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A Crazy Kind of Love, Mary Ann Marlowe. Van, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel, Sawyer Bennett

A Crazy Kind of Love, Mary Ann Marlowe

A Crazy Kind of Love (Flirting with Fame) by [Marlowe, Mary Ann]

Genre:  Romance, Women’s fiction.

I loved Mary Ann’s first book, and this one covers Eden’s brother Micah, who we met in book one.
That book was such a treat to read, humour that wasn’t forced, drama, real emotions and scenes I felt actually could play out in real life. I was really looking forward to this second book, and it was another terrific read.

Poor Jo, curious family background that’s left her feeling a little bit chip-on-the-shoulder about herself, and means she second guesses so much of what goes on around her. That comes over really well in this book where she’s wondering does Micah want her for herself, or just her publicity contacts.
Micah is also a great lead, funny, kind, caring and so very open. He appears to court publicity but is it because he wants fame at any price, or as he says, if he doesn’t hide anything there’s no story. He’s not sure if Jo wants to be with him for himself or to give her career a leg up…..poor confused couple, and as a reader its so easy to see how actions from both of them can be taken either way.
Throw in Jo’s best friend Zion ( loved him), her awful boss, Micah’s sister Eden, Adam her fiancee and Micah’s friend, and a few others and its a novel that’s a real treat to read. Its one I’ll definitely re-read and it may be time for a repeat look at Eden and Adam’s story 😉

Its chic lit – but with that bit extra, a little seriousness that grounds the story at times, doesn’t have the sheer silliness that has me eye rolling at so many of this genre.
Its a story for those of us who don’t need every facet of humour force fed to us, who want to read and work out where the story is going ourselves.
It seems to be well-researched too as regards Diabetes type 1. I only know a little of that, more about type 2, but it was good to see someone with this condition having to work it into their daily lives, good to see just how frightening hypos can be for others. My late husband had one at around 2a.m. once, I thought he’d had a stroke, he got up, collapsed flat out and could only speak in slurs. Very very frightening, and I can see how others may think someone is drunk…Mary Ann brought that part to life really well.
I love it when an author takes care over little details like this.

Stars: five, another fabulous read from a talented author. I look forward to more.

ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers

Van, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel, Sawyer Bennett

Van: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) by [Bennett, Sawyer]

Genre:  Romance, sports

I’ve read lots of Sawyers novels, and enjoyed most very much, but a few haven’t quite cut it for me, and this is one of them.

Poor Van, what a horrific past and no wonder he’s as emotionally fragile and seems an ar se. That’s his way of protecting himself from the world, of dealing with his anger. Hockey is a great outlet for that rage, lets him release his feelings on the ice, and he’s done well in the sport. women though….absoloutely no-one, male or female, except his aunt, gets close to him.
Simone, urgh. I just did not like her and its my main reason for disliking the story. there’s an attraction in a woman with self confidence, Simone though was simply arrogant, rude, uncaring of what anyone else wanted, her feelings were all that counted and I really disliked her.
I think what got me is we’re always saying “no means no” and that’s a great message, but it applies to both sexes and she just didn’t respect Van when he said no. There’s one scene that if it was the other way round people would be outraged, horrified, claiming it borders on rape/abuse and just because its a female doing the pushing doesn’t mean its right 😦

She really coloured my whole view of the book, my dislike of her meant I couldn’t enjoy the story, I wanted to shout at her to have respect for Van’s feelings, stop just steamrollering her way through because she wanted something.
Its a sex overtakes the story novel too – and for me that isn’t good.

Stars: 2.5/3. Sorry Sawyer, there were bits I liked but overall this one’s a fail for me.

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Roman, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel, Sawyer Bennett

Roman, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel,  Sawyer Bennett

Roman: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) by [Bennett, Sawyer]

Genre:   Romance,

I love Sawyers writing style, the way she creates characters that I find feel real, that I can believe in, and plots that I could see happening.
Well, almost all, there’s a couple that haven’t worked for me, but then each book is individual and even if I love an authors style that doesn’t mean they’re an auto buy for me.
I’ve enjoyed a couple from the Cold Fury series, each are stand alone but the characters are connected via the CF team so you don’t need to read them all to follow the series. I’m not a sports enthusiast either, have never seen an ice hockey match, its not a big sport in UK….but I still can enjoy this series as it just provides background and a setting for the plots.

So – Roman, bad boy and proud of it, its what he’s known for, brings results, keeps him in the public eye, and makes him money.
Its kind of unfair the way manager Gray pushes him for it as its one of the reasons he’s so popular, and why her team wanted him in the first place.
Dichotomy time: she wants him to be bad enough to help the team win, to bring in the publicity, but not that bad that it brings the team into disrepute. Roman’s got a tough line to straddle, trouble is they’re not agreeing where the line is drawn.

Then Lexi comes into the story, waiting to meet her father – and give him the news that he is her father – she gets chatting to Roman. He’s entranced by her and they start dating.
Brian, team owner, is convinced by her story right from the off and delighted to meet her, but his other daughter, Gray, isn’t so convinced and is pleased he’s having a DNA test done – Lexi’s suggestion. She comes to like Lexi though while they’re waiting for results but isn’t so keen on her dating Roman, for her the team is mega important and she worries that Roman may bring negative publicity to them if things go wrong between him and Lexi once the news of who she is gets out.

Its a great story, with a second helping of romance between Lexi’s boss Georgia – a fab woman, I want to be her – and Brian.
I love the way Lexi is such a sweetheart, everyone loves her and yet she’s not a spoiled lady, she’s a hard worker, happy with her life even though its not been easy, and that seems to rub off on everyone.
The scenes between her and Roman were perfect, hot and sensual yet not OTT, and it showed him in a different light to the cocky, aggressive public side he presented.
It was good to see more of Gray and Ryker and the kids too – they were in an earlier book and I love when we catch up with characters in a series like this.

Its a great read, great love story, solid plots and scenes, and a nice touch of drama towards the end. Being me I’d have liked that to play out a little longer, to be taken a bit further, I love some angst in a story and this could have taken more but its perfect for others just this way and I really enjoyed it as it is.

Stars: Four, a great addition to the series. A little more drama and angst would have been a five but it’s a solid four.

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Ryker, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel, Sawyer Bennett

Ryker, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel,  Sawyer Bennett
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Romance
I loved the first book in this series,  Sawyer Bennet is an author whose novels I really enjoy. Somehow though I missed the next two books, but as each are connected in that they are about members of the Cold Fury team. They are also complete reads in themselves so it wasn’t a problem keeping up.
Ryker – what a man. I loved him from the very first. A talented hockey player at the top of his game, he’s known as The Brick, and yet when he’s with his two little girls he’s tender and sweet. His wife left after an affair with another player, and he’s primary carer for the girls who are only 5 and 7. They are stars in their own right too – so cute.
Then we’ve new GM for the team, the owners daughter Gray. I’m not usually drawn to books with a kind of Alpha female vibe, those where the woman is the power – I’m all for equality, but too often this type of person is more a man in woman’s guise, and that just doesn’t work for me in fiction. Gray though is different. She’s an Olympic medallist, so knows the game inside out from player level to her past job as scout for the Cold Fury. She’s female and not afraid to show it. She’s one of the best female role models, someone who’d not afraid to show she’s a woman as she’s so confident in her ability, and wants her record to stand for itself. That’s exactly how I feel about jobs, they need to go to the best person regardless of sex, race, religion etc. Its not a popular move though, first time its been done and the team  are a little wary, and the media split and vocal.
Gray’s appointment has ruffled some feathers…but she’s responsible for many of the team being signed, having found them in her scouting days. She uses stats in her methodology, as part of her selection process, and its something that’s viewed with suspicion by many players and some of the management. Not by Ryker though, he understands when she talks about it to him at their meeting. One of her first tasks was meeting each player individually to explain what she wanted to do, and some were open minded but some very clearly not happy. That doesn’t leave and leads to some friction between players and ultimately some real problems for her.
The romance between her and Ryker was perfect. They both respect each other and from the first there’s a sizzle passing whenever the two meet. Slowly that turns to more, but they have to keep their affair hidden which doesn’t really suit either of them. Still, with Gray’s appointment being so controversial they need to keep circumspect. They really do work so well together and I enjoyed seeing this romance build and develop. The problems felt real, the dangers that came up later were again very relevant, and I could see just that scene play out. I do like books where the stories feel genuine, as if they really could happen and this had all that. It didn’t have the deep sadness that often comes with romances like this, where things are so stacked against the participants, and for me I missed it. I love to get really on the edge of tears, a lump in my throat, when I feel the couple may not overcome their issues, but this didn’t pan out that way. Still it was a great read and one for re reading later.
Stars: Four and a half, great addition to the series
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