Review of Fighting Dirty (Worth the Fight #5) by Sidney Halston

Fighting Dirty

Love Conquers All 


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (MMA)

Book Length (Est.): 240 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

If you love the MMA romances of Vi Kreeland and Kendall Ryan, Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight series will knock your socks off! In Fighting Dirty, a geek-chic cage fighter proves that appearances can be deceiving . . . and oh-so-tempting.

With his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who never had to fight for anything, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything he’s not . . . and everything he craves.

Tough as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie Lynn—JL to her friends—works hard to pay her bills and keep life simple. Enzo is doing his best to complicate that. Even though she likes to bust his balls, he’s got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat, and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.


YAY – Double Review!


Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Fighting Dirty starts out hilariously and just pulls you in. I was laughing so hard at times this book should come with a don’t eat while reading warning label…especially in the beginning. Who even would have guessed art class could be so entertaining.

Jamie Lynn basically flies though life by the seat of her pants. She does what she wants, when she wants. She’s like a whirlwind of happy and carefree. Of course that’s on the surface. She has demons of her own, ones she wants to keep hidden, but ones she’ll have to let go of if she ever wants to be truly happy.

Enzo is all businessman with a little MMA fighter beneath those suits. He’s definitely not the type a guy you’d think would chase JL, but he wants her. He spent a year trying to get her to go out with him and after one completely embarrassing display she finally decided to give in. And once he has her there’s no way he’ll let go.

Jamie Lynn and Enzo are complete opposites, but she finds comfort in him and he finds peace in her.

She’ll learn to trust. He’ll learn that sometimes there is someone worth making sacrifices for.

The story is decently paced, but there were times where the plot seemed to just kind of jump forward. There were also times when things would seem to have a great emphasis placed on them, then later there wouldn’t be much to it. Besides that, it was a really good story and I enjoyed it very much.

I love the Worth the Fight series and cannot wait to see what’s next to come.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Art class! I don’t know about anyone else, but when it got to the part about the apple I think I laughed so hard I cried. Like seriously, who’d even notice that apple…LOL!

Jenn 4 Heart


Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Lorenzo “Enzo” Silva is not the typical guy you would think to be into MMA. His all business suits and attitude make him different than the others. He is a wealthy Brazilian banker that has never had to fight for anything, that is until he sets his eyes on the only woman that makes him feel alive.

Jamie Lynn “JL” is the twin sister to MMA fighter Travis and is Violet’s best friend. Hanging around the Worth The Fight Academy means she knows exactly who Enzo is. She also knows that as many times as he asks her out they still have nothing in common. He is wealthy, she is not. But she does have a lot of spunk to herself, always a different color hair, tattoos and a spunky attitude.

Losing a bet to the guys lands Enzo a totally nude modeling gig that has JL’s full attention. Not realizing that she would be there has Enzo embarrassed but might as well make the most of it. JL is in complete shock, not because of him modeling nude but because his body sets hers on fire. Taking the chance and asking him out on a date she will try to break his “everything must be controlled and planned” routine. Needless to say they have the longest date ever. Having so much fun together he gets to know the real JL that no one else really knows. Falling in love with her could cost him everything he has. It could also give them more than they ever thought possible.

I cannot wait for the next book. I have a feeling it will be all about Travis.

My Favorite Character: I really loved when they went to doctor. The results and the reaction from JL is priceless! 

Mindy 4 Star 

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Review of Wild Bear by James D. Horton

Wild Bear

Ex-Military Werebear…yes please! 


Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance (werebear)

Book Length (Est.): 54 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

His rage may be to hot to handle…

Laura loves the woods, nature, and rock climbing is her passion. She’s free spirited and likes her life of no commitments and no strings attached. Always looking for the next challenge of her skills. She’s not looking for trouble or love but when she comes across three men deep in the woods both come looking for her.

Joe lives alone deep in the woods. Haunted by his past he patrols his lands where he wants nothing more than to be left alone. He doesn’t tolerate trespassers. He isn’t looking for love or trouble either, just peace and quiet. He wants to keep his secrets and be left alone.

When Joe comes across trespassers in his territory the guns they carry are the least of the danger. The greatest danger is Laura herself, who’s about to steal his heart. Together they will face danger both physical and emotional as they find they need each other not just to survive, but to fill the voids in their hearts.

Be aware this is a sexy, fun and short romance! *Standalone*

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Joe is an ex-military were-bear who doesn’t like trespassers and he certainly doesn’t like it when he’s the one they’re hunting.

Laura loves to climb, it’s her peace in life, but when she stumbles upon three scary men her peaceful wilderness retreat isn’t exactly the place she wishes she was any longer. Luckily a gigantic man shows up to save the day, and even though he’s larger than any man she’s ever seen she knows he’s safe and would rather spend  the night with him than risk running into those crazy men once again.

An instant attraction that cannot be denied leads to a night of passion neither will soon forget. But when they go on a hike and a sight of beauty turns into one of death and…a scary raging bear she runs before her brain can process everything she’d just witnessed. Too bad that decision lands her in the hands of the last men she ever wanted to see again.

As always, James Horton gives us another action packed, fast paced, short story that keeps you hanging onto every word and completely sad when it ends entirely too soon.

“Joe, this is crazy. Absolutely nuts but…I’m in love with you.”

Wild Tiger and Wild Bear may be read as standalones, but with a common enemy like Xanadau I’d prefer to read them all in order. If you just want a quickie action packed romance you could definitely read  them individually, but personally I like the bigger picture and want to see what else is to come. Especially with the way this one ends. Joe is determined to get his brothers back and Laura is bound to help him.

My Favorite Moment: Laura is one feisty woman. She’ll refuse to leave her love and instead do something to save him. Way to go, Laura! 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Wild Tiger by James D. Horton

Wild Tiger

Love At First Touch


Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifters (Weretigers)

Book Length (Est.): 41 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The cold wilds are about to get steamy…

Roman Ryaov is a secluded, wealthy bachelor living in the wilds of Siberia. He lives alone and that’s the way he likes it. He patrols his lands, guards the wild tigers and keeps to himself. He isn’t interested in other people and most especially he’s not interested in an intense, beautiful woman entering his secluded life. Tigers have a destined mate and he doesn’t want his coming into his world of loneliness and potential danger.

Bekka Sweet is young, well off, and intensely interested in saving those who can’t save themselves. Right now that means the endangered Siberian Tigers, prized by poachers and wealthy collectors for their beautiful fur. She’ll do whatever it takes to save them. She’s not prepared though for the danger that lurks beneath her noble mission, especially the danger to her heart and a chance meeting with the one she was fated for from birth.

They don’t know the danger that is closing in on them as their paths converge. Poachers are closing in but not just for the tigers they both want to save but for them as well. Thrown together, will the greater danger be the encroaching poachers or the risk they represent to each other’s hearts and souls.

Be aware this is a sexy, fun and short romance! *Standalone*

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

I do love James Horton’s short stories, but damn I’m always left wanting more!

There’s action, intrigue, shifters and sex…what’s not to love.

Roman is a weretiger who was trying to protect one of his own. He didn’t expect to run into a human woman who was there for the same thing. Bekka wanted to save the tiger and her cub, but never thought that cub would turn into an actual baby and then back into the cub she originally saw. Stress can play with one’s imagination or so she tried to convince herself.

The both felt the connection at first touch. No reservations, no nothing, she wanted him and he wanted her and nothing would stand in their way. It was then she knew her mind hadn’t been playing tricks on her, she knew his secret, and she wasn’t scared. But when dawn comes, he realizes her safety is more important than his love for her. Xanadu is hunting him and he doesn’t want her in the line of fire. Too bad she’s just as stubborn as him.

“I’m not going anywhere,” I say.

“Yeah, that was a bad idea.”

Wild Tiger is a fast paced story filled with action and romance. It ends entirely too soon, but I can’t wait to read what’s next and see what this Xanadu is up to and who will be the ones to take them down.

My Favorite Moment: I’m a sucker for happy endings and Nikolai and Thomas are definitely a happy way to end it.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Blog Tour: Review of Once Upon A Power Play (Risky Business #2) by Jennifer Bonds

Once Upon A Power Play

Opposites Attract 


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 175 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

He’ll do whatever it takes to get her against the boards…

Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed–even if it means playing dirty.

Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She’s kissed her share of frogs and what’s it gotten her? Dumped by text–again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she’s more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who’s sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.

Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he’s going to lose.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

After getting stood up via text Chloe decides she’s done with men. It was a resolution that didn’t even last the night. Of course she blames the highly emotional situation she was put into and the sexy lumberjack she put into it with.

“Take them off. For the love of God, I’m begging you.”

“That’s not begging, princess.” He raised an eyebrow, looking right into her frustrated eyes. “If you were begging, you’d have said please.”

Ryan was instantly attracted to the fiery woman who wanted the last lime in the store, the one he’d just so happened to get first. He’d tormented her over it, because for some reason her sass drove him wild.

One night, that’s all it was supposed to be. Then they end up crossing paths and since Ryan doesn’t believe in coincidences he’ll stop and nothing to get her to go out with him…even resorting to a little blackmail. Chloe may have been thinking about him ever since that night, but when she finds out he’s a jock it just adds to the many reasons for her to run the other way. Damn him and his blackmailing ultimatum.

“Son-of-a-bitching-god-damn-mother-freaking-karma!” Chloe swore, throwing her hands in the air and rolling her eyes at the ceiling. “Can’t I get a break for once night? In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on my best behavior.”

She wants friendship and sex. Incredibly hot and ruined for any other man kind of sex. He wants more, but will have to knock down her walls before she’ll even consider it. The thing is that once those walls fall, Chloe’s heart will be more susceptible to pain and betrayal. To hell with Page 6! Thank goodness Ryan has a friend who can help set the record straight.

Once Upon A Power Play is a fun and sweet story. Between Chloe’s mouth, which I absolutely loved, and Ryan’s knack of persuasion it drew me in and kept me entertained. Opposites definitely attracted in this one and it made it all the more enjoyable.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: The poor Santa incident. Chloe worked so hard to make everything perfect and the most important part of the party didn’t go as planned. Thank goodness Ryan was there to save the day.


Yep, I love Chloe’s mouth!

Jenn 4 Heart

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“Hey! That’s mine!”

Ryan Douglas froze in his tracks, slowly turning around to find a tiny, pissed off brunette glaring at him with one hand on her hip and the other hugging a gallon-sized jug of margarita mix. “Excuse me?”

“The lime,” she said, nodding her head and enunciating each word as if he might not speak English. “I saw it first.”

It was impossible to suppress the grin that spread over his face. Was she serious? His gaze raked over her, taking in the fancy upsweep of her dark hair and the lacey gold dress—if you could call it that—that revealed more than it covered peeking out from under her unbuttoned coat. The furry brown boots climbing halfway to her bare knees? Those he could do without, but the rest was pretty damn sexy. There wasn’t a winter coat around that could hide those curves. She had the kind of body a man could sink his teeth into. And he. Was. Ravenous.

“Like what you see?” She raised her brow and hooked a thumb over her shoulder. “The meat department is two aisles over.”

He laughed, and it was an honest-to-God, full-on belly laugh. She was a fiery little thing. But that didn’t mean he was giving her the lime. Maybe if she’d asked nicely. But with that attitude? It’d be a cold day in hell.

“Last I heard, possession is nine-tenths of the law.” He tossed the lime in the air and caught it with his right hand. She glared at him, and for a moment he thought she’d kick him in the balls with her big furry boots. He was being an ass, but she wasn’t exactly Miss Manners herself. Besides, it was the most fun he’d had all day. Which spoke volumes about his shitty afternoon, most of which had been spent getting his ass kicked by a sadistic physical therapist. His leg hurt like hell, but he’d tough it out. He had no other choice if he wanted to salvage his career.

The brunette rolled her eyes, the dark irises shimmering like black coffee under the soft glow of the overhead lights. “It’s not my fault you have inhumanly long lumberjack arms.” The smirk that followed told him yes, she was in fact referring to his worn flannel shirt.

Typical self-important New York princess, judging him by something so superficial. Not that he gave a fuck what she thought, but man, what he wouldn’t give to wipe that little grin off her heart-shaped face. And with years of experience antagonizing his two older sisters, he had a pretty good idea of how to do it. He waved the lime in front of her again, wondering if she’d try to make a play for it. Not that she could get her hands on it if he didn’t want her to. He towered over her by nearly a foot, and his reflexes were pretty damn good. “Princess, I wouldn’t give you this lime if you got down on your knees and begged, but if it means that much to you, you’re welcome to give it a go.”



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Review of Off Limits (Aces Hockey #1.5) by Kelly Jamieson

Off Limits

Family Ties – Hearts Bind


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 158 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Sawyer Bennett and Toni Aleo, Kelly Jamieson’s charming holiday novella kicks off a brand-new series featuring the hunky hockey stars of the Chicago Aces.
The Christmas season always puts a smile on Jenna McFadden’s face. Even though she’s bringing a boyfriend home for the first time, inside she’s dying to see Andrew. Years ago, when the McFaddens took the troubled teen into their home, Jenna had to keep her blazing-hot crush a secret. And now that he’s playing pro hockey for the NHL’s Chicago Aces, nothing’s changed. With his wide shoulders and taut muscles, Andrew’s the most tempting package in the house . . . one that Jenna’s dying to unwrap.

Andrew Ross just can’t make a play for Jenna. Her dad and brothers wouldn’t approve, and he could never betray the trust of the wonderful people who treated him like family when he lost his own. That’s what makes the holidays so hard. Whether Jenna’s skating with Andrew on a frozen pond or sitting on his lap while he plays Santa, she’s pushing all their boundaries—and there’s only so much a man can take. Andrew knows that she’s off-limits. But something deep down tells him that Jenna’s heart is the one prize he simply has to win. 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Andrew and Jenna have one hell of an awkward relationship. Jenna’s parents basically adopted Andrew when he was sixteen, after he lost his family. They’d known him, he was their eldest son’s best friend, which made the decision to bring him into their home an easy one. Problem with that was Andrew and Jenna didn’t want a  brother/sister relationship. They wanted much more.

Andrew promised to never touch Jenna and to always respect her parents. It was the least he could do after they brought him into their home. Even after a night in college, when his resolve finally cracked, he realized he just couldn’t risk losing her family since they were all he had and so their relationship stopped before it even had a chance to really begin.

Jenna thought she’d moved on, she’d even brought her boyfriend home for Christmas, but one look at Andrew and she realized nothing could ever get her over him. She’d loved him since forever and nothing, no matter how hard she tried, would ever get her over him. She was left with a decision to make, one that would open her up for the ultimate rejection and one that would lay her heart on the line.

I wasn’t sure how the whole brother/sister vibe would be, but I really enjoyed this book. Off Limits is heartwarming and sweet. I loved how their love for each other was so strong that it was almost tangible and even though they kept denying it everyone else could see it.

On a side note and in case anyone wants to know, this is a Christmas novella and since the hockey team is on break there really isn’t much that has to do with the Aces.

My Favorite Moment: Her mother’s reaction when she finds out about them. Overwhelmingly sweet.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Slater’s Leverage (The OPAQUE Task Force) by Claudia Shelton

Slaters Leverage

Its hard to overcome the past when he is a protector!

Genre: Romance Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 254 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Protector Agent Josh Slater has spent years working for the secret government-sponsored agency known as OPAQUE. All the while hoping to find the man who paid his father to bring down a plane killing the then head of OPAQUE. Now, Josh’s new assignment brings him back face-to-face with the one woman he ever deserted. His life would have been easier letting Mackenzie continue to hate him for leaving, but she’s been targeted as leverage and he’ll do anything to insure her survival. Even face her anguish over his family’s shame.

Mackenzie Baudin has been over Josh Slater for years, so the idea of her uncle sending him to be her protector meant only a slight hiccup in her steel resolve emotions. But her uncle’s promise that within the next twenty-four hours she would know the complete truth about her life hit her like the plane crash ten years ago. The day her mother and father were killed.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Josh Slater has spent years working for a secret government agency known as OPAQUE. He is the type of agent that everyone wants protecting him. His new assignment will be the one that truly tests his abilities and his heart.

Mackenzie Baudin inherited her parent’s fortune when they died. She has no idea why her Uncle is calling saying that he is sending an agent to protect her until the threats against her can be resolved. Being an ex-cop she understands the potential of danger. That is until her protector turn out to be the one and only Josh Slater. The man that broke her heart and walked away forever.

Mackenizie has been told that her past holds some secrets. Within twenty four hours she will know the truth about her Uncle, parents and Josh. Having him so close has her emotions spinning out of control and her heart unguarded. She really wants the answers as to why he walked away all those years ago when she needed him the most.

Josh Slater has felt guilty for years. Trying to hide what his father had done to Mackenzie’s family all those years ago finally starts to take its toll the more that he is around her. But eventually the truth will come out. If all else fails he wants her to understand that he did not walk away by choice.

This was a very interesting read. I loved that this book was full of twists and turns that you did not see coming. The relationship between Josh and Mackenzie is very heartfelt. You feel the pain that she has had to live with for so long. Josh feels very guilty for the way that this all had to play out. Both still love each other dearly but they have to face the past before they can try at a future.

My Favorite Moment: I really liked when Drake told Josh where he was going and who he was protecting. 

Mindy 4 Star 

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Review of A Dream Come True by Lisa Hahn

A Dream Come True

A Dream Come True

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 67 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Alexa Anello planned on taking over her grandma’s salon ever since she decided she wanted to be a stylist back in elementary school. What she wasn’t planning on was her rock star crush asking her out after one of his shows.

Liam Walker loves making music but hates being a celebrity. Despite the demands of his career, he’s a pretty simple guy. He likes to keep his private life out of the media as much as he can.

Will Liam be able to help make all of Alexa’s dreams come true or will he leave her feeling like his dirty little secret…

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Alexa Anello has all of her dreams coming true. She will soon be taking over her grandmother’s salon. Always wanting to be a stylist since elementary school she is waitressing at a bar until she finishes school. When she finds out her rock star crush will be doing an intimate show at the bar she is star struck.

Liam Walker is a music artist that loves what he does. The only part of the job that he hates is being a celebrity. Meeting Alexa at the bar seems to be the most normal thing he has done lately. But having a normal relationship proves to be hard for his up and coming fame.

This was a very quick read. I actually read it on my lunch hour. I really loved the story between Alexa and Liam. Trying to have a normal relationship but fame is involved turns out to be very tricky. I did enjoy the jealousy in this one as it really proved how much they cared for each other. But what he does to prove his love was the icing on the cake.

My Favorite Moment: Yep, definetly loved how he proved his love. 

Liam held up his hands in a silent attempt to quiet the crowd, never once glancing at any of them or answering a single question. His focus remained solely on me. “Ladies and gentleman, I invited you all here today because I have a very important announcement to make.” 

Mindy 4 Star 

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