I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shot on Gold by Jaci Burton
Also in this series: The Perfect Play
Series: Play By Play #14
Published by Berkley Books on February 13th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Source: Berkley Publishing Group
In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates--and go for the gold...
Will "Mad Dog" Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn't be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She's beautiful, ambitious and driven--everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.
Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she's competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing's going to get in her way--until she meets Will. He's an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.
But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.
Shot On Gold is a story I have been looking forward to SO much, especially when it was published around the time of the Winter Olympics so it was simply perfect. I have adored every book I have read so far in this series, Jaci Burton has such a lovely writing voice and it shows in her books. In Shot On Gold we have a pairing of a hockey play as our hero, and a figure skater as our heroine and boy they rock this book out!!
“Besides, you haven’t even seen my long program yet. Now that’s packed with some sizzle.”
He leveled her with the wicked desire in his gaze. “Babe, you haven’t seen my long program yet, either. Trust me, I’m packing some heat, too”
So it begins when Will “Mad Dog” is to be on the USA Hockey Team for the Olympics, so he heads to Vancouver early to get as much time on the ice as possible. And in the early days, he meets up with Amber Sloane, who is a figure skater. Will has never had much interest in figure skating, until he meets sweet and lovely Amber who is graceful and endearing. Will has met up with plenty of women over the years, but Amber is a bit different for him, he has a connection with her he hasn’t felt before.
Amber has only had one focus in her life….to be a professional figure skater, with her mother riding her hard and leaving no room for a social life….Amber has no idea what its like to be around friends or to go on a date or even have sex. But this is her final year at the Olympics and even though her goal is to get the Gold Medal, she also wants to live life to the fullest…make friends and have hot sweaty sex with Mad Dog Will. Amber starts to deal with some conflicting emotions, and she has to face up to some facts about herself and where she wants to go and what she is willing to fight for. Amber is the type of heroine that I just admired. She is so focused on her career and is very talented but she has let other things in her life slide though. And we see her learning to truly enjoy living life for the first time.
You’re the sweetest woman I’ve ever met. You always think of other people. You’re thoughtful, insightful and smart. And smart women are sexy as fuck. You’re also the sexiest woman I’ve ever known.
The relationship that Will and Amber have together is simply so loveable. I love how they really just hit it off very quickly, they become good friends pretty much on their first day and boy the sexual tension is off the charts in this one. I loved how they don’t jump in the sack on the first day. Will knows that Amber hasn’t been with anyone other than her vibrator, and so he wants to take his time with her. I was so on board with their relationship because they just “click”. I liked that they have such an interest in each other outside the bedroom, that they REALLY like each other on a emotional level too.
We get the chance to cheer both of them on and their group of friends as they fight for their chance to win a chance at the Gold Medal and seeing all their hard work pay off in the end. Truly these moments were so poignant at times and just made me smile and tear up at the same time. I loved the emotion that Burton displays in this story because I swear I was crying at moments that I didn’t expect to.
When you find that person you want to be with, you’ll move mountains to make it work.
This story has plenty of fun dynamics that will give you a fun fulfilled ride that you won’t want to get off of….full of crazy stunts, the true joy of the games and a love story to curl your toes!!