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review 2017-03-26 07:40
Hip check
Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology - Misty D. Waters,Andie J. Christopher,Susan Scott Shelley,Xio Axelrod,Katie Kenyhercz,Kate Meader,Kimberly Kincaid,Angi Morgan,Lena Hart,Kim Golden,Robin Covington,Avery Flynn,Nana Malone,Virginia Nelson,Christi Barth,Heather Long,Robin Kaye,Desiree Holt

This is an anthology of Hockey stories, centered around a championship team.  I chose Deep Check by Kimberly Kincaid for my review.  These books can be read as a standalone novel, but are more fun when read together.

 

Finn and January have a history.  One that goes back to high school.  The last time they saw one another, their friendship was ruined.  Then tragedy struck.  Can they repair the pain and move on?

 

January wants to forgive Finn.  It was not his fault she has been hot for him for years.  She does not want a repeat of last time.  Maybe they have both grown enough to make a better future.

 

This story was so bittersweet.  They are both missing their buddy.  These characters have so much heat and heart.  I was truly excited to turn each page!  I give this anthology a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-03-24 07:03
Pre-Order Blast - Harmless

Title: Harmless
Series: Pier 70 #4
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Adult, MM Romance
Coming: March 28, 2017
He’s got a secret...
Roan Gregory, one of the four owners of Pier 70 Marina, has managed to paint himself as a loner in recent months. There’s a reason for that. And he’s got every intention of keeping that reason a secret. That is, until he no longer has the option.

He’s got a secret, too...
Colton Seguine, defenseman for the Austin Arrows, has gotten good at keeping the world from finding out that he’s gay. He knows exactly what he can and cannot do. And with whom. That is, until he sees Roan for the first time and all bets are off.

Some secrets are too big to keep.
Temperatures soar when this brooding bad boy gets his first taste of this smoking hot hockey player.

Can Roan and Seg push past each other’s defenses? Or -- thanks to the way the cards have been dealt -- will the time they spent together prove to be just a harmless one night stand?
 

 
 
 
 
Harmless (Pier 70, #4)Harmless by Nicole Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in the Pier 70 series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, without the spoilers, I recommend reading in order.

Roan has a past with Colton AKA Seg, a past he wants no one to know about. Aside from the pain and humiliation it brings, it could be detrimental to Colton's career. Roan knows that nothing short of a miracle would change things. He also knows he has too much on his plate now to look back.

Colton has never wanted anything the way he wants just a chance of a future with Roan. One that does not seem to be mutual. Can he change the man's mind before it's too late?

There is so much to this story. I was eagerly turning pages. This book has rich characters with serious heart. The story also calls for some heat. Really good read with characters you can enjoy again and again. This will be one I add to my permanent shelf.


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

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review 2017-03-21 02:05
Great books
Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology - Misty D. Waters,Andie J. Christopher,Susan Scott Shelley,Xio Axelrod,Katie Kenyhercz,Kate Meader,Kimberly Kincaid,Angi Morgan,Lena Hart,Kim Golden,Robin Covington,Avery Flynn,Nana Malone,Virginia Nelson,Christi Barth,Heather Long,Robin Kaye,Desiree Holt

Robin Covington Free Agent is a great Quick Read about Jamie "DC" Washington that is trying to get a job offer from his home town of Washington DC after winning the cup and coming out. But he also has what he plans as a lost weekend with Etienne who works with the Rage, that D.C. Currently plays for. Robin Covington wrote a great story that you didn't want to put down.

Avery Flynn's Blade was a great quick read about Flynn Kazakov the rages Stanley cup winning goalie and Gillie Pike a ex thief turned Jazz owner. This is second chance story can they forgive each other and also figure out who and why someone is behind trying to steal the cup and blame flynn. This is a great story again by Avery Flynn.

Lena Hart's Courage. This was a great quick read that is all about love and can this coach get his wife give him a second chance to work on his marriage. Will he and his wife be able to work through the anger and hurt on both sides. This is a great story and you just have to root for both Mason and Jules.

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review 2017-03-20 06:16
Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology
Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology - Misty D. Waters,Andie J. Christopher,Susan Scott Shelley,Xio Axelrod,Katie Kenyhercz,Kate Meader,Kimberly Kincaid,Angi Morgan,Lena Hart,Kim Golden,Robin Covington,Avery Flynn,Nana Malone,Virginia Nelson,Christi Barth,Heather Long,Robin Kaye,Desiree Holt

I am a hockey romance addict, so when I saw this anthology I had to have it.  I have read a lot of anthologies, what I liked the most about this one is that it had a common theme.  Each novella was about a different NHL player on the recent Stanley Cup Championship team the New Orleans Cajun Rage.  The stories were about the individual player’s day with the Cup and a legend about them finding their true love on their day.  I love how all the books were clearly coordinated. Players were mentioned in each other’s books, and Edwin Motz, the Keeper of the Cup, made an appearance in the stories.  Even though each tale had a common theme, every story was amazingly different, enjoyable, and exciting.  I like that some of the authors tied their books to existing series.  I love that 20% of the royalties earned goes to the Homes For Our Troops charity, a nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially modified homes for severely injured veterans. 

 

HOT ON ICE consists of eighteen stories:

 

DEEP CHECK (Station Seventeen #1.5) by Kimberly Kincaid.  After a fight, hockey Center, Finnegan Donnelly couldn’t leave his hometown of Remington and his two best friends behind fast enough. Seven years later, he finds himself taking the Cup home to visit his ex-best friend Asher’s grave.  While there he is reunited with January Sinclair, the other person, he left behind.  DEEP CHECK is a sweet second chance hockey/firefighter romance. 

 

BEAR NAKED by Katie Kenyhercz.  After nine years, NHL Defensman, Bear Thompson, returns home to Bear Mountain Reserve in Canada.  He wants to get permission to allow a television crew and outsiders onto the reserve for his day with the Cup in hopes of giving his people some good publicity.  However, he needs to convince the Chief/his ex-girlfriend, Aria Paul, that it is in the Mi’Kmaq’s best interest.  BEAR NAKED is a charming second chance romance. I loved the cultural aspects of this story.

 

BODY CHECK by Desiree Holt.  NHL Defenseman, Matt Vorchak, is coping with a career-ending injury.  He returns home to San Antonio for his day with the Cup, to do some apologizing, and soul searching.  He seeks out Lizzie St. John, the girl he walked away from.  BODY CHECK is a thought-provoking second chance romance.

 

BREAKAWAY BROOKE by Angi Morgan.  Left winger, Deacon “Tripp” Sanders heads to McKinney, TX for his day with the Cup.  Coming from a prestigious family, his life has been threatened.  Unbeknownst to him, his family hires bodyguard, Brooke Henderson, to keep an eye on him. BREAKAWAY BROOKE has a bit of a supernatural feel.  It is full of action and twists.

 

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Kim Golden.  NHL Center, Jonas Magnusson, is recovering from a concussion.  He goes home to Stockholm for his day with the Cup; while there he is reunited Mariam Kidane. 

 

IN SKATES TROUBLE (Chicago Rebels, #0.5) by Kate Meader.  NHL right winger star, Ford Callaghan, takes the Cup home to Chicago; while there he meets the woman of his dreams, Addison Williams.  Unfortunately, she is also the ex-wife of his team’s owner.  I adored this story.  I will definitely be following the new Chicago Rebels series.

 

CHECKING YES by Misty D. Waters.  Left winger, Cooper Banks, left Dove Harbor, Georgia, after discovering a secret, leaving behind Savannah Jane Scott, the love of his life.  Three years later, he returns home for his day with the Cup.  CHECKING YES is a delightful second chance romance with many exciting twists.

 

PENALTY BOX BLUES (a Wild Thing novella) by Robin Kaye.  Defenseman, Stryker Gyllenhal, pays off a debt to a friend by taking the Cup back home to Boise, Idaho; while there he is assigned a handler, his ex-tutor and childhood friend, Trish Reynolds.  However, he doesn’t recognize her now that she is no longer hiding behind frumpy clothes. PENALTY BOX BLUES is a heartfelt read with a lot of insight and thought-provoking content.  This was an adorable story that made me want to check out the Wild Thing Series. 

 

FREE AGENT by Robin Covington.  Jamie “DC” Washington has had an eventful year; he just won the Stanley Cup; he is a free agent, and he announced at a press conference that he was gay.  While heading to Washington DC, for his day with the Cup, he bumps into his PT Etienne, whom he has been lusting after.

 

BLADE (B-Squad #2.5) by Avery Flynn.  Goaltender, Flynn Kazakov spends his day with the Cup in Snow Bay, The Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Thief, Gillie Pike, tries to warn him that someone is attempting to frame him.  BLADE is full of action and twists.

 

MAKING HIS MOVE by Susan Scott Shelley.  Backup Goalie, Rod Fraser heads to New York.  He bumps into his sister Kelsey’s best friend, Arielle Charton, who he has had a crush on.  He tries to convince her to go on a date with him.

 

CHECK MY HEART by Christi Barth.  Center, Kurt Lundquist, dying little brother Jasper, request that he win the Cup.  Ten months later, he won the Cup but Jasper wasn’t around to see it.  Kurt runs into Jasper’ nurse Lissette, whom his is attracted to but feels is off limits. 

 

BLOCKED by Heather Long.  Bad-boy right winger, Archer Durham needs to clean up his reputation.  He becomes involved with pop star Hoshi Sato.

 

FULL CONTACT by Andie J. Christopher.  Left winger, Anders Sorenson goes to Thunderbay Cove in Northern Minnesota.  His teammates put a $150,000 bounty on his virginity.

 

COURAGE by Lena Hart.  Coach Mason “The Rage” Courage fights to keep his marriage.

 

RANSOM by Nana Malone.  Right Wing, Ransom Cox is stranded in a cabin in Hope, NY, with his high school crush, Lexa Carlisle. RANSOM is a fun romance.

 

CAGED by Virginia Nelson.  Right Winger, Oliver “Ollie” Tremblay felt obligated to spend his day with the Cup in his hometown.  Having bad memories, he left the town as soon as he could.  He is reunited with his childhood crush, Maisie Miller.  I like how the story flashed back and forth between the past and present.

 

THE WARM UP by Xio Axelrod.  Defenseman, Constantine Zimin just won the Cup, but it is bittersweet because he has no one to celebrate it with.  His twin sister died ten years ago; his parents couldn’t make it, and his best friend / teammate Jonas was in the hospital with a concussion.  He heads home to Philly where he meets nurse, Sujarta Meriwether.

 

HOT ON ICE is an amazing read.  Fourteen of the authors were new to me.  The authors I was familiar with were: Katie Kenyhercz, Susan Scott Shelley, Desiree Holt, and Heather Long.  I highly recommend this anthology to anyone that enjoys sports romances.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

I am a hockey romance addict, so when I saw this anthology I had to have it.  I have read a lot of anthologies, what I liked the most about this one is that it had a common theme.  Each novella was about a different NHL player on the recent Stanley Cup Championship team the New Orleans Cajun Rage.  The stories were about the individual player’s day with the Cup and a legend about them finding their true love on their day.  I love how all the books were clearly coordinated. Players were mentioned in each other’s books, and Edwin Motz, the Keeper of the Cup, made an appearance in the stories.  Even though each tale had a common theme, every story was amazingly different, enjoyable, and exciting.  I like that some of the authors tied their books to existing series.  I love that 20% of the royalties earned goes to the Homes For Our Troops charity, a nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially modified homes for severely injured veterans. 

 

HOT ON ICE consists of eighteen stories:

 

DEEP CHECK (Station Seventeen #1.5) by Kimberly Kincaid.  After a fight, hockey Center, Finnegan Donnelly couldn’t leave his hometown of Remington and his two best friends behind fast enough. Seven years later, he finds himself taking the Cup home to visit his ex-best friend Asher’s grave.  While there he is reunited with January Sinclair, the other person, he left behind.  DEEP CHECK is a sweet second chance hockey/firefighter romance. 

 

BEAR NAKED by Katie Kenyhercz.  After nine years, NHL Defensman, Bear Thompson, returns home to Bear Mountain Reserve in Canada.  He wants to get permission to allow a television crew and outsiders onto the reserve for his day with the Cup in hopes of giving his people some good publicity.  However, he needs to convince the Chief/his ex-girlfriend, Aria Paul, that it is in the Mi’Kmaq’s best interest.  BEAR NAKED is a charming second chance romance. I loved the cultural aspects of this story.

 

BODY CHECK by Desiree Holt.  NHL Defenseman, Matt Vorchak, is coping with a career-ending injury.  He returns home to San Antonio for his day with the Cup, to do some apologizing, and soul searching.  He seeks out Lizzie St. John, the girl he walked away from.  BODY CHECK is a thought-provoking second chance romance.

 

BREAKAWAY BROOKE by Angi Morgan.  Left winger, Deacon “Tripp” Sanders heads to McKinney, TX for his day with the Cup.  Coming from a prestigious family, his life has been threatened.  Unbeknownst to him, his family hires bodyguard, Brooke Henderson, to keep an eye on him. BREAKAWAY BROOKE has a bit of a supernatural feel.  It is full of action and twists.

 

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Kim Golden.  NHL Center, Jonas Magnusson, is recovering from a concussion.  He goes home to Stockholm for his day with the Cup; while there he is reunited Mariam Kidane. 

 

IN SKATES TROUBLE (Chicago Rebels, #0.5) by Kate Meader.  NHL right winger star, Ford Callaghan, takes the Cup home to Chicago; while there he meets the woman of his dreams, Addison Williams.  Unfortunately, she is also the ex-wife of his team’s owner.  I adored this story.  I will definitely be following the new Chicago Rebels series.

 

CHECKING YES by Misty D. Waters.  Left winger, Cooper Banks, left Dove Harbor, Georgia, after discovering a secret, leaving behind Savannah Jane Scott, the love of his life.  Three years later, he returns home for his day with the Cup.  CHECKING YES is a delightful second chance romance with many exciting twists.

 

PENALTY BOX BLUES (a Wild Thing novella) by Robin Kaye.  Defenseman, Stryker Gyllenhal, pays off a debt to a friend by taking the Cup back home to Boise, Idaho; while there he is assigned a handler, his ex-tutor and childhood friend, Trish Reynolds.  However, he doesn’t recognize her now that she is no longer hiding behind frumpy clothes. PENALTY BOX BLUES is a heartfelt read with a lot of insight and thought-provoking content.  This was an adorable story that made me want to check out the Wild Thing Series. 

 

FREE AGENT by Robin Covington.  Jamie “DC” Washington has had an eventful year; he just won the Stanley Cup; he is a free agent, and he announced at a press conference that he was gay.  While heading to Washington DC, for his day with the Cup, he bumps into his PT Etienne, whom he has been lusting after.

 

BLADE (B-Squad #2.5) by Avery Flynn.  Goaltender, Flynn Kazakov spends his day with the Cup in Snow Bay, The Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Thief, Gillie Pike, tries to warn him that someone is attempting to frame him.  BLADE is full of action and twists.

 

MAKING HIS MOVE by Susan Scott Shelley.  Backup Goalie, Rod Fraser heads to New York.  He bumps into his sister Kelsey’s best friend, Arielle Charton, who he has had a crush on.  He tries to convince her to go on a date with him.

 

CHECK MY HEART by Christi Barth.  Center, Kurt Lundquist, dying little brother Jasper, request that he win the Cup.  Ten months later, he won the Cup but Jasper wasn’t around to see it.  Kurt runs into Jasper’ nurse Lissette, whom his is attracted to but feels is off limits. 

 

BLOCKED by Heather Long.  Bad-boy right winger, Archer Durham needs to clean up his reputation.  He becomes involved with pop star Hoshi Sato.

 

FULL CONTACT by Andie J. Christopher.  Left winger, Anders Sorenson goes to Thunderbay Cove in Northern Minnesota.  His teammates put a $150,000 bounty on his virginity.

 

COURAGE by Lena Hart.  Coach Mason “The Rage” Courage fights to keep his marriage.

 

RANSOM by Nana Malone.  Right Wing, Ransom Cox is stranded in a cabin in Hope, NY, with his high school crush, Lexa Carlisle. RANSOM is a fun romance.

 

CAGED by Virginia Nelson.  Right Winger, Oliver “Ollie” Tremblay felt obligated to spend his day with the Cup in his hometown.  Having bad memories, he left the town as soon as he could.  He is reunited with his childhood crush, Maisie Miller.  I like how the story flashed back and forth between the past and present.

 

THE WARM UP by Xio Axelrod.  Defenseman, Constantine Zimin just won the Cup, but it is bittersweet because he has no one to celebrate it with.  His twin sister died ten years ago; his parents couldn’t make it, and his best friend / teammate Jonas was in the hospital with a concussion.  He heads home to Philly where he meets nurse, Sujarta Meriwether.

 

HOT ON ICE is an amazing read.  Fourteen of the authors were new to me.  The authors I was familiar with were: Katie Kenyhercz, Susan Scott Shelley, Desiree Holt, and Heather Long.  I highly recommend this anthology to anyone that enjoys sports romances.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-03-20 02:18
Heartache
Harmless (Pier 70 Book 4) - Nicole Edwards

This is book #4, in the Pier 70 series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, without the spoilers, I recommend reading in order.

 

Roan has a past with Colton AKA Seg, a past he wants no one to know about.  Aside from the pain and humiliation it brings, it could be detrimental to Colton's career.  Roan knows that nothing short of a miracle would change things.  He also knows he has too much on his plate now to look back.

 

Colton has never wanted anything the way he wants just a chance of a future with Roan.  One that does not seem to be mutual.  Can he change the man's mind before it's too late?

 

There is so much to this story.  I was eagerly turning pages.  This book has rich characters with serious heart.  The story also calls for some heat.  Really good read with characters you can enjoy again and again.  This will be one I add to my permanent shelf.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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