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Scoring the Player by Samantha Lind Review!

newarcbannerblurbscoringtheplayerCocky, man whore, player…. Those are all ways I have been described by the media and countless women. Are they accurate? Possibly. But, that’s all I let the media see of me, Brian Kelly, defensive player for the Indianapolis Eagles Hockey team. I have no intentions of settling down and changing the media’s perception of me. I can’t tell if women are after me for my bank account, the status symbol of being with a professional athlete, or if they really want me for me. Then I meet her. The one woman who doesn’t let my charm affect her or cause her to jump directly into my bed. Can I possibly change my ways and settle down?

Grounded, selfless, giving…Those are all the ways my family and friends have described me. Are they right? Possibly. But, I’m so much more, and need some passion and excitement in my life. My best friend is moving on and I want that someone special to share all that life has to offer. Let it be known that I, Kinley Williams, want the right someone special. So why did he have to crash into me? The one man who is so clearly wrong for me. Then again, he doesn’t seem like anything the tabloids claim him to be. So is he really all that wrong?

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authorsamanthalindSamantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey, and listening to country music. She can be contacted via email, found on Facebook at  or at her website.


In Just Say Yes we got some snippets to Brian and Kinley’s budding relationship. There’s wasn’t as easy as Scott and Becca’s because they didn’t have history together. In fact, Brian’s history in the tabloids is not “hubby” material. He’s a player, or… he used to be. He’s tired of the life he’s led so far, and he’s looking for a woman to share his life with. But it’s hard to find a woman that wants to get to know him and not the athlete or Stanley Cup Winner, or rich guy. He wants someone to get to know Brian. When he finds that connection with Kinley, a woman who really could not care less about his status or money, he tries to jump in with both feet.

Kinley is definitely looking to settle down. She’s done with players and one night stands, and she’s done getting her heart broken. So when she meets Brian, and sees a different side of him then the world gets, she’s intrigued. She feels that connection with him, but is wary to start something with him, especially because of the distance between the two. Kin doesn’t want to be hurt again, but she also sees something special in Brian that she wants to explore.

I love the friendship that these two explore first. They don’t have the foundation that Becca and Scott have, though they both want that sort of love, so they begin a friendship first. And this novel is 100% safe, so there’s no dating other people while they develop that friendship. For Brian, he knows what he wants and he’s not willing to risk losing Kin and date other people, but he also has no interest in those women. For Kin, even if she doesn’t admit it, she’s falling for Brian over time, and doesn’t want to date other people either.

I have to say, though, this book wrecked me. There’s some pretty heavy drama in it, and some heavy things that Kinley and Brian go through. They have growing to do because of it. It totally could have torn them apart, but instead it made them stronger. It showed how deep their connection really was. It’s not just physical, but emotional too, because of that foundation they created. Even though it’s romance, and I knew they’d get together in the long run, it still totally wrecked me and made me shed a tear. And it’s not the kind of drama that makes you want to shake one of the people and go “WTF ARE YOU DOING?!” It’s the kind that’s like “oh, baby, no come here,” and make you want to hug them.

I swear, each Samantha book I read gets better and better!! One-click this baby, because it is SO worth it!! You are going to love and adore it as much as I did.

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The Beauty and the Beefcake by Pippa Grant Review

newarcbannerblurbbeautyandthebeefcakeThere are two kinds of women in the world – those I can bang, and those I can’t.
My teammate’s sister?
She’s a can’t.
I moved in with her to protect her from a nasty ex, not to be the next guy in line.
She’s the brains.
I’m the brawn.
She’s the fruit.
I’m the sausage.
She talks too much.
I don’t talk at all, if I don’t have to.
Should be easy to resist her.
But every minute I spend with Felicity is another minute she gets under my skin. She makes me feel like something more than a dumb puckhead with a big Zamboni pony. And it’s getting harder to remember why I need to keep my hands to myself.

Beauty and the Beefcake is a vegan-friendly standalone romantic comedy featuring a hockey player whose vocabulary is the only thing smaller than a hockey puck, a book smart but aimless ventriloquist with too many voices in her head, a dilapidated old house that may or may not be haunted, and no cheating or cliffhangers.


author31542912_356914224798647_7691225132127223808_o (1)Pippa Grant is a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loves to escape into sexy, funny stories way more than she likes perpetually cleaning toothpaste out of sinks and off toilet handles. When she’s not reading, writing, sleeping, or trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, she’s fantasizing about chocolate chip cookies.




At first glance, this book is filled with possibly psychotic women who talk to themselves and empty headed hockey players that may or may not have stolen a monkey. But it is so much more than that. Ok, yes it is filled with craziness that sometimes had my head spinning trying to catch up with what was going on. Between Felicity the ventriloquist who doesn’t like the quiet so vents when she’s nervous or to fill the silence, and Ares the grunting hockey player that tries to keep everyone out by letting them think he’s an idiot, I was caught up in the world that Pippa Grant created.

Ares Berger had my heart from the first “moo” he said to confuse people. He walked in with a hurt ankle, and all he wanted to do was get back onto the ice. His teammate, Felicity’s brother, asked him to watch his sister. So he puts Felicity firmly in the “can’t touch” category even if he wants to. But all he knows is hockey and how to keep people out of his heart. So as much as his heart and his head are screaming that Felicity is his, he does his best to keep her far away from his monkey. *wink wink*

Felicity has sworn off guys because she has a tendency to choose the worst men. And then her brother, the goalie for the hockey team Ares plays on, sends them thousands of cookies with dicks on them. Yes, this was actually in the book. Do you see why I was cracking up the whole time? In between working to becoming a PT, venting at a comedy club on the weekends occasionally, and dealing with Gammy’s ghost, her mind and her heart are going a little crazy with Ares Berger living with her. And the more she gets to know him, the more she wants to know his monkey.

Felicity and Ares have more in common than they originally believe. And with Felicity feeling the need to fill the silence, she becomes attuned to Ares’ thoughts. With a grunt, she can tell what he wants to say. It becomes dangerous to both of their libidos and their hearts. Felicity starts to understand the silence, but she also sees Ares for more than the grunting oaf who says random things to throw people off. And Ares begins to see Felicity, and understand she has no idea what she’s doing with her life, despite having a high IQ and four degrees.

I loved these two so much. I’m not sure if it was because of the craziness or despite it, but I loved so much of this book. As my first Pippa Grant book, it was certainly a good one! I was smiling and laughing the whole time! Even when Gammy’s ghost freaked me out. The only reason I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars, was because sometimes the venting confused the hell out of me. But that’s totally me and my head not being able to keep up sometimes, with the voices and names.


Forever by Anna B. Doe Review

Forever bannernewarcbannerblurbforeverAnabel
This story is as old as time.
Girl meets boy.
They fall in love and, after their fair share of highs and lows, they finally get their happily ever after …
Only in my story, happily ever after seems to be so far away.
William and I are together, but we’re apart.
It’s hard and painful, but we make do because not being together is harder than having a long-distance relationship.
Every turn is more painful than the last, and I’m not sure if I’m ready for it.
If we are ready for it.

For more than a year, I waited.
For more than a year, I was a good boy playing by the rules.
For more than a year, I’ve been waiting for the right moment.
I gave her time she needed.
The time we needed.
I watched her go in and out of my life, time and time again.
But I’m done playing this game.
I can see the pain in her eyes. The pain that matches my own.
It’s time to end this and claim what’s mine.
Because I’m hers, and she’s mine and we … We’re forever.

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Anna B. Doe is an author of the contemporary romance novel Lost & Found and Until (coming January 2018). She has bachelor’s degree in Education Science and Spanish from the University of Zadar. She works full time in an office and gives English and Spanish classes in her free time. When she’s not working for living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books, watching TV shows, or traveling the world. She is addicted to coffee and a big lover of dogs. Anna writes what she loves to read, which is romance. She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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I laughed, I cried, I complained to Anna, I cried some more happy tears, and I smiled so hard my cheeks hurt. At the end of Lost & Found, Will and Ana decided to have a long distance relationship while she finished school. Forever continues their story, their heartbreak every time they had to leave each other, the drama they dealt with not living in the same country, the important events they had to miss for each other, because they couldn’t fly back and forth across the ocean that often.

When I was going to college, an hour and half away by train, away from my man I saw him once a week and I thought I’d cry all the time. I couldn’t imagine not seeing him for MONTHS. But reading Will and Ana’s story, the one Anna crafted, made it easier to believe it was happening to me. I could feel every emotion Will and Ana felt, though I’m a *tad* over dramatic usually so add whatever they felt times, like, ten. When they were happy, I felt like my cheeks hurt from smiling so much, and when they were hurting, my heart hurt with them. I cried (A LOT) happy and sad tears.

In the teasers for this novella, Anna called it heartbreaking- and in some ways, it was. Every time Ana or Will had to leave each other, I felt my own heart crack open as if I were experiencing it with them, by their side, in the relationship. That is all because of the beautiful way Anna writes and captures her audience. When I read Lost & Found, there were times Ana annoyed me, in her reluctance to admit, even to herself, her feeling for Will. But in Forever I was so incredibly proud of the progress Ana made as a person and in her relationship. Will always fought for Ana in the beginning, but you can feel her fighting for Will in here.

The pages and chapters flew by, as every moment I wanted to know what was happening next. Anna is now tormenting me with her next project, as I try to cope with the ending of Will and Ana (I’M NOT HANDLING IT WELL). This couple will go down as one of my favorite books, and favorite couple. I urge you to pick up this series and fall in love with these characters as I have, (AND THEN TALK TO ME ABOUT IT). I promise you, you will not regret beginning this journey.


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Until by Anna B. Doe Review

newarcbannerblurbuntilI was betrayed by those I loved. Those I believed in. It was the first and the last time I let myself love someone outside my family.
Love makes you weak. It makes you wish for things you can’t have. It makes you vulnerable, and I swore I would never again go down that path.
Until I met him—Jack Daniel Shelton.

She left me. She ruined me. The day I found her gone, I promised myself I’d never let anyone have that kind of hold on me again. Especially not a woman. Now she’s back.
No matter how much time has passed, no matter what I tell myself, her hold on me is still strong. But she holds a secret. A secret I can’t escape from, but a secret I can’t turn my back on, either. A secret that could ruin everything I’ve worked for.
And then, there is her—Sienna Roberts. Everything was just as it was supposed to be, until she walked into my life.

Can two souls that lost faith in love find it in one another?


authorannabdoeAnna B. Doe is an author of the contemporary romance novel Lost & Found and Until (coming January 2018). She has bachelor’s degree in Education Science and Spanish from the University of Zadar. She works full time in an office and gives English and Spanish classes in her free time. When she’s not working for living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books, watching TV shows, or traveling the world. She is addicted to coffee and a big lover of dogs. Anna writes what she loves to read, which is romance. She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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So Lost & Found was a slow burn, but Until was most decidedly not. While I think Until could be read as a standalone, I think it’s best you read the series starting with Lost & Found. The two stories happen at the same time, so it was probably really hard to write, but made for a really awesome book.

Sierra and J.D. fall into bed together pretty quickly (no shame!) but it takes them awhile to find the love they both needed. And there is so much drama, so much drama, my emotions were all over the place! I binge read this, read a special epilogue in Anna’s reading group that had me cracking up, then jumped straight into Forever, and died all over again. And Anna knows she’s evil, she enjoys it, and although I may say I hate her for being evil, I really love her. Until made me mad, sad, laugh, cry. It had me wanting to shake Sierra, though not as hard as I wanted to shake Anabel, and I wanted to kick J.D. sometimes. I was so heavily involved in these characters, and it was all because Anna is amazing at getting you on a roller coaster you never want to get off of.

Sierra is messed up from a past relationship. So messed up, she wants nothing to do with love. She firmly believes she doesn’t want love and marriage and all that jazz. She keeps everyone out, except her mother and sister, and it is hard to find people in her world that deserve to get past that wall. When she meets Anabel, her sister’s au pair, her walls slowly start to crumble. When she meets J.D. initially, he doesn’t get past those walls. But over time, J.D. crumbles every wall she kept up, leaving her afraid of the possibilities.

J.D. has his own issues with drama and his own messed up past. He feels the pull to Sierra immediately, but he isn’t looking for a relationship, so when she keeps her walls firmly in place, he lets her. He doesn’t like it, but he lets it happen. The more Sierra and J.D. are forced to meet each other, the more he crumbles those walls, and lets his own fall. But there’s more going on then just two people trying to heal each other when they don’t want to be healed. In Lost & Found you find out J.D. has a sister, one he didn’t know about. They don’t share the same dad, so he basically becomes a full time father over night. But reading these two interact, while J.D. tries to find his way with Sierra and through life, was absolutely amazing.

I loved every single page of this book, even the parts I wanted to shake Sierra. ESPECIALLY when I wanted to yell at J.D. Anna made these characters real for me. And I need more, SO MUCH MORE. Then again, I always need more so it’s not a surprise. Anna, I love you even when you’re evil and tease me with new projects. And I love this series, so so much.


Lost & Found by Anna B. Doe Review

newarcbannerblurblost & foundI don’t know what I want to do with my life. The only thing I am sure of is that this is not what I imagined my life to be. So, instead of staying and trying to figure out what is wrong, I choose to run away. I choose the unknown. I choose the adventure.
My name is Anabel Majer, and I’m lost.

I have it all—well, almost all: family, health, money, fame, career, women, you name it. The only thing I am missing is a Super Bowl ring—or so I thought until the night everything changed. One night, a small Tinkerbell collided with my life, and I am gone.
My name is William Price, and I found her.

She is everything he wanted.
He is everything she needed to stay away from.
What happens if at the end of the journey you lose more than you find?

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Talk about a slow burn!! The story of Anabel and William unfolds over the course of a year, with a constant push and pull that makes you want to scream. William is so unbelievably sweet, even for a big football player, that I wanted to shake Ana, MANY TIMES, for not just giving into him. And I wanted to hug Will and tell him that it was ok she was being a big meanie-pants, because I was there for him.

I love that this book is safe (i.e. Will doesn’t go try to screw someone else to get over Ana, and Ana sure as hell didn’t go out on dates or anything with other guys). Will might constantly say that needs to get laid, that’s why he was so crazy over his Tinkerbell, but he never made moves to rectify the situation (okay, ONCE he went with someone else to some thing because he needed a date and Ana was being mean but he didn’t put the moves on his date at ALL).

The reason that this got 4.5 stars instead of 5 for me was because of Ana. One, she was lying to herself like, the whole time. There were times she was honest with herself, but when her friends pushed to her to be honest with herself and them, she was usually witchy back to them. And then there were the times her fear made her lash out at William, giving him major hot and cold feels. At first, it was a huge turn off. But then the more I read, the more I understood Ana, and the more my heart ached for her too. She was lost in school, not really sure what to do, so traveled half way across the year to be a companion. She wasn’t supposed to fall in love with the family, or make friends, and she was definitely not supposed to fall in love. She tried so hard not to, but she did.

Will did not make it easy on her either. He pulled out all the stops to get her to fall for him. The ending just about broke me. And Forever comes out soon and all I can think is that it needs to be EPIC (which it probably will, because so far Anna is an amazing author), but I’m also terrified of what’s going to happen because the teaser said it was heartbreaking and I just don’t know if I’m mentally prepared enough for this. I need epilogues with marriage and babies and Happily Ever Afters, thank you very much (that was me asking very politely Anna, but I need it like Spongebob needs water!!).

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Jock Row by Sara Ney is live and it’s SO GOOD Y’ALL

blurbjockrowScarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you’re worshiping the porcelain gods.

Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends—the universities hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she’d be the star athlete.

Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.

“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the universities baseball team—and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House.

But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.


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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Jock Row gave me some super Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf feels. Rowdy the wolf course. First, he’s a growing boy and literally doesn’t stop eating. I don’t know many times he thought that he could eat Scarlett but it was sexy AF so I was down for it. And Scarlett is the good girl who loves bringing food to Rowdy just to see him scarf it down, but she’s also the one that’s not afraid to sass d-bag baseball players, and call them on their shit.

Scarlett and Rowdy’s banter in this book had me smiling like a freaking goofball the entire time. Even when Scarlett gets kicked out of the baseball house that first night, she doesn’t lose her sass; she doesn’t back down. I loved the games these two played with each other (I’ve never wanted to play Never Have I Ever so badly!) and I loved the friendship these two created, sitting outside on the porch of the baseball house, despite neither of them living there. I love how Rowdy is open with Scarlett, showing her a side not many see.

And Jesus I though Oz (from the Studying Hours: How to Date a Douchebag) was a pervert, but I swear Rowdy beats him. Trust me. Read Oz and James’ story, then read Rowdy and Scarlett. Rowdy takes pervert to a whole new level, and I love it!! This is a friends to lovers novel, so it’s a bit of a slow burn. It takes these two a minute to get vertical, (but holy hell when they do it’s AWESOME), but that does not stop Rowdy or Scarlett from having dirty thoughts.

From beginning to end, this book was entertaining, light hearted, and the perfect romantic comedy to get you out of a book hangover, or to help you move on from the book that just ripped your heart out and stomped it to pieces. Even if Rowdy sucked, which he doesn’t, this book would so be worth reading just to meet Rowdy’s parents. His mom is the BOMB DOT COM. This was a book I will probably buy because my need to re-read it will over come me many times. Rhett (from The Learning Hours: How to Date a Douchebag) will always be my favorite, partly due to his ability to speak French and not know what it does to lady bits around the world, but Rowdy is seriously a close second. Like so close, I think I’ll claim both of them as my book boyfriends and live happily in my little menage.


My review of OH HOLY SH*T by Lucia Franco



Adrianna Rossi is no stranger to the rigorous demands required of her body. Years of pain and determination make her one of the best. Olympic glory is the ultimate goal, and she’ll do anything to achieve it. Even if that means leaving home to attend World Cup Academy of Gymnastics, a training center that serves one purpose—producing champions.

Perfection, precision, and dedication are required of his athletes. When two time Olympian Konstantin Kournakova is persuaded into training the young hopeful, he immediately regrets it. She doesn’t come close to his high standards. As the relentless pursuit of her dream keeps her striving, a passion is ignited within him.

Kova’s power and domination, coupled with Adrianna’s fierce tenacity, reveal there is more for her body to learn. Every interaction can be misconstrued, but there’s no mistaking the darkening of his gaze, the lingering of his touch, or the illicit image of his bare skin pressed against hers. Integrity is on the line. One toe off the beam and their forbidden desires could ruin everything they’ve worked for, throwing it all off balance.

WARNING: This novel contains explicit content.

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A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.

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This is another review where I say sorry not sorry in advance for the shouty caps but they are necessary.

I. AM. SHOOK. If you had asked me a year ago, or hell a few months ago, to read a romance with a 15/16 year old girl and a 32 year old man, I would have laughed… and laughed and laughed. I can’t remember at this moment where I heard of Lucia Franco, but I joined her reader’s group and heard alllllll about Kova and Adrianna. I figured I’d read Lucia’s other books first, then get to Balance. I LIED TO MYSELF. After hearing so much of #TeamKova or #TeamHayden, and seeing Lucia torture her readers (which she’s very good at by the way), I decided to jump in and start reading.

FIRST OF ALL, Lucia, how dare you create such a masterpiece. I’m all for taboo relationships but I was not supposed to love this as much as I did. Second, ohholyshitwasthisbookamazing. And no, I didn’t forget to put a space. That was all said in one breath. Because it was 610 (read that again SIX HUNDRED AND TEN) pages of absolute debauchery. I feel like the best way to express my feelings on this book, is through a bunch of gifs, because I don’t think I can accurately depict my feelings through words alone. I am literally shaking.

I’m not gonna lie, Kova made me need breaks. He’s so intense, that sometimes I just had to put the book down and take a deep breath, which is why it took me so long to finish it. It’s a long book, but I’ve read books about the same length all in one sitting before. But the push and pull between Kova and Ria makes you almost forget their age difference for a second. I’m pretty sure Kova could have held out longer since he admits, frequently, what they’re doing is wrong. There’s a part of me that was screaming at Kova to stop, and then really STOP, but there was also a small (*cough cough HUGE) part that was chanting Kova’s name in my head urging him on.

And oh God, Hayden is so sweet I just want to eat him up!! The part of me that’s yelling at Kova to stop messing around, LITERALLY, was rooting for more Hayden time- and I HATE love triangles with the fury of a thousand suns (I’m a tad bit dramatic), but this is one love triangle that I desperately need more of. I swear, I remember being fifteen, but I do not remember being half as mature as Ria sometimes. Which is good, cause ya know, KOVA.

I’m not going to tell you that you’ll love this book. It’s not going to be for everyone, and I know that. It’s so freaking taboo it’s not even funny. Heck, I didn’t think I would like this book. I thought it was going to go into my DNF list. All I’m asking you to do is to give this book a chance. You will find yourself loving and hating Kova, rooting for these two as much as you want them to break up cause you don’t want Kova in jail. This book pushes all your boundaries, all your expectations, makes you question your own damn morals for enjoying this book so much.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit in front of the fan to cool down, because I didn’t mention it before, but Lucia doesn’t skip over the sex scenes. Why would she do that? Nope she’s explicit. So yeah, I’m going to go sit in front of a fan spritzing water on myself, because of COURSE it’s 80 degrees outside when I finally finish reading this book.

Lucia, like Kova, I don’t know if I love you or if I hate you.