21 January 2014

Love and Other Games By Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane & Kara Leigh Miller - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Love and Other Games
By: Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane & Kara Leigh Miller

LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.

Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze

Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.

Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium.

With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.

Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier

US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.

Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she's not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

The Girl behind the Gold by Aria Kane

Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans' hearts.

“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.

The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want - but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.

Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller

Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player.

Despite Brenna Jessup's abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she's hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn't want apologies -- he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it -- and her -- in the process.

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In Worth More Than Gold, we are introduced to Amy – the clumsy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart. She loves to work backstage and help her sister with her training. But when an eager friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village – she caught the attention of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. With a little booze, inhibitions were dropped, and an amazing night followed. But the next morning, she couldn’t find her Viking.

Erik Andersen wasn’t really expecting any medal. He just wants to help the team on their standing. But after one remarkable night, his luck might have changed – during the final training session, he did well enough to have a possible space in the podium.

What I like about this story, more than the SUPER HOT SEX is the fact that the responsible sister is going to have her share of fun thanks to the Viking who’s showing her more than just the Olympic village. After what happened to her mother, and the way she has taken care of her sister, she deserves some breath of fresh air.

In Trouble With Gold – I laughed out much here. The US Snowboarders are naughty guys who have a lot of pranks in store for several athletes. Ty was given a dose of his own medicine when his teammates shackle him into a fence on a very cold snowy night wearing only his boxers – until Nadia, a volunteer, had saved his balls from literally turning blue.

Nadia was a professional – she was focused, and career driven. All she wanted was a job in the Olympics Committee Headquarters, and this volunteer job would help her land it. It didn’t help when she was ordered to babysit the US Snowboarding team.

I loved Ty and the rest of the US Snowboarders. They are fun, but when it comes to their sport – they are a serious bunch. I like how patient Ty was in thawing Nadia. He knew he wanted her the first time he saved her. But it would take a whole lot of hard work before he gets the girl.

In The Girl Behind the Gold we met Greek aerial skier Lia. She might be good, she might have the biggest chance to win the gold – but she lacks sponsorship. She wasn’t like much by the press because of her no-nonsense attitude. She wasn’t fun, she wasn’t approachable – and that poses a lot of problems especially when her family needed a lot of money to survive.

Brandon James’ needed to find a story for his magazine. He was a charmer through and through – which gains him an entrance to an invite-only party. But the story he wanted to do was nowhere to be found until he meets Lia.

She needed the sponsorship, he needed a story – both of them strike a deal, until a secret was found. Suddenly, Lia wasn’t so sure about him at all… I love her – she was feisty, and she knows how to get even. But Brandon didn’t falter – he showed her that he really cares for her.

In Ice Gold we meet Colton and Brenna whose antics had made me laugh as well. He really knows how to get her attention, and she knows how to get into his nerves as well. He was the next big thing in hockey, and she was assigned to take his photos.

But one wrong move from Brenna had almost lost Colton his career. She owes him, too bad Colton wants MORE than just apology. It was a battle of wits for these two people, they are strong-willed and stubborn. Will Brenna be strong enough to fight the temptation off? Or will she give in?

I was treated to a great romance anthology this afternoon. Out of the four, I couldn’t pick a favorite. They were all sweet, fast-paced, swoon-worthy, sexy, steamy love stories that will fill your senses with heat despite the cold weather and make you fall in love.

It’s different stories with one common denominator – the Olympics. How some athletes find not only luck, nor the coveted medal in their quest for Gold – but they can also find love. 

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Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a chihuahua.

Kara Leigh Miller
Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word.

In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, new adult, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers.

Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she's not reading or writing, she's thinking about reading and writing. And when she's not doing that, she's spending time with her family and friends.

Recently, Kara has taken on the position of Managing Editor for the Surge Imprint at Anaiah Press, LLC -- a Christian fiction press. She's working exclusively in the young adult and new adult line. 

Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd.  She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at 

Ana Blaze
Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office.

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  1. Thanks for reading, reviewing and helping us spread the word! I'm so glad you enjoyed our anthology. :)

  2. Thanks so much for hosting us and for reading! <3