Can a former player have what it takes to change up his game and show up for real? That's the question I had when I started ALL THE WAY, the second book in the Hot Jocks series by Kendall Ryan. After all, Owen Parrish was the good-time guy, hitting and quitting all of the puck bunnies when we first met him in PLAYING FOR KEEPS (Book 1). Here, though, is his chance to redeem himself, to step up and be more than that. And, because Becca has such a particular and difficult history, he's going to have to truly man up if he wants to make a difference in the way that she needs him to.
When I first went into this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, or whether I could get behind the premise of the story. I will say that Kendall handled a subject that could be a potential trigger for people gracefully and kindly, and was able to keep passion, humor, and friendship at play, which made all of the difference. ALL THE WAY is not only a story of growth for Becca, but for Owen, because he has to dig deep and take a hard look at himself, and decide whether or not he can be the friend, and the man, that Becca needs him to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, mostly due to seeing Owen live up to his potential. It's the perfect follow-up, and wraps up nicely for both him and Becca, and I like knowing that I'll see more of them as the series progresses. Now I can't wait to see what Kendall does with TRYING TO SCORE, next up, because Teddy King is a handful, and seeing him deal with the 'L' word is going to be a treat. Read on, saucy readers, and enjoy. ❤️