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Review & #giveaway – Parker by Jillian Quinn @jquinnbooks @xpressotours

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Book & Author Details:

Parker by Jillian Quinn
(Face-Off Series #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Parker.jpgSynopsis:

Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.

Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.

Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.

She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.

review

You know, I really shouldn’t like Parker.  At all.  He is, for all intents and purposes, a complete and utter douche.  and I really liked Coach from the outset – she is a strong, feisty, independent and eminently likeable female lead.

But, if you can get beyond his past (and the catalyst for his bad behaviour helps to a certain extent) then you are left with a heartwarming story which filled me with anticipatory butterflies.

The connection the author has created, both between the characters and with the reader, is strong and really had me wanting this couple’s relationship to succeed.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable story.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she’s not reading, writing, or blogging, she’s obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.
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Review & #giveaway – Wet by Ashley Bostock @_AshleyBostock @xpressotours

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Book & Author Details:

Wet by Ashley Bostock
Publication date: December 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

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I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.

But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.

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Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.

I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.

Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.

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I confess that I’m not entirely sure that I get this love story.  The author has created a wonderfully strong character with Miranda, and a decent counterpoint in the form of Ryan.  Despite this, he seems to approach his interactions with her as being good enough for a quickie but not a relationship. But worse than that, Miranda, this firecracker of a female who continues to hold her head up high in a town that is constantly judging her, is apparently accepting of that state of affairs?

I guess that it is a testament to the depth of the characters that the author has created that she has provoked such a response.  For, if I didn’t have some kind of connection to the characters, I wouldn’t care about their interactions.

That aside, there are issues with the storytelling.  The narrative switches tense and for my money, this needs a thorough review by an editor.

The bottom line is that I thought that there was a kernel of a decent story, but I would have preferred the ending to be a little less rushed.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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About the author

 

Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats.

She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013.

She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.

She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.

Interesting Fact: Ashley has been to every Disney theme park in the world.
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New Release & Review – Wait For It by M O’Keefe @MollyOKwrites

Book & Author Details:

Wait For It by M O’Keefe
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Genres: Suspense, Romance, Contemporary

wait for it.jpgIn a blistering novel of raw emotion and desire, a tormented woman teaches an alpha male that money can’t fix everything . . . but love can.

Tiffany : After fighting for a new life, I don’t want to play the victim anymore. However, with three kids to raise, I’m getting desperate enough to make a deal with the devil. My estranged brother-in-law, Blake, says he just wants to help, but he’s been trouble since I met him. I don’t know if I can believe this kinder, gentler Blake, and there’s a friction between us that has turned into the sweetest chemistry. He could be my salvation . . . or my downfall.

Blake : I haven’t always had Tiffany’s best interests at heart but I’m ready to make up for my sins. Besides, I can’t help admiring her: The girl’s a genuine survivor, tough and lean, with eyes of steel. But the more I get to know Tiffany, the more I want her. Every inch of her. Which means I’m about to make a bad situation a hell of a lot worse.

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Don’t.

Don’t wait for it that is.  Just click “buy now”.

This is one of those books that just works.  That grabs you by the front of your shirt and pulls you in.  I really shouldn’t like Blake.  And yet, for ephemeral reasons that I simply cannot pin down, I just did.

This relationship is somewhat unconventional and fiery.  The characters are strong and full of attitude.  And I loved it.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

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