Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & #Giveaway: ☆Seduced by the Game anthology☆

It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is.  This anthology of 8 brand new novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring stories from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr, Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, and Nikki Worrell.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author – Toni Aleo TANGLED IN THE LACES
In Tangled in the Laces, Karson King is on the fast track to the pros and Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him but their love is too much to ignore. Will Karson prove that he will protect her heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?
Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr HOOKING HANNAH
When Hannah attends an all-star game, she doesn’t expect a hockey player of all people to turn her world upside down. Her sister is married to a player and Hannah never wanted that life. But Scott could change everything. For Scott’s part, he has to know the woman who stirred his blood with just a look, and once he does, he realizes he wants Hannah to be his forever. Now to convince her…
Jami Davenport CRASHING THE BOARDS (Seattle Sockeyes 1.5)
Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the team captain of Seattle’s new hockey team, but Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt Cooper’s frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?
Catherine Gayle TAKING A SHOT (Portland Storm 2.5)
Katie Weber has had a crush on Jamie Babcock for almost two years, since he joined her father’s hockey team, the Portland Storm as an eighteen-year-old rookie. When cancer takes her health, her hair, and even her friends, she can’t bear to go to senior prom…until Jamie intervenes. 
Jaymee Jacobs A VALUABLE TRADE 
Bryan’s life gets turned upside down when he gets traded to the Dallas Comets, and things get even messier when he meets Georgiana, the Director of Team Services. He’s got a lot of work to do to prove his worth to his new team, but Georgiana’s sure he’ll prove to be a valuable trade.
V.L. Locey HEIR APPARENT
Superstar Cam Evans is fighting to climb out of a slump that`s growing worse with each day of living in denial. Fresh from the minors, Jacobi Neal is hungry for this chance to play back-up for the legendary goalie. Can two men battle each other, their inner demons, and the sizzling attraction building between them?
Bianca Sommerland BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5)
Nothing could stop Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, from falling in love with Madeline, but love alone can’t satisfy every need. Sometimes, to reach the goal, you have to take the chance with a . . . Blind Pass.
Nikki Worrell – CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN (Prequel to Scorpions Series)
Keith Lambert is the captain of the Flyers—until he’s not. To everyone’s shock, he’s traded to the San Diego Scorpions. As if that’s not bad enough, Phoebe, his girlfriend of two years, decides she doesn’t love him enough to follow.
All alone in a new town, Keith is drawn to Kelly, his take out delivery girl. When she shows up at ice girl tryouts, he’s lost. She’s all he can see. Can he convince her to forget her past and take a chance on him or is he destined to be alone in a new town a little bit longer?
**Proud Supporters of Hockey Fights Cancer.

Excerpt from Tangled in the Laces by Toni Aleo

When the song ended, Karson stopped moving and slowly lifted his hands up to frame her face, his eyes searching hers. Softly, he said, “I can’t sing for shit, but I will pay to have someone sing to you. I don’t dance well, but I’ll do it just for the chance to touch you. I’m not one to listen to guys sing to find the perfect song for a girl, but I did for you. Most of all, I don’t usually pour my heart out to a person in front of a full coffee shop because I’m not that much of a romantic, but for you, I’d do it all. I’d do anything to be with you, and I’ve waited for someone like you my whole life. It’s true, all of it, and I would be the luckiest man in the world if you’d agree to go out on a date with me. Please give me the chance to make you fall for me, like I have been falling since the first moment I set eyes on you.”

Never in her life had she had someone so ruthlessly come after her. Her heart pounded in her chest as he held her gaze. His eyes pleaded with her, begging for that chance. She wanted to scream yes and never let go of him, but there was a part of her that had her frozen with fear. “I’m terrified of you, Karson. You don’t know what you are getting into. I’m just now picking up the pieces of my life. I can’t redo it all when you run for the hills.”

“I’m not going anywhere, Lacey. I’m here. I’m yours. Just give me the chance.”

Biting into the inside of her cheek so hard it hurt, she closed her eyes as she leaned her forehead against his lips, taking in a deep breath. She was given a second chance at life to live it, not to hide. She had to live her life to the fullest, and a part of her knew that she wouldn’t be living if Karson weren’t a part of her life. Yes, she was terrified, and yes, there was a chance that he would completely break her, but she couldn’t help but try. She didn’t care how crazy it was. She felt the same thing he did. So she slowly nodded, as she looked back up into the caramel eyes she craved to look into daily.

A grin came over his lips, and she returned it before whispering, “Yes.”

While I received an ARC of this anthology, I actually have since gone back and purchased myself a copy. How can you not? Not only do you get a combination of fantastic authors, but you get to support an amazing cause.

I originally wanted to get my hands on this book since I’m a big fan of Toni Aleo and Bianca Sommerland, but have since discovered a few new to me authors that I’ll be adding to my TBR as well. Though their novellas were my 2 favorites in the book.


Toni Aleo-TANGLED IN THE LACES (Prequel for Laces and Lace), 5 stars

I am fully convinced that Toni Aleo is a sadist. Why else would she give us this AMAZING prequel novella, only to make us wait until 2015 for the book?! I may have cried and raged when I finished it, but wow. I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of inta-love or insta-anything, and the fact that Miss Aleo not only made me completely fall for both the characters, the story, and truly believe in their quick connection says a whole hell of a lot. I may be dying a slow death each day in my wait for the book to follow the story of Lacey and Karson, but damn if I can’t tell you it wasn’t worth it.

Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr HOOKING HANNAH, 3.5 stars


This was a light and steamy read. No angst, no overwhelming emotions, just 2 people finding love. It was cute and steamy though nothing I haven’t read before.

Jami Davenport CRASHING THE BOARDS (Seattle Sockeyes 1.5), 4.5 stars stars


Jami was a new to me author that I will now be adding to my TBR. I really enjoyed the story of Izzy and Cooper. I love reading about confident and take-no-shit type of women, and Izzy was certainly that. Cooper was deliciously sexy, and the novella packed a steamy little punch.

Catherine Gayle TAKING A SHOT (Portland Storm 2.5), 5 stars

This was not quite a romance, but an incredibly beautiful and touching story. And it deserves 5 stars just for bring a tear to my eyes while reading. Incredibly moving and beautifully written.

Bianca Sommerland BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5)


I’ve always been curious about Tim’s story and I finally got it in this book. If you’re not familiar with Bianca’s writing, she’s able to combine erotic (menage and BDSM) elements while having her stories be incredibly emotionally charged. I think that’s my favorite part about her Dartmouth Cobras series. This was more of her toned down books, but if you’re a fan of BDSM menage, I HIGHLY recommend checking out the rest of this series. The woman can write one hell of a MMF scene, or a MFM, or a MFMM…well you get the idea.
*ARC provided to Dirty Girl Romance blog in exchange for an honest review*

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  1. Great excerpt and review. Thanks for sharing.

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