Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Golden by Sean Michael


After winning Olympic gold four years ago, Justin retired from swimming, and he’s been floundering ever since. The Fourth of July finds him contemplating doing something stupid, so Justin calls up his former coach, Chris Jarvis. To his surprise, Coach answers.

When Justin retired, Chris cut all ties with the swimmer he’d fallen in love with. He never wanted Justin to love him just because it was easy. But he’s been waiting for Justin to reach out, and he’ll gladly take Justin back into his life.

When he finds out Justin is drowning in a pool of self-doubt and the belief that his happy years are behind him, Chris realizes he made a mistake letting go so suddenly, and now it’s time to remedy that error—as long as he can convince Justin that it’s really love.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance with power exchange dynamic

Chris is a swim coach. He has coached an Olympian – Justin. But when Justin decides to retire, Chris is left starting over. He trains because it's what he knows. But his heart is still with Justin.

Justin is literally drowning in life. He isn't able to hold a job that he likes and he misses his coach. For a while, Coach was his whole life. They ate, slept (just sleeping), and trained together.

Despite having a gold medal, Justin needs something more. When he finally reaches out to Chris, Justin is on the verge of a huge depressive episode. Not only is he floundering in life, but he's having a hard time relating to people his own age.

When Chris comes in and "saves" Justin, they just fall in to this strange love story. It is almost like an insta-love story, but you know that they have known each other for years. However, the chemistry between Justin and Chris felt strained – almost faked. While the physical relationship was described as steamy and hot, I just never really felt that they had a great connection. Their tie together was swimming.

Overall, this was more about finding yourself and believing in yourself.


Angie☆☆☆☆☆
In pure Sean Michael fashion, this book was heavy on the love and sex. Justin is a former Olympian who isn't happy, and one night feels like he wants to jump from his porch to the pool below and see if he can make it. He is drunk and decides to call his former coach, Chris. Chris hasn't talked to Justin since he retired four years ago. Both men were in love with each other four years ago and never did anything about it. Coach thought he was doing the right thing making Justin go out and make a name for himself after he retired, now he thinks he has made a huge mistake. The chemistry between these two is on fire and you can feel the love they have for each other. Coach wants to be there for Justin, not only as his friend and love but also his dominant. I thought this was a sweet love story and I really enjoyed it just like I do almost every Sean Michael book, low angst, lots of love and sex.



Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organising his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channelling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago".

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

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In the Heir by Ruth Cardello


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello returns with an irresistible series about sexy billionaires and the strong-willed women who tame them.

Brett Westerly is his father’s golden child, but it’s come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work—hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family.

After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding. Brett’s brother Spencer rashly gets engaged, and Brett knows it’s his duty to intervene. But he never imagined the unwelcome desire Spencer’s fiery fiancée would spark in him. Now the man who’s used to getting everything he could want has met the one woman he can’t have.

Ever since she was a girl, Alisha Coventry considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle the family she didn’t have. When Spencer asks for her help, Alisha has no problem becoming his fake fiancée—until she meets Spencer’s sexy older brother Brett. The chemistry between them is undeniable—forbidden—but as their relationship deepens, Brett is determined to have her.

Alisha only wanted to help the family make amends. Now she’s falling for the wrong Westerly.

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Rachael☆☆☆☆
I have to admit that I can't wait for more from this group of characters. The surprises were unexpected and the pain was real. There is a lot of past that needs to be worked through and smoothed over if the family wants to be whole again.

Alisha comes into the story because she is trying to help out a friend. She has known the Westerly family for a long time and is very close to most of them. However, things fall apart when she realizes that she doesn't want to live a lie. She's not that kind of person and it really bothers her.

Brett, on the other hand, is used to being a work horse. He spends more hours at work than anywhere else. There is no such thing as giving up or not winning in his world. Then Alisha comes along and throws him for a loop because she refuses to give into his demands and she refuses to back down, unlike any other woman he has ever met.

All in all, I really enjoyed the story as we watch two unlikely people find love in an unexpected place from an unexpected person. However, I will say that it did come across a bit too insta-love for my liking and it moved super-fast and in some serious steps that were way too much for me toward the end. That is the only reason why I found this to be a four-star read.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series, but if you have read the Andrade books, this will strike a happily familiar cord!

We first meet Spencer and his new (fake) fiancée Alisha, but as you will see from the blurb, Brett is the Westerly that leads in this story, so the twist is just waiting to be revealed. And it is worth waiting for, as we get to know this fractured family and the issues which wealth can cause and hide. I really enjoyed the peeling away of the layers and the artifice.

Alisha is a great character, with plenty of strength given her past, yet also vulnerable in the face of the Westerly family. It was impossible to not be happy that she got everything that she deserved and from a man who finally understood that family is what you make it, not what it costs you.

I am looking forward to Stephanie and Delinda interfering in the future storylines!



Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, and New York before coming full circle and moving back to Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for twenty years, eleven of which she spent as a kindergarten teacher. She is the author of seven previous novels including Bedding the Billionaire, which was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Nate and the New Yorker by Kevin Klehr


Cameron has it all. He’s rich, lives in Manhattan, and even has a cross-dressing butler. But then he meets Nate, an Australian who’s bitter about love. Cameron is determined to turn this realist into a dreamer by sharing his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows, and fabulous parties. And while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn that in order to open his heart, he has to face a painful secret.

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Sarah☆☆☆
Jeeves and Wooster for the 21st century? This unusual story took me by surprise. It starts simply – a backpacking Aussie meets a wealthy American in Europe. But once the author adds in a cross dressing butler, supernatural intervention, and a clutch of increasingly eccentric characters, my mind was spinning.

Overall, I enjoyed the humour in this story, but I didn’t engage at all with the romance. Nate is the least interesting character in the book and I found his indecisive moping a little tiresome.

The witty conversations between characters are wonderful, but despite pages of suggestive banter, there is no sex on page. I don’t need sex scenes for a romance to work, but the lack of actual sex is just odd in such a sexualised story.

This is a short story. At its best, it is a fun and playful story. For me, the only off note was Nate’s darker emotions as his past secrets are revealed. It might have worked if the rest of the book was a tiny bit more serious or if the author had attempted realism at any other point. Instead we get a charmingly ridiculous story which just doesn’t support the revelations about Nate’s very difficult past.



Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age, Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his work commitments changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, secretly passed the notebook to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his story. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.

His first novel spawned a secondary character named Guy, an insecure gay angel, but many readers argue that he is the star of the Actors and Angels book series. Guy's popularity surprised the author.

So with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buns by Alice Clayton


The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA Today bestselling author Alice Clayton.

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns…

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.


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Angela☆☆☆☆☆
I’ll begin by saying that Alice Clayton is one of my top two go-to authors when it comes to romantic comedies, and with Buns, she has shown once again why my faith in her comedic talents is well-placed. Not only did she bring her A-game when it came to ripping out my heart with Clara’s and Archie’s pasts, making me fall in love with each of them and them as a couple, and giving my abdominal muscles a workout, but she also included cameos from her other series that will make my fellow Claytonites squee in excitement.

The third book in the Hudson Valley series gives us Clara’s story – the last of the three BFFs who met in cooking school and one of the two who discovered that she had no future as a chef. Fortunately for Clara, she did discover that she had a flair for breathing life back into failing hotels and resorts and, surprise, surprise, there just happens to be a family-owned resort perilously close to wheezing its last breath located in Bailey Falls. As far as Roxie and Natalie are concerned, it’s kismet and only a matter of time before Clara is joining her besties in calling Bailey Falls her new home. But Clara knows better. She doesn’t put down roots and she doesn’t make connections because the fewer people in her life to depend on, the fewer people there are who can walk away from her – especially as she prefers to do the walking away, something her job requires. And yet, Archie Bryant proves to be a challenge, both in getting him to be open-minded about the changes she’s proposing for his family’s resort and in resisting the pull she feels when they’re together. While Archie has his own baggage, when he finally stops fighting their chemistry, Clara has no hope but to hang on for the ride and hope for the best. Of course, life’s not fair – especially with Clayton at the helm – and an unexpected twist gives Clara the chance to do what she does best – RUN! This time around, though, Clara’s running doesn’t give her the clean break she needs, so she has to decide what kind of future she wants and figure out what she has to do to get her happily ever after with the one man who has finally made her believe in them.

I absolutely loved Buns. Bailey Falls is a wonderful town inhabited by an endearing collection of residents who keep popping up in each of the books of the series. This gives the books that tight-knit community feel that makes you happy to revisit Hudson Valley, all while getting to know Clara and Archie better. Like the previous couples, Clara and Archie ooze chemistry and are well-versed in the double entendre, which had me laughing out loud more times than I can remember. Their banter and my need to know more about their pasts had me glued to my Kindle, not wanting to put it down until I knew why Clara was the way she was and whether or not Archie could make it past her defenses. Without spoiling it, I love, Love, LOVED the scene in which Clara makes her play to win Archie back. It was fabulous, it was exciting, and it was exactly the kind of thing I would expect from Clara. It certainly had me grinning from ear to ear. I am assuming that with Clara being the last of the three friends, that Buns marks the end of the Hudson Valley series; however, I would happily read another installment in the series just so I could spend more time with this great cast of characters. Until then, I’ll keep my eyes out for whatever Clayton writes next.


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ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. And she finally got her Bernese Mountain Dog.

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Cutting Cords by Morticia Knight


Liam yearns for Master Neal’s harsh touch, but Neal fears that a part-time Master can’t give a full-time sub everything he needs.

Liam’s world crumbled after the unexpected death of his Master. Prone to panic attacks and other social anxiety, Liam doesn’t believe he’ll ever find another Master who would be willing to take on such a challenged sub fulltime. Too distraught to go back to Club Consequence where he met the man he thought he’d be with forever, he decides to give Kiss of Leather a try.

After doing a piercing gig at Kiss of Leather, Master Neal signs up to become a member. On the night he performs a demo as the final step to being accepted, he meets a sub who brings out his protective urge and makes his heart come alive. Neal isn’t scared off by Liam’s anxiety or social awkwardness. On the contrary, he finds the sub to be refreshingly honest and endearing.

They try out a scene to see if they’ll click, and their connection is everything they’d both hoped it could be. However, the road to love and a Total Power Exchange isn’t an easy one. Neal still hasn’t discovered all there is to know about Liam’s traumatic upbringing, and he’s not sure if he’d ultimately be the right Master for Liam.

Both men are forced to face the truth about love, life and what it means to share it with another person. But before Liam can start over with Neal, he’ll have to cut the cords to his past and trust that Neal will be there to catch him when he does.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to a traumatic and abusive upbringing.

Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence, as part of a series.


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Angie☆☆☆☆☆
This was a super sweet story between Liam and Neal. Liam lost his master and is barely surviving the day to day basics. When he goes out with a trusted friend, he sees Neal at the club and is instantly intrigued. Neal seemed a little flaky to me at times and spoke like a young kid instead of a grown man, when he called Liam "cutie" it just seemed odd and childish to me. It didn't seem to fit his alpha master persona. Liam was timid and skittish, but was better with Neal around. I loved it when Neal just dropped his pants and showed Liam all of his piercings, LOL. These two were super sweet together and I enjoyed their story. There were some jumps in time and apparently, a tongue piercing happened; I would have liked to have read that scene and I would also like to know about what happens after Neal said he would buy the tattoo shop. Hopefully, some of this will be addressed in the next installment.


Veronica☆☆☆☆
Liam struggles with panic attacks and social anxiety and is left alone after the passing of his much older master. He agrees to go with Chuck to Kiss of Leather and on his first night there, he sees Dom Neal. When Liam sees Neal for the first time, he is instantly attracted to Neal's uniqueness and his obvious joy at performing a scene. Neal is happy, laid back and understanding, and a perfect fit for Liam.

The author did a great job portraying Liam's anxiety. It was easy to understand how Liam was feeling, and seeing him face is fears and being so honest about his issues shows how brave he is.

Neal and Liam’s story is beautiful, but I wish the story was longer because I wanted so much more of them.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the sixth book in the series, and gives us both more insight into another couple and moves the underlying story forward. Do read them in order as the experience will be richer for it.

Both Liam and Neal are interesting characters, and we get a wonderful insight into their hearts and minds in this story of their meeting, and coming together (pun intended ;-) ). Liam is still grieving for his master, Mark, who died suddenly. He is completely lost until Neal catches his eye at Kiss of Leather. The dynamic between them is fascinating as Neal contemplates whether he can fulfil Liam's previous experience of TPE (total power exchange). The way they resolve the issue is very romantic and satisfying.

Thank you, Ms. Knight, for a lovely read.


Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M BDSM Romance
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Neal and Liam are a strange couple. I have read all of these book in the series and this one is by far, my least favorite so far.

Liam is struggling after his master died unexpectedly. However, almost the whole book is about his defects (from his point of view) and how hard he is to manage. I felt like this whole story was a large whine-fest about him. Why he needed a Master, how someone had to take the time to understand him, etc.

Then you have Neal. He's a new member to the club, but not necessarily to the lifestyle. Then you have the relationship aspect and it just seemed that he didn't really know how to react to Liam, only that he found him cute and that Liam pulled him toward Neal... I never really felt that they connected on a deeper level like the other couples.

Overall, I was sad about this story. However, with the hint at the next story and what's coming up, that has me intrigued to keep going with the series.


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M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers - but they're all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms, The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey's story from Rockin' the Alternative and Dylan and Zero from Biking Bad.

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Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong


As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.

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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
Tibby Armstrong is a new-to-me author. I was pleasantly surprised at how I instantly fell into the story, since I started the book blindly by not reading the synopsis prior.

Surrender the Dark begins nearly two decades in the past, when Benjamin was only an eight-year-old boy. He was being formed in his family's image, honed as a blade by his uncle and parents to eradicate the world of vampires. The hunters are holding the War King, and the uncle wishes it to be young Ben's first kill. Things go awry for the both parties, which leads us to present time.

Tzadkiel awakens after a long healing sleep, still weakened by the poison in his veins. He seeks out Benjamin for vengeance. However, Ben is equally finding vengeance by removing Tzadkiel's kind with the help of his friends, a witch-fae hybrid and a human.

The hunter and the War King join forces when something far more nefarious is taking over Boston.

World-building: Befitting the Urban Fantasy genre, I found the world-building to be innovated, interesting, and kept my interests from start to finish. Obviously, with this being the first in a new series, it was unveiled slowly, as to not have the reader experiencing info-dumpage. There is a lot of room for growth in subsequent titles, and I look forward to seeing where the author takes the story.

Character building: Benjamin is a deep character, and I feel as if we just scratched the surface, yet I felt connected to him emotionally after seeing his past and how it affected his present and future. Disfigured and disabled due to blindness, Ben showed strength, integrity, and courage throughout the novel. Tzadkiel is obviously older, and even during his narration, we don't learn much of his past. Tzadkiel was firmly in the present, with only glimpses into what made him who is his today. The side cast of characters were interesting, with many branches to open up future plots.

Romance: Tension. Witty banter. Heat. Love-hate enemies turned dubious allies, turned reluctant lovers. On the pages, it was like a test for love and loyalty, which both seemed to pass with flying colors. I enjoyed this portion of the story, as it felt more slow-burn, with the lust not overpowering the story until the romance is in-your-face. The romance was riding beneath the surface, adding to the plot, and allowing the story to take center stage.

Writing: What I appreciated the most was the intelligence Tzadkiel displayed. A pet-peeve of mine is always how 'ancient' beings speak as if they are 20-year-old students who need attitude adjustments for the sake of adding humor to the story. Finally... Tzadkiel displayed the wisdom, control, and patience of someone who had lived centuries and saw the world change before his very eyes. His amusement was darker, more sarcastic and witty, and this was a nice balance to jaded yet young Benjamin.

I recommend this title to fans of Urban Fantasy and MM romance, and I'm highly anticipating the next installment in the series.


Angie☆☆☆
I am being super generous with my three-star rating. I honestly didn't think I was going to get through this book. It was so wordy and honestly boring that I found myself skimming the book... A LOT. I felt no connection to the main characters and after so much skimming, I didn't care if they were together, if they liked each other or if they made it or not. There were so many paranormal aspects to this as well that I didn't care for that part either. I am okay with vampires and werewolves together, but you throw in zombies and I am out. The zombie thing is just too much for me. I think I can safely say I will not be reading the next book in the series.



Tibby Armstrong has been a romance reader since the age of eleven, when she snuck a very bad historical from her aunt’s shelves. In her late twenties, she fell in love with paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Now she writes contemporary and paranormal stories with strong relationship threads and a healthy helping of steam.

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Down & Dirty by Tracy Wolff


This hard-bodied football star is used to scoring. But he needs all the right moves to get past a fiery redhead’s defenses in a steamy standalone novel from the bestselling author of Ruined.

Emerson

Talk about bad first impressions. I have too much riding on this job to show up late on my first day looking like the winner of a wet T-shirt contest, all thanks to an arrogant quarterback who drives like he owns the road. Hunter Browning thinks that because he’s famous, he can fix everything with a smile and a wave of his hand. He’s too bronzed, buff, and beautiful for his own good. Or mine. I can’t let on that I’m a fan... no matter how much fun we’d have in the sack.

Hunter

Hitting that puddle was my best play since winning the Super Bowl with a touchdown pass. Sure, it’s not my preferred way to get a girl wet, but I’ll make an exception for Emerson Day. She’s got a sharp tongue and a red-hot temper, even with her soaking clothes plastered to her every curve. Now I know exactly what my next play will be: hire Emerson as my personal real-estate agent, save her job—and see if I can take her off the market.

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Mary☆☆☆☆☆
Emerson Day is having a really bad day and it is only the first day of a new job. When she finally gets to work only 23 minutes late, a large truck pulls up and splashes her with the puddle of water that she avoided when she got out of the Uber. Now she is late for work and looks like a drowned rat. But the driver of the truck thinks he can flirt with her to make her forget all about it. Well, he is wrong, just because he is the Hunter Browning doesn't give him the right to be that dumb.

Hunter Browning is not having a good day, he just wants to find the right house and all the real estate agent wants to sell him is an over the top outrageous monstrosity that he doesn't want. When he pulls up to the office, he splashes the girl standing way too close to the curb. When he tries to apologize, she is pissed at him and yells at him. When he stops and really looks at her, she is beautiful and all he can think about is getting closer to her. The chemistry is there between them. He can feel it, can she?

When Hunter realizes that Emerson works at the real estate agency, he requests for her to show him the homes. While Emerson's new boss isn't happy about it, she gives in because she wants to sell Hunter a home because it will be a big commission for her company if they do. So over the next few days, Emerson will learn what Hunter is looking for and finds him the perfect home. All while Hunter is dealing with the pain of losing is sister day by day. As Hunter and Emerson get closer, he doesn't tell about Heather and her condition, which I thought he should have. But he is a male that has to be in control of every aspect of his life and if he tells Emerson about Heather, then it becomes real and he just might shatter and then he would not be able to control his life anymore.

Will Hunter tell Emerson about Heather or just push her away? Can Emerson hold on while he is hurting? Can she help him even if he thinks he doesn't need her help?

I love Tracy Wolff and her way of telling stories, this one will have you laughing and crying. So be ready, because it will happen. I can't wait to see what happens in book two.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Hunter is kind of a jerk throughout this story. I had a difficult time liking him, and even though his family situation is less than ideal, I still didn't like him that much. He has a cocky attitude and even knowing his situation, he puts on this strange persona all through the story.

Then you have Emerson. She's funny, snarky and I instantly liked her. I think she's the reason that I rated this book so high. I wish that we would have seen more about what happened at her job, as that was a hilarious situation in itself.

The relationship between Emerson and Hunter is fast. Not exactly an insta-love situation, but fast enough that you kind of have to catch up. I liked how they bantered back and forth and how they were able to find their own path, despite the pressures each was facing.

When tragedy strikes, both have to figure out whether or not they are in this for love or if they are ready to give up. It was sweet, funny, and just the right amount of romance thrown in.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars of hot, sexy, and emotional romance!

This starts out like a cheeky, humorous romance – but there is a twist which definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I ended up needing tissues, so be warned and maybe read it where that won't matter.

Hunter is a dichotomy – a genius quarterback with tons of money and no worries when it comes to being popular with the ladies; but he is hiding a tragic secret in his very private life. An appointment with a real estate agent causes him to meet Emerson, who ticks his every box, but who he causes nothing but trouble. He quickly recognises her importance to him, as she sees through his shields. Fitting everything into his life, however, is not going to be easy.

Emerson has finally accepted that she needs to work until she makes enough money as an artist, and a receptionist's role at a real estate agents will help her meet her bills, and maybe even eat. So, when she first meets Hunter, her priority is her job – much to his surprise. It was such fun watching how things play out that first day.

A sports-based story with a couple of appealing characters and a moving plot; this is a very good read indeed. Thank you, Ms. Wolff.




New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Down & Dirty by Tracy Wolff to read and review.