A fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.
As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister—and she’s moving in.
Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem—especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.
Live, love, laugh! That is tattoo Lovey has on her, and her goal in life. She is a fun loving girl who aims to live every moment fully, with no brakes, and smile on her face.
I admit, I had a little trouble with this story, and Lovey, in the first quarter of the book. I nearly gave up on the story, she was that annoying. She was acting very immature, flighty, and rather selfishly, like moving into her older brother's apartment in Chicago, without a warning first, not even a phone call that she was coming into town. Yes, just showed up.
Marc is on the serious side, dedicated to his career, to the charity work he does, and leading the team as well as he can. Admirable, respectable, and appropriate for any grown up person.
They have hot chemistry between them, surprisingly, many common interest, they enjoy talking to each other, talking about the hard things, the things they normally don't talk about. They form a friendship, and jump each other whenever Lovey's brother is not around.
This is a lighthearted, fun sports novel, I liked the author's voice, the story flows well, and is enjoyable to read. There's a perfect split between hockey and romance in the story, and the hockey part is energetic and interesting.
Lovey has a lot of growing up to do, and she doesn't quite reach that goal fully, even towards the end. But, I am glad I didn't give up on her at the beginning of the story, because she did deserve a second chance, and her character does develop, get some insight as the story unfolds.
~ Three Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me