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Jillian Quinn
(Face-Off Series, #3)
Publication date: May 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

As the starting goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers, Carter Donovan has the toughest position on the team. He’s hot as puck, a caveman in bed, and a beast on the ice. But after another season of missing the playoffs, Carter is taking the off-season harder than normal.

Just when Carter needs a change of luck, his teammate sets him up with Sydney Carroway, a famous romance author who likes to play games of her own. And after a blind date gone wrong, the dark-haired beauty has him wrapped around her finger. Sydney tortures Carter with her dirty words and pictures, thrives off the steamy conversations that give him a never-ending case of blue balls. Carter knows it. But he can’t get enough.

It might be Carter’s job to protect the net when he’s on the ice, but when it comes to Sydney, he needs more than a killer glove save to defend his heart.


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.


Carter Donovan has no idea I am messing with him. I bet he thinks I’m an evil witch, toying with his dick along with his emotions. Maybe I am, or at least to some extent, but damn him for shaving his beard. I’m still pissed about that. When I walked into Tyler Kane’s house last weekend, he was dressed in gym clothes and had only a tiny bit of facial hair. I was disappointed, to say the least.

I was hoping to kick things off with his face shoved between my legs and that stubble rubbing against my skin. Over the past two days, Carter has called non-stop. He even sent flowers and gifts to my apartment. To be honest, I was shocked to receive such lavish presents from him. The Chanel sunglasses were a bit overboard, but at least I know he has good taste. And that’s an important quality in a man who I am considering dating.

Flipping through a magazine on my couch, I wait for Carter to knock on the door. He’s twenty minutes early again, same as last time. I didn’t even have a chance to hop in the shower before he said he was almost here.

Part of me wants to take him into my bedroom and have my way with him. The other part of me, the side that likes experimenting with the opposite sex for research purposes, tells me I should make him wait a little while longer. After all, our relationship could make for good writing material for my next book.

As the author of all things smutty and over-the-top, I draw a lot of my inspiration from experiences. Carter just doesn’t know that yet. Poor guy. Kennedy and I did the same thing with Tyler Kane when they had first met. He fell for that shit hook, line, and sinker. Now, the two of them are living together and practically married. There’s a method to my madness.

I fix my dark curls in the mirror on the wall next to the door and double check my makeup before opening it. Drool just about runs down my chin as I take in the sight of Carter. He’s one sexy hunk of man candy. With those big, strong arms that are more suited for boxing than hockey, I want him to grip me up in them and do bad things to me.

Carter smiles so wide it reaches up to his soulful brown eyes. “Hey, baby.”

“Don’t hey, baby, me,” I shoot back, feigning interest. But this is all part of the game.

He leans in to kiss my cheek, because I promised him one kiss, his fingers grazing my bare shoulder as he touches me, fiddling with the strap of my tank top. “You look beautiful, as always, Sydney.”

My willpower almost crumbles with his lips sending shockwaves down my spine. His big hand is dangerously close to my breast as he slides it the rest of the way down my arm. If he were a character in one of my books, I would say the hell with self-control and throw myself at him, allow myself to become consumed in his manly scent and intoxicating sex appeal.

“Thanks, big guy.” I tug on his forearm in an attempt to pull him into the apartment. He’s so big I can hardly move him an inch.

After Carter shuts the door, he surprises me by shoving me up against the wall. I do my best to get away from him, but he makes it difficult with his size. Carter is used to defending the net when he’s on the ice. He sure as hell proves that right now as he blocks my entire view of the living room with his body.

Bending down to my height, he breathes against my neck and ignites a fire beneath my skin. Heat rushes from my cheeks to my toes as he presses his lips to my neck. I move my head to the side to give him better access, my inhibitions lowering along with my guard. The walls I have built up to protect myself come crumbling down in an instant.

Sydney Carroway is a master at playing games, and while most of the time games are fun, this time she has bitten off a little more than she can chew, and the game is getting serious. In the past she was burnt, so she decided from then on that she would be doing the walking away when the relationship started to go south, and decided to make men work for her affections, rather than giving them away so freely. She figures if they are willing to put in the work then they just might be worth keeping around, but when she meets Carter he totally rattles her world, and he isn't so willing to play all her little games. Well, maybe for a bit, but then he grows tired of being strung along, and Sydney begins to realize she may have went too far this time, she knows her and Carter are great together but she just can't bring herself to go all in with him. What if he walks away breaks her heart?

The moment Carter Donovan meets the sinfully sexy Sydney Carrington he is ready to follow her to then end of the earth just to get a taste of her... she pushes him, entices him, and drives him crazy with need. But she wants to play games, and for a while he plays along with the hope that he will be rewarded, but after a while he starts to doubt her intentions and so he walks. But it damn near kills him, he wants her more than he has every wanted anyone else, but she doesn't seem to be a "all-in" kind of girl, and he isn't willing to settle for less. So, now he either needs to change her mind about him, or move on... and he really hopes it isn't the latter!

Once again I have fallen madly in love with one of Ms. Quinn's irresistible hockey players... I have to say I think Donovan might just be my favorite... so far! The moment he wandered onto the page I was smitten with him, there is just something about a sexy hockey player that gets to me, and Donovan GOT TO ME!!! He was alpha to the bone, but had a soft side lingering just below the surface, and a naughty streak a mile long, and when it made an appearance my knees instantly went weak. While I understood Sydney having her reservations about him, I have to say her games were a little much at times, and frustrated me a little... but I loved the story nonetheless! If you like your fairy tales a little on the spicy side, and with a sexy hockey star at the helm than I highly suggest you meet Donovan... he's sure to leave you satisfied!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.



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