MISTER HOCKEY (Hellions Angels #1) by Lia Riley


Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The star player for the NHL’s Denver Hellions, he’s living the good life of a Stanley Cup Champion. But since a brutal hit in Game 7 of the championship game, he’s been fighting off blurred vision and he’s terrified this might mean the end of his career.

For love and money, Breezy Angel is a librarian, but for love alone, she's a fierce Hellions fan and a member of their biggest fan club, the Hellcats. When her #1 hockey crush, Jed West, shows up at her library willing to fill-in for his wayward teammate, she can't believe her luck. And when she discovers that the man she's always lusted after is lusting after her, she doesn't stand a chance.

Jed can't seem to resist Breezy's siren song, but he knows that he can't reveal the truth about his potentially career ending injury, especially since her sister is one of Denver's fiercest sports reporters. He's been burned by exes and tabloid smears in the past and if this gets out, it's all over. But as their fling becomes a relationship, Jed has to decide if he's willing to take a chance on love, even if it all ends in flames.


I'm not usually a fan of sports romances. They're just not my thing. But honestly, I'm just going to come out and say that I absolutely adored MISTER HOCKEY. You definitely don't have to be a hockey fan to appreciate it. One thing I do love about sports romances is that sense of camaraderie and the importance that teammates and coaches play in each others lives. It ensures that you not only fall for the heroes, but become invested in the lives and love-lives of supporting characters. It makes you crave their stories which makes for a brilliant start to a successful series. 

There are so many things that I loved about the characters that it might take way too long to break down. Breezy is a quirky, smart, funny librarian who gets to meet her celebrity crush and somehow, despite some awkward mishaps, ends up with him back at her place. I feel like this is the kind of fantasy any woman can get behind! Plus, I have so much love for the fact that she's a librarian. I'm always a fan of bookish, curvy babes getting the hunk! Especially when they're sassy and spunky to boot.

There was something so special about the way Breezy's family was portrayed. I love that they're a group of such strong-willed, distinct women. And I thought it was an amazing touch to have hockey, which is typically seen as something men bond over, be the thing that always brings them together. Breezy and her mother don't see eye-to-eye very often but I thought their relationship and their ups and downs felt very honest and relateable. 

Jed is really the whole package. He's sweet, charming and deliciously dirty. Plus it doesn't hurt that he's ripped and has a thing for geeky, curvy girls. Be still my heart. He might be a famous hockey player and the captain of his team but he's so thoughtful and down to earth when he's with Breezy, her family and his friends. He's a stellar book boyfriend and one of the reasons I can't wait for the next installment in the series. 

Lia Riley might have just made me a hockey romance convert. This novel was funny, sweet and all kinds of sexy. The best kind of dirty, sexy fun! The characters were brought to life with such heart, humor and personality that you can't help but fall head first into their romance. And trust me, it's one hell of a ride. If you're into contemporary romances without the cookie-cutter characters, then this is definitely one you need to read!

Disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. 

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After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, LIA RILEY scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukrainian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with station hands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

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