Good Monday morning everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Has anyone read Jami Davenport’s books? This was my very first one and I had a fun time with it so guess what? The TBR pile grew a bit. Again.
Jami's new releases consistently rank in the top fifty on the sports romance and sports genre lists on Amazon, and she has hit the Amazon top hundred authors list in both contemporary romance and genre fiction multiple times.
Jami ranked Number Seven on Kobo's Top Ten Most Completed Authors, an honor bestowed on the year's "most engaging" authors based on an average page completion rate by their readers.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Cedona Enterprises
Release Date: April 30, 2016
As the wild child of the family, Bellani Maxwell isn’t interested in settling down. Between a fledgling party crashing business, teaching self-defense at a martial arts studio, and hitting the bar every night, she has her hands full. She doesn’t need the added responsibility or commitment of a relationship.
Hockey star Cedric Pederson has all the puck bunnies he could ever want, but a chance encounter eighteen months ago leaves him with eyes only for the gorgeous, free-spirited Bella. Too bad she isn’t interested in what Cedric has to offer beyond frequent hookups, and he’s grown tired of their on-again, off-again non-relationship. He wants to be all-in or all-out.
When a brutal attack leaves Bella in need of comfort, protection, and healing, the only person she wants is Cedric. But once she’s living in his condo, Bella is confronted with a decision she’s been avoiding—can she finally commit to Cedric, or will she let him go one last time?
CONTENT WARNING: Contains graphic and potentially disturbing descriptions of an assault.
Bellani Maxwell isn’t interested in long term commitments. She prefers the convenience of random hookups but when she hooks up with hockey player Cedric Pederson, a one and done isn’t enough for both of them, so it becomes a friends with benefits thing but then Cedric starts wanting more than a fling and Bella wants no part of a relationship with anyone. When Bella is brutally attacked, she immediately goes to Cedric for help. By her side Cedric offers comfort and a place to stay while she heals. Spending so much time around him forces Bella to make a decision about whether she wants to continue her life as it was or if she wants to try to make a commitment to Cedric.
There’s a lot more to Bella than originally meets the eye. I loved her snark, sass, and brassy way of handling things but it became obvious after awhile because it was clear she was using those tactics to hide who she really was and what was really bothering her. I liked her as the bold woman she was in the beginning but I really loved the broken, wounded, vulnerable woman who clawed her way through the pain, fear, and anger to become someone stronger and wiser.
My favorite thing about Cedric and Bella was that while their physical chemistry burned hot, their emotional chemistry took a while to develop and it needed a lot of nurturing to grow into something stronger than just sex.
Final Verdict: This was my first Jami Davenport book and it delivered a great deal of emotion on both characters’ parts. This was one of those romances where its strengths were in the moments of reflection and tenderness between Cedric and Bella. Bodychecking is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
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