Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 15, 2018
While I haven’t read any other book in this series, I never felt lost. I delighted in meeting a bad boy hockey player who really isn’t one, but instead a very respectable man who doesn’t want a fling, but a long term relationship. What I didn’t get was a heroine I liked. She did him wrong and I wanted to step in and find him a woman who would treat him right. But there is a little thing in the way…a baby.
This is the first time I have read a Meghan Quinn book. While I enjoyed her writing, this isn’t going to be the best book I read from her hopefully. I just might have to go back and get the first two books in this series, because I did love most of the characters.
Hayden Holmes starts us off with a bang when he gets in a fight on the ice and it costs his team the game in the playoffs. He goes one step further and gives the reports what they deserved, but also what they needed to paint him in a bad light. Retreating, he goes back to his old hometown to reconnect with friends and get his head back in the game. There he hooks up with his best friend who invited Adalyn, a funny, sassy nurse.
The two hit it off right away, but Hayden wants to wait on having sex as he really thinks she is the one. Wanting to work on their relationship first, he is trying to lay a foundation for when they would be apart during his hockey season. Adalyn isn’t quite on board with this as they do a lot of fondling, cuddling and unrequited foreplay.
Adalyn grew up with all these people in town and has a slew of older brothers. Her best friend is getting married and the other nurse friend…well, let’s just say after they hooked up, he said something not so nice and put Adalyn squarely in the friend bucket with a broken heart. This guy I really didn’t like and the author let him go way to far into this relationship. In fact Adalyn let him way to far when she should have been dealing with Hayden.
The relationship moves into having sex as the title leads you to believe and a baby on the way. Circumstances out of Hayden’s control really fuck up this situation, but Adalyn doesn’t give him the benefit of the doubt as this “friend” hordes in and tries to be the man she relies on. She even goes so far as to try to hide the pregnancy from Hayden. That is quite the no-no in my book after the way she treated him.
So the story went on with Hayden doing everything he can to be the good man while Adalyn rebuffs him left and right. The friend even moves in with her and you know he wants more than Adalyn has given him. Hayden is of course jealous, but Adalyn still doesn’t cut him any slack. At this point I am having a very hard time with this drama that is created by a circumstance out of Hayden’s control with Adalyn driving the story to deeper drama. It felt like drama for drama’s sake at this point.
Adalyn came across as selfish, spoiled and irresponsible at times. She blew things out of proportion and tried to make it all Hayden’s fault. He tried to be the upstanding man. He did push at times, but if he didn’t she would have left him never knowing his child. This attitude she had as the victim got old fast, while Hayden’s groveling made me feel like she had him by the balls and there was no right answer for him.
Well, I can’t say this was enjoyable, but the writing itself was well done. It just has inspired me to see what else she has written that I may enjoy more. Drama for just having drama just isn’t my thing. Maybe next time it will be better….one can hope.
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