Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels, #1)
Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality. . .Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL’s latest winning team, the Denver Hellions–and the hottest player on the ice—at least according to every magazine. . .and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don’t come true, right?Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated “Super Book Worm” costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she’s more into books than pucks, she’s too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed’s dating policy is simple: Never date a fan.So what’s a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he’s become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man. . .for her?

Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels, #1) Details

TitleMister Hockey (Hellions Angels, #1)
Author
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherAvon Impulse
ISBN-139780062662460
Rating
GenreRomance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Hockey, Sports Romance, Adult, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Family

Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels, #1) Review

  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsMister Hockey by Lia Riley was a fun, sweet and entertaining read.This was one of those reads I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy. It took time for me to get into and some parts I could have done without but overall Mister Hockey ended up being an enjoyable read.The storyline was well written, the characters Jed and Breezy were likable and they entertained me with their antics. In closing, Mister Hockey is a good start to the Hellions Angels series and I'm looking forward to reading the 3.5 starsMister Hockey by Lia Riley was a fun, sweet and entertaining read.This was one of those reads I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy. It took time for me to get into and some parts I could have done without but overall Mister Hockey ended up being an enjoyable read.The storyline was well written, the characters Jed and Breezy were likable and they entertained me with their antics. In closing, Mister Hockey is a good start to the Hellions Angels series and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.*Purchase Links*Kindle: http://amzn.to/2tCvBxDNook: http://bit.ly/2uLoZeUKobo: http://bit.ly/2u7wHCsiBooks: http://apple.co/2tIqb2E*I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.*
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  • Gretchen (About That Story)
    January 1, 1970
    This was so entertaining and refreshing! I love it when a book unexpectedly make me laugh. I had so much fun reading this. I feel like I found a gem!Mister Hockey was just pure fun with great humor. I thought Jed and Breezy were extremely likable characters. They had such a hilarious first meeting and they kept going strong from there. Jed and Breezy were so sweet end genuine and I loved their banter. I thought they had great chemistry and were flirty and fun together, I loved their playfulness. This was so entertaining and refreshing! I love it when a book unexpectedly make me laugh. I had so much fun reading this. I feel like I found a gem!Mister Hockey was just pure fun with great humor. I thought Jed and Breezy were extremely likable characters. They had such a hilarious first meeting and they kept going strong from there. Jed and Breezy were so sweet end genuine and I loved their banter. I thought they had great chemistry and were flirty and fun together, I loved their playfulness. I loved the build of them coming together.There are some things they're both dealing with, him a hockey injury and her some self esteem issues and I like how they were addressed and how it played out in the story. This was an easy read with a bit of drama and some emotion mixed in but the big take away is that it was highly entertaining. I loved the building heat and the sexy times. The writing was really good. This was a fast paced read with really good details and descriptions, not overly in depth but enough that was totally hooked. There were a few transition issues in the front half for me but after that it was smooth sailing.This story was seriously a winner! It was just one of those stories that was outright fun to read and I kept giggling throughout. It wasn't sports heavy at all but him being a hockey player definitely plays into things. I love the set up for the next story, Head Coach. Great way to kick off a new series!Complimentary copy received for honest review.
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  • Deniz
    January 1, 1970
    Mister Hockey sounded so promising. I mean I love hockey and I love Riley... so this had to be a winner right? I wish. This is not bad by all means. But great it ain't either. I know I expected a lot. I mean its hockey and Riley... but ... I know Riley has done better. My biggest issue: it's way to cliche. I mean basically, most cliche points were ticked here. The romance is totally insta everything. The story line is extremely predictable and most characters feel a bit formulaicYet, it is also Mister Hockey sounded so promising. I mean I love hockey and I love Riley... so this had to be a winner right? I wish. This is not bad by all means. But great it ain't either. I know I expected a lot. I mean its hockey and Riley... but ... I know Riley has done better. My biggest issue: it's way to cliche. I mean basically, most cliche points were ticked here. The romance is totally insta everything. The story line is extremely predictable and most characters feel a bit formulaicYet, it is also written by Riley. So it is well written and I found myself oddly absorbed in it. I guess it's a bit of guilty pleasure?I mean I know this is very cliche, it's cutesy and all that, but I still enjoyed reading itI blame it on Jed, who despite everything is an awesome male lead. Hot, sweet, kind hearted, a great guy and a hockey player.. oh and the right kind of alpha. What else could one possibly want? Exactly. And while we at it, let me just admit this, I am totally looking forward to Neve's story. And yeah I know it might be just as cliche and just a cutesy but eh, guilty pleasures are great fun after all.
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  • Jessica Alcazar
    January 1, 1970
    Breezy and Jed ... two characters that are ridiculously likeable in their own right. How much cuter could Breezy be ... librarian in the children's section and a die hard hockey fan, especially a Jed fan :) Oh my and Jed was just sooooo swoony :) I thoroughly enjoyed them both. They had exceptional chemistry in their sexy times and non-sexy times. I LOVED that even though our hero is a hockey player, the game did not take center stage to the romance. Why? Because that's what a romance fiction bo Breezy and Jed ... two characters that are ridiculously likeable in their own right. How much cuter could Breezy be ... librarian in the children's section and a die hard hockey fan, especially a Jed fan :) Oh my and Jed was just sooooo swoony :) I thoroughly enjoyed them both. They had exceptional chemistry in their sexy times and non-sexy times. I LOVED that even though our hero is a hockey player, the game did not take center stage to the romance. Why? Because that's what a romance fiction book is ... a romance journey. It was refreshing to read about an athlete falling in love without his career taking the focus in the journey!This was a really fun and sexy little romance story with a few little emotional tugs. I loved the entire book! :)Copy provided for blog tour review
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Mister Hockey by Lia Riley is the first story in her Hellions Angels series. It’s about the players and staff of an NHL team and their romantic relationships. This one looks at one of the Denver Hellions star players, Jed West, as he navigates a possible concussion and a down to earth woman who delivers a slap shot to his heart.Breezy Angel is Jed West’s biggest fan. She’s got his calendar, his coffee cup, and even a cardboard cutout of him, a gag gift from her friend. When her sister Neve, a sp Mister Hockey by Lia Riley is the first story in her Hellions Angels series. It’s about the players and staff of an NHL team and their romantic relationships. This one looks at one of the Denver Hellions star players, Jed West, as he navigates a possible concussion and a down to earth woman who delivers a slap shot to his heart.Breezy Angel is Jed West’s biggest fan. She’s got his calendar, his coffee cup, and even a cardboard cutout of him, a gag gift from her friend. When her sister Neve, a sports journalist, shows up at Breezy’s library with the hockey player in tow to replace the Hellion’s coach for a children’s event, she tries desperately to keep her fandom to herself. As it turns out she’s pretty successful. Breezy can’t believe Jed would have any interest in her. She’s a tall woman with a pin up style figure, and definitely not the typical puck bunny type she’d expect Jed to be with. But the two of them really click.Jed’s been experiencing blurred vision and other symptoms of a concussion and has finally decided to see a neurologist to figure out what’s going on and how it will affect the future of his game. He has a brother whose football career was cut short by a concussion and who still deals with serious mental problems as a result, so it’s not something he takes lightly. Spending time with Breezy gives him a chance to be just a normal guy and not a famous hockey star with issues. He’s got a strict policy of not getting involved with fans and is relieved that Breezy is a woman who is interested in him for himself and not his stardom. But when he finds out about Breezy’s secret, will he believe her feelings for him are genuine?I really enjoyed this story! It’s an off ice story (no game scenes), looking at the down side of sports injuries and their repercussions. Jed’s relationship with his brother is fractured because of this and though his options are limited, Jed is trying his best to be supportive. While these are some emotionally charged scenes, in contrast, the friendship Jed and Breezy develop is much lighter in tone, with lots of laughs.Breezy is such a fun female character! Though she has some self-esteem issues due to her size, and her relationship with her demanding mother, her bubbly personality shows through. With Jed, she is a bit klutzy at first but finds her footing once she realizes that Jed is just a normal (albeit very good looking) guy. Jed is down to earth, helpful, and yes, sexy but not smug. He knows that fortunes can turn on a dime and appreciates what he has. The sparks that fly between them upon first meeting soon lead to some very steamy sex scenes and a deepening of the emotional attachment between them. The conflict that comes between them makes them question the depths of those feelings. Fortunately, it’s all resolved to a very happy ending. It looks like Breezy’s sister Neve and Jed’s coach have a little something going on between them, so I can’t wait to read their story too!This review is posted at: https://straightshootinbookreviews.co...A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review
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  • Giedre
    January 1, 1970
    On her tombstone it would read: She came. She saw. She made it awkward.Professional hockey player meets his biggest fangirl, hilarity and romance ensue. Though they are interspersed with some really dark moments.Mister Hockey is a fun read. There are some genuinely hilarious moments in there, and Lia Riley, a new to me author, has a voice that's fresh and enjoyable. That said, I do wish Mister Hockey was a longer book, because I felt the romance moved along too quickly. Also, I wasn't a huge fan On her tombstone it would read: She came. She saw. She made it awkward.Professional hockey player meets his biggest fangirl, hilarity and romance ensue. Though they are interspersed with some really dark moments.Mister Hockey is a fun read. There are some genuinely hilarious moments in there, and Lia Riley, a new to me author, has a voice that's fresh and enjoyable. That said, I do wish Mister Hockey was a longer book, because I felt the romance moved along too quickly. Also, I wasn't a huge fan of the misunderstanding at the end. I wish it could have been avoided, because it was a really predictable and overused development. Overall, Mr. Hockey didn't blow me away, but I did like it, especially because of the voice, so I'd say it was a nice introduction to a new author.
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  • Amber Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine meeting the biggest fantasy of your dreams. That star sports player who you'd never in a million years think you'd meet in person. But that's what happens when Breezy Angel meets Jed West, captain of the Denver Hellions NHL team. And it's so better much better than she could have imagined. Jed West...*sigh* He may be the star player of his team, but there's much more to him. He's kind, caring, and oh so into Breezy Angel. He likes everything about her, especially her curves.Breezy, head Imagine meeting the biggest fantasy of your dreams. That star sports player who you'd never in a million years think you'd meet in person. But that's what happens when Breezy Angel meets Jed West, captain of the Denver Hellions NHL team. And it's so better much better than she could have imagined. Jed West...*sigh* He may be the star player of his team, but there's much more to him. He's kind, caring, and oh so into Breezy Angel. He likes everything about her, especially her curves.Breezy, head of the children's section of the local library (which I love) is all about the books and hockey of course (the women in her family are die-hard hockey fans), but she doesn't let Jed in on a little secret that she's his biggest fan. She's got the Jed West memorabilia to prove it. She doesn't want him thinking that is the only reason she's into him. Because after meeting him and sharing some hot kisses, Breezy knows it goes way beyond that. But Jed has secrets of his own and it could be what tears them apart.Breezy's family hasn't always been supportive of her and she's been in the shadow of her "perfect" sister (who's a sports columnist). She loves her sister and her family, she just wishes her family, especially her mother could see how special she is too. She does have an awesome 90 year old grandma, who I loved!Hot chemistry, sexy scenes and a couple I was rooting for from the beginning, Mister Hockey is a great start to the Hellions Angels series. I can't wait to read Breezy's sister Neve and the head coach's story!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    You guys know that I'm a sucker for a sports romance, and I have an even major weakness for hockey romances. So when I saw that this book was on sale, I was ALL. OVER. IT. This is a very sweet and straight to the point type of story that's why I rated it a 3-star. Don't get it twisted it was hot, but I feel like it lacked a bit on the plot. I have already pre-ordered the companion sequel, Head Coach because it is not only a hockey romance BUT a hate-to-love type of story and I am once again a su You guys know that I'm a sucker for a sports romance, and I have an even major weakness for hockey romances. So when I saw that this book was on sale, I was ALL. OVER. IT. This is a very sweet and straight to the point type of story that's why I rated it a 3-star. Don't get it twisted it was hot, but I feel like it lacked a bit on the plot. I have already pre-ordered the companion sequel, Head Coach because it is not only a hockey romance BUT a hate-to-love type of story and I am once again a sucker for that as well.
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come soon!
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    When her grandma's screech follow a few seconds later, Breezy squeezed her eyes shut. Granny Dee had found Jed West. The only hope was that he wasn't double fisting two lipstick vibrators. They'd been on sale, two for one, which seemed like a deal at the time.This was my first read by Riley but I don't think it'll be my last. While I didn't think this story, book one in her Hellions Angels series, was perfect I definitely found myself entertained but more importantly : I want that second book be When her grandma's screech follow a few seconds later, Breezy squeezed her eyes shut. Granny Dee had found Jed West. The only hope was that he wasn't double fisting two lipstick vibrators. They'd been on sale, two for one, which seemed like a deal at the time.This was my first read by Riley but I don't think it'll be my last. While I didn't think this story, book one in her Hellions Angels series, was perfect I definitely found myself entertained but more importantly : I want that second book because I want that follow up couple."All this excitement makes me want to pee."But as far as MISTER HOCKEY goes.. it was a little simple. Basically from the opening chapter (and, you know, the synopsis) we know the two conflicts that will carry the story. One being Jed West, "Mister Hockey" himself, and his concern over a head injury; and two, his number one fan, who happens to cross paths with her number one fantasy, lies -- oh, sorry, omits -- the truth about her fandom. Jed as a rule doesn't date fans and Breezy manages to keep the truth from him until that pivotal point where he finds out.. which just happens to coincide with a bit of drama. This element was probably my least favourite of the whole book. Breezy promises herself she'll come clean, gives herself a few different opportunities, but never does and.. I mean, I was meh over that whole thing. And double meh over the drama because the fact that Jed is oblivious to the truth was so painful.Anyway."I don't mess around.""Now that's a lie. Because you've been messing with my head for forty-eight hours.""Wow. That might be the worst pickup ever.""Nah. That would be the GMC Syclone. Can't tow with it. Has limited payload and no chance of ever going off-road."This was lighthearted and occasionally funny and sometimes that's all you want from a romance. It went a little silly at times, and in that kind of "yeah yeah okay" way, but I do like the trope of the famous sportsdude/musician/'insert whatever here' falling for the everyday woman. And bonus points for Breezy being built like one, too. "You really do love books.""I adore chocolate. I require books. They are like oxygen or water, vital to my existence."Aside from the simplistic set-up, plot, and hand-fed conflicts, I also kinda disliked some of Riley's transitions. It bugs me so hard when actions or scenes are happening one way.. and suddenly we've moved on or are ignoring the circumstances to focus on something else. Like, if I'm too busy trying to figure out if the characters went from screwing on the floor to being in a bed, or wondering when someone got dressed, I'm definitely not caught up in the dialogue or the characters. I'm too busy rereading something for clarity. But I know I'm a very detail oriented person so this kind of casual or vague use of setting or "of course they put on clothes when they left the room" logic, despite never being told it happened, might not bug other people. I just don't like doing the work for the author, y'know?RANT OVER.He woke up each morning and put on pants one leg at a time. He liked his job and was damn good at doing it, but it wasn't pulling kids from burning buildings or defending his country. Hero worship would mess with a guy's mind.Yes, so, I did like this, but didn't love it. I do intend to read on but would I recommend you rush out to read this one? If we share similar tastes or pet peeves, I'd say no. But I will say this so as to end on a good note : it was refreshing to have a hero like Jed who wasn't caught up in his own self-importance, who liked simple things, who avoided the emotional complications/relationships with fans because he wanted to be seen as something other than what he got paid to do for a living or a fantasy. He was a very real kind of person despite his fame and success and I did like reading from his perspective. If you like a man who likes real women, if you like reading about bookworms, if you like a little insta with your love, and like your romances rather uncomplicated and free of angst, this might check all your boxes. On her tombstone it would read : She came. She saw. She made it awkward.With Tor's book up next, even though he's the coach, I'm hoping for a bit more hockey in my hockey romance, though!3 "everything would be all right in the end; if it wasn't all right, it wasn't the end" stars** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Lia Riley amps up the heat in Mister Hockey - prepare yourself Jed is going to melt more than your heart ;) Jed has centred his entire life around his hockey career, although his current state of health has him questioning the direction of his future. When a meeting with a sports reporter, Neve, takes an unexpected turn into a guest appearance at the local library his future takes on a new direction with the introduction of an Amazonian Goddess by the name of Briana (Breezy) Angel, who also happ Lia Riley amps up the heat in Mister Hockey - prepare yourself Jed is going to melt more than your heart ;) Jed has centred his entire life around his hockey career, although his current state of health has him questioning the direction of his future. When a meeting with a sports reporter, Neve, takes an unexpected turn into a guest appearance at the local library his future takes on a new direction with the introduction of an Amazonian Goddess by the name of Briana (Breezy) Angel, who also happens to be Neve's younger sister.Breezy is Jed's number one fan having drooled over him for years while watching him play with the colourful female members of her family. Breezy is a children's librarian, an adorable geek and utterly beautiful although she doesn't see herself very clearly. Her self-confidence has recently taken a serious set-back with the break-up of her relationship compounded by her mothers constant criticism. Lia looks at the negative effect comparisons between siblings can have on them and the strain it places on a relationship between the siblings. Luckily, Neve and Breezy are very close and not affected by their mothers negativity in that manner. Breezy and Jed have an instant attraction but also a connection they weren't expecting or prepared for. Circumstances bring Breezy and Jed together but with Breezy determined to keep her fangirling and their budding relationship a secret it doesn't provide a solid basis on which to build a lasting relationship.Jed also has his own issues with his family especially his brother who has medical issues stemming from his own sports career. The narrative takes into consideration the topical issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in sports players - resulting in life altering repercussions affecting their mental health and even dementia in later life. Jed has to factor all of these issues into his future along with his feelings for Breezy.The romance is electric in Mister Hockey but it is the character development that really shines through the pages. Both Jed and Breezy grow as individuals as well as a couple through Mister Hockey, While the path to true love does not run smoothly, it is obvious to the outside observer that Breezy and Jed belong together and deserve to create their own happily ever after. Mister Hockey shows that the path you had laid out in front of you may not be the one you should be on but the future holds something even better in store ♥Lia has paved the way for the next book in the series within the pages of Mister Hockey; HEAD COACH is coming November 2017!!!!
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  • Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
    January 1, 1970
    “I want to be the one who makes you believe in fairy tales.”I feel as though romance novels are fairytales… for adults. And Jed West makes a believer out of me, that's for sure. Actually, Lia Riley makes a believer out of me—and she has since I read her Off the Map series. I love her quirky humor, likable characters, sweet romance, and all of that is on display, once again, in Mister Hockey. It's an easy, Breezy book; one that can be read and enjoyed in a matter of hours, one that's likely to ma “I want to be the one who makes you believe in fairy tales.”I feel as though romance novels are fairytales… for adults. And Jed West makes a believer out of me, that's for sure. Actually, Lia Riley makes a believer out of me—and she has since I read her Off the Map series. I love her quirky humor, likable characters, sweet romance, and all of that is on display, once again, in Mister Hockey. It's an easy, Breezy book; one that can be read and enjoyed in a matter of hours, one that's likely to make you swoon and smile. It would be hard not too, I'd think. Jed is a good guy with a dirty mouth, while Breezy is awkwardly adorable and a bookworm, which made them both immensely enjoyable and easy to root for. Their banter, they fall, they fight. There's actually nothing too serious happening here, which is a good thing, IMHO. The conflict is set in place early, and the ride to the climax (heh, climax *snicker*) is a light-hearted, feel good one. As for the actual conflict itself? It's handle deftly, quickly—and added just enough drama to the story to make this reviewer very happy. All in all, Jed and Breezy set a simple but effective foundation for Ms. Riley’s new hockey series. And if it's as good as I believe it will be—based on the hints of what's to come—then I will absolutely have my one-finger at the ready for more fairytales about Hellions Angels. “You need to quit saying that. You don’t have a drop of ordinary in you. You couldn’t be average if you tried.”~ 4.5 Vixen STARS ~
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  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun read, but I have to admit to being a little disappointed. With a title like Mister Hockey, I was expecting the sport to play a bigger part of the story. This isn't really a sports romance - it's a romantic story where the hero happens to be a star athlete.The book has a great meet-cute. The hockey superstar sweeps in and saves the day for the geeky librarian and sparks fly.I also like Breezy and Jed and found them to be likable characters.My main issue with Mister Hockey (besides This was a fun read, but I have to admit to being a little disappointed. With a title like Mister Hockey, I was expecting the sport to play a bigger part of the story. This isn't really a sports romance - it's a romantic story where the hero happens to be a star athlete.The book has a great meet-cute. The hockey superstar sweeps in and saves the day for the geeky librarian and sparks fly.I also like Breezy and Jed and found them to be likable characters.My main issue with Mister Hockey (besides not really being about hockey) was the fact that heavier emotions were discussed, but not dealt with. Issues between Jed and his family, Breezy and her mother, Jed and Breezy.... all conflicts that were hinted at and resolved by glossing them over or with a quick conversation. Even big issues like Breezy losing her job only had their resolution hinted at.Overall, this is a cute and fun read. It's a book I enjoyed, but not one I would rush to buy.
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  • Ambur
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a HUGE sports romance fan, so when I saw MISTER HOCKEY available for review on Edelweiss, I jumped at the chance to read it! I'm always looking for new sports romances and authors who write it because I just can't get enough! Lia Riley was a new author to me when I started MISTER HOCKEY, so I thought that it would be the perfect book to introduce me to her and I ended up really enjoying it!!At this point, I've read quite a few sports romances! Not many of them have been laugh-out-loud funny I'm a HUGE sports romance fan, so when I saw MISTER HOCKEY available for review on Edelweiss, I jumped at the chance to read it! I'm always looking for new sports romances and authors who write it because I just can't get enough! Lia Riley was a new author to me when I started MISTER HOCKEY, so I thought that it would be the perfect book to introduce me to her and I ended up really enjoying it!!At this point, I've read quite a few sports romances! Not many of them have been laugh-out-loud funny though, but MISTER HOCKEY had me constantly laughing! Parts of it were outrageously silly, but I still couldn't help chuckling while reading⎯no matter how silly it got! From the blurb and the heroine's name (Breezy), I was expecting a lighter book right from the start, but I was still a bit surprised by how quirky and silly it was. When I first started reading I thought it was so outrageous that I actually wasn't sure if I'd end up liking it, but it really grew on me! Breezy's euphemisms and strange sayings ended up making me laugh so much—and I still chuckle when I think, "Holy guacamole with a side of chips!" So beware, if you start MISTER HOCKEY and find it really goofy, give it a bit of time! Once the romance gets rolling, you might get as hooked as I did!Part of the reason that I found the book pretty silly was that Breezy was super quirkier (she seriously takes quirky to a whole new level!), but I loved that she was a major bookworm, and I could definitely relate to her epic crush on Jed. And Jed...I loved Jed! He was sweet, thoughtful, generous...and super sexy, too! I loved that Breezy and Jed had the most awkwardly-adorable meet-cute and I got a major kick out of the ridiculous antics that followed! Their dynamics were great, and they had amazing chemistry! I did feel like their romance was a little rushed⎯it only takes place over a couple of weeks, but I still thought it was adorable, and I loved how cute they were together!! This is by no means a realistic romance, but it was super cute nonetheless. ;)Overall, MISTER HOCKEY had its dramatic moments⎯what story wouldn't when the romance involves a couple where the heroine starts out as a mega-fan of the hero⎯but I still thought it was adorable! MISTER HOCKEY was quirky, light, fun, and outrageously funny! I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a romance that isn't too serious, especially for readers looking for something to make them smile and laugh!
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  • Michaelene
    January 1, 1970
    On her tombstone it would read: She came. She saw. She made it awkward.Oh my gosh, Mister Hockey was such good fun! Fun, fun, fun! I’m going to be shameless and say I picked this one up because it has a librarian as the heroine. I love librarians although I’m really biased, in truth. Lia Riley’s Mister Hockey captured Breezy’s zany optimism in a delightful way, and Jed was a good guy with a dirty side. So, what happens when the man you lust after and fangirl for drops haphazardly into your life? On her tombstone it would read: She came. She saw. She made it awkward.Oh my gosh, Mister Hockey was such good fun! Fun, fun, fun! I’m going to be shameless and say I picked this one up because it has a librarian as the heroine. I love librarians although I’m really biased, in truth. Lia Riley’s Mister Hockey captured Breezy’s zany optimism in a delightful way, and Jed was a good guy with a dirty side. So, what happens when the man you lust after and fangirl for drops haphazardly into your life? Breezy Angel is about to find out, and hallelujah, is it delish!Anyone who wanted to dismiss librarians as boring bookworms had never heard Breezy rap out “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie” after one Jack and Diet Coke too many—bonus points for her twerking skills.Breezy Angel is a children’s librarian, and at the last minute, she loses a guest for the summer reading event she’s holding. The last thing she expects is to see her favorite hockey star walking through the library’s door. Or for him to get close enough to discover some of her secrets…I have to say that Breezy is my fave. She’s quirky and bright, forthright and so darn funny. The scrapes she gets into are so relatable and cracked me up! She doesn’t know how to handle seeing her favorite hockey star who she has fangirled over for years. And then somehow, they keep getting pushed together and Breezy realizes she can’t let her inner fangirl out. It might just be a little bit creepy to Jed. “Why do I get the distinct impression you are throwing the game?” She laughed as one of his bean bags landed near the kiddie pool. He winked. “Because you have a brain.” That’s it. If she got any wetter she was going to require a raincoat.Jed, for his part, is such a good guy! He’s got a soft heart, and he can truly appreciate the tall, curvy librarian with energy to spare. But his hockey career might just be on the line. What better distraction than Breezy who Jed thinks isn’t a hockey fan… *snorts* Yeah, it’s like that, ya’ll. I couldn’t put this book down. The characters are so darn lovable and a breath of fresh air. I also adored the side characters. Breezy’s family of women are all hockey fans, her grandmother is a bit eccentric (I sooo want a Green Meanie!), and her sister just has to get her own book!If you’re wanting a read that just leaves you giggling and wanting more I highly recommend Mister Hockey. I need more of this colorful crew! 4.5 STARS!* I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book via the publisher on Edelweiss*
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. Guys, Mister Hockey was so flipping good. It was funny and light and completely addictive. It was also pretty darn hot and sexy. I'm not going to lie, I cheesy grinned my way through the biggest part of this one. Oh, I also read it in one sitting because I just couldn't stop once I started. We're all bookworms here. It's super easy to put yourself in Breezy's shoes in this book. Imagine, if you will, that you're a librarian and your biggest celeb Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. Guys, Mister Hockey was so flipping good. It was funny and light and completely addictive. It was also pretty darn hot and sexy. I'm not going to lie, I cheesy grinned my way through the biggest part of this one. Oh, I also read it in one sitting because I just couldn't stop once I started. We're all bookworms here. It's super easy to put yourself in Breezy's shoes in this book. Imagine, if you will, that you're a librarian and your biggest celebrity crush shows up to volunteer at your library. And more than that, he seems legit interested in your awkward self. Dream come true, right? YES. That's the level of fun, swoony, sexy romance you can expect from this book. I loved it so much. Jed and Breezy were such a great pair. Opposites really did attract here and it was wonderful. I loved their flirty banter, their crazy chemistry and the deeper feelings that developed along the way. It was easy to get behind the idea of these two. Jed was so sweet and kind, under all that tough hockey man exterior. Breezy was smart and funny and, as I said above, totally relatable. I loved that Jed really saw her. She deserved that. If you're looking for a fun and sexy book to devour poolside, on the beach or, you know, while you're literally chilling in the A/C this summer... THIS is the one. It was a great start to a new series that I'm ridiculously excited about. The set up for the second book, Head Coach, was so perfect. I can't wait for that book. And I'm already dying to get my hands on the third book, whatever it's called, because I NEEEEEEED Donnelly's book. But I digress, do yourself a favor and snatch this one up. You won't be sorry.I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.FAVORITE QUOTESWhenever she fantasized about a guy putting ranch dressing in her Hidden Valley, he was the one wielding the big, big bottle.It was overwhelming, enduring this much physical longing.On her tombstone it would read: She came. She saw. She made it awkward."I adore chocolate. I require books. They are like oxygen or water, vital to my existence.""You don't have a drop of ordinary in you. You couldn't be average if you tried."
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  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I can remember watching hockey as a little girl with my grandfather. He was the type of man that didn't dole out compliments very much and you were never really sure if he really wanted you around. I often thought, if I was only a boy...Of course I wasn't a boy, but that didn't stop me from loving hockey. As a three year old I'd watch the whole game with my grandfather, never moving from his side. Or so I've been to Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I can remember watching hockey as a little girl with my grandfather. He was the type of man that didn't dole out compliments very much and you were never really sure if he really wanted you around. I often thought, if I was only a boy...Of course I wasn't a boy, but that didn't stop me from loving hockey. As a three year old I'd watch the whole game with my grandfather, never moving from his side. Or so I've been told by family members. My grandfather always loved that I love hockey as much as he did. Other things grew out of our mutual love and I soon was very happy to be a girl...The love of hockey and caused me to find some great authors. I love reading romances that revolve around hockey. Lia Riley isn't new to me, in fact I've been enjoying her books for a while now, so when I saw that she had a new hockey related series out I knew I would have to read it. I am so glad I did. I loved both Jed and Breeze. Crazy name I know! It fits her so well. Her whole family is wonderful. You can't help wanting to know more about them. I can't really say that same thing about Jed's family. They seemed pretty cold and uncaring. Not to worry, he has a new one now. The best part of the story was the humor in it. I found myself laughing more then once. I just couldn't stop reading it until I was totally done. Even the dramatic parts of it at the end are handled very well. I know you want to what they were but I really think that something better learned on your own. After reading Mister Hockey I can't wait to see what's up next. Riley just has that way about her writing that drags you in and leaves you wanting more. Love it! Not only will you find this humorous it is also rather sexy. Wait for the sense under the bed. That in itself is worth reading this story. This story at times will cause you to need the air conditioning on. Ha! So well written! Follow me on:https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for a honest review
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  • Heroesinbooks
    January 1, 1970
    3 Sweet & Sexy StarsThis was an enjoyable read about a famous, successful hockey player and a quirky, funny librarian who also happens to be his biggest fan....but he can't know that because he purposefully does not date fans. The odd puck bunny? Yes. Fans? NoJed West is an interesting hero but I constantly felt like he was such an isolated character even when he was with Breezy. He warms up to her pretty quick and he is passionate and clearly very into our heroine but I did constantly feel 3 Sweet & Sexy StarsThis was an enjoyable read about a famous, successful hockey player and a quirky, funny librarian who also happens to be his biggest fan....but he can't know that because he purposefully does not date fans. The odd puck bunny? Yes. Fans? NoJed West is an interesting hero but I constantly felt like he was such an isolated character even when he was with Breezy. He warms up to her pretty quick and he is passionate and clearly very into our heroine but I did constantly feel like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.Breezy is fun, sweet and has always felt like she came in second best to her sister ,Neve. I loved that the sister's had such a solid relationship.Overall an enjoyable read but not one I would read again.HEA ? YesCheating? No
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    2 starsI really wanted to like this book but the relationship between the H and the h was so forced and all kind of insta that I had a hard time finishing this book.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC Provided by the Author via Edelweiss and Tasty Book Tours***3.5 StarsThis is my first title by Lia Riley, and I enjoyed it overall. I liked the characters, although at times I did find it a little difficult to fully relate to Breezy.Jed was likeable and easy for me. I know what it is like to have outside pressures and realities that cause you to evaluate things differently, and I think we all do, as that is life experience. he was real to me, and getting to know him felt like I was learni ***ARC Provided by the Author via Edelweiss and Tasty Book Tours***3.5 StarsThis is my first title by Lia Riley, and I enjoyed it overall. I liked the characters, although at times I did find it a little difficult to fully relate to Breezy.Jed was likeable and easy for me. I know what it is like to have outside pressures and realities that cause you to evaluate things differently, and I think we all do, as that is life experience. he was real to me, and getting to know him felt like I was learning about a real person.Breezy, however, felt less developed to me and I thought her storyline was a little predictable. not enough to ruin the story, but enough to create what felt like an imbalance with the characters where I found myself enjoying the parts that were about Jed more than the parts with Breezy.I enjoyed the overall story, and I liked the characters enough that I was engaged with the story and did care what was happening and how they resolved their story and got to their happily ever after.As I mentioned, this is the first book I have read by this author, and I will definitely read others in the future.I do recommend this title.
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  • LeeAnne
    January 1, 1970
    This is an addicting read that I didn’t want to end! I love that it’s not your typical “sports read,” it has a unique storyline that will have you unable to put it down.Jed West is the captain of the NHL’s Denver Hellions and he’s the current “it” man of hockey. Through a series of crazy events Jed meets Briana Angel AKA Breezy, his biggest fan – though she doesn’t let him know that. Breezy’s entire world just about revolves around two things – family and hockey. She and the women in her family This is an addicting read that I didn’t want to end! I love that it’s not your typical “sports read,” it has a unique storyline that will have you unable to put it down.Jed West is the captain of the NHL’s Denver Hellions and he’s the current “it” man of hockey. Through a series of crazy events Jed meets Briana Angel AKA Breezy, his biggest fan – though she doesn’t let him know that. Breezy’s entire world just about revolves around two things – family and hockey. She and the women in her family are the biggest Denver Hellions fans around and Breezy in particular worships Jed West. Breezy is your typical bookworm and can’t believe it when the gorgeous Jed is showing interest in her… causing her to withhold the fact that she is his biggest fan. Then when Jed’s doctor gives him some news that could change things forever the person he confides in is Breezy… when the paparazzi finds out at the same time that Jed discovers Breezy’s fandom things get really interesting.This book is laugh-out-loud funny, basically from page one I had tears streaming down my face from laughter. This book is super fast paced, I devoured it in one sitting and I absolutely love the way the author introduces the characters for the next book and I cannot wait for book 2 so that we can get their story.I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure what I expected going in to Mister Hockey. I think that we all approach these books with a certain idea of how things are going to play out, right? It's a sports / hockey romance so we expect some chest thumping bromance and testosterone-filled ice antics wrapped up in a filmy sort of angst that keeps our hearts gripped throughout the whole story.This isn't that kind of book. I mean - it's not that my heart wasn't gripped, because - make no mistake - it was. However, it is light on I'm not sure what I expected going in to Mister Hockey. I think that we all approach these books with a certain idea of how things are going to play out, right? It's a sports / hockey romance so we expect some chest thumping bromance and testosterone-filled ice antics wrapped up in a filmy sort of angst that keeps our hearts gripped throughout the whole story.This isn't that kind of book. I mean - it's not that my heart wasn't gripped, because - make no mistake - it was. However, it is light on the hockey (which is appropriate given the way Jed's storyline plays out), and there's not much by way of bromance or overly-testosterone filled displays of manliness. But, you guys? Don't count Mister Hockey out because this story is adorable. And it did grip my heart in a light, gentle way that kept smiles on my face and flutters in my belly the whole way through.I loved Jed and Breezy! From their adorably funny meet-cute to the sweet way they connected with each other. This is a fast paced, light read that touches on some more serious issues without ever losing its "feel good" vibe. I completely fell for Breezy's quirky, adorkable personality and the way she sort of knocked Jed for a loop while quickly stealing his heart. The story is funny, and sweet, and I really loved every minute.This a solid series starter, and I'm already half in love with book two (it sounds like there's a heck of a story there!) - so it's safe to say that Mister Hockey was a hit (er....goal?) for me! ~ Shelly, 4 Stars****Anyone ever had a chance to meet someone famous? Someone you had a massive crush on from afar? How’d it go? Did you make a fool out of yourself or were you able to string a few sentences together? For me, meeting a famous person in my early 20s, I like to think that I didn’t make a fool out of myself the one and only time it’s happened to me! LOLThe same really couldn’t be said for poor Breezy Angel, founding member of the Hellions Angels, and one of Jed West’s biggest fans. God, I about died with her when she met Jed for the first time—so freaking embarrassing. But I so loved how she rallied! And I adored Jed’s reaction to meeting her too. Breezy is a bit of an introvert, used to being in the background, but she sure came out of her shell when she fully accepted that Jed wanted her and all her curves and quirks.I fully embraced Jed as well. Totally understood his need to be seen as a man not just as a hockey god—to be loved for who he really was not what he represented. Breezy and Jed’s relationship was easy, and low angst. I loved that they dealt with things realistically as adults. I truly enjoyed my time spent reading Mister Hockey. It wasn’t what I expected, it was so much better. I laughed, swooned, fanned myself from the hotness, and dried a few tears too . . . oh and I did get good and mad at a few points too. But all in all, reading Mister Hockey was a perfect way to spend my summer evening. I can’t wait for Head Coach, Coach Tor and Neve’s story. Phew, that one’s going to be explosive! ~ Missy, 4.5 stars
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  • Quinn's Book Nook
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a handful of Lia Riley's contemporary romances, and I've enjoyed them all. But when I saw the description for Mister Hockey, which features a children's librarian and a hockey player, I knew I had to read this one! Mister Hockey by Lia Riley was a cute, easy read, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. What's the Story? Mister Hockey is about children's librarian Breezy Angel and Hockey star Jed West. Hockey is king in the Angel family (particularly for the females) and in add I've read a handful of Lia Riley's contemporary romances, and I've enjoyed them all. But when I saw the description for Mister Hockey, which features a children's librarian and a hockey player, I knew I had to read this one! Mister Hockey by Lia Riley was a cute, easy read, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. What's the Story? Mister Hockey is about children's librarian Breezy Angel and Hockey star Jed West. Hockey is king in the Angel family (particularly for the females) and in addition to being a huge Denver Hellions fan, Breezy has been totally in love with Jed West since he joined the team. When Breezy's sister, a sports reporter, is interviewing Jed, and Breezy calls frantic because her library guest is a no-show, Breezy's sister shows up - with Jed - to save the day. Breezy is super excited, but she doesn't tell him she's a huge fan. Jed is smitten with Breezy, and he's thrilled to learn she isn't a fan, because he doesn't date fans. So they start getting together, but when Jed finds out Breezy's secret, he's not happy. What I Liked: Breezy was pretty cute. I loved that she was a librarian and that she loved reading and children's books. She was awkward at times, which made it really easy to root for her. Jed was such a sweetheart. He wasn't a player or anything like that. He was always glad to help out, whether it was meeting some fans and helping out the community, or simply helping Breezy out with house repairs. It was so easy to love him. I really did like Breezy and Jed together. I was rooting for them, even though I had some issues. I enjoyed most of the humor in the book (although at times it was a bit slapstick). What I Struggled With: Breezy's crush on Jed was a bit much for me. It was so over the top. I certainly had many crushes as a teen, but by the time I was an adult, I wasn't that obsessed with celebrities. I mean, I admired good-looking guys, but I wasn't obsessed. So it was a bit much for me to really believe. Her crush also made me a little uncomfortable when Breezy and Jed got together. Even though Breezy kept saying that she liked Jed the man, I wasn't completely convinced. I wish Breezy was happy as a children's librarian. I was somewhat disappointed that her real dream was to own a children's bookstore. Being a children's librarian myself, I know quite a lot of librarians. And most often they became librarians because they wanted to help people, and the love the idea of what a public library stands for. Selling books isn't quite the same thing, which isn't bad, of course, but it just didn't seem to settle with me well. That might be all personal preference though. I didn't love the big declaration of love at the end of the story - although to be honest that is all about personal preference. I don't care for big declarations of love. Final Thoughts Mister Hockey by Lia Riley was pleasant enough, but not really a standout either. If you're looking for something quick and easy, give it a shot.This review was originally posted on Quinn's Book Nook
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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    January 1, 1970
    Super fun. The laughs kept coming. The joy in reading was throughout this one. Jed and Breezy just gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that left me feeling very good. The two had banter, chemistry, comedy, and a connection. This was the perfect afternoon pick me up and make me smile.Jed and Breezy both had their own issues but when they were together it seemed to fade to the background. Jed’s issues lay in him getting over and Breezy needed to believe a bit more. Enjoyable writing with game pacing and Super fun. The laughs kept coming. The joy in reading was throughout this one. Jed and Breezy just gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that left me feeling very good. The two had banter, chemistry, comedy, and a connection. This was the perfect afternoon pick me up and make me smile.Jed and Breezy both had their own issues but when they were together it seemed to fade to the background. Jed’s issues lay in him getting over and Breezy needed to believe a bit more. Enjoyable writing with game pacing and witty commentary to fill the read with entertainment. Vivid, lively and just plain fun to read. The game has just begun with Mister Hockey. On to the next period with Head Coach.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars .. i really liked this book. looking forward to the next two.
  • S a n d r a
    January 1, 1970
    Es una lectura corta pero entretenida que sí bien no va a entrar en mi too de lecturas del mes, sí que me ha dejado con las ganas de leer el libro de Neve e, imagino, de Mártir después.
  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    Mister Hockey was a tad on the predictable side for my liking. I loved Breezy's quirkiness but found her reasoning to be lacking. It wasn't enough to carry the story for me. I liked Jed just fine until the conflict hit and he acted EXACTLY as I predicted he would, which was immature and again, lacked reason.
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I admit it *raises hand* I had to read this because how can you not after looking into those beautiful eyes?  I swear, the eyes on this cover made me do it.  I've read Lia Riley in the past and it's been a little of a hit or miss for me, but for the most part I had read more new adult stuff by her.  This was a contemporary however, the characters still felt a bit immature to me.  While there were things about this that I liked, there were others that I wish would've been better.Breezy is a libr I admit it *raises hand* I had to read this because how can you not after looking into those beautiful eyes?  I swear, the eyes on this cover made me do it.  I've read Lia Riley in the past and it's been a little of a hit or miss for me, but for the most part I had read more new adult stuff by her.  This was a contemporary however, the characters still felt a bit immature to me.  While there were things about this that I liked, there were others that I wish would've been better.Breezy is a librarian and in need of a hockey player for an event at the library when her scheduled Coach couldn't make it.  Her sister, a sports journalist, has just the right guy for her.  Jed West, Hellions team captain and object of Breezy's biggest fangirling crush EVER. She even has a life sized cardboard Westy at home!  Of course sparks are flying from the first meet and things only progress quickly from there.Maybe one of my problems here was the "quickly" part.  I found the pacing of how these two jumped into things to be a little off because it didn't quite seem believable with the events that happened.  I mean, he shows up at her house right after meeting her for the first time to retrieve his jacket and ends up fixing a roof leak?  Nice guy, don't get me wrong, but my realist-meter was going a little crazy with this story.All that being said, their chemistry was just plain cute!  While I thought they didn't feel like grown ups and maybe some character depth and development, I still liked both of them.  As a couple and as individual characters.  They seem to make sense together because they are similar in some ways and I also liked how they were supportive of each other.I am intrigued about the setup for the next book, Breezy's sister and the team's head coach who have a healthy amount of bickering and arguing between them.  But we will see if I end up picking it up.  This was enjoyable to read but I find it a bit forgettable.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is the first in a new series; a hockey sports romance series no less, so I was delighted to get the chance to read Mister Hockey. We get a little insight into the Hellion team and success, but the story revolves around their Captain, Jed West. He has a past that makes him really consider whether the sport he loves is worth what he fears the most. Through a series of humorous misadventures Jed meets Breezy, and they ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is the first in a new series; a hockey sports romance series no less, so I was delighted to get the chance to read Mister Hockey. We get a little insight into the Hellion team and success, but the story revolves around their Captain, Jed West. He has a past that makes him really consider whether the sport he loves is worth what he fears the most. Through a series of humorous misadventures Jed meets Breezy, and they form a connection (literally, and frequently!) but it is based on her claim of not being a huge fan of his. This is inevitably going to lead to trouble, and a few crazy capers. I really liked the comedy, but the serious side was well covered too; it was really only the speed of the romance that seemed surprising. But actually I think it may have been perception rather than reality, as some events surely took longer than a few days - e.g. Business loans, leases etc. So I gave the insta-love feel a bye, given it probably just highlighted the key parts. Some of the characters definitely have mileage in them - such as Breezy's granny, and the clear hints about Neve, and the Hellions coach mean that we will hopefully get to see more of Jed and Breezy too.
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  • Mary at USAT's HEA
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first time reading Lia Riley, but it will not be my last. Mister Hockey is a fun, sexy and entertaining sports romance. Jed is one of the best and more popular professional hockey players, but he recently suffered brain injury and is worried it will be the end of his career. He meets quirky and funny librarian “Breezy” when he helps at a children’s event at the library. He is very attracted to her, but he doesn’t know that she is an user-fan. Breezy and Jed hit is off, and she is over This is my first time reading Lia Riley, but it will not be my last. Mister Hockey is a fun, sexy and entertaining sports romance. Jed is one of the best and more popular professional hockey players, but he recently suffered brain injury and is worried it will be the end of his career. He meets quirky and funny librarian “Breezy” when he helps at a children’s event at the library. He is very attracted to her, but he doesn’t know that she is an user-fan. Breezy and Jed hit is off, and she is over the moon about the chance to be with the man she’s had a crush on for years. Jed is a super nice guy and drop-dead sexy, and he is smitten with Breezy. She’s goofy and relatable and delightful. They make a fabulous pair, and I enjoyed how their relationship developed. Jed is dealing with some heavy stuff, and Breezy’s secret fan-status could prove a deal-breaker. If you love a little hockey mixed with your romance, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Mister Hockey.
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