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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: April 7, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VS2YTNS
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Top Customer Reviews
I love this series because, so far, each book does an excellent job of weaving the game of hockey into the storylines while not overshadowing the romance. The supporting characters are also excellently written, making each book feel like you're coming home. I look forward to reading more of the series! : )
Liam has never recovered from the death of his wife, especially since she never would have been there if not for him. When he finds Noelle on the side of the road, he insists upon helping her, and it's because of him that she isn't still standing there when another vehicle careens into hers and sends it up in flames. Upon learning her car was doubling as her home, he gives her a place to stay with him and his roommate.
As in the other books, Liam is an NHL player sharing a place with the rotating roommate, Jamie Babcock. He's considerably older, and if he doesn't get his game in shape, his career may not last. But he hasn't been able to find his groove since his wife died. In many ways, he's the typical widower, and Noelle is the sunshine that brings him back. He's such a kind, generous man that it's impossible not to love him, and that's what makes this story so impossible to believe.
Frankly, Noelle is an idiot. She's sweet and funny and always tries to look on the positive side of things, but she's stupid enough to put herself in danger rather than accept the help of a man she's clearly falling for. Liam hasn't made a single demand of her, and he's done everything he could to ensure her safety and comfort, but she's so caught up in some “I can't accept handouts” mind-frame that she instead sleeps on a park bench next to some sketchy homeless dude who gives her a small pocket knife with which to defend herself.
I've read some romances with flighty heroines that were funny and sweet and absolutely believable, even if I couldn't entirely identify with their way of thinking. But I'm convinced that Noelle doesn't have a way of thinking at all; she just has some vague concept of being a freeloader that she can't get past. She wants so badly to do something with meaning, a job that does some good for someone who needs it, which is why she volunteers for an animal shelter and seeks out other such opportunities. And I totally get that part. But instead of using the opportunity that Liam has given her, the safe place to sleep and enough to eat, to go out and find a charity organization where she can work full time — or hell, even part time — for some wages, she bails on him, breaks his heart, and decides living on the streets and in a homeless shelter is the better thing to do. Sure, because giving up a safe, warm, free bed is so much worse than using up one of the limited beds at the shelter that some abused runaway might need. Good job, Noelle. Put another woman in danger because you can't take handouts. Isn't a free bed at the shelter also a handout?
Okay, so I'm more upset about this book, specifically Noelle, than I thought. The thing is, I should be able to identify with her on some level. I've been dead broke to the point that I nearly lost my home and relied on friends for groceries. Taking handouts sucks, but it's also a blessing. More recently, I quit a job and took a huge pay cut to go work for a non-profit, where at the end of the day I can feel like I did something good, even some small good, for someone. But watching Noelle turn down generous help and instead rely on limited social services due to her pride just made me angry. If the food bank I volunteer at runs out of goods for people who truly need help because someone refuses good options from friends and family — like Noelle does — well, I guess you can understand why I'm only giving it one star.
Again, I love, love, LOVE every other book in this series and think this author is awesome. This one just didn't work for me. I wish it did.