The Play Maker (The Sideline Series Book 1) By L.M. Carr

Published November 5, 2019 by bookbesties

 

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Playing football ruled every decision Julian MacIntyre ever made, including leaving his high school sweetheart behind to follow his dream. Sidelined by an injury on the field, he’s now making a huge comeback to the NFL as the league’s youngest head coach.

He wants it all. The glory, the job and the girl he walked away from years ago.

As one of the top sports reporters, Addison Hamilton has made a name for herself in a male-dominated industry. Proven to be a hard-nosed journalist, she asks the tough questions, but when given the opportunity to interview the man who broke her heart, is she willing to cross the lines of professionalism to get the answers she needs?

 

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At the knock, I grab the cash and open the door.

“Hi.”

My mouth drops open and my eyes grow wide. “Julian?” I stammer. “What are you doing here?”

“I wanted to see my girl.” He holds up the takeout bag. “I have food.”

I snatch the bag, then step into the hall, looking around. “Nope. Don’t see your girl anywhere.”

“Funny.” Julian places his hand on my abdomen and guides me back into the apartment, an amused look on his face.

Walking backward, I stop and turn from him when my feet feel the transition between hardwood and tile. I distance myself from him and hurry into the kitchen to gather dinnerware.

“Have you eaten?”

I get no response.

“Hello?!” I ask, glancing over my shoulder, catching him staring at my ass. “Take a picture. It’ll last longer.”

My comment jars him and he looks up at me, a smirk on his face. “I don’t need to take a picture.” He taps his temple. “I’ve got an image of that perfect ass right here.”

I snort. “Are you hungry? There’s more than enough for two.”

He nods, striding over to where I stand with two dishes in my hands.

“I am hungry, but not for food.”

Julian extends his arms and places them onto the countertop, caging me in. He leans toward my neck and inhales, making my eyes close. “You smell good.”

“I just showered,” I reply breathlessly, desperate to maintain my composure, quickly losing the battle.

His body flush against mine, his erection presses into my stomach as he dots the skin of my neck with soft kisses until he reaches the corner of my mouth.

“I love you,” he murmurs.

My body stiffens and eyes shoot open. I shake my head as I try to refute his words, but he covers my lips with his, staking his claim. I feel the flames ignite in the pit of my belly as he clutches my face, deepening the kiss. My lips part, welcoming his tongue into my mouth.

Kissing Julian is unlike anything else I’ve ever felt. I lose all sense of awareness as he continues his relentless, yet gentle pursuit to drown me in his affection. The feeling of his tongue tangling with mine adds fuel to the fire simmering in my core.

He lowers one hand to my waist, gripping it firmly to pull me even closer, causing my back to arch. Unable to stand on my weakened legs, I raise my arms and rest them on his shoulders. A loud crash suddenly stills our kiss.

“What was that?” I mumble against his mouth.

Pulling back, a grin appears. “The dishes…”

I raise my gaze from his eyes and notice my hands empty, the plates shattered on the floor. I smile. “It’s your fault. You can’t kiss me like that when I’m in the middle of something.” I lower my arms and walk to the closet, grabbing the broom. “You turn my brain to mush.”

“And what about your body?” he asks with raised eyebrows.

I quickly sweep up the pieces and place them into the trash, then put away the broom. “I think you already know the answer to that.”

 

Julian MacIntyre, known as the play maker was a star in the NFL and had success, but at the expense of walking away from his high school sweetheart Addison. Addison has a lock on her heart and plays it safe when it comes to relationships. Her heart has never healed from that one true love, Julian. Fast forward to the present and after a injury, next best thing “J Mack” is back in the NFL and Addison is the hot journalist who is picked to do a interview. Now she must face Julian and things are about to get live! The chemistry was sweet between these two even though at times, Addison was frustrating. The navigating of old feelings with the new wrapped in a football theme was great. This was a great second chance romance. Must read.

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Damaris

 

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Living in Connecticut, L.M. is an educator by day and writer by night. She’s a lover of chocolate and Hallmark movies; they come a close second to her husband and three kids.

Her work is considered realistic and relatable Contemporary Romance with an element of suspense.

To date, nine titles have been released since 2015.

The Giving Trilogy follows a school teacher and a single father.

The Stones Duet (Casting Stones & Conquering Stones) details the journey of a war veteran and his search for unconditional love.

From A Distance, inspired by true events, is about unrequited love that is found in an unexpected place.

Love Lyrics & Lies tells the story of following your heart versus following your dream.

The Love Duet (Entitled & Entrusted) is about earning love and protecting it.

The Play Maker offers a second chance at love when a football player comes back for the girl he loves.

L.M. Carr is a lover of “Happily Ever Afters” because the world is filled with enough sadness. Reading is an escape in which anything is possible. But like in reality, stories sometimes take you on a journey through Hell before you can reach Heaven.

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Someone to Remember (The Westcott Series Book 7) by Mary Balogh

Published November 5, 2019 by bookbesties

51rbxkfylXLt’s never too late to fall in love in this enchanting new story, a novella in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.

Matilda Westcott has spent her life tending to the needs of her mother, the Dowager Countess of Riverdale, never questioning the web of solitude she has spun herself. To Matilda, who considers herself an aging spinster daughter, marriage is laughable—love is a game for the young, after all. But her quiet, ordered life unravels when a dashing gentleman from her past reappears, threatening to charm his way into her heart yet again.

Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson, does not expect to face Matilda Westcott thirty-six years after their failed romance. Moreover, he does not expect decades-old feelings to emerge at the very sight of her. When encountering Matilda at a dinner hosted by the Earl of Riverdale, he finds himself as fascinated by her as he was the first day they met, and wonders whether, after all these years, they have a chance at happiness together. Charles is determined to crack the hard exterior Matilda has built up for more than three decades, or he will risk losing her once again….

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As you all know I love this series and this family so I was very excited to get my hands on this next book. This short and sweet, Westcott Series novella is our chance to get to know Matilda’s story. While I love that we get to know Matilda and Charles better I feel like this story should have been a full length novel of its own. I feel like by making this a novella the story was rushed and when it ended I was left wanting more. Don’t get me wrong just like the rest of the Westcott Series this book was well written and the characters have the depth I have come to expect from this author. It’s the story that I didn’t get enough of. I would have loved to have learned more about Matilda and Charles’ early romance considering the amount of devastation experienced by them both in its ending. This was a love that caused Matilda to never marry and devote her life to overprotecting her mother while leading Charles’ into living the life of a rogue, and siring a bastard before eventually marrying another. The few references to that time in their story suggest the kind of love that make me love reading romance. I think giving us that story as well as how their story ends would have given this book a true value as part of the series.

I did enjoy this book, I just wish there would have been more.

stars 4

Danielle

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Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published October 22, 2019 by bookbesties

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Let’s say you’re an independent, self-sufficient woman who runs the family company and you find yourself falling for your little brother’s best friend. Now, more than ever, you need to count all the reasons why you need to abandon falling.

Abandon Falling #1 – He’s a womanizer. Hasn’t had a serious relationship a day in his life and changes women more often than he changes his sheets.

Abandon Falling #2 – He’s never serious. He cracks one-liners, mostly at your expense.

Abandon Falling #3 – When things go wrong, he seems unfazed and always remains in control. It’s so annoying.

Abandon Falling #4 – He has tattoos. Lots of them. Everywhere. Not to mention, he owns a tattoo parlor. (Damn it! Why doesn’t that sound like a bad thing anymore?)

Abandon Falling #5 – There’s a growing list of how different you two are. You can’t get along for fifteen minutes—a lifetime together would land one of you in prison.

Keep repeating those reasons and drown yourself in work. Pretend you don’t notice his good qualities or how enticing he looks without a shirt, and do not, I repeat, do not agree to live with the man while your place is being repaired from flood damage.

Trust me, even the strongest of us can only forego temptation for so long

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First I would like to say ummmmm why not fall when your brothers best friend looks like Liam! If you have been reading the series you will know that there has been this storm simmering between Savannah and Liam for awhile. Savannah is head of the family business and she is the tough cookie. She has no time to play and always feels like the weight of carrying the family is on her shoulders. Liam is the sexy brothers best friend and is well loved in the community. He is a business owner but has had a thing for Savannah for the longest. Now they both find themselves under the same roof and now they will have to deny how they feel or confront what’s between these two. It is a bit of a angst with these two but it’s worth it. Savannah sometimes will make you want to shout at her but understandable she is under a lot of pressure and wants to please the business but doesn’t know how to find the balance to allowing herself to be happy. The banter between these two light up the pages from the beginning. You are turning each page panting and drooling. Liam is everything you could expect and I think dealing with Savannah he deserves a medal lol. Anything from Piper Rayne is always a win so it was not a surprise that this was a winner. I am just so glad The Bailey’s are such a big family because there are still more stories.

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The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan(Review Post)

Published October 22, 2019 by bookbesties

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From USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan comes a scandalously sensual romance in her beloved Rogue Files series.

“Deliciously sexy!”—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author 

An urgent dilemma…

To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…

A scandalous solution…

Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety’s sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian’s proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.

And a most unlikely duchess…

When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can’t tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?

This book is a jaw dropper!!!

As always Sophie Jordan has written an incredibly fun story that I couldn’t put down.  I don’t think I have encountered a stronger heroine than this one.  The level of self- sacrifice this leading lady is willing to undertake to provide for her family is unparalleled.  I cannot even begin to explain how truly excited and relieved I was when she found her happy ending and was able to fully secure her family’s future.

Marian Langley is doing everything she can to support her three younger siblings.  Desperate times lead her to befriend a once “kept woman” to gain knowledge on becoming a courtesan.  But she has no desire to become just any ordinary courtesan she is determined to become a comfortably kept companion of a member of high society.  Too bad she has no experience in attracting such men.  Her new friend advises her to seek tutelage from “The Depraved Duke”, who they are certain is just the man for the job andconveniently lives near the town. Will their scandalous arrangement teach her the skills she needs to become a world class courtesan or will fate have other plans for them both?

Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, tries to avoid interacting with people as much as possible unless he chooses to do so, meaning that most of the people he interacts with are either his staff or the paid courtesans who leave once their services are no longer needed.  That is until a series of events has him crossing paths with a sassy towns-woman with a smart mouth and fire in her eyes.  The last thing he ever wanted or expected was for her to show up at his door with a very scandalous proposition that could completely ruin them both if anyone found out.  Will he be able to remain aloof and fulfill their agreement or will he make a proposal of his own?

This book was an adventure and an inspiration that I am completely in love with.  I am excited for all of you to read it and tell me your thoughts.

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Danielle

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Tempt the Hookup by Natasha Madison(Review Post)

Published October 22, 2019 by bookbesties

Tempt Series, Book 3

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October 22

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Getting pregnant after a booze cruise hookup was not what any parent wanted to hear, so I picked up my entire life and moved to Paris to start over. Six years later, I was ready to go home.

I was a single mom and the only thing I knew about my son’s dad was his name—Luca. I didn’t need to know anything else.
The universe had other ideas because on our second day back home, the man came crashing back into my life.

Luca

Attending a welcome back party for my boss’s daughter wasn’t how I wanted to spend my Sunday. But walking in and seeing my hookup from a cruise six years ago knocks me on my ass. 
It was a weekend of fun and now I’m seeing a pair of eyes, identical to mine, staring right at me. The boy standing next to her is my son. 
Now we’re living next door to each other and attempting to co-parent something that would be easy to do if the pull that brought us together wasn’t still there making things more complicated.
For six years she haunted my dreams, now she’s haunting my every waking moment.
I let her get away once, now I want to make her mine. 
This time, permanently. 
Only one thing left to do. I have to tempt the hookup.

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Who knew that attending a party for your boss daughter would change your life?

For Luca life changed when he saw the woman that he hooked up with six years ago and now she was front and center. To complicate things even more was that she has a kid who eyes are the same as his. Luca is the responsible friend with a high focus on his law career. He has always remembered Eliahn but they never gave any info to each other. Now they must try to co-parent. If it were only that simple. Eli never forgot about Luca and was glad he now knew that he had a son. Only thing is that if she thought the chemistry they had was left on that booze cruise then she was wrong. Her attraction has come full force but she is trying to be careful now that they have to think about their son. Luca is on a mission to make his baby momma his. Their son Aiden is cute and some of the things he says is hilarious. Well developed stories and Luca has a tight knit friend group especially his bestie Nick who is hilarious. Great read and a must one click.

 

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Damaris

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AWK-WEIRD by AVERY FLYNN(Review Post)

Published October 14, 2019 by bookbesties

 

 

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.
 
So, when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party … You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the face that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me. 
 
There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right? 
 
Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?
 
Oh my God, I wish I knew…
 
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Funny, quirky, Awk-weird, yep all of these make this book a hit for me!

First let’s mention the cover that is super cute and funny. This is book two in the Ice Knights series which is a hockey team(Book one Parental Guidance is out now) that we meet Cole at his fellow teammate and friends wedding. There he meets Awk-Weird Tess who loves to spew trivia facts especially when nervous. Tess is refreshing and funny and says the funniest facts so not only is this a romance but you learn great little facts to share! Tess and Cole meet and end up enjoying their night. Fast forward to present where there is a lasting gift that both Tess and Cole will have to see how to Co parent. Throw in some complications and the chemistry starts brewing between these two but Tess does have some insecurities that will keep Cole just far away enough that will have him questioning everything. Can these two finally iron everything out and be happy? I loved this story it had great characters and not to mention there are hockey players so what else could you want. Great 5 star read and I would highly recommend this series or as a matter of fact any book from this author is a hit.

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Damaris

 

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are great with a quip and relatable heroines who are feisty, fierce and fantastic.
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The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout(Review Post)

Published October 8, 2019 by bookbesties

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#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy CRAP this book was good! So many turns and WTF moments and the surprise ending that I DID NOT see coming..just wow! Jennifer has hit this one out of the park!

I have been a long time fan of this author and this world and diving back in gave me all the feels. This book pics up right were the last book(The Darkest Star) left off. After having discovered the truth about herself Evie is thrust into living a life she has no idea how to live and feelings she has no idea how to navigate. Luc is still by Evie’s side and as the feelings she has for him grows, so does her confusion on who and what she is…to him, to herself, to everyone.
Evie thought things would die down after the showdown from the last book, but when people start mysteriously getting sick she learns that it was only just the beginning.
Armentrout has outdone herself in this fast paced, can’t put down goodness! I found myself Laughing, crying and thoroughly SHOOK, with twist and turns I didn’t see coming. Armentrout has woven suspense, action and FEELING into a great sequel with a promise of more and exciting things to come.
This is how you write a freaking sequel!!
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Vonetta

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