Puck Drills & Quick Thrills (CU Hockey #5) by Eden Finley, Saxon James | Book Review


The fall from NHL superstar to domestic disaster was swift and painful. When I became the legal guardian of my five younger siblings, I had no idea what I was doing.

One year later, I’m still lost.

Coaching CU’s hockey team might be the only thing I’m excelling at. But when our star forward is failing math, I have to do what it takes to keep him on the team. Even if it’s going head-to-head with Jasper Eckstein.

One minute I’m confronting the notorious hockey-hating professor, and the next I’m agreeing to be his date to his twenty-year high school reunion.

I don’t know how that happened.


My rules are simple. I don’t give extra credit. Ever. No matter how entitled jocks think they are, I refuse to give them special treatment.

It’s not because I hate them. It’s not because a hockey player broke my nose in high school.

It’s fair.

But when Westly Dalton bursts into my office like a hurricane, all my principles fly out the window.

Suddenly I’m giving extra credit.

And I have a date to my reunion.

After one explosive night together, I want more, but his home life is a mess, and I don’t want to get in the way. If all we can have is quick thrills, I’m okay with that.

It’s not like I could ever fall for a jock.

How was it?

As much fun as I had with Asher and Kole’s story in the previous book, it’s probably not very high on the CU Hockey books that I’d revisit but this final installment of the series is. Wesley is Asher’s older brother and his romance with Jasper actually starts during Line Mates & Study Dates but we’re just now getting the details of that relationship.

For one, in Puck Drills & Quick Thrills Wes actually comes off as the young man that he is, he’s sweet and playful so it oddly gives even more weight to the task he had to take on when he came back home to take care of his five younger siblings. Two, his story contrasted very well with Jasper’s, who’s a little bit older and has had his own traumatic experiences that changed him.

I appreciated how mature this story manages to be without becoming depressing. After all Jasper’s getting into a relationship with Wes who’s in grief and raising FIVE kids. Yet this book was fun, entertaining, and hot. Reading about the everyday struggles of a single parent shouldn’t have been as enjoyable as it was. There wasn’t a sexual awakening to be had and/or an acceptance of one’s desires in this book, but two people secure in their sexualities, trying to work out their differences, and pursue the growing attraction they have for each other because there was kind of a lot of things in the way of their relationship.

As finales go, this one is pretty great, I suspect that it’d be even better if you read all the books in the series in quick succession.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Puck Drills & Quick Drills is available on The Book Depository and other book retailers near you.

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