Sparks Fly Between A Librarian & A Hockey Player: Mister Hockey by Lia Riley

Sparks Fly Between A Librarian & A Hockey Player: Mister Hockey by Lia RileyMister Hockey (Hellions Angels #1)
by Lia Riley
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Published by Avon Impulse
Genres: Adult, Chicklit, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 256
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three-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality. . .

Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL’s latest winning team, the Denver Hellions–and the hottest player on the ice—at least according to every magazine. . .and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don’t come true, right?

Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated “Super Book Worm” costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she’s more into books than pucks, she’s too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed’s dating policy is simple: Never date a fan.

So what’s a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he’s become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man. . .for her?

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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I don’t even need to know what a book is about if it has Lia Riley’s name on the cover – I will pick it up no matter what. You can’t imagine how excited I was to learn that she was writing a sports romance, and a hockey one at that! Mister Hockey was a fast read, and it was every bit entertaining. I love that I can always count on the author to deliver an enjoyable romance.

I really liked that the heroine was a librarian here. I know there’s quite a few librarian romances out there, but I haven’t entirely ventured into them. Breezy was a great girl, a bit awkward, but she was very easy to relate to, what with her being a book nerd. She was also super passionate about hockey, which I couldn’t relate to because I hate sports in real life, but I loved how excited she got about her favorite team, and her favorite player, Jed. So imagine how thrilled she was when her sister brings Jed to her library to do a reading. There was a lot of internal flailing for sure! I have to say, Jed was completely unlike what I expected from a hockey player. Most hockey players in books I’ve come across have that cocky playboy persona going for them, but that was not Jed at all. He was definitely quieter, and more reserved, which I thought was quite refreshing. I liked that he wasn’t an arrogant manwhore. He was dealing with the aftermath of an injury and rethinking most of his life in Mister Hockey, so really he had no time for sleeping around. Both Breezy and Jed were likable characters that readers will no doubt root for.

The romance itself was very sweet, with steamy moments sprinkled here and there. I can’t say I was head over heels in love with them because they did lack a tiny bit of spark I’ve come to expect from Lia Riley’s couples, but they were still cute. Though I liked Jed and Breezy’s pairing, and I thought they made for a very well-balanced couple, I was a bit let down with Breezy keeping a secret.  You see, Jed has a strong no-dating-fans policy, and for most of the book, he was unaware that Breezy was probably his biggest fan. I have never been particularly fond of romances where one party is hiding something because it seems a little deceitful to me, and I usually can’t fully enjoy the progression of the relationship because I know a big fight/breakup is on its way. That being said, Breezy’s secret keeping didn’t entirely take away from my enjoyment of the romance – I still shipped her with Jed, and believed they were one of those happily ever after book couples. I’m just not sure I’ll be revisiting them through rereads. Now, who I did really love in Mister Hockey, was Breezy’s family. They were so much fun, and I loved how they had a shared love for hockey. I’m also really excited to read Breezy’s sister’s book next, because she’s going to be paired with a grumpy coach. From the glimpses we got of the two of them, that’s going to be a romance full of hate-to-love sparks!

Mister Hockey might not have been my favorite book from Lia Riley – I think that honor still goes to Right Wrong Guy – but this book was still quintessentially Lia Riley, with charming characters, humor and an adorable romance.

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  • Jasprit

    I think this is another author whose books I’ll need to check out soon, your recommendations never steer me wrong, and you know me I’m the biggest fan of sports romance books. Like you when one party is hiding something in the story, it usually bugs the heck out of me too, but I’m glad to see that this didn’t ruin the book for you. Great review Nick and thanks for putting another great author on my radar! (How the heck am I ever going to reduce my to read pile, whenever I come here, I end up adding more books! 😉 ).

  • Allisia Wysong

    Thank you for reviewing!
    Allisia
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  • I still need to read a Lia Riley book!! I love a librarian MC. Stinks the romance didn’t have that spark but still sounds like a solid read. Great review!

  • A Novel Glimpse

    This book had me at the description, but I want to read it even more now that you’ve reviewed it. I’ve never read anything by this author before. I’m happy to know you enjoy her books. I’m going to have to read one! Hopefully, this one!

  • I like that this has hockey and a librarian. Awesome. It is a bit sad though that the romance didn’t completley sweep you off your feet.

  • Aww bummer! Sorry to hear that this one didn’t have the spark for you. I have been seeing this one around a lot lately and was excited because I’m a huge hockey nut so I love hockey romances, and it also has a librarian?! Perfect! But maybe not so much? I will still check it out tho because I can’t say no to hockey romances. lol! Great review?

  • Haha! I love sports romances too but couldn’t care less about sports in real life. My mother always asks where she went wrong because everyone else in the family are sports fans.

    Anyway, I have to read this because not only is there an athlete hero who isn’t a manwhore, but there is a librarian! And it’s by Lia Riley. I understand and feel the same way about keeping secrets too. Usually it never works for me. Although I sure did love the Girl with the Make Believe Husband!

  • Sam Kozbial

    You had me at hockey. I love sport romances, and for some reason, I especially love hockey players, although I do not watch any sports.

  • Glad the secret didn’t spoil the ship Nick. I enjoy Lia Riley and need to read more of her books.

  • That cover gets me. I’m hooked. I love ruggered cover models and he reminds me of my husband minus the freckles. I’m not typically a fan of American sports romances because I only follow our Aussie footy here but this sounds so achingly sweet and sexy. But whyyyyyy do they always need a secret. WHHHHHHY. Still looking forward to giving this one a read Nick. Brilliant review! <3 <3

  • This author is new to me. The story sounds and it helps that its a sports romance. I am glad the secret did not spoil the story.

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I saw this the other day and you know me when my sport romances haha. I am really excited to pick it up and I am glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review.

  • I’m glad you still liked this one Nick! I’ve only read two books of Lia Riley (and my fave of them was Worst Best Mistake, but I’ll have to read the previous books in that series) and they were all super cute. Like you, deceitful parts of romances are a bit ehhh for me but it seems like a small thing in this book (more for conflict than anything, it sounds like.) I’ll be looking out for this one, awesome review!

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

  • Glad you enjoyed this even if it wasn’t your favourite Lia Riley read. I’m the same when it comes to secret keeping in romance. You know it’s only happening to create a bit of drama later on and can end up really putting me off as it’s so unnecessary. That being said, glad it didn’t put you off too bad with this one. Sucks about there being slightly less spark in the romance as well but it obviously was still pretty good so it can’t have been all bad. I definitely find myself loving families in romance reads more than a couple. It actually happened with my most recent read, I mean, I loved the romance and everything but the guy had this massive family who butted heads and had fun and he bumped into cousins all over town and I loved that. Anyway, sounds like a decent read so I’ll follow your advise. If I can get this one cheap (or at the library) I’ll give it a shot because I do love me a good sports romance.

  • Breezy sounds like someone I could be best friends with. I love books and I love ice hockey, it’s such a fun, intense sport. I’m always on the look out for cute and easy reads so I might just give this one a shot.