This review is from: June 23, 2019 By Kay Daniels
A new twist on an eloped marriage of convenience. Playing His Part really kept me on the edge of my seat, not unlike Lisa’s military books. This is the first book I’ve read in her hockey series and it can be read as a complete standalone even though it is #7 in the series. She does bring the team into the book at various points (this is a hockey team after all), and I’m sure those who have read the series will love the updates, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out by not having read the other books if you haven’t either.
The book begins during the marriage of convenience. Natalie Kenney is in a panic of how she got to this point, basically on a whim, she ran into Ben Leach, a childhood acquaintance, while they are both in Vegas. She tells Ben the trouble she is in and he casually throws out that they should get married. Thus, how she now is standing in a chapel in Vegas about to be married.
Once the deed is done, what plagues her most, that is after Ben abandons her on their honeymoon night, is why? Honestly, as a reader it is the one question we are left with too, why?
Why would Ben ask Natalie to marry him? We understand the basic mess that Natalie has found herself in while she is in Vegas and why she would seek protection, but Ben is an enigma.
He is both hero and indifference rolled all into one. He marries Natalie and then walks away, leaving her alone, without information, and yet seems so miserable in his decisions. He also shelters his wife, looks out for her in public, and wants to take care of her basic needs. He is like a wounded animal who doesn’t know how to trust and love, but why?
I love Lisa’s writing and she never fails to draw me in. Getting down to the mystery, the suspense, and ultimately the romance is what draws me back. This was my first hockey romance and it won’t be my last.