Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Undressed by Shannon Richard

Title: Undressed
Author: Shannon Richard
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Country Roads #4.5
Main Characters: Abby and Logan
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Forever
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
She knows the rules of the game . . . but she can't resist his moves
Publicist Abby Fields's career is on the rise. And with failed romances in her past, she has no time for men. When a job opportunity opens up with a sports team in Florida, Abby eagerly packs up and heads south. Yet after a work event in Mirabelle, Florida, Abby finds herself in the arms of a hockey player whose heartstopping smile leads her to the steamiest night of her life . . .

Logan James is hot on and off the ice. With his team on an epic winning streak, life couldn't get better . . . until he meets Abby, the fiery redhead assigned to protect his team's image. Now Logan's finding it difficult to concentrate on anything other than getting Abby undressed. But after a secret is leaked to the press, the taste of betrayal opens old wounds. If they can't learn to trust each other, they may risk losing more than their hearts. (50,000 words)

My Review:
This book jumped right into the story with a bang and I loved that. Abby and Logan work for an NHL hockey team...he's a player, she's in the PR dept. They've been at odds for months because he wants to keep his private life private which makes her job more difficult. The book starts out with them snowed in at his cabin after their flight was cancelled for a PR appearance...and they've been drinking while playing a drinking game. Yeah, you can see where this book is going. But I loved the way that it jumped right in. When the book starts, they're four drinks and several clothing items into the game. It makes for an intense read immediately....and it really never let up. I loved that. This book is called a novella...but it's a long novella...50k words, and it never feels short on story. At all. 

First, let me just If you all have been reading my reviews at all, you know I love hockey and sport themed books. This was a fun one. I liked the premise of it. I loved Logan's backstory. He's so much more than the reader...and the heroine, Abby...realizes at first. 

The two of them are snowed in because they are on their way to visit a teenage boy who's having difficulties with his cancer treatments. That theme of compassion and kids with cancer flowed throughout the entire book and I did really like that. 

The conflict of the story is that Abby's contract says she can't fraternize with the team. She also has issues with one of the other PR execs who's incredibly sexist. That means that the two are sneaking around a lot and even though the relationship is going well, that adds stress. She's an incredibly strong and independent character. There's an interesting sub-plot with her and her father. 

Overall, the book was just really good. While I own most of this series, I haven't read the others yet. I need to go back and do that. There were also some incredible members of the hockey team introduced and I really hope the author provides some other stories from that cast of characters. But this one is definitely worth picking up.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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