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review 2018-08-30 09:01
Release Blitz w/Review - Holding Hailey

 

 

Holding Hailey by Kat Mizera is AVAILABLE NOW!

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Going for gold cost world-class hockey athlete Hailey Dobson everything. She may have walked away with the medal, but everything else in her life is a disaster. She has no job, no place to live, limited savings and six long months until the check comes with the money for law school. The only bright spot is her long-distance relationship with a professional hockey star.

 

Kane “Hattrick” Hatcher got his nickname because scoring three goals in a single game was his thing. But when he gets traded to a new team in Alaska, he has three new obstacles to overcome: His game is off, the coach is riding his ass and the girl he’s crazy about lives on the other side of the continent.

 

When an unexpected opportunity brings them back together for the summer, they find that the consequences of their actions may leave them playing co-captains for life. Neither Kane nor Hailey are prepared for this game changer. With everything on the line, can two over-achievers overcome adversity off the ice?

 

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Holding Hailey (Alaska Blizzard, Book 2)Holding Hailey by Kat Mizera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book # 2 in the Alaska Blizzard series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Hailey has just come back from winning a Gold medal and going on tour. She gets home and has many surprises in store. A couple of these surprises are going to change her life completely.

Kane wants to see Hailey again. They met at the Olympics and he was so proud of her winning gold. They have had a couple great dates up to now and the chemistry between them is so hot it should have caught him on fire! He is hoping he can talk her into being with him for a while.

This is a book with the heat turned up. Right from the start you see this couple hot for one another and have much in common, including hockey. The banter is good, the pace is a little fast, but the overall story is right on.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About the Author:

 

Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.

 

Kat’s a typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max). When she’s not writing, she’s either scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible. She hopes to retire there one day so she can spend her days writing books on the beach.

 

Kat has been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.

 

As you can guess from her series, the Las Vegas Sidewinders, Kat loves hockey. She is also a freelance hockey writer, covering her favorite team, the Florida Panthers, and any other teams that have an interesting story. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…

 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkatmizera/

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Website: http://www.katmizera.com

 

 

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review 2018-08-30 07:15
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Holding Hailey - Kat Mizera

This is book # 2 in the Alaska Blizzard series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Hailey has just come back from winning a Gold medal and going on tour.  She gets home and has many surprises in store.  A couple of these surprises are going to change her life completely.  

 

Kane wants to see Hailey again.  They met at the Olympics and he was so proud of her winning gold.  They have had a couple great dates up to now and the chemistry between them is so hot it should have caught him on fire!  He is hoping he can talk her into being with him for a while.

 

This is a book with the heat turned up.  Right from the start you see this couple hot for one another and have much in common, including hockey.  The banter is good, the pace is a little fast, but the overall story is right on.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-07-04 19:31
Looking for Alaska / John Green
Looking for Alaska - John Green

Before: Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After: Nothing is ever the same.

 

This is my first foray into John Green’s writing, undertaken for my real life book club during our year of reading young adult literature. It seemed appropriate to include one of Green’s books, since he is sometimes credited “with ushering in a new golden era for contemporary, realistic, literary teen fiction, following more than a decade of dominance by books about young wizards, sparkly vampires, and dystopia.” (Wikipedia).

Looking for Alaska is his first published novel. One of the things that I did appreciate about it was its male narrator, Miles “Pudge” Halter. A story of a young man, written by a male author, something that we could use more of in the world of YA. One presumes that Green, having been an adolescent boy, would bring his experience to the novel and that seemed to me to be the case. Of course, my only way of judging is from comparison to my long-ago experience of being a teen girl.

I also appreciated the strong character of Alaska Young, the young woman who provides the lynch-pin of Halter’s boarding school life. She is intelligent (coaching the boys in mathematics) and a reader with a large collection of books in her room. But she is also cool, smoking & drinking & presumably sexually active (we readers only see the first two activities). She challenges the boys regularly on matters of female objectification and patriarchy. But she has a boyfriend outside of the boarding school, which makes her off-limits as a potential girlfriend to the boys—nevertheless, they all fall for the beautiful Alaska and hope to be the one to catch her fancy should she break up with Jake.

I liked all those features—so why only 3 stars? Because I felt really emotionally manipulated during my reading. My first few tears were shed in the coffee room at work, and I decided to finish up the book at home rather than cry in the workplace. For my money, Patrick Ness does a much better job at writing a YA book on grief in A Monster Calls. I cried over that one too, but it felt a bit more honest to me somehow.

Mind you, I would never discourage anyone from reading Looking for Alaska. I consider 3 stars to be a pretty good rating and I’m sure that younger readers would rate the novel higher than I do. And it certainly provides the young male viewpoint that is needed to attract young men into the world of reading.

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text 2018-07-03 18:03
Reading progress update: I've read 152 out of 221 pages.
Looking for Alaska - John Green

 

 

Okay, I now know that Mr. Green deserves his reputation for writing tear-jerkers. 

 

 

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text 2018-06-29 05:44
Reading Update: 30%
Alaska Wild - Helena Newbury

"Because suddenly, all of that wild that had made me so nervous outside was standing right in front of me, distilled into six feet plus of muscle and stubble. His eyes were the same brutal, frozen blue as the sky outside. Alaskan blue.

Cover model is giving me mountain man Jake Gyllenhaal vibes

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