Friday, March 6, 2020

Review of For the Win by Kelly Jamieson

By Kelly Jamieson
On Sale March 3rd | Ballantine/Loveswept

Harrison Wynn
Even though I’m the oldest player on the farm team, I’m playing my heart out this year to prove that I have what it takes to compete in the NHL.
Everyone expects me to live up to my dying hockey hero dad’s legacy, but my chances are receding every season.
What I need is to focus, but the team’s new yoga instructor is a major distraction; I’ve had my eye on her from the first time we met.
Except she’s not interested—okay, maybe actively disinterested—since I accidentally dumped her into the ocean during our paddleboard yoga class.
How can I prove to her—and to the NHL—that I’m worth taking a chance on?

Arya Ross
Men are the last thing I need in my life.
Yoga is my priority; it helps me center myself and heal my soul.
But I can’t turn down the once-in-a-lifetime offer to be the personal yoga instructor for the local hockey team.
Sure, there are some cute players—including Harrison Wynn, who seemingly won’t take no for an answer, and whose boyish smile and sexy charm are hard to resist.
He seems genuine, and I wonder . . .
Can I put my past behind me to start a future with him?

My Thoughts…

I love a fun and easy sports book.  Kelly Jamieson has the talent for writing them.    For The Win is a story of a farm team hockey player who is trying to live up to his superstar hockey player dad’s legacy.    I live in a town with a farm team that sends players back and forth to the NFL and I know some of the players so I could picture some of our local players going through exactly what Harrison is.

Harrison must learn to accept that he is talented in his own right and does not have to play hockey just as his dad did for his dad to be proud of him.    He must learn how to be comfortable with his own skill level, learn what he does best, and put that to work on the ice.   I enjoyed watching him find himself and I knew that when he finally did, he would be a better, happier person.   

The relationship between Harrison and Arya is interesting.   Harrison acts like a school boy to get her attention, she pretends that she doesn’t like him.   It was all fun to watch come together.    I like that Harrison doesn’t push too much.  He feels that something isn’t quite okay with Ayra and doesn’t push her to tell him what is going on.   Ayra is careful and not sure that Harrison is trustworthy.  She takes her time, learns more about him, and comes to trust him. 

From the very first meeting the sparks flew between these two and I loved watching the sparks get hotter and brighter.    They has an attraction that was there but more importantly they knew that what they saw in each other was different that anything they had seen before.   Harrison opened up to her first which I think was important to Ayra and allowed her to see that he respected her and trusted her.  

For a quick, easy, and fun sports book I recommend picking up For The Win by Kelly Jamieson

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