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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills–Blog Tour

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU coming April 30th!

Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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I Dare You by Isla Madden-Mills–Review

Holy sheet, Casper’s Ghost. Have you SEEN the cover? Total and complete cover porn here, Day-um!

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Oh, sorry, I was just wiping up the drool after thinking of Maverick and the cover! 😍😍 In all seriousness, Ilsa has flipping hit it out of the park on this one. Incredibly touching and emotional, scenarios that are real to life and well researched material concerning some of her storyline. My favorite is Maverick, although I absolutely adored Delaney.

Delaney is the slightly off-kilter, nerdy girl, who doesn’t give a rat’s patootie, what people think of her. She loves Star Wars, making her own clothes, baking and cats. The way she was written, it makes you think, ‘hey, it’s ok if I’m not one of the popular kids with the latest fashion, accessories, cars or perfect hair’. Delaney allows you to be you. Well written heroine.

Maverick. Well, what to say about Maverick. Maverick is a conundrum. A total paradox to all those ‘jocks’ out there that fall into an ‘athlete’ stereotype. Maverick is a non-conformist, who is absolutely in love with his sister and is willing to do anything to take care of her and watch over her. He is completely independent and hardworking, but most importantly, he has a heart of gold. If you happen to be blessed to be in his circle, you will be well loved and taken care of. He will drop anything that he is doing if you called and said you needed help. He is THAT guy. The guy that you can always count on. I loved reading about him and watching his layers peel away like an onion. Let’s just say, I was a goner when it came to him.

Ilsa wrote such a fantastic college romance, that you truly felt like you were part of the storyline. He-Man and Buttercup (gotta read to find out what this is about), had me laughing in stitches. Absolutely Phenomenal!! This book and characters will stick with me for a very long time. Due to writing, plot and storyline, easily one of my ‘best of 2018’ reads! From the cover porn to the ‘Unicorn Girls FB Group’, I was all in. It was everything I wanted and then some!!

PS…some excellent recipes included at the end of the book for you bakers/wanna be bakers!

The End Zone by L.J. Shen–Review

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Before starting this, I should preface this by saying this is a novella. I was so excited to start reading this, that fact just kind of blew over my head. It was originally a part of The Team Player Anthology.

Now, with that out of the way, The End Zone was incredibly good. Not that I ever had any doubts, because it was Leigh Shen, but sometimes you never know. The End Zone is a sexy friend to lover’s romance with a smattering of ‘fake’ relationship thrown in. All around, WIN WIN WIN!! Leigh knows how to write about sexy, brooding male heroes and this one is no exception.

Sage and Jolie (JoJo) have known each other since they were kids (about ten years old), when Sage moved into the house next door to Jolie. Night after night, Jolie saw a boy her age frustrated, angry and sad with his surroundings. One night, she couldn’t stand to see him in pain anymore and decided to run to him. That is the beginning of their story.

“And on the eighth night, the girl gave the boy more than friendship and a hug, without even meaning to—and definitely without agreeing to. On the eighth night, the girl gave the boy her heart. He took it silently, never offering his back.”

Present day, Sage and Jolie are seniors in college. Sage is a brooding, cocky, know it all manwhore. He is the rising quarterback that is headed off to the NFL, but where does his relationship with Jolie go? Jolie is a studious, super sweet girl that has been harboring feelings for her best friend. Things change on one fateful night that involves Jolie and a bathroom and a lightbulb moment in Sage’s head.

This book, even as a novella, is everything. I loved that interaction between Sage and Jolie, from friendship at the beginning to more. I would LOVE more of these two, but given that it’s written by Leigh, I would always want more. There friends to lovers romance is written extremely well, although slightly fast paced. This is strictly due to the nature of the book, a novella. There are SO many goodies in this book, that I can’t talk about, but will say we get multiple HEA epilogues and not necessarily all concerning Sage and Jolie. Do yourself a favor and pick this hot, spicy, funny and sweet little read up. There are so many great hilarious quotes in this book it will have you chuckling! Leigh Shen does not disappoint.

“He is the kid I fell in love with at the age of ten, and the man I would give the world to at the age of twenty.”

Some more memorable quotes:

“If he were any other guy, I’d be all over him like a rash after a torrid Vegas vacation.”

“…considering how Sage’s dick has been passed around like community property. I’m surprised he’s not partly funded by the government.”

 

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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