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review 2017-08-14 14:37
Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Illegal Contact (The Barons) - Santino Hassell

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

A warning to anyone about to start Illegal Contact: make sure you leave yourself time to read the entire book in one sitting. Santino Hassell has a compelling writing style that makes Gavin and Noah’s love story impossible to put down. Even if you’re not a football fan, this is one sports romance you don’t want to miss.

Gavin Brawley isn’t your typical hero. He may be gorgeous and talented both in the bedroom and on the field, but he’s also got a short temper that he lets fly. Add in an attitude and an unwillingness to be anything but straightforward and it’s easy to see why he’s a public relations nightmare. Gavin isn’t wholly the jerk the media makes him out to be, but he’s got a chip on shoulder and the forced confinement of house arrest (even if that house is a mansion) makes him even more irritable. So why did I find him so compelling? What sold me on Gavin from the start – even when he was at his most disagreeable – was that he’s utterly and completely loyal, protective, and caring when it comes to his friends. I loved peeling back the layers of his character and watching Gavin grow and change over the course of the story. He’s never going to be the smiling sports star pictured on your boxed cereal, but he does become an ever better, more well-rounded version of himself.

Noah Monroe is the catalyst for Gavin’s change, and I flat-out loved him. Noah is one of the most relatable protagonists I’ve come across in quite some time. When he applies for the job of Gavin’s personal assistant, it’s not because he’s a football fan or a celebrity-chaser. He’s simply a recent college grad drowning in student loan debt and desperately needs a job. Noah may be smart, no-nonsense, a bit of a geek, and look like a sexy Clark Kent, but he’s also an over-thinker with flaws of his own. Noah isn’t cowed by Gavin’s temper and his straightforwardness with the other man about how he comes across is part of the reason why Gavin starts to examine his own attitude.

Noah and Gavin don’t hit it off from the start; in fact, they piss each other off more often than not. The sparks fly fast and furious and I loved watching Gavin and Noah go from antagonizing one another to respecting each other to becoming more than cranky football star and overwhelmed employee. While there’s definite attraction in the beginning, the romance is a slow burn. I loved that Gavin and Noah actually got to know each other before the love story kicked things into high gear. And when the sexual tension between the two men boils over…watch out, because you’re in for some dirty, sexy fun. I loved these two together, but even after they start to fall in love, you know things aren’t going to be easy. Coming out as bisexual could destroy a career that has saved Gavin, and homophobia isn’t something you can wave a magic wand at and make disappear. I won’t say how things work out, but I will say that the ending of Illegal Contactleft me with a huge smile on my face.

Illegal Contact is the first book in Mr. Hassell’s Barons series and I can’t wait for more. Noah and Gavin are complex, interesting characters and their love story is layered, engaging, sexy, and surprisingly sweet at times. I also fell in love with Gavin’s teammates and best friends Simeon and Marcus, and I cannot wait to see what Mr. Hassell has in store for Simeon in Down by Contact. Until I find out, I’m content to keep re-reading Gavin and Noah’s story – their romance is just that addictive.


FTC Disclosure: I received the e-book edition of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/08/review-illegal-contact-by-santino.html
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text 2017-01-05 06:18
Wit and Sin's Best Books of 2016

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/12/best-books-of-2016.html


Wit and Sin Best Books of 2016


My Top Sixteen Books of 2016

Note: My picks weren’t all published in 2016, but all were new-to-me reads for the year.
Also note: The books are alphabetized by author as I love them all equally.


Magic Binds Cover1. Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, Book 9) by Ilona Andrews
My Review | Purchase Link






Rock Chick Reckoning Cover2. Rock Chick Reckoning (Rock Chick, Book 6) by Kristen Ashley
My Review | Purchase Link




The Highwayman Cover3. The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, Book 1) by Kerrigan Byrne
Purchase Link






The Hunter Cover4. The Hunter (Victorian Rebels, Book 2) by Kerrigan Byrne
Purchase Link






The Voodoo Killings Cover5. The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange, Book 1) by Kristi Charish
Purchase Link




Fly with Me Cover6. Fly with Me (Wild Aces, Book 1) by Chanel Cleeton
My Review | Purchase Link






Duke of Sin Cover7. Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, Book 10) by Elizabeth Hoyt
My Review | Purchase Link






The Study of Seduction Cover8. The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors, Book 2) by Sabrina Jeffries
My Review | Purchase Link






The Goal Cover9. The Goal (Off-Campus, Book 4) by Elle Kennedy
My Review | Purchase Link






Den of Wolves Cover10. Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim, Book 3) by Juliet Marillier
My Review | Purchase Link






His Royal Secret Cover11. His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret, Book 1) by Lilah Pace
My Review Coming Soon | Purchase Link






His Royal Secret Cover12. 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick
My Review | Purchase Link






Accidentally Compromising the Duke Cover13. Accidentally Compromising the Duke (Wedded by Scandal, Book 1) by Stacy Reid
My Review | Purchase Link





Her Naughty Holiday Cover14. Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work, Book 2) by Tiffany Reisz
My Review | Purchase Link






The Perfect Fit Cover15. The Perfect Fit (Riley O’Brien & Co., Book 2.5) by Jenna Sutton
My Review | Purchase Link






Tied Score Cover16. Tied Score (Slices of Pi, Book 2) by Elia Winters
My Review | Purchase Link




My Top Re-Reads of 2016


Rock Chick Cover1. Rock Chick (Rock Chick, Book 1) by Kristen Ashley
Purchase Link




Blood Red Kiss Cover2. The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, Book 1) by Kresley Cole
My Review | Purchase Link
Note: This story is now available in the Blood Red Kiss anthology




Judgment in Death Cover3. Judgment in Death (In Death, Book 11) by J.D. Robb
Purchase Link

 
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Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/12/best-books-of-2016.html
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text 2015-12-31 21:57
Wit and Sin's Best Books of 2015

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2015/12/best-books-of-2015.html

 

The clock is ticking down to 2016, and with it comes a slew of books I cannot wait to read. But before I dive into what’s coming, it’s time to take a look back at the books of 2015. I read 168 books this year, some great, some incredible, and (fortunately) only a few that I don’t care to revisit. I tried 64 new (to me) authors, and once again found some amazing authors whose books I cannot do without (Lilah Pace is now an autobuy author and I will definitely be glomming up Jeanette Murray and Amanda Weaver’s backlists). And finally, I participated in my sixth A to Z Reading Challenge, a fun challenge that usually leads me to at least a couple of books I might not have moved to the top of my TBR pile otherwise.

I read a number of excellent books this year, but I did manage to narrow the list down so I could spotlight the best of the best that I read in 2015:

Wit and Sin Best Books of 2015

My Top Fifteen Books of 2015

Note: My picks weren’t all published in 2015 (two are even January 2016 releases), but all were new-to-me reads for the year.
Also note: The books are alphabetized by title as I love them all equally

Asking for It Cover1. Asking for It (Asking for It, Book 1) by Lilah Pace
My Review | Buy Link


Begging for It Cover2. Begging for It (Asking for It, Book 2) by Lilah Pace
My Review | Buy Link


Blood Kiss Cover3. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, Book 1) by J.R. Ward
My Review | Buy Link


The Deal Cover4. The Deal (Off-Campus, Book 1) by Elle Kennedy
My Review | Buy Link


Dearest Rogue Cover5. Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, Book 8) by Elizabeth Hoyt
My Review | Buy Link

Grave Phantoms Cover6. Grave Phantoms (Roaring Twenties, Book 3) by Jenn Bennett
My Review | Buy Link

Ink and Bone Cover7. Ink and Bone (The Great Library, Book 1) by Rachel Caine
My Review | Buy Link


Obsession in Death Cover8. Obsession in Death (In Death, Book 40) by J.D. Robb
My Review | Buy Link


Off the Clock Cover9. Off the Clock (Pleasure Principle, Book 1) by Roni Loren
My Review Coming Soon | Buy Link (*2016 release*)

Playing Knotty Cover10. Playing Knotty by Elia Winters
My Review | Buy Link

Rock Chick Cover11. Rock Chick (Rock Chick, Book 1) by Kristen Ashley
My Mini-Review | Buy Link


Rock Chick Redemption Cover12. Rock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick, Book 3) by Kristen Ashley
My Mini-Review | Buy Link


The Score Cover13. The Score (Off-Campus, Book 3) by Elle Kennedy
My Review | Buy Link (*2016 release*)


Shards of Hope Cover14. Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling, Book 14) by Nalini Singh
My Review | Buy Link


This Book Will Change Your Life Cover15. This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver
My Review | Buy Link

 

My Top Re-Reads of 2015

Aidan and Ethan Cover1. Aidan & Ethan (Seeking Redemption, Book 1) by Cameron Dane
Buy Link


Devil in Winter Cover2. Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas
Buy Link


Festive in Death Cover3. Festive in Death (In Death, Book 39) by J.D. Robb
My Review Coming Soon | Buy Link


Slave to Sensation Cover4. Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Book 1) by Nalini Singh
My Review | Buy Link

 
Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2015/12/best-books-of-2015.html
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