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review 2017-09-12 00:51
The Final Score (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Jaci Burton

The Play-by-Play series of books are the first books I ever read by Jaci Burton so the series has an extra special place in my heart. When you give me a book with both the Riley clan and the Cassidy clan, which are my 2 favorite families from the series, and I know I'm getting a book I won't be able to put down.

 

Seriously, Mia Cassidy and Nathan Riley together has been the story I've wanted since I realized they were at the same college. I absolutely loved that Mia and Nathan were best friends and always went to each other about everything. I even loved they had been together once in college when they had both had a little too much to drink and still remained best friends. I thought it was super sweet that Nathan really was the one that wanted to pursue them being more than just friends first, but was willing to only stay friends if that is all Mia wanted. I loved them as friends every bit as much as I loved them as a couple.

 

I love that while Mia and Nathan had decided to be friends only, once they were in the same city and allowed themselves more time together, they couldn't keep their hands off each other. Seriously super hot times between Mia and Nathan! I have to say that while I loved their smoking hot love scenes, the times the took things slowly and were more gentle with each other, made me sigh just a little and completely fall for them as a couple.

 

Mia Cassidy is such a strong and intelligent female character. She has been working towards her dream of her own company and has had her dream come to fruition. She is an amazing businesswoman who sees the big picture when it comes to media perception and knows how to take care of her clients and friends. She is a bit shortsighted when it comes to matters of the heart though and messes up big time when handling a delicate situation with Nathan. I honestly believe she could only mess up this badly because of how much she loved Nathan, but it didn't change the fact that she was the one to make the mistake.

 

I loved that we got to spend time with so many of both the Rileys and the Cassidys in The Final Score. While I've loved the various other friends that have gotten their books in this series, my love for these 2 families is strong. It was great to see so many of my favorite characters again as we watched Mia and Nathan each figure out their next steps in their careers and their relationship.

 

The Final Score is another winner in the Play-by-Play series from Jaci Burton. I loved ever moment of this story and didn't want to put the book down even to sleep at night. In fact, I kinda wanted to start reading it all over again once I finished reading it the first time. The Final Score is absolutely one of my favorite books in the series and has me chomping at the bit to know where Ms. Burton will take the series next.  

 

 

Rating: 5 stars (A+)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-19 10:34
The Score Mitten ins Herz
The Score – Mitten ins Herz: Roman (Off-... The Score – Mitten ins Herz: Roman (Off-Campus 3) - Elle Kennedy,Christina Kagerer
  • € 9,99 [D], € 10,30 [A]
  • Erschienen am 02.06.2017
  • 416 Seiten, Broschur
  • Übersetzt von: Christina Kagerer
  • ISBN: 978-3-492-30940-0

 

Er weiß, wie man gewinnt. Aber weiß er auch, wie man das Herz einer Frau gewinnt?

Allie Hayes steckt in einer Krise. Sie hat keinen Plan für die Zukunft und außerdem ein gebrochenes Herz. Zügelloser Sex ist sicher nicht die Lösung ihrer Probleme, aber dem unglaublichen Hockeystar Dean Di Laurentis kann sie – zumindest in dieser Nacht – nicht widerstehen. Dean dagegen bekommt immer, was er will. Deshalb kann er es auch nicht fassen, dass Allie nach ihrer gemeinsamen Nacht nichts mehr von ihm wissen will. Dean findet, Allie muss um jeden Preis erobert werden. Aber weiß er wirklich, worauf er sich da einlässt?

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich habe die anderen beiden Teile der Reihe ja auch schon mit Begeisterung gelesen. Daher habe ich mich sehr gefreut, dass mir der Verlag auch den 3. Teil der Reihe zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt hat. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir wieder sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil ist sehr flüssig und ich war gleich in der Geschichte drin. 


Es fing auch direkt schon sehr humorvoll an, was mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Die Charaktere fand ich total toll, vor allem Dean. Aber auch das Wiedersehen mit den Charakteren aus den anderen Bänden war sehr schön. 


Sehr schön und realistisch beschrieben fand ich Deans Weiterentwicklung, vom absoluten Frauenheld mit kurzen Abenteuern bis hin zu einem Mann, der merkt, dass ihm eine Frau ausnahmsweise nicht mehr aus dem Kopf geht und sie öfters treffen möchte. Das fand ich sehr treffend beschrieben. Daher hat mir Dean als Charakter auch so gut gefallen. 


Der Erotikanteil war schon sehr groß, was mich dann teilweise ein wenig gestört hat, weil es die Liebesgeschichte ein wenig in den Hintergrund gedrängt hat, aber das war auch absolut der einzigste Kritikpunkt an diesem Buch. 


Alles in allem kann ich hier eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung für alle New Adult Fans aussprechen. Mir hat es total Spaß gemacht, dieses Buch zu lesen und habe es als tollen Abschluss dieser Reihe empfunden. Von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

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text 2017-05-10 06:15
HOT Covers - Cool Deal
In case you didn't hear about it or see it all over social media, the author, Elle Kennedy is resurrecting the original 'abs' covers for the Off Campus series!

 
 
Sorry, they're only available this month. That's it.
Then they'll be going away forever!!!
 
 
 
You have been warned....       ahem.
 
 
 
 
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review 2017-03-16 20:41
The Summer Games --Book 1
Settling the Score - S.R. Grey

Book Title:  Settling the Score

Author:  R. S. Grey

Narration:  Amanda Dolan & Shaun Grindell

Series:  The Summer Games #1

Genre:  New Adult, Sports Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Wonderwall by Oasis  --Actually the Author picked it, because It's mentioned in the book…sometimes they pick the perfect songs...♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all

 

Will I continue this series?  Possibly…I'm torn…maybe I'll try a different book by her.

 

 

 

My Thoughts⇜ 

 

I would like to thank the Author for writing a story with the perfect blend of sexy stuff, angsty love, humor and some olympic inspired drama.  Everything about this clicked with me.  I loved it.  That's why I'm so bummed, that the second book in the series, has so many reviews that are two stars or less...

 

Narration is excellently done by Amanda Dolan, she has a great voice for this genre of book…and she did an excellent English accent as well (at least from this American girls pov).  Shaun Grindell did the male pov and he was good too, but I think I would of liked a more masculine voice for Freddie.

⇝Sex Factor⇜  Just the right amount of well written sexy scenes…

 

 

 
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text 2017-02-07 03:17
January Reads
Man on the Run - Carl Weber
The Score - Kiki Swinson
The Mark (The Score Series) - Kiki Swinson
Copycat - Kimberla Lawson Roby
A Note Yet Unsung (A Belmont Mansion Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Luxury and Larceny: Part 1 - Ty Marshall
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

I read 7 books in January. I'm so proud of myself that I stayed focused and tried to read everyday. There were a couple books that I did have to put down, but I'm happy I did. Leaving books that aren't working for me is something I promised to do in 2017 and obviously with 7 books read it's working. 

 

I read;

 

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins                    4 stars

 

Man on the Run by Carl Weber                   4 stars

 

The Score by Kiki Swanson                         3 stars

 

The Mark by Kiki Swanson                          3 stars

 

Copycat by Kimberly Lawson Roby             3 stars

 

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander   3 stars

 

Luxury & Larceny by Ty Marshall                2 stars

 

 

It was a good month and in February I'm expecting to read more and hopefully read more 5 and 4 star reads.

 

                   

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