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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Feature Characters that Play Sports

Posted September 26, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and it’s a feature that everyone participates in so I’m going to try and participate myself and see how long it lasts. Wish me luck.

This week’s prompt is:

September 26: Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

I love sports romances. I adore athletes and reading about them falling in love so this week, I’ll be featuring characters that play sports (and recommending the books) so here’s my top ten list of books featuring characters that play sports.

Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally (Softball): Stealing Parker is about Parker, a softball player that had a rough time of it when her mother left her father and their family after coming out as a lesbian. Parker’s journey throughout this book was a good one. One that made me laugh, hurt and happy sigh all over the place. Such a good book.

Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy (Hockey): Matt Erikkson is all that and a bag of chips. I loved seeing him fall for his heroine and just be an upstanding father to his two girls. His romance with Hailey was fun and it was a grown folks romance that I completely adored. He was a professional hockey player that lived a crazy life but I loved seeing him with his kids, seeing him with Hailey and when he finally stands up for himself with his ex? Freaking loved it.

Jockblocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick (Football): I come from a family of diabetics so I have first hand knowledge on how crazy life can be for a diabetic with so many things to keep track of so seeing a hero who was mindful of his heroine’s glucose numbers melted my heart. I will forever remember Matty Iverson because he was an awesome football player but who was also a fantastic boyfriend.

The Score (Off Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy (Hockey): Dean DiLaurentis is a hockey player who loved to play the field. When we first meet him, he is a complete horndog who doesn’t need a bit of privacy for his bedroom shenanigans. It was kind of off-putting and I had the same issues with him that his heroine had. I didn’t think he could be tamed but seeing him fall head over heels in love with one girl was one hell of a ride and I thought Elle Kennedy did a fabulous job of telling his story.

Rules of Contact (Play by Play #12) by Jaci Burton (Football): I haven’t read every book in the Play by Play series but the ones that I have read, I have enjoyed. Flynn Cassidy is a football player who falls in with the head chef at his restaurant. His book was fun and the chemistry between him and Amelia was off the charts and I just totally loved him.

I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne (Football): This book follows a retired football player who is stepping into the next phase of his life, as a fitness writer for a popular Men’s magazine. Jackson’s struggles with his new career and the career that ended before he was ready to move on from it made for some great reading. Lauren Layne writes great contemporary romances and this one was no exception. I loved Jackson and I loved his book. So good.

The Friend Zone (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan (Football): Gray Grayson. He played football and gave up his truck to his friend who needed it and started driving a tiny pink car around because that was the only available car to him. He was one of a kind, that Gray Grayson. He was a great friend, a stand up guy and a genius to boot. His dirty mouth won me over and I love, love, loved the hell out of him and his story.

Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) by Sarina Bowen (Hockey): Mike Beacon’s story was one that snuck up on me. I wasn’t a really big fan of his heroine in the previous books but like always, Sarina Bowen was right there with this book, telling me all the reasons I shouldn’t have underestimated Lauren. I loved Mike and I loved Lauren and their story is one well worth the time it’ll take you to read it.

The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen (Hockey): This book made me laugh, it made me sigh and it made me ugly cry before making me happy sigh again. This book pulls out all of the feels and it will definitely make you sit up and take notice of how well Sarina Bowen writes. She’s really good at what she does and this is the book that earned her a spot on my permanent auto-buy list.

Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh (Rugby): Gabriel Bishop is an ex-rugby player that is now working in the corporate world and falling for his mousy assistant who comes a little more out of her shell with each passing day. The chemistry between these two was off the charts and their romance was hella sexy. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the spin off series that is supposed to be forthcoming. This was a great contemporary romance and I highly recommend it.

I have adored every single one of these books and these are the books that feature athletes that I think everyone should read. Happy reading!

Are there any books featuring athletes that you love, that I missed? Share your favorites with me in the comments!


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Week in Review (66)

Posted September 25, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

What a week it’s been. This weekend, I spent most of it in Ventura watching Brenna and Kenna play in their first college tournament and it was so much fun watching them in action. They’re back to loving the game and you can see how much fun they’re having and I’m glad. They both had disappointing high school senior seasons and seeing the trash talking, the one upping of each other and just the fun they’re so clearly having, it’s a good thing to see. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them having fun on the court like that.

Chase’s football game was another fun outing for the family. Chase didn’t get in at all (he’s mostly JV but is available to play on varsity if he’s needed) but we still had a good night and North won so all in all, it was a good game.

What I’m Currently Reading

Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne

Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn’t exactly have a life plan. She’s perfectly happy being everyone’s favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it’s time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn’t take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he’s been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

I have been reading a whole lot of Julie Garwood in the last week or so. I blame that on my friends Grace and Holly. They have been in my text messages, talking JG non stop and I just couldn’t help myself but this week, I’m determined to get back to my reading list and right now, I’m reading Only with You by Lauren Layne. There aren’t very many books left from Layne’s back list that I haven’t tried but I have every faith that I’ll enjoy these books. I really do love her stuff.

What I Read

The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancees #2) by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4.75 out of 5
The Prize by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4.75 out of 5
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 5 out of 5
Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen | 3 out of 5
Ransom (Highland Lairds’ #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite reads of the week go to Saving Grace, The Prize and The Wedding. I loved all of them so freaking much. It’s nice to see old comfort reads still holding their charm for me as I’m a completely different reader now than I was when I first read these books. Julie Garwood’s older books just do it for me. Ransom was another great read but it wasn’t my favorite this time around. I was much too bummed about Ramsey being robbed of his own full length book.

My least favorite read of the week goes to Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen. It ended up being good but it was slow to pick up for me and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I hoped. Oh well.

What I Reviewed

9/18: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase | 4.5 out of 5
9/19: Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
9/22: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

9/18: Bookish Thoughts: The Trouble with Mistletoe Casting & My Romance Collectibles Wishlist
9/18: Week in Review (65)
9/22: Eye Candy Friday: Davis Price from Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

What I Got

Dirty Little Tease (Forbidden Desires #0) by Kendall Ryan
Filthy Beautiful Lies (Filthy Beautiful Lies #1) by Kendall Ryan
Wednesday by Kendall Ryan
Just a Taste by Whitney G.
Turbulence: the Epilogue by Whitney G.
Resisting the Boss (Mid-Life Love #1) by Whitney G.

What I Got for Review

Nothing this week.

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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Eye Candy Friday: Davis Price from Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

Posted September 22, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I’m really enjoying Jessica Lemmon’s Real Love series. The first book, Eye Candy, was good but not my favorite book of hers but then Arm Candy came out and yeah…that book was fun. I enjoyed the dynamic between Davis and Grace. I enjoyed their chemistry, their passion for each other and I really just enjoyed Davis’ character.

He was so confident and smart and I loved his sense of humor. That’s why he’s this week’s ECF man.

Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon

Last call! At the end of the night, a clean-cut hunk and a rebellious bartender act on their unlikely chemistry in this frisky standalone novel from the author of Eye Candy.

Davis: I’ve had my eye on Grace Buchanan for a while now. Unlike the bubbly blondes I usually date, the feisty, flame-haired bartender both intrigues and bewilders me. Something about Grace—the tattoos? the nose ring?—makes every part of me sit up and beg. There’s only one problem: She hates me. Trading insults and one-liners has become our M.O. But when Grace bets me that I can’t get a date with a non-blonde if my life depends on it, I’m determined to prove her wrong by landing the ultimate non-blonde: her.

Grace: I’m used to regulars hitting on me, and I’ve turned them all down, except for one: Davis Price. I like giving him a hard time, and he’s kind of cute in his suit and tie—if you’re into that kind of thing. Anyway, I don’t care how many blondes he takes home . . . until one of them sidles up to him in my bar. Nuh-uh. But after my little bet with Davis backfires, our first date lands us in the sack. So does the second. And the third. Neither of us wants more than the best sex of our lives. The trouble is, it’s not a question of what I want. It’s what I need. And what I need is Davis.

If you haven’t tried this series out, I recommend that you do and see if it’s a series that would work for you.

Here’s what Davis Price looks like in my head. Isn’t he just yummy all over?

Buy the Book


Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon
September 5, 2017
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Series Order

Until next week…enjoy!


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