Misadventures of a Rookie (Misadventures #11) by Toni Aleo

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Winning has always come naturally for stud ice hockey defenseman Gus “the Bus” Persson. On the ice or off, he’s never had any trouble scoring, racking up goals—and girls. As the best player in his rookie class and the number-one draft pick of the Malibu Suns, he’s taking his game to the next level and is justifiably full of swagger. 

So why does one of the Suns’ ice girls treat him like he’s invisible? 

Bo St. James doesn’t have time for rookie hotshots who think their gloves don’t stink. She knows them, she works with them, she trains them. It doesn’t matter that Gus Persson is the hottest newbie she’s ever seen. She knows his type. She’s got big plans of her own, and she’s not going to let some cocky rich kid athlete keep her from her goals. 

But there’s a chemistry between them they cannot deny. A lust that burns so hot, it threatens to melt the very ice on which they make their livings. The game has changed for both of them. Together, can these two play to win?

Pet’s $0.02

I’m never quite sure what kind of hero I’m going to get in an Aleo book and honestly, her hero’s are hit or miss for me. There are a few who have seriously tested me…

 

This one is definitely a hit!

 

When I started, I was sure that Gus "the Bus" Persson was going to be another of those man whore asshats that I hate, but I’m so glad I read this one, because I ended up loving his character.

 

Once Gus meets Bo, he falls hard and his manwhore ways are abandoned. I don’t think he even made a conscious decision not to whore around. She just became his world. What woman can resist that? He had this unexpected silliness to him that I dug and it wasn’t forced. It was just him. The Unicorn Lube scene… hilarious. And the dog… sealed my love for Gus.

 

Bocephus was a surprise for me because she was so serious at the beginning that I expected there would be a ton of angst, a ton of misunderstandings and just overall drama. There is some, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story and it fits in nicely to give you a good picture of why Bo feels the way she does about getting involved with another hockey player. I would have liked to know a little more of what happened in that past relationship, but it didn’t affect how much I enjoyed the rest of it. Oh, and Bocephus has got to be one of the best heroine names I’ve read in ages.

 

The only part of the book that I wish had happened differently was Bo’s relationship with her parents. I so wanted to see it work out that she got it all, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how that could happen and I think Aleo left it right where it needed to be left.

 

I’m so glad Gus and Bo were everything I’d hoped they’d be.

Another win for Aleo.