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How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?

Tomboy, an all-new, sexy romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!

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Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.

But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.

At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.

Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.

But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.

 

So this is the third book in the series and while Lucy (Muffin Top) spoke to me in ways that most people wouldn’t understand, this one spoke to me in a different way.  Let me explain.

I worked for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club from 1998-2004.  Yes, I worked stadium promotions before the ice dancers (seriously) and watched the much hated Scott Stevens skate the Cup on our ice.  I don’t think I will ever get that image out of my head but I digress.  I’ve seen the good, bad, ugly and VERY ugly when it comes to the “other side” of professional sports.  I have seen The Great One (not a fan but that’s a whole different blog), named our kid after Brian Leetch and have too many hockey jerseys hanging in the closet.  Red Wing fans are the rudest fans EVER and I still HATE the Sharks.  Oh, and I have a cousin that married Keith Tkachuk.  I know I go on about baseball but hockey is my mistress.  He He!  Ms. Flynn nails the hockey parts in this book.

Zach is a teddy bear, despite the piercings and tats.  He never had it easy growing up and the way his parents treated him in the end, I can emphasize with him on not getting close to anyone or having the trust issues that he had.  Fallon absolutely has no filter but that’s what I loved about her.  Fighting for position in her big family isn’t easy so shooting from the hip and not having a filter helps.  I didn’t quite understand all the tomboy stuff because I felt like Fallon was her own person and didn’t need to be girlie for the book to work.  But that’s just me.  However, I did get it when the whole social media thing blew up.  And yes, trolls exist.  *sigh*  She’s a nurse for Christ’s sake.  I don’t know too many nurses that spend an hour in the bathroom before a shift knowing that the makeup will wilt within an hour of getting to work.

Ms. Flynn has written another winner in the series.  The sex is hawt, the emotions real and the issues that they both have are relatable.  Plus, Fallon’s family is priceless.  Her mom getting into the social media action, Lucy trying to still fix things and the girls with their Sip and Paint nights are golden.  Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

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Excerpt:

The blaring ring echoed off the bare walls of the nearly empty mansion as Fallon Hartigan marched down the hallway with murder on her mind.

As soon as she got to the source of that ringing, she was going to give Harbor City what they wanted most and kill the most-hated man in hockey. Sure, she might get arrested, but the metro area would probably throw her a parade. She turned the corner and stopped dead in her tracks outside the open double doors leading to the overpriced defenseman’s bedroom.

The man—who’d been puking his guts up less than twenty-four hours ago—was in the middle of a king-size bed, wearing nothing but a smirk and a bed sheet that was draped so low across his hips that she could see miles of those V lines south of his hard abs. Like she was a newbie nurse on her first set of rounds, her breath caught, and a blush she most definitely did not want to appear started to burn her cheeks. Damn her pasty Irish skin.

Still, she had to admit, if only to herself, that the view was fucking amazing. The man was a professional athlete and had the muscular, inked-up chest to prove it. Practically against her will, her gaze traveled over the plentiful ink across his pecs and lingered a few breaths too long on his silver nipple rings.

Seemingly indifferent to her perusal, Zach swiped his thumb across his cell phone’s screen, ending the incessant ringing.

“About time,” he said, his voice a mellow, low rumble. “I’ve been ringing for you for almost ten minutes.”

He dropped his phone on the small table next to the bed and then lounged against the headboard, managing somehow to look down his nose at her even with their current height differential.

Forget killing him, she was going to go after her bestie. It was Lucy’s fault Fallon was even here.

She squeezed her eyes shut and counted to ten as she recalled all the reasons why the man was a menace and not the solution to her three-month-long sexual dry spell.

He was a selfish player.

He was surly to the press, to the fans, and probably to his neighbor’s dog.

He’d banged a puck bunny tattooed with the logo of the Ice Knights’ most hated rival.

She counted to another ten while remembering why she couldn’t off him.

He was Lucy’s client.

He was, for some incomprehensible reason, one of her bestie’s friends.

He had the skills to turn around the Ice Knights’ sofar shitty season if he could remove the giant chip from his shoulder and start playing as if he actually liked hockey again.

Exhaling a deep breath, she reopened her eyes and barely noticed his muscular shoulders this time as she moved away from the door.

There. All better.

She’d managed to pack away the Hartigan attitude, and her temper hadn’t even made an appearance. Bully for her. Now to get back to that cool, clinical demeanor she strove for whenever she was on the clock.

“You rang?” she asked, managing to keep a good 73 percent of her annoyance out of her tone as she walked farther into the room.

About Avery

USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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#Review of Winning the Cowboy’s Heart (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #5) by Karen Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @karenrock5 @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinHeartwarming #contemporaryromance


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Winning the Cowboy’s Heart
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #5)
By Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 379 Pages
February 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Jewel Cade wants two things—

One is Heath Loveland

The Rocky Mountain cowgirl has her heart set on becoming range boss of the Cade ranch. But first she has to accompany the son of her family’s longtime enemy—and her off-limits secret crush—on a cattle drive across Colorado. Discovering Heath shares her attraction only makes for a rockier road. Because Jewel has a sneaking suspicion that if she drops her guard, the cowboy might ride off with her heart.

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You have no idea how I almost emailed Ms. Rock in regards to this book.  I was upset, wanted to seriously slap a character or two in the book and generally just at my wit’s end while reading it.  I knew that I should trust Ms. Rock and her storytelling and I eventually put the book down and didn’t read it for a day.  Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t because I didn’t like the story, I did but some of the things that the characters did were just…just…I don’t know to describe it to you.

Being mad at Jewel for the first 5 chapters of the book would be an understatement.  I almost gave up on her.  It wasn’t until Sierra got a hold of her that she began to grow on me.  I was introduced to Jewel at the beginning of the series and I liked her then but she is one tough nut to crack.  On one hand, she had some hard misconceptions about her father that she has had to deal with her whole life, losing the one brother, Jesse, still hits her hard and then dealing with her older brother James and is the unwillingness to even try to change and see things from other people’s point of view is a bitter pill to swallow.  Again, once she and Sierra hook up and start shaking things up, do I actually like her again.

Heath, oh my Heath.  He is probably my favorite cowboy next to Cole.  Speaking of which, I have to admit that I was confused with what was going on with Cole in this book because I forgot that his book coincides with Jewel’s.  There were parts of the book that my heart sank because I thought what the heck?  That didn’t happen to him and Kaitlynn, right?  Then the lightbulb came on and it made sense in the end.  I swear I’m not blonde.  I’m fully gray-headed now and I was a brunette before.  LOL!  Heath, in my opinion, is the forgotten person on both sides of the family.  No one really expects much from him except to sing and that is sad.  I learned a lot from him in the book and about him.  Talk about a mess with his mother.  But what really sets him apart from both sides of the family is his willingness to really listen to other people.  The feud isn’t personal anymore.  He truly believes that everyone should just move on and act like adults.  Sad thing is that no one but Jewel will listen.

Their romance is a slow build and don’t worry about them being step-siblings.  It is not weird and Ms. Rock does a great job with that aspect of their relationship.  You just keep rooting for Heath and Jewel to finally see what is right in front of them.  True love, everlasting love and respect from each other that haven’t gotten a lot of from their families.  Yes, you will learn just how much the Cades and Lovelands really didn’t “see” Heath and Jewel from who and what they are as people.

One of the best things in the book is when James (!!!!!) finally, yes finally has to admit something to both Jewel and Heath and to both families.  I’m sorry Ms. Rock but I waited a long time for that.  Sophia said it best though but I won’t spoil it and she just solidified why I fell in love with her from the beginning.

Okay, I still haven’t told you why I loved the book.  Simple.  Ms. Rock wrote it and I love the Cades and Lovelands, warts and all.  With this story, my emotions and reactions were all over the place and I love her for it.  She made me stop and think about it.  I’m writing this review the night before its due and I finished the book over a week ago.  Yes, I’m still thinking about it and my emotions are still strong.

Of course, this is a Heartwarming book, so I won’t repeat myself about my love for the line.  However, I will tell you that Ms. Rock just plain ROCKS this series.  I can’t wait to read the next one and it should be a winner also.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.

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#Review of For Her Honor (the Gentrys of Paradise #4) by Holly Bush w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @hollybushbooks #historicalromance

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Holly Bush will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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Adam Gentry, heir to the celebrated Paradise Stables in Virginia, is haunted by the visions of his lost love. Feeling cursed by fate, he slips deeper into grief, shrouded in a cloud of liquor and depression, and neglects his duties and responsibilities. But when Adam is forced to accept that there’s nothing he can do to change his past, he knows he must move on.

And he accepts his own destiny: that he will never love again.

Emmaline Somerset finds herself in the worst possible position any unmarried woman can be in. She will have to abandon all of her plans, hopes, and dreams for an independence using her own talents. The only viable solution is to move to a distant relative’s home and reinvent herself as a widow with an infant. No one will ever be the wiser.

Adam, now determined to secure the Gentry legacy, plans to save longtime family friend Emmaline from her embarrassment with an offer of marriage. But what Adam didn’t plan on was how his unexpected attraction to her would stir something inside of him, something he’s kept locked deep within.

Can love finds its way between two troubled souls, one driven by duty, the other by honor, both determined to find their way home?

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Emmaline Somerset’s bedroom door opened, and her mother poked her head inside.

“Mother, please,” she began but stopped speaking as the door opened wide and Adam Gentry walked into her room.

“I know this is unusual, Mrs. Somerset, but certainly you’ve known me and my family long enough to know that I intend nothing untoward. But I would like to speak to your daughter alone.”

Adam stared at her as he spoke to her mother and she could see Jane and Betsy behind him, eyes wide and their hands over their mouths.

“It’s not p-proper, Adam,” her mother stuttered.

“I’m fine, Mother. Stand outside my door if you wish.”

Emmaline looked at him and noticed that he was thinner than the last time she saw him. He was still very handsome and even intimidating, filling the room with his presence. He was the oldest among her generation of Gentrys and Somersets but had been removed a bit from the rest of them as they grew up together. A bit apart from John and Matthew and Jim, who’d been fast friends growing up, and from Olivia and Nettie and Marabelle Winston, whose family owned the mercantile, and her. He hadn’t been aloof, but he hadn’t gotten into the same type of trouble that John and Matthew had.

Women swooned over him, and he smiled back and tipped his hat in such a way that made a female feel as if she was the only person of her sex in the world. Except right now he wasn’t looking so sure of himself and not particularly happy, either.

Many of you know that I do read historical romance, just not Western-themed historical romance.  Why?  Mainly because I live in Texas and believe this or not, I’m not into anything western, rustic, country, etc.  I live in a small town so I see it every single day.  I’m surrounded by it and my heart is still tied to a big city.  Its where I was raised and lived for almost 40 years.  So why did I read this book?  Because of Ms. Bush and I just LOVE her Western Historicals.  She doesn’t have to “explain” everything to me and beneath the setting of the book, it is just a story about a boy meeting a girl and falling in love with her.

The Gentrys will always have a place in my heart.  I’ve read all the books and have waited for Adam’s for a long time.  I really thought going into it that it would be a sad story but it wasn’t.  It was funny, sexy, sweet and I loved the growth that he showed from the beginning of the series to now.  Adam was like a mythical creature that we only got to see glimpses of but Ms. Bush knew what she was doing but having his book last.  We need to see Adam lose and then pull himself back up.  I loved that Adam wasn’t perfect in his relationship with Emmaline and that’s what made the story just sing for me.  Imperfection can still be perfection.

Emmaline is just a funny character.  Scatterbrained to some, wistful to others but independent to herself.  I loved that Ms. Bush actually had her do something that at the time, was considered taboo a bit for women.  I won’t tell you what it is but let’s just say that Ms. Bush knows something about.  Plus, she stood up to Adam.  Made him think and not too many writers in the genre will write a female character that way.  In fact, some of the conversations with her married sister are downright hilarious.  Sex was NOT talked about during this time but Nettie and Emmaline talk about it.  And they even say the words.  Great dialogue between them that led to Emmaline talking to Adam about it.

I didn’t see the plot twist coming at all.  Nope, I couldn’t even imagine what Ms. Bush was going to do but when she did it, it was great.  Emmaline finally stood up for herself without the help of Adam and they both realized that they were equal partners in the relationship.  Adam really needed to learn that and unfortunately, he learned it the hard way.

Ms. Bush has written a brilliant Western Historical Romance series that is definitely a keeper on my shelf.  We get to see all of the Gentrys in this one.  I, for one, didn’t even find it jarring when Mrs. Gentry did her thing.  Again, not going to tell you but I wasn’t surprised.  Disappointed?  Nope.  The epilogue is GENIUS!!!!  I’m praying, lighting candles that its the start of a new offshoot.  *bats eyelashes*  I’ll be the first to pick it up.

About the Author:

Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and an occasional Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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