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LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze Melinda Dozier Aria Kane and Kara Leigh MillerWorth More Than Gold by Ana BlazeAmy Pierce the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart is used to being invisible But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper It’s a magical night but an awkward next morning has her running Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010 before an injury pulled him from the competition He’s there for his team but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good luck charm could give him another chance at the podium With a little bit of luck these two might have a shot at something worth than goldTrouble with Gold by Melinda DozierUS snowboarder and notorious prankster Ty Trouble Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers Reception and protocol volunteer Nadia Hoffman gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him but she's not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headuarters but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?The Girl behind the Gold by Aria KaneGreek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor While her no nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal it hasn’t won her a place in fans' hearts “Come back with a story that will make readers cry or don’t come back” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine With a wink and a smile he can charm his way into any invite only party but that career making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need Ice Gold by Kara Leigh MillerColton Campbell thrives on the fast paced adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player Despite Brenna Jessup's abhorrence for the games and the athletes she's hand picked as the official photographer for the US Olympic Hockey Team When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career she owes him Too bad for her Colton doesn't want apologies he wants retribution And he knows just how to get it and her in the process

10 thoughts on “Love and Other Games

  1. says:

    This was a fun read Each author took an athlete from the Olympic Games and wrote a mini love story Each excerpt was linked together by the search for ancient torch that is supposed to allow the holder to win the gold I especially enjoyed a story that included a snow boarder whose friends handcuffed him to a rail There was humor and sweet love in this book and was a great book to cuddle up on a cold weekend with 4 stars

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    Sexy encounters during the fictive winter olympics in Switzerland was what I was hoping for what I got were 4 short stories that all seemed a bit rushed and shallow The characters were amazingly similar even though each story was written by a different author I liked the binding element of a lucky torch they are all after to maximize their winning chances which was a nice touchThe sexy bits weren't bad actually but the characters were all stereotypes and boring their relationships never touched me Plus the authors were trying too hard to paint the background of snow and ice in my eyes I was hoping for behind the scenes events to get some of the olympic spirit but there was little provided I am afraidI read in a review that the mystical torch from 1938 was just such a bad pick because there WERE no winter olympics or summer olympics that year at all This alone gives the whole story and idea a bad tasteThe first story was the one I liked best It was worth 2 stars for me the other 3 just 1 star Sadly I really had hoped for some nice and funny sexy entertainment

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    Hot athletes Olympics Superstitions Sexy times What could you want?Love and Other Games is a collection of four short stories centered around the Winter Olympics I loved how the authors wove threads through the stories so they were interconnected This is a fun winter read My favorites were The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane and Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze 45 stars The publisher provided a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review

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    Each of these stories is a perfect one sitting one glass of wine read It's hard to fully develop two characters in the short space of a novella but I liked all of these couples and really rooted for them I enjoyed the way the stories weaved into each other oh so subtly so that this isn't a collection of four different stories but like four different episodes of the same show

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    LOVE AND OTHER GAMESAna Blaze Melinda Dozier Aria Kane Kara Leigh MillerRating Average 5 out of 5 stars LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four short stories all occurring at the Winter Olympics in Switzerland They are all stand alone stories with minor connections I would say its like a rom com marathon with lots of sexy included Who knew the Winter Olympics were so hot? TROUBLE WITH GOLDMelinda DozierRating 5 out of 5 stars A career driven and serious girl meets an playboy prankster with the nickname Trouble A little trouble can be really good Nadia Hoffman is a serious no nonsense goal focused Swiss babe working as a volunteer in order to obtain a job with the Olympic Committee Ty Trouble Madsen is a sexy snowboarder looking to win the gold but enjoying life along the way Everyone sees Nadia as someone who can't have funshe's too worried about her future and making her father happy Now she wants to prove she can be fun and what better way to do that than a little action with the fun loving snowboarder she found handcuffed in freezing temperatures wearing only his boxers? I'm talking underwear in the outdoor hot tub kind of fun OH YES Ty and Nadia have undeniable chemistry but she's intent on pushing him away to focus on her job He's determined to make her see otherwise and he can be VERY convincing I love this short story Melinda Dozier manages to pull you in and create a wonderful story in a little amount of time It was like watching a really funny and sexy romantic comedy Perfect well written light read Want a complete story in a afternoon? TROUBLE WITH GOLD is for you ICE GOLDKara Leigh MillerRating 5 out of 5 star WARNING Hot hockey player may melt the ice Brenna Jessup is being sent on assignment as the official photographer for the US Olympic Hockey team Only problem she has a bad history with Olympic athletes and sexy star center Colton Campbell has set his sights on her He's everything she despises about athletescocky arrogant but damn if that southern charm doesn't set her panties on fire Cole sees her iceberg attitude as a challenge because women usually throw themselves at him Brenna is determined to be a professional and keep Cole at arm's length but the chemistry is undeniable The testy banter between these two while Brenna tries to convince herself she's not going to jump him is priceless She is betrayed by her body every time she puts up a fight and Cole is relentless The things he does to melt her icy exterior are hilarious and she gives it right back I loved his charm and wit and sexy sense of humor Cole is a new favorite character ICE GOLD is a funny sexy short story that is sure to heat up a cold day The lovable characters and an endearing plot are a hit THE GIRL BEHIND THE GOLDAria KaneRating 4 out of 5 stars Lia Milonas hates the press she must do for her aerial skiing career Brandon James is a member of the press she who makes her feel as no other man has and can help her solve the problem no one really knows about Lia's family in Greece is on the verge of losing their family farm and their only hope are the sponsorships that come with being an Olympic medalist Problem is that Lia isn't likeable and the media coverage of her doesn't endear her to the fans therefore no sponsors There is a girl with a story but all anyone sees is a fierce competitor looking to win the gold Brandon is a journalist looking for a never been heard Olympic story Brandon will do what he has to get the story and lucky him that the story is tied up in a sexy little package that is Lia They can help each other but their mutual attraction is the only thing that takes the focus off their goals Brandon is good at the dirty talk and seems to be good at a lot of other things too Lia needs to wake up and play the media game Luckily Brandon steps in cause you kind of want to scream at Lia to stop being so stubborn THE GIRL BEHIND THE GOLD is a heartwarming and sexy short story Good light read that you won't regret WORTH MORE THAN GOLDAna BlazeRating 5 out of 5 stars Steamy Viking sexyup That certainly explained the soreness in places she didn't know she had muscles Erik Andresen knows that he won't be getting any medals at his last Olympics and he's okay with that He'll just enjoy and help the Norwegian Ski Jump team After a drunken fling with American Amy he shows up to ualifying and jumps like he did before his big accident Amazing Everyone wants to know what got into him but its like who he got into and that was Amy Amy Pierce is there to manage her little sister who is a star figure skater One night out with her friend at an Olympic party and she's waking up with hazy memories in the bed of the hottest man she's ever met She swears to forget this ever happened because she has a job to do Erik hunts her down cause he knows she must be his good luck charm and he also can't stop thinking about her naked I can't stop thinking about Amy's description of Erik naked She agrees to spend time with the Viking as she nicknames him but how long can she have him? Let me tell you there is a scene on a train that is SO HOT Seriously Ana Blaze writes some freaking sexy scenes WORTH MORE THAN GOLD is well written fun sexy cute on and on and on I felt it was the perfect short story Read it and enjoy ✳✳ Copy provided by the authorpublisher for an honest review✳✳ Reviewed on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews

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    Review originally posted here me first start by saying that I love and adore all things sports romance And getting the chance to see some other sports that aren’t typically represented in the genre was such fun However when reading a novella I find that I have a very VERY hard time believing in couples that say “I love you” after only a few days Each and every one of these stories had that and even so they all had a destined mate feel to the story That ruined the fun reading experience for me and by the end of the 2nd or 3rd story really negatively impacted my reading mojoWorth More Than Gold by Ana BlazeWhile all the other stories in this anthology focus a lot on the mystical torch that is said to bring good luck to all the competitors this story didn’t I liked that it was about Amy being Erik’s good luck charm and I liked how that worked out for their relationship It was fun to read about a heroine who had some strong athletic talent but gave it up because she knew her Olympic chances were slim to noneI really liked that Amy was able to develop a deeper relationship with her younger sister and those moments between them were some of my favorites However for me the romance started off with a bang literally and then somewhat fizzled out Don’t get me wrong the sexy times between these two were off the charts but I never really understood what it was that pulled Amy and Erik to each other Their chemistry was obvious to each other but as a reader I never really understood it Also given the fact that Amy was willing to pick up her life and move to another state because of a man she had known for just a few days was a little too out there for meAll in all I thought this was a super cute story and had some really beautiful parts to it However this was the last story in the anthology itself so I was extremely put off by the insta love and uick development of the relationshipI give Worth More Than Gold a CTrouble with Gold by Melinda DozierThis was the first story in the anthology and was a strong start to the anthology I liked that Nadia was a volunteer for the Olympics I thought it gave the story a different feel than most sports romance books I’ve read I liked Ty especially since he was so fun and carefree Yet when it came to courting Nadia he also went above and beyond to try and prove his devotion to her it It was sweet but again the insta love was a hard pill to swallowI also liked the fact that Nadia had to deal with some negative fallout from her family regarding her sudden relationship with Ty I thought it was a great sub plot to add in and I wish that it would have been explored further within the storyI give Trouble with Gold a B The Girl behind the Gold by Aria KaneI really liked the blurb of this story and while some aspects of it were perfect there were some that drove me crazy I loved that Lia was so stern and serious and that she was a little hurt by the fact that her public persona came across as bitchy instead of shy and professional about her sport I could feel her desire to do anything and everything to get some sponsorships in order to secure her family’s futureI liked Brandon as well except for his little secret keeping from Lia However I thought he also put forth a pretty grand gesture in showing her just how sorry he was and how much he wanted to patch things up between them I really felt for them and their relationship and was glad to see that there was no declaration of love just a promise to try and work it out That alone made this story my favorite of the anthologyI give The Girl Behind the Gold a BIce Gold by Kara Leigh MillerI loved the premise of this story however the execution was a little weak I thought Brenna’s reasons for hating athletes could have been developed and came across as a flimsy excuse However it was nice to see the “golden boy” be put in his place time and time again because Brenna refused to take his crapThat being said it also seemed like Brenna was uick to change her mind about athletes and Cole and jumped into bed with him uicker than should be normal On top of that these two seemed to fall in love the uickest out of all the couples and I had a really hard time believing in itI give Ice Gold a C All in all this anthology has some great parts mainly getting to see about the different winter sports and some bad ones hello insta love gone overboard While I thought all the stories had really strong and fun summaries I also think there wasn’t enough execution for the stories to really work for me Add in a few timeline errors between all four short stories and this anthology didn’t live up to the expectation I had for itI give Love and Other Games a C

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    Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze Rating 4 starsReview I enjoyed this story very much mainly because I thought that Amy was a great character to get to know She was caring and knew how to let go and take advantage of a once in a lifetime chance Although hesitant to get involved with Erik especially since she doesn't remember much about the night they met Amy was matured enough to keep her head but enjoy her time with Erik Erik too was a great character He was funny and sexy and treated Amy with respect I enjoyed the way he carried himself and how sure he was about Amy's place in his lifeAna Blaze did a great job of drawing me into the story with her use of humor and flirtatious banter All in all Worth More than Gold was a sweet funny romantic story with interesting characters and a couple of sizzling hot scenes that added to my enjoyment Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier Rating 375 starsReview This story was a bit hard to get through I don't know if it was because it was the first story of the bunch or because I couldn't connect to Nadia off the bat All I know is that I found that the beginning dragged in places However once the main characters got to know each other and spent some time with each other I started getting into the storyNadia was still a problem for me since I thought that she came across as cold and indifferent But as the story progressed I warmed up to her and came to understand where she was coming from In the end I was glad to see that she stood up for herself and started making her own decisionsI loved Ty He was funny and considerate He did fall hard for Nadia and it was cute to see him all out of sorts when she rejected himI was glad to see that Melinda Dozier developed Ty and Nadia's connection as the story progressed At first I saw them as an unlikely pair but through honest dialogue and stolen moments I could see that they complimented each other wellAll in all Trouble With Gold made for a nice read The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane Rating 4 starsReview This was one of those stories where you hope the main character develops as the story progresses This was the case for me with Lia I liked her fine as a person but she worried too much which only managed to make her unhappy I loved Brandon He was witty and charming and very very sexy He was one of my favorite heroes of this anthology not only because he stood for what he believed in but also because he made things right with Lia even when she was rejecting himAria Kane did a great job of bringing to the surface Lia's struggles and conflicting emotions regarding Brandon I loved that Lia and Brandon had such a combustible chemistry but it was the honest dialogue between them that kept me interested in the outcome of their storyAll in all The Girl Behind the Gold had a little bit of angst a lot of sexy and romance abound I truly enjoyed it Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller Rating 325 starsReview I was intrigued by this story because I love photography and wanted to see how it was worked into the story Sorry to say that it wasn't dealt with much but I got over it as soon as I met Colton To tell you the truth I had my doubts about him He came across as cocky and self centered but I gave him the benefit of the doubt I was glad to see that it paid off in the end Not only was he sexy and charming he was also considerate and sweetBrenna on the other hand was a lot harder to like She was too stubborn and I didn't care for the way she sometimes treated Colton Thank goodness that her behavior changed as the story progressed and she learned to let go of her precious controlKara Leigh Miller did a good job of bringing the romance and chemistry between Brenna and Colton through the page Their banter was enjoyable and their connection grew over timeAll in all Ice Gold made for an enjoyable readI received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion

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    Review Originally Posted at Book FreakRating 45 StarsIn Worth More Than Gold we are introduced to Amy – the clumsy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart She loves to work backstage and help her sister with her training But when an eager friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village – she caught the attention of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper With a little booze inhibitions were dropped and an amazing night followed But the next morning she couldn’t find her VikingErik Andersen wasn’t really expecting any medal He just wants to help the team on their standing But after one remarkable night his luck might have changed – during the final training session he did well enough to have a possible space in the podiumWhat I like about this story than the SUPER HOT SEX is the fact that the responsible sister is going to have her share of fun thanks to the Viking who’s showing her than just the Olympic village After what happened to her mother and the way she has taken care of her sister she deserves some breath of fresh airIn Trouble With Gold – I laughed out much here The US Snowboarders are naughty guys who have a lot of pranks in store for several athletes Ty was given a dose of his own medicine when his teammates shackle him into a fence on a very cold snowy night wearing only his boxers – until Nadia a volunteer had saved his balls from literally turning blueNadia was a professional – she was focused and career driven All she wanted was a job in the Olympics Committee Headuarters and this volunteer job would help her land it It didn’t help when she was ordered to babysit the US Snowboarding teamI loved Ty and the rest of the US Snowboarders They are fun but when it comes to their sport – they are a serious bunch I like how patient Ty was in thawing Nadia He knew he wanted her the first time he saved her But it would take a whole lot of hard work before he gets the girlIn The Girl Behind the Gold we met Greek aerial skier Lia She might be good she might have the biggest chance to win the gold – but she lacks sponsorship She wasn’t like much by the press because of her no nonsense attitude She wasn’t fun she wasn’t approachable – and that poses a lot of problems especially when her family needed a lot of money to surviveBrandon James’ needed to find a story for his magazine He was a charmer through and through – which gains him an entrance to an invite only party But the story he wanted to do was nowhere to be found until he meets LiaShe needed the sponsorship he needed a story – both of them strike a deal until a secret was found Suddenly Lia wasn’t so sure about him at all I love her – she was feisty and she knows how to get even But Brandon didn’t falter – he showed her that he really cares for herIn Ice Gold we meet Colton and Brenna whose antics had made me laugh as well He really knows how to get her attention and she knows how to get into his nerves as well He was the next big thing in hockey and she was assigned to take his photosBut one wrong move from Brenna had almost lost Colton his career She owes him too bad Colton wants MORE than just apology It was a battle of wits for these two people they are strong willed and stubborn Will Brenna be strong enough to fight the temptation off? Or will she give in?I was treated to a great romance anthology this afternoon Out of the four I couldn’t pick a favorite They were all sweet fast paced swoon worthy sexy steamy love stories that will fill your senses with heat despite the cold weather and make you fall in loveIt’s different stories with one common denominator – the Olympics How some athletes find not only luck nor the coveted medal in their uest for Gold – but they can also find love ★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review★

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    Posted on What I'm ReadingIn Love and Other Games we see four stories that center around the Winter Olympics However they have in common than the Olympics but some type of good luck charm Will each of our athletes find luck and love to; lets seeTrouble with GoldMelinda DozierThe best way to describe this novella is adorable We have Ty Madison aka Trouble an Olympic snowboarder Ty is aiming to win gold However his teammates decided to play a little joke on him Good thing they did because he was able to meet Nadia Hoffman He's all about having fun while she might be a stick in the mud When she's around Ty she starts to learn she can have fun and get what she wants Verdict CUTEIce GoldKara Leigh MillerI'm starting love stories with hockey player heroes Colton Campbell is the captain for the American hockey team He really doesn't have a problem getting ladies in his bed but when it comes Brenna Jessup there is no winning There's a couple of things Brenna doesn't like 1 Players and 2Athletes Sounds like Cole has his work cut out for him All Brenna wants to do is do her job and get out of Switzerland intact I really like this story You have a guy trying to get a girl who doesn't want anything to do with him makes for an interesting read Verdict LOVEDThe Girl Behind the GoldAria KaneIn this story we meet Lia Milonas who happens to be a Greek aerial skier Pretty cool Anyway she has a problem and she's not likable Lia comes off a bit standoffish because she doesn't have a bubbly personality Which causes problems when trying get sponsors Then Lia meets Brandon James who she believes is prospective sponsor Nope he's actually with the press Lia doesn't do well with the press How's this going to work? I actually really liked this story We have a vulnerable athlete but no ones it who meets in essence her enemy I like that Brandon tries to help her out Verdict ENJOYABLEWorth More than GoldAna BlazeI think I love this story the best We meet Erik Andresen who believe he didn't have a chance to be a contender but somehow finds away to be one with the help of Amy Pierce Now Amy is at the Olympics to help and support her sister but could there be a chance of romance Seriously Erik is swoon worthy In my mind I actually pictured Erik as Alexander Skarsgård Let's be honest he's pretty hot The description of Erik being a viking so I thought of True Blood's Erik Anyway I really like the story I could go on rambling about but I think I should stop Verdict SWOON WORTHYOverall these stories are all uick reads that are enjoyable They have elements of being cute lovable and yes swoon worthy They had me chuckling with oh god situation that made them light and fun That's what they are suppose to be light and fun So if you are looking for some light fun you might want to try Love and Other GamesCopy provided by the publisher

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    I got a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis review consists of a short review of each short story and a summary at the end This is the first contemporary short story anthology I read and I really enjoyed itTrouble with Gold by Melinda DozierTrouble with Gold was a fun and enjoyable short story A bit too short and a bit predictable but lots of fun Ty is a trouble maker and falls in love with Nadia who is only there for work It was nice to see how Nadia changes and finally had some fun although the changes did happen a bit fast The ending was nice although I would've liked to know how the story continues and what happens next Ice Gold by Kara Leigh MillerI really enjoyed this short story I loved the writing style and wanted to keep reading It is short but sastisfying and has both love and lust Ofcourse I think it was too short I liked both characters and was amazed at how much we learned about them in such a short story The focus was on the characters than on the rest of the story I also liked that this story takes place at the same time as the first story and the characters of the first short story are mentioned in this one I hadn't expected that looking forward to reading the other 2 stories and seeing how they connect to the restThe Girl behind the Gold by Aria KaneI really enjoyed this short story and read it in one sitting I really liked the romance and the passion between the main characters And I liked seeing Lia develop and change And her background story was great and sad And the ending was so well done really beautifull I really felt like I got to know a whole lot about these two characters in such a short story and ofcourse thought it was too short but most of it was nicely wrapped up by the endingThis is my favourite short story of these 4Worth More Than Gold by Ana BlazeI enjoyed this story I liked that Amy had a sister and I liked seeing their relationship develop a bit in this story This story felt too short for any real development and while there was obviously passion between Amy and Erik it just felt like there wasn't enough getting to know each other Nevertheless an enjoyable storyTo conclude I really enjoyed these 4 short stories they are a bit predictable and too short and due to the lenght there isn't much room for slowly developing a relationship Nevertheless is Love and Other Games a very enjoyable collection of 4 short stories centered around the Olympic winter games I did like this setting and how eahc short story made a mention about one or two of the other short stories so it really felt like this all took place at the same time Definitely worth the read if you are looking for some short hot romances set in a winter setting