A hockey player trying to have it all finds himself needing help and relying on his next door neighbor in this charming single father, hockey-fueled romance. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Ryker by Samantha Lind, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this first installment in the San Francisco Shockwaves series to your bookshelf!
After years of trying to get back home to be closer to my daughter, I finally secured a spot on the newly expanded San Francisco Shockwaves.
Juggling being the newly appointed Captain of the team and taking on full-time fatherhood to a teenager sends my life into chaos.
I quickly find myself needing someone who can pick up the pieces and keep my life in order as I certainly can’t do it alone.
I just never thought my savior would be the sexy woman next door--the one I can’t keep my mind or eyes off every chance I get.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Hockey romances seem to be all the rage right now! Scanning the shelves there's numerous series to choose from, books offering something for everyone. it's hard to make a place for something new though, which is how I felt about this book. Much about it was familiar with a storyline that got straight to the point without any real obstacles putting the main couple's future in doubt.
Ryker Jorgensen has just been traded to the San Francisco Shockwaves as the new Captain of their team. It's a dream come true, as is taking over as caregiver to his teenage daughter Ellie. Upon moving into his new home he meets his enticing neighbor...with sparks resulting. He's drawn to Avery from the very start in a steamy connection that builds with each turn of the page. Ryker's an appealing single dad, one who exudes sexy vibes and a loving heart. His actions make him a drool-worthy hero who's a beautiful balance to Avery.
Avery Reid's an immensely appealing heroine, smart and sassy, who works from home which makes her the perfect chaperone to the young Ellie. Theirs is a heartwarming pairing, one with a familial vibe that made for some very endearing moments. Meanwhile, the romance between Ryker and Avery seemed to be on the back burner as he was often on the road. What readers did get to see though, with Ryker juggling his hockey career with his personal life, was a sweet and sexy story between a couple that was easy to relate to while they created a new family.
This was an easy read with sweet and sensual intimacy between strong and secure adults as well as loving interactions between parent and child. Getting to see glimpses of the other Shockwaves also made for many temptations and excitement for the future as I look forward to other players taking center ice. On a whole this was an enjoyable read, familiar but well-crafted.
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.