Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her…or wanting to kiss her again.
Problem is, things have been a little…awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.
As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.
Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.
Received a Copy from Netgalley on behalf of Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes is sucks having a guy best friend. I mean when I was in high school I had two best guy friends. One I had a total crush on, and the other would be considered your man whore. Well he wasn’t that bad, but every time I made a new girl-friend, he would swoop in and end up dating her. By the end of that school year they would have broken up. I mean I had to find a new girl-friend every year because something would happened. It got really annoying, but I totally loved these two goof balls. We had alternating movie picks. Even I got them to sit through some Romantic Comedies. HA! But don’t worry I sat through my share of guy flicks too. However, I never did date, kiss, or any of those “things” with these two guys. They were my Best Friends. I could count on them and them on me. Once I went away to college in another state, we lost touch
This book isn’t about a group of friends it is more about two in particular friends that finally come to their senses regarding their love for one another.
Luke Jackson is on a path he has set for himself. His plan is to play for the teenage national hockey team and then get picked up for the NHL. He needs to stay focus to accomplish this. He is on the road most of the time and doesn’t have time for a relationship. The occasional fling on the road is different from actually committing and trying to have some type of boyfriend girlfriend thing. The only person he is willing to go out of his way for is his best friend, Malina. However, he begins to realize how much he has missed being around her while he’s gone. So an accidental kiss ends up turning all his “so-called’ hockey concentration out the window.
Malina is smart (well to me she is). She loves space and astronomy she wants to be an astrophysics, but that isn’t the plan her dad has for her. He wants her to go into a field that she will be able to obtain a job from after college. To help with college she has been working on scholarship after scholarship application. Now she just needs to figure out how to get her STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project working properly so she could win the scholarship money for school. She has hit a glitch on the project and her mind has been preoccupied with the return of Luke (she and majority of the characters in the book call him Jackson). Now she is trying to juggle school requirements and her “now” awkward relationship with Jackson, ever since that accidental kiss.
Malina and Jackson are super cute as best friends and I can see why they finally realized they had stronger feelings for each other besides the platonic kind. When these two fight it is all emotional and passionate. You can feel the tension come off the pages between the two of them. Their fights explode and have positive results from it.
The supporting characters, such as Malina’s grandmother and some of Jackson’s team mates are a great addition. I loved the Hawaiian cultural that was added in to show Malian’s heritage. I think this book gives a good balance of romantic store line and family dynamics. I highly recommend this book. Thanks Entangled Crush!
It alternates POV’s between Jackson and Malina, not evenly both consistent.
The overall story wasn’t very long. It was a quick, fun, read.
I give it a 4 overall.
Parental info: Steamy make out scenes, sex talk, lesbian friend, grandmother has a stroke, mild swearing, and teenage party with drinking.
Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.