BLOG TOUR: TEAM PLAYER ✮ A CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY

 

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Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.
Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…

 

TEAM PLAYER

 

A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by

LJ Shen
Kennedy Ryan
Adriana Locke
Mandi Beck
Emma Scott
Charleigh Rose
Ella Fox
Sara Ney
Meghan Quinn
Kate Stewart
Rochelle Paige

is AVAILABLE NOW!

 

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Publication Date
December 14th, 2017

Genre
Contemporary/Sports Romance

 

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

 

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LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Kennedy Ryan
 Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the SoulUSA Today and many othersThe founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline NewsMontel WilliamsNPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.
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Adriana Locke
 A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books. I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.
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Mandi Beck
 Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer. A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
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Emma Scott
I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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Charleigh Rose
 We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters. Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.
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Ella Fox
 When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.
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Sara Ney
 Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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Meghan Quinn
A BLONDE AT HEART Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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Rochelle Paige

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense. She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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This collection of novellas has some of my favorite authors and a couple new ones I always wanted to try. So finally I get around doing it!

 

4.5 STARS
The End Zone
by L.J. Shen

 

For a very short novella, this story packs a lot of angst. I was pretty surprised at how intense it got. Sage and Jolie have been friends since they were barely teenagers. The night they became the one person they could always rely on held a lot of heartbreak for Sage. Their friendship survived all those years of Jolie being in love with her best friend and Sage being a man-hoe, and he doesn’t even have to lift a finger for it. The girls flock him.

Sage is a bit of a jerk and alpha-hole. He corners Jolie with a proposal because all of sudden he realizes that he is in love with her and doesn’t want any one else to have her. I didn’t quite like that it all of a sudden “occurred” to him that his feelings ran deeper but it’s a novella so I give a bit of leeway since those don’t really have much room to get into great depth. Anyhoo, he was still kind of sweet, especially when he showed his belly.

Jolie is a very likable heroine – she doesn’t let Sage walk all over her and, rightly so, doesn’t trust Sage’s sudden interest in her. He needs to prove to her that he is serious about his feelings for her. I liked her for holding her own and not giving in, yet still loving Sage and holding on to their friendship.

The End Zone is a super fast fix if you’re in need of a sports romance with a possessive alpha-jock and a lovely heroine who can hold her own.

 

4 STARS
SWEEPING THE SERIES
by Kate Stewart

 

You know you’re reading a story by Kate Stewart when the emotions churn in your gut and won’t let up until you’re done. With this novella she gives us a another story in the Balls in Play series and while this is relatively short in comparison it never felt too short. You know how some novellas do that because there isn’t much room and you actually want to delve deeper into the story? Yeah, Kate Stewart doesn’t leave you hanging in this regard. I never felt unsatisfied because the author brushed over some of the aspects.

Ren plays the field. There is no sugar-coating it and while it makes him look totally douch-ey and hurts his and the team’s reputation there is a reason. From beginning to end my heart beat for this man who was so hurt in the past and every second of his fury directed towards the woman who was the cause was just. I felt utterly betrayed on his behalf. When he lashed out I wanted to cheer him on and say “More please.” He is a very caring soul, and I loved that his deepest wish was having a family.

Erica is a PR specialist and was hired to fix Ren’s reputation. She is rather unwilling to take up the job seeing as she left Ren without giving a reason, stealing away from their apartment when he was on training camp. For that alone I hated her. I needed a good enough reason for her to hurt somebody so badly. The author left me hanging for most of the book and I had built up so much dislike for this heroine that I wasn’t sure if I wanted for them to be together. Erica’s attitude and laying blame on Ren for becoming a man-hoe didn’t help much. Thankfully in the end Kate Stewart came through and turned my dislike in grudging acceptance but I have to say that the reason she left wasn’t good enough for me. Not communicating, not explaining, taking away the chance for Ren to understand what was going on and not being upfront? Bad move.

I usually love Kate’s heroines. Erica not so much. Every other time, I would have rated lower, however, the author got my blood boiling with emotion and angst and by the end I could have sworn I’d read a full-length novel by her, that’s as deep she went. I loved that. I loved seeing Ren, Rafe and Andy’s friendship. The ladies’ drunken night, or rather the aftermath of it was pure hilarity. There are a lot of good things to say about this story and not even my dislike for Erica could ruin that. Again, Ms. Stewart came through. I’m a forever fan.

 

4 STARS
THE ONE GOOD MAN
by Emma Scott

Emma Scott takes us back into a history-ladden time, the 1970s. The proxy war in Vietnam is still going on and the effects are palpable all over the world. It’s an intriguing choice for a sports romance and I applaud the author for this unusual setting.

Janey is a student backslash journalist. After being arrested for an involuntary participation at a protest march against the Vietnam War her father ships her off to Paris where she meets Adrian, soccer player. She doesn’t like jocks very much, after all they only chase tail and in the beginning, Adrian seems to confirm her belief.

I have to say that Janey rubbed me a little bit the wrong way. She was abrasive towards Adrian, keeping him at a distance but when she started to see past the front Adrian put up I started to warm up to her – she gave up her reservations and supported Adrian.

Adrian is one of those deep waters. He has so many things going on at the same time and still manages to juggle them all. He had a sweet kindness about him, always friendly, even when Janey got in his face.

This was a solid read from Emma, while it took a while to like Janey, Adrian totally made this story. I think if I had had spent more time with Janey I would have come to love her, eventually. The author shows her affinity for writing about unusual people with intriguing backgrounds again. This is why I love reading her stories.

 

Final thoughts

 

I wish I would have had the time to read all the stories, I definitely will finish the anthology at some point. These stories are the perfect length to read in between full-length novels.

This is a huge collection of super-talented authors and if you are looking for fun, sweet and sexy sports romance you can’t go wrong with Team Player!

 

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