Originally posted on Wit and Sin: http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-time-out-by-jill-shalvis.html
When two of his players get in a fight that generates negative publicity, NHL coach Mark Diego needs to repair the damage. He does so by signing himself and the two players up for an off-season of volunteering in Mark’s hometown. Santa Rey has been hit hard by wildfires and Mark is happy to help rebuild — heck, he’ll even suck it up and coach a softball team made up of teenage girls. But what throws the unshakeable Mark for a loop is rec center coordinator Rainey Saunders. Rainey has certainly grown up from when she was a young girl with a major crush on him. And if Mark can convince Rainey to let him past the barriers she’s erected around her heart, it’ll be a long, hot, sexy
summer in Santa Rey.Time Out
is signature Jill Shalvis — sexy, fun, and utterly delightful. I found myself drawn into Rainey and Mark’s story from the start. Youthful friends that grow up to be lovers who fall in love is an often-used romance trope, but Ms. Shalvis makes it feel fresh and new in Time Out
. Rainey and Mark’s mutual history makes for an instant connection while at the same time creates obstacles in their romance. The one-sided crush on Mark that teenage Rainey had still affects her, which is understandable given the circumstances (though I won’t spoil the story by saying why). I liked both protagonists so much that I practically devoured Time Out
, as Ms. Shalvis had me rooting for Rainey and Mark to get together.
A host of likeable secondary characters rounds out Time Out
, making the story, people, and town of Santa Rey come to life. I’m a big fan of Ms. Shalvis’s work and Time Out
is an example of why Ms. Shalvis is an autobuy author for me. I adored Time Out
and I can’t wait to read Ms. Shalvis’s next book!
*ARC received courtesy of HQN and NetGalley