Genre: Sports

Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 1 Comment
Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

So on paper this book has all the things I would normally really like in a book, hot sports guys, a fake relationship, some meddling secondary characters, an ex who meddles, it should work. But it didn’t. Not for me at least. Maybe for other people, but it just didn’t work for me. So our heroine is Marabelle, nice southern name, with a uppity, socialite, controlling mother to go along with it. I have to say though I had a lot of issues with Marabelle, but the thing I liked the most about her was how much she rebelled against her mother in her own way. She is wearing these super frumpy clothes, she does her own thing, teaching at an elementary school making not a lot of money, worked hard for a house she loves, she makes her own way. What’s not to love about that. My issues with Marabelle is she is so in her head that is just so frustrating. But she is almost so much of a contradiction sometimes that I didn’t find her all that believable. She has some serious self-esteem issues (and could seriously benefit from a counselor), she really does not see herself as a person who would ever appeal to anyone, so when she gets super hostile at other women for coming near her fake fiance, it just feel weird, like out of place. Now for our lovely Nick. I wanted to like him. He’s a coach of a football team, he […]

Bossed by Sloane Howell

Posted April 5, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Bossed by Sloane Howell

This book should have been a home run for me, it was not. It really did seem to have everything going for it, I mean I was really excited about anything having to do with sports, especially if it had to do with baseball. I also really have a big time affection for workplace romance, I just love the whole you shouldn’t be getting down and dirty with the boss thing. I have to say right off the bat, I had some issues with this book. It did not feel organic to me in any way. I honestly felt like the characters talked in a way that normal people don’t actually speak to each other, and in some cases, act. The way these two meet, it made me not really want to continue on. But I pushed forward, I figured beginning aren’t always smooth, let’s keep giving it another chance. It didn’t work. Ethan was, I don’t know how to explain it, but he was not an attractive character to me at all. Sure he might have money and know how to look good in a suit, but he was not my dream guy, in any way. In the beginning especially he was like super jerk, and had a touch of the man-slainning going on, and there is nothing worse than a manslainer. Jenny was more likable. She was smart, had good motivation to get the job with Ethan, and she did have some sass that worked for me on […]

Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted February 9, 2017 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I’m a big fan of Ilsa, I mean I think I have read Dirty English like twenty times by now and Filthy English was awesome too, so I was super excited when I heard about this book. I also have a tendency to really love the whole fake relationship dynamic too, plus add in some college backdrop and I am more then happy to jump right in and get lost in this book. So when we meet Sunny right off the bat you know that she hasn’t exactly had the easiest life, she’s running away from home when we meet her in the prologue, and the way she is running you know life has been hard. When the book really starts though she is well into college, just like Max is. Sunny has sworn off jocks after her last boyfriend cheated, and Max is not looking for anything other then football especially since his last girlfriend faked a pregnancy to trap him. I have to admit I love the way these two met, I mean having a groupie crash into your parked car and drive off so you have to go next door to your neighbor and demand her information is kind of a hilarious meet cute. I liked how stand up of a guy Max was, right off the bat willing to help her or even pay for the damage (granted he just really wanted to keep him image clean because he really wanted the Heisman). But you could […]

Dirty Game by Violet Page

Posted November 15, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Kindle Unlimited, Review / 0 Comments
Dirty Game by Violet Page

I had high hopes for this book, it seemed to have all the elements in it that I would normally love: hot athlete, coming home after a long time away, rekindled romances, and even a secret baby. However, I didn’t fall in love with it. I thought that the beginning of the book was pretty good, but as it continued on I started to get less and less invested. In the beginning you see Sierra coming back to her hometown that she left so suddenly years ago. A lot of things haunt her from how she left, but a family member passed away and she had to go back home to settle everything with the estate and everything. It was nice watching her come back home and see everyone she had left behind. Of course she very quickly runs into the guy who played a big part in her running away, Blake. In the beginning I liked Blake. I thought they had some strained interactions, mostly because you could tell that they still had old feelings just hovering at the surface. And then things took a turn for me. Sierra and Blake start rekindling things, and it’s nice, I liked it, however, Blake killed it for me. As soon as things start to get going again, he basically kind of demands that Sierra leave her whole life behind and move to be with him so they can be together. Which I guess kind of is romantic, but the way he […]

Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield

Posted October 24, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield

I can honestly say I haven’t read any romances with climbing involved. Sure I’ve read books with some of the more adventurous sports, like snowboarding, motor biking, etc but never anything with rock climbing. I think the reason why this book appealed to me so much is two fold, one I kind of have this idea in my head that rock climbers are somewhat fearless and I want to be more like that, and two I am planning a move to Montana and let’s face it there is probably some awesome rock climbing out that way so I want to learn before I move. One thing I appreciated about this book was that even though climbing was the back drop for the entire book, the author did a great job at getting me understand enough of it to get what was going on, but didn’t overload me to the point where I got confused (seeing as how I have no experience). The author also did a really good job at describing the scene, I could picture the meadow where they met for interviews, the area where they did the final climb, and the little lake they would take a frozen dip in when they finished a climb. I love when I can see it in my head. Josh and April as characters were both pretty interesting. You get a much better feel for April early on in the book, it is her POV after all. But she really interesting and […]

Lyric and Lingerie by Tracy Wolff & Katie Graykowski

Posted October 4, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Lyric and Lingerie by Tracy Wolff & Katie Graykowski

I’ve been a big fan of Tracy Wolff for quite some time, and every time a book comes by way with her name on it I always make sure to grab it. This is the first book I have read from her that was basically a romantic comedy, I don’t know if that’s because she has a co-author on this one, but either way this book definitely was a bunch of laughs at every turn. So when the book starts we have Lyric trying to catch a flight back home to Texas from Hawaii after finding out that her father had just had a heart attack. Which is basically how she ends up going through the TSA line in anything but travel wear, think corset, mini-dress, and big huge tall shoes. She almost missed her flight, but manages to get on board thanks to a helpful airport employee, only as she leaps onto the plan, her dress basically comes apart and she ends up basically naked. Enter the world’s funniest flight attendant, who promptly makes her a dress out of duct tape. And of course did I mention that the guy she used to be best friends with and in love with is on the flight too. The stuff in the air plane honestly was really funny, and it was nice to get a POV from both characters. Of course it gets even funnier once these two finally make it off the plane. I mean getting Lyric out of the […]

Just One Week by Alice Gaines

Posted September 11, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Just One Week by Alice Gaines

A second chance love story, yes please. I love when characters who go back home after a long time away and have to make peace with the things they left behind, and this was definitely one of those books. So we have Michelle coming back home after a really long absence, like 8 years away, and she knew going in that it was going to bring up some painful things from her past. As it turns out she was in love with her brothers best friend when she was young, and when she told him how she felt, well let’s just say that it was ugly. So like days after everything happened, she left and never looked back. The thing about Michelle is that she had this kind of perfect plan set up in her head to be able to avoid the situation, and the man at the center of it, while still being there for the anniversary party that brought her back home. I liked how decisive she was, she wasn’t a character who was wishy washy, once she made up her mind about a plan of action she went for it. I liked that she acknowledge the pain that had from the past, but how she didn’t let it hold her back, she had a plan and she was going to go for it. Alex is the guy in question, and honestly I have mixed feelings about him. I understand what happened in the past, and honestly I […]

Hotshot by Ahren Sanders

Posted August 27, 2016 by Kate in Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hotshot by Ahren Sanders

I love when romances take place between two people who have known each other since they were kids, or at least on the young side. What can I say I love a good back story. So Bizzy and Shaw have known each other for a very long time, she was best friends with his little brother when they were both going through cancer treatments. And now that they have all grown up, Bizzy is incredibly close to Shaw’s whole family. Bizzy has had feelings for Shaw pretty much since the moment that she saw him. But she has always kept it on the back burner, never really expecting anything to come from it. Until one day things change between the two of them, and it’s more than just being close, it’s shifted to be romantic. It’s actually really kind of cute and fun to see how Bizzy takes this new found shift in their relationship, I mean she doesn’t exactly trust that it’s real, but she isn’t about to turn it down either. Shaw I really loved in the beginning. I loved seeing how protective he could be, and only in the best ways, he wasn’t overbearing or anything like that. He also has really good relationships with his brothers and whole family, which I liked. However, of course it wasn’t going to be smooth sailing for Bizzy and Shaw, I mean what kind of book would that be. See Shaw had a couple of hook ups with this one […]

Bodychecking by Jami Davenport

Posted July 13, 2016 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Bodychecking by Jami Davenport

I’ve never been a hockey fan. I wish I was. It’s so boring to watch on tv, but in person and in books I do like it. But in books I tend to adore the hockey romance, maybe ice works for me in books because it’s the only time I like cold stuff. Anyways, I was looking forward to this book because it is a hockey book, it is pretty far into the series but you can definitely read it on its own. I really was not a big fan of this book, I wanted to like it I really did, I swear. It just didn’t work for me. I liked the premise of the book, two people who have a long history of hooking up with each other in a kind of mutual friends with benefits kind of status. They both kind of run in the same circles (it seems like Bella’s sisters are married or dating like every hockey player on Cedric’s team) so it is easy for them to maintain this who hook up status thing. And in the beginning they do pretty much heat up the page. Cedric clearly wants more out of their relationship and he keeps broaching the subject with her, but she really doesn’t seem to be sure about settling down. And then everything shifts, and it happens pretty early on into the book, maybe at around 20% or so, Bella is attacked. The blurb warned me this was going to happen so […]

Love Me Back by Michelle Lynn

Posted July 11, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Love Me Back by Michelle Lynn

I was so into the description of this book. I love a good love triangle, I don’t know why, I just like them, probably because I love my drama in books. The thing about me and love triangles is I really want to pull for both guys, like I don’t want to end up hating one of the guys right from the beginning, because then it feels less like a love triangle and more like someone interfering. This book made things even more complicated because the two guys vying for Maddy’s attention are brothers, and one of them used to be the guy she used to date. So needless to say this book is all kinds of complicated. I guess I liked Maddy, she was okay. She wasn’t very assertive, and honestly I felt like most of the book she was trying to avoid the situation as much as possible. Like it was just easier to avoid. She is back to be in her brothers wedding, and this sets up for a lot of togetherness with people Maddy seems to be more on board with avoiding rather then spending every day with them. The two brothers in question are Gabe and Trent. Both are successful guys in their own very different ways, Trent is a soccer star, and Gabe is starting up his own business. But Gabe was clearly the far superior brother. Or maybe it was just me. I mean Trent just seemed overly confident, kind of a jerk, […]