Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blog Tour: Sidelined by Marquita Valentine

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Sidelined by Marquita Valentine
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life.
And it was, until my husband left me.
On our honeymoon.
For the wedding planner.
Now all I want to do is get over the humiliation with the one man I shouldn’t.
Except he's avoiding me at all costs.
But I'm not going to let Aiden McHugh get away. He might be the hottest quarterback in the NFL and my older brother’s best friend, but he doesn't intimidate me. He promised to help me and I’m holding him to it… even if it means I have to convince him one seduction at a time.
Until the seduced becomes the seducer.
I no longer want to get over my ex; I just want Aiden.


Sidelined AMAZON4 stars 
Review by Trinette Dungee

For as long as Aiden McHugh has known Layton Price her life has been mapped out. Always armed with her scrapbook, if you were in her scrapbook you were special, if it’s in her scrapbook it’s destined to happen. According to the scrapbook, Layton was going to marry Joe and if not then Aiden would come to her rescue her and marry her. 

Fast forward and Layton has married Joe, but on their honeymoon Joe informs Layton that he’s in love with the wedding planner. Where does that leave Layton, besides embarrassed and humiliated? Right on Aiden’s doorstep holding him to his part of the bargain; Layton needs to get over Joe and fast so while she’s not looking for Aiden to marry her, she’s most definitely looking for him to be the rebound guy to help her move beyond Joe but rumor has it that the NFL Quarterback is celibate during the season. Well that’s just too damned bad for him because Layton, (or LT as Aiden calls her …..sooooo freaking adorable!!),  needs him to be active to help her get over Joe. She’s always thought Aiden was good looking but she was so far up Joe’s butt she never realized HOW hot he was. All she knows is that for the last few years he’s been a total jerk to her and treating her like a pesky little sister but the thoughts she’s having about Aiden are not those that a little sister would have. Unfortunately for Layton, Aiden is not interested in being the rebound guy; he wants to be THE GUY. 

To Aiden, LT has always been his best friend’s little sister, but one day she turned into a full blown hot blooded woman. In order to keep her at a distance and keep him from doing something that her brother would probably kill him for, he basically resorted to acting like a jerk towards her. Now she’s hitting him with this proposition and completely messing with his head. For years he watched her fawn all over a guy that was totally wrong for her, then he sat back and watched her marry him. He let her get away from him once and now this could be his second chance but he has to convince LT that he more than just a rebound guy, he’s a long term guy and the perfect guy for her. 

Short, sweet, to the point….LOVED IT! 

From the first word in this book I was hooked. There was immediate connection to the characters. The banter, even between young Layton and young Aiden, was perfect! The humor was there in spades. Coming off the heels of “Scored” (Dallas’ and Paige’s story), Sidelined keeps the train going with fun, hotness and laughs. I loved Dallas and Paige and even said they were my new favorite Marquita characters, but I don’t know. Aiden and Layton might have surpassed them. Aiden with his rough South Boston persona was so freaking sweet; and Layton was freaking adorable and funny as hell. 

Poor Aiden didn’t stand a chance against her feistiness, even when she was eleven! This was quick, fun read. Sometimes there are blossoming relationships and there’s no angst, no tragedy, no major catastrophes…there’s just circumstances with fun and humor and that’s what this was. It was fun and sometimes that just what we need. There were a few down moments like Aiden describing his childhood with his father, but for the most part this read was light on drama. 

I wished there’d been a little more in the storyline about Aiden’s participation in the “Big Brother” program. Based on how the situation was introduced it seemed like it would play a bigger part in the storyline but I just kind of got a few additional honorable mentions and that was it. There are some returning characters and some newly introduced and all were enjoyable. I can see a few possible storylines and I can’t wait to see who is next. 

Definitely a fireside read for the winter.

Shocked doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel when I see Layton standing outside, wearing a large coat… and is she holding pom-poms?
After another insistent pounding on the door, I stride to it, yanking it open. “What the hell are you doing at my house? And who let you the fuck in my neighborhood?”
“I gave the guard my brother’s name and said I was taking important papers to you.”
“That’s… pretty damn smart.”
Throwing off the coat, Layton beams at me and puts her hands on her hips. “I came over to S-E-D-U-C-E you!”
My jaw drops and gets stuck to the floor. “You what?
Her brow furrows. “Did I spell seduce wrong?”
I look around, half-expecting that at any minute, someone with a camera phone will jump out at us and yell just kidding, because there's no way in hell Layton Price should be on my doorstep wearing a cheerleading outfit and shaking her pom-poms at me.
Well, she hasn't shaken them yet, but her tits are about to pop out of her top, and the skirt… the skirt leaves little to the imagination. Swear to God, with a faster turnaround, I’ll see her ass cheeks hanging out.
“You spelled it right.” I rub my jaw. “What do you want?”
She rolls her eyes. “I came here to seduce you.”
“Wearing that?” It’s not usually my thing, but…
“Should I shake my pom-poms for you first?”
Hell yes, you should. “No. Put your coat back on.” I bend over and pick it up, then place it around her shoulders. “You need to go home, LT.”
She juts out her bottom lip. “My Uber already left.”
“Not my problem.”
“Come on, Aiden,” she pleads, batting her lashes at me and letting the coat slide down her hot little body. “It’s cold outside.”
“Should have thought about that before you put,” I wave my hand at her, “that on.”
“I wore it just for you. The top’s too tight, though.” As if to torture me, she started bouncing up and down on the balls of her feet. “Oh, wow. I can’t believe the girls are staying put.”
Me either. “Good for them.” I try to shut the door, but she shoves a pom-pom in at the last minute. “Damn it, LT. I said go home.”
“You can't leave me outside when it's cold like this.”
Better than me taking advantage of her like this. “I’m not a gentleman, baby girl.”
“You don't have to be a gentleman to be a decent person,” she points out. “And stop calling me baby girl. I’m neither one of those.”
She's right. “Get your ass in here. You can wait in the foyer while I get an Uber for you.”
Pushing her way in, she grins and spins around, stumbling a couple of times in the process. “What do you think of the outfit? Be honest.”

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About the Author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).
When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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