Review of Playing with the Prop (Strathstow Sharks #3) by Mina Carter

Playing with the Prop

Calm and Sweet Beneath the Body of the Beast

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Rugby)

Book Length (Est.):  46 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

 Never mix business with pleasure…

A physical therapist for successful Rugby team, the Strathstow Sharks, Ashley’s golden rule is never to mix business and pleasure. She loves her job and the guys she looks after, and doesn’t want to jeopardise her place with the team. As nicely put together as her charges are, she’s never found herself remotely tempted.

Until now.

Harry James, the team’s newest prop gives her butterflies in her stomach every time she has to treat him, and her fantasies involving his hard, muscled body and sinful lips keep her hot and bothered at night. Luckily, he shows no sign of having noticed her attraction, and hasn’t shown any interest in her…

She’s been his from the moment he saw her…

Harry James marked the pretty little physio the first day they met. For the last year he’s been biding his time, and trying to get her attention. So much so, it’s gained him a few nicknames in the squad. Not that anyone would dare tell her.

When the Sharks win big on Harry’s birthday, can he stop at claiming a birthday kiss, or will he want everything she has to give?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

I think this is my favorite Strathstow Sharks book yet. It’s a full book only compact…what I mean is you have the initial buildup, you have the oh hell yes middle, and then you have the conflict, make-up, and happily ever after. And all in less than 50 pages.

Harry is one powerful wall of muscle. He has to be. But he’s had a soft spot for the team’s physical therapist for about a year and it’s finally time to make his move.

“Sweetheart, you can check out my pockets, and anything else, any time you like.”

In spite of the age difference Ashley still has butterflies every time she sees Harry, but she’s always kept things professional. That is until he wagers a kiss and wins. She’ll show for his birthday, and she’ll give him the kiss he won, but that’s not all she’ll give him. Mixed up in a night of passion they’ll both lose not only their bodies to each other, but also their hearts.

“I’m going to take you to bed, Ashley. Then I’m going to make you scream.”

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Seduced by the Scrum-Half (Strathstow Sharks #2) by Mina Carter

Seduced by the Scrum Half

Now that’s a welcome to the neighborhood! 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Rugby)

Book Length (Est.): 49 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Mistaken identity, toe-curling kisses and a passion that sets them both on fire… Fetching her neighbors mail has never been so exciting.

Run off her feet after a few days working away, the last thing Daisy needs is to find the house next to hers sold. Quite apart from the fact she had new neighbors to contend with, she’d forgotten to pick up the mail for the previous resident. What’s a girl to do in circumstances like that but hope her key still worked and she could pick up the mail while the house was still empty…

Will Peters can’t believe someone is trying to break into his new house, less than five hours after he moved in. Tackling the intruder he finds himself with an armful of curvy, sexy woman who sets his body on fire. Stealing a kiss is just the first of his mistakes…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Daisy was just trying to help out her ex-neighbor, but when Will finds her in his newly purchased house misunderstandings and over reactions explode all over the place. Of course, not all of those are bad things. An instant desire is felt that cannot be ignored and when all is sorted out neither wants to stay away for long.

A date, a connection, and smokin’ hot sex…

Seduced by the Scrum-Half  is  a very quick and fun read. It’s like reading the best part of a book when the characters you love finally get together and the happily ever after ends before anything can ruin it.

“Lord, he should come with a damn warning label. Danger: Male specimen enclosed could cause dangerous complications with female system.”

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Hitting on the Hooker (Strathstow Sharks #1) by Mina Carter

HItting on the Hooker

Love at First Sight 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Rugby)

Book Length (Est.):  33 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Hacked off after being stood up, Fern Morgan doesn’t much fancy hanging around when local Rugby team, the Strathstow Sharks crash the bar, so makes rapid plans to leave.

One look at the cute brunette trying to make a break for it and Sharks player, Tom Sexton, has plans all of his own. Plans that involve getting her out of the bar and into his bed…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Whoever said being stood up was a bad thing never met Tom Sexton. Fern might have felt like a loser while she kept glancing at her watch, but that all changed when Tom made his way to her. Upset and frustrated, Fern decided to enjoy the sexy man in front of her.

Tom just wanted to relax after a long game, but when he spots the woman at the bar he’s drawn to her and refuses to let her leave until she’s his.

They both fall hard and fast.

It’s like reading the best part of a full length book…the moment when they realize how much they like each other mixed with the hot sex you couldn’t wait to get to.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Christian (Beck Brothers #4) by Andria Large

Christian

Friendship + Love = Family

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.):  164 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Nothing scared Christian Beck more than his brothers finding out that he was gay. How could he ever tell his three big, buff, women-loving brothers that he was into dudes? What if they thought it was disgusting? What if they disowned him? He loved his brothers so much and couldn’t bear to lose them.

His only problem? He was in love with his best friend, who was now his boyfriend. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with this man. He hated having to hide their relationship, but what choice did he have? It was either hide his relationship or risk losing his family.

Shea Dempsey’s life has been turned upside down and inside out. First, his parents and sister were killed a couple years back, leaving him without any blood relatives. Now, the one person who he considered his only family told him that he was in love with him. The only issue? It was his best friend Christian, who’s gay. So when Christian told him that they could no longer be friends, Shea made a decision that would forever change him. He decided to become Christian’s boyfriend, because honestly, he would do anything to keep his best friend, even if that meant switching teams.

As their relationship became more involved, Shea realized that he really enjoyed being with men…okay, maybe not all men, but definitely Christian. But he didn’t want to hide what they had together. The only problem was that Christian would not budge on the subject and refused to tell his family about them. Shea didn’t know how long he could live in secret. Will their years of friendship and love for each other be enough? Or will the ultimatum that Shea gives Christian end everything for good?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Christian has a secret, something he’s never told his family, he’s gay. He wasn’t sure how’d they react and was scared they’d hate him so it was just easier to hide it from them. That is until he falls for his best friend, Shea, who’s always been straight. He can only hide that attraction for so long before someone’s bound to take notice. And oh how his brother’s love trying to put two and two together to figure out the puzzle that is their baby brother, Christian.

Shea lost his entire family, he was all that was left, but he had Christian. They’d been friends since forever and he wouldn’t know what to do without him in his life. But he was straight…or so he thought. When Christian professes his love for him, he doesn’t even think about it he just agrees to be his boyfriend. Christian isn’t exactly sure Shea can just switch from being straight to gay, but time after time he’s proven wrong.

“Holy Mother of God! Christian is his boyfriend!”

Christian and Shea do have a few bumps along the way, but what relationship doesn’t. They battle through changed locks, hospitals, telling family, and one call that’ll change their lives forever.

I really enjoyed this book. I think Christian was my favorite of the four. It brought together friendship, love, and family. Not only was this Christian and Shea’s story, but it also included all of his brother’s and their families. It was a great conclusion to the series.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: I about died laughing when Quinn walked in without waiting on a response to his knock. Bet he’ll never do that again.

My Favorite Moment: I always love it when someone will overcome their fears in order to do something extremely romantic for the person they love. Go Christian!

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Quinn (Beck Brothers #3) by Andria Large

Quinn

Rise Above and Love 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  138 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Quinn Beck is the kind of guy who keeps to himself. He’s quiet, reserved, and has this thing about being touched; he doesn’t like it. The reason? It’s the secret he’s been keeping inside for twenty years. Quinn has told no one what happened to him when he was ten. No. One. His plan is to take his secret to his grave, but his plan slowly starts to deteriorate when his boss hires a bubbly, outgoing, fidgety, drop-dead gorgeous woman from France, and sticks her in his office.

Margot Leclair moved to the U.S. in hopes to further her architectural and interior design career. Her new boss put her in the same office as his leading architect, who is a bit quirky, but extremely handsome, with his dark hair and dark eyes. Margot has a hard time keeping her eyes off of him. She also finds him intriguing and is curious about what makes him the way he is. She cannot help her growing attraction to him, even though she knows that he finds her irritating.

After almost a year of working together on a project and in the same office, their boss sends them on a trip to London for an Architectural Seminar. It turns into the trip from Hell that has Margot returning with a sprained ankle, and Quinn even more introverted than usual. Even after having the horrible trip, Margot wants to be with Quinn, yet he continues to fight their obvious connection.

When a death in Margot’s family sends them to France only days after getting home from London, an argument between Margot and Quinn sends him to a bar, where he decides to drink himself stupid. Will he reveal his secret to Margot while drunk off his ass, or will he close himself off even more? Can Quinn overcome his past to be with the one woman who wants him as is? Or will Quinn’s past come back to bite him and ruin everything he and Margot have together?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Quinn has a secret he’s never told a single soul and it’s the reason he hates to be touched. He’s spent his entire life carrying this fear with him and it’s to the point where it’s about to break him. He wants a normal life, he wants someone to love, someone to love him, but how could anyone love someone they can’t touch. It’s easier for him to just shut everyone out.

Margot is a sparkling ray of happy sunshine. She doesn’t understand why Quinn hates her so much, but it doesn’t matter because she still can’t help but stare at him. He’s adorable and for some unexplained reason she can’t help but fall for him. Yep, she’s crazy! But there is a fine line between love and hate.

Forced to work together, to share an office, and a hotel room on a last minute work trip Quinn and Margot will crash through the sexual tension with a bulldozer…only to bury it back up. Although when Margot needs him, he’ll be there without her even asking. And she’ll be there for him when he’s finally ready to share his secret.

Quinn is a quick and emotional read. It’ll touch on childhood scars and how they can affect someone’s entire life and it’ll show you just how supportive and understanding a family should and could be. Like its predecessors it’ll let you catch a glimpse into Christian’s world and leave you wanting more.

It did flow a lot better than Sebastian (Book #2) did, but it just didn’t fully capture me and I can’t quite put my finger on why.

My Favorite ‘OMG How Humiliating’ Moment: Quinn should stay far away from airports! I can’t even imagine.

My Favorite Moment: Quinn drunk at Sebastian’s wedding was hilarious. It was nice to see him finally loosen up. And when he asked for a pen I couldn’t help but laugh.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Review of Sebastian (Beck Brothers #2) by Andria Large

Sebastian

The sexy protector!

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  219 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

After his wife cheated on him and then asked for a divorce, Sebastian Beck was devastated. The solution? Never let another woman get close enough to hurt him. His mind was made up. He would never fall in love again. And he most certainly would never get married again. Except, he never expected the one night that he was forced to protect his nephews with deadly force to bring him back in contact with the one woman he thought he’d never see again.

When Detective Raelynn Reynolds bent some hot guy’s finger back in a bar a little over a year ago, she never thought she’d see him again. Honestly…she never expected to see him ever again. She definitely never expected to see him at the scene of a break-in that had a dead body just inside the back door.

As Sebastian and Raelynn’s lives become more intertwined with each passing day, can Sebastian get over his fear of love to keep the one woman who makes him insanely happy? Will Sebastian be able to get over his fear before it’s too late? Before he could possibly lose Raelynn forever? Could fate really be that cruel?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Sebastian was the only Beck brother to get married. He even moved across the country for her. Bad part was he was completely in love and had no clue she’d been having an affair for a year before nicely asking for a divorce. It left him pretty heartbroken and closed off from even the idea of love and relationships.

Raelynn doesn’t have time for men, even sexy ones that won’t leave her thoughts. Her focus and love is her career. She enjoys being a detective and wouldn’t change that for anything. Problem is when her job makes her cross paths with Sebastian it’s difficult for her to keep that line between professional and personal.

Sebastian is a warm and heartbreaking story. It has moments that will make you smile and laugh and others that will steal your breath and break your heart. The things Sebastian is forced to do and the things he cannot prevent will break your heart for him. Raelynn is so wonderfully supportive even when she knows she shouldn’t be, but he tends to cause her priorities to get mixed up. Then when you think things will turn out okay everything gets flipped around, true feelings won’t be able to be ignored any longer, and future’s are unknown. It’s a crazy ride.

I have to say that the writing style in Sebastian differed slightly from that of Henry. It felt like it was more step by step without any passion for the details to make it interesting. The storyline was very good and I really enjoyed it, but the writing style kept making me want to put it down. Like the first one, it does introduce you to the next brother, in this case Quinn, so that you begin to know him and look forward to reading his story next.

My Favorite Moment: An unexpected delivery and Sebastian’s response not only to Raelynn but also to the person on the phone. It was both wonderful and hilarious. 

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Review of Henry (Beck Brothers #1) by Andria Large

Henry

Ecstasy vs Willpower! 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 232 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Henry Beck, the gorgeous CEO of an advertising company, was in need of a new personal assistant. He expected HR to hire someone older, more experienced, maybe even with gray hair. Who he got instead was the beautiful, young, single mother – Claire Russell. A woman who he is having a hard time keeping his eyes off of…

Claire never expected her new boss to be the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on. She also never expected him to be sweet to her two year old son, Ethan. But Henry is her boss and there is no future with him. Or so Claire thinks…

Will Henry and Claire be able to fight the obvious attraction between them? Will Henry’s overbearing mother come between them? Or will a freak accident change their perspectives on life and what’s most important.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Claire is a single mother of a two year old. She lucks out and somehow gets a job being a personal assistant to whom she assumes is some old CEO type. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Henry is sexy and intimidating and she can’t help but crush on her boss.

Henry didn’t need another relationship, his last one was bad enough, and he definitely did not need to be drooling over his new assistant. From day one he couldn’t help but treat her differently than his previous assistants because she was different and he found himself caring if he hurt her feelings. She was adorable and sweet and he just couldn’t control himself or his emotions when it came to her.

What neither could have expected was a surprise drop in that led to Henry bonding with an adorable two year old. After that it was pretty impossible to ignore the feelings each was developing, even if because of their working arrangement could have been disastrous. But after a terrifying accident Henry and Claire’s bond will grow and nothing will be able to tear apart something so strong.

Henry is a fairly quick and fun read. It jumps forward through the book, but only in small bursts of time so you don’t feel like you missed too much. I do like how Sebastian is introduced personally through the story so that you feel like you already know him and makes it so you can’t wait to read his story next.

My Favorite Moment: I loved how Claire not only defended Henry to his mother, but also had no problem stepping in to help save Sebastian when he needed it too. It takes a strong woman to stand up to a bully of a man’s mother.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: After Claire’s date, or rather in the middle of her date, when she runs into Henry…the rest of that evening had me feeling bad for Henry and Sebastian, but also laughing so hard at their reactions. It was hilariously perfect.

Jenn 4 Heart

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