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review 2016-04-01 10:19
5* Book Review of The Slam by Haleigh Lovell
THE SLAM (a New Adult Sports Romance) - Haleigh Lovell
Summary: From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Haleigh Lovell, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
His best strokes can be found off the court.
Ender Hemsworth has been called many things:
A Cock on Legs.
Captain of Sigma Chi.
Big man on campus.
Star athlete at UC Berkeley.
And he's always scowling like someone just took a piss in his Cheerios.

Adelaide Vikander has been called one thing:
Twenty Types of Trouble.
And she likes to take the proverbial ‘piss’ in Ender’s Cheerios.

When they’re forced to live together off campus, sparks fly and panties drop.

Will Ender, the cold and unfeeling ‘Cock on Legs’ grow a torso, a head, and a warm, beating heart? THE SLAM is a sexy and flirty New Adult Sports Romance that will make you laugh, make you wet, and warm your heart.


the slam
Title: The Slam
Series: (maybe a sequel?)
Author: Haleigh Lovell
Publisher: CreateSpace
Released: 1st April 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: from author for an honest review - thank you

I am a massive fan of Haleigh Lovell and couldn’t wait to read her latest book. The Slam was definitely a grand slam for me and a fabulous insight into the mind of people from all walks of life. I loved The List series and cannot wait to read what Ms Lovell brings next. I loved the humour throughout, it kept me guessing and captivated. Adelaide is just such a wonderful character and the ASD aspect is something that is very close to my heart. It was extremely interesting to read a romance with a character that is on the Autism spectrum and how her thoughts came across throughout the book.

Enderson and Edricson Hemsworth are two famous brothers on the Berkeley University campus. These two tennis hotshots certainly get up to a lot of mischief and are known for their frat parties. Ender is especially known for his womanising, but the girls don’t seem to mind and there’s always a line waiting to get into his bed.

Ender finds a letter and discovers an old family friend is coming to stay and arriving that very day. In a panic the boys leave and expect to find an awkward, bucktooth, tomboy Australian girl at the airport. But what they realise is that Adelaide Vikander is not that girl anymore.

In the letter, Adelaide’s legal guardian explains that she sometimes has trouble understanding social or emotional situations and asks Ender to watch over her. As Adelaide begins classes, she realises just how much she doesn’t grasp and in the end asks Ender for her, especially when it comes to dating and boys.

It appears the boys on campus have realised how hot Adelaide is and all vie for her attention. When she asks for physical guidance with boys, Ender’s feelings become more intense and intimate. He realises just how special Adelaide is, how amazing and brilliant, but if he doesn’t tell her soon, it may be too late.

Will Ender be able to end his womanising ways and tell Adelaide how he truly feels? Will he live his life the way HE wants and not his fathers? Will Adelaide be accepted by her peers for her quirks and innocence?

The Slam was filled to the brim with sizzling scenes, laugh out loud fun and drama around every corner. Adelaide had a black and white mentality when it came to everything in her life, she helped calm Ender with her knowledge and showed that everybody sees life in a different light. Her ramblings were the most detailed and fun parts of this book and I loved every second. I would really love a sequel with Edric’s story and highly recommend this book and this author to all romance readers.
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About the Author

Haleigh Lovell is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of THE LIST series. She studied Journalism at the UW-Madison.

Despite training as a journalist, Haleigh found she also enjoyed making up her own stories . . . stories with heat, humor, and heart.
Speaking of hearts . . . the ones who truly have Haleigh's heart are her DIY husband, her tween daughters, and her three rescue dogs.
Oh, and sleep. Haleigh also loves to sleep the sleep of a thousand martyrs.


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review 2014-04-30 03:07
Should be required reading for all parents and children.
The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others - Irene McHenry,Carol Moog,Susan Kaiser Greenland

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


Where was this book when I was a kid? I really could have used many of these exercises, and I know that they’re are going to come in handy with helping my boys when they get older. I cannot recommend this guide enough to teens and their parents, whether they’re on the Autism spectrum or not. 


This guide really stands out to me because how it is structure not to teach kids the “right behavior,” but rather to give them tools to help them process their feelings, sensory sensitivities and tips on how to self-advocate for their needs. These are tools not only of empowerment, but of longterm growth and understanding, not just of themselves, but others. 


The layout of the book and the structure of each exercise are very user friendly. While it’s targeted at teens, I think that with the guidance of parents kids of all ages could benefit from them. As an adult I found myself relating to the scenarios and am now using some of these techniques to self evaluate and communicate my own needs. 


This is must have book for parents and kids on the Autism spectrum. I would also recommend it to educators and therapists who work with children. Effective education should be about empowerment and this book accomplishes that and then some. 


Despite receiving an free ecopy ARC in exchange for an honest review, but I’ll be purchasing a hardcopy for myself and friends. 


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text 2014-04-25 07:49
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others - Irene McHenry,Carol Moog,Susan Kaiser Greenland

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this, but it's really surprised me. Very well written and I think it will be extremely useful. I'll elaborate in my review, but this is definitely worth buying and reading. 

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text 2013-10-16 17:22
Practical and Helpful. WOOT!
Steps to Independence - 'Bruce L. Baker', 'Alan J. Brightman'

I'm hopping all over the book, which is something I often do with instructional non-fiction books like this one. Also, we're going over specific strategies in the Family Group meetings, and touching on a different sections of the book. 


The main part we covered last night was identifying 'challenging behavior,' diagnosing it's purpose and creating a plan to address/correct it. Having these guided talks along side the book has really helped bring the concepts home and give me some tools to help deal with the boy's acting out and tantrums.

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