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Series: Minnesota Ice #3
Publisher: Heat & Humor Romantic Comedies (Self-Pubilshed) on September 26, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA), Romantic Comedy (NA)
Good things come in extra-large, smoking hot birthday suits.
Things like Cohen James.
Bad boy Cohen James has screwed up yet again. Star forward of Minnesota’s pro hockey team, Cohen’s made a name for himself—and not in a good way. So, at the insistence of his agent, he’s stuck volunteering at the local YMCA teaching introductory adult swim lessons for ten weeks. Ten weeks of torture.
What he doesn’t expect is her.
Annie Plymouth, star pupil.
Her ruffled green bathing suit might be the most ridiculous thing he’s ever seen, but after a few heated breaststroke lessons and some intense mouth to mouth, Cohen’s ready to get her out of the water and into her birthday suit… except she has a different game plan.
Is the pair destined to sink… or can they swim?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Birthday Girl by Lily Kate
The Hook: After reading Delivery Girl by Lily Kate, I headed off to find all her other books. Fortunately, Kate seems to be a writing machine, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to read Birthday Girl the second an ARC became available.
The Verdict: Annie is forced to face her biggest fear — water. Okay, so maybe she doesn’t run screaming when someone turns on a tap, but the last thing she wants to do is spend time in water deep enough for her to drown in. Unfortunately for Annie, her mother won’t take no for an answer, and Annie’s now been signed up for swimming lessons. The last thing she expects is to find an incredibly hot NHL star doing all the teaching, but that doesn’t make her any less determined to get out of going in the water.
Cohen James is just as determined. As soon as he sees Annie, he’s all in. But he’s got a couple of challenges in his way, too. Annie learned the hard way that men simply don’t stay for the long haul, and she absolutely knows that Cohen’s interest either isn’t genuine or isn’t going to be long-lived. Besides, Annie is sure she isn’t his type. After all, she’s just another face in the crowd, not top model material, so she’s certain she doesn’t belong on the arm of a famous hockey player.
Obviously I read a lot of romance, and I’ve got a soft spot when it comes to the ones who stray a little from the old tried and true formula. Sure, this one is about a celebrity athlete chasing just your normal girl, but Cohen isn’t your cookie cutter romantic hero. He could probably have any girl he wants, so Annie’s reluctance to give him a chance is a surprise — and challenge — to him. But unlike so many men in books like this, he’s not the one in denial. His attraction to Annie hits fast and hard, and he isn’t about to give up on getting her attention.
Birthday Girl by Lily Kate has the same awesome humor that Delivery Girl did, but it doesn’t quite live up to that one. And yes, I know they’re two totally different series. But it seems the author was more intent on portraying the romance than she was in letting us get to know Cohen very well, and in the end, it felt like hockey was just some random attempt at providing backstory, rather than part of who Cohen is. That’s not to say it’s a bad book — it’s still tons of fun. But when I turned that last page, I just felt like something was missing. But I’m not giving up either. I’ll get my hands on Hangry Girl next and just keep my fingers crossed that it lives up to what made me a Lily Kate fan in the first place.
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