Review: Sacked by Jen Frederick

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Release date: 9/6

 

Summary:

What he wants he gets…

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

 

Excerpt:

I lock my legs to keep from falling over and pull out the biggest barrel I have. “Masters, there are things about me that if you knew you wouldn’t want to spend another minute in my presence.”

He considers my words, the silence taking on a heaviness and part of me already aches for what I could have if I was just any other girl at Western. “Have you killed anyone?” he finally asks. I can feel his eyes assessing me and I keep my gaze averted afraid of what

I’ll see in his moss green gaze.

“No.”

“Have you slept with my brother?”
“What?” I can’t prevent myself from gawking at Masters, who’s smiling as he asks the question. “No! God, I’ve never even met him!”

“Are you catfishing poor athletes from Auburn? Wait, don’t answer that because I don’t think I’d find that objectionable. Oh, I have it—” He snaps his fingers.

“This isn’t a joke, Masters.”

He tucks a stray piece of hair behind my ear. “Until you tell me what it is, it’s not a reason to be apart either.”

I suck in my lower lip to prevent throwing myself at him and telling him to take me.

“Why?” I ask helplessly.

“Because I like you.”

He grips me by the chin and lays down gentlest, sweetest kiss. In that kiss he tells me everything. That he wants me. That he’s willing to take it slow. That he’s not giving up.

He kisses me as if this is the only thing he wants to do for the next ten hours.

His lips barely move but I can feel everything in me surge toward him. The short wedges
I shoved on this morning suddenly feel precarious. I grip his shoulders to steady myself and then find myself rising up on my tiptoes to press deeper against him. He hauls me flush against him until I can no longer touch the floor.

His one hand palms nearly my entire back while the other angles my head for better access. He may be a virgin, but the guy knows how to kiss. His tongue is finding places inside my mouth that I didn’t even know would feel good.

All the pent up desire that has been boiling in me for days comes pouring out of me. I attack him with my next kiss, biting his lower lip, sucking on his tongue.  Against my belly I can feel the hard ridge of his erection.

“God,” I breathe as he abandons my mouth to trace the line of my jaw with his lips. He growls in response and pushes me back against the bookcases but I don’t even mind that the shelves are biting into my back. I just want more.

And he gives it to me. We cling to each other, feeding off of each other’s seemingly endless need until I hear a gasp and then a muted giggle. And those two faint sounds somehow manage to break through the haze of lust and bring with it the realization that

I am in a very public place. I wriggle against him and he sets me down reluctantly.

“We’re in the bookstore,” I say in a scandalized voice.

“You’ve never kissed a guy in the bookstore before?” He grins, the wicked mischievous one I’m beginning to associate with something tremendously naughty. “There’s a first time for everything.”
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My Review:

When I read the blurb for this book, I was curious and a bit amused. Knox Masters, college football hero extraordinaire and… virgin? Definitely a departure from the stereotype. I wondered if he’d be a prude, forever being seduced and hanging on tooth and nail to his virtue. You know what? This guy’s not a prude. In fact, he seems to have picked up a wealth of knowledge somewhere. Online, probably. The internet is for… never mind.

 

Knox actually comes across as quite the beast. He has healthy appetites. He doesn’t shy away from sex, but he wants it to be an intimate act with the woman for whom he meets and falls. That was refreshing. To add to the role reversal, the girl of his dreams, Ellie, would like nothing better than to get him in the sack (Sacked, get it? LOL) but he wants to work on their relationship first. Of course she agrees. Who wouldn’t fall for that sweetness?

 

It’s sweet, it’s hot and it made me laugh a lot. But it has some serious components, too.

 

Some of the supporting characters in this book are so real. Knox has an identical twin. In one scene, they test Ellie to see if she can tell them apart and I was suddenly doing an ugly cry. It totally blindsided me. Guess I’m a sucker for punishment because I thought it was the best thing ever.

 

This story was pleasantly unpredictable. I never knew what was going to happen next. Even the ending surprised me. Readers who don’t mind a bit of voyeurism will likely give it 5 stars but this old-fashioned (dinosaur) girl will give it 4.5. I hope there will be sequels because this was a lot of fun. Looking forward to more from Jen Frederick.

 

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Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

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He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

 

MY REVIEW:

I love going to hockey games, but I prefer home-grown teams over the NHL. Maybe that’s why I love Elle Kennedy’s college-level hockey players so much.

John Logan wants everyone to assume he is what he seems. He fools around with the campus puck bunnies and hangs out with the guys from his team. As far as his friends are concerned, Logan’s path is simple: make the grades, get the girls, and do whatever is necessary to go pro. Logan goes through all the motions, but in reality, his future is not clear cut. What he wants differs from everyone’s expectations.

Logan is lonely. He carries heavy burdens that none of his friends know about. Grief is a constant in his life. And then, he meets Grace.

Grace is inexperienced but open to learn, tends to ramble when nervous, knows nothing about hockey but loves guy flicks and football. She’s nothing like the girls Logan usually meets and it takes Logan a while to get his head out of his… you know.

Some of the best things about this book: guys who talk and think like guys; natural situations and dialogue; realism concerning what it’s like to parent your parent; and facing road blocks to dreams. I enjoyed watching this couple tackle their challenges, even though I wanted to smack them upside the head upon occasion.

Oh. The quest Grace sets for Logan? Priceless. Five stars.

 

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BIO:

Elle KennedyA USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Signet Eclipse, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Samhain Publishing and Entangled Brazen. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

 

 

 

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Review: True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth

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SYNOPSIS
Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel has been taught she can be invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses.
Her mind is her worst enemy, and simply waking up in the morning is risky. For a kid like her, staying in bed is easier, especially when the day has come to start school in a new town with new kids who don’t understand that the clouds are not the only reason everything is so gloomy.
Dillon Decker is a typical boy from a typical small town who radiates light and happiness. Under the hovering glare from her father, Dillon leads Penelope around on his bicycle’s handlebars, hoping he is the cure to her madness.
But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they’re swallowed whole?
A story about moving trucks and rollerblades, candy for smiles, and notes across lawns.
First loves and the struggle to keep it sane.
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EXCERPT
My dad stares at me like I just told him there’s a dental theories’ seminar for nerd dentists like himself he wasn’t invited to.
No, better than that.
His face reminds me of that time he realized a grown man had stolen his lucky molar spreader from his office after an extraction and was forced to buy a new, unlucky one.
“Are you sure you’re ready?” Dad clears his throat, shutting the door so that Mom doesn’t hear our conversation.
Sex is natural, it happens, and it’s a part of becoming a man. Dad told me all of this when he was naming parts on a plastic uterus, and now he wants to know if I’m ready. I wasn’t ready for hair to grow on my balls, but that happened.
I wonder how many M&M’s Coach Finnel will give me if I make Pen smile during sex.
Those should count as double.
“Considering Penelope’s condition, Dillon, committing to a physical relationship with her isn’t very wise.”
“She’s sad sometimes,” I say, swallowing my anger. “Not dying.”
Pulling the rolling chair out from behind his desk, he sits and takes his glasses off. Dad pinches the bridge of his nose before continuing. “There’s more to it than that, Dillon. Especially in children, and that’s exactly what the two of you are.”
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We’re tangled limbs and naked skin, breathing heavily and touching curiously. My bare back stings under the summer sun, and her pale, undressed chest practically glows. A cage of stark white bone, red blood and muscle, and blue veins protect the fragile beating heart beneath. I brush my lips over the diamond-shaped collection of freckles at the base of her throat and push my knees up, opening hers around me.
She’s tired-wild and lifeless-living.
The dense wall of trees around us protects her from being seen, and the blanket over the grass keeps her comfortable. Far enough out into the woods, only the wildlife will hear her screams.
She’s all that matters and safe with me.
Sliding my hands up her thin stomach and over her round chest, my girl tilts her head back, and her brown eyes move under her translucent lids. Chapped lips part, and a sound so small escapes I don’t know if I heard it and question my own sanity.
“Are you sure this is what you want?” I ask, unbuttoning my shorts.
Penelope’s long lashes flutter, and she opens her eyes against sun rays so strong red blotches slowly appear on her outstretched arms. She has green blades of grass in her grip, holding on to Earth so she doesn’t fly away as I slowly push my fingers into her warmest spot.
My girl circles her hips over my hand, and I shove deeper, like either one of us knows what this really means.
Leaning over her small body, I kiss the length of Pen’s neck and pull her earlobe between my teeth.
“We can stop whenever you want,” I say, licking the single tear that bleeds from the side of her eye.
“I don’t want to,” insistence answers with a breathless voice.

REVIEW

If you read through reviews of Mary Elizabeth’s work, the descriptor you will find over and over again is “very talented.” Mary has a way of picking apart characters and subtly revealing what makes them tick.

The thing about mental illness is, nobody quite knows what to do about it. Loved ones want to be supportive, but they have their own ideas about what is and isn’t an acceptable treatment. And they don’t want conflict, so they let things drift. And they drift. And they get worse. And everyone suffers.

Why is Pen so tortured? I kept waiting to see if something had happened to her in early childhood, but apparently, all her troubles are genetic. Her parents love her fiercely, but inconsistently. I liked them, but each had moments when they were so fed up that they parented poorly. Their frustration was real but they seemed to have no guidance. They consulted many professionals, but nothing ever seemed to come of it. Personally, I’m a terrier. I would not be able to go on for years and years watching a child implode and live with the status quo. While reading this, I did not feel like there was any sort of intervention or routine to apply when Pen went through her depressive episodes. Every time Pen was on the verge of getting an effective treatment, the chance was pulled away from her. At any time an option for treatment was presented, the parents took a step back. That frustrated me. Some cognitive behavioural therapy might have worked wonders.

Mary Elizabeth is fond of quoting Jeremiah 17:9 in her works: The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. (NIV) Well, Pen is a fortunate girl to attract a heart that becomes permanently lovesick. At the age of 12, she moves next door to a boy who takes one look at her and sees forever. And what a boy!

Dillon is intelligent, ambitious, hard-working and not hard on the eyes. Pen can’t quite understand why Dillon thinks so much of her, but she’s very fortunate that he does. His love is so big that it plucks away Pen’s flaws and reveals the diamond underneath. Really, for many years, he’s the only person, aside from her parents, who values her. His love is extremely sacrificial, which is both noble and hard to sustain.

 

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Dillon becomes the special person in Pen’s life who can coax her out of bed to attend to her responsibilities. She wants to be healthy, and be a good friend (and eventually soulmate) for his sake. Sadly, a wish to love affectionately can lead to coddling. Dillon becomes more of a caregiver than a partner for a while, and in taking this great task on his young shoulders, he fails to meet his own goals and develops unhealthy habits. It’s not until he reacts badly to something petty that the blinders come off and he begins to put things into a better perspective.

When faced with losing Dillon, Pen makes gains for the first time. She starts to integrate with society.

This is a story about taking the dirt out of your own eye before trying to take it out of that of someone else. And there’s another sobering but calming fact to be gleaned here: nobody can control the behaviour of another person, one can only manage oneself. And I mean this in the best of ways: we all want the best for our significant others, but how they behave is ultimately up to them. To realize this is to free oneself from paralyzing guilt. It also frees us from dependency.

I’d recommend this book to people suffering from depression and panic attacks, and those who love them. And I’d like to point out a verse that suggests a healthy way to which we can aspire to love: 1 John 3:18, Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (NIV)

I’m not going to tell you how this ends. The book is well worth your time. Four stars.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets.
Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.”–Jeremiah 17:9
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Cover Reveal: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

 

Release date: 2/24/15 (pre-order links to come soon)

 

“Hannah and Garrett are funny, relatable, and their chemistry on the page is palpable enough to linger off of it. The Deal reminds me of all the reasons I love romance. Two capable, yet flawed people realize that living without the other is worse than anything else life can throw at them. I highly recommend it to fans of Easy by Tammara Webber or The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan. It’ll make you laugh, maybe even tear up, but most of all leave you with that warm good book feeling at the end.” -Jane Litte, Dear Author

Romance. The most adorable couple. The banter – omg the banter. The romance. The friends. The flirtation. The smiles it gave me. -Mandi, SmexyBooks

Elle Kennedy engages your senses from the very first sentence! Both deliciously steamy and heart-achingly tender, the Deal is an absolute winner! ​-NYT Best Selling author Katy Evans

Elle has masterfully captured the feelings, the romance and the unbridled sexiness of the New Adult genre with this book! You will swoon for Garrett!  –Alice Clayton, NYT Best Selling author of WALLBANGER

 

Blog Tour: Review of Blocked by Jennifer Lane

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College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

 

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Name: Dane Monroe

Nickname: GD (Great Dane)

Age: 19

Birthday: October 24 (Scorpio)

Year in School: Sophomore at Highbanks University on a full athletic scholarship

Major: Psychology (his mother is a psychologist)

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 229

Volleyball position: Setter

Religion: Spiritual, not ascribing to one particular religion

Politics: Liberal (Democrat)

 

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Name: Lucia Ramirez

Nicknames: Lucy, Rez, and Luz (Dane’s nickname for her)

Age: 18

Birthday: September 27 (Virgo)

Year in School: Freshman at Highbanks University on a full athletic scholarship

Major: Undecided, possibly Business

Height: 6’2”

Weight: No way she’ll tell you that! She’s fit, muscular, and curvy, with a sizable booty and strong legs that help her jump high to block and spike

Volleyball position: Outside hitter

Religion: Catholic

Politics: Conservative (Republican)

 

My Review:

 

This story presents quite the dilemma: Lucia and Dane are the children of opposing presidential candidates and, for safety reasons, the Secret Service arranges for them to live at the same house. There is no privacy for either of them; paparazzi lurk everywhere and agents of protection are always present. Neither of the young people can make a misstep: no drinking, no youthful shenanigans and no poor grades will be tolerated. The pressure is enormous.

Lucia has a secret crush on Dane that began when she discovered he also played volleyball. Dane initially despises her for her family’s politics, but comes to notice that she has appealing qualities.

A lot of important issues with no easy solutions are raised in the book. Lucia is insecure and Dane, an unconventional thinker, becomes a great support. I liked him for appreciating the tall, voluptuous girl’s beauty while others did not. I also liked it that he knew how to help her cope with her anxiety and could reframe unhappy experiences in a positive light.

Both leads are very likeable. Plenty of chemistry exists from the instant they meet, although there was a lovely, gradual development of their romance. We see them playing euchre, watching TV and cooking together. Friendship develops first.

I initially disliked the presidential candidates as they were so stuck in their dogma, but as the relationships between the characters evolved, each became more tolerant and respectful of his or her opponent and I came to like them. The politically-opposed families have more in common than they thought.

Lucia and Dane find common ground despite having very different backgrounds and political platforms. Similar values and interests trump everything.

Side note: I love Lucia’s mom. I’d like to borrow her for a bit, especially if she’d make me enchiladas. Four stars.

 

Jennifer LaneBio:

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses tremendous growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline — a military mystery about swimmers. Dani at Refracted Light Reviews called Streamline “an emotionally complex story about the ones we love, the ones we hurt, the mistakes that break the human heart, and the love that puts the pieces back together.” But you don’t have to take her word for it. Readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. “In a story of betrayal, responsibility, treachery, and honor, Lane does an excellent job portraying the intricate intersection of two lives connected by love…and lies,” said reviewer Susan Swiderski.

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