Category: Celebrities

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

coverBook: The Austen Playbook

Series: London Celebrities #4

Author: Lucy Parker

Release date: 22 April 2019

Main characters: Frederica Carlton, actress from a distinguished literary family, who really just wants to entertain; James ‘Griff’ Ford-Griffin, theatre critic, long-suffering son and brother to a family of dreamers.

Plot: Freddy Carlton is a talented actress who is desperate to do more work in musical theatre. Her father/manager however, has grander plans in mind. They both descend from the great Henrietta Carlton, renowned playwright and all-round legend. Her father Rupert wants Freddy to ascend to her potential and take her place amongst acting royalty. Under this weight of heavy expectation, Freddy has to tread the balance between making dear old dad happy, and pursuing her own dreams, which don’t necessarily include high drama.

When Freddy’s new project, The Austen Playbook takes her to theatre critic James Ford-Griffin’s country pile, that’s when things get really interesting. He’s been the bane of her professional life for some time. His acerbic barbs about her performances always found their mark. She finds herself drawn to his prickly exterior, and enjoys verbally jousting with him. She’s very much in danger of nursing a little crush…

Griff is not impressed when his brother tells him that a TV crew will be descending on them for the live performance of The Austen Playbook. It will entail no end of inconvenience, expense and general stress. Barely holding on to his sanity, he’s forced to go along with it while trying to wrangle his own work in progress. After his daily run ins with Freddy, he feels confounded by his feelings. She’s his complete opposite, but he finds himself looking forward to their interactions more and more. She’s endlessly optimistic while he bleeds cynicism. It can’t possibly go anywhere…

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness, where to start? There’s the fact that you have all of Austen’s greatest characters on one stage, but the biggest action and intrigue is happening in the wings – there’s back-biting, flirting and secrets – oh so many secrets! It’s delicious – all of it! The chemistry and straightforward relationship between Griff and Freddy was also very satisfying – they have misunderstandings but are mature enough to hear the other out – there’s no overblown drama for the sake of it. Their romance is steeped in realism too – the depiction of their sexy times was totally realistic – shower sex is just not possible for most of us! I wanted to cheer the fact that the heroine has some very realistic issues that made me sit up and notice. You just don’t read that in a lot of romances these days, which is fine for fantasy, but this was so refreshing.

What you may not like: I can’t think of a darn thing – the dialogue was en pointe, the characters were varied and entertaining, the story developed consistently. I was drawn into their world completely. It was so vivid. This is a series I recommend again and again.

Rating: 5/5 for a really novel concept and plot – I think the show idea would get picked up in a heartbeat! Loved every page.

Making Up by Lucy Parker

Making Up (London Celebrities, #3)Book: Making Up

Series: London Celebrities #3

Author: Lucy Parker

Release date: 28 May 2018

Main characters: Beatrix Lane, talented aerialist and thorn in the side to Leo Magasiva. Leo is a brilliantly talented make-up artist, who has recently suffered a slight career set back.

She grimaced. “You’re like a less particular version of Beetlejuice,” she said flatly. “I don’t even need to say your name. One passing thought and you materialise out of nowhere.”

Blurb:

Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.

Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and—in an unexpected twist—an enragingly good kisser.

To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.

When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London—and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.
It seems hopeless.
Utterly impossible.
And yet…

Why you should read it: I loved this book! The series is pretty amazing actually – if you enjoyed the acerbic wit of Pretty Face, then I think you’ll enjoy Trix and Leo’s story too. For me, it started quite slowly, and I didn’t know what to expect. Then, as soon as Trix and Leo interacted, it was fireworks! They are like Beatrice and Benedick, Taylor and Burton! The barbs are sharp and had me cracking up in places! Their chemistry was palpable and I was glad with how they dealt with their issues – they were the perfect balance to each other.

There are some pretty important themes in the book too. Trix is dealing with anxiety, and the fact that her confidence in her own abilities has been knocked quite significantly. Seeing her evolve as a character was very satisfying – and the role Leo plays in looking at his own life too, was interesting. And most importantly, realistic.

What you may not like: It did start a little slowly for me, slower than perhaps I’m used to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and the characters. I think you will too.

Rating: 4/5 for a well written, sexy and funny story that really spoke to me. Feel the fear – but do it anyway!

Exclusive trailer: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

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Hey! I’m super dooper excited to share the trailer for Passionflix’s forthcoming Hollywood Dirt. This is the company’s first venture into bringing our fave books to life! This book was one of my favourites of 2015 and I’m both excited and nervous about it – but if Alessandra’s happy with it, that’s good enough for me!

When Hollywood comes to a small Georgia town, the cautious locals don’t know what to expect. Feathers ruffle, secrets bloom, and sparks fly in this funny and sexy romance, inspired by the New York Times Bestseller.

Read the book: http://www.alessandratorre.com/hollywood-dirt/

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Bombshell by CD Reiss

Cover of a man and woman with Hollywood in the distanceBook: Bombshell

Series: Hollywood A-list #1

Author: CD Reiss

Release date: 1st May 2017

Main characters: Cara DuMont, well-respected nanny, seemingly immune to Brad Sinclair’s charms. Brad Sinclair, Hollywood rake and new father.

Plot: Cara DuMont is a well-respected nanny in LA, and throughout her career she has somehow managed to avoid the unwanted advances of her male employers. She’s cool, calm and in control. No scandals have ever affected her and she aims to keep it that way.

Brad Sinclair has seen her in action and wants her to become his newfound daughter’s nanny. He won’t take no for an answer.

Despite her affinity with Brad’s little girl Nicole, Cara is reluctant to become a nanny for a celebrity household. She prefers to fly under the radar and Brad is just too tempting, too sure of himself – too everything.

The more time she spends with both Nicole and Brad however, the more her resolve begins to waiver. The child needs her as much as she needs Nicole. Her connection to Brad cannot be denied either. Life is complicated, but it wouldn’t be impossible, to have both a career and a relationship with an a-lister. Right? This is Hollywood remember, and nothing comes without a pricetag attached…

Why you should read it: If you love the whole celebrity and ordinary girl-next-door-type, then you might enjoy this story. Cara is a strong and sensible type – always doing the right thing and staying one step ahead of scandal. She’s seen what it’s done to others and as such, lives life by a strict set of rules. The arrival of Brad Sinclair is interesting as she’s forced to throw out the rule book. He doesn’t care about much, other than making himself happy and his new situation as a father is quite an adjustment. The author’s depiction of Nicole, an adorable five-year old was pitch perfect. I loved her and her facial expressions!

What you may not like: The story felt a bit disjointed in places and despite my initial excitement about the plot, it failed to deliver the passion and the building tension I was hoping for. The characters didn’t really develop very much – they were professional one minute, in love the next. Their developing relationship was sexy but swift and while the chemistry was there, it felt a little forced. Don’t get me wrong, there were parts to the story that I really enjoyed – namely Nicole, but for me something was definitely missing.

Rating: 3/5 for a promising plot but for such a popular trope, it failed to ignite and keep my interest.

Release day review – Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

IMG_0043-0Book: Hollywood Dirt

Author: Alessandra Torre

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Summer Jenkins lives in Quincy, Georgia and is the town pariah. Not that anyone would ever be outwardly rude to her. This is the South, and politeness rules. However, Summer is determined to leave as soon as humanly possible. First, she needs to get enough money together in order to begin her new life, and with the arrival of a film crew in the sleepy town, an opportunity presents itself.

Cole Masten is an ultra-successful actor and all-round sex symbol. His arrival to the town of Quincy will likely cause a stir. He is in the process of a bitter divorce, having caught his wife in flagrante delicto with another man. Miserable and lonely, he’s been screwing any woman who stood still long enough. Lucky for him his lawyer has demanded he head to Quincy to get stuck into work and away from trouble. Sage advice until he sets eyes on Summer. Too bad she hates him.

The sparks fly between Cole and Summer – the pair are from very different worlds but may just have the answer to each other’s problems…

Why you should read it: Because it was written by Alessandra Torre. Because from page one you’ll be hooked. Because Cole Masten is possibly the sexiest and sweetest hero I’ve read so far this year. Because the dialogue is spot on and the descriptions of the American South are so vivid you’ll be able to taste them. Summer is an interesting character – you’ll wonder what happened to set the whole town against her, why, beyond her mother, she’s all alone in the world. It was excellent storytelling, which is the usual standard that Ms Torre sets.  I don’t know how she managed to take quite a popular trope for a romance and inject her own sense of humour, sexiness and give it an original twist. I didn’t want the book to end. I grinned like a fool while reading and drank in every word.

What you might hate: That it’s a standalone and that you read it far too quickly, but just couldn’t help yourself. You even contemplated playing hooky from work so that you could stay up all night. But don’t worry, common sense prevailed…

Rating: 5/5 outstanding stars. Perfection. I enjoyed and reveled in every scene, every word and loved the little touches – like the rooster named Cocky. Read the book! It’s clear to me that Alessandra poured all her love into these characters and it shows. Thank you Ms Torre.

Hollywood Dirt is out today.

Here’s a sneak peek:

EXCERPT:
When the door to the production trailer burst open, it brought with it a wave of heat and beauty. Cole looked up from the storyboards and locked eyes with Summer, who blew across the room at him like a tornado on tilt.
“There’s no love story between Ida and Royce.” Summer snapped, throwing down the script, pages fluttering down between them. In the small trailer, conversations stalled and he could feel the attention turn their way. “I’ve read the book. Three times!”
It was good to know that someone had read the damn book. Cole glanced down at her temper tantrum of a mess and back up, raising his eyebrows mildly. “It’s a movie,” he said, turning back to the storyboards. “The writers are adding some excitement. It’s normal. You’d know that if you were in this business.” The dig was unnecessary but he couldn’t help it. This woman turned him into the devil.
“I read the first script. The one you sent over with my contract. Ida and Royce hated each other. Why would Royce…” she snatched up a page from the ground and read out a line. “pushes Ida against the file cabinet and kisses her passionately.” She balled up the page and threw it down to the ground and he could see, in her eyes, the panic. Panic. An unexpected reaction.
“We’ll use that,” Don made the dangerous move of stepping in, putting a soft hand on her shoulder. “You don’t understand. The passion from their hatred will make it hotter.”
“No.” Summer said, her face hard, her eyes on Cole. “It doesn’t make it hotter. It makes it stupid.”
“Aww… come on, Summer.” Cole chided, stepping closer, his hand reaching out to pull at her wrist. She fought him, yanking it back and the moment of their bodies meeting didn’t happen. He leaned down and whispered, right against her ear, the smell of her apple-scented lotion enough to make him want to empty out the production trailer right that moment. “Sure it does.”
She jerked back and twisted away. “If he kisses me on camera I’m going to lose it.” She shot at Don, pointing an accusatory finger in Cole’s direction.
“I know you will,” Cole laughed, crossing his arms to fight from reaching out. “You’ll fall apart under my mouth, baby.”
Summer screamed in response, her hands thrown up in frustration, and spun to leave, her script left behind, the slam of the exit door loud in the full production trailer.
“That went well,” Cole mused. He linked his hands and rested them on his head, rolling his shoulders back. Panic. She’d had panic in her eyes. Fuck.
“What do you expect?” Don said. “You threw this on her without warning. I told you we should have met with her this morning, gone over the changes to prepare her. But no – you just wanted to dump it on her via call sheets and sides.”
“Dump it on her? I was People’s Sexiest Man last year. She’s not mentally adjusting to a war camp for God’s sake. How hard is it to kiss me?”
“It’s actually three kisses,” a dark-haired PA to his left pointed out. “And a grope.”
He gave her a hard look and she withered a little.
“I’ll go talk to her,” Don said. “Eileen, you shoot #4 and I’ll talk to Summer. I want to try to get #14 shot at eleven so let’s get our asses in gear and get this done.”
“I’ll talk to her.” Cole stepped in. “You shoot #4 and I’ll talk to her.”
“No,” Don snapped. “With my luck you two would make up and any authenticity to the scene would disappear. Just stay away from her and be ready at eleven.”
Cole chewed on his cheek, then nodded. “Fine.” Don was right. He should stay away from her. Far. Far away.

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It Happened One Night by Phillipa Ashley

it-happened-one-nightBook: It Happened One Night

Author: Phillipa Ashley

Format: Kindle

Review by: Onnica

 

Basic story: Sophie McBride has loved Adam Templar for as long as she can remember. Friends since childhood, their relationship grew from her awkward admiration for him to their first heart-breaking, all-encompassing love. Despite their youthful vow to stay together, family tragedy succeeded in breaking the two up. Ten years later, Sophie has remained in the village, despite having wanted to move away to university. She has a budding business of her own and life continues peacefully. Until Adam returns…

Adam Templar has not returned to the village of Langmere since Sophie turned him away. Now a director, he is filming a biopic of a famous local poet in the village. He knows he’ll see Sophie sooner or later but nothing can prepare him for when they do come face-to-face again. Add an insecure girlfriend, a rakish co-star and a village full of gossips into the mix, life for Sophie and Adam is about to change forever.

Why you should read this: I loved this book from start to finish! It was so down to earth, so sweet and had real humour to it. There was also quite a moving back-story too, which will tug at your heart strings. I couldn’t wait to find out all of the family secrets – they are juicy! The action takes place amid the filming of a costume drama and the descriptions are so authentic and rich, I felt as though I was right there in with the action.

Sophie is a great heroine. She’s making the best of her situation and doesn’t dwell overly on the past. She isn’t bitter about the past, but she is torn between family loyalty and her feelings for Adam. Adam is a cool customer – we don’t know what happened between the pair straightaway and he keeps his feelings close to his chest throughout the book, until the end. For me, it was more what he didn’t say, that made me take notice.

What you might hate: The only thing I hated about this book was Adam’s evil girlfriend Victoria! Ok, so she isn’t evil but she’s a cow. A truly horrid character that provided drama, some great scenes between her and Sophie and I couldn’t wait for her to get her just desserts.

Rating: 4/5 for me. I will definitely be re-reading this book. Loved it hard. So nice to read something set not very far from me in the world. Thoroughly satisfying.

It Happened One Night is out now.

Blog Tour: The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton

We’re very happy to be today’s stop on the Redhead Plays Her Hand blog tour. *Fanfares please.* I know everyone who is an Alice Clayton fan has been waiting not so patiently for the final chapter in the Redhead series. Well, fear not! The wait is over…

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Book: The Redhead Plays Her Hand

Series: The Redhead Series #3

Author: Alice Clayton

Reviewer: Onnica

Basic story: Grace is about to take the television world by storm. Busy rehearsing for the pilot of ‘Mabel’s Unstable?’, the TV version of the successful stage show she worked on in New York, the world is soon to be Grace’s oyster. The only fly in the ointment? The Director and her manager/bff have suggested that she lose 15 pounds for her TV debut. Determined not to make an fuss in the face of her big break, Grace complies, upping her workout regimen and curtailing her candy habit. It’s only fifteen pounds right?

Meanwhile, Grace and Jack are going as strong as ever and he is about to embark on a new film. Practically inseparable, yet never admitting their relationship to the press, the pair are as in love as ever. So what if Jack had been hitting the party circuit a little harder than before. Grace puts it down to being 24, the toast of the town and the need to blow off a little steam.

When the weight loss plan goes a little awry, Grace decides not to stay quiet about her struggles any longer. As a mere size 8, she’s hardly a poster girl for plus size, but being linked to Jack Hamilton is a double-edged sword. The press and some of Jack’s online fans aren’t being very complimentary about her and so she decides to fight back. If only things were that simple when it came to handling Jack. He’s becoming increasingly surly with his manager and whenever she suggests that he party a little less, he goes postal. Is this just a phase, or has Grace lost her Sweet Nuts for good?

Why you should read this: I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting ages to see what would happen to Grace and Jack – would they weather the storm and be together forever? Can love conquer all? Of course it can. Alice Clayton has put a lot of heart into the characters of Jack and Grace – their story had me wanting more from The Unidentified Redhead. The level of angst in book two took me by surprise, but I feel that book three has ironed out a lot of issues and we got to see very different sides to all of the characters we thought we knew in depth already. This book is sexy, has a serious side and makes you think twice about reaching for the tabloids at the checkout on your next shopping trip.

What you might hate: This book is all about Jack’s wobble. In The Redhead Revealed, Grace had a massive wobble which led to a lot of angst and in this final book, it’s Jack’s turn. For me, he acted like a huge jerk for a significant portion of the book – completely out of character up until now and he behaved like any 24 year old, with a lot a fame would probably behave. It’s realistic, but don’t expect to love him for it. In fact, he really got on my nerves if I’m honest. At times, the couple were too scared to confront their issues and instead, just had sex as that part of their relationship never failed. The usual humour that Alice Clayton uses in earlier books was missing from this one too – I get that the honeymoon period was over for Grace and Jack, but this book felt a lot more serious than before. You’ll have to make the call whether you prefer bright and breezy or angst-ridden drama.

Rating3.5/5 – A satisfying ending to the saga that is Grace and Jack. I liked it – I liked completing their journey. I didn’t love it for the reasons I mentioned above, but I’m glad that I read it. It’s actually a very interesting commentary on how celebrities are treated by the press and how crazy their lives can get.

The Redhead Plays Her Hand is out now!

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Dream Me Off My Feet by Stevie Kisner

dream me off my feetBook: Dream Me Off my Feet

Author: Stevie Kisner

Series: Sex, Love and Rock & Roll

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: JT Blackwood is lead singer with British rock band Slanker Knox. Currently touring and in need of a photographer, JT checks up on a lead. Kori Connor is good but inexperienced. She also runs a fansite for the band and writes some pretty steamy fanfiction. Stuck in a dead-end job with no career prospects, she longs to become a professional photographer. JT is seriously impressed with her work and wants to make sure that she’ll fit in with the band dynamic. After passing his test, it’s clear that she has what it takes to join the team. Kori has the support of her husband and son so grabs the opportunity with both hands.

As Kori spends more time with JT and the band, a connection develops between the pair – she is able to tune into his frequency with ease. Turns out Kori has more than just a talent for photography and storytelling. She can hear his thoughts broadcasting loud and clear. His feelings for her are undeniable and the temptation becomes too great. Once JT realises Kori’s predicament, instead of cooling things down he decides to ramp up his seduction. He’s in her head constantly; and in her dreams. Kori has to decide whether to throw it all away for the sheer thrill and psychic connection she finds in JT. Or maybe the choice was made long ago…

Why you should read it: This book goes way beyond the usual rock star read. It took me a while to get into it at first, but when things got going, I was plunged into a world of passion and psychic connections. What would you do if you found your soulmate of your dreams only to be reunited years later? Would you walk away? Could you? The dynamic between the band and the British slang were actually pretty accurate and I felt that the characters were real rather than caricatures. JT is a rock and roll badboy, in need of love and sick of the usual stream of groupies. Kori is a decent person, good wife and mother (until she meets JT) and despite having tremendous gifts, does her best not to invade others’ minds. It’s  a love story of epic proportions; at times selfish and ruthless, but compelling nonetheless.

What you might hate: Ok – first of all, this book is long. I mean really long. I  felt like I’d been reading it for DAYS. So much happened but at the same time, with a good editor to cut out the repetition it could have been pared down and still told the story. The sexy scenes were hot but there were sooo many of them, all with the same dialogue. If I read another line of “oh, but what you do to me!” I was going to scream! I also felt that certain scenes either didn’t need to be there at all, or could have been described in far less detail. All in all, there was a darn good story there but it really could use a firm hand to shape it more so that no words or scenes are wasted. You may also take issue with the subject matter – I’m not a fan of cheaters (not sure who is!) but for fiction I can certainly suspend my moral judgments – it’s not real! However, JT and Kori were extremely shady – she cheats on poor, kind hubby the first night she’s away! And it doesn’t end there, but I’m not going to spoil it for you…

Rating: For the sheer amount of hard work that went into this and for the original storyline, I’m going to give this a 3/5. It’s not perfect and it really did start to meander and repeat itself at times so I will admit to skim reading at 75% of the way through – but if you enjoy passion that makes characters lose all sense of reason and an epic journey, then you should definitely take a look.

Lick by Kylie Scott

LickBook: Lick

Series: Stage Dive #1

Author: Kylie Scott

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: When Evelyn Thomas turned twenty-one, she was determined to let her hair down for a change. Little did she realise how far-reaching the consequences of too much tequila would be. The day after she wakes up in a hotel room, sick as a dog, wearing a ring on her finger the size of the Hope Diamond with a strange man holding her hair back while she’s sick. There’s also the case of the strange tattoo on her posterior with an even stranger name – who the hell is David?

Not remembering anything about the night before and clearly not recognising her new husband, Evelyn is panicked and quick to point out that it has all been a huge mistake. David – hurt and angry agrees to take of it and will have his people arrange an annulment. Ev flees the scene with her best friend and resolves to pretend like it never happened. That is until the paparazzi descend on her at the airport asking whether the rumours about having married Dave Ferris, guitarist with the band Stage Dive, were true. Suddenly it all becomes clear to Ev that she won’t be able to pretend this situation away. And then there’s the small matter of dealing with her parents! Chaos ensues and Ev and David decide that it’s best she stay with him until their situation is resolved, away from the prying eyes of the media. Evelyn is sure that an annulment and putting things back the way they were before she met the charismatic guitarist would be the best option. She has a life to live and LA is not her thing. However, as she spends more time with her husband, the idea of separation is no longer such a viable one…

Why you should read this: Like stories about rock stars? Tattooed rock stars? Like believable and likeable characters? Then this book is a no-brainer. The story is fun, touching, humorous and sexy as all get out. Seriously – it will make your toes curl (in a good way). Dave Ferris is hot, sexy and demanding – but not in an over the top alpha way. He’s sensitive and attentive and all you could possibly want in a hero. Evelyn is sweet, mature and her internal monologue is very entertaining. I loved her.

What you might hate: not much to hate about this book – you know I’m a tough critic and if an author adds in complications to the plot just to create drama then I’ll be honest about it and criticise – but this wasn’t the case here. There are misunderstandings aplenty, but they don’t create huge scenes with the hero and heroine fighting back and forth endlessly. Maybe you like your reads with slightly less graphic smut…for me it wasn’t a problem – but look, he’s a rock star, it’s what they do! (I’ve heard…)

Rating: 4/5 for me – a hugely enjoyable, hugely sexy read. I’m also really happy that David and Evelyn’s story was wrapped up in a single book rather than dragged out in a sequel. My prediction is that subsequent books will concentrate on other members of the band. I will certainly be reading more.

Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

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Author: Toni Aleo

Series: The Assassins Series (Book #1)

Format: unedited ARC

Reviewed by: Onnica

Basic Story: Elli Fisher is finally living the life she’s struggled for while keeping past spectres at bay. She has a thriving photography business and when she gets to combine taking photos with her passion for hockey, she’s in seventh heaven. Due to her strong reputation, her next job is to photograph the entire Nashville Assassins hockey team. A lifelong supporter, Elli is determined to pull it off, even though coming face-to-face with her idol, Shea Adler, scares her to death.

Shea Adler, captain of the Assassins, known playboy and all-round American superstar loves his life. He has a strong family unit; a twin sister who he cares about more than anything and his nephew and niece. Too busy for anything else, women are just a diversion to pass the time and help release pent-up energy. That is until he’s called to a team photo session for the new season. When he locks eyes on Elli (even though he can barely see without his contacts) he is thrown. He has to know her. She’s bashful and talented and not like any of the women he’s known before. Elli is sweet and instantly attracted to Shea; however, her past relationship left her self-esteem in tatters. Her lack of family support has left her insecure and feeling unworthy of love. She wants to believe that Shea could be part of a happier future, but can’t shake the feeling that she’s just not good enough for the mighty Shea Adler.

Why you should read this: It’s a pleasant read in many respects, set in the world of hockey. Shea is ideal book boyfriend material – he’s kind, considerate, never puts a foot wrong. Always says the right thing.

What you might hate: I really wanted to like Elli. Truly I did. I understand that she’s had a turbulent past but honestly, her tendencies to whine about not being pretty enough, or good enough for Shea were repetitive and self-indulgent. It also made the book twice as long as it needed to be in my opinion. Her relationship with her mother also seemed a little far-fetched, but it did build the suspense. Also, for me this book lacked structure – it was pleasant but it didn’t seem to be heading anywhere until the final chapters where the couple finally faced conflict and the boy lost the girl.

Rating: Sadly, I was disappointed – I had high hopes for this book and it just didn’t do it for me. Hopefully the later books in the series will be different. I give it 2/5 for the meandering storyline at times and the exasperating heroine. This is the first Loveswept story that has failed to sweep me away. Hot cover though.