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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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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Regina Williams

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

Divorced and finally free Brynn meets an unlikely friend at a child’s birthday she is photographing. This friend launches her into Thunder territory where she runs into Luke aka her first love. However, Bryan has been burned more then once and isn’t about to let her guard down…..or is she? This book is a rollercoaster of feelings and super relatable…..I mean minus the pro hockey team. I fully recommend this book.

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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by katie stapleton

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

This book was so much fun! Once I started to read it, I did not want to stop. I love hockey and adding in the sweet and spicy character dynamics makes this one of my faves! CJ knows how to paint a good picture of the hockey team, a snowy lake cabin, and more than enough tension!! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for each of the other characters in this world.

I love Levi and Brynn finding themselves in the same place once again, where they had been together as kids. I love the familiarity and the fact that Brynn is a very confident, independent character who wants to make sure she doesn’t just upend her life for someone else. Levi getting jealous of the love of her life, Marko, is the funniest part and really added levity to the story! I imagine my cat to be just the same as he.

Love love love! Keep bringing us more of this world!

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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Michelle Marlow

Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder #1)Power Play by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well well well, I never thought I would be into a hockey romance. But here I am, into a hockey romance.

If you are looking for that long lost love and old flames rekindled you’ve got it! Right here!

We have our main leading woman Brynn coming to terms with her recent divorce. To live HER dream and not her ex husband’s dream!

This series has me hooked and I will definitely be continuing with this!

Review by @michellerenee6590
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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Christie Mitchum

Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder #1)Power Play by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a sucker for second chance romances, and I LOVED this one by CJ Cartwright!

Levi and Brynn were once star-crossed lovers, and they were destined for a wonderful life together. But, circumstances and some manipulation by others, ended their romance ended ten years ago. They were just young two kids on the cusp of adulthood. Despite the heartbreak, they both thought that first love would diminish with time, but when the two inadvertently meet again, they quickly realize how very wrong they were. As they spend time together, and those old feelings flare again, could this be a new start for them?

Brynn and Levi are the type of characters I fall for hook, line, and sinker. Brynn has been looking for her own freedom for a long time, just not from her ex-husband, but her family as well. None of them believed she could be independent and follow her dreams. Despite all of that, she proved them wrong. I admired her perseverance and determination to achieve her goals.

Levi, himself, had a tough life but in a different sense than Brynn did. But, just like her, he was determined to make his dreams of becoming a pro hockey player a reality. Both had such wonderful hearts, I could really see why they were so perfect together.

My favorite books are those that completely capture your attention, the ones that you can’t stop reading until you reach the end, but hate telling the characters good-bye. I loved the story that Cartwright gave me. It was the perfect balance of steam and an emotional romance, complete with a great cast of secondary characters.

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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Amanda LaMiller

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

Power Play: A Second Chance Hockey Romance (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright was a complete hit for me. I am all about the second chance romances, combined that with sports and you have me hooked. From the first chapter I was rooting for Brynn and Levi. CJ did an amazing job bringing the characters to life, I felt like I was there and apart of the team. After heartbreak and years apart how do you trust your first love again, is it even possible to let go of the past? There were so many will they wont they moments I was on the edge of my seat. I devoured this book and the second in the series in one night. This is a must read.

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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Kimberly Filer

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

You immediately fall in love with the characters of this book. From the moment you meet Brynn Macintosh and her best friend Tia you immediately feel drawn to these two girls and their lives. Then of course you can’t help but fall in love with the Thunder Bay hockey team. Team Captain Levi, the “playboy” Bridger, and the other members of the hockey team will keep you on your toes. A great read about long lost love and rekindling that spark.

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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Skylar Daniels

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

This first book that I have read from the author, and I was not disappointed. This also the first book in the Astoria Bay Thunder series. I read this entire book in one sitting; I could not put this book down. I just had to finish the entire thing to see what happens. The author’s writing is amazing, I could see and feel everything the characters were at the exact moment in time. I can’t wait to see what the author has instore for this series. I’m excited to read future books from the author also.

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Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Emily Heisler

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

Brynn Mackintosh has moved to Astoria Bay for a fresh start after her divorce, she has a plan to become a professional photographer and follow her dreams. For Brynn she was optimistic about this life changing choice until all her efforts are not bringing in the amount of customers she needs. Then she gets a photo shoot that brings her business doing a calendar for Astoria Bay Thunder the Hockey team. This is a dream come true but when she realizes the team captain is Levi Fawkes it is with mixed feelings.

Levi always regretted the one who got away, seeing Brynn he realizes she is the girl he has thought about for years. Can Levi convince Brynn he is worth a second chance?

This book was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the chemistry between Levi and Brynn, their introduction is not smooth sailing and it was riddled with humor. Brynn is feisty and the banter she has with the other characters is hilarious. Levi is the broody one and he owns it throughout the book. Wonderful start to a new series.

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