Author: Lynda Aicher
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: February 16, 2015
One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.
One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.
When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?
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This book came at a tough time in my life and it still managed to grab and hold my attention from any issues I was having, and that says a lot. Ice hockey is not a sport I had a chance to watch in real life-though I do like to watch people ice skating- but Game Play interested me enough with its actual sports details to seek it out when no one minded me hogging the tv.
Within a male dominated sport, Samantha felt like a breath of fresh air. Not just as the strong and deep love interest of the hero, but as someone who’s involved and successful in the game itself. I liked that part of Samantha’s character. She was just as driven, competitive and talented as the hero and the rest of his teammates. She was the message that women should and could not be underestimated in the world of sports. For that very reason I liked her. But other than her position as a hockey player, she was also a free spirited, hardworking young woman. I could easily understand and relate to her standpoint, and could see through to her reasonings behind some of her reactions to certain situations.
Dylan was also a very likable hero. He had all the charming characteristics I like in a romance book hero, plus, he could appreciate what Samantha was doing and admire her for that. I like men like Dylan. Just like Samantha, Dylan represented a mindset that I could appreciate as a reader. When delving into a story, this is what makes it worth reading, apart from the joys you get from meeting people who you want to take out for drinks and maybe a competitive game of bowling.
As solid as they were individually, Samantha and Dylan were very well fitted as a couple. They had an easy banter that was laced with a dose of passion ever since they first met, and that went on and got sexier as they got to know each other better and advanced things further both on and off the ice. I liked the fact that they were both involved with the sports and had a sort of camaraderie when it came to skating.
I can honestly say my first book by Lynda Aicher was a success. There is a reason I love reading sports romances and when they put me right into the mindset of the game itself along with the sexy and romantic, it’s more fun. I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing more heroines playing the sports of their romances, it brings more intimacy into the relationship. I think as good as their chemistry was, Dylan and Samantha bonded more and better on the ice through the game they both loved.
Yet another new series I’ll be looking forward to, another set of new characters to go crazy about, and a new sports to try to follow in my spare time. I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge. Now, I’m off to watch some games and take notes, and then maybe I can trick a hockey player into teaching me how to skate, you know, arms circling me when I almost fall down and all.
What Color Are Your Underwear?
I bet that headline got your attention. Did you check though? Or do you know the answer without looking? Do you have a lucky/favorite pair? Others you avoid until they’re the absolute last pair in the drawer? And I bet most of you are scratching your head wondering where this is going.
The truth is I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while. It’s really about how our clothing effects our moods—right down to our underwear. I have a pink pair that I absolutely avoid, not because of how they fit, but because of the color. I also have a few favorites that I save for days when I want a little boost. Is it crazy to have a lucky pair of underwear? Maybe, but hey, it’s the truth.
I’m sure everyone, at least once in their lives, has put something on, looked in the mirror and promptly changed or worn an outfit that put you in a grumpy mood all day. This is the dilemma I face every time I dress my characters. What fits their personality and makes them comfortable? How many variations of that are there? What happens to their mood if they change outfits? Dress up or down? These little quirks are completely normal. It’s what makes us unique.
Samantha Yates from Game Play, book one of Power Play, is most comfortable in her ice hockey gear. She’s at home in hoodies and jeans. Having struggled her entire life to be seen as an equal among the guys, she doesn’t do fancy or girlie. So what happens if I put her in a dress? How big would the event have to be to get her to wear one?
It’s these little quirks that bring characters to life and make them unique—like real people. Does Sam wear matching lingerie or basic white panties? Silk, lace or cotton? Thong, bikinis, boy briefs or French cut? Oh the details. Who knew there were so many choices in underwear for fictional people?
So what color are your underwear? Today, mine are navy cotton bikinis. And yes, I have a favorite brand because, like most things, underwear are not created equal.
Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator.
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