See Jane Score By Rachel Gibson Release Date: January 28, 2003 Publisher: Avon Book #2 in the Chinooks Hockey Team series Number of pages: 324 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 2/6/18 – 2/7/18
I’m going to start by addressing the elephant in the room. This cover is atrocious. I actually looked back at other covers that have been used for this book and they are all terrible. This was originally published in 2003 but looks like it’s a book from the 80s. So don’t let that stop you with this one, it’s a great story.
Although Luc isn’t antisocial with his team, he is a bit of a loner. We learn his story pretty early on in the book, the reasons he holds himself apart from the others. And his reasons are valid. He’s had a lot of controversy in his past and has a lot of pressure on him currently. It’s no wonder he isn’t happy about a reporter following the hockey team around.
Jane is quite the determined woman. She isn’t going to let a bunch of professional hockey players intimidate her from her goal…even if she knows nothing about sports. Working with the Chinooks will give her career a badly needed boost. She’s not very lucky in love and has come to terms that she’s a “plain Jane”. I think this helps her because she doesn’t even have it in her head that any of these hockey gods can think of her in any sort of romantic/sexual way. That keeps her from really ever getting self-conscious about her looks or actions and makes her much more approachable for the whole team.
There’s a wonderful pull between Jane and Luc. This story gave me tons of butterflies, especially when they were still circling each other. When they hurt each other it hurt my heart, when they connected in a good way my heart would soar. The romance parts of this book had spectacular writing.
I had a lot of issues with the first book in this series, Simply Irresistible, when it came to the hockey part of the writing. This book does much better in that regard, but there are still issues that make it really obvious this author isn’t an avid hockey fan and didn’t do her homework. Again, these aren’t things that are used to drive the story. I don’t think it matters if the team is on an 8 day road trip between 4 cities or 2 cities…and 2 cities would have been way more accurate and believable. Add to that the terminology that isn’t correct and it, once again, drove me batty. There’s a part of me that can even forgive these hockey blunders, but there was a mistake that I couldn’t forgive. And I’d like to note that I read the Kindle edition which was published in 2012 so there is no excuse for this mistake to still be in this story. Someone, somewhere, should have caught this error and corrected it by now. An editor, the writer, a publisher…someone! At one point Jane is in her hotel room in Detroit and it says she’s looking out over Lake Michigan. Ummmm…let’s look at a map. Lake Michigan is on the west side of Michigan and Detroit overlooks the Detroit River on the east side of Michigan. If you want to assume she’s not in the heart of Detroit, she could possibly be looking out over Lake Erie. But I doubt she’s in a hotel 3 hours away from where the arena is located. These are issues that have this author losing my respect. I feel she doesn’t respect her readers enough to get some basic facts correct so why should I respect her? I know that sounds harsh, but it’s how I feel.
Once again, I enjoyed her nod to some famous players. Including some players I love to hate. It makes me wonder how she knows all these names if she seems to not know the sport of hockey very well.
The difference between this story and the first is the romance. I was all in on the Jane/Luc pairing and it saved this story for me. The rating on this one has to do with the main storyline and the romance. It may seem odd that I’m going to read the next book in this series because of my strong feelings about the hockey stuff. But since book 2 was an improvement over book 1 in this regard I cannot help but hope book 3 will be better than book 2. Plus, the next story has to do with a retired player so maybe there won’t be as much terminology used in that book. But please keep in mind, the rating I’m giving this story is strictly on the story and the romance.