Title: Loud Mouth
Series: Ice Knights
Author: Avery Flynn
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Length: 222 pages, ebook
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3.5 Folded Pages
Warning: This book has explicit scenes and is not meant for those under 18.
I never meant to say a word, not one single word.
But I did.
And now, because of my blog, everyone knows that Ice Knights hockey star Ian Petrov’s best friend and fellow player is actually his half brother—hello, hockey Hall of Famer dad who couldn’t keep his jeans zipped.
That wouldn’t be such a big deal if Ian knew. He didn’t, and boy howdy is he pissed. And who is he most mad at? Oh sure, he’s upset with his dad and former best friend/brother from another mother, but most of his ire is with me. It’s definitely a case of hating the messenger.
And what could make it worse? How about the two of us being trapped together in a remote cabin after a massive blizzard. Neither of us can leave. Just us, the snow, his resentment, and OMG sexual tension so thick it would take a snowplow to break through it.
I’ve got to get out of here before I do something even dumber than I’ve already done and kiss the sexy, snarly grump with his misplaced anger and perfect pecs. That would be the worst, the absolute worst. That’s why I’m not going to do it. Nope. Really. So why can’t I stop imagining what it would be like?
I have some mixed feelings about this book. On the whole I enjoyed reading it. I finished it in one sitting over the course of about 2 hours. It was a fun jaunty read. Let’s start with the things I liked about it.
The overall plot is something I’m a sucker for. Accidentally trapped together because of some kind of storm AND they have to figure out a way to stay warm? Sign me up! That’s good fun for me. I think the author had a unique take on it.
I also think most of the characters were fun and believable. Shelby is a breath of fresh air in romance books for me. Shelby is described as having an alternative look. She has a shaved side of her head and her hair is short. She’s not big breasted or hipped. Her body proportions are only described once instead of constantly. I think overall, it was really good and unique take on a romance heroine.
Ian on the other hand was a bit one note. I felt like he had two modes, grumpy asswipe or completely in love and while that’s fun and fine, Flynn tried to sell him like he was multifaceted. I think if the writing didn’t try to push that narrative so much I wouldn’t have been so disappointed with how Ian’s development went.
The minor characters were fun! They were also very one note but they had memorable qualities that made reading them fun. I think it’s hard to make minor characters feel real so I’m not too bent out of shape when they aren’t fully fleshed out.
Another good aspect was the sex scenes. I thought they were well placed and they didn’t take up too much of the novel. They were unique for what they were and well paced. They didn’t drag on which I think is something a lot of romance novels suffer from.
My biggest gripe with the novel, honestly, is the editing. There were so many instances where I got pulled from the story by a typo or a misspelled word. I think this could have used a bit more proofreading.
Other than that, I also thought the overall pacing was a bit weird. It was very slow at the beginning and then suddenly it felt like I was slammed into fast forward. I don’t mind instant love but I do think there wasn’t enough build up for that switch from hate to somewhat like to love.
I’d still recommend this book if you are a fan of contemporary sports romances. It was quick and fun despite the small annoyances.