Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Public Lives Series by Clare James with Giveaway, Excerpts & Review

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Clare James
A Steamy NA Romance
Talk to Me (Public Lives, #1)
Release Date: June 9, 2014


  *Caution: This story contains explicit sex scenes with an alpha hockey player … who gives an entirely new meaning to the term Body Checking. *

Finn Daley took the world by storm two years ago when he was drafted by the NHL. The young, handsome, high-scoring player quickly became a fan favorite. He had everything going for him: fame, fortune, a promising career, and his pick of women. But when he made an abrupt exit from the NHL last spring, everything changed and he’s been in hiding ever since.

Casey Scott plans to find out why.

After interning for free all summer at the top television station in the Twin Cities, Casey lands an on-air gig. Trouble is, the new role is Sports Girl—which means reporting from local bars and tailgating parties to create excitement for the hometown heroes. All while wearing tiny team jerseys that are so tight they leave little to the imagination.

But she has a plan. Uncover the biggest sports mystery of the decade, and she’ll be on her way. Question is, how far will she go to get the story?  

My eyes instantly zoomed in on his scar. It was the first thing I noticed.  A jagged line that began at the middle of his forehead and disappeared into his dark eyebrow.

It was him. There was no doubt. But he was in disguise. 

Yes, he could hide everything else. His tight athletic body under ill-fitting sweats. His piercing gray eyes under a pair of dark sunglasses. His sculpted face (which, incidentally, should’ve belonged to a classic movie star rather than a hockey player) covered under a week’s worth of scruff.

His scar, however, was not meant to be hidden.

Finn Daley got that badge of honor in his first NHL game. It made a bloody mess of the ice, not to mention his beautiful mug. Somehow, on him, the scar worked.  A flaw to show he really was human.


My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This was completely unexpected. I liked what Clare did with the entire story line. Casey is trying to find a story, she decides she's going to get the real reason why Finn Daley quit hockey and finds an in with him. What she doesn't expect is for her body to want him as much as it does. Finn has issues - what issues we don't really find out for certain. I have an idea in mind, but can't be certain until I read book two, Just Listen. I really enjoyed the back and forth in this book between Casey and Finn. I would like to point out that Casey tried to tell him what she had had planned, but Finn talked her out of saying anything further just that moment. Finn and Casey are sparks flying, instantly attracted, no denying what you feel people. I do believe what happens is a huge misunderstanding, because of that night. I can only hope they Casey and Finn find a way to really talk to each other and get the real story. I do have to let you know that there is a cliffhanger, but it's not like any I've ever experienced before. I will say that I can't wait for the next book and will sit down and devour that because I am dying over here to find out what happens next.


Just Listen (Public Lives, #2)
Release Date: June 23, 2014

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  *Caution: Just Listen contains explicit sex scenes between an alpha hockey player trying to begin a new life and an ambitious reporter who will do just about anything to get her story … Conflict of Interest doesn’t even begin to describe the trouble these two get into.*

Aspiring reporter Casey Scott knows it was unethical to get involved with retired hockey star, Finn Daley, but she did it anyway. Happily. She also knows that she should tell him about her assignment, but she can’t seem to do it. No matter how many times she tries. With Finn, Casey experiences intimacy, pleasure, pain, comfort, and a strange sort of stability. Things she’s not yet willing to give up.

But when she finally uncovers his secret, the decision she has to make is harder than she ever imagined.

For Finn, his past, present, and future are colliding. And when he discovers the truth about the woman he’s grown to love, and the one he let get away, his world comes shattering down around him. With everything on the line, there’s only one person who can help. But is it too late?

Just Listen is the gripping conclusion of Finn and Casey’s story that began in Talk to Me.  


Casey’s face dropped the second the words left my lips. I hurt her.

Damn straight.

She deserved it. She crushed me.

But after you see the worst in people – like I did from the agents, team owners, PR people, friends and acquaintances who wanted a piece of me at one time or another – nothing fazed you anymore.

“Well, then,” she glared at me. “Talk.”

The freaking balls on this girl!

The only reason I didn’t let Dr. Hart bring in security and haul her little ass away was because I enjoyed competition … and revenge. I was not going to let this green, no-name reporter get the best of me.  

Purchase the series
 Talk to Me (Public Lives, #1)
 Just Listen (Public Lives, #2)
    Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ B&N 

About the Author
Clare James is the author of steamy contemporary romance and new adult novels: BEFORE YOU GO, MORE and DIRTY LITTLE LIES. A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on—mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. A fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, Clare spends most of her time lost in books. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son—and loves to hear from her fans. Find her at: @clarejamesbooks   

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