Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen

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Title: Overnight Sensation

Author: Sarina Bowen

Genre: Sports Romance

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #5 (All can be read as standalones)

Rating: 4 Stars

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Release Date: January 22nd, 2019

 

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Everyone knows the girl is off limits. But it’s so good to be bad.


There’s this girl…
Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don’t do girlfriends, and I certainly can’t get involved with the league commissioner’s daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo.
Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido.

There’s this guy…
Jason wants me, but he won’t admit it. That man looks at me the way a hockey player eyes the lunch buffet after practice–and I love it.
But when victory is finally within my grasp, I blow it and humiliate myself. Even then I can’t even avoid him–as the team intern, I’m in constant view of his hard body and cocky smile.
I need another chance. Jason Castro is about to learn the true meaning of an overnight sensation.

 

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ARC Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Title: Stay

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Series: Wags #2 (Can be read as a stand alone)

Genre: Sports Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All the Feels: 5++++++

Release Date: June 20th, 2017

 

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting… until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

 

 

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Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have written some damn great books together. I didn’t think it was possible for any to surpass my love for HIM, but wow, Stay is reallllly trying to do that.

Stay has the witty banter, humor, and oh so steamy scenes that comes along with books that Sarina and Elle write, but it also tugged at my heart strings a lot more than I was expecting. The writing is excellent and really makes the characters come to live. Their emotions feel raw and genuine, which I really appropriate.

I know some people might be weary to see the word “flirting online” in the blurb because E-mails and messages between characters can get boring. Let me tell you, this is SO not the case. The interactions between Hailey and Eriksson are golden. I lost count at how many times I laughed out loud.

I loved Hailey‘s character. She was the kind of character that most people could see bits of themselves in. She was shy, uncertain at times, but also hungry for success and sure of herself. There is more I’d like to say about her relationship with another character, but I don’t want to give away too much. I know that’s a tease. 😛

As for Eriksson… sigh. He is so swoony. He’s been hurt so he has a bit of a hard shell, but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the guy from the beginning. Seriously. His interactions with his daughters are too cute for words. It will hurt your ovaries. His inner thoughts about Hailey will make you swoon so hard, you will be a puddle on the floor. Total closet romantic. Oh, and did I mention he is one of the best dirty talkers? YEP! I’m still kinda blushing from it.

The chemistry between them is amazing. So hot, it was burning my fingers as I held my kindle. 😉 But more than that, they just have this connection that makes you sigh. It’s so real, so sweet. It’s not all easy, but you can’t help but smile at them. One of the cutest couples.

Of course, I have to mention Rufus, the dog that likes to steal the spotlight. He might not be able to talk, but man, you have to love him! Sometimes he helps makes things deliciously awkward, and other times he helps breaks the ice.

You also get to see Blake and Jess (From Goodbye) and Wes and Jamie (HIM/US). I love, love catching up with them. There are some new characters as well, but I don’t want to give too many details away.

All in all, you really don’t want to miss this. A perfect summer read!

 

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Release Blitz & Review: Confesssions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen

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Title: Confesssions of a Former Puck Bunny

Author: Cindi Madsen

Series: Taking Shots #4 (Can be a standalone)

Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Release Date: May 8th, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I’m just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.

Confession #2: Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I’m powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.

Confession #3: I can’t stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it’d be to cross lines with him.

Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.

Confession #5: If I’m not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I’ll be totally pucked.

 

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I have been a huge fan of the Taking Shot series ever since Getting Lucky Number Seven came out, and had been eagerly awaiting Confesssions of a Former Puck Bunny.
It did not disappoint! This book is swoony, laugh out loud funny, and witty. The perfect way to end a great series!

Lindsay Rivera used to be a puck bunny- a girl who would hook up with hockey players simply because they were hockey players. After getting her heart broken by one, Lindsay decides it’s time to stop, cold turkey. Instead, she spends her time focusing on school and trying to find an internship for after she graduates. Fun and guys are a thing of the past for her. Things are going good, except for one little problem…

Ryder “Ox” Maddox. This young hockey player has his eyes, and heart, on Lindsay, and this guy doesn’t give up easily. When Lindsay needs a math tutor, Ryder eagerly steps in to help. Despite Lindsay’s best efforts, a friendship forms between the two of them. The more time they spend together, the more Lindsay can’t stop thinking about it. But she won’t cross that line. Cause no guy is worth the potential of a broken heart…. right?

When I first heard the plot to this book, I was excited that Cindi was writing about a former puck bunny. In every other hockey book I’ve read, the puck bunny is portrayed in a certain way. That character is usually manipulative, petty and often faceless. Used to create drama.

Lindsay is nothing like that. She’s strong, intelligent, has a good heart, and just happens to have a sex drive. Seeing the world from her POV shows us that things are not always black and white, and we shouldn’t judge others before getting to know them. Cindi creates the ultimate heroine, one who is flawed, real, and has both beauty and brains.

Ryder is sure to make you fall in love with him. Between his gestures towards Lindsay, and his inner thoughts about her, it’s impossible not to swoon over him. Seriously. The two strike up a friendship that while feels natural, is filled with sexual tension and desire. They are sizzling hot together. But it’s deeper than that. They both have issues they are trying to work through and find comfort in the other. The rare, non-judging, I’m completely there for you, type of friendship.

The events in this book take you on an emotional roller coaster. My heart skipped a beat, raced, dropped, and then swelled up. Reading this felt like I just had a cardio work out.

The ultimate romantic, feel good read that you don’t want to miss!

I’m going to miss this series, but I’m excited for what Cindi comes up with next!

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

 

 

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ARC Review: GOOD BOY by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Title: GOOD BOY

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Series: WAGS #1

Genre: Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 5++++ Stars

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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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?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

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When Sarina and Elle write together, it’s pure perfection. Every. Since. Time. GOOD BOY has everything you could possibly want in a book: Flawless writing, great dialogue, laugh out loud moments, characters that steal your heart and make you swoon, and scenes so steamy, it could melt the four inches of snow that’s currently outside.

 When GOOD BOY starts, the only thing on Jess Canning‘s mind is a wedding. Not her own, but the wedding of her brother Jamie and his fiance Wes. Being a wedding planner is hard enough, but even more so when it’s family. So needless to say her mind is definitely not on Blake Riley- or the amazing sexy they had months before. At least, tries not to think about it.

Unfortunately for her, she has been on Blake’s mind. Once with Jess wasn’t enough for Blake, and it’s his mission to get her to give in to him once more. Unfortunately for him, Jess isn’t in the best place in her life. Unlike her siblings, she can’t figure out what her passion in life is for. She has gone from job to job, and can’t stand to make her parents disappointed again.

So the two start an adorable friendship that is filled with the best banter, moments that warm your chest, and sexual tension that is so delicious, you may have the urge to stick your face in the freezer. Errr… not that I did that or anything.

The characters in this book are absolutely the best.

Blake is one of those characters that have a ton of layers to him. He feels so real, and I can promise you will be claiming him as your next book boyfriend. He comes off at times as a loud, slightly over the top guy who doesn’t take things too serious. Mr. Carefree. But man, does Blake have a heart of gold. The way he loves his family, his friends, Jess- it will make you melt. He will have you grinning like crazy and turn your stomach into a butterfly conservatory. I also love that we get to see a whole different side to him, which only adds to the love.

And Jess, well, her growth through this book is incredible. So much about her changes from the first chapter, and you can’t help but root for her along the way. I love that she can hold her own when it comes to Blake and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is with him. She doesn’t fold under his first charming smile, yet instead she puts herself first for a while- it was so refreshing to see a heroine do that.

Of course, we also have the Canning family back and a chance to meet the Riley’s. Jamie and Wes are also in it (YAY), and if you didn’t know, Jamie and Wes have their own story in the M/M books, HIM and US.  You also meet several of Blake’s hockey teammates and there are quite a few that I’m hoping we get books on!

You need to read this book. Easily one of my fave 2017 reads, and yes, I’m aware it’s still January. It’s that good!!!

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Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen

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Title: Crazy Pucking Love

Series: Book 3 in The Taking Shots series (#1 Getting Lucky Number 7 and #2 Anatomy of a Player)

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: NA, Sports Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 5+ Stars

Release Date: November 7th, 2016

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

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I just met the girl of my dreams.

Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss.

Megan is completely off-limits—her brother makes that very clear—and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right?

The only problem is, love makes you do crazy things, like breaking all the rules.

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I was so excited to start reading this book. I’m a huge fan of Cindi Madsen and the Taking Shots series, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. Crazy Pucking Love is everything I thought it would be- witty, romantic, hot enough to melt the ice- and then some!

Megan Davenport is a girl on a mission. She just started college and is determined to find herself and take control of her life. Experience new things. No more doing everything someone else says, no more trying to change herself to fit what other people want. Alright, and she might just be on the lookout for a guy that can fit her boyfriend criteria. So when her roommate invites her along to a party, Megan decides to give it a go. There she meets Dane, (in one of my favorite scenes ever) and has a insta-crush on him.

Dane Kowalski doesn’t realize the hot girl he is flirting with is off-limits. Not until after he kisses Megan does he realize that she is the little sister of his teammate AND caption, Beck. It’s for the best anyway- he is in no position to have a girlfriend, and Megan seems like relationship type. Still, he can’t seem to stay away from her, especially after he discovers they both have trouble sleeping and are up most nights into the late hours.

Megan knows she can’t be with Dane. He’s made that more than clear. And even though she typically doesn’t like hockey players, she can’t stop her crush from growing- even after she agrees to be just friends. As their friendship goes on, they get closer and closer, and the sexual tension gets stronger and stronger. And even though the cons out weigh the pros, they both start to wonder ‘what if?’.

I just love Megan. I love that she is quirky and fun, beautiful and a bit of a math dork. Cindi Madsen writes the best female characters, always smart and beautiful, with a dash of quirkiness. Megan has been through a lot so does seem more mature at times, then other time she shows her age, which I appreciate. She felt like a real college freshmen to me. I loved her relationship with Beck, as well as with Lyla.

Dane was a bit more complex. He was a nice guy with a good heart, even though he doesn’t realize it. He is kinda hot and cold with Megan, with is frustrating at times, but it also made you really feel what Megan is feeling. He isn’t doing it to just be an ass, he has real reasons for his battle between his brain and heart.

Their friendship is everything. So adorable. However, the attraction between them is obvious, so even if they start off as friends, it’s clear they both want more. The chemistry between them is sizzling hot, I loved reading their journey.

It was also nice to see some familiar faces of the past couples, Beck & Lyla and Hudson and Whitney.

If you love sports romance- or even just cute college romance- this is a book you don’t want to miss! I mentioned it is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone.

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Cover Reveal- Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen

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Author: Cindi Madsen

Title: Crazy Pucking Love

Series: Taking Shots #3 (Getting Lucky Number Seven #1, Anatomy of a Player #2)

Release date: November 7th, 2016

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I just met the girl of my dreams.

Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss.

Megan is completely off-limits—her brother makes that very clear—and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right?

The only problem is, love makes you do crazy things, like breaking all the rules.

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USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Visit her at www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.

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