Series: The Warriors Book #1
Author: Charlene Groome
Blurb: Charlene Groome begins a spirited new series with this riveting introduction to the Warriors, a hockey team whose star player has game both on and off the ice—until their new skating coach changes everything…
Ty Caldwell is one of the Warriors’ most valuable players—and one of Vancouver’s most eligible bachelors. His moves are part of his charm, so he’s surprised by how strongly he’s drawn to the team’s new skating coach—and even more surprised when she cross-checks his advances. But Ty loves a challenge, and the same persistence he flaunts in the rink may help him off the ice…
Eileen Francis is a world-class skater with a gold medal to prove it. But professional hockey is still a man’s world—so when she lands the job as the interim coach for The Warriors, her curves are way bigger news than her turns. To take control of this bunch of alpha males, Eileen is going to have to play cold as ice and twice as hard. But she’ll have to break her own rules to get the team’s MVP to play up to his fullest potential…
Thoughts: This book was not quite what I was expecting. I love sports themed romances, particularly hockey ones, so I was excited to pick this one up. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed though. First off, this is one of those books that gives me that “outside looking in” vibe, where you never really fully connect with the story or the characters or feel emotionally involved with what happens. That is further compounded by the fact that are a few instances in which the book where it switches from third person to first point of view…completely random moments in which there is simply no rhyme or reason whatsoever as to why. It just set an odd tone overall to the whole book.
Not to mention the fact that there just was no depth to the characters. Sure, they aren’t real people – but I want characters that take on a life of their own…that become more than simply the pages they are written in. Avid readers will know exactly what I’m talking about and can probably name a dozen right off the top of their heads – and that larger than life character development was very lacking within the story itself.
The idea behind the story itself is a good one – what sport theme book fan wouldn’t be interested in a female Olympic ice skater that’s going to coach a professional hockey team? However, it just didn’t all come together for me.