Saturday 12 April 2014

Review & Giveaway - On the Surface by Kate Willoughby

Title: On the Surface
Series: In the Zone #1
Author: Kate Willoughby
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Log line: Not every athlete is a player…

NHL player Tim Hollander lost his temper one time and threw a water bottle at an abusive fan. After “Bottlegate,” he’s traded to the San Diego Barracudas, where he’ll need to keep the bad publicity to a minimum while proving he can still compete with the younger guys on the ice.
Erin Collier is a pediatric nurse who’s never seen a hockey game, but gets in line for Tim’s autograph at a PR event in hopes of impressing the doctor she has a crush on. When an obnoxious fan gets pushy toward Erin, Tim rushes to defend the pretty stranger, throwing a punch in the process.
Grateful for the rescue, Erin agrees to stand by Tim during the resulting press conference and host him at a hospital charity event. Their chemistry is palpable, and soon their lives are intertwined. But Erin doubts a hockey player is capable of anything resembling a real relationship. And if Tim can’t get her to see beyond what’s on the surface, they’ll never last longer than a single season…



4.5 HUGE Hearts!!

That's it! I am a huge fan of Hockey Romance!  It was a little slow starting but Tim just melts your heart.  From the first encounter with him and Erin I was hooked!!  They make such a good match and the things that Tim does....swoon!  This story was really personal to me because I lost a baby sister very young so I know how heartbreaking that can be.
Fantastic job on pulling the emotions out.  I was so sad to see it end but I thought it was wrapped up beautifully and I'm anxious to read the next one!! 

~ Review by Toshia


Kate is in love with the sport of hockey. And the entire Los Angeles Kings team. Having lived most of her life completely uninterested in professional sports, she is surprised at the intensity of her enthusiasm and her growing collection of Kings merchandise:
  • a Dustin Brown jersey (signed by Jordan Nolan, Dwight King and Jake Muzzin)
  • an iPhone case
  • two T-shirts
  • three lapel pins
  • a wristwatch and earrings
  • three hats
  • several play-off towels from 2012 and 2013
  • a purple sequined jacket
  • a replica Stanley Cup Champions banner
  • a car windshield sticker and license plate frame
and the pièce de résistance...
  • a collector card with a swatch of Justin William’s game-worn jersey.
Yeah. Don’t judge her.

She has held a variety of jobs—podiatrist's assistant, telemarketer, typist, gift wrapper, painter, illustrator's assistant, paste-up artist, calligrapher, teacher, transcriptionist and barista—but her favorite by far is author. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, their two sons, and a Chihuahua named Mochi.

She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America and Los Angeles Romance Authors and winner of the 2009 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy/Paranormal Erotic Romance.


On Monday, April 14, Carina Press will be publishing six new sports romance novels as part of Sports Week, a week celebrating sports romance. Each novel features a different sport and the authors are generously giving YOU a chance to win copies.
Thanks to Allison Parr, Rebecca Crowley, Kate Willoughby, Kat Latham, Michele Mannon & Rhonda Shaw one lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate and an ebook of all 6 novels. 6 other winners will all receive one ebook each.
We will be reviewing all of these titles in the days leading up to release so keep your eye out for our blog posts.

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