On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of groupies who are only after me for my fame and money. My ideal woman knows how to enjoy a little good, clean fun—and maybe some not-so-clean fun too. ...more
I loved a few things about this book.
1) The story is not what you think.
2) The plot actually had some great twists and interest other than sex and hockey
I have enjoyed many books by L.P. Dover and this one was a bit of a surprise with the plot. When the cover leads you to assumptions about the content, you can get hung up on that. We are expecting a sports style read, judging from the gorgeous hunk of body going on. This is Not ...more
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I don't know how it's taken me this long to read this story since I've read all the others in this series already, but I'm glad I finally went back and read this one. Kellan and Kristen were both enjoyable characters and it was fun getting to see how they first met after seeing them already together in the next books.
I can't say it was my favorite Breakaway novel though since there were things that just didn't make sense to me while reading. Mostly the fact that ...more
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This was my first book to author L. P. Dover and I must admit that it wasn't what I expected at all.
I am a cover bitch. Unless the author is already known to me, most of my bought, requested or borrowed books are based on the cover or the blurb, the reason why Hard Stick sat on my kindle the moment I saw it on Netgalley.
When I'm picking sports romance novel to read then I'm expecting to find some sport. The rush of ...more
I want to say i enjoyed it so i will just say i enjoyed it.. :-)
If you are a fan of hockey this is not the book for your (don't let the stick on the coverpage fool you)..but if you are me and know nothing about hockey (hey, am East African- ask me about lions and their habitat i will talk your ear off) then this is the book for you.
The book has a twist that revolves around the heroine and her crazy ex that i really enjoyed..i enjoy these types of stories.. the whole damsel in distress ...more
When I opened Hard Stick by Leslie P. Dover, I expected a hot hockey romance. What I got was so much MORE!!! Hard Stick is not a light hockey romance. It's a story of danger and desire meets strength and survival. Hard Stick is a fast-paced, heart-thrashing thriller meets hockey romance.
Beautiful bartender, Kristen, and hot hockey captain, Kellan, are MAGIC together!!! They have a combustible chemistry that is unstoppable and both are kind souls. I LOVED them! These two characters are ...more
This is not a sports romance. The hero happens to be a hockey player, but the story isn't really about that at all. Its really about a girl in the witness protection program.This book is really more of a contemporary romance similar to her Second Chances series, just about a hockey team instead of a football team.
Kristen picked the WRONG guy. Now, because of it, she is living in a town under a different name and has to fake her own death to try and get him to abandon his pursuit of her. ...more
Breakaway # 1
This was so not the story I was expecting. It was so much more. This isn't your typical sport romance novel. From the first chapter to the last , you will be wanting more.
On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of groupies who are only after me for my fame and money. My ideal woman knows how to enjoy a little good, clean fun—and maybe ...more
Its too late when Kristen realizes the man that she is involved with isn't who she thought he was. A controlling, obsessed liar, Mitchell makes sure that everything happens the way that he wants it to, no matter what the casualties may be. Her only option is to run with the clothes on her back and change her name until Mitchell is behind bars.
This is my first book by this author. I requested for an ARC bec sports romances are one of my favorite tropes. But the best thing I can say about the story is that it was bland. Not quite meh. Not bad. Just bland. I finished it but am I keeping it on my Kindle? Nope. Sorry.
1) I think the problem is that there was too much going on but the author didn't really delve deeper into the critical themes/issues that were outlined. Scenes were ...more
Wow! I couldn't put this down.
Hard Stick is not what I expected at all. Yes the main character is a hockey player but the main focus is on Kristen.
Kristen is on the run from her crazy, ruthless and powerful ex and with the help of the FBI changes her identity, fakes her own death and starts a new life.
Kristen works in a bar where Charlotte strikers hockey team regularly meet up.
Kellan has been relentlessly trying to get Kristen to go out with him for a year.
With the Faking ...more
WOW!!!! Totally not at all what I expected. I went by title,author and cover. The saying goes don't judge a book by its cover is true to this. L.P. Dover totally has your mouth drop and edge of your seat. Lots of excitement. She did a wonderful job on thus story. The characters were wonderful. Fighting for what you want in life and doing all you have to do to survive!!! L.P. Dover really knows how to throw a few great twists in a story. The author did that with ...more
But let me explain! First off, the characters just felt a little... generic? to me. It isn't really so much that Kellan was a bad character, because he wasn't, I just don't think he was much of a character at all. And that's something that I find is common with the male component of M/F romance novels. The male ...more
Kellan lived his life on the ice a professional ice hockey player he had everything he could want except a good woman until he meets Kirsten would he be able to break down her walls and give him a ...more
So, let's start at the beginning. Apparently I asked my library to add this book to their e-holdings. I do not remember doing this, but I've been on a sports romance kick lately and this is a hockey romance, so I probably did, because they sent me an email saying, "We got that book in for you," so I read it.
That was my first mistake.
Okay, one, this is not a hockey romance. This is a romance in which the hero is a hockey player. There's a difference. Also, I am ...more
Series: Breakaway #1
Author: LP Dover
Genre: Sports Romance but read like Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Cliff Hanger: No
*This story is for mature audiences only. Contains explicit scenes and language intended for adults 18+
He carries a big stick. And he’s not afraid to use it.
On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of ...more
Hard Stick starts out with a bang and keeps on delivering. Unfortunately, the danger is anticlimactic and leaves you thinking, "Is that it?" The buildup doesn't particularly match the suspense factor. The "connection" Kellan and Kristen have could've been more substantial. I loved the story, however, it has flaws. There is a few characters from previous L.P. Dover books (although, this is the first book I've read by this author) and they were kind of random.
My criticism of the anti climatic
HARD STICK was amazing. The plot had a little of everything: mystery, drama, conspiracy, romance, hockey, tragedy, humor, and hope.
The characters are ...more
~ 5 Not What You Expect Stars ~
Hard Stick is truly a book that is a case of Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover, but in the BEST way possible.
This is my first L.P. Dover book and I am extremely happy I took a chance on a new author to me. After reading this book it just means I now have to go back and read all of her books.
This was an AMAZING book!!!! I will warn you if you go into this book ...more
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book; it had so many components I just love in romance. It's not a straight sports romance - while the male lead (Kellan) is the captain of a professional hockey team, that is not the main focus of the book. He is handsome and GOOD and emotionally available and GOOD - without being a sap or a punk (there's a fine line there). Kristen (the female lead) is hiding from a troubled and dangerous past but I love ...more
I really loved how serious it started...I wasn't expecting "serious". I thought fluff and flirting. Well, "serious" was suspenseful and horrible.
I enjoyed how Kirsten took her survival seriously with training and exercise. She was a strong smart woman!
Kellan was perfect. I liked how the story had a nice flow and when Kellan and "Ten" got engaged we were happy for them.
Lots of surprises keeps us in suspense. Kellan is a great book boyfriend!!
Thanks to author for ARC as it was a ...more
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: June 13, 2017
He carries a big stick. And he’s not afraid to use it.
On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of groupies who are only after me for my fame and money. My ideal woman knows how to enjoy a little good, clean fun—and maybe some not-so-clean fun too. That’s the kind of girl I’d never let go.
When Kristen Robinson, the ...more
This book had its ups and downs for me. Those first couple of chapters were riveting...and more than a little heartbreaking. I enjoy romantic suspense so that aspect of the story line worked for me.
There were a few other things that worked for me...
* the book was easy to read. I didn't have any problem sticking with the book or the book dragging at all.
*I liked the bits of hockey that were on the page. There wasn't much, but what there was worked for me. I especially liked the scenes ...more
* My review for Blocked is on its way…
Hard Stick is the first book in the Breakaway series. We are introduced to the players of the hockey team, the ...more
I would just like to start by saying that one of the things that I loved about this book was catching up with Brooklyn - featured in Camden's Redemption. There is always something rather special about finding old friends in a new series, and she was so perfectly placed too!
This is a fast paced book with a lot of FBI/danger issues which stem from a very bad previous boyfriend choice by the female lead, Kristen. She is ...more
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
This is a sweet, fun story with suspense and intrigue thrown into the mix to make it a satisfying read. I enjoy everything L. P. Dover writes and I love stories about hockey players, so I was excited to read this and I wasn't disappointed.
Kristen is forced to take on a new identity when she runs away from her psycho boyfriend. She is devastated when she leaves her ...more
She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white-water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two ...more