Illegal Motion, The Package Deal #4 by Rheland Richmond and Emerson Beckett - Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Illegal Motion is a deliciously steamy romance about second chances with some enemies to lovers thrown in! If you've read the previous books in the series, then you definitely don't want to miss our beloved vet finally get his HEA. 

From the blurb:

Callum Kennedy

I should have known behind that deep sexy southern drawl, and beautiful face lived the world’s biggest asshole.

I’ve tried my damnedest to put him behind me. But it was hard to do when I saw his face every night in my dreams and couldn’t forget how he worked my body over.

It was okay. I had my work as a vet, my equine rescue to manage, and my friends. I’d forget him or work myself to death trying.

Except there’s one problem.

Turns out he’s the new free-agent running back who just signed a one-year deal with the Portland Pirates. The infamous Declan Miller has turned my world upside down and reinserted his unforgettable self back into my life for the next year.

Declan's the last person I want help from, but it looks like I don’t have a choice.

Declan Miller

When I walked into Alejandro’s Bar that night in late July, I never expected to meet someone my first night in town.

But the sexy guy with wavy dark blond hair and hazel-green eyes sitting alone at the bar caught my attention immediately. Or maybe it was the way he was sniffing his own shirt.

After a night of the best sex of my life, I knew I had to push him away. I wasn’t doing relationships anymore, and this gorgeous, funny man had the power to break me.

But when I find out my unforgettable hookup is part of my new friend group, Dr. Callum Kennedy wants nothing to do with me until he has no choice but to let me help.

Illegal Motion is an MM sports romance and the fourth book in the Package Deal Series about the hot single dads of the Portland Pirates football team.

Tropes: enemies to lovers, close proximity, found family, one-night stand to forever, sports romance.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"There's no use in wearing underwear anymore when I'm with you."

Well, now that I've set the tone for this book with that tease, I'll get onto my review. Illegal Motion was a book that I was highly anticipating ( along with Cooper's book, which I'm excited to say is next!) It did not disappoint. After reading the prologue, I had some very strong feelings for Declan and folks, they were certainly not fluffy ones. That man was a total dick, and I cannot blame Callum in the slightest for his feelings towards seeing him again. You see, I already adored Callum from his scenes in previous books of the series, so seeing someone hurt him got Declan immediately on my shit list... mine AND some of our past MCs.

I did love the moment when Declan and Callum meet again and finally figure out just who each other is. Callum is feisty AF, and I wanted to cheer for him so loud. No doormat behavior here! It's also plain as day that their belief that neither of them will ever have to see the other again has gone up in smoke. Declan has firmly become a part of the wonderful found family our Pirates have created and Callum is part of that package no ifs, ands, or buts. However, that doesn't mean we don't get a steamy, anger fueled hook up or two. 😉 Enemies to lovers anyone?

As the story progresses, we get to know Declan more and he slowly makes his way off the shit list. His asshole behavior is more like a protective façade, one cultivated from a hellova burn he's been through in the past. I admired his growth in the story. It takes a strong person to admit to their mistakes and an even stronger one to forgive. I'm looking at you, Callum, you big-hearted softie. The romance felt very realistic. Where Declan was known to eternally put his foot in his mouth, Callum learned how to ask more questions, so he understood what Declan was trying to say instead of just assuming and getting upset. Compromise and understanding are two important aspects of a healthy relationship. It may have taken some time for Declan and Callum to work out their optimum dynamic, but they did so with love in their hearts, which made way for the beautiful HEA they both deserved.

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

You never get a second chance to make a first impression... but maybe you can get a second chance for the second impression... Declan takes the fear of what he's feeling and channels it into being a huge asshole after his one night stand with Callum, but once they find out that their friends circles interact, Callum slowly opens up a small window for a re-do on their shaky foundation...

This book is hot, steamy and gets sweeter as you read it!  I love how Declan and Callum grow together, but both still have so many issues from their past to get over before they can actually work towards their HEA... so the angst is high and real in this one...

I couldn't put this book down, no matter how many times I wanted to reach into my kindle and shake the characters... Illegal Motion was a fabulous, well paced read and the HEA was even sweeter for the angst.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Before fully processing Jackson’s words, I heard that voice that sent shivers down my spine. Was I hallucinating? I looked at the beer in my hand and read the label. Nope, no hard liquor.

“Who’s from Kentucky?” The southern drawl drew me in like flies to honey and caused my spine to stiffen. There was no fucking way he could be here.

Jackson glanced at him. “I was talking about you, asshole. Come and meet my friend. He’s the vet I told you about with the horses.” 

The scent of apples and vanilla hit me before I looked up into those deep brown eyes. My pulse sped up as I tried to calm my frazzled nerves. I just might fucking pass out. 

Or punch the smug fucker.

Jackson was oblivious to my near stroke. I only had a split second to figure out how to play this moment, and I was sure it was probably the wrong way. 

But the look on his face was priceless. His eyes widened as he took me in. I’d never been happier that I’d started working out at the gym. Maybe he was going to be the one to pass out.

“Declan, this is Dr. Callum Kennedy. Callum, this is our new running back, Declan Miller.” 

I know Jackson was expecting the standard greeting among strangers. And I wasn’t going to give this asshole the satisfaction of knowing he’d affected me so deeply with his brush-off.

So I steeled my spine, stood straight up, and met his eyes. I held out my hand to shake his. I tried to be my regular cordial self, but I failed quickly.

I sighed. “So, you’re the new running back.” 

Declan looked at my hand and brought his to mine to shake. I would have sworn there was an electrical storm from the electricity arcing through my body.

“And you’re the vet I’ve heard so much about.” 

Our eyes stayed locked on each other as I withdrew my hand from his. I watched his face as he sifted through the memories of that night. His eyes dilated, and the sexy bastard gave me the same grin he had that night at Alejandro’s. I would have been fine to play it as if we’d never met before. I could ignore him. 

But I frowned as the fucker let his eyes roam all over my body before he sucked in his bottom lip as he smiled at me. I would bet my truck that if I looked down, his cock would be hard as steel.

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About the Authors

Rheland Richmond:

For as long as she can remember, Rheland's had her nose stuck in a book, getting lost in the world of someone else's creation (She still does). Her love for writing came from her love for reading. She could never have one without the other. 

Writing has always been a hobby and a cathartic experience for her. There are many stories lost to the never to be completed or published pile but needed to be written at the time.

She's just a girl that loved stories so much she decided to write hers. 

Rheland would love to hear from her readers and learn more about y'all. So if you get a chance... Get in touch.

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Emerson Beckett:

Emerson Beckett is new to the publishing world. As an avid sports fan and lover of well-written M/M romance books, Emerson loves her new career as an author of gay romance. It’s even more fulfilling for her when she can combine the two.

The journey to becoming an author started with an idea while reading on the sofa. That idea became an email that ultimately resulted in Emerson using those teacher skills to edit novels for three phenomenal MM romance authors. The third referral led to an opportunity to co-write a book series with one of the most genuine and kindest people she’s ever had the pleasure of knowing- Rheland Richmond.

Emerson is the co-author of The Package Deal Series, which includes The Quarterback KeeperPass Interference, Unnecessary RoughnessTwo-Point Conversion, and three more upcoming books in the series. She will release her first solo novel in late spring 2023.

Besides being a retired teacher and author, Emerson lives in North Carolina and has been married to the same man for 32 years. She is the mother of three beautiful adults, one of whom is proudly part of the LGBTQ Community and completely responsible for her addiction to MM Romance. Even though the kids no longer live at home, they filled the empty nest with an Australian Shepherd, three cats, and a cute bunny rabbit.

Emerson would love to hear from her readers. So if you get a chance... Get in touch.

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