Virgin Territory (Lia Riley)

Practice Makes Perfect

Patrick “Patch” Donnelly has what it takes to be the best goalie in the NHL…if only he could learn to control his temper. When Coach orders him to get his head in the game with private yoga classes, Patch isn’t having it. There’s no way this tough Boston guy would be caught dead downward dog-ing his way to inner peace. But if he refuses, he risks his starting position and the dream he sacrificed everything for, including joining the priesthood.

Yoga instructor Margot Kowalski is over men. After yet another toxic relationship, she’s eager to forget love and focus on growing her business. Doing the Hellions head coach a favor by helping out a troubled player can’t hurt, and it might give her career a high-profile boost. But free-spirited Margot is soon charming the pants off Patch. Literally. Her sassy combination of sweet and sexy proves irresistible to the goalie. Before Patch can give into temptation though, he’ll have to confess his biggest secret:

He’s a virgin.

But Patch is hiding more than sexual inexperience, and his dark past soon threatens to destroy his shot at true love.


So… I’m not sure what I was expecting, but definitely something different, and to be honest, better. A lot of bloggers I know and respect were raving about this author, that’s why I went to Edelweiss and requested the book. Unfortunately this one didn’t match my expectations.

The writing was good, but it was definitely a bit too rash. Everything seemed like it was on contant fast forward, including the writing.

The story had potential. It’s rare to read books where the hero is less experienced than the girl, so I was excited for this plot, but there was a major flaw right from the start: everything happened way way too fast.

We go from a guy who had never kissed anyone, to someone who was more than willing to jump into bed with someone he just met?! Also, he didn’t like to be touched, he wanted everything to have meaning, and he had only just met Margot. Look, I understand feeling chemistry and feeling attraction, and following what you desire, but but but… it was at warp speed! Also, he went from having no knowledge on the matter, to being a freaking expert.

My second issue was with Margot, and the fact that she either was super positive about her sexuality, or she was feeling insecure and down, and letting herself be slut shamed. I hated this, I hated all the negative talk  about her sexual relationships, and the amount of sexual partners she had in the past. I get that a lot of people have issues with this subject, but I wasn’t a fan of how it was handled.

Like I said before, the story had potential, and the romance as well, but I just felt like something was severely lacking. Everything happened too fast, and way too easily. I wasn’t a fan of the plotline with Margot’s ex either.

To be honest, this book was overall underwhelming. I know I’ll read other books by this author again, because I have it on good authority that she’s amazing, but this book just didn’t do it for me.

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