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Oct 18 2014 12:00pm

The Ties that Bind: Siblings in Romance Novels from Ashley, Roberts, Andre, and More!

Rock Chick by Kristen AshleyComing from a large family, I always enjoy reading romance books that also feature sibling relationships. Protectors, confidantes, and allies all rolled into one, your siblings can prove to be your best and worst enemy—sometimes working in conjunction with you and other times driving you absolutely insane. 

These are some of my favorite sibling bonds in romance: 

1. The Nightingales in Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick series

First making their appearance in Rock Chick, book one of the series, the Nightingales constantly keep us—and each other—on our toes. Lee, Hank and Ally are close in age and have a tight relationship. Lee and Hank were the quintessential big brothers, keeping  a close eye on Ally. They have their hands full, operating on all sides of the law—Lee as a P.I. and Hank as a police officer— and Ally usually gets in a lot of mischief, especially with her band of rock chicks.

2. The Mackenzies in Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzies series

This Scottish family features a tight knit of brothers. Banding together from infancy against a common enemy, their father, the brothers leaned on each for support. Each of these strong men went on to better themselves with the help of their family.

[Did your favorite family make the cut?]

Oct 9 2014 9:30am

First Look: Jess Michaels’s A Moment of Passion (October 14, 2014)

A Moment of Passion by Jess MichaelsJess Michaels
A Moment of Passion (The Ladies Book of Pleasure #2)
Samhain Publishing / October 14, 2014 / $5.50, digital

When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she’s sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future.

Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn—and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim of his shocking preferences.

Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship—for her own protection, of course—their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom.

But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy…

Warning: This book contains friends turning to lovers, a highly erotic secret affair and a wicked villain who will destroy what he cannot have.

“The first step on an erotic journey is often the most difficult”.—The Ladies Book of Pleasures

This is the second book in The Ladies’ Book of Pleasures series, but each book can be read as a standalone. Jess Michaels writes an intriguing series that plays with emotions, and in this book, she's built up the romance and angst even more.

[Give us the scoop...]

Oct 8 2014 4:30pm

Improper Love in Jennifer Ashley’s Rules for a Proper Governess

Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer AshleyJennifer Ashley's feisty, independent heroines are distinct and memorable. In her fabulous Mackenzie series, the Mackenzie/McBride clan is made up of Scottish, alpha males. It's not easy to catch the eye of these tough men, yet her heroines are more than up to the challenge.

In her latest release, Rules for a Proper Governess, the protagonist Bertie, is no exception—Bertie is a common pick-pocketer whom we first meet while she awaits the verdict on a case involving a friend. Who should we have as the barrister but the stoic Sinclair McBride. Sinclair is one of the youngest—and definitely one of the most attractive—barristers in London. Bertie is entranced by him. When circumstance arise that cause her father to become angry with McBride, he uses Bertie as his tool for petty revenge. Bertie is fierce in all aspects except for matters relating to her father. Her father has used his fists to control her, so she's learned that she should bend to her father's will.

What I loved about Bertie is that during this time period, early 19th century that is, women are supposed to be demure and usually lack independence, but Bertie grabs what she wants —quite often, actually—stealing what she needs or bargaining for it. She runs away from constables and lives life on the edge. The same can be said with Sinclair, whom she grabs because she wants him, and doesn't take no for an answer. Sinclair, who has been drowning in paternal responsibilities and loneliness, is captivated by Bertie’s spirit and her violet blue eyes.

[Violet is such a rare eye color...]

Sep 30 2014 2:45pm

September 2014 New Adult Roundup: The Mind is a Battlefield

Shatter by Erin McCarthyTurmoil and angst abound in September’s NA Releases. Many of these characters are struggling with new relationships while trying to tame their inner demons. Sometimes, your biggest enemy is yourself and these characters prove that. Overcoming the limitations you set on yourself can be the hardest task of all.

An uncompromising New Adult story, Shatter by Erin McCarthy features Kylie and Jonathan who have what they thought was going to be a one-night-stand. Eight weeks later consequences rear their ugly head. Told in Dual POV, this is the end of a series I’ve followed religiously and greatly enjoyed. McCarthy holds nothing back for these characters and I’m sad to see them go.

Told in Grant and Harlow’s POV One More Chance by Abbi Glines is the sequel to Take a Chance. Reeling from Harlow’s unexpected news, Grant must quickly make a decision, will he chose Harlow? A heart-wrenching, gripping story —make sure you keep the tissues handy.

The final book in this trilogy, The Certainty of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorenson brings on the angst. The story picks up right where book two ended and it doesn’t slow down. The finality of their story is focused on their character growth. The encompassing love between Violet and Luke seems to be on the way to a happy ending despite the gloom that surrounds them. When secrets are revealed their foundation is once again rocked. These tormented characters have a long road to reach a place of absolution and happiness.

[We bet it's a bumpy road too...]

Sep 23 2014 3:00pm

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Hope Burns (September 30, 2014)

Hope Burns by Jaci BurtonJaci Burton
Hope Burns
Jove / September 30, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Molly Burnett dreads returning to her hometown of Hope for her sister’s wedding, especially knowing she’ll have to endure a weekend with the one man she never wants to see again. It’s only a couple of days, so Molly will try to forget her painful past with high school sweetheart Carter Richards. Because despite the bitter memories, she still can’t forget what they once meant to each other.

But when Molly is forced to extend her stay, Carter sees this as his second chance to do things right, to start over again with the only woman he’s ever loved. This time, he isn’t going to let Molly run. Together they’re going to confront the past and put it behind them, and hope for a future as bright as the flame that still burns hot between them.

Family comes first in Jaci Burton’s novels, and Hope Burns, the third book in this series, is no exception. I was eagerly anticipating the unraveling of the mystery of Molly and Carter. The small town is brimming with happiness over the marriage of Emma and Luke, the H/H of the first book, and that event has forced the prodigal daughter, Molly, to return.

[Who is she burning to see again?]

Sep 10 2014 4:30pm

Hit the Road: Top 10 Motorcycle Club Heroes

Jax and Tara in Sons of Anarchy

Source: fanpop.com

As of last night,Sons of Anarchy is back on our TV screens. Jax Teller is the epitome of the MC hero: tough as nails attitude, loyal, caring and hoooooottttt. MC books have become quite the rage and it seems this type of hero won’t be fading away any time soon.

What makes a great MC hero? Tough love, alphatastic attitude, a deep loyalty for their brothers, and they’re incredibly sexy!

Here’s a list of my top gritty, rough and tumble, love to hate ‘em MC heroes (in no particular order):

[Let's get this show on the road...]

Sep 7 2014 10:00am

Somebody’s Watching Me: Stalkers in Romance

Raw by Belle Aurora**This post contains spoilers—some big, some small—you have been warned.**

“I wear my sunglasses at night so I can watch you weave and breathe…” 

Stalkers in romance have been a consistent theme for years. High on drama and adrenaline, my liking for stalker books probably began back in Sweet Valley when the Wakefield twins had an overenthusiastic admirer. When a romance novel has a stalker theme, it excels at revealing those creeptastic moments, that black moment when the hero or heroine realizes their personal space has been infiltrated. I find myself making sure I close my blinds, or double-checking my surroundings. Be warned there’s SPOILERS ahead. These are some of the best books that have brought out these feelings:

1. Raw by Belle Aurora 
You are put deeply in the mind of Twitch, the stalker, so deeply, in fact you fall for the stalker. Yeah, that’s you with the Stockholm Syndrome sitting right there. Twitch has followed Lexie for years, and has become a physical symbol for him of all the things in his life that have gone wrong. He starts out in the book as a predator, but as the story evolves, a change occurs, and somehow the two of them fall in love and chaos ensues. Raw takes your typical stalker story and turns it on its head.

[Stalker...turned “hero”?!]

Sep 6 2014 10:00am

First Look: Jennifer Ashley’s Scandal and the Duchess (September 16, 2014)

Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer AshleyJennifer Ashley
Scandal and the Duchess (MacKenzies)
InterMix / September 16, 2014 / $1.99 digital

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault, but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow's portion, now contested by his son, who kicks Rose out of the estate's dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does not need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her brother-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride—a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. He comes up with a ruse to foil the journalists, but Rose will have to go along with his very scandalous proposal.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Highland Pleasures series since I stumbled across The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. Jennifer Ashley writes amazingly complex characters that are still easily relatable. They come alive across the pages with wit, humor and natural ease. Her Scottish heroes are some of my favorite historical fiction characters, and Scandal and the Duchess is an excellent addition to the series.
[Ye dinna say!]

Sep 2 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Son of No One (September 2, 2014)

Son of No One by Sherrilyn KenyonSherrilyn Kenyon
Son of No One
St. Martin's Press / September 2, 2014 / $27.99 print, $14.99 digital

**Note: This post may contain minor spoilers.**

In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.

Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

And so another great Sherrilyn Kenyon novel is released. Son of No One is everything that encompasses Kenyon’s signature style. Fun writing with witty banter, great plot, and descriptions that throw you right into the setting, this book is an AMAZING addition to the Dark-Hunter universe.

[Give us the details...]

Aug 28 2014 12:00pm

Between a Rocker and a Hard Place: August 2014 New Adult Recommendations

Ugly Love by Colleen HooverIn this month’s New Adult roundup we see plenty of rockers. But even among the non-rockers and rockers alike, the common theme is choices. These characters are in some tough situations and they must make up their minds in order to move forward.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover focuses on Miles and Tate’s budding relationship. Fast burning through the lines of friends with benefits, they embark on journey of rediscovery. Featuring a mature narrative with rich characters, Ugly Love weaves a tale of taking chances, choosing to move beyond the past, and finding forgiveness.

[Find out what else is new in New Adult...]

Aug 17 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Melanie Scott’s The Devil in Denim (August 26, 2014)

The Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottMelanie Scott
Devil in Denim (New York Saints #1)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital


As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.


Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…

Melanie Scott's The Devil in Denim is a different take on the usual baseball novel. It doesn’t focus on a baseball player, but on the players behind the scenes. Tom Jameson has owned the Saints baseball team for years. Maggie, Tom’s daughter, was raised with the Saints. A recent college graduate, Maggie assumed she would work at the owner’s office for the Saints. Unexpectedly, Tom sells the Saints to businessman Alex Winters and his two associates Malachi Coulter (Mal) and Lucas Angelo.

[For love of the Saints...]

Jul 30 2014 4:00pm

The “I Won’t Promise I’ll Ever Be Perfect” Scene from Skye Jordan’s Ricochet

Ricochet by Skye JordanRachel and Ryker’s firecracker chemistry is the basis for the romance in Ricochet by Skye Jordan. Ryker, a bomb specialist stationed in Afghanistan, needs to have direction and a purpose. He’s currently back in the States for a month at the demand of his CO, who required that Ryker return in the aftermath of a disastrous mission that had horrific results. This return is unwanted, though, and he soon joins up with the Renegades, a stuntman team, as their bombing specialist in order to keep himself focused on a purpose.

Flashbacks to Afghanistan reveal the source of Ryker’s PTSD, which is poignant and heartbreaking. Jordan captures raw, vulnerable moments from this typically stoic alpha-male in which he is confused, upset and battling an invisible enemy. Ryker’s mind can flip at any moment, and sometimes not even Rachel can talk him back.

Just a bad memory. You’re safe. Everyone’s safe.”

Of Ryker’s five-man EOD unit, only one survived the bombing. This flashback gives us vivid details regarding the catastrophe.

[And an idea of the comforting that will happen later...?]

Jul 28 2014 2:00pm

July 2014 New Adult Roundup: Solace in the Arms of a Bad Boy

Whiskey Prince by Toni AleoThis month’s New Adult releases seem to be filled with angst and despair. New Adult is defined by vicissitudes of life; these books highlight the transitions and growth experienced by all characters. But, of course, what’s life without some funny moments to break up the tension. I laughed, I cried but overall these books brought on some major feels. What stood out for me was the support these characters were able to find in unlikely places and the independence that it spurred.

A tale of love and loss, Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo finds the right balance between the two. After losing both of her parents, Amberlyn follows her late mother’s advice and travels to Ireland to live with an aunt and uncle she’s never met. Trying to work past her grief and find a new path in life, she tends bar at the family pub. While seeking solitude, Amberlyn encounters Declan, heir to the O’Callaghan Distillery and local royalty known popularly as the “Whiskey Prince,” and a connection is made. Declan is a bit of a recluse due to a traumatic event involving his sister. He finally comes out of his shell when his parents hand him an ultimatum, get married or lose the Distillery. Set against the backdrop of Ireland, this story brings two people together who need each other to start their next journey in life.

[It got these Irish eyes smiling...]

Jul 15 2014 9:30am

The Otherworld Cup: Vampire-Free Paranormal Romances from Showalter, Cole, Halle, and More!

Awakened by the Minotaur by Erin MooreParanormal romances are on the decline, but are they a “dying” trend? With fewer of these types of books out there, the authors who are publishing in the genre have been throwing new kinds of stories, resulting in welcome changes to the typical vampire variety. Paranormal Romance stories have come to encompass a wide range of supernatural elements, from valkyries to gargoyles, characters one never thought of as having a “happy ever after” are popping up. In the game of keeping paranormals alive, here are some books that standout as unique among all the vampire and shifter books.

In Erin Moore’s Awakened by the Minotaur, Teo and Lara have a white-hot connection right from the start. Lara has taken a much-needed vacation to Greece and luckily lands Teo as her guide. Unknowingly, she has walked onto an island filled with ancient rites and sacrifices to the Minotaur. Teo fights Lara at every turn as he is aware of the darkness that swirls within him. Teo is possessed by the spirit of the Minotaur and it falls upon Lara to save him. An erotic novel that turns up the heat, it’s a fast read that will leave you wanting more.

Gena Showalter is one of my go-to Paranormal Romance authors (my other go-to is also featured in this post) who has a wide variety of characters to pick from. My favorite series of hers has to be the Lords of the Underworld series. Loosely based off the Pandora’s box legend and various Greek Mythology stories, Showalter makes it all her own. Each character has a different demon/vice that has infiltrated their soul. Each of these seductive warriors finds their match in unlikely places. The stories cover a wide variety of locations and they meet many different characters along the way. Packed with action, hilarious banter, each book has me falling me in love with a different Lord. I’m eagerly anticipating her next release and I hope this series doesn’t end any time soon.

[With so much lore to tap into, we have high hopes, too...]

Jul 14 2014 9:30am

First Look: Jess Michaels’s A Matter of Sin (July 15, 2014)

A Matter of Sin by Jess MichaelsJess Michaels
A Matter of Sin (Ladies Book of Pleasures #1)
Samhain / July 15, 2014 / $5.50 digital

The widowed Lady Isabel Avenbury has one remaining younger sister to shepherd into an advantageous marriage, and then she will be free. Free to take a lover to fill her lonely nights—the only option left for a woman on the delicate edge of a certain age.

Except when she chaperones her sister to a country house party, she is taken aback by her sudden, undeniable attraction to the host. And deliciously scandalized when she finds a copy of the notorious, much-gossiped-about Ladies' Book of Pleasures in his library.

When Seth Rowland, Marquis Lyndham, notices his book is missing, his interest is piqued as to which of the potential young brides at his party has absconded with it—and he’s shocked to discover it’s Isabel. Though older than the women he’d planned to court, the powerful beauty exudes a sensuality he cannot ignore.

The book inspires them to begin a desperate, passionate affair. But their time together is running out and they must choose. Follow society’s rules, or take a chance at love.

A Matter of Sin by Jess Michaels weaves a tale of passion and seduction inspired by an erotic manual. Seth is on a quest to find a young bride to provide him heirs to carry on the family name, while Isabel is the matriarch of her family. She lost her parents at a young age and was married to man who was a lot older than she.

[All eyes on our heroine...]

Jul 11 2014 9:30am

First Look: Lavinia Kent’s Mastering the Marquess (July 29, 2014)

Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia KentLavinia Kent
Mastering the Marquess
Loveswept / July 29, 2014 / $2.99 digital

The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.

Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.

Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read. This unlikely tale of seduction between two people who don’t actually meet opens right away with the details of an illicit night neither one of them can forget. Sexual tension drips from the pages. Both of these characters are currently in a transitional period, and their lives are going to take a sharp turn into unknown territory.

[Turn here!]

Jul 1 2014 3:15pm

Strong with a Side of Sass: Feisty New Adult Heroines from Glines, Ashley, Webber, and More!

Misbehaving by Abbi GlinesIt’s refreshing to read books where the heroine is a no-holds barred kind of character, and feisty new adult heroines are inspiring in their take-charge attitudes. These ladies are usually armed with either physical prowess and/or a silver tongue. In no particular order, these are some of my favorite new adult feisty ladies:

1. Jess in Misbehaving by Abbi Glines
Jess appears in many of the Sea Breeze novels; in the opening scene of her book she’s destroying her ex-boyfriend’s truck. She had finally had enough of his crap and was letting him know. She’s strong and fights for everything she has.

2. Jaxx from Rags by Suzanne Wright
Jaxx is an orphan who later becomes a model. She has the mouth of a sailor and doesn’t let others bring her down. She’s honest and funny, she’s the one to have on your side. She’s extremely loyal and she’s always ready to jump in for a friend.

3. Tabby from Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
I consider Own the Wind New Adult because both of the main characters fall in that age bracket. Tabby is the president’s daughter of the local motorcycle club. Having been raised in a biker club, she has a lot of sass. She easily carries the attitude that is needed to gain respect in the MC life while also being a genuinely nice person.

[Sassy and sweet...pretty perfect to us!]

Jun 27 2014 3:00pm

First Look: Sarah Castille’s In Your Corner (July 1, 2014)

In Your Corner by Sarah CastilleSarah Castille
In Your Corner (Redemption)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / July 1, 2014 / $13.99 print, $7.99 digital

Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection-until a chance encounter throws them together.

A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did. And then he shows up in her boardroom, hot as sin and needing help...

But can he rule her heart?

Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda's not sure if she can stay in control, or if she's finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.

Just as the title suggests, Sarah Castille's second Redemption book focuses on who Amanda has in her corner. There are some major issues Amanda has to work through in order to come out on top. Two years after we met them in Against the Ropes, Jake and Amanda are brought together when Jake needs help on a case. When we last saw them, it was definitely not under pleasant circumstances.

[Funny how things change...]

Jun 26 2014 4:30pm

No Boys Allowed: Girls’ Nights Out from Banks, Ashley, and More!

Seduction and Snacks by Tara SivecGirls' nights out (GNOs) are usually a night of unrestrained fun, the nights you and your girlfriends get together and just unleash. It usually has three things: good people, good food, and good booze. With the help of some of my favorite heroines, here are some of guidelines for a great GNO:

1. Friends don’t let friends text on girls' night

The Chocolate Lovers series by Tara Sivec has plenty of funny, jaw dropping moments. I love the camaraderie between the woman of the series and their ability to not take themselves too seriously. In Seduction and Snacks, Claire, Liz, and Jen have a night out, while the guys stay at home with Gavin. Adding mystery to the moment, the guys receive some crazy text messages from the girls.

“Hey, Carter,” Jim said as he walked back in from the kitchen. Why is Claire sending me a picture of her tits with the words, “Me fish Lou,” in it?”

The fun ensues with various text messages sent to the incorrect recipient. The night ends with a trip to the hospital and a massive hangover.

[+4 more rules for a successful GNO...]

Jun 21 2014 2:00pm

Game Changers: Top 10 Hottest Jock Heroes

The Vincent Boys by Abbi GlinesSports romance books have been growing to include more than just the typical “jocks"; football, baseball, basketball have been pushed to the side for fighters, hockey players, and even race car drivers. Jocks are always an enjoyable read. It’s like having water after a really long, hot day. I look for cover inspiration, humor, general badassery, and charisma in my jocks.

Here's the list of Hot Jocks:

1. Beau Vincent, of Abbi Glines's New Adult book The Vincent Boys, set my heart jogging as the misunderstood bad boy in his small town. It’s the South, so everyone plays football—even Beau. Good enough to be offered a scholarship for college ball, Beau is one sexy, bad boy who wins the heart of the town “good girl.” She also happens to be his cousin’s girlfriend. Played out among their high school walls, Beau is the perfect blend of bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a sweet side.

[+ meet 9 more sexy jocks...]