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Powerless

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Love me a road trip romance! This series just keeps getting better and better. I've fallen in love with this family and it is fun to see characters from Silver's other series.

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Jasper and Sloane had a childhood friendly flirtation and are given a second chance once Sloane pulls a Runaway Bride . This series gives small-town romance a breath of fresh air and a heaping of spice, love it! Side note: I love the updated covers for this series 🙌

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Although I didn’t read this previous books in the series I could still enjoy it and understand the side characters.

This friends to lover is a a powerful story about doing what you want to do and loving who you want to love.

I enjoyed it and made me want to read the other books in the series.

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Elsie Silver has done it again! I really enjoyed this one and can we just drool over these covers for a minute?? I recommend this series!

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Back in Chestnut Springs, and this time the romance is between the adopted Eaton brother Jasper and the Eaton's cousin, Sloane. Jasper is such a sweet guy, and just wants the best for Sloane. Sloane starts off engaged and almost married to this HORRIBLE guy, but breaks it off and ends up spending time with Jasper. One of the tropes was childhood friends/crushes to lovers, which I enjoyed, but overall I still liked book 1 the best so far!

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please note that the trigger warnings and topes/themes may contain spoilers
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
HEA: yes
spice: several open-door spicy scenes
TWs: blackmail, car accident (non-fatal), death of a parent (recounted), parental abandonment, cheating (not MCs), verbally abusive partner, verbally abusive parent, sexism
standalone: book 3 in the Chestnut Springs series
final thoughts: OKAY SO JASPER TOOK ME BY COMPLETE SURPRISE!!! He comes across as grumpy when he’s a shy cinnamon roll guy, but WOW does his mouth not match that persona!! I love a dirty talking MMC especially when it’s unexpected. I loved how he was a hockey player and a cowboy- didn’t know how that was going to play out but it was done well. I’m glad Sloan made him work for it since he’s turned her down over and over throughout the years

read this book if you love

😬 angst
👮 blue collar MMC (hockey player)
🏝️ forced proximity (one bed)
🧠 “it’s always been you”
🧑‍🤝‍🧑 great side characters
💓 slowburn
🔎 adventure (road trip)
🏉 sports romance (hockey)
💞 childhood crush
💞 friends-to-lovers
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 found family
🤠 cowboy
😡 grumpy/sunshine
🔢 age gap (6 years I think?)

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4.5 stars rounded up

Powerless is Jasper and Sloane’s story and I was so excited and here for it. Jasper is such a mystery. This famous Hockey guy is so quiet and keeps everything to himself except for Sloane, who knows everything, has great intuition and is full of joy. She is such a fun character and I thought she and Jasper were so great together, so I just ate up their book so fast and I loved every minute. There was so much great tension between them, as well as compassion and having each other's back. I thought that their relationship development was amazing and pretty unique on the complications they were having. Powerless, had so many great tropes that I love and they were done so well I could not put it down, It was so fun. I did not give Powerless a full five stars because there was a bit of repetitiveness in plot, but I still really enjoyed this story that has a little bit of everything.
I received an ebook, via Netgalley. This review is my own honest opinion.

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Thank you for this book in exchange for my honest review.

I thought the book started out pretty strangely. While it was easy to follow, the set up of the family a little bit odd to me and I felt like I was given only a portion of the characters. It felt like a puzzle piece was missing.
The plot was predictable, and I felt like the characters were as well rounded as they were in the previous two books in the series.
Since I don’t rate books anything lower than a three star , that is what this book will have. However, it was less than that for me.

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Ohhh the feels this book gave me, spoilers it was all of them. My favorite friend to lovers story, of the pinning! Also loved the big softie that is Jasper plus being a hockey stud, chefs kiss! Sloane was also a fantastic character loved her journey in standing up for herself. It's my Christmas wish to get her mom and Harveys book next.

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POWERLESS - ELSIE SILVER
3.75⭐
PLOT Sloane leaves her douchebag of fiance on her wedding day and it's none other than Jasper Gervais her best friend who helps her.
An impromptu road trip forces them to confront their feelings for each other. But can they figure out their happy ever after?
MY THOUGHTS
This was good read though I enjoyed the first two books more.
The friends to lovers part was well done but the steam in the second half of the book was a bit much imo. Nonetheless i want to read the last two books in the chestnut spring series soon.

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I enjoyed this read, the second one I have read in this series. I was excited to read about the MMC romance story as he was familiar from the other story and I was not let down. Both of the main characters are very likeable and I love how their relationship went from friends to lovers. Added in is a hockey plot line and runaway bride shenanigans which really keeps you interested and wanting more.

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It was a good read! I loved the hockey/ballet inclusion in this book. And the setting of Chestnut Springs is so much fun for me to read about. I know lots of people loved it. Not my favorite of the series though!

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I received an arc via Netgalley, and am leaving an honest review about the book. I’m thankful to the publisher and the author for giving me this wonderful opportunity!

I love Elsie Silver’s small town romances a lot, and Powerless is one of them. However, I didn’t particularly enjoy it as much as I’d enjoyed Flawless and Heartless, so this ended up at a three star rating. I think Heartless in particular set up a standard for me that Powerless didn’t really meet, which was pretty upsetting, but that’s ok.

However, I love friends to lovers, so this was lovely to read. My favorite part was when Jasper basically fucked the ring off Sloane’s finger JDJSJDJSJJD Him making sure she had a place to go to when her horrible father and equally disturbing fiance were terrible to her was everything to me. We all need a Jasper in our life sometime. <3

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2.5✨

Went back and forth between 2 or 3 stars so here we are. This book was just kinda boring and both Sloane and Jasper lacked substance. Both had their respective sport and their messed up family and that was literally about it.

We didn't even really get to see their "friendship" from over the years play out because the flashbacks were pretty short and vague

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What do you do when the girl you’ve been in love with is going to marry a man completely wrong for her? luckily for Jasper Gervais he doesn’t have to think hard about it because he’s the getaway for runaway bride, Sloane. Sloane has loved Jasper since she was a child, and when word gets out that her cousin Beau is missing in action, she plans to be there for Jasper as much as he’s been there for her. When asked to take a trip to Beau’s sister’s ranch, Jasper agrees to do the drive and Sloane is his copilot. The drive makes their feelings come to light and Sloane is about to get what she’s always wished for … but Jasper is hiding a secret that could blow up before the two even take off.

Ya’ll DID NOT TELL ME how great Jasper is. Holy hell. I ate this boom UP. Jasper is one of the better book boyfriends I’ve read lately. The amount of angst mixed with humor was everything I needed and more. I’m honestly a little stressed the rest of the series will not compare to this book.

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I loved the newest installment in the Chestnut Springs series by Elsie Silver. It was fun to catch up with some of the couples from the previous books in the series. Although this is a series book, readers would be fine to enjoy it as a standalone story as well. It's a wonderful friends to lovers romance with tons of angst, and even more spice. Male main character is a professional hockey player and the female main character is a professional ballerina who have been friends their whole lives. I didn't want this book to end and it was a quick read with a satisfying end.

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Jasper and Sloane are childhood friends to lovers. Jasper and Sloan are the definition of meant to be. Sloan has only ever had eyes for Jasper but after years of trying to get Jasper's attention without success, she gives up. Which is how she got into an engaged situationship where the only person benefiting from it is her father. Jasper has recently started to develop feeling for Sloan, but it's too late. It looks like she's moved on. Sloans wedding day falls apart, and Jasper is driving the getaway car. where she then finds out that her fiancé has been unfaithful to her, but instead of feeling devastated all she feels is relief.

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First thank you to Netgalley and the publishing team for this ARC for and Honest review.

Now that being said, wow just wow 🤩 this book was super cute. Childhood friends to lovers was just super cute. It was beautiful and comforting to watch them FINALLY acting on their feelings after years of ignoring each other, and the way I was feeling all giddy and giggling because of their sweet and wholesome moments and their sweet friendly banter and here and there touches like they just can't get enough of each other. They were always made for each other. The moment they laid eyes on each other they knew that no matter what happens its always going to be Jasper and Sloane against everything in this world.

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This was a perfectly angsty read, I loved the connection and the banter between the MCs 😭 they've been in my head all week, ever since I finished the book, I can't stop swooning over them 🥲

TWs - death of sibling (past, but recounted in present), absentee parents, parent who died of overdose, negligent parents, misogyny by parent/partner (not by the MMC), sibling who goes mia while on military duty

-- ty to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for an advanced copy!

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This book was amazing! It wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it was still a solid 4.5 star read for me!

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