By Skye Jordan
Rafe “Savage” lives up to his name on the ice and in the bedroom. Forging a legacy as the Rough Riders’ most notorious playboy is easy when the woman he really wants is off limits. Mia’s brother isn’t just Rafe’s best friend, he’s also a teammate. With the Cup in site, Rafe won’t screw with anything that threatens the team’s winning streak. But when Mia comes to town on a mission of her own, one little woman may turn out to be the toughest opponent Rafe’s ever faced.
When it comes to men, Mia is everyone’s best friend. But when it comes to romance, her relationships are destined for failure. With a new job awaiting her on the other side of the country, she’s determined to start fresh. To do that, she needs to let go of this stupid crush once and for all.
Seducing Rafe isn’t just the best option; it’s her only option. Until she discovers he’s been harboring the same feelings. And with his team weeks away from the biggest game of their career, and Mia’s new life waiting, their no strings affair threatens to tear both their worlds apart.
DIRTY SCORE is the third book in the Rough Riders Hockey series and while I enjoyed the first two books in the series, this one was quite the letdown.
As I write this review, I’m trying to think of something nice to say, especially about the characters, but I’m coming up blank. Rafe and Mia spend almost the entire book pushing and pulling against each other, and it got old real fast. Tate (Mia’s half-brother and Rafe’s best friend) was bossy, domineering, disrespectful and ultimately unlikeable. Kilbourne (Rafe’s teammate) was a total dick to everyone and I’m still trying to figure out why he was even in the story or why his teammates never sorted him out. In regards to the family ties, spending 40% of the story confused as to who Rafe, Mia, Tate and Joe were to each other made my head hurt, until the family tree was finally explained at the 42% mark.
DIRTY SCORE does come with a HEA, but even with an epilogue, I was left without any real resolution as to how Rafe and Mia ended. Did Mia stay in LA for her job or did she move to DC to be with Rafe? Did she do the jersey designs on the side of her LA job, or is the jersey gig her sole source of income? I’m assuming she gave up her LA job to live with Rafe and design her jerseys, but it’s not clarified. DIRTY SCORE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Will I read the fourth book in the series? That will depend on who it’s about. If it’s about Tate or Kilbourne, I’ll probably end up skipping it.
Dirty Score (Rough Riders Hockey # 3)
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