Pucked Under by Helena Hunting

Pucked Under by Helena Hunting
Randy Ballistic and Lily LeBlanc are head-over-heels, bed-breakingly, screaming orgasmically in love. But even they have their challenges, mostly outside of the bedroom.

With the off-season coming to a close and the boys gearing up for training camp, one more weekend of fun is the perfect way to welcome the new season.

The entire crew piles into vehicles and drives to Alex and Violet’s Chicago cottage for a few days of relaxation―and hopefully a chance for Randy to shake the anxiety that’s been plaguing him.

Accidental wardrobe malfunctions, typical Violet inspired overshares, and a whole lot of private time round out the perfect weekend getaway.

But the moment they return to the city all of Randy’s angst resurfaces with the arrival of a surprise houseguest.
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Pucked Under by Helena Hunting
Series: Pucked 4.5

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NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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The Aftermath by R.J. Prescott Excerpt and Giveaway

The Aftermath by R.J. Prescott Excerpt and Giveaway
Cormac "The Hurricane" O'Connell's star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O'Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife.

In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work. Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them, and O'Connell realizes that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after. He couldn't protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.
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It never occurred to me that mail was something to fear. Not until the day I came home and found Em sat on the floor, her arms wrapped around her knees, and a ripped open white envelope on the bed behind her.

“Sunshine, what’s wrong?” I asked. She swallowed hard and sniffed a few times like she was trying to hold back tears long enough to talk to me. I reached for the envelope, thinking it would give me some clue as to why she was so clearly freaked out.

“Don’t,” Em croaked. “Please,” she added pleadingly. I knew then, as a tear rolled down her cheek, that whatever was inside had to be bad. Contained within a folded sheet of plain white paper were about a dozen or so photos. They were different sizes and all taken at different times, but Em was in every one of them. The earliest photo was of a smiling happy nine year old. Just a normal kid out riding her bike. When the next one showed the same kid, fast asleep in her bed, I felt sick to my fucking stomach. The older that Em was in the pictures, the more invasive they became and none of them looked like they were taken with her knowledge. The last photo was really grainy, like it had been through a window maybe, or within a really bad camera, but it showed in intimate detail, her frail, bruised body taking a shower.

“Mother fucker,” I yelled, wanting to fucking hit something. Anything. I grabbed the envelope looking for some clue who’d sent it, like I didn’t fucking know. Frank was still in prison, pending trial, so someone on the outside must have sent this for him. The postmark on the envelope read London, which didn’t tell me much. The knuckles on Em’s hand were white where she gripping hold of her legs so hard.

“Shit love. You okay?” I said, hating that she looked so fucking scared. She nodded unconvincingly, but didn’t answer. I gathered up the pictures and stuffed them back into the envelope, not wanting her to see them anymore, but I knew we’d need to give them to police as evidence. The idea of her being on display like that to the police and the prosecution lawyers was as bad as knowing what she’d been through. Sitting down next to her, I wrapped my arm around her tiny body and pulled her into my chest. She was stiff as a board and shaking slightly. Rubbing up and down her arms, trying to get her warm I waited for her to talk to me. That was the way of it sometimes with Sunshine. She needed to think shit over before she could get it off her chest.

“I didn’t know about any of them. He’s been taking pictures of me for years. How could I not know? How could I let that happen?” she asked me.

“You didn’t let anything happen. He’s a violent, abusive rapist who’s sick in the fucking head. He did what he did because he’s a fucking whack job. Nothing you said or did gave him permission to do this.” I could see by her face that the pictures shamed her. Fuck that. There wasn’t a single fucking thing for her to be ashamed of.

“It was bad enough dealing with what happened, but he could have hundreds of these pictures and God only knows what he does with them. As if that’s not bad enough he knows where we live. Even in prison he can get to me. I’ll never be free of him will I?”

“Sunshine, even if it means killing him, I swear he will never touch you again. This is just a sign of desperation. In a few more months he’ll be too concerned about how to pick up the soap in the shower without getting arse raped to worry about getting you back. He’s going away for a very long time and there’s fuck all he can do about it. This kind of shit just gives the barristers more ammunition against him.” I did my best to reassure her, but as I was as freaked out as she was. The fact that he could get hold of the pictures and post them from prison had me worried about what else he could do from the inside.

She wiped her eyes and leant across to give me a quick kiss.

“You’re right,” she told me. “A few more months and this will all be over.” It had to be, because I hadn’t been exaggerating. If Frank came after her again, I’d kill to keep her safe.

 

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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons.

Book Review — Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

Book Review — Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
Baseball wasn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase … he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. I tried to stay away. I couldn’t. Then, the team started losing. Women started dying. And everything in my perfect world broke apart.
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Moonshot is told in dual point-of-view, which is my favorite. I love hearing both sides of the story. Dual point-of-view also keeps from having another book told from the other side, which I feel are a bit of a waste. Sorry, had to gush over my love of dual pov.

Moving on. Ty Rollins is the daughter of famed closing pitcher for the New York Yankees. She has been traveling with the team as a bat girl since her Mom died when she was young. The teammates have kept a close eye on her and see her as family.

Ty is in love with all things baseball. She knows all the stats, all the players and even watches ESPN everyday to keep up with it all. I don’t believe anyone knows baseball more than her.

The Yankees are always looking to win The World Series. They will do whatever it takes to clench that title. Ty knew one of the guys had to go and be replaced with the eye catching troublemaker Chase Sterns.

After being bumped from his last team, the clean cut Yankee’s snatch him up. Ty is stoked because she knows this will help them win The World Series. What she doesn’t realize is that her life as she knows it is about to change.

There is instant attraction between the two, but with Ty being only 17, there wasn’t much Chase could do until she became legal. With that in mind, a friendship was born.

As time wore on, their love burned bright and hot like a wildfire. Unfortunately, fate had a way of screwing it.

I found myself flying through the pages. I just couldn’t get enough. I was learning more about baseball than I ever knew before. I grew up with the Chicago Cubs. My husband is the biggest baseball fan I know. I felt like I betrayed him reading about The Yankees when he loathes them more than any sports team out there.

The romance in the book was very well written. AT developed their love in an all-inclusive way that you can’t help but want to devour it. You found yourself grinning. I was reading it while waiting for a prescription at the pharmacy and found myself covering my smile because it was so bright.

My only complaint about the book, and why I gave it 4 stars is because the twist of the story, the murders, just didn’t seem to fit. Let me first say that the murders are not the only twist to the story. There are more.

Back to the murders. It was at least 50% into the book before the murders even started making their way into the story. I found that a little disheartening. Even with the action starting, they still felt forced. In AT’s other books, her twists work seamlessly. You’re like, “Oh, shit!” I honestly feel like the murders could have been left out of the story and Moonshot would have been just as great.

The ending came rushing in like a hurricane. There was no stopping it and you better hold on because it is intense.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. AT never lets you down and you will definitely enjoy this one. I would compare Moonshot to Hollywood Dirt. It isn’t dark and twisted like her other books. It is a sweet romance, but some real shit happens. If you loved Hollywood Dirt, chances are you will really enjoy Moonshot.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Hardball by CD Reiss Review

Hardball by CD Reiss Review

HardBall 

Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

 They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

Hes the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every womans eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

Im no queen. Im a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season. 

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But theres not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes. 

Hardball is a SMOKING HOT, SEXY romance with a touch of angst and a ton of heart from CD Reiss. It's a fun, witty, full-length standalone meant for the over-eighteen crowd.

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I loved HardBall so much. I’m usually pretty hard on Christine’s books. I also like them, but I feel this is her best book yet. It starts with Vivian who is an elementary school librarian who takes her under privileged children to the LA Dodger’s stadium for a field trip. Vivian has her own agenda, other than taking her children to the stadium. She wants to get a baseball signed with every member of the Dodger’s team for her dad’s birthday present. Vivian and her Dad are hardcore Dodger’s fans.

While Vivian meets the players there, they all seem very nice and are happy to do a meet and greet with the children. Vivian has three players left to get her ball signed, one being Dash Wallace. She let’s her children go first, and then she went to have her ball signed by Dash, and he asked her if she was a teacher, and she tells him she is a librarian. He looks at the ball and asks her if she has the whole roster on the ball? She tells him it is for her Dad. Dash then almost accuses her of arranging the field trip just so she can get the ball signed. Well, that really ticks her off. Vivian proceeds to snark at him and tells him, “Thank you. If it was too much trouble to sign without an insult, you shouldn’t have bothered. My dad probably wouldn’t noticed it was missing. insert clapping.

From here the books really gets started, and this was all from the very first chapter.

What I really love of about Christine is that she sets the scene in the town she lives in, which is LA. With this book, it is no exception. She draws an image in your head the difference between the low-income neighborhoods to the rich Beverly Hills area. Vivian works in a low-income school that has a lot of children who do not speak english, mostly spanish, but then drives back to her home, which is in Beverly Hills where she lives with her dad. The ultra rich of baseball star Dash Wallace lives in the Hills.

Another thing that I love about Christine’s books is that I’m always learning something new. From the first books I read in her Song’s of Submission series, to her mafia series, her story about a paparazzi photographer and now in her baseball themed love story.

My husband is a huge baseball fan, and I grew up in a small town in Indiana, just an hour outside Chicago. Baseball was in my home all the time. My brother even played ball in high school as a pitcher, only to have his rotator cuff torn and had to have surgery. There went any of his prospects of a scholarship. Colleges don’t usually want kids who have already been injured.

I learned that ball players play something like 162 games a year. Let’s not forget they have spring training. That is a lot of time away from home and their family, if they have one. I also learned that playing baseball doesn’t last that long. In my opinion players in MLB make ridiculous money, more than any sport, and I just don’t understand why. Moving on.

I love that Christine made this librarian have a spine. Dash thought she was going to be easy to woo, like most women he has already been with. What he doesn’t realize is that Vivian wasn’t interested in having her heart crushed again. Yes, dating a rich and handsome man would be great, but he wants to put a time limit on it, so she wants to protect her heart. I don’t know that I could have been that strong.

As the story progresses, their love story begins and moves along at a great pace. I never felt bored. I never wanted to put the book down and I found that it sucked me in right away. The only negative isn’t necessarily about the book, but Christine sometimes has a way to make books wordy. I feel that if I’m reading a great american novel, I can understand all the wordy words, but Christine’s book are romance novels that just don’t need it. I love that she uses books as a connection, and that’s not what I’m referring to, it’s more about the analogies. A few are okay, but sometimes there are more than I feel are not needed.

From the little I just told you about the book, I can honestly say that I would recommend HardBall to my friends. It is my favorite CD Reiss book that she has written. I just can’t wait to get my hands on my own physical copy and get it signed. That’s how much I loved it.

Additional Books by CD Reiss:

Beg Tease Submit – Books 1-3: Submission Series Bundle #1 (The Submission Box Set) Kindle Edition

Control Burn Resist – Books 4-6: Submission Series Bundle #2 (The Submission Box Set) Kindle Edition

Sing Coda Dominance: Submission Series Bundle #3 (Songs of Submission Bundles) Kindle Edition

Breathe: A Submission Series Standalone (The Submission Series) Kindle Edition

Complete Corruption: (Complete Mafia Romance Standalone)

Forbidden: A Standalone Kindle Edition

Shuttergirl: (A Standalone Second Chance Romance)Kindle Edition

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About CD Reiss

CD Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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