A good barometer for me about whether a book is good or not is the amount of time it takes for me to finish. Now this comes with a caveat: 1. I like tA good barometer for me about whether a book is good or not is the amount of time it takes for me to finish. Now this comes with a caveat: 1. I like the book so much I finish it in one day and 2. I finish the book so fast that I am sad when it’s over so I don’t want to finish it so fast. So what’s a reader to do?
Slow Heat took me a day to finish so to say I enjoyed the book is an understatement. Now I do admit to being partial to a sports-themed contemporary romance, but seriously this book hit a home run out of the park for me right from the first chapter.
Shalvis starts each chapter with a baseball quote and chapter one’s quote had me smiling. Confucius say: “Baseball wrong - man with four balls cannot walk.”
This is the second book in the Pacific Heat baseball series (Double Play was book one), and although it is not necessary to read the first book, Wade and Sam do make their debut in the first book, so it helps.
Major League Baseball bad boy, catcher for the Santa Barbara Heat, Wade O’Reily is a player on and off the field. He’s had some bad press lately and the Heat's owners want him to clean up his act - Now!
Heat publicist Samantha McNead is great at her job, a true professional and she would be willing to do just about anything for the team she loves. So the wheels are set in motion as Sam and the sexy catcher agree to a scheme requiring them to play pretend boyfriend/girlfriend for a month. The game plan is to get him some positive press, to appease the team owners by toning down his playboy image.
It’s not exactly going to be a hardship for Sam cozying up to the sexy-as-sin Wade and they do have a past including a drunken tryst in an elevator, something Sam’s head wants to forget, but her body remembers all to vividly. This pretend relationship is strictly for show because first and foremost Wade is a player, who has no interest in the long-term and Sam realistically knows they have no future, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
The story is full of witty dialogue and sexual innuendo and the chemistry between Wade and Sam is off the charts. Wade is yummy, sexy and scrumptious and so cute you can’t help but fall in love with him. Turns out Sam couldn’t help herself either.
Slow Heat will not disappoint and my only complaint was that the ending came waaaaay to soon. I needed more!
I am a sucker for a sports-themed, contemporary romance and Gibson delivers on all counts.
First of all I must say it's pure Marketing genius to releaI am a sucker for a sports-themed, contemporary romance and Gibson delivers on all counts.
First of all I must say it's pure Marketing genius to release a book about a hockey player during the height of the NHL playoffs, but you don't have to be a fan of sports or hockey in particular to enjoy Nothing But Trouble because there is very little actual "hockey" action contained within this book.
Mark Bressler, ex-captain of the Seattle Chinooks had it all. Fame, fortune and a brilliant career as a superstar hockey player and in an instant in a life-altering car crash his life was forever changed. He's got a huge chip on his shoulder at the bad blow life has dealt him. His wife left him for greener (as in money) pastures, he walks with a cane, pops Vicodin like they're Tic-Tacs and worst of all he'll never play hockey again. He's pissed at life and is quite content to wallow in his self-pity and isolation and be a big old (albeit HAWT) Mr Crankypants. How can you help but feel empathy for the guy?
Perky, aspiring but out of work actress Chelsea Ross with her blond/reddish/pink hair, colourful clothes (or like she just got off the boat - Mark's words not mine) and big honkin' boobs is not what the Doctor ordered as far as Mark is concerned . He thinks she's his new health care worker, but she's actually been hired by the Chinooks to be Mark's personal assistant. Chelsea's twin sister Bo works in the Chinooks front office and was instrumental in getting Chelsea the gig.
Mark wants an assistant like he wants another hole in his head. He's managed to run off the last few "assistants" the team has sent over to his home in record time and Chelsea isn't going to be the exception if Mark has anything to do with it. He's a man on a mission to get rid of the latest intrusion in his live and the sooner the better.
But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to make ends meet. And with a bonus of $10,000.00 on the line if she can stick it out for 3 months, Mark can do his worse, because Chelsea ain't going nowhere!
Chelsea is obsessed with her boobs. Big honkin' Dolly Parton boobs. I am qualified to work at Hooter's boobs! And they are mentioned again and again. One of the reasons Chelsea agrees to take the job as Mark's assistant is so that she can save enough money to have breast reduction surgery. This is something her family is totally against and can't comprehend. Surprisingly once Mark finds out about her insecurities concerning her large ta-tas and her desire to have the surgery - he is actually very supportive (might also be because while he can appreciate her fine assets, he is actually a leg man). It was just one more reason to fall a little bit more in love with him.
This book could have been entitled Hello House (as in the Fox TV show starring Hugh Laurie) meet Dolly(Parton). That's kind of what the character's reminded me of while reading it.
There are some very funny scenes between these two especially one in which Mark sends Chelsea on an errand to the drugstore to purchase some "items" for him. I have been reading romance novels for alooooong time and one of these items I did not even know existed or that it was possible to buy it from a drug store and not a specialty sex shop. Another very funny scene occurred when Mark was giving Chelsea the silent treatment. She continually bombarded him on his cell phone even though they were in the same house, a few feet apart just to bug him about the most mundane things. I couldn't help but laugh.
Mark and Chelsea are great together...funny and sexy and as mean as he tries to be, she knows just how to handle him and keep him on his toes. My only complaint about the book is a personal one. I need more than a few pages at the end of a book for such a deserving couple to get their HEA. I felt cheated and I wanted and needed to read more.
Rachel Gibson is an auto-buy for me and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Nothing But Trouble delivers nothing but a fun, sexy romp. Run don't walk to get your copy! ...more
I love sports-themed stories (I'm still holding out hope one day an author will write about a sexy te 3 1/2 Stars
The cover definitely gets 5+++ stars.
I love sports-themed stories (I'm still holding out hope one day an author will write about a sexy tennis player *waiting*), so it was a no brainer that I would be reading The Perfect Play and with this cover as a tease - who could not pick up this book?
The Perfect Play is the story I’m sure every women fantasizes about happening to them. Personally I think you have a better chance of being struck by lightning, but it never hurts to dream. Just the though of being within licking distance of that cover model in real life is enough to make all the girly parts tingle.
Average, every day, 30 year old single mom with a 15 year old son meets gorgeous, hunky, starting NFL quarterback and they begin a hot, hot, HAWT sexy affair. Yes there is sex, lots and lots of sex. You go girl! We will all live vicariously through you.
Mick Riley is instantly attracted to event Planner Tara Lincoln and pursues her for a relationship even though they are the most unlikely of couples. He’s used to going to movie premieres with young Hollywood starlets on his arm (all in the name of publicity of course), groupies throwing themselves at him and yet Mick wasn’t portrayed as a playboy at all. His actual lack of being a “bad boy” seemed a bit out of character for what I imagined a single, gorgeous (see cover again - yummy) starring NFL quarterback to be. Maybe it was more understandable since Mick was more mature at thirty, nearing the later stages of his career and looking for more than the next one night stand. Also he was really close with his family who seemed to keep him grounded. His piece of work publicist Liz on the other hand was 100% against his seeing Tara and tried on more than one occasion to sink their relationship. Liz’s interference cost her big time, but fear not we haven’t seen the last of her. It will be interesting to see how Jaci Burton redeems Liz in the next book in the series Changing the Game about Mick’s brother Gavin.
Although The Perfect Play essentially revolves around the world of football, there is a lot more than just sports to this story. ...more
Give me a sexy sports romance story any day and all is good with my world.
I’ve read the other 2 books in the series and was excited to see Be3.5 Stars
Give me a sexy sports romance story any day and all is good with my world.
I’ve read the other 2 books in the series and was excited to see Bella Andre had a new addition to the Outlaw series. The cover immediately reminded me of another football sports book I read recently (The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton - gotta love those hunky ab-fabulous covers).
What happens in Vegas baby!!! Cole Taylor really wants to fulfil the wishes of his dying Grandmother who raised him. She wants to see him married and settled to a “good girl”. That’s going to be a tough request to fill considering Cole is a famous, football star for the San Francisco Outlaws. There may be lots of bad girls lined up around the block for this bad boy, but he needs to find a "good girl" to marry and introduce to Grandma.
First grade teacher Anna Davis is in Vegas for her sister’s wedding. She’s kind of the odd duck in her family, she has a few self esteem issues, is boring and predicable and just looking for the right moment to break out of her shell. Well hello Vegas because Anna’s about to take a gigantic leap outside her comfort zone.
Their eyes meet across a crowded room and with only the brush of her fingertips against his knuckles Cole feels an unbelievable shock of attraction for the innocent brunette at the bar. He also knows immediately knows she’s the “good girl” he’s been looking for. Before either can say “I Do” Cole and Anna are united in Holy Matrimony. I knew why Cole was marrying Anna but since she wasn’t aware of Cole’s full intentions (and had no idea he was a famous football player) I had a harder time believing she would marry a complete stranger - no matter how gorgeous or persuasive he was. So it seemed a bit far-fetched that these 2 would immediately jump into the wedding frying pan, but I went with it. On a side note I was having a he’s too stupid to live moment thinking that given Cole was a famous, wealthy football player, he would consider marrying someone without a pre-nup. Guess he wouldn’t be the first guy to do so?
All I can say is WOW - what a honeymoon. Given that these two barely knew each other a couple of hours, there was nooooo holding back in the bedroom on the wedding night. Cole pushed Anna to her limits and she discovered a whole knew appreciation for her sexuality. Cole kind of reminded me a randy, never had sex before 14 year old boy. He couldn’t get enough of Anna and he was almost too overpowering in his sexual prowess - he could have dialled it down a notch or two given Anna’s innocence. I guess it was a good thing Anna discovered her inner sexpot in a hurry. There are some - no make that a lot of scorching hot sex scenes between these two.
Once Cole revealed his true intentions about his true need for a wife - Anna of course felt betrayed but is then guilted into playing the role of loving and devoted wife to appease a dying woman’s wishes.
Once they return to “normal” life, Anna realizes just how hard it’s going to be to perpetrate the lie of being married to Cole. Anna really is a good girl and having to lie to family, friends and co-workers is not something that comes naturally to her. In addition being in the spotlight of the paparazzi would be hard for anyone to get used to especially when Anna finds herself falling deeply in love for real with her husband - knowing that to him their marriage is a sham and a charade they are playing for the benefit of his grandmother.
One thing that really made me roll my eyes in disbelief was when Anna attended her first ever football game and after watching about half the game - she felt she’d grasped the rules. Oh really? About football? Ummmm I don’t think so. I’m not a huge football fan, but I’ve been watching it for years and I don’t know that I could feel confident about knowing the rules after many years let alone half a game. It’s a little thing, but it struck a nerve with me.
There’s lots to like about Game for Love and really you don’t have to enjoy football or sports to enjoy this book. It’s a love story that starts out under false pretences, with an intense amazing attraction between Cole and Anna and in the end there is a happy ending for everyone. ...more
I am a long time Rachel Gibson fan. I’ve read every one of her books and for me this wasn’t a typical Rachel Gibson book - light, funny wi 3 1/2 stars
I am a long time Rachel Gibson fan. I’ve read every one of her books and for me this wasn’t a typical Rachel Gibson book - light, funny with witty banter between the characters. It’s hard to pull that off when the H/h can’t stand each other for the majority of the book. I think it’s a tough road to hoe as an author when the characters hate each other and not in that playful he loves me, he loves me not kinda way.
Before I started Any Man of Mine I noticed Sam was getting a lot of negative press in the reviews and I was kind of apprehensive before starting, but I tried to keep an open mind.
Sam is a super rich, super self-absorbed, shallow athlete, jock hockey player. But Sam’s also the father of a cute young son Connor. Sam didn’t have the best relationship with his own dad so I wasn’t surprised he didn’t know how to relate to his own son. You live what you know from what you learn growing up - I am a firm believer of that philosophy. He did try to be a father in the only way he knew how, but he wasn’t going to win any father of the year awards. And you could see that Sam came to the realization that he was really missing out on a lot by being a part-time father to Connor.
Autumn and Sam? It’s hard to get invested in and care for characters when they don’t even care for each other. My biggest problem was that I didn’t care if they got together or not.
Their relationship started off after a very brief couple of days six years ago in Vegas. They definitely had chemistry and lusted after one another. After a quickie wedding Sam up and left his new bride and cold-heartedly contacted her via his lawyer for a divorce. In this case what happens in Vegas - doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Hello bouncing baby boy nine months later.
Autumn had so much bitterness and hatred towards Sam, I didn’t see how Rachel Gibson could redeem him enough in time for Autumn to forgive him. Over 2/3 of the way through the book and Autumn and Sam were still on the outs. I kept on thinking Autumn’s been busting his balls this whole book - how are they ever going to get together? It’s going to feel forced and rushed and probably not believable.
Sam did grow and mature as a hero. I think at the age of 35 he came to realize that blowing off his son to party, sleep around, and hanging out with his guy friends paled in comparison to what he could have had with Autumn and his son.
Sam did his moments (even if they were few and far between). The Cher tickets were a sweet, generous touch. Probably my favorite scene of the whole book was when Sam caught Autumn wearing rival Sydney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins hockey jersey. It was a funny, light playful scene - one I would expect from Gibson.
This wasn’t my favorite RG book, but she’s still an auto-buy for me. You can’t score a winning goal on every shot. Sometimes the puck just misses the mark. ...more
I ran across Taming Mad Max while trolling Amazon. I’ve found a lot of great, inexpensive reads lately and by authors I‘ve never read or heard of befoI ran across Taming Mad Max while trolling Amazon. I’ve found a lot of great, inexpensive reads lately and by authors I‘ve never read or heard of before. I guess it’s a little easier to shell out .99 or $2.99 for a book and if it bombs well then no great loss or expense. But when I keep finding books that are excellent - then it’s a win win for me. I love it.
Sports dudes and romance are one of my favorite combo’s in a book. Taming Mad Max delivers on both counts and for anyone who enjoys the sports/romance combo then you’re going to love Taming Mad Max.
The story actually features very little actual “sport” but NFL football players are involved and in addition to Max and Kari’s story we get a healthy does of Max’s team-mate Cole and Kari’s BFF Lindsay - which is quite a substantial arc in the book.
Max and Kari have a past - even if Max can’t really remember it and 13 years later they run into one another again when Kari’s is hired as Max’s nutritionist. I loved Kari’s profession. I was hoping for a little education myself as Max learned about fat grams and protein and saturated and unsaturated fats.
There is nothing not to like about Taming Mad Max. The story was entertaining, it featured a great cast of secondary characters including a large contingent of Max’s siblings, his mom and characters I came to care about and root for.
Even if the sports thing isn’t “your thing” you should read Taming Mad Max. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
A sports and romance combo pack really work for me in a book. Usually it’s a hot football player or a hockey dude that takes center stage so it was aA sports and romance combo pack really work for me in a book. Usually it’s a hot football player or a hockey dude that takes center stage so it was a nice change that the heroine of Out Of Her League, Christa Bailey was the actual sports star. It doesn’t happen often that the female is the sports personality in a book. And I like it!
I had just finished reading Kaylea Cross’s Deadly Descent and really enjoyed it. So when I checked out her backlist and noticed all her previous books had gotten really terrific reviews I decided I needed to read more by this author. The icing on the cake for Out Of Her League was the sports tie-in.
Christa Bailey is an Olympic softball hopeful, runs her own landscaping business and is the focus of a stalker who threatens every aspect of her life and seriously jeopardizes her chance at making the Olympic team. Good times...not. Good thing Christa’s got a protector in Rayne Hutchinson and ERT police officer who she‘s acquainted through mutual friends and has kind of a little crush on.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Cross’s backlist. I understand that each book only gets better.
I also just discovered that Cross also writes a steamier brand of romance under the name of Callie Croix. I will be checking out her latest under that pen name, Deacon’s Touch soon. ...more
The Game of Love was ACES and scored a Touchdown with me! Sports themed books are one of my favorite’s to read. As seems to be the norm for me now theThe Game of Love was ACES and scored a Touchdown with me! Sports themed books are one of my favorite’s to read. As seems to be the norm for me now these days, I saw some of my Goodreads peeps taking about this book and quickly added it to my TBR list. A tennis player heroine? SOLD! Lots of sports books feature mostly hockey and football jocks...but no one hardly ever writes about a tennis player. As a big fan of both watching and playing tennis - I knew I had to read it...now.
Christina seemed like a hard nut to crack at first, full of attitude and with a huge chip on her shoulder. Ex tennis pro, retired after only a few years on the pro circuit, never ranked higher than 25 in the world and fresh off a break-up with her abusive hockey player boyfriend she’s trying to make a go at a normal life as a teacher and coach of the girl’s tennis team. The last thing she needs or wants is a relationship with the boy’s football coach Brett “The Wall” Wallace, an ex NFL football player. Christina vowed never to get involved with an athlete again. But then again she’s never met anyone like Brett.
A Game for Love was sweet, funny and I fell in love with Brett right along with Christina. He was pretty much perfect *sigh*. What a sweetheart. And his “grand gesture” at the end...perfect for a tennis player.
Like sports with your romance - then you will love The Game of Love. Don’t care about sports with your romance...you’re still going to enjoy this book.
You cannot imagine my joy at seeing a book including anything even remotely related to tennis *happy dance*. I love tennis and I love reading and it dYou cannot imagine my joy at seeing a book including anything even remotely related to tennis *happy dance*. I love tennis and I love reading and it doesn’t happen very often when the two converge. So color me ecstatic when I saw Broken at Love was about a tennis playing hero...kind of...not really.
Nobody gets to be a world class, elite athlete at 20 without a lot of hard work, sweat, tears and dedication and for that reason I just couldn’t relate to sullen, oh-whoa-is-me, rich, pretty boy Quinn Rowland.
Yes life dealt him a low blow by ending is promising tennis career much to early, yes is father is a dickhead and his step-brother is one step above being the devil incarnate but that still doesn’t excuse his terrible behavior and treatment of girls by participating in his brother’s twisted Grand Slam games.
I never understood Quinn’s motivation. Like sleeping with a bunch of googly-eyed girls and then dumping them in his asshole way to get back at his Russian tennis star ex-girlfriend for breaking up with him? Like she would know or care? I didn’t feel the least bit sorry for him and by the time Quinn redeemed himself, it was just a little bit too late for me to care about him after spending a good portion of this booking thinking he was a 20 year old dickhead frat boy.
I guess I’ll keep searching for my next tennis-centric book. Final score 6-1, 6-4. ...more