Tag: Contemporary

Buddy Review: Played by Jen Frederick

Posted October 25, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Publisher: Indie Published, Pear Tree, LLC
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 317
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon

She’s been playing it close…

Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship.

He’s been playing for keeps…

Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.

Luckily, he’s not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he’s never letting go.

Played by Jen Frederick is the fourth book in her Gridiron series and it’s the story of Knox’s twin brother, Ty as he falls madly in love with his best friend, Ara.

Ty Masters is on the verge of entering the NFL draft and he’s got a lot on his plates. He’s got an agent that he’s not a fan of, bad press following him everywhere he goes because of a jealous ex-girlfriend and some pent-up sexual frustration because he wants his best friend and she has made it more than crystal clear that he is staying in the friend zone. He’s also dealing with the pressure of measuring up or doing better than his twin brother did the year before. Everyone has an opinion and Ty is bound and determined to do it all on his own.

Ara Martin is the daughter of a famous artist and like Ty, she’s determined to make her own way in the world on her own merit. She’s got a lot on her plate as well but the biggest hurdle of her senior year seems to be holding her best friend in the friend zone.

Rowena: Alright, Ames. Let’s do this. Played was good but not my favorite of the Gridiron bunch. I loved Ty though. Like, a lot. Ha! What did you think?

Ames: Same, it wasn’t my fave of the series but I still enjoyed it. I liked Ty – he was so gone for Ara. I like that he didn’t give up on her. And when he walks back into her apartments and says “Fuck the friendship seal”?? SWOON. I loved that.

I like how blasé Ara was about telling the twins apart too. And I liked how they both grew. She was a coward but she ovaried up and he relied on his brother when he really needed to.

Rowena: OMG, ME TOO! When Ty storms out and then comes back?? I read that part twice before moving on in the book. Swoon for real. I especially loved it because he was mad at her but he loved her too. Gah. Homie was going to fight for his girl.

I really liked Fleur. She was a great friend and support system for Ara. She’s the friend that everyone needs in their corner. She was there when Ara needed to get drunk and forget her problems and she was also there when Ara needed a swift kick in the ass because she was being dumb. Seriously, I love Fleur.

Same, and what she tells Knox at the coffee house? I wanted to stand up and applaud her. She had great reasons for being blase about telling them apart. Ara frustrated me more than Ty as far as them getting together but I’m glad she ovaried up and I loved the part where she calls Remy to help her and he’s like, nope. When he told her that he’ll still wear black with her on Wednesday? I laughed out loud. I loved it.

Ames: I liked Remy! And Fleur. They were good secondary characters that made Ara and Ty get their heads on straight when they needed to. View Spoiler » That cracked me up.

Rowena: LOL, yep. I loved how pissed he was that nobody told him. And I love his text messages to her,

“I know you think this campus is big enough that you can hide from me until graduation but you’re wrong. You might as well come home and face the music.”

I seriously love friends to lovers storylines and Jen Frederick does this one justice.

Ames: I know. Haha It had some good moments but there was just something about it that didn’t fully hit the mark. Ty was freaking hot stuff though.

I think that’s a good quote to show how Ty could recognize Ara’s BS and call her on it. At the same time be alpha enough to be uber hot and not come off as a douche. LOL

All right, I’m giving Played a 4 out of 5. It’s a friend to lovers romance which is my ultimate fave and I liked the characters. There were swoony moments, LOL moments and good character growth. I know I said this wasn’t my favourite of the series but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fun book to read. It totally was!

Rowena: I’d give Played a 4 out of 5 rating because it was still an enjoyable book despite not being my favorite. There’s plenty to recommend it. I laughed, I happy sighed and I fell in love with the characters all over again. Good stuff.

Gridiron Series


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mini Review Round Up (7)

Posted October 19, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 4 Comments

Something about You (FBI-US Attorneys #1) by Julie James
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 307
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Fate has thrown two sworn enemies…

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.

Into each other’s arms…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

2017 is the year of the re-read for me because I’ve been re-reading a bunch. I re-read the two books that I’ll be reviewing today for my book club. My book club is freaking awesome. We don’t read any of those Oprah book club books that depress the hell out of me (well, the ones that I’ve read). We read, for the most part, romance novels. My favorites. Each month, a different member of our book club picks a romance novel that they want to read together and we read then discuss. Having a romance novel book club that meets once a month brings on so much flippin’ fun.

Anyway, we read this book and it was met with a lot of praise. This was a fun romance with great characters and a romance that hit all of the right buttons. I still feel a bit let down that we didn’t get any scenes with Jack and the family that he wanted to spend more time with but other than that, this was a solid romance with a suspense plot that will have you turning the pages faster than you can read.

I adored both Jack and Cameron and enjoyed seeing them come together in love. I loved seeing them hate each other and then go soft for each other. The passion and the chemistry was sizzling in this one and it’s always a treat to read.

My Rating

4.25 out of 5

A Lot Like Love (FBI-US Attorneys #2) by Julie James
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 274
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

The FBI wants her cooperation…

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her…

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

This was another re-read for my book club and I do believe it’s a done deal. This is my favorite book in the FBI-US Attorney’s series. I just adore the hell out of Nick and Jordan. Nick is seriously my kind of hero and I just love how large and in charge he was. I also liked how well Jordan suited him. How they suited each other.

Nick and Jordan have to pretend to be together to trap the bad guy and get Jordan’s brother out of jail. They were supposed to pretend to be together but when feelings start cropping up, things start getting real and I enjoyed the hell out of Nick and Jordan’s adventure to true love. There’s lots to recommend this story. Charming characters, a strong heroine and a hero that is swoonworthy plus a romance that sizzles. This one is a book that I plan on re-reading over and over again over the coming years. I just love this book a lot.

My one gripe remains the same gripe from my other reads of this book. I really wish we had gotten to see Nick interact with his family. It was great hearing about his siblings and parents from Nick himself but gosh I would have loved a trip to New York to visit his Ma and deliver his birthday gift to her. An introduction of Jordan to the family. That would have been the icing on this great cake. Still, this book was the bomb.

FBI-US Attorneys Series


My Rating

4.5 out of 5


Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Buddy Review: On a Tuesday by Whitney G.

Posted October 18, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

On a Tuesday (One Week #1) by Whitney G.
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Self Published, Whitney G.
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 216
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon

We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…

On a Tuesday is the second chance romance between Charlotte and Grayson. They first meet in college when Charlotte has to tutor Grayson but when Grayson’s football career takes off they lose touch – in a painful way that they blame the other for.

Ames: All right Wena. We’re ten months into our buddy reviews and go us! Someone give us a cookie for being consistent this year. LOL

Okay, enough patting ourselves on the back. What did you think of On a Tuesday?

Rowena: A cookie sounds really good right now so I won’t turn that down. 🙂

On a Tuesday was a solid read but for some reason, I didn’t fully connect with either of the main characters.I liked them both but the heroine got on my nerves and because this was such a short story, my enjoyment suffered because of that. I mean, sure, everything works out in the end and everything is explained away but still…I don’t know, something was missing to make me completely love it.

What about you? What were your thoughts on the book?

Ames: Ever since Sincerely, Carter I’ve been a fan of Whitney G’s writing and although this wouldn’t rank as my top read by her, I still enjoyed it. I think my problem with it was that it was too short! Since the book goes between the past and present (7 years after college) I wanted more of their present than their past. Or I wanted the present flushed out a bit more. Like the reason they were kept apart? I wanted that person to be punished on the page for us to see! Like I would have been furious for 7 years gone like that! I’m just vindictive I guess. Haha

I liked how Charlotte and Grayson’s relationship developed. She didn’t want to tutor him but he had charm to spare and eventually won her over to the dark side. She wasn’t impressed by his football star status and he couldn’t resist the first woman to say no to him. I love that dynamic. I agree with you on connecting with Charlotte’s character – she was fine in college but as an adult she was a bit annoying.

Rowena: Yeah, not being able to flush these characters and their story out was a bit of a let down because like you, I wanted to see the villain pay for what she did and I needed a lot more than what we got.

The going back and forth between the past and the present was a little much for me too. I wanted more present and less past, more balance. I wanted to know what happened in the past but not at the expense of what was happening now if that makes any sense.

I will say that I could not get enough of Grayson Connors. How freaking hot was he? I enjoyed how fierce his feelings for Charlotte were and how much he knew his own mind. I loved how he was mad at her but he loved her and his love for her propelled him in everything he did to fix what was broken between them. Oh man, he totally melted me at every turn.

Ames: Grayson was totally yummy! I like how he kept looking for her even after 7 years. Even if he told himself he was mad at her, he still wanted to see her. I loved it.

I liked Charlotte’s friend too. She protected her but when she needed to she gave Charlotte a kick in the pants to get her to see things clearly.

All right Wena. I’m giving On a Tuesday 3.75 out of 5. I enjoyed it but it didn’t wow. And it was too short. What about you?

Rowena: Yes, to all of that.

I give this book a 3.75 out of 5, too. Grade twins!

Ames and I are on such a roll this month that we’ll be reviewing two books together for October so be on the look out for our buddy review on Played by Jen Frederick.

Have you read On a Tuesday by Whitney G. yet? What did you think? Did you enjoy it more or less than we did? Tell us how you really feel in the comments!


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,