There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.
So, when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party … You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the face that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.
There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right?
Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?
Oh my God, I wish I knew…
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What can I say? Ms. Flynn had me at one of my favorite tropes…accidental pregnancy. Why do I love it? Because with Ms. Flynn’s pen in hand, I knew that it was going to be hilarious. She didn’t disappoint with Tess and Cole. What’s not to love about a night of wild sex with a Thor lookalike and then find out you are pregnant with his baby? I know, I know. It’s a trope that is used too much by some authors, but Tess and Cole make it believable.
Tess is a nerd. Yes, a trivia spouting, flower shop owner, book-loving nerd. When she is nervous, the trivia spouting is her defense mechanism. She reminded me of Cliff from Cheers but not near as annoying. LOL! Cole, on the other hand, stress bakes before a game and loves his routine. Like obsessed with his routine. Its almost like he can’t function without it. I found that completely endearing. Hockey players are extremely routine-oriented and lord love a duck, they are superstitious. So watching him with all of his weirdness (to some) was completely natural for me. I used to work for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club for years so I get it. Plus, when these two get into moving the Big Foot painting around, I was rolling with laughter. Not to mention, Tess explaining that there is a sub-genre of books written with Big Foot. Oh my…
What sets this book apart from the others that I have read in regards to the Hartigans and Ice Knights are Cole and Tess. Frankie and Lucy are my favorite couple from these two series but Cole and Tess apart from even Frankie and Lucy are the completely normal OCD, awkwardness not just towards their lives but towards each other. Neither one has ever had a stable, healthy relationship with anyone. Tess with her mother leaving her with relatives and the on/off romantic relationship that Cole has had with the coach’s daughter. Man, was I glad that wrapped up. I grew very tired of reading about it and to be honest, I don’t like that girl at all. Something about her grated on me. So I glad when Cole finally figured out his feelings for her and his growing feelings for Tess.
This book is hilarious but also surprisingly emotional. Tess and Cole have a lot to go through to get to a HEA. Both come from families that either didn’t support them or were extremely distant in their love. Tess was still having to deal with a slumlord of an uncle in regards to her apartment and flower shop. Cole and his constant moving as a child don’t help either. Hence, the routines for him. His teammates give me grief for him but they also love him, too. Watching Fallon and Zach kick ass is always a joy for me. Plus, there is a kitten named Kahn that is a hoot.
I can always count on Ms. Flynn to bring the heat but she also digs deep into her characters that bring the authentic that would seem far fetched in another author’s head. You care about them, laugh with them, swoon and cry for them in the end. They are like a part of your family and you miss them when you close the book. Tess and Cole found a piece of my heart that I can never get back and I don’t want to. Bravo, Ms. Flynn.
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are great with a quip and relatable heroines who are feisty, fierce and fantastic.
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