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Jami Davenport’s Gametime ARC Review

Thank you to Jami Davenport, Sarina Bowen, and the rest of the World of True North for the advance reader copy of Gametime, the fourth story in the Moo U series.

This is my first review for a story in the Moo U series and I am so excited to be finally jumping on the train. I have always loved College Hockey Romance. Sarina Bowen created such a phenomenal world and I have already been enjoying what her work inspired in other authors. I absolutely adored the previous three Moo U books, so I was pumped to finally be getting the twins’ story.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

“One drunken night and one case of mistaken identity turns a friendship inside out…

You’ve seen the hockey twins around campus–they look identical, but you can tell them apart by their actions. Patrick is the one who’s busy charming women. Paxton is the one in the library.

Until one night when Paxton parties a little harder than usual. Next thing he knows, he’s waking up naked next to Naomi, the girl of his dreams. He bares his heart before an awful realization sets in. He’s not the twin she thought he was…

Naomi is the only child of a hockey legend. Partying hard is the best way she knows how to rebel against her controlling father. After a particularly crazy night, she realizes her big mistake. Her hookup isn’t the guy she’s been crushing on. It’s Paxton, her friend, the guy who gets her, who she can always count on. The guy she’d never want to hurt. And yet, the sex was good. Better than good.

Now she’s wondering if the wrong twin might be the right one after all . . .”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Paxton or Pax for short is the shy, the type of guy who spends more time in the library than hooking up with girls at parties. He leaves that stuff to his twin Patrick. What Pax does do is crush hard on Naomi and he has been since freshman year. Despite being a star college athlete, Pax lives in the shadow of his brother. Their entire lives Pax has been brought up by his father and various coaches to believe that Patrick is the better player and Pax needs to just set him up for goals. Always the assist and never the goal. This story is not just a romance but about Pax’s struggle with the limelight, once people like Naomi and the Seattle Sockeyes (the team who drafted him) start to believe in him it changes his self-perception. Naomi has her own struggles too as the daughter of a hockey great. Yet she’s terrified of the ice after a traumatic experience she had as a child. For as long as she can remember she has had a crush on Patrick and Paxton has always been a friend and her best confidant. She has her own self-doubt, fueled by her father too who continually pushes her to be with a hockey great like Patrick due to her own ice-based insecurities.
  • Setting: The story is set at Burlington University in Vermont, lovingly known as Moo U. I am already head over heels in love with the place because of the previous three books. The nature of these stories following one college hockey team is a lot of characters who I already love can continue to play a big part in the story. Jax and Kaitlyn really get to shine as the helpful friends of Pax and Naomi respectively. If you have not read Slapshot, I highly recommend it.
  • Pacing: These characters had a lot of history and because I had read the previous installments I was familiar with Pax already. So this really let the story progress quickly. I find the Moo U stories really quick, indulgent reads. They are heavy on the action and it happens quickly.
  • Romance: My god these were two horny twenty-one-year-olds who could not keep their hands to themselves. The way the story opens with them hooking up and Naomi realizing she slept with the wrong twin while mortifying for Pax was such an interesting concept for this story to open with. All it did was unleash these two to the point we were getting hot library blow jobs and sex at frat parties. They really got off on the risk of being caught, making this definitely one of the more risque titles in the World of True North. It was only when Pax and Naomi began to love themselves could they only express their love for each other clearly and beautifully.

Gametime receives five out of five stars.

You can pick up the story below…

Thank you again to Jami Davenport, Sarina Bowen, and TWOTN team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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