by Tracy Goodwin
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Book #1 in the New York Nighthawks series
Number of Pages: 248
Source: Net Galley ARC
Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F
Read 2/24/19 to 2/25/19
Christian: They call me a hockey god because I’m a beast on the ice . . . and off. Men want to be me and women just want me. But now that the New York Nighthawks expect me to lead their team to victory, it’s all work and no play. My eyes are on the prize. Until I meet Serena Ellis, a sexy, curvalicious blonde who doesn’t know me from jack. And just like that, I’m hooked.
Serena: I don’t do one-night stands—especially with celebrity jocks who date models. Lots of models. But the god of hockey is a temptation that’s hard for mere mortals to resist. And after the best kiss of my life, I’m ready to throw my one-night stand rule out the window. Except Christian Chase won’t let me. He doesn’t want a one-night stand. He wants it all.
This is a new-to-me author and, to be honest, I didn’t think she had a lot of published works under her belt yet. Turns out I was wrong about that. I really enjoy the story idea and the arc this story takes, but I also felt there was too much telling and not enough showing.
Christian and Serena are both lovely characters and I liked them both from the start. The way they meet (and then meet again) is adorable and sexy at the same time. While I felt the flicker of a candle flame when it comes to their chemistry, it wasn’t the fireball I had hoped for. Part of that is because there is so much internal dialogue going on with these characters, even when they’re together. One would say something and it would be pages later before the other responded after having a full-blown inner dialogue conversation with themselves. I don’t mind this tactic in stories, but it happened too many times for me to feel the character’s connection in this one.
Because of the internal dialogue issue, the pacing felt a bit off to me. Portions of this story flew by and had me fully immersed in the book, while other portions seemed to drag. I wanted to get to know their circle of friends more than the bits and pieces we were given.
This one was truly an up and down read for me. Which is why I was surprised this wasn’t the author’s debut. The potential is definitely there. To be fair she doesn’t have a huge library of published works so I’m sure she’s still finding her groove. That’s why I’ll be keeping my eye out for more from Ms. Goodwin. She absolutely has the talent to write an amazing book.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**