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Sierra Hill’s Playmaker ARC Review

Thank you to Sierra Hill, Sarina Bowen, Jenn Gaffney and the rest of the World of True North team for the advance reader copy of Playmaker, the eighth story in the Moo U series.

Time for the final stretch of Moo U stories. I am very excited to get a love story between two hockey players again. Read all my World of True North reviews here.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

There’s no faking it in love or hockey…

Transferring to a new school under false pretenses is harder than I expected, especially when my cocky new housemate, Callan Thomas, annoys me at every pass. He’s treated like a god and revered by everyone on campus. Too bad he made me feel like a rejected fool the first night we met.

But that doesn’t stop me from accepting his offer to become his fake girlfriend, because he has skills that I need. Only Callan can help me improve my game and make the USA women’s hockey team.

I try to keep despising him, but he keeps proving my first impression was wrong. And the more time I spend with him, the more complex my feelings become. I need to tell him the truth about who I really am before anyone finds out and things go too far.

Problem is, I think they already have..”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Aria is a female hockey player with Olympic team aspirations which makes her quite the determined spirit. That was something I loved about her character, yet I loved how multi-dimensional she was as she was keeping a secret and it weighed down on her. It made her anxious, to the point of sleepwalking which brought alive anxiety in a way that gives the reader a glimpse of what living with severe anxiety is like. Callan is the hockey god at Moo U. His father played in the NHL but in doing so it tore his family apart. This very strong-willed man struggled to distance himself from the little boy whose father never attended games or was there for important milestones in his life. It even makes Callan question what playing the NHL would do to his future family, a retrospective that was refreshing to see a male protagonist making.
  • Setting: The story is set at Burlington University in Vermont. Lovingly known as Moo U! I am more used to the hockey house as a setting but it was refreshing to see a different living situation. To get more of a feel for the women’s team through all the side characters. And of course, I loved getting to see some of the men of the previous installments again.
  • Pacing: The pacing was great. The reveals happened at the right pace for the story.
  • Romance: The relationship in this story progressed in such a great way. They had such an adorable meet-cute equal parts harmonious and awkward. Along the path were so many humorous moments like how they found out they were sharing the same bathroom is a hilarious scene. I loved the fake relationship aspect of this story too. A few times come up where they are thrust into circumstances where they have to pretend to be dating. Once they made a pact to keep up the fake dating, I knew it was a matter of time before all of this combusted into the real thing. The story was steamy, yes. But I loved even more how they navigated being honest with each other and how to plan for a future together. Some really great stuff in this romance.

Playmaker receives four out of five stars.

You can pick up the story below…

Thank you again to Sierra, Sarina, Jenn and the rest of the team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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