As captain of the Dallas Oilers, I was their leader on and off the ice. From the outside, it looked like I had the perfect life.
I was married to a woman who refused to give me a divorce. All she wanted was the status title, and all I wanted was to be set free.
It was supposed to be just another event, except it took a turn I didn’t see coming.
Attending my best friend’s bachelorette party isn’t something I was looking forward to.
But it’s strange what a couple of glasses of wine will do.
It was one night, and I thought I would never see him again.
Especially not coming face-to-face with him and his wife while picking up my nephew from hockey practice.
All it takes is one kiss, one touch, one chance, and only one night.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Manning has been going through the motions of life until the day he literally bumps into Evelyn at a restaurant. She brings a fire back to his eyes, makes his heart beat faster once again, and gives him a reason to look forward to each new day. She has no idea he is the captain of an NHL team, and he loves that she is genuinely interested in him. They have an amazing one night together before she takes off the next morning. She’s just moved back to Dallas after finding her boyfriend had been cheating on her with their business partners (yes, a threesome), and is in no place for a new relationship. Still, she regrets leaving without telling Manning goodbye… and is shocked to find out a week later that her nephew and his son play on the same junior hockey team. Even more of a shock is finding out that Manning is married!
Having been cheated on herself, Evelyn doesn’t want to be a homewrecker. But Manning insists there is no home to wreck. This story beautifully plays both sides, as she struggles with the relationship and he struggles with wanting to be free of his sham of a marriage. Technically, there is cheating in this book as Manning is still married when he and Evelyn begin seeing one another. But he’d been living a separate life apart from his wife in the same house for more than four years, only staying because she threatened to take away his young son. So while he is still legally married, it is in name only. Their situation is complicated and messy, but I loved how it developed and how Manning ultimately puts the pieces into play to get what he wants: a life with Evelyn.
I am so enjoying this series, and I loved that tease for Becca and Nico’s story at the end! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.