She had her future all planned...until she met him.
Struggling to live up to the high expectations of overprotective parents and a hefty family name, Caryn Stevens only wants one Summer of Fun before she focuses on finishing her college degree. She knows her destiny—to lead her dad’s multi-million dollar business. But that plan changes forever the day she runs into—literally—sexy and single professional hockey player, Andrew Chadwick.
Sparks instantly fly between the two, and Caryn can’t resist his charms as she discovers that Andrew has a reputation for winning—both on and off the ice. One of the most eligible singles in Toronto, Andrew could have any woman he wants, and he’s got Caryn in his sights. But, when Caryn’s parents disapprove of the match and threaten to disinherit her and his hockey team trades him to a new city, it may take more than love for the couple to survive this penalty play.
**This Piece of My Heart is the first book in the Clearing the Ice trilogy. Book 2, This Piece of My Soul, is out now! The trilogy is complete and concludes with This Piece of Our Being, also available now!**
This Piece Won My Heart!
I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This Piece Of My Heart
This Piece Of My Heart, the first novel from Robyn M. Ryan, is also the first sports romance I've read, and I very much hope that it won't be the last. The sports theme gave me a fascinating glimpse into a world that's unfamiliar to me, and the romance is refreshingly genuine and fun. The characters are likeable and engaging, and I sat up ridiculously late reading it because I so much wanted to see what happens next!
I especially enjoyed the relocation of the action as Andrew's career progresses, and getting a virtual look at places that I've not yet been to as he shows Caryn around, especially as I got the chance to see them through her eyes. I also loved seeing the way the relationship gradually transforms Caryn from a shy girl dominated by her privileged but suffocating background into a confident, creative and loving young woman.
A good story inevitably needs some conflict, and Andrew's ex and Caryn's father provide it, with the behavior of Caryn's father in particular proving to be the catalyst for what to me are two of the best scenes in the book as he tries to assert his authority over his daughter and her boyfriend.
Although it ends with a satisfying resolution of the story for now, the book also leaves plenty of scope for further development of the characters and their adventures, and I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series.