To NHL coach, Mark Diego, there is nothing better than winning. In TIME OUT, Mark uses all his tricks to win the heart of Rainey Saunders, his childhood friend who he has hurt in the past.
When they were younger, Rainey had a huge crush on Mark but Mark was never aware of these feelings. The one night that Rainey decides she is going to tell Mark about her feelings and give herself to him, she walks in and interrupts Mark with another girl.
As time passes and hearts heal, Mark returns to his hometown to spend his off-season volunteering in his local community. This decision brings him face-to-face with Rainey once again. But now she isn’t the young girl he knew from his past. Rainey has grown into herself, showcasing an energetic and light-hearted charisma that makes him regret hurting her in the past.
As they spend more and more time together, tension rises and heat flares. And the sparks are inevitable.
Jill Shalvis does a fantastic job of rekindling dormant feelings. As she explores those repressed feelings, readers are shown just how deep those past attachments ran. However, I think the building of their relationship in this book really makes this story shine.
Though it is a slow progression, Rainey allows Mark back into her life, trusting him again with something as vulnerable as her heart. I liked that there was a balance between the sweet and funny parts and the serious. The idle banter between the hero and heroine enhances the story instead of breaking up the impact of a past that they have shared.
I’m starting to believe that Jill Shalvis writes some of my favourite heroes in contemporary romance. She writes them rugged and sexy and Mark Diego is no exception. He’s got that charm that makes you want to smile and the heat in his eyes that Rainey can’t ignore. They were perfect for one another. I loved this book!