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Building a Bad Boy by Colleen Collins Review

   Building a Bad Boy by Colleen Collins 2 Stars

Her own custom-made bad boy

When Kimberly Logan makes men over to find their mates, she knows the type of guy women want. However, Nigel Durand, an all-around beautiful hunk of man, might be her toughest client yet. He’s got the droolworthy look, but his nice-guy personality and sweet ways make him too available. Looks as if she’s in for a lot of hands-on coaching.

Too bad the more she has her hands on him, the more tempted she is. And when he throws himself into being “Nicky,” his charming and sexy alter ego, Kimberly can’t resisL.especially when he delivers steamy kisses and whispered promises. After hitting the sheets with him, she knows this is one bad boy she’s not letting go!


Review

The hero is wonderful. He is thoughtful, funny, nerdy, hot.

The heroine works my last living nerve.

The basic plot that he comes to her for a makeover because he is sick of not getting the woman he wants is fine.

How slow she is to realize he is great as is and how dumb she is about her job to the point of immorality is a no go for me.

I didn’t want her to get him. Grow and change I am all for but it is never good when I want to snatch the HEA out of one of the leads hands and give it to anyone else.

The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel, #1) by Twyla Turner Review

The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel Book 1) by Twyla Turner  2.5 Stars! 

She’ll be the greatest fight of his life…

Bradyn ‘The Red Scot’ MacTavish is the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world, despite his humble beginnings as the fat kid growing up. A tragedy that befell his life changed him and made sure that he never felt helpless again. He spent years making a name for himself in the octagon as an alpha beast, but when it comes to the ladies he is a fumbling mess. Always feeling like the unpopular kid. The day that Payton Bailey walks into his gym changes everything.

When it comes to men, Payton is as clueless as she is with social cues. She prefers to stick with what she knows: Sci-Fi, comic books, video games and web design. After a heartbreaking incident her freshman year of college, she was never able to look at big muscular men the same way again. So imagine her surprise and absolute fright when she catches the eye of the massive, hulking MMA fighter, who she secretly nicknames The Red Giant.

The computer geek has done her best to avoid, ignore, and even maim Bradyn but the stubborn Scot has no intentions of letting the skittish lass slip through his fingers. And with the help of her three friends, he just might win the fight of his life.

Review

I enjoyed this book a lot but there are writing errors and almost all the tropes of the book are heavy handed.

What saved it was fun dialogue, a great circle of friends, a wonderful sweet hero, and a geeky heroine.

Our hero and heroine are both shy which is fun. The hero is very self aware and kind. The heroine has PTSD from a past attempted rape.

The hero’s lovely wooing of the heroine plus the fact that that he is a super hot Scot let me enjoy the book despite the telling passages, lack of complexity, and typos.

In Time (Play On Book 2) by Cd Brennan Review

 In Time (Play On Book 2) by  Cd Brennan 

Rory Cameron is all about rugby. He’s been playing since he was a wee bairn in Edinburgh. By now, he should be a powerhouse with his single-minded dedication to the Traverse City Blues Rugby Club. But something is missing. With his dad breathing down his neck to make a big club, the last thing he needs is a sassy country girl distracting him.

Grace making the men’s team? Improbable. Rory coaching a women’s rugby team? Unbelievable. Falling for the girl? Absolutely.

Grace Bowman moves to Michigan to forge a new life without her family’s constant mothering. She refuses to let her diabetes keep her from the life she craves. Time to live big and take chances—carpe diem and all that. Still, the last thing she expects is for things to heat up with the coach of the women’s rugby team. If her new lifestyle doesn’t kill her, rugby just might. But Grace is willing to take the chance for a winning try with Rory.

3 Stars

 

Review

This book irritates me because it is close to being a great book but falls short.

Everything that is here is very good but truncated.

For example, there is a point where Rory freaks out but it is really not explored, processed, or integrated.

The heroine is reckless with her health and this is a key and compelling element of the story but we don’t get to see her growing and changing. The book just ends.

Rory makes a big personal change and again we barely get a taste of his new life.

The love story is stunted which makes sense given the character but we don’t get to see it bloom.

This has a more Happy for Now ending which is not my favorite.

I love the rugby and the psychology in the book The characters are really human and the pairing is good but it all needs more depth and completion.

I am hoping the third book in the series will move in this direction.

Playing It Cool (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #2) by Amy Andrews Review

Review:

Playing It Cool - Amy Andrews

Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but herstepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie,Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. Infront of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals,but Dex won’t take no for an answer.

Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule:no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he’s focused on hiscareer for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chickhe’d been secretly ogling. What’s a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just alittle revenge against a poser, and then he’ll get his head back in thegame.

But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. Andthe next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes rightoff.

Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…

 

 

Review

 

I love Amy Andrews and I love rugby sports romances. What could go wrong?

 

There were many good moments in this book and a basically liked the characters but I think this being a brazen book pushed the sexy times to take up space needs for relationship development and character development.

 

Sexy times can do that but mainly these love scenes didn’t work that way for me.

Sigh.

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In Touch (Play On Book 1) by C.D. Brennan Review

Sexy. Passionate. Fierce.

Irish rugby star, Padraig O’Neale, has fecked up his life and is one angry man. When caught using a banned substance for his back pain, Padraig is excused from both his provincial club and the Irish International team. Right before World Cup selection. Out of choices, his agent convinces Padraig to play for a small American club in Michigan. Just until things settle down. But when Coach asks the team physical therapist, Gillian Sommersby, to help the newest Blues player with his issues, Padraig finds himself trying every wacky treatment out there from stinky salves to music to yoga. Like her therapies, the therapist herself is a bit…odd. The cute college grad in Converse and glasses doesn’t seem all that impressed with Padraig’s celebrity status, nor gives a shite about his excuses. As it turns out, she might be exactly what he needs…

 

 

3 Star

Review

I like the mood of this book in terms of how the writer deals with grief, addiction and passion for one’s profession.

The heroine is dedicated to her job as a physical therapist integrating new methods into her practice. She is grieving the loss of her brother to addiction.

She is a lot hippy and the hero is not.

The hero is an Irish rugby player struggling with a addiction on pain pills and his denial.

There is a great deal of passion between them and they struggle with communication but they both grow a great deal.

The rugby details are finely drawn.

The romance could end with more emotionial bravery but this is a compelling read and I am looking forward to reading more in the series.

Just Say Yes (Escape to New Zealand #10) by Rosalind James 5 Stars Review!

5 Stars!

Some fires warm you up. And some burn you down.
Kevin McNicholl may be a brutal force on the rugby field, but off the field, the star New Zealand All Black is a famously nice guy. His new tenant, though, arouses more than his protective side. She sets him on fire. Pity he’s evicting her.

Every woman deserves her dreams. Chloe Donaldson can’t afford dreams, though, so she’s given them up. Marriage, her ballet career, and now, her beautiful tower apartment with its view of the sea. Her new landlord is kicking her out, along with her three-year-old son, Zavy.

She should hate him. But when a man looks at you like that, it’s so easy to lose your focus.

Review

It is a devine feeling when the 10th book in a series you love is this good.

This book is good. So, very, very good.

It has all the great parts of the series with the wonderful New Zealand setting and culture as well as all the joy that is rugby. We get to see a lot of couples from other books.

However, what makes this such a great romance is the coming together of this couple–a ballet dancer and a rugby player. They are very different from each other and yet it is in the startling overlap of the physicality, drive, passion, and dedication of their lives that they see, know, and love each other.

Wonderful. Sexy. Emotionally compelling.

The hero. Ahhhh. I love a steadfast kind hero. James does a great job showing all layers of a person and gives us the kind of hero that well books should be written about. He exists inside a complex family and work life. He is complex and really sexy in all his ways.

The heroine is a single mother who is coming out of the haze of early motherhood and has family dynamics of her own to sort out. She is so herself and its wonderful. She is sexy as hell too.

Together. Boom. The celebration of bodies in this series is especially good in this editions. Very body positive for all the varied body types here. (with a little wobble on the weight issues of one side character). In every word, this book relish the unique bodies we all have. A really gift in this book.

The plots out side the romance are inside them because that is how life works and this is a well told story that will move you.

Wrecking Ball (Hard to Love, #1) by P. Dangelico Review

4.5 Stars!

Cam DeSantis’ life is a hot, steaming pile. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable a-hole, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted NY Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do is find a safe place in her mind to hide whenever she feels the need to throat punch him into tomorrow…which is often.

Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. Wait, wait––let me rephrase that. He loves women, he just doesn’t want anything to do with ‘um. Not since his wife, presently ex-wife, got knocked up by the guy she was cheating on him with. Problem is––there’s one living in his house. And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.

 

Review

I am so excited. I found an new author to love and a comfort read. I know I will read this one again and again.

The pacing of this book is just excellent. Each section is delicious. I love a slow burn romance and this one is so well done.

The hero and heroine start out not knowing each other or liking each other and then they do and become friends and then we watch them fall in love.

Calvin is gruff and grumpy and yet emotionially intelligent. He raised his siblings and is taking care of his nephew. He is closed off after his divorce and childhood.

Cam is grieving the death of her husband who left her with a scandal.

They each have friends and family. They are complex.

There is a lot of wit to this book as well as charm and ache.

It is full of little details and kindnesses and raw love and hurt.

I love that the hero is far from a man whore. I can’t get enough of the kind of hero who sees women (all women and not just the heroine) as people and not bodies.

The last turn of the book is a little melodramatic but it is still great. The epilogue is good but I wanted more. I am thrilled this is going t0 be series!

Really loved it!

Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell Review

4 Stars!

At a boxing gym in Chicago, Mary Monahan accidentally knocks out the most handsome man she’s ever met. After she wakes him up with a few slaps and some smelling salts, the very first thing he does is ask her out for ribs and beer. His name is Jimmy. He looks like a Gillette model. And he’s just too hunky to resist.

Jimmy “The Falcon” Falconi is mystified that Mary has absolutely no idea who he is. Mystified and refreshed. He is, after all, not your everyday NFL quarterback. He shops at Costco, has a soft spot for Pinterest, and is in the midst of an epic losing streak.

Jimmy falls for Mary fast and hard, the way he does everything—balls out and like it’s fourth and long. And he realizes he’s finally met his match. That stamina he’s so proud of? Doesn’t stand a chance against her Kegels.

But what they don’t know is she’s also his new physical therapist, recently hired by the Bears to work on his rotator cuff…and groin injury. If she can’t help him, he’ll be traded faster than they can say “offensive penetration.”

In spite of the thousands of internet memes featuring Jimmy’s face with captions like: “HEY GIRL, WANT TO TOUCH MY BALLS?” Mary finds herself falling for him and his unrelenting desire to make her his.

Until a toddler shows up at Jimmy’s door.

And throws their lives into total chaos.

Review

I love this hero and I love this heroine and together they are perfect.

We start with a cute meet when she knocks him out. Love it.

The hero, who does keep who is under wraps for a bit, is a wonderful guy. The heroine has a full life and is a little resistant to joining the spotlight but the hero makes it worth it.

Very funny and sweet and sexy. All the good things. Loved it and will reread it with pleasure.

Nix (Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club #7.5) by Candace Blevins Review

4 Stars!

Predator and prey…

Nix recently transferred to Chattanooga from the Asheville RTMC chapter. The MC’s new gun store needs someone to teach rifle classes, and Nix was a Special Forces sniper in the military.

Tippy came to Chattanooga to start her life anew. She’s a shooter as well, and she won a silver medal at the Olympics, but she uses a different name now and tries to stay out of the limelight. Most deer can’t function in human society, but she’s found ways to navigate modern life without her deer freezing or running every time something startles her.

Wolves are fiercely monogamous when they fall in love, while deer have trouble understanding the concept of exclusivity. Then there’s the fact wolves eat deer in the wild.

A wolf and a deer madly in love and living happily ever after has to be impossible. Right?

Review

I love a heroine that is very very good at something and a hero who crushes on her for her talent as it embodies who she is.

Our heroine is an Olympic level shooter and gun smith. Our hero is a world class sniper with a big ole crush on her.

Oh, he is a biker wolf shifter and she is a deer shifter. So, yeah.

The romance is hot and touching as predator and prey work out how to be together with cultural differences around sex within the background of a motorcycle club.

I am not thrilled with some elements of how the wolf dealt with the poly piece in terms of what is being said about who and what counts as sex but within the context of this couple and this world it makes sense.

This is a really enjoyable erotic action packed paranormal romance.

Getting Inside (Seattle Grizzlies, #1) by Serena Bell Review

3 and Half Stars!

 

Iona: There’s nothing like the rush of going head-to-head with the boys. Football is my life, and I got my new job with the Seattle Grizzlies because I know how to play rough. But as a woman in a man’s game, I can’t afford any distractions—like panty-melting tabloid darling Ty Williams, my star linebacker. I’ve stared down plenty of good-looking players without losing my cool . . . and yet something about Ty’s intense gaze burns straight to my core.

Ty: Despite what they say in the press, I save my best moves for game day. The Grizzlies aren’t just my teammates, they’re my brothers—no way am I going to let some new coach shake up our defense. But Iona Thomas isn’t just some coach. It’s so tough to keep my head in the game when I’d rather be in bed with her. She may take charge at practice, but if I had her in my arms, I’d be choosing the plays. I just need to figure out what makes her tick—and what makes her want to break the rules.

 

 

Review

This is a well written compelling love story of one of the first female pro football coaches and a player.

The characters are full developed, the conflicts real, and the plot well paced.

I loved the look at sexism in sports.

All that said, it just wasn’t a favorite for me. I never liked the hero that much though his character evolved and was finely painted. I liked the heroine.

I think because so much of the attraction between them was physical I missed the falling in like with each other though they certainly respected one another.

So, a very good book for someone else.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.