Roughing the Kicker by Rheland Richmond and Emerson Beckett (The Package Deal book 6) - Review, Exclusive Excerpt and GIveaway

The final book in the Package Deal series, Roughing the Kicker, gives us Dom and Jesse's story, that ironically starts before so many of the others...

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From the blurb:

Do you believe in fate? Yeah, me neither until the sexy Navy SEAL I hooked up with three years ago suddenly reappears back in my life in the form of one of my best friends' older brother. And now, they want me to share a room with him in the Keys.

“Can you share a room with Jesse tonight?”

How could I say no?

What Greg and Cooper didn’t know was Jesse and I met three years ago in Madrid. And when I finally hooked up with the handsome Navy SEAL, our night turned into a weekend of the best sex of my life. Jesse made me see stars twenty-four hours a day. We had a connection, but our timing wasn’t right. He was going back to America, and I was headed back to Italy to play soccer.

It was all for the best because I didn’t do relationships. Especially with a man nine years older and the total opposite of me. But I never forgot him, even though I tried.

Fast forward three years later, and we find ourselves thrown back together again in Portland. I’m the new kicker for the Portland Pirates and Jesse Evans has reappeared in my life. And just as fate would have it, my dream hookup is Cooper’s older brother, and he’s moving his security firm to Portland.

Would he remember me? Did that weekend three years ago affect him as much as it did me?

I guess time would tell when we shared that room in the Florida Keys.

Roughing the Kicker is a bisexual age gap and opposites attract MM Sports Romance and Book 6 in The Package Deal Series.

Heather's Review:

I love that Dominic gets his own story - the character almost stole the whole show in Unnecessary Roughness and I wanted to learn more about the young man who raced around everywhere at lightning speeds and could kick like a champ!  Roughing the Kicker not only provides answers to how and why Dom is who he is today, but also gives us a chance to meet the man who stole his heart and put him on the trajectory to where he is today - Jesse!

This book combines the best of the series - the friendships, the passion, the humour, the chemistry and just a little bit of underhanded dealings into one amazing book.  We also get to glimpse and interact with all of the previous couples and their extended families.  My only downside was that there were three spots in the book where I went - okay they've got it the book can be done... but I'm so glad I read right through to the final twist - it was the perfect way to wrap up the series.

I truly hope this duo continues to write together and if I may suggest a spin-off series featuring a company of former Navy Seals who recently relocated to the Portland area as their next foray, then this is me asking...

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Jacqueleen The Reading Queen's Review:

For a character who was never meant to have his own story, Dominic aka the fast fucker's book was an amazing ending for the Package Deal series. I think I fell in love with him from his first wheelchair race with Jackson in the hospital. His personality was just so fun and bright and I am so happy these lovely authors decided to give him his own love story. And what a story it was!

"Some things in life were meant to be savored, and Dominic Rossi was definitely one of them.

I just loved the whole premise of how Jesse and Dom met. A whirlwind weekend fling 3 years before neither could forget. What are the odds Dom ends up playing for the Pirates and that Jesse's brother just so happens to be married to one. Sounds like fate to me don't you think? And their chemistry? Holy guacamole these two couldn't keep their hands off each other. Horndogs the both of them. I thought I'd have to wave my kindle around to keep it from smoking they were so hot. Aside from the heat, Dom and Jesse also had some incredibly sweet moments as well thanks for Jesses self-proclaimed romantic side.

"Home was a physical place you went to. But since I'd found him again, the location had changed for me. No matter where we were, as long as we were together, it was home."

It was lovely to see all the guys come together and show support for each other, especially during the last bit of the book. I've fallen in love with all these men over the course of 6 books and their entire found family. I'm also equally as excited that we are also given some new men to fall in love with who will be getting their own stories in a spin off! Hot former Navy Seals? YES PLEASE!!!

Rating: 5 Stars

Roughing the Kicker is available in e-book format and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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I woke up Sunday morning in the middle of the king-sized bed with a raging hard-on and a big man wrapped around me like a blanket. A hint of a smile painted my face at the thought of seven days of spur-of-the-moment, whenever-you-want-it sex. I was pretty much good to go when the wind blew, but maybe that had changed for him.

Pfft. I knew Jesse wouldn’t say no. He was a raging horn dog, just like me. That’s what made this arrangement so perfect. 

Needing to get a move on things, I wiggled my ass at him just enough to make him stir. I smiled when his hand slipped down from my abs to take hold of my throbbing dick. Finally. I hummed at the pressure he used to squeeze the shit out of my cock. While it felt good, it wasn’t getting me any closer to coming.

“Hey,” I grumbled over my shoulder, “get a move on. My dick isn’t a pull-up bar you’re supposed to hold on to.” I thrust my hips back and forth to inspire him, but that only seemed to slow him down. Fucker.

Jesse stirred without a word, then flipped to his other side. He wasn’t supposed to let go of my shaft. What the fuck was going on?

“Hey,” I called again. “What’s wrong? Are you sick or something? Or is your age finally catching up to you?”

I waited for him to verbally spar with me like he usually did, but he ignored me.

Flipping over, I stubbed my dick on the sheet tucked under him and hissed. “Fuck, that hurt!”

Still no response.

I whipped off the sheet and got on my knees to lean over him. Maybe he really was sick or something.

Leaning over his body to get a better look at his face, I braced my hand on the bed in front of him. “You mad, bro?”

Before I knew what was happening, Jesse grabbed my arm and flipped me onto my back. Within a second, he had me pinned down on the bed. His hands held my arms in place while his legs contorted to hold mine down.

For a moment, I thought he might be having a flashback from the service. Then I saw his bright blue eyes filled with lust taking in my body before he slammed his mouth onto mine.

I could have gotten out from under him if I really wanted to, but I just needed him to fuck the hell out of me this morning.

Jesse pulled back, then grinned down at me. “It would seem the time has come for you to pay for your smart-ass comments from yesterday.”

Holy damn hot shit! I loved it when he did this. But of course, I had to play my part and protest some to make it good.


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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, Illegal Motion, Ineligible Receiver, and one more upcoming book in the series. She plans to release her first solo book in 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.

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