I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Carina Press on 2015-02-16
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
One night, one time, nothing more. That's all it was supposed to be. They'd agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates's merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers' brawny hotshot. She couldn't get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn't expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they'd gotten down and dirty.When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and
I grew up loving sports, I loved playing, I loved watching, I loved talking about. Any sports. As an adult? That hasn’t changed much, and although I love all sports? I gravitate towards hockey. There’s just something awesome about the amazing talent these guys (and girls) have when it comes to skating, the force of the hits they take, how fast the puck moves. Everything about the sport fascinates me, so when I discovered hockey books in the sports romance category last January? I couldn’t get enough!! And now I hunt out every possible hockey romance I can, so when Game Play showed up on Netgalley? I couldn’t wait to read it!
Now I feel the need to insert this disclaimer – there are several AMAZING authors writing in this genre, so I really struggle when I pick up a new book to not compare to these authors. Because when I compare to these authors? I’m often let down. Luckily? There was ZERO let down where this one was concerned!!
I loved Sam. She represents a vast majority of female athletes, and I really sympathized with her sadness over not being able to continue playing the sport that she loves so much. (The lack of professional sports for females carries a strong theme in this one! And it’s so well done!) She was easy to relate too, which I always love in a female lead. And Dylan? There’s something tragic about him that took me most of the book to put my finger on, but I loved the complexity of his character.
The romance in this one was slow – the attraction was fast, but no instalove. That alone is worth mentioning and loving! But the story here is an excellent one, two people finding who they are and where they are going and falling in love along the way. The perfect romance if you ask me! And there’s plenty of ice time! (I don’t know how you call a book a sports romance with no play time, so I’m always relieved when that’s there!!)
Game Play was my first book by Lynda Aicher, but I have to say I can’t wait for more! If you’re like me, sitting around waiting on the next book from Toni Aleo, Catherine Gayle or Jami Davenport? Then you’re going to really enjoy Lynda Aicher!