The Teaching Hours by Sara Ney

4 STARS!

Release Date: May 5, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Everyone says Rex Gunderson isn’t boyfriend material. Everyone says he isn’t serious enough. Everyone says he’s a joke. Rumor has it, the disgraced ex-manager of the wrestling team left campus with his tail between his legs.

But now Rex is back—nowhere near the douchebag he used to be—and ready to prove everyone wrong.

The leopard has changed his spots, and he’s about to become my dating coach.

REVIEW

This is a short story, originally published in the Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology, in September of 2019! We get glimpses of the obnoxious Rex in throughout the How to Date a Douchebag series, so I was super interested to see what Sara Ney would do with him. Hannah might be perfect for him. Haha! Their friendship was fun, and as usual, Sara Ney throws in some good laughs! This book just reminded me how much I loved this series and I’m happy we got to revisit this world.

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Dear Ava by Isla Madden-Mills

4.5 STARS!

Release Date: February 3, 2020

SYNOPSIS: The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until one of them destroyed me. The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them. Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer: Knox, the scarred quarterback and their leader, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the ex who dumped me…

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.</del> That’s stupid. 

What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL. It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you. I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall. I’ve missed you cheering at my football games. I’ve missed the smell of your hair.The truth is, I wanted you back then—but you had him.And then everything fell apart that night.Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark. I just want to make you mine. 

Still.

REVIEW: I’ve read almost every single one of Ilsa Madden-Mills’ books, so I had a feeling I would like this one. TALK ABOUT DARK AND MESSY CHARACTERS. I freakin’ loved them. If you’ve ever read my reviews, you may notice I have a soft spot of characters that have endured some trauma in their past. Which means these two main characters were all up in the feels for me. It starts really dark, and stays that way for a while. Luckily, Ava is a fierce female lead. I loved her journey throughout this book and the male love interest is just so enticing. There are a couple dirty scenes in this one that really speak to the strong connection these two have. The angst, the back and forth, the tear-jerk moments all make this book an emotional rollercoaster and I loved it. The only reason I wouldn’t give a full 5 stars is a personal preference. The ending just wasn’t my kind of ending, but you’ll have to read to see how you feel about it. If you like dark romances, I think you’ll enjoy this one tremendously!

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The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak

5 STARS!!!!

Release Date: July 25, 2019

SYNOPSIS

I’ve spent years hiding in the shadows. 

He’s spent his whole life chasing the bright lights of the NBA.

We have nothing in common, except for the fact our friends ditched us for spring break. 

I have a bucket list for my senior year at Valley U. 

He’s the only person I know on campus. 

I’m ready to start checking things off my list. 

Frat party: Check.
TP the baseball house: Check.
Goat yoga: Check.
Skinny dipping: Check.
Falling for Zeke Sweets, Valley U’s MVP: Not going to happen.

REVIEW

First things first, THIS COVER. I am here for the sexy black man on the cover. I see so many white boys, and don’t get me wrong I like them, but it’s nice to have some other representation! I’m in LOVE with this cover.

Next, let’s just talk about the Smart Jocks series in general. It is now one of my favorites! There is just such a depth to the characters, and I loved every moment of seeing them all get their HEA’s. So we meet Gabby and Zeke in the first book of the series, and I just wanted to know more about both of them. Zeke is the strong silent mysterious type that is beyond intriguing! Gabby was dealt a crazy hand right before she was supposed to leave for college. Seeing these two keep getting pushed together and tell themselves they weren’t going to fall for each other was so entertaining. I seriously loved their journey and I was so much more invested in them from meeting them in previous books. I that they both have a lot of learning and growing going on. Seriously, this one just gets you in the feels some times. I highly recommend this book, as well as the rest of the series!! Seriously, go read it NOW.

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The Fadeaway by Rebecca Jenshak

5 STARS!

Release Date: March 14, 2019

SYNOPSIS

This college jock is a total player. He’s used to getting who and what he wants. Until her. . . 

Katrina
The hottest guy on campus won’t stop asking me out. I know that sounds like a good problem to have, but this guy… this guy has no idea how complicated my life is trying to juggle being a single mom and college student. Every Thursday, he shows up at the café where I work. His cheesy pickup lines and arrogance should have me completely annoyed. I’m not. I can’t say yes, but Thursday is my favorite day of the week.

Joel
The hottest girl on campus won’t go out with me. I know, I know, that sounds presumptuous, but this girl… this girl has gotten under my skin, and I can’t seem to walk away. Every Thursday, I show up at the café where she works. She’s fed me every excuse in the book. I should give up and bang one of the many girls blowing up my phone. I’m not. Even when she says no, Thursday is my favorite day of the week.

REVIEW

After reading book one of this series, The Assist, I had to jump right into book two. Let’s talk about how Rebecca Jenshak threw in every trope I love: taming the bad boy, single parent romance, college sports, I mean it’s like this book was made for me! I loved that I’d already met the leads in book one, but I was totally invested in the well-being of Katrina, her son, and Joel.

JOEL MORENO! I knew his story was going to be good, but once I found out he’d be turned down by single mom Katrina, it was on. Joel’s single-minded pursuit of Katrina is so much fun. Seriously, this book had me smiling for the majority of the time. Of course there is some drama, as is life, but this story pulled all my heart strings in the best way.

Now I’m just counting down the days until The Tip-Off!

YES WE ARE GETTING Z AND GABBY’S STORY!!

It releases on July 25, 2019 (my birthday, what a great present).

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The Assist by Rebecca Jenshak

5 STARS!!

Release Date: November 5, 2018

SYNOPSIS

You know those stories where the smart girl tutors the dumb jock? This isn’t it.

Blair
What’s the probability of insulting the one guy on campus I need to help me pass statistics? If I knew, I wouldn’t be standing in front of Wes Reynolds begging him to tutor me.

Basketball player, sexy, arrogant, always sleeping through class… these are the things I knew about him. What I didn’t know is that he is a seriously smart jock.

Wes
What’s the best way to get rid of the peppy and unrelenting girl that keeps asking me to tutor her? If I knew, I wouldn’t be staring at her tan legs and attempting to teach her statistics.

Sorority girl, fine as f**k, determined, ball buster… these are the things I knew about her. What I didn’t know is that she is all the things I didn’t realize I wanted or needed.

Or that one semester with her would change everything.

REVIEW

I am an absolute sucker for New Adult and College Sports Romance series, so I’m very happy I found this one! Let me just say, there is something so real about this this story. Wes’ journey with basketball and life in general is just so relatable for people trying to find their place. Blair’s tenacity is hilarious, but also just pulls you into the story. The development of friendship between these two kept me enthralled to the very end.

Another thing that really added to this story were the side characters! Blair and Gabby’s friendship is something I want more of! Her friend Vanessa and Mario’s budding relationship. And then there are Wes’ friends, who I absolutely love. Z is this basketball god, but he’s so quiet and mysterious, and I can’t wait to find out more about him. Joel Moreno is always the life of the party, but you just know there is more to his story–which we luckily get in book two: The Fadeaway!

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The Friend Zone by Sariah Wilson

5 STARS

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Montlake Romance

SYNOPSIS

Disgraced college quarterback Logan Hunt was on his way to NFL stardom when he messed up big-time. Now the Texas star player with a bad temper has a new option: Seattle’s EOL College—as in End of the Line, to his fellow misfit recruits. It’s Logan’s last chance. If he can follow the rules. No parties, no fighting, no swearing, and oh, no dating the coach’s daughter, Jess. Simple. Yeah, right. For Logan, there has never been a rule he’s more tempted to break.

The deal is “just friends.” The pretty, confident, and fiercely smart math whiz is fine with pizza, tutoring, and keeping Logan in line. But the closer Jess gets, the more receptive she is to his warm heart and spirit—not to mention his irresistible off-field passes. With defenses down, they’re both heading into the danger zone.

It’s more than thrilling. It’s love. It’s also a game changer that could sideline Logan’s NFL goals—and more important, a future with Jess. But dreams are worth fighting for, right? 

REVIEW

NEW BOOK BOYFRIEND ALERT! Logan Hunt seriously made this story for me. The difficult upbringing, the perseverance, the loyalty. Coach’s rules are over the top, but Logan is determined to follow them. He is just a dream come true. The empathetic way he listens to Jess and supports her really adds to their connection. Both characters have been through a lot, and they deserve so much more. This friends to lovers story will pull on all your heartstrings, and I definitely recommend it!

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Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: May 3, 2019

SYNOPSIS

Wanted: one hot guy with rock-hard abs and a big stick.

Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad boy athletes . . . until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all.

If only he knew she was alive. 

Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible.

Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom—but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love.

But after one (um, two) smoking-hot hookups, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts.

Will this hockey star score his forever girl or will their Boyfriend Bargain end in heartbreak? 

REVIEW

What I love most about Ilsa Madden-Mills’ books is the absolute realness. Sometimes I don’t like the characters or what they’re doing, but that is what makes me love the story as a whole. The characters are growing throughout the story. You can see them dealing with real problems, making mistakes, and learning from them. Madden-Mills’ books always hit me right in the feels, and leave me with a smile from ear to ear!

I really did enjoy getting to know Sugar and Z. The bumpy journey they’re on totally had me hooked and I couldn’t put the book down. And that chemistry, I mean damn! If you’re here for the lusty, sexy times, you’re in the right place. It helps that Z is a sexy viking warrior that plays hockey extremely well. Also, I love that Sugar is just who she is. Eric, who is Z’s best friend, is the perfect comedic relief at times. Reece was hard to empathize with, because I was more invested in Z and Sugar. That being said, I’d really love to get Eric and Reece’s stories too! We shall see if Ilsa Madden-Mills will bless us with more hockey romances, a girl can dream.

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The Risk by Elle Kennedy

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: February 18, 2019

Synopsis: Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

Review: How does Elle Kennedy keep it up?! The comedy, the lust, and all the feels. I mean seriously, this was so much freakin’ fun to read. We get a glimpse of the chemistry between Brenna and Jake in The Chase (so read it if you haven’t), and I was really excited to see how it would play out. Brenna is a total badass. She’s a strong, beautiful woman that goes after what she wants. Jake Connelly is more than what he seems, which always makes for a good male lead. This is the epitome of New Adult, where the characters are trying to figure out their next steps in life, while simultaneously trying to figure out their love lives, plus all the other day-to-day necessities. Easy right?! WRONG. Which is why it’s one hell of a ride. If you want to laugh, lust, and feel that longing for amazing characters to just figure it out, well you should go read The Risk. RIGHT NOW!

Okay, so here’s what you’re going to do:

(1) Read all the Off Campus Series. 

You’ve already done that? WELP, then you know what’s up. Moving on. 

(2) Read The Chase, and be happy you’re finding yourself back in the Off-Campus world.

You’ve already done that too? I knew I liked you.

(3) Read The Risk! It’s out today, February 18th.

You’re reading it as we speak?! Great news, once you finish, you can move onto number four…

(4) Agonize over the fact that we have to wait until OCTOBER 7TH for the next book, The Play. Which entails rereading all of the above books, possibly more than once, and scouring instagram, twitter, and facebook for fellow readers, in order to discuss your obsession with these books, and how you don’t know if you can survive until getting the next one. I mean seriously only 241 DAYS to go!

Thanks to Elle Kennedy for the eARC, which means I actually started my count down from 252 days to go until The Play. Luckily it just gives me more time to reread!

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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

4 Stars!!

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Synopsis:

Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Badass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day? One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

I DARE YOU is a full-length stand-alone novel.

Review:

Jock + Nerd = I’m definitely reading it!

I’m a sucker for the jock romances to be honest. And when you add in some nerdy, you’ve completely won me over. Delaney is a fun main character, and while I sometimes felt she wasn’t empathic enough, I think overall she was pretty realistic. Maverick is also realistic in the sense that as the reader you’re going a little crazy over his choices, yet people do these types of things in real life all the time! Overall, the majority of the characters were great examples of caring and understanding. I would have loved if the author dove a little deeper into Skye and Delaney’s friendship, because it seems really healthy and supportive. Anyway, another fun romance from Ilsa Madden-Mills!