Series: Portland Storm #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Pregnancy & Babies, Romance, Sports
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With her father’s health in question, Sara Thomas is focused on reducing his anxiety. That’s no small feat considering his high-stress job, not to mention her own distractions. Everyone knows Sara’s single; no one knows she’s pregnant. There’s never a good time to unexpectedly get knocked up, but now is definitely not it. Regardless, she doesn’t want anyone to know—especially not her father—until she has a game plan in place. But when Jonny, one of her father’s players, seeks vigilante justice on the ice, everything gets tossed out the window.
Cam Johnson’s role as a fourth-line winger with the NHL’s Portland Storm entails more than scoring goals. He has to ensure other teams don’t take liberties with the Storm’s star players. The way Cam sees it, that’s the most important aspect of his job. His teammates call him Jonny; opposing fans call him a goon; the media calls him an enforcer. The title’s unimportant. Cam will always fight for his team—even if he has to break the rules. He’s used to taking penalties, but he never meant for anyone else to suffer from his choices.
When Cam’s actions cause Sara’s worst fears to be realized, he blames himself. He’s screwed everything up; now he has to set things right. Mutual attraction leads to lust, and suddenly Cam is taking penalties at every turn…at least where Sara is concerned. He’s got to think on his feet or he’ll end up with a Delay of Game.
Hockey is really not my favorite sport at all, really the only way I ever enjoy hockey is if I am actually there in person. So I was really surprised when I read a romance book where the hero was a hockey player, I absolutely loved it. Since then I have been on the lookout for any and all hockey books, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. I think maybe hockey romance books are going to end up being one of my favorite themes.
So the book starts out with Sara turning up unexpectedly pregnant, her life suddenly changes completely. On top of all of that she is basically responsible for keeping her father in good health. Her father has had some health issues, and he is not one to listen to the doctors advice, so Sara is basically in charge of trying to keep her father’s stress level down and living a health lifestyle, but his job is high stress and he’s not so good at listening. So when her father ends up having a heart attack, it’s easy to see how Sara would be in a tough spot emotionally.
Cam is a great guy, a great hero for this book. He is not one of those guys who can just sleep around, or at least not when it comes to Sara. He steps up as the father of her child, even though he isn’t the father, and I kind of love that about him. He did it to make life easier for her, and his heart is completely in the right place. I love how much he cares for her, and how willing he is to always be there for her. There are some times in the book that are really hard for her, and he is always right there next to her, even when she tries to push him away. He’s just a hands down really solid guy, and its easy to see why Sara would fall for him.
I liked the chemistry between the two of them, and I actually really liked that there love story wasn’t all hearts and fairytales, I liked that it was sometimes hard and a lot of times complicated, I think it just ends up making their story better. I also loved the people that are involved in their lives, from their respective families to the players on the team, literally everyone of them steps up to help when the people they care about are in need, and that was kind of awesome to read.
If you like romances where the hero is a sports star, or a hockey star in this case, I seriously think you would enjoy this book. I liked the writing style of this book and the pacing was really great. I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.