Book Review: Pucked by Helena Hunting

20. January 2021
Pucked_Helena Hunting

Do you want to know why this book is so special to me? I’ll tell you: First of all, “Pucked” by Helena Hunting is a very entertaining sports romance story that I enjoyed very much. It’s about ice hockey player Alex and Violet, his teammate’s sister. Here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match. Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants.

Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant – and quirky – gifts. Suddenly he’s too difficult to ignore and nearly impossible not to like. The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

The story is well written, I often had to smile, all in all very recommendable. 4 stars from me and I will definitely read the next books in the series as well. If you enjoy sports romance, you should definitely check this out.

But what is so special about this book? At least special to me? Our hero Alex is originally from Guelph, Canada. This is a smaller city of about 120,000 people, about 1 hour away from Toronto. When Alex tells Violet for the first time that he is from Guelph, I’m like: Ahhh, OMG! I’ve been there! I know the city, I studied there for a semester during my study abroad in 2005! So not only do I know the university there, I also know the ice rink Alex is talking about, because I saw a game there myself.

I thought it was so cool that this Canadian city of all places was mentioned here, which I have a personal connection to. You know, I’m from northern Germany and Guelph is about 6.400 km away from the city I live in. So I think this is quite special…

Anyway, “Pucked” is a fun and sexy read and I’m going to read “Pucked up” (book 2 in the series) next…


Book Review: Royal Bully by Rachel van Dyken

17. January 2021
Royal Bully_Rachel van Dyken

Do you know this? A book or series is hyped and loved by everyone, but you don’t like it at all? I’m afraid that’s what happened to me with this book – „Royal Bully“. It’s the first in the Mafia Royals series by Rachel van Dyken. I have heard so many positive things about it and wanted to read the books too. Rachel van Dyken was a new to me author and I just wanted to give her a chance and see for myself what this hype is about.

Here’s the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

Something dark this way comes.
He’s gorgeous, mean, and mine.
He catches me dreaming about him, and then just like my dream, he decides to make me his.
I should have said no when he asked me to swear fealty to him.
The knife clued me in first.
The blood second.
And third, it was the blessing of the most famous mafia bosses in the known world as they sat around the dinner table and told me that I had no choice but to join.
Because they knew my secrets.
And running meant I was nothing more than target practice.
I said yes because of my bully.
And he told me he’d keep me safe.
But who keeps me safe from him?

I’m usually a big fan of dark romance, but this prelude to the Mafia Royals series didn’t convince me at all. In “Royal Bully”, too many characters were introduced at once, for me that was actually kind of confusing. It’s a pity, but I can’t help it. So I think I won’t be reading the other books in this series anytime soon…

All in all 3 stars from me. If you ask me, look for another dark romance novel, for example The Crowned Duet by Amo Jones oder Lord of London Town by Tillie Cole.

News Reviews

Happy New Year!

3. January 2021
Happy New Year

I wish you all a happy and first of all healthy new year! 2020 was quite a challenge for all of us. Let’s hope that 2021 will be better and we can find a bit of normality again.

Apart from that, I wish us all great stories in wonderfully written books. I’m sure our favorite authors and those who may become so this year will contribute quite a bit. In any case, I am very much looking forward to many new exciting stories!

Have you set a goal for 2021? I’ll try again with 52 books, as in the years before. One book per week on average. I’ll hopefully be able to reach the goal this year…. We’ll see.

All the best and have a good start into January!


Monthly Wrap up

December wrap up: six books read at the end of the year

31. December 2020
December wrap up

Allright, 2020 is almost over and therefore it’s time for a little wrap up. I’m pretty proud of myself because I was able to read six books this month. This is definitely above average for me. So here are the books I read in December:

Sicko by Amo Jones (5 stars)

The Not-Outcast by Tijan (4 stars)

Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann (5 stars)

The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward (4 stars)

Royal Bully by Rachel van Dyken (3 stars) and

The One That Got Away by Karina Halle (5 stars)

I will add all the reviews here as soon as possible. As you can see, there were three 5 star reads for me.

The book I enjoyed the most was definitely “Look the Part” by Jewel E. Ann. This author was new to me and was recommended by a fellow bookstagrammer. This book was really great!

On the contrary, I was a bit disappointed by “Royal Bully”. I’ve seen this series being recommended all over bookstagram, so I decided to give it a go. This is supposed to be the first book, a novella, which introduced the setting and the characters. But unfortunately it didn’t convince me and I’m not planning on reading the other books any time soon.

Anyway, 2020 was an interesting year. I did not reach my goal of reading 52 books. I only managed 42 out of 52. But there is always next year and my goal of 1 book per week stands again for 2021! I’ll keep you posted about it…



Book Review: The One That Got Away by Karina Halle

31. December 2020
The one that got away_Karina Halle

The last book I read in 2020 was “The One That Got Away” by author Karina Halle. It’s a standalone second-chance sports romance novel. As you might know, I love sports romance very much, so I was very excited to start reading this one. It’s about Ruby, an American sports journalist (and former soccer player) and Luciano, a famous portuguese soccer player. Here is the blurb:

Ruby Turner was never meant to be mine.

When I first met her, she was a fresh, young, American sports journalist trying to find her footing in a new life abroad. She was the one interviewing me for an article, yet I wanted to know more about her. She captivated me.

But she went home with Marco that night. My agent. My brother. And I did what I could to pretend I was fine with it.
After all, I’m Luciano Ribeiro. As the captain of Real Madrid, and Portugal’s National Team, it’s my job to be cool, calm, and collected, not easily rattled. Only what I felt for Ruby over time, shook me to my very core.

It made me do things I never imagined I would do. It started with a stolen kiss in the middle of the night. It led to a passionate tryst. It created a burden of guilt that I had to carry, as Ruby came in and out of my life until she left for good, leaving her mark on me.

Now, seven years later, she’s back. She was the one that got away. I don’t think I’ll let her go this time. But I might not have a choice. Because my heart still belongs to her. And her heart might belong to my brother.

I really enjoyed the story of Ruby and Luciano. Both characters are very likeable and the fact that there are always new circumstances complicating their story makes the book interesting. I really like the author’s writing style, it was a smooth and easy read. I read through the book pretty quickly because I really wanted to know what happens next. So all in all, this book gets 5 stars from me and I can definitely recommend this one to you!



Book Review: Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann

30. December 2020
Look the part_Jewel E Ann

This year I’ve read a few books by authors that were new to me before. Jewel E. Ann’s “Look the Part” is just another example. I have to thank a fellow bookstagrammer for this recommendation and I’m so thankful for this read. But first, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office. All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman … She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind. Still … She must go.

This book was definitely a 5 star read for me! I was so happy with “Look the Part” and fell in love with Ellen and Flint right from the beginning! To me, this shows once again, that one should read a bit more outside of the own comfort zone and give new to you authors a chance. I‘m so happy I did this a lot this year. I discovered great books, for example „The First Time I Saw You“ by Emma Cooper or The Crowned Duet by Amo Jones.

So, if you want to call this a new year’s resolution, then I’m planning on reading more books by new to me authors in 2021!


Book Review: Crowned by Fate by Amo Jones

9. December 2020
Crowned by Fate by Amo Jones

Alright, so in “Crowned by Fate” we’ll find the conclusion to Bryant’s and Isa’s story. I told you in my last post – this story is pretty twisted and all in all a very thrilling dark romance ride by Amo Jones. Before you get my short review, here’s the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

He asked me to love him, so I engraved his name onto my heart.
He craved my loyalty, so I let him feast on my soul.
I wanted a husband, but he gave me a monster.
So, I made it my pet.
The lines between what was real and what wasn’t were blurred.
Our story was a lie.
Until now.

This book (or the whole duet) definitely gets 5 stars from me. I love reading dark romance from time to time and this one was quite outstanding because it wasn’t predictable at all, not even for a minute. I really enjoy these kinds of emotional rollercoaster where you’ll never know what happens on the next page. So let me assure you, if you’re a dark romance reader, you’ll not regret reading this story. I can fully recommend it to you!