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It took me a while to while to warm up to Asher. Not just because of his memorable introduction in “Goal Lines & First Times.” For most of the first part I was chanting to myself “Hurt people, hurt people” even when I had glimpses of a softer side in the hockey player, but the authors managed it. I came to like Asher, not that I wasn’t seeing through his behavior from the start, but I was curious to see how he would turn things around. I enjoyed the growth and more the fact that what lead him to act the way he did was explained but not excused, otherwise that would have pissed me off.
I liked Kole from the get go even if he did give me major vibes of, as a friend would say: wanting a project and not a partner, but I guess they are people like that. The friend in question would call them social workers. Him being a pre-med student who recues tortured animals did not help. Where I thought that Kole would have been the one carrying the story, making Asher look good, I found that it was a bit of the opposite for me. I smiled and laughed at how Asher turned out to be around Kole, I love their banter, it was entertaining and fun.
Talking about fun, the steam here is excellent, I loved how it built and plateaued but that was just the cherry on top. The real draw is Asher’s journey, his heartfelt moments were great and his confidence when it came to Kole was hot.
CU Hockey 4 is a great read, and amazing addition to the series that I can’t wait to rediscover in as an audiobook. It’s as close to be my favorite as it can be but Face Offs & Cheap Shots is still my fav.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5. My ARC copy of the book was provided by the authors in exchange for a fair, unbiased review and will be *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited membership when it is released. @garcwrites
Completed the line mates and study dates.... And ahhhh.... Aghhhh... Ahhhhhh..... Omg... Omg... Omg... I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. PERIOD. ❤❤❤❤❤❤ I have a question though why only 33 chapters... Like why...?!? And where's my epilogue.... U can't end the book like this. That's not fair.... I want more of them... 😭😭😭😭 From starting to end this book holds my attention ( like the other 3 books) Asher...from book 3 he holds my attention... And I don't know but somehow I know that his cockiness or him making others angry is just his defense mechanism....from inside he is just like a little boy... Who is pure... Vulnerable...who loves his family so much.... And the one who needs to be loved...and I'm so glad that kole has so much to give to asher.... I can see why he likes asher.... I myself have never seen asher as a waste case...all I see is a broken boy... Confident but surrounded by darkness... Someone who just need a ray of sunshine... And Kole is that sunshine... I love that kole never tried to change asher... He just accepts him as he is... And that's love right... U accept the person who u love with pros and cons.... And maybe because of these ashes always guard down around kole... And just like my other naive boys... These two didn't know when they would fall for each other... They have this chemistry...this passion that I don't have any doubts that they are the endgame. ( and I have my eyes on a certain coach and professor.... Who thinks I didn't notice something is going on between them...😉😉... I'm waiting for your story guys...) Now I'm going to read the next and sadly the last book in this series.... My Favorite character : zach & kole My favorite Couple : beck & Jacobs AND asher & Cole My favorite book : 2
Um.. so serious question.. do I know these authors? Because Katey? Literally me in college. Same name and everything. I feel like maybe someone knows something I don’t. That being said, I loved this book so much! I love this entire series, but this book was so good. I’m here for Asher getting some good in his life. I knew it would come, but the execution was flawless. I’m honestly so sad that the next book is the last, but excited to see it all play out and come together. These characters all have a way of burrowing into your heart and holding on. Sad to see them go, but love to watch them head off into forever with the greatness they all deserve.
“You plus me equals perfection.” “I think I’m beginning to understand why you were failing math.”
Heh. I loved this. I had a great time reading it and smiled so much.
Asher, is grieving and is filled with rage. And I get it. I loved him from the start. But also, having lost my ma's partner unexpectedly this past year, when the authors explored Asher's rage and grief and the unfairness of it. While nowhere near the same responsibilities as Asher and West, I get it. It helped me connect with Asher on another level, I guess.
Kole who hates hockey and has no time for hockey players. Kinda. Lost a bet with his Dad, the coach of Asher's team, and is working alongside the team for this season. And in his determination to hate hockey goes and falls in love with a hockey player. Oops.
Look, I think this story lost its steam in places and possibly could have been a little shorter without any impact on the story overall. Kole's aversion to guys in sports didn't really ring true, felt more like a thing we were told than was actually true for Kole.
But I really enjoyed it and was having a hard time putting it down because: + Hades, a rescue dog who demands attention at all times. + Asher & Kole's relationship which just felt like it progressed organically and their dynamic is pure joy. +The snark and sarcasm. + Katey, Kole's best friend, living her best life. + Chaotic siblings. I love them all and can't wait to see how West is dealing with all that. + Asher climbing out a window, running for his life. That was funny. + Being pleasantly surprised with Kole's grumpy lovable dad. Even if he denies it. + Kole & Asher communicating. + Kole & Asher being vulnerable together. + Education is very important (heh) + The friendship growth for Asher and the guys on the team, it made my heart so happy. + The audacity of Kole & Asher convincing themselves they were in a friends with benefits situation. Hilarious. (Poor Tray) + The balance of everything. I struggle when everything, friends/life etc falls completely away once the couple start getting together and it happens too easily in books so I tend to enjoy it more when there's a balance of everything.
I enjoyed it immensely and I was a bit apprehensive going in because it could have went a couple of different ways. Started with a smile on my face and ended that way. I do have to admit though even from the start I was dyiiiing to know what was going on with West. So I'm excited for his book and see how that goes with the professor. But can't help but wonder what about Ezra?? And hoping we're going to see more books from the team too. Really enjoying this whole series!
Asher Dalton has always lived in the shadow of his older brother now assistant coach Wesley and doesn't know how to deal with that, yet choose to come home to support him raise their 5 younger siblings, rather than take his NHL contract defers to attend CU. Kole loses a bet with his dad and has to be his assistant for the hockey season where he meets uncontrollable Asher. When Kole sees Asher for who he really is he helps him navigate hockey/school/home life and Asher helps Kole loosen up and have more fun with life.
I am loving this series. A MM romance. Tutor with rewards. Asher isn’t coping well after losing his parents and they only way he seems to make it through is to push everyone away. That is until Kole steps onto the scene and sees through Asher’s behaviour. Kole offers to help Asher study for his exams but their growing attraction for one another is too tempting. My heart broke so much for Asher. Kole is a sweetie. The storyline was great and I particularly loved the banter in this one. Even though they’re completely different, they challenged one another in a way no one else could. The spice was a 3/5.
I really wanted to love Asher’s story, but something about him and Kole together didn’t completely click for me. It was good, but definitely my least favorite of the series.
Asher Dalton keeps everyone at arm’s length, including his older brother and teammates. He’s lost a lot and given up a big opportunity to help out with his younger siblings and finds himself taking college classes and playing for the CU hockey team even though he was supposed to go pro. Asher is prone to self-sabotage, making bad decisions to hurt people around him. He’s keeping a lot of emotions locked inside and putting on a brave face for his family which means he comes off as kind of rude and uninterested in anyone else. While he’s a great hockey player, he’s always trying to get out of his older brother/ex-NHL player’s shadow to prove he’s a great player all on his own.
Kole Hogan is the CU hockey coach’s son who lost a bet with his dad and finds himself working as the team’s equipment manager for the season. He’s an ex-hockey player so he can help the team where he can, but hockey isn’t his passion. Kole is a pre-med major and can’t help himself when he sees someone struggling or needing assistance - he has to figure out a way to help. Asher’s older brother and his dad both asked him to keep an eye on Asher for the year because he’s clearly struggling and Kole can’t stay away.
Even though things between them start kind of as a favor to the coaches, it quickly turns into more when Kole and Asher start rooming together during away games, studying in their own special way and spending time together outside of hockey activities. I liked how Kole gave Asher the opportunity to show him who he really is instead of taking him at face-value, but I didn’t really feel the connection between them. It felt like a convenience thing at first and when it was supposed to feel like things had gotten serious, I just didn’t feel their chemistry.
Really looking forward to Westly’s book after reading more about the Dalton family dynamics and home situation - big, strong hockey players caring for their younger siblings is apparently my kryptonite.
Asher and Kole. Slightly forbidden (Kole is coach’s son and Asher is one of the players), and a tutor/jock trope. And while Kole may be super smart he’s not the typical nerd in a nerd/jock trope (he is also kind of an f boy). I love when the characters are all “yeah it’s just sex, no feelings trust me” 😂. I loved Asher and Kole’s relationship. I really just want to give Asher a nice big hug. Ugh he’s so cute but also an annoying a hole sometimes but for good reason.
I think I've said this before, but I love this series. We're on the fourth book now, and usually, by this point, there's at least one book that I don't like as much. Not the case here. All the books have been great, including this one.
The protagonists this time around are Asher and Kole. Asher, we've already met and know to be kind of a douche. A lot of that is him pushing people away, mainly his team, because he's in a vulnerable place in his life. Kole is the coach's son, and he lost a bet with his dad, so he's the team's equipment manager this year.
Asher and Kole don't have much in common. Hockey is Asher's life, and Kole has a complicated history with the sport. Kole's nice and friendly, and Asher's... not. There's also the fact that Asher deliberately keeps others at a distance. Yet, surprisingly, we see them start to get along pretty early on. Though that doesn't mean there isn't banter. There definitely is, and it's very entertaining. But it's friendly. They care about and support each other even before sex comes into play. It's sweet.
I really liked Asher and Kole together. Both their romance and their friendship were very well done. They talked to each other and helped each other. And I always appreciate it when the drama is toned down in favour of actual relationship building. And not just the one between Asher and Kole.
I mentioned before about Asher being in a vulnerable place. Well, if you've read the last book, you already know that he and his brother, West, are responsible for raising their five siblings. And that's a big part of the story. Asher isn't doing so well with the recent loss and the new responsibility. His relationship with West is strained. And though I wish we'd spent just a little more time with him and West, I really liked how that part of the story was handled.
There were other smaller plot points as well, like keeping the relationship hidden because of Kole's father, Kole tutoring Asher, and them trying to keep things strictly friends-with-benefits (they were terrible at it from the start). All of these were great. The book had humour, emotion, romance, and I really liked it. Can't wait for the next one.