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Opening Day

(Southern Jersey Shores #1)

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When pharmacy manager, Aaron Lark, known to his best friends as Ace, is dumped by his latest boyfriend, he decides to step back from the dating scene. What he doesn't expect is for the blue-eyed pharmacist, Darren Goldman, to step into, and rock, his world. Bonding over beer, brownies and baseball, Ace and Darren play a game where hopefully both end up crossing home plate ...more
ebook, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing
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Trio
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Very sweet - fun to read. The author did a great job setting it all up in such a short story.
Lucy
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This short story focuses on Aaron, or Ace, and the mess his love life has become. He’s just been dumped by his boyfriend and he’s upset. He’s going to take the advice of his very loyal, oldest friends and “take a little time for yourself before you jump back in the pool.” Excellent advice. He realizes his taste in men is “…truly the worst selection of men ever.”

As the manager of a pharmacy, he is there when a disgruntled customer begins to berate the sweet fill-in pharmacist, Darren. Aaron step
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Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Well that was certainly a tasty little treat. Opening Day is not your typical sports romance because neither of the leads are athletes. However, their opening day activities place this novelette squarely in the sports romance genre. Add to that a healthy dose of sexy man-on-man action, well I was enjoying a little bit of heaven as I read about Aaron and Darren’s meet cute and first date. Having been dumped yet again by anoth
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Susan A
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
*I received this book from the GR Don't Buy Me Love Program in exchange for an honest review*


Opening Day is short story about the start of a relationship between Darren and Ace, both of whom just got out of a relationship. The bulk of the story takes place during the Opening Day game between the Red Sox and the A’s and it is one long smokin’ hot yummy scene. This was a quick read, less than two hours, but there was enough character development outside of the yummy scene to keep me interested an
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Stephanie
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When pharmacy manager, Aaron Lark, known to his best friends as Ace, is dumped by his latest boyfriend, he decides to step back from the dating scene. What he doesn't expect is for the blue-eyed pharmacist, Darren Goldman, to step into, and rock, his world. Bonding over beer, brownies and baseball, Ace and Darren play a game where hopefully both end up crossing home plate as winners. And they both have an hea!

I really love this book from the beginning i felt bad for Ace since he's such a hot ma
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Lisa
This book was given to me free by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Ace meets Darren when Darren fills in at as a Pharmacist in the store he manages. The 2 hit it off and go out for dinner and before you know it they are playing strip baseball.
A cute, short read. Most of the book resolves around the sex scene as the boys watch their baseball team on Opening Day.
The use of baseball terminology is clever although I am not sure how a reader without some knowledge of baseball would fare.
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Diane
If you like baseball... you're going to love this! Just when you thought you knew how to watch the game Darren and Ace give you a whole new appreciation for how the game is 'called!' Instant attraction turns to dinner dates and 'let's watch the game on your couch...' They watched the game and really enjoyed themselves. A fun read!
Marie
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"Opening Day" by Alexis Woods is the first book in the Southern Jersey Shores series, and it appears that the second book, "Evading Exodus," will also feature the couple from this first book. Aaron, whose nickname is Ace, works as a pharmacy manager. His boyfriend recently dumped him, and his new mindset about dating is to try and take things slowly with a genuinely nice guy. His love life is jump-started when D
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Zane Kage
rated it liked it
Feb 17, 2015
MiMi Rae
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Received free in exchange for an honest review...

3.5 stars...First I've read from this author.

Great cover on this short story.
Aaron and Darren...Good thing they call Aaron Ace eh? :)
I liked these two. Ace is fresh out a relationship with another in a long string of 'bad boys' and looking to take a little time for himself before jumping back into things. This plan does not last very long. He meets Darren the very next day at work and BAM there he goes again. Darren is a whole different kettle of
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S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

Aaron "Ace" has had no luck in the romance department, he's looking for mister right but finding a whole bunch of mister wrongs. He figures he'll take a break in the men department until he meets Darren. He's cute, sexy and just Aaron's type.

The story was about the Aaron and Darren and revolved around a baseball game. It wasn't at all what I was expecting for a sports story, especially when neither of the MC's are athle
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Kendra T
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I absolutely loved this story! It was very short and was a small snapshot in time where Ace and Darren meet and start to connect. Despite it being short, I didn't feel that the story was lacking anything. I got to know the personalities of Ace, Darren, and their friends. I felt their attraction and friendship grow.

I loved the use of the sub-chapter titles. The use of baseball throughout the book was fun and I liked how the book
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Didi
1.5 stars

Copy of this book was received in exchanged for fair and honest review

I guess I'll be the minority here to say the story didn't work for me.

Getting dumped the night before to meeting Darren for the first time the next morning then had dinner together after work didn't struck me as stepping back from dating scenes at all.

There was also too much baseball lingo that I don't get. It amazed me that Aaron and Darren could had sex while paying attention to the game on the telly... Was that re
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Kimberley
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Copy provided by InkedRainbowReviews.

This is my first time reading Alexis Woods. When I read the synopsis, I chose to read this because I was looking for something short, and a naughty fix so to speak, and it delivered!!

Aaron, is a manager of a pharmacy and dealing with the disappointment of a break up. The author doesn't drag out his heartbreak though.

Darren, is filling in for a pharmacist at Aaron's pharmacy. A sweet sexy addition to Aaron's life.

When Aaron and Darren meet for the first tim
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Dreamer80
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

The story starts with Ace and his boyfriend breaking up with him. He has two amazing friends called Jake and Finn and they really care about Ace and they’re sad for him and his bad luck with love.
When one day he meets Darren, who starts working with Ace at the pharmacy, and they seem to like each other. The story is on Ace’s POV and there is a lot of baseball involved. I don’t know much about baseball because we don’t usually pla
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Ali
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Aaron’s boyfriend just broke up with him and he has decided to take a break from dating since he seems to keep picking the wrong guys. The next day Darren is called to fill in for the pharmacist at his store and he is instantly attracted to him. Aaron and Darren get together for dinner that night to get to know each other. They end up spending the next evening together also, with explosive results. This was a very enjoyable short story.
Veronica
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I'm a sucker for a story about everyday characters with everyday jobs, so this story was right up my alley.

There isn't much to this story. They meet, date and have a very creative steamy scene. Easy enjoyable reading.

Wicked Reads Review Team

Liza
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dbml, zz-2015, m-m, sports
I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the GR Don't Buy Me Love program.

This was a hot and sweet little short. Ace is a manager at a pharmacy who has just broken up with his boyfriend when Darren comes in to fill-in for another pharmacist. They hit it off right away and the story is mostly about their date for Opening Day of the Red Sox. The story is full of baseball terminology, but that doesn't detract from the story, it actually gives it a little more humor. I really e
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Jessica Aldridge
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars, barely.
Maverickgirl31
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I actually gave this book 2.5 stars but I’m rounding up to 3 stars. I like the story’s setting, character occupations (I’m a little over bondage driven billionaires), and the dialogue between the MCs.

The book opens up by introducing us to pharmacy manager Aaron Lark discussing his most recent breakup with his straight best friend and swiftly moves to dinner and couch grinding with Darren. I felt like it should have come with a
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Love Bytes Reviews
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 star review by Dan

When the story opens, Aaron has just been dumped by his latest loser boyfriend the night before. He wakes up with a headache and not feeling well, but drags himself into work at the store that he manages. The store has a pharmacy enclosed, so I’m picturing something akin to Walgreens.

On the cameras in the office, he sees a stranger approaching the pharmacy and goes to investigate. It turns out that the stranger is Darren, a fill in pharmacist, called in to take a sick emplo
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Anna Goerlitz
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars

I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Aron 'Ace', has been dumped by his boyfriend, and decides to stay away from the dating scene for a while. This decision does not hold up more than 24 hours however, as he meets Darren, who is covering a shift in the pharmacy where Aron is the store manager, the very next day.

The two bond over late night closing up, dinner, beer and a mutual love of baseball. As it happens, the next night is Opening Day for the Red S
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Milica
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book as part of Don't Buy Me Love program in exchange for an honest review

2.5 stars

For short story,this was not bad,but it was not exactly engaging read.

Here,we have Ace,pharmacy manager with penchant for dating the worst men ever (or so we have been told) and who just got dumped by his latest boyfriend,and Darren,new employee,who came to New Jersey with his boyfriend,but found himself alone when his boyfriend got hired for work in Las Vegas. And basically that's it...that's all
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ThreeandHalfStars
This is my first time reading Alexis Woods. When I read the synopsis, I chose to read this because I was looking for something short, and a naughty fix, so to speak!

Aaron, is a manager of a pharmacy and dealing with the disappointment of a recent breakup.

Darren, is filling in for a pharmacist at Aaron's pharmacy.

When Aaron and Darren meet the first time, you feel an attraction through the pages. I loved that the author included chapter headings that refer to baseball. The author
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Mary
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I received “Opening Day” by Alexis Woods via Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb about the book sounded like a nice short hot read about 50 pages. We have two likeable MC's Aaron (Ace to his friends) and Darren. Ace gets dumped by his current boyfriend and he makes a vow to “back off” from dating. However meeting Darren shot a hole in that plan: meeting him one day and on date for dinner then next. And it goes on from there: insta-love. I am not a fa
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Natosha Wilson
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it

Thought this was a pretty cool short story. Using baseball as sexual innuendos was great. Everything these two men did was in count with what was going on in the baseball game they were watching.

Darren and Acr are both recently out of relationships but I do not junk that matters if the person you meet is compatible with each other. And these two men really are. They just click when they meet and hit it off from the first moment the speak to one another. You can feel the Sparks coming off of them
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Julia Rist
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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Alexis Woods
A few notes about the Southern Jersey Shores Series:

All of these are short stories with HFN endings, with the potential for more. There's attraction and acting on that attraction. Each story takes place over only a few days time.

Each book also revolves around a theme:
Book 1 - Opening Day - baseball
Book 2 - Evading Exodus - Passover
Book 3 - Ultimate Summer - Ultimate Frisbee
Book 4 - Spin Play - games
Diane
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Other books in the series

Southern Jersey Shores (6 books)
  • Evading Exodus (Southern Jersey Shores #2)
  • Ultimate Summer (Southern Jersey Shores #3)
  • Spin Play (Southern Jersey Shores, #4)
  • Cue The Music
  • Say You Will
“Darren played with the ice cream before raising a spoonful to his mouth. I watched him lick it before he wrapped his lips around the spoon, closing his eyelids and savoring the flavor on his tongue. He slowly withdrew the spoon from his mouth and opened his eyes. He smiled coyly at my rapt attention. I just wanted to reach across the table, grab a fistful of his hair and lick the ice cream right out of his mouth.” 2 likes
“I stopped right in front of him, personal space be damned, and asked, “Can we do this again?”
He flashed me his gorgeous smile, dimples and all. “Yeah... I’d like that.” I smiled right back.
I turned and pulled open the door, holding it for him. We stepped outside, stopping on the sidewalk. I pulled out my cell and handed it to him. Darren took it, punched in his number and when his cell rang, he pulled his phone out. “Now I’ve got your number, too,” he said. “You’ll have to save mine to your contacts.” He handed my phone back, and I gave him one of the bags.
“Will do. Can I call you tomorrow?”
“Tomorrow’s Opening Day,” Darren said. “Wanna catch the game together?”
I think my heart skipped a beat. “Yeah… I’d like that.”
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