Crashing the Boards by Jami Davenport
Series: Game On in Seattle #2
Publisher: Cedrona Enterprises (Self-Published) on October 16, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Izzy Maxwell and her sisters have honed party crashing into an art and a business, turning the dullest party into a memorable event. When the billionaire owner of the Seattle's new hockey team hires the Party Crashers, Izzy knows this job will make them or break them--literally. For this team party to be a success, she must have the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the captain of the Sockeyes.
Only Cooper can't get past his anger over the team's relocation to Seattle and how the team's owner betrayed his trust. He's rallied his teammates behind him, refusing to play nice or even play at all. Despite his stubborn resistance, he never counted on Izzy's special brand of persuasion.
Can Izzy melt Cooper's frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
I’m pretty sure you all know by now how I feel about novellas. But since I’ve read the first book and am due to read the next one soon, I figured I should grab this little in-between and make sure I didn’t miss anything important. Oh, and to clear up the rather confusing numbering, I should mention that though Crashing the Boards is labeled book 2 in the series, it’s really more of a 1.5 by typical numbering standards. Anyhow… Cooper was one of the more intriguing secondary characters in Skating on Thin Ice, and this is the beginning of his story.
Izzy and her sisters have been fending for themselves for far too long. Armed with little more than looks and ingenuity, they’ve turned their urban survival skills into a business that banks on others’ needs to turn otherwise dull parties into full-on celebrations. And if she’s going to succeed at this party, she’s got to get Cooper, the guy from whom all the other are taking their cues, to loosen up and have some fun.
The last thing Cooper wants to do is enjoy this evening. Stuck with his teammates on a local cruise hosted by the man who uprooted their team and overturned their management, he doesn’t plan on smiling, much less dancing. But the woman who’s obviously crashing the party won’t give up, and while he can’t get into the celebratory spirit, he’s certainly not opposed to getting her out of that dress.
I really liked Izzy, and while I certainly can’t relate to someone so sociable, her background got my attention. She’s not so much a party girl as she is a survivor, having learned at a young age that crashing parties was an easy way to get a much needed dinner.
There’s really not much to this story, but what’s there kept me turning the pages. However, when it was all said and done, I was immediately disappointed, thinking I just got screwed out of a full story about one of the most interesting Seattle Sockeye players. Fortunately, Crashing the Boards serves more as the backstory and preview to Crashing the Net, and Cooper’s full story (which will no doubt include plenty of Izzy) is yet to come. So while I’m still not a fan of the novella thing, I’m not completely upset about the buck I had to pay to get this piece of the series.