Balance by Lucia Franco (Off Balance #1)

 5 Stars!

Balance by Lucia Franco is the first book in the Off Balance trilogy. I picked it up on Kindle Unlimited after seeing someone rave about it on Instagram. She was completely right about it. This book is intense, sexy, and TABOO. The next book, Execution, doesn’t even have a release date yet but I am in line for it.

There are some definite warnings that need to go with this book. You have to be able to deal with:

  • Forbidden Romance – Adrianna is a 15 year old gymnast, and Kova is her 32 year old coach.
  • An Affair – Kova is cheating on his girlfriend of 5 years with Adrianna.
  • Kova is a dick — ok, so that one isn’t really a TABOO thing, but he IS a dick.

Balance is currently on sale for $.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

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Off the Ice by Julie Cross (Juniper Falls #1)

3.75 Stars

3.75 Stars? I know it’s a strange rating, but I couldn’t decide between a 3.5 and a 4.

Off the Ice is a mature YA romance. It deals with some extremely hard subjects and those subjects play a very large part. The romance was a little lacking, but the kissing was good.  I found the characters actions and reactions to be believable. The author could have gone the dramatic route with the ex-girlfriend, but she didn’t and I appreciated the realness of it. The secondary characters were surprisingly developed. I already see some characters that I hope get their own books in the Juniper Falls series (I’m looking at you Leo!)

I debated on reading this because I don’t generally read hockey romances. I live in Texas, and it’s hot here, there is no ice and football is king. Hockey is foreign to me. BUT I read my 1st Julie Cross book last year and absolutely fell for her writing. I’m glad I tried this one. I think it’s a solid start to a series and I hope to see more books in it soon.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

4.5 Stars

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott is a true YA Sports Romance. I love a sports romance, and this one was a really good blend of sports and love. The romance felt real, and there was enough football in it to actually feel like a sports romance. It wasn’t just a romance with an athlete, it was actually about the game and the politics, and all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on.

This book had so much unexpected feeling in it. It ran the gamut of emotions and I felt them ALL. Nico is exactly the type of character I love. He’s extremely intelligent, emotionally and morally strong, with great athletic ability. Reagan is perfect for him and the chemistry is off the charts.

I push my lips together tight, but can feel them twitch. I’m nervous, and I want to go back to fighting with him over ancient philosophies and the foundation of religious beliefs. That… that… is actually easier than standing here and feeling like this.

Feeling… vulnerable.

I haven’t read Ginger Scott before, but if this is any indication of her writing ability then I will be returning for more.

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Keeping Her Secret RELEASE DAY!

SYNOPSIS

Two girls. One Kiss.

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.

Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.

Today is release day for Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas. I ended up loving this sweet teen summer camp romance. It is a STANDALONE within the Endless Summer series. There are only two books in the series so far, each written by different authors. This one was my favorite of the two. You can read my original review here.

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Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas

4.5 Stars!

This book was an unexpected hit for me. This was my first F/F Romance, and I loved every word of it. I had pretty low expectations going in, but quickly realized how wrong I was. I know, I KNOW, never judge a book by its cover. But really, this book kept me up reading. I kept pushing myself to go to bed, but instead I kept saying one more chapter. That is my my ultimate definition of a good book.

Riya is a gorgeous, exotic volleyball player on scholarship. Courtney is a beautiful, rich dancer whose parents have high expectations of how they want her life to go. They were childhood best friends and shared a secret first kiss. Reuniting at summer camp is something neither expected.

I loved Riya. I loved Dee. I loved Colt. Really, this book was filled with great characters that all deserved their own books. I think the romance was well done, not explicit, and perfect for the age range. The prank war was so much fun and I loved the development of the characters as the book progressed. I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for more Sarah Nicolas.

Keeping Her Secret is releasing August 22, 2016.

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Game On by Michelle Smith Release Day!

SYNOPSIS

As king of baseball in the small town of Lewis Creek, Eric Perry can have any girl he wants and win every game he plays. But when a fight lands him in jail, he’s only got one more strike before his baseball career is over for good. His only chance for redemption? The girl next door, Bri Johnson.

Bri hasn’t talked to Eric in months- for starters, she’s been too busy dealing with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, not to mention the fact that Eric’s been preoccupied trying to drink every keg in the country dry. But when he needs a way to stay on the team, she proposes a plan: if he helps her out with community service, he can stay on the team. At first it’s a nightmare-Eric and Bri stopped being friends years ago, surely that was for a good reason, right? But as volunteering turns to bonding over old memories of first kisses under the stars, they start to have trouble remembering what pushed them apart.

In a town as small as Lewis Creek, nothing stays secret for long and their friendship and romance might mean bad news. But in this final, tumultuous spring before graduation, Eric and Bri are about to realize that nobody’s perfect alone, but they might just be perfect together.

Today is release day for Game On by Michelle Smith. This is the 2nd book in the Lewis Creek series, but it is a STANDALONE that definitely doesn’t require the 1st book for you to enjoy it. That being said, I enjoyed it enough that I am planning on going back and reading the 1st book. You can read my original review here.

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Game on by Michelle Smith (Lewis Creek #2)

3.5 Stars

This book was adorable. It’s one of those sweet summer romances (though set during the spring) that you make you just want to lounge around and read. It’s the 2nd book in a series, but you don’t have to read the 1st book to understand this one. I think I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read the 1st one, but this was still completely worth reading on its own. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I am adding the 1st book Play On to my TBR. It won’t be read soon, because I have a mountain to get through, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.

The chemistry between Bri and Eric is a slow, steady build. I love books where the couple are a “childhood friends to more” type of relationship, and this doesn’t disappoint.

“We can be friends who sleep together.” My lips curve into a smirk. “Just not, you know, that way. Think of it like one of our old campouts, except inside. With heat. And a TV.” I pause. “Okay, so it’s really not a campout at all. But you get the point.”

Since I’m planning on going back and reading the 1st book, I’m also hoping, that there will be a 3rd. Becca and Blake are kinda adorable, and I would love to see where that goes…

Game On is being released August 16, 2016 from Bloomsbury Spark.

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