Seduced by the Game
A Contemporary Sports Romance Anthology
By: Toni Aleo, Cindy Carr, Cassandra Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, & Nikki Worrell
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A Note from Cat
Since this is a collaboration that includes eight short stories, I will write a brief review after each book summary.
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.
TANGLED IN THE LACES
By New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author – Toni Aleo
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?
Cat's Review: Loved it! But be warned - big cliffhanger as this is a prequel to the upcoming Laces and Lace. Great story of overcoming tragedy and being brave enough to take a chance on love and live. ★★★★★
By Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr
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...
Cat's Review: Sweet romance - no real angst or heartache, just two people falling in love. Very enjoyable read. ★★★★
CRASHING THE BOARDS (Seattle Sockeyes 1.5)
By Jami Davenport
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?
Cat's Review: This one was fun! Izzy is full of life, despite some hardships in her life. Cooper is a big, brooding hockey player. This is a prequel to an upcoming book and I can't wait to see what other fun times will be had with Izzy and Cooper. ★★★★
TAKING A SHOT (Portland Storm 2.5)
By Catherine Gayle
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.
Cat's Review: Make sure to have your tissues ready for this one! This is such a touching story and I cannot wait to find out what happens with Jamie and Katie. I loved the interactions between Jamie and Webs too. ★★★★★
A VALUABLE TRADE
By Jaymee Jacobs
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.
Cat's Review: Bryan finds himself traded, feeling dejected and lonely. Georgiana works for his new team and, because of her "maternal instincts", looks to help make his move easier. Well, the feelings are a bit more than maternal!! I enjoyed both characters and the interactions with all the other teammates too. ★★★★
By V.L. Locey
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?
Cat's Review: A great tale of hero worship turned into more. Ms. Locey does a good job of expressing the difficulties that one might have admitting their sexual orientation. This was a wonderful story. ★★★★
BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5)
By Bianca Sommerland
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.
Cat's Review: As a prequel to The Dartmouth Cobras series, this did the job for me. I liked that there is a hotness to this book but it doesn't lose the emotions the characters are feeling. I am now looking forward to reading more of this series. ★★★★
CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN (Prequel to Scorpions Series)
By Nikki Worrell
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?
Cat's Review: Loved this one! Loved Kelly and Keith - so much fun to see them go back and forth with each other. Keith is a true hero to Kelly, in my book. Looking forward to the series. ★★★★★
Overall, this is a great anthology. The fact that it also supports "Hockey Fights Cancer" only makes it that much better. Whether you enjoy sports/hockey stories or not, this is one I would recommend as there are so many different stories included. I smiled, laughed and even cried throughout. What more could you ask for? While I have read a few of the authors previously, I love that I've found a few more that I will now be checking out! (Received copy for honest reviews)
From Taking a Shot by Catherine Gayle
“I’m going to murder that dipshit,” Dad said, but somehow his voice was growing distant, like he was moving farther away from us instead of coming closer.
Jamie’s lips quirked up on one side. “Zee and Soupy hauled him out of here. Looks like they were waiting on him to come in like that. I don’t know how much longer we have before he comes back to finish me off.” He laughed. How could he laugh about something like that? “So will you? Let me take you?”
“But my dad…” No matter how tempting it was to forget reason and agree to go to prom with Jamie, I knew it was nothing more than a dream. There was no chance my father would ever agree to let one of his teammates take me out, whether it was to my prom or anything else. That would be an absolute nonstarter.
Jamie moved his hand, and his fingers dipped beneath the edge of my scarf. I wanted to pull away, but the look in his eye held me in place while he used nothing more than his fingertips to caress my newly bald scalp. “I’ll deal with your dad. Let me worry about that.”
Maybe having no hair made my skin more sensitive, or maybe it was the effects of the chemo—I couldn’t be sure. All I knew was that my whole body was zinging with awareness from the way his fingertips were dancing over the skin an inch or two above my ear.
I’d dated a few boys before. I’d been kissed and touched in various ways, and it had all been exciting and wonderful and new, but this was so different. The way he was touching me was so much more intimate, and I felt more vulnerable and scared and raw than I could ever remember feeling in my life, but I didn’t want it to end. Because it was perfect.
It made me wish I wasn’t sick, that I was whole and alive and vibrant like I used to be.
I wasn’t entirely sure what came over me because everything I’d said about not wanting to be the bald girl at prom was still a massive deterrent to going, and I had a very real fear that my father would do actual physical harm to Jamie, but I said, “Okay. Yes. I’ll go with you.”
He smiled, one of those amazing, shy smiles he had that made his dimples come to attention and left me wanting to kiss him. “Good. Now I’d better go deal with Webs before he hurts one of the boys.”
I took his hand when he pulled it away from my head, holding it in mine for just a second. “Don’t…don’t let him hurt you, either.”
“Don’t worry about me,” he said, squeezing my hand and sending a flood of warmth through to every nerve ending I had.
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