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How do you win a soccer game when you’re not just playing against the other team, but your captain too? When Hunter Hercules, the biggest soccer star in the Northlands, is transferred to play in the Motherlands, he’s mad as hell. Not only is their style of soccer different, but they have mixed teams and his female captain, Emanuela, calls him unsophisticated and claims th How do you win a soccer game when you’re not just playing against the other team, but your captain too? When Hunter Hercules, the biggest soccer star in the Northlands, is transferred to play in the Motherlands, he’s mad as hell. Not only is their style of soccer different, but they have mixed teams and his female captain, Emanuela, calls him unsophisticated and claims that she’s a better player than him. What a fucking joke! The whole thing is ridiculous and infuriating to Hunter. That’s why when the soccer club sends all the players on a team-building trip, Hunter shows up determined to put the little woman in her place. It should have been easy, but Emanuela isn’t a normal sweet Motlander he can push around. She’s competitive to the bone, and when Hunter plays dirty she’s fast to adapt and hit him back tenfold. Someone should have warned her not to mess with an Nman. The Athlete is book #8 in Elin Peer’s highly praised series Men of the North. Readers call these books “unputdownable” because of the sharp dialogue, fast pace, and depths of the characters. If you like strong women, alpha males, and a roller-coaster ride of emotions, then this romantic sci-fi is a safe pick for you. Buy it on pre-sale today and have it delivered straight to your Kindle on release day, November 20th 2018.


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How do you win a soccer game when you’re not just playing against the other team, but your captain too? When Hunter Hercules, the biggest soccer star in the Northlands, is transferred to play in the Motherlands, he’s mad as hell. Not only is their style of soccer different, but they have mixed teams and his female captain, Emanuela, calls him unsophisticated and claims th How do you win a soccer game when you’re not just playing against the other team, but your captain too? When Hunter Hercules, the biggest soccer star in the Northlands, is transferred to play in the Motherlands, he’s mad as hell. Not only is their style of soccer different, but they have mixed teams and his female captain, Emanuela, calls him unsophisticated and claims that she’s a better player than him. What a fucking joke! The whole thing is ridiculous and infuriating to Hunter. That’s why when the soccer club sends all the players on a team-building trip, Hunter shows up determined to put the little woman in her place. It should have been easy, but Emanuela isn’t a normal sweet Motlander he can push around. She’s competitive to the bone, and when Hunter plays dirty she’s fast to adapt and hit him back tenfold. Someone should have warned her not to mess with an Nman. The Athlete is book #8 in Elin Peer’s highly praised series Men of the North. Readers call these books “unputdownable” because of the sharp dialogue, fast pace, and depths of the characters. If you like strong women, alpha males, and a roller-coaster ride of emotions, then this romantic sci-fi is a safe pick for you. Buy it on pre-sale today and have it delivered straight to your Kindle on release day, November 20th 2018.

30 review for The Athlete

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    I am only rating this book this high because of Emanuela. I loved her as a heroine. I have disliked Hunter for a couple of books now but in his own book, his heroine Ema gave him all he could handle. She didn't cut him any slack despite her attraction to him. Ema forced Hunter to deal with many stereotypes he has of women both as athletes and as leaders. She wasn't the stereotypical mothlander as she was combative and blunt in speech. I did like their progression from enemies to lovers. I especial I am only rating this book this high because of Emanuela. I loved her as a heroine. I have disliked Hunter for a couple of books now but in his own book, his heroine Ema gave him all he could handle. She didn't cut him any slack despite her attraction to him. Ema forced Hunter to deal with many stereotypes he has of women both as athletes and as leaders. She wasn't the stereotypical mothlander as she was combative and blunt in speech. I did like their progression from enemies to lovers. I especially loved the author's "reflective" look back and discussion on whales, the man that landed on the moon etc. It's interesting to see how we judge past societies and think about how we will be judged. I don't hate Hunter anymore but he didn't suffer that much. He has his twin back and now his new love Emanuela. All in all, I was satisfied at the end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Penni

    3-1/2 *'s 3-1/2 *'s

  3. 5 out of 5

    ★ Belle The Bibliophile ★

    The heroine’s so annoying I cannot stand her. As someone who is prideful and doesn’t think cheating is above her to get her way, she seeks validation religiously from the Hero (albeit in a subtle way) which makes her a huge contradiction. Her reaction also has me confused. Her fit of jealousy in the beginning when they literally just MET came out of nowhere. I’m putting this on-hold to collect my thoughts. Update: Nevermind. Their first sexual scene sealed it for me. (view spoiler)[ I don’t care The heroine’s so annoying I cannot stand her. As someone who is prideful and doesn’t think cheating is above her to get her way, she seeks validation religiously from the Hero (albeit in a subtle way) which makes her a huge contradiction. Her reaction also has me confused. Her fit of jealousy in the beginning when they literally just MET came out of nowhere. I’m putting this on-hold to collect my thoughts. Update: Nevermind. Their first sexual scene sealed it for me. (view spoiler)[ I don’t care that Hunter knew it was her, I don’t care that he claimed to not feel violated despite her pretending to be a sex bot. Like okay? All of a sudden she what? Felt possessive of him and thought it was okay to barge in and pretended to be a sex bot to stop him from having sex? Yikes? Who do you think you are? What she did was gross. And then when Hunter hinted her about her not getting a consent from him, the only thing she said was, “you could have said no.” I’m just done. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kat Hall

    How do you know you are in love if you have never been in love? If you are raised in a pacifist society where you are to remain calm at all times, how do you determine that the feelings you have are love? And when you have a major fight with that person that has created these new feelings in you, what are you to do? Motlanders are pacifist and NMen are combative. Two very diverse cultures that are trying to integrate. Some Motlanders are not pacifist and remain under the radar in their world. Hu How do you know you are in love if you have never been in love? If you are raised in a pacifist society where you are to remain calm at all times, how do you determine that the feelings you have are love? And when you have a major fight with that person that has created these new feelings in you, what are you to do? Motlanders are pacifist and NMen are combative. Two very diverse cultures that are trying to integrate. Some Motlanders are not pacifist and remain under the radar in their world. Hunter and Emanuela are thrown together against their will. Both are head strong and dominant. He knows what love is and has wanted it since he was 12. Emanuela has never encountered it. Jealousy abounds when Hunter decides he should try one of the sexbots. There is so much sexual tension in this book and the ensuing calamity from it is fabulous. Emanuela doesn't want marriage or children. She only wants her career. What catastrophe does it take to get these two together? Or can they get past their cultures at all? I love reading this series. In today's society, cultures are trying to mesh together all the time and some are able to merge their cultures, while others fail at it. Just like in the future with this series, humans are still trying to find that ideal balance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    George

    The Athlete, by Elin Peer. This is the 8th and most mature novel in the ongoing series Men of the North, by author Elin Peer. In it, the two protagonists--Emanuela, captain of the nearly all-female Motherlands soccer team the Dolphins, and Hunter Hercules, star Northman soccer player--battle it out for personal supremacy. The first half of the book deals with the ever-increasing conflict between the pair, and the efforts of various team coaches and advisors to ameliorate it for the sake of the team The Athlete, by Elin Peer. This is the 8th and most mature novel in the ongoing series Men of the North, by author Elin Peer. In it, the two protagonists--Emanuela, captain of the nearly all-female Motherlands soccer team the Dolphins, and Hunter Hercules, star Northman soccer player--battle it out for personal supremacy. The first half of the book deals with the ever-increasing conflict between the pair, and the efforts of various team coaches and advisors to ameliorate it for the sake of the team. I can just hear the words of former life-coach Elin Peer emerge from the mouth of team psychologist, coach Donna, as she struggles to help the pair come to some amicable arrangement. Some of her suggestions are almost unbearably outrageous, as are the Ten Questions about very intimate personal matters the pair are called upon to answer. Along the way we are treated to some very deep philosophical discussions about gender, sex, violence, forgiveness, and how to change fixed cultural attitudes that block the way to friendship and understanding. Yet these discussions are never sermons. They emerge from the mouths of various characters who interact with the conflicted pair. Thus, the novel becomes almost a guidebook to personal relationships and how to affect them. Yet it never preaches. It whispers, coaxes, suggests, yet leaves you questioning your own beliefs. As such, it is almost as if Peer has created a new genre of romantic literature. It is vastly different from traditional romance writing, yet at its heart are still romantic relationships. The conflict becomes so strenuous that you begin to wonder if the pair will ever overcome their hostility towards each other. Some of their verbal exchanges are so toxic you wonder if they can ever be forgiven. Yet slowly, gradually, the pair come to realize they have deep feelings for one another and the hostility begins to abate. So many of Peer's characters contribute to this change. There is Jonah, Ema's brother, the first elected male councilor on the Motherland ruling council. Willow, Hunter's twin sister, from whom he has been estranged by her affair with Solo, her childhood sweetheart. As well there is a cast of characters we have met in other books in the series--Mila, Leo, Raven, Zasquash, Magni, Khan, Pearl. As a footnote, I must comment on the fact that many of the characters in these stories own pets, and that some of these pets die. If you have ever owned a pet that has come to the end of its life you will know the deep sadness that can overwhelm you, the owner. Peer slips such moments into her writing in such a way that they emphasize the action of the story. This is so cleverly done that they give the reader that real burst of pain that accompanies the death of a loved one. Pure genius writing. I simply don't know how Elin keeps it all together, and continues to weave one of the most amazing series I have ever read. I take my hat off to this woman who has not only created a new type of romance, but also created a series of great love stories with characters that are unforgettable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicki White

    Elin Peer has not only used her creative juices to give the readers what they wanted but she also managed to excel in her own work. I didn’t think that it was possible for the series to keep on improving, but nothing is slower her down and The Athlete, book 8 of the men of the north series will not disappoint. Dare I say that it is by far my favorite of the series. While I was sure that it would follow the usual path that I’ve come to adore enjoy of opposites attract, Hunter and Emanuela’s start s Elin Peer has not only used her creative juices to give the readers what they wanted but she also managed to excel in her own work. I didn’t think that it was possible for the series to keep on improving, but nothing is slower her down and The Athlete, book 8 of the men of the north series will not disappoint. Dare I say that it is by far my favorite of the series. While I was sure that it would follow the usual path that I’ve come to adore enjoy of opposites attract, Hunter and Emanuela’s start seems that way. The more the story developed the more you saw that this is not the case with Book 8. I enjoyed the added touches of a reminder that this takes place in the future with the theme park and the mentions of technological breakthroughs from our former cast member Shelly of The Genius (Men of the North, Book 6) With The Athlete have the very common sport (soccer) being a major role in the novel I was interestedly see how both sides of the border would treat the sport and was pleased with both ways repressing the nation they played for. The chemistry between our main characters was spot on. The banter and confusion they faced kept me laughing but also gave me an overall feeling satisfied and in awe. To read more reviews check out www.shealwaysreads.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jelena

    It is fabulous book and story is beautiful written and has your attention whole time.Characters are perfect and energy between them is cracking and hypnotic witch is the reason why you must read it.Whole series is great and every story is better than previous. Excellent work Elin and just go like that...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amyiw

    4 1/2 This was a surprise as Hunter wasn't my favorite though he is pretty good here. So Emanuela is more like a nWoman than the nWomen. Part of that is from her family and her brothers. I really liked this dynamic as it was so different and showed that there are people that were bucking the stifling system of the Motland. The chemistry of banging heads for the two and how it attracted Hunter, her feistynes, was great. The biggest issue I had was the (view spoiler)["murder of the cougar" how rid 4 1/2 This was a surprise as Hunter wasn't my favorite though he is pretty good here. So Emanuela is more like a nWoman than the nWomen. Part of that is from her family and her brothers. I really liked this dynamic as it was so different and showed that there are people that were bucking the stifling system of the Motland. The chemistry of banging heads for the two and how it attracted Hunter, her feistynes, was great. The biggest issue I had was the (view spoiler)["murder of the cougar" how ridiculous. Self defense isn't even murder in the human sense. (hide spoiler)] and that didn't take away from the couple.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Tuesday

    I'd highly recommend this installment of the Men of the North Series it's everything you've come to expect from the series but without making you feel like the story's already been told. These stories just keep getting better! I can't wait for the next one. As always this book can be read as a stand-alone but it's recommended that you read the rest of the series to get a background on the characters. Hunter is sent as a PR stunt to play soccer in the Motherlands. Not only is there a massive cultu I'd highly recommend this installment of the Men of the North Series it's everything you've come to expect from the series but without making you feel like the story's already been told. These stories just keep getting better! I can't wait for the next one. As always this book can be read as a stand-alone but it's recommended that you read the rest of the series to get a background on the characters. Hunter is sent as a PR stunt to play soccer in the Motherlands. Not only is there a massive cultural difference but they even play the sport differently. Luckily (or unluckily in his opinion) the team captain Emenuela is there to show him the way whether he wants to see it or not. This book is a play on the classic enemies to friends to lovers theme, even though you know where it's going you're excited to see how it all plays out. While there is a ton of culture clashing it was nice to see another side to the Motlanders. In previous books we are lead to believe they are all overly polite. Emanuela and her family are a little rough around the edges and it definitely helps make Hunter more comfortable. Emanuela is a great character she's seen as flawed by her friends and her employers but yet she's one hundred percent perfect for Hunter. All the things that she has to work on are things that make her relatable to Hunter. We also got to see Willow and Solos wedding. In attendance were all of our favorite characters. We also got to have a touching moment between Hunter and Willow. This book seems to give us a little bit of set up for future books showing us how each of the kids is doing as well as introducing us to our first male council member! Fingers crossed Jonah gets his own book. I love how much detail and thought is put in to secondary characters whether they're getting their own book or they previously had a book they aren't just a blip on the radar they have personalities that shine and storylines that you want to find out what happens with. Overall 5-star read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Douglas

    I am a fan of the Men of the North books and always look forward to the next one. This one was no exception, because Hunter was kind of a dick in The Dancer. He had is reasons and I understood them, and I knew Elin would pull him through. I was right! The heroine was a little difficult to like at first--and I say this only to encourage readers to stick with her through the book. She's kind of an anomaly for women in the Motherlands, and she really doesn't have any tools for being different. Meeti I am a fan of the Men of the North books and always look forward to the next one. This one was no exception, because Hunter was kind of a dick in The Dancer. He had is reasons and I understood them, and I knew Elin would pull him through. I was right! The heroine was a little difficult to like at first--and I say this only to encourage readers to stick with her through the book. She's kind of an anomaly for women in the Motherlands, and she really doesn't have any tools for being different. Meeting Hunter helps her there. I loved the seeing former characters again, seeing the very different lifestyle of Emanuela's family, and how meeting the Nmen and seeing the Northlands gave her a whole new perspective. Hunter was a tough nut to crack, based on the way he was raised and his past experiences, and this story worked perfectly for them both! Absolutely recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    I enjoyed this book. I’ll admit reading about Emanuela and her attitude was interesting, but a nice change of pace from other leadin ladies who are very predictable. I read about 13 books a month on average and that doesn’t include the books that I tods because the first 20 pages are boring as sin. So it was a quick enough paced book that kept my interest and I enjoy this series I’m looking forward to the last two books and to see what else the author has in store. Also, thank you thank you for I enjoyed this book. I’ll admit reading about Emanuela and her attitude was interesting, but a nice change of pace from other leadin ladies who are very predictable. I read about 13 books a month on average and that doesn’t include the books that I tods because the first 20 pages are boring as sin. So it was a quick enough paced book that kept my interest and I enjoy this series I’m looking forward to the last two books and to see what else the author has in store. Also, thank you thank you for reading through your publish before submitting it to amazon. Soo many books have grammatical, spelling or confuse characters names or say he instead of she in the books on kindle that it is frustrating. Thank you for not being one of them!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    This is book 8 of the series. This is a fantastic series by the way. This book is absolutely fabulous. I loved the sass and bantering between Ema and Hunter. I loved that at times Hunter is left speechless and Ema isn't afraid to say the things needed to do that to him. Their chemistry is blistering hot. I really enjoyed how their relationship and love evolve throughout this story. The emotions were intense. I did not want to put it down. A must read! Get your copy and see what I am talking abou This is book 8 of the series. This is a fantastic series by the way. This book is absolutely fabulous. I loved the sass and bantering between Ema and Hunter. I loved that at times Hunter is left speechless and Ema isn't afraid to say the things needed to do that to him. Their chemistry is blistering hot. I really enjoyed how their relationship and love evolve throughout this story. The emotions were intense. I did not want to put it down. A must read! Get your copy and see what I am talking about. I am voluntarily leaving my review after reading a free copy of the book through bookfunnel and I bought it! I can not wait for the next book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    He just wanted the woman he was with to love him. He didn't want to try out multiple partners, he was afraid if he slept with a woman he might mix up lust with love and be hurt again. He didn't understand or condone the free love attitude of the Motlanders, or their sex houses. Hunter had a different way of thinking about sex than most of his friends but he was okay with that. Being in the Motlanders world playing soccer meant he had to deal with their way of things and it's hilarious watching h He just wanted the woman he was with to love him. He didn't want to try out multiple partners, he was afraid if he slept with a woman he might mix up lust with love and be hurt again. He didn't understand or condone the free love attitude of the Motlanders, or their sex houses. Hunter had a different way of thinking about sex than most of his friends but he was okay with that. Being in the Motlanders world playing soccer meant he had to deal with their way of things and it's hilarious watching him cringe and deal with them thinking his not showering with them has to be due to his "deformed" cock. Ema is perfect for this nman and pushes all of his buttons, but he has as much fun pushing hers. This is different than the other books but also the same. It's fun seeing how these nmen and momsies will shock while educating each other. This series is awesome and so is the author. Growing with the emotionally challenged, protective, infuriatingly all male nmen and the (I don't even know how to describe them) momsies is sometimes painful but always fun. Each story is different. Each character special. Each book better than the last. This is the series to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brianne

    This is hands down one of the best series I've ever read!! Each book gets better and better, the situations and characters are dynamic and sexy. Hunter has moved to the Motherlands to play Soccer. Ema is the team Captain, and they immediately are at odds with each other because of their strong personalities. When their passion for the game turns into passion for each other, they have to decide what's really important. Fantastic writing, the characters will draw you in immediately. I love this se This is hands down one of the best series I've ever read!! Each book gets better and better, the situations and characters are dynamic and sexy. Hunter has moved to the Motherlands to play Soccer. Ema is the team Captain, and they immediately are at odds with each other because of their strong personalities. When their passion for the game turns into passion for each other, they have to decide what's really important. Fantastic writing, the characters will draw you in immediately. I love this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marianne W

    Finished with "The Athlete", and like the 7 other books, it also caught me. The whole ping pong between Hunter and Ema is so amazingly written that once you start the book, you do not want to put it back again. The way in which Elin Peer writes is in every way catchy, and that she is able to bring the previous people together makes you still hear how it goes with them. I can hardly wait until the next book "The Fighter" is released. I can only recommend this series. Finished with "The Athlete", and like the 7 other books, it also caught me. The whole ping pong between Hunter and Ema is so amazingly written that once you start the book, you do not want to put it back again. The way in which Elin Peer writes is in every way catchy, and that she is able to bring the previous people together makes you still hear how it goes with them. I can hardly wait until the next book "The Fighter" is released. I can only recommend this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Masja

    A classic enemies to lovers setting. But what a ride! Just had to keep reading. Ms Peer has done it again! Love this series!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    This is the 8th book in a series of 10 and I have enjoyed reading all the books so far and can't wait til I see what the last 2 will bring This is the 8th book in a series of 10 and I have enjoyed reading all the books so far and can't wait til I see what the last 2 will bring

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Morris

    I have read the entire Men of the North series by Elin Peer and I have to say this is probably the best one yet. Elin’s writing continues to develop and grow, and it is so much fun to read. I’ve loved all the characters in this series but Emanuela is possibly my favorite. She is so strong and she seems so real. I loved that she didn’t fit any mold for what Motlanders we’re supposed to be. She is different and she is comfortable in her own skin. It’s such a refreshing turn for me. Emma still had I have read the entire Men of the North series by Elin Peer and I have to say this is probably the best one yet. Elin’s writing continues to develop and grow, and it is so much fun to read. I’ve loved all the characters in this series but Emanuela is possibly my favorite. She is so strong and she seems so real. I loved that she didn’t fit any mold for what Motlanders we’re supposed to be. She is different and she is comfortable in her own skin. It’s such a refreshing turn for me. Emma still had insecurities and she still overreacted to things, but that’s what made her so likable! Hunter is younger, but he was still a wonderful Hero. He was stubborn and head strong, but his personal growth was wonderful to experience. I loved see how much has changed from the first book until this one, how much growth and evolution has happened to both countries. I am already dying to read Ravens book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    The start of this one was a bit rocky for me. The constant bickering got old really fast. I never really warmed up to Emanuela, often times she came off as a shrew. Hunter wasn't much better, with his thinking his way was the only right way, which is a Nmen thing, but still bugged me. Things got slightly better during Willow and Solo's wedding. I liked how Emanuela and Jonah were able to see life in the Northlands. By the end of the book I was glad to be done with the book. I find myself intrigu The start of this one was a bit rocky for me. The constant bickering got old really fast. I never really warmed up to Emanuela, often times she came off as a shrew. Hunter wasn't much better, with his thinking his way was the only right way, which is a Nmen thing, but still bugged me. Things got slightly better during Willow and Solo's wedding. I liked how Emanuela and Jonah were able to see life in the Northlands. By the end of the book I was glad to be done with the book. I find myself intrigued by the next books, wonder if I'm right on the pairings, Raven and Leo and Mila and Jonah. Both would bring lots of issues to read about. On a side note I loved the idea of the amusement park showing different periods of life in the past. I think it would be fun to go there.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jean Wilde

    This was fun! This enemies-to-lovers tale of 2 highly competitive and mouthy soccer players was funny and entertaining. Hunter and Emmanuella were both likeable and their romance was adorable. I really liked the sex club scene too, it was a new twist.

  21. 4 out of 5

    D. Thornton

    Once again, Elin Peer has outdone herself. This book is now tied with The Genius for my favorite from the series. I am enamored with both Hunter and Emanuela. In The Dancer, Hunter was left as the token of peace offered by the Northlands, and him suffering the emotional betrayal by Willow, Hunter has a hard time coming to terms with the shock of Willow “choosing” Solomon over him. He feels abandoned and alone when he starts his time playing with the Dolphins and his defenses are in overdrive. He Once again, Elin Peer has outdone herself. This book is now tied with The Genius for my favorite from the series. I am enamored with both Hunter and Emanuela. In The Dancer, Hunter was left as the token of peace offered by the Northlands, and him suffering the emotional betrayal by Willow, Hunter has a hard time coming to terms with the shock of Willow “choosing” Solomon over him. He feels abandoned and alone when he starts his time playing with the Dolphins and his defenses are in overdrive. He also suffers from the same uncomfortable affliction that every other Nman does: being around women. Throughout the book, Hunter tries to justify his defense against Emanuela because of her actions instead of admitting that he is picking fights with her because he is trying to run away from his own feelings. Not only does he have these reactions to Ema, he has to negotiate his way around other pitfalls like dodging women who are only interested in a physical relationship and interacting with his female teammates. By the time Hunter returns to the Northlands to visit Willow, he has done some soul searching and some rationalization that helps smooth his interactions out with Solomon and Emanuela. His growth is amazing in the book, and I think that’s in large part due to him being confronted with different opinions from Motlanders, especially ones who question his methods, like Jonah. Emanuela is one of the most relatable people in the entire series. While she is a Motlander, and a strong female lead, she also has many of the same pitfalls that the Nmen suffer from. She KNOWS what is expected of her, but, she also doubts herself when she is around Hunter. I'm reluctant to state that this is a love-at-first-sight or that it is enemies-to-lovers type deal. I think Elin did a great job of making Emanuela curious and rough around the edges to make her the perfect fit for Hunter; she is strong and opinionated and challenges Hunter, but is soft enough to get him to let his guard down. She also seems to be the most strong personality of her siblings as well, which I think helps develop the relationship between her and Hunter. One of the best parts about this book in the series is that you get to experience more of the Motherlands than you do in either The Mentor, The Seducer, or The Warrior. I'm glad to see that the world-building continues in this book, and all the other characters that you're introduced to in the other books are still impacting the main story lines of each book. I also love that there isn't a clear dynamic between the old-guard (Boulder/Christina, Khan/Pearl, Archer/Kya, Finn/Athena, Magni/Laura) and the new-guard (Marco/Shelly, Solo/Willow, Hunter/Emanuela, Leo/Raven, [Unnamed guy, probably (view spoiler)[Jonah (hide spoiler)] ]/Mila). By far this book is tied for my favorite in the series. I can't wait for the next books. I will also be sad to see the stories end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Louise H - ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

    When opposites meet and find that they aren't as different as they first thought Whilst the Men of the North Books can all be read stand alone, I do think that having read at least the first few books of the series would really improve your enjoyment of this book. The Athlete is Hunter's story, he was one of the young male Nmen who attended the first cross-border school. The series, if you don't know it, is set in a dystopian future and much of the background to the world is contained in the firs When opposites meet and find that they aren't as different as they first thought Whilst the Men of the North Books can all be read stand alone, I do think that having read at least the first few books of the series would really improve your enjoyment of this book. The Athlete is Hunter's story, he was one of the young male Nmen who attended the first cross-border school. The series, if you don't know it, is set in a dystopian future and much of the background to the world is contained in the first couple of books of the series. I have read and loved every book I have read by this author, her characters have depth and personality and their emotions become your emotions. Hunter and Emanuela's story didn't disappoint, and there were plenty of little twists to the tale to make it feel fresh and original. I loved how atypical a Motlander Emanuela was, it was also quite funny that she didn't appreciate the boot being on the other foot! She was so very much more used to being the one causing, rather than taking, offence. I didn't feel quite as much of a connection to Ema as I did to Hunter, but this was because of the paradoxical nature of who was more in touch with their feelings and emotions. It really brought a different feel to both the book AND the series, I love how it's constantly evolving and doesn't get stale or same old, same old. Hunter quite simply made me melt. Who knew he had such a soft heart and caring nature under all that rugged manly Nman-ness? He totally made this book for me, he was swoony, sexy, alpha, caring and sweet all wrapped up in one gorgeous package. Oh the subtle changes that attending the mixed school has had. Jonah, Ema's brother, really brought something special to the story too. I loved his scenes with Mila, so cute and funny. Best of all was his 'chat' with Hunter and Solo at the wedding. Wise words and advice we could all follow! There were some wonderful glimpses of 'friends' from previous books and hints at future pairings. I am so looking forward to how THOSE stories play out. I really don't know how she does it, but this is yet another amazing book by Elin Peer.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Roach

    Ok, Trying for no spoilers here, I’m going to simply say it was better than I expected....I know, I know, how can I merely say that when I gave 5 stars? Well, think about it-as a series keeps going you think the formula will get old and tired-SURPRISE! It was really good and the turns in the story were not always visible. Hunter, a soccer player in the Northlands goes to the Motherlands to play on a professional team with a combo of men and women. There are very few women in the Northlands and me Ok, Trying for no spoilers here, I’m going to simply say it was better than I expected....I know, I know, how can I merely say that when I gave 5 stars? Well, think about it-as a series keeps going you think the formula will get old and tired-SURPRISE! It was really good and the turns in the story were not always visible. Hunter, a soccer player in the Northlands goes to the Motherlands to play on a professional team with a combo of men and women. There are very few women in the Northlands and men can’t even touch women without a death sentence so poor Hunter is basically screwed. The captain of the team in the Motherlands is Emanuela and she’s pissed because he thinks he’s too good for her team. Of course they argue and end up sentenced to rooming together. The push and pull of he pair is quite funny and her family almost hijack the story at one point which was truly interesting and of course there’s a love story in the end. I think Emanuela’s family could have at least one book to themselves! They paint a picture about how not all of the folks in the Motherlands are all one dimensional characters. I will say I wasn’t enthusiastic about this addition to the series but once I started the insults between the two soccer stars was major foreplay and made me more interested by the page!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Another winner in Peer's Men of the North series! This book continues the theme of all the books in the series - equality for the sexes. Only this time it's played out on a soccer field. Emanuela is the outstanding soccer player and captain of the soccer team in the south of the future, where women rule. The books in the series have led to the point where the north (where men rule) is invited to send their best soccer player (Hunter Hercules) to play for the south in an attempt to encourage more Another winner in Peer's Men of the North series! This book continues the theme of all the books in the series - equality for the sexes. Only this time it's played out on a soccer field. Emanuela is the outstanding soccer player and captain of the soccer team in the south of the future, where women rule. The books in the series have led to the point where the north (where men rule) is invited to send their best soccer player (Hunter Hercules) to play for the south in an attempt to encourage more cooperation between the northern and southern areas. Emanuela and Hunter are both strong in personality and immediately begin by irritating each other. As in many romances, irritation can turn into true love and lead to an HEA, but the differences between these two are great. The team psychologist has them share an apartment (and a bed) to help them learn to "behave" with each other, giving their team a better chance of winning games, led by these two super soccer players. It is very interesting to see how this all works out especially when they both have to attend the wedding of two characters from a previous book in the series. I highly recommend the whole series to those who like dealing with philosophical issues (such as gender equality) while reading a great romance story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna Wilson

    I found this instalment to be truer to our current pollical clement. Words misunderstood are painful and old hurt feelings that resurface hurt even more. This book could be used as a not what to do educational book. 5 stars Elin Peer wrote a fantastic book of one who is a part of a culture but must find ways to live in a new culture, absorb it yet remain true to thy self while learning to respect others unlike ourselves. That’s a lot in one sentence, but it is what I felt. Learning to live in ano I found this instalment to be truer to our current pollical clement. Words misunderstood are painful and old hurt feelings that resurface hurt even more. This book could be used as a not what to do educational book. 5 stars Elin Peer wrote a fantastic book of one who is a part of a culture but must find ways to live in a new culture, absorb it yet remain true to thy self while learning to respect others unlike ourselves. That’s a lot in one sentence, but it is what I felt. Learning to live in another country with traditions that are totally opposite you own. Alone from family and friends. A few friends are there, but it not like you see them all the time. I cried while reading this book many times. I felt sorry for our hero, Hunter who only wanted to love one person, marry that person, have a family and live forever after and play soccer of course. He has been a war with his sister’s lover, husband Solo ever since they were teenagers. He’s angry at the leaders of the Northlands for putting him in the situation of having to play soccer for a Motherland team. Elin Peer you have another hit on your hands and I am glad to have read it. It is an honor to be a member of this ARC group

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terry Sasada

    This is the eighth book in the Men of the North series, and I highly recommend you start at book one. You will not be dissappointed. This is the future that Elin Peer has set, and it makes so much sense that you fall into the series and the reality of her stories. This is Hunter and Emanuela's story. Both the best soccer players on their side of the wall. Hunter is a Northmen, his version is a contact sport and anything to win. But now he is sent to the Motherland, a female dominate society to p This is the eighth book in the Men of the North series, and I highly recommend you start at book one. You will not be dissappointed. This is the future that Elin Peer has set, and it makes so much sense that you fall into the series and the reality of her stories. This is Hunter and Emanuela's story. Both the best soccer players on their side of the wall. Hunter is a Northmen, his version is a contact sport and anything to win. But now he is sent to the Motherland, a female dominate society to play for one of their teams, and Ema is the team captain. Hunter is not happy, but Ema is not a normal motlander, she is fierce, speaks her mind and can give as good as she gets. Hunter loves it but he will not let her know it. I love this series, watching the Northmen trying to change, even a little, to be accepted by their women from the Motherland as they fall in love. Hunter has so much anger in his past and he is given the chance to fix it with Ema by his side. This book also brings back all our favorite men and women and a wedding. But Ema and her family has secrets and she finds she must trust Hunter. They both have obsticals to evercome for their relationship to work, but they will make it work. Such an amazing series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Reva Parks

    Hercules, star of Soccer in the Northlands, has been ordered to play in the Motherlands as part of a culture exchange. But how can the rough and tumble Nman, who has grown up understanding touching a woman means death, possibly play on a mixed team? where you can't advance on an opponent during the first five seconds while they show off their moves? With the help of his female captain, Emanuela, the aggrivation that she is, he agrees to be roommate with in order to become more used to physicalit Hercules, star of Soccer in the Northlands, has been ordered to play in the Motherlands as part of a culture exchange. But how can the rough and tumble Nman, who has grown up understanding touching a woman means death, possibly play on a mixed team? where you can't advance on an opponent during the first five seconds while they show off their moves? With the help of his female captain, Emanuela, the aggrivation that she is, he agrees to be roommate with in order to become more used to physicality with females. As much as he hates her, he trusts her mouth, always speaking truth right out, not edited for overt politeness. Hercules will find out her secrets-her family life that made her that way. And what will Emanuela and her brother, first male elected to the Motland Council, think about Hercules' homeland when he takes them to his twin sister's wedding-something they don't believe in? The constant challenges in these stories of Hercules and his friends make this a book not to be missed!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Hunter's story. And what a good story it is. Of course all of Elin Peer's stories are good. These Men of the North books have surpassed what I was expecting. Again, of course Elin Peer's books all seem to surpass my expectations. I was drawn to Hunter many books ago when we were first introduced to him. I was excited to finally get to read his story and see him get his happily ever after. All of these books are stand alone stories, but it is best to read them in order to avoid spoilers. And trus Hunter's story. And what a good story it is. Of course all of Elin Peer's stories are good. These Men of the North books have surpassed what I was expecting. Again, of course Elin Peer's books all seem to surpass my expectations. I was drawn to Hunter many books ago when we were first introduced to him. I was excited to finally get to read his story and see him get his happily ever after. All of these books are stand alone stories, but it is best to read them in order to avoid spoilers. And trust me, you will not regret reading any of Ms. Peer's books. I know...I know. I sound like a total fan girl, but I guess I will have to admit that I am a fan girl! I feel fortunate to have discovered her books with her first series (The Slave Series) and have followed her ever since. It is wonderful to see her finally get the recognition that she so deserves. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lupe McClan

    ~…it takes a fierce woman to be with a strong Nman… ~ This story picks up before Solo & Willow’s wedding, when Hunter is sent to the Motherlands to be on the Dolphins Soccer mixed team as part of a cultural exchange. Hunter, an athletic celebrity in the North, has to adjust to the new team & new team captain, Emanuela. With all of “be nice” rules of the Motherlands, as well as the differences in the way that soccer is played in front of the fans, not to mention the whole coed shower room deal aft ~…it takes a fierce woman to be with a strong Nman… ~ This story picks up before Solo & Willow’s wedding, when Hunter is sent to the Motherlands to be on the Dolphins Soccer mixed team as part of a cultural exchange. Hunter, an athletic celebrity in the North, has to adjust to the new team & new team captain, Emanuela. With all of “be nice” rules of the Motherlands, as well as the differences in the way that soccer is played in front of the fans, not to mention the whole coed shower room deal after games, Hunter really has his hands full with his new life as a Dolphin teammate! As you get into the story you learn more about Emanuela’s family & their entertainment enterprises. There’s much great entertaining interaction between Hunter & Ema and new characters in this book, as well as cameos from beloved characters from prior books that it’s hard to think there’s only 2 more books in this series! This is an excellent addition to this series! Must read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andi Harris

    What does a real man really need … someone who challenges him Every time I read one of Peer’s Men of the North Books, I can’t put it down. 8 books in to this ongoing series, there are still characters I can’t wait to know more about, the themes of this dystopian alternative future world remain consistent, but don’t grow stale. It never feels like she is rehashing the same story, it’s always interesting new perspectives on their societal norms. In this story we start with a classic love hate trope What does a real man really need … someone who challenges him Every time I read one of Peer’s Men of the North Books, I can’t put it down. 8 books in to this ongoing series, there are still characters I can’t wait to know more about, the themes of this dystopian alternative future world remain consistent, but don’t grow stale. It never feels like she is rehashing the same story, it’s always interesting new perspectives on their societal norms. In this story we start with a classic love hate trope, but really its much deeper than that. Hunter, much to his surprise, doesn’t really hate Emanuela, he finds her refreshing and challenging. Meanwhile Emanuela is having trouble really figuring Hunter out. He isn’t what she was expecting, and she can’t believe that she might be falling for him. She’s pretty sure he hates he, and he’s pretty sure she’d never be interested in someone like him. Somewhere along the way can they stop fighting long enough to figure it out?

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