“What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?”
I need to forget. I need an escape.
Only one person isn’t falling for my reputation as the NHL’s Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend’s house. She didn’t want to hear my reason–she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.
Adalyn is bold, sassy–and the perfect escape.
She’s everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.
And I do, making this summer the best off-season I’ve ever had.
But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don’t expect is to get her pregnant.
And what I definitely don’t expect is having to fight for her affection.
This is the third and final book in the Dating by Numbers series and features Hayden, who we met in the first book and again in the novella Back in the Game.
I have been so excited about reading this book because I loved Hayden in the first book of the series, though you can read this as a standalone. Hayden is a hockey player who wasn’t looking for a relationship, but when he meets Adalyn at a mutual friend’s house, he finds an instant connection with her and can’t stay away.
Adalyn has an insanely busy schedule as a nurse at the local hospital, but spends all her free time with Hayden as she feels the intense pull toward him as well. But here’s the thing. Hayden is thinking long term. In fact he takes her on several dates before he will even kiss her. And forget about jumping into bed with her. Hayden refuses to take that step with her because he wants to form a relationship with her mind and her heart first. *swoon* This woman is more than ready to jump his bones, but he wants to form a quality relationship first. Hayden is clearly a unicorn. He’s also thinking ahead, because when the hockey season starts again and he returns to Philly, he wants a strong foundation for their relationship. And they do create a strong foundation. That is, until Hayden finds out he’s been traded to the Quakes team in Los Angeles. Now it’s no longer a matter of being a short distance away. Hayden and Adalyn will be thousands of miles away. Hayden is not ready to give up, but Adalyn sees no way they can continue, so she sends him off with a clean break and a broken heart.
As you can tell from the title of this book, things become more complicated than a simple break-up. Even before Hayden learns of their unexpected connection, he’s been unsuccessful at getting over her. Once he finds out, however, he is determined to make it work between them.
Adalyn might be willing to budge on some things in regards to their future but having a romantic relationship isn’t one of them. I can honestly say there were times I wanted to smack some sense into her because Hayden is one of the swooniest characters author Meghan Quinn has ever written. And that’s saying something!
SNAP OUT OF IT, ADALYN!
This is my favorite trope in the romance genre so I was so excited to read a book about it from Meghan Quinn. If you enjoy the same books I do, I know you’ll enjoy this one as well! This is definitely a 5 star read for me.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.