Review: Pucked by Rachel Walter

Pucked
By: Rachel Walter

Does life get in the way of love or does love get in the way of life?

Riley Silk, captain of the Warriors Ice Hockey team at Dalesburg High, doesn’t think life can be lived if love is present. If there’s two things in life he knows to be true, it’s that love causes pain and hockey is his ticket to a better life. He’s worked hard to maintain his Frozen Silk reputation in order to stay focused on his duties and goals.

Audrey Jacobs, the Warriors’ number one fan, believes life can’t be lived without love. She can find love and beauty in the muddiest of situations. Her best friend, Riley, is under a lot of stress at home, so she does her best to brighten his mood whenever she can.

When lines cross and blur, they struggle to keep control of the simplicity their friendship once held. With Audrey’s outlook on life usually surrounded by light, the growing darkness of her doubts and insecurities threaten to deflect her toward the wrong path.

Can she find her true self before her world burns around her? When truths become lies, can Riley find the strength to fight his way through his own personal darkness that clings to his mind and soul? Can he win this face-off that life has dropped in his zone, or will fate take him out of the game completely?

Who keeps the puck?


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This has been heart-breaking, mind-blowing, tear-inducing, soul-searching, chest-pounding story, where winter meets spring, creating a spectacular autumn that two bruised hearts call home.

Aubrey Jacob is fire, spring, a blooming dandelion in the mud. Yes, mud.. Because Aubrey girl loves mud and muddin’, and that’s something that make her unique.

Riley Silk is ice, winter, a frost that intensifies the ice surrounding his heart. Because Riley has been through a lot in the homefront, to him, love is cruel and cold and chilled.

Together, they are autumn. Together, they are fire and ice controlled. Together, they are unbreakable.

I loved everything about this book – the tears, the fights, the anxiety attacks, the milkshakes, the mud, the ice, and most specially – the one armed, one legged booty shaking dance.

I love Pucked!

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Review: CONFESS by Colleen Hoover

Confess
by Colleen Hoover

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

Right from the start, I told myself to expect the unexpected when it comes to Colleen Hoover. I’ve read most of her books, I always get surprised with the twists, and I always end up loving them. So I knew first hand that Confess was gonna be different, unique and brilliant.

But my heart wasn’t prepared to break, my mind wasn’t ready for the clusterfuck of emotions and my eyes refused to release the tears threatening to open the floodgates. Damn that prologue, it really had me worried. Auburn’s pleas and heartfelt farewell with  Adam deeply penetrated my heart. I thought I would never be  able to finish the story, because damn, first chapter in and I was already wailing.

“I’m selfish. And if one night with you is all I can get, then I’ll take it.”

But I refused to give up. I, for  one, do  not  have  the  habit  of  DNFing  a  book. So I devoured each and every page of Confess, I dissected Owen’s obsession with confessions, I recoiled from Auburn’s cries for her child, and I tortured myself to tears, until the last page. Good thing I wasn’t wearing makeup nor mascara that day, or else, I’d look like Alice Cooper with all the tears that I’ve shed.

I’ll take whatever you’re willing to give me. Because I know that if you walk out that door, then ten years from now . . . twenty years from now . . . we’ll wish we had listened to our hearts when we think back on tonight.”

Confess is really a surprisingly unique story. The idea of writing confessions and having them illustrated in an artwork was a totally amazing, intriguing and engaging idea. I don’t know how CoHo get her book ideas, it’s like every book she writes is like Pandora’s box, opening new and different surprises that tempts the readers to crave for more.
Owen Mason Gentry had a great impact on me. OMG, I want some lovin’ like Owen. This book totally blew me away.  I regret not reading it immediately after I got it a year ago. What was I thinking,  right?  I’m so grateful to my reading buddy,  Jel who inspired me to read this masterpiece.  I couldn’t ask for any other book to read with a dear friend.

Confess is definitely a must read,  highly recommended and totally worth every tear. I think I can safely say that Confess is now my most favorite CoHo book.

Review: The Proposal by Lily Zante

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The Proposal
(A Perfect Match Series Book 1)

by Lily Zante

coffeesynopsisdNadine Stefano is a high flying career woman. She has no time for relationships and is looking for a promotion. At her sisten’s hen party Nadine comes across Ethan, one of the performers. She finds herself attracted to him and they end up talking that first night.A few weeks later, there is a company convention at Nadine’s firm. Not having a date to take with her, and wanting to present the image of a settled and happy woman in a relationship, Nadine resorts to calling Ethan at the escort agency and asking him along. Theirs is a strong attraction, although there are various company politics and characters that stand in their way.Will their meeting lead to love, despite seemingly different career choices, or will Nadine dump Ethan in order to pursue her career goals?

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Lily Zante is a good writer. Time after time, she has me fallin’ in love again with the book’s male character, a hot gorgeous escort named Ethan, who danced with his skivvies in a bachelorette party.. How hot could he be? Steamy!

And Nadine, a very career-oriented woman who finally succumbed to her innermost desire one night when she and Ethan attended a party and pretended to be lovers. The Proposal got me hooked right from the beginning. It also made me realize that not everything is about work and power and money and solitude. Sometimes, or most of the time, one should learn how to stop and smell the flowers.

The ending was something a little mellow-dramatic, but still light-hearted. A great afternoon read. Hoping to read the next one in the series.

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Review: When In Rome… Find Yourself by Lena Mae Hill

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When In Rome…Find Yourself (When In Rome)
by Lena Mae Hill

Rory Hartnett has sworn off love, so boys will not be a distraction on her six-week study abroad trip to Rome. She has her plate full dealing with her anxiety in a foreign country, making new friends to explore the city with, taking classes, and applying for an internship at a travel e-zine. But when she meets the cute artist sharing her eccentric host mother’s lodging, all bets are off.

Fall in love with the first in a brand new series about four girls finding themselves—and maybe love—in the city of fountains. If you loved Anna and the French Kiss or Love & Gelato, you won’t want to miss this sweet New Adult series from new romance author Lena Mae Hill.

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Where do I begin? Hmmm.. Truth to be told, I really don’t know how to start this review about my feelings towards the characters, without hurting someone else’s feelings, but I can’t help it. It took me a while to finish the book because I had struggles reading it in the first place.

I get it, Rory was somewhat sheltered in life, but at the age of 21, she still had a lot of hang ups and indecision and insecurities and behaved like a 15 year old. Okay, to be fair, I know it’s been given that her character has a serious case of anxiety and lack of self-esteem. But that’s beside the point. I really didn’t have strong connection with her.

I, as the reader, got tired of all those things she did – like thinking, assuming, doubting, hesitating, and feeling uncertain about a lot of things.. She questioned everything! Man, in the end, I got frustrated and annoyed.

Even when Rory finally settled in Rome and met Ned, her stoner friend next door, I had hoped for her to grow some balls and backbone. That one time when she got lost, I think that’s the time my heart softened for her. One major factor that I liked though was learning about her house mother Theresa, bless her heart. That tragic event that led to what she became in the end – that I perfectly understood.

Now let’s go to Ned, the artist and the mystery guy. Well, I like him, he’s normal in his own special ways. He’s easy to get along with and he’s really nice. But him together with Rory, I didn’t feel it. I meant the sparks. I got nothing. I just didn’t get that usual “kilig” factor I usually feel.

Lastly, the story took place mostly in Rome Italy. I had expected the story to feature more scenic spots and Italian settings. Sadly, I didn’t get much of this wonderful city in the story.

Anyway, I know that I should have been more understanding about Rory and her anxiety attacks. I know how this kind of sickness make that person helpless and powerless. If ever I offend anyone with my concerns regarding anxiety issues, I apologize. I guess this book just didn’t work out for me.

—– NOTE: I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED A COPY FROM THE “RACHEL E. CARTER YA BOOK CLUB ON GOODREADS. —–

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Review: Play With Me by Marian Tee

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Play with Me

Series: Play with Me #1
Author: Marian Tee
Genre: Sports Romance
Kindle Edition, 101 pages

coffeesynopsisd19-year-old Lace Wyndham only loves three things in the world: Nike shoes, basketball, and Nike basketball shoes.
25-year-old bad boy billionaire Silver March only wants Lace in three ways: under him, on top of him, and him inside of her.
It’s not exactly a match made in heaven, but since he already had his heart stolen, Silver knows he has to play the game. Seduce her, bribe her, manipulate her – he’s willing to do whatever it takes until his stubborn little kitty surrenders to the inevitable.
It’s his name she’ll be crying out…every night.

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Silver March is a sought-after billionaire playboy who finally found his match. Lace Wyndham. A tomboyish basketball coach who loved the sports and the shoes that go with it. Nike basketball shoes, that is. When she met Silver, she never knew she’d be soon getting her first kiss. Suddenly, it wasn’t about kisses anymore.

This is my first Marian Tee book and it surprised me. Didn’t realize this was quite a titillating read! There were a lot of heavy, gritty, erotic scenes, one would want to cover their eyes while reading the story.

I think what made this memorable to me is the main characters’ fascination with shoes. Not those lacy stilettos or high heeled shoes – but rubber shoes. I myself have quite a collection of them (Chuck Taylors) and I don’t think I’ll ever be prepared to part with them. So this book got a cute storyline that I loved. The romance between Silver and Lace was palpable and exciting. Even the basketball players that surround them were likable.

Titillating scenes aside, I found the story stirring and romantic and sigh inducing. Never a dull moment at all. Here’s hoping to read more about Lace and Silver on the next book!

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Blog Tour/Review: The Whole Man by CF Rose

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by C.F. Rose

Evan O’Cleary was in college when she spent a passionate 48 hours with up-and-coming baseball star Jesse Walsh. But after he broke her heart, she vowed to never see him again. So why does her heart leap when she runs into him ten years later?

Jesse not only abandoned Evan, but also his dream of becoming a major league baseball player when his brother died in Iraq. Shattered by the loss, Jesse turns inward. He refuses to commit to more than a one-night stand, until he sets eyes on Evan again, whose body still draws him dangerously near…

Evan knows better than to trust Jesse, but when he protects her against an abusive ex-turned-stalker, one thing leads to another and she finds herself in a delicious encounter on his living room floor. Jesse may not be willing to commit just yet, but maybe Evan can break down the wall. As she gets close, though, Evan uncovers a devastating secret that could destroy their families and drive them apart forever.

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Two lost souls struggling to find the way to mend their broken hearts. Their past was instant, almost a blur, it happened so fast. And now, ten years later, they met again, each still bearing shattered pieces of their hearts.

Jesse Walsh spent two days with Evan O’Cleary, both in celebratory mood, both high in spirits. But a war, a delayed flight, and a fire had put an end to their happy days. When they saw each other again, the past kept haunting them, torturing their present with guilt, forbidding them of a possible future.

This has been an emotional read. My heart cried out for Evan and Jesse, both victims of circumstance, both casualties of their own guilt, each hopeful for a second chance. This story was beautifully written, the pacing wasn’t rushed, the romance was slow burn and comforting. I cried a tear or two, mostly because of Evan’s mom and Jesse’s dad. My emotions were all over the place, but that was okay. In the end, everything became clearer and whole. And I loved how it all turned out. Thumbs up!

 

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Cheryl Rosenberg, writing as C.F. Rose to protect the innocent, is a sportswriter turned romance writer. When she’s away from her laptop, you can find her at the gym or serving as her kids personal uber driver. She grew up on the East Coast, but survives in too-sunny Southern California with her husband, the three kids and two rescued mutts. The Whole Man is her first book.

Links

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Website: http://www.cfrose.com

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Review: Stripped by Nikki Chase

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by Nikki Chase

coffeesynopsisdI broke my own rules for him.
For one mind-blowing, toe-curling night.
Now he’s back, and he wants all of me.
He wants to know all my deep, dirty secrets.
He won’t stop until he’s stripped me bare.

I never thought I’d see him again, especially not in this sleepy little town. He’s not a SEAL anymore, but otherwise he’s just as tall, dark, and dominating as I remember.

I can see the hunger in his eyes. It makes me want to surrender, to submit to his desires. I want his hard, sculpted body pinning me down, claiming me as his property.

Then, he moves in next door.

Perfect, right?

Except I need to stay away from him. He’s completely, non-negotiably off-limits, even if he says he wants to protect me, even if I crave his intoxicating touch.

He’s not supposed to be here. There shouldn’t be any trace of my old life left.

Usually whenever I see books with “Bad Boy Romance” in the title, most of the time I get disappointed after reading them because the main character doesn’t live up to its name. But when I read Stripped by Nikki Chase, I told myself, “finally!” a real bad boy that I’m gonna hate to love and love to hate. Yes, Navy Seal Jacob is as bad to the bone as he gets and more!

Jacob met Scarlett three years ago in a strip club and had one night stand. Somehow, of all the ladies he’s been with, only Scarlett left a mark in his mind but he was aggravated when Scarlet just took off and never showed again.

Three years later, Jessica Lake had found new beginning and new life in a quaint and quiet little town of Ashbourne. Nobody knew about her name Scarlet nor her stripping days, except her bestfriend Tony. She couldn’t take the chance of revealing about her past, because for sure it would come back haunting her, not after what happened that one tragic night, involving her friend Nancy Jones.

This book had been all sorts of action, suspense, mystery and bits of comedy rolled into one. I liked how the characters geld and blend with each other, I liked the spark between Jacob and Jessica, I liked their stupid fights and un-neighborly interaction. I liked how bad boy Jacob could be, whether in bed or on his Harley Davidson. And I liked how the mystery unfolded in the end, very shocking and surprising, because the culprit would never be the one you guessed. Nikki Chase kept me up with Stripped and that’s a good thing in my book.