Tuesday, 12 July 2022

[Review + Release Day] LOVE LESSONS (Brooklyn #7; Brooklyn Bruisers #12) by Sarina Bowen

Source: Received an egalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: July 12, 2022
Cover Design: Hang Le
Cover Photo: Wander Aguiar Photography


DESCRIPTION

He needs an image makeover, she needs a mojo upgrade. A new lessons-in-seduction hockey romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

After I’m arrested for throwing a raucous party, my hockey team says I have an image problem. And I need to fix it, stat.

Charity work? Check. Haircut? Sure. But I draw the line at hiring my neighbor to style me. In the first place “style” shouldn’t be a verb. And I’m tired of people who’d judge me on appearances.

Vera and I don’t see eye to eye on anything. She wants me to try on clothes, while I just want to remove hers. She's distractingly pretty, with soulful eyes and a sinful mouth that likes to argue with me.

But when management threatens my summer vacation, I grudgingly agree to Vera’s unusual proposal: she’ll give me an image makeover. But in return, she wants lessons in the art of seduction.

It sounds a little nutty, but I know a good opening when I hear it. Besides, it’s not like I’ll ever fall for her…

G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !


REVIEW

 I find myself loving the Brooklyn/Brooklyn Bruisers more and more with each book, and I was so happy to see Vera and Ian in this one! Their chemistry was absolutely phenomenal and I loved seeing how they fit in with the couples that we already love! I also love that we really are getting so much of both the Bruisers and the Bombshells in these books!

In terms of story, I thought LOVE LESSONS was so much fun! I'm always a fan of romances that start out as flings or "lessons" and this one was so well done! Both Vera and Ian had some baggage that kept them from being open to love...but they really couldn't resist each other and I was so here for it! I also just loved them both as characters--Vera's passion for fashion and making people confident in themselves was really lovely, and I loved Ian's drive, his humour, and how determined he was to overcome obstacles and help others! As a couple, they were wonderful, too! Their banter, playful arguing, and the sheer tension between them was so palpable and I loved every single moment they were on the page together! I'm already excited to see them in future books...even if it's just in snippets!

Overall, I thought that LOVE LESSONS was absolutely wonderful and loved it so, so much! It was steamy, funny, and so enjoyable! I didn't want to put it down, and it was such a lovely addition to the Brooklyn/Brooklyn Bruisers series! I love how these books work well as standalones, but are also enjoyable to read in order because you truly do get to know the character so well...and it's so fantastic to keep seeing them appear in future books! I really hope Sarina Bowen continues with this series for a very long time because I'm nowhere near done with these characters yet! I also love the balance of sports to romance that she adds--it's just enough to be sporty, but wouldn't deter anyone who doesn't actually like sports...perfectly well done! If you're looking for a sports romance or a lovely contemporary romance, I would highly recommend both LOVE LESSONS and the Brooklyn/Brooklyn Bruisers series! 

Star Rating:

★★★★


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Tuesday, 31 May 2022

[Review + Release Day] OFFSIDE WITH #55 (Hockey Hotties, #6) by Piper Rayne

 Source: Received an egalley to participate in the blog tour,
and also pre-ordered a Kindle version.
Release Date: May 31, 2022

DESCRIPTION

The last thing any professional hockey player wants is to be the old man in the game. The guy who doesn’t know when it’s time to retire. Still, I can’t bear the thought of leaving the game.

This past year I’ve reflected on all my regrets, and I told myself that once I retire it’ll be the time to find the right woman. But this is where it gets tricky.

I think I’ve found her—although she’ll deny our connection to anyone who asks. We’ve been sleeping together casually and since I’m still playing hockey, I’ve let her get what she wants—me—whenever she wants.

After being told my career as a player is over, the owner of Florida Fury grants me a shot to stay in the game. A coaching position I didn’t know I wanted until it was offered. The catch? He’s also passing the family business down to his daughter.

Who’s his daughter?

The woman who’s been in and out of my bed for the past year. Which means the woman I intend to make mine is now my new boss.

 

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REVIEW

I’m a bit sad to see Piper and Rayne’s Hockey Hotties series wrapping up with OFFSIDE WITH #55. It’s been lovely getting to know all of the players and their significant others, and I’ve absolutely loved all of the team dynamics and friendships that have grown throughout the series! As a whole, the series was wonderful and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it!

Kane and Jana have been teased for a while now, and we’ve seen some snippets of them in the previous books, so I was looking forward to seeing their story in OFFSIDE WITH #55. I did love them, but while I found the previous book a bit too dramatic for me, I did find that this one felt a bit too flat because we’d seen so much of Kane and Jana’s drama in the previous books. I did love their chemistry and their banter was fantastic, but I was left wanting more after finishing this one. I still enjoyed it, but wish we’d gotten some of their earlier moments saved for their actual story.

Overall, I thought that OFFSIDE WITH #55 was a great addition to the series and a wonderful way to tie everything together. It was fantastic to get to know both Kane and Jana deeper and to see them open up to love. It was sweet, steamy, and fits right in with the other books in the series! I definitely have to say that I’d love to get more of the Florida Fury because I’m not ready for their stories to be finished, but I did think that it left in a lovely place. I will recommend to anyone finishing this book to get yourself Piper and Rayne’s bonus scene for it though because that was what I really needed to feel content with the series coming to an end. I’d recommend OFFSIDE WITH #55 to readers who love sweet, yet steamy romances that feature lovely friend groups. Now, I’m just going to sit here and hope we get a Tweetie and Tedi novella or book someday. ;)

Star Rating: ★★★.5 to ★★★★


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Piper Rayne are a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write "heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle" about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they're married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they're both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

[Review + Release Day] SECOND CHANCE WITH #76 (Hockey Hotties, #5) by Piper Rayne


 Source: Received an egalley to participate in the blog tour,
and also pre-ordered a Kindle version.
Release Date: April 19, 2022

DESCRIPTION

My mom always said you don’t get a second shot at making a first impression. I’ve remembered that my entire career. Especially since I’m one of the few black men who play professional hockey.

I’m calculated and respectful in the way I speak to my coaches, the owners, and the media. I’ve never taken a risk… until her.

I could blame it on the fact that for once I pushed away the pressure of my career for the ocean waves, the sand, and good times with my new teammates. But those are excuses because the minute I saw her at the airport, something lit up inside me and the best week of my life was spent with her in my bed.

After our week in paradise, we said goodbye, exchanged phone numbers and both assumed that unless one of us was flying through the other’s city on the opposite side of the country, our vacation fling was over.

Then one night after practice I see her. She’s here. In my city. Telling me she moved here for a job. If that’s not fate tell me what is.

I’ve never wanted a second shot more than I do this time, but she’s determined to leave what we were on the island we left behind.

 

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Audible: Coming Soon!

REVIEW

I'm really enjoying Piper and Rayne's Hockey Hotties series, and I love the dynamics that all of the new characters have been bringing to the series! I finally went back and read the novella that came out after the first three books, so I went into SECOND SHOT WITH #76 super excited for what came next...and eager to see what was going to happen between Cory and Ande!

I absolutely loved the romance part of SECOND SHOT WITH #76--Ande and Cory had amazing chemistry and I loved their banter and dynamics! I really liked Cory, and loved learning about his family, and it was great to see that the fact that he was one of the few Black players in the NHL was addressed in the storyline and I liked that the fact that Cory and Ande are a biracial couple (just like Cory's own parents are) was addressed in the story, too! As for Ande, I also enjoyed her as a character, and really loved how we saw her open up to the other hockey ladies and her friendship with her boss, Trevor, too. :)
 
 So, all in all, I loved the romance in this one, but I have to admit that I wasn't a big fan of one of the major plot points in the drama part of the romance. It was just a bit too much for me, and went on for a little too long. I was glad that it didn't drag out too long once the big dramatic moment happened though. Other than disliking the major drama, I did really enjoy it though, and I'm very excited to see more of Cory and Ande in future books!
 
Overall, I thought that SECOND SHOT WITH #76 was great! Cory and Ande were wonderful characters and it was a pleasure to see them find love, and to see how they fit into the Florida Fury family. I loved their banter and definitely enjoyed the steam, too! It's not my fave, but is definitely a welcome addition to the Hockey Hotties series! Super excited for Kane and Jana's story next! ;)

Star Rating: ★★★.5 to ★★★★


Meet Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne are a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write "heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle" about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they're married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they're both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022

[Review + Release Day] SHENANIGANS (Brooklyn #6; Brooklyn Bruisers #9) by Sarina Bowen

 

Source: Received an egalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Cover Design: Hang Le
Cover Photo: Wander Aguiar Photography


DESCRIPTION

What I meant to do in Vegas: Let my hair down for once and celebrate winning a medal at my first women’s hockey all-stars competition.

What I actually did: Got senior prom drunk and woke up married to Brooklyn’s star winger, the great Neil Drake.

He’s the heir to a billion dollars, and I barely survived my childhood. Our friendship is based strictly only on hockey, takeout food and smack talk.

And now holy matrimony. Although we both know it can’t last, especially once his evil family gets wind of our Vegas shenanigans…

Contains: Meddling teammates, meddling parents, ugly jewelry and a pretend-kiss that nearly sets the world on fire.
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !


REVIEW

There are certain tropes that I just always love and find fun, and one of those happens to be accidental marriages, so even without this being one of my most-anticipated couples from the Brooklyn/Brooklyn Bruisers universe, I was excited for this one...add in the fact that it was Charli and Neil and I was even more excited!

I'd been excited to see what would happen between these two since the first moment Charli and Neil showed up in BOMBSHELLS, and I wasn't disappointed! First, I absolutely LOVED their dynamics and banter...and second...their chemistry was off the charts! It was a bit of a slowburn, which totally worked for these two characters and was 100% worth the wait! I loved Charli from the first time we met her. She's fierce and I love that she's not one to back down when she thinks something isn't right! Finding out more about her was really interesting, and I liked that we got to see what she had been through to get to where she was--it made me even more impressed with her. And Neil...I loooooooved Neil! He was so sweet, and sexy...and just such a wonderful man! He was a bit of a mystery still in the last book, so I loved that we got to know him better...it was also pretty interesting to see the contrast between Charli and Neil based on the fact that he was raised a billionaire...and she very much was not. :P

Overall, I thought that SHENANIGANS was amazing and I absolutely loved it! It was funny, steamy, and I loved the story, the romance, and seeing how much the Brooklyn/Brooklyn Bruisers world has grown! It's also just so neat to see how the female hockey team that was introduced in the previous book continues to grow, too!!! This is the first sports romance series that I've ever read where both the men and women are so involved in the sport part of the story and I love that! You definitely don't need to know much about hockey to read these books, so don't feel like that should keep you from picking it up. For the most part, the sport aspects of this series really just heighten the friendships between the characters, and gives them all a drive to excel at their sport. :) I'd highly recommend SHENANIGANS to fans of contemporary romance, especially if you like the accidental marriage trope and romances featuring athletes!

Star Rating:

★★★★
 

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Tuesday, 8 March 2022

[Review + Release Day] SNEAKING AROUND WITH #34 (Hockey Hotties, #4) by Piper Rayne

 Source: Received an egalley to participate in the blog tour,
and also pre-ordered a Kindle version.
Release Date: March 8, 2022

DESCRIPTION

I have a reputation for being tight-lipped. You learn quick when you become a professional hockey player to be guarded with the media, so I’ve worked hard to cover up the mistakes of my youth.

But when I’m traded to the Florida Fury, where my ex–best friend is the starting right wing, I’m forced to confront my past. Ford and I have a lot of history, especially when it comes to his little sister, Imogen.

My heart still lurches in my chest when I see her.
My hands want to reach out and touch her.
My mouth wants to keep apologizing.

She’s the only woman who ever made me want more. But she’s also the one who fell victim to my most regrettable decision.

I’m not a believer in fate, but I must be back in her world for a reason. I’ve fought for everything I’ve gotten and I’m not backing down from what I know will be the best thing in my life.

 

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REVIEW

I'm always up to read whatever Piper and Rayne decide to write and release next, but I have to admit that I'm very excited that the Hockey Hotties series is back with more books! I really enjoyed the first three, and am eager to meet even more of the players and to see them all find love! SNEAKING AROUND WITH #34 was definitely one that I was excited for after how much build up we had in the previous book, and it definitely delivered! 

Before I go into too much on Warner and Imogen though, I'm loving that we actually got so many cute cameos from the couples in the first three books, and team moments in this one! Makes me even more excited for future books!!! 

Okay, now first, I have to say that I absolutely loved this book! I’m not usually a huge fan of second chance romances because it can sometimes feel like you miss getting to see all of the moments when the couple actually falls for each other, but I thought that Piper and Rayne did an excellent job with that here through flashbacks and having Warner and Imogen get reacquainted, too. Their chemistry was lovely and I adored their banter, and I was rooting for them right away. It was also nice to get to see more of their backstory since we’ve been teased about Warner and Ford (Imogen’s brother) being at odds in past books! I was definitely feeling all the feels while reading this one, and it stayed on my mind after I'd finished--already looking forward to more of Imogen and Warner in future books! :D
 
Overall, I thought that SNEAKING AROUND WITH #34 was wonderful! It was such a sweet story, and had some nice steam to it, too! It’s a lovely addition to the Hockey Hotties series and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series...especially since we got some great teases for the next two books in this one. Highly recommended!

Star Rating: ★★★★★


Meet Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne are a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write "heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle" about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they're married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they're both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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