Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

Hailey Taylor Emery owns a successful virtual assistant business, providing services to her busy and wealthy clients. One client in particular—anonymous, as that’s an option her company offers—is intriguing. She’s almost certain the guy she flirts with, alongside fulfilling his requests, is hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Hailey is a huge hockey fan, and gets a buzz of excitement with every message she receives from Sniper87. Over the course of eighteen months, she buys his post-divorce furniture, sorts him out with a last minute tux, and dashes over the gluten free waffle mix he needs for his twin daughters. But when his pet pooch needs walking, and the company she hires turn out to be creepy snoopers, Hailey has to step in. [Read more…]

Review: Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Jaimie

So many of my favorite series are wrapping up and reading this one made me so sad! Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy is the last book in her Killer Instinct series and involved two couples I’ve been dying to read. We FINALLY got our Liam and Sully story and we also got Cate and Ash’s story to end the series with a bang. I am so sad to see this one end, but Ms. Kennedy ended it with perfection. [Read more…]

Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

Jessie is organizing her brother Jamie’s wedding to hockey super-star Wes. She’s stressed, more so as she’s trying to impress her family in the face of being a screw-up with frequently shifting careers. She certainly doesn’t need the unhelpful advice of Wes’s best man, Blake.

Blake’s also a hockey player, dark haired, green eyed and with a mean case of hyperactive puppy syndrome. Seriously – he’s all over the place though it’s actually pretty charming and he is universally loved. [Read more…]

Review: Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

The sequel to Him sees Jamie and Wes several months into their relationship. Their secret relationship, I should say, as Wes’s rookie NFL career is underway, and he doesn’t want it overshadowed by him being outed as the first openly gay ice hockey player in the league.

Jamie has given up his own playing career and taken up a coaching post, teaching elite kids how to be goalies. It’s his calling and he loves it, but it doesn’t go easily. He’s also having to navigate the new world where he’s suddenly bisexual and in a gay relationship. Whereas his family and friends are happy and supportive, it’s a lot for him to deal with, and he hates not being able to be with Wes publicly. Plus he’s in a new city and the isolation adds to his woes. [Read more…]

Review: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

I read this New Adult sports romance series out of order, picking up the first book of the spinoff series Wags before coming to the start. Silly me, as book one and two couple are sweet as sugar.

Wes and Jamie were camp buddies as kids, seeing each other once a year for six weeks at a time at ice hockey summer camp. Wes knew he was gay, but struggled with it, including receiving rejection from his parents. He also knew he was attracted to his best friend – the guy he loved on a number of different levels. One day when they were eighteen, something happened between them, a bet gone wrong. It gave Wes a terrible case of the guilts. He broke off their friendship and stopped attending the camp. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2016

I joined the team of Red Hot Ladies in January and challenged myself to expand my reading choices past my usual go-tos. I’ve had my eyebrows raised and I’ve found writers I will love forever, from long-established authors to newbies who’ve contacted us at the blog and offered their work.

Throughout the year I’ve been editing my own novel, which is my new favorite and never ending pastime. Seriously – help, I can’t stop. Much respect for my co-reviewers, who published, drafted and dreamed big their own books this year – you guys rule and your work is sublime. On with my other favorite reads from the past twelve months:

 

Magic Binds (Kate Daniel #9) by Ilona Andrews

I’m pretty sure this novel will be on Jen’s list too. I love this series and rate this book as one of their best. The development of the relationship between Kate and Roland, her doting/murderous father, is fascinating. Curran made me laugh out loud, as did the side characters just being their excellent selves. The story is fast paced, compelling and tense, with little let up, and the world of post-shift Atlanta is just as awesome as it ever was. [Read more…]

Review: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

goalReviewed by Joanna

Big series fan right here, and I’ve been hotly anticipating the latest NA installment of sexy ice hockey players and the strong ladies who claim them. In this case, featuring an accidental pregnancy.

The protagonists of this story are college students Sabrina and Tucker. She’s highly ambitious, intending to get into Harvard Law. He’s an ice-hockey player. Or in Sabrina’s eyes, just one step up from a dildo. Albeit an attractive one. [Read more…]

Review: Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy

midnight revengeReviewed by Jaimie

Well, its official – Elle Kennedy is the queen of writing emotionally damaged heroes and heroines (well in my opinion anyways!)  Midnight Revenge is the latest book in the Killer Instinct series, and man, have I been waiting for this one. “D” has been an enigma among his team members with most of them not knowing if they should fear him or respect him.  We knew he had a very non-emotional sexual thing with Noelle that was simply her way of agitating Morgan, but other than that, very little was known about him.  Well, that all changes in a big big way, and this book was heart breaking on so many levels. [Read more…]

Guest Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

the scoreReviewed by Joanna

Got to love the latest in the Off Campus series. It’s NA but adult enough and sexy enough to recommend past the angsty label NA implies.

We start with gorgeous and wealthy student hockey player and self-confessed manwhore, Dean Heyward-Di Laurentis, hooking up with Allie, the BF of his BF’s girlfriend. Thing is, he doesn’t do relationships and is upfront with his sexual partners that it’s a one night only kind of deal.

Allie Hayes, nest-builder and student actress has just broken up with her long term boyfriend, again, and decides this time it’s for keeps. She stays over at the hockey boys’ house to avoid the ex, but it turns out she’s alone there with Dean. After he kicks out the two girls he was about to get down and dirty with, Allie turns down his advances, but by the end of the drunken movie night, she’s had hot sex twice with the blond-haired, green-eyed beauty. [Read more…]

Carrie’s Most Anticipated Books of 2015

I know I’m going to miss a bunch after I send this list to post, but these are just a few of the books that have me biting my nails until they release.   I ordered them by release date to let you manage your excitement.

Tell me in the comments what you can’t wait for! [Read more…]