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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Away Game by Cathryn Fox

Book cover for Away Game (Rebels) (Scotia Storms Book 1) by Cathryn Fox

Away Game; Rebels, Scotia Storms #1
(Standalone within a series)

Publication Date: May 17, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Sports/Close Proximity Romance

Author: Cathryn Fox

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Pure sweet fun, and filthy perfection!!

Sawyer and Chase meet during a snowstorm and get snowed in together, but it’s pure chance that Chase sees Sawyer stranded along a snowy highway and stops to help her.
He was on his way to visit a new school for a potential hockey transfer, but the snow was so thick after he picked up Sawyer they barely made it to the nearest motel and had to stop or chance getting stranded together out in the cold. At least in the motel they have shelter and food and together they spend several days snowed in along with several other guests, but it isn’t spent in boredom. The adventures during their snowy time spent together are sweet and fun and down right steamy. I couldn’t put this book down for even one moment.

There is an instant connection between Sawyer and Chase, even as they ride in the car up to the motel. That connection doesn’t stop even once. While they both don’t give each other their last names, for their own reasons, they enjoyed each other’s company more than they ever have with anyone else’s. Having nothing to do, no pressure, no complications, basically nothing but time really opened up the opportunity for them to get to know one another and truly have some fun. It was dating at the most basic level without all the pressure or pomp and circumstance.

Then when you get them between the sheets….fanning myself….wowza!! They had a sensual banter between them on top of just being sizzling hot, it truly made for delightful reading and the need for fresh panties after every smexy moment.

Synopsis:

I was never a girl to drool over the hockey players at our academy—they’re all egotistical jerks. But since my father is the coach of Scotia Storms, everywhere I turn, there’s a player—in more ways than one.

I’m smart enough to know they don’t just avoid me because I’m the coach’s daughter. They avoid me because I’m a nerdy drama student with no game.

With winter break upon us, I plan to escape to Florida, to where no one knows my past. Or that I’m the butt of every hockey player’s joke. It’s true, I overheard the hurtful bet no player had the balls to take.

Not that I’d hand over my pesky V-card to any of them. Nope, I plan to take care of that problem on a beach down south.

Until the storm of the century throws a monkey wrench into my plans, and I find myself snowed-in with a smoking hot Southie. I figured he was the perfect guy to help me with my pesky problem—until my stupid heart got involved.

How could I avoid it when he was sweet and kind, and so different from the guys at the academy?

I begin to dream about our future, until the storm breaks and I realize he’s everything I never wanted and I’m everything that can destroy his future.

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New Release – Scoring Over the Holidays Anthology

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Title: Scoring Over the Holidays Anthology
Genre: Holiday Sports Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2021
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The holiday season is a time for trimming the tree, sipping hot cocoa by a cozy fire, and reading scorching hot romance that will heat up your cold winter nights. From 15 of your favorite sports romance authors come brand new short stories meant to deck your halls and make your season bright.

Stories included in Scoring Over the Holidays:

The Mistletoe by Alexia Chase – Can the awkward girl ever win the hot football player? Saylor dreams of an epic love story of her own, but she’s the awkward girl that’s never been kissed…and as far as she knows, Knox is dating a stunning runway model. After dumping his cheating ex, Knox is ready to settle down and have a happily ever after with someone like Saylor. Will they ever get their signals uncrossed? Maybe a little mistletoe magic can help solve their problems. 

Holiday Home Run by Alexis Anne – When center fielder Rhett Ryan and professional cyclist Hope Crawford meet, they both know they’re looking for…something. What, neither of them is sure of, only that they want a repeat. So Hope tempts Rhett with a promise: meet her in the same place on Christmas Eve and he can have her as a present under the tree.

All In by Cathryn Fox – Caleb Stewart is the hottest footballer on the team, a bad boy with a reputation. Peyton Young hates everything about him, especially how he overlooked her in college. Now, eight months later she’s lost the weight, and is determined to show him what he’d missed out on. It’s a solid plan. Until she gets him naked. 

Mistakes Under the Mistletoe by Daniela Romero – ‘Twas the night before Christmas when I sexted my ex… 

Christmas Curveball by Kimberly Readnour – With his life at a crossroad, this Major League Baseball player needs to choose between continuing his dream or face the harsh reality of leaving behind the only thing he’s ever loved—the game. What he doesn’t expect is the curveball fate throws him.

Christmas Curveball is an unrequited love romance based on second chances mixed with Christmas spirit.

Freak: A Holiday Arrangement by Lisa Lang Blakeney – I’m spending holiday break tutoring the guy I’ve had a crush on since freshman year, that is until the hottest ball player at our university shows up instead. Freak Stevenson needs to pass a class in order to graduate and heard I was the best, so we make the wildest holiday arrangement ever. If I help him ace his final, he’ll help me land the guy of my dreams by Christmas. Every moment we spend plotting my target’s seduction is hilarious, until I realize that I’m actually the one who’s being seduced.

Holiday Heat by Megan Ryder – When baseball pitcher and permanent bachelor Alex Rasmussen needs a plus one for a holiday gala, his best friend’s flaky sister-in-law Lucy Monroe is the worst choice ever. Despite her past reputation, Lucy is trying to change her life by not chasing the wrong man, not flaking out, and not flitting from job to job. But as the one night turns into more, will Alex convince her that the heat between them is not just for the holidays?

Jingle Devil: A Holiday Puck by Melissa Ivers – There are two things Coach Weller can’t get enough of this holiday season: white peppermint mochas and his assistant, Tessa Risen. She’s half his age and touching her would land him on the naughty list. But when an office mishap ends with her face in his lap, he’s ready to break all his rules, and do whatever he can to steal her heart. Even if he has to fight dirty. 

Dirty Christmas: A Slayers Hockey Holiday by Mira Lyn Kelly – As car-jackings go, I know I lucked out. But still.
Christmas is rough. Now I’m stuck in some tiny twinkle-light town with my plans to avoid the holiday hype blown to *holly* hell. I’m starting to suspect there’s no escaping this lump of coal when a feisty redhead lands in my lap. Suddenly, I know exactly what I want for Christmas.Now I just have to convince her I’m not the naughty player she thinks I am and to give me a chance to score a permanent spot on her nice list.

Holiday Hat Trick by Samantha Lind – Olivia swore she would never date a hockey player, but when she ends up in the locker room to interview Jason, sparks fly! Will they be hot enough to melt the ice and her heart?

A Forward Holiday by S.E. Rose – A famous footballer with a recent injury is sidelined in his small English hometown. He’s been moping around and feeling unmotivated to get himself back on track until he runs into an American woman at a local publ. Will a chance encounter lead to more? Or will these two spend holidays wishing they hadn’t let the other get away?

Holiday Hole in One by Sierra Hill – As the only female exec invited to the leadership golf retreat, two obstacles stand in Everly Banks’s way. Learning to play golf and bringing a fake Plus One to the weekend in the Bahama’s. Can former PGA-player turned golf club pro, Chase Novak, be the hole in one she needs to score the promotion she’s waited for? Or will her fake fiancé show her how much more she deserves?

Final Shot by Stacey Lynn – Lizzie Winston was my best friend for years, but when I told her I wanted more, she ghosted me. It’s been a year since we spoke, but now we’re on a plane together, headed to see our best friends. I have three days to repair our friendship. She doesn’t know I’ve been traded, and I’m leaving Chicago for Las Vegas. This might be our final shot to save what’s left. I might still want everything, but I’ll take whatever she’s willing to give me as long as she’s back in my life.

Mistletoe Misconduct by Stephanie Kay – After being jilted at the altar, Anna is not in a holiday mood, but her friends drag her to the Houston Stampede’s charity bachelor auction, and then they buy her a date with Santa. Hockey player, Nick St. John, AKA Santa, is more of a Grinch, but with a little fun and a sprig or two of mistletoe, will Nick and Anna find their holiday cheer? 

Secret Santa Face-Off by Victoria Denault – Pro hockey player Nolan Duggan is a Grinch. Team employee, Felicity Roark, is a relentless little Christmas Elf. When they draw each other’s name in a Secret Santa gift exchange, each is determined to make the other have a change of heart. Their hearts do change, just not in the way they expected.


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CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

Alexia Chase ◦ Alexis Anne ◦ Cathryn Fox ◦ Daniela Romero ◦ Kimberly Readnour ◦ Lisa Lang Blakeney ◦ Melissa Ivers ◦ Megan Ryder ◦ Mira Lynn Kelly ◦ Samantha Lind ◦ SE Rose ◦ Sierra Hill ◦ Stacey Lynn ◦ Stephanie Kay ◦ Victoria Denault

Blog Tour - 2021, New Adult, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

Blog Tour – Enemy Down by Cathryn Fox

ENEMY DOWN

by Cathryn Fox
End Zone, #1
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Genres: New Adult, Sports, Romance, Contemporary, Romance, Enemies to Lovers

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SYNOPSIS

A regimented life on the track is the reason I’m a Kingston College scholarship student.

But a wayward football—thrown by Christian Moore, the rich guy who ruined my reputation in high school—threatened to rob me of my future.

Desperation drove me to do something foolish.

Something that put my body in the hands of the guy I hate.

I didn’t want to like his touches. I didn’t want to crave him.

But everything in the way he devoured me turned me inside out and made me forget this was just a game.

Now I fear he’s going to ruin me again…in ways there will be no coming back from.

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ABOUT CATHRYN FOX

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

Cathryn also writes New Adult Paranormal under Cat Kalen.

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Review – Enemy Down by Cathryn Fox

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Enemy Down; End Zone #2 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: June 8, 2021

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Close Proximity/Sports Romance

Author: Cathryn Fox

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

From the beginning I was mesmerized by this couple. Christian and Maize are both powerful, stubborn, young adults, but they blazed with a passion that kept me turning the pages long into the night.

Christian and Maize have a history dating back to high school and not a good history at that. Even though they’ve been attending the same college for the past four years they have been able to avoid one another until Christian’s football injures Maize.

The story weaves together so beautifully and also sinfully…cause whew…the  steamy times were A.Ma.Zing!! There is almost nothing better than hawt, and I’m talking hawt bedroom times, mixed in with a little giggling and sweet emotion. Christian and Maize brought it all and I was there for every moment.

These two both admit they are stubborn and work hard to get what they want. From the very beginning they both admit that neither want a relationship and continue to circle back to this point throughout the book, even when they might be feeling something more. Let me bring up that stubborn point again. I love how hard they try not to fall for each other, while doing that very thing.

Fall in love with this smexy couple and turn pages late into the night like I did. It’s totally worth it!

Synopsis:

A regimented life on the track is the reason I’m a Kingston College scholarship student.

But a wayward football—thrown by Christian Moore, the rich guy who ruined my reputation in high school—threatened to rob me of my future.

Desperation drove me to do something foolish.

Something that put my body in the hands of the guy I hate.

I didn’t want to like his touches. I didn’t want to crave him.

But everything in the way he devoured me turned me inside out and made me forget this was just a game.

Now I fear he’s going to ruin me again…in ways there will be no coming back from.

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Blog Tour – Fair Play by Cathryn Fox

FAIR PLAY

by Cathryn Fox
End Zone, #1
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Genres: New Adult, Sports, Romance, Contemporary, Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Landon Brooks.

The ultimate bad boy every girl wants.

His world at Kinston College is full of parties, booze and sex. The opposite of mine.

I’m the quiet twin he never knew existed, until he heard a lie—I hated him.

Maybe that’s why he pursued me—why I became his obsession. It’s all about the chase, right?

I can’t deny that I like the attention. That my body burns for him. I shouldn’t crave him. I hate that I do. We don’t belong together.

That should have been enough to stop me from sneaking into his room, from teasing a thirst I just can’t quench…because once the hunt is over, it’s ALL over.

Unless he never knew it was me…

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EXCERPT 

I stand at my door listening, waiting for him to make it downstairs, and then quietly open it. Keeping the lights off, I make my way down in the dark. I step outside and take a big breath of night air, letting it soothe the anxiety inside me. I peer into the dark, and can make out Landon’s shape out near the barn. I head toward him, the night sky bright with stars.

“Hey,” I say when I reach him. I can’t quite see his face in the dark, but can hear the stress in his voice when he says hello. “You want to go for a walk?”

“Sure.”

Grass and hay crunch beneath our feet as we head out into the orchard. A comfortable quiet surrounds us as we walk, both lost in our own thoughts. Finally I break the quiet and say, “Most of the trees are picked clean by now, but a few of the later apples are still on them. Want to go grab one?”

“Sure,” he says and I chuckle. “What?”

“That seems to be your word of the night. What happened to that great vocabulary of yours?”

Our knuckles brush, and I can almost feel him relax beside me. “Just a little lost for words tonight,” he says and I nod in the dark, even though he can’t see me.

“Come on,” I urge, and take his hand, sensing he needs a reprieve from reality, if only for a little while. “Let’s go do something fun.”

“Fun is good.”

We walk and walk and walk, until we reach our neighbor’s farm. I put my hand to my lips to make sure he stays quiet. “Where are we?” he asks in a whispered voice. I take my phone out and put on my flashlight app. I shine it on the corn stalk maze.

“My neighbors set this up every year for the kids.”

“It’s a maze?” he asks.

“Yeah, want to do it?”

He scratches his head and when I shine the light on him, he says, “Can you turn that off?” He used those exact words when I shone the light on him in his bedroom that first night, the night that feels like it happened so long ago.

“Sorry,” I apologize and turn it off. I run into the maze and he curses under his breath as he follows behind me.

“Where the hell are you?” he asks, and I run, loving the wind in my face, and just wanting to be twelve again, no worries, no hurt…

“Marco,” he calls out and I laugh.

“Polo,” I say and run around the stalks, coming to a dead end. I turn and take the right when I spot his shadow in the distance.

“Marco.”

His voice is close, and I keep running. When I get to a safe distance away, I whisper, “Polo.” I can’t stop the chuckle in my throat. It rises up and gives away my location as I try to get past him. He reaches out and snatches me by the waist.

“Got you,” he says, and tugs me to him. The chuckle dies on my lips as his heat reaches out to me, the space between us filling with want, need, and volatile energy.

“Ella,” he whispers in the dark, and I wet my lips, wanting his mouth on mine.

“Yeah?”

He pushes my hair back, and tucks it behind my ears and my entire body tingles, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. His finger lingers near my ear, and trail down along my neck. His touch is like fire on my skin as I pull in a fast breath. A noise sounds in the distance, an animal scurrying in the night, but we continue to stand there, face to face, our bodies close, aligned perfectly. Before I can think better of it, I put my hands on his shoulders, just for one second—one last time—wanting to feel him.

He leans into me, and his warm breath washes over my face. I wish I could see his eyes.  But I’m being selfish, taking what isn’t mine even though it seems to be what we both want. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. I drop my hands, and step into him, pressing my face against his heart. His hands close around me, like he too knows we can’t do this. In the dark of the night we stand there, two lost souls.

ABOUT CATHRYN FOX

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

Cathryn also writes New Adult Paranormal under Cat Kalen.

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Review – Fair Play by Cathryn Fox

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Fair Play; End Zone #1 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

Genre/Tropes: College/New Adult/Love Triangle/Sports Romance

Author: Cathryn Fox

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

This is no ordinary love triangle…can you say twins? The twists and turns that this story took had me intrigued, but also with my mouth on the floor multiple times. The shocked meme was totally me!

Within the first chapter I thought I knew where this book was headed and I thought I had the characters all figured out…well…you know what they say about assuming. I’ll just leave that thought there and move on.

Fair Play took me on a ride I didn’t expect and it was a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed along the way. Ella and Landon’s happy ending wasn’t easy to achieve…did you see my beginning sentence…yeah it’s a whole debacle that creates quite a mess, but who ever said life is fair or that something that comes easy is worth receiving.

Ella has a twin sister, Ivy, and they don’t necessarily run in the same circles. Ivy is a cheerleader and in a sorority where as Ella is quite the opposite, the sister in the shadows and into cinematography. Basically the guys on the football team don’t even know Ivy has a sister, much less a twin sister, until Ella is hired to film the football team footage her senior year.

Landon happens to notice Ella even though Ella doesn’t do anything to garner attention except be herself. Here in also lies the big differences between the sisters, Ella is sweetly charming, but also honest where it counts, where as Ivy is bold and basically mean girl hurtful. Landon is reaching a point in his college days where he’s able to admit to himself that a girl like Ivy used to turn his head freshman year, but someone like Ella is more his speed now that he knows what his end goal is going to be, the NFL. However, both girls gain his attention in one night and this lands Landon in one giant mess.

This is my first Cathryn Fox book and between friends, family, and all the drama, this journey is worth reading, especially if you love angsty, new adult books, which I happen to LOVE!

Synopsis:

Landon Brooks.

The ultimate bad boy every girl wants.

His world at Kinston College is full of parties, booze and sex. The opposite of mine.

I’m the quiet twin he never knew existed, until he heard a lie—I hated him.

Maybe that’s why he pursued me—why I became his obsession. It’s all about the chase, right?

I can’t deny that I like the attention. That my body burns for him. I shouldn’t crave him. I hate that I do. We don’t belong together.

That should have been enough to stop me from sneaking into his room, from teasing a thirst I just can’t quench…because once the hunt is over, it’s ALL over.

Unless he never knew it was me…

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