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  • Elise Faber hits it in the net

    Elise Faber hits it in the net with Coasting (Gold Hockey #8). In this story, San Francisco Gold assistant coach Calle Stevens just discovered she is pregnant by her ex-boyfriend. Offense-man Cooper (Coop) Armstrong was there for her. Both have been attracted to each other for years but never acted on it. Cooper decides to put “Operation Out-Stubborn” into place and win her over. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult readers. I like Calle. She is a former member of the women’s national hockey team. After an injury, she goes into coaching. She gets an amazing opportunity to coach in the NHL. She becomes pregnant by her ex. She decides to keep the baby. Coop is the first good guy to come into Calle’s life. All the others, including her dad, let her down. However, there is the issue that Calle is Coop’s coach. The situation that starts Calle's and Coop’s relationship was awkward and entertaining. I love the Cotton Candy/Snickers analogy. I appreciated the support within the team in various scenarios throughout the book. They are a family not just a team. Coasting was skillfully written and heartwarming. The characters were faced with interesting challenges. Coop is a great guy. I love his persistence, protectiveness, and thoughtfulness. Coasting is a praiseworthy addition to the Gold Hockey series. Followers of the series will not be disappointed. I recommend this book to people who enjoy sports romances. I am looking forward to Liam’s story in the next book, Centered. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • Finding love where you least expect it

    Elise Faber is a new author to me, and the Gold are a new series to me. This book had all the gooey feels with a slow burn romance. Coasting is one of the final books in the Gold Hockey Series, however it can be read as a stand-alone. This was a first read in the series for me. I didn’t feel any plot gaps or disconnect from the story. Ms. Faber does a great job of pulling the details necessary to fill in any possible gaps. She manages it in an off hand casual manner which I love as it didn’t feel forced and helped cement some friendships within the story for me. This book is Calle and Coops story. Calle is a former USA National Women’s Hockey Player whose career was ended with a nasty hit on the ice. Now she’s a coach for the Gold. She’s also unexpectedly pregnant. Coop is a player on the Gold who has followed Calle’s career both on and off the ice. He’s attracted to her, but doesn’t feel he can act on his feelings due to her position within the organization. Coop happens to be collateral damage to Calle’s temper when she tells the father of her child that she’s pregnant and the father responds in a horrible way. Then Coop helps Calle get to her first doctor’s appointment. Through a series of very determined friendly maneuvering by the clinical staff, Coop finds himself with a front row seat to the appointment. I have to admit the doctor’s office scenes cracked me up. I’ve been offices that move in that manner. The realism of the situation is hysterical. It also kicks off the romancing of Calle. Ms. Faber writes some strong, kick butt women. Particularly in a male dominated environment. She graces her female characters with just enough moments of self uncertainty to make them worm further into your heart. You find yourself wanting to support them like they’re members of your circle. Calle is no different. Strong, determined, and wondering if any one can REALLY love all of her. Ms. Faber also writes an impressive male character. Coop is a strong silent type. He keeps his feelings and thoughts close, but he does all the little things that let a person know he really sees them. From saltines and ginger ale for rampant morning sickness, to peanut butter, to books and apps that Calle mentions in passing to him; Coop lets her know he’s there. It’s like reading a warm hug. The kind that pulls you in and makes you feel safe. Coop also manages to be this person without stomping all over Calle’s career, her relationships with other people, and is respectful to her as his coach. Just, one he sneaks hand warmers to before games. Coop isn’t the only well detailed male character in the story. From Bernard, Calle’s boss with a parental protective streak for her, to her agent Devon, and Coop’s own father. These gentlemen all have strong personalities, but treat others with respect and care. The players that move within the story share these qualities as well. They also still manage to be big bad NHL gods at the same time. Ms. Faber has a gift in writing her people. I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was the slow journey of the plot. You know the end goal of the book almost immediately. Calle is pregnant. She’s been left. She’s had a crush on Coop for years. Coop has been attracted to Calle for awhile. He’s looking for a relationship. He’d like to find someone like Calle. The story could be written at a very base level with a lot of wit, some dialogue, sneaky steamy scenes, a fight..the usual formula. Ms. Faber takes the road less traveled (Yes. Frost.) She leads us on a gentle journey of two people learning to show each other love and care in big and small ways. She utilized her supporting cast to help unveil some personality traits, flaws and backstory in a seamless manner that isn’t forced or planted. I liked the pace and tone of the book. I felt like I was discovering a new relationship myself. As for Coop and Calle, of course they get their happily ever after, but this truly a story of the journey being so much more than the destination.

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  • Unique hot sports romance

    Now THIS was a nice change from the norm. A female hockey player turned NHL Assistant Coach. Not only that but a tiny one that is extremely intelligent and knows her hockey skills. It made her showing up the men on her team even better than expected. Hilarious even. Coop...be still my heart. Everything a woman would want in a man. Not cocky or a player, all perfect including the audiobooks he listens to. 😉 A man that even when he has the woman still has the need to woo and take care of her. What is not to love about him! This was the first book out of the series I picked up being as it was a freebie and I love it! Did not feel like I missed out but made me crave wanting to read the others. There were two epilogues and the second one pretty much just opens up for the next book in the series. Leaves you with a tad bit on a hanger but not enough to be frustrating. Overall I really loved this and I want more.

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  • Beautiful

    I really likes this story I loved that these 2 didn't have an easy go of it they had real life issues to overcome and I really loved Coop his persistence, intensity and cari g had me turning all the way from start to finish.

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  • Hooks you from the start

    I wish more authors realized how vital it is to have the reader engaged from the start of the book – because Elise Faber has that down to an art. Calle, herself a national team hockey player, now an NHL coach, is dumped by her ex when she falls pregnant after a night with him – and Cooper, who’s long had a crush on her, steps up. I think the word that best describes Cooper is kind; he manages to override all Calle’s objections (and there are several that are not easy to override). This is the 8th in the series, and they just keep getting better and better. I received a free copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily.

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