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5 Stars
Pucked Love (Pucked #6) by Helena Hunting
Pucked Love - Helena Hunting

Helena Hunting lights the lamp with PUCKED LOVE.  It is the sixth book in the Pucked series.  I’ve been looking forward to reading Charlene Hoar’s and Darren Westinghouse’s book for a long time.  Their relationship has been so mysterious throughout this series.  I loved finding out what their story is.  PUCKED LOVE was full of surprises and interesting twists.

 

Helena Hunting did an amazing job with her plot and character development.  Charlene and Darren are both complicated characters with difficult pasts.  They are both broken and the perfect people to fix each other.  Their need for privacy was understandable. I love Darren’s nickname for Charlene.  It is very appropriate.

 

There were so many interesting things that happened throughout the novel.  It had a little of everything. It was funny, serious, and heartwarming. Darren and Charlene both have unique parents.  Their pasts were distressing. I loved PUCKED LOVE. I enjoyed that the crew from the previous books played a crucial role in this story.  The team really is a family.  PUCKED LOVE was skillfully written and believable.  It had the perfect ending. I would love to see a spin off series with the kids.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Hockey Holidays Anthology
Hockey Holidays - RJ Scott, Kat Mizera, Susan Scott Shelley, Melody Heck Gatto, Jennifer Lazaris, Jaymee Jacobs, Jean Joachim, Melanie Ting, Toni Aleo, Stephanie Kay, Lily Harlem, Kate Willoughby, Lisa B. Kamps, Jami Davenport, Stephanie Julian, Shannon Stacey

I love hockey romances, so I couldn’t resist reading HOCKEY HOLIDAYS.  It includes stories by many of my favorite authors.  There are eighteen exclusive stories/authors included in this anthology. This is an amazing anthology.  I couldn’t think of a better read to get into the Christmas spirit.  I appreciate that 100% of its proceeds will be donated to charity. 

 

Stories listed in order of appearance:

 

A SECOND SHOT by Shannon Stacey is a heartwarming read.  Erik Burke of the Boston Marauders gets a second chance with veterinarian, Andrea Morgan, after he rescues a lost dog, bringing it to her clinic. Being an animal lover, I appreciated this story.  It was a heartfelt second chance romance.  This is the first story that I have read by Shannon Stacey. I enjoyed her writing style. 

 

CHRISTMAS CROSSCHECK by Jaymee Jacobs is a Dallas Comets novella.  This is an entertaining story about all the things that go wrong when defenseman Bryan Comstock attempts to propose to Georgiana Pierson on Christmas Eve.  My heart went out to the characters that both wanted to make their Christmas together special but faced one obstacle after another. 

 

A WOLFE BROTHERS CHRISTMAS by Jami Davenport is part of the Game On in Seattle series.  I love the Wolfe brothers.  In this story, they are spending their first Christmas together since they have been reunited playing different professional sports in Seattle.  I love that Jami Davenport tied this story in with book 2.5 in the series, LOVE AT FIRST SNOW.  That was a clever way to help heal the boys’ relationship. 

 

THE PLAYBOY by Stephanie Julian is a Redtails Hockey series novella.  In this story, Kyle Deangelo is hoping for a second chance with Leah Wilson after being moved back to the minors.  This is a sweet story that was an enjoyable read.

 

DMITRI'S CHRISTMAS ANGEL by Kat Mizera is a Las Vegas Sidewinders novella.  In this story, Dmitri Papadakis and Angelica Reardon have an unexpected pregnancy. Then Dmitri’s ex-girlfriend reveals that she is also pregnant.  I loved this story; it made me cry.

 

A STAR-CROSSED CHRISTMAS by V.L. Locey is a Cayuga Cougars novella.  In this story, childhood friends, goalie Mitch Adams and Olympic snowborder Shawn Sandbeck, discuss the kiss they had two years prior and reveal their feelings for each other.  This is a sweet story.  I appreciated the candid scene with Vic and Dan, and I love Mitch’s and Shawn’s mothers. 

 

RED-HOT TROUBLE BY LILY HARLEM is a spin-off of the Hot Ice Series.  Dr. Sophie Delaney treats Nathan Walker after an injury o the ice.  After her twin brother's warning, Sophie tries to stay away from Nathan, but he has other plans.  This story has interesting twists.

 

DALLAS CHRISTMAS by RJ Scott.  Logan Maxwell of the Burlington Dragons is trying to forget his relationship with the brother of his team captain, Archie Simard.  They end up spending Christmas in Dallas together along with some of his team mates who have no idea that he is gay.  This is a heartening and moving read.

 

ICING ISN'T ONLY FOR COOKIES BY MELODY HECK GATTO is a Renegades novella.  Avery James and Kyler Wilson are reunited a year after having a one-night stand that neither one of them forgot.  This is a delightful feel-good story that I enjoyed.  I love that Avery makes Christmas enjoyable for Kyler again.

 

FINAL SLAPSHOT by Jean C. Joachim.  Harry "Deke" Edmonds had possible career-ending injury and needs to make some difficult decisions.  This is a heart-wrenching story made more strenuous taking place during the holidays. 

 

CHRISTMAS INTERFERENCE by Lisa B. Kamps is a Baltimore Banners novella.  Shane Masters returned home and confronts a tragedy that happened five years ago.  I loved this story.  My heart went out to the characters in this story.

 

HOLDING ON TIGHT by Susan Scott Shelley is a Buffalo Bedlam novella.  Defenseman Vince Forsberg and Joseph Parelli undergo numerous burdens to make their first Christmas together perfect.  This was a skillfully written story with appealing outcomes.

 

HIS CHRISTMAS CINDERELLA by Kate Willoughby is a San Francisco Dragons novella.  Gideon Aguilar has just been traded to the Dragons and is on his way to the team at their Christmas party. He mistakes Bailey Peng for his Uber driver and asks her to be his date.  This is a fun story with a story book ending.  I love how Bailey helps Gideon with his anxiety.

 

ALL I WANT by Stephanie Kay is a San Francisco Strikers novella.  This is a second-chance romance for Alex Westbrook and Maggie. They grew up together in Chicago.  Now Alex was visiting the kids at the Children’s hospital in San Francisco where he runs into Maggie, who is a doctor there.  This is a heartwarming story that I adored.

 

LUCKY HOLIDAY by Jennifer Lazaris is a Las Vegas Kingsnakes novella.  Tyler Quinn regretted breaking his engagement to Ella Wilkinson two years ago.  Now he’s hoping for a second chance when he discovers that she relocated to Las Vegas, and that he is going to be working with her on a charity campaign.  This is a touching story unexpected twists.

 

HER BEST WORST BOYFRIEND by Melanie Ting.  Em Davis enlist the help of Ian Reid, a guy she cannot stand, to go home with her for the holidays hoping her parents will hate him.  As she gets to know him, she discovers maybe he’s not so bad after all.  This is a clever and entertaining story.  It is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover.

 

THE DEVOTED FATHER AND THE INTROVERT by Mary Smith is a New Hampshire Bears novella.  Elexis Dunaway and Dag Limon meet through a tweet.  This is a supper cute story.  I love the characters.  I like how Elexis and Dag originally meet.

 

WHEN YOU'RE READY by Toni Aleo is an Assassins prequel novella.  It is the story of Grace Adler (the twin sister of Shea Adler from book one, TAKING SHOTS) and James Justice. I adored this novella.  Assassins fans will not want to miss this story. 

 

Hockey Holidays is the perfect book for Christmas.  It would make a great gift for anyone the loves hockey/sports romances. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

 

Review
5 Stars
Gone Hunting (Weird Girls 0.3) by Cecy Robson
Gone Hunting - Cecy Robson

I was excited when I found out that Cecy Robson was releasing a prequel to the Weird Girl series. I have to say this has become one of my favorite books in the series. I loved it. The story was unique and clever. I enjoyed seeing a younger Celia, Aric, Koda, Gemini, and Liam. I also, appreciated witnessing a fifteen-year-old Aric interact with his parents. Knowing what happens in the future books, it was thought-provoking to learn Aric’s father’s opinion of Celia.

Since this is a prequel, if you haven’t read the Weird Girl series, you can read this book and easily follow it. If you do follow the series, I think you will find this story to be an interesting insight into the series. GONE HUNTING held me captivated from start to finish. My heart went out to the characters. I love how the story starts and ends similarly. GONE HUNTING is a brilliant addition to the Weird Girls series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Winning Whitney (Alaska Blizzard #3) by Kat Mizera
Winning Whitney - Kat Mizera

Kat Mizera scores a hat trick with the third book in the Alaska Blizzard series, WINNING WHITNEY.  I had been anxiously awaiting reading Whitney’s story ever since we were introduced to her in book two, HOLDING HAILEY.   Kane and Hailey helped rescue Whitney from a stalker in Boston.  In book three, Whitney relocates to Anchorage to work as Kane’s and Hailey’s nanny.  She is shocked when she runs into the man she had a one-night-stand with in Boston four years prior and has never been able to forget; the captain of the Blizzard, Jake Carruthers.  Talk about awkward.  Interestingly enough, Whitney is not the only one that never forgot their night together.

 

Kat Mizera did a great job with these characters.  Jake and Whitney have a lot of problems to deal with.  There are trust issues and lies through omission.  They have wonderful chemistry.  They are both good people that mean well.  I like how Jake and Whitney grow through the story.  Whitney did not end up being anything like I imagined she would be when we were introduced to her.  I was surprised by her background.  It made for a fascinating story.  It was nice seeing Jake get a second chance after the train wreck of his first marriage. 

 

I enjoyed the plot.  It was unique and held me captivated.  It flowed well.  The hockey scenes are skillfully written.  I like that it touched on things that happened in the previous books but could be read on its own.  WINNING WHITNEY is a great addition to the Alaska Blizzard Series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Big Stick (Aces Hockey #7) by Kelly Jamieson
Big Stick - Kelly Jamieson

 Kelly Jamieson’s BIG STICK lights the lamp.  It is the seventh book in the Aces Hockey series.  Nick Balachov is grieving over the three-year anniversary of his brother Aleks’ death.  He wants to be left alone to drown in his sorrow.  Then teammate, Max Hall, talks Nick into renting out his coach house to single mom, Jodie.  Being alone is no longer an option.  This sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

Kelly Jamieson does a wonderful job with her character development.  Jodie is Kendra Armstrong’s (book 5, SLAP SHOT) business partner.  The two own a sex toy company.  Jodie and Kendra relocated their business to Chicago from New York.  Jodie has a two-year-old daughter named, Zyana.  Jodie is a talkative and smart engineer.  Nick had a rough childhood.  He feels guilty for his younger brother’s death.  He feels undeserving of his life.  He is an interesting guy.

 

I like how Nick, Jodie, and Zyana get to know each other.  I appreciate how their relationship evolved. I love that Nick becomes protective of them.  Nick typically keeps to himself.  I love that he confides in Jodie, especially about his brother.  He starts to want things he never wanted before. 

 

I enjoyed the plot.  The hockey scenes are well written.  It was easy to visualize what was happening on the ice.  BIG STICK was a perfect addition to the Aces Hockey series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep’s KILL THE QUEEN is an amazing debut to the Crown of Shards series.  Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair was the seventeenth in line for the throne.  Her cousin, Vasilia, the crown princess, kills everyone in the royal family to ensure her spot on the throne.  Evie manages to escape hiding among a troupe of gladiators, while determining her next move.  This fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.

 

 I loved this story.  It was refreshing and exciting.  Evie is a likable character.  She was orphaned after the murder of her parents.   She was at the bottom of the royal family food chain, not being treated very well.  She has a good sense for right and wrong.  She has a magical ability that she keeps hidden.  She has all the makings for a humble heroine.  She is courageous and ruthless.  She is caring and selfless.

 

I adored her interaction with Lucas Sullivan.  Their verbal banter was entertaining.  They have amazing chemistry.  Lucas has an interesting history. 

 

The plot was skillfully executed and clever.  There are interesting twists, lots of drama, and action.  The characters are well-developed and believable.  KILL THE QUEEN would make an excellent movie or television series.  I look forward to the next book in the series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Big Stick (Big Stick #1) by R.C. Stephens
Big Stick - R.C. Stephens

R.C. Stephens scores with BIG STICK.  As kids, Myles Sanders and twin brother and sister Oliver and Flynn Russell were inseparable.  After moving to different cites, Myles and Flynn had a falling out.  Seven years later, Myles and Oli are still best friends living their dream of playing professional hockey together in Chicago. Flynn relocates to Chicago to be near her brother; consequently, needing to resolve the issues she has with Myles.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

I loved R.C. Stephens’ BIG STICK.  Being a Chicagoan, I appreciate that the story takes place there. I also respected that Myles and Oli played for my favorite team the Blackhawks.  I like Myles, Oli, and Flynn.  They are realistic and convincing characters. A tragedy caused some unresolved issues for them.  Myles had a tough childhood and relied on the Russell family for support. Flynn believed in Myles and is a big part of the reason he is as successful as he is.  Myles and Flynn have amazing chemistry.  You truly want to see them work things out.

 

BIG STICK is a heartfelt and enjoyable read.  The story was believable and skillfully-executed.  The hockey scenes were easy to visualize and credible. I like the Peter Pan nick names.  The Epilogue felt well concluded.  This is the first book that I have read by R.C. Stephens.  I enjoyed her writing style and plan on continue following the Big Stick series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Shot on Goal (Game On in Seattle Book #11) by Jami Davenport
Shot on Goal - Jami Davenport

Jami Davenport lights the lamp with SHOT ON GOAL, the eleventh book in the Game On in Seattle series. Hockey star Drew Delacorte and former Olympic figure skater Marina Sanders are broken souls. This is their story about what caused their troubles and what is in store for their future. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

I adore Drew and Marina. They have a complicated past. They are both broken and get what the other is going through. They are both very human. They have made mistakes and must live with the consequences.

I appreciated that Marina was given an opportunity with the Sockeyes. She is a tough individual with a lot of talent. Drew and his parents are living with the ghost of Drew’s dead brother David. Drew is being smothered by his parents and no longer enjoys life until Marina makes him smile again.

I like that the story was realistic. The characters face a lot of difficult decisions and make hard choices. Things don’t always turn out how they want. This novel is an excellent example of how one mistake can impact your life. Unexpected things happen. I like how the story was resolved. Furthermore, I love that the Sockeye’s make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. There are some great hockey scenes. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Holding Hailey (Alaska Blizzard #2) by Kat Mizera
Holding Hailey - Kat Mizera

Kat Mizera lights the lamp with HOLDING HAILEY, the second book in the Alaska Blizzard series.  I was anxiously awaiting reading Hailey Dobson and Kane “Hattrick” Hatcher story after discovering them in book one, DEFENDING DANI.  Hailey was on the US Women’s Olympic hockey team with Dani.  Kane is Sergei’s teammate on the new NHL expansion team, the Alaska Blizzard. Hailey and Kane are introduced to each other in book one.  They become online friends after Dani and Sergei virtually introduced them.  Then they finally meet each other at the Olympics. 

 

In book two, Hailey should be on top of the world after winning a gold medal. However, she encounters a bunch of bad luck and less than desirable situations.  Kane surprises Hailey with a visit and talks her into spending the summer with him.  Hailey has a hard time relying on others.  It makes it difficult for her to accept Kane’s help.  Kane had a tough transition with his new team.  He is frustrated professionally.   The two have multiple issues to face.  Kane and Hailey are good for each other.  They trust and understand each other. 

 

The two had difficult childhoods.  I’m glad that Kane had his billet mother, Nancy Fillmore, for support.  She is a wise woman who gives Kane and Hailey excellent advice.

 

Kat Mizera does an amazing job with this story.  I love how she puts snippets into her stories that end up as relevant issues in her next book.  I enjoy her writing style.  It flows well and is easy to read.  I did not want to put the book down because I had to know what was going to happen next.  I love the characters.  Hailey and Kane are relatable and compelling beings.  They are people viewed as stars by others but are human and have their own set of insecurities.  The story had a great ending.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

 

Review
5 Stars
Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) by Chloe Neill
Wild Hunger - Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill’s WILD HUNGER (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) is an amazing spin-off of the Chicagoland Vampires series. I love that this series is about the kids from the Chicagoland Vampire series. I also love that the parents are still included in the new series. Elisa Sullivan is the only vampire to be born. Wolf shifter, Connor Keene, is the son of the North American Central Pack Apex. The two team up to try to stop a supernatural dispute after a vampire diplomate is murdered.

Chloe Neill did a commendable job with this first book to the series. The plot is perfect and skillfully executed. The characters are unique and well developed. They have personal and professional issues to deal with. The chemistry between Elisa and Connor was entertaining. Their parents are good friends, so they hung out as children, frequently getting into fights. They hadn’t seen each other in four years. It was amusing watching their relationship progress. I love that Lulu Bell is Elisa’s best friend, just like Mallory was Merit’s

WILD HUNGER was exciting from start to finish. I’m really looking forward to following this series. While you do not have to read the Chicagoland Vampire series to follow this story, I do recommend the series. Having read the series, I already felt invested in the characters. I also, appreciate what Elisa was going through because of how her birth occurred. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Clean Sweep (San Francisco Dragons #1) by Kate Willoughby
Clean Sweep  - Kate Willoughby

Kate Willoughby is victorious with CLEAN SWEEP the first book in the San Francisco Dragons series. I adored this story. It was refreshing and original. Hockey defenseman, Cameron Bowes, is selected by his team to be on a television show that showcases his home. The problem is, his place is a complete mess. Enter, Dakota Kelly (aka Suzette), the maid his teammate hires for him, to clean his house.

CLEAN SWEEP was fun and captivating. The characters are genuine and likeable. Cam is a great guy but a complete slob. To his credit, he does work hard to become a neater person with Dakota’s guidance. He is sweet and great with kids. I was impressed how he speaks to Zinny about important topics. I respect Dakota. She is a devoted guardian to her niece, Zinny. Dakota put her life aside to raise Zinny and would do anything for her. Cam and Dakota complement each other.

Kate Willoughby did a fantastic job writing this story. There were unexpected twists and a solid plot. The characters were well-developed and grew throughout the story. They faced meaningful challenges and obstacles. I love the dogs. They added a lot to the story. This is a book that is hard to put down. It had a cute ending, that made the book feel complete. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
4.5 Stars
Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey #6) by Kelly Jamieson
Playing Hurt - Kelly Jamieson

Kelly Jamieson scores with PLAYING HURT the sixth book in the Aces Hockey series.  Left winger Chase Hartman and pop star Jordyn Banks strike up a friendship on Twitter.  After losing a bet on a hockey game, Jordyn agrees to go on a date with Chase.  The two have different medical issues that threaten their careers, thus relating to one another.  This contemporary sports romance in suitable for adult audiences.  The story primarily takes place in Chicago.

 

I really enjoyed this story.  I love how Chase and Jordyn meet.  They have a lot in common and help each other cope with their similar situations.  They are a fun couple.  I appreciated that they were both so down to earth and that they can act like themselves around one another.  I was impressed by Chases date choices. 

 

They both had potentially career-ending medical conditions to deal with.  It was interesting reading how they handled their situations.  They have several obstacles to overcome throughout the story, like Jordyn living in L.A. and Chase in Chicago.  Not to mention crazy work schedules.  They both grow throughout the novel.

 

Kelly Jamieson does a wonderful job with this novel.  It is an excellent addition to the Aces Hockey series.  Her writing is skillfully executed, and her plot is fun and heartfelt.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
End Game (Bellevue Bullies, #4) by Toni Aleo
End Game - Toni Aleo

Toni Aleo leads the league with END GAME, the fourth book in the Bellevue Bullies series. Senior, Ryan Justice, is hoping to make the NHL draft. Sofia Castilleja is a freshman on Bellevue’s new gymnastics team. Neither one of them planned on letting a relationship distract them from their goals. END GAME takes place in Nashville, Tennessee. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult audiences.

Ah, Ryan Justice swoon. Ryan is Shae Adler’s nephew (Assassin’s series). He is the son of Shae’s twin sister, Grace. He goes through a great deal emotionally in this story. He does some soul searching. He is a great big brother and cousin. He is the oldest of the Adler/Justice kids. As a result, he wants to set a good example, and not disappoint anyone. He is protective, thoughtful, and smart.

Sofia is Ryan’s younger sister, Amelia’s roommate/teammate. She was once destined to be in the Olympics, but an injury shattered that dream. Now she is at Bellevue on a full gymnastic scholarship. I enjoyed her character. She never really had good friends growing up. Her life was all about gymnastics. She is hard working and determined. She is very concerned for her mother who has MS. She wants to make sure she is successful, so she can help provide for her.

I like how the story starts out on Halloween. The matching Halloween costumes of the Adler/Justice clan is classic. It shows how close the two families are.

I love when Sofia and Ryan meet. Ryan is not used to girls not throwing themselves at him. Sofia has no experience with boys and is nervous around them. Ryan is very determined to get Sofia to go out with him. They are adorable together. They have a lot in common and make each other stronger.

The plot was skillfully executed. I love how Sofia’s sponsorship played out. Ryan had some interesting obstacles. I swear Toni Aleo always makes me cry. Her stories are heartfelt and meaningful. This story is a good example of how life doesn’t always take you on the path you wanted but your life can be just as rewarding or possibly more so. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Defending Dani (Alaska Blizzard, Book 1) by Kat Mizera
Defending Dani - Kat Mizera

Kat Mizera’s DEFENDING DANI is an amazing start to the Alaska Blizzard series. It is a spin-off of Las Vegas Sidewinders series. The main characters are both siblings to players on the Sidewinders. Sergei Petrov is the brother of Toli and half-brother of Vlad. Danielle Cloutier is the sister of Zakk.

Sergei has not had luck in the relationship department. He is divorced from his first wife, and his second wife was murdered. He is now a single dad who has been traded to Anchorage, Alaska. Enter Dani. She has been helping Tessa and Toli take care of Sergei’s three-year-old son, Niko, while he settles things in Anchorage. Toli thinks Dani would make an amazing nanny for Sergei. Dani is finishing her master’s degree in athletic training from North Dakota. She was selected to play with the women’s US Olympic team and has time before she needs to move to Colorado for training.

The couple have a rocky start. Sergei has a lot of personal issues he is dealing with. To top it off, he is now playing on a struggling NHL expansion team, that doesn’t seem to gel. Dani loves hockey but knows her career is at an end because women in the NWHL barely make any money so that is not a viable career option. Sergei, Dani, and Niko settle into a wonderful life in Alaska, but several issues arise causing problems.

Kat Mizera does a fantastic job with this novel. The characters are multidimensional and grow throughout the story. The plot is realistic and believable. DEFENDING DANI is skillfully written. I was captivated from beginning to end. I enjoyed the conclusion. I’m looking forward to book two, HOLDING HAILEY. Hailey is one of Dani’s Olympic teammates, and Kane is a teammate of Sergei. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
4.5 Stars
Hooked On You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader
Hooked on You - Kate Meader

Kate Meader scores a hat trick with book three in the Chicago Rebels series, HOOKED ON YOU.  After never meeting her biological father, Violet Vasquez inherited a third of the Chicago Rebels hockey team, along with her two half-sisters.  She doesn’t plan on sticking around after the season is over.  Meanwhile, the Chicago Rebels captain, Bren St. James, needs a nanny.  With the playoffs at stake, Violet takes the job.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

I like Bren.  He is a recovering alcoholic.  His kids mean the world to him.  His ex-wife, Kendra, is a piece of work.  Violet is good for him.  Violet is an amazing character.  She survived breast cancer.  She doesn’t feel like she fits in.  She doesn’t realize the impact she has made on everyone’s lives since she moved to Chicago.  She’s fun and encouraging.  Bren and Violet both grow throughout the story. 

 

I enjoyed HOOKED ON YOU.  It was an entertaining read.  The characters faced relevant obstacles.  I love the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off scene.  That was classic.   

 

I have enjoyed the plot of the Chicago Rebels series.  It is unique and charming.  The new management at the Chicago Rebels is unconventional.  I love that the team supports and appreciates them.  I recommend reading these books in order.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Melt for You (Slow Burn, Book 2) by J. T. Geissinger
Melt For You - J.T. Geissinger
  1. T. Geissinger triumphs with MELT FOR YOU, the second book in the Slow Burn series. Joellen Bixby has a crush on her companies’ CEO, Michael Maddox. She gets help from her new neighbor, Cameron McGregor, captain of the Scotland national union rugby team, to get Maddox’s attention.  Unfortunately, Cameron has fallen for Jo in the process. This contemporary sports romance primarily takes place in New York.  It is suitable for adult audiences.

 

I knew I was going to love this book just after reading the first page.  The story starts out with the heroine’s top ten reasons why the Holidays Suck.  It was hilarious.  I love Joellen’s humor.  Even her dreams were funny.  I like her character.  She underestimates herself.  She has no idea that she is appealing, which is understandable, considering how her mother treats her. She has worked at Maddox Publishing for ten years and been in love with Michael for just as long.

 

Cameron McGregor is a fun character.  He is vibrant.  He sees Joellen for who she truly is.  He respects her.  He has a great outlook on life.  He is good for Joellen.  I love how they interact with each other.

 

Joellen’s boss, Portia, was a fascinating character.  You hate her.  She is a witch, to put it nicely.  You don’t always know what to expect from her. She ends up surprising you.

 

MELT FOR YOU is skillfully written and entertaining.  It is a story that is hard to put down.  It has multiple examples of why you should not judge people until you get to know them.  I loved that the epilogue starts off with another top ten list (also amusing).  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.