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Hawk thought he had everything he wanted until Lexington Waters showed up. That’s when he discovered he needed so much more.
Tech Guru Lexi Waters needs to snatch her company out of the grasp of her greedy ex-husband. The only problem is the restraining order that keeps her away from the business she built from the ground up. With no money left to her name, Lexi is forced to go back to Chicago and face the first man to ever let her down—blues legend Sugarfoot Moe Waters, her father. While she’s stuck fixing up his crappy bar, the last thing she needs to deal with is a pushy, arrogant professional hockey player—Hawthorne Maze, aka Hawk. Hopefully the gorgeous distraction won’t derail everything she has worked so hard for.
From the outside looking in, Hawk’s life seems perfect. Professionally, he’s at the top of his field, and personally, he has his pick of any groupie. Orphaned by teenage parents, he only knows is that his mom is white and his dad black. Other than that, there are only two people he considers family—his childhood friend Gavin Knox and geriatric bar owner Moe. He thinks he knows everything about the famous blues artist, but the sudden appearance of his hot-ass daughter is not only unexpected but also unwanted. Contemplating retirement, Hawk needs to figure out what to do next, but fate keeps throwing the sexy egghead Lexi in his path.
Word vomit tumbled out of his mouth. He didn’t know where it came from, but he continued to blather in hopes she would stop crying. Hawk smashed grown men’s heads for a living but holding this broken princess in his arms made him feel helpless. “Next year will be up in the air for me. While everyone’s life is progressing at a natural pace, mine is at a standstill. Then there’s this place… A few years back, Moe’s became my home away from home.”
At some point the tears had dried up but she remained quietly tucked against his side. Here and there he heard her take little puffs of breath. From the way she’d squared off against him earlier, he didn’t get the impression she was easily reduced to tears. Whatever had knocked her down must have been one hell of a doozy.
“The team I was on back then crapped out of the playoffs in the first rounds, and who knows where Knox was back then. It was a fluke that I stumbled into this place. Perfect food, great music and no one recognized me—”
“Hockey and blues don’t mix.” Lexi sniffed after repeating her words from earlier. Surprised she was even listening, he smiled.
“Apparently, but I kept coming back anyway. Moe must have figured since I was around so much, he might as well put me to work. I’ve been playing bartender in the off seasons. It helps keeps my mind busy. Plus, I love this place.”
She pulled away from him and sat up, and he instantly missed her warmth.
“The renovations became one more thing to catch me off guard. I took it out on you, and I apologize for that.” He tilted his head in her direction, which granted him a good whiff of her hair. Apricots, peaches and sunshine filled his nose. Hawk cleared his throat, not wanting to skeeve her out. She had already been through enough. “So I propose we start over. My name is Hawthorne Maze, and I promise not to be a dick to you anymore.” He put out his hand for her to take. After a moment, she put her soft palm into his.
“My name is Lexington Waters, and I promise not to let you be a dick to me anymore.” He shook her dainty hand with a chuckle.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Hawk is exactly how I like my romance, hot, naughty and full of strong characters.
Not only is Hawk a hot ice hockey player but he's a kind hearted man with a love for blues and jazz. He loves Moe, the owner of Moe's, like a father, which is why discovering that he has a daughter is all the more of a surprise for him.
Lexington Waters is a strong, independent woman with an a*shole ex-husband. She consistently pushes herself forward, which I think is a big part of what Hawk finds attractive.
It's great to see a support network that not only has Hawks back but gladly steps in and accepts Lexington.
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Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn't pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn't legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she's not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he's faking his French accent.