Shot on Gold (Play-by-Play, #14) by Jaci Burton
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"This is how it works."
Confession, Shot on Gold was my introduction to Jaci Burton. Though it is book #14 in the Play by Play series, I read it as a standalone. Yes, I've been hearing the buzz about this author in the book world, and her work has been on my TBR. I might have even purchased a book or two, but I just never got around to reading one until now. Dumb, huh? Well, you can consider me schooled. I get it now. Consider me properly chastised and on the way to performing my future duties as a fangirl, #Stalking101
How strange and exhilarating it must be for Will to be on the US Olympic team, playing with former opponents and against his regular teammates that are competing for their own countries. To wish them well, but hope he beats them at the same time. Using his #MadDog skills against his friends has got to be difficult, but necessary when you're going for a shot at the gold.
Amber is 24 yrs old. This is her last shot at winning a gold medal. She's competing against 17-year-olds. She has been doing nothing but figure skating since she was very young. Her momager has been pushing her to be the best as long as she can remember. She has missed out on the fun things that most kids and teenagers enjoy growing up, including friendships. She's always been a loner, discouraged from forming friendships with her competition or attending events that didn't further her career. But she's been training hard for the last four years and she deserves to enjoy it this time, her last time. She's determined to push herself outside her comfort zone and to make some memories to last her for the years ahead. Luckily, Lisa, her previous roommate, has been assigned to her again. She refuses to let Amber hideout and includes her in the activities and events she attends. Before long, she runs into Will, the #HockeyHunk.
I really really enjoyed Amber. For having been an introvert for so long, she surprisingly has no filter when it comes to expressing her thoughts and feelings when talking to Will. Being a professional athlete, there's been no lack of female attention in his past. But somehow he seems to sense her need to be handled with care and doesn't push her, treating her instead to some friendly flirting. It was highly amusing when she turned the tables on him and spoke her mind. It was really fun waiting for the fireworks to spark between them.
I also found the winter sports details very interesting, along with the colorful support characters. I found myself mentally matchmaking and cheering for them as they competed against each other. I was ready to get myself a pair of #LuckyPanties to wear during their games. And of course, I was very anxious during the games that determined who would receive the gold medals. I was like their coaches, worrying when they would take risks and do things that might cause injury or affect their performance. What a nail-biting experience as I waited for the final outcome, on the ice, and in their hearts. Would they win a medal? Would they win in love? Could their connection last longer than the few weeks that would be together during the games? They are used to going all-in in their sport, could they do the same with each other?
Sorry, I'm not gonna give you a 'play by play' so you'll have to read this amazing book for yourself. I'm not sure if there will be more in this series or not, but I do know that this won't be my last read of this author's work. I will be on the lookout for whatever she has next. The line forms here...