Synopsis from Goodreads
The Arizona Vengeance is hockey’s hottest new team. But hockey’s hottest goalie is learning that even the best players sometimes need an assist.
Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I amLegend Bay.
Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.
As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.
But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .
Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.
Legend has butted heads with his colourful neighbour since moving into his new home. Legend and Pepper have very different styles and way of expressing themselves; while Pepper is colourful, creative and artistic, Legend is calm and rational priding himself on his focus and dedication to his career. So why is Pepper digging so deep under Legend’s skin? Despite their banter, there are very real electrical sparks between the pair. However, Legend is determined to ignore them dismissing Pepper as flighty and ditzy.
So when Legend’s life gets turned upside down, it comes as a complete shock to him that the one person he can turn to for help is Pepper.
I adored Pepper and her view of the world, seeing and doing are often to very different things when it comes to offering help but Pepper embraces the chance to make others life better whether it is via the children’s books she writes and illustrates or by aiding others with the curveballs life throws at them. Her optimistic nature and colourful pixie presence bring the sunshine she carries inside her to people’s lives. Even though she herself has suffered traumatic life events, Pepper has used the experiences to embrace the positive in her life rather than letting the negative shape her identity.
I loved how accepting Legend was of the situation and the way in which he allowed love to become a fundamental part of his life. Some seriously swoon-worthy moments here.
The portrayal of the mental health issue within the narrative was to an extreme but was a necessary addition to the plot.
Legend is a super sweet story and shows that everything happens for a reason even if it is very different to how we envisioned it.