by Rachel Gibson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ahh now this is a book for a true Hockey Fan :) Lots of action on the ice in this book :)
THIS IS JANE
A little subdued. A little stubborn. A little tired of going out on blind dates with men who drive vans with sofas in the back, Jane Alcott is living the Single Girl existence in the big city. She is also leading a double life. By day, she's a reporter covering the raucous Seattle Chinooks hockey team—especially their notorious goalie Luc Martineau. By night, she's a writer, secretly creating the scandalous adventures of "Honey Pie"...the magazine series that has all the men talking.
SEE JANE SPAR
Luc has made his feelings about parasite reporters—and Jane—perfectly clear. But if he thinks he's going to make her life a misery, he'd better think again.
SEE JANE ATTRACT
For as long as he can remember, Luc has been single minded about his career. The last thing he needs is a smart mouthed, pain in the backside, reporter digging into his past and getting in his way. But once the little reporter shed her black and gray clothes in favor of a sexy red dress, Luc sees that there is more to Jane than originally meets the eye.
Maybe it's time to take a risk. Maybe it's time to live out fantasies. Maybe it's time to....
SEE JANE SCORE!
Loved it! We start off with Jane working on her newest article for Him Magazine - The life of Honey Pie - lol She's a total nympho But Honey Pie is not the same person as Jane - Jane is in fact the opposite of Honey Pie. She doesn't have her curves, she is too shy, and plain compared to Honey, That's why Honey Pie is her secret fantasy. And she writes it in secret.
When Jane gets a phone call from her boss, she finds out that the guy who normally writes for the Chinooks Hockey team is in the hospital, and wont be returning anytime soon. So she gets his job.
At first Jane was nervous. She knew she needed this job, and she was looking forward to the experience, but ... hee hee she knew nothing about Hockey, and she did know that female sports writers were not as welcoming with the teams... especially in the locker rooms.
When she was introduced to the team, they told her not to expect a lot of cooperation from them... she didn't expect it, but that wasn't going to stop her.
Their first game was out of town, traveling with the team was exactly as they said it would be. They tormented her at her hotel with hang up phone calls, and snuck off to dinner while she ate at the hotel alone, and even went as far as bringing her a dead mouse, just for laughs..
She read her Hockey books for dummies, and tried to follow everything going on it the games, In the locker room after each game, the guys had a special way of giving her their attention - by dropping their shorts just as she walks by. Ignoring her questions, she was really frustrated, but determined to get her job right.
Until the team wasn't keeping with their winning streak, and blamed their bad luck on Janbeing there.
Which got her fired from the sports section. She knew it was a possibility, after all, Hockey Players were very superstitious, but it still stung.
She tried to show she was better than the guys who called her "bad luck" and went to their next home game. She walked into the locker room and wished them luck. She shook hands of the captain, and walked out.
outside of the locker room she ran into Luc, the goalie. She knew he was the main reason she lost her job. She thanked him personally by telling him she needed that job, and calling him a Big dumb Dodo.
Luc felt badly, yes he was the one that started the rumors about Jane giving the team bad luck, but she didn't belong with the team.
But he didn't realize that she NEEDED the job.
So he had talked to the management and they told him they offered her the job back, but she didn't take it.
So he went to her apartment to talk her into it.
She was already planning on taking the job, but watching Luc talk her into taking it was better. She even weaseled an exclusive one on one interview! Something that no one has done before.
So that night when she was sitting in the press box before the game, the manager called her down to the locker room. The team was strongly superstitious, and since she made her speech and they won, then shook the captain's hand, and he had his first triple hat, they made her do the speech all over again. Which meant just before every game, she had to deliver the same speech, and call Luc a Big Dumb Dodo...
Things started getting easier, the team talked to her more after the game, and they included her a little more at the hotels.
When they had their home stretch, it was good to be back in her own apartment.
The team was invited to the retirement of Hugh's jersey (Hugh and John from the first book had retired after getting married a few years earlier to Georgeanne and Mae - remember them?? )
Jane had gotten a make over by her BFF Caroline, and showed up in the most stunning red dress she had ever worn.. and Luc couldn't believe it was the same short, flat chested, boring clothes Jane that she usually was.
This was a really cute story. I enjoyed reading about Jane learning the game. and the details about the actual games were pretty good too :)
I love Luc - he's such a fun loving guy, HA! Who am I kidding. there isn't anything fun or loving about this guy, but he defiantly has a soft spot. He is great with his sister, and shows his true feelings towards the end :)