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Guest Review: Hot Shot by Kelly Jamieson

Posted May 23, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Hot Shot by Kelly JamiesonReviewer: Tracy
Hot Shot by Kelly Jamieson
Series: Last Shot #2
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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four-stars

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Marco owns a tequila bar with his friends Cade and Beck.  They were all Navy SEALS and now they work together once again.  Marco met Carrie when she came in for a tequila tasting with Hayden, who is now Beck’s fiancé.  He was attracted to Carrie from the first minute but Carrie shut his flirting down pretty much instantaneously.  He just figured that she thought he wasn’t good enough for her.

Carrie’s always been attracted to Marco but she doesn’t like to admit it to herself.  When Marco first flirted with her she felt like he just thought she was a dumb bimbo and blew him off.  As she gets to know him, now that they’re planning Beck and Hayden’s engagement party together, she sees that she was wrong about him.  Sparks fly when they’re together but Carrie’s leaving to go to school in Spain for 9 months so she’s not about to get involved with anyone.

Marco and Carrie decide to start a fling and will end it when she leaves for Spain.  Little did they know that they’d fall in love.  Of course neither are confident enough to tell the other so this leaves each of them heart-broken.

This was a cute, light read from Jamieson.  Despite the feelings that both Marco and Carrie carried with them about themselves I thought that the author did a great job of not dragging the story down with their issues.  They were talked about and definitely were a major focus of the book but when I read the last page I wasn’t depressed with a sad knot in my chest.  She dealt with both the hero and heroine’s  personal issues in a way that made it emotional but not over-bearing.

Marco was a fantastic character.  I really liked him so much as my heart went out to all that he’d been through in his life when he was an adolescent.  He’d moved on and made something of himself – something he could be proud of and it showed in his whole being.  I loved that he saw Carrie as others didn’t.  He saw in her the bright shining light she was and then made it even brighter with his love.

Carrie had some serious self-esteem issues even though she was a model.  She felt like the tall gangly kid she’d always been while growing up and didn’t see herself as gorgeous.  It wasn’t a vanity thing – wanting people to tell her she’s gorgeous.  It was the opposite, in fact and it was just how she felt. She also felt that since her entire family was into business and had great careers that she hadn’t done anything productive in her life – which wasn’t true at all.  I liked her character a lot as she worked on her self-esteem and the feelings of not being good enough for her family.

Overall I found Hot Shot to be a thoroughly enjoyable book and I’m looking forward to reading what happens with Marco’s friend Cade in the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Guest Review: Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson

Posted April 7, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Dancing in the Rain by Kelly JamiesonReviewer: Tracy
Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson
Published by Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept
Publication Date: April 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars

A retired athlete meets the daughter he never knew—along with the woman who reignites his passions—in this powerful standalone romance from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.

Drew Sellers is having a hard time with life.  He was a pro hockey player but a bum knee forced him to retire very, very early.  Then his wife cheated on him with a fellow teammate and a divorced ensued.  He’s now listless and having constant pity parties – as well as starting brawls in bars just to get his adrenaline pumping.  He’s shocked when a woman waylays him outside his local coffee shop and tells him that he has a daughter.  He and the woman, Sara, had a one night stand many years earlier.  She hadn’t known his last name and though she tried to find him he had only been visiting her college.  When she saw his picture in a magazine she knew she had to let him know.  She offers him the chance to meet his now 11-year-old daughter, Chloe, which he has mixed feelings about.  Sara is dying and he’s not sure he wants to be involved with the whole sadness/drama.  Yeah, it makes him an asshole but at least he’s being truthful with himself.

Peyton is Sara’s sister and has taken time off of her work and life in New York to take care of her sister and Chloe.  She’s not sure about Drew but as time goes on she realizes what a good man he is.  When Sara declines and starts to be near the end of life, Drew is there for both Peyton and Chloe.  They know they should stay away from each other but soon they just can’t.  Unfortunately Peyton is planning on moving Chloe back to New York and then Drew will never see either of them.

Dancing in the rain is a very good but very emotional book.  By the time that Drew comes into the picture Sara is already steadily declining and it’s horribly sad. I have to say that Jamieson wrote that portion of the book so very well.  It was sweet and tender and I felt Sara’s death to the depth of my soul.  Yes, she’s a fictional character but this author made her so very full of life that I felt like I was losing a friend when she died.  Jamieson also wrote the aftermath of Sara’s death very well and very true to life.  Their emotions were running high and people tend to say stupid things when they’re upset.  This book was no different but the way that the author brought Peyton and Drew around was very well done.

I thought the book was so good and definitely recommend it.  You’ve obviously gathered that it’s a tearjerker so have your tissues read before you pick up the book.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Guest Review: Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson

Posted June 8, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Shut Out by Kelly JamiesonReviewer: Tracy
Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson
Series: Bayard Hockey #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
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three-half-stars

The Bayard College hockey team isn’t where Jacob Flass thought he’d be a season ago. He was a rising star in the Canadian major junior league, cruising toward a spot on an NHL roster—until a single disastrous night on the town brought it all crashing down. Now he’s out of options, except for playing well, studying hard, and staying away from girls. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the hottest, sweetest chick he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?

Skylar Lynwood knows that Jacob is out of her league. She’s just trying to go with the flow, which isn’t easy when six feet and four inches of total hockey hunkiness is making a play for her one moment, then giving her the cold shoulder the next. Skylar’s head tells her that this rugged athlete isn’t worth her time, but her body says something altogether different. Risking her heart for Jacob may be the craziest thing she’s ever done . . . but she won’t let him shut her out.

Jacob Flass was playing in the Junior League in Canada (where he’s from) but after an incident where he’s accused of rape (that he was not involved in) he’s kicked off his team.  Even though no charges are filed Jacob and his friends are made an example.  His hopes and dreams are quickly going down the tubes but his parents and coach find a solution to let him keep playing.  He’ll head to New York to a college there who wants him despite the scandal.  He agrees and heads off to Bayard University to become a sophomore.

Skylar is a sophomore at Bayard and her goals for the year include getting straight A’s and that’s about it.  The previous year one of her best friends committed suicide and she’d failed two classes.  She’s pre-med and though it’s really hard for her she keeps on because she determined to be seen as a success by her parents.

Skylar meets Jacob at a party and they hit it off so much that they almost end up in bed together but Jacob knows he has to keep his nose clean and on the straight and narrow in order to stay in the hockey program so he turns her down.  She’s not happy with being rejected so when they see each other again at the school’s pilot training program to educate students about sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and to promote a non-violent campus.  Jacob isn’t comfortable with the program due to his recent past but he ends up learning a lot from the program. Skylar and Jacob work out their differences and at yet another party Jacob asks Skylar to be his pretend girlfriend to keep the puck bunnies away from him.

What starts off fake soon becomes real but they both keep telling themselves that it’s not.  As the year goes on Skylar opens up to Jacob about the previous year with her friend and his suicide and her emotions are all over the place.  Jacob gets scared and tries to stay away from Skylar but he finds he just doesn’t want to.  Of course when Skylar finds out about Jacob’s past it may be over even though he doesn’t want it to be.

This was an interesting story.  I liked how the author wove the story around Skylar and Jacob with their past and present colliding – even though as a reader we didn’t know it was happening until the end and how big of an issue it really was to each of them.  It was cool to see it all unfolding.

The romance in this story was pretty wrapped up in the sex life of the pair.  While it was sexy and fun I wish there had been a bit more connection out of bed in the earlier part of the book.  It was all light and fun until near the end and it was almost too much.  I realize that this is how Jacob perceived things as well and that’s when he got spooked because his fun had turn “real” but IDK, I just needed something more in the earlier parts of the book.

The story ended up being pretty good and I’m definitely interested enough to read the next in the series when it comes out.  I always love hockey romances so I can’t pass it up! 🙂

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

#DFRAT Excerpt and Giveaway: How to Love by Kelly Jamieson

Posted July 10, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 5 Comments

San Amaro Singles, Book 2
Relationship, no…but threesome, hell yes!


Ever since Jules’s new neighbor moved in, she’s been undressing him in her mind. Mike is the fresh inspiration she needs to make her erotic photography studio a success, if she can convince him and his equally buff roommate, Carlos, to strip for her lens. And maybe indulge in a little off-camera fun as well.

But Jules isn’t too worried. She doesn’t do relationships, but she loves men and sex—and in her experience, most men are okay with that.

Judging from the raw emotions leaping from the images in Jules’s gallery, Mike senses there’s a lot going on beneath her flirtatious, slightly cynical exterior. He and Carlos are happy in their committed relationship, but they’ve always felt there’s a piece missing. They want a woman. Jules could be that woman.

A threesome with two committed men? Sounds like an emotionally risk-free dream come true for Jules. But when they make it clear they want more, her deepest fears push to the surface, straining bonds forged in incredible heat to the breaking point…

Warning: The book features two hot men brave enough to climb cliffs, strip naked for erotic photographs, have sex in a portrait studio and on a cliff, and who have the courage to teach a commitment-phobic woman how to love.

EXCERPT:
How to Love
Copyright © 2013 by Kelly Jamieson

Mike turned back to Jules and saw her gaze had dropped to their clasped hands.

“Carlos and I are a couple,” he said quietly. “We’re more than just roommates and business partners. We love each other.”

Her mouth opened. And then closed. She blinked again. And again. Silence expanded in the room, pressing in on them.

“I don’t get it,” she whispered, looking back and forth between them. “If you’re…then why…what were we…?”

Mike smiled. He released her hand and touched her cheek with his fingertips. “I guess it’s kind of hard to explain. We both like women too. And we both like you.”

Her eyelashes fluttered once again and her lips parted. “You…you…”

“This was what I wanted to talk to you about,” he continued, keeping his voice low and gentle. “We thought it was time you knew the truth about us. And the fact that we’re both so damn hot for you… Christ, Jules. If you feel that way about both of us, then what’s the problem?”

“You want…you want…a threesome?” She gazed back at them wide-eyed.

“Well. Yeah.” That wasn’t all of it, of course. But this was a first step. Carlos’s fingers tightened on his, and his gut clenched as they waited for her response to that.

“I can’t believe this!” she said with a little laugh, pushing her hair off her face. “Oh my God! I can’t believe I never realized…oh my God.” She shook her head. “Wow. I just…wow.”

Well, that wasn’t exactly a yes or a no.

“You do feel that way…about both of us? Right?”

“Um…well, yeah, I like you both. And…yeah. I’m attracted to both of you.” She turned her eyes on Mike. “Doesn’t that make you mad? Or jealous? Last night you were pissed off because I talked to another guy.”

He let a small smile break free. “Shit. I’m not jealous of every guy you talk to. But you let him buy you a drink.” He shook his head. “Yeah, I was jealous of that guy. But I’m not jealous of Carlos.”

“You two…are in a relationship?”

“Yeah. For a couple of years now.”

She laughed again, surprising him. “Okay then. This is great.”

Now it was his turn to blink and he looked at Carlos over his shoulder. Carlos gave him a crooked smile in return. Mike turned back to Jules. “It is?”

She smiled, a sexy, wicked little smile. “Sure it is. Because I don’t do relationships. But I definitely do threesomes.”

Mike’s heart slammed against his ribs. He tried to breathe, but his chest was tight. And so were his jeans around his rapidly swelling cock. They should tell her more. They should tell her what they really wanted. But the fact that she was okay with this, with them, with the whole ménage thing, was such a huge fucking relief that he didn’t want to push it. He didn’t want to ruin things when they hadn’t even got started.

So he smiled back at her. “Perfect.”

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DFRAT – Guest Post by Kelly Jamieson + a Giveaway

Posted June 2, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 13 Comments

When I started writing, I had no idea digital publishing even existed. It wasn’t until I’d managed to complete a manuscript and started trying to get it published that I discovered the existence of digital publishers. The way I happened to find out was because I discovered one of my favourite authors (Toni Blake) wrote e-books under another pen name (Lacey Alexander) for Ellora’s Cave. I loved her print books so I decided to try some of her ebooks and I downloaded them and read them on my computer. This led me to explore digital publishers for my own books.
Soon after my first book came out digitally, I decided I had to have an ebook reader. If I was going to try to convince people to buy my digital book, I felt I should be reading digital books too. So I bought my Sony reader. I fell in love with it immediately. I loved how I could carry around a hundred books with me, which his so great when I’ve travelling. I loved how I could buy a book at eleven o’clock at night in my pyjamas. I slip it into a Ziploc bag and take it into the bath tub and to the beach.
The publishing industry is going through a lot of changes and I think the business model publishers like Samhain use is just so smart. The old business model is so inefficient and wasteful and slow. The big print publishers don’t understand digital books, even though they produce them – they don’t understand how to price them or how to market them, and this is really hurting them. So I’m thrilled to be working with publishers who do understand digital publishing!

Giveaway: 1 lucky winner will get a digital copy of Sweet Deal. Leave a comment on this post no later than 7:00pm on June 7th to enter to win.
Sweet Deal
The relationship is pretend. The chemistry…isn’t.
After her last job ended with a broken heart and a humiliating exit from the company, Shelby Leighton’s project management career is back on track with a new job and a high-profile project. The problem: her new boss is a little too friendly, and the staff is talking. Can you say, “déjà vu?” The solution: casually mention a fictional new boyfriend.
New problem: She’s expected to bring her new man to the upcoming corporate picnic.
Jake Magill doesn’t do relationships. It’s casual or nothing, but the hot blonde he’s been eyeing at the coffee shop sure is something. Especially when she confesses her problem, and he finds himself offering to act as her date.
Sounds simple. Stroll around the party with Shelby’s sexy curves clinging to his arm? He’s all over it. Until he meets her boss—the man who once stole and married the one woman Jake thought he loved.
Now Jake’s the one with a reason to pretend. If only to save his own pride…and Shelby from the predatory gaze of the man who could ruin her, and any chance of finding out if their fake connection is the real thing.

Excerpt

They drank another beer, chatted a bit more, danced again. As the evening grew cooler, Shelby slipped on a hoodie she’d brought. She almost forgot to be aware of where Andrew was, and whether he was watching them. As the crowd dwindled, she looked at Jake with regret.
“We could leave now,” she said softly. “I think our mission is accomplished.”
“Yeah. Okay.” He nodded and set down the cola he’d requested instead of beer last time. “I’ll drive you back to your car.”
“Oh. Yeah.” She hesitated. “You know, that wasn’t very smart of me, but I think I’ve had too much to drink.” She bit her bottom lip as she met his eyes. “I completely forgot I had to drive.”
“That’s okay. I’ll just drive you home then. Will you be able to get your car tomorrow?”
Things were pleasantly blurry as they walked hand in hand toward the parking lot. “Yeah, I’ll get it somehow. But thanks for driving me home. Geez, I feel so stupid.”
“You are far from stupid, Shelby Rose.”
“I like how you call me that,” she confessed. He opened the passenger door of his Audi SUV, and she paused. “Man, this is a high vehicle.”
“It is for an elf,” he said. “Here.” He lifted her and sat her on the passenger seat, then closed her door.
“Hey!” But he was walking around the vehicle to his side. She glared at him when he slid in and he grinned.
“I’m teasing.” He leaned over and brushed his mouth across hers, sending tingles cascading over her whole body. She blinked at him, then remembered to fasten her seatbelt.
He parked on the street in front of her apartment building in the quiet residential neighborhood and walked with her to the door. As she paused at the door, the shadows of the tall queen palm shifting moonlight over and around them, he slipped his fingers beneath her chin and lifted her face. She stared back at him, her gaze moving over his dark eyes, crinkled at the corners as he smiled, the cleft in the middle of his chin, the sexy curve of his lower lip. Oh. Her breath whooshed out of her.
Heat expanded, the air around them feeling like it might ignite, and then they were wrapped in each other’s arms, mouths fused together in a hot, impetuous kiss, bold, frantic and hungry.
His arms crushed her to him, her purse thunked to the ground and her feet lifted as he hauled her higher and tighter to his body. 
“Jesus,” he muttered against her mouth, before taking it again in another devouring kiss. She kissed him back, mindless, frenzied. The sexual tension that had been smoldering inside her all evening burst into flames. Heat swept over her.
His tongue dragged over hers, licked her bottom lip, then his mouth sealed over hers again. An intense ache bloomed low in her belly, and she slid her hands into his hair, holding his head, and she kissed him back, a full-mouthed, full-bodied kiss that had more heat exploding between them.
Eventually, she pulled back, panting, heart hammering, and gasped, “Wait.”
He made a sound like a groan.
“We don’t have to do this,” she wheezed. “This was supposed to be an act.”
He made a derisive noise. “Yeah. It was supposed to be. But don’t tell me you don’t feel it too, Shelby Rose.”
His hands tightened on her ass, pulling her against him, and she felt his erection against her belly. Holy crap, he was big. She’d made him that hard. And he’d made her so wet her panties were soaked. You couldn’t fake that kind of reaction. She gazed up at him, uncertain of what to do now.
“Invite me in,” he ordered softly.
She licked her lips. She wanted to, she really, really did, but she’d made this mistake before. Slept with guys too soon, because they got her all hot and bothered, because dammit she liked men, and she loved sex. Her friends had analyzed to death her tendency to fall into bed with men and she knew it had to do with wanting attention from them, and she was determined she was done with all that. But all those old doubts fell away when she studied him, remembering what he’d done for her that evening, how he’d helped her, how he’d really cared that she fixed things with her boss, and a tender warmth spread through her. She was lost.

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