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The NHL’s been at my door since I was 18. But I’d never leave the Swedish Hockey League— Not while raising my little brother. But now he’s grown and the Carolina Reapers show up with my greatest weakness: Langley Pierce, their new head of PR. I’ve never been able to say no to her. She’s fierce, independent, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever met. She also has a stubborn stre The NHL’s been at my door since I was 18. But I’d never leave the Swedish Hockey League— Not while raising my little brother. But now he’s grown and the Carolina Reapers show up with my greatest weakness: Langley Pierce, their new head of PR. I’ve never been able to say no to her. She’s fierce, independent, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever met. She also has a stubborn streak wider than my entire country. One comment from her smart mouth about never dating again, and I propose. No, really, I actually propose: A six-month marriage contract in exchange for signing with the Reapers. I want to date this woman so badly that I’m going to marry her first. I’ll use each day to show her how a queen should be treated. Our wedding day started a countdown I’m powerless to stop, And the faster the months fly, the harder I fall. She’s sworn she’ll never choose a man over her career, And I promised never to ask her to. Until I’m forced to. How can we move forward when we started this whole thing backwards? If I can’t convince her this marriage is anything but fake— The next document we sign will crush us both. Welcome to the Carolina Reapers, Samantha Whiskey’s newest hockey series where the chill of the ice meets sultry southern nights.


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The NHL’s been at my door since I was 18. But I’d never leave the Swedish Hockey League— Not while raising my little brother. But now he’s grown and the Carolina Reapers show up with my greatest weakness: Langley Pierce, their new head of PR. I’ve never been able to say no to her. She’s fierce, independent, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever met. She also has a stubborn stre The NHL’s been at my door since I was 18. But I’d never leave the Swedish Hockey League— Not while raising my little brother. But now he’s grown and the Carolina Reapers show up with my greatest weakness: Langley Pierce, their new head of PR. I’ve never been able to say no to her. She’s fierce, independent, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever met. She also has a stubborn streak wider than my entire country. One comment from her smart mouth about never dating again, and I propose. No, really, I actually propose: A six-month marriage contract in exchange for signing with the Reapers. I want to date this woman so badly that I’m going to marry her first. I’ll use each day to show her how a queen should be treated. Our wedding day started a countdown I’m powerless to stop, And the faster the months fly, the harder I fall. She’s sworn she’ll never choose a man over her career, And I promised never to ask her to. Until I’m forced to. How can we move forward when we started this whole thing backwards? If I can’t convince her this marriage is anything but fake— The next document we sign will crush us both. Welcome to the Carolina Reapers, Samantha Whiskey’s newest hockey series where the chill of the ice meets sultry southern nights.

30 review for Axel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jos

    4 Solid Stars and would have been higher if not for Langley I really loved this quick read. It was filled with all of my favs from the past series and I FLOVED Axel....I mean he was sheer perfection. Now Langley, hmmmmm, I am really on the fence with her. She annoyed me to no end but yet I did like her too. I guess my feelings for her ran up and down BUT the twist that came when she "hurt" him and YES for me, she just made the wrong decision.....that part really made me kinda mad if I am honest. 4 Solid Stars and would have been higher if not for Langley I really loved this quick read. It was filled with all of my favs from the past series and I FLOVED Axel....I mean he was sheer perfection. Now Langley, hmmmmm, I am really on the fence with her. She annoyed me to no end but yet I did like her too. I guess my feelings for her ran up and down BUT the twist that came when she "hurt" him and YES for me, she just made the wrong decision.....that part really made me kinda mad if I am honest. He was always so ALL in and her, she would act it one minute and yet ran cold the next, well maybe not too cold, lol, but lukewarm and he didn't deserve it. For me, I just wished some things had played out differently but hey, it's all good because I am still a fan and plan on reading the series:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

    I'm partial to hockey gods in my romance, as such, Axel really made it on my list of swooning fictional athletes. This was also my first Samantha Whiskey and my interest for her other books is definitely piqued. "Axel" totally it the spot for me as light and sexy sports romance. A really good hero a little gruff around the edges determined to prove a hard as nails heroine they're made for each other. Axel is patient but he's not against using leverage to help his case. Marriage of convenience anyo I'm partial to hockey gods in my romance, as such, Axel really made it on my list of swooning fictional athletes. This was also my first Samantha Whiskey and my interest for her other books is definitely piqued. "Axel" totally it the spot for me as light and sexy sports romance. A really good hero a little gruff around the edges determined to prove a hard as nails heroine they're made for each other. Axel is patient but he's not against using leverage to help his case. Marriage of convenience anyone? Light, sexy, steamy and a little bit angsty, Axel made a Carolina Reapers fan out of me! More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞

  3. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    This was the first book I've read by this author, and I couldn't have been more pleased with this sexy romance! Axel is a fast-paced, easy reading experience. Ms. Samantha Whiskey's writing style is smooth and flowing, making this an engaging story. The plot is believable and the characters are great. There is wonderful chemistry and a smoldering passion between Axel and Langley, and I thoroughly enjoyed their journey. They were the perfect fit for each other. I loved the character of Axel, the This was the first book I've read by this author, and I couldn't have been more pleased with this sexy romance! Axel is a fast-paced, easy reading experience. Ms. Samantha Whiskey's writing style is smooth and flowing, making this an engaging story. The plot is believable and the characters are great. There is wonderful chemistry and a smoldering passion between Axel and Langley, and I thoroughly enjoyed their journey. They were the perfect fit for each other. I loved the character of Axel, the Swedish ultra-sexy giant hockey player! He had such wisdom and unconditional love. I was rooting for him to win Langley’s devotion from the start! A wonderful hero that you will fall in love with. If you like a heartwarming love story with good depth of character, sizzling chemistry, and a great plot, then you will enjoy Axel as much as I did. Overall rating : A solid 4 stars!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Topastro

    I'm a bit torn on this book. Axel was perfection but Langley was making me want to pull my hair out. Axel has always loved Langley and when he finally has his chance to show her, he does not waste it. After taking care of his younger brother and putting all offers from the NHL off he finally agrees but on the condition that Langley marry him so he can finally date her (a little silly, but I liked that.) He doesn't care about the millions just the chance to make the career driven Langley see she I'm a bit torn on this book. Axel was perfection but Langley was making me want to pull my hair out. Axel has always loved Langley and when he finally has his chance to show her, he does not waste it. After taking care of his younger brother and putting all offers from the NHL off he finally agrees but on the condition that Langley marry him so he can finally date her (a little silly, but I liked that.) He doesn't care about the millions just the chance to make the career driven Langley see she can have a thriving career and a man who appreciates her. Axel was swoon worthy and I don't even like that word but he truly was. I loved his big heart and by the halfway point all I could think of was that he deserved better. Langley was intended to be determined & strong with a focus on her job but it made it nearly impossible to connect with her. I felt as a MC she was boring, cold, & self centered. She really didn't redeem herself. Like damn girl you need to grovel! I found wanting Axel to dump her which is the opposite of what I want when reading romance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana Johnston

    Read Grinder First I reread this book once I finished the Seattle shark series sand it is amazing!! The first time I read it was a struggle falling for the characters... but now... fantastic!! Ready for the next!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    When I started this book, I didn't realize it was a spin off of another series. Because of this, I unfortunately missed out on any relationship building that occurred between the MCs before the start of this book. I'm not sure if that would have helped me believe in this relationship more or not, but since I didn't particularly think Langley and Axel worked well together, it might have been better to start with the Seattle Shark series to see just what Axel saw in her. The only reason I stuck wit When I started this book, I didn't realize it was a spin off of another series. Because of this, I unfortunately missed out on any relationship building that occurred between the MCs before the start of this book. I'm not sure if that would have helped me believe in this relationship more or not, but since I didn't particularly think Langley and Axel worked well together, it might have been better to start with the Seattle Shark series to see just what Axel saw in her. The only reason I stuck with this book can be summed up in one word - - AXEL! Seriously, if you wanted to create the perfect man, you could just use him as a template. Sweet, caring, generous, understanding, athletic, and sexy. Axel's only problem is that he's in love with a terrible child-woman who is ridiculously self-obsessed and really not ready to be in a relationship with anyone. Look, I get it. The author wanted to write a driven career woman, but the things that Langley worries about are just so small and unimportant. Like, she worries about being late to a New Year's Eve party and how Axel will react (Newsflash, he's a grown man and doesn't care). But then when there's a serious problem, and he begs her to have his back, she's just like, "Nope, got my own shit. Bye." She could have redeemed herself by actually calling Axel while he was off dealing with this stuff, but she didn't. Why? Because she's a CHILD! It's just so ridiculous. I don't care if she regretted her choices later, and she has mother / ex-boyfriend issues. If you're an adult in a relationship and you hurt your partner, you call. Especially if they're going through some shit. I don't know why Axel took her back. It would have been a better ending if he left her. Honestly, there's just not enough given on Langley's side for this to not be a one-sided relationship. Axel does all the heavy lifting, and she's just along for the ride. The only time she seems to actually give a crap is when he's going to leave, so her attempts to win him back don't seem genuine. If there had been a bit more to the story and Langley had grown more sooner, this could have been a 4 or 5 star book for me, but mostly I just feel bad that Axel got stuck with this woman.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy C

    Loved Axel and Langley!!! Can't wait for more of these Carolina Reapers. Loved Axel and Langley!!! Can't wait for more of these Carolina Reapers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    Axel plays for the Swedish Hockey League and has no desire to leave. That is, until Carolina Reaper’s PR rep, Langley, knocks on his door, offering him an enticing NHL contract. The two of them met a couple years back when Langley was fresh out of a relationship and Axel was her tour guide and friend. Ever since, Axel’s had a crush on her. Knowing that she isn’t interested in dating, Axel makes Langley an offer: if she marries him for 6-months, Axel will sign on with the Carolina Reapers. This w Axel plays for the Swedish Hockey League and has no desire to leave. That is, until Carolina Reaper’s PR rep, Langley, knocks on his door, offering him an enticing NHL contract. The two of them met a couple years back when Langley was fresh out of a relationship and Axel was her tour guide and friend. Ever since, Axel’s had a crush on her. Knowing that she isn’t interested in dating, Axel makes Langley an offer: if she marries him for 6-months, Axel will sign on with the Carolina Reapers. This will finally be his chance to date Langley...what could go wrong with dating your wife? Axel by Samantha Whiskey is book 1 in the Carolina Reapers series. I had no clue this series was a spinoff of the Seattle Sharks series, so I felt I missed out on so much of the backstory. It took me a long time to feel the connection between Langley and Axel because I think their history was played out in the previous series. Axel made this book for me: sexy, kind, didn’t care about the money, family oriented. Langley, on the other hand had some maturing to do and she wasn’t the most likable. I’m thinking I might go back and read the Seattle Sharks series before continuing with this series, as I do enjoy a good hockey romance. 3.5/5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    READ ME ROMANCE

    The Carolina Reapers is a new spin off series based on the very successful and titillating Seattle Sharks series featuring a professional hockey team. It is written by hockey guru and writer extraordinaire Samantha Whiskey. We first met the heroine and heroine, Axel and Langley in the Seattle Sharks series, and I couldn’t wait to read their story. I happen to do public relations for a living so I always enjoy when the career is featured in a book and Samantha nailed it. Langley is talented, dedi The Carolina Reapers is a new spin off series based on the very successful and titillating Seattle Sharks series featuring a professional hockey team. It is written by hockey guru and writer extraordinaire Samantha Whiskey. We first met the heroine and heroine, Axel and Langley in the Seattle Sharks series, and I couldn’t wait to read their story. I happen to do public relations for a living so I always enjoy when the career is featured in a book and Samantha nailed it. Langley is talented, dedicated, and a real-life fixer for the players and management of her new team, the South Carolina Reapers. As public relations director, she is one of only a few women in this position in professional sports and I really admired her skill set and the respect she had earned. A year ago in the book world, she went to Sweden on a business trip and first met Axel, the hero of this story. She was coming out of a long-term relationship and he was just what she needed. And I am not talking about S E X. He was a friend and confident, patient and understanding, made her laugh, and understood when she needed a shoulder to cry on. He was in awe of Langley and did everything he could to build her up with not just his words, but with his actions. She was fierce, sarcastic, and at times, a bit too stubborn for her own good. But none of us are perfect and we often act a certain way to guard our bruised hearts and ego, and Langley was no exception. Axel, the namesake of this book, was a hero in every way. A 6’4” Nordic hottie with a giant selfless heart, raised his younger brother, Tage. Axel was not materialistic, was a talented professional athlete in his home country of Sweden, all while remaining humble and non-materialistic. He was a loyal friend and not a player with the ladies. He only had eyes for our sweet heroine and negotiated a deal in order to get to know her better–she marries him for six months and he will uproot his life, move to the US, and play hockey for her new expansion team. (This tidbit is in the teaser ads so I am not giving away any spoilers.) This book is about their coming together as husband and wife, and watching their relationship build slowly over time. She wanted to speed things up in the bedroom, but he wanted the real deal and for her to fall in love with him as deeply as he was with her before they could become intimate. Quite the switch! It broke my heart a bit how she was unsure and how they were both so vulnerable. They could have communicated better, which was a bit frustrating at times, but if they did the book would have been over much too quickly. I really did enjoy the character development and each time they were together, and routed for them the entire time. My favorite scenes in the entire book were not their sexy alone times, although they were very steamy as their chemistry was insane, but the two times he was being interviewed by the press and his honest, direct, and emotional answers to the reporters’ questions. He shut them down and said the most absolute perfect, panty melting–I love and respect my wife, responses. I was so impressed and thought he could do no wrong. He showed her over and over again how he felt about her, and it was very emotional when she finally let down her guard and learned to trust what they had was real. I loved how some of the former Shark players, including his best friend Lukas from Sweden, and Gage McPherson, the former Shark’s team captain who is now the head coach of the Carolina Reapers, and their wives or girlfriends, made appearances in this new series. Please note that Axel can be read as a stand-alone as all of the characters are identified so it’s easy to follow. I can’t wait to read more of this new series! Axel is a must read!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kylee

    I am in LOVE, not puppy love, not a little school girl crush, I mean hearts in my eyes, sweaty palms, butterflies in my stomach type of love. Axel might be just a character to some, but this Swedish Viking owned my heart from the very first page. Axel and Langley’s story is one that will at times take you to the peak but then have you falling to the bottom. It is emotional, captivating and at times will have you edgy. This first book in the Carolina Reapers series will leave the next books with I am in LOVE, not puppy love, not a little school girl crush, I mean hearts in my eyes, sweaty palms, butterflies in my stomach type of love. Axel might be just a character to some, but this Swedish Viking owned my heart from the very first page. Axel and Langley’s story is one that will at times take you to the peak but then have you falling to the bottom. It is emotional, captivating and at times will have you edgy. This first book in the Carolina Reapers series will leave the next books with a hard act to follow. Axel will make you swoon and you will hurt for Langley at how hard it is for her to trust someone with her heart. So much more than just a hockey romance, it is intimate, sexy, passionate and at times heartbreaking. A story filled with so many emotions that your heart and soul will be on overload. At the end of this book one thing will be certain, Axel and Langley will be planted so far under your skin that there will be no letting them go.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    2.5 Stars Lots of spoilers ahead, because I need to vent... Honestly, I would've rated this book much higher if the female lead hadn't been so horrible. The story itself wasn't bad, and the writing was a good style, but the characters and history sunk this book. Plot: Strike one, this is actually a spin-off series from her Seattle Sharks series. That's fine and I love a good spin-off series, but authors need to decided it the series can act as a standalone. With this being book one and having no me 2.5 Stars Lots of spoilers ahead, because I need to vent... Honestly, I would've rated this book much higher if the female lead hadn't been so horrible. The story itself wasn't bad, and the writing was a good style, but the characters and history sunk this book. Plot: Strike one, this is actually a spin-off series from her Seattle Sharks series. That's fine and I love a good spin-off series, but authors need to decided it the series can act as a standalone. With this being book one and having no mention of another series, I thought I could dive into this without reading any of her other work. I was quickly proven wrong. Apparently these two characters have a lot of history in the other series, and it's never actually described in this current book. We jumped right into the middle of their relationship and never got any of their background. If an author is going to do that, then there needs to be something in the summary that informs the reader that they should read the Seattle series first. Without any of their history, the whole marriage agreement comes off as really weird. Hero: I loved Axel. If he had an equally likable match, I would've been able to overlook the plot problems. He was so caring and devoted. He was basically a dream boyfriend and even during the main problem at the end of the book, he was always in the right and I could always see his reasoning. He clearly loved Langley and always put her first. He spent most of his life raising and caring for his younger brother, putting off his dreams of playing in the NHL. He only agrees to leave his now grown up brother and his life in Sweden on the condition that Langley marry him so he can finally date her (very Proposal-esque) He doesn't care about the money or the fame, he only wants a chance to date Langley. Heroine: I HATED Langley. I don't believe I'm exaggerating when I say she is the worst. I get that the author was trying to make her a strong and career driven woman, but she was just selfish. She put her job in front of everyone and was just trash. In the first half of the book, we get to see Langley try and use Axel for sex, even though he wants to really get to know each other on a deeper emotional level. And the second half was spent watching Axel prove his love for her over and over and she still couldn't say she loved him. All I could think throughout this whole book was that Axel deserved better. Ending: WHERE WAS THE GROVELING??! Oh wait, there was a little bit of groveling....from Axel!! All Axel asked of her was to come support him while his brother was facing a serious injury. He spent the whole book putting her first and the first time he asks for her support she refuses. And while he's in Sweden watching his brother face numerous surgeries and an almost fatal blood clot, Langley doesn't even call to check in. And for some reason, all of their mutual friends seem to side with her?!?! When he is complaining that Langley hasn't even called to see how he is, his friends have the audacity to say the phone works both ways. And then at the press conference he stands up for her not joining him in Sweden because he's a good guy and doesn't want to throw her under the bus (which she completely deserved). They only get back together because she says sorry once and then finally tells him she loves him. Overall: Axel was amazing, Langley ruined the book. I don't know if I'll be able to read any more of this author's work because this was such a horrible introduction to her. The only reason this book got any stars from me was because of Axel.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky Osborne

    Really enjoyed this!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    This is book #3 with the title of Axel in my list, and this one may be the best!! Axel is a hockey player in the Swedish hockey league, who has NO interest in going to America to play in the NHL. His younger brother, Tage, whom he has raised, is in Sweden. That all changes when he sees Langley Pierce step off an airplane with an offer. Langley is the PR person for the Carolina Reapers, and they send her to Sweden to try to convince Axel to come to America and join their expansion team. Turns out A This is book #3 with the title of Axel in my list, and this one may be the best!! Axel is a hockey player in the Swedish hockey league, who has NO interest in going to America to play in the NHL. His younger brother, Tage, whom he has raised, is in Sweden. That all changes when he sees Langley Pierce step off an airplane with an offer. Langley is the PR person for the Carolina Reapers, and they send her to Sweden to try to convince Axel to come to America and join their expansion team. Turns out Axel and Langley had met a year before, and Axel is seriously smitten with her. He tells Langley he will come to America and play for the Reapers - if she will marry him for 6 months. Langley was a likable character, but to be honest, her insecurities got a little old after a while. She had a rough childhood, with a mom who cared more about the men in her life than her daughter. Langley also had a boyfriend break up with her because she was way too devoted to her job. She doesn't like to give up control. But Axel. Good god, this man. I freaking adored him. He was SO good to Langley. He went into the marriage with every intention of making Langley fall in love with him. I sure fell in love with his character. He was kind, sweet, loving and incredibly loyal. I can't say enough good things about him. I really enjoyed the beginning of this new hockey series and I'm excited to read more. I would highly recommend this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    This was painful. I just could not care about the characters. I never got into the story at all. It’s about Axel, who had an enormous crush in Langley after spending two weeks getting to know her a year ago. Apparently after she went back home after visiting Sweden, he harbored this crush which manifested into him loving her despite not seeing or hearing from her all year. When her job needed her to recruit him onto the team, she was used as bait to ask him to join because apparently his thing f This was painful. I just could not care about the characters. I never got into the story at all. It’s about Axel, who had an enormous crush in Langley after spending two weeks getting to know her a year ago. Apparently after she went back home after visiting Sweden, he harbored this crush which manifested into him loving her despite not seeing or hearing from her all year. When her job needed her to recruit him onto the team, she was used as bait to ask him to join because apparently his thing for her was known. So he maneuvered the deal into her having to marry her for six months. This was so they could date (she had sworn off dating) and he could earn a chance with her. He refused to make it about sex and there’s supposed to be a lot of sexual chemistry and frustration but it just made me yawn. Honestly. He’s supposed to be the epitome of a perfect man. I think it just goes to show me that perfection needs flaws. The flaws that create drama are what makes things entertaining.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Langley has quite the affect on her man, “ohmygawdthesearegood,”she moaned after her first bite. And now my pants were too tight..." Axel sometimes just talks to his passed out woman, “is that better, baby?” I asked. No response. “Baby?” I repeated. She snored. “And that,” I said, climbing off the bed to get one of my T-shirts, “is why I didn’t eff you tonight,” I told my passed out wife." Axel isnt exactly a rule follower, “pancakes were a ploy! You devious Viking!” I clucked my tongue at him. Langley has quite the affect on her man, “ohmygawdthesearegood,”she moaned after her first bite. And now my pants were too tight..." Axel sometimes just talks to his passed out woman, “is that better, baby?” I asked. No response. “Baby?” I repeated. She snored. “And that,” I said, climbing off the bed to get one of my T-shirts, “is why I didn’t eff you tonight,” I told my passed out wife." Axel isnt exactly a rule follower, “pancakes were a ploy! You devious Viking!” I clucked my tongue at him. “We cook in this room. We eat in this room. We do not eff in this room.” Another growl..." I liked this book, I fell in love with Axel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh I was so ready to give this five stars for the H and the H ONLY. However that epilogue sucked and pissed me off because I needed more closure. The H deserved WAYYYYYYY better than the h and I’m honestly not sure why he liked her. I think the author was trying to make her come across as a strong and independent woman but to me she came across as a self serving bitch🤷🏼‍♀️I know damn well she is not the only one on an NHL teams PR team. There is no reason she couldn’t have gone to be with her hu Oh I was so ready to give this five stars for the H and the H ONLY. However that epilogue sucked and pissed me off because I needed more closure. The H deserved WAYYYYYYY better than the h and I’m honestly not sure why he liked her. I think the author was trying to make her come across as a strong and independent woman but to me she came across as a self serving bitch🤷🏼‍♀️I know damn well she is not the only one on an NHL teams PR team. There is no reason she couldn’t have gone to be with her husband when he needed her. And there is NO REASON that she couldn’t call her husband and check on him and his brother that’s in the hospital, that’s childish behavior right there. So he called you cold….BECAUSE THATS WHAT YOU ARE! She did not grovel anywhere near enough to be redeemed. There were so many things that she could’ve done to grovel and all she did was shred divorce papers and make a Swedish cinnamon roll?! No it actually made me mad, but I was still going to forgive and give five stars because I was expecting a great epilogue with closure. But no all we got in the epilogue is stupid throwaway shit. There were so many things left unsaid that I think needed to be said, like her apartment that she kept and never gave up…why wasn’t that talked about that could’ve been a gesture to show she loves the H. I honestly do not believe she loved him, I think she liked how easy it was and didn’t want to lose that because her actions throughout the book did not scream love to me. Like her inner thoughts never once said she loved him, only when she was about to lose him did she think it. Honestly this book should’ve just had the H’s pov Bc I hated being in the h’s head. In summary, I wanted Axel to leave Langley, she was childish and only cared about herself and her job. She didn’t grovel when she desperately needed to and it was so disappointing that THIS is who sweet perfect Axel ended up with.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristiej

    4.5 out of 5 This book was oh so close to perfect until near the end when Langley made a decision that I thought was wrong. She ended up knowing it was wrong too, but it hurt Axel so deeply and since there couldn’t be a more perfect hero then Axel, I was too annoyed with her and marked the book down a wee bit. I gather Axel, our hero, and Langley, our heroine, first met in a previous book, but that didn’t matter at all to picking up the story. Axel is a world class hockey player in Sweden. He’s pe 4.5 out of 5 This book was oh so close to perfect until near the end when Langley made a decision that I thought was wrong. She ended up knowing it was wrong too, but it hurt Axel so deeply and since there couldn’t be a more perfect hero then Axel, I was too annoyed with her and marked the book down a wee bit. I gather Axel, our hero, and Langley, our heroine, first met in a previous book, but that didn’t matter at all to picking up the story. Axel is a world class hockey player in Sweden. He’s perfectly content there as he makes enough money for his needs, he loves the town and the country and his younger brother who he raised alone for many years when his parents died lives there. He’s living a good life. But then Langley shows up out of the blue. As mentioned, he already knows her and she is there to try and get him to sign with a new NHL expansion team, where she is head of public relations. Axel explains to her his is perfectly happy where he is an doesn’t care if her plays in the NHL or not. But then he comes up with a wild idea. He agrees to sign with the team if she marries him and they stay married for six months. Now this sound nuts but as we read along we discover he has been in love with since her first met her but doesn’t think he would ever see her again. So in his mine this is the perfect opportunity to get her to fall in love with him. Because Langley is desperate and she did enjoy his company when they spent time together, she crazily enough agrees to it. So they get married and their lives begin to blend together beautifully and the more she sees what a great guy down the bone that Axel is, the greater her feelings grow. But she’s not too removed from a serious relationship where her ex did a real number on her and she is still very wary. But Axel gets this. I think Axel is one of the best heroes ever!! He is everything a hero should be, caring, supportive, thoughtful, understanding, well you simply must read the book to see how great he is. No, really. You need to read this book. I had more issues with Langley. I understood all her hesitations. Her ex was manipulative and as a result she is to give her job 100%. And Axel knows and understands this but for me, she takes things too far toward the end of the book and even she knows she made a mistake. I was just very angry at her and felt it was a real miss that up until then was a complete and solid A. But I still love this book and adore the hero. If you are a fan of hockey romances like I am, this is one you have to put on your list.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    3.85 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monique V

    4.75 stars. THIS BOOK WAS NEAR PERFECTION. The only reason it did not get 5 stars is the ending drama.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Axel Nystrom has wanted Langley Pierce since he first met her and fell under her spell when she arrived in Sweden with his friend Lukas, and Faith, Harper, and Nobel . A new expansion team is forming in Charleston, SC, the Carolina Reapers and they need a powerful center player. Axel, refuses to move to the US and join the NHL as his home has been in Sweden raising his younger brother since their parents' and grandmother's deaths. He has refused NHL contracts worth millions over the years but th Axel Nystrom has wanted Langley Pierce since he first met her and fell under her spell when she arrived in Sweden with his friend Lukas, and Faith, Harper, and Nobel . A new expansion team is forming in Charleston, SC, the Carolina Reapers and they need a powerful center player. Axel, refuses to move to the US and join the NHL as his home has been in Sweden raising his younger brother since their parents' and grandmother's deaths. He has refused NHL contracts worth millions over the years but the Reapers want him. Not even, Lukas, his best friend through life, has been able to convince him to come. But Lukas knows something, or rather someone, who might change his mind. Everyone is said to have a price and Axel's price to sign the NHL contract with the Reapers is marriage to Langley for 6 months. What better way to woo a woman who has sworn off dating after a failed engagement to another man who wanted her to give up her career for him? It's a bit of a stretch but Axel is definitely the man up to the challenge. He shows her through actions, never asking anything of her, giving her everything she could ever want or need, emotionally as well as physically, et Langley fights her feelings towards Axel. The relationship comes to a head though, when a family crisis arrives and she has to decide which is more important to her, family or her career, love or responsibilities. The start of this series is really strong, especially bringing a supporting cast of characters from the Seattle Sharks series, as trades and free agents signing on with the Reapers. There are also introductions to new characters that I cannot wait to read about in this series. One last thing, definitely check out the Seattle Sharks series before reading this as many of the characters and their relationships to each other are established in that series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lenor

    “Unless that’s a contract for your hand in marriage, I’m not interested...” Two words …freaking amazing!!! A beautiful story, sweet moments and amazing characters, I quickly fell in love with them; a strong sports player decide to conquer and an independent woman who knows what she wants in life. Another fabulous sports romance series that just stole another part of my heart!! Axel Nyström. Sweden, charming, sweet, alpha, one of the best players in hockey…do I need to say more?? He wants her, real “Unless that’s a contract for your hand in marriage, I’m not interested...” Two words …freaking amazing!!! A beautiful story, sweet moments and amazing characters, I quickly fell in love with them; a strong sports player decide to conquer and an independent woman who knows what she wants in life. Another fabulous sports romance series that just stole another part of my heart!! Axel Nyström. Sweden, charming, sweet, alpha, one of the best players in hockey…do I need to say more?? He wants her, really bad; he is determined to show her that love is for her and he’s not letting her go, but there’s only one way she can ever give him a chance…a marriage deal. Langley Pierce is the NHL publicist for the Carolina Reapers, her work is everything, life showed her that love is not always pure, but now the hot Viking is making her a deal she cant refuse, she needs to get him to sign with the Reapers, but the deal he’s making with her goes far beyond the ice. Easy, fun and light…this are the kind of books you want to take with you wherever you go!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Ririhena

    It starts great for me eventhough the changes in Langley's behavior once she makes decision surprised me because it was like 180 degree changes! at least from my opinion. Langley is determine woman and know what she wants, as for now it's the career she loves. Axel is a caring and family first type of person, he seems patient and considerate. It was all good and I'm interested to know about the other characters story but then the main conflict happened and it just too dramatic for me. Axel just s It starts great for me eventhough the changes in Langley's behavior once she makes decision surprised me because it was like 180 degree changes! at least from my opinion. Langley is determine woman and know what she wants, as for now it's the career she loves. Axel is a caring and family first type of person, he seems patient and considerate. It was all good and I'm interested to know about the other characters story but then the main conflict happened and it just too dramatic for me. Axel just suddenly became whinny and inconsiderate, sure he's panic, but still he doesn't realize his behavior is wrong, how he basically just did what he promised he wouldn't, meeh it's downhill for me. Oh, unprotected sex alert from the start of their sexual activity, they did have a brief convo about it but.. well they trust each other and they think it's enough so they get on with it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I think what made this one so much fun to read was that Axel was playing the long game with Langley and you could tell from the start. Langley just wanted to get the guy for her team, even as she was attracted to him. Seeing Langley fall for Axel was great fun! He gave her the support she has always wanted, but never seen. I hated when their big blow up came, I could totally see both sides to things, but was glad when Axel saw what Langley was really doing when she stayed home. The ending to thi I think what made this one so much fun to read was that Axel was playing the long game with Langley and you could tell from the start. Langley just wanted to get the guy for her team, even as she was attracted to him. Seeing Langley fall for Axel was great fun! He gave her the support she has always wanted, but never seen. I hated when their big blow up came, I could totally see both sides to things, but was glad when Axel saw what Langley was really doing when she stayed home. The ending to this one was good, glad that they managed to work things out, both deserved to find happiness.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    LOVE the cover, you're thinking Thor, right?!? ;D That Axel was a keeper. Langley, nah, not so much. She gave me a serious case of the eye rolls. And those rolling eyes kept rolling right through the always expected drama. On the plus side, nice mix of hockey and romance. This author is new to me and I'm curious enough to give this series another try. LOVE the cover, you're thinking Thor, right?!? ;D That Axel was a keeper. Langley, nah, not so much. She gave me a serious case of the eye rolls. And those rolling eyes kept rolling right through the always expected drama. On the plus side, nice mix of hockey and romance. This author is new to me and I'm curious enough to give this series another try.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)

    I wish this had stated somewhere when I bought it that it was a spinoff of another series. I feel like we didn't have enough background on the two characters in this so the whole situation just seemed really random. And I didn't get/understand why Axel was so into her because we never got to see it. It was okay but just not anything amazing. I wish this had stated somewhere when I bought it that it was a spinoff of another series. I feel like we didn't have enough background on the two characters in this so the whole situation just seemed really random. And I didn't get/understand why Axel was so into her because we never got to see it. It was okay but just not anything amazing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    mel

    1,5 this was rly bad.... had a few ok scenes but it was just not good 😭. they were both so goddamn annoying it physically pained me

  27. 5 out of 5

    Korah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Says he’ll never make her choose between him and her job, does exactly that 🤷🏻‍♀️

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Tom (Book Bitch)

    5 Stars! Hi BookLovers, AXEL & LANGLEY! TWO ALPHA MALE-FEMALE!!!!!!! There is no way in hell I could give this 4 stars. It deserved to have 5 or more. OMG! I just love everything in this book, it was just lovely and I honestly love their chemistry together. Arranged Marriage? Check. Hockey Romance? Check. Friends to Lover Romance? Check. Check. Check. Check. GAH!! I adore Axel so much, the love he has for his brother and to Langley is just incredible. Although he can be possessive he was also sof 5 Stars! Hi BookLovers, AXEL & LANGLEY! TWO ALPHA MALE-FEMALE!!!!!!! There is no way in hell I could give this 4 stars. It deserved to have 5 or more. OMG! I just love everything in this book, it was just lovely and I honestly love their chemistry together. Arranged Marriage? Check. Hockey Romance? Check. Friends to Lover Romance? Check. Check. Check. Check. GAH!! I adore Axel so much, the love he has for his brother and to Langley is just incredible. Although he can be possessive he was also soft on the inside. I'm not always a big fan of the man in long hair but you know I can make an exception. Right? Hehe. But I might not like a little just a little thought-of Langley Work First attitude. It's just too much sometimes but I understand where she came from just that I don't think it worth it with the way Axel treated her. But I guess we needed the drama right? Glad I save this for the last! You guys should read this series. It's Amazing. Highly Recommended! :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer Briggs

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have been waiting go read about Axel and Langley since we met them in Lukas's book, and man did Samantha not disappoint! This is the first book in the Carolina Reapers (a spin-off of the Seatlle Sharks series) and it made me so excited for this new series! I always say that I love Miss. Whiskeys new book more than the last because her writing keeps getting better and better, but Axel takes the cake for me! He may be a giant, but he's so lovable and only wants a few simple things in his life: f I have been waiting go read about Axel and Langley since we met them in Lukas's book, and man did Samantha not disappoint! This is the first book in the Carolina Reapers (a spin-off of the Seatlle Sharks series) and it made me so excited for this new series! I always say that I love Miss. Whiskeys new book more than the last because her writing keeps getting better and better, but Axel takes the cake for me! He may be a giant, but he's so lovable and only wants a few simple things in his life: for his brother that he has raised since his parents died to succeed in life and be happy, to play hockey close to home where his brother is, and he wants Langley Pierce to love him. When she comes to his native home, she has a contract with a buttload of zeros behind it to come play for the new team that Gage (from the first book in the Seattle Sharks series!) Is putting together. However this doesn't interest Axel since he doesn't want to leave his brother. However he gives one condition to Langley: he will take the deal if she agrees to marry him, because be really wants to date her. *infinite swoon* Langley first met Axel last year after her fiance broke her for not choosing him over her job (good riddance, may I add. Ultimatums have no place in a relationship, especially a marriage) and he helped her get through her initial heartbreak by just being a good friend. She knows he's attracted to her, but she's convinced that it's because he wants to sleep with her, when that's not the case. He wants to get to know her, to love her in the way her ex fiance never did. So when he first brings up this proposal, she initially laughs him off, but with her job on the line if he doesn't come back home with her, and the deep trust that she already has for him, she eventually agrees. Axel is probably the sweetest hero by this author, and the way he holds so much respect and admiration for his now wife is what every relationship should be based on. I also loved how they didn't give into their physical attraction until they were both in love, because he wanted her to love him the way he loves her. *tears.* Their hiccup that they have together is so well played out towards the end of the book that I understood what each side was going through in their thinking. Though Axel used some harsh words with Langley, and then didn't give her a chance to explain her reasoning, I understood that he just needed his wife with him. And all she was doing was ensuring he had a home to come back to. For a woman who was trying to guard her heart after such a disastrous relationship, Langley didn't stand a chance against Axel. He is literally the perfect man, and when they reunited I literally cheered out loud while my kids gave me weird looks. Read this book guys. You won't regret it! And side note: I can't wait for Sawyer and Echo's book! The chemistry between those two was INSANE. **I I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    It was a sweet story of finding love and the right hockey team.

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