Offside (The Barker Triplets, #1)
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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
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
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
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 outs 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 Bo...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
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
Mia
Jan 25, 2014 Mia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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
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
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
Michelle
I read this as part of the collection- Play Hard.
I am fairly certain that I've read the author before- I'm thinking a paranormal romance,

I enjoyed the book for the most part- hated the triplets' names, but I did read the dedication where apparently the author's aunt had the bad taste to name her kids this. Oh well, not my cup of tea in a name.

Anyways, the book was enjoyable enough that I finished it. I liked Logan and Shane.
Wasn't all that impressed with the triplets- Billie was okay, Bobbi ugh...more
Carolyn
I have never read anything by this author but that is about to change. All I can say is WOW, I'm now a fan and want to consume all of her books.
This book is part of a series but also can be a stand alone book. I highly recommend Offside because it's a "don't want to put down, stay up all night book"! I loved it and that's why it got a 5 star rating and a first read choice.
It's funny, steaming hot, includes great characters, a well written plot, a sport that this girl rocks at and a family that j...more
Miki
This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure

My opinion:
As hesitating as I was to start this book I didn’t expect it to be that good! I really loved it. While it was a little difficult for me to get into the story at first because I kept confusing the characters (between Billie, Bobby and Betty you have to follow^^) I got really attached to Billie and Bobby….( I hate Betty even if she appears only a little)… I admire how Billie fought for her dreams and how she isn’t giv...more
Lauren
This was a cute story. Decent story, decent characters...

I liked Billie Jo. Her sisters are bitches but Im sure they will grow on me as the series goes on. Billie was cool, a die hard jock with a strong heart. She took no shit... & she held her head high through all the crap the townsfolk put her through.

I think I liked Shane more then Logan but I love that Logan dressed up as Eric Northman... & also, it was sweet the way that he took up for Billie and picked her for his team. I wish h...more
Felecia Hickman- amaya
I loved this girl power these sisters are really funny together
Tonileg
I don't like sports in an entertainment function, I do like the health benefits and the camaraderie, but I can't stand to sit in the sidelines and just watch other people do sport with one exception.
I do love watching Hockey. I have a hard time putting words to the feeling, but needless to say I do enjoy a hockey romance story.
This is a contemporary hockey romance about a forced early retirement of Bille-Jo (the youngest of the famous Barker triplets) she is almost 25 and has to reevaluate her l...more
Chris Bails
This was a great sport themed read. This story is about Billie, a hockey player, who is being forced to give up what she loves due to an injury. She can still play, but is limited. This is the one thing that she truly has cared about, other than Logan. Logan is the sexy, high school crush that Billie has not been able to get over. Logan is the sexy bad boy that all the women want. His family runs the vet office and his father wanted him to follow, but he decided to open a car-motorcycle shop.
Bi...more
Kristin
Offside is a great contemporary romance starring two hockey players. I loved that the author made the leading lady a hockey player instead of just the damsel in distress. I've read romance novels that revolve around hockey but this is the first one that had a female hockey player.

I must say though, that I didn't understand all the hype over Billi joining the hockey league. I could see some people grumbling about it but vandalizing her car and being outright vicious to her seemed a bit extreme t...more
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
I do love a good hockey themed read, or any contemporary romance that incorporates a sport in general but I have to admit that this one fell short of my expectations for me and left me feeling a little disappointed.

The let down of the read for me was the sisters, Billie-Jo, Bobbi-Jo and Betty-Jo, I found them quite challenging for most of the read and quite a task to bare. However they did have some moments which made them tolerable and I did admire Billie-Jo’s strength to follow her love of ho...more
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