Review: At Attention (Book #2: Out of Uniform Series) by Annabeth Albert

At Attention


Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he’s lucky a friend’s younger brother needs a place to stay. He’s surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete’s body. Apollo’s widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.

It’s been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it’s time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he’s all man now—an adult who’s fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo’s muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can’t afford to fall for that guy. He’s determined to hold out for someone who’s able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.

Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he’d expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what’s more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.

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Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4½/5 stars

Apollo Floros never saw himself as anything but a single, career military man.  Love, however, can change everything, and when he met his husband, everything in Apollo’s world changed.  He found himself a married, career military man with twin daughters he was hopelessly in love with.  Fate, like love, can change everything.

To be sure, Apollo is still hopelessly in love with his twins, but the last year without his husband has been hellish.  An accident took his partner and now Apollo can’t see a life beyond his grief and caring for his daughters.  In an effort to keep them safe, Apollo has an air-tight control on every aspect of their lives, with lists and protocols in place.  In fact, if it weren’t for the lists, the routine, and his mother, Apollo may not have made it this far.  Problem is, his mother has a cruise scheduled for the summer, and if Apollo can’t find a live-in nanny for the girls, he’s going to be up a creek. 

Dylan was just a gangly teenager the last time he saw Apollo, his brother’s best friend.  The torch Dylan’s carried for Apollo over the years has barely diminished and when the opportunity arises to help the soldier and his girls, Dylan’s all in.  Dylan’s career path has led him to Apollo’s door; both his college degree and his experience make Dylan the perfect person to look after Apollo’s girls and if that experience also puts him Apollo’s sights, all the better.  As the summer wears on, Dylan proves time and again he is an amazing caretaker and good friend.  Dylan has made it perfectly clear he wants more from Apollo, but understands the man is still grieving the loss of his partner.  Additionally, Apollo is older than Dylan and is having a very, very hard time seeing the boy he once knew as the man he now is.  Until, they kiss.  There’s no mistaking the grown-up Dylan has become, which means Apollo now must deal with his own issues if he ever wants to be truly happy again. 

The Bottom Line:  In my review for the first book in this series, Off Base, I noted how hard first-in-a-series books can be, and I hoped the second installment would up the ante.  Mission accomplished!  Apollo and Dylan are such a handsome and caring couple which made rooting for them and their HEA so very easy to do.  Apollo’s heart and his world were shattered by the loss of his husband yet, there’s Dylan who represents all Apollo wants for his future.  The big issues in this read are truly big: loss of a loved one, survivor’s guilt, the guilt over loving another, and age discrepancy.  Mixed into all of this are some yummy naughty bits and some funny moments that certainly help lighten the overall tone of the read.  Overall, At Attention raises the bar for the Out of Uniform series and is a standard I sincerely hope will be met in all future installments.

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About the author and where to find her:

annabeth-albertFrequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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Review: Bossed by Sloane Howell



Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.

Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close a deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me.

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Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4½/5 stars

When you’re up to your ass in problems, the universe has a way of just keeping the party going.  Jenny’s life is sort of a mess with her father’s terminal illness, medical bills piling up, and a need for a job that earns her more than minimum wage.  Which is precisely how she has found herself running in heels, late for an interview . . . . . and crashing into the biggest dick she has ever met, ever. 

With the incident behind her, Jenny rushes right on into her interview with the biggest dick she has ever met, ever.  Yeah, it’s him and if he weren’t so pretty to look at and she weren’t in desperate need of the damn job, she’d tell him where to stick his attitude.  Jenny is willing to suck up her pride right up to the moment, the dick gets a baseball statistic wrong.  Some things Jenny just can’t let slide and since there’s no way in hell she’s going to get the job, it is time to put the dick in his place!

Come Monday . . . . . .

The moment the ever so conservatively dressed, Jenny corrected his baseball statistics, Ethan knew he had to have her . . . . for the office, of course.  Ethan’s life is his business, and he puts up with nothing less than perfection out of his employees.  He will rant, yell, demean, embarrass, and any other damn thing he has to do to ensure his business is successful.  On the surface, Ethan is a heartless bastard and that is exactly the way he intends to keep things.  As long as his employees fear him, they’ll continue to produce quality work and Ethan will continue to be a top sports agent.  Trouble is, Jenny just won’t allow for such behavior.

Yeah, Jenny’s got some backbone in her and when Ethan crosses the line with one of the other employees, Jenny stands up to him in front of everyone and damn, if that doesn’t make Ethan want her even more.  Trouble is, Ethan has a strict policy against dating employees and Jenny is beyond skittish.  Jenny likes Ethan, but spending any time away from her dad feels selfish and wrong.  Jenny, however, finds Ethan hard to resist and if they keep things casual, everything should be just fine. Right?? 

Yeah, right . . . . as if that ever happens in a good book!  Things between Ethan and Jenny get super-serious, quick, and both find it hard to reconcile their “real” lives with the love bubble they find themselves in.  Out of the office, Ethan is far more relaxed, more forthcoming, and the dirtiest damn talker Jenny has ever encountered.  He’s exciting and sexy, fun and intelligent, and serious forever material.  Unfortunately, all that is ruined, the moment her dad takes a turn for the worse.  Jenny’s guilt over the time she’s spent with Ethan consumes her, and without Jenny, Ethan is a shell of himself.  Jenny makes everything in Ethan’s life better and no matter what he has to do, he will convince her they are good together. 

The Bottom LineBossed took me completely by surprise!!  From the first encounter between Ethan and Jenny to the very last page, I was hooked on these two.  Yeah, Ethan is a grade A dick, but he has some pretty serious reasons for his behavior.  Jenny softens Ethan and helps him see he can be a decent human being and an incredible sports agent.  Ethan helps Jenny past her sadness and her guilt, he helps her see the light at the end of the tunnel beyond her father’s passing, to understand just how much he would have wanted her to be happy.  Both Jenny and Ethan are strong people, stubborn people, and that makes them just about perfect for one another.  In all, I completely enjoyed this read; the plot is solid, the fights are epic, the drama made me cry, and the dirty talking naughty bits are steamy good.  Everything a girl needs in her reads 😊

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About the author and where to find him:

Sloane Howell lives in the Midwest United States and writes hot romance stories. A former college baseball player turned author, when not reading or writing he enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, playing with the dogs, traveling, and engaging his readers on social media. You can almost always catch him goofing off on Facebook or Twitter and trying to convince Mrs. Howell that it is “work.”

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Review: House of Silence by Sarah Barthel

House of Silence


Oak Park, Illinois, 1875. Isabelle Larkin s future like that of every young woman hinges upon her choice of husband. She delights her mother by becoming engaged to Gregory Gallagher, who is charismatic, politically ambitious, and publicly devoted. But Isabelle s visions of a happy, profitable match come to a halt when she witnesses her fiance commit a horrific crime and no one believes her. 

Gregory denies all, and Isabelle s mother insists she marry as planned rather than drag them into scandal. Fearing for her life, Isabelle can think of only one escape: she feigns a mental breakdown that renders her mute, and is brought to Bellevue sanitarium. There she finds a friend in fellow patient Mary Todd Lincoln, committed after her husband s assassination. 

In this unlikely refuge, the women become allies, even as Isabelle maintains a veneer of madness for her own protection. But sooner or later, she must reclaim her voice. And if she uses it to expose the truth, Isabelle risks far more than she could ever imagine. 

Weaving together a thread of finely tuned suspense with a fascinating setting and real-life figures, Sarah Barthel’s debut is historical fiction at its most evocative and compelling.

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Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4/5 stars

In 1875, it just wasn’t proper for a woman to have an opinion of her own, let alone, voice that opinion.  When Isabella Larkin not only voices an opinion, but voices one that disparages her fiancée, well, things go so very, very wrong.  In fact, things go so wrong, Isabelle finds herself in desperate need of protection and the only place she can find that protection is in a sanitarium as a voluntarily committed patient.

When Isabelle checks into the sanitarium, she does so as a self-imposed mute.  Until she can prove the truth of her words, Isabelle intends to keep her silence and from the safety of the sanitarium, she can bide her time and form a plan.  Trouble is, a woman going about on her own in the late 19th century just wasn’t proper so proving her story isn’t going to be easy.  In fact, in order to help herself, Isabelle is going to have to trust someone and that hasn’t gotten her anything but trouble in recent history.  She trusted bother her fiancé and her mother and those two took betrayal to an epic new level.

Life in the sanitarium isn’t at all what Isabelle expected.  The woman range from the truly mentally ill to the in-desperate-need-of-rest, and all contribute to the community in some way.  From gardening to sewing, the women are generally occupied during the times they are not with one of the doctors.  For Isabelle, the safety of the sanitarium and the hours of manual labor allow her time to ponder her situation and suss out a way to prove her story.

As it happens, Isabelle isn’t quite as safe as she originally thought, and when her fiancé’s lackeys start sniffing around the sanitarium, Isabelle’s contentions about her fiancé are confirmed.  With the few clues the lackeys left behind, Isabelle begins to put the pieces together regarding her fiancé and his shady past.  But, Isabelle doesn’t work alone, and those she enlists to help her are of the most surprising element.

The path to proving her story isn’t an easy one as Isabelle is incredibly vulnerable when she goes outside the confines of the sanitarium.  Her companions (she must have them!) are the only two people in the world she truly trusts, and both frequently try and talk her out of her course of action.  But, Isabelle is determined, and even when her life is threatened, she persists.  Her fiancé proves to be as dangerous as she already knew him to be and by the time all is said and done, Isabelle damn-near loses her life.  What she gains, however, is far more precious and worth every chance Isabelle takes.

The Bottom Line:  I have long been a fan of historical fiction, and House of Silence certainly fits the bill.  The historical aspects of this read can be found in both the sanitarium and the secondary character of the widowed Mrs. Lincoln.  With there being only very limited information surrounding these two elements, the fictitious story of Isabelle Larkin was concocted as a means by which to tell Mrs. Lincoln’s story.  The most fascinating parts of House of Silence revolved, not around Mrs. Lincoln, but around life in the sanitarium and the lengths a woman had to go to in the late 19th century to not only ne heard, but believed.  I can’t imagine Isabelle’s story was an isolated event (though perhaps not all as extreme!) and her struggle for vindication must have been one fought by many women of the period.  For me, Mrs. Lincoln was nothing more than a means by which to further Isabelle’s story rather than the other way around.  The mystery surrounding Isabelle’s fiancé isn’t all that deep or dangerous, but it is just right for this read.  While the overall tone of the book is somewhat dark and subdued, there is an HEA sure to satisfy most readers.

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Review: New Attitude (Book #2: A New Beginnings Series) by Kathryn Biel

New Attitude


As if it’s not bad enough that I didn’t win the reality design TV show I was on, try coming home to a one word note indicating that my ten-year marriage is over. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling. Except it doesn’t go as planned, so I do the next best thing, which is sit on the couch and mope. But having to provide for a five-year-old doesn’t let me stay home for too long. Before I know it, I’m back to dying my hair wild colors and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

Except Tony, the fling that wasn’t, keeps popping up in the most unlikely places and won’t leave me alone. I’d like to be strong—I’m way too old for him—but he’s cute and funny and sexy and oh, my ex is getting married to a girl named Bambi. All I know is the way I’m doing things isn’t working. If I want to be happy again, I’m going to need to get a new attitude.

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Source: ARC from author and purchase

My Rating: 4/5 stars

When it rains, it pours . . . .  Kira left home six weeks ago to participate in the Made for Me sewing competition; she left behind her husband and her daughter and when she got home, only one of them was still there.  Oh, and she didn’t win the competition either.  Yeah, it’s pouring in Kira’s world right now.

With her house cleaned out and her deadbeat, soon-to-be-ex-husband dropping one bombshell after another, Kira has no idea which end is up and she had better figure it out soon because her daughter needs her to be a mom more than Kira needs to be depressed.

First up on the life after divorce agenda, getting a job.  Though Kira has mad sewing and designing skills, her creativity isn’t quite what it was, so the craft store is it for the time being.  Thankfully, the craft store is flexible and has people who aren’t just nice, but like minded in terms of their creativity.  Kira quickly begins to make friends, and with friends, comes an interest in her private life.  Kira doesn’t hide what’s happened to her, and her new friends quickly start in on finding her a new man.  Dating, for the first time in 15 years, is not something Kira ever saw herself doing again, so she a whole lot like a duck out of water.  Seriously, who knew “Netflix and chill” really meant sex to a guy???

Um, Tony knows and he isn’t at all pleased about Kira dating someone other than himself!  Tony met Kira when she helped his cousin, Michele, win the Made for Me competition.  Tony was interested instantly, but knew Kira was married and wasn’t going to cross the line.  Kira, comfortable in her marital status, harmlessly flirted with the decade-younger hottie, know it would never go anywhere.  That is, until she came home to find herself unmarried and clueless about dating.  To Kira’s way of thinking, Tony is sexy and kind, good for but way too young and about 600 miles to far away to consider as a serious dating contender.  Turns out, Tony isn’t nearly as skittish as Kira and he’s willing to put in the work to convince her of their rightness 😊

Over weeks and weeks of ups and downs and more ups and downs, Kira struggles to get her life on track.  From every direction, someone has advice for her, and her head and heart can’t seem to get on the same page.  But, there is always one defining moment in every romance read and wowsa, is Kira’s defining moment a bog one . . . . .

The Bottom Line: I am still very much liking this series and particularly enjoying the carrying over of characters from one story to the other.  Though New Attitude is Kira and Tony’s story, Michele makes several very appropriate appearances that not only enhance the story, but further the overall plot for the series.  Like book one, New Attitude is a good mix humor, drama, and mild naughty bits.  All of the characters are full-bodied and interesting, the conversation between them is often witty and quick, and the plot is just flush enough with all the good stuff to keep it moving at a steady, yet not too fast pace.  My only complaint about this read is the presence of some unanswered questions.  Maybe it’s just me, but I certainly would have enjoyed knowing what happened to Kira’s ex, especially if it’s him getting what he deserves 😊  With that being said, I still found New Attitude to be a fine addition to the series!

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Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015), and Fly Robin Fly, a short story (part of Cupid on the Loose: A Valentine’s Anthology 2015).



Hello everyone!

It’s me again. I know you’re saying, “Didn’t we just hear from her last month?” Exactly, and aren’t you perceptive. But when you have news to share about changes in your catalog they require a couple of posts. So here’s the second one.

I’m rebranding the Going to the Dogs series. What does that mean? Well, first off, I decided to expand my first book LEASHED from a novella into a full-length novel. I’m working on that as we speak. It’ll still be free, but with more words. Yay!  My reasons for this was to address the issue that fans considered it too short and that there wasn’t enough of Callie and Owen. Bottom line is they wanted more. After getting deeper into the series, I realized that there also wasn’t a proper introduction of some of the characters that show up in later books.

As my first book, my magnet book that draws readers to my series, I was running up against some roadblocks when it came to promotion. A full-length book knocks down those barriers and means I can get this puppy out to even more readers.

Also, with the rebranding comes…new covers!

Here are the covers for the first four books in the series. All of the covers were done by the fabulous Robin Ludwig. Here is her website to check her out.

I revamped them to match the covers in Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas. I wanted a fully cohesive series with no breaks and new covers helps with that. I will also be renumbering the series into one whole—Books one-seven with LEASHED being first and LOUDER THAN WORDS, my most recent release in December being seventh. The subsequent books that will come out in this series will be numbered eight and so on. The Wedding Novellas will be pulled out and become their own little mini-series. They also have a whole new look which I’m proud to say I did myself. Here are the gorgeous wedding covers.

You can still get my boxed set, but I will be taking GOING TO THE DOGS STARTER BOXED SET off the market so there isn’t any confusion.

I really am excited about this fresh new start for my series and doubly excited for the opportunity to share it with more people. Stay tuned for WHAT MATTERS MOST, the next book in the series, featuring Harper’s brother Aiden Sinclair and his long-time gal Friday, Faith Chapman who has been secretly in love with him for years. Here’s the cover and the blurb for you. The release date is scheduled for September 4, 2017.

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What Matters Most

Aiden Sinclair is taking one day at a time as he struggles with nightmares and his PTSD from his last tour of duty in the middle east. When his long-time gal Friday, Faith Chapman drops a bomb on him that he’d never seen coming, he reacts badly and she quits. It isn’t until after all the dust settles that he realizes how much he’d relied on her and how much he misses her in his life, but feels it’s for the best. He’s nothing but screwed up. Then Nate Taylor draws him into charity functions for AlphaGroup. Aiden’s philanthropic family is tagged for help with Angel Paws, dog therapy for wounded warriors with PTSD, something that is close to his heart. What he doesn’t expect is it’s Faith’s brainchild. 

Faith has been in love with Aiden from the moment she met him when he gave a starving student a job. But after he came back from his tour of duty, he wasn’t the same man, and Faith has struggled to keep her secret love for him under wraps. But when it slipped out during a close, tender moment with him and he reacted so badly to the declaration, Faith had no choice but to move on. Now Aiden is involved in her bid to AlphaGroup for financial assistance to turn her Nanna’s rundown estate into a retreat for men mentally scarred from the battlefield and the amazing power of canine love to rescue these heroes. Will Aiden’s involvement help him to find his own path to healing? As they draw closer and closer together, can she even hope that he would ever return the love that still burns strongly in her heart and finally discover what matters most?

About the author and where to find her:

Zoe Dawson

Zoe Dawson lives in North Carolina right on the Mason/Dixon line. She discovered romance in her teens and has been spinning stories in her head ever since. Her heroes are sexy males with a disregard for danger and whether reluctant, gung-ho, or caught up in the action, show their hearts of gold.  Her imagination runs wild with romances from sensual to scorching including romantic comedy, new adult, romantic suspense, small town and urban fantasy. Look below to explore the many avenues to her writing. She believes that it’s all about the happily ever afters and always will be.

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Review: Jacked Up (Book #3: Birmingham Rebels Series) by Samantha Kane

Birmingham #3


Linebacker Sam Taylor feels like a ticking time bomb. He left the army with emotional wounds as fresh as the scars on his back. Sam’s been living like a monk, but his best friend, defensive lineman King Ulupoka, wants to get him laid. Easy for him to say. The larger-than-life Samoan is a hard-bodied, tribal-tattooed fantasy. Sam agrees, under one condition: King stays to watch.

ER nurse Jane Foster is done being a good girl, and nothing says wild like picking up two of football’s sexiest players and bringing them back to your hotel room. Trouble is, she can’t decide which one she wants more. Sam is hot, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane’s more than willing to ride him into oblivion. But King’s intense gaze from across the room promises that the best is yet to come.

Sure, King has had his choice of girls and guys in the past. That doesn’t mean he’ll jeopardize his relationship with Sam over a case of locker-room lust—until a naughty nurse pushes them both out of their comfort zones. Seeing Jane and Sam together turns King on more than he ever imagined. If they’re game, he’s ready to tackle a three-way play.

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My Rating: 3½/5 stars

King and Sam have been drawn to one another from the moment they became teammates with the Birmingham Rebels.  King is big and boisterous, talented and kind, and just what Sam needs.  Sam is a solid player, but he is quiet and withdrawn, solitary.  If it weren’t for King and his friendship, Sam wouldn’t be holding it together nearly as well as he is, and Sam is barely holding it together. 

Sam proudly served his country, but he was one of the few team members who returned from overseas duty.  His injuries were extensive, but his body has healed and he’s trying his best to move forward with his life.  The nightmares still plague his sleep which has kept Sam from engaging in any sort of extracurricular activities with women since his return to the States.  Though King understands his position and reasoning, he doesn’t necessarily agree with it which is how Sam has found himself engaging in a one-night stand with the hottest woman he has ever seen and his best-friend watching. 

Jane has always been the good girl, the one everyone relies on, the one who never bends and/or breaks the rules.  Then she meets Sam and King and engages in the hottest sex of her life with the promise of never seeing them again, ever.  Good thing because if anyone knew what went down in that hotel room that blissful night, Jane would die from the shame and embarrassment.  Life has a way of making us uncomfortable, and that is exactly what happens when life brings King and Sam right into Jane’s emergency room.  Yeah, the humiliation is there, but so is an intense amount of lust and a desire to take their previous shenanigans to a whole new level of naughty. 

Life with King and Sam could be everything Jane has ever wanted if she can just get past her fear of what others will think.  As Jane contemplates her life with the men, Sam and King also begin to explore they feelings and desires they have for one another a s couple.  Each knows he wants the other, but each also knows there is a desire to have Jane as well.  Both men are looking for forever and a woman who is proud to be by their side. 

The Bottom Line: If Sam and King had picked any other woman in the world, I would have loved this book as much as the last two!!  Jane is really a very off-putting character and her attitude toward people knowing about her relationship with Sam and King is just ridiculous.  Additionally, her constant references to herself as a slut and a bad girl becomes quite grating and just another facet of her obnoxious personality.  On the flip of Jane are Sam and King, two super-sexy men who make this book totally worth reading.  Sam’s damage from his military service lessens in King’s presence, and he becomes a stronger and happier man.  King’s personality is so big, it really does take two people to fulfill his desires and his life.  Sam and Jane (BOO!) are perfect for King and make the generally happy man even happier which makes him one of the most delightful characters in the Birmingham Rebels world.  Even though Jane is a total downer, I still enjoyed this read, and am absolutely looking forward to the next installment of the series.

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Samantha KaneReviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.”  She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA’s erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.  Samantha Kane has a master’s degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Ms Kane loves to hear from readers. Contact her or subscribe to her newsletter.

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Review: Calling the Play (Book #2: Birmingham Rebels Series) by Samantha Kane

Birmingham #2


Quarterback Tyler Oakes plays hard and parties even harder. That reckless lifestyle nearly derailed his career, and now the Birmingham Rebels are Ty’s last shot at football immortality. But staying out of trouble can take its toll—especially for a man with a taste for girls and guys. Because curvy, gorgeous Randi McInish is just the kind of trouble he’d like to get into.

A tough-as-nails undercover cop, Randi meets her match in Ty. After they get wrapped up together in a drug bust and a high-speed car chase, Randi’s eager to take the notorious bad boy for another wild ride. Turns out Ty already has something in mind. When he introduces her to the Rebels’ sexy new quarterback coach, things start heating up a little too fast for Randi.

Brian Mason coached Ty in college, and boy do they have history together. With Brian taking control on the field and in the bedroom, they were an unstoppable team. But Brian, blindsided by love, ran from his feelings for Ty. He won’t let Randi make the same mistake. Both men agree they need more than each other. They want a woman they can share. And when they make a pleasure play for Randi, all three are sure to score.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Like damn-near everyone else playing for the Birmingham Rebels, Ty Oakes is on his last chance.  Make no mistake, he’s a solid player, but when he’s all up in his own head, his game suffers.  Lately, Ty has been all kinds of up in his head and if he doesn’t get it together, he’s going to be out of a job.  As far as Ty’s concerned, the best way to get out of his own head is to get into someone else . . . . . bar and a hook up it is.

When Ty walks into the admittedly sketchy as hell bar, he sure doesn’t expect to become involved in a high-speed car chase with a super-hot, foul-mouthed cop.  What he expects even less is the spectacularly hot sex he and Randi have and her totally guy-like attitude toward the no-strings-attached thing.  In fact, though Ty had been looking for a hook-up, he is surprised by his connection to Randi and instantly realizes he wants more than a one-night stand with her.  He just has to convince Randi a relationship is a thing she can do. 

Brian Mason has known Ty Oakes since college.  Since he was a college trainer, Brian has built a reputation as the man who can get into a player’s head and get he and his game back on track.  Brian’s first success story (and huge personal failure) was Ty and now that they’re both with the Birmingham Rebels, Brian is hoping to set a lot of thing straight.  First up on the list, convincing Ty he was so very wrong to let him go all those years ago.  Yeah, they were an item, along with Brian’s ex-wife, and everyone on campus knew of their love of sharing a woman.  Though Brian isn’t hopeful they can recreate such an arrangement twice in a lifetime, he is hopeful they can recreate what they had as a pair.  What Brian doesn’t count on is Randi and his attraction to her. 

Randi isn’t just interested in Brian and Ty, she is completely turned on by the idea of the two and three of them together.  What she can’t wrap her brain around is a proper relationship where feelings and emotions are involved.  Randi has never had a proper, grown up relationship and the thought of such a thing freak her out so much, she runs.  Though Ty has sadly come to accept he is not worth the effort of a long-term relationship, Brian isn’t so easily dissuaded.  With both feet and a heart wide open, Brian dives in and cleverly brings he, Ty, and Randi together as a real couple.  The ride is wildly sexy and there are certainly some bumps in the road along the way, but every obstacle is worth the end result. 

The Bottom Line:  Here’s the thing about the Birmingham Rebels series, if you simply accept the unusually high rate of threesomes as totally normal to this fictional world, you’re going to get a great deal more enjoyment out of these reads.  I liked Calling the Play even more than Broken Play, and it’s because of the somewhat unusual nature of the people who populate this world.  It is clear from the beginning of book one, that the men and women who populate this world are on their last chance, they are the men and women their world doesn’t know what else to do with, but just can’t seem to let go of either.  The men and women of the Birmingham Rebels are interesting and outspoken, sexy and a bit wild, and determined to live their lives according to their own wishes and desires.  I, for one, am damn glad they have decided to do so.

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Samantha KaneReviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.”  She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA’s erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.  Samantha Kane has a master’s degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Ms Kane loves to hear from readers. Contact her or subscribe to her newsletter.

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