What a pleasure this one was! It's been too long since I immersed myself in a book like this. I simply don't have the time and energy these days so sitting down with this book felt like basically being ME again. It also made me wish I could have the time to re-visit ALL the books in the series, included the much loved Ivy Years. If you've read those, there's a sweet surprise with a reappearance of the MCs from "The Year We Hid Away".
Anton Bayer, or as he's often called "Baby Bayer" enjoyed himself a bit too much the previous year resulting in almost losing his career. After a break in which he made himself a few serious promises as well as a punishing regimen he is finally back (and in shape) with the Bruisers hoping to show his true skills.
After losing her mother not so long ago Sylvie Hansen didn't expect to be playing this year so when she gets invited to play for a new team - The Brooklyn Bombshells - she is all for it! Especially considering the man she believes she is going to marry plays for the "brother" team - The Brooklyn Bruisers. Yet the first person she meets on the ice from the team is Anton Bayer and both of them have a feeling there is something significant and special about the encounter. The meeting with Bryce Campeau doesn't go as well..
Bryce and Sylvie have a long history. He basically grew up in her house. Bryce have a lot of respect for her parents and now when the woman who raised him is dead he is even more determined to do the right thing by Sylvie. He needs to be serious, to be able to offer Sylvie something MORE. Basically he keeps her at an arms' length being very unclear about what he wants or expects. I gotta say I REALLY disliked him. He felt, in a way, unstable. His mood swings and aggression felt like something I would advise a friend to be VERY careful with. I also didn't really see anything appealing about his over protective behavior. It is kind of sweet when a guy helps you out, takes care of you, see that you are safe. But at a certain point it just feels excessive and also patronizing.
If you put Bryce and his confusing behavior aside Sylvie is having a great time forming new friendships with the girls as well as with Anton who turns out to be so much fun! They are both attracted to one another but with Bryce in the picture (even if a real unclear one) neither makes the first move but even after the move is made and it's obvious they share a killer chemistry they aren't sure how to proceed. Sylvie is the kind of girl for a real and serious relationship and Anton's reputation proves he is nothing but. They both have a chance to experience something different - Sylvie a more carefree and casual friendship with benefits and for Anton a relationship that feels more than he ever had before.
I feel like I'm a bit rusty at reviewing.. Which is such a shame considering how WONDERFUL this book was. It was fun and engaging. I really didn't want to put it down. Anton and Sylvie were great together. I feel like they were exactly what the other person needed so it's not wonder they fall in love much faster than they were willing to admit - to themselves and surely to one another.
This is such a GREAT series. I HIGHLY recommend it. This one in particular!
I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.This book will be out in a few hours YIKES! - Grab it through the links below.
1. Rookie Move [Leonardo "Leo" Trevi & Georgia Worthington] (Published 6 September 2016) ★★★★★