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Synopsis: It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is. This anthology of 8 novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring spell-binding novels from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr with Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, & Nikki Worrell.
What do ice skates and sticks have in common? Hockey! Welcome to the fastest game on Earth (and dare I say, the best sport?). Anthologies are often difficult to review because you’re reading more than one novella and there’s always one or two that you enjoy the most. I’m going to review Seduced by the Game a little differently from my usual style and give you five reasons you should purchase a copy!
Please note: while I was given a copy for review, I’ve purchased a copy to support “Hockey Fights Cancer.”
Before I get to my list, here’s a look at the novellas featured in Seduced by the Game. You can read a Catherine Gayle excerpt and enter the giveaway here!
“Tangled in the Laces” by Toni Aleo (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads)
Synopsis: Karson King is on the fast track to the pros and Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him but their love is too much to ignore. Will Karson prove that he will protect her heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?
“Hooking Hannah” by Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Cindy’s Goodreads)
Synopsis: When Hannah attends an all-star game, she doesn’t expect a hockey player of all people to turn her world upside down. Her sister is married to a player and Hannah never wanted that life. But Scott could change everything. For Scott’s part, he has to know the woman who stirred his blood with just a look, and once he does, he realizes he wants Hannah to be his forever. Now to convince her…
“Crashing the Boards” by Jami Davenport (Website | Faceook | Twitter | Goodreads )
Synopsis: Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the team captain of Seattle’s new hockey team, but Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt Cooper’s frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?
“Taking a Shot” by Catherine Gayle (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads)
Synopsis: Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the coop
Synopsis: Katie Weber has had a crush on Jamie Babcock for almost two years, since he joined her father’s hockey team, the Portland Storm as an eighteen-year-old rookie. When cancer takes her health, her hair, and even her friends, she can’t bear to go to senior prom…until Jamie intervenes.
“A Valuable Trade” by Jaymee Jacobs (Website | Faceook | Twitter | Goodreads)
Synopsis: Bryan’s life gets turned upside down when he gets traded to the Dallas Comets, and things get even messier when he meets Georgiana, the Director of Team Services. He’s got a lot of work to do to prove his worth to his new team, but Georgiana’s sure he’ll prove to be a valuable trade.
Synopsis: Superstar Cam Evans is fighting to climb out of a slump that`s growing worse with each day of living in denial. Fresh from the minors, Jacobi Neal is hungry for this chance to play back-up for the legendary goalie. Can two men battle each other, their inner demons, and the sizzling attraction building between them?
“Blind Pass” by Bianca Sommerland (Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook)
Synopsis: Nothing could stop Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, from falling in love with Madeline, but love alone can’t satisfy every need. Sometimes, to reach the goal, you have to take the chance with a . . . Blind Pass.
“Captain, My Captain” by Nikki Worrell (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads)
Synopsis: Keith Lambert is the captain of the Flyers—until he’s not. To everyone’s shock, he’s traded to the San Diego Scorpions. As if that’s not bad enough, Phoebe, his girlfriend of two years, decides she doesn’t love him enough to follow.
All alone in a new town, Keith is drawn to Kelly, his take out delivery girl. When she shows up at ice girl tryouts, he’s lost. She’s all he can see. Can he convince her to forget her past and take a chance on him or is he destined to be alone in a new town a little bit longer?
1. Hockey-I’m not much of a sports person, but I am a hockey fan (go Stars!). It’s pretty rare in general for me to pick up a hockey romance, but the few that I’ve read, I’ve really enjoyed. If you’re a sports fan, I recommend picking up Seduced by the Game and if you’re new to the genre, welcome on board! I really liked how it was easy to imagine yourself cheering for the team to being on ice with them. Each author conveys their love for the sport and it’s easy to understand why they write about the sport they love.
2. Prequels / Standalones-Seduced by the Game has a little for everyone’s personal taste. What I really liked about the set up (in hindsight because Toni Aleo ripped by heart with the ending to Tangled in the Laces and I hated how it was set up at the time) is that it allows any reader to come in and pick up an established series without the pressure of reading said series. Out of the 8 novellas, 5 are part of a series and if you’ve never read that particular author, you’re free to do so or not.
3. Emotional rollercoster-I know it can be pretty depressing to read about cancer, but the authors wrote strong characters. Each character struggles with their own personal demons in their own way. I laughed and cheered for the survivors and yet, cried my eyes out at how unfair life can be. What I really liked about Seduced by the Game, is how each author gave us strong characters with a personal journey. After reading the first novella (you don’t have to start at the first one listed), you’ll look at life a little differently.
4. Charity-The great thing about Seduced by the Game is that all the authors came together and contributed for free. All proceeds earned the first year of publication (April 2014-April 2015 give or take) go directly to fighting cancer. Cancer affects everyone and there’s still a lot we don’t know. The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association founded “Hockey Fights Cancer,” in 1998 as a charitable initiative and to date has raised over 12 million. And it’s great that hockey fans continue to support and raise awareness. You can find out more information about the NHL / NHLPA campaign here.
5. Quick read-Find yourself pressed for time? The beauty of anthologies is that you get to pick and chose which stories to read first. While Seduced by the Game is a contemporary romance, you’ll find the novellas easily fit into several categories (a bit of YA on the verge of being New Adult to New Adult). We also have a M/M romance (ah that would be Locey’s book), so if those type of stories don’t appeal, you can skip it and not feel guilty for not reading or marking a section “did not finish.”