By Skye Jordan
Infamous Rough Riders’ playboy Grant Saber has been sidelined for a bum shoulder. If he has to be off the ice for three weeks of recovery, he‘ll do it on his back—breaking in a new wanna-be cowgirl every night. But pressure from the team’s owner and Grant’s parents land him in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina instead. Things look up when he learns the hometown beauty who was once so out of his league is now single, and sexier than ever. Determined to slip in a night with her while he’s in town, Grant is shocked to discover one will never be enough.
Faith Nicholas has no interest in the newest Saber-son gossip. After losing her father just months before, she is now on the verge of losing their family hardware store—which is also her home. She couldn’t care less about the Saber’s big money or flashy toys. But she can’t seem to keep Grant out of her store–or her dreams. His magnetic charisma is impossible to ignore, and the longer he stays in town, the more she finds to love about a man who isn’t as superficial as he’d like others to believe.
With a struggling store, four-hundred miles and a rigorous hockey season looming between them, Grant will have to pull out his very best moves if he’s going to make this quick trick last forever.
QUICK TRICK is the story of Faith, home town sweetheart, and Grant, NHL superstar reluctantly home for the first time in eight years.
I liked Faith, who was feisty and didn’t take crap from anyone, especially from Grant. She’s very well liked in her home town, even more so after she gave up college to come home and care for her dying father, a man who was very respected. I liked Grant as well, who’s your typical sports star manwhore, so used to women falling at his feet that he had no idea how to win over a woman of substance. He’s cocky and arrogant, but he’s also a nice guy to those he truly cares about. I liked the buildup to their romance and thought Grant’s attempts at getting a date were cute and sweet. I felt the conflict between them at the end was believable and I liked how it was resolved.
QUICK TRICK is told in dual POVs and is the first book in the Rough Riders Hockey series. While I wouldn’t call it a novella, it is a fairly quick read, although I never felt like the story was moving too fast, so that’s good. However I did have a couple of issues with this story. Firstly, there was no real resolution between Grant and his family; instead that situation felt like a loose end, and I’m not a fan of loose ends. Secondly, if you’re expecting to read about Grant playing NHL games and bonding with his teammates, you’ll be disappointed because apart from Grant helping out with the town’s junior hockey teams, there’s no hockey in this story at all. Despite that, I thought this was a nice, easy and enjoyable read that left me wanting to read the next book in the series.
Quick Trick (Rough Riders Hockey # 1)
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