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A beautiful & supportive romance drives this narrative

the underdog coverThe Underdog by Briar Prescott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favourite one yet in this excellent series from Briar, I just fell hook, line and sinker for both Anders and Wells.

It’s as funny as the others in the series, it’s a bit more slow burn, understandably so given the circumstances of Wells’ situation and Anders’ lack of confidence and it’s as full of the sense of family and friendship as books one and two.

Set five years after The Dating Game, we get to see Jamie and Connor still being happy together, there’s also a brief appearance from Grey and Kai, and obviously Max is present throughout too (and I am SO dying to find out what’s going on between him and Anders’ brother Isac (yes I’ve spelt that right 😁)

There’s a real warmth to the whole narrative, as both Anders and Wells start to open up as they reluctantly join forces to train the former for a triathlon that his younger twin siblings have entered him into (after he’d told a little white lie to them when they were kids that it was his lifelong dream to compete in one).

This thread of the twins’ happiness being Anders’ primary concern is present throughout, he’s effectively been their dad since he was 19 and their mother fecked off to Vegas.

He’s spent so long looking after them, he’s forgotten that it’s okay for him to want someone to look after him too and when Wells begins to realise he could be that person, it’s such a gorgeous moment.

I loved everything about them as a pairing and the care and support they offer each other is beautiful to see.

Can’t wait for more from Briar.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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What a high note to end this fabulous sports romance series on

Puck Drills FINALPuck Drills & Quick Thrills by Eden Finley & Saxon James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best everything!


I am bereft. I seriously did not want this series to end, but end it has and what a book to close out on.

Westly and Jasper are everything! They start off as sort of enemies, but they’re not really, both simply misunderstand the other and when both become privy to the traumas the other has had to live with, things rapidly change.

It’s obvious from the start they’re mutually attracted to each other, sparks fly each time they’re in the same room. We’ve also had brief peeks into their character via the other books in the series but you soon find out, that’s only scratched the surface.

West, oh West. He’s struggling so badly with looking after his orphaned siblings and trying to keep a stable home for them and he’s still not fully come to terms with everything he had to give up. We’ve seen West through Asher’s eyes Line Mates & Study Dates but that isn’t the real West.

When he and Jasper finally get it together, OMG the sexual chemistry blows your head off. All West wants to do is give up control and Jasper, because of his background, well he’s 100% on board with taking it.

I felt so much for both of them, the emotions really do get put through the ringer in this book but it’s never gratuitous, there’s also always the hallmark humour that these two authors have brought throughout the CU Universe and it was wonderful to catch up with some of those other characters.

There’s so much goes on that the book flies by and I was in two minds because I needed to find out where they would end up and whether things would work out with the team in the Frozen Four too, but I also didn’t want to turn the last page.

Honestly, I don’t want to say goodbye to CU Hockey, or the wider world of the NHL pro-leagues because it’s been so much fun.

There is a fab bonus scene to download from Prolific Works which brings things to a close with the epicness that is Jacobs’ and Beck’s wedding. You don’t want to miss that!

#ARC kindly received from the authors via Foreword PR in return for an honest and unbiased review

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