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Dirty Rebound by Mira Lyn Kelly Book Review

Updated: Jan 24


Dirty Rebound

by Mira Lyn Kelly

Published by Mira Lyn Kelly

Book 3 in the Slayers Hockey Series


I care too much about Cammy Wesley to marry her…


Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. But hear me out.


Cammy’s my best friend. The one person I can’t live without. The girl with the sunshine smile, the loaded fridge, and the most awesome kid I’ve ever met. She’s also the hot AF single mom I’ve made it my mission to protect from guys like me. I won’t risk ruining our friendship by pushing for something more.


I can’t be her forever.


I’m not that guy. I’m the good time. The class clown. The hockey stud. I’m the happy for now, not the happily ever after.


I stay in my lane, but when Cammy’s ex needs a lesson, the rash overprotective part of me jumps the boards and I go from best friend to fake boyfriend in the span of a kiss. And that’s just the beginning. Because when it comes to Cammy, there’s nothing I won’t do for her.


Even if it’s guaranteed to wreck me.


RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Steamy Romance Fun

Dirty Rebound by Mira Lyn Kelly is the third book in her Slayers Hockey Series, and features Rux, assistant captain on the fictional NHL Slayers team, and his best friend (and also his other best friends sister-in-law), Cammy, a devoted single mom to her seven year old son. When a guy dumps her and gives her a blow to her confidence, a surprise kiss to show up her ex between the two best friends take them both down a road neither of them expected.


So, taking a small break from the fantasy/romance genre for a hot minute, I decided to get caught up with Mira Lyn Kelly's Slayers series, and it didn't disappoint. If there is one thing I can count on from this series, is it will make me smile. Whether its the hilarious banter between teammates, and one liners, or the happily ever after romance, this series will lift me out of a funk, and Dirty Rebound did just that. It's fun! While the plot itself is as old as time (best friends turn friends with benefits turn lovers, throw in a misunderstanding or two, and self-doubt), but Mira Lyn Kelly does a good job injecting the plot with a level of sweetness and humor that makes you forget about that. And the steam level? Yup, Mira Lyn Kelly can write sex, and write it good.


Unoriginal plot aside, Mira Lyn Kelly's strength is her skills at writing characters you will like. You can't help but admire Cammy, a young, single mom to a seven year old boy, who makes sure he comes first and a stable childhood, unlike herself. She puts her feelings aside when his father moves back and wants to be in his life, she pays attention to him, and even has a job where she can work from home so she can be with him as much as she can, while still supporting them. She is a total sweetheart, and I really enjoyed her. Then Rux. What a teddy bear. Well, all the Slayers guys are just big, muscled teddy bears, who know how to treat a woman right. I loved his devotion to Cammy and her son, to making them happy. Honestly, the only thing that drove me nuts about his character is that (spoiler)-----------> he didn't actually realize his feelings till the end. The entire book he refers to her as his girl. Admits he loves her, and her and her son are the most important people in his life. He loved her from the start, and didn't realize it. <----------. I loved the added element of Cammy's ex coming back into the picture. It does add a dynamic to a romance you don't often see. It can't be easy entering any kind of relationship when children and the other parent is involved (on both sides), and I liked that by the end we --------> get the picture of an ideal blended family. <---------


Dirty Rebound is a sweet, fun, sexy as hell romance that I am sure you will make you smile, laugh, and if you are a sap like me, cry a bit. And it has an adorable bonus scene you can download at the end (a bonus epilogue, you might say) that you will not want to miss. The next Slayers Hockey book is expected February 2021.


Favorite Moments

  1. Rux kissing Cammy to make her ex jealous

  2. Lip Pics lol

  3. Their kiss/make out

  4. The underwear

  5. Greg knowing what Rux is trying to tell him and playing around

  6. Cammy sending Rux the picture of them in their matching underwear when he was on the plan

  7. The first time they have sex

  8. Matty telling Rux he wants to be like him

  9. Cammy telling Jeremy there is no chance of them getting back together

  10. Matty drawing the picture of Rux, Cammy and him

  11. Jeremy punching Rux and telling him that Cammy loves him

  12. Rux telling Cammy he was in love with her

  13. The epilogue


Where to Buy

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Favorite Quotes


Rux: "Where's what's-his-name?"

George: "You mean The Blip? Probably jerking it to a selfie from your seats."


Rux: "Sunshine, you're better than fine. So you don't date much -"

Cammy: "I'm choosy."

Rux: "Hell, yeah you are. And you're also an awesome, hot-as-fuck mom with an incredible kid, a sister who would lay down her life for you, and kickass friends who love you. Plus, you're rocking a great job that lets you work from home, your fridge always has the best snacks, and you score Slayers tickets on demand. Babe, you're killing it."


Cammy: "Rux, you just kissed me!"

He winks

Rux: "You're welcome."


Julia: "He's hot. Not like Greg, but if you like them just a little wild."

Cammy: "Yeah, see, right there. That's the issue. I don't want wild. I want stable. Reliable."

Julia: "You don't want wild?"

Cammy: "Not for anything more than a date with Bob."

She snorts, rolling her eyes

Julia: "Bob, your battery-operated boyfriend? You have to stop calling those dates, Cammy. It makes me sad."


Julia: "How's he looking these days, anyway?"

Cammy: "He looks like ... Jeremy. But like a grown-up Jeremy."

Her shoulder sag, and her mouth twists into this dissatisfied little frown.

Cammy: "What did you want me to say?"

Julia: "I don't know. I guess I was just hoping the guy would've lost all his hair or gotten plugs. Bad ones. Grown some benign but inoperable hump on his back."

Clicking my tongue, I smile

Cammy: "You're sweet to want that for me."

Julia: "I want the best for you. And the best would mean that Jeremy had an outside that matched his rotten, selfish inside."


Cammy: "You should probably run. Julia's here."


I'd give my left nut to live in a place like this - okay maybe the right nut, no, the left. I give the sac a lift. Screw this place, you boys are keepers.


Greg: "Dude, Cammy says you kiss for shit."

Rux: "Ha-ha. Try again. What did Cammy really say?"

Greg: "Said your mouth was disappointing as fuck. Took a Sharpie to the ladies' room wall at the Five Hole and dropped a one-star review."

Rux: "Bullshit. No way she said I was a bad kisser. I'm the fucking best .... Your mom told me so."

Greg groans, his head falling back on a laugh.

Greg: "Dude, you did not."

I lick my finger and touch the air above my head, adding a little sizzle sound effect.


Cammy: "Wow. You have got some serious game."

He nods

Rux: "I know, right?"

Cammy: "I mean, my belly feels like I just stepped off the Eagle up at Six Flags and do you see this?"

Tipping my head to the side, I show him my neck

Rux: "Chills? You're a sensitive little thing."


Rux: "So how was I? I was a stallion, right? Rocked your world right off its axis."

I huff out a laugh

Cammy: "You were a freaking tease."

He stills and then pulls back

Rux: "Huh?"

Cammy: "Yeah, it was all that same business you were giving me last night, except times ten. And then you were giving me these sexy eyes that, I'm not going to lie, were pretty potent."

Rux: "The same business like we didn't even kiss?"

Cammy: "You wouldn't give it up. I wanted it, bad. But no. You weren't accommodating."

The big arm clamps around me again and he smiles into my hair.

Rux: "Total bullshit on my part, Sunshine. Sorry."

Cammy: "It was BS, but I forgive you."

Rux: "Dream Rux sounds like a dick. Pretty uncool considering ..."

Cammy: "Considering what?"

Rux: "Dream Cammy always puts out."


Julia: "What the hell is a lip-pic?"

Cammy: "Like a dick-pic but featuring his dirty mouth instead of his package. Here, sending you one now ... At first I though he'd accidentally fumbled the phone, somehow snapped the picture, and sent, but then I got the next one."

I wait for it, and yeah, my sisters squeal says she got it.

Julia: "Hello, he's biting his lip."

Cammy: "But just a little."

Julia: "Yeah, sort of tasteful but still sexy."

Cammy: "That's what I told him!"


Vaughn: "You two holding hands under the table?"

Rux nods

Rux: "We're a couple. Totally into each other on a more than physical level."

Natalie: "Wow, so this is getting serious then, huh?"

Rux: "Hell, yeah it is. Three-week anniversary tonight. Figured I'd bring her back to where it all started."

I almost spit out my beet and looking to the guy who makes me laugh like no one else, cock my head.

Cammy: "He's so sentimental."

Rux: "She's got it bad for me. Thinking about those three little words."


Rux: "What's with that look? You still think I suck at kissing?"

Cammy: "What? Umm ... no. You definitely don't suck."

Rux: "So what's with all ... this?"

I wave my hand in front of her face.

Cammy: "God, like your ego really needs any more inflating."

Rux: "It really does. Just one more pump, please."


Rux: "What's one more, right? A last little bit of kissing fun between friends, yeah?"

Cammy: "Yeah. Wait, give me a second. I don't want to be giggling when you do it. If this is the last one, I want it to be good."

Rux keeps his gentle hold on me, his gruff laugh sounding as I try to push that smile off my face, but it won't quite died. I sigh.

Cammy: "You're the best, Rux."

Rux: "The best kisser?"

Cammy: "No. Just the best. Okay, I'm ready. Gimme, gimme, gimme."

Rux: "Okay, Sunshine. Last one."


Rux: "I keep telling myself to stop, Sunshine. Not to take this too far. That I shouldn't want you like this ... but one taste and I'm dying for you. Tell me I'm not making a mistake with you. Tell me I'm not risking us here, because if I am - Tell me to walk the hell away. I'll show up with coffee and donuts tomorrow and we'll yak it up over what a douche I was tonight."

Cammy: "No risk, and you're not a douche. You're perfect."


Rux: "Better than Bob?"

I give up a breathless laugh. Everyone knows about Bob. But only Rux would bring him up now.

Rux: "You better say yes, or I'm going to make him watch what I do to you next."

Cammy: "So much better than Bob."


Raising a brow, I look up to Cammy, who's beet-red, covering as much of her face as she can.

Wonder Woman seeking Man of Steel. Apply within.

Rubbing at the smile that's not going anywhere, I shake my head.

Rux: "The arrow pointing down is a nice touch. Really clarifies things. Cammy, babe, you're not going to believe this."

She peeks through the vee of her fingers as I undo my fly and drop my pants.

Her hands move from her eyes to that sexy mouth as she gapes at my man of steel, straining against the Superman boxer briefs he's ready to burst through.

Cammy: "Shut the front door."

Rux: "I know, right?"


Cammy: "Condoms? You don't have one?"

My brow presses against hers as we lay naked together.

Rux: "Baby, I was out with you. Why would I need condoms?"

Our eyes hold for a beat and then we fall back on the bed together laughing until we can't breathe. Damn, I love this woman.


Rux: "Cammy, if you're going to watch me get dressed, you got to stop biting your lip while you do. It's fucking hot and blowing holes in the 'just friend' firewall I'm trying to reconstruct."


Greg: "You about to pop the question, big man? Because I like you a lot, but as a friend. My dick belongs to Julia, fucker."


Greg: "For one, you didn't tell me jack shit. You started rambling about dicks and assholes. I was thinking maybe it was just another Saturday until the whole laying you out business. For two, why the hell would I lay you out? Cammy's a grown woman and you're the most stand-up guy I know. We've already been buddies and teammates, there's no one else I'd rather call ... brother-in-law."

I'm nodding, doing my damned-est to let his words sink in before I reply, but that last thing ...

Rux: "Dude. You've got the wrong idea, man. This is what I was trying to tell you. It's not like that. We're friends. Just friends. I guess I mean not just just friends but mostly just friends who have this thing that we're doing, but in a friendly kind of way. Dammit, man, why are you laughing? I'm standing still. You can just hit me. Just don't fuck up your shoulder any worse."

And then Greg is doubled over a few feet in front of me, he looks back over his shoulder, honest-to-fuck tears streaming down his face.

Rux: "You fucking fucker. You knew already!

Greg: "Of course I fucking knew."


Rux: "Hey, we good? You okay about everything today?"

Cammy: "I'm good, Rux. A little distracted. People keep asking what the smile's about and where my head is."

I rub at that spot in the center of my chest, grinning.

Rux: "That so?"

Cammy: "Oh my God, listen to you. Is there even room in the cabin for that ego of yours or are they going to have to put it down in the cargo hold with all the other big sticks?"

Rux: "Sunshine, if you start talking about big sticks and whether things will fit -"

Cammy: "Rux!"

Rux: "What?"


Rux: "So, what's on today's panties?"

Cammy: "Excuse me?"

Rux: "Come on. It's just a friendly questions. Innocent."

Cammy: "Innocent?

Rux: "Mostly innocent."

...

Rux: "About the panties. What do they say today? 'Wrong way' across the ass? 'Slippery when wet'? More superheroes?"

Rolling my eyes, I sigh.

Rux: "I hear you debating over there. Just tell me. Or you could snap another picture. That would be totally okay too."

Cammy: "Rux!"

Rux: "Tell."

I mumble my answer, burying my face in my hands even though he can't see me.