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Center of Gravity

(Ice Tigers #2)

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He’s a professional hockey player trying to win the Cup. I’m just trying to win his heart.

It was supposed to be only one night. But one night can change your life forever. And even the most magical nights have consequences.

Emilia Ravelli lives a fairy-tale life… or does she?
What appears picture perfect on the outside can crumble on the inside. And holding up appearances i
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Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published February 25th 2020 (first published February 22nd 2020)
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Dali
With “Center of Gravity” Isabella Cassazza continues to expand her Ice Tigers series, in which heiress Emilia Ravelli is sent overseas to prove herself worthy of taking over the Ravelli conglomerate.

After being betrayed, Matt Walker’s only focus is hockey. He’s only interest is in doing his best to help his team win the Cup. He’s not interested in women and he’s certainly not interested in the bombshell from Italy who’s taken over the Ice Tigers management. Not even if she has a secret that wil
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Angela
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Center of Gravity is the first book in the Ice Tigers series, and my first read by Isabella Cassazza. Even though this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. But, having said that this story has intrigued me enough to want to go back and read the first book too, before continuing the series.
This is a sweet contemporary sports romance about finding love unexpectedly- with a couple of surprises thrown in to keep things interesting. The characters were well develop
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Katie
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fashion princess + a hockey God = two babies + a Vegas wedding.

Emilia has spent her whole life trying to make her grandfather, the only family she had left, proud. However, no matter how much she tried and sacrificed, it was never enough for the old school patriarchal man.
So, when she found herself pregnant from a one night stand, she saw it as the last straw, and the biggest failure and disappointment for her grandfather.

Until her life took an even more unexpected turn and she was asked to mo
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World Of Books 65
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's not always easy to get it right when writing a sports romance but Isabella Cassazza has produced a story that blends hockey with a great story!

Emilia Ravelli born and raised in Rome is the only grandchild to the Ravelli fashion fortune and has been groomed to take over the company when her grandfather dies. She wears the beautiful gowns is seen on the arms of the most eligibly men but its not real live and not what she wants. Emilia has always felt like a disappointment to her grandfather w
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Kari Hansen
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever since she was a child it has been Emilia and her grandfather, but she is being to feel weighed down by trying to make him proud even if it doesn’t make her happy. When she finds herself heading to Boston to manage the hockey team he recently purchase she is already feeling out of her element and that was before finding out that one of the players is a man she spent one night with and the father of the baby she carries.

Matt has a painful past and isn’t about to venture down that path again a
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Lindsay
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5
This was a very slow burn, like embers. I like that it was different than most pregnancy and hockey romances, but there just didn’t seem to be a lot of chemistry between Emilia and Matt until closer to the end of the book. I didn’t feel like there was any growth of their romance.
There was a HEA, and once they were together it seemed to flow more, I just wish that I saw more progress before they officially were together.
I guess this one just wasn’t for me, though I would try another from th
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Crystal
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Italian heiress Emilia Ravelli has a one-night stand with American Matt Walker, neither thought they’d see the other again. But fate, and someone else decides otherwise.
Sent from her home to Boston to run the newly acquired Boston Ice Tigers, Emilia just knows she’s in over her head. After all, even though her father had been a hockey player, she knew next to nothing about the sport. Now, an entire organization is dependent on her to not run the organization, but to make sure they make the
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Becky Burrier
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey-romance
I can hardly believe that this is only the second book from by Isabella Cassazza. Center of Gravity is simply amazing. This remarkably written story is an emotional journey of two people who truly need each other.
Emilia feels the pressure of being raised by her Old-World grandfather and never being quit good enough for him. You feel her slowly losing her lights because of the over baring personality of her grandfather. But a magical one-night stand and a chance to manage a Hockey team in Boston
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MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

Emilia gets a bit blindsided when her grandfather informs her that he bought a hockey team and that she is the one that he is sending to America to run it. Emilia's world is changing in leaps and bounds, and the last thing she needed was this move, but she is going to make the best of it, so with a very optimistic attitude she sets off on this new journey. As she is doing her research on the team, she is shocked to find out that the man that she had an amazing one nig
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Jackie Wright
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for Center of Gravity
This is the first book I have read by this author and I’m really left wondering why she hasn’t crossed my radar before now. I will certainly be going back to read book one in this series as well as checking her other works out as soon as time permits . I love a good Hockey romance and let me tell you this book did not disappoint in fact I loved everything about it.
Emilia has spent her life trying please the only family member she has left her grandfather but it se
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Karyn Taylor
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Center of Gravity is the 2nd book in the Ice Tigers Hockey Romance Series by Isabella Cassazza. Each book can be read as a standalone but centre around a hockey team so characters will reoccur. I hadn’t read the first book in this series before reading this one but now that I have read the blurb of the 1st book I NEED to read it ASAP.
One thing I don’t usually mention when writing a review is the cover of a book but as this book has the beautiful Kamil Nizinski on the cover, it’s certainly worth
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Lisa
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibbb-year-4
I absolutely love this story! It is filled with wishes, lost hope and amazing characters. This really pulled me in from the beginning and I could arely put it down. Each page I flipped drew me more into the lives of these two. Matt, who feels relationships with women are a terrible idea since they only let you down. I am thrilled we got chapters with his thoughts and feelings otherwise I would have labeled him a emotional jerk. Then there is Emilia who feels like everything in her life she fails ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emilia is a girl who has spent her time on earth trying to make her old school Italian grandfather proud, but boy is it a high mountain to hike. Matt has had enough personal drama that has left him with trust issues, so he decided to spend his energy focusing on his career in hockey, not women & relationships. He & Emilia hook up on drunken night, both believing it was that one time & they move on to other things, but fate had more in store for them. First of all, that night resulted in a big wo ...more
Chantelle Bouffanie
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This is the second book in the An Ice Tigers Hockey series. This is also my first time reading one of Isabelle stories. This story is about Emilia and Matt. They met one very hot night in Italy. Then a few months later her grandfather bought a hockey team in the states. Also put Emilia in charge of the team. Here comes the heart stopper Matt is on that TEAM, yikes! Matt is living his dream as professional hockey player. Whil ...more
Donna
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Matt and Emilia don't meet under the best of circumstances and both have their own secrets. Neither knows who the other person is other than a first name. They meet in Italy and share a night together. Emilia has been raised by her powerful Grandfather but can't seem to do anything right in his eyes, so he sends her to Boston to manage the Hockey team he just bought. As Emilia is going through the personnel forms before a meeting she comes across Matt's page and is floored. Well now she knows wh ...more
Rosanna Ingram
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
After being betrayed, Matt finds himself in Italy. There, he has a one-night stand with a hot Italian woman before heading back to the US where his life is. More importantly...that's where his hockey team is. As a member of the Ice Tigers, his focus is on winning the next game and winning the cup.

Emilia is sent to Boston to run the Ice Tigers. Her grandfathers expects her to be successful and get the team to the finals. Imagine Isabella's surprise when her one-night stand from back home is list
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Liz
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading something by Isabella Cassazza and I am so going back for more after I finish this review. This book was a perfect read for a rainy day. It has the slow burn romance with a sports theme and hot men and fun fashion to boot. Throw in babies and I pretty much am in heaven.

In Center of Gravity we find Emilia struggling to please and make her grandfather proud. Something that is even more crucial given his financial and social status. Things seem to take a turn for the
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Betsy Melano
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet romance

I really enjoyed reading Center of Gravity: An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance by Isabella Cassazza. Living in an area where hockey is a big deal, I was pleasantly surprised by the idea of a hockey romance. This story about Emilia Ravelli, a heiress to a clothing company, really resonated with me. Emilia has tried so hard to show her grandfather that she can be the CEO of the family company but sh seems to have trouble every time to show him she can do it. In the midst of this crisis at
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Luna
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Isabella Cassazza delivers an epic sports romance with Center of Gravity.

This is my first read from this author but I can't wait to read more.
From Positano, Italy and Rome, Italy to Boston, Massachusetts this book will take you on an emotional journey with wonderful characters and a skilfully crafted storyline.

Matt and Emilia's love story is strong and intense and with the added stakes surrounding the Ice Tigers hockey team, I couldn't put this book down. I cried, I laughed, I rooted for Emilia
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Kayla Pocernich
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emilia Ravelli has a fairy-tale life but don't most girls dream of having that perfect life. Emilia is sent Boston to manage there NHL hockey team and holding up the Ravelli name and not embarrass her grandfather. Matt is a professional hockey player trying to win the Stanley Cup and really isn't looking for a relationship. Emilia and Matt have one night of passion and it changes there life forever. Can Emilia convince Matt that there’s more to life than playing hockey and these are two lost sou ...more
Pat
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-f
I have not read any books by Isabella Cassazza before, after this book I will as this book had such a wonderful story line .
It is a beautiful story of love , love that sometimes you can't show, maybe you find it awkward or perhaps life has thrown a curve ball in your past ...

This hockey story kept my attention because it was unusual with so much happening .
Matt Walker was a dejected star hockey player his personal life hit rock bottom.

Emilia Ravelli a loyal grand daughter who works in the family
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Laura Furuta
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Center of Gravity (An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance Book 2)
By Isabella Cassazza
5 out of 5 stars

I loved reading the story Center of Gravity (An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance Book 2) by Isabella Cassazza. It is a book that pulled me in from the beginning and I was hooked. It is an amazing romance story that had me not wanting to put it down until the final page. I loved the characters of Emilia Ravelli and Matt Walker. They have chemistry together. Will they get a HEA? Read this book to find out. My emot
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Chantelle Smith
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad that I picked up this read! This is my first read from this author and won’t be my last! While hockey isn’t a go-to sport I watch or even know about, 1 I thought I might learn about somethings, and 2 it's a romance read and being a go-to favourite genre of mine I jumped at the chance. Being the second book in a series I thought I might lose the flow of the story and not know the characters but I had no problem connecting with the story or the characters. This read flowed brilliantly ...more
Robin Rankin
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Center of Gravity: A Standalone Friends-to-Lovers Sports Romance (An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance Book 2) by Isabella Cassazza

I'm not a hockey fan, but I seem to love hockey romance stories and this one did not disappoint me. There was something about Emilia and Matt's story that drew me in and kept me engaged until the end.

Emilia was not fulfilled, she wasn't happy in her job and felt like she could do nothing right. Matt had been burned before and was leary of women and relationships, especially
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Melody Dawn
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! Secret baby + hockey romance is a favorite combo of mine. Matt and Emilia hook up in her native Italy, thinking it was for only one night. To their surprise, they're thrown back in each other's lives and now they're tied together. It was awesome watching them navigate their attraction, Matt's trust issues, and the pressures on Emilia from her family not to mention her job. I was completely involved in their story. The author shows great skill in making the characters importan ...more
BusyM3
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this Ice Tigers series. The story was interesting, the characters fit well together and developed well. Their chemistry is sizzling, especially after they give in to the attraction. Emilia has a hard time pleasing her Grandfather. So when he buys an American hockey team she is sent to America to management the team and bring their high end clothing company from Rome to American. What she doesn't know the man who rocked her world a few months ago is one of the players. ...more
Christine Woinich
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun story. Both Emilia and Matt had their pasts that colored how they saw things, and their attraction was a quick and hot one, but circumstances brought them together to work everything out. I loved how Emilia was determined to prove her family wrong about her and to find something that she wanted to do. Matt was strong enough to accept his responsibilities and make the best of the situation. There were lots of hot, steamy moments as well as sweet, romantic ones. Not to forget the "s ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
REVIEWER: CHANTELLE

RATING: 5 STARS

Sweet! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This is the second book in the An Ice Tigers Hockey series. This is also my first time reading one of Isabelle stories. This story is about Emilia and Matt. They met one very hot night in Italy. Then a few months later her grandfather bought a hockey team in the states. Also put Emilia in charge of the team. Here comes the heart stopper Matt is on that TEAM, yikes! Matt is living his dream a
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Katie Kearney
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Center of Gravity: A Standalone Friends-to-Lovers Sports Romance (An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance Book 2) by Isabella Cassazza. While this definitely can be read as a stand-alone without any confusion it made me excited to read book one for sure. This author is new to me but it definitely won’t be long before I read all the books. The characters are complex and relatable, they pull you into their story so completely I found myself lost in the pages for a few hours not wanting to put it down. It’s a ...more
Kerry Baker
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Center of Gravity: A Standalone Friends-To-Lovers Sports Romance by Isabella Cassazza is the second book in the Ace Tigers Hockey Romance Series. This book is one of those that has such strong characters to it that the story is definitely all about them.
I loved Emilia and Matt. They were so interesting to read about. They had such a believable chemistry between them. I knew immediately that I wanted these to characters to find their happy ending because they just felt so right together.
This is t
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