Title: Practice Makes Perfect
She’s in the front office. He’s a star player. It’s a match-up guaranteed to melt the ice…
Left winger Jared Landry is one of the (gorgeous) faces of Vancouver’s Warriors hockey team—except he’s not comfortable in the spotlight. He gets that charity events are important to the community, he just wants to contribute in his own way. Face-time with the fans puts him in a vulnerable position, bringing up past memories—and present complications. But a certain fiery newcomer won’t take no for an answer…
Meghan O’Riley is the Warriors’ new events coordinator, and she wants everyone on board—including Jared. Meghan knows he has a history of flaking out on important occasions, and she has no patience for his devil-may-care attitude. But Meghan will have to hone her rookie flirting skills to get the star to commit to the team—and maybe even to her…
Author: Charlene Groome
Series: The Warriors #3
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: August 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports Theme
Pages: 230 pages
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Practice Makes Perfect is book three in the Warriors series centering on the Vancouver Warriors hockey team by Charlene Groome. I really like sports novels and I do follow hockey, so I was excited to read this book! Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me. The characters were genuinely likeable but there was nothing that made me want to continue reading the book and maybe the series. I kept thinking there was going to be some huge secret that would be revealed that tied in all the backstories, but there wasn’t. So let’s break this down shall we!
I liked Meghan. She was complex and we learn a lot about her based on her former relationships and through her job. She’s in public relations so she is well aware that actions do have consequences. Although I wanted to just shake her a few times since she was being so dense, I understood why she did what she would do.
I also like Jared. He carries guilt from his cousin’s past accident and he can’t get beyond it. Because of that, he closes himself off-a lot. He really likes Meghan but doesn’t really tell her how he is feeling. She’s forced to guess where he’s coming from. Then his ex-Lauren makes herself known and that jumbles things up even more!
I liked that Meg didn’t care about Jared for his money. She genuinely liked him. The problem of the constant doubt about his feelings for her and realizing that Lauren may still be in the picture, takes its toll not only on Meg, but we as readers too. The story dragged with little activity to debunk Meg’s theories. Jared sets Lauren straight but never says anything to Meg. Even though we are treated to a couple of sexual trysts, there was little conversation between them. The sex scenes were too watered down for my tastes and the constant doubt went on too long in my opinion. I would’ve have enjoyed more banter between Jared and the teammates or a couple of scenes highlighting a game being played.
Overall I gave this book 3 stars. It was a pleasing read. I really wanted to like it more, but it just didn’t do that for me. The author wrote this from the third person so I think that had an impact on why I couldn’t really connect with the characters. It felt like their thoughts were observed and never really came from themselves.