Release Blitz/Reviews: Once Upon A Power Play: Jennifer Bonds

Once Upon A Power Play
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Expected November 16, 2015

He'll do whatever it takes to get her against the boards… 

Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he'll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed--even if it means playing dirty. 

Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She's kissed her share of frogs and what's it gotten her? Dumped by text--again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she's more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who's sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention. 

Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he's going to lose.

Sparks, snark, sexual tension and a bit of danger...

Chloe Jacobs and Ryan Douglas were both having a crappy night...then it got worse...much worse...then heated up.

When they meet again, Ryan is met by an angry, feisty Chloe again. And it will take some maneuvering for him to get her to go out with him. She's sworn off men. She does not want to date athletes and there is a little matter about him keeping a big secret.

She is a spit fire. Fresh off her most recent rejection, her sarcasm and man hating behaviors are showing. She loves to challenge Ryan. But under her bravado is an insecure woman afraid of rejection.

Ryan in turn thinks it is fun to push and needle her. He's big, burly, bossy, cocky, and sexy. He's everything she is afraid to want and half of the female population wants him due to his celebrity status as a hockey player. He's been burned in a relationship and not ready for another one. And he is still recovering from an injury and needs to focus on keeping his place on the team.

Hot and heavy. Resistance, retreat, repeat. They are two people with antagonistic tendencies that set them on fire in the bedroom. It's a battle of wills and both are stubborn. They Fight, Flirt, F***, then do it all again. But will they Fall?

Underneath they are also developing more of an understanding for the other's internal motivations. Seeing the good under the sarcasm and sex appeal is a dangerous game for two people afraid of relationships.

But their lives are complicated by omissions, lies, and public scrutiny that lead to insecurities, fears, trust issues, and hurt feelings. I liked them both and their witty banter,  but they could be frustrating too. Are these two meant to be together or will they they lose again in the end?

This was  fast, funny, sarcastic, sexy and sweet. It was told in dual points of view. I like hockey books so that is always a plus. Her friend Olivia and boss Cole were the subject of the first book in this series Once Upon A Dare and they make appearances in this one, but this one reads easily as a stand alone.

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Chloe Jacobs has sworn off men. Her track record is less than stellar when taken as a whole, but her last date takes the cake. Canceling by text after he was supposed to have picked her up, she decides she is done. But while she’s done she’ll have some margaritas and ice cream.

Ryan Douglas lives for hockey. He is determined to come back from a career threatening injury, but is also moving on from the end of a six year relationship as well. He is floored by the tiny woman fighting over the last lime in the corner store, while he wonders about east coasters’ reactions to snow storms.

I loved so much about these two. From their very first encounter to the realization that they would be working close to each other, they were just a fun couple to read. Their chemistry was fierce and immediate, though each had a different idea about what their first night together meant. I was a little shocked at the speed at which Chloe seemed to change her mind about men, but as she dug her heels in her true spirit really came through. 

The kids at the charity as element of story added another fun, sweet element. Their inclusion in the story made Chloe’s job more than just a job. More than just a way for these two characters to run into each other over and over.

This was an easy, quick read. With hockey as a backdrop, it felt like a great situational romance. There was a lot of drama surrounding the two of them, particularly fueled by the media and misunderstanding. They are quick to use sarcasm and sex to mask feelings and real emotion. But the questions about whether they would be able to work through their differences, particularly because neither one of them are very good at relationships, kept me reading.

Sexy, steamy, cute, and sweet, this was exactly what I needed at the time. I really liked Ryan’s teammates and Chloe’s co-workers. While I haven’t read Once Upon a Dare, I loved the interactions with Olivia and Cole and will be adding them to my TBR.

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Once Upon A Dare
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Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and a whole lot of mischief. When she’s not writing or wrangling toddlers, she can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She’s lucky enough to live with her own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.


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