Friday, July 6, 2018

Release Blitz & Review - Refuse to Lose - Alison Mello

Title: Refuse to Lose
Series: A Coach’s Love #1
Author: Alison Mello
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: April 3, 2018


I thought I was helping a friend, but instead I only managed to get myself in a heap of trouble which left me with two options. Coach little league as part of community service…or face jail time.

So here I am…coaching little league, a project I wasn’t looking forward to—that’s until I see Stella at the field with her son. Unfortunately for me it takes a lot longer than I’d hoped for her to give me the time of day.

Yet, now that I’ve caught her attention, things are much more complicated than I thought. Who knew juggling a struggling friend, community service, a team bully and a girlfriend would be this hard?

But I won’t let it get me down. Someone once told me the secret to success, and come hell or high water I’ll show everyone around me that I…

…refuse to lose. 


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Refuse to Lose is the first book in the Coach’s Love series, this wasn’t just a 2nd chance love story it told a story of loss, friendships and how working together as team can make you stronger.

Trystan made a choice, the lesser of 2 evils and paid the price. Being told he had to become the Baseball coach for a bunch of 11-year-old boys was not what he had in mind but going to jail wasn’t either. Stella made a choice for herself and for her son, she needed to feel safe and make a life for the 2 of them, she pointed her car in West Virginia’s direction and everything else just fell into place.

Stella is a strong independent woman who hasn’t given up, packing up her life as she knew it and moving away with only a few possessions, in my mind makes her strong and courageous. She continued her strength through out the book making it known she wasn’t a push over. Trystan is a loyal friend putting others first even though it will hurt him in the long run. He stands by his motto ‘Refuse to Lose’.

For months they smiled and had a mutual attraction, then finally after being brought together they never parted. Their chemistry was undeniable and they had an easy flow relationship which made you want to add them to your #relationshipgoals board.

This was my first Alison Mello novel and she hit it out of the park. Refuse to Lose was written with so much thought, it brought up issues that are very current that as a parent you struggle to deal with. The easy flow between Stella and Trystan’s point of view was on point and made me feel like I was part of the ‘mom squad’.

I personally loved this book, I cannot wait to read the next book in the series Hustle and Heart, which I can only assume is picking up the story of one of Trystan’s friends/work colleagues. I hope I don’t have to wait too long.

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


Alison started writing during the early summer of 2015. Her debut book Finding Love (October 2015) was published by Siren Publishing. Her following books Needing Your Love (November 2015), Found My Love (December 2015), and Fighting for Love (January 2016) were also published with Siren to finish the Learning to Love series.

Her desire to see her books on shelves led to her next work Chasing Dreams (April 2015) She submitted it for publication with Limitless Publishing and was thrilled that it was quickly accepted. At the request of her readers she turned Chasing Dreams into the Club Thrive series. Excited to reach that goal, she moved on to the next series she had in mind and wrote Saved By a Soldier (June 2016), My Broken Soldier (July 2016), Forever My Soldier (August 2016), and A Soldier for Bella (September 2016).

Alison enjoyed reading as a child and found her passion for it again in 2011 when E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey was released. Her love of reading was re-ignited and she continued reading other books in the same genre. In the summer of 2015, she decided to give writing a try and two weeks later Finding Love was born. As soon as she finished the first book, she began writing the second book in the series. Her third book was finished by the time Finding Love had been accepted for publication. Alison discovered she has a passion for writing and has spent the last year meeting new readers and sharing the love she has for writing. 

Married to her own real life hero, Alison lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts where she was born and raised. She loves having her own personal inspiration right at home and when she’s not writing she enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and football with her son.



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