A hockey player who's enjoyed the extra benefits of being a star finds himself drawn to a single mom after a night of fantasies that soon becomes oh so real in the light of day in this sensual sports-fueled romance. Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Tore by Kat Mizera, along with my impressions of it, then add this second installment in the Sidewinders: Generations series to your bookshelf!
Swedish-born hockey player Tore Brekken thought he’d be a bachelor for life. The parties, the women, the lavish vacations— and the Ferrari. He had everything he could ever want, but his extreme lifestyle has been taking a toll. As much as he hated to admit it, he needed to settle down. He just didn’t expect to go from seriously single to daddy material overnight.
Single mom Margot Delgado’s life revolves around her four-year-old daughter Gracie. Tired of being let down, she doesn’t have time to waste dating men she can’t count on. Especially some hotshot hockey player with a playboy reputation as big as his...bank account.
But when the annual Fantasy Night rolls around, Margot decides to let her hair down— and for once she isn’t just someone’s mom, but someone’s wildest fantasy. From the first taste she knows she could get drunk on the way Tore makes her feel, and one night with him will never be enough.
When reality comes crashing down, and things get complicated, will they both be willing to risk it all for a chance to win big?
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
After meeting each other in the previous book in this series the combustible connection between Tore and Margot continues as an unforgettable night of fantasy fulfillment shows them the possibility for something more. It's not always an easy road to romance for them as her closely guarded heart and devotion to her daughter have Margot doubting everything Tore seems to be, while his youth has others doubting his ability to settle down. Through each personal twist and turn though, through each moment of introspection, these two undertake an endearing and entertaining journey to HEA that's a satisfying continuation to the series!
Tore is a young hotshot on and off the ice, happy to enjoy all the benefits of being a hockey star...at least until recently when he decides he needs a change in his life. He's been attracted to Margot for over a year, fully trapped in the friendzone, when he takes part in a night of fulfilling her fantasy at a sex club. From that moment on he's determined to prove himself to her as more than just a friend and claim her as his very own in a story that endeared him to me. There's more to him than the playful party boy, more substance beneath the sexy facade and it's his interactions with little Gracie that show that best. They're delightful together with witty dialogue and a strong sense of protectiveness on his part that warmed my heart.
Margot's a bit harder to warm up to though as her bruised heart has her doubting something more with Tore, despite his sweet words and deeds. For four years her focus has been on her daughter with her being the best mom she can be. She's friends with many of the Sidewinders players and has found a support system amongst all the wives and girlfriends. It's a comfortable group with Tore being just another friend...until the night of her fantasy fulfillment has them crossing a line she can't uncross. From there it's a journey of emotional ups and downs, a journey of second chances where she needs to learn how to trust again. Not only does she need to trust herself but she needs to trust others too...and Tore does all he can to prove his worth as more than just a friend through interactions that are sweet and scorching.
This was an enjoyable read from the first page to the last. Tore's a delicious hero who's sweet and sexy and I found him a highlight of the story. Little Gracie was another highlight, a sweet and precocious child who often put a smile on my face through her dialogue. Margot's a bit frustrating at times, constantly assuming the worst, and there were a few instances where I wanted to shake her for her negativity but she brought stability to Tore, made him the better man he wanted to be in their sizzling romance. Alongside this family in the making were the other members of the Sidewinders hockey team, some players readers have seen previously and some have me excited for the future as each one is a strong support that enhanced this story. Though this installment can be read on its own readers will find this an even more satisfying read by experiencing each new release in this nicely-crafted hockey series!
My rating for this is a B+
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she's called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She's never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she'd probably choose the west coast.
A typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max), Kat can usually be found scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) - traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible.
Kat's been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article--a review of a rock concert--for $10 in 1985. Since then she's been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.
As you can guess from her Las Vegas Sidewinders series, Kat loves hockey and occasionally writes articles about her favorite team, the Florida Panthers. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There's something enticing about hockey players and romance...