Published on March 15th 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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Lawrence Finkle, known simply to his die-hard Minnesota Wild fans as Viper, isn’t used to hearing the word no. He lives his whole life just a little on the reckless side. After all, life is just one big game, right?
When what was supposed to be an innocent bet goes horribly wrong, he’s left to deal with the aftermath—and the guilt. In an effort to make things right the best way he can, he ends up falling for the one person on the planet he never should have.
The old saying goes that two wrongs don’t make a right . . . or do they?
5 ‘OMG the feeeeels’ stars!
OMG, this little book has just blown me away! It’s the kind of story that it’s best to just dive in and experience without knowing anything going in, just be prepared for feels! I laughed, I cried, my heart broke, and I absolutely fell in love. Every moment in this book is something special and I loved it all.
Viper was introduced during the Cranberry Inn series, and while this book technically follows on from that, featuring a lot of the characters that we have already met (including Brody and Kacie- squee), it can definitely be read as a standalone.
Viper is a pro hockey player. Gorgeous, rich and arrogant, he is a manwhoring badboy who is absolutely shameless when it comes to his exploits. And we get to see him living it up in all of his slutty glory until one moment changes everything.
Six months ago, I was happy. I was playing amazing hockey, had the best friends in the world, fucking whoever I wanted… life was great. In one stupid moment, it all changed , and now I can’t get that happiness back. I don’t remember what happy feels like anymore. Everything is dark and dreary.”
There is an ominous prologue which give you an idea where the story is going, but it still hit me hard in the gut when it happened. OMG, it’s so intense! But it forms the basis for the rest of the story, which concentrates very strongly on Viper and his incredible journey.
The book is written mainly from Viper’s POV, and I LOVE getting inside his head! He’s such a ass, but he feels deeply, and I loved being there with him as he goes through everything that he does. We see his unapologetic arrogance, his heartbreak and his pain, and then his healing as he comes to realise the man that he wants to be, and works to become that man. It’s an amazing transition, and it’s done beautifully! And the love story that blossoms as Viper changes is gorgeous.
For the first time in my life, I’d met a woman who I wanted to hang out with constantly, wanted to know every single thing I could about her, wanted to protect her fiercely, yet she was untouchable.
It’s a painful journey and there are many obstacles for them to face – both individually and together – so it’s a slow burn, but it is heartfelt, realistic, and absolutely beautiful.
“Because I belong here. Because I belong with you. Because as much as you try to fight it, you know you belong with me too … I fell in love with you.”
But it’s not all heartbreak and deep feels. There are lots of light moments, and many times I laughed out loud at his antics. Firstly, with his boys…
“Aren’t they sweet?” Andy mocked as he clapped his hands together near his face and batted his eyelashes dramatically.
“We are fucking sweet,” I bellowed arrogantly. “Our bromance is amazing. We’re like a modern-day Romeo and Romeo.”
And his time spent with the kids in the story was absolutely heart-warming, and totally hilarious!
He picked up the remote and changed the channel from the baseball game to some obnoxious cartoon with a singing yellow sponge.
I stared in disgust as the porous little bastard danced around the screen and poked his big pink friend in the gut.
And then there’s his grandma. OMG, I love her! She is a “foul-mouthed, whiskey-drinking badass who told it like it was and didn’t take crap from anyone”, and their relationship is sensational.
I looked back and forth from my glass to hers. “Why does your tea look different?”
“Because my tea is whiskey.” She grinned proudly.
“Whiskey?” I stared at it incredulously before checking the time on my phone. “It’s ten thirty in the morning.”
“Lawrence, when you’re my age, you learn to do things when you want to do them, not when it’s socially acceptable. Hell, who knows if I’ll still be around at dinner time? While we’re on the subject, I had half a tub of mint chocolate chip ice cream for dinner last night. Cheers!” She raised her glass again and winked at me.
I devoured this book in one night. Sucked in from the very first page and unable to put it down. It’s a quick read, too, but Beth Ehemann still does a great job and creating something very special.
This book is beautifully written, and I loved how the two stories combined so effortlessly. Viper’s story and the coming together of two people going through hell and finding each other was absolutely magic.
I loved it – 5 stars.