Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review: Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team proves that love is a power play. As Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling series continues, the league’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.


Review

I first talked about this series back in September during a monthly book post and OMG have I been in love with the series ever since. It could be because hockey is something a lot of people are talking about with the finals and other things coming up but it's also a very popular sub-genre in the romance genre right now.

Hawke focuses on hopefully rekindling a romance between broken hearts that were also first loves. I actually read this one twice! I was skimming to see what I wanted to include in this review and couldn't put it down before I finished the entire book again, lol!

I think Bennett did a great job showing the character evolution from when they were young to how different they are now - with Vale especially. What might have been good seven years ago may not have lasted like a lot of young high school romances, but they are both in different places now and really know who they are without the other.

There are secrets that tore them apart, of course, but when they both bond over their shared concern for Vale's dad it brings them together in a way neither of them planned. I loved this book! I'm not sure if it was my favorite of the series but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any sports romance reader!

There's a 6th book coming out in December that I cannot wait for!

If you want to get started on the series and the first book isn't available at your library Amazon has it for $0.99!!

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I was provided with a copy of Hawke in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Confessions and Life Update

I always intended to do a lately blog post at the beginning of one of the last few months but never could quite get my act together, so you get a mid-month update, sprinkled with confessions and a cherry on top of what I'm kind of playing with for this blog.

I fully intended to start blogging for my design business that's been keeping me rather busy, but writing about design just hasn't taken off.


You know what did take off?! A Instagram post that got IFTTT shared on my Facebook page and has been shared dozens of times. Naturally I thought "maybe I should start a local blog" right? While I still think that would be cool and useful around Tampa, I could just come back to this My Little HEA that has treated me so well and really done better than I ever intended.

I'll be looking forward to doing more with makeup and beauty, local stuff and obviously reading...duh! When will I post? I'm aiming for 1-2 posts a week because lets face it that's really all I'm jonesing for right now. One post will probably be book related and the other, who knows!? I have book posts to catch up on!

Since January (OMG I can't believe it's been that long) I've...

Moved in with my sister
Started refinishing a dining room table and chairs - hard work, yo
Read 50+ books
Had car troubles and been afraid to drive in scary FL traffic with people honking when your car won't move
Been to the beach a couple times
Started a book blog, but will revert to sharing books here
Been tempted to start numerous Twitter/Facebook accounts that were too specific
Almost started volunteering for BBBS, finally got matched with a little!!
Celebrated my 31st Birthday and the birthdays or friends and family
Killed a plant that was the least likely to be killed plant
Shared stuff on my Facebook page
Visited friends in San Antonio and got to see my old school
Listened to The Armchair Librarians Podcasts, but not all of them
Enjoyed the face overlays on Snapchat, but still haven't fully embraced it
Voted in the primaries
Wrote for a collaborative blog about fears and religion
Lost 5 pounds which got me off a major plateau and into an old pair of jeans
Hurt my shoulder, and realized I'm getting older and not as limber
Finally got off the PLAY! by Sephora waiting list

What have you been up to?

Confessions -
I really wanted to figure out how to end my list with threw a girl's wooden leg in a fire, lives in a box!

If I don't get to see the family dog every weekend I really start to miss the little guy and he misses me!

I LOVE my new drive to and from work. The view is great and I only have to deal with TWO stoplights. Everything else is highway/interstate baby and it takes me less time to get home!

I got highlights and they've grown out enough I need to decide if I'm getting them done again or doing something else. #decisionsdecisions

I designed a cover for a NYT bestselling author and I can't wait to share it. Since I don't have many covers under my belt, each one is that much more special. I also have had to debate firing a client *gasp* I know and it really is a thing - I Google'd it.

More Coffee Less Talky




Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Favs

Oh. My. Gosh. It's Friday and I really want to start the 5 o'clock dance party right the F now but I shall refrain. Even though my printer didn't work yesterday I got A LOT done at work and I'm hoping for a very successful day today as well so let's get started with some of my favorites lately.

Favorite Purchase with Christmas $$

I really wanted to spend some Christmas money on one of two Tory Burch Fitbit bands like the new metallic ones or the multi-wrap style. One it's still too much for me to spend on one item unless it's a purse, lol AND the metallic one wasn't available until March so I wasn't interested in waiting. Well when shopping for sis for Christmas I found a set of THREE on Amazon for $10 and they had one that was simple with only a texture that gave it more of a style than a plain black band and I love it!!


The pink one is really red, and my sister got this set and the spotty dots is sooo cute but I'm sure it'll get dirty.

Favorite Gift

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my attempt to participate in #fmsphotoaday and I did good until I was inside for the evening and forgot to take a pic of leaves then I fell completely off the wagon. Anyway, I shared my new Swell bottle that I got for Christmas! It's hot pink and I always have water with me, so it's perfect. I even ended up with a gold lid so I feel fancy drinking my water now.

Always have water with me. #fmsphotoaday #swellbottle #hotpink #nofilter

A photo posted by Heather (@mylittlehea) on


Favorite News

Someone shared Will Smith's thoughts on not being in the new Independence Day movie and I was all like there's a NEW Independence Day Movie?


Independence Day was one of those movies our family watched over and over again to where we know most of the movie. I just hope this one is as good as the first, which the preview makes me believe it might just be.


Favorite New Recipe

I made these muffins and they are the bomb.com. Less than 100 calories a piece, no flour and so tastey. She has other recipes I'm so excited to try and I want to figure out how to make different flavors using her recipe as a base. So pumped that I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen trying new recipes but this one has been made twice already!

No pics because I eat or give them away too fast, bwahaha!


Favorite Funnies Because, Always






Now that the cold front is probably over and I can get out from under the snuggle blankets I'm planning on doing some design work and taking down my tree. If I get it down this month I'll count that as a win but if I can get it down this weekend I may just have to reward myself with seeing a movie in the theaters.

What's on your agenda for the weekend?!

Linking up for Friday Favs with Amanda and High Five for Friday with Bright on a Budget, Coffee with Caitlin, Cup of Tea, and Della Devoted!!!