Title: One More Shot
Author: Victoria Denault
Series: Hometown Players #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
They say you only get one shot at making your dreams come true.
Jordan is determined to take two.
Drafted by the NHL at eighteen, Jordan Garrison was headed for fame, and there was only one person he wanted to share it with—Jessie Caplan. He was crazy in love with her, and had finally told her so. They shared an amazing night . . . and then everything fell apart.
Jessie tries not to think about the night she gave herself to Jordan—or how he broke her heart. She tries not to think about it, but she does. Especially now, when she’s staring into his sky-blue eyes for the first time in six years. After so much time and torment, she can’t tell if she loves him or hates him. But Jordan has learned enough to know a connection like theirs is rare. He was lucky to find Jessie once. No way will he lose her again.
I’m a sucker for sports romance novels. I don’t know whether its my love for sports or all the hot bods that the books make you think about. Maybe both. This was a total surprise for me because it was a new author I tried. That’s not my strong suit. I do try new authors but I’m always a little hesitant. Don’t be hesitant here, this one is a slam dunk. No pun intended because this is a hockey book, not a basketball book.
Jordan and Jessie grew up together. For Jessie, Jordan was her best friend and the boy she loved for most of her life. Didn’t matter who she dated, who she thought she cared about, Jordan was it for her. For Jordan, Jessie was everything he thought he couldn’t have. She was not only a neighbor, she was his mom’s best friend’s daughter. She was also raised as a surrogate sister and she was his best friend.
One night, after a small crisis for Jessie, things go exactly the way they both want. Then life screws things up for them both and they go their separate ways. I don’t want to ruin those things because it should be experienced by each reader. A funeral brings them back home and that’s where the story really gets rolling.
I really enjoyed the cast of primary and secondary characters. There was humor, family unity, sweetness and innocence. This is a story of a once in a lifetime kind of love that started in the teenage years and never died. It made me smile, laugh and fan myself. I did quite a lot of fanning myself. If you like a love story that makes your heart engaged, pick up this book. It truly is a story about the innocence of a first love that became the love of a lifetime.
Book given in exchange for an honest review via the publisher and NetGalley.