Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cross Drop Review Tour

Blurb:
Nikki

I’m not a saint. Never claimed to be. I’ve played the game and scored my fair share—both on and off the field. This is why I should have known better than to fall for a hockey player. But I did. I fell fast and hard.

Now I’m left with the painful consequences, reminded every day of how reckless I had been by giving him my heart so easily—so willingly. Dalt broke me in the cruelest of ways, and because of him I’ll never be able to love again.

Dalt

Nikki changed me. She made me want to be a better man. My days playing off the field were over because she owned every little piece of my heart…until she left, leaving behind a gnawing ache where my heart used to be.

Now she’s back, and it’s painfully clear she hates me, ignoring me, pretending like I’m nobody to her. But that’s just too damn bad. I want answers. I want a goddamn explanation.

And most of all…I want her.



Excerpt:
“Hey.” The intelligent greeting the only thing I could think of to say.
When she looked up and hit me with those baby blues I had to remind myself to breathe.

“Hey.” One word. That was it and she started walking off the field toward the field house. I stood baffled for a moment. I’d never had a problem talking to a girl before and they usually didn’t walk away from me when I did. I ran to catch up to her.

“Great game. You were amazing out there.”

“Yeah, thanks.” She just kept walking, even picked up the pace like she was trying to get away from me.

“I’m…I’m Dalt by the way.” Like an idiot I stuck my hand out to shake hers. She stopped and stared at my outstretched hand but didn’t make a move because her hands were full with her bag and some of the equipment.

“I know who you are, hockey boy.” The words ‘hockey boy’ came out like they
tasted sour on her tongue. And she started walking away from me again. I couldn’t believe it. When I caught up to her, she stopped and turned to me.

“What do you want, hockey boy?” She threw me off my game so bad, I think I stuttered.

“I…um…your name would be nice for starters.”

“For starters?” She quirked a brow.

“Then I thought you might like to get a beer or a burger or something at the Thirsty Whale.” She scanned my body from head to toe and back up. Then the damnedest thing happened.

“No thanks. I don’t do dates. Not looking for a boyfriend. I just like to, you know, keep my options open.” Say what, now! Had she just turned me down for a date?




My Review:
3 stars

To start off, I’m not a big sports person at all, so I was more interested in the romance here than the sports, which was a big part of the book, which partially affects my review. Just an FYI before we get started.

Now then…the beginning started off shaky, with the characters coming across as shallow and over-the-top about how amazing the other was. Once the drama kicked in though, the story picked up and hit its stride. Seeing the characters grow due to their circumstances was nice. My favorite part was the humor in the writing and character interactions, which bumped this up to a solid 3 for me.

While I enjoyed the story, I did have some issues with it. The miscommunication behind their breakup was flimsy at best, so I felt a little cheated on that storyline. In addition, I was a little irritated with Dalt’s reactions, particularly to Nikki’s secret, especially since I felt he was partially to blame. Yes, she should have told you, but she had her reasons, and you never bothered to check in with her. So, I was a little irritated with how that was handled and Dalt in general.

All in all, this was an okay read for me, though I would recommend it to sports romance readers.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*



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Author Bio and Links:

As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. The wild ride of writing books is one of the most difficult things she’s ever done in her life. But the opportunity to get her stories out of her head and down on paper and send them out into the world is also one of the most wonderful things she’s ever done. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. And having readers fall in love with her characters as much as she does is almost as exciting as giving birth (just not as painful!) When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, watching old classic movies and travelling.

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7 comments:

  1. I'm interested in the romance part! :) Congrats on the tour!

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  2. I admit that I commented for the giveaway only (pls pardon me)

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  3. Congrats on the release. Do you have any ideas of future adventures for the characters in your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  4. Congrats on the release. Do you have any ideas of future adventures for the characters in your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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