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    Romance + hockey = fantastic read!!

    Robyn Ryan has done it again! Another phenomenal book with superb writing, romance and hockey! It just doesn’t get better than that! Robyn is an absolute master at character development. You just become so invested in the characters and their lives and thoughts that it becomes emotional for you too. It’s like you’re living it right along with them. The emotions are even more potent if you’ve read the previous books in the series. It’s not 100% necessary, but definitely recommended. Everything will make much more sense, and they’re worth it! This book itself was incredibly engaging and powerful. The storyline in this book is so poignant and relevant. Reading the past books, I wouldn’t have guessed Lauren’s secrets and how much they impact her adult life and relationships. No spoilers here, but her past relationship with Dave makes much more sense now. Thank goodness for true friends. Sometimes they can make all the difference in the world. I love how this book focused on Lauren and Dave, but brought in all the other characters from the past books too. Their lives and stories were seamlessly integrated within this one. I’d actually love another story focused on Lauren and Dave. But with the amazing writing Robyn gives us, I’m sure we’ll get more on their story at some point. Of course, I’ll be impatiently waiting on that next book! This one was worth all five incredible stars!
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    Robyn M. Ryan heats it up with HEALTHY SCRATCH

    Robyn M. Ryan heats it up with HEALTHY SCRATCH, the first book in the Tampa Suns Hockey series. Lauren Gentry is considering relocating to Tampa to live by her business partner, Caryn Chadwick. She is shocked to discover that her friends-with-benefits, Dave Martin, has just been traded to the Tampa Suns; and Dave wants to be more than friends. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences. I was thrilled when I discovered that Robyn M. Ryan wrote this spin-off of Clearing the Ice series. We originally met Lauren and Dave in that series. I enjoyed discovering more about Lauren and Dave. They are complicated characters that have great chemistry. Lauren’s history explains a lot about her attitude and self-esteem. She is an admiral heroin that has gone through a great deal. I like Dave’s character. He is supportive and protective. The plot was skillfully executed. I like that the story went forward and back in time. The stuff going on with Lauren’s family presented interesting challenges. The cyber-bullying was extremely pertinent to this day and age. I would have liked to read Lauren’s article. I know it was about the stuff that was mentioned in the book, but I think it would have been powerful to read her actual article instead of just hearing that there was one. I love the support that Lauren received. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. I recommend HEALTHY SCRATCH to people that enjoy contemporary sports romances and/or books about overcoming issues like cyber-bullying. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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    ...a WOW moment for the soul.

    Forget romance. Healthy Scratch pulls back the blinders and exposes the mystery that is love. Ryan spotlights the tough moments, inspiring details and everything in between. What begins as a solid friendship becomes an expose' on the emotional whirlwind known as love. Dave and Lauren pierce through the heart in stages, but leave their mark on the soul. Healthy Scratch is a WOW moment for the soul.
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    healthy scratch

    i read this book as part of an arc program. This is the story of Lauren and Dave (Marty). Lauren was a marketing agent and she was partners and best friends with Caryn, the wife of a professional hockey player named Andrew. Lauren was in Tampa staying with Caryn and Andrew after finishing a long job for a difficult client. When Dave was traded to the same team, Andrew offered him a place to stay also. Lauren and Dave had an on/ off again relationship, but it ended when Dave asked for a exclusive relationship and they drifted apart. Lauren was raised by her sister after her sister took her from her abusive parents. Lauren never told Dave about her family history or about her troubled youth. Lauren cared for Dave but she was so scared of a relationship. When Lauren and Dave reunite, Dave tells her he wants more from her than a friends with benefits relationship. Lauren agrees and they take things day by day. Meanwhile Lauren's family is starting to cause drama and her secrets from the past are being revealed, leaving Lauren scared Dave will not want to be with her anymore. I enjoyed this book. This was an emotional story and Lauren had to go through a lot to heal from her past. I really thought Dave was a great guy and he really loved Lauren. I look forward to reading more of this series.

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