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review 2018-11-08 06:14
Hockey Holidays - RJ Scott,Kat Mizera,Susan Scott Shelley,Melody Heck Gatto,Jennifer Lazaris,Jaymee Jacobs,Jean Joachim,Melanie Ting,Toni Aleo,Stephanie Kay,Lily Harlem,Kate Willoughby,Lisa B. Kamps,Jami Davenport,Stephanie Julian,Shannon Stacey

This 18 book collection by some of the most amazing authors was such a treat to read!  I loved the humor, heat, and you betcha - even the hockey that was represented in each story.  I have 2 book reviews that I am sharing from this collection for you below.


A Second Shot by Shannon Stacey:


Heartwarming and truly charming, this short and sweet story has us on our toes as we read about a couple who should be together, but have been apart.  Great read of sexy and fun. 


A Wolfe Brothers Christmas by Jami Davenport:



Little bit of suspense mixed in with a sweet holiday story that brings a lot of sexy charm to the table.  If you loved her men in their previous stories - you are going to be glad you grabbed this little bit of heaven.  I do recommend that you read the Game On In Seattle series first, however, to avoid spoilers.  Believe me this is worth it!  


Each short story included gives a unique and truly hockey flavored look at romance.  What I enjoyed most was that it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy love in my favorite sport.  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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review 2017-05-14 01:51
UNTIL YOU by Melody Heck Gatto
Until You: Prequel to the Renegades Seri... Until You: Prequel to the Renegades Series - Melody Heck Gatto
  Introduces the Pittsburgh Renegades series a little. Surfer Sam plays hockey in California. He meets Trina at the beach in Delaware. Turns out that Trina sings the National Anthem in Winnipeg and her brother plays hockey in Pittsburgh. Trina has many problems that she is dealing with.

I liked that Trina came to trust Sam. I also liked that Sam earned her trust. They were a good couple who learned that communication could deal with whatever was given to them. There is not much hockey but there is some hot sex.

I look forward to reading the full series since my appetite for the Renegades has been whetted.
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review 2016-11-20 02:23
Shutout (Renegades #5) by Melody Heck Gatto
Shutout (The Renegades Series Book 5) - Melody Heck Gatto

Melody Heck Gatto’s SHUTOUT is a heartwarming story and wonderful addition to the Renegades series. Goalie Dominic Zanetti has only ever loved his high school girlfriend, Hailee Valentine.  He is still confused to why she broke things off with him.  They are reunited in a different county three years later, and he is determined to win her back. This contemporary sports romance takes place in Pittsburgh and Vaughn, Ontario.  It is suitable for new adults and adult audiences.


Melody Heck Gatto does a great job with her character development.  Hailee is a likeable heroine.  She is an aspiring artist and art gallery owner who is determined to make it on her own.  She does not want to be a kept woman.  I like that her tattoos are designed by her.  Dom has always loved Hailee.  He was heartbroken and confused when she broke up with him.  He is a great guy with a big heart.  Okay maybe he’s not a great guy to the puck bunnies, but whatever; they got what they wanted from him.  I love how persistent he is with Hailee.


I love both Hailee’s Canadian (Mia) and U.S. (Alison) BFFs.  They both tell it as it is and not what she wants to hear.  They know her better than she knows herself.  They care about her and want what is best for her.


I appreciated that Tyler Kidd’s and Paige Martin’s from book three, PLAYING THE GAME wedding was in this story.  That made some interesting scenarios in the novel with both the bachelor party and wedding.  Plus, it was a nice tie-in to the earlier book. 


I enjoyed the plot.  I thought it was clever how Dom and Hailee are reunited.  I love that this couple gets a second chance. They have multiple obstacles to overcome.  I like that the misconception that tore them apart is cleared up.  I like how Hailee apologizes at the end of the story.  It was a cute ending. Melody Heck Gatto’s SHUTOUT was an excellent addition to the Renegades series.  I’m looking forward to reading what she comes up with next.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2016-01-22 18:57
Zambonis and Mistletoe (Renegades #4) by Melody Heck Gatto
Zambonis and Mistletoe - A Holiday Romance (The Renegades Book 4) - Melody Heck Gatto,Kat McCarthy,Bree Scalf

Melody Heck Gatto’s Zambonis and Mistletoe is a cute story to get you in the mood for Christmas, but it can be appreciated year round.  Set in Pittsburgh, this contemporary sports romance is suitable to both new adult and adult audiences. 


Renegades PR assistant Paige Martin (from book 3) invites her best friend, Rylee Davis, to a game.  After the event, Paige takes Rylee down to the ice where she twists her ankle and then meets Renegades General Manager, Nick Talon.  In book three, we learn that Rylee dated Paige’s brother, Scott, who passed away.  Since then she never had another relationship. 


There are a lot of cute Christmas scenarios throughout the book.  I love that both Nick and Rylee hear sleigh bells throughout the story.  Nick is very creative with the many ways he surprises Rylee.  His actions are very impressive and swoon-worthy.  He is a good guy who is very respectable.  I enjoyed the various signs and symbolism in the story.  Zambonis and Mistletoe is a touching story that is perfect for the holidays.


While you could follow this book as a stand-alone, I would at least read book three first because we are introduced to Rylee there.


Complimentary copy provided via manicreaders.com in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-01-08 20:35
Playing the Game (The Renegades #3) by Melody Heck Gatto
Playing the Game - Renegades 3 (A Renegades Novel) - Melody Heck Gatto,Kat McCarthy,Bree Scalf


Melody Heck Gatto scores a win with Playing the Game, the third book in The Renegades Series.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable to both new adult and adult audiences.  It is set in modern Pittsburgh. 


After being betrayed by his ex and a teammate, NHL Captain Tyler Kidd’s life began to spin out of control.  The Renegades’ new PR assistant, Paige Martin, is tasked with cleaning up his messes.  Lines are crossed and the two wind up in bed together, both knowing a relationship could hurt their careers.


I loved Playing the Game! Melody Heck Gatto does a fantastic job with her character development.  Tyler is great.  Understandably, he has a hard time getting over being betrayed by Patrick and Gia, even though he never truly loved her.  Anyone who has been cheated on ego takes a hit. He makes mistakes but is also misrepresented by the media. Tyler gets the best wooing award. I enjoyed Paige’s character.  She is very professional.  I love the way she handles the media.  Both grew throughout the story.


The plot was believable and stirring.  I enjoy Melody Heck Gatto’s writing style.  It flows well and is easy to follow. 


Complimentary copy provided via manicreaders.com in exchange for an honest review.


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