The job is straightforward. Single dad Duke York needs a caretaker for his seven-year-old daughter during the hockey season, bonus if that person can help her with her school work. His team is rebuilding, and he plans to retire at the end of the year. This is his last chance to make a run at the cup. Right now, I have the time and the education to do this work.
Except there should be a disclaimer in the job description about Duke. He’s hot as sin, and the grizzled hockey veteran takes brooding to the next level. I need the cash, though, and the job offers housing as part of its compensation. Since I have nowhere to live—again—it’s the perfect situation. But I didn’t expect to find such a fascinating man under Duke’s gruff exterior, and the more I get to know the father and daughter duo, the more I risk losing my heart to them both.
My real life has never included any fairy-tale endings. But maybe this temporary job could be the beginning of all of our happily ever afters…
BEAUTY AND THE BRUISER is a full-length, sexy hockey romance with a happily ever after. If you like Beauty and the Beast vibes, a grumpy cinnamon roll single dad hero, and slow burn chemistry, you should try this first book in the Philadelphia Tyrant Hockey series!
The Philadelphia Tyrant books contain mild adult language and open-door sexual scenes/situations. Every story can be read as a standalone.
Title: Beauty and the Bruiser
Author: Josie Blake
Genre: Romance, Sports (Hockey), Single Dad, Nanny, Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden
Part of a Series: Book 1 of Philadelphia Tyrant Hockey
POV: June, Duke
Steam Level: Slow Burn to Steamy
Beauty and the Bruiser is the first book I’ve read by Josie Blake. June and Duke come from two totally different worlds and butt heads from the start. Duke is looking for a live-in nanny to help with his daughter during the hockey season. June knows nothing about hockey but accepts the position for the flexibility to allow her to help her foster mom. Being a former foster kid, June really doesn’t like that Duke doesn’t want to be friends. She needs people to like her. But June is also smart, independent and doesn’t ask for help very well. While this book could have gone in a different direction of making June closed-off and living in the past it doesn’t, which I liked a lot. I like how June and Duke found their stride living together and focusing on his daughter. I enjoyed the route that this story took, not too dramatic but emotional. I found myself smiling throughout and rotting for June and Duke.
I received an advanced copy of this book for free. This is my honest and voluntary review..
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