August readings | Night Frights

Title: Nightbooks
Author: J. A. White
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction
Page count: 320 pages
Published: 24 July 2018

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Title: Role Model
Series: Game Changers #5
Author: Rachel Reid
Genre(s): Sports, Romance, MM
Page count: 323 pages
Published: 10 August 2021

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Line Mates and Study Dates | Eden Finley, Saxon James

Line Mates & Study Dates (CU Hockey 4)
by Eden Finley, Saxon James
published 23 June 2021

ASHER

Hockey, studying, and school runs. That’s my life now.

After a tragic accident that took our parents’ lives, it’s up to me and my big brother to take care of our five younger siblings.

In between burning their meals and keeping them from killing each other, I’m supposed to get a college degree. It’s hard when I don’t have time to breathe let alone study, and if I don’t get my grades up, I’m in danger of losing the one thing that makes me happy: my spot on the hockey team.

Which is why when the new equipment manager offers to tutor me, I really can’t afford to say no. Even though I should.

He’s Coach’s son and way too tempting.

KOLE

As this year’s equipment manager for Dad’s hockey team, I’m expected to deal with sweaty jock straps and herding hockey players to their rooms at away games.

The job is easy, but babysitting Asher Dalton is not supposed to be a part of it.

So why, when his brother asks me to keep an eye on him, do I agree?

Why, when he’s struggling in classes, do I offer to help?

And why, when we’re studying, do I suggest a reward system that lands us squarely in bed?

Asher’s trouble, I know he is. But there’s something about him that makes it impossible to stay away.

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How was it?

It took me a while to while to warm up to Asher. Not just because of his memorable introduction in “Goal Lines & First Times.” For most of the first part I was chanting to myself “Hurt people, hurt people” even when I had glimpses of a softer side in the hockey player, but the authors managed it. I came to like Asher, not that I wasn’t seeing through his behavior from the start, but I was curious to see how he would turn things around. I enjoyed the growth and more the fact that what lead him to act the way he did was explained but not excused, otherwise that would have pissed me off.

I liked Kole from the get go even if he did give me major vibes of, as a friend would say: wanting a project and not a partner, but I guess they are people like that. The friend in question would call them social workers. Him being a pre-med student who recues tortured animals did not help. Where I thought that Kole would have been the one carrying the story, making Asher look good, I found that it was a bit of the opposite for me. I smiled and laughed at how Asher turned out to be around Kole, I love their banter, it was entertaining and fun.

Talking about fun, the steam here is excellent, I loved how it built and plateaued but that was just the cherry on top. The real draw is Asher’s journey, his heartfelt moments were great and his confidence when it came to Kole was hot.

CU Hockey 4 is a great read, and amazing addition to the series that I can’t wait to rediscover in as an audiobook. It’s as close to be my favorite as it can be but Face Offs & Cheap Shots is still my fav.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Previous books in the series:

CU Hockey 1
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CU Hockey 2
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CU Hockey 3
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Goal Lines and First Times | Eden Finley, Saxon James

Goal Lines & First Times (CU Hockey #3) by Eden Finley, Saxon James
published 10 February 2021

COHEN

It turns out making out with my best friend in high school could be considered gay. Who knew? Apparently, everyone but me.

Now that it’s been pointed out, I can’t help reliving it in my head. Repeatedly. Goodbye Denial Town, hello Confusionville.

When my path leads me down the gay dating app route, I don’t expect to meet anyone I like, but then I meet him.

He can’t be more opposite than me. He’s smart, he hates hockey, and he identifies as demi—something I’ve never heard of.

Yet I can’t deny something’s there. Something I want to explore in person. If only I could get him to agree.

SETH

All my life, I’ve felt broken.

Sick of being asked if I could be gay by ex-girlfriends, friends, and even my parents, I join a gay dating app to prove a point.

I don’t expect to find what’s always been missing. A real connection.

The problem is, I’m too scared to meet him in person. He’s a hockey player, and I fear when he finds out my twin plays for the NHL, I’ll be overshadowed by my overachieving brother. Again.

Worse yet, what happens if we meet and that connection isn’t the same?

When I tell him I’m not ready, he’s disappointed but supportive. Fate, on the other hand, isn’t as accepting.

I had no idea the person I’ve been falling for is someone I already know. 

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How was it?

Some books I read in a day – slowly but still – others it takes me months, and CU Hockey book three is one of them. It’s nothing against it because I devoured a half of this book when it came out but then let it sit untouched for months, the audiobook even had time to come out before I finished it. In fact I restarted and finished it with the audio version.

Part of it was because of I needed to sit with the material. It was my first time reading about an asexual or demisexual main character figuring out where he fits in that spectrum. Seth Grant, Foster’s twin, starts questioning his sexuality when his most recent ex-girlfriend points out to him that he might not be as straight as he thinks. She noticed his sexual interest in her seems to spike whenever he sees Henry Cavill in The Witcher. This prompts him to explore since she’s not the only one who’s assumed that about him.

Giving that we’re dealing with asexuality, demisexuality, the story is a slow burn, it even feels much longer than it is. However it’s offset by how sweet it is, the courtship between Seth and Cohen – which is almost half of the novel – is adorable. Cohen, aka “Richie”, is kind of is the embodiment of denial if not obliviousness, he’s also going through an eye-opening moment regarding his straightness. Bless his heart he got so much sh!t in Face Off & Cheap Shots. Speaking of book two I love that Seth and Cohen’s story pretty much develops at the same time. It makes me feel like I’m watching a TV show with concurrent storylines. I even went back to it – book two – before I restarted the story with the audiobook.

As a matter of fact, the place where I “paused” the book almost felt like I was nearing the end of the story. It turned out to be more of a slight dip before going back up again with more story. Like I said a good chunk of this book is the “courtship” with a back and forth through messages between the MC but once that connection – emotional…and physical – is made it gives the story a sort of second wind. It got steamier and the pace picked up a bit.

Goal Lines & First Times was a nice ride, surprising in many ways but still captivating and sweet. It works well within the series but maybe needs a forewarning because I can see a lot of people being put off by the first half.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Previous books in the series:

CU Hockey 1
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CU Hockey 2
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February readings | Shifters, Magic, and Mysteries

Title: Red Notice
Series: Tom Buckingham #1
Author: Andy McNab
Genre(s): Mystery, Action, Thriller, Military Fiction
Page count: 416 pages
Published: 5 November 2012

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Title: Shadow and Bone
Series: Shadow and Bone #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre(s): High Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Page count: 358 pages
Published: 5 June 2012

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Title: Face Offs & Cheap Shots
Series: CU Hockey #2
Author:Eden Finley, Saxon James
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports, Romance, MM
Page count: 302 pages (ebook)
Published: 5 October 2020

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Title: Jon’s Spooky Corpse Conundrum
Series: Jon’s Mysteries case 3
Author: A.J. Sherwood
Genre(s): Paranormal, MM Romance, Mystery
Page count: 207 pages
Published: 2 August 2019

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Title: The Capital
Series: The Knight and The Necromancer #1
Author: A.H. Lee
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 222 pages (ebook)
Published: 23 March 2020

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Title: Captivate Mate
Series: Mismatched Mates #2
Author: Eliot Grayson
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 207 pages (ebook)
Published: 15 August 2020

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Title: The Border
Series: The Knight and The Necromancer #2
Author: A.H. Lee
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 228 pages (ebook)
Published: 23rd March 2020

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Title: The Sea
Series: The Knight and The Necromancer #3
Author: A.H. Lee
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 180 pages (ebook)
Published: 23 March 2020

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Title: Putting the Romance in Necromancy
Series: The Knight and The Necromancer #0.5
Author: A.H. Lee
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 17 pages (ebook)
Published: 23rd March 2020

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Face Offs and Cheap Shots | Eden Finley, Saxon James

JACOBS

For the last three years, I’ve lived and breathed hockey with one goal: team captain.

There’s only one thing standing in my way. TJ Beckett.

Beck is irresponsible and immature, and I’ve hated him since the moment we met freshman year.

Yet, the coaches see something in him I obviously can’t, and they refuse to choose between us. The captain spot is going to a team vote, and the team thinks that what we need are a bunch of challenges to prove our worth. Challenges that have nothing to do with hockey. Challenges that are throwing me and Beck together.
And he’s still as infuriating as ever.

BECK

I have no idea why Christopher Jacobs hates me, and I can’t say I care. I like pushing his buttons, but the guy needs to loosen up. I’m going to win these stupid challenges easily and spend my senior year as hockey king on this campus.

Tormenting Jacobs at the same time will just be a bonus.

Even if I’m getting confusing feelings toward him, I won’t let it hold me back.

When it comes to competing, I’m all in, and nothing will get between me and the W.

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How was it?

Power Plays & Straight A’s, the first book in the CU Hockey series, was smart and serious with some funny moments. Book two seems more chill being snarkier and full of banter.

When Jacob, the heir apparent to Foster Grant’s Captain jersey, sees his shot at leading the team challenged by minimum effort T.J. Beck, Jacobs is understandably pissed. The two have been playing together for three years and in that time Jacobs never liked Beck’s jokes or devil-may-care attitude. In an attempt to add some fun to a tense situation, the rest of the team decide to put it up to a series of silly challenges that’ll spark something in these two rivals.

As unoriginal as this premise might sound this story is entertaining in the most delicious way. The way Beck and Jacobs’ relationship progress is fun and hot. There’s a great balance of steam and playful quips. I fell in love with both characters as I dived into their minds, while they explored their sexuality surrendering to their simmering mutual attraction. I liked Beck’s attitude to the whole thing, unlike Topher – Jacobs – who was questioning in book one, acting a bit sus toward Foster, Beck just followed his desires without overthinking it.

Beside the steam that is peppered throughout the book, serving to deepen – no pun intended – Topher and T.J.’s relationship, I loved the dynamic with their respective families. It adds a speck drama for one but also gives some depth to the boys. I enjoyed those passages as much as the rest.

So CU Hockey 2 is a captivating page turner with sweet, bickering and bantering ice hockey players for main characters. A light and sexy read that is my favorite of the series so far, I’ve read AND listened to it many times.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Previous book in the series :

CU Hockey 1
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December readings | Enjoyment & Frustration

Title: Ride the Lightning
Series: Sinister in Savannah #1
Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Genre(s): Mystery, Crime, Contemporary, Romance
Page count: 284 pages (ebook)
Published: 23 June 2020

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Title: Power Plays & Straight A’s
Series: CU Hockey #1
Author: Eden Finley, Saxon James
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance
Page count: 314 pages (paperback)
Published: 29 June 2020

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Title: Witchmark
Series: The Kingston Cycle #1
Author: C.L. Polk
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, LGBT, Fiction
Page count: 318 pages
Published: 19 June 2018

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Title: Shot on Goal
Series: Pucks & Rainbows #3
Author: L.A. Witt
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 357 pages (ebook)
Published: 12 May 2020

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Title: The Prince and his Captivating Carpenter
Series: Paranormal Princes #2
Author: Charlie Cochet
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Page count: 136 pages
Published: 18 February 2020

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Title: Stormsong
Series: The Kindston Cycle #2
Author: C.L. Polk
Genre(s): Fantasy, LGBT, Fiction, Romance
Page count: 345 pages
Published: 11 February 2020

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Title: The King and his Vigilant Valet
Series: Paranormal Princes #3
Author: Charlie Cochet
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Paranormal
Page count: 140 pages (ebook)
Published: 31 March 2020

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Title: A Bear in the Woods
Series: Smokey Mountain Bears #1
Author: Toni Griffin
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
Page count: 51 pages
Published: 19 January 2013

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Power Plays and Straight A’s | Eden Finley, Saxon James

FOSTER

“Look out for Zach and don’t hit on him.”

My brother’s request sounds easy enough. Keep an eye out for his best friend on campus and keep my hands to myself.

Easy.

Even if Zach is a quintessential nerd, who I’ve always thought was cute, I don’t have the time to think with my … stick.

There’s only one stick I should be focused on this year, and that’s my hockey stick. My goal once I graduate is to get an NHL contract.

The last thing I need is a distraction. On or off the ice.

Only, keeping to the rules is harder than I thought it would be.

ZACH

People confuse me.

And no one more than Foster Grant.

I’ve barely spoken two words to him in the whole time I’ve known him, but the second I step foot on campus, he’s impossible to shake.

I can never anticipate his next move. And whenever we’re together, my next move is a total mystery as well.

I want to give in to him, but that might mean coming clean about something I’ve never been bothered about before.

I’m still carrying my V-card.

And I think it’s time to turn it in.

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How was it?

As sweet heartwarming stories go this book is a good one. I was looking for a fun light read, the kind that I could get lost in for hours and not realize it. Having enjoyed the Fake Boyfriend and Steele Brothers series, when I saw Eden Finley as one of the authors, and hockey in the name of the series, Power Plays & Straight A’s went up a few spots in my ever expending TBR list.

I’ll give a sports romance a shot but it doesn’t mean that it’s a shoo-in for my appreciation. In fact this book had one thing that would have played against if I’d read the blurb first. The whole socially awkward virgin nerd, or virgin anything, doesn’t always work for me. I don’t mind a virgin main characters but when that’s their main or only character trait it annoys me to no end. However here, I only picked up that Zach was a virgin on my second read – because yes this is re-read worthy, even worth owning in audio as well. The authors were respectful but didn’t make a big deal out of it, and to Zach himself it seemed like it was something on his to do list that he hadn’t gotten to yet because he’s busy.

Speaking of busy MC, I loved that both Zach and Foster had their own thing going. They didn’t forget their goals and aspirations as soon as some D got in the mix. Foster has hockey and Zach has his research and T.A. job, they grow to be sweet on each other but that didn’t negate what they wanted before. Of the two, Zach’s the one with the bigger arc, he’s the one who changes the most, without turning into someone else. I liked each of them and loved the pairing.

The first book in the CU Hockey series is a great read. There are no ridiculous drama, which is always a plus; the dialogues between the characters are often full of banter, lots of humor throughout. It’s a great start to the series, I can’t wait to read more.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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