Jenson Monroe is everything you could ask for in a man and in a sports romance hero. He’s kind, caring, compassionate, loving… not to mention, he’s absolutely gorgeous with a model physique and abs even Adam Vay would be jealous of. He’s the best in his profession and his position and it would seem he has no flaws. Oh, and he’s the goalie for Toni Aleo’s fictional Nashville Assassins.
In case anyone needed evidence…
In The Crease tells the story of Wren Lemiere and Jenson Monroe. These two couldn’t be more different on the surface. One kind, caring and sweet and the other was a good time girl… that is until pregnancy and a need for an inheritance sends her searching for a husband before her birthday and her baby’s arrival.
Wren is under an awful lot of pressure to pull it off and collect their some $50 million inheritance, as her brother Wells already forfeit his share when he came out as openly gay. Poor Wren now feels like she has to come through for both her and her brother but that involves finding a husband – and a man willing to take on another man’s child – all before her brothers wedding in a matter of weeks. Oh and then there’s the fact she’s already six months along.
So she asks Jenson, possibly against her better judgement. He throws at her stipulations that she never ever expected and while it seems like he’s trying to push something that won’t ever happen, we begin to understand just how much history this pair have.
It all sounds like something you’d see in a novel, something that’s just on the edge of believable but really when you throw in the sweet nature of Monroe and the background with the Assassins it’s more than a wonderful story. I could easily have read the entire story in a few hours but I found myself putting my kindle down. Not because I was bored of the story, but because I didn’t want it to end.
I found myself both loving and hating Jenson in equal measure. Mostly because Aleo has now written a character who is chasing the Assassins most loved spot in my heart. Anyone who knows me knows that Jordie Thomas is my absolute favourite Assassin, but with Monroe turning up and being all lovable and stuff… well he’s sneaking up there and he’s almost overtaken Jordie and that’s pretty much only because he plays my favourite position and that’s goalie.
If you have never read any of Toni’s novels before, then In The Crease would be a great place to start. All of them can be read as standalones, but if you read all of them in order you learn just how wonderful the Assassins organisation and family is. All of the players and their wives and children are just wonderful and each of their stories just make the whole thing more of a world you can so easily get sucked into.
[I was given an ARC of this book in return for an honest review of the book.]
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?