Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Hardball by CD Reiss


Hardball
by CD Reiss
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2016
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Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.

Hardball is a SMOKING HOT, SEXY romance with a touch of angst and a ton of heart from CD Reiss. It's a fun, witty, full-length standalone meant for the over-eighteen crowd.


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5 'Dash Wallace' stars

Look no further if you are in the mood for a fun, smart, witty, charming and sexy romanceHardBall had it all in spades. I know CD Reiss is famous for her kinks, but don't you even worry about the BDSM element because it was very minor and only being hinted at. I'm a little bummed that there isn't any whipping involve. Well, a girl can't has it all.

I'm sure everyone will loves the heroine, Vivian Foster right from the start. She feels so real and relatable. A grade school librarian who loves her underprivileged kids and everything baseball. Recently got dump by her loser boyfriend, she was having a little self esteem issue, but that didn't deter her from putting her best foot forward.

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I was a public school librarian with a reading habit, and he was a mysterious and gorgeous athlete with the grace of the wind. Our paths had no reason to cross.

Dash Wallace is the star baseball player. He is perfection from the outside, and from the inside, he is quite a mysterious guy. The one who keep his personal life away from the limelight. I'm not one to swoon over any good looking guy on page, but Dash really did make me weak on my knees, whenever he quoted Shakespeare.

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"Grace on my lips, and if those hills be dry, stray lower where the pleasant fountains lie."

Their interaction was the main highlight of the book for me. Their texting and flirty banter is turning me into a giggling school girl. Or maybe is every girl fantasy to capture the attention of a famous jock and the said jock actually turns out to be a total geek like you. What are the chances?

"Were you feeling all right?"
"No, not at all."
"Bellyache?"
"Yeah, a two-month bellyache called Vivian-itis. Symptoms include desperate longing and inability to do anything but feel like a douchebag. Patient can't do shit on the field but stand there like an ass, wondering what the fuck he's doing with his life. It's chronic. No known cure."


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There are a lot of references towards baseball, which left me feeling puzzle. I don't watch baseball. Give me English football anytime, and I will know all the technical terms. Anyway, not knowing what the heck they are talking about didn't deter my overall enjoyment of the story.

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About the main crisis in the book, is all about superstition. I can't believe baseball player or more accurately Dash Wallace is such a superstitious man. I thought we Asians are hardcore, he is worst. Omg! He had so much routine and tradition that he needs to stick with in order to win. Poor Vivian is torn between feeling flattered and burdened to be his lucky star.

"Be my ever-fixed mark. Be my north star."

I find the dilemma faced by Dash towards the end was pretty fitting. Before it all went down, I'm a little worried about his stubbornness and strictness towards his game plan. I'm also worried for Vivian, whether is she being too compromising for the man she loves. So a great applause for CD Reiss for making the ending such a perfection. This is the kind of book I don't mind rereading again and again.

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I was a small man in a big world I didn't understand. A fool and a fraud. A gambler whose luck had run out. I was a meaningless ball of thoughts and fears with no control over the way my life unfurled. But with her, I wasn't afraid.




CD Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.


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