CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), SPORTS ROMANCE (športni roman)

The Friend Zone by Sariah Wilson

The Friend Zone

Title // Naslov: The Friend Zone

Author // Avtorica: Sariah Wilson

Release Date // Datum izdaje:  June 11th 2019 (11. junij 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman, Sports Romance, športni roman

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Blurb:

Disgraced college quarterback Logan Hunt was on his way to NFL stardom when he messed up big-time. Now the Texas star player with a bad temper has a new option: Seattle’s EOL College—as in End of the Line, to his fellow misfit recruits. It’s Logan’s last chance. If he can follow the rules. No parties, no fighting, no swearing, and oh, no dating the coach’s daughter, Jess. Simple. Yeah, right. For Logan, there has never been a rule he’s more tempted to break.

The deal is “just friends.” The pretty, confident, and fiercely smart math whiz is fine with pizza, tutoring, and keeping Logan in line. But the closer Jess gets, the more receptive she is to his warm heart and spirit—not to mention his irresistible off-field passes. With defenses down, they’re both heading into the danger zone.

It’s more than thrilling. It’s love. It’s also a game changer that could sideline Logan’s NFL goals—and more important, a future with Jess. But dreams are worth fighting for, right?

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Osramočeni podajalec Logan Hunt je bil na poti do slave državne nogometne lige, ko je zavozil na veliko. Sedaj ima teksaški zvezdniški igralec s slabim temperamentom novo možnost: EOL kolidž v Seattlu. Njegovo zadnjo možnost. Če se lahko drži pravil. Nič zabav, nič pretepanja, nič preklinjanja in oh, nič zmenkov s trenerjevo hčerko Jess. Preprosto. Pa ja. Za Logana ni bilo pravila, ki bi ga bolj mamilo h kršenju.

Dogovor je ”samo prijatelja”. Lepa, samozavestna in neizmerno pametna matematična genijalka je v redu s pico, tutorstvom in s tem, da Logana drži znotraj meja. Toda bližje, ko mu Jess postaja, bolj dovzetna je na njegovo srce in dušo – da ne omenja njegovega neustavljivega šarma. Z zrušenimi zidovi se oba podajata na nevarno območje.

Gre za več kot vznemirjenje. Gre za ljubezen. Ravno tako pa lahko to za vedno potisne na rob Loganove cilje o državni nogometni ligi – in še bolj pomembno, njegovo prihodnost z Jess. Toda za sanje se je vredno boriti, kajne?

 

My thoughts:

I’ve been sitting on this book for days, maybe weeks because I didn’ know what to write in the review. There’s nothing much to say. I loved it until the end.

Logan was such a fun, sweet, caring character. He knew what was on the line when their feelings started to be much more than just friends. They both did.

It was one of the things I loved about this book. That they didn’t start a relationship even though it could destroy his career but that they tried to fight against those feelings.

I always love when one character wants to get some boy/girl and then the other character helps him/her get what they want. In this case, Jess wanted a guy named Ben, a guy who is completely different than Logan. Of course, Logan helps her trying to get Ben but in the process, they both fell for each other.

4.5 stars because there may be some things left to improve.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Knjigo sem končala že dneve, morda tedne nazaj pa še vedno nisem napisala ocene, ker preprosto ne vem, kaj bi napisala. Knjiga je bila v redu napisana.

Logan je tak zabaven, prijazen glavni junak. Vedel je, v kaj se spušča, ko je začel gojiti čustva do Jess. Oba sta se zavedala, kaj se lahko zgodi.

To je bila ena od stvari, ki mi je bila v knjigi všeč. Da nista začela zveze, čeprav bi to lahko uničilo Loganovo kariero, ampak da sta se upirala svojim čustvom.

Všeč mi je, kadar eden izmed junakov želi dobiti neko osebo in ji pri tem pomaga drugi junak. V tem primeru je Jess želela Bena, fanta, ki ne bi mogel biti bolj drugačen od Logana. Logan ji pri tem pomaga, vendar se med njima (Loganom in Jess) začneta spletati čustva.

4,5 zvezdice, ker bi nekatere stvari lahko bile boljše (napisane).

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), SPORTS ROMANCE (športni roman)

Off the Ice by L. P. Dover

Off the Ice (A Breakaway Novel)

Title // Naslov: Off the Ice

Author // Avtorica: L. P. Dover

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 16th 2018 (16. oktober 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon – B&N

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Blurb:

He’s always made the scoring plays, both on and off the ice, but this time he has a new goal … the one for Meghan’s heart.

I’m Justin Davis, all-star center for the Charlotte Strikers. For years, I chased the spotlight, not only with hockey, but through television as well. That’s why I decided to play the bachelor on Rich and Single. Unfortunately, I was stuck with a fake fiancée from hell who I couldn’t stand to be around. Now that our contract is up, I’m allowed to do whatever I want, with whoever I want. I plan to take full advantage of my newfound freedom.

After being on the show, people don’t recognize me for hockey anymore, even with just winning the Stanley Cup for my team. That’s why I’m spending the off season in a remote cabin in Wyoming where the chances of people knowing me are slim. Space is what I need, but when a down to earth beauty needs help on her ranch, I can’t resist. Meghan Taylor is exactly what I’ve been looking for, even though I’m not the kind of man she wants.

Getting her to see the real me has its challenges, but the more time I spend with her, the easier it is for her to see that I’m not the same guy she knows from TV. Being away from the media is one thing, but as soon as I’m back in the spotlight, I’m afraid it’ll change what we have. I don’t want to lose her, but I also can’t hide away in Wyoming forever. It’s a choice I’m not ready to make.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Njemu vedno uspe, tako na ledu kot izven, toda tokrat ima nov cilj…pridobiti Meghanino srce.

Sem Justin Davis, all-star center za moštvo Charlotte Strikers. Leta sem iskal pozornost tako pri hokeju kot na televiziji. Zato sem postal samski moški v šovu Bogati in samski. Na žalost sem obtičal z lažno zaročenko iz pekla, ki je nisem prenesel. Sedaj ko je konec pogodbe lahko delam, kar želim, nameravam izkoristiti svojo svobodo.

Po tem, ko sem se pojavil na šovu, me ljudje ne poznajo le kot igralec hokeja, čeprav sem ravnokar pridobil svoji ekipi prestižen Stanleyev pokal. Zato konec sezone preživljam v odmaknjeni koči v Wyomingu, kjer je majhna možnost, da me bodo ljudje prepoznali. Vse, kar potrebujem je samota,vendar ko se pojavi prelepa ženska na mojem ranču, se ne morem upreti. Meghan Taylor je točno tisto, kar sem iskal, čeprav nisem pravi moški zanjo.

Pokazati ji svoj pravi jaz, je pravi izziv, vendar več časa kot ga preživim z njo, lažje lahko vidi, da nisem isti moški kot sem na televiziji. Biti stran od medijev je eno, toda takoj ko sem nazaj v središču pozornosti, se bojim, da bo spremenilo vse, kar imava. Nočem je izgubiti, vendar ne morem se ravno za vedno skrivati v Wyomingu. Kljub vsemu, moram se odločiti.

 

My thoughts:

14 DAYS? I needed fourteen days to finish this book? What the …?

This has got to be the record because I usually finish it in less than a week. Unless it’s boring – then I stopped reading it and just don’t finish it at all.

Okay, to the beginning.

As you may know, I am one of those people that love a good cover. Yes, I usually judge the book by its cover but it means a lot to me if it catches my eye somehow because of the font, setting of the title/author’s name etc. I do like the male model (definitely eye-catching) but even though I never put much thought in how much it resembles my idea of the hero, I think he looks kind of young. I don’t remember the author mentioning how old Justin is, but I imagined him in the late twenties and the cover model looks like late teens/early twenties at least.

Now to the story…

I think it was interesting. I love how much Justin cared about Meghan and that he wanted to offer her the world. But I think the whole book didn’t have the kind of plot I would want, no major conflict. I missed that because at around two-thirds of the book I was wondering what the book could offer anymore.

I think that may be the reason why I just couldn’t read it daily or why I wasn’t interested enough. I was more excited about the ending than the middle part.

Or it may be the reason that I have so much going on but what’s funny is that I started and finished another book while reading this one.

I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

3,5 – 4 mediocre stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

14 DNI? Rabila sem 14 dni, da sem prebrala to knjigo? Kaj za vraga… ?

To mora biti moj rekord, ker knjigo ponavadi dokončam v manj kot enem tednu. Razen če je dolgočasna, potem jo ponavadi neham brati in jo preprosto vrnem nazaj v knjižnico.

Okej, k začetku mojega dolgovezenja.

Kot morda veš, sem ena izmed tistih ljudi, ki daje velik pomen naslovnici. Ja, vem, sodim knjige po platnici, vendar mi veliko pomeni, da vzbudi mojo pozornost morda zaradi pisave, postavitve naslova/imena avtorja_ice in tako dalje in tako dalje. Na tej mi je vsekakor všeč model na sliki ampak čeprav nisem ena izmed tistih ljudi, ki bi ji veliko pomenilo, da je tip na naslovnici vsaj malo v skladu z opisom glavnega junaka v knjigi moram reči, da mi tale tip deluje malce premlad. Nisem prepričana, če je avtorica sploh omenila, koliko je star Justin, vendar nekako sem si ga predstavljala, da je v poznejših dvajsetih. Tale model na naslovnici pa zgleda v začetku dvajsetih, če ne celo dvajset. Nekako mi ne paše na naslovnico za to knjigo…

Sedaj pa k zgodbi…

Mislim, da je bila zanimiva. Všeč mi je bilo, da je bil Justin pripravljen za Meghan narediti vse, kar bi od njega želela. Knjiga kljub vsemu ni imela takega zapleta kot bi si želela sama, nobenega večjega konflikta. To sem pogrešala, ker sem se nekje na zadnji tretjini zgodbe začela spraševati, kaj mi knjiga sploh lahko še ponudi.

Mislim, da je to razlog zakaj je nisem mogla brati dnevno in zakaj mi ni bila dovolj zanimiva. Bolj sem bila vesela, ko sem brala sam konec kot pa ko sem brala preostanek knjige.

Ali pa je morda razlog to, da imam veliko stvari na kupu čeprav po drugi strani pa mi je uspelo ponovno prebrati eno drugo knjigo, medtem ko sem brala to tako da…

Najbrž ta knjiga preprosto ni bila zame.

3,5 – 4 povprečne zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

 

 

 

SPORTS ROMANCE (športni roman)

Against the Odds by N.L. Taylor

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Title // Naslov: Against the Odds

Author // Avtorica: N. L. Taylor

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 7th 2018 (7. avgust 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Sports Romance, športni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon

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Blurb: Nikki Elliot is running out of time. After a season and a half of struggling to rebuild her racing career thanks to a near-fatal accident, she is faced with the ugly truth: it’s going to take a miracle for her to make her lifelong dream of racing in Formula 1 a reality. The trouble is, Nikki doesn’t believe in miracles. When Fate sends her help in the form of a quiet, sexy mechanic, Nikki realizes that miracles do happen: the ones you hope for and the ones you least expect. But just as things look like they’re falling into place, Nikki discovers that miracles come at a steep price.

Luck has never been on Jake Masercotti’s side. That is until a chance encounter reunites him with his angel—the woman who unknowingly saved his life years earlier. And now that he’s found her, he’ll do whatever it takes to repay her for that gift, even it means risking his life–or worse, his heart–in the process.
Brought together by tragedy years before, and reunited under dangerous circumstances, will Jake and Nikki find love and happiness, even when a danger they never see coming reaches the-redline?

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: 

Nikki Elliot primanjkuje časa. Po sezoni in pol ponovnega ustvarjanja njene kariere kot voznica dirkalnih avtov zahvaljujoč skoraj tragični nesreči, se mora soočiti z grdo resnico: da bi lahko uresničila svoje sanje kot voznica Formule 1, se mora zgoditi čudež. Problem pa je, ker sama ne verjame v čudeže. Ko ji usoda prinese pomoč v obliki tihega, seksi mehanika, Nikki spozna, da se čudeži dogajajo: tiste, ki jih pričakuješ in tiste, ki jih ne. Toda ko se stvari že postavijo na svoje mesto, Nikki odkrije, da čudež pride z visoko ceno.

Sreča ni bila nikoli na strani Jaka Masercottija. Dokler se po naključju ne sreča s svojim angelom – žensko, ki mu je nevedoč rešila življenje. Sedaj ko jo je našel bo naredil vse, da ji poplača za to darilo, četudi to pomeni, da bo moral tvegati svoje življenje ali še hujše – srce.

Tragedija ju je združila leta prej, sedaj pa sta ponovno združena pod nevarnimi okoliščinami. Ali bosta Jake in Nikki našla ljubezen in srečo, četudi nevarnost, ki je nikoli nista pričakovala, doseže svoj maksimum?

 

My thoughts: I have to be honest… In the first days I was reading this, I thought I was halfway through but I was probably at around 30 %. On the fifth day, when I looked on Goodreads, I was shocked to see that it only had 372 pages. It seemed longer to me and now I know why.

…Because there was so much going on, I was lost. But not in the way I didn’t know what was going on, I did and the book has a plot, but there were just so many things like the author decided to put everything in this one book. We have racing, Mafia, mystery, secrets, suicide, murders, revenge, beatings, rape … and I probably missed something. Basically, almost all were connected to Mafia somehow. Even Jake and Nikki’s love was connected to the Mafia.

In the beginning, I thought Nikki was selfish and self-centred because she didn’t even consider how her brothers saw her career. When she sold the gift her deceased father gave her just to save her racing career, I thought I was done with this book. But I look the other way and continued with the book. Still, even though she did the unimaginable, I disagree with the choice her brothers made to cut her off of their lives.

This book is divided into three parts. While I don’t mind that, I just thought that the author didn’t know what to do with her story and just cut it into parts, so the next one started with couple months or weeks after the last part ended. 

To be honest, I wasn’t very much invested in the story because Mafia and all things related is not what I usually read. The book seemed long at the moments and I also felt like the focus was more on her racing career and Mafia, while the romance was put on hold. Maybe I’m just being picky lately and I want some romance and comedy in my book…:C

Also, while the story did have a decent ending, sadly, it continues in the next book. And while I am curious what happens with Nikki and Jake in the second book, I don’t think I’ll read it due to the reasons above.

3,5 stars.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli: Če sem odkrita… V prvih dneh branja sem mislila, da sem prebrala že vsaj polovico, pa sem bila najbrž pri okoli 30 %. Peti dan sem pogledala na Goodreads in me je kar malce šokiralo, ko sem videla, da ima 372 strani. Zdela se mi je veliko daljša in sedaj vem zakaj.

…Ker se je preveč dogajalo, tako da sem bila včasih kar zgubljena. Ampak ne zato, ker ne bi vedela, kaj se dogaja, ker sem in knjiga ima neko rdečo nit, ampak ker je bilo toliko stvari kot da se je avtorica odločila, da vključi vse v eno knjigo. Tako se najde notri dirkanje, mafija, skrivnosti, samomor, umor, maščevanje, pretepanje, posilstvo.. pa še kaj sem najbrž pozabila. Skratka skoraj vse je bilo nekako povezano z mafijo, še ljubezen med Jake-om in Nikki.

Na začetku sem na Nikki gledala kot na sebično, vase zagledano junakinjo, ker ni nikoli razmišljala o tem, kako njuna brata gledata na njeno (nevarno) kariero. Ko je prodala darilo, ki ji ga je dal njen pokojni oče samo zato, da je rešila svojo kariero, sem mislila zaključiti s knjigo. Vendar sem pogledala stran in nadaljevala z branjem. Čeprav je naredila to nedopustno dejanje, se še vedno nisem strinjala z odločitvijo njenih bratov, da jo odrežeta iz svojega življenja.

Knjiga je razdeljena na tri dele. Čeprav me to ne moti, sem dobila občutek, da avtorica ni vedela kako nadaljevati zgodbo oziroma kaj narediti z njo in jo je zato razdelila na dele, vsak naslednji se nadaljuje nekaj tednov ali mesecev po prejšnjem.

Po resnici povedano, sama nisem bila tako vživeta v zgodbo zaradi mafije in podobnega, ker tega ponavadi ni v knjigah, ki jih berem. Zgodba se je zdela daljša na trenutke in dobila sem tudi občutek, da je fokus preveč na njeni karieri kot voznica dirkalnih avtov in mafiji, medtem ko je bila romantika bolj na stranskem tiru. Morda pa sem zadnje čase malce preveč zbirčna in si samo želim nekaj romantike in komedije v knjigah, ki jih (iz)berem…:c

In čeprav je knjiga imela dokaj spodoben zaključek, se na (mojo) žalost nadaljuje v drugi knjigi. Četudi sem res firbčna kaj se zgodi z Jake-om in Nikki, pa dvomim da jo bom vzela v roke zaradi zgornjih razlogov.

3,5 zvezdice.

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.