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I really enjoyed Breakout (San Francisco Strikers Book 1) by Stephanie Kay. Penny Connor found herself in Italy on her honeymoon alone after walking in on her fiancé Michael and his boss a week before their wedding. She called off the wedding and threw caution to the wind and went on the honeymoon alone. Something completely out of character for this number loving, list driven, accountant who likes to have everything planned and structured. After Michael, she was left with a lot of self-doubt and a fear to trust or become involved with another man. While in Italy she met Ethan, they had an instant attraction and spent a wonderful week together enjoying the attractions of Italy, and each other. They didn’t exchange last names, or any other personal details and expected to never see each other again. She left him in Italy with a note on the pillow and ran. Ethan Hartnell is a hockey player who played in New York, he was a party boy with a reputation for the ladies. His questionable behaviour led him to be ‘traded’ to San Francisco Strikers, somewhere, thanks to his own heartbreak situation, Ethan did not want to be. When he ran into Penny at a friend’s bar, she ran….. again. But there was something about her that he could not let go, and he pursued her despite her unwillingness to rekindle what they had in Italy. More happened in Italy than either of them are willing to admit. Penny’s reluctance also stemmed from the fact she worked for Ethan’s uncle, and was being considered for a promotion and she didn’t want anything to affect her chances, but Penny is an anxious over thinker, and she looks at the worst case scenario and lets her anxieties get the better of her (as we all do sometimes). There were times when Ethan was so sweet and considerate and she was still pushing him away and I wanted to just shake her and tell her to just go with it and take a chance on him. Yes I was emotionally vested in them. I loved Ethan despite his ‘shadey’ past and he was trying to turn his life around and in Penny he finally found someone who he could consider settling down with. This was my introduction to Stephanie Kay’s books, and an Aussie who has no idea about hockey I was unsure what to expect or whether I was even going to understand what was going on, but I enjoyed this book immensely and my lack of knowledge about hockey didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. There were obviously some things I didn’t understand but nothing major and Stephanie keeps it simple enough that even sports loathing readers could still enjoy the story and the chemistry between Penny and Ethan. Will Ethan break down Penny’s resolve, and help her put aside her fears, well you need to read it to find out, and you won’t be disappointed.