Genre: Contemporary

RULES OF CONTACT by Jaci Burton

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RULES OF CONTACT by Jaci BurtonRules of Contact by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #12
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports

When I first started the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton I never dreamed she would supply book after book of multiple sports heroes, but I have enjoyed each and every one in their own way. Whether it was hockey, baseball or football, one thing that is always consistent is the love of the sport that Ms. Burton brings to each story. Rules of Contact is the twelfth book in the Play by Play series and I liked the change of pace and the focus on food Ms. Burton added in. I swear every time the food was mentioned all I could think of was “damn that sounds good”, so you have been warned not only is Rules of Contact hot but it will definitely make you hungry in more ways than one.

 

Flynn Cassidy loves football but he also loves food. He does more than okay in the kitchen so when he decides to finally open his own restaurant he is looking for the right team to run it while he is on the field. In the previous book, Unexpected Rush, he meets his new chef Amelia Lawrence and knows she will be the perfect fit for his place.

 

Rules of Contact picks up just before his restaurant opens and Flynn is having bad luck in the dating pool as all the women end up wanting exposure of some kind but not his head chef Amelia. From the moment he met her he could feel the attraction but mixing business with pleasure is not a good idea. Flynn does his best to keep everything on a professional level but the closer they work together the lines start to blur and now he wants to try and date her, the only problem is that he has to convince her to give him an honest to god shot.

 

Amelia Lawrence is starting over in a new city after her divorce and so far things are going great. She loves the new people she has met and loves her new job as head chef at Ninety-Two, her boss is a great guy and nothing what she originally expected from him but there is one problem, with each day that passes her attraction to Flynn is growing. She hasn’t dated much since her divorce but she is open to a little fun as long as it doesn’t get in the way of work. Once they embark on a relationship keeping it casual becomes difficult and she is quickly learning that there is nothing light and easy about the two of them together.

 

From the moment Flynn was introduced I couldn’t wait to learn more about him and I was shocked that he was looking for someone special and not the player type, he was open to love. When a relationship wasn’t working out he was honest and cut ties and tried again. At times I felt for him because none of the women he dated wanted to get to know the real him but were just caught up in his fame. Amelia was easy to like and I loved that she was a chef and not some football groupie. She was a little on the unsure side of dating but once her and Flynn’s relationship really started to take off I started to see them as a long term couple. They have a mutual respect and genuinely like one another.

 

Rules of Contact started out a little on the slow side but once it got going I didn’t want to put it down. Of course since Rules of Contact is a sports romance I was looking forward to football time during the story and while there are a few scattered scenes of Flynn playing I felt the whole restaurant theme took away from it. I loved that there was no overload on drama and I was glad I could see the growth of their relationship building chapter by chapter.

 

We also see Flynn’s sister Mia a few times during this story and I have to say I really do hope she gets her own book. Will Mia end up with a baseball, hockey or football player? I guess I will have to wait and see and I can’t wait! If you love sports romance as much as I do you won’t want to miss Rules of Contact.

THE FAMILY MAN by Kelly Eadon

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THE FAMILY MAN by Kelly EadonThe Family Man by Kelly Eadon
Series: Belmont Beach #2
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary

After reading The Wedding Date by Kelly Eadon I just knew I wanted to read more of the Belmont Beach series. The Family Man happened to come to me at the right time when I was unsure what kind of book I wanted to dive into and I have to say I loved The Family Man. It was sweet, funny and heartwarming and I loved seeing this single dad’s perspective on dating and working while trying to raise his little girl.

 

Beth Beverley made some bad business mistakes in the past but she has finally found something that she is good at and it seems that her baked goods are in demand. Baking isn’t the only thing Beth is doing; she is also teaching theater for the kids in the community and sewing, in other words she is a woman of many talents. Beth has been selling her fabulous treats to coffee shop owner, Griffin Hall for some time and crushing on him just as hard but she is about to find out that she isn’t the only woman in his life.

 

Griffin Hall started his coffee shop and left his musical past behind to raise his little girl and give her the stability she needs. He hasn’t dated much but he looks forward to seeing Beth weekly when she delivers her muffins to him. Once Griffin learns that his feelings aren’t one sided he decides to go all in with Beth and get a chance to know her. But he comes with some baggage and while he hasn’t lied to Beth he just hasn’t dished all the dirty details of his past. When the past comes knocking at his door Griffin hopes Beth will understand or will it be too much for them both to handle?

 

Beth and Griffin were the ideal romantic couple, sure they had their differences but I really liked how they just meshed together. Beth was fun and dabbled in a few different things but she was never flighty or boring. I love that Ms. Eadon wrote Griffin as a single father because I have such a soft spot for single parent romances. I understood his struggles in wanting to be a good father and always be there for his daughter yet needing grown up time with Beth. Both characters were well written and really likable.

 

The romance was slow building and really made it seem real and believable from the start. The Family Man had just the right amount of humor and just enough conflict that kept me turning the pages. The love scenes weren’t over the top but were done tastefully and I enjoyed how the story wasn’t focused on them as much. They did show how their new found relationship was progressing and how much Griffin and Beth did care for one another.

 

The Family Man is a witty and adorable read that captured my attention from the beginning. Ms. Eadon’s voice is new and her story telling is flawless. The Family Man has a cast of characters that will make you laugh and fill your heart with plenty of joy. Ms. Eadon is an author to be on the lookout for future books and I for one can’t wait to read the next story in this funny and heartwarming series.

WICKED COWBOY CHARM by Carolyn Brown

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WICKED COWBOY CHARM by Carolyn BrownWicked Cowboy Charm by Carolyn Brown
Series: Lucky Penny Ranch #4
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary

Josie Dawson is new to Dry Creek after her brother found love on the Lucky Penny Ranch she knows she could be next but she is there to do a job. After meeting the charming and sweet Deke Sullivan she can see why all the women in this town want to be with him but she isn’t about to let herself fall for him. When she travels to look at some ranch stock and ends up snowed in with this lady charmer she finds resisting him even more impossible then she thought.

 

Deke Sullivan might have a reputation as a charmer but he is secretly looking for the one. Sadly Deke hasn’t found her yet. He doesn’t ask for much but she has to love animals and understand the ranch life. When Josie walks into his life he feels that maybe she could be the one, but it’s harder than he thought it was going to be to win her heart.

 

When I started the Lucky Penny Ranch series by Carolyn Brown I knew right away I loved Deke and couldn’t wait for his story to unfold. Wicked Cowboy Charm was a sweet romantic read that captivated me right from the beginning but I feel that had a lot to do with me loving him already.

 

I did have a few issues with some of the things that happened while they were snowed in, yes they were funny, but they just seemed a little too much at certain times. As far as the characters went I love the time that Deke took to win Josie over. It was normal paced and he showed her what kind of man he really was.

 

Wicked Cowboy Charm was filled with great dialogue and funny moments that had me remembering why each and every time I run to pick up Ms. Brown’s books. I loved the conflict that Josie was feeling in wondering if she should really give Deke a chance but I can tell you right now she was a very lucky lady to end up with Deke. Wicked Cowboy Charm is the last of the Lucky Penny Ranch but don’t worry readers there will be more cowboys coming from Ms. Brown in the future and for that I can’t wait.

MULBERRY MOON by Catherine Anderson

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MULBERRY MOON by Catherine AndersonMulberry Moon by Catherine Anderson
Series: Mystic Creek #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary

Mulberry Moon is my first book by Catherine Anderson and I really expected to be lost by starting the third book in the Mystic Creek series and unfortunately I was a little at first. But once Mulberry Moon really got going I felt like I didn’t miss anything which is really what kept me wanting to continue to read and I’m glad I did because I discovered a new author and a new town that I really enjoyed.

 

Ben Sterling is ready to settle down especially now he’s home for good but that is more difficult then he thought it would be. There is only one woman who has held his attention since she has come to town but she wants nothing to do with him. When Sissy’s chickens get loose from their coop he offers to rebuild her a new one being the nice guy that he is but he also has some ulterior motives. The more time Ben spends with her and as he gets to know her better he discovers that she is in fact the one woman he has been looking for but now he just needs to get Sissy to believe this.

 

Sissy Sue Bentley hasn’t had the life she expected. Her late aunt, whom she never met, leaves her a café in Mystic Creek and Sissy has decided to start over in this charming town and fix up the café. She feels welcome in her new home and everyone is friendly but she still has trust issues especially with good looking men who are interested in her. Ben can do better than her but the time they spend together is changing her feelings for him and that scares her more than ever. When her past comes calling she fears that Ben will leave her heart in shambles but can his love for her keep them together or were they just doomed from the start?

 

One thing I just adored about Mulberry Moon was the characters. Ben and Sissy are complete opposites; while Ben comes from a loving and happy family Sissy did not. Ben was successful, loving, and persistent and the most patient hero I have read about in a long time. Sissy wasn’t really living and I found her to be on the loner side but while she didn’t believe in love for herself she showed love for animals which showed that she was open to it.

 

Their love takes time and it really gave them a chance to know one another which I found absolutely refreshing in this case. No matter what obstacles that were in their way they stuck together and built a solid foundation starting out as friends. I really loved their connection and was rooting for this couple the entire time while I was reading.

 

One of my favorite parts of Mulberry Moon was the little tests that Ben was putting Sissy through to see if she was the one for him. At first I found them a little juvenile but then I just found it sweet. After all isn’t that what dating is about, testing to see if you are making the right choices and getting to know the one person who you want to spend your life with?

 

Mulberry Moon was a sweet read that was filled with excellent characters, suspense and a town that I would be glad to call my own. When Sissy’s past is revealed little by little my heart broke for her but I was thankful she got her happily ever after by starting her new life in Mystic Creek. Not only did she get the guy who I wanted she had an entire community who stood behind her and made her feel like one of them. After reading Mulberry Moon I can guarantee that I will be reading the previous books in the Mystic Creek series and I can’t wait.

HARD HITTER by Sarina Bowen

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HARD HITTER by Sarina BowenHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports

Hard Hitter is the second novel in the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen and I have to admit after reading the previous book I was hooked not only on the cast of characters Ms. Bowen created but her story telling capabilities. The more I read of the Brooklyn Bruisers series the more my love for hockey in general grows.

 

Team captain Patrick O’Doul grew up in the foster system and while he has had relationships with women in the past they are few and far between and just about sex. He has been ordered by his team to start getting massages to help loosen up his previous injuries and it just so happens Ari will be making sure he is in tip top shape for the games. As Ari and Patrick become closer he knows she is different but when a mistake he made in the past comes to light he has to wonder if he will lose Ari before their relationship has really begun and if his team will forgive him after he has started to let them in. A lot is on the line for Patrick but he isn’t giving up without a fight and it just so happens now he has more to fight for than ever before.

 

Ari Bettini has decided to put all her energy into her work since she threw out her longtime boyfriend, but he just won’t go away no matter how hard she tries. Being on the road with the guys and teaching them yoga is truly a blessing and a wondering distraction from her life. After getting Patrick on the table, little by little he starts to open to her and before they know it they are hitting the sheets. Ari doesn’t want to get in trouble for crossing the line so they agree to keep it a secret but when Ari’s ex starts to makes waves not only with her relationship but putting her job at risk she has no choice but to trust the people she has become close to, including Patrick.

 

Ari and Patrick were really great characters and had a lot in common but also their different personalities brought out the very best in them not only as a couple but as individuals. While Hard Hitter contained some drama it was just enough to keep me engaged with how these issues effected them. From the very beginning I liked Ari and couldn’t wait to hear what her story was and boy did Ms. Bowen give her a lot to handle but she was strong and willing to fight for her new life and what she wanted. Patrick being a loner really touched me more than I thought it would. At first I couldn’t understand how a guy surrounded by teammates felt the need to be this way but it just showed he never got past what had happened to him and he doesn’t start to until Ari becomes more frequent in his life.

 

Hard Hitter was an enjoyable romance whose characters stood out from the very beginning. The plot was direct and I love how Ms. Bowen took the time to not only tell readers about Ari’s ex but tie it off in a manner that was believable. I found the love scenes steamy, detailed and they showed Ari and Patrick’s connection that was growing deeper over the course of their story. I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Patrick’s teammates were a real hoot and have me looking forward to reading some of their romances in the future.

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