THE BALLERINA AND THE FIGHTER by Ursula Sinclair #NA Sports #Romance #WeekendBlogShare

The Ballerina & the Fighter (Ballerina, #1)Book reviewThe Ballerina & the Fighter by Ursula Sinclair
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Ballerina and the Fighter is a new adult romance dealing both violence and sex. It is book #1 of the Ballerina series.

Maze is a nineteen year old martial arts fighter, he first sets eyes on seventeen year old Ivy whilst they are all on summer vacation. Ivy is with her friend Shelley taking photos on the beach when Maze first sees her and feels that insta-love.

They spend the next two weeks getting to know each other a little and falling in love, but summer ends in a tragedy and Maze heads off to Japan whilst Ivy goes to ballet school.

Their friendship drifts in the next five years until Maze returns to New York for a big fight. He watches Ivy at the ballet and his love for her is instantly rekindled. They now take their relationship to the next intimate level, but Maze is troubled by the Chinese Triads which is his reason to return home.

Maze has a difficult decision to make about the upcoming fight, but an accident for Ivy helps focus his thoughts on the future.

The sporting storyline and the insta-love are popular with readers of this genre. The writing was let down by a need for a good proofread, Shelley was spelt in two different ways on several occasions and there were numerous other niggles with sentence structure and awkward dialogue which could easily be ironed out to support the good storyline.

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Book Description

I travel through life dancing.

All I ever wanted to do was dance, as did my best friend. We’d made so many plans together, but one night an explosion changed it all. Only one of us survived, and I promised myself I’d succeed for us both. And I did, until an accident almost ruined my career, but Maze came back into my life when I needed him most. He pulled me out of the depths of my despair. But could I save him now?

I travel through life fighting.

It had always been Ivy; from the first moment I saw her leaping through the air like she had wings to lift her from the ground. But she was my dream, something I wanted more than anything else in my life. I promised myself I would stay away from her. Violence followed me everywhere and I tried to keep her far away from it. She was my point of illumination in the dark tumultuous world I lived in. But I could not stay away from her. Not when I knew she needed me. As much as I needed her. But could she accept me as I am?

New Adult Contemporary 18+

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EAGLE RIVER by Isabelle Kane #NA sports themed #Romance @KaneIsabelle #weekendblogshare

Eagle RiverEagle River by Isabelle Kane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eagle River is a New Adult sports themed romance set in and around Wisconsin and revolves around the sport of American football.

Kjersten and Galen were school sweethearts but broke up when Galen’s mother died. Unable to deal with the loss Galen cut Kjersten off, but never forgot her. When he sees her with a rival football star at a local fair, Galen’s jealousy rockets. He vows to apply to a college away from Kjersten.

Galen’s father is a disabled drunk, but Galen’s always had lots of support from his football coach, a man troubled by a secret he holds. At coach’s wedding, Galen and Kjersten are brought together once more, but their relationship path is still a rocky one, just how many times can a girl be left dangling before she walks away?

This storyline theme is a popular one, with high spirited players and a love triangle. I would like to see it have another run through editing to iron out areas with clunky dialogue, typos and areas where it needs it a bit of a polish to make it more of an enjoyable read.

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Book Description

Rivals, Galen Odgers and Cam Fawst have shared many things. Both are favored sons of Eagle River Wisconsin, quarterbacks of the same legendary football team. Both have been raised by strong women, and both love the same beautiful girl. But there is a secret about one of them, a secret that a mother took to her grave, that his high school coach swore never to reveal, and one whose consequences continue to reverberate. Can love survive the ultimate betrayal and the revelation of a decades old secret?

About the author

Isabelle Kane believes that romance and love are among the most delightful aspects of the human experience. She seeks to provide her readers with rich tapestries of stories in which love is just one element of the forces that intertwine the lives of her protagonists. She believes every dreamer deserves the adventures and escape offered by an exciting novel. The greatest sources of joy and inspiration in Isabelle’s life are her husband and their three children. Isabelle is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an MA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

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AFTER THE FALL By Carissa Lusk @ckelley_lusk #NA #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog @UFBooks

After the FallAfter the Fall by Carissa Lusk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After The Fall is a New Adult (NA) Paranormal romance set in West Virginia. The book opens with a prologue involving dreams of falling in love by the sea. Amity Day is studying English at college, as the new term starts she is feeling a little lost after her long term boyfriend transferred to a different University.

Marcus Riley seems to have eyes only for Amity in the classes he shares with her and she can’t help feeling intrigued and attracted to him, yet she’s in love with Alex and she feels guilty about spending time with Marcus.

Marcus is a talented artist and he is very attentive and determined. He writes poetry for Amity and she finds herself in a love triangle. Behind it all are dreams which feel more like memories, jumbles of messages which Amity tries to grasp.

At Christmas it looks like Alex is about to propose to Amity and fear of losing Marcus forces her to decide between the two but has she made the right decision? Her family knew all about Alex, but she keeps Marcus a secret and lies to her family. When Marcus reveals that they’ve shared past lives together Amity begins to understand some of her dreams, but still something isn’t right, why are there questions which Marcus refuses to answer?

The love triangle theme is very popular in the YA / NA romance market, it works well and adds intensity and drama. Who wouldn’t want men fighting over them? It’s good for the female ego. The intrigue and mystery surrounding Marcus and Alex makes you want to find out their connection and thus keep turning the pages.

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Amity cries out into the darkness that surrounds her, hoping for a solitary voice to provide direction; she hears two.

Amity knows she loves Alexander, yet the loneliness brought on by the miles that separate them can only be curbed by the cryptic affection of Marcus Riley. She can’t understand the strange familiarity she finds in the wild blue of Marcus’s eyes, but she will soon learn his secret.

Plagued with dreams and memories of lives beyond her own, a tragic fate will emerge from the ashes of a love scorned. Eventually, she will discover the dark truth that will leave her running for her life, and she will learn who sacrificed everything to save it.

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Carissa Lusk grew up in a small town in West Virginia and never moved far from home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Concord College. She credits her love of reading and writing to Kate Chopin, Emily Bronte, and her mom. After the Fall is Carissa’s debut novel.

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BOUND BY HONOR by @CoraReillyBooks #NA #Romance #WeekendBlogShare

Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #1)Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bound By Honor is a New Adult Romance and book #1 of the Born In Blood Mafia Chronicles. It is set in America. It opens with a wedding scene and then drops back to how the story got this far and moves on with the future.

Aria is the daughter of the chief adviser to the head of the Midwest branch of the Mafia, she is promised in marriage at the tender age of thirteen to Luca Vitiello the son of the New York mafia. They will marry when Aria is eighteen, the marriage will be a duty of honor and a peace bond between the various factions. They need to lay down their feuds to compete with the Russian mob (The Bratva) and the Taiwanese Triad.

Aria knows this is a marriage trap and one she cannot avoid, yet she is terrified of Luca and his ruthless killing ways. Protected at all times by armed guards Aria has never even kissed a boy before her wedding day. Thoughts of her wedding night and what is expected of her torment her. But Aria discovers a softer side of Luca when they are alone and one she hopes will turn her fears to love.

Dealing with first love and those first sexual encounters for teenagers, with hopes and dreams, this book is ideal for the new adult market. There promises more encounters for characters the readers have met in the following books in the series.

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SCORING WILDER by R.S Grey #NA College Sports #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog @AuthorRSGrey

Scoring WilderScoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scoring Wilder is a #NA romance set in Los Angeles with a college sports theme. Kinsley Bryant is soon to be nineteen, born and raised in the LA soccer world she has a place on the University of LA Women’s Soccer team, with hopes of making the Olympic try-outs.

Rookie training begins in June, she pals up with Emily and Becca and puts her energy into training after she dumps Josh when she finds him in bed with a blond Bimbo. Sworn off untrustworthy men the girls head off to a party, It’s also Kinsley’s nineteenth, so she’s had a few drinks before they go out. In walks Liam Wilder twenty five year old God of the soccer world and star of the LA Stars, parts of Kinsley’s body did a flip-flop and she is rather forward with her conversation.

At training the team find that Liam has volunteered to help them train and now he’s to be known as Coach Wilder and he’s definitely off limits. They have an on/off friendship punctuated with jealousy from Tara, the team captain, aggressive media reports and heavy training schedules.

This was a quick easy read, the book is fun and full of witty comments, with sexy moments to ramp up the heat and a HEA ending. Suitable for readers who like the superstar world of LA college sport mixed with beautiful sexy characters.

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SOULLESS by Ismael Manzano #NA #UrbanFantasy @FantasyWorksPub #BookReview

Soulless (Soul Broker, #1)Soulless by Ismael Manzano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Soulless is a New Adult, Urban Fantasy. Charlotte Furio needs time-out from caring for her wheelchair bound father and feels she is always searching for something. Trisha approaches her in a bar asking what her one desire is in return for her soul. Not a question Charlotte feels able to answer as she classes herself as soulless. When she returns home, Trisha follows and before she knows what’s happening Trisha has Charlotte’s father signing away his soul in return for his good health.

Trisha recruits Charlotte as a “Soul Broker” and sets her up with interviews with her bosses, but when Mr White is shot, Charlotte becomes the number one suspect and must set out to prove her own innocence. Add to this a twist connected to her father’s Soul and Charlotte has a new life purpose.

The book is filled with many references to TV shows and films which distracted from the storyline, I would also have liked to see the author show a range of emotions from hthe characters, rather than just anger. The author also used a series of e-mails in the writing to provide vital answers and this was a weak method of moving the storyline along and rather too neat and tidy. The dialogue tags could be improved and there were editing issues around 75% in the version I read, with changes in type size.

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The Executioner by Ana Calin #NA #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog

The Executioner (#1)The Executioner by Ana Calin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Executioner is a romantic suspense and suited to the NA market as the main characters are University aged students. The book is set in Romania. Alice Preda is a student in Constanta. She is attracted to a medical student, Damian Novac and connives with friends to create situations when they will meet.

A trip to the mountains is suggested and Alice hopes to become more acquainted with Damian, it’s very cold and there is deep snow. When the train becomes de-railed with little sign of rescue, the group must try to survive. Alice is hurt as they scramble out of the train and wakes to find she’s been taken to a cabin. There is a large mixed group from the train and Damian uses his medical skills to revive Alice and warm her body.

The group start drinking the alcohol rescued from the train, but after twenty four hours and no rescue, Damian sets out with two others to find help. A sinister turn of events sets fear amongst the group and when human turns on human, Alice fears for her life.

Once again Alice awakes having been rescues by Damian, but now she is in hospital. Her father and Mother have been called, but now there is a new threat. Rumours of a sinister group and an undercover operation with missing case files throw Alice and her friends into a new battle. Who can they trust, who is lying? Should she trust the Romanian Intelligence services or Damian?

This is book one of a two book series and introduces the reader to a very believable set of circumstances and possibilities from a part of Europe which has been heavily guarded by secrecy for many years.

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The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur #NA #Bookreview @suannelqr

The Man I LoveThe Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Man I love would fit into the New Adult genre is it the story of youth, love, romance, tragedy and personal growth into adulthood. It is all that and much more and I expect each reader would get something different from the book.

Erik Fiskare’s father left home when he was small and never once made contact with his son, he left a hole in Erik’s life which Erik strove hard to shut. We meet Erik as he begins college life, he steps into the world of theatre and ballet as part of the back stage technical teams, being a part of the lighting, and scenery.

The moment he looks into the eyes of dancer Daisy Bianco something shifts in Erik’s soul, a meeting of like minds. Daisy is calm in the chaos and is a focused dancer. They begin a relationship which is youthful and passionate. They have a close knit group of friends and they thrive on the creativity which the group produces.

On stage Daisy dances with Will in perfect union, off stage her dance is with Erik. New boy James joins college and filters into the group, he is erratic and falls in love with Will. All their lives are thrown off kilter when a violent gun shooting in the theatre, puts Daisy and Will in hospital and Erik became the hero who faced down the gun barrel and walked away. But the aftermath was devastating.

The group spiralled down in depression, they turned to drugs and went to lengths to create pain to block out the nightmares. A mis-carriage , a betrayal and Erik shuts down and walks away for twelve years. Even distancing himself didn’t stop the nightmares and only counselling stopped him ending it all.

This book worked because it was written from the more unusual male POV, the beginning scene setting was factual and telling, but I later understood this as being a way a man would see things. It’s only later as Erik opens to Daisy that his emotions open and we are taken on his journey every step of the way. I’m a mother and it was very hard to read in places, when children are suffering. The shooting, too common an incident today, was haunting as was the pain they all went through for years after the event. A extremely emotional and soul bearing book.

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Discovering Delilah by @Melissa_Foster @BrookCottageBks #NA #Romance Harborside Nights series

Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, #2)Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Discovering Delilah is book 2 in the Harborside Nights series for New Adults and beyond. Delilah and her twin brother are still reeling from the sudden death of their parents in a tragic road accident on the night after their graduation. They’ve had to grow up fast, take responsibilities and trying to work through their grief.

Unable to stay at the Connecticut family home because it was too full of memories, they moved to the family seaside holiday home at Harborside. Here they take on running the Taproom a bar business owned by their parents. They are surrounded by their friends who support them with all they need to deal with.

Delilah struggles to be strong, she is laden with guilt over her parents death. She had just revealed her sexual orientation was towards girls and their shock and disapproval made her wish they were dead, then just days later they were killed in a drunk driving accident and Delilah blames herself.

In a generation of friends who accept gays, lesbians and bi-sexual relationships Delilah slowly takes baby steps towards her future. Grief counselling offers alternative ideas and a friend, Janessa, gives Delilah the confidence to approach new best friend Ashley with her feelings.

The book is written in alternative points of view from Delilah and then Ashley. Melissa writes with great sensitivity and thought as the book deeply explores same sex relationships and young people “coming out”, as well as showing the changing world of acceptance to many differing sexual relations. The romance is the main focus of the book and the stories of other characters will continue in the next books in the series.

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HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.


After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.


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In Catching Cassidy…
Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to spread his parents’ ashes and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands–but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home–even if her jealous boyfriend is giving her hell for it. But he doesn’t have anything to be jealous of…or does he?

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.

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Choices by @CaroleMcKee #NA #Romance

ChoicesChoices by Carole McKee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Choices is a romance which I would put in the New Adult and above category. We follow Lindy and Ricky through a couple of years of their life beginning when they are both just sixteen.

In Chicago Ricky is an out of control teenager, his mother is desperate to put a stop to this and asks if his Uncle will take him in and discipline him. Lindy is lonely, her mother died three years ago and her father has hardly spoken to her since. He’s not coping and Lindy is left on her own for too much of the time. She’s a straight A student who sets her own limits and works hard.

Uncle Nick enrols Ricky in the new school and soon he hears Lindy singing and is captivated by her voice. They become friends and are soon boyfriend and girlfriend, their devotion to each other gets them the nicknames of Romeo and Juliet but not everyone is happy about this. There’s one girl who had her sights set on Ricky and she’ll do anything to get her own way.

I was torn between a 3* and a 4* for this book. The storyline is pretty good and there are some very good emotional pieces within the book. The highs and lows allowed the reader to relax after intense scenes. But at other times the action and character behaviour was a little unrealistic, Ricky went from bad kid to good kid overnight and Lindy was surrounded by people who loved her wherever she went. I felt the book was far too long, 600 pages. For me there were too many over long descriptive passages and there were often information repeats, or conversations between a couple explained a second time with another character. The reader was told every detail, for instance “Diane, the movers and the moving truck left” this could easily have been “Diane and the removal men left”. As a reader I knew they would have gone in their removal truck, it didn’t need adding. I think the book could be slimmed down by checking for similar sentences. There is definitely room to get the book down to a more readable and popular size around 300 pages.

I liked the intense scenes and the young couple, I’d be happy to read more from them in a shorter more compact story.

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