I had an incredible urge to read a “Hockey star” book when I saw this heartwarming (and crush-inducing) Buzzfeed post. Tell me that doesn’t give you the urge to indulge in a hockey-player romance read. And I remembered this new release/bargain book that caught my eye a couple of weeks ago (I commented saying it looked like it wanted to tear my heart out – and you know I love that!) so it’s been hovering in the top half of my TBR list.
Couple that, with these reader comments, and I was very excited to lose myself in something kind of like a rock-star, but just a different version.
Pam: I loved Bound by Brenda Rothert.
Melissa: Bound! NHL Hockey player. YUM!!!
So I decided this would be the one, and read it last night. Nice cozy Christmas-y read (even though Christmas didn’t “happen” in the book), it had that sweet-feel, and I enjoyed it. Good writing, conventional, comfortable, and just a tad angsty for those looking for a more traditional romance read without all of that turmoil and treachery and everything else I like to torture myself with. Hehe. ’Cause I know there are a few of you here, that don’t exactly share my enthusiasm over intense emotionally agonizing reads.
So for those of you looking for a more sexy-sweet contemporary love story (that still has that “crushing on a rock-star” fun)…
“Am I arrogant?” I asked Luke as we stood against my kitchen island eating. He pounded his chest, looking like he was gonna choke for a second.
“Is this a trick question?”
“You’re a f#$king underwear model, dude. That’s enough to make any guy arrogant.”
Hehe! I think this one should do it!
So what’s it about?
Ryker (a super-famous hockey player/underwear model <— ok, that came later and he’s still being taunted by his fellow team mates over it) has been dealing with grief for two years and meets Kate in a grief counseling group who is also overcoming a recent tragedy.
It was too much. More pain, on top of the crushing loss I already felt.
I don’t want to say much more, as the synopsis is pretty vague, but let’s just say this is a story about a developing friendship between a struggling, just out of college girl still living at home, who is hired as an assistant by a highly revered sports star (and quickly develops a crush on him… but of course!! As would I. )
I felt a creepy thrill as I stared at his neatly folded underwear. Did Mimi get to fold it? Lucky woman.
Before I could talk myself out of it, I reached in and touched a pair of soft blue boxers. They had been on his tight, gorgeous ass, and I was touching them. More like fondling them, actually.
You really are a creeper, Kate. Get a life.
It moves a little fast in terms of “connection” between the two main characters (which resulted in me not falling head over heels the way I like to) and it was a little slow… or… er.. “tame” in terms of other things. Don’t get me wrong, Ryker is all guy and he had some very “guy” reactions that made me blush.
I wished for words to soothe her, but I didn’t have any. I was a hockey player, for Christ’s sake. My favorite words were f&*k and f$%king.
Tee hee!!! I really liked his “guy-ness”.
It moved a little fast towards the end too, but still gave me the warm and fuzzies. But it hurt me at a certain point, so this is not always an “easy read” (considering the fact that they are both in a support group together. You get the picture).
Overall, a charming story where nothing was too over-the-top (except, maybe for a bit of that romantic resistance that kept resurfacing – I did eye-roll a bit but with understanding for the characters and their fears).
“I wish…” My voice raveled and I took a deep breath. “I wish I could have met you before. I’m different now, Ryke.”
“I never knew you before,” he said, stepping so close I felt his breath on my lips. “This is the Kate I know and this is the Kate I like.”
*sigh* Lots of gentle moments like that.
It may not have overwhelmed me and made me obsessed, but it was good. It had a bit of everything, but on a more “even-keeled” level. A decent dose of romantic tension and steam and a whole lotta sweet!
P.S. Thank you so much to the author for sending me this review copy.