He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
If you haven’t discovered this gem of a series, you really need to…like yesterday! I have been waiting for Logan’s story ever since I met him in The Deal. He is Garrett’s friend from The Deal, and he’s just as naughty, sweet, and sexy as Garrett. This book kept me up at night; I had to know what happened, so I read into the wee hours of the morning. But, the lack of sleep was well worth it.
Grace and Logan are one of my favorite book couples ever! They are just so freaking good together. The two come from completely different backgrounds. She has two loving parents, and Logan has a loving mother, but an alcoholic father who seems to descend further into his own darkness that makes him almost unrecognizable to him. Logan is a player with a capital “P”, and she is a virgin. He’s a hockey star hockey player, and Grace doesn’t like hockey but loves football. These two definitely don’t have much in common, but together, they make perfect sense. However, as with all romances, there will be roadblocks to their HEA. Logan and Grace meet by chance when he comes to her room looking for someone else. She knows who he is by his reputation and saw him up close at a party as he came out of a bathroom after one of his famous hookups. He’s intrigued by her, especially by her babbling and her love for action movies, and the first of several HOT hookups begin…some of the sexiest I have ever read. But, Logan isn’t in a good place. His dreams of going pro are rapidly dissipating, and he thinks he has feelings for his best friend’s girl. When he is with Grace, his soul is at peace. However, is she just a distraction, or something more? Is he making the biggest mistake by letting her in his life, or will he move past their hookups and try a real relationship for a change?
I loved the steamy sex and sweet romance between them, but Kennedy also addresses the serious problem of alcohol, and she does it in a very different way than a lot of books. So many New Adult books portray the alcoholic as a monster, and she delves deeper into Logan’s father. I found myself having the same feelings as Logan…I hated him, but I loved him too. Logan remembers the loving father that tried so hard to stay on the wagon, but a tragic accident threw him off. He is turning into an angry man who is becoming unrecognizable. He’s shown in such a human way that allowed me to have sympathy for him and root for him…not just for himself but for his boys. Almost everyone is touched by alcoholism in some way, and this book gives hope to people who may think things are hopeless. There is always a chance for redemption!
Elle Kennedy has an amazing ability to address serious issues, yet she includes lightness and humor throughout her books. She had me crying in some instances, especially seeing Logan’s complicated feelings for his father…love and hate. But in the next instance, she had me laughing my butt off…Grace’s list Logan has to complete before she agrees to a real date with him and his attempts at wooing her. I LOVE THIS SERIES, and I’m so happy to see the biggest player of the all, Dean, will be getting his own story next. I am anxiously waiting to see the woman that tames that wild man.
A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently publishes with Signet Eclipse, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Samhain Publishing and Entangled Brazen. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!