Thursday, 5 March 2015

Review Tour - Sidelined by Emma Hart

Title: Sidelined
Series: By His Game #2
Author: Emma Hart 
Release Date: March 2, 2015 

Three people. Three motives. Three reasons.

When the game leaves the field in the second book in the USA Today bestselling BY HIS GAME series and mixes with sex, lies, and betrayal, the future isn't the only thing on the line...

Macey Kelly has sworn off men. Unless they’re going to zip in and out of her apartment—and her vagina—quicker than they can give her an orgasm, she’s not interested. Finding out her boyfriend of three years got her cousin pregnant was a total confidence knock. Luckily for Macey, confidence is something she has in abundance, so all Mitch’s asshole move did was make her pretty cynical toward men.

The last thing Jack Carr needs at the start of the season is for a dark-haired, sexy as sin, gyspyesque beauty to be consuming his thoughts. Football is his life, which leaves no time for girls. Unless they’re the love ‘em and leave ‘em girls. Becoming one of the best running backs the league has ever seen by racking up the yards is his top priority… not bedding Macey Kelly, despite her affinity for blow jobs and total sexual abandon.

Avoiding each other is the perfect solution, but when your best friends are in a serious living together kind of relationship, that isn’t always an option. Sometimes, sex on tap is the easiest option. And the sweetest.

Until Mitch shows up with a bombshell that could shatter Macey’s perfectly carved out life. It’s been a year, but he isn’t giving her up, not now he has a chance at winning her back. And he knows her buttons. Every single one of them.

Unfortunately for him, Jack Carr isn’t a loser. The star running back has his eye on the Vince Lombardi—and on Macey. But seeing her hanging between them both isn’t something he’s down with, not when he discovers why she’s so against anything more-ish, as she puts it.Macey quickly realizes she’s the ball being passed between two desperate yet opposing teams, and that only one of them can score the touchdown. But will the winner be the guy she lived with and loved for three years, or will the winner be the guy who understands her and makes her body come alive?

In this game, someone will be sidelined, and calling the play isn’t always as easy as it seems.

SIDELINED is a full-length, standalone novel. It's not necessary to read BLINDSIDED before this book, but it is advised.

I'm totally in love with Emma Hart. Damn, this girl knows how to write a book that sizzles, that makes you smile, that's smart and interesting, and that makes you wish that characters were real and that you could really slap some sense into them.

Jack Carr is the star running back for the LA Vipers, and not looking for anything more than a good time girl. Football is his priority, not relationships, not after being burned by love before.

Macey Kelly knows all about being burned by love. Her ex knocked up her cousin and took off to play daddy, and she was left trying to work out what happened to her 5-year plan.

When Macey and Jack get together, they burn up. And because neither one wants anything more than hot sex, it's perfect. Until Macey's ex returns to try to win her back, throwing her life into disarray. Now Jack and Macey are trying to navigate a relationship that's more than sex, and Macey's trying to decide if three years of history is worth more than chemistry that sets her body on fire.

I could not put this book down! I loved Macey and Jack in their brief, but memorable, moments in Blindsided and was really keen to see how the player and the good time girl would come together. And come together they did! The characters played off each other really well. I enjoyed the way they flirted with each other - and with the true nature of their relationship. Although I was, at times, beyond annoyed with both Macey and Jack for their silly, immature decision making, it just worked, for the story and for me.

Added bonus? Fun little interludes with Corey and Leah from Blindsided, Ryann (who needs a book), Corey (who should be in Ryann's book) and Reid (who also needs a book). I love the way the secondary characters work into the story - Macey's family, new additions in this book, were excellent, in particular. They humanized her, made her sometimes silly thoughts and plans and her indecisiveness in the face of BLATANT OH-MY-GOD OBVIOUSNESS seem more realistic.

Despite my aforementioned frustration with Macey, I did love her ballsy-ness. She was sassy and spoke her mind, and she was an excellent foil for Jack, who was just plain YUMMY. I loved him!! I, like M, know nothing about football, but I bet Jack could persuade me to learn...if only he were real.

Sidelined in the second book in the By His Game series and can be read standalone. No cliffhanger.

~ Review by Beth

After her last debacle, uh, relationship, resulted in her long term boyfriend getting her cousin pregnant, Macey Kelly, has sworn off men. Well, okay, not sworn men off completely—she’s happy to deal with them for a night of “wham bam thank you ma’am sex” but nothing more. No relationships, no strings—just sex.

Enter Jack Carr. Oh, Jack. *swoon* Jack is a busy man. Busy getting ready for football season to start. Busy getting into the pants of any woman he wants for a night. But when Jack finds all his thoughts are now taken up by the dark-haired beauty, who happens to be the best friend of his best friend's girl, Jack can’t avoid it anymore--he wants is Macey.

Macey and Jack are status quo in their f@ck buddy relationship until Mitch re-enters the picture. Mitch, yeah, the douchebag ex who got the cousin pregnant. He’s back to stir up feelings and trouble. Jack does not take this sitting down. Jack is a running back—a playmaker and he’s playing to win. Can Macey figure out her feelings to decide whether she’s brave enough to look to the future or is she going to settle for what she knows from her past?

I loved this book. I loved Jack—his personality traits, his ability to admit he’s screwed up and doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing in a relationship, make him a dream book boyfriend! And Macey—part of you wants to hug her and the other part wants to slap her, but damn, she’s just a great character too! Add in Leah and Corey, Ryann, Reid and Cole and you’ve got a group I’d love to hang out with every weekend.

Sidelined is Book 2 in the By His Game series. It can be read as a standalone. No Cliffhanger.

~ Review by Missy

“You’re not goin’ anywhere, baby.” He steps closer, his fingers twitching, his breath ghosting across my neck. “At least, you ain’t fuckin’ moving until you’ve told me why you’re avoiding me.”

“Isn’t it obvious? You and I are cut from the same cloth, Jack. We don’t do the post-sex thing.”

“Yet here we are.”

“It’s unfortunate.”

“That what you call it?” he laughs, low and husky.

“Yep.” I drink.

“Put the drink down, M,” he whispers. “It’s fucking with you.”

“Really? I thought that was you fucking with me,” I respond, turning to him and pressing a hand against his chest. “What the hell are you doing here?”

Like, right here. Literally.

“It’s my best friend’s birthday.” He smirks. “Why’ve you been staring at me all night like you wanna suck and bite my cock simultaneously?”

“I assure you it was the latter.”

“Sure it was.” Jack steps closer to me again, and I grab my glass with the hand closest to him so I don’t grab his ass or something, ‘cause, shit. He has a sweet-as-hell ass.

“It was.” I drink. Again. Where the hell are my girls? “I feel like dancing.” I finish the glass and twist my body away from his.

His hand finally falls from me as I stalk toward and then down the stairs. I slip into the moving crowd, but I’ve barely moved my hips when two large, strong hands clasp me and tug me backward. The wall of muscle my back slams into is solid, and I exhale on a whoosh even as I close my fingers against the ones clasping my hips.

“Nice try, baby,” Jack says into my ear. “Run if you want. I’m a running back. I’ll chase you and catch you every fuckin’ time.”

“Sounds like a promise you can’t keep, doll,” I reply, my breath catching when he moves my hips against his.

“Sounds like a promise you’re afraid of.”

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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