Title: Body Check
Series: Blades Hockey #4 (standalone)
Author: Maria Luis
Genre: Sexy Sports Romance
Release Date: September 13th, 2018


They call me the Badass of Hockey.
The Beast of the Northeast.
And I’m not just referring to my stick play on the ice.

As Captain for the Boston Blades, I’ve spent years working toward bringing home the Stanley Cup. 

But when the owners sell us out to Hollywood, suddenly we’re not just playing for thousands of fans, we’re cracking open our lives on a new reality show, Getting Pucked. They want all the dirty details, and I’d rather take a puck to the gonads than peel back the curtains on my life.

Not when it could take me out of the game for good. 

I agree to sign the contract on one condition: they hire New England’s reigning queen of media to call the shots.
Holly Belliveaux Carter.
The woman who drives me to insanity and turns me on with nothing but a quirk of her lips and the sound of her laugh. The only woman I’ve ever loved. 

The problem?
She’s my ex-wife.



He kisses me like he plays hockey:  with every last corner of his soul.” Wow. For such an amazing rom-com queen, this latest work from Luis is surprisingly profound and deep, dealing with some pretty spectacular devastation. With their first chance laying in tattered ruins, it appears to be a nearly impossible undertaking for Jackson and Holly to get their second chance. Jackson Carter is the captain of the Boston Blades hockey team who lives, eats and breathes hockey. He seemingly has everything – fame, fortune, and his brothers/teammates. Everything except Holly, his ex-wife. Their marriage may have fallen apart but somehow neither of them managed to fall out of love.

As a Luis fan from the beginning I grabbed the chance to read an early copy of this one. Each new book she pens is better than the last, but this one takes her work to an entirely new level. All of the elements we’ve come to expect are here – a captivating storyline, realistic and flawed, but immensely endearing characters, fantastic chemistry and a good dose of heat, and well-placed comic relief – but this book is so much more.  Parallel to  the hilarity Luis quickly sets the scene with regret over lost love, broken dreams and poignant longing. There’s something so compelling, relatable and endearing about both Holly and Jackson that I couldn’t help but love them as they brought their story alive. The element touching on sports injuries allowed Luis to flex her geeky research muscles and adds a deeper and somewhat heart wrenching aspect to the story that leaves a lasting impact on the reader offering a richer, more heartfelt experience. 

 Of course, within the first few pages Luis had me snorting and then choking on my drink from an eruption of laughter, and then the book only got more hilarious.  Group texts in the group dubbed the “Safe Space,” which was anything but safe, were a hoot and a half! Especially when Jackson thinks he’s sending something racy to Holly and it goes to the entire group. Oops. Then there’s the sacrilege perpetrated against the Stanley Cup. I’ll be laughing for days about that one! 

This book certainly runs the gamut of emotions, often turning on a dime. One second I’m laughing out loud and the next my heart is breaking for Holly and Jackson. They epitomize the saying, ”you don’t know what you have till it’s gone,” but their time apart led to growth and a deeper appreciation of what they had in each other, making them more determined to fight for their relationship and succeed the second time.  If I were ever in doubt of the power of love, destiny and soulmates, Holly and Jackson exemplify  that love can mend old hurts, heal old wounds, and wash away old pain and regret when given a second chance.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love, your heart will break and your soul will leap for joy. Don’t miss this phenomenal, evocative read that will leave you with a happy sigh, a full heart and a smile on your face.

Grab your copy of Body Check from Amazon today! Until next time, dear reader

Much love between the covers,


*See my other reviews here.



#1 Power Play
US: http://amzn.to/2mIrGLh
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/PowerPlayBlades

#2: Sin Bin
US: http://amzn.to/2BbKmrM
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/SinBinBlades

#3 Hat Trick
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/HatTrickBlades
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Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary romances, though she may or may not have a few historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of her computer.
When she’s not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian who specializes in medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities and crime—Maria’s favorite topics.
Maria lives in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s inter-coastal waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good book.


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