Virgin Territory

Virgin Territory

by Lia Riley

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Practice Makes Perfect


Patrick “Patch” Donnelly has what it takes to be the best goalie in the NHL…if only he could learn to control his temper. When Coach orders him to get his head in the game with private yoga classes, Patch isn’t having it. There’s no way this tough Boston guy would be caught dead downward dog-ing his way to inner peace. But if he refuses, he risks his starting position and the dream he sacrificed everything for, including joining the priesthood.


Yoga instructor Margot Kowalski is over men. After yet another toxic relationship, she’s eager to forget love and focus on growing her business. Doing the Hellions head coach a favor by helping out a troubled player can't hurt, and it might give her career a high-profile boost. But free-spirited Margot is soon charming the pants off Patch. Literally. Her sassy combination of sweet and sexy proves irresistible to the goalie. Before Patch can give into temptation though, he’ll have to confess his biggest secret:


He’s a virgin.


But Patch is hiding more than sexual inexperience, and his dark past soon threatens to destroy his shot at true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062662514
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Series: Hellions Angels Series , #3
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

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Virgin Territory 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I adore Lia Riley’s books: humor, heart, heat and plenty of time to escape into the story hide the often deeper struggles of her characters. We’re onto the third book in this series, and this is Margot’s story; good friend of Breezy and Neve and a wholesale change from the two sisters. Margot is a yoga instructor, and hoping to open her own studio plus more; she just needs to get started with concrete moves. When Margot and Neve cook up an idea that involves Margot working with the team’s goalie: a man known for his hair-trigger temper, teaching him to learn to focus on the ice, and stay out of trouble off. However, there are issues here: particularly Margot’s rather free-wheeling attitude toward sex and her tendency to ‘go for it’ with those she’s attracted to: usually resulting in disaster. Patch (Patrick) is a Boston boy, star goalie and keeper of a huge vault of secrets, and one close friend who knows only a part of the story, Sully, Father Sullivan, another Boston-boy and hockey player, roommate in college and now a rather unorthodox priest, determined to help his friend. But Patch’s questions about yoga, and his skepticism about the ability to gain anything from the time is strong: and then he meets Margot. Instantly he’s attracted, but the disquiet he feels around women because of his own mother’s horrible history, leave him unsettled. But, he wants, no needs, to play hockey so he’s giving Margot’s advice a try. And, when it works, REALLY works for him and allows him to remove the rage just below the surface, he’s hooked. There was so much to work through in this one: Patrick’s shame and rigid reactions to his childhood traumas, Margot’s now stalking ex and his attempts to bully her, a scurrilous lawsuit against Patrick’s assault on an ambulance-chasing lawyer and his refusal to tell the whole story which may exonerate his culpability, and the growing attraction and closeness of Patrick and Margot. Full of heart and hope for more: Patrick is such a good man: protective, honest, wanting to be and do better and utterly devoted to the game, his willingness to try new things, even when they are wholly out of his comfort zone when prodded on by Margot show a great desire to trust and want to feel more “normal” even when he will say those moments only happened on Sundays when he was a child. I actually couldn’t put this book down – fortunately the story was fast-paced and moved seamlessly from one moment to the next, keeping me intrigued, interested and engaged. This series never fails to disappoint, with heart, humor and plenty of friendship to share: allowing moments to check in with the couples after their stories have moved from the spotlight. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Patch is a talented NHL goalie, but he's risking his position in the Hellions Angels team because he can't keep his temper under control. To make him feel calmer Patch's coach sends him to private yoga lessons. Patch doesn't like this idea at all, but he doesn't have much choice, if he wants to keep playing he has to give it a shot. Margot, his teacher, surprises him though. Will Patch and yoga appear to be a good match and can she help him to manage his anger? Margot's love life only consists of disasters. The last man she dated doesn't want to accept she's done with their relationship and keeps bothering her. Margot is ready for a change in life, her friends have steady boyfriends and she wants someone to love and cherish and not feel miserable with for a change. She'd rather have no man at all than to go through that again. When she meets Patch there's an instant attraction. However, he's a client and she should remain professional. Will she listen to her heart and give the brooding man a chance and what will happen when she finds out his secrets? Virgin Territory is a great sexy romance. Patch has a good heart, but he hides it behind sky high walls. He doesn't have many loved ones and it isn't easy for him to let people in. Margot finds a way to get past all of his defences and he shows her the real Patch, which was incredibly endearing. He's a sweet guy underneath the gruff exterior. Margot's free and sassy spirit perfectly complements his too serious character and they're a fabulous challenging match. I couldn't wait to find out if they'd have a chance at happiness and read their fascinating love story in one sitting. Lia Riley's fast-paced descriptive writing style always manages to captivate me straight away. She skillfully gets to the bottom of the emotions her main characters are going through and that gives her stories the exact right amount of depth. I loved how she combines tough athletes, who are secretly quite vulnerable, with strong, capable women. It's a combination that works really well. Virgin Territory is another fantastic Hellions Angels story that I enjoyed reading very much. I highly recommend this amazing series.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A humorous return to Lia Riley's hockey world will snag your heart! Patch is not your typical pro sports guy, and it was a breath of fresh air to see him work towards releasing some of the toxins he's held in for so long and just learn to live a little. He and Margot were adorable together. There were some plot holes that could have been built up a little more, but the characters were a lot of fun and the overall feel of the book was satisfying! Patrick "Patch" Donnelly has the talent to be the best goalie in NHL if only he could control his temper. Coach is at his wits ends after his latest fiasco and threatens his starting positions if he doesn't do this last ditch effort to try to learn another release for his anger. He has to go have private yoga lessons! Yoga instructor Margot Kowalski is fed up with men because it seems like all she ever seems to wind up with are losers. She's going to put her love life on the back burner for awhile and concentrate on growing her yoga business, so doing a favor for her friend at the same time she gives her studio a little visibility seems like a win-win. She didn't factor in how tempting a sexy hockey player was going to be though. She was assuming a conceited jerk that she'd be happy to see the backside of as he left each lesson, but instead she gets a kind, sweet, misunderstood kind of soul that touches her more than she should admit. And when he spills his big secret ... that he once considered priesthood and is still a virgin ... no way can she let this guy slip through her fingers!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Clearly, we should all be doing yoga... ...because oh boy, does it do wonders for Patch and Margot! ;) Virgin Territory is a fun, if quick, read. For two books now, Patch has been having temper management issues--especially inconvenient because he's his team's goalie, the one guy who should definitely be able to keep his cool on the ice. His Head Coach suggests private yoga lessons, and soon nothing will be the same--in a good, hot new way.... As fun as it was to read about Patch and Margot getting things om (and was it ever fun!), I do have to say that his major problems were fixed rather quickly and conveniently. I'm not complaining, not really--because once you know the backstory behind his bar brawl you know that Patch definitely didn't deserve the grief he was getting--but the resolution to that problem went from ever-looming to poof! all gone. He also moved pretty quickly from "saving himself" to why was I saving myself, again? Again, not really complaining--but some more build-up and getting-to-know-you time wouldn't have gone amiss. All in all Virgin Territory was as entertaining a read as the other series books. If you haven't had a chance to read them yet, there are some mild spoilers to the other characters' HEAs, but Patch's story would also work fine as a standalone. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KaraS More than 1 year ago
He's a fast learner! And wow - that cover! This is my first Hellions hockey novel, but man have I been missing out. Patch is the goalie for the team and he has quite the temper. He's also a 25-year-old virgin. Margot is a yoga intructor just out of a bad relationship and ready to take a much needed break from the male of the species. That is until she meets Patch. The chemistry was WOWZA! I have to say that things moved a little fast for me, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the quick ride. "And then he kissed her, the way he did everything these days, with focus, with purpose and with love." Sigh! This book was a quick read and very steamy and witty. Looking forward to more Hellions hockey!! I voluntarily requested and received an uncorrected advance reader copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars for this latest hockey romance by Lia Riley. Margot is sexually experienced ( though still struggles with slut shaming events in her past) and hockey goalie Patrick is a virgin. Patrick wears his Catholic guilt for being unable to prevent his prostitute mother's death like a horsehair shirt. It's kept him from getting involved with a woman so when he is sent to yoga instructor Margot to help learn to relax his first instinct is to rebel against his sudden attraction to her but that doesn't last long. It's an insta-lust start, with an emotional connection that grows. There's an ex/stalker subplot to go along with the developing romance. There are a few on ice hockey scenes, some locker room conversations and some previous series characters make appearances. It's not my favorite of the series but still an enjoyable read.
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
When Coach sends temperamental goalie Patch for private yoga lessons, he's undeniably skeptical. And Margot has seen enough of the famous temper during the games to be wary of one on one time with the guy. But over the course of one afternoon they're bantering like they've known one another for years. While Patch deals with a bogus lawsuit, and Margot with a stalker, they are still managing to enjoy spending time with one another, and grow closer with each passing day. There are so many things I loved about this book from the dedication page through to the very last word. Both Patch and Margot have experienced more than their fair share of drama and grief in their pasts, but they find it so easy to open up to one another, each of them giving the other strength and support. Lia writes a beautiful connection between these characters based on trust and honesty, and an utter lack of judgement. Their trust and support in one another is the kind of romance everyone deserves with the people they love. Bonus - there's a tie between Virgin Territory and Lia Rileys Brightwater series! I was so excited when I made the connection. :)