Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Release Blitz & Review: The Second Coming - Carrie Aarons

Today we are celebrating the release of a sports romance, standalone title by Carrie Aarons. THE SECOND COMING is live now and available to read for FREE in KindleUnlimited. It is the first book in the Rogue Academy series!

The Second Coming by Carrie AaronsAvailable Now | Rogue Academy, #1
They call him the second coming.
Of honor for British football.
Of God in an athlete’s body.
Of every English woman’s fantasy.

Jude Davies is my country’s prodigy on the pitch. More famous than the nobility in Buckingham Palace, he and his merry band of scoundrels rule the Rogue Football Academy and the London nightlife scene alike.

And now, he’s aiming his well-honed set of skills directly at me. His devilish charm is lethal, but with the tragic hand life has dealt me, distractions like him aren’t an option.

Plus, we’re only playing a game. One of convenience, where he needs me to save his reputation, and I need his money to save the one person I love.

Until he wraps me around that immoral finger.
Until I crave that reckless, wild high he provides.
Until I hope for a future that will never happen.

That’s the thing about going toe-to-toe with the next football legend. He’s faster, stronger, and will destroy me every time.

 Read it for FREE in Kindle Unlimited
4 1/2 Stars
I needed a good sports romance to start my summer off right, so I was pleased to find Carrie Aarons was giving us a NA/Adult football (soccer) romance with The Second Coming. The Rogue Football Academy houses the elite British footballers, the boys and men of the league are meant for stardom on the pitch. Jude is the talk of the town, heralded as the second coming in football and swooned over in the London scene. He's a cocky charmer that likes to push his luck, but he's also a sweetheart and it was easy to fall in love with him as the hero. Aria is our heroine, a young woman with the world on her shoulders and the difficult role of caretaker for her ailing father. She's not your typically football fan, no swooning for her, she sees the men as egotistical, spoiled, and in particular, unaware of the world's difficulties. Her arranged time with Jude is meant to help them both, his reputation and her wallet both need padding, but neither expects the bond that follows.

"Once she relents and falls into my bed-because let's face it, that's how this is going to end-I'll be instantly bored and abandon ever seeking her out again."

I loved that Jude was aware of his womanizing ways, that he was even more aware of how different he felt about Aria. I only wish she had been more open to him, more perceptive to the things he was doing that were so out of character. I sometimes struggled with Aria, she is so jaded and it really made things more difficult for her, more so than she realized. I honestly think that had Jude not been so persistent and had several secondary characters not intervened that this romance would've never happened. We are treated to a wild ride though, Aria's personality and Jude's clash right away, and yet the spark between them burns even when she is stand-offish and he is a prat. They not only share attraction, but as they spend time together both for the arrangement and by choice they discover their similarities. Jude isn't what Aria had thought he was and Aria, she's the girl to make Jude realize it isn't all fun and games and bedding hot women. Their relationship is good for them both and through out the lengthy The Second Coming we are treated to character growth and a couple with stronger bonds than your typical romance read.

"Why did I try to trick my mind into thinking that this wouldn't be life changing? That kissing Jude would be mediocre, or okay at best?"

The Second Coming may be a sports romance and it may have a hot footballer on the cover, but inside the pages Carrie Aarons has weaved a tale filled with angst and tough love. It's a story about growth, self discovery, and forgiveness. It's the story of Jude and Aria and the arrangement that rolls the soccer ball in a new direction. I can't wait to see what Carrie Aarons has in store for us with the Rogue Academy series, The Second Coming was a solid introduction to the boys and was such a good read for me. 

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.
When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

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