Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review Tour: Seduced by the Game Anthology by Various Authors

It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is.  This anthology of 8 brand new novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring stories from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr, Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, and Nikki Worrell.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author - Toni Aleo TANGLED IN THE LACES

In Tangled in the Laces, Karson King is on the fast track to the pros and Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him but their love is too much to ignore. Will Karson prove that he will protect her heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?

Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr HOOKING HANNAH

When Hannah attends an all-star game, she doesn't expect a hockey player of all people to turn her world upside down. Her sister is married to a player and Hannah never wanted that life. But Scott could change everything. For Scott's part, he has to know the woman who stirred his blood with just a look, and once he does, he realizes he wants Hannah to be his forever. Now to convince her...

Jami Davenport CRASHING THE BOARDS (Seattle Sockeyes 1.5)

Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the team captain of Seattle’s new hockey team, but Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt Cooper’s frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?

Catherine Gayle TAKING A SHOT (Portland Storm 2.5)

Katie Weber has had a crush on Jamie Babcock for almost two years, since he joined her father’s hockey team, the Portland Storm as an eighteen-year-old rookie. When cancer takes her health, her hair, and even her friends, she can’t bear to go to senior prom…until Jamie intervenes. 


Bryan's life gets turned upside down when he gets traded to the Dallas Comets, and things get even messier when he meets Georgiana, the Director of Team Services. He's got a lot of work to do to prove his worth to his new team, but Georgiana's sure he'll prove to be a valuable trade.


Superstar Cam Evans is fighting to climb out of a slump that`s growing worse with each day of living in denial. Fresh from the minors, Jacobi Neal is hungry for this chance to play back-up for the legendary goalie. Can two men battle each other, their inner demons, and the sizzling attraction building between them?

Bianca Sommerland BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5)

Nothing could stop Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, from falling in love with Madeline, but love alone can’t satisfy every need. Sometimes, to reach the goal, you have to take the chance with a . . . Blind Pass.

Nikki Worrell - CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN (Prequel to Scorpions Series)

Keith Lambert is the captain of the Flyers—until he’s not. To everyone’s shock, he’s traded to the San Diego Scorpions. As if that’s not bad enough, Phoebe, his girlfriend of two years, decides she doesn’t love him enough to follow.

All alone in a new town, Keith is drawn to Kelly, his take out delivery girl. When she shows up at ice girl tryouts, he’s lost. She’s all he can see. Can he convince her to forget her past and take a chance on him or is he destined to be alone in a new town a little bit longer?

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Excerpt 5 from Heri Apparent by V.L. Locey

            “Ivan said I’d find you in here,” he said, filling the doorway. I glanced around the goalie coach’s sparse office. “Listen, about last night…”
            I lifted a hand. He clamped his lips tight. “It’s okay,” I said. “I just want you to know I’m not here to take your job."
            Cam stepped into the room, nodded at a knot of players heading to the weight room, then closed the door after they passed. I kicked a rolling chair out for him. He smiled uncomfortably before sitting down.
            “Yes, you are, and that’s okay.” I started to argue. It was he who silenced me this time with a raised palm. “You say you’re not, and maybe in your heart you think you’re not, but on some deep, competitive level, you are. When you hit that ice last night, and the crowd was on its feet, tell me you didn’t fantasize about skating over to the net.”
            I averted my eyes. Cam chuckled sadly.
            “Been there and done that." I found myself drawn to look at him. There was something about him. The way his eyes turned up at the corners, or the laugh lines, or maybe even the strands of silver that were threaded through the cocoa brown. Hell, maybe it was his full bottom lip or the sandalwood cologne he wore. Who knows? “I didn’t mean to get on you like that, though. I watched your tapes last night. You’re good, Jacobi, damned good. Maybe Plante good.”
            I sat in that cheap office chair with my mouth open. Cam reached out to playfully close it. His fingers were warm. I so wanted them to stray over my cheek but they didn’t. He simply shut my mouth then smiled while placing his hands to his thighs.

I LOVE hockey, I LOVE stories about hockey and hockey players, and unfortunately a lot of people I loved have passed away due to that nasty disease that is cancer, some had survived and some are battling it right now, so this book has a lot of meaning to me.

I started reading Toni's story (who I've read before and adore) Tangled in the Laces and I liked it, but the more I got into the story the more I started getting into the characters and their background. By the time I finished it was about 4am and I was a mess. I messaged Toni on Facebook bawling my eyes out. My heart truly hurt after reading her story and I can't wait until the follow up. 
Not all of the stories are like Toni's. 
Hooking Hannah by the Carr mother/daughter duo is a little more upbeat story and very sweet.
Crashing the Boards by Jami Davenport I loved, and it shows you that love can find you anywhere when you least expected.
Taking a Shot by Catherine Gayle, wow. All I can say is, get those Kleenex ready again. If you thought you were done with them after Tangled in the Laces, you will need them again here. Beautiful, heartbreaking story.
Jaymee Jacobs' A Valuable Trade is another fun, flirty story that got me out of the funk I was in. I adored George's personality and way to see life.
Heir Apparent by V.L. Locey is a story about accepting who you are. I loved how Jacobi helped Cam to come out of his shell, accepting and loving who he really was. Beautifully written story.
 Bianca Sommerland's Blind Pass is all about knowing when to take chances and going for what you want. Loved Madeline's protective instinct.
And in Captain, My Captain by Nikki Worrell you will find a real gentleman and another opportunity to take a chance in life.
I was familiar with some of these talented authors and not with others, but none of them disappointed me, and since reading this I went and did some major damage on Amazon buying their books.
Each novella can be read as standalone but they're also are part of ongoing series. 
All I ask is that you give these talented ladies a chance to get their work recognized, but most importantly, buy this book and contribute to this amazing cause. Hopefully by all of us making a small contribution, one day we'll be able to get rid of this terrible disease.



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