Mini Reviews: Of Sassy Gals & Swoon-Worthy Men

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The Wrong Game
by Kandi Steiner
Publication Date: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Self-published
  

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: From the bestselling author of A Love Letter to Whiskey and the What He Doesn’t Know Duet comes an angsty, emotional, and fun sports romance.

Two season tickets. 

One genius idea.
Zero interest in a relationship. 

The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other. 

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof. 

Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round. 

He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks. 

But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one. 

One night. One game. And then, his time’s up. 

He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read a book by Kandi Steiner but when I saw the cover reveal for The Wrong Game, I knew that it was too cute to pass up on and I was eager to pick it up once it released! Lucky for me, the cute cover did not let me down and dare I say that The Wrong Game might even be my new favorite Kandi Steiner book.

On the day Gemma Mancini planned to leave her cheating husband to start her new life, she finds out that he only has a few weeks left to live. So she bites her tongue and holds his hands and then he takes with him the secret Gemma was never able to confront him about. Eight months later and Gemma has a new plan: avoid love at all cost. Her best friend has other ideas and encourages Gemma to start casually dating to get her feet wet again. But when a not so casual fling tries to change up her game plan, will Gemma give in and play by his rules or will she forfeit the game to protect her own heart?

I wanna start off this review by saying that despite what the blurb says, this is not at all a sports romance. Neither one of our main characters are athletes but rather just huge football fanatics and last time I checked that’s not a good enough qualification to label a book as a sports romance. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about how cute The Wrong Game is! Kandi Steiner’s books are usually a hit or miss for me so I’m glad I ended up enjoying this one. It’s a story about two people who’ve both been burned by love, but one of them is willing to let love in again while the other isn’t quite there just yet. Gemma is a woman who thought her life was utterly perfect until she discovered that her husband was having an affair. She didn’t even get a chance to get closure and it broke her down and caused her to close herself off to love. Throughout this book, Gemma has to find a way to learn to trust again and realize that love can hurt at times but it’s still worth the risk. Gemma also struggles with anxiety and one of her ways of coping with it is by making lists and plans. She rarely ever goes off track when it comes to her plans but Gemma stood no chance against Zach Bowen when he walked into her life and shot all her plans to hell. I freakin’ loved Zach! He’s absolutely perfect and boyfriend goals in my book. He’s a hopeless romantic who reads romance books and watches rom coms even though he’s hesitant to put himself back out there. He’s so patient with Gemma and I love his sense of humor. I really wanna just steal Zach for myself like that’s how bad I got it for him, lol. The romance and watching these two fall in love was my favorite part of this story. Gemma and Zach have great chemistry and they both live and breathe football. These two had me laughing, crying and smiling so hard that it made it impossible to put this book down. I will probably reread this book a few more times just to experience their love story again. The Wrong Game is a cute, sexy and at times even emotional romance and I definitely recommend giving it a read!

 

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So Wild (Silver Daughters Ink #1)
by Eve Dangerfield
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: BookBaby

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Rating: ★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: As a teenager, Samantha DaSilva had two interests: running wild and messing with her posh neighbour. The neighbour moved away—the coward—but the wild kept right on going. At least it did until her hippie father vanished, leaving her in charge of the family tattoo studio. As Sam struggles to keep the business afloat her childhood nemesis returns, taller, blonder and more offensively gorgeous than ever. 

As a teenager, the wildest thing Scott Sanderson did was get a crush on Sam DaSilva. When that blew up in his face he moved to London to pursue realistic goals and girls who didn’t set fire to his underwear. After unexpected circumstances pull Scott back into Sam’s orbit, he’s shocked to discover he’s still in love with a woman who doesn’t own a phone. And who hasn’t forgiven a thing. 

As Sam and Scott struggle to make sense of their mutual attraction, they confront some of life’s biggest questions—can you ever really get over the past? Is it better to be safe or sorry? Is a spanking adequate punishment for putting someone’s virginity on eBay?

Known for her “hot-as-hell” romances, Eve Dangerfield is an author who has slowly started to climb her way onto my favorites list so I couldn’t wait to see what she had in stores for us with this newest series. I didn’t even read the blurb beforehand, I just dove right in.

When Scott Sanderson moved in next door, Samantha DaSilva took in upon herself to make his life hell. Prank after prank, the two spent years going at each other until one incident landed them both in some serious trouble. After that, Scott took off to university and Samantha never heard from him again. Years later and Samantha is struggling to keep her family’s tattoo parlor afloat when Scott walks back into her life. Though neither one can deny their attraction for one another, Samantha can’t seem to let go of the past and tries to find any excuse for why she and Scott shouldn’t be together. But when she realizes how wrong she is, will it be too late to fix things?

Full disclosure, when I started So Wild I was in a bit of a reading rut and it took me quite some time until I became fully invested in this story. But once I did, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I love the concept of a romance revolving around a trio of sisters who need to work together in order to save the family tattoo parlor and the relationship between the DaSilva sisters was one of my favorite thing about this story. They’re all so different and may argue like hell but if one of them is in need, the other two will drop whatever they are doing just to help their sister out. Samantha is a sassy tattoo artist who gives no fucks about what others think of her. She’s devoted to her work and tries to never get attached to anyone outside of her family. But for some reason she can’t seem to shake Scott and honestly I don’t blame the girl because Scott is one fine specimen. Scott may be all business with his suits and formalities, but once he gets to the bedroom and rolls up them sleeves it’s a whole different Scott. Scotty boy has a mouth on him and he knows how to use it and I was swooning so hard for him. The romance is an angsty one since Scott and Samantha have to work through their issues from the past before they can move forward. It’s so funny because on paper one would think that these two have nothing in common but in reality they couldn’t be a more perfect match. I love how supportive Scott is of Samantha and her career and will literally shut down anyone who tries to make any rude remarks about her. I hope we get to see more of these two together as the series goes on. So Wild was a angst and sexy read and I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. We’ve already gotten some hints on who the potential love interests will be for the next two DaSilva sisters and I’m dying to know how things play out for these couples.divider14

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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

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