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A Series of interconnected characters. Can be read as a Standalone
Friends to lovers, virgin hero, football theme. Lots of swoony moments!

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the game plan


A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.


The Game Plan

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Cherry Stars

 “I don’t know what to make of this, I didn’t expect you Ethan,” I whisper.

His eyes search my face. “I’ve been waiting two years for you to see me.”

We love this series and were hoping for Ethan and Fi to take us on a sweet, romantic and sexy journey. And that they did. The Game Plan is one of those easy to read romances that’s not overly angsty or drama filled, we really enjoyed that.

‘I see Ethan Dexter; he shines for me. And I burn hotter than the sun when I’m in his orbit.’

Whilst we had a few issues with the story-line we certainly did enjoy it and fell in utter love with the characters. One of our pet peeves is twenty something virgins, unless the reason is believable it just annoys us and we have to say that we didn’t find the reason nor the consequent drama story-line believable, it was completely unnecessary. Did it hamper our enjoyment – yes – in some respects it did, however because we fell in love the characters and believed in their romance we kept reading and ended up overall really enjoying this book.

“It doesn’t matter if we’re a thousand miles apart or right next to each other, I will always want you. Because that’s how it is when you find your forever.”

Ethan Dexter was one hot tattooed bearded giant NFL player who stole our hearts. This guy has a massive heart and errr other very very saucy exciting ‘traits’ that had our hearts beating and pulses racing! Yes please!!!!!

“It’s always the big, quiet ones, isn’t it?”

Ethan knew he’d found the one in Fiona and waited patiently for her whilst focusing on his football career. He’s the silent powerhouse that’s always there for his friends and lives an almost quiet life. He wants forever – not one night stands nor the trappings of the fame that comes with his sport’s stardom. He’s just got to convince his girl that she wants him too. And so it all begins with a beard….a beard attached to one sexy and gorgeous ‘Dex’.

“You have me,” he rasps as though I’m killing him now. “You fucking have all of me.”

Fiona is one sassy, sweet and exuberant girl. Being the sister of Ivy she’s met Dex a few times, as Ivy is with Grey; Dex’s best mate. Whilst she’s not sure of him nor his sexual status she can’t help but be overwhelmed by her attraction to this quiet sexy and enigmatic man. He’s nothing like what she’s used to but her eyes soon open to feelings past and present.

“Whatever you need, Fi, I’ll give it to you.” Even if it breaks my heart to do it.”

The intensity, passion and emotion was so beautiful at times – we felt every word. And despite the ‘iffy’ theme we found the heat factor quite irresistible.  There’s nothing quite like seeing a man so restrained and gentle lose control…wink wink- nudge nudge! And when we say gentle – the scenes with Ethan and Fiona’s baby nephew are ADORABLE!!!!

Kristen Callihan sure knows how to write romance, heroes and heroines. Mixed in with humour – funny banter and just the right amount of angst, The Game plan made for a great read!

‘The heartbreak in her voice tears at my own heart. She bleeds, I bleed.’




Game On

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Releasing 17th April 2017


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The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan


Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy. 

The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.

Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her… 

Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on

The Friend Zone Collage

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

 ✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Cupcakes stars

“Every inch, Mac.”

“Every inch, Gray. Now go kick some ass.”

Who doesn’t love a romance where our hero and heroine start off as friends?! Where they truly get to know one another – hopes, desires and dreams. Fears and hang-ups. All achieved through the banter and late night confession of a friendship. It’s without doubt swoon-worthy and addictive reading.

‘What I feel for Gray? It isn’t comfortable. It’s so intense and so enormous, sometimes I fear my soul can’t contain it.’

Kristen Callihan is a brilliant writer and she writes this type of story with honest emotion and lovable believable characters.  The story was brilliantly paced as it evolved into so much more than the cover and synopsis gives it credit for. It had a beautiful human element which can’t be ignored.

The attention to details this Author incorporates and what makes us melt and laugh in equal measure was spot on and there in spades. What is it about text messaging that makes you read with a smile on your face and feeling like you’re snooping into someone else’s life? We loved that! Also; the fact that Ivy can’t dance, such a small part of the story but it was truly poignant because not only did it make Ivy real and had us thinking of Phoebe from friends doing her crazy run through Central Park. Yes, we laughed out loud! It also made Gray that much more lovable and showed the true beauty of his heart.

“The fact is, Ivy, for me, there is one absolute truth. The sum of my existence equals you.”

This slow build love affair was both intense, passionate and heart breaking at times yet it also had that easy laugh out loud humour that never felt cheesy or over the top. Love built on a foundation of friendship is a powerful thing. It’s a beautiful thing.

‘Make me stop, Ivy. Be the one who makes it all stop!’

Gray is without doubt one of the most all-encompassing men we’ve come across. No, we’re not talking looks or everything that comes with superficial beauty. We’re talking the size of his heart, his thought processes and his addictive sense of humour. Gray is multifaceted and that is what we fell for. We didn’t really need to hear how built he was as much as we did. We got it the first time. What we loved to hear was how he cared, how he felt and how truly geeky and vulnerable this powerful footballer is. No question; this boy had a protective and caring side that shone as well as an intense passionate side. Ivy was brilliant; intelligent, quirky and such a sweetheart. She gave as good as she got and her whole person was lovable and intelligent. Their chance friendship and romance was believable and a romantic meant to be. We loved them.

‘Gray isn’t the type of person who should walk alone through life.’

This series is a highly recommend from us; you’ll laugh, tear up and swoon. Your pulse will race and your heart will melt.

‘Gray Grayson. My hero.’

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by Omnific Publishing, with thanks**



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Releasing 17th April 2017


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All’s fair in love and football….GAME ON!

The Hook up


The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.


The Hook Up (1)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G✯✯✯✯ 1/2 stars

Jenny: When I opened this book and saw a White Stripes song quoted I had a good feeling. It had to be a sign I was going to love this book and the sign was right because there was much I loved about The Hook Up. The writing was witty and clever, the characters endearingly warm and relatable and not only was this book lot of fun, extremely hot and passionate; it also had some tender, moving moments. .

‘Anna Jones has wrecked me. Utterly.’

I felt the connection and passion between Anna and Drew from the outset and that BIG drawcard Drew ‘Battle’ Baylor sold me! I. AM. IN. LOVE with that man!

“It’s you, baby. Your light. Your joy. Your soul. You bring that to everything you touch.”

No doubt about it, if this guy doesn’t get you swooning then you’re missing a swooning gene don’t you think Gitte?

Gitte: Absolutely, Jenny LOVED Drew, the cover of this book DOES NOT do this story nor Drew any justice, just saying! I’m glad I could look past my cover snobbery as I would’ve missed out on a fab-drew-lush story with a sassy and clued up heroine in Anna.

‘He’s slowly carving his name into my heart. And it hurts.’

The writing was great, the passion and determination full on and the story was so much more than what it seemed. Even the emotion sure was plentiful! I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

“I think you’re beautiful.”

“Beauty fades.”

“Not when it comes from inside.”

Anna and Drew had a complex but intense attraction to each other. Their romance was a journey that was both passionate and self-realising. Both had a multitude of emotional issues stemming from an occurrence in their past, one tragic; one leaving a horrible insecurity behind.

“You ever wonder if who you are is the person you’re supposed to be?”

Both go through huge changes that could alter their lives but not necessarily in a bad way. I wasn’t sure at one stage where their story was going but I ended up loving where it went! A definite recommend from me!

Jenny: Completely agree about the cover G. Peeling away the layers from Anna and Drew was a revelation. From the outside it appeared as though Drew had it all. Star Quarterback, good looks, charm, brains and an all-round nice guy but there was so much more to this man and I adored everything about him. It’s no wonder men want to be him and women want to bed him. Who can blame them! Being privy to Drew’s feelings through his POV had me s.w.o.o.n.i.n.g!  This adorably sexy, dirty talking man was it for me!

‘I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.’

Anna was such a conflicting character. She would fiercely believe in herself one minute and as much as Drew could inflame Anna and make her feel good about herself, he also unwittingly made her insecurities resurface. Breaking down those walls Anna had built up wasn’t going to be easy.

‘In a room filled with boys, Drew is a man here. Bigger, stronger, and just more. In an odd way, he doesn’t belong here either.’

A definite recommend from me too!


Game On

The Hook Up :our review| amazon usamazon ukiBooks
The Friend Zone : our review| amazon usamazon ukiBooks
The Game Planamazon us | amazon uk | iBooks


Releasing 17th April 2017


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