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Review: Altercation by Mignon Mykel

Author: Mignon Mykel
Title: Altercation
Series: Prescott Family #4 / Playmaker Duet #1
Genre: New Adult/Sports Romance
Release Date: March 21, 2017


Sometimes it's the fight that proves your worth.

Porter Prescott spent years fighting to be his own person.
His goal of playing for a hockey club not associated with the Prescott name finally comes true.
But just as he's leaving for the next chapter in his life, he meets her.

Asher Spence spent a lifetime learning she was worthless and unwanted.
She learned that sometimes the only person you can count on is yourself, and even then, you can fail.

What starts out as picture perfect can only come crumbling down.
No one listened to her pleas before,
Why should they listen to them now that she's found a place to finally call home?

But sometimes, it's the fight that takes you out of the game.

This DUET can be read as a standalone from the Prescott Family series. However, please note that this is book one in a duet. Book two, Holding, will be releasing within three weeks of Altercation's release, concluding the duet.




Porter Prescott has lived his whole life under the shadow of his siblings.  Being “Baby Boy” Prescott or Caleb’s and Jonny’s brother is not his idea of who he wants to be and, in order to erase those monikers, the younger Prescott has put all his work on being drafted to the NHL right out of HS and as far away from his brothers’ team in San Diego as possible.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t counting on meeting someone right before leaving his hometown in Wisconsin for his new life in South Carolina.

Asher Spence is trying to make a new life for herself now that she’s out of foster care and school.  While passing by the small Wisconsin town, an accident will get her to meet Avery Prescott.  Not having anywhere to go, she allows herself to be temporarily taken in by this family without any idea of the changes this would bring to her life.

When I agreed to review this book I didn’t expect anything like this.  Porter Prescott is nothing short of a saint when it comes to his relationship with Asher.  His patience, love and devotion to this girl are just off the charts and swoon worthy.  He bids his time to let her share her past in her own time and with the help of his ever meddling sister Avery, they have one of the sweetest romances ever.  There are a lot of ups and downs, because, no matter what, Asher has some very serious issues and her constant secrecy will sure be sending Porter off the edge more than once, but he is determined to break her walls, protect her and keep her forever.

I really liked the first part of their story and can’t wait to get my hands on book #2 to find out where life will lead Porter, Asher and the other members of the Prescott clan.


4.5 Book Corner Stars 
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review*

  



I moved to stand where she’d be able to see me, not really caring if I was blocking the view for some other person waiting. I widened my stance and with my arms crossed over my chest, I kept my eyes trained as far back as I could see. My gaze shifted over the different travelers coming in; the only person I wanted to see was a brunette with crazy colored eyes.
And then I saw her.

The feeling that overtook me was like a drowning man getting his first breath of air. A starving man getting a fucking full-course meal.

She didn’t see me yet, but she would in time. There were maybe eighty people between us and she was nearing.

Her hair was braided over her shoulder, wisps of hair falling out and framing her face. She was wearing leggings and those damned boots of hers, but I was surprised to see her shirt was the girly type, long with cuts up the sides, nearly to her waist, and lacy sleeves that played peek-a-boo with the colors adorning her arm. She didn’t carry a bag, just her phone in one hand.

I licked my bottom lip before biting it gently, trying to stop the smile from spreading on my face. Didn’t want to look like a complete moron.

Forty feet.

Her gaze was down at the floor, no doubt watching where she was walking. It didn’t surprise me she was careful like that.

Thirty feet.

Look up, Asher…Look up.

Twenty feet.

Her face lifted and, like a magnet, her eyes locked on mine instantly.

And the smile on her face?

God damn.

There was no sense stopping my full-ass smile now, not with the one she just shot my way.

If you would have told me, four months ago, I would be the most celibate man in the history of earth, all for the glimpses of smiles from that girl there with more secrets behind her eyes than I could ever hope to uncover, I probably would have laughed in your face.

Four months ago, I was gearing up for my rookie season in South Carolina.

Four months ago, I was a kid with a big name, going to a team that had nothing to do with said big name.

Four months ago, it was rumored I would be the new hot shot in town. Nico certainly didn’t fail to show me the gossip sites, seemingly run by a bunch of puck bunnies.

But four months ago, I walked into Starbucks for a goodbye coffee with my sister, and met the girl with secrets.

And four months ago, I became addicted without so much as a taste.

Now that I’ve had that taste? Shit, I couldn’t wait for more.




  

Holding (Playmaker Duet #2) - Releasing 3/28

Sometimes holding on, impedes moving on.
First comes love, then comes marriage...
But before the ceremony could start, Porter's world was knocked off it's axis.
He fought for years to break down Asher's walls, to see past her ghosts...but some ghosts may be too hard to fight.

Asher knew better than to believe she could keep her past in the past,
Keep the filth of who she was, from touching the Prescott family.
But as badly as she wants to keep Porter away
...she needs his family more.

What you see is what you get...
And even the most astute eyes can't see the biggest ghost.
Sometimes holding on is the only choice you have.

 





Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O'Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.
  

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