Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Giveaway, Review & Book Tour ~*~ Busted by Sydney Somers

Blurb ~*~

His game...her rules.

Hockey star Jackson Knight has a hundred reasons not to return to Promise Harbor, but none of them are good enough to get him out of attending his best friend’s wedding. Even with a career-ending knee injury, every puck-bunny in town will be gunning for him.

Worse, getting a pair of cuffs slapped on him at the bachelor party could ruin any chance of getting back in the game, even as a coach. Unless he can convince the arresting officer to smooth things over—by going to the wedding as his date.

Hayley Stone figures posing as Jackson’s girlfriend is the least she can do to salvage his reputation. Plus, having a man with a toe-curling smile on her arm will keep her ex off her back.

What starts as a simple plan to deflect small-town pot-shots unexpectedly becomes a sizzling night that hits Jackson like a full-body-check to the heart. Now he’s determined to prove that she’s the best of reason of all to come home—for good.

Warning: Contains a fiery powerplay both on and off the ice, skin-tingling forced intimacy, interfering grandparents, bear costume hijinks, a haunted house and the kind of game-changing chemistry worth fighting for.   

Excerpt ~*~

“Getting back to the wedding,” Jackson said, “we both have people we want to avoid later today. Going together just makes sense. We can bail each other out of any uncomfortable situations.”

“We could do that without being each other’s date.” The word nearly caught in her throat.

He shook his head. “Makes it more authentic if we go together, and it will keep the wolves at bay.”

“Wolves? Is that what you’re calling the puck bunnies who want you to autograph their breasts?”

He waved to someone across the street, leaving her to wonder if she was imagining the flush of color high on his cheeks? “Saw that, huh? Maybe you should have come over and saved me from her.”

“Since when does a player like you need saving? Besides, I was working.”

“I seem to remember the working part rather clearly.” He could have scowled at her, but smiled instead, a smile that had probably melted the panties off more women than Hayley could count. “I’ll pick you up at four.” With that he walked away.

Hayley poked her head out the window. “I didn’t say yes.”

“You didn’t say no either.” He slipped on his sunglasses and crossed the street to where he’d parked his car.

Hayley shoved her keys in the ignition and sat staring out the window long after Jackson pulled away. Exactly what had she just agreed to?

Author Bio and Links ~*~

A born and raised Maritimer, Sydney Somers fell in love with writing when she finished her first story, Jenny and the Glowing Green Mittens. After attempting her first book in high school, she set writing aside to focus on school. While getting her degrees in psychology and education, Sydney tried her hand at journalism between part time jobs before finally returning to her love of writing.

Twenty-five novels and novellas later, Sydney is thrilled to spend her days slaying demons, running with shape-shifter packs and making the people in her head fall wildly in love. When she’s not writing or curled up with a good book, Sydney can be found chasing after her herd of kids, talking her way into a gourmet meal, exterminating rogue dust bunnies or joking about the pending zombie apocalypse. She loves hearing from readers and invites them to contact her anytime.

Review ~*~

This is the third book in the Promise Harbor series and while it can be read alone, I think you will enjoy the town, the characters, and the mischief so much, that you'll wish you had read them in order. Jilted & Bolted are the first two books by fabulous authors as well. The fourth book is due out April 30th so there isn't a long wait to find out what actually happens in this small town!

Busted revolves around Jackson, ex-NHL hockey player & groomsman, along with Hayley, small town cop with a crush on Jackson since their school days.  These two characters really cracked me up.  They get into some pretty unique situations that just had me laughing out loud.  I love that both characters have relatively normal situations to stress over, which just makes us love them more, but they still manage to crack jokes with one another and diffuse some of the tense moments they get into. Both Jackson and Hayley have big shoes to fill in a small town.  Everyone seems to expect them to act a certain way and when they don't things tend to take adventurous directions.

Sydney Somers does a great job of getting the readers attention and keeping it throughout the story.  The small town antics that happen, as well as the supporting characters with their issues that you have to wonder about really make a reader keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. There is a nice recap in the beginning of Busted to let you know what is going on with the series in case you haven't read the first two books.  I really loved the premise of the series and while Sydney Somers is a new author to me, I am looking forward to picking up more of her books in the very near future. Her ability to write compelling characters with humor and angst really hooked me.

Giveaway ~*~
Sydney will be awarding a $20 Amazon, BN or Kobo GC 
to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow the Tour at this link ~ the more you comment the better your chances of winning! 
Good Luck!!!


  1. Thanks for sharing your review! The book sounds really cute and I really want to get a chance to read the series!!

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  2. Thanks so much for letting me drop by. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book! It was a really fun story to write and I hope I'll get the chance to revisit Promise Harbor down the road.

  3. I love hockey, I can't wait to read the story.


  4. It sounds so great. I would like to read the entire series.

  5. I am soooo looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for sharing an excerpt, and I'm glad you enjoyed the novel!


  6. Interfering grandparents - i like that part!

  7. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

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  8. Very nice review

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