Review: Love and Other Games (A Very Sexy Short Story Collection)

Posted February 4, 2014 in Review / 4 Comments

Love and other gamesLove and Other Games (A Very Sexy Short Story Collection)
By Ana Blaze, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller, & Melinda Dozier
Published October 1st, 2013
Swoon Romance
242 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from authors in exchange for an unbiased review
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About the book:

LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.

 

Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze

 

Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.

 

Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium.

 

With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.

 

Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier

 

US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.

 

Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she’s not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

 

The Girl behind the Gold by Aria Kane

 

Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans’ hearts.

 

“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.

 

The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want – but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.

 

Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller

 

Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player.

 

Despite Brenna Jessup’s abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she’s hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

 

When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn’t want apologies — he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it — and her — in the process.

 

I eat up and devour anthologies.  And I love the Olympics; the whole ritual of switching TV channels between the sports, watching at all hours of the day, and actually taking an interest in curling.  So I leaped on the opportunity to read and review this collection of short stories centered around Olympic sports.  I just had no idea these stories were going to be so scorching hot!  Seriously, like melt the snow off the polar caps hot!

If you’re looking for deep, intellectual studies on the art of conflict and the battle between warriors for the right to wear gold around their necks, you are so in the wrong place.  These stories are about LOVE, plain and simple.  We’re talking hook-ups with that someone special who’s touch causes fireworks to erupt on your skin.   Are they corny at times?  Sure!  Love at first or second kiss usually is.  These stories are for reading while cuddled on the couch when your brain is in need of a mental break.

These four stories are told in alternating POVs so you get the entire picture of what is happening between each couple.   Each story is quick and complimented each other, but still stood out enough that you saw each author’s unique style.  I can’t even tell you if I had a favorite story – I liked them all.

These wonderful short stories are, without a doubt, fun reads to get in the mood for the Olympics.  And last I looked, this collection of short stories was only 99¢ on both Amazon and B&N but I’m not sure when that will end.  So you can’t claim you have no money… dig it up out of the sofa!  I hear that’s going to be an Olympic sport soon!!

One thing I am sure of… starting this weekend, I won’t be able to look at the “real” athletes the same way again 😉

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Ana BlazeAbout the Author:

Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office.

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About the Author:

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua.

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Kara Leigh Miller

About the Author:

Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word.

In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers.

Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.

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MelindaDozier

About the Author:

Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda’s favorite past times. After hectic days of teaching English to middle school students, Melinda finds time to write and read in the evenings. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband, three boys and German Shepard. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they are grown. Melinda loves reality t.v., traveling, blogging and playing Words With Friends.

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Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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