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Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality. . .
Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL’s latest winning team, the Denver Hellions–and the hottest player on the ice—at least according to every magazine. . .and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don’t come true, right?
Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated “Super Book Worm” costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she’s more into books than pucks, she’s too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed’s dating policy is simple: Never date a fan.
So what’s a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he’s become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man. . .for her?
ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I don’t even need to know what a book is about if it has Lia Riley’s name on the cover – I will pick it up no matter what. You can’t imagine how excited I was to learn that she was writing a sports romance, and a hockey one at that! Mister Hockey was a fast read, and it was every bit entertaining. I love that I can always count on the author to deliver an enjoyable romance.
I really liked that the heroine was a librarian here. I know there’s quite a few librarian romances out there, but I haven’t entirely ventured into them. Breezy was a great girl, a bit awkward, but she was very easy to relate to, what with her being a book nerd. She was also super passionate about hockey, which I couldn’t relate to because I hate sports in real life, but I loved how excited she got about her favorite team, and her favorite player, Jed. So imagine how thrilled she was when her sister brings Jed to her library to do a reading. There was a lot of internal flailing for sure! I have to say, Jed was completely unlike what I expected from a hockey player. Most hockey players in books I’ve come across have that cocky playboy persona going for them, but that was not Jed at all. He was definitely quieter, and more reserved, which I thought was quite refreshing. I liked that he wasn’t an arrogant manwhore. He was dealing with the aftermath of an injury and rethinking most of his life in Mister Hockey, so really he had no time for sleeping around. Both Breezy and Jed were likable characters that readers will no doubt root for.
The romance itself was very sweet, with steamy moments sprinkled here and there. I can’t say I was head over heels in love with them because they did lack a tiny bit of spark I’ve come to expect from Lia Riley’s couples, but they were still cute. Though I liked Jed and Breezy’s pairing, and I thought they made for a very well-balanced couple, I was a bit let down with Breezy keeping a secret. You see, Jed has a strong no-dating-fans policy, and for most of the book, he was unaware that Breezy was probably his biggest fan. I have never been particularly fond of romances where one party is hiding something because it seems a little deceitful to me, and I usually can’t fully enjoy the progression of the relationship because I know a big fight/breakup is on its way. That being said, Breezy’s secret keeping didn’t entirely take away from my enjoyment of the romance – I still shipped her with Jed, and believed they were one of those happily ever after book couples. I’m just not sure I’ll be revisiting them through rereads. Now, who I did really love in Mister Hockey, was Breezy’s family. They were so much fun, and I loved how they had a shared love for hockey. I’m also really excited to read Breezy’s sister’s book next, because she’s going to be paired with a grumpy coach. From the glimpses we got of the two of them, that’s going to be a romance full of hate-to-love sparks!
Mister Hockey might not have been my favorite book from Lia Riley – I think that honor still goes to Right Wrong Guy – but this book was still quintessentially Lia Riley, with charming characters, humor and an adorable romance.
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