Publisher: Avery Flynn

Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology

Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance AnthologyHot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology by Avery Flynn, Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone, Virginia Nelson, Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Desiree Holt, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Angi Morgan, Susan Scott Shelley, Misty D. Waters
Series: Chicago Rebels #0.5
Published by Avery Flynn on March 21st 2017
Pages: 1800
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three-stars

Get ready to fall in love with the smokin’ hot hockey players of the New Orleans Cajun Rage. After this season’s Cinderella run all the way to the Finals, these heroes have won the Cup—and now your heart is the goal.

‘Hot on Ice’ follows every single team member of the fictional New Orleans Cajun Rage after they’ve won the coveted cup and how the cup, like some magical catalyst, helps bring them get to their HEA that some feel (rightly so, to be honest) they don’t deserve. By the end of the book, I found it somewhat amusing that entire hockey team has found love, as though the cup has helped guaranteed success in their love lives as well.

Like every anthology, the quality of writing varies quite significantly and it can be quite an experience sorting through all of them, like finding gems in a huge haystack. There were some stories that I enjoyed (and found believable) more than others because of the stylish and more sophisticated way of writing, as well as how well some authors handled the typical romance tropes in them. Some others, well…I did find them cringeworthy.

The ARC I received felt like it was in its ‘developmental’ stage though; the formatting didn’t always work in my laptop or my e-reader (I don’t use a Kindle, maybe that’s why) for several chapters and there is still some editing work (grammar/spelling, for instance) that needs to be done to make the final version a more polished one.

*ARC kindly given by the authors
(always grateful, mind)

three-stars

Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn

Trouble on Tap by Avery FlynnTrouble on Tap by Avery Flynn
Series: Sweet Salvation Brewery #3
Published by Avery Flynn on June 12th 2015
Pages: 192
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four-stars

What fun is life without a little bit of trouble? Retired supermodel and forever wild child Olivia Sweet is nothing but trouble. The youngest Sweet triplet is back in her hometown, but instead of a triumphant return it's a parade of humiliations. She's broke, homeless and dealing with the fallout from her scumbag ex-boyfriend publishing naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website. Staid and stalwart veteran Mateo Garcia has seen more trouble than a man ever should in his lifetime. He's gone from pretty boy Marine to a small town police chief with a chip on his shoulder and scars covering the left side of his face. Now his former lover, Olivia, is back in town and living next door. When the two are forced to work together to fix up the crumbling veterans' center, the sparks fly between the beauty and the man who sees himself as a beast. Not everyone is happy that Olivia is back home though and Mateo has to choose between the town who wants her gone and an uncertain future with a woman who he thinks could never love him...

Olivia and Mateo have history – of the hot and steamy kind. But an over-confident Mateo chucked Olivia away when she wanted more three years ago and shortly after, a horrific accident turned him from callous cad to grouchy, scarred arse who does everything in his power to turn everyone from him. Back in her hometown with her tail between her legs, even Olivia has her limits when it comes to his god-awful behaviour. But as volatile as their relationship is, you get the sense that tipping point isn’t far away and that maybe…just maybe…love just can’t quite conquer all after all.

‘Trouble on Tap’ certainly packs the biggest emotional punch of all three books, providing more nuanced insights into Olivia and Mateo that make this book more enthralling than Miranda’s or Natalie’s stories. But I thought the emotional scales were tipped in Olivia’s favour; Avery Flynn writes in a way that draws the reader’s sympathies to her, whether incidentally or not. But that was achieved a little too well, because I felt Mateo acted like an underserving arse for three-quarters of the story and hadn’t really done much at the end to counter the hurt he’d dished out to Olivia over the past three years.

With the obligatory big moment of revelation that most male leads have in this genre after someone knocks sense into them, why then, weren’t these revelatory thoughts made privy and publicly known to Olivia in his haste to win her back? With an ending that seemed glossed over, the Sweets’ collective HEA was just merely satisfactory, maybe because I was still waiting for some indication that Olivia had gotten (with surety) what she really deserved

four-stars