Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Team Russian by Ally Adams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @allyadamsbooks

Team Russian

by Ally Adams

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance  

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BLURB:

He’s tall, dark, handsome and athletic and just that little bit mysterious. Star of the Saint’s team, The Russian has had a high profile relationship with a Hollywood director’s daughter for years and now that it is over, he just wants to focus on his sporting career. Due to injury, Carla Brooker’s professional sporting career as a basketballer with the Suns is about to come to an end, but not before she needs a date for her team’s gala ball night. When these two sporting hotshots meet, they are more than a good fit, they are made for each other … if they can just file away their history and find a way to be together.

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Excerpt Two:

The doors opened and a few of the flight attendants came out, along with a handful of passengers. Buzz was out first and greeted us. He wrapped an arm around Laura and gave me a wink as they left, as though all was forgiven for his prank. Some of the Saints’ crew followed, then the coach, and Lucas who gave Mia a wave and pointed in the direction of the journos. She nodded, knowing he had to give a quick interview first.

Tomás came into sight, greeted us all and left with Alice, and then Nik and The Russian appeared. The Russian’s eyes scanned the area and found mine, and he gave me a smile that would launch ships. He walked towards me, threw his bag over his shoulder and wrapped his spare arm around me, pressing me hard to him, our lips locked. It was so healing, his lips on mine, his skin against mine, just the feel of his strong body encompassing me, and he didn’t stop kissing me. I couldn’t believe it, in front of his teammates and everything!

“Geez, not in public you two, cut it out,” Lucas teased, coming over and giving Mia a showy kiss.

“Get a room, Russian,” Nik added as Sasha threw herself at him, and then we heard the sound of flashes and The Russian released me just a few inches, enough to draw a breath.

“So needed that,” he said. “Hello, Brooker.”

“Hello Russian,” I grinned up at him, admiring his dark eyes and beautiful face. He looked exhausted.

“We need to get home immediately,” The Russian said, slightly breathless. “Let’s go.”

He released me only enough so I could walk, tucking me into his body, ignoring the flashes of cameras. When we got to my car, he threw his bag in the back seat and sat back while I drove, annoying me by rubbing his hand over my leg, and anywhere else he could get access to before I hit him away for being distracting. We hardly spoke, we just wanted to be together, to be near each other.

The Russian hustled me straight into my bedroom, closing my bedroom door with his foot and knocking me onto the bed.  When we were settled, he stopped and placed his forehead on mine.

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I flat out fell in love with this book from the opening line.  As you know I don’t typically read sports books but I was intrigued about this one.  It has a heroine that plays basketball and the hero plays soccer.  Two sports that NO ONE writes about.  Plus, the hero is Russian.  *sigh*  Again, I was hooked.  Plus, the author is from Australia so that also perked me up.  I couldn’t wait to see her take on woman’s basketball.  I will have to say that this book doesn’t focus on the actual sports.  It does, however, focus on the physical effects, going to therapy, workouts and dealing with the stalker fans.

Was I disappointed because of that?  HECK NO!!!  As most know, I worked for a major hockey team for about 5 years and I got burned out.  I loved the fact that Ms. Adams focused on the character development of Alex (the Russian) and Carla.  We actually get to see these two fall in love with each other.  And deal with his teammates, a crazed stalker and family issues.  Being a reverend’s daughter can’t be easy but I felt like I could have used some more closure with Carla’s mother.  I understood the issue with her but I really felt like Carla was left out to dry, even with all of her success.  She saw the closeness of Alex’s family and at times, I felt like she wanted that too from her own family.

Alex and Carla are a dream together.  There are some major trust issues with Alex and they are warranted.  His ex keeps coming back in the fold and I love how he dealt with it in the end.  He He!!!  I will have to say the first time the sexy times rolled around, I was proud of Carla for telling Alex that she didn’t feel comfortable doing something.  I’m also proud of the author for writing it, too.  That is a brave thing for an author to bring up and for the heroine and hero to actually talk about what they want in the bedroom and when.

Overall, I worshiped this book.  I bought Lucas’ book will because…you need to read this one to find out.  *swoon*  Heck, even Carla thought he was hot.  The teammates of Alex’s just make the book.  They were supportive, funny, sexy and oh so good with their WAGs.

Do yourself a favor and read this book.  No major issues, no big black moment, just two people falling in love with each other and dealing with their professions as best as they could.

Your welcome!

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

ALLY ADAMS is a journalist who lives in coastal Victoria, Australia with her husband and furry friends.

She is a literature major, avid romance reader and writer. Ally freelances for two lifestyle magazines and has just completed her fourth Saints Team novel. She is now looking towards a whole new series!

Ally’s books:

  • Team Lucas
  • Team Tomas
  • Team Niklas
  • Team Russian

Connect with Ally at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allyadamswriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/allyadamsbooks

https://www.amazon.com/Ally-Adams/e/B00XHS9TJU

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WD7QY53

Reviewers for Ally’s Saint’s books:

“Team Lucas should come with a warning: once you start you won’t be able to put this Saints team novel down until the very end,” Jaymy M

“It was hot, sexy and passionate. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this novel so much but I did and I love the author even more for doing just that!” Christine, Goodreads

“This is one of the best sports romances I ever read. I have re-read it now a couple of times and each time I fall in love with it a bit more.” Claudia, Goodreads

“So much fun to read. Really, the sometimes funny and witty dialogues between the leads were just amazing. I would have to quote half the book here just to try to give you my favorite examples.” Jeri T. Ryan

“This is a hot, steamy read filled with passion from beginning to end … a great read for readers who love hot guys and hot stories…and women who have a head on their shoulders.” Tonja Drecker

“Ms. Ally had me sold and hostage from the very first page.You need to read the story!” Darlene, Goodreads

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Harlie here:  I can.not.wait. to read this book.  It’s intriguing to me.  How in the heck is she going to redeem Ben and I’m not sure if I could forgive him.  That’s why I’m reading this book.  Plus, I love Sarah’s writing.  🙂

 

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Release Date: May 22nd

 

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Blurb

Ben Lawson is making a comeback…

After a few tabloid headlines, they think they know me. They don’t know a damn thing.  As CEO of a movie production company, I’ll show them who I really am when we hit it big at the box office. My ex thought her smear tactics would ruin me, but I’m unbreakable. Rising from the debris, I swore I’d never let a woman distract me like that again. But then, my leading actress walked on the set and changed everything.

Seductive, sexy, and unapologetic, Aria Rose could break me. I wanted to help her, protect her…love her. Instead, I destroyed her.

Aria Rose is baring it all….

I knew better.  I knew not to trust another Hollywood heartthrob with a reputation like his. He was my boss and became my ruin. I should have stayed far away from him. Ben Lawson promised me the world.  He even promised me his heart.

But he destroyed everything–my heart, my career, us.

 

About the Author

 

Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in clinical and forensic psychology. She is married to a wonderful man who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

 

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride (McNeill Magnates #1) by Joanne Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @TastyBookTours @JoanneRock6

A mix-and-match mock engagement? 
THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE
The McNeill Magnates #1
Joanne Rock
Releasing April 4th, 2017
Harlequin Desire


A mix-and-match mock engagement? Ballerina Sofia Koslov’s career is on the line when she’s accosted at the airport by a rich, reckless playboy who thinks she’s his mail-order bride! But the playboy’s levelheaded brother, Quinn McNeill, solves the media snafu with a switcheroo. He’ll pretend to be her legitimate fiancé to protect her reputation—and to protect his family’s business deals from her father’s wrath.

Sofia’s one condition: they’ll share the spotlight as a loving couple but won’t share a bed. But soon Quinn’s gentlemanly ways strike a chord, and Sofia’s dying to renege on that condition and have a real fling…


“I never would have guessed your brother would spend a small fortune on a ring for a woman he never met.” She edged out of his grip. “I thought he was a romantic, not completely certifiable.”

Quinn’s smile faded. “I assure you, Cameron is neither.” He set the ring on the steamer trunk beside her. “I’ll let you decide whether or not to wear it in the morning. And in the meantime, I’d better let you get some rest.”

He rose to his feet, leaving a priceless piece of jewelry balanced on last month’s Vogue.

“Quinn.” She stood to follow him to the door then reached back to grab the ring so she could return it. “Please. I don’t feel right keeping this here.”

He turned to face her as he reached the door, but made no move to take the glittering ring.

“If you were my bride-to-be, I would spare no expense to show the world you were mine.” His blue eyes glowed with a warmth that had her remembering his kiss. Her breath caught in her chest and she wondered what it might be like for him to call her that for real.

Mine.

“I’m—” At a total loss for words. “That is—” She folded the diamond into her hand, squeezing it tightly so the stones pressed into her soft skin, distracting her from her hypnotic awareness of this man. “If you insist.”

“It’s a matter of believability, Sofia.”

“It’s only for one month.” She wasn’t sure if she said it to remind him or herself.

“We’ll work out the details tomorrow.” He reached to smooth a strand of hair from her forehead, barely touching her and still sending shimmers of pleasure along her temple and all the way down the back of her neck. “Sleep well.”

She didn’t even manage to get her voice working before he was out the door again, leaving her alone in a suddenly too empty apartment.

Squeezing the ring tighter in her fist, she waited for the pinch of pain from the sharp edges of the stones. She needed to remember that this wasn’t real. Quinn McNeill had only agreed to this mad scheme to clean up his brother’s mess. Any hint of attraction she felt needed to be squashed immediately, especially since Quinn was cut from the same mold as her father—focused on business and the accumulation of wealth. Her world was about art, emotions and human connections.

Her mother had taught her that people did not fall into both camps. In Sofia’s experience it was true. And since she wanted her own relationships to be meaningful bonds rooted in shared creativity and ideals, she was willing to wait until she had more time in her life to find the right partner. Romance could not be rushed.

“It’s only for a month,” she said aloud again, forcing herself to set the engagement ring on the hallway table.

Surely she could keep up her end of a fake engagement for the sake of appearances? She’d made countless sacrifices for her career, from dancing on broken toes to living away from her family on the other side of the globe to train with Russian ballet masters.

Ignoring the sensual draw of Quinn McNeill couldn’t possibly be more difficult than those challenges.

Yet, even as she marched herself off to bed, she feared she was lying to herself that she could keep her hands off the man anywhere near as easily as she’d set down the ring.

 Ms. Rock…welcome back to Desire.  I’ve missed reading your alpha’s and the women that tame them.  Yes, I know that you have written other books and yes, I’ve read them but there is something about a Desire from you.  You just “get” the line.  You put a loveable but somewhat dimwit (when it comes to women) alpha and a very strong female together and you make magic.  Plus, you don’t put filler in your stories.  You get right to the point and then let the characters take over.  
Quinn just cracked me up from the beginning.  Trying to save face for Cam and then realizing that Sofia was truly the one that needed his skills.  I also liked that the arc with her dad isn’t over.  It isn’t resolved and I found that intriguing because I’ll get more of Quinn and Sofia in future books.  Quinn isn’t your typical Desire hero either.  He’s not a total douche that needs to be redeemed but he does need to realize what is more important to him and for that he needs Sofia.
I loved Sofia.  I must see pictures of her capes.  With fur.  Yes, fur.  I love fur and come on, she’s Ukrainian (like me) so it’s totally appropriate for her to wear.  Plus, she is a ballerina and she can totally pull the look off.  I really liked the scenes dealing with the ballet.  I’ve always loved the ballet and the end with the idiot choreographer.  *Growl*  I’m glad that she did what she did.  Too bad she told Quinn to NOT hit him.  I would have loved to have seen that.  
But truly this book is about two people that meet under the strangest circumstances and it somehow works.  They try to resist but in the end, the pull is just too great.  I loved watching them fall in love and then fight and then love again.  Again, Ms. Rock knows the line and doesn’t fill it up with a bunch of filler that you skip through.  This story is about a lonely ballerina that misses her mom and therefore her passion is life is gone and the man that reignites that passion in her.  I can not wait to read Ian and Cam’s stories.  

 



Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career.
She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her
favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
 

 

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