Time Out by Jill Shalvis

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: NetGalley

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Class: How to Drive Him Crazy

Instructional program for women unexpectedly facing the totally dishy guy from their past. Everyone Welcome!

NHL coach Mark Diego’s plan to spend his off-season volunteering in his hometown goes awry when he learns that not only is he coaching teenage girls, but that the program is coordinated by energetic (and five feet two inches of trouble) coordinator Rainey Saunders, his childhood friend–and the woman he could never stand to see dating any other guy…

When their tempers flare, Mark and Rainey discover their fireworks don’t just burn angry–they burn very, very, hot! But that’ll just sweeten the victory. Because Mark always plays to win. And with Rainey, he’s planning on playing very dirty too…

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Trying to work some magically good PR, Mark, coach of a NHL Hockey team, goes home to help his brother and his struggling local recreation center. He never expected to run into the one woman who has haunted him for years. Rainey threw herself at him at a very delicate time and even though he wanted her it just wasn’t the right time. Now he gets another chance at convincing her that now is the right time…if only for a few days.

Rainey cut all ties with Mark after she embarrassed herself and ran out on him. After all these years just a look from him can still make her heart stutter and she knows she’s in deep trouble. Having a “sex only” relationship starts out as a good plan until she suddenly finds herself falling for him again. Mark isn’t a forever kind of guy and he’s made himself clear that he can only offer a few days. Can Rainey stop her heart from falling for the only guy she has ever truly loved?

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Time Out is a short, stand alone Harlequin romance from their Blaze line. Blaze meaning spicier then their run of the mill romances. Time Out, being wrote by Jill Shalvis was a definite read for me on the authors name alone. I generally love a good Shalvis romance. As a whole I did enjoy this short book. It was hot and steamy with enough push and pull that I found myself eager to turn the page. I *may* have a slight thing with Latino men…ok ok , I do. I wanted to climb up Mark’s body and wrap my legs around his head like a vise. He was yummyrific! Too bad he spends the majority of the book totally going against everything his body is telling him. He thought way to much and didn’t feel what his heart was trying to tell him. He spent every turn trying to convince people that he was a normal, average guy but he spent a ton of money every time he needed something done. So while I understood that he was trying to project a certain image, it didn’t really come across in his actions.

I really enjoyed Rainey. She wore her heart on her sleeve. She constantly tried to tell herself a relationship with Mark could be just for the sex but even I could see early on she was fooling herself. She has been hopelessly in love with Mark since she was sixteen years old. Comparing every guy with her larger then life image of him. Now he has rippling man muscles that she wants to lick every square inch of and is constantly trying to talk herself out of doing so. Rainey was heartfelt and even when helping the kids at the rec center she gave it her all. Stepping in to help kids in need takes a special type of person and Rainey was that person.

What made the book slip a notch was the ending. It was just over. Nothing. I just didn’t get it. You ever watch a tv cliffhanger and then the show never come back from the break? That’s what this felt like. So much tension. So much drama. Then BAM! It’s over. The ending felt forced and with no epilogue, I just felt cut off.

So…in summery…I like Rainey and Mark. I like the story. The ending wasn’t enough for me.

I give Time Out by Jill Shalvis 3.75 stars! 

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