*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Author: Victoria Denault
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Not every goalie plays it safe…
As a publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team, Dixie Braddock is too busy rescuing the players from trouble to get into any of her own. Except, of course, when it comes to the super hot new goalie. Because when a guy’s kiss curls your toes and sets your heart on fire, how the hell do you just walk away? But if anyone ever catches them together, she’ll lose her job faster than any slapshot.
Eli Casco is on the brink of having everything he ever wanted. He’s finally been called up from the minor leagues to play on a championship team. And he just had the most mind-blowing night with the woman of his dreams. But now that he’s an official Thunder player, Dixie is determined to keep her distance. None of the fame and fortune means anything to him without her to share it. If he truly wants Dixie in his life, it’s time to throw down his gloves and put everything on the line.
Review: This book had the makings of a Jaci Burton sports romance, but it just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. It started off with so many cheesy pick up lines my head was spinning, and then all of a sudden they’re making out in an elevator? Mind you, the cheesy pick up lines became a staple of their relationship, and I did laugh at a few of them. I will say that there was a lot of instant sexual tension as soon as Dixie and Eli laid eyes on each other, though. This book kind of started off slow, and the whole forbidden romance thing didn’t kick in for a while.
There were definitely a lot of misogynistic undertones, and I don’t think there was anything in the plot that really helped fix that. Dixie was a PR girl trying to make it in the male-dominated sports world, with her idol being the only female owner of a hockey team. Her brother plays for the Thunder, and she keeps her identity hidden in order to make it on her own. Everything pretty much goes downhill when she meets Eli Casco. His brother also plays for the Thunder and he has been trying to make the NHL his whole life. Without knowing who he is at first, Dixie doesn’t reject his advances. He flirts with her relentlessly until she gives in and one night is all it takes for them to become lost in each other. The big thing keeping them apart is the threat of exposure. There is a strict no-fraternization policy, and Dixie is a big fan of the rules. If anyone found out, Dixie would lose her job and Eli would get a slap on the wrist.
They both have these huge secrets and pain that they use to push each other away, but they can’t stay apart. I kind of wish that Dixie had more willpower when it came to Eli. It would have been great to see some more tension, or maybe even another guy going after Dixie to make things interesting. She had so much potential to be a total tease!
The ending kind of wrapped everything up in a neat little bow, but there were still a few loose ends that I would have loved to see tied up better. Overall, I did enjoy the writing style, but it had so much cheese sometimes that it was difficult to take seriously. There were some great characters, and I did have a few good laughs, but I feel like there was more that could have been done plot-wise