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Offside (The Barker Triplets #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  6,453 Ratings  ·  427 Reviews
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
ebook, 222 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by Smashwords
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Nov 30, 2012 Ridley rated it liked it  ·  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 it was amazing
Recommended to Laura the Highland Hussy by: Ridley
Review posted at Demon Lover's Books & More

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
Goddess Of Blah
Feb 12, 2015 Goddess Of Blah rated it did not like it
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.

I'm assuming the author intends to publish 3 books based on a set of triplets called Billy-Jo, Betty-Jo and Bob
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Sep 20, 2012 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ebook, request, 2012
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
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
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 09, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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

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
Danielle Taylor
This was an a decent read for me but nothing special. I liked the plot of the book and watching Billie try to break into the "mens" hockey league. It was entertaining at first but at some point it seemed to be a bit repetitious when it came to the "the men don't want me in the league" story line. The romance was good but there was a lot of references to the past that weren't all that clear and I never really understood why the relationship was so bad between the three triplets. I don't think I'l ...more
Lisa Hutson
Jan 31, 2013 Lisa Hutson rated it it was amazing
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
Ivy Deluca
May 04, 2015 Ivy Deluca rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey-romance
Free read and I'm glad I picked it up. I enjoyed that the heroine is the hockey player and seeing the struggle she had playing in a mens league. Definitely a good start to a series and I will be reading to see what happens to the other sisters.
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
Jun 08, 2016 BookSmacked rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is different from other sports themed stories I read. First the heroine is the sports star and I love that twist. I loved watching Billie Jo determined stubbornness throughout this book. She is a strong woman who was not afraid to stand up to others. I also loved her vulnerability when it came to Logan. I giggled like a school girl during some of their moments. I loved the protectiveness of Logan, it had me swooning.
The storyline of the Barker sisters also has me wanting more.
This o
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'

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
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.
Oct 12, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
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
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
*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
Aug 15, 2015 Caro rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, own
This was a really good book. I loved the characters and their personalities. This was definitely interesting and had great dialog. The plot was great and this definitely has me wanting to read more in this series. I'd definitely like to get to know the 'fam' more and see what happens with the sisters. There was plenty of humor, determination, courage, emotions, and a great ending. Great for an anytime read that leaves you wanting more. Enjoy!
Jenny Thompson
A book that asks the important questions. Like: "is it rape if he's so drunk he thinks he's seducing your sister?" or "Is he a hero among men or is he just a barely decent fellow in a town where everyone else is straight up evil?"
Feb 24, 2013 Chanpreet rated it really liked it
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
Althie Juda
Mar 06, 2015 Althie Juda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Offside was the first book I read of yours. And I have to admit I was hooked from the very beginning. You are a very good author. You know how to bring in the reader.And I want to thank you for that
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
Aug 08, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
received this freebie in exchange for my honest review in the Oh Canada set.

Billie Jo is one of a triplet set that includes sisters Bobbi Jo and Betty Jo, who's stories appear in later books. Billie Jo has returned home disappointed to have her hockey career cut short due to injury. She's at a cross roads, trying to figure out what she is going to do with the rest of her life now that her NHL career is over. In a town richly steepled in hockey it's hard to get away from the sport, and when a loc
May 26, 2016 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is honesty really so hard in books?

While I actually enjoyed the book for the most part-I'm a sucker for romances with some sports thrown in-I just can't get over Billie's idiocy. She has this perfect moment to confess her big secret-that's what Logan just did-but she doesn't even open her mouth? It just seems like in some romance books the characters always have to keep some big secret, that's usually not even that big of a deal, when just opening their mouths and spilling their guts would solve
May 20, 2016 Aarati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing is true of this book. Juliana Stone manages to evoke a myriad of emotions. A little laughter, some angst, some pity and a lot more.

Offside tells the story of Billie Jo Barker a hockey phenom, whose career ended after a head injury. Now back home, she wants to play for the local Friday night hockey league, but her being a girl is creating a lot of controversies.

Things I did not like

- bad editing
- both Bobbi Jo and Betty Jo keep blaming Billie Jo for the problems in their life.
- Bett
Dec 03, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: September 2012

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 battle of the sexes, with everyone choosing sides. Her sisters. The townsfolk. Her frien
Sep 15, 2015 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lucie Paris
Aug 08, 2015 Lucie Paris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I wouldn't have tried this book if I've seen the cover before… It doesn't do the story justice. Of course, there is a hot girl and an handsome man… Of course, it's a romance… But the plot is good.
The author has created some interesting females characters with her triplets as well as with the family drama that has a nice touch of reality.

Dementia, rivalry between siblings, men's world, sports and lust! :-)

I've spend a great time with Logan who is a great man with commitment issues until
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USA Today bestselling author and2015 RITAwinner JULIANA STONE fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she splits her time between baseball, books, and music. When she’s not singing with her band, she’s thrilled to be writing young adult as well as adult contemporary romance—books that have garnered starred reviews fromPublishers ...more
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