Big Talking Man by Marquita Valentine ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt

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Big Talking Man by Marquita Valentine
Series: Kings of Castle Beach #2
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Growing up, Tate Prescott was just my older brother’s best friend, but over the years he became my first love… and my biggest secret.

Yes, you read that right…Tate Prescott, The Tate Prescott, Hollywood Superstar and now the most sought after movie director in the industry is mine. We’ve hidden our relationship from the world for so long that it’s become second nature. The last thing we wanted was a media frenzy to rain down on us.

But after my little brother drowned at sea and I became wrapped up in the guilt of knowing that his death was my fault, I shut down… and Tate left when I needed him the most.

Four months have passed since then, and now Tate’s back in town, demanding that I give him thirty days to make our relationship work.

All I want is to forget about the mistake we made the weekend my brother died.

Only Tate’s not so easily deterred and he’s not just some big talking man from Hollywood—he’s my husband, and he wants a second chance to prove to me that he can win back my heart.

I still want him. I still love him. But can I forgive him for abandoning me?

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Review

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Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

This is the second book in the Kings of Castle series and though it says it can be read as a standalone, I kind of wish I read the first book because I felt a little lost and at times confused during this book. I’m not sure if it’s because I missed something in the first book or if it’s just the way the story played out for me.

Quinn’s Kings family just suffered a great tragedy and the person she should be able to lean on to help her navigate through her grief isn’t there for her. Nope he up and left for months when she needed him most. So Quinn is attempting to close her life off from the only man she ever loved and move on. Problem is Tate isn’t just some guy, he is her secret husband and when he shows back up in Castle Beach asking for a second chance what’s a girl to do?

“Don’t close yourself off to love. That would be denying yourself life.”

Tate Prescott Hollywood superstar turned famous producer knows he made a mistake when he left Quinn four months ago. But now he is back and wants thirty days to change her mind about ending their relationship, well marriage. He has loved her for as long as he can remember, she was his best friend’s sister-turned lover and they married in secret to keep her safe and out of the spotlight. Now Tate wants her back and will do anything to keep Quinn in his life.

“I’ll be your anchor in this storm called life.”

Ok, so I really loved Tate, he owned up to the fact that he made a huge mistake and over and over tried to prove his love for Quinn and win her back. He was sweet and tried to give her the space she needed but was always there waiting in the wings to show her his support. Now Quinn I really struggled with. I just couldn’t connect with her and at times she just drove me nuts. I liked the book, I just had a hard time through parts of it and with Quinn. I think I will go back and give the first book in the series a try.

stephanie

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Excerpt

“I’d rather you drop off the face of the earth. Oh wait, you already did that… At least we can agree you are a fool.”

Guilt surges, hitting me square in the chest. “I’m guilty, but I’d like the chance to tell you my side of the story.”

Those silver orbs of hers shift away, as if the memory of what I’d done hurts too much. “I don’t see why you can’t share on the way to town instead of at dinner tomorrow.”

“Because it’s going to take a hell of a lot longer than twenty minutes, Quinn, and you already agreed. Don’t go back on your word.”

“I’m a King. We don’t play those kind of bullshit games with people.”

I stride to my car, opening the passenger side door. “Grab your keys and whatever else, and get in.”

She stands there for a moment, a proud, gorgeous vision of a woman. My mouth goes dry. She radiates power and vulnerability, a true juxtaposition.

But that’s Quinn.

That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with her. It’s also why I can’t let her have the upper hand in this. “I want to renegotiate.”

“What?” she says, clearly annoyed. “You don’t want to have dinner with me?”

“Oh, I do, but I want it to be the first date of many for the next month.”

“The next month?”

My grip tightens on the steering wheel, and I force myself to loosen it. “I want your word now, Quinn. I want you to agree to give our marriage a shot over the next thirty days. I’m all in. I want you to be, too.”

“Just like that.” She snaps her fingers.

“Absolutely.” I sneak a glance at her. She’s regarding me with anger, confusion, and another emotion that I’m certain is hope contorting her face. “I dare you to take me on.”

Her lips purse, brows rising. “I dare you to win me back. If you don’t, you’ll sign the divorce papers.”

“Challenge accepted. “At the next light, we shake hands.

About the Author

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read” (The Book Queen).

When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

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You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy
Series: Forever Yours Book 1
Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Synopsis

I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.

Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.

By text message.

Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…

We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.

This time, I’m going to make her mine.

Forever.

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Review

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Reviewed by Stephanie

I loved Amanda and Tuttle in Monica Murphy’s friends series. They were one of those couples I was rooting for to go the long haul. Fast forward six years and oh boy, a lot can change in all that time. They are off pursuing their dreams, separately. Amanda or Mandy is in the physical therapy field, and Tuttle is the starting quarterback for the best team in the NFL. So they are both on the paths they always dreamed of, but something is missing in each of their lives. They both still think of one another and when Tuttle gives an interview about the one that got away and Amanda reaches out. They are suddenly face to face after six long years.

“This is, after all, the girl who held my nineteen year old heart in her hands. And crushed it.”

When they meet up it’s like nothing has changed, yet everything has. They are both older and wiser and so many years have gone by. I swear the chemistry and the sparks were there as soon as they looked at each other. So yeah, obviously the attraction is there but after all these years could it still be something more?

“Can we really pick up where we left off? Or are there too many years and too much distance between us.”

I loved Amanda and Tuttle when they were Amanda and Tuttle six years ago and I love them now. Yes, I wanted to shake them at times and tell Amanda to wake the hell up but I was totally rooting for them still. Tuttle is a charmer and so sweet. He knows what he wants and lets no obstacle deter him. Amanda knows she made a mistake but can she get past that? If you are in the mood for a great second chance love story you should definitely pick this one up!

“I lean in and kiss her gently, communicating with my lips what I can’t say with words. Take a chance on me. Take a chance on us.”

stephanie

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Excerpt

Jordan

Of course, I’m not going to shake Amanda’s hand.

Instead I grab hold of it, that unmistakable jolt of electricity sparking when our skin connects, just like every other time we’ve touched. I pull her to me and wrap her up in my arms because I can. I’m the one who offered up the tickets so I could…what? Show off? Let her know exactly how great my life is?

I can’t lie. My life is pretty damn great. I have everything I could ever want—except for one thing.

“Hi Jordan,” she breathes against my neck, and I swear she melts into me a little. Like she can’t help herself. Like we somehow still fit together even after all these years.

Either she got smaller or I grew bigger since the last time I touched her, and I’m guessing it’s the latter. She smells familiar, yet different. Better. I recognize the scent of her shampoo, but nothing else. Her hair is longer. Thick. Dark and wavy, up in a ponytail and a little disheveled, like she’s had a long day. Her body is curvier, something teenaged Amanda would’ve never believed could happen. She still has those sexy long legs, though.

Finally, she pulls away from me, her lips curled, her eyes sparkling, nervousness written all over her face, and I watch her carefully in return, my expression as neutral as I can make it. Honestly, I’m still a little pissed over that garbage game we just played, and I’m tense like I usually am after. Her understanding gaze meets mine and I know she knows what I’m feeling. We’ve always been in tune with each other…

She’s my Mandy, all grown up. But not my Mandy anymore.

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Meet Monica

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Crew by Tijan ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review!

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Title: Crew (Crew Series #1)
Author: Tijan
Release Date: August 26, 2018

Synopsis

To survive where I live, you have two options.

You can be a Normal—a cheerleader, jock, member of the debate team, or on the yearbook committee. You pretend everything is normal.

Or you can be crew.
You insult us? We hurt you.
You hurt us? We really hurt you.
And if you f*ck with us, we will end you.

My name is Bren.
I’m the only female in the Wolf Crew—the best, fiercest, and most dangerous crew there is—and we have a rule: There’s no falling in love.

Well… too late.

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Review

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Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

I loved everything about this book. Everything. The blurb, the cover, the first sentence that just grabs you and yanks you right in to a world that only Tijan can give us. I have loved and reread so many of her books countless times and this one is at the top of that list. Gah, this book was just so damn good. Full of amazing characters, a shitload of drama and everything and anything else we have come to love about a Tijan book.

“Even though we look like the bad guys right now, things aren’t always as they seem.”

A crew is family, a loyal trusted few that would do anything for you and The Wolf Crew is the most respected and feared of them all. Bren is the only female in her crew and so she is sort of a legend for it. She is by far one of my favorite characters ever. Strong, fierce and loyal she was willing to do anything to protect those she held closest to her heart. The crew has rules, but what happens when one of those rules are broken and there’s no going back?

There were so many amazing characters in this book that I fell in love with, some a bit more then others. I loved the crew. I loved the drama, the craziness, the loyalty, the love and the angst. I just loved this whole book. I can’t say much more about it as I am determined to keep this a spoiler free review. I highly recommend you just grab it and read it ASAP. I cannot wait until the next ones comes out!!

“This. This is what set us apart. This made us stupid, but it made us dangerous too. And though we shouldn’t-we knew we shouldn’t-we loved it. We hungered for it.”

stephanie

About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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Church by Stylo Fantôme ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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Title: CHURCH.
Series: Church Duet #1
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Blurb
A broken girl.
An unusual boy.
A beautiful face
that hides a dark secret and an ugly past.
Sealed lips which
hide wicked words and dangerous thoughts.
She would kill for
him to love her.
He just wants to
kill.
Maybe, if Emma
Hartley prays hard enough, Church Logan can make both their wishes come true.
Fuse, meet match. 

 

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Review

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Reviewed by Stephanie

As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book and then when the author released the beautiful cover, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Tell me I can have crazy, dark and twisted wrapped in a pretty package and I am in. So this is where I am a little torn on this book. It was twisted and the story was definitely a unique one, which I really liked, but to me it didn’t hold all the dark elements I was hoping for going in. It was a good read, just not as dark and twisty as I had been craving. I will say though without trying to give anything away, the author did leave me with high hopes for the next book with the sneak peek we got.

Emma has had a shitty life thus far, let’s just say her Mother is a dead ringer for last place in the mother of the year awards. So when her Mom ropes in a new unassuming husband, Emma gets a chance to start fresh at a small college where no one knows her and her dark past. What she didn’t expect was to run into her half dressed hot as hell new stepbrother one night and notice the same darkness in his eyes that she knows is in hers.

“Maybe this whole time I should’ve been looking for someone as fucked up as me. Maybe two broken pieces can be glued together to make a whole.”

Church is a mystery to everyone who crosses his path, he’s the sexy silent type. He literally doesn’t talk to anyone unless he absolutely has too, yet he finds himself talking to his new stepsister Emma. No matter how much he tries to stay away from her, he just can’t. She seems to understand the darkness inside of him like no one ever has, and she accepts it. I struggled with Emma’s character a little bit because she was so obsessive and just couldn’t think for herself. Though I guess that was part of the appeal that went along with what Church needed. Now Church, well he was dark and broody and sexy. But I think I liked him more when he didn’t talk, it added to the whole mystery.

“I chose to stop talking because there was never anyone worth talking to, and I don’t speak now because it would be dangerous if I did. And they call me Church because yes, I should be worshiped.”

Emma and Church are two broken people who find what they need in each other. They have this crazy and I mean CRAZY type of love. They complement each other’s darkness and crave the madness that it brings. But is love worth killing for? If you are in the mood for a unique story then definitely check this one out!

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Author Bio
Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since … forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the
year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

 

Watching You by Shannon Greenland ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

Watching You
Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 2nd 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Viola’s always been that girl from thatfamily, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.

Frightening messages.

Missing personal items.

The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.

Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

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Review

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Reviewed by Stephanie

Viola has worked her whole academic career to land a senior year scholarship to the exclusive Ponce de Leon Academy in Florida. It’s her ticket to MIT and to getting her family out of assisted housing projects. She would do almost anything to get it, even if that means she has to lie. When she finds out she was chosen as the scholarship recipient and meets her mentor Riel things get off to a less than stellar start. Not only is Riel smart and gorgeous, he is also last year’s scholarship recipient and apparently had no idea he wasn’t this years too.

“This is not how I expected to start my year.”

Viola and Riel are sort of stuck together, you know the whole mentor thing and all that. The tension is pretty high from the get go, but the attraction these two have for each other is crazy intense. As Viola gets settled into academy she has to deal with your run of the mill mean girls, her sweet and quirky roommate, her growing attraction to Riel and oh yeah a crazy stalker.

“She had been warned. She didn’t listen. This is what she gets. For everything.”

Despite the rocky start these two had, Viola and Riel get closer and closer. This story has a little bit of a enemies to lovers vibe to it and I loved that. Both of them are really good people, who definitely have not had the easiest lives. And did I mention I love Riel? Well I do. Not only is he a hottie, he is just super genuine and cares about Viola. But it seems the more their relationship grows so does the intensity of the whole stalker situation. When a very real and scary situation happens with the stalker, Riel is there for her. But what happens when the lies Viola desperately tried to keep hidden about how she got her scholarship come out?

“Please. Stay.”

This was my first read by this author and I really enjoyed Viola and Riels story. I love how there were some great twists and turns in this book that I really just did not see coming. There was a lot more romance to this book then suspense and I definitely would have loved more from the whole stalker aspect, but overall it was a really good book. I am looking forward to checking out more from this author.

stephanie

Author Bio:

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

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Cleanup by Megan Green ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

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Title: The Cleanup
Series: Washington Rampage #2
Author: Megan Green
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2018
Blurb
Boy meets girl.

Boy screws girl.

Girl gets knocked up.

That was my story with Brandon Jeffers, power hitter for the Washington Rampage
and baseball’s biggest bad boy. He came into my life like a line drive to the
face, and he left without looking back.

It’s okay though, because I’m determined to raise this baby on my own. I mean,
women for centuries have navigated parenthood alone…why should I be any
different?

But when the major league star shows up on my doorstep making promises I know
he can’t keep, my defenses go up and my expectations stay low.

Brandon says he can clean up his act…

I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Review

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Overall Rating-3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Liv is happy with her life with her days spent in the quaint bookstore she has come to adore. But hey, sometimes we need a little fun and action even if it’s just for one night. For Liv that night of fun comes in the form of Major League Baseball’s bad boy Brandon Jeffers. The two share a hot and steamy night together with a no strings attached policy but these two got way more than they were expecting.

“I search for the red frowny face I use to mark the start of my monthly nuisance. Son of a bitch. I’m pregnant.”

So Liv being the independent women she is comes up with a plan. One I wholeheartedly disagreed with but a plan nonetheless. Don’t tell Brandon about the baby and raise the baby alone. Thing is plans don’t always work out the way you want them to. Especially when known player on and off the field Brandon “the Cleanup” Jeffers can’t seem to get Liv and the night they spent together off his mind. So what happens when he shows up on her doorstep asking for a chance?

“Your entire life is about to change.”

This is a quick and cute read and even though Liv sometimes annoyed me, I enjoyed getting to know her and Brandon as they got to know each other. They were both really sweet together and I loved how even though they both may not have had the best ideas of love growing up, they gave it a chance for themselves and their baby. I was for sure pulling for them and I am so glad that their one night together turned into so much more.

“You are the first person I think of in the morning. I fall asleep with your name on my lips every night, Liv. I see nobody else. Because there is no one else. There’s only you.”

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Megan lives in Northern Utah with her handsome hubby, Adam.
When not writing, chances are you’ll find her curled up with her Kindle.
Besides reading and writing, she loves movies, animals, chocolate, and coffee.
Lots and lots of coffee. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

 

The Line Below by Ali Dean ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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THE LINE BELOW by Ali Dean is live! Check out the excerpt below and don’t forget to one-click your copy!

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New Adult Contemporary Romance

From #1 Amazon Sports Fiction bestseller comes a standalone new adult romance about a collegiate swimmer who falls for an Olympic track star.

Water. The place where I feel at peace.

Free from the expectations. Away from the judgement. Weightless from the obligations.

When I slip under the cool surface, I’m no longer sinking from the demands of family, school and the choices that I must make. Chase my dream of the Olympics or follow the expected career path? What will it be?

I’m not usually one to rock the boat – that’s my twin sister’s role. I find myself in uncharted territory when I meet Jett Decker on my twenty-first birthday. It’s not like me to get swept off my feet, but when I do, it creates waves with those closest to us.

Chemistry ignites, jealousy spikes and tension builds the more we’re together. Sometimes in real life the lines between what is wanted and what must be done get blurred. Not everything is crystal clear, like the line below.

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Review

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Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

Shay feels most like herself when she is in the water. Swimming is her one true passion and in it she finds her solace. When she is in the pool she doesn’t have to worry about the expectations her mother places on her or living up to her popular twin sister Kick’s reputation or least of all her I’m not ready for a relationship pseudo boyfriend Julian. In the pool it’s just her, and the line below.

“My ability to succeed in the pool has always been within my control, and mine alone.”

Since Shay eats, breaths and sleeps swimming, you can barely find her anywhere else besides the pool and class. So when her sister and their roommate talk her out of spending another night in pajamas and Netflix binging to go clubbing she almost regrets the decision until she is on the dance floor. Suddenly she’s dancing with the hottest guy she has ever seen. The guy just turns out to be Olympic silver medalist Jett Decker.

“That was off the charts. Magnetic. Sparks-flying kind of hotness right there.”

Jett is one of the most wanted guys on campus and is used to getting what he wants and what he wants is Shay. From the first moment he saw her sparks were flying and he can’t get the sweet and gorgeous swimmer off his mind. So he wants all in when it comes to Shay and he isn’t afraid to let her know. These two fall into a pretty serious relationship quickly, almost too quickly for my taste. I really liked how they supported each other and through that their relationship grew.

This was my first read by Ali Dean and it took me a little while to get through the first half of the book because I honestly just had a hard time connecting to the characters and parts of the book were just all over the place. That’s always a struggle for me because then I end up losing interest. I am glad I finished the book and got to see how Shay and Jett’s story wrapped up.

stephanie

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My hips are swaying sensually to the rhythm of the beat as Kick and Beatrice are both doing the vertical dry hump thing with different guys. I’m debating whether to wait for Julian or call it a night when I catch sight of what can only be described as an athlete’s body walking decisively in my direction. My eyes meet the chocolate brown of his as he draws closer. Even though I think he’s staring right at me, I fight the urge to look around to check if it’s me he’s coming for, or someone else.

That’s the only way to explain how this guy is walking – like he’s coming for me with a specific purpose in mind. I don’t even consider doing my usual head-duck-and-slip-away move like I normally would in this situation. But this situation isn’t normal, because by the time he reaches me, I’m barely breathing anticipating his next move.

He stops inches away, and I can’t raise my eyes to meet his. They’re stuck on his broad shoulders and muscled arms, then sliding down to his trim waist, and jeans that barely hide the firm muscles underneath. A strobe light passing by reveals caramel skin. He’s solid and strong without having that overly-muscled look. My lips curve up slightly as I wonder what he’d look like in a Speedo. I’d know if he was a swimmer though, because it’d be him I’d have been crushing on for years, not Julian Reed.

Wait. What? Whoa.

When my eyes finally meet his, there’s a smirk on his lips. I don’t even realize my body’s been moving this whole time to the beat of the music until he places his hands firmly on my hips and matches my movements. His hands feel like they’re searing my skin.

And for the first time, I totally get the urge to press my body against a complete stranger. Actually, it’s not even an urge, it’s a magnetic force because without even deciding whether it’s a good idea, I’ve moved closer until we’re chest to chest, my hips pressed up to his thighs, my arms around his neck.

I don’t do intimate like this with a guy who’s done nothing but smirk at me. But God, it feels so good. His hands slip lower, resting low enough to be inappropriate. All of this is inappropriate. I let my head drop back and close my eyes, tossing away the responsible voice in my head and letting myself just go with it. Ride this wave of… whatever the hell it is. Indulgence? Definitely. The word “free” flushes through me as my hips slide with his body, but it’s not quite that. If only because I know it’s temporary. It doesn’t even seem real.

He hitches up the leg between mine until my toes barely touch the ground. I’m writhing on him, the friction of his jeans rubbing me as we slide in a sensual rhythm. We’re in sync with one another, our movements smooth and fluid, and my body sinks deeper into his, the sensations overwhelming me.

The music’s too loud to hear anything, not even my own breathing. But my heart is beating with such force that I feel it in my toes. I want this to keep going, but as the beat shifts to a new tune, I sense my dancing partner pulling away and I let myself slide to the ground. He holds my elbows, keeping me steady until I’m balanced and standing on my own two feet.

We hold each other’s gaze for a few beats until he flashes that same smile that started all this. He leans down, and I think he’s about to kiss me but his hand grazes the top of my dress, and I feel his finger drop inside. He’s placed a piece of paper between my breasts. Okay, that was not what I was expecting.

“That’s my number.” His lips brush my ear as he says it, making sure I hear him over the music. “You should call me. I’m free tomorrow night.”
I’m practically panting, but he turns and walks away. My eyes follow the path of his departure, lingering on his butt, branding it to memory, as my legs struggle to keep me upright. I feel bereft from his absence, and he was only with me for one song. His presence succeeded in turning me boneless, melting into a puddle on the dance floor, while I wonder, what the hell just happened?

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About the Author

Ali is a #1 Amazon sports fiction bestseller. She hails from Vermont and now live in Colorado with her husband, boy-girl twins, and golden retriever Pancake. Ali has always loved to read, but found that there weren’t enough fiction books out there featuring girl athletes. So, she decided to work on that. Like the heroines in her books, Ali is an athlete, with running and skiing her favorite sports these days. When she’s not pursuing an outdoor adventure, Ali’s less healthy passions include ice cream, coffee, and beer.

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