With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.
Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.
In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.
The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.
So I don’t read “sports oriented” romances for the most part, for a number of reasons. I can’t relate to professional athletes and have never been involved with an athlete. I was familiar with this story before it was published, and knew that many people loved it. I decided to take a chance with this one, for two reasons.
Helena Hunting. She is extremely talented at writing well developed characters and I loved her Clipped Wings series. Chicago Blackhawks. I live in Chicago and do like hockey, though don’t follow the players themselves that closely. I mean I know who Jonathon Toews, Corey Crawford, and Patrick Sharp are by name, but wouldn’t recognize them on the street. Sorry, but I’m not a puck bunny. LOL
Back to why I loved this book! Alternating points of view. We get to be in the heads of both main characters. Violet is not the normal heroine. She is a little odd, and I don’t have a clear picture of her in my mind, but she made me laugh. I liked her a lot even though I didn’t always understand her. Now Alex Waters surprised me. He definitely isn’t the typical athlete and despite the mistakes he made, I still loved him. He isn’t great at describing Violet, mainly because he is so focused on only certain aspects of her. I mean he actually invites her boobs out on a date. LOL
“So did you study English in college?”
“Not as a major. I took a few courses for fun. What about you?” My mouth is dry and every part of me is hot. I take a sip of my grapefruit drink.
“ I double majored in English Lit and Kinesiology during my first year. I had to drop the kin after I was drafted. I was a little late at getting picked up.”
He double majored. My spider jimmies are at risk of peeling themselves off my body. “When were you drafted?”
“The middle of my first year.”
“And you still finished your degree?”
“It took a little longer than usual, but yeah. I’d still like to finish the kin degree at some point, but that’ll have to wait. So you’re not into lit fic, eh?”
He’s using cute Canadianisms. I’m getting all flushed below the waist and above the neck. “I’m good with literary. I’ve read Tolstoy and Austen and liked them, Fielding’s a pretty vast change from straight up word porn.”
I get another laugh, and his fingers drift down the side of my neck. “He saw her, like the sun, without looking.”
Oh God. He’s quoting Tolstoy and touching me. I’m done for.
When you’re surrounded by sport-minded men whose reading repertoire doesn’t expand beyond The Hockey News or the sports section in the newspaper, it’s hard not to get all starry-eyed about a guy who reads books without pictures.
What I liked most about the main characters is that neither of them are typical and both were smart enough to recognize that fact. Their relationship starts out mainly physical but as they spend more time together feelings get involved. If I had to make a suggestion to Helena it would be that I wanted more time with them outside of the bedroom. Knowing that they were both intelligent people, I would have loved to see more of their conversations about things outside of hockey.
Alex sends mixed messages to Violet about his feelings for her, and his actions don’t bode well. He struggles with balancing his private life with his public persona. Not only does that backfire, but it causes serious heartbreak for both of them. It’s not overly angsty, but like most conflicts in a love story, it could have been avoided if communication was used by both of them.
Yeah. Yeah. I know without conflict there is no story. I would highly recommend this book if you are fans of Emma Chase and Alice Clayton, because this is serious funny with hot romance.
I gave this story 5 “Got Stick?” stars, and put it on my “favorites” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads. In fact, there is an awesome giveaway there to win a SIGNED copy of this book!! Check it out here.
***I was given an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. The excerpt is from that copy.****
This book will be published May 3rd, but it can be pre-ordered!!
Blackhawks goal song. Go Hawks!!