ARC Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway: Knox by Eve Jagger

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Knox by Eve Jagger
Series: Sexy Bastard #3
Publication Date: March 19th 2016 by Self-published
Language: English
Print Length: 246 pages
Genres:  Contemporary Romance, Sports
Target Reader: Adult

Ebook: Amazon US • iBooks

Sexy. Famous. A player on and off the field.
Cooper Knox has a body built for sex and sin, and he’s my dirty little secret.

He was supposed to be a one-night stand – but now he’s back in town, and he’s going to find out the truth.

I’m his best friend’s little sister: off-limits and totally out of his league.

We swore we’d stay away from each other.
Our secret could destroy everything.
But Knox always gets what he wants.

And he wants me


REVIEW BY ALEXA

Instead of giving only another a billionaire hero who owns several luxury club in Atlanta, Eve gave another touch for Knox’s background. He is a famous MVP Baseball whose shadowed by paparazzi, groupies and fans. Knox saturated with popularity and hoping for have a normal love relationship. With the news of Knox’s return to his hometown club, obviously opened up opportunities for him to be with Shelby.

Shelby is a typical heroine created by Ms. Jagger. Beautiful, sexy, smart, charming and super comfortable with her sexual side. At the time he was frustrated with her love life is always gloomy because her overprotective brother, Jackson. She discovered the thrill from an affair behind her brother’s back with Knox.

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I thought the book #1 and #2 already fiery HOT but this book is clearly breaking the title. I liked the tension and chemistry between the MCs that has been built from scratch since the novella. Interaction and flirting battle between them were super entertaining with intense hide-and-seek sex scenes which dominated most of the story.

The main conflict was quite light, and feels a bit empty. The author added another problem with some intrigue in the baseball club and from Shelby’s football office. I loved every scene that involved another sexy bastards. This is a VERY HOT story with sexy charming characters. The conclusion from their relationship too rushed and I need more heart warming scene in the end. But I couldn’t wait to read two next books from this series, the sexy architect, Jackson and the last one is about a HOT ex-Navy Seal , Parker.

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OVERALL RATING

4stars

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Excerpt

“Yeah, well, now that Knox is back in town, we’re gonna have to find him a steady girl,” Cassie says, furrowing her brow as if she’s scanning her mental rolodex.
“Yeah, between the two of us we know plenty of girls who are still single.” Savannah pulls her phone out, ready to start scrolling through her contacts.
Cash laughs. “Don’t hold your breath, ladies. The local diamond dolls are gonna be all over our boy here. Let him enjoy it before you start trying to chain him down.”
Groupies. I’ve gotta admit—the routine gets old, but the eye candy never fails to tempt me. Like I said, you only live once. “Hey, the last girl I hooked up with didn’t even know who I was,” I can’t help pointing out.
Ryder laughs. “Is that what she told you?”
I roll my eyes.
“Did you find her hidden under a rock, then? I hear those cloistered nuns are hot.” Cash grins at me, that old twinkle in his eye. He’d never mess around on Savannah, but I swear that’s made him worse than ever about hounding me to go hook up in his place.
“Actually, I met her right here in this fine establishment of ours.”
“Nice. Hooking up in the library—exactly what we had in mind,” Cash says with more than a little enthusiasm.
“You say that like we haven’t already,” Savannah butts in with a pointed eyebrow, which earns her a high-five from Cassie.
“Hey don’t change the subject,” Ryder interrupts. “You’ve been holding out on us, bro. When was this? And who, someone from school?”
“New Year’s. And nope. Never seen her before in my life. Or since, for that matter.”
It may not have been the first time a New Year’s countdown and a whole bunch of booze ended with a girl screaming my name, but this time was different. For one thing, this time I was sober enough that my memory of the way she felt beneath me in that baseball field is still seared red-hot into my brain. The number of times I’ve relived that night, her hands all over me, her breathing heavy as she urged my fingers closer to her soaking panties . . .
“So that’s where you disappeared that night, you dirty dog!” Cash punches my arm across the table.
Savannah laughs and tops off her and Cash’s glasses of bubbly with the last of the champagne. “Anybody you care to see again?”
Yeah, you could definitely say that. If I knew how to find her, that is.
“Would if I could,” I admit. “But she was a one-and-done kinda girl. Said no when I asked for her digits.”
“Oooooh,” Ryder says. “Love ‘em and leave ‘em. The very best kind.”
Cassie punches him in the arm and steals his drink out from under him. “A mystery woman, nice. What did she look like? Maybe she’s a regular.”
I open my mouth to describe her—long brown hair, huge, sexy, deep brown eyes, a sway in her step when she walks, a gravelly voice when she’s coming—okay maybe I wouldn’t have added that last part. But right as I’m about to start speaking, a knee collides with me from behind.
I manage to keep from dropping my scotch, though just barely. I’m about to spin around and bark a curse at whoever just staggered into me, when Jackson, who’s been oddly quiet so far, stiffens. “Oh, hey,” he says, looking not at me, but above and behind me.
Everyone’s eyes follow his, and I turn around to find myself staring up at a familiar face.
“What, that’s your only greeting to your beloved little sister?”
There, standing behind me, close enough to touch, close enough that I can smell the familiar floral bite of her perfume, is my not-so-mysterious-after-all New Year’s hookup. Grinning sarcastically while looking straight at Jackson.
Little sister? Jackson’s younger sister is my mysterious New Year’s hookup?
Fuck.
You have got to be kidding me.

Other Books by Eve Jagger

  

#1 ~ HARD:  My Review • Amazon US
#2 ~ CASH:  My Review • Amazon US
#3 ~ A Night with Knox: My Review • Amazon US

About Eve Jagger

Eve Jagger is a native of Georgia and is a true southern girl at heart. A stay at home mom to two kids, she’s married to a sexy man who doesn’t mind being used as research for those naughty scenes.

Eve cut her teeth writing in high school and college, but it wasn’t until recently that she got the itch to write a full length novel. She loves complex, emotionally-charged characters and wild, sexy leading men. Hard: A Sexy Bastard Book releases at the end of April 2015 and she can’t wait for you to meet her characters that occupy her mind 24/7!

Eve loves to talk and meet people on social media, so be sure and touch base with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/evejaggerbooks or Twitter https://twitter.com/evejwrites. 

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Book Review: The Baller by Vi Keeland

The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: January 18th 2016 by Self-published
Language: English
Print Length: 285 pages
Genres:  Contemporary Romance, Football, Erotica
Target Reader: New Adult

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From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new novel.

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.


REVIEW BY ALEXA

Apakah kamu tahu kapan seorang hero novel digambarkan terlalu sempurna? Saat kamu sirik berat pada heroinenya saat selesai membaca kisah mereka. Karena karakter yang realistis akan membuatmu ikut berbahagia mengikuti perjalanan cinta mereka.

The Baller memberikan semua yang terbaik dari kualitas seorang hero. Atlet pujaan ternama yang kaya raya, penampilan seksi memukau, mulut kotor yang harus sering disabun dengan detergen, hati emas seluas samudra dan yeah.. Paket cinta berukuran 12 inchi. Brody Easton. Pasangannya Delilah, digambarkan wanita karir sejati yang aktif, energik, tahan banting, tahan rayuan dan profesional. Interaksi pengejaran Brody terhadap Delilah di 50 persen awal buku sangat intens, seksi dan bikin penasaran. Mereka sama-sama gigih berusaha menyerang dan bertahan. Banter mereka berdua lucu dan seksi, scene hore-hore mereka juga hot dan lumayan banyak.

“I think most women, especially women who work hard and have a lot on their mind, prefer a man to come home, lift her off her feet and take her against the wall rather than hand her some bullshit flowers and pussyfoot around with sweet gestures all night.”

Di ceritakan dalam dual POV h/h aku cukup bisa memahami sepak terjang mereka berdua, tapi problemku mulai muncul ketika seseorang dari masa lalu Brody muncul dan mulai mengacaukan cerita yang tadinya fun. Bahkan seseorang ini sampai dibuatkan POV tersendiri yang menurutku penuh dengan deskripsi pencitraan. Aku percaya setiap orang pantas mendapatkan kesempatan kedua tapi aku tidak mau tahu apa isi pikiran karakter selain h/h.

Ending kisah ini dan epilognya mudah ditebak, agak klise dan “too perfect” untuk seleraku. Dan akhir kata, ini kisah yang menarik tapi aku pernah membaca kisah lain yang lebih menohok dari Vi.

“When life knocks you down, stop and look around for one thing that’s good, because there is always something. Then cling to that good.”

OVERALL RATING

3.5stars

SEX-O-METER

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Book Review: Wild Crush by Simone Elkeles

Wild Crush by Simone Elkeles
Series: Wild Cards #2
Published: September 22nd 2015 by NLA Digital
Language: English
Print Length: 240 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Target Reader: New Adult

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When the only girl you want is the one you can’t have…

Bad boy Vic Salazar breaks all the rules except one: Don’t make a move on your best friend’s girl. It’s a Guy Code that Vic lives by. It doesn’t matter that he’s had a crush on her for years. Monika Fox is off limits.

Monika has a secret of her own and when a tragedy throws her and Vic together, the only boy she trusts is the one she shouldn’t confide in. Vic.

As Vic struggles to keep his distance, and Monika struggles with her secrets, will their wild connection violate every rule both vowed never to break—about relationships, about friendship, about love?

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REVIEW BY ALEXA

YA adalah buku pilihan utamaku, so akujadi super picky kalau menyangkut genre faveku. Karena aku sangat menyukai series perfect chemistry, kupikir aku pasti akan menyukai seri terbarunya Wild Card. Dan di buku ke-2 ini harapanku kembali dibanting keras.

Di sepanjang buku, aku dihadapkan dengan banyak hal yang terlalu klise dan tidak menawarkan hal baru dari sebuah film atau buku ABG. Remaja pemberontak, orang tua yang tak bijak,keluarga bermasalah, perkelahian, perselingkuhan, drug, cinta segitiga. Konflik dan twist yang disodorkan juga tidak menggugah selera.

Aku tidak suka karakter super labil si heroine, Monica dan penyelesaian konflik dengan Trey untuk bisa bersama si hero, Victor. Chemistry Victor dan Monica tidak terasa nyata dan sangat dipaksakan. Scene steamy mereka berdua adalah scene paling tidak menarik dari 5 steamy scene dari buku Simone Elkeles.

Aku suka Victor, sungguh.. Tapi cuma dia yang kusukai dari buku ini. Dan Victor seorang tidak sanggup untuk menyelamatkan novel ini.

OVERALL RATING

2.5stars

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Book Review: Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles
Series: Wild Cards #1
Release Date: August 14th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Language: English
Print Length: 344 pages
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Target Reader: New Adult

Purchase Links: Amazon USB&N • Kobo  iBooks
Paperback: Amazon US 
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A fresh and fun repackage of Wild Cards, Better Than Perfect launches a romantic new series from NY Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. So when her older sister comes home after abandoning her ten years earlier, with her hot new stepson in tow, Ashtyn wants nothing to do with either of them. Then she comes up with a plan that would finally give her the chance to leave, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and get the future she wants?

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REVIEW BY ALEXA

Setelah gelindingan maraton dengan Fuentes brother yang seksi, rebel dan lucu di seri Perfect chemistry aku memutuskan membaca Wild Card karena sinopsisnya sekilas mirip dengan epilog anak Luis di Chain Reaction. Aku sangat antusias tapi juga kuatir karena punya harapan besar untuk menemukan hero baru yang senakal, serebel, atau seseksi trio maut Alex, Carlos, Luis.

Dengan karakter heroine Ashtyn yang tomboy dan satu-satunya anggota wanita sekaligus kapten team Football SMU, kisah ini seharusnya tampil beda dan menarik. Tapi saying sekali, Wild Card lebih menaruh perhatian pada hal standar YA romance biasa seperti pacar yang cemburu, intrik anak SMU, perselingkuhan, family issue, dan godaan bad boy. Aku berharap kualitas-kualitas Ashtyn itu bisa digambarkan dalam scene-scene nyata sehingga kita bisa merasakan kekuatan tekad dan kecintaan Ashtyn pada football dan bukannya merasa itu hanya disuapkan pada pembaca sebagai background.

“You own a piece of me,” he murmurs as he holds me.
“Good,” I tell him. “And just so you know… I’m never giving it back.”

Derek, bad boy jenius yang liar dan pemberontak. Tumbuh besar jauh dari pengawasan orang tua. Ketika dia dikeluarkan dari sekolah ketika ayahnya sedang bertugas di belakan dunia lain, dia terpaksa harus ikut istri baru ayahnya yang juga kakak perempuan Ashtyn. Derek cukup nakal, suka dirty talk dan pepet-pepet. Tapi aku tidak bisa mengerti kebencian sekaligus ketertarikan instan Ashtyn pada Derek. Sisi badboynya juga tidak banyak di ekspos, menurutku hobi mencabuti rumput shirtless lebih cocok disebut berkah pada lingkungan daripada bad boy.

“I never believed in love at first sight, until I met Derek. It’s all-consuming and delicious and wonderful and exciting. At the same time, it makes me nervous and self-conscious and emotional. Love exists. I know it does, because I’m madly, deeply, hopelessly in love.”

Walaupun buku ini sarat dengan instan chemistry tapi punya scene romantic yang steamy dan menyentuh. Ciuman dibawah hujan dan near sex di tenda itu, wow.. (kipas-kipas). Aku juga tertarik pada beberapa karakter pendamping seperti nenek Derek yang sangat unik, dominan dan susah ditebak.

Kisah ini di tulis dengan baik, tapi terasa flat dan tidak menawarkan sesuatu yang berbeda dari buku romance biasa. Endingnya juga terlalu instan dan terasa dipaksakan. Jujur aku berharap ada 1 atau 2 scene pertandingan football yang bisa menggambarkan kekuatan dan teamwork h/h di dalam dan luar

OVERALL RATING

3.5stars

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Book Review: Dominic by L.A. Casey

Dominic by L.A. Casey
Series: Slater Brothers #1
Publication Date: March 17th 2014 by Self-published
Language: English
Print Length: 317 pages
Genres:  Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Target Reader: New Adult

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WARNING: If you don’t like a leading male that is a possessive pr**k, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don’t like a leading female that is a stubborn bi**h, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don’t like over the top drama and characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you. Most of all, if you don’t like characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLYwhat they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you.
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After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn’t befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants.

When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue.

Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how…by force.

Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.

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REVIEW BY ALEXA

Welcome to debut book again fella, ditulis oleh single mom berusia 22 tahun, novel ini cukup membuatku galau untuk menentukan genrenya. Bingung? ha ha ha.. kau akan tahu sebabnya. Diawali dengan 2 note warning tentang banyaknya makian (bahasa kasar) tidak membuat tekadku pudar. Kemudian note warning ke-2 ttg ejaan berdasar aksen Irlandia krn heroine dan setting novel ini ada di sana. Aku copas di komen sekedar untuk fyi. Dan dia tidak main-main dengan warning tersebut. Mungkin ada lebih dari 300 kata ” fuck” di dalamnya dan beraneka ragam bahasa kebun binatang lainnya. Karena yea, hero dan heroinenya sama-sama hobby dirty talk dan perlu digosok mulutnya pakai detergen.

Membaca novel ini membuatku membayangkan perkawinan silang antara Meteor Garden dan Beautiful Disaster. Sudah ada gambaran? Bayangkan versi brutal nakal dari Tau Ming Se dan Travis Maddox. Storyline utama novel ini adalah usaha keras gadis yatim piatu yang sangat tertutup bernama Bronagh untuk menghindari segala bentuk perhatian. Dia gadis curvy yang punya masalah dengan kepercayaan diri ttg bentuk tubuhnya. Dia sering dibully dan hampir selalu memar. Tapi ada yang kontradiktif disini, dia juga pny masalah dengan anger management. Jadi dia tipe gadis tertutup yang bisa menggigit dengan ekstrim kalau diinjak.

Ketenangan hidup Bronagh terganggu dengan munculnya si kembar berandalan seksi Dominic dan Damien. Dominic tidak pernah ditolak siapapun, egonya sebesar mulutnya, kepalan tangannya atau bagian tubuhnya yang lain ( hello.. 8inchi). Dan semakin didorong Dominic semakin pepet melekat bak koyo cap angkot.

Ide ceritanya cukup menarik walau alurnya cukup sederhana dan penuh drama. Di 1/2 buku hanya menggambarkan proses bully, perang verbal dan saling membalas dari mereka berdua yang jujur agak kekanak-kanakan. Yang menghibur disini banter dirty talk antara mereka cukup panas dan membuatku lap keringat. Oh iya kemunculan 3 kakak Dominic juga sangat menghibur dan menggoda iman.

Scene suspense dan background keluarga Dominic yang cukup mengejutkan juga cuma mendapat porsi kecil. Seolah-olah penulis tiba-tiba mempunyai ide baru dan menempelkannya dibagian belakang. Tapi so far lumayan memberikan gejolak twist yang kuharap bakalan digali lebih dalam di buku para kakak Dominic.

Buku ini penuh humor dan ungkapan sarkastik, makian yang cukup pedas dimata, problem galau dan hormonal khas remaja, cuma menurutku bukan untuk selera sejuta umat. Dan hot steamy scenenya membuatku galau sambil kipas-kipas kehabisan nafas diantara 2 genre.

OVERALL RATING

4stars

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