Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her…or wanting to kiss her again.
Problem is, things have been a little…awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.
As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.
Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.
I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me access to an arc of this book! I requested it on a whim I was kind of just on a requesting spree and I liked the sound of this which is why I wanted it. This is a dual point of view book. Immediately when I started it I was drawn in by Malina and Luke, one thing that really got me and I was like confused is why does Malina and most people refer to him as Jackson? That was weird for me like especially someone as his best friend surely should be using his first name? I would have liked that, where she calls him Luke and then his hockey friends just refer to him as Jackson it would have gotten the statement across even better that they were close. It got across fine but that would have been good. I really liked how it started with both of them talking and teasing each other. You could also tell immediately how Jackson felt about Malina it was in his actions and how he treated her and spoke to her, you could tell he had grown feelings for her whilst she was away.
There is one massive positive for me with this book and that was although they were in high school they made the prospect of the future a major element in this. So as with some YAs they kind of side sweep college like it’s not important and we’ll deal when we deal, but with this, it wasn’t like that. Malina was constantly working towards her future for scholarships and trying to do well in school and trying to find the guts to tell people she wants to do her own thing. Jackson was focused on NFL until Malina and his mum tell him that he needs a backup plan but I really loved how based on the future it was it didn’t give these characters the bubble that usually happens.
The book also included a lot of sciencey stuff in and as someone who doesn’t know a thing about science and isn’t that good, it was quite easy to understand what Malina was trying to do and I really liked the fact that I could understand it and it didn’t just go over my head.
The awkwardness between these two characters when they kiss for the first time is brilliant! I think it did perfectly showing just how awkward it can be between people when that step is made between them. I really enjoyed this book and its characters.