Published: 6 March 2018
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Category: Contemporary/Romance/Sports Romance (Hockey)
Practice Makes Perfect
Patrick “Patch” Donnelly has what it takes to be the best goalie in the NHL…if only he could learn to control his temper. When Coach orders him to get his head in the game with private yoga classes, Patch isn’t having it. There’s no way this tough Boston guy would be caught dead downward dog-ing his way to inner peace. But if he refuses, he risks his starting position and the dream he sacrificed everything for, including joining the priesthood.
Yoga instructor Margot Kowalski is over men. After yet another toxic relationship, she’s eager to forget love and focus on growing her business. Doing the Hellions head coach a favor by helping out a troubled player can’t hurt, and it might give her career a high-profile boost. But free-spirited Margot is soon charming the pants off Patch. Literally. Her sassy combination of sweet and sexy proves irresistible to the goalie. Before Patch can give into temptation though, he’ll have to confess his biggest secret:
He’s a virgin.
But Patch is hiding more than sexual inexperience, and his dark past soon threatens to destroy his shot at true love.
Rating: 3 Stars
Steaminess Level: Mature
I requested this book for review based on a Twitter recommendation (thank you!). I didn’t know much about it beforehand, so there weren’t a lot of expectations going into it regarding content, steaminess, etc.
I’m not a sports enthusiast, so I was pleasantly surprised when I actually enjoyed the hockey content. To be fair there weren’t actually a whole lot of scenes regarding the sport and what there was wasn’t terribly detailed, so that might have had something to do with it. I think there was more information given to the yoga aspect of the story than any of the hockey playing, but that wasn’t really a problem because neither the yoga nor the hockey was actually a big part of the story, more vehicles for the characters.
Margot and Patch are introduced when Patch, needing to deal with some anger issues following a lawsuit brought by a sleazy lawyer, makes an appointment with Margot, a yoga practitioner. This idea actually sounded really good to me, but I really think that the yogi/client relationship degenerated far too into “hockey player’s girlfriend happens to be a yoga practitioner”. While their relationship as a couple seemed nice, the development was full steam ahead from the time they met and love happened in the course of less than a week if my timeline is correct and they were engaged/business partners two months later.
Speedy plot aside, the difficulties that Patch and Margot faced in the book were resolved very quickly and easily, almost too much so. Stefan, Margot’s ex who exhibits stalker behavior and commits minor vandalism, vanishes from the story in off page action and is dealt with in convenient terms (he happens to have been committing tax fraud, something that never came up during the rest of the book). Guy, the lawyer threatening Patch, conveniently threatens Patch in a hallway during a settlement meeting, laying out his sleaziness which Margot and Patch’s friend/priest Sully catch on camera and audio.
Virgin Territory is a quick read that was decently fun and I think people that like well written intimate scenes would enjoy it a lot. There are two current companion novels that were previous published whose characters appear in this one, thought I wouldn’t say they’re required reading before picking this up.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.