Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review - Two For Holding by Kay Gordon

Two For Holding
by Kay Gordon
Series: 425 Madison, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2019

I didn’t think I was missing anything. I had my son, a great career, and a home that I’d made for both of us. One puck over the glass at a hockey game made me realize I wanted more. The larger-than-life hockey player inserted himself into our world and I never wanted to let him go.

The thing is, I don’t know if I’m strong enough to keep him.

My home was on the ice, with a stick in my hand and a puck on my tape. It took one little boy with a toothless smile and his spitfire mother to change all that. I wanted them to be my home and I was willing to take all the penalties necessary to make it happen.

Now I just have to convince her that we can handle it all together.

Melding three lives into one isn’t as easy as it seems, especially with the traveling, the media, and the insecurities. Savannah and Porter have to decide whether to use the breakaway to head to the goal or take a seat on the bench.

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

Two For Holding was enjoyable and easy to read, that was sweet but also had a bit of heat to it. Other than a bit of drama at the end, this book had me smiling my way through each chapter and, even though the ending had me a bit anxious, it was wonderful to see these characters find their happy ever after.

Porter and Savannah both have a bit of baggage in their lives, but the author does a wonderful job using their past experiences to shape her characters into the perfect partners for one another. Savannah is a caregiver by nature and employment (she’s a nurse), so I loved that Porter was always the one trying to take care of her and be the support that was missing in her life. Even though Porter has had a bad experience with his first marriage, he has grown and matured from that and, now that he has met Savannah and Logan, he knows that having them as part of his life is exactly what he wants and needs. And I love meet-cutes – and even though they sort-of/kind-of meet at Porter’s hockey game, I just love how fate brings them together – talk about love smacking you right in the face!
I ignored the elevator since it was a death trap that the building owner refused to fix. It was so iffy that it probably could have made it into our player contracts under banned activities. In the interest of not dying, I took the stairs. Hell, I always needed to get some cardio in.

I’d just reached for the handle of the door when it flew open. Unfortunately, I was standing too close and it caught me right in the forehead.

And damn, that shit hurt.

“Ow! Shit!” I slapped my hand over the spot where it hit and felt the warm blood already oozing at the source. I stepped back, keeping pressure on my wound, and the door opened again – slowly that time.

“Oh no,” a soft voice said “I’m so sorry.”

“And I thought the stairs would be less dangerous than the elevator,” I joked, focusing on her when she stepped forward. A smile immediately hit my lips when recognition filled my brain. “Savannah.”
I can’t say enough about Logan and how wonderfully written his character was. It’s not often that I find myself enamored with a child in a story, but Kay Gordon did such a fabulous job creating a little boy who was every bit as important to the story as the main characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed the author’s writing and use of dialogue. As I mentioned, this book was so easy to read and focused on all the right moments to make the characters have all the emotional depth needed to draw me in and keep me right in the story. The ending did have me a bit angry, wishing Savannah would have talked more to Porter, but I think that conflict only made their happy ever after so much sweeter.

I am really enjoying the 425 Madison Series and, even though there isn’t a lot of overlap with the characters between books, I really love seeing someone I “know” pop up in the different stories.

I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who loves a good romance – especially those who love a well-written child as part of the story!

I received an advance reader copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

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