Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen's cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits---and starting to fear she doesn't have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.
Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior---on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he's getting from Eden Christiansen isn't making things any easier. But when Owen's carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.
Susan May Warren is one of my favourite authors and this book did not disappoint. One thing I like about her writing (as opposed to Karen Kingsbury) is that her characters can't read each other's thoughts just by looking in their eyes. In fact, they often read each other's body language completely wrong. You know, like normal people. In this case, they possibly misunderstand each other too much to be totally believable, but it's still more believable than the other way around.
We are a hockey loving family around here, so I really enjoyed that aspect of this storyline. I also really enjoyed the theological look at why God allows things to happen, and the definition of hope.
Pick this one up - you won't be disappointed!
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.