Today I am so excited to bring you my review of Parker by Jillian Quinn. Jill is a blogger @ Rant and Rave About Books and now a published author. Last month I was lucky enough to be able to read Corrupt Me which was her debut novel. I fell in love with that book and Parker is no different. I just want to say thank you so much to Jill for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review. I don’t think I should have to do a disclaimer but I will anyways all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Author: Jillian Quinn
Genre: Hockey Romance
My Rating: 5 Stars
Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.
Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.
Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.
She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.
Parker is a hockey romance told in dual POV from Charlotte (Coach) Coachmen and Alex Parker. Even though it took me 3 days to finish this book I only spent about 6 hours or so actually reading it so I could have easily read it in one sitting if I didn’t have a life to get back to making this a pretty quick read. This was my second book by this author (Corrupt Me) being the first one. I wouldn’t say I liked this one better than Corrupt Me even though I gave them both 5 stars.
Starting this book I was a little skeptical about reading a sports romance because I am not into sports of any kind, however, I was pleasantly surprised with it. Jill didn’t go into to much detail about the sports side of it making me love it even more. I loved both of the main characters. Coach is a strong female lead who can take care of herself and has been pretty much her whole life. Alex is the sexy hockey player (enough said) LOL. Ever since his dad passed away six months ago he is best known as a screw up. When Alex gets traded to another team and him and Coach meet face to face for the first time neither one of them expect to be so drawn to the other. They both end up helping each other with their demons more than they ever knew possible. I love how there is of course steamy romance but there is something so much more emotional going on between them.
There was one thing that kind of bothered me (for lack of a better word). When Alex and Coach finally end up getting together for the first time they have barely done anything and she says “now I can see why girls line up and down the block for a chance with him”. I just found that one part a little unbelievable I guess. Like I said he had barely “done” anything to her at this point. Aside from that one little spot I absolutely loved this book.
Jill once again did an amazing job at bringing the book to an end with out any cliffhangers or leaving you with questions but still leaving you wanting more. I can’t wait to carry on with this series and to read more of her work.
Once again I want to thank Jill for giving me the opportunity to read this book. If you aren’t already following her blog Rant and Rave About Books you should go do that now. She is an amazing human being and has been so nice to me and has helped me in so many ways. Even though we have never met I feel like she is one of my closest friends. Also if you want to see some teasers from the book check out my last post Release Blitz: Parker by Jillian Quinn. Lastly if you have not read Corrupt Me or Parker what are you waiting on?? Both books are for mature audiences only so be aware of that.