Title: Crashing the Net
Series & Book #: Game On In Seattle #3
Author: Jami Davenport
Publisher: Cendrona Enterprises
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
ARC Received From: Wickedly Innocent Promotions
Hockey star Cooper Black and professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell return in this sequel to Crashing the Boards.
Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When the gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her heart with one wink.
As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenaged nephew. Cooper doesn’t want to be a surrogate dad, he doesn’t want to play in Seattle, and he doesn’t want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green. Regardless, he wants her back, and he’s willing to change, if only she’ll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can’t refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he’s traveling with the team.
Fearing Cooper isn’t capable of changing his control-freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.
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Cooper and Izzy had issues. Cooper was a control freak and--surprise, surprise!--Izzy was too. Being so alike would drive any couple crazy, but the doubly whammy of a shared personality was going to kill their relationship before it had a second chance to go anywhere.
Izzy's control came from taking on the role of a parent to her sisters after their parents put their music career before them. She was everything her sisters needed, raising them as best she could while growing up herself. But somewhere between then and now, she forgot that her sisters were going to grow up, have dreams of their own, want lives of their own. It took a few key questions and statements from Cooper's nephew Riley for her to see that. And while she feared they would make epic mistakes like their parents did, she realized that those mistakes would have to happen because they were a part of growing up.
Cooper liked control. He was Captain of the Sockeyes, and he needed to show his team that he was in control on and off the ice. All that hard-pressed control shattered in Izzy's wake, and it was funny as hell to watch. He went from a grounded man to a felled man. He grasped for control like it was a lifeline, like it would save him from drowning in the whirlpool Izzy pulled him into. Adding his abandoned teenage nephew to the chaos only unsettled him more and forced him to face a past he didn't want to in order to have a future he desperately wanted.
The problem with falling in love though is there's no such thing as control. Cooper and Izzy found that out the hard way. They struggled through the majority of this story with that concept, not only with each other but in their individual lives as well. In the end, they realized that loving someone means trusting them even if they were unsure or completely against decisions that person made.
Reaching for a future with someone isn't easy because the past usually has to be dealt with. Cooper's past was directly related to his desire to leave Seattle. It took nearly losing his nephew to tragedy for him to let Izzy into that part of his life. Opening up relieved him of that weight and showed him that what happened then didn't have to affect him now. And if it did affect him, it could do so positively.
While the attraction and sex between Cooper and Izzy was off the charts hot, their relationships--with each other, her sisters, and his nephew--were really incredible to read about. I'm all for hot guys in sports uniforms and the women that love them right off their pedestals, but how they grow and learn and change are what keeps me reading. Cooper and Izzy started out rocky but came out strong in the end. Izzy and her sisters started out strong and came out stronger. Riley came into this story lost and abandoned and wound up found and loved. Their journeys to the end made Cooper and Izzy's story that much more meaningful to me.
USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport is an advocate of happy endings and writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami's new releases consistently rank in the top fifty on the sports romance and sports genre lists on Amazon, and she has hit the Amazon top hundred authors list in both contemporary romance and genre fiction multiple times.
Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.