Nothing rattles me. Well…almost nothing. As the most even-tempered player on the Chicago Blaze, I take everything in stride – hockey, fame and life in general. No one knows that deep down, even I’ve got a trigger. She’s a tall brunette with a gorgeous smile and an iron will. The woman who crushed my heart long ago. I never plan to return to Greentree Falls, Wisconsin and lay eyes on Allie Douglas again - until suddenly, I’m left without a choice.
Somehow, I’m keeping it all together. Raising my nieces and nephew alone and working takes everything I’ve got and then some, but I get by. I don’t have time for love, and who needs a man, anyway? I gave up the love of my life a decade ago, and now he’s just a distant memory. Until one day, he comes back home. And once I see him, I’m not keeping it together anymore.
Not even close.
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Sweet and emotional second chance romance
Easy by Brenda Rothert takes us back to the Chicago Blaze world with Erik’s story and is a second chance sports romance. Seriously, what is there not to love! Erik and Allie were once very much in love when they were young. But when Allie had to make a choice, she wanted Erik to follow his dreams. They spent a decade apart. Erik never meant to go home, but when his family needs him, he has no choice. Once Allie and Erik are reunited once again, it’s like no time has passed between them. But the obstacles they once faced are still there. Can love win this time around?
Erik, known as Easy, was an easy-going and very likable guy. Allie was caring and resilient. Their chemistry was undeniable, but she has responsibilities she takes seriously. Their story was not always easy, but I loved the patience and feelings they shared and were determined to work through. Such a sweet story.
Where do I begin? How about the beginning. Why do white authors that write about black people specifically black men always put in the bare minimum effort when describing them? The default is to refer to them as Idris Elba and that’s it. Black men and women are beautiful and they span far beyond Idris Elba and any other stereotypical description of black people. The story was also very lack luster. By 41% Allie and Erik haven’t even talked they simply just thought about each other and their relationship that happened ten years ago. By 50% they still haven’t talked to each other but end up sleeping together. Then they go on like ten years didn’t happen after they slept together. Nothing traumatic or detrimental ended their relationship ten years ago. However, ten years is a long time and people tend to change no matter if you have loved them all that time. So them not even talking and just continuing like nothing happened was weird. I think there was a missed opportunity for Erik to come back into Allie’s life and get to know her and the kids before the whole drama went down. I am disappointed because I’ve read all the other books in this series and enjoyed them even though they had their own flaws. This one to me had too many. The best part of this story were the kids. I liked the characters they just didn’t get a good story.
Second chance romance
I’ll confess that of all the members of the Chicago Blaze, I wasn’t really looking forward to Easy’s story. Man, did this book prove me wrong. It was a beautiful second chance romance with lots of layers. I absolutely adored this book and could not put it down!