The Pilot and the Puck-Up by Pippa Grant
“I’m gonna love this woman until the day I die.”
I am ashamed of myself. And yes, I see the irony of the fact that it took a fictional character to get me to open my eyes and realize that I am guilty of judging a book, or two, by its cover. (And in this case the books would be a large and in charge hockey player hiding a heart of gold, and a balls to the wall chick, with an attitude to match, who has never found anyone strong enough to handle her.)
Zeus Berger probably came out of his mother’s womb half-man. I say half because there had to be enough room in there for his twin, Ares, as well. And yes, he is enormous- in size, in personality, in ego and well, somewhere else that it counts, as well. (Foot size!! I’m talking about feet, people!!) On the ice, his nickname, The Brute, is true to form. He’s a take no prisoners kind of player. And both on the ice and off he sees what he wants and he goes after it. He loves pranks, can never say no to a bet, and is accustomed to getting his way. Until Joey Fireball Diamonte crosses his path.
Essentially Zeus in female form, Joey is badass. Former military special ops turned pilot, she owns her own company which specializes in zero-G flights. She’s a little short on charm, and long on ummm, balls? Her motto, in EVERY aspect of her life, is, ‘if you want something done right, do it yourself’. And all she wants right now? Is for someone to invest in her company in order to make it competitive in space exploration and training. It’s her sole focus at the moment. At least, it was, before a cross-dressing hockey player with a competitive edge turned his focus on her.
Joey and Zeus are two of a kind. Confident, successful, larger than life. But there is SO much more to them. And Pippa Grant’s unbelievable writing ability allows the softer sides of these phenomenal characters to surface. Outwardly they are both driven and cocky. But as the story continues and layers are peeled back, we are able to see the depth of their love for family, their vulnerabilities, Zeus’s hidden intelligence and love for baking from scratch and the secret Joey has been hiding for a decade, or longer.
I adored Chase and Bro in Mr. McHottie. I swooned over Knox and Parker in Stud in the Stacks. But I have completely fallen in love, heart and soul with Zeus and Joey. Pippa Grant has a hat trick for sure.
Jodi is a former elementary school teacher/curriculum writer turned SAHM. She lives in NH and has three girls ages 8, 6 and 3. Every day is a chaotic surprise in her house and reading is her stress reliever/escape hatch. She has enjoyed reading since she was very little, and loves a wide variety of genres, including everything from classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice to sexy, smutty romance. She also enjoys coffee, chocolate, and wine, in that order throughout the day, and is very content any time she can go to the bathroom alone.