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Power Play

Blades Hockey Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart, Joe Hempel
Series: Blades Hockey Series, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He (was) the hottest player on the ice.

She's a (struggling) sports journalist looking for her big break.

Charlie Denton has been handed the most impossible assignment from her stick-in-the-mud boss: get an exclusive interview with the NHL's golden boy, Duke Harrison.

The catch? She's got eight days or she'll be demoted. Fired. Kicked to the curb - no way is she letting her future rest on the broad shoulders of a goalie who is at least three seasons past his prime.

She has eight days to convince Duke that the loyal fans of the Cambridge Tribune (annual circulation: 1,000) are dying to know about his life, on and off the ice. Eight days to stand toe-to-toe with a man who is pure sex on a stick. Eight days to remember that every mind-blowing kiss is nothing but a power play.

What could go wrong?

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Maria Luis (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Thomas Post
  • 14-09-2018

goalies dont goto the penalty box... enough said.

okay, author... i hope you read this because i went from being alright with some small inaccuracies for the benefit of the storyline to hoping you are never published again. You cant write that the goalie is placed in the box ever, because a goalie CANT goto the damn box! think about that even... its illogical to say a team plays without their goalie as a powerplay! do atleast a bit of research or watch a hockey game if you plan to write about it, your lack of any simple knowledge of hockey is sickening.... and i hope you realize how ridiculous and humiliated you should feel as the 'author' of such a lack of any commitment to your job... let alone what is supposed to be YOUR art... figure it out! good enough storyline plots thin-ish, if you want a brainless resonance with done reference to sports and don't care about impossibility in your romance, its not bad, but the authors lack of intellect or research makes the mc's worse the furtger you get into it.
story- goodish, narrator- great, author- needs to be black-balled or never given the ability to write again.

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  • Alexis Krobatsch
  • 09-01-2018

Score Big With This One

What made the experience of listening to Power Play the most enjoyable?

Maria Luis' writing style is smart, funny, witty, and she nails sexy banter and romantic scenes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Play?

There's a scene on the rooftop of a hotel...STEAMY. That scene made you forget that they were in Boston during the winter!

What three words best describe Elizabeth Hart and Joe Hempel ’s voice?

Clear, strong, and confident

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I hated having to press pause and couldn't wait to resume the story.

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  • Shopaholic
  • 06-01-2018

Hot

Not normally a sports romance listener but I had credits to use, glad I did.

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  • Astrid
  • 28-04-2019

Sweet, funny, short

First things first: I listened to the audiobook of Power Play and don't have any complaints. Elizabeth Hart is doing a decent job narrating Charlie. We get an epilogue read by Joe Hempel, which I wouldn't have minded hearing more of during the book.

Charlie is a former hockey player who turned to sports journalism because she never was an exceptional talent. She is ambitious as they come and that is one of her strengths but also her weakness. Charlie was cute, a bit sassy and definitely likable.
When she meets Blades goalie Duke Harrison she insults him. Although Duke is actually more of a brooder he is a good sport sport about it and they hit it off pretty fast.

Since this is a novella you can't expect much in terms of character development. The chemistry between Duke and Charlie needs to be pretty much instantaneous for that reason. Admittedly, the story is predictable and you can see the conflict coming from miles away but that didn't negatively influence my enjoyment.

Power Play is a bite-sized sexy little number that is perfect after finishing a heavy, angst-filled book. It does lack the depth of a full length novel but Maria Luis's funny writing style in this sweet rom-com will put a smile on your face.

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  • Lenore Kosinski
  • 04-10-2019

Fun, but not memorable for me...

3.5 stars — Well…. I enjoyed myself, but not as much as I was expecting to.

First, the presence of dual narrators confused me as the book went on with only Charlie’s POV. So just FYI, we only get Duke’s POV in the epilogue. Despite that, I really enjoyed Ms. Hart’s narration in this one. I particularly liked her Duke voice!

If you’re a fan of hockey and actually know the rules, and inaccuracies bother you, welp…liberties are taken in this book. I can accept some because, you know, *fiction*…and sometimes fiction is over the top and unrealistic. But when a goalie takes a penalty, they don’t go to the penalty box. OK, done, got that off my chest. 😛

I enjoyed both Charlie and Duke well enough. Their flirting was super fun, and Duke was kind of adorable with his pursuit. But at the same time, neither of them really stood out that much. And at a certain point (past half way, but not sure after that) I knew *EXACTLY* what the conflict/resolution was going to be. I don’t mind tropes, but this was so obvious that it felt a bit…phoned in? I don’t know. I was disappointed anyways, it just felt very cliche to me.

The chemistry between the two of them was pretty solid though, and again…there were a lot of fun moments. But in the end, it just wasn’t a standout for me.

Wow, that was a short review. Huh.

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  • Cheryl
  • 20-09-2019

A pretty decent hockey romance.

Low angst and kind of sweet. It didn’t wow me, but I thought it was good and a slight departure from other hockey/sports romances. I love a heroine that isn’t typical and I really liked that this one was also a former hockey player.

Narration was pretty good. I’m new to Elizabeth Hart and she does the majority of this book. If you’re a fan of Joe Hempel’s just note he’s not in this as much as one expects from dual narrations.

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  • Sade Rena
  • 25-08-2019

New favorite author!

This is my first book by Maria Luis and boy I am not disappointed. Everything about this book, I loved and will definitely move on to finish the series. I listened to this during my 4:30 hour drive back from NC and was slightly upset that there was more book left when I got home. So I stayed in the car with the engine running for the last hour.

Great job, Mrs. Luis.

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  • Rachel T
  • 06-05-2019

Short and sweet

This is a first for me by this author and I liked it. It’s short and sweet no harsh angst or anything.

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  • Monique Lee
  • 07-06-2018

Knowledge of a sport is recommended if you plan on including said sport in the story

I would recommend better beta readers who know the sport of hockey, goalies do not serve their own penalties. This story is full of plot holes and timeline confusion. Overall it was ok when you get past these issues

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  • Mad Moo
  • 14-07-2018

loved this book

Loved this audio book... the female narrator was great as was the Epilogue with the male narrator!!!! lots of laughs and angst just what you need in a book!!!!