Hey lovely readers!
It’s good to be back from vacation and on a regular posting schedule again! Before I get to the review, a couple things. I was given an e-arc of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I just want to say Maya was awesome to work with and I highly recommend checking out all of her books. Okay let’s get to it!
“Declan McAvoy. Voted Biggest Flirt. Highest goal scorer in Kings of Rittenhouse Prep history. Everyone’s impressed, well except one person…After a blow out in high school, Makenna Halstead and I were happy to never have to cross paths again. Except life has a way of knocking you straight in the teeth with a puck when you least expect it. She hasn’t just returned to my life, she crashed into it like a wrecking ball…into my college kingdom, into my class, and smack dab into the seat next to mine. My new lab partner to be exact. For years we hated each other… I may be King on the ice, but she is the Ice Queen. She has no problem calling me out, doesn’t back down, and her piercing blue eyes have me picturing more than than just my arms wrapped around her.Now we’re stuck with each other and there’s no getting around that fact that we have to work together. My hockey career hangs in the balance. Problem? Oh, yeah.I can’t deny it. I want her. More than I ever thought I could want a woman.”
Like I said before Maya reached out to me to review her book and honestly I was completely sold once she said “contemporary college romance”, because you guys know I’m all about the romance! And I absolutely loved this book. Somehow it felt like the perfect summer vacation read and I pretty much devoured it! It’s definitely and enemies to lovers romance which are some of my favorites. But admittedly I loved it so much because it was a hockey romance. I freaking love hockey and there are not enough of them out there. (Side note, if you have any good recs for hockey romances please send them my way).
I really loved that this story focuses on the judgments and assumptions we often make towards other people. We don’t always take the time to recognize people for who they really are instead of who they appear to be on the outside. Both Declan and Mak make these snap judgments about each other and they’re both so wrong it’s incredibly frustrating. More often than not while reading this I just wanted to smack both of them upside the head. I always feel that a book is really well done when I find myself thinking of the characters as real people; when I react to them as if they’re are there with me. That’s how I felt reading this book. It really puts you inside their heads. You feel their pain and happiness, you experience their anger and grief. But at the same time the story was fun, funny, and really engaging. I also loved that the majority of the book was spent on developing a friendship between these two instead of just an instant relationship.
The only thing I didn’t love was the epilogue. I felt that there wasn’t enough closure to Declan and Mak’s story. I would’ve loved to know where they ended up or seen them meeting each other’s families. I just wanted more of the story I guess 🙂 But overall this was a really great story and I definitely recommend reading it if you’re a fan of hockey and enemies to lovers stories!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna