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review 2017-09-18 21:45
Review: Coach's Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale
Coach's Challenge - Avon Gale

 

I'm so disappointed. I loved this series until this one. And I love dirty talk, banter and asshole men. But Troy and Shane... They were stupid. It really was just about the fucking..

 

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review 2017-09-09 13:47
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Coach's Challenge - Avon Gale

This is book # 5 in the Scoring Chances series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Shane gets his last season on a team he did not even want.  In a place he has to move to - far away from family and friends.  He is unsure if he should even make an effort to make friends.  He will only have this last season.

 

Troy is tired.  He is tired of being thrown players who do not care.  Tired of having an assistant who knows nothing of the sport.  Tired of being alone.  Then Shane arrives, and its all he can do to keep his heart from beating so wild.  

 

This story has so much to it.  These characters are rich, deep, and sometimes dark.  I was really impressed with the author's ability to lay it on the line.  I love such honesty from the characters and feel like this is a book I could read again and again.  Great addition to the Scoring Chances series.  I hope we get more books!  I give this one a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-03-09 20:01
The Coach and the Secret (New Hampshire Bears #5) by Mary Smith
The Coach and the Secret (New Hampshire Bears Book 5) - Mary Smith,Kathy Krick

Mary Smith’s THE COACH AND THE SECRET was a heartbreaking and touching story.  The fact that it is based off a true story about a man whom Mary Smith met while working at a domestic violence shelter is even more compelling.  I love that the proceeds from this book are going into a trust fund for his daughter.  THE COACH AND THE SECRET had me crying and emotionally spent.  My heart completely went out to the characters.  This was an amazing book that is well worth the read.

 

Mary Smith did an incredible job with this story.  It was believable and well executed.  I fell in love with Coach Taden Long.  My heart went out to him and what he experienced.  He was a good man, with a big heart.  He was hard on himself. He was messed with both physically and emotionally. I appreciate that he gets a second chance with Macy. I love Coach’s daughter Janan and his niece Nova.  They are incredible girls who went through a lot.

 

THE COACH AND THE SECRET is the perfect example of how anyone could be subjected to abuse.  It shows that people can change for better or worse.  It also demonstrates how people have different coping-methods. This by far is my favorite story written by Mary Smith.  It is a story that was meant to be told, and she did the story justice.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-01-14 06:25
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The Girl Next Door - Amy Jo Cousins

This is book # 3, in the Bend Or Break series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, understand characters, and fall in love with the series, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Charles AKA Cash and Stephany AKA Steph met through their mutual friends.  College was a time of fun and sex and laughter.  When they get in the real world, why do relationships not last?

 

Steph has a past full of pain and heartache.  Trust does not come easy for her.  Cash is fun and sexy as hell, but even he has one foot out the door.  

 

This series just grabs me.  I mean like by the throat!  This is the best book so far of the series.  This book has everything.  Strong heat, sexy times, and so much more.  I give this amazing story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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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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