Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

33413128Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Björnstad, #1) translated by Neil Smith
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Sports – Ice Hockey
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Goodreads Summary
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

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Mini Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

29367958The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Publication Date:
February 28th, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Sports – American Football
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Goodreads Summary
Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Out of Left Field

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee

Publication Date: May 1st, 2018

Goodreads Summary
There’s no playing it safe in love or baseball in this sparkling debut, perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Kasie West.

Marnie has never had a hard time fitting in with the guys. It would take a lot more than their goofy antics to keep her from joining them at the neighborhood sandlot to do what she loves best: play ball.

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Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

brooklynaire-coverBrooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers, #4) by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 
February 12th, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: 
Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Goodreads Summary
You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

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Winter Olympics: Top Five Events

Fun fact about me: I suck at sports. I really do. However, what I lack in athletic ability I make up for with my enthusiasm and appreciation of sports. February is setting up to be a good month for sports. To start, we have the Six Nations, which is basically a rugby tournament that unleashes my Welsh pride. However, we also have The Winter Olympics to look forward to this month. The Winter Olympics are always a highlight for me, and truth be told I prefer the Winter Olympics to the Summer one. So, with the 2018 Winter Olympics just around the corner and no signs of this book slump leaving me anytime soon, I thought I’d take the time to share with you my top five must-watch events at the Winter Olympics.

Snowboarding / Freestyle Skiing

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Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

34218879Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1) by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 
May 2nd, 2017 by Rennie Road Books
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: 
Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports – Ice Hockey.
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Goodreads Summary
A great goalie always makes the save, even when he’s taken a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at guarding the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never gotten over Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers’ office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.
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Review: Hard-Hitter by Sarina Bowen

33191880Hard-Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2) by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date:
January 3rd, 2017 by Rennie Road Books
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre:
 Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports – Ice Hockey
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Goodreads Summary
He’s a scrapper in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score…

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of fighting, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He hides his pain from the coaching staff, but when his chronic muscle strain becomes too obvious to ignore, he’s sent for treatment with the team’s massage therapist.

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