Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blog Tour: Sidelined by Emma Hart

Three people. Three motives. Three reasons.
When the game leaves the field in the second book in the USA Today bestselling BY HIS GAME series and mixes with sex, lies, and betrayal, the future isn't the only thing on the line...

Macey Kelly has sworn off men. Unless they’re going to zip in and out of her apartment—and her vagina—quicker than they can give her an orgasm, she’s not interested. Finding out her boyfriend of three years got her cousin pregnant was a total confidence knock. Luckily for Macey, confidence is
something she has in abundance, so all Mitch’s asshole move did was make her pretty cynical toward men.
The last thing Jack Carr needs at the start of the season is for a dark-haired, sexy as sin, gyspyesque beauty to be consuming his thoughts. Football is his life, which leaves no time for girls. Unless they’re the love ‘em and leave ‘em girls. Becoming one of the best running backs the league has ever seen by racking up the yards is his top priority… not bedding Macey Kelly, despite her affinity for blow jobs and total sexual abandon.
Avoiding each other is the perfect solution, but when your best friends are in a serious living together kind of relationship, that isn’t always an option. Sometimes, sex on tap is the easiest option. And the sweetest.
Until Mitch shows up with a bombshell that could shatter Macey’s perfectly carved out life. It’s been a year, but he isn’t giving her up, not now he has a chance at winning her back. And he knows her buttons. Every single one of them.
Unfortunately for him, Jack Carr isn’t a loser. The star running back has his eye on the Vince Lombardi—and on Macey. But seeing her hanging between them both isn’t something he’s down with, not when he discovers why she’s so against anything more-ish, as she puts it.Macey quickly realizes she’s the ball being passed between two desperate yet opposing teams, and that only one of them can score the touchdown. But will the winner be the guy she lived with and loved for three years, or will the winner be the guy who understands her and makes her body come alive?
In this game, someone will be sidelined, and calling the play isn’t always as easy as it seems.

(SIDELINED is a full-length, standalone novel. It's not necessary to read BLINDSIDED before this book, but it is advised.)


4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Macey is Leah's best friend from the first book in this series, Blindsided. Jack Carr is the running back for the LA Vipers, the same team that Leah's boyfriend Corey plays for. At a birthday party Macey and Jack met, mingled and got down and dirty. Jack is a player on and off the field but he's a nice guy. Macey isn't looking for anything more than fun-whether it's from a bottle of tequila, a no strings night of sex or her favorite vibrator (Mr. Jack Rabbit-named before she met Jack Carr)

Macey is still reeling from her boyfriend of three years betrayal. A year ago she found out that he cheated on her with her cousin and got her pregnant. There's no way she will ever trust her heart to another man. She's still in college; this time working on degree number two. To make extra money she works at Agent Provocateur and enjoys the perks of gorgeous lingerie at an employee discounted 40% off. Her girls, Leah and Ryann provide her all the emotional support she needs and her family is her rock. She is best friends with her brother Cal, a cop with the LAPD. She adores her dad, but it breaks her heart to see him suffer from early Alzheimers.

Macey has no intentions of sleeping with Jack again after the one night they shared, but Jack is no push over and won't take "No" for an answer. He pursues, woes and beds her. Repeatedly, and each time Macey swears it will be the last. Jack has been burnt too. Right when he was drafted to the pro's he was about to ask his girlfriend to marry him (literally the ring was in his pocket) but walked in on her having sex with a freshman. That betrayal stung for years, and the fact that his sister is his ex's best friend and roommate hasn't helped.

Jack is a great character-he's funny and sexy and a good guy. He takes care of his mom and he's loyal to his friends. So what's holding Macey back from giving him a chance? Well Mitch, the douchebag ex, is back in the picture with some news and thinks he and Macey can work things out.

This is where my frustration with Macey escalated. She has a fantastic guy wanting to spend time with her (and clearly it's not just for sex) and she can't stop thinking about Mitch and spends time with him. These are the Kindle throwing moments where I wanted to hog tie her and beat some sense into her. There were moments that I actually wished Jack would dump her and move on. But all I could do was read about her inner conflict...

"Yeah, so you're still stuck in limbo Jesus, babe. You really think it's okay for you to fuck me one night and kiss him the next?"
"No!" she cries, turning around, her dark eyes on fire with anger. "I know it isn't. I know it's fucking awful of me, but I can't stop him kissing me any more than I can stop myself sleeping with you." 

There's lots of back and forth moments. "Do I want Jack, Do I want Mitch? Who should I pick? How about nobody?

Things are resolved, and Macey finally makes a decision. The secondary characters in these books are as interesting as the main ones. There are so many personalities that there is lots to work with for more installments.  Next up is one of Jack and Corey's team

 “You’re not goin’ anywhere, baby.” He steps closer, his fingers twitching, his breath ghosting across my neck. “At least, you ain’t fuckin’ moving until you’ve told me why you’re avoiding me.”
“Isn’t it obvious? You and I are cut from the same cloth, Jack. We don’t do the post-sex thing.”
“Yet here we are.”
“It’s unfortunate.”
“That what you call it?” he laughs, low and husky.
“Yep.” I drink.
“Put the drink down, M,” he whispers. “It’s fucking with you.”
“Really? I thought that was you fucking with me,” I respond, turning to him and pressing a hand against his chest. “What the hell are you doing here?”
Like, right here. Literally.
“It’s my best friend’s birthday.” He smirks. “Why’ve you been staring at me all night like you wanna suck and bite my cock simultaneously?”
“I assure you it was the latter.”
“Sure it was.” Jack steps closer to me again, and I grab my glass with the hand closest to him so I don’t grab his ass or something, ‘cause, shit. He has a sweet-as-hell ass.
“It was.” I drink. Again. Where the hell are my girls? “I feel like dancing.” I finish the glass and twist my body away from his.
His hand finally falls from me as I stalk toward and then down the stairs. I slip into the moving crowd, but I’ve barely moved my hips when two large, strong hands clasp me and tug me backward. The wall of muscle my back slams into is solid, and I exhale on a whoosh even as I close my fingers against the ones clasping my hips.
“Nice try, baby,” Jack says into my ear. “Run if you want. I’m a running back. I’ll chase you and catch you every fuckin’ time.”
“Sounds like a promise you can’t keep, doll,” I reply, my breath catching when he moves my hips against his.
“Sounds like a promise you’re afraid of.”

Author Bio:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

From Emma Hart, the New York Times bestselling author of the Game series, comes a brand new series where the game is realer, the tension is tighter, the sex is hotter, and the stakes are the highest of all…

Two people. Two agendas. Two games.
What happens when the out-there It-Boy of football meets the secret It-Girl of fashion?
As the daughter of Hollywood’s sweetheart, Leah Veronica can’t even buy a coffee without finding her face on a magazine stand, so it’s no wonder she’s launching her first fashion line in secret. With it debuting at New York Fashion Week in just under a month, extra time in the spotlight is the last thing she needs.
The son of the best quarterback the league has ever seen, filling legendary shoes as the L.A. Vipers’ quarterback was inevitable for Corey Jackson. So was meeting Leah Veronica—the first girl to hand him his ass without putting a hair out of place.
Getting the handsome, prickly blonde into his bed becomes his number one goal. But getting the sexy, over-confident footballer the hell away from her becomes Leah’s—at least until she realizes the best way to do that is to give him what he wants.
If only it was that simple.
When Corey discovers who she is, and private photos of Hollywood’s finest find their way online, everything they thought they knew is thrown into disarray.
And when secrets are exposed and hearts are shattered, they have to figure out if they’ve been blindsided by love or reality, and if it’s worth running the extra yard to win the game they never meant to play.

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