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Axel by Samantha Whiskey

Axel (Carolina Reapers #1)

 

Title: Axel
Author: Samantha Whiskey
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

The NHL’s been at my door since I was 18. 
But I’d never leave the Swedish Hockey League— 
Not while raising my little brother. 
But now he’s grown and the Carolina Reapers show up with my greatest weakness: 
Langley Pierce, their new head of PR. 

I’ve never been able to say no to her. 
She’s fierce, independent, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever met. 
She also has a stubborn streak wider than my entire country. 

One comment from her smart mouth about never dating again, and I propose. 

No, really, I actually propose: 
A six-month marriage contract in exchange for signing with the Reapers. 
I want to date this woman so badly that I’m going to marry her first. 
I’ll use each day to show her how a queen should be treated. 

Our wedding day started a countdown I’m powerless to stop, 
And the faster the months fly, the harder I fall. 
She’s sworn she’ll never choose a man over her career, 
And I promised never to ask her to. 
Until I’m forced to. 

How can we move forward when we started this whole thing backwards? 
If I can’t convince her this marriage is anything but fake— 
The next document we sign will crush us both. 

Review

This is book #3 with the title of Axel in my list, and this one may be the best!!

Axel is a hockey player in the Swedish hockey league, who has NO interest in going to America to play in the NHL. His younger brother, Tage, whom he has raised, is in Sweden. That all changes when he sees Langley Pierce step off an airplane with an offer.

Langley is the PR person for the Carolina Reapers, and they send her to Sweden to try to convince Axel to come to America and join their expansion team. Turns out Axel and Langley had met a year before, and Axel is seriously smitten with her. He tells Langley he will come to America and play for the Reapers – if she will marry him for 6 months.

Langley was a likable character, but to be honest, her insecurities got a little old after a while. She had a rough childhood, with a mom who cared more about the men in her life than her daughter. Langley also had a boyfriend break up with her because she was way too devoted to her job. She doesn’t like to give up control.

But Axel. Good god, this man. I freaking adored him. He was SO good to Langley. He went into the marriage with every intention of making Langley fall in love with him. I sure fell in love with his character. He was kind, sweet, loving and incredibly loyal. I can’t say enough good things about him.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this new hockey series and I’m excited to read more. I would highly recommend this book.

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Crazy Sexy Love by K.L. Grayson

Crazy Sexy Love (Dirty Dicks #1)

Title: Crazy Sexy Love
Author: K.L. Grayson
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Freebie

 

 

Goodreads Summary

Three-time world champion bull rider Rhett Allen has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. Hard work, sweat, and determination have gotten him where he is today—and that’s holed up in a hospital room, wondering how he let that damn bull buck him off. He’s also wondering why he thought it was a good idea to let his twin brother talk him into returning home to heal.

Rhett has a million reasons to come home to Heaven, Texas, and only one reason to stay away. That reason comes in the form of a sweet and feisty girl who stole his heart long before he ever thought to give it away. The only problem…that girl has turned into a stunning woman.

Monroe Gallagher is downright sexy with more curves than County Line Road. It’s been six years since he’s seen her, six years since he’s felt any form of peace, and six years since she gripped his heart in her delicate little hands and squeezed the life out of it. The longer he’s in Heaven, the more he starts to realize that the heart she took from him—the one she crushed into a million pieces—she also never gave back.

Review

I haven’t read a book about a bull rider before, so this was kind of appealing to me.  This is also a second chance romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. It added up to a good story.

Rhett was a tough guy. I think to be a bull rider, you have to be. He gets injured riding a bull and has to take a break, so he returns home to Heaven, Texas, where the girl who trampled his heart lives.

Monroe is an interesting character. I loved her because of her love of animals – she runs a no-kill shelter.  She’s taking care of her father, who is ill, and puts the animals and her father ahead of herself. This part of story was a bit annoying. She’s a young woman not living her life, and nobody stepped up and told her “hey, live your life”. When Brett comes back into the picture, he finally does that, but I found it a little irritating that nobody else was able to do it before him.

Mo and Rhett had some great chemistry, and there are a slew of interesting characters that will get their own books (which I want, but realize I read one already).

If you love second chance, small town romances, this book is for you.

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend.

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Legend by Sawyer Bennett

Legend (Arizona Vengeance, #3)

Title: Legend
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

Goodreads Summary

Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.

Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.

As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.

But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .

Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.

Review

The third book in the Arizona Vengeance series is by far my favorite!

Legend Bay is the goalie on the team, and lives next door to a woman he finds infuriating, Pepper Nantais. She has a very unique decorating style, which Legend finds incredibly horrifying. They fight like cats and dogs (mostly because of Legend), but that all changes the next Legend finds a surprise on his doorstep.

Once Legend is faced with this unexpected turn of events, Pepper is right there for him, every single step of the way.

Pepper is an amazing character. She was so strong but had the biggest heart. You couldn’t help but root for her. Legend grew up really fast and was a cool guy. He seemed a bit older than he was, but not in a bad way. You really rooted for him in the book.

I love the Vengeance guys. I really wish Tacker’s story was next, but I’m excited for Dax’s. Should be good:)

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend.

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Erik by Sawyer Bennett

Erik (Arizona Vengeance, #2)

Title: Erik
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

 

 

Goodreads Summary

I’m having the time of my life with my new brothers on the Arizona Vengeance. We may be an expansion team, but after notching some big wins, the entire league knows to watch out for Erik Dahlbeck. That’s me.

The only person who doesn’t seem to think I’m so great? Blue Gardner, the hot-as-f*** flight attendant on our team plane. I sure wouldn’t mind joining the mile-high club with her, but besides bringing me lukewarm coffee, she won’t give me the time of day. Whatever I did to rub Blue the wrong way, my teammates think it’s hilarious. After all, we’re used to women flocking to us. #puckbunnies

When I run into Blue back on land, I’m shocked to learn how she spends her time off: taking care of her handicapped brother. There are layers to this girl I never imagined, layers I can’t wait to peel away. And that’s a new feeling for me.

But first I’ve got to find a way to melt that ice-cold stare. Because as much as I try to pretend I don’t care what Blue thinks of me, how can you not care when you’re falling for someone?

Review

I LOVE hockey romances. Book two in Sawyer Bennett’s new Arizona Vengeance series picks up right where book one ends off. 

Erik Dahlbeck is a defender on the Vengeance. He has a crush on Blue Gardner, one of the team flight attendants (on the team private plane), but Blue won’t give him the time of day. Once he finds out why, he’s pretty bummed, but it has a good, positive influence on Erik.

Blue is taking care of a handicapped brother. He’s all she has and she feels very protective of him. Her brother, Billy, lives in a home, but she goes to visit him all the time. Once Blue finally forgives Erik and they form a friendship, part of that is Billy, and I have to say, Erik is great with him. I loved this aspect of the story.

I love the Vengeance guys. There is a lot of build up to Legend’s story, which is next and it’s going to be good!!!

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend.

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Game on by Kelly Jamieson

Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)

Title: Game On
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

 

Goodreads Summary

Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.

Review

I LOVE hockey romances. I’m not sure why; oh, yeah, because I LOVE hockey. Add to that this book took place in Chicago (my town) and added a lot of actual Chicago history and landmarks, and I’m sold!

Cam Brickley is a hockey player on the Chicago Aces. Olivia Lockwood is an heiress to Lockwood Industries, but branched out from the family business and started a not-for-profit to help kids get moving. When Cam hits on Olivia after making a bet with his friends that he could date someone for two months without falling in love, Olivia decides to see if she can get Cam to be the celebrity spokesman for her charity.

Their relationship started off rocky. I won’t give a bunch away, because this book has some really funny moments between Cam and Olivia.

Olivia has some lingering self-doubt from her childhood, but feeling she could never measure up to her siblings, and Cam’s most serious relationship ended very badly. Watching them fall in love was sweet. It was obvious they were in love to us, even when it wasn’t to them.

Hopefully this isn’t the last of the Aces. I’ve enjoyed those I’ve read. And I would recommend this one.

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Real Deal by Piper Rayne

Real Deal (Single Dads Club, #1)

Title: Real Deal
Author: Piper Rayne
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle freebie

Goodreads Summary

Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up. 

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.
She’s my client’s daughter.
She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl. 

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her. 

Review

I found this as a Kindle Freebie and I am SO glad I gave it a try because I absolutely LOVED this story.

Marcus is a single dad to five-year old Lily. He signs her up for summer camp and runs into Caterina Santora, a woman who hit on him when she was 18 and he turned down in a rather cruel manner. He’s found that Cat is all grown up and quite beautiful. But his daughter comes first.

Cat comes from money, but she’s an artist, and determined to make it on her own. She signs up at the camp as a way to get kids interested in art. She is Lily’s counselor, and of course, she remembers Marcus, but pretends that she doesn’t.

The sexual tension between the two is palpable. Once they get together, it’s explosive. Marcus’s friends, Garrett and Dane, are the next two books and man, do I wish they were on Kindle Unlimited. I really want to read them! If anyone has them and will let me borrow, thanks in advance:)

Anyway, I loved this book. I loved the characters and the flow of the story. Highly recommend.

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Accidental Romeo by Nicole Snow

accidental romeo

Title: Accidental Romeo
Author: Nicole Snow
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

A perfect stranger just kissed away the worst day of my life.
Emphasis on perfect.
Hunter Forsythe is so far out of my league I can’t even buy tickets.
And now he’s insta-date to my stuck up sister’s wedding?!

Brace for everything to go hilariously wrong.
But my mysterious new hero is no flipping joke.
Rich as sin. Knockout eyes. A snarlypants single dad. Muscle, muscle everywhere.
Too good for the quiet baker girl no one ever noticed.

Then I find out what – and who – put him up to this insanity.
I’m so mad I could spit nails.
Imagine my surprise when Romeo keeps coming.
Hear my door slamming in his face.
Witness my jaw hanging when he starts wooing me for real.

Dream dates, family dinners, and soul-branding nights.
I’m in full Juliet mode before I see the crack in his world.
The longing. The loss. The secrets. The danger.
Does love even fit in Hunter’s jagged heart?
Or is a Shakespearean tragedy in our stars?

Review

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