The Body Checker by Cathryn Fox
Series: Players on Ice #3
Published by Self-published on January 21, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Jonah: I’m the NHL’s toughest enforcer, the Body Checker, and I earned that title the hard way. I’m all about the game, a no attachment, no strings kind of guy, so when a puck bunny shows up at my door, shoves a pink bundle into my hands and drives off into the sunset, it turns my world upside down. I’m not cut out to be a family man. I know nothing about babies and I’m the last guy who should be taking care of one. But I do know someone who is equipped for the job—Quinn Reed, my best friend’s kid sister. Problem is, she kind of…hates me.
Quinn: Jonah Long…a father? Move in and help take care of his daughter? Crazy as that sounds, I agree to the temporary arrangement, for the child’s sake. Problem is, living with the guy I’ve crushed on since forever, is messing with my body as well as my brain. And now, watching him grow as a man, seeing the bond between father and daughter build, I can’t help but want this family for myself. But we’re just playing house, and Jonah isn’t interested in making this ready-made family the real deal…right?
Holy puck!!! I know whenever I pick up a story by Ms. Fox I’ll get OTT hotness guaranteed. The Body Checker had hotness to spare, but it was also fun, sweet and incredibly cute!
This story checked a lot of my favorite tropes: surprise baby? Check. Single-dad-who-needs-to-be-saved? Check. Off-limits best friend’s little sister? Check and… well multiple checks *wink*wink*
Jonah finds himself suddenly and completely out of his element. When the puck bunny from hell thrusts a tiny baby wearing pink, he has no choice but to take little Daisy. By the mercy of Heaven, his best friend is there to witness the exchange and gets his sister to help him out asap.
Quinn takes care of little kids for a living and dreams of opening her own daycare one day. Once she meets baby Daisy, she agrees to help Jonah out but only temporarily. She may act like she hates his guts, but she’s crushed on the guy forever, and being constantly in the presence of his shirtless-chest-and-abs is not going to be easy.
Once they start to settle into their make-shift temporary family and they spend more time together, Jonah and Quinn’s chemistry becomes unbearable, and soon they are succumbing to it.
Jonah was the cutest H ever. A giant, sexy mountain of muscles, he is completely ill at ease when it comes to the delicate baby he now finds himself having to take care of. I loved how he stepped up to the situation and went all in to become a real father to Daisy. He was absolutely adorkable in his baby handling, and I was melted into a puddle of goo time and again every time he interacted with the baby. He also had some seriously hot moves turning me into puddles of another variety altogether.
I had a blast with Quinn. She kept Jonah on his toes, went head to head with him when necessary and was the sweetest with the baby.
I loved everything about this story. It had lots of heat and sexnanigans, but also sweet moments and family bonding. I especially loved how much baby Daisy was part of the actual story and wasn’t just a baby prop. That said, the whole situation was a bit OTT and the puck bunny from hell was a real piece of sh-work.
Fun, sexy, sweet and adorable, The Body Checker was an amazingly enjoyable read that had me smiling from start to finish.
Rating: 4+ “Totally adorable” Stars
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