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Her Best Shot: Hot & Nerdy # 1 by Shannyn Schroeder with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for Her Best Shot, Book One in the Hot and Nerdy series by Shannyn Schroeder.  Please be sure to check out the excerpt, see the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where five winners will get an eBook copy of Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder.

Book Review:

A quick and short read, this new adult romance, the first in a new series by Shannyn Schroeder fits the bill if you want hot, sweet and characters that are different from those you’ve met before.

Layla is in her last year of university, a dual maths and computers major at MIT, she and her friends have decided, at the last minute, to make this spring break count.  They are planning, at the last minute to travel to South Padre island for their last fling. But, since they all started this break in different places, they’ve got to travel to meet up. 

When Layla takes a rather circuitous route from her interview to Texas and ends up stranded with a broken down car in the outskirts of Atlanta, she reaches a breaking point.  Her whole life’s plan is thrown into a tizzy, and she isn’t quite sure of anything anymore.

A chance encounter with a long-haired pool shark gives her a bit of release, yet when her backpack is stolen, she’s out of options.  For his part, Phin is used to that instant attraction, and making do.  A gypsy who has left his family behind, he works as a mechanic and supplements his income with money he earns playing pool, including big tournaments.

These two are cleverly portrayed, playing well against one another and using their palpable physical connection to escape questions they’d rather leave unanswered.  Their easy-going rapport is comfortable, and Layla believes that she can escape the stress and fuss of her carefully planned life and the panic attacks that overwhelm her by giving it all up and staying in Georgia with Phin.  He, however, knows that she is meant for more, and when her car is repaired he stages a scene that will push her back to her life, and on to better things.  Neither expected their inability to move on or forget the other, and a not-so-chance encounter at a big tournament in Vegas brings them together again.

Hot, sexy and almost instant attraction are the hallmarks of this story. While I had issues with the repeated use of gypsy, most use Romany and the utterly incomprehensible choice of travel route from Boston to Texas – which would in no way bring you NEAR Atlanta if you only had a week, the story was exactly what I needed. Lust and attraction that morphs into something deeper and more integral for both characters, and they both did show some growth.

 

Her Best Shot: Hot & Nerdy # 1 by Shannyn Schroeder with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Her Best Shot
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Kensington
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 130
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About the Book:

With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat…

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

She held her cue in front of her chest, the line bisecting her, making it difficult to do anything other than focus on her breasts. He reread her shirt and began to think about pie. And Layla naked.

“So what’d I do wrong?”

“Huh?”

She moved the stick in order to walk, breaking his concentration on her chest. She neared him and asked, “Why did I miss?”

“You got cocky and it cost your concentration. The first two worked, and, although the third shot should’ve been an easy one, you lost your stance and your bridge was sloppy. You didn’t have enough control. You can’t ever spend time thinking about the last shot. Worst case, you focus on the shot at hand. Best case, you think two or three shots ahead.”

She tilted her head and narrowed her eyes. “How am I supposed to plan ahead if I don’t know where the balls will land?”

“You predict. Look, if I try to hit the three into the corner, it’s going to push others out of the way. Where are they going to roll? That’s how I’ll set up my next shot. I can force those balls to land where I want based on how I hit them.” He took a swig of his beer. Layla didn’t respond, but she absorbed what he said. He saw the understanding in her eyes and didn’t need the verbal confirmation.

“I want the five to move to the left, so I’m going to hit it on the right side with a little spin. I don’t want it to shoot far, just enough.” He leaned down and took the shot. The three swooshed into the corner pocket, and the five lined up exactly where he wanted.

Layla’s face suddenly brightened. “I got it!” She walked to the opposite corner and rattled off possibilities.

He nodded and then cleared the solids without looking up. Layla didn’t crowd him and she’d stopped flirting. When the eight fell into the pocket, he straightened and laid his cue on the table. Layla didn’t acknowledge him. Her gaze stayed locked on the remaining balls. Maybe she was so competitive that she was a sore loser.

“Can I clear the table?”

Her question surprised him and his face must’ve reflected that.

“I know you won, big surprise, but I think I see the shots I’d take and want to try.”

“Knock yourself out. I’m going to get another beer. You want one?”

“Sure. Thanks.”

Phin went to the bar and grabbed the beers. When he returned, she was racking the balls.

“Another game?” Layla asked.

“Sure. What are we playing for?”

“I’m a poor college student. I’m still not going to pay you twenty dollars.”

“Not confident in your ability, huh?”

“I’m confident in my ability, but you’re a shark. My money’s staying in my pocket.”

Phin moved closer and handed her a beer. “So what do you have in mind?”

She tilted her head, as appeared to be habit, and said, “A kiss. I’ve never kissed a guy with hair longer than mine.”

He reached out and ran his hand over the back of her head, where there wasn’t enough hair to grab. “Not hard to do. Besides, if you want a kiss, all you have to do is ask.”

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About Shannyn Schroeder

Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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