Power Plays and Straight A’s | Eden Finley, Saxon James


“Look out for Zach and don’t hit on him.”

My brother’s request sounds easy enough. Keep an eye out for his best friend on campus and keep my hands to myself.


Even if Zach is a quintessential nerd, who I’ve always thought was cute, I don’t have the time to think with my … stick.

There’s only one stick I should be focused on this year, and that’s my hockey stick. My goal once I graduate is to get an NHL contract.

The last thing I need is a distraction. On or off the ice.

Only, keeping to the rules is harder than I thought it would be.


People confuse me.

And no one more than Foster Grant.

I’ve barely spoken two words to him in the whole time I’ve known him, but the second I step foot on campus, he’s impossible to shake.

I can never anticipate his next move. And whenever we’re together, my next move is a total mystery as well.

I want to give in to him, but that might mean coming clean about something I’ve never been bothered about before.

I’m still carrying my V-card.

And I think it’s time to turn it in.

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How was it?

As sweet heartwarming stories go this book is a good one. I was looking for a fun light read, the kind that I could get lost in for hours and not realize it. Having enjoyed the Fake Boyfriend and Steele Brothers series, when I saw Eden Finley as one of the authors, and hockey in the name of the series, Power Plays & Straight A’s went up a few spots in my ever expending TBR list.

I’ll give a sports romance a shot but it doesn’t mean that it’s a shoo-in for my appreciation. In fact this book had one thing that would have played against if I’d read the blurb first. The whole socially awkward virgin nerd, or virgin anything, doesn’t always work for me. I don’t mind a virgin main characters but when that’s their main or only character trait it annoys me to no end. However here, I only picked up that Zach was a virgin on my second read – because yes this is re-read worthy, even worth owning in audio as well. The authors were respectful but didn’t make a big deal out of it, and to Zach himself it seemed like it was something on his to do list that he hadn’t gotten to yet because he’s busy.

Speaking of busy MC, I loved that both Zach and Foster had their own thing going. They didn’t forget their goals and aspirations as soon as some D got in the mix. Foster has hockey and Zach has his research and T.A. job, they grow to be sweet on each other but that didn’t negate what they wanted before. Of the two, Zach’s the one with the bigger arc, he’s the one who changes the most, without turning into someone else. I liked each of them and loved the pairing.

The first book in the CU Hockey series is a great read. There are no ridiculous drama, which is always a plus; the dialogues between the characters are often full of banter, lots of humor throughout. It’s a great start to the series, I can’t wait to read more.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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