Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill


In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill's spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run.

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

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Erica☆☆☆☆
Wild Hunger is the first installment in the Heirs of Chicagoland series. However, I must inform Chloe Neill’s new readers that it is a spin-off of the Chicagoland Vampires series, which is narrated by the heroine of Wild Hunger’s mother.

Do I believe the spin-off could be read without confusion by new readers? Absolutely. But I may not be the best judge since I know the original series like the back of my hand. I do believe the emotional payoff would be much more for the reader if they read the original series first.

I’ve been waiting not-so patiently for this spin-off, eager and intrigued to see what Neill would deliver when it came to Darth Sullivan and Merit’s daughter. Elisa is everything I wanted and more. Logical. Pragmatic. Compassionate. Empathic. Elisa is a perfect mix of her coldly efficient father and her emotionally driven mother.

Now, this is where I believe it best to have the foreknowledge from the original series. The worldbuilding is explained, but not in an info-dump that would bore and distract readers who already know the what/where/why/when/how. I appreciated how thin it was on giving a rundown on previous events, which means new readers won’t suffer from too much information all at once. However, will new readers need more information? I have no idea.

Elisa is struggling with something not quite integrated inside her, similar to how her mother fought her inner vampire many books ago. This added levels of angst and fear, connecting the reader to Elisa in a human way.

Connor.

We’ve been waiting for Elisa and Connor since Gabriel showed Merit the prophesy. While this had readers dying to see how it would go down, the anticipation perhaps made me expect too much. While Elisa resonated with me, Lulu was Mallory 2.0, Connor was a smoking hot, broody, smug wolf wearing leather and a motorcycle helmet, they weren’t Merit, Mallory, or Darth Sullivan… they were original, but the nail-biting will they, won’t they, what happens next sensation didn’t inundate me while reading.

I’ve read Some Girls Bite at least 15 times, and the plethora of emotions the book sparks in me can’t be compared. The first handful of The Chicagoland Vampires are by far my favorite in the Urban Fantasy genre. Which begs the question, will I reread Wild Hunger? Probably not.

What was missing for me is the newness feeling of a brand-new series, where the reader learns beside the narrator. Elisa is the first of her kind, with a lot to learn about herself, while taking the reader along for the ride, and I hope more of Elisa’s growth is shown in subsequent installments, because I feel the fae plot overshadowed the reader getting to know our heroine.

I appreciate that these characters are the next generation, the spin-off is a series in its own right, and I tried hard not to judge the books and characters against one another. I was excited to read it, and I am left wanting more, yearning to read the next in the series. However, I didn’t experience that gut-punch sensation, the need to know what happens next, or the secondhand embarrassment I consistently felt for Merit, which made those initial books dig their hooks into me so deeply.

Vampire politics and reemerging fae are the conflict of the storyline, which is fast-paced action and suspense. There’s underlying romance between Elisa and Connor. I’m a sucker for angsty slow-burn, so I’m going to make a very odd request. Elisa is a vampire. I don’t need between-the-sheets action, but someone should sink fangs at some point for the titillation factor… they’re Cadogan vamps, just saying.


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I have to admit to holding my breath through the first few chapters of this story. I’ve read and reread the Chicagoland series and I was terrified that my hopes for Elisa’s first book were too high. Fortunately, this is a fabulous whirlwind read. I loved it and I think it is much stronger than the later Chicagoland books.

As Merit and Ethan’s daughter, Elisa is the only born vampire and she has had to live up to enormous expectations her whole life. When we meet Elisa as a new adult, she has so much more confidence than her mother did at her age and she has the benefit of knowing and understanding the supernatural world from birth.

Without offering any spoilers, this book feels more streamlined and coherent than the later books in the first series. This is almost a simple murder mystery at times. It stays true to the original world building. I loved the supernatural politics and the action in the book is brilliant.

I loved catching up with favourite characters from the Chicagoland books and I loved the insights we get when reading from the perspective of Ethan and Merit’s child. As always, this book comments on social and political constructs in a way that feels relevant and important. This story is beautifully written and I’m already looking forward to the next book in this new series. This probably doesn’t stand alone – new readers will want to start with Chicago Bites and follow the story from the very beginning.


Jordan☆☆☆☆☆
I read all of the Chicagoland Vampires books by Chloe Neill and loved every one of them, but they’re not necessary to read before starting Wild Hunger. However, I do think that having read them made me much more emotionally invested in all these characters. Also, if you haven’t had your heart stolen by Ethan and Merit in the Chicagoland Vampires series you’re really missing out! I was obviously very sad to see the series come to an end, but also excited to see Neill was doing a spin-off series with Ethan and Merit’s daughter, Elisa.

I loved that Wild Hunger was the same kind of thrilling action with a splash of slow burning romance that kept me in the edge of my seat. I’m so incredibly curious about how things between Connor and Elisa will play out! Also, Elisa’s character is exactly the kind of kick-ass heroine I would expect as Merit’s daughter. And I think any fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series will have no trouble devouring this new series and falling in love with Elisa’s story. I was completely enthralled from start to finish and now I’m completely invested in all the heirs of Chicagoland. I just can’t get enough of these characters and I am looking forward to read where Neill takes this new series!

5 STARS for Chloe Neil’s Wild Hunger


Kris☆☆☆☆
I read almost every book in the original Chicagoland series with fervor! I could not get enough of Ethan and Merit! This spin-off is about their daughter, Elisa. Elisa was born a vampire due to a spell that Mallory cast. Elisa is the first BORN vampire. She has a hidden secret that even her parents don’t know about, there is a "monster" inside of her that was created along with the spell that made her. After moving to Paris instead of staying at Cadogen house, Elisa comes back to Chicago for peace talks with the House Dumas vampires. The talks do not go as expected as the fairies are up to trouble! Connor, who is next in line for Apex of the wolves, is Gabriel's son. Elisa and Connor grew up together and have a long history of annoying one other. But they're both grownups now and they have some chemistry that heats the book up nicely. They aren't Ethan and Merit, but they aren't bad either! The story was a tad slow in spots and a bit too rushed at the end. But I think I'd be up for what comes next, especially if it has more on Connor and Elisa.



Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires series, the Heirs of Chicagoland series, the Dark Elite series, and the Devil’s Isle series.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) by Chloe Neill to read and review.

Bishop by Sawyer Bennett


Meet the Arizona Vengeance, hockey’s hottest new team. They’re burning up the ice—until a one-night-stand with the coach’s daughter freezes one player in his skates.

Bishop Scott, co-captain. Not too shabby, huh? It’s all part of my fresh start with the NHL’s latest expansion team, and that means new teammates, a new coach, a new city, and a big new contract. Basically, I cannot f***ing wait to show my old squad what they’re missing.

But first, I decide to check out the town before the grind begins. Turns out Arizona chicks are totally smokin’, and I’m fortunate enough to meet one who’s looking for the same thing I am: a night of anonymous, unforgettable, no-strings-attached sex.

Fast forward to the Vengeance arena. It’s the last place I expect to see her again—let alone in her own office. Then bells go off and I finally realize who this girl is: Brooke Perron. My new coach’s daughter. All of a sudden, we’re picking up right where we left off, which means our hands are all over each other. That’s when her dad—my boss—walks in. And before I can get a word out, Brooke’s introducing me as her fiancé.

Sure, she just saved my ass. So why do I get the feeling Brooke’s going to turn my world upside down? Maybe it’s because this fake relationship feels way too real...

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Sarah☆☆☆☆
This was a really fun read. To cover for a misjudged hook-up with her father’s new star player, Brooke lies her way right into a fake engagement. The premise is a little bit farcical and it isn’t entirely original, but the story is well written and I really enjoyed the characters.

Bishop is a NHL veteran – and he’s a bit of a player. The feelings he has for Brooke confuse him and the fake engagement sends him into a tailspin. I love that he’s pretty soft under his alpha exterior and I love that he becomes more likeable as he spends more time with Brooke. Brooke becomes more interesting as the story progresses. She is good fun and she’s got grit. I like the friendship that grounds the relationship between her and Bishop.

This is yet another hockey romance full of slut shaming and clearly delineated good girls/bad girls/crazy girls. It’s not a sisterhood affirming read but I enjoyed the story and I liked both Brooke and Bishop.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
For fans of hockey and girls that do anything for their family, this book is for you.

Brooke is the new coach's daughter and Bishop is one of the hotshot players for the expansion team – the Arizona Vengeance. After meeting in a bar, Brooke and Bishop hook-up, going their separate ways the next morning. Each not knowing that their lives are about to get a little more complicated.

When Bishop finds Brooke at the corporate offices, he can't believe his luck. Wanting to pick up where they left off, Bishop kisses her like he means it. And then the Coach walks in....

Fearing that her father will treat Bishop horribly, she makes up a story on the spot that they are engaged. Bishop goes along with the story and soon finds himself enmeshed in a story that has taken on a life of its own.

Pretending to be in a relationship is harder than it looks and before long, both Brooke and Bishop are in a real relationship, only they are unsure how to come clean with her father. Scandal ensues when a former co-worker of Brooke's comes to visit in Arizona and Bishop steps up for Brooke like no one else has before.

I really enjoyed this book, the characters are well written and I can't wait to learn more about the Vengeance organization and players.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series of hockey hotshots – and gives us some links to the Cold Fury days too, which is fun. As a big fan of sports romance, and Sawyer Bennett's style, I am delighted at this new series!

The story of a mistaken identity hook-up pre-season is not entirely unique, but Brooke's solution when caught by her coach father is to say that they are engaged – something which shocks her nearly as much as it does Bishop! But nonetheless, in the interests of a successful start to his time with the team, and because for some reason one night with her was not enough, he plays along.

There are some great comedic moments thanks to this crazy ruse that neither have any experience in pulling off, but luckily, they are so happy playing out the fantasy that it is not a hardship. I love Brooke's father's approach to the situation, and he comes out of the whole story very well – so I hope that he is on the list of people who will get a chance of new love too. There are plenty of other candidates who clearly need the Bennett treatment, but Bishop was the perfect start for the series.

Lighthearted, goodly amount of hockey, and engaging characters, this is a promising start to a new series of entertaining novels.


Lee’Anne☆☆☆☆
I was so excited to see that Sawyer Bennett was releasing a new hockey series and I’m equally as excited to say it’s awesome! It’s a plotline that’s quite unique and I think that makes the story all that much more enjoyable.

Bishop is a hockey player who has recently been traded to a brand new hockey team. The day before his first day meeting everyone from his new team, Bishop winds up having a one-night stand with a woman, Brooke. When showing up the next day to his new team offices, the first person he runs into is Brooke and Bishop doesn’t even care why she’s there, he’s just happy to pick right back up where they left off… only they’re interrupted. By her father, the coach of the team. In a panic, Brooke proclaims that she and Bishop are engaged and have known each other a while. Bishop begrudgingly goes along with the plan but only if Brooke agrees to continue sleeping with him…

I think my only complaint about this book is that Bishop is a bit demanding about the fact that he and Brooke will continue sleeping together through their little agreement; however, Brooke doesn’t put up much of a fight (like at all), so it’s not as bad as it could have been. Bishop is kind of an a$$ some of the time but he and Brooke are just so perfect together that he grows on you. I’m already obsessed with the supporting characters in this book and can’t wait to see whose story we’ll get next!



Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real-life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to contemporary romance, she writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as a full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others and that a bad day can be cured with a great workout, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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The Gentle Dom by Sean Michael


When one of their own is threatened, the men of the Iron Eagle Gym will stand together and prove they are stronger as a family.

Stuntman Barclay Drambor suspects his fall from a roof was no accident. He believes his abusive ex was responsible, but he can’t prove it. Fortunately, a year has gone by with no word from Duncan, letting Barclay move on with his life—and that means dealing with the aftermath of his injuries. He finds personal trainer Reece “Rec” Gordon through a member of the gym, and it’s not long before their workouts together become much more intimate. Rec is gentle and goes out of his way to make Barclay comfortable, and in no time there’s talk of moving in together…

But just as Barclay is healing and finding a place to belong, Duncan returns to destroy his happiness. Though Duncan will learn he’s messing with the wrong group of men, in the end, Barclay must face him. Will Rec’s love and the friendship of the others at the gym give him the confidence to stand up for himself?

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Angie☆☆☆☆
I enjoyed this addition to the series. Rec was so sweet and so careful with Barclay it made my heart melt. In true Sean Michael fashion, there is a lot of sex and a lot of encouragement and praise for Barclay. When Barclay’s ex shows up, the gym members unite and make sure everyone is safe. There were two things that bothered me about this book. One was how things ended up with the ex, I think it wrapped up too easily. Second was that Barclay hadn't achieved his goal by the end of the book. Maybe it will be addressed in the next book?


Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M BDSM
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This is more a story about Barclay "B" finding a place in life now that he has more physical difficulties than it was about love, for me. It was having Rec help him find his center again. After he was unable to work, he didn't really know what was left for him. Rec helped him find a confidence that he lacked when Duncan, his previous partner, liked to abuse him.

There was a lot of connecting in this story between Rec and B, however, I felt that it was more of a friendship or friends with benefits than a true relationship. While it started professionally, it quickly digressed to them having a physical relationship.

I thought that the characters could have used a little more development and I wish that more of the crew from previous books had been included. Overall, there was more power exchange and less relationship interaction.


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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, organizing his immense gourd collection, and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs.

While collecting vast numbers of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the F-bomb and pursuing the Kama Sutra by channeling the long-lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to Chicago.

A longtime 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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Monday, August 13, 2018

Reporting In by Vanessa North


The Dirty Bits from Carina Press give you what you want, when you want it. Designed to be read in an hour or two, these sex-filled micro-romances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily-ever-after.

An after-hours workplace encounter turns into an exploration of two men’s very compatible kinks

Behind closed doors, in the office and out, Steven and Jake explore their tastes for rough sex, chastity cages, and dominance and submission.

That Jake is Steven’s IRL boss only makes it better.

There’s only one rule between them: no matter how hot their power play gets, it only happens if Steven feels safe. Personally and professionally.

But when what starts as two guys blowing off steam turns into real feelings above the waist, it’s not that simple.

Going public—having a relationship—would mean putting both their jobs on the line.

For those times when size does matter. The Dirty Bits from Carina Press: Quick and dirty, just the way we like it.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

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Veronica☆☆☆☆
Reporting In is a scorching hot, quick read with an office romance and a dash of humour. What starts out for Steven and his boss, Jake, as a bit of hanky panky in the office after-hours evolves into something more serious. I love a good office romance or in this case, office erotica.

This is a Dirty Bits novel from Carina Press and it is absolutely filthy dirty and made for great fun Saturday night reading. I’ve made trip to the publisher’s website and discovered there are other Dirty Bits novels. I will definitely be checking them out and I hope they are just as good as Reporting In.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This series of Dirty Bits has given us another hot and steamy short read. Be prepared for the sex to start from the beginning and the story to take a few minutes to catch up... but rest assured it is worth it!

Here two men who work together stretch their boss/employee relationship into a D/s one, and when they realise that it is more than just sex, need to decide how they can make it work. Steven is feeling very vulnerable, and when Jake starts to make career suggestions, a misunderstanding threatens to spoil everything.

I really enjoyed this short read – it was a good mix of heat and passion, as well as having a decent underlying plot, which was used to create a satisfying twist.



Vanessa North is a romance novelist, a short fiction geek, and a knitter of strange and wonderful things. Her works have been shortlisted for both the Lambda Literary Award and the RITA® Award, and have garnered praise from New York Times, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Northwest Georgia with her family: a Viking, twin boy-children, and a very, very large dog.

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Alpha Unit One, New York by Chris T. Kat


The cat’s out of the bag…

In a world that accepts shifters as normal and thinks nothing of human/shifter couples, baby shifters and small shifters are treated as subpar. They are not allowed into the more dangerous professions, and their mates have legal control over what they can and cannot do.

Nicholas Reed is about to challenge the established rules. At twenty-eight, Nick has just been accepted into New York’s Alpha Unit One—an elite law enforcement team, composed equally of humans and shifters, that specializes in drug crimes. It is Nick’s dream job. But if they find out what he’s hiding, his career could be destroyed.

Enter a huge complication in the form of Sam Black, an older lion shifter who is the leader of the unit… and Nick’s mate. Nick wants Sam, and he wants to keep his job, but he can’t have them both. He also can’t choose between them.

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Dawn☆☆☆☆
I liked this book, I've never read a story with baby shifters before so that was new to me.

Not going to lie, Nick grated on me a little and I felt sorry for Sam, but I guess that goes with the baby shifter issues.

I hope this turns into a series because I felt the story left a good foundation for future books. I want to see how the whole rebellion will play out.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and would read more from this author.


Angie☆☆☆☆
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of several series I have read in some aspects. It was a fast read for me and I really hope there will be more books around this group of characters. I had never heard of baby shifters before, but I really liked the concept. Nick and Sam were so good together. The story was good, and I think they could have taken things further and made it better. I wanted to see more with Connor, I felt deprived of what everyone’s reaction to him was. I want more Nick and Sam and how things worked after the last case. I wanted to know more about Roland. Ugh... I just want more!!!



CHRIS T. KAT stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between teaching, taking care of her family, reading, and sometimes writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as romance, paranormal, and suspense. She also buys way too many fabrics and spends a ridiculous amount of time behind her sewing machine.

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Heart of Glass by Nicole Jacquelyn


The next standalone novel from Nicole Jacquelyn about love, friendship, and forgiveness.

Henry Harris was living his dream as a staff sergeant in the Marines. When he's killed in action, his devastated family is in for one more shock: he had a daughter they never knew about.

Morgan Riley has been raising Etta on her own, and that's always been fine by her – until Henry's brother Trevor arrives on her doorstep, willing to do anything to help and make up for his brother's mistakes. Their attraction feels wrong, but Morgan can't seem to turn him away.

Trevor is suddenly in too deep. He has always wanted a family, but Etta and Morgan come with complications. Yet as Etta brings them closer together, Trevor begins to imagine giving Morgan and Etta the life his brother never could. But he wonders if Morgan will ever learn to trust another man with her heart, especially a man whose last name is Harris.


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Sarah☆☆☆☆
This series keeps getting better. Of all the brothers and cousins in this series, Trevor is the one who is consistently honourable and reliably good. He might not be as exciting as Shane or Bram but he is steady, reliable, and actually more complicated than he seems. I loved him.

All the books in this series address heavy themes of love and loss and family but this book is the one that actually tore at my emotions. This book focuses on the family’s response to Henry’s death. And the family’s reactions to the child Henry abandoned. It is a raw and gritty read and I almost enjoyed the cracks that appear in the foundation of this seemingly perfect family.

The storyline around Morgan’s sister took me by surprise but I really appreciate the way the author explored such a traumatic experience, especially when narrating parts of it through Trevor’s voice. The storyline doesn’t fit neatly with the rest of the book so I’m wondering if we will get another book which carries it on.

While this is a moving read, the angst and guilt surrounding the connection Morgan and Trevor makes the romance elements of this story difficult. And the small child at the heart of this story kinda ruins the heat factor. This isn’t a sexy book, but it is an emotional ride.


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Nicole Jacquelyn is the author of the popular Aces series as well as the Fostering Love novels. She is also the mom of two little girls and one lazy Boxer pup. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. Since the age of twelve she knew she wanted to be a writer. But first she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year–with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool–she sat down and wrote a story.

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Courting Carlyn by Melissa Chambers


Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.

When the boy Carlyn Sadowski has crushed on for years asks her to work with him for the summer, she has to pinch herself. When his world-famed coach offers her training for free, she can’t believe her luck. He could actually help her follow in her mother’s footsteps by playing college tennis. But when she finds out the catch is she’s got to convince Vaughn to go pro, Carlyn will have to decide between her dreams and the boy currently stealing her heart.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features a super-hot sports star, the shy girl looking to grow her confidence on and off the court, and late-night shenanigans that would make your camp counselor blush.

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Erica☆☆☆☆
Courting Carlyn hit many of my favorite notes. A slight love-hate vibe in the very beginning. Summer Camp crushes. Angsty dilemmas. Warm and fuzzy of first love. The moral of doing what is just and right.

Carlyn's aspirations are to get onto the university's tennis team. The seventeen-year-old has an academic scholarship but longs to follow in her mother's footsteps in memoriam. The only issue is how she isn't from a wealthy family like her peers, rather working at the country club to use their facilities than being able to afford trainers and alike.

Vaughn is the 'it' boy, well on his way to being a superstar of tennis. Broody, secretive, and labeled a bad boy, clearly Carlyn has been harboring fantasies, just like every other girl in the vicinity. Too bad he thinks she purposefully lost them the doubles tournament to spite his trainer – bring the love-hate angst.

Thrust into running a summer camp together, Carlyn needs the training via Vaughn and his trainer, and the paychecks are much-needed too. But Vaughn is doing it to clear up his image, so he can attend the same university Carlyn is so desperately trying to get accepted onto their tennis team.

The side characters were engaging and original, creating the perfect backdrop to Carlyn and Vaughn's verbal banter and avoidance of wanting one another. The older couple who owns the camp wants no fraternization. The trainer is tempting Carlyn to manipulate Vaughn. Carlyn's dad is not a fan, of either boy superstar or the past superstar. Age-appropriate angst abounds in this first crush, warm and fuzzy novel.

I highly recommend to those who are addicted to the young adult genre, readers who enjoy a good sports theme, and fans of the author.

Young Adult age-range: 12+, includes kissing and adult language.



Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She’s a member of SCBWI and RWA including several local and online chapters thereof. She holds her B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Courting Carlyn by Melissa Chambers to read and review.