Review: The Perfect Catch (Meghan Quinn)

The Perfect Catch
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: June 10, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Kiss me. Just this once . . . please Walker.”

Those whispered words were my undoing . . .

As the most hated player in baseball, I had two options: either clean up my image or pack my bags. Being traded wasn’t an option which only meant one thing, I had to become compliant.

That’s how I found myself sharing a small bistro table with Kate Chapman, the Chicago Bobbies newest PR Manager. Devastatingly beautiful, vastly intelligent, and incredibly cunning, she knows exactly how to handle my grumpy demeanor.

It was supposed to be simple. Book some PR events, show up, smile for the camera, and be done. But one massive mistake on my end sends me into the trenches with Kate, forcing me to open up to her.

Innocent glances turn into cordial encounters.
Secret touches turn into tempting invitations.
And dangerous nights alone turn into consuming desperation.

I’ve never wanted a woman as much as I want her. And I know she wants me, but there’s a no fraternizing with the players rule. Neither of us can afford to lose our jobs, but we also can’t seem to keep our hands off each other either. 


I’ve loved all these Brentwood Boys and their books. My favorite characters have changed and multiplied while the series expanded. For the longest time I haven’t been able to pick just one favorite. Well, that changed with The Perfect Catch. Walker’s book is now my favorite.

What makes The Perfect Catch my favorite after seven other amazing stories? Walker himself. If you like a grumpy hero, you will love Walker. He’s a baseball catcher who has anger issues. He’s magic behind the plate with a pitcher he HATES. He is filled with rage and self-hate. Everyone should probably dislike him, but there’s something underneath his tough exterior that makes you know he’s really a decent guy. I wanted to know what that was from the very beginning and I loved finding out through Kate’s eyes.

Kate works for the Bobbies and it’s her job to turn Walker’s image around. She knows she has her work cut out for her. What she doesn’t know is how sweet Walker is under all those thunder clouds. There’s no fraternizing in baseball, but Kate can’t help falling for Walker. I loved Kate’s spunky personality and her confidence when dealing with the players. I don’t know that I would call her sunshine to Walker’s grump, but pretty close. Their chemistry is some of the best I’ve read in a long time. Their entire connection was what made me love this book so much. I loved how Kate broke through Walker’s layers. In my opinion, this romance was perfect. Dare I say it’s now my most favorite Meghan Quinn book ever?

Series Review: Moo U (Books 8-10)

Good morning! I have something fun to share with you today. It’s a series review for the next three books in the Moo U series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Get ready for some college hockey romance fun!

Playmaker
Series: Moo U, #8
Author: Sierra Hill
Publication Date: June 7, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

I loved everything about Playmaker minus the conflict. Cal and Aria were so cute together. Their relationship was totally swoon worthy. I just hated that Aria didn’t confide in Cal when she should have. I understood why Aria was trying to distance herself from her father’s problems, but I hated that she was keeping things a secret and building a life upon half truths at Moo U. It made her seem immature and took away from everything she had built with Cal, in my opinion. It brought my enjoyment of Playmaker down, which makes me sad because I enjoy Sierra Hill’s writing. I wanted to be completely in love with this book.

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Snowballed
Series: Moo U, #9
Author: Melanie Ting
Publication Date: June 7, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Snowballed was the first book I’ve ever read by Melanie Ting and I enjoyed it. I loved Noah’s character and his family dynamics. It brought so much to the story. The same can be said for Zoe — although I liked Noah more than I liked Zoe. I think that was because Noah faced his hardships head on and Zoe let hers build up waiting to detonate. I could feel that tension and it made me uncomfortable at times. That being said, I loved Noah and Zoe together. The way they connected through hockey, farm chores, food, and animals was sweet.

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Goalkeeper
Series: Moo U, #10
Author: Andi Burns
Publication Date: June 7, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: goNew Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

I’ve got another book to add to my Moo U favorites list! Goalkeeper is exactly what I’m looking for when I pick up a book in this series. It was so adorable! Shy goalie Spencer and party girl Paige were a perfect match. They got each other. I love when a couple gets each other the way these two did. It makes me believe they could go the distance. This book was so much fun. The amount of drama was just right and I loved how it all resolved. I hadn’t read a book by Andi Burns before, but I will be checking out her backlist for sure!

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Review: Talk Hockey to Me (Kelly Jamieson)

Talk Hockey to Me
Series: Bears Hockey, #3
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: May 10, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

They can resist their attraction…until their hearts rocket them across the blue line.

Hunter
Timing. Hockey careers are made or broken on it, and mine has taken exceptionally broken road. I’m not a star. I’m a grinder, I work hard, and I’m finally at the point I can put the past behind me and get the fat, long-term contract I deserve.

But my agent—the man who stuck by me through every crash and burn—has had a heart attack. I need another agent now, or my one chance for the good money will slip through my fingers. Kate’s a rookie, but she loves the game like I do, so I pick up the phone. And I wonder if she remembers that one night in Cancun as vividly as I do.

Kate
Hockey. All my life I’ve lived it, breathed it, played it. Now it’s my business. As an agent, I’m tied to my phone at all hours, but nothing prepared me to hear Hunter’s voice. The last time I saw him—three years ago—there was a lot of bare skin and horny hormones involved.

I’ve handled it all in my short career—sexism, harassment, being broke, being laughed at. Resisting the attraction between us should be easy. Until it isn’t. And Hunter’s past shakes his confidence hard enough that he could make the worst decision at the worst possible time…


Talk Hockey to Me was another great addition to the Bears Hockey series. It was a feel good second chance romance for me. Kate and Hunter had some missed connections and opportunities to get together in college. All they had was one night on a vacation celebrating their graduation. When Hunter contacts Kate to be his sports agent, they are reminded of how much they liked each other in college. Sparks and chemistry fly from the moment they reconnect.

Normally I’m not one for flashbacks, but I loved how they were done in this book. Rather than dispersed throughout the book, Kate and Hunter’s college days were done quickly toward the beginning and helped set up the romance. The story in the present was just as powerful. Kate and Hunter’s friendship felt real. I loved how they bonded over their shared love of hockey. They also had some fun banter. What I adored most of all was how they were able to share their deepest fears and shortcomings with each other. Their strong friendship made their romance stronger.

I mentioned the fears above. Hunter had been through some stuff that fans of the series will understand from the previous books. I loved how even though it was darker and sadder stuff, the book didn’t feel darker or sadder. It felt more like an awakening for him. Also, don’t let this put you off starting with this book if you haven’t read the previous ones. It can be read as a standalone.

So, yeah. I just really enjoyed reading this book. It kind of felt like it might have been a conclusion for this series, but I hope not. I want more books in this hockey world.

Series Review: Moo U (Books 4-7)

Good morning! I have something fun to share with you today. It’s a series review for the next four books in the Moo U series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Get ready for some college hockey romance fun!

Gametime
Series: Moo U, #4
Author: Jami Davenport
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

Not going to lie… The beginning of this book was a bit cringeworthy for me. The mistaken identity with twin brothers left me feeling secondhand embarrassment for both Paxton and Naomi. That being said, things got better for me as they progressed. Paxton’s growth on and off the rink was cool. I loved how Naomi had to do some self-exploration to figure out her feelings/intentions when it came it both Paxton and Patrick. I was glad Gametime didn’t feel too much like a love triangle romance because that would have been ick. Instead, it ended up being a sweet romance between friends who had each other’s backs.

I only have two complaints. My biggest complaint about this book would have to be that the drama wasn’t really between Paxton and Naomi, but Paxton and Patrick. What was going on between them took over the story in my opinion, and it took too much away from the couple. I don’t think I’ve ever been sick of lack of communication between siblings in a romance novel before. I also wasn’t a big fan of the nickname “Omi” for Naomi? I haven’t heard that one before and it felt awkward and just unneeded. A weird dislike, but I cringed every time I read it.

All in all, Gametime was a good read and addition to the series.

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Overtime
Series: Moo U, #5
Author: Kat Mizera
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ready to dive into Overtime after finishing Gametime. The drama between Paxton and Patrick kind of put me off Patrick a bit. Not to mention all the women he was partaking in during the last book. I had to be hopeful that Kat Mizera was going to make me love him in this book, and I’m so happy she did.

Patrick wasn’t the jerk I was expecting him to be. I was really happy not to have to read about his conquests in this book. He was actually a great guy when he wasn’t sparring with his brother. I loved Ellie for Patrick. She was a little younger and a lot less experienced when it came to pretty much everything in life except school. They had a beautiful emotional connection and helped each other through some tough stuff. I thought I knew where their romances was headed a couple of times, but I was actually surprised at the turns it took. It ended up being a super sweet romance. Overtime was one of those romances I wanted to read straight through because I loved the book and characters so much. It was the perfect addition to this series.

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Halftime
Series: Moo U, #6
Author: Kim Findlay
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

This book was good, just not for me. I had a hard time getting into it because of the nature of the story. This was a second chance romance where the couple originally broke up based on possible cheating. A year later the couple meets back up at college. Both clearly aren’t over each other and he’s got a new girlfriend to make things even more complicated. They both have to navigate their new friendship and what they want from each other. Parts of it were sweet and I liked them together, but I just wasn’t sold on stability of their relationship. Faith’s issues were such that I didn’t know that their relationship truly could have been repaired without counseling. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m sure other readers will be sold on Seb and Faith’s long term.

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Darkroom
Series: Moo U, #7
Author: Kate Willooughby
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Darkroom was a sweet hockey romance between two complicated characters. Hudson was probably the least complicated of the two. He had some issues with his ex-hockey player father and some other stuff happening with him, but those issues paled in comparison to Indi’s. Indi was dealing with self-confidence and adoption issues. As a Chinese-American adoptee, she was just learning to come to terms with her ties to Chinese culture. The self-confidence thing was a bigger issue that I don’t want to give away. Hudson and Indie had to navigate these issues separately, but ended up learning to lean on each other. I loved the progression of their romance. The only thing that threw me a bit was that I felt like everything wrapped up quicker than I would have liked at the end.

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Overall Thoughts:

The Moo U series is continuing to be my favorite in The World of True North. Not every book hit me as a favorite this time around, but I still enjoyed and appreciated them. I’m looking forward to continuing to read this series.

Review: Bombshells (Sarina Bowen)

Bombshells
Series: Brooklyn, #8
Author: Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The women’s league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team…

This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals.

Especially that last thing.

So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rink? An amazing female hockey player. I want Sylvie in a way that’s more than just friendly. I crave her. But I have a championship to win, and so does she.

Then she gets her heart broken by my teammate, and I make the foolish mistake of comforting her in the best way I know how. Our night together sets off a string of sins.

Nobody can know about our affair, especially my overprotective teammate. I can’t let anyone see into my greedy little heart. Not even her.

The things I want from her, and the things we’ve already done? If anyone knew, there’d be bombshells.

Contains: a defenseman with dreamy blue eyes, a female goalie with bad ideas, a major battle of the sexes and a swimming pool scene…


Bombshells is one of the books I’ve been looking forward to the most for the spring of 2021. I am happy to report it was everything I could have wanted it to be. This time around it’s “Baby Bayer” who meets his match. In case you’re trying to remember who “Baby Bayer” is, it’s Anton Bayer. He’s related to retired player Eric Bayer (Moonlighter). 

Anton is a player who has had some ups and downs in his short career. This season, he’s determined to stay away from the temptations of his career and be the most professional athlete he can be. That plan is thrown off guard by Silvie, one of the goalies for the new Brooklyn Bombshells hockey team. Anton can’t help but be attracted to Sylvie — even if he should avoid her due to her relationship with one of his friends and teammates. 

Anton was a funny guy. He could be mature and focused, but he could also be a man-child. I loved his made up words and upbeat personality. What I loved most about his character, though, was the way he supported and built up Sylvie. He knew how to encourage her.

Sylvie was a sweet and somewhat naive. She didn’t have a lot of experience with relationships and that showed, but it was also perfect for this story. I liked the ups and downs she went through with Bryce and how it prepared her for what was to come with Anton. I also loved how she worked hard to make her goalie dream a reality. Don’t let the sweet and naive comment fool you. Sylvie was a strong woman and force to be reckoned with.

Anton and Sylvie’s relationship was full of a bunch of fun ups and downs. I loved that they got to know each other first through a friendship and hockey camaraderie. The time they spent together as friends made their transition into a relationship feel very natural. There was a fire between them, but also a sweetness. I loved every moment of it. 

Bombshells was an enjoyable return to the Brooklyn series. It was everything I’ve come to expect from Sarina Bowen’s books in this hockey romance series. It had a great couple and a bunch of cameos from my favorite Bruisers. I hope Bowen continues this series because I can’t get enough of it.

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Mini Reviews: Make It Sweet, Like You Love Me, & The Sweetest Fix

Today I’m sharing with you three contemporary romance mini reviews for books that made my heart swoon.

Make It Sweet
Author: Kristen Callihan

Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Last year I read my first book by Kristen Callihan. I quickly devoured her entire backlist after that. To say I was excited for Make It Sweet would be an understatement. I had very high expectations for it, and it reached them with no problem. This book was a hit for me. I loved how gruff Lucian was and how sweet Emma was. The fact that they were at a similar place in life worked well. The way their relationship blossomed was exciting. They had so much chemistry. AND THE FOOD. The chemistry may have been hot, but the food was the seductress here. It made me crave pastries I’ve never tried before. Foodies are going to LOVE this book. So, yeah. I don’t have any complaints when it comes to Make It Sweet. Kristen Callihan truly made it sweet for the reader.

Like You Love Me
Series: Honey Creek, #1
Author: Adrianna Locke

Narrators: Ryan West, Lidia Dornet
Publication Date: February 216, 2021

Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Adriana Locke is another author I started reading in 2020. I haven’t read her backlist, but I’m loving her new releases. I listened to Like You Love Me and it was such a fun experience. The narrators were fabulous and brought the story to life in the best way. I adored the story and characters. Sophie and Holden were childhood friends. When Holden returns to Sophie’s small town to help out his grandfather, they end up married in order to help each of the come out ahead. Their marriage may be real, but their relationship is fake…until it isn’t.  Like You Love Me was cute, sweet, and such a good time. I loved it!

The Sweetest Fix
Author: Tessa Bailey

Publication Date: January 22, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I am a fan of Tessa Bailey’s writing, so I hate to admit that I almost DNF this book early on. I am not a big fan of lying and a relationship built on a lie was hard for me to stomach. I pushed through because my friends that read The Sweetest Fix loved it. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the good things about Reese and Leo’s relationship. Their connection was sweet and their chemistry was off the charts. All the good moments outweighed the anxiety I got from the lies Reese was telling, so overall I enjoyed this one.

Series Review: Moo U (World of True North)

Good morning! I have something fun to share with you today. It’s a series review for the first series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. All three books are available TODAY! Get ready for some college hockey romance fun!

Blindsided
Series: Moo U, #1
Author: Victoria Denault
Publication Date: February 15, 2020
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

 I already found a new favorite author for 2021! Blindsided was a great introduction to Victoria Denault’s writing. I loved absolutely every minute of this book. The enemies to more trope was on point. The tension between Maggie and Tate was off the charts. I loved the whole neighbors who hate each other thing that was going on with their entire families and how to trickled down to them.  Once all that hate ignited in chemistry, POOF! FIRE! Maggie and Tate were just as much fun in lust and love as in hate. Plus, there were so many laughs to be had. Blindsided was exactly the type of enemies to more romance that I love. It was also a strong debut of a new world and series created by Sarina Bowen. I was impressed how easily the writing matched with Bowen’s own. I can’t wait to read more from Denault and the rest of this series.

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Slapshot
Series: Moo U, #2
Author: Rebecca Jenshak
Publication Date: February 15, 2020
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Slapshot was the main reason I wanted to read the Moo U series. I love Rebecca Jenshak’s NA sports romances and this one was every bit as good as her others. Kaitlyn and Lex won my heart right very quickly. They initially seemed like an odd combination together. She was a couple of years older, (maybe) wiser, and trying to avoid everything hockey until she ends up as the team manager. Lex was new to Moo U, trying to find his place on the team, and all about hockey. Despite feeling like an unlikely couple to me at first, their chemistry couldn’t have been any stronger. Kaitlyn and Lex’s personalities became bigger, brighter when they were together. I loved the progression of their relationship, that fiery chemistry, and they way helped each other find their way. It was an adorably fun romance. I also loved seeing some other favorite characters from this series again. Slapshot was another hit for me in the Moo U series.

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Holdout
Series: Moo U, #3
Author: Jaqueline Snowe
Publication Date: February 15, 2020
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I have another new author to love! What was most impressive about Holdout was the insane chemistry Ryann and Daniel had. I could feel their sizzle coming off the page. It wasn’t just the physical chemistry I felt, but the emotional connection was well. These were two people who held everything close to them and found the one person who got them. I loved that. Not to mention the way they ended up as roommates and what that meant for both of them was so much fun! Holdout was a fantastic addition to this series.

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Overall thoughts on the series:

WOOHOO! We’re 3 for 3 for 5 stars in this series. That’s so awesome! A lot of time these “worlds” authors create don’t work for me, but this one totally did. All of the books were standalones, but they easily tied together. Each author had their own writing style, but they all meshed so well that you felt like it was one author writing a series. That author very well could have been Sarina Bowen herself. That’s how well written they were. I hope there will be more books in this series coming. I would love it if they were written by these three authors.

Review: Five Ways to Fall Out of Love (Emily Martin)

Five Ways to Fall Out of Love
Author: Emily Martin
Publication Date: March 16, 2021
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

This whip-smart rom-com explores the risks and rewards of letting love in, for fans of Jennifer E. Smith, Julie Buxbaum, and Sandhya Menon.

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.

As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even more ways to fall back in?


I have been waiting for another book from Emily Martin since I fell in love with The Year We Fell Apart. I was so excited to read Five Ways to Fall Out of Love when I downloaded it. I put off reading it for a bit because YA contemporaries just hadn’t been hitting the right note with me. I’m happy to report that Five Ways to Fall Out of Love got me back into the swing of reading them.

Emily Martin’s writing was as engaging as I remember it being. I was immediately pulled into Aubrey’s life. She seemed like a normal teenage girl. She wasn’t the “special snowflake” we see sometimes in YA fiction.  Aubrey had real life insecurities navigating high school friends, cliques, and boys. She also had family problems that I believe many teenagers will be able to relate to. There was a lot of hurt she had to deal with in all of that. I liked how Martin portrayed it all.

As for the romance… Well, it had its love triangle moments. You might have guessed that from the blurb. Aubrey used to like Webster, now she likes his cousin Holland. Being with Holland led to being around Webster more than normal and drug up old feelings. Normally, I’m not a fan of love triangles. I didn’t mind this one because it didn’t always feel like one, and there wasn’t any overlap between Aubrey being with either of the guys (no cheating). What I didn’t like was that Webster and Holland were cousins. That did bug me. At least they weren’t brothers, I guess.

A little more about the guys since I won’t be giving away how things go down or end up. Webster was not my favorite guy. I knew, from reading countless romances, that his rudeness had to be related to something Aubrey was unaware of. I could tell her cared for her and liked her despite his actions. That being said, he made some poor decisions that drove me nuts. Holland was a great guy from the start. He’s a character you can’t help but like because he’s just so dang decent. He treated Aubrey well, better than Webster. Holland had some flaws of his own in relation to Aubrey.

Oh! One of my favorite things was the friendship aspect of the book. Aubrey had to navigate both a long-term and a new-found friendship. I really loved how everything went down in terms of both and what Aubrey learned from them.

Another thing I should mention is that this book is about seniors in high school. It is on the mature side of things when it comes to the YA genre. There is some sexual content, alcohol, and partying.

It’s hard to talk about some of my feelings about this book without giving things away. It was well written, but I think some readers are going to have a problem with Aubrey’s decisions and maybe even the ending. I kind of wanted it to either go a different direction than it did or for an epilogue. I vacillated between 3.5 and 4 stars as a rating, and ended up going with 4 because it was so well written, held my attention, and had me genuinely rooting for Aubrey to find her way through her senior year of high school.

Series Review: Bergman Brothers (Chloe Liese)

Here we are again with another series review. This time it’s for Chloe Liese’s Bergman Brothers series. I decided to read this series because everyone and their sister is gushing about it. I listened to the first two books and read the third because the audio isn’t out yet.

Only When It’s Us
Series: Berman Brothers, #1

Author: Chloe Liese
Narrators: Nelson Hobbs, C.J. Bloom
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Only When It’s Us is a college sports romance. Willa Sutter is a star soccer player who is trying to get her team to the championship while doing well in school and spending time with her sick mom. Ryder Bergman is a college student dealing with the loss of his hearing. Willa has to ask Ryder for help in a class and she thinks he ignores her, but really he can’t hear her. This sets up an epic frenemies situation with humorous drama which leads to Willa Ryder becoming more than just classmates.

I adored this book, even though Willa wasn’t always easy to swallow. She had some only child syndrome going on a lot. Willa had a hard time seeing past herself and what was going on in her life (even if it was traumatic). I didn’t always love how she reacted to Ryder, but I got it. There was a major lack of communication on both of there parts. Despite that, I still enjoyed Only When It’s Us immensely. It brought me a wide range of emotions and a new couple and family to love. Add in the fabulous narration and it was winner — even if I wanted to throttle Willa for some of her choices.

Always Only You
Series: Berman Brothers, #2

Author: Chloe Liese
Narrators: Nelson Hobbs, C.J. Bloom
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Always Only You was SO FREAKING GOOD! Seriously AMAZING. Ren and Frankie are going on my list of all time favorite couples. I couldn’t stop swooning over them together. Ren is this geeky but hot professional hockey player who is always smiling. Frankie does social media publicity for his team. She’s known to be super cranky, but is hiding her pain and autism underneath her frown. They have been secretly crushing on each other for like three years until something throws them closer together. He was such a sweetheart and she was such a badass. The way they got each other was the best thing! Ren and Frankie warmed my heart. The narrators only added to the fun of this book. It was such a delightful listening experience.

Ever After Always
Series: Berman Brothers, #3

Author: Chloe Liese
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Ever After Always was every bit as amazing as Always Only You, but in a completely different way. This book was less cute and more emotional for me. It’s about a couple going through a rough patch in their marriage. Freya feels abandoned in more ways than one. Aiden is consumed with anxiety of pretty  much everything and has been keeping it to himself. The communication in their relationship has all but disappeared. I felt sad for both Freya and Aiden for completely different reasons. I rooted for them to figure out and fix things. Despite being a heavier book, there were moments of sweetness and romance. There was a also a hilarious parrot and some Bergman brothers foolery. I was impressed with how Chloe Liese wrote Ever After Always. Despite the sadness, there was always hope.

Review: Not My Match (Ilsa Madden-Mills)

Not My Match
Series: The Game Changer, #2
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy romance about a professional football hottie and the girl he’s sworn to never touch.

Homeless and heartbreakingly innocent, Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.

I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place to lay her pretty blonde head but in finding real love, which she’s not going to get with the crazy men she picks up online.

Too bad she’s a twenty-four-year-old virgin and I’m a bad boy wide receiver. She’s off limits for a hardcore player like me—and we’re just friends.

Instead, I’m her matchmaking service, no matter how jealous it makes me when I tag along on her dates.

I can keep my self-control. Right? No way will I give in to everything inside me that dreams of a girl like her in my world.

I may be the best wide receiver in the country, but how could I hold on to a girl like her?


I have been eagerly awaiting Not My Match from the moment I finished Not My Romeo. I simply adored that romantic comedy and couldn’t wait for more. If you’ve read the first book in this series, you know Giselle is Elena’s younger sister. With how everything went down between the sisters in Not My Romeo, I was very curious to get to know Giselle better. Devon, too.

Giselle was a great surprise. I imagined her being super put together from hearing about her from Elena’s perspective, but she wasn’t. Honestly, Giselle was kind of a hot mess and I loved that. I loved her.

Devon was a character I enjoyed in the first book, but I ended up loving him even more in this one. He was very different from Giselle, but they fit perfectly. He had an interesting back story of his own that fit well into everything that was going on.

The chemistry between Devon and Giselle was off the charts. It somehow managed to be a slow burn romance while giving off heat the whole time. They had this sweet friendship that turned into a scorching connection. I loved the way their romance progressed.  Plus, there was just the right amount of humor involved in their romance.  I got to laugh multiple times. Devon and Giselle falling for each other was a lot of fun to read.

Another fun thing about this one was the side characters. Giselle’s neighbor Myrtle cracked me up. I loved her and her dog. I also loved getting more of Mrs. Riley’s antics and some from the other characters I had met before. There were a few other new ones that brought some special stuff to this romance.

There was one thing I wasn’t a huge fan of. Sadly to say, it was the big problem toward the end of the story. I was just disappointed in the decision Giselle had to make and how that all resolved. I mean, I got it. Decisions have to be made and it’s important to make the right decision for oneself. I just didn’t like what her choices were in this day and age. It frustrated me as a woman.

That being said, I did love it Devon and Giselle. I loved that together and the fun they had. I had a great time reading this book and would recommend it. I’m hoping there is more to come in this series. I would love to get to read a book about Aiden.