Genres: New Adult, Sports Romance
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Publication Date: February 6th 2019
Source: Author, Enticing Book Journey Promotions
After a drunken hookup, I never thought I would see Tucker again…
Until he strolls into my classroom like he owns the school.
He handed out orgasms like it was his job.
Now, it’s my turn to grade him.
I’m a teaching assistant until the end of the semester.
A position I scored because I’m a goody-two-shoes.
Not the girl who sleeps with smoking hot hockey players.
But he’s failing the class, and I can help him pass.
So we come to an agreement.
One that ends with us breaking all the rules…
And if I’m not careful, my heart.
“You, Tucker Kane, have been dethroned. XO, The Queen”
This is the third installment in the Face-Off Legacy series–a spin-off that tells the story of the lives of the children of the original characters. The novel revolves around Tucker Kane, a Collegiate NHL hockey player who cares about three things and three things only–hockey, sex and women–and Sam, a struggling Journalism major with a past. After a shady blog post and some unwanted attention, Tucker is in desperate need to boost his grades in order to stay on the hockey team–however the only tutor available is with the one woman who despises him the most.
So this one started off really intriguing, I knew going into this that the book was short so everything was more likely than not going to be fast paced. I was braced for this. What I wasn’t braced for was the lack of character development and the complete 180 in personality from both our main characters. At the beginning Tucker is shown to be a self-absorbed prick who only uses women and never dates them–an ass to everyone but his friends and family, Tucker was lighted as someone to hate. Samantha, however, was the exact opposite. From the very beginning, Sam was written to be an independent woman who has done what she has had to do in order to survive; having been burned by men before, Sam has trust issues with those of the opposite sex and has a wall guarding her heart the size of Everest. But both of these characters changed in the middle of the book, no longer was Tucker the asshole guy trying to stay in Hockey, but instead he was sweat and almost endearing in certain parts. Samantha, turned into a very dependent woman who desperately needed Tucker to “take away her pain”.
With these sudden (and I mean really sudden) personality shifts, it felt like the author realized things were beginning to wrap up plot wise and the characters needed to start wrapping up and changing–so chapters were cut. Things began to fall into place a little too easily and the romance didn’t feel real or authentic to me because of this.
I did however, really love the mysterious blogger sub plot. Giving off serious Gossip Girl vibes, this portion of the story really drew me in and kept me reading solely to see what would happen next with the self dubbed Queen. Her shady posts and truth revelations about the hockey players were a unique aspect you don’t really see in a lot of sport romances and I thoroughly enjoyed reading how the guys had to do damage control after every post.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and had a partially good time reading it–especially in the beginning, however I don’t think I am invested enough in these characters and their lives to want continue with the series.
ARC provided by the Author and Enticing Book Journey Promotions in exchange for my honest review. Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.