Mar 10

Down and Dirty by Kendall Ryan Review



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Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all new stand-alone novel.


Last night in Vegas is a blur. There were drunken shenanigans … And now I’m waking up naked wrapped around Landon freaking Covington, my incredibly hot younger guy friend, with a wedding ring on my finger and a marriage certificate on the table next to me.

Like I said, whoops. I’m thirty. I should know better, but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?

Well, apparently not.

Because I’ve married the last alpha-male virgin on the planet. Yep, virgin. And my stubborn, oddly traditional new husband doesn’t want a divorce. He wants me.

If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!

(Books can be enjoyed in any order.)

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I am loving Kendall Ryan’s Hot Jocks series so much! She has been creatively blending the friends-to-lovers trope with another to form distinct and personal romantic foundations for each couple in this hockey-themed series. Every single one of these stories has been unique, thoroughly entertaining and smoking hot. There are definitely feels to be felt in each of these romances, but nothing overwhelmingly angsty. Ryan layers in just enough conflict to keep readers engaged, but these stories are lighter-hearted, feel-good, pleasures to read. I simply can’t get enough of these completely swoon-worthy hockey players and their feisty, fiery women, and I am officially addicted.

Landon has just completed his rookie year, and even though he’s the new guy, his teammates have welcomed him into their crew. During a joint bachelor/bachelorette weekend in Vegas for his teammate, Owen, and his bride-to-be, Becca, Landon and Aubree, one of the bride’s best friends, learn that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there when they wake up after a night of drunken shenanigans with more than just a hangover.

Cautious and career-focused, Aubree’s main concern is their seven-year age difference. The thing about that, though, was that more often than not, it was Landon, the younger one of the two of them, who was the calm, cool voice of reason. He was mature beyond his years, decisive and determined. He knew what he wanted—an honest chance with Aubree to build something real. He was patient and thoughtful, and I loved how his introspections allowed him to be really open and vulnerable with her. He may have lacked some practical experience, but there was no mistaking his desire for her. His reverent explorations of her coupled with his natural alpha personality was so incredibly hot. The fact that they didn’t rush to consummate their relationship, focusing their intimate activities instead on discovering, learning and experimenting with each other, was even hotter. I’ll admit that there were times I was screaming in my head at Aubree to open her eyes and her heart to this sexy, kind and sweet man before her. It took her a while to get there, but once she did, she was all in.

Down and Dirty was another awesome story in a series full of them. Landon and Aubree’s chemistry was off the charts, and I loved their sexy, slow burn romance. This was one seriously swoony and steamy part friends-to-lovers, part fake marriage romance, and I devoured it in a day. Down and Dirty by Kendall Ryan gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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