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Review: The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

September 29th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

the-family-plotTitle: The Family Plot

Author: Cherie Priest

Genre: Horror

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0765378248 (Tor/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0765378248 (Tor/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

The author of the enormously successful Boneshaker returns to Tor with her unique take on the classic haunted house book

Chuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise, stripping historic properties and reselling their bones. Inventory is running low, so he’s thrilled when Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. This could be a gold mine, so he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project.

The crew finds a handful of surprises right away. Firstly, the place is in unexpectedly good shape. And then there’s the cemetery, about thirty fallen and overgrown graves dating to the early 1900s, Augusta insists that the cemetery is just a fake, a Halloween prank, so the city gives the go-ahead, the bulldozer revs up, and it turns up human remains. Augusta says she doesn’t know whose body it is or how many others might be present and refuses to answer any more questions. Then she stops answering the phone.

But Dahlia’s concerns about the corpse and Augusta’s disappearance are overshadowed when she begins to realize that she and her crew are not alone, and they’re not welcome at the Withrow estate. They have no idea how much danger they’re in, but they’re starting to get an idea. On the crew’s third night in the house, a storm shuts down the only road to the property. The power goes out. Cell signals are iffy. There’s nowhere to go and no one Dahlia can call for help, even if anyone would believe that she and her crew are being stalked by a murderous phantom. Something at the Withrow mansion is angry and lost, and this is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever. And it seems to be seeking permanent company.

The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages-atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility to keep it fresh and interesting-from Cherie Priest, a modern master of supernatural fiction.

Quick & Dirty: A horror movie fan must read!

Opening Sentence: “Yeah, send her on back. She has an appointment.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I love it when a title can mean two different things! The Family Plot by Cherie Priest is my first foray into Priest’s writing. I’ve had her Steampunk series on my TBR pile for years but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get to them yet and I really can’t wait to read them. The Family Plot is a standalone horror novel that is eerie and quite creepy. If I saw the ghosts as clearly as the characters within this book I would have been a goner. I definitely wouldn’t have stayed overnight after all they all saw most of these ghosts during the day light hours.

Dahlia Dutton has been put in charge of salvaging an old home in Tennessee. Her father’s company is relying on this job to keep them from going under so she must make sure she is able to get as much money out of it as possible. The lady who sold them the home, Augusta Withrow, is very secretive about the house. She says it is in disrepair and must be torn down but in reality it is still pretty much in good shape. Then there is the cemetery that Dahlia and her fellow salvagers find. It seems real but Augusta assures them that it is just a Halloween prank.

Dahlia is joined by her cousin Bobby, his son Gabe and co-worker Brad for the job. Dahlia’s father wants to make sure the job is done as quickly and cheaply as possible. They all seem to think there is something strange about the house but they are all excited about the exciting items they may find hidden in the house and property. Strange events begin right after they all get to the house. Dahlia gets so enchanted by the house that she can’t hear them calling out to her but she claims she can hear everything from inside that house. Then they all have their own ghostly experiences which all vary in levels from friendly to horrifying.

One thing that I really enjoyed was how open all the characters were to seeing ghosts and talking about it. Only Dahlia tried to hide it for a while but when the guys all started talking openly about it she finally caved and said all she had experienced.

Dahlia is a recent divorcee so she’s not exactly in the right place when she goes to the house. She tries to be friendly but since Bobby sided with her husband they aren’t exactly on friendly terms. Dahlia is a smart woman. I liked how Dahlia had her issues but she didn’t make those issues conflict with her morals when confronted with a difficult decision.

This may or may not be a spoiler. It pertains to the ending so don’t read further if you don’t want to know my thoughts or warning. However you want to take it. The Family Plot does have a bit of an open ending. If you don’t like that then you may not like this novel. It is quite like some of the horror movies dealing with ghosts end so I did come up with what I thought happened after the story was over. I like my stories to be wrapped up but this one wasn’t so bad. I kind of liked it that way.

Overall, the atmosphere of the story was pretty creepy. I found the beginning to be a little slow but once stuff started happening the story starting really picking up. I especially found the story very eerie and scary when combined with the force of nature that the group has to endure while being haunted by a scary ghost. I highly recommend this story for fans who love a good ghost story.

Notable Scene:

“Was the ghost you saw a scary one?” Gabe asked him, letting go of Buddy. The next page fell.

“She was scary as shit.”

“Why?”

“Old dead teenage girls are just as bad as old dead kids, that’s why,” he informed his son, but he didn’t say the rest, about her being covered with mud and blood and the miasma of having done something terrible.

Gabe went past the childhood photos and got to the one of Abigail in the yellow dress. He paused there, and asked, “Is that her?”

Bobby nodded slowly, then faster. “She’s about the right age, and the right everything. That’s her, but she looked . . . different.”

“Different how?”

“Dead. Really, really dead.”

But Dahlia wasn’t sold. “No, you guys . . . I told you, I saw this girl, looking just like she was alive. This Abigail.” She tapped the photo. “She was even wearing this same dress, and it gave me a heart attack when I opened the album and saw the picture. This is who I saw in the cemetery.”

“I thought it wasn’t a cemetery,” Gabe said, half teasing and half wondering, like they all were.

It was Dahlia’s turn to sigh. “I never said there weren’t any ghosts. I only said there weren’t any bodies.”

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FTC Advisory: Tor/Macmillan provided me with a copy of The Family Plot. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Hot Alphas Anthology

September 27th, 2016 Roxanne Posted in Review 2 Comments »

hot-alphasTitle: Hot Alphas

Author: Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker Kate Douglas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Wounded Warriors (Novella #3)

Publication Date: December 1, 2015

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0312389140 (St.Martin’s/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0312389147 (St.Martin’s/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

In Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin’s sworn protector. The consistent target of her CIA-operative brother’s deadly foes, Turk is the only port Erin has to cling to in a storm. He promised her brother long ago never to touch her—but how can he resist a woman who aches to be with him as much as he burns for her?

In misTaken by Laurelin McGee, Jaylene Kim is a strong independent woman whose feminist values run deep. Even though attractive men are her weakness the last thing she wants is one telling her what to do. Until she meets her mysterious new neighbor. He makes her realize that you can still be strong and relinquish control . . . in the bedroom. But as their passion consumes them both Jaylene isn’t so sure he is who he says he is.

In Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker, Tate longs to spend his nights with Ali, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with his mother right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Tate’s unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with . . . but the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all?

In Tangled by Kate Douglas, Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do all the things he loves best—work with his hands, grow the grapes, and craft award-winning, full-bodied wines. But when something better comes along in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner of the vineyard, Nate becomes completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled’s number-one mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a constant temptation, Nate doesn’t stand a chance…

Quick & Dirty: Four short stories of love, lust and strong men!

Opening Sentence: “The night had finally wound down, the last customer urged out the door and the Broken Bar was closed up for the night.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Erin’s Kiss: Turk has the job of protecting Erin, but can he stay out of her bed? Erin is drawn to the wounded warrior and she can’t resist him, but with her life on the line is it too dangerous for them to be in love? Erin and Turk are hot, and this short story is just enough to draw you and leave you wanting more. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

misTaken: Jaylene and Noah are neighbors, but can she learn to let someone else be in charge? Jaylene is a strong woman, too strong in some cases. She has turned off plenty of men by her actions of their own inadequacies. Noah brings her into a whole new world of bondage. I liked Jaylene and was glad that she met Noah, because she was dating some real winners in the beginning of this story. Well not dating, gone out on a date with a guy that made me want to vomit. Noah, however, was a breath of fresh air.

Burn for Me: Ali and Tate are damaged and unwilling to be with each other. However, as their passion grows hotter it becomes harder and harder for them to resist each other. Once they finally give in it is all or nothing. I really liked how open the two of them are with each other and the relationship is on fire once they give into each other.

Tangled: Nate and Cassie have a working relationship, so a relationship has the potential to cause major problems for them. Initially when they get together it is a no strings attached type relationship, but soon they find themselves falling in love. Will they be able to work together and be in a relationship?  I always enjoy stories that involve a hookup turned into something more.

I must admit I just don’t like anthologies, I find that these days I like to know my characters in order to enjoy  a short story, so I usually find one I really like and then the others are just okay for me. Don’t let my personal dislikes deter you, these were good, quick, and steamy reads.

Notable Scene:

“He loved the feel of her in his arms, but he had to admit, having that little “no promises, no commitments” clause int he conversation left him feeling enormously relieved. He had no time for commitments beyond the the one that had brought him here. Not when he still had to prove himself capable of the job he’d be starting tomorrow. He didn’t have any concerns about proving himself to Cassie tonight. It should have felt awkward, carrying a woman he barely knew into her bedroom, but nothing had ever felt quite this right before.”

Lora Leigh’s Wound Warrior Series:

1. Cooper’s Fall

1.5 Real Men Last All Night

2. Sheila’s Passion

3. Hot Alphas

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FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Paperback/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Hot Alphas. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

September 25th, 2016 Zed Posted in Review 3 Comments »

Three Dark CrownsTitle: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Three Dark Crowns (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Format: Paperback, 398 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062385437 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062385437 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Three Dark Crowns is a heart-stopping fantasy from Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

Quick & Dirty: Three sisters, three queens and only one can rule.

Opening Sentence: A young queen stands barefoot on a wooden block with her arms outstretched.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Three Dark Crowns began as a 3 star read, a fairly bog-standard beginning, nothing to make it stand out as a story to remember. Since the story is told from three points of view, it was actually a little frustrating jumping from one character to the next and unfortunately the story was boring me. Approximately two-thirds of my way in, the plot begins to flesh out, there’s a spark of humour here and there so my rating is creeping up to 3.5-stars. But it was the last couple of chapters that boosted the entire story up to a solid 4-star read; what an ending!

As the title suggests, the story is centred around three queens; triplet sisters who are separated at a young age and brought up to eventually kill their sisters in order to be crowned the true queen. Each queen has a gift: elemental, nature or poison but the problem is that of the three, only one sister appears to have a strong gift; Mirabella. Arsinoe and Katharine have trouble with their gifts and are beginning to freak out because they are running out of time. For them, it is either kill or be killed and a weak gift does not increase chances of survival.

“It is cruel to make you give him up at all,” says Mirabella.
Elizabeth shrugs. “My mother says that once, priestesses did not have to. But now the island is so fractured. Naturalist against poisoner against elemental. Even those few with the war gift, or those fewer with the sight gift, are hostile to one another.”
She looks at Pepper and sighs. “Giving them up unites us. And the sacrifice binds us to our faith. But you are right. It’s still cruel.”

However, strength isn’t everything. Katharine isn’t the strongest but she is definitely the darkest and most malicious. I found it interesting that out of all the sisters the only one who finds killing their sisters distasteful is the strongest one Mira. Even the priestesses surprised me because I had expected them to be kind and devout but their determination to make Mira queen made them resort to desperate measures. Their hunger for violence was disturbing to say the least.

Queens are not supposed to love their sisters. She has always known that, even when they were together at the Black Cottage, where she had loved them, anyway.
“They are not those children, anymore,” she whispers into her hands.
They are queens. They must die.

Katharine loves to make the poisons but she starts off weak and small, not being able to stomach the poisons despite the lengths her aunts went to increase her resistance. Kat started off okay-ish, nothing remarkable to remember her by but when Pietyr enters the scene she becomes bolder and crueller. Of the three sisters, I think Kat would be the least burdened by conscience in killing her siblings.

“I will kill my sisters just as easily, Natalia,” Katharine says. “I promise. Though perhaps when I am finished, they will not look like they are sleeping.”

Last, but definitely not the least, there is Arsinoe. As a naturalist, she should be able to make flowers bloom and have a ‘familiar’ but her gift is non-existent. Arsinoe is wild, rebellious and the least attractive of the three and her looks aren’t improved when a bear mauls her face! However, I loved her honesty and her devotion to her friends. She might not care much for her sisters but she would do anything for her best friend Jules, and vice versa. Billy was a welcome addition too; his frankness complemented Arsinoe’s personality well and their banter was probably the only source of humour in the entire book! When Joseph returns, the storyline changes and I was surprised at how important his character proved to be. His story intertwines with the other queens and he frankly makes a huge mess, despite good intentions.

“I should wring your neck,” says Jules.
“Be nice to me. My neck was almost severed, not one hour ago.”

As I’ve alluded to earlier, the ending was brilliant. It turned the whole book around and was a huge surprise to me but if I look back I can see it was rather obvious. Sorry for being vague, I don’t want to reveal any spoilers but what I can say is that there are some unexpected twists that will make you think: WTH? So if the story bores you, just try to hang in there. I may need to continue this series because the ending left me with lots of questions.

Notable Scene:

“It is strange,” Luca says, “that you have turned away from the Goddess. When she is the one who creates the queens. Whose power on this island preserves our way of life. I know,” she says when Natalia rolls her eyes. “You think it is you. The strength of your gift that keeps us safe. But who do you think gave that to you? She is the source of this thing, you revere, yet you do not revere her. In your pride, you forget that she has given and that she is the one who may take it away.”

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Three Dark Crowns. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Early Review: Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

September 24th, 2016 Zed Posted in Review 1 Comment »

glitterTitle: Glitter

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1101933704 (Random House)

ISBN-13: 978-1101933701 (Random House)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

From #1 “New York Times” bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel “Breaking Bad” meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.

Outside the palace of Versailles, it s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it s the eighteenth century with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls is one risk she has to take.”

Quick & DirtyAn ‘addictive’ tale of power and powerlessness.

Opening Sentence: I rush through the catacombs, my face shrouded beneath the brim of a cap, skimming by the empty eyes of long-dead skulls.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Living her life as her mother dictates and then being forced by circumstances into marrying the sadistic king, Danica finally decides to think for herself and make her own life choices.

To achieve her goal in being Queen Mother, Dani has spent her adolescence taking lessons for grace, plastic surgery to beautify her face and essentially preening herself so that the king falls in love with her. Though Dani never imagined it would work, it all changed overnight such that she is thrust into the limelight, with all her lessons put to the ultimate test. Can she fake her way through and somehow escape being Queen or will her silence cost her everything?

I actually thought that Danica’s mother was worse than the king himself. At least Justin can sort of use the excuse that he’s only nineteen years old and is a spoilt brat turned king to excuse his deplorable behaviour, what excuse does that woman have? After knowing everything, she blackmails the king and literally sells her daughter off to a masochist for money and power!

“I don’t need you,” His Majesty spat, anger overriding his pathetic act of contrition. “I can fix this myself.”
“Can you?” She paced slowly before him, her eyes never leaving his. “How will you find a coroner? How will you justify his bribe to your accountants? Do you intend to mask those bruises on her neck yourself? And those are just the easy parts. The sad truth is that a boy stupid enough to accidentally kill his own lover is far too stupid to cover it up.”

This may sound mean but I enjoyed learning about Dani’s flaws as she goes about with her plan of escape. She pretends to be the perfect queen-to-be with her calm demeanour and poise but Dani is literally winging her way through. She’s so used to conforming to her mother’s plans that when she finally makes her own decisions, some result in catastrophic consequences. It’s not that she can’t think for herself, Danica is super smart when it comes to hacking the world-class technology in the palace, but she’s under an enormous amount of pressure, with a dangerous secret about a dangerous man so you can forgive her for acting without thinking it all through.

I take a few seconds to gather my composure. I need him to understand. “I have no choice.”
But there’s no softening of his expression. “You don’t know the meaning of no choice, Dani. You had your choice. And you made it. Now you have to live with it. And so does everyone else.”

Dani’s heart is in the right place and all she wants to be is normal and as far away from the evil king as possible, but circumstances are such that almost every move of hers is watched, if not by the court or the robot servants, then by the M.A.R.I.E. surveillance system. I can’t imagine how I would deal under such scrutiny and with so little privacy; Dani is in a prison with gold bars. I admired her courage in trying to escape, even when things look bad and her plans are near impossible to achieve, she doesn’t give up.

Onto the drugged cosmetics, which is where this book gets its title. Glitter. Such a simple idea but pure brilliance. To add an addictive drug to cosmetics so it leaves the user feeling happier without their knowing is a brilliant invention. So brilliant that I wonder whether there is already a cosmetic company out there doing this? My lip balms are super addictive, I wonder….

Such a tale wouldn’t be complete without a tangled romance. Although the love story was predictable, Saber’s character certainly was not. I enjoyed his broodiness and shroud of mystery. It was a tad weird how Dani revealed almost all her secrets to him, yet he wouldn’t share his until she eventually found out from someone else. For a minute I wondered whether he would double cross her too, Dani does seem to have the worst luck!

“I thought every little girl in Sonoman-Versailles dreamed of being part of the lever one day.”
“Considering I wasn’t noble enough to reside in the palace as a little girl, I wouldn’t know.”
“You didn’t have big dreams?” he says, his voice soft, dangerous with its vague lilt of seduction.
“Not of being in this hellish position.”

There was a significant turn of events at the end and though I didn’t expect things to go her way, I was shocked at how many things went wrong for the future queen! Don’t be fooled by the title, Glitter is not a typical happily-ever-after but it brought to my mind the phrase; ‘all that glitters is not gold.’

Notable Scene:

My conscience is frayed nigh to pieces; months ago I asked myself if my life was worth what it would take to raise this money. At the time I said yes. But now that it’s nearly done, I’m not so sure. Is it truly worth saving your life if you lose your soul in the process?

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FTC Advisory: Random House Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House provided me with a copy of Glitter. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton

September 21st, 2016 Roxanne Posted in Review No Comments »

holiday-on-iceTitle: Holiday on Ice

Author: Jaci Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Play by Play (Book #8.5)

Publication Date: November 18, 2014

Format: eBook, 127 Pages

IBSN-10: 0698183096 (InterMix/Penguin)

IBSN-13: 978-0698183094 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.

Quick & DirtyA hockey player and dancer have always kept things casual, but can they win at love?

Opening Sentence: “Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer walked into McGill’s, his favorite after game bar hangout, with several of his fellow players.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Patrick and Stella have an on and off casual relationship. Lately it has been off, in fact when Patrick sees her in his favorite bar it has been several months. They fall back into a casual relationship, but both of them begin to wonder if it’s something more. Stella is fighting that the best that she can, she is carrying her secret heart around like armor for years. Patrick really hasn’t ever had a serious relationship, so he is a bit thrown off when he realizes that this is exactly what he wants with Stella.

As time passes and they spend more and more time together outside the bedroom; they both realize that they want to give this a try. But can Stella let the past go? Can she truly trust another man with her heart again?

This is about novella length, just slightly longer, but a super quick and lovely read. I really enjoyed Stella and Patrick. I am not a fan of instalove or fall into bed and fall in love, but the author set up the casual past and it really made sense for them. The relationship just worked, and quite possibly because Patrick might be the perfect reformed player boyfriend. Honestly, Stella made my eyes roll more than Patrick did! Although he might be too perfect! Honestly, the only thing that is slightly unbelievable is that a guy who has never been in a real relationship would be so good at it, but that’s just my jaded view.

I think I have to acknowledge that I might have a thing for hockey players, it seems like even though romance isn’t my go-to genre anymore, I always love any romance novel I read that involves a hockey player and this was no exception. I enjoyed their banter, the relationship and the between the sheets times was totally smoking!

Notable Scene:

“He wanted to say something to her about wanting a relationship with her, but figured maybe now wasn’t the right time. She was tired and that was a conversation to have when she was more clearheaded. Besides, her breathing grew deeper, and when he looked down at her again she was asleep. Okay, definitely not the time for that conversation. He pulled the covers over them both and reached to turn off the light. He liked having her in his bed. In his life. He wanted to keep it that way, see where things went between them. But Stella always having one foot out the door didn’t make for a relationship.”

Play by Play Series:

1. The Perfect Play

2. Changing the Game

3. Taking a Shot

4. Playing to Win

5. Thrown by a Curve

6. One Sweet Ride

6.5 Holiday Games

7. Melting the Ice 

8. Straddling the Line

8.5 Holiday on Ice

9. Quarterback Draw

10. All Wound Up

10.5 Hot Holiday Nights

11. Unexpected Rush

12. Rules of Contact (December 6, 2016)

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FTC Advisory: InterMix/Penguin provided me with a copy of Holiday on Ice. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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