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Throwback Thursday: All The Way by Kendall Ryan

All The Way by Kendall Ryan - Hot Jocks book 2

I know it’s time to move on from my rocky past and get back out there and start dating again.

It’s just that every time I think about it, I get all nervous and sweaty.

Good thing I have a secret weapon to help me—my best friend, professional hockey stud Owen Parrish.

He’s the king of hookups, and promises he’ll be my guide through the world of online dating. With his help, I know this won’t be as hard.

• • •

I’ve never been this hard in my entire life.

My friend Becca wants my help hooking her up with some douchey guy from a dating app.

I said I’d help her—but now I’m noticing all kinds of things I can’t ignore, like how pretty she is behind those baggy clothes and messy buns.

I want to be the one to help her, to show her the ropes in the bedroom, and it turns out, Becca’s game to let me take a more hands-on approach.

But what happens when she’s ready to take her newfound confidence and move on? I’ve never been boyfriend material, but for her, I want to try.

This is a unique take on friends-to-lovers. It’s a sweet story and I really couldn’t get enough of Owen and Becca. This book was funny yet handled sensitive topics appropriately and doing both takes skill. They were instantly likable, Owen, for how he handled his drunken friend and Becca for being real and hilarious. There’s angst but it’s kept to a minimum because the focus is really on how they change each other.

Owen is a notorious playboy who can’t even say the word commitment with a straight face. They’ve been friends for years and their relationship has always been strictly platonic but it’s never caused any issues. Years ago, Becca was assaulted and she has PTSD. She hasn’t dated or been physical with anyone since the assault but after six years, she wants to start living her life again, except she’s not sure how to do so.

Even the thought of kissing someone causes panic so Becca has no idea how to deal with her problem. She decides the only way to move forward is with someone she trusts so she asks Owen for help and he’s not on board at first. Becca’s a sympathetic character so her unorthodox request is understandable and Owen genuinely cares for her so he wants to help. Plus, she’s smoking hot so it’s not exactly a rough assignment so he eventually decides they can do this with some ground rules.

Becca’s determination to help herself is impressive because her request took guts and potentially puts one of her best friendships on the line. Owen cares about her a lot and appears to be the first one to catch feelings, although she’s not far behind. They’re great together and pretty steamy, too. I really enjoyed their story and will definitely read more of this series. If all of the characters are as good as these two, this series will become a new favorite.

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