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Release Blitz with Review: Mum’s The Word by Staci Hart

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Mum’s The Word, the third in the Bennet Brothers series from Staci Hart, is LIVE! Grab your copy of this new release today from your favorite online book retailer!

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Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.

My mother has summoned me home to take my place at Bower Bouquets, and as the heiress, I’m expected to do as I’m told. I’m expected to sit by her side as she does her best to decimate the Bennet family and their flower shop, Longbourne. I’m expected to play by her rules, or she’ll ruin me too.

But the day I crash into Marcus Bennet changes everything. And the kiss seals the deal. If my mother finds out, I’ll lose everything—my family, my life, my security. Worse, she’ll make sure the Bennets pay for my mistakes.

Falling in love with a Bennet is not an option.

But I might not have a choice.

MY REVIEW

“It was a kiss thick with hello and desperate with goodbye. It was a long and languid meeting of two people who would never be, a tasting determined to mark every sensation, to commit to memory. We were a twist, his hands roaming my back, my face, my hair. My hands learned the shape of his jaw, as hard and sure as it appeared. They memorized the feeling of his hair, thick and lush, ruffling under my fingertips. For that brief and fluttering span of time, nothing mattered in the whole world except for his lips and mine.”
Mum’s The Word is the 3rd book in the Bennet Brothers Series, but can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Mum’s The Word follows the story of Maise and Marcus. Maise and Marcus meet by chance and the sparks between them are instant. It was like kismet, fate. Their two souls finding their other half. They left their encounter feeling on top of the world…until life threw an unexpected curveball at them. You see, a romance between these two could never be. The Bower’s & Bennet’s are mortal enemies. Maise would love nothing more than to live a life, free of her own choosing. But, when you’re a Bower, there are certain expectations to uphold. Maise had every intention of biding her time, but then Marcus came into her world and turned everything upside down……
 
Mum’s The Word is a fantastic addition to the Bennett Brothers Series. I loved the humorous moments and the forbidden romance quality. Marcus and Maise were two star crossed lovers. Their romance was never meant to be, but the spark that burned between them was impossible to ignore. Despite their families, Marcus and Maise were the perfect match. Two lonely, lost souls, just looking for a piece of happiness. Family meant the world to Marcus, but he had such faith in Maise. Somehow he knew that she wasn’t like her mother and was willing to give their connection a chance. I loved watching these two stumble through the ups and downs life threw at them. The fight between the families and the unexpected betrayal, the undeniable chemistry and steamy moments…All of those moments kept me on my toes and left me begging for more. I absolutely adored Maise and Marcus and couldn’t wait to see how their story would play out.
 
Mum’s The Word is a fabulous read, from beginning to end. If you’re like me, then you’ll want to just devour this book in a single sitting. The characters are fun, easy to relate to and will keep you entertained. Mrs. Bennet is such a wonderful secondary character. She’s so real and honest and owns up to her mistakes. She loves hard and nothing is more important to her than family. I loved catching up with familiar faces and seeing how each of them played a part in Marcus and Maise’s story. Overall, I thought Mum’s The Word was a terrific read. I had a wonderful time getting swept away in Marcus and Maise’s story. It was filled with family, lots of heart and a romance that just makes you feel good and is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Need to catch up on the series? The first two standalone books in the Bennet Brothers series are both LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer!

Everyone hates parts of their job.

Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.

But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.

Except for Luke Bennet.

The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint. When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him. Almost.

He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.

Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.

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They say there’s no such thing as perfect.

But I’ve built my life to perfection—the perfect boyfriend, the perfect apartment, the perfect career planning celebrity weddings. My job—my only job—is to make sure every event is absolutely and completely perfect.

What’s not perfect? Kash Bennet.

And I wish I didn’t find that so appealing.

I could have told you every perfectly imperfect thing about the gardener at Longbourne. Like his hair, lush and black and far too long. Or his nose, the flat bridge of a Greek god, bent a little like it’s been broken. Or his size. Beastly. Roped and corded with muscles, gleaming with sweat and peppered with dirt. There’s no escaping him, not if I’m going to use his family’s flower shop for my events.

But nothing is what it seems. And in the span of a heartbeat, my perfect life is turned inside out. They say the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody new. When Kash offers his services to the cause, it sounds like the perfect plan.

What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love with the gardener.

But they were right—there’s no such thing as perfect.

And I’m the fool who finds out the hard way.

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Review: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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MY REVIEW

“From Blood And Ash We Shall Rise.”

“I don’t care what you are.” “I care about who you are.”

“Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do no obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”

Poppy’s life has never been her own. As a maiden, she lives her life mostly in solitude waiting for the day that she will ascend. Unlike most maiden’s Poppy would rather spend her days training and learning to fight, then trying to be worthy of the “gods”. If only she was allowed to think or make decisions for herself….Hawke has sworn his life to protect the maiden as her royal guard. He drives Poppy crazy and makes her question everything she ever thought she knew….

From Blood and Ash is a refreshing and exciting new story from author Jennifer Armentrout. This book blends all the themes of fantasy and paranormal romance and brings forth an unforgettable tale of romance and betrayal…

From Blood and Ash captivated me from the very first page. Author Jennifer Armerntrout created a world and characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. From the moment I was introduced to Poppy, I was desperate to learn more about her story. Her life seemed so perfect, like she was being tasked with this incredible honor. But, as you dive deeper into the story, truths will be exposed and you will see that Poppy’s life is anything but perfect. And when Hawke comes into the picture, all bets are off. Hawke is everything that is forbidden to Poppy, but no matter how much she knows she should stay away, she can’t fight the pull. Hawke and Poppy had some pretty incredible chemistry and I loved watching the two of them together. Even though nothing is what is seems, and my heart was all tangled up in knots, I still found myself waiting with baited breath to see what would happen next.

My immediate thoughts after finishing this book is “What in the world did I just read?” and “I desperately need more.” From Blood and Ash is fresh and exciting and will leave you begging for more. This story has some amazing world building and I loved all of the fantasy elements. Even if you are not a fantasy reader, I promise this as story that you can get behind and just devour. From action and danger, to romance and intrigue, to exciting twists and turns, From Blood and Ash left me on the edge of my seat and had my heart racing.

Jennifer Armentrout totally knocked it out of the park with this book and as the story comes to an end, I’m left with a ton of questions and I can not wait to have them all answered….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: Number Neighbors by Emma Hart

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NUMBER NEIGHBORS, an all-new, side-splittingly hilarious neighbors-to-lovers romcom from New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, and we have the fun, flirty new cover! Grab your copy today!

What happens when your number neighbor turns out to be your hot, British, next-door neighbor?

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Bad Idea #241: Sending a dirty text to your number neighbor.

In my defense, my friends did it too, and their neighbors took it as the joke it was.
Mine didn’t.
He responded with a dirty text of his own. Next thing I know, I have a standing texting date every night at ten-thirty.
Until I have to miss it because the stray kitten who adopted me one week ago is sick. The only person I know who can help me at this time of night is my British next-door neighbor and local vet, Isaac Cooper.
I’ll keep him overnight, he says. Here’s my number to call me in the morning, he says.
The problem?
I know that number.
Because I’ve been texting it every night for the last four days.

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MY REVIEW

Number Neighbors follows the story of Hannah and Isaac. Hannah and Isaac’s story had quite an interesting start. It started off as a fun moment between friends where they would text their number neighbors. But, when Hannah texted her number neighbor, she got a little more than what she bargained for. It was supposed to be one night of naughty texting with a mysterious stranger, but it quickly turned into more. Suddenly, Hannah has a standing sexting date every night. It’s fun and exciting…that is until Hannah accidentally discovers who her number neighbor is….

Number Neighbors was a fun and sexy read. I loved the interactions between Hannah and Isaac. Their sexting was hotter than hot, but their in person chemistry burned even hotter. These two made me laugh and had me hanging on each word and interaction. The supporting cast added to the humor and entertaining moments.

Number Neighbors is a wonderful romantic comedy. It’s fun and entertaining. It’s sexy and has lots of laugh out loud moments. And the best part is there is no drama. It’s just a straight up romantic comedy that will leave you with a smile on your face.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

About Emma Hart

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages.
She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.
Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.
Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.

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Review: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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From the New York Times bestselling author behind the “joyful, warm, touching” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own.

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

MY REVIEW

I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet. The Honey-Don’t List is a book that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. For me, it was just an ok read. I thought the idea of the story was fun and different. I love home remodeling shows and would be perfectly happy lounging around the house, watching HGTV. I was excited to see where this writing duo would take this story.

What I liked: As I previously stated, the plot was unique. I found the characters to be likable and loved the humorous moments.

What I didn’t like: For me, this book didn’t read as a contemporary romance or even romantic comedy. Yes, it had both of those elements, but the romance between the two main characters really took the back burner in this story. I felt like the main focus of the story was the Tripps, when it really should have been on the budding relationship between James & Carey. So, while I found the characters likable, I was left wanting and needing more. I wanted to know why these characters were together? Why should I be rooting for the two of them? In the end, I just felt like there was something missing.

Overall, this book was an ok read. While there were some aspects that I liked, I just found the story to be lacking and wanted more. So, while this book isn’t a 100% hit for me, I’m still glad I checked it and gave it a chance. I adore this writing duo and will be looking forward to see what they release next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley & the publisher, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Back to You (Sweetbriar Cove #12) by Melody Grace

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Can you take a second chance at first love? Find out in the irresistible new Sweetbriar Cove romance from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!

Cassie Kinsella can’t help acting on impulse… which is probably why she’s sleeping on her grandpa’s couch in Sweetbriar Cove without a job or steady relationship to her name. She’s determined to turn things around this time: no more wild adventures or reckless mistakes, however tempting they may be. Mistakes like Wes Banner; annoyingly handsome, wildly arrogant  — and the first boy to ever break her heart…

Wes Banner can’t understand why Cassie still gets under his skin. It’s been years since their summer romance went up in flames, and seeing her again should be a breeze. He’s a grown man now: wealthy, successful… and apparently, still undone by a single touch. No matter where he turns, Cassie is right there in front of him: as beautiful and infuriating as ever, making him wonder if his fancy new life is worth anything at all without her in it…

She should know better; he should be stronger than this. But the fire between them is burning hotter than ever, and soon, Wes and Cassie are reliving every last kiss — and plenty more besides. But can they take a second chance on first love? Or will old wounds and stubborn pride stand in the way of their happily-ever-after?

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MY REVIEW

“She looked like she wanted to kiss him and kill him, all in the same breath.”

Back to You follows the story of Wes and Cassie. While their story is the 12th book in the Sweetbriar Cove Series, this book can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel.

Cassie is known best for her impulsiveness. So, when she loses her job, she finds herself couch surfing on her grandpa’s couch. Cassie is determined to make her stay in Sweetbriar Cove, a good one. No more recklessness, no more mistakes. That sounds good and all until a blast from the past, makes her want to break all her rules….

Cassie and Wes were a terrific match. I fell in love with their story instantly and couldn’t wait to see if they’d be able to turn things around. You see, these two share a very intimate past. They loved hard and hurt even harder. So, when fate brings these two ex lovers back together, they can’t help but wonder if they should take the chance. I really enjoyed watching these two go through the motions and try to see if there was anything left to salvage. Even after all these years, after all the pain and heartache, these two burned hotter than ever. Wes and Cassie are the couple you can’t help but root for.

Back to You is a terrific addition to the Sweetbriar Cove Series. It has the perfect blend of romance, steam and heartache. There is some drama, but for the most part, it’s on the lighter side. Back to You is the kind of story you can easily read in a single sitting and the characters will have you falling head over heels for them.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: Dance For Me: (A Dark College/Bully Romance) (Alder Academy) by Erin Trejo

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She was a job. Nothing more. Nothing less.

I followed my father’s orders like usual until I was tired of being used.

Whisper was a casuality of our world. One that I decided I wanted to keep more than I wanted to ruin.

She was a challenge that I liked. Even though I still wanted to break her, I wanted more.

Yet I knew the punishment I would face if I chose to keep her around.

Is she worth it?

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MY REVIEW

This story hits the ground running and at first glance, it appears like it’s going to be your typical bully romance. But, there is so much more to this story than meets the eye. This story is thrilling and unexpected. The characters are intense and just suck you in to their story. Dance for me is a refreshing and exciting take on the bully romance genre and I can’t wait to experience more from this series….

Dance For Me is a total guilty pleasure read. For me, this book was fun and sexy. It had some great darkness and unexpected turns. I loved the dancing and the chemistry between the characters. There was great tension and I loved the push and pull. The Alder 3 are a force to be reckoned with. They are intense and arrogant. You definitely don’t want to wind up on their bad side. That being said, when they care about something or someone, they go all in. The Alder 3 are more than meets the eye and each have a sweet side that is just dying to come out.

We can’t forget about Whisper! Whisper is a total bad@ss!! I love how fierce and unexpected she was. She took the cards life dealt her and just kept picking herself back up. She didn’t let anything take her down and wasn’t about to fall victim to 3 mean boys. So, it should come as no surprise that I loved Whisper and Steele together. Steele had a job to do, but couldn’t fight the way that Whisper made him feel. She made him feel alive and made his black heart beat. And boy, did she ever bring out his alpha side!! I just loved it.

Overall, I thought this book was a pretty great read. I had a hard time putting it down. My only complaint was that I do feel like the ending was a tad bit rushed. I would have liked to have seen the climax of the story play out a little more. That being said, I do feel like the author wrapped up Steele and Whisper’s story pretty well. Their story was a total guilty pleasure for me and I enjoyed every single second of it. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to seeing where she will take this series next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

“What the hell are you doing in here?” One hand stays wrapped around her throat, the other I shove down the front of her pants. She’s wet already which doesn’t surprise me.

“Helping with the paper,” she says softly.

“Are you? Or you checking the guys out?” Yeah, there may be a bit of jealousy there. I claimed her ass, I was inside of her and now she’s mine whether she likes it or not. No one will be touching her but me. Whisper reaches for my hand, jerking it from her jeans and pushing it away.

“I believe I’m free to do what I want, Steele.”

“Is that what you think?” I lean in closer, closing the space between us as I squeeze her throat a little harder.

“I don’t need to think. I know. You don’t own me,” she says gritting her teeth. I love watching her like this. That fire, that burn.

“You don’t think so? Who was inside of you today? Whose cock was filling you, Whisper?” She grins a dark grin at me.

“Do you think you’re the only cock that’s been inside of me? Don’t flatter yourself, Alder.” Slapping my hand away from her throat, she storms from the back room and out into the front. I follow her out, licking my fingers as her gaze finds mine. She’s pissed. Just the way I like her.

“What the hell was that?” Knox asks when I take my spot next to him.

“Just having a little fun.” He chuckles before we go back to listening to Ray talk.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Best-Selling Author.

Erin is an author of all things Alpha. Her specialty is MC romance but loves to dip into dark romance too. She will weave you a story that will have you gasping for air as you try to figure out what’s going to happen next. All of Erin’s books will have some form of romance as well as suspense. With that being said you need to keep in mind that Erin’s saying is always true. Fairy Tales Don’t Always Have A Happy Ending. Do you think you’re ready to take the plunge into Erin’s world?

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Release Blitz with Review: The Trade by Meghan Quinn

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THE TRADE by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: March 12th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Can you pinpoint a time in your life where you realized you are completely and utterly screwed?

I can. I got the dreaded phone call, the one every baseball player hopes and prays never comes.

I was traded. Yeah, that phone call.

Traded from my long time team of over ten years. And not just to any team, but my childhood rivals; the Chicago Rebels.

Completely and utterly screwed, right? Wrong. The trade was the least of my concerns.

I met a girl. Natalie. Man, she’s perfect.

I swore I would never get involved with anyone during the season. Too complicated. But can you believe I have zero restraint when it comes to this girl? I couldn’t get her out of my head and the more I talked to her, the more I realized I needed her in my life.

So what’s the problem? Why am I screwed? Because, Natalie, the girl I can’t stop crushing on, yeah . . . she’s married.

At least, that’s what I was told . . .

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CORY

I’m fucked.

I’m sure you hear that all the time, so the term has lost its impact.

I ran out of sugar for my cookie batter . . . I’m fucked.

Forgot my phone in my car . . . I’m fucked.

Saw my neighbor’s old-man balls . . . I’m fucked for life.

I can guarantee you right now, this is nothing compared to old-man balls and cookies.

This is way worse.

This defines the term, I’m fucked.

What is it you ask?

It happened after one of the worst baseball seasons of my life. Traded halfway through the season to the team I’d hated my entire life, I was drowning in the constant media attention, persecuting me for the pass off for my multi-million-dollar contract.

“We want to win,” the Rebels said. “We can do that with Cory Potter wearing black and red.” And just like that, the team I’ve been playing for my entire professional career up and traded me to unload my hefty salary to develop new up-and-comers from the farm system.

The Rebels.

I’m a fucking Chicago Rebel. Words I never thought I’d say, especially growing up as a Chicago Bobcats fan, the rival team to the Rebels. Not just rival, but enemies. The teams themselves don’t get along, the fans hate each other, and Chicago is divided for a good portion of the year when the stadium lights are on.

But here I am, my name attached to the biggest trade in sports history.

A ballsy move.

An upset to Baltimore.

A baseball anomaly: All-American turned Rebel.

I’ve heard it all, I’ve seen it all, and no matter what’s splashed across the headlines, it doesn’t deviate from the fact that my long-time team decided to part ways with me midseason.

Mid-fucking-season.

After fourteen years, I packed up everything and moved back to Chicago.

But even that’s not why I’m fucked; it’s just the start of it.

The beginning of the end.

Dramatic? Maybe.

But if you were in my shoes, you’d be thinking the same thing.

After not even coming close to getting into the playoffs, the season ended, I was booed off the field because that’s how Rebels fans are—you don’t perform, they hate you—and I sequestered myself to my practically empty and cold apartment.

After a week of binge-eating deep-dish pizza and watching every prison documentary on Netflix, my sister finally dragged me out of my apartment, forcing me to attend a Bobbies playoff game with her so we could cheer on my brother-in-law. Her husband.

Seeing a Rebels player cheering on a Bobbies player plastered all over the news went over just as well as a grandma telling her grandson her favorite pastime is cock-tickling.

Not well.

But still . . . not the reason I’m fucked.

This is beyond worse than that.

During that game, I got the talk. Not the birds and bees, but the talk from a concerned sister about my lack of social life.

You really should get out more.

I know some single moms who are really nice.

Maybe a dating app might be fun. Girls would be ecstatic to match with the one and only Cory Potter.

I don’t want you dying alone.

That last one was a real kicker.

Dying alone. I’m fucking thirty-five and she has me with one toe in my grave.

The way I see it is, if you don’t meet your girl in college or high school, you’re sure as shit not going to meet her while playing professional baseball. Not when the schedule is obscenely busy and long, and not when you’re known for one thing in your city: making a shitload of money for playing a sport.

It’s almost impossible to find genuine relationships when you have this level of fame.

So I’ve resolved to waiting until after I retire to fall in love.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been celibate, I’m a man after all—a man with a shitload of adrenaline pumping through him on a daily basis. I’ve had my fair share of one-night stands with women, and a few on a solid repeat with zero expectations. Every woman I’ve bedded I’ve treated with respect, and I’ve been honest with them, because if anything, I’m a genuinely nice guy who doesn’t ever want to make someone feel bad.

Ask anyone who knows me, I’m the nice guy, the dependable guy, the leader with a heart.

I don’t screw women over, ever.

Are you thinking one of those one-night stands turned into an “accident”? Is that the reason I’m fucked? Got a girl I don’t know pregnant?

Nope, not that either.

But the conversation I had with Milly pushed me to a new way of thinking.

I don’t want you dying alone.

She made me fucking paranoid.

Was I really going to die alone?

Were my good years behind me and now I’m old meat on the market?

Should I be trying to find love in the midst of the craziness of my life?

Milly made me think, which then made me open up to the idea of finding someone, of looking at women differently, of allowing the relationship part of my brain to turn on.

So instead of ignoring every woman that has relationship potential I’d possibly look for, I turned off my blinders and started looking for them.

But I didn’t come close to meeting anyone that remotely fit the box of someone I’d consider going out on a date with. That was until I attended a certain charity event.

I saw her from across the room. Her smile was what caught my eye, then it was the way she laughed and held on to her brother’s hand, her brother who had cerebral palsy.

It was the way she’d lean into him, hold him, as if he was the most wonderful human she’d ever met.

The fact that she was absolutely breathtaking with piercing blue eyes had nothing to do with it.

It was her infectious laughter.

Her kind heart.

Her dedication to her family.

In a matter of seconds, I wanted to know her, wanted to find out her name, wanted to be in her orbit. Wanted to be a recipient of her warmth and affection.

I watched her from across the room, how she interacted with every person who came up to her, and when I was finally granted the opportunity to introduce myself, my breath caught in my throat when our hands connected. I felt my heart slam against the cage in my chest. And I knew, in that moment, with our hands mid shake, my life would never be the same.

Her name is Natalie.

Sister to my new teammate Jason Orson and his twin brother Joseph.

Director of Jason’s foundation, The Lineup.

And the reason why I’m utterly fucked.

Because while I started to grow attached to this magnetic and beautiful woman, when I told my sister about her, she informed me there was a ring on Natalie’s finger.

A ring that didn’t belong to me.

Hope plummeted in the matter of seconds as I felt the color from my besotted face drain into a puddle of remorse.

She was married.

She is fucking married.

See? Totally fucked.

I’ve been crushing so hard, because even a month later, I still think about her. I can still hear her laugh, see her smile, feel her hand in mine.

I want her.

Fucking bad.

They say time will heal all wounds, well for me, the more time passes, the more my wound is exposed and tormented.

Cory Potter is crushing on a married woman . . .

That is why I am completely and utterly . . . fucked.

MY REVIEW

“You’re not a man you have a fling with. I learned that pretty quickly,” she says softly. “You’re the man you hold on to, cherish, thank whoever is listening that they’re a part of your life. You’re special, Cory.”

“You’re extraordinary. You’re a force to be reckoned with, funny, intelligent, and I’ll be honest, sexy as fuck. And when you’re ready, there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll find what you’re looking for. Who you’re looking for.”

We were first introduced to Cory Potter in The Dugout, and now it’s his turn to have his story told. When we meet up with Cory in The Trade, Cory gets the news that every baseball player dreads…..he’s been traded. And if being traded wasn’t bad enough, he finds out he’s been traded to the team that he’s hated his entire life. However, Cory will quickly discover that being traded is the least of his worries. You see, Cory meets a girl, the girl he thinks could possibly the one. He swore he didn’t want any complications, but when it comes to this girl, he can’t stay away. The only problem is, this girl is completely unattainable. 100% off limits…..or is she???

The Trade is a fantastic addition to this romantic comedy/sports romance series. I fell in love with all these characters, starting way back to The Line Up and with each story, and each character, I fall deeper in love. The Line Up, The Dugout, The Locker Room and The Trade can all be read and enjoyed as stand-alone novels, but I promise you won’t be disappointed if you end up binge reading the entire series. Now, back to The Trade….

The Trade was such a fun story. I can’t believe how hard I fell for Cory. Cory was at the top of his game and was oh, so devastated when he found out he had been traded. Only then to meet the girl of his dreams and find out she’s off limits. This poor guy can’t catch a break. But, a pregame getaway with some good friends and familiar faces will prove that everything isn’t what it seems and maybe, just maybe Cory might have a chance. Cory is one of the sweetest guys. He’s got such a big heart and when he falls in love, he does not hold back. He goes for what he wants. And Natalie….when it comes to love, she’s been dealt some pretty tough cards. She isn’t looking for love and isn’t about to put her heart on the line, but when it comes to Cory, he’s the kind of guy that leaves her questioning everything.

The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for Cory and Natalie. It was filled with lots of bumps, hurdles and foot in mouth type situations along the way. But, if I’ve learned anything while watching these two try to figure things out, it’s that love is definitely worth fighting for. Neither one of these characters were perfect, but they were real and honest and had me hoping they’d find their HEA after all.

The Trade is a fun and entertaining romantic comedy. It has a delicious slow burn that will leave you aching for more. The characters are real and flawed in their own special ways. There’s great tension and explosive chemistry. There’s moments that will make you laugh and others that will have you grabbing your hair in frustration. Yes, this book will have you experiencing all kinds of emotions and in the end, it will leave you with all the feels. I had a fabulous time losing myself in Cory and Natalie’s book and can not wait to see who this author will have stealing my heart next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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