Kaufman: The Season by Nicole Edwards
on October 25th, 2016
Genres: Alpha Male, Erotic Romance, Sports
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I signed on to the NHL, I promised to give 150% to the game. IÔÇÖve done that.
Little did I know, but they would ask more from me than merely my skill on the ice. The team wanted me to be their captain. ItÔÇÖs an honor, one IÔÇÖve done my best to fulfill. Although I canÔÇÖt take all the credit, I was there to lead when we won the Stanley Cup.
IÔÇÖm still at the helm now, when weÔÇÖve hit rock bottom. I know I have let my fears get in the way. IÔÇÖve let down the team, even if they donÔÇÖt realize what IÔÇÖve done.
Now that the new seasonÔÇÖs underway, IÔÇÖm being called out. I deserve it. I can deal with that. It wonÔÇÖt be easy, but IÔÇÖll persevere.
What I canÔÇÖt deal with is her.
She surprised me.
She came out of nowhere and blindsided me.
And thereÔÇÖs one serious issue.
Now that I have her, I refuse to let her go.
*This is a full-length, standalone novel. It is part of the Austin Arrows series, but can be read independently.
ItÔÇÖs no secret IÔÇÖm a huge Nicole Edwards fanÔÇöbut combine her talent to write funny, sexy, and complex characters with hockey, my favorites sport, and it canÔÇÖt get any better.
I fell in curiosity with Spencer Kaufman in Rush, book one of the ÔÇ£Austin Arrows SeriesÔÇØ, and have been wondering ever since what his story will beÔÇöwhich one will he end up with? Or hell, will we get another m├®nage book by yours truly? So many questions, no answers. Until now.
Without giving away any spoilers, I absolutely adored the road this book took. It left me wondering, in love, and definitely in lust. ItÔÇÖs full of the hotness we expect from Nicole Edwards, but this book was a lot more than simply that. The complex characters and interesting story line combined with EdwardÔÇÖs excellent writing definitely left me wanting for more.
I loved that the focus wasnÔÇÖt on the sex, as it is with so many books lately, but on the character development. DonÔÇÖt get me wrong, EdwardÔÇÖs trademark smoking hot sex scenes are present, but this book is so much more. The scenes add to the story, arenÔÇÖt just there because thatÔÇÖs what is expected nowadays, but to enhance the storytelling. ItÔÇÖs a complex book with every scene having a purpose; not to just entertain, but to make us fall in love with the charactersÔÇöall of them.
Overall, I adored this book and its characters. ItÔÇÖs an entertaining read with amazing writing, entertaining characters, and an enchanting story line which will keep you entertained from page one. ÔÇ£Austin ArrowsÔÇØ might just become one of my favorite series this year! I need the next one!
Thursday, October 6th
ÔÇ£I made an extra chicken breast. You want one or two?ÔÇØ I┬áchuckle, canÔÇÖt help it. ÔÇ£Seriously. One or two? Can I possibly ask a dumber┬áquestion?ÔÇØ┬áThat unladylike snort ÔÇª yeah, that was me.
While I fork my chicken breast onto my own plate, I donÔÇÖt┬ábother waiting for a response. I know what the answer will be. Two. Always two.┬áExtra protein is never a bad thing.
After adding a heaping spoonful of steamed vegetables to my┬áplate, I grab my wineglass and head to the table. IÔÇÖm starving because I missed┬álunch today. That sometimes happens with my job. There are days thatÔÇÖll go by┬áwhen IÔÇÖm bored to tears, standing behind the bar, and others when I can hardly┬ástop long enough to take a breath. Sometimes IÔÇÖll snag some fried pickles if I┬áget a chance. Today was the lack-of-breath kind of day. Go, go, go. All day┬álong.
As I step out of my small galley kitchen, a knock sounds on┬ámy door. My bare feet squeak on the linoleum as I come to an abrupt halt. I┬ámanage to do that fancy lift and tilt thing to keep my wine from sloshing over┬áthe edge.
ÔÇ£Noelle! Honey, itÔÇÖs Mom and Dad!ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Crap, crap, crap.ÔÇØ I glance between my front door and the┬ásmall, two-seat table in my breakfast nook currently set up with, nope, not one┬ábut two place settings. For the record, two is not a good number when the┬ásingle girlÔÇÖs mom comes banging on the door.
ÔÇ£Open up, Noelle! We thought weÔÇÖd surprise you!ÔÇØ
Okay, well, I have to say my parents definitely accomplished┬átheir goal, because I am completely befuddled as I stand here debating what I┬áshould do. To a normal person, it might be a no-brainer. Open the door, let the┬áÔÇÖrents come on in.
IÔÇÖm not so sure this situation is going to qualify me as┬ánormal.
To answer or not to answer? That is the question.
On the other hand, I could be as quiet as possible and┬ápretend IÔÇÖm not home. Which, with my luck, wonÔÇÖt work. The fact that all the┬álights in my apartment are blazing and my baby blue Prius is parked directly in┬áfront of my window doesnÔÇÖt help my cause any. Since no one else in the world┬ádrives a baby blue Prius, I canÔÇÖt very well hide it.
But I couldÔÇÖve gone out with friends, right? Could I be so┬álucky that theyÔÇÖd think that? It is a possibility. Maybe. Or, better yet, maybe┬átheyÔÇÖll think IÔÇÖm at the Penalty Box. I tend to work a lot.
Yes, thatÔÇÖs definitely more logical.
Except, yep, you nailed it, the car is here.
Then again, if I werenÔÇÖt so pathetic and didnÔÇÖt choose to┬áspend all my free time at homeÔÇöunless IÔÇÖm at my best friend EllieÔÇÖsÔÇöit might be┬áan easier sell. They know me. IÔÇÖm not the going-out type. Plus, theyÔÇÖve┬áprobably already stopped by the bar to see if IÔÇÖm there. They know that I much┬áprefer a microwaved dinner at home, especially on a rare evening that I donÔÇÖt┬áspend waiting tables and slinging beer because I choose to.
Another knock makes my heart skip a beat.
ÔÇ£Stay calm. ItÔÇÖs cool.ÔÇØ IÔÇÖve been telling myself that far┬átoo much lately.
ÔÇ£Noelle! Are you all right, honey?ÔÇØ
Knowing my grumpy upstairs neighbor is likely going to have┬áa cow any second now, I rush to the front door, unlock the deadbolt, and turn┬áthe knob. Instantly, Marie Dexter barrels into me, pulling me into her arms,┬ácrushing my face to her generous bosom.
My mother smells like roses. A sweet, familiar scent that┬ámakes me hug her back, despite the inconvenient timing of her arrival.┬áÔÇ£Hi, Mom,ÔÇØ I say, my words muffled against her boobs.
She pulls back to look at me. ÔÇ£What took you so long? I was┬ágetting worried.ÔÇØ
My dad slips past my mother, giving me a knowing smirk. Ed┬áDexter loves when Marie goes all motherly on me. Come to find out, when my┬ásister and I arenÔÇÖt around, he gets to be the one Marie mothers. Not that he┬áminds. TheyÔÇÖve been married for thirty-six years, so heÔÇÖs used to it, or so he┬ásays.
ÔÇ£Ooh. You got new curtains.ÔÇØ My mother gently pulls away to┬áadmire the floor-to-ceiling cream sheers hanging on the wide front window.┬áI follow her gaze, glaring at my car sitting right there.┬áTraitor.
I focus on the comforting hand my mother has on my arm.┬áAlways keeping me close, that woman.┬áIÔÇÖm the oldestÔÇömy sister, Julie, who is seven years younger┬áthan me, was an oops babyÔÇöwhich shouldÔÇÖve meant my mother didnÔÇÖt coddle me┬áquite so much. That isnÔÇÖt the case. Never has been. IÔÇÖm not sure if itÔÇÖs┬ábecause thereÔÇÖs such a huge age gap between me and Julie, but whatever the┬áreason, my mother likes to baby both of us equally. IÔÇÖm thirty-four. YouÔÇÖd┬áthink she wouldÔÇÖve toned it down by now. Nope. In fact, I think she might be┬ágetting more motherly.
Honestly, sheÔÇÖs been this way since I was little. And,┬átruthfully, I was the normal kid. The kind who wanted to do nothing more than┬ábe outside. Yep, totally me. Right up until sixth grade, when we moved to┬áAustin, next door to the girl who would quickly become my best friend in the┬áworld. Either there was something in the Texas water or someone injected me┬áwith a doofus hormone, because upon moving here, I became stupid, which┬átranslates to: boy crazy. I think my mother worried about me more then. That┬álasted about two years. Three tops. When it became glaringly obvious that Tony┬áSomething-or-other wasnÔÇÖt going to fall madly in love with the short, frumpy┬ágirl with glasses and braces, I decided to focus on my schoolwork and left the┬áflirting with boys up to my best friend, Ellie. She was much better at it than┬áme.
Luckily, IÔÇÖm not so frumpy anymore, and IÔÇÖve shed the braces┬áand glasses. Sure, IÔÇÖm still short, and my boobs never did really develop, but┬áthat no longer bothers me. IÔÇÖm me. ThatÔÇÖs what matters.
What does bother me is the fact that Mom and Dad pop in┬áunannounced all the freaking time. Of all nights, why did it have to be now?
Want to win a signed paperback of Kaufman AND $50 Visa gift card?
Here is what you need to do:┬á
1) Watch the Nicole Edwards Author Facebook page from October 25th – 28th to get the names of the 37 blogs participating in the Kaufman Tour giveaway.┬á
2) Go to those blog’s Kaufman Tour posts and find the 3 digit code located on the top tour banner.┬á
3) Once you have that code go HERE and follow the directions on the form to enter.
4) Repeat for each blog you find the code for!┬á
The person with the most correct entries will win a signed paperback of The Season: Kaufman AND a $50 Visa gift card!┬á
If there is a tie, then the tied entries will be entered into Random. org to determine the winner. This giveaway will end and no longer accept entries on November 1st, 2016 11:59pm CST. Winner will be emailed by November 10th, 2016.
HINT! Only the blogs with this giveaway info are participating in the giveaway! Which means there is a code on this post!