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review 2018-04-01 00:58
So daddy kink...not my thing...nope, nope, nope, I've always said it's on my 'no go' list...
Power Play - Cara Colter

and I have been frequently known to say 'never say never.' what happened here is not only proof of that but it's proof of the fact that a good book is a good book and when it comes to Cara Dee and her series 'Camassia Cove' a good book seems to be a given. While 'Power Play' isn't listed as one of the books in the 'Camassia Cove' series but as a stand alone it not only takes place mostly in 'Camassia Cove' it involves many of the characters that have been introduced in that series and for me it really should be it's just too connected to so many of the characters not to be...but that's just my meandering thoughts. I haven't read all of the 'Camassia Cove' books, but,  I have read enough to be familiar with the characters and their background stories. A fact that I think made this story just that little bit more enjoyable for me. 


Now, if you haven't read this book or any of the other books in this series but plan to than please stop here and come back when you've read the books. If you don't ever plan to read these books...well, I'm not sure I get you and if we're friends? Well, really you must be freakin' amazing for us to...no never mind, we're friends of course you're  amazing... anyways, carry on.


The other fun part of reading this story for me was that I got to read it with my Buddy Read Besties...Christelle, Josy and Simone, because what's a buddy read without an official stalker, right? You are all awesome and reading a story like this with friends like you is...well, it's just more fun than a barrel of monkeys.


'Power Play' is about a relationship that most people would deem outside of the norm...some would even say it's wrong, but that's because sometimes people are quick to judge. So lets take a look at the basic dynamics here before I get into all the thoughts, feelings and questions that this story provoked in me...


Madigan has known Abel and his brother from a very early age and was a close friend not only to their father but to Adie and Lincoln their adoptive parents he became a regular fixture in their lives when their father passed away and has always shared a special bond with Abel but Abel's not a little boy anymore...he's a hockey player in the NHL and he deals not only with the attention that this brings which can be challenging for anyone but for someone who has Bipolar Disorder it's an even more stressful life to lead. Consistency and routine are crucial to Abel but no one grounds him and just gets him like Mad (Madigan) and when Abel sends a simple text that reveals how he feels about Mad things between them become strained and suddenly Abel finds Mad avoiding him at every opportunity and Abel begins to unravel little by little until he suddenly finds himself with too much time on his hands after getting suspended from his team and decides to head home to Camassia, his family and to face Madigan.


Ok so now you've got the gist of things. We've got Madigan Monroe who's 40ish, making him approximately 20ish some years older than Abel and he's known Abel for most of Abel's  life...yeah, that's right we've arrived folks...we're in the land of Daddy kink...now, before you question the blurb or wonder how I missed this...I didn't I knew what I was getting myself into but I have these awesome friends who were there and saying 'come on Karen, read it with us. We'll hold your hand and keep you safe and then there was Christelle sitting there with me going I will if you will and Josy who being much braver than the apprehensive old ladies just smiled and offered encouragement and support until we all admitted that we knew we were doing this and got on with it.


I have to admit I've only ever read one other book that was about daddy kink...ok, I didn't really read it I listened to the audio book and can I just say...I totally blame Nick J. Russo for that one, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. So back to 'Power Play'. I have no other words for this but apprehension. Abel's not figuratively young enough to be Mad's son, he's literally young enough and he's known Mad since he was a wee little guy and Mad's been a sort of father figure for him for a good chunk of his life...seriously I was not seeing this as something that would go well and part way through it what I realized was that I was seeing how I thought the story would work for me and not how it really did work.


I was pretty much blown away by how easily the author just sucked me right into this one. It's got Daddy kink and DD/lb (which I didn't have to look up because I have friends who write awesome reviews and I might have done some peeking before I went into this one...not the norm for me but sometimes a little research helps. So if you want to know more before you read this one check out the book page and the fabulous reviews already posted on GoodReads for this title and others in Cara Dee's 'Camassia Cove' series. 


Ok, so at the bottom of all this was a story about two men who have loved each other for a long time but as with most things in this world they have both grown and changed and when this happens what was isn't always what's needed. Mad and Abel have both grown and the changes that's brought about in each of their lives has necessitated a change in their relationship dynamics and how it's going to work for them. I found myself wondering if Abel was my kid would I want this type of relationship for him and surprisingly I realized that yes I would. If it was as positive for him and enabled him to continue to spread his wings and grow to become all that he was capable of being while meeting his needs regardless of how I may feel about or perceive those needs because it's not for me to judge, than yes, I would love and support my child in their relationship. Ultimately as a parent it should be my child's happiness that matters most not whether or not my perceptions are met and then I wondered...if Madigan was my friend would I want this for him? and again my head and my heart said yes, if it made him truly happy than as his friend I should want that for him because again perceptions vs. happiness for those I care about...there's no real decision to be made here.


'Power Play' is not the first Cara Dee novel that's made me ask myself questions like these and I really enjoy that when an author not only draws me into an incredible story but leave me wondering and questioning myself and what I would think or do at the end of it...touching base with myself to ensure that I'm still the person that I want to be.


 There were other events in this story that I know concerned some readers and just to name the elephant in the room because it's been discussed to death and hey, you warned ages ago that if you planned on reading this book you needed to not go any further so I'm just going to touch briefly on the threesome that occurred towards the end of the book and all I'm going to say is that for me this was handled by the author in such a way as to make it totally a non-issue in my reading experience. In fact to be totally honest it was hot and really solidified the connection for me that was between Madigan and Abel. 


So far all the books that I've read in this series have all gotten 5 stars and while I only gave this one 4 stars that was probably as much a reflection of my personal comfort level with the topic of age play and daddy kink and it was any niggles that I may have had. But despite that I am so glad that I read this book and I really enjoyed it, I may not have loved every page but I definitely loved a whole lot more than I didn't so overall this was a win no doubt about it and if you're looking to check out a story about daddy kink, DD/lb, age play or just something good to read I definitely recommend this one...right after you've at  least read book #5 and possibly #3 from 'Camassia Cove' trust me you'll enjoy this all the more for having done that little thing and they're good stories by an awesome author...really, what have you got to loose?

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review 2017-11-11 22:25
Power Play (Scoring Chances, #3) by Avon Gale 5 Star Review!
Power Play - Avon Gale

A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.


After spending years guilt-ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.


Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.




So, I am loving Avon Gale. She is really pitch perfect in this series so far. We get fully realized characters, hockey, great love stories, and human complexity with no false drama. Sexy as hell as well.


I read the blurb to this book and I think. Hmmm. Its going to be angsty bleh but it is not. It is wonderful.


Misha and Max. Agghhh. Great opposites attract with Max as sunny hero and Misha as dour. They love each other so. And I want every joy for them.


Misha is grrrr sexy and tortured but he is also a grown ass man who handles his business and is emotionally available.


Mas is thoughtful and resilient. I want to go re read this finely writing romance right now.


A comfort read for years to come!

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review 2017-08-23 21:09
Power Play
Power Play - Catherine Gayle

Power Play is the latest in Cattherine Gayles's Portland Storm series. I can't say enough good things about this series. The stories are always full of raw emotions and deeply intense situations. The characters are real and smudged with the often harsh realities of life, not sugar coated to become some kind of plastic "ideal." Her characters are real, flawed and damaged just like we all are in some way.


This novel centers on Riley, a center for the Portland Storm. He is on his honeymoon... alone and without a wife.He's hurt and angry and definitely not in a great place in his personal life. And then he meets Mackenzie. Everything she thought she was about to have in her life has just been dashed into a thousand, heartbreaking pieces. She's lost and alone, figuratively AND literally.


Two damaged people in Cabo, both with more baggage than any single person should have to carry. But sometimes those moments are the ones that change everything. It is when we feel lost and shut off from the world that sometimes we find the one thing that can make all the difference.


Catherine writes some of the most beautiful characters I've ever read. They are beautiful because of their flaws, not despite of them. They are people that feel real, that pull at your heart as you read their stories. They are people that you can understand and fall in love with.  This book is one of my favorites of the story. The depth of pain within Mackenzie pulled at my soul, tore at it.  She made me feel so much and I loved that!


Such a fantastically emotional read!

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review 2017-08-02 08:05
Book Blitz - Power Play

Power Play
Sophia Henry
(Pilots Hockey #2)
Publication date: February 16th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

In Sophia Henry’s blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.

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Intro: Gaby works at a store that Landon’s family have been patrons at for years, so they’ve known each other on a friendly level. In the second chapter, Landon tries to prove to Gaby that he isn’t a stranger. They have a natural, easy way with each other and great banter. This is a scene with a fun exchange between Gaby and Landon. This snippet comes from end of the scene after Gaby grills Landon with questions—all of which he answers correctly.




“How did you know that?” I glanced past him. A slight movement outside the door had caught my eye, but no customers walked through.


“Told you we weren’t strangers.”


“You’re creeping me out. Seriously.” I thought I held the championship belt for scary stalker. At least I had a reason: Landon Taylor, my vote for sexiest man alive and hottest hockey player in the AHL. But there was no reason for him remember random facts about me. “I’m not—anything.”


“Or maybe you’re everything.”


“What?” My brain didn’t have the capacity to wrap itself around everything going on right now. My dad had a heart attack. My crush alludes to me being everything—whatever that means. Can’t think. Storage limit maxed out.


“I pay attention when it comes to you, Gaby.”


“But why?” Surreal couldn’t even begin to describe this moment.


“You were my first kiss.” After sprinkling that confusing seed in my head, Landon spun around and walked out. Through the front window, I watched him thread his fingers together behind his head and raise them toward the clouds in a stretch as he disappeared from my line of sight.





This is book # 2 in the Pilots Hockey series.  While this book can be read as a standalone, I always recommend to understand series books to read them in order.  This is a good series and deserves your complete understanding.
Gabriella AKA Gaby has been in love with Landon for as long as she can remember.  When he helps her with her father's heart attack, she starts to see maybe he cares for her also.  Can they learn to trust and maybe start something for the future?
Landon has had the hots for Gaby as long as he can remember.  They grew up right near each other and he has been attracted to her the whole time.  Every one seems to know it but Gaby.  Can he convince her he is serious?
As they get to know one another the fires start to have a slow burn.  I really like this book and how the characters get a feel for one another before they turn up the heat!  Such a sweet and romantic story.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in return for an honest review.





Author Bio:


Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.

Sophia's writes heartfelt and flirty fiction for readers who love the Mature Young Adult and New Adult genres. Check out her emotional and engaging Pilots Hockey series from Random House Flirt.


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review 2017-06-25 00:00
Power Play
Power Play - Catherine Gayle It's been a long time coming, but Power Play was most definitely worth waiting for. Self - assured Riley Jezek has just been dealt a dual blow. Injury and scandal just landed on his front door, two things he never saw coming. What's a guy to do when he's betrayed by two people he should never have trusted? Even the score (of course)! When the perfect ally crosses his path, he sets the plan in motion, but will his ever developing feelings cost him the winning shot? Inspired by classic romance, Ms. Gayle sets the heart racing and the hormones blazing with this gold worthy performance.
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