⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW: The Rookie by Kendall Ryan

Lately, it seems like there are more misses than hits from this author, so I’m unsurprised that this was just okay (since I loved the last book). It’s not bad – it’s the kind of light, easy read that I was craving – but it IS pretty unremarkable. I’ll probably have trouble remembering the plot in a few days. And that’s okay, because sometimes I’m in the mood for something uncomplicated, low angst, and sexy – which this definitely is. These two fall for each other quickly, and forced proximity allows that relationship to grow in a very short period of time. The hero is actually a (surly) sweetheart, and the heroine falls for his family as much as she does him. I’ve got a few minor complaints, but there was nothing major holding me back from enjoying this exceedingly low angst romance – I binged it in one sitting.

The story follows Logan, a professional hockey player whose career is just getting started. It seemed like everything was working out for Logan, until his father’s death sent him reeling. Now Logan is temperamental, picking fights, and getting into trouble on a daily basis. When the team insists that Logan see a therapist, he avoids it as long as possible – until a sports psychologist seeks him out at his family’s rural home. Summer’s career is also on the line, and she needs the moody hockey star to cooperate. His family is more welcoming than the guy himself, and it’s not long before Summer is falling for everything (and everyone) around her. But psychologists are not supposed to date their patients, and Summer could be putting her career in jeopardy by getting Logan’s back on track.

While this is part of a series, the book stands completely on its own. Nearly every scene is set at Logan’s family home, and there are only brief appearances by his teammates. This is really a book where the forced proximity shines – Logan and Summer’s relationship is front and center, only distracted by her many interactions with his family (it felt like the start of a spin-off series, since Logan has some single brothers). I loved the slow burn and the emotional connection, which is only deepened by the therapy scenes. I’m not overly convinced that Summer is a good therapist, lol, but I did like that part of the story. Parts of their relationship feel kind of unhealthy – they fall fast and hard, but they’re really two grieving people grasping for any kind of connection. If the book was longer (it’s very short), then that probably would’ve been explored further. But this is a light, easy romance, and a lot of that emotional growth and conflict is glossed over. Ultimately, this wasn’t a standout read for me, but I will say that I liked it. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this bittersweet romance.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Bj1aO4


Blurb:

A new, sexy standalone from New York Times bestseller, Kendall Ryan.

He has everything a man could want. A lucrative hockey contract. Adoring fans. A family who loves him.

But he’s about to throw it all away. Logan Tate’s name is dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Instead of goals and assists, the talented young defenseman has been racking up fights and suspensions.

I work with athletes who are struggling, but Logan’s different. He’s not just going to blow his season, but his entire career. And now he can’t return to the ice until he deals with his issues, but the stubborn man won’t let anyone get close enough to help.

Which is why I packed up and followed him to his family’s property in the remote mountains of Colorado. He can’t avoid me here.

The only problem?
I can’t avoid him either. He’s chopping wood and building fires, rescuing my car from snowy ditches, and inviting me to Sunday dinners with his loud extended family. He’s a whole lot of man, but beneath all those hard edges is an unexpected tenderness.

Tempted or not, I have to stay out of his bed and get him back to the ice . . . no matter how difficult that might be.

This is a sizzling new romance in the Looking to Score series. Each book can be read as a standalone.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Bj1aO4


The Rebound is coming September 14th!

The last thing my newly single—and pregnant—neighbor Kinley needs is a fling. So, I make it my job to protect her from guys like me.

Which is the perfect distraction, because I’m suddenly in a whole bunch of hot water.

My coach hates me. And with our team captain now watching my every move, I need to start taking things more seriously.

Forced to walk the straight and narrow or face serious consequences, I’m willing to try something new—being a good guy. But the part of this that’s not an act? Helping out Kinley.

There’s just one problem. The girl I’m falling for? She’s the team captain’s sister.  

Kinley is funny and sweet and she’s . . . um, very pregnant. 

And even though my spot on this team depends on it . . . I can’t let her go.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3u0fOFe


Start the series today!

I didn’t particularly love the romance in The Rebel (you can read my 3-star review here), but it does work well as a series starter. You could certainly skip The Rebel and still enjoy the rest of the series, but it provides some insight into the characters. Totally up to you!

Blurb:

Holt

Six years ago, Eden barged into my life and turned everything upside down. We spent one scorching-hot night together, and then she disappeared into the sunset with the golden jock everyone adored. Which makes sense, right? A girl as beautiful and brilliant as Eden Wynn doesn’t end up with a rebel like me.

I expected them to live happily ever after, but that’s not what happened. She’s back in my life—and tempting me like no one else has. And while I’m certain I’ll only tarnish her shine, I want her. 

I’d heard the old notion that one night held the power to change everything. I just never believed it.

Until now.

Eden

I’m public enemy number one.

Turns out, the East Coast is protective of their hockey team and very vocal about not wanting a young female owner. Well, too bad, because this team is all Grandpa Wynn left me, and I have no intention of walking away.

Enter my new head of security, Holt Rossi. My history with him is . . . complicated. Chemistry reignites between us while the world waits for me to stumble.

He’s supposed to protect me—but who will protect my heart from him?

Grab your copy today!
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