ARC received from: the authors
The rating reflects the average rating for the anthology as a whole. Individual ratings given below.
This book almost defeated me but I was determined to get through it all so I could give it a fair review, even if it meant speed-reading and skimming a few of the stories which really didn’t work for me.
Overall, this anthology is worth buying just for the 4* reads given that a percentage of the profits are going to charity and you never know, you might discover a new favourite author.
Kimberly Kincaid – Deep Check
Love this author and the firehouse series.
Katie Kenyhercz – Bear Naked
An interesting introduction for me to the native American world and the juggling of cultures
Desiree Holt – Body Check
No consistency with the absence of the “Keeper of the Cup” and a hotshot hockey guy thinks he can get his old love back now that he is injured and finally has time for her? Ugh.
Angi Morgan – Breakaway Brook
Paranormal super powers in a contemporary romance? No thanks.
Kim Golden – Under A Midnight Sun
I am sensing a repetitive theme here ….. cocky hockey guys who, once they’ve won the cup, think they can go back to their hometown and reunite with an ex-girlfriend.
Kate Meader – In Skates Trouble
This was what I really tried this anthology for and it didn’t disappoint!
I am really looking forward to Harper’s book, the first full length novel in a new series from one of my favourite contemporary romance authors!
Misty D. Waters – Checking Yes
I’m pretty sure I read this before in this anthology ….. hockey star abandoned his childhood sweetheart when he went off to play hockey and now he wants her back …. This one just has additional family and Southern drama thrown in for good measure.
Robin Kaye – Penalty Box Blues
The hockey star who can’t even remember the girl who used to tutor him every day
Robin Covington – Free Agent
I’m usually not a fan of 1st Person POV but I enjoyed this one more than I expected to
Avery Flynn – Blade
Interesting set-up with two old acquaintances having to work together to stop the cup being stolen
Susan Scott Shelley – Making His Move
Coffee addict hooks up with a sweet girl from his childhood whilst spending more time with his sporty family.
Christi Barth – Check My Heart
Really liked the background of she being his brother’s hospice nurse and loved the chemistry between these two
Heather Long – Blocked
Hockey star helps pop princess avoid the press.
Andie J.Christopher – Full Contact
A virginity story with a difference. Really weird to see Eddie turned into some kind of bad guy though
Lena Hart – Courage
Not really interested in a story about a marriage in trouble especially when the guy is so self-involved
Nana Malone – Ransom (The Player)
A story around the size of a hockey player’s dick and the geeky classmate he lusted for from afar.
Virginia Nelson – Caged
A desperate small town girl tries very hard to get a hockey star to realise he’s in love with her by making him a plastic trophy
Xio Axelrod – The Warm Up
Flirtation on the cancer ward.