Cover Re-Reveal: Moonlighter (Sarina Bowen)

Today, I have a brand new cover for SARINA BOWEN to share for you. She has changed the cover for her upcoming release MOONLIGHTER. Check out her message and new cover below!

Dear friends and reviewers,
I love cover reveals so much that I decided to have two for the very same book!
Okay, that’s not really what happened. I realized at this late hour that I’d misbranded my new book. And the wonderful Hang Le and Wander Aguiar helped me fix that in a hurry. Thanks so much for taking the time to share the new cover. I’m really grateful!
There are a few assets attached, and some on this page as well. Thank you!
Sincerely,
Sarina

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Review: Win Big (Kelly Jamieson)

Win Big
Series: Wynn Hockey, #3
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When your name is Wynn, victory’s the only option…

Everly Wynn: As the only daughter in the Wynn family of hockey heroes, I never shared the ice with my brothers—or the approval they got from my father.
And that was before the scandal that ruined my life at sixteen.
Now that I’ve put all that behind me and built a successful career, the last thing I need is another hockey player in my life.
Especially one like Wyatt Bell.
He’s an arrogant, fast-living party boy. I hate how he gets by on his good looks and charm.
So why can’t I get him out of my mind?

Wyatt Bell: Life is short, and you’ve got to live it to the fullest. I learned that the hard way.
So on the ice, I always play to win, and on the town, fun and flirting are my game.
Because it’s better to laugh your way through the pain than to let them see you’re hurting—but I’ll never stop wishing I could find someone to share the real me with.
Something about Everly Wynn makes me think she could be the one.
But all she sees is a hockey jock hooked on good times.
If she didn’t take herself so seriously, maybe she would take a chance on being happy.


Kelly Jamieson is back with a third book in the Wynn Hockey series, Win Big. Here are things I liked and disliked about it.

What I liked:

  • How Everly and Wyatt’s relationship started off. It had this enemies to lovers vibe.
  • The fake relationship aspect.
  • Everly and Wyatt as a couple.
  • Who Wyatt was on the inside compared to who portrayed himself to be at times.
  • The friendships between the gals.
  • Everly’s backstory.

What I disliked:

  • Everly felt like she had two distinct parts of her personality that didn’t always mesh well.
  • The lawsuit story. It took away from the love story.
  • I wanted it to be a little longer with more time with Everly and Watt as a couple.

Overall, it was a quick and fun to read sports romance.

Review: Blitzed (Alexa Martin)

Blitzed
Series: Playbook, #3
Author: Alexa Martin
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Maxwell has finally met an opponent that he can’t best in this new football romance from the author of Fumbled.

According to Brynn Larson, Maxwell Lewis is more trouble than he’s worth. She doesn’t care if he’s a football god with a rock-hard body that brings most women to their knees. After an encounter that ends poorly, she’s not interested in giving him a second chance. The last thing Brynn expects is for him to turn up at her bar months later, hat in hand. It doesn’t matter if he brings more customers to her business–she’s still not going on a date with him.

Maxwell knows he made a mistake. He’d been waiting to make his move on Brynn since the day he laid eyes on her and he was finally ready to go for it until he screwed up. He wishes he could tell her the truth about what happened that night, but he just can’t. He can’t tell anyone, so he’ll make amends and hope she’ll forgive him.

Brynn’s not like other women, though. Playing for the Mustangs doesn’t impress her and gifts make her scoff. Max will have to bring his A game if he hopes to win her over.


I liked Blitzed, but I didn’t love it. I just didn’t connect to the characters as much as I wanted to. I had some preconceived notions about Brynn from the previous two books and they didn’t quite stack up.

Brynn was fierce, but not as fierce as I expected. When it came to Maxwell, she crumbled. The reasons why didn’t stand out enough to me until close to the end. It could totally be me and I missed the cues.

Maxwell seemed like a big sweetheart. I loved how he treated Brynn and how he didn’t let her attitude push him away. I didn’t feel like I got to know him quite as well as I wanted to, though. The lack of his perspective brought some great mystery to the plot, but it hampered my getting to know Maxwell and his motivations.

As for that mysterious plot…I didn’t love it. It created a rift between Brynn and Maxell for the sake of the having a problem to solve between them, but it just kind of felt thrown in here and there. Maybe there were just too many things going on that overshadowed it. I don’t know.

What I really loved about Blitzed was the Lady Mustangs and their friendships. Those friendships made the book. Well, that and Alexa Martin’s writing style. Even if I didn’t love everything that was going on, I still enjoyed reading it. I’m hoping if there’s a next book in this series that there’s a little less going on and more focus on the relationships.

Review: A Lie for a Lie (Helena Hunting)

A Lie for a Lie
Series: All In, #1
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies.

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.


A new hockey romance from Helena Hunting? Yes, please! I didn’t even need to read the blurb to know I wanted to give it a read.

I loved how A Lie for a Lie started out in the present day. It brought me right back into the hockey world that Pucked started off. (Yes, you read that right. All In is a spin-off of the Pucked series.) There were cameos and a bunch of fun stuff.

With the next chapter, I was taken back in time to the start of Lainey and RJ’s romance. This was actually my favorite part of the whole book. It was set in Alaska and had some really great funny stuff. I loved all of Lainey and RJ’s interactions. Lainey was so awkward and RJ’s steadiness balanced that out. It was just so cute and fun.

That fun had to end and the characters had to return to their day-to-day realities. Things switch back to the present and this is where things got interesting for me. I could see where the story was headed and I couldn’t decide whether I liked that or not. There were some great things about it. RJ showed what he was made of and I ended up liking his character even more than I did before — which I loved him so that says a lot. Lainey, though… I’m not sure I liked the slight change in her character. What was once almost humorous about her awkwardness almost became just plain weird. I felt like she lost some of her cuteness.

That being said, I still loved the dynamics between Lainey and RJ. I liked how their relationship evolved. There were some great surprises and laughs in store. I also loved her parents. They couldn’t have been better written. Same with RJ’s sister. Plus, all the regulars from the Pucked series had some fun cameos.

A Lie for a Lie was a cute read and a fun way to start this new hockey series. I’m really interested in finding out what’s next in the series. I think it’s going to be a crazy ride like the Pucked series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Extraordinary Book Titles

Here are some book titles that I love. It’s either based on the actual title or what it means to the book.

1. This Adventure Ends

I just think this is a clever book with a clever title.

2. Nine Minutes

Nine Minutes meas something.

3. The Hard Count

I never knew what a hard count was until this book. Such a smart title!

4. The Other Side

I can’t say why this title is perfect, but it so is.

5. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Tarryn Fisher comes up with the best titles.

6. Text Me Baby One More Time

As a Britney Spears fan, I have to admit this is my favorite title in a series with cool text titles.

7. Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

This title is cute and funny.

8. God-Shaped Hole

I just like this title. I also like her title for How to Kill a Rock Star.

9. Truth or Beard

This whole series has fun beard titles.

10. The Law of Moses

This seems to be easy to understand, but you have to read the book to really get the title.

Review: The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Karen White)

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street
Series: Tradd Street, #6
Author: Karen White
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Holiday, Mystery, Paranormal, Fiction, Contemporary
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

The Christmas spirit is overtaking Tradd Street with a vengeance in this festive new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Karen White.

Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy–after all, it’s only the second Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer….

And these relics aren’t the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced that there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property that Melanie inherited–untold riches rumored to be brought over from France by the Marquis de Lafayette himself and intended to help the Colonial war effort. It’s a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed–and died–for it. And now someone will stop at nothing to possess it–even if it means destroying everything Melanie and Jack hold dear.


I’m always excited when I hear Karen White is releasing a new book. It’s even more exciting when that book is part of a series I have loved and has a holiday theme.

If you’re not familiar with Karen White or the Tradd Street series, it revolves around Melanie Trenholm and her ability to communicate with ghosts. Melanie lives in Charleston, South Carolina where the rich history of the area makes for some interesting paranormal interactions. There’s also some romance (Melanie & Jack), family relationships, and mystery to add to the fun. I will warn you that you can’t just see the words “Christmas Spirits” in the title and jump right into reading this book because you want holiday themes. While the mystery is new, the characters and their relationships are not. You would be completely lost. I have good news for you, though — the Tradd Street series is a fun read and you won’t be mad if you go back and read it from the start.

So, what did I think of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street? I had some mixed feelings. I’m going to lay them out for you in a way that makes sense to me.

The writing: Karen White’s writing never fails to pull me in. It did have moments where things felt slow to me, but I think that’s because of some of the feelings I had for one of the characters. Otherwise, Karen White left me on the edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to turn out.

The characters: Melanie is same old Melanie. She’s quirky. In all of the other books that worked for me. In this one, it did and it didn’t. I just feel like her character needed to mature a bit. Melanie’s stayed stagnant throughout the entire series. Now, she’s married with children and her family and friends are still having to manipulate her to act like an adult at times. I did love how all of her relationships and the relationships around her have grown. It was fun to see how the gang reacted to her.

The mystery: This was my favorite part of the book. As always, I was enthralled with the mystery and how the ghosts related to it. It’s what kept me reading when Melanie was driving me nuts. I refuse to say more because I’m not giving anything away.

The end: I loved how the mystery wrapped up. It was perfection. All of the pieces of the puzzle revealed themselves in a great way and fit perfectly. What I didn’t love was how everything else ended. There was a cliffhanger that irritated me. I got it, but it wasn’t a fun way to end the book. Now I have to wait for the next book and I’m hoping it’s not going to be a long wait.

As you can see, there were some great things and some that drove me nuts. If you’re a fan of this series, you are going to want to read it no matter what.

Review: Beard with Me (Penny Reid)

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Beard with Me
Series: Winston Brothers, #5.5
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: September 16, 2019
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story.

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching.

Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.

No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying.

Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.


If I was an emoji right now I would be the emoji with tears streaking down my face. I feel so heartbroken and devastated after finishing Beard with Me. It made me so sad, and yet I’m so happy I read it. Billy and Scarlet’s origin story was a brutal rehashing of their (and the rest of the Winston brothers’ family) past. I knew about some of the stuff in this book from the rest of the series, but I didn’t know it. I finally feel like I have a different grasp on how horrible Darrell, Razor, and the rest of the Wraiths really were. My heart still hurts for Billy and Scarlett. I’m even more excited to finally get to read their upcoming romance, Beard Necessities. I need it like yesterday. November can’t come soon enough.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Character Traits I Love

1. Honest

2. Loyal

3. Kind

4. Cheerful

5. Confident

6. Forgiving

7. Open

8. Reliable

9. Sweet

10. Understanding

Review: The Play (Elle Kennedy)

The Play
Series: Briar U, #3
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: October 7, 2019
Publisher: Elle Kennedy, Inc.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A brand-new standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling Briar U series!

What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate…no matter how hard that makes things.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And I won’t lie—my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her.

Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound.

And she’s making a play for me.

Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts.

Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body—and my heart.


I am happy to report to you that The Play, my most highly anticipated release for the fall of 2019, was as fantastic as I had hoped. It was everything I have come to expect from Elle Kennedy and the Briar U series. Hunter’s book was actually even better than I was expecting!

Hunter, Hunter, Hunter…The poor guy had some not so great moments in this series up until this book. Things didn’t go his way, and in order to turn things around he took a vow of self-imposed celibacy. Despite some of his past actions, he was a good guy. Hunter did his best to be a good leader and teammate. His friendship game was on point. I already loved his character, but I respected him more after reading this book. He grew so much.

Demi (like semi) was a great surprise. I immediately loved her character and all her spunk. She was a hot Latina who had everything going for her. Demi was smart, nice, and sassy. I loved her values and attitude. She wasn’t a tomboy, but she had a fun camaraderie with the guys. Plus, she had great taste in TV shows. Demi was the total package, really.

Based on the blurb, you can probably tell this isn’t exactly your typical love story. Demi has that boyfriend, Nico, when the book starts. She and Hunter aren’t immediately falling in love. You might be wondering if this was weird or uncomfortable considering we should want Demi and Hunter together, right? It wasn’t. Elle Kennedy did an amazing job writing this story in a way that doesn’t make you cringe because there is another man in Demi’s life to start with.

As for Demi and Hunter’s relationship, things unfolded as they might in real life. They started out as class partners and developed a cool platonic friendship. The banter between them was FABULOUS. Everything that happened in this story and between them built in a way that made Demi and Hunter’s eventual romantic relationship all the more special. I just really loved them together whether it was as friends or lovers.

I can’t leave the hockey team out of this review. If you’re a fan of this series or Off-Campus, you’re going to love seeing some of your favorite players. You’re also going to love some of the newer Briar hockey teammates. The dynamics between all the teammates were on point and hilarious. I now have a special place in my heart for Pablo.

You know how sometimes you want to start re-reading a book the second you finish it? Well, that’s how I felt about The Play. There’s just something about Elle Kennedy’s writing and this series that makes me not want to let go of it. It happened with the Off-Campus series and now it’s happened with its spin-off series Briar U. I cannot get enough of the Briar setting, the hockey players, the amazing women they fall for, and all of their stories. I know this is the end of Briar U for now, but I hope Elle Kennedy will continue the series or write another spin-off. I think Connor and Matt need stories. I’m also still wishing for a Hollis and Rupi book, too. I would even take a novella about them.

Series Review: Marked Men series (Jay Crownover)

A couple of years ago, I went to a book signing in Seattle. Jay Crownover was one of the authors who I knew would be there, so I picked up her book Leveled an read it. It took me a couple of years to return to her books. I don’t know why. I started with the rest of the Saints of Denver series and loved it so much I knew I had to go back to read the Marked Men series. I finally did and here are my mini reviews for each book.

Marked Men by Jay Crownover
Publisher: Harper Collins

Rule, Book 1 – ★ ★ ★ ★

Why did I wait so long to read this series? If all of the books are this good, I’m going to be so mad at myself! I loved Rule and Shaw. Their chemistry was electric whether they were enemies or lovers. I loved Shaw’s strong, steady support of Rule when it came to his family. I loved what Rule learned about Shaw throughout the book. What I didn’t love was all the examples of Rule’s previous womanizing ways. It wasn’t that bad, but I could have done without the initial introduction to it. I guess it made sense for the story, though. Overall, a great start to the series.

Jet, Book 2 – ★ ★ ★ ★

Jet was your typical rocker on the outside. He was tattooed, pierced, and had women hanging all over him. Jet was anything but the typical rocker on the outside. The dude shied away from the spotlight and was really a one woman guy. That woman just happened to be college student Ayden. Ayden is not looking for a bad boy rocker. She’s trying to keep her life on the straight and narrow. Jet doesn’t fit that picture, but their chemistry says differently. I liked Jet and Ayden. The outside of their relationship was hard and gritty. The inside was sweet. This was another strong romance by Crownover.

Rome, Book 3 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

After reading Rule and Jet, I was dying to read Rome and Cora’s story. Their story was my favorite so far in this series. I loved how tiny punk rock Cora brought big ex-soldier Rome to his knees. It was such a sweet story of healing. Things moved pretty quickly between them, but it didn’t feel like insta-love. It felt natural. My only complaint as that it didn’t really feel like Cora and Rome got an ending. The end of this book mostly set up for Nash.

Nash, Book 4 – ★ ★ ★

Nash is my least favorite book in this series. I loved Nash and his story, but Saint annoyed the crap out of me. I get what Jay Crownover was doing with her character, but it got really hard to read at times. Nash was the only reason I liked this book at all.

Rowdy, Book 5 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Rowdy and Salem are tied with Cora and Rome for my favorite Marked Men couple. I was super excited to read their book because I did things backward and read the Saints of Denver series first. The fourth book in that series has ties to this one, and I loved getting parts of the story I didn’t know. Plus, Rowdy and Salem are just too perfect together.

Asa, Book 6 – ★ ★ ★ ★

Rowdy was a really hard book to follow up. Asa wasn’t exactly my favorite character, but he had grown on my over the series. I liked his reformed bad guy to Royal’s cop. Royal was also not necessarily my favorite character, but as I got to understand her thoughts I liked her more. Overall, this was a good addition to the series and it would have gotten me excited to continue onto the next series if I hadn’t already read it.