What a great way to end the series! This wraps everything up in a beautiful, heartwarming little bow, but is still enough of a standalone that if you aren’t caught up on the series, you won’t have any difficulty jumping right in. Jordie is the last man standing; a hockey player who has seen the rest of his friends fall and now realizes that he wants that for himself. I loved his determination and how serious he was about winning Harper over. It’s a little heavier and more somber than some of the other books in the series, instead choosing to focus on Harper’s resistance and Jordie’s unrelenting need to make things work.
The story follows Harper, the coach’s daughter. She spent her childhood seeing how hockey players live – the endless road trips, the unstable home life, the never-ending access to women – and she has sworn off dating a player. But when she goes up for auction at a charity event, Jordie wins a date with her. What starts as a stupid bet between friends turns into so much more as Jordie realizes that he wants more than just one night with Harper. She puts up a good fight, but there is no denying the attraction that simmers there, and Jordie has to prove that he is willing to do what it takes to win her over.
I loved Jordie in this – we’ve seen peeks at him in other books so I knew I was going to enjoy his story, but he definitely steals the show here. His focus on the emotional connection was so endearing, and though there’s plenty of steam, I loved that they weren’t in a rush. Harper never fully won me over because a significant portion of the book focuses on her resistance, but I did understand her reasons. They have great chemistry early on, but it’s overtaken by the serious tone later on, dealing with some heavier issues. That’s really the only thing that holds me back from a 5-star rating; I think this concludes the series perfectly, but the relationship wasn’t quite as compelling as some of the previous ones. Maybe the length needed to be a little longer to make both elements work, I don’t know. There was just something missing for me, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. That being said, I devoured this, enjoyed every minute of it, and loved how it wrapped up the series. Can’t wait to see what’s next from the author!
🎧 Audio lovers: I listened to the audio version of this, and it was everything I could want from a sexy listen. Teddy Hamilton and Savannah Peachtree do an excellent job – I love Teddy’s voice, and he always makes the steamy scenes even better. This one is a slow burn, but the NSFW moments will definitely make you blush if you’re trying to listen at the office. It’s probably one of the least steamy books in the series, but it’s still a major component later on. It’s a quick, easy listen that can be started and finished during the workday.
A hot new standalone in the series that’s been called “A total, utter must read.” – Book Fanatic
She says she doesn’t date players.
She swears up and down that she’ll never handle my stick.
We’ll see about that, sweetheart.
When I win the pleasure of Harper’s company at a charity auction, I get exactly one date—one shot to win over the gorgeous and feisty brunette.
Game on. I play hard, and I love a challenge.
But just when I think I’ve finally carved out my shot . . . a huge secret implodes around us, threatening everything we’ve built.
What to expect: A hunky, determined hockey player. A hard-to-win-over heroine. Exposed secrets, steamy good times, and a male-only romance book club. Yes!
Note: This is the final book in the Hot Jocks series, but each book is about a new couple and can be read as a complete standalone.