Courtney Abbot may be a gold-medal winner for Olympic women’s hockey, but that only got her so far, since there’s no professional women’s league she could get drafted to. She still manages to kick a lot of ass for her semi-pro team, though, with her day job as a realtor supporting her passion. Court knows that, at thirty-four, she only has a couple of years left of playing, so she’s determined to enjoy every minute, even if one of the team’s newest players is hellbent on making her miserable.
Lana Caruso is taking a break from her job as second violin at Chicago’s orchestra. She’s back in her hometown with her teenage son, Eric, to help her brother run the family’s pizzeria while her dad recovers from a heart attack. When Court catches her eye at the restaurant one evening, Lana is pleasantly surprised to learn the next day that Court is her realtor, giving Lana a chance to get to know her a little better.
Court doesn’t do relationships and Lana’s only planning to be in town for nine months before she and Eric return to their life in Chicago. A fling might not be wise, but surely they can keep feelings out of it, can’t they?
I immediately liked Lana and Court, and I grew to love them more and more as I read this book. With both of them being in their mid-30s, I appreciated that their lives are largely together. This meant that their character arcs revolve around evaluating priorities and things like that, rather than a fundamental shift in who they are as people. That worked very well for me because I already liked who they are so much.
The Writing Style
This is such an easy book to pick up and sink into. If I hadn’t had to go to work, I would have finished it the same day I started it. And when I wasn’t reading On the Fly, I was wanting to read it! Everything about how it’s written—the plotting, pacing, relationship development—worked for me.
Everything. Seriously, I freaking loved this book.
Is it a con that I hated that new hockey player so much? Probably not, since we’re supposed to hate her. I guess I don’t have any cons.
On the Fly is a perfect romance. The characters are wonderful, the romance is developed well, the story is immersive, and I was left completely satisfied. If you’re a fan of contemporary romances and especially sports romances, you are definitely going to want to check this one out.
Excerpt from On the Fly by P.J. Trebelhorn
“How is everything, ladies?” [Lana] asked. Court hoped to God she hadn’t heard any of their conversation. Her smile gave away nothing.
“Fine,” Court said, perhaps a little too quickly. Lana’s head tilted to the side. “Everything is great.”
“Good.” Lana stood there a moment longer. “Can I get you anything else?”
“Actually,” Gail said as she was looking back and forth between Lana and Court, and Court knew exactly what was coming.
“Gail, don’t,” she said, trying to sound threatening.
“I was wondering if you could settle a bet between us,” Gail said. Court fought the urge to slide out of the booth and under the table. She was going to kill Gail someday.
“Okay,” Lana said, sounding intrigued and hesitant at the same time. “If I can.”
Court started to stand up, seriously considering leaving, but Gail kicked her in the shin under the table. She managed to not yell out in pain, but Gail had achieved her goal. Court wouldn’t be getting up any time soon.
“I say you were flirting with her earlier,” Gail said, pointing a finger at Court. Court refused to look at Lana. This was so not cool. “She insists you weren’t.”
“Oh,” Lana said. She was silent for a few seconds, and Court was unable to keep from looking up at her any longer. She placed a hand firmly on Court’s shoulder and leaned down to speak into her ear. “Maybe I wasn’t doing it right? I’ll be sure to make it more obvious next time.”
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- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
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