The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis

June 18, 2015 Author Bio, Review 1 ★★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Definition of Icing by Aven EllisThe Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis
Series: Dallas Demons #2
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on May 27th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance, sports
Pages: 258
Format: eARC
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Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she's
gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.

All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the
blonde beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her
knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because
she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she's
all about the chocolate now.

Or is she?

Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything.
Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn't want to be, for reasons that have
caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what
happened to him in Minnesota.

But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn't so sure about
his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide...

review

Reviewed by Joanne

*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for review*

When you’re in the mood for a light hearted romance with a bit of fun, and a hot, sweet hero then you cant go wrong with an Aven Ellis book and this one was no exception.

Kenley is a young businesswoman, determined to be recognised for her intellect rather than her looks, but when she’s invited to attend a photo shoot to showcase her skills, she soon realises she is up against preconceived opinions again. Rather than sell out and demean herself she stands her ground and I was pleasantly surprised.

I wasn’t the only one who was impressed, the new Dallas Demons signing Nate overhears Kenley’s argument and he comes in like the proverbial knight to defend her honour. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, Kenley is sworn off men after her last relationship ended, and Nate has been hurt in the past too. Fate has a way of intervening though, and they won’t get off so easily!

I loved how fate came in the form of Kylie and Harrison Flynn (from the first Dallas demons book, Waiting for Prince Harry) – it was nice to catch up with them and see their life together as a newly married couple. Harrison is Nate’s team mate, and is eager to help him settle into his new life in Dallas following his transfer. Kylie Flynn is eager to learn more abut Kenley’s business, which is chocolate.

Kenley and Nate are drawn to each other but as they have reservations they agree to take things slowly, but with this being an Aven Ellis book, its not without its fair share of laughs and cringe-worthy moments! Kenley inadvertently posting on social media how hot she thinks Nate is had me laughing out loud and cringing behind my cushion for her. Poor girl! I also have to give a special mention to her young niece Claire – she is so funny. It’s true what they say, the best things come out of the mouths of babes!

Nate was so sweet, I fell in love with him straight away. From the moment he spoke up for Kenley my heart was like a chocolate bar in the sun – it melted! He had been heart broken in the past and wanted to take things slow but his actions said differently. No wonder Kenley was confused. She fell hard and fast, even though she couldn’t admit it and her fear of scaring Nate off with her feelings meant there were lots of misunderstandings throughout. Good job she has her elder sister and best friend there to intervene and keep her and Nate on the straight and narrow

As with Aven’s other books, the epilogue gave me the warm and fuzzies. I love this series, and can’t wait for more Dallas Demons in book 3. I hope we see more from Nate and Kenley, and also Kylie and Harrison too!

About Aven Ellis

I have always loved to write. I completed my first novel at the age of 15—an angst driven high school romance (Boy meets girl! Evil girl likes same boy! A deception! Will true love prevail?) Though I truly wanted to be a fiction writer, I also knew it was more practical to pursue a job in the communications field and write fiction on the side. So I went off to Purdue University and earned a degree in communication, writing for The Exponent along the way (apologies to anyone who fought through reading those early attempts at journalism.)

After a stint writing for a community newspaper and a public relations agency, and not enjoying what I was writing at all, I found myself a non-writing job and continued writing at night and on weekends. I completed multiple manuscripts that found a home under my bed. Complete it, print it, stick it in an envelope, and slide it under the bed. It became a routine for me, similar to “Lather.Rinse.Repeat.”

Finally, years later, I wrote Connectivity. I loved this story; I loved writing for William and MK. I became brave enough to share this story with new friends who became equally as passionate about these characters and their journey. I ended up submitting Connectivity to Soul Mate Publishing, and it sold. Soul Mate also allowed me to explore this idea I had about writing a hockey-based series, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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