Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis

May 3, 2016 Review 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Trivial Pursuits by Aven EllisTrivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis
Series: Chicago on Ice #2
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on April 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, sports
Pages: 295
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Landon Holder is exactly the kind of man Livy Adams should stay far away from.

The flashy, flirty star defenseman for the Chicago Buffaloes is known for hooking up with women all over Chicago. Livy finds herself attracted to Landy, but his sexy good looks and charm are irrelevant. She had her heart shattered by a cheating athlete in college, and Livy vows she will never let her judgment lapse like that ever again.

Yet Livy knows she can’t spend the rest of her life focusing on building her jewelry line during the day and her evenings playing TriviaPlayOrPass! on her phone, either. Even though she does have fabulous conversations with a player named Scott, it’s time to get back in the game—in real life. While Livy tries to figure out her career path in jewelry design, she knows it’s time to take a chance on romance again, too.

But in a strange twist of fate, Livy finds herself getting to know Landy on a much deeper level. Sometimes people aren’t always as they appear to be. Just like a diamond, you have to look closely to see true clarity.

As Livy unwraps the layers around Landy to see the man behind the image, will she have a change of heart? Can she leave her past behind for a future with Landy? Or is it all a game of trivial pursuits?


Reviewed by Joanne

*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*

I was looking forward to reading this book, after being introduced to Landy Holder in The Aubrey Rules. I was really excited to see the notorious playboy getting bit by the love bug.

I found this story to be a mixed bag and at times I struggled and that was down to Livy unfortunately. There was just something about her that I didn’t quite warm to. She was really insecure, and even though I understood the reasons behind her insecurities I felt she hung on to them like a security blanket. She really gave Landon a hard time, and he didn’t deserve any of it. Yes, he may have had a ladies man reputation, but from the moment they got together he was completely devoted to her.

So what did I like?

Well, for starters I was in love with Landon. He was a trivia geek, just like me, and he was just so adorable. He may have started out as a player, interested in hook ups and nothing else, but he had a hidden side and I loved it. He just needed to find that one girl, the one who wanted to know the real Landon, and not Landy the hockey player. Livy was it for him, and I loved how he embraced being in a relationship. I really felt for him when Livy was being unreasonable and I thought he had the patience of a saint.

I thought Livy’s nana was hilarious. She was a very modern nana, and the things that came out of her mouth made me chuckle. Lets just say that she certainly appreciated a hot man when she saw one!

I love Aven Ellis’s books, and although this one didn’t hit the five star mark, there is one thing that she never fails to deliver on, and that’s a heart warming story, with a feel good ending.

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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