Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney

The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1)
by Sarah Ney
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Source: Amazon
CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.
 
SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.
  
…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…

Her.


I have seen this series all over Instagram, but I really had no idea what it was about. When I saw that the first two ebooks were on sale, I decided to one-click both of them and see how they turned out. 

Sebastian "Oz" Osbourne is a douchebag. As big man on campus and a Division 1 wrestler, Oz pretty much gets anything, and any girl, he wants. Jameson Clarke doesn't need any distractions. She has to study for her grades and she's serious about college, unlike the annoying jocks who distract her at the library. When Oz won't leave her alone with his arrogant personality and crass language, James tries to ignore him. But Oz is persistent and James finds herself actually enjoying his company while Oz finds himself liking the stuck-up girl from the library. 

In the beginning, I had a good feeling about this book. I love a cocky, arrogant jock who is intrigued by the girl who isn't impressed by his reputation. Oz is so well known on campus that he's shocked when James has no idea who he is. She is so different from any girl he's been with and he's intrigued by the girl who looks so buttoned up but who has a wild side of her own. I really liked Oz and how he changed throughout the novel and was so surprised by how much he actually like being around James. 

James, on the other hand, is still a mystery to me. We got that she worked hard and took school seriously, but we never really learned that much about her past. At one point, Oz was talking about what he had learned about James and we were never told those things. I didn't know her past, especially with dating, and I really missed that link to her as a character. I did love how she learned to find Oz's personality endearing and didn't really know what to do about her new feelings. 

Overall, this was a great college romance with a cocky athlete and a girl that was much more intriguing than she looked. Fans of The Hook Up and The Deal are going to find their next favorite college sports romance with the How to Date a Douchebag series!



Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

Down by Contact (The Barons #2)
by Santino Hassell
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Source: Publisher
Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…
 



I'm fairly new to the whole m/m genre, but I have been so intrigued by sports m/m romances after reading Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I have heard great things about this series, so I was excited to finally try out a book by Santino Hassell!

Recently coming out as gay to the whole world, quarterback Simeon Boudreaux has the support of his teammates and society. Well, except for rival player Adrian Bravo. Adrian will take any chance he can get to knock Simeon down a few pegs and has become obsessed with attacking him. When a game between the rivals goes too far and a brawl breaks out, Adrian and Simeon are suspended and forced to work at a football camp for kids. Together. Adrian is livid and fights with Simeon every chance he can get. But the more time the two spend coaching the teens and really caring for them, the more they see each other as friends. And something more.

While this is the second book in this series, I decided to read it without reading the first book. It took awhile to catch on to who was who and what their backgrounds were, but I got along just fine as I got further into the book. I do think I would have gotten more out of this book if I had read book one first, but I still was able to enjoy these characters. It was fun watching Adrian and Simeon's rivalry play out and watch Adrian put on such an angry face around Simeon because he was just trying to ignore the growing attraction he felt for him. While this is only my second m/m book, I was surprised to find the same trope of a gay man and a guy who was confused about being gay falling in love. I really hope this isn't going to be an overused trope, but I guess it does add more conflict to the story because one of the characters wants to deny the attraction because they have never had those feelings for a man before.

Since this is a hate to love romance, it was really hard to like Adrian's character for awhile. Adrian was so mean to Simeon and took every chance he had at putting him down. Other characters did acknowledge this fact, though, and questioned Simeon's decision when he started to show feelings towards Adrian when he so publicly ridiculed him in the past. I wanted to see more redeeming qualities for Adrian throughout the whole book, though, and not just at the end when he finally accepted his feelings for Simeon.

Overall, I really did enjoy this enemies to lovers romance between two football players. I loved this cast of characters and really can't wait to pick up book one and see the couple that started it all fall in love. If you're a fan of m/m sports romances, you definitely have to check out The Barons series!





Monday, January 15, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

 


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My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards. 

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction. 

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems. 

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…


About the Author


Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (275)

 

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From Publisher

I got some great books from publishers this week that I am so excited bout. I have heard so many good things about Final Girls and can't wait to read it myself. As for Judgment Road, you can never go wrong with a motorcycle romance! 

From Half Price Books

I have heard AMAZING things about Wilder and when I had a 40% off online coupon for Half Price Books, I finally had to order this one. 

From Amazon

I was OBSESSED with The Hook Up last year and have to continue on with the series. I am so excited to get back into this world and read about a new character! 


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Beau and the Belle by RS Grey

We are so excited to reveal the stunning cover of R.S. Grey's next release, THE BEAU & THE BELLE! This romantic comedy releases February 1st. See the cover and find out more about THE BEAU & THE BELLE below!
 


About THE BEAU & THE BELLE

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.
I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.
That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.
A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.
Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.
Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.
My old friend, Mr. Fortier.
But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.
When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.
Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Reckless by Lex Martin




Title: Reckless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo: Perrywinkle Photography
 Release Date: February 20, 2018



Blurb

Tori…
For the record, I'm not going to hook up with my boss.

I'm a lot of things-a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I'll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.

I don't want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won't get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him. 

Ethan…
Between us, she's the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. 

What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn't notice.

My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn't matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can't have and shouldn't want, no matter how much I crave her. 





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Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Taming Him by Kennedy Fox


Title: Taming Him
Series: Bishop Brothers
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Vacation Romance
Photographer: Wander Augular
Model: Zac Aynsley
Designer: RBA Designs
Release Date: January 30, 2018
*Each Bishop Brothers novel is an interconnected standalone*


Alex Bishop is your typical cowboy.

Charming, sexy, and wears a panty-melting smirk.

Working on the ranch helped build his solid eight-pack and smoking body. He’s every girl’s wet fantasy and he knows it too. Alex doesn’t follow the rules of your typical playboy bachelor. After wining and dining his dates and giving them the best night of their lives, he always sends flowers and calls the next day—even if it’s to say, let’s just be friends. His mama taught him manners after all and his southern blood knows how to be a gentleman. Still, that isn’t enough to tame the wildest of the Bishop brothers.

River Lancaster has finally met the man of her dreams. Too bad after six months of romantic bliss, she finds out he’s married. With a broken heart and blind rage, she books herself a ticket to Key West, Florida. Tired of cheaters and liars, she’s set on escaping to forget he ever existed. Who needs a man when there’s an all-you-can-drink margarita bar, anyway? That’s what she tells herself until she bumps into the right guy who can make all those bad memories disappear.
Even if it’s only temporarily.

Two weeks on the beach is what they both need. No strings attached, no expectations, no broken hearts. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll change the entire course of their lives in just nine short months.

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