Game Play (Power Play, #1)by Lynda Aicher Published 16 Feb 2015
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One night, one time, nothing more. That's all it was supposed to be. They'd agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates's merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.
One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers' brawny hotshot. She couldn't get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn't expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they'd gotten down and dirty.
When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and "one night" falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan's quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he's healed?
"Game Play (Power Play, #1)" Reviews
Samantha, or Sam, was an elite hockey player who played for USA in the Olympics, but is no longer eligible to play college hockey, and she’s determined to move on and put hockey behind her. Dylan Rylie, a player for the Colorado Glaciers, is in a crucial year in his career as a restricted free agent. A challenge on a public rink leads to a crazy passionate encounter, which leads to what? Romance, of course.
The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between
-A hockey romance where the hero AND heroine are players: I’ve never read anything by Ms. Aicher, and I have to say, It’s been a revelation to read a hockey romance where the hockey is so front and center and done so well. I’d venture to say it’s one of the best hockey romances I’ve ever read. It’s such a vital part of their characters, that I really had no problem immersing myself in their story. There were little things that were a bit off like reading “affiliate leagues” instead of minor leagues, or the national title instead of the Cup or Lord Stanley, but Dylan’s status with the team, the workouts, the contract concerns, it was all pretty spot on. Even when Sam is recruited to help Dylan’s game on the down low, I could buy into it because it’s such a male-dominated sport. Speaking of...
-Sam’s got a chip on her shoulder the size of a Glacier: Sam is an intriguing heroine. To read about a heroine that is so immersed in hockey was new for me, and I really liked it. She’s won an Olympic medal, performed at the highest level and yet she now, because of her gender, cannot make a living doing what she loves most. The fact is women hockey players only have limited opportunities to play professionally, and even then they have to keep working other jobs because they can’t make a living doing it. That’s just the cold, hard truth. Sam’s anger and resentment is so believable and her competitive drive is absolutely necessary in a professional athlete.
As a romance heroine, it makes her harder to love and I can easily see her harder edges making her unsympathetic to some. I loved that she had that drive, and I really felt her frustration with the limitations she faces. What I struggled with was her complete resistance to opening herself emotionally to a relationship. I appreciated her focus on her career, but her willingness to hurt Dylan to protect herself wasn’t as easy to deal with. Wasting precious time because she can’t live in the now, made sense, but didn’t make it less frustrating. What helped ultimately, is her final grand gesture. It went a long way towards making me believe in her feelings for him.
-Dylan’s a beta kind of guy, and there’s nothing wrong with that: Dylan’s intrigued by Sam and he’s absolutely attracted to her strength, and when she agrees to train him, he is the one to suggest it. Part of it is definitely because of his attraction to her, but moreover, he really does respect her talent and skills. Seeing their relationship unfold, and Dylan supporting her as opposed to letting his ego take a beating because he’s being helped by her, was a nice change of pace from all the alpha heroes dominating the romance landscape these days.
-Sexy times still had by all: The chemistry is apparent between Sam and Dylan from the start, and their first sexual encounter was so well done. It makes you sit up and take notice. Sam is the aggressor for alot of their encounters, for one reason or another. and there’s no kinky fuckery, just really hot sex.
-More Glacier players, please: The setup for future story was intriguing enough that I’d like to see more of these players. Soon would be nice.
-It’s a specific kind of story: The only drawback I foresee is, if you’re not as interested in hockey, it may be a bit more difficult to enjoy all the facets of this story. While it’s realistic that these two be so focused when it comes to their careers, the romance takes a bit of hit because of it. Also, you may or may not get past Sam’s harder edges. I do think it was very well written and it’s worth a shot.
The Bottom Line
One of the best hockey romance novels I’ve ever read. If you’re a fan of the sport, I encourage you to give it a chance. I really enjoyed it and I’m bumping Ms. Aicher’s backlist up on my TBR list.
**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Cute read; I liked the hockey theme. I had not realized it was NA until I started reading, with the all the angst and drama of that genre. Once I got past that, I was okay.
Wasn't too crazy about the ending, though. The story wrapped up incredibly quickly and unconvincingly to get to the requisite HEA.
I discovered Lynda Aicher last year when I picked up her Wicked Play series mid-way through. I fell in love with her writing, so I expected to enjoy this series. Because let's face it...one of my favorite authors writing one of my favorite sub-genres...sports, especially hockey. This book was already set up to be a winner in my book.
And I will tell you right now this book turned out to be so much deeper and more meaningful than I ever expected it to be. It was just an excellent read.
The story is about Samantha and Dylan, but it's really about Samantha. Samantha is at a crossroads in her life. Hockey has been her life, but as a female she has done all she can with the sport. Regardless that she is as good as any NHL player and definitely at the top of her game, there's no where else for her to go as a hockey player. She hates that. She resents that. She doesn't know how to deal with that.
And then Dylan enters her life. He's 23 and also at the top of his game. He has everything Samantha wants. He's on the cusp of getting a massive contract and having his future set. Plus he gets to play the game he loves day in and day out. While Samantha is happy for Dylan and all that he's earned, she's also jealous that he can focus on the game and do what he loves. She realizes her feelings are wrong, but that doesn't change the reality of them.
This book follows Samantha as she learns to live and accept her new reality. As well as try to love someone who has what she wants so badly. It's not an easy road and I honestly was sitting reading the book at 92-93% thinking that Lynda Aicher was going to lose her spot as beloved author if she didn't figure out a way out of the mess she had written for these two characters, as I cried with every turn of the page. No spoilers, but L. Aicher is still beloved in my book...so all is good.
Obviously I fell in love with these characters. I love how pure Dylan is with his feelings for Samantha. Did he want to fall in love at this point in his life? No. But he's willing to accept that and wants Samantha in his life. He just has to convince her. But he also realizes that he can't really be the one to do that. Samantha has to come to that realization herself. And I loved him for it. And Samantha...wow, this girl is awesome. I love how tough and accomplished she is on the ice. I loved how she stood Dylan up when they met. I love that she has so much to offer the hockey world even if she doesn't see it.
Everything about this book is good. Um...hockey! Hell yeah. But there is also some seriously hot and heavy sex that was so incredibly sexy especially with the marks left afterward. The locker room shower scene had me giggling. There is emotion...a ton of it, romance...so much it made me smile softly, and angst...so much, I was definitely crying through the end. I'm a hockey romance reader and this one is one of the best I've read. I HIGHLY recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Game Play by Lynda Aicher is the first book in her new Power Play series. This series centers around Hockey. In Game Play the main characters are both hockey players, though the heroine, Samantha’s hockey career has ended. Samantha, (Sam), loves hockey and is an amazing player, unfortunately she can’t make a living playing woman’s hockey. She has a plan though and is going for a Masters in Sports Psychology, however she still harbors anger and resentment that her hockey career is over. This sparks some tension and competition when she first meets Dylan, a profession hockey player, and challenges him on the ice.
Samantha was a vivid and lively character. Unfortunately, Dylan didn’t really stand out to me at all. He seemed rather pliable and didn’t assert himself or make any real effort for Samantha or their relationship. She was the one that challenged him, she was the one who helped him become a better hockey player, she was the one that helped and cared for him when he was injured and she was the one that made the big romantic gesture. Meanwhile, Dylan was self-absorbed, focused on obtaining his goals. Even his goal of winning Samantha over was for his own happiness. He wasn’t a bad guy, I liked him. I just felt he was a little lackluster.
My favorite parts of Game Play are when Samantha is training Dylan. That is when their dynamic really came through in a fun and entertaining way. I would have liked to have seen more of that throughout the rest of the book. All in all, it’s a good read. I liked it. The characters are likable and the plot held my attention. The pacing flows smoothly and the ending was nicely done. I would recommend Game Play to fans of hockey or sports romance.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from the publisher, Carina Press, via NetGalley.
Coup de coeur pour ce premier tome. Cette saga nous plonge dans l'univers du hockey mais se démarque des autres sagas de ce genre par ses personnages entiers et très complexes.
Dylan Rylie et Samantha Yates nous font vivre une belle histoire pleine de rebondissement et j'ai adoré leur caractère.
Chronique complète dès demain
In a rare twist on the norm, Game Play looks at what would happen if the man wanted more from the relationship than the woman. After a one-night stand with Samantha, Dylan can’t get her out of his mind. He finds a way to get her back in his life by hiring Sam to help with his game on the ice. Even though Dylan’s insistence that he needs assistance sounds a little fishy she agrees to help. It’s obvious by the way they can’t keep their hands off each other that there’s an attraction. But Sam is trying to leave her life with hockey behind her, and a pro hockey player boyfriend doesn’t fit into that plan.
There was something incredibly hot about a girl as cute as her who could also play that well.Sam was a unique character. Instead of being a girly-girl she was more of a tomboy. She had a fantastic hockey career of her own, playing for the women’s Olympic team, but now she wants to cut all ties to the sport. I liked that Sam could hold her own. She kicked Dylan’s ass a couple times while skating and it was fun to see a female who was an exceptional player. But, I didn’t fully understand her reasons to push Dylan away as well as turn her back on the sport she loved. It felt like Sam was creating reasons to make herself unhappy.
His heart was torn open and aching with how close yet far they were. Why couldn’t they get this right?It was easy to fall for Dylan. He was hot, hard working and sweet. When he met Sam he wasn’t looking for anything serious. But even though he didn’t want a relationship at first he could tell they had something special and was willing to try. It was hard to see Dylan try to get through to Sam. Whether he was cautious or direct Sam constantly tried to push him away. My one complaint about Dylan’s character was that I wished we had found out more about his past. I thought his reason for using the cowboy guise was a little weak and that if we knew more about his past it would have made more sense.This was a cute story. The premise was a refreshing change and I really enjoyed Dylan’s character. It was nice to have such a strong female character as well, I just wish I would have understood her actions better. If you’re a fan of hockey romance I think you’ll really enjoy this book.
Review to be posted at Romance at Random and Love Between the Sheets
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