Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey: Book 6) by Kelly Jamieson

Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6)

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: July 17th, 2018

Genre: Sports, Romance

Series: Aces Hockey

Major Misconduct – Book 1

Off Limits – Book 1.5

Icing – Book 2

Top Shelf – Book 3

Back Check – Book 4

Slap Shot – Book 5 (review here)

Playing Hurt – Book 6

Where you can find Playing Hurt: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

He’s playing hurt. She’s laying low. And they’re both flirting with disaster.
 
“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—Jami Davenport
 
Chase: The last thing I’d ever want to do is let my team down. After overcoming my bad-boy reputation, I was dominating on the ice. But things aren’t going so well this season, and even my parents think I’m partying again. Now I’m really worried about my career. The only bright spot in my life is the Twitter flirtation I’ve struck up with pop princess Jordyn Banks. Turns out she’s a huge hockey fan—and she’s willing to wager a date on her favorite team. . . .

Jordyn: Even though I’m an L.A. fan now, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Aces, since I grew up in Chicago. Then I lose a bet to Chase Hartman, and suddenly I’m up close and personal with a pro athlete who’s anything but soft. Not only is Chase the hottest guy I’ve ever met, he’s secretly super sweet. As if I had time for a relationship . . . yeah, right. But when I suddenly have nothing but time on my hands, he’s the only one who understands. Now, with both of our careers at stake, Chase is tempting me to put my heart on the line too.

My review:

I needed to read Playing Hurt. I needed to read a romance where I didn’t have to use my brain to figure out complex plots/relationships. I was able to relax and enjoy reading this book. Which is something I haven’t been able to do in a long time!!

Playing Hurt is the 6th book in the Aces Hockey. This book can be read as a stand-alone. While the other characters from the earlier 5 books are in Playing Hurt, they do not take over the book. Which is something I liked.

The plot of Playing Hurt was cute. Chase starts flirting with Jordyn over Twitter. Eventually, they go on a date after she loses a bet to him. Sparks fly but nothing happens. It wasn’t until Jordyn suffers a vocal injury that lays her up for a year that she reconnects with Chase. That is where the story takes off.

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I liked Chase, even if he was a stubborn SOB. Why was he stubborn? Well, he refused to go to the Dr and checked out. Even when he was in obvious pain. So yeah, that was the one part of him I didn’t like. Everything else, I loved. He was romantic (hello, surprise trip to Aruba!!) and more importantly, he knew how to communicate. Well, except for his injury. I did feel bad for him. His parents were jerks. Withholding love because he wanted to quit hockey as a child. That was awful.

I loved Jordyn. She was down to earth. She was sweet. She knew how to hold her own with Chase. My only issue with her was that she was almost too nice. There were a few points in the book where I wanted her to do something naughty to spice up her character. She was almost too sugary sweet. But that aside, I loved her. She was perfect for Chase. She was the ying to his yang.

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The romance part of this book was sweet. I loved how the author chose to keep their relationship on a slow burn for the first half of the book. It made the chemistry between them insane. Sparks flew when they interacted. Be it Twitter, text, face to face or phone. And in turn, those sparks made for some pretty intense sex scenes.

I loved the end of the book. While it was your typical happily ever after, I had no issue imagining Chase and Jordyn lasting in real life.

What I liked about Playing Hurt:

A) Chase and Jordan’s Twitter romance

B) How romantic Chase was

C) How realistic their romance was

What I disliked about Playing Hurt:

A) Chase being so stubborn. I wanted to smack him upside his head

B) Jordyn being sugary sweet.

C) Chase’s parents

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I would give Playing Hurt an Adult rating. There is explicit sex. There is language. There is some very mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

There are no trigger warnings for Playing Hurt.

I would reread Playing Hurt. I would recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Playing Hurt.

All opinions stated in this review of Playing Hurt are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Weekly Wrap Up (July 8th through July 14th)

Books I’ve Read:

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy, #1)

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #3)

The Remnant

Hot & Heavy (Lightning, #2)

Deep Cover (Love Over Duty, #3)

Books I’ve Reviewed:

Rough Ride (review coming July 24th, 2018)

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Inconclusive Evidence—review here

Inconclusive Evidence (McAllister Justice Series #3)

 

Jilliand—review here

Jilliand

Set the Night on Fire (review coming July 31st, 2018)

Set the Night on Fire (Cottonbloom, #6)

I Think I Love You—review here

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

The Dream Daughter (review coming October 2nd, 2018)

The Dream Daughter

The Subway Girls—review here

The Subway Girls

Moon Blood (Book 2) by Carol McKibben—review here

Moon Blood (Book 2)

 

Lies by T.M. Logan (review coming September 11th, 2018)

Lies

NetGalley Haul:

I Do Not Trust You

The Ancient Nine

Limits

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

I Hate You, I Love You

Swagger (Milwaukee Dragons, #2)

The Hangman's Secret

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)

Email Request:

Worldwielder

Strange Circumstances

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

WWW Wednesday July 11th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

My couple weeks off of not reviewing books was good for me. I am almost caught up with my backlog of reviews <woot, woot>. In my life, things are going ok. Still, summer vacation and trying to keep these kids occupied is making me want to pull out my hair. I have a Dr’s appt tomorrow to draw blood. I have Hashimoto’s Disease and my Dr needs to make sure my medication is working. So, I go to the vampire every 4-6 months. Yay, fun…lol.

Here’s what I have been up to reading-wise this past week:

What I am currently reading:

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

The Academy stole everything from Hades, their perfect assassin. Angry and leaving bodies in his wake, he finds two other ex-assassins doing the exact same thing.

Tyler and Shannon once killed for The Academy. Now they’re tracking and hunting down its scientists. So why is The Academy only after Hades?

Shannon will do whatever it takes to protect Tyler, even if it means teaming up with a former rival. While she seeks answers to her past, Tyler wants to learn the truth about the mysterious white room, which no one has ever seen except him.

As for Hades? He simply wants revenge.

They all need answers, even if it means returning to the organization where it all started.

I am super excited to be reading this book. Like fan girl excited. I had reviewed Project Pandora last year and was blown away by it. So when I was approached to review Project Prometheus, I jumped on it. So far, it is living up to my expectation and beyond. My review will go live July 30th, so be on the lookout!!!


What I finished reading:

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #3)

LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS

Derryth MacClaren is on the run. Traveling under heavy guard, she has been sent from her castle home to avoid capture by the vicious nobleman known as the Wolf, who has vowed revenge against the Clan Kincaid, and any who support them. When a surprise attack leaves her vulnerable, Derryth ends up in the hands of an enemy warrior who claims her, with the Wolf’s blessing, as his prize. But her captor’s gentle words and touch seduce her heart—and body—completely…and when she discovers the tattoo on his arm that proves him to be the legendary, long-believed dead son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid, Derryth knows she must find a way to alter his fate—and her own.

Cull has no memory of his family or past—all he knows is the life of a warrior, trained to fight on behalf of the Scottish king. If he can help the king’s law officer of the North, the Wolf of Badenoch, defeat a rebellious faction of Highlanders, Cull will be met with untold riches beyond possessing beautiful, innocent Derryth. But now that she has informed him of who he really is—Cullen Braewick, the youngest son of the slain laird—he is torn. If Cull exacts revenge against the Wolf, who executed his father, he stands to lose the precious lass who he has come to love. What is he willing to sacrifice for Derryth to keep her safe…and in his arms?

I am a big fan of Scottish Historical Fiction. So, I was a little disappointed by this book. I had it built up in my head and it fell short of what I expected. My review will go live on July 31st. So, be on the lookout for it.


What do I think I will read next:

Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy, #1)Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)Immortals' RequiemSister of MineThe MiddlemanGrace and FuryEight Goodbyes

I know that this is a lot of books and I know I won’t get to all of them. But, I can hope…lol.

Snow: I should be banned from even looking at books when NetGalley sends out their Read Now emails. Because this is where I found this book. Honestly, I got the book because I liked the cover. I hope that the book is good too. Look for my review within the next couple of weeks.

Dark Alpha’s Hunger: I was approached by the publisher to review this book. It seems like a different shifter book. I mean, they are Alpha males who are assassins for Death and they go after Fae. But we’ll see. I have a high standard for shifter romances. The book won’t be published until August 7th. So be on the lookout for my review then.

Immortals’ Requiem: I am super excited to be reviewing this book. It is a zombie, vampire, shifter, supernatural book and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. Since I missed the publication date for the ARC (whoops), my review will be up within the next couple of weeks.

The first three books I will be definitely be getting too. The next 4 are iffy.

Sister of Mine:  This was another Read Now email pick up. This book intrigued me because it explores a toxic relationship between two sisters. Look for my review to be out within the next couple of weeks.

The Middle-Man: Again, another Read Now email. And I don’t even like these types of books. Political suspense. I really should be banned from those emails. The book will not be published until August 7th. So be on the lookout for my review then.

Grace and Fury: I cannot wait to read this book!!!! I was so happy when I got approved for the review. The book will not be published until July 31st. So be on the lookout for my review at that time.

Eight Goodbyes: I was struck by the blurb of this book. It looks like a tear jerker. The book will not be published until September 5th. So be on the lookout for my review then.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

Taking a Chance (Whisper Creek: Book 6) by Maggie McGinnis

Taking a Chance (Whisper Creek, #6)

 

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: November 7th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Number of pages: 256

POV: 3rd person

Series: Whisper Creek

Accidental Cowgirl – Book 1

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise – Book 2

Once Upon a Cowboy – Book 3

Unlucky in Love – Book 4 (review here)

Meant to Be – Book 5 (review here)

Taking a Chance – Book 6

Where you can find Taking a Chance: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A fun-loving troublemaker gives a workaholic Southern gal a real taste of Montana magic at the one and only Whisper Creek Ranch.

A rising star in the corporate world, Emma Winthrop enjoys the view from her cubicle in sunny Florida. But when she’s dispatched to a nursing home in Whisper Creek for three months of field experience, she discovers a slice of heaven made of mountains and mayhem—mostly in the form of rugged, drop-dead gorgeous Jasper Stone, who grinds his specialty beans at the town’s best coffee shop in between organizing dodge-ball games and wheelchair races in Emma’s hallways.

When Jasper walks in on this beautiful angel in silky purple underwear trying to rinse out her blouse, it’s a breathtaking view—even for a Montana native. Wreaking havoc here at Shady Acres keeps his dad in good spirits, but getting under Emma’s skin is proving to be even more fun. Jasper knows that he’s falling faster than a man with his past has any right to, but his body and his heart have a mind of their own. And Emma appears to be claiming both.

Trigger Warning: None

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Book Review: A Night of Forever (The Disgraced Lords: Book 6) by Bronwen Evans

A Night of Forever (The Disgraced Lords, #6)

Title: A Night of Forever

Author: Bronwen Evans

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: October 25th 2016

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 300

Series: The Disgraced Lords

A Kiss of Lies – Book 1

A Promise of More – Book 2

A Touch of Passion – Book 3

A Whisper of Desire – Book 4

A Taste of Seduction – Book 5

A Night of Forever – Book 6

A Love to Remember – Book 7 (expected date of publication: June 6th 2017)

The Disgraced Lords Series 3 Book Bundle: A Kiss of Lies, A Promise of More, A Touch of Passion

POV: 3rd person

Standalone: Yes

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Distrust is no match for desire as a proper young miss and a self-professed rogue hunt down a murderer in this thrilling Disgraced Lords novel from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Taste of Seduction.

Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?

Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.

My review:

I went into this book thinking that it was going to be one of those historical romances that the heroine was a dimwit and the hero had major trust issues and couldn’t get over them. I was right about the hero but oh boy, was I wrong about the heroine. I admit when I am wrong. It isn’t often but I admit it.

Isobel really surprised me. I thought she would be one of those heroines who was always getting into trouble and then is like “why is this happening to me”. The only time that happened was in the prologue….when she was kidnapped by the Libertine Scholar’s enemy and sent on a wild carriage ride with Marisa that resulted with Marisa being seriously injured. All of the situations that she found herself in after that, she took responsibility for.

Arend Aubury, Baron Labourd, has some pretty dark secrets and was scarred by events that had happened to him while he was in Paris and Brazil. He refused to let anyone but the Libertine Scholars close to him and forget it if it was a beautiful woman. Then he froze her out. I honestly felt awful for him when he was reliving the past and it was refreshing to see a historical novel that dared to touch on some darker subjects in detail.

Isobel has fallen under Arend’s radar because her stepmother, Victoria, is believed to be the madwoman stalking his friends and their wives. They believe that Isobel is helping her. Which is actually the farthest thing from the truth. Isobel believes that Victoria killed her father (in a fire along with his mistress) and is trying to secure a marriage that will take her away from Victoria.

It doesn’t help that every time Victoria does something, Isobel is there or has knowledge of it. Still, even with all that hanging over her head, Arend still manages to become very attracted to her. Even goes as far as to propose a “fake” engagement after Isobel tells him what I outlined above. His reasoning, it would be a great way to fool Victoria and for Arend to keep a close eye on Isobel.

Yeah, that didn’t go over too well. Soon, Isobel and Arend have kinda sorted consummated their relationship in a stable (he went down on her). That leads to Arend getting struck on the head with a piece of wood and Isobel being kidnapped with her friend Evangeline’s young son Sealy. Which didn’t look well for her because her information (stolen from Victoria) led his friends in the opposite direction as to where Arend was. So yeah, its understandable why Arend and his friends didn’t really trust her. If I were in their shoes, I wouldn’t either.

The sex scenes between Arend and Isobel were unbelievably hot. Like off the page scorching hot. Which is another reason why I liked this book. Isobel actively went after Arend and told him what she wanted. Something other historical romances don’t do. Either they wait until marriage or the heroine’s first time is really rushed. Let’s just say that Isobel’s wasn’t nor were all the times afterwards. They were like rabbits….lol.

I cried when Arend finally opened up (under duress but let’s not get technical here) about what happened to him. Isobel’s reaction was perfect and definitely what Arend needed.

In a way, I did feel bad for Victoria too. For something that awful to happen to a girl who was that young, , it is bound to affect her and not in the good way. She let vengeance rule her life and she was willing to sacrifice everything to get to the son of the person she held responsible for what happened to her (not going to tell you who….read the book)

The end of the book and the prologue made me bawl. There’s a twist that took me by surprise. Also, there is a HEA for Arend and Isobel (and the other wives who were mentioned). The author did pave the way for book 7 and I can’t wait to read it. I also am going to eventually buy the other books too because I really want to read the other couple’s stories.

How many stars will I give A Night of Forever: 4

Why: A great historical romance with steamy sex scenes and plenty of action

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex and violence.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Protect Me (The Donovan Family, Book 6) by Margaret Watson

Before I start my review, I would like to thank Margaret Watson for allowing me to review Protect Me.

**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Protect Me from Margaret Watson for free for my honest and unbiased review**

Now, onto my review:

Protect Me (The Donovan Family Book 6) by [Watson, Margaret]

Title: Protect Me

Author: Margaret Watson

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: November 11th 2015

Number of pages: 329

Where the book can be found:

Amazon (Kindle and Paperback)

Part of a series: Yes

What series: The Donovan Family

Love Me – Book 1

Watch Me – Book 2

Find Me – Book 3

Trust Me – Book 4

Cover Me – Book 5

Protect Me – Book 6

Save Me – Book 7

See Me – Book 8

Book Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Police officer Mia Donovan is studying for the detective’s exam when her captain offers her an assignment – be Finn O’Rourke’s personal bodyguard for the next three weeks. He’s in town to film a movie, he has a stalker, and the threats are escalating.

Mia isn’t interested – she’s focused on the looming exam. But her captain convinces her that successfully protecting Finn will look very good on her record when promotion decisions are made. So, reluctantly, she takes the assignment.

Finn isn’t the arrogant, egotistical actor Mia expected. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the ‘most hated man in America’, Finn’s nickname since he cheated on his girlfriend, a beloved pop star.

But his stalker is lurking and the threat is escalating. Although Mia’s feelings for Finn are growing, her job is to protect Finn, not fall in love with him.

My review:

This book is electric, right from the get go.

Mia Donovan is what my mother in law would call a firecracker and I loved it. With her 4 older brothers (one whose story I have read and reviewed already), I didn’t expect any less and actually would have been disappointed if the author wrote her any other way. Even the way she introduces herself to Finn (after taking the bodyguarding assignment very reluctantly) was gold. I loved it!!

On the other hand, I didn’t care for Finn (or Finnian) character at first. I mean, I get he’s an Alpha male and thought he could protect himself from his stalker, but still. To take the risks he did the first day was stupid and he didn’t listen to Mia, at all. Made me want to slap and shake him.

Now I do admit that I was kinda shocked at how easily they had sex with each other. They didn’t even know each other a week. But, the more I thought about it (because I’m a weirdo…haha), it kinda made sense. They were together 24/7, no breaks and they were very attracted to each other. I do like that they did entered that relationship as adults. Except for the no condom sex and taking each other’s word that they were clean. Sorry, you couldn’t pay me any amount of money to do that with someone I just met.

Mia being undercover was a hoot and I literally giggled when she became an airhead. Of some reason, it cracked me up. I laughed every single scene.

Finn’s issues with his ex really wasn’t that funny, though. He let her put his name through mud and all because he’s a nice guy. I will say that it kinda reminds me of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard (or however you spell her name) saga going on right now….minus the abuse allegations.

I do have to say that the stalker’s identity and the end of the book was a little bit of a shock to me. The stalker totally wasn’t who I pegged and Finn’s ex issues got resolved. I wasn’t expecting, though, for the book to end the way it did. I did get a little misty eyed at it (read the book!!

How many stars will I give Protect Me? 4

Why? A great, fast paced romance that pulls out all the stops. Mia and Finn were perfect for each other!!

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why? Lots of sex and some violence.

Book Review: Wed by Fortune by Judy Duarte

Before I start my review, I would like to thank NetGalley, Harlequin (US & Canada) and Harlequin for allowing me to review this book

**All opinions stated in this review are mine and I received Wed by Fortune for free from NetGalley for my honest and unbiased review**

Now, onto my review:

Format read in: Kindle, as an ARC

Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada), Harlequin

Date of publication: May 24th 2016

Where the book can be found:

Amazon (Kindle and Paperback): Please remember that the prices can and will change

Barnes and Nobles (Nook and Paperback): Please remember that the prices can and will change

Half.com

Abebooks.com

Powells

IndieBound

Indigo

Genre: Romance

How many pages: 224

Series: The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortune’s Children #6

Book Synopsis:

You are cordially invited to witness the courtship of Graham Fortune Robinson & Sasha-Marie Gibault Smith

Graham has always thought of Sasha as his “little sister.”

Sasha has always considered the rugged rancher out of her league.

Now that Sasha is all grown up, there is nothing keeping them apart… Except she has a daughter. An ex-husband. And a very noticeable baby bump. And the always proper Graham suddenly finds himself thinking very sexy thoughts about the sweet single mom!

Perhaps Fortune is finally smiling on Graham—in the form of the true love this rich, unencumbered cowboy has always longed for!

My review:

3 Things I liked about Wed by Fortune:

  1. Sasha-Marie and Graham’s characters. They were cute together and the romance was adorable, in a bumbling way. I also loved how Sasha’s 7 year old daughter just fell in to love with Graham. OMG, the feels….lol.
  2. The boys home substory.  I loved it. I thought that it great that the author decided to write about something like this.
  3. Sasha’s daughter. I thought she was the cutest thing ever!!!! From her not so subtle attachment to Graham to her wanting to be a cowboy, she stole every scene that she was in this book

3 Things I disliked about Wed by Fortune:

  1. Sasha’s ex. While he make a couple of appearances in the book, what is revealed about him is awful. He is a selfish man child….plain and simple. One scene, I actually wanted to shove a boot up his butt….lol.
  2. Graham’s relationship with his father. Ok, I will be blunt, Graham’s father is a manwhore. I mean, who has 8 children with his wife and then goes on to father at least 4 other kids (as of this book). And he wasn’t very supportive of Graham at all, it seems.
  3. That this is the 6th book. While it is a standalone book, I felt that I was missing out on key plotlines (ie Graham’s father supposedly being the missing Fortune child). I am anal. I like to read books in order to pick up on subtle hints from the other books.

How many stars will I give Wed by Fortune? 3 1/2

Why? It was too wham-bam-thank you ma’am and the book stalled about halfway through. I will say that this would be a great beach/pool book, though. No complicated plot.

Will I reread it?  Yes, after I read the first 5 books in the series.

Will I reccomend it to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Teen on up.

Why? It is a relatively clean book. A couple of kissing scenes and one sex scene that has zero description to it.

Other books in the series:

Fortune’s Heir (Book 1)

Fortune’s Perfect Valentine (Book 2)

Fortune’s Perfect Husband (Book 3)

Fortune’s Special Delivery (Book 4)

Fortune’s Prince Charming (Book 5)