When the gloves come off, she's worth the penalty...
Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She's just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work...that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O'Meara. She's a touch insecure and doesn't understand why he's interested in her.
Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O'Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.
The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she's not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they've built around their hearts.
Review by Lorena
Annie Davidson has been unlucky in love and feels like the ugly duckling because her mother seems to do nothing but give her grief and always points out her flaws. Her mother could never, ever give her a compliment -- it's always the contrary and it makes Annie feel insecure. She thinks that she could definitely never land a guy like Alec O'Meara so when he starts showing interest in her, what does Annie do? She retreats and starts trying to just play it as a "friends" thing.
Alec hasn't been interested in women since his wife died. All he thinks about is his hockey and he wants it to stay that way, until Annie comes into his sights. He can't seem to take his eyes off of her and she seems to remind him of his late wife. But there's something different about Annie and he just wants to get to know her and see where this "thing" will lead to. She might actually be the girl for him and who knows, it might just be that she is the woman that he needs and wants in his life.
Things are great once Alec and Annie hit it off, but once things start getting a little serious, Annie gets scared and she doesn't want the relationship with Alec to get any more serious than what it already is. For one, because of her insecurities and two, all her mother seems to be telling her is that a man like him would never take her seriously. So Annie takes her mother's words into consideration and feels like her mother is right and all Alec will do is break her heart.
Can Alec show Annie that she means more to him than what she thinks? He wants to prove to her that he's serious about her and that he has strong feelings for her -- will Annie believe that they could be more than just a fling because she doesn't want to get hurt again.
I love reading sports romance, granted I haven't read many lately but I do love them. The whole aspect of the sport and how the author actually goes into play-by-play of when the athlete is in the arena or field playing the sport actually gets my adrenaline going. I love watching sports and having to read a book about a sports romance makes it even better for me because not only do I get to read about the sport, I actually get to visualize the athlete in the sport along with him/her getting involved with a person romantically.
I loved this story because it takes us to a woman who is a sweetheart, loves her job as a physical therapist to children and loves to help these children in need. She is very outgoing and a fun person to be around with. Alec comes in the picture and not only is he good looking, but he also has a heart of gold. These two individuals couldn't be more perfect for each other.
4 star read for this great hockey/love story!
About the Authors
Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. She lives in Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is. In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voiceover artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies.
Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense. She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.