The moment everything changed didn’t happen in that cliché rockets-red-glare kind of way, it happened in the form of a waking nightmare. I caught my husband, my high-school sweetheart, the father of my children, balls deep in a sordid affair.
That was when I gave up on men and love.
I didn’t count on the NHL’s golden boy, the beautiful, arrogant Cooper Stone turning my life and my hockey rink upside down.
My kids are why I wake up in the morning.
Hockey is what Cooper breathes for.
We’re from different worlds and places in our lives but when our hearts collided something so wrong and different turned into something so right.
Okay, Parker is officially my hero. Parker is the heroine in our story and she is just amazing. I’d use lots of expletives but you get my point. Parker is a newly-ish divorced mother of two children, who she loves more than anything. She also happens to be Cooper Stone’s rehab coach. Their first meeting is absolutely hilarious. I loved her confidence and how she just let Cooper have it. (Side note: he totally deserved it too)
Watching Parker and Cooper fall in love was really sweet. In the story, we learn that Parker is 34 turning 35 and Cooper is 30. I appreciated the characters actually being in their 30’s, and having some more life experience underneath them. It made them more endearing to me. It was nice to have characters be more self-assured and when they shared their vulnerabilities, it just felt like it was coming from a real, and also raw, place. Which is how it should feel, in my opinion.
Another facet of Parker that I valued is that she was very upfront with her kids, in particular her son, Matthew, about her relationship with Cooper. She was obviously nervous initially, but it made sense. We also get to see Cooper stepping up to the plate several times, trying to help not only Parker, but the kids, make new memories in place of the bad ones.
Moving right along…this book is beyond steamy. Like, WOAH! Cooper blew my socks right off (sorry, figure of speech, its hot as hell and I’m barefoot, but you get me here). I will say that for me, I don’t enjoy as many of the steamy scenes as this book had. However, that is only my personal feeling and I know that the average reader will have no issue with this, and will love it. The scenes were super sexy and just…whew! But in all honesty, I’m in just a little bit of a book phase where the steaminess isn’t as appealing to me right now as it normally is. Initially when I read the book, I felt like the sex scenes were too many but as I really read through the book and thought about the book when I finished, I felt like they did make sense.
Part of this story, in my opinion, is Parker coming back to life. Now yes, she was living and being successful but in terms of feeling true satisfaction and happiness, she didn’t have that. Cooper brought those aspects back to her life. I think its easy to get older and feel like you aren’t supposed to have mind-blowing sex, or that if you’ve fallen in love once and it didn’t work out, then that’s it for you. This book blows those pre-conceived ideas out of the water.
In closing, this book is a debut. I can tell you the more I read this book, I was shocked to know this was a debut because it was fantastically written. Cooper and the kids are great, but to me, this story is really about Parker. We see Parker experience so many emotions and experiences throughout this book, but she still remains the same character that we meet in the very beginning of the book. Natasha did a fantastic job and I would absolutely recommend this book.