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Jersey Girl

(Sticks & Hearts #1)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,466 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Brantley Cage is a standout D-man on Great Lakes University hockey team. Now that his dream of signing with the Detroit Red Wings has come true, his goals for senior year are simple: Work hard. Score big. Stay away from love.

And then he meets her. There's just one problem. She's the sister of his best friend, and he’s been warned that she’s off-limits…

Cassie R
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Paperback, 354 pages
Published May 23rd 2016 by Rhonda James, Author LLC (first published May 16th 2016)
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Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Superman STARS

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This is my first read by this author and from the synopsis cover I was all in. The story was a solid read yet felt a bit like the same old college sports book with slight adjustments.

Cassie Rivers transfers to her hockey star brother’s college and falls for his teammate/best friend Brantley Cage. The obstacles in this book are centered around some ridiculous bro code the two guys have between one another.

”Bro Code #1...Never ever have sex with your friend's sister.

Bro Code #2...Never kiss your fri
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Book-Bosomed  blog
Apr 06, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @45%

Warning: This is more of a rant than a review but it’s my very honest gut response:

I feel like I should label this review “How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Romance.” Because really this is a classic case of an engaging, budding romantic story ruined by an unnecessary OW scene that makes the hero look like a total douche. Until this point, the story was doing a great job of building the relationship between Cassie and Brantley, but after becoming each other’s best frie
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Sabrina
Bro Code #1...Never ever have sex with your friend's sister.

Bro Code #2...Never kiss your friend's sister.

Bro Code #3...Don't even consider code one or two.

Brantley Cage is prepared to break all of these rules for his best friends little sister. When Cassie Rivers shows up he tries to stay far away, not wanting to be around the her form of temptation. Being his best friends little sister puts her on the Do Not Fuck list right away, no matter how much he wants her. Cassie doesn't care about the rules, though, and she want
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Jessica
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2016
5 BRANTLEY'S JERSEY GIRL STARS!!

When I love an author, I make no secret about it. When it comes to Rhonda I can't even find the words to express how much I adore her. I feel lucky to have found her at the beginning of what I'm sure will be a very long and successful writing career. I get to be there for the whole journey and cheer her on all the way.

This was hands down a BEST BOOK OF 2016 for me! It was a total 5 star read that I will recommend to anyone who loves a great "friends to lovers", "older brother
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Melissa Mendoza
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title:Jersey Girl
Author:Rhonda James
Series:
Publisher:Rhonda James
Reviewer:Melissa
Release Date:May 18, 2016
Genre(s):Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count:300
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Brantley Cage is a standout D-man on Great Lakes University hockey team. Now that his dream of signing with the Detroit Red Wings has come true, his goals for senior year are simple: Work hard. Score big. Stay away from love.

And then he meets her. There's just one problem. She's the sister of his best friend, and he’s been warned that she’s off-limits…

Cassie Rivers is a musician desperately in need of a do-over. Leaving the past behind, she transfers to GLU in search5
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Count:300
HeatRomance
Page2016
ContemporaryJames
ReleaseJames
RhondaGirl
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Oh my goodness, I love sports romances! I was super excited for this one and it did not disappoint. It’s an entertaining story—with good guys and not-so-good guys and some electrifyingly steamy moments.

I loved Brantley, pretty fiercely. I adored how protective he was without ever being restrictive or controlling. He was a refreshing change from the other men in Cassie’s life. Cassie took me a little longer to warm up to. I felt like she tried too hard sometimes—then I eventually realized that s
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Nadine
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Superman-Stars!

Do you know that feeling when you like a book very much but you also know that you shouldn't for a bunch of reasons? That's what was happening with me while reading Jersey Girl.

Jersey Girl is the story of Brantley Cage, a college hockey star on his way into the NHL, and Cassie Rivers, music major and the sister of Brantley's best friend. Brantley got burnt four years ago and has sworn off love. One night stands, that's what he goes for. And we should not forget that she, as si
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Subtle cover.

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Elaine
May 16, 2017 marked it as stay-away
fuck this shit and fuck authors who make fucking weak heroines and pieces of shit heroes https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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Slick's review:

After reading an ARC of Rhonda James' Fire and Ice the second book in her Sticks & Hearts series, I immediately went and 1-clicked the book I missed Jersey Girl and I'm so glad I did. This new adult series centers around the hockey team of Great Lakes University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and while they could be filled with a lot of new adult angst, the two I've read are filled with young people trying to find their way in the world, of youthful relationships turning t
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Anita
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to be given an ARC of Jersey Girl. I have given an honest review. Just finished and WOW!! Score!!! Goal!! Whatever Hockey players do. I will have a book hangover for a few days . I was so excited I know I was reading so fast just sucking up all the words like fine chocolate. Amazing story Rhonda!! I am on the floor in a puddle. So so good ladies!The story is about Cassie (a musician)and a hunky hockey player named Brantley. They first meet when her Brother Scotty lets her stay i ...more
The Book Lover
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book from cover to cover what a beautiful, amazing and fantastic story of true best friends to lovers.. I'm not going to lie I had to read it slowly because I didn't want to be done with it.. I loved the fact that two wrongs formed a right.. I loved the entire build up of their relationship, how without even realizing it everything was changing and for the better. This is one of the books that will definitely stay with because it made me feel stuff that I can relate to.. It really h ...more
Barbara Ingram
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Jersey Girl
Author: Rhonda James
Series: Sticks & Hearts #1
Publisher: Self
Reviewer: Barb
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, NA, Hockey, Friends to Lovers
Page Count: 282
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5



Review:


*****5 Blast the Bro Code Stars*****

What is a “Bro Code”?

“BRO CODE # 1….NEVER EVER HAVE SEX WITH YOUR FRIEND’S SISTER
BRO CODE #2….NEVER KISS YOUR FRIEND’S SISTER
BRO CODE #3….DON’T EVEN CONSIDER CODE ONE OR TWO.”


This is my first Rhonda James novel and although I don’t generally choose to read college NA, I really enjoyed this one! Brantley and Cassie meet when she arrives at the same college as her olderCode”?
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
I LOVE a good 'Brothers best friend' story.
This hits all the right buttons. The writing is flawless, it just flows along at the right pace the whole way through. I was sucked in right from the start, from Cassie stopping with her brother and waking to find herself in Brantley's bed WITH him. Bless his reaction. Men are so dense when it comes to realising they are in love! They feel shocked that it could happen to them.
I felt like I was in the room with Brantley and Cassie. Their love
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United Indie Book Blog
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
WOW!!! I freaking loved this book. Jersey Girl by Rhonda James is my favorite kind of love story. You know the story, girl falls in love with brothers best friend. Yeah that one. They are my absolute favorite to read and Jersey Girl was done right!

Jersey Girl centers around Brantly Cage AKA Superman the hot sexy hockey player and Cassie Rivers AKA Dimples the sweet and sassy musician. When they first meet Brantly has no clue who Cassie is and things start off hot but quickly turn col
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Laci
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, I really liked it.

I was so looking forward to the next book in the series, however, the author doesn't have a link up for it so I can't add it to my TBR. Odds are I'll probably end up missing it.


Samantha Larkin
2.5 stars! It was a very quick read! OW scene (though the 2 MC's weren't together at the time and he did stop when h walked in on them) it did get better when they finally get together! Happy reading to anyone who tries it!
Lisa :)
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I‘ve been in a serious book funk these last couple of weeks or months even and I was afraid that I outgrew n/a romance.


Turns out I didn’t. I just read some real bad books recently.


Anyways,


Jersey Girl is a great book in the n/a genre!

It has everything your looking for.

A great hero? Check!
A relatable heroine? Check!
Manwhore-turned-one-woman-guy? Check!
Some drama? Check!
Swoonworthy gesture at the e
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Christine
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
Jersey Girl by Rhonda James is a best friend's sister romance with heart, so much heart. Cassie Rivers heading into Sophomore year of College she transferred to GLU not only for a change but to be closer to her brother, Scotty Rivers star goalie for hockey team and drafted by the Red Wings, in his final year of school. A music student, Cassie's just looking to fit in and make new friends and really find her way in life, needing to get away from a ex who won't take no for an answer. When she wake ...more
Cierra McCauley (Cierra's Corner)
This book blew me away!

I absolutely loved this story! I was so hooked from the first character! This was a sweet, sexy, intense read! Don't pass on this book!
Joyce
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Theoretically I should have liked this. I’m bummed that I just didn’t feel it. I usually like stories with similar premises. In this case, I didn’t like the main female character, Cassie.

First, she seemed to cry in every chapter - so much so that at one point I was beginning to suspect she was pregnant but she hadn’t had sex yet.

Secondly, and this may sound harsh but, I didn’t respect her. She wasn’t strong or independent. She seemed to use guys as a crutch. When she was lonely at t
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Michelle Austin
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Jersey Girl
Author:Rhonda James
Publisher:Rhonda James, Author LLC
Reviewer:M. Austin
Release Date:5-18-16
Genre(s):Contemporary Romance (Hockey)
Page Count:300
Heat Level: 4flames out of 5
Rating: 5stars out of 5
Blurb:

Brantley Cage is a standout D-man on Great Lakes University hockey team. Now that his dream of signing with the Detroit Red Wings has come true, his goals for senior year are simple: Work hard. Score big. Stay away from love.

And then he meets her. There's just one problem. She's the sister of his best friend, and he’s been warned that she’s off-limits…

Cassie Rivers is a musician desperately in need of a do-over. Leaving the past behind, she transfers to GLU in sear5
Brantley5stars5
4flamesCount:300
Heat(Hockey)
PageDate:5-18-16
ContemporaryAustin
ReleaseLLC
M.James
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Jenny
Hero(s) rating: 3 stars
Heroine rating: 2.5 stars
Sexual tension rating: 3 stars
Sex scenes rating: 4 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars
Plot rating: 4 stars
Dialogue rating: 3 stars
Other woman/men drama: (view spoiler)
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Storytelling rating: 3 stars
Story ending rating: 3 stars
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
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Overall rating: 2.5 -3 stars


I think Jersey Girl had a ton of pr
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Christina Reed
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: na-sports, hockey
I'm scrolling though facebook one day and I immediately stop when I see this cover!!! This cover is amazing! Hello sexy Amber eyes! Then I read the blurb and I got so excited and knew I had to read it! A hockey bad boy and a Music student that happens to be B's best friend's little sister! I love a good friends to lovers story and that's exactly what I got with this book!

Brantley Cage is a sexy college hockey player who is afraid of love. He is kind of your typical sports manwhore he
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Nina Traweek
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and let me tell you I can't wait to see if there is another....
Cassie is supposed to be off limits for Brantley because of the "bro code".

Cassie transferred schools to connect with Scotty, her brother, and roommate/bestie of Brantley. Her brother rarely has time for her between hockey, school and his girlfriend. Cassie begins to feel lonely but she won't say anything to let him know how she feels. Enter Brantley... He finds Cassie
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Annamaria
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Fantastic Stars! Cassie transfers to a new school to get a fresh start and to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Her brother is on the school's hockey team and she ends up meeting the team's star defenseman Brantley. Brantley is known for being a ladies man with one rule never hook up with your best friend's sister. When he finds out that Cassie is his best friend's sister they try to be just friends. The problem then becomes that they can not ignore their attraction towards one anothe ...more
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
3 "SUPERMAN" STARS.

Ok! This is going to be short and sweet.

Jersey Girl is about Brantley - a loyal hocky player, who is destined to be someone in the hocky world. And who thinks that in order to achieve his goal he needs to stay away from love.

Cassie - she is the little sister of Brantley's best friend. She is a musician, in need of a redo.

"She may be little, but she's a pistol."

Brantley & Cassie met when she transferred to GLU in search of something or someone, bu
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Aubree
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Where to start... the beginning.

Rhonda James, amazing person that she is, gifted me this ebook after I won a signed paperback and told her I hadn't read anything by her before but was excited to!

Now, I am so glad she did! I couldn't put it down. At first I was intrigued but started to get an it disappointed with the direction the book seemed to take after Brantley and Cassie's first encounter. Been there, read that. But then everything changed!

Brantley was there for her when Scott wasn't. He
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Jenny B
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been a few months since a book has taken me away like this story. Rhonda James is a talented author and wrote an amazing story that had me hooked from the first page.

The characters had great depth/development and I felt like nothing was missing in their backstory. Rhonda paced the story in such a way you had all the information you needed and at just the right time. This book had me on an emotional roller coaster with anger, tears, laughs and just big smiles while reading. I would highly
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Melissa Ann PA
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing for Book Boyfriend Heaven

Jersey Girl by Rhonda James was the first book I have read from this author and I loved every part of this book I waited with baited breath to see what was going to happen with Brantley and Cassie. I mean what was Brantley supposed to do when he is attracted to his best friends little sister. Not much he can do it was good seeing them become true friends and the banter that went between the two as they are fighting the attraction that is there. Of c
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Rhonda James is an Amazon bestselling author who loves a good HEA, believes nice guys don’t finish last, and strives to create a book boyfriend for all her readers. Rhonda is married and lives in Michigan with her family. When not writing, some of her guilty pleasures include kissing, diving into a good book, and wasting time on Facebook, though she may do one more than the others.

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“Cassie, stop. I can't do this.' He pulls back to meet my hurt gaze.
'I know why you're doing this.' I draw a breath, letting it out on a long exhale. 'You don't trust me with your heart. You're afraid if you give it to me there's a chance it could be broken, again.'
'It's been shattered once. I'm afraid next time it won't get broken. It'll be obliterated,' he says quietly.
I press a single kiss to his lip. 'You're my Superman. You're not supposed to be afraid of anything.'
'Even Superman had weaknesses.”
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“Cassie, stop. I can't do this." He pulls back to meet my hurt gaze.
"I know why you're doing this." I draw a breath, letting it out on a long exhale. "You don't trust me with your heart. You're afraid if you give it to me there's a chance it could be broken again."
"It's been shattered once. In afraid next time it won't get broken. It'll be obliterated," he says quietly.
I press a single kiss to his lips. "You're my Superman. You're not supposed to be afraid of anything."
"Even Superman had weaknesses.”
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