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    My favorite so far in the series!

    Isaac “Ice” Wolfe is as cold as his nickname implies, but his bad attitude has led to what very well be his last trade in the NHL. The Seattle Sockeyes are taking a chance on the player no other team wants, and if he doesn't make a change, he'll be off the ice in no time. Avery Maxwell is finally pursuing dreams of her own. Terribly neglected by her parents, she followed her sisters in making sure they had roof over their heads and food on the table. But now that she finally has the chance to do what she's always dreamed of — train and show horses — she's abandoned her college education and the future her sisters had planned for her, and is putting her heart into the one job she's always wanted. But the handsome and bitter man next door soon has her adding to the list of things she wants for herself. Judging Covers: I'm still trying to figure out why this one is pink when the other books in the series have been blue, but that doesn't mean I don't like it. The guy doesn't look quite as capable of a scowl as I would have expected, but I still think the couple fits, and they're definitely more on the attractive side than some of the previous cover couples for this series. The Verdict: We didn't get to know Avery very well in the previous books, though we saw her quite a bit and watched her relationship with her sisters hit a rough patch when she decided to leave school and make her living working with horses instead. So I was definitely looking forward to this closer look into her life and personality. Isaac, or “Ice” as he's known in the league, seems to have spent his life burning bridges. Rather than be a team player, he's used his hockey skills o prove his own worth on the ice, and he hasn't limited that attitude to his time on the ice. Reporters, fans, teammates, and coaches have all been subjected to his refusal to play nice for appearances' sake, and it's gotten so bad that every other team has washed their hands of him. But his trade to the Sockeyes is just the wake up he needs, finally seeing for himself that if he stays on the same bitter path, he'll find himself a has-been in no time, not because he's not good at the game, but because he's not good at everything around the game. Watching him come to grips with his own shortcomings and work to change his ways made for a very interesting bit of character development. Avery is Isaac's neighbor, spending her days working with horses and attending to damaged hearts, and she doesn't have room in her life for a man who wears a permanent scowl. But as their attraction heats up and Isaac's past is slowly revealed, it becomes apparent that he needs just as much love as anyone else who's been scarred. As Avery gets to know him better, though, she's also got to remain focused on her work as a horse trainer, hoping to make her mark in an incredibly competitive field, and their budding relationship is bound to create waves for Isaac as well, since Avery's sister is engaged to his team captain. Avery and Isaac both have pretty sad backstories, though Isaac's certainly takes the cake when it comes to tragedy and self-blame, but between their fiery spirits and Avery's big heart, they really do make the perfect couple. It would have been easy to rush the plot around them and add all kinds of unnecessary drama, but instead it played out at the perfect pace, focusing on Isaac's learning to accept the past and forgive himself and Avery's finally taking ahold of what she wants. I've certainly enjoyed the other books in the Game on in Seattle series, but I think this one just might be my favorite yet. ***FicCentral received this book from Tasty Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.
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    SCORE! Melting Ice is a real winner!

    Isaac Wolfe has come by his nickname honestly. The newest member of the Seattle Sockeye's hockey team is known as "Ice" and judging by the bad attitude he exudes and the fact he wants nothing to do with being a teammate or a team player, the name fits. Having been traded to Seattle after stints in several NHL franchises, he knows that if he is out of line this time, he may very well find himself on the outside of the NHL looking in. Avery Maxwell is trying to live her life the way she wants to live it. After always trying to please her sisters, especially her sister Izzy, she has taken her life and her future into her own hands by leaving the family party crashing business to work with her first love, horses. She is determined to make a living doing what she loves most and she's dead set on proving it. When Isaac meets Avery after his dog pays a visit to her horses, he realizes that this woman is very different from those he has been around in the past. Even though he's attracted to Avery, and she to him, he is not in a place where he wants any kind of relationship. He gave up on those many years ago when a tragedy turned everyone closest to him against him. Now he lives only to play hockey. What he comes to realize over time is he enjoys spending time with the horsewoman next door. Will these two unlikely people end up being exactly what the other one needs? Will they be able to put their careers second to the person that could mean everything to them? Jami Davenport has done a phenomenal job with this book and the characters. I loved how complex both Isaac and Avery were and I found myself rooting for them from the get go. It was wonderful to see the evolution of Isaac throughout the course of the book and Jami deserves all of the credit for painting that picture for us. I would highly recommend this book without a doubt!
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    Awesome

    Definitely not disappointed in this series. When I read the last book in izzy and Cooper I was hoping the author would continue with her sisters. I'm hoping that she is also connecting the brothers. Good read shows the sacrifices people make for family and careers also talks about dysfunctional families. Won't be disappointed
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    Melting the Ice and finding the liquid love inside

    Avery Maxwell is a highly intelligent and passionate woman but you wouldn’t know it with the opinion her family has of her giving up her premed studies to take on horse training full time. You certainly wouldn’t be applying the term passionate to her love life if you watched her sitting home alone on New Year’s eve or her very nonexistent sex life. Finally, life is just where Avery wants it to be. She’s living life on her own terms and doing what she enjoys most in life and horses are her life. The only thing that could make it even better is Isaac “Ice” Wolfe; Avery just doesn’t know it yet. Isaac is hanging onto the last bit of rope in his career. Either he can shape up or he can use that rope to hang himself. He’s been traded to the Seattle Sockeyes, a new hockey team and the last stop in his career. You see Isaac has a few problems. He built quite the reputation as a womanizer, a drunk and a fighter. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the fight is on the ice or off, opponent or team mate. In fact, Isaac isn’t much of a team player at all. He’s had an abusive childhood and tragedy has estranged him from his family. He lives with guilt every day of his miserable existence. He puts on his big boy pants, lifts his chin and puts on an indifferent face. He is “Ice.” No one likes him. Hell even his dog hates him. So it’s no surprise that things are a little explosive when these two meet and the chemistry between the two is off the charts. He’s that bad boy one night stand Avery is looking for. Avery is that one and done ride he’s itching for. Nevertheless, this is one bad boy that isn’t going away and neither is that itch. After a night of wild and crazy things get a little complicated. Isaac’s team captain, who just happens to be Avery’s brother in law threatens his NHL career if he gets involved with Avery or her twin Emma. With the ever present threat hovering over them Avery and Isaac decide on a friends only approach and the slow burn begins. Neither Isaac nor Avery can forget their explosive beginning. The more they come to know each other the greater the temptation. Much the way Avery reads the abused horses she rehabilitates, she sees the wounded man beneath the surface of Isaac’s icy demeanor and she sets about cracking that ice. Boy is she successful. Watching Isaac turn it all around is powerful let alone watching these two fall in love. It takes some commitment and maneuvering for Isaac to figure out how the two might have a chance at being together. Both are challenged with deciding just how important their relationship is and what they’ll do to keep it. This was a great story of leaving the past in the past, learning to forgive and finding the future. I really enjoyed it. Review copy provided via Candid Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review.
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    Melting the Iceman

    Isaac Wolf rents a home next to Avery Maxwell. They meet when he chases after his dog. The boxer likes going next door to where all the animals are. Avery trains horses at at a farm who takes in animals who need love after abuse. They help people who have been abused too. Their story gets more complicated when we learn that her sister, (Avery has 3), is engaged to his team captain. Needless to say he and she are both warned off each other right quick. She lives there with her twin, who is quite conservative and thinks she should be too. Isaac is used to being a rough, tell it like it is and punch whoever does not like it kind of guy. He is learning that this team is his last chance in the NHL and he better make the most of it. He normally is a loner, estranged from his family, and does not make friends easily. Avery and Isaac become friends after they talk it out. Their one night stand has to be forgotten. The complication in it all is that they want to have more nights. As they get closer, Isaac realizes she is someone special and wants more. Avery is afraid to rock the boat. ***This ARC copy was free from Netgalley.com and its publisher and author. My honest opinion does not reflect Netgalley, nor its affiliates.
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