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Review: Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn

on January 7, 2021

Loud Mouth (Ice Knights #3)
Avery Flynn
2020, 220p
Purchased personal copy via Amazon

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

I never meant to say a word, not one single word.

But I did.

And now, because of my blog, everyone knows that Ice Knights hockey star Ian Petrov’s best friend and fellow player is actually his half brother—hello, hockey Hall of Famer dad who couldn’t keep his jeans zipped.

That wouldn’t be such a big deal if Ian knew. He didn’t, and boy howdy is he pissed. And who is he most mad at? Oh sure, he’s upset with his dad and former best friend/brother from another mother, but most of his ire is with me. It’s definitely a case of hating the messenger.

And what could make it worse? How about the two of us being trapped together in a remote cabin after a massive blizzard. Neither of us can leave. Just us, the snow, his resentment, and OMG sexual tension so thick it would take a snowplow to break through it.

I’ve got to get out of here before I do something even dumber than I’ve already done and kiss the sexy, snarly grump with his misplaced anger and perfect pecs. That would be the worst, the absolute worst. That’s why I’m not going to do it. Nope. Really. So why can’t I stop imagining what it would be like?

This was just okay, didn’t like it as much as I’d hoped, unfortunately.

It sounded like my sort of thing – big grumpy dude, spitfire of a heroine and I love ice hockey. It begins with them both being sent to a cabin and getting snowed in after Shelby’s accidental indiscretion results in a reporter getting the scoop of the year that best friends and teammates Ian Petrov and Alex Christiansen are actually half brothers, with Alex being the child of an affair. Alex knew who his father was but he never told Ian and although Ian’s parents are now divorced, Alex’s existence means that he was playing away from home for a very long time. The news is splashed all over the papers before the club or Alex can break it to Ian gently – and he’s pissed. Really, really pissed about it. Shelby is the last person he wants to be snowed in with (and there’s no power so they have to snuggle in front of a fire, because of course they do). I love a good enemies to lovers and a good forced proximity so I was ready to really enjoy this.

But the bit where they’re snowed in together is disappointingly short, which means that the sexual tension feels forced and rushed, not a simmer brought to a boil. Ian also really isn’t that grumpy, he’s taciturn and doesn’t talk much and he’s really hurt and angry about his newfound brother, especially at what he considers to be a deep betrayal by Alex in not telling him. Ian is actually annoying angry about it, they bicker like two dumb kids (Alex is mad too, I don’t know why, maybe because Ian is mad at him and he feels Ian’s anger is misplaced I guess). After the disappointingly short time period of Ian and Shelby being snowed in together is over, Ian and Alex’s ice hockey management team decides the best way to handle this scandal is to force them to be best buds and have Shelby write about it for her hockey blog, which is now tied to the club as they offered her a media position. The media liaison officer or head of publicity or whatever she is decides to add to the fun by having them do things like babysit her baby on a long flight because she’s tired and I don’t know, that seems like kind of an odd thing to expect people you are responsible for but who are not your direct employees, to do.

Also Shelby is an alcoholic which is interesting, as she’s about 6 years sober and it’s referenced a lot and she’s only in her mid to late 20s so it’s obvious she had a problem quite young but this doesn’t really go anywhere or mean anything. It feels like a core part of her personality obviously, to have already come through rehab and earned some chips at such a young age but there’s relatively little background. She does talk about going to meetings and she has a sponsor but I honestly thought it was going to tie in to the plot somehow but it didn’t. Instead it just felt like the author decided Shelby needed something in her backstory that could be referenced but not elaborated on too deeply because this book is only just over 200 pages, spun a wheel, threw a dart and hit “recovering addict” on it.

Also the ending is kind of weird, Ian and Alex fix their issues over bonding over what a dick their dad is even though he has literally always been this way and both of them have always known this fact. And Ian and Shelby’s conflict is resolved in a way that made me die inside of embarrassment and not in the good way. The sex scenes were fine even though I would’ve liked so much more build.

It took very little time to read this and it was cheap but I wasn’t blown away by it.


Book #2 of 2021

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