Monday, February 23, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Game Play (Power Play #1) by Lynda Aicher

Game Play
Power Play # 1
By: Lynda Aicher
Releasing February 16th, 2015
Carina Press

One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed? 

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Author Info
Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. Find her at:

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This is a romance story with a unique twist: what starts off as nothing more than a one time jump off that morphs into something more. The twist is that it's the male half of the couple who wants to pursue something more. While I liked both characters, there was something about Samantha that made it hard for me to connect with her character. I never really understood why she was so gung-ho about not wanting to have anything to do with a sport she obviously excelled in. Add to that she seemed to flip-flop when it came to her feelings for Dylan. I did like Dylan's character though; I liked watching how his attitude toward Samantha changed.

While I liked this story, I do wish I could understand Samantha and her actions and reasoning better.

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.