Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Title: Blocked
A Breakaway Novel
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Sports Romance
Publisher: Random House/Loveswept
Release Date: October 31, 2017


He’s got every reason to be cocky . . . until a female cuts him down to size.

I’m Dallas Easton, the best goaltender in the league. I make a damn good living playing hockey, and with women falling at my feet wherever I go, why not enjoy it? I get whatever I want, whenever I want—that is, until I come across the one player who gets the best of me on the ice.

When I try to pummel the dude, all hell breaks loose. Imagine my surprise when the helmet comes off to reveal a woman underneath. And not just any woman, but the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen. Callie Davis is the complete opposite of the puck bunnies I usually go for, a good girl with sick moves and a selfless streak a mile wide. I need to make amends, but she dodges me at every turn. It doesn’t help that Callie’s brother hates my guts, or that my agent thinks she’s bad for my career.

But I could care less what they think. I can’t let our little run-in on the ice be the end of our story. Because when I set my sights on something, I won’t rest until I score.

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Amazon/Goodreads Rating:  4.5/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 7/10

This is the second book in the Breakaway series, but can be read as a stand alone.  I have not read the first book, but do have plans on going back and reading it. While I may know some things that happen in book one, I can tell it will not ruin the book for me.  So again , it is not necessary to have read book one first.

This book is for those that are fans of hockey, since Dallas Easton is a goaltender, and a very good one at that.  One thing that I would have liked to have known a little more about was why some of his teammates really didn’t care for him.  Sure, Dallas is cocky and gets what he wants, but I do get this feeling that something more is going on with a few of his teammates.  Other than that missing piece, the author did a great job with having interaction among the teammates on the ice and off. 

Dallas was not at all what I expected and someone that I was cheering on. There is this awesome scene when, Callie Davis, sister to one of Dallas’s teammates and Dallas met.  It was great to see a strong female lead in the story.  One thing that did bother me was I had thought Callie and her brothers had just recently moved to the state, with the hockey transfer, yet it seemed as if Callie has worked at the hospital for a longer time than the month. I may have missed it but I thought it would have been that she was new to the state, since her brother being transferred to the team.  I get that her friendship with Hannah was something that could easily have happened, but other things just seemed off to this reader if she was only in town for around a month.

As I said it was so great to have Callie as someone who could take care of herself.  She didn’t back down with things and let her brothers know she didn’t need them to protect her.  I also enjoyed how even though there was this connection between Callie and Dallas it was a relationship that did develop over time rare in may books. Again I really found the character Callie refreshing. 

I would recommend this book. There will be times that will leave you laughing and a time or two that you will be teary eyed with the things that happen.  I can’t wait to read Maddox’s story and I do hope that Justin and Braeden get their story. This 4.5 star book has the potential to be a five star read for this reader with a few changes. I was sad when the story came to an end.  There were a couple of predictable things, but there were also a few twists that I didn’t see coming, which had me turning pages.


Heart pounding, I stared him down, waiting for him to take the shot. The second he drew back his stick, I got into position, only for him to hit me right between the eyes with his glove. For a split second I lost my focus, and he slapped the puck right between my legs.

“Motherfucker,” I growled, glaring down at the glove on the ice and the puck in the goal. The worthless cunt actually had the audacity to throw his glove at my face. Kellan burst out laughing and the whole rink echoed as they cheered at my expense. Red just fucked up big time. 

The others tried their luck to no avail, and then Red was back at it. I waited for him to throw the other glove, but instead, he turned and sprayed ice right up into my face, his body colliding with mine. During our fall, he hit the puck right into the goal. Rage coursed through my veins and all I could see was red . . . literally. Getting up quickly, he started back toward the others and I slid out my stick, hooking it around his ankle. I jerked him back and he fell. If he wanted to play dirty, I’d show him how dirty I could be. He tried to get up, but I pushed him back down, tossing my mask and gloves onto the ice. The others shouted and skated toward us, but I wasn’t letting Red get away with making me out to be a fool. 

“Think you’re hot shit now, huh?” I spat, grabbing him by the jersey. He was smaller than me, so it wasn’t hard to flip him over and rip off his mask. Blinded by rage, I pulled my fist back, only to stop cold in my tracks. I stared at the face behind the mask, completely transfixed.

The person lying on the ice wasn’t Justin’s brother. It was a woman, and not just any woman. She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Before any words could escape my lips, Justin tackled me to the ice and my breath whooshed out of my lungs as we slid to the wall. 

“What the fuck is your problem? That’s my sister,” he shouted angrily. Eyes darkening, he slammed my shoulders against the wall. 

Catching my breath, I looked up at him and held up my hands. “I didn’t know it was a female. I wouldn’t have touched her if I’d known.” Under most circumstances, I’d have punched him and been done, but I felt like a tool. 

His nostrils flared. “You’re such a prick.” 

“Justin,” his sister called out. We both looked over at her as Kellan and the other two guys helped her up. They all stared daggers at me, including her. “Let’s go.” 

Justin pushed off of me and skated over to her. I got one last look at her angelic face and emerald green eyes before she turned around and disappeared off the ice. 

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Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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