Review of Jami Davenport's Crashing the Net
I am a HUGE fan of Miss Davenport and I never miss reading one of her books—especially her sports series. I absolutely fell in love with her football series and it was love at first read with her hockey series. I think she does such a great job of portraying realistic athletes and then pairs them with strong-minded females. Her books are a perfect mix of sports and romance, making her my favorite sports romance author.
This book was a little different for me, because at first I wasn't a huge fan of the hero, Cooper Black. His jealousy and controlling personality threw me, but as I continued on in the book, I came to respect (and really like) him. I loved the heroine, Izzy Maxwell. She is strong and has a really great heart when it comes to putting her life and dreams on hold to take care of her sisters. The sexual chemistry that Cooper and Izzy have is off the pages.
While this isn't favorite of Miss Davenport's books, I still really enjoyed it. It was one of those books that you start and you can't stop until you're finished. I would give this book 4.5 stars, and am definitely looking forward to Book 4. :)
About the Book:
Hockey star Cooper Black and professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell return in this sequel to Crashing the Boards.
Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When the gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her heart with one wink.
As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenaged nephew. Cooper doesn’t want to be a surrogate dad, he doesn’t want to play in Seattle, and he doesn’t want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green. Regardless, he wants her back, and he’s willing to change, if only she’ll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can’t refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he’s traveling with the team.
Fearing Cooper isn’t capable of changing his control-freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.