Power Play by Nancy Warren
212 pp. // Contemp. Romance // Harlequin Blaze // Nov. 2009
GOODREADS SUMMARY: Keep her hands to herself?
Not easy for Emily Saunders, who’s in Elk Crossing, Idaho, for a family wedding. She’s double booked in the same hotel room with a sexy cop attending–of all things!–a hockey tournament. As a massage therapist, Emily’s soon itching to soothe Jonah Bett’s gorgeous muscles–both on and off the ice.
Jonah can’t believe his luck–a sexy single woman sharing his cozy room, albeit temporarily. Okay, her orange bridsemaid dress is a disaster and her family is convinced he’s actually her boyfriend. He’s ready to go along with it even as he makes his play…
Until Emily is suddenly calling for a TIME-OUT! Will Jonah’s fantasies be permanently iced?
I’m finding that the more I like a book, the quicker I gobble it up. Seems like an obvious cause/effect, but it really hit home when I finished Power Play in THREE HOURS!
The only things that stood out more than the steamy bedroom scenes were the unexpected and hilarious laugh-til-you-cry scenes. It’s been a while since I’ve literally laughed out loud when reading a book and there were multiple moments where I not only smiled and giggled, but I bellowed out full-on laughs during this book.
Good-girl Emily returns to her hometown as a bridesmaid in her cousin’s wedding. Since she’s single, she always been labeled the ‘reliable one,’ and constantly bends over backward for her family’s requests. Dependable as she may be, Emily refuses to bunk at home and books a hotel room (far away from her family) for the week. As luck would have it, the hotel experiences a bedbug infestation the first night during her stay and she is booted from her room.
Jonah is staying across the hall from Emily when the infestation occurs and the evacuation definitely throws a wrench into his week-long hockey tournament. Because of a hotel mix-up — and because they’re both stubborn — Jonah and Emily become roommates for the week. There is one up side to Emily’s new roommate, however — an excuse to get her family off her back, as she pretends Jonah is her boyfriend. The sheets sizzle between these two and their banter is absolutely hilarious!
Emily is quick-witted and multifaceted, enjoying a cold beer as much as painting her nails, while Jonah is as big (in a sexy, hover-over-you kind of way) and lovable as a teddy bear. The author also adds a secondary romance to the mix which at first seems confusing, but soon becomes a charming touch that adds another dimension to the story. Rounding things out is a climax with an unexpected clinch, and in the end I was left with a chuckling grin on my face.