He wants out of the friend zone…she doesn’t believe in happily ever after.
Relationships are not in Lauren Gentry’s playbook. The only kind she’s willing to consider are friends-with-benefits and even a red-hot and sexy hockey player like Dave Martin isn’t going to change that. Right?
When those chocolate brown eyes threaten to melt her defenses she has to remind herself that demons from her past could rise up at any moment. Which is going to be pretty hard to do, since she loses herself every time they touch.
Dave used to love the benefits that came easily to professional athletes; especially when they were in the form of puck bunnies who only wanted one night. But when he meets the pint-sized girl with bewitching green eyes and sun-streaked auburn hair his outlook suddenly changes.
He wants forever with Lauren. Now he just has to convince her.
Can Lauren risk everything for the man she’s secretly been falling for? Or will her past stop her from taking a chance on love?
Healthy Scratch—book #1 of the Tampa Suns Hockey Series—is a standalone romance whose main characters’ lives are intertwined with those introduced in The Clearing the Ice Trilogy. You don’t need to read the trilogy to enjoy Healthy Scratch. The book stands on its own, promises HEA, and no cliffhangers! To heighten your enjoyment of the Tampa Suns Hockey Series, you may wish to read The Clearing the Ice Trilogy.
About the Author:
Chicago born, honorary Atlanta native, Parisienne at heart. Proud 60’s Flower Child. “Fearless” barrier-breaker for female sports journalists and minor league “batpersons.” While at UGA, scored PR internship with Atlanta Flames NHL team, during its first season. Interviewed future MLB and NHL Hall of Fame members, published in a variety of print media. Wife, mom, PR professional, and finally, 35 years later, published author. Two Westie grand-dogs pretty much run our household.
The Clearing the Ice hockey trilogy includes This Piece of My Heart (nominated for the 2016 Summer Indie Books awards), This Piece of My Soul, (2017 Readers Choice and Summer Indie Book Awards nominees), and This Piece of Our Being(2018).
Besides writing, her passions include following NASCAR and the New York Rangers, and splitting time between homes in Atlanta and Palm Coast.
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5 STAR Review by Jodi for Ruby Red Romance Review
I have to admit, I’m new to Robyn M Ryan, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t fall in love with her characters. I loved getting to fall in love with Dave. He was such an amazing man. In the beginning, he and Lauren had a mutually beneficial relationship. Lauren and her business partner are looking to relocate. When gets traded to Tampa, he decided to lay it all on the line.
I loved the woman Lauren is. I loved how she has overcome so much. She has a past, one that has influenced her and made her see the world, differently. This book deals with some pretty heavy issues. I loved how it helped Lauren in a positive. I also love how Dave helped to breakdown her walls.
I loved this book from start to finish. I loved getting to know these characters. I can’t wait to see what’s to come. Please check out this awesome book!