Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4) by Avon Gale

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Title: Empty Net by Avon Gale
Series:  Scoring Chances #4
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him – no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse, constantly treated like a disappointment on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist, and Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold Laurent—or their relationship—together.

Please be advised: This book does contain some non-graphic references to past childhood physical/emotional abuse as well as issues relating to ED (bulimia and restricted eating, disordered thoughts about eating)

three-half-stars

I’m annoyed. I guess I should get that out first. I’ve had nothing but hits with this series, and book 3 is my all time favorite. I’m annoyed for many reasons concerning this book. It took me 7 days to read this book. A big surprise for me, I was not able to put up with the antics of the first half. I went from rage, anger, annoyance, guilty and a slew of other emotions. It took a lot for me to not DNF this book. I knew it was a part of me in the first two days, but I did a normal thing by trying to read something else. I succeeded in that, and read a few other books. That lead me to believe that it wasn’t just me.

I did not connect to the book until the last half, and I enjoyed it. I’m so conflicted on the rating to actually give the book. I want to be as fair as possible, but it’s half because I didn’t care for the first half which is important. I needed to be drawn in by both guys, and for me this entire book seemed liked redemption for Laurent. In the mist of him gaining his confidence and learning about his sexuality, I feel like Issac was forgotten completely. I could be wrong here, and maybe his job the entire book was to be support for Laurent. He did a great job on that front, but where was Isaac in all of this? Do a few sexual experiences, and helping Laurent equals “Issac time”? I’m trying really hard to understand, but I’m not getting it at all.

I feel like Issac experiences were left out or on the back burner. No, I didn’t expect him to have some made up stuff happen for the book, I kinda just needed him to have a little independence in his book. I wanted to see a different side of him, and while he was a great support system, and eventual boyfriend I feel lost on his behalf. Again, these are all my perceptions and I’m definitely in the minority according to the ratings. Even after reading the ending, I felt nothing. No connection really, and I didn’t feel quite satisfied. I still look forward to more in the series. I might re-read this someday and my feelings could possibly change. Who knows?

About Avon Gale

Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

To Arizona by Meg Harding

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30291736To Arizona by Meg Harding
Series:  2016 Daily Dose Delivery Package – A Walk on the Wild Side
Release Date: June 9,  2016
Pages: 46 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Dustin Charleston has just been traded to the Arizona Hares hockey team. As an otter, he’s not too pleased by this. Arizona is dry, he’s leaving his home behind, and he has to move in with a stranger. Things take an even steeper plunge when he meets his roommate.

Chandler Kipling is the captain of the Hares, a least weasel, and he’s got a bit of a thing for his new teammate. Too bad that teammate seems to hate him. And Chandler’s romantic strategies leave something to be desired. Will Dustin be able to get the message he’s trying to send? With a little time, their nightmare might turn into a dream—if they can get past their differences.

four-half-stars

This book. I have never before wanted to fill a review full of fluffy gif’s and adorable AF images of Otters and Least Weasels because they really were adorable AF! I can’t get over this book and I don’t want to because simply thinking about it makes me smile and brings the happiest of tears to my eyes.

Sigh.

Short story, short(ish?) review.

Dustin is an otter shifter who has just been traded to a new hockey team in Arizona. For an otter, that is not really a good thing since they love the water. But Dustin will do what he has to so he can play the sport he loves, even when that comes at the cost of his living space. You see, Dustin needs a place to crash until he can get his stuff from Michigan and he opts to room with one of his teammates. When said teammate picks him up at the airport, I lost my cool. OMG! Chandler… how can someone be so damn swoony and hot in his human form and then turn me to a big puddle of good in is weasel form?? Ack. I can’t take it.

Seriously. This book is fun and it’s beyond adorable. I loved the team and all the shifters that are on it. I am not a big hockey fan but I would sit through a game just to have Marc shift and crawl into my lap when it was all done. I just want to be a fly on the wall at Chandler’s place and watch the pool party happen because it was amazing to read. I loved it. The only fault, if you call it one, with this book is the length because I want more. I want more of Chris and Dustin doing their otter things. I want more of Chandler being alpha with Dustin and them playing on the ice in any form. I just want more and I want to go hug my Nook because this story, these boy need to be hugged by a silly ginger who can’t get enough.

So, wait. Did I say anything about the story? Um, it’s hockey players who shift, who seem to irritate the hell out one another on the ice… um,  The Cutting Edge has taught us, that’s all just foreplay *toe pick!*… but at the end, these two are super swoony, super freaking adorable, super fluffy and this story made me beyond happy!
Yeah.

I liked this.

A lot.

About Meg Harding

Meg Harding is a graduate student, currently studying MA Publishing in the UK. She plans to continue on to become an editor, all while continuing to write. When she isn’t writing she enjoys the theatre, concerts, and lazing about in front of the TV.