As one of the best players in the NHL and the "golden boy" of the league, Avery Westwood knows he has to keep his cool--on and off the ice. His whole life is a carefully constructed image of perfection for the media and his brand sponsors. Of course, that means he can never let his true feelings show. But when it comes to the sexy sister of his former teammate, Avery might be willing to make an exception . . . even if it means breaking all his own rules.
As far as Stephanie Deveau is concerned, having a thing for Avery is the equivalent of psychological napalm. Très bad idea. Then he moves in next door, all sexy smiles and a deliciously hot body that she can't resist. Something's happening between them--it's intense, a little (a lot) out of control, and real. Only Avery doesn't know everything about Stephanie's past. And the one exception to his rule might just be the one girl who could destroy his career.
Avery was interesting. I liked that he was the 2 people, the one in control of his reputation with everyone else and the one who could just be himself with Stephanie. I enjoyed how real this felt to me, as this is what finding the right person is about...you can be who you are with them, not who you think you should be to make everyone happy.
I liked that Stephanie had a past. I generally am not a fan of people keeping secrets in books, but this one worked for me...because it was less a secret and more her not telling everything about her past right when she gets involved with someone. I also think it worked as the author was able to keep what she was dealing with ( you find out quickly, but I am still not going to spoil) from becoming a current event...it was fully in her past. And 5 years ago, so long enough that the time has passed that it needs to be the first thing she mentions to everyone.
The pacing of this was strong and the characters were engaging. I believed in them, and they seemed like real people. I thought their reactions were authentic and I believed in their reasons for doing the things they did...which made this a book I enjoyed a lot.
I recommend this book.