Wednesday, 10 August 2011

TOP PICK review for Cross-Checked

The second in my Hot Ice series has just received a wonderful Top Pick review from Miz Love Loves Books - check it out...

Review by Miz Management

Brick has the perfect name. It suits his actions on the ice—hard and unforgiving—but it also brings to mind that if he’s treated right, under good conditions, he can last a lifetime. Don’t be fooled by his gruffness, his couldn’t-care-less attitude, because he does care—a lot. He’s been misunderstood in the past and just needed to find the right woman.

Enter Carly, an Olympic athlete, a cyclist who is determined to not only keep up her training and be the best at what she does, but also to have Brick in her bed. This isn’t just a fantasy where she has him for one night and that’s that, but a lifelong commitment—if she can have it. She’s watched him a long time, on TV, in the newspapers, and her lust for him grows every day.

When herself and Brick, among other sports stars, join together for charity, Carly finds herself in Brick’s life a lot faster than she could ever have hoped. He likes to call the shots in bed, that much is certain, but Carly wants to show the man that a woman can be just as dominant. Their sexual exploits are hot, very steamy, and you won’t be disappointed.

Just as you think someone else will steal Brick away, when you think the book is winding down, a curveball comes along that makes Brick and Carly realise that they aren’t playing any kind of game anymore. It’s serious. Both want the other for keeps. With Carly’s fear of flying, and Brick accommodating that by driving for miles, that man was firmly cemented (I couldn’t resist the pun!) in my heart.

I turned sharply and came face to chest with Brick. (Whoa! You get to see here just how big he is.)

“Yeah, but don’t you just wish you were full…”

My fingers were so small in comparison to his big knuckles and wide bones.

I want to be that froth.


“It’s an abuse of muscle, that’s what it is.”

Also, the studio scene. Very funny yet at the same time I could imagine their mortification.

A great read where you see even the rich and famous fall in love exactly the same way we do. They hope, they fear, they wish, have insecurities, pasts to get over, things to get through, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading Cross-Checked.

I am completely thrilled with this review as it comes hot on the heels of a great write up from Joyfully Reviewed yesterday

Review by Lisa

Inner strength and the will to succeed, as well as a hell of a lot of hard work gave Carly Flannigan her own Olympic gold in endurance cycling.  Currently she’s got a window of a few months before kicking her workouts in high gear for another season of races.
For a while now Carly’s had a secret crush on Orlando Viper hockey star ‘The Brick’.  Ironically she’s signed up to work with a charity called Promises Foundation during the off season and it seems that Brick is also on board.  Carly, Brick, and a slew of other athletes are asked to do a CD and then promote it.
Carly meets the man of her lusty desires when they all get together for a promotional photo.  From the moment their eyes make contact Carly feels the heat and it seems that Brick is affected as well.   Once they start talking she knows that Brick is going to be a lot to handle.  Carly may get burned trying to control the hot hockey player.  Now she has to decide if Brick is worth the chance of getting scorched or should she just stick to staying cool and cycling.
Told in first person point of view by a hot little dominant lady, Cross-Checked is spicy entertainment.  Fast pacing and wicked dialogue movesCross-Checked along quickly.  Both main characters want to be in charge, particularly in the bedroom.  As with most couples it is miscommunication that causes their problems as well as figuring out who’s on top.  Cross-Checked is a sexy, saucy bit of fun.

Reviews like this mean so much, it makes all the hours of hard work worth it and the satisfaction that comes from having done the characters justice is really great. And all this has come as I am immersed in final edits of Slap Shot the next installment of the Vipers!

Have a wonderful day.

Lily x

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