Thursday, May 31, 2018

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Title: Starry Eyes 
Author: Jenn Bennett
My Rating: A

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series
Main Characters: Zorie and Lennon
Release Date: April 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy


Story Overview:
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

Mom's (Christi) Review:
This is a first for me on the blog here...for this book, I'm doing a joint review with my eleven year old daughter. We spotted this book in Target and I was a HUGE fan of Jenn Bennett's adult books, so I bought it for my daughter and she read it before me. As a result, we decided to try something new and fun on the blog here...do a few YA joint reviews this summer. This is the first of what I hope is to become a regular thing. 

She absolutely adored the book and couldn't wait for me to read it.

I agreed with her...I absolutely adored it, too.

But in the nature of full disclosure...if I had read it before her, I probably wouldn't have let her read it. There are a LOT of really mature themes running throughout the book...themes that I would think would be too much for my eleven year old despite her high level of reading comprehension. But then I think back to the Harlequins and other books I read when I was in junior high (anybody remember VC Andrews?) and accept the fact that she ADORED the book so much...and is now going back and reading Jenn Bennett's backlist. I think this train has already left the station, so now I'm just making sure we have a VERY open dialogue over any questions she might have. 

But I digress...let's get to my review.

So, this book takes place in the summer between Zorie's junior and senior year. The last year has been kind of rough. Her next door neighbor, Lennon, used to be her best friend and was becoming something more until Homecoming last year. Now they don't even speak. Throughout a lot of the book, the reader isn't aware of what happened to break them up, but mostly that's because Zorie doesn't truly know what happened. 

But a camping trip gone wrong forces the two of them to confront everything that happened...and gah, some of those scenes were so painful but still beautiful to read. 

The whole book is simply gorgeously done. It's almost entirely set in the beauty of the mountains, with lots of talk about the stars (Zorie's passion) along with her need for control. Zorie is a planner and she lives by her lists and paper planner (I LOVED this girl so much!) The past year has made that need for control to ratchet even higher, so being thrown into this camping trip, where she's already uncomfortable, and finding Lennon along, too is about the height of her own personal nightmare. 

Zorie is anxious and unsure and in so much need of a hug. The book is told from her point of view which made it so that I definitely related to her more (plus she seriously is a lot like a teenage me). But there are moments with Lennon that I literally wept with his pain. While none of the book is in his POV...gah, you can't help but feel for this guy when it all comes out. Jenn Bennett did an absolutely gorgeous job of illustrating the depths of his pain. He needs a good long hug, too.

This book was beautiful to read and there was an amazing moral to the story, too (which goes back to that planning that I'm such a fan of). It was a truly incredible read. I adored the book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!!


Starry Eyes Review (Kat):

 Ok first off I have to say that when I saw this book I immediately fell in love with it. Just the whole look and feel of the book made me get it, and when I found out  Mom loved the author I knew I needed to get it to read. 

Ok ok, enough talking let's just get onto the review. 

This book is about a girl named Zorie who is just a shy girl who loves to keep things organized and make sure that things always go according to plan. She’s really just trying to survive high school. But when she is sent to go get a letter from her ex, Lennon, for her mother everything changes. (You’ll want to remember Lennon.) 

She decides to say yes to a camping trip with her former friend and a few other people. When she finds out Lennon (her ex) is coming along it’s already to late to back out so she ends up going on camping trip with him. Afterwards they get kicked out of the camping compound, abandoned in the woods by themselves, and almost get killed multiple times. 

Will Lennon and Zorie be able to survive without strangling each other ? I’ll let you find out that for yourself. 

Anyway I LOVED this book! It was absolutely incredible! There was so much detail and the story was so captivating from moment one! I highly recommend this book! Anyways that is all I have to say about this book, and I hope you go and buy this book for yourself!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Shacking Up #3
Main Characters: Rian and Pierce
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A new kind of love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready…

SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

I FLIPPING LOVE YOU, set in the Shacking Up world, follows two people, both working in real estate, who find themselves vying for the same properties in the Hamptons, leading to a sometimes-not-so-friendly competition.
My Review:
I read this book over several days (busy time of the year) so I feel like I didn't get quite as much out of it as I'd hoped, because that first day reading it, I was in love with the story. It was sassy and fresh and I loved the snappy dialogue between Pierce and Rian. 

In fact, I just love Rian. She's dealing with a lot in the book...although as I type that, it occurs to me that Pierce definitely is, too. They're very similar in that they have 'trying' siblings. Both these characters expect things to go a certain way and don't like uncertainty...something that their siblings thrive on. 

Rian and her twin sister are real estate agents in the Hamptons. They're also trying to get into the flipping market. Pierce and his brother ARE flipping houses in the market. They have lots of money and the capital to do it right. But flipping isn't Pierce's normal job. He's really a patent lawyer, who's taking the summer off after screwing up a big thing in his family business that they're still trying to sort out. But for Pierce, flipping is the thing he loves...his passion...at least until he meets Rian and then he finds himself obsessed with something else. 

Like I said, it was a quippy, fun novel. There is a ton of snark to Rian and she hits Pierce with it relentlessly at the beginning of the book despite their incredible chemistry...actually because of that chemistry...she's trying desperately to ignore it and him. But Pierce is pretty relentless himself and doesn't let her reluctance push him away at all. In fact, he views her as a challenge. 

This was a fun read. It was entertaining and the beach setting would make it a great summer read...lots of fun, scenic ambiance in this one. Although part of a series (which honestly I was surprised at when I started this review), this is most definitely a stand-alone book. I didn't guess it was part of a series at all!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

All Night with the Cowboy by Soraya Lane

Title: All Night with the Cowboy
Author: Soraya Lane
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: River Ranch #2
Main Characters: Tanner and Lauren
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Swerve
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
BACK IN THE SADDLE. STRAIGHT TO THE HEART. . .

At the Ford family ranch, getting thrown from a horseis a part of growing up. But one cowboy is still learning the ropes when it comes to falling in love.

Tanner Ford has been riding bulls and busting broncos his entire life. So when he takes a hard spill—and sustains serious injuries—he refuses to believe his rodeo days are behind him. He’s determined to restore his body and revive his career. There’s just one problem: the finest physical therapist in town just happens to be the only woman he’s ever loved.

Lauren Lewis knows she made a huge mistake when she walked away from Tanner. But she was young, ambitious, and focused on her medical career. Now, after all these years, Tanner’s back—and, in spite of his injuries, looking better than she allows herself to admit. She agrees to work on Tanner’s big bruised muscles until he’s back in bull-riding shape again. But how can Lauren resist the smoldering attraction between her and her old flame. . .and find a way to live without him?
My Review:
This was my first time reading Soraya Lane, but it definitely won't be my last. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Full disclaimer...I'm a HUGE SUCKER for a wounded hero and three weeks before the book begins, Tanner was in a horrific accident where a bull won. He's not in good condition, but that sets up this story beautifully. 

Second disclaimer...I love second chance at love stories...and this is definitely one of those. When the two were eighteen and on the cusp of heading to college, Lauren dumped Tanner with no warning. He never understood it and it took him so completely by surprise, he never really recovered. But neither did Lauren, because it was definitely not something she would have chosen to do...but she had no choice in the matter. 

But in the present day, Lauren is a world class physical trainer, so she's the perfect person to rehab Tanner. His sister bribes his way into Lauren's Fijian vacation...and we have the perfect setup for a rekindling between these two. 

Like I said, I really enjoyed the book. There's some incredible chemistry between the two...alongside the conflict of all those hurt feelings from before. They're also in Fiji, so you can't top the romantic, beautiful ambience that sets up the book. 

Overall, I just enjoyed everything about this book. It wasn't super-deep emotionally, but I enjoyed every minute of reading the book. Like I mentioned before, I will definitely be reading this author again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

Hooked On You by Kate Meader

Title: Hooked On You
Author: Kate Meader
My Rating: A-

Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Chicago Rebels #4
Main Characters: Violet and Bren
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Pocket Books
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.

Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.

Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander...but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.

For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.


My Review:
Aww, I'm going to miss these guys. This series has been so good. I've loved every book in it and this one was no exception. 

Bren's story has played out throughout the entire series. As the captain of the team, he's been integral to the series, but his story hasn't been easy. Bren's been fighting to get his life back after a divorce and rehab and losing his daughters. You can't help but hurt for him. 

But speaking of hurting for a character...I think Violet is the most wounded character in this entire series. The spurned illegitimate child of the now dead hockey great. She's the wild child, the spontaneous, outgoing Latina with sass and tattoos. But that tough, fun exterior is hiding so many scars. This girl...wow, she's gone through a LOT in her very short life. She deserves some happy in her life. In fact, she deserves all the happy in her life. Because despite her demeanor and attitude that she's just there for the party and the money, she truly is one of the most caring, nurturing souls. Gah, I loved her character. 

And add Violet in with Bren's girls and my heart just melted. I love that she's this tough, tattooed character who is about the only person who really gets this two young girls and how much they're hurting. But she related to them because she understands their hurts. Seriously, everything about Violet's character is amazing. She has this hard back story. Not only did she grow up with a tough childhood, but she's survived breast cancer at 24, and still managed to be there for the sisters she didn't know until her father threw her into this untenable situation. And she rocks it...all of it, without showing anyone how hard it all is. You can't help but admire her grit. 

The relationship with the nanny isn't a new story line, but I enjoyed the twists and turns in the details of this one. I enjoyed reading the book and I am going to really miss this hockey team. I've loved the Chicago Rebels. 

Each book works easily as a standalone read, but the entire series has been fantastic to read. I recommend them all!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Riven by Roan Parrish

Title: Riven
Author: Roan Parrish
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series
Main Characters: Theo and Caleb
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.

Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.
My Review:
This book was so good, but as good as the story was to read, it was even more beautiful in how the author presented the music. Gah, Roan Parrish wrote a wonderful romantic love story between two broken men, but it was even more perfect in that it was a love story to the making of music. Seriously, this book was beautiful on every single level.

Theo is currently a rock star, burned out by the life he's been thrown into. He never realized what fame would do to him, how wearing down it could be. And right now he's lost, hating this life that's become his. He tries to live his downtime in anonymity, but that's getting harder and harder to do. He's on one of those downtime moments when he stumbles into a bar where Caleb is playing and is mesmerized.

Caleb has spent the last year fighting for his sobriety from the remote location of his grandfather's vacant farm. He used to be somebody in the music world, but lost all that to heroin and alcohol. He's terrified of getting mixed up in music again because that's one of his triggers. And Theo is right in the heart of the music world. 

But the two can't seem to stay away from one another. They connect sexually, but it's so much more than that. Theo isn't comfortable with anyone, but with Caleb, it's different. They also connect musically as only two song-writers can. 

Seriously, this book is beautiful. It's one of those that makes you feel deeper for just having read it. I loved both Caleb and Theo and adored the little glimpse into their music and song-writing. I loved the book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Taste of Darkness by Katie Reus (audiobook)

Title:  Taste of Darkness
Author: Katie Reus
My Rating: A
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Darkness #2
Main Characters: Drake and Victoria
Release Date: January 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: 
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
He spent more than a thousand years imprisoned in hell…

Drake is an ancient dragon shifter, one of the most powerful beings in existence, but a millennium trapped in utter darkness has left him ill-equipped for modern society. If it wasn’t for Victoria, the sweet female brave enough to befriend him, he’d be lost. She’s smart and gorgeous and everything he never dared dream of during his years of agonizing loneliness. He may not have anything to offer her, but one thing he knows for sure: he’d die to keep her safe.

Only to fall into the heaven of her touch.

Victoria is a wolf shifter, healer of the Stavros pack. She’s seen a lot, but she’s never met anybody quite like Drake, the fiery, fascinating shifter who can blaze through the skies unseen by mere mortals. He’s lost, dangerous, and the last male she should fall in love with, but the more time she spends helping him navigate modern life, the deeper—and hotter—their connection becomes. She’s thrilled when they finally locate his family, but reuniting with his people plunges them both into unimaginable danger. It’s a race against the clock trying to figure out who wants them dead and who they can trust, especially when the threat is closer than they ever imagined.

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.25

Drake's story is just one of those that's perfect for a hero that you absolutely fall head over heels in love with. Sent to hell at the age of 12, he's spent the last 1500 years there. He knows virtually nothing of the world or dragon shifters (which he is one of). He has no memory of how he got there or what happened before being sent there. It's obvious he's been traumatized by the time spent there...did you catch that...1500 years?!?!?

So, yeah, he's a little bit messed up. But from the moment he sees Victoria, he knows that she's his. It doesn't matter that she's a wolf shifter. He's connected to her. 

But the best thing about Drake is that he's this vulnerable, wounded guy at the same time he's seriously tough and alpha and so much...just sexy male. Yum! I loved him and watching him love Victoria...yeah, it just made me happy.

I'm really loving this series and love that there's so many books of it out. I need to go grab book #3 now and download it onto my iPod because I adore Katie Reus's shifters. She writes some sexy shifters and I'm quickly falling in love with all of them. 

BTW, you can read any of these books as stand-alones.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane (audiobook)

Title:  Red Fish Dead Fish
Author: Amy Lane
My Rating: A+
Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Fish Out of Water #2
Main Characters: Jackson and Ellery
Release Date: March 2018 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.

Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.

Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.

Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.

Listening Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
 

My Review:
Overall: 4.75
Performance: 5.0
Story: 4.5

You need to have read book #1, Fish Out of Water, before you read this one.

But you also need to know that you NEED TO READ BOTH THESE BOOKS!

OMG, this series is amazing and listening to it on audio is about as perfect as an audiobook experience gets. Greg Tremblay is brilliant on his narration of these books!!! OMG, so, so, so good.

So, this story is a continuation of Jackson and Ellery's story. And god, Jackson is still so, so broken. I think that's what makes this narration so good. Greg Tremblay is amazing at pulling the emotion out of the text and making you feel deep in your gut. My heart mourned for Jackson and then in turn for Ellery, because whatever hurts Jackson, also hurts Ellery.

And Amy Lane doesn't hold any punches in hurting either of them in this book. It's an angsty, emotion-filled, action-packed book that doesn't stop from page one through the end. Seriously, so good. So good, in fact, I listened to the audiobook all in one day which meant my house is almost spotless because I clean when I listen to audiobooks. Seriously the only way to get my house clean is to find a fantastic audio that I can't walk away from. This one definitely fit the bill. 

If you haven't heard me yet...I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK...and the audiobook version of it. BUT read book #1 first...also in audio.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

Title: Hot Asset
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: 21 Wall Street #1
Main Characters: Ian and Lara
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Montlake
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A sexy agent hounds Wall Street's hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he's met his match in Lara McKenzie-a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case-the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading-could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one, and Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She'll do anything to prove he's guilty. He'll do anything to prove he's not. But it's only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It's become a pleasure-and there's more at risk than she ever dreamed.
My Review:
ooh, what a fabulous enemies to lovers story. I really liked the setup of this one...so unusual...an SEC investigator and the Wall Street genius that she's been charged to investigate...serious no-go for a relationship with these two. 

I really liked the initial intro to Ian...unapologetic playboy and manwhore. But as the story delves deeper, you find out some truly amazing things about how far he's come. Then there's Lara who's more of an awkward homebody (although there were times it felt like her character had a few inconsistencies...she dressed awful and came across as a real introvert, but then wanted to go out to the hottest club in town??) But overall, the story was so good, it was easy to overlook those tiny issues.

I liked them together, and thought Ian's terror about having his world turned upside down was really well-written. 

For so long, it's really unclear how/why Ian's been accused of insider trading. That part of the story line worked for me, too. As did the forbidden aspect of anything happening between Ian and Lara. It goes without saying that it screws everything up if she becomes personally involved with him...for both of them. They simply can't...and that provides a backdrop for some sizzling chemistry. But first, I loved that she simply rejects him...which honestly, he needs just to take his incredibly large ego down a few notches.

We're also introduced to the next two hero/heroines, and I'm excited about where the series is going. I'm really looking forward to both those books. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. BUT I already owned a print copy, too, because I need this one on my keeper shelf.

Marek by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Marek
Author: Sawyer Bennett
My Rating: A-

Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #11
Main Characters: Marek and Gracen
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
When the Carolina Cold Fury’s hottest young star gets blindsided by an ex with a scandalous secret, it’s game on.

“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .
My Review: 
I love second chance at love books, but wow...I'm not sure I could have given Marek this second chance. He really started out the book as a real jerk, and it sounds like he was that way four years ago when he dumped Gracen. Personally, I felt she owed him a little bit more pain over that. Seriously, the dude dumped her so he could live his NHL life to the fullest...i.e. bang all the puck bunnies. UGH!!

But the rest of the book was good enough that I could forgive the author for writing him so vile in the beginning, but grrr. I do feel like Gracen deserved so much more. And yes, Marek did see the error of his ways, but it didn't feel like it was quite enough. 

Gracen screwed up, too, and her remorse is obvious from day one...Marek's...not so much...and that drove me nuts. 

But moving on...this was a good book. I did enjoy the overall setup because I adored Gracen and felt so badly for her (which is why his attitude bugged me so much...I loved her character). She knows she screwed up and is willing to let Marek abuse her mentally because of that. She also knows that she can't go back and make a different decision so she just deals. Seriously, this woman is so strong and she has raised such an exceptional daughter. Loved. Her!

Marek isn't as easy to love, but he does eventually come around...thankfully. 

As you can see...my emotions were fully involved with this story, which is why I rated it as high as I did even with my personal issues with Marek. I was fully invested in these characters and loved getting to read their story.

This whole series has been phenomenal and Marek was no exception to that rule. I love this team and its group of bad-boy players and management. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.