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Tour (Review): Stroked Hard – Meghan Quinn

strokedhard_amazon_ibooksStroked Hard by Meghan Quinn
Series: #Stroked #3
Genre: contemporary romance
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He’s hot. Like, stop breathing kind of hot with his killer body, vivid blue eyes, and constant five o’clock shadow.

Did I mention his body?

Watching Hollis Knightly, Olympic diving gold medalist, man-pony specialist—and cocky bastard—stand up on the diving platform in nothing but a small piece of Spandex? Yeah, I’m beguiled.

And easily seduced.

I want to keep things light but he won’t leave me alone. And hell, if he’s not wearing me thin.

What is supposed to be a simple summer fling with a very hot man, has now morphed into a f*cked-up mess of feelings, attachment, and dare I say it…love. But I don’t do relationships. And Hollis Knightly does.

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Review

Themes: sports, unrequited love
Heat: ★★★★
Rating: ★★★★

Is it the joking Hollis who always wants my boob in his mouth? Or is it the serious Hollis, the one that tears my walls down with one heated gaze in my direction, the one who speaks of the possibilities of forever?

This is the final instalment of the Stroked trilogy – one of the strongest series of 2016 – and I’m actually pretty devastated that that’s it. I’m going to come straight out and say that I preferred Stroked Long, simply because, out of the three, it gripped me emotionally and refused to ever let go, making my heart physically ache. I didn’t quite get that same feeling here, and in some respects I felt Melony was a little immature with how her daddy issues affected her. Regardless, this was still a pleasure to read.

To me, the sexiest sight in the world is a woman right before she’s about to be eaten out, right before you place your tongue on her clit because she knows the pleasure that’s coming.

Hollis is right up there with my top book boyfriends. Quinn has, once again, created fabulously complex characters, and men to actually fall deeply in love with. She has basically ruined me single-handedly because no one ever lives up to these incredible fictional characters. Thank you Meghan Quinn for ruining my relationship. (It’s cool, I forgive you, he wasn’t worth it anyway). But damn, I loved his romanticism, and his mad sex skills, too. Yep – two of the sex scenes in this book were masturbation-inducing, but at least I got some use out of my new vibrator.

“Hey, it’s 2016, baby. Romance is all about dirty talk, secret rendezvous, and attentive fucking. Flowers, candies, and poems are old school.

As ever, a deeply sweet, absolutely filthy, fucking hilarious read from one of the top authors around. I can’t wait for what comes next, and in the meantime I’ll be delving into Quinn’s back category.

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Out now! Review: Fastball – A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine

fastballFastball by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine
Series: A Wilde Players Dirty Romance #2 (can standalone)
Genre: erotic romance
Themes: fling to thing, BDSM, sports
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Our relationship starts off like a bad joke.

A gorgeous guy walks into a bar and says to me, “Do you want to F#ck?” and damn if I don’t say yes.

And that should have been it—the punch line.

We never should’ve seen each other again.

Only we do.

Turns out sex on a stick, Ryder Wilde, is more than an orgasm-giver. He’s a player. Not just any either. A Major League Baseball pitcher. And damn, I want to be his catcher.

Except he doesn’t want to play any games or follow my rules:

No relationships.

No falling in love.

Because he’s used to winning … and wants to claim me as his prize.

His mission is to own me, body and soul, no matter how much I push him away.

Powerless to stop him, I can only hope my heart isn’t another casualty of his fastball.

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Review

Heat: ★★★★
Rating: ★★★

Reviewer’s note: although this can standalone, full enjoyment will come from having read the first instalment in the series.

Hargrove and Laine have written a wonderfully hot erotic romance here, with enough depth to it to keep it interesting and more than just sex with no plot. I found this perfectly paced, a fairly quick read that managed to progress and develop at the right speed without leaving anything out, and allowing understanding of the characters and where they were emotionally.

I loved how this dived straight in, immediately to steam with no set up, something a little refreshing and different to many of the other romances I’ve read recently. And although their relationship was clearly set up in the previous instalment, I didn’t feel like I really missed anything crucial.

“I would gift you the stars just to see them twinkle in your eyes because you’re more than this, Gina. More than the sum of your experiences.”

My main gripe with the story was the lack of honestly between the characters, making the angst seem a little forced at times. I was also unable to really tell the ages of these characters, as although I feel they were painted to be mid to late twenties, they really did act immaturely and have younger voices. And, despite the super steamy sex, I never quite felt the sexual tension between the two characters which was a shame for me. Neither did I really grow attached emotionally to either character.

Above all, although (like everyone) I’m a huge fan of a happily ever after, I found that everything came together a little too easily and perfectly towards the end.

Regardless of its drawbacks, I really did enjoy reading this, particularly with its BDSM twist, and will be going back to read the first one.

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RELEASE & REVIEW: Rounding Third – Michelle Lynn

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I was destined for stardom.
From the age of seven, I was an all-star.
Parents praised me, coaches worshipped me.
As I got older, girls begged for me.
I was Beltline’s baseball God, guaranteed to put this small town on the map.

Then, after one night, that future vanished.

The legend was laid to rest.
I gave up my scholarship.
I fled from Beltline.
I left the girl behind.

Now, I’m back.

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Excerpt

Jogging up the stairs to the second floor, I sneak into the back row of the classroom. I pull out my laptop and quickly catch up with the professor’s lecture. The guy a couple seats down passes a syllabus over, and when I turn to thank him, I’m reminded that nothing comes easy in my life.

“Is there a reason you were holding my girlfriend’s hand?” Ella’s boyfriend whispers, sliding into the open seat between us.

Well…shit.

“She won’t be your girlfriend for long,” my cockiness answers for me. My arrogance is a great intimidator that’s always worked in getting me what I want.

“Who are you?”

As his beady eyes try to daunt me, I get an up close look at him. I can see why El might have fallen for him. He’s a safe bet. Probably riding the coattails of his family’s money, paving his way with his arrogant little bitch frat brothers. It only assures me of one thing. I don’t have to fight him for El. This guy wouldn’t start a fight if I fucked her right in the middle of his bed. El is just a trophy to him. He doesn’t love her like I do.

“I’m just an old friend. We have a long history together.” I glance at him from the corner of my eye, offering him a quick wink.

His knuckles whiten as he clenches his pen. It couldn’t be more satisfying, knowing I’m getting under his skin.

His annoyed expression tells me that Ella hasn’t been so open about her life and her past. This guy doesn’t have a shot.

“She’s taken, so keep your hands to yourself.”

A few heads flip around after his voice heightens.

Not needing a professor to hate me on day one, I lean in closer to whisper in his ear, “I can’t make any promises. It’s nothing personal, believe me, but technically, she’s always been mine.” I ease back against my chair right as the professor’s eyes catch mine.

Liam’s head whips around, and I wait for him to ask me to take our discussion outside. But he cowers, like I knew he would.

“Try to steal her away from me, and see what happens,” he says.

“I’m not going to have to try hard. Your time with her was over the moment she saw me.”

The professor forcefully clears her throat, eyeing us. If we don’t end this conversation soon, we’ll both be kicked out.

“Don’t be so cocky, asshole. The fact that I don’t know anything about you, and the fact that she’s never mentioned your name, show what she really thinks of you.”

“You two”—the professor points, and a hundred pairs of eyes turn in our direction—“since you’re so chatty, maybe you should be conducting the lecture this morning?” She crosses her arms over her purple blouse and waits for our answer.

“Sorry, Professor Knight,” Douche Bag says.

“Sorry,” I say.

She nods and starts the lecture back up again, her eyes continuing to linger on us.

He slides over to his original seat.

I strike my earlier thought. I have no idea what El sees in this weak shithead.

I lean over the now vacant chair, testing my luck one final time. “Don’t worry. I’ll be around. We can continue this conversation soon.”

He scoffs me off, shaking his head. His fingers start tapping on the keys of his laptop as he accepts his defeat for this round.

Review

Title: Rounding Third
Author: Michelle Lynn
Series: Infield #1
Genre: second-chance romance, drama
Heat: 2/5
Plot: 3.5/5
Rating: 3/5

It took me a while to become emotionally invested in this one. There was such a dramatic backstory which, although served to advance the plot and explain the need for a second-chance, didn’t really impact emotionally on the present day story for me. More so when paired with flashbacks as a narrative device (really not keen on this; it irritates me to the extent of my not really caring what they are projecting). I also found some of the relationships to be pretty immature, and there were a few threads that just weren’t wrapped up in the end, such as Ella’s freshman year – though perhaps they will be addressed in the sequel. The characters on the baseball team were nicely fleshed out, if not again a bit irritating with their childish behaviour.

I enjoyed it more towards the end, when I found myself a little anxious for Crosby, but for me there were too few likeable supporting characters, or at least characters with redeeming qualities, to really be invested in this. Having said that, I am still interested in the sequel and seeing where this series goes. It has potential.

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RELEASE & REVIEW: Strokes of Gold – K.E. Osborn

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Lust
Envy
Scandal
Sex…

A lot can happen at the Olympic Games… you just have to get there first.

My name is Lacy LaBelle. I’m a swimmer, and my story is a rocky one.
My life hasn’t been easy, my father kicked me out at sixteen making my dreams of Gold a hell of a lot harder. But with my best friend’s parents taking me under their wing, my dreams became something to strive for.

Now I’ve found my way to the Olympic trials, and nothing will stop me from securing my ticket to the Games.

Nothing.

Except, maybe my brain telling me I’m going to freeze, the girl who’s intent on seeing me fail, and not to mention the hot guy who’s taking my breath away.

Everything is a distraction.

Will I get my ticket to the Olympics?
Will my hard work see me swim the epic strokes of Gold?

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Review

Title: Strokes of Gold
Author: K.E. Osborn
Series: standalone
Genre: sports romance
Heat: 2/5
Plot: 2/5
Rating: 2/5

Strokes of Gold is a nice read, perfect timing with the upcoming Olypmics, following Lacy, an Australian swimmer, and her three friends. The “awesome foursome”. I found Lacy and Coby lacking in much personality, a little bland for my liking. This was mitigated somewhat by the larger than life characters of East and Caro (though they were still too similar to really have been uniquely crafted, complex and strong in their own rights).

More than anything, reading this felt like being back in high school. The bitchiness, the drama – rather than a group of young adults, it really was more like children. The typical villainous caricatures had no redeeming features or complexities, and I was left to be convinced by the attraction of the two main characters, other than being told there were constant electrifying sparks between the two. I’m just not a fan of insta-love any more. I want relationships of substance.

Regardless, a decent summer/Olympics romance read which I’m sure will be interesting and loved by the vast majority.

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TOUR & REVIEW: Stroked – Meghan Quinn

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Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.

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Review

Title: Stroked
Author: Meghan Quinn
Series: Stroked #1
Category: sport, comedy
Rating: ****

As ever, Meghan Quinn infuses a brilliant storyline, intense and complex characters and some major laugh out loud moments to create the perfect summer read. I loved how this had POV from the antagonist, all the twists and turns and humiliating moments, and how it has managed to set up storylines for future novels.

Slick and fun, my heart was beating with anxiety at the sports parts, and racing with the incredible sexual tension between Reese and Paisley. What a fantastic heroine, too – a fit chick with an attitude and a mean head butt…

I can’t wait to have the opportunity to explore these characters further.

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REVIEW: Paradise Found: Cain – L.B. Dunbar

CainTitle: Paradise Found: Cain
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Series: Paradise #2 (semi-standalone in a series; you would benefit from reading the first)
Genre: second-chance romance
Rating: ***

I went into this book feeling really positive about it; it was gripping, with a fantastic opening. However, I think I suffered from having not read the first instalment, Abel, because a lot of the book seemed to make references to some drama of Abel and Elma’s relationship which I struggled to understand.

As the book went on, there were some pretty steamy sex scenes and I found myself really rooting for Cain and Sofie; there was, however, a lot of angst and running around in circles, lots of crying, and the ultimate climax of the novel felt like it left me a bit short, considering what was building. It was a lot of talk (and, in fact, a lot of repetition about something that was pretty clear to grasp once it had been stated for the first time), and Cain himself had moments where I found him a bit too alpha and controlling for my liking. In fact, there was a fair bit of repetition throughout, of the characters’ pasts and particular events and the way they were described.

It was a very interesting idea to adapt Cain and Abel, and I think overall it worked pretty well, especially the biblical references scattered throughout (I particularly liked the “second coming” reference). This is overall a good read, with lots of drama and a fair bit of suspense.

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REVIEW: Play Maker – Katie McCoy

30168894Title: Play Maker
Author: Katie McCoy
Series: standalone
Genre: romance
Rating: ****

This was a really fun, very steamy sports romance, written extremely well with perfect characterisation of the two leads. James and Nicole were highly developed and complex individuals, and although there was instant chemistry, this was not a story of insta-love but rather an unfolding fling-to-thing romance. James was just delicious, even if the overuse of typical British words such as “wanker” and “bloody” is quite funny to a British reader. Those blue eyes and that smile though…I could really build up a fantastic picture (and I very much liked it).

There was a little angst in this but luckily not too much, and nothing that wasn’t obviously going to be set in motion from the very beginning. Regardless, this was a funny and easy, well-paced read with fabulous sex scenes and one candy floss happy ending.