BLOG TOUR: Tomboy by Avery Flynn

How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?

Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.

But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.

At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.

Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.

But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.

Title: Tomboy
Author: Avery Flynn
Series: The Hartigans
Pages: 235
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
Hot Buttons: n/a


This is the first of the Hartigan series that I have read - in fact, the first I’ve read of Avery Flynn at all. But it will definitely not be the last. This book was amazing and so much fun that I just want to buy everything else she’s ever written and read it right now!

While I liked the premise of the book, there’s always the worry that this will be one of those books where tomboy Fallon will get a makeover in order to make her “worthy” of hot hockey man, Zach. Luckily, it wasn’t like that at all. But not only was it not like that, it managed to handle the whole ‘tomboy’ issue even better…by hardly making it an issue at all. Oh sure, there were the social media comments about Fallon’s femininity, and a few minor occurrences of her own insecurities - but that was it. She was a tomboy in the way she had brown hair or long legs. I just loved that, as it really sends the message that we’re all different but that’s not a bad thing and doesn’t define us or make us more/less worthy of love. We’re here for the romance and that’s all that really matters.

And oh boy - what romance. I adore an enemies to lovers romance and Fallon and Zack really did shoot sparks off each other whether they were hating each other or loving each other. The banter was second to none - especially the little text battles which had me squealing with delight. And the little butterflies in my stomach did a happy dance as our hero and heroine started to realise just how much the other was starting to mean to them. But they fought it all the way - naturally!

I devoured this book from start to end. It was the kind of book that sucked me into the story from the very first page and reminded me why I started to read - and love - romantic comedy. Hot romantic comedy, no less. And there were enough naughty shenanigans and dirty chat to keep me very entertained and very happy!

As I mentioned, this was the first of the Hartigan books that I have read - a series focussing on the large, complicated Hartigan family. All their names begin with F just to keep that air of confusion around them. This book stands completely alone although I definitely want to go back and read the first two in the series. In this book we’re also introduced to Zach’s hockey team and I understand that this will branch off into a new series where they find their own love interests. And those will be bought immediately by me, too. Having never even see a hockey game/match/whatever - and really taking little interest in the sport - I’m all in for the hockey romances. Sigh.

I would happily recommend this book to anyone who loves a smart, sassy and sexy romance - I hope you love it as much as I did. And yes, in one scene Fallon does indeed arrive on a skateboard - just like her cover. Just in case you were wondering!


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USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.



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The blaring ring echoed off the bare walls of the nearly empty mansion as Fallon Hartigan marched down the hallway with murder on her mind.

As soon as she got to the source of that ringing, she was going to give Harbor City what they wanted most and kill the most-hated man in hockey. Sure, she might get arrested, but the metro area would probably throw her a parade. She turned the corner and stopped dead in her tracks outside the open double doors leading to the overpriced defenseman’s bedroom.

The man—who’d been puking his guts up less than twenty-four hours ago—was in the middle of a king-size bed, wearing nothing but a smirk and a bed sheet that was draped so low across his hips that she could see miles of those V lines south of his hard abs. Like she was a newbie nurse on her first set of rounds, her breath caught, and a blush she most definitely did not want to appear started to burn her cheeks. Damn her pasty Irish skin.

Still, she had to admit, if only to herself, that the view was fucking amazing. The man was a professional athlete and had the muscular, inked-up chest to prove it. Practically against her will, her gaze traveled over the plentiful ink across his pecs and lingered a few breaths too long on his silver nipple rings.

Seemingly indifferent to her perusal, Zach swiped his thumb across his cell phone’s screen, ending the incessant ringing.

“About time,” he said, his voice a mellow, low rumble. “I’ve been ringing for you for almost ten minutes.”

He dropped his phone on the small table next to the bed and then lounged against the headboard, managing somehow to look down his nose at her even with their current height differential.
Forget killing him, she was going to go after her bestie. It was Lucy’s fault Fallon was even here.

She squeezed her eyes shut and counted to ten as she recalled all the reasons why the man was a menace and not the solution to her three-month-long sexual dry spell.

He was a selfish player.

He was surly to the press, to the fans, and probably to his neighbor’s dog.

He’d banged a puck bunny tattooed with the logo of the Ice Knights’ most hated rival.

She counted to another ten while remembering why she couldn’t off him.

He was Lucy’s client.

He was, for some incomprehensible reason, one of her bestie’s friends.

He had the skills to turn around the Ice Knights’ sofar shitty season if he could remove the giant chip from his shoulder and start playing as if he actually liked hockey again. 

Exhaling a deep breath, she reopened her eyes and barely noticed his muscular shoulders this time as she moved away from the door. 

There. All better. 

She’d managed to pack away the Hartigan attitude, and her temper hadn’t even made an appearance. Bully for her. Now to get back to that cool, clinical demeanor she strove for whenever she was on the clock. 

“You rang?” she asked, managing to keep a good 73 percent of her annoyance out of her tone as she walked farther into the room.


The Hartigans' Series:


BLOG TOUR: Smooth Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates


Welcome, one and all to this special blog post which is part of the Smooth Talking Cowboy Blog Tour from Mills & Boon.

Smooth Talking Cowboy is a contemporary romance set in fictional Gold Valley, where prim and proper Miss Olivia Logan finds herself rather inconveniently attracted to the handsome rogue - and smooth talking cowboy himself - Luke Hollister.

I love to read all types of romance - billionaires, blue collar workers, geeky guys, royalty - you name a type of hero and I’m probably all in. But there’s something about a cowboy that sets my little heart all a flutter and I was keen to find out why. Why do we love a cowboy so, and why do we keep coming back for more?

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Howdy ma’am.

Yes, ma’am.

Morning, miss.


I’m not saying manners are dead in our modern world but it sure is nice to hear someone giving proper respect and manners to people. It’s a trait that can be admired in anyone, sure, but when it’s coming out in that slow drawl I associate with a cowboy, I’m ready to be respected.


And speaking of slow… is anyone else just constantly on the go? We’re always driving, texting, watching, chatting, helping. It’s a lot in a very short time.

Now picture a sunset.

There’s a cowboy on a horse at the edge of his land.

He’s watching, waiting for that sun to go down.

It’s peaceful and slow and it’s so thrillingly calming that I want to rip open the pages and jump right in to get a bit of that peace for myself.

Hot Bod

I’m not going to get all superficial and shallow here (oh wait - yes I am!) but our cowboy heroes tend to have rocking bods with abs for days.

But the best part about this is they come by them honestly. A hard days work, toiling the land, tending to the animals and getting their hands dirty produces a sculpted physique that it would be plain rude not to appreciate!

Men with a capital M

Cowboy country is man’s world. While the cowboys respect women, they still tend to be on the more uncivilised, less polished side.

They are sweaty, rough and are comfortable in their world and in their skin. They don’t mind their own company - some might even crave the solitude.

Unless it comes to their love, of course. That’s when they’re out of their depth, perhaps with their feelings, perhaps with the best way to proceed.

Personally, I love it when a man’s man finds himself at sixes and sevens because of a woman. It’s some sort of balance in the world!


A woman who knows her own worth is a dangerous thing.

A man who knows his place in the world is just as dangerous.

He makes no excuses and no apologies. He knows what he wants and he goes out and gets it and that’s an incredibly sexy trait - albeit dangerous, if even just to the heart!


Going hand in hand with manners - cowboys are known as very respectful to all those around them, especially women.

And who doesn’t get all hot under the collar for a man who both wants her madly and respects her deeply?


Cowboys are known as men of integrity and honour.

In romance novels you often find a cowboy hero being brutally honest with the heroine about things she perhaps doesn’t want to face, and/or the parameters for their relationship.

And while they say what they mean and mean what they say, that doesn’t preclude them from changing their mind when they realise that they’ve fallen in love.


Off the ranch, a cowboy likes his whiskey and his women. He wants to have a good time - wants everyone else to have a good time, too. No-one who leaves his bed leaves unsatisfied.

He doesn’t need commitment and he doesn’t do messy emotions. He’s calm and collected and so laid-back that it’s hard to resist. But then why would you want to?


To read my review of

Smooth Talking Cowboy

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The Gold Valley Series:

Smooth Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

An unforgettable love story about what happens when opposites attract.

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing!

First she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.

Good girl Olivia has always been off limits to Luke.So why does she get to him like no one else? Luke ‘s supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he wants to let go.

Title: Smooth Talking Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Series: Gold Valley
Pages: 315
Genre(s): Contemporary, US, Cowboy
Hot Buttons: briefly touches on the effects of a loved one's suicide, and the effects of a loved one's addiction <-- highlight to reveal (may contain spoilers)


This book has been on my wishlist for ages - I’m a sucker for, well, most of the tropes contained in the book - laidback cowboy, bad boy / good girl, opposites attract, fake to real romance, enemies (sort of) to lovers… But when I’ve got a book that I can’t wait to get my hands on - I often find myself disappointed.

I was NOT disappointed by this book in any way at all.

This is the first book in Maisey Yates’ Gold Valley cowboy romance series. Having said that, with a few characters popping up who already seem to have their happily-ever-afters, I’m assuming that this series is an offshoot from the Copper Ridge series. You don’t have to have read any of that series to enjoy this one. And there are also plenty of other characters popping up that I’m hoping will also get their own happily-ever-afters in future novels.

This is the kind of book that you can seriously get lost in. It’s got small town charm in spades but it’s the writing that really pulls you in and make you feel part of what’s going on. The language, the imagery, the descriptions of the scenery and of life itself - everything draws you in and keeps you reading long past your bedtime!

I loved Olivia even if she’s not your usual heroine. She’s definitely a good girl but she’s also controlling, a tiny bit manipulative and wants everything her way or no way. And the fact that I still loved her shows the skill of Ms Yates’ writing. There was a vulnerability about Olivia despite her actions. And while she did things to get what she wanted (manipulate Bennett in order to win him back and get him to propose, for example), she was honest with herself and when she realised she was wrong - she admitted it and tried to change. She was just a little bit lost and this really was a journey of discovery for her, as well as her romance.

The leading man in this case was Luke. Ah, Luke. He is the kind of hero that I dream about. He was laid-back and carefree but partly as a way to keep people at arm’s length. He was a cowboy through and through - a man’s man - but he was also a little damaged and didn’t feel himself worthy of the love of anyone, let alone a woman like Olivia.

I loved the banter between the pair. How they took each other out of their comfort zones. How they drove each other crazy - in only the best way. How they completed each other and couldn’t stay away from each other - even if they had wanted to. I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other. And then there was that word that made butterflies appear in my stomach and made my heart ache: Finally.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It had everything that I need for an enjoyable romance - engaging characters, honest attraction, chemistry and a happily ever after that made me sigh. 5 stars from me and 5 more for that stunning cover. I could stare at it for days. Gorgeous.


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The Gold Valley Series:

The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true…

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she's inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he's not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it's going to be to walk away...

Title: The Good Ones
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: Happily Ever After Book 1
Pages: 336
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
Hot Buttons: divorce, death, abandoned kitten <-- highlight to reveal (may contain spoilers)


This is the first book of Jenn McKinlay’s that I have read and I can definitely see myself picking up others from her in the future - especially the next book in this series. Despite this, I had very mixed feelings about this particular book.

Firstly, the book is a standalone novel and the first in the Happy Ever After series. I’m hoping that the next book, The Christmas Keeper, features Savy and Quino who popped up - and shot major sparks off each other - in this book.

The writing is snappy and engaging and it was absolutely no trouble to keep those pages turning. And - oh boy - the banter was top notch. It really was applause-worthy and I felt myself laughing, nodding and appreciating the genius of Ms McKinlay’s gift of the dialogue.

The premise, too, had me rubbing my hands together with glee. Dreams of opening a bookshop (with a turret, no less) made my heart go pitty pat.

So what was it that stopped this book from getting higher than a 3 star rating? Sadly - it was the relationship between Ryder and Maisy. To be honest, I wasn’t sure - in the beginning at least - that they were right for each other.

Ryder meets Maisy and, due to her appearance and small stature, thinks her a college student and barely older than his teenage daughter. He actually thinks this and doesn’t amend his perception for quite some time (two or three meetings and much interaction, I think it was). He then is a wee bit rude about her age so she corrects him - and suddenly he’s all over the lust he feels for her. Yet not 5 minutes beforehand he thought she was a kid. And I’m supposed to cheer for this relationship? It made me feel a little bit uncomfortable, if I’m honest.

At the same time, Maisy flirts with Ryder, lusts after Ryder and etc - all the while thinking he’s married. Girl - when you find out a man is off limits - you shut it down. Not feeling the love for Maisy with this kind of activity, even if nothing happened between them at this point. But to give Maisy her due, Ryder was still wearing his wedding ring. We get some story about him not wanting the attention of other women and he doesn’t want a relationship so wears his ring. I didn’t buy it and I felt like there was some sort of emotional cheating going on until everything was explained. But by then, it was stuck in my head.

With that start it took me a looooong time to get into this book and to actually cheer for the characters. It didn’t help that it’s definitely more of a meandering type of read rather than action packed. But I started to get over my initial impressions of the characters and I can say I liked them at the half-way point. Loved them at about 75%.

Ryder was a good hero even if he hadn’t ever heard of Jane Austen. (No, really). He redeemed himself by the end of the book though. And while I’m not one to go gaga over a man with a kid - the relationship between Ryder and Perry was cute as a button and did make me like him just a little bit more.

And the way that Maisy was written was just wonderful. Authors often have a hard time writing quirky characters and have them come across as a normal person. In this case Maisy had quirks and she owned them - and she felt as real as you and me. I liked her a lot.

Ryder and Maisy together was also a great combo. They balanced each other out and I was happy for them to reach their happily ever after together. Despite a rocky start for all of us.

As I said, I had mixed feelings about this book. There were lots of good points but the first meeting(s) of Ryder and Maisy really dampened things for me for a while. I am keen to read more about the other characters we’re introduced to so I will be keeping my eyes on the Happy Ever After series if nothing more than to get some tips on how to open a romance bookstore! 3 stars.


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