REVIEW: Playing To Win By Stacey Lynn

SYNOPSIS

It was a three-week fling. Nothing more than a couple of college kids having some fun, but then I did the stupid thing and fell for Jude Taylor quicker than he can score a goal on the ice. And after one beautiful night together, he left for the pros before I could make my first cup of coffee. 

I thought I’d put him behind me. I thought I’d moved on. Then he hobbles into my physical therapy office and I realize how absolutely wrong I’ve been—there’s no getting over Jude Taylor. 

But now things are complicated. Jude lives half a country away and his career is in direct opposition to my need for stability. Most of all, getting involved with him could mean losing my job and everything I’ve worked so hard for. 

Jude doesn’t seem to mind one bit and he’s all in. He might be a patient in my office, but he’s no longer the patient guy I remember. 

This time, he’s playing to win, and the prize he’s looking to score is me. 

MY REVIEW

* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * * 

You can classify this is many different tropes I guess, Hockey Romance, Friends To Lovers, Second Chance, or even Forbidden Romance. Any way you slice it or put it you are in for a great read.

This is great at just giving you enough to know where the story of Jude and Kate starts, and how we got to where the real meant and potatoes starts in this wonderful world. I love how Jude is in touch with who he is as not only a hockey player, but a person as well, how even when he feels like he down he is not out.

I also like how them rekindling their romance didn’t fit in the normal second-chance box either. Because really there was no really first chance to let things go and grow into the first time around. But they did, and then when the so called second time comes around there is so much more fire in there from both sides that it just works when they do come together.

I love the realism of how Jude is basically pushed away from his team to heal, and how it portraits the emotions he feels during that time and how he finds new and easier ways to cope with those feelings while working as hard as he can.

I am a hockey fan for the real and I love how this was done and portrait!

– Ashton <3

REVIEW: My Bestie’s Ex By Piper Rayne

SYNOPSIS

I can’t borrow him. 
He’s not a sweater or a skirt. 
He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him. 

In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape. 

To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be. 

Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine. 

MY REVIEW

* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *

Not going to lie, I went into this with a completely different story in my head, because lets face it, when you see stories about friends dating ex’s of friends they all seem to be like the line of “Something Borrowed”. The good friend pines over the bad friends current main squeeze, then things happen and the bad friend loses the guy, or the guy sees the light and all those variation.

This to me was a fresh take on a trope that I am normally vary wary of, for many reasons. I love that the theme of loyalty was very big in this book, and that there was a lot of friends sticking with friends and making sure there were open an honest communication going on, on so many different levels.

There were risks and one big arc that sealed where this was going and I loved how it was so rounded and amazingly put together. I have been reading a lot of Samantha Whiskey Hockey Romance books lately, so I was use to extra dirty semi pornographic intimate scenes so the soft way they go about those scenes were nice and relaxing for me to read, but none the less steamy.

I am also very PRO on this book for a really big Italian Reason, and its name is Dominic Mancini. HE is #3 on my book boyfriends list and the side you see him in this book is amazing, no matter how small.

I do recommend this book to those who are even wary about the theme of friends taking their friends ex’s you really won’t be disappointed, its a whole new turn and amazing to read.

– Ashton <3

REVIEW: Just Friends By Charity Ferrell

SYNOPSIS

Someone should have warned me about falling in love with my best friend.

Carolina 
Little did I know when Rex came to my locker attempting to bribe me, that he’d turn into my everything.
We’d become best friends. I’d steal his heart. He’d steal mine.
Nothing has changed in the years of our friendship. 
Not our connection, not our feelings, or that we still hold each other’s hearts. 
But his heart isn’t the only thing I’ve kept.
The secret I’m hiding could shatter the only man I’ve ever loved.

Rex 
I’ve loved Carolina since the day she called my bluff. 
Our friendship always came first. 
She believed in me when no one else did. 
I tucked away my feelings because I couldn’t survive a life without her. 
We crossed the line once, and I swore it’d never happen again. 
As time passes, the harder it becomes to live up to that promise. 
Until finally, there’s no holding back. 

MY REVIEW

* I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *

I have not always been partial to the friends to lovers trope for the fact that I grew up with nothing but boys around and me and this kind of awesome crap NEVER happened to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my boys and without them I wouldn’t be who I am and I am also very happy with my husband and the life we have built together, but that’s the point of these romance books to allow you some level of fantasy in your normal day to day life.

Rex is the best friend, you want, he was the popular kid with a semblance of a heart of gold, even if it was only for his bestie. But really he should have known that things change when you cross that line from friend to friendlier. They sure did step in it at that point….

Carolina is a sweet, shy and gives no fucks kind of girl that I love to the moon and back and really could see us being friends if she were a real person and I wasn’t a crazy person making friends with fictional characters.

I love that the story arced more than once in a way and there were many levels to this as well as a few twist and turns, there was also a nice check in with a few other from the other Blue Beech crew, even though I am not 100% sure how many there were, as I am still trying to read the books that have been released. But I love Charitys writing style and it does hold you for the whole book and doesn’t leave you with questions at the end.

– Ashton <3