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Baseball Lover by Rose Croft–Review

Let me start this off by saying, I LOVED John in the ‘High School Lover’. He had such an energetic, playful, mischievous, down to earth and flirtatious personality, it was hard not to like him from the beginning. I was secretly praying that John would get his own book and I’m ecstatic that he did.

Depending on where in the timeline of John and Rose’s story, will determine a couple different facets to Rose. Five years previous, Rose was on the top of the world. She was just finishing college and had a prosperous career to look forward to and then, BAM, tragedy strikes. Back in the present, Rose is working as a high school teacher. She has a best friend, Loren, who is dating her high school sweetheart, Andrew, but other than that she’s living her life of solitude. Rose is enigmatic, hurt, afraid to fall in love again and has walls built up high around her. All these personality quirks may come off as slightly bitchy, but she is trying to survive and not lose herself in the process of men, dating and love. She is a lovable woman with a great heart, she just portrays this prickly attitude to protect herself. She knows, however, that there is something different about John.

John and Rose as a couple didn’t happen overnight. It was beautifully written with a magnificent hero who was willing to do anything he could for the woman that he loved. John was truly a saint when it came to pursuing Rose. He is an unpretentious guy with the heart the size of Texas. When they finally were in a relationship, they had a whole different set of issues to work through. The biggest one being distance. John played baseball in Chicago, while Rose taught in Texas. Ms. Croft explores the issues of a long-distance relationship, not to mention when one person is in the limelight. Eventually, they work through their issues. What I love about them is that they were extremely supportive of each other.

Baseball Lover is a sports romance that is so much more than just sports and romance. There are moments of heated passion, emotional up and downs, personal growth, along with ‘oh no she didn’t’ frustration levels. I thoroughly, enjoyed, Baseball Lover. I was captivated from beginning to end.

5 stars

 

Truth by Trilina Pucci–Review

 

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‘Lust: to have an intense desire or need: Crave specifically: to have a sexual urge’

-Merriam-Webster

A simple, straightforward statement of the definition of lust. Easy-peasy, right?   Wrong. Trilina does a wonderful job of intertwining life, lust, love and realism. As a reader, you feel all the emotions that she is provoking along with, shock, hope, laughter and eventually the cherishing of each other between Dom and Drew.

Drew Matthews has been recently promoted to VP of Marketing at her company. Her best friend, Gretchen, works right alongside her. As a way to celebrate, they get all dolled up and decide to hit the town. Drew is a beautiful soul, inside and out, so it’s not a shock that she gets hit on as soon as she is there. None of these men interest her, until one. Despite being a strong individual, she is easily flustered when in the presence of a handsome man.

‘I mean, sorry…I’m a meat eater.’…’What I mean is, I would love the steak, but I’m not sure if I can fit that much meat in me.’

Dominic King is a businessman that is based out of NYC but has many business ventures in Chicago. Dom has a twin, Luca, who lives in Chicago and handles the business when Dom isn’t there. One spectacular business is a club called, Church. Church is a sex club with all the usual happenings but is somewhat elevated to give it a ritzier atmosphere. Through a series of incidences in their early youth, Dom is a little bit more jaded with love, relationships and marriage.

‘I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I definitely believe in lust at first sight. And I fucking want her.’

Drew and Dom are an inevitable just waiting to happen. Dom has a certain inclination to some kink. Unbeknownst to Drew, Dom sees the same need in her, that he feels inside. For some unknown reason, he can’t get Drew out of his head. Dom and Drew go through many ups and downs before you, the reader, reach the end.

Trilina Pucci has created not only an exquisite book, but she has established a firm foothold in the background stories, which set her up nicely, for the next book, Envy. Are you catching a theme here? You guessed it, each book is based off the seven deadly sins and personally, I can’t wait! I, absolutely, loved everything about ‘Truth’ and am excited for more.

‘Baby, we’re just getting started. I’m not your god—I’m your King.’

 

Rebel Howl by Michelle Corchis

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Rebel Howl is a unique blend of a book about rock stars (who are shifters) mixed with a romance. Rebel Howl is not your straight shifter romance though. Besides shifters, romance and rock stars, it also encompasses mystery, drama, sex (but no cheating), angst, the emotional up and down while in a relationship, a whole bunch of soul searching and the HEA that one longs for. How they get there though is not your typical adventure. To make this story flow, there are a complete cast of secondary characters that will keep you entertained.

RH revolves around Linc and Savannah. Linc is the alpha of his pack (although loosely named). He has problems/issues and isn’t displaying the positive qualities one wants to see in their alpha. Quite frankly, he has given up. Savannah is a mother who is looking to keep her daughter happy and fed, as well as getting to know a long-lost sister.

In the beginning, Linc is relying on his rockstar image which includes drinking, sex and rock n roll, to get through the day. One day, he had shifted for a run in the woods only to come across a little girl who was crying and scared. Through a series of occurrences, he comes across his mate. Savannah, finally gives him a reason to be a better person. He no longer desires to be the excessive drunk manwhore of his pack. Savannah, on the other hand, isn’t quite sure about him.

Linc is portrayed in not the best of lights, but there was something about that I found endearing. I wasn’t sure of him as a main character prior to meeting this little girl, but afterwards, he made my heart melt. He was sweet and gentle, yet extremely protective and possessive. Keep in mind, that he may display these qualities, but that doesn’t make the book soft and sweet. Rebel Howl is definitely a down and dirty, rough and tough story. With that said, I completely adored this book. It was hard not to root for Linc, once he got his head on straight! I would completely recommend this to you!
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Hot Heir by Pippa Grant–Review

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Hot Heir is the story about Peach, Papaya (Peach’s sister) and Viktor. Peach and Viktor have an irritate each other to hate relationship. It was so fun to read about their antics with each other. It reminded me of a twelve-year-old boy who pulls the pigtails on the girl that he likes. Such a comedic romance book.

Viktor is currently the head bodyguard for Manning (the royal hockey player from Royally Pucked). Peach has a best friend, Joey, that she co-owns, Weightless, a flight adventure company with. Joey is from ‘The Pilot and the Puck-Up.

Peach finds herself in a precarious position, that just happens to include Viktor. Peach is trying to obtain legal guardianship of her sister, but the judge has ordered that Peach must marry first before this can happen. Consequently, Viktor finds himself in a position he never thought he’d be in. He just found out that he is king of Amoria (a small country that his grandfather was dethroned from). However, life as a royal may not be so ‘peachy’ (ha-ha, see what I did there😉). For Viktor to become king he needs to have a wife. Hilarity ensues as these two work to solve each other’s problems.

Hot Heir is a hilariously, well written book that is full of heat, chemistry, craziness, mishaps and love. Ms. Grant wrote another book that can be swung out of the park. It was a wonderful read!!

High School Lover by Rose Croft–Review

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Rose Croft is a debut author and High School Lover is her debut book. I was unsure of what I was going to experience prior to reading, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had surmised that it was a ‘friends to lovers’ type of setting, but it is so much more.

Andrew and Loren are good friends but are also friends with Mike. Loren and Andrew’s relationship eventually transitions into a love relationship, however, not all are happy with their new pairing. Because of this, they are forced to breakup and eventually lose touch with each other. An unforeseen and unexpected moment happens in their life that brings them back together.

Now you need to read this book to see what happens up to this point and after their reunion. Rose wrote a well-written book that takes you on the journey of these two main characters from high school to adult. Many hard-hitting topics were discussed and written well. I believe that we all could be transported in time from our own high school self through adulthood. I, truly, felt for Loren and Andrew. There were many times that I was screaming in frustration (at both these two characters and Ms. Croft) for the quest that she had created.

Besides, teenager angst and adults that had communication issues. She touched upon the stereotypical ‘norms’ that unfortunately are present in modern society. The concept of ‘judging a book by its cover’ is well covered throughout. It made me stop and think about this concept in real life.

High School Lover is well written with good topics. The ending is phenomenal!! The pacing and flow of the book was consistent, except for a small portion of the middle. The progress was still forward, just at a slower pace than the rest of the book. As I mentioned though, the ending was spectacular and made it all worth it!!

Congrats Rose on a job well done!! PS…you will fall in love with John, Andrews brother. I can’t wait to read his story!

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Royally Pucked by Pippa Grant–Review

Manning Frey has been involved in yet another scandal, that his father, the King of Stolland, must deal with. In dealing with this latest scandal, his father has banished Manning to the US to play for an NHL team. After all, he is only the fourth in line behind his brothers and nephew, so he truly is the spare to the spare to the spare of the heir. His only importance is that he betrothed to an annoyingly stuck up women who wants nothing to do with Manning. However, they are expected to get married when he turns thirty.

Gracie Diamonte owns the one and only bakery in her small town of Goat’s Tit, Alabama. By day, she is the sweet southern baker, but her dark side is that of ‘the world’s filthiest-minded baker’. Yep, she stares at dick pics all day and makes them into edible cookies. This topic alone brought many laughable moments throughout the book.

Overall, there were many laugh out loud moments. From Manning’s roommate/teammate Ares, to the ‘emotional support monkey’ of Manning’s betrothed and Gracie’s sister (Joey) and her business partner (Peach), there was never a dull moment.

Manning is put on an extremely short leash, so he has security around him all the time and finds it extremely difficult to shake them. In the beginning of the book, Gracie and Manning have a quick, but intense encounter following one of his games. Four weeks later, there is the newest spare to the throne. What follows is hilarity of a mess among the characters, while Gracie and Manning fight for their happily ending.

I realize this only a book and not true life, but I had a hard time with Manning just being sent off to play hockey despite his ranking in ascension to the throne. I guess I had a hard time reading his storyline in this aspect and NOT try to compare it too English royalty. It wasn’t a huge hang-up or made me like the book any less, it just seemed odd that a Prince could play a dangerous sport and not help the family even if he was banished to the US.  Him playing for the NHL was good grounding factor and made him more human and lovable.

Gracie kicked A@@. I loved her character. She mentioned many times about how stupid she was (she has dyslexia) and was perfectly happy living her life in Goat’s Tit. Upon meeting Manning though, she developed some balls (not as much as her sister), but enough to fight for what she wants. As much as I loved Gracie and Manning, I can’t wait for Ares’ book to come out. I need to get inside that monosyllabic, GIF sending giant to see how he ticks!!

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Callback by Katana Collins–Review

4.5 ‘Sticker and Planner’ Stars

Callback is a uniquely written book that centers around two actors who are up for lead roles in a movie that includes the world of BDSM. Jude and Marly are actors who practice their craft through method acting. The hero, Jude, is a ‘kink master’ of sorts and belongs to a very secretive and secluded BDSM club. Marly is an actress with very recent success on a rom com movie, who is looking to break out of the roles that are slowly becoming her ‘stereotypical’ role.

Jude is on the audition panel when Marly walks into the room and is instantly smitten with her, because of her innocence and submissive nature. Unfortunately for Jude, there is one other actress up for the role and that is his ex-wife, Layla. The CEO of the production company has laid it out in front of Jude the direction that they want to go in and it’s simply because of her sexual appeal. That would-be Layla, however, Jude saw Holly (the character within the movie) when Marly was auditioning. He is given one week to teach Marly the in’s and out’s (no pun intended) of the BDSM world and see if she can handle the part. As you can imagine, Jude and Marly get closer than close and have to break down some internal walls to see what is right in front of them.

Besides learning a few things encompassing the BDSM world, we are treated to a wonderfully developing love story. There are hang-ups, road blocks, ups and downs and contractual issues that prevent them from exploring any feelings between them. Despite everything against them, does love find a way to Jude and Marly? Does Marly get the part?

Callback is a super sizzling, steamy and just plain deliciously hot, that is FULL of all sorts of naughtiness and deliciousness. It is SO much more than the exploration of BDSM, there is a story of two individuals who have been hurt in the business and are trying to find a way to each other. The underlying romantic relationship was developed beautifully (and the last chapter and epilogue was full of feels). After finishing, I completely felt a juxtaposition of feelings. I was truly saddened by reaching the end, yet deliriously happy at the ending and the little preview we get of Ash’s book.  SO excited, I can’t wait (Ash is Jude’s best friend)!

‘Do you know what BDSM stands for?’

‘Burritos, Doritos, Snickers and M&M’s’