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Virgin Territory

(Hellions Angels #3)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  390 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Practice Makes Perfect

Patrick “Patch” Donnelly has what it takes to be the best goalie in the NHL…if only he could learn to control his temper. When Coach orders him to get his head in the game with private yoga classes, Patch isn’t having it. There’s no way this tough Boston guy would be caught dead downward dog-ing his way to inner peace. But if he refuses, he risks his
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Published March 6th 2018 by Avon Impulse
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Sawyer  ❤
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle, arc
Would you look at those eyes? It’s like they can see right through me. My goodness, I’m just going to stare for a few minutes. Anyway, beautiful cover.

Now for the rest of the review. Patrick is a 25-year-old NHL goalie, and a virgin! He’s brooding and tough on the outside but inside he is the hurt little boy who misses his mom. I loved Patrick. I fell for him as soon as he got served in the most inconvenient way possible.

Margot on the other hand, I couldn’t get behind. I found her character unre
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Virgin Territory is the final book in the Hellions Angels series and one I was most excited for because virgin heroes are my fave and I’ve been dying to get the scoop on the goalie who has a reputation for finding trouble. Patrick Donnelly is currently on the hot seat after an altercation at a bar leads him to being sued. Needing a way to cool his hot-tempered attitude, his Coach decides that it woul
2.5 stars

I’ve read other Lia Riley books and enjoyed them, so I was intrigued by this one.

I liked Margot and Patrick well enough. She stands up for herself and goes after what she wants. He’s gruff and stand off-ish. Together there is a sweetness between them and decent chemistry.

Plot wise, there were a lot of moving parts. Lots of backstory and conflict for both of them, not to mention their working relationship. I would have liked to see more of them getting to know each other. There were so
I've rated this a C+ for AAR which is equal to 3.5 stars.

Of all the plotlines in Lia Riley's Hellions Angels series, Virgin Territory was the one I was looking forward to the most. And yes, it's absolutely because — as the title suggests — this book features a virgin hero.

For the first fifty percent or so of this read, I was all aboard the Virgin Territory train. Yes, fine, I'll admit, I'm a complete sucker for the inexperienced hero trope but I really did feel the connection between the two
Maria Rose
3.5 stars for this latest hockey romance by Lia Riley. Margot is sexually experienced ( though still struggles with slut shaming events in her past) and hockey goalie Patrick is a virgin. Patrick wears his Catholic guilt for being unable to prevent his prostitute mother's death like a horsehair shirt. It's kept him from getting involved with a woman so when he is sent to yoga instructor Margot his first instinct is to rebel against his sudden attraction to her but that doesn't last long. It's an ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a feeling this may be the last book in the Hellions Angels series, and if it is, it was a great finale.

• Patch, the Hellions goalie, with anger issues and a dark past, who has never been in a relationship with a woman.

• Margot, the free spirited yoga instructor, who after many years, has more or less come to terms with her past, but struggles to find men, who keep her interest.


After his bar altercation, Patch was ordered by his coach to meet with Margot to learn some anger con
I like Lia Riley’s writing—which strangely reminds me of the cocksure voices of authors like Kimberly Kincaid, Avery Flynn and a few others—and the self-assured tone that’s found throughout makes the reading process a breeze. And that was enough to request for an ARC of this book, though the premise of the story when I first read it, admittedly made me very wary of it, particularly when this thing called ‘virginity’ comes into question.

So this is all me, my own writerly and readerly hang-ups, th
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly, missy
This book came on fast and furious. I mean, it's a short one - and there's a lot of stuff going on - but I was engaged right away and, ugh, you guys - I loved Patch Donnelly.

I think there's a special place in my heart for virgin heroes. And for me, this virgin hero got everything right. I loved Patch's backstory - which was much more emotional than I had been anticipating. In fact, none of this actually played out in a way that I would have guessed, and I loved it all the more for that.

It is ult
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2018
Romance novellas are hit and miss for me. I've read some excellent books that deliver a compelling romance in under 150 pages, and I've read others that miss the mark. Unfortunately, this is one that never came together for me.

There are two key conflicts in the book, and both are resolved without much effort. The first is what brings our leads together: Patch is required to practice yoga with Margot to learn to control his anger issues. After only a single session, Patch keeps his cool during a
Amber Hughes
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This series has been so fun to read and Virgin Territory is another winner! From the first time Patrick and Margot meet, you just know the sparks are going to fly between these two! I loved these two characters, both individually and together.

Patrick may be a virgin, but when he meets Margot, something just clicks for him and he knows she’s the one. Margot’s been hurt time and time again by the men in her life, but she knows she can trust Patrick and sees the good in him.

But Patrick has painfu
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Virgin Territory is the third book in Lia Riley's Hellions Angels series. This series has been light-hearted, romantic and a whole lot of fun for me. I was excited to dive into Virgin Territory because 1) the hero is a virgin and 2) he is a ginger! I'm glad to say that Virgin Territory was just the fun book I needed when I read it. I was pleasantly surprised that the heroine was also older than the hero. You don't see that a lot in romance, so I was happy to see Lia Riley normalize that in her b ...more
Bambi Unbridled
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Honestly, the dedication of this book turned me off so much that I DNF'd before I even got to the first page. I'm so tired of politics... I don't want to see it in my romance reading, which is usually an escape for me. When I want politics, I will pick up a political romance or something with court intrigue. I wasn't expecting to be hit with it in a hockey/sports romance. Sigh. Maybe there aren't politics in the book, but I'm not going to make the time investment to find out.

On a positive note -
Daphne B.
3.5 (probably would have been 4 if the epilogue wasn't a concentrated dose of all the rushed half-baked cliches the rest of the book didn't have)
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a waste of time!
Review to come when I'm less pissed off about this book

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This was my first time reading Lia Riley and I was drawn to the premise of a virgin hockey player getting together with a more experience woman. The story had a few laughs and while I liked bits of it, in the end this turned out to be a big disappointment.

Things started promising with a funny, smart heroine being all sex positive and taking no slut shaming from anyone. The hero was also rather intriguing from
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

TW: High school bullying, grief, drug use, stalking

Anyone who has stuck around for the last three years of me blogging will know that I developed a love for ice hockey romances. Don't ask me why. I've never watched a game, and about all I know is that people play with sticks, pucks, and fists, and the game is divided into periods, not halves or quarters. That's it. But books about ice hockey players really get me going, and I'm just going to go with it.

I figured this book would be a safe bet
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Man oh man do I love me some Lia Riley. I wanted to get my hands on Patch since I first met him in Mister Hockey. I mean, a badass ginger hockey player who was going to be a priest earlier in life and so he just happens to be a virgin? Come on. This is Kim catnip. And let's take a minute to appreciate that cover while we're at it, ok? H.O.T. 

I absolutely adored Patch and Margot's story. It was fun to watch Patch get all worked up over Margot. H
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review was copied from my romance novel review blog:

Virgin Territory by Lia Riley

I’m not a big sports person, but I suppose hockey is the least of all evils. At least I understand it for the most part. But, lord help me, I love a good hockey romance. I love Lia Riley’s novels. Her Hellions Angels series has been an extremely entertaining, over-the-top sexy ride. Her books do sway a little into the cliché territory in some ways, but honestly I don’t m
I actually couldn’t put this book down –

I adore Lia Riley’s books: humor, heart, heat and plenty of time to escape into the story hide the often deeper struggles of her characters. We’re onto the third book in this series, and this is Margot’s story; good friend of Breezy and Neve and a wholesale change from the two sisters. Margot is a yoga instructor, and hoping to open her own studio plus more; she just needs to get started with concrete moves. When Margot and Neve cook up an idea that invo
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Steaminess Level: Mature

I requested this book for review based on a Twitter recommendation (thank you!). I didn't know much about it beforehand, so there weren't a lot of expectations going into it regarding content, steaminess, etc.

I'm not a sports enthusiast, so I was pleasantly surprised when I actually enjoyed the hockey content. To be fair there weren't actually a whole lot of scenes regarding the sport and what there was wasn't terribly detailed, so that might have had something to do with
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Virgin Territory by Lia Riley is a sports romance with a twist! A feisty and strong female character and a hockey player who is strong and sexy, but also a virgin, which is rare in the romance world!

Patrick “Patch” Donnelly needs to control his tempter. He is on his way to becoming one of the best goalies in the NHL, so he needs to get himself together. However, when his coach basically tells him to do yoga to help him, he wants no part of it. But when he meets Margot, the sparks fly. But he ha
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-wishlist
There is so much more to Patch than I anticipated, keeping his emotions on lockdown has resulted in an eruption or two more often than not on the ice. However, his heart is in the right place and his hotheaded ways land him in hot water when he tries to do the right thing only to be accosted by the biggest douche on the planet.

We already know Margot as Breezy's (Mister Hockey) best friend, although the image she projects hides a sensitive soul who has had to embrace a persona forced on her in he
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I very rarely binge books. After finishing a book, I usually need something different to mix it up a bit. Yeah, that totally went out the window one night because right after I finished Head Coach, I knew I had to jump right into Virgin Territory. So I did and I regret nothing!

Virgin Territory was amazing. Margot likes to give her friends so much shit in their books and I could not wait to watch that girl fall for Patch. I loved Margot. She's hilariously sarcastic with a sweet side that she shar
Suze Lavender
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Patch is a talented NHL goalie, but he's risking his position in the Hellions Angels team because he can't keep his temper under control. To make him feel calmer Patch's coach sends him to private yoga lessons. Patch doesn't like this idea at all, but he doesn't have much choice, if he wants to keep playing he has to give it a shot. Margot, his teacher, surprises him though. Will Patch and yoga appear to be a good match and can she help him to manage his anger?

Margot's love life only consists of
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
***ARC Provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss***

I struggled with how to review this title, how to rate it, and what to say about it. Here's the thing...I liked what I got to know of Patch and Margot. I liked the glimpses I got of their characters, of their lives, and of the reasons they are the people they are.

But, this book had too much in it for the length and, at the end, I wanted more than I got. In order for a shorter book to work, I need to really believe in the story arc of the character
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, although each book is a new romance.

Here we get a very sweet, cute and very enjoyable sports based story. Patch is a man who has spent all his time playing sport, and not being distracted by girls, who suddenly finds one who is just perfect for him. He has a bad reputation for getting angry, but finds that his yoga teache
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
60 sec summary: Patch is a virgin NHL player (of course) whose anger management issues (due to his addict mom's death) land him in a public relations mess when he's sued by a lawyer he attacked in a bar. (Note: I would watch more hockey if more NHLers did this). Margot, our intrepid pussy hat-wearing, Elizabeth Warren quote-toting yoga teacher, is appointed Patch's namaste savior by her bff who happens to be engaged to Patch's coach. Together, Patch and Margot deal with his previously ironclad v ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the perfect quick easy read. I was excited as it involves a male voting (a unicorn of romance) but also because it involved Patch who was an angry ball of rage with a squishy centre. I didn't remember much about Margot going in but she was absolutely perfect. Their romance was light and fun and although there were some serious points made about men and how there are some who feel women owe them something and also about slut shaming and how we disrespect women for no smart reason. It was ...more
Heather andrews
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Patrick you know sometimes is shocked by his woman's boldness, “Patrick.” Her tongue slid over the roof of her mouth as she pronounced the t. “Take off your shirt.” Patch didn’t move. He couldn’t. A hot jolt had zapped him in place." Our boy has some interesting habits, “Patrick.” She wiggled in closer. “You can’t quote the Bible while you’re still inside me.” I loved this book, Patch was a good man and he was easy to love.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Between a 3 and a 4 for me, leaning to 3. I liked the idea of the book (failed priest/virgin hockey player hero and yoga teacher heroine) but there was a lot of instalust. I would have preferred a few months’ worth of chapters between “let me show you some breathing exercises” and “may I blow your mind with my virgin tongue” instead of about 10 minutes. I did appreciate what Riley was doing with the anti slut-shaming/toxic masculinity themes. I’ll always be here for that.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
copy received for honest review
This was a cute story with a twist. Patch the male hero is a virgin and Margot his counterpart is the experienced one. She like sex and does not think women should be slut shamed if they do. She is a yoga instructor and is supposed to help Patch with his anger issues. Patch goes in with considerable caution, however, once he meets Margot things move at a rapid rate. I liked both character. Margot with her confidence and Patch with his stoic, tough demeanor
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