Hat Trick – Maria Luis

Summary: The NHL’s most charming player is ready to score a hat trick on and off the ice…

As the star forward for the Boston Blades, I’ve earned a reputation for no-strings attached hookups and a mean slapshot that has all the ladies purring — but it’s never been the one woman I want to see all fired up and ready to score. Boston’s own Ice Queen Gwen James has had my emotions all tangled up for years. I’ve played the games. I’ve sat on the sidelines.

No matter her reasons, I’m done being benched. 

When she approaches me for a second chance, I accept on one condition: she’s got to prove she’s all in. No kissing. No sex. It just might kill me to keep my hands to myself, but it’s time Gwen knows what it’s like to beg. 

At the end of the day, I play to win, and I want what no other man has ever had…her heart. (From Goodreads)

If you’re a hockey fan and a romance fan and you haven’t picked up this series yet, I really don’t know what to tell you. Wait, yes I do. Put this series on your TBR pile.

THAT BEING SAID, this story, in particular, focuses less on the actual game of hockey. We still get some fun glimpses into the locker room of the Boston Blades, as well as their relationships with their wives/girlfriends. In fact, I would say the characters are what drives this story and makes it successful.

The main character, Gwen, is a reformed mean girl and I LIVE for a reformed mean girl story. I didn’t realize that Gwen was the same character from the first book, but that’s my fault. Seeing her freudian excuse of why she was so mean in the first book was really fun and I could really relate to her trust issues. The love interest, Hunt, seems like a typical rough around the edges type, but he was pretty charismatic as well. I liked that he had a personality that wasn’t just “strong and silent” (nothing wrong with that, but you see it a LOT in romance and it gets old.) Plus, it was fun to watch the woman be the chaser in the relationship.

I knocked off a star because the plot is a little wild at points. The subplot of Hunt’s brother seemed a little thrown together. However, the characters and romance are enjoyable enough for me to overlook the left turns the plot decided to take.

Rating:  ★★★★☆

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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