Friday, 31 March 2017

New Sports Romance Review | The Heart (Ice Dragons #2) by RJ Scott | #NEW #SportsRomance #Review

Title: The Heart
Series: Ice Dragons #2
Author: RJ Scott
Genre: Sports Romance
Publishers: Love Lane Books
Release Date: 29 March 2017

Cover Design: Meredith Russell


The team captain and the rookie firefighter never meant to fall in love; but they’ll fight tooth and nail to protect what they have.

Alex Simard, captain of the Ice Dragons hockey team, didn’t intend on rescuing a baby from a burning car. Doing what anyone else would’ve done doesn’t make him a hero. Add the press hounding him, to on-ice injury, warring Russians, and the season from hell, and he’s losing focus. Getting his team to the Stanley Cup is his priority; falling in love isn’t even a footnote on his to-do list.

Jo Glievens, rookie firefighter, never meant to fall in love with a hockey player. Her career is everything to her and right now she doesn’t want to add a man to her life. She has a plan and is sticking to it. But someone is out there planting bombs, destroying lives, and she has to make choices when this criminal's actions hit way too close to home.

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The Code (Book #1) 


Jo walked in on a team meeting. 

Not her team; not the big burly firefighters that formed her life and mostly sat around looking all kinds of badass whenever they had a meeting. 
Nope, it was the key members of the Ice Dragons hockey team that had congregated in her friend Kat’s living room. Of course, it was also Ryan’s living room given Kat and Ryan were recently engaged, and it was their new house. Hence why Ryan would be there. 
“Excuse the noise, we’ll study upstairs again where it’s quiet,” Kat said. 
“It’s a team meeting then?” 
“Less meeting, more smack-down and telling Alex like it is. Poor guy can’t stay at his own place because of all the media attention, so he’s staying here, but he’s pissed and probably scared of being off-ice for far too long.” 
“It’s fine,” she said, although she wasn’t exactly concentrating on what Kat said, so had missed most of it. 
And all because, from there she could see the center of attention, one Alexandre Simard, or Simba as his teammates liked to call him. She only knew that Simba was his nickname because he’d done those ridiculous car sales ads for a local Toyota dealership a couple years back. They’d made this whole thing about his blond hair, and his name, likening him to a lion based on his hockey nickname. 
She’d seen the ads so many times she could almost recite them from memory; too much down time at the firehouse between calls. 
Of course, his face had been fixed firmly in her mind after she and Mitch had been the ones who dragged his trapped and heavy ass out of that car, the flames burning through his jacket and the jersey beneath. He’d been the one who looked up at her and asked, not about himself, but about the baby. 
The damned man had crawled back into the burning car for the dad. He could have died. Jo had been furious at his actions; the last thing professionals needed were civilians getting involved, but when the action of the call had faded she’d thought past the rookie checklist for civilian interaction on scenes. Instead, she’d gone from seeing him as a man who’d helped to sell cars, played a game for a living, to a man who risked his own life for a child and father. 
With no thought for his own safety. 
He was pretty much a local hero if you listened to the news, a tall, gorgeous, blond-haired, blue-eyed hero. Could the guy be any more of a cliché? And why did he have to look so sexy and handsome, even when he was angry? 
“They’re all mad,” Lieutenant Dennison had said when they were working on getting the car clear. “Hockey players, all mad,” he elaborated when she’d stared at him not really understanding at first. 
Seems like they weren’t just mad for putting themselves in danger, but they were mad-angry as well. So, it wasn’t so much a meeting she’d been warned was happening at the same time as her study session, as much as a heated debate. 
There was some language she didn’t understand, although it was deep and guttural and likely Russian, and then one hell of a lot of cursing. She caught some of it, a shouting match over ice time and why couldn’t their fucking captain understand the concept of fucking rest. 
She didn’t watch hockey that much, sometimes caught highlights on shift down time, but being the probie at the firehouse kept her busy. That would all be ending soon when she passed probation and her exams, but for now, it sucked. She kind of wanted to watch hockey, the way that her fellow officers and the paramedics talked about it, the game was fast and changed on a dime. Burlington had an expansion team, or so she’d read in the paper that morning. In fact, she’d learned a lot about hockey the past few days. Ever since the accident actually, because the articles on it were everywhere. 
To be fair, every article she’d read about the Dragons’ captain and him risking his life had begun with the words Alexandre ‘Simba’ Simard, Captain of The Dragons, the NHL’s newest expansion team…she’d looked it up, knew what expansion meant, that it was a new team, only five or so years old, and that this year they’d started strong before setbacks had them trailing in the rankings. 
Not to mention they’d lost their captain for at least four weeks. Maybe six. One writer pointed out the team didn’t have the chance to label it as a generic upper body injury, meaning other teams wouldn’t know the captain’s vulnerabilities. Nope, there were pictures and news reports of burns and a fractured radius. 
According to news reports, the team losing their captain was vital, and Jo could understand that. Captains were key pieces in their teams, the leader, the one that everyone looked up to. He was also a real American hero, or at least that is what the news was painting him as. Without thought for his own safety, he’d rescued a father and baby from their car only seconds before the fire spread. 
Brave. Not everyone was a firefighter like her, not everyone would have risked their own life to rescue others. Not everyone was trained like her. Brave, stupid, they were different sides of the same coin. 
She glanced into the main seating area, the one with the views out over Burlington, in the beautiful place that Kat and her fiancé had bought. They’d only just moved in, but this was the third time Jo had visited. The view included shouting, sexy, angry hockey players; men who were clearly pissed at something. 
“You’re not coming back early,” one strong, steady voice said, and Jo recognized Ryan, Kat’s other half, as the owner of the voice. 
“Fuck you, Flynn,” the captain snapped. 
“This is not up for discussion, you hard headed idiot,” Ryan shouted louder. Seemed it was that kind of meeting where each person shouted louder than the last just to be heard. 
She counted it as a win that they hadn't spotted her; there was something compelling about being able to see them in person. Kat was watching with amusement on her face. Of course, her fiancé was one of them, and she probably knew more about the whole thing than Jo ever would.


This is the second book in the Ice Dragon’s series about a hockey team and their road to romance.

Alex aka Simba is the captain of the team and the one with his head on straight, the one that has the team at the heart and strives for their winning glory. Unfortunately the team are currently going through a rough patch with a series of lost games which has caused a little friction he seeks to calm. On his way home from a game he comes across a burning car and rescues a father and child from the wreckage. Attending the fire is rookie firefighter, Jo Glievens and that night starts a sequence of events both mysterious but also of romance.

The storyline was heavy on the suspense element of the read which I felt at times overtook the romance side. As it was the development of Alex and Jo was a very slow burn and didn’t actually take off strongly until later in the book. However the plot was engaging and kept me reading hoping to find out what the mystery surrounding the bomb explosion and fires being set was all in aid of.

Overall a good addition to the series and I am hoping our sexy Russian is next in line. I already love him! 3.5 stars. 

Author Bio

RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing. 

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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Cover Reveal | Capo (World's End #3) by Kai Tyler | #Cover #LGBT #RomanticSuspense #Transgender

Title: Capo
Series: World's End #3
Author: Kai Tyler
Genre: LGBT Romantic Suspense
Coming: 10 July 2017

Marshall Vincenzo has his hands full with running the Angel City casinos now that his best friend, Dante is the new boss of San Torino. Not only is he left in charge of operations for the haven of gambling but he still has to deal with new demands made on him by his Uncle the Don of the Vincenzo clan. But when he gets a distress call from the one woman he has avoided for years his protective instincts have him going on a rescue mission.

Sofia Guirrez is hiding in plain sight. Born in the wrong body as Samuel, and rejected by her family for living as a woman, she ran from her past and took refuge working for men who know nothing about her previous life. When a new assignment goes wrong, she has no option but to ask for help from the one man she's craved but knows she can never have. For one thing, she can never allow him to find out her secret.

Together they have to deal with a crazed ex and a bloody coup among other dangers. To survive, Sofia has to trust Marshall who is determined to tear down her mask and offer her the things she's always wanted—love and acceptance. But what happens once her lethal secret is out.

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    Marshall's POV

    "There's something I wanted to ask you," Tito lowered his voice as if he didn't want to be overheard, his elbows leaning on the heavy dark wood desk separating us.

    Knowing my brother, he did it more for dramatic effect than anything else. We sat in my office, which had been recently swept for transmitting devices. No one was listening.

    Unless Tito had a bug on him.

    Shoving the ridiculous thought aside, I leaned into my leather chair. "What is it?"

    "It's about Dante and that Carmichael boy. A little bird told me they're lovers."

    Bile soured my mouth. A little bird? More like a fucking canary.

    Less than a handful of people knew the extent of Dante's relationship with Carlos and Tito wasn't one of them.

    "Lovers? Ha." I laughed without humour as I met Tito's narrowed gaze. "If you're asking if Dante is fucking Carlos, then I suppose so. The boy was his slave and was claimed as his prize after Duce got rid of the kid's father and took control of the territory."

    Whoever had been talking to my brother was looking to stir trouble for my best friend. I couldn’t let that happen. I would find the shit-stirring rat and take pleasure in ending their miserable life.

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      Kai Tyler: Stories about dangerous men and fierce love.

      I love writing stories about forbidden men and relentless love, about gangsters with heart, antiheroes who do what they need to do to survive in a crazy world. These men commit to the lives they lead 100%—with heart, body and soul and when they fall in love you can be sure they bring the same level of passionate devotion to the people they love.
      Reading books will always be my first love but I also love watching good action flicks. I live in good old sunny England, United Kingdom. It isn’t always sunny, but I love this quirky island of ours. *grins*


      New MC | Fear The Beard by Lani Lynn Vale | #NEW #MC #Romance

      Title: Fear the Beard
      Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #2
      Author: Lani Lynn Vale
      Genre: MC Romance
      Release Date: 30 March 2017

      Model: Jacob Wilson
      Photographer: FuriousFotog

      Tally is a twenty-year-old single mother struggling to finish nursing school. Has she made mistakes in life? Sure, but her daughter isn’t one of them. She works hard, she studies even harder, and she’s only a few weeks away from graduating.

      She’s living her life the best she knows how when she witnesses a near miss motorcycle accident between a car and a biker. A biker that happens to be the most talked about teacher at her college.

      The moment she meets those startling blue, narrowly-escaped-death eyes, she realizes quickly that life as she knows it has changed. No longer will she be content to let life pass her by, even if it puts everything she’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.


      Tommy is a highly skilled doctor. A teacher. A veteran. A fully-patched member of The Dixie Wardens MC. He’s lonely, but also set in his ways. What will it take for this man to accept that he needs to make some changes in his life? Apparently, it’ll take a guy in a truck, who’s preoccupied with his phone rather than focused on the road, nearly plowing into him on his bike at seventy miles per hour. Oh, and a twenty-something year old nursing student witnessing the entire thing from only a few feet away.

      It only takes a second, a single heartbeat in time, as he looks into her worry-filled eyes to realize that he’d give anything for a single night with her. He may lose his job in the process, but after that one incredible night turns into an amazing weekend, he knows it’s worth the risk for the promise of her forever.


      I leaned back in my chair, letting my pencil drop onto the couch beside me, and stared at him.

      “What are you doing?”

      He worked his jaw, his hand coming up to allow his fingers to scratch his beard.

      He looked so freakin’ sexy, even doing innocuous things like touching his majestic beard.

      It really was majestic…and longer than I remembered.

      Was he growing it out? I wonder what it would feel like rubbing against the inside of my thighs?

      “That look won’t get you anywhere right now,” he murmured.

      I bit my lip.

      “I…” I didn’t have anything to say to that.

      I really shouldn’t be thinking about it.


      I shouldn’t be thinking about how his cock filled me up. I shouldn’t be thinking about the erection I could now see straining his pants. I shouldn’t be wishing I could take it out and swallow it…

      “Stop,” he snapped.

      I’d bitten my lip, but my eyes remained on his cock.

      And the next thing I knew, there was a two hundred and thirty-pound man on top of me, pinning me to the couch.

      I gasped, taken aback at the suddenness.

      He used my gasp against me, slamming his mouth to mine as he thrust his tongue into my mouth.

      I moaned.

      He tasted like chocolate.

      I’d seen him eating M&M’s in class when I’d passed his classroom door on the way to my own.

      I’d also been insanely jealous of that candy.

      I wanted to melt in his mouth. I wanted to be the thing that he enjoyed the taste of.

      He thrust his leg in between my thighs, and I parted them without hesitation before wrapping my arms around his shoulders and pulling him even closer to me.

      I forgot what I was doing. I forgot where I was. I forgot everything, focusing only on the feel of his body on mine. The taste of his mouth. The smell of his skin.



      I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.