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5 Stars
Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader
Irresistible You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 1) - Kate Meader

Kate Meader’s IRRESISTIBLE YOU is an excellent start to the Chicago Rebels series.  I have been anxiously awaiting reading this book ever since I read IN SKATES TROUBLE (Chicago Rebels #.5) in the HOT ON ICE hockey anthology.  I was not disappointed.  I loved this book. 

 

Three half-sisters are left a hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels.  The team is in second to last place. The sisters need to turn the Rebels around.  The first book focuses on the oldest daughter, Harper Chase.  She has been groomed to take over the team and is disappointed when her father’s will stipulated that all three sisters are left the team and have a year to make the playoffs or lose the franchise.  I love the plot.  It was interesting and full of obstacles.  

 

I already liked Harper’s character in the prequel, IN SKATES TROUBLE.  I was excited to hear her story.  She is a strong character that is meant to run the Rebels.  She is an excellent leader and knows her hockey.  She brings in veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre to motivate the team.  Understandably, DuPre was not happy to be traded to a team that was in second to last place.  The two butt heads but can’t deny that they are attracted to each other. Of course, Harper being Remy’s boss complicates matters.  They have great chemistry and are an interesting couple.

 

I enjoy Kate Meader’s writing style.  The story flowed well.  I was not able to put down the book.  There were some good life lessons in the story.  I loved the scene where Remy and Harper played video games against each other.  IRRESISTIBLE YOU had a great ending.  I look forward to reading middle sister, Isobel Chase’s story in the next book, SO OVER YOU.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
OMEGA (Mackenzie Grey #4) by Karina Espinosa
OMEGA: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Mackenzie Grey Book 4) - Karina Espinosa

Karina Espinosa’s OMEGA was an amazing conclusion to the Mackenzie Grey series.  Mackenzie Grey is investigating a serial killing in New York for the Supernatural Investigative Unit (SIU).  Meanwhile, she is still suffering from the events the transpired with her pack and the Lunas.  This contemporary urban fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.

 

I loved this book.  Karina Espinosa continues to do an exceptional job with her plot and character development.   Mackenzie is understandably struggling with the aftermath from the Luna rebellion.  She has sequestered herself from other wolves.  She is suffering mentally and physically.   She is punishing herself.  She goes through more than any one person should have to endure.  She is strong and smart.  She is an exceptional leader.  She transforms a lot throughout this story. 

 

I love that so many characters from the previous books were brought back in this novel.  The story has valuable lessons and good observations.  It had me feeling just about every emotion. I cry toward the ending.  OMEGA was well concluded.  I am sad the series ended.  I would love to see a spin off series.  I also think the Mackenzie Grey series would make an excellent movie or television series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
4.5 Stars
Something So Perfect (Something So #2) by Natasha Madison
Something So Perfect - Natasha Madison

I adored Natasha Madison’s SOMETHING SO PERFECT.  This is the story of NHL bad boy, Matthew Grant, and the NEW York Stingers’ team owner’s daughter, Karrie Cooney.  After screwing up his NHL career, Matthew is given a second chance with the stipulation that he is assigned a chaperone 24/7 (Karrie).  We heard Mathew’s mom and step-dad’s story in book one, SOMETHING SO RIGHT.  I appreciate that Natasha Madison followed up with Mathew’s story and that Cooper and Parker play a role in the tale.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences. 

 

I love the chemistry between Matthew and Karrie.  Their verbal sparring is amusing.  Mathew is the epidemy of alpha male.  He is persistent and a bit over the top when it comes to Karrie.  Karrie is sassy and smart.  Having to spend so much time together, the two get to know each other well.   They truly appreciate each other for who they are.  They have interesting obstacles and drama to overcome.   

 

I enjoy Natasha Madison’s writing style.  It flows well and has a great pace.  The plot was creative and skillfully executed.  I love how SOMETHING SO PERFECT ended and cannot wait for the next book, SOMETHING SO IRRESISTIBLE, to read what happens.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) by Ilona Andrews
Wildfire -  Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews’ WILDFIRE is a thrilling addition to the Hidden Legacy series.  The story takes place following book two, WHITE HOT.  Nevada Baylor and Connor “Mad” Rogan investigates the kidnapping of Rynda Sherwood’s husband.  Rynda is Connor’s ex-fiancé so needless to say there are some interesting things that transpire.  Simultaneously, Nevada and her family are applying to become a house in order to avoid having to join her evil grandmother’s family.  This urban fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.  

 

I love this series.  It is refreshing and exhilarating.  Ilona Andrews does a fantastic job with the plot and character development.  I love Nevada.  Her magic and personality are growing.  She is becoming more powerful by the day.  She loves her family and will do anything for the people she cares about.  She is brave and intelligent.  She is the perfect person for Connor.  Unlike most people, she is not afraid to stand up to him.  

 

The story is skillfully written.  It felt like a quick read despite being 384-pages long.  The novel was full of mystery, action, romance, humor, and suspense.  I highly recommend this story for anyone that enjoys investigative urban fantasies.  I cannot wait for book four. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Ilona Andrews’ WILDFIRE is a thrilling addition to the Hidden Legacy series.  The story takes place following book two, WHITE HOT.  Nevada Baylor and Connor “Mad” Rogan investigates the kidnapping of Rynda Sherwood’s husband.  Rynda is Connor’s ex-fiancé so needless to say there are some interesting things that transpire.  Simultaneously, Nevada and her family are applying to become a house in order to avoid having to join her evil grandmother’s family.  This urban fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.  

 

I love this series.  It is refreshing and exhilarating.  Ilona Andrews does a fantastic job with the plot and character development.  I love Nevada.  Her magic and personality are growing.  She is becoming more powerful by the day.  She loves her family and will do anything for the people she cares about.  She is brave and intelligent.  She is the perfect person for Connor.  Unlike most people, she is not afraid to stand up to him.  

 

The story is skillfully written.  It felt like a quick read despite being 384-pages long.  The novel was full of mystery, action, romance, humor, and suspense.  I highly recommend this story for anyone that enjoys investigative urban fantasies.  I cannot wait for book four. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
4 Stars
Illumination (Penton Legacy #5) by Susannah Sandlin
Illumination: The Penton Vampire Legacy - Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin’s ILLUMINATION is an exciting conclusion to the Penton Legacy series. Human, Nik Dimitrou, moved to Penton because his psychic abilities were not triggered by vampires.  He is confronted by his past when his ex-girlfriend, Shay Underwood, is kidnapped by the tribunal and needs to be rescued. This contemporary PNR takes place in New Orleans and Penton, Alabama.  It is suitable for adult audiences. 

 

Susannah Sandlin continues to do an admirable job with her plot and character development.  Nik is an intriguing character.  He has psychic abilities that cultivate in the story.  His character faces many obstacles and transforms throughout the novel.  He has an interesting past with Shay that ties in well with the plot.  I like Shay.  She is noble and intelligent.  She looks at the war between Penton and the Vampire Tribunal in a new light.  I appreciated that the characters from the previous books also played a vital role in ILLUMINATION.

 

I started following this series in 2013.  I loved the concept of the plot.  Illumination was a satisfying conclusion to the Penton Legacy.  Susannah Sandlin did a nice job tying in characters and situations from the previous books into this story.  The entire series is skillfully-written and executed.  The characters are likeable and convincing.  I am sad to see the series end.  I would love to see it as a movie or television series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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4.5 Stars
Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels #1) by Lia Riley
Mister Hockey: Hellions Angels - Lia Riley

Librarian, Breezy Angel, is stunned when the man of her dreams (and literally in her dreams) walks in as a guest reader at her event. Denver Hellions team captain, Jed West, is the hottest player in the NHL.  One thing lead to another and they have an amazing kiss.  The only problem is, Jed doesn’t date fans. This story is suitable for adult audiences.

 

Mister Hockey is an entertaining start to the Hellions Angels series.  There are realistic obstacles and occurrences. The plot was witty and believable. 

 

Lia Riley character development was noteworthy.  Jed is an interesting individual.  He is getting older and understandably concerned about a recent injury that he received in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.  He has a complicated relationship with his family.  I appreciate that he wants to be in a relationship with someone who treats him like a regular person. 

 

Breezy is a likable character.  She is funny and sweet.  Her visuals are amusing.  She feels like she has lived I her sister Neve’s shadow, but still has a good relationship with her.  I appreciated Breezy’s insights on her relationship with Jed.  It was interesting how she went from fan girl to girlfriend.  I could totally understand why she would be embarrassed to admit that she had a crush on Jed.  I liked the realization that he is a person like everyone else.

 

I like how Breezy and Jed met.  I also, love that helps her at her house.  They are compatible in many thought-provoking ways. 

 

MISTER HOCKEY is a well-written and fun read.  The story flows well and is easy to follow.  This is the first book that I have read by Lia Riley.  I enjoyed her writing style.  I plan on following this series.  I’m looking forward to Nave Angel’s and Coach Tor’s story next in HEAD COACH expected to be released in November 2017.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
4 Stars
Maybe This Summer (Colorado Ice, #2.5) by Jennifer Snow
Maybe This Summer - Jennifer Snow

Maybe This Summer by Jennifer Snow is a heartfelt and wonderful read.  After a horrible assault, Paige Adams’ life changed.  She began a new life working for the Burn Treatment Center at the Colorado Hospital.  Colorado Avalanche's team mascot, Owen McConnell, is used to be ignored when he is with his NHL buddies.   However, after meeting Paige, he is determined to get her attention.  This contemporary romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

Jennifer Snow does an admirable job with her character development.  Owen is a noble character.  He is a former NHL star.  Later, he was injured after serving his country in the Marines.  He is no longer able to work in either profession.  He is currently the PR manager and mascot for the Colorado Avalanche.  He is a good guy, with a big heart.  I like that he is persistent and hard working.   

 

Paige is an amazing character.  She was left scared both physically and mentally after a horrible attack.  She began a new life helping burn victims.  I know someone who had over 80% of his body burned at the Pentagon on 9-11, so this story captured my attention and felt relevant.  I love that Paige decided to help others that have suffered like her. 

 

I enjoyed the plot.  I appreciate that these two come into each other’s lives.  They are both strong and have a lot in common.  They both know what it is like to have your life altered after an injury.  MAYBE THIS SUMMER is genuine and sweet read.  The story is well-written and entertaining.  The characters face some interesting challenges that enable them to grow throughout the novel.  I like how the story ended.  It was a fun and well concluded. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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4 Stars
Rock Star (Bad Boy Homecoming, #5) by Stacey Kennedy
Rock Star - Stacey Kennedy

Stacey Kennedy’s ROCK STAR is an entertaining second chance romance.  The last person Veterinarian, Rae Evans, expects to bump into at her ten-year high school reunion is her now-famous rock star ex-boyfriend, Travis Walker.  This contemporary romance is suitable for adult audiences. 

 

Stacey Kennedy does a wonderful job with her character development.  Travis and Rae are both likeable characters.  They are both driven.  Travis thinks with his heart, whereas Rae, is more practical.  The couple never stopped loving each other, despite the years apart.  They are both likeable and believable individuals.  They are stronger when they are together. 

 

ROCK STAR was skillfully written.  I like how the story started out with the prologue.  Travis and Rae parted on good terms, having dreams that took them into different directions. I love that Travis returns to Catfish Creek to seek Rae out.  ROCK STAR is a thought-provoking and enjoyable read.  There were some interesting obstacles and situation the couple faced.  I love the ending.  It felt well concluded.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
4 Stars
Hunted (Eternal Guardians #8.75) by Elisabeth Naughton
Hunted: An Eternal Guardians Novella - Elisabeth Naughton

Elisabeth Naughton’s HUNTED is a thrilling addition to the Eternal Guardians series.  Minor god of darkness, Erebus, has been tasked with hunting down one of Zeus’s Siren warriors.  He wasn’t expecting his target to be the nymph who stole his heart, Seraphine.  This fantasy romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

Elisabeth Naughton continues to do a great job with her character development.  Erebus is an interesting god.  He is old and been through a lot.  He has been used by the gods.  I like that he goes after what he wants, and that he is protective of Sera.  I like Sera.  She is brave and noble.  She has a fascinating heritage.  Erebus and Sera have great chemistry.  I was amused by their conversations.

 

I enjoyed the plot. There were a lot of mystery and deception.  It tied in well with previous stories in the series.  At 120-pages, it was a quick read that was easy to get through in one sitting.  Eternal Guardians is a great series.  I would love to see it turned into a movie or TV series.  I’m looking forward to the next book.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
4 Stars
Playing For Keeps (York Bombers #3) by Lisa B. Kamps
Playing For Keeps: A York Bombers Hockey Romance (The York Bombers Book 3) - Lisa B. Kamps

Lisa B. Kamps scores a hat trick with the third book in the York Bombers series, PLAYING FOR KEEPS.  AHL Goalie, Tyler Bowie, is off his game.  On top of that, he is interested in his team mates little sister, Jennifer Emory.  A relationship that is off limits due to the bro code.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. 

 

Lisa B. Kamps continues to do a great job with this series.  The story is new and original but has consistent elements with the previous books.

 

I felt bad for what Jennifer went through with her previous boyfriend, Viktor.  He is a complete slime.  I appreciated the hockey scene where the boys got into it with him.  There is a difference between liking hockey players and being a puck bunny.  Jenny is no puck bunny. 

 

Tyler is a likeable character.  I could understand why his concentration and game were affected.  It would be hard to not be jealous in his situation.  He is a good guy who is protective and fair. 

 

I like that the story takes place during the same timeline as the previous book.  It is interesting hearing different perspectives of situations from the characters, especially with Jason. 

 

I like that Jenny and Magan became friends.  I loved the ending of the book.  I’m looking forward to Zach Mummert’s story in book four, PLAYING IT UP.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Playoff Beard by Kristen Hope Mazzola
Playoff Beard (Shots On Goal Standalone Series Book 5) - Kristen Hope Mazzola

Kristen Hope Mazzola’s PLAYOFF BEARD is a wonderful addition to the Shots On Goal series.  NHL goalie, Will Crosby, and bartender, Jordan Bates finally get together after ten years.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences. 

 

I like Will.  I felt bad for what happened between him and his ex-wife Mindie.  That being said, Jordan is a much better fit for him.  Will is a good guy.  He is a dedicated athlete and friend.   Jordan is a fun heroine.  I’ve enjoyed her in the previous books and was excited to hear her story.  She has a great personality.  I liked getting to know her family. 

 

I love that Jordan and Will started out as friends.  They are both attracted to the other but afraid to ruin their friendship.  Everyone knows they are perfect for one another.  I love when Will went to Sunday dinner with Jordan’s family.  I respect their nerdy vocabulary side.  I also, appreciated that there were things they did not know about each other, and they discover just how compatible they are together. 

 

I love how PLAYOFF BEARD’s timeline overlapped with LOW BLOW.  PLAYOFF BEARD had a nice flow and was a fast read.  It works well with the other books in the Shots On Goal series.   I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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5 Stars
Scales and Legends (The Merworld Trilogy, #3) by B. Kristin McMichael
Scales and Legends (The Merworld Trilogy Book 3) - B. Kristin McMichael
  1. Kristin McMichael’s SCALES AND LEGENDS is an amazing conclusion to The Merworld Trilogy. The story takes place following book two, SONGS AND FINS. The sirens are on the brink of war.  However, Whitney Mallory, may be the key to saving the sirens.  This contemporary urban fantasy is suitable for young adults. 

 

I adored this story.  I am continually amazed by B. Kristin McMichael’s creativity.  We discover some interesting things about Whitney in this novel.  She undergoes some attention-grabbing challenges.  Whitney’s character has grown tremendously since the Skinwalkers Witchling series.  She is a wonderful character that is brave and selfless.

 

I love that characters from the Blue Eyes Trilogy, the Day Human Trilogy, and Skinwalkers Witchling made appearances in SCALES AND LEGENDS.  The connections are clever.  That being said, you can follow the story without reading those series.  However, I highly suggest them as well.

 

 SCALES AND LEGENDS was exciting from start to finish.  I read this book in one sitting.  The details were carefully thought out.  The Epilogue was well concluded.  I’m looking forward to the next spin-off of Jaxton Kristian's story in the NIGHT HUMAN HUNTER.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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5 Stars
Hard Stick (Breakaway #1) by L.P. Dover
Hard Stick: A Breakaway Novel - L.P. Dover

 

  1. P. Dover scores with HARD STICK the first book in the Breakaway series. Charlotte Strikers’ enforcer, Kellan Carter, falls for bartender, Kristen Robinson. Kristen is reluctant to get involved with Kellan due to her daunting past.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.  It takes place in Boston and North Carolina.

 

HARD STICK was amazing.  The plot had a little of everything: mystery, drama, conspiracy, romance, hockey, tragedy, humor, and hope. 

 

The characters are well-developed and believable.  Kristen was a compelling heroine who had a misfortunate past.  She is strong and brave.  My heart went out to her.  She has some loyal and amazing friends.  I love Kellan.  He is the captain of the Charlotte Striker NHL team.  He is hardworking and determined.  He is protective and reliable.   He is creative when setting up his dates with Kristen.  The two have wonderful chemistry and make an outstanding couple.

 

Mitchell Blackwell makes a fascinating advisory.  He is power hungry and controlling.  He is a dangerous man who cannot be trusted. 

 

I enjoyed the story line.  It had a lot of substance and felt meaningful.  There were excellent twists.  HARD STICK is skillfully written.  It had a great pace that is tough to put down.  I enjoyed the epilogue.  It felt well concluded.  I am looking forward to Dallas Easton’s story in the next book in the series, BLOCKED.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
It's Our Time (Carolina Rebels #3) by Lindsay Paige
It's Our Time (Carolina Rebels Book 4) - Lindsay Paige

Lindsay Paige scores with IT’S OUR TIME, the third book of the Carolina Rebels series.  Since he was a teenager, NHL defenseman, Ian Rhett, has only wanted one woman, Sydney Jarvis.  Mistakes were made, and secrets were kept. Ian’s goal is to convince Sydney to give their relationship another shot.  This contemporary sports romance takes place in North Carolina.  It is suitable for adult audiences.

 

Lindsay Paige does a great job with her character development.  Ian and Sydney are believable and likeable.  They have faults and grow through the story.  They have known each other for six-years; however, they still have a lot to learn about each other.  They have wonderful chemistry.  They are two people you want to see work things out.  Savannah is cute.  I love the things that came out of her mouth.

 

The plot was well laid out and convincing.  I like how the previous characters in the series were utilized throughout this book.  There was a lot of family drama that caused complications.  I enjoy Lindsay Paige’s writing style.  Her stories are genuine and heartfelt.  I am looking forward to Scott and Sylvia Boyd’s story the next book in the series, AN UNEXPECTED LIFE.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

 

Review
5 Stars
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews’ WHITE HOT is an amazing addition to the Hidden Legacy Series.  Nevada Baylor’s latest case brings her back in contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.  This Urban Fantasy Romance is suitable for adult audiences. 

 

Ilona Andrews continues to do a great job with her character development.  Nevada’s powers and personality grow in this story.  She is discovering that she will do anything to protect her family and the people she cares about.  I appreciate that she has a rare talent that she wants to keep hidden. 

 

I like Connor.  We learn numerous details about his past that explains the way he acts.  He had a traumatic experience that turned him into the person he is.  His communication skills are not always the best.  He is powerful and looks out for those in his ranks. I enjoyed his persistence where Nevada is concerned. 

 

Nevada and Connor have great chemistry.  I’m interested in seeing where their relationship goes in future books. 

 

I enjoyed the plot.  It was mysterious with lots of action and conspiracy.  The different types of mages are fascination.  If I was a mage, I would want Cornelius Harrison’s power as an animal mage.  I have two ferrets; I loved the scene with ferrets and ferret-badger.  The introduction of Victoria Tremaine was compelling.  I look forward to learning more about her in the next book in the series, WILDFIRE.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Review
5 Stars
Imbalance (Heart Lines Series Book 4) by Heather Hildenbrand
Imbalance: (New Adult Paranormal Romance) (Heart Lines Series Book 4) - Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand’s IMBALANCE is another amazing addition to the Heart Lines Series.  Book four starts where book three left off.  Alex and Mason are being held by CHAS, and Sam wants them released.  The equinox is coming closer, and they are running out of time to stop the clash between Ea and Hina.  This contemporary PNR is suitable for new adult audiences.  It takes place in San Francisco and Half Moon, California.  It is told from Alex’s and Sam’s point of views. 

 

My heart went out to Alex.  He punishes himself for things that he was not in control of but feels guilty about.  After so much time being numb due to Indra taking away his feelings, he is now in emotional overload.  I liked seeing him start to become his old self again.  Although, he will never be the same.  I was happy he opened up to Sam and his friends. 

 

I love that Sam doesn’t give up on Alex.  She is loyal and brave.  She has a lot to deal with in this story.  Hina is growing stronger in her.  I love that she stands up for herself and those she calls friends. 

 

There were a lot of interesting and unexpected things that happened in IMBALANCE.  The story was full of excitement and had a great pace.  IMBALANCE was skillfully written.  I enjoyed the ending.  I cannot wait for the fifth book in the series to discover what happens next.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.