In It to Win It by Kelly Jamieson

4 STARS

Release Date: July 23, 2019

Publisher: Loveswept

SYNOPSIS

JP Wynn: I admit, I’ve made some bad choices—on and off the ice.
Now all I want to do is show my team I can control my emotions while I’m playing and redeem myself with my family, especially with my brother, Théo. I hate that I hurt him and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. But the hot bridesmaid at Théo’s wedding is tempting me into another bad decision. A little flirting and a hook up with Taylor seem harmless . . . until Manny Martinez jumps me on the dance floor and starts beating the crap out of me.
And just like that I add one more bad decision to my résumé. 

Taylor Hart: I always thought hockey players were hot. Now I think they’re crazy. Manny broke my heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye. Then he showed up at my best friend’s wedding. All I wanted to do was show Manny that I was over him. And the groom’s sexy brother, JP, seemed more than willing to be my distraction. But after the way everything went down, I want nothing to do with any of them. Easier said than done. Especially when Lacey’s new brother-in-law is always around. . . .
And I keep thinking about the wedding night, when we snuck away to his room for the best sex of my life. 

REVIEW

I knew this book would be angsty! In the first book of the series, Play to Win, we get introduced to the chaos that is the Wynn family. It paints a pretty crappy picture of JP, who is the main character in this book, and it made me eager to learn what the real story is. I think something that makes Kelly Jamieson’s books intriguing is the realness of the characters. There were times I didn’t like the characters because of the choices they made. On the other hand, Jamieson does a great job at giving you back story so you understand why the characters do what they do. She’s also great at chemistry! I mean the chemistry between JP and Taylor is sizzling good. I would definitely recommend this book to readers that love sport romance with a lot of ups and downs. The rocky journey makes the ending so much better!

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Play to Win by Kelly Jamieson

4 Stars!

Release Date: March 19th, 2019

Publisher: Loveswept

Synopsis: After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture. . . .

Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them.

But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win. . . .

Review: This is one of those books that grows on you the longer you read. The writing was a little choppy for me in the beginning, but as I became engrossed in the story it didn’t seem to matter. Théo’s so anal, and I freakin’ love it, almost as much as I love Lacey pushing him outside of his comfort zone. The development of the relationship between these two is a really entertaining journey. And don’t even get me started on the sh*tshow that is the Wynn family–I’m scared to learn more, and at the same time I’m beyond intrigued by the messiness. I’d definitely say this one is worth giving a try!

Thank you to Loveswept and NetGalley for the advance reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!

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