By: Jami Davenport
Releasing February 24th, 2015
Hockey star Cooper Black and professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell return in this sequel to Crashing the Boards.
Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When the gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her with one wink.
As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenaged nephew. Cooper doesn’t want to be a surrogate dad, he doesn’t want to play in Seattle, and he doesn’t want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green. Regardless, he wants her back, and he’s willing to change, if only she’ll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can’t refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he’s traveling with the team.
Fearing Cooper isn’t capable of changing his control-freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.
Back in April 2014, Jami was part of Hockey Anthology that was giving all the proceeds to charity, and we met Cooper and Izzy in Crashing the Boards. Basically, it was a tease on how these two met. I was left waiting to see what happen between these two, because they kind of hit off with a bang. However, Cooper hated Seattle, and we were sure why. So, that intrigued me. Then we had to wait a little longer, because Evan had to have his story. Finally, the secrets and all the answers are reveal. YES!
All right, Cooper and Izzy's relationship wasn't the most stable relationship. I mean he's a tad bit jealous, overbearing, and needs to be in control, but he has good reason. You are wondering what reason would he have to be these things, because normally they lead to scary guys. True, but he has been burned by past relationships in general. I could forgive him with his need to control. On the same coin, Izzy is a bit of a control freak too. She needs to be control, because she has been hurt by family. Two control freaks are never a good thing, but they have so much chemistry between them that they could burn down a house. Anyway, the relationship falls apart early on, so how the heck are these two going to get back together. Fortunately, a nephew popped on his doorstep, and Cooper needs help from Izzy.
I enjoyed the dynamics of Crashing the Net, because there is a lot. There is the rocky relationship between Cooper and Izzy, because they are similar in a lot of ways. The shaky ground between Cooper and Riley (his nephew), because Riley's mother fed venom to him. A lot of trust issues throughout the story, and everyone trying to find the common ground. In a way Izzy is the one to bring them all together. I like how Cooper and Izzy slowly breakdown each others wall and build trust. I loved Riley's character, because he had seen so much in his life. Honestly, they all have seen a lot in there lives. At the beginning, I was wondering how Riley would fit into Cooper and Izzy's life. I wonder if Cooper would leave Seattle and the demons that haunt him and things that he had come to cherish. I was amazed on the magic that Jami had made to make everything to work out in the end. Let me say, that it was overwhelming that I was crying towards the end, because she got Cooper to see what was important in life. It's a bit gut wrenching, but it showed life was precious. Crashing the Net was pretty awesome. Yes, there is some hot and heavy scenes between Cooper and Izzy. Tender moments between Izzy and Riley. Overall, an amazing story.
"I realize trusting someone enough to depend on them doesn't mean that I have to give up my independence. That trust is power in itself."Copy provided by author via Tasty Book Tours
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USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.
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