Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Once Upon a Power Play by Jennifer Bonds {ARC Review}

Once Upon a Power Play (Risky Business #2)
by Jennifer Bonds

He'll do whatever it takes to get her against the boards…

Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he'll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed--even if it means playing dirty.

Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She's kissed her share of frogs and what's it gotten her? Dumped by text--again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she's more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who's sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.

Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he's going to lose.

After reading Once Upon a Dare by Jennifer Bonds earlier this year I couldn't wait to see what she'd come out with next while secretly hoping for Chloe's book... And Ms. Bonds did not disappoint me in that regard. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed Once Upon a Power Play, it wasn't everything I was hoping it would be.

I generally have a hard time with any book when ex's are constantly mentioned or thought of and unfortunately I got really tired of hearing about Ryan's ex... That was strike one. Strike two was at the end after the big fight... How dare he let two weeks go by before the big grand gesture?! Granted, as far as grand gestures go, Ryan's was a good one... But still not enough to make me love this book.

Okay, mini rant over, so I guess I should tell you what this book is all about, huh?! After getting dumped via text, Chloe decides to brave a snow storm and truck it to the store to pick up some margarita fixings and that's where she meets Ryan. Ryan comes off a as a bit of a douche in the beginning but he quickly makes up for it when he plays hero when they find themselves in some unexpected danger.

There "relationship" progresses fairly quickly from there and we see some smoking hot sexy times between the two. Believe me, I had no problem feeling the lust and attraction between Ryan and Chloe, but I had a much harder time finding any connection between them other than sexual. Both were completely against making it a relationship for so much of the book and they both took so long to even admit their feelings to themselves that I had a hard time believing it when all was said and done.

That being said, Once Upon a Power Play was a fairly easy read with some smoking hot sexy times and an epilogue that I absolutely loved! And even though I didn't love it as much as I had hoped I would, I'm still really excited to see what Ms. Bonds comes up with next.

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Once Upon a Power Play through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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