Monday, May 13, 2019

Release + Review - Isabella Cassazza - Defying Gravity

Title: Defying Gravity : An Ice Tigers Hockey Novel (Ice Tigers #1)

Author: Isabella Cassazza

Two men, a woman—an unexpected love story.

Tyler Wolfe has it all, or does he? He’s living his dream, playing pro hockey for the Boston Ice Tigers, and at thirty he’s become one of the NHL’s top scorers. Everything would be perfect if he didn’t have to hide the most important thing in his life.

Danny Fisher has had enough. Almost two years of hiding his relationship with Tyler have taken a toll on him, and when his very own hockey hottie is supposed to take part in his team’s social media dating show romancing women, Danny considers leaving Tyler.

Lily Parker is struggling with her career. Training young horses isn’t an easy job—one where she has recently been lying in the dirt more than being on the horse. An evening meant to leave her problems behind her leads to a chance encounter with Danny and Tyler, complicating her life even more.

Can Lily help Danny and Tyler overcome their problems, or will her presence cause even more trouble in their relationship?

Defying Gravity (Ice Tigers Book 1) can be read as a standalone. HEA guaranteed.


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Isabella Cassazza lives in Austria. She has been an avid reader from an early age, and when she's not writing, she usually has a book in her hands. Other than that, she enjoys a good hockey game, equestrian sport and chocolate - lots of chocolate.


Erin's Review 

I’m a huge fan of hockey romance.  Add in the intrigue of a hidden relationship, and then what happens with Lily, and I was hooked in that blurb!  It’s got a happily ever after, and is the start of the Ice Tigers series, where we can hopefully see more of Tyler’s teammates in the future.

This book starts off as a M/M relationship in trouble, so be prepared for that.  But also, don’t stop reading because of that! It’s a cautionary tale of how life can throw some crazy curveballs, but the right person(s) at the right time can make all the difference.  In the end, there’s a happily ever after!

Hello Handsome Hockey player Tyler!  He’s a guy who seems to have everything going for him and is living his best life, except he’s hiding a huge part of himself!  Poor Danny is his faithful boyfriend, but is tired of being hidden. Both great guys, both with good reasons for their feelings.  Both are written quite well and are relatable, understandable men. Then, Lily gets thrown into their lives in a very interesting way.  She’s a great gal with passions and a life purpose she’s working towards. More than that she’s a kind person who helps strangers and gets sucked into a very strange situation!  Their story arc was intriguing to see play out, and I liked how they all interacted and worked together.

Tyler and Danny were secure in their relationship and sex life.  But in a bit of a rut and, or stagnant due to societal constraints.  So when they had to add in Lily to their lives, it was an explosion of emotions and feelings and everyone seemed to have feelings for everyone and while things may not have worked out quickly or the right way the first time, all the scenes were well written and relatable, and made sense for the book!

I had fun reading this book.  I was invested in the story easily to see how this would all work out, and how the author would make certain situations and plot twists work.  It wasn’t necessarily a book I couldn’t put down, but I did want to see how it ended.

I liked Defying Gravity.  They dealt with some crappy situations and stereotypes and discriminations.  Many sections and scenarios really made the reader think about their beliefs and how they’d react or deal.  It’ll be interesting to see how future books play out, and if we get to see this trio again.

Favorite Quotes:
“I know for sure that we’ve found someone extraordinary in her.”
“She seems to be a tough little cookie, our Lily.”
“I’m drawn to boh like a moth is drawn to the light-even though it feels more like I’m drawn to a burning flame, doomed to be burned.”
“We’re just making an already perfect relationship even more complete.”

Star Ratings:
Plot = 4/5 Characters = 4/5 Heat = 4/5 Writing Style = 4/5 Overall Rating = 4/5

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