This was an EASY 5-star rating for me, one of my new favorites from Hunter. It’s a little bit Beauty and the Beast, a little bit Vegas wedding, and a whole lotta light and steamy fun. I loved these two together, and our insecure, vulnerable hero was such a lovable grump. The opposites attract dynamic worked for me, and I always love a fake relationship with a side of forced proximity. While this is second in the series, it easily reads as a standalone – and leaves me wanting more from this group of friends. The story absolutely flew by, and there was never a dull moment for me.
The story follows Ryan (her) and Rhodes (him), two people whose besties are in a relationship. While there might’ve been some attraction between them when they first met, Rhodes’ personality quickly squashed any brewing chemistry. The pro hockey player took a skate to the face years ago, and the scar that remains is both physical and mental. He doesn’t believe he’d ever be worthy of a woman like Ryan, but a drunken night in Vegas leaves them married. While neither is quite sure what their drunken selves were thinking, news of their marriage has already gone public – and ending things now would just cause even more trouble. So the two agree to act like a couple for now… even if things start to feel real rather quickly.
While I enjoyed the first book in the series, it was Rhodes who intrigued me the most. I just knew that I was going to love him – and I definitely did. He’s a sweetheart underneath his grumpy exterior, a man whose personality changed because of his insecurities. I loved that Rhodes was so immediately smitten with Ryan, and the only thing holding him back from wanting more was himself. This was an extremely low angst, lighthearted read, and the fun, sexy vibes kept me smiling throughout. It was easy to feel the chemistry between these two, and there are a few fan-worthy moments. The story touches on some heavy subjects without ever delving too deep, making it such a light and devourable read. There are enough appearances from Rhodes’ teammates to tie the series together (and leaving me wanting more), while also keeping this a standalone romance. I’m definitely looking forward to more from the series, because this was just what I wanted from Hunter. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy sports romance.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.
I would know. I’m coming home with a brand-new ring on my finger.
My wife? Ryan Bell.
We’re polar opposites.
She’s sunshine and happiness.
I’m grumpy and scarred—literally.
We could get it annulled and no one would be the wiser.
Only problem? We posted about it online, and it’s already making headlines.
I can’t afford to get that kind of attention and tank my career, and Ryan needs my help too.
We make a plan: stay married for one year, play our roles, and divorce amicably at the end. No harm, no foul.
Besides, there’s no way the beauty is going to fall for the beast…
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I’m having the definition of a bad year.
Game Six loss costing my team the Cup? Check.
Getting arrested and ruining my image? Check.
Almost getting run over after my car breaks down? Oh, look—a hat trick.
My contract is up with the Carolina Comets this year, and I need to get it together if I want to stay with the team.
I need relaxation, not a relationship.
But when I’m scrolling on a dating app and stumble across the pretty girl who almost ran me over, I know I can’t let her walk away this time.
Harper is funny, smart, and doesn’t care about hockey.
I’m not supposed to be focusing on anything other than my career, yet I can’t get Harper off my mind.
I know I shouldn’t fall for her…but I think I already have.
PUCK SHY is a standalone hockey romantic comedy. It’s good, low angst fun with some hot hockey players.
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I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.
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