Monday, November 18, 2019

Dirty Swedish Player by R.C. Stephens Blog Tour

NHL hockey star Nils Karlsson is dealing with the aftermath of a drunken mistake. A pic of his cock along with the #bigstick has gone viral.
The managers of his NHL hockey team have placed him on probation and told him to find a girlfriend and settle down, but he doesn’t want to give up on his wicked ways.
When his former stepsister reappears in his life, she’s a picture of beauty, innocence and brains. She hates his guts, but he makes her an offer she can’t refuse...

Broke and desperate, Sierra Cole believes bad things happen in threes. Now she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it does, in the form of her former hotter-than-hell stepbrother.
She hates him with a passion, but she’s in a bind and he’s willing to pay her to be his fake girlfriend. Easy, right?
His kisses are scorching hot and he plays her body like a perfectly tuned violin. Too bad he isn’t relationship material.
Will the nerd score the dirty Swedish player, or will this fake relationship end in heartbreak?

Dirty Swedish Player is a laugh-out-loud enemies to lovers story. Get ready for some wedding weekend shenanigans, a crazy ass mother-in-law and a hot Swedish hockey player with a dirty mouth and a big #$%@^.

This is a full-length standalone novel with an HEA.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance (kind of a second chance romance)

Nils and Sierra were stepsiblings once upon a time. Nils was left with his abusive dad while Sierra had to live with a controlling dad. When they first meet, neither is truly interested in having a relationship, but their respective parents have other ideas. When that idea blows up and Sierra leaves for her aunt’s house, we are kind of left wondering what actually sent her running.

Flash forward several years, and Sierra is more self-assured and confident. She has some fantastic friends but is still floundering a little with what she wants to do with her life. When an opportunity comes up that allows her to save some much needed money, Sierra will have to dig deep to figure out if she can compartmentalize the situation.

Nils is now an NHL star. He knows that he can do a lot of good, but he also has some severe anger issues. When he's caught up in a compromising position and a potential scandal, he's given an ultimatum. Clean up his act or get out of the NHL. Nils has worked too hard and lived through too much to give up now, so he comes up with a proposition.

Watching these two move past their issues and become more adult in their relationship was well developed. It was somewhat confusing to see them have so many issues without knowing the issues, but it works itself out. I also enjoyed the secondary characters a lot. They brought some hilarity to the situation and kept everyone grounded.

While this isn't your typical romance story and there is a lot of baggage, it still worked for this couple. I read book one and missed book two, but I never felt that I didn't know what was going on with the characters.

This is the third in the series (although I seem to have missed 2, which I will be sorting out very soon!) and each deals with another couple, but the guys all play for the same hockey team and the women have all been linked to one of the men or another... which makes for fun get togethers for sure! We get to enjoy how the first two couples are working out in this book and meet Sloane's crazy mum again!

Nils, as we discover, had a pretty horrendous start in life, and is now pretty much completely off the rails. His teammates are his closest friends – and they really are fantastic friends – and outside of that circle, he is drinking too much, fighting too much, and hooking up too much. A particularly well publicised incident has given the senior management the chance to force his hand – rein it in or end your career. So, to his credit, he really does turn over a new leaf, and thanks to his ex-stepsister being friends with his teammate's fiancée, he gets a second chance. A second chance to play, and possibly to have a real chance with the one he let get away. I felt his behaviour beautifully displayed the damage that his parents had wrought on him. It was sad, and so deep in his psyche that it had to explode before he could really heal. It made sense of his immature behaviour, his inability to commit, and his poor views of relationships.

Sierra moved away from her dysfunctional family after Nils embarrassed her as a young college student. She is studying to be an architect and working to make ends meet – so when Nils offers to pay her to be his fake girlfriend, she takes the role, as it will pay for her car repairs at least. Although she is an older student, she comes over as quite immature at times – but again, like Nils, with her background it is not surprising. They are a match made in difficult circumstances, but one which works as long as no one acknowledges that they are far more than fake anything.

This is an enjoyable read, with some serious elements which definitely make you sad at how badly parents can treat their children, and the effects last for a very long time. Thankfully one's family made of friends is far more supportive, helpful and loving.

R.C. Stephens is a top 100 Amazon best selling author. She has written ten romance novels and plans to continue to write many more.

When she isn't in her writing cave she is raising three lovely children with her adoring husband.

Her books are filled with humor, heartbreak, emotion and true love.

Born and raised in Toronto, she loves the winter, but Spring and Fall are her favorite seasons.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dirty Swedish Player (Big Stick #3) by R.C. Stephens to read and review for this tour.

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