Saturday, February 27, 2016

review || BLOCKED { release blitz } by Elise Faber

Blue Tulip Publishing | Date, 2016 | Sport Romance
Gold Hockey, book 1


This is her shot.

Brit has the chance to make history by being the first female goalie to play for an NHL team, the San Francisco Gold. So, when she is introduced to Stefan, the Gold’s captain, she is determinedly not interested.

Stefan is sexy, charming, and has a publicly documented list of conquests a mile long. Brit is unwilling to risk mixing business with pleasure, even when that business is wrapped up in a six-foot-plus, gorgeously muscled package.

When management pushes Brit and Stefan together in an effort to gain good press for the beleaguered team, Brit finds that her carefully calculated disinterest doesn’t mask her body’s desires. The more she falls for Stefan, the more she risks her career.

Will she be able to have it all—a starting position and the heart of the captain? Or will she lose everything?

{ about elisa faber } .

Aside from writing bestselling romances, Elise’s passions are chocolate, Star Wars, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team — the Sharks! — are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise is the mom to two exuberant boys and is thoroughly addicted to Dancing With the Stars. Connect with her on facebook (, twitter (@faberelise), instagram (@elisefaber) or

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{ excerpt } .

“I don’t really do the matching lingerie thing,” she said.


With a sigh and an eye roll, she walked over to him. “I’m not super girlie.”

“Like fuck you’re not.” He was practically sitting on his hands, so he didn’t grab her.

Her lips curved up, and she stopped less than six inches from him. Close enough that her delicate feminine scent coated the air between them.

"You know, I’ve never felt so powerfully sexy before,” she said, stroking a single finger down his shirt, pressing the column of buttons lightly into his skin and setting him on fire, “but hearing your voice go all growly… Damn, I kind of like the way you make me feel, Barie.”

Sweet baby Jesus, she was a menace.

“Me too,” he agreed, even though Brit was making his balls turn permanently blue.

And apparently, she had no plans to stop because she plunked herself down in his lap, leaned close, and pressed her mouth to his.

There wasn’t any preamble. This was hunger, plain and simple.

{ review } .

Here was a story about a woman who lived for the sport of hockey -- she played growing up with the boys, played juniors with the boys, and she's been trying to prove her worth with the big guns. After a stunt gone wrong with a previous team, she finds herself in the Gold locker room.

Well, after she's ushered to a 'locker room' that was not a locker room.

Her first encounter with Stefan was actually pretty pleasant. Sure, he brought her to the non-locker room, but he was seemingly acceptive of her. From the get go, I knew he was going to be a good guy. Shortly after that, we are pretty much bombarded with how brazen Brit could be.

The writing for this book was done well. The dialogue felt real and the emotions were built up in a way that made the characters feel real, as well. I really enjoyed Brit's friendship with previous teammate, Blane, and would have loved to see more of their interactions.

I found Brit to be awfully ballsy, to be honest. She was a shove-it-in-your-face type personality, and while her 'dark' moment in her professional playing life was by no means fair... and I can understand her feelings and her fears... I feel that when you stand in the middle of a locker room and tell the boys to get their look done and over with... Without making too many people upset, I suppose I'll just say this : you want to be treated like the boys, they're going to treat you like the boys. And while the gender issue is there, you can't scream in fear when they're just doing to you what they'd do to any other rookie.

Now that I've gone and maybe made people upset by that comment...

(Hey now, I did say I understood her fears and reasons for refusing to be in a locker room with zero to one people).

I enjoyed the writing in this book, and found the build up of the story to be on point. I enjoyed Stefan and Brit together, especially as Stefan stood by her side. The whole "black moment" of the book... it was expected.

I guess in the end I'm torn. I liked the characterizations and the story itself. It (Brit's joining the team) just didn't feel real or even remotely likely, so I read the book more in a fantastical way. I was annoyed by Pierre and his 'son' comments, felt that some of the fighting that happened came out of no where, and the make-up after the 'black moment' was a bit too quick considering everything else. I have no doubt that this series will be a good one -- so long as no other females join the team.
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