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Offside (The Barker Triplets #1)

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When hockey phenom Billie-Jo Barker returns home and decides to play in the local Friday night hockey league, all hell breaks loose. Not because Billie's talent is in question, but because Billie is a woman. And though these are modern times, some of the local guys still have a problem letting a girl into their 'men's club.'

Soon, Billie is at the center of a small town bat...more
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Published September 28th 2012 by Smashwords
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Ridley
Nov 30, 2012 Ridley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ridley by: author mentioned it on Twitter
This was a strange little book. While I enjoyed reading about a heroine who's a serious hockey player, and the sexual tension was expertly paced, the book was exceedingly over the top. Everything in it is turned up to 11. The sexist backlash over her joining the men's beer league, her dementia-addled father pointing a shotgun at the hero while her grandfather's drawers fall down, the triplet sisters being named Billie-Jo, Bobbi-Jo and Betty-Jo, the prodigal triplet returning just in time to toss...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Oct 02, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura the Highland Hussy by: Ridley
Review posted at Demon Lover's Books & More

4.5
I loved this book. Want to know a little known fact about your Highland Hussy? I played hockey for my university team, on a men’s team (we had no women’s team, so there were 4 of us girls), and I played in House Leagues. Those leagues are super competitive. Not that college hockey isn’t, but it’s a different vibe, so to speak.

In Offside, we see Billie Jo being pushed out of her pro league team in Sweden due to injury and coming home to her small...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I love these books that are centered around small town folk and how they react to different situations. The situation in New Waterford is Billie Jo. She has returned home after seven years. Those seven years were spent in Sweden where she was one of four women playing pro hockey. She knows she’s good at hockey. She even has the Olympic medals to prove it. The guys on the Friday night league she has joined do not care how good she is. They want her gone, she’s a girl and they don’t want her on th...more
Goddess

I though the story would be an uplifting account of a woman discovering her strengths after suffering a sports injury.

Instead this book spends 50% of the first few chapters setting the scene for its trilogy. We're introduced to a myriad of caricature chick-lit cardboard-cut-out characters, a surfeit of angst and lust before we've finished reading the first chapter and a lackluster tale.
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I'm assuming the author intends to publish 3 books based on a set of triplets called Billy-Jo, Betty-Jo and Bob...more
Mandi Schreiner
I love a contemporary romance with a hockey hero and Logan Forest is a pretty good hockey player in this book. But when I found very intriguing when I heard about this book, is that Billie Jo, the heroine, is the true hockey star. Billie Jo was so good at hockey, she left her small town and moved to Sweden to play on a professional men’s team that allowed women to play as well. But when she gets a very serious concussion, she comes home, saddened that she is done with professional hockey.

She al...more
Emily
Billie-Jo Barker left home a hockey phenom, only to return at the age of twenty-four injured and unable to play in the pros again. Lost and drifting, Billie-Jo sees that the local town has joined a hockey league, she wants in especially since it is no contact, but the men in the small town of Waterford don't want to play with a girl, especially one who can kick their ass on the rink. Adversity has never been a problem for Billie-Jo and she can run with the punches, but factor in Logan Forest and...more
Lisa Hutson
Brand new author to me. You can never be sure what you are getting with them. Big score with this one! What a terrific story. Billie and Logan....She is one in a set of triplet sisters. The three of them are as different as can be. Billie, the tough as nails hockey player. I love tough women. Especially tough women that don't forget they are women. Logan, the tough guy that was in no position to handle such a woman. But he learned. She taught him. And she learned some herself. Really good readin...more
Christina Montminy
This book was great, it was part of a collection that I had bought. Billie is a triplet & a former Olympic Medal winning hockey player who has come home to lick her wounds after being dropped from her team in Sweden after too many concussions. She runs into Logan the man of her dreams & decides to play in a mens hockey league for 2 reasons...1 because she loves hockey & there's no contact in the league...2 she is still in love with Logan even though he doesn't know she exists(even th...more
Terric853
For a free book, this was great. Billie-Jo Barker has been in love with Logan Forest since she was a kid. She's back in her small Michigan town after two concussions ended her pro hockey career and trying to put her life back together. (She played in a league in Sweden.)

Logan is your typical town-bad-boy-made-good who supports Billie's decision to play in the town's amateur hockey league, something many in the town feel is akin to against nature.

Of course, both are attracted to each other. She'...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
08/17/2013 --

Overall Rating = 3.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb /Book Title = 3 / 3 / 3 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3.5 Stars
Character Development = 3.5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 4 Stars
Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$Free on Amazon!]

This is the second book I've read by this author and I liked it. I like her style and I like a sports theme. One thing though ... do you remember an old [very old] television program called "Petticoat Junction"? There were three sisters, a blonde, a brunette and a redhead....more
Jess
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 3.5/5

After a career ending injury playing hockey overseas sends Billie home, she can’t give up the game she loves with all her heart. She can’t afford another concussion, but when she sees the chance to play again in a no-contact men’s league, she signs up; much to the entire town’s dismay. The men in town, save for the hero and a few others, and most of the woman have a very extreme reaction to Billie playing with the men. Her car is trashed...more
Britt
3.5 stars

I really wasn't expecting much from this book. I picked it up as a freebie, the plot seemed cliche and the cover seemed cheesy.

It wasn't the most wonderful book I have ever read but it was slightly better than my expectations of it (which were rather quite low).

The story was pretty cliche. Billie is a woman trying to play in a man league in a very small and sexist town. Logan is the only one willing to give her a break. Sparks fly, some extremely hot sex follows and all of a sudden emo...more
Applesandpie
WTF?!

I was nearly done reading this book when the most annoying girl-imma-slap-your-face part happened.

Let me start with the good part.

It was nice to see Billie take a stand and show the a--holes that a girl can beat guys, obviously a 2 time gold olympian medalist (or was 3) and pro hockey girl player can. She didn't back down and show weakness from all the insult she received. You go girl!!

That's all. Now the bad parts.

Billie, you SELFISH B-tch! Seriously?!
You still want to play hockey even...more
MountainKat
*4- Stars*

I liked this story, the characters were likable and the pace was good. It was a simpler story, not complex and stirring deeper emotions. But it still worked. I was a little frustrated with both the H and h not being open, upfront and honest, but not too badly. My only real complaint would be that some things were repeated over and over. Again not a huge deal, but enough to notice. It was a new author for me, and I will likely continue to read both this series and other books. Especiall...more
Chanpreet
Holy smokes this book was hot! I love the premise behind the book and there were some twists I did not see coming! Another huge bonus for me is the fact that Billie-Jo is a female athlete. Not just any athlete, but one who has played in the Olympics and as a pro on the world stage. I loved her chemistry with Logan, especially the way she got his attention. I also really liked the glimpses into how a woman playing in an all men's league could result in trouble.

I do wish the book had been longer...more
Blodeuedd Finland
A girl comes back to her hometown and falls in love. Yes it's that story.

I can't say I like Billie's sisters. The first one is a stuck-up B, the other one just a mean B. But Billie was good. She loves hockey, and now she is back in her hometown and wants to play for fun. Men are being assholes, because they can't stand that a woman is better than them.

So Billie's sisters are not that nice. The men are not that nice. But then Billie meets Logan whom she has been in love with forever. This was the...more
229pisces
This really wasn't a bad book. The premise had me intrigued and it was a freebie, so why not give it a try? But I thought that it was way too predictable and too over the top. All the good and bad were exponentially increased and seemed too fake.

I liked Billie. She's strong and still feminine. Her background didn't seem real enough since it was a little over the top. Then the animosity of the sisters, wow... Too much drama. Then the severe sexism in the small town was too much as well. Are they...more
Kristin
As I got this book for free on Amazon, I had pretty low expectations for the story but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The story followed Billie, an avid hockey player who not only played on the US team in the Olympics but moved to Sweden to play professionally. She is forced back to her hometown after multiple concussions make it risky for her to play contact hockey. Immediately she feels lost and doesn't know what to do with herself without hockey so she decides to jo...more
FicCentral

At only twenty-four years old, Billie already feels like a has-been. Her professional hockey career in Sweden ended with a concussion, and now that she’s back home, she’s lost. Her sister Bobbi is acting like some kind of Stepford wife, her dad’s dementia tears away at the stability home should offer, and without the sport she’s been living and breathing since she was a child, she has no idea what to do. And then she sees the flyer for the local hockey league.

Logan Forest may have been emotional...more
Amanda Brown
I wasn't expecting much out of this book but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised! I Loved the characters, I laughed, I cried, and I sighed. I found it to be a very enjoyable story and will be adding the next book to my to read list. I saw a couple reviews where people couldn't see some of the book happening in real life, but I didn't have that problem.
(;Lucy.Lala;) (;Book-A-Holic;)
This book totally puts hockey into a whole other level.
This books romance is so turned on, it's not even funny. The MCs of this series can't get enough of each other. I didn't even know what the plot was, was it Billies hockey? Or was it her love (and Logans) romantic drama? Along with her sisters finally coming into town, her father having dementia, and Billies issues...

This book didn't really focus on one thing. Plus, I didn't get enough information about the other sisters, I'm guessig becau...more
Charity Foster
Truly enjoyed this book. Billie is a female hockey player who has come home from Sweden after a career ending injury. She finds out there are local hockey teams that play every Friday night and she is determined to play again, even if it is met with resistance from most of the people in town as it is an all male league. Logan is a captain for one of the teams and is more than willing to give Billie the chance to play. Billie has been in love with Logan for several years, although he never knew....more
Lynn
The part that is a good fit for me: that there heroine is a strong female and is really good at her sport. Not just good for a girl but really good for anyone. I like that kind of set up.

What makes this not a good fit for me: The chemistry is all physical and not emotional. I don't mind heat and steam but I need more of an emotional connection. I honestly was not the biggest fan of the Hero either.


Note: This book has something that is very common in books but drives me up a wall. All the "good"...more
Desiree
I got something like 40% into this book and realized... I really hated all the Barker sisters. I hated the townsmen. I hated the interaction and relationships between the characters. I hated pretty much everything about the book with the exception of the sex scenes, which were actually pretty good.

I found that I just couldn't stand anyone in the book, except Logan, I couldn't stand anything that was happening, and I found I couldn't find a reason to keep reading. This was one of those books tha...more
Sue Parker
I liked this book. Billie Jo has her hockey career cut short because of a couple of concussions. Now she is back home facing her family. Only one of her sisters lives at home. The other one is off doing god knows what. Her father is sick and he gets confused easily. Logan is still the hottest guy in town and she still likes him. She joins a hockey league and starts some controversy. Most of the guys don't want her playing with them. Mainly because she is so much better than them. Logan sticks up...more
Kelly
I really enjoyed reading this book about Billie and Logan.

Billie is a beautiful, sexy and one hell of a wicked hockey player who was playing in Europe until she was sent home because of a head injury.

Billie gets to play hockey for a man's hockey team and the men are not happy about it part from Logan.

Logan is a hot, sexy man who makes any women's panties go down :).

Logan and Billie are so hot and cold with each other they want each other one minute and the next they don't want each other I lik...more
Book_recs4u
This first book in the Barker Triplets series is sexy and a definite page turner! Billie Jo Barker is a well known female hockey player who comes back to her hometown after an injury abruptly ends her career. She decides to join the hometown hockey league against the wishes of the men on the team who think it's no place for a woman. The only one who seems to think she has just as much right as anyone else to be on the team is Logan who she had a crush on once upon a time and has a history with....more
Torie
Billie-Jo was a big league hockey player overseas but an injury had her coming home. This book goes over how Billie-Jo stuck to her principles to play for the local Friday night league while dealing with the irritation of the town that a "girl" wants to play with the men. One of two men in her corner, Logan, stands up for her and offers her a spot on his team. Needless to say, but sparks fly.

This book does a good job of spacing out the sizzling romance scenes, family craziness, and prejudices. I...more
Laura
3.5 fun pleasant read. Drawn to the characters and think the future books look interesting. I liked how the triplets didn't get along all the time but still ave a deep love for each other.
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