Author: JILLIAN QUINN
Series: Face-Off Series #1
Genre: Sports Romance
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Publication Date: February 15, 2017
Red's Rating: 5 Smoking Hot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.
Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.
Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.
She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.
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Here Is A Special Excerpt From Parker:
As my cell phone rings, Tony mumbles that he’s going to grab us a few more beers, and then he disappears into the hallway. I do not recognize the number on the caller ID, but I do know the 215 area code. Philadelphia.
I press the button to answer, and before I can even say hello, a woman on the other end of the line says, “Parker, this is Coach. Mickey wanted me to call personally, so here you go. You’ve got me for all of two minutes and thirteen seconds.”
It takes me a minute to remember the name before I realize it’s Mickey’s girl, Charlotte Coachman. Her voice is so stern and confident, yet she’s exactly what I expected from what I’d heard about her from Mickey and some of her clients. She has made a name for herself in the sports world, and she’s one of the few women who didn’t sleep her way into that position, which is rare in this business.
“Hello to you, too, sweetheart.”
At first, she chuckles, but then her laughter slowly turns into a cackle. “Call me that again, Parker, and watch what happens. Let’s get something straight. I’m not one of your puck bunnies. I have a name. That name is Coach or Charlie, but it sure as hell isn’t sweetheart. You got that?”
This chick is crazy and feisty, and I kind of like it.
“One minute and thirty seconds.” She sounds like she’s chewing glass, the words harsh and painful on the tip of her tongue. “In the interest of saving ourselves the headache, I’ve arranged for my secretary to meet you at the apartment building. Please don’t look at her, smile in her direction, or flirt with her because I’m sick of replacing secretaries. I did you a solid with the Philly deal, so I’d appreciate you doing the same and keeping your hands to yourself.”
She went from intriguing to working my last nerve in a matter of seconds.
“Give me some credit at least. You make me out to be a total creep.”
“That’s not entirely off base, Parker. You seem to have a problem with keeping your pants on—or is it finding them?”
I can hear her covering the phone and chuckling to herself before she returns to being a mega bitch.
Damn those stupid YouTube videos.
What is her problem?
She’s so uptight, she might snap in half.
About Author Jillian Quinn:
Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she's not reading, writing, or blogging, she's obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.
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Here Is My Review Of Parker:
Alex Parker, one of the NHL's hottest hockey stars, is on a path of destruction, and if he doesn't turn things around quick he is going to find his dreams of winning the Stanley Cup cut short. After losing his father he found himself truly alone for the first time in his life and it hurts like hell, his father was always the one who kept him on the straight and narrow, and kept him focused on the game. But without him around Alex has picked up some bad habits, and those bad habits have just cost him his spot on the team, and his agent has given him his last chance to get his act together, which has landed him in Philly and on the doorstep of the straight laced agent known as Coach. He's heard rumors about her, but nothing could prepare him for what he finds on the other side of the door...
If life has taught Charlotte “Coach” Coachman anything it's that it doesn't come with guarantees, after losing her parents at a young age, she was left alone to fend for herself, and it's made her a little tougher than most. It's made her determined to find a better path in life than her parents chose, and for the most part she has found it, she is an agent to some of the most famous athletes in the world and in a round about way is living out her dream to be on the basketball court by coaching a kids basketball team. But her life takes an unexpected turn when one of her clients lives becomes unraveled and it's up to her to get him back on track, her boss is counting on her to get him straightened out and back to playing to his potential, and she is determined to take on the challenge... that is until she finds him on her doorstep. The minute Alex enters her world she feels the sparks bouncing between them, but she has rules, and dating a client is a big no no, no matter how gorgeous he may be!
This was my first read from this author, so it was kind of refreshing to be able to explore a new writing style and just sort of jump in with no preconceived expectations.When I read the synopsis for it I thought it sounded like something that was right up my alley, and boy was I right! I am a sucker for a hockey themed romance story that comes equipped with a smooth talking, good heart-ed, ice alpha and Alex totally hit the mark, he had me swooning the whole way through!! This was quite an impressive first read for me and I hope that there are more hockey stories from Ms. Quinn to come, I think she has definitely found her nitch, and also gave readers a plausible and touching story line that will move them beyond words and leave them with a happy heart!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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