Series: Carolina Comets #3
Release Date: March 24th, 2022
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That’s what my teammate’s sister-in-law tells me after our one-night stand.
I didn’t expect to see Hollis again, let alone end up raising a child with her.
We set some ground rules—we’ll raise the baby together, but that’s it.
No relationship, no future, and definitely no kissing.
But the more time we spend together, the harder it is to keep track of where the lines were once drawn.
I’m known for my one-timer on and off the ice, but this game with Hollis just got a lot more complicated…
Is there a trope that Teagan Hunter can’t write? Because I haven’t found it yet. This might be a new trope for Teagan, but she slayed it and I am still all in my feels. Whenever I pick up a book by Teagan, I end up awake at 2am processing my thoughts about the book because that’s when I usually finish reading it. Her books are best enjoyed in one sitting, no lie. And she knocks it out of the park with One-Timer and the wonderful relationship between Hollis and Lowell.
This book features two incredible leads in Hollis and Lowell, but it also gives you a sneak peek into the next book. AND, this is one of my favourite parts, the epic friendships between these characters. Hollis has Harper, Ryan and Emilia, while Lowell has Collin, Rhodes, Smith and Miller and these relationships are so beautiful and powerful and like in all Teagan books, the found family feels are strong every step of the way. And yes, there’s also some epic texting. Which made me cackle so loud in the middle of the night that I startled myself.
“Hey, Cameron? I’m glad it’s you.”
“I’m glad it’s you too, Hollis.”
Hollis and Lowell’s first meeting is rage fuelled and includes a punch, which only makes the rest of their story so much better. As the sister of Harper (from Puck Shy), Hollis has arrived at the wedding venue in tears. She’s fresh off a divorce and miserable, so being at a wedding is the last thing she wants. But because she loves her sister, Hollis sucks it up. Lowell, on the other hand, is swearing off love because he was screwed over by the woman he loved and planned to marry. And co-owning a wedding venue-slash-brewery is not good for him. Especially when he shows up for the wedding rehearsal and gets attacked by a snotty, beautiful woman in the parking lot.
That’s how it starts, then it turns into them being attracted to each other before a one night stand completely changes the course of their lives. I really enjoyed the way they warmed up to each other, how one chocolate milk and a dance later they’re unable to stay away from each other. Lowell’s such a great character, a gentleman in every way and he just happens to not have the patience for people and he doesn’t want to get attached to Hollis because of his past.
So often in the case of accidental pregnancy romances, the couple find a way to make things work right from the start. But with One-Timer, there’s panic and yelling and then storming off. And if that’s not enough, there’s some more punching. Big props to Collin and Rhodes for being A+ gents and getting so worked up over the way Lowell reacts to Hollis’ baby news. I love how protective the guys are of all the women in their circle and I appreciated them giving Lowell hell because that entire scene was so entertaining.
“Everything about you is beautiful, even the parts you don’t like. Hell, especially the parts you don’t like. Those are my favorite because they need the extra love.”
The relationship between Hollis and Lowell is a wonderful slow burn. Between doctor appointments and getting to know each other, their relationship evolves and it’s special because of how natural it is. They both own up to their shortcomings, they even have inside jokes and they find comfort in the simple act of just being in the same room. I missed Harper and Ryan being hilarious and silly, and it’s even more pronounced here because the two of them are blissfully happy with their very own hockey studs. Lowell and Hollis are the definition of soft. They’re attracted to each other, no doubt, but keeping things simple. He’s so encouraging and positive with Hollis, never letting the bad thoughts in her head take over. Even when they’re just two people having a kid together, Lowell always steps up to remind Hollis that she’s amazing and those scenes made me tear up a lot! It takes a lot for Lowell to cross that line with Hollis again, which was both swoony and frustrating for me. But my god, when they do cross that line…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Teagan Hunter writes A+ steam. It’s the perfect balance of naughty, sexy and hot and Hollis and Lowell’s already existing chemistry really builds it up beautifully.
I really hope that Sin Bin isn’t the last in the series, because I’m not ready to say goodbye to the Comets and their brilliant women they fall in love with.
Thanks to Valentine PR for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.