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Hunter Fielding has long since proven himself to be one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. The problem? His former team had another (slightly better) backstop. They left Hunter out to dry, the upstart Tulsa Thunderbirds claimed him in the expansion draft, and he made a few stupid comments about backasswards Oklahomans. Now the T-Birds say the only way he can redeem himself is to make nice for the media with some local goody two shoes who's made some mistakes of her own.
Oklahoma's sweetheart could do no wrong until she could do no right.
Tallulah Belle Roth was the reigning Miss Oklahoma USA until a night of out-of-control drinking, a naked foray in a hot tub with very bad boy, and a bunch of lowlights on TMZ. Now she's been stripped of her crown and is facing the censure of the same people who made her out to be Little Miss Perfect. Tallie won't ever get her title back, but her life is another matter - and the only way the public will allow her to do that is if she presents herself as happily settled with someone else under Oklahoma's eye.
The marriage is to be in name only - one year of sickeningly-sweet lovey-dovey PDA, all to get their detractors to bury the hatchet. Those kisses and tender moments for the cameras take an emotional toll, though. Can in name only be enough?
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By TR on 04-01-16
Nice and HOT.
I actually really liked this book. I loved the way Tallie and Hunter were forced together and made the best of the situation. I like that they didn't beat around the bush with their feelings. The story had just enough drama but not overly done to annoyance. I would definitely listen to the next book in the series.
Story - 3.5
narrator - 2.75
The narrator was good and still had some improvements to work on. for most of the hockey guys he had them sounding like they were super hyped up. and when there should have been a period pause his voice tones made it sound like there was more so his inflections weren't always good. Sometimes Tally sounded like she was from Boston instead of the south, same or Huntery, boston instead of from Canada. But i'd totally give him another chance, i've heard much much worse.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 03-27-16
A GOOD START TO THE THUNDERBIRDS TEAM
Through no fault of his own Hunter found himself being transferred and his uncensored comments on what he thought to that and to the people of Tulsa landed him in a whole heap of trouble. So when he got to Tulsa Thunderbirds offices there were plans put into place to save his reputation.... wedding plans. Beauty Queen Tallie has just been stripped of her crown because she was caught in a hot tub with a hot guy..... which landed her in hot water and now she's being forced to marry Hunter to claim her now tarnished reputation back.
Since she was a baby Tallie's been groomed all her life into the beauty pageant world, always being told what to do, when to do it and everything in her life has been taken out of her control. So it was nice to see her gain confidence, learn what she liked and didn't like and slowly claim her life back with the help of her new husband Hunter. They had to act like lovers in front of cameras and the intimate talks, soft caresses and hot kisses quickly amped up the chemistry and feelings between husband and wife. And soon it wasn't just for the cameras..... it was for two people that had slowly, but surely, fallen in love.
This was a sweet light romance but it did have its dramas and angst as her angry Mother and displaced furious Pageant Guru tried to get Tallie back..... by any means necessary. But it was the build-up to Hunter and Tallie's relationship that was so entertaining to listen to because they went from being total strangers forced into marriage - to become a loving partnership who enjoyed cosy nights in, sex, tender touches and steamy kisses. There was a secondary story about Hunter's brother who was sinking lower and lower into a downward spiralling world of drugs. Dual POV's, irritating music in between chapters and the narrator was just ok because his female voices weren't very convincing.
Worth a credit? Yes, it's not deep, intense or particularly suspenseful but it is entertaining and very enjoyable..... however, I'm a bit torn between giving it 3.5* or 4.
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