I personally did not enjoy this at all, but it wasn’t so much a quality issue as it was a storyline that was a bit rough for me. While I liked the first book in the series, this one had a few elements that completely took me out of the story. It was like every time I started to get into it, something else would happen. From OW drama to an exceedingly cocky hero to a VERY strange (and VERY problematic) scene involving the heroine’s grandmother (we’ll definitely talk more about that in a minute), there were just things that kept me from staying connected. It’s still a light, steamy read at the heart of it and does advance the series, but this one really wasn’t for me.
The story follows Miller, a professional hockey star known to be a player on and off the ice. He’s had his eye on Layla for four years now, but she’s never taken his advances seriously. It could be that he seems to be with a different woman every time he sees her, or it could be his overly confident nature, but there’s always been something that holds her back. That is, until the night she bids on him at a charity auction. Now that Layla has put a date between them on the table, there’s no stopping Miller from taking his shot.
I do want to acknowledge that the author is a skilled writer and there was a lot that DID work for me. I liked that Miller has to chase his girl a bit, and I liked that Layla didn’t put up with his antics. It’s a bit of a slow burn that turns seriously steamy in the back half, and the overall feel is light and playful. But Miller’s personality just wasn’t for me. If he really wanted Layla to take him seriously, he shouldn’t have flirted with woman after woman in front of her. Some of that drama left a sour taste in my mouth, and then the grandma stuff happened. No one would be okay with a grandfather making exceedingly aggressive (and unwanted) sexual advances towards the heroine, so I really don’t understand why it would be considered “funny” for a grandma to assault the hero (ex: straddling his lap, heavy kissing, nudity, and more). The heroine literally rolls her eyes when she finds out. There was really no coming back for me after that, and I had a lot of trouble remaining emotionally invested in the story afterwards. There’s a lot of good stuff going on in this book, but it’s all overshadowed by the problems. I’m sure many will enjoy this one but I can’t say that it was a winner for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sports romance.
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They called me the pretty boy on and off the ice. Hockey’s most eligible bachelor.
When my teammate asked me to donate one date to his charity, I figured why not. Worst case, I’d spend the night with a fan. Best-case scenario, she would be hot. What I wasn’t expecting was for my dream girl to be the highest bidder.
For years, she brushed me off, and now, I finally had a chance to take her out and show her who I really was.
With only one shot at this, I really hoped I didn’t mess it up.
At the top of my career, I was riding the wave of my sports talk show having the best rating on the radio.
I also made it a rule to never date any sports players.
It was my one rule, and I was sticking to it until I bid on the only man who gets under my skin.
All it takes is one touch, one night, one kiss, and only one chance.
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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…
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