I always enjoy checking in on this close-knit group of hockey players, but I knew going in that this trope wasn’t a good fit for me, personally. And it wasn’t. The whole sex “without feelings” arrangement/bringing out condoms before they’ve kissed just isn’t a favorite of mine, so I was as emotionally detached from the relationship as the couple was at the start. Things were just starting to turn around when ex drama overtook the story, so I can’t say that I loved the romance in this. However, there are some cute family moments and some important team updates that fans of the series will appreciate. I also liked the sweetness of this hero, and I’m still very excited for Baden’s story – and definitely curious about Riggs.
The story follows Jett, a pro hockey player who has been trying to get the team’s new social media maven to go out with him. Though Jett doesn’t do commitments, he’d love to spend some time between the sheets with Emory, and there’s something about her that attracts Jett on another level. The problem? It turns out that Emory is a single mom, and that comes with more complications than Jett would like. But if they can keep things casual, then maybe their connection can stay light and easy. It doesn’t take long before Jett is changing his tune, and Emory’s daughter wins him over quicker than anyone could’ve expected.
This will stand alone if you’re new to the series, though the characters make appearances in most of the books. For example, we’ve been teased about Baden’s story for several books, and his still hasn’t happened. Regardless, this is a complete romance, and it stays relatively light and steamy throughout. There’s the ex drama and some tension about keeping feelings out of the equation, but everything really comes together pretty quickly. I personally didn’t find the relationship all that compelling, but there’s not a whole lot that I disliked either. I didn’t love any part of the ex drama, and I don’t think it showcased Emory’s good side either – but we do get some swoony scenes with Jett out of the situation. I don’t think this will win over new fans, but anyone who has been following the series is sure to enjoy this installment. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this single parent romance.
Jett Olsson isn’t looking for anything serious and she’s not looking for anything at all, so why does it seem so hard to keep it professional?
I love my life—the thrill of being on the ice as part of the Arizona Vengeance, the rush of winning, the adoration of the fans. And if that adoration means I don’t have to spend the night alone, well even better. I’m content being single and always ready to mingle.
But the day Emory Holland walks into a Vengeance team meeting my attention is caught like never before. I can tell right away she’s full of smarts and sass, and the fact that she’s hot as hell sure doesn’t hurt either. She immediately shuts down my advances, so I opt for the road less traveled—straight to the friend zone.
My approach works like a charm, and when she invites me into her bed for a no-strings, friends-with-benefits arrangement, I vow to give her everything I have. She’s been hurt before, and if I’m able to help her heal while giving her a spectacularly satisfying time *pats self on back*, then I’ll be happy.
Or at least that’s the lie I keep telling myself as the time ticks down on the final buzzer of our “relationship”. Now the real question is, can I score the winning goal in a game neither of us realized we were playing?
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I’m in such a reading slump. I’m on to re- reads. All these new books are just eh. Making me sad😔 thanks for the reviews.
I will say I loved the new Sarina Bowen book though!
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Sorry to hear that – I’ve definitely been disappointed with these July releases too! I’ve got a few blogger friends who have said the same thing. I’ll have to check out that Sarina Bowen book at some point, my TBR was too full to grab an ARC. And I just read a 5-star read that releases on Tuesday, so hopefully things are looking up!