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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder) by C.J. Cartwright – Review by Kiana Corley

Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder #1)Power Play by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an amazing read. You get wrapped in the characters and invested in their stories almost immediately. It’s a well-written book and the beginning of the Astoria Bay Thunder series.

This book follows the heart-wrenching and heart-melting love story of Brynn and Levi. Brynn is a woman that has been through a lot in the last couple of years leading up to the start of the book. She is a determined independent powerhouse that won’t let anything prevent her from achieving her dreams. Levi is a professional hockey player that has more than just a few “adoring” female fans.

Read this book to watch their love story unfold and to their fall back into love with each other. Like all great love stories, you get to watch these endure many things that should have torn their love apart. You won’t want to put this book down once you start. The book is the perfect length not too long and not too short. Would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romance and enemies to lovers.

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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Christine Baranek

Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder #1)Power Play by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Power Play
By CJ Cartwright
5*

I LOVED this book! I read Body Checked right before I read this book (which means I read them out of order) and I have to say I loved that they followed the same timeline, I have never read a series that does this in books before. This means that many of the same events are being told but from a different perspective than in the other. In Power Play, we are still reading about events that follow the Astoria Bay Thunder, a hockey team. However, we are seeing the romance between Levi and Brynn. Brynn is a photographer who is trying to reinvent her life and make it on her own as a photographer. Levi is the captain of the Thunder and a very private person. Brynn first meets Levi when she wins a contest to go see the Thunder Play. However, when she sees Levi, she can’t believe her eyes. Levi looks like her first love, however, he has a different last name. When Levi sees Brynn he feels as if he is seeing a ghost. He left her long ago at her parents’ request and has thought about her every day since then. Maybe this is the second chance he has been hoping for. Brynn gets booked for a photo shoot with the hockey team and it involves a weekend in a cabin with the team. Perhaps, they will get their second chance after all.
I cannot say how much I was rooting for Brynn and Levi. I loved everything about the team and this series. I hope that CJ Cartwright plans to continue this storyline with the other players. It was such a warm and heartfelt story that I really cannot recommend to anyone enough.

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Christine Baranek

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Body Checked
By CJ Cartwright
5*

This book is absolutely amazing! I read it so fast and it held my attention throughout. This is the kind of romance that isn’t over the top and is very believable. I also felt that the main characters really felt believable. Truthfully, I wanted to be friends with all of them.
Tia is the main female character. She has lived a life full of mistakes when she was younger and they are coming back to haunt her. She goes on a cabin weekend with her best friend to act as her assistant on a photo shoot. She wasn’t expecting that this photoshoot was for a calendar of the men of the local hockey team. She decides to indulge herself and allow herself a weekend only fling with the man who seems to get under her skin more than anyone else ever has. Bridger is smitten with Tia and after the weekend, he wishes that their tryst will continue. Tia and Bridger end up falling for each other, however, once they do her past comes to haunt her. She feels that she will never live down her poor choices of her past. Is Bridger the man who is willing to look past her mistakes and see her for who she is today. Or will he be persuaded by her past to run for the hills?
This book is truly amazing and I cannot say enough for how much I enjoyed it. It truly is an enjoyable read and a quick one a that.

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Jerricka Brown

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first book by this author. I am a fan. Everything from the characters to the plot had me intrigued. I could not put it down. THe author has a way of hooking you into the story and not letting go. For it to be the second book in the series, I could not tell the difference. An Amazing stand alone.

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Jess Engel

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every bit as good, if not better than the first! I loved the second installment in this series (though it can be read as a standalone). The author continues to deliver an engaging page-turner with Bridger and Tia’s story.

Bridger is a “bad boy/playboy” who keeps finding himself in trouble and in need of an image change. Tia has sworn-off the bad boys but a trip with her best friend and the team drums up an undeniable chemistry between them.

This book has it all: friendship, spice, sass, laughs, and fun! The characters are likable and relatable and you’ll find yourself rooting for them! The author develops the characters and their relationship in a mostly realistic way and the tension draws the reader in. I just love reading her stories and can’t wait for more Astoria Bay romances!

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Body Checked ( Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2 ) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Carla Clemmons

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this steamy romance! This second book in the Astoria Bay Thunder series follows Tia and Bridger. The story picks up when the two if them meet for the photo shoot at the cabin. I really love Tia as a character! She’s not perfect and is a very strong female. Her and Bridger both can be to hard on themselves and it makes you feel their pain even more. There are also some amazingly steamy scenes in this book that would be hard not to enjoy! You can read this as a stand alone but then you miss out on another great romance.

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by April Smith

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Body Checked: A Frenemies-to-Lovers Hockey Romance is the second book in the Astoria Bay Thunder Series. This book runs along the same time period as the first read of the series, Power Play. You are introduced to Brider and Tia in book one. This book details the beginning of their relationship and brings you in to get the inside workings of how they got together. The author does a great job connecting the reader with the characters. I can’t wait to read more in this series.

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) By C.J. Cartwright – Review by Kiana Corley

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Body Checked is the second book in the Astoria Bay Thunder series. I must say this book was a great and exciting read. C.J. Cartwright really knows how to keep your interest and get you invested in the story and the chemistry between the characters. The plot is well developed and has just enough twists to make putting the book down hard.

This is not your typical boy who meets a girl and they fall madly in love. Bridger and Tia meet due to a job opportunity for Tia to help her best friend with the Astoria Bay Thunder photoshoot. They both acknowledge their chemistry but not in the typical let’s get to know each other fashion.

Bridger a well-known playboy known better for his scores off the ice than on the ice had to put in a lot of work to get the girl. While Tia the highly guarded independent woman had to learn to trust a man again.

Reading about their love story and seeing it go from nothing to something was great. There were times I wanted to yell at Tia for her decisions. While other times I was fawning over how Bridger treated her. This book is the perfect combination of love, angst, and passion. When the passion flows you might just want a drink of water nearby to cool you down.

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Kassandra

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Tia and Bridger had me laughing out loud one minute and pulling at my heartstrings the next moment. The bond between them was so authentic. If you like sassy bantering and frenemies-to-lovers, this is definitely the book for you!!

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright- Review by Heather Knalls

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bridger McKelty is the bad boy of the Astoria Bay Thunder hockey team. However that bad boy name has made him off his game. He is always being watch and some of his outside life is coming back to bite him. However he is trying to make it right because he feels all he has is hockey. He feels a calendar with the team half naked is the way to make money and if it’s his idea make him look better in the eyes of the public and team. But will all of this work in his favor, can he ever be seen as a good guy sex god or always the bad guy boy of the team.

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