Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Two For Holding by Kay Gordon - New Release and Review

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.

Copyright @ 2019 Kay Gordon

Hamilton was spelled out across the back, right above his number. A grey C was on the front, right above the left breast, and I knew right away it would fit me. Also in the bag was a matching jersey, although quite a bit smaller, and I felt my heart pounding in my chest.

Porter Hamilton was surprising me at every turn.

Moving to my feet, I tugged off the sweatshirt I had on and pulled the jersey over my head. A slight thrill went up my spine at the thought of wearing his name on my back. I turned to look at my friends and held my arms out.

“How does it look?”

Holly gave me a thumb’s up while John nodded his head in approval.

“You’re a real hockey girlfriend now.”

I rolled my eyes and took my seat when our food and drinks showed up. I’d just finished off a hotdog when a slew of skaters hit the ice for warm-ups. The crowd cheered like crazy and people pushed towards the glass, trying to get the attention of their favorite players.

My eyes found number twenty-two almost immediately. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and his eyes were laser focused on the ice as he took several laps around the net. I watched his tall, powerful frame as he skated with purpose.

That man was sexy as hell.

Porter finally looked up from the ice and glanced over to where we were. A smile hit his face instantly and he skated until he was standing at the glass in front of us, tapping on it with his stick. He pulled a glove off one hand and crooked a finger at me.

I cleared my throat and stood from my seat. He flicked his fingers again, indicating I should turn, so I did, allowing him to see his name and number on my back. When I faced him again, a look a pride had overtaken his features.

He said something but it was so loud that I couldn’t hear what it was. I shook my head and gestured to my ear, causing his grin to widen. He pointed to me and said it again, slower that time, making it easy for me to read his lips.

“You’re so beautiful.”

My cheeks immediately blazed and I fought to keep from averting my eyes. “Thank you.”

Porter just grinned again and glanced behind me to where John was standing with a look of boyish excitement on his face. The hockey player jerked his chin at him in greeting before giving me another grin. He held his hand up in a wave, shoved the glove back on, and turned to skate back to his team.

“Wow.” Holly looked at me with wide eyes as I sat back down. “That boy has it bad.”

He wasn’t the only one.

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.

About the 425 Madison Series

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.

Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol' enemies to lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425 is the perfect place to fall in love

For more information, visit the series website ➝

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Must Love Coffee by Leigh Lennon, Book #1
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Let Me Love You by M.K. Moore, Book #2
A Best Friend’s Sibling Romance
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Just Swipe Right by Allie York, Book #3
A Love Triangle Romance
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Two for Holding by Kay Gordon, Book #4
A Sports Romance
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms, Book #5
A Fake Relationship Romance

Love Under Construcion by Aubree Valentine, Book #6
An Enemies to Lovers Romance

Kay Gordon is a married, mother of two living near the west coast. She spends her days teaching young, impressionable minds in public school and evenings typing away furiously once her children are in bed. Her favorite genres to read are Contemporary Romance and New Adult/College romance, although she rarely denies a good paranormal or dystopian! When she's not teaching or writing, Kay loves to spend time with her family. They're all a bunch of nerds who can quote Disney movies and Star Wars quickly!

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