Sacked (book 1 of Gridiron) by Jen Frederick

What he wants he gets… 

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before. 

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in. 

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I WAS OBSESSED!
So basically I stayed up until 4am on a week night trying to finish this entire book. I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN I’M NOT KIDDING IT’S THAT GOOD!

I picked up this book thinking it was gonna be a filler book. Something to pass the time until I find a book that I know I’ll for sure love. WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW I END UP LOVING THIS ONE!
This book is sexy, funny, cute and makes my heart flutter! I loved everything about it. Sure, in some parts it wasn’t the most realistic but it was still awfully cute and just makes you want to swoon. The characters are soooooooo cute and not to mention that the main sexy beast in this book (Knox) has an identical twin! I haven’t read what the second book in this series is about just yet but it better be about Ty!!!

I’ve never read anything from this author before so I’m so excited to read more of her work and hopefully this series! I highly suggest you read this book if you love football players, shredded guys, a definite page turner, funny characters and some steamy scenes.


“We don’t get to pick the family we’re born into,” he says into the quiet night. “But we do get to choose the family we live with. I choose you. You’re all that I’ll ever want.”
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The Year We Hid Away (book 2 of the Ivy Years) by Sarina Bowen


She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep. 

I really liked this book! I felt like I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I couldn’t ease the tension in my shoulders from thinking about everything that was going on throughout this book. I really liked the first book in this series but I loved this one. I felt like this one was more raw and captivating so if you loved the first one then you will definetly fall head over heels for this one!

I felt the characters were more personal in this book. I really connected with Scarlet and Bridger even though I couldn’t relate to their lives at all. I feel like that’s how you know you’ve read a really good book, if you can relate to a character’s situation even though their situation has never happened to you before.

These characters are so easy to fall in love with also. They are so beautiful inside and out.

I’m not sure what else to say other than I loved it and I hope that you will read this book too!

Silver & Black by Tyler May


Does love have a cost? 

Brian Silver is CEO of the world’s largest coffee house chain in the world, Silver Coffee. Growing up in a wealthy family, Silver had it all: money, fame, and any man he wanted, but that was never enough. Silver wants more. After a tragic health event that leaves him vulnerable in life, he realizes that business will not bring him the happiness he needs, and he’ll do anything to find that happiness.

Greyson Black is a coffee house barista in one of the Silver Coffee chains in downtown Manhattan. Greyson is finishing school and determined to find the best path for his life. When Brian Silver makes a “surprise” stop at the franchise, he’s more than intrigued by the young, gorgeous Greyson. Silver knows there’s only one thing that he must have now, and he will do whatever it takes to get him.

When Silver and Greyson get together, sparks fly. Silver is perfect in Greyson’s eyes, but is love blind? A mysterious stranger is out for Greyson, and the mind games have just begun. Greyson starts to question everything, including Silver’s advances. When Danger is lurking around every corner, no one is safe. Greyson will have to determine if love is worth the danger and excitement.

Can attraction be fatal, or will attraction be the saving grace Greyson needs? Will Silver’s secrets ruin them or will someone else have the first shot?

Love is blinding, but suspicion is the real killer.



I have such a headache from reading this book!! But it’s not from what you’re probably thinking. I refused to put this book down! I was starring at my iPhone (because I was reading the book off of iBooks) for so long I got a headache! But that did NOT stop me! I continued reading because I loved this couple so much. 

When I first started reading this book, I have to say I was so confused. At first they called each other Mr. Silver and Mr. Black but then they would address Mr. Black as Grey and I was just sitting there so confused! I never read the summary of books I kind of just grab them and let them surprise me so I had no idea what their first names were but I was sitting there and said to myself “Grey Black? No I must’ve read something wrong” But no his name is really Grey Black. It’s really Greyson Black (which sounds way better) but I just thought that either the author didn’t think that one through all the way or they just really like their colors. 

Other than that confusing moment I loved everyone, even the secondary characters. Due to the fact that I had no clue what this book was about at all everything was such a surprise and the author did it so beautifully! I couldn’t put the book down I just had to find out what was going to happen next! I’m telling you guys this book was so intriguing and such a page turner.

Overall, I loved this book! Silver and Grey were so cute and charming you couldn’t help but fall in love with the two. This book had it’s twists and turns and at some points you didn’t know who to trust which made the book even better because it was so suspenseful and gave this book something more than just an ordinary love story.

“How do you have such self-control?” I grin sitting next to him on the couch. He utters words that make my heart melt. “Because you’re worth the wait.” 

*Swooooooon!*

KAGE Trilogy by Maris Black


My name is Jamie Atwood, and I’m an addict. I never thought I’d say such a thing. Never had a problem being overly-attached to anything in my life. I came from a perfectly middle-class family, made good grades, and had a hot cheerleader girlfriend… but the truth is, nothing ever really moved me. So how did a guy like me become an addict? 

I met Michael Kage. 

Kage is an MMA fighter. A famous one. I like to think I helped him get that way. 

He’s charming as hell, with looks to rival any movie star and talent to back it up. So why did he need to hire me as an intern Publicist? Simple. He has a darkness in him– like a black hole so deep it could swallow him, and me, and everyone we know– and that’s not good for business. 

The first time I met him, I felt the pull. I think the addiction began at that very moment. And even if I’d known then what I know now, I would have fallen for him. How could I not? 

For me, Kage is everything.



Okay I’m officially in love! I couldn’t write my thoughts down until I finished all three books. Literally once I finished one book I immediately picked up the next one and finished all three books in 2 days. These books are page turners and I couldn’t put them down until I finished all three books! Thank god all three were already published because I don’t know what I would’ve done if one wasn’t published yet. 

I loved the two main characters. Both were amazing and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the two of them. Their love story was so cute! There were a few bumps in this story but nothing major where I was like “Oh shoot how is this going to work out in the end”. During the time I was reading the book that didn’t bother me but now looking back I wish there were a lot more “OMG!” moments but I don’t mind since it wasn’t a main worry when I was actually reading the stories. 

Also, I loved how there was an actual story here. It wasn’t all about sex, yes there’s sex in it, but it didn’t revolve around sex. I feel like whenever I read a MM fiction novel it’s like 90% sex and there’s not much to the actual love story. However, this one was different! I think that’s why I was so in love with this because the author gave me characters and a story to love. 

I really hope there’s more from this author that I can dive into because this was such a great read and I get obsessed with books that I can’t put down. I feel like that’s when you know you’re reading something good if it can capture your attention that much. 



Clipped By Love (Bellevue Bullies book 2) by Toni Aleo


This has been the toughest year of my life. I watched my brother go into the draft without me, my mom got divorced, and the weight of my family’s issues is heavy on my shoulders. I feel like it’s my job to fix everything while working my butt off in school and trying to make my game better. I have to go into the draft. It will give my family the support they need, and it will prove that I’m good enough. But to get there, I have to show I can be the best captain for the Bellevue Bullies. The spot is mine—no one can take it. First though, Jude is making me go on a brother’s weekend. Innocent enough, I guess…until I see her. She’s the biggest competitor I’ve ever faced. Not only for my spot but also my heart. It’s hard to ignore someone like Baylor Moore. 

I don’t lose. I can’t. My dad has bred me to be the best in anything I do. I am driven, I am smart, and I am going to be the first woman in the National Hockey League. No two ways about it. I’ve worked too hard. I’ve been through too much not to have what I want. I know I can do it. I will make my dad proud, and no one will stand in the way of that. That is, until I let him in. He scares me. He makes me feel. And he could very well be the one person who can make me want more than just to win. 


We both have the same goal. Victory. But how do you compete against the person you want to win? It’s not easy. Love isn’t something you can control. It isn’t like a puck that can be handled by a stick. No, it has a mind of its own and does what it wants. 


Neither of us saw it coming, and we really don’t know if there is a way to score, especially when you’re being Clipped by Love.

“I read once that a strong man can handle a strong woman, but a weak man will say she has an attitude.”


“Girls love me. I’m funny, I’m hot, and I’m very charming. I’m also very hard to resist. But this girl, man, she is fighting me tooth and fucking nail!”


Just got done reading this book and WOAH. Okay so I was kind of expecting a similar-ish story like the first book in this series but nope definitely not the same. It was actually the opposite of the first book and I’m still debating in my head if I liked that or not. Whereas in the first book it was instant attraction on both parts and it wasn’t long until they were together, in this book it was like a constant fight between the two of them (mostly just on Baylor’s part). 

Which brings me to the characters. Baylor, first off, kind of annoyed me to be honest. I understood why she was so hesitant when it came to everything related to Jayden but at the same time I wanted to smack her because like JUST WHY!? If Jayden was messing up and there was something going on that actually made her hesitant then okay sure but she was just too scared and too stubborn and it lasted the entire book. 

On the other hand, I loved Jayden. He was perfect. I’m serious…just pure perfection. I honestly can’t say one thing that I would change about him. Basically he just needs to leave Baylor, become a real life person and then marry me. 

Overall, I really did like this book except for Baylor’s stubbornness I just couldn’t with her at times. I love this author and I love this series. If you could overlook the flaws in Baylor’s personality like Jayden did then you’re in for an amazing read (:


Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies book 1) by Toni Aleo


Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus. 
She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking. 
She’s my game changer. 
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He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling. 
I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny. 
Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret. 
You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight? 
Especially when you’re boarded by love.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I couldn’t put this book down at all! It made me swoon, smile like an idiot, laugh and want to cry in some parts! Toni Aleo really hit it out of the park and since this is the first book I’ve read of this author I’m even more happy to find another amazing writer!

I love stories when the guy knows he’s met his match and can tell that this girl is a game changer and that is exactly what Claire was for Jude. Jude was sweet, sometimes a little corny with his facebook posts, and sexy as hell! *Swoon* my love for hockey players won’t ever end it seems! 

My favorite character out of everyone would really have to be Claire. I loved her personality and she didn’t let her past bring her down, but strengthen her and empowered her to do better in life. It was beautiful. I also loved her confidence, especially coming from a childhood like she did her confidence never once wavered and it was admirable. I love reading books with characters that just make me almost look up to them and make me want to be confident too. 

The overall story was amazing as well. I loved how even with the amazing nonchalant scenes there was still that air of anticipation from me. I was just waiting for something to happen which is great because it leaves the reader turning the next page just craving for what’s to happen next.

Only one thing I’d like to change!! The cover. It’s very misleading on what Jude looks like. He’s a hockey player so he’s huge and muscular and just overall the cover isn’t accurate on how he is described in the book and it’s kind of a pet peeve of mine. But other than that I loved this book!

Oh & one more thing I think it’s funny that if they get married her name would be changed to Claire Sinclair!!

*Side note: I know this isn’t the format and criteria I usually do with my little rambles but since I’m a pre-med student and school has started up again I decided that even though I’m not doing all the things I used to do at least I’m still writing and reading even if it takes me awhile to post. Hope everyone is doing well! (:

Love, Liv

Sweet Fall (Sweet Home book 2) by Tillie Cole


We all have secrets.

Secrets well buried.

Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.

Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?

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Overall Thoughts:

If you want a book that pulls at your heart strings and leaves you feeling raw and constantly thinking about beautiful characters then please please pick up this book!!


Concerns:

I guess my only concern for this book was that I’ve never read anything like it before so I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. Usually I pick up books where I can relate to the main character because then I really get involved with the book and can fully escape into their world. I’ve never had the thoughts Lexi had and I’ve never experienced something so heartbreaking as Lexi but I couldn’t put down this book because I NEEDED her to have a happy ending. 

Praise:

I give all my love to this author because this book was so beautifully written and portrayed. This book has honestly stayed on my mind for a couple of days now. I can’t stop thinking about Lexi and Austin. 

I want to go so far into depth about everything I had read and really discuss it but I’d hate to be the one to ruin anything but I will mention two things without ruining everything.

I first read the “Forward” that the author had wrote saying that the disorder Lexi has, the author also has. She said in order for Lexi to be authentic, the author wrote from a very personal place and it felt like I was reading the author’s soul. I think this is what made this feel so raw to me. It wasn’t just a random person trying to describe what it’s like to have this disorder, but from a person who suffered with this before writing from experience. I just want to hug both Lexi and this author and tell them how strong and beautiful they are!!

The second thing that left me raw was Austin’s story. Someone he loves in the book is currently dealing with a disease that has no cure. I know someone that’s father is currently dealing with this same disease and having read details about what victims of this disease have to go through just brought tears to my eyes.

Tillie Cole shined a light on two very serious and relevant situations that I feel like don’t get discussed as often as they should. I’m so happy I read this book because it dragged you through basically every emotion you can think of.

Thank you, Tillie Cole, for such an amazing read.

Who I Imagined:

Favorite Quotes:

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“I prayed that same little blond girl didn’t grow up to be insecure. That she didn’t count calories religiously before putting a spoonful of food in her mouth, check the nutritional information on packages for the carbs, the sugars, the saturated fat. Didn’t hide her true beauty because she couldn’t stand the sight of her natural face. Didn’t freak out when that same little boy who is showing her so much affection as a six-year-old grows up and wants to kiss her some more…Didn’t grow up to let a throwaway comment from that boy she liked rob her of her childhood and shred her self-esteem.”

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Just realized my quote probably spoiled a little bit but I had to put it because I loved it and it really touched me so I hope you don’t mind too much!