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Offside (The Barker Triplets Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Juliana Stone
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When hockey phenom Billie-Jo Barker returns home and decides to play in the local Friday night hockey league, all hell breaks loose. Not because Billie's talent is in question, but because Billie is a woman. And though these are modern times, some of the local guys still have a problem letting a girl into their 'men's club.'

Soon, Billie is at the center of a small town battle of the sexes, with everyone choosing sides. Her sisters. The townsfolk. Her friends. And yet, the only person whose opinion she cares about doesn't seem to care much at all. Logan Forest, the man who broke her heart when she was eighteen and the man she now shares the bench with ever Friday night.

She's got a lot to prove and though Billie Jo Barker scores on the ice, will this girl ever score with the man of her dreams?


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Molly O'Keefe, bestselling author of Can't Buy Me Love says, "I loved this book! Can't wait for more from Juliana Stone!"

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Juliana Stone's contemporary romance is a wonderfully entertaining and, at times, heart-wrenching read."

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fun and very entertaining read."

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a cute, fun read"

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  • File Size: 2430 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Juliana Stone (September 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JWLKEU
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and sports! WIN! November 28, 2012
By Nikki B
Format:Kindle Edition
Billie-Jo Barker, one third of the Barker triplets, is back in town and she's not that happy about it. With her professional hockey career cut short by injury she has slunk back into town with nothing to her name but a small nest egg and her equipment. Her relationship with one of her other sisters, Bobbi, is strained and she has no idea where her life is headed now.

When she sees a local hockey tournament sign up sheet she instantly decides to join regardless of her health and past injuries. The men in town aren't fond of the idea though and they go out of their way to tell her. Now, I don't know much about hockey myself but these men were downright cruel. Billie handles the jabs quite well but I have to wonder how much of these attitudes are true and why if they are she'd want to subject herself to it. The men even resort to getting physical in a non physical tournament.

Logan didn't realize that the sporty Barker sister had grown up quite so nicely. He's instantly attracted to her but his past with who he thinks is her popular sister Betty leaves him in a gray area and he isn't sure how to proceed. As Billie and Logan get closer each will have to come clean about past transgressions. I would have liked a bit more evolution to their relationship. The sex is great and the tension is well done but everything seemed to turn for them quickly. They were declaring their love and that was that. More courtship would have been better suited for this one. In fact Logan doesn't get much of a say at all. Most everything is from Billie's perspective and I wish I would have gotten more from him. More face time and more understanding. He's there but because we don't get much from his perspective he's kept on the back burner and becomes almost a secondary character.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Hockey - great story October 23, 2012
By Pamerd
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Billie-Jo Barker has come home after an injury cut short her hockey career in Sweden, all she ever wanted to do was play hockey so she is not sure what she wants to do with her life. Unfortunately she comes home to an angry sister, a father that is slowly losing his battle with Alzheimer's and Logan a man she has loved all her life who still thinks of her as a kid.

While getting her skates sharpened, Billie-Jo hears about a Friday night hockey league and decides this might help with her feelings about her career. However sighing up for the team does not go over well with the town, it seems most on the team do not want a girl to play no matter how many medals she has to prove how good she is. Logan is the only one that thinks it will be fun to have an ex-pro on the team and champions her cause. Not only is she stirring up trouble in this small town, she also has to deal with her sister Bobbi-Jo who has been angry for years, feeling like she was left behind when her two sisters took off for greener pastures and she has had to deal with their father.

Logan and Billie-Jo are also dealing with issues, he has a past with the other triplet, Betty-Jo and spent a steamy night with her back in high school and as Billie-Jo and Logan get closer he is not sure how to say anything to her. And Billie-Jo is not sure how to tell Logan she has loved him forever. They become close as they battle the town's bullies who are making Billie-Jo's life a nightmare trying to get her to quit the team.

Offside is a wonderfully fun story that turns a town upside down when some want to challenge the status quo. I loved the characters, Logan and Billie-Jo had great chemistry and I truly enjoyed the secondary characters. The other two sisters both have stories coming up and there is bound to be more angst and romance as the sparks fly between them and they try to repair their damaged relationship while finding their own true loves.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I though the story would be an uplifting account of a woman discovering her strengths after suffering a sports injury.

Instead this book spends 50% of the first few chapters setting the scene for its trilogy. We're introduced to a myriad of caricature chick lit cardboard cut outs characters, a surfeit of angst and lust before we've finished reading the first chapter and a lackluster tale.

I'm assuming the author intends to publish 3 books based on a set of triplets called Billy-Jo, Betty-Jo and Bobbi-Jo. This isn't a joke- that's really their names. The hillbillies are aware of their unfortunate name hence I thought, perhaps not all is lost. However, their constant irrational fighting was ridiculous and tedious. Even teens would be embarrassed by such immature conduct.

It's also pretty incestuous and weird. Bobbi or Betty had a fling of some sort with the hero, Logan. But now he's pursuing the heroine. While Shane (a former beau of Bobbi or Betty) is chatting up Billi-Jo. Charming.

Billy-Jo and the hero (in the first few chapters) rarely spare a word to each other but we can't have a scene without one or the other thinking how hot his/her bits are. And yes, Logan Forrest is really hot. He's the tall, dark handsome cliche that's found in every chick lit, but other than that he doesn't seem to possess much personality, intelligence or witty banter. The dialogue was dry, the story dragged and the fighting was over the top.

There's also all these evil background characters who seem to be solely placed as a foil to make the hero (and the next installment of hero's) look good. The worst being Seth Longford, who is not only a pale, short and ugly comparison to our tall, dark handsome hero, but is sexist, crude and resembles a spiteful 14 year old.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 5 days ago by theofilos
5.0 out of 5 stars Read out of order but still great.
I read the whole series backwards. I knew I had to read it since I read the others. Loved Logan's and Billie's story!
Published 14 days ago by Tara Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I read this one and I loved it so much I went and bought the other two of the series right away and then the first book in the Tucker Series, I'm now awaiting the second in that... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rhiannon
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I didn't like it.
Published 16 days ago by Elaine Remington
5.0 out of 5 stars This caught me off guard
This is a loves story about hockey. I learned a lot about hockey and love.I think that i might try to read other books by Ms. Stone.
Published 20 days ago by Reece
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
In theory and in blurb this book is supposed to be about hockey and triplets (or at least one). In fact, those two subjects are covered in about 30-40 pages. Read more
Published 22 days ago by FJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good story to pass time
Published 23 days ago by cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book, can't wait to read the others.
Published 24 days ago by Kelly M. Sander
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved this story. I wanted to jump in the pages and hang out with the characters.
Published 29 days ago by Lisa Hoffer
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps more hockey and less talk would have been better
Listening to Billie and Logan talk and talk and talk some more began to wear thin as the story progressed. Descriptions of the hockey games were excellent. Read more
Published 29 days ago by RoGates
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Juliana Stone's love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes both paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance and will debut her young adult contemporary in 2014. She spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat and lives somewhere in the wilds of Canada.


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