Title: Flirting on Ice
Author: Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley
My Rating: B
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Atlantic City Hustlers #1
Main Characters: Zac and Heather
Release Date: November 2014
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Professional hockey player Zac Elliott is in top form. He's having the best season of his career, the local fans can't get enough of him, and he's in the middle of the most successful contract negotiations of his career. When the sexy little spark between Zac and the team owner's daughter blazes to life, no matter how forbidden, he can't resist.
Philanthropist Heather Ryan can't keep her hands off of Zac. If her father finds out, it could end Zac's career and ruin her reputation. What they share is deeply passionate and intensely private...until the press exposes their illicit relationship.
Now the fans have viciously turned against Heather, Zac's game is faltering, and even his team has deserted him. The only way out of the penalty box is for Zac to play hockey like life—and love—depends on it..
While I absolutely enjoyed every bit of what was in this novel, there simply wasn't enough of it. And I realize this is a novella, but it just didn't quite meet my expectations. Mainly because the two main characters barrel through the stages of their relationship like they're traveling at light speed. I honestly got a little bit of whip lash at how fast they moved...and committed. And that made me sad because overall, the book is good. The relationship just moves too quickly to be believed. And honestly, that could have been fixed with just the addition of a few sentences sprinkled throughout the story to give more depth to what happened off the page and before the story began.
But what is here is pretty good...and I'll admit, I am a sucker for the hockey trope. I liked both Zac and Heather, although I thought their willingness to throw everything away besides each other was a little over the top after what was basically 2 chance encounters and 1 meaningful one. I like that Zac is the captain for the team and a prized commodity for them. But the team's owner, Heather's dad, did not place her value below his which I think is sometimes an issue in these sports themed books. I liked that about it. I did think that her parents underestimated Zac's ability to commit and that honest-to-god they should have trusted their daughter more. I mean really!
It's a quick read, not without it's flaws, but I still enjoyed it and look forward to more from this series. Maybe the next one will be just a little bit longer with a bit more depth to the relationship.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.