April 13, 2015

Intercepted by Emma Hart ~ REVIEW TOUR


Release Day April 13


Four people. Four goals. Four endings.

In the third and final book of the USA Today bestselling By His Game series, the rules of the game no one knew they’d have to play are blurring, and when the past becomes the opposing team, hearts aren’t the only thing at stake of being lost…

Finding naked pictures of her best friend on her boyfriend’s phone wasn’t in Everleigh White’s five year plan. Neither was moving back to Los Angeles, the city of dreams that never managed to make hers come true. There’s only so many years you can be in love with your best friend before you realize he’s never going to love you back, after all. If only her ex would stop showing up at the gym where she works, she’d be much happier.
Being a father at nineteen wasn’t how Reid North, the Vipers’ wide receiver, imagined his life going, but when his ex-girlfriend tricked him into parenthood, he accepted it. Eventually. Now, with his ex on the verge of being released from prison, he’s holding onto full custody of his seven year old son, Leo. Football and Leo have left Reid no time for dating… Until Everleigh comes back.
His best friend his whole life, Everleigh never knew Reid loved her. She left before he could tell her. Now she’s back in front of him, and he’s not letting go. Even if all he gets is her friendship again. But in a city like L.A., dreams come true when you’re least expecting it.

So do nightmares.
With their exes beating down their doors with demands and explanations, their hesitant and building relationship is threatened at every corner. They’re at serious risk of being intercepted by the past, and that’s a ball Reid is determined to catch.

Except desperation can lead to stupidity—and Reid soon realizes he can’t catch every ball, no matter how perfectly it’s thrown to him. This time a fumble could cost more than a few points.
It could cost him everything.

(INTERCEPTED is the third and final book in the By His Game series and can be read as a standalone, although it is advised to read BLINDSIDED and SIDELINED before, in this order.)





EXCERPT


I follow him down the sidewalk, feeling a little antsy. I mean, he looks like Reid. Okay, an older Reid, but still Reid. He sounds like Reid, he acts like Reid, but he… feels like someone else. He doesn’t feel like the guy who dragged me out from behind curtains at parties and forced me to the dance, or the guy who begged me to go to his high school and college football games because he insisted he always caught better when I was there.
He feels… rawer. Realer. Rougher.
And I’m terrified.
He was always the one person I struggled to say no to. It was his eyes, and his smile, and the fact that I was crazy fucking in love with him. I’m afraid that now, although four years have passed, that I won’t be able to say no, either
That much is obvious by the fact I’m standing outside a sandwich shop I’ve never seen in my life.
“Trust me,” Reid says, smiling as he pushes the door open.
I stare at him flatly. Still, I follow him in like a little puppy because I’m always game for a good sandwich.
“Two meatball subs,” Reid orders. “Both toasted with cheese, but one with extra cheese. No salad or sauces on either.” Order done, he looks back at me and winks.
God. He even remembers the sandwich.
“This isn’t good for my diet,” I mutter, following him along the counter to the register.
“Or mine.” He smirks, glancing at me and running his eyes over my body. “And for what it’s worth, you could probably have another cheat day without it making a difference.”
I hit his arm again. “Shut up. You can’t perve on me. It’s wrong.”
“That’s what you think.” He hands over twenty bucks and raise his eyebrow at me. Then, leaning in, he whispers, “My cock thinks different, Ever.”
I swallow. Well, shit. How am I supposed to respond to that?
I’m not. That’s right. I’m not.
I take my warm sandwich from the counter and grip it tightly, heading toward a table in the corner. I slide into the seat against the wall and unwrap my sandwich at a snail’s pace. Each crinkle of the paper surrounding it seems ten times louder than normal as I studiously ignore Reid’s bulky, muscular form sitting opposite me.
Dammit. I shouldn’t be attracted to him. I shouldn’t consider being attracted to him.
Sure, I was before. In the ‘you’re handsome, be my Prince Charming’ kinda way. Now, though? Now it’s a, ‘holy crap, rip off my clothes and ravish me on your backseat!’ kinda attracted.
I’m not saying either way is bad. I’m just saying that I would prefer for the first type of attracted.
Maybe.
I bite into the sandwich so I don’t have to talk to him. But, apparently, he doesn’t get the message.
“I didn’t know you worked at the gym.”
I swallow. “You say it like it’s the only gym in Los Angeles.”
“It’s just... the gym.” He smirks. He studies me for a second before the curve turns downward. “Why’d you leave, Ev?”
“You knew I was going.”
“Sure I did. I just didn’t know you were going Casper on my ass and fucking off without a word.”
My eyes fall and I focus on my sandwich. Carelessly, I pick at the top of the bread. “I had my reasons, okay? It was easier for me if the media didn’t follow me so intently. You know they thought I was going to star on Broadway instead of college.”
“God, you’re a damn shit liar, Everleigh White.”
“It’s the truth, Reid, okay? They were all up in Dad’s business because of the Hartman movie, and when those Broadway rumors started it was bullshit. I ran without anyone knowing so they wouldn’t follow me. It lasted a week, but I didn’t have them timing my pees on the plane so there we go.” I glance up. “Believe me, okay? I’m not lying.” Not entirely, anyway.
“Whenever you’ve told me you’re not lying, you’ve been lying.” The force of his gaze makes me look up. “I still fucking know you, Ever. You haven’t changed a single damn bit.”
“And you still can’t control your f-bomb,” I shoot back.
“Says the girl who drops it like she drops the word ‘hi’ at a high school reunion.”
“Kiss my ass.”
“You offerin’, firecracker?”
“You taking me up on it?”
“I could flip you over this table in a second and you know it.”
I narrow my eyes and grab my half-eaten sandwich. Standing, I reach toward the trashcan and slam the screwed-up package into it, leaving the lid to slam down as I turn on my heel and head for the door.
Reid says nothing. But he follows me. I hear his footsteps against the tiled floor of the sandwich place, and he grabs the door the second I let it go, stopping it from slamming.
My feet pound against the sidewalk. Jesus, I don’t remember him being this so fucking infuriating before. Was he this demanding? Or frustrating? Or goddamned annoying?
Hell to it all. Was he this fucking sexy?
No, siree. No, he was not.

And that’s the frickin’ problem.



Review by: Tatia 

Intercepted may very well be my favorite book of this series. It's the story of Reid and Everleigh, or Ever as most call her. They've been best friends for as long as they can remember. For unknown reasons to Reid, Ever leaves right after graduation without a word to him. He doesn't understand why she would leave without telling him.

Reid is not only part of the Viper's football team, but he's also a single dad. That in itself is enough to keep him occupied. He's all about his son, Leo, and doing whatever it takes to be the best dad possible. But somewhere along the way, he may have lost a little bit of himself. The pretty girl comes back in to his life at the perfect timing, right before everything gets turned upside down.

Everleigh. She's a feisty one. Honestly, she's probably one of my favorite heroine's to-date. She stands up for herself. Even though she comes from parents who are both very famous, she's still grounded. She doesn't take things for granted, and she'll put you in your spot. She's doesn't have the best history with relationships, having just left a boyfriend that cheated on her...with her so-called best friend. She knew moving home and running in to Reid was a possibility, heck, even a probability. She just wasn't expecting to be attracted to him even more than she was when she was 14. She wasn't ready to explain her reasons for leaving. Reid had other plans.

These two together are hot. They keep each other on their toes. It's not just the sarcasm that keeps it interesting though. They have this bond that pulls them to each other whether they want it to or not. That's truly what made me fall in love with them, their connection and how not even thousands of miles could break it. How being separated for years and only being back together for a day, they could still call each other out on their crap. Don't get me wrong, their history isn't all that they have. When they're not bickering, you see the potential for fireworks. They both just have to stop fighting it and let go.

This story, this series really, is one that you'll be able to read again and again. The characters, while similar in ways, are all individuals who make up a group of friends that will keep you laughing at all of the absurdity, crying at all of the heartfelt moments, fanning yourself because of the sexy times, and on the edge of your seat with the drama that seems to follow them around. Emma Hart knows how to create stories that you just can not stop reading. They pull you in, wrap around your heart, and before you know it, you're coming up on the epilogue, trying to find a way to prolong it. I can never get enough of her stories, regardless of what they're about.

5 Stars 

Review by: Sam 


You know when you finish a book, and you sit smiling like an absolute fool, go back to the last chapter and read it again just because it was so damn perfect.....this is that book. 
Emma Hart is one of my trifecta, she writes it, I drop everything in my life to sit and devour her words. The other books in this series have been full to the brim with angst, will they won't they, drama and oh holy hotness. 
This book has taken a whole different direction and is just absolutely full of heart, a second chance, and so much passion. 
Reid.....this guy has got to win DILF of the year awards worldwide. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he is strong, he is committed, he is the PERFECT guy. He has the cutest son EVER and I swooned like a teenager repeatedly!!
Everleigh is a stunning heroine and has quickly become one of my favourite female leads. Her sass, beauty and endless love for the "ONE" guy she has wanted since FOREVER was beautifully written. 
The connection between Reid and Ever was portrayed perfectly and gave me goosebumps throughout. Not only did they have a REAL chemistry but both characters held a sincere vulnerability, gifting my needs as a reader the feels I chase throughout a book. Some of the scenes made my stomach drop, and there is one character who would seriously get my foot kicked so far up her stupid ass!!!
Appearances from other characters in this series was an absolute delight, especially the HILARIOUS Aunt Ada, I hope I am that woman when I grow up!! 
This book shows us that even if time is lost between two souls, life has a way of bringing that person into your life when they are most needed. 
I adore this beautiful story of Reid and Ever. Congratulations Mrs H! You delivered this story perfectly! 

                                                                  6++ Stars!!! 


Review by: Amy 

WOW FREAK’N WOW…. I say this every time I read one of Emma’s books. She just keeps getting better and better and the stories keep getting juicer and juicier!!! This book as absolutely the best yet. So much love, angst and passion all wrapped up in two characters that the combustion of their relationship just floored me. I was left speechless and yet yearning for more from this series and I was incredibly sad to see the gang coming to an end. Emma has quickly stolen my heart and made me crave her writing EVERY time!!
The relationship between Reid and Everleigh (Ever) was explosive at best. His term of endearment for her, “firecracker” was 100% spot on for the fire in which she possessed. “You made me Reid-drunk, you bastard”….this quote showed her vulnerability and strength to let him in. She was an independent woman that craved the lead of an alpha man. But not just any man, she craved the possessive natural effect that Reid had over her. “She’s my darkness and my light, the shadow blocking the sun and the lone star lighting the night sky”…. The way Reid is fiercely protective of Ever is as HOT as it is handsomely attractive. The two of them lit up my kindle without the use of a backlight.
Reading the whole gang back together in this final installment made my heart so happy and yet hurting at the same time. I came to sincerely LOVE all of them for everything they possessed and made me feel. Reid and Ever’s story was seriously the perfect combination of new beginning and finality this series needed. “Love can be right without being right now. Love can be always without being ever”…. Love can be right and always if you have the perfect partner to share it with. This is my favorite quote from the book because it sums up all of the characters in the series. They were destined for always, it was just getting it right that needed to fall into place.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Emma’s writing. Her style and grace have me on the edge of my seat one minute and fanning myself to cool off the next. She isn’t afraid to feel and pour her everything into her work, which is so evident and refreshing. As her work has progressed, I have seen it get stronger and the want to read her has become a need. She has seriously become one of my go to writers and I am always anticipating her latest work. I 100% recommend this series and this book. 5 star read for sure!!!

5 Stars 





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.






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.)


AMAZON

RELEASE DAY: MARCH 2, 2015





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.




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