Friday, 26 January 2018

Sidelined By Marquita Valentine BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW

Sidelined, a sexy all-new STANDALONE from Marquita Valentine is AVAILABLE NOW!
Sidelined by Marquita Valentine 
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sidelined AMAZON
It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. And it was, until my husband left me. On our honeymoon. For the wedding planner.
Now all I want to do is get over the humiliation with the one man I shouldn’t.
Except he's avoiding me at all costs.
But I'm not going to let Aiden McHugh get away. He might be the hottest quarterback in the NFL and my older brother’s best friend, but he doesn't intimidate me. He promised to help me and I’m holding him to it… even if it means I have to convince him one seduction at a time.
Until the seduced becomes the seducer. I no longer want to get over my ex; I just want Aiden.


Shocked doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel when I see Layton standing outside, wearing a large coat… and is she holding pom-poms?
After another insistent pounding on the door, I stride to it, yanking it open. “What the hell are you doing at my house? And who let you the fuck in my neighborhood?”
“I gave the guard my brother’s name and said I was taking important papers to you.”
“That’s… pretty damn smart.”
Throwing off the coat, Layton beams at me and puts her hands on her hips. “I came over to S-E-D-U-C-E you!”
My jaw drops and gets stuck to the floor. “You what?
Her brow furrows. “Did I spell seduce wrong?”
I look around, half-expecting that at any minute, someone with a camera phone will jump out at us and yell just kidding, because there's no way in hell Layton Price should be on my doorstep wearing a cheerleading outfit and shaking her pom-poms at me.
Well, she hasn't shaken them yet, but her tits are about to pop out of her top, and the skirt… the skirt leaves little to the imagination. Swear to God, with a faster turnaround, I’ll see her ass cheeks hanging out.
“You spelled it right.” I rub my jaw. “What do you want?”
She rolls her eyes. “I came here to seduce you.”
“Wearing that?” It’s not usually my thing, but…
“Should I shake my pom-poms for you first?”
Hell yes, you should. “No. Put your coat back on.” I bend over and pick it up, then place it around her shoulders. “You need to go home, LT.”
She juts out her bottom lip. “My Uber already left.”
“Not my problem.”
“Come on, Aiden,” she pleads, batting her lashes at me and letting the coat slide down her hot little body. “It’s cold outside.”
“Should have thought about that before you put,” I wave my hand at her, “that on.”
“I wore it just for you. The top’s too tight, though.” As if to torture me, she started bouncing up and down on the balls of her feet. “Oh, wow. I can’t believe the girls are staying put.”
Me either. “Good for them.” I try to shut the door, but she shoves a pom-pom in at the last minute. “Damn it, LT. I said go home.”
“You can't leave me outside when it's cold like this.”
Better than me taking advantage of her like this. “I’m not a gentleman, baby girl.”
“You don't have to be a gentleman to be a decent person,” she points out. “And stop calling me baby girl. I’m neither one of those.”
She's right. “Get your ass in here. You can wait in the foyer while I get an Uber for you.”
Pushing her way in, she grins and spins around, stumbling a couple of times in the process. “What do you think of the outfit? Be honest.”

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Melinda Lazar 

SidelinedSidelined by Marquita Valentine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sidelined by Marquita Valentine

I was so looking forward to this book and for the most part, it delivered. Having met Layton and Aiden in Scored, I just knew there’d be sparks all over the place in Sidelined and that was certainly the case.

Aiden has been in Layton’s life for most of it, through his friendship with her brother. He always saw Layton as an annoying little sister until all of a sudden she was all grown up. All through his adult years, he’s heard all about Layton’s wedding to her perfect man, Joe and all that it entails. He’s dealt with it the best he could (with surliness in spades) until it all comes to a head when Layton returns home early from her honeymoon after her husband of a few days admits to cheating on her. Layton asks Aiden to help her move on from the heartache and to basically let her use him, not realizing that for him it’ll be all or nothing.

I thought the storyline was AWESOME and characters like Aiden are the reason I love reading: cranky, surly, filterless, hugest heart around. I just loved everything about him. Loved the way he let Layton come around to her feelings on her own without pushing and I loved that he was the one who’d loved her for so long without saying a word. Also, his sweet words? I felt like I was highlighting almost every sweet thing he said! I really liked Layton as well! The way she dealt with the crap life was throwing at her was admirable as was her tenacity. Admittedly, I did feel like giving her a swift kick to the bum at times but she still a great and likable character.

Having said all this, I did feel that some parts were rushed or simply glossed over. For example, I didn’t really feel that Layton was really heartbroken over her new husband cheating on her. Sure, I get that she hadn’t showered in days and so on, but I didn’t really feel that her heart was broken and considering marriage to Joe had been her plan since childhood, it really should have been. I also would’ve liked more about the Big Brother program Aiden was a part of - the lead up to it was there but then it didn’t really get mentioned again.

Overall, this was a great read with great characters and I’m already anticipating the next book in this series!

*arc received in exchange for honest review.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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About the Author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).
When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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