Monday, April 29, 2019

#REVIEW: Play to Win By Kelly Jamieson (Wynn Hockey #1)

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Play to Win By Kelly Jamieson (Wynn Hockey #1)
Publisher: Love Swept
Release Date: March 19th, 2019
Format: Kindle
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
Meet the Wynns—a hockey dynasty built on family, money, and drama. From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson, the first novel in a new series is a total win-win.

“Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—Carly Phillips

After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture. . . .

Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them.

But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win.
I really loved Kelly Jamieson's Aces Hockey series that I blew right through them, and started looking for other books like them. I knew she had other hockey series, so I decide to go with the first book in her new series Wynn Hockey, because it's kind of loosely tied to the Aces Hockey series. The Aces exist in this world, but this series surrounds the Los Angeles Condors (which is Jordyn from Playing Hurt's team.) Also a side-character who is just mentioned in this one Jackson Wynn plays for The Aces so it felt like a natural progression.

I LOVE a fake relationship plot in a romance book, so I was sold on this book immediately. It does feel a little unrealistic, but Vegas makes people do stupid things, so I don't think it was out of the realm of possibilities. People get drunk and get married in Vegas all the time, so it wasn't that weird that Theo and Lacey decided to do it. It was weird that Theo felt like he needed to have a fake wife to appease his family and so he didn't look like a complete scrub.

Oh man if you love family drama, this book and this series is for you. This book is about a feuding hockey dynasty and there is so much drama, it's kind of crazy. I liked that this book focuses less on the actually hockey playing and more on the operations stuff behind the scenes that goes on to keep an organization together. Corsi scores and all the talks about viewing the data might be foreign to a non-hockey fan, but I ate up that stuff. I think if you don't know what this stuff is, the book doesn't do you a disservice, I think you can understand what it all means in the context.

I have to admit some of the love scenes in this one were a bit much to me, but I ended up really enjoying the dynamic between Lacey and Theo. They were both so stupidly in love and couldn't deal with it. At times I wanted to shake them, but I was glad it all works out in the end.

So far there are going to be two more books in the series, and I'm bummed they aren't out yet...but I so totally pre-ordered them already. I can't wait to read about Theo's brother JP in the next book!

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