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Eye Candy Friday: Pace Martin from Double Play by Jill Shalvis

Posted October 27, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

It’s been a cool minute since I’ve read this book, but with me having baseball fever right now, I wanted to feature a baseball playing hero this week for Eye Candy Friday. I haven’t been focusing on my reading lately since the MLB Playoffs started and my reading has suffered so I’ve decided that maybe I should be reading baseball romances and so far, that’s working out a lot better for me.

Pace Martin is this week’s hero because he’s hot stuff and I absolutely adored him in his book.

Double Play (Pacific Heat #1) by Jill Shalvis

Getting to first base is a cinch…But getting home will take a grand slam…

Pace Martin is the ace pitcher for the Pacific Heat. He’s got the arm, the experience, and the wins. He’s also got the pain, the pressure, and the possible end of his career looming over him. The last thing he needs now is a distraction, even if it comes in the form of a tough, beautiful, tell-it-like-it-is writer who sees past his defenses.

Holly Hutchins knows a good story when she sees one, and the tall, dark, and slightly attitude-challenged Pace Martin fits the bill. But when she realizes there’s more at stake than just a win, she begins to see the jock in a different light.

Pace and Holly begin a seductive game, but in the face of unexpected betrayal and challenges, they’ll have to find the courage to swing for the fences…

Pace Martin was the star pitcher of the Pacific Heat baseball team and he’s not at all comfortable with the fame that has followed him since he joined the big league. He’s not getting any younger and he wakes up with new aches and pains that he could easily shake off in his younger days. With a hot shot reporter trying to dig for a story on him, he’s got to keep his wits about him to stay one step ahead of her.

Pace was a lot of fun in this book and he was also a sweetheart. Sure, he was the typical alpha hero that came off as a jerk at times but he’s one of the good ones. This book is a fun contemporary romance that doesn’t take itself too seriously and Pace had hella chemistry with Holly so that made for fun reading.

This is how I remember him…

“When everyone just shook their heads, he unbuttoned his shirt and, oh good Lord, shrugged out of it, bunching it up to slip beneath her head like a pillow.

Don’t look at him, she told herself. Don’t look—

She looked.

Sweet Jesus.”

Here’s what Pace Martin looks like in my head…in the summer after spending lots of time in the sun, which made his hair lighter. ;P

*swoon*

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Double Play by Jill Shalvis
July 7, 2009
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Eye Candy Friday: Daniel Quinn from Before You Break by Christina Lee

Posted October 20, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I really enjoyed this series back when I read it and Quinn was my absolute favorite hero in all of the books and that’s because he’s freaking awesome. His story will captivate you and it will hurt your heart but don’t worry because Christina Lee will build your heart right back up, she’s good like that.

Before You Break by Christina Lee

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

Quinn’s story was dark and sad but so full of hope and then to make things even better, he was a great guy. He said things like this:

“Don’t misunderstand, Ella. I want you. So fucking bad.” I gathered her face in my hands. “The day I can finally bury myself inside of you is the day I know for sure that you’re mine. All mine. Only mine. And anything other than that isn’t good enough.”

and this…

“I’m not going to kiss you, Ella. Not tonight.”

She sagged against me, her forehead landing on my shoulder.

“Kissing you would be too easy,” I whispered in her ear. “And you’re not a girl I want to be easy with.”

He made you want to root for him and cuddle him close, let him know that everything was going to be alright. He also made you want the hell out of him, too. You know, cause he’s hot as hell.

Here is Christina Lee’s muse for Quinn and I wholehearted support this casting. I could totally see Stefan Salvatore as baseball hottie, Daniel Quinn.

Overall, Before You Bread is one great book in a series of great books and I highly recommend the books if you’re in the mood for fabulous New Adult romances. They’re good, I promise!

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Before You Break by Christina Lee
February 18, 2014
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Eye Candy Friday: Patrick O’Doul from Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Posted October 13, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

I’m a huge fan of Sarina Bowen books. She writes my kind of romances and she’s one of my top authors across the board. I have loved everything that I’ve read by her in some way and this book was no different. Patrick O’Doul snuck up on me and that’s why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday.

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen

He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score…

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O’Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O’Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good…

To quote my review of this book…

“I’ll admit that when I first heard that Patrick was getting his story told next, I wasn’t all that excited. I’m not sure why that was since I didn’t hate Patrick, I just didn’t really think much about him.

Well…I love him now. Ha!”

Like, I said. Patrick snuck up on me. He was the enforcer for his team and he took care of them any way that he could on the ice. The amount of work that went into those short 60-90 second fights was starting to take its toll on his body and I loved seeing Patrick to find a way to stay relevant and protect his teammates. I also loved seeing him fall in love with the team massage therapist, Ari.

“You’re everything that I want, and everything I need. You already have my heart, and I don’t want it back. Understand?”

He was the bomb hero and if you haven’t met him yet…I strongly urge you to fix that. He’s great.

Here’s who I pictured when reading about Patrick O’Doul.

Hot, huh? That’s Patrick for you.

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Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
January 3, 2017
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