As a big fan of sports romances, especially ones with hockey, I knew I needed to read Awk-weird. I love that romance books are starting to get covers like these! They are so pretty. Today I get to tell you what I thought about this latest book in the Ice Knights series.
A bit thanks to Entangled and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for providing me with an ARC on Netgalley to read and review.
This was my first Avery Flynn book, but it definitely won’t be my last!! Awk-weird is such a sweet and heartwarming story. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and I have to say even though I loved Tess and Cole, Khan the cat has earned a special place in my heart, haha.
A story where two people meet, sleep together and the woman ends up pregnant could turn out really cheesy, but this one was a lot of fun. Tess grew up with her mother who ended up leaving her with relatives when something else came along. That wasn’t always a pleasant experience either and she doesn’t really feel like she belongs or is loved. Tess things even her closest friends are only temporary and treats them that way so she won’t get hurt.
Cole is a hockey player who follows a routine, even down to what he eats every morning. He’s stuck in his ways and has a hard time when things go differently. Even the woman he’s with is on again off again and while it bothers him, he’s pretty confident it will all go according to plan. Moving a lot as a child, he came to depend on routing to keep normal and it kind of stuck.
Awk-weird brings two totally different people together who end up being more similar than they think. When Tess ends up pregnant, both of their lives change and it’s fun seeing them slowly get close. I loved that it felt like both of them really needed each other. Tess got Cole out of his routine at times without him feeling bad and Cole slowly starts breaking down Tess’ emotional walls. There are many cute, sweet, heartwarming and even steamy moments between the two of them. More often than not, I had a smile on my face while reading Awk-weird.
I think near the end it took a bit too long before things started wrapping up. To me it felt like the will they, won’t they moments dragged on just a bit too long. Of course, things don’t always go easy, but this felt forced. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the ending, I just think it should’ve gotten there just a little bit sooner.
Also, Tess starts giving random facts when she’s nervous or uncomfortable and I loved the little bits of random information I learned while reading this book. It was Tess’ way of coping, but it was really entertaining! It must’ve been fun looking up all of the facts.
If you’re looking for a heartwarming romance that will make you laugh out loud, that also has a steamy side, definitely pick up Awk-weird. Khan the cat will be very happy if you do!
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are great with a quip and relatable heroines who are feisty, fierce and fantastic.