Release Date: May 8, 2017
Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I’m just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.
Confession #2: Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I’m powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.
Confession #3: I can’t stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it’d be to cross lines with him.
Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.
Confession #5: If I’m not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I’ll be totally pucked.
My Review – 4 Stars
This was my first Cindi Madsen book, and I’m in love! Not one to read new adult romances too often, I was pleasantly surprised by the maturity, confidence, and decision-making skills that these characters exhibited. Cindi did a fantastic job of creating characters that were likable, intelligent, and down-to-earth. It was nice to read about a jock who wasn’t obsessed with himself, cocky, or bragged about his sexual prowess and exploits. And I’m glad that Lindsey wasn’t the type of girl to fall at his feet, though she may have been in the past.
I adored Ryder and Lindsey’s story. I loved the ease with which they were able to work together, how organically their relationship grew, and the amount of time they waited to become intimate. Ryder and Lindsey had personal demons that needed to be exorcised before they could be whole together. The playful and sweet banter allowed Ryder and Lindsey to relax and let themselves just be. This helped them alleviate some of the stress and find a sense of peace with one another that led to a deeper and natural connection. The author included the perfect amount of resistance and angst throughout the book. Their falling out was believable, though the cause was a bit too coincidental. I also loved the math tutor angle. I’m a huge math geek and have a soft spot for a guy who knows his numbers.
Beyond Ryder and Lindsey’s relationship, Cindi provided an in-depth look into their lives. We read about Ryder’s experiences with hockey, animosity toward and need to prove himself to his father, and obligations to his mother. Also, we see Lindsey’s role as an editor, struggles with friendship, and need to distance herself from triggers that might lead her down a path similar to her mother’s. Along the way, Cindi introduces (or reintroduces if you’ve read the series) characters who play a large role in Ryder and Lindsey’s lives and relationship. I’m excited to go back and read about all of them.
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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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