Tijan is one of my favorite authors, and hockey is my favorite sport, so when I heard that she was writing a hockey romance I was pumped to get my hands on it!
I will say, the beginning of the story was a little all over the place for me, and it was hard to kind of keep track of what was going on, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. But after reading it, I realize that maybe it was like that because that’s how Cheyenne’s mind works. She’s a little all over the place, and for good reason. Cheyenne is so much stronger than she even realizes, and I love that about this character. She underestimates herself and I love that people can see how strong she is even when she doesn’t. She hasn’t had it easy, but she’s come so far from the girl she was in high school and Cut was just what she needed.
Now let’s talk about Cutler Ryder. WOW. He is everything I could want in the hero of a story. He’s strong and fiercely protective. He’s got alpha vibes, and he’s exactly what I hoped he would be for Cheyenne. Plus, he’s a killer hockey player which just adds to his appeal for me. He doesn’t care that Cheyenne isn’t perfect, and he’s not scared when her mind runs wild. He’s her silent strength when she needs it, and her loudest fan when she needs more than silence.
I wasn’t sure how these two would work, but somehow, it’s seamless. They’re very opposite but work so well together you wondered why you even questioned it to begin with. I think that’s what I love about Tijan, she can take two characters who normally wouldn’t make sense, and she can make sense of them. I also loved Melanie and Sasha, and how the relationship between the 3 girls worked. They are each other’s biggest champions, and they have a truly amazing friendship. All in all, this is a great story, and I’m excited for what Tijan does next!
The Not-Outcast and all-new emotional slow burn romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan is available now!
Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t.
He was the hockey star. I was an outcast.
He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me.
His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me.
I got my life together.
Cut went onto NHL stardom.
Then there was a text.
I was drinking.
There was a party.
Cut was there…
I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him.
The only problem? He never knew I existed.
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“Stars. You made me meet them.”
I was still seeing them. His eyes. So smoldering.
He continued to stare at me, as if seeing me for the first time.
Maybe he was regretting this? Was my one-night stand a one-night finger bang instead?
I tried to stem the disappointment, but… Okay.
A girl had coping mechanisms. I could pull mine up, if I needed to. I was hoping I didn’t need to. I didn’t know how I’d handle that either. Then he must’ve made his decision.
He readjusted his hold on me, standing back from the door and his mouth twitched. “One rule.”
I was about to see stars again.
“Don’t call me dude again.”
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
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