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Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

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Off-Campus #3

Finally, finally Dean’s story has arrived. And for me, it’s been a story well worth waiting for. I admit, I didn’t initially “see” Allie as the woman for Dean but I am happy to say that Elle Kennedy proved me oh so wrong.

Allie is the best friend of Hannah from the first book. Allie has recently gotten out of a long term relationship with her now ex-boyfriend after determining they just do not want the same things for the future. But Allie is feeling vulnerable and is worried she will cave and go back to him so she needs a distraction. That leads to a night of sex with Dean but when she wakes up, she is not happy with herself. Dean however feels quite differently. He cannot get Allie out of his head. For a well-known campus playboy, this is a side of himself he never expected. Dean has led a very charmed life and now he is determined to get the girl. And he will win her heart (even if that’s not what he set out to do).

The Score is a great mix of light-hearted banter between Allie and Dean, and Dean and his friends, and a very serious issue that pops up in the latter half of the book. I am not going to spoil it but just know, you may be reaching for the kleenex like I did. Elle Kennedy really surprised me with the direction this book took but I think it was the catalyst Dean needed in his life.

Allie really won me over in this book. She’s contemplating some very big changes in her life. She always dreamt of going to Hollywood and becoming a well-known actress but that dream has changed for her. After doing a successful theater project, she is contemplating the lights of New York instead. It is a very different goal and requires her to truly grow and reach as an actress but Allie is yearning for it. Her craft is very important to her and that shines through in the book. Acting isn’t just some “filler” to build up her character, but rather, it is a part of who she is. Allie has taken some serious steps to succeed as an actress and I’m so glad that this side of her was explored in The Score.

Dean doesn’t have quite as strident of goals as Allie but I still found him to be a very three-dimensional man. It is his sultry, lusty side that has drawn me in from the very first book of course but I was glad to see there was more to his character than I expected. Excelling in the bedroom can only go so far in a story.

Allie and Dean really did work for me as a couple and I was skeptical about that at first. But their trust in each other really did win me over. And though that trust was tested, I am glad to see they came through it together stronger.

The dialog in this book is truly on point. Dean and his friends had me laughing, particularly when it came to a famous YA book. And a dildo. Yep, The Score is an interesting book. This is the third book in the Off-Campus series but it really does read well all on its own. Though as a fan of the series as a whole, I can’t help but point you in the direction of reading the first two books also. I am so glad I got the chance to really get to know Dean and truly get to know Allie too. I love ambitious women and Allie fits the bill in the best way possible. She is looking for love, a career, and a happily-ever-after and she is determined to get all of those things on her own merit. Yep, Allie is my kind of character.

The Score is available now on all platforms. I hope you will give it a try!

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Other reviews of The Score:

Dear Author reviews The Score

Tori at Smexy Books reviews The Score

Ticket to Anywhere reviews The Score

 

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The Baller by Vi Keeland

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Meet Brody Easton in THE BALLER!

A standalone Contemporary Romance novel by

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Vi Keeland

NOW AVAILABLE

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Blurb

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.
It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera. The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football. I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.


Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Simple right?
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…
And this one is ours.

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About the Author:

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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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Additional Books by Vi Keeland

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)

Beat

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Throb

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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)

Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)

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Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

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Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)

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The Cole Series (2 book serial)

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)

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Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)

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Standalone novels

Cocky Bastard (Written with Penelope Ward)

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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

Amazon US:http://amzn.to/1G9HdDK
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First Thing I See

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Review: Appealed by Emma Chase

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Appealed by Emma Chase

I am so excited that I can finally talk about Appealed by Emma Chase. It is the perfect ending to this trilogy. Romantic, sexy as heck, and filled with great banter and humorous interludes between the main characters, Brent and Kennedy. I have read Sustained, the second in book in the Legal Briefs series several times at this point. I truly could not wait for Brent’s story and I was not disappointed.

Brent is a charmer. He seems a bit facetious at first but he really did grow on me as a character. He has a caring personality and is fierce in his love for his friends and family. His interactions with his mom made me laugh quite a bit. She just wants him to be happy and provide her with a grandchild and if that means he needs to find a man… well so be it. You can tell humor runs in the family.

Kennedy is ruthless. She has long thought Brent wronged her back in boarding school. Missed teenage communications caused many hurt feelings but Brent is doing his best to convince her that their adult feelings are more important, and of course they are. Kennedy is not afraid to go toe-to-toe against Brent in both the courtroom and bedroom. They are both blindsided by their feelings for each other. Who expects to meet their childhood neighbor and all of sudden want to lick every last inch of her? Certainly not Brent.

As usual, Emma Chase outdoes herself with the legal details. They do not get in the way of the romance but instead, enrich the story.  I know nothing about the law (thank goodness in my opinion) but Chase clearly does and it makes Brent and Kennedy much more interesting characters. I love smart women and Kennedy is just that. She knows her stuff (pardon the cliche) and it definitely turns Brent on. Kennedy is confident and sure of herself. She does not expect to come to love Brent, but once she gives in to her feelings, both of these characters embrace what their new connection means.

I was happy to see a few small scenes with Jake, Chelsea and their brood too. They don’t overtake the story but had just the right amount of secondary character appearances. And the epilogue! Oh the epilogue. Just the sweetest thing. I am a big fan of epilogues where children are present and well, A+ Ms. Chase! This was a great denouement to the story.

Appealed has a great combination of character and story arc. The story is paced really nicely and I read it in a matter of hours. I am excited to explore Emma Chase’s backlist and of course, re-read Appealed.

Appealed is on sale, Tuesday, January 19. Get your pre-orders in now.

ARC provided by publisher for review.

Other reviews of Appealed:

No BS Book Reviews reviews Appealed

Harlequin Junkie reviews Appealed

Ramblings from This Chick reviews Appealed

Excerpt reveal: The Baller by Vi Keeland

the baller excerpt revealI am very excited for this book and you will see why after reading this excerpt from Vi Keeland’s The Baller!

 

You ready?” Nick slung his bag over his shoulder and lifted his camera. The reporter in front of us wrapped up his interview and shook hands with Easton.

As I’ll ever be. “Sure.”

I stepped forward and extended my hand. “I’m Delilah Maddox with WMBC Sports News.”

A slow grin spread across Easton’s face. He surprised me by leaning in and kissing me on the cheek. “Pleasure to meet you.”

I wasn’t sure if he was baiting me into an argument—expecting me to lash out at him for kissing me when he’d just shaken the last male reporter’s hand—or if he was trying to use his blatant sexuality to throw me off. Either way, I wasn’t playing his game. I cleared my throat and stood straighter, even though my knees felt a little wobbly.

“Do you mind if I ask you some questions?”

“Why else would you be in here?”

I ignored his sarcasm. He was still smiling at me. Actually, it was more like a smirk, and it made me feel like a toy he was about to play with. “You ready, Nick?” My cameraman finished setting up the lighting, then lifted the camera into position and gave me a hand signal.

“Congratulations on the win today, Brody. How is your knee feeling after your first game back?” I lifted my microphone high, knowing Nick was filming in close.  

“I feel . . . ” He nonchalantly reached to the towel wrapped around his waist and tugged at the corner. The towel fell to the ground. “Great. I feel great. And how about you? It’s your first trip into the locker room, isn’t it? Do you like what you see so far?” His lips curled up into a full-blown wicked smile.

Before I could catch myself, my eyes dropped to his naked lower half. Shit. He was dangling in the wind. I totally got distracted by just how low the thing dangled. It was probably a full minute before I responded to his question. A full minute of dead air time. Great. “Yes. Umm . . . the locker room is . . . ummm . . . nice.”

I sounded like a total ditz. On air.

The jackass continued interviewing me. “Is it as big as you thought it would be?”

“Ummm . . . it’s much bigger than I imagined.”

His smile grew even wider.  

Ugh.

I needed to get back on track or my first locker room interview would become a laughingstock blooper. Viewers had no idea he was naked from the waist down. “Do you think you were at one hundred percent today?”

His eyebrows jumped. “If you’re referring to today’s game, definitely. I had one hundred percent out there on the field. There’re some other areas where I have a lot of growth potential, but my knee felt one hundred percent today.”

His pale green eyes darkened, and I watched his long lashes lower. I followed his line of sight, and suddenly I was staring at his naked package. Again. Damn it. My eyes darted back up, but I felt my cheeks heating. I had to end this, or I was going to be beet red on air.

“Well, welcome back. And congratulations on today’s win.”

I waited until Nick lowered his camera and turned off the light. Then I looked right at Brody Easton’s smug face. “You’re an asshole, you know that?”

His eyes sparkled. “I do.”

I heard the chuckles and high fives at my back as I stormed out of the locker room.

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