Review | Bound by Brenda Rothert (Fire On Ice #1)

Fire On Ice Series by Brenda Rothert

I've read Bound, the first in the series and my review is below.  I can't wait to see what y'all think of this series!  Let me know in the comments!!  I'm really excited to read the rest of this series.


BOUND (Fire on Ice, #1)

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt - to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.

Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.

When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

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My Rating & Review

Y’all this book grabbed me by the heart in the first pages and just pulled me along the entire time.  There is a lot of emotion in this book tied up in two characters.  I really liked Kate, but Ryke is the killer character for me.  I really loved him.  He’s so caring and considerate and yet so alpha and utterly manly at the same time.  Oh and Lord help me, when he showed up in a ball cap and a Jeep … I was done for.

This story is a real emotional one.  I was tearing up when it grabbed my heart.  That was the point where I knew I was in this world for the long haul.  I felt invested in this story and how it ended.  I am really excited to read the rest of this series.  I have to know what happens for these people.  I have to know all the events that go down and all the stuff that gets thrown up while they are trying to make it work.

This is the first book in a series, but there isn’t a cliffhanger ending, thank God.  That’s all I’m telling you, but I hate when I start a book and find out it has a cliff hanger… HATE IT.  So I’ll tell you that much because I’m your friend.

Back to being serious though, this book shows and touches on a lot of tough issues.  I love that these two people meet while seeking help.  I love that this author is showing a support group.  I love how this group of people becomes important and also is such a touch point for Kate and Ryke.

I also bought and listened to this audio book some of the time while I was reading this story.  The narrators were pretty good.  I didn’t love either narrator, but they weren’t bad just ok for me.  The story was told well through their performances.

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FIRE ON ICE series by Brenda Rothert

BOUND (Fire on Ice, #1)

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt - to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.

Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.

When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

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CAPTIVE (Fire on Ice, #2)

Two years ago, Jason and Kate Ryker were brought together by grief and bound to one another by love. Now married, they’re confronting their fears together.

But heartbreak finds them again, and the ties that bind Kate and Ryke are tested as she struggles against fear and sadness. As a grief counselor, Kate understands all too well the pain of her clients. And while her husband’s career as an NHL forward is at an all-time high, he’s coping with the frustration of feeling powerless as his wife's hopes slip away.

Kate’s unexpected journey sheds light on the fear that imprisons her, and reveals that she is the only one who can set herself free.

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EDGE (Fire on Ice, #3)

One bad hit has left the career of young NHL Center Luke Hudson in question. When he arrives for rehab with a minor league team, his injury has robbed him of the edge that made him great.

Team trainer Adella Price’s job is to help Luke get back in peak condition. But their one on one sessions shake her resolve to remain unattached. Dell is hands-off to all hockey players, even one as charming and successful as Luke.

As Luke starts to get ahold of his game again, he loses his grip on his heart. Helping Luke get his edge back brings to light what Dell is missing from her life. But those who want them apart are relentless, and with their careers on the line, Luke and Dell must decide if their love is worth risking it all.

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DRIVE (Fire on Ice, #4)

Years of training are about to pay off for hockey player Nikola Vereshkova. A call to play in the big league means he can finally come through for those who need him. His relocation to Chicago comes with built-in friends – and one gorgeous enemy who was less than impressed with him after their first encounter.
Sadie Alexander knows all about the drastic measures men will take just to get laid. She’s not only experienced it first-hand, but lived to tell about it in her online column, Sadie Says. And even though she’s a die-hard independent woman on the outside, the recent marriage of her best friend has her secretly feeling more alone than ever.
Getting close to a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob was the last thing Sadie expected. And the timing couldn’t be worse since she’s sworn off of men for a writing assignment. The line between love and hate is eroding, and Niko and Sadie find themselves in deeper than they ever expected. Could something that started out wrong end up being just right?

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RELEASE (Fire on Ice, #5)

NHL player Orion Caldwell protects his own. He’s an enforcer to his core, but he was the one left defenseless when his longtime girlfriend broke his heart. Now he’s all about his game, but spending the offseason in his hometown forces him to confront painful issues –both old and new.

Samara Cross just wants to be invisible. After living a nightmare, she came back to her hometown seeking solace. But her quiet new life is upturned by the hot, charismatic hockey player who’s taken a sudden interest in her.

Orion and Samara find something unexpected in each other, but when the hockey offseason ends, so does their time together. They struggle with their separation, confronted by ghosts of the past and an uncertain future, discovering that sometimes the only way to hold on to something precious is to let go.

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About the Author, Brenda Rothert

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

Review | The Sex Bucket List by Prescott Lane

The Sex Bucket List
by Prescott Lane

Release Date: March 9th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

I’m Emerson, and my “to do” list is longer than I’d like. You might wonder what kind of woman comes up with a sex bucket list? Answer — the kind who’s been in a sex drought, has two crazy girlfriends encouraging her, and one too many bottles of wine.

This kind of list requires special skill. And I have just the man in mind to help me. He’s younger. So that checks one thing off my list. And he’s the kind of man every woman should sleep with at least once in her life. The kind of man who knows his way around a woman’s body. And God, I’d like him to know mine.

Armed with new lingerie and a fancy high-tech vibrator, I’m taking charge. Of love, of life, and my libido. How hard can that be? Well, judging by the rate of pole dancing injuries, I might be in trouble.
But how much trouble can one woman get in? Giving your panties to a stranger isn’t illegal in Georgia, is it?

Grab a pen and make your own Sex Bucket List!


Our kiss is hard and rough, and it has my legs clenching together. His hands go to my ass, pulling my dress up slightly, lifting me up onto the edge of my desk, grinding against me. Wearing a wrap dress today was a good call. I usually wear wrap dresses because they are no fuss, add a nice cinch to my waist, and feel like pajamas. Easy access wasn’t one of the reasons, but I’m thankful for it now.

Wrestling with his shirt, I yank it out of his pants, desperate to feel his skin under my fingertips. His tongue finds my neck, and he kisses a path along my collarbone. I thrust against every hard inch of him. He pulls on the tie of my dress, and I wrap my legs around his waist. Picking me up, he pushes me up against the floor-to-ceiling window.

I can’t remember the last time a guy banged me up against a wall, or a window, for that matter. This is a perk of being with a younger man. Am I really going to do this? In my office? In the middle of the day? He must feel my hesitation because he lowers my legs to the ground, flipping me towards the window, his hard dick pushing up against my ass, his warm breath tickling my neck.

He whispers in my ear, “Number 19. Orgasm in a public place. I’m saying this counts.” I look down the few stories to the busy Atlanta street, the neighboring building. Roughly, he forces my legs apart with his foot then reaches his hand between my legs and pushes my panties to the side. “Your list belongs to me,” he says, his voice hard.


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My Rating & Review

I was interested in this book from the first time I saw the description… y’all Emerson is so cool.  I can identify with her in so many aspects and traits she has.  She is someone everyone knows in some way.  She is funny, thoughtful, overthinks everything, plans, makes lists, and tries to control everything like every woman I know.  Once I learned her backstory I found how strong and how stubborn she is.  I saw a lot of my friends in her character, and I love that she got this story.  I saw all of our Mom Guilt and how if we let that run our lives everyone will suffer in some way, especially you.  Her story shows what can happen when you take charge of your own wants and act on a few things for yourself rather than living your life for other people.  I think that’s the giant message I found in this book – when she finally allowed herself some time, a little consideration, and some care she was amazing.  She felt better and felt more in control.

Mateo is AMAZING.  He is so perfect in this story.  Emerson couldn’t ask or create a better fit for her if she tried – she doesn’t think so, but you’ll see… He is so perfect.  I fell in love with him so fast.  I love his caring and protecting and oh my gosh, just everything.  LOVE HIM.

Prescott Lane’s writing is phenomenal.  It flows so well and reads like a movie.  I loved the flow and story line.  The way she is able to create so many great characters blows me away.  All the characters in this book are developed and crafted so well.

This book has a lot of characteristics in it that will appeal to so many readers.  I think everyone will identify with something in this story.  It is definitely a great read I’d suggest you check out.

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Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She's got six other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, and The Reason for Me. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life.

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Review | Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey

When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she’s nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble—she’s wearing pink espadrilles, she’s got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she’s in the middle of a shootout.

After tall, muscular Ozzie comes to her rescue, May has no choice but to follow him to safety. At the headquarters of his private security firm, the Bourbon Street Boys, she finds a refuge for the night—and the offer of a job. But it’s not long before a gun-toting stalker isn’t the only complication in May’s life: the more time she spends with Ozzie, the less she can deny that they’ve got some serious chemistry. A wrong number got her into this mess…Will it also get her the right guy?

Rating & Review

Great story - it made laugh out loud several times. I loved May and Ozzie. I'm interested in the rest of the team too and can't wait to read the rest of the series!  This is a great start to the series.  Good writing, character development is on point, and the story flows amazingly well!

I both read this story on my kindle and listened on Audible.  It's always easier and faster for me to read the actual kindle version (or you know the printed book if I have it), but I listened to this story most of the way through.  I really loved Emily's narration of the story - she made Kate so real and like she was sitting there just telling me this story rather than reading me a book.

The opening scene is HILARIOUS.  I literally laughed/snorted/cried it is so damn funny.  If you don't think it's funny, we can't be friends.

This is a great intro' into the relationship between the sisters and all shit that's happening in their lives.  I love Kate's narration and the tone of how she's introduced and how she talks.  I don't know if it is the Audible narrator, Emily Foster, and how well she reads Kate or if it's just the writing in the book, but I really loved Kate from the very beginning.  Don't get me wrong... Kate is a pain in the ass and kind of annoying some times, but I really loved her throughout the story.

Ozzie .... my oh my
Can we please just take a moment for Ozzie.
This situation that leads us to Ozzie is SO GREAT!  I mean for real... Kate is seemingly gullible here when she gets into this shit, but I can go with it and give the story a minute.  Annnnnnnnnyway ... I really love the play between Kate and Ozzie.  I love how he is all no nonsense from the very beginning and is so mad at Kate for not trusting him right away - which HELLO she shouldn't, but come on let's keep going here.  This beginning gives so many options for the story to go and I love it so much!  

The Team is AWESOME.  I'll leave it at that... I love the interaction between Kate and the Team.  The entire story between Kate and Team is fantastic - the intro to the Team is so great and I want to know so much more about them all and how it all works out.

The end of this story ... the last two chapters or so ... can we please all take a breath.  I LOVED IT!  I love that even through it all Kate's sense of humor is present and amazing.  The way Ozzie walks Kate through all this shit that goes down ... I mean come on.  He is amazing.  Kate, I just really love her.  As you can see, I enjoyed this story so much.  I totally recommend this to you all - I think you'll like it.  I'll be checking out the other three books in the series and I'll let you know what I think after I do.

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Wrong Place, Right Time (#2)

Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.

When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.

Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?

Wrong Question, Right Answer (#3)

As a member of the Bourbon Street Boys private security firm, Antoinette “Toni” Delacourte is one strong woman, but despite her reputation for being tough as nails, she is haunted by her past mistakes. Now they’re catching up to her, and throwing her for a loop.

Ten years ago, Toni kissed Lucky, her brother’s best friend. Worried it would break apart the group she’d come to see as family, she walked away—straight into the arms of Charlie, and an abusive relationship.

For the past decade she’s tried to keep her feelings for Lucky platonic—he’s her friend, her colleague, and he’s got his own past to deal with. Free of Charlie but unable to shake his memory, Toni finds herself feeling vulnerable and unable to deny her attraction to Lucky any longer.

She’s always thought that kiss was her first mistake, but now she’s wondering whether the real mistake was running away.

Wrong Turn, Right Direction (#4)

Tamika Cleary takes a wrong turn up a one-way street—and straight into Thibault Delacroix’s leg as he steps into the road. But Mika’s in a hurry, and she certainly doesn’t have time for a guy who can’t even look both ways before crossing, even if he does have a cute face, a body to die for, and the darkest, thickest eyelashes she’s ever seen.

Unfortunately for Mika, fate has other ideas. When she’s threatened by her employer, a Russian mafia boss known as “The Thief”, she’s forced to accept Thibault’s help. As the co-owner of the Bourbon Street Boys security firm, he believes he can keep her safe. But Mika has a whole load of trust issues—and the pushier Thibault is about helping, the more stubbornly she tries to resist.

Mika may have taken a wrong turn the day they met, but will she finally let someone steer her in the right direction?

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