Author: Sophia Henry
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.
Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.
One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.
Review: This story felt really young, and being in first person really played a huge part of that. Initially, I had a hard time getting into it, figuring out who the players were and what the plotline was. But by the end, I really enjoyed this book.
Gabi Bertucci belongs to a big family. She helps her parents run the newest store in the Bertucci family, a spin-off from their big produce store. What’s frustrating is that her dad never trusts her to run the store, and she never knows if it’s because she’s a girl or if it’s because of her personal issues. Does he not think she can do it?
When her father’s sudden heart attack changes everything, Gabi’s sure he’ll let her be in charge of the store. Wrong. She’s disappointed yet again when he picks her brother Joey. The person who’s never even seen the new store.
At the same time, she’s getting to know a childhood friend a little better. Can she really believe Landon? Is it true he’s always had a crush on her?
This story really has a lot of the issues that hit people when they’re trying to separate from their families and figure out what they’re going to be. Both main characters are facing big family issues and trying to be seen as grown-ups. They’re also trying out a serious relationship. It’s different from the hockey romances I’ve read before because these characters are so much younger, but I enjoyed the character development and story line of this book a lot. Thanks!