Zoe Logan has always believed that those she loves will always leave her. It's why she fights so hard against anyone getting close, but when sexy defense Gavin Ferrara zeroes in on her, she finds herself falling hard and exploring the hidden parts of herself that he brings out in her.
Gavin’s always trusted that playing hockey is the most important thing to him. But when a strange encounter from months ago leads to more between him and the local bar owner’s daughter, he’s torn between what he wants and what’s best.
WARNING: This book contains a threesome hot enough to scorch the sheets, a dirty talking Russian, a bisexual Italian, the college virgin who brings both of them to their knees, and the best anatomy and physiology study session ever.
Reading order of this series: • O Christmas Three, #0.5
• Off Her Game, #1
• Heart and Snow, #2
• Scoring His Heart, #3
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 Stars Zoe Logan, 19, works at her dad's bar and goes to college. She's always had the hots for hockey player Gavin Ferrara. One night she walks in o him and his best friend Misha, also a hockey player, in her dad's office. They were kissing. She thought Gavin liked her, not his best friend. Seeing them kissing was kind of sexy and she envied their passion. Four months later she never would have thought that one of them would ask her out. This is a sexy sports romance. Misha and Gavin are off the charts HOT! I thought that maybe the story would turn out different with the way Gavin pursued Zoe, but I was pleasantly surprised with the final direction. There is a sadness in Misha that makes you want to hold him until he feels wanted. Zoe was a little bit of a surprise. She was supposed to be a virgin but certainly didn't behave like one. The story line regarding Zoe's mother kind of felt like a filler. It happened and was over so quick. Regardless, this is a great sports romance and I can't wait to read more of the Texas Highlanders Ice Hockey series. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is a definite case of I liked it, but... I liked the characters. We see things from Zoe, Gavin, and Mischa's points of view, which is an effective way to tell the story. We get insight into what they're all thinking...but we also see all three of them have some major what the heck? mental moments. You could get serious whiplash from each of them at some point in the story when everything was going along just fine, when bam! they somehow decided in the privacy of their minds that it wasn't fine after all--with very little, if any actual reason for the switch in the outside world of the story. It was frustrating at times. The chemistry between all three was fantastic, and the sexy scenes were sizzling...but ultimately their relationship(s?) felt unfinished. One character went way too quickly from I never really noticed that person before, huh, I wonder why? to I love you . Seriously, way. Too. Fast. There was a very small handful (three, I think?) of horizontal--or mostly horizontal, anyway--encounters and one dinner out with other people before the declaration. And the third person in the relationship (trying very hard to keep it spoiler-free, though you can probably figure out who is whom in about 30 seconds) didn't end up with any kind of resolution at all--they went from start to finish believing that they'd never have a true, lasting relationship with anyone. In the book they went from an intense three-way scene to slipping alone into the bathroom to...nothing. They had one more conversation, essentially giving another character advice and then just disappeared from the story. I really wanted that person to realize their own self-worth, figure out that they were loved, heck just feel valued as a person, but it didn't happen. :( This was a quick read--I started the night before and was finished the following afternoon with lots of breaks to pick up the kids, shop, do homework, etc--but the pacing of the story felt off. Things happened quickly for the characters when they were on the page together (reference back to the above paragraph especially) but in between scenes there would be large stretches of time when they weren't in touch at all. After a huge scene between all three of them, almost two weeks goes by before the hero seeks out the heroine. Two. Weeks. Sure, he was on the road for nine days (though there's only a little actual hockey in the book, which was disappointing), but surely he's heard of a thing called a telephone? Especially when you made the big declaration last time you all spoke? Argh. If the book had gone on longer a lot of these issues could probably have been resolved. We could have seen some kind of an HEA for character #3, and the relationship between the other two could have gone at a more realistic pace. I'm also not quite sure why Gavin's 16-year-old niece was brought into the picture, because that really added a major squick factor to their big scene--she was somewhere in the house, (hopefully, please god) asleep, but still.... So...would I read more in the series? I think I'd give them a try. Hockey players, after all, are my catnip. For everything here that didn't quite work for me, another aspect of the story did, so there's hope that another book in the series might hit the back of the net. Rating: 3 stars/C+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
This sexy story features the romance between Zoe and Gavin, with Misha, Gavin's best friend and roommate playing a prominent role as well. It's a romance with ménage scenes and as such the story is told in all three points of view though it is ultimately Gavin and Zoe who are the couple left standing. I really enjoyed the story though I found it a bit confusing at first trying to figure out the relationship between them - which in reality was also their confusion! Gavin is bisexual and Micha is bicurious so their feelings for each other, while never really put into play before the story starts, definitely have an impact on their friendship. They've never had a problem sharing women but it's a bit more tense when Zoe is in the picture. Zoe in turn isn't sure exactly what her feelings are for these two men, but it doesn't stop her from exploring a sexual relationship with them. The sex scenes were hot and intense. Though both Misha and Gavin are hockey players, I wouldn't classify this as a sports romance as not much time is spent on the ice. It's definitely a story about friendship, sex and love. Part of me wishes that Zoe had been a little bit older - I thought 19 was a rather young age to be involved in threesome activity with 2 guys who are 10 years older, and to fall in love too. But overall it was an entertaining and sexy read, and I look forward to more in the series!
Scoring His Heart (Texas Highlanders Ice Hockey #3) by Suzan Butler After an uncomfortable encounter Zoe Logan and professional hockey players, Gavin Ferrara and Misha Kozlov avoid each other for months. With the season about to start back up, they need to address their issues. Scoring His Heart is an enticing novel that will have you panting for more. Zoe is a sweet heroine. At nineteen, she is young and innocent. At least before the hockey players get their claws into her. After her mother abandoned her and father, she has major trust issues, resulting in running from potential commitments. I enjoyed her growth throughout the novel. It’s hard not to like Gavin. He’s a hockey player, a definite point in his favor. He is open minded. He wants to do the right thing. I like that he takes in his niece and wants to be a good guardian. I really like Misha and want to hear more about him in a future book. He is carefree and sexy but secretly would love to settle down. Scoring His Heart is an exciting book that is hard to put down. The story is well-written, and the plot is stirring. I admit I was bad and read this novel before the others in the series. I bought the other books, and they are patiently waiting for me to read them on my eReader. I had no problem following this story out of order, but I am now definitely very curious to go back and read the rest of the series. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.