Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ and *RRBB REVIEW*: Intercepted by Love by Rachelle Ayala

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Title of book: Intercepted by Love #1
Rachelle Ayala is not only the author, she is the editor and cover designer too.
Page #: 120 pages
Official release date: March 21
Official genre of book: Contemporary Romance (Sports)
Content warning: Steamy scenes and some language

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Pro quarterback Cade Prescott’s last play was to lose the Super Bowl for his team. To escape the bad press and recover from the disastrous season, he changes his appearance and hides away at a sleepy university town.
Andie Wales’s first love is researching ancient bad boy kings. She is blissfully unaware of the Super Bowl and modern day bad boys. When her dog meets and mates with Cade’s dog, Andie’s first concern is to get her dog to a vet. She gets waylaid by Cade and his hunky good looks and has no idea just how out of her league Cade is.
Despite his secrets, Cade feels differently about Andie and thinks he might be falling in love. Unfortunately, his past catches up with him, and he is forced to make a difficult decision. Can a professional athlete and a research librarian truly prove the axiom that opposites not just attract, but were meant for each other?

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A man wearing a knit watch cap stared at her. His eyes moved from her face down to her toes, then traced a sensual path up between her legs, around her belly, lingering at her breasts before moving to her lips.
“What are you doing here?” she hissed in what she hoped was an authoritative tone. “This is the private antiquities collection.”
She’d have him know she was a librarian and a researcher. He, on the other hand, looked like a brute.
Wide shoulders, thick neck, strong jaw with several day’s growth of beard, dark brown. Honey colored eyes. He was either a lumberjack or a stalker, and she was alone deep in the stacks of the library, underground in the bowels of the university. No one would hear her scream. No one would find her body.
He chewed gum and blew a tiny bubble, his pink tongue pointing at her after the gum popped. A smirk lifted one side of his mouth as if he expected her to chastise him for chewing gum.
She obliged. “No bubblegum in the library. I’m going to have to ask you to leave unless you show me your pass.”
Andie certainly hadn’t given him a pass. She’d have remembered him. A man like this giant standing in front of her would cause quite a stir at the circulation desk.
“Sorry, ma’am.” He spread his empty hands. “I heard a noise and thought to investigate. Can’t have any mice chewing up precious documents.”
“A noise?” Holy macaroni. Could he have heard her squeak of delight when she fingered the artist’s rendition of David in the nude?
Quickly, she shut the thick tome and crossed her arms. “Since you don’t have a pass, you must leave.”
“I suppose you could give me one.” His eyes swept her chest, causing her nipples to stir.
Oh, right, her name badge.
“Andie Wales, would that be a Miss or Missus?” The man’s drawl drew shivers up and down her spine.
“Miss, but to you, I’m Head Librarian, and I’m sorry. You must fill out a form in triplicate and have your driver’s license examined before I can issue you a pass.”
“Can’t you make an exception for me?” The giant’s eyebrows perked. “I’m sure you know who I am.”
Andie picked up the heavy book and placed it back on the shelf. Arrogant guys pissed her off, although truth to tell, if this guy had been in this small college town more than twenty-four hours, the entire village would have been buzzing about him.
Handsome, rugged hunks didn’t frequent the backwoods of upstate New York, no matter how picturesque the town and how brilliant the fall colors and slippery the waterfalls were.

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Part 1:

5 Stars!

The story of Cade and Andie (first of 4).
Cade is famous for being a pro football player, and screwing up in the last minute of the Super Bowl to cause his team to lose. He shaves his head bald, grows a beard, wears colored contacts, and heads off to the other side of the country to hide out for a while from the press.
Andie is a librarian, obsessed with King David (of Biblical fame).
When they meet in the library, Andie is in a bit of an embarrassing situation.
An interesting attraction ensues, with both of them second-guessing each other at various times.
I really enjoyed the first part of this story!  I really felt as if Cade grew a lot as a person, even in this short bit of the story.  It's a light little romp with some funny moments.
I wondered how the author was going to end it, and boy was I surprised!  What a cliffhanger.  I can't wait to read book #2!

Romance Readers received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Part 2:

4.5 Stars

The continuing story of Andie and Cade (book 2 of 4).
Andie is a librarian that specializes in King David (of biblical fame). Cade is a pro-football player.
After a budding relationship in book 1 in new York, the action moves to Los Angeles, where Andie has gotten a job as a research assistant on a movie series about King David.  Cade is back working at the football team where he had lost the Super Bowl at the beginning of book 1.
This story picks up where book 1 left off - only 5 months later.
I hesitate to give many details, because it will spoil much of what happened in book 1.
So, what I will say, is that the story continues.  I was not happy with a several instances in this book, as I felt it was out of character for Andie (many times).  But, I guess that could be considered more 'real life' like. 
A few new characters are introduced.  I DESPISE Ronaldo!  I will not say why, but if you read it, it will be obvious.
I do look forward to books 3 & 4, and hope they come soon.  I saw the cliffhanger coming for this one, so I wonder what the next book will bring!

Romance Readers received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.




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BOOK #2 IS NOW AVAILABLE

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Intercepted by Love, Part 1 ~ Part 2 ~ Part 3 & 4 (coming soon)
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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.
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