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Release Blitz: ‘The Lion Heart’ by Carrie Aarons

Title: The Lion Heart

(Rogue Academy, Book Two)

Author: Carrie Aarons

Genre: Sports Romance, New Adult

Date: September 15, 2019

 

 

Blurb:

He’s supposed to be the ruler of this kingdom.
The prince poised to take his rightful place on the pitch.
Instead, he plays the jester, shunning his legacy.
Only I am privy to his lion heart.

 

Kingston Phillips is the heir to England’s football dynasty. The offspring of two of the world’s greatest players, the expectations set on his shoulders could crush the universe. But the golden-haired Adonis chooses to live his life as a game; a series of nightclubs, brawls, pranks and different kit chasers parading through his sheets.

 

I’m the last woman he should chase, and I’ve told him so. My cheeky mouth and icy demeanor guard the secret no one can learn. But when the Casanova I’ve been avoiding becomes the bloke next door, he quickly begins to thaw the frost around my heart. Kingston shows me the ferocious, loyal, protective side of himself that no one else gets to witness.

 

I begin to realize that he’s just as damaged as I am.
That as much as I try to deny it, we’re the same.
And … that might just be our undoing.

 

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Author Biography:

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.

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Book Review: ‘Playing to Win’ by Ashlie Knapp

Title: Playing to Win

Published: 12th June 2016

Author: Ashlie Knapp

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorashlieknapp

Twitter: @authorashliek

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorashlieknapp

 

Synopsis:

Spunky, quick-witted twenty-one year old Callie Thompson is a University of Oklahoma journalism student by day and Oklahoma City Thunder dancer by night. Callie hopes her connections with the franchise might get her foot in the door for a sports broadcasting job when she graduates. She just has one rule: never date the players.

Kyle Kelly is the deadly handsome and charmingly Southern Thunder man of the hour. All the twenty-six year old is looking for is an NBA championship to call his own. An unexpected meeting with an opinionated, feisty Callie, however, who is very unimpressed with his celebrity status, sets his sights toward winning two things: her heart AND the championship.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A contemporary romance.

Callie is a broadcasting major at college and a professional NBA basketball cheerleader for Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. For a girl who loves sports a great perk is being courtside for all the games, dream come true for a daughter of a career basketball coach. Her mother died when she was three so it was just them and with him being into sports it was only natural that the love of it got passed down to her. Her dream career might be to become a sports broadcaster but she has every intention of staying away from any players, in every sense of the word, due to a bag experience with an ex. She’s just not ready for a guy to want to try his luck with getting her attention.

Kyle might be the star basketball player for Oklahoma City Thunder but his final goal to tick off bucket list is to win the NBA championships. With being the star player he has to do lots of press after games. It’s after one of these that he literally bumps into Callie and finds a simple game of horse can change everything. If he wins she has to go on 5 dates with him – well they call them ‘hang outs’ as ‘dates’ scares her a little. He might think it’s an easy win being a star basketball player an all but is soon put in his place when she brings some skills to the court. As the daughter of a basketball coach she wasn’t going to make it easy.

She might want to not like him because of who he is but the longer they play the more she’s not sure if she wants to win or not. Even after he gives her the nickname Curly, she might hate it at first but I’m sure it will grow on her. ‘He was the veritable Goldilocks bowl of muscle – not too big, not too small. Just right.’ Very tempting in a lot of ways, which is why she wants to steer clear. Her way of getting out of any ‘hang outs’ is just to babble away that she doesn’t have any free time but in doing so ends up giving him some options. Hang out one to help her study for a test that night and two to go with her that weekend to have dinner with her father. She might have judged him as a dumb jock but he’s about to show her the error of her wayward thoughts. She’s caught his attention and I don’t think he’s one to let go that easily.

Loved Callie’s best friends Aria and Cassie. They both sound like a right laugh and after meeting Kyle are all for pushing Callie right into his arms. They can tell that she likes him no matter how hard she tries to deny it, from herself as much as anything. They just have a bit of a challenge in getting her to see that just because he’s an athlete it doesn’t mean he’s a player. Thought it was a bit funny that it’s not just her best friends that are trying to get her to go for it, her mind is very on board too if its heated imagination is anything to go by. More amusing when she tells it to shut up after it suggests things she doesn’t want to admit. Say for example kind of liking a certain hot basketball player. Minds on board, lets see about the rest of her.

Kyle is kind, honest, funny and really starting to get under her skin so she needs to stop judging him on her own assumptions of athletes. He might be planning on his next big win for basketball but I think getting her to date him for real and admit she really likes him is going to take priority soon. What his teammates will think of that is something else entirely. A romantic trip up to some waterfalls anyone? With sun halos, waterfalls and burning chemistry you know it won’t be long before that first heated kiss takes place. First of many if they play their cards right!

Kyle seems to be all in with making a go of a relationship with Callie. Love coming right and centre of his mind. He just needs to be wary of how fast he says things because too much too soon might make her run. With the NBA championships on the horizon he needs his head in the game. Shame Callie found a way to make it spin. Can she fix it so they both get what they really want before its too late? A little room switch might cause a lot of trouble. Let’s see if they can get back to where they were and play for keeps with what, or rather whom, they really want.

Fun read right from the start with the back and forth between Callie and Kyle. From romantic trips to waterfalls to birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese they were always going to have an interesting time together. Chemistry was always brewing under the surface but play fighting along the way made it fun. Good job Kyle saw what a good match they made and had no intention on giving up without a fight. Loved each of their best friends as well and can’t wait to check out their stories next.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Playing Deep’ by Amanda Love

Title: Playing Deep (Play Series Book 1)

Published: 26th October 2017

Author: Amanda Love

Facebook: www.facebook.com/a.love124

Amazon Page: www.amazon.co.uk/l/B071NCSXV8

 

Synopsis:

After five years, Tyler has returned to his hometown – and to Jenna, the woman he left behind. He’s pretty sure she still hates him for the way he left – no note, no goodbye – just there one day and gone the next. But there are reasons he had to leave, why he had no choice but to let her go. The scars of his past run deep, and he knows that a man like him can never truly be worthy of the love of a woman as sweet and pure as Jenna.

When Tyler left, Jenna was devastated, and for five years she’s tried to forget him, to move on with her life and forget the feel of his mouth on hers, his hands on her body. But now he’s been pulled back to his hometown by tragic circumstances, bringing with him all the feelings she’s tried so hard to bury.

Will the past continue to keep them apart, or can they both find the courage to move on with their lives? Together.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book under 200 pages. Great start to a new series that I’m looking forward to devouring.

Tyler left five years ago but he’s back to claim what’s his – Jenna. He came back for her mother’s funeral because he knew she would need him. Her father however is none too pleased with his return. He might have been a reason – or a push in a certain direction – as to why Tyler left at 19 in the first place. Being a football scout you can see what way he might have been able to get him to leave. Tyler thought he couldn’t give Jenna anything at the time, even though all she wanted was him, that’s changed now.

I liked that the story kept going back to the beginning with flashbacks showing how their friendship started, what their childhoods where really like, how he got stronger to fight back when fists went flying and how their feelings grew into something more. They are all intercut within present day, almost like reliving a memory now the person from it is back in your life. Some painful, some not, all in a way to get back to each other. But could a secret she holds cause them to pull apart?

With the flashbacks you find out that Tyler’s mum left when he was five but he never knew why. There is a story in there hidden from him that he longs to find answers to, even if he won’t admit it. These also show what an abusive dick Tyler’s father was with beatings he would get, among other things. The marks would usually be hidden but sometimes he would get clumsy and hit his face. Meaning Tyler had to be creative about how “accident-prone” he was when going to a new school. When he died four years ago all Tyler could think was good riddance. Wouldn’t come back for that man. Only for his girl, though he wishes he had done it sooner. He knows he might not have a chance with Jenna, that she might still hate him for leaving, but he’s willing to do anything to try and get her back. Not just for now but for good.

Jenna’s father thought he was being so observant all those years ago. Trusting Tyler’s father and a few small glimpses when he was home. Labeled him trouble without really getting to know him. Good job her mother saw things differently and encouraged the friendship and taking Tyler under her wing.

Present day fireworks whenever they are close. It’s like all the built up energy from the past is rushing to the surface just waiting for that spark to push them over the edge. My guess when it does its going to be hot. Getting frisky in a lift always raises the temperature. They are sure about to make up for lost time. Burning hotter the longer they are together. Physical connection is one thing but emotions are running high with ‘I love you’ on the tip of tongues just waiting to be said. Could saying it help or make them run scared? Misunderstandings are rife with these two though. Needing to let the other tell them something before jumping to conclusions would be a start. Where do they go from here if their lives are pulling them in different directions?

This is a well-written fun story with passionate characters that were meant for each other. You can see the troubled past still has a hold on Tyler but with Jenna by his side she can pull him away from nightmares into the light. She was his from the moment they met, even after he acted like an idiot at first. A kiss by the lake held strong memories for five years. He was always coming back for her, the other part of his heart. Hopefully he’s not too late to claim it. Fun introduction to side characters Jake and Prue too, can’t wait to check out their book next. Interesting mix that I’m sure will find a way to push each other’s buttons.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Release Blitz: ‘Release’ by Lucia Franco

Title: Release
Series: Off Balance #3
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Sports Romance/Forbidden Romance
Release Date: May 2, 2019

 

Blurb

After Kova’s devastating betrayal, Adrianna must become her own champion and place her Olympic dream ahead of all else. In doing so, she ignores the warning signs as both the extreme training and unending heartbreak begin to take their toll.

There is no atoning for what Kova did. The vow he made cannot be undone. With boundaries set and lines clearly defined, Kova will now have to be the one to relinquish control in order to regain Adrianna’s trust.

Though the dynamics shift between coach and gymnast, nothing can prepare them for the agonizing truth that is to come. Fighting for a dream becomes only half the battle when Adrianna’s fate is sealed, leaving them both with their biggest challenge yet.

 

** Author note **

 

Much like a student-teacher novel, the Off Balance series is a highly forbidden romance story between a gymnast and a coach. If you find this genre of novels to be not to your liking in any way, shape, or form, this series is not for you.

This novel is purely fictional and does not reflect on real-life events. Gymnastics is a hands-on sport that involves many hours of close contact with an instructor. My main goal was to focus not only on the beauty of the sport in detail, but also what goes on behind closed doors and how working with a coach for nearly forty hours a week can evolve into something more. This story is meant to push you, to take you outside of your comfort zone. I hope you take the plunge with an open mind before making judgment.

The Off Balance series is intended only for readers 18 years of age and older. Reader discretion is advised.

 

 

Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited
Author Bio

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.

When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Playing Deep’ by Amanda Love

Play Series Book 1

About the Book:

After five years, Tyler has returned to his hometown – and to Jenna, the woman he left behind. He’s pretty sure she still hates him for the way he left – no note, no goodbye – just there one day and gone the next. But there are reasons he had to leave, why he had no choice but to let her go. The scars of his past run deep, and he knows that a man like him can never truly be worthy of the love of a woman as sweet and pure as Jenna.

When Tyler left, Jenna was devastated, and for five years she’s tried to forget him, to move on with her life and forget the feel of his mouth on hers, his hands on her body. But now he’s been pulled back to his hometown by tragic circumstances, bringing with him all the feelings she’s tried so hard to bury.

Will the past continue to keep them apart, or can they both find the courage to move on with their lives? Together.

 

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am a fun-loving, coffee-drinking, chocolate-loving UK-based author of Romance, YA & NA novels. I’ve loved all things literary since I was a young girl and was reading and writing before I went to school. I wrote poems and short stories from a young age but didn’t have the courage or confidence to share my work until a few years ago, when I wrote my first book, Playing Deep, Book 1 of The Play Series.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Favourite place – yep. My recliner chair in my lounge with my Chromebook! Favourite time – nope. Just whenever the creative juices are flowing. My family say I become glassy-eyed and non-responsive once I’m immersed in my writing – oops!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Life. Experience. I always try to really put myself ‘inside’ the minds of my characters, to ‘feel’ what they are feeling so that what flows onto the page is a real and authentic as possible.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Both! I have a rough outline, but invariably, things do change. If a scene/chapter isn’t flowing as I’m writing it, then that’s usually a good sign that I’m not moving in the right direction, and usually my cue to change things up a bit.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I currently have 6 Romance/Steamy love stories. The first 5 books are part of The Play Series, steamy romances with each book focusing on a different couple, but there is an ongoing thread running through all the books. My 6th book, Molly’s Choice is a contemporary romance, the first of The Choices series and I am currently writing my 7th & 8th Books, which are YA, titled Flawless and Flawed, both of which will be released later this year.

I’ve always loved the romance genre, and love to create strong, female characters and their rugged, sexy male counterparts.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Ooh! Chris Hemsworth (the delectable Thor) and…um…sorry, lost my train of thought there for a minute – what was the question? Oh, yes! With ME as the heroine. What? Somebody famous? Sheesh, ok then, Margot Robbie, Ashley Benson, Liam Hemsworth (are you seeing the theme here?) Hugh Jackman (got to get him in there somewhere!), Elizabeth Olsen and Rebel Wilson (for the laughs – love her).

7: Do you read much and if so, who are your favourite authors?

Oddly, not as much as I’d like as I’m usually busy writing. But favourite authors include Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, M Leighton, Abbie Glines and Karin Slaughter

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Just one? Na ah! No can do. I love different books for different moods, so…basically I’m a book whore – I’ll read whatever tickles my pickle at the time.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write for yourself. Don’t write to become ‘famous’. Write what you want to write, not what you think you ‘ought’ to write. Immerse yourself in your characters and give them a real voice.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Website: www.kazlowe124.wixsite.com/website

Facebook – www.facebook.com/a.love124

Amazon page: www.amazon.co.uk/l/B071NCSXV8

 

About the Author:

I am a fun-loving, young-at-heart, chocolate-loving, coffee-drinking, forty-something, mother-of-two with a cat called Monty, who has a moustache. Yep. A Kitler cat !

I’ve been writing since I was a young girl, poems, ditties, short stories, songs, and now romance books with a hefty dollop of steamy sex and young adult books with a twist.

If you like what I do, please get in touch and leave a review – I would love to hear from you.

 

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