Review: Her Greatest Mistake by Hannah Cowen

“A sizzling second chance at love with heartwarming chemistry and emotional depth.”

“Her Greatest Mistake” by Hannah Cowen is a captivating second chance, childhood friends-to-lovers romance that kicks off the Greatest Lover Series with a bang. The story follows Maddox, the face of the NHL, as he navigates the pressures of his public persona and a crucial contract renewal. With playoffs looming, Maddox needs to keep a clean slate, but one bad decision turns him into the poster boy for mistakes. Enter Braxton Heights, his childhood best friend and heartbreaker, who reappears as his fake girlfriend in a bid to save his reputation.

From the moment Maddox and Braxton reunite, the chemistry between them is palpable. Their banter is sharp and engaging, drawing readers into their complex history and unresolved feelings. Cowen skillfully paces the story, balancing the emotional tension with moments of levity and heartwarming interactions.

One of the standout aspects of the book is the representation of Braxton’s character. Cowen handles Braxton’s fat representation and size with sensitivity and realism, creating a heroine who is both relatable and inspiring. Braxton’s confidence and authenticity shine through, making her a memorable character.

While the romance between Maddox and Braxton is electric, there are moments where Maddox’s decision to transition from a fake relationship to a real one feels a bit rushed. Despite this, their journey is compelling, and readers will find themselves rooting for their happy ending.

The audiobook, narrated by CJ Bloom and Teddy Hamilton, adds another layer of enjoyment to the story. Both narrators bring the characters to life with their emotive performances, enhancing the overall experience.

Overall, “Her Greatest Mistake” is an enjoyable read with well-crafted characters, sizzling chemistry, and a heartwarming second chance at love. Hannah Cowen has set the stage for a promising series, and readers will eagerly anticipate the next installment.

Book Stats:
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Series: Greatest Love
Tropes: athlete-book-boyfriends, audiobook, childhood-friends, close-proximity, dirty-talker, fake-relationship-trope, found-family, frenemies-to-lovers, golden-retriever-hero, hockey-romance, miscommunication, mutual-pining,   real-body, second-chance, slow-burn, sports, virgin-trope
Pop: 60%
3rd Act Break up: No