Blog Tour ★ Intercepted by Emma Hart +ARC Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
Four people. Four goals. Four endings.
In the third and final book of the USA Today bestselling By His Game series, the rules of the game no one knew they’d have to play are blurring, and when the past becomes the opposing team, hearts aren’t the only thing at stake of being lost…
Finding naked pictures of her best friend on her boyfriend’s phone wasn’t in Everleigh White’s five year plan. Neither was moving back to Los Angeles, the city of dreams that never managed to make hers come true. There’s only so many years you can be in love with your best friend before you realize he’s never going to love you back, after all. If only her ex would stop showing up at the gym where she works, she’d be much happier.
Being a father at nineteen wasn’t how Reid North, the Vipers’ wide receiver, imagined his life going, but when his ex-girlfriend tricked him into parenthood, he accepted it. Eventually. Now, with his ex on the verge of being released from prison, he’s holding onto full custody of his seven year old son, Leo. Football and Leo have left Reid no time for dating… Until Everleigh comes back.
His best friend his whole life, Everleigh never knew Reid loved her. She left before he could tell her. Now she’s back in front of him, and he’s not letting go. Even if all he gets is her friendship again. But in a city like L.A., dreams come true when you’re least expecting it.
So do nightmares.
With their exes beating down their doors with demands and explanations, their hesitant and building relationship is threatened at every corner. They’re at serious risk of being intercepted by the past, and that’s a ball Reid is determined to catch.
Except desperation can lead to stupidity—and Reid soon realizes he can’t catch every ball, no matter how perfectly it’s thrown to him. This time a fumble could cost more than a few points.
It could cost him everything.
(INTERCEPTED is the third and final book in the By His Game series and can be read as a standalone, although it is advised to read BLINDSIDED and SIDELINED before, in this order.)
“Come on. There’s a great place down the road, but you have to sit at a table with me. Think you can manage that?”
“Without deliberately choking myself? Not likely,” I mutter.
“Heard that,” he says, leaning in. “I’d just give you the Heimlich.” He drops his eyes to my chest. “And possibly cop a feel.”
My mouth drops open. “What?!”
Reid holds his hands up, chuckling. “They’re bigger than I remember, all right? And I’m not sayin’ it’s a bad thing.” His eyes fall again. “Definitely not a fucking bad thing.”
I zip my sweatshirt up to my neck. “I’m wearing a goddamn turtleneck to work tomorrow.”
His answering grin is equally annoying and sexy.
I follow him down the sidewalk, feeling a little antsy. I mean, he looks like Reid. Okay, an older Reid, but still Reid. He sounds like Reid, he acts like Reid, but he…feels like someone else. He doesn’t feel like the guy who dragged me out from behind curtains at parties and forced me to dance or the guy who begged me to go to his high school and college football games because he insisted he always caught better when I was there.
He feels…rawer. Realer. Rougher.
And I’m terrified.
He was always the one person I struggled to say no to. It was his eyes, his smile, and the fact that I was crazy fucking in love with him. I’m afraid that, now, although four years have passed, that I won’t be able to say no, either
That much is obvious by the fact that I’m standing outside a sandwich shop I’ve never seen in my life.
“Trust me,” Reid says, smiling as he pushes the door open.
I stare at him flatly. Still, I follow him in like a little puppy because I’m always game for a good sandwich.
“Two meatball subs,” Reid orders. “Both toasted with cheese, but one with extra cheese. Oh, and on the one with extra cheese, can I get lettuce and a small amount of tomato? No salad on the other or sauces on either.” Order done, he looks back at me and winks.
God. He even remembers the sandwich.
“This isn’t good for my diet,” I mutter, following him along the counter to the register.
“Or mine.” He smirks, running his eyes over my body. “And for what it’s worth, you could probably have another cheat day without it making a difference.”
I hit his arm again. “Shut up. You can’t perve on me. It’s wrong.”
“That’s what you think.” He hands twenty bucks over to the cashier and raises his eyebrow at me. Then, leaning in, he whispers, “My cock thinks different, Ever.”
I swallow. Well, shit. How am I supposed to respond to that?
I’m not. That’s right. I’m not.
I take my warm sandwich from the counter and grip it tight, heading toward a table in the corner. I slide into the seat against the wall and unwrap my sandwich at a snail’s pace. Each crinkle of the paper surrounding it seems ten times louder than normal as I studiously ignore Reid’s bulky, muscular form sitting opposite me.
Dammit. I shouldn’t be attracted to him. I shouldn’t consider being attracted to him.
Sure, I was before. In the “you’re handsome, be my Prince Charming” kinda way. Now, though? Now it’s a “holy crap, rip off my clothes and ravish me on your back seat!” kinda attracted.
I’m not saying either way is bad. I’m just saying that I would prefer for the first type of attracted.
Everleigh “Ever” White and Reid North were inseparable from a young age. Despite their age gap, these two proved to be soul mates with their undying love and respect for one another. However, neither Ever nor Reid were able to profess their true feelings to one another because of that very age gap. Reid had plans to one day let her know exactly how he saw her, but she never gave him the chance. Instead, Ever moved away immediately following her graduation and set up residence all the way across the country without saying a word to him.
Never planning on returning to LA, Ever is at a loss for how she should approach Reid who seems to be everywhere she’s at. Feelings that she thought only belonged to the teen version of herself suddenly come rushing back.
Reid too feels the onslaught of unresolved feelings and is determined to act on them this time before the chance is stolen away again. He’s aware of how much he needs Ever in his life, and the fact that she gets on so well with his spunky son Leo is the big, juicy cherry on top.
Though an ideal future is there for the taking, it won’t be easily obtained with bothersome ex lovers and a mysterious stalker stirring up trouble. Can Ever and Reid take on the obstacles thrown in their path or will outside forces keep them from starting their forever?
Second chance/best friend love stories are my ultimate, and for that reason, Intercepted really nestled into my heart. Emma brought these two passionate and vulnerable people together after years of unsettled and simply unacknowledged feelings.
I could feel their chemistry and passion for each other sizzle off the page as soon as they reunited. The banter between them was both hilarious and adorable, which gave way to a lot of giggling and swooning.
I understood Ever’s mindset and was able to relate to her on such a deep level. Her kindness was something that came natural to her, and I loved the way she connected so well with Leo. Those tender moments they shared brought tears to my eyes. While Ever was sweet and shy at times, she could also be sassy and sarcastic with a strength that battled her more vulnerable side.
Reid’s presence usually brought it out in her and it was obvious how comfortable she felt around him. He had those typical hot, alpha-male qualities, but what set him apart from all the other book boyfriends was the love he shared. Reid loved hard. He kept a close-knit group of friends and family and he exuded so much love for them. Especially his young son Leo who occasionally stole the spotlight. His attitude and wit gave the fabulous Aunt Ada a run for her money!
Various elements are weaved into this story to make it a stimulating and vibrant read all the way through. What starts off as a steamy, tension-filled romance, quickly escalates to a suspenseful and gripping fight for happiness. There was a lot going on, but it never seemed far-fetched or out of place. Everything meshed perfectly together at the best moment possible.
I highly recommend this to readers looking for fiery, headstrong leading ladies and jaw-droppingly, hot football players, presented in a book filled with every emotion needed for a great read.
Earlier in the year, I name Sidelined one of my favorite books of the year. I can now say that Intercepted has bumped it out of the way. With each new release in this series, it kept improving more and more. Which shouldn’t surprise me, since by now, I’m well aware of the talent that radiates from Emma Hart’s skillful digits.
I can’t believe this series is already over and done with. That’s one thing Emma Hart never fails to do with her characters. She writes such real, personable characters that readers can so easily fall in love with. I’ve become attached to the entire By His Game crew and am so sad to say goodbye. This was a great end to an addicting series!
Though I am totally keeping my fingers crossed for more books with these characters. Maybe some Cole and Ryann lovin’. Perhaps Emma will get some inspiration for Leo’s story… Just throwing that out there.. ;)
From Emma Hart, the New York Times bestselling author of the Game series, comes a brand new series where the game is realer, the tension is tighter, the sex is hotter, and the stakes are the highest of all…
Two people. Two agendas. Two games.
What happens when the out-there It-Boy of football meets the secret It-Girl of fashion?
As the daughter of Hollywood’s sweetheart, Leah Veronica can’t even buy a coffee without finding her face on a magazine stand, so it’s no wonder she’s launching her first fashion line in secret. With it debuting at New York Fashion Week in just under a month, extra time in the spotlight is the last thing she needs.
The son of the best quarterback the league has ever seen, filling legendary shoes as the L.A. Vipers’ quarterback was inevitable for Corey Jackson. So was meeting Leah Veronica—the first girl to hand him his ass without putting a hair out of place.
Getting the handsome, prickly blonde into his bed becomes his number one goal. But getting the sexy, over-confident footballer the hell away from her becomes Leah’s—at least until she realizes the best way to do that is to give him what he wants.
If only it was that simple.
When Corey discovers who she is, and private photos of Hollywood’s finest find their way online, everything they thought they knew is thrown into disarray.
And when secrets are exposed and hearts are shattered, they have to figure out if they’ve been blindsided by love or reality, and if it’s worth running the extra yard to win the game they never meant to play.
Three people. Three motives. Three reasons.
When the game leaves the field in the second book in the USA Today bestselling BY HIS GAME series and mixes with sex, lies, and betrayal, the future isn't the only thing on the line...
Macey Kelly has sworn off men. Unless they’re going to zip in and out of her apartment—and her vagina—quicker than they can give her an orgasm, she’s not interested. Finding out her boyfriend of three years got her cousin pregnant was a total confidence knock. Luckily for Macey, confidence is
something she has in abundance, so all Mitch’s asshole move did was make her pretty cynical toward men.
The last thing Jack Carr needs at the start of the season is for a dark-haired, sexy as sin, gyspyesque beauty to be consuming his thoughts. Football is his life, which leaves no time for girls. Unless they’re the love ‘em and leave ‘em girls. Becoming one of the best running backs the league has ever seen by racking up the yards is his top priority… not bedding Macey Kelly, despite her affinity for blow jobs and total sexual abandon.
Avoiding each other is the perfect solution, but when your best friends are in a serious living together kind of relationship, that isn’t always an option. Sometimes, sex on tap is the easiest option. And the sweetest.
Until Mitch shows up with a bombshell that could shatter Macey’s perfectly carved out life. It’s been a year, but he isn’t giving her up, not now he has a chance at winning her back. And he knows her buttons. Every single one of them.
Unfortunately for him, Jack Carr isn’t a loser. The star running back has his eye on the Vince Lombardi—and on Macey. But seeing her hanging between them both isn’t something he’s down with, not when he discovers why she’s so against anything more-ish, as she puts it.Macey quickly realizes she’s the ball being passed between two desperate yet opposing teams, and that only one of them can score the touchdown. But will the winner be the guy she lived with and loved for three years, or will the winner be the guy who understands her and makes her body come alive?
In this game, someone will be sidelined, and calling the play isn’t always as easy as it seems.
(SIDELINED is a full-length, standalone novel. It's not necessary to read BLINDSIDED before this book, but it is advised.)
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.