The spiciest book in the series yet, this is sexy but not particularly satisfying in the romance department. Told in flashbacks and present day, the story follows two people who had one steamy and memorable two-night stand a few years ago, before they realized that sleeping together would jeopardize both of their jobs. I could EASILY see the chemistry and attraction between them, with tons of texting and playful banter. And the age gap (38/28) paired with an intense hero made for plenty of fan-worthy moments. Where this falters is the actual relationship development outside of the bedroom – we’re told that their weekend together was more than sex, but… we never saw that. And we didn’t see much more than longing and spice in present day. So, while I enjoyed jumping back into the series and liked the book as I was reading it, it’s likely to be a forgettable read for me.
The story follows Emilia, a woman who is up for a promotion. She’s been working for a hockey team for the last few years, and she loves her job – except for one thing. Two years ago, Emilia met a sexy stranger in a bar, and their weekend together was all kinds of memorable. She might have been able to forget Smith if he hadn’t shown up at her work soon after. Turns out, Smith is one of the hockey players on the team, and crossing the line again would surely get them in trouble. They’ve managed to avoid each other for two years, but a player profile brings them together again… and the chemistry sparks back to life. Neither one is willing to give up their job for a relationship, but it’s impossible to ignore the attraction.
I’ve been enjoying this series, and this is another steamy rom com with a great mix of fun and sexy moments. You can read it as a standalone, but there are lots of references to past couples. The story is low angst overall, though the forbidden vibes give it a bit of an edge. So does the steam; Smith is an intense guy in the bedroom, making this the spiciest book I’ve read from Hunter yet. There’s a lot to love about the story, but I do wish that we’d seen more of their first weekend together. Being told that they connected outside of the bedroom and being shown that they connected are two very different things, and much of the story relies on that initial meeting. That’s also perhaps why I found the sex scenes to be impersonal and a little aggressive – without seeing the emotional connection, they didn’t hit the same way. But I really liked both characters, I liked seeing the previous couples again, and I’m looking forward to the next book – so it’s a win overall.
I should stay away.
Emilia Anderson is the team’s social media manager, and there are strict rules about not fraternizing with the staff. It doesn’t matter that we already accidentally broke them—we can’t let it happen again.
Besides, my time in the NHL is winding down, and this is my last shot at winning the Cup. I need to focus on the game, not some girl I have no business chasing.
She’s ten years younger than me.
She’s the assistant coach’s niece.
And she works for the team.
She’s off-limits…and too hard to resist.
I know better than to play this game…
But it looks like I’m heading to the sin bin.
SIN BIN is a standalone age gap/forbidden hockey romcom with lots of steam, wit, and fun!
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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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