My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Title: Slap Shot
Author: Alicia Hunter Pace
I just finished this book and I loved it. Any hockey romance catches my attention but the ones that I want to begin again as soon as I finish are few. The characters are well rounded and are ones that the reader can relate too. There were times I wanted to smack some of the secondary characters. This story requires the healing of emotional pain and discovery that guilt just holds pain tight. This story has many deep parts leading it to be more than the standard; hockey player meets non-bunny woman, hockey player must lose the bunnies or lose the girl, hockey player finally gets the girl. This story is a feel good story but also a tearjerker. I was a bit frustrated with the hockey player at times early in the book. His mom needed a muzzle. On the other hand the woman was very self-aware but that awareness didn’t necessarily show in her behavior. Her brother is another that needed a smack upside his head. They are both very human.
I chose to review this book after receiving an ARC from Netgalley. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves hockey romances. It is a bit hotter than a sweet romance but no hotter than the romances I read from age 10 on. Parents should read for themselves and decide based on their child or teen if it is something acceptable for their child to read. This book does deal with some references to past experiences that some people may find triggering but the references are kept brief
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