Thursday, 3 December 2015

Series Review - Boys of Fall by Mari Carr, Erin Nicholas and Cari Quinn

Series: Boys of Fall
Release Date: January 19, 2015

In Texas, the temperature isn’t all that’s heating up…coming home has never been so hot!

Coach Nicholas Carr was the greatest high school football coach the sleepy little town of Quinn, Texas had ever seen. He led his boys to the state championships year after year. However, only once did the Quinn Titans ever bring home the state title. Quinn locals still insist that high school team was the greatest Texas ever had or ever would see. The exceptional group of athletes went on to do incredible things, bolstered by the qualities their cherished coach had instilled in them.

But when a retired Coach Carr suffers a heart attack and risks losing his beloved family ranch, his boys return home, anxious to give back to the man who’d been like a father to all of them.

Little did they know that returning to Quinn meant they’d fall in love—and into bed with strong, sexy women that are their match in every way. Home is definitely where the heart is, and so is the shower, and the wall, and the kitchen table…

Warning: Keep a glass of cold ice water handy to avoid sudden heatstroke—and a change of panties never hurts either.


Tucker Riley had only one aspiration in high school. Get the hell out of Quinn the second that diploma was in his hands. Tucker was finished picking his drunk, worthless father off the floor night after night, sick of watching his mother work two jobs to keep food on their table because his dad couldn’t support the family. An average student, Tucker saw only one way out—his talent as quarterback on the gridiron. And his plan worked. Problem was college was still school, so after his sophomore year he turned pro and never looked back, never had any regrets.

Except her. Lela and Tucker were childhood sweethearts. Along with Coach, Lela helped him forget about how bad things were at home. Tucker broke up with Lela right after graduation and hit the road. Once he cleared the outskirts of Quinn, he made a vow never to return. For twelve years, he kept that promise, unwilling to face the father he’d cut out of his life and unable to face the girl he never stopped loving.

When Tucker gets a call that Coach Carr has suffered a heart attack and needs help, Tucker is faced with a decision. Does he return with his teammates to help his beloved coach? Does he run the risk of running into the father he’s left in the past? And if he does come home, what does he say to Lela? How can he make up for disappearing from her life so completely?

Tucker had one goal for after high school—get out of the small town of Quinn, Texas where he grew up. He’d had a horrible childhood caused by the death of his mother, and his alcoholic father. He wanted to get out and never look back. Football helped Tucker do that—he went pro in college and hadn’t returned to Quinn for twelve years. His only regret was the girl he left behind, his first love, Lela.

Tucker receives a call from his old buddy Joel telling him that his beloved high school coach, Coach Carr has had a heart attack needs help managing his ranch. Tucker needs to decide if he’ll return to Quinn for the first time since he left. How much of himself will he have to reveal?

Tucker’s life isn’t quite so idyllic. Football is taking its toll. And he’s never forgotten Lela and what they had together. When he returns to Quinn, Tucker can’t hide his feelings and neither can Lela. 

Tucker and Lela are panty-melting hot together. I loved them together and separately. Tucker trying to be the big, bad quarterback while trying to figure out his future. And Lela is so fun, spunky and feisty. 

I love this interwoven Boys of Fall series and can’t wait to read more! 
~ Review by Missy

I am falling so hard for the Boys of Fall. This is only my second experience with the band of former high school football champions from Quinn, Texas, who return home to help their beloved Coach Carr, and I am HOOKED. 

Tucker left Quinn, turned pro and never looked back. Until a phone call from his former teammate, Joel, brings him back to his small town—and the girl he’d never really forgotten. Lela, his high school sweetheart, and okay, maybe the one thing he regretted about leaving town. Now he’s headed back to Quinn, but not to stay. So, nothing can happen between them…even if he can convince her to forgive him for leaving all those years ago. Right?

Oh, Tucker. He’s got more on his plate than you’d expect, between his career, his regrets over Lela, his heart-breaking past with his less-than-stellar (that’s being polite) father, and his fear over the health of Coach Carr—the man that helped him as boy, and whose opinion he respects above all else. I ached for this delicious quarterback, and oh, I SO wanted him to make the right decision, because I just loved seeing him with Lela—their chemistry was electric and combustible. And the lake…well, just read it and see what I mean! 

Mari Carr knows how to tell a sexy, erotic story with heart, of that there is no doubt (*ahem* did I mention the lake?) While it might have ended a little too soon for my liking—WHY DO GOOD BOOKS HAVE TO END?—I couldn’t help but get sucked into Lela and Tucker’s second chance romance. I devoured this book in one sitting, because I just had to know for sure that this couple would make the right choices for themselves, and each other. And also because I was enjoying the little snippets given of the other relationships brewing in this small town—which are explored in the other Boys of Fall books. And since I am HOOKED on this series, you’d better believe I’m going to be reading them all ASAP. 
~ Review by Beth


As star running back for his high school team, Jackson Brady led a charmed life—until the wild child pushed a little too far. And thanks to snitching goody two-shoes Annabelle Hartington, Jackson endured scandal, shame, and suspension from the team before the championship game. His ensuing downward spiral would have been far worse if not for Nicholas Carr, his high school coach and mentor. 

Now, twelve years later, Jackson doesn’t think twice about returning to Quinn, Texas, to help out when Coach suffers a heart attack. It’s an opportunity to atone for past sins and prove he’s ready to give back to the close-knit community. And he knows just the person to help him—the same woman who brought him down all those years ago. A respected and beloved teacher, if Annabelle is willing to take a chance on him, everyone will know Jackson’s a new man. 

But he’s not the only one who’s changed. Though she’s just as smart as he remembers, Annabelle is also sweet, kind, loyal—and hiding a surprisingly passionate woman behind her staid schoolteacher clothes. Suddenly proving himself to the town might be more difficult than he’d thought. Because while Jackson may have shed most of his wild ways, turns out nothing stirs his inner bad boy quite like Annabelle.

Oh lord, I love a reformed Bad Boy!! And Jackson Brady is a perfect example. 

Twelve years ago, Jackson’s wild ways earned him a suspension from the football team and the scandal and scorn along with it. Twelve years later, Jackson is back to help out on Coach Carr’s ranch after Coach’s heart attack. But Jackson soon finds an opportunity to help give back to the close-knit community—an opportunity to prove his wild ways are behind him. He just needs a little help from an old school mate, a well-respected and beloved teacher. If only Annabelle Hartington wasn’t the person who snitched on him in the first place.

Little Miss Straight-Laced Annabelle isn’t exactly who Jackson remembers. Of course, she’s just as smart as he remembers, but the girl Jackson barely knew those years ago has changed a bit – she’s passionate and quite beautiful and she’s stirring up Jackson’s bad boy tendencies…

Oh my… Jackson. That man is so in over his head—and so is Annabelle. Both of them enter this relationship with an expected outcome. Jackson’s expecting to be taken seriously and proven that he’s a changed man and Annabelle wants to be seen as a desirable woman. And oh, she’s desirable all right—to Jackson! He can’t seem to shake the feelings that she’s stirred up in him…

These two characters are smart, sexy, likeable and so ready for the world to truly see them as they perceive themselves to be. And, of course, we get a healthy dose of Coach and his wisdom. Can’t wait to read more! 
~ Review by Missy

Reformed bad boy. Permanent good girl. A sexy car. And the Boys of Fall? Um, yes. This is my first Erin Nicholas book, and another sexy, fun and heartfelt installment in this multi-author series, and whoa, it’s as addictive and sexy as hell!

Twelve years ago, Annabelle Hartington cost Jackson Brady—Quinn’s star player and local bad boy—his place on the high school championship team. Out of control, ashamed and angry, Jackson’s life spiraled until, with the guidance of Coach Carr, he picked himself and changed his life. 

And now, following a phone call from a former teammate, he’s headed back to the small town that didn’t believe in him, determined to prove that he’s not who they remember him to be. He wants to give back, and to do that he needs to the support of the woman that cost him so much—Annabelle. 

Only Annabelle is different now, too. And her passionate, sexy, kind side brings out Jackson’s inner wild child like no other. Can he prove himself to the town, and still give Annabelle the bad boy she so craves? 

Note: make sure you have extra batteries or access to a cold shower when reading this one. And I mean that with all seriousness, because my kindle practically melted in my hands when I was reading Out of Bounds. I loved this one from the start—seeing Jackson and Annabelle banter early on as they came face-to-face after so many years was a lot of fun, and had that amazing banter-y tension that you just know is leading up to the good stuff. 

Also fun? Seeing Jackson struggle with giving Annabelle what she wanted in return for what he needed, only to realize that maybe he was getting in too deep. I couldn’t help but smile at this couple, and their extremely hot, panty-melting encounters, their sweet, tender moments (I’ll never hear Heart and Soul the same again) and their adorable blindness to what was going on between them. Gah, normally that might annoy me, but not here. Here it was played to perfection, and left me with that peppy feeling inside that told me I’d read a damn good book. 

And since I am now completely and utterly addicted to this series, I am off to find another one to read! 
~ Review by Beth


This time, he'll need to hit all the right notes to win the woman he's always loved...

Wade Bennett is used to coming in second to his seemingly perfect older brother. In high school, Colt was a star linebacker while Wade was the punter, an important job without all of the glory. When Charlene Martinez—the only girl Wade ever truly wanted—fell for Colt, Wade decided to take his chances with music and went on the road. Leaving behind his family, his best friend, Rafe, and Charlene, who had feelings for Wade she never allowed herself to feel.

Years in Nashville quickly hardened the dreamy guy who just wanted to sing and hang out with his dog. His success has given him more than enough money, even if he knows he’ll never be able to compete with his hometown hero big brother. But after Coach Carr's heart attack, Wade comes home to help the man who helped him make the decision to chase his dreams all those years ago.

Now Wade wants to chase a new dream in his old hometown, especially since Charlene is single again after divorcing Colt. And Wade is no longer a boy unwilling to fight for what—and who—he needs.

What I wouldn't give to have a man like Wade Bennett sing me sweet nothings while wearing...sweet baby Jesus, NOTHING. This is the fourth Boys of Fall book I've read, and the fourth former high school footballer I've fallen for. I'm shocked. (<<-- Sarcasm.) 

Wade Bennett sure didn't hang around Quinn, Texas for long after his older brother, Colt—the brother he always seemingly came in second to—snagged the one girl he'd ever truly cared about, Charlene Martinez. 

Launching a successful country music career has kept Wade away from his hometown for more than a decade, but when a call comes from a former teammate letting him know he's needed home, Wade finds himself back in Quinn. And still infatuated with Charlene—his brother’s now ex-wife. 

This time around, Wade’s not going to take it lying down, or come in second place. This time, he's going to fight for his girl. 

Oh man, Wade… All of the Quinn men have impressed me—whether I've read their story yet or not—and Wade and Colt were no different. But this story isn't what you're expecting. It's not a bitter, angsty love triangle. No, it's a sweet, sexy-as-fuck love story, with a small side of I-can't-read-this-but-I-can't-put-it-down, and a healthy dose of swoon and giggles. 

Wade and Charlene were all adorable banter and down and dirty sex, and damn, that's a hell of a combination. I loved their chemistry, I loved their history, and I loved that they didn't play at big secrets. They didn't try to hide their passion from each other, and sure, their love had a use-by date because of Wade’s career and Charli’s small town life, but you could just tell they were meant to be. I love that there was no question for me about how perfect they were—it just felt right from start to finish. 

I was, admittedly, a little apprehensive about Going Long, but truly had no reason to be. Instead, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the humor and the feels (thanks, in large part, to the catalyst for this stellar series, Coach Carr), and left desperate for more on Colt, and the rest of the Boys of Fall
~ Review by Beth

Award winning, country music superstar, Wade Bennett is in a bit of a slump. Music sales are waning, and he’s got more than enough money to live off of for years. He used to be the guy that wanted to hang out with friends and sing all day long, but twelve years in Nashville have hardened him. 

Wade ran from Quinn, Texas when he realized the only girl he ever wanted fell for his older brother, Colt. Wade always came in second to Colt, who always got what he wanted—so Wade left behind his family, his best friend, Rafe and his first love, Charlene Martinez. Called back to Quinn to help out when his beloved high school football coach has a heart attack, Wade is unsure what welcome he’ll receive when he returns. 

Now that Charli and Colt have been divorced for years, it’s Wade’s chance to find his true happiness. It’s time to chase a new dream, one that eluded him years ago, but Wade’s not afraid to go after what he wants anymore. And he desperately wants Charli.

I freaking love this series. Wade, while extremely successful in the music world, can’t help but revert to the “second thought” younger brother role when he returns to Quinn. BUT, this time around he’s finally going after the woman he’s always wanted—Charli. And he doesn’t let anyone or anything stop him. 

And Charli—what a bit of a mess she is. She’s kept a close friendship with Colt—actually, their whole relationship was more of a deep friendship versus a true romance, but that knowledge doesn’t help Charli get over the “what are people going to say” mindset. The funny thing about this book is I found myself wanting to both hug and punch just about everyone but Coach. I love how Coach is the voice of reason for these boys. Coach, I always wanted to hug. 
~ Review by Missy

Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list. A New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, Mari’s computer is now jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends.

Mari writes contemporary erotic romance novels. To learn more about her spicy stories, join her newsletter so you don’t miss new releases and for exclusive subscriber-only content.

Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she’s not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men’s college basketball, playing her music way too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.

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