Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Final Day by Megan Erickson

USA Today bestselling author Megan Erickson doubles the suspense when two intense and sexy heroes are drawn together in her thrilling Wired & Dangerous series.

When his boyfriend is murdered, Erick Lee makes it his life's mission to hunt down the killer. The question is, how far is he willing to go to catch him?

Erick has been asked to team up by a dangerously captivating hitman who has reasons of his own to want this man dead. But can he trust another killer? And do two wrongs ever make a right?

Everett "Tarr" Hawk isn't just some lethal hitman. He has his own code of honor. With Erick and Tarr facing a common enemy, it's only by combining forces that they'll survive. But Tarr's code doesn't include a fierce attraction for someone he's sworn to defend with his life. Because in Tarr's world, every night presents a new danger... and listening to his own heart could get them both killed.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Thriller
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This was a highly anticipated book in the series. Erick is gunning for any hitman, since he has lost a lot to them. What he doesn't expect is to be caught in a strange cat and mouse game and partnered with the very people he's grown to dislike.

Tarr is trying to do the right thing, despite his profession. He knows that he's not a good guy. He knows that he was dealt a bad hand. But he also knows that he's great at what he does. Living the life of a hitman is lonely, though. When Tarr realizes that he could have feelings for someone, he's at a loss. Should he?

When Tarr and Erick are tackling the same enemy, truths are revealed and hearts are put on the line. I wish that this was longer because I wanted more development between the two characters. It seemed that there was a lot of buildup, but when it came to their actual relationship, I thought that it lacked something.

I do like that there is more set up. I can't wait to see how it all unfolds. Erick and Tarr are a complicated couple who hopefully will find their way. I hope to see them in future books.

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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats, named after John Hughes, characters or... thinking about writing.

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Handle with Care by Cari Z.

A fragile heart needs extra care.

Burned-out social worker Aaron McCoy is on vacation for the first time in years—boss’s orders. Road-tripping to his brother’s wedding with his best friend, Tyler, seems a fun way to spend the mandatory two-week leave, and they set out for Kansas—and a difficult homecoming.

Aaron’s mother was a drug addict, and his adorable younger brother was quickly adopted, while Aaron spent his childhood in foster care. As Aaron mends fences, Tyler hopes to show him that this time, he won’t be left behind to face his problems alone.

Aaron’s opening up to how right it feels to be with Tyler and to the possibility of taking the leap from friends to lovers. But along with the wedding celebration comes a painful reminder of the past. Aaron’s heart is still breakable. Can he put it in Tyler’s hands?

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This is the hard-hitting story of a burned-out social worker who is forced to make peace with his own difficult childhood at his brother’s wedding.

I have to admit that this is a romance where I really didn’t connect with either of the partners. There is so much going on in this story that I don’t feel like I ever fully knew Aaron or Tyler. I had a whole lot of empathy for Aaron’s childhood experiences, but I’m not sure he ever came alive as a character I could have an emotional connection to. As the story is told from Aaron’s perspective, Tyler remained even more of a mystery. I was also puzzled by the lack of romance in the book. Somehow the book manages to be both a friends-to-lovers story and an insta-love romance. I still feel a little bit short changed on the romance front.

I’m possibly being a little bit too negative. There are some great scenes in the story, especially lighter moments between Aaron and his brother’s family. I loved Aaron’s sister-in-law and the stag night was so awful it was actually funny.

I’m not sure this is a great fit for the Dreamspun Desires books. I expect the Dreamspun Desires books to be pretty light and fluffy with lots of nods to classic Harlequin Romance tropes. Instead, this is a book about the aftermath of substance abuse, child abuse, and families separated by the care system. The main characters experience pretty vile homophobic abuse. And there is little in the way of romance – traditional or otherwise. This is a low-heat read like other Dreamspun Desires books but I wouldn’t consider it a light romance.

I’m usually a fan of Cari Z’s work but unfortunately, this book didn’t really work for me.

Cari Z is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She likes edged weapons, prefers books to television shows, and goes weak at the knees for interesting men and exciting explosions (but not at exactly the same time—that would be so messy).

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The Boy Next Door by Stevie J. Cole

Sorority Secrets: The virgins of Beta Kappa Nu would do anything for each other. Even auction off their most valuable asset…

I’ve been in love with Emma since we were thirteen years old.

That part is real. But nothing else they say about me is true.

The way she looks at me from across the room, how she makes my old T-shirts look good, how perfect she feels when she’s in my arms. That’s what I want to picture when I think about Emma. Not a crazy auction where she gives it up to some random creep.

I can’t let it happen. I won’t let it happen.

Despite the tattoos, despite the rumors, despite my reputation as a class-A player—there’s never been anyone else. In my bed or in my heart.

It’s always been Emma.

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

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Here we are with another sorority girl and her auction story. But what she doesn't realize is what is being auctioned off.

Emma and Evan have been best friends for as long as she can remember. And she has been in love with him for almost as long. But she doesn't want to tell him how she feels because she doesn't want to lose her best friend.

Evan has loved Emma since he has known her, but he can't tell her for fear of losing her for good. So, he will protect her and be her best friend.

Can Evan stand aside when he finds out about the auction? Will Emma go through with the auction when she realizes what is really at stake? Will Evan and Emma finally tell each other how they really feel?

I have read a few others in this series and I have liked the all, but I loved the relationship between Evan and Emma best. If you are looking for a quick read and a happily ever after in the end, then you cannot go wrong with the Sorority Secrets series.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
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This is more about the boy next door, Evan, who has always loved his neighbor, Emma.

Emma's character just didn't seem the type to auction off her virginity. But when her sorority sisters call, she can't help but help the cause. She has always been in love with Evan, but as the years go on and she sees how many women he parades around, she knows that he's a manwhore.

Evan can't help but follow Emma and keep her in his sight. When he realizes that she's auctioning off her virginity, something inside him breaks. Despite the fact that he is carrying around his own secrets, he can't let the guy who he knows will bid on Emma win.

This is more of a young adult feel and even though they do finally seal their fantasy of coming together, it doesn't read as a virginal experience. Overall, this was a cute read, but felt way to young adult.

Emma has been in love with Evan for as long as she can remember, but Evan is her best friend and she's not willing to lose him. When Evan finds out Emma is participating in the sorority auction of her virginity, he's furious. He won't let that happen, regardless what he has to do. Evan has the reputation as a playboy, but he's been holding on to something that no one knows about. How can Evan convince Emma he's in love with her and has wanted her for years? Can Emma actually go through with the auction?

The Boy Next Door was my favorite out of this series. I loved Emma and Evan and the chemistry between them. It's another quick, erotic read. I would love to see these characters in an expanded novel. Stevie J Cole is a new to me author that I will be checking out.

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her sexy husband and two precious daughters. She has an obsession with penguins and English chocolate and is terrified of clowns.

Her solo books offer you all the feels you’ve come to love in a steamy romance with happily ever afters, while her co-authored books with LP Lovell take you on a thrilling ride of suspense and danger with a nice little punch of love.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday Blog Tour

It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after.

Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect.

And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.

Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4) is an MM opposites-attract romantic comedy featuring an unapologetic romantic and a broken realist.
More wit, banter and bad puns – and even more heart-stopping slow burn!
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When they finished eating, Zane and Beckett entered a kitchen littered with a weekend’s worth of dishes. The room smelled like spoiled banana. Beckett grumbled Leah’s name, and Zane turned on the water.

Leah would have left this until tomorrow? “I’ll wash, you dry?”

Beckett first took out the trash and opened the windows. Fresh air cleansed the room as they worked.

Zane daydreamed about the story he was outlining and startled when Beckett cried, “What are you doing?”

Zane looked into the sink. “Scrubbing this clean?”

“With a wire scrubbing brush? That’s a very expensive nonstick pan.”

He frowned. “And I want to clean it.”

“Good Lord. Have you never washed dishes before?”

“I am literally doing what I’ve done every other night since moving in with you.”

Beckett paled. “You’ve scrubbed this pan with that before?”

“What do you expect me to do? Lick it clean?”

“Use a washcloth.”

“Do you know how disgusting those are? Like, two hundred thousand times dirtier than the toilet seat.”

Beckett paused, tone shifting. “Which is why you only use it for the dining table?”


“Please use the dishcloth on my pan.”

Zane dropped the metal scrubbing brush and thumped around passive-aggressively as he found a clean dishcloth.

Beckett nodded. “Thank you.”

That little thank-you grated Zane the wrong way. He sullenly scrubbed the pan and put it on the drying rack. He plunked the next pot into the water, splashing bubbles onto his face, neck, and shirt.

He sighed. Served him right.

Beckett set down the plate he’d dried and turned Zane around. With his dishtowel, he dabbed the bubbles off Zane’s chin and neck.

Their eyes locked, and Zane felt the frustration bleed from him. “You missed a spot,” he said, and shifted Beckett’s hands to Zane’s shirt.

Beckett shook his head and dabbed him some more.

“Our first fight.”

Beckett’s hands stilled.

“It’s a milestone, Becky. We have to celebrate.”

“Celebrate fighting?”

“Celebrate making up.”

“Will this be a thing every time we’re annoyed with each other?”

Zane smirked. “I hope so. I’m sure some fights will take longer to get over, but that’s cool. The celebration is always in proportion to the effort needed to make up.”

Beckett resumed drying the dishes. “Two hundred thousand times dirtier?”

Zane nodded. Disgusting but true.

Beckett frowned. “Maybe just use your hand?”

“I don’t know,” Zane teased. “The things my hand does might make the pan dirtier.”

Beckett dropped his very nice, expensive pan. He caught it against his thighs and stowed it in the cupboard.

The ticklish glare Beckett sent him made the rest of the cleaning fly by.

When they were done, Zane threw himself on the armchair. “Now we celebrate.”

Beckett tossed the dish towel into the laundry room. “How?”

“After you start that laundry, I’ll let you talk about books, Becky.”

Beckett’s laughter trickled down the hall. A few minutes later, he returned with Pride and Prejudice. He cracked open the first page, and pacing before him, all grace and proper pronunciation, Beckett read aloud.

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5 Naive Stars.

This is the fourth installment of the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday, and can easily be read as a standalone. The few ties connecting past narrators to this novel are mentioned, but not enough to confuse new readers – more like just enough to spark recognition in past readers who didn't recently read the previous installments.

Our Pisces is super sweet, young, naive, romantic, and a dreamer, almost to a childlike level. Our Taurus is mature in all ways, especially emotionally, which has left him jaded and hesitant. Both contributing opposing viewpoints and personality types to their bromance, creating the ultimate of balances.

Our narrator Zane, our fish, he's a Kiwi transplant, who's looking for love at first sight and a green card, but only if it's true love, as he only plans on getting married once. He's a dreamer to a childlike degree, forcing something that needs to be organic. He wants to stay in the States to be near his brother, sister-in-law, and his infant niece, seeing them as his closest family. Thrust out of his living situation, he needs a quick place to stay. His sister-in-law gives him the number to Becky, who is her brother's ex.

Zane shows up and makes a fool of himself, causing me to blush and cringe with sympathy embarrassment. But he's so young and sweet, no one could be mean to him.

Zane likes Becky, the intellectual vibe he gives off, wants to bunk with him, so he begins to plot the perfect bromance. Blind innocence, with no shame, no hang-ups, no filter, and insecurities over his intellect.

Becky has shame, has hang-ups, has a filter, and his only insecurity is whether people are his friends because they want something from him or because they truly like him. Becky was hurt in the past by Zane's brother-in-law, and the stubborn bull has vowed never to marry again.

Without spoiling any of the plot. Becky knows what's up, even if Zane is oblivious. He tries desperately to set boundaries, but it's difficult when such an innocent person is charming the 'literal' pants off him.

The slow-burn is wrought with tension, banter, humor, friendship, true affection, budding love, and the building pressure of lust. This borders on gay-for-you, with Becky causing Zane to realize how fluid his sexuality is, especially adding the intimacy components of their friendship to the mix. Almost a combination of bisexual and demisexual.

There's an addictive quality to the romance, so sweet and innocent, where a jaded character lets his guard down and a naive character grows in life skills. The perfect balance.

Highly recommended to fans of the author and MM romance. I'm not going to deny it, Anyta Sunday is my go-to MM romance author, always giving me slow burn, realistic romance, and this book tops the list for me. Eager to read whatever the author creates next, I do believe this book would be reread-worthy for me.

To begin, Pisces Hooks Taurus wasn’t on my review list. Actually, it wasn’t even on my radar any farther than noting the author and getting one of my co-reviewers signed up to review it because she’s a fan of Anyta Sunday’s writing. I myself have never read the author and wouldn’t normally attempt my first read of any author’s work with the fourth book in one of their series. However, upon finishing it my co-reviewer told me that she thought I’d love it. After confirming that it was a standalone, I figured I owed it to myself to at least check it out as a Pisces.

Turns out, she was not wrong. I freaking adore Pisces Hooks Taurus! You guys, this has got to be the sweetest story I’ve read or listened to this year. My face actually hurts from grinning nearly the entire time. The only time the smile left my face was when Luke appeared in the story, and much like Zane, I wanted to pummel the little weasel – on both Beckett’s behalf and Zane’s. It was so entertaining to watch Zane muck about in his obliviousness in regard to his bromance with Beckett. I don’t know if this is a Pisces trait or not, but the level of cluelessness Zane exhibited at times had me chuckling at my own memories of life’s flashing neon signs I’ve missed over the years. Normally I would say I felt connected or invested in Zane because of it, but that’s not a strong enough term. The kinship I felt for my fellow Pisces is something I’ve felt only a few times before with other book characters and I daresay I would have felt compelled to research hexes had Sunday not given Zane and Beckett the happy ending they deserved. Am I being overly dramatic? Perhaps, but only to impress upon you just how much I loved Pisces Hooks Taurus. It looks like I’ll be checking out the books in the series that have already been released as audiobooks to see if they give me a case of the grins as well.

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Heart-stopping slow burn.

Anyta is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.

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Off the Ice by L.P. Dover Release Blitz

He’s always made the scoring plays, both on and off the ice, but this time he has a new goal… the one for Meghan’s heart.

I’m Justin Davis, all-star center for the Charlotte Strikers. For years, I chased the spotlight, not only with hockey, but through television as well. That’s why I decided to play the bachelor on Rich and Single. Unfortunately, I was stuck with a fake fiancée from hell who I couldn’t stand to be around. Now that our contract is up, I’m allowed to do whatever I want, with whoever I want. I plan to take full advantage of my newfound freedom.

After being on the show, people don’t recognize me for hockey anymore, even with just winning the Stanley Cup for my team. That’s why I’m spending the off season in a remote cabin in Wyoming where the chances of people knowing me are slim. Space is what I need, but when a down to earth beauty needs help on her ranch, I can’t resist. Meghan Taylor is exactly what I’ve been looking for, even though I’m not the kind of man she wants.

Getting her to see the real me has its challenges, but the more time I spend with her, the easier it is for her to see that I’m not the same guy she knows from TV. Being away from the media is one thing, but as soon as I’m back in the spotlight, I’m afraid it’ll change what we have. I don’t want to lose her, but I also can’t hide away in Wyoming forever. It’s a choice I’m not ready to make.

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Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
The way that Justin ended the relationship with his fake fiancée wasn't the smartest thing to do but you can understand his frustration with having to play a role in a drama he really regretted. What he didn't expect was his crazy pretend fiancée to start a smear campaign against him. When he meets Meghan and she doesn't recognize him, he's glad and intrigued.

Meghan knows who the stranger is she bumped into at the airport, but she pretends that she doesn't. She knows all about Justin Davis and the media circus that surrounds him. She thinks that he's cute and all, but she's not sure if he has substance more than drama.

Meghan soon realizes that the media is more speculation than reality and Justin is just a regular guy who doesn't mind helping her with chores around her farm. She's able to talk to him about her deceased husband and what she wants for her daughter.

Justin realizes that Meghan is becoming more important to him than a lot of things and he if needs to be traded to another NHL team to make this work, he's willing to do it.

I totally enjoyed this book and this series. I can't wait to read more from L.P. Dover.

This is the fourth book in the series, and it could be read as a standalone, but would be a richer experience if read in order. We have met Justin and his horrific fiancée in previous storylines.

Justin combined his star hockey qualities with a reality show and ended up stuck with a prize fiancée he did not want. Now that the year stipulated in the contract is up, he can end the farce and disappear during the off season. He even has a place bought and ready for him in the country. Deed done, he flees.

He is given a lift by Meghan, who pretends to not know who he is, as he is clearly uncomfortable, and she knows why! They strike up a friendship as they live on neighbouring ranches. Justin is keen to help her and spend time with her, which gives them a chance to get to know each other without the media circus that normally follows him around. This I really enjoyed. However, once he starts spending his money or promising meet-ups with other famous people to gain favour, I found it a little sad, and when he continued even when told not to, it started to veer towards uncomfortable. I probably am in the minority here, but it just seemed unnecessary. But overall, I found their romance to be genuine and fun.

I look forward to seeing the new family back in the hockey season and catching up with the rest of the team.

I’ve been looking forward to this book since finishing the last book in the series, it’s a fantastic end to a great hockey series! Justin Davis agreed to take his brothers-in-law’s place on a dating show and wound up being contractually tied to a horrid fiancée for a year. On the final day of said year, Justin bounces out pretty publicly and his fake fiancée doesn’t handle being embarrassed well. In the meantime, Justin heads to a secluded ranch he’s recently purchased in Wyoming where he immediately runs into Meghan. Meghan Taylor is a teacher, a mother, and owns a small ranch. She’s taken her daughter to spend the summer with her grandparents while Meghan is fixing up her ranch and she gets the surprise of a lifetime when she runs into one of her favorite professional hockey players, Justin Davis. The attraction is instant but Meghan is fully aware of the craziness that is surrounding Justin’s life and isn’t willing to let her daughter be dragged into that – so they set out to have a summer fling…

This book is humorous, intriguing, and I adored both of the main characters, their banter back and forth made this such a quick read. I love that though the books in this series are intertwined they’re also able to be read as a standalone easily. I’m sad to see this series end but excited to see what L.P. Dover releases next!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L.P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novels It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe and Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Rough & Ready by Tracy Wolff

Sparks fly between a football pro and an ex-WNBA player. But he needs to prove that he’s more than a sports hero if he wants it all in this steamy standalone from the New York Times bestselling author of Down & Dirty and Hot & Heavy.


I may be a baller, but I’ve always tried to do the right thing. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in charge of my four younger sisters for half my life, or because I understand how important it is to be a role model—something I learned from my grandfather, a Southern Baptist preacher who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. Either way, my pro football career makes it easier to give back, so when a local rec center needs help, I do my best to even the playing field. And not just because Elara Vance, the smoking hot ex-WNBA player who runs the place, has me looking to score off the field


Before I got sidelined by an injury, my time on the court taught me that pro athletes are all flash and no substance. Sure, Tanner Green talks a good game and wields a big checkbook, but I’m not buying the whole good guy routine. Still, it’s hard to miss all the good he’s doing for my rec center and even harder to ignore the way one look from him makes me tremble in all the best ways. I just wish I knew if he’s for real. Something tells me a little one-on-one might be the only way to find out...

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Tanner Green is the main man of the offensive line. He is also the man off the field, with his sweet and caring attitude, protective mode, and all-around good guy. He just can't be real, can he?

Elara Vance lost her dream when an injury sidelined her career in the WNBA. Now she runs a rec center to help kids to have a better future. When she sees Tanner, she knows he can't be real, no man is that good. Now all she needs to do is get more people with money to donate to her rec center so she can continue to help these kids.

Tanner and Elara have explosive chemistry and he wants to explore it more and she wants to deny it. She thinks he is a player because most ballers are. He wants to show her he is different with gifts and donations for her rec center.

Will Tanner be able to convince Elara that he is different? Can Elara let her past go and let Tanner in? Will Tanner share his past with her?

I love this story and it just might be my favorite in the series so far. It is filled with pain, hurt, heartbreak, lust, trust, and love that will last forever. I hope you read this series and enjoy it too. You can read one or all of them, just read them. I found Tracy Wolff with her Ethan Frost series and have loved her writing style ever since, so read it, enjoy it, love it.

This is the third in the series – and whilst it would read fine as a standalone, it is a great series, so why miss out?

I love the explosive start to the Tanner/Elara story; the scene in the locker room with him protected only by a towel is very entertaining. But after a series of encounters, they both start to understand why she was so angry, and Tanner wants to work together to change things. He is really an all-around good guy and comes from a position of care not control. However, Elara has a frightening past which when shared with Tanner, causes him to see red. Through the abuse she suffered and has risen above, he can see how strong she is, but yet needs to protect her. And here lies the problem in their possible relationship – one which both of them need to overcome in order to move forward together.

I love that he trusts his friends with his problems, but never divulges hers. He takes their advice and does not give up when it would be easier to do so. He shows her how much she matters and that he knows when he messes up. Elara is also willing to revise and accept changes in her life, which leads to a hope-filled happily ever after for them both.

Another lovely romantic, sport filled story from the Lightning family, thank you, Tracy Wolff.

I absolutely loved this book! Tanner and Elara are two of my favorite characters that I’ve read in a very long time. Elara is a former WNBA player and currently runs a rec center for children; when funding she’s been banking on for summer rec programs is “stolen” by famous football star Tanner Green, Elara heads straight to him and gives him an earful. Tanner has absolutely no idea who Elara is or why she’s yelling at him, but he’s intrigued and sets out to make things right between them. Once Elara has calmed down, she realizes what a great guy Tanner is but things that happened in her past keep her from getting too close.

Elara is absolutely fierce, she doesn’t take crap from anyone, and defends her “kids” to the death. She’s just an awesome character and Tanner was equally as awesome – though he’s definitely an alpha protector, he’s also the world’s sweetest guy who spends much of his free time also helping out kids in need. This is a hot, steamy read and I was sad to see it end. The only thing that could have made this book better was a longer epilogue, I just wanted more. I’m very much looking forward to more from Tracy Wolff and I hope there is another book to this series and that we wind up getting more of Tanner and Elara.

Also Available in the Lightning Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Down & Dirty post.

Book 2
Buy Links

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For reviews & more info, check out our Hot & Heavy post.

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 Rough & Ready (Lightning #3) by Tracy Wolff to read and review.