Rookie Mistake (On the Board Book 1) by Anna Zabo & L.A. Witt


When I asked L.A. Witt for a copy of Rookie Mistake to ARC read for this review she didn't mention the triggers from Julien's past (they're at the end of the blurb), but she did say that this was a 'chonky' read... and at 536 pages she was right... but man, was it oh so worth it...

From the blurb:

Rookie forward Isaac Rivera is still finding his footing in the big leagues where he’s no longer the best player on the roster. It’s a whole new world, especially now that several of his hockey idols have become teammates. Friends, even.

There’s one who’s more than a hockey idol, though… and he might end up being more than a friend.

Julien Landry is a powerhouse on the ice. In eight years, he’s become one of the league’s top defensemen and the heartthrob everyone wants to bed. But fallout from a painful mistake as a rookie, followed by years of rough-and-tumble hookups, have him itching for something more.

When a connection sparks between him and Isaac, he discovers what he’s been missing: someone he can trust with his body and his heart. As long as Isaac and Julien keep the heat between them off the ice, what could go wrong?

But Julien’s past is never far behind him, and when it comes crashing in, he might lose everything—his career, his friends, and the first person he’s ever really loved.

CW: discussions of past abuse and sexual assault

Heather's Review:

When Isaac and Julien get together it's a beautiful thing... they match on so many levels, but there is one big grey cloud hovering over the relationship and that's a spectre from Julien's past... this book needs all 536 pages to tell the tale properly and give Julien the HEA he so richly deserves...

Rookie Mistake is spicy, sweet, funny and emotional and I ate it up!  So much passion, both between Isaac and Julien and also for the love of the game.... you can see that the authors have a love of hockey in the way it's written and it teases you throughout the book for what's to come in book two, which I am so on board for!

I'm also hoping for a spinoff with Chad Weyland getting his HEA too, either with a move to Pittsburgh or with the series shifting to his team!

If you're a fan of mildly kinky sports romance with an epic HEA, you're definitely going to want to add this book to your TBR immediately!

Rating: 5 Stars

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