After a brief marriage to an unfaithful, gold-digging wife, Jared Roderick is looking for the perfect good girl, and he thinks he’s found her. Sweet, quiet, prim Stephanie Clarke is exactly the woman he wants and nothing like his cheating ex. Now to convince a reluctant Steph they were meant to be together.
Steph has had enough of men controlling her life from her preacher father to her abusive boyfriend. She wants to regain the innocence she lost and ignore the ugliness of her recent past. She’s not the pure and sheltered virgin Jared is looking for and fends off his advances despite the sizzling chemistry between them.
Jared is as determined to win Steph over as he is to win hockey games; but when his fantasy becomes tarnished, does he have the strength to skate the distance?
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My Review – 3 Stars
Overall, this was a good story with likable characters. The author did a good job of describing Jared and Steph’s personal struggles and giving them a solid foundation on which to build their relationship. I enjoyed the way she advanced their story, leading them into an easy friendship, allowing Steph to heal and find comfort in Jared. Coming from such an abusive relationship, Steph needed to take her time with falling in love and getting caught up in another man. I also enjoyed watching Jared find his footing in the dating world again. I only wish that the author would have spent more time on building their intimacy and communication. I felt like they withheld too much of themselves from each other, and I struggled with the abruptness of the conclusion. I would have liked to see Jared support Steph in her healing after her past was revealed, and it would have been nice to watch Steph find her direction in life beyond the odd jobs she had. Furthermore, I wanted a little retribution for Jared in regard to his ex, Candy.
As a side note, I loved the matchmaking sisters, Agnes and Iona, and wished we would have seen more of their interference and eccentricities.
Though this story is party of a series, it can be read as a standalone; however, you may find it more enjoyable after reading the series since so many characters are incorporated throughout.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary, sports, and new adult romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle series and the Men of Tyee series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland dog with a tennis-ball fetish, and a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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