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Book Review: ‘Eye on the Prize’ by Dmytro Holmes

Title: Eye on the Prize: A Novel

Published: 12th February 2017

Author: Dmytro Holmes

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/16371508.Dmytro_Holmes

 

Synopsis:

The story of Mikai, a talented young boxer, and Caitlyn, the beautiful woman he falls in love with. Full of action and passion, the fast-moving plot, with its twists and turns and cast of dramatic characters, all connected in intriguing and unexpected ways, keeps the reader guessing right to the end. The obstacles Mikai faces in the boxing ring mirror the difficulties he (and Caitlyn) have had to overcome in the past, and the continuing struggle that faces them in their desire to have a future together.

 

Review:

One, two, punch with this read. Hooks you in right from the start to see how it will play out. Dark gritty feel in parts but its needed to show you how far they’ve come out the other side.

Mikai has had a hard life growing up with not much outlook on life. That is until he stepped into a boxing gym and met Joe his soon to be trainer. Joe was like a father figure right from the start and soon took him under his wing. Seems he’s good at spotting someone with potential and that’s what he saw in Mikai. He took to boxing like a duck to water but to make big money off this sport you need to start at the bottom no matter how many times you win. On a winning streak but needing money his agent Miles (when you learn more about him you will agree with me that he is a piece of shit that deserves everything he gets) tells him to get a job, one that won’t interfere with his training. Seems his size and muscles help him land a security job. Easy enough to do for a couple months but turns into something harder and more tempting when he bumps into Caitlyn. From the moment he saw her something seemed to click (for her too if only she would admit it) and he knew he wanted her. Bit of a problem with wanting her though, that being the rock on her engagement finger.

Now to begin with you might think that she just wanted a bit of fun before settling down but the further in you go the more you understand her. She has had a very hard life and because of it has almost been programmed into having bad relationships because she doesn’t know what to do if someone is generally nice to her. She craves Mikai as much as he does her but won’t force something to happen. All it takes is one very nice dress and he all but pulls her to him. A few weeks of passion with a connection she never thought possible to keep her going down the path she set for herself with Patrick (a complete dick who got what he deserved).

You can see how much it pained Mikai to know she wouldn’t choose him no matter how much she wanted him. Seems this takes him to a very dark place for a long time with drinking, doing drugs and placing bets in the wrong places. All triggered with her wedding date. When something goes sideways he calls Miles to help. ‘Help’ is not what I’d call it but he doesn’t think he has a choice. He knows he needs to put Caitlyn behind him but time doesn’t seem to be helping at first. He needs to get his act together and the respect back off Joe to get his boxing life back on track. If only his love life was that simple. The woman he loves is married to another and he would do anything to change that. He might just get his chance when their paths cross again. She is in a loveless marriage where she is more property than person and it’s not till seeing Mikai again that she wishes she chose a different path.

Rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish with a group of characters interlinked more than they know. You are cheering when certain ones get what they deserved and hoping that these two damaged lost souls can find their way back to each other where they belong.

Side note: There is a name swap of fathers. Should be Michael but near beginning in flashback talk with Mikai it changes to Dave.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘Third Base’ by Stella

Title: Third Base
Author: Stella
Genre: Sports Romance/Friends-to-lovers
Release Date: November 2, 2017
Blurb
First base: kissing.
Second base: above the waist.
Third base: below the waist.
Home run: no explanation needed.

Every baseball player knows to keep their eye on the ball and swing for the fences. Each base counts, but a home run is the goal. No one wants to strike out. This is true both on and off the field.

Ellie Teller had been my best friend since we were born, and we had a plan—get out of the tiny Alabama town we’d grown up in and go to college…together. But even life’s best-laid plans could throw a powerful curveball. Rather than attend classes, I was now the starting pitcher for a Major League team.

While my game-day stats were impressive, my record with women was less desirable. I was the professional baseball player who hadn’t been able to make it past third base since the one and only night I’d played hardball with my best friend.

But when the bottom of the ninth came to a close on my career, I had to decide if our friendship was worth more than a few extra innings.

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Stella
Best Selling Author Leddy Harper and Stephie Walls met on a street corner in Savannah, Georgia in 2015, where they quickly formed a bond over book boyfriends and cheap wine.

After discovering the two best friends shared a brain, their alter ego, Stella was born. After all, when you put two romance authors together…you’re gonna get something Stella!
 

Leddy Harper

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

Stephie Walls
Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.

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Book Review: ‘Ruck Me’ by Rebecca Norinne

Title: Ruck Me (Dublin Rugby #2)

Published: 14th August 2017

Author: Rebecca Norinne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RebeccaNorinne

Twitter: @rebecca_norinne

 

Synopsis:

She flies by the seat of her pants, and he’s a no nonsense kind of guy. When these two opposites attract … oh baby, it’s game on!

I’d called Aoife O’Shaughnessy a number of things, but dumb was never one of them. Through all the trouble she’d gotten into over the years, I never once thought she was actually stupid. Until now. Because I just heard her plan to lose her virginity to the biggest asshole we know.

My first thought? How the f*ck is Aoife still a virgin? The second? Over my dead body.

So I volunteered for the job instead.

It might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but once the words were out of my mouth, I couldn’t take them back. I didn’t want to. Suddenly, I couldn’t stop wondering what it would be like to kiss the pink-haired sprite I’d known my whole life, to hear her moan my name when she comes.

And she’s wondering about me too.

It was only supposed to be about sex, but now I’m in deep. I never meant to fall in love with Aoife. And what happened next? Well, neither of us planned on that.

 

Review:

So when Eoin overhears Aoife tell Tanya her plan to lose her virginity his reaction is one of shock. First he can’t believe she is and second it would be over his dead body if she went through with it with whom she mentions. He all but drags her out of there to talk some sense into her without others around. Love how quick his mind goes from stopping her from making a mistake to being if she wants to lose it why not with him. Now right up until that moment neither had viewed the other in a romantic or lust filled light but it seems the moment his suggestion is out there a switch gets flipped and its now all either can think about.

Aoife knows the life of a rugby player and has known Eoin forever so feels comfortable around him. If she won’t take him up on his offer then she will counter it with another. One he’s not too pleased on as it involves him helping her understand what guys really like. The thing is with this approach it needs a bit of hands on action to work and once their lips touch its like game over for anyone else. Surprisingly its Eoin who wants to see how things go with dating and its Aoife who holds back, mainly due to what her brother might think. Man up girl and go get your man, he is there for the taking and you know it will be hot. They might be young but you hope they can make the distance. She may even start to wonder if she waited subconsciously for a reason. She’s 21 and had options but none who she really wanted. Seems that’s about to change now she’s looking at Eoin in a new light.

Chemistry is off the charts but Eoin has to take things slow, something he’s learning to really like. Only problem is that she wants to keep them a secret and there’s only so many times her brother can come first in her priorities with them. They have had a friendship forever so there’s always the fear that they would lose that if something happened and then went wrong. Make up break up make up again. A bit of a pattern forming I feel. Once it’s out in the open though they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. She’s making up for lost time and can see what others have been talking about. It means more if you care about the person. But things are never that simple when life throws you a curve ball. She may think she is making the right call for everyone involved but talking is always better. She really should have said ‘was meant to be’ instead of ‘was’. He might not have gone off the deep end. Bad times but can good come out of it too?

A couple of lines that stood out for me:

My head dropped back on a suppressed wail. “Please,” I begged like a child who’d had its favourite toy taken away. “I need your cock. Like, I physically need it. My hormones are out of control.” Aoife’s frustrations spoken out loud when she doesn’t get the one thing she has been craving most, Eoin’s cock.

“You know what Eoin McGrath? You’re a hapless fucking eejit.” Couldn’t say it better myself.

Now her mother was a bit of a pain, clearly not much love there as she views Declan as the golden child, relying on him for everything. Aoife definitely takes a back seat in her views, which you do feel for her. Seems she is about to get another family with her man as he comes packing with friends a plenty and family that adore her.

His flat mates and team mates Tadhg, Donal and Fergus seemed the classic bachelor pad home. Can’t wait to see those boys get tamed. Her brother Declan and Sophie make an appearance and seem to be doing ok so yay. Her friend Tanya who people really shouldn’t judge. There’s a dark past with her and nothing is what it seems with how people perceive her to act with members of the team. Aiden is the only one who knows her and here’s hoping she can over come what happened and move forward with him. Seems the rest of our boys are all going to get their own story. Can’t wait to check them out.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Trying Sophie’ by Rebecca Norinne

Title: Trying Sophie (Dublin Rugby #1)

Published: 23rd November 2016

Author: Rebecca Norinne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RebeccaNorinne

Twitter: @rebecca_norinne

 

Synopsis:

Sex and rugby are the only things I care about. I play hard and f*ck even harder.

Until my first love waltzes back into my life and I’m given a second chance to right the wrongs of my past.

She doesn’t want to forgive me, but I’ll use everything at my disposal to make her see I’ve changed. That I can be the man she wants me to be.

I’ve never pursued a woman the way I chase down opponents on the field, but this time I won’t back down. I won’t let her run away again.

Sophie was my first love. I want to be her last.

 

Review:

Fun, saucy read from start to finish with a bit of drama thrown in for good measure.

Love the line: “If my attraction to other men throughout my life had been a soft spring rain, what I felt when I was near him was a gale-force hurricane.” She was caught up in a hurricane from the moment she got back and I don’t think Declan really had any intention of ever letting her be free.

Sophie’s parents went through a bad divorce when was eight. Due to this she was sent to Ireland from America to live with her mothers’ parents to be kept away from the press. With her fathers’ parents owning a sports team they were considered royalty in the sport world, enough for the press to follow. She thought being there would be better as no-one would know who she was and she could be herself but a certain Declan “The Turd” O’Shaughnessy had other ideas on that front. A young boys infatuation at the age of eight turned into being a bit of a bully when that was the only way to get a certain young girls attention. Oh when you read young Sophie’s memories you feel for her. Declan was so mean in a way little boys can be but when you start to see things from his POV you view things a bit differently. Two years of torture and then the love of his life she was gone only to return when her grandfather had a heart attack eighteen years later.

When Sophie gets the call from her mother about her grandfather she knows she has to go back as her own mother refuses to. Found her mother a bit cold and you never really found why she refused to ever go back home to Ireland. A mystery to stay hidden it seems. She doesn’t have a time frame for being there but when a certain hottie picks her up from the airport she seems to think the trip could have a few perks along the way. Well that is until she figures out who he is.

Declan is one of the best rugby players his country has at the moment and he seems to have everything he wants. He can get any women that he wants and used to love it but things have started to feel a bit empty. When Colm, Sophie’s grandfather, starts to question him on this he starts to think about whether he wants something more. This comes to a head when he gets told that his first love is coming back to town. He can’t wait to see her again and I think on some level her grandparents have always seen him as someone for her as they saw his true feelings even when she didn’t. Small problem with wanting to be friends with someone you haven’t seen in years though and that problem being when the other person hates you. He needs to make up for his past mistakes and almost have a do over as adults but that doesn’t mean mistakes aren’t still going to play a part.

Sophie’s life, job and family in the US are non-existent really. She is drifting through life with her job as a travel blogger, never really putting down roots. Could she put them down in Ballycurra? Declan’s hoping, along with her grandparents, that it will change the longer she is back in Ballycurra and once he shows her more of his home of Dublin. From the moment she is back he knows that he wants to make her part of his life. She is certainly about to embrace her Irish routes with the help of a certain smoking hot rugby player. Chemistry between them is bubbling below the surface just waiting for a spark to set them off. OMG when it sparks it sparks big. He likes things a certain way in the bedroom and from her reaction – being dickmatized into getting a taxi to his there and then after he tells her what he wants to do to her – you can see they will just get hotter.

Other characters were interesting throughout. Cian, Declan’s best friend, definitely has some issues to sort through. Katie, Sophie’s best friend, makes quite the impression on him when she comes flying in to Dublin. Few stand out players from the rugby team that make fun cameos throughout. Soon to be the leads in their own stories perhaps?

Love the epilogue when you see how far everyone has come. Really like joint POVs from both leads as it gives you better insight into both their heads. Gives the story a more rounded feel. Another fun saucy read from Rebecca and can’t wait to read Ruck Me now.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Punched’ by Jacob Chance

Title: Punched

Published: 13th June 2017

Publisher: Brothers Chance Publishing

Author: Jacob Chance

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jchanceauthor

www.facebook.com/LoganandJacob

Twitter: @JChanceAuthor

 

Synopsis:

Reagan is the one who got away – or should I say the one I drove away? Now, four years later, she’s back to manage the gym where I train. Seeing her everyday is a distraction I can’t afford. I’m so close to achieving the big payoff I’ve been working for. Nothing’s going to keep me from winning this belt – not even her.

This is a second chance MMA romance standalone.

 

Review:

Four years ago Noah, aka No-No, made a mistake with the one that got away, Reagan his ray of sunshine. Now she’s back to run her fathers gym – the one he trains at – he knows he can’t stay away this time and it’s not long before he wants his second chance. He has been training for the chance to be a MMA fighter champion and knows his focus needs to be on the fight coming but with her back you know that focus is soon to slip, something Jimmy – his trainer and Nora’s dad – is not going to be happy about. Jimmy might have been able to manipulate him when he was younger to make a certain decision but those days are over.

They sure know how to go from zero to 100 in the chemistry heat-o-metre. Work out at the gym anyone? Ray gets quite the seeing to by Noah. Can she trust him with her heart again? He broke her once but will he do it again if she lets him get close. She’s not sure if she will survive it a second time. Running her fathers gym she knew Noah would be there but hoped she would have more time to prepare herself for seeing him again. Seems he has only got hotter and there’s only so much a girl can take. Especially when it seems he wants to direct that hotness right at her alone. He’s not really giving her an option as once he really thinks about what he wants his future to be he can only think of her in it. He may want the champion title but he is only just starting to realize that he wants her more. Lets hope she’s ready for what’s to come.

Flashbacks cutting back and forth between were an interesting way to show more of how they got together in the first place, how they split and how memories from both might help them find there way together now.

Chemistry is seen a mile off between these two, even when they don’t talk. She can feel his eyes on her when she walks through the gym. She’s like a presence he can feel and once he sees her it takes great measure to pull his eyes away. Seems the moment they connect again everything else falls into place but is she the one playing a game this time? Her friend drunkenly seems to think so and I did think more could have been done with expanding that part. If not tension with Noah and Reagan then with Reagan and her friend. All in all though another great sport romance read that is sure to get the pulses racing throughout.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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