I am not a hockey fan. In fact, it’s been years since I’ve seen a game. So, it’s a good thing I didn’t need to know anything about hockey to thoroughly and completely enjoy this awesome romance where the female main character, Aliana, doesn’t know anything about hockey either! Soon, I was wrapped up in the story and quickly joining Aliana falling in love with Rob. His dedication to the sport he plays is fantastic but his ability to get behind a cause he believes in is even better. I love the caring that came across the page between so many combinations of people. Watching a romance develop between two totally different people was a heartwarming. When I finished this story, I didn’t want to leave the world that I had been visiting. It was comfortable and incredible. I’m even thinking a finding a hockey game to watch!
Rob, a professional hockey player, has been asked to read stories to kindergarten children at an inner city school. Though he doesn’t know why he was chosen, Rob agrees to go. Once he is at the school he’s shocked on several levels. One, he’s surprised that the teacher has such a low opinion of professional athletes and two, how little the children have in their classroom. He vows to change both. Aliana wants to make a difference in the children in her classroom. She only wishes she had more things to do it and doesn’t think having an athlete visit is going to make much difference. Soon, she learns that there is more to Rob than just being an athlete.
Professional hockey player Rob D'Amico is confused when he's chosen to take part in a reading program for inner-city students. While athletes are role models, he tends toward the gregarious and playful side, rather than a studious bent.
Despite the lack of funding plaguing her inner-city district, every day, kindergarten teacher Alaina Rossa ensures her students learn something to prepare them for life. At first, she's unsure how a hockey player will help her achieve that goal.
When Rob visits Alaina's class for the first time, the kids welcome him with open arms, despite the lack of even the basic supplies for their education. He takes it upon himself to get the students what they need, sweeping Alaina up in the excitement.
As time goes by and she learns more about Rob, Alaina finds her heart opening to him. Is it possible her soul mate could be found in a world so different from her own? As for Rob, the last person he thought he'd find love with was an elementary school teacher wearing clothes permanently stained with finger paint. But when you're playing for keeps, sometimes you have to get a little dirty.