Undefeated by Jane Harvey Berrick and Stuart Reardon

Undefeated Blog Tour

Undefeated is the newest book by author Jane Harvey Berrick and co written by Stuart Reardon. If you’ve followed my blog before, you know Jane is one of my all time favorite authors, so I was really looking forward to this new release. As always, Jane brings her amazing writing style to the table, and Stuart brought so much detail and depth into the book because of his experience as a professional rugby player. This was definitely a great match up! (I also love the fact that Stuart is also the cover model for the book 😉

Undefeated released January 23rd.

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Book Description

When your world crashes down…
When they all say you’re out…
When your body is broken…
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.

Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.

Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.

Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?

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My Review

I have been a fan of Jane Harvey Berrick for awhile, so when I saw she was co writing a book with Stuart Reardon I was excited, but not sure what to expect with another writer and writing style added into the mix. After reading Undefeated, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised how well they both meshed together to bring this book to the readers.

Jane always has a way with words, and her style of writing always grabs you and brings you into the story. Adding in Stuart to that mix really created a whole different experience. The knowledge and personal experience with rugby really brings the reader into the middle of scenes and you can picture yourself there watching and seeing it. It really was a great combination.

The story was great, and I really loved the main characters. They both go through so much throughout the story and you just keep flipping the pages to see what is going to happen to them next. It’s just an all around amazing story and I highly recommend you pick it up and read it 🙂

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It’s been noticed,” she began carefully, “that you’re not engaging with the team or … or with me during my teaching sessions.”

His lips pressed together and his scowl deepened.

“Look, I know this is all kinds of awkward,” she sighed, “but your behaviour is already giving Sim concerns. It’s making him wonder about your commitment to the team.”

Nick exploded, his anger filling the space as he leapt to his feet and began to pace up and down, hands scrubbing over his face roughly.

“He’s questioning my commitment?! I train harder than anyone! I train on my off-days,” he spat furiously, his voice tight with emotion.

“Nick…”

“I’m out there, slogging my fucking guts out harder and longer than anyone else during practices!”

“Nick…”

“I’ve fought to come back from injury. I’m fit! I’m ready! I…”

“NICK!” Anna slapped her hand down on the massage table. “Will you listen to me!”

His jaw snapped shut and his stormy eyes narrowed on hers.

“Sim didn’t see that commitment during my sessions.”

“And we both know why that is,” he sneered. “You don’t want any commitment from me.”

Anna’s eyebrows shot up and Nick looked as though he was already regretting his words. He took a deep breath and looked away while Anna chose her next words carefully.

“You assured me that you could be professional and…”

“Yeah, well excuse me if seeing you again is fucking with my head! Not everyone can be as cold and calculating as you!”

She knew she deserved his anger, but her own frustration was rising to meet his. The volcanic pressure inside started to build, searching for an exit, searching for weakness.

“I cannot have any sort of relationship with a client!” she hissed, her body rigid. “You know that!”

“Didn’t stop you before,” he taunted.

“You weren’t a client then,” she choked. “But you’re right—I should have stopped. Oh boy, am I regretting it now!”

And she tossed her clipboard onto the table, pointing a finger in his face.

“Are you trying to ruin this for me? Is that what this is? Your ego can’t bear it, so you’re going to make sure I lose this contract? Or maybe ruining my reputation forever will settle the score. You tell me, Nick! What do you want from me?”

She was breathing rapidly, and two points of colour marked her cheeks in an otherwise chalky complexion.

He spun around, prowling toward her, his jaw clenched, his hands balled into fists.

“What do I want? I want to fuck you so hard you’ll never forget it’s my cock that’s been inside you. I want you screaming my name. I want you to say it wasn’t a mistake. I want to make you come so hard you pass out. That’s what I want, Anna, and it’s fucking killing me to not even touch you!”

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About the Authors

Stuart Reardon

Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs.  He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in Undefeated, the amazing collaboration with Jane.
Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.

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Jane Harvey Berrick

I enjoy watching surfers at my local beach, and weaving stories of romance in the modern world, with all its trials and tribulations.
It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.

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From Ashes by K. M. Neuhold

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I first heard of K. M. Neuhold from The Quirky Blind Date with a Book group that I help run. She was one of our authors, and I didn’t get to read her book when we ran it through the group, but it looked awesome and added a few of her books to my Goodreads. Fast forward a few months to when I actually had some time to read my personal pick books and I decided to start her Heathens Ink series. If you love m/m romances, THIS is the series for you! From Ashes is the 3rd book in the series and I loved it!

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Book Description

“When the broken man with scarred skin walked into Heathens, asked for a job, and showed me a sketch of a phoenix, it felt like fate.”~ Adam

It started with an anonymous post by someone who didn’t want to live anymore. I read it over and over again, unable to get it out of my mind. What if my brother Johnny had posted something like this before he’d taken his own life? Would someone have been able to save him?

I’ve been living a lie for 16 long years and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to keep it up. And when a beautiful, broken man walks into my tattoo shop asking for a second chance at life, I know I’ll never be able to turn him away.

“When I was so far down I couldn’t even see the light, a stranger reached in to save me”~ Nox
I didn’t have anything to live for, until a kind stranger pulled me back from the brink. With physical and emotional scars I have nowhere to turn now but to that same stranger who saved my life without realizing it. But as my feelings for Adam grow, will I ever be anything other than a surrogate for the brother he couldn’t save? Am I even worthy of his love?

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My Review

Wow! I really loved From Ashes. As always the characters were amazing. It was nice finally getting to see into Adam’s head, and I loved the new character that was introduced, Nox. His backstory was tragic, and the way that him and Adam first meet online to when they meet in person was a really great storyline.

The only thing I didn’t like was how everything got wrapped up in a pretty little bow with Gage. I felt like there could have been more added to that whole scenario to make it have a little more angst to keep the reader interested. Otherwise the story was great and I really loved it.

Can’t wait to see Gage’s story, or Dani’s depending who she decides to write next 🙂

ARC provided by the author.

*also it says this book can be read as a standalone, which it can, but there is a lot of character cross over so for people like me, you need to start the series from the beginning*

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K.M.Neuhold has long since been a romance junkie. When she’s not writing she’s reading or spending time snuggling with her husky or her husband. She fell in love with M/M romance last year and hasn’t been able to turn back. There’s nothing she loves more than love in all its forms.

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Rescue Me and Going Commando are books #1 and #2 of the Heathens Ink series.

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Hot Ink and Broken Shards are Heathens Ink Novellas. You can find them for free from the authors website 🙂

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Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee

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Molly Lee has become one of my all time favorite authors. Her Love on the Edge series is one of my favorites, so when I found out that she was writing a YA romance I had to get my hands on it. I really loved this book and the characters. Can’t wait for the next book in the Grad Night series to come out 🙂

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Book Description

The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

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My Review

Love in the Friend Zone was a great story! I loved the characters, I loved the plot, the writing was fabulous. I love how Molly Lee has branched out to YA romance.

Braylen was a great character. A little nerdy and introverted, head over heel in love with her best friend. Fynn was great too, but a little dim when it comes to seeing what’s right in front of him 😉 Their love story was sweet and I kept wanting to just reach through the page and smack someone upside the head every time something was about to happen and they got interrupted. The side characters were amazing, especially Randy! I hope that he will get a book at some point! The next story is going to be Zoey and Gordon’s, and I am desperate to find out what is going on between those two!

The only thing I didn’t like as much is that the book just spans one night. I wish we had more time with the characters, and maybe get to see what happened the day after or something, but I am sure we will see more of these characters and what happens next in future books of the series 🙂

All around an awesome book.

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing

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Molly E. Lee is an author and editor best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a fourth year mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores

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Winner by Belle Brooks

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I have been reading and reviewing for Belle Brooks since Thirty Days first came out, and I love how varied and different each book she writes is. You never know what you’re going to get going into a new Belle Brooks book. Winner is her newest release! Check it out!

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Book Description

Roselette Horton…
Miss Prim and Proper.
Arm candy for one of the richest men in Hoffman.
Fate had her saving my life. Now I’m indebted to repay the favour.
Rose has the biggest stick up her arse. It’s surprising she can even put one foot in front of the other. She has no clue what it means to be living, or who she really is. To the outside world Rose has everything, but to those who pay close attention, it’s nothing short of a well-constructed facade.

I’m Finlay Crossley and I’m a simple misfit from the wrong side of the tracks.
Until three days ago, I didn’t have two cents to rub together.
Rose is my opposite in every way, but as the saying goes—‘opposites attract.’

How in the world does a socialite notice a nobody like me?
It all happens when a loser becomes a winner.

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My Review

At first when I started this book I absolutely loved it! Then 1/4 of the way through it just lost it’s spark. I did enjoy the ending though, and the writing style was great.

At first, I thought Finlay was an amazing character. He was hard working, and caring and protective of those he deemed his family. However, when he became a peeping tom on multiple occasions watching Rose, I just lost respect for his character. Yes, he was confronted about it, and the issue was resolved somewhat, but that just completely changed my vision of his character and something that truely bothered me.

Rose at first was a great character, until we see how her life really is. She is completely walked all over, can’t stand up for herself, and I just couldn’t stand her high society life and how everything had to be about appearance. In the end when she finally discovers her true self, I really liked her character, but 75% of the book, to me, she just felt like a weak heroine.

The side characters were fabulous! I loved all of Finlay’s friends, especially Alan, the boy he takes care of after his parents abandon him. Tessa is a wonderful character as well, and I really loved how spunky and feisty she was. I would love to see a story about Alan someday.

All around the story started great, and just didn’t pan out for me. The ending left me wanting more. It just didn’t feel resolved. The writing style was great, and as always I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

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Born in Australia, Belle Brooks has always had a passion for books and creative writing. She loves exploring the different ways stories can be told through the use of text and in-depth characters. Since she was a child her strong talent and interest in creative writing was evident, explaining that her favorite class in school was English. Despite her love for all things books, she decided the world of advertising and marketing was where she could put her talents to use in the business realm, well that is until now. Belle enjoys creative writing and creating fictional stories that leave a valued message inside the pages.

Expect the unexpected.

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The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez

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I have read almost every book by Aly Martinez, and let me tell you…. they have all been amazing! Check out her newest book The Brightest Sunset, the conclusion to The Darkest Sunrise Duet.

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Book Description

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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My Review

This was a wonderful conclusion to The Darkest Sunrise Duet!

The story picked up right where the first one left off. The characters were amazing. I loved Porter and Charlotte, and Travis was such an amazing side character! I love seeing child characters really come to life in stories.

There were so many emotions at play throughout the book, and there were a few times I was about to lose it because I was so anxious about what was going to happen. My heart was just ready to fall out of my chest a few times. It was just an all around amazingly emotional read and I’d highly recommend it!

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five- including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

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The Bars Between Us by A. S. Teague

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I first discovered A. S. Teague when I signed up for the book tour of Unraveled. I loved the book, and then a few months later she ran Undisputed through Quirky Blind Date. When I found out she was releasing a new book, I knew I had to read it! She always creates great characters 🙂 The Bars Between Us definitely didn’t disappoint!

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Book Description

I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks into my bar; she’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes.
I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned.
I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more—everything I never thought I deserved.
After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past.
We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels.
Are we strong enough to break through The Bars Between Us?

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My Review

The Bars Between Us was a really great story. I felt a connection with the characters and the storyline was unique. I thought I had the plot figured out from the start, but it totally went another direction, which was great, because it kept me guessing what the connection was throughout the book.

The characters were wonderful. I loved Bron and Grace’s relationship. Two people from two different worlds, it was totally a star crossed lovers romance. I loved how Grace didn’t care about Bron’s reputation and could see through to the great guy he really was. Bron however didn’t think he was worthy of Grace, and I always love the lead male characters that have that self doubt but grow into this amazing character by the end when they finally see they are worth it.

The start of the story was a little slow for me, but then halfway through it picked up and sucked me into the story. There were a few scenes that I wish were expanded upon, or there was a jump between chapters that I wish more detail could have been added about what happened in that time between chapters (like what happened between Bron and Tony?), but all in all this was a really great story. Definitely recommend!

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A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

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Swink by Adriana Locke

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Happy Release Week to Adriana Locke! I have read almost all of her books, and I have loved them all. (Written in the Scars made me cry like a baby!) Swink is the 5th book in the Landry Family series and follows the youngest sister Camilla and her mystery man Dominic. Check it out!

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I’m that guy.

Camilla Landry rustles against me, the silky fabric of her overpriced lingerie slipping along my bruised rib. The porcelain perfection of her skin is even more innocent against the colorful ink dotting my own. It’s demure meets damaged, pampered meets punctured.

So, yeah, it’s obvious I’m that guy. Dominic Hughes. Her attempt at rebellion. Her bid to see what the other side of the tracks feel like. I’m okay with being used because, from where I’m sitting, the other side of the tracks have never looked so good.

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My Review

I have read all of the Landry Family books, and I have been dying to find out who Cam’s mystery man was going to be, and let me tell you, Dominic Hughes did NOT disappoint! Throughout the story Cam and Dom struggle with the differences between each other and the worlds they each come from, but love always overcomes.

I loved Dom’s character, and how he tries to protect Cam by trying to keep her away from his world, but Cam won’t let him. He’s fiercely protective, loyal, and a hard worker. He’s the type of guy that doesn’t think he’s good enough to keep the girl, but oh how wrong he is. Cam is head over heels for him, and she’s not going to let go without a fight.

I loved the storyline, I loved the characters, I loved getting to see everyone from the previous books again. I seriously love this series and can’t wait for Sienna’s story to come next 🙂

Definitely recommend this one. I’d read the rest of the Landry series first because they talk about things that have happened with other previous characters, and plus it’s an awesome series. They are pretty quick reads too!

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He’s standing in the doorway, one hand on the sweatpants that hang just below his chiseled hips and the other leans on the frame. The tattoos that mark his flesh are vivid against his bare skin, making the blues of his eyes shine.
He flashes a lopsided smile my way. “Took you long enough.”
“I don’t drive like a bat out of hell,” I laugh, stepping past him. “Did you shower already?”
“Yeah. I smelled like gym floors.”
“As long as you don’t smell like gym whores,” I say, setting the bags on the table in the kitchen.
His laugh is contagious and I feel myself smiling. A set of arms cage me in from behind, grasping the table on both sides of me. My skin breaks out in a shiver as his lips find the sensitive spot behind my ear.
His face buries in the crook of my neck and he takes a long, leisurely breath. “You smell so good.”
“Keep doing that,” I say, relaxing my head onto his chest.
“What?”
“Talking with your mouth against me.”
“You like this?” he asks all breathily so that each word whispers across my skin.
My eyes fall closed as I relish in this moment of nothing but him. “No, I love this.”
“Can I tell you a little secret?”
“As long as you keep talking, you can tell me whatever you want.”
He chuckles, dotting kisses up and down my neck. “I love this too, feeling your body give up the fight of the day and let me take over.” He turns me in his arms so I’m facing him. “I love that you trust me enough to let your shoulders sink out of that perfect posture you walk around with.”
As he reaches up and undoes the elastic in my hair, I watch his features soften. He moves carefully, unwrapping the tie from the twisted mess in my locks, careful not to pull.
“There,” he says, cupping the back of my head through my long tresses, “that’s better.”
“You don’t like my hair up?”
“Not like you had it. You look to lunching-y,” he says, wrinkling his nose.
“Lunching-y?”
“Yes,” he grins.
“You are too cute.”
“You are too fucking sexy.”
Reaching up, I swipe the pad of my thumb over the cut above his eye. He flinches, but just for a second. “What happened?”
“Bond’s right hand.”
“I hate him.”
“So do I,” he snickers.
“Let’s get some ice for it.”
He leans in, his brows tugging together. “Let’s not.” His eyes hood as he takes me in, his tongue darting out and wetting his lips. My knees weaken, my body humming with delight at his reaction.
“I want to take care of you,” I whisper, although that’s really on the backburner now. “Let me baby you.”
Instead, he lifts me up and places me on the table. My stomach clenches as he positions himself between my thighs, my sundress curling at my waist. I ring my legs around him, pulling him so close that the soft cotton of his sweatpants rubs against my opening.
He looks down. “You aren’t wearing panties.”

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USA Today and Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

 

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