My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was another great addition to this loosely connected ice hockey series.
Here we have Taylor, a teammate of Grey and Dean from book one, who has been crushing on the 11 years older single dad who works for the club’s fund-raising arm.
From the off, I really liked Dakota, his son Andy is an adorable imp, who read like a four-year-old and now some child genius, and their relationship was loving and super sweet.
I also really liked Tay, his sense of insecurity outside of the ice came across well and his maturity didn’t feel at all forced.
The main conflicts come from internal fears and they were used well to create tension without straying into the ‘lack of communication’ trope which I hate.
Lots of good secondary characters (loved Dakota’s cousin Calder, he gets a free extra scene available via Amy’s newsletter).
I also appreciated that Tay’s sisters tried to make amends for how they’d basically ignored him when they were kids and didn’t try to make excuses other than the large age gap (they’re Dakota’s age), something which had triggered most of his self isolating issues.
The sex is sweet and steamy and there’s a good build up to things becoming more serious.
The other guys from the previous books are on hand to make guest appearances, which I love in a series, and overall this was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I’m interested to see if Tay’s best friend Stanton is going to be book five’s MC along with Xappa.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.