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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,813 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Lucas White is captain of the hockey team, and well deserving of the position. He’s hard-hitting, rough and puts up with very little. He’s kept to himself throughout his years at Providence University, but it’s time to train the next man up in line for his position. His second on the Hockey team has a twin sister that catches everyone’s eye and leaves most of the guys acti ...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by BrixBaxter Publishing (first published April 19th 2016)
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Jul 10, 2016 marked it as dnf
NOT safety gang safe.

This free book was so not my thing. I DNF'd it after chapter 4 but should have put it down earlier.

Here's the first thing that I read that indicated I should give up on it at 6%. It's the hero's POV thinking about the heroine. "There was no way I would defile her the way some of the Ice Queen's begged for us to. Those girls were whores, but Aubrey sat in a class all to herself."

Lovely, these girls are good enough to use for sexual gratification but you look down on them? You
✰♊ Angie ♊✰
Hot hockey player... beautiful ballerina... 3 years of lusting after one another... it all comes down to this.

I liked it... I really, really liked it!

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Lucas, captain of the hockey team, is 3 months away from graduation. His path is set to move on to the pros, but is it his dream or that of his father's? And with his best friend and teammate's beautiful twin sister stealing away
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 sweet and low angst stars!


Set up: Lucas is a senior and the captain of Providence University’s hockey team and has been in love with Aubrey, his teammate’s twin, for three years. Lucas has tagged her as off limits though not only because of his teammate and best friend, but because he believes he is unworthy and all women, even Aubrey, are evil. Aubrey has been in love with Lucas for the last three years, but he acts like a jack
BORING. Jesus. Are all College/NA hockey romances the same? Cuz I swear I've read this plot. A lot.

Keep moving...nothing new to see here :(

DNF 70%

Safety: OW BJ the h all but walks in on. A 30 minute BJ at that. Why does this make me think the author has never given one in her entire life?

Apr 13, 2018 added it
After reading the negative reviews (thank you so much ladies!!!), I most definitely passed on this crappy read immediately! In this date & age to have fictional characters degrade & use women the way this so called "Hero" & his friends did, is a disgusting thing for me to read and no way entertaining! Any woman who is okay with that type of writing (especially of what we are standing up & fighting for these days in real life) is baffling to me.

Insert a sexual scene of Hero with
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
They suppressed their feelings for three long years. Now on his last few months in college, Lucas White, the rising hockey star couldn't hide it anymore. Either he'd pursue his bestfriend's curvaceous sister, Aubrey, and forget about The Caps trading him. Or make his father happy and go to Washington to live his brother's dream for him.

Dancing diva Aubrey's got the rhythm and the stance, but her dance teacher McCraven was harsh with her, always pointing out her big arms and legs and heavy bossom
Hero(s) rating: 2 stars
Heroine rating: 2 stars
Sexual tension rating: 2 stars
Sex scenes rating: 2.5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 2.5 stars
Plot rating: 3 stars
Dialogue rating: 2 stars
Storytelling rating: 2 stars
Story ending rating: 2 stars
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
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Overall rating: 2 stars

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Sam (AMNReader)
Apr 27, 2017 marked it as life-is-too-short  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ugh, I'm four chapters in and it's already hateful. Beautiful but curvy ballerina Audrey is the object of Hockey Captain's desire. But, she's too good for him (she is in love with him, his POV says she's too good for him); The hockey fans who are women and like sex are Ice Queens and they are all wh0res (language from the book) and women are messy and a ton of whining work. In a conversation in the fourth chapter, Audrey walk away from an erect Lucas, then the "head ice queen" offers him a relea ...more
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
I liked this one. I like this one a lot, obviously. If you look at the rating that is easy to tell. I'm starting to understand that Ali Parker novels have just the amount of angst that I like in them, along with telling a fantastic story. It's a sports romance with a "sort of" friends to lovers twist. I'm not really sure you could call them friends, but it's not that you could call them enemies either. I loved it and will be delving into the rest of the series as I have time.
Nov 21, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I'm not gonna read beyond the 11% I got up to. These are the main reasons:

1) Lucas is an asshole with not one single redeeming feature (at this point in time, and I don't care at all enough to keep reading to find out if he improves)
2) The author clearly is happy to talk about how most women are whores, stupid, ridiculous, etc.
3) The heroine doth protest too much about how her brother made her do this job and look after the skanky hos he and his teammates need to have as groupies... I kind of ha
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Author who actually knows the sport

I started as a hockey girlfriend at age 16, became a hockey wife to that boyfriend at 21. I'm now a hockey mom for typecast 14 years to my 17 year old son and my daughter's boyfriend who is his teammate. Believe me, I know the game and so does this author. So hard to find an author who knows this sport. I enjoyed the story even though there were a few relationship issues that bothered me. It was still a good read.
Mandy Saial
Breakaway ( Pro -U Series Book 1) -Ali Parker ( 5 Stars)

Lucas has been the Successful Captain and Ladies man for the Providence Friars Hockey Team for the past 3 years .On his last year he feels the pressure to get his team to the finals , pass the Torch and impress the coaches of the Pro Hockey Teams , but what he didn't factor into the equation is Falling hard for his best friend and team mates Sexy Sister Aubrey.

Can Lucas have it all ....The Girl of his Dreams & A Stellar Career as a Pro
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freebies
This was super super cute. Lucas and Aubrey have known each other for a couple years, so it really wasn't insta lovey. They also didn't have any stupid communication problems, which meant there was really nothing angsty going on. When it comes down to it, this just just a nice and quick read about a college romance with some fun sex scenes thrown in there. I'll definitely read more of this series, as well as some of Ali Parker's other books because I really like her writing.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
I thought this book was better than the average New Adult book.

Here are my few issues:

I am a huge fan of new adult books involving sports and I like the male character to be an athlete (Especially hockey players). I love that premise. However, being a huge hockey fan, I thought that some of the hockey lingo was a bit off. Some of the terms she used and the basic description of the games weren't super correct. They weren't way off either but there were times where I found myself correc
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
The love story between Lucas White, elite college hockey player in his senior year, and Aubrey Moore, star ballerina in her junior year, was nice but tepid. It is set against a background of college culture where Lucas and his teammates have "groupies" (aka Ice Queens) who are loyal to the hockey team and "put out" whenever any of the guys "need a release". The guys refer to their Ice Queens variously as "whores", "hookers", or "sluts", but of course not to their faces. Aubrey is the leader of t ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
I don't even know where to begin....does this author have an editor? Or speak to herself, or other humans, out loud and hear what correct English sounds like? There were so many grammatical errors in this book it drove me insane. Parker doesn't know the difference between nouns and verbal adjectives (for ex: "You're a little bias,".....WTF?! It's biasED, onomatopoeia gone wrong?). Misuse of prepositions, using the word "where," when she should have used "while," verb/noun disagreement, etc. etc. ...more
Karen Shortridge
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this for my honest review. Mainly I liked the fact both main characters had their own sports and very strong characters, Lucas as hockey captain and Aubrey as a ballet dancer as well as the other characters it gives you a great story.
It is told from both Aubrey and Lucas points of view, having known each other for a few years, although maybe from a slight distance, as a reader you are instantly able feel there is a strong connection between the two characters and the alternating point
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult, romance
2.5 stars. This book was a quick easy free read. It just wasn't anything special. The I've known you for 3 years and loved you from the moment we met but barely bothered to get to know you, wasn't my thing. There were some grammatical errors that detracted a little from the story but nothing drastic. I also was not a fan of the concept of the Ice Queens.

I love hockey and dance so I had expectations for this book and am disappointed that it never reached its potential. All and all there wasn't an
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Both Lucas and Aubrey have parents who wants them to be the best at their sport. In his case his dad and her case her mum.
Next to dancing she also helps her twin brother manage the ice hockey queens. This brings her close to the team captain Lucas.
They are both in love with each other for three years but nothing has happened between them in the past.

In this book that changes in a big way. They start a hot relationship, will this relationship survive all the things happening?
For that you have to
Heather in FL
This might be closer to 3-1/2 stars. It was an entertaining story, but the editing issues kept pulling me out of the story. It was cute how Lucas and Aubrey finally acted on their 3-years-running crush, and it was nice for them both to achieve their dreams. While this was an entertaining story overall, I probably won't continue with the series. I know Aubrey's twin and bestie will probably be the focus of a future one, but I guess I just don't care enough to know what happens with them.
beth myrick
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read.

I've been looking forward to reading this for awhile. It was good. Unfortunately it wasn't everything I thought it would be. Those reasons are my own, and I'm clearly in th minority. I loved the characters for he most part. The storyline was fantastic. This us a book I encourage anyone who likes college, NA, sports romances to definitely read this.
Stacey Raymond
Jul 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a chore to read. The romance was immature. I did like the ballet though, but the characters, the plot, the story telling, and the pacing were not to my taste. The relationship didn't feel realistic, but none of these romance stories ever do for me. It was petty and the story felt forced and contrived.
Paige Whittington
Disappointed by lack of research

The drug analogies were seriously under researched. Loved it all the same though!

Marijuana wouldn't cause half of that. Shrugs
Jobby Siwa
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm a hockey romance fan but I can't relate to Lucas and Aubrey.
Maybe it was my mood but no, I don't feel like it.

Paula Genereau
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my!!! This book is awesome. I loved it. Hard to put down. Lucas is one heck of a guy. He's hot. Lol.

I received a copy of the book for my honest review
Moon Love
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Cover: 1/5 - super cringey... but it is kind of funny at the same time. Hm, maybe 1.5 for being so obvious. haha

Story: 4/5

This is the second book by this author that I've read. I liked the first book, but it was broken up like a serial and that annoyed me because it wasn't advertised that way. So I was worried when I started this one that it would be the same thing. Luckily, it wasn't. I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters. They were funny and sassy and managed to not come off as c
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
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It took me a long time to warm up to the characters in this book.

Normally it's the men of books that I tend to bond with sooner over the females, but this time it was Lucas who I just didn't bond with.
I think it was that he really just didn't want to play hockey for the bulk of the book, and that just irked me... I didn't want to read a hockey book about someone who hated hockey.
He got over that thankfully...

The book wasn't bad. It was enjoyable, it did take me forever to read though just becau
J Young
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A genuine romance!

Aubrey Moore is the Queen Bee of the Ice Queens and an incredibly talented dancer. She is also twin to Jayce, a hockey player on the Providence University hockey team and second in command to the team captain, Lucas White. Aubrey has crushed on Lucas for years but Jayce warns her that Lucas is “damaged goods.” Although the Queen Bee wasn’t into giving the type of team support the Ice Queens had a reputation for, she might make an exception for Lucas if she can just get him to
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