“Delay of Game” – Stephanie Kay

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Two grownups struggling with choosing to do the best thing for themselves.
Finn’s broken ankle needs several weeks of physical therapy to be in with a fighting chance of starting the Hockey season. He’s struggling to do what the PT is asking of him and not go at 1000 mph.
Sophia wants more for her life than working at her Family owned and run restaurant. After getting her dream job as a Physical Therapist’s Assistant, she’s struggling to say no to helping out at the restaurant in down time.
This is a sweet story with witty banter and great secondary characters. The push/pull of wanting something desperately for yourself and not being sure of how to get it without letting other people down is something we can all resonate with.

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“Outnumbered” by Shay Savage

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1st Person. Hero’s POV.
Ex Con curmudgeonly Hero, Neurologically Divergent Heroine.
Tropes: Forced Proximity, Hidden Identity
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Setting: Wild woods of Canada’s Northwest territories.

Bishop is a loner, by design and by choice. Having grown up in an abusive family, he ends up in jail for killing his father to save his mother. Tried as an adult he spends his late teens and early adulthood in Jail. Because of that and the PTSD of his youth he lives an isolated life.
Seri comes along and throws that out the window of the tiny Shack Bishop is living in. Turns out there’s more to Seri than meets the eye. I went into this book blind, but guessed at Seri’s multiple personalities before the reveal. I’ve since seen it called out in teasers so it’s not really a spoiler.
I loved how Shay did the reveal though and how Bishop struggled, coped, adapted and worked with Seri throughout all of this. Throw in a woman in Peril and I was 100% here for all of it.

I’ve always enjoyed Shay’s books because I know she’s never writing the same book twice. There’s a time and place for familiarity, Shay Savage is not the author to go to for that.

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“Rogue Affair” – A Resistance Romance Anthology

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Excellent mix of stories, LGBTQIA, Married People, Second Chance Romance, Opposites attract, Workplace romance etc etc. Some made me uncomfortable and challenged, some had angst, all of them made me think.
Particular favourites were “Dedication of a Lifetime” by Tamsen Parker, “The President’s Protector” by Kris Ripper and “Take a Knee” by Jane Lee Blair

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“Stay” – Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

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Matt is a divorced, Co-Parenting Hockey player, Hailey is a business owning virtual assistant with a crush on Matt. Cute, funny, quirky, Semi-workplace romance (He’s her client). Needed more puppy time, low angst, cute kids, excellent banter (especially when Blake from book 1 in the series shows up!)

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“A Man To Die For” – Suzanne Brockmann

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Felipe/Phil’s Story. Should be read after “Not Without Risk”. Felipe is deep undercover until he re-encounters Carrie who, the last time he saw her, Felipe had put her in the truck of her car. As he’s undercover as a mafia right hand man, things quickly go south, putting Felipe & Carrie on the run from both the expected bad guys and it turns out, good guys gone bad in the Police Force.
Felipe has to rely on his wits and his Ex-Con Big Brother Rafe to get him out of this mess alive. This story is a mostly about trust, particularly when you’ve been hurt or betrayed by someone in the past. Given that this is a re-release from 1995, it holds up fairly well except for the technology side of things. Plenty of pay-phones and no internet means it may not read well for younger readers.

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“Save Me (Corrupted Hearts #4)” – Tiffany Snow

Amazon Link Here: https://amzn.to/2GpPL2b Releases April 17, 2018

Man I did not know how this was gonna end, especially as it felt so similar to the Kathleen Turner series with the quasi love triangle. Loved China’s growth in the final book in this series. It didn’t feel drawn out even with the continuation of the story around China’s Mother’s death and her biological father’s possible intervention. I Did miss Mia & Grams in this one though as they allowed a glimpse at the nuturing side of China that she didn’t always realize about herself.
Romantic Thriller more than Suspense.
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“Not Without Risk” – Suzanne Brockmann

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Second Chance romance between Detective James/Diego and Teacher Emily met many years ago when he was assigned to her college to help catch a campus rapist. She was on the student safety committee. An un-wise romance given their age/stage of life differences. He pushed her away after getting shot as he didn’t want her to waste her life on him.
7 or so years later after realizing the Super respectable guy she’s dating might be a drug importer of the serious kind, James gets assigned to play her brother to figure out what’s what. I do like that Suzanne Brockmann isn’t afraid to have her men cry in books, especially when they realized the level of heart break they’ve put our heroine’s through. A re-release from 1995, it stands up pretty well.

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“Running Back (New York Leopards #2)” – Allison Parr

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Archeologist Heroine, NFL Playing Hero. She’s looking for an Irish Lost City, He inherits the land she believes it lies beneath. As I wanted to be an archeologist when I was a kid I loved this heroine.
I loved all the secondary characters, especially the village of Killkarten. Even though our Hero was an NFL Player there was very little sportsing, leaving plenty of room for a slew of dysfunctional family dynamics that the story and the time frame gave plenty of space to work through. It was like taking a bunch of Americans and dropping them in Ballykissangel and seeing what happened. Themes of loyalty, death, family, abandonment, “the troubles” and reconciliation were well paced and well handled.

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“Dirty Games” – HelenKay Dimon

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Justin works for Drummond Enterprises’ Charitable arm in Morocco. Finn Drummond arrives to help Justin investigate why shipments are missing or not delivered. Justin has lusted after Finn for many years, but due to Justin’s hang-ups around wealth & entitlement, plus an assumption that Finn was straight, Justin has deemed Finn off limits. Justin also suffers from abandonment issues, making him a hot mess and fearful of commitment. Emotionally he’s pretty juvenile and self sabotage is his weapon of choice.
Finn’s arrival at the refugee camp, instead of his older brother Alec, throws Justin for a massive loop, causing him to lash out with snark & a shitty attitude. Despite Justin’s best efforts to keep Finn at arm’s length, their attraction for each other and despite the risks in a predominantly Muslim country where homosexuality is pretty much illegal, they hook up. Justin feels like he can’t risk his heart but after a series of attempts on Finn’s life, Justin & Finn grow closer.
Loved the twists and turns in the suspense.
Oliver, Justin’s right hand man was a delight. I hope he gets a novella… hint hint .

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“My Crazy Ex-Superhero (Just Call Me Jane, #2 ) ” – S Doyle

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Mostly Dual POV for Jane and Logan. Jane believes Logan betrayed her, the rest of the world believes that Jane killed Logan’s father. Now Jane gets turned away from working for the local PD leaving her a directionless “super hero”, with her friends all returning to their previous lives without her. Jane doesn’t want to believe the worst of Logan but the evidence is pretty strong. However, once Logan realizes someone is out to hurt Jane, will our Super hero let herself have a guardian she doesn’s trust. Who is the mysterious watcher? Who is Jane’s Father? This was an excellent wrap up to the duet. Nothing was easy, nothing should be when you’re early twenties and still figuring who and especially in Jane’s case, what you are. Supergirl & smallville & buffy fans would love this (without the demons).

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