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Review, Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Fighting For Everything: Laura Kaye

Fighting For Everything 
Laura Kaye
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Release Date May 22, 2018

Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.

Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for.

But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he’s finally ready to fight for everything.

Noah Cortez is an ex Marine who is not transitioning very well back into civilian life after being injured and suffering lingering issues. He is lost, angry, resentful, anxious, and also dealing with other physical and mental problems. But worst of all, he feels like nothing...completely unworthy.

Kristina Moore is his long time best friend. She is sweet, caring, outgoing, and supportive. She understands dealing with people who have mental issues. She would do anything for Noah, if he would let her.

Their relationship is changing just as Noah's personality has changed. There is more tension, sexual and otherwise. Suddenly there is more need, want, chemistry, and intensity between them. But by exploring that new side of their relationship, it opens them up to more chances to be hurt, stressed, and worried.

He is her everything. But he feels like he is not worthy enough to give her everything she deserves.

This moved a bit slow for me especially in the beginning. But I think it is because the author really established all of Noah's issues, feelings, and their relationship well. The second half did pick up and move faster. And I did like Noah and Kristina both separately and together. But sometimes it was hard to keep dealing with all the negative stuff, and I guess I was wanting to get to some healing and happiness faster. But it was also understandable due to all that Noah was dealing with. He was confused, conflicted, hurting, and hopeless at times and was struggling to get his footing. And although Kristina wass loving, strong, and supportive, she had her own insecurities and wass often left worried and upset. The author did not pretty up this story to make it an easy romance, it was real, raw, and painful. My heart hurt for both of them. 

This is an emotional friends-to-lovers story about hope and healing. It sets up the new series featuring the Warrior Fight Club of ex vets and I am interested in their stories. 

I was gifted a copy.

Noah is having a hard time adjusting back to civilian life, especially after coming home wounded. He is hiding his struggles as much as he can from his family and closest friends. Only when he finds the Warrior Fight Club does he begin to find some relief from his pain. 

Kristina has been his best friend since they were children, and hiding a crush nearly as long. She wants to support his transition back to regular life, but though she has experience with mental health, isn’t sure how to help him when he pushes her away.

This was a tough read for me simply because of the vivid character building and storytelling. Noah’s mental health and his transition are a major focus of the story. I found myself hurting for him and waiting for him to hit bottom so he could find help, but having a hard time focusing because it he was in such a dark place. Once the state of Noah’s health had been established and things started moving between Kristina and Noah I really dug into the story and started enjoying it even more. 

The second half of the book definitely picked up and hooked me completely. I enjoyed watching these two fight for what they wanted, both together and as individuals.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and as the story progressed I was just as interested in learning more about the people around Noah and Kristina as I was in their actual story. Though this one took a while for me to get into, I know I typically love this author and am looking forward to diving further into this new series.

I was gifted a copy.

“All done,” Noah said. He gently applied tape to hold the bandage in place, but with the way the back of her hand was swelling, there wasn’t any safe place to press. Sonofabitch. He couldn’t believe this had happened to her. And on his watch.

“You’re taking really good care of me, Noah. Thank you,” Kristina said with a small smile.

“I will always take care of you,” he bit out. And then he realized what he said, and just how vehemently he’d said it. And damn if it hadn’t sounded a whole lot more than friendly. He chanced a glance at Kristina, and it was clear that she’d registered something in his tone, too. He threw away the trash and sat against the edge of the desk. “Why don’t you sit with the ice for a few minutes?”

She rose and stood right in front of him, her pretty eyes even with his given how he was leaning. “I don’t need to sit,” she said in a low voice, her gaze boring into his.

“Well, I need you to sit. So sit.”

Her eyebrow went up. Just the one. 

Under other circumstances it might’ve made him laugh. Could she ever just fucking listen to him? But he was wound so tight over witnessing her getting hurt, over the idea that it could’ve been so much worse, over seeing her spilled blood, that it was all he could do not to redecorate Mr. Johnson’s office along the lines of his shower wall. He was nearly vibrating with pent-up frustration. 

And now Kristina was boxing him in, observing him too closely, not giving him an out.

“Here’s the part where I’m gonna say ‘thank you,’ and you’re going to say ‘you’re welcome.’ Ready? Thank you for protecting me and taking care of me, Noah.” Her expression was expectant, and not a little amused.

Something about her playfulness wound him a notch tighter. Because he wasn’t playing. His gaze dropped from her eyes to her full pink lips, and desire sucker-punched him so hard he nearly gasped. “Does your mouth hurt?” he rasped.

“Why would my—”

Noah was on her in a flash. Hand cupping the side of her face, arm hauling her tight up against him, mouth claiming hers on a deep, needful, soul-healing kiss. Kristina’s muscles braced in surprise, but then she melted against him, going soft and pliant against all his hardness. And he was hard. So hard, so on edge, so in need of release, that he could’ve spun her around, lifted her onto the desk, and buried himself deep right here and right now.

He needed to be more gentle with her, but the need roaring through him wouldn’t allow him to slow down or back off. And her eager responsiveness didn’t help, either. 

Her good hand fisted in his hair, her mouth sucked maddeningly at his tongue, and her body writhed against his erection. And goddamn the noises she was making, because the desperate moans and little mewls of need were hot as fuck, every one stroking his cock and making him harder.

Instinct told Noah that Kristina wouldn’t hinder him playing out his little fantasy on the desk.

Except she was hurt. And they were in a fucking sub shop. Annnd, he couldn’t forget about what was behind door number three—they were supposed to be Just. Friends.

“Shit,” he rasped. “I did it again.”

She grasped at his face. “Yes, thank you for that, too. Keep doing it.” Kristina went in for another kiss. This time, her tongue penetrated him, like she wanted to fight him for control. And hell if that didn’t set off all kinds of heat inside him. 

He flipped them around and pinned her to the desk, nearly leaning her backwards over it. The position brought his hard-on flush with that sweet, hot spot between her legs. She cried out and tried to grind against him, but his weight and her skirt kept her pinned tight.

Hurt. Sub shop. Friends.

“Shit, wait.” He stepped back, putting space between them. Because he didn’t think he’d have the strength to resist a third time. Especially when she stared at him with such abject fucking need, her cheeks flush with desire, her hair mussed from his hands, her luscious breasts heaving under that clingy V-neck top. “You’re hurt.”

“And?” Kristina asked.

Noah glared. “Kristina, I’m kinda on the edge here, if you can’t tell.”

She slipped up onto the desk and spread her legs, just the little bit the skirt allowed.
Fighting for What's His (Warrior Fight Club, #2) 

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Fighting the Fire (Warrior Fight Club, #3) 

Worth Fighting For (Warrior Fight Club, #3.5; Big Sky, #3.3) 
Laura Kaye
Laura Kaye is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes bestselling historical women's fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Review Tour: Rogue Royalty: Meghan March

Rogue Royalty (Savage Trilogy #3)
Meghan March
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Release Date May 22, 2018

New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March concludes the story of her next devastating and damaged anti-hero in the final book in the Savage Trilogy, Rogue Royalty.

Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Inconceivable.

I don’t recognize what my life has become. I can’t tell where the lies end and the truth begins anymore.

He came into my world and urged me out of my safe little corner.

All my dreams are coming true except the one thing I want most—my own happy ending.

But I’ll fight for it.

For now.

For always. 
Full disclosure....almost anything specific I could say about this book could be a potential spoiler. is just the way it is. So this is going to be low on details.

There is just so much going on in this installment. There are so many surprises, twists, and WTF moments! It had me wondering, thinking, and guessing, and I have to admit that there were some things that just blindsided me. The whole book was a roller coaster of emotions, drama, and suspense. Oh my, ALL THE FEELS! The emotions are so intense, raw, and powerful. My poor heart was put through the wringer and I felt it all along with the characters.

The suspense, danger, action, and burning questions had me riddled with tension. And then there are these moments where I would actually yell out in surprise. There are multiple possible antagonists and layers to this one. I am usually pretty good at figuring out twists early, but this one challenged me and actually got me several times. And I love it when that happens!

Overall this is a story about the need for hope, love, purpose, and passion. It inspires taking chances and living life to the fullest. But man what a ride it was! 

Meghan March had her work cut out for her following up her exceptional Mount trilogy. But she did it beautifully! It is unique and equally captivating and weaves in the same world, but also stands on its own merits. I loved the strong characters that showed growth, the cameos, and the complex  story line. It thrills me when a book is unpredictable and keeps me enthralled from beginning to end. It exceeded my expectations and was my favorite of  this new spin-off trilogy... and it will be a 6 star, top fave read of 2018 for sure.

I was gifted a copy by the author.
I’ve sat on this review longer than usual trying to put into words how I felt at the end of the book. There are so many possible series spoilers that this review is going to be short and sweet.

The mystery and suspense only ramps up further as Temperance tries to deal with the fallout after Iron Princess. I didn’t want to put the book down, and even though I couldn’t read it in one sitting, I found my mind drifting to her situation wondering what exactly was going on. I had several guesses, but found myself completely surprised by the ending.

I loved watching Temperance as she navigated the new situation she found herself in. Learning herself, discovering her passions, and all that she is capable of, her character development went beyond the basic assistant we met in the Mount trilogy and became a strong central character driving her own story.

Each time I pick up a Meghan March series I wonder if this will be the one that doesn’t meet my expectations. Because it has to happen at some point, right? But once again, this was not it. Each book in this series got better as the pieces of the story wove together. There is so much going on in the series that there was never a dull moment and each book built even deeper than the one before.

I was gifted a copy.

Who knew things could get even darker and dirtier in New Orleans? New York Times bestselling author Meghan March introduces the Savage Prince of the city, the man you never want to meet. 

* * *
I do what I want and who I want. I don’t follow anyone’s rules—even my own.
I knew I shouldn’t touch her, but it didn’t stop me. 
Didn’t stop me the second time either. Only made me want a third. 
My lifestyle suits the savage I am, and she doesn’t. 
But Temperance Ransom is my newest addiction, and I’m nowhere near ready to quit her yet.
I’ll have her my way, even if it means dragging her into the darkness.
Hopefully it doesn’t kill us both. 

* * *Savage Prince is book one of the Savage Trilogy, set in the same world as Ruthless King, however you do not need to read the Mount Trilogy to devour this scandalously hot new trilogy.

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He’s a mystery. An enigma. 
His very identity is a secret buried beneath layers of deception.
He’s also an addiction I can’t shake. An attraction I can’t fight. 
And then I found out exactly who he is—a man more dangerous than the devil himself.
Now I need him in order to save everything that matters to me. 
I have to pull back. Protect myself from the danger that haunts his every step. 
Which would be easy . . . if I could stop myself from falling in love with him.

A New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had.

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Review Tour: Rebel Heart: Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

(Book Two in the Rush Series duet)Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland 
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Release date May 22, 2018

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Rebel Heart is the second book in the Rush Series Duet.  Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.

Well, I was definitely excited to read this one after the revelation at the end of Rebel Heir. And I did enjoy the conclusion of this duet although it was angsty, heartbreaking, and at times anxiety-inducing and frustrating.

Gia has just received some news that rocks her to the core. And then has to decide what to tell Rush about it. And the whole situation is one that could ruin everything that they had planned. 

They are both struggling with conflicting emotions and both have decisions to make about the future. There are a lot of factors involved. Rush ultimately has to decide if love can overcome hate so that he could have a chance of moving forward. And as Summer is ending, Gia has to figure out what is next for her. They both will have to push past fears and doubts in order to embrace life. Some of it requires getting rid of negative thoughts and thinking more positively. Also not letting old hurts cause more pain in the present and affect the future. But with so much at stake and so many strong emotions, it is not an easy fix and will take a lot of introspection and decision making.

My heart hurt for these two and I wanted to soothe them. I wanted to shake sense into them. I wanted to throttle side characters. At times it seemed like the drama and angst would never end, and I wanted decisions made faster, but at the same time it made sense with what the characters were going through. I admired them for really considering all the details and trying to make the best decisions for everyone involved. But it was sometimes hard to watch and wait. 

I really loved these characters and this duet. Rush really showed so much growth throughout from a cocky, cynical, alpha-hole to a protective, loving, and invested man. And Gia had sass and tenacity, but needed to feel truly loved and supported. Their connection, chemistry, banter, and rapport made them so funny and likable. But it was definitely an emotional roller coaster with twists, turns, and anxiety to deal with. 

This duet was sometimes a wild ride, but I was glad I took it. And by the time it was over, I was able to relax and look back at it with a smile on my face. 

I was gifted a copy.
With the revelation at the end of Rebel Heir, I was looking forward to finding out what happens next for Gia and Rush. A summer in the Hamptons was supposed to be relaxing and rejuvenating for Gia, a place to get her book written. What she found instead turned her world on its head.

The drama and angst continues in Rebel Heart, and there could only be more added before a resolution is found. There were times I felt like they were going in circles, making little progress towards resolving the issues that were holding them back.

They each have a lot to sort through, as a couple and individually. Rush has to decide if his anger is worth holding on to, or if he can let go and have more with Gia. Gia isn’t sure what her next steps are, and figuring that out on her own is important.

I loved these characters, even if at times they frustrated me with their actions. I wanted them to find the peace they each wanted so badly. By the time I reached the end, I had decided this was the resolution I was hoping for between Gia and Rush.

The Rush duet is a good summer read, with plenty of drama to keep things interesting. The ups and downs between Rush and Gia kept me guessing about how they would react and how they might solve the issues holding them back. 

I was gifted a copy.

(Book One in the Rush Series duet)
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How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:
Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.
Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:
Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.
Check. Check. Check.
I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss. 
Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town. 
Especially when he’s mean to you. 
Or so I thought. 
Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark. 
That was sort of how it all started with Rush. 
And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down. 
I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close. 
I wasn't supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me. 
As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated. 
All good things must come to an end, right? 
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over a million books sold, she is a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland).

Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Stuck-Up Suit
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Cocky Bastard
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Playboy Pilot

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Mister Moneybags

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Dear Bridget, I Want You
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Rebel Heir (Rush#1)

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Release Reviews: MAREK: Sawyer Bennett

MAREK (Cold Fury Hockey #11)
Sawyer Bennett

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Release Date May 22, 2018

When the Carolina Cold Fury’s hottest young star gets blindsided by an ex with a scandalous secret, it’s game on.

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene?

If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .

We were introduced to Marek's story at the end of Reed. When he finds out his ex is getting married, he interferes in the wedding, but gets more than he bargained for. And now he has brought his ex, Grayson, and the three year old daughter he did not know about into his home. 

Years ago, Marek dumped Gracen to be free and uncommitted as he joined the NHL. So Gracen did not contact him about having his child. And they both still harbor anger, hurt, guilt, and regret over their past and it is apparent during their present interactions. Marek alternates between avoidance, anger, and making Gracen feel bad. And he is struggling to adapt to being a father. And Gracen does feel guilt and remorse, but she is also still hurt and has a lot going on in her life that she is keeping secret. She is a fierce Mama Bear that just wants what is best for her daughter, and knows it would be easy to get her own heart broken again.

Unresolved feelings, trust issues, that old chemistry and attraction, a bit of angst, and interference make it a precarious situation. And those old hurts and issues seem to rear their ugly head just when they think they are buried. Marek alternates between broody and sweet and sexy. There is a frustrating cycle of miscommunication and holding back. They both are kind of in a limbo playing house and living in the now, and not truly over the past so they could have a chance of moving forward.

This brings back some of the side characters from the series and features Reed, Josie, and Holt predominantly. Their daughter, Lilly is adorable. And it has the usual humor, drama, and chemistry, but there were definitely times I wanted to shake sense into these characters and some of the back forth and got a bit frustrating. 

I have not heard if Holt will get his own book, but he seems like a candidate.

I was gifted a copy.
Marek’s dream was always to play for the NHL, and Gracen knew he wasn’t ready to settle down, so she let him go. She thought she was doing the right thing by letting him go, but now she regrets not letting him know he was a father.

Marek is shocked to learn his ex-girlfriend is getting married. When he shows up to stop the wedding, he is even more shocked to learn he is a father. There is no mistaking the likeness of the little girl with Gracen, Lilly is his daughter.

These two have an immediate chemistry, due to their history, but they also have a lot of issues to work through. And then there’s the matter of Gracen’s impending marriage, which though Marek interrupted the ceremony, has only been postponed while Marek gets to know Lilly.

I always enjoy returning to the Cold Fury world, as it has everything I love about sports romance without having to keep track of too many side character’s storylines at the same time. Marek is supported by a small group of teammates and familiar faces: Reed & Josie, and Holt.

This is full of heartache and longing, rebuilding trust, and unresolved feelings. Neither Gracen nor Marek had ever really moved passed their breakup, so facing that pain is necessary no matter what Gracen decides to do. It was also a quick read. The tension and hurt between them drove a lot of the storyline, as Gracen struggles to forgive herself and Marek learns to be a father. But there are other factors involved too, that kept me reading to learn exactly what secrets Gracen was still keeping from everyone in her life.  

I was gifted a copy.

Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.

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Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy… not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships… or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.

USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.

Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.

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New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett goes for a hat trick with the latest romance in a sexy series about cool-as-ice hockey players and the women heating up their lives.

Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.

Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.

The rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel fromNew York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

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The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team proves that love is a power play. As Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling series continues, the league’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.

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The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.

Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.

Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

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Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.

As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse . . . and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.

Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.

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Hockey season may be over, but in New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett’s new novel, a Carolina Cold Fury heartbreaker is heating things up off the ice and eager to score with the girl next door.

No one skates like Reed Olson. In the off-season, no one plays like him either. After back-to-back championships, Reed craves a different kind of action. Good thing there’s no shortage of women ready for a summer fling with a sports star. Reed has a specific type—blond, busty, not too bright—and a little black book full of options. But when his bed starts rocking, it’s his unexpectedly sexy neighbor who comes knocking. And the brainy beauty is impossible to ignore.

Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: sleep. His headboard banging against the wall is keeping her up at night—not to mention inspiring some very naughty dreams. Reed is everything she imagined: a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But he’s also funny and charming—a tempting combination. Josie’s the opposite of his type, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their friendship certainly has its benefits, and it’s heating up to be so much more.

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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