venerdì 21 agosto 2015

Review : Penalty Play by Lynda Aicher

TITLE: Penalty Play
AUTHOR: Lynda Aicher
SERIES: Power Play #3
PUBLICATION: August 10th, 2015


I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

Minnesota Glaciers’ starting defenseman Henrik Grenick is good at two things: hockey and sex. He’s got it all—the career, the biceps, the babes. But the steady parade of women through his bedroom just leaves him wanting more, hunting for the next distraction. Until he meets Jacqui, who awakens a hunger he never knew he craved.

Fiercely independent Jacqui Polson has no time for the seductive hockey player demanding her attention. More band geek than bimbo, she’s in an entirely different league, and growing up with four hockey-crazed brothers left her with no interest in that world. But damn, Henrik’s hot. And when it comes to sex, Jacqui knows exactly what she wants.

As their relationship moves beyond games, Henrik needs more—not just of Jacqui’s touch, but of her. Jacqui discovers there's more to Henrik than just the gruff facade. But after a lifetime of fighting their own battles, neither has ever let anyone get so close. As they soon find out, needing someone isn’t a weakness, it’s the only thing that matters…

I really loved this book. Full of emotions and deep feelings.

Henrik Grenick is the famous hockey player, defeseman for the Minnesota Glacier. Hockey is his hinding spot, the place where to let go his anger after the loss of his sister to overdose. His first love is music, play the piano, but after his sisters's death playing is not an option anymore.

“It was love. The best he'd known and the thing he'd clung to until his parents had shipped him to prep school. That was when hockey finally overtook the piano. Hockey had filled the loneliness with more noise and completely different family.”

Until he met the sweet Jacqui Polson. 

“She was everything he'd wanted without knowing it. Calm was a good word. Soothing. She filled the emptiness and made him laugh.”

Jacqui is a warrior, she has fought against leukemia twice. Music is what keep her alive and hoping for the cancer to not come back again. 

“It takes more than whatever body part it attacks. It steals your trust and sucks your hope away too. It slams your fragility in your face and dances it before everyone you love. And once it's passed, once you think it's gone, it's still there. Its dark trails of fear are so firmly implanted that no matter how hard you try to forget and move on, it's always there, festering that niggling of doubt that if you dare to forget—even for a second—it'll be back to tear your life apart.” 

When Jacqui and Henrik met their world made of faking normality is broken.
Fears and secrets resurface, but the love between them is undeniable. They will learn the real meaning of family, trust, friendship, loyalty that family is not always your blood relatives. Family can be your team, your friends, is taking care of the people you love. 

Jacqui and Henrik are a team and together they fight to conquer what they really want from their lives. 

“He played for his mother, who'd sacrificed, settled and lived life from a distance. And for his grandmother, who'd wisely given him music to fill the void of love he'd craved so badly. And for Emma, who'd followed him on her search for love through false acceptance. And for Jacqui, who showed him a version of love and family he'd never dreamed he could have.
But mostly he played for himself. For the boy who'd never really fit in and had tried only enough to be accepted. And for the man who finally understood it all.”
I read this book in less than two days, a record for someone like me, slow and not an english native language. A book that kept my emotions high from page one till the end. 
I loved, cried, dreamt and hoped with Jacqui and Henrik.
Jacqui seems so fragile in the appearance, but the disease has made her a strong woman that doesn't want to be defeated and her life ruled by the cancer and her fears. But it's not easy. For Jacqui to run away is the only way out, but her family and Henrik's love is her cure. 
Henrik lives his life with the feeling to never fit, to be used by women, to be rejected and not belong in his family. It's Jacqui's family that shows him what a real family is. 
A good story, well written, the characters very well outlined. Even if this the third book in the series and I have not read the first two I've not had  the feeling to miss something about the story and for sure I'm going to read the first two. 

1 commento:

  1. This one sound AMAZING! as I was reading your review I wanted to ask if you've read the first 2 and what you thought but I see you haven't, it's something I HATE doing, so I"m going to hunt down the first two and see if I can schedule them all.