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review 2014-06-18 00:39
ARC Review: One Night with a Quarterback by Jeanette Murray
One Night with a Quarterback (Santa Fe Bobcats) - Jeanette Murray

The Delight

 

Quarterback? You had me at Quarterback! A new series to love about football players and the ladies who tackle them into love. Filled with more than sports or even time in bed, this one hits many emotional levels sure to leave you wanting more.

 

You bet I am all in on a football romance. Well I have been laying low with my own injury that I would like to attribute to football, but alas it was lazer tag. So I keep tracking my healing process to be reading for the NFL season. What better way to heal than to read football romance!

 

When Cassie learns who her father is, she knows it isn’t going to be an easy road to travel to get to know him. Giving herself one last night of wildness before meeting him, she drags her best friend out on the town for some clubbing. Dancing horribly, but enthusiastically draws the attention of Trey Owens, the quarterback of the Sante Fe Bobcats. Not a lover of publicity or media, Trey disguises himself to have a little fun. Who knew either of them would find each other and hit it off so wildly?

 

While Cassie knows her father is the coach of the Sante Fe Bobcats, she doesn’t know Trey is the quarterback. Put under some insane rules by her father, she must give up dating while getting to know him. But after a crazy, not nice start to their relationship, she stumbles into Trey again and still doesn’t know he is the quarterback. Well, she isn’t a sports fan, being a nerd and all, so I guess I have to forgive her some, but not totally since I am a computer nerd too and also a fan of football. Hello!

 

Trey on his own is trying to stay out of the limelight, but falls hard for Cassie in almost a stalkerish way. When he finds her again, he thinks it’s fate and won’t let go. He too doesn’t know Cassie is the bosses daughter and they blithely go on their way to falling in love while hiding it from coaches and the media.

 

The romance goes over a coarse of time and you see the two fall in love slowly but also in the right manner. They do find out about each other at some point and Trey is always there for Cassie when the family treats her like (sorry) shit! But he also keeps the romance secret for his own sanity not wanting to be the headline of the week doing the coaches daughter.

 

Now let me take one time out and deck the stepmother, Tabetha. This is one unclassy bitch and I am sorry to use so many curse words in my review, but she makes Cassie’s life a living Hell because she feels so threatened, when Cassie does nothing to deserve it besides be a good sister…she has two half sisters. Tabetha baits her, tricks her, calls her names and in general is one woman who needs to have her ass kicked.

 

The sisters were hilarious and also giving me some agony! At 16 and 14, they are they age where boys matter, clothing matters and their mother denies them both. Not that denying them boys is so bad, but she never lets them have their own personality. Cassie befriends them, keeps their confidences and even bails the older one out of a sticky situation. Overall, Tabetha should have been thrilled they had an older sister like Cassie around.

 

Trey is hunky along with his two cohorts. One is dealing with an alcohol problem that the other two are trying to keep him away from. This causes some scenes of drama and ultimately comes to a head at one point. All of them are good guys, playing football and trying to live their lives outside of the media.

While the love scenes were sexy, they tended to fade out towards halfway through the story. It became more about relationships at that point versus getting your game on*wink*.

 

One Night with a Quarterback was a good introduction into a new football series I am putting on my auto by list!

Source: delightedreader.com/arc-review-one-night-quarterback-jeanette-murray
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review 2014-06-03 21:01
ARC Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Shield of Winter - Nalini Singh

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh 
Series: Psy-Changling, book #13 
Genres: Paranormal RomanceShifters 
Published by Berkley 
Published on June 3, 2014 
Pages: 448 
Format: eARC 
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Rating: five-stars 

The Delight

With each new book, Nalini Singh takes us into the Psy-Changeling world and weaves a web of intrigue, acceptance, sexy love and the reality of our actions in the world we read about and live in. Going from cold to an infernor takes skill and Nalini Singh has them all. This book rocked my 2014 reading experience and I want to read it again.

 

 

After Heart of Obsidian, I didn’t think Nalini Singh could do much better. Seriously, that book knocked me out. But here comes Shield of Winter, a story of two Psy’s who know Silence is broken, but feel they are broken deeper than that. A society is falling from which it brought itself by instituting Silence in hopes of saving their race from insanity only to drive them back into insanity by ignoring their true core. Now Silence is falling, dark voids forming in the Psy-Net. But who holds the key to saving the Psy-Net?

 

Vasic is a broken hero. Conditioned by Silence to be a killing machine, he really isn’t unfeeling. He remembers each and every life he has taken under command, under the Silence that was forced upon him early in life. He is utterly cold on the outside, but inside he is a hot rolling mess of emotions, guilt and the feeling he must right all the wrongs he has committed. He feels his life has little value from what he can protect. At any moment he is ready to die.

 

When sent to protect an E class Psy and bring her into the fold, he determines that it is his ultimate mission to protect Ivy at all costs. But the E classification has almost been eliminated because E involves emotions. Ivy almost didn’t make it through her reconditioning to remove what they thought was wrong from her. Her parents, while Silent, also loved their daughter in their own way and took her from society so she could quietly heal amongst others that weren’t totally Silent themselves.

 

But now Ivy has a mission to possibly be one of a few Psy who might be able to save the Psy culture. Together Vasic and Ivy along with others, set forth to heal a dark void that could destroy all the Psy. Along the way, we see the slow growing of love between these two. Both virgins, and both untrained on what love entails. There is a sweetness to their love, almost a purity as it grew. Vasic thinking he has nothing to give and Ivy knowing she has too much love to hold back. Throw in Judd giving sexual advice to Vasic and I was charmed by the sweetness that instantly turned in to erotic hotness.

 

She shivered, and he’d had enough looking. Getting into bed, he came over her and placed his gauntleted arm above her head, then gribbed her jaw as she’d done his.
 
“Open your mouth,” he said. “I want to taste you.”
 

I often wondered what the relationship between Vasic and Aden was through the other books, and you get a closer, intimate look into how their relationship works. Aden is the character I want next to find a happy ending. He is one strong dude that needs to find love *nods*.

 

We get to see old favorites…Sasha, Lucas, Judd, Aden, Krychek, Sahara…and many more. You get to see Sasha find her calling as a Cardinal E Psy along with Lucas fighting tooth and nail to protect her, even from herself at times.

 

There are great battles, harsh conditions, internal fights, redemption, saving life and so much more to this book. Nalini Singh takes a gray world, one devoid of emotions and gives it life in beautiful colors. While some words seem too technical, she weaves those words into a tapestry of beauty that makes us realize nothing is as cold or black and white as it seems.

Source: delightedreader.com/review-shield-winter-nalini-singh
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review 2014-04-11 00:40
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Shield of Winter - Nalini Singh

This is the best book I have read in 2014 hands down. I needed this kind of boost. To laugh. To cry. To love. To get aroused. To just plain hit on every emotion in me unlike the Psy usually are. I can't wait for everyone to get his book on release day!

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