At first I couldn t et into the story because it #started a little slow but then I ot sucked in The lack of sex and sexual tension didn t detract from #a little slow but then I ot sucked in The lack of sex and sexual tension didn t detract from powerful story About a uarter way through I was vested in the characters and boy did they have issues Bryan had only been with one woman his ex wife This was the first time I d read a romance novel where the male character had less sexual experience than the heroine it was fine though It didn t make him seem less manly at all It was actually kinda sweet which fit with his personality in the book Bryan was struggling to be a ood father to a sullen angst ridden teenage daughter and I sympathized with him for that as well as his personal struggle with feelings of inadeuacy I sympathized with Clare though not as much as I did with Brya Got this as a freebie from Tell Harleuin I m just not into books with heavy kid influence This was not a book I would have chosen to read it was sent to me for a survey It was ok I enjoyed the premise and the fact that it involved hockey added to the story To me though the story was about the suddenly single father trying to bond with his 13 year old hockey playing daughter and the romantic aspect with the new lady in town could have been left out entirely This was just okay I liked the kids Allie and Tim Allie was well developed than Tim He could have used time on screen I liked the hero Bryan than Tim Allie was well developed than Tim He could have used time on screen I liked the hero Bryan than heroine Clare Clare didn t open up at all until the last 2 or 3 pages She was very closed in and stand offish Her sudden turn around was a little unbelievable There was so much time spent with the kids and their problems that the romance was iven very little page time They were basically never together alone I didn t see them fall in love at all I kept expecting Clare to tell Bryan about her sister earlier and them to work together to see her overcome her fears Instead there are scenes like the one where Allie I Was A Stranger gets her period and Bryan needs help in therocery store picking the right feminine products He asks Clare to come talk to Allie but she refuses in order to keep her emotional distance So no payoff from that scene and there were plenty of other scenes like it Scene after sce. Bryan James knows everything about hockey That's a passion he and his daughter Allie share What he doesn't know is how to be a single father And the way he's scrambling to hold his thirteen year old's world and his together kind of proves.
Ellen Hartman Ö 2 ReadVery close to being perfect for meHartman tells the story of two single parents and how they try to do their best single parents and how they try to do #THEIR BEST THEIR RESPECTIVE KID THEY #best their respective kid They love their children like crazy but they also screw up are in over their heads and burden the kids with old stuff from long
This felt very real me and the parenting story was slightly important to me than the romanceThe romance is very sweet and both heroine and hero have flaws and hang ups but also are very lovable and iving people who might just be right for each otherThe end was touching but I wanted Which was probably not possible in this format But I still ive this book the whole five stars for The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States giving me real people with real issues connecting in beautiful and sincere waysI hope they can work out a way to build on this nice beginning work through the stuff from the past and be a family The fourth star is for Bryan who was such areat character If only Clare had been as reat Her walls stayed up for too long to the detriment of her and the story Things should have started happening at least a fourth of the book earlier than the did She ended up coming off as a real bitch instead of someone emotionally hurting But Bryan was an awesome lead and an awesome dad and I loved to read his and Allie s scenes He deserved better than Clare If it weren t for the hero and the two pre teens I would have iven this a 25 out of 5 because I found Claire the heroine seriously annoying She moved around every year and seemed shocked when her son suddenly found that upsetting Also while I m not much of a sports fan myself and can certainly understand Claire s lack of interest in hockey I was VERY upset that she would read a book during her son s Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth games During practice is fine but during hisame It s obviously something important to him and yet she completely ignores it The hero s attempts to rebuild his relationship with his daughter after his divorce were touching and really he and the kids saved this book I can t really recommend it because of the horrible heroine I couldn t understand why anyone would put up with her and her painful past just didn t justify her self centered behavior in my opinion Miniseries You Me the Kids. E's smart and beautifuland outraged at what's happened Worse she wants nothing to do with his beloved sport his amazing daughteror him Luckily he's been in this 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts game long enough to know there's always another play toet you what you want. ,Ago This Felt Very Real
Ne showing Clare protecting her emotions but none showing her really reaching out and taking a chance and rowing I don t really know what Bryan saw in her There were 2 scenes which included kissing There was
sex atNo Sex At All With
with hero In fact she was the to come on to him the first time I kind of ot the feeling she was seducing him and he wasn t really interested mentally just physically The second time very late in the was seducing him and he wasn t really interested mentally just physically The second time very late in the didn t seem to have any real reason behind it Clare had just told him about her sister who had died of a disease years earlier That was the reason she s so scared of letting anyone close So he necks with her in the back of a car to make her feel cherished and safe and whole That didn t really make much sense and they didn t become any closer because of itAlso I didn t like uite how promiscuous Clare seemed to be She had a new boyfriend just for sex in everytown I m open to my modern heroines having love lives before they meet the hero but hers seemed excessive especially with her having a son born out of wedlockBryan was well written as a man who traveled alot and didn t know his daughter or how to be a single parent but who was trying hard and muddling throughLack of real romance however pulls the entire volume down This is a Harleuin Romance after all The romance should be central I rate it a B I really enjoyed the book It just took too long to et to where they were oing and it seriously needed to be longer The character s lives their world completely changes and the book ends one second later Not fair I enjoyed the hockey theme Calling the Shots is less a romance and a story of parents dealing with teenage children Because of this the romance did not feel right the two adults even acted like children at times There was too much hurt and too much past angst to fully embrace this story as a romance This book is not a bad story if you are looking for a tale that centers on teenage angst and Hello, Snow! growing pains I could neveret into either Bryan s or Clare s psyche and was much sympathetic to the kids I could never believe that the adults had a romance so I can do nothing but warn you away This is not for everyone which book is but it came. That So does the fact they're in community mediation after Allie's run in with another player on her own team There's probably some valuable learning in this for Bryan but he's too distracted by the other player's parent Clare Sampson Sh.all with hero in fact she was the