Review: Penalty Play by Lynda Aicher

by Jac on December 13, 2015

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.

Review: Penalty Play by Lynda AicherBack in Play by Lynda Aicher
Published by Carina Press on 2015-05-11
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance, Sports
Pages: 178
Source: Netgalley
For Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he's eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He's worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she's intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott's house indicate he's struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man's game.When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.Book two of Power Play99,000 words

Hockey Romance is my drug of choice when it comes to books! And Penalty Play didn’t disappoint.

Henrik is one of my favorite book boyfriends in awhile! He’s got so much more depth than I could have hoped for. I do have to admit that Jacqui drove me slightly crazy (but I think it’s mostly because of her – totally understandable – anxiety) although I have to give huge props to Lynda Aicher and her ability to really tackle some tough subjects.

One thing I loved the most about this story is the slow build to romance. They were both hesitant to fall in love for various reasons, and that made this story all the more realistic!

Jacqui’s family was absolutely fantastic, which makes for some great side characters! (Which is absolutely necessary or a great book in my opinion!)

My only real complaint about this book is the lack of hockey! And that’s such a minor complaint that I wouldn’t let that stop you from reading this fantastic book!


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