#Review: Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis @SoulMatePublish

Surviving the Rachel was my TBR Topple winner for December, thank you to everybody who voted and helped to choose this book. If you want to vote in January’s poll it will be open until the 20th.

Description

Bree Logan is ready to start her post-college life, but when she’s dumped by The One, unable to land a professional job, and has to move back in with her parents, she doesn’t think things can get worse until she ends up with her hair chopped into The Rachel, the infamous haircut made famous by the show Friends. Which is not good since it’s no longer 1994. But sometimes you have to go through challenges to get what you really need, and for Bree, could that include a different career and a romance with Jack Chelten, the boy-next-door?

Review

I always know when I settle down with an Aven Ellis novel that I’m going to get a feel good romance with a happily ever after ending. There is no hidden agenda with her books and while I often like some grit and drama with my novels it’s nice to read something that’s just plain sweet and loving sometimes. Aven Ellis is a firm favourite in that category.

Bree was unceremoniously dumped by the boyfriend she truly believed was the one after they graduated college, leaving her having to return home to live with her parents instead of into the fancy apartment they had secured, oh and she had to carry the cost of that apartment as well! She’s struggling to find a job and in an effort to give herself a well-needed boost she decides a haircut is in order. Except that turns into a disaster with the stylist giving her an outdated Rachel cut which doesn’t even remotely suit her.

Then she meets the good-looking brothers next door Jack and Eric, both of whom don’t seem a bit interested in her awful haircut but are very interested in her. Eric is confident, pushy and uses underhand techniques to get his way. Jack is shy, kind, and thoughtful. Bree knows who she wants but she’s had her heart broken and isn’t sure if she wants to risk her heart again.

I loved watching Bree navigate her way through this minefield, as she realised that she will fall in love whether she wants to or not, she has no control over that, she just has to decide if she will accept and roll with it.

The characters as always were well shaped, enjoyable to spend time with, they had interesting careers and strong and defined characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed Surviving the Rachel, another winner from Aven Ellis.

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TitleSurviving the Rachel
Series: N/A
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Chick-Lit
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 19 December 2014
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 276
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository

#Review: Playing Defense by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis

Description

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?

Review

JP and Reese briefly appear in On Thin Ice, and straight away I thought what a wonderful couple they would make and what a sweet story they could have. So when I received this advanced copy and realised this was their story I was over the moon as they hadn’t left my thoughts since last winter when I read Holly and Matt’s story.

Reese is a sports model but she’s fun and quirky and loves her food, especially if Oreo’s are involved. I’ve never eaten an Oreo in my life but she was making me crave them the way she talks about them in this book! Great commitment to your favourite food Reese.

JP is just the most adorable and sexy character I’ve read of Aven’s yet. He’s Swiss, which may have something to do with it, I mean the accent alone…right? But he’s super intelligent, knows what he wants and is very sensual and caring. He’s the all round good guy but fun and sweet with it. Honestly he is absolutely the kind of guy you want seducing you, lucky Reese.

They’ve both got reasons to be hesitant, good reasons. JP has been thrown in the friend zone so many times it’s a surprise he doesn’t have whiplash and Reese hates how relationships always end in heartbreak, her heartbreak. But as we know with Aven Ellis novels there is no stopping the inevitability of true love and these two falling in love has been one of my favourite all time love stories.

A huge thanks to Aven Ellis and Soul Mate Publishing for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitlePlaying Defense
Series: Dallas Demons #5
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Sports | Sports Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 27 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 238
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#Review: The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis

Description

Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she’s gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.

All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the blond beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she’s all about the chocolate now.

Or is she?

Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything. Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn’t want to be, for reasons that have caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what happened to him in Minnesota.

But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn’t so sure about his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide…

Review

I’ve been on a mission to read Aven Ellis’ back catalogue that I missed before I discovered her work, this is one of those books. I’ve learned now that to pick up an Aven Ellis book is to dive into a happy comfortable world where two people are going to discover what true love really means.

In The Definition of Icing we meet Kenley. Kenley runs Confection Consultations, she is a chocolate specialist who ensures that the people she works with love and understand chocolate just as much as she does when she is finished.

On a photo shoot ice hockey star Nate steps in to help her handle an awkward situation and the intense attraction between the two in incredible. They are both people who have been terribly hurt in the past but as readers we get to watch as they negotiate getting to know each other and learning what it means to trust someone again.

These are two people who are completely adorable to watch falling in love and this, as with all of Aven Ellis’ books, is an absolute treat, although you may want a few bars of chocolate by your side for this one!

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TitleThe Definition of Icing
Series: Dallas Demons #2
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Sports | Sports Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 27 May 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 274
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Wordery

Blog Tour: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour

Today I’m reviewing Aven Ellis’ new book On Thin Ice, You will probably have seen the Chapter Reveal a few week’s ago which went down a treat. Be sure to scroll to the end and click on the buy links to pick up a copy for yourself.

Description:
Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation:

1.) It’s a long road to become a full-time author.

2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills.

3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers nights in watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Continue reading Blog Tour: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour

Release Day Promotion: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour

Today is the release day for Aven Ellis’ new book On Thin Ice, I’ll be reviewing this aswell as part of the blog tour in a few weeks so check it out. If you missed the chapter reveal last week I’ve posted it again today so you can get a taste before following the linkies below to buy your copy!

Description:
Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation:

1.) It’s a long road to become a full-time author.

2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills.

3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers nights in watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Continue reading Release Day Promotion: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour

Chapter Reveal: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour

I’m very pleased to be taking part in the chapter reveal for Aven Ellis’ new book On Thin Ice, I’ll be reviewing this aswell as part of the blog tour next month so check it out. For now, sit back and take a look at this sneak peak of chapter one!

Description:
Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation:

1.) It’s a long road to become a full-time author.

2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills.

3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers nights in watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Continue reading Chapter Reveal: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour