Thursday, September 27, 2018

Review ~ CONSEQUENCES AND REDEMPTION by Wendy S. Marcus


Consequences and Redemption
by: Wendy S. Marcus
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: September 20, 2018
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Unexpected babies. A plea for help.
For twin brothers, stepping up leads to love.


Consequences

Ren Monighan is living the dream, running his very successful business from a condo overlooking beautiful Miami Beach – not that he’s around much to enjoy the view. He spends so much time traveling between professional and college football teams, filming practices and creating virtual reality play simulations, he has none left over to look for love. But passing a few naked hours with a pretty bartender fits into his schedule just fine.

Anya Solokov has been working hard to make a better life for herself in New York. She’s moved past her days of scrounging for food and doing things she isn’t proud of to survive. An MBA from NYU will guarantee her independence and ensure she never has to scrimp and save or go hungry again. When an unplanned pregnancy puts Anya’s lifelong goal in jeopardy, Ren’s ready to step up. But headstrong Anya won’t accept his help unless he comes up with a plan that works for them both.

Redemption

Ryan Monighan is one of the most popular players on the Miami Thunder Football Team. An all-star running back, he always makes time for his fans. They want a picture? He smiles pretty. An autograph? He’s always got a marker handy. Too bad the only thing sexy, sassy Kiley Ivers wants from him is the one thing he will not do for a fan. And she won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

Kiley Ivers is barely keeping it together. After losing her family in a tragic car accident, she’s left alone to run the family bakery and care for her thirteen-year-old nephew, Tyler. The sole survivor, he’s stuck in the hospital, depressed and in pain. And Kiley will do anything to get his favorite football player to stop by for a visit. Even go out on a date with him.

When things heat up between them, Kiley is on board with a short fling, as long as Tyler doesn’t find out. She plans to be a respectable guardian for her impressionable young nephew. Unfortunately, nothing in Ryan’s life stays secret for long.

If either of these descriptions sound familiar, Ren and Ryan’s novellas, that together make the 2 in 1 that is Consequences and Redemption, were originally published individually as part of Carly Phillips’ Dare to Love Kindle World. Ren’s story as A Dare with Consequences. Ryan’s story as A Dare Without Regret. While each story stands alone, reading them together enhances the reading experience, which is why I’m reissuing them as a 2 in 1.



Consequences ~ Review

Wendy S. Marcus has used elements found in Carly Phillips’s Dare to Love series to create a loveable and endearing couple. Consequences is an easy read without a lot of drama. A dare between college friends results in a one night stand and an unplanned pregnancy. Ren Monighan is a funny, amazingly likeable guy from the very beginning. Anya Solokov is likable as well. She’s strong, independent, feisty and doesn’t take grief from anyone. I’m pretty sure I have a girl crush on her.

One night and one dare changed their lives forever. When Ren discovers Anya gave birth to his twins, he pulls out all the stops to make sure she knows she and the babies belong with him. But Anya isn’t about to play the damsel in distress role and bend to Ren’s will. Compromise becomes the key to these two having the life the Island of Eden has planned for them.

I simply loved this story because of the characters and their actions. My only complaint is that I wish the story was longer.

Rating: 5

Redemption ~ Review

Miami Thunder Wide Receiver Ryan Monighan is looking for love. Well, he’s not exactly looking for love, but an encounter with strong minded, sassy Kiley Ivers is about to change his mind.

For the past two months, Kiley has barely been keeping her head above water. After losing her whole family, she is running the family bakery business and finds herself the sole guardian of her thirteen-year-old nephew Tyler. Things for Tyler haven't been going so well and Kiley is hoping Ryan can change things around for him.

Kiley has tried for weeks to get Ryan’s attention to no avail. She now refuses to take no for an answer. When his hand is forced, Ryan ends up meeting the one woman who can change his life.

Ryan is serious, yet playful and I fell for him in Consequences. Kiley is the perfect heroine for this playboy. She doesn't give him an inch. She could care less about his celebrity when it has nothing to do with lifting her nephew’s spirit. Their attraction is immediate. Their intimate moments are good, but it’s their verbal back and forth interaction that shows how good these two are together.

**Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 5

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Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.

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