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review 2017-06-27 06:28
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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland

Brody was known for being a player.  In more ways than one.  When he met Delilah in the locker room, he horrified and excited her at the same time.  Keeping her interest when she is trying to stay professional, is a whole new game.

 

Delilah has to be taken seriously.  In an almost exclusively male career, she wants to just be known for her own merits.  When the hottest man in tight pants (or out of them) puts the moves on her, she finds herself wanting to say, "yes."

 

This was an amazingly hot read.  I loved these characters.  I found them profoundly honest and it was refreshing.  The heat level in this story was also turned up.  Was a perfect summer read.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-06-27 04:01
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Misconduct - Samantha Kane

This book is #4 in the Birmingham Rebels series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers and better understand the series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Carmina is best friends with a popular football player.  He has introduced her to many others in the sport.  She finds herself attracted to two men.  She cannot decide if it is possible to choose just one.  Both Tom & Danny are attractive to her physically and emotionally.

 

Tom & Danny are roommates and teammates.  They never saw themselves fighting over a girl.  When the worst occurs, neither is willing to walk away from their friendship.  Can they figure things out as things heat up?

 

This series is a joy to read and a challenge to sometimes understand. Love is love, however, and it is interesting to see what acting on an attraction can show you are capable of.  These characters compliment each other so beautifully, that it makes the reader sigh with joy.  Fits the series just perfectly also.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by both Netgalley and its publisher.

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text 2017-06-05 15:47
Champions League 2017: Real Madrid vs. Juventus (4-1; Ronaldo scored 2 and made a huge difference in the game)

 

Just going to come out and say it, I am an unashamed, unadulterated admirer of Cristiano Ronaldo. As a football fan I remember his debut season well at Manchester United. The step overs, the pouting, the diving, the pouting was all commented on ad nauseam but what I remember most was a young man willing to get stuck in and work his socks off for the team. One game in particular stood out for me. United vs. Everton boxing day 2003. It was billed as some sort of clash between the two überwonder kids of the Premier League at the time. The honest, hardworking, running knuckle that was Rooney versus the precious, waspish, fancy foreigner. It was clear where some people wanted this narrative to go. But my recollection is Ronaldo bossed it. Rooney resorted to thuggery in the second half to try and stop Ronaldo as did other Everton players but it did not stop Ronaldo. Get up and go at them again, harder. Ronaldo was fantastic. The work that man has put in to get to where he is is phenomenal. That's something to be admired. I know United fans like to paint the picture of Ronaldo arriving at United as vital to his development as a global football mega star but I don't believe that is so. I honestly think wherever he went at age 17 he would have worked just as hard to ensure that he got to where he is today.

 

If you're into football and Ronaldo in particular, read on.

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review 2017-05-24 06:16
Kenny (Shifter Football League Book 2) - Becca Fanning

I enjoyed the story although I found Kenny a little hard to take. He is self absorbed and leaps before looking too much. Audrey was stronger after all she had been through, and I did care that she found someone who was willing to protect her. When they both need to run to stay alive, I watched as they grew closer and realized that I also had grown to care about their HEA.

I received this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2017-04-21 07:05
Excerpt Blitz - The Hot Shot

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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

 

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

 

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

 

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

 

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

 

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

   

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EXCERPT:

 

CHESS

 

Grumbling, I toss on some black lounge pants and my oversized Tulane t-shirt and head to the drugstore.

 

 

My head throbs by the time I get there, and my insides are writhing. I rest my hand against my lower stomach and grab a basket before calling James to complain.

 

I swear,” I tell him as I grab a bottle of painkillers. “It’s like this entire day has been cursed.”

 

He snickers. “Curse. Get it? Curse?”

 

I roll my eyes, even though he can’t see me. “Laugh it up. Meanwhile, it feels as if someone is playing Battleship in my uterus.”

 

Poor Chessie bear. At least we know why you were in such a foul mood.”

 

A flush washes over my cheeks. “Yeah.” Lie. Lie. Lie. A tub of salted caramel gelato makes its way into the basket.

 

Tell me you’re getting some gelato,” James says.

 

I smile. “Just grabbed it.”

 

Salted caramel?”

 

You know it.”

 

I find the feminine products aisle and search for my brand. “I’m going to go home, take a long bath with my gelato, and forget this fucking day.” Forget Finn. “And then I’m going to go on Amazon and buying a freaking year’s supply of tampons so I don’t have to make these kinds of emergency runs anymore.”

 

A low, deep chuckle rumbles from behind me, and all the tiny hairs lift on my arms.

 

But you’ll still need your gelato,” a familiar—fuck me, seriously?—voice points out.

 

My insides swoop even as my cheeks burn.

 

Who is that?” James asks in my ear.

 

I slowly turn on one heel. “The plague,” I say, glaring up at Finn Mannus’s smiling face.

 

From asshat to plague.” Finn scrunches up his brow. “I’m not sure if that’s a step down or a tie.”

 

Who is that?” James nearly yells now.

 

I don’t take my eyes off Finn. “I’ll call you back.”

 

James’s squawks of protest cut off as I hit the end button.

 

 

Are you stalking me, Mannus?”

 

Finn a rests his hands low on his lean hips. “Having a healthy amount of conceit myself, I have to admire yours, but no, buttercup. My buddy Woodson lives a few blocks away. It’s poker night. I’m stocking up on beer.”

 

It’s only then I notice a twelve pack tucked under his other arm.

 

And tampons?” I ask, with a pointed look around the aisle we’re standing in.

 

Not tonight,” he says easily. “Though we used to keep a pack of them back in college. Light flows were perfect for stopping up bloody noses.”

 

A snort escapes me. “Now there’s a visual.” Somehow, I’ve taken a step closer to him. He’s freshly showered, the golden brown strands of his hair still damp at his temples. And I wonder if he’s just come from the gym or practice. “So back in college you went and bought these tampons?”

 

Nah,” he says with a cheeky smile. “I’d ask one of the girls hanging around to get me some.”

 

Of course you did.” My nose wrinkles with annoyance.

 

Give me a little credit, Chess. I’d buy them now if I had to.”

 

Hmm…” I eye him, trying not to return his smile. If only because it’s more fun when he teases. “So why are you in this aisle now, if not for potential nosebleed needs?”

 

That’s easy.” He steps closer, a warm wall of muscle and clean scent. “I heard your voice.”

 

For a second I just blink. “You recognized my voice?”

 

His gaze darts over my face as if he’s trying to get a read on why I’m gaping at him. “Not to be…ah…rude, but you’re loud when you talk on the phone.”

 

Yeah, but… You recognized it.” We’d only just met. It occurs to me that I’d recognized his both times he’d snuck up on me. Then again, his voice is distinctive, flowing like hot honey when he’s relaxed or hammering down like iron to rock when he’s taking command of a situation.

 

A soft flush of pink tints the tips of his ears. If I wasn’t staring at him, I might have missed it. He shifts his weight. “Was I not supposed to?”

 

No. Yes.” I shake my head and laugh. “I don’t know.”

 

He grins then. “You’re cute when you’re flustered.”

 

I’m not flustered.” I am.

 

 

 

THS1

 

KCauthor

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

 

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