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Taking Shots (Assassins #1), by Toni Aleo

Taking Shots
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In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.

No matter how hard she tries, Eleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.

A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the girls, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside throw her insecurities out the window before she misses out on a shot at love.

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Oh. My. God!
It took me 10 month to finish this book!….I think I’m in shock.
God it’s going to be hard to review this book.

First of all, I have to say that I like this story and it’s universe (hockey) a lot. So even though my review might be a little harsh and critical in a few lines, bear in mind that I actually enjoyed this book a lot and that I’m reading the sequel and the books after that.

“That’s not what drew me to you, it was your eyes…and your ass.”

So, the characters: I really liked them. Elli and Shea are really funny and sweet and they make a great couple.

I loved how Shea never took no for an answer when it came to Elli and how persistant he was in seducing her and winning her over. God knows it wasn’t an easy feat, but he did it nonetheless. Elli was sweet and all and I liked her, but I wish she would have womaned-up sooner than she did because she put them both through the ringer emotionally.

“What do you want me to say, Elli, I’m sorry? I’m sorry for feeling the way I do? Sorry for wanting to be with you every fucking moment of the day, for wanting only you? I mean what would you want? For me to be a fucking douche, cheating on you, not telling you I actually feel something for you? I mean for the love of God, Elli, what do you want from this?”

I get she has esteem issues because of her family but at some point you gotta realize that the people around you are toxic and make your own mind about things before jumping to conclusion hastily.

I also really enjoyed Shea’s family and Elli’s friend.
Her family on the other hand, I wanted to kill !(except for her dad and uncle) You’ll get why when you read it.

The main remark that I have on this book is that it is soooooooo slow. No kidding, it drags on and on and on…and on again. That’s one of the reasons it took me so long to finish this book.

And the reason why it is soooooooo slow, is because sometimes, the characters keep on repeating again and again the same things. It’s like they are stuck on some train of thoughts and just keep saying the same thing over and over again only with different words!

“Whoever thought up the phrase ‘Absence makes the heart grow founder’ was an idiot.
Absence makes a bitch go crazy.”

The other reason why it took such a long time to finish, is because the characters tend to create problems that are no business being created!
Elli knows her mother and sister are egotistical, selfish bitches, but what does she do? She listens to them, of course! When Shea tells her that he’s been played and that it wasn’t his fault, what does she do? She doesn’t believe him, of course!
I think you’ve got it now, Elli DOES NOT make things easy, for others and for herself. To the point where she’d rather wallow in her sorrow than get her head out of her a** and make things better for everybody! (pardon my French)

But I’ll say it again, this book I really liked. Even though there are those big things that kinda annoyed me a little, or maybe more like frustrated me, the book is filled with funny, sweet moments that made me love the characters and their relationship and how they got to know each other and trust each other with their hearts!

“I was meant to walk on this earth with only you, I was meant to give only you every piece of me. I don’t want anyone but you. I love you.”

And if you’re still not so sure about this book, all I can say is give it a chance. It might not be your cup of tea at all, it might be a book that you’ll love, or like me, it might be a book that will drive you crazy sometimes but still be one of your favorites. I for one, will remember this book with a smile!

And I wanted to add a little bonus here to make amends for the fact that I haven’t haven’t been really present on the blog and regular in my post for the last 2 weeks because of school. Anyway, here’s a little piece of eye candy for you ladies. It also happens to be the new cover for Taking Shots. Let’s just agree those are big selling arguments right there….

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Insider (Exodus End #1), by Olivia Cunning

Insider____________________________________________

Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock…
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she’s reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who’ve been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He’s always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he’s not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he’s looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

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Finally! I read it!

“A sweet lamb left to fend for herself in a den of wolves. Whatever will we do with you?”

I was so happy to finally get my hands on Insider after waiting for it for so long. This story has been a long time coming and I was glad to be able to go back to Olivia’s rock stars’s universe.
And even though it wasn’t a Sinners book, I had a blast reading it. Logan and Toni’s story was fun and hot and sexy and I just loved going back to all those rock stars, and to finally getting to know a little more the members of Exodus End. I was really looking forward to know more about Dare and seeing Reagan again was great too.

Ouch! There’s a gearshift in my ass.
Oh, sure, you barely know this car, and yet you’re already giving it privileges you won’t give me.
Not inside my ass. It poked me in the hip.
You got me all excited for nothing. Back seat?

This book funny and sexy. I either laughed or squirmed, with the occasional swoon here and there. Logan and Toni couldn’t keep their hands for themselves and acted like two lovesick, horny teenagers, but it was just too funny.

So whose idea was the cleavage cam?” he asked.
Mine. It’s impossible to get anyone’s attention when Max is around.
Tell me about it, Logan grumbled.
So I figured if they wouldn’t talk to me, maybe they’d talk to my boobs. Okay, who’s next? she called out.
Logan leaned toward her chest.I’m Logan Schmidt, and I’ve been a fan of Toni’s boobs for almost a day now.

I have to say, the way (and speed) Logan and Toni fell into bed together was a bit much (considering not even a night passes before they sleep together) and that in the first chapter she is still a virgin and is painfully naïve about all things regarding sex.

The only woman I want is you.”
“Even though I’m inexperienced?”
“Hell, I think it’s because you’re inexperienced. It’s refreshing.

So yeah, it wasn’t really realistic the whole virgin-sleeps-with-a-rockstar-within-an-hour-of-meeting-him-and-he-falls-madly-in-love-with-her plot starter wasn’t really realistic but even though I would have liked to see Logan seduce Toni into bed, rather than have her just roll into one with him an hour after meeting him, the way the story progressed and the easy and instant connection between those two made it work for me. Sure it seemed a bit out of character for someone like Toni to do that but for some reason, it didn’t bother much and the rest of the story did it for me.

“He nipped her skin, and her entire body jerked.
“Oh!” she gasped.
Got yourself a vampire fetish?” he asked with a chuckle.
“What? No, of course not. Vampires aren’t real.”
“But I’m all about bringing your fantasies to life, babe. If you want to be banged by a sparkling dick, I’ll go get the glitter.”

Logan was a blast. At Toni’s contact he was a horny, obsessed, one-minded man but I liked him to bits. It was fun seeing him falling for Toni and try to deny it. And I loved how into Toni he was and what he was ready to do for her. I just wish he didn’t belittle himself so much and that when it comes to what he brings to the band, at least someone around him would tell him that he matters in the band or something.

You’re crazy, she said with a laugh. And thank God for that.
When it comes to you, I don’t know how to be sane.

Toni was a character I liked even though she was beyond clueless at first and that her confidence issues infuriated me. I liked seeing her become more confident and start to stand for herself. She was sweet and kind and funny and quirky. She wasn’t your typical journalist and that made a difference here. She cared more about people than her job and her integrity made her even more likable for me. I liked how she and Logan just clicked and worked together.

He’s shoved me out of my comfort zone so many times, I’m not even sure I have a comfort zone anymore. I’ll just hang on for the ride and see where he takes me.

It was easy to read this book and even though there isn’t much drama in it, I enjoyed it. And the drama there was didn’t create a clusterfuck of gigantic proportions in this book, even though it did screw things up for some characters. I knew it was coming but there was a twist I hadn’t seen coming which made the plot intriguing. I just wish the Bitch of the book didn’t get away so easy. I would have loved to see her get what she deserved after of the shit she created for the band and Toni.

That’s the one thing that I regret about this book but it goes hand in hand with the my feeling that the book ended rather abruptly. The book in itself was a bit longwinded, so having it finish so abruptly made me wish Olivia would have actually taken her time with the ending and maybe condensed some other part of the book. But I still enjoyed myself reading this book.

It just bothers me that Reagan has to go through all the shit coming her way. She really doesn’t deserve it. But I’m looking forward to her book and seeing how the guys of the band will react and hopefully shelter her in Outsider. I really wish she’ll finally feel like she is a part of the band for real.

“One of the things you should consider stressing in your book is how little fucking privacy a man has while on tour with his band.”
“I can include that,” she said, “but I think fans are more interested in the size of your dick.” She backed into the bathroom . “I know I am.” She bit her lip before closing the door in his face.

Also, I liked Olivia’s note at the end of the book. What she wrote about what it feels like to finish a series and to have grieve the “loss” of the characters was so true. She also explained why it took so long for Exodus End to see the light of day and the reason for the other series that she wrote. But anyway, her note actually moved me a little and I could relate to what she was telling us. I also liked that she mentioned it and actually explained to her readers what had been going on with her and the reason for Exodus End‘s late releasing.

“You don’t have to lie to save my feelings, Logan. I’m a big girl.”
“I’m not lying. I wish I could fast-forward time a couple of hours so the show would be over and I could teach you more about making love. And you can teach me how to love someone.

If you’re fans of Olivia’s rockers romance then grad Insider and start reading! I know I’ll really be looking forward to read Reagan, Dare, Steeve and Max’s books!

Castle Hill: A Joss & Braden Novella (On Dublin Street #2.5), by Samantha Young

Castle Hill___________________________________________

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned – the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon – even the perfect family they’ll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far – and risk losing everything all over again…

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 At least in this one, it’s not Joss whose solely responsible for screwing things up. I had forgotten how cold Braden could be when he was hurt and scared.

I wasn’t planning on reading Castle Hill. Not because I don’t like Braden and Joss, quite the opposite actually, but because for me, they had had their hardship in their relationship as well as their HEA and I didn’t want anything bad happening to them and their relationship. It’s just not cool.

“Jocelyn,” his voice was rough, like he was struggling to get the words out. “You’re my best friend. My everything. I love you and I want to be with you always. Marry me. I promise to try not to fuck it up if you promise to try not to fuck it up.”

But as usual, S.Young can do wonders and she made Braden and Joss’s novella enjoyable for me. I love seeing Braden and Joss get married. The proposal was just so sweet and romantic I had a sappy grin stuck on my face. I loved the honeymoon and all the dirty stuff they did to each other even on their way to said honeymoon.

“You don’t need to sweet-talk me to get sex, babe.”
My eyes smiled. “Well that kind of knowledge could have saved me months of uncomfortable expressions of love.”

But our dear Samantha also succeeded in making me feel really and frustrated because of what happened next. I got Joss and Braden’s reactions and why it went wrong, but I wanted to scream at Braden for being such an arse! But fear not my dears because this novella gets a HEA too and if you’ve read Before Jamaica Lane and Fall from India Place then you probably know there are good things in store for Joss and Braden, as well as Ellie, Adam, Jo, Cam, Liv and Nate. Not to mention Hannah and Marco. I’m off to read Cole’s story now and I just can’t wait.

Body Check, by Elle Kennedy

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Hard body? Check. Awesome-night-in-the-sack potential? Check!

Hayden Houston is breaking out of her good-girl mode. It’s time for a one-night stand–and she’s found just the man for the job! She spent her childhood being dragged from rink to rink by her hockey-coach father. Now Hayden craves stability. And she’s determined to get it–after this one night. . . .

When hockey star Brody Croft sees the sexy brunette at the bar, he’s riveted. He’s ready to shed his bad-boy ways and settle down. And after a mind-blowing night in bed with Hayden, he knows she’s the one. Now all he has to do is convince her. . . .

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“I really need to get laid,”

Okay, so this book is not the kind that you’ll remember of for years to come, but it is a nice read that will give you a good time and finish with a smile on your lips.

What I really liked about this book is the fact that the story takes place in the universe of hockey. I usually really enjoy books where sport is mixed with romance, but there is a special place in my heart for hockey players and hockey themed books. What can I say, they do it for me. And Elle Kennedy’s hockey players are just to hot and sweet to resist.

“Stop looking at me like that.”
“Like what?” he said, blinking innocently.
“Like you’re imagining me naked.”
“I can’t help it. I am imagining you naked.”

Brody is a character that you’ll like and want to get to know really fast. He’s the kind of alpha male that I really enjoy in this kind of books, but he also have depth and kindness to himself. I really enjoyed reading his point of view, even though sometimes it was a little repetitive.

“When I’m with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes, and when I’m not with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes.”

Hayden is likable and has her funny moments but she might get on some readers’ nerves. She was a very independent woman and the fact that the roles were reversed and that it was Brody who went after Hayden was a nice change. I liked seeing him go after her and try and seduce her, and her worked really hard to get her to open up at first and to convince her to go on dates and later on, to fall in love (or admit it anyway) with him.

But one thing I enjoyed was Elle Kennedy’s special kind of hot scenes. This woman is gifted when it comes to writing sizzling, steamy sex scenes. She just knows how to do it and the chemistry she created between Brody and Hayden was crazy

So to conclude, I liked this book. It is not a book that will stay with me for years to come but it was a nice read that I really enjoyed.

The Pact, by Karina Halle

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It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.
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“Nine years. I’ve been waiting nine years for this. Nine years to finally have you the way I’ve always needed you.”

I’m actually a little sad to say this but I expected more from this book. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, because as a whole, I did. But I can’t say that The Pact by Karina Halle blew me away like the other she wrote did.

“If neither of us are in a serious relationship by the time we are both thirty,” he says, looking at me so dead in the eye that I can’t help but hold my breath, “then we agree to marry each other. Agree?”
I find my voice. “Agree.”

Now I know this book was different from the stuff she usually writes so I didn’t go into it thinking I would get exactly what I was used to read by her. And the subject matter is actually one of my favorite plot settings. But even though there were definitely stuff that did it for me in this book, at the end of it, I wasn’t blown away, even though I enjoyed it.

“The two of you in a marriage? World’s pickiest woman with the world’s biggest manwhore? Yeah, have fun with that.”

I was on board with a lot of things starting this book. I was on board with the whole pact thing. I was on board with the friends falling for each other too. And I was definitely on board for the sex between said two friends falling for each other. What I wasn’t on board for was the drama my dear Linden created that could have been avoided and that kind of spoiled things for me.

“Don’t act like you haven’t been thinking about that kiss every single day since it happened. Don’t pretend you haven’t thought once about what it would be like to do it again. To do more.”

I liked Steph and Linden as characters. Sure they irritated me too because they were so stubborn in their friendship, but I liked them. I loved their connection and how even though they were hot for each other, most of all, they were friends. That’s truly something I like reading about. Two people having an actual connection and friendship as the foundation for their feelings. And that’s what Linden and Steph have in this book.

“That was real. That was something. Tell me you felt something, that you felt what I felt.”
“What did you feel?” I whisper.
He runs a thumb across my lips. “I felt you. The you I’ve always wanted.”

Sure they don’t realize it right away, and once they do they keep denying it with all their might (that’s kind of the downside of friendship growing into something more) which actually annoyed me at some point in the book because their denial of their feelings for each other (or should I say, someone’s denial of their feelings) almost ruined everything here, but (thank God) they eventually see the light!

“He grins at me. I wish he wouldn’t. Sometimes his smile rips the air from my lungs. It’s not an exaggeration. It’s messy, violent and abrupt and I wish it wouldn’t happen because, fuck it, I like breathing.”

It was hard sometimes being in Steph’s shoes. Seeing her lust and then love Linden from afar, with everything it entails. I felt sorry for her, especially when their respective partners got between the two of them, or when they tried to move on from their feelings for each other but just couldn’t. Thankfully, it wasn’t too angsty for me, just enough to make me tell them through my Kindle to just stop making themselves miserable and just be together finally!

“I want her to realize we’re both not with the people we should be. And if she already knows that, I want her to know it’s not too late.”

It was actually the back and forth between Linden and Steph that annoyed me. The fact that they had the worst timing ever in their relationships was irritating in and of itself because they spend half the book being with other people when all they want is to be together. But what really displeased me about this book was the useless drama and heartache Linden forced on himself and Steph out of some stupid and misplaced loyalty to his jealous and immature friend. Here were my thoughts on the matter at the time:

“You fucking idiot Linden! You just told each other you’re in love and just because James McFuckface wakes up 9 years too late you’re bowing out!!!!!! You’re as much of a fuck face as he is then!!!! Bros before hos doesn’t fucking work when love is involved!!!!!”

It’s that part of the book I have in mind when I talk about the difference between this book and Karina’s other work. I’m not used to finding unnecessary drama in her books, so I had a hard time with the bullshit Linden created here.

“This is huge, isn’t it?”
He cocks his head and grins, nodding his head. “Well, the ladies seem to think so.”
I roll my eyes… “I’m serious,” I tell him. “One minute we’re just friends and the next…”
“The next I’m kissing you. And I realize I’ve been a fool for not doing it sooner.”

His constant fear of hurting James and of losing Steph got old, especially when one minute he said stuff like “I love her and  I want to be with her and nothing can stop me from being with her”, and the next he was “sacrificing” himself for his so called buddy. The almost love triangle didn’t help things either here but anyway.

Something that didn’t change though from other books by Karina was the quality of her writing. As always, this woman shows her talent with words. And let’s just say that the sexy bits in this book were really well written too.

“Then again, my head is usually always inappropriate. It’s like a Pinterest page of hot, barely dressed men 24/7 up in there.”

I just wish the plot would have followed. But truly, apart from the fact that those two had the worst timing ever and that Linden screwed up (very badly), the book was good and after the agonizing moments where the characters lost their way, the ending was really sweet and made it all better. The secondary character (even James once he apologized for the bullshit) were cool and entertaining, and sometimes so nice to hate (I’m thinking Linden’s evil girlfriend here).

Now, even though this book wasn’t my favorite by Karina Halle, I’m actually looking forward to getting to know Linden’s brother and his story with Steph’s friend in The Offer. I don’t know why but it already sounds inappropriate enough for me 😉

Floored (Frenched #3), by Melanie Harlow

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Erin Upton is too embarrassed to tell the cops what she was really doing while her townhouse was burglarized, especially since the first officer on the scene is former nuisance next door Charlie Dwyer. Where’s the justice in the world when a neighborhood know-it-all grows up to be six-foot-three inches of solid muscle with gorgeous green eyes and a slow, sexy please-arrest-me-now-officer smile? It’s bad enough she’s wearing her robe and slippers—did he have to notice her fuzzy hand cuffs on the bathroom sink?

He’s arrogant as he ever was, which is fine by her—she’s too busy with her dance studio’s grand opening to make time for a man. But they keep crossing paths, and
when Charlie offers to help her put in new flooring at the studio one night, things go from hammering nails to hammering each other in a hurry. And about those hand cuffs…

They agree it’s a one-time thing. But when that becomes a two-time thing, then a three-time thing, Erin starts to wonder if maybe she and Charlie could be a life-time thing. Her best friends Mia and Coco found love in unexpected places. Is it finally her turn?
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As always, Melanie Harlow did a great job writing this book and closing the Frenched series with Erin’s book. So if you’re looking for a light steamy feel-good book that’ll make you laugh out loud, you’ve found your match with Floored. I loved this book! It was amazing and I had a goofy grin plastered on my face from the moment I read chapter one until I swiped the last page on my Kindle.

Now about this first chapter. Seriously, if you’re not sold after reading the blurb, the first chapter of Floored will surely seal the deal. Picture this: a shower running, a girl having some alone time with her B.O.B, a pair of handcuffs and picturing Brad Pitt as a golden haired warrior, and an uninvited intruder snooping around while said girl is still in said shower. And when things can’t possibly get worse, well they do when the cop that shows up is none other than her childhood tormentor. Except he’s not a child anymore and she can’t help notice it.

“Sexually, I wanted him six days to Sunday. Sixty-nine days to Sunday, in fact, and I wasn’t even a sixty-nine kind of girl. Confession: I was, of course I was. I’d just never acted like it in real life. But I’d do it with Charlie. In a heartbeat. And were there other numbers? I’d do those too.”

After friends falling for each other, there is nothing I like more than two people going from hating to loving each other, while still making each other crazy. Add to that Erin as the quirky heroine and Charlie as the dirty talking cop and I’m pretty much in book heaven! I swear, Erin’s inner monologues were the best and if I rated the book on them alone, it would still get a five star rating. I swear, she kept making me laugh with everything that came out of her mouth and the thoughts going through her head.

“Confession: I actually said a little prayer here, something along the lines of Dear God, I hope you’re not watching this but I’d really, really be grateful if I could get through this without gagging or choking, and also it would be great if this was the best blowjob he ever gets in his entire life. OK thanks, go away now.”

I like that there was crazy chemistry between Erin and Charlie but that it wasn’t an insta-lust thing. More like an irrepressible attraction that you’d rather not feel and yet can’t avoid or help caving for. Erin fights her attracting to Charlie as best she can and considering that he’s not really a relationship kind of guy and she’s never been one to go out with a bad boy, they aren’t exactly a match made in heaven according to her book. But alas (or more like thankfully) Erin can’t help her attraction to Charlie, try as she might.

“Charlie had come over here, tempted me with his whiskey and his cologne and his cuddling, and then kept his word not to touch me. How dare he!”

And when you picture Charlie, you kind of get why she can’t help herself. Because he’s so bad that he makes it feel good to be bad with him. I swear this guy is sex on a stick. Let’s check the boxes shall we? Dirty talker: check! Bossy in bed: check! Good at giving orgasms: double check! Let’s just say that the moment he stepped into Erin’s kitchen and got all serious and bossy, I was pretty much done for.

“Tell me to stop.”
“Stop.” Don’t stop.
“Tell me you don’t want this from me.”
“I don’t want this from you.”
“Good girl. You don’t want this. You don’t want my tongue on you’re clit… You don’t want my cock inside you… You don’t want me to make you come. Don’t let me.”

At the risk of repeating myself, I loved this book. It’s both light and steamy and the cherry on top? There is no useless drama. Sure Charlie isn’t perfect and does screw up in a big way (I have to admit the twist totally took me by surprise) but it didn’t feel manufactured or you know, there for the sake of being there.

“It’s the strangest feeling – to love someone this way.” He slid both hands down the sides of my ribs to the small of my back. “I want to protect you. Cherish you. Worship you.” He gripped my ass hard, pulled me tight to him and spoke right in my ear. “But then I want to fuck you so hard it hurts. Take your body. Claim it. Make it mine.”

The reason behind Charlie’s behavior made sense to me and I loved that Melanie Harlow got this part so right. Charlie is far from perfect, but that’s what makes him so good.

“This is wrong.
Please. Can you not?
You need to stop.
No fucking way. This is happening.
Tell him to leave.
I can’t talk right now.
Tell him you don’t want this. You’re not like this.
But I do. I am.”

I think the epilogue was what got me the most. I didn’t realize it until I was reading it, but the end to this serie kind of took me by surprise, and even though I loved every second of the epilogue, I was sad to close the book and turn the last page on this serie. I truly recommend you give this book a chance because, while being similar to the first two (or three) in style, it was perfectly light read that made me take a break from reality for a few hours and left me with a really good feeling to carry around. If you need a good laugh, you should totally give this sexy and witty book a chance.

The Friend Zone (Game On #2), by Kristen Callihan

The Friend Zone______________________________________________

Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.

The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.

Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…

Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on
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Oh My Gray!!!!!!!

“IvyMac: I’m…prickly. I don’t mean to be.
GrayG: Prickly? Naw. You’re…saucy. Like that sauce on a Big Mac.
IvyMac: If you call me special sauce, you lose a nut.
GrayG: I knew it, you’re talking dirty to me! Shenanigans!
IvyMac: Lol. Dork
GrayG: That’s Cupcake to you, Special Sauce.”

I was so looking forward to this book! First, I loved The Hook-Up so much it’s not even funny! I couldn’t wait for The Friend Zone to come out and I was going crazy because the release date came out so long after the first book. Or maybe it didn’t but it felt like forever to me. All I could think of during these months of waiting for Grayson’s story was how freaking bad I wanted it and how freaking cruel the teaser had been, because I kept picturing him in this ridiculously small and pink car and I wanted to know the girl it belonged to and how her and Grayson would become friend and then more. I’m such a sucked for friend falling in love that I kept The Friend Zone Goodreads page open from the moment I finished The Hook-Up until I finally had book #2 in my possession. I think it’s safe to say that I was going a little crazy over this book.

Now that this is covered, I think I need to warn you a little bit here. This review will probably involve a lot of gushing and not a lot of actual reviewing. It’s been a long time this this happened but it should be taken as a good sign in regard of this book: the more gushing involve, the more I liked it and recommend it. But I hope it does a good job at telling you why I loved this book so much, at least a little.

“You are the happiness I never realized I needed.”

I loved Gray and Ivy’s story. How they met, how they became friends, how they became more, everything about their story, I pretty much loved.

Gray was such a great character to get to know, a lot more complex than what he seems in book #1 except for the glimpse the author gave us at the end. He was so funny and I don’t know he just made me swoon like crazy and it’s hard to think straight when he’s involved.

“Jay-sus, he’s hot. And freaking huge. A veritable mountain of sexy. Seriously, Iv…You could climb him like Everest, make base camp at his cock, and tackle the rest in the morning.”

Ivy was great too. She was sassy and sharp-witted and she had two left foot when it came to dancing and she was just so cute and funny! I think I might have a girl crush on her. I loved her from the moment she send that first text to Gray. I loved how she saw Gray for who he was and not the player with a reputation for screwing everything in a skirt, and how her faith in him never wavered. I loved that she wouldn’t settle for less than what she wanted where Gray was involved, but also in her life. I could really relate to her character and what she was going through when she first met Gray. And she really made me laugh too. I loved the banter and complicity between her and Gray. I ate it all up!

“You’ve owned me from ‘Shenanigans,’ Ivy Mac.”

I loved their dynamic, how it was almost second nature for them to be together and how they felt empty and like something was missing if they couldn’t see or talk to each other.

“I just like her. I really like her. She’s the first person I want to talk to. Every day.”

I wish Gray and Ivy’s story never ended because I want to keep reading about it!! For a lover of friends falling in love with each other, this book was a wonder! I think it’s the best story of two people becoming real friends and eventually falling for each other that I have ever read.

“…all I wanted to do was kiss her, explore the gentle curve of her lower lip before sucking on it. And Ivy would have flipped out. Because friends do not maul other friend’s mouths.”

This book was funny, sweet, sexy (oh my Gosh, so sexy!) and low drama (which is always a plus for me). It made me laugh, it definitely made me swoon, and it made me squirm too.

“I’ve never been in love before.”
I have to smile as I snuggle closer.“Neither have I.”
Gray breathes in deep.“Drew was right. It’s better than football.”

I loved reading Gray and Ivy’s text messages. Seriously, if you don’t have a goofy grin on your face after reading the texts they send each other, I’m ready to say there is something wrong with you, in all kindness of course 🙂 The nicknames they gave each other and the easiness between them made this even better. I loved the building sexual tension between them and how they skirted the line between friends and more until they crossed it completely (damn this phone conversation almost made my Kindle explode it was so hot!). Yes, you guessed it, there is a very big dose of steam in this book as well. It did feel a little different to me than the steam in The Hook-Up, but it was just as good. I swear, Gray soooooo did it for me. The phone scene, the bar scene, the shower, the everything. If he was involved it was pretty much always good. It was HAWT!

“And, God help me because the truth is Ivy has become a craving in my blood, racing through me hot and thick.”

I loved how Ivy was a game changer for Gray and how he never questioned where their relationship was going for him. I loved how Ivy found someone she could connect with in Gray and never doubted how important she was in his eyes. I loved the complicity between them. And I loved the last look we had into their lives at the end of the book even though I wish it never ended. I truly wanted this book to go on forever.

“There is one absolute truth. The sum of my existence equals you.”

I wish I could do a better job review it because this book is so much more than the story of two friends falling for each other to me. I loved everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the pace, the secondary characters (Gosh Ivy’s sister is the best – I kinda wish she gets her book too). Even what happens toward the end because it gave the story more depth and it just fit (even though I would have wished that to happen to them).

“The funny thing is, Ivy, falling in love with you was as easy as breathing. The best time of my life.”

I loved The Friend Zone just as much as I did The Hook-Up, even if it’s for different reasons and Gray and Ivy’s story has a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf.

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