Two For Holding by Kay Gordon

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Savannah Callaway has a wonderful life with her amazing son and a great career. Hockey star Porter Hamilton was living his best life on the ice. They both thought life couldn’t get any sweeter until one fateful day when one puck over the glass set everything in motion. Fans of sports romance will find themselves cheering as Sav and Hammy navigate their new life together. The fourth book in the highly adored 425 Madison series is now live! Read TWO FOR HOLDING by Kay Gordon today.

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My review:

Porter is a NHL player who lives at 425 Madison. At a game one day, he sees an adorable 5 year old boy, Logan, who is a huge hockey fan, and his mom Savannah. He gives Logan a puck from warm ups, but then sees a man steal it from him. Powerless to do anything during the game, he has an usher take Savannah and Logan to the luxury lounge to watch the rest of the game rink-side. He comes to visit after the game and gives Logan another puck but he is entranced by Savannah.  A random run-in a few days later crosses their paths again, and Porter makes sure he has a way to contact her and they soon begin a real relationship. Savannah worries about the media circus and how it affects Logan, however. But when a parent’s worst nightmare happens, she realizes that Porter is worth dealing with the media and security.

This was such a good book. The chapters alternate POV between Porter and Savannah, and then we have one told through Logan’s POV. Porter is amazing with Logan and it’s clear Savannah is *it* for him. He loves both of them enough to sacrifice everything to keep them safe. Savannah is cautious in order to protect her son, but she and Porter have a love that just can’t be denied. She also is willing to sacrifice her own happiness to protect her son. I loved the scene where Savannah and Logan met Porter’s parents. They are a sweet couple! And the epilogue brought a tear to my eyes. It was simply perfect.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

About Two For Holding

Savannah
I didn’t think I was missing anything. I had my son, a great career, and a home that I’d made for both of us. One puck over the glass at a hockey game made me realize I wanted more. The larger-than-life hockey player inserted himself into our world and I never wanted to let him go.

The thing is, I don’t know if I’m strong enough to keep him.

Porter
My home was on the ice, with a stick in my hand and a puck on my tape. It took one little boy with a toothless smile and his spitfire mother to change all that. I wanted them to be my home and I was willing to take all the penalties necessary to make it happen.

Now I just have to convince her that we can handle it all together.

Melding three lives into one isn’t as easy as it seems, especially with the traveling, the media, and the insecurities. Savannah and Porter have to decide whether to use the breakaway to head to the goal or take a seat on the bench.

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

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Excerpt

Copyright @ 2019 Kay Gordon  

Hamilton was spelled out across the back, right above his number. A grey C was on the front, right above the left breast, and I knew right away it would fit me. Also in the bag was a matching jersey, although quite a bit smaller, and I felt my heart pounding in my chest.

Porter Hamilton was surprising me at every turn.

Moving to my feet, I tugged off the sweatshirt I had on and pulled the jersey over my head. A slight thrill went up my spine at the thought of wearing his name on my back. I turned to look at my friends and held my arms out.

“How does it look?”

Holly gave me a thumb’s up while John nodded his head in approval.

“You’re a real hockey girlfriend now.”

I rolled my eyes and took my seat when our food and drinks showed up. I’d just finished off a hot dog when a slew of skaters hit the ice for warm-ups. The crowd cheered like crazy and people pushed towards the glass, trying to get the attention of their favorite players.

My eyes found number twenty-two almost immediately. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and his eyes were laser focused on the ice as he took several laps around the net. I watched his tall, powerful frame as he skated with purpose.

That man was sexy as hell.

Porter finally looked up from the ice and glanced over to where we were. A smile hit his face instantly and he skated until he was standing at the glass in front of us, tapping on it with his stick. He pulled a glove off one hand and crooked a finger at me.

I cleared my throat and stood from my seat. He flicked his fingers again, indicating I should turn, so I did, allowing him to see his name and number on my back. When I faced him again, a look a pride had overtaken his features.

He said something but it was so loud that I couldn’t hear what it was. I shook my head and gestured to my ear, causing his grin to widen. He pointed to me and said it again, slower that time, making it easy for me to read his lips.

“You’re so beautiful.”

My cheeks immediately blazed and I fought to keep from averting my eyes. “Thank you.”

Porter just grinned again and glanced behind me to where John was standing with a look of boyish excitement on his face. The hockey player jerked his chin at him in greeting before giving me another grin. He held his hand up in a wave, shoved the glove back on, and turned to skate back to his team.

“Wow.” Holly looked at me with wide eyes as I sat back down. “That boy has it bad.”

He wasn’t the only one.

About the author:

kaygordonKay Gordon is a married, mother of two living near the west coast. She spends her days teaching young, impressionable minds in public school and evenings typing away furiously once her children are in bed. Her favorite genres to read are Contemporary Romance and New Adult/College romance, although she rarely denies a good paranormal or dystopian! When she’s not teaching or writing, Kay loves to spend time with her family. They’re all a bunch of nerds who can quote Disney movies and Star Wars quickly!

 

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About the 425 Madison Series

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Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.

Featuring some of readers’ favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol’ enemies to lovers romance. We’ve got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don’t forget a brother’s best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425

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Did you miss MUST LOVE COFFEE, LET ME LOVE YOU, JUST SWIPE RIGHT? You can read them here:

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Book #3 – https://rebrand.ly/JSR_425Madison

Books five and six in the series are coming soon! Add them to your Goodreads shelf today!

Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms, Book #5

A Fake Relationship Romance

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Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentrine, Book #6

An Enemies to Lovers Romance

Release: 5/16/19

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Mine to Protect by Kennedy L Mitchell Review + Giveaway

 

 

Title: Mine to Protect
Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Romantic Thriller
 Release Date: April 8, 2019
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“Outstanding!! Mystery, intrigue, action and an edge of your seat nail biter.”
“Holy Moly Mine to Protect was exciting, and suspenseful and oh so sexy.”
A standalone, romantic thriller novel where obsession is the name of the game.Recruited to the FBI Cas Mathews has one focus – catch the killer. That’s until officer Alta Johnson shoves her way on to the team, making him fantasize about the delicious curves she hides beneath her park ranger uniform. Alta’s natural beauty catches his immediate attention, but the strength behind her fierce gaze is what holds him captive – demanding he learns more about her.

As the team grows close, the serial killer shifts focus putting them all in danger. Cas should walk away before their sizzling attraction distracts him and gets them both killed. But as the threat pushes Cas and Alta closer, the temptation turns too hot for either to resist.

With their focus diverted the threat zeroes in, catching everyone off guard. Figuring out the players in the killer’s cat and mouse game is key to Alta’s survival. Cas swore he would protect her but with the clues carefully hidden, can he figure it out before Alta disappears for good?

 

My review:

I really enjoyed this book.

Alta, Birdie to her friends, is a park ranger who loves her job and the animals she helps protect. They don’t look at her with sympathy or concern over her paranoid quirks. She is a survivor, but the trauma of her past manifests in OCD to feel safe. The trauma also has made it impossible for her to have relationships since she startles easily and cannot stand being touched by men, even in a platonic fashion. Cas is a former Marine, demoted because of a violent outburst. He suffers from PTSD and nightmares, and has resigned himself to a life alone. When a potential serial killer takes Cas and his partner on the case to Estes Park, they are teamed up with Alta who worked the most recent abduction in the park. Even as the danger starts getting too close to Alta, the attraction between Alta and Cas intensifies.

Alta and Cas both have a truckload of baggage. Alta survived being kidnapped and held for days, and Cas survived a horrific war experience. Each has resigned themselves to a solitary life, Alta because she can’t feel safe around most people and Cas in order to keep others safe from his violent dreams. They are both surprised to realize that they are different with each other. Alta not only tolerates but relishes Cas’s touch, and Cas opens up with Alta in a way he never has before. He also gets real sleep for the first time ever with her.

This is a story of two damaged people who complete each other’s broken pieces so they can heal. The Alta and Cas at the end of the book are almost unrecognizable compared to the Alta and Cas in the first chapters. Both of them come so far over the course of this story. The suspense portion of this romantic suspense is incredible, too. Women go missing from the park seemingly without a trace. The cases seem to be related to a string of disappearances in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that ended when the Estes Park cases began. Cas, Chandler, and Alta work around the clock to find out who is behind these disappearances, and once Alta is targeted things really get intense.

This was such a good book. There was a little bit of instalove, but not terrible. And of course there is a dog that I fell in love with. Benny the German shepherd is amazing.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Kennedy lives in Dallas with her husband, son, and 80lb Goldendoodle who still believes he’s a lap dog. A bookworm at heart Kennedy loves to snuggle up in bed or by the campfire with an unputdownable book. She began writing two years ago with
Falling for the Chance and has no plans of stopping. Her novels are witty, action-packed, and offer enough steam for a great facial. If you like strong heroines and sexy, tattooed men who can’t keep their hands off them then this author is the one for you.

 

ELEANOR & GREY by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Eleanor & Grey, an all-new beautiful and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available now!

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Greyson East left his mark on me.

As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.

Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.

When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.

I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.

The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.

When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.

He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.

But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.

I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.

My review:

Warning: Book hangover ahead!

This is one of the books that stays in your head long after reading.

Eleanor and Greyson met as teenagers; she was 16 and he was 17. Their home lives were opposite, but they had one thing in common: a family member with cancer. They began a friendship, planning an adventure each week so that for just a few hours  a week Ellie was not thinking about her mother’s illness. Even after Ellie’s parents decided to move to Florida so her mom could experience the ocean before it was too late, their  bond remained strong. Eventually  their lives moved on and they lost touch. Years later, Ellie has moved back to their hometown and is roommates with her cousin Shay. She works as a nanny and when she is no longer needed with the family she’s been with, the mother tells her she’s recommended her to another family who needs a nanny. Ellie goes to the interview, not knowing the children are Greyson’s and his wife had died.

This is an emotional, intense book. I read the final chapters at work on my lunch break and was seriously needing tissues. This was a beautiful story of healing. Eleanor is exactly what Greyson and his daughters, 14 year old Karla and 6 year old Lorelei, need to find their way back to each other and begin to heal instead of hiding away in their pain.

I highlighted so much in this book. Some of my favorites:

Something should’ve been said about the people who showed up for the depressed souls. They never received enough credit for being brave enough to stay.

 

Love wasn’t only real because people said it out loud. No, love just kind of sat their quietly, in the shadows of the night, healing the cracks that lived on our heart.

There is so much I could say about this book. In fact, I have a whole page full of notes from reading this story. But to put it all here would delve into spoiler territory, and I don’t want to do that. This is a book that needs to be experienced. It is a story of friendship, and being there, of loss and hope and healing. It’s the story of a family learning how to be a family again.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About Brittainy:

Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author.

She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.

Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.

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