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review 2017-04-25 11:18
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Wanderer (The Sin Bin #1) by Dahlia Donovan
The Wanderer - Claire Smith,Hot Tree Editing,Dahlia Donovan
The Wanderer is a story that returns to Cornwall, where we reunite with Francis and Craddock from After The Scrum. In this story, Graham, a travel writer and someone with itchy feet, meets up with one of Craddock's rugby buddies, BC, at Francis and Craddock's wedding. Things are immediately hot and 'spicy' between them, but Graham isn't prepared to settle down, so quickly does a runner, as per his usual modus operandi. The book takes a more serious turn though when Graham becomes ill whilst abroad. Tests that BC and the rest of Graham's friends and family insist on show that he has stomach cancer. 

This story doesn't doesn't pull any punches. It is not glamorous, nor is there any 'softening' of cancer and the effects that both it, and the healing process and medicines, have upon a body. Dahlia Donovan also gives great detail on how the family and friends are affected. Although a strong, serious, read, The Wanderer also manages to be full of laughter as the two main clowns constantly banter with each other.

Very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, I would definitely recommend this book, although I am aware that it might not be everyone's 'cup of tea' due to the subject matter.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/04/blog-tour-review-giveaway-wanderer-sin.html
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review 2017-04-23 05:20
Not again
Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny (Taking Shots) - Cindi Madsen

This is book #4 in the Taking Shots series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To not read a spoiler, and to understand this really great series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Lindsay has come a long way to not be like she used to.  Ryder threatens all this because he is still part of the "hockey life" she has left behind her.  As their attraction heats up and she needs his help to cement her future, she struggles with whether she is doing the right thing.

 

Ryder wanted Lindsay from first sight.  He found her beautiful, smart, and completely amazing.  Winning her over and not being a threat to her new life is a challenge.  He is never one to not get what he goes after.

 

This series rocks!  Each book just gets better and better.  If you love sports, romance, laughter, and an HEA - this series is a must read!  I happily give it 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-04-23 05:15
Hit me
Grinder (Seattle Sharks Book 1) - Samantha Whiskey

Bailey has known Gage pretty much her whole life.  Their mothers are best friends.  It seemed inevitable they would become close as well.  He does not seem to know that she is seriously attracted to him.  The problem is she knows he is a player.

 

Gage has a hard time trusting anyone close.  His past has held a lot of pain.  A life that he does not want his daughter to have to have.  He is choosing who to trust and keep close.  Who he allows around his child.  

 

Very endearing story with some sports thrown in.  I loved these characters and hope to see them again in upcoming books in the Seattle Sharks series.  There was sexy times, silly times, and more.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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review 2017-04-22 14:00
Nice to see this family again!
Swing - Adriana Locke

*4.5 STARS*!

 

Great follow up to the Landry Family Series. I really like this family.

This time around we get Lincoln Landry, youngest boy, hot as sin baseball player. He sees the woman of his dreams when he's on an elevator and his life is never gonna be the same.

I loved the fact that as hot for him as Ryan Danielle was, she wouldn't give Lincoln the time of day at first. It really put him off his game. LOL

and what the heck is about those Landry books and food items. First it was Barrett and the grapes (I'll have to revisit that one) and now it's Lincoln and the ice. Those boys certainly are inventive in the bedroom.

Huxley made his appearance in this book too. I loved the heart-to-heart he and lincoln had about what Hux's mom and Barrett do when they are in their bedroom. LOL

But what made the story for me was how all in Lincoln was. Once he knew that was it. I love that. it's the sexiest thing ever when a man is like that. I'm so glad that he was willing to fight for what he wanted.

I can't wait to start the next book in the series. I'm loving these Landrys.

Audio on this one is excellent. The first one too. I love these two narrators. They are both new to me but they do an awesome job.

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

  the hot shot AN        

TheHotShot Amazon-2

 

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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