Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winning Streak by Katie Kenyhercz

Title:  Winning Streak
Series:  Las Vegas Sinners #3
Author:  Katie Kenyhercz
Published:  November 24/14 by Crimson Romance
Length:  197pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

As the new head of public relations for the Las Vegas Sinners hockey team, Saralynn Reese wants to leave behind the frivolity of her popular girl image. Unfortunately, her first big assignment is to clean up the media messes of the team’s assistant general manager, Madden Vaughn. He’s flirty, impulsive, and self-centered; he also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous. Could there be more to Madden under the Ralph Lauren surface?

Having struggled with a gambling addiction since his early twenties, Madden’s finally moved past it and into a secure, corporate job working for his sister, the one person who means the world to him. When rumors fly and the team and his family both doubt his word, an unlikely ally pulls him out of his funk with a manicured hand: Saralynn.

He’s tired of chasing the same type of unattainable girl, and this up-and-coming publicity dynamo fits that mold perfectly. But she also challenges him and believes in him like no one else. Can they help each other keep their feet on solid ground…or will these twin hearts find themselves skating on thin ice?

My Review:

This novel is simultaneously funny and emotionally hard hitting. I loved the day by day progression of the story. It really lets you get a sense of the pace of the relationship and a look at what happens in the daily lives of the characters. For me, it added that extra layer of realism to the story. This author’s realistic yet vividly picturesque descriptions allow you to visit the rink alongside the characters, and picture Vegas in its many different facades. The poignant and hard hitting story will draw you in like no other. Add in a few hot but tasteful bedroom scenes and voila! An exciting, emotional, spicy romance that you’re not going to want to put down.

Kenyhercz develops her entire cast in this novel. Readers really get to know everyone. Not only does this give the story context in the wider world but it gives you a sense of where everyone belongs. I really enjoyed getting to know the main characters here. His vulnerability and her need to be someone else were quite poignant, especially when shown in such close context. I will admit that I scared my dog out of a dead sleep while exclaiming ‘SaraLynn you bloody idiot!’ at one point in time. I’ve never seen someone make so many mistakes while trying to do what’s best for her. But she was absolutely priceless and completely hilarious while doing it. The interpersonal relationships in this novel are very well done. Although readers can understand both sides of the conflicts, you’ll fall on one side or the other making this story very personal. Kenyhercz not only made me laugh (repeatedly) at her characters’ antics but she also made me cry. My heart broke for them.

I can’t wait for more from the Las Vegas Sinners. I not only enjoyed this novel but am also loving the series as a whole.

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