Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance.”

I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.

Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.

I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.

At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark.

I shouldn’t want her.

But I do.

I should leave her alone.

But I won’t.

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Review

This book blindsided me with how good it was … and how different it was from the previous books.

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Forever Pucked (Pucked, #4) by Helena Hunting

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Forever Pucked (Pucked, #4) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Being engaged to Alex Waters, team captain and the highest paid NHL player in the league, is awesome. How could it not be?

In addition to being an amazing hockey player, he’s an incurable romantic with an XL heart, and an XXL hockey stick in his pants. And he knows how to use it. Incredibly, orgasmically well. Alex is the whole package and more. Literally. Like his package is insane. Total world record holder material.

So it makes complete sense that Violet Hall can’t wait to nail him down to the matrimonial mattress and become Mrs. Violet Waters.

It’s so romantic.

Violet is totally stoked to set a date.

Eventually. At some point. Likely before the next millennium. Or when Violet stops getting hives every time someone brings up the wedding, and their mothers stop colluding on stadium sized venues. Whichever comes first.

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Review

No one could possibly have been happier than I was when I saw that there was another book about Alex and Violet. Seriously. I freaking love these two and this book did not disappoint.

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Pucked Over (Pucked, #3) by Helena Hunting

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Pucked Over (Pucked #3) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.

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Review

I knew I was going to love Lily and Randy’s story ever since their hilarious meetcute in the previous book.

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Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

[Paperback WON at Shameless Book Con!]

Keane Morgan wouldn’t return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter–at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA.

Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper.

Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer”–which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for.

Not. At. All.

No freakin’ way.

Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is.

Which I did.

Hard.

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Review

This book both lived up to the hype and the awesome cover in pretty much every way.

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Captain by Lauren Rowe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Captain by Lauren Rowe

[Paperback WON at Shameless Book Con!]

It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .
Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.

But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing but a little side action. Jerk.

And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.

And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.

Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met the jerk before–did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?–but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly hating the cocky bastard’s guts.

Because I do.
I hate him.
I really do.

I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.

Synopsis from Goodreads

Review

Oh Captain, my Captain… I cannot tell you how freaking lucky I am that I won this book. Not only is the physical copy gorgeous (love that cover and it’s the perfect size for a paperback), but the content proved something I didn’t think possible: insta-love can absolutely work!

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American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.

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Review

I was not prepared. I should have been, since I read Priest and all, but… I was not prepared for this novel. Sierra Simone has done it again, she’s taken something taboo, something that could’ve gone very, very wrong… and made it fantastic all because she knows how to put pen to paper and tell a damn good story beautifully.

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Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning? Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves. Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect. Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

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Review

I enjoyed this series so much and really like the last book. Of course like all of the other books in the series, there was a lot of suspense.

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Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.

The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.

Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.

What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.

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Review

I have been waiting far too long to get my hands on this book. And by “far too long,” I mean “until the audiobook came out” and I’m glad I did. The audiobook was wonderfully performed by one of my favorite readers, Callie Dalton with reader Teddy Hamilton.

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Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

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Review

My heart’s still beating with intensity after just finishing Beautiful Chaos. For me, the end was the most intense and kept me Turning pages a little faster than the beginning.

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Beautiful Darkness (Castor Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Beautiful Darkness (Castor Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

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Review

Beautiful Darkness if not just as intriguing as Beautiful Creatures, than better! I really liked it and I think it played out very nicely as a continuation of Beautiful Creatures.

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