Nov 12

Trying to Score by Kendall Ryan Review



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“Make a sex tape,” they said.

“It’ll be fun,” they said.

Spoiler alert: they lied.

I’m an overworked attorney, but hey, at least my latest case is an interesting one. I’ve been hired to help my friend Teddy keep a sex tape he made years ago private. And considering Teddy is a pro hockey hunk with a huge reputation and an even bigger following, this news can’t get out.

Plus, I have an extra interest in making sure that tape never sees the light of day. Because the other person in that video?

Is me.

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

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I love hockey romances, and when Kendall Ryan announced the Hot Jocks series, I was so excited. I loved the first book, Playing for Keeps, a hybrid romance blending the friends-to-lovers and best friend’s little sister tropes. All the Way, the second standalone in this series, absolutely stole my heart. While not the lighthearted sports romance readers may have been expecting, it was a beautiful, moving love story, and Kendall broke my heart with that emotional story before she painstakingly pieced it back together. I’ve been a big fan of Kendall Ryan’s writing for years. Sassy, sexy, easy-reading contemporaries and romantic comedies are among my favorite things to read, and Kendall’s always find their way to the top of my list.

Kendall has been killing it with the Hot Jocks series—each book has been better than the last. Trying to Score is a blend of several tropes, and Ryan swirled the frenemies-to-lovers, fake relationship and second-chance romance tropes together masterfully. Pairing pro hockey player, Teddy King, and attorney, Sara Dawson, she matches two opposites in a surprisingly sweet, sexy romance. Teddy has had the whole playboy thing going on for most of the series, and Sara has been focused on her career and clawing her way to partner. What the unlikely duo hasn’t told anyone before is that they weren’t just study buddies in college, they had a casual, friends with benefits relationship that resulted in a sex tape. While they’ve kept their brief relationship a secret from their friends, they’re forced to work together to deal with the consequences of their actions, and the closeness they once shared comings roaring back to life.

I couldn’t get enough of their witty back-and-forth banter and how easily their relationship shifted. Teddy had been kind of the goof-ball of their group, but there was so much more to him and it really took me by surprise. Their chemistry has never been an issue, but it really explodes here in the best possible way. Teddy has always wanted more with Sara, and now that he has this chance, he’s not squandering it. I loved how comfortable and effortless their relationship was, but Teddy was so sweet and swoon-worthy, I couldn’t help but root for them the whole way.

Trying to Score was a fantastic addition to Kendall Ryan’s hockey-themed sports romance series. Full of sizzling chemistry, Teddy and Sara’s sweet friends-to-lovers romance was addictive, and I devoured it in a day. Trying to Score by Kendall Ryan gets 5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo



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