Series: Game On in Seattle #7
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Friends With Benefits, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Sports
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The wild-child of the family, Bellani Maxwell, endures a brutal attack and runs to hockey star and occasional hookup Cedric Pedersen, for comfort and healing. Only Cedric is tired of their on-again, off-again relationship, and he wants to be all-in or all-out. Can Bella finally commit or will she let him go one final time?
I’ve never been a hockey fan. I wish I was. It’s so boring to watch on tv, but in person and in books I do like it. But in books I tend to adore the hockey romance, maybe ice works for me in books because it’s the only time I like cold stuff. Anyways, I was looking forward to this book because it is a hockey book, it is pretty far into the series but you can definitely read it on its own.
I really was not a big fan of this book, I wanted to like it I really did, I swear. It just didn’t work for me. I liked the premise of the book, two people who have a long history of hooking up with each other in a kind of mutual friends with benefits kind of status. They both kind of run in the same circles (it seems like Bella’s sisters are married or dating like every hockey player on Cedric’s team) so it is easy for them to maintain this who hook up status thing. And in the beginning they do pretty much heat up the page. Cedric clearly wants more out of their relationship and he keeps broaching the subject with her, but she really doesn’t seem to be sure about settling down.
And then everything shifts, and it happens pretty early on into the book, maybe at around 20% or so, Bella is attacked. The blurb warned me this was going to happen so I was ready for it, and it’s not poorly written or anything like that, and that kind of violence in books doesn’t make me hate the book as long as its done well. Bella was super overconfident and basically kind of thought of herself as invincible and literally did everything she teaches her self-defense students not to do, I felt for her I really did.
And then the whole book became about the attack. I mean literally the whole book. You couldn’t go a single page without reading about the attack, and not just when you were in Bella’s POV, but in Cedric’s too. It was tooooooo much. Also there were some serious timing issues with the book, I would read in one chapter that a decent amount of time has gone buy like a several weeks, and then in the next chapter it would say something like, “it was two weeks after the attack” and I honestly had a hard time tracking how much time had gone by at any given moment, and I have to admit that drove me bananas.
Look I understand horrible things happen in life, and without a doubt its more than fine to write about that, and of course Bella and Cedric are going to have strong reactions to such a horrible event, but I honestly just felt like it wasn’t dealt with very well. From Bella moving into Cedric’s apt literally minutes after the attack to the constant harping on it in both POVs, I just wanted the book to be over.