Chasing Paige by Ellen Devlin

Title: Chasing Paige
Series: Washington Guardians Hockey
Author: Ellen Devlin
Genre: Hockey Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

 
“Love at first sight.” It’s such a cliché. But when I saw her across a crowded room I couldn’t take my eyes off her.
 
One can say I’m the modest type. I don’t walk up to a girl, introduce myself and expect her to fall at my feet just because I’m a NHL player. If friends didn’t give me a little push me in her direction, I probably never would have approached her. But I’m so glad I did.
 
The electricity between us blew me away. From our first kiss to the first night we spent together it was clear. Paige was the one.
 
But something is holding her back, And with the trade deadline looming, she’s using it as an excuse to push me away.
 
Luckily, I know how to chase dreams; it’s how I made it to the NHL. I like a challenge, and I never quit until I get what I want. 
 
And what I want is Paige.

My review:

Paige is a high school English teacher sharing an apartment with her best friend Liz. Chris “Becks” Beckman is a professional hockey player who is very shy off the ice, except when performing job-related interviews or events. They meet and he is head over heels in love with her and waiting for her to catch up.

I wanted to love this book. I didn’t exactly dislike it, but I was very disappointed in it. I did receive this book as an ARC so I hope that some of the mistakes were corrected before release – namely Paige’s mother having the same last name as Chris when they first meet, although she is referred to by her correct name later. The first several paragraphs of the book were hard to figure out. They were written with an omnipotent POV, so we got both Chris’s actions and his best friend’s end of the phone conversation equally to the point where I wondered why they were on the phone to each other if they were in the same room, and also to figure out exactly which one this book was about.

I did like Chris and Paige’s relationship for the most part. They were sweet and adventurous. Paige just seemed off the entire time, though, as if the author never quite figured out the character. Sometimes she was almost Puritanical in her innocence – both sexually and in how life works in general. Other times she acted like they were shooting a porno with her actions and commentary. Not that there is anything wrong with that between two consenting adults, but the complete personality shifts were head-spinning. But one scene that really didn’t make sense for the character was after she and Chris had been together for a few months, she and LIz were watching a game on TV and he was involved in a fight during the game which was noted as a rarity for him. One brief punch on the ice and Paige is suddenly questioning their entire relationship, acting like he’s a terribly violent person and she couldn’t be with someone like that. So many times during the book it’s pointed out how intelligent Paige is, and yet she cannot separate one minor event during a tense hockey game with the real-life person she has been intimately involved with for months? The same illogical behaviour comes about later in the book, too, because of a hypothetical situation that may never even happen in Chris’s career. And for real: how many times can Paige call Chris “big guy”? I get it, she’s tiny and he’s a NHL player but come one! Several times per conversation just sounds cheesy.

I did like Liz a lot, and also Zee, Chris’s teammate. I would happily read a book about either of those characters. I would not, however, read this one again.

Rating: ♥♥♥

 

Red Hatter Book Blog – “Chasing Paige is dipping cotton candy into powdered sugar and topping it off with frosting and sprinkles levels of sweet.”

 

 

Law firm office cog by day.
 
Writer of steamy romance by night.
 
Hockey fan all the time.
 
Ellen lives in the Northern Virginia area with her husband and two sons, along with various furry and scaly creatures.
 
Life is good.
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The Accidental Girlfriend by Emma Hart

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The Accidental Girlfriend, an all-new hilarious romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!

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Top Tip: Don’t put out an online ad offering your services as a fake date. Someone will take you up on it.

And it won’t just be for one night.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I ended up being Mason Jackson’s fake girlfriend.

He didn’t even want me to be. No—his sister was solely responsible for me being his date for his ten-year high school reunion.

Now, she’s responsible for telling his parents our relationship is real.

We have no choice. We have to act like this isn’t all a mistake, like it’s not all fake, like we’re totally, completely, utterly, head-over-heels in love with each other.

Simple, right?

Wrong.

My review:

This book is so freaking hilarious. Seriously, I had not anticipated laughing out loud without being able to control myself, in the middle of a hospital cafeteria on my lunch break. Lauren is insane in the best way – the things that came out of her mouth were so unexpectedly hilarious. And Mason was able to keep right up with her.

Mason’s family was just as amazing. I could picture the crazy aunt and uncles (and I tried hard *not* to picture Grandpa), they were all so well written. There were so many one-liners in this book, too.

I can’t think of one negative thing about this book. It was sweet, it had poignant moments (Lauren confiscating her niece for a day so her sister could deal with her postpartum depression was wonderful). You should definitely read this book.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

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