Series: Risky Business #2
Author: Jennifer Bonds
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 16, 2015
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About Once Upon a Power Play:He'll do whatever it takes to get her against the boards…
Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he'll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed--even if it means playing dirty.
Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She's kissed her share of frogs and what's it gotten her? Dumped by text--again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she's more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who's sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.
Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he's going to lose.
I really, really liked this one. Oh, the banter! The banter nearly killed me haha.
It’s 4 stars for a vagueface reason – there just wasn’t anything to take me from ‘really like’ to ‘love.’ I got invested in the characters and the story, but wasn’t really absorbed in them. That’s not to say they all weren’t really fun.
First of all, I love the way we started in Chloe’s head. The circumstances, her outfit, and what ends up happening make up a hilarious combination. Plus, I immediately related to Chloe. And not just because in her physical description, all you would have to do to describe me instead is change “shorty who topped out at five-foot three on a good day” to “super shorty who topped out at five-foot two on a good hair day.”
Okay, it probably had to do with what Ryan calls her princess attitude. I will admit it. I’m a spoiled daddy’s girl at time. But I’m also independent and self-sufficient when I need to be.
And then the way her and Ryan meet is just bizarre – scary but funny, too. And god, I loved how that night ended for them! Best. Ah. Blergh.
Then as their relationship developed, the two were the very definition of bantery – one of my favorite things to be! I need books with that back and forth wit and humor. And in almost every conversation Chloe had with someone, I found myself identifying with her more.
The one thing I didn’t love was the big conflict towards the end. It was a bit generic – New Year’s Eve, big misunderstanding leading to big realization, etc. I think it could’ve been made more unique with smaller details of the story.
However, the grand gesture at the very end made up for it for me. We know I like when the grand gesture is grand, but not too much so to be realistic. This one was very fitting. 🙂
About Jennifer Bonds:
Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and a whole lot of mischief. When she’s not writing or wrangling toddlers, she can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She’s lucky enough to live with her own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.