Face Offs and Cheap Shots | Eden Finley, Saxon James


For the last three years, I’ve lived and breathed hockey with one goal: team captain.

There’s only one thing standing in my way. TJ Beckett.

Beck is irresponsible and immature, and I’ve hated him since the moment we met freshman year.

Yet, the coaches see something in him I obviously can’t, and they refuse to choose between us. The captain spot is going to a team vote, and the team thinks that what we need are a bunch of challenges to prove our worth. Challenges that have nothing to do with hockey. Challenges that are throwing me and Beck together.
And he’s still as infuriating as ever.


I have no idea why Christopher Jacobs hates me, and I can’t say I care. I like pushing his buttons, but the guy needs to loosen up. I’m going to win these stupid challenges easily and spend my senior year as hockey king on this campus.

Tormenting Jacobs at the same time will just be a bonus.

Even if I’m getting confusing feelings toward him, I won’t let it hold me back.

When it comes to competing, I’m all in, and nothing will get between me and the W.

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How was it?

Power Plays & Straight A’s, the first book in the CU Hockey series, was smart and serious with some funny moments. Book two seems more chill being snarkier and full of banter.

When Jacob, the heir apparent to Foster Grant’s Captain jersey, sees his shot at leading the team challenged by minimum effort T.J. Beck, Jacobs is understandably pissed. The two have been playing together for three years and in that time Jacobs never liked Beck’s jokes or devil-may-care attitude. In an attempt to add some fun to a tense situation, the rest of the team decide to put it up to a series of silly challenges that’ll spark something in these two rivals.

As unoriginal as this premise might sound this story is entertaining in the most delicious way. The way Beck and Jacobs’ relationship progress is fun and hot. There’s a great balance of steam and playful quips. I fell in love with both characters as I dived into their minds, while they explored their sexuality surrendering to their simmering mutual attraction. I liked Beck’s attitude to the whole thing, unlike Topher – Jacobs – who was questioning in book one, acting a bit sus toward Foster, Beck just followed his desires without overthinking it.

Beside the steam that is peppered throughout the book, serving to deepen – no pun intended – Topher and T.J.’s relationship, I loved the dynamic with their respective families. It adds a speck drama for one but also gives some depth to the boys. I enjoyed those passages as much as the rest.

So CU Hockey 2 is a captivating page turner with sweet, bickering and bantering ice hockey players for main characters. A light and sexy read that is my favorite of the series so far, I’ve read AND listened to it many times.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Face Offs & Cheap Shots is available on The Book Depository, Amazon, Audible and other book retailers near you.

Previous book in the series :

CU Hockey 1
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