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review 2020-10-09 08:10
Release Blitz - Face Offs & Cheap Shots

RELEASE BLITZ

FACE OFFS & CHEAP SHOTS by Eden Finley & Saxon James


Release Date: October 5, 2020

Cover Design: Story Styling Cover Designs

Genre: M/M College Sports Romance

 


SYNOPSIS

JACOBS
 
For the last three years, I’ve lived and breathed hockey with one goal: team captain.
There’s only one thing standing in my way. TJ Beckett.
Beck is irresponsible and immature, and I’ve hated him since the moment we met freshman year.
Yet, the coaches see something in him I obviously can’t, and they refuse to choose between us. The captain spot is going to a team vote, and the team thinks that what we need are a bunch of challenges to prove our worth. Challenges that have nothing to do with hockey. Challenges that are throwing me and Beck together.
And he’s still as infuriating as ever.


BECK
 
I have no idea why Christopher Jacobs hates me, and I can’t say I care. I like pushing his buttons, but the guy needs to loosen up. I’m going to win these stupid challenges easily and spend my senior year as hockey king on this campus. Tormenting Jacobs at the same time will just be a bonus.
Even if I’m getting confusing feelings toward him, I won’t let it hold me back.
When it comes to competing, I’m all in, and nothing will get between me and the W.

 


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Face Offs & Cheap Shots (CU Hockey #2)Face Offs & Cheap Shots by Eden Finley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2 in the CU Hockey Series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this in order intended.

Jacobs & Beckett are both up for the position of Team Captain. The leaders believe in competitive motivation, apparently. Now the two men must spend more time together than they ever had in the past.

Is it inevitable that they would learn to appreciate one another in more than just the standard ways? Beckett normally just annoys Jacobs to the point of insanity. Now the attraction is making it hard to keep their secret, or their hands to themselves.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series. These characters are fun, serious, incredible, deep, and more. I found this story to be fascinating and honestly cannot wait for the next book in the series.


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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn't take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her son's, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She's also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don't make sense to anyone else.

 


 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.

While not writing, SM is a readaholic and netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee.

Member of SCBWI.

 


 

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review 2020-09-22 05:58
Inevitable
Face Offs & Cheap Shots - James Saxon,Eden Finley

This is book #2 in the CU Hockey Series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this in order intended.

 

Jacobs & Beckett are both up for the position of Team Captain.  The leaders believe in competitive motivation, apparently.  Now the two men must spend more time together than they ever had in the past.  

 

Is it inevitable that they would learn to appreciate one another in more than just the standard ways?  Beckett normally just annoys Jacobs to the point of insanity.  Now the attraction is making it hard to keep their secret, or their hands to themselves.

 

I am thoroughly enjoying this series.  These characters are fun, serious, incredible, deep, and more.  I found this story to be fascinating and honestly cannot wait for the next book in the series.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2020-07-12 07:24
Waiting
Power Plays & Straight A's - Eden Finley,Saxon James

Foster goes off to the new year of college with a focus in mind - Hockey.  Then his brother adds a twist.  He asks him to keep an eye on his best friend who will be attending the same institution of learning.  The same best friend who is close to his brother, whom he has avoided since he felt the pull of attraction.

 

Zach is not a people person.  He is however, a Foster person.  He has always wanted Foster. He gets single minded in his studies and can be a bit different.  Foster never makes him feel that way. 

 

This couple had me rooting for them from the very first chapter.  I enjoyed this read.  I found the characters very real and fascinating.  There was humor and heat, and a real connection.  I could not put this book down.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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text 2019-11-02 15:00
24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 - Día de los Muertos / All Saints' Day: Book
Death and the Dancing Footman - Ngaio Marsh,James Saxon

 

This is one of Marsh's books that keep growing on my the more often I visit them ... the story of a mischievously planned weekend invitation featuring a cast of characters with long-held grudges (not to say outright hatred) against each other -- which in short order produces the predictable result: murder.  And things aren't helped by the fact that they're all locked in together after a snow storm.

 

Task: Reread a favorite book by a deceased author or from a finished series, or read a book set in Mexico or a book that either has a primarily black and white cover or all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover, or a book featuring zombies.

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review 2019-02-27 21:29
The Pleasures of Revisiting a Neglected Entry in a Favorite Series
Vintage Murder - Ngaio Marsh
Vintage Murder - Ngaio Marsh,James Saxon

I spontaneously picked the audio version of this book yesterday as my book for "Snakes and Ladders" square no. 40, "characters involved in the entertainment industry"; realizing that I'd read it so long ago that I remembered little more than the (rather unusual) method of murder and the fact that it concerns a company of actors travelling in Marsh's native New Zealand -- the first of several novels set in her home country, and her second mystery set in the world of her main daytime occupation as a theatrical director.  And I'm glad that I decided to revisit this book; not only for some much-needed memory refresher (for one thing, the train journey opening the book's events takes up much less space than I had recalled) but also because, upon revisiting it, I find that overall I like it considerably better than I remembered.

 

In many respects, this is signature Marsh: both landscape and characters fully coming alive on the page with seemingly little more than a few well-placed brush strokes and pieces of dialogue, great insight into the world of the theatre in general and actors' psychology and modes of communication in particular, peppered with quotes from the great classic plays (in particular those of her and her main man, Chief Inspector Alleyn's particular favorite, William Shakespeare), and plenty of misdirection, with "opportunity" [to commit the crime] being writ large as a key factor of the solution from early on.

 

However, this book -- at least as much as Colour Scheme, written a few years later

(where Alleyn returns to New Zealand incognito)

(spoiler show)

-- is also a welcome reminder that casual racism was not ubiquitous in Golden Age crime fiction: Not only do both books expressly feature positive portrayals of the Maori in general, and of key Maori characters in particular; in both books Alleyn also makes a big point of befriending these characters, and he displays a genuine interest in learning about their history and culture.  (Now if only Marsh had also  extended the same enlightened attitude to gays.)  And revisiting this book also reminded me that many of Marsh's novels are subtle witnesses to the spirit of their time: In this one, for example (written in 1936), Alleyn and the local inspector (who has invited him to join the investigation) trade worries about the imminent outbreak of yet another war, and they reflect on the folly of their own generation's going into WWI expecting it to be akin to one great party.

 

This is not quite the pinnacle of Marsh's writing just yet, but she clearly was well on her way by the time she wrote this book -- the fifth in her Inspector Alleyn series --, with one of her all-time best (Death in a White Tie, Alleyn mystery #7) right around the corner.

 

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