Allie's had a secret crush on her brother's biggest hockey enemy, Vaughn, for longer than she cares to admit. So when offered a chance to ind
Allie's had a secret crush on her brother's biggest hockey enemy, Vaughn, for longer than she cares to admit. So when offered a chance to indulge in all that he has to offer, well, what smart woman wouldn't take him up on it? It can be their little secret, one that no one will ever know because Vaughn's not on her brother's hockey team, and never will be. Not that things ever change in the world of professional sports or anything!
Dirty Secret was a nice sort of reversal of the brother's best friend trope, and done really well. Vaughn and Allie made a great couple once they got their shit straight and finally came together. I admit to wanting to smack Allie a time or two, though, because she was so freaking stubborn and tended to run instead of stick around and try to work things out. Aside from that, though, I really enjoyed this hockey romance.
Heaven has been in love with her older brother, Dak's fellow hockey player friend, Damon Wolfe, for years. She's also been his friend for years. So you'd think he'd do her this one tiny favor and relieve her of her v card. But nope, he won't do it, for various reasons. But one drunken night later and boom, there ya go, problem taken care of. Can these two figure out a way to be together without the world getting in the way?
Cross Crease is such enjoyable reading. I adored Heaven - she's got such a huge, compassionate heart and her love for wayward animals was to be admired. At times I wanted to shake her for putting up with Damon's bs, but at the same time, I admired her for her loyalty and her loving nature. And I knew that his behavior just stemmed from his horrible childhood. Still...she so deserved to be treated like a queen and he at times didn't treat her that way, and it infuriated me. I loved their journey though, from friends to more, much more. Though this is the first of this series that I've read, you can bet that after having read and loved this one, I will be on the lookout for more from Elizabeth and this hockey series.
Ava has had a crush on superstar hockey player, Oliver, since freshman year, but he's always been wrapped up his mean girl girlfriend. Now that he's single, though, she's not really interested. Or isn't she? When he overhears a conversation between Ava and her friend, Oliver sees it as the perfect way to make his move.
Oliver may have sworn off women since his brutal breakup, but he can't help but notice the gorgeous new dancer where he bartends. He has a feeling she looks familiar, but that's not why he's so interested. He's intrigued that she seems to dislike him. And then the perfect opportunity to make his move lands in his lap. Will Ava allow him past her shields?
Oliver and Ava's story is what I always look for in a Jacob Chance story - sexy, witty, and engaging. Their relationship really worked, from her "dislike" of him at first, through their fake date, clear til the last page of their adorable epilogue. Can't wait for more college hockey romance now!
ARC via Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an honest review.
Adam would do anything for his mom and his sister, Phoebe. Even if he has to deal drugs to make enough money to pay for Phoebe's necessary medical vest, he'll do it. He just didn't know, couldn't have known, that he'd end up selling to the woman he'd fall in love with. The very off-limits woman who happens to be his coach's daughter. Yikes...
I absolutely hate to admit this, because I normally LOVE Siobhan Davis' writing, but I just could not really connect with Holding on to Forever. I think the reason why is because of Emily. I didn't like her character, didn't think she was good enough for Adam, and didn't really believe he'd fall for someone like her. It can be a tricky thing writing about addicts and addiction, because usually the addict is not very nice while in the throes of their addiction. The trick is making him or her redeem themselves once they've sobered up (if they sober up). Unfortunately neither author made Emily into a likable character, not even at the end when things were going better with her. Yes, she had a hard life, had something horrible happen to her, but it did absolutely nothing for character, instead made her already obnoxious personality even more obnoxious. Sigh... So I give this 3 stars because the actual story is good, but Emily is completely unlikable. I did like Adam, and his roommate/friend, Sam, though, and they helped save this from an even lower rating. I will still read all of Siobhan Davis' stories in the future, even though I didn't like this particular one, because she's proven to me that she's normally a sure bet.
Roberta meets a hot, sweet guy at a party and let's just say the sparks fly that night. But, she's got a lot on her mind, like her[image]
Roberta meets a hot, sweet guy at a party and let's just say the sparks fly that night. But, she's got a lot on her mind, like her major - kinesiology, and worrying about getting all the requirements in for her Master's, which she needs a job to complete, and her future. Which, isn't a problem because Danny too has to worry about other things than a relationship - like football.
Then she meets Lance, one of Danny's teammates and roommate. And oh God, he's a big goofy sweetheart who's just as sexy as Danny. And let's not forget their other teammate, Feña, another sweetheart with an accent (and a body) to die for. When these three sweet guys find out she loses out on a job with the athletics department, they figure out a way to help her fulfill her requirements, by becoming their personal trainer. Voila!
But, can Roberta and the guys keep everything on a professional level? Of course not...
Reverse harems can be really iffy. Usually I've found they're little more than smut, but I happily discovered that not to be the case here. Full Contact has an actual story, a pretty great one at that, and all 4 characters are fully realized and stand out individually. And when they get together?! WHEW! So if you like reverse harems, or even just college sports romances, I highly recommend you 1-click this one today.
Olive and Baxter have been best friends their whole lives. It's why she can't ever tell him she's in love with him. But is there a[image]
Olive and Baxter have been best friends their whole lives. It's why she can't ever tell him she's in love with him. But is there a chance Bax might feel the same way about her?
Friends to lovers is always a treat to read, if it's done right the way it is here. I loved Olive and Bax together. Their friendship was rock solid, so the more physical and romantic aspects that grew from the friendship felt real and natural. And oh so sexy!
Aviva is a strong, hard-working woman who lives her life to provide for her little sister. She's had nothing but bad luck, but she keeps chugging along. And then she meets Nico, a bad boy hockey player. He wants to give her everything, be her everything. Will she let him? Or will her need to be self-sufficient and never ask for help be too much for this hockey player to defend against?
I love Wild Tendy. It's a bit out of the typical romance box, and I really appreciate that. Nico especially is a surprise. The real man behind his reputation is vulnerable, cocky, and sweet with layers I definitely did not expect. Aviva is admirable - independent, selfless and loving. Sometimes her independence went a bit far, and I felt badly for Nico when her independence bit him in the ass; but her independence is part of what makes her such a great character. Together these two make for a wonderful couple with hot, hot, hot chemistry!
Charisma (Charm) has to brace herself when she sees HIM again. Him. Blaze. The guy she hates. The PLAYER who dumped her at a party in front of everyon
Charisma (Charm) has to brace herself when she sees HIM again. Him. Blaze. The guy she hates. The PLAYER who dumped her at a party in front of everyone, broke her heart, and has since moved on. Ouch...
"Beautiful men with enough charm to win over a nun are trouble. That's why I pick the nice quiet ones; it's why I have my rules."
Charm knew better than to let herself get involved with a player, football or otherwise. Beautiful playboys like him and short, curvy nerd girls like her don't belong together. She has her rules for a reason, and it's men like Blaze who are the reason for those rules. Still, her body can't help but want him even as her mind and her heart reject the idea of even being near him. But when she starts to see a different side of Blaze, the side she knew existed, but wasn't allowed to touch, that heart of hers isn't about to let her off the hook. Can they make it work this time? Perhaps. If they can both work through their individual insecurities (and there are A LOT of them!) and trust in each other.
"She's so smart. Bright and beautiful, like a flame."
I am so in love with Ilsa's college romances! Charm and Blaze - they're fire together. She's so intelligent and vibrant, with insecurities like most women have. And Blaze is a revelation. So deep and substantial, with insecurities probably even more massive than Charm's. God, these two are just perfect for each other! If you like your college romances with hefty doses of heart with some angst thrown in, I highly recommend you 1-click your own copy of I Hate You. Trust me, you will not regret it!
"I love you, Charm," I say softly. Because once you know a girl sees you for the man you are, once you know she's never leaving, she wants you forever, and she'll take a chance on you, it's easy to let the words out."
When Kazzie is thoroughly humiliated by known player (on and off the ice), Nash Dingmen, "The Dinger", she hides out for a few days then goes and gets herself a new job. She doesn't want to use her name (her dad's a famous coach) but it does help get her in the door. But...this job will put her in front of Nash again. Can her heart (and his) handle their reunion?
For his part, Nash did feel terrible once he realized his mistake. And he's determined to make it up to Kazzie. Unfortunately, his redemption comes when he rescues her from a carjacking, but fortunately, it gives them a chance to bond and get to know each other. Their insane attraction doesn't hurt either. But, when a tragedy occurs, will it force Kazzie to realize she can't handle life with Nash in the spotlight? What will Nash do without the woman he's realized he loves?
First off, I want to say that I liked this story. It's sexy and fast-paced and both Nash and Kazzie are really likable, especially Nash. However, the execution, for me, was a bit lacking. Some of the dialogue is cheesy at best, and the whole thing feels like it needs another round (or two) with a professional editor. My copy was an ARC version, so I can only hope the final version was polished before publishing. However, I can only judge what I read, and the grammar and the dialogue was lacking in a lot of places in the story I read, and it took me out of the story more than once. So, 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4 for the official rating) because I like Nash and Kazzie, and the story itself, but not more stars because it feels rough and unpolished. I see lots of potential in this author's writing, though, and hope to read more of hers in the future.
ARC via Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an honest review.
When Tenley gets the chance for a night with the guy she's had a crush on forever, she takes it with arms wide open. Oh sure, Clancy's her be
When Tenley gets the chance for a night with the guy she's had a crush on forever, she takes it with arms wide open. Oh sure, Clancy's her best friend's cousin, and has been warned that Clancy's not for her considering his player status, both on and off the ice, but Tenley just can't resist. She just didn't realize it would have far-reaching, permanent kind of consequences.
Clancy has always had his eye on a hockey future. It's all he thinks about. But after one hot night with Tenley, his focus just may have to shift to include something (someone) other than hockey. Can he and Tenley make it work when his focus has always only been on one thing and one thing only?
Whew, Checked is hot! I love Jacob Chance's college sports romances and Checked is no exception. I love how Tenley and Clancy grow together and how they figure things out, letting their natural (and really hot) chemistry lead the way. They're a great way to start off a hot new hockey series!
WOW, just wow. Stealing Home is such a beautiful way to end Ashley and Brayden's story. It's everything - poignant, angsty, and filled with so much love. I've so enjoyed reading their second chance - getting to know them as young kids and now as adults whose whole future is ahead of them. Kudos to Harlow Cole for this fabulous duet!