Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Love and Other Games

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway:
Love and Other Games

BookCrushin is happy to participate in the Love and Other Games Blog Tour & the sexy winter Olympic anthology has a new cover! To celebrate, the authors are giving away a nook! In today’s post you will find all the book information, my rating, spoiler-free review and a tour-wide giveaway!


 Love and Other Games new coverLove and Other Games by Ana Blaze, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller & Melinda Dozier

Category: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: October 1, 2013
Purchase: Amazon, B&N, Kobo

[book rating=4.0/5.0]

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.


Spoiler-Free Review:

I will admit it right off the bat: I am a huge fan of the Olympics. Yes, I like most major league sports too, but the Olympics are different. I never feel more pride, patriotism or excitement as I do when the Olympics are on. I want Team USA to smear the floor with the competition and win it for themselves & our country. You can bet that my DVR will be recording the upcoming games so I can watch as much as I can! I also barely read contemporary romance books so I figured I could give this one a shot since I knew I could connect to the subject matter at least. So now that is off my chest…I absolutely loved each and every story in Love and Other Games!

Each mini love story is cute, fun and sexy! They each had overarching themes of sportsmanship, superstition and luck, which all took place at the same Olympic Games in Switzerland. I thought it was really fun that each story slyly remarked about another aspect of one of the other stories.  All of the characters/athletes made me do some serious laughing and swooning! I knew the Olympics were a time of much patriotism and competition but who knew they could be so damn fun & sexy too! I know this is a work of fiction but you know damn well I will be thinking about what the athletes are doing behind the scenes when I watch in February! So do yourselves a favor and grab a copy of Love and Other Games to get you in the mood for the Winter Olympics in just a few weeks!

My really only issue with this anthology was the insta-love, I prefer a more drawn out realistic story of falling in love. However, I definitely understand that each mini love story was just that, a mini love story so there is only so much space to fill. I don’t read many anthologies so I don’t have much material to compare it to, so it is still a 4 heart book in my opinion. The stories had too many redemptive qualities to really let this drag my enjoyment down.

[book rating=4.0/5.0]


What readers are saying:

“It’s like a rom-com marathon with lots of sexy included. Who knew the Winter Olympics were so hot?” ~Book Nookie Reviews

“Four short stories full of lust, love and laughter. Each story was enjoyable to read and hard to put down.” ~Author Katie L. Thompson

“I fell in love with each one of these stories (and guys).” ~White Zin Bookends



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