I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Jaci Burton
Released: February 13th 2018
Series: Play by Play #14
Published by Berkley Books
“SHOT ON GOLD is packed full of heat.”
~ Under the Covers
As longtime fans of this series, when a new book comes out we always get excited. This release in particular was exciting as it comes during the Winter Olympics and feels like just the right kind of book for the season. And as always, Jaci Burton doesn’t disappoint. SHOT ON GOLD is the perfect winter sports romance.
Will is part of the US Hockey team and at the Olympics for a second time. He wants to leave behind his party days of the first time and focus on his sport. Maybe have some responsible fun because he’s just a friendly guy! Before the games start he’s immediately drawn to a shy figure skater who is at the Olympics for the third time and trying to finally get a gold medal. Amber has been very sheltered by her mother her whole life. No friends, no distractions, no fun. Her whole life has been about skating. But maybe it’s time she lets herself have just a bit of fun, and maybe get rid of that pesky virginity. Will seems like just the guy for the job.
I don’t think there could be a pair of more lovable characters. Seriously. I genuinely liked both of them and while there isn’t a whole lot of angst in their story, I actually enjoyed the build up of their romance and relationship. It had me smiling and wanting to see what would happen next. Granted, I may have been expecting something to shake up their path of roses during the three weeks at the Olympics but the shoe never dropped. In the end, I can’t be upset about that.
Don’t let this sweet description fool you. SHOT ON GOLD is packed full of heat. For a heroine who is just starting to explore her sexuality, Amber is extremely confident and goes for what she wants. Much like in her career, I guess. I think she made the perfect match for Will.
Definitely a recommendation to pick up this time of year. It’ll leave you with a smile on your face.
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“Yeah? What are your cravings?”
“Hmm, let’s see. Thick crust pizza with sausage and extra cheese. Lasagna. Chocolate chip cookies. Brownies. Oh, and cheeseburgers. I really love cheeseburgers. With onion rings.”
He laughed. “That’s a damn fine menu, Amber. Surely you can have some of those things at least once a week, right?”
“I get healthy proteins, like lean chicken and fish. Only when I finish a competition am I allowed to indulge.”
“Allowed? Come on, honey, you’re a grown-ass woman. You can make your own decisions.”
She looked down at her ice cream, suddenly losing her appetite for its creamy sinfulness. She pushed it aside. “I do make my own decisions. Like now. I’m full.”
Will looked over at her cup. “You barely ate two bites.”
“It doesn’t take much to fill me up.” Which was her mother’s mantra.
Eat half of what’s on your plate, Amber. You’re thin anyway, so you don’t need a lot of food.
Except she was always hungry, and drinking more water never filled her up.
“Yeah? Well I’m eating this entire cone and two scoops, which I know I’ll burn up on the ice. You should do the same.”
Will didn’t understand how hard it was for her to maintain the balance between strength and figure. But she did. She’d worked so hard, and nothing was going to derail her.
Not even the tempting chocolate raspberry ice cream that sat in front of her.
This had been a mistake. She should have never come here with Will. But since she had, she’d politely wait until he finished his ice cream and then she’d make her way back to her apartment.
“Would you like to taste mine?” he asked.
She shook her head. “No, I’m good.”
“So’s this mint chocolate chip. And I promise I don’t have germs.”
Oh, she’d love to put her mouth where he’d had his mouth. That wasn’t the issue at all. Just the thought of swirling her tongue where his tongue had been caused flames to lick along her nerve endings, making her wish they were outside where it was cooler.
“Do you like mint, Amber?” he asked.
He leaned forward, offering the cone. “Take a lick.”
She was going to self-combust if he kept talking to her that way.
“Okay.” She started to take the cone from him, but instead he wrapped his hand around hers and held the cone steady. She leaned forward and flicked her tongue over the top of the cone, watching the way his gaze was glued to her mouth, which only made her previous heated state grow more incendiary.
She sat back and pulled her hand from his. “It’s really good.”
“Yeah, it is really good,” he said, and Amber was certain he hadn’t been talking about the ice cream.
She’d been hit on by a lot of guys over the years, mainly at skating competitions, and especially at the international games. She’d ignored them all to focus only on her goal of winning. Never before had she been affected by flirting or guys coming on to her. She knew she’d be nothing more than a one-night stand, and she wasn’t much interested in being some guy’s forgettable bang.
But there was something about Will Madigan that intrigued her. He was hot, and had a magnificent body. She liked that they were compatible from a skating point of view, but she’d had attractive male figure skaters hit on her before and they had certainly been more compatible than Will, so what was the deal with this guy? Why him, other than she’d madly crushed on him four years ago when he’d never once even looked in her direction.
That was probably it. He’d noticed her tonight, and she felt vindicated. Plus, she was determined to live it up these games.
Though she was going to do it on her terms. She was going to be the one doing the choosing, and it was going to be on her timeline. When she was ready.
She wasn’t going to jump in the sack with the first guy on the first night.
Even if said guy was hot and sexy and had eyes that made her melt.
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