Game Play (Power Play #1)
by Lynda Aicher
One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.
One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.
When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?
Game Play is so much more than your typical sports romance... Simply put, it's romance at its finest! Dylan and Samantha had me hooked from their first encounter and I couldn't wait to see how their relationship would play out.
Samantha is not at a good point in her life when she meets Dylan. She's turned her back on hockey, the thing she loves most, and she's trying to figure out what to do with her life. She wants to pave her own way and follow her own dreams... If only she really knew what they were.
Dylan is at a pivotal point in his hockey career and after Samantha schools him on the ice he knows she's just the person to get him where he wants to be. While I wasn't exactly sold on Dylan at first, once he stopped with the fake cowboy charm he really grew on me.
I love the banter between Dylan and Samantha and I absolutely loved watching their relationship bloom. Samantha comes off tough and cold but once you get to know her and learn why she acts the way she does you can't help but love her. And the fact that she put aside her feelings to be there for Dylan when he really needed her made me love her that much more.
Game Play had so many of the real life difficulties that go along with relationships that anyone could relate to it. There are the difficulties of finding love when you least expect it, trying to find your place in the world, the fear of having your dreams shattered, but most importantly, letting go. Letting go of that fear and even letting go of the person you love.
For a while I wasn't really sure how it was all going to work out, but like every great love story... They found their way and I couldn't be happier. My only complaint would be the lack of an epilogue but since Game Play is part of a series I'm hoping we'll see more of Samantha and Dylan in the rest of the books.
Overall, this was a great read and I'm looking forward to Back in Play, the next book in the series.
Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. Find her at: http://lyndaaicher.com
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Game Play in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.