Friday, December 9, 2016

BLOG TOUR, 5 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Meet Me Halfway (Off Field #2) by Kim Carmody

 

Today is our stop for the blog tour of Meet Me Halfway by Kim Carmody! Check out the fantastic new romance, and grab your copy today!


An ambitious journalist on a fast track to success.

A round one draft pick determined to keep his personal life his own.

And a documentary that proves sometimes opposites really do attract.


Olivia Callahan is a woman on a mission. When she lands a career defining opportunity in the male-dominated world of sports journalism, she knows it’s make or break time. Olivia’s boss has given her the green light to produce her very own documentary, and she’s not going to let anything get in the way of perfection.

After a few setbacks in college, Nate Sullivan is finally on his way to the big leagues as the newest recruit for the New York Warriors. Determined to put his somewhat colorful past behind him, Nate’s all about the straight and narrow as he sets out to prove he’s worthy of the first round draft pick that’s caused so much debate from fans and media.

The last thing Nate wants is to delve into stories from his past. But when his new team directs him to set the record straight, he has no choice but to cooperate with the feisty, determined reporter who shows up on campus. Olivia is thrilled that Nate Sullivan is her man. His colorful background is just the thing to take her story from memorable to award winning.

What neither of them expected is their attraction to one another, yet try as they might, determination gives way to temptation eventually. As Nate battles to protect his privacy and Olivia fights to produce the story of her career, they must decide what they’re willing to give up in order to gain each other.


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Lexington and 42nd
Book one in the Off Field series. 
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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review.


Olivia meets Nate when he becomes the subject of a sports documentary that she is producing. A documentary that will help her move up in the world of a male dominated industry. Nate has been drafted by the New York Warriors and the documentary will follow his path from college to the professional team. He's hesitant about participating, but he knows that it will be beneficial to his career.

The first time Olivia and Nate meet is at the house he shares with a few college teammates. After being greeted by Nate's three shirtless roommates (it was quite comical), she comes face to face with the man himself. She is immediately struck by how attractive he is, but manages to reel it in and get the first interview done. After all, she is a professional and has a job to do. After meeting a few times, Nate's initial wariness goes away but he is still worried. An incident that occurred during his freshman year, one that he absolutely never talks about, threatens to emerge and he wants it to stay out of the documentary. But it's Olivia's job to make sure the documentary covers everything, whether Nate likes it or not. They come to an understanding about the subject and by the time they make it to New York, their relationship has become intimate. While at first they manage to keep their professional and personal relationships separate, life has a way of making things difficult and both of their happiness is threatened. 

I can't even begin to explain how much I love Olivia and Nate. These two were such a wonderful couple. The chemistry between them was absolutely electricI found myself eagerly anticipating that moment when Olivia and Nate crossed the line of inappropriateness. And the pay off was amazing. 
“I know how to have fun,” I said, my hands gripping the edges of the pool table.
He grinned, his lips now only inches from mine. “Good. Let’s have some fun then.”
Nate hesitated for just a moment, and in that second the knowledge that being with him was a terrible idea reared its ugly head. But before I had a chance to fully process it, he closed the gap between us, his lips grazing mine in an almost kiss. He teased, his gaze locked on me the entire time, consuming me, washing away my lingering concerns that this shouldn’t be happening.
“Nate…we shouldn’t. We can’t,” I spoke the words against his lips, even as I was unable to muster the will to push him away.
“And yet we are,” he said, smiling against my mouth. Firm hands cupped my neck, pulling me closer and I let my body go lax against his as he deepened the kiss. And my God, could Nate Sullivan kiss. His mouth devoured mine, biting and sucking, and there in his childhood Batcave, I all but melted into his arms.
A noise that sounded oddly like a moan filled the space between us and a split second later, I realized it had come from me. Nate pulled back, his mouth twitching in a half smile as he said, “This okay?”
I schooled my features as victory flared in his eyes, knowing the shock of just how much more than okay his kiss was had to be written all over my face.
Nate sank to his knees, his hands skimming the length of my back, covering my butt with a squeeze and moving down to rub along the bare skin of my legs. My breath hitched when they trailed a path back up and under my skirt, where he slipped them under the fabric of my underwear.
“Your skin is like fucking silk.” He groaned, dropping his head to my stomach. Nate caught the hem of my t-shirt in his mouth and pulled at it, practically growling as he tilted his head to look at me. Releasing it, he said, “You know what I thought the first time I saw you?”
“That I was the devil, here to ruin your life?”
He chuckled, his breath warming my stomach. “That was my second thought.” His hands began making small circles over my skin. “I thought you were the team’s way of hazing me. Making me sweat over some bullshit documentary and then sending you as the punch line. Thought I’d died and gone to heaven for a second there.”
My eyes widened. “You…you thought I was a stripper?” I started to push away from him but his grip tightened on my butt.
“No, I merely hoped you were.”
No sooner than the words were out of his mouth he lifted me, his hands big enough to create a chair for my butt. He stood, turning us so his back was to the pool table and lowered me back down.
I looked up at him, not even trying to hide the wonder I knew was written across my face. “Who are you, Nate Sullivan?”
“I thought I was just a college kid.” He cocked his head, fire filling his gaze. “Isn’t that right?”
Before I could respond, he turned away, bending to pull the sheet that covered the pool table up and off it.
I frowned. “I never said that.”
He turned back to me, his rough hands cupping my face as he kissed me, the playfulness of before gone. “No, but that’s what you think.”
Picking me up, he turned and walked the few paces to the table, setting me down on the ledge as he released the hold he had on my lower lip.
“You don’t kiss like a college kid.” 
“I don’t fuck like one either.”
Truer words have never been spoken. At that point Olivia and Nate have been dancing around each other for a while and they know that them getting together it is inevitable, so they just give in. And from there it just gets hotter. WOW.

This book is easily one of the best I have read this year. I just loved everything about it. Sports romance. Older woman/younger man. NYC location. Comedy. Angst. Crazy sexual tension you can cut with a knife. And of course lots of sexy times. And all of it is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC.




About Kim Carmody

Kim Carmody lives in Australia with her husband, in a sunny little part of Melbourne that she never wants to leave. Except for frequent trips to New York, she is happy to leave at least once a year for those.

She holds a Masters in Commerce Marketing and while she spent her younger years training to become a professional dancer, she somehow ended up working in the sports industry, where she met her now husband. Never a participant or spectator of sport growing up (she was too busy flitting around in a tutu), she has grown to appreciate, if not love many sports and eventually found herself writing about them too.

As an avid book lover from the moment she was introduced to The Babysitters Club as a seven year-old, Kim never expected to be able to call herself an author, but is beyond excited that she now can.

Meet Me Halfway is her second novel.



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