REVIEW – GOOD BOY (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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SYNOPSIS

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 CHEEZUS STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

It’s been a long time since anything felt so fucking good. I’m drowning in this girl and I don’t want to be saved.

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I never read HIM and US because I do not read MM, but GOOD BOY is a spin-off of that series and I am happy to report that it is strictly MF. WESMIE are very much present in this story as secondary characters and I really liked them but the Hero and Heroine are Blake and Jess. Blake Riley is a highly successful NHL player for Toronto and Wes’ teammate. Jess Canning is Jamie’s older sister. The two met in the previous series and had one wild night of sex that neither can forget but Jess is very serious about changing her career path which involves enrolling in Nursing school, and that doesn’t allow her to have time for any romantic entanglements. Blake is completely infatuated with Jess and relentlessly pursues her.

I was having a little trouble getting into the story for about the first 30% but once Jess moves to Toronto for Nursing school and the two are spending more time together, I just couldn’t get enough! Jess is struggling with her courses and her snotty brainiac roommate only helps to lower her self-confidence even more. When she actually opens up to Blake after a little bit of coaxing on his part, I couldn’t help but fall madly in love with him. He always offered her encouragement and gave her ideas on how to make a connection with her roomie. On the surface, he comes off as being just a pretty face with the maturity level of a sixteen-year-old, but Blake is a highly intuitive and giving person who thinks of the people who he loves and cares for first before himself. And any man who loves dogs as much as he does definitely gets extra points in my book!

Jess and Blake end up having a sort of “friends with benefits” relationship at first, and it works for them in the beginning because neither are looking for anything serious. Jess is very dedicated to her studies and needs to keep a certain grade point average to hold on to her partial scholarship. Blake has only ever been in one serious relationship and his ex’s betrayal hurt him so badly that he’s afraid to let any woman get close to him like that again. As they spend more time together, the chemistry these two have is pretty hard to fight and eventually they realize that there’s more than just a physical connection between them.

Will Dani and Blake ever get their acts together or will they continue to be clueless to what has been developing between them?

Those of you who have a thing for romances with sexy and funny as hell Hockey players will definitely want to one click this one!! GOOD BOY releases on January 31st!!

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*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Fabulous CHEEZUS Stars!

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Jessica Canning is s 26 yr. old woman from California who can’t seem to pick a career. Her current career path is being a party planner. Her baby brother Jamie is marrying the love of his life Wes, & Jess has agreed to plan the perfect wedding. She’s always been the hot mess of the family. She has five overachieving siblings. As a result, she is left feeling like a screw-up, so failure is not an option. With a guest list full of famous professional hockey players, this has to be a wedding nobody will ever forget.

 

Jess takes her role as maid of honor/ best woman very seriously. Planning a gorgeous wedding that goes off without a hitch is a challenge, but Jess is determined to give Jamie’s wedding her all. The problem is going to the thorn in her side aka the best man, Blake Riley. Blake has his own ideas for the wedding and they don’t mesh with Jess’s vision. He’s a giant man-child that drives her crazy with his silly, loud, annoying antics. He’s bold & totally obnoxious, and won’t let Jess forget the one night they spent together. He’s impossible and she can’t believe she ever got naked with him, but then he touches her and she’s reminded of the endless orgasms this man’s delicious body can deliver.

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Blake Riley plays for the NHL in Toronto. He has a reputation for being a ladies man. He’s been a bachelor for the last five years. He spends a night with a beautiful woman, & then can’t seem to forget her. She’s under his skin & he just wants more. Problem is she doesn’t take him seriously. Jess Canning gives him nothing but resistance, but he’s willing to be patient & put in the time to get her attention. Eventually, she has to realize how great they could be together. He’s got it bad for her & won’t stop till she’s his & he convinces her he’s a good boy. Circumstances put Jess in his town, & Blake decides this is just the opportunity with Jess he’s been waiting for.

 

-Whenever he touches me- from the very first day we met- I always melt like candy in the sun.

-It’s been a long time since anything felt so fucking good. I’m drowning in this girl and I don’t want to be saved.

 

Blake makes it his mission to get the girl & convince her they weren’t a mistake. I just adored the hilarious, sweet Blakey. He’s a big guy with an even bigger personality. He makes everyone laugh & has such a beautiful heart. Loved all his cute sayings & couldn’t get enough of this book. Hands down my fav by this fabulous writing duo!

REVIEW – KEEPSAKE (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen

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SYNOPSIS:

There’s a first time for everything.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he’s good for much more than farm labor.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Zachariah Holtz is a gorgeous sweet guy that has an innocence about him. He grew up sheltered on a religious compound at a big ranch in Wyoming that was like a cult. When he was 19 they threw him out of the only home he’d ever known. It was a shock to be alone & on his own. He makes his way to Tuxbury, Vermont & slowly builds a life for himself. It’s been four years, & Zach now lives with the Shipley’s on the Shipley Farm. He works hard & is trying to live a normal life. He is a 24-year-old virgin who keeps to himself since he was taught touching was bad & shameful. When a woman he met once before named Lark Wainright shows up to stay at the Shipley’s, Zach gets flustered. She’s gorgeous & makes him feel desires that make him question his celibacy.

Lark is from Boston. She went to college with May Shipley, & when May invites her to come stay with her family for the rest of the harvest season Lark jumps at the opportunity to escape the watchful eye of her overprotective parents. Lark was kidnapped while working in Guatemala, & went through a traumatic ordeal. Desperate to get away & feel normal again, she hopes spending time with her best friend will bring back her sanity. Vermont could be her salvation.

Since returning four weeks ago, Lark has been having nightmares, & doesn’t know if she’ll ever be the same fearless person she used to be. She’s sleeping in a room at the Shipley’s bunkhouse & keeping busy working on the farm. When she finds herself paired up with Zach to work the farmers market she suddenly has a lot of alone time with this mysterious beautiful guy. He’s easy company & gives her a sense of comfort.

-Zachariah was a thing of beauty.

-Chemistry was something I hadn’t felt in a long time. It was even nicer than I remembered.

-Lark was the most enchanting woman I’d ever met.

-There was no part of her that didn’t make my eyes want to linger.

During Lark’s time at the farm, Zach becomes her safe place & they grow extremely close. She can be herself & doesn’t have to pretend to be ok when they’re together. Things turn intimate & holy hell is it hot! Zach is so delicious!!! He’s never felt so much for another person & falls hard for Lark. His love helps to heal all her broken pieces & makes her feel whole again.

REVIEW – STEADFAST (True North, #2) by Sarina Bowen

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SYNOPSIS:

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Jude Nickel is a guy from a small town called Colebury, Vermont. He lost everything because of drugs & went to prison after an accident he was involved in took a life. After prison he spent some time in rehab & then worked picking apples at Shipley Farms with a loving family that treated him like one of their own. With no more farm work till the spring, and little money, Jude has no other option but to return home to the town that reminded him of all his mistakes. He moves back in with his dad to his room above the garage & works at his dad’s business, the Nickel Auto Body Shop. He plans to lay low, & stay clean. He’s still in recovery & battles his addiction every day, but he’s fighting with everything in him to shed the person he used to be.

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Jude is shocked when he comes face to face with the only person who ever truly loved him, his ex-girlfriend Sophie Haines. He thought she would be out of this small town by now, but Sophie is living at home with her overbearing police chief father & her mother. She has a bad home situation & is working at the hospital while finishing up college. She is stunned when she runs into the boy she hasn’t seen in over three and a half years. The boy who broke her heart & shut her out of his life when he was taken away, but this Jude isn’t a boy anymore. He’s all man. He’s huge and even more beautiful than she remembered. He’s changed so much, but she still holds a torch for the guy who destroyed her family. It should be wrong, but in her heart it wasn’t. Loving Jude was the only thing that always felt right.

-He was beautiful.

-Even a glimpse of him had given me palpitations. As if my subconscious had recognized a piece of my soul before my brain got a chance to speak up.

 

 

When Jude begins volunteering at the same local church Sophie helps at, they begin seeing more of each other. They both still feel so much for one another & things soon turn intimate between the former high school loves. Sophie still see’s so much good in Jude & treats him like he matters, but Jude doesn’t feel he deserves her. She won’t give up on him, & eventually seeing himself through Sophie’s eyes, Jude begins to have hope for the future.

-She was the one person in my life who thought I was somebody worth knowing.

This story was another fabulous book in this series. It was about forbidden romance & second chances. I adore Jude & was glad to see him get his happy ending. There are a lot of twists and turns & revelations in this book. I really enjoyed it & can’t wait for Zach’s book!

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 Hopeful Stars****

(ARC kindly provided by Author)
(BR with Mel)

This was a beautiful novel about the healing powers of love and about believing in second chances. The main character Jude is a drug addict trying to re-build his life after a terrible tragedy. The subject matter of this book is very sensitive, one that if not done right can turn a story into something very dark and heavy. I feel like this author did a lot of research about it, and handled it delicately, adding depth and beauty to the story. Very well done!

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We met Jude Nickel when he was working at the Shipley’s apple farm in Bittersweet. Having finished his seasonal work there now is time for him to go back home. A place that brings nothing but anxiety to him. Jude has been gone for three years, everything about his hometown is familiar, every corner full of memories that haunt him. Jude’s addiction landed him in jail, and being a felon doesn’t leave him with much choice, than to go back home and work for his dad. Jude’s mission; to stay away from drugs and Sophie.

Jude and Sophie were in love. Their relationship meant everything to both of them, but a terrible tragedy got in the way of their love, and now there is nothing but pain and regret between them. After everything went down Jude was sentenced to jail, and Sophie had to quit on all her dreams to stay home and take care her of her mother. But now that Jude is back in town, it will be a real challenge for her to live her life, knowing that the boy she’s always loved is only a few blocks away.

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When Jude and Sophie come face to face, the pain and the love is equally strong. What feeling will they allow to conquer?

Will love be able to heal two broken hearts, and bring them hope for a better future, or is it too late for them?

This was not an easy story to read, Jude’s struggles become your own as you learn about his past, present and future. I loved Jude’s resilience, and I loved how much Sophie believed in him. Steadfast delivers a powerful message about letting go of the guilt and accepting hope for the future. This author takes us on a beautiful journey that will make a lasting impression on our hearts. I’m excited to discover more from this series.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I lived for Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pathetic as that was, a weekly glimpse of Sophie (along with some quality time with the Shipleys) kept me sane.

 

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STEADFAST is the second installment in the True Northseries and I will say that I enjoyed this one a little more than I did BITTERSWEET. It definitely was very slow moving for about the first 25% of the story, which for me is entirely too long but I did end up getting into it once the pace picked up and there were some nail-biting moments to spice things up a bit!! If you haven’t read “BITTERSWEET”, I do believe that you can still read this as a standalone but it does help to get a little of Jude’s background from the first book, and also the Shipley family are major secondary characters in this one as well.

I was having second thoughts about reading this book because I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one and I also do not like anything drug related in my stories. They tend to make the story too depressing for me and that definitely did take place in STEADFAST. Jude is back in his hometown, living above his father’s garage. Everywhere he looks, his past is there to haunt him. The one thing from his past that brings the most pain to him is all linked to his ex-girlfriend, Sophie. She was the only person in his life who truly loved and cared for him, and is now lost to him forever. Or is she?? He was sent to prison for three years for involuntary manslaughter. Jude was reported to have been high and driving his car when it ended up careening off the road and killing his passenger, who happened to be Sophie’s older brother. So now he’s back home, working in his father’s garage. He barely has a relationship with his alcoholic father. There is no one he can call “friend” as everyone he used to know, except for Sophie, were all the people he used to either score drugs from or get high with. He’s being consistently harassed by the local police since he is known as the one who killed the police chief’s son. And to add to all his troubles, he has to fight his drug cravings on a daily basis. I really did love Jude for the determination he had to stay clean.

Jude goes to a drug counseling group session every Wednesday at his local church. He is befriended by the priest and asked if he would volunteer at their soup kitchen. Since Jude doesn’t mind busy work because it keeps his thoughts off of drugs, he agrees to help out. It is there that he comes face to face with his true love, Sophie.

During the three years that they were apart, Sophie never moved on. She had tried to reach out to Jude while he was in prison but he refused to see her and sent back her letters. Sophie was completely crushed and left in the dark. No one would tell her what exactly happened the night of the accident. Her brother’s death wrecked her family. Sophie’s mother became a basket case and relies heavily on her to take care of everything at home. Her father is a royal douchebag who mentally and even sometimes physically abuses poor Sophie.

I really struggled with this book because it was just so very depressing and my heart hurt for both Sophie and Jude. They were only able to have short moments of happiness when they met up at Jude’s garage apartment on Wednesday nights. Thursday night dinner at the Shipley’s was also another highlight for them. I did happen to love the twist at the end and ultimately was happy with how it all ends.

STEADFAST is available now!!
Amazon US → http://amzn.to/29qliBv

REVIEW – BITTERSWEET (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen

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SYNOPSIS:

The new series is set in Vermont. True North is populated by the tough, outdoorsy mountain men that populate the Green Mountain State. They raise cows and they grow apples. They chop a lot of wood, especially when they need to blow off steam. (Beards are optional but encouraged.)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 “I Like Audrey. A lot” Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Griffin Shipley is a 27 yr. old organic farmer living in Tuxbury, Vermont. After playing football in college, his NFL dreams were cast aside when his father suddenly passed away. For the last three years Griff has run Shipley Farms alongside his mother helping care for the farm & his siblings. They have apples, ciders & dairy, but cider is Griff’s passion and the part of the farm he hopes to expand.

Griff gets a little excitement in his life when his old college hook-up Audrey Kidder shows up on his doorstep. Audrey is a trained chef in Boston who works for a big restaurant group that wants to put fresh produce in their restaurants. They send Audrey to Vermont to negotiate prices with the farmers.

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Audrey is surprised when she comes face to face with the gorgeous football player she was so hot for back in college. She hasn’t seen Griff in five years, but she still remembers every delicious thing he did to her body. The spark between them is still there, & when they finally surrender to their lust for one another they are just as compatible physically as they were before. Their connection is so strong & they can’t seem to get enough of each other.

-Damn. Why did this man have to be so freaking attractive?

-“Don’t know what it is about you, princess.”

-“You make me crazy.”

-Skin to skin with her was the only place I ever wanted to be.

-“You kill me. Every damn time. Just you.”

What begins as amazing casual sex soon turns into more, as they both start falling for one another. Things are complicated since they live in different places & lead totally different lives. Griff never thought he would have time for a girlfriend with his demanding schedule, but he’s starting to see a future with Audrey. This was a sexy fabulous book! I really enjoyed it & look forward to reading more in this series.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4.5 STARS*****

(ARC provided by author )

Sarina Bowen does it again!!!! She’s created a new story with sexy characters, in a very charming setting that captivated me to no end. Forget about Farm-to-table, more like Farm-to-panty, delicious story that will leave you lusting after a hot farmer, and hungry for more….Sarina Bowen does it again!!!! She’s created a new story with sexy characters, in a very charming setting that captivated me to no end. Forget about Farm-to-table, more like Farm-to-panty, delicious story that will leave you lusting after a hot farmer, and hungry for more….

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Griffin Shipley was a football star in college, and just when he was on the cusp of getting the football career he’d always wanted, his father dies, and Griffin has to move back to Vermont to manage the family farm.

Years later he enjoys the work he does at the farm, he is very proud of his accomplishments and has even developed a passion for making cider. One day while out doing some harvesting, Griffin notices a car stuck in a ditch on his farm, and he gets the surprise of a lifetime when he realizes that the woman with the car troubles is no other than his college hook-up, Audrey Kidder.

Audrey is a city girl with big dreams. After failing too many times in college, she put herself through Culinary school, even against her mother’s wishes. Alone and with no money, Aubrey decides to embark on her dream of being the chef of her own restaurant. She knows it won’t be easy, especially without her mother’s help and money, but she is ready to finally claim her freedom and do exactly what she loves.

Aubrey works for a restaurant company, where in order to get her dream, she has to pass a few stepping stones along the way. That’s how she found herself on a Vermont Farm, staring into the beautiful eyes of the man she once had a very sexy one-night stand with when she was in college.

Aubrey needs beautiful organic produce, and Griffin can provide her with that, and much more. They start working together, but the rawness of the work, the delicious food and aromas of the land, and the insane chemistry will inevitably bring these two characters together, and their passion will burn high. But can Audrey put her dreams behind, for love? Can love be enough for this couple or will careers get in the way?
Read this delicious story and find out…

This book was very entertaining, once you start, you won’t want to do anything else but read it from start to finish. That is the magic pen of Sarina Bowen, always tempting, and always sexy.

LIVE – BITTERSWEET (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen

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SYNOPSIS

The new series is set in Vermont. True North is populated by the tough, outdoorsy mountain men that populate the Green Mountain State. They raise cows and they grow apples. They chop a lot of wood, especially when they need to blow off steam. (Beards are optional but encouraged.)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

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Also, the first chapter was posted here: FIRST CHAPTER

COVER REVEAL – THE TRUE NORTH SERIES by Sarina Bowen

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BITTERSWEET (True North, #1)

Release Date: June 14, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

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STEADFAST (True North, #2)

Release Date: July 12, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong.

For Sophie Haines, Jude’s sudden return to Colebury, Vermont, is an unwelcome distraction. It’s not acceptable to still crave the man who killed your brother.

And it’s a small town…

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KEEPSAKE (True North, #3)

Release Date: October 2016

REVIEW – US (Him, #2) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen

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SYNOPSIS:

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 Stars****

(ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review)

Hot! Hot! Hot!!! Wes and Jamie are HOT!!!!

In this second installment, this hot couple are navigating the everyday challenges of domestic life. Wes’s career as a professional Hockey player is starting strong, but this means his personal life has to be kept hidden, at least until his first season is over. Jamie is getting home sick and his job as a coach is not going as well as he had hoped, and to add to all that, Wes is gone a lot and their time together as a couple is very limited.

Miscommunication is the main problem these two are having, and before they know it the little problems become big and not easy to manage.

While Wes and Jamie struggle with their relationship, as a reader and fan of the story, you feel like shaking them silly boys for not talking. They love each other so much, so you pray and hope that they’ll be able to talk it out and move on.

I love the combination of writing styles of these two authors. They are a power couple when it comes to creating sexy and entertaining stories. Even though I loved the first book more I enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it to my friends and followers.

EXCERPT REVEAL – US (HIM, #2) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen – Release Date – 3/8/2016

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EXCERPT

At long last, I’m twenty paces away, then ten. Then I’m opening our door. “Hey babe!” I call out like I always do. “I made it.” I drag my duffel over the threshold, then toss my suit coat on top, abandoning these things beside the door, because all I need now is a kiss.

Only then do I notice that our apartment smells amazing. Jamie has cooked dinner for me. Again. He is the perfect man, I swear to God.

“Hey!” he calls, emerging from the hallway leading to our bedroom. He’s wearing jeans and nothing else except—and this is unusual—a beard. “Do I know you?” He gives me a sexy smile.

“I was going to ask the same thing.” I’m staring at the sandy-blond beard. Jamie has always been clean-shaven. I mean—we’ve known each other since before facial hair. He looks different. Older, maybe.

And hot as blazes. Seriously, I can’t wait to feel that beard against my face, and maybe my balls… Jesus. The blood is already rushing south, and I’ve been home fifteen seconds.

And yet I’m just stuck there in the middle of the room for a moment, because even though it’s been eight months since Jamie and I started up together, I’m still a little stunned at my own good fortune. “Hi,” I say again, stupidly.

He walks forward, his easy gait so familiar that my heart breaks a little bit. He puts his hands on my traps and squeezes the muscle there. “Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”

“Promise?” I ask, and it comes out like gravel. He’s close enough now that I can smell the ocean scent of his shampoo and the beer he drank while he waited for me.

“If I ever get a winning lottery ticket and a day off, I’ll do it,” he says. “Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”

Now I’m measuring the distance to our sofa and counting the layers of clothes I’ll need to remove in the next ninety seconds.

 

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COVER REVEAL – US (Him, #2) by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

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SYNOPSIS

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s noisiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

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