Sarina Bowen and hockey romances are such a comforting combination.
Her characters and the world she has created for them almost feel alive on the pages. Love Lessons takes us from Brooklyn to Italy, and I swear, I could practically taste the gelato and feel the gorgeous sunsets on my face.
Ian Crikey is having a rough end to his latest hockey season. His parents are hounding him, his neighbor called the police and had him arrested for a noise disturbance, and he has lingering psychological trauma from a nasty fight on the ice. Ian isn’t a bad guy, but he needs to grow up and rehabilitate his image immediately.
Vera is a fashion stylist (you might remember her from Shenanigans) and is trying to get her business off the ground. Her ex-boyfriend has recently reappeared in her life and brought unresolved insecurities and perceived shortcomings back to the surface. In the meantime, she has a new neighbor who gives her a horrible first impression.
Thankfully, Crikey and Vera are invited to Neil and Charli’s Italian villa for an extended vacation, allowing them to relax while getting to know one another—and eventually taking things to the next level. What happens in Italy stays in Italy, right? Not this time.
Love Lessons is an opposites attract, enemies-to-friends-with-benefits, vacation fling, sports romance that gives us emotions, steam, and best of all, first-rate banter.
Ian and Vera have excellent chemistry both in and out of the bedroom, and while they may be polar opposites, they are a perfect match for one another. Of course, it takes them a while to see that.
They both overcome so many obstacles with patience and kindness, which makes their happy ending is all the more rewarding.
Another bonus in Love Lessons is seeing Ian and Vera interacting with our favorite characters from previous books. I love getting a peek into their lives and hearing about what has happened after their book ended.
If you’re a fan of hockey romance, you need to read this series. Love Lessons is technically a standalone, but I highly recommend the entire series. It’s a fave!
Thank you for the advanced copy of LOVE LESSONS by Sarina Bowen. All opinions are my own.
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date published : June 28, 2022
pages : 298
audiobook narrators: Joe Arden, Rose Dioro
audiobook length: 8 hrs, 11 min
After I’m arrested for throwing a raucous party, my hockey team says I have an image problem. And I need to fix it, stat.
Charity work? Check. Haircut? Sure. But I draw the line at hiring my neighbor to style me. In the first place “style” shouldn’t be a verb. And I’m tired of people who’d judge me on appearances.
Vera and I don’t see eye to eye on anything. She wants me to try on clothes, while I just want to remove hers. She’s distractingly pretty, with soulful eyes and a sinful mouth that likes to argue with me.
But when management threatens my summer vacation, I grudgingly agree to Vera’s unusual proposal: she’ll give me an image makeover. But in return, she wants lessons in the art of seduction.
It sounds a little nutty, but I know a good opening when I hear it. Besides, it’s not like I’ll ever fall for her…
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