♥ SYNOPSIS ♥
Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.
Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.
♥ my review ♥
Zack had it good. He’s a professional hockey player with a gorgeous doting girlfriend and a son. Life was good until it threw him a curve ball. His life was suddenly upended when he lost his long time girlfriend, Gina, in a car accident. He loved her but he felt guilty for not giving her the thing she wanted most: His Name.
A couple of months ago I said this:
Ugh. I absolutely hated what happened to Zack in the previous book. I wanted a story with his girlfriend. I wanted to know why he didn’t marry her. I wanna know why he took her for granted.
I was prepared to hate the book but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. There were a few bumps in the writing which I wasn’t too crazy about including some misogynistic undertones where the heroine acknowledged that she shouldn’t “wear clothes like that” so she won’t get “noticed” by boys. And by noticed, I meant, mauled. It irked me but it wasn’t enough to derail my enjoyment for the book.
Back to my previous comment. I said I wanted to know why Zack never married Gina before her untimely death, and I finally got an answer. It’s something that I’m conflicted about but it worked really well with this book. Gina’s presence was acknowledged enough without her taking over the whole story. Zack did take his time getting his head out of his ass but it was understandable considering the circumstances.
But what made this book for me was the heroine, Kate. She was open with her feelings but had enough decency to talk away when it became too much. She was the best heroine in the series for me thus far.
Overall, I liked this very much and I’m looking forward to reading more from this series.
ARC provided by LoveSwept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.