Thursday, 5 October 2017

Blog Tour and Review - Playing Defense by Aven Ellis

Dallas Demons #5 - can be read as a standalone
238 pages
Publisher - Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Release Date - 27th September 2017

What They Say:

After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

What I Say:

I would like to thank Aven Ellis for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Aven Ellis is back with another book in the Dallas Demons hockey series and this one is an absolute dream.

JP is sweet and kind, but the girls he met didn't want sweet and kind they want the usual hockey bad boy and this was why his relationships failed. However, he was perfect for Reece she'd been with bad boys before and needed someone just like JP.
Aven brings a sweet romance that sizzles on every page and the chemistry between her characters is amazing. The first kiss in this book is the best that Aven has ever written and I can't wait to read more of her books.

I love Reece's addiction to Oreos and don't understand how JP can drink something cold without ice in it, but these quirks are what makes Aven's books stand out from others. I also like that she includes sports into the books but they never overtake the story and we just touch on the life of a professional athlete.

In a lot of ways you know what you will get with Aven's books, she has hit upon a formula that works. Including a sweet romance with a hero and heroine that both have issues and need to find each other but it time honoured tradition the course of true love never runs smoothly. I always find myself holding my breath and praying it all works out. With every book she writes, she manages to come up with fresh ideas and the stories never become boring or predictable.
Aven also keeps us in touch with characters from previous books and how their lives are going which for me makes these books even more special.


About the Author

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.


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1 comment:

  1. Hello Jo,
    I just wanted to compliment you on your fun site! I love the star theme, and I look forward to visiting often to read your reviews. I see you're taking a break from accepting book submissions for review at the moment, but I hope to contact you in the future.
    Until then, happy reading! Susan Colleen Browne