Series: San Francisco Thunder #2
Published by Forever on 12/05/2017
Not every goalie plays it safe...
As a publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team, Dixie Braddock is too busy rescuing the players from trouble to get into any of her own. Except, of course, when it comes to the super hot new goalie. Because when a guy's kiss curls your toes and sets your heart on fire, how the hell do you just walk away? But if anyone ever catches them together, she'll lose her job faster than any slapshot.
Eli Casco is on the brink of having everything he ever wanted. He's finally been called up from the minor leagues to play on a championship team. And he just had the most mind-blowing night with the woman of his dreams. But now that he's an official Thunder player, Dixie is determined to keep her distance. None of the fame and fortune means anything to him without her to share it. If he truly wants Dixie in his life, it's time to throw down his gloves and put everything on the line.
While I’m a big hockey fan (Go Stars!), as I’ve mentioned in reviews of Denault’s books before, by no means do you have to be a fan of hockey, or even understand it, to enjoy these books. It’s an aspect of the story that makes it fun for a hockey fan to read, but not such a large focus of the book that you would be lost. When it comes down to it, it’s really all about the love story.
And I loved Dixie and Elijah’s love story. They’re kind of forbidden lovers who fight hard to stay away from each other, only to discover that it’s much easier said than done. Both of their characters, and really most of the supporting characters, are super likeable. In my opinion, Denault is really great at developing characters, especially the periphery ones, which other authors can tend to not spend as much time or effort on. Her characters tend to have these loving families and friends, and it makes reading her interconnected standalones a real joy, because it’s like visiting the same group of people again, while also getting a fresh love story.
I did feel a little like there should have been more closure with a couple of characters, namely Dixie’s dad and her coworker Trish, but I’ll hold out judgment on those for now to see if they play out in future books in the series. I hope we see more of Dixie’s family, specifically her sisters, because they’re funny and sweet and I think her sisters have the makings of good heroines.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it if you need something kind of light, fun, and sexy to read. Her solid writing, funny and witty banter, and loveable characters won’t let you down.