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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Playing Defense by Aven Ellis - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Reese has had it with men after several bad and boring dates. She's a successful fitness model and her blog is getting amazing views. She doesn't need a man and is certainly not looking for a relationship. If Reese would be completely honest with herself there is one man who has caught her eye a while ago. His name is Jean-Pierre, or JP. He's a famous ice hockey player, working for the Dallas Demons. She can't help checking out his social media sites and her heart skips a beat whenever he likes something on her page. After Reese finishes up on a killing fitness shoot she bumps into him while she's standing in line to order food. Even though Reese claims that she isn't looking for anything serious, how long will she be able to ignore her true feelings?

JP has always been a serious guy. He doesn't do flings and he's certainly not a player. This has placed him in the friend zone several times. JP is gorgeous, comes from Switzerland and cares a lot about the people close to him. He's honest and loves to be active. He's a man I immediately melted for and I was wishing for him to find his happily ever after. Reese is real and I loved that about her. As a model she has to think about her figure, but she also indulges, eating Oreo cookies when she feels like it. When she's with JP, Reese has feelings she never wanted, never needed and never felt before. Every love story has a beginning and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if this would be theirs.

Playing Defense is a sweet and fun love story about finding your soulmate. Some days I just need a story that is relaxing and makes me feel good. If I feel this way I know I can't go wrong with one of Aven Ellis's books. I love her sense of humor and she always makes me laugh out loud. Aven Ellis has no trouble at all to make a story come to life. Her main characters are people who are easy to connect with and this makes Playing Defense a wonderful enjoyable read. I am a big fan of the Dallas Demons Hockey series and hope Aven Ellis will write a lot more stories about the great characters in these books.


If you're looking for a feelgood love story I highly recommend Playing Defense. Every story in the Dallas Demons Hockey series follows up on characters from the other books, but they can be read as standalones too.

About Aven Ellis

I have always loved to write. I completed my first novel at the age of 15—an angst-driven high school romance (Boy meets girl! Evil girl likes same boy! A deception! Will true love prevail?) Though I truly wanted to be a fiction writer, I also knew it was more practical to pursue a job in the communications field and write fiction on the side. So I went off to Purdue University and earned a degree in communication, writing for The Exponent along the way (apologies to anyone who fought through reading those early attempts at journalism.)

After a stint writing for a community newspaper and a public relations agency, and not enjoying what I was writing at all, I found myself a non-writing job and continued writing at night and on weekends. I completed multiple manuscripts that found a home under my bed. Complete it, print it, stick it in an envelope, and slide it under the bed. It became a routine for me, similar to “Lather.Rinse.Repeat.”

Finally, years later, I wrote Connectivity. I loved this story; I loved writing for William and MK. I became brave enough to share this story with new friends who became equally as passionate about these characters and their journey. I ended up submitting Connectivity to Soul Mate Publishing, and it sold. Soul Mate also allowed me to explore this idea I had about writing a hockey-based series, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.


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  1. Thanks you for the review and giveaway!

  2. Playing Defense sounds like a story that will make you fall in love with the characters, cheer them on, laugh and cry with them and make your heart swoon with the wonderful sweet romance.

  3. right up my alley, this! would love to read xx

  4. Great review! The book attracts my attention

  5. Great review! Sounds like a great read!

  6. Sounds like a great book! Looking forward to reading it :)

  7. JP sounds absolutely delish but not the Oreos! They always remind me of dog biccies!