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Tasty Books: All Of Me by Jennifer Bernard

All Of MeTitle: All Of Me
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Series: Love Between Bases
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: May 26 2015
Pages: 384
Buy Links: Amazon|B&N|BAM

Are you all excited as I am for this one to come out!! This author is a Avon author, and you know how I just adore Avon Publishing, they have been at the heart of romance novels for years, years….and YEARS!! HEHe. Just love them. I love how they have branched out from Historical Romance to all the other genres, so that there is something for everyone to like….if you adore romance like I do. All of Me is the first book in Jennifer Bernard’s latest and newest series, its a sports related romance. With one sexy pitcher. Continue reading

Tasty Tour and Book Review-Back In The Game by Lori Wilde

Title: Back In The Game 
Author: Lori Wilde 
Series: Stardust Texas 
Release Date: February 24 2015 
Buy Links: Amazon|B&N|Kobo|Itunes


New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner

Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn’t conquer or a team he couldn’t beat. And now that he’s off the field he’s ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job—she’s got the requirements, but more important, there’s something about her that makes him want to be a better man.

Convinced there’s more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can’t help but be tempted. After all, it’s boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne’s breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

My Review

Rowdy Blanton, a pitcher and has played in the big leagues for years, but now he has just been put off the field, and there are secrets he means to let the world know of, and there is one woman he would have write it, Breeanne Carlyle. Breeanne has had a crush on Rowdy since she was a teenager, and he was kind to her when she was sick, now she is twenty five, and she is trying to get her writing career to sky rocket, but when she comes across Rowdy and an opportunity to work with him, a dream come true but she also learns that Rowdy is more than a playboy and a love for the game, he has depth and honor. Breeanne is more than tempted to give into Rowdy charismatic smile and his carefree attitude, but all she sees is heartache in her future, but will Rowdy and Breeanne find a future when they doubt themselves….
Well Lori Wilde packs a wild punch in Back In The Game. This was just a fantastic romance, and I just adored this story. I was a little nervous to see how she would do with a sports theme, because she has always done westerns, but this one won my heart instantly. I would say it’s by far my top favorite sport romance themed stories…and I don’t even really know why. We obviously don’t see much of the sport, but I loved seeing a playboy really have to work hard to get Breeanne. Rowdy is quite the womanizer at times, he loves women, and on the surface he seems like the typical sports playboy, who looks sexy in his tight pants, but we see how as the story progresses, that there is much more to Rowdy than meets the eye, and he will surprise you and he can be such a bad boy at times….but what a temptation.
 Breanne is a great heroine, I loved her so much. Breeanne has been sick most of her life, and now she is just able to spread her wings, and find herself, and hasn’t ever dated anyone or really kissed someone or even got to second base let alone third base., and Rowdy is more than willing to be her teacher, but Breeanne will teach him a few things. What I liked about her….so many things, but my favorite aspect of her character was how easy she is to relate with, I could see myself being friends with this classy lady. She is a bit of bookworm (like me ), but she is tenacious, loyal, and honest. She is true to herself and is very genuine in everything she does. Even though she knows she is going down a road to heartache, she wants to live life and Rowdy and Breeanne have crazy adventures, and they have sexy hot chemistry, but we also see quite a bit of depth in their relationship that goes beyond the physical. They do have some rocky mountains that test their feelings for each other, but I found this pair can handle anything. Their love story is powerful and poignant…a romance that is bound to bring a tear to your eye and charm your heart….HEARTWARMING!!!
My Rating

5 Blossoms

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of

fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.


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Tasty Tours: Interview and Giveawy-Various States Of Undress

Title: Various States Of Undress 
Author: Laura Simcox 
Series: Various States of Undress 
Format: E pub 
Publisher: Avon Books 
Release Date: January 6 2015 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
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Authors Links: Website| Facebook|Twitter| Goodreads 



Laura Simcox concludes her fun, flirty Various States of Undress series with a presidential daughter, a hot baseball player, and a tale of love at the ballgame.

Forget being the president’s daughter—Georgia Fulton is certain that she’s on her way to journalistic stardom. Nothing’s going to keep her from getting the story of her young career—a feature on sexy ballplayer Brett Knox … nothing except Brett, that is. Arrogantly charming and hotter than a Memphis summer, he’s doing everything he can to distract her. He may be the focus of her assignment, but getting too close to him could cost her everything … including her heart.

Brett Knox, star player for the Memphis Redbirds, is determined to get to the big leagues—which means no distractions. Certainly not in the form of a sexy brunette who won’t take no for an answer. As far as Brett’s concerned, his life story isn’t up for discussion—no matter how fast Georgia makes his heart race. But with everything on the line, he’s got no choice but to trust her. If only he can trust himself … not to fall head over heels for the one girl completely out of his league.

My Review

Geogia Fulton, is one of the three daughter of the President, and is dedicated to her dream of being a journalist. On her internship, she is assigned to a sports feature on Brett Knox. Georgia has always had a weakness for sports players, but when she meets Brett she knows she is in deep trouble. Brett, is on his way to big leagues and  making the dream of his career, but when he learns that the one woman he has had a crush on Georgia Fulton for years, is the woman to interview him and learn the secrets of his past, he knows that he isn’t sure if his heart will keep from being involved. Georgia and Brett have instant chemistry, but their careers are clashing, and secrets are bound to come out…but will they find a common balance or lose a future together…
This is the first book that I have read from this author…and what a story! I had such a fun time with this one. For a little while I have seen previous books of this series pop up with stellar reviews and high rating, and since of late I have been getting into sports romances, I was so delighted when I was given the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and have the chance to try this author out. I really had a difficult time putting this one down. There was such a fun flirty tone to the story that really pulled me in, and I loved the whole aspect of ball player and president daughter together…definitely a different set up and one I truly reveled in.
This story starts off with seeing these two have a high attraction to each other, but their chemistry is pretty hot, and they seemed to have a connection to each other, and despite where their careers are leading them, and the cirucmstances that have brought them together. Brett is on his way to the big leagues and becoming a famous ball player just like his brother, but there are secrets from his past he wants to just keep hidden. Georgia has her orders, to find whatever she can on Brett, but the more time that they spend together, the more she realizes that Brett is honest and good, the more she decides that she will have to make a choice her career or Brett in her life.
These two were so right for each other, and their families see it right away even before they do. It was quite hoot of fun seeing these two figure things out, and it definitely isn’t done in a classy way. They really struggle with some inner pasts and demons, but they had a solid connection and the way this story was written, you can’t help but find yourself cheering for them all the way. Both characters were fun and spirited, and just watching these two, kept me energized while reading, and I just love it when stories give you that feeling and it definitely won me over from beginning to end….this pair is a personal favorite of the year, and I just am itching to read the previous books in the series.
Overall a fun and sweet toned romance that will have you salivating from every pore in delight, a romance too charming for words! BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!!
Author Interview

Q I see that you have written quite a few published works, so what inspired you to write romances?

A: Reading romance inspired me to write romance! I have been reading romance since I was twelve, and I combined that with a love of creating stories. My former professional life was in Theater, so that added another creative element. Writing romance is the most logical–and happiest–thing I could do for a living.

Q: Do you have a favorite genre you like to read for fun?

A: REGENCY ROMANCE! Hands down. I love to be transported to a specific world with a familiar setting. One that’s easy to visualize…with witty heroines and swoony-worthy heroes in tight pants and tall boots. Love it!

Q: What do you find the hardest or easiest part about writing?

A: Hardest: That would be second guessing my choices. I’m incredibly aware that I’m writing for readers first. The most important thing to me? That readers feel my stories are worth their time. I want them to be happy with my stories…I want my characters to be relate-able, but still be utterly romantic. No cheap tricks–just great stories. That’s what I strive for with every book.

Q: What is the thing you couldn’t ever live without?

A: The ability to travel. I love experiencing different cultures almost as much as I love creating new worlds for my stories. I don’t have a fortune to travel to exotic places, but I’ve been to enough places already to want to see more!!

Q: What are a few facts about yourself no one would guess?

A: I sing in a church choir. The day I got married, it was 100 degrees, so I took off my stockings and threw them in the trash before walking down the aisle. I can add up a full cart of groceries in my head and come within a couple of bucks. I have a nineteen year old cat who hates everyone but me. I’m pretty good at Mario Kart.

About Laura Simcox

After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.

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ARC Book Review-Tempting The Player by Kat Latham

Tempting The Player
London Legends (3)
Kat Latham
Carina Press
E Book
Acquired: Author Request
Published November 2014
Contemporary Sports Romance
ISBN:  9781426899218
Authors Website

Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.

Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.

But just because they don’t have a future together doesn’t mean they can’t have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It’s the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…

My Review

I was requested by Kat Latham to read and review her newest book “Tempting The Player” which is the third book in her London Legends series. Since I really loved the second book, and I could wait to get a chance at this one. Kat Latham got me hooked on sports romance, and this series goes a bit deeper than that. This series takes place in London, and deals with a national rugby team. This story is based on a theme of friends turn into lovers. Which is one of my favorite themes for romances, and I enjoyed seeing the way that Kat Latham put this story together. We begin with Matt, as he is trying to make a name for himself on the team, and when he gets a chance, things don’t go as planned, and when his fear of flying almost keeps him from making the spot, he goes to his best ‘mate, Libby. Libby has always cared for Matt, and would love to take their relationship further, but there is something she doesn’t know about Matt, his fear of flying. Libby loves to fly and pilot planes, its always been one of her dreams. As Libby starts to help Matt overcome his fear of flying, their relationship turns into something more. But right when Matt and Libby begin to embrace this new relationship, will they be able to have a future with each of their careers taking them different directions or will they find a way to make a future…together.

Tempting The Player was a phenomenal read and I loved having the chance to read it. I have enjoyed this author quite a bit so far, and she puts in British sayings into the story that make it seem much more realistic. And having been to London, it reminded me so much of that place, with the unique phrases and culture that she implements in the story. It is very obvious that she has done her research on the lifestyle of those that live in Great Britain, and what fun it was to get a insiders view of it. This story had a unique twist, and even though I don’t know much about the sport that is involved, you find yourself breathless in anticipation when a scene begins of a game, and its almost like your actually watching it in real time. The descriptions in the story are very well done and thorough, and I had no hardship following along with the story.  This could easily be read as a stand a lone or read in order. There are some emotional twists in the story and I liked how the author has a well developed plot and with enough sensuality to heat the room on a winter day. Such amazing storytelling ability this author has, in weaving a story that makes your feel like your falling in love for the first time.

Overall a sensational romance with a sexy toned hero, independent heroine, exciting sports scenes that gets the Adrenalin pumping, and a stimulating story that will keep you going for days!! UTTERLY CHARMING!!

My Grade
4 Blossoms

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ARC Book Review-Playing It Close

Playing It Close
London Legends (2)
Kat Latham
Carina Press
E Book
Published  April 14 2014
262 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9781426898211
Authors Website

Where do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.

My Review

Tess has left London, to escape for a while, and just have a few days of freedom where no one knows her. So she goes to a remote beach in Venezuela, and goes for a midnight swim, and as she heads back up to her hotel room, she gets stuck in a elevator with the famous Legend’s captain, who is trying to get some space too. So when he hides her identity from her, she does the same, and they share a passionate evening together, one that Tess will never forget. Then reality returns, and she has no choice but to abandon the one man that makes her feel alive. She returns to London to face a scandal of sexual harassment, and she loses her job, and shockingly the only job she is offered is by her cousin, as the new Legend’s sponsor, working with the team and with Liam. Liam is shocked that when he returns to the team, he will have to work with Tess after she abandoned him with no more than a short note. Even though they are both forbidden to pursue any romantic interest, there is a pull between Liam and Tess that they can’t deny.

Playing It Close is the second book in the Legend series. This is the first time I have read from this author. I was requested by the author, to give a honest review for this title, and I was more than willing to do so. I don’t read too many contemporaries, that make me head over heels in love, but Playing It Close succeeded, and oh boy do I want to read the first book now. I can even begin to describe how much I fell in love with this story, and the unique way this author tells this story made me even more interested. Normally with most contemporaries I have to force myself to keep reading, but there are those rare few that have got me so hooked, I can’t put it down, and Playing It Close did that for me.

The two main characters, Liam and Tess, are explosive together and not just physically. From the beginning we see the chemistry between the two, but as the plot thickens more, you start to see how strong their bond is to each other, and even though they both make mistakes, we see how vital their connection is to each other. There was a ongoing conflict between these two, that keeps the reader more engaged, and I was anxious in waiting to find out how these two would get their HEA. It was definitely fully satisfying, and the ending was just right for the story. There were some quirky scenes, and lots of laughs guaranteed, and we get to see more culture from London. I loved the different unique British humor that was mixed in, and I found it a delightful addition to the story that added more flair and a sense of playfulness.

Overall I couldn’t help but find myself captivated by this romance. A tale to confound, captivate, and charge its reader up with desire, fun romance, and fascinating characters. A vibrant love story that is enriched with culture and packed with emotion. AN ENDEARING MOVING LOVE STORY!!

 My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

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