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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Second Shot With #76 by Piper Rayne

Second Shot with #76 by Piper Rayne is now live!

My mom always said you don’t get a second shot at making a first impression. I’ve remembered that my entire career. Especially since I’m one of the few black men who play professional hockey.

I’m calculated and respectful in the way I speak to my coaches, the owners, and the media. I’ve never taken a risk… until her.

I could blame it on the fact that for once I pushed away the pressure of my career for the ocean waves, the sand, and good times with my new teammates. But those are excuses because the minute I saw her at the airport, something lit up inside me and the best week of my life was spent with her in my bed.

After our week in paradise, we said goodbye, exchanged phone numbers and both assumed that unless one of us was flying through the other’s city on the opposite side of the country, our vacation fling was over.

Then one night after practice I see her. She’s here. In my city. Telling me she moved here for a job. If that’s not fate tell me what is.

I’ve never wanted a second shot more than I do this time, but she’s determined to leave what we were on the island we left behind.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

I really liked where Ande and Cory ended up in the end of Second Shot with #76, but I didn’t love some of the things that happened along the way.

A few months after they had a steamy week-long vacation affair (Tropical Hat Trick), Cory and Ande run into each other in the grocery store when she’s relocated and now lives in the same city where he’s playing for the Floriday Fury. He tried to reach out to her a few times after their trip because she meant so much more to him than a vacation fling, but she just sees herself as another notch on his bedpost and doesn’t want to be played by the player. Now that they are in the same city, Cory is determined to win Ande over and prove that his playboy past is in the past… but she’s still not sure if she should trust him.

I struggled with this story, especially after loving Warner and Imogen so, so much. I felt that Cory and Ande didn’t have the fiery chemistry that I was anticipating they would have. There’s a plot twist to this story that then is a jumping point for Ande to do certain things and behave a certain way when I think she really should have thought better because Cory didn’t deserve what she was doing to him. For me, that plot twist and Ande’s behavior afterward kind of left a sour taste in my mouth, and I struggled to really invest myself in Ande as a heroine after that. It opened the door to unnecessary drama and angst, and I think I would have shipped this couple more had there been a different plot device causing the drama between them.

Bring on Kane and Jana, please! I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.


Piper Rayne is a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write “heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle” about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they’re married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they’re both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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