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Ugh. I hate romance novels. But I read this one because, hey, it's got HOCKEY! I'll read anything with hockey. But this book was painful for me to read. First, the characters are paper thin and do that thing where they can't be together but have sex anyway and then HATE each other but have sex anyway. And then, in the span of fewer than 20 pages, they go from gouging each other's eyes out to completely falling in love and living happily ever after. I hate that. Plus, one of the characters is from Texas, and the "stupid" southern belle stereotype is not my favorite. Not that the hockey players are any better- it's like the author keeps trying to remind us that they're not egotistical without really telling us what they are.
I enjoyed the parts where it was just the boys talking hockey. I loved that the author made references to real players (i.e. "But not as bad as Jagr. He's a sissy.") Except that the hockey terminology felt too heavy- like Gibson wanted to impress us with all the cool hockey terms she knew instead of using them casually and well.
And the daughter... ugh squared! The woman is so concerned with being formal and worried her daughter might be dyslexic, yet she lets her talk improperly like author kiddie talk instead of real kiddie talk. Really, Lexie was just a plot device. Once she was introduced, the only interesting thing I was looking forward to was when Lexie was told who her real father was. Except after half a book of build-up, that one part was just alluded to and done "off camera" so to speak. The whole story was just fighting and miscommunication and stubborn characters who were entirely unrealistic.
When I finished the book, I literally THREW it down. (It was a previous library book and already in bad condition so I didn't hurt it any) I've never thrown a book before. But the bit at the end was SO not what I want in a hockey player and so disappointing.
Yet... it's hockey. And it's the summer when hockey isn't on. So I had to have something!
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