Two people trying to meet obligations while being all they can be find a romance worth rooting for in this story set in the hockey world. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rookie’s Regret by Gina Azzi, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this third installment in the Tennessee Thunderbolts to your bookshelf!
Lioness. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I see the brilliant redhead selling cupcakes at the hockey arena.With the soul of an artist and the spirit of a nomad, Bea Turner is gorgeous, quirky, and refreshing.
She’s also my teammate’s little sister.
As the Tennessee Thunderbolts' Rookie, I should steer clear. I’m here to play hockey and provide much-needed financial security for my family. To do that, I need to avoid distractions.
Bea doesn’t just distract me; she flips my world upside down.
One bad joke has me pursuing her. One date and I crave more. Calling her mine? Well, now I’m dreaming of a future.
The life of a hockey player — trades, travel, uncertainty — isn’t for the heart of a creative. Bea desires adventure and possibility, not early morning skates and strict exercise regimens.
When I’m thrust into a situation at odds with Bea’s dream career, I know I can’t hold her back.
If we’re meant to be, we’ll make it work. But what if we’re not?
What if my greatest regret is letting my lioness go?
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Wow, what an exhaustive but emotionally satisfying journey to HEA for a couple who's truly likable and worth rooting for! As each fights for their dreams they find unexpected romance that will put them through an even bigger test, one that brought a tear to my eye while putting a smile on my face. From the first page to the last readers will find much to like about this book. From its sweet words and deeds, to a crackling connection that warms the heart, to a journey of empowerment that wraps a beautiful bow around this story...readers will find this a real winner!
Cole Phillips is a rookie hockey player for the Tennessee Thunderbolts, a young man determined to be successful as he has a lot riding on him. Cole's a truly good guy, one with a big heart, a strong protective side, and a painful past where hockey became a refuge. So he's determined to keep his eyes on the prize. But when that prize becomes his teammate's little sister, things take an unexpected turn for him in a romance that pulled me in completely.
Bea Turner is the little sister to hockey player Beau and has moved to town to care for her Gran. Bea's an artist with a kind heart and is a real people pleaser. She's full of energy with a desire to be more, but feels an obligation to her family since they've cared for her since her parents died. Obligations, and loss of loved ones, are what binds these two after their sizzling first encounter and has them working to help each other reach their dreams in an empowering romance.
Bea and Cole are wonderful together! They bring out the best in each other and are each other's biggest cheerleader. Cole's the best kind of book boyfriend, the kind who's utterly adorable with his words and deeds, and who made me fall for him wholeheartedly even with a misstep or two along the way. Bea's an admirable heroine, one who's easy to relate to and who you want to see achieve all that she wants out of life. Theirs is a romance that pushed all my happy buttons, making me smile and warming my heart with joy. Their pairing might've been forbidden but it was pure perfection for me! Add in all cast of wonderful supporting characters, teammates to Cole whose brotherly banter added an extra layer of happiness that has me excited for the next installment. With a delightful first meeting, a sweet and sensual romance full of endearing moments, this became a romance full of heart and soul that was a wonderful addition to the sports romance genre.
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’m Gina Azzi, a book-obsessed, coffee-drinking, globetrotting, mama of soon-to-be three! I write sweet with a dash of spicy New Adult and Contemporary Romance full of good men putting in work to win the hearts of even better women.
A total Jersey girl at heart, I struggle with insatiable wanderlust and currently reside in Ontario, Canada with my family.
When I’m not dreaming up storylines or writing all the words, you can find me hanging with my littles, attempting to bake, or planning my next adventure.
Connect with me on social media or at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Reading! Xo,