The cover was definitely a lure but the hook was the fact that the jock was the tutor and I just had to see how it would all play out and holy hell did I devour this book! I had to force myself to put it down and get workstuff done. It was sweet, smexy, funny and brought out all the feels as I fell into adoration (and at times frustration) with Lindsey and Ryder.
I adored Lindsey from her first confession. She didn’t sugar coat anything when it came to who she was as a puck bunny, her reasons she stepped away from it, and who she saw herself as now. In fact it was blunt and at times harsh, which was refreshing but had her pigeonholing herself in a whole new way. I loved her wit, sass and heart.
Ryder was all kinds of sweet, smexy, charming and unassuming in a lot of ways. He wasn’t blind to how people viewed him, but he didn’t let it go to his head. His tenacity was a huge draw for me, but so was how observant he was and how he poured all of himself into attaining his goals.
From the very beginning I had a general knowledge of how Ryder and Lindsey’s journey to their HEA would play out simply from the title. I knew the past was going to cause problems, but it took me a bit before I figured what the catalyst would be and I was like “whoa”. I was hoping I was wrong, and quite honestly I was hoping that they wouldn’t have to deal with it all, because I loved them together. Their interactions were sweet and funny and had a fluidity about their interactions, even when the sexual tension was ratcheted up, that drew me in and had me rooting for them, even when the bomb was finally dropped. That was honestly painful and I was totally on #Team…, but I loved how everything worked out in the end.
This is my first book ever by Cindi Madsen and I absolutely loved it! The writing was engaging, the pacing was good and I really enjoyed the dual first person POV’s. The couples/characters from the previous books are a part of the story but this can be read as a standalone without feeling like you’ve missed out on something important. I thought all the supporting cast of characters were written well and added depth to story without taking any of the focus away from Lindsey and Ryder, and I will definitely be on the lookout for the next in the series as well as finding spots in the TBR list for the author’s other books.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I'm just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.
Confession #2: Ryder "Ox" Maddox's deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I'm powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.
Confession #3: I can't stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it'd be to cross lines with him.
Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.
Confession #5: If I'm not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I'll be totally pucked.
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.