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review 2018-01-28 00:45
Do Over - 2nd chance romance
Do Over - Serena Bell

I love a good second chance romance and Do Over has all the elements - the not so likable playboy who does redeem himself (finally), the woman who loves him but doesn't trust him, the child they share, and the circumstances to put them together. In spite of that, the result was rather mediocre. Maybe it was the constant denial of compatibility from both characters, the conversations between Jack and his buddies, the lack of real communication, the determination that they were just hooking up, or a combination of all those things, I never felt a romantic connection between Jack and Maddie. Sharing a child without any commitment certainly shows that there is lust between the couple, and maybe even friendship, but it felt more like they were playing house than building anything together. On the whole, the story is well-written, but there's really nothing to set it apart from any other second chance romance, making it a little too predictable. On a positive note, there were a few chuckle worthy moments and young Gabe was absolutely adorable, which did somewhat redeem the book for me. 

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review 2018-01-21 22:46
Do Over - Serena Bell

This was a sweet, sexy second chance story.

Jack Parker is a sexy guy who doesn't do relationships which Maddie Adams learned the hard way.    Five years ago Maddie showed up at Jack's door in tears and that night quickly resulted into their 4 year old son, Gabe.  All Maddie ever wanted was to be part of a family with Jack but he is too selfish to every be a husband and father.

Fast forward five years....Maddie is in a serious relationship and life is looking good until she walks in on her live in boyfriend with another female!  Maddie finds herself heading to Jack's house, where Gabe currently is.  After hearing Maddie's story, Jack offers to have Maddie and Gabe stay at his house until Maddie can get back on her feet.  Reluctantly, Maddie agrees, plus there will be no sex!

As Jack and Maddie spend more time together and Jack truly is being a dad, he realizes that maybe being a family isn't so bad.  When emotions between Jack and Maddie start turning deeper, Jack realizes what he really wants now in his life.....his family.

I really enjoyed this story.  It was a fun, sexy second chance story that had a wonderful happy ending.

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review 2018-01-17 11:12
Again
Do Over - Serena Bell

Jack has been in love with Maddie for so long.  He has no idea how to tell her he wants to try again.  He is trying so hard to be a good dad to their son.  He makes room for them in his life.   To the consternation of his friends, he makes her a priority.

 

Maddie has a hot past with Jack.  They are making it also a hot present.  Can she trust a man who has admitted to cheating on her?  Is there a way to meet in the middle?  When her current man breaks her heart  - it is easier to give up then to trust again.

 

This was a sweet but completely hot book.  I found the sexy times more than sparks that were jumping off the page.  You can feel the heat between these two.  Their sincere love for their son.  It just humbles you to read this and with a surprise ending, is worth every page.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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text 2017-05-01 20:28
Getting Inside by Serena Bell 99 cents!
Getting Inside: A Seattle Grizzlies Novel (Seattle Grizzles) - Serena Bell

They’re big. They’re hot. And they play hard.

In the kickoff to Serena Bell’s sexy new football romance series, the heat between a female coach and a cocky linebacker turns the Seattle Grizzlies locker room upside down.

Iona: There’s nothing like the rush of going head-to-head with the boys. Football is my life, and I got my new job with the Seattle Grizzlies because I know how to play rough. But as a woman in a man’s game, I can’t afford any distractions—like panty-melting tabloid darling Ty Williams, my star linebacker. I’ve stared down plenty of good-looking players without losing my cool . . . and yet something about Ty’s intense gaze burns straight to my core.

Ty: Despite what they say in the press, I save my best moves for game day. The Grizzlies aren’t just my teammates, they’re my brothers—no way am I going to let some new coach shake up our defense. But Iona Thomas isn’t just some coach. It’s so tough to keep my head in the game when I’d rather be in bed with her. She may take charge at practice, but if I had her in my arms, I’d be choosing the plays. I just need to figure out what makes her tick—and what makes her want to break the rules.

 

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review 2016-09-12 02:29
Getting Inside
Getting Inside: A Seattle Grizzlies Novel (Seattle Grizzles) - Serena Bell

I obtained an ARC of this book through Netgalley.

 

I wasn't sure about this when I read the description. Sports in a romance is not a big attraction for me and I was hesitant about a coach/player relationship. But, I've read other books by this author and I enjoyed them, and I was a little intrigued by the female coach angle, so I requested and received it.

 

I enjoyed the story. Iona is a strong woman. She knows herself, but she doubts herself when it comes to men and relationships. Partially because of her father and his harsh words about her strength and the career she's chosen for herself and partially because of previous failed relationships.

 

Ty is a strong man. He's driven and he supports his friends. And he really has the hots for Iona. He has a reputation as a player - he doesn't do relationships. He has family issues and that seems to be why he doesn't really do relationships, but he doesn't seem completely aware of that. And he really wants Iona.

 

There wasn't anything hinky or skeevy about their relationship. They're adults and they behave in an adult-like manner. They make good choices. The coach/player relationship was a thing, but not really. The issues that kept them apart were more personal and they were resolved in a sane manner. I enjoyed the conflict without all the angst.

 

I did feel like Iona was pretty self-contained. Aside from her conflict with her father and the doubts about herself related to her relationship with him, it was hard to know her. She felt sort of walled off.

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