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Title: Shot on Gold (Play-by-Play #14)
Author: Jaci Burton
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Will “Mad Dog” Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn’t be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She’s beautiful, ambitious and driven–everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.
Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she’s competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing’s going to get in her way–until she meets Will. He’s an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.
But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.
Review: I absolutely adored reading this! Amber and Will’s story is a total opposites attract romance and it was definitely a slow burn for sure. I loved the instant attraction and that Amber and Will were able to keep that chemistry going with great conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the smutty stuff, but I loved their instant connection. It wasn’t all lovey and mushy, and it was kind of just great.
This totally has a different feel from the other Play-by-Play books I’ve read so far! I loved the Olympic setting because it kind of raised the stakes a bit with the pressure of winning a medal. I loved Amber’s character so much and I found myself identifying with her a lot. It’s probably because she was so socially awkward. She lacked the same confidence and zeal of the female protagonists of the earlier books in the series and I loved it because I was able to relate more. Usually Jaci Burton’s female characters are past their insecurities, but Amber still had room to grow. While she was confident on the ice, going to a simple party and socializing terrified her. Yup, I completely loved Amber’s character. She was total fire and woman empowerment!
Okay, now moving onto Will. The synopsis made him out to be some kind of ladies’ man, but that part kind of fell short for me. I guess I was looking for more of a bad boy here, but I’m glad he turned out to be such a genuine guy. There were some totally adorable moments he and Amber shared that totally gave me butterflies.
I will point out one thing that did kind of bother me about this book: the bedroom talk. Honestly, some of the things they said to each other during sex made me cringe because they just felt so unnatural. Sometimes they would say things and I would just stare at the page and be like “okaaaay?”
The ending was a bit shaky and kind of felt incomplete to me a bit, but this was still another great sports romance! I could totally see this series going on forever because Jaci Burton has built such an extensive world and I love how everything just keeps connecting.