The Score Keeper | Gina Azzi

The Boston Hawks have quickly become some of my favorite hockey romance books.  But Scott Reland might take the cake or cupcake as my favorite Hawk man! Scott is the owner of the Boston Hawks and while he has thoroughly enjoyed watching and supporting the players on his team fall in love and find happiness he is still waiting for his chance at love.  At an event he runs into the beautiful and seemingly off limits Noelle DiSanto and she catches his eye, but not for the first time. These two had a chance encounter years ago. Noelle’s father, owner of a rival NHL team, is insistent that Noelle take over the family business, and find a man in their circle.  That is not Noelle’s dream.  She is a successful small business owner and is looking to expand her bakery. Circumstances are in Scott’s favor and the beautiful and talented Noelle finds her way to Boston where she opens another bakery.  Scott immediately becomes one of Noelle’s biggest supporters. I really appreciated how their friendship morphed into an amazing romantic relationship.  While these two had amazing chemistry and lit the pages on fire, their friendship and support of each other was my favorite thing about them.  Because Noelle is familiar with the demands of a team owner and a hockey schedule, and in turn Scott understands what it takes to get a business off the ground and grow so they are able to support each other in a way that another partner may not be able to.  What made Scott major book boyfriend material is the way he effortlessly moves into fully supporting Noelle and her bakery, encouraging her to think about different ways to grow her business. I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing Hawks WAGS. These amazing and diverse group of women are always willing to step in and help one another and quickly pulled Noelle into their fold and were there to help with no questions asked.  This was one of my favorite hockey books to date.  The maturity of the characters and the way the full cast of Boston Hawks characters play a role in this book made my reader’s heart happy.  Gina did an amazing job pulling it all together without crowding the page, and keeping our focus on Noelle and Scott.  

I am so sad to see this series come to a close, because this group of players and women have captured my heart.  All that being said, I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of these characters, and I am so excited for what Gina has in store for us in Tennessee!