Two for Roughing – Lasairiona E. McMaster

This book contains:

  • References and discusses domestic violence against a child
  • References and discusses death of a child
  • References and discusses the impact of grief.

Molly is the little sister of the Snow Pirates captain who we’ve met in the previous two books. She’s outspoken, she’s confident and she doesn’t apologise to anyone about who she is and who she’s attracted to. The only problem she has that she struggles with is that she’s in love with Finn who’s totally, 100% off limits since he’s her brother’s best friend and also on the Snow Pirates.

Finn is set to graduate college and the Snow Pirates are on track to win the season. Except it’s getting harder and harder for him to hide his love for Molly who is absolutely off limits since she’s his best friend’s sister. His best friend and his family took him in when his parents couldn’t cope with the death of his brother (something he still struggles with today) and he definitely doesn’t want to lose the only family he has left.

Molly and Finn’s history spans years. Right back to when they first met back in high school.

With a mix of how they’re handling their attraction now, and flashbacks to the past to explain how and why things are happening now, we watch them come so close but not quite get together. Until they do and then hell seems to break lose as they try and navigate whether they even work without Will finding out and ruining their good thing.

While I really loved this book (forbidden romance is always interesting to me), there was one element I wished was explored more. Molly is very sexually open and happy to explore limits, and Finn loves her as she is and has his own fantasies. Yet this is really only very briefly explored in the very last chapter/epilogue in the most basic way.

I kinda wish their sexual freedom and kinks had been explored more within the story. I got a sense that rather than allowing them to be who they were, they were being pushed to stay in the “mainstream” idea of a relationship. Which given how adamant Molly is that she lives her life how she wants, it just felt wrong in a way.

That’s not to say that their relationship development wasn’t awesome. I just wish the sexual side of the relationship had have reflected who it felt like they were a bit better.

Two for Holding – Lasairiona E. McMaster

This book contains:

  • Discussion of the impact of divorce
  • Emotional family violence
  • Single dad due to mother abandoning them.

Sabrina is from a traditional Indian family. As the youngest of five or six siblings (sorry, I can’t remember exactly how many there are), she’s constantly treated as the selfish one, the one that constantly disappoints the family. But all she’s ever done is help others, want to be heard and want to be able to make her own choices.

Russell is a single dad, has a double major at uni, plays college hockey and has dreams of making the NHL. He has a full plate as it is and is definitely not interested in romance after his daughters’ mother walked away and left them without any notice or a backwards glance.

We’re into the second book in the series of the Snow Pirates romances where we follow a different couple every book. In this one, we follow Sabrina and Russ for about three or four months as they figure out what they have and what it could potentially be.

I really enjoyed reading about how Sabrina and Russ, as young as they are, wove their way through some pretty hefty topics. At uni age, they worked their way through past emotional traumas and found their way to their happily ever after.

What I especially loved was how Lasairiona introduced domestic violence in a different way. So often, when someone talks about domestic violence, they’re talking about physical violence or overt control. But there are more forms than that.

The simple matter that Sabrina’s family (parents and all siblings) made her feel alone, selfish, and like her voice doesn’t matter. And when she raised this with them, their response was typical of domestic violence abusers.

It’s so good to see these impacts being openly talked about in such a real way.

It was so refreshing and I was desperately wanting the next book but of course I need to wait.

A Tale of Six Meet Cutes – Lasairiona E. McMaster

This book contains:

  • Mentions of a past trauma.

This is a short compendium of short stories to introduce the six couples that form the Snow Pirates series. Each “book” has two chapters, one for each character’s point of view.

All we’re doing with these is getting an introduction to how each couple first met and spoke to each other. It’s not meant to be spicy or anything, it’s just a taster.

I quite enjoyed reading this, although I’m still not sure if you should read each short story before or after the characters book… When writing this review, I’d read the first three books so I’ll give you my thoughts on those, but the rest I can’t say yet…

  1. Two for Interference (Cleo and Linc)
    1. I’m so torn with this one! I read their short story after their novel and while I found it hilarious, I have a feeling it could have made moment of their novel more interesting…
  2. Two for Holding (Sabrina and Russ)
    1. Yep, you should definitely read this first. It gives you a taste of a different side of their personalities that takes a little longer to come out in their novel. It made me feel like I was one of their besties being like “just be yourself!” cheering them from the sidelines.
  3. Two for Roughing (Molly and Finn)
    1. I think you couple probably skip this. It’s included in their novel at the right moment so I don’t think you need to worry about reading it here.
  4. Two for Boarding (Mackenzie and Austin)
  5. Two for Tripping (Quinn and Will)
  6. Two for Charging (Hunter and Seb)

If I feel like I want to come back to change this in the future once I’ve read the rest of the series, I will. But for now I don’t have anything more to say without potentially ruining anything for you.

No Matter What – Lasairiona E. McMaster

It’s AJ’s final instalment and it’s coming up to Olivia’s first birthday. AJ and Lisa have had a massive past 12 months and it doesn’t seem to be calming down just yet. When they started their family, who new they’d trade petty romances for petty mum drama?

The best part though, is how Lisa and AJ rise above it in a way that AJ wasn’t expecting.

I think out of all of Lasairiona’s books that I’ve read so far, this one had me laughing the most. Lisa is one of the more refined characters of this world, so to suddenly go through everything that Lisa organises for Oliva’s first birthday was a hilarious ride.

Then of course there was AJ’s response to the whole situation including his mental play of it happening as it happened. It was so much fun, and I just loved every moment of it!

My only problem was that a couple of moments felt a little weird and I wish there had have been more funny moments and observations throughout to really take it off the charts.

All of My Days – Lasairiona E. McMaster

Lisa and AJ are back for the final instalment in Lisa’s series. Lisa has recently given birth to Olivia, and they’ve finally gotten their new house set up, but Lisa is feeling overwhelmed with all the changes she’s experienced in such a short time span.

AJ however, he’s being the rockstar new dad helping Lisa out in any way he can.

As a short story final instalment to wrap up Lisa’s series, it was the perfect ending. It summed up their relationship so well, including how much Lisa internalises her self-doubts. AJ not only did more than I think a lot of new dads have done for the mothers of their children, but he also went above and beyond to try and make Lisa feel as good as possible.

While I found some of his attempts hilarious (coming from a woman’s perspective), they were sweet and well intentioned and that’s all that matters for new parents.

Make sure you check out my reviews for the short stories that finish of AJ’s and Jeremy’s series!

Feels Like Fate – Lasairiona E. McMaster

This is the final instalment written from Jeremy’s point of view; however, it’s centred around him and Chelsea, the girl he’s been in love with forever. His character has changed a fair bit over the Lisa Miller, AJ Williams and his own series, so it’s hard to describe who he is now.

It’s a short story focused on Jeremy trying to convince Chelsea to marry him because he’s sure she wants to, she’s just afraid to. It feels like he proposes to her like 5 times throughout the book, all in an attempt to get her to say yes.

Until the ring starts disappearing…

Being able to finish off Jeremy and Chelsea’s love story in a little wrap up was amazing. I’d been rooting for them for so long I was wondering if they’d ever get their own version of happily ever after.

While there were quite a few bumps in the short story road, they got there in the end in such a cute way, I honestly wasn’t expecting it! I actually thought it’d go a different direction after all the drama these two have had across all the books in this world.

I actually realised reading this one I hadn’t read the final short stories for the Lisa Miller and AJ Williams series, so I went back and read those. I’ve also released the reviews for that today so make sure you check out all the series and reviews. You can find them either on their individual series pages (links in the review) or on Lasairiona’s author page.

Two for Interference – Lasairiona E. McMaster

This book contains:

  • Some graphic sexual scenes.

Linc is your standard hockey jock living up to his fathers NHL All Stars expectations. Expect he’s kinda into art and doesn’t want to play hockey professionally and doesn’t know how to break it to his dad.

Cleo has a lot to answer to her parents to thanks to being a Latina girl and she’s not even sure that’s what she wants to do with her life. But what else can she do? Especially when she doesn’t really have any friends and definitely doesn’t have much experience with guys.

One bra needing to be returned to it’s rightful owner, two uni students who like the mystery of texting and voila! Romance ensues!

Of course we have our typical drama of trying to figure out who the other one is, the accidental real life meet up and or course figuring out how to be together given how different the jock and the nerd are.

Having read all of Lasairiona’s previous books, I’m really pleased to see we get to know both sides of the relationship in the one book. I love knowing both sides so of course read ALL of her previous books, but, after 9 novels and 5 short stories about the same characters I was so ready for a change.

It feels like all my little gripes about the other ones have been heard and taken into consideration, creating such a fun, sexy contemporary romance that has some references to being in the same world as her previous novels. So, we do get that touch of nostalgia.

It was so good in fact, I had to hold back from reading the start of book 2 and instead emailed Lasairiona to get an ETA on the next one. I mean, if that’s how this new series is starting, where’s it going to go?

Good Vibes – Lasairiona E. McMaster

This book contains:

  • Erotic sex scenes
  • References to a previous kidnapping
  • References to drug and alcohol abuse.

This is an anthology of short stories with a common theme, vibrators.

In a world where so much is accepted, this one thing is generally considered taboo, dirty or otherwise insinuates that a guy is lacking in the bed department. So Lasairiona decided to write an anthology of short stories focusing on this one little thing to show everything how awesome they can be.

The short stories have a wide range of themes and tropes meaning that you get to experience a bit of everything, so long as they include toys.

The way each author wove them into the stories was awesome. Some were quite obvious how they’d play a part; others were a bit more subtle, yet artfully executed.

Generally, I find it hard to get into short stories that don’t form part of a wider series, but these were excellent!

They each had their own beginning, middle and end that wrapped things up nicely. The artform of being able to do that is a rare skill I believe.

Flirting with Forever – Lasairiona E. McMaster

We continue to focus on Jeremy Lewis as he’s working his way through college and figuring out his relationship with Chelsea. He continues to be faced with challenges that he needs to work through emotionally and even finish after the Lisa Millar and AJ Williams trilogy’s, meaning he’s faced with even more challenges than we were expecting.

Jeremy is faced with challenges both on and off the ice that threaten to destroy his mental health. From Johnny joining his team, being faced with the reality of never making the pro league, watching AJ crumple on the ice, Chelsea see-sawing between wanting to be with him and not, Lisa’s general drama and mental health issues and pulling his life together in time to graduate and become a “real adult”; we see Jeremy working through challenges we didn’t even realise was happening based on Lisa’s and AJ’s books.

In the end we have to continue past Lisa and AJ’s trilogy’s to see how he finally get’s Chelsea back given she wanted absolutely nothing to do with him after they returned from Mexico.

I’m starting to wonder if I’m getting over this world and its characters. Maybe because so much of each trilogy is set concurrently, I’m like “yea I know this event is going to happen which means this character ends up here doing this” so I get bored. I definitely felt bored until we got to the bit where they got back from their Mexican holiday because after that, all I knew was that Jeremy graduates and helps Lisa and AJ get back together.

For me, the most interesting bits of this book were the new things we learn about Chelsea and seeing what Jeremy gets up to after graduation. Those new bits were things I didn’t even have hinted at in previous books which made these bits way more interesting. And in a way highlighted how repetitive the other bits are.

I’m not saying that the story and the writing weren’t good, because they were. I think I’d just prefer for us to move beyond the three college years AJ and Jeremy go through in all the books.

Something I really loved was how much mental health, needing to put yourself first and having a support network were spoken about throughout this book. These are aspects so many of us forget about in our day to day lives so it was great to see this talked about in a constructive way that hopefully we can all take away something to help us.

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