Second chance hockey romance!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🤭😮🥰
The heroine: Lilah (a.k.a. Delilah, a.k.a. D.J.) – a nurse in Minnesota who is looking to further her education. She is having the day from Hell. Starting with losing her keys, to getting her divorce papers, to finding out that the man she came to see as a father after her’s left, had a stroke and is in her hospital.
The Hero: Ethan – an NHL Hockey player, Ethan returns to town after 8 years away due being traded to Minnesota. When his father has a stroke, he is visiting and sees Lilah, who he never really got over.
The Story: Lilah and Ethan were high school sweethearts. They had known each other since they were young children and she thought of his parents like a second set of parents. Ethan broke up with her after high school to focus on his hockey career, breaking her heart in the process.
Ethan has been traded for the third time in three years and he fears if his game doesn’t improve his hockey career will be over. He is pretty resentful of his father because he had pushed Ethan to break-up with Lilah when they were done with High School.
I loved the fact that this book was set in my home state of Minnesota. Lilah and Ethan’s family live in Forest Lake which wasn’t far from where I live and I drive through it all the time on the way to my Cabin. It is nice to read about places you know.
Like most of Helena Hunting’s books I have listen to, this one was told in dual points of view by two narrators. The narration was done by Stella Bloom and Lance Greenfield. Stella does a great job with inflections and reading but she is not one of my favorite narrators. Her voice sounds much older than Lilah’s 27 years. Lance Greenfield does a fine job as well, though there are more chapters told in Lilah’s point of view.
“I thought it was better for me to be the asshole who wasn’t in your life than one who would keep fucking things up.”
Helena does hockey romance like nobody else. I just love her writing and love the sports romance.