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review 2018-09-20 00:25
Big Stick (Big Stick #1) by R.C. Stephens
Big Stick - R.C. Stephens

R.C. Stephens scores with BIG STICK.  As kids, Myles Sanders and twin brother and sister Oliver and Flynn Russell were inseparable.  After moving to different cites, Myles and Flynn had a falling out.  Seven years later, Myles and Oli are still best friends living their dream of playing professional hockey together in Chicago. Flynn relocates to Chicago to be near her brother; consequently, needing to resolve the issues she has with Myles.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

I loved R.C. Stephens’ BIG STICK.  Being a Chicagoan, I appreciate that the story takes place there. I also respected that Myles and Oli played for my favorite team the Blackhawks.  I like Myles, Oli, and Flynn.  They are realistic and convincing characters. A tragedy caused some unresolved issues for them.  Myles had a tough childhood and relied on the Russell family for support. Flynn believed in Myles and is a big part of the reason he is as successful as he is.  Myles and Flynn have amazing chemistry.  You truly want to see them work things out.

 

BIG STICK is a heartfelt and enjoyable read.  The story was believable and skillfully-executed.  The hockey scenes were easy to visualize and credible. I like the Peter Pan nick names.  The Epilogue felt well concluded.  This is the first book that I have read by R.C. Stephens.  I enjoyed her writing style and plan on continue following the Big Stick series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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text 2018-09-07 17:10
Excerpt Reveal - Big Stick

 

 

Excerpt Reveal – BIG STICK by R.C. Stephens

 

About the Book:

 

Hockey is my life. And it’s a great one. There’s an endless line of women, and I get to hang with my best friend Oli. Everything is perfect until she shows up. Oli’s twin sister, Flynn...hates my guts. I don’t blame her. I’m part of one of the worst nights of her life. 

Now she’s next door and seeing her every day is killing me slowly. I wonder if we can ever get back to being friends. The way she looks at me sometimes, well, let’s just say my hockey stick isn’t the only thing that’s feeling hard these days. 

But if she finds out the secrets I’m keeping, forgiveness will be the last thing on her mind. 

 

Purchase Link: https://entangledpublishing.com/big-stick.html

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40518491-big-stick

 

 

 

 

Excerpt from BIG STICK:

 

He takes a step toward me, and a charge of electricity runs through my body. Myles wraps his arms around my waist and pulls me into him. His stare heats my whole body. I don’t know why my hand, which is still in a mitten, comes up to caress his face, other than I need to touch him.

 

 

“Do you remember the time we went tobogganing?” he asks out of nowhere. His voice is raspy and filled with longing.

 

“There were many times. You may want to specify,” I answer, a hint of my previous laughter still lacing my tone.

 

“It was in ninth grade, and I was home for Christmas break,” he says and cuts me such a hot glare that I know exactly what he’s talking about. We had gone out that day on our own, since Oli was home sick. I begin to see a pattern I’m only noticing now. It was at times that my brother wasn’t around that Myles and I got into these heated situations.

 

Kind of like now.

 

“We went down a hill on the toboggan, and I thought it would be fun to give us a little spin along the way, and we ended up wiping out, and I landed on top of you,” Myles says, his breath ragged and his eyes trained on mine. My lips ache to touch his, and judging by his searing gaze, I know he wants it, too.

 

I nod and swallow.

 

“I wanted to kiss the hell out of you that day. I want to kiss the hell out of you now.” His face moves closer to mine. I nod, and before I can remember where we are and what we are doing, his lips press to mine. His warm skin makes my body want to combust. He wraps his arms around my back, and I wrap my arms around his head, and our lips mesh together, our mouths open as our tongues tease and taste. I want him to touch me all over, kiss me, love me, but the voices that were background noise only moments ago come to the forefront of my mind, and I hear them more closely now. We aren’t alone. Our kiss slows, and he presses his forehead to mine as we take a few breaths to gather ourselves. To tuck the unbridled heat away. This, too, is becoming a familiar motion. He presses a kiss to the top of my head. The gesture is warm as he holds me close. He

releases me and looks down at me.


“That day, when I didn’t kiss you, I told you that you couldn’t be a lost boy anymore. You had to be Tinker Bell.” He smiles.

 

“That was the most romantic thing anyone had ever said to me,” I answer, a little breathless. But the sarcasm in my tone dominates.

 

“I should get points for that, right?” He chuckles. “You became my Tink that day.” He takes my hand. I don’t answer him, but in my head, I agree with what he’s said. We reach the entrance to the coffee shop. “You want to get that drink?”

 

I take a breath. I don’t know why I feel like I am holding my breath around him.

“Yes,” I answer, and he guides us toward the restaurant.

 

We are seated at a table for two off to the side. The lights in the restaurant provide a romantic glow. We order hot chocolate. I take the warm mug in my hands and watch the little marshmallows float on top. Myles is quiet. One look at him tells me he’s gone inside his head.

 

“In some ways this feels like déjà vu,” I say a little hesitantly. He’s been making an effort with me. Trying to break me out of my shell. Now it’s him who’s withdrawn into his shell.

 

“We spent a lot of time together growing up. We’re bound to have lots of these moments,” he says.

 

“What are you thinking now?” I ask. For the last seven years I’ve had a picture in my mind of how things would be if I ever saw him again. Only now it looks nothing how I pictured things would be. Seeing him reminds me of what I lost. I figured the feelings I once had for him were gone but they aren’t. My feelings are very real and overwhelming.

 

“I want you so bad it physically hurts, but inside here”— he touches his chest where his heart is—“I don’t think I’d be any better at caring for other people than my father, and that scares me to death. I can’t date you because I want all in with you.”

 

 

About R.C. Stephens:

 

As far back as R.C. Stephens can remember she was a sucker for a good romance. Of course there had to be a prince charming even if he ultimately was a dark knight and there had to be a happy ending. She watched the movie Dirty Dancing way too many times growing up and Jean Claude Van Damme movies too. Go figure! After years of saying she would write a book one day, she finally put pen to paper and carved out the plot line for what would eventually become the best selling Twisted Series. Now R.C. is just finishing up her tenth book and can’t seem to stop the stories running through her mind. Visit R.C. on her Facebook page to find out what’s new in her life and what releases she has coming up.

 

R.C. Stephens Media Links:

 

Author Website: http://www.rcstephens.com

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/rcstephensbooks

Author Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/rc.stephens.8/?business_id=166735473993166

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rc_stephens_author/

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1508701.R_C_Stephens

Newsletter: http://rcstephens.com/newsletter/

 

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review 2018-09-04 23:46
Big Stick by R.C. Stephens
Big Stick - R.C. Stephens

 

Big Stick is more than high flying innuendos. It's about taking risks both on and off the ice. Stephens appeals to the vulnerabilities. The emotions that haunt our ever waking moments. Myles and Flynn have to look beyond Neverland and face the real world. Big Stick is a dialogue of the heart. A captivating tale of survival and second chances.
 
 

 

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review 2018-05-10 22:07
The Emerald Atlas
The Emerald Atlas - John Stephens

Book One in the Series and just a mishmash of other stories it felt...felt a little like Harry Potter (orphans Kate, Michael and Emma taken from their parents and raised in orphanages where they are transferred around because they don't want to be adopted because they believe that their parents are still alive and coming for them), with a touch of magic (Wizards and Witches and a giant named Gabriel all working to either destroy the children or save the children). With a touch of "The Chronicles of Narnia" with a wicked witch hunting special children who are prophesied to help save the world. 

 

The story was read by Jim Dale and we listened to this story in the car while driving to Point Clinton and Cedar Point in Ohio. The girls and I enjoyed some of the scenes of the story and others were comparing to the other stories. I don't think I will be reading or listening to the others (even though Jim Dale did a remarkable job as always), but I just didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the other stories. 

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url 2018-01-24 15:42
Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 (per overdrive for library ebooks)
Convergence: The Idea at the Heart of Science - Peter Watson
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain - Lisa Feldman Barrett
Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes - Amy Sutherland
Dying: A Memoir - Cory Taylor
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation - Randall Fuller
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

I just linked a few, no particular order or topic.  See the link for full list.  Lots of political ones.  And book pages have more suggested reads on them ... I think I will be going down the rabbithole of my library wishlists ...

Source: lfpl.overdrive.com/collection/109107
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