22 October 2016

Review: Hat Trick by Kristen Hope Mazzola


Hat Trick
Kristen Hope Mazzola

Published October 3rd 2016

Purchase: Amzon
One accident - a freaking car crash.

That’s all it took to send my brother’s and my life into a tailspin with no end in sight. I was going to be something. I was going to be the best. I had the Olympics in my sights. And it all went to shit in one flash. Brayden wasn’t ready to raise a younger sister when I was thrown into his lap. He had his life and everything going for him. Thankfully, he was still drafted to his dream hockey team. The same one dad played for when we were growing up.

It took time, but I started to get better, started to open up, started skating and even dating again. I even thought I found the perfect guy for me.

Isn’t it funny how guys hit on you when they know you’re not available, but when you’re single they won’t give you the freaking time of day? I guess the game is more fun that way. And for the captain of my brother’s team, that’s exactly what I was. A hat trick is three goals in hockey. Some say three is a crowd and they might be right.

I was Gavin Hayes' unobtainable goal.

About the Author

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I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time "day job" and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.

Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I'd like or just to shoot the, well you know.

A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

My Review

I love me a good hockey based novel, so I was excited to get my hands on Hat Trick -- I may have also been swayed by the hockey hotness that is the cover... Sadly, this turned out to anything but a good hokey novel.

So I started with a sample off Amazon, and I was really impressed with story. So naturally I purchased the rest of the novel, and it was all down hill from there.

I can sum the whole book up in one word. Surface.

Everything is glossed over; time, relationships, backstory. There is little, if any, character development throughout the book. Myla is just the worst. First off, what kind of name is that? Then there's the fact that she never finds any direction with her life after the accident ruins her dream of going to the Olympics. She just latches onto Gavin, and while I can admit that he makes her happy, but after her trauma, it seems like putting a band-aid on a cut that needs stitches -- it'll work for a while, but it's not what you need in the long because you'll just be left with a big ol' mess.

Then there is whole rivalry between Brayden and Gavin. We're told that its a roll over blood feud from their fathers, but not what caused it. Then it just magically goes away at some point in one of the many time jumps that occur.

I'm not even going to touch the proposal. Just - ugh.

With everything being glossed over so quickly, we're more told how the characters are feeling, rather than being shown. I absolutely hate it when authors do this. No one like to be told how they're supposed to feel things -- especially me.

There were moments that I did enjoy, though they were few and far between, and very sort moments. A quirky comment here, a heartfelt moment there. Not nearly enough to redeem this book in my eyes though.

Hat Trick is a book that fell flat on its face and didn't come close to its potential. I would not recommend.


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