Release Blitz Review: 32: Refuse to Lose by Mignon Mykel

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Title: Refuse To Lose
Author: Mignon Mykel
Release Date: September 13, 2017
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Trevor Winski is known for his easy attitude off-ice. Everyone’s best friend, he’s pseudo-uncle to his teammates’ kids and welcome at every family party. For whatever reason, though, he can’t keep a girlfriend to save his life. The women he’s dated in the past want the rough-on-ice hockey player, both in and out of bed, but he was raised better than that. He’s ready to give up on the idea of a family of his own—until a certain pretty blonde crosses paths with him.

Callie MacTavish is the black sheep of her family. After growing up around money, living in luxurious homes and spending much of her youth going on extravagant vacations, she’s chosen to live among the ‘regular’ population, donating money she doesn’t need and volunteering for missions that need an extra set of hands. A pediatric nurse, she thrives on helping others—but she still has the travel bug. Meeting a man nearly ten years her senior isn’t in her plans.

But he makes her laugh.
He makes her feel like she belongs somewhere.
Trevor makes her want forever and ever, with firm roots in the ground. Too bad she’s already put plans in motion to move again.
For the first time, Trevor is prepared to take his fight off the ice.
After all, he’s always refused to lose.
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MY REVIEW

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

After meeting Trevor Winski in 27: Dropping the Gloves, I couldn’t wait to read his book. I wanted to know more about him and the woman who would steal his heart. He was so fierce and protective of his friends. I could only imagine how that would translate to his significant other. I was happy to see that streak continue in 32: Refuse to Lose.

Trevor wasn’t a typical young sports star. Being the life of the party and hooking up with women wasn’t his thing. He was in his 30’s and ready to settle down. Trevor just needed to find the right woman to do that with. Luckily, he met Callie.

Callie was ten years younger than Trevor, but she was very mature. She knew what she wanted out of life, and wasn’t going to let anyone stop her from achieving her goals and dreams. Meeting Trevor threw a wrench in Callie’s plans. She never thought she would meet “the one” at 22.

I really enjoyed reading 32: Refuse to Lose. My favorite thing about it was the lack of drama in it. Not that it didn’t have drama, it did. It just wasn’t crazy drama. Trevor and Callie’s romance had an honest and real feel to it. I could imagine any of my friends in their places. Their story was so cute and easy to relate to. I especially loved the epilogues. 32: Refuse to Lose is a sports romance I can see readers falling for.

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Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O’Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved As a Teenager

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Throwback Freebie! I decided to go with Ten Books I Loved As a TeenagerI refuse to admit how long ago this was, but you can probably guess from the book choices. You’ll probably notice I was really into YA horror back in the day. I’ve come a far way from that.


1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

 

I don’t remember much about this book now, but I remember I read the entire series. I loved it. I can’t wait to reread it and see the new movie.


2. Remember Me by Christopher Pike

 

This was my favorite book back in the day. I loved it so much. Heck, I loved all of Christopher Pike’s books.


3. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

 

If you grew up in the decades I did, you remember the faces on the milk carton. I think we were all a little bit fascinated with them. This book took it to a new level.


4. Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver

My first tear jerker, I believe. I adored this book so much.


5. Double Love by Francine Pascal

My older twin neighbors gifted me a bunch of Sweet Valley High books growing up. I was too young to read them at the time, but luckily my mom held onto them for me until I could graduate from Sweet Valley Twins to High.


6. The New Girl by R.L. Stine

After falling in love with Pike, I found Stine.


7. The Awakening by L.J. Smith

Stine lead to Smith. I can say that I read this series WAY BEFORE it became a major TV show hit.


8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Obviously, I read this one in my late teenage years.


9. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

All those Pike, Stine and Smith books lead me to discover this gem. Another book I read before it became a major motion picture with some famous stars. Even that movie is super old now! 🙁


10. Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

I could have inserted any Nora Roberts book here. In my very late teens, my mom introduced me to her books. I was hooked and read pretty much all of them I could get my hands on.


Did you read any of these books as a teenager or am I just too old?

Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Temporary
Authors: Sarina Bowen, Sarah Mayberry
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen is the same one who can ruin everything.

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works–if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can’t afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo…


When I see a new Sarina Bowen book coming out, I don’t even read the blurb. I just request the ARC and pray that I’ll receive one because I absolutely adore her writing. I like going in blind and experiencing her books without knowing too much about them. I was especially excited to read Temporary because I’ve never read a book by Sarah Mayberry before.

Temporary had everything I love in a contemporary romance. The writing was excellent. I wouldn’t have known it was a collaboration between two authors if it wasn’t stated on the front cover. It felt like one author writing a seamless story in dual point of view. Callan and Grace had distinctive voices that fit together well.

Another thing Temporary had going for it were the characters. Callan and Grace came from different walks of life. I loved how their different upbringings shaped them, and then brought them together. Their attraction was fun, but their love for and understanding of each other was what made their relationship shine. I also loved the side characters. Grace’s sister and best friend added so much fun to the story, while Callan’s mom and sister were the perfect enemies.

My favorite thing about Temporary, though, was the plot. It felt new and fresh. It wasn’t just another light contemporary love story. It was filled with real life issues and powerful people who needed to be dealt with. I loved how Callan and Grace worked together to stand up for what they thought was right.

Temporary was a fantastic début collaboration novel for Bowen and Mayberry. I loved reading it so much. I am excitedly waiting what’s to come from this duo of authors. Oh, and  now I need to go read Mayberry’s back list of books! I can’t believe I haven’t read her books before!

Review: Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

Royally Endowed
Series: Royally, #3
Author: Emma Chase
Narrators: Shane East, Andi Arndt
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
***
Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.


I’m very impressed with the Royally series. Each book has been better than the last, and that’s saying a lot because I adored each of them. Royally Endowed is definitely my favorite of them now. I loved every minute of it.

In Royally Endowed, we get to know Olivia’s little sister Ellie better. The book begins when she’s a senior in high school and 22 year-old Logan is tasked with providing security detail for her while Prince Nicholas and Olivia return to Wessco. The book progresses quickly through time stopping at important times in Ellie’s life. The reader gets to see Ellie and Logan’s professional relationship turn into friendship and then into more.

Royally Endowed was a slow burn romance filled with Emma Chase’s trademark humor and wit. Her writing was excellent as always. I loved how she expanded on Ellie’s character (who we met in the first book) and gave her life. Her wild, adventurous streak was the perfect match for all business Logan. His seriousness and desire to be more than his past leveled out her desire to try anything and everything. They were the perfect match — even though it took them a while to get it all figured out.

One of my favorite things about this book was getting to catch up with the characters from the previous two books. It couldn’t have been better done. They didn’t steal the show from Ellie and Logan. The new events in their life only added to Ellie and Logan’s story.

You may have noticed that I listened to the audio version of this book. That was a fun thing to do. I’ve listened to books narrated by Shane East before. I love his accent and feel that he brings characters to life perfectly. Male or female, they have their own voice and personality. I don’t think I’ve listened to anything Andi Arndt has narrated before. It took me a while to get used to her version of Logan. It didn’t sound close enough to Shane’s version for me, but I got used to it quickly.

The only things I didn’t like about this book were the title and the cover. They didn’t accurately depict the story. Logan was a fierce protector and the “endowed” in the title didn’t do that justice. Same with thing with the cover. I guess the tattoos were supposed to show his past, but it didn’t do anything for the book. Obviously, these things didn’t really have an effect on how much I liked the story.

If you’ve read the previous books in the Royally series, you’re not going to want to miss Royally Endowed. It was the perfect book to end the series — if it is ending. I, like others, hope Tommy will get a book and possibly Jane.

Review: Run Away With Me by Mila Gray

Run Away With Me
Series: Come Back to Me, #3
Author: Mila Gray
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.

Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.

But if they’re to have any kind of future, they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.


I have been a fan of Mila Gray’s Come Back to Me series since it was released. I love the physical and emotional healing that takes place in her books. The first and second books in the series were military based, so I was surprised to find that Run Away With Me was a sports romance. The writing had the same new adult angst feel, but otherwise the story felt different. The wounds of war were gone, and in their place were those of a different kind of tragedy.

In Run Away With Me, Jake has just returned to Bainbridge Island to make things right with Emerson. He couldn’t move past his childhood friendship and crush. He felt like something was missing from his life, and he needed to find out if it was Emerson. Their reunion wasn’t exactly a happy one. Emerson wasn’t exactly on board with it. She had a lot of anger deep inside that needed to be dealt with. There was a lot of healing to be done between the two of them.

Emerson and Jake had a shared history. I enjoyed the way it was unraveled. What happened to separate them in the past was a little bit of a mystery. There were some major revelations given throughout the story, and I liked that it was done through separate flashbacks. Getting to know what happened to both of them that way was really profound. Their experiences were so different and they both felt the fallout from what happened when they were fourteen. I was happy they could eventually get past the heart ache and find happiness with each other again. They both deserved to get their friendship and the possibility of more back.

One of my favorite things about Run Away With Me was the setting. The way Mila Gray described Bainbridge and the surrounding islands was beautiful. I felt like I was right there with the characters. I’ve been to Vashon, but never Bainbridge. This book made me curious to explore it since it’s not too far from backyard.

Overall, I really enjoyed this romance. It was full of deep emotions and strong bond between the characters, but also had a light summer feel to it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving. Here we go!


1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I absolutely loved this book, but I have to admit it took me a bit to get into. One sister’s story was more interesting than the other’s at first. It also took time for the story to really go anywhere because of the perspectives switching back and forth. It was totally worth the wait, though!

2. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Another WWII historical fiction book that took me a bit to get into. For this one, it was the multiple story lines that slowed down the read. It took a long time for the story to unfold because of all of them, and there wasn’t an immediate connection between all of the characters. Very good when it all came together.

3.Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The entire first half of this book was torture for me. I hated Nick and it moved slow slowly. Thank goodness for amazing plot twists!

4. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I loved the very beginning of this book, but then it slows down a lot. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m not a sci-fi fan? I did love how everything ended, though.

5. Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio

Bone Dust White is one of those dark, sleepy thrillers that moves so slowly it takes a while to really be sucked into it. Despite that, it’s a great read.

6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson

I hate to say it, but the first ¾ of this book is so boring. Seriously boring. It’s all set up. It ends in a spectacular fashion and sets up the next book. Those two things made it worth the read.

7. The Ghosts of Heaven by Markus Sedgwick

Four stories combined to make one amazing book. None of them are particularly interesting until you combine them all at the end.

8. Dragonfly Wishes by Penny Harmon

Tales of grief are hard for me to read because they’re so depressing. Luckily, there’s a lot of growth in Dragonfly Wishes that made this book get better and better as it went along.

9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

At first, I hated Evelyn. She made me not want to continue reading. I’m happy I stuck it out because her life became fascinating.

10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This is another one of those multiple narrator / takes a while for the story to build things. Big Little Lies totally lives up to the hype.

Review: Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

Fraternize
Series: Player’s Game, #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Skyscape
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Note: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.


I am normally a big fan of Rachel Van Dyken’s new adult novels. I love the heart she brings to them. However, I was not a big fan of Fraternize. It was well written and entertaining, but I had a lot of little problems with it. (Caution – SPOILERS AHEAD).

First, I am a native Washingtonian. I grew up and live about 40 minutes from downtown Seattle and Bellevue. I had a hard time buying into a Bellevue Bucks  AND a Seattle Seahawks NFL franchise. Seattle and Bellevue are a measly ten miles apart. There is no way the area could support another NFL team. Traffic is bad enough as it is. I did appreciate all the Russel Wilson love, though. And I loved how parts of the game of football and grueling practices were included in the book.

Second, I didn’t love the love triangle between Miller, Emerson, and Sanchez. It made me very uncomfortable. Everyone was too close for comfort. Miller and Sanchez were teammates, neighbors and friends. Emerson had a past with Miller that she wasn’t over. Sanchez was overly aggressive in his attempts to woo Emerson, even though he knew Miller had a past with Emerson. Miller and Emerson had been best friends and then more. The had a very intimate emotional connection. I could feel their bond, and I wanted them to be together. That’s not what happened. Emerson ended up with Sanchez.

Third, my biggest problem was I didn’t care for Sanchez. Like I said, he was overly aggressive when it came to Emerson. He had a filthy mouth when it came to his attempts to get her to go out with him, and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. It was disrespectful and made me uncomfortable. I get that underneath it all, he was a nice guy. I just didn’t get that from him until the end.

There were some things I did like about Fraternize. I liked how Emerson wasn’t the standard NFL cheerleader. I loved that she was fit even though she wasn’t a size 0,2, 4, 6, 8…I also loved that she loved food. Emerson’s confidence was cool. Another thing I loved was the ending. The one about Miller. It leads into the next book, and I’m actually really excited to read it. I loved Miller, and I am hopeful Rachel Van Dyken will give him his happy ending.

Honestly, Fraternize was a good book that just wasn’t for me. I’m sure there are going to be lots of people who fall in love with Emerson and Sanchez.

Review & Excerpt: Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely

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In MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, the NFL starting quarterback Cooper Armstrong needs his best friend’s sister to pretend to be his girlfriend. Violet is willing, but neither one expects their boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage to turn into a full-contact sport so quickly. Find out if their fake play will become the real deal or if they can turn back the clock to when they were just friends in this sexy new standalone sports romance!

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Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.

Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner’s recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who’s dead set on winning more than a date with me.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we have to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract.
Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!

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My Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

Lauren Blakely is a master at writing romantic comedies. Each book she writes is filled with witty, sexy dialog. They’re so much fun to read. I was very excited to get my hands on an ARC of her upcoming release, Most Valuable Playboy.

Most Valuable Playboy was a cute combination of a few different relationship tropes I love. Cooper, our hero, is the new quarterback for the San Francisco Renegades. When a team auction takes a possible turn for the worse, his best friend Violet makes a bid that turns her into his fake girlfriend. The lie wouldn’t be such a big deal if Violet’s older brother wasn’t Cooper’s best friend or if Cooper didn’t actually feel something toward Violet. Soon their fake relationship is feeling rather real for both of them.

Cooper was the narrator of this story, and I enjoyed reading about his relationship with Violet through his eyes. He was confident in all things except her. I loved how he valued her friendship most of all. I also loved the close and supportive relationship he had with his mother. It was nice to see that Cooper wasn’t just another charismatic sports star.

Violet may not have gotten her own point of view, but she didn’t need it to shine. Her character was perfect. I loved how witty and down to Earth she was. Violet had some pretty fun text messages included that brought out even more of her personality.

There were other great relationships in Most Valuable Player besides Cooper and Violet’s. I already mentioned Cooper’s relationship with his mother. That was fantastic. There were also some football players who Cooper was close with, his agent, and coach that were special. I liked how the actual sport of football even got some attention.

The only thing I could have asked for more of was more story in the middle. Most Valuable Playboy felt like it flew by so quickly. There were so many great moments where Violet and Cooper were connecting intimately and finding themselves falling in love. I loved those moments, but I wanted more moments of them with friends or out and about with media scrutiny. I guess what I am saying is that I wanted more scenes with them being a regular couple.

Overall, Most Valuable Playboy was a light, fun sports romance. I adored the characters, their relationship and watching them fall in love. I have high hopes the next book in the series will be even more exciting to read.


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Excerpt:

The business suit woman raises a hand, offering forty-one hundred.

Maxine’s eyes laser in on me, and she slashes an arm through the air. “Five thousand dollars,” she says, jacking the price up by nine hundred and staking her claim. I shudder inside.

The guy’s eyes widen, and he holds up his hands. “I’m out.”

My stomach plummets when the business woman shakes her head.

“Going once?” Sierra asks, scanning the tables, looking for perhaps one last big spender. My eyes scan the crowd, too. Hell, maybe I’ll find an escape hatch. A trapdoor to drop into and disappear like in a magic act. Maybe Trent will learn to read my mind. Trent, I’ll cover you for anything you bid. Just raise that hand, name a price, and save me.

My best friend’s expression is merely curious now as he watches Maxine and Sierra, waiting for the verdict. My opportunity to play yard boy slips through my fingers.

The look in Maxine’s eyes is pure satisfaction as she waits for the final word. She winks at me, as if we have a secret. Holy shit. She thinks I want this. She thinks I want her to win me.

A flash of chestnut brown hair in the back catches my attention. A flurry of silver. It’s Violet, hands in the air, wildly flapping over her head in the middle of the ballroom. She brings her finger to her nose. And she’s tapping it, like fucking Santa Claus coming down the chimney, and Harlan tapping his nose to signal his agent, and all the greatest solutions in the universe at once.

My heart goes crazy.

It hammers in my chest. This is like finding an open receiver a second before you’re sacked.

“Going twice,” Sierra says, trailing off as she waits.

I raise my arm and tap my nose, too. Violet is the only one who knows I need to get out of this jam. She’s the only one I mentioned it to. And she’s the only one now who can save me.

“Ten thousand dollars.”

Holy shit. Violet does not mess around with my money. Her eyes widen, as if she’s surprised she bid that high.

My gaze finds Trent. He’s staring at his sister, slack-jawed.

Sierra’s smile is bright and wide. “Ten thousand dollars. Do we have ten thousand, one hundred?”

The room is hushed. Maxine’s expression is blank. She must be shocked. She probably didn’t expect anyone to vie with her to this extent.

I tap my foot, willing Sierra to close this quickly. Just slam the door shut, please, fucking please.

“Going one. Going twice.”

I say a silent prayer. I cross my fingers. I hope.

Maxine blinks, opens her mouth, and I steel myself for a disgustingly high counter bid.

But there’s only silence. No words come. Violet has shocked her speechless. This type of bid wasn’t in Maxine’s playbook.

Sierra raises her arm. “And a night with the quarterback is sold for ten thousand dollars.”

Talk about a Hail Mary.

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In September she’ll release MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, a standalone sports romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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