JP Wynn: I admit, I’ve made some bad choices—on and off the ice.
Now all I want to do is show my team I can control my emotions while I’m playing and redeem myself with my family, especially with my brother, Théo.
I hate that I hurt him and I’m determined to stay out of trouble.
But the hot bridesmaid at Théo’s wedding is tempting me into another bad decision.
A little flirting and a hook up with Taylor seem harmless . . . until Manny Martinez jumps me on the dance floor and starts beating the crap out of me.
And just like that I add one more bad decision to my résumé.
Taylor Hart: I always thought hockey players were hot. Now I think they’re crazy.
Manny broke my heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye.
Then he showed up at my best friend’s wedding. All I wanted to do was show Manny that I was over him.
And the groom’s sexy brother, JP, seemed more than willing to be my distraction.
But after the way everything went down, I want nothing to do with any of them.
Easier said than done. Especially when Lacey’s new brother-in-law is always around. . . .
And I keep thinking about the wedding night, when we snuck away to his room for the best sex of my life.
USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson’s epic Wynn Hockey series can be read together or separately:
PLAY TO WIN
IN IT TO WIN IT
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The Aces Hockey series: MAJOR MISCONDUCT • OFF LIMITS • ICING • TOP SHELF • BACK CHECK • SLAP SHOT • PLAYING HURT • BIG STICK • GAME ON
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I should have known a Wynn family wedding wasn’t going to go off without drama.
Didn’t think it would be me in the middle of it, though.
Then again, it totally makes sense, because apparently, I can never be trusted to do the right thing.
Let’s go back to last night…
My brother Théo is getting married, but this isn’t a typical wedding (it’s the Wynn family, need I say more) because Théo and Lacey are already married, after a quickie Vegas wedding a few months ago. My mom was so disappointed about not being at their wedding, she wanted another one, and shockingly Théo agreed.
So there haven’t been bridal showers or bachelor and bachelorette parties. Tonight is the first time the wedding party and family are getting together for the rehearsal at Shores Hotel in Santa Monica, where the wedding will be held tomorrow.
I’m standing next to Théo where the ceremony will take place. Right now the arch next to us is bare but tomorrow it’ll be decked with flowers and bows and shit. We’re outside on a raised terrace, the beach right behind us.
I’m the best man. Except I’m most definitely not the best man. A year ago I f***ed up and screwed over Théo, my own brother. It’s taking some time for our relationship to recover, but he says he’s forgiven me.
I haven’t forgiven myself.
And neither has the rest of our family.
I’ve had dirty looks, subtle shade, and outright hostility from my cousins, my aunt and uncles, and especially from my grandfather.
Which sucks, because Grandpa is my idol.
Bob Wynn, the King of Hockey. The man I looked up to my whole life. Until the last couple of years. He’s made some…um, interesting decisions lately. To be honest, I’m not sure what’s really going on, except I know my dad and my uncle Mark are pissed as hell at him, so much that they’re actually suing him, claiming he stole money from them.
This makes family gatherings—like this wedding—a tad uncomfortable.
But never mind all that…my attention is on the hot bridesmaid.
I keep looking at her over on the other side of Lacey, the bride. Taylor’s gorgeous—perfect oval face, long dark hair, dark eyes and a full mouth that’s perpetually curved into a smile. For the rehearsal, she’s wearing a burgundy dress that wraps around her body and stops just above her knees, and suede heels that match the dress.
I catch her eye and grin, and she smiles back…a wide, glowing smile that lights up her face. She has a great smile. It’s like sunshine. Warm. Bright.
She also has a great rack.
She’s not here with a date. She’s not wearing a ring. F*** yeah.
I can’t wait for this formal stuff to be done so we can party. Everyone knows what’s supposed to happen and when. I have to hand over the ring, Lacey’s best friend takes her bouquet, blah blah blah. Now let’s have some fun.
There are about twenty of us who move to the private room after the rehearsal, and I see there are three round tables set up. Place cards identify who sits where, and since I’m one of the first ones in the room, I quickly find my own name…and Taylor’s. She’s at a different table, but I make the switch speedy quick so she’s now sitting beside me instead of my aunt, Everly. Then I head to the bar at the end of the room. Of course there’s champagne, so I grab two flutes and turn, searching for Taylor.
There she is, just entering the room. I make my way over to her and stop. “Champagne?” I hold out a glass to her.
Her lips quirk up at the corners as she reaches for the glass. “Why, thank you.”
“You’re most welcome.” I gesture at the table. “Apparently we’re sitting beside each other for dinner.”
She bursts out laughing. “Oh my God. Did you change the place cards?”
“How did you know that?”
“I helped set up the tables.” She sips her wine, eyes dancing.
“Damn.” I rub my chin, smiling ruefully. “Busted. But can you blame me for wanting to sit beside a beautiful woman instead of my aunt?”
She shakes her head. “Your aunt is a beautiful woman.”
My Aunt Everly is only a year older than me. It’s weird, but my grandfather married for the second time later in life and had four more kids, Everly being one of them. She’s also a bridesmaid, having become good friends with Lacey. “Well, yeah, she is. But she’s my aunt. I can’t flirt with her.”
“You’re going to flirt with me?”
“All night long.” I meet her eyes. Hers darken, and heat slides down my spine.
“Well, calling me beautiful is a good start.”
“It’s the truth.”
“I don’t know.” She tilts her head and studies me. “You seem a little cocky. You probably say that to all the girls.”
I grin. “Only the beautiful ones.”
Everyone is taking their seats for dinner, so I pull out Taylor’s chair for her.
I take my seat next to her. “We can get to know each other better over dinner.”
Her eyes meet mine and she purses her lips.
“Why are you looking at me like that? I’m a nice guy.” I lay a hand on my chest.
“That’s not what I’ve heard.”
“Oh no.” I groan. “Théo’s been talking about me.”
“Well, yeah. But you also have a…reputation as a hockey player, Killer.”
Killer. Great. “You like hockey?”
“You’ve seen me play.”
“I was at the game last year when you hit Novotny and got suspended.”
I press my lips together, my jaw tightening. I look down at my place setting. “That shouldn’t have happened.” I lift my head and meet her eyes. “I don’t play to hurt guys. Really.”
She nods slowly. “But that wasn’t the first time you got suspended.”
I suck in a long breath. “True. Sometimes my emotions get the best of me. I’m working on it. Trying to do better.”
It’s true. This year I have to show the team I’m worth keeping on the roster. Last year didn’t go so well. In a lot of ways.
The others are now sitting at our table—six people—so we make small talk, Lacey and Théo stop at the table to chit chat for a few minutes, and then servers start bringing out salads, so they take their own seats.
“How long have you known Lacey?” I ask as we dig into greens with blueberries, walnuts and feta cheese.
“Not long. Just since she moved here.”
“You must have become friends pretty fast.”
“Yes. We met when she helped me catch my dog. And my dog liked her, so I knew she was okay.”
“What kind of dog do you have?”
“Golden retriever. His name is Byron.”
“Nice. So that’s your test of whether someone is worth hanging out with? If your dog likes them?”
She nods, her lips quirked. “I’ve found it to be a reliable indicator. Dogs are smart.”
“Yeah. I like dogs. We had a standard poodle growing up. He was so smart it was scary.”
“And you know, sometimes you meet someone and things just…click.” Our eyes meet and hold again and the air buzzes around us. Yeah, I know that feeling. “When I met Lacey, right away I felt like I could talk to her about anything. She’s so…alive. Just fun to be with, but yet she can be serious and she’s smart, too.”
I nod. I kind of feel like that about Taylor. This feels so easy…and yet so electrifying.
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4.5 Star Review of In It To Win It (Wynn Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson In It To Win is the second in the latest series from Kelly Jamieson, Wynn Hockey. This is JP Wynn and Taylor Heart’s story and I really enjoyed it. JP plays lives to play hockey although his antics both on and off the ice have gotten him in to more hot water that he would and his family would like. The family dynamics of the Wynn family had my head spinning, dysfunctional is not a strong enough word to describe this family. JP has demons but he is determined to lose the black sheep of the family and prove himself to his family, particularly his brother Theo. However at Theo’s wedding he gets up close and personal with bridesmaid Taylor which causes more complications than he bargained for. Having read about Taylor and JP in the previous book I was interested to see how this new relationship they find themselves in would pan out and I was not disappointed. I really love JP, there is more to him that meets the eye and it was great to see him show the vulnerability that lies beneath the surface. In my opinion Taylor is the perfect woman for him. The chemistry between them simply smoulders. Will they both realize the potential their relationship has or run before it has a chance to flourish? I enjoy Kelly Jamieson’s style of writing, her characters are strong and yet she shows that they can be human and not the “perfect” hero or heroine and this makes for a realistic and enjoyable read.
I loved JP and while yes, he was a bad boy, how much was an act to cover what he felt deep inside? He just played up to everyone's expectations, however he did steal his brother's gf, but they should be thanking him, not throwing it in his face, and Theo got his true love in the 1st book. Maybe that's why I liked JP so much, he was under appreciated! A champion with a hot temper and good in his heart. Taylor was seriously having a rough time in all aspects of her life and wanted to cut loose. Her and JP had that chemistry in spades and it was hot! They also talked, kept a few secrets but understood each other when it counted. I will admit to liking JP's character more than Taylor's. She wasn't as goody two shoes as everyone thought, imo, and played a part in some of the turmoils without really owning up to them when she should have. Now the Wynn family can either help or hinder a cause, and all throughout these two got all that and more lol. My emotions went right along with all the events and I loved the quirky fur baby, who added some hilarity of his own. A good, lighter read for me. I enjoyed an advance reader's copy thru Netgalley and giving my opinions voluntarily.
I love hockey romance, and even though this book didn't have as much hockey in it as some of Kelly Jamieson's other series I loved the hockey "world" she has created with the Wynn family. I loved the characters in this hockey dynasty. I enjoyed the way this story is building on the relationships within this family. I loved JP the bad boy, the playboy, and screwup only to find out he is really the good guy, the caretaker, and protector. I loved the angst in JP and Taylor's relationship, developing feelings and still not being sure. These first two books have been a great start to what I hope is a long long series.
I know this is only the second book of the series but this is hands down my favorite of Ms. Jamieson’s. I normally like a bit more angst in my stories but the story was perfect for JP and Taylor. While JP was the piranha in the first book, he redeems himself quickly. Misunderstood, he takes a lot of flack from his family and struggles with the pressures of being a Wynn. Taylor has to deal with her own issues when she is blindsided by a familial incident. These two are so good together and Byron definitely steals the show. There are so layers to the Wynn family and so much possibilities. I cannot wait to see the rest of the stories unfold.
Loved JP but Taylor not so much. Overall good book.
Hockey, bad choices, fighting. wedding JP is a bad boy, hockey player who stole his brother's girlfriend. That's just poor form. He meets Taylor at said brother's wedding and its immediate hook up, but a scuffle with her ex first. Taylor and JP get along and there's no real conflict . She just makes it so easy for him.
In It To Win It is another “win” for Author Kelly Jamieson! I really enjoy Kelly’s knowledge of the sport of hockey and how it flows over into her writing! This book is book 2 in the Wynn Hockey series, a series about the Wynn family who is living the hockey life. Book 1 (Play to Win) does not need to be read first before reading this one, but it will give you the family background which may help a little! JP Wynn and Taylor Hart get off to a rocky start…involving a wedding, a dance, exes, a fight, and a bunch of bad decisions. I love Kelly Jamieson’s writing style and wording. This is a 2 person POV book, which I love! I love the things the author added in this book…the dog (Byron), the innuendos (especially the hockey ones!), the yoga, the aqua yoga…I just really loved this whole book! There is humor, hockey, and heat in this one! 5 pucking stars from me!
I went into this book having not read the first in the series, but with a deep love for any hockey romance stories. The highlight of this book for me was definitely JP. He felt genuine and realistic, and was trying to be a better person throughout the book while still being relatable and human. I know I would be happy to be on the receiving end of his affections! (That being said, A for the bedroom scenes) There was some decent banter, the hockey references were good (she's one of the first authors I've come across that have actually detailed what goes on during training camp), the yoga scenes were fun, and who doesn't love a guy with a soft spot for a golden retriever? I will say though, the big time jumps felt weird, some phrases got repetitive, and at times the voices of all the characters sounded the same, so it was hard to tell who was narrating (or really care for that matter). It all blended together, and not in a good way. A part of this is because of the first issue below. There were two main issues I had that really prevented me from enjoying this book. First, the whole family drama/dynamic. There was a lawsuit that kept being alluded to, who owned/worked for what team, who was mad at who and how were they related? The grudges that were held onto for no apparent reason and petty drama. It was too much and it seriously took away from the story rather than add to it. If you want to read a book with a glossary of family members at the beginning, then go to town, but it was unnecessarily complicated for me. Secondly, I really and truly disliked Taylor. She was so forgettable, immature, and annoying. Like, come on, I just couldn't stop rolling my eyes from the moment she ran out of the wedding on. Her characterization and perspective felt incredibly superficial, and she did little more than whine through the entire book. I would have given the book 2.5 stars but she made me drop it by 0.5 because I was that annoyed by her. She continuously made cringeworthy, terrible choices. JP kept saying he wasn't a good enough person for her, but let's be honest it was the other way around. Some people may really enjoy this book, but there were just too many negatives for me and I couldn't really get immersed in it. I do wonder if it would be different if I read the first book in the series first! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided to me through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Loved this book! first of all I was sucked in from the very beginning, especially after the first book. This story was extremely engaging and super steamy!! I'm glad he stepped up and proved he was a good man. Taylor was a good match for him.
The family tree at the beginning of this book helped to figure out who’s who in this hockey based romance where everyone seemed to have their day in the main couple’s relationship. JP was the self appointed screw up in the family, unable to let his past boneheaded decisions go. Of course his family would be the first to bring up his failures, the most emotionally jarring was dating his brother’s now ex girlfriend. Meeting and hooking up with Taylor at his brother’s wedding may not have been the best idea, but their compatibility and chemistry couldn’t be denied. Taylor’s judgement wasn’t the best either. Still stinging from the abrupt ending to Manny, who she was beginning to love had her behaving poorly as well. There was no denying that she fit right in to JP’s family and hockey filled lifestyle. While their physical hookup started immediately, it took a lot of meandering and self awareness before this couple’s romance and relationship really took off. It was interesting to see that JP’s insecurities led to a lot of their separation and pain as the work their way back to each other and their own HEA.
This is the second book in the series about the extremely dysfunctional Wynn Family, a Hockey Dynasty. Fortunately, the author provides a family tree of sorts at the beginning to help keep all the characters straight. The first book was about Theo, how he rescued Lacey from Los Vegas, and brought her to California, where she pretended to be his girlfriend to throw in the face of his brother, PJ, who he and the entire family believed stole his previous girlfriend. But things are often not like them seemed, and it was PJ that was being used by said girlfriend. In the end, all worked out for the best, because Theo and Lacey fell in love and PJ and Theo have reconciled. However, PJ is still holding on to guilt for that and many other things that were never his fault, but he accepted the blame for. The book starts with Theo and Lacey's big wedding (they had already married in Los Vegas) and PJ lays eyes on Lacey's friend, Taylor Hart, a speech language pathologist, who loves working with kids. They hit it off, but when Taylor tries to make a former boyfriend, Manny, jealous, Manny starts a fight with PJ (a typical Wynn gettogether) and she inexplicably gets mad at PJ. PJ has been working on himself and trying to be a better person and keep his temper in check, but part of his family doesn't want to let him forget his mistakes, so gets angry at Taylor, thinking that he again was with someone else's girl. PJ and Taylor are attracted to each other, but misunderstandings keep them apart, until a family crisis in Taylor's family, leaves her convinced that forever love doesn't exist, and her dream of love and a family is dead. Yet, she finds herself going to PJ for comfort. (He has also been keeping her dog Byron.) Then it is PJ's turn to screw up, until Theo convinces him to get his head on straight and forgive himself. At first I did not like Taylor as she seemed irrational, but both characters grow and open themselves to love. The author has created a fascinating family of characters that will take her through many books. The books are written in an entertaining and compelling voice, which makes them terrific reads. I'm looking forward to the next one. I read an ARC from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
A very entertaining story! JP is a bad boy, a hockey star who could have any woman, is used to a good life but is easily drawn into fights. No one yet has seen the softer side of him, his good heart, his desire to do better, his desire to curb his temper on the ice. Then along comes Taylor who is attracted to him and he to her. So much goes wrong before they can get together. I loved JP and his family too! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
JP, Theo's bad boy brother from the first book, and Taylor, Lacey's friend with the cute dog, have sparks fly when they meet and hook up during Theo and Lacey's wedding weekend. Then there's the fight we saw in the first book, which Taylor's ex starts. Some other misunderstandings follow. JP and Taylor try to resist each other but can't. Fun book, and I liked that it was set during hockey season. I enjoyed all the family members more in this book. I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.
I think the biggest thing as to whether or not you'll love this book is if you believe in and feel the chemistry JP and Taylor have. Unfortunately, I did not. The opening scene had me all sorts cringing and I never fully recovered from it. There's a will they/won't they beginning followed by a casually exclusive relationship, and of course, a rift that they must overcome in order to realize they love each other. All of this hinges on their chemistry though. And most of the time, I didn't feel it. I did enjoy the camaraderie between all of the characters. Even though this is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone and you don't feel confused or disconnected from the side characters. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I read a lot of romance and a lot of hockey. I don't say this lightly, this is up there in the top three hockey series ever released. It really is that good. You don't have to read the first one in the series to enjoy this one, but you should because they're that good.
JP is a bad boy hockey player out to have some fun with Taylor the hot bridesmaid at his brothers wedding. Taylor is equally attracted to JP, but is totally turned off at the fight started by her ex at the reception. JP thinks he was played to make her ex jealous. However they keep getting thrown together and the attraction doesn’t lessen. A hot, sexy sports romance. This is my first book by this author and I ‘m anxious to read more from her.
JP is the bad boy of the Wynn family. His bad choices as affected not only is personal life but his career. He is determined to stay out of trouble. Then he meets Taylor, a bridesmaid at Theo’s wedding. Taylor knows about JP and his reputation. But that doesn’t stop her from hooking up with him at Theo and Lacey’s wedding. It also doesn’t stop her from being surprised when her ex attacks him during a dance. She has enough on her plate without having to deal with a bad boy. She is determined to avoid him. But fate won’t allow that. Taylor and JP are thrown into situations that require them to be together. Will they have their happily ever after? Or with JP’s temper and bad choices drive Taylor away? I wasn’t too sure if I liked JP when the book started. He was cocky and he went after Taylor. When he got into the fight with Manny, I did an eye roll. It was typical of how he was portrayed in Play to Win. Then the author did something I wasn’t expected. She started turning JP into a character that I started to sympathized with. He was wracked with guilt over what happened between him and Theo. He was trying to keep his temper in check. His character growth throughout the book was amazing. By the end of the book, I loved him. Taylor, on the other hand, I didn’t like. She used JP to make her ex jealous and then got mad when JP defended himself. She was judgey regarding him. There were parts of the book where I was eye rolling and thinking to myself “Seriously? What does he see in her?” I did feel bad for her when her parents separated. But when she snooped and had that confrontation with her mother, I was horrified. Her character had almost no growth throughout the book. I did think that JP could have done better than her, honestly. Even though I didn’t like Taylor, I felt that she and JP had major sexual chemistry and sexual attraction. The scenes leading up to them having sex (at the beginning of the book) were smoldering. The quickie they had during the wedding was amazing. The author then cut the sex off and built up that sexual tension. Which made for an amazing sex scene when they finally went at it. The end of In It to Win It was interesting. I liked how everything fell into place for JP and Taylor (even if I couldn’t stand them). The author did a great job of wrapping up their storyline as well as a couple of the secondary ones. I also liked how the author set up Everly and Wyatt’s story. Which I can’t wait to read!!
This is JP and Taylor‘s book, JP is a hot big-time hockey player and part of the wynn family. Taylor always thought hockey players were hot but now she thinks they’re just crazy LOL the last hockey player she dated Manny, broke her heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye! Then he shows up at my best friends wedding and I just happened to be dancing with the groom sexy brother JP, and he jumps him out of the blue! This book was awesome! I just love Kelly's books! She is definitely one of my go to authors! This is a fairly new series there are a lot and I mean a lot of characters, that’s a little confusing to me because I can’t remember who is who even though in the beginning of the book she does have a list of who everybody is but there’s just a little too many for my brain LOL but besides that I definitely recommend reading this book and series! It’s so well worth the read! Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for sharing this book with me! And thank you Kelly Jamison for writing another amazing book!
This was a bit of an up and down book for me. I always love Jamieson's hockey- the descriptions of the games, the practices, the hard work and love of the game. 'Win It' has a delightful dog who gets a good amount of page time, paddle board yoga, and some truly perfect moments of talking/thinking about what love is, how to forgive others (and yourself) when mistakes are made, and life in general, On the other hand, there was more repetition in 'Win It' than usual, and there were times I thought the plot dragged. JP and the Wynn family never seem to let anything go, it takes forever before they learn from mistakes, and you can definitely see why JP feels he has so much pressure on him to be either perfect or a total screw up all the time. All in all, not my favorite of Jamieson's books, but not a shut out either.
This starts with a down-and-dirty hook-up at a wedding between JP and Taylor that leads to a fight between JP and Taylor’s ex. I thought that was setting up the novel for lots of sex interrupted by occasional bits of plot. But I was pleasantly surprised as the novel then moved to be more of a character study as both JP and Taylor deal with their feelings of loneliness and inadequacy as JP steps up to help Taylor with her dog as Taylor’s family life undergoes a shock. I found myself caring for these characters and pulling for them. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
IN IT TO WIN IT is the second instalment in Kelly Jamieson’s contemporary, adult WYNN HOCKEY erotic, romance hockey series focusing on the Wynn family hockey dynasty, owners and operators of the NHL’s California Condors, and the Long Beach Golden Eagles. This is twenty-six year old, Long Beach Golden Eagles, professional hockey player Jean Paul ‘JP’ Wynn, and twenty-four year old speech pathologist Taylor Hart’s story line. IN IT TO WIN IT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (JP and Taylor) IN IT TO WIN IT follows the acrimonious relationship between twenty six year old, Long Beach Golden Eagles professional hockey player Jean Paul ‘JP’ Wynn, and twenty-four year old speech pathologist Taylor Hart. JP’s brother Theo married his sweetheart Lacey Olson but a one-night stand between JP and Taylor Hart resulted in a dance floor brawl between JP and Taylor’s former beau, a brawl that left JP struggling to understand what went wrong and why. Believing he once again found himself in a relationship with a woman already spoken for, JP goes on the defensive when Taylor refuses to admit what happened or why. Weeks to months will pass where JP and Taylor will cross paths, paths that will soon lead to a second chance at romance and love. What ensues is the building relationship between Taylor and JP, and the potential fall-out when Taylor reveals the truth about the night where everything went all to h*ll. JP Wynn struggles with both his on and off ice persona; a reputation as a man-whore who ‘stole’ his brother’s girlfriend, recent events place JP back in the dog house with his family, his teammates and the woman with whom he had hoped to see again. Taylor Hart’s life is about to spiral out of control but her on-again, off-again friendship slash relationship with JP Wynn is threatened by the secrets she keeps hidden to herself. When a former boyfriend discovers the relationship between JP and Taylor, JP finds himself targeted for sins of the past. The relationship between JP and Taylor is one of immediate attraction but JP’s reputation precedes his introduction to our story line heroine. Taylor battles between head and heart as she struggles to forget about the man with whom she will fall in love. The $ex scenes are intimate, passionate and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are once again, reintroduced to the large extended and slightly dysfunction Wynn family including Theo and Lacey;Grandpa Bob Wynn, and coach /uncle Mark Wynn. IN IT TO WIN IT is a story of family, secrets, lies and revelations. The premise is engaging and captivating; the characters are charismatic and colorful; the romance is seductive but Taylor’s puzzling actions hurt our hero more than once but several times over.
In It to Win it is a fun and entertaining romance, the 2nd book in the series and about the 179th hockey romance by Jamieson. (Maybe not that many but she has written a lot of great hockey romances.) Both Theo and Taylor (our couple) are likable people from the start. Theo seems a little bit shifty at first, but he's likable from the beginning of the book. It took me a while to see why Theo and Taylor really belonged together, but I did eventually. Theo is a hard character to take seriously at first, because he just seems like such a playa frat boy type. (Spoiler) He actually is a solid guy when you need him. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I received an arc in exchange of my honest review.
Another 'Winn' for Kelly!!! In It To Win It is the second book in the ‘Winn Hockey’ series by Kelly Jamieson. It focuses on Theo’s brother JP. (Theo starred with Lacey in book 1 Play To Win. If you haven’t read this yet, you should, preferably before book 2, but it’s not a vital requirement if you haven’t. These are stand-alone titles even though previous characters do show up. Unlike his brother, who is the GM of the Condors, JP plays for the Golden Eagles. He’s been trapped with the moniker ‘bad boy of hockey’ and his family, due to his quick-fire temper and questionable decisions both on and off the field. Taylor is a child speech therapist who loves her job, her life and her family. She is looking for a man to share all that love with. But, then she meets JP. They’re both attending Theo and Lacey’s wedding weekend. They share an undeniably and scorching hot chemistry that won’t be denied. Some seriously hot times between the sheets leads to JP being tossed in water almost as hot. JP hates being held to blame when he (for once) was the innocent party, all he did was fall for a sexy girl. JP keep meeting up though, and eventually they decide to give a ‘fun time’ a go. Feelings creep into the mix though, as they always do, and JP finds it hard to juggle his professional life. Something has to give. JP is in need of some of that straight-talking he gave his brother not so long ago. Will he listen? I loved this story, it was a bit of a slow burner despite how it started, and I loved watching JP and Taylor develop a real relationship. Plus catching up with the Winns was fun too. We also got a taster of the next couple and I can’t wait to see how Everly and Wyatt get together in Win Big, Book 3 coming soon.
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be one of those sizzling, sexy, escape to a hotter place kinda book. But as I kept reading, I began to like both JP and Taylor. We got to learn their vulnerabilities. JP with thinking he was a screw up and would never learn from his mistakes. Taylor with not finding love. But we also got to see their strengths. Taylor will her ability to always love - her job, her dog, her kids she works with, friends, and a man to love. She just has a huge heart. For JP, his strengths are loyalty, protecting those he cares for, and a drive to be better. Together they are golden. And I loved reading them grow into a relationship and depending on one another. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
I loved this book. JP seems to always do the wrong thing but there more to his actions than others realize. He meets Emma at his brothers wedding and they have instant chemistry. However he is a gentleman and steps aside when he thinks she has a boyfriend. JP goes through a journey of self discovery with the help of Emma. This book has lots emotions, steamy romance and a hot hockey player. You have to keep reading to see if Emma and JP are going to get together or just be friends.