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review 2017-11-19 01:47
It may have only been a 'Fair Game' but it was an awesome story...
Fair Game - Josh Lanyon,Sawyer Allerde

It's been a few years since I last read this book and now that I've got myself equally entrenched in the world of audio books it seemed inevitable that Josh Lanyon would be one of the authors that I'd want to revisit on audio and her 'All's Fair' series is one of my favorites.

'Fair Game' is the first book in this series and even though I've read it more than once I simply couldn't resist listening to it on audio. 'Fair Game' is a mystery with a solid romance to it as well. Elliot Mills has had to change careers after getting shot and teaching history seems like a safe profession...until students start going missing and turning up dead getting Elliot involved when he's asked by his father to find the missing son of a friend. Things get complicated when Special Agent Tucker Lance crosses paths with Elliot. They'd been partners and lovers back when Elliot got injured and things didn't end well.

I loved this story back when I first read it and listening to the audio book narrated by Sawyer Allerde has only allowed me to enjoy it all over again. His narration was solid and very nicely ticked all of the boxes on my 'things I like in an audio book' list. His was consistent, his voices were expressive and added depth of emotion to the story making things even more intense at time and I love a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat and my heart pounding with anticipation...so it was definitely a win for me.

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text 2017-11-18 00:11
Skin in the Game By Jackie Barbosa 99 cents!
Skin in the Game - Jackie Barbosa

Angela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she's shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls, asks her back to his hotel room...and then tries to steal her job.

 

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position.

 

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie's team, and even the hometown hero won't take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.

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review 2017-11-12 23:44
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was such a cute story! I went into this book with extremely high expectations. I have seen so many 5 star reviews for this book that I just had to give it a try myself and was thrilled to catch it on sale recently at Audible. I thought it was good and I liked it but I didn't love in the way that some other reviewers did. Don't get me wrong....this is a great story but it wasn't as mind blowing as I had expected it to be. I did have a lot of fun with this story and really enjoyed my time listening to it.

Lucy and Joshua work together and are always up against each other. This story is told from Lucy's point of view and she does look at the world in a very interesting and often funny manner. Lucy sees Joshua as her nemesis which is why she pays such close attention to everything he does. When they both are going for the same job, tensions are high since only one of them will get the position.

I loved Lucy and Joshua. Lucy was a bit naive but I really liked her innocence. She leads a rather solitary life that really is centered around her job. Joshua was really easy to love. He was such a nice guy but didn't always know how to handle Lucy. It was really obvious how much they cared about each other even before either of them realized it. They were just so cute together! 

I enjoyed Katie Schorr's narration. I think that her voice was perfect for Lucy's character. She was able to bring the story to life and added a lot of emotion to her delivery. I thought that her delivery made the funny parts just a bit funnier and the sweeter moments just a little sweeter. I ended up listening to this book for hours at a time and had a lot of fun with it.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I loved the blend of a sweeter romance and humor. All of the games that Lucy and Joshua played with each other brought a big old smile to my face. I am very impressed that this is Sally Thorne's first novel and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Initial Thoughts
This was entertaining. I liked the dynamic between Josh and Lucy. There were some really sweet moments and some other moments that made me chuckle a bit. I thought that this was a really cute story.

Book source: Audible Purchase

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review 2017-11-12 18:12
The Lying Game
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

This is the first book I've read by Ware despite having had my eye on her previous books. I now regret not having picked them up sooner. I was immediately drawn into the story of four tight knit teenagers who met at a coastal boarding school called Salten. They developed the lying game where they would concoct elaborate lies to tell people who were not part of their small circle and award each other points. The game had rules, one of which was, never lie to each other.

The girls are eventually kicked out of their boarding school and all go their separate ways until years down the road when their shared secret comes back to haunt them. A single text reunites them.  

"I need you." 


The book jumps back and forth between Isa's perspective and their past. The story slowly unravels to reveal how they met, their shared secrets, and what became of each of them. I didn't give this book a full five stars only because the final reveal didn't blow me away as much as I had anticipated. I enjoyed the ride and discovering the mystery, I just wanted a bit more thrill and suspense. I am, of course, looking forward to reading more from Ware.

 

-SW

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review 2017-11-11 21:24
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Game On (Hometown Players) - Victoria Denault

This book in #6 in the Hometown Players series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this outstanding series in order.

 

Alex is known for being the party boy.  He is tired of the routine, and wanting something more.  He finally meets someone worth waiting for.

 

Brie is not impressed with Alex when she meets him.  He comes across as a dumb jock.  When they meet again, she is shocked he has found her and wonders how and why?

 

This was a fast paced whirl of feelings.  I love the banter between these characters.  The cameos made by earlier beloved characters made it all the more fun.  This series is always a go to read and worth every turn of the page!!  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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