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The Book Barista Reviews: Shut Out by Kellly Jamieson

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Title:  Shut Out

Series:  Bayard Hockey, #1

Author:  Kelly Jamieson

Release Date:  June 7, 2016

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From the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series comes the first novel of a new hockey romance series featuring a college team whose players are heating things up both on and off the ice.
The Bayard College hockey team isn’t where Jacob Flass thought he’d be a season ago. He was a rising star in the Canadian major junior league, cruising toward a spot on an NHL roster—until a single disastrous night on the town brought it all crashing down. Now he’s out of options, except for playing well, studying hard, and staying away from girls. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the hottest, sweetest chick he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?
Skylar Lynwood knows that Jacob is out of her league. She’s just trying to go with the flow, which isn’t easy when six feet and four inches of total hockey hunkiness is making a play for her one moment, then giving her the cold shoulder the next. Skylar’s head tells her that this rugged athlete isn’t worth her time, but her body says something altogether different. Risking her heart for Jacob may be the craziest thing she’s ever done . . . but she won’t let him shut her out.


I decided to read this one for two reasons. 1) It’s a hockey romance and you all know how much I love a good hockey romance. And 2) It’s written by Kelly Jamieson.  I’ve read her Aces Hockey series and loved it.  At this point I think I need to read ALL her books!  Reading this one was a no brainer for me.

I absolutely loved Jacob and Skylar.  They both seemed very real to me.  Both have suffered through what I consider traumatic experiences.  Which ties in with the underlying message in this book.

This book is well written and got me hooked right away.  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a great introduction to a new series.  I easily gave Shut Out five of my favourite Tim Horton’s coffees – I just have to go the Canadian route on this since Jacob is a Canadian hockey player.



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The Book Barista Reviews: Icing by Kelly Jamieson

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Title:  Icing

Series:  Aces Hockey, #2

Author:  Kelly Jamieson

Release Date:  April 19, 2015

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Hailed by Jami Davenport as her “go-to author for hockey romance,” the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series sets the ice ablaze with another sexy novel featuring the gorgeous men of the Chicago Aces.

Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.

Amber is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion.


This is my second book by Kelly Jamieson and I really was looking forward to it.  Duncan was an important character in the first book in this series, Major Misconduct, so I was definitely wanting to know his story.

I loved that Duncan was basically a small town boy from Wisconsin that excelled at the game of Hockey.  He still liked the simple things in life, such as spending time at his cabin and working with kids. Coming off a relationship with a model who clearly enjoyed his money, I totally understood his weariness and/or reluctance to date another model.

When he met Amber he liked her a lot but he was totally surprised when at a fundraising function he found out that she wasn’t only a waitress, she was also a model.

Both Duncan and Amber had preconceived ideas of what a model is like and what a professional athlete is like.  Their personal experiences have tainted their views, understandably so.  Throughout the book they both struggle with these preconceptions, although I will say that Duncan is a bit more open minded than Amber.  They had phenomenal chemistry and when they weren’t worried about all that crap in their past they were really good together.

I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this book and series. I gave Icing four creamy and delicious Iced Caps.  I definitely hope there will be more in this series as I love Kelly Jamieson’s writing and who doesn’t love a great hockey player book boyfriend?

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Blog Tour and Release Day Blast: The Book Barista Reviews Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

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Title:  Hawke

Series:  Cold Fury Hockey, #5

Author:  Sawyer Bennett

Release Date:  March 15, 2016

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The New York Times bestselling hockey series featuring the Carolina Cold Fury continues as the team’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.



I’m a big fan of sports romance and this series is one of my favourites. Although this is the fifth book in the series it can definitely be read as a standalone.

Hawke has done well in the NHL.  When he gets transferred to the Cold Fury imagine his surprise when the girl he loved, the girl who broke his heart seven years ago walks in as a new assistant athletic trainer.  She was the love of his life and she just ended it without ever explaining why.  Now, he’s looking for some answers while trying to figure out what he still feels for her.

Vale was the party girl who was head over heels in love with Hawke.  After not feeling well at a party she decides to break up with him without ever telling him why and she’s lived with that decision.  Now that she’s forced to be in his company again she’s trying to sort out her thoughts and feelings. Obviously, it’s not as simple as just forgiving and forgetting.

I really loved Hawke and Vale.  I sympathized with both of their stories.  As I read I was really cheering them both on.  I wanted them both to get to that place where they would just open up completely and let bygones be bygones. I loved the journey.  Once of my favourite parts of the story is about a tattoo.  I can’t tell you more about that.  It would be spoilerish.  You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

Of course, it was nice to see characters from the previous books in the series and get little tidbits of information on them.  A little more Ryker would’ve been awesome 🙂

I couldn’t give this book anything less than five hot, sweet and delicious cappuccinos.  I am definitely looking forward to more in this series.  I just know Max’s story (I believe that’s the next one) is going to be great!

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I received the ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.


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The Book Barista Reviews: Pucked Over by Helena Hunting

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Title:  Pucked Over

Series:  Pucked, #3

Author:  Helena Hunting

Release Date:  January 22, 2016

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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 get pucked over.



So we’ve determined that Helena Hunting can write angst (see the Clipped Wings series) but boy oh boy can she write humour.  She wins the prize for outrageous and funny.  Add sexy to this mix and you’ve got a MUST READ situation with the Pucked series.  Be warned!  There are “fur burgers” and “vagina prisons” in this book, so if you’re the prudish type don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Randy “Balls” Balistic, yes that’s his last name, was introduced to us in the first book of this series but I did not realize he was this hot.  He’s got the beard and manbun/long hair thing down pat.  He’s Miller’s best friend and as such has managed to get together with Lily, Sunny’s best friend (Miller and Sunny are together).  He’s a hockey player who has a good time with puck bunnies and she’s a girl that has just ended a long term relationship (with a total idiot).  They’ve decided that they’re just having fun and that if it should get more serious then they’ll call it quits.  As you would expect, things do become more serious but you’ll have to read this book to find out who realizes it first.

In the previous book, I didn’t actually like Lily very much but I’m happy to report that I loved her in this book.  As for Randy, what’s not to love?!  All you need to do is use the visual used on the cover (Franggy Yanez).  Need I say more?!

Please note that although this is the third book of the series, like the other two books, it can be read as a standalone.

I loved this book and could not put it down.  I definitely gave it five freaking awesome cups of yummy Tim Horton’s coffee!



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The Book Barista Reviews: Under the Spotlight by Kate Willoughby

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Title:  Under the Spotlight

Series:  In the Zone, #4

Author:  Kate Willoughby

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Stage actress Christine Caspary couldn’t care less about hockey, but when she first sees Joe Rutherford playing in a Barracudas game her mind goes to all sorts of dirty places. By happy chance, her work with Grant A Wish gives her an opportunity to meet him in the flesh.

Right winger Joe Rutherford saw Christine perform when the team went to see Chicago and was so taken with her, he secretly saw the show a second time, alone. When the gorgeous actress with spectacular legs contacts him out of the blue asking for a favor, it’s a no-brainer.

Their chemistry is off the charts. Things heat up quickly and they can’t keep their hands off each other. Soon they’re hooking up whenever their busy schedules allow and having hot phone sex every night at midnight when they don’t. But Joe’s time in the hockey spotlight is fading, just as Christine’s star begins to rise. When she gets her big break into a TV career, how will Joe take to being the arm candy for a change?


I’ve REALLY enjoyed this series so I was pretty happy when I received the ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.  Thankfully, Kate Willoughby was gracious enough to give me the ARC without me having to resort to begging.  I would’ve begged.  I really would’ve!

I couldn’t help but love Joe.  He’s a guy who loves hockey.  As a veteran player he’s facing some tough decisions now that he’s on the tail end of his career.  He’s one of the older and wiser guys on the team and because of it, the coach asks him to mentor one of the rookies [This is one of the back stories that had my full attention].  He truly is one of the good guys.  That’s why when Christine approaches him to do something for a sick little girl, he’s all in.  Of course, it helps that he’s seen Christine before and was very attracted to her.

Christine is immediately attracted to Joe’s rugged good looks and they hit it off instantly.  As a couple, they face some hurdles.  They both travel because of their careers and have to make an effort to connect.  Also, whereas Joe’s career is on the tail end, Christine’s is up and coming and is thriving.

I loved that both Joe and Christine were a bit older and were both mostly mature about what they wanted from their careers and their lives.

Like the other books in this series, you get to meet a whole group of characters with interactions that are comical at times.  To put it simply, just a pleasure to read.

I gave Under the Spotlight five hot, steamy and delicious grande lattes.  I look forward to reading more from Kate Willoughby.



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The Book Barista Reviews: Pucked Up by Helena Hunting

The Book Barista logoTitle:  Pucked Up

Series:  Pucked, #2

Author:  Helena Hunting

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ISHO SummaryMiller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen.

What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he’s going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.

isho-my-opinion2I was really looking forward to this book.  After reading Helena Hunting’s other books I knew I was going to be in for a treat.  Once again, she came through.  Or shall I say “the Yeti came through!”?

We were introduced to Miller/Buck/Yeti and Sunny in Pucked, the first book in this series but, I’m not gonna lie, everyone in that book was somewhat overshadowed by Alex, Violet and the MC.

Miller was a manwhore until he met Sunny.  Now he wants Sunny to be his girlfriend.  He’s done with all the puck bunnies.  Sadly, social media doesn’t allow anyone, especially Sunny, to believe that’s true.

First off I want to say that Miller (I like that name better than Buck) was not really a Yeti and he was very attentive to his manscaping needs.  Which was a source of comedy.

Secondly, Miller made me feel for him so much. No matter what he did things always turned out badly for him.  Being a reformed manwhore was not going well for him.  It seemed that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, just did not give him the benefit of doubt.  He just couldn’t win for trying.

Sunny always seemed to come around to understanding whatever predicament Miller got himself into but oddly enough he kept getting into messes that made it really hard for Sunny to trust him.  When she wasn’t listening to her best friend, her ex boyfriend and her brother, she and Miller totally understood each other.

One thing that I loved about Miller was how he managed to overcome his difficulties.  Things never seemed to come easy for him, except for hockey, but he worked really hard and he really was rather smart and intelligent….except when it came to letting fans *cough* puck bunnies *cough* sit on his lap.  Above all else, Miller had a huge heart.  A YETI SIZED HEART!!!  I’m not sure that anyone could read this book and not love him to death.

This was a great read. I had no doubt that it would be.  Pucked Up easily got five hot and yummy cups of Tim’s finest, served with cookies. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!!


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Virtual Tour: The Book Barista Reviews Major Misconduct by Kelly Jamieson

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Aces Hockey #1
Kelly Jamieson
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
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In Kelly Jamieson’s seductive new Chicago Aces romance—perfect for readers of Sawyer Bennett and Toni Aleo—a fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.

As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister—and she’s moving in.

Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem—especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.

isho-my-opinion2Most of you know I’m a sucker for a good hockey romance.  So I was pretty excited to get this one from Netgalley. This is my first Kelly Jamieson book and I’m happy to report that I am now looking forward to more in this series.
I enjoyed everything about this book.  I really liked Lovey and Marc.  Lovey is all fun loving and light and airy and Marc is all Mr. Serious and very responsible.  Of course, the attraction between them is instant but that pesky rule about not messing with your friend/team mate’s sister kind of gets in the way.
This book was sexy and flirty and a quick read for me.  Aside from the main characters, I also liked Duncan, Lovey’s brother, and Jenna, Lovey’s best friend.  The other Aces players that popped in here and there were also pretty likable.  Hopefully we’ll see more of them all in the next books in the series.
As I mentioned before, this was a fun and sexy read for me.  I gave Major Misconduct four steaming cups of java and I’m definitely cheering on the Aces in future books in the series.
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ISHO ExcerptShe’d never begrudged Duncan his success. She was proud of her brother. He’d worked hard his whole life to achieve what he had and he totally deserved it. But there had been times she’d wished she had some kind of super talent that would make everyone proud of her.
“You’re giving me the gears before I’m barely in the door. Not cool, Dunc.”
His lips quirked as if he was repressing another smile. He gestured to one of the brown leather couches. “Sit down.”
She sank into the couch and crossed her legs.
Duncan sat across from her. “You don’t quit a perfectly good job just because it’s not your dream job, Lovey. If you don’t like it, you look around for something else and then you quit.”
“Not if you’re moving to Chicago. I had to quit so I could move here. I’ll find something here, I’m sure.”
Duncan thought she was a flighty, impetuous screwup who’d quit a good job and moved to another state on a whim. And she wasn’t about to set him straight on that, because . . . it was true.
Well, to a certain extent it was true. But she didn’t want to tell him about her goals and dreams because . . . because she wasn’t entirely sure she could do this . . . and she didn’t want him saying “I told you so” if she failed.
She pushed down her misgivings and smiled at him. “I just need a place to stay for a while.”
“You can’t stay here.”
Her mouth dropped open. “What? Why not? You’ve got tons of room! Look at this place.” She sat up straight and swept an arm out. “Fifty billion square feet, probably ten bathrooms . . .”
“Two and a half,” he corrected. “And three bedrooms. And it’s only two thousand square feet. Not fifty billion,” he added in a muttered tone.
“Only two thousand. As if one guy needs that much space.”
“I have a roommate,” he reminded her. “Two of the three bedrooms are occupied and the third has no furniture.”
She frowned and sank back into the couch. “Oh. Well. That doesn’t matter. I’ll just sleep on the floor until we can get me a bed.”
“We’re not getting you a bed.”
“Hey, Army, what time are we heading out?” a deep male voice interrupted them. “Oh. Hey.”
Lovey’s head snapped around at the unfamiliar voice and then her eyes went wide and her jaw dropped.
The guy standing across the room wore a pair of boxer shorts and nothing else. Sweet cheese-its, he was hot. Even more muscular than Duncan, he was about the same height. Short brown hair stood in messy spikes on top, and the same golden-brown stubble lay over his chiseled jaw and upper lip. His lips were thinnish but nicely shaped, his eyes a beautiful sky blue color she could see from here, framed with thick eyelashes.
Her gaze tracked over bulky shoulders and arms, a chest that was slabs of muscle and smooth golden skin, a freakin’ eight-pack of abs that literally made her want to drool, then down over the blue boxer shorts sitting low on lean hips, to his bare legs. She blinked at the size of his thighs and the delineation of the massive muscles bulging above his knees. His calves were also strong, covered with more dark gold hair. His long, sinewy bare feet stood on the bare wood floor.
She lifted her gaze back up to his face and smiled. “Hi.”
He blinked, his expression not changing. “Uh. Hi.” He glanced at Duncan. “Sorry, man, didn’t know you had someone here.” He took a step back.
“Dude, go put some clothes on. This is my little sister.”
The guy’s eyes flickered. “Oh. Shit. Be right back.”
“Wait!” Lovey rose and legged it across the carpet in her heels, hand outstretched. “I’m Lovey. It’s nice to meet you; you must be Duncan’s roommate. Marc, right?”
He took another step back but she kept going. He shoved a hand out, maybe to stop her. She grabbed it to shake it.
“Yeah. Marc.”
The faint inflection in the way he said it was . . . sexy. “You’re French.” Her smile broadened.
“Yeah.” He gave her a quick handshake, then released her hand and took two more steps away. “Marc Dupuis. I’ll, uh, be back.”
He disappeared down the hall and she admired the back view. Whoa. Wide at the shoulders, muscled back, deep grooves down the middle that disappeared into the low waistband of the boxers, which did not hide a very firm ass. She gave a sigh of pleasure.
She blinked and turned to look at her brother.
“That’s why you can’t stay here. This is a bachelor home. You can’t live here with two guys.”
She frowned. “Why not?”
His eyebrows flew up. “We walk around half-dressed sometimes. We don’t want to have to be worried about covering up.”
She grinned. “Don’t worry on my account. You . . . phht.” She waved a hand and rolled her eyes. “He can walk around naked anytime he wants.”
“Jesus fuckin’ Christ.” Duncan rubbed his face. “We drink beer. We make a mess. Well, I do,” he amended. “We party. Lotta the other guys hang out here too.”
She shrugged. “It’s not as if I’m not used to your friends hanging out.” He’d played hockey all through high school—well, all his life, basically—and there’d always been a bunch of guys crowding up their Columbia County dairy farmhouse.
“We have girls over.” He gave her a meaningful look.
She laughed, flopping down on the couch again. “I should hope so.”
“You’re not going to be comfortable here.”
She looked around. “I think I could be very comfortable here.” She gave a nod. “This is a gorgeous place to live. Nice view too.” In the distance Lake Michigan was a haze of blue.
“Fuck,” Duncan muttered.
Marc reappeared, now fully dressed, sadly. Although with clothes on he still looked amazeballs hot. “Sorry about that. Didn’t know you were here, uh, Lovey.”
She beamed at him. “No problem. Duncan was more freaked-out than I was.”
Duncan rolled his eyes.
Lovey studied Marc in his clothes—low-rise faded jeans that had to be specially made to fit loosely over those massive thighs, and a long-sleeve black T-shirt. She let out another brief sigh.
He moved to perch on one of the stools at the big island, then stopped as he took in the mess in the kitchen. With a head shake, he began to clean up, tossing cold pizza into the trash, loading empty beer bottles into cartons. “This place is gross.”
Duncan shrugged and leaned back. “You knew that when you moved in. Don’t get all pissy. You don’t have to clean up.”
“I know, I know.” Marc stacked empty pizza boxes into a blue recycling box. “Just can’t stand the fucking mess.”
Duncan grinned. “That’s your problem.”
Lovey looked back and forth between them. Duncan was a slob, no doubt about it. Mom had pulled her hair out trying to teach him to clean up after himself. Apparently none of it had sunk in. Marc, on the other hand . . . seemed to have learned well. Or maybe he was a neat freak.
Nothing wrong with that. Not at all.
Especially when he looked that good while cleaning up.
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Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She’s a married mother of two who lives a very ordinary life outside of her imagination. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.
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The Book Barista Reviews: Ryker by Sawyer Bennett

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Title:  Ryker

Series:  Cold Fury Hockey #4

Author:  Sawyer Bennett

Release Date:  September 8, 2015

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ISHO SummaryThe rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

isho-my-opinion2This series has been so great that I was dying to get my hands on Ryker.  Of course, Sawyer Bennett did not disappoint.

In the previous book, Zack, we were introduced to Ryker, the new goalie for the Cold Fury. This book picks up a short time after the other left off.  Recently divorced and now having custody of his two daughters he’s adjusting to being on a new team and having to prove that he’s at the top of his game.

Enter Gray Brannon, the new GM for the Cold Fury.  Not only is she dealing with being the only female general manager in the league, but she’s also dealing with skepticism on her methods in running the team.

The attraction between Ryker and Gray is pretty much instantaneous. Unfortunately, they have to deal with Ryker’s ex who has decided she wants him back as well as the people who aren’t exactly on board with Gray running the team.  Add to that, the threat of having their relationship revealed and risking both of their careers.  I loved Ryker and Gray together.  I loved the way they handled all the obstacles in their way.

This might very well be my favourite book of the series, not to mention it’s my favourite cover in the series. [Note:  that’s saying a lot seeing as each cover is hot hot hot!]  That said, I am definitely looking forward to the next book.  I gave Ryker five very hot and steamy lattés with some extra foam on top.

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