JERSEY GIRL (Sticks & Hearts #1)

JERSEY GIRL                                      RHONDA JAMES

Brantley Cage is a standout D-man on Great Lakes University hockey team. Now that his dream of signing with the Detroit Red Wings has come true, his goals for senior year are simple: Work hard. Score big. Stay away from love.

And then he meets her. There's just one problem. She's the sister of his best friend, and he’s been warned that she’s off-limits…

Cassie Rivers is a musician desperately in need of a do-over. Leaving the past behind, she transfers to GLU in search of something, or someone, that inspires her.

And then she meets him. Her brother's best friend and teammate. But according to the Bro Code, he's supposed to be off-limits…

You’ve heard what they say about forbidden fruit… One taste is more addictive than one of them is ready to admit. Will he keep skating away from love? Or has this player finally found his Jersey Girl?


       This is a sweet college love story when you stand back and look at all the things individually.  Yes, you can predict it coming but while reading, no this author has a nice easy flow to her writing voice.  Which transitions well between situations and characters.  So, well that I just got this story free on Amazon but wanted to finish off the romance with the novella she wrote that, ME, I bought it.
     This is about Cassie the younger sister to Scotty River who plays hockey at the college Cassie just transferred into to escape her abusive ex.  Who happens, to be a friend and (hockey player also) with her brother.  Although, not wanting to rock the boat and upset her big brother whom she looks up to she says nothing.
     In her head to make the move right she comes under the guise of she wants to spend more time with her big brother before he graduates since he’s a senior and has already signed on to go pro with a Detroit team.  What a mistake she makes almost to the end Scotty is a prick.  He spends all his time doing and being with his girlfriend or team.
     Despite the first day, she wakes up in the arms of Brantley a teammate of her brother.  Not knowing that “B” was coming home three days early he put Cassie in “B’s” bed.  Surprise!  From that morning on, she wanted him.  He wants her too but…Scotty laid down the Bro Code, so B said it was not happening.
     The angst that goes on as they try to work out the non-relationship-only-friendship is at times pretty funny.  At other times tense.  There are times of reality of what college life has become and it’s scary.  Especially, with my own college freshman.
     You will be reading about some verbal abuse, physical abuse, there is sex for days (hello college), and humor.  You will also see in this couple although they don’t see it right away, they are a loving committed and loyal friendship.
     I give this: 5 stars.  Free on Amazon.  
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