Updated: Aug 23, 2021
by Mira Lyn Kelly
Book #2 in the Slayers Hockey Series
One look and I know… this chick hates me.
I should walk away, find some puck bunny to gleefully sit on my lap and tell me what a big, hot, hockey stud I am--totally true, BTW. But there’s just something about this feisty redhead I can’t let go. She’s got an edge to her that’s sexy as hell and a smart mouth that’s been tying me up since the night I met her.
She tells me to forget it, we’re not happening. But this isn’t the kind of woman a guy ever forgets. Especially when the air starts to sizzle and pop every time we get within ten feet of each other. She’s in my head and under my skin, and all I can think about is the way she looked at me that one time. Like she already knew how it could be between us.
I’m not the kind of guy a girl like her takes home… But maybe I want to be.
Dirty Hookup by Mira Lyn Kelly is the second book in the Slayers Hockey Series, and centers around the players of the fictional NHL team, the Slayers, and their romantic lives. This book in particular focuses on player Quinn, and best friend to Natalie, who is the romantic interest to Quinn's best friend on the team Vaughn (the couple from book 1, Dirty Secret), and little sister to the team captain Greg (who was featured in the Back to You series).
I enjoy the Slayers Hockey series ... and I am including Dirty Player in it, even though officially it is part of Mira Lyn Kelly's back to you series. The romance is the focus of the story, but the times when the team is together, well it always promises a giggle or two. I appreciated the unique plot, and while some parts were a bit predictable, it didn't take me long to finish, because I wanted to get to that happy ending. The first half of the book I found a little slow, but after they started hooking up, the flow of the story was good, and has enough intrigue to make you want to get to the end.
Mira Lyn Kelly writes great characters. George (or Georgie if you prefer) is a strong female protagonist, and represents a woman who is smart, a natural leader, passionate, and kind. Her persistence when it comes to fighting off Quinn's advances is admirable (although, after reading the whole book, I got why she held a grudge for so long). She is no-nonsense, which is refreshing for a female character. Quinn is such a lovable guy, you can't help but have a soft spot for him. He doesn't lie about his past when it comes to sleeping with as many women as he does. When he meets Quinn, the fact that he stops sleeping around, and despite the hate she has for him, continues to focus his energy on her ... its adorable. He is a genuine, kind, romantic at heart kind of guy. Doesn't hurt he athletic and funny too.
In the end, Dirty Hookup is a great little romance, with fun characters, and a little twist at the end that that makes this story all the more interesting. It's kind of a mix between love at first sight, getting back together, enemies to lovers, which makes for an interesting book. Go pick it up :) Actually, go ahead and pick up Dirty Secret (the first book) while your at it, and keep a look out for Dirty Rebound, coming September 8th, 2020.
Top 3 Favorite Moments
1. When Quinn gets wood in the locker room, and the guys are razzing him.