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review 2016-11-21 20:06
Coach's Challenge (Baltimore Banners #8.5) by Lisa B. Kamps
Coach's Challenge: A Baltimore Banners Intermission Novella - Lisa B. Kamps

Lisa B. Kamps is once again victorious with COACH'S CHALLENGE, book 8.5 in the Baltimore Banners series.  Banner's hockey team head coach, Sonny LeBlanc, is put to the test when he becomes interested in single mom, Monica Jennings.  Due to an abusive marriage, she has trust issues but Sonny wants to help heal her.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adults.  

 

COACH'S CHALLENGE is a touching novel.  I enjoyed Sonny’s and Monica’s story.  We met Monica in book 5, BREAK AWAY.  She is the older sister of Emily Poole, girlfriend of Banner’s JP Larocque.  I appreciated how Emily always subtly tried to put Monica and Sonny in situations together.  Okay, maybe it wasn’t subtle.  I love Monica’s daughter, Taylor.  She was instrumental in getting the couple together.  I found it amusing that Sonny bribes her to help him. 

 

Monica has had a difficult time recovering from her abusive marriage.  Understandably, she has a hard time moving on.  I like Coach LeBlanc.  He is a bit rough around the edges.  I smiled every time he grunted. I could totally picture him.   He is also, divorced and has been out of the dating scene for a while.  He is sweet, patient, and perceptive.  This story spans over quite a bit of time.  The two are both awkward on their dates.  They haven’t gone out with anyone in such a long time; they’re not sure how to act.  It is very sweet.  They are perfect for one another. 

 

Coach's Challenge is well-written and believable.  The name of the book is cleaver. The characters are realistic and likeable.  I enjoyed the epilogue.  It made the story feel complete.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2016-07-25 14:44
On Thin Ice (The Baltimore Banners, #8) by Lisa B. Kamps
On Thin Ice (The Baltimore Banners Book 8) - Lisa B. Kamps

Lisa B. Kamps’ ON THE ICE is another amazing addition to The Baltimore Banners Series.  The last thing NHL defenseman, Kenny Haskell, expects to happen at the youth hockey game he attended was to be thrown out by referee, Lauren Gannon.  The two keep bumping into each other in not the best of circumstances. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.

 

I really like both Kenny and Lauren.  They are both hard working and love hockey.  They had some interesting encounters prior to becoming civil to one another.  They have great chemistry and fun verbal banter.  I appreciated that Lauren calls him out on his bad plays.  She is tough and responsible.  She has a good heart and is loyal.  Kenny is a great guy.  He has worked hard to get where he is at and determined to stay there. 

 

Lauren’s little sister Lindsay is a little brat.  I felt sorry for the position she put Lauren in.  She is a selfish individual who does not appreciate others.  She causes some conflicts that make the story interesting.

 

The plot was believable and skillfully executed.  The story flowed well and exciting from start to finish.  The hockey scenes were expertly described.   ON THE ICE had a great ending.  I learned some interesting medical things I was unaware of.  I like that Lauren’s brother, Dale, is a firefighter and will have a story in Lisa B. Kemps Firehouse Fourteen Series, Book 4, INTO THE FLAMES.  I thought it was clever how she tied in her two series.  I really enjoy The Baltimore Banners and its characters.  I cannot wait for the next story in the series. 

 

Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-02-22 02:24
Delay of Game (Baltimore Banners #6) by Lisa B. Kamps
Delay of Game (The Baltimore Banners Book 6) - Lisa B. Kamps

I loved Lisa B. Kamps’s Delay of Game.  It is a wonderful addition to the Baltimore Banners Series. NHL player Justin Tome has been failing to measure up.  The last thing he should do is get involved with his teammate's sister, Valerie Michaels.  This contemporary hockey romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.

 

My son plays hockey and his name is Justin, so I had a little spot in my heart for Justin Tome right away.  Plus, he used to wear the same jersey number, 90.  Grant it other than that, they are nothing alike.  Justin Tome has had a hard life.  His mom dies when he was young, and his dad is …evil…a jerk…pond scum; you get the idea.  My heart went out to Justin, the abuse he endured is tragic.  It was no wonder he felt so little self-worth.  Val has the perfect personality for Justin.  She is tough.  She doesn’t pity him.  She cares about him and wants to help him.  I like that she does not let her brother’s opinion sway her out of dating Justin.  They have great chemistry.  They have numerous obstacles to overcome.  The hockey scenes are well described.  I enjoy the team dynamics and comradery.  I enjoyed the plot.  The story had unexpected situations and felt well resolved.  I love the ending.  Lisa B. Kamps has continued to do a wonderful job with the Baltimore Banners Series.  I look forward to her next book.

 

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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