Thursday, February 11, 2021

Book Review : Power Plays & Straight A's (CU Hockey #1) by Eden Finley and Saxon James



“Look out for Zach and don’t hit on him.”

My brother’s request sounds easy enough. Keep an eye out for his best friend on campus and keep my hands to myself.


Even if Zach is a quintessential nerd, who I’ve always thought was cute, I don’t have the time to think with my … stick.

There’s only one stick I should be focused on this year, and that’s my hockey stick. My goal once I graduate is to get an NHL contract.

The last thing I need is a distraction. On or off the ice.

Only, keeping to the rules is harder than I thought it would be.


People confuse me.

And no one more than Foster Grant.

I’ve barely spoken two words to him in the whole time I’ve known him, but the second I step foot on campus, he’s impossible to shake.

I can never anticipate his next move. And whenever we’re together, my next move is a total mystery as well.

I want to give in to him, but that might mean coming clean about something I’ve never been bothered about before.

I’m still carrying my V-card.

And I think it’s time to turn it in.

Christelle's rating : 

My first book from Eden Finley was an unexpected and delightful surprise (I feared that the MCs would feel too young for me and the trope was not my favorite). What got me were the banter – worked and keep working right for me and is my personal highlight - the “respect” vibe and the hotness. I found that in most of the books from this author to my enjoyment : and once again for this book.

New series (“CU Hockey”) in collaboration with Saxon James (whose work I’ve never read, but this writing team works for me as well), “Power Plays & Straight A's” is the first of romances of Hockey players from the CU. And it starts with the actual captain of that team, Foster. At the beginning of school’s year, he’s charged by his twin brother to keep a look at his best friend, Zach who has just transferred to Foster’s university, but without, please, hitting on him.

Zach and Foster have known each other from afar for several years, both thinking the other one is quite hot, but not interacting. This year, it’s going to change, of course, for the reader’s delight.

They are as different as can be but it’s a perfect “symbiosis”.

Nice chemistry, good banter, opposite-attracts, no dramalala, endearing characters, it’s a feel-good romance through and through.

By the way, I read the 2nd book of the series before this one (it didn’t matter so it’s really standalones) and I enjoyed it as well, so I can safely say that I will look out for next releases.


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