Thursday, January 18, 2024

Face Off by: Teagan Hunter

Face Off (Seattle Serpents #2)
Author: Teagan Hunter
Published: January 2024
Publisher: Teagan Hunter
Pages: 320
Rating: 5/5
I have two goals this season:
1. Stay single.
2. Get Rory Sinclair to admit she doesn’t completely hate me.

When I find a stray dog roaming the streets of Seattle, the last place I expect to end up is in the office of a grumpy veterinarian—the one woman who can resist my charm. Twin to my teammate’s girlfriend, Rory is full of fire, but I’m not afraid of her flame.

It doesn’t take long for me to realize that the more time we spend together, the more I want it to last. But no matter how hard I try, Rory only sees me as a playboy, refusing to take me seriously.

One weekend trip to a cabin later, I think I have my in…but only if I can get her to admit her feelings toward me aren’t all bad.

Only one of us will win this face-off, and I intend for it to be me.

First, I'd like to thank Teagan Hunter & Valentine PR for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I did read Body Check (Book 1) in the series right before I binged this, and I have to say... I've always been a Teagan Hunter fan, but now I'm an addicted Teagan Hunter Hockey Romance fan!

When I tell you I ate this up, I mean it. I had to actually force myself to slow down to keep this story going because it was just SO GOOD! I'm talking the swoon, the angst, the sweet puppy that changed everything for Lawson and Rory. And the golden retriever vibes from him? I'm done. It was perfection and I'm in love!

There's two things that generally get me hooked right from the beginning. Adorable kids and animals. So the fact that Lawson found this sweet puppy in need of help, I was instantly in love with the way he took care of her and ensured that there was nothing wrong while trekking through a blizzard. Like come on, how amazing is that?

Another thing that I seriously love with sports romance is that there's actual talk about the sport as well as a game, but it's not too much it deters from the couple and their own story. This has the perfect balance between the sport as well as the growth between Lawson and Rory. I've grown up with hockey in my life, so I really enjoyed reading about it!

From the beginning, you can see that Rory has her walls up. She doesn't believe in love and tries to keep Lawson at arms length. Claiming that she hates him, but slowly and surely over time, her walls begin to fall and she lets him in. Once he's there, it's game over for her. He's the total package, so swoon-worthy, takes care of her even when he doesn't need to, and has a heart of gold wanting to help others down on their luck... and when he confesses he loves her, he GIVES HER SPACE! No break-up, simply him being a gentleman stating he's not going anywhere, and when she's ready, he will be waiting. And to keep the emotions rolling, this quote here had me in a puddle.

“For you, Rory, I’d gather every star in this sky and string them high somewhere only for you, just to see you smile like that again.”

My heart? Mush. Melted. Stuck in my throat. Teagan left me sitting in my feels for way too long, I quickly became addicted to these two.

Of course, being part of "the club" there was plenty of hilarious banter between Lawson and the guys on the team that had me laughing out loud! It makes me wonder who will be next in line to get their own story, because I'm falling in love with every one of them!

Overall, this was a great read! Super quick, a page turner that had me hooked from the very beginning. I could probably go on and on about these two, but I'll leave it at this. It was emotional, filled with laugh out loud moments, entertaining hockey talk, steamy and oh so sweet. Now I'm left here in a Seattle Serpents Series hangover wishing I had more to binge-read. 

I guess that just means I can go back and binge-read her other series now! While you don't need to read this in order, I definitely feel like you get more of an understanding of Lawson and Rory from her sister's story in book 1.

If you're looking for a new series to start, what are you still on here for? Go grab your copy and binge this story!

So until the next time, keep reading!
Your Graduated Bookworm! :)

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