ARC Review: Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Superfan FOR WEBSuperfan by Sarina Bowen

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on June 25, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 312 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.

She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. 

Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.


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Cover Reveal: Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Earlier this year I fell head over heels in love with a certain set of hockey romances and Sarina Bowen is back with her next addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series! Superfan follows the wonderful Silas and I cannot wait to see what is store for this goalie. Check out the cover reveal below as well as a cool giveaway!


Superfan

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers (Book Six)

Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC

Release Date: June 25, 2019

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Synopsis

Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.

She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. 

Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.


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Mini Reviews: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, Can’t Escape Love, & A Prince on Paper

Today I’ve got mini reviews on three Reluctant Royals stories from Alyssa Cole. Check out my thoughts below!


OnceGhosted,TwiceShyOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Published by Avon Impulse on January 8, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 106 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

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Mini Reviews: That Kind of Guy & The Bride Test

Today I’ve got some thoughts on a couple of contemporary romances from authors I love. Check them out below!


ThatKindofGuyThat Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

Published by Nixon House on May 2, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 272 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

She wants a fake relationship. He needs something real.

If there’s one thing Rae can’t stand, it’s pity. She’s forty, frazzled, and fed up—so attending an awards ceremony alonewhile her ex swans about with his new wife? Not an option. To avoid total humiliation, Rae needs a date of her own. And her young, hot-as-hell new best friend is the perfect candidate…

Zach Davis, king of casual hookups, has a secret: the notorious womaniser craves emotional connection, and anonymous encounters leave him feeling hollow. After years of performance, Zach’s desperate to be himself. So why does he agree to play Rae’s fake boyfriend? And why does it feel so easy?

When the line between pretence and desire blurs, Zach’s forced to face an unexpected truth: there’s nothing phoney about his need for Rae. But the jaded divorcée’s been hurt by playboy men before. Can a weekend of faking it prove that Zach’s for real?

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Teaser Tuesday: A Prince of Paper

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teasers come from the conclusion of Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals trilogy. A Prince of Paper so far has been such a slow, soft romance and I cannot wait to finish. Check out the snippets below!

When at seventeen, his life had fallen apart — and the adhesive that had joined him to his blended family had been suddenly ripped away — he’d been told that it would hurt less with time.

~

In the plane’s bedroom, when he’d awoken with the ragged wound of loss gaping within him and the woman he desired in his arms, that infuriatingly needy part of him had decided to shoot its shot in the worst possible way.

Do you enjoy royal romances? Want to read A Prince on Paper now?

Let me know in the comments below!

Mini Reviews: Internment & How to Make Friends with the Dark

Today I’ve got my thoughts on two powerful, emotional reads so check them out below!


InternmentInternment by Samira Ahmed

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic, Dystopia

Pages: 387 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

I loved Samira Ahmed’s debut and while Internment is just as breathtaking and compelling, it certainly has it’s differences. With a near-future setting, this book tackles Islamophobia and the dangerous paths that hate has a way of leading people down. It’s terrifying and all too real especially in this day and age as well as the past. Layla is passionate and stubborn and her inner voice is just as powerful as her outward actions. This book is definitely one of hope despite it’s hard to read moments and I honestly think it’s a vital read for everyone.


HowtoMakeFriendswiththeDarkHow to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Published by Delacorte Press on April 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic

Pages: 421 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

If you’re looking for a book that will tear you to pieces and leave you weeping, than look no further than How to Make Friends with the Dark. It’s an emotional tale of a mother’s death and how a daughter copes with the aftermath. It’s also opens the reader’s eyes to the foster care system and the realities that many children face. Even though I know the pain of losing a parent, Tiger definitely deals with drastic differences and suffers on a scale far removed from what i know. That doesn’t make this book any less powerful though. Where I found some issues were with the writing and connection to characters outside the MC, otherwise it’s an interesting take on loss, grief, and moments that change everything.


Have you read either of these books? Enjoy stories that leave you emotionally drained?

Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: How to Make Friends with the Dark

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teasers come from the emotionally charged How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow. This is a story of loss and grief and if you read it, I highly suggest having plenty of tissues handy.

“Oh my God, what is it?” I ask. “Is it that bad?” My stomach starts to squeeze.

~

It’s a monstrosity. It’s a cross between Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie and Isabel Archer in Portrait of a Lady. Ivory and lace, a high neck, and a sash. 

Is your interest piqued? Enjoy a good tearjerker?

Let me know in the comments below!

Highly Anticipated Titles ~ May 2019

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. May is full of exciting releases and I’ve got a handful that are high on my TBR. Check them out below!


WHTF_JKT_2p.inddWe Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Expected on May 14, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

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ARC Review: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

LoveFromAtoZLove from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Published by Salaam Reads on April 30, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 352 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together. 

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are. 

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her. 

Then her path crosses with Adam’s. 

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister. 

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father. 

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals. 

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting. 

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.


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Mini Reviews: The Brooklyn Bruisers So Far

In the past week I’ve binged all available installments of Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series and want to share my thoughts on these hot hockey romances. So check them out below!


RookieMoveRookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 336 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold… 

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

This introduction to the world of the Brooklyn Bruisers was all I could have wanted and more. Georgia’s a hardworking publicist trying to put the past behind her while Leo’s getting his first big break with the team that just happens to employ his ex. The love and respect that Leo has for Georgia is the absolute sweetest and how the two of them come back together and work through their issues is perfect. Plus all the hockey action was quite fun too. For my first Sarina Bowen novel, I’ve got to say I’m quite impressed!


HardHitterHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Published by Berkley on January 3, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 336 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score…

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O’Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O’Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good…

Next up is the closed off, gruff enforcer that has my heart. Patrick’s not as young as he used to be and the sport is taking its toll on his body. Enter Ari, a massage therapist/yoga instructor whose just gotten out of an unhealthy relationship. The romance is definitely slow burn but it was wonderful to see the softer side of O’Doul and how the two of them interacted when alone. They complimented each other really well. I also enjoyed how Bowen tackled Ari’s relationship with her ex and the dangers domestic disputes can entail.


PipeDreamsPipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Published by Berkley on May 2, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 336 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

This book is the pinnacle of complicated situations and relationships. Mike and Lauren shared a wonderful year and half together before his estranged wife got a terrible cancer diagnosis that threw everything out of whack. Lauren’s got a hard exterior but with good reason and I loved seeing that inner side and her motherhood planning. Mike’s a great guy though despite the tough calls he had to make and his love for his daughter is totally endearing. Obviously these two were meant to be and the ups and downs of their second chance was absolutely beautiful.


BrooklynaireBrooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

Published by Rennie Road Books on February 12, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 452 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?

The Brooklyn Bruisers wouldn’t be the same without new owner Nate and office manager Rebecca. Turns out that these two need each other as well and when Rebecca gets hurt Nate cannot help but do everything in his power to help her heal. Nate is such a sweetheart and of course a genius to boot and it’s clear from the start that he loves Rebecca. On the other hand, she is so focused on work that she’s missed the signs but being sidelined opens her eyes to her boss’ affection. Their relationship was definitely steamy but I also enjoyed the humor especially with Bingley’s antics.


BountifulBountiful by Sarina Bowen

Published by Rennie Road Books on October 20, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 315 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. 

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. 

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

After a summer of sexy shenanigans Zara is left with a little bundle of joy and no idea how to contact the father. That is until Dave returns to the shock of his life. I loved how bossy Dave was in bed and how motherhood really worked for Zara. I enjoyed seeing how Dave learned how to trust himself with a child and all of Bess’ moments. While Dave’s a member of the Brooklyn Bruisers, this book is actually a part of Bowen’s True North series and since I loved it so much I’ll probably have to read all the rest now.


OvernightSensationOvernight Sensation by Sarina Bowen

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on January 22, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 341 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Everyone knows the girl is off limits. But it’s so good to be bad.

There’s this girl…
Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don’t do girlfriends, and I certainly can’t get involved with the league commissioner’s daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo.
Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido. 


There’s this guy…
Jason wants me, but he won’t admit it. That man looks at me the way a hockey player eyes the lunch buffet after practice–and I love it. 
But when victory is finally within my grasp, I blow it and humiliate myself. Even then I can’t even avoid him–as the team intern, I’m in constant view of his hard body and cocky smile. 
I need another chance. Jason Castro is about to learn the true meaning of an overnight sensation.

Jason Castro may be a player both on and off the ice but he’s certainly a nice guy. Yes, his past has kind of made him second guess falling in love and his new position has thrown off his game but he’s just trying so hard. And at first I thought I wouldn’t like Heidi but she’s actually an exceptionally hardworking and kind person that deserves the world. The two of them just work together and there was some incredibly steamy moments. I also liked seeing more of Silas and Bayer (while Silas is getting his book this summer I hope Bayer gets his shot at love too)!


Have you read the Brooklyn Bruisers series? Enjoy hockey?

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