Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1)
Sugar and Ice is the first full-length novel in the Rinkside in the Rockies Series by Aven Ellis!Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she's all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she's not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.However, Cupid's arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven...Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all?

Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1) Details

TitleSugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 28th, 2016
PublisherAmazon Digital Services
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Sports, Hockey, Sports and Games

Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1) Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Aven Ellis has combined three of my favorite things, hockey, desserts and sweet romance. SUGAR AND ICE could be one of Ms. Ellis’s best stories ever and that is saying something because when this woman writes, she scores!Josephine is a goddess in the kitchen, but in love, she has felt the agony of defeat. When a broken oven threatens to topple her latest cheesecake creation, she does what any smart woman would do, runs to the apartment shared with the most gorgeous hockey player on t Once again, Aven Ellis has combined three of my favorite things, hockey, desserts and sweet romance. SUGAR AND ICE could be one of Ms. Ellis’s best stories ever and that is saying something because when this woman writes, she scores!Josephine is a goddess in the kitchen, but in love, she has felt the agony of defeat. When a broken oven threatens to topple her latest cheesecake creation, she does what any smart woman would do, runs to the apartment shared with the most gorgeous hockey player on the Denver Mountain Lions team. (Hey, no one ever called her stupid!) Okay, so she wasn’t prepared for what she saw when she knocked on the door…Cade is a one man wrecking crew on the ice, but a mere slip of a girl totally demolished his heart and now he is determined to steer clear of involvements. Until That Girl finally comes into his life, his heart is going to be locked up tight. What he finds when he opens the door to his apartment is about to set his heart into high gear, but unlike on the ice, he must proceed with caution or end up in the penalty box again.Ms. Ellis brings this sweet romance to a slow boil until it is cooled to perfection as two damaged souls take a chance on finding the perfect recipe for love. Hang on to your hearts, Josephine is going to rock your world with her generous nature while she sets you to grinning when it comes to her anal-retentive boss. This woman is fearless in the kitchen and proving to be a force to be reckoned with against one of hockey’s greatest! Cade, oh yes, he is hot, he is a hockey player and he is a cream puff off the ice when he falls for Josephine’s zest for life! The problem is, can he get over his past long enough to look to his future?Aven Ellis, once again you have given me just what I needed, a terror on the ice who is a cupcake in the real world, a feisty gem of a woman who knows her way to a man’s stomach and straight into his heart just by being herself. I was a goner for this one from the broken oven and the apron!I received this copy from Aven Ellis for my honest and voluntary review.Series: Rinkside in the Rockies - Book 1Publication Date: December 28, 2016Publisher: Aven EllisGenre: Sports Romance | Romantic ComedyPrint Length: 261 pagesAvailable from: AmazonFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Coco.V
    January 1, 1970
    🎁 FREE on Amazon today (2/7/2019)! 🎁Blurb:Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she's all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she's not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in 🎁 FREE on Amazon today (2/7/2019)! 🎁
Blurb:Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she's all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she's not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.However, Cupid's arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven...Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all?
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  • Derna
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***Sugar and Ice is the first book in Aven Ellis new Rinkside in the Rockies series. If you’re a fan of sweet romance, hockey and baking then this book is perfect for you. Josephine Rossi loves to bake. Cade Callahan loves playing professional hockey. Both have been hurt before, and therefore both are guarded with their hearts. However, when Josephine and Cade meet, sparks begin to fly, and they soon discover that Sugar and Ice *** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***Sugar and Ice is the first book in Aven Ellis new Rinkside in the Rockies series. If you’re a fan of sweet romance, hockey and baking then this book is perfect for you. Josephine Rossi loves to bake. Cade Callahan loves playing professional hockey. Both have been hurt before, and therefore both are guarded with their hearts. However, when Josephine and Cade meet, sparks begin to fly, and they soon discover that Sugar and Ice are the perfect combinations. Sugar and Ice was an enjoyable, entertaining read and of course, Aven and her fantastic storytelling meant it was hard not to love the characters. Cade is a sweetheart, and there is so much more to him that just hockey. Jojo is lovely, independent and passionate about her baking. JoJo and Cade were adorable, and perfect together and their relationship was flirtatious and cute. There were some great secondary characters, such as Sierra’s and Jude who’s love story was told in Hold the Lift which where we first met JoJo and Cade. One secondary character that I adored was JoJo's grandmother, Nonna as she made me laugh many times and always had wise words about finding that one true love for JoJo. This book is a tell tell sign that Aven like JoJo is passionate about baking and cooking. She must have had great fun doing research for this one. I absolutely had a craving cheesecake while reading it. Sugar and Ice is a delicious mixture of humour, romance, love, friendships, family, and cuteness. It was a fun, endearing, engaging and easy read which was topped off with an extra helping of Funfetti. Another winning read from the delightful Aven Ellis.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Josephine was a recipe tester who meets Cade who is a professional hockey player. They realize they see each other for themselves and it feeds their attraction. What ended up making me crazy was JoJo’s constant insecurities due to her ex cheating on her. Cade has his own issues due to an ex. They were great together, but I found it cheesy. No cliffhanger and HEA.
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    *Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*Sugar and Ice marks the first full length novel of Aven Ellis’ new hockey series Rinkside in the Rockies.Josephine Rossi works for Bake it! Magazine, she is passionate about baking and she is still recovering from a broken heart.Cade Callahan is a gorgeous hockey player, who loves the outdoors and adventures. He is passionate for hockey and a badass on ice. He hates the Christmas season and is very protective of his heart though.Cade *Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*Sugar and Ice marks the first full length novel of Aven Ellis’ new hockey series Rinkside in the Rockies.Josephine Rossi works for Bake it! Magazine, she is passionate about baking and she is still recovering from a broken heart.Cade Callahan is a gorgeous hockey player, who loves the outdoors and adventures. He is passionate for hockey and a badass on ice. He hates the Christmas season and is very protective of his heart though.Cade and Josephine have met before, because their best friends Sierra and Jude are dating and the live in the same apartment building. When Jojo’s oven strikes, the only solution is Cade’s oven. Jojo is wearing her family’s apron and the apron has a legend. According to her Nonna she is going to marry Cade, because he saw her in the apron. I just adore these family related details in this story and we also get to know Jojo’s family. Nonna is amazing and her mum is just so funny to read about.Anyway, back to the story, the moment he sees her in that apron the sparks fly and their chemistry is unique, amazing and one of a kind. You can feel it through the pages, Aven Ellis’ writing captures it beautifully and has created a wonderful story around their chemistry.Cade and Jojo have a natural banter and what they have is just special.Of course there are some ups and downs in their relationship, but that’s part of the storyline and their personalities. Given their past both characters are careful when it comes to love and emotions. They have difficulties sharing their real feelings, but it’s totally understandable.This book doesn’t have that many hockey related scenes, but it includes lots of baking and cooking. I absolutely loved these scenes and Jojo’s passion really comes through. She fights for what she wants, even though it’s not always easy in her job and she makes a great friend in the progress. We get introduced to Skye and later also Maxime, Cade’s and Jude’s teammate, and they way they have met practically calls for a new book in this series. I loved reading about Jude and Sierra again and they are both so great with Jojo. If you’d like to get to know them a bit better, read Hold the Lift a cute short story about how they met.A big part of Aven Ellis’ books is the humor in her writing, it’s just fab. She manages to combine the humor with emotions, feelings, love, family and authenticity. Another thing I admired in this book were the outdoors Jojo got to experience through Cade. The writing was so vivid, descriptive and fresh, I felt like being in this setting with the characters.I think one of the best words to describe this book is SWEET. It’s sweet on so many levels and ways, I devoured every single page.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    2 & 1/2 stars rounded up.This came up for free on Amazon, seeing hockey in the description, so I grabbed it, not double checking anything. Ugh, I was too far into the story when I realized why it seemed so familiar, that it was an author I didn't want to read more from, so I just kept reading hoping it would get better. I'm thinking that switching hockey teams, from Dallas to Colorado, thru me off & is why I didn't put it together as the same author, though the cover should have set off 2 & 1/2 stars rounded up.This came up for free on Amazon, seeing hockey in the description, so I grabbed it, not double checking anything. Ugh, I was too far into the story when I realized why it seemed so familiar, that it was an author I didn't want to read more from, so I just kept reading hoping it would get better. I'm thinking that switching hockey teams, from Dallas to Colorado, thru me off & is why I didn't put it together as the same author, though the cover should have set off a feel of familiarity. This is another story (like the others that I've read from this author) that is supposed to involve hockey & romance. The major draw for me, is the hockey, the only professional sport that I like & would willingly go to & watch games. So other than the guy being a hockey player -for a profession & her going to just one of his games, where the game really isn't talked about much, the hockey is non-existent in this book. I almost feel the hockey player for a profession is to enable a wealthy environment (since it's always a big player making millions that's the hero of her books) for the name dropping by the author and time away from the relationship (for relationship challenges or for emotional angst) for the away games. And there are lots of clothing brands, cosmetic brands, and locales for the rich- mentioned thru the book. I believe this author must be a snob to do so much name dropping in her books, as the average reader doesn't shop/live like that. I'd rather spend my money on books than designer anything. It definitely alienates me as a reader. As to the plot, the relationship moved way to fast for their broken heart situations of the pair, making it unbelievable. I also feel the author is relying on a set formula/outline to follow, so the stories all seem alike, they all follow the same plot to a degree, with a few random things thrown in to try to make them different, but not actually enough to not be repetitive & predictable. I was not impressed enough with the characters to even remember their names to write this review a few days later, & wasn't inspired enough to even look them up. I'm definitely going to try harder to avoid more books from this author in the future.
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  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Aven Ellis for letting me be a part of the Beta Reading for this book. I adore Aven's writing and it's so much fun to be there right from the beginning, to see her ideas turn into such wonderful stories.This is the first full length book in this series. Hold the Lift was the p This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Aven Ellis for letting me be a part of the Beta Reading for this book. I adore Aven's writing and it's so much fun to be there right from the beginning, to see her ideas turn into such wonderful stories.This is the first full length book in this series. Hold the Lift was the previous novella which follows Sierra and Jude. and it follows JoJo and Cade. JoJo is Sierra's flat mate and Cade coincidentally is Jude's. While they have briefly met they do not really know each other. When JoJo's oven breaks just as she needs to put some very important cheesecakes in Cade is her only hope to get them baked.I'm going to say now that this book should come with a warning that reads "Buy with Cheesecake". During the few days that I spent reading this I think I consumed at least 3 individual sized cheesecakes but if I wasn't on a diet it would have been 3 large ones.JoJo or Josephine, is a recipe taster for Bake it! magazine but she wants to do much more than just tasting. She has many ideas for future articles but her boss doesn't think she can make it.Cade is extremely passionate about hockey but he wants a girl that sees him for more than just the game. After last years relationship disaster he's looking for someone who's real.I adored this book because it's fun. JoJo and Cade's brewing relationship is full of teasing and banter which makes the book as light an airy as a sponge but hidden inside are some deep and real issues that we can all relate to. Aven's writing gives you the perfect mix of these two elements.I have been with Aven since her first book Connectivity and it has been an honour to see book after book as she has grown. How she has improved and excelled her self with each new book. I honestly cannot wait to see what she brings for us next.
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  • Chelsea Baute
    January 1, 1970
    TBH, Aven could literally just write out the ingredients found in Special K, call it a book, and I would give it 5 stars.
  • Kierstin Carnahan
    January 1, 1970
    Things I love: Cupcakes, hockey players, and Aven Ellis books. This book again was no exception to the lovely hockey romances Aven is known for.Question: where does one find a hot hockey player at?
  • N.N. Light
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun story! I really enjoyed Sugar and Ice. I look forward to reading more in the Rinkside in the Rockies series. My Rating: 5 starsReviewed by: Mrs. N
  • Leahanne
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t finish the book. I found myself skimming through most of the pages because the story was bland. The author created a great concept with a lot of potential to be funny, sexy, or both. The character profiles changed with the scenario. The heroine would be strong, then meek/mild, then strong again. The consistency was missing.
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  • Whitney
    January 1, 1970
    Josephine Rossi is a vivacious Italian woman with a passion for baking. After having her heart broken, she's shielded herself from relationships and instead is throwing her heart and soul into her job at Bake It! magazine. She tests recipes but would LOVE to ghostwrite a cookbook so that people can taste her recipes for once! When her oven quits working as she's trying to bake THE best cannoli cheesecake to impress her boss, she ends up having to use Cade Callahan's oven-hottie and hockey player Josephine Rossi is a vivacious Italian woman with a passion for baking. After having her heart broken, she's shielded herself from relationships and instead is throwing her heart and soul into her job at Bake It! magazine. She tests recipes but would LOVE to ghostwrite a cookbook so that people can taste her recipes for once! When her oven quits working as she's trying to bake THE best cannoli cheesecake to impress her boss, she ends up having to use Cade Callahan's oven-hottie and hockey player with a penchant for fighting on the ice! The two spend hours talking about family traditions, history, and each other's dreams and goals while JoJo's cheesecake bakes, and immediately sparks are flying! JoJo has on an apron that has been passed down from generation to generation, and like any good family heirloom, it has a story-if a man sees you in that apron, you're bound to marry him! I loved all the baking and food testing scenes in this book, as well as any scene involving JoJo's grandmother, Nonna as she is hilarious!Cade, like JoJo, has been hurt in past relationships, so of course the two of them are taking it slow. JoJo goes on a hike and fishing with Cade, since he loves the outdoors, and JoJo attempts to teach him how to make homemade pasta, but well, other things are on the menu that night! I really liked the chemistry between the two of them; it just felt so real. Like all of Aven's books, you really become invested in the characters and truly sense what they would be like if they were in real life! This combination of sugar and ice mixed perfectly together!Just when I think I've found my favorite Aven couple, a new book comes out and I fall in love with another one! This book was just so fun and sweet you can't help but love it. And now I really want Funfetti cupcakes and cheesecake ;)*I received a copy of this novel from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    The best love stories begin with the most hilarious events. Jo is a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. While she's making her possibly best cheesecake ever her oven stops working. The only people she knows who would let her use an oven are Cade and Jude, who live in the same building. Jo rushes to their apartment to see if they can help her. Cade opens the door and when they start talking they're really noticing each other for the first time. Cade is a professional hockey player for the Denver The best love stories begin with the most hilarious events. Jo is a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. While she's making her possibly best cheesecake ever her oven stops working. The only people she knows who would let her use an oven are Cade and Jude, who live in the same building. Jo rushes to their apartment to see if they can help her. Cade opens the door and when they start talking they're really noticing each other for the first time. Cade is a professional hockey player for the Denver Mountain Lions. It's his passion, but it's also the only thing about him that people know and see. Cade loved someone once, at least he thought he did. It turned out that the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with didn't feel the same way and broke up with him in the worst possible way. Now Cade is spending his time with lots of women, but he doesn't let anybody come close. Jo is so much fun. I loved how passionate she is about her job and admired the confident way she stands for her recipes. Her Italian family is loud and dramatic and her nonna is fabulous! I would love to have a nonna like her. Jo is someone who will always give people a chance. She sees the good in them and takes time to really get to know someone. She is really clumsy, which causes multiple hilarious moments. Jo is kindhearted and caring, she's a great person to be around, but isn't a pushover. I loved everything about her. Cade is fearless when he's on the ice. He stands for his team and will take down anyone if need be. Cade is intelligent and he learned how to get under the skin of his opponents. He's very interested in history and loves spending time outdoors. Fishing, canoeing or hiking, Cade does it all. Cade is a different person on and off the ice. He's a loyal friend and makes sure that everybody is having a good time. The fact that he's tall, muscular, sweet and gorgeous made me fall in love with him right away. When I read a book written by Aven Ellis I find myself laughing out loud all the time. I love the characters she comes up with. They always make me smile and I connect with them right from the start. Sugar and Ice is a beautiful story about two amazing people who are willing to give love a second chance. Cade and Jo's chemistry is obvious and I liked the way they communicate with each other through loving little jokes. They made Sugar and Ice feel so real and reminded me of when me and my husband were getting to know each other. A story by Aven Ellis never dissapoints and I have devoured every book she's ever written. I highly recommend the wonderful Sugar and Ice, it's a delicious story filled with mouthwatering descriptions of cupcakes and food.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    Sugar and Ice is a warm and cosy romance, which has provided me with a new book boyfriend in Cade. He is so much more than just an ice-hockey player, and its all his other qualities plus his good looks that have drawn both me and Josephine Rossi to him. Josephine has a brilliant sounding job, she is a recipe taster, and some of the desert descriptions are to die for. They sound mouth wateringly delicious, and once I googled what funfetti was, I can say that I loved the idea of a funfetti cupcake Sugar and Ice is a warm and cosy romance, which has provided me with a new book boyfriend in Cade. He is so much more than just an ice-hockey player, and its all his other qualities plus his good looks that have drawn both me and Josephine Rossi to him. Josephine has a brilliant sounding job, she is a recipe taster, and some of the desert descriptions are to die for. They sound mouth wateringly delicious, and once I googled what funfetti was, I can say that I loved the idea of a funfetti cupcake, even if Josephine's boss wasn't so keen. There is a great sense of humour with this story, and the fishing trip will stay with me for a while, although if I was ever in that same situation, my reaction would probably be identical to Josephine's. The writing is warm and welcoming, and it was great to see two characters who have been burned by love before, try to take things slowly despite the amazing chemistry between them. I was slightly surprised there wasn't huge amounts of hockey in this book, but we are introduced to a couple of the other players on the Denver Mountain Lions, who I suspect may feature in future books in this series. Cade has a love of the great outdoors, and with a Rockies backdrop, the scenery was breathtakingly gorgeous. From their first proper meeting very early into the story, I was hooked, and despite knowing pretty much what the overall outcome would be, I loved reading about the journey, and the various dates, especially the Halloween party. Sugar and Ice is another wonderful romance by Aven Ellis, and it was refreshing for it to be set in a new location with a whole new team of gorgeous hockey players to be introduced to. Thank you so much to Aven Ellis for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Mary Aguilera
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment the oven quit and Cade opens his door, allowing JoJo to bask in his phsique, wearing nothing but a towel, I was in love with these two as a couple. I loved how the attraction was felt and mutual, how they both know there is something there but both have reasons of their own to take this relationship slowly, to see where it leads them. They say opposites attract and it couldn't be truer with these two. Cade loves the outdoors and JoJo feels at home in a kitchen baking. And yet...t From the moment the oven quit and Cade opens his door, allowing JoJo to bask in his phsique, wearing nothing but a towel, I was in love with these two as a couple. I loved how the attraction was felt and mutual, how they both know there is something there but both have reasons of their own to take this relationship slowly, to see where it leads them. They say opposites attract and it couldn't be truer with these two. Cade loves the outdoors and JoJo feels at home in a kitchen baking. And yet...they have feelings for each other and want to be together. Aven spins a realistic story about two people who love each other but are battling the odds of past relationships and the differences in their lives. With every book she writes, the characters are unique and the story is captivating. There is no miracle cure to their relationships and nothing that destroys them, only to suddenly be fixed in a page. They have conflicts and at times they feel as if they are not going to be fixed but the author finds a believable way for them to find their HEA. An added bonus is seeing characters from other books in the series! I found myself wrapped up in future characters stories, like Max! I am so waiting to read his HEA!!! One click this book today, YOU WILL LOVE IT!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Loved JoJo and Cade!!! Such a sweet (no pun intended) love story with two people who were hurt by love in the past and trying to take it slow. Their reluctance to trust in their feelings almost ruined their relationship but in the end, the love they had for each other was too strong to walk away from. A great new series by Aven Ellis! Can't wait to read more of the Rinkside in the Rockies series!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Cade is my new book boyfriend! Aven is an evil genius set on making you accomplish nothing but reading her books in one sitting. Jojo and Cade are heartstoppingly adorable. I also loved seeing more of Sierra and Jude's storyline. If you're looking for a light-hearted romance, this is it!Note, I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Chelle
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet, safe, a little bit dull but easy to read. Romance but no heat and definitely no hockey.
  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    Love it!Another wonderful book from Aven Ellis. I couldn't get enough of this book. It's a wonderful new series in a wonderful web of hockey love stories
  • Carole Rae
    January 1, 1970
    Who doesn't love a hot hockey player????? And especially when the book is a freebie. Okay - so the story follows JoJo/Josephine who works as a recipe tester/creator. She loves cooking, but is more passionate about baking. She is on the mends of a broken heart. During one of her baking days at home, her ovens dies so she runs upstairs to her friend's boyfriend's apartment hoping to borrow his. Well, the roommate, Cade, is there instead. And he is a hunky hockey player. Cade lets her use the oven Who doesn't love a hot hockey player????? And especially when the book is a freebie. Okay - so the story follows JoJo/Josephine who works as a recipe tester/creator. She loves cooking, but is more passionate about baking. She is on the mends of a broken heart. During one of her baking days at home, her ovens dies so she runs upstairs to her friend's boyfriend's apartment hoping to borrow his. Well, the roommate, Cade, is there instead. And he is a hunky hockey player. Cade lets her use the oven but wants to have a slice of the cheesecake and her company. They talk and fall for each other. Such a cheesy, cheesy romance and I adored it. So cute and fluffy and super Chick Lit worthy. I want this to be a Hallmark movie!!!!! I liked JoJo. She was over-the-top, but fun. I adored Cade, but he was too perfect at first. History fan and a hockey player???? Wha? WHO DUG INTO MY MIND AND CREATED HIM! Gah! But yes, we do find out later he isn't perfect. He really has trust issues because of his ex. Thank goodness. I was worried he was going to be the perfect guy eva without a flaw. *wipes sweat from brow*. I had to take a break from this for a couple of days. Not that it was bad. It was too sweet for me. The beginning was over-the-top cute and sweet. About halfway is when we hit some snags in this relationship. It saved the story, to be honest. The ending was good. But I did hate how quickly they were able to fix all their issues. Two fights overall? Nah. Not realistic. I loved Skye. I want to read her story!!!!! She needs a HEA. Mmmm...I also wasn't a huge fan of the format. It read like a diary sometimes. I got used to it....but yeah - not my favorite. HOWEVER, I did like how each chapter began with JoJo's mission of the day. It makes me wanna do one! But I am FAR too lazy for that. Overall, this wasn't bad. It was fun and light. Not realistic enough at the ending there, but it was fun. I'll give this 3 stars.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Laugh out loud funny moments. A sweet love story. Crazy family dynamics. (I LOVE JoJo's nonna!) Good friends. Hickey. Cheesecake. Two main characters that have to choose love over fear of being hurt.I picked up this book on KU because I am new to Colorado, it is set in Denver, and I love hockey romance.JoJo has a lot going for her. I really liked her daily passion and purpose statements and would love to incorporate something like that into my daily life. Cade is a hot hockey player with a brain Laugh out loud funny moments. A sweet love story. Crazy family dynamics. (I LOVE JoJo's nonna!) Good friends. Hickey. Cheesecake. Two main characters that have to choose love over fear of being hurt.I picked up this book on KU because I am new to Colorado, it is set in Denver, and I love hockey romance.JoJo has a lot going for her. I really liked her daily passion and purpose statements and would love to incorporate something like that into my daily life. Cade is a hot hockey player with a brain that is more attractive than his body. I really liked how these two fell for each other's personality, likes, and sense of humor in spite of both being very attractive physically.This was an enjoyable book and I am moving on to the next book in the series.
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  • Jennifer Dicenzo
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think there is any book that this author writes that isn't an immediate favorite for me. Each couple becomes my favorite. I have lost count of the times I have gone back and re read these books, but they always bring me comfort when I am down or just give me that lift in life I need. In this book we are re introduced to Cade and Josephine (JoJo) who we met briefly in another Aven Ellis book. I fell for Cade from the instant he opened the door to JoJo (of course the towel helped). And JoJ I don't think there is any book that this author writes that isn't an immediate favorite for me. Each couple becomes my favorite. I have lost count of the times I have gone back and re read these books, but they always bring me comfort when I am down or just give me that lift in life I need. In this book we are re introduced to Cade and Josephine (JoJo) who we met briefly in another Aven Ellis book. I fell for Cade from the instant he opened the door to JoJo (of course the towel helped). And JoJo is just such a great character. Readers will also fall in love with Nonna who shaped much of who JoJo has become. Come enjoy this journey of falling in love along with Cade and JoJo. You won't be sorry.
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  • Carey Fletcher
    January 1, 1970
    I love Aven Ellis' writing style! Her characters are so detailed right down to the little quirky habits that you can't help but think of them as real people who you could befriend. Then the action bits of the story are unique. Her actions scenes don't consist of the usual date of a dinner and a movie. No, they are things like a trip to the grocery store to teach how to properly pick out produce or pasta making 101. I really enjoyed these characters and their story. I look forward to continuing t I love Aven Ellis' writing style! Her characters are so detailed right down to the little quirky habits that you can't help but think of them as real people who you could befriend. Then the action bits of the story are unique. Her actions scenes don't consist of the usual date of a dinner and a movie. No, they are things like a trip to the grocery store to teach how to properly pick out produce or pasta making 101. I really enjoyed these characters and their story. I look forward to continuing the series. I hope we get to hear more about how Josephine puts Angelique in her place in future books. But I know that's a long shot.
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  • Jenifer
    January 1, 1970
    Sugar overload!This book was too sweet - almost sickeningly so and not just because JoJo is a baker. She and Cade had an instant connection but I never felt much heat or passion for each other. More of a lukewarm simmer like shy teenagers. The whole story is from JoJo's POV so we only see her crazy neurotic brain but I feel like Cade's is probably the same way. I got tired of her internal "screams" after anyone said something nice to her. I can hear the 'ohhh' and 'ahhh' in my head but I got tir Sugar overload!This book was too sweet - almost sickeningly so and not just because JoJo is a baker. She and Cade had an instant connection but I never felt much heat or passion for each other. More of a lukewarm simmer like shy teenagers. The whole story is from JoJo's POV so we only see her crazy neurotic brain but I feel like Cade's is probably the same way. I got tired of her internal "screams" after anyone said something nice to her. I can hear the 'ohhh' and 'ahhh' in my head but I got tired of reading it. The whole thing was like a movie on Oxygen or Hallmark. It was just ok for me. I have a toothache.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 25%. Cute cover and good premise, but there were far too many inane details to hold my interest - the book was more "tell" than "show" - the story could have been half the length without all of the boring little details that nobody needed. It took her 4 mind-numbing pages for her to get dressed to bake and I almost quit there, but I wanted to give it a fair shake. I really tried. There were also so many brand name products named in this one that it felt like it was a sponsored story. I co DNF at 25%. Cute cover and good premise, but there were far too many inane details to hold my interest - the book was more "tell" than "show" - the story could have been half the length without all of the boring little details that nobody needed. It took her 4 mind-numbing pages for her to get dressed to bake and I almost quit there, but I wanted to give it a fair shake. I really tried. There were also so many brand name products named in this one that it felt like it was a sponsored story. I could not care any less about her body lotion/perfume/jeans/jewelry/coffee brands, I was hoping for more hockey and romance and less of Josephine's far too detailed inner thoughts.
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    So sweetI originally chose this book because I love hockey romance books. However it really has nothing to do with "hockey" It is just the job Cade does. This is more about 2 hurt people who find one another while NOT looking. I enjoyed learning so much about what Jojo did for a living and her passion for baking. It was such a surprise that Cade wasn't a dumb jock that he was intelligent and loved history. Which Jojo's family is full of. It was a wonderful book.
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  • Joan Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet.First, this is a romance, not a hockey romance. This is a sweet love story of a girl who falls for a hockey player. There is only one hockey scene in the whole book, and while well written, it just doesn't contain the passion and love of hockey. While this is a very good romance novel, it fails as a hockey romance.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    When I selected this book I expected more hockey than appeared. I was disappointed. However that said, I found this was a wonderful look into great characters. I've known many hockey players - they are extraordinary individuals on AND off the ice. This book is the first I've read to truly depict this. Kudos!
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  • ReadingInThe6ix
    January 1, 1970
    Instalove on crack...seriously. The writing was fine, but hearing Josephine go on and on about baking, the over-emphasis on her family (it wasn’t endearing, it was odd), and the over the top instalove was too much. I’m ok with instalove...this was too eyeroll enducing.
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  • Gudrun
    January 1, 1970
    There are lots of clothing brands and cosmetic brands mentioned through the book, some would be acceptable, but whenever she dressed the reader would know which label she wore. That became repetitive and boring.Not my cup of tea.
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