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Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn

I never meant to say a word, not one single word.

But I did.

And now, because of my blog, everyone knows that Ice Knights hockey star Ian Petrov’s best friend and fellow player is actually his half brother—hello, hockey Hall of Famer dad who couldn’t keep his jeans zipped.

That wouldn’t be such a big deal if Ian knew. He didn’t, and boy howdy is he pissed. And who is he most mad at? Oh sure, he’s upset with his dad and former best friend/brother from another mother, but most of his ire is with me. It’s definitely a case of hating the messenger.

And what could make it worse? How about the two of us being trapped together in a remote cabin after a massive blizzard. Neither of us can leave. Just us, the snow, his resentment, and OMG sexual tension so thick it would take a snowplow to break through it.

I’ve got to get out of here before I do something even dumber than I’ve already done and kiss the sexy, snarly grump with his misplaced anger and perfect pecs. That would be the worst, the absolute worst. That’s why I’m not going to do it. Nope. Really. So why can’t I stop imagining what it would be like?

Title:Loud Mouth
Author:Avery Flynn
Series:Ice Knights (Book 3)
Pages:221
Genre(s):Contemporary
Romantic Comedy
Trope(s):Enemies to Lovers
Forced Proximity
Sports Romance
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Location:US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:22nd June, 2020
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The perfect romantic comedy

I’ll be honest, as much as I like – nay, love – Avery Flynn and her writing, I wasn’t sure if I was going to love this particular story for two reasons. 1) What kind of person outs secret brothers on a blog? Can I like someone who would do something like that? and 2) Can I like, or more like, can I identify with, a heroine who is obviously a total badass when I am so ridiculously not a badass?

My first question gets answered within the first few pages – and that worry dissolved. And secondly, while Shelby is definitely a badass with her funky hair, tats, piercings and general demeanour – she’s still completely relatable, even to a wimp like me! She’s got her problems just the same as the rest of us – probably more so than that – and I fell in love with her from the first moment. She’s a lovely blend of vulnerable and kickass – and I adored hearing her hilarious inner thoughts and, of course, the way she squares up against Ian.

Ian is equally delicious and I felt he had his vulnerabilities as well, although he hides them underneath his grumpy, grunty, gruff self. He is my kind of hero – all big and broody – and properly head over heels for the heroine – even if he’s a bit miffed at that fact. He too is hilarious,  but this is Avery Flynn – of course he is! And a special mention for the bromance between Alex and Ian. Even when they hate each other, they can’t stop the banter. It makes my insides tingle!

“[This books is] fan yourself in your special places just in case you’re on fire, sexy.”

And speaking of the tingles – this book is hella sexy. I mean it’s fan yourself in your special places just in case you’re on fire, sexy! You also just really want to smoosh Ian and Shelby’s faces together when they’re being stubborn and trying to stay away from each other. It’s delightfully infuriating.

This is an Avery Flynn book so of course it’s absolutely hilarious. I don’t just mean a small chuckle to myself – I laughed out loud on a number of occasions. Either Ms Flynn is stalking my brain or we were meant to be best friends! The fact that there’s sex and lots of swearing and I am one happy bunny.

This is the third book in the Ice Knights series (after Parental Guidance and Awk-Weird) but it stands completely alone. There are name checks for those from previous books, including Ms Flynn’s Hartigan’s series and Lucy Kavanaugh from that series appears more than most as she’s the Ice Knights’ PR queen.

I keep on forgetting how much I love Avery Flynn – she truly is the queen of the romcom. Loud Mouth is the kind of book that gives you that happy feeling – both from the romance and from the giggle you get while reading. Ian and Shelby are the perfect couple and I loved every minute of reading their story. Definitely 5 stars.

USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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