Monday, April 30, 2018

Review (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): Her Family's Defender by Kim Findlay

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Her Family's Defender
(A Hockey Romance #2)
by Kim Findlay
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He has home advantage…

But she’s got a strong defensive play.

Hockey star Troy Green never gives up. Not on the ice. Not when he battled cancer last year. And not when it comes to his new neighbor, Michelle Robinson. Troy only wants to help the struggling single mom and her sweet kids, but soon he’s falling for her. Is Troy finally ready to trade in his bachelor life and become a family man?

Other Books in the Series

Crossing the Line
(A Hockey Romance #1)
by Kim Findlay
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Icebreaker or endgame?

Can two devoted athletes make room in their lives for love?

Mike Reimer knows from experience that hockey and relationships don’t mix. And hot-tempered swim coach Bridget O’Reilly couldn’t be more wrong for the widowed pro goalie, aka the Iceman. As the playoffs approach, Mike’s growing feelings for her could melt the hardest heart. But what if being with Bridget means letting down his team…and, worst of all, himself?

My Thoughts

Her Family’s Defender by Kim Findlay is different from typical books that I read, in that it brought me into the world of Canadian ice hockey, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although not a sports fan, hockey was integral to the story and I found it interesting – from Troy’s struggle to get back in form after time off for cancer treatment, to the talent and desire of Michelle’s daughter to play the game. Those who have read the previous book, Crossing the Goal Line, will enjoy Mike and Bridget’s involvement – and I’m eager to read their story.

What I most enjoyed was the character depth and emotion in this story. Both Michelle and Troy are appealing lead characters with great chemistry between them. Michelle struggles after the devastating loss of her husband and her quiet son carries an emotional burden after his father’s death. I loved Michelle’s independence, determination, and refusal to be swayed by celebrity or wealth.

Troy, once a player both on the rink and off, experiences an incredible journey of change. For one thing, even after successful treatment, the fear of cancer’s return is ever present, something that readers can easily identify with. And his feelings for Army widow Michelle and her children is something new to Troy, as he not only wants to ease their burden, but to share it …

This was new terrain for him. He wasn’t sure if this path
he was on was going anywhere, and he wasn’t sure
how to ensure he didn’t step off and plunge down a cliff.
Plunge off and take the whole family with him.

Kim Findlay has crafted an entertaining story that romance fans will enjoy, even those not particularly interested in sports (like me). I look forward to much more from this author.


I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

Kim Findlay lives in Toronto, Canada, with her very handsome husband, two strapping sons, and possibly the world's cutest spaniel. When she can get time away from her accounting business, Kim can be found traveling, sailing, reading, or writing, depending on the season, time of day, and her energy level. You can find her at, @missheyer74, or on Facebook.

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  1. Replies
    1. It definitely is, Kim. Hope you get a chance to read this story.

  2. Thanks for the review, and for promoting the book. Happy that the hockey didn't overwhelm you.

    1. Hockey wasn't at all overwhelming, Kim. I always enjoy character-driven stories, and that's what this felt like to me. The world of hockey made a great setting. You know how to craft a good story and I'm eager to see where you take us next!