Willoughby’s first book in her In the Zone series about NHL players has humor and relatable characters, but is also predictable and a little too conventional, from its plot to its dialogue. While the hockey players feel interchangeable and two-dimensional, the men are more than sexy, showing their tender sides even while flexing their alpha hotness.

NHL player Tim Hollander was traded after throwing a plastic bottle at a fan. He’s trying to stay out of trouble, but when things get rowdy at an autograph event, he defends pediatric nurse Erin Collier. The punch he threw may have saved Erin, but it also put his career back in jeopardy. Erin stands by Tim as he works to repair his reputation. There’s chemistry between them, but Tim shies away from the children Erin works with. She’s disappointed in his attitude until she finds out about the death of his daughter. As the two become closer, Tim’s fear of becoming a father again may be their undoing. (CARINAPRESS.COM, dl $3.99)
Reviewed by: 
M.H. Morrison