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Jugador by Rose Croft–Review

I have been a fan of the Mendoza series since Cabezon and of Ms. Croft since the beginning. There is one thing that she always brings to all her characters and that is heart, a passion if you will. Whether you have a troubled child with familial issues, a teenage mother stuck in an unhealthy living situation or an adult with commitment issues, their characters are passionate. This is completely evident within Jugador. This book is about Marco and Lily. Their heartfelt, emotional, and sometimes not so magical relationship has developed over many years.

Vicente and Emilio both have stolen my heart for different reasons, but I’ve found that I need to find a little more space in my heart for Marco Cruz. He might be my favorite family member yet. He is a scared and troubled boy with family issues who grows up to be a scared and troubled man with family issues and too much money at his disposal. My heart broke to read about this football God who had it all yet underneath all that hard-exterior shell he was still a scared little boy trying to take care of himself.

Lily is the only female in the Mendoza family (poor girl), who is highly overprotected and therefore, treated like a little kid. She has always had a little crush on the football stud who happens to her brother’s best friend. You know what that means, Lily is off limits. There are many misunderstandings between the Mendoza’s, Marco, and Lily when a secret comes to life. With that, Lily does not see Marco for another ten years. Lily is a super sweet, yet feisty individual. She would help anyone out if only asked and it is because of this that something unexpected happens.

Marco and Tiger Lily seem fated to be together, but sometimes, fate can be wrong and the next thing you know, you are a missed connections ad on Craigslist. It is so gut-wrenching and emotional as a reader to go through these obstacles along with Marco and Lily. I cried, sometimes a lot, screamed, had to walk away, and often re-read parts to make sure that I got it. Rose wrote these two characters fantastically. They tore apart my heart and then stitched it back up wrapped up in a pretty, shiny bow.

Jugador is, by far, one of my top reads. It was authentic, humbling, spicy, hot, enlightening, cry inducing, and overwhelmingly bewitching. Grab Kleenex, your support animal/object and dive into ‘that’ book of the year, Jugador!

Sidelined by Marquita Valentine–Review: a cheeky little big brother best friend romance

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Sidelined is such a sweet, sexy, fun and cute book. It was easy to read in one fell swoop from beginning to end. Marquita put an entertaining twist on the trope of older brother’s best friend romance.

At eleven years old, Layton Price started scrapbooking. Through the course of Q&A’s and of course, pictures, she plans her life, as well as, her HEA. Even at this age, she knew that she was going to marry her family friend, Joe. She even knew the age when they would get married. What she didn’t count on was meeting her brother’s college friend, Aiden McHugh. Over Thanksgiving break while watching football is when they meet and their lives wouldn’t ever be the same.

Fast forward fifteen years. Aiden is the QB for the local NFL football team based in Raleigh. Layton is engaged to be married to Joe, with her wedding approaching quickly. The thing that Layton didn’t see coming was her soon to be husband leaving her for the wedding planner only four days into the honeymoon. She is back home, trying to put her life back together. Aiden has been struggling for a while now with his feelings for Layton.

Aiden is a refreshing hero that is not portrayed as a manwhore/player. He is the one that pursued the relationship, yet allowed Layton to heal at her pace (with occasional alpha persuasion from Aiden)! 😉

This book is completely enjoyable. You see a complete progression of a mutual relationship between Aiden & Layton. What you also grow to appreciate is Layton’s personal growth from divorce to I Love You with a HEA.

PS…Internally, I’m doing a happy dance, waiting for Kingston’s book.

4-stars

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