Hard Stick By L.P. Dover Release Date: June 13, 2017 Publisher: Loveswept Book #1 of the Breakaway series Number of pages: 225 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance/Sports Rating: XXX Read 6/6/17 to 6/8/17
Oh my, this is going to be painful. Let me start by saying this was a very engaging book by a new-to-me author that sucked me in from the very beginning. Truly, it starts out with a bang and made me want to know what would happen with our heroine, Kristen.
As for the hero, Kellan…loved him. Hot, sexy, caring, funny. He’s the whole package and a professional hockey player to boot! Therein lies most of my problems with this book. It is painfully obvious the author is not a big hockey fan and it disappoints me that she wouldn’t do a bit more research to make sure the hockey part of her storyline at least rang a bit true. I understand suspending disbelief in a fiction story, but it was just too many times. I could pretend that it was okay that Kellan only seemed to have games on weekends and always back to back. I cringed but ignored it when some of the characters talked about The Stanley Cup finals as if it was one game…like the Super Bowl. But to say an NHL team was undefeated at the end of February just shows the author has no clue about the NHL. My beloved Detroit Red Wings hold the record for the best NHL record for their 95-96 season and they even had 20 games they didn’t win! That being said, if you know nothing about hockey or professional sports you will most likely love this story.
It really does pain me to give this book 3 stars. In so many ways it was spectacular. Engaging, fast paced, suspenseful, sexy, and fun. I really was only going to knock it down to a 4 star or 3.5 at the lowest due to the hockey stuff. Then some things came to light that made me think Kristen’s friends are either lackadaisical in their protection of her or the stupidest cops/FBI agents in the world. I was truly pissed off that such a great story was being ruined by insufficient research into not only hockey, but how law enforcement works. Again, it didn’t have to be totally true and factual. It did have to be at least somewhat believable though.
So let me recap here. Wonderful concept, fun and exciting story, great connection between Kristen and Kellan. Too many inaccuracies and too much suspension of disbelief for me to really lose myself in the story like I wanted. I will try more from this author with the hopes that if she’s not writing about hockey I’ll love her stories. Or that she learns more about hockey before the next book in this series. Honestly, it is a huge testament to this story that is getting 3 stars when it had so many things that drove me crazy.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**