BLOG TOUR ~ TEAM PLAYER: A Sports Romance Anthology

Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…

TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!


Publication Date: December 14th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

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Hot jocks. We love them all.

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

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

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

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

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Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

A fun, sexy and quick read. Cam a professional snowboarder hooks up with Mollie who is in a fake relationship with Tucker to appease their families. Mollie and Cam had a one night stand. A few months later they meet again and surprise, surprise! This pair’s story is so steaming hot it’s enough to melt the snow in Aspen. (Rating: 3.5 stars)

Sin Bin by Mandi Beck

This is a light-hearted and fast paced hockey romance written in alternative points of view. Joshua and Stella’s story started as a four night stand. They met and sparks fly, had a wild weekend and went their separate ways. Six months later they bump into each other and he’s in for a big surprise. Will he own up to his new responsibility? She’s a college student and he’s a professional hockey player I do hope they get it sorted out. (Rating: 4 stars)

Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart

This angsty second chance romance features a baseball pro and a wary PR executive. Ren and Erica met by chance and it was love at first sight. It was baseball that got them together but it also tore them apart. He thought she felt the same but he didn’t realise that her problems with the game ran deeper. A few years later and they were thrown in together. Some questions need to be answered and someone needs to forgive. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

This short romance is written in dual points of view. A former NBA player and a successful sportscaster meet for an interview in the locker rooms. He liked her but she wasn’t impressed. Ten years later they meet again. Avery and Decker’s story is a steamy and bumpy ride of an emotional rollercoaster that will break your heart but there just might be a silver lining for them if Avery opens up to Decker and let him in. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Out of Formation by Ella Fox

This is a sweet romance featuring a former NFL player and a cheerleader. Elena has had a crush on Colin since she was eight years old. Even with the age gap between these two there’s no denying they were meant for each other. Their relationship will make you swoon and melt your heart. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Slapped Into Love by Rochelle Paige

A light-hearted romance between a hockey pro and an Olympic medallist speed skater. Tamara and Ryan’s story starts with a one night stand, she was gone when he woke up. This pair’s drive for excellence in their respective sports parallels their steamy and hot romps in bed that will not only warm the cockles of your heart but also melt your knickers. A totally enjoyable read, you don’t want to miss it! (Rating: 4 stars)

Back In The Game by Meghan Quinn

I have always loved this author’s funny rom-com stories. Calder is a pro hockey player, a single parent to five year old Shea and the love of his life. Rachel is a kindergarten teacher who is as sassy as they get. One good thing about a short story is it cuts out all the drama and BS and gets right down to the meat of the story. Two people who fall in love fast and have a go at it. Super fun to read! (Rating: 5 stars)

One Good Man by Emma Scott

Wow! I am totally blown away by this very emotional love story of Adrian, a French footballer and Janey, an American student journalist that will surely touch your heart. Told in dual points of view this well written narrative captures the essence of Janey and Adrian’s journey through the 70s, the world reeling from the effects of the war in Vietnam, the soldiers and their families. Vivid images of two countries: America and France amidst the backdrop of French football league with exceptional characters is what you get from this fantastic novella. A short but powerful story, packs a punch! (Rating: 5 stars)

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

When Lucy, Amelia’s identical twin asked her to bail her out from her date with Dash, a baseball player in their school Amelia didn’t have any choice but to agree with the switch. After all they have done this a few times when they were younger. Little did she know that she’d fall for Dash and some things get a tiny bit complicated. This young adult romance of Dash and Amelia is fun and sweet. Told in alternating points of view, this young couple is perfectly matched. (Rating: 4 stars)

End Zone by L.J. Shen

This is a childhood friends to lovers romance written in alternating points of view. Reading this author’s angsty novella makes you wish there was more because I felt like a passenger in a speeding car looking out the window watching Sage and Jolie’s life on a blur. Sage is the star quarterback of the school and Jolie his best friend since they were little is also his roommate. This well written romance captures their budding friendship which later on develops into deeper love when they grow up.  This is a great short story about young love. (Rating: 5 stars)

This anthology is a great collection of different stories, just perfect for a lazy weekend of binge reading. The stories will make you feel emotional, make you smile and you have a bit of a laugh at the antics of some characters. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy! Over all rating: (5 stars)

Meet the authors:

LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Adriana Locke:

 A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.

From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.

I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

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Mandi Beck:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

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Emma Scott:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

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Charleigh Rose:

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters.

Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.

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Ella Fox:

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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Sara Ney:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Meghan Quinn:


Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

​Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Kate Stewart:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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Rochelle Paige:

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

Behind the Bars Wrap

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.


Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.


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When Cherry puts pen to paper, the reader knows the eloquence of her writing is going to be spoil them. She simply has a way with words and in the case of Behind the Bars, her narrative is nothing less than lyrical. An extremely high standard was set with the publication of The Air He Breathes and quite honestly difficult to beat. However, I have to say her latest full-length novel had me enthralled. And seeing as I’m a lover of Jazz, the references made to this music genre in its birthplace of New Orleans was outstanding. The cover has to be mentioned, too. The protagonists have been meaningfully depicted not as teenagers, but as a requiem of two mature souls who intentions are to be together in their musical world.

“No woman can only fall in love with the music of jazz. She always quietly yearns for the musician behind the bars.”

Although I’m an avid music listener, I’m not so keen on reading love stories about musicians. Ah, but this one is so very different and not at all what I expected! Once again, Cherry’s storytelling wizardry seduced me. Some would say she’s written a second chance romance. I’d say it’s about friends who lost their way in the worst possible scenario and after much suffering, eventually find a sliver of light worth fighting for. That light came from a source which I can’t possibly mention without spoiling the read for you, but believe you me, Cherry went to great lengths to get the message home with a sensitivity second to none.

“…music shouldn’t live in a basement. It’s meant to be spread around to fix people’s scars or something. I hate doing it.”

Words didn’t flow easily for Elliot Adams. He interpreted them the only way he knew how; by playing chords on the bar lines, by giving his natural gift all he had to give, making himself be heard. But this wasn’t the only reason someone’s attention was brought to him. Unfortunately, growing up with a handicap at school can not only become a burden, but also a nightmare. I fell head over heels for Elliot and everything he went through, broke my heart into smithereens. The crux of the matter comes to a head too late. The damage is done to a damaged soul…and I cried.

“In life, you have the nobodies and the somebodies,” he explained. “It just so happens I’m a nobody.”

If Elliot was going through hell, Jasmine Greene had her own problems of a completely different nature. Her eventual maturity astounded me, so why did I not take to her as quickly as I would have liked to is probably because I thought she could have stood up for herself more. She certainly knew how to stand up for others; however, I felt some of her actions were erroneous and unnecessary, causing more harm than good. Clearly, her intentions were to help and protect, not hinder or aggravate matters further. Also, she was too eager to please and would do anything to make that one person who had a strong hold on her, whose ambitious determination reflected on their own persona, love her for what she was. Not because Jasmine had a deep-rooted musical aptitude. Here, I have to say that as always, the author’s character and storyline development is sublime.

“Being strong is loving the broken pieces of your loved ones.”

As the story unravels, time is of great consequence and not to be taken lightly since the reader is taken on a healing journey; an insightful and extremely emotional recovery of two beautiful broken protagonists. It becomes a reflection on how to forgive and is certainly a harsh lesson we could all learn from. Told from both points of view in past, what I really liked was how Elliot would turn a comment into a question. And I can’t say how much I loved Cherry’s narrative of family values which reminded me never to take life’s simple things for granted. An excellent read I highly recommend one-clicking. Bravo Cherry!

“Yes, Elliott?”
“I’m going to kiss you?”
I laughed lightly. “Is that a question?”



By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.


It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.

About the Author

Hi! I’m Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I’m learning, things I’m re-learning, things I’m forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

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Title: Big Man

Author: Penny Wilder

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: 6th December


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He thinks he’s too big for me. I like a challenge.

On my 25th birthday I received a letter. My mother had left me a piece of land in her will– the farm I grew up on as a child. Her last request was that I restore it… and how could I say no?

So I returned to my little town full of big memories. Nothing has changed here.

Except for Grant Werther.

When we were kids, I barely saw him. Now I can’t miss him. The guy is HUGE; all muscle and beard, like some hardened mountain man. He’s intimidating… and definitely sexy, in an alpha-male-cowboy kind of way.

Turns out his dad owns part of my farm and he’s got the papers to prove it. That means I can’t do anything without Grant’s approval. On top of that, this jerk says I’m too “city girl” to be here.

And the way he openly stares at my ass in my cut-off jeans makes it clear what he thinks I’d be good at.

He’s the biggest man I’ve ever seen and I admit, I’m curious what he’s hiding in his boxers.

I didn’t know he’d catch me peeking.

Now he won’t stop teasing me. He keeps saying I could never handle him, that he’d break me in two. I know I don’t have to prove him wrong…

But I want to.

This is a full length novel with a HEA and NO cheating!

Penny Wylder writes just that– wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they’re a little dirty, so if you’re looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!


★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Returning home to her roots was never in Sasha’s plan, trust a parent to know which strings to pull to achieve that goal. Sasha returns to the small country town she grew up in and is forced into the unlikeliest of partnerships. Grant Werther is a hard working, simple man who truly believes it is better to live in the country than it is to live in the city. And he is the reason this book is called Big Man and oh help me, is he a big boy!

‘His biceps are as thick as my thigh, and I can’t help thinking, as I watch him lift and ready the ax to swing, how easily he could toss me around a bedroom’

Big Man is a second chance romance about two people who knew each other in childhood, and who never could get over the fears and anxiety of telling one another how they feel.

‘ “You’re exactly the same girl you used to be”, he said. How can I be? I’ve run as far from her as I possibly can.’

‘I knew him again the moment I saw him. I’m still the girl I used to be–and he’s still the boy he was too.’

Big Man is pure decadence, it’s a meal consisting only of desserts. Grant Werther is sex incarnate. A male popsicle I’d gladly run away and not be willing to share. This is such a stunningly hot read with so many sweet parts that I’ll be sure to brush my teeth after reading this one, I don’t need anymore cavities! The most touching aspect of this book was the description of small town living and how the residents can be, both the good and the bad points.

“This feels more real than any of that ever did.”




I round the edge of the house and stop dead on the path, forgetting for a moment about my rage. Hell, even about the pebbles I’m standing on.

In front of me, shirtless and sheened in sweat, is the most perfectly sculpted man I have ever seen.

He could be made of bronze the way he’s posing now, weighing the axe over his shoulder as he eyes the stack of wood in front of him, balanced on the same tree stump where my Mama used to chop her own wood years ago. I can count every single muscle on his chest, from his pecs down his washboard abs to the perfect V that points like an arrow straight down, to a faint line of dark hair that I can’t help tracing to the fly of his jeans.

Damn jeans.

It takes every ounce of my self-control not to drool when he swings the axe all over again, distracting me with the surge and flow of his biceps, the way even his back ripples with strength. He’s got longer hair than I’m typically into, bound in a tight bun at the nape of his neck, dark and curly, to judge by the few flyaways that have escaped the hair tie.

I’m still gawking when he turns to look at me.

Holy shit. No way.

My jaw threatens to drop completely open because I realize—only when he looks straight at me head—I know this guy.

Grant Werther. The formerly scrawny kid who used to chase me around this lawn every summer while our parents talked shop. His dad owned a farm up the road, had the same business problems to deal with as Mom.

I have to say, he’s filled out nicely. His face, which used to be all thin angles, now features sharp cheekbones, a cut jaw and a fine nose. His eyes are dark too, piercing where they catch mine and lock, and his dark, full beard only accentuates his looks.

I swallow so hard I nearly gulp down my tongue in the process.

As for him, he shows no signs of recognizing me at all. Fine, if he wants to play at that game. “What are you doing here?” I manage to ask, finally recovering my wits.

“I could ask you the same thing.” He runs a hand over his hair, taming a few of those wisps, and narrows his eyes. “This is private property, Miss.”y 


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A USA Today Bestselling author and #1 Amazon bestselling author, Penny Wylder writes what you’d expect– wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they’re a little dirty, so if you’re looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!

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Title: Drive

Author: Jacob Chance

Genre: Sports Romance

Subgenre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: 1st December

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Reviewed by Donna Elsegood on behalf of KFF

Carter Murphy a 26-year-old has moved back to her parents after getting betrayed in the worst way possible. Dependable and moulded into the perfect wife for Joseph who was heading into a career in politics, only to be dumped spectacularly as he slept with her so called best friend and subsequently made her pregnant. Carter has always played it safe with her life being what she thought others wanted her to be, until she sees the hot guy at her sister’s engagement party after drinking copious amounts of champagne. Carter does something out of character and drags the stranger to the hallway where she goes in for a steamy kiss. Carter tells him she doesn’t want to know his name and she won’t give hers leaving him somewhat dumbfounded at this whirlwind.

Nick O’Shea. The college football star who also has his sights set on MMA fighting is a smooth talking, cocky guy who is used to getting his own way. A few months later after the kiss with the pretty girl in pink, he discovers Carter is the sister of his buddy Noah’s girlfriend Reagan. Nick has a reputation for being the life and soul of the party and an all-round fun guy but underneath it all, he wants to find that special girl. He is attracted to Carter and sets about breaking down the walls she has built up. To say he is relentless is an understatement. The two become firm friends but the passion and attraction between the two was palpable. I wasn’t fooled by Nicks persona; underneath it all there is a sweet, caring swoon worthy guy.

This romcom friends to lovers romance had some laugh out moments and a real feel good aura to it. Beautifully written with plenty of content to keep the reader entertained. This was reading escapism at its best. There are food references and  a song that stayed stuck in my head long after reading Drive. The fun-loving dialogue and banter between the two was well put together making me smile on more than one occasion. Drive also features some favourite characters from Punched and Penalty and it was lovely catching up with them. The attraction between the two was a slow burn, emphasising on getting to know each other and building a friendship mixed with sexual tension. The steamy moments happened; however it was great to have more of a story and character development because the chemistry just oozed from the pages.

I finished reading Drive with a huge smile and a fluttering heart. Its refreshing to have a real feel good read once in a while and this certainly hit the spot. The author did a fantastic job at capturing my attention from the first page right to the end. I couldn’t stop thinking about the book long after and it will be worth rereading just to have those funny moments all over again. Mr Chance tells the story in dual point of view and he certainly has a talent of putting together a great story. I don’t know how he comes up with all these ideas, but he is a storytelling genius and he deserves the five stars awarded for getting this book stuck in my head. I guess that’s his work done when that happens to a reader. Anyone that reads this is in for a real treat and all I can say is pick it up and get #Nickstracted like I did.

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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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The Bachelor Contract, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available NOW!!


The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: November 28th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

A second-chance romance from the #1 NYT bestseller of The Bet, Matchmaker and Elite series!

She’s everywhere.


Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see…ever.

And now that he’s working beside her every day, he can’t escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he’d only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:

Alcohol wasn’t going to solve this.

He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.


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4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Love turns to hate and passion turns to anger in this second chance romance.

When Brant and Nikki fell in love years ago, they believed it was forever and weren’t they heart achingly wrong. For four years they didn’t speak, lived separate lives, and tried to move on from the tragedy and soul ripping pain they had endured. Four years apart and the pain and suffering is still as raw as it was the day they broke each other in two. A meddling family friend with a small amount of arm bending places Brant and Nikki on a collision course.

The first third part of this book was like a multi car pile up; blood, debris and glass scattered for as far as the eye can see. Brant was so far down the rabbit hole of misery and pain he bled alcohol. Nikki lived from day-to-day trying to forget and move on from her past. Brant is business savvy and smart when not hiding at the bottom of a bottle. Nikki makes him crazy and makes his head swirl with memories, some he wants and others he would rather forget. Nikki blames him for an awful lot of her bad history, but try as she might she can’t seem to shake her feelings for the man.

‘Maybe it wasn’t the man’s job to chase; maybe the woman needed to choose to fight too. choose to fight for them when tragedy hits the man in the knees and keeps him down.’

This is the third book in the series and I didn’t feel like I missed much not reading the first two, however, after reading this book I so badly want to read Bentley and Brock’s stories. Each of the Wellington brothers is broken in a way that I simply can’t understand. They were raised by their grandfather, a man who is so rigid and unbending, but so full of love for his grandsons it’s heart wrenching to witness. The story has more downs than ups in the first half and I’d suggest a box of tissues. The pain and suffering is palpable and intense. Deep breaths are required at certain points and I even had to walk away a time or two. The pain that Nikki and Brant share is tragic and unfathomable. How could two people go through that kind of trauma and not end up where they did?

‘Death had a way of breaking the living. and maybe that was why they didn’t survive. Because they were both halves of a whole that didn’t make it. Maybe that was their destiny, to always be in each other’s lives but never get the happy ending.’


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RachelVanDykenRachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

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 True power is never held by good men, only the most perfect of villains. And she and I are both villains… 

I stole her, and she’s so very angry. The cartel princess doesn’t like being a pretty little pawn. She fights me when she should fear me. But oh, how her defiance excites me. 

She would kill me if she could, and I’d ruin her if I had an ounce less control. What a twisted game we play with sweet threats and cruel promises. I crave her madness in the most depraved ways because I know she’ll be so beautiful when she bleeds.

A queen who could set the world on fire and a king who would call it rain. Two very bad people who want very bad things are never safe together. 

Some love stories have no heroes.

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Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF

Another blood thirsty from the delectable duo that is Stevie J Cole and LP Lovell. Oh, how they craft such tales of madness and mayhem that satisfies the dark readers palette. This pair offer and exceed expectations every time they come together. If you’ve read and been following Jude and Tor through Wrong, Wire and War (The Wrath Trilogy) then you’ll know exactly who Ronan Cole and Camilla Estrada is and you’ll have been waiting with baited breath for their story. Bad does not disappoint.

Ronan Cole…he’s no bookie. For me, he didn’t light a candle to the likes of Jude Pearson but I think that lies in the fact that the ‘Russian’ is more controlled, more calculated. Isn’t fuelled by that raw passion we all know called love. There’s a restraint in his actions, for the most part, and I felt a little disconnect with him. Camilla Estrada (Gabe’s sister) is the epitome of strength. What she brings to Ronan Cole’s table confuses him, but he never takes his eye off the goal – she’s a pawn to use and he cleverly figured her role out at the beginning, which made her a commodity he wanted to bend to his will. And she does…but with her own agenda.

This book is not for the squeamish, which is really a given if you know these author’s work. You can expect to read brutal scenes of violence in all their gory details, I’d be disappointed if they hadn’t written it that way in all honesty.

A gripping read, only let down by the fact that I didn’t feel the desperate intensity of previous books and thus fell flat in places for me. Was I looking for a man to fall in love with a woman and chaos to ensue? No, but I expected a softening so when I reached the end I was surprised. Loved the cliffhanger – it’s a doozy – and suited the conclusion for now. I do wait eagerly for the next instalment.

As always, these authors write seamlessly together. You can’t tell who is writing what part, even when you know how they write together. To me that is something special, these authors connect in such a fantastic way.

So, a four-star review for me. I hate comparing books to previous ones, but it can’t be helped with Bad because the story is essentially a continuation. Give me some intensity and passion instead of control and plans and you’ll hook me into five stars for book two. Highly recommended if you like your dark reads. These women rock the genre!

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

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Bodyguard, the highly anticipated new standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is available NOW!

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Bodyguard by CD Reiss

Release Date: November 14th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.

As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.

Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.

Carter’s the best in the business, and Emily is—professionally speaking—off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she’s making all the right moves. What’s happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily’s past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For these two, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.


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I’m really enjoying the books in this series, this is officially the second but there is another which ties in with the Hollywood A-List books. It’s quite funny really, how much I like these I mean. Because this kind of book isn’t my normal type of read. I think the author has thrown in just enough of a suspense angle to keep me hooked. Bodyguard, unfortunately, is the least of my favourites.

First off, the story is great. The author always manages to sneak a plot thread into her books that knocks me off kilter and this time it was Phin. I remember saying that when she writes these threads, I get it instantly, but they hurt my heart. Bodyguard is no exception. I liked the pace at which the story flowed, it felt in keeping with the length of the book and didn’t at all feel rushed or lost momentum. Not an overly unique story, perhaps individual elements are but it didn’t read like a done to death trope which is always a bonus. What I did find lacking was the magic. After recently reading Prince Roman I was very aware of the lack of spark. In writing and character.

This is where my four-star rating comes in. The characters. Carter and Emily. I felt an awful big disconnect with them both and I think it stunted my enjoyment for the book. My CD Reiss reads are normally five stars, for good reason but Carter appeared really wooden, I didn’t make much of him, still felt he was a relatively closed book until the end. And Emily…I don’t know, I wasn’t a fan of the woman for no particular reason. I felt her a little wishy-washy, bit clingy maybe but I didn’t find me rooting as hard for them as I have for CD’s characters in the past.

So, a tricky one for me. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it and that’s okay for me. It’s CD Reiss – of course we’re going to recommend. If she isn’t a one click author for you, you’re missing out.

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“Are we going to have another ‘about last night’ conversation?” I asked.

“If you want to.”

What did I want to say? Everything. but mostly, I wanted to tell him how much I liked kissing him and how conflicted I was. I wanted to demand answers immediately and give him space at the same time.

All the words tried to jump forward, but when he stopped at a light, our eyes met in the rearview. The words landed in a tangle, unsaid.

He tapped the steering wheel when he turned it, using both hands for the first time since I’d gotten in.

“Hey,” I said.

“Yeah?” He briefly looked at me in the mirror.

“What happened to your hand?”

“Burn.” he brushed his left hand over the bandage at the top of his palm, right where you’d burn it if you were picking up a hot pot handle. He caught my eye in the rearview again.

I didn’t know if I believed him.

“What were you cooking?”


“And you still went to get a Danish?”

He rubbed his upper lip with his left hand and tapped the wheel with the bandaged one.

“I burned my eggs.”

Right. Hot pot. Burned hand. Smoke-filled kitchen.

“You know what’s funny?” I said.

The Three Stooges.”

“I don’t know anything about you. You could live in your mother’s basement.”

“That’s just where I bury the bodies.”

Blatant avoidance. It had been cute before; now it was getting on my nerves.

“Are you married?”


He could have been lying, buy lying liars always lied. There wasn’t a thing I could do about that except make sure I asked.

Something was wrong. We’d kissed twice, and twice he’d shut down. I should have been the one shutting down. I was the one with all the ex-boyfriend baggage. Why was I the one who was always so willing?

But there he was in the front seat, driving with both hands on the wheel, glancing at me once in a while to make sure I wasn’t choking on my tongue in the back seat. Discomfort radiated out of him.

Here I was with my hands in my lap thinking about ways to kiss him again.

He pulled into the little lot and wedged into a space. He turned off the car, popped his seat belt, and stared at the wheel for a split second too long. I was about to open the car door myself when he turned all the way around, arm over the back of his seat, bandaged hand on the back of the passenger side.

“Kissing you…” He stopped and looked at my lips so intensely I folded them back and bit them. “You’re dangerous. I can’t even see your lips, but I can taste them. I couldn’t brush the taste of you out of my mouth this morning. Right now. The honey. I can taste it but not enough. I want to kiss you again, and I can’t. I lose my shit around you. I can’t do it. My job is control. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

My jaw loosened, and I let my lips go.

“No, I don’t. I’ve met bodyguards before. You’re a stoic bunch, but you’re not all celibate. And if you think this is easy for me, you’re wrong. I’m afraid too. I’m afraid you’re going to get hurt because of me. last night…” I put my fingertips to my lips as if that would keep the choking sob from coming. I kept it back. “Last night he showed me he’s back, and if he’ll hurt me, he’ll hurt you.”

If I thought seats would be a barrier between us, I was wrong. He launched himself between them and placed his lips on mine. Our third kiss was unexpected, uncomfortable with him stretched between front and back. I wove my fingers in his hair, giving him my mouth, and taking his.

I wanted that kiss to tell him it was all right. He could lose control. He could bemore than a protector. He was as safe with me as I was with him. But I couldn’t without lying to both of us.

He yanked his lips away.

“Trust me.” He leaned his forehead against mine.



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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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