LUCA by Brenda Rothert is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the second title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Purchase your copy now!
Luca by Brenda Rothert
Chicago Blaze, #2
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Abby Daniels is haunted by one night that forever changed her life. Try as she might she fights falling asleep but when she meets Luca on a business trip she will discover that there’s more to fear than falling asleep. It’s possible that she might find love again, and that will be more terrifying than a few hours of sleep.
Two tragic events left Luca a guardian for his young nieces and nephew. Will he find a balance between playing hockey and parenthood? Who will he be able to trust? When Luca meets Abby his life will never be the same and he’s going to discover that he has the strength to take care of those he loves.
Brenda Rothert has carefully crafted a story that tugs at the heart and takes you on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Two lost souls will discover that their painful past, as well as heartache from loss, will help bring them together. If Abby and Luca can find a way to put their own needs first while still staying faithful to their job and family, they will find a new love that burns bright.
I love the banter, dialogue and tender care that is given to the younger characters in this story, it truly is a must read hockey romance. It has all the things you expect from Brenda but there is so much more that happens off the ice that leaves a lasting impact to put her on an auto-buy list! I can’t wait for the next installment, hopefully the summer will arrive quickly ;).
This inferno read will cause you to turn on the A/C, the fan, and take a cold shower. I received this ARC from Inkslinger PR for a fair and honest review.
“Hold still, Uncle Luca.”
My niece Emerson gives me her best glare, but she’s five and cute, so it makes me smile.
“I’m trying,” I tell her, checking out the dark purple polish she’s trying to brush onto my nails.
It’s not my inability to hold still that has more nail polish on my skin than my nails; it’s her technique. My “MANicure”, as my two nieces like to call it, started with my ten-year-old niece Cora and was then passed off to Emerson.
“I found yogurt!” Cora says as she breezes into my bathroom. “It’s got strawberries in the bottom, but that’s okay. This face mask will make you smell good, Uncle Luca.”
I try not to roll my eyes. It’ll be better than the last face mask they whipped up in the kitchen, which had butter in it and was a bitch to scrub off in the shower.
“I have to leave for practice in twenty-five minutes,” I remind the girls. “And I still need a shower. So you have ten more minutes to beautify me.”
“Will you paint my nails, too?” Cora asks me.
I was shit at painting nails when I first became the legal guardian of my two nieces and one nephew a little over a year ago. With practice, though, I’ve gotten pretty damn good at it.
“How long ‘til Gram and Gramps will be here?” Emerson asks, still painting my thumb nail even though she’s looking at me.
“About four hours ‘til their flight lands, then maybe an hour for them to get to the house.”
Her toothless grin of excitement makes me ignore the nail polish I can feel on my knuckle.
“Emerson!” Cora yells. “You ruined it! That looks awful.”
Cora picks up the bottle of purple nail polish and Emerson’s happy expression drops away.
“Give it to me,” Cora huffs, holding out her hand for the handle to the polish. “I never should have let you do it.”
“Hey, now.” I give Cora a sharp look. “She was doing her best.”
Cora’s eyes flood with tears. Emerson edges closer to me, because she knows what happens when Cora gets upset.
“He won’t let us do spa days if you mess it up!” Cora cries, glaring at her younger sister. “You ruined everything!”
“You didn’t ruin anything,” I tell Emerson. “And Cora, I never said we wouldn’t do this again. We can do a big spa day after my road trip, okay?”
Cora wipes her eyes and nods, still crying. It kills me to see her like this. As the oldest, she carries more of the weight from the deaths of her parents than her siblings. We’ve been in counseling for more than a year now, transitioning through the death of their mother, my sister-in-law Danielle, to the kids’ new life with me as their guardian. The clinical terms for what Cora struggles with—anxiety and controlling tendencies—are easier for me to handle than her breakdowns.
The tension leaves the room and Emerson starts my massage, which is pretty much just her karate chopping my shoulders, while Cora slathers strawberry yogurt onto my face.
“Is your shoulder better?” Cora asks me.
“Yep, it’s all good.”
“Think my mashage helped?” Emerson asks from behind me.
She can’t pronounce some words, and I kinda hope that’ll last longer, because it gets me every time.
“It definitely helped,” I tell her.
I tweaked my shoulder at practice yesterday, and Cora noticed me wince when I was taking out the trash last night. She worries about every sinus cold and bruise I get. I can’t blame the kid. Her dad, my brother Matt, died serving in Iraq and her mom passed away from cancer a year later.
“Hey, let’s get your nails painted, Cora,” I say after glancing at my watch. “I’ve only got five minutes til I have to hit the shower.” I turn to Emerson. “Can you go get the nail polish remover, peanut?”
“Okay.” She races from the room, brown curls flying behind her.
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The day started with a quick screw, a couple of quirky two-bit cons and ended with a diabolical serial killer. What do you do when the lights go out? Run.
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What’s worse than being locked in room with a vibrating bed and your sworn enemy? Waking up next to him… naked! Did I mention he’s also my boss? Oops.
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Code Name: Genesis
May 7, 2019
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January 7, 2020
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About the Author:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Misadventures with a Manny is another spicy standalone read in the Misadventure series. A series has books that are either written or co-written by well known authors. Each book is the perfect read when you are looking for something fast, hot, and full of fun!
A cheating ex, kids who need a caregiver and a mom who will discover that a manny just might be the answer to fixing all of their broken hearts.
This hot, slow burn is an inferno read and will cause you to turn on the A/C, the fan, and take a cold shower.
I received this ARC from Bare Naked Words for a fair and honest review.
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Meet The Author
My name is Toni Aleo, and I’m a #PredHead, #sherrio, #potterhead, and part of the #familybusiness!
I am also a wife to my amazing husband, mother of a gamer and a gymnast, and also a fur momma to Gaston el Papillion.
While my beautiful and amazing Shea Weber has been traded from my Predators, I’m still a huge fan. But when I’m not cheering for him, I’m hollering for the whole Nashville Predators since I’ll never give my heart to one player again.
When I’m not in the gym getting swole, I’m usually writing, trying to make my dreams a reality, or being a taxi for my kids.
I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, Supernatural, Disney, and anything that sparkles! I’m pretty sure I was Belle in a past life, and if I could be on any show, it would be Supernatural so I could hunt with Sam and Dean.
Also, I did mention I love hockey, right?
Down & Dirty by Tracy Wolff is a sports romance with heat, witty dialogue and characters that stay with you long after the story is over, read this!
Hunter is a football player who has shut himself off from any emotional relationship. Can Emerson crack open that door that’s been locked?
Emerson is trying to make ends meet and finds that despite her attempts to avoid the sexy football player she can’t.
Be warned while this is a sexy and fun read, there is an emotional component that will just bring out a few tears. Don’t miss this must read book. I’m looking forward to more books in this series! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself channeling your creative side with a bit of paint and brushes!
Scorchin – Caution, may lead to unexpected need to turn on the A/C.
I received an ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review.
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