Thursday, May 29, 2014

{Blog Tour + 2 Reviews + Giveaway} Grooming the Player & Hiring the Player (Campus Players Series Books 1 & 2) by Allie K. Adams

Grooming the Player & Hiring the Player
Campus Players Series Books 1 & 2
By: Allie K. Adams


Don't hate the player...
Bainbridge University sophomore, Emma Rae, embraces her title of perpetually single. All the guys at BU are total players, and if there's one thing Emma hates more than anything, it's a player. 
Learn to play the game...
Ryan is tired of being the embarrassment of his frat house. Being a Delta means he should be playing the field, a different girl every night, just like the rest of his frat brothers. But he's the king of nerds, as they constantly remind him, and has never even had a real girlfriend. Hell, he isn't even allowed to live in the Delta house, instead living in a mod behind it. 
He begs Emma to turn him into a player. In return he'll bring her to the Delta DASH--the party of the year. As an underclassman, Emma isn't allowed to the DASH without a Delta escort. She quickly agrees, knowing she can turn him into anything, as she's done with so many of the ghosts of boyfriends past. 
She updates his image, teaches him how to flirt, how to kiss, and even how to drive a girl wild with his heated touch. She's groomed Ryan into the ultimate player, which is exactly what he wants.
The problem is she turns him into exactly what she wants too and must now decide whether this Project Em's Way is her greatest creation... Or her ultimate downfall.

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{Details} ebook, 164 pages, Published December 2nd 2013 by Allie K. Adams (first published November 30th 2013). Source: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Allie K. Adams and Tasty Book Tours

{Rating} 4/5 -- I really liked it!

"So he says, 'We need to talk'." (page 1, line 1)
Grooming the Player was full of awkward and embarrassment, of sweet and tender moments, and had me laughing out loud. I loved the characters and the vibe of college, of the stupid and insane things you do.

Emma is forthright - she'll say anything - she's strong and vulnerable, confident and terrified, pragmatic and hopeful, and she's hopeless with computer passwords and intimidated by eggs. I loved Ryan. Smart and brave and sweet and a gentleman and the way he sees Emma, looks at her, the things he says to her? Swoon. I enjoyed them together. Though Emma thinks Ryan needs to be groomed, both Emma and Ryan have lessons to learn, what really matters, who matters, who they really are.

It's a fun story but it's also a very sexy story. Sexy with a good amount of awkward - I won't spoil that part but it had me laughing and cringing and rooting for them to get it right.

When life gets you down... 
Kayla Riggs is three weeks from graduation and has yet to have one college experience worthy of a memory, let alone a story to tell people later. Her BFFs make a deal with the player next door—show Kayla how to have a little fun before she settles into a life of mediocrity.  
Hire a player to pick you up... 
Jake Swanson only has a few weeks left as a cadet for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department before he can take his practical exams and be hired on permanently. The last thing he needs is a group of crazy women insisting he grant his cute-yet-boring neighbor three insane wishes—one for each week left of school. The only kicker is that she can’t know about the wishes or the deal is off.
When they offer him a deal he can’t refuse, he agrees to show Kayla how to have a little fun, and in turn has a lot more fun with her than he expected, or wanted. Now he must choose between keeping his word, or losing his heart. 

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{Details} ebook, 171 pages. Published May 20th 2014 by Allie K. Adams. Source: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Allie K. Adams and Tasty Book Tours

{Rating} 4/5 -- I really liked it!

"Being alone sucks." (page 1, line 1)
Short and hot - in more ways than one - a fun storyline and awesome characters. 

I adored Jake. He's a firefighter. He's protective - wait until you read why he lives where he lives - he can cook, he's a hero, he's a player. Or he was. He has fallen hard for Kayla, a stubborn, control freak who fights him every step of the way. Kayla was more difficult to like, she's rigid and regimented but she has a good heart and though it takes awhile - a long while - we get to see who she really is.

I liked Jake and Kayla together. Not only can they not keep their hands off of each other they are good for each other, the rule maker and the rule breaker. 

I loved Kayla's friends, crazy, daring, and supportive, more like sisters than friends. I so want to read their stories. Emma and Ryan also show up, not that you need to read their story, Grooming the Player first, but you'll fall even more in love with Ryan in 'Hiring'. As much as I enjoyed seeing them again Adams scared me with what happened; I swear that if things had gone differently I would have stomped on my kindle.
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Author Info
Allie K. Adams is the bestselling author of several award-winning stories. An active member of the search and rescue, as well as previously served as a reserve deputy, Allie has firsthand experience in most of the dangers she writes about. Known for her highly erotic, deeply intense suspense romances, she can be found most days in front of her computer, saving the world one sizzling story at a time. She grew up in Seattle and now currently lives in southwest Montana with her husband, two kids, and two fluff ball dogs.  
She loves to hear from readers and encourages them to reach out to her through her website at

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  1. I love how it's not YA and not adult, but something in between. It's the perfect mix between the two and I've come to find that lately I've read mostly NA =)