Meet hard place.
Recovering from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.
But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.
We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.
She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.
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Review | Rating: 4 stars
I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked Asher and Bailey. I will be honest and say I didn't really connect with them in the beginning. They had moments but they kind of fell flat at first but once they got around Asher's family, it was like both of them came to life. I got to see different sides of both characters. Asher was just a playboy hockey player who was injured and a little moody. Bailey was just a high-achieving med student who disappeared a lot in the first few books. I didn't necessarily have any connection with them when I learned the book was about them but when they get to California it's like they blossomed.
Asher was so sweet with his family and Bailey fit right in with them. While I loved the romance and seeing how they figured all of that out, I loved Asher's family more. I loved his spit-fire, wise grandmother, his incredibly sweet mother, his protective sisters, adorable little cousins, and bone head older cousins. I come from a big family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Our family reunions were chaotic, loud, with tons of laughter and food so I could relate to this with Asher's family. I loved seeing it play out on the page when I'd just dealt with that few hours before finishing this book.
I liked that most of the book took place at Asher's grandmother's house--who had the most adorable name that everyone called her. We got to see Bailey and Asher try to fight their attraction to one another but ultimately failing and giving in to that desire. I even liked that Bailey wasn't sure if she could be in a relationship with her residency starting soon and she didn't think Asher wanted more either. I liked that Asher already knew he wanted more with Bailey but was willing to respect her wishes. What I had a problem with is all of the drama surrounding them being a couple that happened within the last 20% of the book. They get home, don't talk, then end up talking, date, and then decide to be together. All within the span of a few chapters. I guess I wanted it to be dragged out a little more or not have that kind of drama at all. They could have figured it out what they wanted before they even left California and had to adjust to being back home but never really "broke up". That's just a bit of a pet-peeve for me.
Overall, this was such a good story and I enjoyed Asher and Bailey. They aren't my favorite couple in the Hot Jocks series but I'm glad I got a chance to read their story and meet Asher's crazy, loud family that I could totally relate too. I recommend this book since it was a fast, sweet, steamy read that once you get into, it'll be hard to put it down. Now, I cannot wait to read Down and Dirty! It has some of my favorite tropes all mixed into one book so it's going to be awesome. I won't say who the heroine is in that book. You'll have to check out Crossing the Line, to find out!
About Kendall Ryan
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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