Drafted first round pick when I was seventeen, playing first line at eighteen, branded NHL’s bad boy at nineteen. At twenty-three I was cut from the team and living back home with my parents. A knock on the door brought an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. All I had to do was prove I learned from my mistakes, so no way would I fall for a chick with a pouty mouth even if I wanted to spend all day devouring it.
When my father gave me a job, I had no idea it would be to babysit some washed up NHL player. He wanted me to be his chaperone, his overpaid babysitter. I thought it was a joke. Then I met him, Matthew Grant. I wasn’t prepared for this particular bad boy. He’s not only hot but he’s arrogant and kinda sweet in a ‘you make me crazy’ kind of way. Basically now that he’s finished screwing up his life, he’s decided to turn mine upside down.
She’s the first thing I’ve ever wanted more than hockey.
He’s the guy I know I should stay away from.
But what if this thing that started out so wrong turns into something so perfect?
4 alpha caveman stars!
I loved this book! A funny, sweet and sexy sports romance with an alpha caveman, a strong and feisty heroine with a habit of talking to herself, and a functional and angst-free love story that had me alternately swooning, grinning goofily and fanning myself at the hotness. This read was a lot of fun but still had a beautifully emotional love story, and I read it in a day, struggling to put it down.
This book follows on from Something So Right, but could be read as a standalone (just be aware that there is some family backstory – though the important bits are rehashed). This is the story of Matthew Grant – we met him as the strong, big-hearted teenager of a single mother who married an NHL legend – and he is now an NHL legend in his own right, but for all the wrong reasons.
Matthew was drafted into the league at 17, and he lost himself to the party lifestyle, which eventually impacted his game and saw him almost lose his career. Now, several years later he is getting his second chance, but with his new team desperate to protect their investment, they appoint him a full-time guardian. Matthew is highly unimpressed at this development, but is even more shocked when he finds that his ‘babysitter’ isn’t a burly old man like he expected, but instead is a hot young woman whose smart mouth and refusal to give in to him has him riled up in a way he’s never been before. And, she’s the boss’s daughter.
Karrie’s father owns Matthew’s team (among other things). She is working her way up in his company, specialising in media and public relations, and so she’s horrified that she’s now going to be babysitting an arrogant, manwhoring brat. She believes she can ignore how gorgeous he is, and the way her body reacts to him, but her one attempt at sex didn’t go so well, and her pent-up need and curiosity has her feeling edgy, and when Matthew moves into her brownstone being all demanding and alpha, it doesn’t take long before everything changes.
I loved this relationship! I was expecting a slow burn as these two strong personalities snark and banter with each other, but their attraction is too strong, their chemistry sizzles, and Matthew moves with the force of a tidal wave. He knows what he wants, he goes for it, and he won’t take no for an answer.
“This, me, you. It’s happening. I’m going to kiss you,” I tell her, running my tongue out while I kiss her neck. “I’m going to come home and come to your bed. Or you can come to mine, but” – I kiss her lips again – “Make no mistake about it. This thing is happening.”
Of course, Karrie, though a little wary, is only too keen to go along with it, and then it’s all on! It’s quick moving, but it felt realistic to me. Matthew and Karrie are together 24/7, and that kind of intensity allows for a fast-paced relationship, and with the attraction and emotion that is brewing between them, I could feel it all along with them.
This woman … has embedded herself in me and I have no idea how I lived without her.
Their relationship is a great mix of banter and teasing, scorchingly hot sexy time and sweet moments. Matthew’s caveman antics, while sometimes OTT, are so funny, and I love how openly he embraces the whole relationship thing – opening himself up for the first time, and holding nothing back from Karrie. And the emotional builds beautifully.
“You look at me and see me. That makes you worth everything.”
There are some things they need to overcome – mostly, the secretive nature of their relationship, given that they work together and who Karrie’s father is. And then there’s the dramatic twist that’s thrown in in the prologue. You know it’s coming, and you’re waiting for it to hit, wondering how it’s all going to come about and how it will impact on their story. But for the most part, this book is drama and angst free, and a really easy read. It’s a gorgeous love story with great characters that is lots of fun, and shows us lots of time with them together as a couple, and great progression for their relationship.
“Every breath I take is for you.”
Matthew’s parents, Cooper and Parker from Something So Right, are of course a part of the story, and I loved catching up with them and their family. And Lauren and Austin from Tempt the Boss also make an appearance, which I loved! There is a lead in to the next book of the series which will be Allison’s – Matthew’s feisty younger sister – and OMG, what a twist that was! I can’t wait for her story!
I loved this book. It’s lots of fun, and I loved losing myself in a hot, swoony, easy, drama-free read that had me hooked from start to finish. And bonus – there’s not one, but two fantastic epilogues! Woohoo!
A fantastic read – 4 stars.
An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Something So series
“Okay,” Robert starts, “we have your contract here. It’s a one-year contract for two point one million, as per your agent.” He smiles at me because I don’t have an agent. I have Cooper. “We also have the stipulation clause. I know last time you weren’t happy with some of them, but it’s the only way we can both win.” He opens the folder in front of him. “You will be living in a brownstone in Brooklyn.” The page flips over while he continues to read. “Your chaperone will live with you.” He looks up, waiting to see if I’ll say something, and I almost say fuck off. “It’s a three-story brownstone. You each have your own floor to do as you please.”
I nod at him. It isn’t as bad as I thought and maybe me and my roommate will be each other’s wing man. “Your chaperone will be at your side each time you go out. Especially, game day and traveling. Of course you will each have your own room when traveling, but it will be connecting.”
“I hope this guy is up for Netflix and working out.” I smile at them, my hand itchy to sign the papers before I call it all off.
Doug gets up, going to the phone on the table, pressing a couple of buttons. “Can you come to the conference room, please?” He hangs up right after.
“If you mess up even once, your contract is null and void,” Doug says, sitting down just as the door opens and I turn my head to stare at the person who just walked in.
“You?” I stand up, looking back at the other people at the table. The chick from the gym walks in, this time wearing black tight pants and a white button-down shirt, rolled up at the wrists. “Is this a joke?”
“I can assure you I had the same reaction when I was asked,” she says sternly. “I don’t want this any more than you do, but it is what it is.”
“She tried to pick me up yesterday.” I put my hands on my hips, telling the table.
“Are you insane?” she huffs out, her voice rising. “You and your anatomy landed on me.” She looks at Doug. “Right in my back.”
I roll my eyes at her.
“Karrie,” Doug says, looking at her.
“What?” She shrugs at him. “He couldn’t even contain himself, and he thinks I tried to pick him up.” She looks at me. “You wish.”
I pfft out. “Please, one word and you would have come home with me.” I look at the men in front of me. “You guys can’t be serious.” I then look back at Karrie. “Besides, how old is she? Twelve?”
“Pervert. I would have pulled the fire alarm and kicked you in the nuts.” She crosses her arms over her chest, making her tits strain against the buttons. “Either way you would have ended up in the same place. Alone. With bruised nuts.”
Robert slaps the table. “That’s enough, you two.” He looks at both of us. “Now, you two have a lot of catching up to do. I will forward you both the travel schedule.” He stands up, grabbing the papers, and slapping me on the shoulder. “Good to have you.”
Coach Dan gets up also, smirking at me while I stand here speechless that they allow a girl to chaperone me. Not just any girl, the hottest fucking girl I’ve ever set eyes on. I had to take care of myself three times since I stumbled on her.
“You two try not to kill each other.” Dan looks at Karrie. “Be good, sweetheart.” And he kisses her cheek.
“Really?” I throw my hands in the air. “Does no one think this is a ridiculous idea?” I look around the room and the only one left is Doug, who gets up.
“I think it’s the best thing to ever happen to you.” He walks over to squeeze my shoulder. “But if you make my little girl cry”—he leans in, whispering—“they won’t find your body.”
My mouth opens and closes, and then opens again, not a sound coming out.
About the Author
When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…