Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hot-Lanta Series by Meghan Quinn Spotlight with Reviews

Caught Looking Synopsis:
"What a fantastic concept for a book, think soap opera, without the dramatic stares before commercials." 

"SHIT hits the fan, betrayal comes in the biggest of forms, new friendships bloom, love finds its way back, and grief sneaks up on us like the devil in disguise!" 

Things are starting to heat up in Atlanta, or at least in Jane’s celibate life of two years. On the two year anniversary of her nasty split between her and her ex, Jane’s friends, Molly – class “A” filthy mouth – and Albert – flamboyant dresser extraordinaire – decide it’s high time Jane drops the conservative persona, let loose and start to have some fun once again. 

Brady Matthews, Atlanta Braves first baseman and well known through the media as Atlanta’s gigolo, thought he was just taking his new teammate, Michael Banks, out on the town. Little did he know Michael’s friend from college, Jane, was going to show up at their table and turn his world upside down. 

When Brady meets Jane, he is instantly attracted to Jane’s innocence and inner sex kitten but the last thing she wants is to be thrown into another relationship with such a publicly known man-whore especially after her heart was broken so devastatingly. Brady makes it his mission to win Jane over and make her see him as the man he actually is, not the way the media perceives him. But it is not that simple. Wedding plans, spring training, ex’s, old college friends, the paparazzi and gossip magazines seem to keep getting in the way of Brady’s goal to earn Jane’s heart. 

Caught Looking goes through the love lives of Jane, Brady and their group of friends fighting the hardships of cheating, trusting, losing love and trying to find it once again. In one of America’s hottest cities, the gang heats up the sheets while their lives entangle together causing heartache, suffering through loss and finding love….hopefully.

My Review: 5 stars
This was the first book in this series, and it started off with a bang. I've read books that were from the POV from one of two characters, but Meghan takes this series beyond that. This book is from multiple (4-5) POV's and just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. This was an extremely well written book that so many thing going on, I don't even know where to begin and where to end. There's Molly and Luke, they've been together for a while and toward the end of the book we're getting ready for their wedding. Brady and Jane, complicated but still wonderful. Jane was in an awful relationship and felt like she wasn't good enough, then she meets Brady and he wants her from the minute he sets eyes on her. Michael and Kelly, who are new to the area, with Michael having been traded to the Braves. They are all tied together by Michael, Molly and Jane who went to college together. This is such a complex book, with multiple plot lines, twists, turns and a couple of serious WTH moments at the end. Ok, there are a couple in the book that leave you wondering what just happened. But the couple at the end, damn. I'm looking forward to reading the next book to find out what happens next to all these lovely people. Meghan is a fantastic writer, and she's found a lifelong fan in me. Everything I've read by her is not only interesting, but the characters are so well written, I can't say enough.

Playing The Field Synopsis:

The gang is back and this time there is a wedding to celebrate, except that is the last thing on Molly Meyers’ mind. After losing her fiancé, Luke, two years ago, the last thing on her mind is helping her best friend, Jane Bradley, plan her wedding and celebrate the annoyingly, obnoxious, lovey-dovey relationship Jane has with Braves first baseman, Brady Matthews. 

Austin Lee, rookie outfielder for the Braves finds himself in the middle of a blonde tornado known as Molly. When her fiancé died, he gave her space and time to heal but always admired her from a far. Never in a million years did he think he would be bedding his dream girl and planning a future with her starring as his leading lady. 

Patty O’Neil, abuse victim and Jane’s friend, finds herself struggling to let any man back in her life. Marc Sullivan, Braves catcher and Brady’s best friend, wants to be that man in Patty’s life but is finding it awfully difficult to crack the wall Patty built around herself. Patty wants Marc as a friend but Marc wants more. 

Lucy Reynolds, Austin’s best friend and Molly’s worst enemy never thought she would find the love of her life while sitting in a café, eating Greek food and reading her Kindle but she did. Connor Cartwright luckily came into her life and she couldn't be happier. The only problem is…he is Luke’s brother, something Molly can’t seem to accept. 

"Playing the Field" goes through the lives of the Hot-Lanta gang as they tangle a drama filled web together, screwing each other, lying to one another, and sabotaging each other’s lives. Follow their story as once again the drama unfolds, feelings are hurt, slaps are thrown and Hot-Mess Molly tries to make everyone just as unhappy and miserable as she is.

My Review: 5 stars
Just when I didn't think things could get any more complicated, Meghan upped her game. If you haven't read Caught Looking - Stop now and go read that. You need to. Damn, This book has many of the same characters from the first book, but also introduces more and things get even more complicated. This book starts two years after the end of the last book. Molly is a mess after losing the love of her life and is self-destructing. Austin is trying to be the man in her life, but she's not letting him in. At least not all the way. Marc found his forever in Patty, in the first book and this one shows how that all plays out. The road is long and winding, twisting and painfully turning before things between these two even come close to a resolution. There's Lucy, who is Austin's best friend, but has always wanted more. Things happen between them and then, IMO, Austin shows his true colors. That's not the only time he does it either. Lucy is strong and pulls herself back together, decides she's done being second best and puts Austin behind her. Then she meets the delectable Connor, who is Luke's brother. Molly does not like that Lucy is dating Connor, and turns into even more of a super bitch. Jane and Brady are getting married, and that just propels Molly into an even tighter self-destructive spiral. I swear, this series is like a soap opera, there are so many POV's to consider. Then at the wedding after Brady and Jane leave, so many things happen like domino's falling, but in so not a good way. There are so many twists and straight out u-turns in this book, and I loved every minute of it. You get the full run of emotions in this series, and the last minute WTH moment that was there just caught me by surprise. Meghan wrote a fantastic book that topped the first in the series, hot damn, I can't wait for book three which I know she's writing, and is coming soon. I need to know what happens next for everyone involved. I think I'm looking forward to this one a bit more than normal, because Meghan is crossing over a couple of characters from her Love and Sports Series to Holt-Lanta. What can I say, I'm addicted to Meghan's writing. She writes very well and I love her characters. They're so real; snarky, sarcastic, bitchy, whiny, loving, supportive - everything you can think of. I just want more.

About Meghan Quinn

When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn't take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch. It wasn't until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven't turned back since.

You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.

​I currently reside in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children.

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