Title: Soft Hands (Tripping #1)
Author: Ariel Bishop
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 14, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports, Romance
Page Count: 188 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
He’s always hit them and quit them…
Xander Richards, a winger for the Wisconsin Wendigos, has a reputation for never sleeping with the same person twice. Some say it’s ‘cause he doesn’t have any heart, but if you asked him at his most honest it’s because his heart isn’t his own: he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend and former linemate, who’s now happily married and traded away to Seattle last season.
Playing the ice has always come easy…
When Xander asks out Jordan Darling, team trainer and massage therapist, he doesn’t expect to get shot down. It’s a first, but it only makes Xander that much more determined to make Jordan his. But Jordan wants a relationship, not just the one-night stands that make up Xander’s sexual life.
Just when he thought his heart was on ice, love comes skating in…
What Xander doesn’t know is that Jordan has been nursing an unrequited crush on him for over a year. Lonely without his best friend, when he finally opens his eyes to what is right in front of him, the chemistry is undeniable. And for once, it keeps Xander coming back for more
Is Jordan the other half of his heart? Will Xander put his player days and ways behind him? Or will he push Jordan away to find someone who deserves him?
Find out in this steamy sports romance novel, filled with heart-stopping moments, heart-pounding sexual tension, and two hearts that just might be what the other needs.
Sexy times, sports, a little angst, sexual tension and budding romance, what’s not to like?
The blurb is spot on and it was fun to read Jordan’s rejection and Xander’s reaction. It was well written, enjoyable and interesting. I connected with the character’s even though the story in its whole didn’t draw me in as much as I would’ve liked.
The transition of Xander’s and Jordan’s work relationship into something more is done very well and I like reading how it comes so effortlessly without Xander realizing it. I think what I liked the most in Soft Hands were the effect Xander and Jordan had on each other.
Since Jordan is a trainer and massage therapist for the team then not much of actual hockey is in the story, but I would still have enjoyed reading more about his teammates. As it is, it feels as if there weren’t many members at all in his team.
Also, Xander felt that Jordan needed someone better, referring to himself as broken but seemed almost instantly better by being labelled by someone close to him. I would’ve liked to read more about this change in him because I got the impression Xander merely accepted that to be the cause for being broken and so it was solved. At the same time there wasn’t any unnecessary angst with Xander which is a huge plus in my mind.
Enjoyable read, a lot of chemistry, which Xander seemed to have with everyone in bed though. I could have enjoyed less details of Xander’s hook-ups with other characters, as for me it didn’t add to the story, rather detract.