Love, Ally by Hannah Gray ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

𝐿𝑜𝓋𝑒, 𝒜𝓁𝓁𝓎 by Hannah Gray is LIVE!  This is a second chance, college sports romance full of heat, heart, and an amazing HEA!

Blurb

The world never granted me much. No warm and cozy home to rest my head, no loving parents to cheer at my games or remember my birthday, and certainly no finer things in life. Just a damn good arm to throw a football and a hunger inside of me that I hoped would lead me straight to the NFL.

I was twelve years old when the universe finally delivered its first gift. A beautiful angel, though my angel certainly wore no halo. She dressed in the same tattered clothes that I did, and her eyes were as lost and broken as mine were.

All it took was one look at her face, and I knew she had been made for me and me alone. From that day forward, my soul was hooked, taken, a slave to hers. Nothing could come between us. I was headed to college and then pro ball, and she would be by my side, where she belonged.

Until one day, she disappeared without a word.

The love of my life, my best friend, was suddenly gone, vanished, evaporated into thin air. Almost as if she were never even here.

Now, over a year later, at Brooks College in Georgia, she’s back. I want vengeance for her leaving me so callously. But one look into her stormy-blue eyes, and I’m enamored yet again.

But she’s keeping secrets. Pushing me away so that they remain buried in the past. She’s forgetting one thing though—when it comes to her, I’ll stop at nothing.

She can’t keep me at arm’s length forever. After all, she is mine.

*This is a complete stand alone in the Brooks University series. A Second Chance Sports Romance.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 3.5
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

Ally and Cole met when they were twelve in a foster home. From that young age, these two were bound by some unseen force. Some may say soulmate…others may say twin flame. It was like two pieces of a puzzle that fit perfectly. Naturally that friendship turned into something more once they got older. Plans were made about the future and no matter what had happened to them in the system, they were moving forward with their lives. Cole was an elite football player with NFL stars in his eyes and Ally had the voice of an angel and aspired to sing or write music. But wherever their talents led them, they planned to do it together.

Ally finds herself between a rock and a hard place in their senior year and ready to move on to college. Only she can’t say a word about it to Cole. It could jeopardize his future in the NFL. So she must make a decision that will leave Cole rocked to his core. She disappears and makes it impossible for him to find her while he is away for football camp. Needless to say, he is heartbroken and irate to find her gone. He takes that anger and puts it all into football the next year of his life trying to move on without her.

When Ally finds herself at a college that she never thought twice about, she has a very hard go of it. But both she and Cole are shocked to see each other on the same campus. Cole is angry and wants answers. Ally feels horrible. But neither of their feelings for each other have changed. Can these two soulmates find a way to come together again or has too much changed?

This was a great, fast read. It didn’t drag on and on…it got right to the point. Their connection was definitely palpable and you felt all of their emotions. I highly recommend this fast paced, second chance love story.

About Hannah Gray

Hannah Gray spends her days in vacationland, living in a small, quaint town on the coast of Maine. She is an avid reader of contemporary romance and is always in competition with herself to read more books every year.

During the day, she loves on her three perfect-to-her daughters and tries to be the best mom she can be. But once she tucks them in at night–okay, scratch that. Once they fall asleep next to her in her bed–because their bedrooms apparently have monsters in them–she dives into her own fantasy world, staying awake well into the late-night hours, typing away stories about her characters. As much as she loves being a wife and mom–and she certainly does love it–reading and writing are her outlet, giving her a place to travel far away while still physically being with her family.

She married her better half in 2013, and he’s been putting up with her craziness every day since. As her anchor, he’s her one constant in this insane, forever-changing world.

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Fighter’s Secret by A. Rivers ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

Title: Fighter’s Secret
Author: A. Rivers
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2021

BLURB

He’s too wild, too unpredictable, and completely off-limits by my coach’s decree.

My life imploded and now I’m halfway around the world, sleeping in my brother’s spare room, and trying to get my sh*t together. A new relationship is the last thing I need. Especially one with my coach-slash-brother’s protégé, cocky cage fighter Devon Green.

Devon’s big heart, sexy swagger, and determination to coax me out of my shell appeal more than they should. I’ve spent years building my defenses, but every stolen moment with him tempts me to tear them down. Unfortunately, I need to keep my hands to myself unless I’m willing to risk losing my home, my job, and my family.

I’ve stepped into the ring dozens of times before, but fighting for love is the most terrifying prospect of all. When the final buzzer sounds, will Devon and I be left standing?

Fighter’s Secret is a standalone sports romance with a confident hero who knows what he wants and a badass heroine who makes him work for it.

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REVIEW

Feels 0
Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

This book was ok for me. It was a take on the forbidden older brother’s best friend genre. Harley is a muay thai fighter who has been living in Thailand for years. She’s recently returned home to stay with her UFC champion brother Seth after a devastating end to her relationship. Her brother owns a gym and she starts to train their with him. Naturally, all the guys in the gym have the bro-code that no one is to hit on or go near Seth’s little sister.

But hot, up and coming start Devon must not get the memo and doesn’t care. He and Harley are attracted to each other immediately and are constantly being thrown together. Once they start having feelings for each other it’s the “I want you but we really shouldn’t” type scenario. There is the usual sneaking around so Seth won’t find out.

This wasn’t super exciting to me for some reason. I didn’t feel the connection between Devon and Harley which kept me from fully engaging. You might find this story completely different and really enjoy it. In fact, I hope you do.

EXCERPT

“So,” Devon continues, rubbing circles on his chest. “This is the part where I ask you out again, yeah?”

I sigh. “If it was, I’d have to turn you down.” Strangely, I find myself regretting that fact, and not just because my body is still wired with attraction to him. He actually seems like a nice guy, but officially off-limits, and not the right match for me anyway.

“Damn.” His lips quirk, but he doesn’t seem upset at all. “Have you decided whether you want me to back off and stop flirting with you?”

My breath quickens. Why does he have to keep asking that and putting the responsibility on me to reject him? Why can’t he be like any other douchey guy who’d ignore what I want and flirt anyway? Because while I can’t date him, I enjoy exchanging hot looks across the gym floor and I don’t want it to end.

“No, I haven’t,” I say, something fizzing in my chest. “I need more time to think about it.”

“Okay, then.” He grins crookedly. “Can I ask what’s holding you back?”

I drag a hand down my face and battle to pull myself together. Dare I be honest with him? I moisten my lips. “The thing is, I’ve recently gone through something that makes it hard for me to trust people, and I’m not denying that I’m attracted to you, but you seem like a good-time guy and that’s not what I’m looking for.”

He cocks his head, the humor fleeing his expression, and his eyes become uncharacteristically serious. “I could be more than a good-time guy for you, Harley.”

A lick of heat runs down my spine. His gaze is so intense. So honest. But from what I’ve seen of him, I’m not sure whether to believe him. The fact is, I hardly know Devon. I knew Thaklaew much better, and I still didn’t see his betrayal coming. Why should I think I’m any better at reading this guy?

“Think on it.” He touches his glove to mine. “Ready for round two?”

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A. Rivers writes romance with strong heroes and heroines who kick butt and take names. She loves MMA fighters, cops, military men, bodyguards, and the protective guy next door who isn’t afraid to fight the odds for love.

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Serves Me Wright by K.A. Linde ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review!

A new standalone fake relationship romance set in the world of the Wrights from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

SERVES ME WRIGHT
K.A. Linde
Release Date: July 20

I never thought I’d say yes to a fake date.

Let alone with Julian Wright.

But I’m stuck attending my perfect brother’s doctoral graduation, and I can’t suffer through another round of parental disappointment. Julian has to go to a charity function he planned with his ex-girlfriend. We both need a date.

Yes, we shared one kiss in a darkened office to make his ex jealous. But it wasn’t real. Was it?

I’m sure I can get through this. Until we get to the house and there’s only one bed.

I’ve pined for Julian for three long years. More than my body is on the line…I need to guard my heart.

Because if I get hurt in our fake relationship, then it serves me Wright.

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Review

Feels 0
Steam 2
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

While I have seriously loved some of the Wright series books, for me, this was not my favorite one. This is Jen and Julian’s story. The last book left us with Julian’s ex betraying him and breaking up. I have to say I was not a Julian fan in that book. His story did sway my feelings for him. Jen and Julian have hid feelings from each other for a few years now. They have steadily remained in the friend zone but secretly pined for each other.

When circumstances have them both pretending to be each other’s significant other, those feelings for each other start to surface. Neither is sure how to handle them. I will say I could see this coming and had me skimming a few pages. But this was a solid book and will look forward to the next in this series. However, Julian’s story was not my favorite one.

Meet K.A. Linde

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

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Black Thorns by Rina Kent ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review!

💛  ℍ𝕆𝕋 ℕ𝔼𝕎 ℝ𝔼𝕃𝔼𝔸𝕊𝔼 💛

𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗥𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗞𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗟𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗨 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼!! 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝗣𝗜𝗖 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁!

#𝟭-𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆!

Blurb

A lie turned into a nightmare.

She broke my heart.

Broke me.

Broke us.

Only one thing could mend the gaping wound she left behind.

Her.

Naomi.

All mine for the taking.

All mine for owning.

All mine.

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 Narrated by Teddy Hamilton & Rose Dioro, featuring Jacob Morgan!

Review

Feels 1
Steam 3.5
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

In the first book, everything took place when these characters were young. I totally felt their connection, angst and attraction to each other. We all know about the mystery pen pal Naomi has and struggled to figure out who he was and what his deal was. I loved the storyline. I loved the mystery with it all. I loved that even though things started with them under certain pretenses, Sebastian really does care about her. I loved it all.

This second book takes place seven years later. After the whole kidnapping thing. They are adults. Sebastian has been miserable all these years wondering what happened to her and why she disappeared the way she did. Naomi has been living in her own hell with Akira…her pen pal. While we do see what has transpired over the past seven years and questions we had get answered, I was not fond of these characters at this age. Call me crazy, but I actually liked the storyline when they were at a younger age. When I read this type of book it’s very rare that there is such a huge time jump. The first book left off in a huge cliffy after the kidnapping. This one fast forwarded seven years with another cliffy that slowly gets told. It definitely was not what I was expecting and maybe for that reason, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first. Just my opinion. It was good and there are some stronger sexy scenes than the first but the characters felt different to me. More than once I was scratching my head wondering about certain things that were happening. I guess for me I got used to these characters at one age and was not prepared to meet them seven years later. And working backwards to fill in the gap.

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ABOUT RINA KENT

Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.

Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.

Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.

Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.

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Owned by the Bratva King by Jagger Cole ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

OWNED BY THE BRATVA KING by Jagger Cole
Release Date: July 8th
Genre/Trope: Captive Romance/ Organized Crime

Synopsis

She’s been mine since the second I saw her.

It would be easy to say I have no business even looking at a girl like River Finn. She’s too young. Too innocent. Too much my daughter’s best friend.

That is, until the gorgeous forbidden fruit becomes my business. A rival bratva kingpin wants her. I want his empire. Kidnapping her as leverage should be an easy, simple business arrangement.

Except there’s nothing easy or simply about this. Not when she captures my piercing gaze. Not when she leaves me hungry and wanting. Not when her sassy mouth and dangerous curves make me weak.

But my world is strength and brutality. There’s no place in it for softness like River. There’s no room for the long-forgotten, smoldering feelings she ignites in me.

Touching her could destroy my empire. Keeping her could start a war. And yet, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

River has no business being in my world. But now, I’m making it my business to make sure she never leaves.

She’s mine—finders, keepers.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 3.5
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

Wow…what a smoothly written, fast paced whirlwind of a story! Only negative thing I have to say is it went too fast. I wish it had been a little longer. River is one of the world’s top models and has been since she is 15 years old. She is mostly a private person and lies low. Her best friend Belle has recently reconnected with her biological father Yuri who River met at a dinner party. She also discovered that Belle’s father is somehow related to the Russian mafia but doesn’t know anything more.

Yuri is not only in the mafia but IS the mafia. He is beyond wealthy, ruthless and super hot. When one of his competitors starts to get out of hand, Yuri knows he has to do something to put him in his place. He heard that this guy has made it his mission to get one of the world’s top models into his bed. Whether she likes it or not. He is obsessed with her and will stop at nothing to get her. Yuri knows that he has to get to her first so he can use her as leverage over his old enemy.

When River arrives for a photoshoot on a yacht, chaos breaks out. She is taken and when the bag is taken off her head, she is relieved to see her best friend’s father. Yuri is beyond shocked to see his daughter’s best friend. He had no clue the model that he was kidnapping right out of his enemy’s hands as leverage was beautiful River. The dinner he had met her at previously had him quite tempted by her beauty and now here she was.

Needless to say things turn quickly. There are some hot sexy scenes, fighting, angst and all that comes along in a Bratva scenario. It was fast paced and a page turner. It was over too quickly! Definitely a must read!

About the Jagger Cole

A reader first and foremost, Jagger Cole cut his romance writing teeth penning various fan-fiction stories years ago. After deciding to hang up his writing boots, Jagger worked in advertising pretending to be Don Draper. It worked enough to convince a woman way out of his league to marry him, though, which is a total win.

Now, Dad to two little princesses and King to a Queen, Jagger is thrilled to be back at the keyboard.

When not writing or reading romance books, he can be found woodworking, enjoying good whiskey, and grilling outside–rain or shine.

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