Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Season: Rush by Nicole Edwards Blog Tour

A single mom & a sexy hockey goalie.
Sounds like a match made in a... PR stunt?

Kingston Rush

Becoming a goaltender in the NHL is the only thing I ever wanted for myself.

Goal accomplished.

Two years ago, I was the best goalie in the league, for the third time. With our Stanley Cup win, the Austin Arrows were on top of the world. Nothing could possibly bring us down.


Turns out, even when you’re at the top, you can find yourself back at rock bottom.

But it gets worse.

Not only did the team fall from grace, then I did too. I was accused of something I didn’t do. And now I’m being forced to repair my tarnished reputation.

Only I don’t know how to do that.

When the suggestion is made for me to pull off this ruse for the media, I know what I’m getting into. I also know there’s only one right answer.

But it’s complicated, and I’m not the only one who could get hurt.

There’s only one major problem.

I can’t say no.

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“...And watching as we lost six of the seven preseason games gave me a bit of heartburn, as well, but I’m holding out hope for this year. We’re skating well, have solid puck handling, the team looks strong. Much stronger than last year, but we’ve still got a long way to go.

Admittedly, I couldn’t let go of some of my key players, no matter how much of a disgrace they’ve been to the team. But I’ve got my eye on one of them in particular right now. Kingston Rush, a.k.a. Mount Rushmore.

Here’s a guy who was the league’s top goalie two years ago, with three Vezina Trophies under his belt. Quite frankly, he’s a beast and a huge asset to this team—when he’s on his game, that is—so I’m hoping a little extra attention might go a long way.

I have an idea of what got his jock strap in a twist; I simply need to dig deeper to get to the root of it. Something, or rather someone, turned him from the easygoing, mysterious badass to an instigator who started picking fights with everyone.” - Phoenix Pierce, Owner - Austin Arrows

Learn more about Phoenix, the owner of Rush's Austin Arrows in Nicole's standalone novel A Million Tiny Pieces!

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

For the record, I blame Spencer (lol). I’m only kind of kidding about that because I think Rush and Ellie MIGHT have worked things out sooner had Spencer not been so adamant that the pretend relationship he’s talked his little sister into remain pretend. No sex. Just one friend helping out another. Then again, Ellie may have never agreed to help Rush with his image issue had the pretend aspect of their proposed relationship not have been stressed so much – after all, she’s only had a crush on the guy for 16 years.

I am over the moon for this book. While the fake relationship for positive publicity storyline is not new, the route that Edwards took by having Rush date his best friend’s sister, someone he’d known for years and got along with, made for an interesting twist that worked quite well. In truth, considering what Rush was accused of, Ellie’s connection to him made their newfound relationship more believable because she would be one of the few women that Rush would feel comfortable enough with to trust, and she would have known him long enough to know the allegations were untrue. Ellie being a single mom who owned her own business, well that was some major icing on the cake publicity-wise because she couldn’t be painted as a gold digger, nor would a mother put her child in harm’s way. That there was an attraction that sizzled between them hot enough to melt the ice Rush skated on… well that was a huge bonus for the reader because if you’ve ever read any of Edwards’ books, then you know she is a master at writing squirm-inducing, panty-melting sex scenes. Yowser! Gives new meaning to the phrase Scale Mt. Rushmore and I do love that hashtag. The angst that ensues as both Ellie and Rush convince themselves that this temporary and pretend relationship is the most they can ever hope for, with neither willing to expose the truth about how they feel about the other out of fear of rejection, made for some heartwarming and heartbreaking reading and I loved every page of it.

I will admit I was surprised that Ellie bought into the press about Rush’s reputation so easily. Unless her brother is a major manwhore, she should have known better than most that you can’t believe everything the media writes about the players’ personal lives. Then again, Spencer could have encouraged that misconception because he didn’t want his best friend and his little sister hooking up. The added story thread regarding Bianca’s search for her father was a nice touch that will likely scare the bejeezus out of some parents, make some readers roll their eyes at the naivety of the young, and left me relieved that the situation played out better than it did in another book I read recently that contained a similar thread. Sports-wise, I would classify The Season: Rush as a moderate level hockey romance as there is some ice time, but not as much as I would have expected considering the book’s length. That said, Edwards does a spectacular job of conveying the mindset of a determined hockey player when the story is told from Rush’s point of view and we get to experience him getting into the zone for games – Focus. Puck, patience. React. Focus. Puck, patience. React. Yep, I got chills. The Season: Rush has the Austin Arrows series off to a great start and I look forward to finding out who’s next up to puck in the series. Sorry for the bad pun.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicole Edwards lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, their three kids, and four rambunctious dogs. When she’s not writing about sexy alpha males, Nicole can often be found with her Kindle in hand or making an attempt to keep the dogs happy. You can find her hanging out on Facebook and interacting with her readers – even when she’s supposed to be writing.

Nicole also writes contemporary/new adult romance as Timberlyn Scott.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rush: The Season (Austin Arrows #1) by Nicole Edwards to read and review for this tour.

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