Thursday, 14 February 2019

RELEASE BLAST - REVIEW: SCORING THE KEEPER'S SISTER by DELANCEY STEWART



Scoring the Keeper's Sister
Mr. Match #1
By Delancey Stewart
Sexy Sport Romantic Comedy
Releasing February 14, 2019
Self-Published





Blurb

ERICA:  

Signing up for a matchmaking service was not my idea. But when Andrew the hand model dumped me, my brother suggested I try Mr. Match. And I figured it couldn’t hurt–as it was, I’d never get away from meathead moron soccer players (since my brother plays keeper for the South Bay Sharks and I manage PR for the team.) 

But Mr. Match is a moron too because he matched me with a guy I see at work every day. A guy who has a different girl on his arm at every turn. And a soccer player. Fernando Fuerte, the “Fuerte Fire,” is one guy I can assure you is NOT my match. 

FERNANDO:

Getting girls is not a problem. Getting girls who care about something besides my status as the South Bay Sharks star striker, my salary, and my social status? Yeah. That’s the problem. So when my buddy Max tells me he’s actually Mr. Match–the secret proprietor of San Diego’s hottest matchmaking app, I let him convince me to try it. 

And Erica Johnson is not actually a bad match–only she doesn’t seem to agree. And then there’s the small matter of her being in the middle of trying to save the team (and me) when the owner’s ex brings to light some, ahem, unsavory accusations about me… and then there’s her enormous and disapproving twin brother…and there’s something about cheese, too. 

But if I have my way? Erica will definitely be my match. 



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In Scoring the Keeper's Sister (Mr. Match #1) by Delancey Stewart, the dating app Mr. Match has been matching couples with a good success rate. So, when his teammate decides to sign him up, Fernando Fuerte never imagined his perfect match would be the one woman that hated him. However, the more time he and Erica spend together, the more they find things aren't always what they seem. Will Fernando be able to convince Erica to give him a chance or will Fernando's past transgressions cause Erica to walk away?

What a fun and very entertaining read Ms. Stewart has delivered in this first book of her Mr. Match series where the dialogue was compelling from start to finish due to the main characters back stories and their banter, which was a mixture of intense and playful moments; and the main characters were fascinating and had me loving their back stories and their journey to happy ever after, as it felt like these two would never get things right. Is it really hard for the pair to trust the one they're with?

The way this story started had me wanting to know more about Mr. Match and how it's so successful in matching couples. What is the secret to the site's success? Are Erica and Fernando truly meant for each other, considering how much Erica dislikes Fernando since he's a total player? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where this story really gets interesting, as Fernando isn't the smoothest guy when Erica is around. Something his friends aren't afraid to point out the moment the heroine enters the story, which had me amused. 

With the main characters, I absolutely loved this pair together, as they start off as enemies, but Erica soon finds her opinion of Fernando changing, as she helps him deal with things that are going on in his life with his mother and with someone trying to cause problems for him. Will Erica be able to help Fernando? I also liked the close friendship the heroine has with her best friend and her brother. Since she and her brother have only had each other while the heroine's best friend is always offering advice and helping her out. While the hero, he and his mom are extremely close and I couldn't help but sympathize with him because of the thought that he might lose her. I also liked how determined the hero was to win the heroine over, especially since they've both judged each other wrong. Yes, women throw themselves at him because he's a big name in soccer. Yet, Erica's different. She likes him for him and not the big name soccer player he is. 

Overall, Ms. Stewart has delivered a really good read in this book, which has me looking forward to more books of this series; and where the chemistry between Erica and Fernando was strong; the romance was full of heat and passion; and the ending had me loving how this couple are reunited after their relationship goes awry. Really, loving someone goes a long way to earning forgiveness, especially when one of them realizes they were in the wrong. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as the hero's mom is so demanding and funny. I would recommend Scoring the Keeper's Sister by Delancey Stewart, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the matchmaking trope or books by authors Cindi Madsen, Jen Doyle, Jamie Howard and Sarah Robinson. 












Author Bio


Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes romantic fiction with humor and heart.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She's been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wineseller.

A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.


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COVER REVEAL: THE WEDDING DEAL by CINDI MADSEN


The Wedding Deal
Heart in the Game #1
By Cindi Madsen
Releasing March 25th, 2019
Entangled Publishing




Former quarterback Lance Quaid just inherited the most losing team in the NFL. He’s got only a few weeks until draft day to turn things around, and after firing more than half his staff, he can’t do it alone. Thankfully, his HR manager is more than capable, if only she’d stop focusing on “due diligence” and stop looking so sexy while she’s yelling at him.

Charlotte James has made a life out of following the rules. But nothing could have prepared her for Lance Quaid––he’s a human resources nightmare. The man is brash, has no filter, and, as her new boss, is constantly relying on her to cover his ass. Which is admittedly quite nice.

When Lance begs her to join him on a trip down the coast for his brother’s wedding so they can finalize details––on a strictly business basis––she agrees...after they fill out the necessary forms, of course. Away from the office, though, sparks start flying as the team starts coming together. But both of them know anything more than the weekend would be a colossally bad idea––after all, the extra paperwork would be a nightmare.





Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. 


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REVIEW: PROMISE ME YOU by MARINA ADAIR


Promise Me You
Raising Kane #2
By Marina Adair
Releasing 23rd October, 2018
Montlake Romance







In Promise Me You (Raising Kane #1) by Marina Adair, Mackenzie Hart is in love with her best friend, Hunter Kane. Too bad he up and married someone else causing her to disappear from his life. Now three years later, they're reunited and Hunter is determined to convince Mackenzie to help him write songs for his upcoming album while making sure she doesn't disappear from his life again. Yet, the more time they spend together, the more Mackenzie finds herself falling for Hunter all over again when she knows she should keep her distance. Will Hunter be able to convince Mackenzie that she's the right woman for him or will their chance at happy ever after slip by again?

What an emotionally-charged, fast-paced, enchanting read Ms. Adair has delivered in this first book of her Raising Kane series where the main characters have quite the history and I could understand why the heroine is scared to face the hero after everything that's happened in her life and the secret she's kept from him for three years. How well will the hero deal once he learns the heroine's secret?

The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the heroine because there's nothing like feeling so scared about the future; a future where she feels no other option but to walk away from those that care about her in order to protect her heart and hide the truth about her future being so bleak. Will she be able to handle everything once Hunter comes back into her life? Moreover, both the characters are wonderful and I loved the hero's determination to win over the heroine because they've always been close -- until they weren't -- and he wants nothing more than to be with her. 

With the main characters, I absolutely loved this couple. They've both had tough pasts that have made the resilient characters they are; characters whose emotions I felt alongside them, as they're reunited and the hero fights hard to get their friendship back to how it was and then make it so much more if only he can convince the heroine that she's the one he wants forever with. Furthermore, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked that she let the hero in because life hasn't been easy without him, especially when he's always been there for her. Why didn't the heroine trust him enough to tell him the truth of what was happening in her life? While the hero, he's confident, driven to succeed when it comes to the new album and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over because he wants her back in his life, as his life hasn't been the same without her. I also liked the close relationship the hero has with many of the secondary characters and that they'd do anything to bring Mackenzie and Hunter together again. 

Overall, Ms. Adair has delivered a fantastic read in this book where emotions run high; the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance was nicely-detailed and had me loving this couple together; and the ending had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after because they're meant to be together. I would recommend Promise Me You by Marina Adair, if you enjoy second chance romances, the friends to lovers trope or books by authors Jill Sanders, Catherine Bybee, Jill Shalvis and Melissa Foster. 

  




A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love…
Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…
Recently divorced, musician Hunter Kane wants to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Admitting his biggest mistake comes first. What comes next is up to Mackenzie. He hopes she’ll give him a second chance. He may have been the one to break her heart, but he knows he can also be the one to mend it.
As a tenuous friendship turns into something more, Hunter’s life on the road beckons once again. Will love be enough to keep them together, or will their wildly different worlds be too much for them to overcome?
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

REVIEW: HEDGING HIS BETS by LAURA CARTER


Hedging his Bets
Brits in Manhattan #3
By Laura Carter
Releasing May 22nd, 2018
Lyrical Caress




A high-flying investor

New Yorker Jake Harrington loves a lot of things about living in London. His lucrative hedge fund job. The way British women melt at the sound of an American accent. His just-sex arrangement with his gorgeous roommate, Jess. And, oh yes, being thousands of miles away from the girl who betrayed him.
His sexy British flatmate

Jess’s deal with Jake suits her fine. No commitments, no risk of being hurt again, just friendship and mind-blowing pleasure. And friends do each other favors, like agreeing to go on a trip to New York where Jake will have to face his past.

And a vacation that will change everything…

What friends shouldn’t do? Suddenly find themselves feeling something much more complicated than simple lust. When “no strings” is no longer enough, will Jake be willing to take the ultimate gamble?


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In Hedging his Bets (Brits in Manhattan #3) by Laura Carter, Jake Harrington and his roommate Jess have the perfect arrangement. They're friends with benefits. No chance of commitment because it's not what either of them wants. However, when Jake asks Jess to accompany him to New York in order to help him face his past, she agrees. However, neither expected their vacation would have them questioning everything. Will they make their relationship permanent or will Jess walk away for good?

After reading the first two books of this series and really enjoying them, I was looking forward to reading more of Ms. Carter's Brits in Manhattan series. However, I was very disappointed with this book, which has taken me nearly nine months of on and off reading to finish because I'm not a reader to DNF a book. The way this story started had me disliking the main characters immediately, as their arrangement may be perfect to them, but to me it was absolutely ludicrous. They're both using each other because they've both been hurt in the past and don't want to be hurt like they were again by getting close to anyone. 

As for the dialogue, I found it slow. Then again, it didn't help that I couldn't get into this story like I did the first two books of the series. The main characters weren't relatable or likeable, even though there were moments where I thought maybe I'd warm to them, but it didn't end up happening. The hero is an absolute jerk. The heroine not much better with her opinion of love and commitment. Just because they've both been hurt in the past doesn't mean they have to be so cynical or acting like life is fine when it clearly wasn't all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Why did the hero need Jess so badly when their relationship was only friends with benefits? Was he really that scared to be in the presence of his ex who betrayed him that he needed a crutch? Indeed, I believed this story would have been better off as a second chance romance between the hero and his ex. There would have been a lot more interesting tension and a lot stronger chemistry.

Overall, I have to give this story two stars because I did finish it, but it certainly has left me wondering whether I'll give another book by Ms. Carter a try. I would recommend Hedging his Bets by Laura Carter, only if you enjoy friends with benefits stories. 






























































Tuesday, 12 February 2019

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - REVIEW: BACK TO YOU by KIMBERLY KINCAID



Back to You 
Remington Medical #1
By Kimberly Kincaid
Releasing February 12th, 2019
Self-Published





His second chance is his only chance

Parker Drake wants exactly one thing—to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. Between his reputation as a rule-breaker and the six years that have passed since his first internship ended in disaster, he knows he’s only getting one shot at a second chance. He’ll do anything to put the past behind him and reach his goal…including work with the gorgeous ex-wife he’s never gotten over losing.

All work and no play make surgeon Charleston Becker a very happy woman. But when she’s tasked with mentoring her ex-husband through his second chance as an intern, her signature calm is put to the test. She’s not interested in re-hashing the heartbreaking circumstances that ended their marriage, and the six years that have passed haven’t made Parker less reckless. The last thing she’s willing to do is trust him—even if she does find him sexier than ever.

But familiarity breeds forgiveness, which then becomes a passion that threatens the careers Parker and Charlie have worked for. Can they turn their second chance into a happy ending? Or is history bound to repeat itself


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In Back to You (Remington Medical #1) by Kimberly Kincaid, Charleston Becker is back in Remington and working at the hospital; a hospital where she'll be forced to work alongside her ex-husband now that he's finally pursuing his second chance at becoming a doctor and is an intern at said hospital. However, no matter how determined she is to leave the past in the past, it seems there's no way she can, especially when the feelings they once had for each other are still as strong as they ever were. Will Charleston and Parker get their second chance at forever or will they go their separate ways again?

What an utterly enchanting, fast-paced, marvellous read Ms Kincaid has delivered in this first book of her new Remington Medical series where the main characters kept me entertained from start to finish due to their intense back stories and the tough obstacles they face to be together such as if they can forgive each other for what happened in the past; and the dialogue was enthralling and had me loving the growing relationship between this couple and the medical emergencies they have to handle. 

The way this story started drew me in immediately and had me reading quickly determined to discover more about the hero and heroine, especially from the moment they come face-to-face for the first time in six years. How will Charleston react when she discovers she'll need to work alongside the hero? Will she be hostile towards Parker or is she finally ready to deal with what happened between them in the past so they can move on and be able to work together without any drama?

With the main characters, they're relatable, likeable and I loved how I could experience everything the hero and heroine are going through emotionally alongside the pair and could visualize this story due to the vivid descriptions of working emergency and their reactions to the situations they face, especially the moment that could land them both in trouble. Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked that she gave Parker a second chance because she needs him just as much as he needs her. I also liked her need for order and how she's a stickler for rules, but realized that there are things worth fighting for and that -- sometimes -- rules are made to be broken. While the hero, he's smart, driven to succeed in his second chance at becoming a doctor and I liked how determined he was to win over the heroine because she's still very important to him. 

Overall, Ms. Kincaid has delivered a fantastic and very engaging read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was tangible and convincing; the romance was full of exquisite heat and passion and does justice to their intense chemistry; and the ending had me loving this couple's determination to fight for their relationship because they're meant to be together. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely and has me looking forward to more of this brilliant series by such an amazing author. I would recommend Back to You by Kimberly Kincaid, if you enjoy medical romances, workplace romances, the second chance romance trope, the enemy to lovers trope, the forbidden romance trope or books by authors Erin Nicholas, Catherine Bybee, Avery Flynn and Naima Simone. 

  




 
Of all the ways Parker Drake had envisioned his first day as an intern, witnessing a sedan-versus-bike messenger that resulted in an open tib-fib before he’d even walked through the hospital doors hadn’t been in the top one thousand.
Being face to drop-jawed stare with the one woman he’d been certain he’d never lay eyes on again, and who probably hated him as passionately as he’d once loved her?
Had to be a one in a million.
The man in his arms groaned in pain, snapping time back into motion and Parker back to reality in less than a heartbeat.
“I need a little help over here,” Parker called out, and fucking great, Tess was here, too?
“What happened?” Charlie asked as Tess hollered for a gurney and a C-collar, both of which arrived astonishingly fast.
Parker blinked, his brain momentarily too swamped with adrenaline to form a reply. Focus. On something other than how the hell Charlie is here in front of you instead of far, far away in Nashville. Now would be good, since you’re holding a guy whose tibia is sticking out of his skin.
Well, that did the trick to redirect his thoughts from her, at least temporarily. Then again, work always did. “Mike Yoshida, got clipped by a Camry while riding his bike,” Parker said, placing the man on the gurney and diving right in to the bullet. “Obvious right lower leg deformity, GCS 12. No apparent head or neck trauma, no LOC.” The guy’s helmet was still firmly in place. Not that it had done his leg a lick of good, but at least that would be a hell of a lot easier to repair.
“Hi, Mr. Yoshida, I’m Dr. Michaelson, and this is Dr. Becker,” Tess said, but only after she’d shot a micro-frown in Parker’s direction that promised nothing good once their patient was stable. “We’re going to take care of you, okay?”
            “O-okay.” He tried to nod, but Tess placed her hands firmly over the sides of his helmet to keep him still as Charlie grabbed the C-collar.
“Dr. Becker and I are going to put this around your neck. I know it’s not super comfortable, but we have to err on the side of caution until we can get a closer look at your spine.”
Charlie, who was in street clothes, and Tess, who wasn’t, had both gloved up to examine the man while a nurse guided the gurney past the automatic doors and into a curtain area.
“You didn’t think to call a paramedic instead of dragging him in here on your own?” Charlie asked, her red-gold brows pulled low in disapproval, as Tess continued her rapid trauma assessment on the patient.
Parker took a deep breath and reminded himself that he deserved every degree of chilliness Charlie wanted to offer. “I am a paramedic. Or I was for five years. Anyway”—he grabbed a pair of nitrile gloves from the dispenser box on the wall and slid them into place—“the accident happened less than a block away. Calling an ambo would’ve been stupid.”
Dropping her voice enough to keep it from the patient while Tess asked him a few more questions and examined his leg, Charlie said, “He was in an MVA, and you moved him without a C-collar. That is stupid.”
Shock popped Parker right in the solar plexus. “Seeing as how we were in the middle of a busy city street and the guy had already been hit by a car once, I thought getting him out of traffic might be prudent.”
“Parker—” she started, but he shook his head. As much as he wanted to, arguing with her was a bad idea for several reasons, none of them small. Anyway, he couldn’t change what he’d already done.
            “Yes, I moved him,” Parker said quietly. “But I did an RTA in the field. He was alert and reactive, with no signs of a head or neck injury. He was in a lot of pain and had an open fracture, and I wanted to get him treated as fast as possible. So, I made a judgment call.”
            If her expression was anything to go by, Charlie remained highly unimpressed. “So he didn’t present with any outward signs of a spinal injury,” she argued. “That doesn’t mean he’s fine. There could be any number of things going on that you can’t see.”
            “I know that.” Parker had completed four years of medical school, nearly seven months of his first internship, and three of his five years at Station Seventeen as a lead paramedic. He was hardly a dumbass.
“This tib-fib is pretty straightforward,” Tess said loudly enough to grab both of their attention. She’d—damn—already cut away the patient’s jeans to reveal a nasty break, and splinted the injured leg to keep it stable. “Let’s get head and neck films to see what we’re dealing with otherwise.” She swung her stare to the dark-haired nurse who had appeared with the gurney and stuck around for the ride. “And page Dr. Sheridan, along with whoever’s on call for ortho, stat, please.”
“I’ve got the films, Dr. Michaelson,” Charlie said, her eyes on Tess’s very pregnant belly, and Parker’s throat went tight. But then Tess had stepped out of the curtain area and the nurse had produced two protective aprons, and Charlie was shooting the X-rays as easily as she’d order a fucking latte.
“Head and neck are clear,” she called to Tess a few seconds later, who returned to the curtain area and looked at the images on the portable monitor, nodding her agreement.
“It’s just my…leg that hurts.” The man’s labored grunt punctuated the claim, and Charlie—Christ, how was it possible that she’d gotten even prettier over the last six years—softened her gaze, leaning in toward him.
“Do you have any drug allergies, Mr. Yoshida?”
Another groan. “No.”
Charlie looked at the nurse. “Start an IV so we can get some pain meds on board while we wait for those consults. We’re also going to need to do a full set of films on that leg for ortho.”
“I can start the IV,” Parker offered, taking a step toward the supply cart beside the gurney. Anything would be better than just standing here, useless.
Charlie’s arm shot out, and even through his shirt and hers, the contact sizzled through him as if they’d touched intimately, skin on skin. “No. You absolutely cannot.”
“I’m qualified to do it,” he said. He’d started hundreds of lines. Maybe even thousands. For God’s sake, Charlie had been there when he’d learned how.
“You’re a paramedic,” Tess said, clearly on Team Charlie, and also clearly unaware that he’d tendered his resignation at Station Seventeen to return to medical school and had been placed here at Remington Mem for his internship, take two. “We have very capable nurses. You brought Mr. Yoshida in, but we’ve got it from here, Parker. You can go.”
His pulse slapped faster. “Actually, I—”
The curtain moved, the metal loops shushing along the track built in to the ceiling and stopping the rest of Parker’s words in his windpipe.
“Someone called for a—whoa, yeah. Surgical consult,” said Jonah Sheridan, who had appeared behind Tess. Parker recognized him, both from running patients in to the emergency department for the last five years and the semi-rare occasion that the staff at Remington Mem came to hang out at The Crooked Angel, where the first responders from Station Seventeen and the cops from the Thirty-Third precinct tended to gather.
Sheridan completed a quick but thorough perusal of the patient’s injury. Parker listened carefully as Tess gave the guy a brief rundown and the nurse started the IV, then again as Sheridan looked at the patient.
“What’s your name, sir?”
“Mike,” the guy groaned, leaning back against the gurney. “Mike Yoshida.”
“Well, Mr. Yoshida, I hope you like Jell-O, because you’re going to be here for a day or two. You definitely need surgery to repair that injury to your leg.” He turned toward the dark-haired nurse, who Parker belatedly recognized from his first internship six years ago, and damn. How could he have changed so much while this place had stood stock-still?
“Kelly, let’s get some antibiotics in that IV along with the pain meds Dr. Becker ordered, and call surgery to book an OR.” Dr. Sheridan rattled off a few more directives—specific medications and dosages, plus a rush on the X-rays Charlie had already ordered—then shifted to look at Parker, blond brows lifted in question. 
“You’re the paramedic, right?”
Shit. “Intern. Parker Drake.” Tugging off his still-spotless gloves, he extended his hand, trying as hard as he possibly could to un-hear the twin gasps of shock from Tess and Charlie. 
“Huh,” Jonah said. “A new attending and a paramedic intern. The hits just keep on comin’. Okay, Mr. Yoshida.” He turned back toward the patient while Parker battled some shock of his own. Charlie was working here now? As an attending? Surely, he’d misunderstood. “Let’s get you ready for surgery, shall we?”
“OR three is open, Dr. Sheridan,” Kelly said, hanging up the wall-mounted phone. “They’re expecting you.”
“Perfect. We can do the films upstairs while I scrub in and get Dr. Mallory up to speed. Let’s go.”
Sheridan and Kelly wheeled the gurney from the curtain area. Now would normally be the time for everyone to scatter, with the patient stable and the handoff to a surgeon made. But since everything about the current situation was far from normal, Tess killed the four hundred-pound silence with a long, low exhale.
“I’m sorry. Did you just say you’re…”
“An intern. Starting today.” He looked at Charlie, whose expression was impossible to decipher. “Did Dr. Sheridan say you’re…”
“An attending. Temporarily, at least. I’m covering Tess’s maternity leave for ten weeks.”


Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-seller and 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. 

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