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Going for the Goal

Going for the Goal (The Perfect Play Series) by Sara Rider

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Overview by Publisher:

Sara Rider returns with the third book in the Perfect Play series—a fast-paced, icy hot romance featuring a sports agent fighting an attraction to the NHL’s bad boy…and his ability to melt her heart.

In this perfect book for romance and sports fans, professional sports agent Jillian Nichols knows how to play the game to get what she wants. But admitting to what she needs has always been a challenge. Will she ever let her guard down long enough to let someone in? Or will the bad boy hockey player Nick “the Punisher” Salinger have to fight harder than ever for a chance to win her heart?

It’s hockey season in North America.  We desperately need this distraction and I would much rather read a hockey book than watch the game on tv!

This book was great!  It has all the things you want in a contemporary sports romance novel.  Jillian is a sports agent in an industry that is almost exclusively male.  I really adore when the character is strong and principled in their beliefs.  She is the ultimate feminist – fighting for what she believes.  The story takes place at a time in her life when she is at crossroads in her career and struggling to find her place.

After a chance encounter with Nick years ago, they get another shot.  Nick needs an agent to help him stay with the team he loves.  He puts his trust in Jillian and follows all her rules.  What works so well is that we really get to know Nick – not just the brute hockey player.  The author skillfully reveals his layers to the reader and my respect and admiration for the character grew as the story progressed.

The struggle between Jillian and Nick is not just agent and player.  They are battling intense attraction between them.  Jillian wants Nick, but she has professional boundaries that she doesn’t want to cross.  This creates some great tension and drama between the two and for the reader, it makes for some outrageously sexy scenes.

I think what I enjoyed so much about this book was learning about Nick.  How gentle and kind he could be under the tough exterior.  I adored his sense of justice and how bewildered he could be by courting Jillian.  There are some really awesome scenes in the book that make this a must read!