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    An amazing start to the Alaska Blizzard series.

    Kat Mizera’s DEFENDING DANI is an amazing start to the Alaska Blizzard series. It is a spin-off of Las Vegas Sidewinders series. The main characters are both siblings to players on the Sidewinders. Sergei Petrov is the brother of Toli and half-brother of Vlad. Danielle Cloutier is the sister of Zakk. Sergei has not had luck in the relationship department. He is divorced from his first wife, and his second wife was murdered. He is now a single dad who has been traded to Anchorage, Alaska. Enter Dani. She has been helping Tessa and Toli take care of Sergei’s three-year-old son, Niko, while he settles things in Anchorage. Toli thinks Dani would make an amazing nanny for Sergei. Dani is finishing her master’s degree in athletic training from North Dakota. She was selected to play with the women’s US Olympic team and has time before she needs to move to Colorado for training. The couple have a rocky start. Sergei has a lot of personal issues he is dealing with. To top it off, he is now playing on a struggling NHL expansion team, that doesn’t seem to gel. Dani loves hockey but knows her career is at an end because women in the NWHL barely make any money so that is not a viable career option. Sergei, Dani, and Niko settle into a wonderful life in Alaska, but several issues arise causing problems. Kat Mizera does a fantastic job with this novel. The characters are multidimensional and grow throughout the story. The plot is realistic and believable. DEFENDING DANI is skillfully written. I was captivated from beginning to end. I enjoyed the conclusion. I’m looking forward to book two, HOLDING HAILEY. Hailey is one of Dani’s Olympic teammates, and Kane is a teammate of Sergei. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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    Well written

    The first book in a spin off of the Las Vegas Sidewinders world. It continues the story that began in Toli & Tessa, so you might want to read that one first. Even if you are not a ice hockey ( like me) it is a great read. The focus of the story is with the main characters and their relationship. Sergei has a lot a baggage. The death of his wife has hit him hard and being a single dad and a hockey player isn’t easy. he vows never to marry or love again, but then there is Dani. Dani is the sister of Zakk and a amazing hockey player in her own right. She has hopes and dreams, but then there is Sergei and Niko. I loved how Sergio made Dani feel beautiful and desired. I did want to smack him on the head a few times. It is a beautiful, well written book, with funny, sweet, tender and sexy moments.
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    Great start to a new series

    DEFENDING DANI is the first book that I have read by Kat Mizera and I can say that I really liked it. The characters were likeable (most of the time) and the story was well written and easy to follow. I know that the characters were introduced previously in another series, but I didn’t feel that I needed to read the other series to know more about them as their past was explained very nicely, but I am definitely going to getting the other series! Sergei is a broken man. He has loved and lost much in his life and he carries guilt for the death of his wife. But he has a son that needs him and he doesn’t have time for another woman in his life. But the attraction that he feels for Dani is to strong and too consuming to hold off from, even if it would be better for both of them. But Dani is not a character that can be ignored or put in a box. She is very strong, but even the strong can have some insecurities. But she and Sergei are two characters that are perfect for each other. The only problem is that Dani has a path set for herself and choices that she needs to make. She is headed for the Olympics with a guaranteed job after that. But what would you give up for love? DEFENDING DANI was an awesome read for the first in a new series that I believe is going to be epic. During the story I could see where others were going to appear and was introduced to other characters that I hope are going to get their own stories. Totally awesome and definitely something that I would recommend!
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    Couldn’t Put It Down!

    4.5 This friends to lovers to soulmates romance hit me with all the feels! Sergei and Dani don’t know their true worth and think they aren’t good enough for love, but their chemistry was just too amazing to pass by. This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down, staying up late into the night to find out what happens! I absolutely adored these characters and can’t wait to see where this series goes. I definitely recommend this book! *ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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    A Great Start To A New Series!

    Defending Dani is the first in a spin off series from the Las Vegas Sidewinders. So we meet quite a few characters from previous books in the Series. So the Dani in the title is Zakk’s little sister, so when Sergei gets traded to The Alaska Blizzards which is based in Anchorage. Sergei is a widower with a small son Nico, and Dani agrees to go to help Sergei and Nico set up home, and help look after Nico. Dani plays hockey, and is training for the Olympics team. So Dani is a sportswoman in her own right. For the first time since his wife was killed Sergei feels like his at home, as they live play house Sergei has fallen hard, but won’t stand in Dani’s way. I really enjoyed this couple Dani and Sergei were wonderful together, but what happens when you let the person you love go because you think you would hold them back? Get this book and find out, all those buff bodies playing hockey, Sorry I must I’m still dreaming. There is plenty going on in this book, it was like visiting family with all the friends and families there. I can’t wait for book two in this new series. This is told by dual pov and can be read as a standalone, I can’t get enough of Kat’s Hockey Romances.
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