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review 2018-02-28 06:24
Passion
Playmaker: A Breakaway Novel - L.P. Dover

This is book #3 in the Breakaway series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to better understand this great series, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Maddox and Lacey have a sexy but secretive history.  He had tried to find her, but with no luck.  Then fate intervened.  Now, he has to show her what she means and where the future can go.

 

Lacey is afraid to believe in her relationship.  During their time apart, and every time she checks online, someone is posted pictures with her man.  How can she trust that he is only for her?

 

This story was stunning as well as exciting.  It has something for everyone.  I love the history that unfolds between them.  The heat is always there.  The compelling storyline carries the book through and the characters are fantastic.  I loved reading their story.  This is an amazing series.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2018-02-23 22:38
Playmaker
Playmaker: A Breakaway Novel - L.P. Dover

I finished this second chance, sports romance with mixed feelings. On the surface, the story is a bit different than most of the genre in that Maddox and Lacey are married when they get their second chance, and there are some interesting characters throughout the book. So, while the bones of the story are good, what started as a promising story line came up a bit lacking. I loved Maddox. He's a little broken but knows what he wants and is willing to do the work to get there. However, Lacey is an irksome combination of hot and cold. Throughout most of the book, she bounces back and forth between wanting to make the relationship work and having no faith in Maddox whatsoever. Several times, she would say that it wasn't going to work while her actions would completely negate those words. While Maddox has some self-worth issues, most of the angst for this pair comes from Lacey's continuous back and forth along with a couple of outside sources that were more distraction than anything else. About fifty percent of this romance is Lacey pulling away while Maddox chases and jumps through hoops to show her how he feels. We do eventually see some character growth with Lacey and things start coming together, but in the end, it just didn't have that stand out something to make me want to root for this couple, making it just an okay read for me.

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review 2017-12-23 20:01
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 - Christmas: All the Right Feels
The Santa Klaus Murder - Mavis Doriel Hay
The Santa Klaus Murder - Mavis Doriel Hay,Anne Dover,Gordon Griffin

Of all of my Christmas reads this year to date, I can't think of a more fitting candidate for the Christmas holiday book bonus joker.  This is a nicely plotted Golden Age country house holiday party mystery, with decidedly more likeable than non-likeable characters, a light enough touch to make the non-likeable characters gentle satires rather than gratingly annoying or rough-hewn bores, all the Christmas feels (which are maintained until the very end), decent enough writing ... and, I mean, seriously, can you beat that title?  Call me sentimental, but I did enjoy this enormously.

 

P.S.: As an aside, I also truly enjoyed the narration by Gordon Griffin, one of the audiobook narrators of the very first hour ... and in case you didn't know, also the guy whose voice tells you to "Mind The Gap" when you're travelling on the London Underground.

 

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review 2017-12-13 23:58
The Aspern Papers (Dover Thrift Editions) - Henry James

“Furfante di uno scrittorucolo!”

 

 

La gondola scivola pigramente lungo il Canal Grande, nell’abbraccio molle e indefinibile di un’estiva notte veneziana. Non lontano c’è il palazzo grigio e rosa, un tempo certamente splendido, residenza delle signorine Bordereau: l’ultracentenaria Juliana, che fu amante e musa ispiratrice del poeta Jeffrey Aspern, e la non più giovane nipote Tina. Pare che in casa sia conservato il carteggio amoroso fra Juliana e il poeta. Quivi giunge il protagonista, critico letterario, studioso e grande estimatore di Aspern, nonché voce narrante, disposto a tutto pur di prendere possesso dell’epistolario. Riuscirà a guadagnarsi la simpatia di Tina, a farsi ammettere in casa Bordereau. Si presenterà sotto falso nome, si offrirà di pagare qualsiasi cifra pur di avere qualche stanza del palazzo in affitto. Poi inizierà il suo lavoro diabolico e sottile.

 

Da una parte pare si cerchi  un accordo in nome dell’arte, dall’altro in quello dell’amore. Ma a ben guardare, è solo questione di profitto personale.

E il prezzo, come sempre in questi casi, è davvero alto.

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review 2017-10-02 03:15
Heat
Blocked: A Breakaway Novel - L.P. Dover

This is Book # 2, in the Breakaway series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Dallas is a Goal Tender for a hockey team.  He is also a hothead.  He is having a hard time adjusting to having to teach someone to be his backup.  Dallas is also incredibly attracted to Callie.

 

Callie is a nurse, who cannot seem to find a good man.  Her brother plays on the same team with Dallas.  He wants her to stay away from hockey players.  If only she could.  For some reason she is drawn to him.

 

This was an amazingly hot and sexy book!  Has lots of heat in many other ways too.  The characters just mesh so well.  I love this Breakaway series and I hope we get more stories.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publisher.

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