Time Out by Jill Shalvis

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Class: How to Drive Him Crazy

Instructional program for women unexpectedly facing the totally dishy guy from their past. Everyone Welcome!

NHL coach Mark Diego’s plan to spend his off-season volunteering in his hometown goes awry when he learns that not only is he coaching teenage girls, but that the program is coordinated by energetic (and five feet two inches of trouble) coordinator Rainey Saunders, his childhood friend–and the woman he could never stand to see dating any other guy…

When their tempers flare, Mark and Rainey discover their fireworks don’t just burn angry–they burn very, very, hot! But that’ll just sweeten the victory. Because Mark always plays to win. And with Rainey, he’s planning on playing very dirty too.

Thanks to Netgalley for letting me get my grubby little hands on this early, it’s released on Feb. 21st.  If you know me at all, you know I love some Jill Shalvis.  Her books always feature a funny, dynamic heroine and a sexy alpha male and this was no exception.

Rainey works for a recreation center that caters to the lower income neighborhood where it’s located.  She coordinates fundraising and finding coaches for their sports leagues. When her friend and boss, Rick, promises to bring her help in the form of new volunteer coaches for the softball and baseball teams, little does she expect it to be her one-time crush and Rick’s brother, Mark, who is a professional hockey coach.  The three of them grew up together and Rainey, embarrassingly, tried to give Mark her virginity when she was sixteen and he was twenty.  It still haunts her (and if it happened to me, I’d still blush in his presence 15 years later).

When Mark arrives, it’s clear that he and Rainey have a history and chemistry.  Mark doesn’t really do relationships, which he attributes to being too busy in his career.  He’s a big celebrity and is always seen in the tabloids on the arm of some reality show blonde, which can make a normal girl have a complex. Rainey’s relationships are with “fixer-uppers,” and she is constantly being disappointed by the men she chooses. But she has hope and keeps getting fixed up by friends and family (and sometimes even scores a date on her own), but Mark, who cannot get Rainey out of his mind, keeps butting in and chasing off her dates. 

Which, of course, leads to lots of sexy time.  And there was a lot of “brown chicken, brown cow” going on in this book.  Mark and Rainey are clearly made for each other and set the pages on fire whenever they’re together. Mark’s “day to day” relationship rule was laughable because I could see how much Rainey got under his skin.  It was just a matter of time… 🙂

Pecans: 4/5

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