“Hilarious and perfectly ‘played’ sports romance that I devoured in one sitting! I can’t wait to read more.” – #1 NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
“The usual Grey crisp writing, lovable heroes that you kinda want to slap, and a heroine that doesn’t back down,” Resistance on Ice is another fun standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.” – Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills
3 out of 5 stars
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
Cara Milne is a 22-year old woman with no job living off an inheritance in Las Vegas. She’s a huge hockey fan, and her best friend Noelle’s brother Noel plays for the Vegas hockey team, along with Jaxon Holland – the scapegoat in the team’s loss and elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Jaxon is hated because of a blog called Mr. Hockeypants – I’ll give you one guess who the author of that blog is – yep, you guessed it. After the playoffs end, and with so much grief from the Vegas fans, Jaxon needs to disappear. Lucky for him, Noel has a place in Florida on a secluded island, where nobody will bother him.
Cara and Noelle decide they need to get away, and plan to go to Noel’s place in Florida (without telling Noel – rude). Cara ends up going down before Noelle and is surprised to find Jaxon jerking off on the patio of the house. Weird.
Anyway, Jaxon and Cara get off to a very rocky start. They don’t get along and fight all the time, until they don’t. They develop feelings for one another (of course) and Cara is terrified that Jaxon will find out that she’s Mr. Hockeypants (which is a stupid blog name, in my opinion). You can pretty much predict how this book will end.
A couple of things about this book I didn’t like:
- The cover. That guy’s head is totally on the wrong body. It looks super weird and very different from the other covers in the series.
- Cara’s blog. It was very mean-spirited. No one person is responsible for a loss in hockey – it’s a team sport. The fact that her blog focused solely on Jaxon and made him a scapegoat is pretty reprehensible.
I’m a Chicago hockey fan, and my team didn’t make it to the playoffs this year. I was disappointed, sure, but it was a collective team failure that caused them to miss. I still love my team and will be watching all their games next year. The fact that one little blog had such an impact on Jaxon’s life didn’t feel real to me. I don’t know of any real life blogs that have that kind of influence.
I liked the chemistry between Jaxon and Cara, but their relationship was pretty strange. They seemed angry at each other a lot. Cara’s mysterious inheritance was never discussed (how she got it), nor was her family. Jaxon’s family was never discussed either. It was kind of strange.
The writing was good, the story moved at a good pace, and I appreciated the fact that it was told in first person, alternating POV. But the story itself was lacking for me, which is why I only gave 3 stars. I’ve read Ms. Grey before and I like her work, and I will continue to read her in the future.