on February 28, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Sports, Fiction / Romance / Workplace
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Cannon West left his hockey playing days behind to care for his dying wife but has since found success on the other side of the bench. Now, as the youngest head coach in league history, he’s hoping to lead the Pittsburgh Titans to a winning season. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship, but life sometimes takes us in another direction.
The Pittsburgh Titans are still working to move on from the tragic plane crash that forever changed the landscape of their organization. Having lost my wife, I know all about grief and the guilt of survival which makes me uniquely equipped to take this team to the next level. From the very first time I stepped inside the Titans’ arena, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.
New to town, I’m still establishing my routine, but I have the most important aspect under control—the coffee shop where I stop on my way to the arena every morning. A strong cup of java and the gorgeous manager who I can’t help but chat up is quickly becoming my favorite way to start the day. But no matter how much I enjoy the blush that stains Ava Cavanaugh’s cheeks with my admittedly awkward attempt at flirting, I know it will never be more than brazen banter with a new friend. My job consumes almost all my time, and I know firsthand what that level of commitment can do to a relationship.
That doesn’t mean I’m not open to some fun. My career comes first, but Ava understands my boundaries. The only problem is that once I give into her temptation, the rules I set for myself become blurred, and my mixed signals hurt Ava—the one thing I promised I wouldn’t do. I’ve put myself in what seems to be an untenable situation, but I’ve faced those before. Now I need to find the strength to move past my fears, or risk losing my second chance at love with the woman who has stolen my heart.
Cannon was a sexy, steamy, dirty talking addition to the Pittsburgh roster and, despite my frustrations with the man, one of my new favorites on the team. ~ Leigh – Simply Love Books
I love this series. I feel like I’ve become so invested in this team and the lives of the players and coaches that they have become good friends to me. I always want to know what’s happening in their lives, and getting to know more about Cannon was an absolute treat. A lot has been teased about the young head coach in previous books, but we never really got a true picture of him until now. And boy, was he a surprise for me! I’m not sure why, but I envisioned him to be sweet and shy and unassuming. Which is nothing like the dirty talker that he turned out to be! At first, Cannon seems awkward when trying to flirt with the pretty barista at the coffee shop. But as we get to know him, the awkward guy is replaced with a level headed, confident man with a good head on his shoulders. He is rock steady and ambitious, which he’d have to be in order to be the league’s youngest coach. But he is also just a good man. Having lost his wife and childhood sweetheart to cancer years ago, Cannon wasn’t sure he had the time or inclination to find love again. He was not cold or closed off. He just had boundaries set regarding what he was willing to invest in a relationship. His work was his priority and he didn’t ever want to have to choose between his personal and his professional lives again. He made this very clear to Ava, the woman on the other end of his subtle flirtation. But as Cannon and Ava spent more time together, the lines and boundaries that Cannon was so clear to set started to blur. I will admit it, but at times I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to hug Cannon or smack him. His boundaries were a fictious construct that he made up and used to push Ava away, while he gave off mixed signals and simultaneously pulled her closer into his life. I don’t blame her for falling head over heels for this man and at the same time being confused by his actions. Ava was young, but also so understanding of Cannon and the way his past impacted him. I found her to be the perfect balm to his past hurts and hated watching him push away this woman who was perfect for him. Cannon was a sexy, steamy addition to the Pittsburgh roster and, despite my frustrations with the man, one of my new favorites on the team.