Definitely not my favorite in the series, but it was cute. This series has consistently been light and sexy, easy and playful – and this installment is too. It’s character-driven, with so much banter and conversation. I was delighted to hear that the flirt on the team actually still has his v-card, and it was refreshing to read about a hero who wanted sex to mean something, despite having plenty of other options available. I liked the chemistry between the characters, and I’ve been rooting for this couple for awhile now. But… something was just missing. It failed to engage me, and certain aspects felt very rushed. The transition from strangers to friends to lovers was really abrupt, and then it felt like the book was mostly focused on the sexual side of things. And in a very “new adult” way too, with a much younger vibe than the rest of the series. The lackluster ending is what sealed the deal on my 3-star rating though, cementing this as a forgettable read for me.
The story follows Miller (24), a pro hockey player who is known for going on a ton of dates. He may seem like a player, but he’s been hiding a secret: he’s been so focused on hockey that his v-card is still intact. When a teammate suggests that Miller try to lose it with the cute girl who runs the doughnut stand, Miller knows that’s not an option. Not only does he want his first time to mean something, but he also knows that Scout (28) hates him now. After her secret crush failed to recognize her away from the doughnut place, Scout has been avoiding Miller as much as possible. So when he apologizes and seems to genuinely mean it, the two strike up a tentative friendship. It doesn’t take long to realize that they have chemistry, so their friendship shifts into more. But Scout still isn’t convinced that they’re meant to be, and that is sure to cause some trouble down the line.
Despite the fact that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I had hoped, it’s still very bingeable. The story flies by, and I really liked how much banter was included. I don’t always need a plot-driven story to hold my interest, sometimes the chemistry is all I need. And that was a win here. I just wish that it hadn’t felt quite so young or fast-paced. Miller is a young guy who has never had a girlfriend and is inexperienced in all ways, so that definitely influenced the vibe. Much of the story focused on his new experiences, and that took away from the emotional connection. Things moved so quickly that we never had a chance to settle into Miller and Scout connecting on a deeper level. I missed that part. And then the ending… well, I didn’t love it. It kinda ruined the emotional connection that they had built, and the resolution didn’t sit well with me. I still enjoyed being back in this world and wouldn’t hesitate to jump back into the series, but this particular installment was mostly a miss for me.
Scoring on the ice? Piece of cake.
Scoring off it? Well, there’s a reason I’m still a virgin.
I’m not entirely clueless with women, though I do tend to put my foot in my mouth around them far too often.
Like I did with Scout, the donut maker I stupidly introduced myself to despite visiting her truck for years.
Maybe my teammates have a reason to call me the dumb one, but I’m determined to prove them all wrong—Scout included.
I want to be her friend. Want her to see the real me.
What I’m not expecting is to like her so much when we start spending time together…or want to kiss her so badly.
I’m the jock, and she’s the bookworm.
On paper, we make no sense together.
But maybe I have a scoring chance with her after all.
SCORING CHANCE is a standalone hockey romantic comedy. There’s a virgin hero, a secret crush, wit, steam, and a whole lot of 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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