Book review: Shutdown Player ~ Jami Davenport

Posted April 27, 2018 in Reviews by Marieke/ 1 Comment

Book review: Shutdown Player ~ Jami DavenportTitle: Shutdown Player
Author: Jami Davenport
Series: Game On in Seattle #10
Release date: April 27, 2018
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 200
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
Rating: four-stars
I received this book from L. Woods PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After a brief marriage to an unfaithful, gold-digging wife, Jared Roderick is looking for the perfect good girl, and he thinks he’s found her. Sweet, quiet, prim Stephanie Clarke is exactly the woman he wants and nothing like his cheating ex. Now to convince a reluctant Steph they were meant to be together.

Steph has had enough of men controlling her life from her preacher father to her abusive boyfriend. She wants to regain the innocence she lost and ignore the ugliness of her recent past. She’s not the pure and sheltered virgin Jared is looking for and fends off his advances despite the sizzling chemistry between them.

Jared is as determined to win Steph over as he is to win hockey games; but when his fantasy becomes tarnished, does he have the strength to skate the distance?

You would think that after a disastrous marriage to a gold-digger, an ice hockey player doesn’t want a happy relationship anymore. But that’s not the case with Jared. Shutdown Player tells his story, and how he wins the heart of a very reluctant/skittish Steph (who has her own secrets). I love this sweet story.

“I have a fondness for Hallmark movies, the sappier, the better.” She giggled, and the sound caressed his ears like the pleasant tinkling of a little bell. “I love them too.”

Jared and Stephanie are both in a bad place. Jared is licking his wounds caused by his cheating, gold-digging wife, and Steph is rebuilding her life after she has left her abusive boyfriend. A shitty past is what they have in common, but both have a different view of their future. Steph has sworn off men and relationships, but Jared still wants it all; finding the right woman and build a life and family with her. With some (not so subtle) meddling Jared and Steph get to know each other, and soon sparks fly.

“He touched his lips to hers, like a whisper in a summer breeze, but the effect hit her harder than a deep-tongue, all-body-parts-involved, full-on kiss.”

Jared, oh oh Jared… I feel sorry for him. His ex is a (financial) nightmare, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming about a better future. He knows his life is a bit messy right now, but finding real love is what he wants, so he’s going after it. Poor Steph. Her ex-boyfriend was horrible, so I understand she doesn’t want to get involved with another man. Getting her life back on track is her priority, not finding love. I love their slow-burn romance, how their friendship slowly turns into love; they just belong together.

Shutdown Player is already the 10th book in de Game On in Seattle series, but I didn’t feel like I was information (confession: yes, this is my very first book by Jami Davenport). I love how the author has written the characters, and how she handles some rougher situations. Shutdown Player is mainly a sweet story, with a bit of drama (but not between our lovely couple). This is a perfect book for me when I just want to read a swoony story; about a great guy and a sweet woman who both deserve everything.

“I knew you were the one the moment I saw you.”

 

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