3.5 Stars

Ain’t She Sweet (Green Mountain, #6) by Marie Force Review

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Ain't She Sweet: Green Mountain Book 6 by Marie Force (2016-04-26) - Marie Force

Charlotte “Charley” Abbott has gone out with every guy under thirty-five in Butler, Vermont—except for one. Tyler Westcott’s attempts to date her may be determined, and frequent, but Charley can’t stand how he acts like he knows her better than she knows herself. So when Tyler turns up at the running club Charley joined to train for a marathon, she’s almost ready to quit before she even gets started.

Tyler knows that behind Charley’s prickly personality and dismissive attitude is a sweet woman he wants in his life. And when Charley suffers an injury while training, Tyler is ready to prove that the perfect man for her has been right there all along..

Review

 

What is not to love about a hero who adores the heroine? Flat out. Steadfast in liking her in all her prickles and pushing away.

 

The heroine’s reasons for this behavior I felt were, well, hmmm, such a deep seated reaction and then her own behaviors unexamined behaviors around relationships begged for some therapy. I get it but there was something in the writing that did not make this part of the heroine make full sense really and was a drawback to enjoying the book.

 

Not a drawback–small town setting, big families, christmas, fantasy of a wealthy humble dude, sweet hot romance.

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Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1) by Sarina Bowen Review

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Rookie Move (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…
 
Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

 

Review

 

Sarina Bowen writes wonderful couples that I really like and wish the very best.

 

This is the first entry in her new pro hockey series and its good. The sexual tension is off the charts and the sheer like between the characters let alone the love is grand.

 

However, I did get impatient with the book a bit. This series is a spin off from the Ivy League Years (id you haven’t read these books, go now). So, I knew Leo’s and Georgia’s backstory and have an idea about each character coming into the book. I think without this knowledge I would have been happier.

 

As it was I was restless with wanting them to deal with what was between them and then frustrated that Georgia hadn’t been doing more (or at least we don’t get to see it when they were apart) and Leo doesn’t seem to own up to his own very odd behavior with the ladies in the years since they have been together. I wanted that contended with as a series fan. It wasn’t. I wanted to move to the being together faster.

 

There is extra drama with the heroine’s father was not really needed and couple time could have taken its place.

 

There is an amazing scene that is so tender and real towards the end of the book that I loved when Georgia sees Leo’s pain and he sees his own pain. More of that please. This is where I would have liked the book to build from and not come to an end.

 

So, the pacing was off in places but still such great characters and writing.

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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland Review

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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.

It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby–screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Simple right?
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…
And this one is ours.

 

Review

You know the writing is pretty good when I start liking a book where the hero is a fairly largely ego crazy jerk. And, of course, he is and he isn’t.

 

There is a lot of sorrow and goodness in this book and Keeland does a great job with characters that are more than one thing all at once.

 

The romance is sexy and engaging and the intersections with the hero’s and heroine’s past loves are well done though the hero’s is better handled in terms of creating connection for me than the heroine.

 

I can see how some could really dislike this book and never get over the rudeness of the hero early on in the book because it is well over the top and not called for given the heroine’s status in a male dominated profession.

 

There was some odd telling of the story from the hero’s ex love’s viewpoint that might be saying she will get her own book (and that would be good) but those chapters were painful for me.

 

The attraction between the hero and heroine is so physical and while they like each other a great deal too for me the love connection was a touch off.

 

But I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would and I am looking forward to more books by this writer.

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Under Locke by Mariana Zapata Review

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Under Locke - Mariana Zapata

He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario if things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before, one more wouldn’t kill me.

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly… even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time.

And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop.

… she should have chosen the strip club.

 

Review

If you are looking for a low angst motorcycle club romance, this is a good choice. I actually like that aspect of the book with a club that has gone clean so it is mainly the drama between the leads that drives the story but there is outside drama caused by the heroines father as well.

The hero is a jerk at times in that he needs and anger management class but the heroine while much more passive in general puts him in his place.

This is a nice read for the most part (with a few cringes here and there). But there really is a the kitchen sink in here in terms of clichés and much less friends to lovers in this slow burn that this writer usually delivers.

Not bad. Not great.

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