Title: Quick Trick
Author: Skye Jordan
Series: Rough Riders Hockey #1
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Available: 12th Sept
Infamous Rough Riders’ playboy Grant Saber has been sidelined for a bum shoulder. If he has to be off the ice for three weeks of recovery, he‘ll do it on his back—breaking in a new wanna-be cowgirl every night. But pressure from the team’s owner and Grant’s parents land him in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina instead. Things look up when he learns the hometown beauty who was once so out of his league is now single, and sexier than ever. Determined to slip in a night with her while he’s in town, Grant is shocked to discover one will never be enough.
Faith Nicholas has no interest in the newest Saber-son gossip. After losing her father just months before, she is now on the verge of losing their family hardware store—which is also her home. She couldn’t care less about the Saber’s big money or flashy toys. But she can’t seem to keep Grant out of her store–or her dreams. His magnetic charisma is impossible to ignore, and the longer he stays in town, the more she finds to love about a man who isn’t as superficial as he’d like others to believe.
With a struggling store, four-hundred miles and a rigorous hockey season looming between them, Grant will have to pull out his very best moves if he’s going to make this quick trick last forever.
*Author’s note* Previously published as a novella (Home Advantage) in an anthology, this work has never been published independently. It had been rewritten, expanded and overhauled to current Skye Jordan standards… if you know what I mean. *evil grin*
Source: ARC from the author via email
If you read the All He Wants For Christmas novella collection last year, then you may experience some sensations of déjà vu upon reading this book. Which is perfectly understandable, because this is Home Advantage from that collection, updated with a few changes and a mighty sexy twist. I enjoyed that novella and found it surprisingly sweet for a Skye Jordan book. This version is not sweet in the least.
Strangely enough, although this has been expanded, I feel like I know the characters less than I did in the first version. Here we have Grant unhappily home for Christmas because of an injury. He’s not close with his family, in fact he’s actively avoided them for years, but we don’t really see any of this. Well, we see him avoiding his family and we sort of see him reconnecting with his younger brother, but everything else with his parents feels tacked on and not very believable. I also would have liked a bit more about his injury and how he feels having been benched for so long.
As for Faith, well, I still have the same issues with her as in the novella. I don’t like her attitude at the start. I get it, she doesn’t want to be awed by the big shot hero, but there’s just something unpleasant about the way she treats Grant when he actually hasn’t done anything to deserve it. We also don’t really get to explore why she’s so anti-relationships. She split up with her one boyfriend eight years ago and since then has turned down every guy who goes near her. I get that with her father she didn’t have a lot of time, but eight years is a pretty long stretch. As for everything to do with the villainess… that just seems unnecessary.
Away from the characters, the sex is as hot as you’d expect from a Skye Jordan book. It’s dirty and raunchy and plenty naughty, fitting in well with the personalities of both characters. While I liked the rise in the heat factor between them, I would have liked a bit more of an emotional connection too. They don’t really talk and Faith doesn’t show much interest in Grant’s life, which is kind of a shame. I also don’t understand why the relentlessly independent Faith allows Grant to go over her finances with her best friend.
Overall I found this a sexy read, if not quite as enjoyable as I’d hoped. Part of this is because of having read the old version before and experiencing deja vu moments, then confusion when things were new or different. Mostly, though, I just wanted more depth from the characters. I am, however, intrigued by the rest of the team and definitely look forward to exploring more about them sometime soon.
Quick Trick is out September 12th.
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