Announcement from Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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Title:  Good Boy

Series:  WAGs, #1

Author:  Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Expected Release Date:  January 31, 2017

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Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs. 

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score. 

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Warning: Do not read while sipping hot liquids. Or cold ones. Or while sitting anywhere laughter would be inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppies and a snarky pair of underwear.

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WTF?! My Heart and Soul Are Breaking!

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I love social media.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Instagram. Tumblr.  I love it all but for the first time EVER I feel like I need to step away from it.  Who am I kidding?  I won’t be able to stay away for long but I definitely need a break.  The thing that has given me hours of enjoyment, has allowed me to connect with so many people and even form friendships with people who, sadly, live so far away from me is now the cause of hurt in my heart and soul.

Although I’ve always been opinionated and have never been afraid to voice my opinion (hence the name of this blog), politics has never actually been my thing.  I try to pay attention to the “issues” whenever we have an election and I do my duty and exercise my privilege to vote.  I have NEVER really paid a hell of a lot of attention to what happens in other countries. UNTIL NOW.  In all the lead up to the US election I have continuously been flabbergasted by the things that have come out of the mouth of the now President- Elect (I don’t care to repeat his name) and his supporters.

I understand that his opponent was not loved by a lot of people but for those people to vote for a person who clearly is a racist, a liar and a sexist pig, not to mention his running mate who is homophobic and a misogynist, boggles my mind.  I can understand that a lot of people were not happy and were looking for change.  I have never seen so many accounts of blatantly hateful and racist occurrences as I have in two days.  Is this the change they were looking for?!

Last night I watched the news and was not actually surprised to see protests going on all across America.  What I am surprised about is the number of people asking what the protestors hope to accomplish, and  the number of people saying that the protests are all about sour grapes and sore losers. Do they not understand that people are afraid? Rightfully so.  I don’t agree with violent protest but isn’t the right to peacefully protest one of the things you are always going on about as being one of the great things about being American?  If people never protested then black and white people would still be segregated, women would not be allowed to vote and LGBTQ people would not have the right to love and marry who they want.  I guess my biggest fear is that all the strides that have been made will all be for nothing.

As I scrolled through my Facebook and Twitter feeds today my heart just kept sinking lower and lower.  I suppose what upsets me most is that it has never been ok to say racist and hurtful things to people but I think that the new President-Elect has made some folks feel like it is ok to do so now. My heart and soul are broken thinking of all the ugly possibilities. I will always respect your right to have your own opinion but you will never convince me that this man will make America great again.  From what I’ve seen in the last couple of days, quite the opposite seems to be on the horizon. I’m hoping that it is just a case of things getting worse before they get better.

You don’t have to agree with me.  This is my blog and I use it to talk and rant about things that are important to me.  I don’t claim to know anything about politics and by no means am I an expert on any of this shit.  I’m just venting about my feelings. So on that note, I’m stepping back from all the ugliness that I’m seeing on social media and I’m going to go bury my nose in a book or two for a little bit.


The Book Barista Reviews: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

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Title:  The Billionaire Next Door

Series:  Billionaire Bad Boys, #2

Author:  Jessica Lemmon

Release Date:  October 25, 2016

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It’s Tag Crane’s job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn’t perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he’s ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It’s not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it’s a fantasy come true. What’s the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can’t be caught is the one flirting with forever .

 

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I really enjoyed the first book in this series but I have to be honest, I enjoyed this one even more.

Both Rachel and Tag were great characters that I instantly liked.  Tag was just an easygoing, super hot guy.  Rachel was smart and fun and sometimes a little uneasy.  Every time they got just a little bit closer I was right there cheering them on.  I loved their story.  Jessica Lemmon built it up in such a great way.  It really was a pleasure to read this.

I enjoyed seeing characters from the previous book and meeting some new ones.

Overall this was a sweet, sexy, fun book for me and I gave it five hot and delicious cups of java.  I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Note: I received this ARC from the Publisher/NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


Cover Reveal: To Save Him by Jade C. Jamison

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Release date: November 21, 2016
Genres: Contemporary romance, dark romance, May-December
Audience: 18+ due to sexual situations, adult language, BDSM situations, and descriptions of torture

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A new look at the May-December romance…

She said she would do anything to save him…but will it cause her to lose herself?

What if she was wrong?  What if Brandon Abbott is not who he says he is?

Kimberly Cooper’s emotional compass has been off since her bitter divorce and the death of her oldest son, so when young soldier Brandon shows up at her door, she invites him to be part of her family’s life. He says he was friends with her deceased son…

But things don’t seem to add up.

And then, when she becomes sexually attracted to him, all bets are off.

When her heart trumps her brain, will she know if she was wrong or will she learn the truth after it’s too late?

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There was a sadness about Brandon that touched my heart. I could sense that he had so much more to say, but the words couldn’t find a way out. Maybe he needed time, but there was also a chance that those words would be forever buried inside him.

“Brandon, I haven’t been a Christian woman since the day I learned of my son’s death, but it wouldn’t be very Christian or civil of me to turn you away after dark.” I took a deep breath and saw him mustering up an argument, but I began speaking again before he could protest. “Ordinarily, I’d have a guest stay in the extra bedroom, but—if you’d be okay with it—I’d imagine Gabriel would like to have you stay in his room. It’s…been unoccupied for a very long time.”

There was a long pause until JR clamored, “Please?

Brandon’s struggle was evident in his eyes but he said, “That’s very kind of you. I’d…appreciate it more than you know.”

His soul had spoken to me that night. It was the night I fell in love with Brandon Abbott.


The Book Barista Reviews: Falling For Flynn by Kate Willoughby

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Title:  Falling For Flynn

Series:  Hockey On Tap, #1

Author:  Kate Willoughby

Release Date:  October 19, 2016

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Tracy Duval has spent her life proving women can play hockey. From leading her college team to coaching little girls, she’s been a champion of the sport. But when a sexist ad for the Barracuda Fantasy Hockey Camp seems to exclude women, she signs up to teach the boys a lesson.

Retired NHL player Flynn Hammerstrom meets Tracy at the local ice rink and is immediately intrigued. She’s mature, confident, sexy—and hello, she plays hockey. He’s ready to settle down again and, after his tumultuous marriage, he’s looking for a woman who is high on fun and low on drama.

Unfortunately, even though he’s nuts about her, the drama he desperately wants to avoid flares up at the fantasy camp.

And Tracy is smack dab in the middle of the fire.

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I love Kate Willoughby’s hockey romance series In the Zone, so I was pretty excited to see that she had a new spin-off series for me to sink my teeth into.

The first thing that I liked about this book is that the characters are more mature.  In their 40’s.  How awesome is that?!  It’s nice to read about characters that are closer to my age.

The next thing I liked about it is that Tracy is a hockey player.  It’s good to see females playing the game.  In the book she stands up for women everywhere who love to play hockey.  Aaaaand she also coaches a little girls’ team.  I think it’s safe to say that I really liked Tracy.

Now what can I say about Flynn?  He’s a retired hockey player.  The chemistry between Flynn and Tracy is instant.  He apparently had IT back in the day and he’s still got IT. I instantly also liked Flynn.  He’s sexy and sweet.

This was a quick read as it is a novella.  There was just enough heat and drama to satisfy any reader.  I gave Falling For Flynn four steamy lattes.  The only reason it didn’t get five is because it is a novella.  I would’ve liked more.  Please note that that isn’t a complaint, it’s just my preference.  I’m am definitely looking forward to more in this series.

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The Book Barista Reviews: Top Shelf by Kelly Jamieson

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Title:  Top Shelf

Series:  Aces Hockey, #3

Author:  Kelly Jamieson

Release Date:  October 18, 2016

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Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.
 
Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

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It’s no secret that I love sports romance, especially hockey romance.  There’s nothing like a big, gorgeous hockey player.  Kelly Jamieson knows how to provide the hot steamy hockey romance and the big sexy hockey player book boyfriend.

A chance encounter and an honest comment brings Sidney and Jared together, at first in a business relationship and then as fun.  Both Jared and Sidney are reluctant to get into a long term relationship but both agree to have some fun together.

I really enjoyed Sidney.  She was a strong, independent woman who had gathered up the pieces of herself after being emotionally destroyed in a previous relationship, and made a new career for herself.  I definitely thought she was a great character.  She also had a fantastic dog.  I’m a sucker for pets as fictional characters.

As for Jared…I loved Jared!  He had been introduced in the previous books in this series so I was happy to see him get his own book.  He was a very sexy (and well dressed) hockey player and bar owner.  He’s an older and wiser player on the Aces team. I must also say that Jared  could very well be the king of great dirty talk. Yes indeed!!!

One of my favourite parts of the book was their first real kiss.  Man oh man was it hot!!!!  I don’t know if it was the kiss itself or if it was the build up to it.  Maybe it was just these characters.

Also, I love the way this author actually puts some hockey in her books.  It’s not that he’s just a hockey player and hockey is mentioned.  She actually writes some exciting hockey action into the story.

Kelly Jamieson once again delivered a great story with great characters (including a lovable dog).  I look forward to more in this series.  I gave Top Shelf five hot, rich and steamy cups of Tim’s Dark Roast coffee.

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The Book Barista Reviews: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

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Title:  The Goal

Series:  Off-Campus, #4

Author:  Elle Kennedy

Release Date:  September 26, 2016

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She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

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I’ve really loved this series.  I’ve loved the story lines and the characters.  That’s why I was pretty excited to read this one.  At the very end of the last book, the pregnancy bomb was dropped which set up this book nicely.

I have to admit that at first I didn’t much like Sabrina. She just seemed a bit egotistical to me.  As I read through, I found myself understanding her.  She was very driven and had a plan.  A boyfriend didn’t  really fit into that plan.  Life was not easy for her and she worked very hard to be able to achieve her goals. I actually admired her ability to not lose sight of her big picture no matter the hurdles in her way.

That said, I often felt that Sabrina might not be deserving of Tucker.  Tucker has to be the most patient, kind-hearted, beautiful soul to ever exist.  I mean, the guy loves and is good to his mama. *sigh*.  Did I mention his patience?  The man has the patience of a saint.  And through all of these traits, he’s still confident and doesn’t give up on what he wants.  He’s a damn good book boyfriend

I loved their journey together even though Sabrina sometimes made it harder than she should have.

Like the other books in this series, The Goal got five delicious cups of java from me.  I highly recommend this series to everyone.  Especially to anyone that loves a good sports romance.

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