The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗
The heroine(s): Ryan Bell (a.k.a. The Beauty Bell) – a beauty influencer and photographer whose boyfriend just texted her that he got someone else pregnant. Ryan is best friends with Harper from Puck Shy who is girlfriend to NHL Hockey player Collin. Ryan and Harper tag along to Vegas with a few guys from the team after the Carolina Comets win the Stanley Cup.
The Hero(s): Adrian “The Beast” Rhodes (a.k.a. Mr. Grumpbutt) – NHL Hockey star, he was nicknamed “The Beast” after his face was slashed with the blade of an ice skate and also because he is the team enforcer. After winning the Cup, he goes to Vegas and finds out his on again off again girlfriend just got engaged to one of his teammates.
The Story: Ryan and Rhodes couldn’t stand each other in Puck Shy, but Rhodes promised Collin he would be nice to her on this trip and the two end up drowning their sorrows together. Which somehow ended up with them going to a chapel, getting married and posting the wedding video online for all to see.
Two of my favorite things are the sports romance and the accidentally married in Vegas trope so I wanted this one from the start. Add in Teagan Hunter’s wit and humor and I expected this to be great from the get go. So how did it hold up to my hopes?
Well first of all. I really liked Rhodes, he is grumpy guy who despite being a pro hockey player, has low self esteem because of his facial scar. He thinks he is ugly and that it is all people see when they look at him. Of course you can see how that might be the case but just today I was reading a story about Michael K. Williams, the actor with a scar from the top of his forehead down the side of his nose to his lower cheek. He got the scar in a barroom brawl at the age of 25 and attributed it for helping him achieve success in Hollywood.
There is humor, romance, and a ton of sexual tension which I love. When Ryan moves in with Rhodes things start to get steamy really fast and the tension amps up quickly. These two have a lot of chemistry and they try to deny it but can’t seem to stay away from each other.
I also loved the Beauty and the Beast tie-ins, with Rhodes being called “The Beast” while he is on the ice and the fact that he has the facial scar which he thinks turned him into a monster, and Ryan being a beauty influencer. It was all woven together so nicely.
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