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Series: All In, #2
Also in this series: A Lie for a Lie (All In, #1)
on January 28, 2020
Genres: Romance, Humor, Sports, Hockey
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and A Lie for a Lie, a new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love.
When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her?
Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister.
So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.
I was provided a review copy by Montlake Romance; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
Laugh Out Loud, funny! I literally highlighted pages of text. This book is hilarious and the premise was perfect!
The story opens with Rook’s younger sister, Stevie, (whom we met in Lie for a Lie) moving into his apartment after she found her fiancé having sex with another woman ON HER BIRTHDAY! She’s clumsy and on the verge of hysteria, what could go wrong that day did, including awaking her new, surly neighbor, Bishop.
❝She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment.❞
She appeared to be doing a terrible job sneaking into his married team captain’s apartment. He assumed Stevie was Rook’s side piece, which made him hate Rook even more.
Because of his misconception (and his personality), he’s crazy rude and disrespectful to her, a royal jerk – which provided so much hilarity to the story, because he’s also crazy attracted to her. She hates that she’s attracted to him because of how he treats her. But his body is delicious, and he has a ridiculous supply of crazy boxer briefs that he loves to share with her.
❝A set of flags crosses over the pen pouch with the words FINISH LINE right over his junk. It’s physically impossible not to look at his crotch. I force my eyes up, dragging slowly over his ridiculously cut abs on the way to his annoyingly attractive face❞
About the same time he gets a groin injury, Bishop discovers Stevie is Rook’s sister, and she’s working as a sports trainer at the university. Bishop needs to get back on the ice as soon as possible if he’s to gel with his teammates and not get traded. Stevie could use the addition to her resume’ of working with an NHL player. It’s the perfect no-strings-attached arrangement.
The problem is, every time she touches him, he becomes aroused. His reactions are hilariously funny!
I’m sweating, I’m angry, and I hate my dick.
❝I need you to stop touching me!❞ It’s stupid because I’m still holding on to her, not the other way around.
❝Why are you yelling at me?❞ she shouts back.
❝Because you’re half-undressed in my tub, and I’m a guy, and apparently my dick is a fucking sadist. It honestly feels like my balls are on fire right now. A semi has literally never been this painful.❞
❝Well, close your damn eyes and think about dead things.❞
❝It doesn’t matter if I close them. The image of you in panties is burned into the back of my lids, probably for the rest of my fucking life. It’s all I see.❞
❝You’d think you’d never seen a set of bare legs before.❞ She helps me lower myself into the tub and steps out.
❝It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a pair up close,❞ I grumble.
❝Such a surprise, with your warm, fuzzy personality.❞
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, slow burn, enemies to lovers romance, with a broody hero and a sharp-tongued heroine, curl up with A Favor for a Favor!