Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ruck by Holly S. Roberts @MyWickedStories - Blog Tour and Giveaway @EJBookPromos

by Holly S. Roberts
Series: Completion, #4.5
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2015

Ruck me, maul me, make me scrum. Rugby is back and so is bad boy, Van Stelson. Love him or hate him, he’s decided that his brother’s happily married life might be what he’s missing.

It’s cold and miserable in Colt, Ohio and the single ladies need a hot male body to heat up their long, lonely nights. But now, Van’s taking a good long look at his friend, Danny. She’s dynamite on a rugby field and his go-to partner when he needs a drinking buddy. She’s not his usual type—dainty, feminine, or curvy. She’s athletic and independent and wants nothing sexually to do with the town’s playboy. Drinking him under the table and listening to his deepest, darkest secrets is another story.

Just friends. Can friendship build into something more without breaking hearts or will Van ruck it up again?

The Slam Tavern is already crowded when we arrive. I help Danny from the truck, but resist putting my arm around her to help her walk. I’ve pushed my luck already and I don’t need a black eye to match hers.

The cheers go up when we enter the tavern. A huge smile replaces the look of pain on Danny’s face and I take a second look. Maybe it’s the bandage and the bruise that bring Danny’s features to my attention. She has a really nice smile that lights up her eyes. No one should look that good with a bandage and bruise, but Danny carries it and it fits her tough-girl style.

As she greets her friends and takes high-fives, I take a third look. She’s attractive. Not my kind of attractive, but pretty is too mild and beautiful too far in the other direction. Some might refer to Danny as gangly, but after watching her on a rugby field with a ball in her hands, that flies out the window. She even walks like a jock. It’s more of a stride, without all the hip movement most girls use, and she swings her long arms to match her gait. I’ve never seen her fancied up in more than jeans and a loose tee. I can’t even picture her in a dress or, God forbid, heels. Her jeans and tees are never tight. With a large, beige Carhartt jacket during the winter, she’s pretty much shapeless. In hotter weather, she forgoes the jeans and jacket for baggy knee-length shorts and more loose tees. She’s wearing the tee, jeans, and jacket tonight, with her signature ponytail keeping the hair pulled back from her face.

She’s gazing away from me, and my eyes travel to her breasts that I can just make out inside the gape of her jacket. She has breasts, but the actual size of them is beyond me. I give her profile a thorough eye. It’s nice. Her body is large for a woman, but proportionate. I wonder why I’ve never looked at her as a possible hook-up. Then I give a small shake of my shaggy head. I can’t believe I’m thinking about Danny this way. Come on, Van, I tell myself. You need to get laid, and damned soon.

What a fun, quick read! I love friends to lovers stories, and I really loved how Danny turns the tables on Van when he realizes she’s the one he’s been looking for.

I loved both Van and Danny. It was easy to see they were perfect for one another…of course everyone but Van could see it! It was fun getting inside Van’s head as he starts to realize that his days of being the bad-boy man-whore are behind him and he’s ready for something real in his life. He’s the king of denial at first, but once he realizes that he’s looking for a future instead of a right-now he’s committed to making that happen. Danny was that great “one of the guys” character that underneath had a wonderful girly side that very rarely (if ever!) came out. The only thing I would have wished for Danny’s character was that she would have really given it to Van after he first tries to pursue her romantically – I would have loved to have seen/heard that – but knowing how insecure she is I can see why she reacted the way she did…and I love watching her make Van work hard for her!

This was a really great read that worked well as a novella. I didn’t feel the story was rushed. And even though their relationship moved quickly, they had a history so it didn’t seem like it moved to fast. Throw in some signature Holly S. Roberts dirty talk and sexy times, plus some secondary characters and story lines that added some additional depth, and you have a one fun story with emotion, heat and two characters who deserve their happy ever after.

This is the perfect read when you want to watch the hero have to really work for his happy ever after – in other words, a must read for everyone!

Also in the Series

USA Today Best-Selling Author Holly S. Roberts makes her home high in the Arizona Mountains with her husband and two spoiled dogs. She writes steamy contemporary romance as Holly, paranormal romance as D’Elen McClain, and mystery and adventure as retired police detective Suzie Ivy. You can find out more about her and her multiple personalities at

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