Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog Tour - FIGHTING CONNOLLYS by Roxie Rivera

Fighting Connollys Series 

by Roxie Rivera
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Fighting Connollys Series Book #1
In Kelly's Corner

by Roxie Rivera
 September 27, 2013, Night Works Books

After a stalker breaks into her home, internet entrepreneur Bee Langston decides Kelly Connolly is the only man who can help her—but  seeking help from the former Marine isn’t easy, especially after she made a spectacular fool of herself trying to kiss the sinfully sexy bodyguard.

When Kelly spots Bee weaving her way through the Houston nightspot where he’s working security, all those feelings he’s desperately tried to deny for his best friend’s sister come flooding to the surface. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, even if means getting up close and personal with the one woman he simply can’t have.

Soon, Bee’s stalker isn’t his only problem. His gambling addict father is tangled in a mess of debts to two of Houston’s toughest loan sharks. With the family gym on the line, there’s only one way for Kelly to make everything right. He agrees to fight for the Albanian mob in an underground bare-knuckle fighting tournament.

But winning the tournament and saving his family’s legacy comes at a high price—one that just might cost Bee her life.

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(Fighting Connollys #1)
by Roxie Rivera
Release: September 27, 2013, Night Works Books

My rating:  3.5 of 5 ⭐️

Code writer and growing internet mogul, Bee Langston finally concedes she can't handle the threats of her stalker on her own, and calls in the help of Kelly Connolly. The man who has had her tied in knots for years, but has turned down any and all advances, but the only one she trusts completely. With the threats too close to home now, she will have to push her embarrassment to the side.

Having been in love with his best friends' younger sister for years, has weighed on former Marine, Kelly Connolly's mind. Especially since she kissed him last New Year's and he proceeded to avoid any contact after that. You don't touch a friend's sister, especially when the friend died in combat, in your arms. But when Bee approaches Kelly with a look of fear stamped all over her face, guilt and concern for her safety take the place of apprehension.

Between keeping Bee safe and finding out who is sabotaging her company, as well as trying to keep his gambling drunk of a father out of the clutches of loan sharks, Kelly has his hands full. With no choice but to keep Bee close by his side, it seems futile to fight the feelings he has kept hidden for so long and when Bee responds eagerly to his advances, there simply is no holding back.

But pride has him fighting his own family's battles, quite literally. Kelly has to go back into the ring to fight for his family's safety and won't allow Bee to help. Bee is just as determined to keep her man safe. But once a trust is broken, the heart often follows suit, and in this case might lead to a loss of life.....


Successful, independent and rich nerd, meet hot, protective ex-Marine Alpha!!

Great combo, these two characters. 
I love the rich nerd, cerebral & klutzy Bee, who, despite her great success developing web programs, has not changed her ways or her looks or anything from when she was a student. The fact that she is somewhat of a genius, doesn't make her any less of an insecure woman than any other woman around. But she is by no means a pushover. With a backbone of her own, she has been taught by the best in biz, to be quite the 'killer' in the boardroom as well. Even though she doesn't quite look the part, in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops......

Youngest of a trio of strapping ex-military brothers, Kelly has done his service for his country....four times over. Growing up with their abusive father has only bonded the brothers closer together, and when one is in trouble, all stand to back him up. Bee's brother was like one of his own, and out of respect for him, Kelly had kept his distance, but once that line was crossed, he knew there was no way back. He now struggles with his own worthiness, having only finished high school himself, there was no way he could ever dream to 'take care' of Bee in every way he thought he should. She would always be worth so much more. 

An interesting dynamic. A quick insta-love, but I guess in this instance, the writing had been on the wall for years. The chemistry didn't have a nice slow build up and therefore was not as convincing as it might otherwise have been, however, that did not stop the love scenes from being blistering hot. Ms. Rivera certainly knows how to turn up the temperature!!

The storyline, with its multiple angles and twists, was interesting and provided enough action and suspense to balance out the romantic aspect. Although at times I felt there was almost too much going on in too short a time frame and too few pages.

All in all a great, satisfying read!

✨Action, mobsters, steamy sex, underground fighting, klutzy nerds...did I mention Steamy Sex?✨

**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**

Fighting Connollys Series Book #2
In Jack's Arms

by Roxie Rivera
 January 28, 2014, Night Works Books

When pawn broker Abby Kirkwood discovers the evidence of a chilling drug cartel hit on one of the video cameras hocked in her store, she turns to the only man she can trust—Jack Connolly.

The smolderingly sexy former Marine runs a successful gym down the street and coaches her brother's special needs baseball team. He's the one man who is always there when she needs him. If anyone can protect her family, it's commanding, capable Jack.

The moment he learns someone is threatening Abby and her brother, Jack sees red. To save the woman he's secretly loved for years, he'll do whatever it takes, even if it means facing off with a Mexican drug cartel and making deals with the same Albanian mob outfit that tried to ruin his family.

He finally has sweet, feisty Abby right where she was always meant to be—writhing with pleasure in his bed and safely sheltered in his arms. The vicious cartel assassin hot on her heels has no idea what he's up against.

The Connolly brothers are standing strong together—and no one touches their family.

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(Fighting Connollys #2)
by Roxie Rivera
Release: January 28, 2014, Night Works Books

My rating:  3 of 5 ⭐️

After the death of her grandfather, Abby Kirkwood was left the care of her younger brother and the family pawn shop. When her shop is broken into for the second time, she starts suspecting these were not simple break ins. Her concern for her brother her highest priority, she ends up discussing her troubles with his baseball coach and the owner of the gym where he likes to hang out. Jack Connolly also happens to be the man who has had her eye for years.

When former Marine and gym owner, Jack Connolly gets wind of the potential threat to Abby, he makes quick work of ensuring she is under his protection. And when they discover this isn't a simple case of neighborhood gangs vying for territory, but a much larger game involving the Russian mob and a Mexican cartel, he is not willing to let her out of his sight at all.

Jack has been in love with Abby for years, but their timing always seemed to be off. This time,  however, he wasn't going to let anymore time go wasted, and no one was going to lay a hand on his woman or her brother. 


Action galore!! Second book in the Fighting Connollys series and again we have involvement of the mob, the cartel, this time an MC and more criminal involvement than you can imagine. 

Also once again a case of insta love, where there really isn't any build up of a relationship, because that apparently has already happened off-scene. Here I am afraid I couldn't pick up on the chemistry. Even though the love scenes are steamy in description, they left me fairly unmoved. 

So much goes on in this story, it is actually difficult to keep track of everything. The names, the connections, the enemies, who hates who and why.....it all becomes too much to retain and it is too bad, because I love the idea of the plot!! If half the complexities around the plot where cut away, and deepened out a bit better, I would probably have enjoyed it so much more. Instead, it felt rather choppy and hurried, trying to cram as much information in relatively few pages.

Ms. Rivera doesn't seem to have a problem to keep all her strings well in hand though..... There is some overflow from the first book into this one, and already we can see the beginnings of what I am sure will be the next brother to fall victim to love.

✨Spicy love against the underbelly of Houston.✨

**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**

Fighting Connollys Series Book #3
In Finn's Heart

by Roxie Rivera
 April, 2014, Night Works Books



I like to write super sexy romances and naughty erotica that make your pulse pound. You can get updates on new releases by visiting my website (roxierivera.com), signing up for my newsletter (http://eepurl.com/sX-z1) or liking my author page on Facebook.

I also write erotic romances as Lolita Lopez including the red-hot GRABBED series for Ellora’s Cave and the upcoming Dragon Heat series from Forever Yours/Grand Central.


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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! This sounds like a fun series! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing! Looks like a great series!