THE HOT SHOT by Kristen Callihan: Book Release & Review

 

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TheHotShot Amazon-2First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

 

 

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MICHELLE’S REVIEW

Kristen Callihan. You are a romance writing goddess.

I absolutely loved THE HOT SHOT. I didn’t want it to end. Finn and Chess were so amazing and I just fell in love with them instantly.

Finn is just sex on a stick. But OH. MY GOD. He is like the sweetest guy on the planet. I mean seriously- I spent about 75% of this book swooning. Straight up swoon fest.

Chess is just great. She’s funny and real and I just find her easy to relate to. Relationships are hard. I struggle to get past 2 dates myself (when I find someone I want to date) and just navigating that and the feelings around that with her made me just fall in love with her as much as I loved Finn.

And the banter between these two. I could watch them in a movie all day long. They just go back and forth so seamlessly and the chemistry between them is just amazing.

Of course the sexy times are great too but it’s the connection between them that makes this so special.

Lovers- this book is everything. Hot football player, spunky likeable heroine, real and pure friendship turning into real and pure love- it’s just amazing. The drama level is perfect for me and the story is just enjoyable from the first page to the last.

 

FINN

 

She sits quietly as I eat, and shakes her head when I offer her a sandwich section. Because I’m hungry, and because I don’t like the idea of her having to wait for me to eat, I wolf down my food. The brownie follows with a few, quick bites.

Wiping my hands on a napkin, I set the plate and empty can on a side table, and then let out a contented sigh. “Thanks. I needed that.”

Her smile is small and quick. “I should have fed you as soon as you got here.”

“I’m good now.”

Chess braces her hands on the seat and leans forward to watch her feet as we slowly rock the swing. Silence descends, thick and awkward, and for the first time in her presence, I’m at a loss for words.

I don’t know this girl. Not really, and yet I’ve inserted myself into her life with a determination I usually reserve for winning games. Except I have no endgame here. I told her I want to be friends. But how does that work for us?

Our friends and lives couldn’t be any more different. Parties for me are self-congratulatory events, filled with people whose one focus seems to be bolstering my ego, followed by me searching for a quick hookup. And my friends are all part of football in some way. We talk football or sports. It’s a narrow focus life, but it’s my comfort zone. That chafes too, knowing I live a life that seems wild and free to outsiders but is actually small and structured on the inside.

The silence has stretched too long. I should go. But I don’t move. If I go, I know it will be the end of whatever this is. Embarrassment will have me avoiding seeking her out again. Likely, she’ll do the same. And that will be that.

The knowledge sits like a stone on my chest.

“I’m sorry about my friends,” Chess says. “They can be uncomfortably brazen.”

“So can mine.” I shrug. “Your friends are…fun.”

Her lips pull tight. “They can be. But they were definitely giving me—and by extension—you shit tonight.” She bites her bottom lip. “I don’t think they know what to make of you.”

“So I wasn’t imagining things.”

“’Fraid not.”

The novel sensation of being a fish tossed into the wrong pond grows. I’ve taken away Chess’s fun by coming here, and I’m sorry for it.

“I shouldn’t have asked you to come here,” Chess says in a low voice.

She’s only echoing my thoughts but the stone sitting on my chest pushes harder against my ribs.

Chess makes a small sound, as if she’s trying to laugh but can’t. “Parties suck when you arrive halfway through and don’t know anyone.”

“I know you,” I point out quietly.

She turns and the porch light illuminates her face. Green eyes met mine and hold, as a slow, true smile curls over her cherry lips. Something inside of me shifts and slides. I want to kiss Chester Copper. Haul her onto my lap and make out with her like we’re teenagers hiding out at our parents’ party. But that’s not what she invited me here for.

“I wanted to see you,” she confesses in that husky morning voice that goes straight to my cock. She turns away and stares out into the darkness. “It’s weird, you know? But hanging out with you was so unexpected it kind of felt like I imagined the whole thing.”

I know exactly what she means. My hand settles next to hers, close enough that our pinkies touch. That small point of contact sparks along my skin, makes me want to move closer. I hold steady because I don’t trust myself not to act. “I wanted to see you too,” I tell her. “It’s been a long fucking day.”

I hadn’t planned to admit that, but it feels good to tell her.

Chess eases back against the seat and then curls her fingers over mine with a light squeeze. The unexpected touch holds all my attention. It’s nothing more than a simple offer of comfort, and here I am twitching in my seat as if she’d cupped my dick instead. I’m in so much trouble here because this woman is getting to me in ways I don’t know how to navigate. But I don’t pull away. Not one fucking chance of that.

Chess speaks, pulling me attention back to our conversation. “So tell me about it.”

I can’t remember the last time anyone asked me to tell them about my day. Likely, no one ever has.

So I do. And with every word that leaves my mouth, a little bit more of my stress eases. No, I don’t yet truly know Chess. And yes, our lives are different. But there’s no way I’m ending this. Because when it’s just her and me, everything else falls away. I’m not going to let myself forget that again.

 

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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HOT FOR THE FIREMAN by Gina L. Maxwell: Book Tour – Review & GIVEAWAY

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Today we have the blog tour stop for Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell. Check out this fantastic new release and grab your copy today!

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About Hot for the Fireman:

Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have first hand experience…

Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones’ office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn’t playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he’s blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that’s what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She’s a professional, damn it. She’ll date Mr. I’m Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.

It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take…

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PEPPER’S REVIEW

Whenever I think of hot fireman, I envision this magical creature:

and then I would like to think that this man’s hot therapist would look something like this:

Because, let’s be honest, in my mind this would stand for some really hot love. And this book has some steam like no other – GMax you got me on fire girl!!

However, even though we all love the steamy scenes, this book has so much more.

1st, Olivia is my kind of girl. She’s a specialized therapist in PTSD (which is on my short list of most wanted careers, btw) and she’s tough, but also loving. She doesn’t date and finds herself underneath a sexy AF man for just one night. Unfortunately (for her, not us obvs) her one night stand with Erik “Wolf” Grady turns into A LOT more!

Cut to the Wolf. OMG. You guys. This man has the absolute dirtiest mouth on him. I could NOT get enough. He’s an alpha who thinks he’s broken due to his PTSD from combat in war. After his hit-it-and- quit-it with Olivia, she actually ends up being the therapist that he is ordered to see for his PTSD. And he’s determined to make her more than 1 night. Again:

So a relationship of sorts ensues. The banter between the two of these sexy mofos was brilliant. It made their sexy time that much more tantalizing. I loved everything about both of these characters and together they were a powerhouse.

The supporting cast was

We had tons of dudes from the fire station – more books in the series I presume…and again:

And Olivia’s peeps were so much fun as well.

Seriously lovers, this book was so good. GMax delivered the sensitive subject of PTSD in such a respectful manner. The scenes surrounding this topic were intense and felt true to what one might experience IRL. I love how she was able to have lighthearted banter between the two lovers, intense love scenes, and the seriousness of a mental health condition all wrapped into one amazing story. This is my fav by GMax for sure! Get it now ladies and gents!

 

About Gina L. Maxwell:

Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.

When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.

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THE BEST MAN by Barbie Bohrman: Book Tour & Review

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Veronica Webber is single again after being in a loveless marriage way past its expiration date. For the first time in a very long time, she feels free and after being burned so badly by love in the past, any thought of romance is the last thing on her mind.

In walks a man from her past, Trevor Allen, a tall, dark, and handsome womanizer who is usually all about the bottom line. For Trevor that bottom line has always been made up of the countless notches on his bedpost. But when he sees Veronica after so many years, he can’t help but be drawn to her and know her again… even if that means being friend-zoned from the start.

As this unlikely pair spends more and more time together, they quickly realize that there might be something between them that goes past “just friends.” But there’s just one tiny detail that makes this situation slightly more complicated… Trevor was Veronica’s ex-husband’s best man at their wedding nine years ago.

So when past mistakes and indiscretions come back to haunt them, will their happily ever after end before it even gets started?

Or will the best man win this time.

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MICHELLE’S REVIEW

Lovers!! I loved this book so so much! I had the honor of reading it in the beta stages and then once again and loved it both times. So much.

Veronica is just- she’s amazing. She is smart and sexy and she’s just the kind of heroine you get behind.

And then there is Trevor Allen. Be still my vagina. I love this guy.

I seriously am just so in love with these two. This story is very much friends to lovers but even as friends- they weren’t really there to start. Which is so great- seeing both how their friendship and their love evolves was really neat.

The story is written in dual POV and I think Barbie does a great job with both the female and male voice. The banter between these two is perfect and hilarious and there is just the right amount of sex. Even though the deed doesn’t come until much later- the delayed gratification and then build up is perfect.

I am excited if not a bit nervous for the rest of the books in the series but I am in love with these Allen brothers so I just can’t wait!

Anyways- read this book. I devoured it in just a few hours and know you all will too!

About Barbie Bohrman:

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club’s prologue contest enticed her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she’s living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Lost or Seinfeld. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

 

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