Overall this was a solid read with the kind of writing and character development that I come to expect from Sarina Bowen. Really the only reason why the 3 star "It's okay" instead of a 5 star "I loved it" was that I felt the author left a lot on the table and could have really packed an emotional wallop with the characters. Just to recap, the male lead (Mike) burned the bridge on his relationship with the female lead (Lauren). Lauren has spent the last 2 years since their break up bitter, lonely and angry at Mike for the hurt he caused. Mike has spent the last 2 years missing Lauren. He knows what he did hurt her, but I really couldn't tell if he felt true regret or really sorry about what he did. The reader knows he still wants her and misses her but I didn't get a real sense of regret. But here is my problem...There was no resolution or forgiveness between the parties; and that is where the author really could have gotten me in the feels. To go from bitter and angry to "I still love him, okay we're back together" was kind of an emotional cop out on the story. Showing the journey of Lauren getting to a place of forgiveness and acceptance about what happened and showing a deeper level of understanding for Mike about his actions and how he really hurt Lauren would have rounded out this second chance romance. I would have liked to see the characters put in the emotional hard work to get to a place of forgiveness, I was ready to go on that ride. I was wanting to feel like these two characters actually worked past the hurt to make the next chapter of their relationship more meaningful. Instead it just felt like they fell back into the same old relationship.
That being said, as stated above the author is solid and the book was overall an enjoyable read and worth the buy. I love the hockey world that the author has created and I'm glad I read the book, even if I felt it fell just a bit short.