing serious as her career as a doctor is just about to start. Will they choose friendship over love? Or will they take a chance?

This story has everything you look for in a book. A great storyline, characters you can connect with emotionally and packed with sizzling heat. Not forgetting how well written it is. It was great to see other characters from previous books incorporated into the storyline as well, and great to catch up with them at the same time.

Congratulations to the author on another fabulous read. Can’t wait for the next one!


MEET KENDALL

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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REVIEW TOUR ~ INAPPROPRIATE by Vi Keeland is available now!

We are so excited to be sharing our review for #1 New York Times bestselling author Vi Keeland’s all-new sexy standalone romance, INAPPROPRIATE


Terminated for inappropriate behavior.

I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.

Nine years. Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba.

All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…

Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.

I didn’t think he’d actually respond.

I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk.

Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.

Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me.

But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.

It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.

Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

But sometimes it’s twice as fun.


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You know how the saying goes regarding book covers, and Inappropriate’s lush one couldn’t have been more appropriate. We also loved the fitting title for Keeland’s latest contemporary romance standalone and as per usual, her deft storytelling never fails to excite. So without much ado, we were hooked! How could we not be when the cool, calm and collected heroine was on the brink of a meltdown. And curiously when she has no idea whom she was letting off steam with.

Okay, onto the story itself…we can’t mention too much, but we do love it when the opening of a new paragraph grabs us like this one did! We don’t think we came up for air after reading the first chapter and by the end, we were reaching for the tissues to dry our eyes! We knew straight away we were in for an entertaining read!

“Did anyone ever tell you that you have an arrogant smile?”

Observing how hard-working Ireland Saint James tries to put her supposedly wrongdoing right had us in fits of laughter, but this is serious business. Not only is she about to defend herself but also captivates the boss of bosses with her sass! Yeap, this gal isn’t one for being intimidated by the likes of anyone, much less when her predicament for future employment is on the line. Regardless of her complicated past, she’s strong, smart and courageous and more importantly to our minds of thinking, has let bygones be bygones.

“Lunch? Screw you. Better yet. Screw your whole damn company.”

Drop-dead gorgeous CEO of Lexington Industries, Grant Lexington. He has every reason to be wary of relationships, his backstory touching our hearts. We couldn’t possibly explain without letting on and although we weren’t surprised that he hadn’t been able to move on, what we loved more than anything was his interest in the less fortunate. However, his stance regarding certain committees is a tad contradictory since he’s been bending over backwards for other good causes. Is there a method in his madness? Wait and see ‘cause like us, his sister had her doubts.

“A committee on women’s initiatives? Seriously?”

Instantly attracted to each other, Ireland intrigues the pants off him, no pun intended…and she in turn begins to warm to this guy who’s built a wall around his heart. Hmm, she’s got a couple of tactics up her sleeve which might just work wonders. Guess what they are lol! We loved this woman to bits. She’s just what we look for in our female characters and here the author delivered hands down.

‘Ireland Saint James. You seem like a handful. A woman I should steer clear of, that was for sure. Yet I felt compelled to learn more.’

It’s not disputable. Keeland is the banter queen! She has such a great knack of writing stories filled with lots of heart-filled storylines equally matched with eye-watering laughter. Grant and Ireland are people you would love to have as your friends. She writes such strong, independent and feisty gals which we love. The men…well what can we say, she knows just how to please us!

“You’re going to smoke my cigar”
“Does that bother you?”
“Of course not. You’re welcome to wrap your lips around my Cohiba.”

Vi has certainly gone to town in Inappropriate with snappy comebacks, heartfelt remarks and laugh-out-loud moments. Delving into some pretty complex mental health issues which for anyone who’s suffered them will instantly relate to, she’s told the story with the utmost sensitivity.

“I want more with you. But I’m not sure what I’m capable of, Ireland. I won’t promise you something I’m uncertain I can deliver…”

Great character and plot development, we loved Grant’s family, especially Kate and his grandfather. We loved the boat building references, seeing as one of us has been in this world and how could we not mention the steaminess! Goodness, a hanky at hand to make your e-reader screen visible wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. Vi’s story is a beautifully written breath-catching read which flows impeccably; however, we did find the ending a tad predictable. That being said, our reading enjoyment was never spoiled and we can’t recommend it enough. Bravo!

On a side note, we could have quoted this book until the cows came home!

EXCERPT

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All rights reserved.

 
I wondered if he’d be here. I was mid-conversation with some former colleagues I hadn’t seen in a few years when I got my answer. The sight of him made me lose my train of thought.On the other side of the room, Grant Lexington stood wearing a classic black tuxedo. He was talking to an older gentleman, which gave me the opportunity to really take him in—tall, broad shoulders, yet not overly bulky, a narrow waist with one hand resting casually in his pants pocket. Even from a distance, his confidence registered. There was something about the way certain men held themselves that showed they were in charge, and that really worked for me. It could take a man who was a seven and make him an eleven in my book. On the other hand, a handsome ten with a meek personality could be reduced to a five.Mr. Confident held a drink in his left hand and raised it to his mouth, but he stopped before drinking. He seemed to sense something and looked around the room. When his eyes caught mine, a slow, wicked smile spread across his face. He excused himself from the conversation and strode toward me.My body tingled as I watched him approach with long strides, and I turned from the group I’d been standing with.

“What a pleasant surprise,” he said.

I tried to appear casual as I sipped my champagne. “I’m filling in for Bickman.”

He nodded. “Of course.”

Grant eyed the group next to me. “Are you here with a date?”

“No. You?”

He smiled and shook his head. “Would a compliment be unwelcome? I wouldn’t want to sexually harass you.”

“Compliments are always welcome, Mr. Lexington.”

His eyes sparkled. Taking hold of my elbow, he led me a few feet away from the group I’d been standing with. “That’s a dangerous thing to say to a man like me.”

“What was the compliment anyway?”

Grant’s eyes swept over me. “You look beautiful tonight.”

I blushed. “Thank you.”

Grant stopped a waiter as he passed. He gulped back the rest of the amber liquid in his glass and slipped the flute of champagne from my hand, setting them both down on the waiter’s tray.

“I was drinking that.”

He motioned for the waiter to move along and returned his attention to me. “I’ll get you more when we’re done.”

“Done with what?”

He held out his hand. “Dance with me.”

I shook my head. “I’m not sure that’s such a good idea.”

He smirked. “I’m fucking positive it’s not.”
 



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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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All Grown Up

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We shouldn’t!

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The Naked Truth

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Sex, Not Love

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Beautiful Mistake

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EGOmaniac

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Bossman

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The Baller

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Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)

Beat

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Throb

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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)

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Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

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Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)

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The Cole Series (2 book serial)

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)

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Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)

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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel) by Vi Keeland & Dylan Scott

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Dirty Letters

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Park Avenue Play

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Hate Notes

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THE RUSH SERIES (2 BOOK SERIES)

Rebel Heir

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Rebel Heart

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Dear Bridget, I Want You

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Cocky Bastard

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Stuck-Up Suit

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Playboy Pilot

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Mister Moneybags

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