Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Book Review - Breakout by Aven Ellis

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Title: Breakout (A Dallas Demons Hockey Romance)
Author: Aven Ellis
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: ARC supplied by author
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 4th November 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

While Texas is known for loving football, Lexi Stewart has always been drawn to the ice. Hockey is her passion, and she wants nothing more than to pursue a career in video editing for the home network of the Dallas Demons hockey team. 

Lexi has an editing job for a corporate account, but it’s not fulfilling. Nor is her dating life, despite having the so-called help of The One Online Dating Service. Lexi knows there has to be more for her—on both fronts. She’s ready to take the next step, but it doesn't seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon. 

Until a flying puck changes everything. 

Niko Xenakis is the new Dallas Demons TV producer, and he’s looking to make his mark in his new role and hopefully work his way back to his hometown of Baltimore. But once he meets Lexi, he might just change his mind on what he wants for his future . . . 

But the road to love is never easy, complicated by the fact that they both carry emotional baggage from the past in their hearts. Can these two “breakout”of the past to find love in the present? 

This book features everything you could want in a romantic comedy...Love, Romantic gestures, a gorgeous Greek man, humour, Thanksgiving and Christmas & recurring characters! What more could a girl want?

I was sort of tempted to finish the review there, as it really does sum up the book, but that may not be fair! I had another book already loaded and ready to start when Breakout appeared in my inbox, and the second I saw the email I knew I was reading this first. 

I just can not resist an Aven Ellis book, and with good reason, she lets me change book boyfriends every few months as there hasn't yet been a man she has written that I haven't fallen in love with. I will admit in this case, it took me a bit longer than normal to warm to Lexi and Niko, but once I had, I was hooked. 

For fans of the Dallas Demons series, let me assure you we do still see a bit of Harry and Nate, as well as Kenley, Ryan, Cici etc.. So all the loveable characters we already know. If you are new to the series, then this is a stand alone book, anything relevant is explained, but I would still urge you to consider reading the others at some point. 

The first meeting between Lexi and Niko is funny and fabulous, and sets the tone really well for their interactions for the rest of the story. They both have an issue they need to overcome to fully realise they are meant to be with each other, and have similar tastes in everything, including a great depth of "Saved By The Bell" knowledge. 

I loved the descriptions of some of Lexi's novelty pants and t-shirts, and felt they really helped add a different view to her character. Niko and Lexi also both have a very clear love of Ice-hockey and thanks to Niko, Lexi gets a chance at her dream job, although even that isn't without its problems. 

Watch out for the Casino event, where the whole gang are involved in a fantastic plan, I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there were the two big end of year holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas featured in the story, and I loved the Christmassy scenes too (especially at this time of year!). 

I don't think this is my favourite book by Aven, but with them all being so amazing, its hard to chose. I suspect my favourite is The Definition of Icing (purely because of Kenley and all the chocolate, as well as Nate!) but this is still a brilliant story, and Niko is just incredibly romantic. 

Thank you so much to Aven for this advance review copy. This was my honest review. 

Happy publication day to Aven Ellis. Breakout is out now!

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