(Face-Off Series #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.
Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.
Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.
She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.
Parker is a run, sexy read about a bad boy hockey player and the no nonsense sports agent who is tasked with keeping him in line.
I love a good hockey romance. I’m not even a hockey fan (the horror, I know), but because of books like this, I have it in my head that all hockey players are hot bad boys. Hee hee! Alex Parker is a pretty great hockey bad boy. He is all bad attitude and filthy mouth, but underneath his is just a broken man who is hurting. Charlotte “Coach” Coachman is a sassy, take no crap kind of girl and I love that. She was a former basketball star in college whose professional career was done before it started due to an injury. Now, she works as an agent with one of the top sports management companies. Charlotte has her reasons for being regimented and focused. She doesn’t make personal connections and she doesn’t take crap from anyone.
I loved Alex. I loved watching him come back from self-destruction with Charlotte’s help and I loved seeing Charlotte open up little by little and feel. These two compliment each other which makes their chemistry crackle off the pages.
A great sports romance with a lot of feels, Parker is not to be missed.
Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she’s not reading, writing, or blogging, she’s obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.