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Indulging in Irelyn

(Indulging #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  194 reviews
NFL quarterback, Zolt Hamil was America’s heartthrob until a career ending injury changed his life. Years later, he’s picked up the pieces and carved out a new path for himself. But the mental and physical scars of that day have left him moody and reclusive, and his only relief is indulging in pleasure and pain with his many one night stands. Though many women have tried, ...more
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by D.L. Raver
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Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, sports-jock


I feel very apologetic to the author to say this but this book just did not work for me. From the plot, to the characters, and pacing it was a no-go for me.

Everything kind of felt unrealistic and rushed and I just didn't believe the characters at all. I mean, the main guy is an ex-football player turned lawyer and I just didn't buy it by his actions and dialogue. It was very UN-SOPHISTICATED per say.

And as for the main girl, she was annoying. A typical pampered princess who got on my nerves
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yikes, *fans self*
Just finished my beta read for this book, and lemme tell ya, make sure you have a cold drink of your choice handy, hell, maybe even a rag to dab away at the sweat that will break across your neck and forehead LOL.

I will give a lengthier review once Dawna gets closer to releasing the book in case there are changes, but I will take this moment to throw out there some of my thoughts on this book.
Irelyn is the type of female MC I adore; she’s strong, full of ambitions and has a go
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-netgalley, meh
*ARC courtesy of Patchwork Press via NetGalley for an honest review

Sigh. I so wanted to love this book. The first 20% was awesome… Are there grammatical mistakes? Well, yes. Are there anomalies with the characters? Definitely… not enough to prevent me from disliking the book. (view spoiler)
Krystle ~A Booknatic~

I was asked to be a beta-reader for this book, and I fell in love with it! I blew thru it in about a day and was left wanting more, it had a nice even flow that made you not want to put it down. This is quite different than what I'm used to reading from this author, since I've only read her Fantasy-Romance. Now seeing that she can also write a Smexy Contemporary-Romance with a bite of tasteful eroticism, I truly know I'm a fan for life.

The story's point of views are split by both the main heroi
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, romance
When Zolt Hamil's NFL career is suddenly ended by an illegal hit that shattered his leg, the only thing that pulled him through was a vision of an angelic girl on the sidelines.

6 years later, Zolt has moved back to Arizona and the scene of the crime, but this time as a lawyer. His life is still haunted by that day but when his first day at the new law firm brings him face to face with his angel, his life starts to change.

Irelyn never thought that Zolt would remember the shared moment on the foo
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: author-arcs
I'm afraid this story wasn't for me. It had a strong alpha male, a forbidden affair and a suspense sub plot so I should have loved it but I'm afraid I just didn't.
The insta-love happened much too quickly and early in the story, killing the anticipation and it was based on too shaky a premise to be convincing . Irelyn and Zolt opened up to one another way too early in the story to be plausible. I also struggled to be convinced by Irelyn's relationship with her boyfriend who transformed from unlik
Michelle ♣ Ndayeni
This book will take you on a wild and sexy ride and leave you wondering which way is up by the end of it. It's been awhile since a book has left me so speechless and uncertain what to think or feel when I finished it. On the one hand I'm quite impressed at how much the author manages to make you feel for and about the characters, on the other the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of an ending has left me with all sorts of conflicted emotions ranging from sadness at how broken these people are, fear about ...more

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Grab the fan, the smelling salts, sign that says DO NOT DISTURB and get ready to fall in love with Indulging in Irelyn by D. L. Raver! When Zolt Hamil’s NFL career comes to a screeching halt by a shattered leg, his pain wracked mind conjured a vision with angelic eyes. Assuming she wasn’t real, he still never forgot those eyes. Six years later, now an attorney who has just signed on with a major law firm, he sees those eyes again, on his boss’s daughter’s beautiful fac
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

~~Sometimes, I wondered if I was even capable of having a normal relationship. Truth was, I waited for someone that didn't exist. A woman my pain-wracked brain conjured that day on the football field. To make matters worse, she wasn’t even of age. She was a young woman, maybe fifteen or sixteen, with the most beautiful sable-brown eyes and blonde hair I’d ever seen. Her face was sweet, kind, and compassion filled. I realized
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Zolt Hamil is broken. At twenty-two years old he was one of the most successful quarterbacks of the NFL until one fateful game injury ended his career. Becoming a lawyer and graduating from Harvard Law was easy. Facing the demons of his past? Not so much.

While smoking copious amounts of weed and engaging in meaningless sex helps to numb the pain and nightmares that plague Zolt, only one glimmer of light touches his black soul: the memory of a blond hair, sable-eyed angel.

Zolt’s angel was noth
Lady Raven RAVE!
Length: 3248 kindle
Style: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Intimacy level: GOOD
Enjoyment: FAIR
Series: Indulging (book# 1)

I don't know what it is about this book, but I have a love hate relationship with it. The first few chapters started out strong, as it sparks interest of both characters and the way the author assembly everything that brought them together. The best way to describe it, kismet with the pull between Zolt and Irelyn.

Zolt, I liked him, but I'm not in love with him
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Zolt and Irelyn's story. This crazy connection that these two have and from one chance and fateful moment on a football field. All wielded for a profit, BUT an illegal hit in a game cost Zolt his QB position in the NFL. Zolt has moved on and now holds a law degree and a highly sought one to boot! Irelyn and Zolt's journey is highly emotional. Marcus is Irelyn's boyfriend when Zolt is now part of her life. Marcus is someone who is crazy possessive and has a lot of dark hidden secrets. H ...more
Cocktails and Books
I love it when an author creates such sexual tension and chemistry between the hero and heroine that you keep turning pages with a need to find out what was going to happen next. D. L. Raver does a great job of that in INDULGING IN IRELYN.

Zolt and Irelyn are perfect together. They connect on many levels and make it really hard not to like them, even when some of their actions make you mad. I loved how she was his angel at the worst time of his life and he became her protector/lover/everything w
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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3 1/2 Stars

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Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC generously provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Zolt Hamil was a top Quarterback for the NFL until he was taken out by a dirty hit that ended his career. The only thing that got him through that day was the vision of a young girl standing by the sidelines. He always imagined that this girl was just a hallucination that his mind conjured in order for him to survive. Six years later that vision has been helping him survive ever since. Zolt went to law school aft
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Indulging in Irelyn and I loved it. Zolt and Irelyn are a cute couple and they definitely has some obstacles in their way. Zolt is an ex-NFL Quarterback that has been sidelined for his whole career from a dirty play during one of his important games. Because of that he hasn't even been the same. One thing he remembers is a young girl trying to comfort him when he was hurt. Believing she was a figment of his imagination, he goes through the motions of his life. He is a man whore t ...more
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Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Zolt Hamil's NFL career comes to an abrupt halt by an illegal hit that shattered his leg, the only thing that pulled him through was a vision of an angelic girl on the sidelines. He knows it was a dream, he knows he imagined her so he could get through the pain, or so he thought.
6 years later, Zolt has moved back to Arizona and the scene of the crime, but this time as a lawyer. His life is still haunted by that day and he copes with that the best way he knows how, but when his first day at
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Indulging in Irelyn is a great read. It comes with a warning that says "Don't read this book if you hate f**ked up alpha males, strong female leads, hot sex, and a kismet love story six years in the making. Oh yeah and a plot twist that will leave you reeling." I know this was going to be a good book because i love alpha males, strong female leads and hit sex in the book I read. I wasn't sure what a Kismet love story was but I look ed kismet up. All that put into one story in great.

Zolt gets hu
Peggy Frese
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC prior to publication in exchange for an honest & fair review.

Zolten Hamil was an NFL superstar whose career was ended due to a deliberate ‘bounty’ hit by a defensive player on the opposing team. The injury he sustained left him with both physical and mental scars. During his recuperation and throughout the following years he has fantasized about a beautiful imaginary woman. She has been his connection to sanity. Irelyn Wilde is the beautiful young daughter of Zolt’s new bos
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading this was a first for me. I've never had the chance to read an ARC before.

I was put off reading series books a while back after a series I loved kept being delayed. Had I known this was a series I may have held off especially since the first one hasn't even be publicly released yet! But having said that, I LOVED THIS BOOK!!

I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and this book is a vicious circle when it comes to that belief. Zolten and Irelyn meet on a football field 6 years
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Oh my! I have just discovered another amazing author to stalk :D What a roller coaster this book was!! I loved it from the start till end. It was funny at times, sad, romantic and full of thrill at others. very well written with strong characters. Zolt and Irelyn, I loved both. The book ends with a cliffhanger and I can't wait for the next book to come out. I am sure it will be just as intriguing and entertaining as this one was.
Zolt is a disturbed athlete whose carrier ended too soon because of
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this story, and am keen to get the next book very soon (hint hint) to know what happens.

Generally I enjoy books which give both points of view, as it is fun to see how authors explain the differences in attitude between men and women. However, I was not entirely convinced by the Zolt proclamations at times.

There were times where it felt that a signpost was being given as to the direction the story was going, which wasn't necessary, as the writing was strong enough without
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is considered new Adult, but I would categorize it as well written Erotic Romance/Suspense. It is book one in a series, and of course ends in a cliffhanger. I think that the story and characters are strong enough to keep me coming back for more. The hero and heroine are multi faceted characters who will tug at your emotions and e3ntangle you in their trip to happily ever after. There is an underlying mystery and some suspense that is balanced well with the romantic angle of the story. ...more
Rebecca Larsen
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to Beta-read this story, and all I have to say is WOW!!! This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Indulging in Irelyn actually had me in tears. It is a must read for everyone.

This book will leave you wanting more. Keep a cool drink, and a box of Kleenex handy.

I will post a much better review after Dawna has released it. I promised her no spoilers yet! I cant wait for everyone to get a chance to read this book.
Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
I had the privelege of reading this as a beta read. This book is a fantastic and revealing look at how one moment can change the course of a life.

Full, detailed review to come explaining why I adored this book and you will too! Also why book two can't get here fast enough for me!
Deborah Hernandez
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. The male Alpha character is damaged but loves the girl. They go through a lot but what a great experience. I lked that it had a litle suspense to it. I highly recommend it. Could not put it down.
Stephanie Wallace
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with Zolt right along with Irelyn. Be prepared to laugh cry and get pissed off! Dawns Raver takes us on an emotional rollercoaster! I'm so excited for the next one!
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Title: Indulging in Irelyn

Series: Indulging #1

Author: D.L. Raver

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica

Author's Blurb: NFL quarterback, Zolt Hamil was America’s heartthrob until a career ending injury changed his life. Years later, he’s picked up the pieces and carved out a new path for himself. But the mental and physical scars of that day have left him moody and reclusive, and his only relief is indulging in pleasure and pain with his many one night stands. Though many women have tried, Zolt refus
Jeannie Zelos
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Indulging in Irelyn. D.L. Raver.
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I'm sure by now my love of well written erotica hasn't gone unnoticed! So this book looked perfect. Its not just a romance though, but contains elements of mystery and suspense that could put Irelyn in danger. She's engaged to her dad's friend Marcus, but doesn't love him, in fact she doesn't even like him and is actually scared of him. She'd break it off but her dad is so pleased they are together she feels trapped. He was a
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