My Rating: 4 out of 5
Alex Sullivan may be the San Diego Barracudas' resident playboy, but he hasn't been able to forget the woman who kissed him like her life depended on it ten months ago. When he sees her again at a teammate's wedding, he can't think of anything but spending more time with her. Preferably naked.
Claire Marzano lost years catering to an overbearing husband, and she's not going to answer to anyone ever again. A hot fling is just what she needs to get back in the game, and that's exactly what sexy Alex offers—one wild long weekend away, with no promises or obligations.
But that one weekend changes everything. Despite knowing full well Alex isn't the kind to ever commit, Claire is falling for him. And Alex secretly imagines a future with his strong, smart "accidental girlfriend." Until a surprise announcement and an on-ice accident threaten to derail everything…or cause Alex to finally ditch his old ways and become the man Claire needs him to be.
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
The In the Zone series by Kate Willoughby just keeps getting better and better. The 3rd book of this series (4th book if you're counting the novella) may very well be my favorite. Call me a romantic, but I love a story where the male protagonist is all cocky, brash and sure of himself on the surface, yet needs the love of a good woman to heal the scars and ease the insecurities that are hiding beneath. Out of the Game satisfied my love of this kind of story in a huge way!
Alex Sullivan is the say anything, do anything member of the Barracudas. He's known for his outrageousness and man-whore ways, but also as a team player that is loyal to the Barracudas, his friends and to the sport of hockey. That seems to be the extent of where his loyalties lie. After all he's never had a relationship last past the off-season and that is by choice. His choice. I really, really loved Alex! I couldn't wait to see what he was going to say next. Heck the thoughts he had and comments he said in his head made me laugh out loud. And when he happened into a relationship with Claire before he even realized it my thought was it was so Alex.
Claire Marzano deserves sainthood. No seriously she does. She had been hurt pretty bad by her former husband, but was adult enough to accept her part in the marriage failing. When she decided out of the blue to run off and have some fun with Alex she thought she was doing it with her eyes wide open. She knew his reputation, but also felt that a fling would be safe enough. She wasn't prepared for his sweet and soft side. Heck, she didn't even know he had a sweet and soft side. But, it sucked her right in and made her lose her heart before she even realized what was happening. And actually things were going pretty darned good, too. Then the unthinkable happened and Alex became someone else entirely. My heart broke for both of them. I couldn't have taken a side if I tried.
This couple went through so much more than most couples ever will and it seemed to have happened all at the same time. I loved how they worked it out and worked through it. Of course, in true Alex form it was hilariously frazzled and went sideways, but it was great to read and such a satisfying end.
A 4 Star Review for me
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