Tomboy

Tomboy

by Avery Flynn

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Overview

How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?

Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.

But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.

At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.

Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.

But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.

Each book in the Hartigans series is STANDALONE:
* Butterface
* Muffin Top
* Tomboy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640637160
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/18/2019
Series: Hartigans Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 651
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

When Avery Flynn isn't writing about alpha heroes and the women who tame them, she is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and has a slight shoe addiction. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.

Contact her at avery@averyflynn.com. She’d love to hear from you.

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CHAPTER 1

"A million dollars. Under the table. Tax free. Just please, for the love of God, do me this one favor."

Phone pressed against her ear, Fallon Hartigan walked out into the cool, crisp fall night after a shift in the St. Vincent's Hospital Emergency Room that had lasted approximately sixty years. The voice on the other end belonged to one of her best friends, Lucy Kavanagh, who — odds were — would be her sister-in-law sooner rather than later if her brother Frankie had his way. Fallon loved them both, but her feet ached, her back hurt, and her patience — not something she was really known for — was a whisper in the wind.

"We both know you don't have a million dollars," she said, rooting around in the front pocket of her backpack for her car keys.

"But he does," Lucy said.

The "he" in question was Zach Blackburn, Ice Knights defenseman and all-around scourge of the greater Harbor City metropolitan area. As any Ice Knights fan knew — and Fallon was a die-hard — the team had overpaid to bring him here, and thanks to his shitty playing and piss-poor attitude, he was now known as the most-hated man in Harbor City.

Fallon might live in working-class Waterbury, but the feeling on her side of the harbor was the same.

Blackburn was a selfish player. He had a huge chip on his shoulder. He punched out fans. He ignored his coach. He didn't talk to the other players on the team once they left the rink — and sometimes not while they were in it. He also happened to be Lucy's biggest client, which was not a surprise because she was the best PR crisis management bad-boy whisperer in town. That meant when Blackburn fucked up, Lucy magically managed to make it all better.

Except not this time.

Why? Because this time the big man-baby had the flu and no one to wipe the sweat from his overpaid brow. This time he needed a nurse.

"And he is going to pay me a million dollars to take his temperature for the weekend because he has a regular case of the flu?" Fallon asked as she pulled out her keys and hit the unlock button.

"Well ..." Lucy said. "He hasn't agreed to that yet, but give me time."

So, yeah, Fallon wasn't about to become a millionaire overnight. That was a good thing. It wasn't like her student loans or credit cards needed to be paid off or anything.

She yanked open the driver's side door of her gently dented Nissan sedan and tossed her backpack onto the passenger seat before getting behind the wheel. "I just spent an entire shift dealing with a pack of egomaniacal jerks with the letters 'MD' after their names. Why would I want to spend an exceedingly rare, and therefore, amazingly precious, actually-not-scheduled-to-work weekend feeding chicken noodle soup to the most-hated man in Harbor City? A nickname, by the way, that he has more than earned."

"Because you wouldn't be helping him recover from the flu for him," Lucy said. "You'd be doing it for me."

That was so not fair.

Fallon let her head drop to the steering wheel, her forehead hitting the middle with just the right amount of force to make her horn beep. She jolted back, looking around to see who in the hospital's employee lot had seen that bit of idiocy. Her gaze landed on two paramedics standing outside their ambulance. Of course, one of them had to be Hank Moran. The lanky paramedic who kept Axe body spray in business blew her a kiss. Fallon managed to keep her gag reflex in check, but just barely.

"Are you really using the bestie card on this?" she asked.

"I am," Lucy said. "Frankie and I are already halfway to Missouri to visit my dad. Even if we turn around now, I won't be able to be there until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest."

That couldn't happen. The real reason for the trip — unbeknownst to Lucy — was that Frankie was going to propose on some floating dock in a lake Lucy's family owned. Fallon didn't understand the importance of doing it there, but she'd helped her brother pick out the ring anyway. The last thing she wanted was to fuck up that moment for Frankie and Lucy.

Still, there was one more possible out.

"Doesn't this guy have groupies or an agent or someone who can spoon-feed him, since he probably just has the man-flu that most people would suffer through in silence?" she asked.

"If he did, I wouldn't be calling you. Please, you're the only one I can ask. Gina is down in Jamaica visiting her brothers, and Tess's introverted nervousness would make her implode. I wouldn't do this to you if there were any other way."

Fallon closed her eyes and leaned the back of her head against the driver's headrest. Her drool-worthy plans for her weekend off all centered around sleeping, the kind of uninterrupted sleeping that was so good that when you woke up you weren't quite sure what year it was. God knew she needed it. She worked full-time at St. Vincent's, Waterbury's busiest hospital, which saw more trauma cases come through the ER than any almost other hospital in the metro area. In addition, she volunteered at a neighborhood health clinic that was the epitome of a make-do-with-what-you've-got facility. Sure, she managed to sweet-talk — okay, bully — the administrators at St. Vincent's into donating what amounted to 50 percent of the clinic's supplies, but it still wasn't enough for the clinic to serve all of the people who needed help.

Many of them still ended up in St. Vincent's ER because they couldn't afford preventative care or early treatment that would have kept a minor injury from developing into a major problem, which was exactly what the clinic offered — when it had the supplies. She loved both her jobs — paid and unpaid — but, man, she was exhausted from burning her candle at both ends.

So a whole weekend off? That was better than chocolate, a trashy reality TV marathon, and a fresh-batteries-in-the-vibrator orgasm all combined.

And sadly, now it wasn't going to happen.

Why? Because she had awesome friends for whom she'd do just about anything, even if they were giant pains in her tired-as-hell ass.

Letting out a sigh and mentally calling herself every bad word she could think of, Fallon turned the key in the ignition and said, "Give me the address."

* * *

If he was going to die, Zach Blackburn wanted to do it alone.

The angry-looking chick on the other side of the security gate that led to the house the Ice Knights had rented for him had other ideas.

Sweating like he'd just gotten off the ice after a triple overtime game in the finals, he lowered himself into his desk chair and flicked the switch for the speaker at the gate. "Go away."

The woman in blue scrubs with her hair pulled back into a long braid didn't even flinch. She flicked a tired gaze up to the security camera. "No."

He let out a groan that made his tender gut twitch. "Why the fuck not?"

"Lucy sent me," she said.

Shit.

Lucy was his PR savior and sorta friend — as much of one as someone like him could have. She'd threatened to send a nurse to make sure he didn't die. He said he didn't need one, that he could take care of himself, as always. Then, like an asshole, he'd puked his guts up with her still on the phone.

He knew she'd send help, and that's how he'd ended up watching his security system app for the first sign of any do-gooder who showed up — so he could send them away immediately.

He didn't have to guess about the identity of the woman glaring at him through the CCTV.

Fallon Hartigan. He'd met her once a few months back when he'd gotten bamboozled into being Lucy's shoulder to cry on after she'd had a fight with her boyfriend. Fallon had been part of the trio of women who'd relieved him of that very awkward duty. He couldn't remember the names or much about the other two. But Fallon? Yeah, he'd had a fantasy or three about that long braid of hers and seeing her fuck-you expression turn into something more along the lines of fuck-me-harder.

Not that he'd done a thing about it that night. He'd been too damn glad Fallon and her friends had shown up. He loved Lucy like a sister, but tears weren't his thing. Really, feelings weren't his thing. Of course, up until the ass-crack of dawn this morning, getting so sick he actually called for help was not his thing, either.

Still. Just because he would have maybe sorta been okay with Lucy helping him didn't mean he was good with having someone else in his space. He needed to get rid of Fallon. Quick. And the best way to do that? Hip check to the ego.

"How do I know she sent you? You could be a stalker fan," he said, the words sounding more like a croak than a harsh accusation, since his belly picked that moment to deke and swerve.

"I'm Fallon Hartigan. We've met before." Fallon lifted her arms, the move showing off the shapeless blue scrubs she was wearing. "Anyway, do I look like I'm a puck bunny here to try to bang you into playing like you're worth the payout the Ice Knights gave you?"

No, she didn't. But even if she had looked like the minidress-wearing hottie he'd booted out this morning before he got sick, he was too close to death's door to appreciate the view. "Go away. I'd rather die in here on my own than have to deal with a pain in the ass like you."

"Really? That's what you're going with? Oh, hold on." She started digging through her backpack. "Here it is." She lifted her empty hand out of the bag and held it palm up, looking down at it with a sweet smile as if she was holding something of astronomical cuteness. "That's all the fucks I give about what you want." Her gaze snapped back up to the security camera placed outside of his gate. Her big blue eyes narrowed. "Lucy wants me to take care of you while you get over your slight case of the man-flu, and I told her I would, so that's what I'm doing. Now, let me in."

Something in his gut bubbled and cramped, causing beads of sweat to pop out along his forehead. Want had nothing to do with it, he needed to get her away from here.

Obviously taking his silence as a no, Fallon pulled out her phone and started to dial.

"What are you doing?"

"Calling Lucy so she can cut her vacation short to come babysit your whiny ass, since you won't let me in."

He gripped the armrests of his office chair and sent up a prayer to whoever was listening to just please, please, let him get through the next sixty seconds.

"Or," Fallon said, an evil gleam visible in her eyes even on the shitty security monitor. "Are you gonna let me in?"

An icy wave washed over him, the kind that meant the fates were sending a big fuck-you on the no-more-throwing-up thing. "I don't want to."

Fallon snorted. "Welcome to the real world, where we rarely, if ever, get what we want."

Now that was something he knew all too well.

He'd wanted parents who hadn't embezzled all of his money, a hockey career that wasn't marred by scandal, a town that didn't hate him, teammates that didn't look at him like he was nothing but trash, and an end to the streak of shitty playing that had plagued him since the Ice Knights traded for him. But, most of all, at that moment, he wanted to keep whatever was in his stomach in his stomach.

Cold sweat broke out on the back of his neck. Fallon Hartigan may be a pushy pain in his ass, but that didn't make her wrong. He was most definitely not going to get what he wanted.

Propelled by powerful, stomach-mandated urgency, Zach flipped off the monitor, pressed the button to open the security gate to let Fallon in, entered the security code to unlock the front door, and then sprinted to the closest bathroom to puke up his guts.

Again.

This sure as hell wasn't the life he'd dreamed of when he laced up his skates for the first time, back when he'd thought his parents saw him as more than just a paycheck.

* * *

A non-nurse would have bolted. However, when they said nothing scared a nurse, they weren't kidding. It would take more than Zach Blackburn dry heaving to send her screaming for the exits. And yes, that would be exits plural. The house he lived in was massive, if woefully under-furnished. Literally, it looked like the guy had just arrived in town a week ago instead of seven months — right in time to ruin the Ice Knights' run for the playoffs last season. Not that Fallon was still bitter, but she was totally still bitter.

After peeling him away from the porcelain god, she'd moved him into the kitchen for a better-smelling piece of scenery. It was one of those fancy kitchens where there was a cooking area, an island the size of her bathroom, an eating area big enough for a table for ten but which held only a card table and a single folding chair, and a sitting area with a dark brown leather couch and a massive TV. Zach was sitting in the middle of the couch with a green plaid blanket wrapped around him.

It was almost comical. Here was this hulk of a man with a sexy dimple in his chin, steel bar going through his eyebrow, and a hint of a vibrant tattoo on his forearm peeking out from where the blanket had fallen away, all cuddled up like a swaddled baby. However, the fact that his skin had a sweaty, pasty, vomiting-way-too-much sheen to it pretty much killed the humor vibe.

Poor guy.

Okay, he was still the jerk whose selfish play resulted in the end of the Ice Knights' playoff dreams last year, but the man was obviously hurting, and she couldn't just turn off the nurse thing. It was who she was, so much so that she'd even forced her siblings to play hospital with her growing up.

She picked up the folding chair and carried it over to the sitting area, along with a cup of warm peppermint tea. She handed him the tea and set up the chair in front of him before sitting down on it.

He looked at the Ice Knights mug in his hand as if it were a live grenade. Of course, if she'd been throwing up as much as it seemed he had, she'd be a little hesitant about drinking or eating anything, too.

"It's peppermint tea," she said. "It'll help soothe your stomach."

He brought the mug up close to his face and sniffed the swirling line of steam coming up from it. "You aren't one of those touchy-feely alternative nurses, are you?"

"People have been using peppermint to ease nausea symptoms for eons," she said as she took out the little spiral notebook and pen she'd stuffed in her scrub pants pocket. "If you want to skip it because it's not a pill that came from a little brown bottle with a childproof cap, you can go right ahead."

He brought the mug up to his nose and sniffed again. Then, he took a sip. He didn't smile so much as grimace a little less. Fine. She could live with that.

"When did you first start experiencing symptoms?" She flipped open her notebook. Just because she didn't have a patient chart didn't mean she wasn't going to keep track of symptoms and vitals.

"This morning."

"Had you been feeling ill before that?"

"Nope." He closed his eyes and let his head fall back against the couch. "Everything was fine and then, pow, I wanted to die."

Sure, it could be the flu, but Fallon was starting to suspect something else. "Anyone around you been sick?"

"Not that I know of," he said, as if he didn't give a shit either way.

Fallon glanced at the kitchen. It wasn't so much clean and tidy as it was barren. No dishes in the sink. No bananas or anything else in the fruit bowl. Only a basket decorated with a golden bow and filled with tissue paper, ribbons, and muffins that was sitting in the middle of the island like it had gotten lost on the way to Martha Stewart's house.

She turned back to Zach, who was drinking the tea as if he hadn't distrusted it in the first place. "Eat anything different than usual, or from a new place?"

"I don't eat out."

"Where'd the muffins come from, or do you cook?" she asked.

"A woman brought them over." He twisted on the couch, looking at the island behind it. "I had three."

Fallon could practically hear the ding-ding-ding in her head, and she scribbled down food poisoning and the pertinent information in her notebook. "And how soon after that did you become nauseous?"

"A few hours." He whipped back around, groaned — no doubt because of the quick movement — and closed his eyes. "Do you think she poisoned them? She did have a Cajun Rage tattoo."

Besides her family, nursing, and the trio of women she called her best friends, there was nothing in the world she cared about more than the Ice Knights. She wasn't just an everyday fan. She was a superfan. She knew every stat and every factoid, right down to the fact that Coach Peppers had a sixth toe. And the Rage? There was no bigger rivalry in sports than the one between the Ice Knights and the Rage. The Rage played dirty, and their fans were obnoxious.

(Continues…)


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Tomboy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved it!
JustNicole 10 months ago
Annnndddd….I just read my favorite book of The Hartigans series! Author Avery Flynn is so wonderful at making the average person feel…normal! Tomboy is an hilarious and incredible enemies-to-lovers story of an ordinary skateboard riding woman, with a caring heart, smaller top, and Chapstick lips…and the Ice Knights hockey player and most hated man in Harbor City. When Fallon Hartigan agreed to “nurse” grouchy hockey player Zach Blackburn back to health after what they thought was the flu, she didn’t think she could put up with him for a weekend, much less any longer…Oh, Lucy! You totally owe Fallon for this one!!! Once again, Author Avery Flynn has written a humorous, laugh-out-loud, snort-laughing rom-com that you don’t want to miss! She does a FANTASTIC job writing a storyline that sucks you in and keeps you there. The characters are soooo great! I have enjoyed every bit of the Hartigan family (who are in this book as well!), and now added the Ice Knights hockey team (and HONESTLY…You cannot go wrong with hockey mixed in!). This is a stand-alone, but includes the characters in the first two books in the series (Butterface and Muffin Top) and all three books are so funny and inspiring that you really should just read the whole series! 5 star read from me!
JWright57 10 months ago
 Tomboy may be book 3 in The Hartigans Series but it can certainly be read as a stand-alone and I would certainly recommend this book to all Hockey lovers as well as rom com lovers. Zack Blackburn could well be the most hated defenseman in Harbor City nothing has gone right since he joined the local Hockey Team the Ice Knights but up until now that hasn’t bothered him because he doesn’t need to be liked he doesn’t need friends that way he doesn’t have to explain his past and the secrets he is keeping. Getting sick with flu has his PR manager begging her best friend Fallon a nurse to call in and make sure he stays alive. Fallon Hartigan an ER nurse and diehard Ice Knights fan really doesn’t want anything to do with the man who can’t seem to get it right for the team but the her kindhearted nature takes over and she drops in on him over the weekend to make sure he is ok . Strange things happen after that weekend, Zack takes to the ice and he plays the best he has played in a long time could Fallon be his good luck charm, even the team coach asks him to make sure Fallon or Lady Luck comes to all the home games now he just has to convince her she wants to help.. I loved this book I loved being on Fallon and Zacks journey as he learnt to trust again and she learnt that you can’t fix someone if they don’t want to be fixed. This book has all the feels you want and need in a great read, I laughed, I swooned and hoped and prayed for a HEA for this adorable couple and Zack is adorable even if you don’t like him in the beginning you will love him by the end. Once again this very talented author shows us that family and friends are important and I love the loyalty the Hartigan family share, can’t wait to see where Avery Flynn takes us next.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Great+story.
Readaholic19 3 months ago
I’ve wanted to read this book for some time now, because I kept on seeing it everywhere! I actually bought it a few months ago, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Well I was in the mood for a hockey/athlete romance and this fit the bill. I loved everything about this book. Avery Flynn is a new author to me, but I can’t wait to dig in to the rest of the series (I know - I’m weird and always read them out of order). Zach is a grumpy hero who has the flu and Fallon is a nurse who is coerced into helping him heal by her best friend Lucy. These two immediately hate each other, but soon the chemistry between them starts to sizzle. Fallon is the perfect feisty heroine to Zach’s grumpy bad boy with a heart of gold. This book had the perfect recipe for a great book and I can’t wait to read more by Avery Flynn :).
TracyFritts1974 4 months ago
This is the third book in The Hartigans series. I truly enjoyed this romatic comedy between Zach and Fallon. It was easy to read and entertaining. It was a well written story.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Perfect if you are looking for a cute sports rom-com. Fallon Hartigan is a nurse. She is roped into helping Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn when he gets a dose of the flu by her BFF. They have already met but she found him rude and obnoxious. Plus, as a rabid fan, she like most of Harbor City hates his guts because since he joined the team he has played really badly. Zach doesn't trust anyone, he has no friends, not since his parents and so-called managers swindled him out of most of his money and took out loans at terrible rates in his name. Now he's paying down a mountain of debt, reliant on the Knights to pay for his accommodation and unwilling to trust anyone. As a reluctant thank you for looking after him while he was ill Zach gives Fallon rink-side seats for his next game - and the Kings win! Now, because all hockey players are rabidly superstitious, the press are dubbing her 'Lady Luck' and Zach wants her at all his home games. So they strike a deal, Fallon will watch his games if he makes some personal appearances at fund-raisers for a local charity that Fallon supports. This was funny and sweet and full of grumpy hockey players, loud families, snark and hockey. I loved it just as much as the first two books in the series.
Shweetsandi 9 months ago
We get to know another Hartigan family member, Fallon this time a lot lot more. If you have read The Hartigan books Muffin Top and Butter Face you will have gotten to know Fallon a wee bit. You do not have to have read the first two books to enjoy this book at all but why not. Fallon is a nurse and her bestie ask her to check in on the resident bad boy of Ice Knights, while she and Frankie are out of town. Zach Blackburn is sicker than a dog and Fallon takes care of him and is spotted by the press. OH my this starts off a series of events that could be horrible for her. I mean he is the most hated man is Harbor City and for good reason too if you like hockey. Then things come out in the press and we know that everything we read or see in the media is always true right? Yea... Oui this book touched on so many truths not only about appearances but about what we read and see if things are really true. I am so looking forward to more books from this author.
Kayreader 9 months ago
Tomboy is fun and the story is refreshing. I like how both Fallon and Zach deal with the pressure of the #TeamZuck and the instant stardom of their new relationship (although at first fabricated mostly by social media) they didn't let it rule their lives. We live in a world that is dictated by technology and Tomboy was still a fun, steamy, page-turning story at the end of the day. Zach Blackburn may be the most hated man playing for the Ice Knights, but he has good reason (or mostly good reason) for his "keep away from me" attitude. He's been burned by people he should have been able to trust, so instead he now just keeps everyone at arms length, including his fellow teammates. However, when he comes down with the flu and needs some TLC, Lucy, the PR manager calls in a favor to her BFF, Fallon Hartigan a nurse who knows how to handle a man like Zach. All Fallon wants to do is spend the weekend in a sleep coma, instead she finds herself standing outside the most hated man's home in Harbor City-Zach Blackburn. She pretty much doesn't like the man either, as an avid fan of hockey herself, but she's there merely because Lucy begged her to be. Fallon isn't a woman who puts up with much so when Zach tries to give her crappy attitude, Fallon isn't fazed in the slightest. Once he is finally on the mend, she heads back to reality, and Zach miracuously begins playing better that things actually get weird in her life #TeamZuck is born and her life gets complicated. But if she is going to become the lucky charm to the most hated man in Harbor City, she needs him to do something for her in return. Let the negotiations begin.
EileenAW 10 months ago
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this wonderful, snarky, and funny book, Tomboy by Avery Flynn, the book three in her Hartigan series. This book had me on an emotional journey as we followed Fallon and Zach’s love story. This amazing story pulls out all the stops. These two exemplified the importance of honesty, trust, and love overcoming all obstacles. I loved how strong Fallon was and how she knew she was not a girlie-girl as well as a very caring, compassionate, control freak. Zach learned from his parents not to trust others but that didn’t give them,as his managers,the right to rob him blind. When he discovered what they were doing, he paid them off, refused to ever see them again and worked hard to repay some of the money they borrowed in his name. He was broke, not able to afford anything extra and embarrassed at his naivety. He became angry, frustrated, and afraid to make friends with his teammates. No wonder he couldn’t find love or that special someone. After helping Zach recover from food poisoning, Fallon attends one of Zach’s hockey games. Zach’s playing turns around and Falllon becomes his “Lady Luck” with him needing her to continue to see him so the team would keep on winning. Fallon attempts to help Zach learn how families truly support one another and how to trust that others can be trusted to help and support, not try to crush him. This story was filled with sarcasm, laughs, snark, and even some sexy scenes that made me wish it never ended. Ms. Flynn wrote a wonderful and hysterical story that was moving and filled with sexual chemistry, wonderful dialogue, and endearing characters that should definitely not be missed. I highly recommend Tomboy to other readers and I am anxious for the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
beckymmoe 10 months ago
Absolutely adorable! I really enjoyed Zach and Fallon's story. It was both a sweet and steamy romance, with characters who it's easy to root for, flaws and all. I especially liked that both of them take such an active role in their relationship, the good bits as well as the not-so-good ones. They were both all in while building their relationship (even while denying that's what they were doing, at least at first...), and both took responsibility (and rightly so) for the black moment. This wasn't a story that needed a dramatic grovel--both characters had a hand in blowing up what they had, and both of them owned up to it--eventually! They had to do some suffering first, of course--bringing us to a very satisfying HEA at last :) Tomboy is the third in the series, but really does work fine as a standalone--as a bonus, it also clearly sets up several future books about some of Zach's teammates (there's a teaser at the end for the first one), and I for one am so on board for all of them! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
bookishlyromantic 10 months ago
Another Hartigan success for Avery Flynn. Though this novel wasn't as hilarious as the previous two I seriously want Fallon to be my spirit animal. I love her no nonsense attitude and her need to help people. Also, she just doesn't care about how she looks and that's awesome. In this novel Fallon is sent by Lucy to watch over Zach Blackburn (the most hated person in Harbor City) while he is puking up his guts. During this time she actually sees a side of him that he doesn't show people. So when he is texting her to come to a game she doesn't know what to do. Everyone around Zach is convinced that Fallon is his lady luck. Well he'd be lucky if he didn't lose a certain part if his anatomy around her. But he needs her at the game so he can actually play like a pro. So they come to a mutually beneficial agreement. But when the time they spend together starts to heat up can the two most abrasive people in Harbor City learn to show their soft underbellies? You will love this novel. It is a fun quick read and honestly everything you should be looking for from a romcom. **I received an ARC for an honest review**
CeeCeeHouston 10 months ago
5 Blackburn-ed stars. Tomboy is the latest offering in ‘The Hartigans’ series by Avery Flynn. It was a fabulous story that delved deep into the heart of one NHL player, star forward, Zach Blackburn and the strongest-willed Hartigan offspring, Fallon. Fallon is as straight-talking as they come, her ‘take no prisoners’ attitude rubs Zach the wrong way… at first, but it’s not long before he’s seeing her in a different light. She's a fresh light in his dismal, doom-laden mind. He’s got a past that he can’t shake and it’s turned the game he loved into a chore, something that shows when he plays. He’s not known as the most hated player in Harbor City for nothing. So, when Fallon’s best friend, Lucy asks her to be Zack’s nurse for the weekend, she’s less than interested, but she’s a caring soul and can’t say no to her bestie’s heartfelt pleas. Zack and Fallon are like oil and water, they shouldn’t mix but somehow they do. This was a fun, slightly angsty story, with plenty of feels. Seeing Fallon break through Zack’s walls, even when she’s not meaning to, was enlightening but also heartbreaking. Zack is broody, dark and at times mysterious but he’s darned hot too, so hot that Fallon just can’t resist him and is soon his lucky charm. This was the best of the three books out so far, it’s a standalone too, so you don’t have to read Butterface or Muffin Top first, but you should anyway because they are that good. Looking forward to the next in the series that keeps me wanting more.
BookReview4you 10 months ago
TOMBOY by Avery Flynn is book Three in The Hartigans Series. This is the story of Fallon Hartigan and Zach Blackburn. This was a standalone for me. Fallon is a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital along with volunteering at a low income medical facility. So her time and stress level are stretched. But when her best friend and future sister-in-law calls asking for her help...she has a hard time saying no. Lucy is a PR for Zach who plays for the Ice Knights and isn't a local favorite. Lucy talks Fallon into going to help Zach who happens to be sick and no one to take care of him. Both attracted to the other but have a concept of them in their head that isn't what the other really is, so it was fun reading their story. Really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.
BookReview4you 10 months ago
TOMBOY by Avery Flynn is book Three in The Hartigans Series. This is the story of Fallon Hartigan and Zach Blackburn. This was a standalone for me. Fallon is a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital along with volunteering at a low income medical facility. So her time and stress level are stretched. But when her best friend and future sister-in-law calls asking for her help...she has a hard time saying no. Lucy is a PR for Zach who plays for the Ice Knights and isn't a local favorite. Lucy talks Fallon into going to help Zach who happens to be sick and no one to take care of him. Both attracted to the other but have a concept of them in their head that isn't what the other really is, so it was fun reading their story. Really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.
BookReview4you 10 months ago
TOMBOY by Avery Flynn is book Three in The Hartigans Series. This is the story of Fallon Hartigan and Zach Blackburn. This was a standalone for me. Fallon is a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital along with volunteering at a low income medical facility. So her time and stress level are stretched. But when her best friend and future sister-in-law calls asking for her help...she has a hard time saying no. Lucy is a PR for Zach who plays for the Ice Knights and isn't a local favorite. Lucy talks Fallon into going to help Zach who happens to be sick and no one to take care of him. Both attracted to the other but have a concept of them in their head that isn't what the other really is, so it was fun reading their story. Really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.
BookReview4you 10 months ago
TOMBOY by Avery Flynn is book Three in The Hartigans Series. This is the story of Fallon Hartigan and Zach Blackburn. This was a standalone for me. Fallon is a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital along with volunteering at a low income medical facility. So her time and stress level are stretched. But when her best friend and future sister-in-law calls asking for her help...she has a hard time saying no. Lucy is a PR for Zach who plays for the Ice Knights and isn't a local favorite. Lucy talks Fallon into going to help Zach who happens to be sick and no one to take care of him. Both attracted to the other but have a concept of them in their head that isn't what the other really is, so it was fun reading their story. Really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.
BookReview4you 10 months ago
TOMBOY by Avery Flynn is book Three in The Hartigans Series. This is the story of Fallon Hartigan and Zach Blackburn. This was a standalone for me. Fallon is a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital along with volunteering at a low income medical facility. So her time and stress level are stretched. But when her best friend and future sister-in-law calls asking for her help...she has a hard time saying no. Lucy is a PR for Zach who plays for the Ice Knights and isn't a local favorite. Lucy talks Fallon into going to help Zach who happens to be sick and no one to take care of him. Both attracted to the other but have a concept of them in their head that isn't what the other really is, so it was fun reading their story. Really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.
BookReview4you 10 months ago
TOMBOY by Avery Flynn is book Three in The Hartigans Series. This is the story of Fallon Hartigan and Zach Blackburn. This was a standalone for me. Fallon is a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital along with volunteering at a low income medical facility. So her time and stress level are stretched. But when her best friend and future sister-in-law calls asking for her help...she has a hard time saying no. Lucy is a PR for Zach who plays for the Ice Knights and isn't a local favorite. Lucy talks Fallon into going to help Zach who happens to be sick and no one to take care of him. Both attracted to the other but have a concept of them in their head that isn't what the other really is, so it was fun reading their story. Really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.
JWilliams123 10 months ago
I love this series and Tomboy may be my favorite! Fallon and Zach definitely fall in the friends-to-lovers category. I loved watching them become friends and then realize they had something more. Their chemistry was off the charts and their banter was hilarious. This book was fast paced and I didn't want it to end! I am definitely looking forward to more books from this series!
LynnB888 10 months ago
4 1/2 STARS Full of sass, snark and broodiness, Avery Flynn's latest addition to The Hartigans series is delightful! I went into it expecting sarcasm and giggles, and while receiving those with a smile, I also got a heartfelt redemption of a guy who seemed too wounded to be reachable. Fallon and Zach were a little slice of warmth that kept on giving throughout. Really enjoyed their story! ER nurse Fallon Hartigan knew she'd regret it when her bestie gets her to agree to go make a house call to hockey bad boy Zach Blackburn's house, she just didn't realize quite how much until the damage was done! Now she's front page news as the bad boys most recent fling who needs a major make-over to be worthy. Puh-leez! She wouldn't give this guy the time of day, and she's perfectly happy just the way she is thank you very much! Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn is hated in Harbor City. His personal demons have a hold of his soul, and he's having the longest dry spell of his career. If he can't turn things around and help his team get into the playoffs, they just might throw him out of town. He never expected the snarky nurse to be his lady luck, but he has to admit, things are looking up since she's been around. Can he convince her to stay by his side ... forever?
Lit_Litehosue 10 months ago
Not every woman is a supermodel I love that Avery Flynn is celebrating the real woman in this series. The Harrigan's are such a fun family to get to know and I absolutely loved Fallon and Zach's book. This book made me laugh and it is such a pleasant relief to see characters who feel real and have struggles like everyone else. This book has amazing characters and even though i have a certain thing going through my head now that I may not want to have going through it, I won't be forgetting this book anytime soon ;)
Rina_S 10 months ago
What a ride this book had me on! Tomboy had me hooked from start to finish! Fallon was such a force to be reckoned with especially being a Hartigan! Her caring nature and ability to tell it like it is made me really admire her! She had fire in her! I wasn’t sure what to make of Zach at first but he really grew on me as I kept reading and I grew to rather like the man! I especially loved Fallons family and Zach’s hockey teammates! When the going gets tough your true family rally around!! I loved the storyline, advice given and the whole friendship that seemed to blossom!! A really great entertaining but also heartwarming read! A perfect addition to the series!
Theresakerch-28 10 months ago
Score with a great story This book was a funny can’t put down read. Avery Flynn did not miss with this edition to the Hartigan Series. Fallon is a kick-a$$ nurse that also volunteers, where Zack is the most “hated” player of the beloved Ice Knights hockey team. These two are so great and the story was so good I could not put it down Avery Flynn did not disappoint
shobeteener 10 months ago
Tomboy is book 3 is The Hartigans series. It definitely can be a stand alone. In fact this is the first book I read in this series and by this author and I became very connected to this story from the start. I actually read this book in one sitting. That doesn't happen to me very often. I just didn't want to put it down. Poor Fallon she gets talked into helping her best friend, PR Manager for Zach Blackburn, defense-man for Ice Knights Hockey Team with her nursing skills to help nurse him back to health. From the moment she presses the buzzer on his gate their banter starts and it continues throughout the whole book. Fallon does not take any crap from anyone but on the other hand she'll have their back 110% too. Zach comes off as a typical arrogant jock at first until you realize there is a lot more to him. He's carrying a pretty heavy load. Through his connection with Fallon he allows himself to open up not only with her for with his teammates as well. That pretty awesome to see unfold. These two together is combustible. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read another one by this author.