Thursday, March 5, 2015

Crashing the Net by Jami Davenport Blog Tour


Hockey star Cooper Black and professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell return in this sequel to Crashing the Boards.

Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When the gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her heart with one wink.

As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenaged nephew. Cooper doesn't want to be a surrogate dad, he doesn't want to play in Seattle, and he doesn't want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green. Regardless, he wants her back, and he's willing to change, if only she'll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can't refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he's traveling with the team.

Fearing Cooper isn't capable of changing his control-freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.

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“What are you doing here?” Izzy hissed, ever mindful their voices could carry down the hallway to anyone loitering about the ballroom entrance.

“Looking for you,” Cooper growled right back while his gaze raked up and down her body clad in a form-fitting little black dress which revealed a tasteful amount of cleavage and bare thighs.

“Cooper, I told you I had to work tonight.”

He scowled and stepped toward her, backing her up until she hit the wall behind her. He put his big hands on either side of her face and leaned in. “I don’t like you hanging out with all these wealthy businessmen and athletes who’re salivating after you like tomcats on the prowl.”

“You are a wealthy athlete,” she reminded.

“Exactly,” he responded with a grimace.

“It’s just a job.” She stared up into his stormy blue eyes, forcing herself to stay on task and not get lost in those passionate depths.

“I have more than enough money to support you while you go back to school. You don’t need to do this job.”

“I love my job.” Izzy shook her head. She would never be dependent on anyone. After all, when you couldn’t trust your own parents to provide the bare minimum basics of food and shelter, why would you set yourself up to depend on anyone else?

“I don’t.” He glared down at her, his strong jaw set and his kissable mouth drawn in a firm line. If she kissed him right now, he’d forget about everything and the situation would be defused. Until next time. She gathered her strength and did what she had to do. For herself, her sanity, and her business.

“You, buster—” she jabbed her finger in his hard chest. “Do not get a vote.”

He ground his jaw. She cringed at the thought of what that’d do to his implants if he kept it up.

“Cooper, please—”

“This isn’t working. I can’t live like this, not knowing where you are and what you’re doing.”

“You know where I am. I tell you what parties we’re crashing.”

“Yeah, but I worry about you.” Concern softened the anger in his eyes, but judging by his clenched fists, it still bubbled beneath the surface even as he fought to control it.

“There’s nothing to worry about.” Izzy sighed. She wouldn’t quit this job. Number one, she loved it. Number two, it supported her three younger sisters and their college tuitions. Number three, Cooper would not take away her ability to control her present or future.

“You don’t know these people.”

“I don’t have to know them. It’s not like I’m going to establish a relationship with any of them.”

“You did with me.” He pointed out the fact that they’d met at a party her company, the Party Crashers, had been hired to crash over a month ago.

“That was the only time that happened.” She lifted her head and glared at him. “Is that what this is all about? You don’t trust me?”

A muscle ticked in Cooper’s square, stubbled jaw, and his face hardened to stone. That was all the answer she needed.






Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Veronica☆☆☆☆
Cooper is the strong, brooding, control freak type. He thinks he knows what he wants. When he described the type of woman that he wants all I could do was laugh and shake my head – silly boy.

Izzy is strong, independent and a bit of a mother hen who is always looking after everyone else. She is strongly attracted to Cooper but thinks that falling in love means giving up her independence.

I enjoyed Izzy and Cooper's story. With Izzy's need for independence and Cooper's need to control, they clash repeatedly and it is very entertaining. I love that Izzy doesn't let Cooper get away with anything and as a result we really see Cooper grow by the end of the story.

Ms. Davenport has produced another strong sports romance with Crashing the Net. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.


Shannan☆☆☆☆
You met Cooper Black and Izzy Maxwell in Crashing the Boards. You saw how they met and how hot the chemistry is between them.

In Crashing the Net Cooper's stubborn, controlling, possessive side comes out. Izzy owns Professional Party Crashers, she has a job to do. She may have to get cozy with men while doing that job. The one and only time she crossed that line was with Cooper when she was hired to crash a Sockeye's party.

When Cooper almost causes her to lose a job by his possessive ways, she's done. She knows she can only depend on herself. Cooper knows he needs her in his life, especially when his teenage nephew, Riley, comes to stay with him. When he needs her the most will she be there? Can he curb his jealous ways to get the woman he loves?

Such a good series. I have enjoyed each of the books. I am glad Cooper and Izzy got a longer story line in this one, Crashing the Boards was good but such a tease into what their relationship would be like. Just when it was getting really good it was over. Crashing the Net finishes where it Crashing the Boards left off.


Angela☆☆☆☆☆
Having read Crashing the Boards and seeing how Cooper and Izzy met, I was excited to be able to queue Crashing the Net up on my Kindle and begin it immediately. I have to give Ms. Davenport her due for introducing scenarios within this book that I don’t typically encounter in a sports romance. They not only kept the book from being formulaic, but also kept me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and glued to my Kindle. I’m accustomed to my pulse racing while reading this genre because testosterone fueled athletes tend to engage in some rather aggressive sex scenes – and Cooper did not disappoint – but I am not used to my pulse racing in fear for the characters’ welfare, anger on their behalf, or concern that they’re not going to get the happy ending.

One of the many things I enjoyed about Crashing the Net was that the author was able to fully develop Cooper and Izzy’s characters – despite them breaking up within the first few pages of the book. As their stories unfold, we learn that both have baggage from their past and it’s caused them both to be so fearful of getting hurt that they’ve held back emotionally, including within their fledgling relationship with one another. While pride and trust issues prevent them from trying to repair their rift, the arrival of Cooper’s nephew Riley gives Cooper the opening he needs to get Izzy back into his life. I loved how feisty Izzy was and that she refused to fawn all over Cooper. She had no problem calling him out on his actions, especially those regarding Riley. Even though Cooper kept reminding himself that he wanted to settle down with a woman like his mother (quiet and agreeable yet strong), it was Izzy’s independence and feistiness that drew him to her. That she matched him sexually was icing on the cake for Cooper and the reader because those two are hot enough to melt ice.

Oddly enough, their on-again, off-again relationship status didn’t drive me bonkers. For this particular couple, it works. I’m not sure if it was because circumstances kept them in one another’s life and thus on friendly terms that caused it to work, or if it was because their breakups didn’t feel like one of them was being overly dramatic about a situation, or what. Or maybe it was because when push came to shove and one of them really needed the other, they were there. The introduction of new characters and the continued development of Cooper’s teammates provide a plethora of candidates for future installments in the Game On In Seattle series and I am hoping that Cedric will be featured sooner rather than later. But regardless of who the next book is about, I know I’ll be reading it because Ms. Davenport has secured her spot on my must-read author list.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
Once again Ms. Davenport graces us with a fantastic sports romance. It is the third book in the series, and I would recommend that you read them in order to get the full picture, but this is a good book all on its own!

Cooper is a man who is being thrown for the loop time and time again, and he just doesn't know, or understand why he is reacting how he is. Izzy is just one of the factors that is blowing away his control, and she likes their chemistry no more than him. Great set up, lovely execution and delightful and dramatic twists make this a wonderful story. I can see this series being a huge hit as it follows the rest of the team. I do hope that we get plenty of updates on Cooper and his clan too.




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USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you all very much for reading and reviewing Crashing the Net and for participating in my blog tour.

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