Puck Drills & Quick Thrills – Eden Finley, Saxon James

Reviews by Yael Waknin



The fall from NHL superstar to domestic disaster was swift and painful. When I became the legal guardian of my five younger siblings, I had no idea what I was doing.

One year later, I’m still lost.

Coaching CU’s hockey team might be the only thing I’m excelling at. But when our star forward is failing math, I have to do what it takes to keep him on the team. Even if it’s going head-to-head with Jasper Eckstein.

One minute I’m confronting the notorious hockey-hating professor, and the next I’m agreeing to be his date to his twenty-year high school reunion.

I don’t know how that happened.



My rules are simple. I don’t give extra credit. Ever. No matter how entitled jocks think they are, I refuse to give them special treatment.

It’s not because I hate them. It’s not because a hockey player broke my nose in high school.

It’s fair.

But when Westly Dalton bursts into my office like a hurricane, all my principles fly out the window.

Suddenly I’m giving extra credit.

And I have a date to my reunion.

After one explosive night together, I want more, but his home life is a mess, and I don’t want to get in the way. If all we can have is quick thrills, I’m okay with that.

It’s not like I could ever fall for a jock.

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My review

The fifth book in the CU Hockey series.

I enjoyed every book in the series, and I, too, have a more beloved book than the other, but this book was so special to me that it was hard for me not to put it high on the list.

We knew West and Jasper a bit in the previous book.

West more than Jasper, but it was possible to understand that he was an amazing man. His whole life was turned upside down after his parents were killed in a car accident, and he became the legal guardian of his five siblings.

All he wants is to take care of them and the last thing he does is take care of himself.

Then comes Jasper. A math teacher at the same university where West works.

The encounter between them comes in the previous book but only in this book did we understand what happened in the meeting.

What was most special about this book was that West, the handsome (former) hockey player, full of confidence – was the one who needed Jasper to center him, encourage him and support him.

Jasper, who suffered from high school bullying, was also vulnerable and sensitive, and together they balanced each other so beautifully that it was just a pleasure to read.

It’s the athlete and nerd with an age difference trope, and it was so captivating, exciting, sexy, and beautiful.

Their connection and love were among the most beautiful in the series and their strength together was perfect.

The stability they gave each other – they really fit the concept – complement each other.

I read all five books in a row, and when I finish a series of five books with a taste for more – it says something about the writers and the talent they have.

Highly recommend!

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