Game Changer is an almost perfect sports romance

Game ChangerGame Changer by Rachel Reid

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oooh I loved this one. I totally get what Dani meant though with her comment that there’s lots of sex because there definitely is!

However, I didn’t find it too overwhelming or that the narrative was missing out on story development because of all the sex. I think it felt believable for me that a closeted ice hockey star would go absolutely nuts once he’d found someone he trusted enough to be himself with and Scott and Kip were smoking hot!

I absolutely adored the meet/cute in this one. Scott comes into the shop where history graduate Kip is working while he tries to find a dream job in a museum and orders a smoothie. Kip has no clue that he’s the captain of the city’s New York Admirals and a bit of a sports megastar.

I also loved that this pair, in the main, talked a lot. There wasn’t really much in the way of miscommunication up until the Admirals made the playoffs and Kip started to feel a bit like a dirty secret as Scott became super busy but couldn’t/wouldn’t bring him along to any of the club’s official events.

The blow out was fairly short and over with a bit of common sense talking by Kip’s dad (who was awesome) and from Scott’s friends on the team (also awesome!) and I’d like to also give a shout-out here to all the secondary characters, who were fully fleshed out and quite vivid even in their limited page time – especially Kip’s best friend Elena and Maria who he worked with at the smoothie bar.

Now I want more from the Admirals because there’s that long tall Finnish defender and the somewhat mouthy Russian from the Boston opposition who I think might be open for more adventures!

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People are complex.

Love a double-edged sword.

And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.

To the outside world, he has it all.

A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.

But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.

And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?

Only time will tell.

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Blog Tour: Nobody’s Prince Charming by Aimee Nicole Walker

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Nobody’s Prince Charming | Amiee Nicole Walker

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Fire and ice. Oil and water. Vodka and decisions. That’s what Darren McCoy and Wren Davison are: two opposites that shouldn’t mix well. Dare believes in fairy tales, true love, and happily ever after. Wren believes in fast cars, freedom, and no-strings sex. What can these two men possibly have in common? A magnetic pull strong enough to obliterate logic and reason.

For more than a year, Dare and Wren have worked together at the Curl Up and Dye Salon. Dare has pursued the mysterious, brooding man, and Wren has resisted his provocative charm. Then one day, something happens that allows the men to see each other in a new light. Wren learns that Dare hides a heavy heart behind his brilliant smile. Dare realizes that beneath Wren’s gruff exterior beats the heart of a prince.

Passions ignite once the men stop fighting their attraction, but will it be enough to overcome their differences? Is Wren the prince that Dare is looking for? Can Dare teach Wren that true love does exist?

Nobody’s Prince charming is a modern-day fairy tale where some princes ride Harleys, and castle walls are built to scale. It is the third book in the Road to Blissville series but can be read as a standalone book. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults eighteen and over.

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We didn’t say anything on our way up to Dare’s room because neither of us wanted to risk waking Ralph. We were lucky that we didn’t get caught when we pulled that stunt in the laundry room. Okay, the stunt that I pulled. I knew that Ralph liked me, and I even suspected he knew that his grandson had become very important to me, but that didn’t give me the right to be disrespectful in his home.

It wasn’t because we were gay either. I would’ve felt the same if we were a straight couple sneaking up to… Couple? I rolled the word around in my head a few times, expecting a negative thought to refute its validity but none came. I discovered I liked the way the word felt, sounded, and even tasted on my tongue. Just because I didn’t speak it out loud didn’t mean it was less true.

When we got to Dare’s room, we silently undressed each other in between soft kisses in the muted light from the lamp on the bedside table. The mood between us was different like we both had realized something important that day: what we shared was poignant and real. There was a confidence in Dare’s hands when he touched me and in his eyes when he looked at me. Did he see and feel the same changes in me?

Even my arousal was different. Rather than the all-consuming fire, it was a slow-burning flame that never seemed to diminish or burn out. It vibrated through me like normal, but new emotions joined the passion: tenderness and a desire for something I didn’t deserve and shouldn’t want. I’d been stingy with my heart for my entire life, giving it only to my mom who had died and a boy who was nearly rejected by his family for loving me.

My mom didn’t choose to willingly leave me, but the boy did. I didn’t blame him, but it still hurt, especially when our breakup was only a few months after my mom’s death. I had no one in the world I could count on until I met Jimmy and Danny. I sure as hell couldn’t count on Falcon. Just thinking about him brought on a fresh wave of exhaustion, which killed my arousal.

Dare didn’t seem to mind. He pulled back the sheets and blankets then gestured for me to climb inside. He joined me after I got situated then turned off the light before he rolled over and lay his head on my chest. In the dark, it was easier to find the words that I couldn’t speak to anyone else. Hell, Jimmy and Danny didn’t even know that Falcon was my sperm donor, yet here I was about to tell Dare everything.

“Wren,” he said softly in the darkness. “You don’t have to tell me anything if you don’t want to, okay? If you do want to talk, I promise you that nothing you say will leave this room.”

“I know, Sparkles.” I trailed my hands up and down his back, finding comfort in the rhythm and already familiar feel of my fingers bumping along his spine. “You’d never betray my trust.” I knew it as certain as the sun would rise in the east. No matter what happened between us, Dare would keep my confidence. “Once upon a time,” I began to lighten the mood. I expected Dare to snort, but he giggled. “What?”

“That’s a phrase I use frequently in my head. I tend to work everyday events into fairy tales.”

“Yeah? Who am I?” I asked.

“Prince Charming, duh. Only with longer hair, biker boots, and a beefier body. My prince rides a Harley instead of a horse.”

“Sparkles, I’m nobody’s Prince Charming.”

“You don’t get to decide that,” he said in a singsong voice. “I decide who my Prince Charming is and no one else.”

I ignored the fluttering in my stomach and dug deep for a gruff response. “Fine, but don’t say that I didn’t warn you.”

“Once upon a time…” Dare prompted.

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My favourite Road to Blissville romance so far

Nobody's Prince Charming (Road to Blissville, #3)Nobody’s Prince Charming by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Loved this one lots, probably my favourite in the Road to Blissville series because Dare and Wren were not only stupidly hot together but also very funny and sweet.

Dare is such a sweetheart, taking care of his grandpa so he didn’t have to go into a care facility and crushing on Wren and winding him up at every opportunity.
Wren was the big silent type, until the moment when he realised he didn’t actually want to resist Dare any more, then he turned into a bit of a softy.

There’s the usually toing and froing as each man worries he’s not the right one and wonders how the other one feels but there’s also some really beautiful moments with just the two of them, supporting each other and slowly falling in love.

I wasn’t as sure the secondary plot (view spoiler) worked quite as well though, as it seemed to come out of nowhere and then get resolved pretty quickly too but I did like that there was honest conversation about the situation rather than just brooding and a fast resolution.

This one is also seriously smoking hot, involving vibrating butt plugs, cock rings and one of the hottest edging scenes I’ve read in a long while which happened across a yard!

Looking forward to seeing where this one goes next as there’s quite a few potential partnerships on the go and a couple of new ones introduced!

#ARC kindly received from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Just as brilliant as the first two – now I need book 4!

In the Shadows (Metahuman Files #3)In the Shadows by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is absolutely brilliant. I’ve said it before, but it is difficult to write good sci-fi with metahumans and just not have them be so powerful they can instantly diffuse any situation.

Hailey has got the balance between having her diverse bunch of powerful people be able to neutralise threats and deal with the bad guys but still have an inherent feeling of danger which makes your heart race just a tiny bit while reading.

In this one we step away from Jamie and Kyle to focus instead on Kyle’s adoptive brother Alexei and oh lordy is he delicious. Fiery like his pyrotechnic power, he’s brusk and terse, a man of actions not words, and he doesn’t like spies.

Which puts rather an interesting twist on things when former CIA agent Sean Delaney’s mission gets more complicated and Alexei has to get up close and perhaps a bit more personal than he’d initially liked.

The two of them are gorgeous together, Sean is shy and inexperienced in spite of the times he’s had to sleep with someone as part of his cover and Alexei brings out a hidden side of him which is sensual, erotic and downright sexy.

When the mission goes south, both men fight to keep the other safe with all the skills at their disposal. The action is as nail biting as in the first two books, the angst is low level and the camaraderie between the team is still great to read.

When Team Alpha deploys, the bad guys know it and smoking wreckage is usually left in their wake. There has to be a book 4, I want more of this pair, more of this team and the big bad threat is still looming on the horizon.

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Wonderfully erotic tales of sexual discovery

Up-Ending Tad, Bundle 1 (Up-Ending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery, #1-3)Up-Ending Tad, Bundle 1 by Kora Knight

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the first three encounters between Tad and Scott as the former finds out that he not only has a kink for a flogger but that he might just be crossing the line of sexual attraction.

These are stupendously hot, not least the beautifully drawn out breakdown of Tad’s resistance each time he meets with Scott. There’s loads of emotional context though too, it’s not all based on lustful need.

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So so good, I love this world building

In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2)In the Ruins by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For her follow up to the staggeringly good In the Wreckage, Hailey has crafted yet another brilliant mission led espionage thriller with a side order of romance.

The world building in these books is exemplary, set a few centuries into the future where metahumans are a real force to be reckoned with and there are many shady organisations desperately fighting for power in the secret behind the scenes murky underworld.

This is like X-Men meets Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with a side order of The A Team only without a sense that anything has been cribbed or borrowed.

The series feels unique and fresh, the characters are fully developed with personalities to match and, in Jamie and Kyle, Hailey has created a red hot alpha pairing who continue to push at the boundaries of what’s allowed within this military world.

Their love is powerful and their connection anchors the narrative of all the other plots built on top. I can’t wait now to find out more and also see just what’s going on with Kyle’s adoptive brother Alexei and a certain ex CIA agent.

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