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After a rocky start, Savannah Wells finally has everything she wants in life: family, friends, a cat, and her ice hockey team. If she could only convince her mother to stop setting her up on increasingly awkward blind dates, life would be perfect. Professional photographer Madison Scott isn’t going to settle for less than the happily ever after she reads about in romance no After a rocky start, Savannah Wells finally has everything she wants in life: family, friends, a cat, and her ice hockey team. If she could only convince her mother to stop setting her up on increasingly awkward blind dates, life would be perfect. Professional photographer Madison Scott isn’t going to settle for less than the happily ever after she reads about in romance novels. But her new next-door neighbor is sexy as hell, so when Savannah suggests a fake relationship in hopes of getting her mother to stop interfering in her private life, Maddie’s all in. When fake dating, fake kissing, and forced proximity start to feel a lot like falling in love, Savannah and Madison will need to face off and decide if exchanging pretend for reality is really possible.


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After a rocky start, Savannah Wells finally has everything she wants in life: family, friends, a cat, and her ice hockey team. If she could only convince her mother to stop setting her up on increasingly awkward blind dates, life would be perfect. Professional photographer Madison Scott isn’t going to settle for less than the happily ever after she reads about in romance no After a rocky start, Savannah Wells finally has everything she wants in life: family, friends, a cat, and her ice hockey team. If she could only convince her mother to stop setting her up on increasingly awkward blind dates, life would be perfect. Professional photographer Madison Scott isn’t going to settle for less than the happily ever after she reads about in romance novels. But her new next-door neighbor is sexy as hell, so when Savannah suggests a fake relationship in hopes of getting her mother to stop interfering in her private life, Maddie’s all in. When fake dating, fake kissing, and forced proximity start to feel a lot like falling in love, Savannah and Madison will need to face off and decide if exchanging pretend for reality is really possible.

30 review for Face Off

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corporate Slave

    Let’s just say this book was not for me. While I appreciate the author’s writing style, the storyline was not believable from the start and I think this is the reason why I couldn’t connect to the MCs. I did really like the idea of the book and I thought it could’ve been a great one. I just questioned so many things that happened starting with the fact that the first time the MCs meet is when one of them moves next door to the other and knocks on the door to ask to have a shower ! I personally h Let’s just say this book was not for me. While I appreciate the author’s writing style, the storyline was not believable from the start and I think this is the reason why I couldn’t connect to the MCs. I did really like the idea of the book and I thought it could’ve been a great one. I just questioned so many things that happened starting with the fact that the first time the MCs meet is when one of them moves next door to the other and knocks on the door to ask to have a shower ! I personally have not ever seen or heard anyone do that in real life. After the shower was done, she borrows clothes because her clothes are still packed in boxes. The story did get more entertaining after that I have to say, and I did like the supporting characters and dialogues. I’m not a big fan of hockey but I would’ve liked to see more of the team/sports side of this read. But it also didn’t bother me that it didn’t play a big in the plot. My rating is a 2.5. “I received an ARC for an honest review.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joc

    This is a lovely quick read with a fast pace, perfect for when your life is just too busy. Savannah, hockey player and vet finds her new neighbour very attractive. Turns out that Madison is the wedding photographer for one of Savannahs friends as well the photographer on contract for the ice hockey team. Savannah is very wary of relationships and Madison thinks she has finally escaped her ex. With a fake relationship trope mixed in and a little bit of tug of war, this is quite engaging. I thought This is a lovely quick read with a fast pace, perfect for when your life is just too busy. Savannah, hockey player and vet finds her new neighbour very attractive. Turns out that Madison is the wedding photographer for one of Savannahs friends as well the photographer on contract for the ice hockey team. Savannah is very wary of relationships and Madison thinks she has finally escaped her ex. With a fake relationship trope mixed in and a little bit of tug of war, this is quite engaging. I thought it was a little short with not enough character development and it didn’t help that there were a couple of occasions where the characters’ names were mixed up (which I’m sure will be fixed in the final edition). I enjoy Trebelhorn’s writing and while this isn’t my favourite, it’s still fun. Book received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tere

    Savannah Wells is a veterinarian and semiprofessional hockey player. She was scared by her only relationship in college and since has been a player and on her own. Maddie Scott is the new next door neighbor and new photographer for the town’s women hockey team. They fake a relationship to get Savannah’s mother to quit setting her up with awful women and find love in the process. I grabbed this book since it had the fake relationship trope. Okay, so the main’s first meeting was silly. Who goes to Savannah Wells is a veterinarian and semiprofessional hockey player. She was scared by her only relationship in college and since has been a player and on her own. Maddie Scott is the new next door neighbor and new photographer for the town’s women hockey team. They fake a relationship to get Savannah’s mother to quit setting her up with awful women and find love in the process. I grabbed this book since it had the fake relationship trope. Okay, so the main’s first meeting was silly. Who goes to the new neighbor’s house and asks to use the shower and borrow clothes? And she was planning on going to sister’s house anyway. Wouldn’t you just go to your sisters and shower there? I was warned about this but hey, the fake relationship was the trade. So the first problem was that it did not feel like a fake relationship at all. What do you have when no one is forced into a fake relationship? Yep, a good old fashion relationship. Maddie comes up with pretending to be the fake girlfriend when she gets absolutely nothing out of it. They are both attracted to each other. There are no current pressures to prevent them from getting together. So there is some weak drama thrown in to move the story along. Instead of forcing the characters to find ways to need to be seen together, the author actually points out they spend 95% of the time alone. Again, the author just negated the point of the trope. Notice how I said veterinarian and hockey player on the summary. Well, it should be hockey and then, on her time off, veterinarian. This one hit a nerve with me and for her sake, I hope veterinary medicine is her true passion, because it is a tough profession as it is. Seems like a far fetched thought to go through all that to not be the main love in her life, and unbelievable that she finished veterinary school as a full time hockey player. And veterinary medicine had absolutely nothing to do with the story, making it seem like a cute fact thrown in. I did like that Savannah’s parents were a same sex couple. Although it was awkward that Savannah called them by their first names to avoid confusion. Huh? My daughter pointed out to me she asked for mamma, not mami when she was two years old. It is not that difficult to distinguish parents. There was some hockey action that was entertaining. There was also good chemistry between the mains, but at the same time the relationship didn’t seem to develop. The story would jump weeks with author saying mains spend almost every evening together but there were no actual significant moments described to help us see how they fell in love. It was a missed opportunity by the author. Overall, a frustrating read with characters I could not fully connect with. 2.5 stars ARC generously provided to me by BSB via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I was really looking forward to this read, being a huge sports fan and a fake relationship fan, but something about this book just didn't' work for me. Although this isn't really flagged as a series, it's really set in the same universe as Trebelhorn's book On the Fly. I'm usually a stickler for reading books in order, but I didn't get the chance to read On the Fly, and it didn't matter one bit for my enjoyment of this story. Yes, there's cameos and references to characters from OTF, but this sto I was really looking forward to this read, being a huge sports fan and a fake relationship fan, but something about this book just didn't' work for me. Although this isn't really flagged as a series, it's really set in the same universe as Trebelhorn's book On the Fly. I'm usually a stickler for reading books in order, but I didn't get the chance to read On the Fly, and it didn't matter one bit for my enjoyment of this story. Yes, there's cameos and references to characters from OTF, but this story is a complete standalone novel all by itself. As the blurb shows, this book features hockey player Savannah and her new next door neighbor Maddie. For some odd reason, they decide to fake date, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around exactly why this had to be done. Yes, it's explained, but I really didn't see the point. The relationship itself doesn't' move too fast, covering what I think I remember as around 6 months or so, but the book felt too quick. It felt like it really lacked character development and was actually way too short. Overall, this was a very quick read for me and I think that Trebelhorn should have added in more pages just for more character development because this felt lacking. Overall, it's not a bad book, it just left me with the feeling that it could have been so much more. 3.25 stars. **Many thanks to Bold Strokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heinerway

    This book was... well, nothing to write home about. The MCs were attracted from the very beginning and (almost) nothing happened in the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Corgel

    I say this as a fan of hockey: this was just okay. I loved the sports aspect of this, especially with pro women's hockey inching its way up in the USA, but the romance felt a little off for me. I think its because it was obvious that Savannah and Madison have the case of instant attraction, and simply used the guise of fake dating to for real date, but they were both too oblivious to realize it. Then there were a couple of conflicts that didn't seem to go anywhere, and only flared up when the pl I say this as a fan of hockey: this was just okay. I loved the sports aspect of this, especially with pro women's hockey inching its way up in the USA, but the romance felt a little off for me. I think its because it was obvious that Savannah and Madison have the case of instant attraction, and simply used the guise of fake dating to for real date, but they were both too oblivious to realize it. Then there were a couple of conflicts that didn't seem to go anywhere, and only flared up when the plot needed drama. But both of them - each to do with one of our leads - could have been really interesting and compelling, but they fizzled out into nothing. Savannah Wells is a semi-pro hockey player who is afraid of committing to a relationship do to a pretty traumatizing breakup a long time ago. But, that seems to all change when Madison moves into the house next door. Madison is trying to move on from a relationship that was incredibly toxic, and is surprised to meet the sweet and attractive Savannah. Savannah is being pressured to find someone to settle down with by one of her moms, so, in order to get her off her back, Savannah and Madison agree to start fake dating. The only problem is that they can't tell where the facade ends and the real feelings begin. So, one of the major things in the book is both characters having to deal with the fallout of bad breakups. Savannah has been harboring hers for years, which is why she thinks she needs to stay single. Madison's breakup was extremely recent and she is wary of having to go back into a relationship with someone who could be a cheater, due to her ex being a manipulative cheater. I really enjoyed this back and forth, because it makes sense for the characters to be wary of new relationships, but I don't think they needed the fake dating thing to make it work. It did provide some weirdness that felt more whiplashy than anything. But I think the two exterior conflicts - potential of Madison's ex to follow her and Savannah's toxic teammate - could have been amazing. Instead they were added on - admittedly with much foreshadowing- at near the 75% mark to add just an extra bit of drama for our leads to 'really' get together. Man, there's so much lost potential here! The chemistry between Savannah and Madison is amazing, and the hockey element felt natural, even if most women don't bother to actually take off their gloves to fight, they just punch each other really hard or try to ragdoll each other. I thought the fake dating was weird when they both so clearly were infatuated with each other (their explosive chemistry right off the bat hurts this plotline I think). And so much missed potential with Madison's ex and the teammate, made for a good, if a little formulaic read. Recommended easy reading with a good hockey element. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jude in the Stars

    This was an okay read that could have been so much better. One of the best parts is the characters, both the MCs and the secondary ones, from Savannah’s two mothers to her best friend Kelly and Maddie’s family. Savannah West is a semipro hockey player and a veterinarian. She’s « perpetually single » and is content with one-night-stands with women she meets clubbing with her teammate and best friend Kelly, an unrepentant flirt. Madison Scott is a photographer who just moved next door to Savannah a This was an okay read that could have been so much better. One of the best parts is the characters, both the MCs and the secondary ones, from Savannah’s two mothers to her best friend Kelly and Maddie’s family. Savannah West is a semipro hockey player and a veterinarian. She’s « perpetually single » and is content with one-night-stands with women she meets clubbing with her teammate and best friend Kelly, an unrepentant flirt. Madison Scott is a photographer who just moved next door to Savannah and has been hired to be the official photographer for the team. After Lisa, one of Savannah’s mothers, tries to set them up, they decide to pretend to be dating so that Lisa will stop her matchmaking and Kelly won’t hit on Maddie (which is probably the less plausible motive for a fake romance I’ve read in a while). The way Maddie and Savannah meet is a bit absurd. Who asks to take a shower at a neighbour’s they’ve never met? Maddie is going to her sister’s, I know all families aren’t close but these sisters are, and she totally could have arrived all sweaty after just moving in, it wouldn’t have been a problem. There are really good things too. I liked that the fake romance plot was more Maddie and Savannah trying to convince themselves it was fake when they were obviously attracted to each other from the start. Later, there’s this moment where their not-fake-anymore relationship is on the verge of breaking up because of Savannah’s issues with trust, and both MCs’ backstories have been skillfully laid out so the situation makes sense and doesn’t seem forced for the sake of angst. The blurb doesn’t mention this, but it seems Face Off is a spin-off of On the Fly, whose main characters, Court and Lana, are getting married in this book. I read it as a standalone and don’t think I missed anything vital, but I’m a bit anal about reading series in order, so I wish I’d known beforehand. Then again, I really don’t think it would have changed anything. I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    CLo

    You could say this is the second book in the hockey series, the first one being On the Fly. On the Fly was pretty good and I really wasn't sure what to expect with this one. In the first one we were introduced to Savannah and Kelly and this book is about Savannah. She gets a new next door neighbor, Maddie, who is gorgeous. As the synopsis says they decide to "date" each other to get Savannah's mom Lisa off her back. Overall, I liked the book for what it gave me. I didn't like the book for what it You could say this is the second book in the hockey series, the first one being On the Fly. On the Fly was pretty good and I really wasn't sure what to expect with this one. In the first one we were introduced to Savannah and Kelly and this book is about Savannah. She gets a new next door neighbor, Maddie, who is gorgeous. As the synopsis says they decide to "date" each other to get Savannah's mom Lisa off her back. Overall, I liked the book for what it gave me. I didn't like the book for what it didn't give me. It just didn't give me enough. It didn't give me enough reason that a stranger would offer or accept a "dating" agreement. It didn't give me enough to believe Savannah would change her "dating" ways. I like how the story moved along over the course of over 6 months or more but I felt that it didn't develop the characters enough for me to care about them. Like I said, I liked it for it gave but it didn't give me enough to really love the book. An easy 3 stars for me. Oh and hockey, unlike the first book, is not a primary thing in this one which is ok but I thought I'd give a heads up. ***An ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review by me.***

  9. 5 out of 5

    MJS

    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a follow-on from On the Fly and features MC Savannah, who is a hockey player/veterinarian and friend of Court from On the Fly. The other MC is Madison, a photographer who has just moved in next door to Savannah. There’s instant attraction between them but Savannah had her heart broken in college and has refused to get involved with anyone since and Madison just got out of a toxic relationship. The two agree to ‘fake date’ to st ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a follow-on from On the Fly and features MC Savannah, who is a hockey player/veterinarian and friend of Court from On the Fly. The other MC is Madison, a photographer who has just moved in next door to Savannah. There’s instant attraction between them but Savannah had her heart broken in college and has refused to get involved with anyone since and Madison just got out of a toxic relationship. The two agree to ‘fake date’ to stop Savannah’s mother from trying to set her up and apart from Court and Lana from the previous book, lie to everyone else about the relationship. There’s plenty of secondary characters, mostly family members of both MCs and some of Savannah’s teammates. Unlike other fauxmances, these two actually like each other and spend time together even when not in the company of people they’re trying to convince. They build a solid friendship before decided to make their fauxmance real. Some of this happens off screen and there’s a good passage of time so it unfolds fairly organically. Court and Lana feature quite a bit, and I enjoyed catching up with them. There’s also some hockey, but it’s not the focus of the story. I did think the last 20% of the story was a bit rushed, so that affected the rating. I didn’t see the point of including Maddie’s ex, it just seemed to be inserted for the sake of some drama, but thankfully didn’t last long. I also felt the HEA was very quick, I was actually surprised when it happened. I assume there will be a third story featuring Savannah’s BFF Kelly, it seemed to be being set up here. This is a fairly sweet romance, and a nice follow up to On the Fly. 3.75 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Fake relationship sometimes tend to be popular when it comes to some lesbian romances and I do secretly enjoy reading them. As I was reading this one, I knew it wasn't going to be one of my top favorites in the fake dating romances because the reasoning for the fake relationship wasn't that great. Despite that, I still liked the cheesiness of it. I did like both Savannah and Madison and there was some chemistry between upon them meeting. Again, this isn't the strongest fake relationship, but I l Fake relationship sometimes tend to be popular when it comes to some lesbian romances and I do secretly enjoy reading them. As I was reading this one, I knew it wasn't going to be one of my top favorites in the fake dating romances because the reasoning for the fake relationship wasn't that great. Despite that, I still liked the cheesiness of it. I did like both Savannah and Madison and there was some chemistry between upon them meeting. Again, this isn't the strongest fake relationship, but I liked that they didn't really dislike each other or that they had to grow on each other. They pretty much knew from the beginning that they would have a hard time keeping their hands off of each other. I do think it started out stronger than it ended. The ending was rushed and maybe an epilogue would have been better in place of the last chapter. 3.5 stars. This ARC was provided by netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosi

    This story is a spin off of this author's previous novel, On the Fly, and its theme is quite similar. In the previous one, the protagonist is a player of a semi-professional ice hockey team and in this one, the protagonist is also a player of that team, Savannah, along with a photographer, Madison, who arrives in the city to recover and restart herself after a hard sentimental breakup. Savannah is reluctant to compromise since her first and only serious relationship ended very badly. Together wit This story is a spin off of this author's previous novel, On the Fly, and its theme is quite similar. In the previous one, the protagonist is a player of a semi-professional ice hockey team and in this one, the protagonist is also a player of that team, Savannah, along with a photographer, Madison, who arrives in the city to recover and restart herself after a hard sentimental breakup. Savannah is reluctant to compromise since her first and only serious relationship ended very badly. Together with their BFF Kelly, they only want one-night stands and uncomplicated hookups. Until Savannah's new neighbor arrives and from a curious first encounter they end up pretending a relationship that is not really so fake for either of them. Madison has an ex, the fake relationship will blow up at any moment and Jen Hilton is still on the team, so some drama is expected, but the way it finally comes is really annoying and silly. So if you don't mind that the story has some inconsistencies, that the drama is almost incredible in itself and quite avoidable really, this is a good romance. It is not perfect but for me it has been interesting, since romances with a sports background are my thing. An advanced reading copy has been sent to me by the publisher Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley for my honest review

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl S

    Oh my, what a disappointment. This reads like a teen novel not two mature women. The first half of the story was basically silly. Pretending like you're dating and in love....when you actually are dating and in love....What? Grow up Savanna and just say no to your mother and her blind dates. Big surprise when they actually confessed their attraction. And to throw in a little conflict Savannah gets all upset about one normal statement Maddie says. And if that was not formula enough, in comes the e Oh my, what a disappointment. This reads like a teen novel not two mature women. The first half of the story was basically silly. Pretending like you're dating and in love....when you actually are dating and in love....What? Grow up Savanna and just say no to your mother and her blind dates. Big surprise when they actually confessed their attraction. And to throw in a little conflict Savannah gets all upset about one normal statement Maddie says. And if that was not formula enough, in comes the evil ex to muddy the weak story. And why did we need a homophobic teammate? On a "womens" hockey team? Really? Nope, it didn't work for me. This is not Trebelhorns best work.

  13. 4 out of 5

    E

    3.5 stars - I freaking love hockey. Maybe it's a Canadian thing, I don't know, but shit I get invested like you wouldn't believe. Reading the summary for 'Face Off' by P.J. Trebelhorn, I got really excited. It combined two of my favourite things: hockey and fake-dating trope. I enjoyed this book. I really like Savannah as a character, and even though I had to suspend my disbelief when she first meets Madison, I think they had a lot of chemistry. I was a little bummed out that there weren't that m 3.5 stars - I freaking love hockey. Maybe it's a Canadian thing, I don't know, but shit I get invested like you wouldn't believe. Reading the summary for 'Face Off' by P.J. Trebelhorn, I got really excited. It combined two of my favourite things: hockey and fake-dating trope. I enjoyed this book. I really like Savannah as a character, and even though I had to suspend my disbelief when she first meets Madison, I think they had a lot of chemistry. I was a little bummed out that there weren't that many hockey/on ice scenes, but overall it was a good read. I have a few of Trebelhorn's backlist books on my TBR and I'm looking forward to reading them. Thanks to Bold Strokes Books for providing me with a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    isa Simonet

    A good read no less no more, I was really looking forward to this read, being a huge fake relationship fan, but it didn't work for me. The fake relationship is not really interesting, because they are attracted to each other before setting up this scheme. The less good book of this author. Too bad, because all her other books are great. A good read no less no more, I was really looking forward to this read, being a huge fake relationship fan, but it didn't work for me. The fake relationship is not really interesting, because they are attracted to each other before setting up this scheme. The less good book of this author. Too bad, because all her other books are great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Savannah is a vet and hockey player which is really her passion she swore off relationships because of what happen in college with her girlfriend Shauna and it causes her to put walls up she doesn't mind hooking up with a woman which she usely does when she hanging out with her best friend Kelly. Maddie just move in next door to Savannah she coming off a bad breakup she a photographer when the I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Savannah is a vet and hockey player which is really her passion she swore off relationships because of what happen in college with her girlfriend Shauna and it causes her to put walls up she doesn't mind hooking up with a woman which she usely does when she hanging out with her best friend Kelly. Maddie just move in next door to Savannah she coming off a bad breakup she a photographer when they meet is when Maddie needs to use Savannah shower because her gas wasn't turn on and they both are completely drawn to each other. They learn they have friends in common which put them into each other orbit more when Savannah mother Lisa keeps trying to set her up and when she meets Maddie she tries to get them together. When Maddie suggest they pretend to date to get Savannah mother off her back it becomes a struggle when over the six months of pretending seems to be not pretending at all when they develop real feelings for each other. I like this read even though I think it shoulda been more development between because in the first book which was On The Fly we was introduce to Courtney and Lana we had more to invest in them and we do see them in this book but overall it was good book to read little bit of asgnt with Maddie ex coming back to make trouble and Savannah thinking Maddie like Shauna her ex. Hilton is still an a** and if this is a series I hope the next book is about Kelly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    First I have to let you know that even though I’m a proud Canadian I know very little about hockey. Yes I know that’s rather rare but there you have it. Even though this book revolves around hockey it also circles around a very nice romance. Madison Scott has just moved from Chicago for two reasons, first she’ll be closer to her sister’s family and more importantly she’ll be escaping the abusive relationship she finds herself in. Mary, her ex was not only abusive but she made a habit of sleepi First I have to let you know that even though I’m a proud Canadian I know very little about hockey. Yes I know that’s rather rare but there you have it. Even though this book revolves around hockey it also circles around a very nice romance. Madison Scott has just moved from Chicago for two reasons, first she’ll be closer to her sister’s family and more importantly she’ll be escaping the abusive relationship she finds herself in. Mary, her ex was not only abusive but she made a habit of sleeping around. Maddie works as a professional photographer so she can work anywhere she chooses. She just happens to move into a house, along with her dog right next door to Savannah Wells. Savannah Wells is a veterinarian but when hockey season begins Savannah spends her time playing hockey with the local semi-pro women’s team. Savannah has no plans to become involved with anyone but her mother’s are on her back to do just that. They want her to have someone who’ll make her happy. Problem is that while Savannah was in university she fell in love with a girl that did make her happy, planning to spend her life with but her girlfriend falls in love with another and breaks Savannah’s heart. She’s not willing to risk her heart again just to be left behind again. When Savannah and Maddie meet the attraction is immediate and their lives become even more complicated when not only is Maddie hired to be the team photographer and she’s already been hired to take the wedding pictures for one of Savannah’s best friends. Now the two women decide to pretend date just to get everyone to leave them alone. No nothing can go wrong, right? Ms Trebelhorn knows how to tell a great story. Fast paced with some realistic dialogue make this a very enjoyable read. ARC via NetGalley/Bold Stroke Books

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbro-Katrin

    Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own The only bit I really liked is the opening of the book, the banter between Savannah and her moms. What bugs me is when I’m 15 minutes into reading a book and there is already a thought about shoving someone against a wall and having their way with them, or fantasies about kissing them. I’ve notice this in several lesfic, and each time Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own The only bit I really liked is the opening of the book, the banter between Savannah and her moms. What bugs me is when I’m 15 minutes into reading a book and there is already a thought about shoving someone against a wall and having their way with them, or fantasies about kissing them. I’ve notice this in several lesfic, and each time it kills my excitement a little. It feels too soon, I’ve barely started the book. Let me get to know the characters before all that. There needs to be some build up. They had one meet. 15 minutes, maybe 500 words exchanged in that time. I don’t buy that instant attraction and connection. And I don’t understand their weak reason for fake dating. Just date for real! Of course they both have a sad backstory love wise. The story is predictable and and somewhat boring. It falls very flat. How the hell did this span over 6 months? It only read like a month or two. Not once during the six months did they discuss their feelings. And omg I hated that ending! It feels like it came out if nowhere. It couldn’t keep my attention and I had to put it away for a few days before I could finish it. Fake dating is one of my favoritt tropes and this was one of the book I was most excited about in dec, and I just ended up feeling disappointed

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    4 stars. Savannah Wells cannot get away from her family setting her up on blind dates. She meets her next door neighbor, Madison Scott. Maddie and Savannah instantly connect and all Savannah wants to do is spend more time with her. Maddie instantly likes Savannah and seems to keep running into her and realizing they have similar interests. When Savannah suggests they should start a fake relationship to trick her moms, Maddie is completely on board. Maddie and Savannah both start to spend more ti 4 stars. Savannah Wells cannot get away from her family setting her up on blind dates. She meets her next door neighbor, Madison Scott. Maddie and Savannah instantly connect and all Savannah wants to do is spend more time with her. Maddie instantly likes Savannah and seems to keep running into her and realizing they have similar interests. When Savannah suggests they should start a fake relationship to trick her moms, Maddie is completely on board. Maddie and Savannah both start to spend more time together and cannot help but both start to like each other more and more. When Maddie is also the photographer for Savannah's hockey team it really seems like life is throwing them together. I enjoyed this one. I liked the chemistry between Savanna and Maddie and how their relationship evolves. They have enough interactions that evolve through time and it seems more legit. I really enjoyed their fake relationship at first and how it evolved from there. I thought it evolved a little too quickly, but I like the slow burn. I still thought this book was very good and would recommend it to anyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    This was a really quick read (an evening). A faux-mance book. Hockey player (and vet, but we never see this) Savannah Wells and her new neighbor Madison Scott both like each other, BUT... they've also both sworn off relationships. BUT... to get Savannah's mum off her back about finding a good girl to settle down with, the two women agree to put on a show. BUT... they both like each other and would really prefer to just date BUT neither says anything to the other. This was an easy read, a fun spi This was a really quick read (an evening). A faux-mance book. Hockey player (and vet, but we never see this) Savannah Wells and her new neighbor Madison Scott both like each other, BUT... they've also both sworn off relationships. BUT... to get Savannah's mum off her back about finding a good girl to settle down with, the two women agree to put on a show. BUT... they both like each other and would really prefer to just date BUT neither says anything to the other. This was an easy read, a fun spin-off in the On the Fly world BUT the entire story hinges on them simply never talking about how they really feel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was an absolutely wonderful book, I loved everything about it. It was especially enjoyable when I realized that it was the second book in a series the other one being "On the Fly", I am not sure if it is a series, but it takes place in the same universe with the same characters. The only thing I did not like is the homophobic character who seems to be getting a lot of page time, but is absolutely reprehensible. If it ends up that she is gay and doesn't know it and then ends up with Kelly, I This was an absolutely wonderful book, I loved everything about it. It was especially enjoyable when I realized that it was the second book in a series the other one being "On the Fly", I am not sure if it is a series, but it takes place in the same universe with the same characters. The only thing I did not like is the homophobic character who seems to be getting a lot of page time, but is absolutely reprehensible. If it ends up that she is gay and doesn't know it and then ends up with Kelly, I will absolutely not read anymore books by this author. The premise of this story is that Savannah is a single woman who is a but of a playgirl, a woman moves in next door and it is immediate sparks flying, The two of them pretend to be in a fake relationship so Savannah's parents stop setting her up on blind dates. All goes exactly how you think it is going to go, they fall for each other, Savannah thinks that Madison is being clingy at some point in the book and behaves like a child and refuses to talk to her because of a bad relationship she had in college. It is just so ridiculous that she would be holding on to that failed relationship for so long. Of course Madison's ex comes back into the picture to further unnecessarily complicate things, and of course everything works out in the end. It wasn't that I didn't like the book, but I felt a lot of it was built on a premise that is incredibly unlikely. The book is a lot of fun and I likes seeing Courtney and Laura even if it was only for a few pages. I am assuming the next book will be about Kelly finally settling down since it was mentioned ad nauseam in this book. If you like a quick. read with interesting enough characters, but an implausible premise then give this one a read. it really is wonderful. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mildred Digby

    Savannah is a semi-pro hockey player and a veterinarian when she’s not on the ice. Her mothers (yes, plural) continually harass her about her perpetually single status, going so far as to set her up on a number of disastrous blind-dates. Maddie has been burned by a relationship that went sour and is not looking for a relationship either. Nevertheless, Savannah’s teammate and best friend Kelly hits on her relentlessly. She and Savannah decide that the best way for both of them to stay out of relat Savannah is a semi-pro hockey player and a veterinarian when she’s not on the ice. Her mothers (yes, plural) continually harass her about her perpetually single status, going so far as to set her up on a number of disastrous blind-dates. Maddie has been burned by a relationship that went sour and is not looking for a relationship either. Nevertheless, Savannah’s teammate and best friend Kelly hits on her relentlessly. She and Savannah decide that the best way for both of them to stay out of relationships is to get into a fake one. This story is told in third person, alternating POV, so we see Maddie falling hard for Savannah, who remains clueless for a while. The relationship is cute, with a bit of sexual tension. The supporting cast is interesting, but don’t really seem to have much going on outside of being Savannah’s and Maddie’s incredibly intuitive support system. The sports scenes didn’t overwhelm the narrative, and I thought we would see more of Savannah the vet, but the focus is on the romance. The ending wrapped things up nicely but left just enough loose ends that I feel we may see these two again, maybe not in their own book but as supporting characters in another one. My rating: 3.5 stars I received this ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ameliah Faith

    A New Love for Hockey! Veterinarian and semi-pro hockey stat, Savannah, is loving life, if only she could keep her mother Lisa from matchmaking all the time and the brat of the team to go away. She lives the life of a player with her best friend and “sister” Kelly. When she meets the new next door neighbour, Madison, she is blown away and instantly attracted. Madison is a pro photographer and has been hired by Savannah’s team to take pictures throughout the season. She is also the photographer a A New Love for Hockey! Veterinarian and semi-pro hockey stat, Savannah, is loving life, if only she could keep her mother Lisa from matchmaking all the time and the brat of the team to go away. She lives the life of a player with her best friend and “sister” Kelly. When she meets the new next door neighbour, Madison, she is blown away and instantly attracted. Madison is a pro photographer and has been hired by Savannah’s team to take pictures throughout the season. She is also the photographer at Savannah’s former teammate’s wedding. When Madison meets Lisa at a family event Lisa ask the beautiful woman to date her daughter…. Together the women decide that maybe fake dating would solve the problem of Kelly hitting on Madison and Lisa backing off Savannah. What could possibly be wrong? This is a fun and sweet book!! It was such a joy to read, easy and light hearted, and kept me happy for hours on end. Both women are beautiful, inside and out. They are strong, intelligent and caring. They have a zest for life and deep down want the same thing, a loving relationship with someone special. They just need to learn to trust again and when they do… happy sighs! This is one of those books that are perfect to read again and again when you need something light and easy to bring peace and warmth to your day.

  23. 4 out of 5

    shoesforall

    I wanted to like this book so much. It hurts me to give this book only one star but I had some big problems with the book. First of all, I am not a fan of books that start in media res. I need a little background before the book dives into a conversation between main characters. There is also very little chemistry between the main characters. I didn't feel any connection there no matter how often the author told me there was a connection. Finally, we get to my foremost problem with the book. It w I wanted to like this book so much. It hurts me to give this book only one star but I had some big problems with the book. First of all, I am not a fan of books that start in media res. I need a little background before the book dives into a conversation between main characters. There is also very little chemistry between the main characters. I didn't feel any connection there no matter how often the author told me there was a connection. Finally, we get to my foremost problem with the book. It was a chore to read. The author's grasp of the English language is clunky and labored and elementary. I love fake dating and it is my favorite trope but even that fact won't get this book a re-read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    S

    So I am a fan of fake relationship books but not this one. The plotline did not work for me. The issues that were in the book were overblown and really made to be worse than they were to drive the story along. I also felt that I really did not even know something as basic as what the MCs really even looked like. Overall unbelievable and I will give it a generous 3 stars. I received this as book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I really enjoyed the overall storyline and the characters. There is a lot of good chemistry between the Savannah and Madison from the first time they met. In some ways, this was actually a detriment to part of the storyline which I will get to momentarily. One of Savannah's mothers keeps trying to set her up on dates so she can find someone to make her happy. Savannah and Madison decide they will go into a fake relationship to stop this. But Savannah had her heart broken in college which has tur I really enjoyed the overall storyline and the characters. There is a lot of good chemistry between the Savannah and Madison from the first time they met. In some ways, this was actually a detriment to part of the storyline which I will get to momentarily. One of Savannah's mothers keeps trying to set her up on dates so she can find someone to make her happy. Savannah and Madison decide they will go into a fake relationship to stop this. But Savannah had her heart broken in college which has turned her off relationships. While I can understand where a bad breakup could hurt someone to the point of wanting to not get involved in another one, the chemistry between this couple is off the charts from the beginning. It seems there is a lot of angst of whether to get into a real relationship, despite the fact that they are hot for each other and everyone can see it. There are some characters that I feel we never get resolutions to. There is a homophobic character on Savannah's hockey team that is just a pain in the ass through the whole book, but you never find out why she is the way she is other than she is homophobic. It would have been good to know why she had such a hatred or have something happen to her. But that doesn't happen. Madison's ex, Mary, comes back into the picture and vows to take her dog and get Madison back. In the end, Madison just has an argument with her, tells her she isn't getting the dog, and will never go back with her. Mary just leaves. This character had been built up to be a psycho and it doesn't seem like she would just drive away after an argument. I also found there were a couple of places in the ARC that I read where the wrong character's name is used in certain sentences. For example, Madison may have been on the phone and hung up, but the line in the book says Savannah hung up. I still enjoyed the story overall but the points mentioned above lowered my overall rating of the book. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    5 Stars This is a sports romance centered around the sport of ice hockey. Although the author has not indicated that this is part of a series, some of the supporting characters from her previous book, On the Fly, are in this story. Savannah Wells is a veterinarian who is also plays on a professional ice hockey team. She works as a vet during the off season and works part time during the hockey season. She is one of the stars on the team and has quite the fan club. She and her friend Kelly love clu 5 Stars This is a sports romance centered around the sport of ice hockey. Although the author has not indicated that this is part of a series, some of the supporting characters from her previous book, On the Fly, are in this story. Savannah Wells is a veterinarian who is also plays on a professional ice hockey team. She works as a vet during the off season and works part time during the hockey season. She is one of the stars on the team and has quite the fan club. She and her friend Kelly love clubbing, dancing and women. Because Savannah was hurt years earlier, she does not want to get into a relationship. Savannah’s mother, on the other hand, wants her daughter to find a good woman, settle down and have a family. One day Kelly and Savannah are sitting on Savannah’s front porch drinking beer and enjoying the sites. What caught their attention is the new neighbor moving into the house next door. The new neighbor is Madison Scott, a professional photographer, who recently broken up with her long-time. One of Madison’s new jobs is to photograph the hockey team during their season. However, she does not know anything about hockey, and Savannah is more than willing to teach her the ins and outs of the game. The main storyline is the scheme that Savannah and Madison cook up. To stop Savannah’s mother from setting her up on dates, they pretend to be in a relationship. The first quarter of the book is a little slow, and it took me a while to warm up to the characters and the story. Once Madison and Savannah begin their relationship, I found the story to be light and amusing. Ms. Trebelhorn has done a nice job on character development. Readers will find that the story has a good pace once the “fake relationship” begins. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. This story has the potential to become a series. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I wasn't a huge fan of Face Off. I didn't hate it and aspects of it were enjoyable. The book just didn't work for me, and I think it has a lot to do with the main characters. Savannah and Maddie had chemistry from the start. But they decided to fake date. While the motivation was explained, it just didn't make sense to me. And while things progressed at a reasonable rate for the "relationship", it felt quick overall and like the characters never fully developed. I did enjoy the supporting characte I wasn't a huge fan of Face Off. I didn't hate it and aspects of it were enjoyable. The book just didn't work for me, and I think it has a lot to do with the main characters. Savannah and Maddie had chemistry from the start. But they decided to fake date. While the motivation was explained, it just didn't make sense to me. And while things progressed at a reasonable rate for the "relationship", it felt quick overall and like the characters never fully developed. I did enjoy the supporting characters in the story. I wish there had been a little more hockey in the book, especially since both Maddie and Savannah were involved with the team. But I can forgive that as it did not play a big part in the overall plot. This novel is a standalone. I only found out about the other book set in the same universe, On the Fly, after completing this one. Disclaimer: I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    C.M. Michaels

    An enjoyable read but could've been so much better This is the first book I've read from this author.Overall I enjoyed it, but some elements of the storyline were just a bit off. Like the fact that Savannah is a veterinarian and Maddie is a dog lover, but shows no interest in ever visiting Savannah at her day job. In fact, there isn't a single scene in the entire book that even mentions any actual vet work. Also, the relationship conflict most romance authors feel obligated to include at about th An enjoyable read but could've been so much better This is the first book I've read from this author.Overall I enjoyed it, but some elements of the storyline were just a bit off. Like the fact that Savannah is a veterinarian and Maddie is a dog lover, but shows no interest in ever visiting Savannah at her day job. In fact, there isn't a single scene in the entire book that even mentions any actual vet work. Also, the relationship conflict most romance authors feel obligated to include at about the 75% mark of the story feels contrived and makes me think far less of Savannah. She gets that upset that her new girlfriend will miss her while she is away? Really? And if she can so easily believe Maddie would be capable of doing any of what her ex claims then she clearly doesn't know her at all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Domi

    So I will start off with: this book did not meet up with my expectations. I've read books from this author before and I've liked most of them, but this was on of the misses for me. The storyline was slightly too unbelievable for me....instant attraction I can handle but instantly being swayed from your player lifestyle, no. Why the fake relationship? It was explained, but really? And the character development was lacking so I couldn't really connect with the story or characters. If you don't mind So I will start off with: this book did not meet up with my expectations. I've read books from this author before and I've liked most of them, but this was on of the misses for me. The storyline was slightly too unbelievable for me....instant attraction I can handle but instantly being swayed from your player lifestyle, no. Why the fake relationship? It was explained, but really? And the character development was lacking so I couldn't really connect with the story or characters. If you don't mind some inconsistencies then it's a nice fake-romance book between a semi-pro hockeyplayer/vetenarian and her new neighbour. **Many thanks to Bold Strokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    this one of my most enjoyable reads this year. Yes there are some consistency errors and the character development isn’t as elaborate as it could be, but I really enjoyed it despite its flaws. Maddie moves in next to Savannah, they meet for the first time when one of them has the weirdest request in history. They end up becoming friends, start a fauxmance and of course end up with more than that. The characters from P.J. Trebelhorn’s previous book On The Fly also make a pretty solid appearance in this one of my most enjoyable reads this year. Yes there are some consistency errors and the character development isn’t as elaborate as it could be, but I really enjoyed it despite its flaws. Maddie moves in next to Savannah, they meet for the first time when one of them has the weirdest request in history. They end up becoming friends, start a fauxmance and of course end up with more than that. The characters from P.J. Trebelhorn’s previous book On The Fly also make a pretty solid appearance in this book. But you can read this a stand alone novel. I liked the writing style, the characters and the story. Very enjoyable read for the holiday season. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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