Friday, 24 February 2017

*** RELEASE BLITZ *** ROOKIE MOVES by Shelly Alexander

Release Blitz, Rookie Moves by Author Shelly Alexander


NOW LIVE! Rookie Moves A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 2

Bestselling author Shelly Alexander brings you this fresh new series of super sexy, sizzling hot heroes. It's a fun, flirty, and dirty series of romantic comedies that can be read as STANDALONE novels.

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If you like smart, gorgeous, dirty talking guys who love bold and bright women, then this is the series for you!


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“‘Rookie? She’ll be an expert when I’m done teaching her.” –Dex Moore Smart guys make the best lovers. We’re curious and want to learn as much as possible, especially when it comes to women. Women are the most fascinating and complicated species on the planet, right? So when we meet a lady who piques our interest, it drives our curiosity to soaring heights. We want to study her. Figure her out. Lucky SOB that I am, I’ve built a career on this very thing. As a founding partner of Checkmate Inc., a company that’s grown into a multimillion-dollar business, I’m a quasi-celebrity. It’s a role I never expected, and out of all three Checkmate partners I’ve somehow been labeled the jet-setting playboy. I don’t mind the smokescreen. I can’t commit to a serious relationship while I trot around the globe to oversee our expansion, a venture that could bankrupt Checkmate if I don’t keep my eye on the prize. Besides, the only woman I’d like to study, figure out, and unlock her ear-splitting cry of ecstasy is the one woman I can’t have. And since she’s one of my closest friends and my business partner’s sister, a jet-setting playboy image is the perfect facade to hide my true feelings.

I read my first every Shelly Alexander book at the end of last year.  I loved it and wanted more so when the opportunity came along to read and review Rookie Moves, I jumped right in. 

Rookie Moves is a friends-to-lovers romance with the added hurdle of a protective brother in the way of anything serious.  Dexter (Dex) Moore and his three best friends, Leo Foxx, and Oz Strong join forces and start Checkmate, Inc. ( I love the name of the company that pays homage to the three young geeks.)  Ava Foxx is Leo’s little sister.  Ava is interested in more than friendship with Dex and Dex wants more with Ava but, for different reasons, they both know that can’t happen. 

Ms. Alexander knows how to tell a story with characters that steal the hearts of the readers.  Rookie Moves is told from Dexter’s point of view.  Seeing everything unfold through his eyes allows the reader to know Dex intimately.  

Dex has the outward appearance of being a playboy.  He is photographed often with different women.  The problem is that he wants his best friend’s sister.  He also knows that Leo won’t approve.  In addition, Leo trusts Dex to keep an eye on Ava and not let anyone get too close.  It is easy to feel how he is torn between loyalty to his friend and the desire of his heart. 

Ava Foxx is another loveable character.  Ava tries the friendship path to get Dex to notice her and now she is all-in working on getting what she wants.  There are secrets now that will become known to all and trouble will be in their future. 

In general, the story moves at a steady pace.  There is a place in the middle that the story slows down for me a little.  It doesn’t last long but it takes away a little from my concentration.  That said, Rookie Moves is an enjoyable, light, romance with good characters and a solid storyline.  While the book is part of a series, I never felt lost or wondering what I missed—Rookie Moves works as a standalone.  Of course, now that I know the first book is about Leo I want to learn more about his backstory.  I have this need to slap him upside the head.

I recommend Rookie Moves to anyone who enjoys a friends-to-lovers romance.  The characters are a little unusual in that they are born nerds and relationships are challenges.  It is a fun, lighthearted story with a lot of appeal.  Another win for Shelly Alexander.



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Sinful Games - Book 4 in the Checkmate Inc. Series (Coming Late Summer 2017)

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It’s In His Smile Book 3

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It’s In His Arms Book 4

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 A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus. Keep up to date and follow Shelly here: Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads BookBub: Email