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Take the Shot (Philadelphia Bulldogs, 1) by Danica Flynn



Take The Shot
by Danica Flynn
(Philadelphia Bulldogs, #1)
Publication date: June 9, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sports

When my husband died, I never thought I would find love again. 

I definitely didn’t think I would find it in the arms of my younger best friend. Why would the hunky hockey player want anything to do with me? I’m a stressed out writer with a lot of baggage. Any other man would say, “HARD PASS!”

But Noah was the best man I’ve ever known, and if it wasn’t for him, I might not be alive.

But am I ready to put my heart on the line again?


I’ve pined for my best friend for so long, that my teammates issued an ultimatum. 

“Make your move now or one of us will ask her out.”

They are just trying to push me, besides none of those jerks would ever be good enough for her. Makes me wonder if I even stand a chance.

Besides, what would a smart woman like her want with a dumb jock like me?

Get ready to meet The Philadelphia Bulldogs hockey team, in this steamy and hot standalone novel. If you love sexy sports romances and friends-to-lovers with an HEA, this book is for you! CW: This book deals with miscarriage & infertility. 

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Dinah is a 30-year-old widow who is lusting after her hot 22-year-old hockey player neighbor, Noah.  He’s her best friend and was there for her during devastating moments in her life when she needed a friend most. He has his pick of beautiful young women and she is an older woman…a widow…someone he’ll tire of. But apparently, all their friends know something they don’t, that they care about each other and are scared to show it.

Noah has been in love with his next-door neighbor for a few years, but he’s afraid to tell her how he feels. There’s no way she would want to be with a dumb jock like him. But if he finally opens up to her, will she break his heart?

This book is full of interesting characters. Noah is a kind and considerate young man who is truly in love with Dinah, but how can they both not know of their attraction toward each other?  I mean everyone knew. Everyone, but them. Dinah is working at a boring marketing job to make money to support her preferred second job of young adult writer. I appreciate Noah giving Dinah the space and support for her writing passion along with leaving all the decisions in her court, but what does Dinah bring to the table for Noah? I just feel like she strings him along for an unnecessary length of time and I find her to be a bit selfish at times. In addition, I felt the story could have been less repetitive, and shortened. As for the other characters, I did like TJ, Benny, Riley, Fi, and Roxy and expect they will be appearing later in the series.

Overall, this is a good debut contemporary hockey romance that touches on important topics.  There is much potential in this series and I’m interested in the stories of the supporting characters.

Thank you to Ms. Flynn for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Danica FlynnDanica Flynn started writing at an early age, and thinks Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series is why she loves both writing and romance books. She is a rabid hockey fan of both The Philadelphia Flyers and the Metropolitan Riveters. When not writing, she can be found hanging with her partner, playing video games, and reading a ton of books.

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