Monday 27 July 2020

Varsity Tiebreaker by Ginger Scott (The Varsity Series #2) #booktour #bookreview #YAromance

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Varsity Tiebreaker (The Varsity Series Book 2) by Ginger Scott
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Varsity Tiebreaker
Book 2 in The Varsity Series by Ginger Scott

Abby Cortez is a girl with goals, on the verge of turning eighteen and on the brink of stardom. Falling in love isn't just something she doesn't have time for, it's something she doesn't really believe in. Her rule? Date but never, ever fall.

Tory "Salvatore" D'Angelo loves falling in love...just not for real. The star basketball player at Allensville Public High gives his heart away one girl at a time then takes it back when he's ready to move on. No serious feelings, no serious pain.

They’re both good plans until Abby’s jaded heart gets all tangled up with Tory’s hopeless one. A friendly rivalry grows into friendship, and long talks start to blur the lines.
Just one problem—Abby’s current boyfriend is Tory’s twin brother, Hayden.

This is book 2 in The Varsity Series by Ginger Scott. You can start this series of stand-alone mature YA sports romances now with Varsity Heartbreaker. Book 3, Varsity Rulebreaker, releases in October.

Excerpt – Varsity Tiebreaker by Ginger Scott

Tory D’Angelo
I’m not sure if she realizes she’s trembling, but she is, so to stop her from digging any deeper in a place so public and so filled with the fumes of microwave pizza and Coke machines, I reach forward and rest my hand on top of hers. We both freeze immediately, and I’m pretty sure my palm is already sweating. Her gaze lifts to meet mine, but I don’t let go of her hand just yet. I don’t make this touch a big deal, even though it sort of is. That’s not why I did it, and I don’t want to cheapen it. With our eyes locked on one another, I let the air fill with the touch of silence just long enough for a ragged, emotional breath to fall from her lips.

“You have every right to feel the way you do,” I say.

“And how’s that?” she fires back. Her hand shifts under mine, but she doesn’t pull it away.

“You feel like your dad sees a business opportunity where he should see his daughter.”

She swallows and keeps her gaze on mine for a beat before finally leaning back, pulling her hand away and glancing off to her side. With a snort sniffle, she runs the sleeve of my brother’s hoodie across her eyes, erasing the tiny break that she let herself have.

I’m suddenly not hungry. I don’t think I have ever not been hungry, but I couldn’t eat the rest of my burrito now if I were forced at gunpoint. It’s not that I feel sick, but more that I feel…envious. I was fooling myself thinking that Abby was a passing crush I could dismiss easily. Two months of riding shotgun with her through all things June and Lucas was just long enough for me to get hooked on having her around. But while it’s my advice she’s listening to right now, it’s my brother’s fucking sweatshirt she’s dabbing her tears with.

“So, see you at the game?” I know my move to leave is abrupt, especially after she just bared part of her soul. If I stay, though, I’m going to say things I don’t mean just out of sheer self-preservation. This is precisely why I don’t do relationships, I just do flirting and hookups. Feelings…well, they fucking feel.

“What, did you change your mind and suddenly decide that nine-eighty bare-minimum wasn’t good enough?” Her nose wrinkles after her insult, but I think I get where it’s coming from. She just hit me with a major share, and now I’m bailing. Better to lash out. Her and I aren’t so different.

“Something like that,” I say, holding up my lunch trash as a wave goodbye.

Abby’s face shifts slightly, her wrinkled mouth and dimmed eyes morphing from the snarky expression that accompanies her tease to the look of a girl who just lost her brand new balloon to the sky.

“That hoodie…” I say as I walk backward, pointing toward the center of her chest. “Looks good on you.” I leave things there with a tight-lipped smile and a nod, a truce of sorts, not that Abby even knew we were in a battle. Hell, we weren’t. I’m the only one in a conflict, and it’s with my own damn self.

I manage to turn my back to her and toss my trash out without pausing to get one more little jab in to fully take things back to our version of normal. I think for now, I’d like to leave things nice. I wasn’t counting on her wanting to leave things that way, too, though.

“I’ll be sure to cheer for you, even if I’m wearing Hayden’s number,” she shouts.

I spin on my feet and give her a thumbs up, but keep moving away from her because if I turn around, I’ll keep trying to win her over. And she’s not mine to be won.

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About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Wordsmith Publicity
Genre: YA Romance
Part 2 of a series

My Varsity Review  . . .

I am always a fan of Ginger Scott and this is another sweet story.    I did like this story but it didn't quite hit me in the feels like some of her other books have.

We first meet Abby and Tory in Varsity Heartbreaker (#1).  I adored both of those characters from the beginning of this series, so I was excited to get their story.   I did like the story and how divorce can effect kids.  Though I didn't quite feel the connection of Tory and Abby right away.   In the beginning we get to see how Tory has had a crush on Abby but I wish we also got Abby's feelings for Tory as well.  

Since we didn't get that POV and we have Abby enter the story with her dating Hayden, which felt out of no where. so it was a bit hard for to feel her feelings grow for Tory.   This story also had more of the impact of their parents then Tory and Abby.   Which I did like but I was also left wanting more from them as a couple.  

The story is happening parallel at the same time as Varsity Heartbreaker with June and Logan, yet you don't realize it is at the same time.  In the end I did like it as it was sweet, but I was left wanting more from Abby and Tory.   I did like part about divorce and the effect on Abby, Tory and Hayden.  I loved the friendship of June and Abby.  So, far that is my favorite part of the series.  Tory's character was great and I liked that he's always noticed Abby even when no one else noticed.  

I liked the relationship of Tory and Hayden and how they had to work their issues out to find their happiness with their new normal.    I am excited for more from this author and this series. 

3 Sweet Thumbs up!

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Tuesday 14 July 2020

Off Plan by May Archer (Whispering Keys #1) #bookreview #MM #MMromance

Off Plan

(Whispering Key #1)


I came to Whispering Key for a job. That was all. To show the world Mason Bloom could be more than a small-town doctor living a medium-sized life.

Private doctor on a swanky island with a posh resort? Check.

But from the moment I set foot on this island, nothing went according to plan.

I didn’t expect to find the resort falling apart.
I didn’t expect the people here to be so charming and crazy and welcoming and real.
I didn’t expect legends about shipwrecks and buried treasure.
And I definitely didn’t expect Fenn Reardon, the island’s incredibly attractive, incredibly infuriating, incredibly male resident tour guide, to become the one person I can’t live without.

Thirty-five’s a bit late for me to realize I'm not straight, though, right? And I have big dreams that won’t fit on Whispering Key, anyway—dreams that do not include tying myself to a tiny island stuck in the past or to a man who refuses to think about the future.

My head’s telling me I have to leave Whispering Key…
My heart’s telling me there might be treasure on this island after all.

Source: Kindle Unlimited
Genre: MM Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 1 in a new series

My Off Plan Review . . .

I absolutely adore this author and I have loved the Love in O'Leary series. So when I found out there is a new series and it is also slightly a spin off from The Secret #3 in the O'Leary series I jumped at the chance to read it. Mason Ross is Micah's brother, we got to meet him in The Secret but you do not have to had read the Love in the O'Leary series to read this new series. It's just a nice jumping off point, plus you get to see the brilliance of May Archer and all the quirkiness of O'Leary.

~Loafers opened the door but only took one giant step toward the beach before he looked down at his shoes and frowned, like he'd only then realized utter incompatibility of loafers and Whispering Key Beach. There was a metaphor there, if the poor sap could only see it.~

I didn't think we could meet more fascinating people than the people of O'Leary but the people of Whispering Keys are hysterical and I adore all of them. Mason is a bit of a stick in the mud but jumps at an opportunity to start fresh and make a name for himself. Fenn is in Whispering Keys but has a chip on his shoulder and Mason represents everything he hates.

Mason and Fenn have a bit of a love hate relationship but they both are what they need to find their true happiness. I loved that Mason's realization didn't get drawn out nor was there any shame, just surprise. I like the fact that it didn't cause him agony in that regards, as he had stress in other ways.

I loved Fenn's family and that the whole time they have been trying to help Fenn see his true potential but he needed Mason to help realize the truth. All the characters on this island are a hoot and I loved them all.

I loved Mason and Fenn's story and I can NOT wait for more as this series has so much potential and so many amazing characters, but it looks like Micah and Constantine will be making an appearance soon on Whispering Keys as well.

I loved how during the story there was a treasure hunt going on at the same time which was a great metaphor to both of their lives. We get to find many treasures during this story but there were also some details left unanswered that we hopefully will find out more as the series progresses.

Love this author and can't wait for more from her and this series.

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Saturday 4 July 2020

Home To Me by Catherine ByBee (Canyon Creek #2) #bookreview #preorder
Home to Me

(Canyon Creek #2)

A brave woman’s flight from the past leads her toward new love in a novel about courage, hope, and second chances by Catherine Bybee, New York Times bestselling author of My Way to You.
After Erin Fleming escapes from her controlling and abusive ex, she finds refuge in the heart of Santa Clarita, California. Eager to start over, she has a new name, a new look, and a new career. Settled into a private guesthouse, Erin can breathe free. Far from the shadows she’s outrun, Erin is finally learning to live for herself. Her new unexpected friendship with her landlord starts to crack open the armor Erin’s enclosed herself in. But it’s Matt who speeds up the pace of Erin’s heart and makes her wish for things she believes she can never have.
Matt Hudson, a firefighter in one of California’s wildfire epicenters, has a passion for danger. He lives for the adrenaline rush his profession awards him. But his protective instincts take over once Matt meets Erin. So does an attraction he can’t deny. Above all else, he’s determined to prove to Erin that she can trust him. As the sparks between them ignite, so does a real-world danger. Erin’s past is not letting go. It’s just in hiding.
Before Erin’s ex finds her, she and Matt have to find him. And finally put an end to everything that’s becoming a threat to their love, and to Erin’s life.


Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Montlake via NetGalley
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 2 of a ongoing series

My Home To Me Review . . . 

I'm always a fan of Catherine Bybee as she never disappoints me with her stories.  They are always full of heart and suspense.  

We met Matt and Erin in My Way to You, book one.   In book 1 we were eluded to Erin's past but it was not confirmed nor where are the details there until here in Home to Me.    We also knew Matt had a crush on Erin, but weren't sure how that was going to play out.  

Every character in this story was so well done.  I loved all the interactions and bantering between everyone.

"Yeah, I saw.  But what does that have to do with this?"
The timer buzzed with another batch of cookies.  These ones were strawberry-filled sugar cookies. "Matt."
"Matt asked for a sugar high?"

I also like that it didn't drag on with Erin pushing Matt away and being a martyr, instead she opened up pretty quickly and trusted others.   I liked that there wasn't unnecessary angst.    I also liked the sweetness of Matt.

"If you were a tiny bit of a jerk it would be easy to push you away."
Matt batted his eyelashes as if he were a lost puppy looking for scraps at the dinner table.  "My mom says I'm a good catch."

All of Matt's family is awesome and I can't wait to get Grace's story.  I also hope we eventually get Austin's story as well.   He seems like such a great character.   But Grace's strength and loud personality will give whomever she ends up with a run for their money.  But I think the journey is going to be with it. 

Sure there was some predictability with this story, but there was still enough to pull you through.   It ended with no loose ends which I appreciate.  Liked the story and loved Erin and Matt together.

"Your dreams should be a testament to who you are now.  Maci was a victim.  Erin is a fighter."
4 Fighting thumbs up!

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