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Tomboy by Avery Flynn
Narrator: Brian Pallino, Savannah Peachwood
Series: Hartigans #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 28, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours, 41 minutes
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Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.
But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.
At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.
Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.
But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.
Tomboy is the third book in the Hartigan series but can be read as a standalone romance. I had already read and enjoyed Butterface, the first book of the series, but Tomboy totally captured my squishy romantic heart and Fallon is totally my kind of girl.
No good deed goes unpunished, at least that’s what it seems like for Fallon Hartigan. As a favor to her bestie, Fallon is talked into making sure Zach Blackburn, currently the most hated man in the city, makes it to the other side of ‘the flu’ or a case of food poisoning.
Zach is just like all the other tough guys Fallon has known in her nursing career, when he is feeling vulnerable all the douche comments come out in self-defense. When Zach catches on that there is no way to get Fallon out of his house, he gives in a little and lets her take care of him in his time of woe. Just so happens that a reporter also sees Fallon at Zach’s place and that is when the rumors start to fly, especially since Zach finally plays better, like he used to and it seems like the slump might just be over.
Now everyone in the city is #teamzuck (Zach + Lady Luck) and he needs to find a way to convince Fallon to be at the games. Good thing she has a cause she is championing and he should be able to make the biggest deal of his life to keep her coming to games.
Fallon is a no frills, no nonsense kind of woman and isn’t anything close to the puck bunnies Zach has been seen with. But it might be worth putting up with all the social media comments on her looks and Tomboy ways if she can get Zach and some hockey team mates to the clinic to fund raise money. That’s all it is, she doesn’t like spending time with him at all, yeah you keep telling yourself that girl.
This was totes adorbs. I really loved Fallon and how she was ready to take care of everyone but never really thought anyone should have to take care of her too. I really got her character and she was so comfortable with who she was that it was fantastic. She is a bit tomboy, always in jeans, t-shirts and sneakers with no makeup. She owns who she is and how she looks and I love that about her. Zach grows on you a bit too. He has some serious trust issues and even knows when he is being a jerk but there is just something about Fallon and her honesty that finally breaks through the barriers he has constructed. They are fantastic together.
Completely cute read and now I need to go back and read Muffintop and Avery Flynn’s other series set in Harbor City too.
Having the dual narrators for Fallon and Zach’s PoV was perfect. Savannah Peachwood and Brian Pallino complimented each other’s narration style well and performed each character in a way that made them completely relatable. I listened to this at my normal 1.5x speed.
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