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2.0 out of 5 starsJust OK
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2018
I have read several books by Jennie Marts in the past, and was very hopeful about this one. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to expectation. I would guess that approximately half the book went on and on about what each of the main characters was thinking - which happened to be exactly what had been explained in the first few pages. Why do some authors feel the need to repeat this type of information again and again? More action and conversation and less repetition, please? And the story line was just OK - not much to it, actually.
Childhood sweethearts broke up because he got a scholarship to university & ice hockey stardom, while she stayed on the farm. One bad decision later & she’s knocked up by a douchebag & stuck in that tiny town, relying on her family’s support.
It’s 9 years later & he’s been sent home to nurse a concussion, which forces some introspection, smoothly helped along by a little of his mother’s well-intentioned Strategising.
He realises he’s been missing her, falls for her kid, & they’re away laughing, right?
Well then Sperm Donor shows up, & the whole thing goes to hell in a hand basket.
In this book, there are no Queer/GLITTFAB+ characters, no POC, no Disabled characters.
Instead, we have the antiquated & needlessly traumatising practices of roping calves, wrestling them to the ground, & hot branding them. No corralling the calves or feeding them through a series of pens & a cattle press. Oh no.
Something that’s illegal in most countries in the OECD, & only legal is the USA because states won’t let it be outlawed.
Why does this fictional family uphold this practice? “Tradition”. I think the American idea of “tradition” & I need to have a Friendly Chat. I promise, I just want to talk.
It’s a real pity this hellish practice gets so many pages devoted to it, because the story itself is pretty damn gorgeous.
I would recommend it to others who enjoy a decent straight romance, so long as they were aware of the utter dearth of diversity.
I am not likely to re-read this one, as there’s not much driving the plot once you already know the catches.
It was definitely worth my time, though those poor fictional calves did not deserve to suffer so.
5.0 out of 5 starsFive swoony stars for this heartwarming hockey cowboy mashup
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
I'm a huge fan of both Marts' western romances and her hockey romantic comedies, so I couldn't wait to read this second chance romance that combined them both! And the wait was totally worth it! Rockford James was a hero who was handsome and hot, but also charming and I loved the way this confident guy still got nervous around his high school sweetheart. He and Quinn were so fun together and I was rooting for them throughout this whole fun and heartwarming story. It was a light, easy read that had sweet and steamy moments- the texting scene was my favorite- and I couldn't put it down until I devoured the entire swoony read. I also loved Rock's brothers and can't wait to read their stories next. Hockey-playing cowboys...yes please!
4.0 out of 5 starsA second chance love story that will charm you.
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I also purchased a copy.
Up happens when you make a decision when you are a teenager and it turns out to be a selfish one? That is what this book explores. Rockford James gave up the love of his love to explore his dream of the big life of hockey. Quinn turns the tables and has a one-night stand that ends up with an unexpected pregnancy. This is the story of two people meeting up again and overcoming the past while loving a beautiful little boy Max. This was a heart-warming story. There was a few inconsistencies that should have been caught in editing that threw me off. One was how Quinn's dad was to cheap to put in a dishwasher but then Quinn loads the said non-existent appliance with dishes. Also there were a few sentences where a word was missing and I would have to figure it out. A story like this one should have been edited better.
This is the first book in this series about brothers. Rockford James was a really good hockey player. When he had the chance to go pro, he did. He was young and cocky, that he didn't think of all the changes that would take place. He allowed the one and only person he loved, go. Quinn Rivers has only loved one man, Rockford James. He walked away and she made a mistake. There was no going back. She was going to give her child the best she could. Life never goes as planned. Rock is home to heal his body and hopefully gain his best friend back. Hockey still has the power to drive them apart. What's a guy and girl to do? Love this series!
4.0 out of 5 starsSweet heartwarming second chance
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
4.5 second chance stars! What do you get when you cross a former NHL star with a cowboy? You get one Rockford James. And Ooo-la-la what a combo that is in one man! Now back in his small home town after an injury takes him off the ice, he runs into his former flame Quinn, whose heart he had broken when he left for his hockey career. Now older and wiser, all his regrets for his past handling of his relationship with Quinn, come to the surface. Can he win her back after everything that has happened? This is a wonderfully sweet, witty and heartwarming story. I went back after having read the other 3 books in this series because it is such an enjoyable series. Ms Marts has a great writing style and is an amazing storyteller.
5.0 out of 5 starsSecond Chance Romance, Loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2018
Oh my, what's not to love about a hockey star/cowboy. I have fallen in Love with Rock, watch out Quinn. Oh, I guess it's too late for that. Rock has returned home with an injury from the NHL, when he sees his old flame from high school, Quinn. He soon realizes the mistake that he made years ago and now to convince Quinn, that this is the real thing.
Loved these characters!! Rock is just so hunky and a very giving person. Quinn is a single mom but very independent and her son, Max is her number one. Max just steals the story, I just fell in love with him.
This story will leave you smiling, ok I did shed a tear or two. I highly recommend this book.