Dalton ‘Cage’ Booker is the number one goalie for the San Diego Scorpions. Most people describe him as willful and stubborn—sometimes even difficult to control. More often than not, words fly out of his mouth without the benefit of passing through his brain first. And women love him.
Karen LaGrange, little sister of the former enforcer for the Scorpions, lives in Canada, where she works with special needs children. After losing her job to downsizing, she makes an extended visit to San Diego, forming a friendship with the errant goalie.
Through frequent reminders that they are friends without benefits, Karen struggles to keep their relationship platonic, but the more she shuts him down, the more he wants her.
Can Cage convince Karen to slip under the sheets with him, or is he destined to be firmly entrapped in the friend zone?
This was my first Nikki Worrell book and I really enjoyed it. I haven't read a lot of sports romance novels, but that didn't deter me from the book. There's always 2 sides to people and Cage displays that perfectly. He shows the best side to Karen, younger sister to former team enforcer, Jody, who's extremely overprotective. And for good reason. After a tragic episode in Karen's past, he has felt guilt over his inability to stop what happened. And with Cage's reputation, he just knows Karen is going to get hurt again.
Karen sees the loneliness that Cage hides and this propels us on a journey of friendship that turns into so much more. While cocky, Cage was still a character you could like. He did stupid things, but his true character showed through and he was a guy anyone would fall in love with. Karen was a sweet, but still strong female lead. She had a tender heart, but was fierce in her defense of Cage, especially with her brother, Jody.
The hockey games and jargon weren't overwhelming and didn't detract from the romance if you're worried about picking up a book containing a sport you may not know anything about. Lots of sexual tension and of course a HEA. This was definitely a story I'd recommend.
5 Stars Loved this book! ~Amazon Customer
Will Karen give in to Cage? Will Jody finally relent and accept Cage's interest in his sister? I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more from this author.~ Doreen Foucault
5 Stars Cage and Karen
This is book three in the Scorpion series and I have to say, it is now my favorite! When I first met Cage, I didn't like him at all. What I love about this author is how she writes people how we see them in real life ~ Mary
I love this series and I think this is her best book of their series so far! ~ Jennifer J DiCenzo
5 Stars Fantastic read
Loved this book, so hard not to fall in love with Dalton "Cage" Booker and Karen together. The love between them, it's not your typical storyline. And I honestly couldn't put it down once I started. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend this read. ~ Jackie Ugal
I am a country girl at heart who tends to like the simple things...and hockey. Give me a hockey game and I'm set! During intermission, I read. Reading has always been a love of mine since I was a little girl. The books have gotten a bit spicier though. I also like moonlit walks on the beach, strawberries and champagne (ok, dirty martinis actually), and a strong man to hold me...etc., etc., etc. ;)
I live in Hammonton, NJ with my husband of over 18 years. It's not always easy but it's always worth it.
I have a B.S.B.A. in Human Resources and work for a law firm in Philadelphia. The only thing left to say is....GO FLYERS!
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The Enforcer (NHL Scorpions #1)
Captain My Captain (NHL Scorpions .5)
Goalie Interference (NHL Scorpions 2)