Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review ~ SKATING ON THIN ICE by Jami Davenport

Skating on Thin Ice (Game on in Seattle, #1)
by: Jami Davenport
Series: Game on in Seattle
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Source: Blog Tour

Jami Davenport presents Game on in Seattle, a new series featuring Seattle sports teams, hot men, and strong women.
He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire's mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.

Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team's testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team's weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own--for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.

Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions--for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?  

Skating on Thin Ice held a number of firsts for me; the first book I have read by Jami Davenport, the first focussing around ice-hockey and the first in a new series.  And, whilst it didn't hold any particular surprises, on the whole it was a promising start to the series; sweet and enjoyable with some drama and an injection of hot along the way.

When Ethan Parker's dreams come true and he's given the opportunity to purchase the Giants, an established ice hockey team in Florida, he grabs it. Slapped with a gagging order until the end of the season, he goes undercover to discover all he can in preparation of when the reveal is made.  A reveal that will involve relocating the team to Seattle.  Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Personnel, knows her stuff, but fights against the old boys club daily.  When Ethan shows he is genuinely interested in her thoughts and opinions, she's blown away and it's not long before she's fighting her own feelings for her charming sexy new boss.  Feelings that are mutual.

They had a great chemistry together and when things do get up close and personal it brings some heat.  Both appreciate each other's work ethic and strive for the team to be the best, but with Ethan holding back there is the premise of it all blowing up.  The story flows well, but I was expecting more heading towards the finish line as it certainly seemed to be heading that way. But with a whole raft of secondary characters - players and personnel, the way has been paved for much more in the series.  If an easy read sweet, sexy, sports orientated romance is what you're looking for, then this is that.

Rating: 3.5

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  1. This sounds like a reasonable book with a nice romance in it. It's a shame that is doesn't have anything new in it that makes it a bit more spectacular, although I have never read a book about ice hockey myself!

    1. Hi again!

      Honestly, I think it's probably a little hard to come up with new things in a book. But sometimes you have an author able to take something that been done before and make it sound new and refreshing. Personally, I haven't read any books about the hero being a current professional hockey player. I have read one about the hero doing hockey as a past-time. I loved that one.


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