Tuesday 19 April 2022

[Review + Release Day] SECOND SHOT WITH #76 (Hockey Hotties, #5) by Piper Rayne

 Source: Received an egalley to participate in the blog tour,
and also pre-ordered a Kindle version.
Release Date: April 19, 2022


My mom always said you don’t get a second shot at making a first impression. I’ve remembered that my entire career. Especially since I’m one of the few black men who play professional hockey.

I’m calculated and respectful in the way I speak to my coaches, the owners, and the media. I’ve never taken a risk… until her.

I could blame it on the fact that for once I pushed away the pressure of my career for the ocean waves, the sand, and good times with my new teammates. But those are excuses because the minute I saw her at the airport, something lit up inside me and the best week of my life was spent with her in my bed.

After our week in paradise, we said goodbye, exchanged phone numbers and both assumed that unless one of us was flying through the other’s city on the opposite side of the country, our vacation fling was over.

Then one night after practice I see her. She’s here. In my city. Telling me she moved here for a job. If that’s not fate tell me what is.

I’ve never wanted a second shot more than I do this time, but she’s determined to leave what we were on the island we left behind.


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I'm really enjoying Piper and Rayne's Hockey Hotties series, and I love the dynamics that all of the new characters have been bringing to the series! I finally went back and read the novella that came out after the first three books, so I went into SECOND SHOT WITH #76 super excited for what came next...and eager to see what was going to happen between Cory and Ande!

I absolutely loved the romance part of SECOND SHOT WITH #76--Ande and Cory had amazing chemistry and I loved their banter and dynamics! I really liked Cory, and loved learning about his family, and it was great to see that the fact that he was one of the few Black players in the NHL was addressed in the storyline and I liked that the fact that Cory and Ande are a biracial couple (just like Cory's own parents are) was addressed in the story, too! As for Ande, I also enjoyed her as a character, and really loved how we saw her open up to the other hockey ladies and her friendship with her boss, Trevor, too. :)
 So, all in all, I loved the romance in this one, but I have to admit that I wasn't a big fan of one of the major plot points in the drama part of the romance. It was just a bit too much for me, and went on for a little too long. I was glad that it didn't drag out too long once the big dramatic moment happened though. Other than disliking the major drama, I did really enjoy it though, and I'm very excited to see more of Cory and Ande in future books!
Overall, I thought that SECOND SHOT WITH #76 was great! Cory and Ande were wonderful characters and it was a pleasure to see them find love, and to see how they fit into the Florida Fury family. I loved their banter and definitely enjoyed the steam, too! It's not my fave, but is definitely a welcome addition to the Hockey Hotties series! Super excited for Kane and Jana's story next! ;)

Star Rating: ★★★.5 to ★★★★

Meet Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne are a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write "heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle" about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they're married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they're both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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