Monday, July 29, 2019

In It to Win It by Kelly Jamieson

Wynn family bonds bend but never break...

JP Wynn: I admit, I’ve made some bad choices—on and off the ice.
Now all I want to do is show my team I can control my emotions while I’m playing and redeem myself with my family, especially with my brother, Théo.
I hate that I hurt him and I’m determined to stay out of trouble.
But the hot bridesmaid at Théo’s wedding is tempting me into another bad decision.
A little flirting and a hook up with Taylor seem harmless... until Manny Martinez jumps me on the dance floor and starts beating the crap out of me.
And just like that I add one more bad decision to my résumé.

Taylor Hart: I always thought hockey players were hot. Now I think they’re crazy.
Manny broke my heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye.
Then he showed up at my best friend’s wedding. All I wanted to do was show Manny that I was over him.
And the groom’s sexy brother, JP, seemed more than willing to be my distraction.
But after the way everything went down, I want nothing to do with any of them.
Easier said than done. Especially when Lacey’s new brother-in-law is always around...
And I keep thinking about the wedding night, when we snuck away to his room for the best sex of my life.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is such a fun read. Bad boy hockey player JP Wynn finds himself in even more trouble when he hooks up with a bridesmaid at his brother’s wedding. Third generation hockey royalty, JP just can’t seem to do anything right and he’s once again in the doghouse with his famous family. As he tries to fix his reputation, he can’t seem to avoid Taylor, the bridesmaid hook-up. JP is a hot mess, but Taylor brings out the best in him and he soon finds himself wanting more than a hook-up.

I’m really enjoying this series. These books take a fresh approach to hockey romance and the result is a little bit Dallas on Ice – with a good sense of humour. The women in these stories are more interesting than some of Jamieson’s recent characters and the dysfunctional Wynn family is highly entertaining. Like the last book, Taylor brings a good dose of real life to JP’s first world problems. The recent graduate is struggling to live on her own and she can’t find a landlord who allows pets. Her life puts the Wynn family squabbles in perspective. I love the sense of play in this story – despite all his best intentions, JP just seems to invite chaos and catastrophe.

There’s a little more actual hockey in this book than the first one but the focus remains on the characters and the Wynn family. There are a few steamy scenes and great chemistry between Taylor and JP. I’m enjoying watching the relationships between the Wynns and their partners develop across the books and I’m already excited for the next books in the series.

This is the second book in the series, and I really think that you should read them in order. The Wynn family is big, complicated, and all about hockey! Understanding the family dynamics will help with some of the snark, and the politics!

JP is a good guy who has a quick temper on and off the ice. He made a big mistake when he started seeing his brother's girlfriend, Emma, although she had said they were over at the time. In his head he is still paying for that mistake, even though his brother has now moved on, and in fac,t is marrying Lacey at the beginning of this book. He is now determined to be better, and to keep his temper under control from now on – and as the new season is about to start, that is definitely his plan. He has been training really hard for pre-season and is in a good place mentally. So when everything transpires at the wedding, he just cannot believe it all overturned so quickly.

Taylor behaved out of character at the wedding, but sees something in JP which deep down she thinks might be worth fighting for, more than just amazing chemistry. The road is certainly not smooth, but getting to know him better thanks to him taking in her much loved dog, does give them both an excuse to spend time together. I thought that the side story of her parents and why they split up after so long together was good at pushing the boundaries, and giving her just as much angst as JP in her personal life.

I really enjoyed reading about how JP and Taylor got to know each other, repair the damage to each other's hearts, and come to realise the faults and triggers which needed addressing. We also got to spend plenty of time with other members of the Wynn clan who are ripe for finding their happily ever afters and look forward to more hockey-fueled romance from them. Thank you, Kelly Jamieson, for another excellent installment.

We met JP in the first book as he is Theo’s brother and the same one who stole his brother's girlfriend. But to JP's credit, the girlfriend told JP she and Theo were broken up. But JP knew in the back of his mind he should have stayed away from her, but he didn't. So now he is the bad boy Wynn. The hockey family royalty and he is humiliated every time the family gets together.

He is trying to turn his life around but while at his brother's wedding rehearsal, he sees a woman he wants to get closer to and spend some time with.

Taylor knows that JP Wynn is known for his fighting on the ice. She knows he is a bad boy, but she finds him funny, a joy to be around, and very sexy. He invites her up to his room for the night, it is left up to her. But what harm can one hook-up do? She probably won't see him after the wedding anyway.

Neither JP nor Taylor has that kind of luck when they are dancing at the reception and JP is jumped by Taylor's ex. Taylor gets mad and leaves both men bleeding. JP is angry she left because he didn't do anything, and he has to find out why she left but she will not see him.

Taylor doesn't want to date a man with anger issue and that leaves JP out. But she can't help her feelings for him. And after JP offers to keep her dog, she is beginning to see that he might want more with her.

Can Taylor and JP make a relationship work? Will his anger issues be the end before they really begin a relationship? Will his anger continue to control his time on the ice?

I have come to love a great hockey story and the Wynn Hockey series is one I really enjoy. I recommend this series if you love a great story with a bad boy with a big heart. I hope you love it too.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Sports Romance

JP is the brother that we met in book one who doesn’t always make the best decisions. And even though he knew he probably shouldn’t go after his brother’s girlfriend, despite her telling him that she was no longer with said brother, JP did and it almost broke his relationship with his family.

JP is trying to fix his reputation both on and off the ice. He knows that his emotions can get the better of him and he’s trying very hard to work on being less emotional. When he meets Taylor, he knows that she might not be the best choice, but he can’t help his attraction. However, when he’s laid flat out on the floor at his brother’s wedding, JP knows that something is off and Taylor is off limits.

Throughout this book, we see JP change his ability to control the emotions that fly through him both on and off the ice. There is still an underlying issue with his family and the two hockey teams, but JP and his brother have come to a good place.

While this was a sweet story about finding your own way, it wasn’t too mushy in the romance department. Taylor and JP have to decide if their differences and issues can be overcome in order to truly pursue a relationship.

Also Available in the Wynn Hockey Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Play to Win post.

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of In It to Win It (Wynn Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson to read and review.

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