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RELEASE (Fire on Ice #5) by BRENDA ROTHERT – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!! WIN THE COMPLETE FIRE ON ICE SERIES – SIGNED by BRENDA!

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SYNOPSIS

NHL player Orion Caldwell protects his own. He’s an enforcer to his core, but he was the one left defenseless when his longtime girlfriend broke his heart. Now he’s all about his game, but spending the offseason in his hometown forces him to confront painful issues –both old and new.

Samara Cross just wants to be invisible. After living a nightmare, she came back to her hometown seeking solace. But her quiet new life is upturned by the hot, charismatic hockey player who’s taken a sudden interest in her.

Orion and Samara find something unexpected in each other, but when the hockey offseason ends, so does their time together. They struggle with their separation, confronted by ghosts of the past and an uncertain future, discovering that sometimes the only way to hold on to something precious is to let go. 

 

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Reviewed by Jenny

✯✯✯✯1/2  ‘A great end to a series’ stars!

‘There were no guarantees, ever, but love was a leap of faith and I’d been standing on the edge…’

I’ve loved this series. I never fail to get swept up in Brenda Rothert’s words, atmosphere and characters and it was sort of sad opening this book knowing this was the end to the Fire on Ice Series, however Brenda certainly left me on a high because Orion’s book was up there as one of my faves of this series.

“Samara…..you’re worth fighting for.”

This was such a sweet and beautiful read. There was nothing overly dramatic, no overabundance of angst – in fact it all flowed beautifully.

“You know, this you and me thing?” “I think we’re on to something really great.”

Our hero Orion was just divine! Orion is the teams enforcer and it’s a tough role putting your body on the line but this guy couldn’t be more different off the ice.

“Yeah, I’m a lover and a fighter.”

Orion was warm, sensitive and loyal and was exactly what Samara needed. Her feelings of worthlessness were heartbreaking but this man really brought her out of herself and taught her what love, desire and happiness really meant. That it was worth fighting for.

The love between Orion and Samara felt so genuine and sweet, it was impossible not to fall in love with these two. Their love was simplistic and honest and I felt every word and every touch between them.  It was sheer beauty!

“I’m yours, too….and nothing’s ever felt better than that.”

As usual the Hockey ‘feel’  was apparent in this story and it’s one of the things that kept me coming back to this series again and again because Brenda really does put me in the moment as I’m swept up in the atmospheric delight of the hockey arena and the team brotherhood she creates.

If you haven’t checked out this series yet I urge you to add them to your TBR’s. Honestly, there has not been one book out of the five that I haven’t loved.  Each is special in its own way and every character has an engaging, passionate and emotional story to tell.

I have to say I was a tad excited when I saw there would be a spin off series! Bring it on!  The Fire on Ice series is an absolutely recommend from me!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**

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♥ BOUND – BOOK ONE
(FREEEE)
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♥ CAPTIVE – BOOK TWO 
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A companion to Book One
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♥ EDGE  – BOOK THREE
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Can be read as standalone
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DRIVE – BOOK FOUR
(Our Review)
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♥ RELEASE – BOOK FIVE
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Killian (On the Line #1) by Brenda Rothert

SYNOPSIS

Killian Bosch knows he’s his own worst enemy – he just doesn’t give a damn. The star forward of a minor league hockey team, he’s unstoppable on the ice. His reckless behavior, devil-may-care attitude and complete disregard for consequences have made him a major source of headaches for the Fenway Flyers’ brass. 


But the new Flyers owner is more steel than brass. Sidney Stahl is a disciplined woman who parlayed earnings from a college job into a real estate empire. She’s determined to transform the Flyers from marketing nightmare to hockey powerhouse. Once she gets Killian in line, she knows the rest of the team will follow his lead. 


The seduction of his sexy new team owner is a challenge too forbidden for Killian to resist. Sidney plays into his attraction as a means of controlling him, but soon finds that she’s the one surrendering. It’s all on the line as Killian. and Sidney are forced to choose – business or pleasure?

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About the Author

Brenda

Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.

These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres. She loves to hear from readers by email at bjrothert@sbcglobal.net.

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DRIVE (Fire on Ice #4) by BRENDA ROTHERT

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SYNOPSIS

Years of training are about to pay off for hockey player Nikola Vereshkova.

A call to play in the big league means he can finally come through for those who need him. His relocation to Chicago comes with built-in friends – and one gorgeous enemy who was less than impressed with him after their first encounter.

Sadie Alexander knows all about the drastic measures men will take just to get laid. She’s not only experienced it first-hand, but lived to tell about it in her online column, Sadie Says. And even though she’s a die-hard independent woman on the outside, the recent marriage of her best friend has her secretly feeling more alone than ever.

Getting close to a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob was the last thing Sadie expected. And the timing couldn’t be worse since she’s sworn off of men for a writing assignment. The line between love and hate is eroding, and Niko and Sadie find themselves in deeper than they ever expected.

Could something that started out wrong end up being just right?

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Reviewed by Jenny

Jenny:  ✯✯✯✯ Stars!

“Are you mine, Sadie?”

The Fire and Ice series has become one of my ‘go to’ when I’m looking for a sports themed (and especially ice hockey!) romance.  Ice Hockey is my weakness and Brenda Rothert never fails to weave the thrill of the ice, the brotherhood of the players and transport me into the world of  athletes as they lose their hearts to that one woman.  Ahhhh isn’t that what sports themed romances are all about? The romance, emotion and passion for their sport as well as their women…it’s a winner for me and Drive delivered.

“I don’t know how to handle needing someone. But I do. I need you.”

In Drive we meet Nikola Vereshkova….let’s take a minute to let that name sink in and repeat it for good measure…Nikola Vereshkova. And what a gorgeous hot dirty talking hunky Rusky he was. Throw in the fact that he’s a professional Hockey player….and…well, gulp, turn me over…I’m done! Da!

‘The guy didn’t date women – he conquered them.’

Add in the sassy, no nonsense Sadie who has sworn herself of the dating game for 60 days as part of a deal to write a column for her newspaper, yep, that’s easier said than done when the sexy is around and I was in hockey heaven.

We first met Sadie in Edge and I really liked her character then. I loved her loyalty to Dell and I was looking forward to getting to know explore her story further in Drive and I just loved her.

The relationship between Sadie and Niko starts on shaky ground with Sadie initially being unimpressed by the very sexy and very irresistible Niko but their friendship soon begins to take flight as each realises they have chemistry to burn.

Brenda once again produced that perfect balance of emotion, heat and humour that I love in her stories.  I revele d in exploring Niko’s backstory and the reason behind his hunger to succeed in the NHL, it was emotional and heart-warming. The relationship between Sadie and Niko didn’t feel forced or rushed and developed as a slow build up but certainly wasn’t drawn out and these two certainly heated up the pages!

“We all need someone, Sade. I want you to be my someone.”

I especially enjoyed meeting up with all the other characters in this series along the way and see how they’re doing. There is a brotherhood between these players and a kinship between all the characters that makes me feel as though I’ve just spent time with old friends and it’s an element of Brenda’s series that I’ve come to look forward to.

“It’s the best feeling, man, finding that one woman who makes you forget all about the others. Don’t fuck it up.” – Luke

I really enjoyed Drive although I would have preferred a little more time with Niko and Sadie towards the end as it did feel a little rushed after the build up but I’m hoping we’ll get more time with them in Orion’s book should Brenda decide to write his story…and I’m hoping she does! If you love a good sports themed romance with some very delectable men, grab this series!

**Reviewed off an ARC copy provided by the author**

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Purchase THE FIRE ON ICE SERIES here

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BOUND – BOOK ONE
(Our Review)
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CAPTIVE – BOOK TWO
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A companion to Book One
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EDGE – BOOK THREE
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Can be read as standalone
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DRIVE – BOOK FOUR
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RELEASE – BOOK FIVE
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EDGE (Fire on Ice #3) by BRENDA ROTHERT

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SYNOPSIS
One bad hit has left the career of young NHL Center Luke Hudson in question. When he arrives for rehab with a minor league team, his injury has robbed him of the edge that made him great.

Team trainer Adella Price’s job is to help Luke get back in peak condition. But their one on one sessions shake her resolve to remain unattached. Dell is hands-off to all hockey players, even one as charming and successful as Luke.

As Luke starts to get ahold of his game again, he loses his grip on his heart. Helping Luke get his edge back brings to light what Dell is missing from her life. But those who want them apart are relentless, and with their careers on the line, Luke and Dell must decide if their love is worth risking it all.

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Edge

Reviewed by Jenny

Jenny: 4  Stars

I love this series. What’s not to love? Fierce, gorgeous, Hockey heartthrobs, fun camaraderie and banter between the players, mix it up with a good dose of heat, heart, great characters and heart-warming, swoony romance…..and …like I said, what’s not to love?

It would take a very special woman indeed to pin down playboy Luke Hudson, and when Luke sent down to a Minor League team to train and recuperate from a knee injury sustained during a game, little did he know he would gain so much more than just a chance to get back in shape and re-join his team in the major leagues, he may even lose his heart in the process.

“But love is more than a word. It’s the action we take every day. Just like I’ll be faithful to you. I have to stand up for you. I won’t be able to sleep if I don’t. – Luke

Team Trainer Adella Price may just be that woman, but Dell has put her life on hold for the last 5 years to singlehandedly raise up her gorgeous son Kyler, with the help of her sassy and good friend Sadie that is, and any man wanting to steal Dell’s heart would have to steal Kyler’s as well. I loved Dell. She was such a beautiful, warm character and it’s easy to see why Luke was smitten with her.

“Help me…I’ve never done this.”
“You’re doing amazing.”

I  enjoyed watching Luke and Dell’s relationship develop at a steady pace and despite the intense passion and chemistry between them, it never felt rushed. These two sizzled and who knew Luke was such a dirty talker….pass the fan!

Edge certainly had the heat factor, swoon factor and romance going on, but it is the warmth and development of the relationships as a whole that keeps me coming back to this series. Watching these tough as nails Hockey players break down their defences wins me over every time and  interactions between Kyler and Luke completely melted my heart.

Catching up with Ryke and Kate was like checking in on old friends and once again, the banter between Ryke and Luke was priceless. No way was Ryke going to miss an opportunity to give Luke a ribbing over his feelings.

“I’ve never, ever seen you like this over a woman. I thought you were gonna call her poopsie or some shit and rub noses with her.” – Ryke

Whilst Bound and Captive remain my favourite of the series so far, Edge didn’t disappoint.  Brenda Rothert once again served us up a Hockey themed story with plenty of passion and a good helping of swoon. Just what is it about these Hockey players? Hmm silly question!

**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

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BOUND – BOOK ONE
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CAPTIVE – BOOK TWO
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A companion to Book One
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EDGE – BOOK THREE
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Can be read as standalone
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DRIVE – BOOK FOUR
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RELEASE – BOOK FIVE
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CAPTIVE (Fire on Ice #2) by BRENDA ROTHERT

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SYNOPSIS

Two years ago, Jason and Kate Ryker were brought together by grief and bound to one another by love. Now married, they’re confronting their fears together.

But heartbreak finds them again, and the ties that bind Kate and Ryke are tested as she struggles against fear and sadness. As a grief counselor, Kate understands all too well the pain of her clients. And while her husband’s career as an NHL forward is at an all-time high, he’s coping with the frustration of feeling powerless as his wife’s hopes slip away.

Kate’s unexpected journey sheds light on the fear that imprisons her, and reveals that she is the only one who can set herself free.

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Reviewed by Jenny
(Review for Bound Fire on Ice #1 can be found here)

Jenny: 4.5 Stars

I loved Bound (Fire on Ice #1) but have to say, I was absolutely taken with Captive. This was one for the heart and my heart felt every single moment. I couldn’t move until I finished it. I cried, my heart hurt, the chemistry was sizzling, my emotions were tested and I swooned over Jason Ryker to the ninth degree. Wow! What a guy!  Hot Pro Hockey player, devoted, caring, attentive and deeply passionate husband…this guy won me over completely!

“I love you, Kate” “You fill up my heart and make me whole.”

Captive picks up from Bound and takes us, via dual pov’s into some trying and painful moments of Kate and Ryke’s marriage. These two have certainly had their ups and downs and you wonder how much more tragedy they can sustain. These two share a love so soul deep you can feel its intensity and passion on every page. You know, with every fibre of your being, that these two share a deep love and commitment, yet you wonder how far they can be pushed before they crumble.

“It’s hard to see you hurting.” “But seeing you cry rips a hole in my chest.” – Ryke

As Ryke fulfils his Hockey commitments on the road and Kate throws herself into her counselling, their life is balanced and happy until tragedy once again strikes them. It was painful, and it broke my heart as I shared Kate and Ryke’s sadness and agony.

Kate’s suffering made me ache. I understood her actions and her need to find herself in her time. I felt for both of them as each was lost and needed to find their way back. Kate is a much stronger character in Captive. I loved seeing the growth of her and the intensity of their love left me breathless.

“You hold the key. And you can keep it in your hand for as long as you need to. But there will come a point where you’re ready to use that key to break out of the jail you’ve put yourself in. Only you can set yourself free.”

Ryke, oh dear lord, this man is just perfection. He completely MELTED my heart and I was a gonner for him. As the strain of their tragedy tests their relationship, you can feel Ryke’s bewilderment and confusion over Kate’s evasiveness and her suffering. You trudge through feelings of hopelessness with him and every painful step taken is experienced throughout. This man, who is so in control of everything in his life, is at a loss and feels complete desolation as Kate begins to pull away from him.

‘I didn’t pray regularly, but I couldn’t help sending a hope skyward that she wouldn’t have her heart broken again. If miracles were possible, I’d do anything to score one for her.”

Without hesitation, Ryke would take away ounce of Kate’s pain if he could and watching her suffer slowly eats at him as he tries to reach out to her. This woman is his life ,his love, his heart.

“You want your wife to be the dreamer while you’re the one who makes them all come true.”

Healing and hope come in all forms and Brenda Rothert wove a beautiful and heartfelt sub story into Captive that became so powerful, so moving and so poignant to the story that my heart leapt with joy. It was pure beauty and it was during these times the power of their love shone through.

“The thing about loving someone this much is…her pain is like a knife to my chest.” – Ryke

As Kate and Ryke’s resolve is tested and we weave our way through their pain and grief, you feel the strength of their bond deepen, theirs is a love that will prevail, you feel it in your bones

Brenda Rothert made my heart ache, she made it hope, she made it swoon and she made me smile. She delivered her story with passion, heat, humour, warmth, sadness and lots of emotion between a couple who shared a soul searing love and whose story snuck its way well and truly into my heart.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase THE FIRE ON ICE SERIES here

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BOUND – BOOK ONE
(Our Review)
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CAPTIVE – BOOK TWO
(Our Review)
A companion to Book One
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EDGE – BOOK THREE
(Our Review)
Can be read as standalone
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DRIVE – BOOK FOUR
(Our Review)
Can be read as standalone
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RELEASE – BOOK FIVE
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BOUND (Fire on Ice #1) by BRENDA ROTHERT

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SYNOPSIS

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt – to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.
Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.
When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

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Reviewed by Jenny

4 Stars

Bound completely took me by surprise. I think I was only 5% in before I was sideswiped by events….twice!  I didn’t see any of it coming and fun, moving and some ways fun story was an emotionally charged tale of loving and losing, grieving, of picking yourself up and learning that’s it’s okay to love and be happy and that life does in fact go on.  Yes,  in life your heart will hurt, it will suffer but moving on, trusting and loving are all part of the healing process.  Life is for living and finding happiness is something everyone deserves. This story really did have a high impact opening that’s for sure.

“Don’t tell me what you think is best for me.” “Tell me what you want.”

Bound contained a mixture of past, present and alternative pov’s which kept me completely gripped in the story and witnessing the story from all angles added to the depth of emotion and feeling and I loved hearing both POV’s throughout this story.

‘She was like me: too wounded to be blindly optimistic anymore.’ – Ryke

Tall, dark, sculpted Hockey heartthrob Jason Ryker (Ryke) completely stole my heart.  Here was a guy who had suffered through a tragedy and was trying to make sense of his loss, grief and feelings.  He was a different sort of character. He was stable, loyal and although he had his fair share of women, he only ever wanted to be settled and have the family he so craved.  I really did feel for this guy and I loved the camaraderie between the hockey “family”.  The hockey references peppered throughout really connected you to how Ryke felt about the team, his teammates and how important this sport was to his life, though I wouldn’t class this as a sports themed book per se as the emphasis is more on human relationships and the grieving process. I wanted to jump inside my Kindle and hug Ryke and will him to let go of his guilt because it was unfairly consuming him.

‘I wished for words to soother her, but I didn’t have any. I was a hockey player, for Christ’s sake. My favorite words were fuck and fucking’ – Ryke

My heart really did go out to Kate and what she had suffered and the guilt she had allowed to eat away at her really had me feeling so much sympathy for her and I completely understood her intense emotions but I have to say there were times when Kate’s indecision’s could at times be a tad annoying, she gave me whiplash and I think she tended to put her own obstacles in the way of their relationship. I could relate to her being over cautious of opening herself up and guarding her heart, but I wanted her to cut Ryke a bit of slack because geez, this guy had certainly suffered through his pain also.

“Don’t hate me for things I did before we even met.” – Ryke

Together they were a fun, passionate and beautiful couple and I was HANGING for them to get together. This relationship sure was a slow burner so you really did experience the connections and the transformation from friends to lovers in Bound.

“Let me spend tonight with your heart instead of your head.” – Ryke 

There were a couple of times the story felt a little rushed especially towards the end.  There were times I was so invested in a situation, only to have it move forward a matter of weeks which for me was a little off putting and stilted the flow of the story . After giving us such an intense and slow build up, I felt the ending came to quickly and it was all over too soon and this standalone story really could have benefited from an Epilogue. I would have really loved to have had a glimpse into the future of Ryke and Kate’s future.

In saying that I these were small issues because I really did enjoy this story which I couldn’t put down and these niggles were soon overtaken by the power and poignancy of the story and I was, without question, completely invested in Ryke and Kate’s lives and relationship.

Their banter was so much fun and very refreshing as was the interaction between Ryke and his team mates. The sexual tension had me screaming at my Kindle at times for them to just “get on with it” but the chase, innuendos, the build up and the friends to lovers aspect of their relationship had won me over.

“Moving on is different from forgetting.” 

Bound is a story about loving, losing and moving on. Of relinquishing the guilt of loss but never forgetting the impact that loss had on your life. It’s about  learning to trust your heart, it’s about healing and knowing that it’s okay to want love and happiness. It’s about grieving, coping and moving and making room in your heart for the person who has become the salve to your shattered heart.

 

Purchase THE FIRE ON ICE SERIES here

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BOUND – BOOK ONE
(Our Review)
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CAPTIVE – BOOK TWO
(Our Review)
A companion to Book One
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EDGE – BOOK THREE
(Our Review)
Can be read as standalone
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

DRIVE – BOOK FOUR
(Our Review)
Can be read as standalone
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RELEASE – BOOK FIVE
Can be read as standalone
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