Cross Crease (On the Edge, #3) by Elizabeth Hartey
ABOUT THE BOOK
I was fourteen the first time I laid eyes on the smoking hot, silver-eyed, goalie. Damon Wolfe was the most gorgeous boy I’d ever seen. All it took was one glance, one sentence and my heart was his. But I was too young and he was too broken.
Seven years later, he’s the biggest off the ice player in the NHL and I’m his virginal best friend.
Of course, I have the perfect solution to that particular problem, but Damon keeps on refusing to be the one to vanquish my chastity. He claims he doesn’t want to ruin our friendship, that he’s not good enough for me. Yet, somehow his eyes say something different whenever he looks at me.
Just one night, that’s all I’m asking.
What’s the worst that can happen?
I was mesmerized by Heaven Andersen the first time I looked into her sparkling turquoise eyes. She was a teenage kid with a mouth full of braces and bruised knees, but she was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen—like a fairy-tale princess. With one look, she sent all my inner demons running. But she was just a kid and I was too damaged.
Seven years later, she’s my best friend. My best friend with a single-minded mission—to get laid.
She wants me to take her virginity and teach her about sex. But she’s an off-limits, flawless diamond girl, and so far out of the realm of anything my blackened heart is looking for or deserves it’s laughable.
So, how come I’m not laughing? How come my best friend is the first thing I think about in the morning and last thing I think about at night? More importantly, what am I going to do to protect her—from me?
I’m an expert on romance. No. I’m an expert on romance novels. I don’t know one darn thing about real-life romance. The sad truth is, the swoony books I’ve read are my entire—totally desolate—exposure to lovemaking.
Heaven Lee Anderson (yes, that’ her name) has been in love with Damon Wolfe since she was fourteen years old, but he only sees her as pip squeak, her brother Dak’s little sister. As Heather gets ready to go to graduate school to become a sports physical therapist, she is on a “Devirginize Heaven mission” and Wolfe is the one who is going to do it. Can she really have a one night stand with him?
Wolfe is the goalie on the Bernard University hockey team—the team on which my brother is the captain. Wolfe is also the beyond-bad-boy team member. You’ve heard the term MVP? Well, Wolfe is the MIP on the Bernard team—Most Infamous Player. He is also Dak’s friend and roommate.
Wolfe has known Heaven had a crush on him since the moment he met her as a teenager, but now she is a beautiful, confident woman who has made it her mission to have him be her first. “He is not interested in long-term unless it’s a hockey contract. He excised emotional sensitivity and monogamous devotion from his DNA a long time ago when it became a necessity for survival.” Can he keep Heaven as just a friend?
I couldn’t put this book down. The slow build to Heaven and Damon’s final culmination is shocking and not what one expects and will make one doubt if they will ever be friends again. I enjoyed this couples’ friends-to-lovers story because they didn’t just jump into bed together. It makes the story more interesting and gave more background on their pasts.
This is Book 3 in the On the Edge series and reads very well as a standalone. I definitely plan to read the other books in the series. Recommend highly!
Thank you to Ms. Hartey for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectations of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a lover of the northeast US, my husband and I moved to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, I have finally found time to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is—of course—the genre I spend most of my time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. However, if it’s a good book, any genre can keep me immersed in the story for hours.
When I’m not juggling work responsibilities and writing, I enjoy baking, knitting, traveling, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around my home and spending time with my family.