Thursday 13 June 2024

Face Off by Chelsea Curto | Book Review

[AD/Gifted - I received an eBook copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.]

My rating: 5/5
Publication date: 30th May 2024

Emerson (Emmy) Hartwell has waited for a spot on an NHL roster since she became a professional hockey player, and this season, she’ll finally get a chance to showcase her talents with the struggling D.C. Stars.

Maverick Miller is the best player in the league, but he’s never had a winning record. Team captain and desperate to turn things around, he agrees to play nice with the fiery new left-winger even though they’re total opposites.

After a night where the tension between them reaches a tipping point and they fall in bed together, Emmy and Maverick vow it was only one time. Just once to get it out of their systems so they can play better and help their team. It doesn’t mean anything. She doesn’t date hockey players. He’s a notorious playboy who doesn’t date. Period.

Except… what should’ve been just once happens again, then again. They tell each other their friends with benefits arrangement is only for the season, but despite facing off on the ice, behind closed doors, the pair is nothing but fire.

This book is everything. If you are looking for a spicy ice hockey romance where she is an athlete too, this is for you.

Thirty-year-old Emerson Hartwell is transferring to DC Stars and she will be the first female player on the team. Team Captain Maverick Miller, also thirty, spends his evenings with a different woman every night so is far too busy to check out videos of the Stars' latest signing. Imagine his surprise when he flirts with Emerson outside of their meeting not realising that new winger Emerson Hartwell is in fact, not a man.

Emerson knows of Maverick and her guard is already up being a female in a male-dominated industry. She tells Maverick under no uncertain terms that she is going to kick his ass on the ice.

I absolutely adored this book and literally could not put it down. The backstories of every character made me fall in love with them and I am so excited to hear that there will be more in the DC Stars series. One thing that I find a lot of romance novels get wrong is not letting me feel the emotions build but Face Off does it perfectly. Maverick Miller - wow.

This novel is so gorgeous with so much depth and I would highly recommend it if hockey romance, enemies to lovers and forced proximity are your thing! 

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