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(Fire on Ice #5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,563 ratings  ·  164 reviews
NHL player Orion Caldwell protects his own. He's an enforcer to his core, but he was the one left defenseless when his longtime girlfriend broke his heart. Now he's all about his game, but spending the offseason in his hometown forces him to confront painful issues -both old and new. Samara Cross just wants to be invisible. After living a nightmare, she came back to her ho ...more
Published by Nla Digital LLC (first published December 13th 2014)
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• Lisa •
*ARC generously provided by the lovely author, Brenda Rothert in exchange for an honest review.*
Re-read March 2016

Still love Orion. He is perfect and sweet and does everything right! Samara still got on my nerves with her "secret" but it didn't affect me as much this time. I'm sure I will re-read this multiple times when I need just a sweet low angst read.

Original Review December 2015:

This was a very sweet read and just what I needed! Orion was the perfect hero. He never strayed or wavered. The things he did for Samara were perfect. I was a little worried I wouldn't like Samara but she gre
I don't know how this is going to top Drive... ...more
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Release was the fifth book in Brenda Rothert’s Fire On Ice series. I read it as part of the series boxed set, but also reviewing separately.

Orion was a famous NHL player and was home helping his mom and sister during the off season. It was a small town so he was known by everyone.

Samara had just returned to the small town where she grew up. She was on the run; although Rothert revealed the reasons slowly and throughout the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Orion and Samara. It was a sexy, sweet and emo
New fav of the series!!
So good. Low angst, no stupid drama, and good amount of steam!
NHL player Orion Caldwell is spending the off season at home with his mother and sister helping out with her two kids. Orion hasn't been home since he broke up with his girlfriend who betrayed him, he knows the likelihood of bumping into her is inevitable but he doesn't want anything to do with her. While running an errand he runs into Samara Cross who he didn't know well but went to school with. When he tries to get to know her though, Samara is skittish and it only peaks his interest.

Samara vo
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's parts of this book I'm really fond of, and parts which I personally couldn't come to terms with. And ultimately, as a reader, I wanted her to leave him.

There's no elaborate reason for it. Both of them are very good people. But imo, he symbolises everything, that, should I have been in her shoes, I would resent.

Samara is a woman who has dealt with penetrating loneliness, foster care, abandonment, has been exposed to sexual and physical abuse in her household as a child. She has struggle
SB*needs low angst books*
This was recommended to me to help my book slump and it definitely did. It was a pretty simple story with not a whole lot of contrived drama but had enough to make it interesting and it had a great couple. I like the heroine because even though she still had issues she was brave enough and smart enough to recognize what she wanted. I like the hero because even though he was a famous hockey player he never made that a big deal. It was his job and he loved it but that wasn't everything about him a ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet love story. I loved that the hero wasn't a manwhore and he treated the heroine really well. There wasn't very much relationship angst which is nice. I am getting a little tired of h's getting attacked in books. That is why I can't give 5 stars. It is safety gang safe! ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of the series! Loved this one. Highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a light, sweet, steamy, low drama read. Def will be reading more from this author.
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

4.5 'a fabulous end to a series' Stars

‘There were no guarantees, ever, but love was a leap of faith and I’d been standing on the edge…’

I’ve loved this series. I never fail to get swept up in Brenda Rothert’s words, atmosphere and characters and it was sort of sad opening this book knowing this was the end to the Fire on Ice Series, however Brenda certainly left me on a high because Orion’s book was up there as one of my faves of this series.

“Samara…’re worth fighting for.”

This was such
Title: Release (Fire on Ice #5)
Author: Brenda Rothert
Rating: 3.5 stars
POV: Dual
HEA: (view spoiler)
Heat/Steam 2/5
Cliffhanger: . No.
Intolerable Heroine .No.
Über Douchebagery .No.
Taboo Subject Matter .yes rape and abuse.
Cheating or sex outside MC's: (view spoiler)
Love Triangle (view spoiler)

An incredibly sweet story with a very rare type of hero. You know, the kind that isn't your typical man-whore and doesn't enjoy me
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
How have I missed this series. I'm not usually one to read them out of order, but for some reason the blurb on this one just caught my eye - and thank goodness it did. What a fantastic book.

I adored Samara and Orion. They were the kind of couple that makes you feel all warm and squishy inside. Orion was not your typical alpha male hero. Don't get me wrong, no one would call him a beta - but he was just so genuine - sweet- caring and pretty much perfect you couldn't help fall in love with him.

Another good book in the series. I am really enjoying this author's style of nice straight up contemporaries. What I like about her books is also that there are no contrived misunderstandings or huge blow-ups standing in the way of an HEA. ...more
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review

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The Fire & Ice series concludes and wraps up in its final installment of our beloved hockey players in the fifth and final book, Release. And Brenda Rothert not only deliver a book of perfection but she did it with so much grace and beauty. She will capture your attention with her eloquent, emotional, raw and heartwarming tale of Samara Cross and Orion Caldwell. In this breathtaking conclusion, Ms. Rothert will make your heart go p
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a sweet and easy read. If you want a feel good book with sweet characters, this is one for you. The drama that they did have to face was resolved pretty easily -- but not to the point where it felt unnaturally easy. It'd be a good book to read after an angsty or dark read to lighten you back up.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Samara and Orion's story. They went to high school together, but ran in different groups and hardly talked. When returning to his
Really enjoyed this! And Orion was just amazing!!
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super sweet book. Exactly what I needed! Orion was such a great BBF. And, even with her issues, I liked Sam. She was sweet, insecure, but not annoying or TSTL. Refreshing! Totally safe read.
even though there is a lot of emotional stuff in this book, even some triggers (view spoiler) this book is very cutesy...
I would just like to praise the pace of the story - it is a job well done!!!
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
4.5 stars
#live #loved #witty #powerful #mustclick
“I have one in my wallet.”
My lips parted in a surprised grin. “What are you waiting for?”
He pulled his wallet from his back pocket. “I just need to make sure it’s not expired.”
My heart swelled with love for him. In a world full of men looking for a quick lay, I’d found a gem who treasured the intimacy of sex.
“We’re good,” he said, grinning and tossing it to the bed.

Exclusive Bonus scene for Release by Brenda Rothert http:/
Lorie Glowania
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orion comes home for the summer to help his mother and sister with her two children. He meets Samara a girl he new in school briefly. He finds himself attracted to her but she seems to be not interested at all. His ex Amy is still determined to get him back. Orion refused he wants to move on and he wants Samara to be the one. After much convincing she agrees to go out with him and finds he is not who she thought he was. But she scared because of her past can she give her heart to him and will he ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is fun but there no depth like the first book had. Without the first book I wouldn't have kept reading. There's also many times where the author contradicts what she said in previous books. Orion and niko met when Niko came to the NHL and Niko didn't date or sleep with anyone besides Sadie after that. However here in this book at he 67% mark she's got him boasting about being a man whore while he roomed with Orion. It never happened or he was a liar in his story book4. If I can remem ...more
5 Romantic Release Stars

Very romantic with a sparkle of hot passion too! Samara and Orion come together when Orion is home for the Summer from the NHL. This is the 5th book in this brilliant series. Ryke has been my favourite but Orion is a very close second! This book had a gentler feel to it but the story took a twist I did not see coming. Looking forward to the new spin off series coming in Feb 2015. I really enjoy Brenda Rothert's writing style. Absolutely a one click writer for me.

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Loved it! Release was the perfect reading escape for me. Such a beautiful and sweet story. No over the top drama or angst in this book just a heartfelt story. Orion our hero is an amazing character. He would do anything for Samara and his family. Samara our heroine is wonderful too. Definitely one of my favorite reads of this year so far. Highly recommend.
I liked Orion and Samara. This was a cute book with some heavy issues. HEA!
I think what I really liked about this one was how down to earth Orion was. During his break he came home to help his family, instead of living the high life. Heck, he even slept in his old bedroom at home in the basement. Samara was interesting and just the person for Orion. He needed someone just as down to earth as he was, someone that knew what was really important. I loved the way that Orion went slow with Samara and how once things heated up they both were all in. Even when their relations ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the final book in the Fire on Ice series by Brenda Rothert and like all the other books I enjoyed it immensely. It’s now off season and Orion Caldwell has gone home for the summer. He’s staying at his family home and is there to help out with his niece and nephew, his sisters children, after their father takes off on the family. He is a little leery as he had a bad break-up not long ago and his ex is still living in his home town. He meets Samara Cross, our heroine, who is worki
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
Worth fighting for...
I am a huge fan of Brenda Rothert and her Fire On Ice Series. I was really sad that it was coming to an end because I got so attached to these hot hockey players and their women. Their friendship, love and support for each other is awesome and their sarcastic banter is hilarious. Getting to share their experiences on the ice and in/out of the locker room and in/out of the bedroom has made me a fan. I'd need a custom jersey that had all their names on the back because I could
Marlene W
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautiful ending to an awesome series!

I am not a hockey fan, not even a bit. But with this series and with this author, you don’t need to be. This author has mastered the perfect cocktail of great character development and in-depth storylines. You will be glued to this journey from beginning to end.

Release brings our focus to Orion. On the ice, he is an enforcer. He’s tough, competitive, and driven. But off the ice, he is patient, caring, and so sweet that your teeth will ache!

Samara keeps to
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. This was a very good ending story to a series about professional hockey players. Very good but I don't know what it is about these books they just don't quite work for me. The heroine in this case was a shy grocery clerk who the hockey player had gone to high school with but barely paid attention to. Now, after having her check him out at the store he's pretty much in instant lust and it just builds from there. About every quarter of the book a new revelation about the ...more
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