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Title: Awk-weird
Series: Ice Knights #2
Author: Avery Flynn
Publisher: Entangled
Publication Date: 14 Oct 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party… You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again… right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew…

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Awk-weird has my absolute favourite type of protagonists – the awkward, nerdy, geeky, utterly adorable type. Both the heroine and the hero have the most adorable quirks, but unfortunately, these idiosyncrasies are also partly to blame for their emotional barriers🙁

Tess and Cole meet at a wedding where they instantly bond over their shared knowledge of random trivia, while the attraction between them is a slow simmer in the background. However, a turn around the dance floor sets their attraction from simmer to boiling point resulting in a wild night of passion. Although neither are mentally and emotionally in the right place to consider their encounter past that one night. Nonetheless, fate has other plans for the mismatched pair.

Surprisingly, both Tess and Coles issues are remarkably similar and stem from the way in which they grew up. It always surprises me how much emotional damage is inflicted during childhood, whether intentional or not. My personal quote has been ‘Like the ebb and flow of the tide, change is inevitable, it is how we adjust to the change that truly defines us.’ This phrase couldn’t be more perfect to describe the approach Tess and Cole have to specific aspects of their lives as a result of their childhood. For Tess, she tends to hold tight to the pessimistic view of not belonging and people always leaving, abandonment issues and connection barriers added to feelings of inferiority make it difficult for Tess to believe in a happily ever after for herself. While Cole has a mild case of OCD recurring order and routine including having all aspects of his life planned out. Although I did approve of his baking skills as a way of coping with stress 🎂

For all their emotional obstacles, Tess and Cole, slowly manoeuver their way around each hurdle without truly realising the positive improvements they are making to each other’s lives. So when a hiccup on the road to happiness occurs they both react badly falling back on their default coping mechanisms.

Luckily, both Tess and Cole have wonderful friends who support them even when they are idiots. Helping them see what is right in front of them and aiding them in dealing with their issues ❤

The Ice Knights are full of larger than life characters, being able to follow their journies and witness the giants falling one by one is a delight to the imagination. Look out Petrov, Avery has you in her sights, get ready to crash in Loud Mouth.