Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bites & Nibbles: Sacking the Quarterback by Samantha Towle & The Mating Season by Laurie Horowitz

Two more BookShots! I've really been enjoying these. They're novellas you can read in just a couple hours from authors that teamed up with James Patterson. And they're pretty fun! Easy, fast-paced reads you just cannot put down. They've been great when I was having trouble getting into a book and would be perfect for when you're out running errands and have time to kill like at the auto shop or doctors office/vet.

Anywho, so two today. One sporty, one nerdy. Woohoo!

Sacking the Quarterback by Samantha Towle

Sacking the Quarterback was a hot little quickie and a good bit of fun though you definitely need to suspend reality when you dive into the world of Melisa and Grayson. The abrasive assistant state attorney and the arrogant yet charismatic football player she's got up on a drug charge. Though something about the case isn't sitting quite right with Melissa.

It took me a little bit to warm up to both Melissa and Grayson. Bitchy, stubborn, not totally up on all things ethical. Yeah they took a bit to warm up to. But they did win me over as she slowly pulled the truth behind his charges out of him. Their relationship wasn't at all realistic because seriously them getting chummy when she's the attorney for the state and he's up on charges? Eh. No. But I enjoyed them together once they got past their early moments.
"You're a lot smaller without your heels," he says, a hint of something like humor or sex in his voice--or both, I think. Without my shoes, he's towering over me and the feeling is thrilling.

"I'm normal-sized," I say with a grin. "You're just weirdly tall."
It was a fun one watching the two dance around each other and then deal with the fall out of what was really going on with his case. It's not overly fleshed out and some bits will have you shaking your head going 'yeah, no, that's not really how it would work' but it's one I couldn't put down. So a 3- 3.5 for entertainment even if not realistic.

The golden boy of football just went bad.

Quarterback Grayson Knight has a squeaky-clean reputation in the football world. So when he's arrested for drug possession, lawyer Melissa St. James knows that something doesn't add up. It's clear he's hiding something, though he denies it. But there's one thing he can't deny--he wants Melissa.

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (author) | Goodreads

The Mating Season by Laurie Horowitz

The Mating Season was a fast read but quickly pulled me in. I had a good time with it. Rigg and Sophie had been teamed up to work on a documentary in Egypt about birds. A cocky, arrogant camera man with a chip on his shoulder, an uptight, nerdy bird fanatic, and a week of nothing but bird watching and trying to deal with each other.

At first I wasn't sure about these two. Rigg could come off as an ass and Sophie a bit staid. But the more they worked and dealt with each other the more I fell in step with them. He really helped her loosen up and she helped him refocus on what was really important in life. I enjoyed that aspect. And seeing the world of birds come alive when she talked about them. A little semi-off page loving and lots of personal growth and some fun secondary characters rounded it out for a fun read. The only quibble I had was the writing style taking some getting used to as it went in and out of first person POV (heroine) and not (hero).

More than just the birds and the bees....

Self-proclaimed "bird nerd" Sophie Castle has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: her own documentary about her fine-feathered friends. But her cameraman, Rigg Greensman, is unmotivated... and drop dead gorgeous. Can they work together to convince the public to love birds-without falling in love themselves?

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemp) | New to You (author) | Goodreads

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