How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?
Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.
But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.
At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.
Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.
But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.
|Series:||The Hartigans (Book 3)|
Enemies to Lovers
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|Release Date:||18th February 2019|
Smart, sexy and sassy romance
This is the first of the Hartigan series that I have read – in fact, the first I’ve read of Avery Flynn at all. But it will definitely not be the last. This book was amazing and so much fun that I just want to buy everything else she’s ever written and read it right now!
While I liked the premise of the book, there’s always the worry that this will be one of those books where tomboy Fallon will get a makeover in order to make her “worthy” of hot hockey man, Zach. Luckily, it wasn’t like that at all. But not only was it not like that, it managed to handle the whole ‘tomboy’ issue even better…by hardly making it an issue at all. Oh sure, there were the social media comments about Fallon’s femininity, and a few minor occurrences of her own insecurities – but that was it. She was a tomboy in the way she had brown hair or long legs. I just loved that, as it really sends the message that we’re all different but that’s not a bad thing and doesn’t define us or make us more/less worthy of love. We’re here for the romance and that’s all that really matters.
And oh boy – what romance. I adore an enemies to lovers romance and Fallon and Zack really did shoot sparks off each other whether they were hating each other or loving each other. The banter was second to none – especially the little text battles which had me squealing with delight. And the little butterflies in my stomach did a happy dance as our hero and heroine started to realise just how much the other was starting to mean to them. But they fought it all the way – naturally!
I devoured this book from start to end. It was the kind of book that sucked me into the story from the very first page and reminded me why I started to read – and love – romantic comedy. Hot romantic comedy, no less. And there were enough naughty shenanigans and dirty chat to keep me very entertained and very happy!
As I mentioned, this was the first of the Hartigan books that I have read – a series focussing on the large, complicated Hartigan family. All their names begin with F just to keep that air of confusion around them. This book stands completely alone although I definitely want to go back and read the first two in the series. In this book we’re also introduced to Zach’s hockey team and I understand that this will branch off into a new series where they find their own love interests. And those will be bought immediately by me, too. Having never even see a hockey game/match/whatever – and really taking little interest in the sport – I’m all in for the hockey romances. Sigh.
I would happily recommend this book to anyone who loves a smart, sassy and sexy romance – I hope you love it as much as I did. And yes, in one scene Fallon does indeed arrive on a skateboard – just like her cover. Just in case you were wondering!
USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.