A hockey romance burns up the ice in the third sexy Need You novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mastered Series and the Blacktop Cowboys® Series.
PR agent Annika Lund can spin any disaster into a win. But revamping the reputation of a notorious Swedish hockey player will take every trick in her arsenal, especially when his agent insists that convincing everyone he’s no longer a playboy is top priority. And that it requires a sham relationship—with Annika playing the part of loving girlfriend.
On fire in the rink and in the bedroom, Axl Hammerquist couldn’t care less about being anyone’s golden boy. So when his agent forces him to play nice with a new publicist, he takes satisfaction in being as much of a pain as possible. But the more time he spends getting to know Annika, the more Axl starts to think that being Mr. Nice Guy might be worth it if it gets him the girl...
Getting to know the only female child in the branch of the Lund family was exciting and fun. A strong female who has worked hard to get where she is at her families company. The hero is a bad boy and so attractive it drew me in to find out if he was more than a pretty face.
The Lund family is a big and tightly bound family living in Minnesota. Three brothers make up the patriarchal part of the family, but we are sticking to the offspring of one brother for the first of this series. The first story, What You Need, is the story of Brady, the eldest son finding love with Lennox. Next up was Walker, the black sheep (or so he thinks) of the family finding love with Trinity in Just What I Needed. Now we have the next Lund, Annika, the only female offspring in this branch and the well protected sister, that really can handle herself.
Annika Lund is known as the “Iron Princess” by her family and friends. She has worked hard to earn her position in the company when most think she got it because of her name. PR is the game and when her mother makes a deal with the top sporting agent to help Annika’s younger brother, Jensen, Annika has to play the game. Translating for Axl who only speaks Swedish is supposed to be a temporary gig, but he offends her so much, she lets him have it and the media goes wild. Now she is his girlfriend for PR purposes only, but the lull of Axl’s personality makes it more than a publicity stunt.
I had to fight a smile. I sort of hated that she amused the hell out of me.
Axl for his part is holding a few secrets….like he speaks several languages and English is definitely one of them. A bad experience with the Chicago Hockey team has left him in a bad public image situation that morphed into everyone thinking he doesn’t know the language. He has continued to allow that to happen for multiple reasons, but now he needs to come clean with everyone and it’s going to cause problems.
His image is a playboy, but in reality he is anything but that. While he doesn’t feel he can have a committed relationship, he takes the time to learn who Annika is and to love her for all her perfections and faults. Axl also collects people around him. Everyone in his apartment complex has an open door policy and we get to know some amazing people.
There is true depth to Axl that some heroes never find. While most think he is just a dumb jock, he is actually well read, has an engineering degree and knows enough languages to put me to shame. He’s strong, doesn’t back down from confrontation, but is also the gentle giant who adores Annika at various points in the story.
Okay. She had me there. But the woman had smelled like cookies and my sweet tooth had started throbbing.
The family. Oh sweet baby Jesus. The matriarch is Swedish and messes up all the cliches. She made the deal with the agent for her son, but in a way I felt she sacrificed her daughter. I thought it would come back around that it was her plan to get them together, but I don’t think it was in the end. Two out of three brothers take a swing at Axl, well, because this is their only sister to protect. We see the family come in and out of the story and I love getting to see how the relationships from the first two books are continuing to grow.
Axl and Annika have a lot to over come as both are being pushed and pulled in different directions without their permission or control. The dynamic to fall in love despite this showed just how strong they were and how strong their love was going to turn out to be. There were lots of road bumps, but I loved meeting these two characters and being a part of their story even for a little while. Yes, I know they aren’t real people, just leave me in my lovely world of Lunds.
Axl is such a Bad Boy
Writing this review gives me a boost up!
I found a robe that only Annika can wear to get a Literary Pickers point.
Need a song to go with the book? Might I suggest…. In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg
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