Young love has to fight for a future HEA in this hockey-fueled romance of hard choices and the twists and turns of fate. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rookie Move by Samantha Lind, along with my impressions of it, then add this ninth installment in the Indianapolis Eagles series to your bookshelf!
My future was all mapped out.
Graduate high school.
Make a professional hockey team’s roster. Marry my high school sweetheart.
I had it all within my grasp; Everything was falling into place. Except for the distance,
And our conflicting schedules.
How can we both follow our dreams when the roads keep taking us in different directions?
My future was all mapped out. Graduate high school.
Land my dream residency.
Marry my high school sweetheart.
My dream took me to the opposite coast, but my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. Could I find a new path to my goal and still find happiness?
Was thinking we could make this work just another rookie move?
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
From the moment I started reading this book I found a sense of familiarity, a story of high school sweethearts with hopes and dreams of a future that was easy to relate to. Like real life though, dreams don't always go as you think they will and in this story the main couple found themselves struggling to make their plans come to fruition. Theirs was a journey that ended up being full of twists and turns, decisions made that changed both of their futures, but ultimately love led them back to each other in a satisfying story from start to finish. It was a story that pulled at my heartstrings, kept me fully invested in their journey, as I watched them experience life and love.
Dylan and Hailey are an appealing couple, focused on their careers and their future as a couple. They're a formidable pairing who are determined to make their HEA together despite being on opposite coasts. While outside forces were determined to keep them apart they knew they were meant to be together and did the heavy lifting necessary to keep their HEA in sight. It made for a heartwarming journey full of sweet and sensual moments, a journey that could've been full of angst, but was instead full of heart and soul. It was a romance that renewed my faith in the power of love and had me rooting for this couple to get everything they wanted and deserved.
Though this book is part of a series it can stand strongly on its own courtesy of its appealing main couple, a couple who you can easily call friends. When it came to matters of the heart, I enjoyed Dylan and Hailey's sweet romance and the subtle ways they showed their love and support of each other. I wish though there had been just a bit more angst between them, something to keep me on edge and rooting even harder for them. This book at times felt more like an epilogue than a journey as I never doubted the outcome. Despite my small quibble, I still found this a quick and satisfying story, a story with a delightful and supportive cast of secondary characters. These characters often felt more like family and I'm now definitely left wanting to read the previous books in this series as these characters left a lasting impression throughout this book. Fans of sport's romances, and HEAs, will find this a satisfying addition to the genre and Ms. Lind a talented voice that has me looking forward to what she has planned next.
My rating for this is a B.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music.