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Blog Tour: Twenty-Two: Toni Aleo

TWENTY-TWO (Assassins #11.5)
Toni Aleo
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Release Date May 22, 2017

When Lucas Brooks was traded to the Nashville Assassins over a decade ago, he was a brash, brawling hothead without an anchor.

Well, four kids and a smokin' hot wife will weigh you down real fast, but Lucas wouldn't change a minute of his happily ever after. 


During an epic, end-of-season quest for the Cup, changes appear on the horizon, and suddenly, there's a plot twist in Lucas's fairy tale.
This is a novella about one of our favorite Assassins couples, Lucas and Fallon Brooks, who we watched fight and fall in love in Trying to Score (Assassins#2). Lucas has been playing for the Assassins for ten years now but he is getting older and his body does not bounce back like it used to. He and Fallon are busy with their careers and four kids. But Their life in Nashville is good.

Their oldest, Aiden, is now seventeen and has some great opportunities on the horizon. The kids are all growing up and keep them on their toes. Fallon keeps it all together while also running a successful business of her own.  But both of them are struggling with their babies growing up.

Lucas and the Assassins are making their final push for the cup and can taste it. But as the players mature, there is more potential for injuries and change. Competition is fierce, and nothing is predictable or a sure thing. How will Lucas and some of his team mates fare? 

I loved checking with Lucas, Fallon, the kids, Audrey, Tate, Ellie, Shea, Vaughan,  Brie, and  Jensen. It is also a great transition novella for young Aiden as we have the opportunity to see him start looking towards his future. Hopefully we will see more of him as he matures. 
 

This was a short, sweet, crazy slice of life for a busy sports family. 
It brings change, challenges, and some surprises. But it shows the love that these characters have for each other. Assassins fans will enjoy this "little bit more" with this group. And I am looking forward to the next Assassins book, In The Crease. I just cannot seem to get enough of this series and these beloved characters. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 


Twenty-Two offers a fun, fast glimpse at the crazy lives of Lucas and Fallon Brooks during the playoff series as they deal with team travel, four crazy kids, and their own futures.

Lucas is getting older and beginning to feel his age in lingering aches and pains. But he is determined to play through, even as he wonders if it is time for some of his teammates to call it rather than continue to stress about injuries. Chasing another Cup, his focus is on the Assassins and his teammates.

Fallon has her hands full with their gaggle of kids and the winery. Knowing the kids are happy and settled in Nashville, she loves the life they have built, but knows things are bound to change. Their oldest, Aiden, is 17 and facing his own decisions about the future -- decisions that will change everything Fallon and Lucas thought his path would take.

There was one part of this novella that truly surprised me and left me feeling just a little bit nostalgic. But while I was a little down about that event, ultimately I finished the story feeling a bright hope for each of the characters in the Assassin’s world.
 
This was a fun return to the Assassin’s family. Many favorites pop in, either at game time or as the extended family gathers for various events. I always look forward to seeing what is next for this family oriented team and that is no exception as I finished Twenty-Two. I can’t wait for the next full length novel in the series and seeing more from this team.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Fallon held a half-eaten snow cone in one hand and her phone in the other with one earbud in as she watched Aiden rush down the ice, the puck under his control. He caught the defense on a change, somewhat of a breakaway, before he shot the puck hard toward the net, hitting the back of it with ease.
“Woot!” Audrey called from beside her.
“Yes!” Fallon fist-pumped as the girls stood by the glass, bouncing up and down in their way too big Brooks jerseys. Looking over to Asher, who was on his computer, she said, “Your brother scored.”
“Attaboy!” he called out, but he didn’t look up, which only made Fallon shake her head as she watched Aiden hug his teammates. “What’s the score on Daddy’s game?”
“Two-zip, Assassins,” she said as she waved her hand in the air when Aiden looked up at her, like he always did. Like he always had, and a part of her was excited about his future. But the other part just made her heart ache. When he was in college, would he be able to see her?
And in the NHL? Crap, she knew he wouldn’t be able to see her then.
“This is game four, right? They win, they go to round three?”
“Yes, baby. Emery! Get off there! Come eat this snow cone. It’s melting.”
Emery continued to climb on the rail of the bleachers as she looked up. “I don’t want it.”
“Then come get it and throw it away.”
She pouted. “I don’t want to.”
“Emery Elaine,” Fallon warned. “Get over here. Right now.”
“I want my daddy!”
“That’s new,” Audrey commented as Emery stomped up the stairs, her little brow
furrowed.
“That’s Emery, who has stayed close to her dad every moment he’s been home,” she muttered as Emery stopped in front of her. “Do you want that tail wore out?”
“No, ma’am.”
“Then what do you need to do?”
“Throw away the snow cone and watch my mouth?”
“Exactly,” she said, handing the snow cone to her trying child before looking down at her phone to see that the Assassins were on the penalty kill. They were probably playing the best hockey she had seen them play in her many years of supporting and loving the team. She was excited, but her gut was in a knot, not only for the Assassins but also for Aiden. Because across the rink, she could see the Bellevue representatives, watching her little boy with intent.
“Aiden is playing great,” Audrey said then, and Fallon nodded.
“I know, the best he’s ever played. Just like the Assassins.”
Audrey beamed. “We’ll close out tonight and then get a nice break before round three.
They need it.”

“They do.” Looking down at her phone, Fallon watched as the second period ended, and she let out a long sigh. One more period. Twenty more minutes, and if the Assassins could hold the Hawks, they’d move on to round three. She couldn’t believe it. This would be the first time the Assassins had swept anyone in the play-offs, and according to Facebook, Elli was coming out of her skin.
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They are all about different Assassins players and couples but the characters do cross over.

**Note: Book 2: Trying to Score was Lucas and Fallon's first book. Twenty-Two is a new novella featuring them.

      
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Falling for the Backup(#3.5), A Very Merry Hockey Holiday (#6.5), and Wanting to Forget (#6.6) are novellas.
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My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.


I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.


I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!


When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.


I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.


… and did I mention I love hockey?





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Review Blitz: Sexy Stranger: Kendall Ryan


Sexy Stranger
Kendall Ryan

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Release Date May 23, 2017


From New York Times Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan comes a sexy and sizzling, enemies-to-lovers romp with bite. 

He's rude. Arrogant. And too hot to handle. 

And she's stranded with him for an entire week. 

He knows the sexy stranger doesn't belong in his small town, but he's determined to keep her there. The second she opens her smart mouth, he wants to swap a whole lot more than insults with her. 

She’s got a secret. But he’s got his own agenda. 

Buckle up.

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"A steamy and red-hot enemies-to-lovers romance like I've never read before!" - Beneath the Covers Book Blog

"It was FREAKING FANTASTIC! Sexy, charming, and full of witty banter, I couldn't get enough of Luke and Charlotte!" - Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads


Charlotte Freemont has taken off across the country to start a new life. Unfortunately her car decided to stop on her in a tiny town in Texas. The rich, city girl is now stranded indefinitely. She doesn't make great first impressions on the townspeople, especially broody Luke Wilder. He's rough, rugged, cocky, unfiltered, and a bit redneck. And he has no use anymore for spoiled city girls just passing through. He has paid his dues and now just works hard trying to make his family's distillery succeed with his twin brother and sister. 

Charlotte comes from privilege, but is done with the lifestyle. She's intelligent, motivated, sassy, and has her own dreams of success. But she is determined to take charge of her own life and do what is best for her instead of trying to please others. 

It's city girl vs. small town boy. Opposites attracting with volatile sexual chemistry. Once they figure out that it is better to use their strong reactions for pleasure vs. arguing things are much more pleasant.  They find more common ground than they expect. And Luke could use a little advice from a smart, business oriented woman. But the clock is running down and their lives are headed in opposite directions. And she is still harboring secrets that might not be looked at favorably.

A man too stubborn and scared to ask her to stay. And a woman too proud to beg for love and acceptance. They are both strong-willed, scared, and stuck in their own heads. It's a stand off and either they will both win or both lose. 

This was a light, funny, sexy, and sweet read about taking charge of life and finding love and acceptance. I enjoyed the setting in charming Shady Grove, Texas with the quirky characters and close knit community. I especially liked his twin, Duke, and their sister, Molly. And Valentina and Audrey were both dynamic and fun. I could see the possibility of  a few more stories coming after this one.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Charlotte Freemont is stuck in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere with a broken-down car and no intention of sticking around longer than it takes to fix it. She is trying to change her circumstances and make it away from her family, but hadn’t planned on a stop in Texas before reaching California.

Luke Wilder has lived in the same small town his whole life, so the minute he sees her, he knows she is out of place. But knowing she doesn’t belong doesn’t stop him from giving into the attraction he feels for the spirited woman. Trying to keep his family’s distillery running leaves little time for himself, not that he’s ever complained, but he’s also looking for help to get things off the ground again and give them some breathing room.

Neither think they can have more than a few days of smoking hot chemistry, but neither is prepared for what happens when the chemistry becomes more than physical and opposites attract. Luke has been burned before and isn’t a fan of making himself vulnerable, while Charlotte feels the need to continue the plans she made before her car breaks down. Each has to battle their own preconceived notions before they can make anything work, and even then, there are outside forces that will make things even more difficult.

Overall, the drama level in the book was low. I enjoyed watching as Luke meddled in Charlotte’s car repairs both to help her out and further his own cause. Luke needs help too, and as it turns out Charlotte has skills that he is looking for to help the business. Together, they may just have what the other needs.
This is a fun enemies to lovers story with a small town twist. I always love small town settings, as the side characters have a charm (and nosiness) that is only found in small towns and this is no exception. Every minute spent reading this was filled with smiles and chuckles as Charlotte and Luke went from arguing about everything to battling a needs to see if they had a future.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.



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Review Blitz: Real Sexy: Meghan March

Real Sexy AMAZONReal Sexy (Real Dirty Duet #2)
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Country music star Boone Thrasher has never walked away from a fight, and he’s willing to put everything on the line to win the woman he can’t live without in the conclusion to the Real Dirty Duet by USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

***
In Nashville, country stars are a dime a dozen. 
I swore I’d never get caught up with one, but Boone Thrasher made a liar out of me. 
I said I’d never put my heart on the line, but he didn’t ask before he stole it. 
Now we’re facing my worst fears, and we'll see if this country boy is tough enough to see it through.
Girls like me don’t get happily ever afters… but maybe he’ll prove that wrong too. 

Real Sexy is the conclusion of the Real Dirty Duet and should be read following Real Dirty

This starts right after the cliffhanger in Real Dirty. Ripley is used to not getting long lasting happiness in her life so is not surprised when reality comes crashing down and their lives take a turn for the worse. But it is a wake up call to her to remind herself that she is not eligible for the fairy tale. But that just makes Boone more determined to get his own way and prove her wrong.
They've got to do damage control. And Ripley's got to figure out what she really wants to do with her life. She's so used to not having anything good that it is easy for her to believe she is undeserving.


Boone and Ripley have some challenges to face both internally, with each other, and the outside world. It can be hard to trust and believe in love. They would both have to be willing to take a risk and fight for each other, a future, and their dreams. 

I liked Boone in the first book, but completely swooned over him in this one! I loved how he knew what he wanted and was determined to prove it. He could be so thoughtful, romantic, sexy, and sweet. I loved both his bossy alpha side and his vulnerable side. There were so many passages that I highlighted just because I loved the words coming out of his mouth and the way he said them in an raw, sometimes foul-mouthed, and bossy way. He was not afraid to push for or take what he wanted if Ripley was wavering. He felt real and honest. And the titles Real Dirty and Real Sexy fit him perfectly.

Ripley was strong-willed and difficult at times. I admired her tenacity and independence, but I also loved seeing her start to let her guard down and let him in more. She had a lot of issues to deal with, and self worth and trust issues to conquer. She had a really big and loyal heart under her tough exterior. She did not always give in easily, but the way they challenged each other just made it more interesting and intense. They were passionate and had such a fun rapport and a strong connection.

I adored Boone's tight knit family. I really liked his friend, Zane, and hope we see more of him in a future book. Fans of Meghan March will enjoy some cameos of characters from other series. But even though I had not read about them before, they fit in this story and it actually made me intrigued to go back and check out their stories. The antagonists still made me mad and added plenty of turmoil. 

The second part of this duet had a bit more drama and angst going on, and gave us answers to the mysteries and questions from the first book. It was told in dual points of view which I really enjoy so we can really see into their heads. There were some intricate layers, twists, and surprises. The characters had plenty of challenges to overcome. It was also a growth process as they were forced to look at their lives and figure out where they wanted them to go and figure out how to make that happen. I was totally enthralled in both of these installments and fell in love with the characters. This was a heartfelt, funny, sexy, emotional love story about finding hope, healing, and believing in love.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
This second half of Ripley and Boone’s duo picks up where Real Dirty left off and ran with the story. It felt like they had already faced all the challenges they needed but they had more coming for them. There is much more these two have to face from their pasts. And though Boone got Ripley to accept his help in Real Dirty, he's going to have to fight to get her to accept his love as well after the way things appear to be heading. She is so used to not having any good in her life that she can’t see the possibility of things going right for her and the proof is in the events at the beginning of Real Sexy..

I love Ripley's determination to do things on her own and figure out what she wants out of life. She is fiercely independent, and while that is a trait she has needed in the past, learning to lean on people is a new and scary thing for her. Ripley isn’t used to relying on people, nor does she trust love, but in order to reach dreams she had never expected to have, she will have to learn to do both. Her lack of trust was frustrating at times, but it certainly fit her character and added to the tension in the book.

I loved Boone before, but he was positively swoony here. He knows exactly what he wants, even if he isn’t used to having to work so hard to get it. He isn’t afraid to get a little dirty to get what he wants, and he also isn’t afraid to let his softer side show. Ripley needs both from him and because he wants her he will put in the work.

I also love the way Dirty favorites swoop in to help just when each character needs it most. This duet stands alone perfectly, but there are a few interactions with other characters from Meghan’s books that fit into Boon and Ripley’s story and lend a hand as no one else could. This is both a great addition for fans of Meghan’s other books and a great way to jump into her books for newcomers. There is just enough interaction from outside characters to build curiosity without detracting from Boone and Ripley.
 
I did not want to put this down and lamented every minute I couldn't read this week. This part of the duet had a lot more going on to add to Ripley and Boone’s lives and the troubles they faced added to the drama they had to deal with in order to move forward. All the answers to questions posed in the first book are revealed and I finished this book in love with this couple and Meghan’s writing once again.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Meghan March
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Country music's bad boy, Boone Thrasher, takes center stage in USA Today bestselling author Meghan March's brand new stand alone Real Dirty Duet! 

I have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a simple country boy could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry. 
Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal. 
The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t. 
The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t. 
I’ve got my heart on lockdown, but life sends me straight into the path of a mouthy bartender who puts me in my place. 
Now the only place I want to put her is under me.
I thought I was done with love, but maybe I’m just getting started. 


Real Dirty is the first book of the Real Dirty Duet. Boone's story concludes in Real Sexy. 
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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. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.
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Release Blitz and Giveaway: Falling Hard: Lexi Ryan


Falling Hard (The Blackhawk Boys #4)
Lexi Ryan
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Release Date May 23, 2017


An NFL player with a secret past, and the one woman with the power to turn his world inside out...

Former actress Emma Rothschild is partying in Vegas in disguise. But I’m not fooled. Five years ago, I knew that body better than my own, and I haven’t forgotten a single detail.

When Emma’s unexpectedly left alone in Sin City, I agree to spend the weekend with her. As friends. Why not? If I can knock down the toughest guys in the NFL, I’m strong enough to keep my hands to myself, even if she is the sexiest woman I’ve ever met.

Emma is part of my past—years so shrouded in secrets that not even my best friends know the truth about who I am. I’m a single dad now and not interested in revisiting my old ways or trying to win back the only woman I ever let close enough to break my heart.

But this is Vegas, where all bets are off, and with Emma, nothing ever goes as planned…

FALLING HARD is a sexy and emotional novel intended for mature readers. It’s the fourth book in the world of the Blackhawk Boys, but can be enjoyed as a standalone.



The Blackhawk boys are spread out now with some of them playing for different NFL teams. But a weekend in Vegas for Arrow's bachelor party will be a great way to spend some time together with friends, especially when their girl crew tags along. But Keegan never expected to run into Emma Rothschild...his first real love and the girl who broke his heart. She was America's Sweetheart...the child star who could never escape the media attention or run from her issues. When he was younger, Keegan was a different person than he is today and he is determined to leave that behind. He has worked hard to graduate, own a business, play in the NFL, and make a good life for his toddler daughter.

They were two people with dark hidden pasts who made each other whole for awhile five years ago, but were left heartbroken. And now that they are back in each other's presence, all the feelings, anger, regret, and questions return. They find themselves in Sin City making impulsive decisions that will have new implications on their current lives. Just how five years ago their lives were irrevocably changed. 

There were a lot of layers to their pasts and their lives that neither knew the full extent of. Their history was twisted. There were so many secrets, lies, omissions, assumptions, and mistakes. Their communication of important topics was terrible. She was a runner. He was an avoider. They both had insecurities and never felt good enough, accepted, and truly loved. They were terrified that the truth would cause them to lose each other, but ultimately they did anyway. Their chemistry and attraction was intense. Their feelings were strong, and continued to affect them and never really waned with time. But trust and sharing were huge issues for this couple that cost them so much in the past and still affect them in the present.

There were plenty of challenges, misconceptions, and pain to navigate. Their lives were complicated. They had people that were not supportive or willing to cause issues and stir up fears. But there were also those friends that have become their family and support system. I enjoyed more with the Blackhawk crew and seeing some changes with them. I am even more excited to finally get Mason and Bailey's story now.

This was an intriguing, emotional passionate, second-chance love story with some twists. It was told in dual points of view past and present and their pasts were gradually revealed along the way. I loved the intricate layers and surprises. I liked seeing Keegan grow into a mature young Dad and adult. He was so closed off and a player before, but we can see his good heart and sense of responsibility and protectiveness not only with Emma, but also with Olivia, the mother of his daughter (that girl is another story and I still just want to shake her). I liked Emma and could understand her issues and insecurities. They were catalysts for change for each other in different times and in different ways. But the road towards honesty, trust, hope, and belief in true love was not an easy one.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Keegan has built his present life the best he could, rolling with the punches as they came. A single father, he juggles his daughter’s needs with his busy NFL schedule. His friends love him, but don’t know much about him prior to his arrival as a freshman at Blackhawk Hills University.

Emma Rothschild is known as America’s sweetheart. A weekend away with her best friend seemed a good idea, until she came face to face with her past in a Vegas nightclub. But five years is a long time, and neither Keegan nor she are the same people they once were. Surely they can spend a weekend in the others’ presence as friends.

It doesn’t take either long to realize they can’t keep things platonic; there is too much chemistry between them. And boy is that chemistry strong! From the beginning the pull of their attraction is clear to everyone around them.

What happens in Vegas can change everything, especially with all the secrets swirling around them. The secrets from their past are stacked against them. There is a lot to work through, both as individuals and as a couple that must be faced in order to heal the past. It was crushing to realize just how much stood in their way, both in their past and in the present.

This was a second chance story full of pain, misunderstanding, hope, and promise. The secrets from Keegan and Emma’s pasts are revealed like a trail of breadcrumbs, one by one. Each new piece of information had me turning pages for more, waiting for all the pieces to finally weave together into the complete picture of their past.

Keegan is surrounded by his Blackhawk teammates, even as they are all moving on with adult lives. Knowing they have that shared past means they can offer support, and acceptance even though they don’t know his whole past. I loved seeing more of Keegan’s daughter and the way he has settled into the responsibilities of fatherhood. Mason’s story is next and I look forward to getting to know yet another of the Blackhawk Boys as they settle into adulthood and look to the future.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
“You’re too beautiful,” I tell her. I run my thumb along her jaw. “Too fucking beautiful.”
“I’ve missed you. You’re the best man I’ve ever met.”
My stomach clenches and I shake my head. “Don’t think that. It’s a lie. It’s what I wanted you to believe. Don’t bring that lie into tonight.”
“How was it a lie?” She grins up at me, and I know a full confession would erase all the happiness from her face.
“When we were together before, I wasn’t the man you thought I was. I wasn’t good.” It’s the closest to the truth I’ve ever given anyone about my past.
“So you don’t want me believing you’re good?”
I pull her hips tightly against me as I exhale in frustration. She still thinks this is some kind of joke. “I’m different now, but then…”
She lifts onto her toes and flicks her tongue against my ear. “Don’t be so different. I like you a little bad.”
I groan and stop dancing. I don’t know how much longer I can do this without diving over the line. “Is that permission to stop being your friend?” I’m obsessed with knowing if she tastes as sweet as I remember. And if I swipe my tongue over the sensitive spot beneath her ear, will she gasp like she always did?
She shrugs and grins, and the dance floor tilts off balance. It’s crowded, and we’re surrounded by writhing bodies, cocooned in the crowd. I turn her in my arms so her back is to my front and settle my hand against the soft skin of her midriff. She arches her back and rubs against me.
I sweep her hair to the side, and when I press my lips to the long, smooth column of her neck, she trembles against me.
“Are you okay?” I ask against her ear. “Is this okay?”
“I—I’m not sure…”
“Tell me what you want. Not five years ago. Not tomorrow. What do you want right now?”
She reaches back and threads her fingers through my hair to guide my mouth back to her neck.
I don’t hesitate. I kiss and suck on that tender skin while we move to the beat.
The rest of the room fades and one song blurs into the next. A waitress comes by selling shots, and I buy two, one for each of us, and we lock eyes as we throw them back. At some point, I’m vaguely aware of Bailey checking on me, but my focus is one hundred percent on Emma, on this night that takes me back to when I was eighteen and so fucking in love it hurt. Tonight, Emma isn’t the woman who once broke my heart. She isn’t the girl who wrote me off with a simple goodbye note and apologies I didn’t want. Tonight, she’s a dream, my fantasy in the flesh, my reward for surviving the hardest year of my whole life.
When her face begins to blur, I realize I’m way more drunk than I ever intended. I need to sober up or I’m not going to remember a minute of this night. “Want to get out of here?”
She nods, takes my hand, and leads me out of the bar and down the hall to the elevators. My watch reads a quarter past two.
“Let’s get some food,” I suggest, but at the same moment, an elevator dings and the doors slide open.
Emma grabs my hand and drags me inside. “I don’t want food,” she says, punching a button.
I spin her around and press her against the wall. “What do you want, Em?” I drop my hand to her side to skim my knuckles over her skirt, and she widens her stance to part her thighs. “Fuck,” I whisper. I shouldn’t do this. Not here, not when any moment someone could join us on the elevator, not when we’re both so damn drunk it’s a wonder we can stand upright. But shouldn’t is so much weaker than want, and I want to touch her more than I want anything right now.
I’m faintly aware of the soft beeping of the passing floors as I slide my hand up her skirt and cup her between her legs. She gasps, and I rub my fingers over the damp lace of her panties, teasing her swollen flesh.
When the elevator stops and the doors slide open, she grabs my wrist and holds me still. “Please,” she whispers in my ear. “Please. Don’t stop.” Then she tilts her hips and rocks against my hand. I couldn’t refuse her if every person in the hotel was watching us. 
THE BLACKHAWK BOYS, an edgy, sexy sports romance series from 
New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan. 

Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. 

Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?

Book 1 - SPINNING OUT -  (Arrow's story)
Book 2 - RUSHING IN - (Christopher's story)
Book 3 - GOING UNDER -  (Sebastian's story)
Book 4 - FALLING HARD - (Keegan's Story)
Book 5 - IN TOO DEEP - Coming Fall 2017 (Mason’s story) 


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Once, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend a semester at home to get my shit together. The cherry on my fuckup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.

I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.

Until I break my own rules and touch her. 

Until she saves me from my nightmares by climbing into my bed. 

Until the only thing I want more than having Mia for myself is to protect her from the truth. 

I can’t rewrite the past, but I refuse to leave her heart in the hands of fate. For this girl, I’d climb into the sky and rearrange the stars.


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The favor seemed simple: Keep my new stepsister out of trouble for one summer. 


I’ve never met Grace Lee, but Mom tells me she’s a quiet and artsy college student with a troubled past. When I agreed to let her stay with me, I thought it was no big deal. I expected to share my apartment with a sullen girl who’d spend hours locked in her room.

I didn’t expect a walking fantasy determined to make me lose my cool.

I didn’t expect a woman with secrets so dark, so deep, I’d throw away everything if it would save her from the past.

Rushing in to do this favor is turning my life upside down—and not just because Grace needs her ass spanked. Keep her out of trouble? Grace is the trouble. And I want in.



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If I met Alexandra DeLuca for the first time today, I would only need one word to describe her:

MINE.

She's everything she was when we said goodbye. Beautiful, stubborn, sweet...and off-limits.

After two years leading separate lives, our worlds have collided. Now that she's back home working and taking classes beside me, she's bound to make me lose my mind.

She's all I've ever wanted, all I've ever dreamed of, and the one thing I can never have.

Not because she's my best friend's sister.
Not because all four DeLuca brothers would come at me with fists swinging if I hurt her.
Not even because she's way better than I will ever deserve.

I keep my distance because we didn't meet for the first time today. We met five years ago when I was a different person. When my demons ruled me. Even though I've changed--even though I've gotten my life together and become a better man--I can't change the past. And the secrets that haunt me would destroy her.

But I'm not the only one with secrets, and when the truth comes out, I don't know where to turn. What do you do when your world washes away beneath your feet and you feel like you're drowning? What do you do when the woman you promised yourself you'd never touch is the only thing that can keep you from going under?

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance novelist Lexi Ryan is a former college English professor turned full­time writer. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found enjoying yoga, reading copiously, hanging out with her family, and thanking her lucky stars.

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