Author: L.P. Dover
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Date of publication: October 31, 2017
Genre: Romance, Sports
Number of pages: 225
POV: Alternating 1st person
Blocked – Book 2
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
He’s got every reason to be cocky . . . until a female cuts him down to size.
I’m Dallas Easton, the best goaltender in the league. I make a damn good living playing hockey, and with women falling at my feet wherever I go, why not enjoy it? I get whatever I want, whenever I want—that is until I come across the one player who gets the best of me on the ice.
When I try to pummel the dude, all hell breaks loose. Imagine my surprise when the helmet comes off to reveal a woman underneath. And not just any woman, but the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen. Callie Davis is the complete opposite of the puck bunnies I usually go for, a good girl with sick moves and a selfless streak a mile wide. I need to make amends, but she dodges me at every turn. It doesn’t help that Callie’s brother hates my guts, or that my agent thinks she’s bad for my career.
But I could care less what they think. I can’t let our little run-in on the ice be the end of our story. Because when I set my sights on something, I won’t rest until I score.
Trigger Warning: None
I was a huge fan of Hard Stick when I read it. It is rarely a book can blow me away and Hard Stick did that. So when I saw that Blocked was up for review on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. I squeed like a little girl when I saw the book on my shelf as approved and waiting to be downloaded. I couldn’t wait to read it but at the same time, I was nervous. Usually, when I love a book that is the first book in a series, the second one never lives up to my internal hype.
Blocked exceeded my expectations. While I didn’t love it as much as Hard Stick, I enjoyed reading about Callie, Dallas, and their romance. I enjoyed that Charlotte, NC was again the backdrop for a great hockey romance. I enjoyed the humor that was peppered throughout the book. I was laughing my butt off while reading. A book that can make you laugh is a book that you need to keep.
There were parts of Blocked that I didn’t like. I thought that Callie’s brother, Justin, was a grade A idiot with anger issues. He got on my nerves, big time. While I could understand why he was being so protective of Callie, I kind of wanted to tell him “She’s 28, brah. Let her make her own decisions.”Callie had to hide that she was dating Dallas because of how Justin would react. Which made me do an internal “Ugh“.
Dallas was a manwhore. No beating around the bush. He liked the ladies and they liked him back. Not only that, he was going to be on a Bachelor-like show called Rich and Single. Callie was well aware of his reputation. She was there when he got his head beat in by the boyfriend of a girl he was going to screw. Even I was a little surprised when he stopped his manwhore ways and decided to try to settle down with Callie. Only that things can never go as planned and in this case, everything went sideways….fast.
While Callie was a sweetheart and I liked her, she was a tad immature. When the going got tough for her and Dallas, what does she do? She refuses to listen to Dallas’s side of the story. She thinks the worst….even though he has done nothing to prove otherwise. Other than that, I thought she was sweet and had a great sense of humor. The whole Dallas skating around in a hot pink bikini because she lost a bet scene in the book cracked me up.
The sex scenes between Callie and Dallas were hot. They were like bunnies and did it everywhere. My favorite sex scene was the pool one. I am not into sex in the water but this one almost made me rethink my stance on it.
The end of the book was great. I ugly cried during it because it was perfect. The epilogue was even better. I am hoping that Maddox and Lacey’s story is the next one because I want to know the secret that Lacey has.
My Summary of Blocked: 4 Stars
Blocked is the great 2nd book in the Breakaway series. Not falling to the 2nd book curse, Blocked is a fun, sensual read. This will be on my keeper shelf. It has fleshed out characters, a great plotline, and in-depth world building.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Sex, language, and some mild violence
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**