Series: The Perfect Play #3
Release Date: Feburary 13, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Net Galley
Rating: 5 Stars
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Sara Rider returns with the third book in the Perfect Play series—a fast-paced, icy hot romance featuring a sports agent fighting an attraction to the NHL’s bad boy…and his ability to melt her heart.
In this perfect book for romance and sports fans, professional sports agent Jillian Nichols knows how to play the game to get what she wants. But admitting to what she needs has always been a challenge. Will she ever let her guard down long enough to let someone in? Or will the bad boy hockey player Nick “the Punisher” Salinger have to fight harder than ever for a chance to win her heart?
Nick is your typical ego-driven, overblown athlete that fights on and off the ice and thinks the sun rises and sets for his own purpose…on the outside. On the inside, he’s a loyal brother and friend protecting the ones he calls his own against any threats, whether it’s with words or fists. This has given Nick the reputation of a short-tempered brawler/bad boy, which is quickly becoming frowned upon. Nick is literally skating on thin ice in his career and after nine seasons with the New York Vipers hockey team, he’s very likely getting traded…unless he can turn his image around. That’s where Jillian comes in.
Jillian is an amazing heroine. She’s tough, persistent and very hard working. Her struggles to be successful in the male-dominated career field were admirable and endearing. Jillian never gave up, no matter how many setbacks she suffered. She’s also very passionate about her work and sincerely cares about her clients. Jillian certainly isn’t without her flaws, but she wasn’t too proud to acknowledge them either. I admired her greatly!
Nick and Jillian are brilliant together! Their chemistry was off the charts but it’s their moments out of the bedroom that made my heart swoon and my knees a little weak! I love how supportive Nick was of Jillian’s career. Their pairing was seamless and natural.
What I also really loved about the book were the secondary characters. They really pulled the story together, filling in all the nooks and crannies with their sage advice, humorous retorts and loving support for Nick and Jillian. I never wanted it to end!
Sara Rider is a new author to me and I am so glad I took a chance on this book! I love Ms. Rider’s writing style and her quirky sense of humor. She’s definitely made a new fan in me. GOING FOR THE GOAL is definitely a book I’d recommend you add to your reading pile.