#Review: A Fighters Love by Lily Harlem @lily_harlem @evernightpub

Description

After battling her demons, Jenny has finally found the courage to stand up for herself and fight for the life she’s always dreamed of.

What she doesn’t expect is to find that as she emerges from her chrysalis, she’s very much caught the attention of two super-sexy, incredibly talented boxers at the club she helps out at. They’re enchanted by her, they’ll do anything for her, and heaven help anyone who tries to hurt her, including her miserly ex, Billy.

But as things heat up, it’s clear Dale and Jackson are no ordinary sparring partners. Beneath their tough exterior and lively banter, they share a softer relationship that’s kept well hidden from the rest of the world. Will Jenny be allowed into that gentle place? Can they make it work when passion and lust hits them all hard? There’s only one thing for it, and that’s to trust love in all of its forms.

A Fighter’s Love is book #3 in the London Menage series. All books are fine as standalone reading as the characters are only loosely linked.

Review

I have been meaning to read Lily Harlem for some time, I have several of her books on my TBR all of which I intend to read sooner rather than later, especially now that I’ve read this.

A Fighter’s Love introduces us to Jenny, she’s in a relationship with boxing club owner Billy who is to put it frankly an arsehole. Having been together since they were kids and been through some tough times together Jenny feels obliged to be with him even though she is being mistreated and is extremely unhappy.

Then two of the boxers, Dale and Jackson offer her an out with the moral support and courage she needs to walk away from this relationship as well as an offer of a new relationship, with them.

Dale and Jackson were wonderful characters, already in a committed relationship with each other their pursuit of Jenny is something they both want to add a third person, a woman to their bi-relationship. They are very open with her and protective of her and each other.

Jenny wasn’t my favourite character ever, she’s very naive and I found it hard to believe that somebody that naive would so easily transition into a menage relationship. Not saying they wouldn’t do it I just think there would be more hesitation and questions. I don’t think she would have just let her libido lead the charge.

That said, I loved the three of them as a unit, the way they fit so comfortably together, the sex scenes felt real and natural, the way they spoke to each other and came together as one unit just felt completely real. I really enjoyed this and will definitely be trying to find more time to catch up on my other Lily Harlem books!

I want to thank Lily Harlem for the eARC of this book so that I could read and review honestly.

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TitleA Fighter’s Love
Series: London Menage #3
Author: Lily Harlem
Genre: Menage | Romance | Adult | MMF | Sports
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Publication Date: 21 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 176
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#BlogTour: Reality Blurred by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis @StarXTours #Review

Hello Everyone, thanks so much for joining me on the Reality Blurred blog tour hosted by Star-Crossed Tours. I have to apologise to both Aven Ellis and Emma from Star-Crossed Tours as I’m super late posting today, all these issues with my Bipolar have set me back somewhat with the blog and I  have only just gotten around to writing this so this post goes out with big hugs and apologies.

Description

He lied to her. Fed her the same lines as he did all the other girls. Instead of proposing, he dumped her on national TV. Would a romance with a hockey superstar prove just as disastrous—or could it be the greatest love story of her life?

Cast as America’s reality show sweetheart after being jilted on a dating show, Skye Reeve is ready to stop being a brokenhearted woman by proving she’s more than what the camera portrayed her to be. She’s landed her dream job as a TV lifestyle reporter and promises to work hard to be a success.

Skye also vows never to be swept up in a fairy tale romance ever again, as she obviously has no clue what real love is.

Being in the same city as Denver Mountain Lions hockey star Maxime Laurent, however, might make this last goal impossible.

Dealing with ghosts from his own past, the Belgian hockey star is known for keeping his life off the ice private. He’s not sure if outgoing Skye could be a match for him, but he can’t deny his attraction to her.

When the two embark on a romance, will they be able to move forward from the past to let love into their hearts?  With no reality blurred, will Skye find real-life love to be what she had been looking for all along?

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Review

I think like many of Aven Ellis’ readers I’ve been waiting for this story since book one in the Rinkside in the Rockies series. I knew it was going to be a beautiful romance, well they always are with Ms Ellis. But this defied all expectation.

Skye an ex-contestant on a The Bachelor-style show is living a life of regret, trying to make the most of what she knows was a bad decision. She is stalked by people and their mobile phone cameras and is the talk of the papers every time she so much as sneezes.

Enter shy hockey player Maxime, the Belgian who we saw her meet in book one. The two of them start dating in this book and we get to follow their progress and how they both deal with Maxime’s aversion to the limelight and Skye’s life thrust in the limelight.

Together they are adorable, sweet and just a pleasure to watch grow, apart Skye’s anxiety reaches record levels worrying herself if she is doing the right thing by Maxime by staying with him.

Aven Ellis always writes extraordinarily beautiful stories of love, that have an HEA. You know what you are getting when you curl up with one of her books and she never disappoints.

Thank you again, to Aven Ellis and Emma at Star-Crossed Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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About Aven Ellis

Aven EllisI live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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TitleReality Blurred
SeriesRinkside in the Rockies #2
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Sports
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 14 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 236
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#Review: Kicked by C.M. Stunich @CMStunich

Description

Kicked: A Dirty, Flirty Football Romance

Obsession.

I know the feeling well.
I’m the top draft prospect for the pro leagues, voted All-American last year, and a God at the University of Oregon.

I didn’t get here by fucking around or chasing fantasies—and I’ll never forget where I came from. A guy like me only gets one chance to get out, to make something of himself.

Passion.

I thought football was my passion.
But Teagan Fletcher, she’s my obsession.

My childhood friend is now a woman with curves for days and hair like fire.
But she also hates me—and I don’t blame her.

I want her. But I can’t have her.
I need her. But I don’t know how to let go.

One way or another, I’ll have it all: football … and Fletcher.

***KICKED is a standalone new adult sports romance with a happy ending and no cliffhanger. It’s got a bad boy with tattoos, and is loaded with some serious hot, hot, hotness. Enjoy!

Review

While I was sick recently I went on a bit of a Stunich/Blaze bender which means you have a few of these reviews on the way and I’m not even a little sorry about it! It would be hard not to want to read this book just based on the cover alone, I mean…Damn! But, that aside at this point I have a pretty good idea what I’m getting with a Stunich novel, a strong sexy storyline, alpha males with faults and issues and a strong woman with her own baggage who doesn’t need a man but knows there’s nothing wrong with wanting one.

Tyce is the one to watch when it comes to college football, he’s the guy all the pro-teams want. He’s the guy all the girls want, but he isn’t interested in girls, he uses and abuses, he’s not interested in relationships. All he wants is his career. Then he runs into someone from his past, the girl he ran away from when he left his hometown.

Teagan, was heartbroken when Tyce disappeared overnight, they were a team then he was gone without a word. She hates him. When they run into each other and he doesn’t recognise her all her hatred is re-ignited. Especially as he pursues her and recognition sparks.

I loved Teagan, her fire was intense and it was hard for Tyce not to get burned if he got too close to her. She was very good at looking after herself, it was clear she had had to learn to look out for herself from a young age, and that she had been through some traumatic events in her life and she held a lot of resentment towards Tyce for bailing without a word. However, there was a lot of vulnerability about Teagan and Tyce really stepped up especially when it most mattered and a couple of moments when she was in a lot of danger he was wonderful.

Tyce was a fantastic character, what he did in the past was an awful thing to do but it becomes clear his reasons were good and I think even Teagan starts to understand that despite all of the pain he caused her. He’s a very loving and caring man and it’s very hard for him to see beyond what he believes. Having Teagan around makes him have to start looking beyond the plan he has set himself and his own ingrained beliefs which he finds extremely difficult.

The chemistry between these two is incredible, they are so well matched and it’s almost embarrassing reading their sex scenes because they are just so perfectly paired.

This is an absolutely delightful read, hot, emotional, and tense.

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TitleKicked
Series: N/A
Author: C.M. Stunich
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Erotica | New Adult | Sports
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 27 June 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 248
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#Review: Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis

Description

Full of enthusiasm, recent graduate Hayley Carter is thrilled to be working for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Having spent a lot of her life in the background due to family circumstances, Hayley is eager to step up and be heard—and bring much needed change to her new organization. With romance on the shelf, it’s time to focus on herself and new career. Armed with a workbook to help her improve on a personal and professional level, Hayley is ready to become a better version of who she already is.

But will a baseball player for the Washington Soaring Eagles challenge her thoughts on not only dating, but the person she thinks she needs to be?

Brody Jensen is the new catcher for the professional team in DC. Baseball is everything to Brody and has been his salvation while growing up. Brody wants to make the most of his full-time shot behind the plate. Which means no serious relationships.

However, when a chance encounter leads him to Hayley, Brody finds himself wanting to know all about the beautiful blonde who has engaged him from the moment he spotted her. Together, they find themselves questioning the ideals they had set for not only relationships, but themselves, too.

When the cherry blossoms bloom in the nation’s capital, Cupid puts a squeeze play on Hayley and Brody. Will they be brave enough to love themselves and each other? Will love be called out? Or will their relationship be safe at home?

Review

I make no secret of being a huge fan of Aven Ellis’ work her hockey novels are superb and as quite an unusual Brit who loves hockey I always get completely absorbed into them. Squeeze Play is Aven’s first venture into another sport, one I’m clueless about, Baseball. But not one to be put off by her ignorance I dove in head first and I’m so pleased I did.

Hayley is a girl after my own heart, with a one-track mind on her career she has no interest in love, it’s a distraction she doesn’t need. After meeting Brody in what is potentially the most funny and sweet meet-cute I’ve ever read she realises there may be room for romance after all.

Aven Ellis pulls out all the stops with this book, it has some of the best scenes I’ve read in it, the romance was ramped up to maximum and the way these two bounced off of each other was heartwarming.  Hayley has some deep-seated insecurities but Brody not only recognises them he works with her to face them as she does with his.

Aven Ellis has well and truly knocked the ball out of the park with this one (like what I did there?!) and she has given us characters that you just won’t be able to do anything but adore.

A huge thanks to Aven Ellis for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitleSqueeze Play
Series: Washington DC Soaring Eagles #1
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Sports | Sports Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 306
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#Review: Playing Defense by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis

Description

After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

Review

JP and Reese briefly appear in On Thin Ice, and straight away I thought what a wonderful couple they would make and what a sweet story they could have. So when I received this advanced copy and realised this was their story I was over the moon as they hadn’t left my thoughts since last winter when I read Holly and Matt’s story.

Reese is a sports model but she’s fun and quirky and loves her food, especially if Oreo’s are involved. I’ve never eaten an Oreo in my life but she was making me crave them the way she talks about them in this book! Great commitment to your favourite food Reese.

JP is just the most adorable and sexy character I’ve read of Aven’s yet. He’s Swiss, which may have something to do with it, I mean the accent alone…right? But he’s super intelligent, knows what he wants and is very sensual and caring. He’s the all round good guy but fun and sweet with it. Honestly he is absolutely the kind of guy you want seducing you, lucky Reese.

They’ve both got reasons to be hesitant, good reasons. JP has been thrown in the friend zone so many times it’s a surprise he doesn’t have whiplash and Reese hates how relationships always end in heartbreak, her heartbreak. But as we know with Aven Ellis novels there is no stopping the inevitability of true love and these two falling in love has been one of my favourite all time love stories.

A huge thanks to Aven Ellis and Soul Mate Publishing for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitlePlaying Defense
Series: Dallas Demons #5
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Sports | Sports Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 27 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 238
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#Review: The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis

Description

Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she’s gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.

All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the blond beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she’s all about the chocolate now.

Or is she?

Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything. Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn’t want to be, for reasons that have caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what happened to him in Minnesota.

But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn’t so sure about his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide…

Review

I’ve been on a mission to read Aven Ellis’ back catalogue that I missed before I discovered her work, this is one of those books. I’ve learned now that to pick up an Aven Ellis book is to dive into a happy comfortable world where two people are going to discover what true love really means.

In The Definition of Icing we meet Kenley. Kenley runs Confection Consultations, she is a chocolate specialist who ensures that the people she works with love and understand chocolate just as much as she does when she is finished.

On a photo shoot ice hockey star Nate steps in to help her handle an awkward situation and the intense attraction between the two in incredible. They are both people who have been terribly hurt in the past but as readers we get to watch as they negotiate getting to know each other and learning what it means to trust someone again.

These are two people who are completely adorable to watch falling in love and this, as with all of Aven Ellis’ books, is an absolute treat, although you may want a few bars of chocolate by your side for this one!

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TitleThe Definition of Icing
Series: Dallas Demons #2
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Sports | Sports Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 27 May 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 274
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#BlogTour: The Rainbow Player by David Kerby-Kendall @dkerbykendall @Authoright #Excerpt

Today I have an excerpt to share with you from The Rainbow Player, this looks like a deeply moving book about love and self-discovery for a professional football player.

Description

England footballer, Sammy Hatchington, has never considered sexuality before. As a teenager, Sammy broke the mould of his youthful peers with his desire to open the door to life’s endless possibilities. He escaped a deprived estate and, with the help of Old Thomas, his surrogate father, Davey, his soul-mate, and Gran, the connoisseur of footballer’s bottoms, launched himself on a path toward his personal and professional goals. Now, several years later, he must make a decision that could destroy everything he has fought for, and create a furious media frenzy………

David Kerby-Kendall’s joyous and witty novel challenges preconceptions about professional sportsmen and love, and is also a delightful and moving story of a young man’s journey to self-knowledge.

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Excerpt

This scene happens in Sammy’s bedroom. He and Georgina are both fifteen, and virgins, but have decided to ‘study’ each other. Georgina is considered the classiest girl on the estate as none of her family are in prison. Sammy is VERY nervous.

 

I undid the buttons of my fly, shimmied my jeans down to my knees and begin to extract my left foot, never once taking my eyes off her, desperate that the moment would be lost and she would change her mind. Unfortunately this caused me to lose my balance. I vainly attempted to grab the edge of my desk, executed a perfect double axel, smacked my head on the wall, nutting the poster of Michael Jackson squarely in the testicles, finally lost my grip on the table, and reality, and fell rather unceremoniously to the floor, leaving me with a red face, a pounding forehead and an Action Man up my arse.

 

“Are you OK?” she asked.

 

“Fine,” I replied, as though I’d intended to be in this position from the outset, “I thought you’d like a comedy trailer before the main film. Er, would you like to…” I said, gesturing toward the bed in the manner of a supermarket assistant showing you where the eggs are.

 

“Oh, yes, thank you,” she said.

 

We lay on the bed and I wondered if this could be real. Also, what the hell I was supposed to do now? But, just as I was about to suggest we get dressed again and help each other with our algebra homework, eureka, she seized the day. Carpe Diem! Or Carpe Testiculum in this case. Several seconds later, when I thought things couldn’t get much better, she grabbed my penis and I realised they could. As she rubbed her delicate fist up and down, I tried to think of chemistry exams or The Antiques Roadshow so that it wouldn’t be over quicker than it takes a Ferrari to get from 0 to 60. After a short while, I realised I should try to return the compliment but, due to her lack of a penis, I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. I fumbled as professionally as I could for a while but hadn’t a clue how to find the appropriate spot. After a brief period of my hand movements resembling someone rewiring a plug, I elicited a small moan from her, which made me think I was at least in the right area. Now I could stop concentrating so hard and remember that she had been playing with my penis for the last two minutes, seemingly to no avail as I hadn’t even murmured ‘oh that’s nice’. So I tried to make up for it by letting out a sexy noise, which actually came out sounding like a cross between a Red Indian battle cry and a vacuum cleaner starting up.

 

At this point I also remembered the need for romantic, ambient background music; so I rolled over to the CD player and hit ‘play’. I suppose the Spice Girls singing Spice Up Your Life in no-part harmony was appropriate to what we were doing, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t appropriate to the atmosphere I wanted to create. As soon as the song started, she took her hand away and said:

 

“That was lovely. Thank you.”

 

About David Kerby-Kendall

Originally from Leicester, David Kerby-Kendall now lives in Muswell Hill, North London. He is an actor who began writing in 2007. From the success of his first play, Save Your Kisses For Me, he became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions, writing and adapting plays for national tours, including three David Walliam’s novels (Mr Stink, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy) as well as several other novels: Pride And Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan and Dracula. His second play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He has two new plays in the pipeline: 20:40 which deals with depression and Gay Pride And No Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.

 

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TitleThe Rainbow Player
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles #1
Author: David Kerby-Kendall
Genre: Romance | Sports | Contemporary | LGBTQ
Publisher: Whiteley Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: 20 June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 345
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