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Free Book Alert! Sugar and Ice by Aven Ellis

Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.

Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.

However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all? 

One of my favorite authors, Aven Ellis, has a free book on Amazon today! Sugar and Ice, book one of the Rinkside in the Rockies series, is a hockey romance that is oh-so-sweet and will be the perfect book for Valentine’s Day reading!

This couple will steam up both the kitchen and the ice rink! I love JoJo and Cade, and I think you will too if you enjoy fun, contemporary romances!

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Book Review: Swing and a Miss (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #2) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

Welcome back to DC, the home of the Soaring Eagles baseball team! Katie is still reeling over the night she fainted on her crush, baseball player AJ Williamson after getting the chance to meet him thanks to the fact her best friend Hayley dates his teammate, Brody.

Katie’s always loved baseball. She’s had a crush on AJ the baseball player forever, but when she gets the chance to really know the real him, she begins to fall for Andrew Joseph, who is more than a baseball star-he’s a lover of Fraiser, old movies, and amusement parks.

All of the interactions between the two of them just seemed so real and genuine. I loved how AJ stopped in to the coffee shop where Katie works after his game and they spent ours talking, and sharing coffee and pastries, and when they spent the day riding roller coasters together!

Of course, with new relationships come doubts that can threaten to tear a couple apart. Katie will be starting law school soon and knows it will take up all of her time. AJ is a celebrity, and he’s never felt settled in his life thanks to his parents moving him around constantly. Will Katie’s past celebrity crush cause AJ to have doubts that he isn’t good enough and that she just wants to be with him for the baseball part of him? Will he be okay with the fact that Katie’s schoolwork leaves little time for love and fun?

This is such a sweet romance! Even if you don’t like baseball you will still appreciate the relationship and fun moments between Katie and AJ!

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Review: A Royal Shade of Blue (Modern Royals #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

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I love the royals and I am obsessed with everything Aven Ellis writes so I was ecstatic when this landed in my inbox! Life has been crazy but I’m finally getting around to reviewing! It’s out now so make sure to get your copy!

Clementine Jones loves antiques and their history. When a mysterious British guy named CP sends her an Instagram DM Clementine doesn’t expect to be able to talk to him so easily, especially not knowing what he looks like. She’s able to reveal her biggest secret and turn to him for encouragement during a frightening time in her life, and she begins falling for him. But when CP finally shows her what he looks like, she can’t believe she’s been catfished by someone pretending to be a prince!

Clem and Prince Christian, or CP, dive headfirst into a relationship but of course they each have their baggage. Christian detests the traditional monarchy and the way his mother acts, as if being royal is everything. Her status means more to her than her family and Christian desperately wants to stay out of that rigidity. Clem’s family is very protective and overbearing due to a childhood incident and because of that, she feels trapped a lot of times and just wants to live her life on her terms.

I loved all of Christian’s family, except of course, his mother. Jillian, Clem’s flatmate, was also a favorite and I would LOVE for her to get her own story!

I absolutely adored this story. Aven has a way with words in all of her novels, but I could truly feel myself there with Christian and Clementine while traipsing around Oxford or lounging about with their dogs. Aven really does her research and I loved all the historical elements sprinkled about, including just the day to day life of a royal!

This was such a fresh, modern take on a royal love story! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will probably have an urge to watch Shrek after reading it! 😉 It’s light-hearted, warm, and funny and the romance is oh-so-sweet and sexy! I highly recommend!

 

*Book provided by the author in exchange for a review, THANK YOU!*

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Book Review: Breakout by Stephanie Kay-4 Stars

Breakout is a sweet but steamy hockey romance!

Penny met Ethan in Italy after she dumped her fiance for screwing around with other girls. They divulge very little about their personal lives to each other but spend their days touring the country and exploring each other…

Imagine Penny’s surprise when she runs in to Ethan at a bar in her hometown. He’s confused as to why she ran out without a goodbye in Italy after all the chemistry they had between them, but Penny doesn’t want to have anything to do with him as her trust in men has been broken. Ethan tries to prove to her what they had in Italy can be more than just a fling, but can Penny find it in her heart to open up and let him in?

I really enjoyed the developing romance and obstacles we see Penny and Ethan overcome as they’ve both been hurt in relationships before. This was a quick but fun and sexy read! This is my first book by the author and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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Book Review: Squeeze Play (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

Aven is back with a new book and a new sport! Squeeze Play is a baseball romance set in Washington DC.

Hayley has just gotten her dream job working for a dyslexia focused non-profit in DC. She has no time for romance, especially boys her age-they are too immature and unfocused.

Brody is the catcher for the Washington Soaring Eagles. All his life he’s been compared to his twin Brady and led to believe all he is is a dumb jock.

After a super embarrassing yet hilarious encounter at a coffee shop Brody and Hayley start hanging out and talking about everything under the sun-from kitschy appliances to favorite cereal combos! As they start to grow closer, their own insecurities threaten to pull them apart. Will Hayley and Brody be able to continue their love story under the cherry blossoms or will their fears cause them to strike out in love?

Even if you don’t like baseball, don’t understand it, or you’re just in it for the baseball butts, Squeeze Play is a home-run for everyone because it’s hilarious, the friendships and relationships are realistic, and the romance is sweet yet passionate. This book will make you laugh, cry, and melt your heart!

*I was gifted an ARC from the author.*

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Book Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover-5 Stars

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Maybe Not tells the story of Warren and Bridgette from Maybe Someday. I loved reading how their attraction happened and how they ended up falling in love. In Maybe Someday, Bridgette is terribly mean, and while I’m not excusing her behavior, in Maybe Not readers find out more about her crappy life and what she’s been dealt that makes her bitter and try to shut people out. I absolutely loved the chemistry between Bridgette and Warren! Warren is hilarious and a romantic. Even though this is just a novella character spin-off, I enjoyed it more than the full-length novel!

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Book Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover-5 Stars

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Confess tells the story of Auburn and Owen. Auburn fell in love at 15 only to have her boyfriend pass away. She’s guarded her heart ever since, and she has a big secret…

Owen is a painter. At his studio, people can leave anonymous confessions in a slot that he uses to create painting. There’s actually artwork included throughout the book. Owen also has a secret.

So, I don’t want to share the secrets as to not spoil anything, but this is the typical, emotional roller coaster you associate with Colleen Hoover!! This book is sexy, dark scary, heart-breaking, and beautiful. It deals with pain, what it means to be family, and how to love. The way the ending ties Owen and Auburn together is simply wonderful!

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Book Review: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

Yay, a new one by Aven Ellis!

This is another installment of the Dallas Demons series. “On Thin Ice” tells the story of Nate Johannson’s younger sister Holly, and Matt “The Wild One” Rhinelander. Matt is a huge party boy, always with another model on his arm in Instagram and Tumble (Haha!) (Tumblr) pictures. Holly loves to stay in and work on her fantasy novel or sticker in her planner while wearing one of her many crazy socks out of her impressive collection and a comfy Harry Potter shirt. She has social anxiety a secret she has kept from everyone,  the complete opposite of Matt, who loves being wild in a crowd. But she’s had a crush on him for two years! She knows she will never live up to his dating expectations-she’s no glamorous model. But maybe the Matt everyone sees isn’t who he wants to be? No one knows he’s been hurt as a child-abandoned by his parents, and hockey helped him flourish, but when he becomes a famous player, his parents suddenly come around and want money.

When Matt and Holly begin spending more time together, the chemistry is undeniable. Matt is helping her through her anxiety worries, and she’s trying to keep him out of trouble with the team by not being so wild. But big brother Nate is determined Matt is no good for Holly-in fact, she just needs to tame him so that he isn’t cut from the team. But Holly knows that Matt and her belong together for more than that. Can Matt believe someone can love him and see inside his heart, and believe he’s not just trash? Can Holly get past her anxiety, and routine of scrutinizing her every move, worrying she’s not good enough?

Like all of Aven’s novels, the characters and relationships are believable. The girls in the story are ones you just see yourself being besties with, and the guys are just swoon-worthy. I loved reconnecting with past characters and meeting new ones that will hopefully get their own love story next! 😉

Thank you to Aven for gifting me a copy of this novel!!!

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Book Review: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler 5 Stars

Oh this book was a delight. I had my eye on it but hadn’t got around to reading it until my coworker highly praised it; and I’m so glad I read it! Vinegar Girl is perfection. Kate’s father wants her to marry his foreign research assistant so he will not be deported. Kate is headstrong, intelligent, and witty, but can be brash, especially in her job as a preschool teacher assistant. Kate and her sister Bunny lost their mother young and Kate has played the matriarchal role for many years. Their father is completely absorbed in his research but is still a loving father, if distant at times. Boring as it may sound, I LOVED the routine and systems the Battista’s have, with their weekly meat mash and dishwashing method.

Anne Tyler is a storytelling mastermind. The premise of the story seems so harsh and outdated, but it’s such a lighthearted, feel good novel. The epilogue was my favorite part, but I loved the passage on page 202 when Pyotr explains to Kate his frustration with the English language- “There is no special word for ‘you’ when it is you that I am speaking to. In English there is only one ‘you,’ and I have to say the same ‘you’ to you that I would say to a stranger; I cannot express my closeness. I am homesick in this country, but I am thinking I would be homesick in my own country now, also….there is no place for me. So I have to pretend I am fine here.”  This novel is beautifully written-a masterpiece of a story with strong willed characters that mesh together exquisitely in an unconventional way.

I highly recommend Vinegar Girl!