Power Play Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 2009
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About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Nancy Warren lives in the Pacific Northwest where her hobbies include skiing, hiking and snow shoeing. She's an author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Harlequin and has won numerous awards. Visit her website at www.nancywarren.net.
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Cop Jonah Betts is in Elk Crossing for the over thirties Old Timers Hockey League tournament. He and his horde of players have left no rooms available for Emily and others forced out of theirs. Due to further incompetence, Emily and Jonah share a room. They are attracted to one another, but he promised her he would not make the first pass while they share a room; however if she makes that first pass, he will shoot for the hat trick with her. Instead she places him in the penalty box. Neither expected a Power Play by an unknown killer.
This is a super contemporary romance with hockey and homicide to round out the amusing comedy of errors. The story line is a fast-paced lighthearted frolic that readers will enjoy unless they recently purchased a bridesmaid dress. Readers will enjoy this fine Idaho caper especially the final resolution of what to do with Big Orange (except for fans in Syracuse or Denver) in a state rooting for blue as in the Boise State field.
Emily is a health center massage therapist who is in town for her cousin's wedding. Her relatives take advantage of her by asking her to run errands, do wedding chores, etc. She's staying in a hotel to avoid the additional stress of staying with family members. Jonah is a detective who plays in an ice hockey league for guys over 30. He's in town for several days for a hockey tournament. The hotel is overbooked and puts them in the same room - a room they don't rent out due to a leaky roof and buckets catching water when it rains. Neither wants to leave the hotel which means they have to share the room. Jonah promises he won't make a pass at her, so they agree to share. Meanwhile, Emily's relatives are playing matchmaker for Emily with her repulsive orthodontist third cousin Buddy. When Leanne (the bride) calls the room, Jonah answers the phone. Leanne wants to know who the male voice is, so Emily lies saying he's her boyfriend. As events unfold, he plays along with it.
The main story was what I expect from a good romance novel. The only downside might be its short length - 206 pages. Most novels are over 300 pages.
There is a second story that was neat as well. Kirsten was bright with great possibilities in marketing and public relations, but she gave up on herself. She now works as a waitress and dates a loser. She meets Sadhu, one of Jonah's fellow hockey players, with some interesting results - different from what I expected.
Story length: 206 pages. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: around 11. Setting: current day Elk Crossing, Idaho. Copyright: 2009. Genre: contemporary romance.
The book was sexy, but not as graphic as some Blaze titles. The love scenes felt about right for the overall light-hearted story.
Soon though, she realizes her roommate isn't so bad. In fact, he's great looking, single, and a cop who plays hockey for an over thirty grandfather league. Things heat up between Emily and Jonah, but between Emily and her family, things couldn't get much worse. She just can't seem to stand up for herself and the pre-wedding responsibilities are piling up higher and higher. Just when Emily's at her most stressed it starts to rain, and suddenly things aren't looking quite so glum, even with the thunderous tattoo of rain in the buckets of the room Emily and Jonah share.
I liked Power Play and the heated romance of Jonah and Emily. I can't say it was a spectacular read, but it was a pleasant few hours of entertainment. I wish Warren had kept the plot a little simpler, actually, and given the reader more time for the development of the relationship between Jonah and Emily, because their scenes were the highlight of the book, and several made me chuckle. I could've done without the odd twist towards suspense with the third cousin conflict. That felt weirdly out of place given where it was introduced in the story. And as much as I liked the Kirsten/Sadhu thread, I couldn't quite figure out why it was in there. No matter how pleasant, it was still an unnecessary distraction.
While the story wasn't terribly original, the characters not particularly well developed, and the plot not likely to break any contemporary romance grounds, it was a sweet and sometimes sexy way to spend a couple of hours, and it provided a nice, light read. In truth, I wasn't expecting any more than that, so I was in no way disappointed. 3.5 Stars.