Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on August 4, 2020
Opposites attract and it blew my mind. What you think of a character from other books actually looks different when you see their side of things. I loved seeing the hero take control of his life and a heroine shove misogynist assholes in their place
Nolan Lund. was the one character I wonder what a love story would look like. He comes across as a prissy boy at times, man whore at others and oddly someone you want to know why people find him the heir apparent without the power to actually be the heir. I found myself loving the fact that isn’t prissy or a snob like I thought he was from other stories. He is just a man who takes pride in his appearance and doesn’t mind spending the money to make sure he looks good. He’s also a man who loves his privacy and a space of his home that is his and places he can go to socialize that aren’t his home. Above everything, the entire family doesn’t know him, and often underestimate what he can do, much to their detriment in this story.
Gabi Welk is at a crossroads in her life. Breaking up with the boyfriend that finds he loves her younger sister, coaching her sister to Olympic Gold, and now between jobs coaching young girls hockey at a local ice rink owned by a famous male retired hockey player, Nolan’s brother. When she gets a chance at her dream job, she turns to the man she doesn’t get along with, but who has a sense of style that can help her: Nolan. Little in common, the two work together to bring about change in both of their lives.
Two people with nothing in common, make the best couple. Why? Because neither of them are conventional people Gabi competes in a male-dominated field of hockey, but now must have a female presence we haven’t seen for the career of her dreams. Nolan becomes the prince of Lund Industries after his brother turns it down, but not given the power or respect to lead the company. But what I loved is the two accepted each other for the people they are, after they get over some fighting. Nolan sees her right after her breakup and is the one person who doesn’t try to embarrass her over the breakup. He listens to her life story, what she sacrificed, and how she never felt it was supported. Gabi saw him when he was frustrated for not being part of the inner parts of Lund Industry but expected to run it when his father gets sick.
The two may not have been alike, but at the root of their souls, they understood what the other felt. The inner conflict they both were dealing with in more ways than you expect were alike. A pretty boy doesn’t mean a simple mind. A buff woman at the top of her sport doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to feel feminine. The two accepted who each other were…maybe not at first, but as it went along, the acceptance was so empowering to see.
With each story, the Lund involved has to do charity work and we get to see what they choose and what they put their time into. Nolan chose one that had me cheering! He got together LGBT (and all the other letters) teens together with adults in healthy relationships also from the LGBT community. It allowed them to see and talk with others to know they aren’t alone. It was amazing to see a community event that focused on helping teens. Each book has a charity dear to the heart of the Lund, but it also inspires you to want to do more for your community.
Can I just say I love the Lund family? They aren’t cookie-cutter people. They care for their community. They love as a family. But most of all, they fight like a normal family. It all makes for a wonderful story and has me hanging on to see what the next one will bring.
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