Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on May 2, 2017
A love so strong it weathers a lot of storms is hard to find, but this one fell a little flat of me a it dealt with some taboo subjects and never resolved them in fashion I would find acceptable. The hero was a dick faced with bad situations. The heroine doesn’t seem to be logical when faced with lust. It just had me scratching my head and hoping the next book wouldn’t disappoint me.
Pipe Dreams is a story I have been waiting for some time. What would make a guy leave the woman he is love with, without giving her an explanation? And a heroine who has moved on, but capitulates as soon as the hero comes back into her life. Let’s explore this a little more.
Mike seems to have it all: a wife, daughter and a dream job, but when he comes home early one day and finds his wife cheating, divorce is the only way out. While he was married, he never cheated even if he found himself drawn to the woman in the office who takes care of the hockey team, Lauren.
Lauren grew up with hockey. Her parents wouldn’t pay for college, so getting a job running the office for the team is logical, especially since her father is the manager. She works during the day and goes to school by night.
Mike and Lauren have a friendship and they keep it there even though they both are attracted to each other. When Mike decides to divorce his wife, he even tries to stay away from Lauren, but soon cannot. Thus a relationship begins before the divorce is finalized.
Circumstances cause Mike to pull away from Lauren and go back to his wife and daughter. This is where I was a little upset that these two couldn’t wait for the divorce to finalize before they started their new relationship, thus also making it harder when Mike goes back to his wife. All of this without Mike telling Lauren why he was leaving her.
[quote]”Why are you still here?” she asked. “Because you’re standing on a dark sidewalk at midnight?
Seriously? This from a man so obviously unconcerned with her well-being.[/quote]
So I was totally pissed off at Mike. Yes, he had a bad situation, but he didn’t sit down and talk to Lauren about it. He just up and leaves. Also, why couldn’t he wait for the divorce to finalize before getting it on with her? And her for getting it on with a technically married man. Yep, this hit off so many of my no-no buttons.
Moving past that, it’s two years later and Lauren has to fill in at the hockey office, which she left right after Mike left her. Mike’s still the goalie, but he is now a widower with a teenage daughter. He doesn’t go directly after Lauren, but through little meetings he ends up deciding he wants her back. Fully admitting he is a douchebag, he still wants Lauren to forgive him and take him back.
[quote]And it was sudden sensory overload. Soft, lilac-scented hair brushed his face. Long, tanned arms wrapped around his back. She was saying something more – telling him she was sorry, or not to worry. He couldn’t make sense of the words because his pulse kicked up four notches. Unbidden, his arms clamped around her back. He stuck his nose in her hair and took deep, forbidden breath. That’s when everything got quiet. [/quote]
Lauren for her part has stayed away from hockey and made a new world in her job for Nate in the tech part of his company. About to graduate, she has made some pretty deep life decisions and they don’t include a man by her side. Guarding her heart and hating the man she still really loves is all she has to do for a few weeks, but he gets under her skin.
The story felt completely off from beginning to end. I didn’t like the “affair” between the two. I didn’t like how Mike just made the decisions and acted on them, never really considering what he did to Lauren. I hated how Mike could just worm his way back into Lauren’s life. Was he a total bad guy? No. What he did was honorable, but it was all the way he did it that left me feeling cold.
To top it off, I never really bonded with Lauren. I just didn’t like her. She came off as a snob and too good for the other ladies of the story until she wanted friends. I applaud her decision for moving on with her life, I just didn’t like how it all played out.
So with great regret, I have to say I didn’t like this story. I wanted to very badly, but it just didn’t do anything for me. In general I really love the series. Hockey isn’t my sport of choice, but it’s a game I can respect. There are sports sections to the story where they are on the ice, but most of the terminology is Greek to me. The sheet time is also off the hook sexy, it’s just the romance that left me feeling as cold as a hockey rink.
I found a razor in some of Lauren’s thoughts for Literary Pickers.
Need a song to go with the book? Might I suggest….No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Beastie Boys
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