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review 2018-01-24 00:23
Sidelined - Marquita Valentine

From the moment we met Aiden and Layton in Scored, I knew I wanted them to find a way to be together. It didn't matter to me that Layton was engaged to someone else, I knew she and Aiden were perfect for each other and am so glad Ms. Valentine gave us their story.


I love when two characters have a history together and the fact that Aiden and Layton had known each other since she was 11 gave me all the feels. I love they had a friendship, as he is her older brother's best friend, first and an attraction that came later for them both. I loved how protective Aiden was of Layton and that he really did want to do right by her. 


The chemistry between Aiden and Layton was freaking amazing! Like so smoking hot I needed to fan myself a few times. I have to say I absolutely loved that Aiden wanted to make sure Layton was truly ready before they moved to a physical relationship. I love when the hero is the first to fall in love, and the fact that Aiden had been in love with Layton for what seemed like forever pretty much made me swoon. Seriously, what is better than a big sexy football player falling first?


I didn't love how wishy-washy Layton was at times with her feelings. I understood she had pretty much just come off of a long term relationship, even though her husband left her during their honeymoon. They had been together since they were teens, so I got being scared to rush into anything too fast. I just hated the push and pull I sometimes felt with Aiden's feelings. I could feel how much he really cared and loved her and just wanted her to trust her instincts when it came to him. I got past it, but it did color me loving Layton as much in this book as I did in Scored


Sidelined was a fabulous story. I'm equally excited for the fact that the sports series won't end with just 2 books and we will get more stories with these characters. I can't wait to see Kingston Price meet his match!



Rating: 4.5 Stars (A)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2018-01-19 00:00
Sidelined - Marquita Valentine Love has a way of knocking you flat before it lifts you up. Marquita Valentine has an innate talent for merging the good with the bad and keeping you laughing as she's breaking your heart. Sidelined is one woman's quest to heal her broken heart in the most wicked way possible. He helped break her heart, perhaps he can help put it back together again. Aiden and Layton can be each other's worst nightmares, but behind the bickering, the frustration and the mistrust, there is a deep love. Sidelined is a little slice of heaven presented in a temptingly, heartwarming package.
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review 2016-08-11 00:00
Sidelined - Terri E. Laine,A.M. Hargrove Sidelined - Terri E. Laine,A.M. Hargrove AND we have a winner in today's "LICK THE COVER" contest there's not really a contest I just made that part up...*lol*

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review 2016-05-08 14:43
Offensive Behavior
Offensive Behavior (Sidelined Book 1) - Belinda Holmes,Ainslie Paton

I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited.  It took me a while to get through it.  That's never a good thing.


I guess the author is Australian, but this story takes place in California and the characters are American.  A lot of the phrasing seems to be Australian.  It's definitely not spoken like an American would.  Some work on the punctuation would help, too.  Some additional commas and quotes.


Otherwise, I liked Reid.  But I didn't care for Zarley so much.  Reid is SO in to her, but Zarley is somewhat callous.  He basically kisses her ass and does anything to keep her, including letting a neighbor watch them have sex.  After she completely freaked out about seeing Reid kiss a random woman in a club where Zarley is performing as an erotic dancer, she then has sex with him in a public park and expected him to be okay with a random guy touching her breasts and upper body during the act.


The relationship seemed unbalanced.

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text 2016-04-30 15:11
My April 2016
Love Me Never - Sara Wolf
Sidelined - Kendra C. Highley
Out of Play - Nyrae Dawn,Jolene Perry
Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter Softcover - SunNeko Lee,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan,Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ein ganzes halbes Jahr - Jojo Moyes
Pieces of You and Me - Erin Fletcher
Divined (The Last Oracle Book 3) - Emily Wibberley
Love Me Never - 3 stars
Sidelined - 5 stars
Out of Play - 4 stars
Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter - 4 stars
Ein ganzes halbes Jahr - 5 stars
Pieces of You and Me - 3 1/2 stars
Divined (The Last Oracle Book 3) - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Sidelined, Out of Play, Ein ganzes halbes Jahr, Divined (duh)


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Stopping the Noise in Your Head (it's just not a book that I want to read constantly), The 100, True Born


7 BOOKS!!! I'm actually really happy with that. I'm also really proud of myself for finally kicking myself to let go of Scintillate. Even though my laptop helped me. It just vanished from my epub reader and I wasn't going to download it again. So yeah. I can't take all the credit. It's not that the book is bad, the writing is really good, I just couldn't stand the characters and the way the story was going.

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