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New Release & Review!!! ~ the Mistletoe Trap by Cindi Madsen

BOOK: The Mistletoe Trap
AUTHOR: Cindi Madsen
RELEASE DATE: 16-Nov-2020

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From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.

Each book in the Heart in the Game series is STANDALONE:
* The Wedding Deal
* The Mistletoe Trap

Let me just start by saying that I am a pretty big Cindi Madsen fan. Throw in a holiday romance with a friends to lovers trope and I’m pretty much all in.

Julie and Gavin were good best friends in that they didn’t shy away from talking about their love lives and they were pretty much all up in each other’s business which really sold the narrative that they were lifelong besties. Maybe a little too much like besties?

I could see they were attracted to one another, that was pretty clear early on in the story but it was hard for me to see/believe them as anything more. The anticipation of the story certainly was there what with the fling and all the other people involved, but it took so long for the friends to make that transition that it started to feel…childish.

I loved them both and I thought The Mistletoe Trap was a fun story with some super cute elements, but I felt Gavin and Julie were very immature for their ages and careers. That part did make it easier to believe that it took them so long to get together, but it kind of annoyed me. I was very satisfied with the ending of this story, as always.

This is the kind of romance you want to read because you laugh, you cry a little and you get annoyed at the characters when they don’t behave the way you want them to!

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kCCE0P
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NEW RELEASE!!! ~ Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden Mills

Title: Boyfriend Bargain
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: Hockey Romance
Release Date: May 5, 2019
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you take a chance on love. 
 
Wanted: one hot guy with rock-hard abs and a big stick
 
Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad boy athletes . . . until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all.
 
If only he knew she was alive. 
 
Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible.
 
Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom—but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love.
 
But after one smoking-hot hook-up, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts. 
 
Will this hockey star score his forever girl or will their Boyfriend Bargain end in heartbreak?

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NEW RELEASE!!! ~ Jasper by Cory Cyr

Title: Jasper
Series: War & Piece Chronicles Book 2
Author: Cory Cyr
Genre: Romance/Mystery/Comedy (stand alone)
Release Date: May 3, 2019 
Jasper Kendrick… British, brooding, and dark, he hid his past when he came to work for Virgin Islands Personal Fitness. As the face of VIP, he keeps his bad-boy image buried beneath expensive designer suits and with copious amounts of sex. But even his wealth and good looks can’t drive out the demons that haunt him.

 

He couldn’t save them, but he can save her. Even so, it just maybe her that saves him.

 

Daisy Jones… Despite being born in Sweet Birch Hollow, the backwoods of Tennessee, she is a gifted country girl with formal degrees in all aspects of accounting. After becoming an FBI informant, she has to hide from her criminal husband, who wants her dead. On the run, she takes the position as a financial executive at VIP.

 

Her first meeting with Jasper is anything but cordial. But when the cold, mysterious man offers his protection, she can’t refuse, and when he all but moves her into his home—

 

It seems there may be more than a war brewing on the horizon.

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NEW RELEASE + EXCERPT!!! ~ Beautiful Rush by Emery Rose

Title: Beautiful Rush
Series: The Beautiful Series
Author: Emery Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2019
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
 
After a lifetime of being tailed by her father’s bodyguards, Keira Shaughnessy just wants her freedom and independence, and to bond with her long-lost brothers.
 
On a quest to outrun her past, she turns to illegal street racing. She loves the rush, the hint of danger, and living just on the edge of losing control. The last thing she needs is a detective tailing her, no matter how hot he is or how much she’s tempted to kiss him. Again.
 
When Deacon Ramsey runs into Keira at a street race, he knows he should stay away. She’s reckless. Dangerous. A perfect storm. He can’t afford to blow his cover. And he’s not convinced that the daughter of a ruthless criminal can be trusted. But when Keira’s past catches up to her, Deacon just might be the only one who can save her.

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NEW RELEASE TOUR!!! ~ Rise Up by Alison Mello

Title: Rise Up
Series: A Coach’s Love
Author: Alison Mello
Genre: Sports Romance/Second Chance Romance (Standalone)
Release Date: April 15, 2019
When my ex-wife told me she was leaving West Virginia, I was angry. Our marriage was over, it had been for a long time, but now she’s abandoning our son, and neither of us are happy about it.
My assistant, Amber, and I have been flirting for months. There’s a strong connection between us, and we both know it. Tapping into our mutual love for basketball, I bring Amber on to help coach my son’s team.
 
Now my ex is back and making demands. I know I should always trust my gut. When I don’t, things go wrong, and it leaves us with a lesson…
 
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish … rise up!

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BOOK TOUR!!! ~ Defying Gravity by Isabella Cassazza

Title: Defying Gravity
Series: An Ice Tigers Hockey Novel
Author: Isabella Cassazza
Genre: Sports Romance/Love Triangle
Release Date: February 25, 2019
Cover Design: Marianne Nowicki

Two men, a woman—an unexpected love story.

Tyler Wolfe has it all, or does he? He’s living his dream, playing pro hockey for the Boston Ice Tigers, and at thirty he’s become one of the NHL’s top scorers. Everything would be perfect if he didn’t have to hide the most important thing in his life.
 
Danny Fisher has had enough. Almost two years of hiding his relationship with Tyler have taken a toll on him, and when his very own hockey hottie is supposed to take part in his team’s social media dating show romancing women, Danny considers leaving Tyler.
 
Lily Parker is struggling with her career. Training young horses isn’t an easy job—one where she has recently been lying in the dirt more than being on the horse. An evening meant to leave her problems behind her leads to a chance encounter with Danny and Tyler, complicating her life even more.
 
Can Lily help Danny and Tyler overcome their problems, or will her presence cause even more trouble in their relationship?

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NEW RELEASE!!! ~ Jocking Jameson by Jillian Quinn

Title: Jocking Jameson
Series: Face-Off Legacy #4 (standalone)
Author: Jillian Quinn
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2019

 

Gamer. Lover of comic books. Nerd-jock who will do anything to score. That about sums up Jameson O’Connor.
He’s also my friend. One of the few people on campus who knows my secret. I don’t know what I was thinking when I kissed him. I must have lost my mind when I asked him on a date… or agreed to cook for his teammates.
I never expected to fall for him. But Jamie knew every button to press. Every level to hit. And he scored every time… until a threat from his past changed everything.

 

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NEW RELEASE!!! ~ The Pickup by Nikki Ash

Title: The Pickup
Series: Imperfect Love Book 1
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Sports Romance Standalone
Release Date: February 7, 2019

 

Somebody once said we don’t decide who we love. The world decides for us. But I disagree.
 
I believe love is a decision.
Who we love, how we love.
It’s in our control–in our hands.
I grew up having no clue about the true meaning of love. Money. Cars. Houses. Status. Fame. That’s what love means to the people around me.
It wasn’t until the woman I picked up in a bar came back into my life and showed me love can be so much more.
So, what’s the problem?
The woman I’m falling in love with believes in fairytales. She compares everything to a storybook and wants the happily-ever-after.
So while she’s stuck on recreating stories that have already been told, page by page, I’m showing her it’s time we write our own book.
Nobody ever said the journey of falling in love would be easy, just that it would be worth it.

Continue reading NEW RELEASE!!! ~ The Pickup by Nikki Ash

COVER REVEAL!!! ~ Chaos and Love by Kat Kenyon

Title: Chaos and Love 
Series: Blood and Iron Warriors Book 1
Author: Kat Kenyon
Genre: College New Adult Sports Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2019
Publisher: Blood and Iron Entertainment, LLC
Cover Design & Formatting: Shannoff Designs
Photography by: Shelly Duncan Photography
Model credit: Chase Mattson and Hannah Reed, with Brand Model and Talent
Editing by: Taryn Lawson
Proofing by: Marla Selkow Esposito
Welcome to California University! Home of the Blood & Iron Warriors.

 

 
Dreams are made and broken in the highly competitive world of college sports and it’s no different here. So, what do you do when you fall in love in the spotlight?
 
Rayne: I’ve got a dance scholarship and a new life. I get to start over, be new, and leave behind the ugly of my life. I’m not letting anything or anyone stop me. I earned this.
 
Tyler: I’m a walk on, but the Blood and Iron wanted me, and they’re my shot at a future in football. I won’t let the pressure or my parents stop me. I can do this.
 
They’re both working under the bright lights of national sports and everyone wants a piece of them. It’s a harsh and demanding road to their future, and they’re becoming adults in the public eye. 
 
They’re determined. Focused. 
 
But, the brightest futures cast the darkest shadows, and they’ll need to work hard to hold on to their goals and their new love.

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COVER REVEAL!!! ~ The Pickup by Nikki Ash

Title: The Pickup
Series: Imperfect Love Book 1
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Sports Romance Standalone
Release Date: February 7, 2019
Cover Image: Sara Eirew Photography
Cover Designer: Jersey Girl Designs
Somebody once said we don’t decide who we love. The world decides for us. But I disagree.
 
I believe love is a decision.
Who we love, how we love.
It’s in our control–in our hands.
I grew up having no clue about the true meaning of love. Money. Cars. Houses. Status. Fame. That’s what love means to the people around me.
It wasn’t until the woman I picked up in a bar came back into my life and showed me love can be so much more.
So, what’s the problem?
The woman I’m falling in love with believes in fairytales. She compares everything to a storybook and wants the happily-ever-after.
So while she’s stuck on recreating stories that have already been told, page by page, I’m showing her it’s time we write our own book.
Nobody ever said the journey of falling in love would be easy, just that it would be worth it.

Continue reading COVER REVEAL!!! ~ The Pickup by Nikki Ash