Tessa Ever After Blog Tour

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Hi all, Patti here! If you follow my reviews at all, you’ll know how much I love New Adult, and Brighton Walsh’s Caged in Winter series looks pretty darn good. I haven’t read this series yet but it is on my wishlist; Tessa Ever After is the 2nd book in the series.
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Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh

Caged in Winter #2
Published by: Berkley on May 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.
AboutTheAuthorBrighton Author Photo_ColorBrighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible. Her debut novel, Caged in Winter, is available now from Berkley/Penguin. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency. Facebook Twitter Website  

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Pucked by Helena Hunting #Review

Pucked by Helena Hunting #Review

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PJV Quickie: Funny, sexy, and full of “did she just say that?”, Pucked is a quirky comedy of nerdy proportions. While I laughed many, many times, there were a few instances where wish the author would have toned it down a bit. Overall, though, I’ll be reading more by Helena Hunting.

Review:
Violet Hall has a “no more hockey players” dating rule. This rule is non-negotiable, even though she’s surrounded by them on any given day:  she’s an accountant who works for a PR firm specializing in sports financial management and her step-father scouts for the NHL.   Her step-brother Buck has recently been traded to the her local team, and when her mother forces her to go see one of Buck’s games as a show of support, Violet plans to ditch the party early.  She doesn’t expect to meet the sexy team captain, Alex Waters, and is pleasantly surprised to find that he’s also smart and funny…too bad he’s a player- the hockey kind and the manwhore kind.

Alex Waters loves hockey – there’s nothing he wants to do more than play hockey.  He’s on the cusp of finally scoring major sports endorsements that have eluded him for years, and all seems right in his world.  Then he meets Buck’s step-sister, and she’s funny and sexy and their chemistry together is undeniable.  He wants to spend more time together, but she’s put off by his playboy reputation, one he didn’t actually earn.  

An accidental one-night stand turns into something much more, and while Violet’s heart is all in, her head doesn’t know if she should believe Alex’s words, or his reputation.

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I read and enjoyed The Librarian Principle, so when Pucked came up for review I was thrilled.  Ms. Hunting writes funny, quirky, sexy characters, and to throw hockey into the mix makes this girl a happy, happy reader.

Right from the first chapter Pucked is funny: Violet’s lack of brain-to-mouth filter makes for some hysterical observations.  Her quirky banter with Alex was cringeworthy at times, which made me really like her character.  And I liked Alex – I really liked Alex. You never expect a sports hero to be nerdy and awkward and I loved that he was so unsure of himself around Violet, not a testosterone-fueled caveman at all.  The sexy stuff between these two was palpable and I probably could have cooked a meal over the heat coming off the pages.

BUT… but, while the characters are fun and the sex is plentiful, (and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this) I would have liked to see maybe a little less sex and little more character development.  The story was relationship-driven, so we didn’t get a real feel for what these two were like when they weren’t together.  Also, there were times when the writing was hysterically funny and times when it felt a bit forced- there are only so many times I can read monster cocks, beaver jokes and “jilling off” before it starts to feel a bit repetitive.

That being said, Pucked was a fun read and I am hoping that this isn’t a stand-alone and that there might be more stories to follow.

Recommendations:
If you like hockey romance and quirky, funny stories, I’d say give this one a go.  Fans of Alice Clayton and Penny Reid will appreciate the humorous aspects of this story.

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Pucked by Helena Hunting #Review

Pucked by Helena Hunting

three-half-stars
Published by: Self-Published on May 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

Flash Giveaway – The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Flash Giveaway – The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

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Woot! Good morning peeps!  Patti here…  I know it’s not the weekend but I have a special treat for you today:  a FLASH GIVEAWAY of an e-copy of Elle Kennedy’s second book in her hot Off-Campus series: The Mistake.  A hot, cocky hockey hero and a shy virgin heroine…but appearances can be deceiving and their stories will grab you and hold on until the end. I am absolutely loving this series and want mooooaaaarrrr!  I posted my raving review this weekend (really, check it out!) and trust me, you want to read this book!

 

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About the Book Flash Giveaway – The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
AboutTheAuthorA USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.   Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting! Facebook Twitter Website  

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The Mistake by Elle Kennedy #Review

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy #Review

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PJV Quickie: Count me in as an Elle Kennedy fan!  With swoonworthy heroes and realistic heroines who feel like someone you could be friends with, I am really enjoying her Off-Campus series.  The Mistake is a fabulous second installment that you don’t want to miss.

Review:
John Logan is a college junior; he’s also a hockey player with a good shot at going pro.  Girls drop their panties when he walks by, and it seems like he’s living a charmed life.  But lately he’s been miserable: He knows that after college he’s not going to play professional hockey, he’s going home to take care of his alcoholic father and run the family garage.  Compounding his misery is the fact that he’s in love with his best friend’s girlfriend (Hannah from book 1, The Deal).  When he accidentally ends up in a freshman dorm while looking for a party, he doesn’t expect to meet, and then disappoint, a young co-ed.  His pride gets the best of him though, and he goes back to set things right.

Grace Ivers is a college freshman, generally quiet and shy.  When the hunkalicious star of the hockey team shows up at her door, she’s flabbergasted.  Their awkward meeting turns into an evening of watching movies and making out, but the making out part of the evening wasn’t that great.  So when he shows up again, wanting to make up for the disappointing make-out session, she’s surprised (again) and acquiesces.

Unfortunately, things don’t magically fall into place for these two, and after a long, difficult summer, Logan is determined to win her back.  Grace has other ideas, though, and is equally determined not to fall into his arms again just because he’s got a sexy smile and hot kisses… she needs to know she’s the only girl on his mind.

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Earlier this year I fell in love with The Deal, so when the next book, The Mistake, came up for review I couldn’t say yes fast enough.   Elle Kennedy writes NA the way it should be written:  her stories are sweet and tough and sexy and tender and OMG they make me feel.  The relationship between Grace and Logan is hard to describe – it almost works backwards.  It starts off physical but becomes emotional and the scenes where Grace makes Logan work for it provide a hilarious respite from the dark subject matter. 

Logan’s character kind of sneaks up on you in The Mistake, you know he’s unhappy and he self-medicates with sex. When we see what’s going on in his life, you might as well say goodbye to your heartstrings because they’ll be pulled right out of your chest. I felt his frustration and despair, and his longing – longing for love and all the wonderful things that go along with it, and longing for a chance at living life after college and being able to pursue his dream of playing professional hockey.

Grace is an amazing heroine – at first she’s kind of a pushover but I love that she makes a conscious decision to change and take charge of her life.  She stands up for herself and doesn’t apologize for it, and I think she’s fabulous.

As in The Deal, the secondary characters are funny and solid enough that you feel like you’re getting to know them along with Grace.  As I finished The Mistake, I didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters – I  can’t wait to see who’s book is next!

Recommendations:
Fans of Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series will probably enjoy The Mistake.  I’d also recommend this series to Cora Carmack’s Rusk University series fans, even though that series is football instead of hockey.   If you like Contemporary Romance but don’t read New Adult, this series is a good place to start. You can read The Mistake as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, The Deal, just because it’s a fabulous read.

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The Mistake by Elle Kennedy #Review

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

four-stars
Off-Campus #2
Published by: Self-Published on April 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

Overruled by Emma Chase #Review

Overruled by Emma Chase #Review

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PJV Quickie: Is it possible to love a character while simultaneously wanting to throttle him?  Because that’s exactly what happened here!  In Overruled, Emma Chase is doing what she does best – writing characters you love to hate to love. (Yes, that’s exactly what I meant to say :) )

Review:
Stanton Shaw and Jenny Monroe have a ‘don’t ask/don’t tell’ arrangement: When he’s home in their tiny town of Sunshine, Mississippi, Stanton and Jenny are a couple – sex with Jenny is good and he loves being a dad to their 10-year-old daughter, Presley.  When he’s home in Washington, D.C., where he’s a criminal defense lawyer, Stanton and Jenny see other people, no strings attached.  
When Stanton gets a wedding invitation in the mail, to Jenny’s wedding, he’s determined to stop it – she’s his girl, even if he’s not always there, and there’s no way he’s going to let her marry someone else.

Stanton Shaw and Sophia Santos have a ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement:  They work together and make a great criminal defense team.  When they’re not at work, they have incredible, no-strings attached sex. Neither has time to go bar-hopping for sex, plus, Stanton’s got Jenny at home in Sunshine and Sophia plans to make partner at the firm soon. Their arrangement is win/win for everyone.

When Stanton asks Sophia to go back to Sunshine with him to win back Jenny, Sophia starts to realize that maybe she doesn’t want Stanton to win back Jenny, and that maybe what he really wants is right in front of him -in the present, not back in the past.

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When I saw Emma Chase had written a romance with a law theme, I could not wait to read it.  I loved Tangled, and I love romance in a law firm setting – this is totally my catnip.  The writing is fabulous and I was immediately pulled in to the story, from the pink lines on the pregnancy test while they were still in high school, to the high-powered courtroom in Washington D.C. where Stanton defended accused criminals, I could easily visualize it all. That being said, I really had a hard time figuring out my thoughts on this one:  While I liked Stanton as a hero, I was also frustrated that he seemed to think he could do his thing in DC and come home to Jenny like nothing had changed, as if he put her away in a box for future use and she ceased to have a life while he was gone.  And I loved his reactions when he realizes that’s not what happens.

On his journey to realization, there several scenes with laugh-out-loud humor (cue the obligatory Forrest Gump “I am not a smart man, Jenny” reference), and a nice cast of secondary characters who round out the story and add to the fun.   The sexy stuff between Stanton and Sophia was smokin’ hot and once he pulled his head out of his @ss, it was actually pretty sweet, too.

I wiggled between 3 1/2 and 4 stars, but ultimately went with 4 stars because I kept coming back to the story; I had no desire to switch to something else, which is something I do often.  Plus, I liked that Sophia stood up for herself, even when it hurt to do so.  And, I loved how Stanton and Jenny co-parented without using the daughter against each other.

Recommendations:
If you like Julie James’ books, I would recommend Overruled.  If you enjoy contemporary romance in a courtroom setting, small towns, and heroes that are simultaneously smart and idiotic, give Overruled a try.

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Overruled by Emma Chase #Review

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Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs series!

A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing—with his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter. Jenny is getting married—to someone who isn’t him.

That's definitely not part of the plan.

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Sofia Santos is a city-raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her "friend with mind-blowing benefits," begs her for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi, to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. Her head tells her she's crazy...and her heart says something else entirely.

What happens when you mix a one-stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage, and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise, and even the best-laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

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