Synopsis from Goodreads
Neve Angel’s life is all work and no play, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. One of Denver’s top sports reporters, she’s fought hard to make it in a male-dominated world, and she won’t back down from a fight with anyone–not even the Hellions’ gruff head coach, Tor Gunnar. Her hostile relationship with the icy Scandinavian is the stuff of local legend.
Tor Gunnar hates dealing with the media; at best, they are a nuisance and at worst, a distraction. And no one distracts him more than the scrappy, sexy reporter who gets him hot under the collar. When he wins a not-so-friendly bet with Neve, he decides it’s high time they either kiss or kill each other and invites her as a date to an out-of-town wedding.
But what happens when enemies become lovers? Will they be able to smother their sizzling attraction, or is it time to start playing for keeps?
The foundation for Neve and Tor’s story was laid out in Mister Hockey making it clear that the outward animosity they displayed toward each other masked an underlying simmering attraction. So throw them together for a weekend with only one hotel room left and prepare to watch the sparks fly 😉
The similarities between Neve and Tor were quite surprising. Both have deep insecurities from incidents in their pasts that affect them forming relationships and undermine their self-confidence. Both have also used their careers as a way to fill the void in their lives.
I really liked the way in which Lia portrayed body image issues affecting not only those with larger builds but basically anyone at all. Everyone has aspects of their body/appearance they are unhappy with, nobody is perfect, but these issues are generally exasperated by media/social pressure to conform to fit a stereotype. Neve’s body issues really began when she competed in figure skating. Hateful words can cut deeper than any knife and the scars last a lot longer.
Lia touches upon the topical issues of sexism and gender inequality within Head Coach; Neve is a woman in the male-dominated world of sports journalism and encounters a great deal of bias as a result.
I loved the way the relationship between Tor and Neve occurs naturally and although they encounter some stumbling blocks they are mature in their handling of the situation. However, the largest barrier they have is the clash of their careers, which, until now have been their sole focus. Is this a barrier they can’t overcome or will there be a surprising solution!!!!
Lia adds a fun element to the story with a legend of match-making ghosts ♥
The path has been set for the next book in the series – Virgin Territory – featuring the temperamental Patrick ‘Patch’ Donnelly!!!
I am pretty sure Patch will be needing a lot of help from Tor and Neve ensuring we get to see them more in the next book 🙂