Book Review : Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis

May 10, 2017 Book review 5 ★★★★

Friendship goals, relationship goals, wardrobe goals and career goals; that’s what every Aven Ellis book I’ve ever read feels like to me.

Book Review : Trivial Pursuits by Aven EllisTrivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis
Series: Chicago On Ice, #2
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on 20 April 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author

Landon Holder is exactly the kind of man Livy Adams should stay far away from.

The flashy, flirty star defenseman for the Chicago Buffaloes is known for hooking up with women all over Chicago. Livy finds herself attracted to Landy, but his sexy good looks and charm are irrelevant. She had her heart shattered by a cheating athlete in college, and Livy vows she will never let her judgment lapse like that ever again.

Yet Livy knows she can’t spend the rest of her life focusing on building her jewelry line during the day and her evenings playing TriviaPlayOrPass! on her phone, either. Even though she does have fabulous conversations with a player named Scott, it’s time to get back in the game—in real life. While Livy tries to figure out her career path in jewelry design, she knows it’s time to take a chance on romance again, too.

But in a strange twist of fate, Livy finds herself getting to know Landy on a much deeper level. Sometimes people aren’t always as they appear to be. Just like a diamond, you have to look closely to see true clarity.

As Livy unwraps the layers around Landy to see the man behind the image, will she have a change of heart? Can she leave her past behind for a future with Landy? Or is it all a game of trivial pursuits?

Romance sexy smart & funny swoon!

First Line of Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis

“I stare at the blinking cursor on my cell phone.”

My Thoughts on Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis

I could just give you a one word review, and that would be ADORABLE.  But, that wouldn’t be much of a review.  Other words that spring to mind are sweet, cute, charming.  Now, it’s just starting to sound like I swallowed a thesaurus.  Still, you are probably getting the picture of just how this book made me feel.

Livy is an aspiring jewelry designer, currently living at home, while she tries to build up her Etsy business.  I loved the snippets into her career.  Mostly I applauded how she didn’t treat her passion as a hobby.  Instead she focuses on what she loves, and creates her dream job from that.

Landy is also pursuing his passion.  He is a professional hockey player, and he loves everything about what he does.  Including all the social media, the personal appearances, the meet and greet with fans.  I appreciated how much he gave back to everyone around him.

The twist is that both Livy and Landy know each other in real life, but also on-line as they play an anonymous Trivial Pursuit game, and have become friends.  I was afraid this might overplay, but they find out within the first few chapters just who they are really playing.  Then the games really start.  The love games!  Because they instantly see something special about the other.

The romance is whirlwind, but very believable.  These adorable characters deserve strong partners, and I was struck by how similar they were in following their passions, and in their core values.  I loved watching their relationship grow roots, take hold, and thrive.

Overall think cute, then think even cuter than cute.  And that’s Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis?

If you’re a sucker for a good love story, with lots of heart-melting moments, then of course I recommend you read this.  Fans of Aven’s previous books such as Waiting for Prince Harry or Green Tea Latte To Go should also love this.  Or if you enjoy authors like Rachel Hollis or Rachel Harris, then I’d also suggest this book to you.

Thanks to Aven Ellis for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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5 Responses to “Book Review : Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis”

    • trish

      I was afraid it would be overplayed, and was so relived that it wasn’t! Hope you enjoy it someday Katherine.

  1. Lola

    Ah this book sounds lovely and I like the sound of how she’s trying to start her dream job. I usually can relate to characters like that who are starting their own business. Landy sounds great too with how he loves all aspects of hockey and gives back to those around him. And that’s neat they find out fairly quickly who they are playing as I usually don’t like it when things like that get dragged out too much. Great review!
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