Wednesday, June 13, 2018

[Release Blitz + Giveaway] Player On Ice by S.R. Grey

Title: Player On Ice
Series: A Boys of Winter Novel
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre:  Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 11, 2018

Jaxon Holland is more than a top-scoring center for the Las Vegas Wolves—he’s also the biggest “player” on the team. Women love him, flock to him, lust for his sculpted body. 
Yeah, life is good for this hockey player. 
Or it was until lately. 
After blowing a key play in what may have been the biggest game of the season, the fans sour on Jaxon. Good thing memories are short, right? Uh, they’re not when a widely popular sports blogger, known simply as Mr. Hockeypants, calls Jaxon out and places all the blame for the loss on him. 
Life goes from bad to worse, and Jaxon wants to get away. 
Good thing one of his teammates has a beautiful, secluded beach house he can escape to. Sand, sun, surf, and lots of alone time sound good to this disgruntled centerman. 
Only problem is the beach house is already occupied—by beautiful and spunky Cara Milne. 
Cara and Jaxon are off to a rocky start after an extremely awkward first meeting. Yeah, these two pretty much hate each other. But Jaxon, forever a “player” at heart, vows to win his housemate over. 
What he doesn’t know is Cara is Mr. Hockeypants! His worst enemy, the bane of his existence! 
And she’s determined that he never finds out. 
Too bad keeping a secret is more slippery than ice, especially when you start falling in love with the guy you almost destroyed. 
Player on Ice is the fifth standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.

“Wow, you look rather happy all of a sudden,” he says. 
“I am, Jaxon.” I reply. “I am.”
“Does this mean you reached a resolution?”
“I sure have. I decided to stop with all the overthinking and just go with what my heart’s been telling me to do for a long time now.”
Ooh, now he looks really curious.
“What does that mean?” he asks, our eyes meeting.
I take a deep breath, and then blurt out in a rush of words, “It means I’m tired of fighting the inevitable.”
His eyes bore into me, and I swear he already knows what I mean. He knows I’m referring to him…to us.
Swallowing hard, he steps out from behind the kitchen counter, looking gorgeous, as always. His hair’s a little damp, making it darker than the usual sandy-brown shade. He’s wearing khaki shorts and a royal blue tee, which shows off his bronze skin perfectly. Jaxon’s tan, like me, but so very buff, so freaking hard.
I watch his defined leg muscles flex as he takes a purposeful step toward me.
When he’s less than a foot away, he stops and rasps, “So what is your heart telling you to do at this very moment, Cara?”
I stare at his bare feet, tan like the rest of him.
Then I glance up, chuckling nervously. “Uh, it’s telling me to do a lot of things.”
He whispers, “Name just one.”
Just as softly, I respond, “Well, right now, my heart’s telling me those burgers can wait.”
He cocks a brow. “And…?”
“Hey, you said I only had to name one.”
He shrugs, smirking. “I lied. Tell me one more.”
It’s time to be more honest with him than I’ve been with myself.
I take a deep breath, then say, “My heart’s telling me I should kiss the heck out of you right now…since you’re so freaking close.”
“Shit, sweetheart.” He smiles. “I agree. Your heart is abso-fucking-lutely right.”
Months of confusion reach a moment of clarity. And there’s no stopping us from coming together now.
So we do….

3.5 Stars from Tiffany!

It's Good But.....

Like most, I'm all for the hot hockey player with a bit of an attitude and Jaxon Holland delivered when it came to that! Now Jaxon and Cara together...totally different story and I have no idea why these two didn't click for me.

Jaxon is young, well, so is she and he's been playing hockey all of his life. Playing and practicing to get to where we find him, vying for the Stanley Cup. It's no secret that he misses his opportunity, the secret is how he chooses to reflect on that loss.

Cara's friend is in a funk and invites her to wallow in misery on a beautiful island. Cara is a blogger with a nice financial cushion, so she figures, why not? What can go wrong with a beautiful beach house and her best friend? Um, everything.

So as the blurb says, Cara and Jaxon end up in the beach house together and of course, we can guess how that first and most of the interaction between them goes. Again, they are young and come off that way. Bickering like my kids, which felt annoying more than angsty or sexy. They both also had an inner and sometimes outer, but to themselves, dialogue that I found distracting. The big reveal is what finally made me perk up while reading. Yes it's predictable, but I was still excited to see how Jaxon was going to handle it.

The book is well written, however not my cup of tea when it comes to sports romances. Maybe because I'm getting older and don't appreciate this type of back and forth I said, I'm not sure what it was that rubbed me the wrong way with this couple, but something sure did.


4 Stars from Renee!

I was pulled right into this story. The story has pain, secrets, and heartbreak. 

Before reading this story please read the below books first
Destiny on Ice (Boys of Winter #1)
Resistance on Ice (Boys of Winter #2)
Complications on Ice (Boys of Winter #3)
Caution on Ice (Boys of Winter #4)

This is Cara and Jaxon’s story. Jaxon is a player on and off the ice. He is popular, and woman always fawn over him. When he blows a play in the game the fans are not happy. But fans get over loses and move on, right? Normally that would be the case, but a popular sports blogger calls him out and blames the entire loss of the game on him all he wants is to get away. When he is offered a beach house that is secluded he jumps at the chance to get away and get some alone time. But the house is already occupied. The chemistry between these two is hot but Cara has a secret that could ruin everything. But with secrets they have a chance of coming out. When hers comes out it could ruin everything that they are slowly building. Will he ever be able to forgive her for calling him out and making his life crazy?

I loved these characters and the side characters. I felt I could connect with the characters and the story was a great read. 

I recommend this book.

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"Hilarious and perfectly 'played' sports romance that I devoured in one sitting! I can't wait to read more." - #1 NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
"The usual Grey crisp writing, lovable heroes that you kinda want to slap, and a heroine that doesn't back down," Resistance on Ice is another fun standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.” - Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills

S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and a #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling author. She is the author of the brand new Boys of Winter hockey romance series, the popular Judge Me Not books, the Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey's works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 several times. She is also a #1 Bestselling Author on Barnes & Noble and a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes.


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