This is what I call an ALMOST 5-star read. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish – Jamieson always writes great sports romances, and this features interesting, compelling characters. The overall tone is sweet, mellow, and laidback, but still very steamy, and it’s light enough to devour in one sitting with a smile on your face. Really, the only thing it’s lacking is the love. It just doesn’t have those moments where you feel like this couple considers themselves anything but casual. So I wasn’t as invested in the romance as I would’ve liked – because they weren’t either. Beyond that, it’s a very solid read and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
The story follows pro hockey player Josh, a man who likes to plan everything out ahead of time. When he’s unexpectedly traded to another team across the country, his whole life is thrown off balance – even more so when he meets a whirlwind of a woman. Sara is a spontaneous social media maven who goes where life takes her. These two opposites shouldn’t work together, but Josh finds himself willing to embrace the unexpected when it comes to Sara.
Though the second book in a series, this easily stands on its own. It’s low angst and steamy, with a sweet feel that starkly contrasts with the heat in the second half. I really enjoyed both characters and their love story was both familiar yet distinct. Josh isn’t the typical playboy jock and Sara isn’t the typical good girl; it’s all much more nuanced than that. There are some great moments between them, and there was never a time when I wasn’t engaged with the story. Had there been a few more swoony moments, this would’ve been a 5-star read for me. Really, the only other thing that bothered me was the big fight. It doesn’t paint Josh in the best light and only reinforced the lack of feelings between them. Overall, I liked this a whole lot but could’ve loved it with a few little tweaks. I received an early copy via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sports romance.
Can a spirited, down-to-earth influencer get an uptight hockey player out of his shell?
I am a warrior. That’s been my motto since I recovered from a near-death accident when I was younger. Now I enjoy my nice, settled life in Dallas playing pro hockey—a boring life is better than being dead. I’m not a party guy or an adventurer; I like my routine and peace and quiet. So being traded to New York is the worst possible change that could happen. And meeting unfiltered and fascinating Sara Carrington throws my life into even more chaos.
I’ve been considered weird my whole life, which is why I’m still a virgin, but I’ve turned it into a career with my YouTube videos. Who knew people would love watching me talk about my zits, taste-test meatless burgers, and try to learn TikTok dances! Now I’m launching a podcast. Getting hockey star Josh Heller as a guest will help gain listeners for sure. I expect a bearded jock with no teeth and nothing to say, but I get a hot as H-E-double-hockey-sticks grouch with a surprisingly dirty mind. My mission to make him laugh is successful, but I want to know why he’s so uptight underneath that panty-dropping smile. Maybe I can teach Josh to have some fun . . . and maybe he can teach me a thing or two along the way. . . .
USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson’s epic Bears Hockey series can be read together or separately:
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