This marriage of convenience is about to teach him a big life lesson...
Ben Leach, a defenseman for the York Bombers, has everything in life he could want—except happiness. Terminally miserable, he's settled into his rut with the acceptance of someone who knows he doesn't deserve any better—until he runs into an old acquaintance during a quick trip to Las Vegas...a trip that changes everything.
Natalie Kenney is on the run thanks to a stalker ex who thinks she belongs to him. Running into her old friend's brother couldn't have come at a better time and, in an impulsive move that surprises her, she accepts his half-hearted attempt to rescue her.
But the rescue comes with consequences. The new couple suddenly finds themselves in positions neither one expected, faced with challenges—and threats—that push them both out of their comfort zones. Will their new relationship lead to something more, or is it merely a marriage in name only? Ben expects it to crash-and-burn like the happiness that always seems to be just out of his reach and when the final buzzer sounds, he needs to decide if he's simply playing a part or if life—and love—is a lot more than a spectator sport.
PLAYING HIS PART is a wonderfully engaging story filled with heartbreak and joy. The story and characters drew me in from the first page.
This story centers on Ben and Natalie. It all starts when Ben, a minor league hockey player, marries Natalie in a quickie Las Vegas wedding. Ben is gruff and keeps everyone at a distance. Natalie is cautious after being hurt a few times and she doesn’t realize she is in the perfect place to heal. Everyone around her is there to help her. Natalie and Ben are two sad souls who need each other but don’t realize it until they spend time together. At times, Ben and Natalie broke my heart. I wanted them to be happy and work through all their issues. Ben and Natalie are great together. They have issues and baggage but when they were together, they make each other strong and confident.
I absolutely loved Ben & Natalie's story! Score another win in this awesome series by Lisa Kamps! Love these Bombers and their women!!
What starts off as a spur of the moment fake marriage for very different reasons, turns into an amazingly heartwarming, tender and sweet love story. But it takes a long time to get there. These two have pasts that are messing them up and definite communication issues. Ben seems to be his own worst enemy most of the time. This is not your typical romance, that's for sure, and nothing is perfect, but it feels real. Sure Ben and Natalie have chemistry, but they don't really know how to use it at first. But when they do, they heat up the sheets like nobody's business! Things are very complicated and murky between them but as they finally open up and get to know each other more and more, they also learn how to help/heal each other and their future brightens right up.