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review 2017-07-13 16:55
Virtual Tour w/Review - Mister Hockey
Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality. . .
Hellion's Angels #1
Lia Riley
Releasing July 11, 2017
Avon Impulse


Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL’s latest winning team, the Denver Hellions—and the hottest player on the ice—at least according to every magazine. .and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don’t come true, right?
Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated “Super Book Worm” costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she’s more into books than pucks, she’s too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed’s dating policy is simple: Never date a fan.
So what’s a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he’s become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man. . .for her?

Jed West’s stomach curdled faster than overheated hollandaise sauce as he squinted at the menu for Zachary’s, Denver’s most popular all-day breakfast hangout. Ghost-like shadows haunted the specials list, blurring the descriptions for peanut butter French toast, country fried steak benedict and sweet potato pancakes. Ah, shit. Not fucking now. There went the prices too–the dollar signs and numbers blurring until barely legible.



No point blinking. He knew the drill. Jaw tight, he reached for his orange juice, took a swig and waited. Short bouts of double vision had dogged him ever since Game Seven, the pattern the same. After a minute or two, his focus would snap back to normal as if nothing had happened. Until then, he needed to follow one of coach’s favorite axioms: “Suck it up, Buttercup.”


Who cared about the damn menu anyway? He pushed it to one side, having already ordered the “Manwich”, chorizo and eggs smashed between a jalapeno cheddar biscuit–the kind of breakfast that wanted to kill you in the best kind of ways–and crunched ice. Too bad the cubes didn’t pass on their chill, because this. . .situation for lack of a better word, was getting under his skin and it shouldn’t.


No–Scratch that. It couldn’t.


Unexplained double vision wasn’t a walk in the park, but facts were facts. And the ugly truth was that if he didn’t quit batting his lashes like Scarlett O’Hara with a fly in her skirt, The Post’s toughest sports columnist would glance up from across the table, mistake his tic for a cheesedick wink, and go Lord of the Flies on his nut sack.


At least for the moment, Neve Angel was occupied. She hunched over her digital voice recorder, dark bangs obscuring her sharp gaze as she fiddled with the control settings. Her lips moved to the upbeat Buddy Holly song piping over the sound system while she plucked a mic from her messenger bag. His vision came back online in time for him to read the orange button pinned to the front.


Had a Ball at The Rock Creek Testicle Festival.


Christ, looked to be an authentic souvenir too.


Slamming his knees together, he forced a grin, the one that had potential endorsements lined up around the block, eager for him to shill everything from vitamin infused coconut water to shaving cream. He unwrapped the paper napkin from around the fork and knife, and began tearing the corner into neat strips.


No doubt the eye thing was fatigue-related, an inevitable toll from the grueling NHL season and subsequent hard-fought playoffs. Everything would be all right in the end. If it wasn’t all right, it wasn’t the end.


You plan on telling me what’s up with Mount Napkin Shreds?” Neve leaned her elbows on the recycled wood tabletop, a signal they were shifting into interview mode. Her brows arched beneath her thick-cut bangs. “Nervous about being in the hot seat, princess?”


Yeah, terrified,” he answered laconically, not missing a beat. Hiding his true feelings behind a mask of confidence was a reflex; it came with the territory of having the “C” stitched on the front of his jersey. A good captain never showed fear to an opponent. “A jackal’s bark is worse then it’s bite.”


Jackal? Don’t tell me you’re using Gunnarisms now.” She rolled her eyes. “And I’d so wanted to enjoy my bagel without gagging.”



The Hellions Head Coach, Tor Gunnar, had a reputation for dismissing the press as “jackals.” He fostered a tense relationship with journalists, in particular, the tiny woman sitting opposite. Neve had run a piece on his divorce a few years ago. He retaliated by refusing to call on her during press conferences. Neve hit back with increasingly critical op-eds. Their mutual enmity had devolved to the stuff of local legend.


Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels, #1)Mister Hockey by Lia Riley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Briana AKA Breezy has a sister who brings her hottest fantasy to her library to fill in for another celebrity guest. He is everything she has always wanted. Too bad she is told by everyone around her she can never win a man like him.

Jed is happy to fill in for his coach. Meeting Breezy is like a breath of fresh air. He has no idea she is his biggest fan. Is it possible to have too much in common?

One of my favorite lines from this fantastic book is: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I am Sexy, Screw You All." Lots and lots of humor in this story. Full of serious heat, hijinx, and lots of heartwarming moments this is a book for all romance lovers. There is something in here for everyone. I cannot wait for the next book in the Hellions Angels series.

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

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After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

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review 2017-07-07 00:22
Audio Book Review: Impulse (Mageri #3) By Dannika Dark
Impulse - Dannika Dark


The story and world building is so good. It's disappointing that the main character ruins it all. This series seems to be going downhill for me because I dislike Silver and Logan so much. 


When will Silver learn some common sense and start looking out for herself instead of just ignoring orders, that keep her safe, on a whim? I understand that following rules/orders can be a burden and it can often cause the opposite effect, but wouldn't you expect her to value her own life above her pride? I've lost count of the amount of times (during this series up to this point) that Silver has put herself or someone else in danger just because she couldn't stay put for 15 minutes. How does Justus or anyone for that matter still trust her? Everyone gushes over her and it's gotten old. She isn't a special snowflake....scratch that. In this novel, surprise surprise, we discover that she is in deed a special snowflake. 


Logan doesn't have much going for him in my eyes either. He's domineering, controlling, is a walking cliché and has anger management issues that are disguised by his 'chitah' nature. I don't know about you, but that list doesn't describe a guy who's ready for a relationship. I don't care that it's in his 'nature'.


I really enjoy Justus as a character. I hope that he eventually gets a happily ever after. The few enjoyable parts in this book were scenes with him (ex: the car scene (which was hilarious), the ending sad scene, the violent garage scene). I also loved Christen and he also had very entertaining parts in this story. 


Overall, my dislike of the heroine and her love interest is taking away from the story. This series has become like a car crash to me: I simultaneously want to look away and keep watching it happen in all it's gore. It still boggles my mind that the same author that wrote such powerful and intricate heroines in other novels, wrote this impulsive and idiotic character.


The Audio Book:


The narration was great. I had no problem with it whatsoever. I could easily differentiate the voices for each character.

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review 2017-06-20 11:57
Never say never
Mister Hockey: Hellions Angels - Lia Riley

Briana AKA Breezy has a sister who brings her hottest fantasy to her library to fill in for another celebrity guest.  He is everything she has always wanted.  Too bad she is told by everyone around her she can never win a man like him.


Jed is happy to fill in for his coach.  Meeting Breezy is like a breath of fresh air.  He has no idea she is his biggest fan.  Is it possible to have too much in common?  


One of my favorite lines from this fantastic book is: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I am Sexy, Screw You All."  Lots and lots of humor in this story.  Full of serious heat, hijinx, and lots of heartwarming moments this is a book for all romance lovers.  There is something in here for everyone.  I cannot wait for the next book in the Hellions Angels series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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review 2017-04-14 13:06
Growing pains
Make it Count - Megan Erickson

Alec does not want to find his best friend's girl attractive.  Lately it has been so much more.  Now, they share a secret.  Will it help or hurt the already tense situation?


Katia AKA Kat knows her time is almost up with her boyfriend.  She only keeps men around to avoid getting lonely.  Alec offers more, even dreams of a future.  If she can be brave maybe the future is already here.


Started off slow, but then got going so well I was not sure how to react.  This story is what most would call a slow burn.  I love the heat, heart, and humor.  These characters are some I would love to see again.  Loved how such a tense subject was handled.  I cannot wait to read more in the Bowler University series!  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-02-28 17:05
Montagsfrust und -lust
Montagsgedanken: 52 Impulse zum Wochenbeginn. Damit Montage zu Lieblingstagen werden. - Ellen Nieswiodek-Martin

Der Montag. Jeder kennt ihn und wir müssen alle durch. Der Schlendrian des Wochenendes verabschiedet sich und wir müssen uns erneut den Aufgaben der Woche stellen. Der eine beginnt die Woche als Morgenmuffel, ein andere springt energiegeladen den Herausforderungen entgegen, aber eines hat der Wochenstart für uns gemein: wir müssen alle durch.

Dieses Buch beschäftigt sich mit dem Montagsblues, diesem Gefühl, wenn man dem Wochenende nachtrauert und lustlos auf die nächsten Tage blickt. Dabei dienen den Autorinnen Bibelverse als Anhaltspunkt, mit denen sie alltägliche Geschichten und Gedanken verknüpfen.

Der Untertitel verspricht „52 Impulse zum Wochenbeginn. Damit Montage zu Lieblingstagen werden“ und dementsprechend sind darin 52 Texte vereint, die sich mit leidigen Alltagsthemen beschäftigen.

Die Autorinnen spiegeln dabei verschiedene Lebenssituationen wieder und jede bringt ihre eigene Perspektive auf den Alltag mit. Berufstätige Mütter, Witwen, Pensionistinnen, Bäuerinnen berichten genauso von ihrer Sicht auf den Wochenbeginn wie es u.a. auch Geistliche oder Marketingmitarbeiterinnen tun, die allesamt durch ihren Glauben verbunden sind.

Nein, man braucht nicht befürchten, dass hier der religiöse Zeigefinger geschwungen wird. Das Thema Alltagsfrust und -lust wird eher aus philosophischen Winkeln betrachtet, bei denen zitierten Bibelstellen als Ausgangslage dienen. Zwar kommt es auch vor, dass die Autorinnen von Gebetsstunden oder dem Gespräch mit Gott berichten, aber ohne hier selbstgerecht oder kleinkariert zu wirken. Dennoch muss man sich bewusst sein, dass es sich um Texte gläubiger Frauen handelt, wenn man dazu greift. 

Die Autorinnen besprechen viele Situationen, die, glaube ich, jeder von uns kennt. Das Wochenende, das viel zu kurz ist, weil wir uns mit Aufgaben überladen haben, den Bekannten, dem wir aus dem Weg gehen, weil uns ein kleiner Plausch ausgerechnet jetzt gar nicht in unseren Zeitplan passt, oder der Hang zum Perfektionismus, der manches Mal ins Wahnhafte abdriften kann.

Insgesamt ist die Kernaussage gleich: Wir machen uns das Leben oft selber schwer. Ja, wir stellen uns selbst ein Bein, anstatt froh über zwei gesunde Exemplare davon zu sein. Und das hat mir sehr gut gefallen.

Manche Texte waren mir trotz positiver Grundstimmung zu religiös, wenn es zum Beispiel darum geht, freudig auf die andere Seite zu Gott zu gehen oder seine Braut zu werden. 

Trotzdem lassen sich die kurzen Impulse sehr angenehm lesen. Anfangs wollte ich mich Stück für Stück mit dem Buch beschäftigen, konnte dann aber nicht die Finger davon lassen und habe gleich wieder zur nächsten kurzen Geschichte gegriffen. Mich haben die „Montagsgedanken“ zum Innehalten angeregt, ich habe nachgedacht, mich oft selbst erkannt, und sie haben mir gezeigt, dass man einfach mal abschalten soll und nicht ständig ein schlechtes Gewissen haben braucht, weil die To-do-Liste noch nicht abgearbeitet ist. Denn warum fürchtet man den Montag? Meistens wohl, weil man sich am Wochenende zu sehr ausgepowert und sich selbst kaum Zeit gelassen hat.

„Montagsgedanken“ ist ein sehr freundliches Buch, das einen vor Augen führt, dass man gut auf sich achten, sich Zeit lassen und vertrauen soll. Der Montag kommt sowieso, egal ob man sich ihm frustriert entgegenstellt oder ihn voller Lebenslust anlächelt. Und dieses Büchlein erinnert einen daran, dass ein Lächeln immer die bessere Wahl ist.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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