Title: Kane (Face-off series book 2)
Author: Jillian Quinn
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Date of publication: April 12th 2017
As the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, Tyler Kane has an ego the size of his hockey stick. He’s hot as puck, outscores all the centers in the league, and can get any girl he wants. Except the girl he wants is off-limits, a constant reminder of the bad decisions he made in the past. Until he meets Kennedy Lockwood, a feisty sports reporter that challenges Tyler and forces him out of his comfort zone.
He should leave her alone and spare her the drama that comes with his life outside the rink. But she insists there’s more to his story, wants to crack the ice around his heart and expose his secrets in the process. When Tyler agrees to an exclusive interview with Kennedy, he had every intention for it to end with smoking hot sex.
But he didn’t realize the sexy blonde who writes about hockey players and their big sticks would be the one to hit him the hardest.
Kane is a standalone hockey romance novel with a HEA and the second book in the Face-Off Series. This book can be read without reading the first book, but it is recommended to read them in order.
I haven’t changed, I haven’t been converted to romance. Still, I have read a few stories sprinkled with it (my favorite kind) and a couple of real stories from the genre, so I am starting to understand a tiny bit of what romance readers are looking for. No, I’m not talking about abs!
After my very successful tries with Jillian Quinn’s first books Corrupt Me and Parker, I was thrilled to discover the second book in the Face-Off series: Kane.
That’s when I realized names were important. My good old Jill ruined my favorite names with steamy hot scenes when I was saving them for my future babies, but I understand why she chose them. They just clicked. And this time again, the magic happened.
Kane. A strong name, raw and short. You expect a tall, broad-shouldered guy to open the door for you. I know I did. And I wasn’t far from the truth.
Oh, don’t be disappointed, there’s more to Kane than a soft side. The gentleman is hidden under the athlete outfit and not everyone can strip him off his shell, contrary to his clothes.
Kennedy. Another strong name. Elegant and resilient. Clever and vulnerable. This is how I pictured her. Someone I could be friend with.
See, I started talking about Kane’s kitty face and Kennedy’s vulnerability because Jillian Quinn’s magic does wonder and she proves with this book than the rules can be bent just as well as women (I can’t believe I am writing this. Jillian, you are rubbing off on me. I take responsibility for the offence that might be taken from this previous sentence.)
Both Coach and Izzie (see the previous books) were hard-boiled don’t-mess-with-me creatures, and while there wasn’t all there was to them, I loved them for that. Luca and Alex were the usual no-idea-who’s-in-my-bed type with different sides it felt good to discover. But Kane doesn’t play by those rules and I found it brave from the author to step out of a pattern to show us the extent of her talent.
Both Kane and Kennedy are different from what you expect. She’s fun, she’s a sports journalist, she does her best and she wears her feelings on her sleeve. I loved the digging side of her, her senses in alert when there was a story to discover, but that’s my soft spot for journalists. Well, the right kind of journalists. It was refreshing to have a strong female friendship going on, and though I can’t say I agreed with Sydney on everything, the girl knows how to spice anything up!
But, if there’s one thing I have learned from Sydney, it’s that even smutty books have a happy ending.
Kane has a stone shell around him. Oh, he has a sense of humor too, and everything you need to melt. I was surprised by his light tone, his banter, his way of playing around. I liked him from the start. How can you not with an opening like the one the author came up with? Just believe me and read the first chapter, you won’t be able not to laugh and won’t want to put the book down. Add to this a furry friend and you have me head over heels and swooning.
I laughed, I smiled, I blushed (steamy scenes, one day I’ll get used to you), I had a really good time figuring out where this story was leading to.
Once thing dawned on me when I was reading. While I can put myself in the shoes of the poor lady losing her sanity in a psychological thriller, I cannot for the sake of the BookGod imagine myself in the situations described in romance books. I believe this is why there’s always a wall that prevents me from enjoying scenes in their I’ve never been much for romance, girl drama or big abs! I know, shocking! Give me a flabby but kind and loving yummy guy and I’m in. It did not prevent me from having a blast with Kane and trying to break that shell of his with Kennedy, neither did it prevent me from feeling for her, rooting for her, and hoping for a happy ending. Kane is a hot mess it feels good to get involved with, and a perfect heart-warming material. I keep thinking this guy is my favorite because he is marriage-material (and I was not just convinced by the sex scenes!) There is so much to say about him but it wouldn’t be fair to ruin the surprises. Just remember that Jillian has a knack for men that are like onions. And Kane has layers…
Jillian Quinn has created a funny, sweet and sweaty tale of two souls crashing into each other for better or for worse and added layers of clothes and secrets to make sure your hands wouldn’t put Kane down until the very end!
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Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she’s not reading, writing, or blogging, she’s obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.