Tuesday 27 December 2022

[Review + Release Day] YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE, LEE BURROWS (Kingsmen Football Stars, #1) by Piper Rayne

 Source: Received an egalley to participate in the blog tour.
Release Date: December 27, 2022


USA Today Bestselling Author, Piper Rayne, begins the Kingsmen Football Stars series with an enemies-to-lovers, second chance story set in the world of professional football.

You Had Your Chance, Lee Burrows by Piper Rayne is now live!

Lee f’ing Burrows
The Kingsmen’s star quarterback.
Legendary throwing arm.
Six-pack abs.
Kissable lips. 

Oh, but don’t forget, he’s also a lying, heartless egomaniac who broke my heart in college. 

It took me years to build myself back up after his deceit, and now I have the dream opportunity to prove myself working as a sports therapist for a professional team. 

The hurdle? Or mountain to be more accurate…
The job is with the San Francisco Kingsmen. 

Back when I was a na├»ve college girl, I felt lucky that he even noticed me. Now eight years later, he’d be lucky if I gave him the time of day. 

Which I won’t. Not ever. 

Some people don’t deserve a second chance and Lee Burrows is one of them. 

Now if someone could only tell him that because he’s hell-bent on scoring the winning touchdown and won’t accept that it’s game over for us.


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Narrated by Callie Dalton & Joe Arden


I was a bit sad when Piper and Rayne's Hockey Hotties series wrapped up recently, but I always look forward to what they come up with next, so I was eager to start their new Kingsmen Football Stars series! I was even more excited when I saw that the series started off with Lee Burrows since we were introduced to him in his brother Kane's book, OFFSIDE WITH #55. I recently read the free novella that introduces this new series to us, FALSE STARTS, so I was very eager to see what would happen to Lee and Shayna in YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE, LEE BURROWS and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Lee and Shayna were both excellent characters—I loved their passion and I really enjoyed seeing how their romance played out, especially after FALSE STARTS as that showed us what happened to them before they got their second chance here. Lee and Shayna had excellent chemistry and I was so happy to see them come together. The only thing that kept me from loving YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE, LEE BURROWS was that it felt like it relied a bit too heavily on the fact that the two characters already loved each other in their past relationship, and I felt like that was explored more in the novella, FALSE STARTS, than it was in the actual book. I did thoroughly enjoy their romance though and thought it was lovely...just wish we got a few more falling in love-type moments rather than just steamy ones (which I'll be honest is rare for me to say haha).
One of my favourite parts about companion series like this one is that we get a whole cast of characters that we'll see over and over again. I loved the introduction that we got to some of Lee's teammates here and to some of the other side characters! I'm looking forward to Brady and Chase's books..and I'm hoping we get a story for Miles, too!!!! I'm also excited that we'll get to see Lee and Shayna in future books. :)

Overall, I thought that YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE, LEE BURROWS was a great start to a new series and I'm excited to see where it goes! As usual with Piper and Rayne's books, it was sweet and steamy, and kept me very entertained! I'd recommend this one to fans of contemporary romance, especially if you like sports romances with footballI do recommend that you pick up the free novella, FALSE STARTS, first though!

Star Rating: ★★★.5 to ★★★★



Meet Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne is 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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Friday 23 December 2022

[Review] 10 SIGNS YOU NEED TO GROVEL (Bower Boys, #2) by Kelly Siskind

Source: Received an egalley in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Montlake
Release Date: January 31, 2023
Number of Pages: 318 (Paperback)


A grumpy bartender learns he’s a dad in Kelly Siskind’s latest Bower Boys romance full of second chances, small-town charm, and steamy, slow-burn heat.

For the last ten years, I’ve been living a lie in witness protection. But the drug cartel that put me there isn’t a threat anymore, so I can have my life back. I should be thrilled, right?


The last thing I want to do is go back home and show everyone how far I’ve fallen. I’m not the high-powered lawyer they all expect me to be. I’m just a guy who slings drinks and scowls at the world.

But then I hear about Max, my ex’s ten-year-old son. My ten-year-old son.

I have to go back now. Figure out how to be a dad. Face the love of my life. Make things right with Sadie and earn her trust. Will she have me―or is it too late to reinvent myself as the man she once loved?

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I adored the first book in Kelly Siskind's Bower Boys series, 50 WAYS TO WIN BACK YOUR LOVER, so I jumped at the chance to snag an early review copy of 10 SIGNS YOU NEED TO GROVEL, and I'm so, so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it!
I felt so much for Des in the snippets that we saw of him in his brother, Ethan's, book and I was so eager to see him reunite with Sadie! I've been loving the Bower Boys series and the town of Windfall that Kelly Siskind has created, and I was so excited when I found out that Des and Sadie would be the couple in book 2! It was so lovely seeing them get their second chance and grow together!!! I love that this series is following the Bower brothers finding love...and they've all been so wonderful so far!
In 10 SIGNS YOU NEED TO GROVEL, Des reunites with his first love, Sadie, after being separated due to their family being thrown into witness protection. While the rest of his family struggled, Des took it the hardest. He spiraled, went on benders, and isolated himself...and now that they're able to go back to their lives, he doesn't feel like he's worthy of Sadie's love and also worries that she's moved on. As the blurb reveals...he also discovers that while he was in protection, Sadie gave birth to their son and he's now a dad! 

I'm a huge sucker for romances where we get to see the heroes grow into fatherhood, and Kelly did an amazing job with that here. Des was such a wonderful character--totally one of those heroes who puts on a cold front, but is actually a big softie who's willing to do anything for the people he loves! And Sadie was amazing, too! She was so strong, passionate, and I loved seeing the way that she and Des worked together, and their chemsitry was sooooooo good! They had amazing banter and there were some very excellent and steamy scenes between them, too. Their son, Max, was wonderful, too! He was such a sweet, sweet boy, and I can already tell that I'm going to love seeing more of him as the series continues! I also once again loved seeing all of the fun characters that live in the small town of Windfall, and especially enjoyed getting to know the Bower family even further!
Overall, I loved 10 SIGNS YOU NEED TO GROVEL—it was a wonderful second chance romance, and left me feeling so happy and warm! While this is the second book in a companion series, you could definitely read it as a standalone—I suggest you do read E's book, 50 WAYS TO WIN BACK YOUR LOVER, too, though because it was amazing! I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of the Bower Boys and am so excited for Lennon and Maggie to get their story told next…I’m also hoping we start to get some teases about the other two brothers. They’re such a mystery at this point and I really hope they’ll get books, too. Highly recommend this one to all contemporary romance fans, especially if you like them sweet and spicy!!!

Star Rating: ★★★★★

What do you think?
Does 10 SIGNS YOU NEED TO GROVEL sound like a book you'd like?
Have you read any of Kelly Siskind's books yet?