Title: Dirty Score
Author: Skye Jordan
Series: Rough Riders Hockey #3
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Rafe “Savage” lives up to his name on the ice and in the bedroom. Forging a legacy as the Rough Riders’ most notorious playboy is easy when the woman he really wants is off limits. Mia’s brother isn’t just Rafe’s best friend, he’s also a teammate. With the Cup in site, Rafe won’t screw with anything that threatens the team’s winning streak. But when Mia comes to town on a mission of her own, one little woman may turn out to be the toughest opponent Rafe’s ever faced.
When it comes to men, Mia is everyone’s best friend. But when it comes to romance, her relationships are destined for failure. With a new job awaiting her on the other side of the country, she’s determined to start fresh. To do that, she needs to let go of this stupid crush once and for all.
Seducing Rafe isn’t just the best option; it’s her only option. Until she discovers he’s been harboring the same feelings. And with his team weeks away from the biggest game of their career, and Mia’s new life waiting, their no strings affair threatens to tear both their worlds apart.
Source: ARC from the author
Hot, dirty and packed with drama, the Rough Riders return with a best-friend’s sister tale that reveals the hidden core of love and loyalty that hides beneath the surface of another of the team’s sexy hockey players. Trouble and tension is brewing as the team enters the play-offs and Rafe’s dream woman finally makes a move.
And, actually, that was one thing that I didn’t like so much about this book. Mia really picks her moment. Yes, Rafe has been ignoring her for a year and she’s had enough of it so has decided to do something before she moves to the other side of the country, but wow, talk about timing! I felt quite bad for Rafe at times. Sure, there were a few moments when I wished he’d stood up for her, but there’s a lot of stake in their relationship and it’s obvious she’d always taken him for granted before he decided to ignore her. So, yeah, Mia’s decisions are not always the best, IMO, and there were times I wanted to tell her to back off.
The rest of the time, though… Phew! Rafe is beyond hot and the way he loves Mia is just everything. It’s steamy and passionate and deep and gorgeous. He’s gorgeous, and I say this having not been entirely convinced about him in the first few pages. Once Mia arrives on the scene, though, his focus is laser precision fixed and I loved his mix of humour, loyalty and sexiness. Loved him.
I’ve already mentioned some of my issues with Mia, and while I applaud her wish to be independent, it did sometimes come across as childish pouting because she thought she was missing out so decided to shut them out in return. She does spend most of the book in a flurry of self-preservation, which did make her come across as selfish and ungrateful at times, but when she wasn’t stressing over this and that, I did quite like her. However, there were times when I wanted to grab both her and Tate and tell them to just leave Rafe alone. Give the man a break before you actually break him.
There’s also plenty of hockey action, a bit of catching up with other members of the team and their families, which is always great to read, plus a bonus Renegades crossover moment. As a huge fan of that series, I loved this completely gratuitous scene and I refuse to apologise for it. More Renegades in everything! Although I wouldn’t object to seeing Rafe in a future Renegades book either.
So overall, this was another great addition to this series. The drama level was firmly cranked up to familial angst and Mia did get on my nerves at times, but I loved Rafe and the hockey, and the heat level was off the charts. Which means it’s another winner. Fans of the author, this series or best-friend’s sister tales should find plenty to enjoy here. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Dirty Score is Out Now.
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