Cole: My only goal is to heal from this concussion and get back on the ice—until Nina Callaghan shows up at my door asking for hockey lessons. She’s my best friend’s kid sister, which puts her in the hands-off zone, so I used to tease her without mercy—the ballerina on ice—until a knee injury grounded her. But little Nina is all grown up now, and wants something from me, and I sure as hell want something back. Now it's game on, and I'm pulling out all the plays. Nina: Asking my old nemesis for a favor is the last thing I want to do, but when my editor charges me with writing a romantic series about hot hockey players, I have no choice but to turn to Cocky Cole Cannon, and he didn’t earn that handle from flashing his infamous grin. When he agrees to teach me, little did I know he’d have a hidden agenda. I want to say no, but when the Playmaker introduces me to his off-ice moves, the only word on my lips is yes. Cole: No way can I fall for the girl I’ve been crushing on since…forever. Not only will her brother kill me, we don't belong in each other’s world. I should have kept things in the neutral zone, but when one sweet taste becomes a game changer, I fear it could uncover everything I spent years hiding, and destroy Nina right along with it.
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Cathryn Fox lights the lamp with THE PLAYMAKER, the first book in the Players on Ice series. Writer Nina Callaghan asks her childhood nemesis/ brother’s best friend, Cole Cannon, for hockey lessons ... Read full review
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Cathryn Fox lights the lamp with THE PLAYMAKER, the first book in the Players on Ice series. Writer Nina Callaghan asks her childhood nemesis/ brother’s best friend, Cole Cannon, for hockey lessons. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences. The story takes place in Seattle.
Cathryn Fox does a great job with her character development and plot. I like Nina. She was a figure skater until she had a career-ending injury. Now she is a romance writer. Her brother, Cason, is in the NHL, so her editor tasks her with writing a hockey romance series. Ironically, she knows nothing about hockey. Therefore, she turns to her brother's best friend/NHL Center, Cole Cannon, who is out due to a concussion. Nina thinks that Cole hates her because he always teased her when they were kids, in reality, he had a crush on her, but she is his best friend’s sister, so she is off limits.
THE PLAYMAKER is a fun and entertaining story. Cole and Nina have great chemistry. My heart went out to both, and some of the things that they went through. I love that they are given this opportunity to reconnect and open to each other. Cathryn Fox does a great job laying out their history. There were a lot of interesting scenes and obstacles that the characters faced. The novel was skillfully written and heartwarming. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.