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NHL coach Mark Diego's plan to spend his off-season volunteering in his hometown goes awry when he learns that not only is he coaching teenage girls, but that the program is coordinated by energ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

It’s official! Jill Shalvis can write nothing wrong.

Well, official as far as I’m concerned, anyway.

Coach Mark Diego is in the midst of a public relations nightmare when two of his NHL Mammoths team members are involved, on camera, in a brawl against two rival Anaheim Ducks team members. As penance, and hoping to show the teams in a better light, Mark and the other coach agree that the guilty parties will be required to spend their off season providing community service to areas in need. Mark c...more
~J~ Riverina Romantics
You can see this and more of my reviews at Riverina Romantics


Time Out definitely pulled me out of my somber mood and left me smiling. It was sweet, it was sexy and it was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

Rainey starts off having one of those common moments where she is looking disheveled and dreary (actually soaked to the bone after spending a day at the fundraising car wash) when the love of her teenage years drives up.

And like you can imagine as clear as da...more
What a terrific book, it not only was super hot but also had a story to go along with it. I won't write a big review since many of my GR friends have written terrific reviews about this book but I have to say I loved the heroine, she was dedicated to her job and determined not to fall for the hero again, though we knew it was a something she would fail at.

The hero was deliciously alpha, used to getting things his way but not with the heroine and I loved it how she changed his world.
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Having to teach two of his NHL hockey players a lesson, Mark forces them into community service to make amends for getting into a fight. It’s either community service or suspension and the players don’t want that. They head back to Mark’s hometown to help rebuild homes that were lost in recent fires as well as all three men are volunteering as coaches at the local rec center. A center that’s run by Rainey – Mark’s childhood friend who had a huge crush on...more
I am finding out that whether it be a short length or a full length novel, if it is Jill Shalvis that holds the steering wheel, there is no wrong turn the story can take. Time Out which is set to be released sometime within this month is one wild and enjoyable ride, a romance that just completely reeled me in and I couldn’t have found a better way to drop off to sleep afterwards, dreaming of a Mark that was all my own to do whatever I please with. *sigh*

Rainey Saunders has just turned thirty yea...more
4+ Stars

This was a really good book. It was so sexy with a touchingly, sweet story and I did not expect it from a Harlequin Blaze- I am not usually into these shorter books. I picked it up because it has received some very high ratings, it was Jill Shalvis (a fav author of mine), and it was about a sports hero. I do love this type of story, young girl falls in love with best friends older brother, but he sees her as a kid. I know the story line has been played many times, but there were some twi...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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To NHL coach, Mark Diego, there is nothing better than winning. In TIME OUT, Mark uses all his tricks to win the heart of Rainey Saunders, his childhood friend who he has hurt in the past.

When they were younger, Rainey had a huge crush on Mark but Mark was never aware of these feelings. The one night that Rainey decides she is going to tell Mark about her feelings and give herself to him, she walks in and interrupts Mark with another girl.

As time passes and hearts heal...more
Mark Diego left his hometown and never really looked back. He loves his father and brother, but sometimes simply can't understand them. He always aimed high, and now that he's head coach for a successful hockey coach his life is near perfect.

So when two of his players get into a fight, he has a perfect solution. To show that they are repentant they'll spent the off-season helping build homes for people that lost theirs in a fire. And they'll help with the rec center, the one that his brother is...more
I haven't read HQ Blaze much these days, and totally forgotten how fun they are. And this one was a truly an enjoyable hot hot hot read.
ARC kindly provided by Harlequin via Netgalley.

Rainey was sweet 16 and it had seemed that she had feelings for Mark forever. He was 4 years older than her but she loved him and wanted to surprise him by stealing a key to his place and sneaking in one night. Unfortunately she was the one who had been surprised by what she found and ran off. He had tried several times to talk to her but their friendship had changed as she was extremely embarrassed and refused to speak to him. Unknown to Rainey, Ma...more
What a hot little number this one was! I have made an “executive” decision to read everything that Jill Shalvis has written! Ms. Shalvis never fails to grab my attention in the beginning of her books and hold it there right up until the end! Although I enjoy the Lucky Harbor series best, Time Out is full of all of my favorite things about her writing: an impossible to not like heroine, a hot as hell hero, great dialogue and humor, and a truly romantic story.
After being away from his hometown for...more
A nice fun read. Jill Shalvis always delievers and she certainly did in Time Out. On its own a fantastic sexy read, compared to her other books a bit of a let-down at times. I still enjoyed it a great deal. Review coming soon...
Mark was seriously hot. I loved the sparks between him and Rainny. They were well matched.

Shalvis brought her trademark humor and wit to the story. The characters drew me in. I didn't want to put it down.
Hot, fun and sexy!

Time Out is set for release on February 21, 2012, but I was lucky enough to get an early copy from NetGalley. Jill Shalvis is an auto-buy author for me and I will admit I go a bit fan-girl over her books and series. That being said, Jill always delivers with a fun and sexy story, so I’m fine with admitting to my fan-girl status.

I really loved Time Out. Rainey and Mark have known each other pretty much their entire lives. Rainey even tried to lose her virginity to Mark when she...more
Time Out was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin Blaze.

Rainey Saunders is a Junior Sports Coordinator at the local Recreation Center; she spends her time trying to keep the teens from the ‘forgotten district’ out of trouble and prides herself on control which has slipped since the arrival of her childhood crush, Mark Diego.

Mark is a highly successful NHL coach and has returned to his hometown with two NHL players in tow to rebuild his team’s reputation after a pub brawl. They will b...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
A hot
It's no secret that I love Jill Shalvis, but even I was surprised by how much I loved this book.

On the night after losing the Stanley Cup, two of Mark's guys were in a bar brawl with two players from the other team. The video made it as a YouTube viral, so now instead of basking in a really wonderful hockey season for his team, Coach Mark Diego is having to repair the teams image. His plan for that....to put his two rogue players to work at his brother's community rec center coach...more
Natasha  A.
What I Learned:

- is that people stare at you when you laugh out loud and are constantly grinning while reading a book. Some people, you know? They just don't get the enjoyment people get from books!
- is that Ms. Shalvis writes amazing characters. I love both Mark and Rainey. Mark.... he... um..... *drool*... He is very good at being dominant and caring and just so damn sexy!
- is that I have a huge huge huge HUGE love for sports books. Despite not watching any of it on TV or playing it myself, I...more
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Duchess Nicole
Nov 01, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jill Shalvis fans!!
Another great one by Jill Shalvis. I wondered how she would write in a Blaze book, and it reads just like her series books, only spicier (in my opinion). This was a fun story. Romance all the way, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Friends to lovers/friends with a past type stories are some of my faves.
Sophia (FV)
I've had such a lucky streak lately with small town contemporaries and sports romances. (I've also been very lucky with Jill Shalvis books.) I've been glomming them up left and right and feeling verysatisfied. Recently I was in the mood for an alpha hero so I was browsing around on Goodreads and spotted a few comments about the alpha hero in Time Out by Jill Shalvis. Since it features an NHL coach who returns to his small hometown and falls for the girl who had a teenage crush on him, I promptly...more
Mandi Schreiner
In high school, Rainey had a crush on Mark who was a few years older than she was. So much of a crush that one night she decided to go to his place for a surprise strip tease. But to her surprise, when she walked in, Mark was busy with another woman. Embarrassed, Rainey fled and they each went their separate ways. Now, Mark is the head coach of NHL team The Mammoths, while Rainey spends her days working at the sports rec center. This rec center is located in the part of California devastated by...more
Jenny E
*2.5 stars*

Really liked some things about this book, but REALLY didn't like others. It definitely needed an epilogue - DEFINITELY. The ending felt like it sort of dumped me off right after the big resolution, and I *hate* that feeling. Also the beginning sort of squicked me out thinking about a 16 yo girl sneaking in an adult man's (20 yo)house and stripping nekkid... umm, I immediately went into Judgey McJudgerson mode and/or brought out my huge MOM hat, and was like WTF?? Mom mode would have m...more
Susanna Carr
Rainey Saunders is a bit of a control freak and she's having a dry spell in her dating life. Maybe it's because she wants to have a plan but dating doesn't work that way. Or maybe it's because she's not looking for a hook-up but a connection. But it's probably because she would always be attracted to Mark Diego, but he's unattainable.

Mark is temporarily back in town and volunteering to coach the summer league for teenagers. He's interested in Rainey and feels like they have some unfinished busin...more
The Deal: Mark Diego left Santa del Rey and became the youngest hockey coach in the NHL, but he never forgot his home town - even if he never wanted to go live there again - and so, when two of his players get in trouble and cause a PR nightmare, Mark decides he's going to take them back to Santa del Rey and teach them how to become role modals whether they want it or not.

On the other hand, Rainey never left Santa del Rey - a little town that has recently been hit hard by the fires and the econo...more
Kathy Martin
This is a story about people who met at the wrong time in both their lives and have a chance for a do-over now. Rainey had a crush on Mark when she was sixteen and he was twenty. When she goes to act on it, she finds him with another girl and runs off. He chases after her and finds her soon enough to keep her from being raped by the guy she chose in a moment of hurt. This embarrassed her completely and she liked avoiding him until he left town. He hadn't even recognized her crush and just saw he...more
Tina "coffee and books"
I am ashamed to say when I decided to read this book I wasn't expecting very much from it at all. I thought it would be a quick, fluffy read. Don't get me wrong I enjoy fluffy, brain candy as much as the next gal. This was not what I expected. It was smartly written, romantic, funny, touching...hot, hot, hot!

Mark Diego wanted nothing more than to escape his home town and make it big. He did that in a big way by becoming the youngest hockey coach in the NHL. 2 of Mark's best players get into a f...more
I liked this short and sweet Harlequin Blaze... but I didn't love it.

As with most Blazes I've read, the steam level was HOT... and the Hockey/sports theme was great, but the characters just didn't quite click with me - especially Rainey. I found her just a bit too needy. She never really grew beyond the girl with a teenage crush and exuded the confidence she supposedly had. Mark was a typical alpha guy's guy, but he never really had to work for anything - Rainey pretty much immediately fell unde...more
Actually 2.5 stars.

This book was okay. A few parts were better than okay. There was some cute dialog that made me smile, and I also enjoyed some of the characters' inner monologues. Unfortunately, I just don't like the way Shalvis writes sex scenes. I'm not sure what it is about her writing, but it just doesn't turn me on. That's okay; I don't have to be titillated by a romance novel in order to enjoy the relationship-development aspects of the story. But since this was a Harlequin Blaze novel,...more
4.00 Stars - Contemporary Small Town Romance!

The book amounts to:

1) a rapid, peppery, fun read featuring a gorgeous magnetic jock hero with all the skills needed to win the score...

2) a plucky spirited heroine on whom the hero plans to practice all his said ‘skills’...

3) a series of snarky, cocky banter between the two protagonists in Jill Shalvis’s usual keen wording...

4) and, a sweet romance with the perfect chemistry and the ‘proper’ steamy love scenes, warranting to heat up the pages.

Now, yo...more
This was a really fun book. It was funny and hot and just what I needed. The main characters are likeable and while the tension and the conflict in the romance was fairly standard romance fare, it was well done. The dialogue was witty and believable. I loved that Shalvis uses all the word count she had to develop the characters and the story, I only wish they'd allowed her a few hundred more words so we could see the couple after the declarations are all done.

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