✍🏻 Professor Romance's 4 1/2 ⭐️ Review: Kendall Ryan's Crossing the Line, A Hot Jocks romance ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

“‘But I want you, only you,’ he says, his voice hushed and sincere. ‘If you’ll have me.’”

You could say that I’ve been ALL IN with Kendall Ryan’s Hot Jocks series. From Justin and Elise in Playing for Keeps to Owen and Becca in All the Way to Teddy and Sara in Trying to Score, I’ve read them all (as an aside, to date, Owen and Becca own my heart). And through this all, I’ve fallen further into Ryan’s world of hockey superstars and their sassy, intelligent heroines. There is something here for everyone in this series: best friend’s sister, second chance, friends to lovers, etc. Through all of them, I’ve celebrated their highs and mourned their lows, falling into their stories and their romances. Kendall Ryan’s newest book, Crossing the Line, is no different. It is more of what you love about Ryan’s storytelling: great dialogue, off-the-page chemistry, $exy hero, and sassy heroine. In this book, all of this is wrapped in the cover of a friends-to-lovers story. If you’re like me, and you’ve read this series, then you will absolutely love Asher and Bailey’s story, and here’s why:

*For one, this book gives us a bit of a break from the hockey world. In this story, we are treated to a getaway to Asher’s grandmother’s home in San Diego. For this California girl, I love when my home state is featured. It reminds me of everything I love about where I live, and Ryan chose one of my favorite places. Since this is set in a beach city, we get Asher and Bailey in swim gear, which is chemistry gold. Both of them are instantly attracted to each other physically. That’s easy in this story; that’s Ryan’s capital in this book. 

*Because Asher and Bailey are easily attracted to each other, the central struggle with this pair is crossing the line of friendship and professionalism. To be honest, though, I struggled with the depth of that line. I think the worry about professionalism is insignificant since Bailey isn’t really Asher’s nurse or doctor; instead, she is his friend with some nursing skills that help him. The line, then, is clearly friend-related, but even this isn’t a huge imposition. Their friends have waited for these two to acknowledge their interest, and they are hugely supportive of it. The challenge of this romance lies in Bailey’s ambitious life. That is where the angst of this story resides, and the best part of Ryan is she doesn’t make us work too hard through it. She presents it as the tension of the story, but she relieves us of it fairly quickly, which means most of this story allows us to enjoy these two falling for each other. They are funny together; they are comfortable with each other; and they grow more respectful of each other. This makes Crossing the Line equal parts sweet and $exy. 

*Asher’s family is another key component of Ryan’s story. I love it when grandmothers and grandfathers play a part in matchmaking. Ryan builds the character of Asher’s grandmother so well that you find yourself laughing at her one moment and wishing for a hug from her in the next. Ryan’s use of Asher’s family becomes a huge part of Asher and Bailey’s relationship growth. Without them, these two would still be docked. Instead, his family offers Bailey opportunities to see Asher as something more than her casual hockey-player friend. It humanizes him in her eyes, and this becomes the foundation for their romance. It’s a key quality of Ryan’s story, and she shows her storytelling prowess here. 

Kendall Ryan’s Crossing the Line is more of what you love about her Hot Jocks series. In fact, in my mind, it’s tied for second place with Playing for Keeps behind Owen and Becca’s All the Way. Where Justin and Elise are salty together, Asher and Baily are sweet, a nice dessert in the Hot Jocks series. If you’re a fan of hot hockey players and the strong, intelligent women who fall for them, then you want to read this series, and Asher and Bailey have definitely left their mark in it. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 It's Vi Keeland's Official Release Day! This is one author who is a guaranteed one-click wonder. Is Inappropriate in your Kindle/Kobo/Apple library yet? Download your copy TODAY! You won't regret it! ✍🏻

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SYNOPSIS

Terminated for inappropriate behavior.

I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.

Nine years.  Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba.

All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…

Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.

I didn’t think he’d actually respond.

I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk.

Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.

Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me.

But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.

It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.

Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

But sometimes it’s twice as fun.

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✍🏻 It's HERE! The much anticipated 4th book of Kendall Ryan's Hot Jocks series, Crossing the Line. Download your copy now! ✍🏻

CROSSING THE LINE

By Kendall Ryan

About the Book

Hello, rock?
Meet hard place.

Recovering from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.

But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.

We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.

She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.

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Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day.

Kiss My Cupcake, an all-new standalone romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is releasing August 11th, and we have the irresistible cover!

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Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.

From ax throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

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The Redemption, book four in the Filthy Rich Americans Saga by USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane is coming March 31, 2020!

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To the rest of the world I’m the villain, but to her? I’ll be the hero.

This is Macalister Hale’s story.

Once, the name Macalister Hale was uttered in the boardroom with respect. Now, it’s whispered in disgrace at cocktail parties hosted by Boston’s elite.

Scandal nearly destroyed me, but the one thing larger than my infamy is my bank account, and I’ve learned money can solve anything.

Well—almost anything.

Sophia Alby’s preferred currency is secrets and the way she trades information puts Wall Street to shame.

This girl charges into my life and claims a partnership can restore my reputation. My downfall was swift, but with her, my climb to redemption will be greater.

Our arrangement is professional. Appropriate. It has to be, because she’s half my age. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting . . .

To move on. To control and indulge in her. To hear the name Macalister Hale echo in her breathy moans.

But I can’t. Giving in to temptation led to my undoing before, and I won’t survive it a second time.

To the rest of the world I’m the villain, but to her? I’ll be the hero.

The Redemption is book four in the Filthy Rich Americans Saga and is Macalister Hale’s story.

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✍🏻 Less than a week and Ashley Jade's Ruthless Knight will be hitting Kindles. But only if you've preordered it! To celebrate it coming soon, check out this excerpt and new teaser! 6 Days and counting! ✍🏻

RUTHLESS KNIGHT (Royal Hearts Academy #2) by Ashley Jade
Release Date: January 23rd

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Blurb:
Welcome to their kingdom

Cole Covington is the most popular heartbreaker at school.

Every guy wants to be him and every girl wants to screw him.

Except me.

His devastatingly good looks, golden arm, and flirty smiles don’t do it for me anymore…because I know what’s lurking underneath the star quarterback’s gorgeous armor.

At least I thought I did.

Sometimes the most beautiful people…hide the ugliest truths.

And sometimes the only way to save someone…

is to walk beside them through hell.

Sawyer Church is the bible-thumping nerd of Royal Hearts Academy.

Girls pick on her and guys don’t notice her.

Except me.

Sweet, curvy, and sarcastic, she’s impossible to ignore.

No matter how much I try.

Everyone at school has her pegged as the chubby, Jesus loving geek, but unlike them—Sawyer’s real and never pretends to be someone she’s not.

Until I ask her to be my fake girlfriend.

Sometimes the most beautiful souls…hide the greatest pain.

And sometimes the only way to save someone…

is to fight for them.

Excerpt:

I open my mouth to speak, but Bianca beats me to it.
“In Cole’s defense, he told me not to hook up with any guys. He never said anything about girls, though.” Smirking, she adds, “Plus, it’s not like he was there. He was too busy hanging out with his new girlfriend, Sawyer.”
On second thought, maybe locking her up in the basement isn’t such a bad idea after all. There would be way less shit for her to stir up from down there.
I can tell the exact moment Jace processes what she said because the little vein in his forehead makes an appearance. “Sawyer? As in Dylan’s best friend, Sawyer?”
“Do you know any other Sawyers?”
“I told you to stay away from her.”
“You also told me not to fuck Mrs. Bennett, but she ended up giving me an A in history.”
“Holy shit. You fucked Cortland’s mom?” Bianca exclaims.
We both ignore her.
“Look,” Jace starts. “Dylan doesn’t want you hanging around Sawyer. Not after what you did to her.”
“I’m sorry, last I checked, I’m a big boy and Dylan doesn’t get to make decisions for me.”
“Yeah,” Bianca cheers.
Jace’s gaze swings her way. “Go upstairs.”
“Whatever.” She fixes her stare on Oakley. “I’m gonna call *** and see if she wants to hang out.”
Oakley makes a low growling sound as she scampers away. When she’s out of earshot, he says, “***** is a sweet girl, Jace. You need to put an end to that shit.”
Huffing out a breath, Jace motions to me. “Yeah, after I put out the other fire.”
“Me dating Sawyer isn’t a fire.”

It’s a motherfucking atomic bomb.

About the Author:
Ashley Jade loves to tackle different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including: contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance.

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Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. She’s always read books growing up and scribbled stories in her journal, and after having a strange dream one night; she decided to just go for it and publish her first series.

It was the best decision she ever made.

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✍🏻 Are you ready for a teaser from Kendall Ryan's Crossing the Line? Preorder your copy today! It's coming MONDAY! ✍🏻

CROSSING THE LINE

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: January 2020

About the Book

Hello, rock?
Meet hard place.

Recovering from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.

But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.

We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.

She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.

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✍🏻 It's Finally HERE! J.L. Beck's and C. Hallman's third book from the Blackthorn Elite series, Hurting You, is LIVE and Available for download. Grab your copy today! ✍🏻

HURTING YOU by JL Beck & C. Hallman
Release Date: January 17th

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Blurb:
It was such a shame that she was in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

She knew that we would come for her.

We had seen her delicate face that night, hidden in the shadows, and she had seen what we did, her gasp of horror giving her away.

She was perfection, beauty, and oozed goodness but that wasn’t going to save her from us.

No one could ever find out our secret, which meant we needed to get rid of her.

But killing her wasn’t an option and scaring her into silence wasn’t as easy of a feat as we expected. She was strong, resilient , and smart doing whatever she could to evade us.

Thus without even knowing it she turned it into a game, and so we became blood thirsty wolves.

Run and we’ll find you. Keep our secret and you might live.

That is until someone else finds out what we did…

**This is a standalone DARK bully romance. This book contains scenes that may be triggering to some readers. This is not a YA romance novel and should be read by those only 18+ or older. **

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Born and raised in Germany, C. Hallman moved to the United States when she was eighteen. She’s now a stay-at-home-mom to three boys, and happily married to her husband of 13 years. With a love for reading, that love slowly transpired into writing she put fingers to the keyboard and started writing about the dark side of romance.

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✍🏻 Professor Romance 4 1/2 ⭐️ Review: J.L. Beck's and C. Hallman's Hurting You ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Okay, okay. So romance. It’s one of those things where there is something for everyone. If you love that delicious smut, you’ll find it. If you want a romance with some greater message, written with the most beautiful of prose, you can find it. It doesn’t matter what you’re in to, everyone’s kink can be found in romancelandia. 

I think one of the tropes that romance readers sometimes struggle to accept is bully romance. I’ve seen romance authors post out on Facebook, curious over people’s interest in it. I responded to such an author with my answer: bully romance is delicious because the alpha-hole who is doing the bullying is usually brought to his knees in a way that is more profound than your average romance hero. At least, that’s the reason I adore bully romance, even when I’m cringing over the behavior of the hero towards the heroine. 

J.L. Beck and C. Hallman have brought us the zenith of bully romance with the third book in their series of standalones, Hurting You. The first two books in this series, Hating You and Breaking You, were the quintessential bully romance books. Both incorporate heroes who despise their heroines, but they can’t resist them. Your heart can’t help but weep for their treatment of the heroines. It’s abusive, yet the inner torture of the heroes who need those heroines in their lives is more delicious than the gravity of the abuse poured out on the heroines. One minute, you cringe, while in the next minute, your figurative lenses are fogged up by the steam between the hero and heroine. It’s this odd, but entertaining cycle. 

Enter Beck’s and Hallman’s newest book, Hurting You. To say that these two authors raised their game is an understatement. In this book, there are two very alpha, very masculine heroes who have committed a crime. Unfortunately, our heroine comes upon them as they are preparing to dispose of the crime scene, and they decide to threaten her life and possess her. Unlike the heroes in the first two books, these guys are ruthless and overpowering, not to mention that there are two of them. This story borders dubious consent. Yet, Beck and Hallman toe the line carefully, showing us the heroine’s interest in the treatment of her heroes. 

As is the case with the first two books in this series, this is one steamy romance. Hurting You is $exy and deliciously forbidden-feeling. There are moments when you feel uncomfortable because Easton and Cameron can be awful to Stella, the heroine. This is a heroine who must journey towards self-confidence. It takes most of the story for her to achieve her heroic superstrength, but for much of the story, there is a distinctive push and pull between her and the guys. In my opinion, they are greater bullies than Parker or Warren, the heroes from the first two books. 

Hurting You is also MFM romance, so Beck and Hallman have added to the usual bully trope. This adds another layer of steam to the book. I love reading this type of romance because it seems so improbable in real life. Yet Beck and Hallman write it so well that you almost wish you could be Stella in the story (well, almost). 

Overall, Hurting You is just good plain torturous fun. It finds its happy ending. In order to get there, though, you have to grit your teeth a bit and accept that Stella can fall for Easton and Cameron. If you’re into the pleasure of dark bully romance with some MFM on the side, then Hurting You is DEFINITELY your book. It sure was mine!

In love and romance,

Professor A

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Billionaire businessman in need of a fake fiancé…

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Nothing can go wrong as long as if I can just keep my hands off of him.

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It just might be the role of a lifetime.

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