Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he'll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed--even if it means playing dirty.
Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She's kissed her share of frogs and what's it gotten her? Dumped by text--again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she's more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who's sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.
Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he's going to lose.
On Sale in Digital: November 16, 2015
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When Chloe Jacobs is dumped via text by the guy she's been dating, she's had enough. In nothing but a dress, boots, and a coat, she marches through a blizzard to the grocery store, intent on drinking away her woes. Problem is, with the storm raging outside, the store has been picked virtually clean of all the good stuff. Chloe doesn't let this stop her, and makes a grab for the last measly lime...only for Ryan Douglas, a hockey player, to snatch it up first.
Chloe has no clue who he is, and isn't about to let a giant lumberjack steal her lime. Right up until the store is held up by a kid on crack. Chloe and Ryan have to save themselves and the terrified cashier. Naturally, this doesn't go as planned. As Ryan tussles with the gunman, Chloe clocks the kid over the head with the purse.
After talking with the police, Ryan insists on walking her home and the two give in to the heat between them, right there on her kitchen counter.
When Chloe arrives at the Garden to film a spot for a charity, she's shocked to learn the guy who blew her mind is none other than the Captain of the NY Rangers. She shuts him down, but Ryan is relentless, demanding she go out with him again. Chloe reluctantly agrees, only to find herself spending a lot more time with Ryan than she planned. Feelings grow between the two while both desperately remind themselves that they're only in it for the sex.
That little lie is blow apart when pictures of Ryan in a comprising position leak to the media, revealing the truth depth of their feelings for one another. Can Ryan convince Chloe that there's more to them than insanely hot sex or has he lost the only woman who matters to him?
You know I was all in for this novel as soon as I read the summary. Hockey and sarcasm? Sign me up!
Once Upon a Power Play started a little slow for me. The first few pages I wasn't really feeling the story, and then Ryan and Chloe met. The chemistry between them is off the charts. And so is the banter and verbal sparring. Chloe is a little spitfire, and Ryan loves every minute of it. She keeps him on his toes, and keeps him guessing. I was laughing out loud through most of the book, and secretly cheered for the Rangers (which I shall never ever admit to doing ever again... unless they're playing the Flyers) and Ryan the rest of the time. The scene with the Santa Claus? Died with laughter.
This book is lighthearted fun, and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a quick read with a lot of heat, a lot of sarcasm, a little hockey, and a lot of fun. Four stars!
Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and a whole lot of mischief. When she's not writing or wrangling toddlers, she can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She's lucky enough to live with her own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.
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