Genre: Sports & Recreation

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Aug 11
{Review+Giveaway} Playing by Her Rules by @AmyAndrewsbooks @BrazenBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Playing by Her Rules by @AmyAndrewsbooks @BrazenBooks

Playing by Her Rules is the first book in a new contemporary romance series, called the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, by Amy Andrews. I suppose you could call this a second chance at love novel, but it is like an ex novel. I really liked the story line in this one, because surprisingly it is one that I have not seen done much. Matilda is a writer, and she gets assigned to cover one of her ex-boyfriend’s rugby team- sparks fly. And I don’t necessarily mean positive sparks. I loved how feisty Playing by Her Rules was. It was so much fun to read! I have to say, the whole cover makes Tanner seem all kinds of devilish. And at first glance, I can’t say that description is too far off. But make no mistake, Matilda can more than hold her own. She is not letting go of the past, even though Tanner is determined to get her to change her mind. It was a battle of wills between these… Read more »

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Jun 16
{Review+Giveaway} Crossing the Line by @AudraNorth @Barclay_PR @SMPRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Crossing the Line by @AudraNorth @Barclay_PR @SMPRomance

A reporter looking for a big break gets involved with a race car driver with a secret that could destroy his entire team if they find out. Crossing the Line is the third book in the adult (though it felt more like New Adult to me) Hard Driving series by Audra North. Audra is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I absolutely LOVED Pushing Her Luck and now I have really loved Crossing The Line as well. This is the first book that I have read from the Hard Driving series, and now I want to race out (ha- see what I did there.) and get the first two books in the series. Crossing the Line is the final book in the series, and each one of them can be read as a standalone. Crossing the Line is the story of an up and coming journalist that is trying her hardest to make a name for herself, and a racing driver that is trying his hardest to create a… Read more »

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May 26
{Review} Completing The Pass by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

{Review} Completing The Pass by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

Completing the Pass is the fifth book in the Santa Fe Bobcats series. The Santa Fe Bobcats series is an adult sports romance series about a professional football team. I have not read the first three books in the series, but I did read the fourth book, Romancing the Running Back, and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I liked Josiah from that book so much that one of the only things I disliked about Completing The Pass was that I hardly got to see him at all in this one. It mostly features Trey, from book one, and because I have not (yet) read his story, I didn’t have as much of a connection with him. Although, I have to say he seems like a great guy and after seeing how crazy in love him and Cassie are, I can’t wait to read his story. After reading two of the books in the middle of the series, I can now confidently say three things. 1) These books really can be… Read more »

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May 02
{Review+Giveaway} Single by @Collette_West

{Review+Giveaway} Single by @Collette_West

Single is the first book in the new spin off series of the New York Kings Series by Collette West, called Stockton Beavers. While I have not read the entire New York Kings series, yet, I have read a couple of the books and I really enjoyed them, so I knew that I was probably going to enjoy this one just as much. It was a tough read for me, because of the subject matter but I loved the story and romance. Luke and Roberta are a great match, and Single is a really great story. Collette West always does a good job with her books. I loved that this one is the start of a new series, but still takes place in the New York Kings world. Luke has been dealt a rough hand. I felt for him so much. To be dealing with a career changing injury as well as taking care of a parent with Alzheimer’s. It was an emotional read for me. I loved Luke so… Read more »

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May 01
{ARC Review} Rush by @AuthorShaeRoss @EPEmbrace

{ARC Review} Rush by @AuthorShaeRoss @EPEmbrace

Rush is a standalone new adult contemporary romance by Shae Ross. This is the second book that I have read, and loved by Shae so far. (The first was Pretty Smart Girls: Lace Up) She has this awesome knack for writing great characters. (I have been on a roll lately with wonderful chemistry in the romances I have been reading. Which is perfectly timed after about a month of just ok books.) Rush is a college sports romance featuring the school quarterback and the captain of the girls soccer team, and just like in Pretty Smart Girls, there was also a theme of guys v. girls in this book. Rush is told in dual narrative between Priscilla and Preston, and from the very first moment I knew I was going to love them. The first scene in the book shows them at a Halloween party and they are dressed up as chewbacca and little bo peep. They cracked me up in that scene, and then the you know what all… Read more »

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Apr 19
{Review} Saving Maverick by @Debra_Elise #BloomsburySpark

{Review} Saving Maverick by @Debra_Elise #BloomsburySpark

Saving Maverick is the first book in the new adult Outlaws of baseball series by Debra Elise. I love the bloomsbury spark line, but for some reason I was under the impression that it was for more young adult line of books, but this was most certainly a new adult romance. I am really excited that the spark line is branching out into (or maybe has always done) new adult romances as well. Saving Maverick is a really yummy first book in the Outlaws of baseball series. It is a fluffy romances with depth. And I can’t wait to read some more of the players stories. I already have a feeling as to another pairing, and if I am right, it is going to be a great one! Saving Maverick is told in dual narrative between Maverick and Kelsey. I really liked both Kelsey and Mav. I love a guy that knows exactly what he wants and goes after it relentlessly. I admired the heck out of Mav for just… Read more »

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Jan 15
{Review} Love So Perfect by Marquita Valentine @marquitaval

{Review} Love So Perfect by Marquita Valentine @marquitaval

Love So Perfect is the 5th book in the Lawson Brothers series by Marquita Valentine, but each of the books can be read as a standalone. They each focus on, you guessed it, a different Lawson Brother. Love So Perfect is Austin’s story. Austin is the first Lawson brother that I have had the pleasure of meeting and I have to say that I fell head over heels in love with him. (Well, him and Harper, I guess. But mostly him.) Love So Perfect is a classic contemporary sports romance. Not to mention very current with the older woman, young man thing going for it. Austin is back in town trying to play PR control while he cleans up his image after a recent scandal in the media. Insert “good girl” Harper Bell, and Austin think she is just what he needs to reinvent himself. I found Love So Perfect to be a really cute read. I loved the characters. Harper is such a sweet girl, with just a side… Read more »

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Dec 26
{ARC Review} Romancing the Running Back by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

{ARC Review} Romancing the Running Back by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

  Romancing the Running Back is the fourth book in the Santa Fe Bobcats series. The Santa Fe Bobcats series is an adult sports romance series about a professional football team. I have not read the first three books in the series, but I thought this one was the perfect one for me to jump into the series with, because it was the wedding (planning) for the couple from the first book, Cassie and Trey. We get to see the couple from the first three stories, and it let me decide which ones I wanted to read, but the main focus was on Josiah and Anya, making it totally seamless for a new fan to the series to be able to jump right in and start with their story. I loved how opposite, at first glance, Josiah and Anya seemed. He is an eco friendly to the extreme conservationist, and she is a purely aesthetic (at least on the surface) person. There is a lot more to Anya, but we… Read more »

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May 22
{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

Center Ice is the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series, a new young adult (possibly new adult in future books) contemporary romance series about a Major-minor league hockey team. It is told in dual narrative between Tyler and Karen. I really enjoyed that because I have been reading more paranormal books lately and I have to say I have missed my dual narrative contemporary romances. And I didn’t even realize that I missed them until I started reading Center Ice. One of the great things about Center Ice…other than the Hockey players…is that the characters are so completely read. You are going to see the good, the bad and the ugly from Karen and even Tyler. They are both great, but Karen especially found herself in a less than desirable situation, and she is a 16 year old girl. So she sometimes had a tendency to let her snarky and bratty side show. Not that I really blamed her though. I think having to go live with the… Read more »

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Mar 17
{Review+Giveaway} Perfect Game by @Collette_West

{Review+Giveaway} Perfect Game by @Collette_West

Perfect Game is the fourth book in the Adult sports romance series, Night Games. The series each focuses on a different player on the baseball team, the New York Kings. Perfect Game focuses on Scott, who is a notorious womanizer. At this point, I am thinking that practically all the New York Kings are. The books  are each complete standalones, but I will warn you that this one picks up right in the middle of a scene so it feels like you are initially missing something, but you aren’t. That is just the way the book starts, but don’t worry, once you get past those first two scenes everything starts to make sense and you get backstory. As a side note Perfect Game and the whole series is really an adult sports romance series, but it straddles the line between New Adult and adult because of the age of a few of the characters. What I liked about Scott’s story was that it felt very natural. Scott doesn’t do commitment… Read more »

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