Genre: Interracial

Player’s Challenge by Koko Brown

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Player’s Challenge by Koko BrownPlayer's Challenge by Koko Brown
Series: Hand's Off #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial

Whereas, Devin Spencer’s reputation as the Champions League goalie is legendary, his personal status leaves a lot to be desired.  On more than one occasion, Devin’s off-field disreputable activities have shined a bad light on him.  So much so, that he needs a sports agent to revamp his persona or he can kiss his career goodbye.

 

Gemma Clarke is an up and coming sports agent who is good at her job.  All is well until her former lover, Devin Spencer, is added to her client roster.  Determined to prove that she can keep things strictly business between them, Gemma sets out to restore Devin’s image in the soccer world.

 

After reading the first book in this series, I was a little leery of diving into Player’s Challenge.  I am glad to say that I am happy that I did.  I so love second chance type storylines.  The plot is a sincere love affair that could no longer be denied by Devin and Gemma and with a little begrudging added in to spice things up.  It has the right amount of excitement, humor, emotions, and sex encounters to keep one turning page after page to see how the saga would unfold.  Koko Brown has redeemed herself with book two in the Hands Off series.

PLAYER’S ULTIMATUM by Koko Brown

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PLAYER’S ULTIMATUM by Koko BrownPlayer's Ultimatum by Koko Brown
Series: Hands Off #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial

Yvonne Floyd is willing to do anything for her childhood friend, Robbie Gutierrez – even pose as his fiancée until he can land a lucrative soccer contact in exchange for him paying off her student loans.  Easy, right?  Wrong!  Yvonne did not count on quickly falling head-over-heels in love with Robbie’s teammate, Paolo Saito.

 

Paolo Saito is a famous football (soccer) player in the European league.  He has some misguided anger towards Robbie because he replaced a friend of his on the team.  And, to make matters worse, Paolo is sexually attracted to Yvonne, Robbie’s fiancée.  What better revenge against Robbie than to seduce Yvonne from right under his feet.  But, Paolo’s plan backfires when he develops deeper feelings for her.  Will Paolo continue with his vengeance against Robbie or will he try to win Yvonne’s heart?

 

I am on the fence about Player’s Ultimatum.  On one end of the spectrum, I really adored the concept of doing a non-harmful favor for a friend where both parties enter the bargain willingly.  However, on the flipside, there were times where I did not like Paolo and Yvonne’s characters very much.  Yvonne’s sense of loyalty is a big issue for me.  There are times where her control just flies out the window, putting her friend’s career in danger and leaving me saying “what the hell”.  And, to add fuel to the fire, Paolo comes across as alpha-type male jerk that I would have kicked to the curb.  Nevertheless, the chemistry between Paolo and Yvonne is electrifying and develops at a non-forceful, steady pace. The sex is mega hot.  Ms. Brown does an incredible job of introducing readers to the world of soccer.  I felt like I was actually sitting in the stands watching the game.

KEEPER OF THE FLAME by Stephanie Burke

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KEEPER OF THE FLAME by Stephanie BurkeKeeper of the Flame by Stephanie Burke
Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, Interracial, Paranormal

Flame is from the planet Testrios, a malicious female dominated world where men only serve as slaves.  After his wife is murdered, Flame manages to escape to planet Earth before he and his unborn children could receive the same outcome.

 

Days away from her wedding, Kendall Moore catches her fiancé in bed with sister.  Distraught, Kendall just wants to go into hiding and lick her wounds.  But, as fate would have it, Kendall’s world is about to change forever when she fines a very pregnant male stranger on her door step in labor.

 

I found Keeper of the Flame an interesting twister in a bizarrely appealing sort of way.  Just like Kendall, I was wondering how Flame would give birth.  I applaud, Stephanie Burke for making the twins’ births believable and realistic.  As you can imagine the twins stole the storyline.  They are so cute, adorable, and highly intelligent. Often times I found myself bursting with laughter at Flame and Kendall’s bout at parenting.

 

In addition to the parenthood, Keeper of the Flame entails betrayal, a murder mystery, and heated sexual encounters.  There are times where I wish Kendall would have been a bit more harsh with her ex and her sister; however, she still is able to give them a piece of her mind for their disloyalty and the hurtfulness they caused her.

 

While, Flame and Kendall’s courtship happened rather quickly, I do admire their total commitment, dedication, and willingness to protect one another during chaotic times such as Kendall’s outlandish sister/ex incidents and the deadly threats against Flame/twins.  On the whole, a very good read.

THAT’S NOT MY BABY by Erosa Knowles

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THAT’S NOT MY BABY by Erosa KnowlesThat's Not My Baby by Erosa Knowles
Series: Club Reclamation #3
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial, Military

As a man of honor, Max Delgado always keeps his promises.  When the widow of his deceased teammate is violently attacked, Max will do whatever in his power to keep her safe. Max and his ex-military teammates are determined to hunt down and eliminate the threat before it could end her and her unborn child’s lives.  To add more fuel to the fire, Max and Tamara are at odds because he wants to move their relationship to the next level, whereas, Tamara wants to take things slowly until his son, Kevin, can get to know her.

 

Will Max be able to keep his promise?  And, more importantly, after enduring the glitches in their whirlwind courtship, will Max and Tamara’s relationship survive this new obstacle?

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed Erosa Knowles’ Reclamation series.  She is such a great storyteller.  I was hooked from the first book, Murder At The Beach. With each book my love of these characters and their story never diminished.  The latest book, That’s Not My Baby is a dramatic conclusion to a spectacular plot surrounding the dealings of Max’s son’s kidnapping.  All the pervious happenings come full circle and every intriguing question is answered.  My most favorite part of That’s Not My Baby is the relationship between Max and Tamara throughout the progression of the series.  Watching the development of their intimate connection during the challenging events made the series just that much more enjoyable. It was a nice change to see a couple building a lasting bond through the many trials and tribulations Max and Tamara had to overcome.  Lastly, fresh tidbits were released to pique the readers interest for possible future stories in the Reclamation series and I am looking forward to more upcoming Reclamation reads.

 

Note:  The Reclamation series is meant to be read in chronological order.

INTENSITY by Aliyah Burke

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INTENSITY by Aliyah BurkeIntensity by Aliyah Burke
Series: Cottonwood Falls #6
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial

Navy SEAL Gray Sorenson and Marine Sarah Mallery cannot see eye-to-eye when they are not loving on each other in bed; hence the avoidance of each other whenever possible.  So when a very dangerous mission throws them together, will Gray and Sarah be able to tolerate and trust each other without blowing their operation?  More importantly, will they be able to overcome the bad blood stirring between them in order to have a lasting romantic relationship?

 

Intensity is definitely an intense novella filled with danger, excitement, and passion.  Gray and Sarah have certainly met their match in each other.  Their relationship is a complicated one that has been prolonged over ten years, from their young adult lives until now.  Both are head-strong, determined, and stubborn.  Whenever Gary and Sarah are together sparks fly both in and out of bed.  I was completely taken by their story from start to finish, eager to see if and how their relationship would work out, especially since each has worked so hard to avoid the other.  Aliyah Burke’s, Intensity, is simply awesome!

MURDER AT THE BEACH by Erosa Knowles

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LIES IN THE MORGUE by Erosa Knowles

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ARCTIC BOUND by Tigris Eden

ARCTIC BOUND by Tigris Eden

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WOMAN IN CHAINS by Bridget Midway

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IN THE HANDS OF THE OUTLAW by Renee LaRuse

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ACCEPTING CALADON’S SCALES by Charlie Richards

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ENSNARED by Charisma Knight

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WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Kade Boemhe

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A LITTLE HARMLESS FASCINATION by Melissa Schroeder

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ME AND MRS. JONES by Marie Rochelle

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PROTECTIVE HEAT by Tami Vinson

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WINTER’S HEAT by Tami Vinson

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UP ALL NIGHT by Lyric James

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SOMETHING WET by Lyric James

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LOVE THY NEIGHBORS NEPHEW by Stephanie Williams

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