Monday, June 17, 2019

Review - Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn

Parental Guidance
by Avery Flynn
Series: Ice Knights, #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 17, 2019

All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, I’m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my mom—yes, my mom—has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it can’t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and who’d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me.

Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. It’s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fuc— *ahem* fun. No naked fun.

What could go wrong? Nothing—as long as I remember the rules. Don’t notice the way she looks in a dress. Don’t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Don’t think about the fact that she’s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasn’t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.

Five dates—that’s it—and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan.

Avery Flynn has once again delivered a romance that brings the humor and the heart! Fake relationships are always fun, and Caleb and Zara’s story was not only a fun read, but also delivered an emotional punch as these two had to navigate through some past issues to find their way to their future together.

 “Five dates and we’re done. Period” – what a great plan for both Zara and Caleb . Without the pressure of having to date, these two were able to let their guards down a bit and I loved how that led to some fun banter and allowed them to get to know each other a bit deeper than the “being on your best behavior since we’re just dating” would have let them. And I think without starting off the way they did they never would have been able to address the baggage that they had to deal with. I loved how they were so compatible in so many ways, and it was easy to see Caleb was the one for Zara when Anchovy clearly approved of him!
“The goal is to get across first?” Zara asked as she exchanged her sandals for a pair of climbing shoes provided by their group leader, Charlotte, who spent the last five minutes explaining the equipment to everyone in a lecture that included tips about creating harmony with the universe and achieving balance.

“No, it’s to learn to communicate and work together,” Charlotte said, handing Zara a safety harness. “This is one of those activities that help build connections between couples. You are a team.”

Yeah. That sounded like some BS right there. “Is there a course record?” Caleb asked.

Charlotte shook her head, her serene earth-mama expression not shifting in the slightest. “The Adventure Place is about the journey, not the stats.”

“And no one knows the course record?” Zara asked.

After letting out a sigh that sounded like a whispered please for serenity now, Charlotte answered, “Six minutes and twenty-eight seconds. Now if we can move the discussion back to setting your personal intentions for the moment.”

Their guide continued on, but Caleb wasn’t listening anymore. He and Zara exchanged a look of understanding as they pulled on their harnesses and tightened the straps around their waists while the rest of the Bramble daters seemed to be hanging on Charlotte’s every word.

Under the guise of adjusting his climbing shoes, Caleb squatted down beside Zara and kept his voice low. “We’re gonna go balls out on this thing, right?”

“Hell yes.”
Zara’s dad and Caleb’s mom added the whole “Parental Guidance’ to the story and brought both humor and heart. As over the top that these two could be, it was clear that they wanted the best for their children, and I was so happy to we got to see those relationships strengthen and mend. Caleb’s teammates showed why Caleb thought of his team as family, keeping Caleb’s head in the game and giving him relationship advice, or at least trying to in that guy way that is always awkward and uncomfortable and often leads to a bit of friendly violence. And we all need a friend like Gemma – someone to serve us some shots of tequila and get us to step outside of our comfort zone and remind us we need to live, well, maybe minus the tequila!

I had a lot of fun with this one and enjoyed Caleb and Zara’s story. Filled with Avery Flynn’s trademark sass, snark, humor, heart, and heat, this is one for your TBR!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from the publisher from NetGalley.

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