April 23, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 6 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
by Everafter Romance
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Treat yourself to the book Publisher's Weekly calls an endearing romance: "Like Huxley, readers won’t be able to resist falling under Bea’s spell."

Falling for your surly boss is a rotten idea.
Letting him saw you in half is even worse...

Beatrice Baker may be a struggling artist, but she believes all hardships have silver linings...until she follows her boyfriend to New Orleans and finds him with another woman. Instead of turning those lemons into lemonade, she drinks lemon drop martinis and keys the wrong man's car.

Now she works for Huxley Marlow of the Marvelous Marlow Boys, getting shoved in boxes as an on-stage magician's assistant. A cool job for some, but Bea's been coerced into the role to cover her debt. She also maybe fantasizes about her boss's adept hands and what else they can do.

She absolutely will not fall for him, or kiss him senseless. Until she does. The scarred, enigmatic Huxley has unwittingly become her muse, unlocking her artistic dry spell, but his vague nightly activities are highly suspect. The last time Beatrice trusted a man, her bank account got drained and she almost got arrested. Surely this can't end that badly...right?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

New Orleans Rush is a book I knew I was going to love, but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! It’s a romance that takes place in New Orleans, and one of the main characters is a magician!

I love how quirky the story was. Huxley is a magician, who ropes Bea into being his assistant after she accidentally damages his car because she got it confused with someone else’s. The jobs the characters had in the novel were a little out there, but it really added to the experience of the book. This was just such a fun story. There were so many parts of the story that are unrealistic, and in any other book I think I would have rolled my eyes, but I ate it all up here!

“Imperfections made people unique, each story and flaw mixing the colors that mapped their lives.”

Bea is such a great character. She’s still trying to figure out her life. She’s going through a lot, she moved to a new city with her boyfriend who immediately dumped her once they got there, and on the run from someone who is trying to hurt her because her dad owes him money. She’s usually a happy go lucky person, but she’s on her guard and doesn’t want to be hurt anymore. I loved seeing her grow and learn to trust Huxley and his brothers.

I really enjoyed Huxley as well. He’s the oldest brother, and in charge of keeping his family’s theater running. He’s under a lot of stress, and even though he has his brothers as a support system, he tries to do everything on his own. I loved reading about him falling in love with Bea, and learning how to trust others.

Overall I really enjoyed this novel and definitely recommend it! I’m totally going to pick up a physical copy on review day because this is a book I know I’ll want to reread when I need a pick me up.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 23, 2019 by Berkley Romance
Format: eARC
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4 Stars

A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

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Fumbled is the second book in Alexa Martin’s Playbook series. It follows Poppy, a single mom, and TK, a football player who made an appearance in the first novel Intercepted. The two characters run into each other after nine years apart and have a lot to catch up on.

Poppy is a single mom, raising her son all alone after her boyfriend’s mom kept her from TK to try and “protect” him. When the two run into each other at Poppy’s work, they have an immediate connection, but Poppy worries how she’s going to tell him about their son Ace.

The family dynamics in the novel were phenomenal. The way Poppy, Ace, and TK interacted with each other was so realistic. Poppy and Ace had a great mother/son relationship, and I loved seeing Ace and TK’s relationship grow. And of course Poppy and TK’s relationship was so sweet. I loved seeing the two immediately hit it off after running into each other again, and seeing them figure out their relationship now.

A big part of the book was a discussion on CTE and ALS and other degenerative diseases pro football players have a higher chance of getting. I love that this was a big part of the novel because I think it’s important to bring awareness to CTE specifically, and I’m glad it’s finally getting more of a spotlight.

Overall this was a great second novel in the Playbook series, and I cannot wait to read the next book later this year!


  1. Great reviews, Victoria! I’m mighty curious about the Kelly Siskind so I appreciate reading your thoughts on it. I also really enjoyed Fumbled so I’m glad to see that you did too. 🙂

    • Thanks! I highly recommend it, it was so fun to read. Yay, glad you enjoyed Fumbled as well! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

  2. I really enjoyed both these books. Martin has won me a loyal fan with her fabulous heroines and fantastic love stories. There were a lot of things I liked about Rush. I loved seeing the bond between the brothers grow, the magic was fun, and Bea was an utter joy. I was not the biggest fan of the criminal plot. It’s just not my thing. But overall, it was a good book and I need to get my hands on that epilogue she is putting out.

    • Agreed, they’re both such good books! I’m so excited about the next book in the Playbook series! I loved the relationship between the brothers as well, and also felt that the criminal plot was just kind of added in but wasn’t really necessary. I had no idea there’s an epilogue coming out, but now I NEED it!

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