Penalty Number One: Men
Making time for men and relationships doesn’t fit into Valerie Chase’s game plan. This crisis-counselor-turned-cocktail-waitress knows the score—Men are a distraction. But when a certain hockey player tempts her wild side, part of her wants to indulge in a little harmless fun.
Penalty Number Two: Desire
As the star center for the Texas Highlanders, Darren Moran’s good looks and deadly determination make him a fan favorite. But after the previous season’s disaster, the last thing he needs is to let some woman crawl under his skin. But… Valerie is different. She brings out the best in him—both on and off the ice—and he’s not about to lose her.
Penalty Number Three: Passion
When the game moves to the next level, Darren and Val have got to call timeout. An unplanned romance is a game-thrower, a sinful temptation that neither of them can afford. After all, there’s no way to have order in matters of the heart when the penalties tally up to an ejection from the game.
FTC Disclaimer. This review was requested by the publicist. I have no relationship with the author nor was I paid for this review.
I’m really starting to like sports romances – every single one I’ve tried so far I’ve enjoyed and this book was no exception.
Val has hit a rough patch in her life and she is struggling not to lose everything and have to leave town. The last thing that she wants or expects is for anything to happen in her love life to mess with the order in her life. I could see myself in some of Val’s OCD traits – especially the money thing, and it’s something that helped highlight the stress that Val was under. I can understand how the changes in her life totally threw her in to a tail spin – for someone who strives for order it can be really disconcerting when things change unexpectedly. I was slightly confused how someone so scared of emotion could be a councillor but then again sometimes stepping back or not being involved can make things clearer.
Darren was lovely – for such a tough gut he was a real big softy. In some ways he was much more in tune with his emotions but in others he was a lot like Val – especially to start with. The on again off again nature of their relationship was a bit frustrating but only because I could tell they would be perfect for each other if they just took a chance. I liked the way they found it easy to tease each other – it gave a light heartedness to what could have been a serious situation at times.
I’m intrigued by the small insights we got of the other players as well as Nick, the bar owner – he was a good friend to Val and he seemed to understand her and would push when he thought she needed it. I will definitely be looking out for other books in this series in the future.