Archives for September 2018

* Review * TAKING IT EASY by Erin Nicholas

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* Review * TAKING IT EASY by Erin NicholasTaking It Easy by Erin Nicholas
Series: Boys of the Big Easy #2
Published by EN Fiction, Inc. on September 25, 2018
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five-stars

Logan Trahan one of the French Quarter’s hottest bartenders. A charming, sexy southern boy whose needs are simple: make a living running his family bar and make sure everyone who walks through the doors has a great time—especially the single female tourists.

And then Dana Doucet catches his attention.

Dana hasn’t let her hair down since her husband’s funeral, but even an uber-organized single mom isn’t fully immune to sexy, persistent southern charm. So yeah, she finally gives in to Logan’s naughty flirtations after—ironically—nine months.
And now, these opposites are stuck with each other forever. Or at least for the next eighteen years, eight months, and one week.

 

Cajun man candy alert!! Gird your loins ladies because this stud just turned to mush when he heard he was going to be a Daddy! You thought his sexy drawl and bedroom eyes were an irresistible temptation? Wait until you see him plan classroom parties and do little girl’s hair! Melting!! With the second book in her Boys of the Big Easy series, Erin Nicholas brings us the second Trahan brother’s story … and it’s smokin’! I was hooked from the first line, and the fast paced humorously adorable read kept me devouring page after page throughout! You seriously don’t want to miss this series. It’s been great so far and I’m impatiently awaiting more!

It’s been two years since Dana Doucet’s husband didn’t make it home from the Army, and she managed to fight the temptation of the sexy bartender flirting with her every chance he got for nine months before she gave in to one wicked night of passion that she will never be able to forget … literally considering he knocked her up!

Sex on a stick cajun Logan Trahan loves his life. He runs a bar with his brother in New Orleans, he enjoys lovin’ the ladies, and he has a great support system of family and friends. He couldn’t resist wooing sexy single mom Dana and when he hears she’s pregnant, he doesn’t have a moment of hesitation before he is thrilled. He can’t wait to be a family with her, but she’s not so sure he’s a settling down man. She’s willing to put him to the test though … the test of her two young daughters!

five-stars

* Review * SHEIKH’S PRINCESS OF CONVENIENCE by Dani Collins

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* Review * SHEIKH’S PRINCESS OF CONVENIENCE by Dani CollinsSheikh's Princess of Convenience by Dani Collins
Series: Bound to the Desert King
Published by Harlequin Presents on October 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

He’ll do anything to protect his kingdom

Even blackmail her into marriage!

Sheikh Karim is as ruthless as the harsh desert that forged him. Entertaining bubbly Princess Galila at a royal wedding seems frivolous…until she reveals his family’s darkest secret. To protect their honor, Karim must seduce Galila into silence! The raw heat of their encounter stuns him…and inspires a more permanent solution. To prevent a scandal, Karim will make impetuous Galila his convenient bride!

 

Blackmailed … into love? With the third book in the Bound to the Desert King quartet, Dani Collins brings us Karim and Galila’s story. He’s been keeping a secret for most of his life and with a few drunken words, she sets his world to spinning with new information that could ruin everything! The characters are both quite feisty, and watching them come together and attempt to fight their attraction at the same time as they are giving in to it is quite a fun endeavor! The story was fast paced and very enjoyable. Looking forward to the final book in the quartet!

Sheikh Karim al Zyria has no idea attending a royal wedding will change his life in the blink of an eye, but when he encounters a tipsy Princess Galila of Khalia, a secret so potent it could bring down his kingdom is exposed! He’ll do anything in his power to keep it contained … even blackmail the Princess into becoming his Queen!

Princess Galila is already at a low point in her life, she doesn’t need an egotistical man throwing his weight around and demanding things from her she doesn’t want to agree to. He might have a few strings to pull to get what he wants, but she won’t remain his prisoner for long!

four-half-stars

* Review * COLTON’S TWIN SECRETS by Justine Davis

* Review * COLTON’S TWIN SECRETS by Justine DavisColton's Twin Secrets by Justine Davis
Series: The Coltons of Red Ridge
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on September 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

A K-9 cop and Colton nanny come under fire

A Coltons of Red Ridge romance

Officer Dante Mancuso pursues justice with only the company of his K-9 partner. But when tragedy strikes, the bewildered bachelor winds up with custody of his infant nieces. Desperate for help, Dante hires heiress Gemma Colton to help him care for the little girls. As they grow closer caring for the babies, shadows from their respective pasts threaten their growing bond.

 

A life they never expected! With another trip to Red Ridge, we get the story of a cop out to track down the troublemaking Teflon Twins who gets sidetracked with a personal crisis and gets aid from none other than Gemma Colton. A little less intrigue in this one than we might have become used to in a Red Ridge story, but the adorable life with twin babies makes up for it with the heartstring pulling it brings. A really sweet one!

K-9 officer Dante Mancuso is used to life with just his partner Flash by his side, but when an accident happens, he finds himself suddenly the guardian of his infant twin nieces. He’s a single guy with no immediate plans for settling down, so what does he know about babies? Absolutely nothing … and panic is ensuing!

Heiress Gemma Colton is tired of being thought of as an air-head with nothing to offer, and she’s determined to somehow find a way to prove that she can be a wife and mom like the best of them when she decides she wants to be. Dante’s emergency gives her the perfect opportunity to step in and offer her services as the live-in nanny he desperately needs. Before long, she finds herself liking the baby girls and their sexy uncle a little bit too much!

four-half-stars

* Review * SHEIKH’S PREGNANT CINDERELLA by Maya Blake

* Review * SHEIKH’S PREGNANT CINDERELLA by Maya BlakeSheikh's Pregnant Cinderella by Maya Blake
Series: Bound to the Desert King #2
Published by Harlequin Presents on September 1, 2018
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five-stars

From making the royal bed…

To carrying the royal heir!

It’s the day of the royal wedding, and everyone who’s anyone is in attendance—except the bride! Refusing to let being jilted disrupt his kingdom, duty-bound, coldhearted Sheikh Zufar commands timid maid Neisha be his stand-in queen. Their marriage is coolly convenient, but behind closed doors, their chemistry burns fiercely…and Neisha’s shock pregnancy will test Zufar’s iron control more than he could ever have imagined!

 

The wedding will go on! With the second book in the Bound to the Desert King quartet, Maya Blake picks up right where the royal wedding was thwarted, to continue the story from Zufar’s point of view. The connection and likability of Zufar and Neisha was very strong and I enjoyed their story very much. Her past being discovered was quite an interesting twist! Looking forward to the continuation of the quartet!

Sheikh Zufar al Khalia is set to wed when to his shock and dismay, his intended bride and future Queen has disappeared, and rumor has it that it was voluntarily! He won’t let this snafu and plot for revenge on an outsider’s part ruin his plan to strengthen his country, so he picks the closest woman and demands she ready herself to be his Queen!

Chambermaid Neisha Zalwani is quite taken aback when her King insists she has to marry him instantly. He woos her into thinking it’s only temporary until he finds his intended, but it doesn’t take her long to discover that he means it to be a permanent marriage … and honestly, by that point, she’s not regretting it all that much. The chemistry between the two of them is off the charts!

five-stars

* Book Announcement * TAKE ME AGAIN by Carly Phillips

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Sebastian Knight has a talent for closing the deal-in the boardroom . . . and in the bedroom.

We have Surprise book news!

Take Me Again, an all-new, sexy contemporary standalone from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips, is coming January 2019. Get ready to meet her swooniest hero yet.

 

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Synopsis

He’s used to getting what he wants . . . but she’s going to make him work for it.

Sebastian Knight is a closer. Be it a real estate deal or the woman of his choice, everything he wants is his for the taking.

Sexy and irresistible, a wink, a smile, or a handshake always seals the deal.

Until everything unravels around him.

After Ashley Easton’s social climbing mother married into the Knight family, Ashley knew better than to get involved with sexy, trouble making Sebastian Knight but their attraction is undeniable, their chemistry intense, and in a moment of weakness, she turns to him, a mistake that cost her her home and her family. After she was sent away, she swore she’d never come back.

Sebastian never expected to see Ashley, the one woman he’s never been able to get over, again.

When she walks back into his life at the worst possible time, more beautiful than ever, he’s ready for a second chance. She’s sassy and sexy everything he’s ever desired. And she’s back for good. Except Ashley wants nothing to do with the playboy who broke her heart. Too bad his sex appeal makes it harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

Sebastian Knight might have a talent for sealing the deal but this is one game he’s going to have to work to win.

 

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Carly Phillips is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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* Review * SECOND CHANCE IN STONECREEK by Michelle Major

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* Review * SECOND CHANCE IN STONECREEK by Michelle MajorSecond Chance in Stonecreek by Michelle Major
Series: Maggie & Griffin #2
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on October 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

Is their second time the charm?

Maggie and Griffin’s story continues....

No matter how much mayor Maggie Spencer avoids bad boy Griffin Stone, there’s only so far to go in Stonecreek. Only so much she can deny an undeniable attraction. And only so many times she can relive their blazing night together. Their families are feuding, the gossip is threatening her reelection, but nothing can keep her away. Is it desire...or is it (gasp!) love?

 

Small town shenanigans! With the second book in the Maggie and Griffin trilogy, we get to see the fallout of the family tiff that came between the blossoming relationship of Maggie and Griffin. The story line is rich with strife as she battles the small town gossip tree to try to earn that re-election she’s hoping for. We get a little insight into her extended family, and watch Griffin try to find his place in his family again. I’m enjoying getting a longer time spent with this couple, and can’t wait to see what happens in the final book!

Mayor Maggie Spencer thought she was well on her way to entering into a new relationship with a guy that really saw the real her, but their feuding families managed to shoot it down before it even got started. She’s been doing her best to steer clear of anywhere he might be, but Stonecreek is a small town and the time to see him again was eventually going to come.

Griffin Stone is putting the finishing touches on the new tasting room for his family’s vineyard and then his reason for being home in Stonecreek will be over. Seeing Maggie again sends that same spark through him that she always has. He doesn’t know if she’ll agree to give him a second chance after the things he said about her sister, but he hopes with all of his heart that she will!

four-half-stars

* Blog Tour/Review/Excerpt/Giveaway * ONE NIGHT SCANDAL by Joanne Rock

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* Blog Tour/Review/Excerpt/Giveaway * ONE NIGHT SCANDAL by Joanne RockOne Night Scandal by Joanne Rock
Series: The McNeill Magnates
Published by Harlequin Desire on September 1, 2018
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four-stars

One night to remember with the perfect cowboy…

Or one step toward the perfect revenge?

Nothing in Hannah Ryder’s plot included a hot fling with a drop-dead-sexy cowboy. Especially when her cowboy turns out to be Brock McNeill—a potential enemy with ties to the man Hannah wants to destroy. When an accident claims Brock’s memory, Hannah is caught in an intricate web of scandal, falling dangerously for the one man she shouldn’t trust…

 

Secrets exposed! With the final book in The McNeill Magnates saga, we get to find out what the big secret has been and tie up some loose ends of the series as well as get a glimpse into what’s been going on with some of our favorite characters from previous books. The amnesia twist in this story didn’t really do it for me, it felt a little forced and convenient rather than an integral part of the plot, however, the groundwork for the story was filled with intrigue. Overall this has been a great series with many arms of the family coming together to bring us a rich story line. Really enjoyed the McNeills!

Actress Hannah Ryder took this job on the set of Winning the West in order to spy and get revenge on the man who hurt one of her own. She can’t let herself be sidetracked by her hatred … but when a sexy cowboy walks into her scene, well, she can only withstand so much distraction before she buckles!

Hannah isn’t the only one keeping secrets when she meets and shares a night of passion with the sexy cowboy she only knows as Brock, but when she finds out her guy is none other than Brock McNeill, she isn’t sure how to proceed because he just might be protecting the man she’s out to bring down. A convenient case of amnesia just might be her saving grace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: One Night Scandal
Series: The McNeill Magnates #9
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2018

 

Blurb

One night to remember with the perfect cowboy…

Or one step toward the perfect revenge?

Nothing in Hannah Ryder’s plot included a scorchin’-hot fling with a drop-dead sexy cowboy. Especially when her cowboy turns out to be Brock McNeill—a potential enemy with ties to the man Hannah wants to destroy. When an accident claims Brock’s memory, Hannah is caught in an intricate web of scandal. Falling dangerously for the one man she shouldn’t trust…

 

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Excerpt

The cowboy’s voice smoked through her, heating her insides and sending a shiver of awareness over Hannah’s skin.

Did she want a ride?

Her subconscious was going to have way too much fun tormenting her with that image in her dreams tonight. For now, she needed to stop fantasizing about sexy Brock, the rancher who turned her inside out with just a handful of words and a smoldering gaze.

Her legs were still unsteady after whatever it was that had passed between them inside the barn. She’d had meaningful relationships in her past. Men she’d loved. And yet no one had ever given her the sizzling shock to the system that she felt from being around this stranger. Swallowing hard, she braced herself as she turned around to refuse his offer.

“That’s okay. I don’t mind walking.” Her voice was soft and breathless when she needed it to be firm and sure. “I, um, could use the fresh air.”

She could also use a new libido. One that wasn’t quite so susceptible to tall, muscular cowboys. It must be because of all the stress she was under with her sister. She’d latched onto a pleasurable distraction and now she couldn’t quite let go.

Brock folded his arms across his impressive chest. God, his arms were amazing, too. She wanted to skim her hands up the triceps and over his shoulders. Instead, she jammed her restless fingers in the back pockets of her jeans along with her phone.

“You’d probably be fine,” he acknowledged. “You must have walked over here in the dark in the first place, although the moon was higher at that hour, making the path a lot easier to follow than it will be now.”

She had been thinking the same thing since she didn’t remember exactly where she’d broken through the brush to find the cabin. Nightfall in this part of Wyoming was nothing like it was in Southern California. Here, there was no ambient light of any kind. Just deep blackness and stars.

“I’ve got my phone,” she argued, although she was beginning to wonder what else might be out there in the wilderness surrounding the ranch lands. She’d heard wolves—or some kind of wild dogs—baying in the distance on the walk over here. “The cabin I’m staying in is just through there.”

She pointed vaguely, trying to see any kind of trail.

“I’m not sure calling someone will do you any good if you meet up with a bear. Or an elk. Or some other wild animal that wasn’t expecting company at this hour.”

She didn’t want to be foolish. So, in spite of the out-of-control attraction, she figured the best thing to do would be accept the ride and get home as fast as possible.
And put this encounter out of her mind.

“Is your truck nearby?” she asked, peering around the barn. During the shoot, there’d been a couple of golf carts and two trucks parked there.

A smile curved that hard mouth of his. Nodding, he relaxed his arms and walked past her, close enough for her to feel the warmth of his body, close enough for his sleeve to brush hers.

“My horse is right this way.”

“Horse?” Her belly flipped.

Not because she minded riding a horse. Only because it implied a proximity that…

A shiver stole over her skin. Her nerve endings danced in anticipation of touching him. Something her brain knew was a very, very bad idea.

“I—” Her voice wasn’t even there. She licked her lips. Tried again. “I’m not sure—”

“You’ll be fine,” he assured her, holding a hand out for her while he stood next to a dark horse with a glossy coat. “I’ll help you up.” He flipped the ring for her foot so it was easier for her to see. “Step into the stirrup and you’ll be home in no time.”

Her heart pounded a chaotic, fast beat. But stalling wasn’t going to get her home any faster. She understood that much. Willing herself to remain calm, she stabbed the toe of her tennis shoe through the foothold.

Brock’s hands were quick and efficient as he boosted her up onto the saddle. He didn’t linger. But he might as well have been massaging her naked body for how her skin reacted under her clothes. Her thigh tingled. Her waist…

She wanted his hands there again. Before she could gather herself or prepare for more, Brock swung up onto the animal behind her. His chest was against her back. Her hips tucked into the cradle of his lap, his strong thighs bracketing hers.

There was no space. No distance. And it felt so good she couldn’t have spoken if she’d tried. The only thing she didn’t like about it was that she shouldn’t like it so damn much…

 

Author Bio

Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
 
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four-stars

* Review * FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS by Laura Kaye

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* Review * FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS by Laura KayeFighting for What's His by Laura Kaye
Series: Warrior Fight Club #2
on September 7, 2018
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four-stars

Resisting her only makes him want her more…

Private investigator Billy Parrish is good at three things—fighting, investigating, and sex. MMA training with the other vets in the Warrior Fight Club keeps his war-borne demons at bay—mostly, and one night stands ensure no one gets too close. But then his best friend from the Army Rangers calls in a favor.

Shayna Curtis is new to town, fresh out of grad school, and full of hope for the future. With a new job starting in a month, she’s grateful when her brother arranges a place for her to stay while she apartment hunts. But she never expected her roommate to be so brooding. Or so sexy.

Billy can’t wait for Shay to leave—because the longer she’s there, the more he wants her in his bed. To stay. He can’t have her—that much he knows. But when fight club stops taking off the edge, Billy lets down his guard…and starts fighting for what’s his.

 

Forbidden attraction! With the second book in the Warrior Fight Club series, we get a sexy take on a best friend’s sister/friends to lovers story line. Both main characters have heartache and issues holding them back, but together they seem to make a little more sense out of life. They are a fun couple to get to know, and I enjoyed their story. The ending was really abrupt and I felt like some of her story was left hanging, but overall it was a good read.

Private investigator Billy Parrish has to keep himself busy in order to keep his demons at bay. He works hard, plays hard and fights hard! The Warrior Fight Club for struggling vets that he attends is all that’s kept him sane these last few years, so it’s always high on his list of priorities. When an Army Ranger buddy calls him up wanting a favor, he’s not one to refuse … even if it puts him in such an awkward position!

Shayna Curtis is relocating to DC and her brother has hooked her up with a place to stay until she gets on her feet with a place of her own. Only problem is, it’s with the guy she’s been crushing on since she was in high school! Shayna has her own set of struggles she’s trying to get through, so meeting someone that seems to have his head on straight for a change is good for her … but when the lack of communication sends them both spiraling, will they be able to correct the free fall before it’s too late?

four-stars

* Review * SHEIKH’S BABY OF REVENGE by Tara Pammi

* Review * SHEIKH’S BABY OF REVENGE by Tara PammiSheikh's Baby of Revenge by Tara Pammi
Series: Bound to the Desert King #1
Published by Harlequin Presents on August 1, 2018
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four-stars

He ruthlessly seduced her…

Now he’ll steal her for his heir!

Seeking revenge for his royal family’s rejection, warrior sheikh Adir seduces his brother’s innocent fiancée! But when he returns to steal Amira from the altar, he discovers their illicit encounter left her pregnant. Secluded in the desert, longing soon consumes them. But Adir’s baby must be legitimate—and he’ll claim his with a vow!

 

Royal scandal abounds! With the first book in the Bound to the Desert King quartet, Tara Pammi is tasked with the job of laying the groundwork of the royal family we are to become entrenched in, as well as bring us the ousted family member’s story. Adir’s plight is quick to grab our attention and the fast paced story line keeps it stoked throughout. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book!

Sheikh Adir Al-Zabah has waited a long time to claim his rightful place in the Khalia royal family, and the blatant rejection he receives when he steps forward has him boiling mad. Who do these people think they are to treat him like he’s lower class than them? He’ll find a way to get his revenge!

Amira Ghalib is betrothed to Crown Prince Zufar of Khalia, but it’s not a happy union, and she’s easy to sway with kind words and affection when Adir encounters her outside the palace. He figures what better way to get his revenge than to help himself to the virginal bride to be, but when he returns to offer her a way out of the marriage she’s about to enter into, he discovers she’s carrying his child. Whisking her away to his desert paradise is easy, but can he convince her to marry for the sake of their heir?

four-stars

* Review * SHOT ON GOAL by Jami Davenport

* Review * SHOT ON GOAL by Jami DavenportShot on Goal by Jami Davenport
Series: Game On in Seattle: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey
Published by Cedrona Enterprises on September 12, 2018
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five-stars

When you're at the top, there's nowhere to go but down.

Two talented skaters. Two bright futures. Two shining stars. One ruined by a career-ending scandal and another by a father's ruthless ambition.

Marina Sanders was the darling of the winter games, winning a bronze in figure skating one week after losing both parents in a car accident. Four years later, she was the most hated woman in America.

Drew Delacorte was the future of the Sockeyes hockey team, crowned the best young player in the league and heir-apparent to the hockey throne once occupied by his father. Only Drew doesn't want that throne. Despite being in the prime of his career, he's considering hanging up his skates.

Together they're fire and ice, and when things get that hot, they melt. Can these two broken souls find comfort and courage in each other's arms or will they find only pain and regret?

 

Delectably irresistible! With the highly sought after return of the Seattle Sockeyes hockey team, Jami Davenport captivates her audience with a wounded hero sure to snag their hearts! Drew is at the end of his rope and fading fast, but the love of a woman just might be the nudge he needs to start living for himself again. The characters each have a riveting back story that quickly nabs the reader’s attention, and the sports fans in the crowd will be pulling for the Sockeyes to make the most of their Stanley Cup Final appearance! Really great story with just the right mix of romance, sports and emotions to leave this reader smiling!

Figure skater Marina Sanders was once America’s sweetheart, winning a bronze medal as a teen mere days after both of her parents were killed in a car accident. She unfortunately didn’t hold up for long under the pressure of having her support system gone and made a few bad decisions that led to her downfall. Now a few years have passed and she’s returning to the US in hopes of rebuilding her life again. What are the odds that before she even starts her new job, she’ll run into a touch of her past?

Hockey star Drew Delacorte has gained the moniker of best young player in the league, been touted the future of the Seattle Sockeyes hockey organization … yet he feels nothing when he plays anymore. He’s going through the motions and feeling more dread every day that he laces up his skates. Being the built-in successor to the hockey empire once held by his father has gotten old really fast, as has his father’s constant critiquing and criticism. He’s really starting to wonder if he ever enjoyed playing the game at all at this point. Will meeting Marina and getting a fresh take on a skating passion revitalize his attitude, or will the additional stress of having her in his life be the final nail he needs?

five-stars