Reviews

Caught Offside by Liz Crowe-review

Blurb:

Ramon Castillo, world famous soccer player and international playboy has been brought low by a career-ending injury. After the humiliation of a shattered leg at the World Cup final, he has spent a year enduring surgeries and painful therapies, the last three months of which are at the Castillo resort in Las Vegas under the watchful eye of his cousin, Jackson Castillo and owner of the Castillo hotel chain. But Ramon’s lack of interest in soccer, women, or in anything besides the blackjack tables has Jackson worried.

Gillian Winter, catering and banquet manager for the MGM Grand Hotel is nurturing her own deep wounds. Her beloved husband has died unexpectedly, leaving her with a young son whose one dream is to meet his hero: Number 17 on the American National Soccer team, Ramon Castillo. When an apparent chance encounter in the lobby of the MGM reveals Ramon’s presence in their midst, everyone’s lives are changed forever.

Can Madame Eve work her magic and bring true healing to Ramon and Gillian? Or is it too late?

 

Review:  

Caught Offside is one of those stories that you are instantly drawn into and never want to leave.   As a lover of soccer and has a player myself of well, too many years, I instantly understood the pain and the heartache that Ramon felt when his career ended too soon.  It defined him as a child and also as an adult.  Some of it for the good and some for the bad.  When he came to Las Vegas to finish up his therapy, he never expected to meet the most important person in his life in his cousin’s hotel lobby.  

 

Ramon has to be the sexiest character that I’ve read in awhile.  While he is sexy, he is also smart, thoughtful, funny and completely devoted to his family.  Without the Castillo’s, he would be nothing.  His cousin Jackson can be a little overbearing for his taste but he knows that Jackson only has his best interests at heart.  

 

Gillian Winter is a dream.  Devoted mother, manager for one of the most successful hotels in Las Vegas but somehow after losing her husband, she lost herself.  Gillian and Jackson have been friends for awhile and he continues to try to steal her away from the MGM Grand for his own hotel.  The banter between them is hilarious and real.  I felt as if I could sit down with both of them and have a drink with them.   

 

When Gillian and Ramon finally meet in the lobby of the Castillo Resort, you could light firewood with the sparks that flew off of them.  Leave it to a 7 year old boy to put a little bit of a damper on those feelings until they agree to a date that evening.  The scenes at the restaurant are some of the funniest, romantic and highly sensual scenes that I’ve read in awhile.  Trust me on this…one word…bathroom.  🙂

 

I still can’t believe that this is actually Ms. Crowe’s first 1NS.  She wrote the Turkish Delights series after Caught Offside.  It was interesting how she integrated Jackson into the story and still retained the whole 1NS premise.  Outstanding job.  

 

I highly, most highly recommend Caught Offside for the laughter, chemistry, nervousness between Gillian and Jackson and overall sigh worthiness of it being a one night stand.  

 

5 Harlies and a recommended read

 

 

 

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Beck & Call by Nicole Morgan-review

Blurb:

All Jenny wanted was to run her resort hotel without the constant interference from her boss. All Beck wanted, was her.
Jenny Somers is the General Manager at a resort hotel in the beautiful Caribbean. She loves her job, but she hates her boss. Constantly cutting corners to meet budget constraints she finds herself doing handyman work just to keep the hotel running.
Beck is a drifter who comes to Jenny’s rescue during a plumbing emergency at the hotel. He is arrogant, cocky and absolutely everything that Jenny despises in a man of his type.
Together Jenny and Beck find out just how real the term “opposites attract” is, and along the way find something they weren’t quite expecting along the way.

Review:

For such a short story, its packs a punch.  Nicole Morgan is a new to me author but I will quickly rectify that soon.  The story takes places in a span of a couple of days but I never felt like it was rushed.  Jenny is the type of woman that has done everything right in her life but with a penny pinching boss to contend with at the resort sometimes its hard to be nice.  When a plumbing emergency happens, she didn’t expect to happen upon the very man that she had rejected for a handyman job.

Beck is an enigma.  Cocksure, gorgeous, handy and then sweet, caring and sexy to boot.  He has plenty of secrets, too.  He isn’t what he seems.  I really liked Beck.  He had me from the first page and never let go of me.  I wanted to know more about him and what makes him tick.  The genuine feelings that he had for Jenny were real and heartfelt.  His twist at the end I never saw coming and it just made me love him more.  ***hint for another book about Jenny and Beck***

While the bedroom scenes were hot, to me they were high sensual and felt real to me.  The tenderness and the emotions were there between the two and made me sigh in the end. 

If I had a complaint about the book is that I thought the ending was incomplete for me.  I would have liked to know what was going to happen to the resort and Jenny’s job.  ***again, hint for a sequel***  I would highly recommend Beck & Call to anyone that wants a quick and fun read that brings two of the most opposite people together and makes them realize what is important to themselves.

4 1/2 Harlies

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Cover Love for Motor City Mage-Cindy Spencer Pape

If you have never read any of Cindy’s Motor City books, you are missing out.  I highly recommend them.  I’m like Cindy, I’m going to miss the Motor City gang.  

Blurb:

As a cop who keeps paranormals in line, Des has a hard time trusting them. So why does he want the beautiful werewolf Lana more than his next breath? She’s mouthy, flamboyant and distractingly sexy—not the type of woman for a reserved mage like him. Lana admires Des, but she can’t be with someone who won’t take her seriously, no matter how much she’d love to rip off his dress shirt.

When a dangerous new drug shows up in Detroit , Des must locate the source, and Lana is determined to help. But their plan goes awry, trapping them in a demon dimension. To return home, Lana and Des must flee through a series of unpredictable alternate realities, fighting enemies while trying to shut down the drug trade. But if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to rely on each other, even though getting closer will add fuel to a fire that’s already burning out of control…

Coming March 12, 2012 from Carina Press