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Series: Bomb Squad #2
Published by Penguin on 2014-11-18
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. The team’s battling a losing streak, but the season’s biggest game changer is one player’s second chance with the one who got away... Yoga instructor Marlena Brodie is always up for a challenge, and her new job of snapping Bomb Squad out of their rut is definitely that, even though it means being in close contact with Liam McAllister, her high school crush gone bad. She can feel the damage pouring off of him—but also a wild and sexy strength that calls to her. The Army turned Liam McAllister into a man, but as a combat medic, he saw far too much to ever be whole again. He’s not interested in the civilian world beyond his job as a carpenter, but he never stopped wondering what might have been with Marlena—and it isn’t long before she’s crashed through his carefully constructed walls. He longs for a new beginning with her, but to be the man she deserves, he’ll have to step out of his defensive zone and score the most important play of his life... Includes a preview of the next Bomb Squad novel, Game Changer. Praise for the novels of Melissa Cutler “A bright new voice in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde “One hot romance from start to finish.”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown “Sexy, savvy stuff!”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen “Witty dialogue, great pacing, and steamy romance—not to mention a sassy heroine and her charming cowboy—make for one fun, passionate romp.”—RT Book Reviews Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this.
I’ve been on a huge hockey kick lately, so when I saw the smokin hot cover of Undefeated on Netgalley? I jumped all over it! Unfortunately? It’s not the normal hockey romance! Of course, it’s great – it’s fantastic (and there’s a few good hockey scenes too) but this book is not at all what I suspected.
First, if you’ve ever read any of my reviews before? You know my favorite Cliches in romance are the best friends older brother/best friends falling in love lines! So of course the fact that Liam is the twin brother to Marlena’s best friend? And he plays hockey? SWOON!
Now, I have to admit. There’s quite a bit of PTSD on both sides, so if that’s something that just isn’t your thing? Well – stop. Because that’s the whole underlying story of this book. At times? Both characters are downright jerks. But if you can stick with it, it’s worth it!
I loved the history between the two, I loved their chemistry and the little bits about alternative medicine/yoga/massage. It was something fun and fresh! And Melissa Cutler’s writing is absolutely captivating! She keeps you turning the pages, anxious to see what’s going to happen next, and despite knowing there WOULD be a Happily Ever After, you couldn’t wait to find out how it happens!