Audiobook Review: The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

Audiobook Review:  The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake by Amy ReichertThe Coincidence Of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert
Published by Simon & Schuster July 21, 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction, Romance
Pages: 318
Format: Audio
Source: Purchased
Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes
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YOU'VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

Awwww, this story!  I’m not even sure how I found it, to be honest.  It could have been some random recommended read by Amazon, or maybe I noticed it scrolling through Goodreads and saw a cake on the cover and automatically clicked, because…  well, cake.   But I am SO glad I did.

The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake is a quirky, adorable and delicious story told in third person narrative (which I’m weirdly picky about, and it’s done brilliantly, FYI.)  And while I might say “read” a few times in this review, really…I listened to it.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say don’t buy this book, well…that’s not right.  Buy it, but please, please, download the audio version, too.  The narrator is phenomenal, so much so, I spent a while going through all of her other books and after scrolling through a ton of weird self-help and Amish books, found she did some Elle Kennedy books too and promptly downloaded those.  I’m totally in love with her voice, her pronunciations, her story-telling skills.  Seriously.  The book goes back and forth with American, English, and some European accents and she did so good.  (Plus hearing the accents is a total bonus rather than reading them in your head.)

Okay, the story.  The story is focused on Lou, a chef.  And Al, a British food critic who recently moved to Milwaukee.  Al writes under a fake name and is notorious for amazingly harsh reviews that pretty much end up destroying one’s business if he hates them.

So, of course, when Lou finds her fiance wrapped in the arms of another woman, she had a terrible, horrible night at her restaurant fucking all sorts of food up…. which gets served to Al.   Womp, womp, wompppp.  Sucks to be Lou, right?

Lou and Al meet a couple times randomly, and after seeing each other at the pub, they agree to go out so Lou and show Al how amazing her city is (Al wants to get the fuck out of the cold, snowy, cow-town and find greener pastures to explore, pun intended.)  They both agree to not talk about their jobs, since Al wants to stay anonymous and Lou doesn’t want to tell a stranger about her dying restaurant and failed dreams.

Their relationship is adorable.  They both love food and all their dates are deliciously described.  And OMG, I was hungry this entire story and probably gained five pounds in three days from the munchies it caused.  Plus…  who knew Milwaukee could be so cool?  It was never on the List-Of-Places-For-Leah-To-Explore, but now?  Now I want to wear my fancy Romeos and fly over and eat a lot of cheese curds.

The side characters of this story are half the enjoyment.  The friends, the customers, the co-workers… all of them quirky in their own way, playing perfect roles to make the main characters that much more interesting, yet casting their own bright light of awesomeness.

This book was like watching an adorable romcom.  You pretty much know what’s going to happen and how it’ll end, but it doesn’t matter.  You love every second of it, you giggle, you snack, you smile the entire time.   I will definitely listen to this book again, and think of these characters often.

 

 


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Review:  Swear On This Life by Renee CarlinoSwear On This Life by Renee Carlino
Published by Atria Books August 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Aw, man. “Before We Were Strangers” was a TOP top read for me last year. So when I heard Swear On This Life was coming out, I was so excited. All the early reviews were raving about how amazing and life changing the story was.  I’ve read Carlino before, so I know how much her stories can settle deep inside you and consume your mind for days and weeks.

But for me, it fell a bit flat. I loved the premise of a novel being told inside the novel, and actually, the inside story was the only part I enjoyed. I liked those characters. I liked their story. They were young, and dealt really hard cards, and even in the toughest of times, they tried their hardest to prevail.  They loved when they were never even showed what love was.  They tried for each other when no one had ever put effort into them.  

But the two real characters? I really disliked them. Neither seemed to have any redeeming qualities at all. I couldn’t connect with them and found myself wanting them to stop talking and to go back to reading the “other book”.

Plus… when they reunited? And the ending? Both so anti-climatic it was almost painful. So much build up, so much angst and tension and excitement.. and both of those parts of the book were quite unsatisfactory.  I wanted  their happiness and success so bad I could taste it, but neither were really celebrated.

The reviews are really amazing for the book, so I’m probably one of the only readers feeling a bit underwhelmed. So, if you like second-chance romances, especially about kids on the wrong side of the tracks who find themselves later in life… definitely give it a try. Renee Carlino is a fantastic writer, seriously. I just didn’t connect with this specific set of characters.

*2.5-3 stars*


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Review:  Hard Rules by Lisa Renee JonesHard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones
Published by St. Martin's Griffin August 9th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Damage Control
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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in the smoldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy new Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

How bad do you want it?

The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family's business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.

Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret that could that destroy them both.

This book.  I have so much to stay about this story and I’m not even sure where to begin.

When the ARC sign-up came across our email, I read the blurb and was immediately interested. “Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy.”  Um… yes please!

But here’s the thing. We all know what a finicky reader I am. Due to that I don’t typically sign up for books with new-to-me authors, because I hate signing up for reviews when I end up not loving the book. Can you say awkward? It’s one thing to read it on my own time and not love it, but when I sign up for a release and I’m just not sure about an author… well, yeah. I tend to say away. 

But I couldn’t, because I was super intrigued and I wanted this story.  So I did it. I signed up.

And I am so glad I popped my Lisa Renee Jones cherry because this book was everything I want in a story. Mystery, lies, secrets, steamy sex, angst, suspense, LOL moments… you name it.

I will say, it was a bit of a rougher start for me. There was a finger-zap meeting at the very beginning, which is one of my pet peeves and DNF triggers… plus the Alpha had a lot of sly one-liners which I tend to roll my eyes at. But I’m telling you, those one-liners are smooth as fucking butter and I ended up highlighting like…twenty of them. They. Were. Hot.

Emily, the main character, is an absolute secret. We really know nothing about this chick except she loves sweet coffee, is a light weight drinker, can stand her own against the toughest mother fuckers on this planet, and she’s on the run from something or someone. She has multiple burner phones, has major secrets she keeps close to herself, and while she’s slumming it with crap jobs and a bare apartment, she obviously has expensive tastes and came from money at some point.

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Then there’s Shane. 

Okay, so, you can’t see me…but I’m grinning like a loon. I typed his name and then just stared at my laptop with the biggest shit-eating grin on my face for like 10 seconds. Shane is HOT. Super alpha.  Super dreamy. He’s this big shot lawyer from New York who’s moved back to his hometown in Colorado to join his family’s business because his Dad is dying from cancer and his dad and brother are horrible human beings who play with dirty money and have mafia connections they’re entwining with the company. Shane wants to take over and turn it back into a profitable, lucrative business… but to do this he has to play just as dirty as his own blood and push them out. In any way possible.

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Saying his family is a disaster is putting it lightly. When I thought they couldn’t get any worse, they proved me wrong. Over and over again.

All the while Emily is stuck in between all of the family’s mess while she’s trying to figure her shit out and keep her secrets secret.

It’s just a complete cluster fuck of what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen-next?! moments. All you want is to figure out all of the lies, all of the connections and see the big picture. I’m usually really good at reading between the lines and figuring out the big a-ha! moments early… but this entire story I was in the dark just begging for a glimpse of light to help me out.

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Shane and Emily have such a heated chemistry, and their pull is visceral. You can feel it. They’re constantly pushing each other away, but you know it won’t last long. They totally, 100% need each other.

And before you know it, you’re at 95% and you’re pissed the fuck off because you know the story is coming to an end and you just don’t want it to. You want more. You even consider emailing the author, begging her for more, but then you realize that’s a little weird, so instead you tell your husband all about the story and plot and your ideas about what’s going to happen next until you notice he’s just nodding his head absent-mindedly every few seconds while he watches the golf channel.

Anyways. My first LRJ book was an absolute knock out and I cannot wait until book two. Shit is about to hit the fans and I have a box of popcorn just waiting for the show. These secrets can’t stay hidden forever and oh em gee I need a front row seat for when it all starts to crumble.

ALSO! Check out our Facebook page tomorrow (the 11th) because Lisa Renee Jones is hosting a super-duper amazing giveaway. You seriously don’t want to miss it!

 

 

About Lisa Renee Jones

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.


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Review: Moore to Love by Faith Andrews

Review:  Moore to Love by Faith AndrewsMoore to Love July 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 264
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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I used to imagine that life would be easier, more enjoyable, if I were tall, blond, and supermodel thin. But real life—like the average, every day woman—is full of curves and imperfections, and many opportunities to learn that it’s not the number on the scale that measures the capacity of your heart.

After years of struggling with poor self esteem and too many crash diets to count, I finally got wise—and hired a trainer. With an enthusiastic push from my brother’s fiancé and more motivation than a Joel Osteen sermon, I, Madeline “Leni” Moore, am ready to ditch the oh-woe-is-me act.

That is, until I smack head-on into a tree and collide with him. Lane Sheffield is the guy you drool over from afar. One look at him the first day on the runner’s track, and my panties are up in flames. He’s out of my league. Slim, sleek, and athletic to my plump, dull, and unfit. Lane has no reason to like me, but to my utter shock . . . he does and this newfound attention from the opposite sex has me all sorts of baffled.

What starts out as a healthy journey to lose some of the extra me, turns into a quest to find my true self. Will the need to fit in and finally have someone to call my own lead me to my weight loss goal or my happiness goal? I've focused so long on being skinny, what will it take for me to learn the ultimate lesson—that beauty is only skin deep?

This was my first Faith Andrews book! I was equal parts excited, yet hesitant, after reading the blurb. I LOVE stories with bigger women, or women with body insecurities – but I hate when that becomes the entire plot… Or when the character doesn’t have ANY confidence in herself, at all. When they’re whiney and self-loathing, the story becomes exhausting.

Thankfully, in Moore To Love, that didn’t happen. At least not with her.

Moore To Love focuses on main character Leni. She’s a fluffier gal living in NYC, and when her brother gets engaged, she decides to hire trainers and lose some weight and gain self-confidence. During her daily running, she spies a hot dude who ends up saving the day after she quite literally runs into a tree and knocks herself out.

From there, a friendship sparks and so does a romance. This is a very cutesy, surface read. Almost on the verge of a fluffy romance (which, there’s nothing wrong with that, just not my personal preference typically.) I was expecting to hate Leni, but she ended up being my favorite. She had her insecurities, but they weren’t overdone. She was actually very realistically written, and I could relate to her A LOT.

My biggest problem was with the “alpha.” Lane on the surface seems to be everything you want in the hero. Hot. Athletic. Great job. Kind and caring and sweet. But… he ended up being what I was afraid of Leni becoming – whiney and so full of self-loathing that he annoyed me. Now, I’m not saying men can’t have insecurities or imperfections, but he was lacking confidence in buckets worth.

And when both characters are full of self-doubt, it kind of takes over the story and the plot and your whole focus is on them feeling sorry for themselves rather than anything else.

I think if a few things were different with the characters, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.  There was a ton of “pep” talks between Leni and her friends, making them a bit redundant and overdone…but I really enjoyed the supporting characters, and wouldn read from her again in the future.

If you don’t mind a non-super-alpha alpha, and love lighter romances, you’ll probably really enjoy Moore to Love.

*2.5-3 stars*

 

 


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Review: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

Review: Moonshot by Alessandra TorreMoonshot by Alessandra Torre
July 14, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 413
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Love, Chloe
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Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase... he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.

Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my world broke apart

Ahhhhh.   If you know anything about me, you know at least these three things:  I’m obsessed with goats, spicy Cheetos, and Alessandra Torre.

Seriously.  That woman is a freaking phenomenal writer.  No one writes sex like she does, plus her suspenseful stories are completely engaging and unique.

So when I found out she was writing a sports romance, I about pissed myself with excitement (I’ve had two kids.  It happens.)

Moonshot is a book that spans YEARS…. it’s a journey.  The heroine Ty is 17 and a ball girl for the Yankees.  Her mom passed away when she was young, and so it’s just been her and her dad, the team, and the road.  Then comes Chase – a young, sexy, cocky and confident star and Ty is told to stay away.  Keep far, far away from him, or else.

Well, that doesn’t happen.  He’s an adult, a professional ball player, and she’s just a young woman… they shouldn’t talk.  They definitely shouldn’t become friends.  Or kiss.  Or sneak around and fall in love.  But that’s the thing about young love, there usually isn’t any sense to it, it’s wild and reckless and at times…devastating.

Things happen and they’re ripped apart.  Years and years pass, and they’ve both moved on.  Or so they think.

Throw in marriages, murders and secrets… and you’ve got quite the twisted web that each character is trying to navigate.  But when people’s lives are quite literally on the line, how can any decision be the right one?  If your love could destroy a team’s season and also be the reason behind an innocent death, how far would you push it?

This book can be described in many ways:  suspenseful, erotic, a second-chance romance, angsty, a thriller, forbidden, mysterious, funny…and hot.  I seriously do not have enough adjectives to describes all the feels you will feel when reading Moonshot.  It not only encompasses many genres, but it has amazing characters and a thrilling plot that sucks you up and spits you out at the end feeling completely wrecked and equally as satisfied.

Alessandra knocked this out of the park, and I really freaking hope she writes more sports romances. 

 

 

About Alessandra Torre

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written eleven novels, five of which have become #1 Erotic Bestsellers.

Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense series.

From her home on the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.


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Review : Pokebutt Go: Pounded By ‘Em All by Chuck TinglePokebutt Go: Pounded By 'Em All Genres: Erotica, M/M Erotica
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Torbit is worried. After witnessing a slew of dazed roaming men and women buried in their phones, he’s beginning to think that this might be the start of a terrifying zombie film. Upon further investigation, however, Torbit realizes that they are all playing a hot new mobile game, Pokebutt Go.

Curious to see what all of the fuss is about, Torbit plugs in and sets out to capture a nearby Pokebutt within his own balls, but when he arrives at the location of this rare beast, Torbit suddenly realizes that he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

Now face-to-face with a handsome yellow bigfoot named Peebaroo, who sports a zig-zag tail, Torbit realizes that the only way to catch this majestic creature… is within the depths of his own butt.

This erotic tale is 4,000 words of sizzling human on gay Pokebutt action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies, and digital monster love.

Yes.  The title is correct.  This is a review of Chuck Tingle‘s newest release, “Pokebutt Go: Pounded By ‘Em All.”

I am a fan of Mr. Tingle.

There…I said it.  I ain’t ashamed of it either.  Chuck Tingle is THE MAN.  And you have to give him credit, the second there is anything new going on or being talked about, within minutes I swear he releases a book about it.  Chuck Tingle is in “the know” of what’s what in society.

And he’s actually a really good writer.  Shocking, I know.. but he really is.  He does have talent, no matter how weird or insane the actually book is, the writing is witty and, well, entertaining.  And what else do you want out of a book other than entertainment?

Okay, so Pokebutt Go.  It’s obviously based on the huge craze of Pokémon Go.  The book starts out with the main character having NO effing clue what’s going on.  He leaves work and people are everywhere, the streets and even parking garages are packed with people staring at their phones and totally clueless to what’s going on in the world around them.  People are going crazy, and this guy is at first annoyed, but then that morphs into curiosity.

“It’s a way of life!” the man counters.  “There’s a Buttmander somewhere in this park and I need to get pounded by it!”
“Get pounded by it?” I question.
“In the butt!” the man yells.

So Torbit, the main character, finally decides he’s going to start this interesting butt-pounding adventure.  Because, if everyone else is doing it, why not him?   And wouldn’t you know, the very first creature he encounters?  It’s love at first fucking Pokebutt sight!  *swoon!*

“I am absolutely drunk with lust, willing to do anything and everything that this handsome bigfoot would like.”

If that doesn’t make your heart swoon, I bet this will.

“Fuck me,” I demand.  “Fuck me like the bad little Pokebutt trainer that I am!”  My body can barely contain his girth, but I do my best at trying to allow his enormous rod a peaceful passage into the depths of my rectum, with mixed results.

I’m legit dying.  Torbit and Peebaroo’s love story continues.  They have lots of dirty, dirty love making and their love continues to grow with each penetration.  I mean minute.

“I’m gonna be honest, I know that you’re the first Peebaroo I’ve been pounded by, but there’s something about you that makes me feel like this is more than just a game.”
The yellow bigfoot nods.  “I feel it, too.”

*Que the violin.  The fireworks.  The ‘awwwws’.*

Come on, if a man can’t find love with a giant, yellow Bigfoot…WHO CAN?

And, at the end – the fabulous and amazing Chuck Tingle leaves us with this line that is so fucking deep, you’ll read it five times and wonder at this amazement.

“I guess that’s what happens when you’re on the search for pounds, whether its in the realm of some game or in your daily life.  The world is full of surprises, hidden gems around every corner just waiting for someone excited enough to come and discover them.”

Let that sink in a minute.  Deep. As. Fuck.

 

 


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Review: Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

Review:  Hawke by Sawyer BennettHawke by Sawyer Bennett
Published by Loveswept March 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 275
Format: eBook
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.

So, I kept seeing people add this book to their Goodreads TBR, and other people getting excited about receiving this book through NetGalley a while ago – so of course I read the synopsis and was intrigued and requested it myself.   And I got it.  *throws confetti*

But then when I went to add it to my Goodreads account, I noticed it was book 5 in a series.  I panicked.  Shit.  Was I supposed to read the first four before this one?  Are they all standalones?   And for whatever reason, I just kind of pushed this book to the side.  I’ll read other books first and figure this one out later, I kept telling myself.

Fast forward a bit, I’m in the midst of loving all things sports romance, so I decide to pick it up.  Yes, it’s fifth in a series, but yes, they’re all standalones.  Perfect.  I’ll start it.  I’m sitting at my desk at work and I open up Goodreads.  I click Hawke and mark it as currently reading.  My coworker who is a huge booker as well, looks over and asks if I’ve read the first four.  I say no.  She says, “Huh.  You realize this one has the worst reviews out of all of them… why would you start here?”

So again, I panic.  Damnit.  Should I read the others?  Should I just try this again later?  But the cover is so pretty I could lick this guy’s face!

I looked at the pretty cover, then to my coworker.  Back to the piercing blue eyes on the cover and back at my coworker.  Eh, screw it.  I’m going in.

And I am SO GLAD I did.  I loved this book.  I loved the characters.  I loved their story.  And if this story is the least favorite of the series (which I don’t know why it would be, it was awesome) I can’t imagine how much I’ll love the first four!

It’s a hockey romance (rawr!  Hello testosterone filled alpha males!) and also a second-chance romance, which I freaking love.

Vale is an ex-party girl with a great career.  Her dad (who I adored) is terminally ill and she picks up her life and does everything in her powers to take care of him.  She packs her bags, moves to a different country, works two jobs just to pay the bills.. you name it.  Gone are her facial piercings and binge drinking ways.  She’s a hard working woman and I loved everything about her.

Then there’s Hawke.  *fans face*  He is the epitome of sexy alpha male.  Big, buff, strong, can hold his liquor like a champ and fucks like a God.  His love for Vale is SO freaking strong and pure you could feel it deep in your bones.  He’s the one that was hurt from their previous breakup so badly that he’s broken inside.  Can’t love anyone else, but too scared to love her again.

I loved their relationship as kids – so bright, and crazy and strong…. but loved their love as adults – deep, passionate, and intense, even more.  It was a sexy, fun read and I have already started back at book 1 and can’t wait to read the other four!

 


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