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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Landon is all alpha male. I absolutely loved this story." - Merry J.
- File size : 770 KB
- Publication date : March 10, 2020
- ASIN : B07Y294GBF
- Print length : 232 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #28,740 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, it began with Justin and Elise. Then, it was Owen and Becca. After that, it was Teddy and Sara. In the fourth book, there was the story of Asher and Bailey. Now, Kendall Ryan’s newest book, Down and Dirty, gives us the story of Landon and Aubree “Bree.” In each of the Hot Jocks’ books, Ryan offers us a romantic trope, meaning that she’s providing her readers a variety. From the trope of brother’s best friend to her most recent, reverse age gap, quickie Vegas marriage to a virgin, this series offers a little of everything for everyone. Each book moves us deeper into the fast and sexy world of hockey, and it makes for an entertaining afternoon read.
In her newest book, Ryan treats us to the story of Landon and Aubree. Landon is the rookie; he’s the newer guy. And he is all hockey. His past has taught him to work hard and stay focused solely on hockey. However, his lack of playing time in the season creates an unease. He’s made friends and begun to settle in Seattle, but he’s not sure if he’s long for the Seattle Ice Hawks, and this worries him. Keeping his focus on hockey is key.
Aubree is one of the girls in their friend group. While Landon is focused on hockey, Aubree has always captured his attention. Yes, she is older than Landon, but he has always been more mature than most. He’s attracted to her, but unsure that she would even consider him. While in Vegas for Owen and Becca’s bachelor and bachelorette parties, Landon and Aubree test their chemistry. It ends in a surprise marriage. Not wanting to annul their marriage, Landon hopes that Aubree will try to work it out with him. However, Aubree’s need for independence seeks to derail their fledgling marriage. Will they work it out, or will their quickie marriage end in divorce?
It isn’t a trial to exist in the world of Kendall Ryan’s hockey series. Each book has offered steamy bedroom scenes, enough angst to keep her readers engaged, and happily-ever-afters to make the angst worth it. Along with these qualities, her readers are treated to a variety of tropes, so there is literally something here for everyone. Landon and Aubree’s story in Down and Dirty is no different. What is a bit different, though, is that Landon is a virgin. I have to admit…I don’t read many romances where this is the case, and I kind of like it. It makes for a certain level of tension in the story as you are never sure if Landon will give up his V card to Aubree. You want it for him, but Ryan does a great job of toeing the line between “will they” or “won’t they.” Obviously, the readers want it, but Ryan keeps you guessing for most of the book.
Yet, there are places where I struggled with Down and Dirty. I wanted more backstory for Aubree. She is the most reticent for their relationship. She’s the thorn in the side of it, and I wanted to understand more. Ryan doesn’t really play up their age-gap in the story. In fact, it is barely touched on. If there is something in Aubree’s past that has made her spurn relationships, I would have liked to know that. Additionally, Landon still has his V card, although he has engaged in other bedroom activities. So much so, he is a consummate expert. Why? He’s pleasured other women, but yet, he hasn’t received it. Ryan chalks it up to his want to find the right woman plus his need to stay focused on hockey, as his future is precarious in the sport. Yet, it didn’t feel organic enough for the story. I would have liked more of his psychology. Of the two, we find out more about Landon than Aubree in that regard, but I wanted a bit more of their backstories.
For me, this story felt the most contrived of the five books. Landon is my favorite part of Down and Dirty. I appreciate Aubree’s character as a strong independent woman, but there was very little background for the reader to understand her stubbornness with Landon. This made her unlikeable in a way.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Down and Dirty. I especially loved returning to the members of the Seattle Ice Hawks. This is the power of this series. Each book reminds us of how much we love Kendall Ryan’s characters and their stories. It feels like visiting an old friend who we haven’t seen for a while. Down and Dirty gives us more of the players’ stories while developing Landon and Aubree’s. It is here where Kendall Ryan reminds us that we are always stronger when we love fully. Landon and Aubree show us that an unexpected attraction can offer a wealth of love if we allow ourselves to accept it.
Landon has just completed his rookie year, and even though he’s the new guy, his teammates have welcomed him into their crew. During a joint bachelor/bachelorette weekend in Vegas for his teammate, Owen, and his bride-to-be, Becca, Landon and Aubree, one of the bride’s best friends, learn that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there when they wake up after a night of drunken shenanigans with more than just a hangover.
Cautious and career-focused, Aubree’s main concern is their seven-year age difference. The thing about that, though, was that more often than not, it was Landon, the younger one of the two of them, who was the calm, cool voice of reason. He was mature beyond his years, decisive and determined. He knew what he wanted—an honest chance with Aubree to build something real. He was patient and thoughtful, and I loved how his introspections allowed him to be really open and vulnerable with her. He may have lacked some practical experience, but there was no mistaking his desire for her. His reverent explorations of her coupled with his natural alpha personality was so incredibly hot. The fact that they didn’t rush to consummate their relationship, focusing their intimate activities instead on discovering, learning and experimenting with each other, was even hotter. I’ll admit that there were times I was screaming in my head at Aubree to open her eyes and her heart to this sexy, kind and sweet man before her. It took her a while to get there, but once she did, she was all in.
Down and Dirty was another awesome story in a series full of them. Landon and Aubree’s chemistry was off the charts, and I loved their sexy, slow burn romance. This was one seriously swoony and steamy part friends-to-lovers, part fake marriage romance, and I devoured it in a day. Down and Dirty by Kendall Ryan gets 4.5 smooches from me!
Waking up in Vegas after a close friend’s bachelor/bachelorette party with an unexpected spouse was totally shocking. They barely even knew each other, other than their mutual physical attraction. She’s ready to run. He wants to give their marriage a real shot. What better way to get her to stay than to woo her. It’s time to date your wife.
Their relationship may have started backwards, but even with his youth, Landon has all the right moves. Aubree is reluctant at first, but saying no to that body or that smile becomes irresistible.
The swoon will hit you hardcore. He may be a rookie on the ice, but when it comes to Aubree he has all the right moves...well almost.
He’s all in and he’s going to do his best to get her there too.
Landon is sexy and when he pulls out his alpha, you won’t be able to guard your heart. He slowly wins Aubree over and their fall is sweet.
This slow burn romance quickly became my favorite of the series. Landon was eager to please and pulled out all the stops for his wife. He was easy to love. Aubree was sassy but could not help but give in to this man. Their chemistry was steamy! A great addition to this hockey series.
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Turns out, there seems to be no rush. And after the initial shock, both characters start to try get to know each other. Seemingly, working in reverse of their current married situation. They start to date. They find out their favourite films. But will fate work for or against them.
Well, if you want to know the answer I suggest you get this book. You might even want to read the other four books in the series.
How would we feel about a male character withholding crucial information from his virgin bride, and getting her to have sex with him by doing so when knowing that information would clearly have changed her decision to have sex for the first time?
That's what Aubree does, and I'm not OK with it.
So whilst the story was interesting, and the writing good, I really don't enjoy having characters who are OK with sex by deception being bigged up. It's great that things work out between them, but I just couldn't get on board with Aubree's behaviour. Not cool, Aubree. Not cool.