Power Play – Maria Luis

Summary: He (was) the hottest player on the ice.

She’s a (struggling) sports journalist looking for her big break.

Charlie Denton has been handed the most impossible assignment from her stick-in-the-mud boss: get an exclusive interview with the NHL’s golden boy, Duke Harrison.

The catch? She’s got eight days or she’ll be demoted. Fired. Kicked to the curb – No way is she letting her future rest on the broad shoulders of a goalie who is at least three seasons past his prime.

She has eight days to convince Duke that the loyal fans of The Cambridge Tribune (annual circulation: 1,000) are dying to know about his life, on and off the ice. Eight days to stand toe to toe with a man who is pure sex on a stick. Eight days to remember that every mind-blowing kiss is nothing but a power play. (From Goodreads)

Look, I’m going to be frank. 1) Hockey season is officially over so I’ve been drowning in hockey books 2) Most hockey books are pretty bad.

This book? Is not! In fact, this might have been the best hockey romances I’ve read. So often in contemporary romances, the girl is flawless. Or they have some sort of drama that’s shoehorned in purely to create conflict. That wasn’t what I saw here. Charlie’s struggle as a journalist felt very real and her ambition was her downfall, but felt in line with her character.

It also felt like this book was written by someone who understand (or at the very least watches) hockey. Sometimes, you read sports romances and you’re like lmao no that’s not how the sport works??? Didn’t feel that here!

It could definitely benefit from being longer. It felt a little rushed, especially at the end. The resolution between Charlie and Duke happened really quickly and I would have loved to explore a little more of that drama.

There’s a sequel coming up and I’m stoked!

Rating:  ★★★★☆

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