The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🧍🏼♂️🧍🏽🧍🏼♀️🧍🏻♀️🧍🏻♂️
The heroine: Harper – she is an artist with a love of horror movies, so she put those two loves together to create a specialty business creating horror dolls. She does dolls from movies, zombie dolls and the like like and her sales have been growing.
The Hero(es): Collin – an NHL hockey player for the Carolina Comets. Collin got a penalty that set the stage for them losing the Stanley Cup last year. Though it was found later to be a bad call by the ref, Collin still feels like he let the team down and some of his teammates feel the the same. All the pressure from that loss and everything else that seems to have gone wrong in the off season is getting into his head and now that he is back on the ice he is playing badly.
The Story: Harper is on her way home after a weekend with her Mom and attending the engagement party for her sister. When she is fooling around with the sound system in her car and nearly runs in to Collin after his truck breaks down on his way home after visiting his parents in Kansas.
This was a very good sports romance and was heavy on the romance. I liked that and I liked the inner struggles going on with both of the main characters. Collin wasn’t the traditional cocky player on and off the ice. Though he was self-assured and very manly, he was also vulnerable.
The same could be said for Harper. She was definitely a strong female character, but she has her own hang ups left from her childhood. I really enjoyed the witty banter between the two main characters as well as the humor throughout the book, which is pretty standard for Teagan Hunter books. Harper didn’t like sports at first, but started to come around after her first live Hockey game.
“There’s something exhilarating about hearing the bodies crash against the boards. Something so thrilling about hearing the puck ping off the crossbar. And watching the players glide down the ice effortlessly like they aren’t playing a high-speed game on frozen water with knives attached to their feet? It’s intoxicating.”
Zach and Delia from Let’s Get Textual make a few appearances and if you are a fan of the texting series you will know who they are as soon as they appear based on what Zack is wearing. It made me want to go back and re-read that series. Also both Harper and Collin have best friends with their own issues and a pretty contentious relationship already even though they only met a few times. I suspect they will be the main characters in the next book and I can’t wait for that!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.