Indianapolis Eagles: The First Period (Indianapolis Eagles #1-3) by Samantha Lind

Blurb:

The Indianapolis Eagles Set One contains the first three full-length novels from author Samantha Lind’s best selling Indianapolis Eagles Series!

JUST SAY YES

What will it take for her to Just Say Yes?

Scott Taylor has the perfect life. He gets to fulfill his dream playing professional hockey, has a loving family, and a tight group of friends. But the one thing missing in his life is a partner to come home to. He knows exactly who he wants to fill that position– the only woman he has ever loved. The one who got away, who constantly consumes his every thought. What it would take to get her to Just Say Yes to a second chance?

Becca Phillips is an independent woman who has made her career as an ER nurse a priority in her life. She has a loving family and a best friend by her side, but she can’t seem to get over her first love, Scott. Insecurities led her to break up with him years ago when he started climbing the ranks in professional hockey and, for eight years, Becca has avoided Scott when he returns home each summer. Can she overcome her fears and allow love back into her life? All she has to do is Just Say Yes to the one and only man she has ever loved.

SCORING THE PLAYER

Cocky, man whore, player…. Those are all ways I have been described by the media and countless women. Are they accurate? Possibly. But, that’s all I let the media see of me, Brian Kelly, defensive player for the Indianapolis Eagles Hockey team. I have no intentions of settling down and changing the media’s perception of me. I can’t tell if women are after me for my bank account, the status symbol of being with a professional athlete, or if they really want me for me. Then I meet her. The one woman who doesn’t let my charm affect her or cause her to jump directly into my bed. Can I possibly change my ways and settle down?

Grounded, selfless, giving…Those are all the ways my family and friends have described me. Are they right? Possibly. But, I’m so much more, and need some passion and excitement in my life. My best friend is moving on and I want that someone special to share all that life has to offer. Let it be known that I, Kinley Williams, want the right someone special. So why did he have to crash into me? The one man who is so clearly wrong for me. Then again, he doesn’t seem like anything the tabloids claim him to be. So is he really all that wrong?

PLAYING FOR KEEPS

Friends with benefits—it never works. Someone always ends up wanting more.

What happens when both want more, but neither will tell the other?

Richard Murphy has been in the NHL for fifteen years, playing the game he loves. But with retirement looming in the next few years, he’s ready to settle down and start a family. There’s only one woman he wants that with, but she’s put him firmly into the friends—with benefits—category. Can he change her mind and heart, and prove to her he’s playing for keeps?

Madison O’Neal has been a lover of sports since she was young. She and her dad bonded over them, both during and after her mother lost her battle with breast cancer. Her love of sports led to a successful career as a sports agent. As much as she loves her job, what she really wants is a family—and someone to call her own. But the one man she’s head-over-heels in love with has her in the friends—with incredible benefits—category.

Can Madison and Richard find their way through the murky waters of friendship and become the lovers they secretly want to be?

My Review:

Indianapolis Eagles: The First Period (Indianapolis Eagles, #1-3)Indianapolis Eagles: The First Period by Samantha Lind

This is a box set of the first 3 books in the Indianapolis Eagles Series. This is one of my favorite sports romance series, and all of them are fun, sweet, and absolutely lovely!

Just Say Yes:
This is a sweet second chance sports romance, the first I’ve read by this Author.

Becca and Scott were high school sweet hearts, but Becca couldn’t handle the female attention Scott received when he became a pro hockey player and broke up with him.

After a chance meeting in their hometown, 8 years after their breakup, Becca realizes she never stopped loving him. This story is mostly about how they handle the rekindling of their relationship, along with some exciting scenes from Scott’s NHL career.

Right from the begining, Scott knew what he wanted, and did everything he could to show Becca how he felt. He was so sweet with her!

Becca is a strong, independent woman, but knows she made a mistake. She just isn’t sure what to do about it. But Scott knows!

Unlike alot of sports themed romances, this story focuses more on the second chance romance aspect, and less on the fact that Scott just happens to play hockey for a living. It makes for a more interesting story line, and the story just seems to flow better.

All told, this is a sweet, easy read that was very enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the next one, as it seems to be the beginning of a series, and would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes sports romance or second chance romances.

Scoring the Player:
This is the second book in the Indianapolis Eagles series. There are some events in both books that overlap (occurred in both books, but told from different points of view) but it’s done in such a way that you would not be lost if you hadn’t read book 1. That being said, I highly recommend reading the books in order, because events in book 2 contain spoilers for book 1, Just Say Yes.

Kinley is best friends with Becca, from book 1. She, too, is a nurse, from Alaska. She is a smart, independent woman, that has had no luck with relationships. Brian is a teammate of Scott’s, and has always been a player. He finds his outlook changing, but isn’t quite sure what to do with that.

This book, despite an instant connection between the main characters, is a slow-burn. They take their time, and I find that very refreshing. The relationship seems very real, because of that. They get to know each other before jumping into bed, and the relationship seems stronger for it. There are lots of issues for them to work through, and they might not have been able to get through them otherwise.

The connection between the characters was beautiful and pure. I totally enjoyed this book, just as much as I did Just Say Yes. There are some spots that brought out the tears, and were tough to get through because of that, but it just made the book that much better, in my opinion. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone that is enjoys sports romances, and is maybe looking for something that is a little different paced than most of what is on the market today. It was a great read, that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Playing for Keeps:
I love, love, loved Richard and Maddy! Friends, then lovers, for years, they both hid their true feelings from each other, out of fear that it was one sided! So much time wasted!

Maddy is a sports agent, a strong, independent woman, in a male dominated field. She knows who she is and what she wants from life. But her love life is just…complicated! She and Richard have had a friends with benefits relationship for years, and she has slowly developed feelings for him. Feelings she thinks have no chance of being returned. She has lived in limbo for a long time, neither moving forward in her relationship, nor moving on to something else.

Richard is a professional hockey player. He has strong feelings for Maddy, wants more with her, wants everything with her, but will take whatever she will give him. He doesn’t want to rock the boat, for fear that he will loose it all.

This story takes the friends to lovers theme to a whole new level! I love supportive Richard is when Maddy’s life spirals out of control. They are so perfect for each other! I love how, even though this is a sports romance, that isn’t the focus of the story. It’s about romance, and how a real love is about support and family. And did I say that I love, love, love Richard and Maddy?!?

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