Series: Hockey Hotties #6
Release Date: May 31st, 2022
CW: parental death (past/off page)
This past year I’ve reflected on all my regrets, and I told myself that once I retire it’ll be the time to find the right woman. But this is where it gets tricky.
I think I’ve found her—although she’ll deny our connection to anyone who asks. We’ve been sleeping together casually and since I’m still playing hockey, I’ve let her get what she wants—me—whenever she wants.
After being told my career as a player is over, the owner of Florida Fury grants me a shot to stay in the game. A coaching position I didn’t know I wanted until it was offered. The catch? He’s also passing the family business down to his daughter.
Who’s his daughter?
The woman who’s been in and out of my bed for the past year. Which means the woman I intend to make mine is now my new boss.
I’m sad that this series is over. As someone who has fallen in love with hockey through this series, I’m gonna miss these guys. But, I’ve also been so greedy for Jana and Kane’s story that to finally have it makes me beyond happy. From the moment I first met them, all I wanted was to get into the nitty gritties of their story and find out what makes them tick. And Piper Rayne delivered an amazing story that filled me with so much joy!
“He does this whole flirting thing that makes my body float toward his as though we’re in the water and he has me attached to a string he keeps tugging closer.”
Offside with #55 is totally competing for first spot in my favourites category, but I think My Lucky #13 still gets to hold that place, because Aiden and Saige were pretty perfect. But this book was so good! Jana and Kane have a benefits thing going on that does everything they both want—there’s no feelings, there’s just loads of sex. Their chemistry is on point as is their banter and their general relationship with each other. There’s a whole lot of lust and longing and because it’s slightly forbidden, it feels even more naughty, which just adds to the excitement and value of the story. I enjoyed seeing Jana and Kane butt heads but also unravel around each other through the course of the book, giving them both an edge over the other. Plus, let’s not even forget that they are incredibly dedicated to their jobs and nothing can stop them from achieving what they’ve set out to do.
I loved these characters individually too. Jana has just been thrust into a role she wasn’t ready for as owner of the Florida Fury and she’s doing her best to keep her feelings in check and work her butt off for this job. It’s not easy, but I admired her persistence and her drive. She stood for what she believed in, fought for what she wanted and despite all her conflicting feelings about Kane, she stood her ground with him too. And speaking of Kane…he’s definitely dethroned Aiden as my favourite Hockey Hottie, because he was everything—grumpy, sexy, broody, charming, swoony and honestly, the hottest hockey coach ever. I also love that he’s the calm to Jana’s storm, but also knows how to help her when things get slightly out of control.
“I’ve never felt this way about anyone, Jana. I want you to know that. It’s like you’re my reward for waiting my entire career to find someone.”
Their relationship was fantastic. They made adult decisions, they talked things out and they worked through their issues. I love that neither of them made it easy or effortless, but made each other work for it. They were also incredibly hot together, especially since they’ve got this benefits thing teasing them the time they’re apart. The mutual pining was very much appreciated and I also gotta admire the restraint! While they decided to take things slow, I also really enjoyed watching their emotional relationship develop. It was the little things of them looking across the room, accidental brushing against each other and the like. It just felt so natural.
The only thing that I didn’t entirely like was them changing their minds about certain things. I won’t spoil what it is because it’s best enjoyed through the book. I get it, but I don’t know if I supported it? Anyway!
Offside with #55 was the perfect way to wrap up this series and now I am so excited for the Kingsmen football series with Kane’s brother, Lee. It looks like it’s kicking off with a bang too!
Thanks to Valentine PR for the advance copy. I’m voluntarily leaving an honest review.