Becoming a teen mom at eighteen was not what I expected, but then again, neither was being a single parent. Still, I wouldn’t change my past because that boy is my world.
Hockey is the only thing my son seems to care about, so I work two jobs to make sure he can play. I’d do anything to make sure he doesn’t suffer because of the bad decisions his father made.
When he won a whole summer of hockey training, I knew in my heart he was going to have an amazing time.
What I wasn’t prepared for was meeting his new summer coach.
He was magnetic, powerful, and a player—in all forms of the word.
If my life had taught me anything up to this point, it was how to avoid making bad decisions, and Justin Stone was the definition of a bad decision.
I could never be a woman his family approved of. Even if I wished I could be.
Growing up as the son of a hockey God is one thing. Growing up as the brother of a second hockey God is another. I had big skates to fill, so it was a good thing I loved every second of it.
Summer was my off time, my time to let loose, but when they ask me to coach a hockey camp for underprivileged kids, I couldn’t say no.
But when she walked in holding a little boy’s hand, my heart stopped beating. Or maybe it started for the first time.
They were a package deal, and I knew this—wanted it more than I’ve ever wanted anything. It didn’t take long to realize that no matter what happened,
I would do anything to protect them.
She is the only one I want to be with.
When push comes to shove, I have to prove to everyone that this is my choice, and This is Forever.
My ARC Review:
This was a fantastic read, a hockey themed single mum trope, full of emotions, drama and laugh out loud moments…. such a fabulous read I just couldn’t put it down, I was invested in the story line from the start, not one to be missed this!
Justin is the youngest member of the Stone family (from Natasha’s other This Is books), never one for relationships having followed in the footsteps of his family and became a professional hockey player. During the summer he spends time with his business, a foundation set up to help underprivileged kids to play hockey by offering a summer camp, all expenses paid. Little does he know just how earth shattering and life changing this summer is going to be!
Caroline is a single mum to Dylan, with a junkie for an ex-husband who makes her life hell. She had debts up to her eyeballs because of him, having to work 2 jobs and is just barely getting by with the most basic of things. Dylan loves hockey and has the opportunity of going to Justin’s summer camp, which Caroline is eager to make sure he goes to, within her meagre means.
Caroline has had it so very hard in her life, she is used to being there and doing everything for Dylan, not having to rely on anyone else, she is such a strong character but she does not realise that herself and has very low self esteem. What she and Dylan go through is heartbreaking and very emotional at times, Natasha had me in tears several times throughout this book!
Justin is obviously a NHL player, hot, sexy, and what dreams are made of. He is loyal, protective, caring and so very giving, I loved him and his whole Stone family! His relationship with Caroline and Dylan was inspiring, his interaction with Dylan was just awesome, just what the kid needed, someone on his side! But Caroline and Dylan stole the show for me, those two have been through hell yet have managed to keep going.
Quite an emotional roller coaster of a read that will have you laughing and crying while your heart gets broken and then remade as the storyline is raw, gritty and heart rending at times. Highly recommended reading.
When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…