Time Out (Harlequin Blaze)
by Jill Shalvis;
Editions: Paperback, 224 pages, Ebook
Expected publication: February 21st 2012 by Harlequin
Source: egalley from NetGalley
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Class: How to Drive Him Crazy
Instructional program for women unexpectedly facing the totally dishy guy from their past. Everyone Welcome!
NHL coach Mark Diego’s plan to spend his off-season volunteering in his hometown goes awry when he learns that not only is he coaching teenage girls, but that the program is coordinated by energetic (and five feet two inches of trouble) coordinator Rainey Saunders, his childhood friend–and the woman he could never stand to see dating any other guy…
When their tempers flare, Mark and Rainey discover their fireworks don’t just burn angry–they burn very, very, hot! But that’ll just sweeten the victory. Because Mark always plays to win. And with Rainey, he’s planning on playing very dirty too…~ Goodreads Blurb
This sure was a blazing read, ladies and gentlemen! Blazing read, no doubt about it. Let’s get right to it, shall we? 😀
The plot was really fun, entertaining without going over-complicated or demanding, pretty straight forward. You could see the romantic interest coming miles away, yet when the Rainey and Mark connection really began to work its magic, predictable and obvious as it was, I was totally gripped and with it. I also liked the youth center setting and Mark’s generous (though not entirely selfless, fu~fu) gesture near the end of the novel.
The characters were really, really fun to read, spitfires, they had humor, spark, twinkle, the works. I loved Rainey’s independence and intensity, and Mark was the alpha hallmark, hot latino lover thing going on full power. They had amazing chemistry, like nuclear-explosion intense, and I had a lot of fun reading about their one on one encounters. Their relationship built some substance as well, but of course we were more privy to the explosive part. Rainey was very conflicted about her feelings towards Mark, and he sort of woke up to them, had a revelation that he had fallen for her while being away from her for a week (typical much? lol).
Their connection was fully loaded with a lot of tension, even after they began having one on one time, and I really enjoyed that.
Jill Shalvis writes with a lot of humor and skill, from what I can tell from this read. There’s no overly done part, nothing boinging at you as you’re reading, but her writing is very engaging and it certainly had me hooked 100%, all the right moves were made, at all the right moments, all the while feeling completely natural and real. If that’s not good adult romance, then I don’t know what is.
So if you’re fond of contemporary adult stories with hot alpha guys and awesome gals, I say this is something you should totally try. It’s fun, very well done, engaging and very entertaining. I had a blast reading it.