Stadium of Lights is an adult second chance sports romance by author T**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Stadium of Lights is an adult second chance sports romance by author Tia Lewis. Fall means football season to me, so I am always excited to read a football-centric romance. Last month, I read my first book by Tia Lewis, Draw Play, which was in the college football arena (which, if you wanted to know is my one true sports love). I liked Draw Play but I didn't love it. Overall, I think I enjoyed Stadium of Lights a little more than Draw Play. I liked the characters, and I really liked that there was minimal BS. What Stadium of Lights is, is exactly what the title promises- a good second chance romance.
Stadium of lights is a standalone romance, and the story is vert neatly wrapped up in one book, which was nice. I think the author can easily make more books to fit into this universe with some of the other members of the football team if she wanted to. I loved what the coach said about the players. It was so true- the guys are all great guys if you get them alone, but if you approach them while they are around their teammates, that might be a different story.
Stadium of Lights is told in dual narrative between Abby and Max. I really, really liked Abby. I liked Max as well, but not as much as her. I found Max to be a little full of himself. He needed to be brought back down to earth. And Abby is the perfect person for that job. I love that she didn't let him get away with anything. I also loved that she didn't play games. At the start of the book, when Max had no idea who she was, or so he thought, she didn't play coy, she came right up to him when he tried to introduce himself, and told him she was his childhood best friend. (and what a jerk he was for not being able to recognize her. Ok, she didn't do that, but she should have)
Abby has always had a crush on Max, but I wish she would have made me sweat it a little more. I feel like Max was so used to always getting his way, that he thought Abby would be no different. Does Max get his way? Does Abby give in early? Does another teammate get to Abby? I am not going to ruin stadium of lights for you, but I will tell you think, I enjoyed this book. It is a good, read in one sitting type of sports romance, and I think it will put a smile on your face.
Stroked Long is the second book in the a new adult contemporary romanc**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Stroked Long is the second book in the a new adult contemporary romance series, Stroked, by Meghan Quinn. I loved the first book, Stroked, a LOT, so I went into Stroked Long expecting to enjoy it, but I got so much more than that. This book LEVELED ME. I love this book, and Bodi so hard. It is without a doubt, the best book I have read in 2016. Hands down. I don't even know how to adequately express my love for this book.
I loved Reese from book one, but Bodi made me say Reese who? I can't even decsribe how deep my love for Bodi and Stroked Long goes. This book affected me on a very deep level. The care and liove that Meghan Quinn took describing Bodi's struggles were evidence on every single page. I have seen so many books with OCD characters, and character that have seen terrible tragedies in their lifetime, but none have touched me like Bodi did. I just felt for him so much. And that is all due to how masterful and tender Meghan was in her portrayal of him. Bodi is on my short list of top book boyfriends of 2016. And it will be hard to top him. He deserves so much more attention. (even though he would hate that.) And then there is Ruby.
I remember when I first met Ruby, I was only about 5 sentences into her dialgoe and the only thought running through my head was, "man, she is ANNOYING!" I didn't think there was any way that she would win me over. She has the wrost case of nervous word vomit that I have ever seen, she is distruptive, and loud and totally out there. But darn it, if she didn't make me fall for her just like Bodi did. I think the turning point was when she first went over Bodi's house to work on the foundation project. She is so perceptivve when it comes to reading people, and I loved how she quietly gave Bodi what he needed without making a big deal out of it. I loved this loud over the top person, could reign it in and quietly be there for someone without bringing attention to their eccentricities. Ruby is a good person.
Bottom line: Stroked Long is the best book I have read this year. It was even better than Stroked. It has everything that I look for in my romantic comedy books. It made me laugh out loud so many times, but it also made me cry. It made me feel. It made me fall in love. Bodi and Ruby are pure magic. I don't think you could have found a more mios matched pair if you tried. but they work so beautifully together. And Meghan Quinn's writing is really a work of art. I have not been this moved by a book in a longggg time. I really loved this one! There are really great characters, who have out of this world chemistry and I love the Olympic theme. I think Meghan Quinn has a gold medal series here! (sorry, I couldn't resist.)
The Replacement crush is a young adult contemporary romance by Lisa Br**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Replacement crush is a young adult contemporary romance by Lisa Brown Roberts. I heart this book. It has been so long since I have read a standalone young adult romance that was so cute and adorkable that it put a huge smile on my face, like this book did. I had a blast with the replacement crush. It reminded me everything that I love about young adult contemporary romances. I love the brisk pace of the story. I love the solid friendships, and the cute flush of high school crushes.
Vivian is burned by a secret summer fling that wants nothing to do with her when school starts. (jerk alert!!) so she decides that what she needs to get over said jerk is to come up with a replacement crush, which I have to say, is a solid plan. But, and here is the real kicker...she doesn't want anyone on the list that she could actually see herself liking. She wants to play it safe and just pick guys that she can feel comfortable with but not fall for. Insert the new guy, Dallas here. Dallas is what Vivian and her bff like to call nerd-hot. And let me tell you nerd-hot is my kryptonite. I love Dallas so much, I can't even adequately express my love for him in words. Let's just say he is easily a contender for top book boyfriend of 2016.
It was so much fun to watch Vivian and Dallas embark on what I am going to call the crush dance. You know what I am talking about. When you like someone, or you are starting to like someone and you do that awkward, but totally adorable dance around one another, not wanting to admit what you might be feeling, but also wanting to spend time with the other person, and looking for clues and hints for how the other person feels about you. My heart just can't handle the total cuteness of the crush dance and of this book. I love Viv and Dallas.
Lisa Brown Roberts is a god to of mine for young adult contemporary romances. I know I can always expect great characters, cute dialogue and plot situations and an all around fun read. And The Replacement Crush might just be my favorite of hers yet! Trust me, you will fall in love with Dallas. (but pick another book boyfriend because this nerd-hot guy is MINE.)