Updated: Jan 22, 2021
by Avery Flynn
Published by Entanged: Amara
Book #3 in the Hartigan's Series
How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?
Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.
But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.
At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.
Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.
But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Rom-Com Feel Good
Tomboy by Avery Flynn is the third book in the Hartigan's series, and centers around Hartigan sibling Fallon, ER nurse and volunteer at the Waterbridge clinic, and Zach Blackburn, Ice Knights defenseman, who isn't playing so hot, and doesn't play well with others; on and off the ice.
I love a good romance with a bit of sports involved. Kind of ironic considering I don't watch any sports unless there is an Olympic gold medal on the line. I have read a few sport romances, and I really enjoyed this one. It has an entertaining plot, while remaining unique in it's genre, and the action was steady, right up to the climax of the story, and had a satisfying ending. I enjoyed that unlike the last two Hartigan books, the story didn't rely on Fallon's tomboy looks and personality as much. It's stated several times that people think she isn't Zach's type, and that she needs a makeover ... she even believes she isn't his type ... but it's not something that gets between them, or has destroyed her self-worth, and I loved that. The comments hurt her, sure ... but other than a tiny moment of doubt before they first hook up, it doesn't stop her, and it doesn't bother him at all. If anything, he likes it.
Fallon is such a likable character. I love a non-fussy woman who is all about comfort instead of impressing people she doesn't know. She is also compassionate, and is one of those characters that truly wants to help. Zach, even though he has his ... moments, shall we say, is also likable. He has a rough time of it, and it takes a woman like Fallon to show him that not everyone does something nice for something in return. Their relationship together is intense and hot all at the same time, which makes for a great book.