Second Shot With #76 by Piper Rayne

4 STARS

Release Date: April 19, 2022

SYNOPSIS: My mom always said you don’t get a second shot at making a first impression. I’ve remembered that my entire career. Especially since I’m one of the few black men who play professional hockey. I’m calculated and respectful in the way I speak to my coaches, the owners, and the media. I’ve never taken a risk… until her. I could blame it on the fact that for once I pushed away the pressure of my career for the ocean waves, the sand, and good times with my new teammates. But those are excuses because the minute I saw her at the airport, something lit up inside me and the best week of my life was spent with her in my bed. After our week in paradise, we said goodbye, exchanged phone numbers and both assumed that unless one of us was flying through the other’s city on the opposite side of the country, our vacation fling was over. Then one night after practice I see her. She’s here. In my city. Telling me she moved here for a job. If that’s not fate tell me what is. I’ve never wanted a second shot more than I do this time, but she’s determined to leave what we were on the island we left behind.


This is Book 5 in Piper Rayne’s hockey romance series, Hockey Hotties!


REVIEW: Cory and Ande! We get a glimpse of them in Hat Trick, but in this book we really get to know them. It was interesting seeing Cory’s depth in this one. The media portrayal is definitely not helping him in this one, but luckily he’s dedicated to winning the girl. I also enjoyed seeing Ande try to resist. Piper Rayne brought a little more angst and a plot twist to really pull the reader in during this story! As always, I loved seeing all the other characters and getting to see them together in their relationships. Plus, Kane. I have a feeling his book will be a good one!

Thank you so much to Piper Rayne and Valentine PR for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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White Collar Brothers


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Piper Rayne is a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write “heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle” about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they’re married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they’re both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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Sneaking Around With #34 by Piper Rayne

4.5 STARS

Release Date: March 8, 2022

SYNOPSIS: I have a reputation for being tight-lipped. You learn quick when you become a professional hockey player to be guarded with the media, so I’ve worked hard to cover up the mistakes of my youth. But when I’m traded to the Florida Fury, where my ex–best friend is the starting right wing, I’m forced to confront my past. Ford and I have a lot of history, especially when it comes to his little sister, Imogen. My heart still lurches in my chest when I see her. My hands want to reach out and touch her. My mouth wants to keep apologizing. She’s the only woman who ever made me want more. But she’s also the one who fell victim to my most regrettable decision. I’m not a believer in fate, but I must be back in her world for a reason. I’ve fought for everything I’ve gotten and I’m not backing down from what I know will be the best thing in my life.


This is Book 4 in Piper Rayne’s hockey romance series, Hockey Hotties!


REVIEW: This one was definitely cute. After Ford‘s book, Faking It With #41, I was pretty excited to get Imogen’s story with Warren. I was dying for the details! And once I started reading, I definitely couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened between Imogen and Warner in the past, and you only get little snippets as you read throughout the first half of the book. The suspense was killing me in the best way. The situation is presented as something that’s unforgivable, but honestly I think that there are multiple parties involved, and it was kind of like the perfect storm in the worst way. I think once I knew what happened, and then seeing these to spend time together, because they had to for work, made me really happy for the ending that we get. In true Piper Rayne fashion, this one made me feel all of the emotions, and had me laughing my butt off at times–see Dr. Marc for more details. IYKYK. Haha. I’m looking forward to the next two books after meeting the guys in this one! I also liked how the group dynamic for the team changed over the time of this book. These guys, and their partners, create an awesome group dynamic that is so fun to see throughout the books. The next book, Second Shot with #76, comes out April 16th!

Thank you so much to Piper Rayne and Valentine PR for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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The Baileys


The Greene Family


The Rooftop Crew


White Collar Brothers


Piper rayne

Piper Rayne is a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write “heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle” about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they’re married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they’re both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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Sins of Seduction by Nicole Banks

Release Date: February 10, 2022

SYNOPSIS: Such a pretty little Raven.
The unattainable.
The Goddess amongst men, but they crave her just the same.
They all look to clip her wings—desperate to cage her, not knowing freedom is all she’ll ever seek.
Such a pretty little Raven.
Soaring high in the sky, fleeing from a past that haunts her in the dark.
She’ll never be free of it even when she finds her savor to guide her flight.
She’ll seek salvation in him while she taints his light.
There are demons in the dark eager to taste her flesh,
And they’ll bleed her dry while they burn her world.
It’s such a pretty sight,
Watching a Raven desperate to take flight,
Trying to escape but the darkness she created has plucked out her wings,
Leaving her defenseless and broken.
Such a pretty little Raven,
Your screams will fill the night air,
And when your heart stops beating,
The world will no longer be in despair.


REVIEW: This was my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed parts of this book. The sex positivity was refreshing, even if it took Jax a while to get there. I think Jax’s struggles in the beginning of their relationship–that are alluded to and mentioned, because the book starts 5 years after they broke off a 10 year relationship–are very realistic. Unfortunately, he lashed out at Raven with his own insecurities and upbringing. As I learned about how far he has come and all the work he has done on himself, it made me really appreciate him as he currently was. The current Jax is definite book boyfriend material. Raven is a strong, successful female character. She knows what she likes and wants, and isn’t willing to compromise that! Their chemistry is off the charts as well. The author does a good job describing realistic parts of sexual encounters that romance books often leave out, which I sincerely appreciated. Plus, there is a stalker/murder on the loose that is targeting Raven. All of this is the perfect recipe for an amazing book!

There are a lot of layers to this story and messy parts. When it comes to the murder, some evidence is not handled very well by a couple people, and I wanted to smack them both. One of my personal no-go’s that makes me DNF a book happens around half way through, which really sucked, because I was enjoying it so much prior to that moment. You can find full spoilers below. Anyway, it’s a twisted ride and I think many readers will enjoy this book.

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Thank you to Wildfire Marketing Solutions and Nicole Banks for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!


Spoiler Warning!

You are about to read a spoiler.
These details may also trigger some people,
so please proceed with that caution.

I recommend going in blind to this one, but I want to share my thoughts on what completely killed my interest. It was a combination of things, with one big thing that resulted in me losing my interest in the female character.

Let’s start with the romantic suspense part. Jax is an ex-detective. His ex-partner, Cruz, who he has known since high school hates Raven with a passion. Of course, he is the lead detective on the murder that takes place in her club. This right here has some potential, but a couple things happened that made it not feel real to me. Raven is totally traumatized by the fact that someone was murdered in her club and she sees the dead body. Cruz is a complete ass to her in the aftermath, going as far as to harass and blame her during questioning, when there is proof she was no where near the person killed when everything happened. Not only that, but he receives two notes that threaten Raven around the beginning of the investigation, and he doesn’t tell his partner or chief about them, even though Raven brought up that she has been receiving weird gifts for years now from someone anonymous. Plus, the chief knows that Cruz hates Raven, but she keeps him on the case? All of this just frustrated me.

Needless to say that I was already frustrated by the aforementioned, so that when I got to a part that included a big no-go for me, I was just done. Raven is alone in the club after what went down (also not smart), and she gets a note that is semi-threatening, as well as seems to be written by her ex-girlfriend she dated after breaking up with Jax. A note she does not mention to anyone. The issue with this is that Raven loved her ex-girlfriend, but it wasn’t working so she broke it off, and said ex-girlfriend lost it and then killed herself. Raven found her. Then her assistant comes in and scares the crap out of her. Raven sees the ex-girlfriend in the assistant, who is now all up in her space. The assistant pulls Raven’s hand to cup between her legs. Raven still feels reminded of her ex-girlfriend ends up fingering her assistant. This is where I was just done. This whole scene in and of itself it not completely horrible, until you take in the fact that Jax has been working on himself and his hangups around group sex in order to be with Raven. He has been coming to her club for a year and not hooking up with anyone else, just watching, getting comfortable, and learning how to accept his desires, so he can make it work with Raven. Before the murder, she pulls him into a group scene that he wouldn’t have participated in before, and he goes all in. He continually tells her he’s all in, and that he wants to be with her. They go home together and sleep together multiple times. And how does she repay all of his hard work, by fingering her assistant while thinking about her ex-girlfriend the first time she is away from him?! I lost it. Honestly, I stopped liking her right there. This is obviously a personal preference, and I’m sure some readers won’t think too much of this whole scene. Raven is honest with Jax about it after the fact, but I don’t think that fixes it.

Another thing that bothers me about this whole, messing around with the assistant thing, is that it’s crossing boundaries and it makes it seem like people who like to share their partner, cannot be faithful to their partner. There is a difference between an open relationship and a relationship where the couple likes to share as a kink. In my mind there is a difference between you and your partner having a kink together, versus you hooking up with other people without them there. And not just anyone, but the person you work most closely to every day. As you can tell, this just completely ruined it for me. I wish it didn’t, but it did.

Roping Melanie by Melissa Ellen

4 STARS

Release Date: July 27, 2021

SYNOPSIS: I didn’t have a lot, but what I had I was proud of. I was raised to keep my head down and work hard. I followed the rules, rarely straying off the straight and narrow path. That’s why when the opportunity to get wild and have a little fun presented itself, I jumped on it—or more like on him. The handsome cowboy from the bar. It was one night in Vegas. Afterward, all I had was the memory of his body pressed to mine and the hotel room key I swiped as I snuck out. I never expected to see him again. I definitely never imagined he’d show up in my small hometown seven years later, only to discover the daughter he never knew about.


REVIEW: I found Melissa Ellen with the last book in this series, Tempting Tim, which I seriously enjoyed. When I saw this one was a single mom and small town romance, I knew I would be interested. Then I found out that they have a one-night stand, that leaves Melanie with a secret baby!? Yes, sign me up! And I really did enjoy this author’s story of Nash and Melanie. I enjoyed seeing them navigate the family dynamics seven years later. I mean what a surprise for Nash when he walked in that bar. I definitely would recommend this entire series!

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ABOUT MELISSA

I’m an indie author that focuses on contemporary romance with a little bit of everything: humor, angst and sometimes suspense. A Reason To Stay, book one of the Blackwood Series, was my debut novel.

I grew up as a book worm, reading anything and everything and still try to read at least a book a week. I’ve always had an active imagination. Luckily, I now have time to put it to good use writing about characters that are constantly swarming around in my head.

I went from designing buildings to crafting stories. I’m a creative entrepreneur and coffee connoisseur.


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Back to Us by J.H. Croix

4 STARS

Release Date: February 4, 2021

SYNOPSIS: A hate to love, second chance romance. Just how wrong is it to want my best friend’s little sister? And, how do you fix a broken heart? This inquiring mind wants to know. It probably doesn’t matter though because Nora hates me. If you ever wondered, it is possible to live and work with someone in a small town and not speak to said person for months. That’s how long Nora ignores me after I tell her commitment isn’t for me. I didn’t know I was already in love with her. I didn’t know I was breaking my own heart by telling myself it was too complicated to fall for my best friend’s sister. All I want now is to find the way back to us.


What to Expect
✔️ A broody ex-military pilot
✔️ Best friend’s sister
✔️ Off limits
✔️ Frenemies to lovers
✔️ Hate to love
✔️ Second chance 


REVIEW: This is just such an adorable series, every book has made me smile I love how the characters are connected through this small town Alaska and piloting. The previous book, Evers & Afters, was adorable, and I love how Cami’s coffee makes an appearance in this one as well. I seriously want a cup! Before this book we get little glimpses of the connection between Nora and Gabriel, and I knew I was going to enjoy their story. They started off as friends with benefits, until Gabriel put an end to all that, being anti-commitment. These two are scared and trying to protect themselves, but man did Gabriel win me over right in the beginning. I really was rooting for him to win Nora over and their chemistry was so hot! This book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend the other stories too!

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J.H. Croix

USA Today Bestselling Author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. Croix writes steamy contemporary romance with sassy women and rugged alpha men who aren’t afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. Take a walk on the wild side of romance with her bestselling novels!


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